Many of my clients have been asking for assistance with accessorizing their wardrobes. Today’s blog will begin with some fundamentals that each guy should consider if they are concerned with presenting a fully put-together outfit and image.
Let’s begin with suit accessories.
Shoes should match belts…this doesn’t mean a perfect match…but the same color or color family will work. Here is a good example of shoes/belt that match:
WHAT ABOUT POCKET SQUARES?
A pocket square is recommended for any occasion.
A simple square fold, ironed or not, is a most professional way to display one’s pocket silk, linen, or cotton. Inquire about other options. The standard rule is to try to first match one’s shirt…if you can bring in the tie color as a secondary feature, you’ve hit a home run!
Today’s younger professionals are often seen with tie bars that match their cuff links and/or belt buckle. Here are a few sample ideas:
A simple rodium tie bar in silver tone complements the red-stoned cuff link. Similarly, a brushed rodium tie bar with a red diamond complements the cuff link chosen with red stones.
The tie bar should be exposed slightly when your top button of your suit jacket is buttoned. It will also hold you tie neatly when you are eating!
LEATHER WRIST BRACELETS?
Another popular accessory is a wrist bracelet and you can mix and match depending on your style craziness!
Try to match your shoe/belt colors. If you want to be a little more venturesome, add a pop of color like the second red/black bracelet above. These may be worn next to your watch or on the opposite hand.
Next, we need to look at lapel pins…YES…there is a definite movement back to boutonnieres…but now they are made from silk or porcelain! A truly unique look would be to go for a real flower!
No one does it better than my friend and designer, Edward Armah!
Here Edward is spotted wearing one of his signature cotton bow ties, with a great silk lapel boutonniere, and complementary linen pocket square with red tipping. The tipping is discussed more in pocket squares 201!
FINALLY…WHAT ABOUT YOUR SOX?
First, always try to match or complement your pants with your sox. Bolder sox are in fashion…but there are many choices from which to choose. The pair upper left are navy/white and work with your navy suits. The other pair would work with most gray suits.
If you are unsure, just seek out your custom clothier’s opinion and advice. He or she is adept at spotting fashion trends and can be very helpful in guiding you through the maze of today’s fashion options…without letting you go too far astray from what you would be comfortable wearing in your line of work.
Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom