Accessorise Your Tuxedo With Geoff Stocker | The Sartorial Essentials

With party season upon us, you probably have your works Christmas party coming up which most likely is going to be a black tie dress code. If everyone wears a black dinner jacket, white shirt, black bow-tie and black patent shoes it can seem quite sartorially boring, which is where the pocket square comes in. Accessorising your tuxedo with a splash of colour is the easiest way to add your personality to your outfit in an eye catching way. Geoff Stocker specialises in these sartorial essentials with a vast collection of 100% silk pocket squares and scarfs. 

Geoff Stocker, the menswear accessories designer is known for his eclectic and elegant designs, he showcases a twelve piece collection of meticulously measured, 100% satin silk pocket squares. Geoff celebrates British craftsmanship by manufacturing all designs in England and I have to say that the quality of the silk in these accessories is incredible. Silky and soft in a 30cm x 30cm size, it's easy to fold your pocket square in any designs that you love.

I've chosen 3 Geoff Stocker pocket squares and 1 scarf from their collection to show you visually how amazing your tuxedo can look with a touch of bold colours and patterns. The first pocket square (above) is The Jester in blue with a cream hand-rolled hem. Perfect for men who want to make a subtle statement to their outfit.

Last year at my works Christmas Party, I arrived in a silk scarf and recall a host of compliments from my work colleges. This one is perfectly made to wear with your dinner jacket, in a shortened 132cm by 17cm design which can also double-up to wear 'cravat style' inside a shirt. These 100% lightweight silk twill scarfs have a digitally printed pattern on one side and plain coloured on the reverse.

Next up are my favourite two pocket squares, they are bolder, they are brighter for someone who wants to stand out from the crowd and look his dapper best. The design above is The Avebury in a red palette, which stands out incredibly against a black or navy dinner jacket suit. The design below is The Rajah and the one I'm wearing is the copper green design. 

What is your favourite look out of the four that I've styled?

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LITTLE TOUCHES THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

The first thing many of us think about when putting on some formalwear for the office is what suit, shirt and shoe combination shall I wear today. We all fall into that trap from time to time. We forget about the small touches and little details that can transform a plain blue suit and white shirt into an outfit that will get people talking.

With that in mind, I decided to wear my favourite accessories that I have brought in December and style them with my most normal plain suit and shirt combo. My goal is to remind you that the smallest modifications to your everyday workwear can seem like you are wearing a completely new outfit.

First off, the blue striped socks are from MEN:Ü - I actually brought these as a present for someone but decided I actually quite like them myself! The socks are made from bamboo...yes thats right bamboo! I can not believe how well they stretch and how soft and comfortable they are. You can buy the gift set here and at only £11.95 it is such a bargain.  

Moving up the outfit, towards the waist and you'll find this brown tan plain leather belt from GANT. It is perfect to wear with your suit as it is not too thin or thick and the classic gloss buckle oozes class. At a mid-range price of £60, it is the perfect gift for that sartorial someone in your life. You can shop all the GANT menswear Christmas gifts here.

What dapper work attire is complete without a great watch. This swiss-made slimline rose-gold with a black leather strap watch from ROTARY is my buy of the month. I cant stop looking at it. Classic and classy, feels and looks great. More importantly for just under £200 (with a lifetime guarantee) it is worth every penny and will be one of your staple items that you wear with absolutely everything. You can shop the ROTARY watch collection here.

And my final accessory to finish off this workwear look is a plain white, with small navy polka dot pocket square. The navy polkas match the suit and gives an understanding of what subtle sartorial dressing is all about. This pocket square was a steal at £8 from ASOS. 

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner

CUSTOM MADE BELTS & SOME KHAKI GREEN STYLING

Black belt black shoes, brown belt brown shoes. Thats all you need to know about belts right? WRONG! Generally speaking belts seem to be the last thought when deciding what to wear for a night out but for me that has changed, a belt can make or break and outfit so its time to up your belt game people.

I was recently invited to one of the three Elliot Rhodes stores in London (Covent Garden, Chelsea or St Christopher's Place) and who are also stocked in Selfridges, so in the belt world Elliot Rhodes is about as good as it gets.

When I first looked at Elliot Rhodes online, I thought their collection was a bit too out there for me as all the belts I own are very classic, dare I say it, a little boring and M&S'y. The big buckles, different textured belts is all new to me. However being a yes man that I am, I decided to pop along and see what all the fuss was about.

Upon arriving at the St Christopher's Place store, I was welcomed like part of the family rather than any old customer...the sheer number of different belt and buckle combinations were a bit over whelming to be honest. Although I soon settled into my shopping groove and proceeded to pick out all the generic blacks and browns as I would normally choose. NO. I'm not in Next. Lets mix it up a little. If I'm going to get a belt custom made for myself, lets make it something totally different to what I have seen anyone else wear. 

Jumping between, burnt orange, burgundy and shades of green...I went for the later, a green belt (but with a hit of brown!) sets a challenge on how to style/wear it and thats what I love. 

I was measured and the belt was made exactly to my specifications within a few minutes. So if you fluctuate in weight, just get them to add on another hole, best be safe! 

Bespoke and innovative, at Elliot Rhodes they create beautiful luxury leather belts and buckles in a wide variety of colours, textures and styles to suit all tastes. Over the last nine years, Elliot Rhodes has become the go-to belt and buckle making brand, renowned for a wide variety of handmade designs. All of their belts are designed in the UK and made exclusively for them to their own exacting specifications. Unique to Elliot Rhodes is their interchangeable system which gives their customers the freedom to choose a belt strap of their desired width, colour and finish and match with one or more buckles to reflect their personal style.

As I mentioned above, belts can make or break and outfit but the Elliot Rhodes belt works perfect for this outfit. I chose to stick to green, Khaki, Military tones as they are great colours to wear during the cooler days of Summer and now (sorry guys) with Autumn around the corner, it is time to start thinking about earthy tones once again.

I have styled the Elliot Rhodes custom made belt with some black skinny jeans I found in my wardrobe and a couple of new purchases from ASOS. The Khaki t-shirt is muscle fit, so go up a size or look like me in the pictures below (I'm totally breathing in!). Then an ASOS military green casual shirt to throw over the top. I finished the look off with a classic pair of white converse boots.

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner