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Matching A Tie To Your Occasion

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"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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    5 Romantic Destinations For A Valentine's Vacation

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    Running out of ideas on how to spend Valentine's day this year? Here are the 5 most romantic destinations we've picked that are perfect for that special getaway.

    Now that we've settled on the venue, here comes the important part - the dress code.

    Stumped over what to wear? Here's a simple style guide to help you pack (you’re welcome). 

    1. VENICE, ITALY

    A palazzi of infinite pastel shades reflected in quiet canals, and the soft splash of a gondola plying a watery backstreet: there's really no competition. For romance, Venice is the perfect backdrop.

    Valentine's Day in Venice

    STYLE TIPS

    In these less formal moments, aim for a perfect balanced silhouette with a crisp white shirt and cropped black pants. Add a hint of flamboyance with standout accessories, this look takes you seamlessly from exploration during the day time to a night at the bar.

    Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - Venice

    Shop (clockwise): Fa La La Music Notes CufflinksMechanical Watch Gear Necklace, Silver Top Hat Collar Bar, Silver Humming Bird Lapel Pin, Rose Gold Cufflinks

    2. MALDIVES

    Stunning white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, unparalleled snorkeling, gorgeous rustic-chic villas over the water or on the sand, and fine dining. What's not to like? 

    Valentine's Day in Maldives

    STYLE TIPS

    Who says you can't dress up for a beach vacation? Opt for a smart casual outfit during a romantic candlelight dinner at that famous restaurant under the sea. Tempting as it is because of the warm weather, flip flops are an absolute no go for your special dinner.

    Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - Maldives

    Shop (clockwise): Fremont Stripe Pocket Square, Engraved Classic Silver Money Clip, Bagsmart Everyday Rucksack Blue, Shinto Gothic Steampunk Gray Sunglasses

    3. NEW YORK

    New York certainly doesn't lack gorgeous places to wine and dine. But what's really romantic is NYC's really beautiful, simple treasures. From the classic attractions, like the view from the Empire State Building, to lesser-known delights such as the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History, we're sure it'll set your heart aflutter.

    Valentine's Day in New York City

    STYLE TIPS

    Dress like a New Yorker with clean lines and a slim cut silhouette. Layering is essential, especially during the winter or early spring where temperatures can be sub-zero. Add final touches of sharp and sleek accessories to complete the look.

    Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - NYC

    Shop (clockwise): Bagsmart 2-in-1 Convertible Briefcase Backpack Black, Glynn Black on Black Stripe Tie, Gold Feather Collar Pin, Watch Movement Kenny Cufflinks in Gunmetal

    4. SANTORINI, GREECE

    Greece and romance may as well be synonymous. Whether you are looking for an ideal honeymoon destination or just a romantic escape, the beauty and diversity of the Greek landscape forms the most romantic backdrop to celebrate your love.

    Valentine's Day in Santorini, Greece

    STYLE TIPS

    Santorini is extremely stylish, but don’t go bling, think elegant and sophisticated. Bold bright colours look stunning against the white-washed surfaces.  Crisp white shirts, and tailored pants are de rigueur. The people here have an eye for fashion, the key is to look like you’ve just stepped off your million pound yacht.

    Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - Greece

    Shop (clockwise): Brown and Green Lapel Rose Boutonniere, White Howlite Bead Bracelet, Devil's Fruit Cufflinks Silver, Omi Wine Red Pocket Square, Wood Four Leaf Clover Cufflinks

    5. ICELAND

    Iceland easily conjures up romantic notions of remote landscapes covered in snow in winter or steaming underground pools surrounded by cave formations. Whatever your romantic fantasy, Iceland has many great options for the perfect getaway.

    Valentine's Day in Iceland

    STYLE TIPS

    Iceland is the new place to be, with its thriving city of Reykjavik, it’s fast becoming a bustling city where culture and style come together to the sound of Björk. Make sure you have all the essentials to make this holiday the best ever.

    Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - Iceland

    Shop (clockwise): Lewis Colorful Striped Cotton Socks, Okra Bamboo Sunglasses Fire, Bagsmart Toiletry Bag Grey, Bellroy Notesleeve Wallet RFID Blocking Caramel

     

    So go out and experience something different this Valentine's Day! If you're planning getting something for the man in your life during the trip, browse our full collection of cufflinks and man's accessories here.

     

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    Travel Images - telegraph.co.uk, travel.usnews.com

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    5 New Year Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Them

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    The New Year is nearing, and with the holiday season already upon us, here's your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make for 2018.

    We’ve decided to give you a bit of help to kick start your New Year resolutions – because since the majority of people fail to stick to them, you’ll need all the help you can get.

    1. GET ORGANIZED

    A cluttered desk or a chaotic home will negatively affect your productivity and even your mood. Time to clear your clutter, organize your knick knacks and make it a habit.

    Here are the best tools to whip things into place:

    Get Organized with cufflink storage boxes and moleskine notebooks

    Shop: 1. Leather Cufflinks Display Case (20 Pair), 2. Classic Black Moleskine Notebook, 3. Day to Night Cufflink and Tie Clip Combo  

    2. START BEING MORE CREATIVE

    There are times when we get mentally fatigued and our creativity goes out the window. This is particularly bad if your job or hobby depends on you coming up with fresh ideas and thinking outside the box. As with everything else, there are many different ways to re-ignite your creativity.

