Our Favorite Dress of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Comes In Nearly Every Size

Your professional dress game is about to ante up thanks to a stylish new work dress waiting for you in the Nordstrom sale section! No matter the size of your dress arsenal, you could always use another easy-to-style addition to spice up your options. And it’s an even better situation when you catch a pretty garment at a lower price point.

Lucky for you, Nordstrom launches its crazy good Anniversary sale on July 20 but is giving early access to Rewards cardholders starting Thursday, July 12. Translation: You get first dibs on all the best looks before they sell out nearly a week ahead of the other shoppers.

That brings us back to the asymmetrical dress by Vince Camuto that will have you serving chic boss vibes in the office and beyond. If you’re looking for a great dress with the right touch of personality to wear in professional or semi-dressy settings, then the Vince Camuto Laguna Asymmetrical A-Line dress is the one.

Its asymmetric design has a modern appeal while the contrast seams are subtly reminiscent of casual denim stitching. Pair this dress with ankle strap heels and a top handle bag for an simple yet trendy ensemble.

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The dress is available in regular sizes 0 to 18 and petite sizes from 0P to 014P, which means you should probably snatch this gorgeous grab up while such a great fit variety is still in stock.

The dress was originally $ 148 but has dropped down to $ 98.90, which means your closet is about to score a major Vince Camuto steal! Remember, the Nordstrom anniversary sale opens up to the public on July 20 and deals end on August 5.

Shop it here: Grab the dress for $ 98.90 before it sells out!

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Lounge Suit: Dress Code

Have you ever gotten an invitation that stated lounge suit as a dress code? Have you ever wondered why those two terms are combined together and what it means for your outfit?

A navy three-piece suit

A navy three-piece suit

First of all, with two words lounge and suit, suit means you have a matching pair of pants and a jacket. It comes from the French term suivre which means to follow. So your jacket follows your pants, your pants follow your jacket. A suit is not a combination, meaning a jacket, like a blazer or an orphaned suit jacket that is then combined with a contrasting pair of pants or a different color or pattern. Now sometimes, people also wear a dark blue pair of slacks with a dark blue jacket but they’re not made of the same fabric, that’s not a suit either. So when you have a suit, make sure the fabric is the same for the jacket and for the pants.

A suit is never made out of different fabrics

A suit is never made out of different fabrics

Today, when people think of a lounge, they assume a more casual outfit and a suit to them is a more formal outfit. In fact, for most men out there, wearing a suit is likely the most formal garment they will wear on a regular day-to-day basis.

A beautiful lounge

A beautiful lounge

What Is A Lounge Suit?

1930's Lounge Suits

The term lounge suit was coined in the beginning of the early 20th century. At that time, a regular suit was rather casual and so that’s what you would wear to a lounge. Obviously, things haven’t changed in the sense that lounges were considered casual yet the whole formality scale of clothes was very different. In those times, Gentlemen mostly wore frock coats, as well as morning coats, and a lounge suit was a new casual kid on the block.

Lounge suit appropriate attire

Lounge suit appropriate attire

So today, when it says lounge suit, don’t be confused. You actually have to wear a dark suit that is rather formal and very similar to what you wear when a dress code would call for business attire or if you’d go to a funeral.

Most of the time, you’ll find a lounge suit dress code on written invitations, for example, you’re invited to the Embassy or let’s say at Buckingham Palace.

What Do You Need To Wear When The Dress Code States Lounge Suit?

A dark suit with Fort Belvedere micropattern tie

A dark suit with Fort Belvedere micropattern tie

Basically, a dark suit with a necktie. It can either be single-breasted or double-breasted, a two-piece suit or a three-piece suit. Unlike the dress code black tie, which is very formal and very distinct, the lounge suit dress code gives you a little more flexibility and room to mix up your outfit. For ladies, lounge suit means either a cocktail dress or some form of a gown.

Charcoal brown is an acceptable color

Charcoal brown is an acceptable color

For color, you should go with either navy or charcoal, maybe dark gray can work. Stay clear of any bright and loud colors. Subtle patterns like a pinpoint are okay, maybe a very subtle non-contrasting houndstooth, maybe a faint stripe, but I would stay clear of wide rope stripes or big contrasting white stripes in a dark background because that’s too loud for a lounge suit dress code.

Ascots should be avoided at all cost

Ascots should be avoided at all cost

Likewise, stay clear of very casual suits, other materials such as tweed or bold patterns with a very casual structure and texture. The suit should always be worn with a necktie; it can be a regular classic necktie or if you want to, also a bow tie. Stay clear of ascots or an open neck since it’s too formal of an occasion to go without proper neckwear.

Patterned shirts are a faux pas for the lounge suit dress code

Patterned shirts are a faux pas for the lounge suit dress code

In terms of patterns, keep it classic and conservative, meaning go with maybe a blue tie, a red tie, or something in darker shades. Stay clear of the bright orange or yellow ties. For your shirt, a plain solid white or a plain solid light blue are your best options. Patterned shirts should be avoided, checked shirts or anything that is quite bold such as blue and white stripes.

Semi spread collar on a white dress shirt

Semi-spread collar on a white dress shirt

The collar of your shirt should be a classic turndown collar. The spread can vary and it depends a bit on your face. With a rounder face, you can go for a smaller spread and a bigger collar. With an oval face, you can have a more spread collar but you definitely want to avoid a button-down collar since it would be too casual. The goal is to look appropriate and respectful without being flashy.

 

So for shoes, that means go with a pair of oxfords, maybe some derbies in either black, a form of brown, or maybe dark burgundy. Stay clear of loafers, casual textures such as suede or full brogues since that would be not formal enough.

In terms of the rest of your accessories, go with over the calf socks so you don’t reveal your bare skin. If you want a pocket square, you can go with one. Try to keep it muted, the classic white linen pocket square with hand rolled edges is probably your best bet.  I also suggest you go with a more conservative fold such as the TV fold, not the crown fold or something more flashy.

You can wear any form of a micropattern tie, meaning small pattern, which is very formal and elegant. Personally, I would avoid a boutonniere and if you wear a belt, make sure it matches the color of your shoes.

How would you put together a great lounge suit attire?


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Meghan Markle Wore a Thing: Oscar de la Renta Dress Edition

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Brooks Brothers, Mattout Partner on Dress Shirt Collab

Brooks Brothers will continue to celebrate its 200th anniversary during Paris Men’s Fashion Week by partnering with designer Pierre-Henri Mattout.
The retailer has tasked Mattout with creating a capsule of five limited-edition button-down shirts, a signature of the brand.
In 1896, John E. Brooks, grandson of founder Henry Sands Brooks, attended a polo match in the U.K. and noticed that the players had pinned down the collars of their shirts so they wouldn’t flap up while riding. He brought that idea back home to the States and created the button-down shirt.
”I’ve always been a big fan of Brooks Brothers’ history and for me their button-down shirts are simply the best cut and quality,” said Mattout. “I curate my store with iconic brands that are synonymous with tradition and innovation, it seemed very natural to add Brooks Brothers to the pool.”
The shirts will be available in non-iron, traditional cotton oxford as well as the ultralight Zephyr fabric from the archives of the Thomas Mason mill, which coincidentally, was also founded in 1818.
The Brooks Brothers for PHM shirts be available exclusively at Mattout’s PHM Saint Pères store in Paris, beginning June 18. They will retail for 140 to 290 euros.

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8 wedding dress shopping hacks for the bride who has no time to waste


8 wedding dress shopping hacks for the bride who has no time to waste

Shopping for your wedding dress is an exciting and overwhelming experience. After all, your this gown will likely be the most important (and expensive!) item of clothing you’ll ever wear. For a successful and stress-free shopping experience, keep these ten things in mind during your time at the bridal salon.

1. Never stray from your budget.

While shopping for a wedding dress, you may fall in love with a drop-dead gorgeous gown before realizing it’s outside of your price range. Prevent potential heartbreak by trying on gowns that fall safely within your budget, and never test elaborate designer dresses “just for fun.” Also, keep in mind that budgets include more than your wedding dress; brides also need to shell out money for alterations, taxes, and accessories.

2. Don’t get sucked in by deals.

Never buy a discounted gown simply for the deal. While a reduced-rate designer piece may seem irresistible, it’s best to find a gown you truly love—even if it doesn’t have a widely-recognized label.

3. Dresses look different on the hanger.

Your consultant may suggest trying on a gown that looks shapeless and frumpy on the hanger, but don’t shrug it off immediately. Many dresses undergo a complete transformation once on the body. You may adore a dress you normally wouldn’t give a second glance.

4. Love your gown from all angles.

Thanks to a constant flash of cameras on your big day, the dress you choose will be photographed from every imaginable angle. Take advantage of the large salon mirrors and ensure you love the dress from the front, back, and both sides. Consider having your entourage take photos from a distance as well, in order to predict how the dress will look in your photo album.

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5. Test out the gown’s comfort.

You’ll have to sit, stand, walk, and dance on your wedding day. At the salon, take the gown on a test run to ensure it’ll stay comfortably fitted throughout these various activities. No woman wants to wear something that restricts her ability to bust a move!

6. Happy tears won’t always happen.

On reality shows, the bride-to-be often breaks down in happy tears after discovering her dream dress. In real life, however, many brides won’t have this “aha!” moment. Think twice before letting the lack of emotion alter your decision; if you truly love a gown, and if you can purchase it without regrets, you may have found your perfect match.

7. It’s okay to second-guess your decision.

Shopping for a wedding dress comes with an insane amount of pressure. Brides have a limited amount of time to locate a dress that falls within budget, matches the wedding aesthetic, and pleases herself and her entourage. Given all of the stress, a bride may second guess her choice of gown immediately after leaving the salon. Rest assured that this is normal, and the feeling will likely pass as your big day draws near.

8. Focus on your happiness. 

Perhaps the most important piece of advice: Choose a dress that you love. Your entourage and consultant will have their own opinions on each wedding gown, and it’s nearly impossible to please everyone. To avoid feelings of regret and resentment, always follow your heart, and choose the dress that makes you happiest.

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Meghan Markle’s second wedding dress is possibly chicer than her first

A Stella McCartney creation

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We can all agree that Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress was well worth the wait, as it was revealed this morning in all its modern elegant glory.

However she might just have topped it with her evening wedding dress, a sleek number created by Stella McCartney (so half the wedding dress designer rumours were true at least).

The white silk evening gown featured a chic high neck and soft flowing skirt and small train, which Meghan held up as she got into a vintage sports car with Prince Harry to head to their evening reception.

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This gave us a glimpse of her pointed Aquazurra silky satin and nude mesh heels with baby blue soles.

A statement from the Palace read, ‘The Bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.’

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In comparison, Kate changed into a second McQueen dress for her evening do in 2011, and it was a very princessy strapless ballgown with jewelled belt.

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Well it’s a tough call, they’re both beautiful, so the jury’s out on that one.

 

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Meghan Markle, the New Duchess of Sussex, Wears Stella McCartney Dress to Wedding Dinner

CALLING STELLA: Having chosen a Givenchy Haute Couture dress by Clare Waight Keller for her walk down the aisle Meghan Markle, the new Duchess of Sussex, turned to yet another female British designer to dress her on her wedding day: Stella McCartney.

Meghan Markle (in Stella McCartney) 
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“I am so proud and honored to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design,” said McCartney. “It has truly been one of the most humbling moments of my career and I am so proud of all the team on this stunning sunny royal day.”
Markle changed into a sleeveless white silk crepe gown with a high collar for the black-tie dinner being hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House in Windsor. She paired the dress with Aquazurra satin shoes with baby blue soles.
The clean lines and silk fabric of the Stella dress echoed the minimal, unembellished design she wore for her walk down the aisle.

