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2019 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Guys can be tricky to buy gifts for, especially on important occasions like Valentine’s Day. If you want to out do your last present and get him something other than chocolate and stuffed animals, here are our best picks for every personality!

1. THE PERFECTIONIST

Shopping for the man who is punctual, precise and perpetually planning ahead? You've got a perfectionist on your hands, and we've got the perfect perfectionist gift ideas just for you.

Shop: 1. perfect collar travel iron, 2. 20 Pair Cufflinks Leather Display Case, 3. blue textured silk tie tanner, 4. emporio armani mens watch, 5. magnetic insulated flask tumblers

2. THE ODDBALL

For the lovable weirdo of yours, we've gathered a few unconventional gifts that range from quirky to wacky.  Here are our favorite offbeat gift picks.

Shop: 1. Poodle Collar Pin, 2. Frankenstein Switch Plate, 3. spring carnation lapel flower boutonniere, 4. Zest Bow Tie, 5. watch movement Leo

3. THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Finding gifts for the photographer in your life can be tough especially since you're not into the hobby yourself. While new cameras always make good gifts, picking up the latest model can be quite costly. Don't panic! Here are some snap happy ideas that will put a smile on every photography enthusiast's face.

 

Shop: 1. custom photo cufflinks, 2. Koolertron Vintage Camera Bag, 3. Mobile phone lens, 4. Retro Shot Camera Cufflinks, 5. Men's camera print T-shirt

4. THE GEEK

Make your geeky man's heart flutter with these great gift picks! Indulge his obsession with some of our movie favorites.

Shop: 1. moleskine notebook, 2. black and silver geek cufflinks qr code, 3. Thor of Asguard Hammer Cufflinks, 4. Lapel Pin Thrones Silver, 5. Star Wars Ear Phones, 6. silver geek cufflinks chess

5. SPORTY

For the sporty and adventurous man. Here is something useful, something fun or something luxurious.  

Shop: 1. camelbak hydration back pack, 2. silver sports cufflinks biker boy, 3. wireless sport headphones, 4. soccer cufflinks, 5. mens skin care products

6. THE GLOBETROTTER

Capture memories, inspire new adventures and make life on the road (or in the air) easier and more enjoyable. So skip the money belt and buy something your globetrotter will actually love.

Shop: 1. nautical sailboat cufflinks, 2. world map cufflinks, 3. Day to Night Cufflinks and Tie Clip Gift Set, 4. e reader, 5. Leather document organizer

7. THE MUSIC LOVER

The perfect gift for your music lover is one that helps them enjoy music even more, or show off their love for music. Here are those designed just to do that, and are definitely some of the best ones to give. 

Valentine's day gifts for him - The music lover

Shop: 1. Marquee Portable Record Player, 2. Guitar Hero Cufflinks, 3. Pianist Cufflinks, 4. Mojave Picker's Wallet, 5. Silver Custom Guitar Pick 

There's no better day to showcase your romantic and sentimental side than Valentine's Day, so why not spoil your man with these amazing gifts!

Whether you've been dating for a few months, or married for many years, make him feel extra special this February 14th.

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How to Choose the Right Tie for Your Shirt Collar

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When an occasion calls for a formal or dressy outfit, there are plenty of styles to consider. Should you wear a suit, a tux, or a button-up shirt with slacks? Even after the formality of your outfit is decided, there are still many more choices to make.

From colors to style, it can be easy to overlook the important details, like how to choose the right tie for your shirt collar. Accessories like this can make or break and outfit. At the Little Link, we want to make sure you make all the right decisions when it comes to men’s fashion trends. We’ve gathered all the details on how to choose the right tie for your shirt collar.

 

The Collar: Button-down

The Tie: None (or bowtie)

A perk of choosing this more casual shirt style is that you can still look classy while keeping it casual. This type of shirt is great under a casual sport coat or just tucked into a nice pair of slacks. If you need to dress it up a bit, add a unique bowtie. There are many options that will portray an individual style without looking overdone. This duo can be a great option for a first date outfit, as long as it’s not a formal outing.  

Button Down Collar

 

The Collar: Forward Point

The Tie: Classic Necktie or Bolo Tie

As far as tradition goes, the forward point collar is the go-to option. While it’s not as popular as the classic collar, it’s certainly something every man should add to his wardrobe. A classic necktie is the optimal choice for this collar because the narrow opening doesn’t allow for bowties to sit properly. You could even be specific with your knot for this shirt collar. Our advice would be to stick to a four-in-hand knot – a long, narrow knot. That way, the knot doesn’t spread your collar too far.

