Short Sleeved Shirts for Spring

I often hear that short sleeved button down shirts lack style. I disagree. There are certain rules, however, one should live by when creating your own custom short sleeved shirt.

1. Keep it simple.

A small print or solid color is the way to go. No bowling stripe Charlie Harper shirts. This is a beautiful pink chambray fabric, also known as an End-on-End that is great for Spring and Summer.  Check out our Chambrays here.

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2. Make sure you get a good fit. Nothing worse than a blousy short sleeved shirt. A great time to order a custom shirt if you have not done so in the past. Also gray is trending right now so a gray pinpoint oxford may be a big hit this Spring.

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3. Don’t try to overdress the shirt. A short sleeved shirt is a casual shirt. Please don’t try to wear it with dress slacks or a tie. An open collared blue check shirt will be great on the boardwalk.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

How to Dress with More Style in Less Time

Feel like you are in a rush every morning to get out the door? Compromising your style just to be on time? With these 5 tips you can have more style in less time.

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1. Get your closet organized. Place color coordinated items together. Rather than putting all your pants in one section and shirts in another, try pairing up shirts and pants (or suits) so you can grab a ready made outfit. Even pair up your tie with your shirt.

Tip: Make sure to move your summer weight clothing to the back of the closet during the cooler months and donate anything you haven’t worn in a year.

2. Planning your outfits not just the night prior but days in advance will keep things running smoothly on a work morning. In a perfect world, on Sunday you would have all laundry clean and pressed and  have five outfits lined in your closet for easy access. At least try to prep three days in advance.

Tip: Send your cotton clothing out to be laundered and pressed while your suits are being dry cleaned at least once a month.  Cotton shirts and pants will not be dry-cleaned but it is nice to have someone else take that off your plate occasionally.

3. Try a valet beside your bed. The outfit can be moved from the closet to the valet the night before without any trouble. Make sure even the keys and your wallet are there ready for you to grab.

4. Prep your accessories. Go ahead and put the pocket square in the suit pocket and the lapel pin on the coat. Add the matching scarf to the topcoat on the hanger.

5. Have a morning routine for the things you do each day. For the first few weeks, make a physical list to check off. (I do this with my children when school starts each year.) After several weeks, these tasks will become habit and your mornings will be a breeze. You will begin to shift naturally from making the bed to shaving.

Tip: Even pencil in your morning coffee and take time to enjoy it.

Even better? Have a weekly routine as well.  Have you noticed on Wednesday you are usually more tired than on Mondays because of that project manager meeting every Tuesday? Then make arrangements for the sluggishness. Load the coffee pot the night before and set your alarm 10 minutes earlier for Wednesday mornings. (Don’t let yourself press snooze if you happen to remember you are 10 minutes ahead.)

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Finishing Touches

In order to stay warm through the rest of our hopefully short winter, you only need two simple accessories to finish that polished look after investing in a great fitting suit. A fine topcoat and wool scarf will not only top off your crisp style but will allow you to feel a little warmer when those cold winds blow.

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Topcoat: Topcoats traditionally come in colors that compliment most suits. A great wool coat in camel, navy, or charcoal should work with most of your favorite suits. If you have ventured into the popular midnight blue or burgundy suits this season, a charcoal overcoat would be my recommendation.

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Scarf: Choose a 100% wool scarf in a color that is either a shade darker or lighter than your topcoat. If you avoided the suit in one of the bold shades, why not try a scarf in jade, midnight blue or maroon?  Instant scarf style credit.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Buying a Suit in 2016: Part 1

Looking into investing in a new suit? Though trends come and go, there are a few classics that you can purchase that will keep your look modern, not trendy. Here are three suit types to consider in the next year to keep your style timeless while on point.

1. Double Breasted: This class act of a suit is back and looks great on most men. If your height is 5’7 or less this may not be the best look for you.

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2. Gray 3 Piece Suit: Gray is certainly trending right now but never considered trendy. You can wear gray with anything and looks great on all skin tones.

