Men’s accessories: 8 top trends of 2022

From blinged-out rings to retro specs and reconsidering the humble bandana, the most recent accessories trends have arrived to spice up men’s fashion. Keep reading to shop — and learn how to style — this year’s hottest men’s accessories.

1. Men’s rings with plenty of bling

Understated jewellery is timeless, but this year, big and bold is on trend. That means large, signet rings are seeing a resurgence — and bonus style points for those with a flash of colour or a gemstone in them.

How to wear it: This style works well across the board for men; you can keep en vogue by wearing a single, more straightforward design. Or go for an over-the-top style choice with a ring (or rings) that verges on gaudy for a nod to the early 2000s.

More men’s rings we love

  • This three-pack of Reclaimed Vintage rings available at Asos are a great way to try out this trend without breaking the bank.
  • If investing in your look is your thing, this Tom Wood ring is understated — yet bold — combining 14ct yellow gold-plated and white rhodium-plated sterling silver with a 0.03ct diamond.
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Photo: Selfridges (left) and Asos

2. Bandanas, reclaimed

If you think a bandana’s only place is in the pocket of a Greaser, think again. We’re seeing this versatile accessory come into its own, from the humble cotton bandana to silk square scarves. When you add a bandana to your outfit, it’s a finishing touch and instant style game-changer that says your look is nothing if not considered.

How to wear it: We’re a big fan of a square scarf worn in a triangle-fold style around the neck with an unbuttoned button-down over a crew neck t-shirt for a relaxed look. But staying true to its versatile nature, this year we’re seeing celebs and influencers alike wear them as headwear and tied around the wrists, too.

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Photo: AllSaints

Reptilia Bandana

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The all-over, monochromatic reptile print of this viscose bandana makes for the perfect eye-catching neutral accessory. Its silk feel gives it a softer, scarf-like edge and feels good against the skin.

More bandanas we love

  • Keep it classic with a tried and true Levi’s paisley bandana for a more casual look.
  • This G-Star Raw bandana brings together bold colours and an arrow-themed statement pattern. It’s an excellent choice if you plan to roll and tie your scarf.
  • Or, go for tonnes of colour with the Born To Love bandana from Scotch & Soda. Its psychedelic style give this scarf a daringly bold throwback look. (Which brings us along nicely to our next trend.)
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Photos (top moving clockwise): Scotch & Soda, Levi’s and G-Star Raw

3. Men’s glasses fit for the ‘70s

We’re pleased to see that glasses — an often ignored accessory — are getting more thought than ever. In recent years, eyewear trends have brought us bigger and bolder designs, setting the stage for this year’s look that harkens back to the wide frames (and even the tints) of the 1970s.

This means that chunky, rectangular frames and updated aviators are this year’s star for sunglasses and specs alike.

How to wear it: A good pair of specs, whether they’re prescription or sunglasses, should be the perfect compliment to your facial features and your overall style. With this trend, we suggest going one of two ways.

  1. Go all-in and let your retro glasses do the talking. Shop styles that could be too much, but look just right with a slightly over-sized ensemble a la Harry Styles.
  2. Consider the longevity of your glasses with a slight nod to the trends of right now. Glasses can be pricey so changing them with the trends isn’t always possible. Instead, look for frames with elements that speak to what’s in style this year.
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Photo: Glasses Direct

The double nose bridge of this Gucci design is the perfect ode to days gone by and it’s a serious style statement for the fashion-forward man. Sealing the deal is the dark tortoise acetate and brown lens (if you opt for sunnies).

While totally in style, these glasses’ larger lenses mean a more comfortable line of sight for those with prescription needs, too.

More retro-inspired glasses we love

  • The Hemingford frame from Cubbits calls on old-school style with up-to-date colour options. We’re personally a fan of this clear acetate with dark lenses pair available at Mister Spex. If you’re after specs, we recommend checking out the Hemingford at Cubbits.
  • This take on aviators by Tom Ford are made for the man who is fearless when it comes to accessorising. The barely-there tortoise rim is a stylish update to a timeless classic.
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Photos (top moving clockwise): Vision Express, Mister Spex and Cubbits

4. Not your father’s tie

Sure, you’ve worn them more times than you can count, but this year, ties are the men’s accessory that’s ready for re-evaluation. We’re seeing neckties worn in a more casual way to elevate everyday looks without going as far as donning a suit. For this style, go for a tie with a pattern that’s larger and a stand-out design.

