Somewhere along the sartorial timeline, hordes of men became convinced that blue and grey were the only acceptable colors for suits. If you’re reading this, odds are you’re not stuck in that narrow mindset. Still, we’d like to encourage those whose suit wardrobes are a bit basic to consider broadening their horizons, as well as assuage those who embrace color and pattern that we’ve got you covered. This fall our campaign against the ordinary includes earth tones such as chocolate brown and olive. We’ve given brown a shot of elegance and formality by rendering it in a double-breasted pinstripe model, as well as a single-breasted version with subtle lavender stripes.
Brown also shows up in our country-gent inspired sport… Continue>>
When Nick Carraway tells Jay Gatsby he can’t repeat the past, the doomed idealist insists “Of course you can!”
That exchange, direct from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, is drawn out for even more dramatic effect in Baz Luhrmann’s new glitz-loaded adaptation, which opened May 10. And how appropriate, as we’re in total agreement with the Gatz: When you see the sartorial splendor of the film, which is set in 1922 New York, you too will want to repeat the past.
“The Great Gatsby” is loaded with the kind of style we love: Double-breasted and three-piece suits, two-tone shoes, all kinds of… Continue>>
When it comes to natural fibers, there are really only a handful of options. But when you blend them together, you create entirely new hybrids that combine the best of both worlds, and the result is often more distinctive—or even more practical—than the more typical purebred varieties.
Take wool, now and forever the king of suit fabrics. But there’s a flipside to wool: Its ubiquity can also make it the anonymous pawn of suit fabrics, making you just another working-stiff in his worsted uniform. But blend wool with silk and suddenly you’ve got a fabric that’s anything but ordinary, wonderfully textured and with lightness and visual interest that are perfect for summer… Continue>>
With today’s high-tech lightweight wools, you can wear the same suit for most of the year and still be comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you have to look the same, as your shirts, ties and other accessories can express the changing seasons through the use of color.
And at no other time is that more fun than in summer, when all the bright shades that first dawned in spring get amped up even more, and fun fabrics like madras and seersucker take their place in the sun.
Not only does season-specific color sharpen your look, it’s also a budget-conscious… Continue>>
In addition to providing a huge style boost due to their relative rarity, vests are also a terrific layering option in springtime. It’s easy to think of them as a fall/winter item you wear under a tweed sport coat, but during the transitional months you’re not wearing an overcoat, and a vest can give you just the right amount of added warmth.
While many rules of dress have become antiquated, a certain logic will always influence menswear, and much of this comes down to questions of formality. Especially with business dress or occasions where appropriateness is favored, there are some basic guidelines that are worth following.
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It’s a shame that some men are afraid of color. We certainly aren’t. And while we embrace every shade on the spectrum throughout the year, we admit to having a special soft spot for spring. Must be the timing: After being cooped up all winter, the first warm days of the year bring a sense of joy and freedom worth celebrating with colorful clothing.
Let’s start by talking shirts and ties. Now there’s nothing wrong with pairing a basic blue or white dress shirt and pairing it with a bright tie in a random color (hey, every newscaster does it). But who wants to be predictable? Try reversing the formula and… Continue>>