How to Choose the Right tie for your shirt collar

Forward point collars

While bolo ties aren’t the most popular tie trend this season, feel free to broaden your fashion horizons. The forward point collar allows the bolo tie to stand out and sit flat without having too much space to swing around. Even if you choose not to wear a bolo tie day-to-day, you can rest assured you’ll choose the right collar for your next costume party.

How to Choose the Right tie for your shirt collar

The Collar: Classic

The Tie: Any

This classic collar allows for great flexibility in choosing the right tie and is a staple in any man’s wardrobe. The medium-width distance between points leaves enough space for a bowtie without risk of it being pushed forward. The tips of the collar will still show under the bowtie, which is a great way to add symmetry to your look.

If you choose a necktie instead, we suggest a half Windsor knot so that the end of the knot perfectly fills the collar opening without being overbearing. This knot is not quite as large as the well-known Windsor knot, and allows the rest of the look to make a statement as well.

Half Windsor Knot

Depending on the occasion, it’s perfectly acceptable to go tieless with this collar choice. Traditionally, this fashion trend would not have been accepted. Many people would say that a dress shirt requires a nice tie. That said, we say go for it! If you’d still like to come off polished, button all the way up.

Cutaway Collar

The Collar: Cutaway

The Tie: Bowtie

If bowties are your favorite fashion statement, it’s probably a good idea to fill your closet with a variety of shirts with cutaway collars. These collars are cut to leave room for a bowtie to show off. There’s no worry about the collar pushing the tie forward and wrinkling it or making it look lopsided. Even if you prefer a traditional necktie, this collar allows for unique knots like the Windsor knot. This tie-tying technique makes for a very wide knot at the top, which allows your tie choice to shine. 

Cutaway Collar

Choosing the right tie for your shirt collar might seem like a simple task, but it’s easy to let one choice fall short if you’re not careful. Let your style shine through by choosing a shirt collar that showcases your tie, rather than hiding it. With help from the Little Link, you’ll be able to find the perfect tie for every occasion!

 

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First Date Outfit Ideas (for the Guys)

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There are definitely some classic ways to make a good first impression on a first date. From bouquets of flowers, walks on the beach, a flashy car, or expensive bottle of wine, there are endless strategies to woo someone. With all the complex and potentially expensive ways to start off on the right foot, it can be easy to let some aspects slip to the wayside.

There’s also no doubt that you’re trying to dress to impress on a first date. The stress of choosing an appropriate outfit on top of planning a fun date can be especially overwhelming. Don’t stress though! Follow these simple first date outfit ideas perfect for an outdoor adventure or a formal night out.

Outfits for first dates for guys

Casual Date

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with keeping things casual, especially on the first date. While you might be out to impress someone, there’s no need to overdo it with a flashy date when you ultimately just want to get to know each other a little better. Keep things casual and call your first date a “meet and greet,” that way expectations don’t soar too high, too fast.

That said, there’s no reason you can’t dress to impress even while keeping it casual. In fact, a low-key date is a perfect way to express your personal style. Whether it’s a casual coffee date or lunch, a patterned or colorful button-up or polo shirt is a great way to express yourself.

To finish off your casual look, throw on a nice pair of dark denim pants and some comfortable loafers. Being well-dressed says a lot about someone versus just throwing on a t-shirt and shorts. While comfort is key when keeping things casual, it’s probably best that you save the tennis shoes for the gym.

Tshirts for casual dates


Formal Dinner

A formal night out could be a great way to impress someone for a first date. If you know how to dress, dine, and drive in class, there’s no better way to take someone out. The key to a successful formal dinner date is preparation. Schedule a ride in a nice car, make a reservation at a five-star restaurant, and of course, plan your outfit so you don’t look thrown together.

dressing formally for dates

A formal dinner is the perfect opportunity to bring out a nice suit. It’s important though, to also consider the atmosphere before choosing your outfit. If you’ll be outside, wear a light-weight button up with a colorful necktie to show off your fun side.

Blake Puppy Blue Tie

 

If you’re inside and the season is cold, stick to the classic white and black or navy. This white necktie with feather accents shows that you’re clean and classy.


Atlas White Necktie with Feather Accents


Night Out on the Town

If you’re idea of a perfect date night includes a night out on the town hopping from one bar to the next, we have the perfect first date outfit ideas for you! Many nightclubs or bars enforce strict dress codes which often ban jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, shorts and hats. While this might seem limiting, this dress code essentially sets you up for success.

