While there are few hard and fast rules today governing appropriate dress, general guidelines are still relevant. When it comes to outerwear, coats can be classified based on their level of formality and that formality is largely determined by the jacket’s length.
Long: Full length overcoats provide the most formality and so are the proper choice to wear over a suit for a business situation, or over black tie for formal events. For the man who prefers the sleek and modern, our Fly Front Topcoat will set you apart.
Mid: The huge growth of the automobile in the postwar boom of the ‘50s resulted in the “car coat,”… 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>>
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>>
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>>
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>>