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Matching A Tie To Your Occasion

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This article was written in collaboration with Christopher Lim from Cardable. Find out more at the end of the article.


"Dress to impress" is the mantra I live by, uttered by the famous comedian-turn-talkshow host Steve Harvey. If you've watched his show by the name Moniker, you'll notice that he is always dressed to the nines - I'm sure he has a wardrobe assistant to pick his clothing out for him but nonetheless, he is the epitome of "gentlemen dressing" in my humble opinion.

Wearing a suit speaks a powerful statement, and how one wears it can either make or break people's first impression of you as an individual. Some think that choosing a suit is simple - pick out matching jacket and pants, throw on a shirt and a tie, and I'm good to go. Good start, but that's not all there is to it. There is so much more to this branch of men's fashion, so much more to elaborate on that if I were to go into detail, this article would probably end up as a thesis paper. Take note though, I do not claim to be authoritative on this subject matter, but merely a topic of interest I choose to indulge myself with in my spare time

Men in suits and ties

*Wink wink, this could probably be a series of articles* Let me first list down all the things I could've talked about:

  1. Jacket
  2. Pants
  3. Shirts
  4. Socks and Shoes
  5. Accessories (Neckties, belts, cufflinks, tie-clips, pocket squares, watches, bracelets, rings, eyewear, and essential carry-ons)
  6. Hairstyles
  7. Etiquette and events

There're probably a lot more to add to the list but off the top of my head, these are the key essentials that everyone should know of. Read on to find out which ties are best for some of life’s most important events.

The Necktie, or “La Cravate” in its French term, is a male accessory dating back to the early 17th century during the time of King Louis XIII when the Croatian mercenaries he hired wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. Since then, the necktie has undergone many changes in style and design before it became the necktie we know of in modern times.

Men's neckties


Today, we pair our neckties to different events or functions that we are attending. It speaks volume of our dress sense and purpose when we put on a specific tie. The right tie can garner mutual respect and even praise, while the wrong tie can lead to disastrous outcomes; and to put things into perspective, here are five different events and which ties I feel should go with it.

1. Interview

    Wearing a shirt and tie to an interview may not always be the right approach, and with the advent of startups and the millennial culture, you might realise that some companies do not emphasise on a strict dress code (you might even find the boss wearing jeans and a t-shirt!). My take is this - research on the company and know the position you're applying for.

    Now if you're going for an interview with a large corporate firm, throw on a crisp white shirt with a simple, solid-coloured, medium-sized tie (check out The Little Link's collection here). This look should be the default for any corporate job interview you're going for as it emphasizes professionalism and eagerness. A skinny, funky-patterned tie here would portray you as a juvenile and not exude seriousness in wanting the job.

    Solid colored men's neckties

    2. Business Meeting

    Regardless of your company's culture, whenever you head out to meet representatives from another company for a high-stakes meeting, it's important to note that YOU are representing your company. Therefore, the way you dress for it will impact the other party's first impression of you. Exuding professionalism here is of utmost importance, especially if you're in a management position (which is probably what got you into the meeting in the first place). Pair your suit with a solid or striped tie in dull/neutral colours as strong colours might be too aggressive in this case. Avoid dots and images as it might not fit the tone of the meeting; you want to keep the focus of the meeting on the subject matter and not on your tie - Check out some examples from The Little Link here.

    Men's striped neckties

    3. Casual OOTD

    Heading out in the streets with your friends or partner, this is when you'd want people to notice you. Your dressing should tell a story of your personality so don't be afraid to flaunt it. If you're throwing on a smart-casual outfit, let your tie do the talking - it should contrast your outfit but not appear too muddled. A narrow tie with patterns or images might do you well in adding flavour to your OOTD. The Little Link has a fine selection of ties for this so check it out here.

    Men's novelty casual neckties

    5. Fancy Dress Party

    Similar to your casual OOTD, but up a notch on formality. Let your dressing do the talking and don't be afraid to let your outfit be "loud", but not "boisterous". Be bold - mix-and-match your colours and patterns, maybe even wear a couple of extra accessories. Funky, skinny ties might work well on this occasion so check out some collections here.

    Men's statement skinny neckties

    5. Black-Tie event

    If you're one to attend social events, chances are you might have attended a black-tie event, which in and of itself, already tells you how to dress. There're a couple of ways to pull this off - a dinner jacket (a tuxedo), or a blazer. I prefer a little more flair to my materials for such occasions and would typically opt for suede, either in Maroon or Midnight Blue, while finishing off with a black bow-tie (if I'm wearing a tux) or a black satin tie. Check out some great examples from The Little Link here.