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3. Peak Lapel: A classic more formal style of suit that is most often seen on tuxedos. It can really class up a navy suit like this one.  Pair it with the double breast and you cannot go wrong.


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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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5 Reasons To Grow a Beard Starting This Weekend

Although Fall is usually the time of year most men decide to grow a beard, here are five reasons you may want to skip your shave tomorrow.

1. It will save you time. Maybe you could even use that extra 10 minutes in the morning to work on your abs…(or not).

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2. It will save you money. Less razor use, less aftershave, less shave cream. Pretty simple.

3. Changing your look may get the lady’s juices going again. Think about it. Women can change their looks somewhat easily with a new hair cut or color. Men aren’t able to mix things up as easily. A nice beard may be just what she doesn’t know she is looking for.

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4. A “clean shave” may actually spread more bacteria than growing a beard. “I’m sorry, what?” Yep. Read more about it here.

5. Who wouldn’t want to try out the glitter beard trend? Okay, this one is just funny.

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Happy Friday, Gents!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Men’s Pattern Mixing Tips

Mixing patterns is a great way to bring attention to the stunning details of your dapperly dress. Remember to keep most of the patterns small or subtle but feel free to play with mixing it up.

In the beginning start with just the pattern mixing and keep the colors monochromatic to begin to get a feel for what patterns you like to work with.

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Mixing monochrome patterns is by far the easiest and least risky option.

Once you’ve mastered the monochrome pattern mix-up, why not take one neutral color and play it up with one bold color?

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Wearing a bold colored suit like this calls for a neutral colored tie and pocket square.

Want more fun? Try playing with adding a couple of bold colors but no more than two, please.

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Using two bold colors with various patterns featuring both can score you some serious style points.
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Matching one vibrant color like purple keeps this pattern mix-up under control.
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Mixing shades of blue in different patterns allows for another pop of color here in red.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Valentine’s Pink Men’s Dress Shirts

Need a last minute wardrobe consultation for Valentine’s Day? My suggestion is a ready to wear pink shirt with a contrasting detail on the inner collar, cuff, and/or shirt placket like our “Romeo” shirt by Giorgenti. It will have her blushing in no time.

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The mini polka dots make this shirt relevant to the small print trend.

Not quite ready for that much pink in your life? How about just a hint? We have a fantastic selection of ties with pink details.

This Twill Pink Tie will go great with a white dress shirt, dove gray, or even a pale pink dress shirt.

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The diagonal lined pattern add luster and elegance.

If you want a more powerful punch out of the tie, choose a bolder shade of pink like our Pink Satin tie. This will pair well with a classic white dress shirt and a suit in any shade of gray.

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For a brighter note, this satin bold pink tie will do the trick.

Looking for other Valentine’s Day style inspiration? Click over to my other posts here, here, and here for more!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

Men’s Laundry Tip Roundup

How often should you actually wash your clothes? Probably not as often as you think. Just because you wore it doesn’t mean you have to toss it in the hamper at the end of the day. Did you sweat in it? Does it smell clean? Just a few things to help you determine if washing it is necessary. Laundering, drying, ironing too often can wear down the fibers in your clothing.

5 things to consider:

1. Jeans, chinos, and sweaters don’t need to be laundered as often as tee shirts. Washing them less will help your favorite pieces last longer.

2. Stop sending your dress shirts to the cleaners so often. For one thing, it is expensive. Wash them at home as often as possible to lengthen the life of the shirt. By the way, they do not dry clean your shirts. They wash them in a machine just like you do.

3. Let them air out. Hanging your clothes to dry doesn’t wear the fibers out nearly as quickly as a dryer does.

4. Stop ironing and start steaming. You can invest in a steamer or you could try the age old shower trick.  Let the shirts tumble for 10 minutes in the dryer, then hang dry, then steam in the shower while you get ready in the morning.

5. Don’t hang your sweaters. Fold them and put them in a drawer. This easy trick helps the sweaters keep their shape and will keep the fibers in tact.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley