Like a shirt without buttons, or pants without a zipper, you can’t say a suit is complete without its necessary accoutrements. It’s the finer details that say the most and when it is clear you have taken the extra time to put those details into your ensemble, it truly shows.
Suitable for the boardroom and the most formal occasions, a tie can turn any suit into a statement. From solid to striped to patterned, the right tie can instantly change the attitude of an ensemble. Experiment with a patterned tie with a black suit; pair contrasting jacket and tie colours for a bolder appearance; or stick to a solid colour and let the tie blend in with your overall look. The right tie gives you the opportunity to add flare to your outfit, no matter what approach you take.
In a similar way, a pocket square can add just the right kind of accent to your already perfectly put together ensemble. There are no set rules on how to choose the right colour or pattern for your pocket square; it should be carefully chosen for display and admiration. The pocket square should complement your shirt and tie, not match them. For example, if your paisley tie has a blue stripe in it, choose a square that has blue accents.
As essential as a zipper is to dress pants, the right belt comes in a close second. Banish embellishments and stick to the basics when complementing a suit with a belt. An important step when pairing a belt with your outfit should be its style and colour. A dress belt should always match your shoes in colour and finish; shiny black shoes demand a shiny black belt. To choose the right belt size, take your waist size then go one size bigger. For example, a 33″ – 34″ waist translates into a 36″ – 40″ belt.
Cufflinks, along with men’s jewelry, add that ornamental touch to a suit. Any man can button up a shirt and two cuffs, but it’s a Paul Puncher man who takes the time to go the extra mile. Cuff links are completely voluntary elements of style, and that’s what gives them such prominence.
White socks are for sports. Period. You can ruin a beautifully tailored suit with one swift flash of a white sock under your pants. When wearing dress pants or casual pants, apart from jeans, the colour of your socks should be dictated by the colour of your pants. Black pants should be paired with black socks, and brown pants with brown socks. Choose your socks carefully for pants in other hues. Try out a few pairs of socks if you must in order to determine which socks match best with your pants. If you’re in doubt, a darker colour usually works better. Socks that don’t match your pants will break up an otherwise fluid ensemble.
Leave a lasting impression – literally – with a carefully selected fragrance rounding out your put-together look. When choosing your fragrance, it’s important to keep in mind that every scent or cologne smells different on every person. While your friend smells great in the latest men’s cologne, it could leave you smelling less than desirable. It’s all about body chemistry and has to do with the chemical reaction between you and the particular fragrance.
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