Accessories – the magic number
Pocket squares, tie pins, collar bars, cravats, tie bars… suit accessories have never been more popular. And understandably so: a well-chosen blend of accessories can turn a standard suit into a sartorial masterpiece. But if you take it too far you’re trying too hard and you could ruin all that effort. The crucial thing is to strike a balance, and the magic number to ensure accessorising harmony is, as De La Soul so famously put it, 3.
However, this magic number only works if one of your three is your tie or (coloured) socks. If you’re not wearing either of these the number falls to 2.
Example 1: Tie + tie bar + pocket square = sartorial win (see below), but if you add a collar bar into the mix the look is too busy and you’ve upset the balance.
Example 2: Tie + collar bar + pocket square.
A note on collar bars – a collar bar requires you to own a shirt which has a small hole sewn in to each collar, but the effect is really stylish (K&A offer this shirt option for no extra charge):
Example 3: Tie + pocket square + Clip-on Collar Bar
A note on Clip-on collar bars – a clip-on collar bar can be added to any shirt, but the collar will need to be fairly large and cannot be too wide spread (we can advise you on the best collar options):
Example 4: Tie + Tie pin + pocket square
A note on tie pins – where possible try and create a protruding tie. It adds to the effect:
Please bear in mind that the 3 rule only applies to two or three piece suits cut in the same cloth – and if your cloth has a secondary colour (e.g. a windowpane check) you need to take special care not to add a too much colour into the mix.