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September 2018

Autumn Accessorising

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After the exceptional heat of the summer, the time to don warmer clothing is upon us, and fashion commentators have identified silk scarves as ‘the’ autumn fashion accessory. In an autumn nutshell, they are a great way of keeping warm whilst looking cool. For men, now is the time to add a versatile day-to-night pocket square to your wardrobe for the darkening evenings.

autumn chic silk scarf on trend

When does autumn start?

There are two autumns! A meterological one which is based on average temperatures. It also aligns neatly with the Gregorian calendar, and runs from 1 September to 30th November. This is to enable consisent year-on-year weather data comparisons.

The autumnal equinox is the more traditional date for the start of autumn. It can vary by a few days each year as it relates to the earth’s orbit around the sun which takes a little bit longer than 365 days (hence our leap year to catch up).

Sunday 23 September 2018 is the date this year when the earth’s axis doesn’t tilt away from or towards the sun. This means that the sun shines directly on the equator.

The official term for this is “equinox”. It also happens in Spring – the Vernal Equinox. And for my readers in the Southern Hemisphere, the two seasons are reversed.

The term “equinox” comes from the Latin meaning ‘equal night’, as the length of day and night is nearly equal around this time. (At the equator it’s always equal). However, the actual date when you experience almost 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night varies depending on your latitude. People living only a few degrees north experience the date several weeks after the rest of the hemisphere.

women's fashion for autumn accessories leaves

Autumn Fashion Accessories for Women

A recent article on stylecaster says everything about why silk scarves are the best of autumn fashion accessories:

“I used to swear by chunky knit scarves … but my silky go-to has done more in the way of temperature regulation than any of my bulky knits have… all that fabric does a lot for insulation—plus, since it’s wrapped around your neck (one of your body’s quickest-cooling points), it’s pretty efficient, too.

And the best part is:

Silk scarves are cute. You can stay warm while looking pretty damn trendy

—and you don’t have to weigh yourself down with outfit-obscuring layer after outfit-obscuring layer. Silk scarves are the perfect solution to particularly breezy fall days…”

Blue Flamingo scarves aren’t flimsy chiffon as with many high street options. They are quality medium weight silk to keep you warm, are made in the UK and are hand-finished. They are large enough to style in a variety of ways to create many different looks to complement your autumn fashion. And at just £65 including P&P, they don’t come with the price tags of the designer labels in the Stylecaster slideshow.

Autumn is a season of such variety: gloriously turning leaves, Keats’ “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, and shining lights in dark evenings. Here are three scarf designs that encapsulate each of these aspects.

lovehearts silk scarf for summer in orange and pink

Heart Strings: the feel-good brighter side of autumn

Sloane Square Ladies Scarf colleague gift professional

Sloane Square: season of misty and smokey hues

black and grey scarf professional colleague gift present suit accessory

City: dramatic nightscape with ochres and greens

Autumn Fashion Accessories for Men

Recently The Debonair praised my City pocket square for its “Autumnal colours”.  The Debonair reviewed the City pocket square last winter, and said:

“The great thing about about the City Life pocket square is its versatility.

By simply folding the square in an alternative manner, you can achieve a completely different look. It’s almost like having two pocket squares in one, which is highly useful especially in the city. Leave this one in your desk drawer to class-up your suit for important meetings, or switch from green to gold as you leave work and head to the bar.”

The Downtown design was added to the collection after The Debonair’s review, but it also oozes sexy city styling with its golds and bronzes of downtown office lights streaking by. Definitely one for a dynamic go-getter.

trendy pocket square prisms of light and office blocks multi coloured

City: autumnal colours and multi-way versatility

Downtown Gold Silk Pocket Square

Downtown: sexy city styling with dynamic golds and bronzes

bright and light autumn fashion accessory fireworks bonfires pocket square

Star: bright city lights or colour flashes on fireworks night

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Sloane Square: season of misty and smokey hues

Star also reminds me of bright lights, and fireworks.

As with the ladies scarf, the Sloane Square pocket square with its bare tree design in muted greens, blues and ochres captures that misty, smoky feel to the season.

Special Offers

Buy a scarf and pocket square set in Sloane Square or City and save 10% – yours for just £90.

Autumn getaways

Of course, if you’re escaping to warmer climes, see my blogs on how versatile silk scarves are for beach cool, and how men can style up shorts.

Men’s holiday fashion

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Hot weather, hot styling

The summer may be slipping away in the UK, but it’s a great time to get away now the schools are back and holiday prices have dropped.  My previous blog looked at how female fashionistas can keep cool in Blue Flamingo silk scarves in a heatwave or on holiday, but what about men’s holiday fashion?

Hot weather can be challenging in terms of style.   Here are some men’s holiday fashion tips from Jake Cawthorne, adapted from his editorial about Blue Flamingo pocket squares originally published on The Debonair.

Stripe Cerise Turquoise Pure Silk Pocket Square

Summer suiting?

 

For me, the keyword for men’s holiday fashion is ‘casual’. When the heat rises, in my book it’s ok to style shorts! As long as they’re well-fitted and possibly have a pleat down the front. As a rule, go for chino or linen fabrics. Recently I’ve been balancing my summer suits with block colours; particularly with lightly-coloured jackets. If you don’t want to go full Costa Brava then I recommend using blues over whites and beige. However, personally I’m a fan of both!

Let’s talk pocket squares

In my last blog on Shop Blue Flamingo, I wrote about the ‘City Life‘ pocket square with dark Autumnal colours and geometric tower block patterns; perfect for city nights in rooftop bars.

In comparison, the bold ‘Stripe‘ square is likened to a rich sunset over the ocean; the intriguing mix of horizontal turquoise stripes with magenta, cherry and cerise gives off an ‘evening cocktails by the beach feel’.  Perfect for men’s holiday fashion!  Depending on how fancy you’re feeling, I’ve recommended two folds that I believe show the colours off best.

Stripe Pure Silk Pocket Square

 

How to balance the short suit

The pocket square is very important when wearing a casual suit. All of the Shop Blue Flamingo pocket squares are made from luxury silk. So, just like an elegant wristwatch; the squares add to your sophistication levels and take attention away from the casual t-shirt and shorts you’ve chosen for your men’s holiday fashion. I recommend using neutral, block colours to keep things clean cut. Then layer with a light jacket and a pop of colour in the breast pocket to achieve true balance. Allowing you to stay cool and look sharp, even at the most sophisticated summer events.

city life pocket square multi coloured rectangular prisms worn by stylish man
City Life Pocket Square