You Want Dapper? You Want Dandy? Then You Want Silk.

Silk Scarf and Pocket Square

Despite its humble origins (from the cocoons of silkworms), silk is a mighty fine material and one every gentleman should be well acquainted with.

From neckties to pajamas, the men’s fashion applications of silk are many. Luxury, strength, polish, comfort, sophistication, absorbency, panache... it’s a ripping mix of practicality and style that make it a very unique, and very important fabric for every gent’s wardrobe.


Silk is the well known standard for men’s ties and most of the best neckties are made of pure silk. (Though it’s true - pure wool can rank right up there as well).

Silk Tie
Lesser known is the fact that, even with “All silk” on the label, the tie is most likely not 100% silk. Not that it makes a difference to the final product but “100% silk shell” would be more accurate since even in the best handmade neckties the interlining is not made of silk.

Perhaps a more daring item of neckwear, a good cravat of course will truly be 100% silk. As will the silk scarf. Our suggestion here - display it, but be discreet, keep it under control.

Suit Lining

When it comes to suit linings, things aren't quite so cut and dry. You've got silk, but also a range of synthetic options, such as bemberg silk - which has never seen the inside of a silkworm’s cocoon - and a range of other synthetic options.

Debates rage about the pros and cons of silk in this context. Silk breathes better. Silk retains odour. Silk is stronger. Silk rips easier. The bottom line here is it depends on the quality in either case. Though it is worth noting that the majority of tailors these days have moved to a synthetic alternative, and in terms of bang-for-your-buck this is certainly understandable.

The Style Magnate’s golden rule here is: Say no to polyester.


Ryder Shirt from Coeur
Cool, practical luxury - Ryder Shirt from Coeur
Now things get interesting.

The silk dress shirt.

Here’s your chance to really up the ante.

Here you can work the powers of silk to totally raise the bar on your dapper-ness and dandy.

The feel of silk is hard to beat. Done right, it screams luxury. In shirts, it’s a fabric that often works best in bold, striking colours.

However there is a flip side to silk. Trickier and potentially expensive to wash and care for, and for some, hotter and less breathable than cotton, a 100% silk shirt can present some challenges.

This is why we like the innovative approach by Coeur, a modern lifestyle brand that has fully embraced the powers of 100% British silk:
“The vibrancy from the silk is what sets it apart from the rest of the world - even hundreds of years ago” - Peter Juen Ho Tsang, founder Coeur
The shirts from Coeur are typically cotton or a rayon-cotton blend with silk trimming in key areas such as the collar, the sleeves and the cuffs. This best of both worlds approach is a cracking combination of practicality and style that embraces the luxury of silk in a cool, modern and maintainable garment. Very cool indeed!

The final key here, as with shirts of any fabric, is make sure the shirt fits. Neither the body tent, nor the bursting at the seams look will do anyone any favours, silk-lined or otherwise.

Silk - if Brad can do it, so can you

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Of course it doesn't stop there. Lap up the luxury of silk pajamas, socks, boxers, pocket squares...the list goes on. Hey, play your cards right and you could be spending 24 hrs a day touching nothing but silk. If you’re that way inclined.

Dandies unite and thank the humble silkworm!

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Be Bold. Be Brave. Bow Tie Basics For The Modern Gentleman

Bow ties are truly a classic accessory and thankfully, they have ventured away from being seen only at black tie affairs. First appearing in the 17th century, bow ties have traditionally exuded a more formal, dapper air, however, increasingly they are appearing in less formal settings.

And the Style Magnate approves.

Colorful and patterned bow ties are popping up in offices, restaurants, and happy hours as a creative accessory to a more casual, yet carefully selected outfit. They are a great way to mix it up a bit, show some personality and exude some confidence.


Black bow tie
In general, the type of bow tie worn is the wearer’s choice and a matter of preference.

The butterfly shape is the traditional look with width of about 3 to 3.5 inches - usually the widest measurement for a bow tie.

The semi-butterfly style maintains the classic shape but is less wide - an inch or so narrower.

The batwing tie is much thinner and straight instead of the angular look of the original. Think of it as the skinny tie equivalent. This look is most modern and can also pair well at a non-formal event.

The pointed bow tie features diamond shaped ends instead of triangles - a new take on the traditional.

Self-Tied or Pre-Tied

Firstly - self-tied is always the way to go.

It's that simple really.

The risk of wearing a pre-tied tie is that someone will notice and then any credibility you had is immediately lost.

Self-tied bow ties avoid a completely symmetrical look, which can often look overdone. The asymmetry will not only show that you know how to tie a bow tie, but also give a more classic air.

The truth is, a bow tie is fairly simple to tie - it's a bow.


Silk is a classic bow tie material and generally the proper choice for a formal affair.

