How Classic Rock Turned Into a Film Noir Nightmare

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The 1995 death of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia was a shock to me, but no surprise. He was 53 and made a good run, I thought back then, considering his hard living.

Dying at 53 is not a good run. Whether heart attack or heroin, that’s a bad run.

Garcia went early. Now with Prince, Petty, Bowie, Allman and more, final appearances by Classic Rock’s once-large midnight gang are speeding up. Their peers see the Facebook tributes; let’s not talk falsely now, they know the hour’s getting late.

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English Home Interiors: Classic Gentleman’s Decor

Have you ever wanted to feel like the lord of the manor? Classic English decor is an excellent source of inspiration for the aspiring gentleman, and while it has many distinctly masculine elements it is also uniquely suited for a family home with a variety of occupants. 

Classic English interior design is a subject upon which many authors have spent hundreds of pages dissecting. It’s the subject of many glossy coffee table books for a reason – the style has timeless appeal. Given the close association with the British aristocracy as the source of original “gentlemen“, traditional English style will always have allure for modern men seeking a classic look in their homes. It’s suited to homes large and small, cozy and formal alike. Secondhand finds, worn edges, collections and bit of dust is all ok!

English Home Interiors: A Style to Suit Every Classic Gentleman

The main appeal of classic British interior design is its longevity. Nearly every style that’s come and gone in the last 500 years is still in use, even if it’s a bit worse for wear.

Ian Russell, the 13th Duke of Bedford, was renowned for his wit and had an insider’s view on English style. (We talked about him here.) In his The Duke of Bedford’s Book of Snobs (now unfortunately out of print), with Brits’ typical self-deprecation, he says that you may open your stately home to visitors, “as long as you permit them to look at old cobwebs and ramshackle furniture in uncleaned rooms”…

I’ve read that the English hate to buy furniture: they just get the needed piece in the attic, left there by an ancestor, and replace it. In general, the style is heavy, blended, and full of details with a distinct emphasis on classic, i.e. non-modern, design. It’s certainly not for the minimalist who doesn’t like collections or clutter, nor is it a modern aesthetic.

English Design Styles

Classic British design conjures images ranging from dark medieval rooms hung with tapestries and hunting trophies to bright formal sitting rooms dotted with high backed gilt chairs in shades of pale yellow and green. Homes decorated in a single style are equally as interesting as those that layer different types of style together. The beauty of the classic British aesthetic is that all these style elements can either remain pure or they can be mixed together.

Let’s take a look at some key elements that you can add to your home to recreate typical British interior design.

Classic Furniture Pieces

Chesterfield Leather Furniture

Some items are above any argument when we think of a proper gentleman’s home interior, such as the Chesterfield sofa and armchair. It is not a new item: the Oxford English Dictionary says that the word chesterfield was already in use in the 1800s to describe a leather couch.

Lord Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

Lord Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

As you may have imagined, its inventor was the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Phillip Dormer Stanhope (1694-1773). He was a politician, trendsetter, and writer (his book Letters to His Son on the Fine Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman is an amusing read for the aspiring gentry and may be found here). As such, he commanded a local craftsman a sofa that allowed a man to sit upright without wrinkling his clothes. It had deep buttoned upholstery and nailhead trim.

Some say that when he was about to die, he called his butler and ordered him to give his godson, a Mr. Dayrolles, a chair. He took the heavy chair home and his visitors admired the attractive and comfortable furniture, commissioning copies for themselves.

A London Gents' Club or your place?

A London Gents’ Club or your place?

By the way, it became a staple at most Gentlemen’s Clubs in London, together with dark wood panels, crystal brandy glasses, and cigars.

A chesterfield sofa with buttons on seats

A Chesterfield sofa with buttons on seats

You may find the Chesterfield in its variations – seats with or without buttons, rolled or straight arms, in many colors, with fabric or leather covers. But the classic version – and the one that is more associated with English interiors – is the chocolate leather chesterfield. It gains an heirloom-quality wrinkled patina over time.

Proper pillows

Proper pillows

The best companions for it are vintage style sofa pillows, preferably with embroidered fabrics featuring hunting elements – dogs, horses, foxes, pheasants, etc. A brass floor lamp with green shade provides lighting with style.

Ralph Lauren chesterfield set

Ralph Lauren Chesterfield set

Ralph Lauren – ever the anglophile – has explored the Chesterfield design in his furniture to the point of extending the studded trim to the drawer chest.

A Grandfather Clock

A longcase clock with 31-days power reserve

A longcase clock with 31-days power reserve

Few people realize that England has a long clockmaking tradition. An interesting book on the theme tells how John Harrison, an unschooled carpenter, solved the problem of precision in a ship, enabling England to pinpoint their maritime routes precisely. (You can find the book here.) A longcase clock will provide you with a comforting chime every hour and give your library an unmistakable Briddish look, connecting you to history.

By the way, the library would be one of the best places to put a grandfather or longcase clock, complete with Big Ben chime on the full hour. You may find them new or old on the web, many made in England.

Cards and Pool Tables

The Earl of Sandwich, avid card player

The Earl of Sandwich, avid card player

Every time you order a sandwich at your local burger spot, you should make a mental reverence to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792). In 1762 (if you want details, it was November 3) he was playing cards – poker, some say – and he didn’t want to leave the table to eat. So he asked his footman for a piece of meat served between two slices of bread so as not to smear the cards and the fast food was invented.

A solid cards table

A solid cards table

This anecdote shows the importance of a good cards table in a gentleman’s house. But do not think for any moment that the flimsy, folding table will do. It must be a solid piece of furniture, au pair with the rest of the décor, preferably with special places for glasses.

Vintage pool table

Vintage pool table

The same applies to a pool table. You don’t have to order a five-digit behemoth table with ornaments that would make a Baroque church blush, but a nice vintage model with new felt and rubber edges will look great. (Do buy new cues and balls; these items are hard to refurbish and not so expensive when new.)

Four-Poster Bed

Four Poster Bed

Four Poster Bed

A heavily draped 4-poster bed was once a necessity to keep out the chilly night air in an English country home, and these days the style is still synonymous with the British design aesthetic. Metal and wood are classic choices.

Wicker Outdoor Furniture

Wicker furniture

Wicker furniture

So, an English house would have Persian rugs, for instance, as well as Indian wicker furniture, which looks especially nice on the veranda.

Design by Room

The Library

In my view, the library is the center, the heart of a gentleman’s sanctum in a house. It is there that he conducts his business, write, read, have meetings with associates or friends, or simply relaxes after a hard day’s work. Frankly, it’s a far classier version of the basement “man cave” that’s become so popular these days.

Downton Abbey library

Downton Abbey library

The English library may be seen in many movies or TV series, and Downton Abbey quickly comes to my mind as an example of the latter. The shelves and bookcases should follow the style of wall covering used near it, which is usually mahogany or oak. You may use glass-paneled doors in some cases to protect rare books or documents.

Leather bound travel books

Leather bound travel books

Yes, I know it is expensive, but if you have taken the time, effort and expenses to build a beautiful library, go a bit further and slowly, one by one, have your most beloved titles bound in leather: their value appreciates considerably. Try to focus your library on titles related to your favorite hobby or to your work/profession, or on an author, or on a subject. As most stamp collectors will tell you, it is virtually impossible to have a worldwide stamp collection.

I have a friend that collects watches and so his library is full of books on particular watch models or brands; also, it is there that he keeps a few tools to make small repairs or to polish his timepieces.

The desk at the center of the library

The desk at the center of the library

The desk should be one of the central pieces of the library, if not its most important item. The preferred wood for a desk used to be oak, which is a beautiful wood and develops a nice patina over time. Most desks have a central leather cover to make writing smoother.

Churchill desk at Chartwell

Churchill desk at Chartwell

Equip your desk with your modern computer and accessories, and decorate it with a bronze or resin statuette of Churchill, Nelson or another favorite historic character. (You may have hesitated when you thought of a Napoleon bust; after all, it’s an English style you are after. But you would have good company: the Old Bulldog himself had a Sèvres biscuit bust of Napoleon on his desk at Chartwell.) The contrast of old and new is interesting and gives your desk an atemporal look.


The Formal Dining Room

Formal Dining Room

Formal Dining Room

The formal dining room is an essential design space for classic British style. It’s the second most important gathering space in the house, and it should be designed to both showcase your style and keep your dinner guests comfortable. Emulate this style by choosing a statement chandelier for the center of the room, an elegant wood table, bold wall coverings, and a heavy gilt mirror.

A Proper Dressing Room

A gent's closet or dressing room

A gent’s closet or dressing room

A walk-in closet is a luxury, and for an aristocratic gentleman, he had an entire room in his home specifically for the rituals of getting dressed. It certainly is extravagant, but we wouldn’t be true clothes horses if we didn’t dream of having a similar setup. The general idea, however, is to follow the general wall covering concepts we have talked about in the present article. Take a look at the beautiful closet in the picture above – well, actually, it is more like a dressing room – and you will get the idea. For some organizational inspiration, take a look at our past coverage of closets and wardrobe systems.

The Mudroom

A mudroom

A mudroom

Well, actually it is an optional space, especially if you live in a dry city or area. If you don’t, cursing the fact that someone left the tap in the sky fully open every other day, this place may save you sermons from your significant other.

