Dress shirt collar styles are one of those topics that a certain kind of menswear pundit relishes taking on, telling you that you should match your collar to your facial structure. And so portly guys are advised to eschew rounded club collars, and skinny guys with gaunt features shouldn’t wear spread collars.
Nonsense. We strongly encourage you to wear any kind of collar you like. What’s more, we like diverse wardrobes, and encourage you to try every collar style we offer to add maximum variety to your work wardrobes.
Now there’s one rule (that’s really more of a guideline, to quote an old… Continue>>
Contrast collar shirts are a throwback to a century ago, when men’s dress shirts came with detachable collars. Since men were usually squeezed into a vest and high-buttoning jacket for propriety’s sake, the collar was the most visible part of the shirt. With a detachable collar, the young man climbing the ladder could get by with one or two shirts a week, but still have a fresh and clean collar visible.
While certain old-fashioned gentlemen continued to wear detachable collars into the 1930s, in their place at that point were what we now call contrast collar shirts. As was… 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 tuxedo (in black of… Continue>>
If the mere sound of the word velvet makes you squeamish, it shouldn’t. The fabric has been worn by kings and rock stars alike, and since your style probably lies somewhere between those extremes, there’s definitely a place in your wardrobe for velvet.
Velvet is like a spice and is best when used sparingly (we wouldn’t advocate a velvet suit any more than a bowl of horseradish). Lately it’s become trendy to wear velvet slippers with casual outfits in place of, say, a driving moccasin. Our version, complete with golden crest, pairs with denim, flannel grey trousers or your most elegant evening… Continue>>
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 be too ostentatious… Continue>>
Dressing for the elements in winter is easy: No matter how rushed you are, you know you need to grab your top coat on the way out.
But in the crisp autumn months before an overcoat is necessary, things get a bit trickier. You check the weather report, even step outside, then go back in and wonder if a sport coat will be enough to keep you warm, and if an under shirt might help.
A vest or sweater is a much better option, and are the layering items that snappy dressers look forward to each fall, after a long summer of one-layer… Continue>>