Planning a wedding? The bride usually gets most of the attention and let me be clear, we shall NOT take away from her for even a moment. However, if you want to stay up to date in your Spring or Summer formalwear, I can recommend one specific thing: color.
Whether it is the tux itself or the tuxedo shirt, try a touch of color. This Spring you may want to shoot for a pastel colored suit or tuxedo.
If the brides dress is off the rails stunning you can afford to get a little crazy with a custom tuxedo shirt in a wild print (only with her approval, of course).
Too much, too soon? Keep the color simple go with a custom tuxedo shirt in lavender, sky blue, or blush pink with a navy or black tux.
Still out of your comfort zone? What about a brightly colored tie and pocket square?
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.
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.
Of course there is the polka dot tie. Perhaps you already own this wardrobe staple.
Looking for more of a statement than the accessories? Try a bold polka dot shirt. We love this burgundy toned variation.
Feeling like going all in? Try your printed suit in the dapper dot.
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dress Well! Be Well!
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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.
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.
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.
Definitely the most familiar plaid in menswear must be a windowpane check, right? Not necessarily, gents. There are many that you may be forgetting about. Let’s review the most popular and ways to wear them.
For a bold look, choose a windowpane check as the vertical and horizontal lines are typically thick and obvious. They create a large window like pattern and can really catch the eye. These are often found on men’s suits but are also found on men’s shirts. If you are wearing a windowpane shirt, keep the suit a solid color or a small pinstripe should work.
Of course, when thinking of men’s suits we must not forget the glen plaid. It is usually found with a broken pattern of checks and made with woven twill.
For a warm and classic look, perhaps you should throw a little hounds tooth into your cool weather wardrobe this season. This pattern is characterized by the jagged checker type pattern shown below and is classically found in shades of black and white but has many options in the current menswear field. The hounds tooth pattern size itself varies and is more masculine when it is found in a smaller size. If you really want to spice things up, find a bold colored hounds tooth. Who’s stopping you?
If you want to add some casual cool to your plaid style, I would recommend going for a tartan plaid or colorful madras custom dress shirt. Flannel fabrics are trending and venture into the tartan areas quite nicely.
Madras is a versatile fabric and can be worn in both long and short sleeve shirts. We currently have lots of casual checks and plaids in stock. Check them out here.
However you choose to wear your plaid, wear it proudly!
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New Trends, Styles and Dressing Tips are revealed by renowned designer and wardrobe consultant, Janine Giorgenti.