It is there that you will leave boots, umbrellas, walking sticks, raincoats, hats and all the rain gear. Some people have a special wall case to hang the house keys on.

Wall Coverings, Décor, and Tabletop

Wood Paneling

Mahogany paneled wall

Mahogany paneled wall

The first wall covering that comes to any English style aficionado is the mahogany panel, of course. (I would say oak may be the second option.) According to the Britannica online encyclopedia, its extensive use began in the Gothic period, mostly in oak or pine. The same source states that mahogany, as well as walnut, birch, redwood, and others, were adopted in the 20th century.

Muted Paint

Sanguine-colored walls

Sanguine-colored walls

Striped wallpaper in sober tones may also be used, as well as sanguine paint for a bolder statement: it enhances the pictures, such as in the image above.

Portrait Paintings

The Duke of Marlborough Family, by John Singer Sargent

The Duke of Marlborough Family, by John Singer Sargent

By the way, pictures are an indissociable part of the English home décor. They may be portraits – if you happen to have ancestors or relatives painted by Gainsborough or John Singer Sargent, for instance, even better! –, paintings or engravings with maps, landscapes, naval themes, hunting scenes, horses, dogs, golf, etc.


Taxidermy for Decor

Taxidermy for Decor

Taxidermy makes a bold statement, and it certainly doesn’t suit everyone’s taste. That being said, adding a classic deer head or bird in flight to your walls will give your home a masculine touch of hunting-lodge style without going overboard. In fact, taxidermy can help soften the look of an overly formal room or make a feminine space seem more balanced.

Heavy Drapery

Heavy drapery

Heavy drapery

Drapes, once necessary to keep out drafts, are now just a beautiful accent piece in a room. It can be a challenge to keep them looking fresh and modern, but they are absolutely a classic British style essential – blinds simply don’t match this aesthetic.


Who has the budget to buy silver samovars to produce the pitch-perfect tea? Or the time to polish Victorian candlesticks?

Vintage silverware

Vintage silverware

We are talking about a few tableware pieces to eat from, or even to entertain dinner guests. You can find affordable vintage silver forks and knives on eBay or similar websites. I had a friend at work who used the sterling silver tableware that belonged to his parents every day. When I asked him why, he said, “They used this set only twice in their long relationship. I decided I won’t do the same mistake, and so I take pleasure in eating with good, beautiful and solid tableware.” It made sense to me.

If you are willing to take the extra effort, have your initials engraved on them: they are a beautiful heirloom.


The gentleman’s English interior is easy to copy, and you can build it up in layers over time. And remember, you don’t have to spend too much to create it at home thanks to the Internet and all the auction and vintage websites. It is much cheaper to refurbish an item than buy the same piece brand new. What do you already do in your place to create an English feel?

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Kiko Kostadinov Reinvents a Timeless Camper Classic

CAMPER CONNECTION: London designer Kiko Kostadinov has teamed with Spanish footwear brand Camper on three chunky hybrid styles that pay tribute to the 1997 classic Camper Teix boot.
The shoes made their debut as part of an installation at the Camper Lab store in Shoreditch and the collaboration is part of Camper’s Together project, an initiative that pulls in international designers to develop creative collaborations.
In previous seasons, Gosha Rubchinskiy and the makeup artist and creative director Isamaya Ffrench have also taken part in the project spearheaded by Romain Kremer, creative director of Camper.

Camper Lab x Kiko Kostadinov 
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Kremer said he was drawn to Kostadinov’s innovative, techy-style. “What struck a chord with Kiko’s work was the architectural detail and his research into form and shape. It’s something that really resonates with us as a brand and that’s why we were interested to create something together,” he said.
The shoes are stocked at Camper Lab in Shoreditch, as well as Dover Street Market in London. At Camper Lab, the earthy-colored trekking boots sit atop buckets filled with woodchips. The installation is accompanied by a striking visual campaign, photographed by Gareth McConnell.
This is the second time the London-based designer has partnered with a footwear brand

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Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all

Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all

Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all

When we were kids, we LOVED our Disney gear. Princess dresses, autograph books, stuffed Pumbaas — you name it, we wanted it. Well, it turns out that this desire doesn’t go away as one grows up. We still buy all things Disney, from Beauty and the Beast Minnie Mouse ears to Disney-themed pairs of Toms. Honestly, what millennial doesn’t want a millennial pink or rose gold spirit jersey to wear to Disneyland?

Basically, any time a new Disney-themed item hits shelves, we’re first in line to buy it. So when we saw these new VHS-inspired Disney journals, we knew we had to have every single one. Yep, you can now take a trip down memory lane with a series of precious journals featuring covers from seven different animated Disney films that will surely make you feel like Blockbuster never went out of business.

There are seven different journals to choose from: The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and The Lion King. GREAT choices. They really picked classics. Four of those titles — The Little MermaidAladdinBeauty and the Beast, and The Lion King — are part of the Disney Renaissance era from 1989-1999. Ah, the memories.

The Disney journals look JUST like those puffy plastic VHS cases that you remember so fondly from childhood.

Taking notes is much more fun with a Little Mermaid journal.

The Little Mermaid /

Or a Dumbo one. What a cutie.

Dumb /

Spill your darkest secrets into the confines of an Aladdin VHS.

Aladdin /

Or a Beauty and the Beast one. We bet Belle can keep a secret.

Beauty and the Beast /

How magical is this Peter Pan journal?

Peter Pan /

You can keep it classy with Lady and the Tramp, one of our faves.

Lady and the Tramp /

And, of course, there’s The Lion King.

The Lion King /

Each journal features a photo of the film’s VHS tape on the front page…

The Lion King Tape Front /

…and the back page. So cute!

The Lion King Tape Back /

There’s also a watermark from the film on the pages. (We see you, Timon.)

The Lion King Water Mark /

The journals cost $ 15.99 each, but they are SO adorable, we think the ’90s nostalgia is well worth the cost.

We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these bad boys. Or two. Or three. We have a lot of things to write about, you know?

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The Hunt: Classic Sheath Dresses for Work

classic sheath dresses for workSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

For spring and summer, classic dresses for work are often the easiest thing to throw on — particularly if you keep a blazer and cardigan and a pair or two of classic pumps or comfortable heels at the office, you can almost create a work uniform from the sheath dress. (In fact, in our four-week work outfit challenge we dared you to try wearing the same sheath dress four different ways during the four weeks!) Particularly for summer, note that slipshorts are a reader favorite for comfortable layering under sheath dresses; if you want something to suck you in a bit more you may want to check out shaping shorts like these from Spanx. (If your office is extremely conservative, do check out our guide to pantyhose — and keep in mind that going sleeveless may be controversial in your office, so keep a cardigan or blazer close at hand if you’re new.)

Pictured above: some of our Hall of Famers! Clockwise from the largest: one / two / three

We’ve rounded up a ton of options below (including ones in a wide range of sizes, sheath dresses with pockets or sleeves, and more!) but I’d love to hear from you — what are your favorite dresses to wear to work in 2018? Do you feel like black dresses are classic — or is the color too heavy for warmer weather? Does your summer work uniform include a ton of dresses — and which are your favorites? 

classic sheath dresses for work 2018

Hall of Famers: one / two / three / four / five

Curious for past roundups of sheath dresses? Here they are from 201720162015201420132012, and 2011. For other sizing issues you may want to check out our roundup of bespoke dresses, which you can order fit exactly to your measurements.

Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Sheath Dresses Under $  30!If you are working with an extreme budget right now, in addition to the Briggs dress (which sometimes goes as low as $ 15), Target has a number of cute ones right now. This sleeveless keyhole dress has a very classic feel, and could be layered under a number of cardigans, blazers, short-sleeve sweaters, and more. It’s $ 24.99 at Target, available in sizes XS-XL. (EEEK and I somehow missed that it is open across the back — so as commenters note, this would only be appropriate for most offices if you wear a cardigan or blazer with it.) Sleeveless Keyhole Dress – A New Day™ Black


Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Sheath Dresses Under $  40!Another great budget option: the ponte knit sheath dress from Old Navy. I love the sleeves on this one, as well as the fact that it comes in regular, tall and petite sizes XS-XXL — it’s also machine washable. The dress is $ 37 (but today it’s marked to $ 28!). It also comes in a more casual stripey option.  Ponte-Knit Sheath Dress
I can be iffy on scalloped edge details, but I really like them on this Adrianna Papell dress (available in regular, petite, and plus sizes). The dress looks flattering and versatile, but the edge detail elevates it. Very nice. It’s $ 98-$ 108 at Nordstrom; Amazon also has a few sizes left in a “midnight” blue. If you’re looking for other plus-size option, check out our roundup in the bullet-points at top — this $ 109 dress looked particularly great as well. Pictured: Scalloped Crepe Sheath Dress –
Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Desk to Dinner edition!Nic & Zoe’s Twirl dress has been on our radar for years as a great flared dress, but this ruched matte jersey dress is, I think, a new addition to their line. I really like it, particularly if you’re looking for a desk to dinner kind of dress — swap out your classic pumps for strappy sandals, throw on some dangly earrings, and you’re ready for date night. The dress is $ 128, available in three colors, and hand washable. Twist Side Matte Jersey Dress
Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Sheath dress with secret shaping properties!I was exicted a few weeks ago to note that Gravitas is now sold at Lord & Taylor — I’ve heard great things for years about the brand as one of the best making workwear with secret shaping powers. This lined, sleeveless shift dress is about as classic as they come, is available in three neutral colors in sizes 0-24. Valentina Sleeveless Shift Dress
Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Theory sheath dressAs we’ve previously mentioned, Theory seems to be phasing out their old standard sheath dress, and this newer, slightly A-lined version is getting great reviews. The faux wrap skirt is an interesting detail while still keeping you comfortable at work, and a seasonless wool dress is always a nice option. This dress is $ 345 at Nordstrom, Theory, and AmazonRisbana Good Wool A-Line Dress

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VIDEO: Harvey Fierstein Preps for An Alan Menken Tribute with a Disney Villain Classic!