Wearing a leather jacket on dates

In fact, it’s pretty hard to be over dressed unless you’re donning a full suit. The best way to impress on a night out is by showing class while still appearing that you’re ready for a good time. Now is a great time to pull out that sports coat or blazer, but rather than pairing with a necktie or a button-up, grab a clean white shirt. It’s no secret that it gets hot inside of bars, so this look allows you to easily cool off by just taking off the coat and heading to the dance floor.

basketball cufflinksBiker Cyclist Cufflinks

If you might catch a game at the bars you’re heading to, compliment your attire with some unique cufflinks! You don’t have to wear a tux to don the perfect cufflinks. In fact, team or sport-specific cufflinks might act as a great conversation starter.

Outdoors Adventure


outdoor datesThere’s nothing better than an outdoor adventure. What could be more exciting than taking your date on an exploration of nature? If your normal day-to-day involves exercise outdoors, this is a great place to plan a date. This way, you’re in your element and comfortable with your surroundings.

While being outdoors requires a more flexible, casual wardrobe, it’s still important to be fashionable and look your best. It’s definitely not necessary to wear a collared shirt, but you should still probably steer clear of athletic shorts.  For this outdoorsy date, choose a comfortable t-shirt or hoodie (depending on the season) and top it with a stylish jean jacket. Stick with nice shorts and clean, comfortable tennis shoes.

Flatbill cap To top it off (literally) add a hat to your style! Flat-billed hats are trending right now and they’re a perfect way to show off your unique fashion sense.




No matter what your ideal date is, with these first date outfit ideas, you’ll be dressed to impress. The Little Link has everything you need to accent your perfect look. Check out our latest styles today and good luck on your first date!

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Fall + Winter Wedding Style and Invitations to Match

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With the first official week of summer under our trendy belts and a fully booked summer packed with weddings, receptions, and good times ahead let’s switch gears for a moment to chat fall and winter wedding styles.

When it comes to fashion and weddings – specifically wedding party attire, it’s super important to plan ahead. Not only do you want to be ahead of the curve you also want to keep in mind the importance of timelines and deadlines. So, now is a good time to take inventory of last year’s looks and get an idea of what you might need in order to update your wardrobe. 

Whether you’re a groom, guest, or father of the bride here are a few ideas to help inspire the upcoming fall and winter wedding months so you can close out the 2018 wedding season in style. We’ve also partnered with online stationery company, Basic Invite, to round out these fall and winter themed trends with rustic fall and winter wonderland wedding invitations to match.

 

Rustic Chic

The perfect look for an end of summer or early autumn wedding when the sunsets are extra warm and the special day you’ve been waiting for all year is finally here! Think suspenders, earthy color schemes, and loafers that don’t require socks.

 

Wedding Invitation Inspiration: Wood Wedding Invitations

Real cherry wood veneer pressure mounted on heavyweight cardstock for a unique triple thick feel. Each invitation is stamped with bright white ink and contains one-of-a-kind wood grain texture with knots, coloring, and imperfections in tact.

 

Vintage Vibes

When the days are getting shorter and the nights a bit darker it’s a good time to break out those vintage vibes. Roll up your button down and pair it with a wool vest, incorporate accessories like newsboy caps for the groomsman, and keep your color choices dark and edgy.

 

Wedding Invitation inspiration: Typography Wedding Invitations

Using typography to capture a certain style is a simple way to pair your vintage wedding with vintage wedding invitations. Pass on the color here and instead keep it old school with a black and white color scheme.

 

Winter Formal

Guys, its tuxedo time! A classic, formal, and timeless look perfect for a winter wedding. Pair your tux with a peacoat and get yourself a fancy pair of cufflinks. A shaven face and slicked back hair will go a long way! These are both simple tricks that will complete your winter formal look.

 

Wedding Invitation Inspiration: Foil Stamped Wedding Invitations

Choose from gold, silver, or rose gold foil in either a flat or raised style to add a bit of glitz and glam to your formal wedding invitations. Silver and gold foil are both especially good picks as they will add a touch of holiday charm to your invites.

 

Summer is full of bright colors, trendy patterns, and a bit of wiggle room when it comes to traditional fashion trends. With that said, fall and winter are reserved for the more formal side of things - the standard black and white tuxedo, a classic Windsor knot, and all the typical accessories that bring sophistication to the forefront including your groom approved wedding invitations.

If you are looking for more wedding invite inspirations, head over to Basic Invite and enjoy their code 15FF51 at checkout for 15% off everything.

 

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Top Gifts for Father's Day

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, so don’t wait to jump on these creative gift ideas! Your husband with surely appreciate these thoughtful gifts more than a pair of socks or new leather belt. 
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