Accessories

The comfort in these straitened times is tradition - which is swiftly achieved with the tie.

Tie rules

Take success by the throat - the double Windsor way

'Go out looking like you want to be seen - reliable, respectable; a man who can deliver, not one of the boys,'' says Lizzie Wagner, a business etiquette expert. ''That's what I advised a politician who once told me he went tieless when he went out to his constituents.''

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Business style

Could neckties be cool again?

Now that older men have ditched it to look cool, this once-derided accessory is making a stealthy comeback.

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Dress down

Is it time to be tie-free?

Going tie-less, once considered daring, is now de rigueur for many CEOs and politicians.

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Rushfaster Taipan Shadow bag.

Style and function

Man bags go mainstream

Man bags have been the butt of more than a few jokes over the years. But with the growth of hand-held devices, it is becoming less of a fashion statement and more of a functional necessity.

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They're back

Cool for hats: men's headwear back in fashion

Blame it on the races, MasterChef, Australian Idol or So You Think You Can Dance: men's hats are back. And that's good news for a Sydney business that never thought they went away.

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Men's undies are a good indicator of how the economy is faring.

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The undies index

If you want to know whether the economy has bottomed out, look no further than the nearest men's underwear drawer.

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