It’s On Sale: Men’s Accessories

Three online retailers are having end-of-the-season sales right now on every kind of men’s accessory you can think of.

The first is at Linkson Jack, who is having a (near) storewide sale. They’ll discount European taxes for customers outside of the EU, so if you live outside of Europe, you can expect an additional 20% off once you hit checkout. My favorite items include these E&G Cappelli ties (note the range of grenadines), Abbeyhorn oxhorn combs, and handsome leather cases for eyewear. E&G Cappelli ties are 100% handmade, constructed with a light interlining, and produced out of a small workshop in Naples, Italy. I think they’re some of the finest ties in the world.

The second is at Exquisite Trimmings, who will also discount for European taxes. I like their Drake’s ties, particularly the green wool and striped navy raw silk you see above. The first would go well with dark brown tweeds while the other can be successfully worn with tan cotton suits.

Finally, Berg & Berg is having a storewide sale. Some of their scarves are quite handsome, and I like their selection of belts. I have a braided belt similar to the one pictured above, and enjoy wearing it in the summer with khaki chinos, colorful madras shirts, and brown loafers.

It’s On Sale: Berg & Berg
Berg & Berg is having a 40% off sale. Great place to consider ties, scarves, and socks. You can check Jesse’s review of the company’s ties here.

It’s On Sale: Berg & Berg

Berg & Berg is having a 40% off sale. Great place to consider ties, scarves, and socks. You can check Jesse’s review of the company’s ties here.

Conservatively Patterned Socks

There’s an old piece of wisdom that says men should match their socks to their trousers. Doing so elongates the leg line, which in turn supposedly makes the man look taller. I’ve never been quite sure of this rule (or the logic). It works fine for navy or charcoal trousers, but matching brown socks to similarly colored pants and shoes seems off to me. I also don’t care for light colored socks, so wheat and mid-grey trousers need a different colored hose. 

In the end, I’ve found that navy socks go with everything. It’s richer than black and complements any color next to it. Thus, most of my socks are a solid navy, with charcoal a close second. I also have a few pairs in odd colors such as dark bottle green and aubergine, which I wear whenever I want a bit of irreverence. Those are never worn to match trousers, of course, though sometimes they complement a secondary color in my tie. 

It can be a bit boring to only have solid colored socks, however, so you can mix in some conservative patterns. This takes a bit more focus in the morning, but can add real character to your ensemble. Time-honored combinations include a two-toned houndstooth with glen plaid flannels, fine herringbone with a chalk striped suiting, or well spaced pin-dot hose with windowpaned wools. The key here is to find a pattern that both complements and contrasts your trousers. If you stick to neutral colors and conservative, traditional patterns, this should be easy. 

Marcoliani and Bresciani makes some of the best patterned socks out there. Marcoliani can be found through Kabbaz & Kelly, Howard Yount, and O’Connell’s. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can also find them at The Hound Clothiers. Bresciani can be bought through A Suitable WardrobeBerg & Berg, and Mr. Porter. Both of these brands are expensive, but the construction is top-notch and the patterns are tasteful.

For more affordable options, keep an eye out for Pantherella socks on Sierra Trading Post. They have more synthetic fibers in their composition, which means they’re a bit less breathable and durable, but their patterns are equally tasteful and they can be had for as little as $5 a pair (just wait for the heavy markdowns). Uniqlo also has these dotted socks which you can buy through Suddenlee, but they’re cotton and not over-the-calf. I recommend waiting for the Pantherella sales instead, if you can wait. 

Photo credits: MostExerent, SpooPoker, and Pocket Square Guy.

Your Fall/ Winter Scarf

As the temperatures begin to dip, it will be important for you to have a few scarves on hand. If it’s cold enough, you’ll obviously wear yours with an overcoat or some kind of heavy winter outerwear. If it’s not, however, a scarf can be even more important, as it may be your only source of warmth. 

When buying one, it’s important to pay attention to a few key things:

  • Material: Generally speaking, cashmere will be softer and warmer than wool or lambswool, but it really depends on the quality. A lambswool/ angora blend by Alex Begg, for example, will be nicer than any cheap cashmere. You can also get scarves in either silk or cotton, but those tend to not be as warm. Whichever you choose, I recommend staying away from acrylic. There are too many affordable, good scarves, made from natural materials, to justify buying an acrylic scarf. 
  • Nap and size: Pay attention to the size and nap. I personally prefer scarves to be around 70” long, and never go below 63”. As Will from A Suitable Wardrobe shows, if your scarf is too short, you won’t be able to tie it. You’ll also want to pay attention to the width. If your scarf is too thin, it will hang like a silly noodle around your neck. Lastly, note that rougher materials, such as some lambswools, will be more difficult to tie into knots.
  • Color and patterns: As I’ve written before, I think scarves are worn best when they complement, but not match, the rest of your ensemble. That means picking one with complementary colors or a secondary color that matches your jacket or coat. I personally find solid colored scarves, or those with plaids, windowpanes, and stripes, to be the easiest to wear, but you can also get scarves in Fair Isle, dip dye, or houndstooth designs. 

So with that, what are some of your best options? 

