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No Shave November Beard Health

By Carlos Perez

The 19th century saw the rise of luscious, Victorian beards and side chops that would, quite frankly, put ours to shame… No not the chops, but the big beards that would imply remarkable wisdom.

Fast-forward to 2010 onwards, and we’re bringing it back. Was it the hipsters? Was it the millennials in general? Who knows?! But, in preparation for No Shave November, we’ll tell you how you can improve your beard game, should you dare to grow…

Step 1: Face Care

We have a whole blog post on “preventing a breakout freak-out” on our website. You can read it here, it gives all the details on a basic skin care routine you can follow to ensure your skin stays clear and healthy.

In a nutshell, you need to be washing your face with a face wash suitable for your skin twice a day (with warm water), moisturising twice a day after washing your face, and applying exfoliator once every two days, after washing your face but before moisturising.

Why? Your hair grows inside the surface of your skin, where it begins from a root. The hair follicle then gets pushed up through the skin, passing an oil glad. So naturally, better maintenance of the skin means better health of the beard as it grows.

Step 2: Stimulate blood flow

As dumb as this sounds, massaging your face regularly (with clean hands!!) can help stimulate the growth of some your hair follicles that may have been previously dormant. The next step is to derma roll, but this is involves time, commitment and money. At the beginning, focus on gentling massaging your face.

Step 3: Let it grow

To really test out how your beard grows and shapes, give it time. It may take a few months for it to show its true shape and form. The biggest mistake people make is to give up after a couple of weeks because it’s “too itchy” or “doesn’t look right”. See how the growth looks after a few months, and let it get messy up to that point. Then shave it or shape it to your liking.

Step 4: Nurture what you’ve got

There are a range of products out there to help maintain what you have. A beard oil is a good idea to moisturise both the beard itself and the skin underneath. It is also a secret weapon to help style the beard. It helps your beard look shiny, groomed and free from any dust, flakes or shaggy “I just woke up” looks. Combine this with a beard comb, and you’re set (provided that your beard is long enough for this).

Overall growing a beard is a good idea for every guy to try. Keep in mind that we all develop ours differently, and that sometimes you just won’t be able to grow one. Be it poor genetics, or that you just haven’t reached the age where your facial hair growth will kick in – it happens. Give it time, or accept the fact that you won’t be able to grow a full beard.

For those of you who can’t grow a full beard, you can still style it. Give the following a shot:

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History on Sneakers

By Haider Mushtaq

Sneakers have been integral part of fashion for decades. Their association with sports, famous personalities, social movements and just plain old good design principals have ensured that they remain a key staple of any outfit and have changed the way we look at fashion as whole.

In this week’s article, FABSOC takes a look at some of the most iconic sneakers of sneaker culture and examines how and why they reached such notorious renown and fame. Buckle in readers, today’s article is a history lesson.

The one that started it all

Air Jordan 1: Nike

While the Air Jordan 1 is certainly not the first sneaker to popularize the sneaker and street culture movement, it is definitely responsible for redefining it in its era.

Released in 1985 in partnership with Basketball legend Michael Jordan, the Air Jordan 1 is one of the most popular and recognizable shoes in the sneaker industry today. A large part of this is due to its infamous history as the first multi-coloured shoe to be banned by the NBA in their sanctioned games. Nike capitalized on this and offered to pay any and all fines that Michael Jordan would incur while playing with sneakers in the NBA and soon propelled the Air Jordan 1s to infamy by marketing it as “The shoe banned by the NBA”.

A new shoe for a new era

Yeezy 350 Boost : Adidas

Named after its titular creator and famous rapper/producer/songwriter Kanye West, the Yeezy 350 Boost debuted in 2015 as the second line under the new collaborative partnership between Kanye and Adidas. This collaboration defined the interest hype around these shoes, with the partnership being born from Yeezy’s messy breakup with Nike, who he had collaborated with previously. As a result, due to Kanye West’s overwhelming popularity and the new patented and market “Boost” technology by Adidas, this sneaker redefined the sneaker culture for the modern age.

