“If you want to know if a man’s well dressed,” the saying goes, “look down.” That’s because while shoes take up a comparatively small amount of real estate on your outfit, they make a king-sized impression. Not only should good shoes be one of your wardrobe’s highest priorities (even more so than suits and sportcoats, some would argue), a gleaming shine shows elegance, professionalism and attention to detail.
Well-cared-for shoes can last for decades, as soles and heels can be replaced almost indefinitely. And quality uppers tend to get more handsome with age, kind of like you.
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>>
Knit Wit: From merino to pima, linen to silk, this is all about knits.
Knits and wovens are two of those industry terms we in the clothing biz throw around. In common terms, what we’re talking about are pretty much sweaters and shirts, but not exclusively. Knits, which refers to fabric produced by pulling threads up and through each other, are how many short-sleeved tops for warm weather, such as polo shirts, are made, in addition to your favorite chunky winter sweaters.
Our knits come in long sleeve
Style icons were often known for one or two distinguishing details. It’s funny, but the smallest items often pack the biggest personality punch. Put 10 stylish guys in the same simple gray suit and they’ll all manage to make it different. And often the way they do it is with accessories.
Perhaps because these items are small (a fountain pen worn in the breast pocket), sentimental (a watch that belonged to your grandfather), or transforming (a killer pair of sunglasses), accessories are often the most cherished things we wear.
The best dressed men know that style comes down to details, and they relish choosing the little things that mean a lot. Here are… Continue>>
Two hundred years later, George Bryan “Beau” Brummell is remembered as the most elegant man who ever lived, and one of the reasons was his emphasis on the importance of dress shirts. Brummell insisted on plenty of fresh shirts, and supposedly sent them from London to be laundered in the country where the air was fresher.
When it comes to caring for dress shirts, time, money and effort all collide. While you’ll ultimately choose the method of care that best fits your lifestyle, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Dry Cleaners Versus Washing at Home
The first thing to decide is whether you want to care… Continue>>
When it comes to talk of tailored clothing, suits seem to get all the attention. Yet legendary dressers like Fred Astaire and Luciano Barbera— not to mention your humble author here, who has the same preference though is slightly less legendary — have often preferred sportcoats.
Why? The reasons are plenty:
- Sportcoats allow you to dress up but still retain a relaxed nonchalance
- They tend to be more softly constructed than suits
- They offer greater creative possibilities in mixing and matching with trousers
- And finally, sportcoats tend to come in bolder patterns, such as windowpanes on top of