    Men's black tie accessories - Bow Ties


    The Little Link offers many more accessories for the picking apart from ties. The items offered are great embellishments to the gentlemen dressing and every guy should have at least one of each - you never know what situation might call for it and it’s always better to be prepared. Remember, "Dress to Impress".

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    Choosing Cufflinks Of The Right Material For Any Occasion

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    Cufflinks are an essential part of any modern man’s wardrobe. However with a wide array of styles on the market, it may be difficult to know which is the perfect set for your dress ensemble.

    Choosing the Right Cufflinks for Every Occasion

    The beauty of cufflinks is that when they are worn right, they can either be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. This makes them suitable for use at the office, weddings, dinners, formal events and even informal outings.

    The material of the cufflink is the primary determinant of its formality. Gold, Silver, and Platinum are favorites, and a man should own at least one pair of each to cater to every occasion he may encounter in time to come.

    Read on for our tips for choosing cufflinks in the right material for each occasion.

    1. BLACK TIE EVENTS - CRYSTALS AND PRECIOUS STONES

    Invest in a few pairs made from more luxurious materials, like crystals or precious stones, so you are able to conform to more sophisticated dress requirements, such as white tie events. Complete the look with the ultra formal Raphael Bow Tie and Pocket Square Set.

    Mens Cufflinks and Accessories for Formal OccasionsShop: 1. Raphael Bow Tie and Pocket Square Set, 2. Cat Eye Cufflinks 3. Diamonds in the Sky Cufflinks, 4. Dependable Cufflinks 


    2. WEDDINGS - CLASSIC GOLD AND SILVER

    Attending a wedding or tying the knot? Simple and classy designs made from gold or silver are your best bet to look polished and suave on this special day. For the groom, impress the bride by wearing her initials on your sleeves! Read our Wedding Blog for more groom styling tips on your big day.

    Mens Cufflinks and Accessories for WeddingsShop: 1. Jeanette Customised Cufflinks, 2. Love Links Cufflinks 3. Royal White Lapel Rose Boutonniere, 4. Made in Heaven Cufflinks 


    3. INFORMAL OUTINGS - UNUSUAL MATERIALS 

    Wear cufflinks of interesting materials, such as leather, wood or industrial metal to informal events. Adding a twist to the usual cufflinks makes them perfect for revealing that winning personality of yours, and add a little sparkle to your ensemble.

    Mens Cufflinks and Accessories for Casual EventsShop: 1. Brown Roped In Cufflinks, 2. Wood Tic Tac Toe Cufflinks 3. Exposed Gear Cufflinks by Blue Pendulum , 4. Netstone Bead Bracelet 


    4. OFFICE - ENAMEL

    Designs made from titanium, enamel or glass are versatile, durable and can be worn to the office on a daily basis. They are also classy and presentable enough for business meetings and sales presentations without looking too over the top.

    Mens Cufflinks and Accessories for WorkShop: 1. Mosaic Black Cufflinks, 2. Bryden Grey Stripe Tie 3. Black Onyx Cufflinks, 4. Black Laser Cufflinks 


    5. DINNER PARTIES - MOTHER OF PEARL AND ROSE GOLD

    This elegant pairing of Rose Gold cufflinks or Pearl cufflinks with your dinner party suit is a surefire way to garner all the attention you deserve at the next fancy dinner party. Apart from adding a touch of luxury, it also takes your ensemble up another level.

     

    Mens Cufflinks and Accessories for Dinner Parties

    Shop: 1. Mermaid Scale Pearl Cufflinks, 2. Rose Gold Wooden Cufflinks 3. Evangeline Crystal Bow Tie, 4. Rose Gold Watch Movement Keton Cufflinks 

     

    A general rule of thumb is that classic and simple cufflinks should always be worn in more formal or professional occasions, while you can experiment with shapes and textures at less formal occasions like a holiday office party.

    Learn about the different types of cufflinks with our Ultimate Cufflink Guide! If you feel you're ready to level up your wardrobe, shop our collection with over 1,000 cufflink designs now.

     

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    6 Must-have Accessories for Men

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    A guest blog post by Cardable

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    In a fashion-forward country like Singapore, it takes a lot to keep up with the fast-changing trends and style. It can be a challenge to keep up with trends and not stick out like a sore thumb. No matter which field of work you are in, be it in an office job or a more vocational area of expertise, there are certain accessories which will help you look more professional and can be an instant confidence booster.


