Showing up in the best way is all in the finishing touches. Just about anyone can present themselves well enough, but it’s that final attention to detail that separates the men from the boys. In the same way that a well-tailored suit will stand out amongst a crowd of off-the-rack numbers, detail is the name of the game. With that in mind, here are some key elements to consider – no matter the occasion, time of year, or location – that will complete any ensemble in a way that won’t go unnoticed.
Sunglasses: Because Your Future’s Bright
A good pair of sunglasses is invaluable, both in terms of their ability to lend a touch of cool to your look and just for sheer practicality – squinting into the sun is something we prefer to leave to the unprepared. Whether you’re drawn to the undeniably premium feel of a black acetate frame or you’re more partial to a pair of Maverick-esque aviators, having the right pair of sunnies on hand is always a good look.
Belts: Because Suspenders Just Don’t Cut It Anymore
We don’t care how well-tailored your pants are, if you’re wearing the wrong belt then it’s game over. Every wardrobe should include at least two high-quality leather belts – one in black and the other brown – and these should feature frame-style buckles rather than the showier plate design. Once you have these locked down you can start exploring some of the more experimental options in terms of colour and buckle design. But if you’re not nailing your black and brown fundamentals, well, what is it that they say about trying to run before you can walk?
Bags: Because Keys Are Your Pockets’ Worst Enemy
Pockets can only hold so much, so there are inevitably times when you need to reach for your trusty backpack or satchel. If you’re looking for one that’ll never let you down and is appropriate for any occasion, we’d recommend something leather or at the very least understated in terms of its aesthetic. And much like the belt situation, once you’ve mastered the subtle end of things you can start to experiment with options that make more of a statement.
Shoes: Because Pebbles Have Mocked Us For Too Long
There are certain shoes that you should have on hand all year round. The first is a pair of oxfords – these can be with or without broguing, but absolutely non-negotiable is the enclosed lacing system that defines the formal oxford style. Next, you’ll need a pair of classic white trainers. These go with just about anything and we guarantee they’ll prove to be worth their weight in gold. Finally, a pair of desert boots is an absolute must for when you need something smarter than your white trainers, but formal oxfords are sure to be overkill.
Cologne: Because Smelling Great Is A Superpower
If there’s any chance someone’s going to smell you, you better make sure you smell good. Picking the right cologne can make all the difference when looking to make a positive first impression on others, but restraint is key – no one will come near you if you’re swimming in the stuff. Taking our cue from Chris Hemsworth, a current favourite around the Man of Many office is the BOSS Bottled Marine, featuring bursts of frozen apple and an energising spearmint scent, before revealing notes of cinnamon and clary sage. This is followed by patchouli and notes of cashmere wood that combine in a sophisticated contrast to marine freshness.
Once you have these elements locked down, you can feel confident that no matter the occasion you’ll be showing up in the best way. And to make sure you have that final piece perfectly in place, be sure to pick up your own bottle of BOSS Bottled Marine Eau de Toilette, available from Myer for $135.