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Men’s Holiday Style

Looking for subtle ways to add a little holiday style to your wardrobe? Here are some quick additions you can make to send your regular wardrobe into the holiday season with style.

1. A red scarf and holiday themed lapel pin will surely get the point across. There are also some great gold lapel pins out there to add a subtle amount of holiday cheer.

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2. A ruby toned tie added to your everyday suit shows class and a red tie also gives off a sense of power.

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3. Army green elements (one of the hottest colors this year in menswear)paired with a red plaid scarf will show off some casual holiday spirit.

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4. A plaid newsboy is a fun way to add some spunk to your holiday gear.

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How do you show off your holiday spirit in a dapper way?

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Style Inspiration: Elbow Patches

I’m sure at this point you have pulled the sweaters out. Today’s style inspiration comes from those sweaters with the super cool professor-like elbow patches. They are great for layering and staying warm this winter.

Here are some real beauties we found. Best news yet? There are three ways to acquire one.

1. Purchase one (duh)

2. Mention it as a gift idea this holiday season.

3. Simply add some elbow patches to your favorite sweater or cardigan.

Don’t forget to add a custom dress shirt to layer beneath.

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What do you think of the patch sweaters? Yay or nay?

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

Are Gift Certificates Impersonal?

Gift certificates may be a quick and easy gift to give but are they still considered too impersonal?

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In recent years the negative stigma of gift certificates has begun to fade and many thoughtful friends and family have realized it may actually be the perfect gift. Although you may not know what the recipient would buy within a certain shop, you most likely know where it is they prefer to shop. In my opinion, as long as you are gearing the gift certificate toward their interests, you are in great shape. Now, have I mentioned we offer gift certificates? Click here to find the link to share with YOUR friends and family.

 

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Gift Guide: Men with Style Part 1

Classy guys hang with other classy guys so I thought you, my reader, would appreciate a little help finding the perfect gift for that other dapper guy in your life. As great new finds pop up this month of giving, I will be sure to share!

1. Star Wars Death Star Cufflinks from Neiman Marcus $125

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2. Proper grooming made easy with Kiehl’s Manmade Essentials Starter Kit from Nordstrom for $73 (and free shipping!)

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3. Salvatore Ferragamo Sunglasses for $346 will surely grab some glances from Saks Fifth Avenue

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4. This J.Crew Cashmere Double-Faced Scarf is glen-plaid on one side and gingham on the other. Too cool. $118 

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More gift ideas to come, Gents! Stay tuned.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Why Try Custom?

Perhaps you easily fit into an off the rack shirt so an ill fitting shirt isn’t a problem for you. Lucky you! Why then would you want to look into ordering a custom dress shirt or custom dress pants? There are several reasons you may look into the custom option and even more why you may never go back to off the rack.

1. Trends are trendy. For one thing trends are just that: trends. They come and go so quickly you may not even have enough time to get enough wear out of the shirt before it is out of style. Or perhaps you do not like the latest trend in men’s dress shirts or pants. Ever walked into a brick and mortar only to find that the collar style you despise is the only option available in your size? When you go custom, you are able to create the style you want in the size you want, every single time.

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Sometimes trendy is tricky.

2. Trouble finding a style that piqued your interest. I often hear men say, for example, they love the round collar a colleague wears but can never seem to find a shirt with this style. Easy fix. You create it with us! Don’t know what that cool style is called? Give us a ring. We can usually help you figure out the name and if there is ever a question, we can google a picture together to make sure it is correct.

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Round short collars can be hard to find.

3. Not having to forego one style for another. Yes! You found the round collar in a department store! But wait…the shirt also features a French cuff and you don’t even own a pair of cufflinks. When you go custom, you don’t need to give up that easy to button barrel cuff in order to get the round collar you have been chasing. You style every single detail yourself.

4. Confidence in the same fit every time. Another complaint I hear is that some off the rack clothing claiming to be the same size may fit differently…even from the same vendor…in the same “cut”. When you go custom you don’t need to worry. We create a specific tailoring pattern for you which will only be changed if you ask for it to be changed.

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Great fitting shirt every time.