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Earlier on Saturday, when she wed Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex, Markle also donned a diamond tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth and a veil bearing floral symbols of the Commonwealth.
McCartney was one busy designer

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Team Dress or Team Skirt

We are re-running this poll because it’s been THE most incredible dress and skirt season. My clients are having a ball purchasing dresses and skirts instead of the usual pants, tops and jeans. Finally, retailers are getting that we need sleeved dresses with knee-covering lengths in casual styles and flattering silhouettes. We need skirts that are not just the basic pencil. AND we want them across an assortment of sizes, colours, patterns and fabrics. I’ve waited six years for the dress and skirt trends to change and at last they have. Let’s hope these trends continue.

I like skirts, but I love dresses and bat for Team Dress. There’s something about the ease of the one-piece dress that you can pull on and go that’s very appealing. It has built-in vertical and elongating integrity. Dresses are easier to style than a skirt because you don’t need to worry about matching it with a top. When you have a good assortment of denim jackets, short toppers, and coats like I do, dresses are easy to insulate when you want the extra coverage.

Dresses and skirts are equally feminine, dressy and elegant wardrobe items that can be worn with dressy or casual flat or low-heeled footwear. Yet I generally feel more pulled together wearing a dress than a skirt. The top can be fussy when it’s tucked or semi-tucked into a skirt, but I’m carefree about that aspect in a dress. Granted, skirts can be easier to fit than dresses especially if you wear a different size on the top and bottom. But it’s been a brilliant dress season, and I’m prepared to have dresses altered to create a perfect fit.

My preferences for dresses over skirts is reflected in my wardrobe. I have many dresses, and these are the exact ones hanging in my closet:

These are my skirts, and I have fewer of them:

My clients run the gamut. Some prefer dresses over skirts and vice versa. What’s your preference, and no batting for both teams. If you can’t choose, you’re welcome to hang out on the bench where I’m serving quinoa and tofu veggie bowls, steamed broccoli, and homemade frozen strawberry yogurt.

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Meghan Markle, who became Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex earlier this morning, telegraphed some very powerful messages to the British public — and the world — about the sort of royal she wants to be.
Stepping out of a vintage Rolls-Royce in a minimal and an unembellished Givenchy Haute Couture dress by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, a diamond tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth, and a veil bearing symbols of the Commonwealth, this bride was out to prove that she’s all about simplicity, heritage, respecting tradition — and serving her public.

Meghan Markle wedding dress Royal Wedding 2018. 
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Not for her a glittering gown with a bejeweled veil. In Waight Keller she picked a talented, low-key British designer who is all about femininity, soft edges and beautiful fabrics. It was a fitting choice: After all, Markle may have married a son and brother of future monarchs, but Harry is now sixth in line to the throne — and will likely never get near it.
The couple also married at St. George’s Chapel on the Queen’s Windsor estate — not at Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral in London — and invited more than 2,000 members of the public to

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Morning Dress: Dress Code

What exactly is morning wear? If you get an invitation that states this dress code, we’ve got you covered!

Morning dress is a unique garment in the sense that it is cut away and it’s called a morning coat. It is not the tail coat or the penguin which you know from evening wear and that’s only appropriate for white tie.

Proper morning coat at a wedding

Proper morning coat at a wedding

Wearing a morning coat is still popular for society weddings in Europe or in England. It’s mostly underutilized in the US yet, for horse races and other events, you can still wear it. If the dress code says formal day wear, it means the same thing, you should wear a morning coat ensemble. Just like black tie and white tie, the morning coat dress code is very detail-oriented and I could spend an hour talking about every little detail.

Morning Wear In A Nutshell

 

 

SRS in a morning coat

Sven Raphael Schneider in morning attire

The Morning Coat

You want a morning coat that is cut away in the front. It’s usually in black or in dark gray, kind of a light texture such as herringbone but plain is okay as well. In general, you have peak lapels or notched lapels and it is worn with striped trousers. Usually, they’re in colors of black, charcoal, grey, and maybe a fleck of white. Often, they are referred to as cashmere stripe, they’re the most popular.  You could also go with solid pants if you want to or small patterns such as houndstooth. Just make sure there’s enough contrast to the morning coat.

With the morning coat, you never wear a belt, but always suspenders, that way, everything stays up. You can either wear single-breasted waistcoats or double-breasted ones, I like double-breasted ones because they go with the look of the open morning coat, they’re a little more special, and that’s exactly the right thing when you wear such a unique garment.  Traditional colors of the waistcoat include dove gray or buff which is a form of chamois yellow, however, you can also go with maybe red or blue, it’s really up to you and what style you want to set.

In general, I would suggest never to have more than two different colors in a morning coat ensemble, otherwise, it’s not formal enough.

Morning Wear Accessories

Black and Silver Silk Traditional Ascot Cravat for Morning Wear - Fort Belvedere

Black and Silver Silk Traditional Ascot Cravat for Morning Wear – Fort Belvedere

Traditionally you’d wear a white detachable wing collar with an ascot, a formal Ascot, that you could either tie just like a cravat or in a typical formal ascot style with a tie pin. It’s very difficult to find these formal ascots however, it’s really fun to wear especially if you like the vintage look or the most traditional of all looks.

Morning Coat Wedding Tie

Morning Coat Wedding Tie

Of course, if you go with a tie, a regular turndown collar shirt with French cuffs is ideal. Button cuffs are always too informal so make sure you could wear cufflinks with it. Other than formal Ascot or a regular tie, you can also go with a bow tie. Again, the same kind of patterns in silver and black are good. If you want to be over-the-top loud, you can also go with something more colorful.

You definitely want a white linen pocket square because very classic and dapper as well as a boutonniere either a fresh one or if you can’t get that, you can find a selection of them in our shop.

Morning Dress with Bow Tie

Morning Dress with Bow Tie

It’s not obligatory to wear a hat anymore but if you go with a special dress code, you might as well go all in and get a top hat. A regular Fedora or a Homburg hat would be wrong.

Black Shoes Is Non-Negotiable

Black Cap Toe Oxford from the Deco Line of Gaziano & Girling

Black Cap Toe Oxford from the Deco Line of Gaziano & Girling

If you want to wear shoes, I suggest you go with plain black shoes such as black cap toe oxfords, you can also go with balmoral boots, and ideally, you want to have something with a contrasting insert, maybe in suede or fabric, or it can all be in black. If you want to have a very traditional look, you can also go with button boots made out of black leather and then a contrasting colored insert. No matter what Footwear you choose, go with dark socks that work with the color of your pants. You can either go with solid gray or charcoal, ideally, with some clocks on the side, that’s very formal, very nice, very appropriate for morning dress.

Balmoral Boot in black with suede inserts by Scarosso

Balmoral Boot in black with suede inserts by Scarosso

 

 

Personally, I don’t own a morning suit and they’re really not necessary. It’s just for people who attend morning wear events regularly and want to be special in a subtle and unique way. If you’ve ever seen a dress code, day wear or formal day wear, it’s the equivalent of evening wear or formal evening wear. So for white tie, the equivalent is the morning coat. For the black-tie, the equivalent is the stroller suit also known as the Stresemann in Europe.

Stresemann Stroller Suit with grey waistcoat and cashmere stripe trousers

Stresemann Stroller Suit with grey waistcoat and cashmere stripe trousers

In order to get the Stresemann look, all I have to do is simply to swap out the regular morning coat for a black jacket. It’s typically single breasted with peak lapels with one or two closing buttons, no flaps but jetted pockets, and it’s a less flashy version because it’s still a regular suit jacket but it’s still quite formal and you can wear it as a groom to your own wedding or as a guest because it’s formal without being over-the-top and stealing the show from the bride and groom.

Conclusion

Now that you know what it takes to pull off a morning wear attire, you will never look out of place on your next formal day event. Be sure to check our other dress code guides in case you are struggling to put together appropriate and timeless outfits for the big events that you are invited to!


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How celebrities dress for weddings

See what the stars wear to watch their friends say ‘I do’.

Naomi Watts at the wedding of Emma Cooper celebrity wedding guests
Naomi Watts at the wedding of Emma Cooper

When wedding season comes around the celebrities are as flooded with invites as the rest of us, which is just as good, as it means plenty of chic inspiration for our own wedding guest looks.

When it comes to alternative wedding guest outfits, Kate Moss’s iconic look from the 2006 wedding of friends Bobby Gillespie and Katy England is always go-to inspiration. The supermodel eschewed dresses in favour of a breezy silk short suit, accessorised with a boyish fedora.

Through the years she’s served up plenty more wedding guest outfit ideas, from the pretty coral mini she wore to the high-fashion wedding of Jess Hallett and Pietro Birindelli in 2009, to the high-glamour oyster hued silk floor length gown and sapphire coloured shrug she rocked for Leah Wood’s big day the year before.

More recently, the royals have given us plenty of #inspo. Kate Middleton looked amazing in a custom Alexander McQueen dress to attend sister Pippa Middleton’s nuptials. In fact, the pair are regulars at high society weddings and always nail it when it comes to formal wedding looks. Fascinators, wrap dresses, blazers and LK Bennett courts are a signature wedding look the sisters.

Of course, you can always trust Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne and pals to pull out all the stops at weddings. Think floral gowns, chic suits and co-ords, designer heels and accessories. We’re still in love with the ruffle dress Poppy Delevingne wore to the wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo in Italy in 2015.

It’s not just the UK set that does wedding guest style well though, special mention to Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Bosworth for always bringing some serious fashion game to the aisle.

Take a look through our favourite ever celebrity wedding guest outfits for some serious sartorial inspiration…

Jennifer Lawrence at Amy Schumer’s Wedding

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Stick with us here, scroll through the gallery and besides adorable photos of Amy Schumer’s big day – you’ll also find J Law cutting a rug in a pastel pink collared maxi. Too cute.

Selena Gomez at David Henrie’s Wedding

It’s the Wizards of Waverly Place reunion we always wanted. Selena showed up to her former co-star and onscreen brother David Henrie’s wedding dressed in a maroon gown with a high neck and cut out details.

Rebel Wilson at Anna Camp’s wedding

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The Pitch Perfect 3 star showed some Barden Bella pride when she showed up to her co-stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin’s wedding, dressed in a flirty pink frock with a layered hem.

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Beach Formal and Beach Wedding Dress Code

There are very few reasons to dress formally at a beach except for a wedding. So let’s assume you’ve traveled very far, go to your resort, and you assume you can buy your attire there, that’s not the case.

Usually, you’ll find shorts and flip-flops which is not something that would be appropriate for a wedding. So plan ahead and bring the right stuff because a business suit or regular tuxedo is simply over the top.

Beach Wedding

Beach Wedding

What Is Beach Formal Or Beach Wedding?

It’s typically used for beach weddings and it’s comprised of the most formal things you can wear at the beach without looking totally out of place. It’s quite similar to resort attire in the sense that it has lots of lighter colors, open weaves, spring or summery colors that are well suited to a tropical climate.

What Not To Wear

Leather strap sandals with rolled up salmon -orange jeans

Leather strap sandals with rolled up salmon -orange jeans

1. Never Wear Sandals With A Suit

It just doesn’t go together. If you wear long pants, you could just take off your shoes, take off your socks and roll up the hems. That way, it works with the beach wedding theme. Because it’s warmer outside, some may want to skip the jacket and go maybe with a vest and matching pants instead.

2. Don’t Wear A Suit Jacket Or Blazer With Shorts

It may be a look that is originally from Bermuda and they wear it with over the calf socks. You show up at a beach wedding, it just looks awkward and it draws too much attention to yourself which is not the point. You want to have the bride and the groom be the center of that day.

