If you are like many, you either don’t know the difference between a Broadcloth or an Oxford fabric or cannot recall when it is time to order your custom dress shirt. Or perhaps you know what you like, but don’t know what it is called. Let’s de-mystify the shirting fabric choices.
Broadcloth can be described as a smooth-finish fabric that is lightweight and breathable. It is considered dressier than an Oxford fabric but due to it’s smoothness, may require more ironing. It has a matte finish to it and works well for dress shirt, casual shirts and tuxedo shirts.
Pinpoint Oxford can be identified by it’s “pinpoint” texture. It has a tiny dotted texture to it and is thicker than a broadcloth. It is very durable and wrinkle resistant and often referred to as a “workhorse” shirting fabric. It is considered less dressy than a broadcloth and is most often worn with a button down collar.
Royal Oxford is heavier than both the Pinpoint and Broadcloth fabrics. It is both durable and dressy. It can be identified by it’s “basket-weave” or “boxy” texture. It has a slight sheen or luster to it and works with most any collar style. It is a great fall and winter weight fabric.
Twill is another thick Fall and Winter weight fabric choice. It has a distinct diagonal line pattern to it. It also works well with most all collar styles but will not necessarily work for a tuxedo shirt.
Herringbone fabrics have a fishbone pattern to them or an “arrow” look. They are generally thicker but can be found in a lightweight option as well. They give a solid white shirt some character and are best worn without a button down collar.
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If you saw my first post on an easy menswear inspired Halloween costume but aren’t much of a Dr. Who fan, this one may be the one for you. I mean, who doesn’t like Bond movies? The Bond Look is an easy “throw-together” look for the dapper dude with a tux or nice suit already in the closet. There are numerous ways to do this.
Your first option is a deep side part and a little gel of the hair, a large black bowtie, a set of suspenders, black tux pants and a thrift store ruffled tuxedo shirt.
Tip: Fashion some sort of black felt (found at any craft store) onto one side of the suspenders as if it is a gun holster and ditch the coat for the night.
For a more modern Bond look, thrown on the tux coat. Now you may not have time to order a custom tuxedo shirt, but what about a stock tuxedo shirt?
Haven’t a tux? Why not use that spiffy suit with a side sweep (add a bit of hairspray perhaps) and find a subtle polka dotted tie as he wore in Octopussy.
Now I won’t encourage you carrying around a toy gun with all the current controversies but why not just dress to kill this Halloween?
Dress Well! Be Well!
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This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday is dedicated to a quick easy way to update your closet. A color block tie will look great with your Fall/Winter suit and show the modern side of your style personality.
Color blocking doesn’t have to be done with bright bold colors. There are many options in neutral shades as well. One great thing about a color block tie is if you choose the shades right, they can go with most everything. Another great thing is that you can find many that are actually hand made.
The color blocking can even be super subtle if you choose a tie with one shade just a hint darker than the other. Very classy.
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