Don't leave accessories on the shelf this Valentine's Day. They can make a huge difference to your outfit - giving you gravitas (think watch and shoes), switching up your look to make it more or less formal depending on the occasion, and giving more mileage to your wardrobe. With minimum outlay and maximum impact, start your love affair with accessories here.....
Is your one functional and slightly bobbly black scarf getting lonely in the wardrobe? Then maybe it's time to purchase another. No need to go overboard with colour but this navy and white striped cotton one will give an understated style to Spring. I'm obsessed with Common Projects trainers at the moment! Their smart, retro look makes them a versatile choice for your weekend wardrobe. Wear with dark grey chinos, this Paul Smith cardigan, a simple white tee underneath, and you'll be ready to welcome in those bright, but still a little nippy, Spring days.
Navy cotton bomber cardigan - Paul Smith
Navy and grey Breton stripe cotton scarf - Paul Smith
Light grey low top leather trainers - Common Projects at The Corner
Are your socks feeling neglected and there's the odd singleton lurking? Time to give your sock drawer some love and attention. Choose a subtly patterned pair of socks like these muted pink and brown houndstooth ones to coordinate well with brogues and jeans add a dash of texture and interest to your smart casual attire.
Pink and brown houndstooth socks - The London Sock Company
Burgndy grained leather brogues - Hardy Amies X Grenson
Indigo cotton denim slim fit jeans - Hardy Amies
Is the breast pocket of your jacket crying out for a companion? Then look no further - this J Crew cotton and linen pocket square in soft shades of navy and brown makes an elegant match for a navy blazer. Further coordinate with a pale blue shirt, brown tie with flecks of blue plus stone cotton trousers, and brown suede shoes for a quietly handsome outfit.
Brown textured tie - Mr Start
Irish cotton linen pocket square - J. Crew
Navy seersucker cotton Churchill jacket - Hardy Amies
Are you showing your belt loops some love, or are they getting bored being teamed up with the same old belt? When I suggested to a client that he bought a woven belt, his reaction was "I've already got a belt, why do I need another one?" Answer: Because it doesn't just have to hold your trousers up, it can also add a point of difference and a woven one like this, will add interest and texture to the plainest of outfits. (And yes, he did buy it).
Sea green stretch cotton chinos - Paul Smith
Steve McQueen folding acetate sunglasses - Persol at Mr Porter
Grey elastic woven belt - Andersons at Opumo
Do your mac and umbrella go hand in hand or are you a few spokes short of rainy day style? If your spokes are looking sparse, and it's time for a refresh then try something a little different with a coloured lining, so you have a rosy glow no matter what the weather throws at you. Continue your sleek and stylish look with a smart, functional work bag from one of my favourite brands Mismo.
Salmon pink Walker umbrella - Beaumont & James at Opumo
Dark blue MS soft work bag - Mismo at Opumo
Laminated navy coat - Gant Rugger