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Ensemble: A No-Nonsense Classic


This is a combination you’re familiar with because it’s a classic. Fashion blogger Mary from Memorandum wears the look beautifully. The Boden model on the right showcases a simpler, and more casual rendition. 

The formula is very simple. Combine black, white and blue denim with red accents your way. Save the red for the footwear, bag, scarf, nail polish, lippie, or incorporate it into a pattern. Think tomato, fire engine or cherry red. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Easy Version

Combine blue jeans with a white top and black topper. Add red bag and shoes, or simply red shoes, and a metallic, white or red bag. You could choose a red scarf and keep the footwear and bag neutral as an alternative.

Turn It On Its Head

Combine white jeans with a black top, black topper, silver belt and silver shoes. Finish off the outfit with red bag, denim scarf. Or choose a blue denim jacket instead of the black topper, and throw on some red shoes and scarf.

Add a Pattern

Combine a black patterned bottom that incorporates the red. Combine it with a white top and blue denim jacket or duster. Finish off the look with black, red or silver footwear and bag. Add jewellery, eyewear, and watch as desired.

Ensemble: A No Nonsense Classic



Five wild UK walks with a classic pub


Everyone loves a good walk, right? Especially these days when fitness and health are even more important and play a big role in our lives. If you ever find yourself in the wilds of the UK, there are ample walking opportunities for you to enjoy and explore. Rambling is a wonderful way to pass the time and a terrifically social way of keeping fit and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Walking might not seem like the most exciting thing in the world, but we think you should give it a chance. And you know the only thing better than a wild walk? One that has a classic pub at the end! So, with that in mind, we’d like to offer up five wild UK walks to take advantage of, all with a classic boozer to visit afterward.

Crickhowell – Powys

This walk takes you across the Black Mountains on the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons. This is the perfect solitary walk with staggering views of Wales, and a journey through some of the ancient burial sites here, including the Iron Age for Table Mountain, and remote, serene passes. The walk then takes you to the majestic pub The Bear, popular for its excellent food, and the perfect place to enjoy a post-walk feast.

Bamford – Peak District

One of the most staggeringly beautiful parts of the country, the Peak District has so much to explore, and a walk from Bamford is the best way of doing this. This stunning walk allows you to explore the ridge between Mam Tor and Lose Hill, as the Vale of Edale sprawls majestically over the horizon. After a long day of walking, you can relax with an ale (or three) in the quaint, stylish Cheshire Cheese pub. Magnificent.

Malham – Yorkshire Dales

Now, this is a walk that truly has everything, and showcases all that’s brilliant about the north of England. The stunning moors and expansive scenery are simply begging to be explored, and this route starts at the majestic Malham National Park and takes you up through the wonderfully named Gordale Scar. This part is quite the scramble, so perhaps recommended for accomplished walkers only, but you can also head for the scenic Malham Cove for an easier walking experience. End the day in the Talbot Arms, in Settle, where you can indulge in fine wines and delicious food.

Pentland Hills – Scottish Borders

There are few places in the world as delightfully beautiful as the Scottish Borders, and with this walk – starting at Harlow House Visitors Center – you get to experience all of it. Pentland Hills, 8 miles south of Edinburgh, is a range of hills, offering significant beauty, and quite the challenge to go with it as well. The walk takes you all the way to the Edinburgh town of Balerno, where traditional village pub The Grey Horse will take care of all your needs.

Innerleithen – Scottish Borders

We said the Scottish Borders were breathtaking, and this is another of the stunning walks in this area. Starting this time in the village of Innerleithen, this route first lets you stop at an old brewery – but don’t imbibe too much because it’s then on to the Southern Upland Way and the descent into the town of Peebles. Here you can stop at a classic old pub, The Bridge Inn, where you can marvel at their selection of beers – and even try a few!

These are five of our favorite wild, winter walks across the UK. They let you enjoy some of the stunning natural beauty in the UK, as well as sampling some of the most delicious food and craft ales the north has to offer as well. Count us in for the next one!


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10 classic kids’ toys that last and last


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There are so many reasons to carefully consider what you buy for your kids, or to vet what comes in the house. Maybe you live in a small space that you don’t want overwhelmed with toys. Maybe you hate clutter. Maybe you find that your kid(s) have more fun playing if they’re not overwhelmed with options.

If you want to cut down on the sheer amount of toys you keep for any of these or other reasons, what you need are toys that are long-lasting: they entertain children in many different stages and won’t be soon outgrown and discarded.

With that in mind, here are 10 kids’ toys that will last for a while.

1. Blocks

This classic toy scores because there are so many ways to use them. When your child is a toddler, she’ll stack ’em up and knock ’em down. When she gets a little bigger, she can use them to spell out words and learn letters. When she’s bigger still, the blocks can be forts, or the walls of houses, or beds for a doll. We particularly like this Melissa & Doug set, with sturdy wooden blocks and a rolling cart that can be used to tote around other toys, too.

Buy it: Melissa & Doug Classic ABC Wooden Block Cart, $ 13

2. Trucks

Children will use a play truck for many years and purposes: when they’re playing Restaurant, the truck will bring deliveries; when they’re operating a play gas station, it’ll roll up for refueling. Playing Doctor? This truck can transport toys for emergency medical services. Playing Family? Everyone into the truck, we’re going for a ride. This Green Toys truck is made out of recycled plastic and will provide years of reliable service.

Buy it: Green Toys Dump Truck, $ 13

3. Easel

From the first fingerpainting blotches your toddler produces to kindergarten reading and writing practice, an easel is a great tool for artistic and educational play. Step2’s Easel for Two scores with its multi-function options — one side is a chalkboard, the other, a magnetic white board. Two (or more!) players can use the easel at any given time, spelling out words with the (included) magnetic letters, drawing with chalk, or using the paper clip on either side to hold paper to make more permanent masterpieces.

Buy it: Step2 Easel For Two, $ 53

4. Magnetic tiles or blocks

They’re really expensive, so parents often hesitate to buy them. But magnetic tiles and blocks are one of the longest-lasting toys out there, enchanting children playing alone, with a sibling, or in groups for years on end. What will they build with them? What won’t they build? If you’re wondering whether to shell out for expensive name-brand blocks and tiles or buy one of the lower-cost imitators, we think Magna-Tiles (pictured above) and Tegu Blocks are worth the money. Read our post Magna-Tiles vs. Magformers: A magnetic tile throwdown for more.

Buy it: Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set, $ 120; 42 Piece Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set, $ 110

5. Play food

Play food inspires so many games! Kids can play Grocery Store, serve food to you, make tea parties for dolls, imagine themselves in their own homes cooking breakfast, the possibilities go on and on. By the time you’re ready to pass on your play food set, your kids will be ready to make real food! Some parents prefer wooden food, others are fine with plastic; here are our favorite brands of each.

Buy it: KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set, $ 23; Melissa & Doug Food Groups, pictured, $ 17

6. Doll stroller

Children just love pushing things around, and this doll stroller wins out over similar models with its versatility. Pop in a doll — American Girl dolls and those of similar size fit perfectly — and push her around in an English-style pram. When it’s dolly bedtime, the bed of the pram unlatches and becomes a baby carrier/bed, while the bottom of the stroller turns into an upright stroller. You can even use this stroller to carry two dolls at once, if another dolly comes over to play.

Buy it: Badger Basket English Style 3-in-1 Doll Pram, Carrier, $ 40

7. Duplo Bricks

Building bricks are, of course, a toy classic, used to construct any and all of the many custom items kids need for games. But little hands can’t work full-size LEGOs. Instead, get your child a set of chubby Duplo Bricks, made simple enough for a toddler, but adaptable and fascinating enough for a kindergartner.

Buy it: LEGO DUPLO Basic Bricks Deluxe, $ 57

8. Train set

Train sets are one of those toys where you can go absolutely nuts, with figures and tableaus and tracks all over the the house. Or you can keep it dead simple, with a figure 8 track and a few trains, which will fascinate your children for years without producing a lot of clutter.

Buy it: KidKraft Figure 8 Train Set, $ 24

9. Bubbles

Infants and adults alike are fascinated by bubbles: blowing them, breaking them, chasing them, just watching them float along magically in the air. This handy set has a couple of dozen different wands (big, small, different shapes), a small container of bubble stuff, and shallow pans to pour it into, all contained in one handy cylinder. Pull it out from a closet or drawer and you have guaranteed fun for all ages. And when you run out of bubble stuff, you can just use dishwasher detergent or replace.

