FASHION: Men’s Accessories Can Say A Lot

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THE SMALL THINGS

From head to foot, men can say a lot about style with accessories 

BY JOSE MARTINEZ

Quality constructed shoes like these Armin Oehler’s will last many years with proper care.

As our average temperature starts to climb in St. Pete, a typical conundrum for many is how to wear less while still looking stylish. Well, one of the best ways to show style is with innate confidence and inherent coolness. The rest of us should consider some key and timeless accessories to do the trick.

Yves Saint Laurent once commented, “Fashion fades, style is eternal!” and there is no better conveyor of subtle yet distinguishing style than shoes.  It’s one of the first things many people look at when they meet someone. Try a pair of immaculately polished monk straps with lightweight jeans and an ultra-fine merino wool t-shirt. You’ll demonstrate confidence, coolness and look like a million dollars!

For those who caught it, yes, merino wool t-shirts have some exceptional benefits for us here in Florida. Their antibacterial (lanolin wax, odor-free) and regulating effect will keep you warm when it’s cold and much cooler in warmer climates. It’s also moisture-wicking and is a 100% natural fabric.

Now back to shoes.  

A pair of Goodyear-welted, handmade shoes will cover a multitude of sins.  It is a wardrobe staple for any man with graceful discernment. There are a few main items to understand when considering shoes:

  • Construction of the shoe allows for long-lasting enjoyment with proper care and maintenance. A well-made shoe, Goodyear-welted or hand-sewn, can be re-soled to last for decades.
  • Cork insole provides cushion and shock-absorbing properties for all-day under-foot comfort with excellent maneuverability.
  • Always look for premium upper leather with full-leather lining.
  • Natural leather insoles provide breathability, lasting comfort, and, with a layer of natural cork, endurance and extra insulation.
  • With wear, the sole contours to your foot shape giving the shoe a bespoke fit.
  • Oak-tanned leather outsoles are treated for lasting durable wear.
  • A reinforced stacked heel stands up to years of wear.
  • Steel shank provides reinforced strength and support.

Sunglasses by Local Supply

SAY IT WITH SHADES

Sunglasses are another distinctive communicator of confidence and coolness. When choosing sunglasses please consider:

  • Fit – A well-fitting pair of sunglasses should fit snugly on your head without being too tight or uncomfortable.
  • Shape – Find a shape that you like and that looks good with your facial features.
  • Material – Avoid cheap plastic, especially for the lenses. Go with shatterproof, durable and lightweight in both lenses and frames. 
  • UV protection – Most importantly, choose sunglasses with polarized and anti-reflective lenses to reduce glare and improve visibility in high-glare situations. Wearing non-polarized lenses in high-glare situations will allow more harmful UV light into your eyes. Also make sure your sunglasses provide 100% UV protection, with a filter that blocks UVA, UVB and UVC rays.

With these two key accessories covered you are sure to look stylish, exude confidence and coolness.

Jose Martinez is president of Sartorial Inc, a menswear boutique in downtown St. Petersburg.