Cortina always has a few little quirks that you can appreciate.
For instance, quite a few of his jackets feature cloth covered buttons - a style usually reserved for formalwear. He almost exclusively wears some version of a monkstrap. Here he’s sporting what appear to be single monk cordovan chukkas. He sometimes flips the waistband of his trousers, something I’ve never seen anyone else do. When he doesn’t do that he’s usually wearing white denim year round.
For those who don’t live on the edge and like to directly match their pocket square to an aspect of their outfit, the usual targets are the shirt or the tie. I occasionally match my square to my shirt, but usually, it stands as its own element. However, over the summer I broke out my white cotton Incotex trousers (my favorite pants I own), and every time I chose a square to go with the kit, I’d fall back to a white herringbone silk square.
The effect was pretty striking, and it made the kit a bit more dynamic, moving the eye from chest to pants instead of chest to chest. I’m not saying this is something you should do all the time, because a lot of the time it can look absolutely awful. However, if your pants are noticeably different in either hue, shade, or saturation, it might be something you want to think about. It can definitely be a subtle way to change the dynamic of your kits, as well as a personal breath of fresh air.
This was one of the 1st images I ever saved on my computer when I 1st discovered The Sartorialist. That was eons ago… Call me foolish, but I still find this gentleman’s combination of refined & rugged elements fascinating. Fascinating enough to post it on this blog.