Combine your accessories

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It’s the subtle details in men’s dressing that make the difference. Words by Sarah Gilfillan – men’s personal stylist at Sartoria Lab (


Accessories offer powerful, non-verbal clues about your personality and status. Consider the following five points to give your appearance a stylish upgrade:

Pocket squares should tone with your tie but NEVER match. Pick out a colour in your tie and choose a pocket square that echoes this colour in its design, making sure it stands out against your jacket.

Casual chic. I’m sure you’re already matching your shoes and belt for formal wear, but what about casual wear? A multi-coloured woven belt will liven up a plain outfit – try a navy, tan, and white belt with navy linen shorts, white shirt, and tan deck shoes for effortless chic.

Frame your face. When wearing glasses or sunglasses, ensure they suit your face, not only in shape but colour too. If you have an angular face opt for vintage-style curved frames; and if your face is round, add angles with ‘geek chic’ squarer frames. Lighter hair and skin tones will be overpowered by black, so choose blue or tortoiseshell; for stronger colouring, try black or burgundy.

Pull your socks up. Tone your socks with your trousers, not your shoes. To take it one step further (pun intended!), tone them in with the colour of your tie or pocket square. Stick to subtle stripes, spots, or herringbones for work, but go brighter and bolder for downtime.

Talking texture. Texture brings a subtlety and finesse to your outfits. Combine herringbones, slubby linens, crunchy cotton knits, and butter-soft suede for summer style.

Products featured L-R: The Tie Bar Style Box (Nordstrom Exclusive); BOSS Stripe & Dot Socks; Paul Smith Stripe Socks; Ted Baker London Silk Pocket Square; Tom Ford Leo Square Polarized Sunglasses; Ermenegildo Zegna Textured Silk Tie.

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