Short sleeve shirts are never a good plan

Short sleeve shirts are never a good plan

3. Avoid Short-Sleeved Shirts

Either you go a little more casual and have a polo shirt with short sleeves or you take a long-sleeve shirt. If it’s quite warm, you can simply roll up your shirt sleeves. It will always look better than a short-sleeved shirt. Short-sleeved shirts are particularly bad when worn with a jacket or a sport coat. One thing I’ve seen recently at a beach wedding that was quite awkward was a suit with a shirt that was untucked. Someone tried to be more casual and relaxed but it just looks weird. I know Justin Timberlake wore it at the Super Bowl halftime show but it was a camel suit with a bandana and overall, it had nothing to do with classic style.

monochrome layering

monochrome layering

4. Ditch The Monochromatic Look

By that, I mean pants, or a jacket, or shirt, and even a tie, all matching in the same color. It lacks contrast and overall, monochromatic outfits are never flattering. Likewise, you should skip bold or any whimsical patterns because huge Paisleys or Hawaiian shirt style suit jackets or pants are simply not appropriate. Some people like to wear suspenders but if you do so, I suggest to wear at least a vest or a jacket. If you just have it on top of a shirt, it looks weird. Likewise, it’s a beach wedding so you shouldn’t bring any kind of formal accessories such as black shoes or black belts. It provides too much of a contrast to your lighter colored pants and it’s overall out of place.

Beach Formal Must-Haves

First of all, if you think you don’t have anything in your current closet, it’s better to buy something than to rent something because you can always wear it whenever you travel into warmer climates. If you are part of the wedding party you simply don’t have a choice, simply go along with what the bride and groom have planned for you. It’s their day and you just have to accept it and go with the flow.

Brown derby shoes with Dark Green and Purple shadow stripe ribbed socks by fort belvedere

Brown derby shoes with Dark Green and Purple shadow stripe ribbed socks by fort belvedere

1. Casual Close-Toed Shoes

If you’re often in warmer climates, I suggest thinking about a perforated leather shoe because it’s something that keeps you cooler and it’s definitely more casual than a regular leather shoe. At the same time, it’s still classically stylish. If you like it bolder, you may be able to pull off a spectator shoe but always keep in mind, you never want to overshadow the bride and groom because it’s their day.

medium brown penny loafers

medium brown penny loafers

If you want to invest in something that you can wear at home, I suggest to go with a loafer either a penny loafer, maybe a tassel loafer in a light tan color, because it’s versatile and you can just wear it at the beach or at a beach wedding but also to the office or casual Fridays. Other colors that work well are tan and even white buckskin shoes because, in the tropics or the beach wedding, it’s an appropriate look.

Allen Edmonds Wide Basic Dress Belt

Allen Edmonds Wide Basic Dress Belt

2. Belt That Matches Colors In Your Outfit

If you go with a belt, make sure the color works with your overall attire. Definitely, don’t show up in shorts unless the bride and groom have specifically asked you to do so.

A light blue linen dress shirt

A light blue linen dress shirt

3. Cotton & Linen Shirts Are King!

Linen breathes a little more heavily but in any case, you want something with an open weave so you can really feel the breeze at the sea. You may be tempted to go with silk because it is often very lightweight and has a nice touch but it is in fact quite insulating and so I suggest not to wear it. Skip the French cuffs and cufflinks, rather go for buttoned barrel cuffs because it’s just one layer of fabric and if you’re really overheating, you can even unbutton the shirt button on your cuff.

4. A Lighter Colored Suit

Because even a beach wedding is more formal than regular outings at the beach, it’s okay to wear a suit. If you do so, go with something lighter colored, may be a seersucker suit or a lighter suit maybe in khaki or tan, or you can go with a combination of seersucker pants and a lighter jacket. Lighter colors have the advantage because they reflect the sunlight and so you stay cooler. Definitely, skip navy or gray colors because they’re simply out of place at the beach. Fun colors such as lighter greens, maybe petrol are perfectly appropriate.

In terms of fabric choice, you can go with wool especially if it’s an open weave like a tropical fabric. You can also go with cotton, linen or blends thereof. Make sure to stay clear of polyester or nylon because those fibers will just make you sweat. Likewise, your jacket should be made of a lighter material but what’s even more important is that it has an open weave and a sewn canvas. If it’s glued, which is something you usually find on less expensive suits, it’s more insulating and you’ll stay hot at the beach.

Definitely, opt for more casual details in your jackets which means notch lapels or patch pockets rather than peak lapels and jetted pockets.

5. Go For Lighter & Bolder Accessories

In terms of accessories, it’s okay to go without neckwear because it is warm. However, it’s a wedding, after all, and you want to put your best foot forward. I suggest to either go with a knit tie because it has an open weave or maybe a bow tie because it’s lighter in weight. You can also have bolder colors or summery colors and you can look for fabrics like shantung silk which is more knobby and more casual than a traditional wedding tie or an office tie.

 

 

Even if you decide against neckwear, I always suggest you go with a pocket square because it quickly elevates your outfit.  On top of that, a little boutonniere in your buttonhole can be a nice addition. However, sometimes that’s reserved just for the wedding party so when in doubt, I’d rather skip the boutonniere and normally go with a pocket square.

As for socks, basically, I always like to have over the calf socks that will take off. If that’s too much for you, maybe go with a pair of no-show socks so that way, you have that beach look but you still have shoes on and you’re not sweating or you don’t get blisters inside your shoes.

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How to Wear a Black Dress with a Non-Matching Blazer or Cardigan

how to wear a black dress with a non-matching blazer Dressing professionally — but fashionably — can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you’re just starting out. One of the biggest questions we’ve gotten over the years is this one: if you’re not supposed to wear non-matching suiting pieces together, what ARE you supposed to wear with a black dress? So today we’re rounding up our best tips on how to wear a black dress with a non-matching blazer or cardigan, all for reader A. Here’s her question:

Blazers with black dresses… I have so many black dresses but KNOW I’m not supposed to wear a non-matching black blazer. So, what to wear?

Great question — particularly as spring is in full swing and we head into summer — especially since we just rounded up classic sheath dresses for work that would be the ideal bottom layer here, if you’re on the hunt. Long ago I shared what I wear with black dresses to work, but it’s been a while, so let’s discuss. Here are some great things to pair with a black dress:

  • Go colorful! Wear a colorful blazer, sweater, or jardigan — but note the old fashion adage that suggests you should wear “color with color, and black with black.” So if your black dress is your base, you may want to consider adding at least two colors in the rest of your outfit. The easiest way to do this is to find a cardigan or blazer with a print on it that you like, but you can also go with a coordinating color (a royal blue and robin’s egg blue, or a purple and blue color scheme) or contrasting (colors opposite each other on the color wheel, like yellow and blue, red and green, and others). As we noted in our four-week work outfit challenge (still ongoing if you need it!), an unusual color scheme that looks really great is to wear red, blue, AND green, all in one look. This is a great time to bring in accessories like belts, necklaces, and scarves for additional colors!
  • Get shady. If all of that sounds like a lot of color, you can go with shades of black — different shades of gray (with silver accents) against a black base is often a sophisticated, sleek look.
  • Go for texture. If you’re going to wear black with black but worry about looking like you’re trying to “make” a suit out of nonmatching black fabrics, you want to make sure you’re wearing black with black with intention. One way to do this is by adding different textures — if your dress is a smooth suiting fabric like a seasonless wool, make your topper a summer fabric like linen, cotton pique, or jacquard (or in winter, think tweed, velvet, corduroy, or boucle). We regularly round up lightweight blazers for summer as well as winter-weight blazers; I usually try to note which ones come in black. Wearing a cardigan or jardigan with a dress often works for this reason, no matter what color — it’s clear that it isn’t part of a suiting set.

How about you, readers: What do you wear with a black dress? What do you consider to be “off-limits” with a black dress?

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Meghan Markle Wore a Thing: Floral Self-Portrait Dress Edition

Ever since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, the world’s eyes have been fixed on Meghan Markle — and her style. We’ll be following the Meghan Markle Effect™ with our column, “Meghan Markle Wore a Thing.” Spring has officially sprung — at least as far as Meghan Markle’s wardrobe is …

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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 

 

J. Crew Factory: 50% off (suiting excluded) + New Arrivals

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What have we here? “Performance” polos from J. Crew Factory? Ordered. And don’t worry, the annual polo palooza is fast approaching. Last year wasn’t the best polo crop. There are some good ones this year. Fingers crossed these make the list as a winner.

 

Brooks Bros: $ 100 off $ 300, $ 200 off $ 500 w/ SP18BC

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See what we’re doing here? We’re using socks from the sale section (at post time this is working) to trip the $ 300 threshold. At $ 300, use the $ 100 off $ 300 code SP18BC and you end up with Goodyear Welted, made in the USA shoes for just north of $ 200. Not bad being that they aren’t 2nds quality.

 

Target: Goodfellow & Co. Oxford Cloth Pants – $ 24.99

Target: Goodfellow & Co. Oxford Cloth Pants

So the site says these things are “poplin” but… it sure doesn’t look like it. Big thanks to Ryan N. for the tip who saw these in person, in store. Available in either slim or straight fit. Could be perfect for those hot summer days. Also, I don’t know what the “printed” distinction means on these pants. They just look like they’re heathered/chambray-ish/oxford cloth-y. Beats me.

 

 Allen Edmonds Anniversary Sale ends MONDAY

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How’d tax day shake down for you. Good? Got some money back? Y’know, that’s actually not good. But. I totally understand how it makes one feel. Anyway, sock that return away in the emergency fund. But if you just can’t stand it, there’s the big AE sale.

 

Massdrop: Seiko SKX – $ 169.99 FINAL

Seiko SKX

Well look what’s back on Massdrop. It’s worth noting that while $ 169.99 is a fine price for a Seiko 007 or 009, they’re final sale. If you want the ability to return the thing, head over to Amazon or JomashopThey’ve got much of the SKX series for $ 179.99. BUT… and this is a big difference from most Massdrop products, THIS time Massdrop actually has these in stock. No waiting. Ships in 2-3 days.

 

BONUS  Huckberry: LeviMoon is back!!! – $ 239.98 ($ 289)

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Outfit Formula: High-Low Dress and Trendy Shoes

A high-low dress has an asymmetrical hemline — short in front and long at the back. The overall length varies greatly, as does the difference between front and back hems. They can be dressy or casual, fitted or fluid, oversized or tailored, patterned or solid, sleeved or sleeveless, knitted or woven, simple or complex. Some are ruffled. Some are belted. Take your pick.

 

You can wear a high-low dress with all sorts of footwear. Heeled sandals, wedges, espadrilles, heeled ankle-strap pumps, booties, sandal booties, and slingback pumps are great classic and more expected pairings. This outfit formula is about pairing the dress with trendy shoes.

High-Low Dress + Trendy Shoes 

I bought a high-low navy eyelet dress this season and am very excited to wear it.

It’s a calf-covering midi length in the front and almost ankle grazing at the back. It’s casual but in the dressiest way, tailored, crisp, and awfully pretty. I LOVE the way it moves when I stride. The signature “swoosh” of the high-low dress is part of what makes it magical and fun to wear.

I shan’t be wearing the darling with dressy heeled footwear for comfort and aesthetic reasons. I like the juxtaposition of wearing the dramatic style with an “unfussy shoe”, and flat/low-heeled footwear is more current these days. I’m looking at loafers, Euro sandals, mules, strappy flats, and ballet flats. I might throw in my low-heeled pointy-toe slingbacks and sneakers too. Here are the exact shoes from my wardrobe that I’ll wear with the dress.

