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Inspired Memories – Luke

by | Groom, Inspired Memories


Ms Chinoiserie

Bride arriving on brike

The bride’s arrival at the ceremony is a much-anticipated moment as any groom will remember! But often ‘how’ she arrives is the major surprise as Luke recalls from his relaxed south coast wedding.

“When I think back to our wedding day, my mind always jumps straight to the memory of Soph arriving on her old vintage bike before proceeding down the aisle. It still brings a tear to my eye how beautiful she looked and it really took my breath away!”

Bikes at wedding

Bride arriving to wedding on bike

Groomsmen in blue suits

Bride walking down the aisle at south coast wedding

Bride walking down the aisle

Groom and groomsmen in blue suites with taupe ties

Groom watching his bride

Images by Anthea and Lyndon

A Few Rules To Help Match Your Shirt, Tie & Pocket Square

by | Groom, Groom Fashion, Groom Style




Despite the tie being a long-standing formal accessory, many men still struggle with balancing the colour, texture and pattern of their shirt with their tie. That is without even considering throwing the baffling pocket square in the mix. InStitchu are here to help; below you will find an eclectic collection of simple rules to help better coordinate your shirt, tie and pocket square.

Fabric and Colour

If you are like many men out there and are not confident matching colours, keep your shirt plain (white or blue) and experiment with the pocket square and tie. If you are not looking to make a bold statement, choose ties or pocket squares that are slight variations in colour to your suit or shirt. Your pocket square should complement your tie and shirt – not match them. If you are experimental enough to consider a pocket square then use it to add a little colour to your outfit.


In terms of fabric choices, if you are wearing a suit, shirt, tie and pocket square, try to fit two to three fabrics in. These are generally wool, cotton for the suit and shirt and potentially silk for the tie and pocket square.

Buy versatile ties that can complement a range of shirts and patterns. Think darker or lighter colours; bold primary colour choices can look nice but are not as re-usable. One interesting things to note is that your tie knot width should closely resemble your lapel width. Try and keep your tie knots between 2.5 to 3.5 inches.

Matching Patterns

Vary your pattern type – Try not to pair two complex patterns. If you have a loud shirt with a lot of colour then your tie should be mostly plain.


Vary the pattern size and colour – The smaller matching pattern should be on your shirt. A striped tie/check shirt (thin) would match with a striped/check tie (wide).


Match/complement a colour detail in your tie with a dominant colour of the shirt – If you had a blue and white checked shirt then you could consider pairing that with a block navy or light yellow tie.


Images via Institchu

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Great advice on achieving an ‘on trend’ look with sartorial style –  right down to the size of the tie knot! Wonderful!

About Institchu: We believe that every man should be able to afford high quality tailored suits and shirts. Our customers order by designing their own tailored suit or shirt from scratch or can use an existing design from our collections page. With a guaranteed fit policy, we have strict quality control procedures to ensure our tailored suits and shirts meet the highest quality standards expected by our customers.

New Men’s Fragrances – Winter 2016

by | Groom, Groom Style


Cindy Man Hun


Image via Fragrantica

In need of a new fragrance? Pay heed to these newly released wintry scents; all fitting for a wedding as the weather gets cooler!

A*Men Pure Tonka by Thierry Mugler is a new variation of the popular A*Men from 1996 – an oriental woody perfume. A*Men Pure Tonka is less woody and more aromatic, with lavender holding the middle note instead of patchouli and cedar. The sweetness is heightened by a stronger tonka bean influence and the addition of cacao. This fragrance helps one convey a masculine confidence!


Image via Thierry Mugler

Cuir Vetiver by Yves Rocher is categorised as a woody aromatic perfume. When smelling the scent, first you get a silky aroma of Haitian vetiver, then subtle traces of sandalwood, cedar and leather, and at the end a slight dash of tonka bean. Once again, Yves Rocher has brought out an economic fragrance for those who want that French charm!


Image via Yves Rocher

Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlete by Hermès – For both him and her, this is a fruity fragrance, composed of only rhubarb, red berries and white musk. Rhubarb fans, listen up! The rhubarb (star ingredient) is crisp and tangy, the red berries present a juicy and citrusy backdrop, and the white musk finishes off the scent with a mild green tweak.

V37120-3Image via Hermès

Do you know your signature fragrance? If not, read our guide here!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Wonderful new warm botanical fragrances with masculine appeal  – even the bottles look amazing!

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