The Sharper Staffer: It's the Little Things
Jan 27, 2011
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been discussing the basics of men’s fashion: buying shoes, proper tailoring, etc. So today, I thought we might shift gears a little bit and talk about what men, who already have the basics covered, can do to bring some added style to their look. And sometimes, it’s the little things that count the most.
The Money Clip. Nothing ruins the line of a perfectly cut suit like a giant ass tumor. So put your Castanza wallet away and start stowing your essentials in a slim, sophisticated money clip. Your rear end will thank you.
Cufflinks. Last week’s tutorial on tailoring mentioned that a man’s shirt sleeves should hang just slightly longer than the sleeves of his suit jacket. This makes a chic pair of cufflinks an essential piece in any man’s wardrobe. Plus, I think cufflinks are really dashing. They just finish off an outfit with a flourish, and it’s a great way to express your personality in the staid world of business attire.
Tie Bars and Tacks. One of my biggest pet peeves is when men wear ties without a tie bar or a tie tack. First off, their utilitarian because they keep your tie from flopping into your food or drink. And secondly, they provide an opportunity to mix a little Rat Pack chic into your ensemble.
Pocket Squares. I’ve mentioned the love I hold for these tiny silk handkerchiefs before, but let me say it again. Pocket squares really lift an outfit. Your basic navy suit makes you just another staffer in a boring blue blazer. But add a pocket square in a tie-coordinated color, and you become as close to GQ as any Hill denizen can be.
If the colors scare you, a basic white or grey pocket square is less intimidating and still suave. And to add even more swank to your suit, Sam Hober offers a myriad of creative ways to fold your pocket square.
On a financial note, I think the best place to buy stylish accessories for men is Etsy. The online shopping site has a great selection of vintage pieces at really low prices. Plus, if I ever asked a man where he got his tie bar, and he responded with, “It’s vintage,” I’d probably go week in the knees. (Just something to think about.)
So if you have the basics covered, these little extras are a great way to boost your look and take your suit from boring to breathtaking. ZZ Top wasn’t lying, every girl is crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.