In addition to providing a huge style boost due to their relative rarity, vests are also a terrific layering option in springtime. It’s easy to think of them as a fall/winter item you wear under a tweed sport coat, but during the transitional months you’re not wearing an overcoat, and a vest can give you just the right amount of added warmth.
While many rules of dress have become antiquated, a certain logic will always influence menswear, and much of this comes down to questions of formality. Especially with business dress or occasions where appropriateness is favored, there are some basic guidelines that are worth following.
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As Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” rolls into theaters this May, we will likely once again be treated to the immortal line from Fitzgerald’s novel, “The guy wears a god-damn pink suit!”
Gatsby’s choice in suiting is meant to reflect his questionable character. But while a pink suit may be too much for even the most daring dresser, these days wearing the color pink is likely to carry positive connotations, showing others you’re stylish, confident, and even comfortable in your masculinity. Yes, the point of the popular phrase “real men wear pink” is that only those whose security in their manhood is rock solid would have the courage to wear what the uptight and narrow-minded… Continue>>
Even though it’s his job to make sure our assortment of dress shirts is exactly tailored to fit your style, Lyle Croft, Head Merchant at Paul Fredrick, weighs in on his favorite looks this season (a bit reluctantly of course, because he loves them all).
“Because so much work goes into designing each of our seasonal collection, it’s pretty hard to say ‘this is my favorite’-kind of like ‘which is your favorite child’. But if you make me pick just one, I guess my favorite shirt from Spring would be the satin stripe from our Italian Collection. The pattern developed for this shirt is a unique layout of stripes, not your run of the mill Bengal stripe. The color combination is
It’s a shame that some men are afraid of color. We certainly aren’t. And while we embrace every shade on the spectrum throughout the year, we admit to having a special soft spot for spring. Must be the timing: After being cooped-up all winter, the first warm days of the year bring a sense of joy and freedom worth celebrating with colorful clothing.
Let’s start by talking shirts and ties. Now there’s nothing wrong with pairing a basic blue or white dress shirt and pairing it with bright tie in a random color (hey, every newscaster does it). But who wants to be predictable? Try reversing the formula… Continue>>
While there are few hard and fast rules today governing appropriate dress, general guidelines are still relevant. When it comes to outerwear, coats can be classified based on their level of formality and that formality is largely determined by the jacket’s length.
Long: Full length overcoats provide the most formality and so are the proper choice to wear over a suit for a business situation, or over black tie for formal events. For the man who prefers the sleek and modern, our Fly Front Topcoat will set you apart.
Mid: The huge growth of the automobile in the postwar boom of the ‘50s resulted in the “car coat,”… Continue>>
Sportcoats are great for their versatility: With a full kit (tie, pocket square, even a hat and boutonniere) they’re almost as formal as a suit and arguably even more stylish. But they also look better than a suit when worn with a shirt but no tie, and also work great with casual attire, such as jeans or chinos and a sweater.
But while we love our sportcoats, we also think your wardrobe can benefit from casual jackets that combine tailored and outerwear elements. We like to think of these as sportcoat alternatives, and they do the double duty of also providing versatility but with added flair.