Buy it: Super Miracle Bubbles Carry Along Bubble Set, $ 8

10. Play dough

As soon as your kid’s old enough that he won’t eat it, you’ll be pulling out many a package of modeling dough, and you’ll keep on doing it until he’s well into grade school. There are many recipes online if you’re the DIY type, or you can find modeling dough in many different types of stores: art stores, drugstores, grocery stores, toy stores. We haven’t found many differences between brands, but some cheaper brands don’t come in containers that seal as well as Play-Doh, and dry out faster.

Buy it: Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors, $ 8

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‘Age of Empires: Definitive Edition’ Restores a Classic for The Modern Age

History waits for no one — and over 20 years after its original release, Age of Empires has received the HD retouching this classic truly deserves.

Following on the footsteps of Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition pulls the origins of the highly influential Age of Empires series into the modern age, with thorough graphical and UI improvements.

For players who’ve been with the series since the beginning, it’s a gorgeous re-rendering of the classic game. For newer players, curious about the origins of the series, it’s an enlightening experience that also showcases the game’s weaknesses compared to modern real-time strategy games.

The Age of Empires series tasks players with developing a civilization from a small, hunter-gatherer society to an expansive Iron Age Empire. The path to success is found by gathering resources, building structures that lead to more advanced technology, and conquering other nations.

The name of the game is micromanaging the development of your nation, and the flow of gameplay has changed little with Age of Empires: Definitive Edition – which will either delight or upset players depending on the experience they may be searching for.

Players can choose between a wide variety of different civilizations: Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks, Persians, to name a few, and lead their civilization to the heights of a new Golden Age. Each nation state has their own unique perks, but these perks are mostly passive and are rooted in the same playstyle. This welcoming system makes it easy for players to try out different civilizations but might not bring enough customization to players looking for clearer playstyle distinctions.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition-Town
The Age Of Empires of 2018 is a far cry from the blurred polygons of yesteryear.

The Remastered version of Age of Empires brings a plethora of changes. The graphical style of the game has been updated from the jagged pixel art of 1997 into full 3D models. An ‘attack-move’ feature has been added (units will auto-attack anything in their path while moving), and a ton of balance adjustments paired with the game’s many civilization types.

The biggest game-changing improvement of the Definitive Edition is the increased population limit. This allows more units to be created, civilian or military types, to perform more actions simultaneously.

The game received a significant rework on the sound design as well, with a remastered soundtrack and sound effects. The original Age of Empires soundtrack is regarded as one of the best of the time, and the restoration does it justice. New unit voices were also recorded (a new wololo!).

The cleaner UI makes hopping through menus a breeze. All of these improvements are welcome. But for those purists looking to forgo all these changes, you can enable Classic Mode to play the game in its original 1997 state.

Old Habits Die Hard

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition-Fight
While there’s not much new here, the increased population limit allows players to orchestrate some wonderfully epic battles.

It’s worth noting that while these improvements clean up the Age of Empires experience significantly, the true nuts-and-bolts of the game are unchanged. Some of the archaic elements of the original are still present – including the poor pathfinding on unit commands.

Pathfinding has significantly improved across the real-time strategy genre, and players familiar with modern offerings will immediately notice the lack of polish in this realm. You will need to lead some units by the hand, for nothing is worse than watching your warriors clumsy run into each other, dooming your attack. Sometimes units idling in your base will stand around in the midst of a major attack, and will only react if enemy units get close enough.

There is little true strategy in Age of Empires’ combat – besides fine-tuning your unit grouping, a fight consists of little more than clicking your units into combat and hoping for the best. Chances of success can be improved by carefully tweaking your units as the fight unfolds, but this is a skill that’s learned more through muscle memory and practice, as opposed to learning some grand strategy.

The inclusion of online multiplayer can give Age of Empires: Definitive Edition plenty of life well after you clear the game’s many single player campaigns. However, we found hiccups in the online experience in the handful of matches we played.

Outside of some occasional lag, losing a player can sometimes result in the match completely ending due to minor connection errors. The customizable options of online play can lead to some pretty unique matches, so thankfully a few connection problems don’t deter from the enjoyment of battling other players.

Is ‘Age of Empires: Definitive Edition’ Good?

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition-Civilization
It may be simplistic, but this game still oozes charm by the bucketload.

It’s a little unorthodox to see a remaster of the original game after the remaster of its sequel. Age of Empires II HD has been out for nearly five years and is widely considered to be the more well-rounded experience. For this reason alone, a remaster of the original Age of Empires is much more suitable for players of the original experience than newer players. Why should new players go back further than they need to when a widely-acclaimed sequel is already available?

But that being said, there is still something incredibly addictive about the original Age of Empires experience. Once players get settled into their micro-tasking, seeing your civilization blossom from nothing into a sprawling metropolis is magical. The progressions through the different technological ages constantly bring a level of excitement for the use of new technology and units.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a must-play for series vets looking to recapture the nostalgia of their first RTS experience, and well worth a look for new players looking to understand the roots of the RTS genre.

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How to Wear Blue and Gray: A Classic Menswear Color Combination

If you had to choose the most important colors to form the basis of a tailored wardrobe, they would be blue, particularly navy blue, followed closely by gray. These hues not only play well with various other shades but also work beautifully with one another, thus making them the most versatile color pairing in menswear.

The combination is always stylish while remaining conservative and perfect for the office. In this article, the first of a series of classic color combinations, we take a look at the different ways to pair blue and gray.

Windowpane Suit with Gray Windowpane Tie

Windowpane Suit with Gray Windowpane Tie

How to Wear Blue and Gray

Blue and Gray with a Suit and Tie

The easiest way to coordinate blue and gray is to match the two in a suit and tie combination.  It’s commonly said that when a man first ventures into the world of tailored clothing–or into the working world that demands such a dress code–he should begin with a navy blue suit. Using a gray tie with this navy suit is a surefire way to earn style points.

The second suit a man should own when starting a business wardrobe is a gray one, but here the recommendations vary between a mid-gray and a charcoal. In either case, you simply take the opposite approach as your first suit and coordinate with a blue tie. The entire range of gray presents a neutral backdrop for any mid – to navy blue tie to work. And, the fact that both blue and gray are cool colors ensures they will pair naturally. Even if your gray suit contains warmer brown tones, you’ll have no issues because blue also combines perfectly with brown.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in a mid-gray suit with mid-blue tie.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in a mid-gray suit with mid-blue tie.

Avoid Strong Contrast

Although pairing a gray tie with a blue suit and vice versa is nearly foolproof, there are some ways for you to make the most of this combination. For one thing, avoid too strong a contrast between the two colors, which is the general rule for any color coordination. So, if your suit is dark gray, avoid a really pale blue.

Add Pattern and Texture

Beyond avoiding sharp contrast, try adding complexity and interest to your blue and gray combinations by introducing textures and patterns. Sure, you can start simply with a white shirt, solid tie, and a plain worsted wool suit, but this gets boring fast. An easy way to add a pattern while remaining classic is to use a gray glen check tie in silk (or wool for winter) with a navy suit. For a gray suit, get a navy grenadine tie in either a large or fine weave (garza grossa or garza fina) to inject texture. In the reverse scenario, pick up a silver grenadine for a blue suit.

Use Items with Both Colors Together

The most sophisticated method to combine gray and blue with a suit and tie, however, is to choose items that contain both colors together. For example, you can wear a navy suit with a gray windowpane pattern. By definition, Prince of Wales suiting fabric differs from a glen check because it contains an overcheck in an additional color, and a common version of this is a gray base pattern with the addition of a blue overcheck, giving you both in one shot.


An example of Prince of Wales suiting fabric from Sartoria Rossi showing a gray base pattern with blue overplaid.

An example of Prince of Wales suiting fabric from Sartoria Rossi showing a gray base pattern with blue overplaid.

Printed silk ties with blue and gray geometric patterns or knit ties with both colors in them are likewise excellent options. I especially like the versatility of striped ties with either a repp pattern or large block stripes for this purpose. If you get a tie with stripes of both colors you can wear them easily with either gray or blue suits.


@nfld_rm55 wearing a blue and gray block stripe tie.

@nfld_rm55 wearing a blue and gray block stripe tie; find a similar one here

Gray and Blue with Odd Combinations

The same techniques mentioned above can be used when wearing sports coat and trouser combinations, though some men may be put off by the perceived difficulties of coordinating an additional article of clothing: pants in a different shade. If you begin with blue and gray, this is actually a piece of cake. Like the navy suit, the navy blazer is a staple, foundational item of menswear. Technically, a solid blazer has to be blue, so begin there and add gray pants.
Andreas Weinås doesn't look like a security guard in this combination of navy and gray.

Andreas Weinås doesn’t look like a security guard in this combination of navy and gray.

