Category Archives: What to wear

Spring Menswear Trend: Polka Dots

A classic print that never goes out of style, the polka dot is back with a vengeance this Spring and Summer 2016 in menswear. We have all noticed that the patterned suit is currently a big hit which means there are so many great ways to wear this style.

Let’s start with the least investment: The pocket square. With something so small, you can add a bolder print like this. Don’t overload the eye with lots of bold prints. This good fellow kept the rest of the look solid.

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Or try a small scarf this Spring. Men can wear scarves year round. Going into the warmer months, choose a smaller one like this that just adds a hint of style.

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Of course there is the polka dot tie. Perhaps you already own this wardrobe staple.

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Looking for more of a statement than the accessories? Try a bold polka dot shirt. We love this burgundy toned variation.

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Feeling like going all in? Try your printed suit in the dapper dot.

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A great reason to invest a little or a lot in this small print trend is that you can wear it from not until eternity. Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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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

2016 Oscars Tuxedo Shirts to Copy

When you order a custom tuxedo shirt, the options are practically endless. Here are 3 great styles to steal from the 2016 Oscars.

1. Ryan Gosling

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Duplicate his look: White shirt, White Lay Down Collar, White buttons, White Bowtie. Solid Style

2. Chris Rock

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Steal his style: Simple. White Lay Down Collar and a Fly Front.

3. Jared Leto

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Daring style: Check. Easy to copy? Check.

Deal it out in a Solid Black Shirt with a Fly Front and Lay Down collar.

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Spring Colors in Menswear

It’s finally time to start prepping for Spring 2016. Looking at the newest colors in menswear, we made some great selections of spring shirting fabrics for you to add to your wardrobe. When you go custom, you not only get to pick the color of the shirt but the style details as well.

And…Our top three Spring colors drawn from the SS16 Menswear Runway are as follows:

1. Sky Blue

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Sky Blue M1061 found in our Deluxe fabric line.

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2. Any Tan and White combo

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L30927 – Tan/White in our Luxury line under “Luxury European” fabrics
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3. Seafoam Green
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M30636 – Green in our Deluxe  line under “Textured Fabrics”
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Get started now for your shirts to be in for Spring!
Dress Well! Be Well!
-Meghan Henley

How to Properly Iron a Dress Shirt

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to (gasp) iron his own shirt.  Perhaps you were on a trip and found yourself with a wrinkly shirt 30 minutes before you were heading out to a wedding. Why not learn to properly iron a dress shirt so you will be sure to get it right the next time you find yourself in that situation? The great news, you can iron your dress shirt in five minutes or less.

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First and foremost, take a look at the tag inside the shirt for laundering directions. Make sure to check the settings of your iron to ensure you are following the directions for the fabric type.

So that you don’t re-wrinkle the body of the shirt in a last minute attempt to iron the extremities, begin with the cuffs and the collar. In both cases, lay the collar or cuff open, inside out, and flat on the board. Iron from the outer edges in. After the inner portion is complete, flip them and do the same thing on the other side.

Next, open the arm hole and drape the circle of the armhole over the round edge of the ironing board. Rotate all the way around to iron the entirety as well as the yoke (upper back panel) between the two sleeves.

Pull the shirt off the round portion of the board and button it all the way up to the collar.  Lengthen the sleeve out holding it at the sleeve/shoulder crease in one hand and the edge of the cuff in the other. Lay it lengthwise on the board and iron the entire thing on one side before flipping it to take care of the other side.

I prefer to iron the body of the shirt in three portions. Unbutton the shirt and begin with one front panel. Iron from the side seam to the placket on each panel then get the entire back of the shirt below the yoke. Be sure to iron the placket if there is one.

And there it is! A beautifully ironed shirt in five minutes or less.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Short Sleeved Shirts #1 Complaint

When asked what makes most style experts hate men’s short sleeved shirts so much, the complaint of the “ill fit” came back time and time again. Make sure to check out my first blog post about short sleeved shirts here for some other great short sleeve shirt styling tips.

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Here are our questions and answers leading you to the perfect short sleeve shirt this Spring.

Question: What is the #1 thing you can do to help your personal style?

Answer: Get the fit right.

Which brings us to the next question: What’s the #1 factor in getting the fit right in a short sleeved shirt?

Answer: Making sure the yoke into the sleeve fits well.

Which brings up a few more questions: How do you know if the fit is right in the shoulder and the sleeve?

The yoke should fit comfortably along the upper back with the sleeve seam at the armhole resting perfectly on top of the ball of the shoulder. If any buttons begin to pull at the chest area, the shoulder may be too tight.

And the sleeve length and fullness?

Answer: To find where the short sleeve should end, flex your bicep and find the center of the bicep with your other hand. This should be the end of the sleeve. Keeping the flex in the bicep, you should have just a little comfortable allowance beyond one finger width.

Expert style tip: An option for an existing shirt is rolling the short sleeve  up to the bicep center.

All of these fit options are an easy fix when you order a custom dress shirt with us. Interested? Click here to get started.

Have other questions? Let me know!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Buying a Suit in 2016: Part 2

As a follow up to my last post about 3 suits to consider purchasing if you are buying a suit this year, I want to cover the shape shifting movement in men’s suits. Designers whose suits are being seen on the runways, seem to be creating looser fitting suits this year.

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Now don’t toss that trim fit suit quite yet and keep in mind that these trends do take a few years to catch on. However, if you don’t own a “skinny suit”, now may not be the time to invest in one.

Try a custom suit with a bit more of what tailors refer to as an “allowance”. An allowance is the name for those extra inches added to your chest, waist, and hip measurements to allow room for the torso. In other words, if you have a 38 chest, a tailor cannot make the actual coat chest 38 inches or you wouldn’t be able to button the coat. Make sense?

A typical trim fit coat might add a 5 inch allowance to the chest, waist and hip, for example. Ask the tailor what allowance he uses for a trim fit, for a traditional cut, and for a fuller cut. Now may be the time to go back to the traditional fit.

Expert tip: Make sure he or she also tends to the sleeve fullness.

Questions about allowances? Leave me a comment!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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