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Your Spring Summer 2018 Guide

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Spring is finally upon us and everyone's instagram feeds are starting to pop with colours.  This signals that it's probably time to dig in our closets and bring the colour wheel back into our lives.  In the past years, seasons were not as important for men as it has been for women.  Times have changed, and we're happy to say that men are keeping up with the trends.  Thanks to fashionable men on instagram, we don't need to scratch our heads on what looks great.  We know you want in on what's new but you don't necessarily desire to break the bank just to get yourself Spring ready. Here's some tips on what you should focus on for that much needed update.  

First things first, you need a good base.  Everything starts with your shirt. Invest in basic colours- whites are the bestseller with blue a close second.  There are different options out there, but do remember- solids and pinstripes are the easiest to match.  Be boardroom ready- there are different types of shirts and cuffs in the market and the most misunderstood are the French Cuffs.  They have long been associated with formal occasions but that too has changed throughout the years and they're now making an appearance in the workplace. They look great and can be used with or without a suit. We have a solid selection of these classic must-haves here at The Little Link and we know that these are some you should get your hands on.

Now your accessories play a very important part in the changing of seasons.  Your choice of necktie will make a huge impact on your outfit. Here are some tips you should be taking note of to give off those spring vibes.

1. CURATE

There's nothing like doing a clean sweep of your wardrobe and letting go of items you no longer wear.  Decide on what looks good on you and stick to those pieces.  You'll want to make sure you invest on key colours- for shirts and ties.  Stay with the basic palette and keep the rest of your Winter-y colours for now- not to worry, you can wear them again when Autumn/Winter resurfaces.  By then, people will think they're brand new! 

 Keep to classics like Kosta Williams.

 

1.French Cuff Dress Shirt in Ash Blue, 2.Classic Knot Cufflinks, 3.Javon Tie, 4.Bellroy Micro Sleeve - Charcoal

2. CONTRAST 

There is no need to bore your blue shirts with the monotony of your accessories.  Citrus coloured ties look great on a contrasting blue shirt. Check out your clothes, the colour wheel, and see what colours you're drawn to.  Don't be afraid of the varying hues, we guarantee you will see and feel the difference. 

Menswear Influencer Shaun Birley keeping his style fresh with contrasting colors.

 

Contrast Tie and French Cuff Shirt

1.Escape Control Cufflinks, 2.Holden Tie, 3.Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet, 4.Cotton French Cuff Shirt in Navy Stripe

3. TONAL

Who said you needed to keep your black shirts for Winter?  We know you have your moods too and if want strut in them, why not try some of that tonal layering. Wear them with your silvers and greys and channel the sexy mysterious vibes.  Top it off with sunglasses of course, because your future's just looking so bright. 

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 Matthew Zorpas looking dashing with tonal layering.

1.French Cuff Dress Shirt in Jet Black, 2.Carbon Fibreglass Money Clip, 3.Watch Movement Dominic, 4.Shinto Gothic Steampunk Sunglasses, 5.Ivan Tie

 4. SEASONAL UPDATES

We know you'd prefer more conservative shades, but we dare you to add this season's colour to your accessories.  You'll be happy to know that bold and bright colours are here to stay until Autumn/Winter 2018 so these are actually investments you'll want to make now.

 Alex Smiles showing us awesome Spring/Summer vibes.

1.French Cuff Dress Shirt in White , 2.Bennett Tie, 3.Ringlord Cufflinks, 4.Tie clip William 60MM, 5.Moleskine Lineage Leather Horizontal Wallet

You'll find so many style tips just by just following these fashion forward men on instragram but always remember the most important thing is that you choose the style you're comfortable with. 

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The Tie Edition : All you Need to Know and More

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According to Wikipedia, a necktie, or simply a tie, is a long piece of cloth, worn usually by men, for decorative purposes around the neck, resting under the shirt collar and knotted at the throat.

We know that not all men are alike and your choice of colours and styles differ. It may seem like a small thing, but a tie does wonders to a man's wardrobe - be it for the office or an evening affair. This small piece of fabric adds texture and character to one's outfit and completes your whole look.

Since we're such big fans of the hit US television show Suits and we're really looking forward to Season 7 Part B starting on the 28th of March, we thought it would be a great idea to show you the different characters and (what we think would be) their tie preferences. Read on, you'll be surprised to find out you're probably one or the other.

