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Buying a Suit in 2016: Part 1

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.

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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.

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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.


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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Best Men’s Dress Socks

We rarely put much thought into our dress sock color or style until recently, am I right? But suddenly we began seeing the Italians sporting dress socks in stripes of orange and blue and eventually, we became enamored with them ourselves. It’s a great way to just catch someone’s attention when you cross your legs.

When choosing your new fancy-pants dress socks, keep two things in mind.

1. Choose socks made of mostly natural fibers. Avoid the 100% polyester socks. Ew.

2. Look for brands that have a moisture wicking guarantee. This will not only absorb the sweat but will pull it to the outer surface to keep your feet dry.

And now our top 2 choices for the Best Men’s Dress Socks out there….

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Ted Baker

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Are they too wild for you? They have some subtle options as well and will feel great on your feet.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Vintage Vibes in Menswear

No matter how far off the rails the runways sometimes go…

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…thank the style gods that we seem to always return to the classics. Although they may not be the hottest trend, the vintage styles seem to reappear time and time again. Let’s pay special attention to the ones that have gained popularity again in the last 5 years.

Bowties and the suspenders.

Whether they are worn quite dapperly or in a younger more “hipster” way, the bowtie and the suspenders are everywhere. Luckily, this allows the style to be dressed up or down.

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V-neck sweaters

Again, this style reoccurrence can be dressed up or down. Wear it with or without a tie. It’s a great way to stay warm during the chilly days to come.

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The double breasted suit.

It’s reemerged with a vengeance and we are so glad it has come back. I think this one will be around for quite some time. Now is the time to invest in a double breasted suit.

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What other vintage styles have you seen return? What would you like to see?

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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@BestCustomShirt

Should You Wear Brown Shoes or Black?

The dreaded question: Should you wear brown shoes or black? Whether it is casual or dress, we often have a hard time determining what color shoe we should go with. Here are some helpful hints that will hopefully point you in the right direction.

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1. Begin with the color of the clothing itself. If you are gearing toward mostly neutrals, the easiest option is brown. If you are in a gray or charcoal suit, the best choice would be black.

2. If wearing blue, things can get a little confusing. I recommend a black shoe with a darker navy or bold blue suit. If you are wearing a navy pant and sky blue dress shirt without a tie, try the more casual brown shoe.

3. Are you adding vibrant colors to your outfit such as red or purple? Generally these bold choices should lead you to the black shoe.

4.  Ask yourself what belt seems appropriate? It is best to match your shoes to your belt when possible.

5. If you are wearing a lighter neutral suit, maybe try the black shoe and belt for a bold statement. If the dress is more casual, (sans suit), choose the brown.

When in doubt, ask someone. That is what the mirror selfie is for after all, right?

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Which Shade of Blue Looks Best on You?

We all love a blue dress shirt but did you know that there are better shades of blue for each type of complexion?

Many men actually don’t even know what type of complexion they have.  An easy way to decide is by using those cuff links. Find one piece of yellow gold and one piece of silver or white gold. Perhaps you already know which of the two look better on you. If you tend to wear yellow gold, chances are it is because your warm skin tone is complemented by the warmth of the gold tones. If you look better in silver tones or white metals, most likely you are in the cooler complexion category. If you look great in both, perhaps you have a medium skin tone.

Men with warm skin tones or darker complexions should give vibrant shades of blue such as teal and royal blues a try. No need to throw out those medium blue shirts or suits either. They will also look great on you but try a pop of color with the tie.

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Those with medium skin tones and less contrast between their hair color and skin tone should aim for styling with cooler shades of blue. A blue shirt with a silver undertone such as our dusty blue or french blue will look perfect on you. A sky blue will be complimented by a tie with touches of sapphire.

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If your complexion is light and cool (high contrast between your hair and skin tone) chances are you will look best in a soft to medium blue with warm undertones. Try a dress blue and pair it with a tie featuring hints of warm orange or wine tones.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Look Better in Dress Pants

Wearing pants sounds pretty simple, right? The thing is, many of us are getting it wrong. Very wrong. Although I don’t want to move into the “trendy” skinny pant zone, we should review some things you may not realize are aging you or even adding the illusion of an extra 10 pounds.

1. Skip the low rise.

Give a medium rise pant a try. Don’t wear the pants at your naval and don’t wear them hanging out over your hip bones either . If a pant fits in the waist and the rise, it will be somewhere in the middle and you will instantly notice how much more tailored they appear if the pants are sitting in the right spot.

2. Let go of the cuff.

A cuff is not mandatory. For one thing, the larger the cuff the shorter your legs appear. Losing the cuff altogether will instantly create the illusion of leg length.

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3. Break some rules.

Try “no break” at the shoe with your next pair of dress slacks. In other words, no bunching of fabric on the top of your shoe. It should slide right over the shoe but not show your ankle.

4. Belt loops are made for belts.

Please wear a belt if you have belt loops. That’s all I can say about that.

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5. Avoid the pleat like the plague.

Pleats may be your go-to as you think a flat front pant will create the side “pocket-pull” issue. The fact is, if the slanted side pocket is pulling, the pants are too small in the hip or seat area. If you ask around, you may start to realize that for one thing, pleated pants are dated and they actually make you look larger than you are. If you increase the size of the pant but try a flat front, you may be surprised at how much thinner you appear. Now I realize if you up the size of your pant, the waist may then be too large. Two options here. You can either have the waist taken in by a local tailor or you could give a custom pant a try.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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What Does Smart Casual Even Mean?

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.

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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.

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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.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

 

Celebrity Style: Pharrell Williams

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Whether it’s a hat, a coat, his street wear, Pharrell Williams knows something about expressing himself not only with his music but with his dress. Today we post some great images that got our creative juices flowing. Get your style inspiration on!

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Men’s Casual Vests and Formal Vests

Vests. Waistcoats. Whatever you call them they can be both elegant and useful. Today we will talk about how to wear them in two different situations.

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Going casual? The vest can be added warmth throughout the colder months and can be added into most all of your casual wear looks.

Casual Style Tip 1:  Leave the bottom button undone and perhaps even the top.

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Casual Style Tip 2 : Mix up textures and patterns of your shirt, vest, and tie if you choose to wear one.

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Sprucing up a bit? In a dressier situation the vest can be added to create a more modern or even classic look.

Dressy Style Tip 1: Match colors and even the fabric type of vest to the coat.

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Dressy Style Tip 2: Keep the angle or curve of the collar consistent with that of the vest.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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