October 17, 2013

Polka Dot Accessories That Are Spot On

Best Polka Dot Accessories For The Season

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Jump in on the sharpest, smartest and sweetest fashion trend out right now in menswear which happens to be the infamous Polka Dot. Big or small, polka dots are literally everywhere this season.  We’ve noticed a huge increase in our Polka Dot Accessories Sales and wanted to share with you a few of our most coveted pieces that are (pun intended) spot on!

Classic Polka Dot Tie

One of our hottest polka dot accessories is our Blue and Red Polka Dot Silk Tie from the Chevalier Design Group.  This dapper necktie looks gorgeously handsome with just about anything ranging from a classic single breasted navy blue suit to a cashmere cardigan and jeans combo. This dynamite designed necktie is a must have accessory for any polka dot enthusiasts.

Polka Dot Tie in Wine

This boldly designed Polka Dot Tie in Wine and Blue is a popular accessory for contemporary dressers who like graphic and brazen accessories that make or break an ensemble.  We love to see this popular accessory teamed up with a chambray button down, blue suspenders and navy blue trousers.  This cultured shade of burgundy also shines when it is teamed with grays and charcoals.

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With the rise in casual workwear ensembles, we’ve seen an outrageous increase in the popularity of our patterned pocket squares.   It seems that a lot of business professionals are opting to skip on the tie and instead wear a button down with a blazer and a pocket square. We love this Vintage Burgundy Polka Dot Pocket Square paired with absolutely everything.

You can’t go wrong with the simplicity and charm associate with Polka Dots no matter how you incorporate them into your daily ensemble. These are just a few of our most popular designs but feel free to browse around and find your favorite polka dot pieces.

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October 11, 2013

How To Look Smashing In A Tuxedo

How To Look Your Very Best In a Tuxedo

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The Black Tie Attire basics come down to a few simple components – a black tuxedo, a white shirt, and a black bow tie. From there, you can creatively put your own stamp of style on the tuxedo in a number of ways ranging from clever socks, to boutonnieres to clever footwear. We’ve picked out a few our favorite ways to look smashing and authentically you in a tuxedo.

 

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The Bow Tie 

When it comes to standard Black Tie Attire, it is typical to opt for a solid black bow and it can be self tie or pre-tied depending on your bow tie capabilities. Some of us are more adept at tying a bow tie than others no matter how many YouTube tutorials we watch.  You can deviate from the norm and experiment with textured black ties as well as patterned bow ties.  For example, a ribbed black bow can add a subtle dose of individuality to your look when you’re in a room full of other dapper dudes in tuxedos and black bow ties.

 

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Socks

Most tuxedo wearers default to solid black dress socks but that doesn’t have to be the case.  You can add a personalized touch to your black dress attire by wearing colorful and patterned socks. We love seeing solid red socks, polka dot socks and patterned black and white socks.

 

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 Boutonnieres

It is very common for most men to think that all boutonnieres and flower lapels are the same but they are not.  Boutonnieres can run the gamut from super simple to uber complex and can vary in flower, color and size.  Experiment with adding a flower or boutonniere to your tuxedo and hit it out of the part by utilizing a flower that happens to be your dates favorite one.

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September 27, 2013

Fall Fashion At Its Very Best

Embracing Fall’s Hottest Trends

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Autumn Fashion trends are simply amazing this season from the saturated color palettes, to the utilitarian footwear to the patterned tweeds.  We’ve combed the designer look books to break down the top trends that you need to know about for Fall Fashion.

Colors

Get ready to embrace dark merlot reds, cultured olive greens, textured charcoals and dark navy blues.  Autumn trends are leaning towards dark and overly saturated hues that have an old world quality and allure.

Patterns

Prepare to see plenty of checks, plaids, tweeds and pinstripes this season. Designers are taking wool suiting and making it astonishingly graphic. We loved the use of color and scale to make these traditional patterns contemporary and fresh.

Accessories 

Accessorize! Accessorize!  Accessorize!  Fall Fashion is all about layering and that includes patterned ties, bow ties, scarfs, ascots and pocket squares.   Mix and match your wool suits and blazers with autumn hued accessories in classic patterns like stripes and polka dots.

Footwear

Invest in a pair of rugged leather boots and a pair of simple oxford wingtips.  These two quintessential Fall shoes will have you sorted for the entire Fall Season.

Fabrics

For this Autumn Season, make a conscious effort to diversify your fabrics. Invest in a few cashmere pieces, a few wool pieces and some waxed cotton outwear.  These items will instantly compliment your menswear basics such as patterned dress shirts, denim jeans and sweaters.

