The importance of the right tie for a suit cannot be overstated. Perhaps you prefer the skinny tie over the traditional, or maybe you want to opt for the bow tie. Whatever tie suits your style, choose a bold color or pattern. Solids, stripes, or simple patterns are to be encouraged, but keep it simple, and stay away from whimsical ties. Save those for your casual-dress days.
It’s impossible to discuss the importance of the tie without also discussing the importance of the knot. If you wear a necktie, the traditional Windsor or half-Windsor knots are the de-facto way to tie them. Do not fall into that trap. Someone once told me “Never trust a man who is wearing a Windsor knot,” and that advice has held true all my life. The four-in-hand knot is much to be preferred, and if you opt for the bowtie, do yourself a favor and avoid the clip-on. Every gentleman who prefers a bowtie should know how to tie one. You can thank us later.
The Pocket Square
When it comes to men’s fashion, subtlety is the word. A pocket square should match one’s tie in color and pattern whenever possible. There are many ways to fold a pocket square, but we suggest choosing a method that is simple and elegant. You don’t want your pocket square origami to overshadow how great you look in your suit.
Apply simplicity liberally. Leather, in the same color as your shoes.
Your timepiece says as much about you as your suit. If you don’t have a wristwatch that stands up to the elegance of your suit, invest in one, or leave that left wrist bare.
Socks must absolutely match your shoes. Never, ever wear brown socks with a black shoe or vise-versa. Also, remember that formal wear calls for formal socks. Leave the argyle at home, and choose solid colors, solid with a subtle pattern if you must. Again, you don’t want your socks overshadowing your suit.
When finalizing your look, don’t neglect the details. Those tiny buttons on the sleeves of your shirt may be easy to skip, but they are there for a reason. They prevent your forearm from showing in the hole you create when you button your cuffs. See that they’re properly tended to. While we’re on shirts, we certainly understand the desire to think beyond the basic white. Feel free to experiment with pastels, stripes, or even a subtle pattern in your shirts, and remember – if you do stick with white, make sure it isn’t translucent, and employ an undershirt where applicable.
The clothes may make the man, but the accessories make the clothes. When dressing up in your Steven Berke suit for an important meeting or event, you want to make sure that every button is in place and every seam is perfect, and you also want to add a little bit of personality to that look. The right accessories can make the difference between looking good and looking great in your Steven Berke custom-tailored suit.