    One way is to experiment with your style of dressing and creative accessorising:

    Be More Creative with Your Dressing

    Shop: 1. Jonah Bow Tie, 2. Pianist Cufflinks, 3. White Crayon Cufflinks, Shinto Gothic Steampunk Sunglasses Silver 

    3. MEET NEW PEOPLE

    When we get stuck in a rut, we usually end up staying at home most of the time, missing out on a lot of interesting opportunities for networking and having fun. Meeting new people can be beneficial to your mental well-being and help your career, so don’t be afraid to get out there and make some friends. Overcome your shyness, embrace new perspectives and get to know new and interesting people.

    Nail those first impressions and get those contacts with these essentials:

    Socialise and network with the right cufflinks and accessories

    Shop: 1. Echo Pocket Square, 2. Bellroy Card Sleeve Blue Steel 3. Mechanical Gear Cufflinks Olga, 4. Gold Feather Collar Pin

    4. TRAVEL MORE

    You’ll need to have your finances in order before you consider traveling across the globe, but there are ways of experiencing different cultures and visiting faraway places even on a tight budget. For instance seeking out short trips to uncommon destinations nearby may just do the trick.

    Here's how to travel in style no matter which part of the world you are in.

    travel in style with fashionable cufflinks and men's accesories

    Shop: 1. Stift Custom Engraveable Pen Sapphire Blue, 2. Wachterlein Custom Engraveable RFID Blocking Leather Wallet, 3. Tropics Cufflinks, 4. Fighter Jet Cufflinks

    5. BE MORE ROMANTIC

    Romance is often the first casualty in longer, more serious relationships, but it doesn’t have to wither away. A few romantic gestures here and there can keep the passion going for decades. It will be fun, even if you’re not the romantic type.

    Start by impressing her with your new found dress sense and a dozen roses:

    Impress your date with the right cufflinks and accessories

    Shop: 1. Beige Lapel Rose, 2. Sodalite Beaded Bracelet by Blue Pendulum, 3. Peter Custom Engraved Cufflinks, Custom Engraved Silver Collar Stays

     

    A New Year is like a blank notebook. You get to write anything you want in it. Fill the first page of your notebook with your New Year’s resolutions and make 2018 the best year ever.

    Take the first step to feel better by dressing better. Shop now for a new look!

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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! 

     

     

    Image Credits: travelshopa.com, net-a-porter,.com mrporter.com

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    A Guide to Spring/Summer 2017 Men's Trends

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    For the modern man, it pays to stay on trend. Especially when it comes to making impressions that matter most. To ensure you’re more on point than past-it this season, we have rifled through menswear’s freshest collections to showcase the most wearable innovations for you, whether it’s at work or at those tricky networking sessions.

    TREND #1: ZIP-UP TRACKSUIT JACKETS

    Men's Cufflinks and Accessories with Tracksuit Jackets

    Ditch that cotton hoodie and opt for zip up tracksuit jackets as part of your smart casual attire. This essential jacket has been a street style staple and upgrades your casual outfits to something understated yet dapper. Pair it with sporty accessories and impress her all night!

    1. Red Boxing Gloves, 2. Sailboat, 3. Bicycle Lapel Pin, 4. Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet - Teal, 5. Weightlifter

    TREND #2: WINDOWPANE CHECKS

    Men's Cufflinks and Accessories with Windowpane Check Shirts

    Checks were originally considered old school and largely associated with business-as-usual outfits but they have now emerged unexpectedly this season as fashionable statement pieces. Take checks to the streets with hipster style accessories for a bold yet polished look at your next Ultra Music Festival.

    1.DSLR, 2. Darth Punk, 3. Moleskine Lineage Leather Card Wallet - Blue Avio, 4. Hipster Lapel Pin, 5. Drummer

    TREND #3: TOPCOATS

    Men's Cufflinks and Accessories with Topcoats

    Coats aren’t just for the cold. Make them work by choosing the right fabric. Lightweight and breathable cotton not only lets you stay cool, but helps you make an impression too. Whether for work or casual, we are sure this look would turn heads wherever you go. Pair it with classic and intricate accessories for maximum impact!

    1.Watch Movement Roger, 2. Maroon Button Up Lapel Rose, 3. Silver Crown Lapel Pin 4. Fire Crystal, 5. Hummingbird Lapel Pin 6. Moleskine Classic Tote Bag - Prussian Blue

    TREND #4: BROOCHES

    Brooches

    Watches and rings might be some of the options for lending your look some individuality but brooches & lapel pins are definitely the latest talking point accessories to be worn this season. Pin them on your lapel and stand out from the crowd during a black-tie event!

    1. Cream Wool Lapel Rose, 2. Violet Rose Lapel Pin, 3. Lapel Pin Thrones (Gold), 4. Maroon Carnation Lapel Flower, 5. Royal Pink Lapel Rose, 6. Tuxedo Studs Ray 7. Charlie Crystal Bow Tie, 8. Watch Movement Preston

    TREND #5: EARTH TONES

    Men's Cufflinks and Accessories with Earth Tones

    Neutrals are versatile and they won’t wash you out to the point of making you transparent. Spruce your outfit up with copper and earth tones accessories for the perfect look.

    1. Woodstruck, 2. Moleskine Lineage Leather Card Wallet - Taupe, 3. Nathan Tie, 4. Austin Bowtie & Pocket Square Box Set, 5. Alpha Money Clip, 6. Rihanna’s Eye, 7. Light Brown Button Up Lapel Rose


    Want to give these trends a whirl? No matter how you’d like to style your outfit, consider the occasion and the venue, and be comfortable!

    Not sure how to match these accessories to work shirts? Read our Cufflink Guide 101

    Stay in trend and on-point. Shop The Little Link for the latest accessories now!
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