How to Master the Pocket Square

What two accessories look identical, but should not be treated that way?

Hint: They both belong in your pocket…

Although you can find both tucked away in your jacket pocket, pocket squares are both worn differently and used to serve a different purpose than handkerchiefs. Handkerchiefs are typically seen in white linen and worn principally with your more conservative suits, giving them a more “formal” purpose. Pocket squares are most often found in silk, and most believe they should be paired with casual suits.

However, we do not necessarily agree with these assumptions. When handkerchiefs serve their intended purpose (similar to a tissue), they should be kept hidden, preferably in your pants pocket. Pocket squares are a way for a man to express himself; simply an accessory used to add more detail to your ensemble.

Pattern is the best way to think about your pocket squares. With multiple colors showcased in your pocket, the pattern will both complement and contrast your shirt, necktie, and jacket. Considering that neither the pattern nor color of your pocket square has to match your outfit entirely, this is one of the easiest accessorizing tricks to master. Here are a few things to consider the next time you plan to spice things up with a pocket square.

Pocket Squares

A Guide to Mastering the Tie Clip

Two men walk into a bar and… well, chances are they are both wearing one.

While men have accessorized with tie clips for ages, there has been a recent resurgence in their popularity. With thanks to a revitalized interest in classic and more formal men’s style, gentlemen everywhere have begun to take part in this very clean and very modern subtle look. The tie clip (or tie bar) is a small, finishing detail that has a huge impact on your look.

If you are sick of getting food on your tie when you lean over to eat, if you can’t stand the wind taking over, then opting for a tie clip may be the answer you are looking for. Although it seems simple and pretty obvious, it is easy to lose your put-together look by improperly wearing one. Follow these golden rules to ensure your tie clip always serves its functional and stylistic purpose.

Cufflink Confusion

As we all know, certain accessories disappear from the fashion scene because they are either impractical or outdated. However, some of these items are slowly but surely reappearing. Think about for example of pocket squares, French cuffs and cufflinks. After such a long absence from the scene, most guys do not how to pick or wear cufflinks. Fortunately, we found a very interesting article on Everyguyed to help you with this.

French cuff


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Cufflinks are designed for wearing with French cuff shirts. As opposed to most everyday shirts that are equipped with button cuffs, French cuffs are a lengthened piece of fabric folded back on itself to create a cuff: a more formal option, these shirts have no cuff fasteners, and as such need cufflinks to be held in place.

Though button cuff shirts are more convenient, a French cuff shirt adds a very urbane, high-class element to your look. The cuffs are folded either as kissing cuffs, forming a teardrop shape, or barrel cuffs, with the cuffs overlapping like on your standard button cuff shirts. Kissing cuffs are more common, but barrel cuffing your shirt is no faux pas either; it’s really up to personal preference and what you feel looks best.

Types of cufflinks

There are two types of cuff fasteners used today: cufflinks, and silk knots. Cufflinks are the most formal, common, and traditional type of cuff fastener; made of steel, gold, or other precious metals, they add a touch of understated class to an outfit. There are essentially four types of cufflinks

Torpedo cufflinks

The most common, available at nearly any and every men’s retailer. They’re made of a decorative face, backed by a plain clip to keep them in place. Just push them through, and snap the clip into place.

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Chain link cufflinks

A more formal choice. Made of two decorative faces connected by a chain, they’re not commonly seen in everyday wear anymore. Usually paired with black-tie, they’re limited by availability and often, occasion. If you need a pair, you’re likely going to need to buy them as part of a stud set.


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Bar cufflinks

The simplest of all, involving two decorative balls connected by a bar. The halves are usually very plain, but sometimes include striped or pallet-shaped designs. Unlike chain and torpedo cufflinks, there are no moving parts here, making them a very simple push-through cuff fastener.
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Silk knots

Also known as monkey’s fists, are a more low-maintenance option. Silk knots are strands of elastic, tied to form two equal knots joined together. No longer made of silk due to reasons of cost and durability, newly purchased French cuff shirts usually come with a pair in the cuffs as placeholders.

A perfectly acceptable choice for day-to-day wear, they should be left at home on dressier occasions. Available in a variety of colors, use them to compliment your necktie, or pocket square for an extra bit of flair.


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Additional Cufflink Advice

– A French cuffed shirt is traditionally only worn beneath a suit. The cuffs are awkward underneath cardigans, and their formality doesn’t match a sportcoat’s casual nature.
– Metals on your body should match – and this includes cufflinks. If your belt buckle’s gold, your cufflinks should have gold elements as well.
– Avoid novelty designs on cufflinks; this is an element of more formal style.

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Collar Pins

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An elegantly worn tie should have a slight forward arch below the knot. Back in the days when three piece suits were more common than two piece suits, the tie was supported by the vest, forcing it a bit forward. Achieving this arch nowadays can be hard without the vest, however there are some tools to get there. Wearing a collar pin or a shirt with a tab collar can help your tie to ‘pop’, but then again, these accessories have become less common to wear. Obviously, this is not an excuse to forget about dressing well all together. We should always strive to present ourselves well, like Frank Sinatra did.

A long time ago, the collars of many dress shirts were specifically designed to wear them with a collar pin. One would pin the collar pin or bar through the collars to hold up the tie. Some collar pins look a lot like a safety pin while others might look more like an extended piercing with two small balls at both ends. The latter is called a barbell and both ends screw off to easily shove the pin through the holes in the collar wings. The third possible design is a bar with clips on both ends that takes hold of the collar ends (picture).

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The pin collar style is suited for all face shapes except for a diamond shape face. Shirts with this type of collar are not meant to wear without a tie, as the holes in the collar wings will look strange. The tab collar is another option to create an arch in your tie. Two small pieces of fabric and a button connect the collar wings together. The tie is worn over this ‘tab’. This will keep your collar nice in place and make your tie look really good.

 

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How to Tie a Scarf

Scarves can easily and affordably inject some flair and creativity into your cold weather outfits. And unlike hats, scarves do not screw up your hair. Many men are willing to spend a significant amount of money on a nice scarf. They do, however, not take the time to wear it in a way that the scarf deserves. Each scarf wants to be tied in a way that makes him stand out.

This list of knots was based on an article by Everyguyed.com. The knots are super easy and suitable for every man!

 

The Overhand Knot

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This is probably the easiest and most basic knot. The overhand knot is a great option for the milder cold seasons like fall and spring.

 

The Once Round

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Keep your neck warm with the scarf tighter around it. Both ends will be hanging lose at the front. You can choose to tuck them into your jacket or just let them hang out.

 

The Twice Round

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Wearing the scarf twice around your neck really protects you against severe cold. This knot require a longer scarf compared to the other knots.

 

The Four In Hand

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This knot might need a little more explanation than the other ones. Originally, this is a necktie knot. It is a good option for fall and spring, as it is more loose and does not offer any additional warmth.

To tie this knot, drape two unequal lengths around your neck. Wrap the longer one around the shorter end. Tug the longer end through the back end of the knot that is already forming. Pul until it’s snug, but not too tight. This knot will stay put unless you untie it.

 

The French Knot

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This knot is appropriate and ideal for everyday wear, whether your going to the office or to a sport game. It is known as the European knot and works best with a long and thin scarf. Fold the scarf in half, lay it across your neck and draw the loose ends of the scarf through the loop on the other side.

 

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