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Do's and Don'ts: Accessories
The most important thing I’ve learnt about style? It’s all about attention to detail. And I’ve filled this guide with some of the most important details I’ve learnt about dressing well.
Now we all hate being told what to do. It’s part of being a man. Therefore I’d like to impress that the following style tips are mere guidelines rather than stiff rules. After all, it’s the overall ensemble that’s important.
–Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler
DO learn to tie your tie properly. A fat or messy knot does not a good impression make. Wear a Windsor knot for a cutaway collar and four-in-hand knot for a classic collar.
DO perfect folding your pocket handkerchief. For the classic pocket square, fold your handkerchief in half to make a rectangle and fold the bottom up so it’s a few centimetres away from the top. Tuck into your jacket pocket.
DO wear suitable cufflinks. Coloured cufflinks should match a colour in your tie or shirt. Cufflinks with semi-precious stones are more formal. If in doubt, opt for a classic pair in sterling silver.
DO use collar stiffeners (also known as collar stays). They’ll smarten up your formal shirt and stop any dreaded sagging towards the end of the day.
DON’T wear belts with suits. They’ll cut you in half and ruin the line of your suit. Contrary to popular belief, belts are designed to be a decorative detail and shouldn’t be holding your trousers up. If your trousers are too large, replace them.
DON’T tuck your tie into your trousers. It should hang just above your waistband.
DON’T skimp on evening accessories. Good quality shows. A pure silk bow tie, silk cummerbund and silk evening socks will make your evening attire.
DON’T get cold. That’s what scarves are for. Cashmere scarves are a godsend in the winter and look stylish as well. To simply perk up your look, choose one in silk or cotton.