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.
2. Use accessories wisely. If thinking of wearing a suit with a lightweight scarf, try ditching the tie and wearing your collar open.
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.
4. Add color. Pair a crisp white shirt with a bold pair of chinos for instant style. Add a scarf and sunglasses for affect.
5. Or don’t. Try a minimalist monochrome layering technique. All shades of gray or tan.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Dress Well! Be Well!
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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.
In dressier settings some fashion crimes can easily be committed in the colder months due to the fact that well, you are flipping cold! Rather than staying under the blankets until May, here are common winter fashion faux pas and the fixes for style redemption.
The crime: Your favorite puffy coat. There are other ways to keep your torso warm.
The dapper fix: Layering a vest under a tailored wool coat.
The crime: A pom-pom beanie.
I mean, really Bradley?
The dapper fix: A newsboy cap or fedora. Keeping the head warm and the look smooth for years to come.
The crime: Mix matched ski lodge accessories.
Time to put away the ski gloves and collegiate beanie and accessorize like a man.
The dapper fix: A tailored wool coat combined with a nice pair of leather gloves and cashmere scarf.
Dress Well! Be Well!
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When ordering a custom dress shirt with us, I often advise that a few styling option tips can go a long way. You may have always ordered a wide spread collar because you like they way your colleague looks in it. What if another option could help you appear thinner? Here are three small tricks to help you when you place your next order with us.
1. Get a shirt that truly fits.
Of course you should make sure the shirt fits in the chest and waist but has it occurred to you that the sleeve fullness of your shirt can also create the illusion that you are larger or smaller than you truly are?
2. Try a hidden button front style.
We refer to it as a “fly front” as in the fly on your pants. The buttons are hidden behind an extra strip of fabric. That crisp clean look down the front of your shirt can assist in making you appear thinner. Plus it just looks great!
3. Choose a point collar with a vertical stripe.
A point collar is a go-to for all face shapes as it typically works for everyone. It elongates the face a bit which will help you appear slimmer. A vertical stripe assists in the thinner illusion.
Now put them altogether by ordering a custom dress shirt with us! Get started here. Dress Well! Be Well! -Meghan Henley Follow me on Twitter @BestCustomShirt
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