The classic throughout the ages

Chuck Taylor All Stars : Converse

One of the most iconic and staple sneakers of all time, this famous shoe by Converse started with humble beginnings. Originally created around the late 1910s, this Chuck Taylor All Star was an attempt by then rubber company Converse, to break into the basketball shoe market. The shoes sold averagely well, but was not the roaring success that Converse hoped, until it was picked up by then All Star Basketball player Chuck Taylor. With this endorsement the shoes shot to popularity in the basketball scene, and continued to sell well up until the 1960s, where they hit commercial success with the general public. From then on, the iconic Chuck Taylor signature was combined with the Converse logo in redesigns and re-releases throughout years, leading to one of the most iconic shoes to still be in production today.

A symbol of the street culture

Suede : Puma

The PUMA Suedes have been a staple of sneaker culture, and street culture as whole, for decades. Create in 1968 amongst a marketing battle with Adidas for street dominance, the Puma Suede was Puma’s new and fresh take on sneakers and how they could be redefined through their materials. The shoes completed their rise to prominence in the greater public, when Black Olympian Tommie Smith broke the 200m record and placed the Puma Suede on his podium while raising his right fist in the universal gesture of the fight for human equality. The shoes soon become a symbol of the struggle of the black community and rose to infamy through the Olympians actions. This, in combination with the shoe’s ground-breaking design, has ensured its relevance in the sneaker scene till the modern age.

If you have any other shoes that you think should be included in this iconic sneaker list, make sure to comment down below and leave your thoughts!

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Sleep for Beauty

By Carlos Perez

We don’t sleep enough. As a student, I’ve had countless nights staying up late to study for exams or to finish assignments. However, the research is in and it says… that this sucks. Not only is it terrible for your physical and mental health, but it isn’t doing you any favours in terms of skincare and beauty either.

The Facts

When you’re sleep-deprived, your body operates at a heightened level of stress than normal. As a result, you produce more cortisol which increases inflammation in the body. This increased inflammation can manifest in acne breakouts and increased skin irritability.

Unfortunately, a large amount of inflammatory cells breaks down collagen and hyaluronic acid, both of which are supposed to help your skin look youthful and glowing.

If you are prone to or have any immune-related skin issues, sleep deprivation can also make these worse.  This is because the increased inflammation from poor sleep negatively affects the body’s ability to regulate the immune system, allowing these issues to flare up more easily.

During sleep, your body is rebalancing its hydration. So the skin is retaining moisture and allowing the excess water to be processed for removal. However, poor sleep can counter-act this balance, resulting in those ‘beautiful’ bags under your eyes. Not only that, but you are more susceptible to dryness of skin and high visibility of wrinkles. Yikes!

What-to-do

The best way to start improving your beauty through sleep is to develop a solid bedtime routine to ensure that you are getting a minimum of 8 hours of high-quality sleep. So let’s break it down:

  1. Don’t eat 2-3 hours before bed.
  2. Keep your sleeping conditions cool. Your body needs to cool itself to 18 degrees Celsius to sleep. That’s why it’s easier to sleep when cool than too warm.
  3. Try and limit time in front of screens, switching them off 30 minutes before bed. At the very least activate ‘Night Shift’ mode to minimise the amount of blue light coming off the screen. Too much light before sleep messes with your melatonin production, a chemical your brain produces to help you go to sleep.
  4. Stay hydrated throughout the day, but not too much at night. Also, avoid caffeine in the late afternoon onwards.
  5. Ensure you use the bed only for sleep to program your body to know it’s time to sleep (eg avoid eating, studying etc)
  6. Structure a specific routine so you can trick your brain into thinking its bedtime. For example:

a)   Brush your teeth 30 minutes before sleep

b)   Put down all electronic devices

c)   Read a book (yes, a book. Not on an iPad) under a warm damp light

d)   Meditate

e)   Go to bed

To finish I will say that sleep can be a very serious problem for many individuals. We at FABSOC are just discussing concepts related to beauty. If you have any serious problems with sleep or the diseases mentioned, please see a medical professional.