5. Easy to reorder. Many customers love the ease of ordering rather than fighting the crowds in a store. Once you have nailed down the fit and the style you like, it is so easy to just click through to reorder. If you want to make changes, no worries but if not, it is that much simpler.

Ready to order? Get started here!

Dress Well! Be Well!

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-Meghan Henley

 

 

How To Repurpose Your Old Dress Shirts

So you just ordered a whole new slew of custom dress shirts…but what to do with the ones with stains, ring around the collar, and small tears? Most of the time, damaged shirts won’t necessarily be accepted for donation. Here are a few great ideas if you are like me and hate adding to the millions of pounds of trash we humans are accumulating.

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A few stitches make your old sleeve into a great wine gift presentation.

How-To here.

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Take your old shirts back to your tailor and ask if they or someone can make them into a custom quilt.

I can also see the above as a cool piece of wall art. Either way, find some inspiration here.

Moving on from your old dress shirts, you may even find some cool new ways to present other menswear items.

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Wrap your menswear gift around an empty box.

Nearing the holidays, (I am in no way rushing through Thanksgiving like those annoying retail stores often do) what about thinking OUTSIDE the box? Try wrapping the dress shirt (gift) over an empty box for a tailored wrap.

If you are a man into design as well as style, take a look at this re-use of menswear to reupholster chairs. Wow.

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Suits as seat covers? How Bespoke is that!?

This and more ideas here.

Send us some menswear re-use ideas if you have any. We love to hear from you.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

Follow me on Twitter @BestCustom

Convertible Cuff verses French Cuff

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A true French cuff folds back and must have cuff links for closure

Ever wonder what it means when a tailor refers to the convertible cuff option? Although the convertible cuff is not for everyone, it may be a great choice for you.

To start, it is NOT a true French cuff in that it does not actually fold back before closure. It also isn’t a French cuff because it has a button and buttonhole that is always useable.

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However, if you do like to add a little bling with cuff links as well, the option is there. In other words, there are also holes to wear the links but they are not necessary as they are when wearing a true French cuff. The convertible cuff is obviously a little more casual but a great way to show off those awesome links you got for Father’s Day.  So, convertible cuff something you might like to try? Click here to start your custom dress shirt with your first convertible cuff.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Cocktail Attire How-To

Ever wonder exactly what “cocktail attire” on an invitation actually means? It is indeed a bit tricky depending on the event itself and even the location. If it is a wedding, think in terms of dressing up your cocktail attire. If it is a party or social meeting, you are usually free to gear your dress a little more to the casual side of cocktail. Wait, what? Have I confused you more?

To simplify, let’s start with a wedding invitation that asks for cocktail attire. It is best to wear a solid colored or subtle striped custom dress shirt with a coat and tie. (I can hear you sighing from here but alas, yes coat and tie.) If you decide to go for the stripe, keep the suit in a solid color. Feel free to choose some funky cuff links or a trendy tie as it isn’t a full formal event.

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Now, say it is more of a social gathering…In this case, feel free to go either with a crisp custom dress shirt and tie (sans coat) or a suit and dress shirt and leave the tie in the closet. Again adding some interest to your wardrobe is totally acceptable. Maybe try a new collar style on the shirt or add a nice pocket square to the coat. At the very least, a nice sport coat will do in a pinch.

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If either of these events is outdoors, feel free to add a little more texture or punch to it.

Let’s talk about the kicks. A nice pair of leather oxfords or possibly leather tassel loafers are appropriate for either of the above situations. A fine pair of dress boots are another option in the cooler months.  Don’t forget the belt.

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Still a bit iffy on what is generally acceptable? How about a list of things to avoid:

Button Down Collar

Denim of any kind

A “polo” type short sleeve shirt

Khakis

Sneakers

Dress Well Gents!

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-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

 

Style Spotlight: Socks with Interest

Adding socks with interest to your wardrobe may just be the easiest and most cost effective way to create more daily style. Whether you opt for prints or brightly colored solids, an ankle peek of interest is well worth the small investment. Here are some of our favorites.

Stripes.

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Small Prints.

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Trending solids colors.

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Why not get crazy with a brightly colored pattern?

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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