Here are five more ways to pair high-low dresses with trendy shoes:

1. Slides

For those who loved the ‘90s, wear open-toed slides with the dress. Think flat, low-heeled or flatform. The ones shown here look a little dressier in metallic with leather soles. Slides with low block heels are fab too. The low-contrast colour elongates the leg line.

Slides

2. Flat Mules

Mules are closed-toe slides with open ankles. The ones shown with this high-low dress are flat. Feel free to go as high as one inch on the heel. Their low-contrast colour and pointy toe elongates the leg line despite the lack of heel.

Flat Mules

3. Broad Strap Flat Sandal

A simple flat sandal with minimal broad straps, one buckle, and a leather sole are what I call “Euro sandals”. A classic in Europe and having its fashion moment. Although not shown here, a flat or low block-heeled ankle-strap sandal is another option.

Broad Strap Flat Sandals

4. Heeled Mules

Mules with low or higher heels look very fresh. A good option if you need to look a little dressier for the office. The mules here are low contrast, but high-contrast mules can look fab with darker dresses, or when you have black hair.

Heeled Mules

5. Fashion Sneakers

Sneakers are THE shoe of our fashion era. It goes without saying that you can wear the frock with sneaks. Non-athletic sneakers that are less chunky look best to my eye like the white ones shown here, Converse, or slip-on styles. But bulky athletic sneakers with huge soles are being shown with these types of dresses too. Personally, I don’t like the pairing but it’s fashion-forward nonetheless. I’m sticking to pretty and dainty shoes.

Fashion Sneakers

I don’t have visuals for high-low dresses worn with loafers, oxfords and ballet fats, which are three more trendy options. Birkenstocks are another way to go. But if none of the trendy options tickle your fancy, stick to the classics because they are always in style.

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The world is anxiously awaiting the reveal of her wedding dress next month, but in the meantime, Meghan Markle just stepped out in a white dress that’s perfect for daytime spring and summer occasions that are a little more low-key than a royal wedding. After months of cold weather in the UK, we’ve gotten used to seeing Markle bundled up in sweaters, trousers, and coats, but since spring is in full swing, we’re finally getting a glimpse of the future royal’s warm-weather style.

The dress that Markle stepped out in today for a reception with Prince Harry is by Altuzarra, and she accessorized it with a crossbody bag, pumps, and a blazer draped over her shoulders. The pinstriped and belted dress features a trend that we think is classic enough to ensure that it’ll be around for awhile: big buttons. (For context, this detail is currently adorning tons of tops, dresses, outerwear, skirts, and even swimwear on the market, but it was Khaite that really set the trend in motion.) We love that Markle certainly isn’t a slave to trends, but she does seem to want to embrace ones that are more subtle and timeless than, say, the vinyl and PVC trend.

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Smart Casual Dress Code Explained

Even 20 years ago, dress codes were much more defined and people clearly understood what they meant, however, in recent years, fashion and clothes have become more casualized and because of that, new dress codes have evolved.

The term casual today can be anything from gym clothes or athleisure, all the way up to something that’s office appropriate such as a dress shirt and chinos. Now obviously, there is a big disconnect and just having the casual dress code is no longer enough. So if you get an invitation with a dress code smart casual, I hear your pain.

What Exactly Is Smart Casual?

Historically, the term was coined because people showed up overly casual and the smart implied that you can’t show up with joggers and trainers. If you look at the urban dictionary, it defines smart casual as a nonsensical dress code that people slap on to events, parties, and workplaces. Completely down to interpretation, this always causes confusion and often spectacular results. The mixture between smart and casual should not be taken literally. So while it’s hilarious, sadly, it’s not very helpful.

First, the urban dictionary got it right by saying don’t take it literally. That means, don’t wear tennis shoes with a dress shirt, or combine sweatpants with a blazer. So in a nutshell, smart casual is not about mixing different pieces of clothing from different degrees of formality but rather to pick something that is in between a very casual outfit and a formal or businesslike outfit. A hoodie would be too casual and pleated wool dress pants would be too formal, instead, if you go with chinos, they are less formal, as well as a polo shirt, you hit that perfect sweet spot of smart casual.

Personally, I like the idea of a smart casual dress code because it allows you to use lots of colors and to combine different things that you may not have combined otherwise. Ideally, you always want to avoid looks at the extreme end of the spectrum, that means no jeans, no trainers, no hoodies, or no sweatpants. At the same time, it also means no neckwear, no suits, no pleated pants, and no black dress shoes.

Where Do You Encounter Smart Casual Dress Code?

It’s not at the office because there are different terms such as business casual. You can usually find smart casual dress codes in a social environment such as cruise ships, restaurants, or resorts. The whole idea is to look neat and presentable without being overly stuffy.

So let’s say you work in a white-collar office and you have an invitation to a smart casual event afterward and you usually wear dress shirts, ties, and pinstripe suits, you definitely want to bring a change of clothes. If you’re a bit more flexible at the office, you can get away with wearing a blazer and chinos for example, as well as a tie, but when you go to the smart casual party, I suggest to take off the tie, add a bold pocket square, maybe a boutonniere, have some bolder socks and shoes and brown tones or more colors such as dark red, dark green, or navy, and it just creates a more fun outfit that is not as boring or stuffy formal as you would usually know from an office environment.

Should You Dress Up Or Down?

So if you’re unsure whether you should dress up a little more or dress down, I suggest you always dress up because that way, you don’t embarrass yourself. Of course, always stay within that smart casual range which means below business wear.

Smart Casual Clothing Items

A tweed blazer with chinos for a dapper yet modern take on a classic

A tweed blazer with chinos for a dapper yet modern take on a classic

A Stand Out Blazer Or Odd Jacket

On the formal side would be an odd jacket or a blazer. Odd jacket meaning it has a bolder pattern, another color, and it doesn’t match the pants. You don’t want to wear a suit, a combination at most. Also, that means, don’t wear orphaned suit jackets from your pinstripe suit with a Nantucket red pair of pants because it’s simply odd and doesn’t work together.

Harrington Jacket Racing Green Baracuta

Harrington Jacket in Racing Green from Baracuta

Of course, if you want to be more casual with your jacket choice, you can absolutely do that. You could go with a Harrington jacket in cotton, maybe a linen jacket such as this green one, I would even argue you could wear a bomber jacket or maybe a leather jacket if that suits the overall outfit.

Checked Collared Shirts

When it comes to shirts, you should definitely stay clear of t-shirts but you can wear dress shirts. That being said, I suggest not to wear plain white or solid light blue dress shirts because they’re true business formal. Instead, go with checked shirts in a collar. You can also go with bolder checks, smaller checks may be a small houndstooth or a bolder stripe. It all works, just make sure there’s some contrast, there’s some color, and it’s not too stiff. If you live in a warmer climate, linen shirts are perfectly fine. Personally, I would always stay clear of short-sleeved dress shirts and instead go with polo shirts because it’s more natural and works better.

Corduroy pants are an exceptional way to add sophistication to a casual outfit

Corduroy pants are an exceptional way to add sophistication to a casual outfit

Cuffed chinos offer a casual balance when paired with a jacket and tie

Cuffed chinos offer a casual balance when paired with a jacket and tie

Chinos, Corduroys, Seersucker, & Linen Pants

When it comes to pants or slacks, don’t wear jeans and don’t wear pleated pants made out of worsted wool because that’s office wear and both of them are too extreme. Instead, go with chinos, maybe corduroys in the winter, seersucker or linen in the summer or something with a bit more texture that’s interesting and it could also have a pattern such as a small houndstooth for example.

Colorful Accessories

When it comes to accessories, color is your friend. You can be much bolder than at the office and you can experiment and simply have fun. I suggest you skip bowties and regular neckties. if you want to have something around your neck, maybe an ascot can be the perfect item.

If you decide to wear a blazer or an odd jacket, I strongly recommend you wear a bold pocket square or maybe a boutonniere that is just contrasting, it’s a pop of color, it’s different, and it’s fun. Definitely, avoid the white linen pocket square in TV fold, that’s fine for a job interview or the office but not for smart casual.

Another way I like to spice up smart casual outfits is to use colorful socks. You could be bolder, you can experiment, you can go really out there, or you can be a little more subdued. Personally, I want a subdued side.

If it’s cold outside and you need some gloves, I suggest to go with fun colors such as dark green, maybe a light tan, blue, or red, and stay clear of the traditional black gloves, or just boring brown gloves. That being said, if you want to stick with those colors, make sure you get two-toned gloves such as the black and red gloves by Fort Belvedere or the brown and blue gloves which are definitely not your Grandpa’s gloves.

Stick With Leather Shoes

When it comes to shoes, I suggest you stay with leather shoes. They can have a leather sole or a rubber sole but they must not be black because that’s too formal. Instead, go with brown tones or tans but you can also venture into green, maybe off-white, or dark burgundy red. All these colors are acceptable but I urge you to choose a style that is more casual with more casual details. As such, spectators work. You can go with woven leather, or maybe a linen insert, suede is also good.

Brown Derby Shoes with Light Blue Shoelaces by Fort Belvedere - Before & After

Brown Derby Shoes with Light Blue Shoelaces by Fort Belvedere – Before & After

Just get something that’s more casual than a traditional business shoe. That being said, derbies are more appropriate than oxfords but there are oxfords that would be just fine for smart casual as long as they are not too dark and they have maybe a full brogue pattern.

Fringed two tone tassel loafer

Fringed two tone tassel loafer

Apart from that, I think two tone tassel loafers are great or maybe just regular penny loafers, some people even like driving moccs even though I think they wear very quickly if you wear them on a daily basis but they work from a concept point of view.

Classic boat shoes

Classic boat shoes

On a very casual end, I suggest shoes go with boat shoes because they are still leather and they’re still relaxed and you can even wear them barefoot. While it’s clear that tennis shoes and trainers are too casual, a lot of people like designer sneakers or leather sneakers and in my opinion, they’re in a gray area. Personally, I wouldn’t wear it because I find it too casual but I know other people who would probably find a sneaker still appropriate.

CONCLUSION

At the end of the day, it’s your call. Personally, I’d always urge you to get a little bit more formal within the smart casual dress code because that way, you always look dapper and properly attired. No one will turn you down, everyone will respect you, and they will know that you understood the smart casual dress code.

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A 17-year old Tennessee teenager wanting her prom dress to honor her late great-grandmother had images of iconic African-American women printed on her dress. Skyler Branch of White Station High School in Memphis wanted to make a splash at her prom had a great idea to have Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and others […]

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Instead of looking to a regular store for a prom dress, one Memphis, Tennessee teen looked to her deceased great-grandmother for inspiration.

Skyler Branch of White Station High School decided to honor her dad’s grandmother — whom she was close to — by making a dress dedicated to inspirational Black women.

“She said ‘Mom, there’s been so many extraordinary African-American women who have done so much for me. I want to show them some respect so that they know that not just the older adults, but the younger adults appreciate who paved the way,’” Skyler’s mother told Yahoo Lifestyle.

Skyler found pics of Michelle Obama, Oprah, Taraji P. Henson, Halle Berry and more to add to her dress. Then a seamstress named Shannon Pierce worked her magic!

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Resort attire or resort wear is a dress code that is established around the globe. It’s even the basis for an annual collection of couture fashion designers who focus just on this segment because a lot of people want to look stylish even when they relax.

You’ll most likely find it in the country clubs or nice resorts or hotels that want to make sure that guests don’t show up in board shorts for dinner. Sometimes, the dress code resort wear can be ambiguous because different hotels or resorts define it differently. As a rule of thumb, keep in mind, the more posh or upscale an establishment is, the more formal the dress code is likely going to be.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort

What Exactly Is Resort Wear Or Resort Attire?