    Can you make a guess what are the 6 must-have accessories? Here we go…

     

    1) A Pair of Cufflinks

    Silver and Gold Tourbillion Watch Cufflinks - Watch Movement Michael

    We know buttons are convenient, but a pair of cufflinks can add style and a little bit of bedazzle to all shirts, even if it is a simple shirt from Uniqlo. It speaks elegance and professionalism with a hint of fashion consciousness. With the variety and creative designs of cufflinks available these days, you can easily find one that suit different occasions, your profession, personal style and even your mood! Want to level up and look a CEO? We recommend this stylish pair of watch movement cufflinks.

     

    2) A Favourite Neck Tie 

    Men in Suit and Necktie

     In order make a good impression at work or at that important meeting, there’s something you can’t forget. You’ll need to get yourself a good tie. With or without a suit, a tie helps you to stand out among the crowd, especially if you choose a pair that goes well with your outfit. One might say it is even the centerpiece of your entire outfit. Ties need not be boring and conventional all the time like what they were in our fathers’ era.

    Men are more daring to try quirky prints and bright colours these days, For example, If you’re attending a more casual and cosy wedding and do not want to look too shabby or overdressed, try going for something funky with prints. If you’re attending an important business meeting, it would be best to opt for safe choices and complementing colours to your shirt, such as this sleek black tie or this blue striped one.

     

    3) A Cool Bow Tie

    Grey Textured Bow Tie

    Sure, bow ties aren’t associated with day-to-day business attires such as in offices or at business meetings, but that doesn’t make them any less of a necessary accessory. Gone are the days when bow ties can only be seen on red carpets and at formal social functions with a black tie dress code. In recent times, bow ties have evolved and loosened up. You’re more likely to see men in bow ties of playful colours and prints at parties and social events these days. It is now known as the fun younger brother of the neck tie, and increasingly represent men who know how to have fun while staying classy.


    This versatile polka dot bow tie can be worn casual with a shirt and jeans, or suited up with a tuxedo for formal events. Or maybe you want to let your fun personality shine through with a casual outfit and a funky bow tie like this one in checks. There are so many bow ties in the market to experiment with nowadays, you’re bound to find one that suits your personality!

     

    4) A Chic Pocket Square

     

    Man in Black Suit and Red Bowtie

     

    How do you boost your outfit and appearance with one simple accessory? That’s right, it’s a pocket square. Pocket squares originated with a hygiene purpose back in olden times for the upper-class, where men used linen handkerchiefs to cover their noses. A handkerchief was put into the breast pocket of a suit to prevent it from mixing with other objects (such as coins) in the trousers pocket.


    Folding techniques developed and the pocket square eventually evolved into a fashion accessory. This simple piece of cloth has risen in popularity as fashion-forward men realise they can add it to their outfit for an effortless and complete look, whether it be for a casual or formal event. How you fold it also determines the type of image you want to portray. We reckon this cool pocket square would be a good conversation starter!

     

    5) Funky Socks

    Funky Colorful Men's Socks

    Socks have attracted more attention from men these days, and rightfully so. Who says you can only wear black, navy or grey socks? This accessory adds a punch to a man’s attire when one sees a peek of his choice of socks. It is subtle yet impressionable, and speaks a lot about a person’s personality and fashion. Want to stand out from the crowd and make a great first impression at a party? Perhaps this pair of colourful striped socks would be a good choice.  

     

    6) A Stylish Money Clip

    Classic Gunmetal Money Clip

    Here’s another popular trend that has developed over the years and is pretty simple - and that is meant quite literally. Nowadays, simplicity and minimalism are considered beauty, and a money clip is a symbol of these two traits. Money clips are small, compact, and do their job: hold money and cards together. You can have more than one and organise them however you please.

    You won’t ever have to walk out of your home in the morning with a thick wallet sticking out of your coat pocket or forming a bump on your bum again. Look sophisticated with this classic metallic clip and have the option to engrave your initials as well.

     

    And there you have it, the top 6 essentials every man should have in their wardrobe. Take your time to browse and shop for the perfect ones and experience for yourself how big a change they can enforce on any man! Splurge a little on what’s important with the help of Cardable for additional promos and deals which might be available for your credit card, and see not only improvements in your looks and how you present yourself, but also how you feel about yourself.

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    Styling 101: Travel & Dress like a Local

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    As we approach our favourite travel season this May, there’s hardly a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to travelling. Some travellers shuffle from one tourist hotspot to another with relish, while others prefer an experience that’s closer to the ground.

    Prefer to hang out with the natives rather than be led through another maze of tourist traps? We'll show you how to blend in like a local.

