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Spring Menswear Trend: Polka Dots

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.

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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.

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Of course there is the polka dot tie. Perhaps you already own this wardrobe staple.

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Looking for more of a statement than the accessories? Try a bold polka dot shirt. We love this burgundy toned variation.

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Feeling like going all in? Try your printed suit in the dapper dot.

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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!

-Meghan Henley

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Buying a Suit in 2016: Part 3

I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the 3rd and final installation of my Buying a Suit Series. Okay, maybe not but I do have one more suit suggestion for you.

If you are investing in a suit this year, why not go for something that packs some serious style punch like a jewel toned suit? Make sure to pair these colorful suits with a classic white dress shirt and perhaps a pewter or gold tie.

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Missed out on my prior posts? Part 1 and 2 of this series of Buying a Suit in 2016 can be found here and here!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

Buying a Suit in 2016: Part 2

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.

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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.

Questions about allowances? Leave me a comment!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Adding Luster to your Wardrobe

Feeling a little dull from this cold weather? Why not spruce up your wardrobe by adding some hints of luster?

Accessories: A silver tie, silk pocket square or a silver watch can add a hint of bling to your day.

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Corporate Office: A new suit with a slight sheen will get you noticed at the office.

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Formalwear: First of all, a brown tux? Heck yes. It also has a gorgeous sheen and it is double breasted.

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Anytime: Ever tried a Royal Oxford dress shirt? It has a slight sheen to it’s box weave texture and it’s thickness is great to keep you warm until May.

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Start your royal oxford order here!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

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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