October 14, 2015

How To Wear A Pocket Square

A pocket square can easily be worn from day to night, and picking the perfect outfit combination is the key to creating a versatile look. Whilst most people would consider a pocket square as an accessory to accompany a formal outfit, we’ll take a look how to wear a pocket square casually as well as how to wear a pocket square for a more formal occasion. 

Wearing A Pocket Square Casually
A lot people mainly associate pocket squares with suits or tailored jackets. However, a pocket square can be easily paired with a blazer and a pair of jeans for a casual look in the weekends. This is particularly the case in the summer months with lighter fabrics and warmer colours coming into play. This sort of look really gives you the opportunity to have a bit of fun and add a touch of flamboyance with your fold where you can have utlise a puff fold and have the pocket square showing a good 5 or 6 centimeters above your pocket. If your outfit has reasonably neutral or flat colours you can go for a square with flamboyant pattern that will give your outfit a real lift.   

 


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Linen Jackets
For less formal occasions in the summer months, we think lighter materials for suits such as linen or cotton in a fresco weave are perfect for smart casual occasions. When dressing up a linen suit, compliment it with a cotton or linen pocket square, but don’t worry about the two fabrics matching, it means you can be more daring with colour and the weight of the two fabrics will most likely be different.

If a tie or bow tie is not a necessity at a more relaxed and informal occasion you could always consider matching the pocket square to your socks instead of your tie or bow tie. This will bring together an outfit, giving the impression of a well considered and thought out style choice. 

 

Linen Suit And Pocket Square
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The Velvet Jacket
For those of you who are more daring with suit choices, the velvet dinner jacket is a great alternative to a traditional smoking jacket. Velvet jackets come in an array of refined colours from racing green to a deep claret, and they can all be classically styled with a white pocket square in a square fold, a silk patterned addition can add personality to an outfit whilst also achieving a formal look. 

 

Velvet Jacket Pocket Square
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How To Wear A Pocket Square For A Wedding
One of the most common questions we get asked is how to how to wear a pocket square at a wedding so we thought we would reveal a few secrets to achieving perfect wedding attire. Firstly, if it is your wedding, we believe a pocket square is essential to complete your look. If you have chosen to wear a morning suit, we think keeping the pocket square simple and white in a simple fold is the best option as it compliments the bride in white also. By keeping the pocket square white you can play around with the boutonniere, as they are a great way to add colour, texture and a touch personality.

 


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As for choosing a material for your pocket square, we like to contrast the material to our tie, so if you’re wearing a silk tie stick to a linen pocket square. Similarly if you are wearing a tuxedo to a wedding, a white pocket square in a straight fold will always give you a sharp, contrasting finish. However, to add a little more flair, you can always go for a one point or four point fold, but stick to classic white linen. To see more fold option read our guides on how to fold a pocket square.

Wearing A Square With A Tuxedo
For the most part, most people tend to be quite conservative when choosing a square and fold for their tuxedo. We would recommend that if you are going for the classic flat fold with a white pocket square that you go for cotton. The reason for this is that with cotton you can iron in a sharp crease to the pocket square and which gives it a very definitive edge. There are no hard and fast rules however and you can choose to wear a patterned square that offers a little more edge to your outfit. We would recommend however that if you are wearing a dark coloured tuxedo you choose a square that is also quite dark such as in the image below, and vice versa with a white or cream jacket. There are plenty of other opportunities to wear squares that really contrast with your jacket, so you're better choosing a similar shade and then adding flair with the fold.

Tuxedo With Pocket Square  
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Silk Squares vs Linen, Cotten and Tweed
When wearing a silk pocket square it's important to get the sizing right. Due to the light nature and sheen on the fabric we would always recommend squares that are 40cm+ in size. This means that you have enough fabric to create a firm fold so that it holds it's position in the pocket. It's been our experience that silk pocket squares around 30cm in length tend to slip down in the pocket as you move around.

Tweed squares are at the opposite end of the spectrum, because the material is so thick we found that anything over 20cm in length was almost impossible to fold and fit in the pocket.  Linen and cotton both offer more flexibility. Our preference is still to go for the larger sizes as it provides a firmer finish with slightly more material, but you can get awhile with smaller sizes. 

