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HOW TO ACCESSORISE YOUR PROM SUIT

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• WORDS: C. STEWART

Got your prom suit sorted? Good. Now for a lesson in accessorising. Note-taking is optional but a well-rounded prom look is essential.

THE BOW TIE

The list of bow tie wearers is a long one, from old Hollywood movie stars to current red carpet regulars and, of course, just about every James Bond ever. In other words: it’s shorthand for suave. Usually worn with a tuxedo, as shown here, but equally as stylish with a three-piece suit. Go for a pre-tied bow tie for ease or, if you’re up for the challenge, here’s how to tie a bow tie from scratch.

THE POCKET SQUARE

Tucking a pocket square into your top pocket is one of the easiest ways to take your look from so-so to sharp. Choose one that complements but contrasts with the colour of your suit. Extra marks for pattern-clashing with your shirt. And while we’re on the subject, there are loads of ways to fold your pocket square, but these two are a good place to start.

THE TIE

Kim and Kanye. Chris and Kem. Suit and tie. There are some pairs that are just meant to be. If you’re wearing a tie to prom there are few things you need to remember. Your tie should be a similar width to your lapels (so a skinny fit suit gets a skinny tie, a mid-width lapel needs a tie that’s little wider). As for colour, you can go one of two routes. For a pulled together look, choose one that’s a similar shade to your outfit. For a bolder look, pick one that’s a contrasting colour, as shown above. Either way, make sure your tie is always darker than your shirt.

THE KEEP-IT-SIMPLE

We’ll shout about the importance of accessories any time, any place, but sometimes simple really is best. See our boy above – he’s already got a sharp suit in this season’s pastel blue and a graphic print shirt. Anything extra would just be a distraction from a strong look. The lesson here? If you think it looks too much, it probably is.

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