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.
Many customers ask us which of our shirting fabrics “hold starch the most”. I tend to answer this question with a question. “Why exactly do you want or need to starch your dress shirt?” The most important thing to remember is that the regular use of starch drastically reduces the lifespan of your shirts. So, is it worth it?
If you feel you must starch the body and sleeves of the shirt for wrinkling, chances are the fabric quality and thread count is quite low. If you feel that the cuff and collar are in need of being pressed, perhaps the interfacing (also known as fusing) is the culprit. A higher quality fusing can quickly resolve this. Read here about our high quality German interfacing.
My advice to these customers is to buy a high thread count quality dress shirt and insist in having a reinforced collar and cuff. We have some great options in our Deluxe and Luxury fabric lines. The higher the thread count, the less wrinkling. If you do, however choose to continue with starching your shirts, try a light starch or do it less often.
Dress well! Be well!
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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!
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.
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Are you familiar with our designer shirt series? These styles help the fashion forward man choose a standout shirt in a matter of minutes. You can use the below styles with any of our available fabrics. Need help ordering? Give us a call and we can assist.
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.
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.
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.
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New Trends, Styles and Dressing Tips are revealed by renowned designer and wardrobe consultant, Janine Giorgenti.