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Sportcoat Alternatives

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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.

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The Classic Cardigan Works

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The cardigan sweater is one of those classics that can suffer from an unfair reputation. Those of a certain generation may associate it with their grandfather sitting in his easy chair (as mine did), or the gentle Mr. Rogers on the children’s TV show.

But like many clothing items, those associations are subjective and tell only part of the story. For the first few decades of its popularity, the cardigan was associated with jocks, worn by collegiate rowers and professional baseball players alike, often with a varsity letter.

Later, in the 50s and 60s, it was a popular choice for executive types, the kinds of characters played by Cary Grant… Continue>>

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Grey-No Other Color Works Harder

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The book and film “The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit” associates the color grey with mindless corporate conformity. But this is an unfair characterization, for if grey is popular to the point of ubiquity, it’s because no other color works harder for a man.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re big fans of navy, menswear’s other daily workhorse, as well, but navy often works better as an accent color, and it’s often a bit flashier. A grey suit would be the more subdued approach for an important job interview, and would be more apropos than navy for a funeral.

Grey trousers (flannel for fall and winter, worsteds… Continue>>

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Spread Collars-Learn about our array of options

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We pride ourselves on the variety of our dress shirts, which feature just about every color, pattern, cuff and collar style imaginable, not to mention fit and fabric choices. And this year, thanks to their increased popularity, we’re proud to unveil a wide array of spread-collar options.

Spread collars are a stylish way to express confidence. We love straight and buttondown collars too, but spreads belong in that same category of more assertive collar choices that includes… Continue>>

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Sweltering Swagger: Bold Style When the Temperature Climbs

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Yes, we know the dilemma: How do you keep your dapper distinction when it’s blazing hot? After all, style and elegance come from layers and accessories, right? Three-piece suits, Chesterfield overcoats, cashmere scarves — stuff like that.

When it’s too balmy for even your favorite lightweight sportcoat, take a cue from the 1930s, the Golden Age of Menswear. The resort look popular at that time is a great blueprint for being cool and casual but still showing that you’re a guy with some serious style (for a cinematic example, check out “Evil Under The Sun,” an Agatha Christie adaptation with Peter Ustinov as detective Poirot).

1) Spectator Shoes.  Sure, nothing beats the… Continue>>

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Linen: A Natural For Warm Weather Men’s Clothing

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Think of linen as the rebel of the fabric family. In an age when men have wholeheartedly embraced the convenience of non-iron shirts and trousers, linen stubbornly remains its crinkly, wrinkly self. Of course, that’s part of its charm.

Made from fibers of the flax plant, linen has been a part of civilization for ages, and civilized is a great way to think of it. Stylish men embrace, rather than evade, the character of its crinkly surface combined with a drape that’s more structured than silk but more flowing than cotton.

There are many ways to embrace this warm-weather fabric staple. This season we’ve got it in virtually every color you could want… Continue>>

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