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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Behind The Scenes of the Burton ‘You’re Invited to the Party’ Christmas Campaign

It is not everyday you get to work with Burton Menswear, so when I got the opportunity I jumped at it and boy am I glad I did because what a day it was! Burton wanted to create a fun, engaging and of course dapper, sartorial and fashionable PR, social and digital campaign focusing around their Christmas partywear collection. Five well dressed gents needed and that's where we came in...

...Calum Best - Burton's incredible brand ambassador, Tim Visser - a Rugby Union star and face of the Burton 'Big & Tall' range, Tom London - the mind blowing magician, Craig Hammond - aka That Dapper Chap and myself Carl Thompson as the menswear bloggers and influencers. They were such a great bunch of guys.

Each of us represented a different look styled by Burton. With all items available in-store from next week, it's perfect timing for you to decide which look you prefer for this years party season.

Once smartened up with our head-to-toe 'Burtonwear' we had quite a hectic schedule to keep (studio shoot, street style shoot & filming for the video). Full steam ahead with a mouthful of mini croissants, coffee and some warmup magic by Tom London - oh and by the way he definitely saved his best, totally mind-blowing, piece of magic until last - but you'll have to wait until the video is released next week (Thursday 10th November) to find out what that was!!

The shoot location was at the historic Scotch of St James, which is steeped in musical charisma and have honoured the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who into their private members club. 

We were in the extra steady hands with filmmaker Steve Neaves, who worked his CGI and cinema-graph magic to create some really exciting effects. As well as the creative eye of photographer Zoe McConnell. So no pressure then!

Here are the street style photos of everyones partywear looks, make sure you comment on what is you favourite look.

 

CALUM BEST

The man himself and Burton brand ambassador Calum Best was looking the part wearing a traditional navy dinner jacket with contract navy lapels.

CARL THOMPSON

I loved wearing this modern contemporary take on partywear, by layering a thin woollen roll neck jumper underneath a suit transforms this look. Pair this Burton burgundy knitwear with a classic navy suit to create this eye catching look.

TIM VISSER

Rocking a similar contemporary partywear look yet this time with a slightly different tone of navy and with a tan hue roll neck combination.

CRAIG HAMMOND

3 piece suit, white pin collar shirt, this look is as dapper as it comes, clean crisp lines with the emphasis on small detailed touches with the collar bar and lapel pin.

TOM LONDON

I love this look, it combines ultimate dinner jacket tailoring and a causal twist with a black crew neck jumper. This look is perfect for the joker (or magician) in this case of the group, he who is the first to throw off that blazer and get on the dance floor. You don't always need a tie to look smart and Tom shows us how.

Your Christmas Party is a time for celebration of the year passed and looking forward for what the year ahead has to offer. So celebrate in style with Burton Menswear and it doesn't have to break the bank either. 

Take my look below, the suit is from Montague Burton collection and costs £190 (which is for a 3-piece including a waistcoat). The burgundy roll neck is super soft wool and a steal at £35, again from the Montague Burton collection.

I mean, look at how happy I am!!!

Thanks Burton and all the team for an incredible day, I mean it, I had such a great day with you all.

STAND OUT AT YOUR WORK CHRISTMAS PARTY

We have all been there at our work Christmas parties when the gentlemen turn up in their hired dinner jackets, plain white wing-tip shirt, that has just been dusted off for its once a year outing and a black bow tie. Thinking you look great you waddle in to the venue looking exactly the same as the penguin next to you. Where's the personal style? 

On the flip side. The ladies have planned their christmas party outfits for the last two months, down to the tiniest details, whilst ensuring that no one else has 'their' dress.

This year, I want to challenge men to be more adventurous and personalise their style during this years party season. You could do this by choosing a coloured bow tie, a different style diner jacket or even a different colour. Avoid white tuxedos unless you are the life and soul of the party, or the company director! 

THE WHITE PIN COLLAR - ABOVE

Go back to the 1920's swing party vibe by opting for a crisp white pin collar shirt. Not designed to be worn with bow ties as the pin collar's job is to champion the tie by pushing it forward. Go for a semi skinny tie because that will form the perfect knot which is not too large. Further customisation can be achieved by wearing different colours or styles of collar pin bars. 

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THE ALL BLACKS - ABOVE

Dedicated the the Rugby World Cup winning All-Blacks team, this all black style takes the trophy. In the look I'm wearing a black pin collar shirt, black semi skinny silk paisley tie, black & grey pocket square and finished off with a black Swarovski collar bar.

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THE MONOCHROME CHECK - ABOVE

Are you indecisive? Black or White? Opt for this awesome monochrome check shirt. The shirt has a classic downwards collar which worn with a bow tie is a modern look which has been seen on the celebrity red carpet. This shirt would be perfect to use as your normal office attire after the event.

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THE CLASSIC - ABOVE

If you want to utilise what you already have in you wardrobe. Pick out your classic white shirt and throw on a bow-tie and accessorise.

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THE TAB COLLAR - ABOVE

Is the Pin Collar a step too far up the sartorial ladder? Then you must go for the Tab Collar. This tab collar shirt has all the normal tuxedo touches including a marcella fabric on the bib front.

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THE ULTIMATE - ABOVE

If you want to draw plaudits for style this is what you need to be wearing for your staff christmas party. This monochrome check pin collar shirt and black tie combo oozes style.

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner