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Houses built on faulty foundations usually topple down. Now, apply this analogy to your appearance; you can't conceal or upgrade shoddy garments with accessories. If you want to take your wardrobe to the next level, dress in perfectly fitted clothing, and then set yourself apart with a few carefully selected accessories.

Men's Accessories 101

Have you ever participated in team-building activities? A common one involves building the tallest, free-standing tower with provided materials. Interestingly, this activity reveals more about people than it does about teamwork.

For example, some teams display a lack of common sense by needlessly setting layer over layer as they build. While this might result in the tallest tower, since there isn't a firm foundation, they end up standing beside their tower to keep it erect.

The moral of the story? A strong foundation is vital, whether you are building houses, towers or wardrobes. Your primary outfit, which is typically a business suit, formal suit, or casual shirt and trousers, is your foundation. If it is improper or unsteady, your accessories won't hide that fact.

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Accessories do not stand alone; they accent or detract from your image. They are like spices in cooking. While they enhance the flavour and aroma of the dish, they cannot replace the main ingredients.

Unusual Accessories

Like finding the perfect men's suit, finding a men's accessory of good quality is not easy; finding an accessory with quality and meaning is rarer still. But finding an heirloom that blends both these traits is perfect.

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You may be lucky enough to find accessories steeped in history or tradition that possess a quality you are unlikely to find in any other accessory. An example of this is the fortunate man who inherits his grandfather's watch from the World War II era.

Wearing a piece of history is an inspirational experience. It could give you the inspiration and the impetus to create a bit of history yourself.

Opt for Functional Accessories

Famous author Alan Flusser once said: - "The most expensive items a man owns are the ones he never uses.” Therefore, when you buy an accessory, it should be one you will use regularly.

The accessories in your wardrobe should stand the test of time; further, they should offer you utility or functional value. For example, there's no point in buying a smart tie clip if you rarely wear a tie.

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Function first, then style

The golden rule for buying accessories? Function first, then style. Men's accessories usually serve a purpose, which is their utility value or function. If an accessory cost more because of its style value but offers little utility, weigh your options before making your decision.

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You should buy an accessory because it works, not because it looks great. For instance, you aren't likely to wear a non-working, 100-year old watch, are you? Similarly, a stylish but non-functional item doesn't create as much impact as a fully-functional accessory with style.

Speaking of function first, how's the foundational base of your wardrobe looking? If you have a working base of well-fitting suits,sports coats and blazers, and odd trousers, good for you! However, if you are lacking in one of these areas, now is a good time toBOOK YOUR FITTING for a free styling session and add some new foundation garments to showcase your accessories.

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