If you want to get dressed up a little bit, but you don't want to do that whole suit thing, start with a pair of jeans and work from there. Chances are, you're more comfortable in denim than in a full suit. Plus, nothing has proven to be more American or more versatile (fans have included everyone from Andy Warhol to 19th-century miners). To get started, pick up a pair of classic-fit jeans, which haven't changed in decades and will never go out of style. We recommend these Levi's 501s, one of the most iconic products in history because of their timelessness and versatility. Next, add the everyday staples – brown wingtips, a white oxford, and a slim-fitting navy blazer with thin notched lapels. Then – and here's the fun part – introduce a splash of complementary colors with your socks, belt, and bracelet. The result is a refined yet relaxed look that'll have you closing deals at noon and leading the happy hour charge come sundown. Launch Gallery >>
Tod's My Colors Bracelet
When it comes to style, we're champions of function. Accelerometer-packed sneakers that monitor your movement? The new must-have. Form-fitting oxford shirts that minimize your belly? Buy three now. But what about simple, handmade accessories with a different kind of functionality? Specifically we're referring to famed designer label Tod's My Color line of woven leather bracelets, subtle pieces that add that killer extra 10 percent to everything from beach attire to a seersucker suit.
Tod's double-braided bracelets stand out from the bevy of simple rope ones that began popping up on hepcats' wrists last fall. This luxe add-on comes in a wide range of colors and color pairings, giving you the option to pick something high energy like a bright red-and-white weave, or a little more sedate à la simple muted black. (Or hell, go bold and stack two or three bracelets on one wrist.) The chunky silvery clasp adds a dash of sophistication and, when coupled with the leather, keeps things firmly in masculine territory without looking like you're trying too hard.
To be clear: This little wrist rocket won't help you tell time. What it will do is give you a bit of edge, which we'd say is timeless. [$225; tods.com]