15 Menswear Accessories You Won’t Want to Share
While menswear for women is a consistently winning mix, menswear on women has a far less reliable track record. Consider the last time you quite literally “borrowed from the boys:” Did that boxy sports coat magically fit like an oversized blazer? Could you really belt a giant oxford like a tunic dress? Did you make any sense of an inseam that ran 6 inches too long?
If you’re still vehemently shaking your head no, no, and oh heck no, we’ve got a less hazardous way to shop the guy’s section (or, you know, the closet of a particularly stylish male friend): stick to accessories. Free of fit issues but brimming with effortless tomboy edge, any adornment originally meant for a dude delivers the laid-back attitude you crave without any potential fashion disasters. Here, InStyle’s accessories director Sam Broekema (who’s all too familiar with fashion girls raiding his wardrobe) shares 15 perfect add-ons from his side of the store worth picking up for yourself.
Give your tote bag game a utilitarian upgrade with a cargo pocket style in color-blocked khaki.
Rakishly peeking beneath a tuxedo blazer, wrapped into an elegant turban, tied on your bag handle—there’s no end of uses for this long, vibrantly printed scarf.
Nothing like the canvas belt your little brother used to wear with OshKosh B’gosh.
Thanks to its resume-friendly shape and clean lines, an ideal bag to carry on interviews.
UNIFORM WARES Watch
One striped T-shirt and trench away from French girl perfection.
Thom Browne Backpack
A geometric design and sporty color scheme give the high school knapsack a commute-ready upgrade.
Our Legacy Scarf
With a tweedy overcoat and wide leg trousers, instant Annie Hall vibes.
TÄRNSJÖ-GARVERI portfolio case
The ultimate desk-to-drinks essential: a structured document pouch that doubles as a clutch.
To keep a boyish brimmed hat from feeling too conspicuous, mix with pieces that share a similar aesthetic, like vintage jeans and camel overcoat.
Versatile enough to go with everything, but especially chic peeking beneath the cuff of a shrunken cable knit sweater.
Tom Ford Belt
For a striking, high-contrast effect, layer with a few delicate gold bangles.
RAF SIMONS Scarf
A brilliant way to fake fall layering before sweater weather hits.
Paul Smith Pocket Square
Just long enough to diagonally twist and wear like a choker.
Don’t be afraid of extra length! Purposefully tucked just so to the side, a dangling leather strap is go-to detail for street style stars.
Equestrian-inspired details instantly up the sophistication factor of a roomy top-handle handbag.