You may have heard that the classic navy jacket and gray trousers will make you look like a security guard, but if you choose an appropriate fit and quality materials that simply won’t happen. Just stay away from cheap shoes, polyester fabric, and baggy fits, and you’ll be fine. Add a pocket square to the outfit, even a simple white linen one, and there’s no way your outfit will be mistaken for a uniform. Wearing a striped shirt or tie that isn’t plain, including the aforementioned navy or silver grenadine, will elevate the look as well.
Blue blazer with gray trousers

A rich navy blue double-breasted suit jacket with gray trousers

The opposite move–a gray sports coat with navy trousers–is rarer, maybe because it is generally more difficult to pull off a lighter jacket with darker pants. However, there’s no reason to be dissuaded, as long as your blue pants don’t look like the bottom half of a suit. Here, a pattern can be your friend and using a gray sports coat that contains a pattern, again the classic glen check or Prince of Wales, will enhance your chances of success.
Brian Sacawa of He Spoke Style wearing a glen check gray sport coat and navy blue pants.

Brian Sacawa of He Spoke Style wearing a glen check gray sports coat and navy blue pants; note how the dark navy knit tie neatly ties the dark pants with the lighter jacket

Multiple Layers of Blue and Gray

Going beyond the basics, you can use the principles in our Layering 101 guide to increase the sophistication of your gray and blue combinations.  When we talk about layering we immediately think knitwear and overcoats for colder weather.
These provide great opportunities to add either alternating layers of blue and gray hues–like a navy tie, gray sweater vest, and navy jacket–or a swath of the same color–like a navy blue tie, cardigan, and pants under a gray flannel sports coat. You can do the same with a gray or blue overcoat too: decide whether you want to duplicate the underlying color or contrast it, then get creative.

Gray and Blue Accessories

Accessories, including gloves, hats, and scarves, are another great way to use these two colors, and, again, you have two broad options. If you have a gray coat on, you could go monochromatic and select elegant gray cashmere-lined peccary gloves to match tones. Alternatively, go with a contrast and choose a pair of bold petrol blue leather gloves in lamb nappa leather. With a scarf, you may be able to “kill two birds with one stone” by purchasing a double-sided version, like this dark blue and gray one in alpaca from Fort Belvedere, which lets you contrast or blend with a flip of the cloth.
Raphael looking dapper wearing petrol blue gloves from Fort Belvedere

Sven Raphael Schneider looking dapper wearing petrol blue gloves from Fort Belvedere and a navy overcoat

An overlooked accessory that’s especially great for warmer weather is a boutonniere. You won’t find a gray flower, even in nature, but you can definitely pop a realistic silk blue cornflower boutonniere into the lapel buttonhole of your gray suit jacket to bring on the spring.

Blue and Gray Shoes and Socks

Although blue and gray is usually a conservative combination, one of the boldest things you can do for your overall outfit is to wear these colors as footwear. Dark navy Oxfords are the best choice with a suit since they resemble a standard black business shoe with just a hint of added color, but they are difficult to find. Those with dandy impulses and in a less conservative environment could go with brighter blues, such as a blue wholecut Oxford or monk strap, paired with a light gray suit.
Navy Suede Double Monk Strap shoes

Navy Suede Double Monk Strap shoes

In terms of availability, your best bet for blue shoes might be navy loafers, which are most often found in suede, though polished calf leather makes for a more formal choice, perhaps with gray trousers and a sports coat. Pairing blue shoes of any sort with blue pants are trickier but possible if both colors are similar enough.
Blue calf leather loafers with navy pants

Blue calf leather loafers with navy pants

Those who are truly committed and a bit daring can try to locate spectator shoes that combine both navy and gray. A two-tone shoe is surprisingly versatile because it can accompany tailoring of either color.

Navy and gray brogue wingtip from J. FitzPatrick.

Unusual but surprisingly versatile navy and gray brogue wingtips

Solid gray shoes appropriate for tailored clothing are exceedingly rare and tend to be lighter gray monk straps or derbies. Thus, they’re awkward for navy trousers due to the high contrast they create, and wearing them with gray could create too much uniformity in your outfit. However, you could always experiment if you find a pair. Something with two tones of gray or just dark gray would be more useful.
If you aren’t ready to make the leap to blue or gray shoes, a unique and inexpensive option that will also brighten things up is shoelaces in one of these classic colors. For around $ 10, you can put gray laces on black oxfords to be worn with a grey suit or blue laces on brown shoes with a navy suit.
Black Captoe Oxford with dark gray and black dress shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

Black captoe oxfords with blue-gray and black dress shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

Socks are also a terrific option to coordinate blue and gray. As a rule, begin with the principle of matching socks to your pants, not your shoes. You can show some panache by wearing socks that contain the complementary color to your pants (for example, blue socks with gray trousers ) or, better yet, socks that contain both colors, like a light blue and light gray shadow stripe.

Blue and Gray for Casual Wear

Though the Gentleman’s Gazette focuses on classic style, we’d be remiss not to mention the most popular article of casual clothing and probably the most popular blue fabric worn throughout the world–denim. We don’t specifically think of wearing gray with denim, but maybe we should take this page out of the classic menswear book and apply it to casual wear too. Blue jeans can easily be paired with a gray sports coat, provided the jeans are not overly distressed and the jacket casual enough, like something in an unstructured cotton or with sufficient texture.

Atte Rytkönen from Dress Like A with jeans and a gray jacket.

Atte Rytkönen from Dress Like A wearing jeans and a gray jacket.

Blue denim shirts have recently become a popular transitional garment, worn instead of dressier shirts with sports coats. Add a navy jacket, gray pants, and the aforementioned blue loafers, and you have a fantastic outfit.

A perfect combination of gray and blue with a denim shirt from Pini Parma.

A perfect combination of gray and blue with a denim shirt from Pini Parma.


There’s a reason why blue and gray are the base pairing in the DNA of classic men’s style, the primary colors to draw upon. Those who are new to color coordination use them as a means of creating fundamentally sound clothing combinations with minimal anxiety, while those who are stylistically advanced return to the pairing as a constant even as they experiment.  How have you used shades of gray and blue? What are your favorite combinations using these two colors? Tell us in the comments below.


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How To Layer Clothes For Men – Classic Layering 101

When summer turns to autumn and when winter weather is in full force, it’s time to layer up. Layering–with knits, vests, scarves or undershirts–is not only a practical way to keep warm; it also gives you the opportunity to experiment creatively with different looks, adding complexity to your tailored style. In this article, we’ll provide tips on layering when wearing a suit or sport coat.

Invisible Layering

When we think of layering for the purposes of style, we usually picture visible articles of clothing, but if insulation is your main reason for layering, and you want to look like you normally do when the weather is warmer, an undershirt is the way to go.  As discussed in our Undershirt Guide, you’ll find a number of sellers–Collected Threads, NVSBL, Sloane Men, Shirtless, and Ribbed Tee, to name a few–that promote the invisibility of their products: this is the one layer you never want to show.

t-shirt as an undershirt

It’s a Don’t: wearing a visible t-shirt as an undershirt

With this in mind, the usual plain white undershirt is not the ideal choice because it usually does show through, even under a white dress shirt. Fortunately, most of the above companies sell undershirts in multiple colors to help solve this problem. Gray is supposed to be less noticeable, though you can also try to get one in a color that comes close to your skin tone. Versions with various deep-v or scoop necks are also available, so you can still wear them unseen if you go tieless with your top one or two buttons open.

For invisible layering, try an undershirt close to your skin tone.

For invisible layering, try an undershirt close to your skin tone.

Keep in mind that layering under your shirt will add bulk, which will tend to make you look less sleek even if you have a thin build. It will likely lead to some bunching at the belly area, especially with slim-fit shirts, or make your shirt ride up, as you now have two layers of fabric moving around under your waistband as you walk, get up and down, and perform your daily activities. An undershirt also doesn’t leave you with the ability to take off layers easily if you get too warm. Still, if you are wearing tailored clothes and want a regular shirt and tie look under a jacket when it’s cold, an undershirt can be a good choice.

Six Techniques for Visible Layering Classic Men’s Clothing

Before you begin layering above your shirt (instead of under it), it’s essential to define what a layer is and how each layer interacts with the others. First off, layering is really about what you wear on your torso, where any individual item that goes on top of another one makes up a layer, whether or not it covers you. So, in visual terms, a scarf, a tie, and a pocket square count as layers just as much as a sweater and sports coat. Knowing this helps you envision how to style your layers effectively.

Scarf layering

Scarf layering

1. Monochrome Layers are Easy

Perhaps the easiest layering you can ever do is to create a monochrome look using all the same solid colors, such as a three-piece suit with a matching color tie and overcoat. This requires very little skill provided the colors in your layers harmonize with one another, but the end result can be eye-catching. Note that this is best accomplished with a color that isn’t too dark; dark navy and black will not offer enough interest or contrast to make this look polished.

Tom Cruise in a monochrome layering

Tom Cruise in a monochrome layering

2. Layer with Contrasting Colors

layer cake

layer cake

A good beginner’s principle that you can always follow is to contrast your layers by alternating between colors. You can use either complementary colors or those in the same family. Think chocolate layer cake with mocha or hazelnut cream. Let’s say that you have a blue necktie on. The layer above it, a knit cardigan, could be gray, brown, beige, rust, yellow or any other color that complements blue. Following the rule of alternation, you could go back to blue for the jacket above your cardigan.

Layering with a simple alternation of two colors.