 

Our Pocket Square Collections

September 01, 2015

The Art of the Hand Rolled Pocket Square

Rolled hem, rolled edge, or rollover stitch; no matter what you choose to call it, the neat finishing edge found on only the most luxurious and well-made pocket squares requires skilled artisans to carefully roll the silk hem into an immaculate rounded edge. The process produces a plump cushioned edge that in our opinion offers a finish that is far superior to a machine-sewn hem.

When you're choosing to buy hand-rolled pocket squares, you are buying a product that has a little bit of a unique feel to it as no two edges will be sewn exactly the same way. For us, it’s really important that we produce the most beautiful squares we can and therefore all our silk squares are hand rolled to provide an exquisite finish. 


The hand rolled hem from our Samson and Delilah Pocket Square

So why do we feel that the finish on hand rolled pocket squares is superior to those produced on a machine? A hand rolled silk square will drape and fold better than a machine-hemmed square’s because hand-sewn stitches are much more fluid than rigid machine stitches.

It is only possible to create the rolled appearance on the edging by using lightweight materials, such as silk and cotton, as they are flexible enough to be rolled into a cylinder. With advances in technology and the demand for mass-produced items there are specially designed sewing machine feet which will replicate the same appearance of hand rolled edges. However, as the material passes underneath presser feet it is flattened and left looking a little dull and lifeless in appearance.

To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk or cotton pocket square must be softy turned over with hand held needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border.

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Rolled hems can be hidden from the printed front side or visible, the latter of which is a trademark of French design house, Hermés, famed for its silk-screen printed scarves and pocket squares. These visible hems are appropriately titled ‘French rolled hems’, whilst rolled hems that are invisible are often referred to as ‘Italian rolled hems’. We have chosen to use the Italian rolled hems as we feel that it provides the best finish for our fine art squares. The colour of the thread we use to hold the hem in place always matches the colour of the border on the pocket square as the convention is that the visible thread is not seen as a feature of the design. 


We use Italian rolled hems

As is the purpose with all sewn hems, the hand rolled hem will stop the edge of the luxury pocket square from fraying, especially in areas prone to do so, particularly the corners. A wonderful feature that can often be overlooked in pocket squares is mitered corners, corners that meet perfectly at a 45-degree angle creating a sleek professional finish. With machined hems, sewing a square corner is the easier and simplest solution, however with hand rolling mitered corners are easier to achieve. Mitered corners are preferred as they are less bulky as the excessive fabric is trimmed away. They are also tougher and more resistant to wear and tear than a standard square corner.

The art of hand rolling pocket squares is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each pocket square its own unique character, finish and feel. 

Click here to view our range of Hand Rolled Pocket Squares.

 

Our Pocket Square Collections

May 25, 2015

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo

To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo we have released a limited edition pocket square of The Duke of Wellington.

Product Link: The Duke of Wellington Commemorative Pocket Square

The Duke of Wellington
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, was born on the 1st May 1769 to an Anglo-Irish aristocratic family. By the time of his death in 1852 he was a national hero with a glittering military and political career, and was dignified with the last heraldic state funeral to be held in Britain.

Wellington was commissioned to the British Army in 1787 and promoted to Field Marshal by 1813; during this period he had successfully led the allied forces to victory against the French at the Battle of Vitoria. On the now famous date of 18 June 1815 during The Battle of Waterloo, Wellington led one of the allied armies that eventually defeated Napoleon. This was to be his grandest victory, and etch his name firmly into British military history.

The Battle
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday the 18th of June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium. The Seventh Coalition which comprised of an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army commanded by Gebhard von Blucher, came up against the French army commanded by Napoleon. After the Prussian army suffered a defeat two days earlier by the French, Wellington determined that if the regrouped Prussian army was able to march to his support he could take on Napoleon directly. Sensing the threat, Napoleon attacked Wellington's army before he could create a co-ordinated attack with his allies. Wellington was able to withstand repeated French attacks until the Prussians arrived, at which point Wellington counter attacked and defeated the French army and effectively ended Napoleon's rule as Emperor of the French. According to Wellington, the battle was 'the nearest-run thing you every saw in your life'. For a detailed account of the battle see the following Wikipedia page Battle of Waterloo.  

