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Giorgenti’s Picks for Pantone Colors Spring 2016

After viewing this Spring’s new Pantone color report, we picked out our closest options to ensure you are wearing this season’s hottest colors. Grab ‘em before they are gone, Gents!

If you enjoy Pantone 13-1520 “Rose Quartz”, we have the blush pink L5712-B in our Luxury line of fabrics.

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L5712-B Luxury Pink Broadcloth

Our brilliant Luxury Broadcloth in L6149-C Blue will cover you on the bold “Serenity” Pantone 15-3919.

Dress Well! Be Well!

 

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Luxury Broadcloth L6149-C Blue

The fun Pantone 19-4049 in “Snorkel Blue” will get some major attention by the pool this summer as well. We recommend a short sleeve version of the below pictured shirt in our Deluxe Broadcloth, M1055 Royal.

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Royal Broadcloth in the Deluxe line M1055

“Buttercup” Pantone 12-0752 will brighten your day at the office. We recommend a medium spread collar with a button cuff in L6147-C Marigold.

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Marigold L6147-C is a Spring staple in our Luxury line

“Limpet Shell” Pantone 13-4810 is a real eye catcher! Design your own close rendition in Teal Blue M11564 from our Deluxe line.

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Teal Blue M11564 makes a statement

My personal favorite, Pantone 16-3905 “Lilac Gray” can be found in our Deluxe Violet Pinpoint Oxford M11336.

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Violet M11336 has hints of both lilac and gray.

A neutral shirt is always perfect for any season. We prefer L6142-C Tan from our Luxury line in place of Pantone 15-1040 “Iced Coffee”.

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Our Luxury Tan L6142-C goes with everything

If you are really looking to turn heads, try out E11451A in Apple Green as Pantone 15-0146 Green Flash. It’s a statement color!

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Apple Green E11451A will create a stir this Spring.

Spring Summer 2016′s Best Shirting Color

What’s the best shirting color for the upcoming warm seasons? Don’t hang up that Field Jacket just yet according to those in the men’s fashion field. From Fall and Winter in casual wear, the army green continues to stand out, Gents.

We’ve also begun to see olive green suits in lighter weight wools on the rise. This might be something to think about if you are ready to add a new suit to your collection this season.

As for shirting fabrics, the trendiest of the trends are now in all shades of green. Rather than camouflaging during the warmer months, however, we invite you to try shades of Sage and Jade to jazz up your shirt collection.

Sage Green L6143-C can be found in our Luxury fabric line.
Sage Green L6143-C can be found in our Luxury fabric line.
Jade Green E11858A is located in our Custom Economy fabric line for only $79
Jade Green E11858A is located in our Custom Economy fabric line for only $79

Whether it be a stripe or a solid, Spring and Summer 16′s best new color is hands down, Green. Go get’em boys!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Layer Up your Spring Style

Spring is such a great time for those transition wardrobe pieces from the chilly mornings to the sunny afternoons.  Layering these pieces, however can sometimes seem a bit daunting. Some guys seem to just know how to layer. They always look clean and well put together. Here are a few tips for your Spring layering challenge.

1. Mix up your textures and patterns. Try a light tweed sport coat over a chambray shirt, a plaid coat and patterned scarf, or your softest cashmere V-neck over your shirt and tie with a pair of heavier twill pants.

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2. Use accessories wisely. If thinking of wearing a suit with a lightweight scarf, try ditching the tie and wearing your collar open.

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3. Give a trend a try. You may be sighting a few floral prints on men these days but that doesn’t mean you have to wear a floral button down shirt. Try a pop of floral in a tie.

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4. Add color. Pair a crisp white shirt with a bold pair of chinos for instant style. Add a scarf and sunglasses for affect.

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5. Or don’t. Try a minimalist monochrome layering technique. All shades of gray or tan.


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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

Follow me on Twitter @BestCustomShirt

Lengthen the Life of your Dress Shirts

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Keep your dress shirts crisp with these tips.

1. Rotation: Keep a stock of enough shirts so you are able to rotate them throughout the week. I recommend at least 5 shirts for a normal work week.

2. Launder less: No matter if you wash at home or send them out, do it less often. The more you launder, the faster you will wear down the fibers in the shirt. Try to get 2-3 wears out of a shirt before you wash it. Only wash once it smells that it needs it.

