Elevation

I refer to a lot of the looks I publish on the blog as sharp casual. What exactly is sharp casual? To me, it’s a definite notch below business attire and somewhere in the margins of what I’d call dressed up. Basically, looking sharp and put together without being too formal or overdone. Elevating a good look into a great one can often be accomplished with the addition of a simple accessory. Here’s one way to do it with a silk scarf.

Silk Scarf - He Spoke Style

I’ve talked before about using a scarf aesthetically as an accent rather than for it’s practical purpose of providing warmth. Like a pocket square, it’s an easy way to add some interest and contrast to an everyday look. Not only that, but the simple addition of a silk scarf draped casually around your neck can instantly add an extra bit of class and sophistication to an already polished look. Shakespeare wrote, “the apparel oft proclaims the man,” and I’d like to think that an attention to detail is at the heart of that statement.

Silk Scarf - He Spoke Style

I love finding ways to use the same combinations of items in my closet to achieve different effects. This shirt and tie combo is the same as I wore for one of the looks in my collaboration with MyHabit.com. Pairing it with a well-tailored textured blazer and corduroys makes a much different impression than when paired with a suit.

Silk Scarf - He Spoke Style

Silk Scarf - He Spoke Style

Silk Scarf - He Spoke Style

This Look: Navy blazer c/o Reiss (Now ON SALE) – Brown gingham shirt by Neiman Marcus (similar here) – Brown corduroy pants by J.Crew – Vintage brown club tie (similar here) – Vintage burgundy patterned silk scarf (similar here, or splurge on this one) – Patterned pocket square by Ralph Lauren – Brown leather belt c/o Banana Republic – Watch with brown leather strap by Timex – Brown leather dress shoes c/o Allen Edmonds (Parkway)

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian
He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.
Location: Wit & Wisdom Tavern at the Four Seasons.

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