He returned to England a victorious commander and settled in the grand Apsley House in 1817. Here he began a detailed refurbishment and rebuilding programme, transforming it into the decadent neo-classical Regency residence that still stands today. It is one of the only preserved examples of an aristocratic townhouse of this period and stands alone in a corner of Hyde Park, an impressive location that was once known as Number One, London. The culmination of the refurbishing programme was the completion of Waterloo Gallery in 1830. It is here where Wellington held renowned annual banquets to celebrate the early anniversaries of the battle until his death in 1852. In 1947 the 7th Duke of Wellington gave the house over to the nation, although to this day Apsley House remains a residence of the 9th Duke of Wellington and stands as a national shrine to the victory of Waterloo.

 

Apsley HouseImage: Apsley House

After retiring from a splendidly successful military career Wellington entered politics; he was appointed Prime Minister in 1828, holding this post until 1830 and remained an active statesman for the duration of his life.

Battle Commissions
The period after the Battle of Waterloo ushered in a succession of commissions from King George IV to celebrate - in art, architecture and sculpture - the generals and heroes who had played pivotal roles in the victory. Opposite Apsley House sits Wellington Arch, opened in 1825 and built as a celebration of the Duke of Wellington’s success at Waterloo. It is crowned by the largest bronze sculpture in Europe, depicting the Angel of Peace descending on the ‘Quadriga’ – or four-horsed chariot – of War.

This sculpture demonstrates vividly the value the nation placed on Wellington’s participation in the battle, and shows him as a protector of peace. The legend that follows the Duke considers him instrumental in ending the series of wars that had crippled Europe during the 18th and 19th century. Between the Battle of Waterloo and the Crimean War, Europe enjoyed half a century of peace due to Napoleon’s defeat. It is the essence of peace and the stability that Wellington afforded the British people, which is most well remembered and celebrated today.

 

 

Image: The Wellington Arch

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, hailing in a succession of national events that will commemorate The Iron Duke. Click here to see some of the upcoming events 200th Anniversary Celebrations.

February 24, 2015

Shopping for Pocket Squares

While pocket squares can range from 8 inches to 18 inches in size, in truth, only a fraction of your chosen design will be on show when you wear it. Therefore, if you select your pocket square based on its overall appearance rather than how it will look when folded in your jacket pocket, your finished ensemble could actually end up looking entirely different to how you originally intended. In our latest guide, we discuss some tried-and-tested techniques to help steer you through your pocket square selection process.

Firstly, it’s important to make sure that you get the basics right before you move onto more adventurous pocket square choices. A classic white pocket square in cotton or linen is a formalwear staple for any pocket square wearer, for example. Beyond that, you should look for solid colour pocket squares to bring your everyday outfits together. Blues and monochrome hues may seem like sensible cost-per-wear colour choices, but remember that the point of the pocket square is to complement the rest of your look, and not necessarily to blend into it. Consequently, you might actually get more wear out of a more daring colour choice from the yellow or red spectrum.

This brings us nicely onto our next point: try before you buy! A well-presented window display of beautifully laid out silk scarves may initially draw you into a shop to buy a pocket square, for instance, but it doesn’t actually offer any indication as to how the pocket squares will look when worn. Therefore, we recommend testing your chosen pocket square with a selection of blazers and suit jackets similar to ones you already own in order to get a feel of what works with your style and what doesn’t.

Knowing your style is even more important when buying pocket squares online. On the plus side, the pocket square’s dimensions, colour and material will be clearly outlined; allowing you to make an informed sartorial decision. However, you should also look through the website’s images of the pocket square to see how it looks when folded. You need to keep in mind the reasons why you want to buy your pocket square as well. Is it a formal or casual purchase? Are you looking to wear it every day, or are you looking for a more flamboyant, decorative pocket square? And, most importantly, does it go with the rest of your wardrobe?