How to wear it: Pair your tie with a plain shirt and trade out your suit jacket with a more relaxed jacket. Think along the lines of a bomber jacket or lightweight cargo jacket paired with any bottoms you love most to finish off this look.

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Photo: Otaa

Trasimeno Blue with Red Paisley Tie

The bold, contrasting blue and red lend themselves to a masculine take on a more feminine paisley print with this handmade tie. It’s not-too-wide-but-not-too-skinny size makes it a great statement piece for an on-trend look.

More ties we love

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Photos: Selfridges (left) and Moss Bros

5. Pearl jewellery: It’s not just for the girls

To say we love the boundaries men are pushing with their accessories, particularly when it comes to traditionally feminine touches, is the understatement of the year. More and more, we’re seeing guys introduce pearls to their wardrobe adding a fashion-forward flare to their jewellery rotation and we love it. Pearls are a fantastic way to accessorise without adding too much glitz, too.

How to wear it: Keep it simple with a medium-length string of small pearls. Wear them with layered looks so they peek out from your open button down or cardigan.

More pearls for men we love

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Photos (left moving clockwise): Wolf & Badger, Asos and Wolf & Badger

6. Bringing back the bucket hat

Another nod to the Y2k era is the re-emergence of the bucket hat. Love it or hate it, this trend is a fun way to introduce style and a bit of childlike playfulness into your wardrobe. We’re seeing buckets hats on both sides of the spectrum when it comes to flamboyance. From low-key, neutral hats that won’t fade out of style quickly to extra trendy crocheted styles.

How to wear it: Pair your hat with a light and airy two-piece set for warmer days or wear it with a good knit cardigan for a bundled-up, cosy cooler weather style.

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Photo: Rohan

Tilley T1 Iconic Bucket Hat

With bucket hats on the rise this year, the Tilley T1 Iconic from Rohan is a stylish, yet practical accessory to invest in. Its brass-embellished, olive colourway wears just as well with bold, colourful patterns as it does neutrals for a more monochromatic look.

But style isn’t everything here; this on-trend hat keeps your head protected and dry. It’s made from OEKO-TEX-certified cotton fabric that’s lightweight, water-repellent and provides 50+ SPF.

More bucket hats we love

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Photos (top left moving clockwise): Wool and the Gang, Asos and Farfetch

7. Oversized tote bags

Extra-large carry-alls are entering their time in the limelight when it comes to men’s accessories. Throw it over your shoulder and hit the road, whether it’s your morning commute or you’re headed to the pub.

How to wear it: To make the most of this trend, wear your tote with your favourite comfortable Saturday outfit.

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Photo: Paul Smith

Ecru Recycled-Polyester Tote Bag

We love this big tote bag for its classic ecru style that’s injected with life thanks to bold, colourful details. Multiple straps mean it’s easy to carry as a handbag or as an over-the-shoulder bag.

More big tote bags we love

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Photos: Asos (left) and Urban Outfitters

8. Stud earrings

In 2022, stud earrings are getting a lot of love, perhaps to balance out some of the bolder styles that are taking centrestage at the moment. Whatever the reason, this is maybe the easiest accessory to style; stud earrings are an everyday go-to that range from simple to the extravagant. They make a great compliment to almost any look, particularly those that require minimal accessorising.

How to wear it: Stud earrings are a good choice for those with various ear piercings. If you only have one, they’re an easy look to pull off that’s not too overwhelming. If you have various piercings, studs pair well with other earrings to give a varied look.

More stud earrings we love

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Photo: Wolf & Badger (top) and Thomas Sabo

The information presented above is accurate as of 08/04/2022. We are not responsible for any changes to the prices. The ‘Best Buys featured’ badge indicates sponsored content, and we may earn a commission when you make a purchase.

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