Most stylish men secretly wish they’d been born in an era when hats were standard attire. If you’ve never donned a proper hat like a fedora or pork pie hat we can tell you that the feeling it bestows is similar to wearing a tuxedo or a military dress uniform. You simply feel more masculine.
Although the days when all men wore hats are not likely to return, it’s all the better for daring types who relish the opportunity to showcase a little individuality.
So, if you’ve ever been tempted to bust out a hat but are concerned that it might… Continue>>
“If you want to know if a man’s well dressed,” the saying goes, “look down.” That’s because while shoes take up a comparatively small amount of real estate on your outfit, they make a king-sized impression. Not only should good shoes be one of your wardrobe’s highest priorities (even more so than suits and sportcoats, some would argue), a gleaming shine shows elegance, professionalism and attention to detail.
Well-cared-for shoes can last for decades, as soles and heels can be replaced almost indefinitely. And quality uppers tend to get more handsome with age, kind of like you.
Knit Wit: From merino to pima, linen to silk, this is all about knits.
Knits and wovens are two of those industry terms we in the clothing biz throw around. In common terms, what we’re talking about are pretty much sweaters and shirts, but not exclusively. Knits, which refers to fabric produced by pulling threads up and through each other, are how many short-sleeved tops for warm weather, such as polo shirts, are made, in addition to your favorite chunky winter sweaters.
Our knits come in long sleeve
Style icons were often known for one or two distinguishing details. It’s funny, but the smallest items often pack the biggest personality punch. Put 10 stylish guys in the same simple gray suit and they’ll all manage to make it different. And often the way they do it is with accessories.
Perhaps because these items are small (a fountain pen worn in the breast pocket), sentimental (a watch that belonged to your grandfather), or transforming (a killer pair of sunglasses), accessories are often the most cherished things we wear.
The best dressed men know that style comes down to details, and they relish choosing the little things that mean a lot. Here are… Continue>>
Some alterations to your Suits, Sportcoats and Trousers, will always be necessary, unless by sheer luck you happen to be the exact size of our fit model. And though it’s painful to admit, your waistline does tend to expand and contract (hey, at least it occasionally contracts).
So having someone on hand to do your alterations is necessary to feel comfortable (pants neither too loose nor too tight) and look your best. And since you already have a neighborhood dry cleaner who probably does alterations as well, it’s tempting to use them as a one-stop shop.
But we’re here to advise against… Continue>>
When it comes to talk of tailored clothing, suits seem to get all the attention. Yet legendary dressers like Fred Astaire and Luciano Barbera— not to mention your humble author here, who has the same preference though is slightly less legendary — have often preferred sportcoats.
Why? The reasons are plenty:
- Sportcoats allow you to dress up but still retain a relaxed nonchalance
- They tend to be more softly constructed than suits
- They offer greater creative possibilities in mixing and matching with trousers
- And finally, sportcoats tend to come in bolder patterns, such as windowpanes on top of