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Harmony - He Spoke Style
Harmony - He Spoke Style


June 19th, 2014

There is so much in music that words cannot express. Yet, at the same time, there are concrete scientific principles that contribute to its ability to connect with us, to make us feel emotion, to make us dance. Take harmony, for example. In order for chords to sound in tune, small adjustments have to be made to each note. Some notes need to be sharper, some flatter. And depending on the kind of chord, these adjustments can be rather drastic. It’s the laws of nature. Is knowing this information critical to being a great musician? Not necessarily—though it can certainly be helpful.

This and other theoretical underpinnings of music—the truths that make music music—lead me back to thinking about how we talk about “rules” in style. There’s definitely merit in knowing some of the rules of style. They help you form the foundation of your personal style and provide a launching pad for exploration. I’m a firm believer in the value of understanding the basics. Do you need to know them? No. But, again, they can be helpful.

However, unlike some musical principles, the rules of style are not absolute truths. They’re not controlled by physics. Everything does not need to be perfectly aligned and perfectly adjusted for there to be harmony in style. Striving for perfection is a virtue, but particularly and especially in matters of style, there can be perfection in imperfection, don’t you think?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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