1. The Prince Charming - Mike Ross

He is the youngest male member of the team.  Coming from a tainted past doesn't deter him from getting what he wants.  Armed with intelligence and a quick wit, he charms his way through any case and the woman of his dreams (in this case it's Rachel Zane, played by actress and soon-to-be royalty, Meghan Markle).  Mike Ross is your average young male with an edgier look. He opts for skinny and standard ties in rich patterns and colours such as blood red and navy stripes.

Mike Ross

Shop (clockwise from top) : Axis Silk TieJavon Skinny TieChristopher Striped Tie

2. The Big Shot - Harvey Specter

He's extremely confident and as well as extremely successful. Harvey Specter has won almost all his cases- he knows he's one of the best lawyers around.  A go-getter and knows what he wants.  He dresses impeccably and his taste veers towards the classics- which is evident in his love for vinyls and vintage cars. He's a black-tie kind of guy but he looks equally dashing in a classic striped piece.

Harvey Specter

 

Shop (clockwise from top) : Caleb Double Bow Tie,  Felix Tie,  Eliott Tie

3. The Urban Male - Louis Litt

He defies the typical male stereotype simply because he's in touch with his emotional side.  He's equally passionate about law as he is about a Shakespeare play or perhaps beautiful architecture.  He’s not the norm which is a refreshing reminder to the younger generation not to conform and work hard at being good at whatever you want to be.  Louis is more of a standard tie user, but he looks great wearing purple or pastels as well as bold prints and patternsLouis Litt

Shop (clockwise from top) : Silas Pink TieAustin Silk TieRadley Purple Silk Tie

So do tell, which Suits character are you?  You'll be glad to know we've got you covered now matter what.

Tie Tips

If you ask around for tie tips and you'll get a ton of information on it.  We’re giving you only the most important pointers to get you on your way to "tie perfection".

  • Four-in-hand Knot - If there is a knot that you must remember, it should be this. Oh and you must embrace the tie-dimple.  Don't know what that is? Well, the good folks at GQ show us how it's done.

  • Length Matters - stylists say that the tip of your tie must hit below the belt line to give you that classic, polished look.
  • Black Tie - Always have a black tie handy. No matter what the occasion, it's always a YES in our books. Shop black ties here.
  • Tie Clips - Remember one rule of thumb : it goes between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt. And it must be fastened to the placket of your shirt. We offer a wide range of tie clips for you to choose from here

Now that you know all these, take a look at your wardrobe and determine what colours complement it and your personality.  Now's the best time to build up your tie collection because we're giving you 15% OFF every purchase of 2 neckties or bow ties this month of March just use code TIE15 upon checkout.  Click here to shop TIES.

 

* Image and Video Credits : Suits cast images taken from USA Network;  Video via GQ.

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Father's Day Gift Guide 2017: Presents For Every Personality Type

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It’s that time of the year to show that father figure in your life just how much you care with a stylish token of appreciation. When making him look good, it’s all about confidence and comfort.

We bring you the ultimate style guide for every Dad.

1. THE CORPORATE DAD

Does he have his eye on being on the management team? Level up his style by pairing his classic work shirtswith sleek and sharp accessories! Have him ace those boardroom battles with power dressing.

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Working Dad

Shop: 1. Canali Shirt, 2. Black Button Cufflinks, 3. Top Hat Eyelet Collar Bar (Silver), 4. Watch Movement Michael, 5. Tieclip Calvin, 6. Neil Purple Silk Tie

2. THE ADRENALINE JUNKIE

Age is just a number. Surprise the adrenaline junkie Dad with this season’s Grand Prix tickets and help him dress up for the event! Add interest to a smart casual blazer with our range of feisty automobile cufflinks.

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Adrenaline Junkie

Shop: 1. Etro Blazer, 2. Motorbike Cufflinks, 3. Gold Fleur-De-Lis Lapel Pin, 4. Happy Hour Cufflinks, 5. Arrow Pocket Square, 6. Dolce & Gabbana Loafers

3. THE ROCKER

We all heard that story before. How Dad got all the girls falling head over heels with his perfect guitar solo. Unleash his inner rocker with our Rockabilly inspired accessories and let him take centre stage this Father’s Day.

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Rocker Dad

Shop: 1. Watch Movement Remo, 2. Haider Ackermann Bomber Jacket, 3. Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet - Burnt Orange, 4. Skull Lapel Pin, 5. Guitar Hero Cufflinks

4. THE POSH

What do you get the Dad who has everything? When it comes to gifts, it’s the thought that counts. Gift him something thoughtful and personable that he can show it off at his next Black Tie Event.

