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>>
During Hollywood’s Golden Age, fashion plates like Cary Grant and Clark Gable went to the Oscars dressed to an accepted standard of elegance. But today’s Tinseltown stars show up at the Academy Awards in a dizzying range of looks from classic to crazy.
Today it’s anything goes when it comes to black tie. That’s either terrific or tragedy depending on your point of view, and here are some tips for finding what approach works best for you.
Classic Black Tie
If you’re a traditional kind of guy who thinks if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, you’ll feel best keeping the options fairly narrow. That means a matching dinner jacket and trousers, a.k.a. a… Continue>>
Arrive in Style
We’ve all been there: You’ve got a business meeting and will be coming straight from the airport. You’ve been up since 5 AM dealing with taxis, a bumpy flight and waiting in line. And now you need to make a dynamite first impression on a prospective new client.
No problem: Whether you’re scheduled for a boardroom presentation or a casual lunch, our performance pieces will ensure that on your next business trip you arrive in style.
The following are three scenarios with various levels of formality and great looking clothes that will keep you wrinkle-free, stain-free, and crisp and dry. As the saying goes, never let ‘em see… Continue>>
Preppy guys have always known how to inject a touch of whimsy to their dress without looking foolish. After all, it takes savoir-faire to pull off a pair of lime green trousers embroidered with lobsters.
The way they do it is by following a certain formula: Only one eccentric item per outfit, with everything else standard kit.
This is a great approach to take when breaking out the festive attire for holiday parties. Pair one “party” item with the regular workhorses from your wardrobe, and you’ll have the perfect combination of holiday style with relaxed nonchalance.
For classic elegance with a nod to the United Kingdom, try our… Continue>>
For a company sponsored cocktail or Christmas party, take your initial cues from your company’s dress policy.
If you work in a suit and tie environment, you can assume that suits will be worn at these types of social events. It is, however, recommended to switch from your normal solid white or blue dress shirt to something more fashionable. Try a striped dress shirt , check dress shirt, or a shirt with a contrasting white collar. For a more formal look, wear a French cuff shirt.
If your day-to-day environment is business casual, you may want to select a deep toned sport shirt and match it with a great looking sportcoat. Or, take that same… Continue>>
The major purpose of an initial job interview is to convince a prospective employer of two things: that you have the skills required to successfully perform the job; and that you will fit into the existing organizational culture. Here is some straightforward advice on how to dress for the all-important interview.
Unless you are interviewing for a position where artistic flair is an important element, you should dress as conservatively as possible. Dressing in this manner, will both demonstrate respect for your prospective employer and that you are serious about your professional appearance.
Wear a suit to the interview. No matter how the interviewer is attired, you will make a good impression in a navy or charcoal single-breasted suit. Wear a solid color or a pinstripe, and… Continue>>