Monday, 28 March 2011

Wedding Style for Men: Wedding Accessories and Wedding Attire – Getting it right!

Men’s wedding style can be tricky to get right. Even if you are part of the wedding party and have an outfit all ready decided for you, it can still go horribly wrong. Unfortunately though, you don’t really get much say if you are a groomsman! It’s like it (salmon silk tie and matching handkerchief anyone) or errr, pretend to like it – because you’ll be wearing it all day!

For those of you fortunate enough to be picking your outfit, keep reading. We have broken down the different suits, styles and accessories that you might like to consider for your men’s wedding attire.

For a spring or summer wedding, keep it light in colour and in material. A well fitting light grey suit will always look classic and if you add a tailored waistcoat, this will look razor sharp. Soften with a light coloured shirt, spring colours like lilac and powder blue will always look gorgeous. If you are brave, try a linen or cotton suit – just be wary of very pale or white suits; a wedding isn’t the time to channel Miami Vice.

Men’s wedding accessories are also worth considering with your wedding outfit. For the warmer months, lovely soft toned ties and matching handkerchiefs sit well with this type of outfit and will add something of a debonair air. Amanda Christensen have luxury paisley hankerchiefs with matching ties which add a grown up air to an already dapper look.

For a more formal or evening wedding, you may consider a tuxedo. If this is the case, then select a really gorgeous and expensive looking bow tie to stand you apart from the crowd. Robert Charles design woven silk bow ties in either a block shade or if you are feeling brave, with a rose pattern – which can actually look surprisingly modern if worn with a properly fitted suit. The other neck attire that you might consider is a cravat; just be careful not to get confused with the wedding party or you’ll be helping Great Aunty May around all night!

With an autumn or winter wedding, you can go for a darker suit and make the most of the richer colours and textures around at this time of year in both attire and wedding accessories. Go for gold and choose a classic and stylish cufflink; Denisonboston offer a really sophisticated array that will look really elegant against a darker suit.

One rule that should always be followed though; matching with your partner (unless you are the groom of course) is a big no no. Do not let your other half persuade you of this. It is not a good look.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Duchamp Accessories: Review of Duchamp Ties, Cufflinks, Scarves, Socks & More

Duchamp was founded in 1989 by Mitchell Jacobs whose personal passion for cufflinks became the drive for the start up of the now well established London based luxury accessories company. At the time of Duchamp London’s arrival on the scene, the luxury men’s accessories market was just starting to develop and Duchamp London quickly gained a reputation as the brand to turn to for unique accessories.

Other items were soon included in the Duchamp accessory line up such as ties, socks, pocket squares and scarves, all with the vibrant patterns, colours and gorgeous luxury silk weaves that were beginning to garner a strong loyal customer for the distinct Duchamp London style. A full menswear range has developed over the years including shirts, jackets and trousers – all with the distinctly bold Duchamp London aesthetic.

The Duchamp London design is unique in its use of colours and patterns, taking inspiration from the vividness of the work of their namesake, Marcel Duchamp. The brand’s strengths lie in the loyalty of their designs to the Duchamp manifest of being bright, bold yet sharp and never afraid to push boundaries, all the whilst maintaining luxury and quality.

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The Duchamp London Spring Summer collection is superb; with a brilliant use of colour and pattern that is at once both fresh and classic, no mean feat. In particular lilac, pink and white shades have been used to great effect with bold patterns to create sharp lines with cool fresh colours.

In particular this season, Duchamp accessories are absolutely beautiful. The floral patterns used on both the ties and cufflinks really display the Duchamp London design aesthetic at its best. My favourite in the ties has to be ‘The Garden Delight’ tie in amazing purples and silver highlights, but there are so many to pick from that if I could buy them all – I probably would!

This seasons cufflinks raise Duchamp London accessories to a whole new bar, they are simply amazing. Using crystals to gorgeous effect, these are cufflinks like no others on the market. Their ‘Corsage crystal cufflink’ is beautiful, yet with all the use of feminine patterns and colours still retains a masculine edge. Team with one of their gorgeous silk ties (I suggest ‘Elysian fields’, so so lovely) and you will be the picture of sartorial elegance.