Southern Gent: Dressing Well With Kenny Rubenstein

This post is the second in a four part series. Each Thursday in April Kenny Rubenstein, General Manager of Rubensteins, will dole out simple ways to spruce up your wardrobe. The men’s only store is celebrating it’s 88th year in business this month, and we couldn’t be more pleased to help them celebrate. Please see the first post here.

Accessories make the look- image c/o VK Nagrani

What’s a good way to update pieces that you already own to make them feel fresh? 

    Buy a new tie. I always buy two ties for each suit/sportcoat because I never know how I might feel on a certain day.  Bright or dark, bold or subtle, patterned or solid.  I have days where I put a suit on with the same shirt and tie and I think, ‚ÄúThis again?”  I pick out a new tie and presto! I feel reborn.

    Add a colorful pocket square to your coat! This works whether you are wearing a tie with the coat or not. It adds a fresh look to what you have been seeing on yourself day after day.

    Buy a new pair of Shoes. Try a shoe like the new brown suede Dacio from Donald Pliner.  You may have a brown slipon, but this one is a rich suede and has a blue contrast stitch. While it isn’t a bold shoe, it has a great new eye appeal that everyone will notice. 

    The secret to freshing up your wardrobe is to pick an item that has that little something extra.   Whether it’s orange trim on the pocket square, a hint of pink in the tie, or a unique texture to a shoe.   Of course you could do what I do- buy a fun pair of socks from V.K. Nagrani or Overdafut.  Any outfit will look fresh when you sport a new pair of colorful, patterned socks.
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