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Compact Travelling with Style

By Carlos Perez

When travelling, I like to keep things light. Have you ever seen a video on YouTube going on about ‘Minimalism’? My travel style is something like that.

At the moment I’m travelling through Europe and have managed to keep things contained to a 16kg large bag and a small hand luggage and it’s been working really well. Despite this, my wardrobe is still looking really good (or so I like to think).

So if you’re like to me and want to keep things minimal in your luggage, but also want to look your best – what should you do?

1. If you don’t wear it weekly, you’re not going to wear it on vacation

What I tend to wear back home is of decent quality, where I go through outfit cycles on a weekly basis. So if a shirt or pair of pants doesn’t go into my weekly/fortnightly dressing cycles for outfits and it’s been sitting in my wardrobe for months (#impulsebuy), I’m not bringing it.

At the end of the day, especially if you’re a broke ass student, no one is expecting you to have a new lavish outfit for everyday of a two month trip. So stick to KISS – keep it simple, stupid.

2. Pack mostly for the season it is when you’re going away.

I emphasise the ‘mostly’ for trips that are in Europe. The weather here at the moment is bipolar, despite being summer. So what I’ve done is pack for a typical summer but snuck in a leather jacket, cardigan and two pairs of pants. This suits most places where the weather changes suddenly (except for countries like Scotland, bring a wee umbrella). 

3. Take it easy on the shoes

This is easier said than done. I only brought a pair of thongs, one pair of high-top Jordan’s, some old sneakers and some boots, originally. Even then I had to go out and get another pair of low-top Jordan’s to go with my shorts. Yeah, I have too many now.

If you can get a pair of low top shoes that go with most of your outfits and won’t break the bank, then go for those as your primary going out shoes. I already have one pair too many for my suitcase. 

4. Proper packing techniques

Target are selling these mesh luggage zipper compartmentalisers at the moment and they’re only around $10. They have definitely revolutionised how I pack. All my clothes are organised and I don’t have to worry about different items of clothing getting stuck in weird angles on top of each other. Apart from stuffing as many socks and small items of clothing possible inside your shoes, these compartmentalisers are a great technique. 


P.S: These aren’t my clothes!

5. Luggage

Point 4 mostly relates to if your packing with a standard big suitcase and a small hand luggage suitcase. This is my favourite combo since I’m able to pack in a decent amount, without reaching the 23 kg limit.

Whether you’re going with a backpacking bag or a suitcase combo, it’s really important that you’re not reaching that 23kg limit per bag. You’re definitely going to bring stuff back, whether it’s presents or gifts for yourself. So keep it around the 15-18 kg mark, so that you have a nice safety blanket for yourself.


6. Holiday attitude

This is key. Remember that you’re on holidays and that you can’t have it all like you would back home. Enjoy the time you’re spending in foreign places and embrace the traveller lifestyle and wardrobe. Failing to do so means that you’ll be upset the whole time about your limited outfit options and likely camera-shy. We don’t want that for our canal shots, do we?


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Brand Focus 2: Drunk Elephant

By Haider Mushtaq

This week’s article features round 2 of our new brand focus skincare series, where we here at FABSOC analyse and investigate the best brands in the skincare business today so that you don’t have to!

Last time we took a look at The Ordinary, an affordable and super varied staple for anyone’s skin care routine.  This week we’ve decided to explore a brand that falls more on the other side of the spectrum, something pricey, but with a lot of use and functionality packed into one product. This week we explore Drunk Elephant.

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What is Drunk Elephant?

Some of you may recognise Drunk Elephant as the brand with the cute packaging that your eye gets drawn towards when you’re having a spending spree at Sephora and Mecca. Now while the prices may be a little off-putting, especially for university students like us who’ll take every bargain we can conceivably find, there is actually quite a lot of value hidden within those fancy looking bottles and labels.

