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Spring Colors in Menswear

It’s finally time to start prepping for Spring 2016. Looking at the newest colors in menswear, we made some great selections of spring shirting fabrics for you to add to your wardrobe. When you go custom, you not only get to pick the color of the shirt but the style details as well.

And…Our top three Spring colors drawn from the SS16 Menswear Runway are as follows:

1. Sky Blue

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Sky Blue M1061 found in our Deluxe fabric line.

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2. Any Tan and White combo

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L30927 – Tan/White in our Luxury line under “Luxury European” fabrics
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3. Seafoam Green
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M30636 – Green in our Deluxe  line under “Textured Fabrics”
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Get started now for your shirts to be in for Spring!
Dress Well! Be Well!
-Meghan Henley

Finishing Touches

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.

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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.

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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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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Get the Look: Valentine’s Part 2: Pop of Color

Looking for more style inspiration for the upcoming Valentine’s date or just toying with the idea of adding some fun color to your menswear? Here is a clean look with loads of color and class.

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The key to this look is the pop of color on both the tie and pocket square.  It is enhanced by the pale pink chambray dress shirt with the contrasting white collar. We can create that custom shirt for you.

Lately it seems the bigger and bolder the pocket square, the better. Making it almost burst out of the pocket really brings some attention. Why not try a round pocket square like the one below?

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Choose a pink and blue or pink and silver printed tie to match and pair it with any light gray suit and you are set for your Valentine’s date. Any brightly colored tie and pocket square will work in the office.

So, what do you think? Have you taken the round pocket square plunge already?

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

 

 

 

Star Wars Inspired Menswear

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As I looked back at the trending menswear for Fall and Winter 15/16 and forward to Spring 2016, I couldn’t help but notice a few things that seemed to hint at the Star Wars Phenomenon. So has the menswear force been awakened?

Most of the items were outerwear like shearling coats, leather bombers, and vests. Let’s take a look at some I think just about anyone can pull off.

On the pricier side, Matchless in London has launched it’s Star Wars inspired coats such as these beauties.

The Han Solo

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The Skywalker

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If the price tag is too high on those (like most of us) check these out from Ultimate Apparel

The Han Solo Force Awakens Bomber

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How about vests? Han really had use for all those pockets.

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This wool vest by Filson is a great addition to a button down oxford.

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So have you seen the movie yet? I’m geeking out with my family tonight. No spoilers please!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

Menswear Plaid Knowledge

Definitely the most familiar plaid in menswear must be a windowpane check, right? Not necessarily, gents. There are many that you may be forgetting about. Let’s review the most popular and ways to wear them.

For a bold look, choose a windowpane check as the vertical and horizontal lines are typically thick and obvious. They create a large window like pattern and can really catch the eye. These are often found on men’s suits but are also found on men’s shirts. If you are wearing a windowpane shirt, keep the suit a solid color or a small pinstripe should work.

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Of course, when thinking of men’s suits we must not forget the glen plaid. It is usually found with a broken pattern of checks and made with woven twill.

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A glen plaid is a classic suit staple.

For a warm and classic look, perhaps you should throw a little hounds tooth into your cool weather wardrobe this season. This pattern is characterized by the jagged checker type pattern shown below and is classically found in shades of black and white but has many options in the current menswear field. The hounds tooth pattern size itself varies and is more masculine when it is found in a smaller size. If you really want to spice things up, find a bold colored hounds tooth. Who’s stopping you?

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Gray hounds tooth can be a twist on the classic black and white.

If you want to add some casual cool to your plaid style, I would recommend going for a tartan plaid or colorful madras custom dress shirt. Flannel fabrics are trending and venture into the tartan areas quite nicely.

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A tartan plaid scarf is a great way to add color to your style

Madras is a versatile fabric and can be worn in both long and short sleeve shirts. We currently have lots of casual checks and plaids in stock. Check them out here.

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Cool shades of blue make this madras shirt a casual wear staple.

However you choose to wear your plaid, wear it proudly!

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Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Olive Green Menswear Style Inspiration

Tired of navy suits, brown tweed sport coats, and camel topcoats? Let’s give Olive Green a shot why don’t we? It can be paired with almost every color as it is now considered a neutral. It looks great with blues of all shades and can be paired with black OR brown.

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A light shade of green goes beautifully with denim.
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A dapper green blazer would be a great fall addition.
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Ever considered an olive suit? Perhaps you should.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Layering for Men

If you are anything like my husband, the thought of layering is a bit scary. With a few good tips layering over and under your custom dress shirt may become a little less daunting.

1. Keep the shirt tail of the bottom layer shorter than that of the top layer. If wearing a sweater or vest, make sure the tail of the under-layer doesn’t peek out.


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2. Keep it comfortable and allow movement. Each piece should have a comfortable fit on it’s own but allow enough room once it is layered for free movement. Don’t purchase a sweater without making sure you can comfortably wearing that button down beneath it.

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3. Make sure it is easy to remove a layer or two. In case your day heats up make sure the under layer looks crisp and can go solo.


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4. When playing with color, try to go from one extreme to the other. Try lightest to darkest. A light colored shirt, medium sweater, and dark colored coat is a great start or try going the other direction altogether.


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5. Don’t try too many bold colors. Two at the most is my recommendation.

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Trendy Tip: Try a skinny tie under a sweater for a modern and youthful look.

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Layering questions? Leave me a comment!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Top 5 Menswear Looks at the 2015 Grammys

We spotted several custom made dress shirts on the red carpet last night underneath those stellar suits. Here are our top 5 picks for Menswear at the Emmys this year.

David Oyelowo

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This slim fit double breasted coat gained some stares last night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey Arend

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Trying out the Bordeaux color trend on the red carpet was a hit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Stamos

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Stamos adds a pop of red to this classic tux with a pocket square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Anderson and Son

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Anthony brings classy to the red carpet while his son’s navy tux with a white lapel adds his modern twist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Samberg

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We loved the textured coat on the host’s tux.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although Jon Hamm skipped the red carpet, we felt we must add his style to the list. He has always been a leading man in menswear but this year finally took home that Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy we’ve all been waiting for!

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A navy tux with the matching bowtie and lapel scored big.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-Meghan Henley

 

Current Color Hype: Cobalt Blue

Keeping your style current is easy if you add a trending color. Play it cool with the Cobalt Blue.  There are endless ways to add this hue to your wardrobe to update your closet. Here are just a few ideas from head to toe.

1. Tip your hat: If you are a man who wears many hats, why not make one of them Cobalt Blue?

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2. Perfect Fitting Dress Shirt: Although we call it “French Blue” we offer this shade in many textures here.

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3. Say it with a Tie: Perk up that classic suit with a bold tie in Cobalt. We offer a beautiful Twill Cobalt tie like the one below here.

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4. Suit it up OR add Cobalt Kicks: Maybe choose one or the other but we do love these shoes.

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Let me know your thoughts on this color.

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-Meghan Henley

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