    JAM WITH STREET MUSICIANS IN FLORENCE

    If you're feeling the beat, rub shoulders with adventurous guitar players, talented improvisers, brave rockers armed with kitchen supplies and people who bring their music out into the streets. Add your magic to Florence's already artsy urban landscape.

    Jam with Street Musicians in Florence Italy

    Ace the relaxed yet fashionably artistic look with cotton or linen suits in neutral shades and pair them with accessories that show your individual element or quirk. A large sports watch is a must have investment, the one thing Italians love to wear.

     

    Men's Cufflinks and Accessories for Summer Vacation

    Shop the Look: Guitar Hero Cufflinks, Moleskine Sahara Brown Backpack, 3. MVMT Chrono Watch, 4. Braxton Bow Tie, 5. Potted Plan Lapel Pin, 6. Dylan Pocket Square

    CYCLE ON THE STREETS OF PARIS 

    Think like a Parisian and you’ll do well here: Start rides at your local bistro, race out the Paris Basin into the calm and charming countryside, stop at boulangeries as needed, then go straight home and resume your day, as if this exceptional cycling city is completely normal.

    Cycling on the Streets of Paris

    The Parisian male loves to layer. This look contributes to the general Parisian fashion preference for looking as if you’re too cool to fuss over an outfit. Complete it with the signature European looped scarf and classicaccessories. 

    Men's Cufflinks and Accessories for Summer Vacation in Paris

    Shop the Look: 1. Knight Shield Collar Pin, 2. Royal Green Lapel Rose, 3. Saint Laurent Silk Scarf, 4. Humming Bird Lapel Pin, 5. Basilica Cufflinks, 6. Moleskine ID Reporter Bag Black 

    COFFEE WITH THE SLOANIES IN LONDON

    With an anything goes attitude to style, a man can wear whatever in London and onlookers won’t take a second look. From the dapper to the outlandish, men in this city know who and what they are; showing just how important confidence is when it comes to style.

    Coffee with the Sloanies in London


    A Sloanie is big on luxury brands yet understated about his extravagance; opting for non-logo items that show his appreciation for superior English wool, cashmere and silk, and British cuts and silhouette. Coordination is key.
     

    Men's Cufflinks and Accessories for Summer Vacation in London

    Shop the Look: 1. Axis Silk Tie, Watch Movement Mosky Cufflinks, 3. Lanvin Sneakers, 4. Moleskine Laptop Sleeve, 5. Brolly Tiepin Silver

    HAPPY HOUR WITH THE 9-5ERS IN NEW YORK

    If you happen to find yourself in the area as the 9-5ers head out, there are no shortage of Midtown bars beckoning the overworked New Yorkers with enticing happy hour deals. From wine bars to your classic all American watering holes, this is the chance to to hang out with the cool crowd.

    Happy Hour with 9-5ers in New York


    Men in New York are ambassadors of clean lines and a slim cut shape. Tailored suits are the way to go. The most important thing to New York men is their shoes, recognising a solid, leather pair can essentially dress up a casual outfit and taking it to the next level. Add on the final touch of a key accessory - 
    the tie.

    Men's Cufflinks and Accessories for Summer Vacation in New York

    Shop the Look: 1. Silver Cube Collar Bar, 2. Javon Tie, 3. Classic Silver Money Clip, 4. Lapel Pin Thrones Silver, 5. Maison Margiela Leather Derbys, 6. Alphabet Initials Cursive

    URBAN EXPLORING IN BERLIN

    Photographers, graffiti-artists and the plain curious are all drawn to Berlin's many abandoned and ruined places like the Spreepark, or former Nazi military areas. Venture into unchartered territory to discover brand new experiences.

    Urban Exploration in Berlin


    Berlin and grunge go rebelliously hand-in-hand, retaining some of the reckless flavour of the Eighties. Today, the next generation flaunt their freedom with grungy street wear looks in mostly black, giving rise to the modern bad boy look.

     

    Men's Grunge Cufflinks and Accessories for Summer Vacation in Berlin

    Shop: 1. Gunner Tiepin Silver & Jace Tie, 2. DSLR Cufflinks, 3. Saint Laurent Biker Jacket, 4. Fire Extinguisher Cufflinks, 5. Silver Fleur-de-lis Lapel Pin

     

    No doubt, the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, and Notre Dame are formidable tourist places worthy of awe and admiration that will earn you some bragging rights for sure. But why not step off the beaten track and explore the roads less travelled - in style of course.

    Shop your holiday looks now! 

     

     

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