Shopping guide: the art of mancessorizing
When the murse—man purse—became a term, the idea of men wearing accessories became almost laughable. While men don’t need to worry about finding the perfect statement handbag or the most flattering hue of hosiery, there are several wardrobe pieces that every guy must invest in this season.
The Statement Watch
There’s no doubt that wearing a watch is completely useless. With mobile devices within an arm’s reach at all hours of the day, checking the time is one of the easiest things to do. That being said, a simplistic statement watch brings any outfit from boring to polished. Even women are picking up on the men’s watch trend, coveting the latest styles from upscale designers Michael Kors and Kenneth Cole. Check out the store Watch It for the latest time pieces in a variety of styles and prices.
The Cozy Scarf
What every man really needs is a Burberry scarf, but since the whole student budget thing factors in, any sort of big chunky scarf will have to suffice. Most major retailers sell scarves—even Wal-Mart. A convenient alternative to the common scarf is the snood—hood scarf. These popular “infinity” scarves are attached at the ends, creating a giant fabric loop for cozy no-hassle neck coverage.
The Perfect Murse
Murses are actually a thing now—and not the cute tiny girly ones either. Sleek utilitarian carry-alls and duffle bags are a great alternative to a SAIT-embossed backpack or messenger bag. Lifestyle brand Filson, formerly a favourite of active-outdoorsy fathers and fishermen, has become popular amongst urbanites and college kids alike. The label features classic durable duffle bags in neutral olive, brown and black hues. Check out locally owned menswear boutiques The Gallery and Understudy for the latest trends and labels. If you must settle for a Herschel knapsack, check out Purr’s two-level shop on 17th Avenue. The entire lower level is essentially dedicated to Herschel swag.
The Great Pair Of Loafers
Loafers are the ultimate luxury accessory—and they kind of make lounge-wear socially acceptable. Although Prada has, hands down, the best selection of kicks that would make Hugh Hefner proud, student retail hot spot Urban Outfitters stocks a range of loafers for every preference and price range; from the casual Minnetonka moccasins and colourful Vans boat shoes, to the classier corduroy slip-ons from Fred Perry.
The Casual Bowtie
Bowties may be slightly too dressy for some, but they make for a great upgrade to any basic button-down top. Basic black bow ties used to be most common, but indie labels have started to release patterned and coloured bowties for the younger urbanites. And for those who have no idea how to maneuver a bowtie, many retailers are now carrying convenient clip-ons. Check out H&M for a huge selection of coloured and print bowties under $15.
The Colourful Socks
Eyes used to be the “window to the soul,” but now the same could be said for hosiery. A recent trend amongst white collar professionals has been to wear outrageously eclectic socks as a means of maintaining some sort of style in a sea of suits and ties. Now students can do the same. Give that girl in the Tim Hortons line up a glimpse of your colourful cotton-blend socks and she’ll be begging to meet you at the Gateway after class. Check out Purr and Urban Outfitters for the more eccentric patterned styles (pirates, dinosaurs, bacon, and then some) and O’Connors for higher quality solid coloured socks.