The Importance Of A Pocket Square!

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A man is defined by what he wears. Weather you’re headed for work, a formal dinner, a night out or a wedding; being well-dressed is quintessentially critical for setting the right tone. The key to a good suit if knowing your measurements, color, style and assorted accessories that go with the whole ensemble.

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Basically, a pocket square is a small piece of cloth that is generally worn as a fashion accessory in the front pocket of a blazer, jacket or suit coat. It resembles a small napkin or a handkerchief. In terms of menswear fashion, a pocket square serves as a purely cosmetic or aesthetic purpose. Chronologically speaking, it is believed that this idea originated in Greek, Egypt or England and was strictly for reasons related to personal hygiene. Later, they were deemed a symbol of respect, prestige, and wealth.

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Pocket squares are a great addition. One can never go wrong with a plain white pocket square; it’s classy, understated and minimalist. However, to add extra flare and individuality, you can always match your pocket square to your tie. With certain outfit choices, it’s not necessary that your Pocket Square and tie have to match. But keep in mind: not to clash the two. Too many designs can appear distracting and be off-putting. Never do a tie and a pocket square with two different colors and two different patterns.

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One would be hard-pressed to find a picture of the Duke of Windsor, Fred Astaire, or any well-dressed icon from the thirties in which some form of pocket square is not adorned. Back in the day, a casually furled pocket hank was the trademark for unique dressing and ultimate style. Similarly as men’s fashion changed, pocket squares fell out of favor for everyday use with many men sometime during the 60s. However, even during the period when some did not consider pocket squares “must haves”, they were still often used for occasions requiring more formal attire such as weddings, dinner parties, and black tie and white tie events.

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In today’s times, a pocket square has emerged as a fashion accessory for the archetypal ‘well-dressed’ man. The key is to keep it simple and neat, otherwise the final look can be quite unkempt. However, when done correctly pocket squares are a simple yet effective way to add a dash of color, panache and eccentricity to an outfit. It’s time that men rediscover the art of sporting a pocket square!

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Winter Must-Haves: Transition Pieces For Men!

Feeling that chill in the air already? We’re slowly bidding adieu to T-shirt and flip-flop season. However, it’s still a little premature to dig out your favorite staple jacket or warm coats out of storage just yet. But as the weather gets cooler in the evenings or as the season progresses, one can throw on a sweater or jacket or both. You don’t have to spend a fortune to look stylish either, come fall season.

Transition pieces will add practicality to your style and give you that added layering impact for nippier days. For instance, an easy-to-wear vest can be one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe, while rendering a modern, slimmer cut. It can be easily thrown over a cotton shirt or as it gets colder, a thick sweater.

The classic Desert Boot is the perfect winter footwear. This shape has been around for the last 60 years, and it hits right at the ankles, giving an impeccable cross between a sneaker and a heavier lace-up boot. Distinctive styles in corduroy and suede add a crisp, fall vibe all winter long. Due to the crepe sole and their fashion forward flair, these pair of shoes will have a long-lasting quality. These shoes will serve you well and ensure happy feet!

Light denim jackets are essential for mastering the rugged look and honing an outdoorsy attitude. There is also a revival of retro looks when it comes to blazers. Neutral tones can easily be worn with either jeans or dressier trousers. Be it denim, moleskin, corduroy, or tweed; the availability of various styles can give your outfit a life of their own!

Lightweight jackets are the finest alternatives to chunky sweaters, oversized hoodies or woolen coats. Nylon windbreakers in funky colors features an ideal weight and provides just enough protection from dropping temperatures come early November. For a modern look, try pairing them with Chinos or pinstriped pants.

These men’s fall wardrobe must haves will not only carry you through this fall and winter but seasons to come!

Ties – Pair It, Knot It, Rock It!

 

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As Oscar Wilde observed, “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,” then a well-tailored necktie collection is an emblem of accomplishment. Each man must have a good collection of ties as it is the best accessory for any guy. Ties fit just about any formal outfit: exudes confidence, creates a positive impact and inadvertently demands respect. There is nothing better than a well-tailored suit and a matching tie to complement the whole look.

 

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Whether you’re suiting up for the office or layering for an evening out, sporting a tie will balance your outfit entirely. Go for a tie that speaks with the rest of your outfit, not stand apart from or clash with it. Knotted beneath the collar of a crisp dress shirt, a fine looking tie speaks of confidence, style and maturity. And at its most practical, a tie is the linchpin that pulls the male regalia together, complimenting, strengthening and softening other elements without detracting from the overall look.

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Men should always have a couple of men’s ties at hand; no matter the occasion a tie is always appropriate. There are great ties for everything, weddings, funerals, work, or even a weekend out with the family. Knowing how to carry and exhibit your ties properly is essential.

 

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Most importantly, learn to tie the perfect knot! It shouldn’t be too big or too small, or too perfectly triangular. The best approach is to make it look natural and effortless. Also, opt for solid or subtly patterned ties instead of going for loud, gaudy wallpaper prints.

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Another fun alternative to the conventional tie is experimenting with ‘skinny’ ties. They’re not too mainstream or traditional. Since they’re slim in appearance, it makes the wearer look distinctive and edgy. Nowadays, a skinny tie is the answer to big, fat, wide ties! Bottom-line: Whatever its particular width or design, a high-quality necktie will stand out from a cheap cravat in any number of ways.

 

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Ties add instant personality to your demeanor. Come fall, if you’re wearing tweed or flannel, reach for a woolly tie. Tie makers these days are offering a ton of options on both sides of the seasonal spectrum. They also add a sense of luxury and richness, as well as color and texture to our outfits, while completing the overall look of a dress shirt or a retro suit.

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The Power Of Cardigans.

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In the last few years, cardigans have been on the rise and have entered the realm of menswear mainstream fashion. It’s the perfect concoction between a sweater and a vest. With winters around the corner, it’s time to layer up. There’s no better way to spruce up your style than adding an essential cardigan to your wardrobe.

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The cardigan is the most versatile and stylish addition to a man’s wardrobe. It helps you in dressing up or dressing down, by creating different looks for your outfits, hence making it more of a staple. Moreover, it serves as a great layering item, either under a jacket of as a standalone for a dress shirt to give that formal look.

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There are numerous ways to mix your ‘cardigan’ ensemble. If the cardigan is V-neck, you can add a tie underneath for a more eccentric touch. Stick with a black tie, it’s a classic that will never go out of style and makes the pairing easy to manage. This style works impeccably well with monochromatic colors.

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For a funkier look, pair your outfit with a brightly colored cardigan. Rolling up the sleeves of your cardigan and dress shirt will undoubtedly ensure a preppy vibe.  To change it up a bit, have the sleeves pushed up at varying lengths.

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Another casual way to wear cardigans is with slim-fitted, tailored jeans and a plain white shirt under your cardigan. This season it’s all about blending hard and soft looks together. It’s the ultimate style that is simultaneously dressed up and downright classy. They’re a great substitute for vests and jacket, if it isn’t ‘chilly’ enough yet.

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Fashion is all about taking risks and being creative. That being said; stick to a few dos and don’ts when it comes to this wearing this piece. Always keep the bottom button unbuttoned and opt for thinner, lighter fabrics lest you appear bulky or chunky. These are essential rules of thumb, which can go a long way. Now that you have the tools to work the cardigan, try these different looks and most importantly have fun with your attire!

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