It indicates that a certain degree of formality is required even though you’re in a warmer climate. At the same time, it means that a dark suit or tuxedo would be inappropriate because it would be over-the-top.

What Not To Wear

Board shorts on men should only be used at the beach

Board shorts on men should only be used at the beach

  • Athletic attire of any kind is always inappropriate. Your gym shorts, your t-shirts are not appropriate.
  • No track pants, no sweatpants, no joggers and no workout shorts.

  • Avoid wearing t-shirts or tank tops and always make sure your shirts have some kind of a collar such as a polo shirt with short sleeves or long sleeves or a dress shirt.
  • It also means don’t wear shower slides, flip-flops or sandals unless you’re specifically at the beach or by the pool area.

  • You definitely want to avoid any type of tennis shoes or trainers. When it comes to sneakers, always be cautious and rather err on the side of formality. Meaning a nice leather dress shoe in tan, maybe some suede in colors such as green, even dark brown. Definitely stay clear of black because that would be too formal.
  • In some establishment, golf khakis or slacks with polo shirt are acceptable. In others, they aren’t so it pays to specifically ask or figure out what the proper dress code at your venue is.
  • It goes without saying that your clothing shouldn’t have any holes or tears and also stay clear of any type of shorts for evening activities.
  • Skip vests or any other heavy layers.
  • Cufflinks are maybe a little over the top. A simple barrel cuff will do just fine.

Resort Casual Daywear

The first thing that probably comes to mind is the Hawaiian shirt. I’ve been to Hawaii recently and I hardly saw anybody wearing Hawaiian shirts. So they’re out there, they exist. They can be appropriate if you’re in the mood for it, go for it, but it’s definitely not something you have to have and sometimes it can also look a bit cheesy.

White Bucks with Seersucker and green Fort Belvedere shoelaces

White Bucks with Seersucker and green Fort Belvedere shoelaces

So in terms of slacks, you can go with linen pants or cotton pants. Things like seersucker is totally fine and you can also go with shorts as long as they are longer and made of cotton or linen or other interesting materials.

At the same time, skip any kind of swim trunks or board shorts because that would be too informal.

Ribbed Polo Shirt Collar

Ribbed Polo Shirt Collar

A polo shirt is just fine during the day, a t-shirt maybe a little too informal but if you’re at the beach or in the vicinity, that’s okay too. I say jackets are over-the-top and if you’re at a resort during offseason, you may want to have a thin sweater or something that keeps you at the ideal temperature. If you wear a lot of solid polo shirts, it can be interesting to mix it up a bit with patterned shorts. You could go with stripes, maybe dots, or classic patterns such as seersucker, checks or Madras. During the day, definitely stay clear of any form of jacket that would be over the top.

Beautiful summer madras shorts

Beautiful summer madras shorts

In terms of shoes, you can wear driving mocs, maybe boat shoes. If you’re at the beach and you go from your room to the pool, flip-flops are just fine. Otherwise, if you’re at the lobby or the restaurant, flip-flops would not quite be appropriate.

Sperry TopSider Boat Shoes

Sperry TopSider Boat Shoes

Also, wearing ties or bow ties is over-the-top so leave them in your room and save them for the evening.

Resort Evening Wear

khaki pants or off-white pants and spectators

khaki pants or off-white pants and spectators

It means typically long sleeves, long pants, no shorts. It also requires closed toed shoes which can be derbies or oxfords in brown tones or tans. You can also be a little more playful, maybe you want to go with a pair of spectators, or maybe some white shoes; something that is more summery and more associated with tropics. Stay clear of black shoes even in the evening because it’s not quite suited to the tropics.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing fresco, madras tie, chinos and cognac shoes

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing fresco, madras tie, chinos and cognac shoes

A jacket is not mandatory but definitely a good idea. Personally, I always like it because in the evening, it can get a little cooler and it’s also much more elegant and stylish. A navy blazer is very versatile and you can wear it. I think a cotton jacket with a slight check, maybe a fresco jacket in a lighter color is preferable. If you want to, you can wear a seersucker suit but in general, I’d stay clear of suits and rather go with combinations.

I suggest you match your belt with your shoes and if you want to, you can go with bolder colors in certain elements of your outfit because the resort is fun, it’s casual and it’s not business.

When it comes to accessories, you can be a little more playful as well. You can have madras patterns, maybe grenadine, maybe knit, something with a little more texture. Maybe you go with a bow tie just something that is unusual and not necessarily something you would wear with a three-piece business suit.

Of course, if you prefer, you don’t have to wear neckwear at all but if you wear a jacket, I suggest you go at least with a pocket square because it just elevates the look and makes you more stylish.

If you don’t want to wear over the calf socks, consider no-show socks. They prevent your feet from sweating in your shoes and it’ll also help to prevent any kind of blisters.

For shirts, you can opt for dress shirts with an open weave or alternatively if you like it more casual, you can go with long sleeved polo shirts just make sure they have a nice color and not those typical flimsy ones.

What’s your go-to resort attire? Share your favorite outfit combinations below!


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#Boyswear: How to Get Boys to Dress and Act like Gentlemen

We all know how the #menswear movement has taken the internet (and the world) by storm. More men than ever in recent years are upholding and promoting a classic style. But what about the next generation of little men–our young sons, grandsons, and nephews? How do we inspire them to have an interest in dressing well? What clothing should they wear and how do we outfit them?

A Brief History of Clothing for Boys

In Europe from the beginning of the Early Modern period (the 1500s) even up to the early twentieth century, young boys wore the equivalent of a dress up until the age of seven or so, when they would be initiated into wearing pants. This was referred to as a breeching, which was marked by a ceremony as an important moment in a boy’s development. Wearing breeches often coincided with the “age of reason,” when children were thought to be able to understand the consequences of their actions though it could be done as early as age four. Putting boys in dress-like clothes before this, which often makes it difficult to distinguish male and female children in paintings, was a practical consideration that made toilet training easier and facilitated clothing alterations as the child grew. From an ideological perspective, unisex clothes showed that children were innocent and pre-sexual.

Until last century, boys wore dress-like garments in their early years. Pink was also a color associated for a long time with male children.

Until last century, boys wore dress-like garments in their early years. Pink was also a color associated for a long time with male children.

In English-speaking countries, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, boys usually wore short pants in childhood and would only graduate to trousers when they hit puberty. Even today the association remains; adult men wearing shorts outside a beach setting are often labeled as juvenile by those who uphold the traditional rules of dress. Long pants marked a true transition to manhood. When boys were breeched, they were also expected to conform to the norms of masculine dress of the time period when they were in public–for example, they had to keep their jackets on–and they had little choice in what they could wear. However, being children, they generally had more freedom than men in how closely they were required to follow the rules of dress. Nowadays, the freedom boys have to wear what they want has definitely increased, and, since the rise of casual wear, many adults would consider putting a boy in the equivalent of a suit on a regular basis a form of cruelty and confinement.

Three generations of British princes in traditional shorts

Three generations of British princes in traditional shorts

 

Getting Started: Expand their Wardrobe

Given that boys were not held to the same standards as men even during a time of strict dress codes, we should also be flexible in dressing them today. Though we may be obsessed with traditional style and may refuse to go without a sport coat even in the dog days of summer, we can’t insist that our sons and grandsons do the same. Essentially, you want to sow the seeds of good taste where clothing is concerned and try to get your kids to dress well at least some of the time. Take it slow and start with small changes if you need to.  In traditional households, mothers are the ones who choose and buy clothing for the children, so this is your chance to provide input as a gentleman of style.  You might start by building a wardrobe that includes shirts with buttons and proper collars, flat caps, cardigans, and leather shoes, for example, instead of (or in addition to) the usual jeans, sneakers, baseball caps and hoodies with dinosaurs on them. Smart casual is a safe target as well, and tracking the styles of the photogenic Prince George of Cambridge wears is one way to get ideas.

Expand a boys' wardrobe beyond the typical t-shirts and jeans.

Expand a boys’ wardrobe beyond the typical t-shirts and jeans.

9 Ways to Get Boys to Like Dressing Up

Even if you diversify a boy’s wardrobe, it’s useless without building a foundation of knowledge and interest. For many boys, their first exposure to tailored clothes–a blazer and dress pants or a suit–is as a school uniform. Otherwise, it’s at a special occasion like a wedding or funeral or at a weekly religious service. In one case, they’re forced to dress up and wear essentially the same thing each time, and in the other, they get the sense that dressing up only happens occasionally. So, the first hurdle is convincing boys to enjoy being more dressed up outside of these situations. This is not unlike convincing grown men that tailoring isn’t only for the office, but it’s better to start early! Here are nine techniques and tips to create a lifelong interest in being a gentleman.

3 season suit by Black Lapel

Your style will have an effect on the children around you

1. Be a Style Role Model Yourself

First, simply by enjoying and wearing classic menswear yourself, you can serve as a role model for the young men in your life, at least until they become rebellious teenagers. Boys want to be like their dads or adult men they know. If dad is well dressed, a boy will be more inclined to emulate than if dad also hates to wear a suit to work. I remember vividly a math teacher I had in junior high or intermediate school who wore an array of three-piece suits when he taught a class. He was of Italian descent if that had anything to do with it. I also recall how meticulously he styled his hair and beard. I may not remember how to do trigonometry anymore, but I remember him decades later as a style role model.

Frank Galluci acting as a style role model at Pitti Uomo.

Frank Galluci acting as a style role model at Pitti Uomo.

2. Get them Clothes that Fit Well

When kids talk about their school uniforms they usually express how they dislike them, but the reasons are that they’re uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Getting clothes that fit well, whether a uniform or outside of school, is paramount to remove the dislike of dressing up. The advice is the same for men buying a suit–if it fits well, it creates a sense of enjoyment and confidence. If boys are made to wear a jacket that is too big or pants that puddle around their shoes from being too long, they’ll hate being dressed up. The fit doesn’t have to be as perfect as it does for the connoisseur of men’s style, just good, and having some tailoring done is a modest financial investment in shaping a boy’s positive attitude to structured clothing.

School uniforms that are too large.

School uniforms that are too large.

3. Dress Boys to Suit Their Age

Though they may have only been in the world for a few years, the maxim of always dressing your age applies to boys too. You don’t want to put a boy in chalk stripes or somber colors, for example. Instead. go with brighter hues of blue and choose accessories with fun patterns like geometrically printed ties; these still have a sense of childhood about them. Kids will intuitively know when what they’re wearing is or isn’t appropriate to their youth.

Emmett wearing a bright blue jacket and tie with a geometric print that is appropriate to his age.

Emmett wearing a bright blue jacket and tie with a geometric print that is appropriate to his age.

4. Dress Them Like You

Dads who are outgoing can also opt to do a “mini-me” sort of thing, dressing their sons in a similar or matching outfit to theirs. If you wear a tobacco linen suit, a tie, and a Panama hat, your son could wear a vest and pants in a similar color or fabric. This gets a lot of attention and will definitely be seen as cute, so it works well at special events (including Pitti Uomo!) but not every day. Many kids like attention as much as your typical Pitti Peacock, so they may be game to getting a taste of tailoring. Boys are proud and will smile widely if they are complimented their clothes. If your pockets are lined with gold, you can certainly go full matching bespoke for both of you, but you can easily coordinate on a budget as well.

Big and mini versions of @burezaonline attending Pitti Uomo.

Big and mini versions of @burezaonline attending Pitti Uomo.

5. Get Them Interesting Books and Resources on Classic Men’s Style

Beyond just being you, introduce the boys in your family to some books on menswear. Many of us can remember looking through printed works when we were growing up, like the DK Eyewitness Books or the World Book encyclopedia, that combined information with pictures. Many coffee table books of interest to gentlemen or books specifically on men’s style do this. Let your young man look at a copy of Bruce Boyer or peruse The Italian Gentleman. If not books, direct a boy you know to the abundant videos and articles on The Gentleman’s Gazette. If anything, by osmosis they’ll absorb what good style looks like, but it is equally likely you can instill some memories and develop interest.