Of course, there are hundreds of good scarves to be had, so the above list isn’t meant to be exhaustive. If you’re on the market to buy one, however, the above can be a good place to start. 

Berg & Berg is having a pretty big summer sale. Though I have no experience with the line, Jesse received a tie from them last year and liked it. 
Discounts are 40-50% off, which makes these ties about $50.
For the sake of price comparisons, you can find Drake’s ties on sale for about $100, Brooks Brothers’ ties on sale for about $50, and Lands End’s ties on sale for about $30 (again, these are sale prices from the manufacturers; retail prices and “deal markets” like eBay will be different). 

Berg & Berg is having a pretty big summer sale. Though I have no experience with the line, Jesse received a tie from them last year and liked it. 

Discounts are 40-50% off, which makes these ties about $50.

For the sake of price comparisons, you can find Drake’s ties on sale for about $100, Brooks Brothers’ ties on sale for about $50, and Lands End’s ties on sale for about $30 (again, these are sale prices from the manufacturers; retail prices and “deal markets” like eBay will be different). 

Put This On Episode 4: Clothing Credits

At Larchmont Barbershop

Jacket - A. Di Nella & Son of Philadelphia (Vintage)

Shirt - Luciano Barbera

Tie - Courtesy of Berg & Berg

Pants - Brunello Cucinelli

Pocket Square - Etro

The Wet Shave

Pajamas - Brooks Brothers

Robe - Holliday & Brown for Prada

In the Closet

Blazer - Chester Barrie

Shirt - CEGO Custom Shirtmakers

Pants - Brunello Cucinelli

Shoes - Vintage Florsheim

Tie - Vintage Bullock & Jones

Pocket Square - Courtesy of Kent Wang

Episode 3: Clothing Credits

Intro:

Suit - J. Crew

Shirt - Thom Browne

Tie - Carrol & Co. (Vintage)

Square - Vintage (Courtesy: Grand-Uncle Philbert)

Shoes - Nordstrom

On Set

Suit - J. Crew

Shirt - CEGO Custom Shirtmakers

Tie - Courtesy  of Berg & Berg

Shoes - Gieves & Hawkes

Square - Holland & Holland

Nerd Boyfriend Picks

Jacket - J. Crew

Shirt - Uniqlo

Pants - Hentsch Man

Shoes - American Apparel

On Roxana

Shirt - Marc Jacobs

Skirt - Marc Jacobs

Rudiments

Tie - Turnbull & Asser

Q and A

Blazer - hickey

Shirt - Lands’ End

Pants - Incotex

Tie - Benjamin Bixby

Shoes - Sebago (Vintage)

Square - Grand-Uncle Philbert

STYLE CELEBRITIES: THEY’RE JUST LIKE YOU!
THEIR MOMS HAVE GARDENS.
THEY GO TO WEDDINGS.
THEIR WIFE INSISTS THEY TAKE A PICTURE OF THEIR OUTFIT BECAUSE THEY LOOK SO HANDSOME AND THEY SHOULD “SHOW IT TO THEIR INTERNET FRIENDS.” 

STYLE CELEBRITIES: THEY’RE JUST LIKE YOU!

  • THEIR MOMS HAVE GARDENS.
  • THEY GO TO WEDDINGS.
  • THEIR WIFE INSISTS THEY TAKE A PICTURE OF THEIR OUTFIT BECAUSE THEY LOOK SO HANDSOME AND THEY SHOULD “SHOW IT TO THEIR INTERNET FRIENDS.” 
We Got It For Free: Berg & Berg Tie
Mathias Berg of Berg & Berg sent us an email the other day.  He and his betrothed, Karin, recently started a clothing line called Berg & Berg.  They were nice enough to send along a linen-silk blend unlined tie (pictured above) for our inspection.  It’s labeled “hand-made in Italy,” and the quality is quite nice.  An unlined tie can be tough to knot, but the rich texture of the linen-silk blend helps it hold a dimple quite well.
Mathias & Karin’s line focuses on accessories, and is most distinguished by a commitment to classic styles and a wonderful, vibrant palette.  This blue and creme knit tie, for example, is simple to wear, being only blue, but somehow surprising as well.  Each of their pieces is well-considered and lovely.  Prices aren’t cheap, but they are significantly less than you’d pay at retail for items of similar quality.
Well played, Berg & Berg.

We Got It For Free: Berg & Berg Tie

Mathias Berg of Berg & Berg sent us an email the other day.  He and his betrothed, Karin, recently started a clothing line called Berg & Berg.  They were nice enough to send along a linen-silk blend unlined tie (pictured above) for our inspection.  It’s labeled “hand-made in Italy,” and the quality is quite nice.  An unlined tie can be tough to knot, but the rich texture of the linen-silk blend helps it hold a dimple quite well.

Mathias & Karin’s line focuses on accessories, and is most distinguished by a commitment to classic styles and a wonderful, vibrant palette.  This blue and creme knit tie, for example, is simple to wear, being only blue, but somehow surprising as well.  Each of their pieces is well-considered and lovely.  Prices aren’t cheap, but they are significantly less than you’d pay at retail for items of similar quality.

Well played, Berg & Berg.