Staying casual doesn’t mean you have to walk out the door in a hoodie and joggers. Fall brings so many fashion possibilities as it allows us to layer the look. Most likely you already have a great white cotton button down to use as your base layer. If not, I recommend investing in a couple of super soft Egyptian Cotton Broadcloth shirts in white so you are able to dress them up or down. I highly recommend going for a custom made shirt so that the bottom layer doesn’t create bulk. If your shirt is too large, the rest of the layers can cause a frumpy look. Make sure it fits. Here are some great ways to take your shirts from the office into your evenings and weekends.
1. Go sans undershirt and socks. Until the real winter months hit, going without an undershirt and sockless keeps things looking casual and can be quite comfortable.
2. Layer a fitted sweater over it. This is where the fit of your shirt really matters. If your shirt hangs around the mid-section, a fitted sweater won’t work. This sweater and shirt both fit him perfectly. If your shirt is too big, considering going custom and checking out our measurement form to get started.
3. Pair with a colored jean. Try a colored jean this Fall. Denim doesn’t always need to be blue. As I’ve mentioned before, Burgundy is the new color for Fall Fashion 2015.
4. Sweater-vests. They really can look cool. Leave the bottom button or two un-buttoned and add a tie. I prefer a knit or textured casual tie for this look. Find a solid black twill tie here.
Some of us hang on to summer and reluctantly give in to Fall Fashion while others jump in with both feet. I myself am looking forward to layering on the scarves and hats!
This year, the men’s fashion trend is head to toe neutrals. Chances are that you have lots of neutrals already in your closet which really makes this trend an easy one to follow. If not, we have tons of new shirting fabrics in from Italy in Ivory, Ecru, and Tan which makes it easy to order a new custom dress shirt and have it by the time you pull out the Camel blazer.
Here are some ideas for Fall menswear inspiration.
Looking to keep that noggin’ warm this winter with style? Try out a newsboy cap. Not just for the hipster anymore. Here are some slightly dressy and highly fashionable ways to style this season’s it-hat.
It seems we are seeing more and more horizontal stripes not only on the Runways but on the street. I couldn’t help but think about adding a horizontal striped tie to my husband’s wardrobe for the Fall.
Tip: Stick to subtle color palettes like these navy and white options to avoid being too bold.
Here are a few dapper ways to wear them.
1. Try a bespoke or custom dress shirt and style the striped details your way.
Tip: Avoid a repetitive horizontal striped shirt unless you are very lean. It can create the illusion of widening the mid-section of your body.
2. A horizontal striped tie, however is a great alternative. There are currently tons on the market in silk and even textured fabrics.
3. A Statement Piece-Dare to have fun! A Nautical style jacket may not be for everyone but get creative in how you wear your horizontal stripes.
The actor may change but the Bond Style remains the same. There are so many ways you can achieve this style.
In Octopussy, Roger Moore chose a taller collar height and a longer pointed collar style. To get this look, go with a custom dress shirt and choose a Traditional Point collar. Make that a tall collar band height and ask for 3 1/4 collar point length.
Sean Connery, however goes with a shorter point length and more of a spread. For this look, choose a Medium Spread collar with a short point length. I would recommend a 2 or 2 1/4 inch collar point length. Shortening the back height may be a wise addition if you have a shorter neck.
Connery’s tux style is pretty smooth as well. He went with a wing tip collar and a 1/2 inch pleated front. It seems the jacket may be Ivory while the shirt is bright white. I would try to match the two myself.
In Skyfall, Daniel Craig chooses a Tab collar. We can make your Tab collar with a snap or button.
In Casino Royale, he chooses a crisp tuxedo shirt. Choose a Fly Front Tuxedo shirt and a Lay Down collar to get a smooth look like this at your next formal event.
His suit and shirt choices are just as classy as his Martinis. Let us know if you need help styling your Bond shirt.
1- The Collar: When buttoned, it fits properly if one finger fits comfortably inside the collar front. It is too loose and may create a gaping look if two fingers can fit.
2- Sleeve Length: Simply choosing the size S, M, or L can quickly get you into trouble. For starters, the shrinkage usually hasn’t been adjusted in a store bought shirt. It may look great on you in the mirror at Macy’s but it has been wet then dried more than once, it may no longer work for you. Remember, your collar cannot be made larger and sleeve cannot be made longer. Most of the time the left and right arms are actually different lengths. Make sure both are measured separately and go custom.
3- Trim Fit? Athletic? What is right for me? No one wants a tight shirt nor do they want a bulky fit. Buy the slimmest shirt you can comfortably wear for the cleanest look. If you wear prefer to wear an undershirt, make sure you have one on when you try on your custom dress shirt. The proper measurements are at the nipple line for the chest and the roundest part of the midsection of the waist. (This is going to be larger than your pant size so do not be alarmed by this measurement!) If you are going custom, choose trim fit if your arms and chest are truly slender. Athletic is your choice if you have larger biceps and chest muscles as there will be more room in those two places.
4- What is the current collar style? Currently trending is the Wide Spread and the Extreme Widespread or Cutaway collar. If you like to keep it Classic, choose a Traditional Point collar on your custom dress shirt.
5- Where should the shoulder seam land? The shoulder seam should be on the ball-mount top of the shoulder if the fit is right. If it hangs over, it can cause the sleeve to be too long. If it is too tight, your armhole will feel restricted.
6-Where should the cuff fall? The cuff should show about 1 1/2 inches out of the coat sleeve or come to the “break” of the wrist (where it begins to slope out into your hand).
7-Tail Length: Make sure there is enough length to stay in but only about 4 inches should tuck in. Don’t pull a large amount of fabric out to hang over the belt line.
So you decided to venture into the world of the three piece suit. Great! Now, let’s add some details.
Choose a shirt with a contrasting collar and cuff and add a matching pocket square. You can design your own white collar dress shirt here.
Show some belt. Add a contrasting belt and leave the coat unbuttoned.
Why not pull out your grandfather’s pocket watch? What’s the point of it sitting in your valet box?
Haven’t bought your three piece yet? Why not try this season’s new color: Wine? It looks great with the rounded collar. We can make your custom dress shirt in this style. Start your new club collar shirt here.
Or perhaps buy one with a scoop front vest?
Smoke in your three piece. Just kidding. Don’t smoke. But Daniel Craig is cool.
Let me know how you wear yours. Dress well! Be well!
New Trends, Styles and Dressing Tips are revealed by renowned designer and wardrobe consultant, Janine Giorgenti.