The combination of well curated personal accessories can take a tailored look from stiff and corporate to playful and expressive.
The Nigeria native moved from Houston to New York a few years ago to pursue a career in fashion. He is now part of the newly employed staff at Michael Andrews Bespoke – he’s in charge of keeping the place extra dapper, among other things.
“You don’t have to break the rules, but you can certainly bend them, at every opportunity… At some point you get to a place where stripes, checks and polka dots cross paths…and it don’t look so bad.”
And I couldn’t agree more; “Hey – we need to look good while we are tackling the greatest conundrum this side of the galaxy “the psyche of a woman.”
Here, Niyi shows us how to wear a tailored look with a punch of personality.
1. Bold Brim
“I have a lot of hats, but this is probably my favorite one. Wide Brims are quite my fancy compared to the of-the-moment stingy brimmed hats.
I bought this one from the French Market in New Orleans (My wife’s hometown). Now I’m looking for another excuse to head down there to get another.
It’s probably the main reason I get excited when summer rolls around. Not that I like the summer heat (in fact, I hate it); but straw hats have become a part of my style. I wear it with everything”¦ jeans, polos, chinos and all kinds of suits (Wool, Cotton, Linen, Birthday, etc).”
Bonus Tip: Let your accesories do the talking. Niyi’s outfit here is relatively conservative (navy pinstripe suit, pale pink shirt, solid tie)…which leaves the perfect canvas for all those personal touches.
Bonus Tip II: Understanding color is crucial with accesories, especially in the summer. There are certain colors you don’t want in large doses, but look great in small flashes (the bright red of the axe tie bar, the yellow of the square, the orange of the bracelet & watch strap, the green of the cufflinks).
Bonus Tip III: The longer backside of the tie – another quirky touch for a dandy look. Certainly not by accident.
- Frog cufflinks Vintage
- Brown suede tassel loafers by Tom Ford
- Straw hat from the French Market in New Orleans
- Navy pinstripe suit by Costume National
- Pink cotton shit by Brooks Brothers
- Tan linen tie by Ralph Lauren
- Tie clip Vintage (eBay)
- Pocket square Handmade
- Orange watch strap from the Museum of Modern Art
- Orange coral bracelet from Niyi’s traditional wedding
- Brown leather belt by Ralph Lauren