We will walk you through our foolproof guide to embellish your look with color and accessories, adding a unmistakable sense of panache to everything you wear, while maintaining an overall elegant appearance.
Words by Jennifer Papa
There is a fine line in adding nonchalant details to an otherwise elegant look. Venture too far on the wrong side and you’ll come out as a dandified peacock. Nevertheless, when done well successfully added details of style will add caliber and allure to your look. Forget the flamboyant sprezzatura, a style phenomena that’s been on many people’s lips recently. To take your look to the next level try these simple, yet powerful style details.
PICK A POCKET SQUARE
You won’t sweat over this detail. A pocket square folded with the right nonchalance is more than a modest nod to your appearance. It can actually make a statement as bold as the color of your socks or your trouser hem. That’s right. A boldly folded pocket square is a sartorial marker that sets a style connoisseur apart from the boys.
Suspenders are one of the more practical accessories. They help to keep the line of the trouser front clean. Needless to say, adding suspenders to a pair of trousers with belt loops is a sartorial sin. Instead, ask your tailor to fit your trousers with side-adjusters for extra support to the fit and to enhance the look.
KICK UP YOUR SOCK GAME
Add effortless charm and a sense of sartorial know-how to your step with a pair of dapper knee-lenght socks. Play around with texture, a ribbed sock is always a winning card, an elegant pois pattern, stripes or choose a color in contrast to your trousers. Add navy, brown, camel, taupe, and even oxblood variations to your wardrobe. Experiment and make your own rules. Finally, a friendly reminder that mid-calf socks should be reserved solely for the gym.
THE SCARF AND ITS KNOT
The easiest way to wear a plain cashmere or embellished silk scarf is simply to drape it over your neck. Let the loose ends fall in front of your jacket and under your overcoat. Opt for the overhand knot to add extra function. Simply make a single loose knot under your chin. Et voilà. You’ll immediately feel both your style nous and caliber peaking.