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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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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.

 

Image Source: IndoChino Blog

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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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A Guide to French Cuffs & Cufflinks

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A Guide to Men's French Cuff Shirts and Cufflinks
For some guys, it was fumbling through a sweaty, anxious prom night. Some late bloomers even wait until their wedding day. Whenever you had your first experience, you probably cherish the memory as a meaningful step towards becoming a man. Of course, we are talking about the first time you put on a pair of cufflinks.

Cufflinks stand out and shine on their own even when you try to hide them. But how do you find the links that match your style? In the words of ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus “Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.” Are you The Boss, The Manager, The Creative or The Upstart? We’ve complied the best cufflinks for each personality.

THE BOSS

You belong to a new breed of entrepreneurs, young, ambitious, and cutting-edge, yet always mindful of the old-school fundamentals of success…like good old-fashioned hard work. Your style reflects your hard-charging attitude. When you walk into a room in a fine suit and place your briefcase on the desk, revealing an elegant pair of cufflinks everybody knows you’re running things.

Cufflinks for the Boss

Shop 1. Emerald Cufflinks 2. Watch Movement Keton Cufflinks 3. Alphabet Initials Cufflinks (Cursive)4.Woodstruck Cufflinks 5. Blue Blooms Cufflinks

Your Cufflink Collection

As the boss, you can wear a French cuff shirt and cufflinks whenever you damn well please. Our suggestion?  Have at least five pair of links and five French cuff shirts. That’ll get you through a work week without ever dipping below the high bar you set for yourself when you show up on Monday looking fly as hell.

How to Wear Them
The key word is refinement. Nothing says nouveau riche more than a pair of overly flashy cufflinks. Look for understated handcrafted links that reflect your “I got this” personality. Hefty metal cufflinks are just what the doctor ordered.

Shopping Tip

On your best links, both sides are designed. You don’t do anything half-ass, so don’t do anything half-wrist either. Watch movement cufflinks, with mechanical movement, can add a nice touch to your collection. 

THE MANAGER

As a middle manager you are the conduit between the top brass and the less experienced young’uns. Perhaps you always deal with the tougher customers or you’re just really good at juggling an ever-shifting landscape of priorities. Your style echoes your personality, so when you rock the French cuffs and the cufflinks, it’s not about putting on airs but about showing a little spirit. For you, wearing a pair of cufflinks says, “I’m not to be trifled with…” Wearing the right pair of cufflinks says, “…but I do enjoy a good joke.”

Cufflinks for the Manager

Shop 1. Humming Bird Cufflinks 2. Interlocked Cufflinks 3. Bulls Eye Cufflinks 4. Banging Good Times Cufflinks 5. Blue Rain Cufflinks

Your Cufflink Collection

Two or three pairs of cufflinks and French cuff shirts are sufficient. Wear them everyday and you begin to look like a social climber. Wear them only for special occasions and they begin to seem too precious. Instead, break these bad boys out a few times a month and they’ll give you a little lift that’ll rub off on everyone around you.

How to Wear Them?

The contrast in your French cuff shirt collection should match your intensity. While a stark white shirt is failsafe, a contrast collar and cuffs would be a bit much for Tuesday’s operations meeting. Try a blue or pink shirt to tone down the overall effect.

Shopping Tip

Look for color. With a neutral palette, a pair of cufflinks with a color that is in the same family as your pocket square or tie, or even socks can bring some boldness and vitality to an otherwise low intensity outfit. 

THE CREATIVE

You express yourself through writing or design or some other creative field. Your job is to capture lightning in a bottle, over and over again. But as glamorous as it may sound, being a creative is hard work and takes practice, just like anything else. You must constantly remind people that you don’t just sit around drawing pictures all day, so your style must reflect professionalism. Still, your personal brand means you should express your creativity in everything you do.

Cufflinks for the Creative Guy

Shop 1. Red Vespa Cufflinks 2. Director Cufflinks 3. Espresso Cufflinks 4. White Crayon Cufflinks 5. Scissorhands Cufflinks

Your Cufflink Collection

If you never wore one French cuff shirt in your life, nobody would be surprised. All the more reason to own at least one. Truly creative people are full of surprises and breaking the mould with your style is no different. Your cufflinks are like sunny days, wear them often enough to be appreciated, but not so much that people start to take them for granted. 

How to wear them

Want an easy way to appear unoriginal? Wear the same and French cuff shirt and cufflinks over and over again. 

Shopping Tip

Tone down the irony. Cufflinks as satire is a once-in-a-while move, not a sartorial standard. Your cufflinks can be fun but they should never look like you’re wearing them to make fun of guys who wear cufflinks.

THE UPSTART

You, young man, are on the rise. You’ve got big dreams and a tiny apartment. Maybe you’re interning at a place you want to work at or own someday. An intern in French cuffs? Hell yes! You’ve noticed how the big dogs around the office are peepin’ your style and you want to make your mark.

Cufflinks for the Upstart

Shop 1. Firetruck Cufflinks 2. Storm Trooper Cufflinks 3. Boy Scouts Cufflinks 4. Thor Cufflinks 5. Crosswords Cufflinks

Your Cufflink Collection
It may seem counterintuitive but wearing cufflinks more often will make it seem like less of a special occasion when you put them on. Now is the time to pick up a few French cuff shirts. Try mixing French cuffs into your routine once or twice a month. Three or four pairs of fun cufflinks and one pair of classic links for formal events should serve you well.

How to wear them

Appropriate is the key word for you. Your sense of style ought to impress the boss, not upstage him. Your cufflinks should reflect your youthful exuberance with pops of color. Try convertible cuffed shirts with barrel cuff buttons and buttonholes on both sides (think single layered French cuff) that also allow for cufflinks.

Shopping tip

Even on an intern budget you can pick up novelty cufflinks by the handful. With so many color combinations and designs you can garner attention from your bosses without appearing like you’re trying too hard.
 

ONE LAST RULE

Now that you know the rules of the cufflink game for any type of gent, go ahead and make your own rules. Pick a pair of cufflinks you love, snag them and rock ’em. Choose from over 1,000 designs at www.thelittlelink.com 

 

Source: theblacklapel.com
Author: The Black Lapel

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