There’s an old saying, “The clothes make the man.” We at Zebra pen respectfully disagree. Today it's the practical accessories that have a distinctive look and style that make a man. A man’s choice of accessories makes a statement to the world about who he is, and that extends everyday items like money clips, smart phone covers, and writing implements.

Now is the time to take stock of your accessories. What does the watch you are wearing say about you? Is your pen a reflection of your personal style? Maybe it’s time to make a change.

1 - A Good Watch

Sure, you can tell the time by looking at your phone, but a watch is a classic accessory and a must-have for the well-dressed man. A stylish and sturdy timepiece is always a worthwhile investment, and there is a wide range of styles to choose from. Many men own several watches - for casual activities, to accessorize an outfit, or to make a bold statement.


2 - Sturdy Wallet/Card Holder

When you show them the money, show them your style. Of course wallets need to be functional, after all, they carry your cash, your ID, and all your cards. But they should look good, too. Unfortunately there are a lot of men out there hanging on to the wallet they bought years ago, oblivious to how scuffed and beat up it looks. Sound familiar? If you or someone you care about needs an upgrade, now is the time, as there are so many styles to choose from. Quality, designer wallets can be surprisingly affordable, and if you prefer to carry your cash in a money clip, opt for a cardholder wallet that is small and sleek.


3 - Money Clip

Many men prefer the convenience of a money clip, which makes access to cash quick and easy, and when kept in a front pocket, harder to steal. Money clips come in many styles, materials and price ranges. Some are very simple and functional, and others are made of precious metals. Successful men know they can make a good impression by using a money clip to keep their cash organized.


4 - Fashionable Tie

You may not wear a tie often, but when you do it should be of good quality, and it needs to be in style. Believe it or not, tie styles change every year, and the pattern, color and width of the tie you are wearing tells people if you keep up with the latest trends. Nice ties don’t have to break the bank. You can easily find fashionable, inexpensive ties that reflect your personal style, or opt for a timeless look, such as a blue silk tie with a subtle pattern.


5 - Sleek Shoulder Bag

A shoulder or messenger bag is extremely functional, but it is also a stylish accessory. If you are headed off to work, or out of town for the weekend, these sophisticated bags are practical, versatile…and they look great. They are available in a very wide variety of styles, colors, and materials. Make them a staple in your wardrobe ASAP!


6 - Zebra Steel Pens


What does your pen say about you? Is it a cheap plastic throwaway with some company’s logo on it? Something you found in a drawer somewhere? You need a real pen; a man’s pen, like the Zebra F-701. A sleek beauty made of steel, that’s as rugged as it is stylish, and has a knurled grip that makes it a pleasure to write with. It’s hard to believe you can buy a pen this nice for under $10. Zebra offers a whole line of affordable (and refillable) Steel barreled pens, suitable for the workplace, whether that is an office or studio; on a worksite or in the field. Want an everyday pen? Consider the wildly popular F-301 Steel Ballpoint Pen; lightweight, but amazingly durable. Any pen from the Zebra Steel line looks good in a professional setting, and makes strong personal statement.

7 - Leather Belt


You must invest in a good quality leather belt. Seriously. Just like the trusty pair of shoes you have, leather belts will last you a very long time, and they never go out of style. When choosing a leather belt, stick with classic colors, like black or deep brown. These colors will match just about any outfit.

8 - Cufflinks


Talk about style. Cufflinks and French cuffs are gorgeous, and they mean business. Cufflinks are like jewelry, an elegant accessory, and they come in so many styles and designs that there’s no excuse for not finding a pair that suits your personality or reflects your interests. When you want to make an impression, in a professional or personal setting, cuff links will set you apart.

9 - Handy bottle opener,


You never want to miss out on trying that new craft brew, so you better keep a bottle opener handy. Forget those bulky openers that weigh down your key chain or get lost in your glove box. Slim, card-style openers fit in your wallet (or pocket) and are extremely convenient.

10 - Sunglasses


Do we really need to remind you to buy a pair of flattering sunglasses? A symbol of style and the epitome of cool, sunglasses are must-have accessories for every man. From aviators to classic wayfarers, there are many types of sunglasses to fit your face and your style. Not only will they protect your eyes from harmful rays, they will make you look good.

Consider this list of accessories a starting point when thinking about ways to update your wardrobe, and while shopping for items that provide the function you need every day. And remember to find your own Zen.