What is the deal with all these accessories? I’ll tell you what the deal is. It’s menswear warfare on these mean streets and there’s only one way to stay ahead; details. Go to your closet and pull out your favorite blazer. Scan the upper portion of the lapel and set your eyes on the small slit stitched into the fabric. If you think that was placed their by mistake all along you have been mistaken, it is a gift. It is a backstage pass to the next level. It is your new favorite creative expression to make every formal outfit unique.
It was traditionally the lapel flower that girded the breast of a man’s sport coat. Eventually, the lapel flower reluctantly gave way to the irresistible charm poised by the lapel pin. They now share an equal role in doctoring men’s style to the next level, and in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with either. It is an open door to bring some creativity into your blazer and give it a flashy smile.
Here’s what I’ve done: Promise not to laugh? I shop at Ardene. It’s my new favorite lapel pin store. What? Ardene sells lapel pins? Precisely not. Ardene sells earrings – check the back of a lapel pin and then check the back of your girlfriends ear wear. Oddly familiar? Here’s the best part. You can buy a full sheet of these things for pocket change. Here are a few of my finds and how I have incorporated them into a few different outfits. Just ditch the hot pink packaging and you're good to go.