I have always loved dressing up. It’s probably a bit cliché, but I think it's something I discovered at an early age. I credit my grandfather’s influence. For him it wasn’t so much about a particular item of clothing, but how he put it all together. You could tell that he really made an effort each day in creating a signature look that suited him. And there was just something about the way he carried himself.
It was he who taught me the most valuable lesson about dressing up: Don't be afraid to show a little flair. It’s easy enough to match a shirt with a suit, but, as with anything that is repetitive, it’s easy to become boring after awhile. My grandfather’s secret for preventing this from happening? Breaking it up with accessories. Be it socks or a pocket square. Or maybe cufflinks or a tie bar. Just a little something to be less predictable and break out of the ordinary. Accessories are meant to add some life and energy to an otherwise monotonous daily uniform. There are no rules. Mix and match. Wear what you love. And most importantly, don't be afraid to show a little flair.