Any man can look vaguely fashionable. It takes a true gentleman to do things in style. Here’s a look at the accessories that’ll transform you from “any man” to the stylish gentleman you know you want to be.

 

DELIVER THE DETAILS

“An outfit is either made, or missed, in the details,” says My Lime Boots style blogger Ryan Enslin. He’s right – and what better way to take your details game to the next level than by paying attention to your watch? Ryan’s favourite accessory is his Daniel Wellington watch (R3 299 – R3 999, American Swiss). “It is elegant in its design and its super thin construction makes for a standout piece that can be dressed up and dressed down, depending on my mood or occasion I’m dressing for,” he says.

 

 

TAKE YOUR TIME

Another gents’ accessory that’s great for the details is a pair of bright Happy Socks (R179, Stuttafords; or get a gift box for R599, Fabiani), a suave set of sunglasses (R299, River Island at Edgars) or a beaded bracelet or armband (set of six, R99, Markham). Fashion curator and style blogger Jerri Mokgofe of According To Jerri swears by his Ndebele beaded bracelets. “I wear mine tacked up for an eye-catching dramatic effect,” he tells us. “When it comes to styling them, I keep my clothes monochrome and let the bracelets become the highlight of my look.”

 

 

WEAVE YOUR WAY

Speaking of details… woven accessories add great detail and effect to your overall look. (We could go into the science of textures and tactile attraction, but really, let’s just focus on all this cool stuff.) Here we’re talking about a canvas strap watch (R279, Markham), a woven belt (R350, Edgars) or a woven tie (R200, Signature at Edgars). Anything, really, that makes you want to rub the tips of your thumb and forefinger together… like you just did now.

 

 

INVEST IN LEATHER

Leather goods are more than just fashion accessories, they’re investments that only get better with age. Leather Oxford brogues (R1 799, Dune) are an absolute must for any discerning gentleman’s shoe closet, lending, as they do, a well-heeled sense of style to any outfit. A leather billfold wallet (R599, Fabiani) or card holder (R199, Redbat at Sportscene) will also last for ages, and they’ll be slim and compact if you use them only for essentials… like, say, your RCS Card.

 

 

GET IT TOGETHER

Use that RCS Card to get your hands on a pretty-much-indestructible leather military duffel bag (R1 699, Superbalist). Your future self will thank you for it. Similarly, we love the leather techno bag (R999, Aldo), which has specially-designed compartments for your laptop and files. The 12' tech organiser (R250, Cotton On) also has an elasticated grid and storage pocket for your tablet, notepad, pen, card holder, and so on. We can’t overstate this, one of the most important accessories for any modern gent is a portable organiser. (We’re not going to call it a man bag, but we are going to strongly recommend you get one!).

 

SMARTEN UP, GENTS!

Swipe your RCS Card and stock up on the accessories that’ll transform your look. The RCS shopping network covers more than 21 000 retailers, including all the retailers that sell the very best gentlemen’s accessories.

 

* Prices were correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.