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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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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Understanding Corduroy.

Essentially corduroy is a cotton or cotton-blend type of pile fabric. Pile fabric is a textile that has a raised nap made of upright loops or strands of yarn. Corduroy differs from pile fabrics in that it’s woven with extra filling yarns, which creates ribs or wales in the material, giving it a grooved velveteen texture.

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Corduroy is a heavy fabric; however, because it is in essence a type of velvet, it is not as durable as denim and may not be as suitable for rugged uses.

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Also, maintaining the raised nap requires some special-care measures. When laundering or pressing, it’s best to turn the garment inside out to protect the nap. The best way to maintain a corduroy garment’s pile is to have it professionally dry-cleaned and pressed.

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If you know how to wear corduroy pants, you can really expand the horizons of your wardrobe. There is nothing better than a pair of comfy corduroy pants to complete your outfit. Corduroy pants are stylish to wear and are very versatile. Knowing how to pair your corduroys for several different looks will have you looking at your pants in a whole new light.

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Corduroy pants perfectly complement plaid shirts and make you look all warm n’ toasty. They also work with sweaters or a sweater vest. For the upcoming winter season, corduroys with a turtleneck, long sleeved shirts or puffer vests can really spruce up your casual ensemble.

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One last tip: always make sure that your pants are wrinkle free! There is absolutely nothing stylish about wrinkled corduroy pants. 

 

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Choosing The Right Color For Your Suits.

Choosing the appropriate color for your suit, for the right occasion can make all the difference in the world. The right color gives credibility to the overall appearance and attire. While the fit and the fabric are equally important, the color of the suit sets the right tone for your attire.

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You can experiment with as many colors as you want, be it conservative or bold choices. A black, charcoal-gray, or navy blue one will always be a safe bet. Black suits are timelessly classic, formal and authoritative. However, they can also get a little boring and mundane, so it’s better to save them for evening wear, formal occasions or weddings.

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A well-tailored charcoal gray suit is more sophisticated, tasteful and imparts practicality. Also, one can easily pair this choice with black or brown to add more character to your ensemble.

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Navy Blue is deemed as the universal color of power and has gained popularity in the last few years for preferred suit colors. Although, it is still considered a tad bit on the casual side, navy-blue is perfect for meetings, presentations, dinners, etc. Similarly, earth tones are ideal for casual wear as they give a more down-to-earth and friendlier vibe.

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For bolder choices, experiment with plaids and stripes. Plaids are relaxed, chic, attractive and impeccably brilliant for the younger lot. Stripes are courageous and unflinching choices; sets a fashion statement but remember not everyone has the flair to carry them.

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A properly selected suit can do wonders for your wardrobe and can aptly create the desired feel that best suits your personality. Let the color speak for you. 

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The Difference between ‘Ready Made’, ‘Made to Measure’ and ‘Bespoke’ suiting for men.

The terms made-to-measure and bespoke suits are usually misunderstood and muddled with each other. Made-to-measure relates to the process where pre-made designs and adjustments are used. Made to measure always fits better than ready-to-wear, since made-to-measure is altered to fit the specific dimensions of the clients. Americans infamously purchase ready to wear or off-the-rack products. Made to measure clothing can be hand sewn or stitched on machines. What separates it from ready-to-wear is the fact these garments follow your specific measurements. Ready to wear garments are designed according to a set of homogeneous sizes that are emblematic of average consumers. On the other hand, made-to-measure garments are exclusive and personalized in nature. The fabric’s quality might not be as top-notch when compared to bespoke suits, which is made on the request of a customer and doesn’t make use of pre-existing patterns, which differentiates it from made-to-measure. Bespoke suits are hand-sewn by connoisseur tailors and require several fittings before getting the perfect stitch.

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Due to their time-consuming nature and a great deal of workmanship, bespoke suits are much more expensive in comparison to made-to-measure suits. The consumer has complete command over the bespoke process: features, fit, material, fabric, style and manufacturing of the garment. Due to the intensive labor that bespoke tailors put in crafting a custom tailored bespoke suit, it is exclusively formfitting in accordance with the physique of the customer and ensures high quality fabrics. The bottom-line is that a bespoke suit speaks volumes about a man’s personality, his lifestyle and his aura. This is clearly represented in the personalized patterns and cuts.

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Bespoke tailors are masters in the art of creating unique patterns, paying attention to intricate stitching details, and follow a higher degree of customization. Bespoke tailoring is always the better choice because it will always be uniquely yours. The distinctive craftsmanship that is a pre-requisite for fashioning bespoke suits takes years of learning experience.

On the other hand, made-to-measure suits are pre-tailored and necessitate alterations. These suits fail to contest the superiority of a bespoke suit. Similarly, one of the downsides of ready-to-wear or “off-the-rack” is that it is mass-produced and lacks that exclusive touch. But with a bespoke suit, it is highly unlikely that one would ever encounter another individual adorning an identical piece of clothing.

Despite the fact that both fittings and measurements are involved in made-to-measure and bespoke clothing, the later requires individually cut patterns and fine detailing. Hand-tailoring and elevated craftsmanship is the benchmark of bespoke tailoring. The bespoke suits will be a timeless creation, long-lasting and treasured for a lifetime. Both made-to-measure and bespoke suits will be pricier when compared to a typical off-the-rack suit, since it requires the services of seasoned tailors.

With everything said and done, it is essential to determine your wardrobe needs before engaging the services of a high-class tailor, be it bespoke or made-to-measure. Image