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Power Details: Pulling Them Off With Confidence

June 27th, 2018
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How to do pinstripes, collar bars, French cuffs and more

There are certain sartorial details that, simply put, scream power. And while it’s true that dressing the part can help you project a powerful image, it’s also true that it takes confidence to wear and pull off some of those details. Today, we’re taking a look at a few sartorial power moves and offering some advice on how to wear them with confidence.

pinstripe suit outfit ideas

Powerful pinstripes. In the movie Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale, Sr. asks Frank Abagnale, Jr. if he knows why the Yankees always win. Junior answers, “Because they have Mickey Mantle,” to which Senior replies, “No, it’s ’cause the other teams can’t stop staring at those damn pinstripes.” I am not a Yankees fan, but there is something classy and powerful about pinstripes.

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| WEARING | Knot Standard suit, Edward Sexton shirt, Michael Andrews Bespoke tie, Vacheron Constantin watch, Paul Evans shoes | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Collar bar. Collar bars and collar pins are sometimes thought of as accessories reserved for the domain of the dandy. But it’s all about context. Worn with a pinstripe suit, a white pin collar shirt adorned with a collar bar projects loads of confidence and power.

French cuffs. If you’re going for a powerful look, French cuffs are a must. Compared to a rounded cuff, they’re quite a bit more substantial. And they give you an opportunity to showcase some personal flair with your choice of cufflinks.

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Skip the solids. When dressing to project a “strong” image, there’s a temptation to gravitate towards a solid tie. It’s natural. It’s a monolith that appears singular and strong in purpose. I propose, however, that it can come off as predictable and that more strength can be projected with the addition of a tie that possess a subtle, but strong, repeating pattern.

pinstripe suit outfit ideas

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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, Today.com, 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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