Armed with this series of questions, you can now consider the fun part of shopping for a pocket square: the focal point. Remember that colour, print or material could be considered as a focal point when buying a pocket square, so there really are an endless number of jacket, accessory and pocket square combinations to make your look truly individual.

Happy shopping!

Samantha Southern
Fashion & Lifestyle Journalist

February 09, 2015

Pocket Squares in the Corporate Environment

First impressions can leave lasting impressions, so it goes without saying that – in the corporate world more than any other – your sartorial choices really do matter. But how do you ensure that you stand out in a sea of suits for the right reasons and not the wrong ones? Read on for Rampley & Co’s suggestions on how to succeed in executive fashion accessorising...

While gaudy or overly flamboyant accessory choices may come across as try-hard in the corporate environment, subtly co-ordinated extras worn with confidence will allow you to convey self-assurance through your sense of personal style. Ultimately, however, you want people to remember you and not your clothes, hence why we advise choosing accessories that complement the rest of your outfit rather than ones that are overly prominent. A minimal, silver tie bar and discreet cufflinks are a great place to start, for instance, because they are essentially practical items that will help to complete your formal look rather than drawing attention to themselves directly.

Naturally, we’re also inclined to think that a well folded pocket square will add further élan to your business dress. Your tie is the item that should introduce colour or pattern to your outfit, so we recommend keeping your pocket square choice simple. A white or lightly coloured classic cotton or linen pocket square will add poise to your suit and also works well with black, grey and navy depending on your preference.

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 Your choice of fold should also reflect the understated nature of the corporate pocket square. Although a puff fold may work for a more decorative pocket square occasion, for example, an unfussy flat fold really is the only option for a business environment; the main objective should be to highlight your confidence at work, and not to overshadow it.

If, however, you do want to use your pocket square to introduce some extra flair to your outfit, subtle finishing touches such as monogrammed initials in the corner of your pocket square could add a sophisticated edge to your accessorising.

Nevertheless, we should stress not to over-accessorise just for the sake of it. A well-groomed ensemble is the first indicator of a professional businessman who is sure of himself, but if it doesn’t feel natural to you then it won’t look natural to anyone else. Therefore, if you have a no-nonsense approach to business, a sharp suit alone may be enough for you, whereas carefully chosen accessories could suggest an eye for detail.

In short, it can be difficult to stand out against a corporate background, but we at Rampley & Co believe that a clever approach to business dressing can accentuate both your professional and personal strengths. After all, style might not be the be-all and end-all, but it is certainly a useful tool to say who you are without having to speak.

Samantha Southern
Fashion & Lifestyle Journalist

January 28, 2015

Matching A Pocket Square And Tie

The hallmark of a true gentleman, a pocket square is an effortless way to add some sartorial flair to classic tailoring. Whether it's a more traditional tweed or a vibrant silk paisley you favour, a pocket square can impart a personal touch to even the dullest workwear. The question is, how should you wear it, and what are the rules?

A common misconception is that a matching tie and pocket square is the way to go. This is actually the opposite of the truth, as in practice this will often leave even the snappiest dressers looking more than a little austere.

So how do you style a pocket square, ensuring that it stands out, reflects your personality, and complements your suit, without looking like you got dressed in your grandmother's handkerchief box that morning? Read our style guide to find out all you need to know about how to wear this essential accessory.

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As mentioned, directly matching pocket square and tie is a style no-go. But the question remains, how should you wear a pocket square and tie together? Here, you have a variety of options which can be alternated depending on your sartorial preference.

If you're feeling brave and you want to wear a pocket square that's going to get you noticed in the office, you may opt for a bright, patterned design such as paisley or polka-dot. If this is the case, then ensure that one of the colours featured in the pocket square complements either your tie or your suit. For example, if you had a blue polka-dot pocket square, you might want to go with a tie with flecks of blue in it, or for the fashion staple, a solid blue tie.

tie and pocket square polka-dot

A more conservative option would be to opt for a traditional heritage fabric such as a Harris tweed or tartan, and largely the same rule applies here. Identify the main colour of the pocket square, and endeavour to pick a tie that features that colour in some way.