Layering with a simple alternation of two colors.

Alternatively, you could choose a third color that coordinates with your other layers, like a tonal variation. For example, you could wear your blue tie with a taupe cardigan and then a brown jacket. This enables you to select your layering colors from a similar palette or family, like various gradations of blue or all earth tones for autumn as shown in the images below.

This flat-lay image from Boggi Milano shows layering with shades of blue (light blue shirt, navy vest, admiral blue suit jacket).

This flat-lay image from Boggi Milano shows layering with shades of blue (light blue shirt, navy vest, admiral blue suit jacket).

Burzanblog layering with earthy tones.

Burzanblog layering with earthy tones.

3. Alternate Solids and Patterns

Similar to using colors, you can contrast your layers by alternating between patterns and solids. So, if your shirt has a pattern (stripes or checks, for example), your tie would be a solid color. You can then use a patterned waistcoat above it and finish with a solid suit jacket or sports coat. The alternation is therefore pattern (shirt), solid (tie), pattern (waistcoat), solid (jacket). Another possibility would be a solid shirt, then a patterned tie on top of it, like a glen check, a solid knit sweater over that, and, finally, a patterned jacket: solid, pattern, solid, pattern, always alternating.

Alternating solids and patterns.

Alternating solids and patterns.

4. Try Two (or Three) Patterns in a Row

Of course, it is possible for those with an advanced sense of style to go pattern-on-pattern, such as a checked shirt with a windowpane necktie or a striped shirt with a geometric tie, but layering with more than two patterns is risky. If you also add a patterned vest, for example, your look becomes busy and visually cluttered, making it difficult for anyone to focus on any single aspect of your clothes. So, when involving patterns, start first with the thought of alternating and perhaps expand to two patterns in a row, followed by a solid.

With that said, one way to experiment with three pattern layering is to use variants of the same fairly subdued pattern, especially stripes.

three pattern layering

Three pattern layering

5. Create a Bridge Between Layers with Shared Colors

When you use layers, you have a chance to coordinate colors in a sophisticated way, such as wearing an article of clothing that contains a small bit of the same color present in another layer, as discussed in the last example. In the first image below, the waistcoat contains both the orange of the tie and the blue of the jacket, creating a kind of transition between the two. In the second image, blue is repeated subtly in the double-breasted waistcoat while still maintaining some contrast. The subtle repetition of a color connects layers and unifies your look.

 6. Pay Attention to How Layer Colors Interact

When choosing layer colors, always keep in mind that the perception of a hue is most affected by the color directly next to it, so check how the color you select for each layer reads when adjacent to the next one. A royal blue tie might look good alone with a white shirt and brown jacket, but adding a rust waistcoat above it might make that tie suddenly appear too electric.

The good news is that the interaction of colors across layers can often help alleviate one of the sins of style: wearing two solid colors that are similar but different enough for the difference to be noticeable.  For instance, it might not look great to wear a copper tie with rust pants because the two colors are similar but just a little “off,” but the minute you throw a beige cardigan on, the visual separation created by the added layer can harmonize the two colors. If you want to wear a solid blue tie that is just a shade different from your suit jacket, separating them with a grey waistcoat tricks the eye into ignoring the dissimilarity.

Dr. Lee wears a suit and tie that are slightly different tones, broken up by a knit waistcoat.

Dr. Lee wears a suit and tie that are slightly different tones, broken up by a knit waistcoat.

What Garments to Use for Layering

Assuming a shirt and jacket, with or without a tie, to be your starting point, we can turn our attention to options for what to wear above or between these base layers.

1. A Waistcoat or Vest

Historically the first additional layer worn by gentlemen would be a waistcoat. In fact, this was originally not optional because today’s shirts were originally considered undergarments to be hidden. A vest was necessary to cover the wrinkles, dirt and inevitable dishevelment of a shirt as it is worn during the course of a day, smoothing out the wearer’s appearance. The odd vest can do the same for you today by creating a more refined visual layer while also adding color or pattern to an otherwise staid outfit. In fact, even the most formal of get-ups, morning wear, admits a splash of color via buff yellow and cornflower blue waistcoats. Plus, you don’t need to worry about getting your tie blades the same length; just keep them under your vest.

Sven Raphael Schneider in a fedora, vintage brown Caraceni suit, vest, winchester shirt, collar bar and spectators

Sven Raphael Schneider in a fedora, vintage brown Caraceni suit, vest, Winchester shirt, collar bar and spectators

For a more casual look, you can try a knitted vest, in cashmere or wool, with or without buttons.

2. A Cardigan

Chris Cardigan

The look of a light cardigan under a suit jacket or sports coat is similar to that of a waistcoat but provides the added benefit of long sleeves for extra insulation. Cardigans are probably the most common layering choice today. They’re easy to pack for travel and can be taken off and put on easily as the weather changes. When sizing a cardigan, it is usually better to get one that fits close to your body because cardigan knits tend to be softer in construction than the odd vest. Otherwise, a loose fitting cardigan tends to bunch around your midsection and look make you look paunchy by emphasizing your belly area. As with a waistcoat, cardigans look best if you also leave a button or two open at the bottom. Some gents open one or two top buttons as well, which can either come across as sprezzatura indifference or sloppy depending on your point of view.

3. A Zip Sweater or Vest

For a more sporty look, some men prefer to layer under a sports coat with zip neck sweaters or synthetic quilted vests like those made of nylon. They present more of an outdoorsman or après ski style and definitely add warmth in winter but are better with casual outerwear, such as a bomber jacket, peacoat, or waxed cotton jacket, than as a layer with tailored clothes.

4. A Scarf

European men, especially Italians, know the power of a scarf to add depth and complexity to an outfit, and Italians will be the first to tell you they don’t wear scarves primarily for warmth. A scarf gives you layering versatility for three seasons. In spring, fall, or winter, it can be worn on top of an overcoat, between a jacket and an overcoat, under a jacket, and even under a shirt if it’s thin enough, without adding too much bulk to your torso. Available in a huge range of colors and patterns, in silks and cashmere, a scarf is the most flexible tool to achieve levels of contrast while layering.

Solid Cashmere Scarves Made in Germany - Fort Belvedere

Scarves, like these from Fort Belvedere, are a perfect choice for cashmere. They can be worn for decades, and are soft and warm on the neck.

5. An Ascot or Cravat

Cravats and ascots, like those sold by Fort Belvedere, are unique among layering items since they represent a visible layer beneath your collar-line. This can make them useful to set up a particular sequence of contrasting patterns and colors. Since cravats can be any cloth worn directly around the neck, light silk scarves are also a popular choice to be worn this way. Certainly, these forms of neckwear deserve more widespread use, offering the beauty of a tie in a more unusual form. For advice on how to wear them check out our guide.

Scarf worn as Cravat

Scarf worn as Cravat

6. A Pocket Square

As small as they are, pocket squares count as a level when you’re layering because, like a tie, they present a visual plane with color and/or pattern above the level of your jacket. They also pack a lot of visual punch because they are actually your “top layer” unless you wear an overcoat or scarf. They provide a chance to pick a tone from your other layers and represent it subtly again. Or they enable you to add further contrast or a complementary color. Read our guide on how to combine a pocket square with your tie, suit, and shirt.

7. Overcoat

When it truly is cold out, a wool or cashmere overcoat will represent your topmost layer, unless you put a pocket square or pair of gloves in your coat pocket.  Coats are unique because their effect varies depending on how you wear them. If you wear them open for the most part, they should coordinate with your other layers following the techniques presented earlier. If you wear your coats closed, however, you can choose to coordinate with just your tie or whatever shows in the open V at your chest, like a scarf; you control which layers to show. This can give open the door for variations, including overcoats in a brighter color or stronger patterns like a Casentino.


Lino Ieluzzi and Renato Plutino show the possibilities of coordinating layers with open and closed overcoats.

Lino Ieluzzi and Renato Plutino show the possibilities of coordinating layers with open and closed overcoats.


Whether we notice it or not, layering takes place quite often on a casual level: it happens whenever someone puts on a hoodie or a sweater and a coat. However, layering with tailored clothing requires conscious thought and greater aesthetic consideration. You need to make use of your coordination skills but take them up a notch or two because you have to achieve an effect with a larger number of garments, each of which has an effect on the others. It’s an opportunity to up your game and experiment stylistically, with the reward of creating a more complex outfit that also keeps you warm in inclement weather.

Gentleman’s Gazette readers, what are some of your favorite layering combinations? Tell us in the comments below.

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This Classic Trend Is Ageless, and Zendaya Can Prove It

Suiting separates are a perennially chic option for men and women alike—and while some might find the look specific to a certain age bracket, there are plenty of modern style stars refuting that notion. Take Zendaya, for example. The 21-year-old actress and singer recently stepped out in a totally unique tuxedo look that proves the style suits everyone (quite literally).

Her jacket and pants are by Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp and feature unexpected details at the lapels that give it a cool vintage effect. While we’ll always appreciate a classic suit, we love that Zendaya chose an iteration that incorporates a bit of unexpected edge. When it comes to dressing to impress, a well-tailored pairing as seen here is always a great option, whether you’re 19 or 99.

