How to Super-Charge Your Power Suit: Here’s 2 Ways

9 Jan

In the melee of business as usual, the power suit seems ubiquitous, so how do you distinguish yourself? With details. Here’s two simple style tips every man can master.

Parag Patel shows how the style detail of a pocket square takes a power suit to the next level. (Photo by Jamie Magnifico. Custom Suit & Shirt by Hattmanan Brook, available at www.hbnewyork.com | Pocket Square ($115) by hook+Albert, available at www.hookandalbert.com )

Parag Patel shows how the style detail of a pocket square takes a power suit to the next level. (Photo by Jamie Magnifico. Custom Suit & Shirt (price upon request) by Hattmanan Brook | Pocket Square ($115) by hook+Albert )

How to Super-Charge Your Power Suit: Here’s 2 Ways
Photos by Jamie Magnifico

You don’t need to be my best friend to know I am in love with details, and the effect of a man smartly dressed with details just makes my heart swoon. So Gents, take it from a style expert and a romantic, this is the playbook for making a killer first impression.

For the biggest impact, my favorite go-to’s are pocket squares & socks. A pocket square as a splash of color or bold print draws the eye upward, creating a taller & more impressive look. While socks with a coordinated bright color/print gives a stylish surprise just as effective as Agent 007.

With a bold plaid pocket square and trademark flower, this collaborative design by Alexander & Wilson and hook+Albert, respectively, is a perfect example of an accessory blending tradition with modern details for a true style statement.

Style Secret: Match your tie to one or more of the colors in the chosen pocket square, and that’ll give you the freedom to be bold & daring with mixing & matching prints or patterns.

Style Secret: Match your tie to one or more of the colors in the chosen pocket square. (Photo by Jamie Magnifico | Pocket Square ($115) available at: www.hookandalbert.com | Custom Suit & Tailored Shirt at www.hbnewyork.com )

(Above Photos by Jamie Magnifico | Pocket Square ($115) available at: http://www.hookandalbert.com | Custom Suit & Tailored Shirt at http://www.hbnewyork.com )

If you’re wearing a power suit, then you better have on some “power socks”. Dressing up a suit has never been easier than with vibrant socks, which exude confidence and creativity. End result: Your status boosted, 10-fold.

How to Wear Power Socks

Not ready for citrine-colored socks?

 Style Tips for the Timid: Try this — Pair your navy suit with navy-and-blue polka dot socks for that subtle-yet-modern display of style.

How to wear power socks with your power suit

Be seasonal: It’s a simple way to show that you aren’t stuck in a rut, reaching for the same options each day. In other words, it shows you’re relevant in a rapidly evolving marketplace, and a man who’s able to re-invent himself.

These Fair Isle-inspired socks match the traditional spirit of the winter months with a fun display of personal style for the outdoor man to the executive, as well as the Renaissance man who’s both a country boy and city gentleman.

These Fair Isle-inspired socks match the traditional spirit of the winter months with a fun display of personal style for the outdoor man to the executive, as well as the Renaissance man who’s both a country boy and city gentleman.

Tired of the basic solids and traditional argyle socks? From a suit to jeans, step up your look with any of these stylish sock options.

Dress Socks ($30-35), by hook+Albert at: http://www.hookandalbert.com.

What’s the Take-Away?

Men with details get the digits.

Whether landing a major contract, or extra love from the hottie in your life, a man sporting the basic details of bold socks and pocket squares always wins out over a man in a “naked” power suit. Here’s why: How you dress tells the person across from you exactly what he/she can expect.

If you’re in a stripped down basic (even if high-end) suit without details, it screams “boring, predictable, stagnant, uniformity, a cog in the wheel”. Whereas if you’re wearing that same suit but with the details of colorful, patterned or printed pocket square and socks, it screams “visionary, creative, confident, high-energy, leader”.

Now, you get to choose how the world will perceive you! And with so many great options available, it’ll be a cinch to pick up some super-charged details for your power suit. Remember the sage advise of my business mentor: “Fortune favors the bold”. Make 2013 your year!

In Style & Love,
Robin

Polaroid Signature-ThriftyVintageChic

Socks & Pocket Squares by hook+Albert. Available at: http://hookandalbert.com.

Custom Suits & Shirts by Hattmanan Brook. Available at: www.hbnewyork.com.

 

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3 Responses to “How to Super-Charge Your Power Suit: Here’s 2 Ways”

  1. Laurie McKay January 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM #

    Sharp!
    But $115 for a pocket square? Oh my goodness! Good thing my man has a handy woman who can make him one for 50 cents! 😀

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    • Thrifty Vintage Chic February 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM #

      Ah, yes! But this is New York and the capitol of high-fashion & brands with big price tags! But with your skills, I know any pocket square would be valued well beyond an elite price tag 🙂

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