Invest in some key Fall pieces and always remember to Layer!  Fall is all about heavy fabrics, saturated colors and staying cozy.

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September 10, 2013

Hello Yellow – Accessorize With Color

Punch Up Your Basics With the Color Yellow

Yellow can be a wildly sensational color to accessorize with when it comes to your menswear basics. It’s brazenly unconventional, yet surprisingly versatile and complimentary to neutral color palettes.   It makes a fresh and enthusiastic statement about your fashion sense!   As much as we love the color yellow,  we recommend using it in small, effective doses.  Here are a variety of ways to successfully say hello to yellow with menswear.

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Hints of yellow can make or beak an outfit!  This simple combination of a white tee and blue chinos is brought to life by the yellow leather loafers.  The head to toe combination is innovative, fresh and individualized by the simple addition of the unexpected yellow loafers.

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Yellow Neckwear is a brilliant way to add chicness to your nine-to-five business wear.  Solid and patterned yellow neckties mix well with white dress shirts and dark toned suits in navy blues, heathered grays and charcoals.  This is graphic striped tie in lemon is one of our seasonal favorites and it goes superbly well with a dark grey suit.

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The look of yellow suspenders with a dark grey suit is fabulously polished and creatively paired.  This ensemble was created for a wedding but with a few minor changes,  could be perfect for a cocktail hour or an office meeting.  We would love to see yellow suspenders teamed up with a charcoal blazer and a patterned yellow pocket square.

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Solid and patterned yellow socks are great and feasible way of adding a spot of brightness to your basics without looking overpowered or over thought.  Yellow socks work well with denim, chinos and menswear suiting.

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September 5, 2013

Finding The Perfect Black Blazer

Wearing The Perfect Black Blazer Can Make All the DifferenceMens_Black_Blazer

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The perfect black blazer is one of the most coveted pieces of fashion in menswear.  It’s a quintessential fundamental that every man most own.  However, as essential as a well tailored black blazer is, it’s extremely difficult to find one that simple, sharp and tailored.  There are a few renowned designers who have perfected the blazer like Salvatore Ferragmo, Tom Ford and Hugo Boss but sadly, they are much out of our price range.  Here are a few our favorite blazers at a feasible price point.

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JCrew is a great resource for menswear suiting. They have an assortment of well tailored, classic blazers and sportscoats that will compliment your frame and your aesthetic.  This simple black blazer is a phenomenal alternative to a suit for the office.  And for those days that require a suit, you can pair it with the trousers. This blazer also looks sharp with a bright red tie.

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Punctuate on your style by treating yourself to this John Varvatos Star Usa Red Label Black Blazer.  This jacket is smartly and feasibly priced at $199 and is a part of Varvatos’ more affordable lines. Typically, his blazers run the gamut between $500 to $1000.

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This Alfani RED Jacket in Black Wool is a very modern and clean slim cut blazer that will impress you with its streamlined fit and craftsmanship. We love this designer blazer paired with a skinny black knit tie and a patterned pocket square.

When it comes to selecting your perfect black blazer, remember, you only need one and you will wear it for years. While some are obscenely priced at 2,000 or more, some are priced as low as $29.90. We advise finding one that is in the range of $150 to $300 hundred dollars. Try a bunch on, and you’ll know when you found the one for you.

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August 29, 2013

Three Perfect Weekender Bags For Labor Day

Travel In Style This Holiday Season

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The countdown to the three day weekend has begun and we can’t wait! We’ve been on a quest to find the perfect travel bag / weekender bag that is stylish, refined, masculine and isn’t a gym bag. We weeded through a large assortment of styles and came up with our top three picks that hold just the right amount of stuff without being too small or too cumbersome.

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We came across this streamlined duffel called the Novel from the Herschel Supply Co and fell in love with its effortless simplicity and utilitarian design.  This bag comes with a few essential bells and whistles you can’t do without like the signature shoe compartment and the removable padded shoulder strap.  This bag comes in an array of colors but the rust with suede straps really caught our eye. Simple, streamlined and stylish;  you can’t go wrong with a getaway weekend with this bag over your shoulder.

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This No. 166 Large Carryall from Billy Kirk is trademark weekender that anyone and everyone is sure to swoon over.  This military inspired bag is hand burnished and is made from US Sourced Black Water Repellent Canvas with Black Leather from the Horween Leather Co.   This bag in all black is one of the most impressive weekenders we have ever seen. And the best feature, it ages beautifully with each and every trip. This is surely a bag you will own the rest of your life.