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Posh Dad

Shop: 1. Praline Crystal Bow Tie, 2. Royal Red Lapel Rose, 3. Kendrick Pocket Square, 4. Tuxedo Studs Ray, 5. Cartier Ring, 6. Gucci Monk Strap Shoes

5. THE HIPSTER

Take the hipster Dad out for brunch and style him colorful.  He probably can pull off the bold look effortlessly with our awesome range of novelty accessories!

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Hipster Dad

Shop: 1.Christine Pastel Bow Tie, 2. Leo Stripe Socks, 3. Papa Moustache Cufflinks, 4. Gold Crown Lapel Pin, 5. Alexander McQueen Backpack, 6. Rayban Aviators, 7. Vespa (Blue) Cufflinks

6. THE GAMER

Surprise the gamer Dad with the perfect game inspired accessories this Father’s Day. Let him wear these nifty designs on his sleeves while he shows them off during Friday’s Boys Night Out!

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Gamer Dad

Shop: 1. Timex Watch, 2. Game Console Cufflinks, 3. Knight Shield Collar Pin, 4. Pacman & Ghost Cufflinks, 5. Moleskine ID Backpack - Black

7. THE LINGUIST

For the man who loves languages doesn’t mean he’s always a nerd. Keep him up to date and in style with our unique and classic accessories that showcases his passion.

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Linguist Dad

Shop: 1. Fountain Pen Cufflinks 2. Monochrome Cotton Tie, 3. The Letter Cufflinks, 4. Thom Browne Clutch, 5. Moleskine Classic Black Notebook, 6. Engraved Stift Pen - Alumino

8. THE TRAVELER

A true traveler wants things that are necessary, or chic. We’ve got both! Opt for something more personal and heartfelt with accessories that can be customized.

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Traveler Dad

Shop: 1. World Map Cufflinks, 2. Wächterlein Lunar Leather Wallet, 3. Moleskine Blue Soft Cover Notebooks, 4. Hummingbird Lapel Pin, 5. Silver Luggage Case

9. THE MINIMALIST

Simplicity never goes out of style so you can be sure that whatever accessories you buy for the minimalist Dad will not be forgotten. Help him match accessories that are evergreen to his everyday outfit. You can even add a blazer to enhance his smart casual look!

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Minimalist Dad

Shop: 1. Classic Knot Cufflinks, 2. Fenced Cufflinks, 3. Denis Guidone Watch, 4. Black Nudie Jeans, 5. Cadence Pocket Square, 6. Classic Gunmetal Money Clip, 7. Poodle Collar Pin

10. THE ATHLETE

For the Dad who can’t stop moving. Enhance his sporty style with a pair of sports-themed cufflinks and accessories that fit his active lifestyle.

Cufflinks and Accessories for the Athlete Dad

Shop: 1. Givenchy Sneakers, 2. Bellroy High Slim Wallet - Teal, 3. Moleskine Classic Backpack - Sahara Brown, 4. Buckshot Cufflinks, 5. FitBit

Whether he's a hipster dad, a sports dad or a traveler dad, we've got the perfect gift just for him. Show him just how much you care this Father's Day and give him something memorable and unique.

Looking for something more? Read our Under S$100 Gift Guide for Dad for more awesome gift ideas.

If you’re feeling adventurous, we’ve over 1,000 designs for you to take your pick! Shop now on www.thelittlelink.com
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15 Dapper Father's Day Gifts Under S$100

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Dad has always been there for you. Throughout the years, he’s really given the whole parenting thing 110 percent. It’s no wonder you’re struggling to find something just right to surprise him on Father’s Day. 

We've handpicked the best gifts under S$100 in this list that has something to suit every Dad's personality. So sit back, click around, and wait for the perfect present to show up on your doorstep. 

1. FOR THE CORPORATE DAD

Does Dear Ol' Dad spend more time in the boardroom than he does sprawled across the couch? Have him impress the boss and the office with this range of 100% premium silk ties. You'd be sure your workaholic hardworking dad will appreciate this!

Necktie for the Corporate Dad

2. FOR THE DAPPER DAD

It's about time to get dad a Father’s Day gift that’s as remarkable and reliable as he is. Give him this up-to-the-minute fusion of minimalism and sophistication. Both casual and dressy, the intricate exposed gears of the Sekonda Watch is a great option for everyday wear.