3. Treat stains immediately: If you see a stain, take care of it before it sets. Carry a stain stick with you or keep one in your desk at work.

4. Avoid starch: Starching also wears down the fibers of the shirt and will shorten the life of the shirt. Buy top quality dress shirts and you won’t need to add the chemicals.

5. Shampoo: Yes, you read that right. Treat ring around the collar with a clarifying shampoo before laundering to break down the oil that creates the problem in the first place.

 

 

 

8 Reasons to Buy a Custom Shirt

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Just a little reminder what makes a custom shirt so great (besides the obvious FIT):

1. Double Reinforced Fused Collar for a nice crisp collar. Our collars are hand-made in two pieces, so they hug the neck better than a single piece collar.

2. Bias Split Yoke for movement, flexibility and comfort. We use a two-piece yoke to create a perfect, smooth shoulder line.

3. Matching Stripes for an expensive, sophisticated look.

4. Single Needle Stitching for a natural stretch that won’t break the seams.

5. Two Spare Buttons sewn in the shirt tail. No need to scramble for spare buttons.

6. Extra Pair of Collar Stays for those who don’t make it back from the cleaners.

7. Removable Collar Stays keep your shirt collar crisp and firm all day but removable for washing and ironing.

8. Sleeve Placket Button helps achieve a finished look by not showing skin.

Need more info? Read these FAQ

Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

 

The 3 Best Spring Transition Pieces

Gearing up for Spring in Menswear this year should be quite easy. The transition from Winter to Spring to Summer can be quite dapper with a few new transition pieces added to your closet.

Start with a  Small print shirt

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A small print shirt will keep you looking hot until September

 

Add a Polka Dot Tie and Cardigan

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A navy cardigan and matching polka dot tie keep things classy.

Top it off with an Unstructured Blazer

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Has Casual Friday Become Too Casual?

Let’s be honest, we have all gotten a tad lazy when it comes to dressing for “Casual Friday”. I think we should revisit some rules in the office. After much thought on the subject, these are my 3 updated ideas on Casual Friday.

1. Let’s just not wear jeans.

Unless you work in a “Creative” field, I don’t think jeans are meant for the office. Just throw on a pair of chinos instead. They are pretty casual.

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2. Perhaps ONLY lose the tie.

Wear your favorite suit and a crisp white dress shirt. It’s pretty nice to not have to deal with that knot in the a.m. Enjoy that.

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3. Use layers in a creative way. A nice pair of slacks, a collared shirt and wool sweater will do. If going this route, add the tie back in the mix.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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What Collar Styles to Avoid

We often hear that a man with a round face should avoid an extreme wide spread collar but were you aware that every face shape has a style it should avoid like the plague? Here are a list by collar style of those who should run in the other direction.

Button Down Collar

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Who should just “not even”? Any guy looking to climb the corporate ladder. If you want to move up at the office, choose a stiff collar and avoid the button down… And dress like a grown man.

 

Traditional Point Collar

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Is there someone who shouldn’t wear a traditional collar? Well, not exactly. I would say if you are a more fashion forward minded man, you should opt for a wide spread collar instead. Otherwise, it’s pretty much a go for everyone.

Narrow Point Collar

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Who should avoid it? Anyone who doesn’t like the Goodfellas look. If you are man interested in looking like Ray Liotta make sure you don’t have a long and or lean face. It will accentuate the length of the face and even shorten the beholders view of your neck.

Round or Club Collar

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Who shall not? A man with a round or full face or anyone with a barrel chest. This will make either seem even wider. I also think very tall men with a tiny club collar seems odd. Make sure that the collar length fits your height.

Whatever this is called, EVERYONE should avoid it.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying a Suit in 2016: Part 3

I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the 3rd and final installation of my Buying a Suit Series. Okay, maybe not but I do have one more suit suggestion for you.

If you are investing in a suit this year, why not go for something that packs some serious style punch like a jewel toned suit? Make sure to pair these colorful suits with a classic white dress shirt and perhaps a pewter or gold tie.

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Missed out on my prior posts? Part 1 and 2 of this series of Buying a Suit in 2016 can be found here and here!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley