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.
Before men traded in the wild frontier for office cubicles, they wore clothing that put function over form. But just because you’re looking forward to the day when the “I” in iPhone stands for “implant” doesn’t mean you can’t show your fellow office inmates that you’re rugged enough to appreciate a weekend in the great outdoors.
Workwear consists of archetypal menswear items (jeans, field jackets, hunting jackets) that were developed for a specific purpose. Over the past couple of years these rugged items have made a big comeback into men’s wardrobes for a number of reasons. For some it was a backlash to the slick cocktail look that “Mad Men” inspired… Continue>>
There’s a certain irony to writing about wearing jeans with business clothes. Denim, after all, is 19th-century workers’ garb: It was made for Gold Rush prospectors, not modern-day gold-fund portfolio managers.
But rules today are fuzzy at best, and history’s greatest leaders of fashion — from Beau Brummell to the Duke of Windsor — always paired unexpected items together. One of the Duke’s most famous rule smashings was pairing suede lace-ups with suits. Today it’s considered ultra sophisticated, but at the time it was gauche bordering on scandalous.
So the first thing to consider when wearing jeans at the office is that it’s not technically “correct.”… Continue>>
From the office to the clubhouse, workweek to weekend, here are the top five must-haves from our spring collection:
1. Our newest pinpoint oxford dress shirts combine fresh seasonal color with non-iron performance. Stay crisp and wrinkle free while vacationing from the daily humdrum of white and blue solids (though we’ve got those too) with colors like salmon, purple and orange bengal stripe. The buttondown collar looks neat with a tie or without.
They say in spring a man’s thoughts turn to love — and baseball. But at Paul Fredrick our mind is always on one thing: bringing you an inspiring selection of fine clothing.
The first touch of autumn brings the excitement of unpacking textured tweeds and rich woolens. But just as pleasant is putting them back into hibernation and breaking out the light colors and crisp fabrics of your warm-weather wardrobe, which you greet like old friends back from a long trip.
This year we’ve got plenty of new friends for you as well, with a freshness and relevance that’s right on target and with quality and style that will… Continue>>
Until the Paul Fredrick catalog comes with 3-D glasses (and there aren’t any plans for it) there are certain things you just can’t do with print. And while we love flipping through our catalogs as much as you do, there are some great new innovations happening at PaulFredrick.com
Tops on the list are new videos featuring our expert advice on men’s dressing. Need a refresher on How to tie a Half-Windsor knot, or How to tie a Four in Hand knot? Help with… Continue>>