6. Take Small Steps and Compromise

You can educate a young man about classic style and basics like how to pair blue and gray. Give them sartorial fundamentals, including color combinations, but always let them take things at their own pace. Maybe they’ll show you one morning that they can pick out clothes to suit the occasion. Maybe they’ll want to wear a tie to the movies. Count these as little victories based on the foundation you’ve laid.

Similarly, you likely will want to compromise where kids are concerned even if you wouldn’t for yourself. Even if you would never wear wrinkle-free shirts because of their sheen, you might still buy them for a boy since they look better on an active child than a shirt that needs to be pressed carefully and worn with care. You know not to buy suits made of synthetic materials, but for the sake of budget, you don’t need to lose sleep buying a well-fitting polyester suit for a child who will outgrow it within a year.

7. Participate in Gentlemanly Activities Together

Establish the interest early not only with books but with hands-on activities. These also create bonding opportunities, activities you can do together, which are ever more important in an era where young people sit alone in front of screens during their free time. Knowledge transmission is also important. Throughout history, men have taught the next generation of boys how to be gentlemen, including the art of dressing and grooming. David Coggins’ book Men and Style contains several sections of interviews and testimonials from well-dressed men of today talking about their early years and the memories they had of the way their fathers and grandfathers dressed. Nowadays we read comments online from so many young adults in their twenties who don’t know the basics because they were never taught. Sites and online resources like The Gentleman’s Gazette have acted in loco patris to help transmit this knowledge, but if you can teach the next generation directly, firsthand, so much the better. When I was growing up, my grandfather had an awesome shoeshine kit with Kiwi wax polishes, horsehair brushes, buffing clothes and more. I would watch how he polished his shoes and eventually did it for him. To this day, I enjoy the ritual of shoe care, and I can do it well.

Starting young is the key. The accouterments of menswear can be fascinating to a boy who wants to learn, who is eager to be like a grown-up man. Teaching the art of shaving is usually spoken about as the defining father-son moment, but skills such as tying a necktie with a proper dimple, tying a bow tie, or tying their shoes the right way are all excellent opportunities.

8. Let Them Choose

As mentioned at the start of the article, kids today have unprecedented choice compared to their forebears. Sometimes they will choose wrongly, like wanting to wear sneakers and a suit, a skinny tie, or a Merovingian knot that makes you want to cringe. Part of their self-development and individualization involves the process of personal discovery. You can make suggestions and direct them, but let them experiment. Nothing kills enthusiasm and ruins learning more than disapproval. As adults, we’re still learning every day about how to improve our style, and our mistakes find their way onto eBay; kids should have even more margin for error. Even if you need to settle for the long game, and it takes them until they’re 30, they’ll eventually realize the importance of the style lessons you taught them.

Let kids experiment with personal style without harsh judgment even if they want to wear sneakers with a suit.

Let kids experiment with personal style without harsh judgment even if they want to wear sneakers with a suit.

9. Teach the True Meaning of Being a Gentleman Today

As part of inspiring youth, I would urge all men to act as teachers and role models for the boys in their lives, not just in terms of style but in all aspects of what makes a gentleman. This means things like etiquette and table manners, how to accept a compliment, and respect for others, particularly the opposite sex, which the #MeToo movement has shown to be sadly lacking in many men. These lessons can bear fruit immediately when other boys are running amok and screaming at a wedding or farting in a restaurant while your young man is well behaved. They also obviously have a long-term impact on their adult lives.

6 Obstacles to Dressing Boys Well

We’ve already mentioned the negative association boys may have when wearing tailored clothing, especially as a school uniform. Beyond this, there are a number of other challenges that you may face as you try to get a young man to dress well.

1. Outgrowing Clothes (and Your Budget)

First, the fact that kids grow, and often rapidly, makes dressing them well potentially expensive, unless you’re Kanye West, who notoriously puts his kids in thousands of dollars worth of Balenciaga. The solution, as with anyone who wants to pursue style on a budget, is thrifting. For a tip, you may want to check out thrift stores in upscale neighborhoods or those that specialize in finer wares. As mentioned earlier, you can also settle on cheaper department store brands provided they fit well and are examples of good taste; they will damage or outgrow stuff anyway.

2. Kids Get Messy Quickly

Boys get dirty and aren’t particularly careful about maintaining their clothes in an orderly way. As adults, we may carefully avoid sitting on a dirty bench when wearing light grey wool trousers and tuck in our shirts if they become untucked, but we can’t always expect a boy to show the same self-awareness. Teach him how to take care of his clothes, but get washable or stain resistant garments and favor dark over light colors nonetheless. Again, children shouldn’t be confined by what they wear, so it’s not worth getting fastidious about keeping them clean. Besides, when boys are indifferent to maintaining perfection, you can chalk this up to a kind of natural sprezzatura. If they forget to button the collar on an OCBD or purposely open up their sleeve buttons, they are unselfconsciously achieving something a lot of the #menswear crowd are aiming for!

3. Society Trends Are Against You

Living in a casual society certainly doesn’t help with the resistance boys may feel about dressing well. Nearly everyone around them is dressed with little attention to polished presentation. Moreover, many adults and the popular media enforce the idea that wearing ties and suits is uncomfortable, or merely a way corporations create conformity and turn men into office drones. The lapse of etiquette in contemporary society also means you’re paddling upstream when trying to teach gentlemanly behavior to a young man. These are major challenges you have to overcome. However, by simply modeling your own comportment and showing that there is another side of being well dressed, you can counter the current state of affairs.

4. Kids Are Trendy

Another challenge to properly outfitting boys is that kids tend to be trend chasers; they are conditioned at an early age by advertising to prefer the latest fashion over clothes with a timeless appeal, an attitude that is only fed by their peers and what celebrity kids are wearing on Instagram. The solution, once more, is to furnish the fundamentals on style that transcends fads and take what you can get.

5. Bullies Will Make Fun of Them

When I went to (public) high school in Brooklyn, there was a student from Jamaica who transferred in mid-year. He wore a navy blazer and tie to school each day by choice and always carried a tightly wrapped full-length umbrella; he looked like he stepped out of Kingsman. For this, he was the object of mockery and abuse by other boys, though he was popular with the girls, and I remember him because of his style. The fact is, if a young man dresses in any way that stands out or is different from the norm, he can invite negative attention and bullying; this is true whether he dresses up, down, Emo or Goth, not just in a way that evokes classic men’s style.

Adult men who dress well in workplaces where everyone else is casual are still ridiculed by co-workers. One solution is to limit being well dressed to “smart casual”: a nice buttoned shirt and trousers, for example. This can be a way of teaching him about dressing to fit the environment. The other option, depending on the personality of the child and how harsh the school environment is, would be for him to dress up anyway as a way to assert his individuality and be a trendsetter. Some of today’s best-dressed men, including Bruce Boyer, Sid Mashburn, and Jeremy Hackett, started by marching to the beat of their own drum when they were children or teenagers, as noted in David Coggins’ Men and Style. Maybe the next trend will be Kingsman style, started by your teenager.

6. Teens Will Rebel

Although you may have a younger boy who is receptive to your instruction on things of a gentlemanly nature, it’s still quite likely he will rebel against your style advice during the teen years. A trick here is to play the sprezzatura or Ivy style cards. Many of the fashion brands teens used to like–Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie & Fitch–were influenced by Ivy, trad and preppy style, and even though they are less popular with teens nowadays, the style continues to hold some fascination. The originally rebellious nature of these styles, and the fact that they were started by young people just a few years older than them are appealing. The sprezzatura look is also associated with a cool nonchalance that teenage boys try to cultivate anyway, so they will buy into it.

Preppy style shown by Dartmouth freshmen in 1964,

Preppy style as worn by Dartmouth freshmen in 1964

Places to Find Classic Clothes for Boys

Beyond thrift, other secondhand marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist, and most department stores, there are a number of specialty menswear stores from which you can acquire more expensive items for boys. This might be an occasional indulgence or something for a special event. In the US, Brooks Brothers have one of the broadest selections of items for kids.  In the UK, Hackett sells a wide variety of clothing for boys ages two to eighteen. A few years ago, Drake’s of London sold boys’ ties; they no longer do, but, you never know, they may again.

An example of Hackett's boyswear.

An example of Hackett’s boyswear.

Conclusion

If we want to make the #menswear movement count, to bring back classic style or, at the very least, keep it alive and vibrant, we have to teach boys to be interested in it, to embrace the ethos. We cannot underestimate the value we have as male role models, not only of style but of gentlemanly behavior. What are your men’s style memories growing up, or how do you teach the boys in your life about menswear? Have you encountered examples of #boyswear?  Share your experiences in the comments section below.


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Transitioning out of Dress Codes AltogetherI’ve always paid…

Transitioning out of Dress Codes Altogether

I’ve always paid attention to what I wear – I specifically remember the floral tie and pegged pants I wore to my first dance, where I awkwardly box-stepped with a girl, shout out to Junior Capers and the Tredyffrin/ Easttown school district–but I didn’t really think about it in relation to others’ clothing deeply until I started going to work. In a cubicle. Wearing a tie I stole from my dad.

Most weekdays since then (for over a decade) I’ve left my house in the morning to work in a traditional office, and worn what I’d like to consider thoughtful business casual. The boundaries of business casual are rarely clear and tend toward the khakis-and-polo side of things. As Derek wrote, “Not as interesting as casualwear could be; not as sharp as the traditional coat-and-tie. It’s just vanilla bland.” It’s one of those areas where we’re technically free to wear nearly anything but unwritten rules often keep us boxed in, or else we’ll raise the eyebrows of our Kirkland polo-d co-workers. I mostly wear OCBDs (lighter cotton weaves in summer), cotton twill or wool flannel trousers, and extra-casual sportcoats (like Engineered Garments or Camoshita might make) or a cardigan.

Last week, though, I started working from home close to full time. My new situation has a lot of benefits – I can access snacks at any time – but it’s made me wonder whether my business wardrobe is obsolete. I have a decent desk setup with natural light, I literally do not have to leave the house; who am I getting dressed for?

Of course, many men work mostly on their own terms, don’t have an office, and cope just fine. I asked a few guys who’ve been working this way for awhile how they approach dressing for the home office.

The Tailored Uniform Approach

Mitchell Moss is an editor and writer working for a church in Cincinnati, but he lives and works in an older house outside of Nashville. He likes tailored clothing, mostly Italian, and doesn’t let the lack of a conference room and water cooler stop him. “I usually wear open collar shirt and sportcoat, and jeans or dress pants. I’m almost always in tailoring. That’s how I like getting dressed.”

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So no sweatpants. “The slob thing? I cannot do that. Tailored clothing – it’s what I’ve spent money on for years, and didn’t buy it just to hang it there. Plus I get on instagram in the morning, and a lot of accounts I follow are in Europe, and have already posted cool outfits – it gets me excited about wearing a jacket again.”

In the two years he’s had this work style, Mitchell says he’s gotten more casual and wears ties less often. “I do wear jeans a lot more – almost every day now. Wearing a tie with jeans just feels weird. Part of my philosophy is trying to keep it real: ‘OK dude you’re working from home.’ I have a very strong utilitarian streak in me, I live in the real world – and there’s no point in putting wear and tear on nice pants.” Plus he does have to set up and break down for photo shoots sometimes, which is better to do in jeans, and shoes he won’t scratch.

What does he do in the summer swelter of the South? “At the extremes of the seasons, when it’s hot, I will forego a sportcoat. No shorts! Don’t quite go that far.”