Not quite ready to go for a patterned number and want something more low-key? Neutral solid colours will work with everything, but ensure that they are in contrast with your suit and tie otherwise the impact of the accessory is definitively lessened. A textured pocket square, such as a lightweight linen or pique cotton, will add a point of interest without being too bold.

Now we've covered the basics, what about something a little more advanced? Considering your tie is one thing, but what about the rest of your outfit? Firstly, let's start with the suit. The pocket square is a great companion to fine tailoring, but as a contrast to, not a match for it. Choose a colour that will stand out against your suit and worry about matching it to your tie later, as this is what will really make the impact. Black makes a great base for the more stand-out, printed designs, whereas a simple grey suit can be transformed by a gentlemanly tweed.

tie and pocket square suit

Next, your shirt. As a general rule, wearing a printed shirt and a printed pocket square together runs the risk of looking like you've made a little too much effort, so a solid colour works better with a bold design and vice versa.

As a final flourish, why not consider your socks as an additional pairing to your pocket square? It's easy to forget the humble sock, but they can add serious impact to an outfit when properly picked using the guidelines above. Choose a block-colour that brings out the hues of your chosen square and you're guaranteed to turn heads on the train.

Jessica Spires
Features And Fashion Writer

December 16, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide

Last Minute Xmas Guide

1. Pocket Square, Rampley & Co - a necessary item for a fashionable gentleman, and one of our favourites from our Fine Art Collection. Adding this simple accessory can make an outfit truly unique.

http://www.rampleyandco.com/collections/fine-art-collection/products/the-death-of-major-peirson

2. Razor, Murdock - a hand-crafted razor could be a perfect gift for a man who likes to take good care of himself. Simple, classy and sharp - that's exactly what he needs.

http://www.murdocklondon.com/shaving-1/razors/laurence-razor-light-horn.html    

3. Cosmetics Set, Grown Alchemist - a firm, yet gentle handshake is a must in social interactions. Grown Alchemist's hand cosmetics set will take care of that. 

http://uk.spacenk.com/handwash-%26-handcream-twin-set/MUK200014159.html  

4. Cufflinks, Simon Carter - a perfect idea for every elegant man. The neutral colour palette of the cufflinks will suit almost every shirt.

http://www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/product/Liberty//Silver-Tone-Curved-Inset-Cufflinks/97901  

5. Perfume, Yves Saint Laurent - a mix of patchouli wood and mandarins creates a perfect scent for a confident man.

http://www.feelunique.com/p/Yves-Saint-Laurent-M7-Oud-Absolu-Eau-De-Toilette-Spray-80ml  

6. Watch, Larsson & Jennings - a good quality watch is a must-have of every gentleman. Subtlety and reliability are the essence when choosing a timeless classic.

https://www.larssonandjennings.com/shop/lader/lader-brown  

7. Wallet, Paul Smith - a black leather wallet is a safe present for everybody. The relatively small size makes it convenient to wear inside any trouser pocket.

http://www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/product/Liberty//Black-Leather-Multistripe-Billfold-Wallet/106952  

8. Fountain pen, Visconti - a unique design collection of fountain pens inspired by artists. An ideal gift for a creative soul.

http://www.thewritingdesk.co.uk/showproduct.php?id=10768  

9. Whisky glass set, Dartington - designed to release flavours evenly, a perfect gift for any whisky connoisseur. 

http://www.dartington.co.uk/drink/whisky/double-of-pair-410.html  

10. Umbrella, London Undercover - a must-have for a British gentleman. Not only usable, but also a perfect addition to an outfit.

http://www.johnlewis.com/london-undercover-classic-prince-of-wales-umbrella-black/p1563272

October 02, 2014

Harris Tweed Accessories For Autumn/Winter

As the season turns towards winter and thicker fabrics are put into play, it’s time to opt for some trend-worthy accessories for Autumn/Winter.

Tweed has always been a token classic for menswear, taking inspiration from the vast country life of a Scottish Gentleman to the rebellious 80’s punk. Due to its thick and rugged texture, tweed remains a favourite style staple for the colder months and is one of the most versatile fabrics in menswear. Pair tweed with virtually any colour or fabric, here we’ll run through the best tweed styling options for autumn/winter:

Twill – An unpatterned and simple weave with a subtle mottle effect. Orange, navy and bottle green are key colours for next season so pair a solid coloured pocket square with a plain blazer and a base colour polo neck to keep you warm. Twill pocket squares also look great when matched with the same coloured socks and either burgundy or whiskey brogues.

