March 13, 2013

Top 5 Menswear Pieces for Summer 2013

Five Must Have Wardrobe Pieces Any Man Should Add to Rotation for 2013

With winter finally beginning to subside, spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner. For those who are fashion-forward, there’s no better time than now to start looking towards ways to improve one’s look this summer, especially businessmen. Summer business attire can be extremely attractive, although many people simply don’t know how to go about choosing it properly. Fortunately, there are plenty of pieces that are perfect for summer businesswear, all of which are reasonable enough for most professionals to be able to add to their wardrobes. Here are the top 5 summer 2013 pieces for stylish businessmen.

The Emerald Green Necktie
Recently, color corporation Pantone named “emerald green” their Color of the Year for 2013, and since then this color has practically been popping up everywhere. It is indeed one of the most popular colors in the world currently, and can be found in practically any type of piece; even khakis. In business fashion, Emerald green is perhaps most effective on smaller accessories, such as the necktie. The color is extremely vibrant and couldn’t be a better option for the summer season.

Not only does emerald green scream summer, it pops in an immense way when put up against certain suit styles. Perhaps one of the best things about this piece is that you can purchase emerald green neckties rather inexpensively, meaning it’s possibly to add at least a few to your wardrobe without having to worry about overspending. When matching these pieces, think about classic white shirts and suits in either navy and/or light gray.

Monk-Strap Dress Shoes
If you’re going to add any piece to your wardrobe this summer, it should be the right pair of shoes. Shoes can truly make the man, and can take even the most basic ensembles to an entirely new level. The monk-strap dress shoe is perhaps one of the classiest shoes that a man can own, and there are plenty of varieties to choose from. Typically, the monk-strap is not dissimilar to a traditional wingtip, save for the fact that it has a strap and buckle up towards the top of the shoe. Double monk-straps are also sold, featuring two straps instead of one.

Monk-straps have traditionally been considered ultra-dressy (but not formal), although modern men are starting to incorporate them into their wardrobes for everyday wear. After all, why not look your best as often as possible? Our tip: pair a double monk-strap dress shoes with straight cut dress pants and slightly narrower necktie (3-3.25 inches).

The Plaid Suit
Tired of traditional blue suits? You’re not alone. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of innovation to truly switch things up, and the plaid suit is the perfect piece for doing so. Plaid suits are available in a variety of different forms, although the 3-piece plaid suit is perhaps the classiest and best option for those who have a strong interest in looking their best. Look for those which feature windowpane checks, as they add just enough contrast to break things up, and can make you look like you truly know how to dress to impress.

Whenever you purchase a new suit, it is essential to have it tailored to your figure. Working with a tailor can certainly be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be if you find one who is willing to work with your budget. For best results, ask friends who use tailors for their advice on who to go to if you don’t already have a tailor that you use.

The Double-Breasted Tux
If you’re going to working in a professional environment, chances are you might need to attend a black-tie event at one point or another. You’ve got to look your best in such a case, which can be easier said than done if you aren’t used to wearing black-tie attire. This being said, it can also be the perfect chance for you to try something new and throw on an ensemble that will take your look to the next level.

The double-breasted tux is perfect for the modern man, as it breaks things up from the traditional single-breasted jacket that is so often seen and has been for years. Interestingly enough, double-breasted jackets are actually classic in design and have been around practically since the dawn of the modern men’s suit. They’re seeing a resurgence as of late, and are perfect for those who want to break away from the traditional mold. Our tip: focus on perfect tailoring and pair the DB tux with a wider butterfly bow tie. Velvet bow ties featuring a 3″ spread are perfect.

The Velvet Bow Tie
If you watched this year’s Oscars, you no doubt noticed that the Velvet bow tie came out in spades. this is one of the most popular pieces that money can buy today, and for good reason. Velvet bow ties are rich, attractive and can help to take your appearance to the next level in no time at all.

The right velvet bow tie for you is the one which you feel most comfortable wearing. Some are quite large and bold, while others are much smaller and easier to wear with many different types of ensembles. Color matters as well; midnight blue can be very attractive, but black is typically more standard. In the end, the choice you make should be based solely on personal preference. Our tip: for a formal setting, pair the wider spread velvet bow tie with your double breasted tux. For a more casual setting match this bow tie with a gingham check dress shirt in complementing colors.

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2 thoughts on “Top 5 Menswear Pieces for Summer 2013

  1. Michael

    Great article. I am a big fan of monk strap shoes. I usually wear a cognac brown pair in combination with either cream chinos or my vintage herringbone suit. Nice article!

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