Wool is also an excellent choice, suitable for both formal and casual occasions. Sarah Robinson, founder of Scottish-owned Robinson & Dapper is very passionate about incorporating the traditional wool fabrics she grew up with and is enthusiastic about their versatility:
"At Robinson & Dapper, we choose each fabric supplier for their specialty, whether it’s lambswool, tweed or twill. We incorporate a variety of colours, weaves and weights of wool, as well as more classic textiles, making our bow-ties suitable for both formal and casual wear" - Sarah Robinson, Robinson & Dapper

Robinson & Dapper - Wool Bow Tie
Wool - the material of choice at Robinson & Dapper

In other circumstances, a simple cotton tie is perfect in the warmer months and during more casual events.

A more daring choice is the velvet bow tie - also most appropriate in black at a formal event.


Most importantly, the bow tie size must be proportional to the wearer’s face and overall body size.

Skinnier bow tie
Skinnier ties are better on a slimmer man while a traditional tie which is wider may be preferred on a more built figure. The tie should never be wider than the face or collar.

Fixed length ties are readily available and preferred as they are made in proportion to the neck size. One-size fits all ties require a slide clasp to make adjustments for the extra length. Such clasps often peak and are an unwanted addition to an otherwise well dressed look.

A Few Extra Tips

The bow tie, unless in classic black with a matching tuxedo, is always a statement. Some additional tips to keep it smooth and stylish:

Cool bow tie guy
  • Ensure that the colour and pattern of the tie compliments the rest of the outfit. To start off with, stick to solid colours such as navy, burgundy, brown, and grey. Once you have more experience mixing and matching, venture into patterns and bolder colours.
  • In general, if your outfit is loud in colour, pattern, and/or style, chose a neutral bow tie that completes the outfit with a classic touch.
  • A loose bow tie does not carry the attractiveness of a regular tie. Always keep the bow tie tied tight.
  • At black tie affairs, a black, self-tied tie is always the right choice. 

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to step it up. Be bold, be brave, and be cool and confident. Take the bow tie for a spin. Armed with the right perfectly fitted shirt, we think you won't be turning back.

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Men's Style - Ooze It. Confidence and the Cravat.

Cravat manOK, so you're down with the basics. You have at least a couple of suits including navy and grey. A range of great fitting business and dress shirts along with a coordinated collection of ties. Raw denim jeans (selvedge of course). A navy blazer. Oxford cap shoes. The brogues. A cashmere sweater or two.
Yes, yes all the basics are in place.

But something's lacking.


If you stroll down Saville Row you'll fit right in. No-one will blink an eye. Enter any store and you'll tangibly sense the approval from the shop assistants - you're one of us. You fit in. It's because what you're wearing is a little bit like, well, it's a bit like... a uniform.

Is that what it's about? Uniformity?

Of course not.

All these pieces, these "gentleman's wardrobe essentials", we fully support. They are indeed foundation elements of a classically styled wardrobe. It's a start. But now it's time to build on that, to put your stamp on it and make it your own.


Is in the details. Typically, the choice of tie. The watch. The socks. The hat. The pocket square. All the modern, somewhat standard, men's accessories. Along with their various flavours - stripes, checks, dots, colours, fabrics... in the right combination you'll certainly be looking the goods.

But, again, it's still that Saville Row uniform isn't it?

What to do? How to really individualise it? How to OWN it?

Well, we think we have an answer for you.

Consider... The Cravat.

Paul Tinsdale
Paul Tinsdale - 2 worlds collide - football & cravats
It's making a comeback.

The cravat first appeared in the 1600's when the Parisians spotted the Croats wearing cloths wrapped around their neck as a charm against injury. The French thought it was rather dashing and a trend was born.

Its usage evolved over the centuries until more recently, dandies aside, the cravat has been seen as somewhat old-school, even antiquarian.

Now a modern-day revival is emerging.

Cravats are gaining traction with the younger, mod, dapper male generation and they're seeing the light of day with the more traditional gent as well.

And The Style Magnate approves.

Cravat Club, an online store specialising in cravats, is a company leading the charge.
"It seems gentlemen these days have ditched the traditional necktie for casual or semi-formal occasions and tend to wear an open shirt instead. This can be seen somewhat 'lack-lustre' if you’re trying to dress to impress. Adding a day cravat to an outfit completes the look and emanates a sense of cultivated style and individualism." - Jennifer Meguro, Cravat Club
Cravat club's cover man
Cravat Club's cover man showing how it's done
Besides adding that air of panache and charisma, the cravat is more comfortable than a tie, and we'd suggest more versatile. Day Cravats (or Ascots in the US) are typically worn around the neck and tucked inside the collar of a shirt. That said, there's room for experimentation - tuck it into a polo shirt, or show off more of the cravat design by wearing it on the outside of the shirt paired with a tailored suit or jacket.

It's up to you. You're the individual.


Perhaps not for the faint-hearted, you need to be confident to wear one. So it follows that if you're wearing one then you are confident. And let's face it, on top of style, individualism, a touch of panache, and a dose of attitude, that's exactly what you want to be exuding. Right?

So take the step. Be bold. Work it. Give the cravat a run.

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