Spring Style Picks: Colorful Men’s Accessories

Whether business or casual, accessories with a hint of color put spring into a wardrobe.

Photograph of D. Wayne Robinson by Jeff Elkins.

Fashion-forward men often express their style with a signature, colorful accessory. For D. Wayne Robinson, president and CEO of Student Veterans of America, that’s a bow tie. “I wore a military uniform for more than 20 years, so I had time to think about what I’d dress like once I transitioned. These days, I’m biased towards bow ties,” says Robinson, who finds ties everywhere from Brooks Brothers and Andrew’s Ties to Bull & Moose and Sean John. “I enjoy a bow tie that speaks to how I’m feeling that day. Only those who pay attention can see it’s matching the color of something else I’m wearing.”

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Silk Road: Silk tie, $69.50 at Massimo Dutti (1220 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-944-8780)

2. Cash In: “Hampshire” bifold leather wallet, $125 at Rag & Bone (3067 M St.,NW; 202-295-9072)

3. Up Your Sleeve: Silver cuff links, $35.50 at Massimo Dutti

4. Buckle Up: Suede buckle loafers, $298 at Brooks Brothers

5. Time Will Tell: “Runwell” Contrast Chrono watch, $900 at

6. Geometry Lesson: “Coleco” cotton pocket square, $20 at Hugh & Crye (3212 O St., NW, Suite 5; 202-250-3807)

7. Carry All: “Dorilton” slim-flap briefcase by Tumi, $795 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Paisley Perfect: “Isabel” cotton pocket square, $20 at Hugh & Crye

2. Clock In: Movado “ESQ One” watch, $150 at Saks Fifth Avenue

3. Fold and Hold: “Astern” leather trifold; $50 similar styles at

4. Take Cover: Acetate sunglasses with metal temples, $98 at Kenneth Cole (Pentagon City)

5. Mellow Yellow: Suede oxfords, $140 at Banana Republic

6. Connect the Dots: Handmade “Grover” silk tie, $35 at

7. Sock It to Me: Lavender socks, part of a “Prepster” pack of six in assorted designs, $39 at

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Top It Off: Block Headwear straw fedora, $60 at Saks Fifth Avenue

2. Sunny Skies Ahead: “Rez” sunglasses, $100 at

3. Greener Pastures: Sperry Top-Sider canvas boat shoes, $90 at the Lucky Knot (103 King St., Alexandria; 703-549-1797)

4. Tighten Up: Suede belt, $59.50 at Johnston & Murphy

5. Ride the Wave: Surfer silk pocket square, $70 at Thomas Pink (1127 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-223-5390)

6. Code Blue: Salvatore Ferragamo card holder, $195 at Saks Fifth Avenue (Tysons Galleria)

7. Flower Power: Cotton bow tie, $58 at Bonobos (Bethesda and Georgetown)

This article appears in the May 2014 issue of Washingtonian.