Drunk Elephant’s mission statement seems to be to create skin care products that walk the line between synthetic and natural ingredients, with next no harmful toxins whatsoever.  In fact Drunk Elephant specifically specifies that there products contain none of what they call the ‘Suspicious 6” (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Sunscreens, Fragrances/Dyes, SLS), pioneering a movement away from specialised skin care products for sensitive skin, to a more generalised approach that targets the skincare issues that affect everyone regardless of skin type.

For those of us who don’t have the time, or are honestly too lazy to go through the long and grueling process of experimentation to find those perfect products for our skincare routine, Drunk Elephant a offers a great ‘Jack-of-All’ trades solution in their products that is guaranteed to work for you in some way or another, if Your willing to the pay the price.

If this sounds like the brand for you but you don’t know where to start, then take a look at two of our personal product recommendations from the Drunk Elephant.

Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream

One of the cheaper products on the Drunk Elephant range, this all-in-one moisturiser is all you’ll need to keep your skin looking hydrated and smooth

T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum

A fantastic exfoliator that helps enhance the effectiveness of the other products you might use in your skincare routine. This will help your skin be smoother, softer and brighter with minimum effort

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Preventing a breakout freak-out

By Carlos Perez

I’m a young adult and by default, I have my breakout moments. When they started in my teens, I was so embarrassed. I wanted nothing more than to have my youthful baby skin which was free from any obstructions. But overtime, you get used to it. And if you become dedicated, you can even develop ways of sticking to a basic skincare routine which dampens each breakout a little bit. There are even some techniques you can use which you wouldn’t expect…

The Speculated Causes:

It’s pretty difficult to determine what’s causing your acne, especially since it varies from person to person. Therefore, it’s extremely likely that you will develop acne at some stage in your life, most of the population does. Studies suggest that despite your parents telling you to avoid greasy junk food and chocolate (yes it is still terrible for your health) this may not be the cause.

Increases in acne may actually be linked to higher intakes of high GI (glycaemic index) foods and dairy products. Sweat is also generally not linked to acne, where it is actually the tendency for more oily skin amongst certain individuals which allows for the development of blackheads (or oxidized oil). While sweating isn’t a cause, a build-up of bacteria from physical activity can still have bad affects. So its advised to shower –  but not to over wash since this can make skin dry and irritated.

Hormones are a big culprit to acne breakouts. It is best to speak to your doctor about what current medications you are taking and what your options are if this is a serious problem for you. Especially since some medications taken by teens can actually make the acne more an issue.

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The Basic Routine

Here’s what you should be doing as your minimum:

1) Cleansing your face twice a day:

Using a soap and fragrance free cleanser which won’t block your pores (i.e. it is non-comedogenic). I do this morning and night and it allows for the skin on my face to retain needed moisture and it keeps it clean. I would recommend any cleansers from Cetaphil, where I use the gentle skin cleanser since my skin is super sensitive.

2) Moisturising your face twice a day:

I do this after I cleanse. The choice of moisturiser is yours, just make sure it is face friendly. I’ve heard that Sorbolene is a pretty good way to go since it’s cheap, can be used on your whole body and it really helps with dryness without a lot of added chemicals and ingredients.

However, I gravitate towards Nivea Men Sensitive Protective Moisturiser SPF 15. This is great  because unlike other SPF moisturisers I’ve tried, this moisturiser doesn’t leave my sensitive skin irritated and still gives me added sun protection which is a necessity in Australia. It has 0% alcohol for no burning and it has a nice combination of Chamomile and Hamamelis (anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing solution).

3) Exfoliating three times a week:

Using a face scrub really helps to clean your pores and sometimes even prevent breakouts before they happen. It uses small particles to eliminate old skin cells, allowing for new ones to come through exfoliation.

