Which Shade of Blue Looks Best on You?

We all love a blue dress shirt but did you know that there are better shades of blue for each type of complexion?

Many men actually don’t even know what type of complexion they have.  An easy way to decide is by using those cuff links. Find one piece of yellow gold and one piece of silver or white gold. Perhaps you already know which of the two look better on you. If you tend to wear yellow gold, chances are it is because your warm skin tone is complemented by the warmth of the gold tones. If you look better in silver tones or white metals, most likely you are in the cooler complexion category. If you look great in both, perhaps you have a medium skin tone.

Men with warm skin tones or darker complexions should give vibrant shades of blue such as teal and royal blues a try. No need to throw out those medium blue shirts or suits either. They will also look great on you but try a pop of color with the tie.

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Royal Blue M1055
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Teal Blue M11564

Those with medium skin tones and less contrast between their hair color and skin tone should aim for styling with cooler shades of blue. A blue shirt with a silver undertone such as our dusty blue or french blue will look perfect on you. A sky blue will be complimented by a tie with touches of sapphire.

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French Blue M1073
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Dusty Blue M1560

If your complexion is light and cool (high contrast between your hair and skin tone) chances are you will look best in a soft to medium blue with warm undertones. Try a dress blue and pair it with a tie featuring hints of warm orange or wine tones.

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Dress Blue M1274

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Get the Look: Valentine’s Part 2: Pop of Color

Looking for more style inspiration for the upcoming Valentine’s date or just toying with the idea of adding some fun color to your menswear? Here is a clean look with loads of color and class.

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The key to this look is the pop of color on both the tie and pocket square.  It is enhanced by the pale pink chambray dress shirt with the contrasting white collar. We can create that custom shirt for you.

Lately it seems the bigger and bolder the pocket square, the better. Making it almost burst out of the pocket really brings some attention. Why not try a round pocket square like the one below?

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Choose a pink and blue or pink and silver printed tie to match and pair it with any light gray suit and you are set for your Valentine’s date. Any brightly colored tie and pocket square will work in the office.

So, what do you think? Have you taken the round pocket square plunge already?

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Giorgenti Top 5 Tuxedos from the 2016 Golden Globes

There were so many dapper duds on the red carpet this year that we truly had a hard time narrowing it down to our top 5. Here is what we came up with:

1. Best Two Button Coat: Liev Schreiber

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2. Best Vest: Gerard Butler

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3. Best Two-Tone: Kevin Hart

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4. Best Shawl Collar: Damian Lewis

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5. Best Sheen Lapel: Michael Fassbender

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What are your thoughts? Have anymore in mind?

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Skinny Ties No More

Come on, gents. The ties have gotten too skinny.

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Don’t get me wrong, I like a nice tailored suit, a little less lapel, and a step away from the wide 90′s styled tie…but I believe we need to dial back the skinny.

The widest part of the tie should match the widest part of the lapel. This is an easy way to figure what tie width you should choose. So grab a tape measure, your favorite suit, and find the preferred tie width in five minutes or less.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Get the Look: Valentine’s Style Part 1

The Look: This classic navy suit is accented perfectly by the soft pink shirt and matching navy polka dotted tie. The white collar, white pocket square, and silver tie bar keep the look elegant and classy.

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Sharp navy suit and pink shirt with white collar and cuff

Recreating this sharp look is easy!

Navy 2 Button Suit: $300

Silk Navy Polka Dot Tie by Ralph Lauren  $125

100% Egyptian Cotton Pink Shirt with contrasting collar and cuff $129

Silver Tie Bar Jos. A Banks $39.50

White Pocket Square  $12.95

Or create your own custom dress shirt in any color by starting here.

 

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Men’s Winter Fashion Faux Pas and Fixes

In dressier settings some fashion crimes can easily be committed in the colder months due to the fact that well, you are flipping cold! Rather than staying under the blankets until May, here are common winter fashion faux pas and the fixes for style redemption.

The crime: Your favorite puffy coat. There are other ways to keep your torso warm.

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Sure, it is warm but it is not suited for a dressy occasion.

The  dapper fix: Layering a vest under a tailored wool coat.

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Style with layers is possible.

The crime: A pom-pom beanie.

I mean, really Bradley?

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Although we love Bradley Cooper’s style normally, the pom-pom was a no-no.

The dapper fix: A newsboy cap or fedora. Keeping the head warm and the look smooth for years to come.

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The crime: Mix matched ski lodge accessories.

Time to put away the ski gloves and collegiate beanie and accessorize like a man.

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We also love our North Face gloves but save them for the slopes.

The dapper fix: A tailored wool coat combined with a nice pair of leather gloves and cashmere scarf.

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Brown leather gloves, neutral scarf and fine topcoat equal style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Look Better in Dress Pants

Wearing pants sounds pretty simple, right? The thing is, many of us are getting it wrong. Very wrong. Although I don’t want to move into the “trendy” skinny pant zone, we should review some things you may not realize are aging you or even adding the illusion of an extra 10 pounds.

1. Skip the low rise.

Give a medium rise pant a try. Don’t wear the pants at your naval and don’t wear them hanging out over your hip bones either . If a pant fits in the waist and the rise, it will be somewhere in the middle and you will instantly notice how much more tailored they appear if the pants are sitting in the right spot.

2. Let go of the cuff.

A cuff is not mandatory. For one thing, the larger the cuff the shorter your legs appear. Losing the cuff altogether will instantly create the illusion of leg length.

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3. Break some rules.

Try “no break” at the shoe with your next pair of dress slacks. In other words, no bunching of fabric on the top of your shoe. It should slide right over the shoe but not show your ankle.

4. Belt loops are made for belts.

Please wear a belt if you have belt loops. That’s all I can say about that.

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5. Avoid the pleat like the plague.

Pleats may be your go-to as you think a flat front pant will create the side “pocket-pull” issue. The fact is, if the slanted side pocket is pulling, the pants are too small in the hip or seat area. If you ask around, you may start to realize that for one thing, pleated pants are dated and they actually make you look larger than you are. If you increase the size of the pant but try a flat front, you may be surprised at how much thinner you appear. Now I realize if you up the size of your pant, the waist may then be too large. Two options here. You can either have the waist taken in by a local tailor or you could give a custom pant a try.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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What Does Smart Casual Even Mean?

Ever wonder what the term “Smart Casual” really means in the workplace? The fact that the ambiguous word “casual” is thrown in there often causes a lot of confusion. You may want to roll into the office in jeans, a nice t-shirt and sandals but we highly discourage this.

What it means in your workplace truly depends on the work environment and office itself and remember the definition is ever evolving. In most cases smart casual in the office is somewhere between business casual and boardroom attire. Let’s start from the top and work our way down so you don’t show up on Day 1 in the office under-dressed.

In most cases, a jacket is expected. That being said you are open to go with a sport coat with or without a tie. The shirt should be a long sleeve dress shirt and we prefer it without the button down collar. A nice crisp brightly colored shirt works well and can bring some fun to your smart casual wardrobe.

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When it comes to the pant, smart casual means you should choose a darker colored slack. We would recommend a lined wool pant or wool blend rather than a cotton slack. A matching dark leather belt and shoe will always be the right choice.

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Things to avoid include anything denim, shorts and short sleeved shirts, open toed shoes of any kind, sneakers and tees. As stated previously, your office may have a bit of a different mindset of what smart casual means. It is safe, however to show up without any of the above. On the second day of that new job, feel free to make different choices based on what others are wearing in the office.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley