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29
Apr

How to Fold a Pocket Square

On the topic of accessories, there’s also the pocket square. Like the dimple, when done it right it will appear an effortless touch added by a well-dressed man. I promise you this, however, the pocket square takes work. Like your tie bar, it’s a classic, frankly timeless detail that is making a big comeback. Yes, you can rip out of stitching in your jacket’s breast pocket and throw in this little accessory with high style reward.

Your pocket square improves your look by adding versatility, visual interest, even depth to look at, and it’s a powerful means of personal expression. There are plenty of folds – some simple, some not so much – but how to wear that square depends in part on your taste and the formality of where you’re heading.

Remember – practice. Some time invested up front can ensure you wear it any way you want it with ease and some appropriate flair.

My top three folds?

Your classic fold is the simplest, easiest fold in the bunch. This is perfect for a casual situation – a low-key drink with friends or a fist date. It’s a great way to show off solid pocket squares with colored borders.

How you do it?

Start with the pocket square laying flat, fold one side over the other lengthwise, and then fold the bottom up to meet the top. Last step, fold lengthwise again to match the width of your breast pocket and tuck it in.

Stepping up your game? Go with the puff fold. For me, it’s a go-to. It packs a ton of visual punch but it’s fairly simple. You can play a bit with this one once you’ve tucked it in to get it just right – blouse it out, stretch it to fit your pocket, whatever you think looks good probably does. This is a versatile fold; it looks great everywhere and anywhere.

How you do it?

Start with the pocket square laying flat and pinch the center. Pick it up from the center, then form a ring around the square with the thumb and index finger over your hand and it slide it down to the bottom. Fold the point edges over and tuck in.

Turn the puff fold upside down, and you’ve got a crown fold. This one you need to make sure doesn’t look too perfect – you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a pre-folded square. The beauty here is, like a snowflake, no two crown folds are the same. Subtle variations are what make this fold interesting – it’s an eye-catching choice perfect for just about any social situation.

How you do it?

With the pocket square laying flat on a table, pinch the center (just like the puff). Pick it up from the center, form a ring around the square with your thumb and index finger on your other hand and slide it down to the bottom. Fold the rounded portion over and tuck in. Remember – don’t show your tags – carefully remove it from your point before wearing.

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21
Apr

How to Nail A Tie Dimple

We’ve probably all figured out how to tie a tie, but there’s more to what hangs around your neck than just the knot.  That’s right, I’m talking about the dimple, that little menswear detail where perfection seems to elude most men.  Ever notice a guy who does it right? Probably.  When you do, I bet it looks effortless, like it just happens – but that’s pretty unrealistic.

So how do we achieve an enviable dimple? Like how your tie knots, the quality and kind of fabric will make an impact, but there’s definitely a method to making it happen on a consistent basis.

If you’re still learning to dimple and knot, you should probably stick with the basic four-in-hand.  When you’re threading the longer end of the tie through, make sure you don’t tighten the knot all the way, in fact … keep it loose.  Then grab each side o the tie as you slide it through the knot with either hand and push them together to create your dimple.  Keeping that shape intact, you’ll pull the rest of the tie all the way through and then ultimately tighten the knot.

As you’re practicing your dimple, when it’s almost right but not yet tight, you can move it around and adjust it to your liking.  Just like you’d adjust you pocket square for the perfect fold, you can work your way toward a perfect dimple.  Just remember how you get to Carnegie Hall … practice.

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08
Apr

Worried About Wrinkles?

Worried about wrinkles? Don’t be. Our clients often come in wondering what to do about those pesky wrinkles we get sitting at a desk or in our car, but the bottom line is they happen. You’ll see them on your pants, your shirts, your jackets… even your face. Like making it to 40 without a wrinkle, you probably won’t make it to happy hour without wrinkles in your shirt or pants.

After a few hours of wear, your pants will wrinkle, most likely in the crotch. This will happen with a new suit or an old pair of jeans, it’s the natural result of sitting down. A wool suit might hold shape better than your jeans, and just need to be hung up between wearings, point being durability will affect shape.

If you’re that worried about whether someone notices your wrinkles, button your coat. Whenever you’re standing in a suit, you should button up – but never the bottom button. If your jacket truly fits and is properly buttoned, nobody will notice the wrinkles around the crotch of your pants.

If you’re in your car or at your desk, it’s a good time to take off your jacket, hang it, and avoid more wrinkles than you need. If you’re sitting down in a meeting or a business lunch and need to leave your jacket on, keep it unbuttoned.

Remember – this is real life, not a movie and not an advertisement. Gravity will win, and our shirts, pants, coats, and faces will wrinkle.

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