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Posted on Mar 11, 2015 in Andy blogs, Bow Ties, Bowties, Personal Style, Pocket Squares |

How to Pick a Bow Tie and Pocket Square Combo

 

People frequently ask us “what goes with what?”

But there are many times when it’s clear that customers know how to pair things up. This is one of those times.

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The Dehnolm silk paisley bow tie with the Cobalt Blue Dot chambray pocket square, both available at thecordialchurchman.com

Today, Erica packed up and shipped this combination. As you can tell, this customer has a great eye.

But what are they seeing? You know a good combo when you see it, but how do you see it before you see it? How do you pick a pair of pieces out that you’re confident will work?

Here are three basic things to keep in mind when you decide to try and pair two patterns together:

1. Complementary Colors.

You don’t have to be an art student to see that there are 3 distinct shades of blue here. There are 2 on the bow tie. Plus a purple, which might actually be blue–who knows. But at minimum, there’s a dark and a light blue. Then you’ve got the pocket square, which is medium-blue. It’s right in between the dark and light blue of the bow tie.

What does this mean? It means that the square and bow don’t “match.” Matching is not the goal. Complementary is the goal.

Sometimes it really is as simple as “Hey, look! Blue. And this is blue too! I’ll take them both.”

2. Vary the Scale.

 

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This is where people usually get gun shy. It feels harder to say “this pattern will go great with that one!” than it is to say “Hey, look! Blue! And more blue!”

But don’t get intimidated. Here’s the deal with patterns.

Keep the scale different. If you have dots that are really close to each other, don’t pair them with a striped pattern where the stripes are equally close to each other.

If the dots are spread wide, don’t reach for wide-spred stripes.

If you’ve got a somewhat busy, medium-scale paisley like this bow tie, don’t pair it with a super-busy pattern of any sort.

Keep it simple, like with this chambray pocket square: solid blue, tiny white dots.

3. Own it.

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When Ellie recorded her full-length album with Nashville producer/singer-songwriter Andrew Osenga, he gave us a principle that has stuck with us. He said, if you’re playing an instrument or singing, and you hit a wrong note that seems out of place, just keep hitting it over and over again. Own it. Then it looks like you know what you’re doing. Like you meant it. Pretty soon, everybody will be like “yeah, man. Yeah.”

Then go back and practice your scales.

Same with picking out your clothes. Keep a few guiding tips in mind (color and scale), and then just go for it. If you feel like maybe you hit the wrong note, just keep hitting it. Own it. In other words, try something out, and wear it all day with gusto. “Pulling something off” is all about confidence–even when it’s technically “wrong.”

Then try something different next time—or not.

Do you think this fella pictured here cares about my “rule” about scale? He’s got stripes (shirt) and check (bow tie) in almost exactly the same scale. But he owns it. If you look at his blog, it’s pretty sure he’s in the “break the rules” phase rather than the “what are the rules?” phase.

If you like this combo …

 

You can grab the Denholm silk paisley bow tie here.

And the Cobalt Blue Dot chambray pocket square here.

 

 

 

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Posted on Feb 6, 2015 in Andy blogs, Bow Ties, Personal Style, Pocket Squares, Special Offer |

The Making of a Happy Sartorial Couple

“Whimsical floral bow seeks grounded square”

People often ask us what goes with what.

Our response? Pair a daring accoutrement with an item that’s not competing for attention. You want to have one, or two at the most, pushy elements in your ensemble. The rest, if you don’t want your outfit to garner comments like “how flamboyant” or “is it Halloween?”, should be subdued. This allows the pushy elements to do their pushing without pushing the whole outfit into “why does it look like you’re wearing 14 Hawaiian shirts at the same time” territory.

What exactly does this principle (“one pushy, the rest subdued”) look? How do you pair accoutrements in a way that isn’t “matchy-matchy”, but instead complementary?

Or, to put it even more specifically, “What in the devil am I supposed to wear for such a festive occasion as a Valentine’s Day date?” (Or its complement: “What in the devil am I supposed to give my Valentine for Valentine’s Day?”)

Behold, four happy couples:

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Four punchy bow ties in iconic floral Liberty of London fabrics. Blind date with a soft-spoken, complementary cotton pocket square. Four happy couples indeed.

Notice: subdued doesn’t simply mean “solid colors”. You can have patterns without those patterns challenging the star of your outfit to a who-is-gonna-get-more-complements competition.

Friday and Saturday only, add our hand-picked pocket square to your choice of Liberty bow ties for just $5. Pick your happy pair now. Click here.

Place the Liberty bow tie in your shopping cart, and the $5 pocket square will appear in a pop-up window. Put the square in your cart, and you’re good to go.

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Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Bow Tie Tuesday, Bow Ties, Bowties, Guy Style Favorites, Pocket Squares, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Outfit of the Day!

This look is the perfect introduction to the Spring season!  Its cornerstone piece is the stunning bow tie, made by none other than The Cordial Churchman.

As a compliment in color, this brilliant coral and navy gingham dress shirt contrasts the chartreuse bow tie quite well.

 Now, we move the eye from the gingham base through a multilayered front, featuring a subtle cashmere vest beneath a tweed jacket with leather accents.

Finally, by way of parallel, a navy gingham pocket square draws us back to the coral gingham dress shirt for a cohesive design.

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Bow tie: The Cordial Churchman

Dress shirt:  J Crew

Waistcoat:  thrift

Jacket:  thrift

Pocket square:  The Cordial Churchman

Watch:  TimeX

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Posted on Apr 23, 2013 in Bowties, Guy Style Favorites, Personal Style, Pocket Squares, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Pocket Squres: Compliment – Not match

Incase you are wondering how to rock the pocket square with your bow tie, the word is coordinate, not match.

Here’s some combos we love from our upcoming summer collection (Available May 1)

Yellow Madras (Coming Soon) with Navy Gingham

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Navy Dot Linen (Frederick) with Salmon Madras

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Pink Gingham with Light Blue pinstripe Linen

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White Pique, Navy Blazer, Blue and yellow striped bow tie and a yellow seersucker pocket square.  When wearing one of our lapel flowers, we think its best to go as subtle as possible with your pocket square.  The White pique is one of the best pocket squares because it adds interest and texture but can go with everything.

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Posted on May 31, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs, Bowties, Pocket Squares | 1 comment

366 Bow Ties: Days 150 & 151

Day 150: Had to be a handsome one. And this is. It’s our old Vito pattern crossed with a pinpoint linen that used to be the Barrett. Pretty stunning. Yours for $35.

Another reason to be handsome—or, to wear a handsome bow tie: video shoot.

Day 151: This is subtle: see what’s happening? Bias-cut on one half of the bow tie; non-bias cut on the other. See the knot? Cool yeah? Yeah!

Yours for $29.

A good bow tie for a road trip.  Above: Jacksonville.

Ellie hand-rolling pocket squares in the car.

Legos at Downtown Disney

Okay, off to a timeshare presentation. Should be glorious!

Cordially,

Andy

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