The Pocket Square

Quick Tip Tuesday time. This week: Pocket Squares. A pocket square is a handkerchief that is worn in the breast pocket of a jacket. It’s a men’s accessory that rarely gets used, but if you are trying to Up Your Fashion Game, maybe it’s time to start!

The cool thing about pocket squares is that there is no formal or informal. A pocket square will adapt to whatever you’re wearing. The same pocket square will work perfectly in your business suit and your weekend blazer.

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Ties & How To Tie Them

The tie is a staple in any man’s wardrobe. Whether it’s a necktie or a bow tie, a tie can be formal or casual. It’s all about which tie you pick and how you tie it. I am going to show you what to look for in a tie as well as how to tie them. As I have mentioned before, if you are looking for a tie (or any men’s accessories), check out my favorite brand, The Tie Bar.

Jumping right into it, there are a lot of variables when choosing a necktie or a bow tie. You have style, width, material, texture, and pattern/color.

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How To Wear A Tie Bar

Maybe you read my article about one of my favorite brands, The Tie Bar, and decided to get yourself a tie bar. Now what? How do you wear the damn thing? In this week’s Quick Tip Tuesday, you’ll learn just that. I can’t say the basics any better than this, so I’ll let Jim Moore explain. Then, I’ll give some of my own advice at the end.

“We see guys wearing their tie bar too high or too low all the time. The rule is simple: It goes between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt.”

ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL HOEWELER

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How To Iron Shirts

A great way to Up Your Fashion Game and look sharp is to be wrinkle free. Every man should know how to iron his shirts properly. But before we jump into ironing, I wanted to throw out there that some things don’t need to be ironed. For example, for a more casual look, the Oxford Cotton Button Down doesn’t need to be ironed. The look that an OCBD has from the dryer is relaxed and it’s one that other dress shirts can’t achieve. When talking about OCBDs, Thom Brown says, “When pressed, it kind of takes away its personality.” Other fabrics will  look sloppy with wrinkles, but not Oxford Cotton. With that, let’s get to ironing.

What you’ll need:

  • Ironing board – the wider the better
  • An iron with a steam button
  • Spray bottle filled with water (optional depending on how wrinkled your shirt is)

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TheTieBar.com

This week’s Quick Tip Tuesday is about one of my favorite brands, The Tie Bar. From their name, you’d think that all they sell is tie bars, but they have expanded into a bunch of other men’s accessories, with their main product actually being ties. They sell ties, tie bars, pocket squares, knitted lapel flowers, colored shoelaces, bow ties, collar bars, money clips, socks, collar stays, and cufflinks. It’s incredible. Oh, and only $6 flat rate shipping!

The Tie Bar is endorsed by GQ and should be anyone’s go to for men’s accessories. They are practically used on every GQ cover and photo shoot…

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How To Tailor A Shirt

Now that you know how your shirts should fit from Fit Is Everything – Part 1 (The Shirt), maybe there are some current pieces in your closet that you might want to make you fit better. This week I will teach you how to tailor shirts to fit your body better. With this method, you will be able to make the waist, chest, and arms slimmer.

This is going to be a long and in-depth article, detailing the process from start to finish. I apologize in advance if it’s a tad long. I will also provide a video how-to at the end of the article that may clear up some questions you may have.

First, find a shirt that is too big for you.

Before

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Collar Stays

This week’s Quick Tip Tuesday will cover collar stays, specifically metal collar stays. For those of you who don’t know what a collar stay is, they are the thin pieces of plastic or metal that are inserted in special pockets under the collar to keep the collar straight.

Collar Stays

The plastic ones that come in shirts are flimsy, and we can do a lot better. Having metal stays have many advantages over their plastic counterparts. The first is they will never curl. The plastic stays will eventually get bent or curl, which will curl the collar too. The next advantage is they are heavier, so they weigh the collar down. You will get less movement and flapping in your collar.

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