Over-Accessorizing: Men’s Professional Style Tips

Casual neutral suit paired with darker vest and colourful pocket square

Tip #12: Don’t over-accessorize.  

In the world of men’s professional fashion, it's easy to get caught up in the latest trends and over-accessorize. With so many photos of fashion-forward looks on social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, and even publications like GQ, it can be tempting to want to recreate every detail in your own wardrobe. However, sometimes the subtlest style mistakes can be the most noticeable, such as a tie that is too short or too long, or wearing two accessories that serve the same purpose. A example of this would be what we call redundancies, which we discuss below. Let’s explore some common style mistakes that men make when accessorizing and how to avoid them. 

Overdoing It 

One of the biggest mistakes men make when accessorizing is overdoing it. Wearing two accessories that serve the same purpose, such as a belt and suspenders which both hold up your pants or a vest and a tie clip which both hold your tie in place, can clutter up your look. To achieve a clean and polished look, we recommend limiting your accessory choices to no more than three, excluding a tie and pocket square. 

Choosing Accessories 

When it comes to selecting accessories, there are several options to choose from, such as a tie clip, lapel pin, bracelet, watch, belt, chain, or pocket watch. The key is to choose accessories that complement your outfit and serve a purpose, rather than just adding clutter. For example, a tie clip helps to keep your tie in place and adds a touch of elegance to your look, while a watch is a timeless accessory that serves both a practical and stylish purpose. 

Buy For Quality 

Another mistake men make when accessorizing is buying for the name rather than quality. High-end brands like Versace, Gucci, and LV are popular for a reason, but it's important to look beyond the brand name and focus on the quality of the pieces. Paying $2,000 for a pair of shoes or a belt to show off a well-known pattern or logo of a popular brand may be alluring but you can spend that money on at least 2-5 high-quality pairs of shoes or two suits from us, I would rather have 2-5 pairs of shoes or 2 high-quality suits. Buying key pieces of clothing that are high-quality from lesser-known brands is always a better option than buying a garment just to boost your ego. 


Accessories can really customize a look, but they can also quickly ruin it or make it look tacky. Invest in high-end brands only when the quality is great and because you love the style, not just the logo. We recommend going with maximum three accessories that you love like a stylish watch or custom tie pin. If you love the idea of personalizing your outfit, choose a custom lining on your jacket, a monogram on your shirt cuff or a perfectly complimenting pocket square. Those details show a level of detail most miss. 


Derek Burbidge - Owner/Founder of Cardero Clothing

In 2014, Derek rented a suit for his wedding only to later discover the advice he received was terrible and the fit of the rentals was way off. After travelling to Thailand and Europe soon after his wedding he was introduced to bespoke clothing and various timeless styles. As a lover of all things men's fashion, he started Cardero Clothing to keep men from making the same mistakes he did.

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