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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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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