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Your Guide To Fall’s Top 10 Accessories

September 15, 2014 | Categories:

Updating your look doesn’t necessarily require a marathon shopping trip. If you’re not ready to commit to buying a new wardrobe, or are hesitant about testing fall trends—like a graphic print sweater or designers’ riskier twists on herringbone prints—then starting with accessories is an easy way to step up your style. We chatted with fashion experts at Gilt, Nordstrom, and in the jewelry industry to find out where you should invest your time and money this season. Here are 10 ways to step up your game for fall.

1) Workbags

“For a workbag, look for quality construction with simple and understated design,” says Andrew Powell, VP of men’s merchandising at Gilt. “You can’t go wrong with a solid leather or canvas brief. Ditch the over-the-shoulder ​strap and carry it by the handles.” Our pick: Zara Leather Briefcase ($179, zara.com Opens a New Window. )

Or try a backpack—they’re coming back. “We love a leather backpack because it looks business centric with a moto edge,” says Jorge Valls, men’s fashion director at Nordstrom, who recommends the ‘Kroyer’ Leather Backpack ($355, nordstrom.com Opens a New Window. ). It has enough space for a 15” laptop and plenty of pockets for all of your paperwork and business materials.

2) Sunglasses

If your sunglasses scream summer and chilling on the beach, update your eyewear this season with retro styles. Matte black round frames look great heading into fall and complement all the black and grey pieces that make their way back into your wardrobe, says Powell.

“We think retro Clubmasters are the perfect sunglass silhouette to transition from fall to winter,” adds Valls.

Our picks: Gregory Peck Matte-Acetate Round-Frame Polarized Sunglasses ($430, mrporter.com. ); Maui Jim ‘Kawika’ 54mm Sunglasses ($299, nordstrom.com. )

3) Military Watches

“The hottest accessories trend for a majority of men are watches,” says Carrie Robinson, manager at Morton and Rudolph Jewelers in Cherry Hill, NJ. “Whether he’s an executive or an average Joe with a more casual style, men are collecting and investing in watches to be their main accessory. What’s most popular and on-trend are those with larger faces, stainless steel materials, and lots of bells and whistles that are often underutilized but look cool.”

Our pick: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe Stainless Steel Classic Military Watch ($12,900, parmigiani.ch Opens a New Window. )

Read the full article on Men’s Journal. (Fall 2014)

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