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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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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Ten Best Dressed Celebrities In Suits.

Truth be told: Every man looks great in a suit. A well-tailored suit can do wonders for you and get you a much-coveted spot in the best-dressed lists. For celebrities in the public eye, we are bombarded with pictures and images of impeccably dressed men from day to day wear or in their Sunday best! A remarkable suit and an intrinsic sense of style can go a long way. And nothing better than seeing our favorite celebs, all cleaned up and dressed to kill. Here are some of the male celebrities that kick off our Top Ten Best Dressed list. Take a look.

 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, of ’10 Things I Hate About You’ and ‘500 Days of Summer’ fame sure knows how to rock a suit!

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No list is complete without the exceptionally good-looking ‘Notebook’ star, Ryan Gosling. Seeing him in a suit is a treat for the eyes.

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Edward Cullen aka Robert Pattison. Now there’s an English man who looks good in a suit. Twilight fans, rejoice!

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Neil Patrick Harris has definitely learned a thing or two from his suit-obsessed alter ego on How I Met Your Mother.

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Brad Pitt works a suit better than any other man in Hollywood. The talented actor has a way of wearing the suit and not let it wear him.

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George Clooney is the epitome of old school Hollywood glamour. Classically good looking and a timeless way of dressing.

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Love him or hate him, Johnny Depp isn’t afraid to make a statement. Combining bohemian chic with a French twist, his quirkiness makes him the coolest suit-donning man in Tinseltown.

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Charming James Franco of ‘127 hours’ and ‘Spiderman’ fame is a sight for sore eyes in a suit. We concur.

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The man behind Chuck Bass’ signature looks and urban straightjackets on steamy TV Show, Gossip Girl: Ed Westwick is one fashion-forward and savvy celeb.

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John Hamm, of ‘Mad Men’ or better known as Don Dapper makes our style cut due to his iconic bravura on the show. 

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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 Three-Piece Suit Makes A Debonair Comeback.

A sharp and dapper three-piece suit is the signature of classic Old Hollywood icons like Clark Gable, Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart. Due to their popularity on the international fashion runways and men’s street wear; this savvy three-piece suit is making a roaring comeback. Under stated, sartorially superior, and fashionable!

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Essentially a traditional three-piece suit includes a matching waistcoat or vest along with the suit. A three-piece suit is deemed a bold and adventurous choice in the territory of formal menswear. The waistcoat gives a suit more heft and hoist, which is perfect for winters. The fact that it keeps the shirt and tie in place gives a trimming as well slimming effect to the wearer. It all depends on a unified color palette, fabric selection and the fundamental cut.

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Unlike the fussy and pedantic styles seen in the 1930s and the years later, the three-piece suit is much more minimal and succinct nowadays. Gurus for menswear fashion have also added light flourishes such as pocket squares, peak lapels and tie-bars for that dramatic ‘dressed-up’ feel. An elongated V-neck, that breaks between the sternum and the base of the rib cage, with precise finishing can do wonders in accentuating a slim waistline. Large waistcoats are discouraged, since they are unflattering on most people.

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The welcoming revival of three-piece suits can be gauged from various fashion magazines spreads and cover shoots in the last few years that feature models donning this chic ensemble.  Three-piece suits have also been featured persistently in popular culture, particularly famous TV show characters such as Don Draper and Roger Sterling from ‘Mad Men’, Harvey Spector in ‘Suits’, Patrick Jane on ‘The Mentalist’, Barney Stinson in ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and is a recurring favorite on period dramas such as Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey.

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Lastly some dos and don’t while adorning this debonair outfit: make sure that the tie is never hanging out under the waistband. Big no-no. In addition, never leave the waistcoat unbuttoned as it gives a shabby, unbecoming look. Also, don’t button the suit jacket as it will cover up the waistcoat and kills the purpose entirely. Last but not the least, pair your suit with formal footwear for that complete look.

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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