My current favourite is the St Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. It is a deep exfoliator which is paraben free, hypoallergenic (for my sensitive-ass skin) and non-comedogenic. When I’m consistent with this and the above, I really notice a difference.

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Above and Beyond

Acne medications use a lot of chemicals and produce many unwanted side effects. A far nicer solution which over time can produce similar results, is the use of herbal teas.

It was recently recommended to me that I try drinking peppermint tea, and applying it to my face twice a day. This sounded ridiculous to me, but I gave it a go. And over time, it does make a difference. The key is in allowing the peppermint tea to brew and cool down long enough so that you can wash it over your face without dying.

Peppermint tea can be a great solution for oily skin, since it slows the production of oil. This can reduce dead skin build up which tends to block pores. The menthol in the tea can reduce cortisol (which is stress inducing), essentially acting as a muscle relaxant which can reduce stress acne or as I like to call it ‘stracne’. While the process is slower than high-grade medications, its long-term affects are undeniable. Furthermore, you don’t even need to apply it to your face if you don’t want to, a nice cup a day can have results too.

There a range of herbal teas which can help with acne. It can be a bit tedious pouring warm tea on your face twice a day on top of the above routines. Drinking even a cup a day can have tremendous benefits just within itself beyond acne reduction.

*The advice given in this blog is based on independent research and experience. We are not doctors and would seriously recommend seeing your doctor/dermatologist before using any new products/remedies.

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Brand Focus: The Ordinary

By Haider Mushtaq

When it comes to skincare, there’s no easy solution for perfect skin. Everyone’s skin is different and as a result, everyone needs different types of skin care products to help accomplish that flawless complexion we are all pining for.

With all these different options and regimens, it can get really confusing for a lot of people just trying to get a handle on their skin, in even the most basic ways. From companies advertising ‘groundbreaking results’ only to leave your skin a dry flaky mess, to dizzying routines involving 12 different types of branded oils, creams and face washes, today we can help you look your million dollar self without costing your whole bank account.

Luckily enough, some companies took a look at the chaotic mess that was the skin care industry, and decided to do things differently. One such company was The Ordinary, and serves as the first entry in our new series, Brand Focus, where FABSOC takes an in depth look at some of the best brands to buy in skincare today.

So what makes The Ordinary stand out in such a saturated market? Ironically enough, it’s their commitment to being as upfront and honest as possible that’s skyrocketed them to popular acclaim.

The Ordinary is a sub-division of DECIEM, an umbrella of brands that focus on providing clinically tested skincare products across all ranges of beauty and health. DECIEM mission statement across all their brands is “Clinical formulations with integrity”, which in plain English simply means tried and tested products with honest, no-frills packaging.  

This approach to brand design in combination with their extreme range of products has catapulted them to success within Australia, by providing easy access to the exact products consumers need to help manage the complex nature of caring for your skin.

Not just that but due to the absolutely cheap prices their products come in, it serves as an extremely affordable option to fall back on when trying new routines and regimens.

Speaking routines and regimens, for the people who are already getting overwhelmed by the wealth of options available and the dry clinical descriptions of each product, don’t stress. The company themselves have a comprehensive guide to all their products and their uses on their website, providing a great starting place for people just starting to look into the world of skin care.

So regardless of whether you’re looking for a simple exfoliate or some fancy retinoids and peptides, consider taking a look at some of The Ordinary products and experimenting. At prices as low as $10, and the increasing popularity of the brand being sold in department stores across NSW, it won’t cost you much, in time or money, to try something new and maybe land that silver bullet in a new routine to leave your skin looking as flawless as you think it should.




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The Hidden Power of the Handkerchief

By Carlos Perez

Months ago my sweat was out of control. Yeah okay, that sounds gross but I found a way around it! Hear me out.