Overcheck Twill – Traditional twill with a large check design overlaid in a contrasting colour. The classic check is usually seen in earth tones such as brown, burgundy and red. In some cases grey, navy and monochrome are used which are in-keeping with one of next season’s biggest trends; the monochrome look. A large check design should be paired with pattern-less designs unless you’re brave enough to try the clashing look with an overcheck blazer in a different colour – never matching.

Overchecked Twill
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Plain Herringbone Tweed – Herringbone tweed consists of alternate parallel lines creating a ‘V’ shape, this is usually in a monochrome palette. This tweed perfectly blends with a classic black blazer and white shirt combination.

Striped Tweed – Striped tweeds include a distinctive pattern of vertical lines to create stripes of various sizes. Usually seen in earth tones, highland tweed can be juxtaposed against bright pop tones or subtly reflected in a neutral palette.

Houndstooth Tweed – Houndstooth uses a large broken checked pattern using pointed shapes instead of squares, said to resemble the back teeth of a dog. Much like the herringbone tweed, houndstooth is usually seen in a monochrome palette but has been seen updated with a large overcheck design and in pop colours by a few menswear designers. Depending on what colour or style you go for, houndstooth is the more eclectic mix of tweed.

Houndstooth Tweed
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Checked Tweed – A small square check which may be enhanced by a larger overcheck in a third colour. Because of this micro-pattern, it’s best to anchor the third colour and match that with your shirt for an all-over styled look. Micro-patterns should also stay away from larger prints.

Tartan Tweed – Any tartan can also be woven in tweed fabric. The characteristic uneven textire of Harris Tweed in particular wonderfully evokes authentic vintage tartans. Tartan being the most obvious tweed reference is therefor versatile for any formal or casual occasion. Formal being paired with an all-over base coloured three-piece suit, or a tweed pocket square to lift a casual outfit such as a cream blazer and denim shirt paired with boating shoes.

As woven fabrics are quite stiff, it’s always best to fold a tweed pocket square in a basic square or triangle fold, which makes styling options a lot easier.

Sufiyeh Hadian
Fashion & Lifestyle Writer

September 24, 2014

Mens Winter Fashion - 2014/15

As the colder months draw in, attention is surely drawn to what trends one should buy into from the current season. The mens winter fashion runways were awash with a multitude of different sartorial offerings this year, so take a retrospective glance at 5 eminent looks from London's AW14 collections.

Check Mate

Checks are the ideal pattern to adopt if you want to make an understated impact. An easy-to-wear, versatile trend, a checked piece is a mens winter fashion staple.

Opt for a punchy monochrome Masai check as seen on the runway at Agi & Sam, go vibrant and garish with Jonathan Saunders' characteristically bold designs, or adopt Alexander McQueen's punk-inspired tartan.

Alexander McQueen Tartan Check 

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The Gentleman

A number of key London-based houses explored the stereotype of the English gentleman, evoking images of a range of iconic figures. Fiction's best-loved detective Sherlock Holmes was the focus at E.Tautz, who presented a selection of Ulster coats in various checked designs, styled with traditional Homburg hats.

Hackett drew on the idea of the gentlemanly explorer, infusing traditional tailoring with a sense of the intrepid. Impeccably cut tweed suits were accompanied by oversized vintage suitcases, backpacks and cameras, recalling nostalgic images of wealthy travellers.

E.Tautz Ulster Coat

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Slim Jim

Wide, regular or slim, it can be difficult to choose which trouser cut you're going to invest in for the forthcoming season. The AW14 runways have made the choice quite clear however, your mens winter fashion staple for the coming months is a pair of precisely tailored slim slacks.

A flattering slim-cut trouser is the ideal pairing for any sartorial mood. Paired with Casely-Hayford's grunge-inspired prints, Christopher Kane's scientific molecule motif, or Tom Ford's vibrant tailored jackets, they are perfect for balancing out a more statement-making upper half. Ensure you're wearing them slightly cropped at the ankle for that all-important 60s-inspired aesthetic.

