Choosing A Pocket Square
September 14, 2018

One of my darling mother’s sometimes incomprehensible sayings is “don’t spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar”. In this context we could re-word it as “don’t spoil the suit for a bit of bling”. In other words, when you have made the effort to find the right outfit, make sure you don’t forget to make the same effort over the accessories. Women have this down to an art form and it is time the blokes caught on!

When selecting the color of a tie, men should reflect their own personalities. For example, men who are modern traditionalists may prefer woven ties, while men who are gentle and easy going may choose ties that have printed patterns on them. A man who prefers a more elegant look may select solid neckwear usually in cooler tones.

After he mentions about being lumped in a category of sports writers, therefore athletes already having a certain attitude at an interview, he realizes, (after seeing some older photos of himself and his clothes), much of the “disdain” as he puts it is not due to his physical stature, but the manner in which he dressed.

Accessories such as mens accessories, ties and bow ties can polish off the perfect look. If you’re wearing a colored shirt, keep your accessories in the same color family and aim for a richer, more saturated hue. For example, a charcoal gray suit layered over a lavender dress shirt would look great with a deep, blue-based violet tie or pocket square. If you choose to wear a tie and pocket square together, they should not match exactly; rather, aim for less saturated hues of the same color or keep the pocket square white. If your shirt is already a bright, saturated color, it’s a better idea to match your accessories to your suit. Imagine a black wool suit with a maroon dress shirt—a black silk tie would complement the look nicely.

Denim: Anice pair of denim is always welcome. The classic dark wash is dressy and even professional and a rugged indigo is great for the weekend. And if you want to lighten up, think gray for the springtime.

Cummerbunds are svelte. They can make you look and feel like royalty provided you are wearing them the right way and with the right accessories. You cannot afford to make the mistake of wearing cummerbunds with vests. They cannot be worn together. You can team the cummerbund with your bowtie of the same color. Black is the preferred choice for formal events. Of course, there are lesser formal events and you can even be experimental and try red! For all you know, it might work. There is a trick to wearing the cummerbund. The pleats have to be upward facing while wearing this piece of attire. The best cummerbunds come in silk, polyester and satin. So go ahead, take your pick and look your stylish-best.

Being fashionable and chic doesn’t require one to wear the most expensive suit and accessories. Instead, it is all about wearing the right accessories at the right time and with the right suit. Pocket squares may not cost you a considerable amount of money but it can go a long way in making you look good and undeniably trendy.