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Crystal’s Modern Classic Kitchen Design Board


My partner and I are currently in the planning process of our first new home build so dreaming up a custom kitchen is quite a timely assignment! This dream board pulls together some of my favorite’s right now: colorful cabinetry, gold accents and just a touch of whimsy.

The centerpiece of this kitchen is a beautiful island with a white, waterfall countertop and Genova large format porcelain tiles accenting the front for an elegant detail. I choose a wide rail shaker style cabinet door for a clean, modern look in a timeless style and added  satin brass hardware. For the backsplash, I went with a White Malojica Glossy Wall Tile from the Ames Tile Trends Collection that is both subtle and glamorous at the same time.  Flooring is a 8″ x 48″ Brown Wood Porcelain Tile; the dark color brings a rich warmth to the space.

To complete the look, I picked a faucet, light fixture and accessories with gold detailing and interesting details for a look that is both classic and trendy, with plenty of glam.


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Grailed Opens New Market for Classic MenswearGrailed has been a…

Grailed Opens New Market for Classic Menswear

Grailed has been a great new marketplace for menswear enthusiasts. While we’re longtime fans of eBay, it can be hard to find stuff there without using pre-designed search filters (which is why we have our eBay roundups, to help readers find the good stuff). There’s also a bit of trading still happening on the buying-and-selling sections of menswear forums, but they can be hard to navigate – sort of like trying to find a cool jacket on Craigslist. 

The great thing about Grailed is that it’s a user-driven community of menswear enthusiasts, with a sizable team on the backend to help sort listings between the site’s mainpage, Core, and Hype subsections (the last two being for basics and hyped streetwear, respectively). The site’s unique interface also makes it easy to serendipitously find things you may not have known about as you’re scrolling through the site. All in all, the site just makes it easier to find find great things for your wardrobe. 

Today, Grailed is launching their newest subsection, Sartorial, which is for tailored clothing and classic menswear. Brands such as Alden and Crockett & Jones have always thrived on the site, but the marketplace has been generally geared towards the casual side of the spectrum – more niche designer jackets from Japan, rather than something you can wear to a conservative office. Grailed’s new Sartorial subsection is looking to change that by consolidating all the tailored and classic menswear into one place. And they’ll be supporting it with editorial content on their blog (the first photo above is a preview of their story on Cucinelli, which is scheduled to go up tomorrow). 

Note, as with any of these sites, you’ll want to smartly employ the search filters in order to drill down on things that’ll work for you. Grailed also allows you to save your searches so you don’t have to click through all the options the next time you visit. You can see the Sartorial subsection here.

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Hear Feist’s Delicate Rendition of Leonard Cohen Classic

Feist has released her tender rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye," which the Pleasure singer previously covered at the Juno Awards in tribute to the Canadian legend.

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Rachet Upgrade: Cardi B Goes Classic For Rihanna’s Diamond Ball

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It’s undeniable that Cardi B is on an absolute roll. The rapper and former Love & Hip Hop: New York star is breaking all kinds of records with her hit single Bodak Yellow and she just landed nine BET Awards nominations.

But while the hits just keep on coming for the Bronx native, she just scored a major win on the red carpet.

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She showed up to Rihanna’s third annual Diamond Ball in a stunning Christian Siriano gown and she absolutely killed it! Slay on Cardi, we’re rooting for you!

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How Fast Super Famicom Classic Sold In Japan

The SNES Classic Edition has been made available for pre-order from participating online e-tailers and brick and mortar retailers. The system has been selling like crazy and Nintendo’s revival console has already managed to sell out in near record time in Japan after pre-orders opened up over in…

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Kairi Sane on Conquering at Mae Young Classic, Heading to Houston

Only in professional wrestling can a former yachting champion and aspiring actress from Japan conquer a South Dakotan MMA veteran known more for grounding opponents with chokeholds than outracing them in high-seas regattas. Such was the scene last night, as recent NXT signee and ex-World Wonder Ring Stardom standout Kairi Sane (previously known as Kairi Hojo overseas) scored a 1-2-3 over

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Coco Ho Claims QS6,000 at the 2017 Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro


PLAYA DE PANTIN, Galicia – Spain (Saturday, September 2, 2017) – The Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro culminated today with the victory of Coco Ho (HAW), 26, over Caroline Marks (USA), 15, in two-to-three foot surf.
Despite a near-disappearing act from the waves, the women’s final day was full of surprises and crowned the 2017 Champion in front of huge crowds enjoying the show from the iconic Pantin headland.

In the final, Caroline Marks was quick to take action and post a decent 6.17 in the opening minutes of the bout. Coco Ho had a slower start but after a few exchanges, found herself with priority when the first real wave of the final approached.

Starting on her backhand, the Hawaiian locked in two excellent turns right in the lip for an 8.83 and the lead. While Marks had a hard time keeping her composure under pressure, Coco continued to exploit the right sections and posted a 7.67 to put her opponent in a combination situation, and eventually take out the 2017 Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro. After the Pro Anglet last week, Coco Ho continued on her roll and signed back-to-back wins, adding an important 6,000 points to her 2017 QS tally.

“It’s been amazing to be back in Pantin, I can never believe how beautiful this place is,” Ho stated. “The waves have been really fun this week, and I’m stoked it’s my third time back and I finally got a good result! From the water it was insane to see so many people, so thank’s everyone for coming to support us.”

At only 15 years old, Caroline Marks claims a career-best runner-up at this level of competition, but it comes as no surprise as her season attests of the talent the Floridian-born surfer has shown. With another couple of big results under her belt, she has one foot anchored in the QS Top 6 and a potential seat on the 2018 Championship Tour roster.

“It’s been such an incredible week, I’m so blessed and grateful of my whole support crew,” Marks said. “I wasn’t really thinking about points, I’m really just trying to have fun surfing, but it’s really exciting. I’m simply just going to try my hardest in the next QS event and whatever happens, happens. I have a few trips between now and the Sally event so I’m going to keep on living the dream right now.”

In a wave-starved opening semifinal, Bronte Macaulay (AUS), 23, tried to keep busy and surfed three average waves to build a low-scoring heat total of 9.60. It seemed like the right option considering her opponent did not have a score on the board halfway through the heat, but Marks came back in the heat with a solid 7 point ride. The american only needed a minor score which she easily got in the dying moments of the heat, forcing Macaulay out in equal third place in Pantin.

“It was a tricky heat with not many waves and Caroline got the one set that came through,” Macaulay said. “It was one of those heats you wish you’d done differently, but I’m super happy to have a heat against her, she’s such an awesome person and has been ripping all event!”

The second semifinal unfortunately suffered the same swell-plague as Ho and Silvana Lima (BRA), 32, battled for the second spot in the final. This time, the patient approach of Lima did not pay off and it was Ho’s average scoreboard that was enough for the win. The Brazilian, who posted an incredible 18.66 total in the quarters did not get an opportunity to showcase her radical brand of surfing and bowed out in equal third place.

“I always have good results here in Pantin and I love coming back!” she said. “This result is great for the points, I feel a lot more comfortable now to re-qualify for next year. ”

The next call in Pantin will convene the men at 9 a.m Sunday for the finals.

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1 – Coco Ho (HAW) 16.50
2 – Caroline Marks (USA) 11.17

SF 1: Caroline Marks (USA) 11.77 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.60
SF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 9.67 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 6.27

QF 1: Caroline Marks (USA) 12.20 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.07
QF 2: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 14.03 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.37
QF 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 18.66 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 5.30
QF 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.93 def. Dominic Barona (ECU) 12.47


Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA) 13.67 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 8.84
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.70 def. Minori Kawai (JPN) 10.30
Heat 3: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.84 def. Frankie Harrer (DEU) 7.40
Heat 4: Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.44 def. Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 10.93
Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.06 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 13.34
Heat 6: Keely Andrew (AUS) 12.10 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.80
Heat 7: Dominic Barona (ECU) 11.84 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 10.06
Heat 8: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.50 def. Macy Callaghan (AUS) 10.87

Heat 1: Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
Heat 2: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) vs. Marc Lacomare (FRA)
Heat 3: Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 4: Evan Geiselman (USA) vs. Miguel Tudela (PER)
Heat 5: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 6: Andy Criere (ESP) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 7: Nat Young (USA) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 8: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Imaikalani Devault (HAW)

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‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’: See MLB Promo Featuring REO Speedwagon Classic

Their mullets may be long gone, and no longer do their baggy Starter warm-up jackets fit. But the TV analysts at Major League Baseball's MLB Network are getting a little "1980s nostalgic" and are bringing out the flair if not the hair just ahead of baseball's final push to the playoffs.

This week, the baseball television network has rolled out its new promo for its show "MLB

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Nintendo Is Bringing Classic Arcade Games To The Switch

Nintendo has a huge wealth of classic games that many gamers can’t wait to play via the Virtual Console. However, what if Nintendo decided to do something a bit different by re-imagining some of the classic titles from yesteryear but with all of the cool new features offered up by the…
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WWE Trainer Sara Amato on Inaugural Mae Young Classic

When WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon climbed into the ring in mid-2015, she claimed the "Women's Revolution" had begun with the debut of WWE's four horsewomen: Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch,

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Review: Slick and Entertaining, It Can’t Match the Horror of Stephen King’s Classic

The best or at least the most memorable movie adaptations of Stephen King novels—like Carrie or The Shining—create a vivid universe unto themselves while channeling King’s fearlessness in exploring the dark side of human nature. King’s novels, with their seemingly infinite layers of detail and meandering, entertaining asides, are difficult to adapt. But whatever you do, locking into King’s tone is essential. For all his willingness to stare down the darkest horrors and put them on the page, he’s also blazingly sympathetic to human insecurities and flaws. He doesn’t just show us a bunch of scary stuff. He challenges us to confront why we find that stuff scary in the first place.