One day I was walking with one of my good friends towards IGA at UNSW, when he decided to obnoxiously blow his nose (as usual). Instead of tissues, he pulled out this elegant white handkerchief from his pocket. After minutes of questioning why he had a handkerchief at 20 years old and in 2019, I came to the conclusion that while an old man in his head; my mate had a good point. From then on I was converted, which was perfect timing for the summer, since I was a hot mess.

The handkerchief is an incredible pocket-sized tool perfect for any occasion. Want to look elegant af? Pull out a handkerchief. Unexpected hay fever? Handkerchief. Sweaty monstrosity? Two handkerchiefs.

So question is, where do I get one?! Well, it depends on how deep your pockets are:

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Ebay

The ol’ reliable. I personally own this set and I love it. Five is the perfect amount and although generic, they are a really nice addition to my wardrobe. They feel rough at the beginning, but after the first wash they become soft and awesome to rub your nose against! They’re 100% cotton, and start at just $6 for a pack of 5, or $11 for a 12 pack with slightly more variety.

Big W

My mates go-to. He owns the white set of three and rocks it with class. Coupled with a long trench coat on a cold day, this really makes the set. Big W does it well too by keeping it affordable and also introducing the red and black polka dot variety. Regent and Emerson are the brands to keep an eye for in the shop, going from $5 to $14. All are cotton.

Gazman

I love Gazman. You know who else loves Gazman? Forty year old men. If you can get over that, then you’re in for a beautiful (yet limited) set. They tend to have more colour and designs in a pack though, all coming in full cotton. They are reasonably priced at $13.95, and for the prestige of Gazman; are well worth a try.

Myer – Polo & Jeff Banks

Polo is Polo. We all know it and love it. So why not love it in your pocket? With only a $8- $13 price tag depending on the set, this a highly prestigious option which won’t break the bank. They have a heavy focus on light colours, so if you want some contrast to the black in your wardrove or even some coordination with your jeans – this is your pick. They come in cotton three packs, and with that brand prestige you can finally say “yeah, I can afford Polo”.

Jeff Banks. All I have to say here is quality over quantity. You get five in a pack, but you’re going to spend a bit more (~$23). What I like here is the HEAVY variety per pack and the brand prestige. Cotton also.

MJ Bale

Our final pick is from MJ Bale. MJ are amazing for suits, let’s be honest. So if you want the next step up, this is the go. The selection is surprisingly broad, but it comes with a price. A standard hankie starts at $30 and is fully cotton. But, if you want that pocket square look to match your new made-to-measure suit, you’re going to end up forking out $40-$50 per square. Luckily, you have the option of fully knitted silk with elegant patterns, really adding to that fancy look. Well worth the cost.

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A Good Suit Guide Part III

By Haider Mushtaq

This blog is a follow up to our previous edition of The Good Suiting Guide. Being well informed leads to being well dressed, so if you haven’t read our last edition I’d recommend going back through that one first before reading this one.

 Accessories: Pocket Square Round 2

At this point you should have a general idea of the type of pocket square you would want to match with your suit. However, there are still a few more “Dos and Don’ts” that might be helpful to learn before you push the button on that final purchase.

Occasions and folding etiquette

The formality of the occasion matters when choosing what pocket square to wear. For example, in corporate and work environments, a pocket square should be subtle instead of loud and simply accent the overall colours and tones of your suit. Loud colours and patterns will look out of place and ruin the overall effect you would be going for if the occasion doesn’t fit.

In contrast, occasions like weddings are the perfect place to practice your more flamboyant and stylistic looks. Here bold colours and patterns are more acceptable, and almost expected, over the solemn and muted ensemble of corporate suiting.

The above rules apply to the fold of the pocket square as well. More stylistic and artful folds are suited to informal occasions, while the cleaner and more geometric folds apply to formal occasions.

