Custom Search

Archive for September, 2009

Saying “thank you” in black and white

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

All of us at one time or another will be guests to others or have been the recipients of favors or just acts of kindness.  Whenever this happens I strongly suggest promptly sending a thank you note in some form.  It could be in the form of an email for a casual act or encounter but for more meaningful situations only a written letter will do.

In a more professional business environment a thank you letter would most commonly be typed and in a business format.  You should write a thank you letter to the person who you interviewed with for a job, for example.  Here is a link to help you if you are not familiar with the format or how a Business Thank You Letter should look.

Now if you need to write a thank you letter to someone who entertained you as a guest or helped get you that interview I suggest getting some nice paper and a quality pen.  Opening and reading a letter written on quality paper is more luxurious and comes across as much more heartfelt.   The best pens for this purpose are fountain pens.  Fountain pens write very well and create a crisp smooth line that cannot be matched by ball point or roller ball pens.  For info on fountain pens check out my accessories post. Remember they don’t have to be expensive. You can find very nice pens at quite a discount on ebay.  For good paper look to Crane. For great paper look to Smythson. Smythson is an English stationary company that has received multiple royal warrants.  To add an additional personal touch, have your stationary personalized with your name and address.

Those who receive a thank you letter from you will appreciate it and remember you.

Remember that style and class doesn’t come from just the clothes we wear but also how we act.


Bookmark and Share

VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rating: 9.5/10 (2 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)

Mixing patterns in your suit, shirt and tie.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Wearing patterns in your suit, shirt and tie is a great way to add a little character to your look. When mixing patterns some care needs to be taken when choosing what patterns to wear together. As a general rule you should avoid wearing the same pattern on all items, for example a striped shirt, tie, suit.  An exception to this rule is when all the stripes are different. Notice in the picture below the differences between the stripes in the three items. allstripes

I prefer the tie to have the boldest stripes, as in the picture, to help it stand out against everything else.

If you choose to wear both a patterned shirt and tie, such as stripped shirt and a patterned tie, these should be worn with an understated suit.  With so much going on between the shirt and tie a boldly patterned suit could create a look that is too busy.  Remember, the bolder the shirt and tie combination, the plainer the suit should be.  If you want to pair a checked shirt with a stripped suit it is said that the width of the check should be about equal to the width of the stripes of the suit.  In this situation I would suggest a solid or subdued tie to avoid there being to much going on.

Brown and blue

If you have a suit with a pattern such as a tweed, check or bird’s eye I suggest pairing it with a more plain tie and/or shirt because of all the texture the suit or jacket provide.  Below-top is a classic combination perfect for the country or the weekend.  Below-bottom is a bird’s eye suit that uses a solid tie to tone down the patterns of the look while still demonstrating bold contrast through color.  The bolder the check or pattern on the suit the plainer the shirt and/or tie should be under it.  Tweedgrey birdseye

The material of the tie itself also can contribute an interesting touch.  A wool or knitted tie can do what a pattern does by adding texture, even when the color is a solid or very plain.  The most formal ties are silk though.knitted tie

Bookmark and Share

VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rating: 8.0/10 (5 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)