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Devilish Details: The Dapper Guide to Accessories

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Yes he’s back! The Don is back!

By now you should all know the basics of suiting up (If not then shame on you!). The fit of your suit head to toe, what shirt pattern with which kind of tie, pattern mixing etc. But you can’t just leave it at that for it’s the little things that get you that extra glance of attention my friends. Pull up a chair, mix a drink and get reading!

 

Start from the top!

1) The Lapel Flower

When you buy a suit or blazer, you may notice a slit on the top of the lapel that does not open. You can have a tailor open it up and stick a nice colorful lapel flower in there. Lapel flowers come in a few different varieties, you can go with a crocheted yarn or a more pouffy style like this.

2) The Tie Bar

Tie bars these days comes in all sorts of colours, styles, finishes, and lengths. You can go pinch clasp or side clasp (I recommend side clasp for silk knit ties), 1 inch, 1.5 inch or 2 inch, royal blue matte or brushed silver. Don’t forget to use your contrasting here! Light tie? darker tie bar and vice versa.

Tip: Don’t let the length of the bar extend to the whole width of the tie.

3) The Pocket Square 

Ah yes the almighty pocket square. Too many times I see a suit being worn without one and it just looks well…weird to me. So many options exist as to colours, materials, patterns and folds. Just remember the colour of your tie and pocket square do not have to be  SHOULD NOT be an exact match. The pocket square should complement the tie by having one colour in common. For example if you have a predominantly aqua tie, a plaid pocket square where one of the colours is aqua is a perfect complement to it.

Tip: The most versatile pocket square you can own is a solid white one, it goes with any tie, always.

 

4) The Tie

This one is obvious, just be sure not to buy any cheap polyester ties and no pre-tied ties!!!

 

5) The Watch

Now this is not something that I particularly rock, don’t even own a really nice watch (yet). But a watch can either be a bold centrepiece accessory or a subtle touch of class. I personally prefer a more subtle clean look, minimalist dial like this.

Tip: Great thing about watches is, you can swap out the straps so if you’re dressed a little more casual swap in a colourful fabric strap for the refined leather one!

 

6) Cufflinks

One of my personal favourites! Really do not understand why most retailers do not sell cuffed shirts, anyways cufflinks are another great accessory that you can play around with. They are a terrific way to add a personal touch to your ensemble. A big sports fan? Go for some like these. A wedding around the corner? Opt for a more classy look like these. Cufflinks come in many different shapes, sizes, colours and materials so go nuts!!!

 

7) Belt/Braces (suspenders)

These are accessories one might call necessary, after all there is nothing dapper about being caught with your pants down. When you’re rocking your best suit there is only one option for the belt and that is leather, black or brown depending on the colour of your shoes. Braces (the proper term for suspenders) on the other hand, you have some freedom (unless attending a formal event, in that case go with black silk). Add a splash of colour to you outfit by going with some green or paisley braces.

Tip: Most important of all when it comes to braces, no clip ons! They look cheap and can come undone and smack you right in the face, nothing dapper about getting your eye taken out by cheap clip on braces. Opt for the looped variety that fasten via buttons to the inside of your pants.

 

And there you have it my friends, utilizing the little things to pull it all together and get that positive attention that comes from being dapper 😉

 

The Don

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Different Side of The Don

Now I know this is a menswear/lifestyle blog, but tonight will be a post of a different kind. An emotional one for myself personally as I will recap my weekend watching the return of Major League Baseball in Montreal with the 2 Blue Jays-Mets spring training games.

I have always been a big sports fan (baseball included) and spent many a day in my early teens at the Stade Olympique catching Expos games with my younger brother. My 16 year old heart was shattered 10 years ago when my team left and there is still a hole that remains to this day. When it was announced that the games were coming here back in November, I did not know how to feel exactly. I despise both teams (Montreal-Toronto rivalry duh!) and did not want to go at first. It was only after my brother pointed out to me that Expos Nation would be encouraging fans to show up in Expos colours cheering like it was our old team back on the diamond to show to MLB that this is still a baseball market that I decided I wanted to attend. Then when it was later announced by the Montreal Baseball Project that the 1994 Expos “best team in baseball” who’s incredible season, on pace for 110 wins and a shot at a World Series, was cut short to the players’ strike, would be honoured it sealed the deal for me.

 

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autographed Orlando Cabrera jersey out of a near decade long retirement!

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Note the shirt and tie under the jersey 😉 ok it wasn’t done on purpose I went straight from work!

So all the months of anticipation led to the first game on Friday night (gotta love free tickets!) Although I have since gained a disdain for public transit since the last time I rode the Metro down to the Big O for a ball game, it felt just like old times. The closer we got to our seats the greater the anticipation rose and finally seeing that field again, all the memories rushed back….watching Vladdy hitting 3 home runs in a game in 2000, seeing him shoot for 40/40 in 2002, the home opener in 2001 when Tim Raines returned as an Expo, Wil Cordero’s walk off blast against the Phillies in 2003, blowing out the Phils in August of ’03 in the midst of Believer Feverrallying from 5 runs down against the Blue Jays..I was 15 years old again! Prior to the game was another emotional moment as the late great Gary Carter was honoured in a pre-game ceremony with his wife and daughter present. The game itself I could have cared less for except for the “Let’s Go Expos!” chants that broke out, we left in the 7th inning to go grab some real food at a restaurant (did not feel like pigging out on the Big O grub).

 

 

Saturday morning we left the house bright and early at 10:30 to get some free parking around the stadium and to soak in the experience. The one thing I always hated about the Big O, is that it’s so far out of the way no matter where you park, what a hell of a walk to find the damn upper entrance! Once inside and settled in though, it was comforting to be back there in the upper reaches of the stadium with a great view of the field. At 12:40 the ceremonies got under way and all the 1994 team present were introduced, from Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom, Moises Alou, Darrin Fletcher, Ken Hill, John Wettland, Cliff Floyd, Rondell White, Lou Frazier and more. The biggest ovation however, came for the manager, Felipe Alouuuuuu! As they were standing on the field, we were treated to a presentation of Montreal’s own Annakin Slayd’s tribute song to the ’94 team, 94 FallIt was difficult to fight back the man-tears as it played and wondering what could have been, for that team would have been the saviours for baseball in my city. Once again the game itself was secondary to me although it was nice to watch a good old pitching duel of a game. It was all so surreal just watching baseball in the Big O again and the attendance, wow! over 46,000 on Friday and 50,229 on Saturday, the first time in my life I seen the upper bowl completely full for baseball. MLB I hope you’re taking note, give me my team back!

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just like old times, the bros at a ball game

just like old times, the bros at a ball game

 

One day, they shall return and I will introduce my future kids, to the same experiences I had in my youth….

 

The Don