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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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Menswear Plaid Knowledge

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.

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Windowpane three piece suit

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.

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A glen plaid is a classic suit staple.

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?

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Gray hounds tooth can be a twist on the classic black and white.

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.

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A tartan plaid scarf is a great way to add color to your style

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.

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Cool shades of blue make this madras shirt a casual wear staple.

However you choose to wear your plaid, wear it proudly!

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Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Which Spread Collar is Right for You?

When ordering your custom dress shirt, deciding on a collar spread is more of a personal choice than one may think. So which spread collar is right for you? There are many things to consider such as the shape of your face, your style intent, and your body shape.  Let’s break down the three major spreads to find which one is right for you.

Medium Spread

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The medium spread collar should be reserved for those looking for a little something different but who want to continue with a reserved and traditional appearance. The medium spread works for most body types and face shapes as well. If you are just beginning to venture away from the traditional point collar, this is where you should start. This spread will work for all body types.

Wide Spread

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The wide spread collar begins to grab a bit more attention and is noticeably more spread. Although it can be a close rendition of the cutaway or extreme spread, the wide spread often has a soft curve to the collar points. The wide spread collar best works for oval, square or diamond shaped faces and those with a lean or muscular physique. If your face is round, you will want to opt for more of a traditional point or medium spread.

Extreme Wide Spread or “Cutaway”

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The extreme spread has a clearly defined straight line created by the collar points. There is no curve to the point. This style is usually suited best for a more modern look or for those interested in a youthful style. This collar style again works for those with an oval, square or diamond shaped face.  Since it enhances the width of the neck, those with a short neck may steer clear. Tip: an extreme spread collar in white on a patterned shirt body kicks it up a notch and don’t forget the wide tie knot. See my post on ideas for tie knots here.

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-Meghan Henley