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This Abingdon Weekender from JCrew is the quintessential mens bag that combines a rugged aesthetic with a top quality craftsmanship and design. This bag is made from a premium waxed canvas with brass and leather finishes. This bag was inspired by vintage hunting gear and makes for the best weekender bag a man could ask for. It comes in four stellar colors: navy, khaki, slate grey and dark navy.

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August 27, 2013

Must Have Style Staples: The Vintage Tweed Jacket

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Tweed is no longer a fabric reserved for British countrymen! In fact this traditional wool fabric has seen quite the migration into the modern man’s wardrobe. Certainly you can spend many hundreds, or even thousands of dollars for a classic herringbone tweed jacket, but I think that $40-$60 will create a look just as nice. My tip: Take a trip to a vintage clothing store or antique market and I guarantee that you will find dozens of pieces for under $50. In fact, I think that you might find even nicer quality than you would browsing the racks of many ready-to-wear retailers. Personally, I found my favorite tweed jacket at an antique flea market in San Francisco for $40. It is made from genuine Harris Tweed. I can’t tell you how many compliment I have received.

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When buying a vintage jacket, make sure the jacket fits at the shoulders. The sleeve length and waist can be altered for another $20 (just make sure that sleeves are not too short as adding fabric is not an option). When it comes to accessorizing, I am a big fan of mixing the old with the new. Adding a trendy knit tie (as shown above by our friend Taylor from TheTieGuy) or bold colored floral necktie does a perfect job here. Tie bars, patterned pocket squares, as well as interesting footwear are some other of my favorite ways to pair my tweed jacket. For all the fans of the gray herringbone tweed jacket (as shown above), here are three of my favorite neckties for it:

tweed-necktiesTies as shown above from left to right: Floral Tie in Navy & Orange by CANTUCCI, Modern Plaid Tie in Persimmon Orange & Grey by Parsley Luxury Neckwear, Retro Stripe Skinny Tie by BLACKBIRD

Thanks for reading!

Hendrik

August 21, 2013

The Modern Man’s Black Tie Guide With Three Variations

Put A Signature Spin on Your Black Tie Attire

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If you have an upcoming black tie event and have no idea what is appropriate to wear, then you’ve come to the right place. Below is a guide with examples to give you ideas to ensure that you show up at your event looking dapper, smart, and modern.

 

Gold Standard Look

The gold standard of black tie attire is what most people think of when they imagine what to wear, something very similar to the look in the above image. Traditionally the gold standard includes the following:

• A black single or double breasted wool jacket (with peaked, notched, or shawl collar)

• Matching trousers with a satin braid on the side to match lapel

• White shirt

Black self-tie bow tie made of silk

• Black patent leather shoes

• Gold or mother of pearl cufflinks • Black suspenders (or cummerbund)

• A white pocket square

This is traditionally what is worn, however we want to update and spruce up the look so that you can stand out from your peers in a positive and innovative way. The following three looks have been put together to show you the classic, the edgy, and the fashion-forward approaches to dressing in black tie.



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Subtle Simplicity Look

This look is for the modern man who doesn’t want to stray too far from tradition but wants to stand out from the crowd in a subtle way. The key to doing this is all in the accessorizing. You’ll want to focus on the accessories that you add to the outfit to give it a sense of your individual style. This black single-button suit by Maison Martin Margiela goes along with the Gold Standard of black tie dress but has a more contemporary fit. Here we went for a pin dot silk bow tie by Drake’s rather than the classic solid black. This adds dimension to the the cut of the suit. The velvet rose lapel pin by Lanvin compliments the bow tie while giving the outfit richness. We went with a classic tuxedo shirt for this look to add even more texture while still staying true to tradition. Finish the look by adding a pair of classic gold cufflinks and high-shine leather lace ups.

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Edgy Chic Look

This look is for someone who’s a bit more adventurous with style and isn’t afraid of challenging the rules. Velvet blazers have become a more acceptable alternative to the Gold Standard look. This fabric looks amazing in any kind of light, has a luxurious feel to it and will be sure to catch everyone’s attention. We chose this Dries van Noten velvet tuxedo jacket because it has one key feature that makes it unique: a shawl collar. Because there are so many strong design details in the jacket, you want to keep the rest of your outfit simple (which means do not wear matching velvet pants or loud accessories.) We paired the jacket with a pair of Fendi dress pants with an unfinished hem because the sheen of the fabric brings out the satin trim on the shawl collar. The slightly shorter length of the pants also gives it a more youthful feeling. We chose a simple white Theory button-up shirt, a black pin dot Ralph Lauren pocket square (polka dot is acceptable as well,) a standard black bow tie and gold cufflinks from Bows N’ Ties, and finally a pair of tuxedo dress shoes from Hugo Boss.

