It was only a matter of time until the backlash occurred against the underwhelming wave of casual trainers and unkempt jeans; garish, infantile t shirts and a permanent state of arrested development. The modern age dandy – or Mandy for short – stands apart from the crowd with a conscious effort towards style and elegance. The modern dandy is not about dressing in costume, however; instead comfort and refinement go hand in hand for a result that has sartorial polish, alongside an air of relaxed nonchalance. Accessories are key to perfecting the look; choose ones that can transform a basic palette into a modern masterpiece.
The Cashmere Scarf – For Understated Elegance
The ideal scarf combines length with lightness – far better to choose a long, light cashmere scarf that can be elegantly draped, knotted or wrapped loosely around the neck, than a chunky mess of wool. Choose a neutral shade that can be paired with anything – in slate grey, soft cream or black. A scarf can be draped over a dark blazer for a dapper effect, or tied loosely in a Parisian knot with a pea coat, for easy weekend style.
Mandy's Choice: Cavendish Houndstooth Cashmere Scarf
Pocket Squares – The Dandy Essential
Whether folded haphazardly or astutely folded into intricate creases, the pocket square is enjoying a fierce resurgence. In an array of prints, patterns, colours and fabrics, they are the perfect finishing touch to create a cohesive and considered look. The key to wearing the pocket square is the fine art of balance – use colour in subtle but effective touches, to complement similar shades in your shirt and tie, and don’t be afraid of flamboyant prints – they add personality and impact to an otherwise austere look.
Mandy's Choice: Carletti Floral Cashmere Pocket Square
Cufflinks – For Serious Attitude
Not a look to be worn casually or taken too lightly, cufflinks are perfect for a formal look that stands out in the best way – with a blend of subtlety, understatement and undeniable authority. Cufflinks can take a plain shirt into a more elegant realm, but to get the look, avoid gimmicky and ostentatious styles. Instead, go with a pair that will complement your overall look – sterling silver balls add a gleaming touch to catch the light and accentuate gestures, while the darker hues of Swarovski crystals add a modern contrast to a dark suit.
Mandy's Choice: Sterling Silver Ball Cufflinks
Jewellery on men can sometimes be a minefield – but done well, it can speak volumes. Avoid looking weighed down on your wrists by paying attention to proportion. Pair a single woven leather bracelet in chocolate brown or black with a contrasting, slim fitting white shirt, and dark denim jeans. Don’t be afraid of colour either, but balance the look for a dapper result - a single bracelet in a bright pop of neon, peeking against the edge of a dark suit, can be far more effective stylewise, than a cluster of threads that are more suited to a gap year traveller.
Mandy's Choice: Black Woven Leather & Steel Bracelet