The Approach That Changes Day to Day

Eric Cano runs a fashion casting agency – that is, he connects brands with the right-looking people for photo shoots or runway shows. Striking out on his own a couple of years ago after a long time working for a single company, he’s changed his style with his role and the shifting sands of men’s style. “I don’t have to worry about what I look like. I consider myself a fashion person, but on any given day I can kinda wear whatever I want. I don’t really have to put a suit on, which is a shame because I have so many.”

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When he was in ad sales, wearing tailoring felt like it fit the role. “My uniform was sports jacket, woven shirt, nice pants, and shoes. I’d show up to meetings with Nike, it was kind of my calling card to be the guy in this market in a suit, meanwhile it was just a sports jacket. Asking a company to do a media buy, it would have felt funny showing up in a tshirt, jeans, and Jordan Is asking someone to spend that much money – a navy blazer justified what I was asking for. I don’t know, maybe people thought I was a narc.”

Now he balances his interest in fashion with the different demands he has every day: sometimes meeting clients or models, sometimes spending the day at his home office or co-working space answering emails.

“I want to be comfortable, and functionality is great, but I still want to look nice. When it’s my first time meeting someone other than email, want them to think ‘Oh, that’s what he looks like, that’s really sharp.’ Then next time we meet I’ll be in sneakers and a trucker jacket.”

When I talked to Eric (over the phone), he was in post-gym-wear – snow boots, sweatpants, and a bubble jacket. “I’m meeting people for dinner later, I’ll probably get out of the sweatpants. I’ll wear good jeans, a knit, nice shoes, and call it a day.” Eric, who’s in his 30s, told me he likes Dior Homme for jeans but also Levis 511s or 501s, recently picked up a shawl cardigan from Martin Margiela, which he’s been paying attention to, he estimates, since 2003.

He’s always liked black boots, and guesses he has 40 pairs. Recently he’s been wearing Balenciaga biker boots or Dries Van Noten chelseas. “Work hard, buy nice things. On sale of course.”

The Sophisticated Traveler Approach

Gus Walbolt works as an artist’s licensing agent and business consultant–selling his publishing business in the early 2000s afforded him the opportunity to set his own work style, which includes a couple of phone calls a day in his home in Walnut Creek, California. “Then off to gym; it’s one of the advantages of selling your company.”

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While in publishing, he witnessed the casualization of the workplace in the 1980s and 90s. “When everyone still dressing up a lot, I still got questions– ‘Gus, why do you get so dressed up – it’s your company, you don’t have to dress up.’ But it’s all about showing style. In the 1990s my uniform was a double-breasted blue blazer, jeans while traveling, and gray flannels when I arrived. And I wore a tie. During that time, because we were selling art-based products, I felt it was important to project style. I thought it was necessary to show that I understood style in order to sell style and design.”

Nowadays Gus, who’s in his 60s, mixes his tailored taste with modern dressed-down looks, mixing the vibes perfected in global style capitals. “When I started working for myself, I started wearing what I wear today: American jeans, English shoes, and Italian shirts. Maybe LVC 1954 jeans, an Italian collared shirt, a casual sport coat – like Ring Jacket, Japanese made in an Italian style.”

In the last year, Gus has started to favor cardigans rather than sport coats all the time. “Cable-knit cardigans, maybe with pockets; not so much grandpa cardigans, a stand-up rather than shawl collar, with a scarf.”

“Every now and then, my wife goes ‘Everything’s so casual, don’t wear a jacket; can you wear something else?’”

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SKIN DEEP: Royal Ascot, which runs from June 19-23, has been revisiting its dress code and establishing some new ground rules for attendees, which include socks for men and covered shoulders for women.
As of this year, some of the event’s formal dress codes, formerly reserved for the Royal Enclosure where Queen Elizabeth sits, will apply to all guests.
Male guests in the Queen Anne and Village Enclosures must wear socks. Those wearing black leather shoes without socks could find themselves turned away.
For women, event organizers had already banned strapless dresses and are now forbidding “Bardot” or off-the-shoulder necklines, as well as one-shoulder styles. Trouser suits and jumpsuits — a new addition to the dress code — are still permitted, provided they are of appropriate length and “worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines.”
Off-the-shoulder dresses were popular last summer at both ends of the market and were made popular by designers Caroline Constas and Johanna Ortiz. There were Bardot necklines up and down the high street, which could have prompted Ascot organizers to take a stand against all shoulder-baring styles.
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Here’s *the* real dress that Donatella Versace wore during the latest episode of “American Crime Story”


Here’s *the* real dress that Donatella Versace wore during the latest episode of “American Crime Story”

If you’ve been secretly missing Penelope Cruz’s portrayal of Donatella Versace for the last few episodes of American Crime Story, here’s some good news for you: The latest episode of the series, “Ascent,” featured a whole lot of Cruz and her bleach blonde hair as the legendary designer. We’re now even further back in time, back when Gianni Versace was still very much alive, and the year is 1993.

The place? New York City. And as for the event? We’re at Vogue Magazine’s 100th anniversary party — an event that truly cemented Donatella as a face (and, behind-the-scenes, a voice) of the fashion house.

“Ascent” opens with a blow out fight between Donatella and her brother, because he is less than impressed with the designs that she is turning in. According to Gianni, they are not up to the regular caliber that their fashion house is used to putting out, so he strikes a deal with his sister — why don’t they design a dress together?

Donatella is eager to help her brother out, and he drapes fabric (and belts) all over her, creating a pretty iconic dress. Then, Gianni suggests that *she* be the one to wear it out, instead of it going to a model. At first, Donatella balks at the idea, but eventually she comes around. As we see in the episode, the second Donatella takes off her coat and the photographers on the red carpet see her, they are truly captivated. All it takes is her wearing one stunning dress to make a name for herself in the world of fashion.

What might be even more impressive is the fact that American Crime Story seems to have recreated the real dress Donatella wore, right down to the belt buckle. Here’s the real Donatella and Gianni back in 1993:

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Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images

While the one in the show is by no means identical to the actual thing, it is pretty damn close. Real question, did Penelope Cruz get to keep it after ACS wrapped, or…?

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How To Dress Up When Others Don’t

If you like classic style, wanting to dress up when others don’t happen to you all the time.  Here are some helpful tips on how to deal with people who question you about the way you dress.

Recently, the viewer Amir left a comment on our video, Things I Get the Most Compliments On.

“Raphael, I’ve been upgrading my style. I used to wear graphic tees, ripped jeans, and sneakers and now, I wear untucked casual button-ups, dark wash jeans, or chinos, and chukka boots. However, I still don’t feel satisfied with my current style. The thing is that people around here never dress up. Is there anything wrong with dressing up all the time even to the most casual of occasions? I’m really scared of this step.”;

Amir, I can totally sympathize with you. You want to dress up and put your best foot forward yet there are others who question your motives and may even be vocal towards you about it. I’m often the most dressed up person in a room and it inevitably will catch some attention. People ask me what the occasion is and I just say “It’s Tuesday!” simply because that’s the way I like to dress.

Recently my wife and I went out for dinner in a new hip restaurant in town and of course, we wear nice clothes. So the waiter asked, “Oh, where are you headed?” and we just said, “Here!” And she was really surprised because otherwise, people just don’t dress up as much just to go out for dinner.

Wearing a suit evokes discipline, power, self-respect and respect from other people around you.

Wearing a suit evokes discipline, power, self-respect, and respect from other people around you.

Dressing up will always make you stand out and it really pays to know how to deal with the positive aspects as well as the negative ones. If you haven’t already done so, I suggest you watch the 101 Things That Change When You Dress Up because we cover mostly positive things but also some negative ones.

The paradox of style is that many people care about it for different reasons. Usually, it falls within a spectrum of people dressing for themselves or people dressing purely for others. In any case, clothes and accessories are something you wear directly in your body and because of that, it immediately becomes part of your visual identity.

One of the many negative comments from our videos

One of the many negative comments from our videos

Am I Dressing For Myself Or Do I Dress To Impress Others?

Being inappropriately attired can be a form of disrespect or it can be seen as a cry for attention. At the same time, dressing to fit in can mean that you’re indifferent about your outward appearance or that you simply want to be invisible to a group of many.

If you want to dress up – Do it, enjoy it and own it! There’s really nothing wrong with it and I’ve been doing it for over 20 years and the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Yes, there will always be someone who has to say something negative about you or the way you dress but you just have to deal with it. Some of them may feel threatened when they judge you or they elevate themselves above you and think they’re superior to you.

Just look at YouTube comments for example. No matter what I or anyone else produce, there will always be someone who has something really negative to say about your approach and how you do it. At the same time, they don’t go out and produce a better video, they just criticize you. Rather than being impacted by the haters, I focus on the comments of the people with constructive criticism, questions, or simple observations so we can do videos like this. So all this may be easier said than done.

How Do You Cope With Issues That Arise From Dressing Well?

Suit for Weddings, Cocktail Parties & Events

Suit for Weddings, Cocktail Parties & Events

1.  Whenever You Dress, Consider Appropriateness.

For example, at a wedding, you never want to out-dress the bride and the groom because it’s their day. At the same time, if you go to a funeral, a burgundy or red flannel suit will simply detract from the event and it would be inappropriate. When there’s a dress code indicated such as cocktail attire, you should not wear black tie because that would be obviously overdressed.

2. If There Isn’t A Dress Code, Consider Flexibility.

For example, when you’re on a plane, you see people wearing sweatpants or a suit, so whatever you feel comfortable with works.

Examples Of Business Casual Dress For Men Throughout Casual Dress

On the other hand, if you’re in a business meeting and you’re not the boss, the dress code can be pretty much stipulated without being written down. In that case, consider the company culture. There’s nothing worse than wearing a three-piece suit in a startup company that simply wears jeans and t-shirts all the time. It makes you look odd and stand out in a weird way.

If you’re in a social event with friends, you should truly be able to wear whatever you want and whatever you are comfortable with and whatever you’re supported by. If it’s a more casual outing, it’s okay to be more casual.

Reversible Harrington Jacket in Navy and Madras Pattern

Reversible Harrington Jacket in Navy and Madras Pattern

3. Dress To Please Yourself.

Think of dressing as your hobby and it’s something that you enjoy. It’s about you and what you like to do, not about others.

Deflecting a compliment is clearly insincere

Deflecting a compliment is clearly insincere

4. Learn How To Accept A Compliment Graciously So As Not To come Off Arrogant.

When you dress up more, compliments will be coming your way so it is best to be aware of how you should react when a compliment is thrown at you.

5. Have A Comeback Ready.

If you’re asked why you’re dressed up, have a few answers prepared that you can give right away so you don’t have to engage in lengthy conversations. Shut the conversation down and simply go about your way.

By having an appropriate comeback, you exude confidence. Other people will just leave it at that and won’t bother you again. It’s important that a response should never be defensive or mean. Saying things like because “I’m not a peasant” or “I wasn’t raised by wolves” will always be kind of offensive to people and it automatically reflects on them which will just draw you into a long argument and it’s just a pain. That aside, as a gentleman, you never go down under a level.

Ideally, you shouldn’t go down the rabbit hole of explaining. It’s the same politics if you start explaining, you’re losing. Aggressive or negative people want to engage you in a fight, want to drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience so don’t do that. The best comebacks are short and sweet.

Comment: “What did you dress up for today?”
Comeback: “It’s Thursday!” Or if you want to be snarky, you could say something like “Adulthood.” But again that may be seen as offensive.

Comment: “Why do you look so fancy?”
Comeback: “Why not?”

Comment: “Why are you so well-dressed?”
Comeback: “Because I know how to.”