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Midnight Alternative Look

This looks is for someone who does not want to be seen in another black suit in a room full of people who are also in black suits. This look is a great alternative for the modern man because it is becoming more acceptable to choose a dark midnight blue suit over a black one for an event. If it’s an evening event, most people probably won’t be able to tell it’s not black because of the lighting but it feels great because you know. This look is the most “fashion-forward” in terms of black tie attire. You may even recognize it if you saw the James Bond film Skyfall, where Bond himself has a similar outfit that he wears in the movie poster. This midnight blue smoking suit by Sandro is amazing. The black satin shawl collar is a great detail and gives it that “black tie” prestige. The tuxedo shirt has an awesome detail in the collar as well, allowing you to thread your bow tie through an encasing around the back of the neck. A traditional tuxedo shirt would work as well, but the featured shirt gives the look an unexpected twist. Since this is a midnight blue suit, you want to coordinate and go with a midnight blue bow tie, as shown here with one from Band of Outsiders. It is smaller than your traditional bow tie, which makes it more contemporary. Don’t worry about being too “matchy” with the color because with this particular jacket, the black satin collar gives a visual break from the suit and tie. Since this look is a cool blue color, we switched from gold to silver and mother of pearl cufflinks from Bows N’ Ties to match the outfit. The silver compliments the midnight blue. We completed the look with another acceptable shoe option: the tuxedo oxford. One more thing you could add to this outfit that’s optional is a white silk scarf since that’s becoming more and more acceptable.

Remember that all of these looks should be worn with black socks.

All of the items featured were found on the below websites:

Barneys

Bloomingdales

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August 12, 2013

Get Dapper With Denim

Looking Polished In Denim is All the Rage

How To Wear Denm

Nothing is more fundamental to All-American fashion then-  Denim.  Denim jeans, denim jackets, denim shirts… we love everything denim. Sadly, denim hasn’t been an accepted option for dressed up menswear ensembles until very recently.   More and more, we’re seeing gents successfully rocking top notch looks that incorporate denim in one way or another.

Dressing up Denim comes down to two basic points.  A. Fit  and B. Coordination and Pairing

Never undervalue the importance of fit even when it comes to your choice of denim. A slim tailored dark denim jean is a must have component for any man who wishes to look polished in denim.  The price range on high quality denim can range from $50 – $500 depending on your inclinations and proclivities.  Whereas some men will only wear Levi’s, other men wax poetically about the quality of Japanese Denim.

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Start off with picking a pair of dark washed denim jeans that you like and that fit you. From there we recommend pairing denim jeans with a well-ironed dress shirt, a blazer and a skinny striped tie.  Complete the look with a pocket square and a tie bar.

 

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Denim and chambray shirts can always be used to complete a modern and polished aesthetic.  Start off with a denim shirt that fits and start layering it with cardigans, blazers, bow ties and patterned pocket squares.

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We love this combination of a textured tweed jacket, a denim jacket, a light denim dress shirt and a striped bow tie.  Denim always looks sharp and more on point when it is layered.

Tap into the potential of pairing your denim pieces with your menswear suiting and we promise – you won’t turn back.

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August 6, 2013

The Limitless Options of a White Pocket Square

Here Are a Few Of Our Favorite Ways to Wear a White Pocket Square

If someone were to ask us about the essential accessories a man must own, a white pocket square would be in the top five.  The white pocket square emulates everything that high fashion stands for.  It’s clean, it’s classic, it’s masculine.   There’s a misconception that white pocket squares are only for tuxedos. That is simply untrue.  We’ve hand picked some of our favorite ways to utilize the limitless potential of the White Pocket Square.

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The Wedding Party.  White pocket squares look simply elegant teamed up with white floral boutineers especially on a dark toned suit. The white adds a delicate touch that is ravishing, simple and utterly debonair.

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The Understated Aesthetic.  Just because you wear a collared shirt and a blazer, doesn’t mean you’re obligated to wear a tie.   In fact, we love the Understated look of a solid white dress shirt, a cotton blazer and simple solid white pocket square.

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The Patterned Look.  Mixing an assortment of patterns is a very contemporary look that can sometimes being overwhelming. The white pocket square is the key accessory that can subdue an array of patterns and colors and create a cohesive look.

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The High Contrast Look.   Fashion thrives on contrast with the most celebrated combination of colors being black and white.  You can never go wrong with a black suit, a white dress shirt, a black tie and a white pocket square.  It’s an instant recipe for grandeur and success.

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The Retro Aesthetic.   A white pocket square looks dapper teamed up with a blazer and a vest combo.  The little does of white anchors the multitude of layers, colors and textures.

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