We can’t stress enough how crucial details are when it comes to style. Small details don’t create your style - they accentuate it. Details put your style on turbo, and there’s no more effective way to elevate your style than by adding subtle accessories. We talked to Jon Patrick, vice president of product at custom men’s brand J. Hilburn, for some tips on how to accessorize better this fall.
“Neckwear used to be the king of accessories and now, in many instances, it is taking a backseat to more modern and clever alternatives as we see casual, streetwear and tailored looks continuing to merge,” he says. Go for ties that shift between formal and casual like a solid denim, chunky herringbone or Donegal tweed.
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Add some tweed.
Patrick says adding a touch of tweed to your accessories, like a hat, scarf or even a bag, can bring some texture and interest to your look. Something grey or navy will go with just about anything.
A tailored bag or backpack is another easy way to step it up, says Patrick. Drop your overstuffed gym bag or your dull laptop case and go with a tailored backpack in refined leather, flannel or tweed. To stay sleek, don't overdo it with the buckles and zippers.
Lapel pins are happening. Embrace them. A lapel pin can be an incredible finishing touch to any look and the right one - with or without a tie -- can even be a conversation starter. “There are cool decorative pins, and ever small flowers and designs made from suiting and necktie fabrics,” adds Patrick.
The key to accessories during any season is subtly. “It’s about the edit,” Patrick says. “If you have on a necktie, pocket square, lapel pin and a tie bar, you probably look like a loaded baked potato. “ Patrick suggests that if you’re going with a necktie/tie-bar combo, go with a simple white folded pocket square. How do you know when it’s too much? When in doubt, take something off.