Director Andy Muschietti’s It, adapted from King’s disquieting 1986 epic of the same name, doesn’t cut very deep and isn’t very scary. At its best, it’s a sometimes-entertaining evocation of the way kids think and talk within their little cliques, and of the way they protect one another with fierce loyalty. Rob Reiner’s 1986 Stand By Me is the obvious comparison point. It’s the end of the 1988 school year in the small Maine town of Derry, and a bunch of the nerdier, less-popular kids are looking forward to a summer of being picked on by the town bullies. There’s asthmatic mother’s boy Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer), gangly Jewish kid Stanley Uris (Wyatt Olef), whose religion puts him in the minority in small-town Maine, and wiseguy comedian Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard). Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) is one of the quieter, more thoughtful members of the gang; he has a stutter he can’t control, and he’s still reeling from a recent family tragedy. His six-year-old brother, Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott), disappeared earlier in the year—the event is dramatized with chilling precision in the movie’s opening sequence.

The boys’ chief nemesis is teenage bad apple Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton), and he’s not your average harmless misguided delinquent. At one point he attempts to carve his name into the stomach of another local kid, Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor). Ben is saved by Bill and the others, and two more kids end up joining the group: Mike (Chosen Jacobs) lives on a nearby sheep farm, where his chores include some of the more challenging work farmers need to do. He is also black, and so, like Stan, he’s another small-town Maine rarity. Beverly (Sophia Lillis), the only girl in the group, is slightly older, and she’s living a secret nightmare life at home. At school, she’s been branded “fast,” though there’s no truth to that accusation. She’s just a smart, considerate girl who tends to keep to herself.

Muschietti, who directed the effective 2013 horror thriller Mama, starring Jessica Chastain, does a fine job of sketching each of these kids as individuals, a challenge that even more experienced directors sometimes fail to meet. The problem is that the plot escalates in its ridiculousness, and Muschietti can’t control it. The kids learn that their town is in the grip of an evil force—the It of the title—who emerges every 27 years to feast on the locals, particularly the children. This It generally takes the form of Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård), an old-school circus clown with menacing eyes who lives in the town’s sewers and whose presence is sometimes announced by an ominous, free-floating red balloon.

Once the kids realize what It is up to, they want to stop It once and for all. Pennywise is one scary clown, a creature with red greasepaint stripes that trail from his eyes to his leering lips like bloody tears. The first time you see him—in the movie’s genuinely unnerving but also poetic opening, which hews closely to King’s beautifully written first chapter—he’s so scary you wonder if you might be in for a masterpiece. But by the tenth or twelfth—or perhaps twentieth?—time he shows up, the novelty has worn off. Muschietti relies too much on your garden-variety jump scares and now-standard special effects, things like ghoulish limbs twisting every which-way and innocent figures shape-shifting into malevolent ones. As always, the horrors you get a close look at are much less terrifying than those that remain unseen.

And that’s the chief problem with adapting any Stephen King novel: Nothing ever looks as scary on-screen as it does in our minds, when we’re sitting alone with a book. With It, seeing isn’t the same as believing.

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Watch Van Morrison’s Soaring Live Rendition of Sam Cooke Classic

Van Morrison delivers a riveting rendition of the Sam Cooke classic "Bring It on Home to Me" in a live video for the cover, which features on the singer's new album Roll With the

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Dressing the Doctor: A Physician’s Guide to a Classic Wardrobe

Few professions are as defined by an article of clothing as being a medical doctor. In many people’s eyes, the white lab coat is the quintessential representation of medical knowledge, trustworthiness, and authority, but these days, the dress code for physicians has become a shifting landscape.

Like many industries, the concept of a universal dress code among doctors no longer exists. Each clinic or hospital may establish guidelines for what physicians should wear, but the final choice is often confusingly left up to doctors. So what exactly should a doctor wear to work? There are three core perspectives to consider: the employer’s guidelines, your own personal style preferences, and patient perceptions.

Dr. Andre Churchwell in beautiful plaid suit

Dr. Andre Churchwell, a cardiologist, is dressed for work in a beautiful plaid suit

Does Physician Attire Really Matter? Study Says Yes

In a nutshell, yes. In the bestselling (if a little controversial) book Blink, author Malcolm Gladwell asserts that a first impression can be created in as little as 2 seconds, or what essentially amounts of a snap judgment. While this book is considered to be “popular science” the central tenet that first impressions are alive and well, and play a serious role in our lives, which is deeply important to the question of why what you wear matters. If you are being judged by your appearance in less than 2 seconds, then altering your attire can give you far more control over your personal image.

For doctors, the first impression and attire question goes deeper, because your choice of profession has established a higher expectation for competence and trustworthiness than other professions. A physician’s work delves into the most private and intimate aspects of a patient’s life, and people are hardwired to look for visual clues to the characteristics they expect to find in professionals that require deep trust.

In fact, the desire for doctors to dress a certain way has been confirmed in a series of studies. A recent University of Michigan review of 30 studies revealed that patients had a clear preference for how physicians should dress in 21 of the studies. In 18 of those 21, patients preferred formal attire or the traditional white lab coat. These preferences differed in emergency, hospital or surgical settings, in which patients expected doctors to be dressed in scrubs for the tasks at hand. The studies also revealed that the age of the patient mattered; Generation X or Y patients were more accepting of casual attire than older patients. That being said, casual attire can be confusing for patients who don’t have a visual way to differentiate between other patients and staff.

Mayo Clinic Professional Dress Code

Mayo Clinic Professional Dress Code

Case Study: the Mayo Clinic

Many medical institutions provide little to no useful guidance about dress codes, including medical schools. The prominent Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minnesota, has taken a different approach. Physicians wear professional business attire unless they need to wear scrubs, as the organization’s “uniform”. They liken this choice to not wanting to see a commercial pilot wear casual clothes to fly a plane. While the policy isn’t universally loved (there will always be some resistance to the cost, formality, and restriction of professional attire), the institution believes the policy helps to “convey professionalism and expertise.”

German doctors often wear all white, down to the shoes

German doctors often wear all white, down to the shoes

Physician Attire Around the World

The traditions for physician’s attire vary around the world. Though the lab coat seems to be ubiquitous, in some countries other sartorial traditions still stand. In Germany, for instance, in addition to a white lab coat, many medical professionals wear white pants and white shoes. A contrasting shirt and tie are typically the only addition of color. In the UK, like in the US, the standards vary widely and the question of what is the best attire choice for MDs in an increasingly casual society is an ongoing debate. In 2007, the UK Department of Health recommended that MDs not wear ties for reasons of hygiene, which led to casual attire choices that created confusion among patients and even the perception of “untidiness”. Recent research has shown there is little evidence that physician’s attire choices play a role in germ transmission.

If there are strong sartorial traditions for physicians in your country, use the possibilities you do have for personalization, whether it’s the choice of a shirt and a tie, your glasses, or even little details such as a collar pin or clip. If the question of what to wear is open to you, then we suggest you take a closer look at what you want your clothing to accomplish for you. They send a message whether you like them to or not, so why not retain as much control over that message as you can?

A gray flannel suit with matching waistcoat

A gray flannel suit with matching waistcoat

Professional Attire Is Better

In summary, it’s safe to say that formal or professional attire is a key way that physicians can convey competence, build trust with their patients, and support the desired image of the institution you work for. Even Hippocrates, the ancient Greek father of modern medicine, believed that a doctor should be clean and well-dressed. It’s probably no surprise that we at the Gentleman’s Gazette agree, since not only are we partial to classic look rooted in a more formal wardrobe, there is also ample evidence that dressing well boosts confidence, productivity, and perceptions of your success.

Raphael Navy DB Suit Fort Belvedere Bow tie, pocket square and boutonniere

A classic navy suit will always look professional (obviously, I am not a doctor, but it is just an example of what you could wear if you are one)

Dressing the Doctor: Professional Style Ideas

These days, defining “professional” attire can be tricky. One institution may define the term differently than another, so it’s best to abide by the dress code of your organization if one exists. If a BBE (bare below the elbows) policy is in place for your organization, you’ll need to skip suit jackets and long sleeve shirts in favor of dress shirts with rolled cuffs. Classicly, short-sleeve dress shirts are a wardrobe DON’T, but if you want to look professional and need to abide by BBE, this may be the one and only an exception to this rule.

However, from a sartorial perspective, professional attire refers to a dark 2- or 3-piece suit in navy or charcoal combined with a white or blue shirt, a conservative tie, and black dress shoes with over-the-calf socks. While this definition will always lead to appropriate professional attire, for MDs, that description is a little too restrictive. Instead, consider any 2- or 3-piece suit or a jacket combined with a dress shirt and dr