There’s a certain breed of style pundit who’s big on rules. Some pertain to style, others to appropriateness, and still other to your hair, skin tone and body type. Some of these rules have logic to them — a short, rail-thin guy might look a bit odd in a big-patterned sport jacket as only half the pattern fits on his small build — while others are just arbitrary nonsense.
Menswear author G. Bruce Boyer has an anecdote he likes to share about how so many body-type rules are hogwash.
Years ago he had the pleasure of meeting Aristotle Onassis at the studio of a Manhattan shirtmaker. “The first thing I noticed was that he was… 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>>
There are certain rules — more like traditions, really — that govern menswear. Sure you’re free to wear what you want, and we’d like to think we have something for every mood or occasion, but we also think that certain gestures became traditions because they have merit.
Here are a few of them, all centered on the theme of buttons.
Double-breasted suits are making a comeback, and if you’re new to them, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind. First off, if your double-breasted suit or sportcoat has a six-button front, you’ll have the option of buttoning either one or two… Continue>>
Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in the original “Wall Street” movie is one of the great style icons to come out of the ‘80s. When future historians want to know what “power dressing” was all about during the “Masters of the Universe” era of high finance, they’ll need look no further.
Now Gekko is back in Oliver Stone’s sequel “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,” and he’s a changed man both inside and out — or is he?
You may not have Gekko’s magic ability to turn $100 million into $1 billion in a matter of months, but here’s how to get Gekko’s look past and present.
Adrift in the more relaxed dress codes of today, new… Continue>>
We all have features that flatter us less than we would like. Some of us struggle with our weight. Here are some tips from our buyers on “dressing slimmer.”
- Although this sounds obvious, make sure you wear clothes that fit well. Both clothes that are too tight and those that are too loose make you look heavier than you really are. If you can’t find that perfect fit, buy larger and have a tailor alter the items to fit you perfectly (by the way, a good tailor is worth his/her weight in gold).
- Dark colors are typically more slimming than bright ones. A great fitting dark suit is the perfect item for the
The rest of your outfit can look like a million bucks, but all can be for naught with a pair of cheap shoes. Good shoes will last for years. And, things like old world craftsmanship and Italian leather make a difference you can not only see, but also feel. Our footwear is designed with three things in mind: comfort, style and value. The finest material and hand-finished detail, ensure the highest level of quality. Quality equals comfort. While we are all for classic, updated detail makes for a more distinctive statement while not compromising timeless appeal. And, finally, offering it to you at a price that is not only affordable but surprisingly affordable. Plus, we’ve got a diverse… Continue>>