Here is one of many simple folding guides to show the steps to create different folds for different occasions

Now if this seems overwhelming to you, or you’d rather forgo playing around with the different types of pocket squares because it doesn’t interest you, have no fear.  There is one simple answer to any person who is confused or simply doesn’t want to bother with all the theatrics involved in choosing a pocket square, and that answer is:

The White Pocket Square

This is the bread and butter for any suit. It’s a staple that every man should have once they’ve purchased a suit. There is very little a white pocket square folded as a rectangle (called the presidential fold) won’t compliment when it comes to the massive range of suits and other suiting accessories available in the market. A white pocket square can suit any occasion and costs nothing to integrate into your outfit, so for anyone who needs the quick and easy answer, this is it.

Recommendations

By now you should have all the knowledge you need to go out and purchase that pocket square your suit sorely needs, but if you’re stuck on where to look, don’t worry, we’ve got that covered for you too.

OTAA

OTAA is a Melbourne based store that sells a great range of good quality and fantastic looking suiting accessories such as ties and pocket squares. Their Australian based nature mean that all prices are in AUD and you can expect lightning fast shipping on all orders. Check them out in the link below.

https://www.otaa.com/

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A Good Suit Guide Part II

By Haider Mushtaq

So if you’ve been following our guide so far, you should now have the perfect suit that’s made just for you. And while a well fitted suit is all anyone really needs, you can take it one step further and really elevate your style to nail that classic sartorial look.  The key to this, and the main subject of today’s guide, is accessories.

Accessories are must have for any occasion.

Whether it be as a simple as a watch or pair of sunglasses, accessories can completely transform an outfit and compliment your personal sense of style, granting you an identity with every outfit you wear. This same principle applies to suit accessories such as the necktie, the pocket square and general accessories such as belts, socks, shirts, watches and shoes.

The great thing about accessories is that you have the potential to transform one basic suit into a range of different outfits. This is achieved by altering small things such as the colour of the tie used, or the shade of shirt you are wearing in particular seasons. This provides a cheap and easy way to get the most bang for your buck out of how you wear a suit, with one suit offering a huge range of possible combinations and styles.

Same suit, different accessories. A small change for a big effect.

If this seems overwhelming to you, don’t worry, we have you covered. The following editions of FABSOC’s Good Suiting Guide will be covering each and every accessory in depth, starting with this week’s subject, the pocket square.

The Pocket Square

The pocket square is a great accessory that adds a bit of elegance and flair to your suit and can enhance and harmonize the overall look of your suit.  However with so many different types of pockets squares in different shapes and folds available, choosing the perfect pocket square for your outfit can become confusing and daunting. Here are some simple tips and fundamentals to help you break down the selection process for your new suit.

Colour and Patterns

A pocket square should accomplish one of two things when worn;

  1. It should complement the colours of your shirt and tie
  2. It should contrast the overall shades of your entire suit

One thing a pocket square should not do is match exactly with your tie. In modern suiting standards, matching your pocket square exactly with your tie robs your outfit of the additional flair and wow factor that you’re going for when elevating your style.  

Notice the difference in the overall look of the outfit? The image on the left looks tacky and unrefined while picture on the right looks elegant and classy.

Instead, have your pocket square compliment the overall tones and look of your suit by matching the colour to a different shade of your shirt/tie or have the colours match your tie but include patterns of differing colour to break it up and give your suit some extra pop.

However, if you want a more relaxed or flamboyant look, you can have your pocket square completely contrast the rest of the tones of your suit, providing an eye catching and pleasing splash of colour throughout your whole ensemble.

One key thing to remember throughout all of this is, to ensure that you don’t overdo it with patterns and stripes within your outfit. Too many different shapes and lines can end up making you look too clownish and ruin the overall effect a suit gives. Instead aim to have only one piece of your suit contain patterns and compliment the rest of your pieces around that.

Jumping on the Avengers Endgame hype, let’s take a look at some superheroes for inspiration.  On left we can see Chris Evans compliment his outfit with a grey patterned pocket square in a darker shade of navy than his tie. RDJ on the other hand uses a pink pocket square as a splash of colour to contrast the overall flat tones of grey and white he has in the other pieces of his suit.