Casely-Hayfords Jackets

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Autumnal Hues

Befitting the season, the dominant palettes on the London runways were a mix of rich, earthy tones. Gieves and Hawkes and Richard James presented formal looks in tonal brown hues, providing an on-trend alternative for black-tie events.

Wine-coloured tones were also prolific – go all out like Richard Nicoll and work with an entire outfit that variates on the theme, or opt for bold colour with neutral slacks as seen at Jonathan Saunders.

 Gieves and Hawkes Jacket

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Fresh Faced

When it comes to the new season, you might also be wondering which grooming choices to make. The mens winter fashion runways were jam-packed with a host of different suggestions, but there is one clear winner. Bearded men take note, this might be time to pick up your razor – the London collections touted a distinct lack of facial hair. Clean-shaven and fresh-faced, the models at LC:M often had a boyish, youthful look.

As for the hair? Slicked-back and side-parted is the way to go for AW14, and as an additional bonus, the wet-look is very compatible with the rain. Take cues from Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Miller and Richard Nicoll, and freshen up your look with even breezier grooming.

Richard Nicoll

Image source: style.com

Jessica Spires
Features And Fashion Writer

 

July 22, 2014

What To Wear With A Tweed Jacket

There’s no doubt about it, a tweed jacket is a solid staple within the contemporary men’s wardrobe. Versatile, classic and super smart, it’s a piece that will work for myriad occasions - providing you get the styling right. For both on and off duty dressing, consider the pocket square a failsafe companion.

What To Wear With A Harris Tweed Jacket

Though small, this cunning little accessory holds all kinds of sartorial powers. Ultimately, it’s a great way to express your individual sense of style. If you’re into bold statement dressing, a pocket square in a bright hue will really make your tweed jacket pop. For the trend conscious, this is also a great way to tap into seasonal trends without being a style slave, the SS14 catwalks were awash with high-impact primary shades so opting for saturated yellow, blue or red will keep it current.

Another huge trend that has been brewing for several seasons now is pattern on pattern. Our inaugural Harris Tweed collection consists of both timeless and bold options that acknowledge this enduring trend. With that in mind, we’ve created some pointers on what to wear with a Tweed jacket, so you make the most of this timeless fashion classic.

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Casual And Relaxed

If you’re out and about on a weekend, you’ll want to take the vibe down a notch and a pair of straight-leg or slim-cut jeans will do the trick. If your idea of casual and relaxed still includes a shirt, go for a white shirt in a casual fabric such as cotton. Wear with the top buttons left undone for that all-important ‘I just threw this on’ vibe. Otherwise a grey marl T is a super comfy option. Complete the look with a brightly coloured pocket square, a simple flat fold will suffice, and a pair of classic Converse or sneakers.

Smart Casual



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re heading out for dinner with friends or meeting the in-laws, you’ll need to master this elusive dress code. Fortunately, when paired with simple wardrobe staples, a tweed jacket is a strong choice. Opt for a crisp black or pale blue shirt and a pair of neutral beige or navy chinos for the perfect smart casual canvas. Accessorise with a classic brown brogue and a matching tweed pocket square. Pairing the tweed fabrics gives you a sharp, yet casual look.

Tweed Jacket With Waist Coat

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If you need to dress up for a meeting or a more formal engagement, wearing a tweed jacket offers plenty of scope. To keep it timeless, add a waistcoat and tailored trousers in a plain, dark fabric or in matching tweed. A bright white shirt works best for this look, especially if you’re going tweed-heavy.

Add an all-important sartorial edge with some choice accessories. Smart tweed dressing requires either a skinny tie or a bow tie, and a pocket square is essential to give your look the final touch of class. It's important not to directly match your pocket square to your tie, a definite no-no, but instead choose a complementary colour where one of the secondary colours in your tie is reflected in your pocket square or you can opt for another contrast, especially when you want to add just a little flash of colour. A neat flat fold or a two-point fold will underscore this razor-sharp look perfectly.

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Jodie Kharas

 

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