Sekonda Watch for the Dapper Dad

3. FOR THE DRESSED UP DAD

Feeling expressive but not sure how to convey your appreciation to Dad with style? 

Featuring a Father’s Day special cufflink “Father’s Love” coupled with an intricate piece with actual mechanical movement from the best-selling watch movement collection and a novelty hourglass cufflink that flows, gift them separately or as a set!

Cufflink Set for the Dressed Up Dad

4. FOR THE FOODIE DAD

What do you buy for the Foodie Dad who ensures the kitchen is always fully stocked? Something to tickle his tastebuds of course - Wow him with these Singaporean food favourites flavoured tea gift set from Ette Tea Company.

Tea Set for the Foodie Dad

5. FOR THE ENGINEER DAD

Appeal to his left-brained nature while looking for gifts for your nifty Dad. It's not rocket science! Here’s one that challenges him - Featuring real mechanical movement with intricate hand crafted gears, the Watch Movement Michael Cufflinks are in a league of its own.

Silver and Gold Tourbillion Watch Cufflinks - Michael

6. FOR THE HANDYMAN DAD

Dad deserves to enjoy a multifunctional tool that's as sharp as his style. The compact NailClip Wood 580 is the perfect everyday carry, whether he's exploring the wilderness or facing the shark tank at work. 

Pocket Knife for Handyman Dad

7. FOR THE FAMILY MAN DAD

The family man is a Dad who's loving, caring and always puts his family first. Nothing beats a more thoughtful gift than a pair of custom laser engraved cufflinks, so Dad can be reminded of the family whenever he wears them on his sleeve.

Silver Custom Engravable Cufflinks - Jeanette Cufflink O2

8. FOR THE HI-FLYER DAD

Buy your high-flyer Dad a gift that will come in useful when they're on the daily commute, rushing between meetings or jet setting on important business trips. The Wachterlein RFID Shield Wallet ensures that all his credit cards stay safe. Add on a touch of personalization with custom laser engraving.

Black RFID Protection Leather Wallet - Wachterlein

9. FOR THE HIPSTER DAD

Acting cool is all part of the hipster philosophy, Dads aren't immune to the hipster effect either, Hipster dads definitely don't want "World's Greatest Dad" mugs for Father's Day, but the quirky printed pocket squares below will have him showing unadulterated delight this June. 

Patterned Pocket Squares

10. FOR THE GLOBETROTTER DAD

Whether you want to treat your dad to a keepsake from his favourite adventures or spur him on for his next trip, you can load up on a pair of original and personalized map cufflinks for dad right here. 

Silver Map Cufflinks - World Map - Custom Cufflinks

11. FOR THE TECHIE DAD

In our ever-changing world, technology will never go out of fashion. Have Dad store his gadgets in style with the Moleskine ID Collection laptop / tablet bag.

Moleksine ID Bag

12. FOR THE SUPERHERO DAD

A good superhero is hard to come by these days. For Father's Day this year show appreciation for your real-life hero with this Superhero Card Set from Curious Dotted Line. Complete it with his favourite Superhero cufflinksto get him smiling this June.

Superhero Cufflinks - Superman Cufflinks

13. FOR THE ORGANIZED DAD

For the OCD Dad, there's nothing more satisfying than having his things in the rightful places. With the 20 pair cufflink display case with a see through top, he can be sure he won't lose a cufflink ever again.

Black Leather Cufflinks Display Case (20 Pairs)

14. FOR THE WRITER DAD

Made from acid free paper, with a sleek black cover. The Moleskine Classic Notebook in Black is the perfect notebook for Dad to jot down notes and thoughts whether in a meeting or when travelling. Make your gift even more personalized by adding on an elegant ink pen engraved with Dad's name.

Moleskine Black Leather Notebook

15. FOR THE GEEKY DAD

The perfect collector's cassette tape for Dad to relive the 70's retro gold tracks while he files in his spaceship and steal interstellar artefacts. The full soundtrack is also available in mp3 format for download if his Walkman needs some time off.

Retro Casette Tape

Nontraditional dads call for nontraditional gifts. This Father’s Day, give Dad all the love and respect you know he deserves by giving him a unique gift that plays to his personality. Whether he’s a globetrotter, a fashionable guy, or a sci-fi fan, you can find a great gift he’ll cherish for life.

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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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This article piece is written by a writer from Cardable.

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