Men have been pimping out our looks probably even before written history. Accessories are a fun way to complete a look and are perhaps the best way to express our style. However, as we all know, accessories are also an easy way to make men look guwapo.
The key concept here is “look guwapo”. Unless we’re talking about ski masks, accessories will only do so much for your face. However, they can be used to show confidence and stand out from the crowd, things that are potentially more important than matinee idol looks. The good news is, these accessories aren’t always expensive either. Here are few affordable accessories that will make you effortlessly pogi, perhaps for years to come.
1.) Shirt holders
If you’re the type to wear tucked-in button-down shirts and polos, you know how annoying it can be to be constantly tucking your shirt back into your pants over the course of a day. Sloppily-tucked shirts only look good on matinee idols from the 90s and make most men look like they’re going to a JS prom.
You can get around this by buying extra-long shirts– but those look weird when you do choose to leave them untucked, and they tend to give you an unflattering muffin top over time. Most of us have, at one point, resorted to doing the unspeakable – tucking our shirts into our underwear. While this can work sometimes, you can easily ruin the poginess you’ve been trying so hard to cultivate the moment you raise your arms above your head.
Shirt holders make it easy to keep any regular-length shirt safely tucked in, no matter how many times you raise your arms. These devices attach to your thighs, over your undies, and under your pants, and clip onto the bottom of your shirt –simultaneously hiding your underwear’s waist garter while keeping your shirt inside your pants. Every man who likes to wear shirts tucked-in should get a pair – or two. You’ll be wearing them so much, having just one pair is bound to get a bit funky.
They look a bit odd when you’re freestyling it a-la Donald Duck, but if you’re going out with your pants on, this is a moot point. And if you get lucky, they make a fun conversation piece with your partner too. For P200-P400 online, there’s no reason to not try them out.
2.) NATO straps
It’s hard to understand why so many otherwise beautiful watches come with horrible straps only a DOM or a 13-year-old child would like. Sometimes the strap is just a bit too dressy or too casual. While most stock straps are OK, chances are there’s always another one that’s better or goes with most of the other clothes and accessories you already own.
Enter the NATO strap. Coming in a wide assortment of sizes and colors, these straps are a quick, easy, and affordable way to update the look of nearly any watch. They’re washable, easy to swap out, and are far more durable than those rubber watch bands that come with your (frankly overplayed and probably tacky) G-Shock. They also look incredible on classic watches as well. They’re versatile too, being at home roughing it in the field, or even a business boardroom. You can even buy several and update your favorite watch as the occasion calls or as the mood strikes. The only place you wouldn’t want to wear these straps is for super-formal events like a state dinner, or your own wedding, and even then you could probably get away with it.
NATO straps are made by a variety of brands and in different sizes, though it should be noted that some sizes are more common than others. Price points can also differ by a huge margin, from the low hundreds to a couple thousand. The better quality ones also tend to be stitched rather than glued, and tend to have some very fine detailing. In most cases though, the cheap ones tend to be more than reliable enough and look great anyhow.
These accessories come in all varieties and materials and are a great way to add a bit of quirkiness and self-expression to an outfit. Back in the day, the only bracelets you could get that wouldn’t look out of place were made of silver, gold, or some precious metal. But since this is an article on affordable accessories, you’ll be pleased to know that today even friendship bracelets and oriental bead bracelets are now considered a cool way to add an interesting visual detail to your ensemble.
In recent years, it’s even become acceptable to wear wood, fabric, and even DIY bracelets with attires as formal as a suit or even a Barong Tagalog, regardless of your age group. You don’t even have to spend all that much either, which is what makes this accessory particularly awesome.
Quality sunglasses aren’t exactly cheap, but if it’s poginess points per peso that you’re after, they are definitely a worthwhile investment. The key is to find a pair that matches your face, your personal tastes, and crucially – the rest of your outfit. The sunglasses you need when you’re out on your bike might not be the pair you need to look pogi at the beach or when doing errands about town.
And there’s the rub. Generally speaking, the classic pairs that will look great with more outfits will tend to be somewhat expensive. Of course, there’s always knock-offs, but this can be a case of getting far less than you paid for. While this is not as true these days, cheap sunglasses tend to have terrible quality and the durability of your purchase is not guaranteed.
Think about it this way – most of us are willing to spend more money on a phone that we’ll probably end up replacing in less than two years. Why not spend enough for a pair of sunglasses that will make you look pogi for a lifetime?
Whether we’re talking about beanies, homburgs, fedoras, baseball caps, or Panama hats we all tend to have an opinion on headgear in general. Right now, the general consensus is that more “formal” hats like fedoras are lame, while baseball caps and beanies should only be used when the weather is appropriate. We disagree. If you can rock a hat, then you can rock it. Practical matters aside, that’s all there should be to it.
Yes, the wrong hats do have the potential to call attention to you in a negative way. But the right ones can also frame your hopefully pogi face and help you stand out and express yourself in a way no other accessory can.
The good thing about hats is that they don’t have to be all that expensive to make an impact. You don’t need one of those silly, overpriced caps with stickers on the bill either. So long as you can find something that’s clean and goes with the rest of your chosen style, you’re good.
The key to finding affordable accessories is to think in terms of “style”, not “fashion”. Unlike fashion, choosing accessories based on style does not doom you to perpetually chasing trends and spending ridiculous amounts of money on them.
Style is all about delivering value and pogi points on the long-term and it does not have to be expensive. What you do need to have style, however, is an appreciation for value and the small details, things that anyone can learn. Which ultimately means anyone can look guwapo.