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The pocket square, such a simple piece of fabric that doesn’t cost the earth yet can completely transform your look. It has the ability to add stylish accent’s and display your personality in your outfit. If you are truly looking to make your claim in the stylish stakes and have yet to try a pocket square I strongly urge you to do so. Adding a hint of colour or pattern to your blazer/ suit can speak volumes, it’s the small details that can refine your look. I would strongly recommend you try adding a pocket square today, I’ve included a couple of videos that show various different ways of folding a pocket square, some are more flamboyant and formal than others, but they’ll give you plenty of options to help you choose the most appropriate for the occasion.
Just like when tying your tie go try a few different folds and have fun with it! My personal favourite is the simple flat pocket square fold, which I find suitable for almost all occasions.
I’ve just finished writing a piece on Lanvin’s 120 year anniversary over in the ladies section of the blog. While I was having a look around the net for my favourite fashion house, I came across this fantastic ‘ I Love Lanvin’ T shirt. It comes in both blue and white and is perfect for summer, I’m not a big fan of slogan t shirts but this one is definitely more cool than cheese.
However, if you’re thinking of investing you better move fast, the last time I checked Harvey Nichol’s online store had run out of stock, so you’ll have to visit your nearest Harvey Nichols www.harveynichols.com
Chances are at some stage in your life you will have to wear a tie, you may well wear one everyday to work or only on special occasions. It’s all about the little details, having a tie tied correctly can add that little bit of sophistication, make you stand out from the crowd and avoid you looking like a 14 year old.
You may well know how to tie a tie already or you may have never learned. Hopefully you’ll be able to take something from this article regardless of your experience.
I tend to see a lot of guys in my city walking to or from work with ties that have unkept knots, weird lengths or just tied incorrectly, if you’re one of those guys, then this article is definitely for you.
There are wonderful variety of different knots you can use, each with their own benefit. The easiest way to accessorise is with a tie, knowing a few different knots and when to use them can help tailor the knot you use to the occasion. Different knots look better on different body frames and some are more suited to casual looks while others are more formal. Make sure you learn and master at least one of the knots we’ll cover in this article.
The beauty of the internet means that there is are hundreds of instructional videos out there. I’ve chosen a few of the most common knots you can use when tying your tie.
The correct term for this knot is The Windsor or the Full Windsor.
It is a thick, wide and triangular knot and is most suited for job interviews, courtroom appearances and any other occasion that is formal or where you need to look respectable. Size wise it is quite big so make sure you have wide spread collar shirts. It does have a habit of becoming a bit unkept, so you may have to keep an eye on it. I would avoid this knot if you’re going for a casual look.
The Half Windsor
The half windsor is a less complex version of the windsor, it may well be a knot that you tend rely on. It is not as wide as the windsor but make sure it is not making your collar sit awkwardly.
The Pratt or “Shelby”
This knot is symmetrical like the windsor but does not take as long to tie. It is a good size , it’s not as wide as the windsor but also not as narrow as the four in hand. It is quite a versatile knot and will look good with most shirts and is suitable for pretty much any occasion.
The Four in Hand
This is the smallest, cleanest and simplest knot. Again it is a very versatile knot and was the first knot I actually learnt. It is suitable for almost all occasions, although I would avoid it for formal events.
If you’re feeling more adventurous then here are a few more knots that you could try:
The Nicky – Simple small knot
St Andrew – Fuller knot like the half windsor
Hanover – Really big triangle knot
Victoria – A small tube knot, great for skinny ties.
Cavendish – An asymmetrical knot
Here are a few more tips
- Keep tabs on the knot, don’t let the knot grow wild and come loose, also make sure your top button is not revealed the knot should be covering it.
- Choose a good quality fabric when selecting a tie, 100% silk tends to be the best and it will make forming the knot that little bit easier.
- Take your time when forming the knot, spend a few minutes on it rather than rushing. It will definitely be noticed.
- The length of the tie is important, the triangular point should be sitting just above the belt buckle. Make sure you don’t have it longer than this or you’ll end up looking like this guy.
- Consider the thickness of the material and the tie before choosing the knot, different knots will look better with different ties.
- Stick to solid colours rather than patterns if you’re uncertain what would look best on you.
- Add a dimple to the knot for that extra bit of sophistication.
If you’re like me finding the right pair of sunglasses can be one hell of a chore. My head seems to be on the smaller side so it makes getting a pair to fit ‘just right’ that little bit harder.
The weather is slowly starting to make a turn for the better so there is no better time to run out and grab yourself a new pair. If you’re like me it can be a bit of a minefield, so here are some tips for finding the perfect pair.
First of all you’ll need to consider your budget you can easily spend up to £300 on a pair of designer sunglasses or as little as £15 on a pair from the high street.
It’s a must to try them on before you buy them, regardless of the price just because they cost you an arm and leg doesn’t mean they’re going to fit you well. You need to see how they fit and feel when they’re on. Even if you decide to buy a pair online if possible go out and try them on in a shop first, that way you can save yourself the trouble if they don’t fit right.
One thing to consider when budgeting is whether or not your looking for a pair you’ll want to keep for a long time. If you’re seriously investing in a pair of sunglasses that you want to last it maybe worth spending that little bit extra and opting for designer. As well as the build quality, the lens that you’ll find on most designer glasses are better quality than the plastic sprayed glare ones you’ll find on the high street. However, if you’re more likely to misplace or sit on them then make sure that they offer adequate UVA and UVB protection to protect your eyes.
Decide what style of sunglasses your looking for, are you wanting something attention grabbing? Or something more classic?
Try and find a pair that matches your hair colour and your skin tone. So go for darker rims if you have darker hair and skin tone and lighter rims if you have a lighter complexion and hair. Silver rims tend to be more flattering on darker haired guys where as gold tend to work better for guys with lighter coloured hair such as blonde. Also try and match any jewellery to the colour of the rims, so silver rims – silver jewellery.
The fit is crucial, look at where the top of the rims line up with your brow line. They should follow the curves of your face without being too tight against your head or leaving too big a gap between the side of your face and the edge of the glasses. If you pull a big smile and the sunglasses move upwards then they’re probably too close to your cheeks.
If you want to grab attention how about these Prada Linea Rossa
If you want something classic how about these Tom Ford Aviators
Finally if you want something a bit more retro check out these Ray Ban Wayfarers