I know the tradition is to have the pocket square and tie compliment one another, or have the pocket square really stand out, but in a very pared down outfit (navy suit, blue shirt, black knit) would you match the square to the shirt? Or is that a bit naff?
That’s a bit naff, but not a disaster. In the case you mentioned, I would go with a white square or perhaps a white square with a blue border. Gingham might work too. Or you could be a little adventurous with something like kelim or a print, and use a flat fold (to keep the outfit on the conservative side).
Just starting to use pocket squares. Any tips? i.e. matching/non-matching with ties, or a pocket square manifesto, if you please. Much appreciated. Dig the site and your style
I declare that pocket squares should be worn with reckless abandon and that one should never, ever match his or her pocket square with a corresponding tie. When you are considering a pocket square, make sure that it is distinctive, but relevant.
(in formal situations I go with the presidential; in all other cases I mix it up)
Suggestion: as a service to readers, and also because it would be edifying and fun, you should invite readers to (periodically) send you a picture of an item -- say, a favorite blazer or sweater -- and then build a kit out of it. Could be a weekly deal. I like it when you do that on your own, and often follow the links to brands I didn't know about. Just an idea, thanks.
Edification AND fun? I can’t promise either, but I’d certainly be willing to try this out if any of you all want to send in your favorites, or any items you’re struggling with. Send me a question or a submission.
Perhaps you can look in a place you haven’t looked before? Maybe you will find a small key with an orange plastic top in a dark corner and it will have a tiny note attached to it by a thin, thin plastic loop and this note will tell you to use your powers of deductive reasoning to find what you are looking for and this will lead you to a small locker in an airport somewhere where you will search endlessly for the correct number and when you finally open that locker you will be fascinated and excited to see a small box sitting directly in the center of that locker and upon opening said box you will be disappointed to find not a watch but a small prism which has another small note attached to it via a very thick plastic loop and this note will tell you to bring this prism to a sunny place by the water and when you do the light will shine directly through this prism and project the image of a tiny tent in a green field with coordinates painted on it and when you find these coordinates and this field you will come to this tiny tent being guarded by a small mole and this mole will be holding a very large spear for his body and he will demand a reason for letting you into this tent and when that reason is not satisfactory he will ask you a series of 4 questions and when you answer 3 of these questions satisfactorily he will acquiesce and realize that you are indeed the person to be allowed inside this small tent and he will take his paw and draw back the middle left corner of the front tent flap and allow you to reach your hand inside where lo and behold you will find a watch that suits your liking.
Hey there! Love the blog! I just had a general question. I'm fairly young and have been trying to dress well for awhile but not formal. I do enjoy dressing formal and know my way around a suit and tie. But I'm trying to get more in depth on styles and fits and other important things in wearing suits and everything along with it. So I was just wondering if you knew a website or possibly a book you could reference me to, that could help me with terminology and things to know? Thanks, Branden.
Fuck Yeah Menswear. Details Men’s Style Manual, perhaps. If you want to get really in the weeds you could go out and pick up some Flusser or Manton or Foulkes or Boyer. Have heard good things about Le Snob too, but haven’t perused.
I would just browse around the internet and utilize as much osmosis as possible.
What's your preferred method of commuting in the rain? Leave shoes @ the office, carry them in work bag, swims?
I usually wear boots with Dainite or Ridgeway soles in the rain. I also have a pair of pebble grain monks with Dainite soles that I will wear from time to time. I should get a pair of Swims however and would wear those if I had them.
So i'm a highschool student who really enjoys to dress stylishly, but my problem is that i really don't have any steady income, and a really scarce selection of shops nearby. I would really love to buy some more unique pieces (radical colored sweaters, pocksquares with patterns) for my wardrobe, but when i go shopping for pocketsquares i can't seem to find any below the 40-50$ range (which from my point of view is expensive). So could you recommend some online shops with a reasonable pricerange?
Came across one of question submitted by another person and I kind of have a follow up question regarding suede boots. I'm trying to revamp my wardrobe and start dressing "better". I'm kind of torn between Clarks Desert Boots vs. the JCrew McCalisters as my first big purchase. I know the J Crew version is a little more on the pricey side, but is there a reason? Is one better than the other? I'm a big fan of your blog and I thought you'd be the best person to ask. Thanks!
I’ve never owned a pair of JCrew boots, but I’ve had a few pairs of Clarks and they are pretty great for what they are - comfortable, casual desert boots that won’t break the bank. Until you walk on a crepe sole for the first time, you won’t know just how comfortable they are. I don’t think there’s a big difference between the two (JCrew version might be on a slightly longer last), so I would go with the cheaper ones, unless you are averse to the blobbier toe.
The J Crew field boots I mentioned previously are pricier due to the higher vamp and various other construction elements.