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Get Vested

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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.

Men's Three Piece SuitWhile 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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Real Men Wear Pink

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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!”

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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>>

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Addressing Coats By Formality

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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>>

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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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