Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Menswear Minutiae

     The devil and the tailor share common ground in the details. The accouterment that accompany suiting are where men get to be unique, where they most silently and most effectively assert their personality, style, and taste.

(Jan Leslie Silk Knots, $65 @ Neiman Marcus)

     I adore the idea behind silk knots. Less formal than cufflinks but no less stylish, silk knots inject color in a subtle way. And a case of them ensures that you've always got a way to match a tie. Of course, the grey knots will probably be the most used, but that black/white one would look rather dashing on a shirt with contrast cuffs and collar.

(Collar Stays Gift Box Set, $30 @ Nordstrom)

     Collar stays are also a must. They are the small detail that do such a big thing with no fuss at all. Never seen, but always noticed, these polished brass collar stays ensure that you never wind up with a wilting neckline halfway through an evening.

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