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.

 

Tie + tie bar + pocket square = sartorial win

Tie + tie bar + pocket square = sartorial win

 

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):

 

Tie + collar bar + pocket square

Tie + collar bar + pocket square

 

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):

Tie + pocket square + Clip-on Collar Bar

Tie + pocket square + Clip-on Collar Bar

 

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:

Tie + Tie pin + pocket square

Tie + Tie pin + pocket square

 

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.

 

Call 0800 0274430 or contact us here for more information. We have fitting locations in London: Liverpool St, Savile Row and Charing Cross; Nottingham; Leeds; Wilmslow and Surbiton. We also have a new store in Amersham.

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