Comment: “Do you think you’re better than us?”
Comeback: “No, dressing up is just my hobby.”

The sooner you’ll accept that judgment will always be around, the easier it gets to focus on what you truly want.

Agnelli confidently wearing his watch this way - never cares what people thinks about it

Agnelli confidently wearing his watch this way – never cares what people think about it

6. Do Not Care What Others Think Of You.

Personally, I’d say it comes very naturally to me and being on YouTube and being exposed and having that negativity around me just helped me to develop an even thicker skin. There’s a good saying along the lines of “What other people think of you is none of your business” and I pretty much agree with that. People-pleasing, approval addiction, or the fear of rejection, will always be in the way of what you truly want for yourself. If you care a lot what other people think of you, you may want to look into the book, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck.

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Sven Raphael Schneider wearing Atelier Eyewear Acetate Sunglasses

7. Be Authentic, Be You!

Authenticity provides you with confidence. People who are confident are perceived in a much different way. Fewer people will want to argue with you and they will accept you for who you are.

How do you deal with negative remarks about being well-dressed? Do not hesitate to share your thoughts below!


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Tired of Wasting Money on Cheap Clothes? How to Dress Better for Less


“I, Grace, do solemnly swear to be a beginner, to make mistakes, and to have a wonderful time doing it.”

A chorus of voices rises up from the women gathered around the work table, joining mine and timidly inserting their own names before tittering through the rest of the repeat-after-me-style pledge.

At the front of the room, Bonnie Lewis stands up from the small stool on which she has managed to gracefully perch the entirety of her lean but not lanky six-foot frame. She surveys the group in front of her, eyes shining with the type of excitement brought on after three uninterrupted hours of sharing her greatest passion.

Six participants are in today’s class. Each of us eager to get started, all a little nervous we won’t be able to best the machines in front of us.

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Students at Common Sewing assemble their shirts. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

The studio we’re sitting in is the stuff of Instagram vignette dreams, with large windows, high ceilings and original doors that don’t sit quite right on their hinges. But shareability — people’s desire to post, tag and share with friends — is important to what Lewis is trying to achieve.

In the center of the room, four desks are pushed together to form one large workspace. In front of each participant is a sewing machine covered by a handmade canvas carrying case Lewis refers to as “the bento,” a sort of toolbox of her own creation.

The machines are nothing elaborate — a basic model, the Janome 2212. But that’s the idea; a simple machine (along with a lighthearted promise to be willing to make mistakes) helps eliminate some of the intimidation.

Besides, it’s not about besting the machines, Lewis assures us. It’s about learning them top to bottom, inside and out, so you’re never left crying in frustration when your thread jams up at 3 a.m., right in the middle of the last hem of the final curtain panel.

If we’re going to make sewing and wearing as common as cooking and eating, she tells us, we’re going to have to remove the fear.

Something in Common

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Bonnie Lewis, owner of Common Sewing, wants to make sewing a part of everyday life again. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

Lewis is the owner, operator, head instructor and lead designer at Common Sewing, located on a quiet side street just outside downtown Orlando, Florida.

The workshop is located at the top of a narrow set of stairs on the second level of Factur, a shared “makerspace” that also houses a glassblowing workshop and a podcast studio, among others.

Originally, Lewis had wanted to call the business Grandma’s Hands, an homage to the woman who taught her everything she knows. But her friends convinced her that if her goal was to revive the dying art form and make it normal and maybe even hip, the “grandma” association wouldn’t do her any favors.

She admits they might have been right, and explains she doesn’t want her students to associate sewing entirely with a bygone era — that it’s not just an outdated hobby or a skill cultivated by sheer necessity in a time before department stores.

Instead, she explains, her goal is to make sewing common again — to make it a regular part of everyday life.

Lewis’ mission is simple: “To bring sewing back into our lifestyle in a way that’s relevant, sustainable and easy.”

And that’s what she works to do because her end goal is even larger.

You see, if she can equip people with the knowledge and skills to sew their own clothing, she can begin to empower a generation to step away from the relentlessness of the fast fashion industry.

The Trouble With Fast Fashion

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The pieces above were constructed by students of the class. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

Fast fashion is the term used to describe the way clothing companies take designs from the runways to mass production to store shelves and closets within a matter of weeks.

The clothes are produced without much attention to quality and sold at a low price, creating a cycle of clothes that are overbought, underworn and thrown away too often. Think: Forever21, H&M or Gap.

These stores focus on volume — on getting out as much merchandise as possible as quickly as possible — because a small markup on a shirt can mean a huge profit when millions of units sell.

It’s a practice that encourages reckless spending and overconsumption.

Rather than focusing on two seasons, as was the case in the fashion industry of 50 years ago, fast fashion demands fresh options year-round on an almost weekly basis.

The trouble with this 52-season structure is in order to keep prices low while continually putting new products on the shelves, stores have had to outsource manufacturing to companies in low-wage countries like China and Bangladesh.

These companies use slapdash manufacturing techniques to construct garments from cheap, often synthetic textiles, resulting in clothing that falls apart and loses its shape after just a few washes and wears.

And, once it starts to fall apart, it goes straight into a landfill.

In 2012, 84% of unwanted clothing and textiles in the United States went either into a landfill or an incinerator, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report.

And while good intentions usually direct the bulk of our castoffs to second-hand stores first, only about 10%-20% of the clothing donated to thrift stores is accepted as resellable merchandise. The rest is either trashed or sold to private recycling companies that work to reuse or recycle the textiles into things like rags and insulation for houses.

However, these will also eventually end up in a landfill somewhere — it’s just a matter of time.

Ultimately, the U.S. trashes as many as 14 million tons of textile waste every year. And because most of these textiles are synthetic, they will take hundreds of years to biodegrade.

Something From Nothing

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Annette Denning is in the beginning stages of constructing her shirt. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

Growing up in the 1980s, Lewis would spend the first two weeks of every summer at her grandmother’s house in Vero Beach, Florida.

Each day, they’d sit down together at the sewing machine and Lewis would learn a little more about how to create art from a bolt of fabric and a spool of thread.

Lewis didn’t know it at the time, but she would spend the bulk of her career honing and relying on the skills she was learning on these warm Florida afternoons.

After completing a degree in comparative literature, Lewis decided to take a year to think about her next steps. She moved to Austin, Texas, where she found herself caught up in the burgeoning music scene.

While waiting tables to pay the bills, she was spending every spare minute sewing — mostly for friends — until an independent filmmaker saw her work and began commissioning pieces.

From there, her story consists of one part luck to every three parts hard work.

Her hairstylist at the time offered her six months of rent-free studio space to launch a sewing business, and she began making custom stage costumes for artists all over the city.

After creating pants for every rocker and crooner in Austin, though, she decided it was time for another challenge.

She hunted down an agent, withstood a trial by fire working on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and passed with flying colors, thanks to prior experience sewing with transparent vinyl fabric. (Stage costumes: not just for country music stars.)

After that, she made the move New York City and spent the next 15 years as a traveling tailor with Ralph Lauren, working on fashion photoshoots to ensure models looked perfectly fitted in their garments.

But during her travels, after the 100th person came up to her and, with a mix of fear and awe in their voice, told her that they could never sew “like that,” she realized something.

She saw a knowledge gap in our culture that would only continue to grow, and decided what people needed was a straightforward, fear-free place to learn the skill that was already becoming something of a relic.

Lewis saw the need to make sewing a normal and attainable part of everyday life again.

And thus, Common Sewing — a place where she would teach people to sew so they could return to the slower, more sustainable practice of making their own clothing — was born.

The Slow Fashion Movement

Pinning is an essential step in the construction of clothing. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

“Slow fashion” suggests the literal antithesis to the fast fashion concept, although the movement is more about quality than time.

The primary focus of the slow fashion movement is sustainability — creating, designing and purchasing clothing based on longevity and quality — but it doesn’t hurt that making and repurposing also save money in the long run.

The term was coined in 2007 by Kate Fletcher, who called out our harmful reliance on the fast fashion industry.

“Fast is not free,” she writes in an article on The Ecologist. “Short lead times and cheap clothes are only made possible by exploitation of labor and natural resources.”

Fletcher points out that spending a little more on a garment that takes time and effort to produce can create a “richer interaction” that will travel up the supply chain, allowing companies to build “mutually beneficial relationships.”

Fletcher compares the slow fashion movement to the slow food movement, which seeks to bring awareness and responsibility to what we eat and where we source it.

The connection between fashion and food is a comparison Lewis also drew, urging people to return sewing to its prior status as a common household skill.

“We all eat, and we all wear clothes,” Lewis emphasized again and again. “So why isn’t sewing as common as cooking?”

Lewis left her tailoring work with Ralph Lauren behind in New York.

To most, the notion of leaving an exciting, jet-setting job in the fashion industry seems absurd. And after hearing about the years of hard work it took her to reach the height of her career, it’s easy to question the decision.

But Lewis had a plan.

In order to bring sewing to the masses — and with it, the slow fashion movement — Lewis opened her workshop.

How to Participate in the Slow Fashion Movement

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Annette Denning models her newly constructed shirt. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

The slow fashion movement is all about knowledge and know-how.

Do your research and know where your clothing comes from. Understand the process and supply chain utilized by your favorite brands — and find new favorites if you need to.

Buy from brands that use sustainable, ethical and lasting practices and materials, and be mindful of how and how often you recycle clothing.

Spend a little extra money up front for fewer, quality pieces you actually enjoy seeing on your body — items you’ll wear more than three times before chucking them in the donation pile.

The longevity of these pieces — especially if you learn how to care for them properly — will lead to big savings in the long run.

“Invest a little bit more money in buying exactly what you want so you know you will cherish it and wear it into the ground,” Lewis encourages. “Seek until you find the very best version of what you’re looking for, and then save up and invest in it.”

Still, Lewis always comes back to encouraging people to learn how to sew. Providing them with the ability to participate in the slow fashion movement in the most elemental way allows them to make, mend and remake garments and textiles over and over again.

Need a new shirt to wear to work? Find a fabric you love and start stitching.

Have a set of curtains wearing thin? Sew them into dish towels.

Want a new throw pillow to jazz up your couch? Create one out of an old button-down.

When you’ve honed your skills to the point you can source your own fabric, draw your own patterns and create your own clothing from scratch, then you can remove yourself from the fast fashion frenzy almost entirely.

One of Lewis’ students, after discovering a passion for sewing over the course of several class sessions, decided to challenge herself to not purchase any ready-made clothing for an entire year.

Now, when she sees a pair of pants at the store, she brainstorms how to make them fit better and last longer — and gets to work. Then, when she wears them, she gets to share her new passion with anyone who asks, “Where did you get those pants?!”

And that’s exactly what Lewis hopes will come of her work at Common Sewing.

“It’s about building a community,” she explains.

“I’m not interested in just creating a buzz — I want to create a movement.”

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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How to Iron Dress Pants – Part III The Complete Guide to Ironing

In the first installment of our series on ironing, we introduced the equipment and preparations required to press tailored clothing effectively, with a specific focus on how to iron a shirt. In Part II, we intensively discussed how to iron dress shirts. Today, we move on to the more challenging task of pressing dress pants.

Pressing Trousers: Perceived Difficulties

Although they may not hesitate to iron a cotton shirt, some men shy away from pressing dress pants, whether they are separates or part of a suit, because they’re afraid the iron will “shine” the wool and ruin it. Or, they think that they will not be able to create a sharp crease down the front and back of the legs. Beyond this, the construction of trousers is such that you will most often be pressing two layers of cloth (the pant leg) while a shirt most often involves ironing a single layer, except for the sleeves. These aspects present an additional level of challenge, but they are easily handled by learning the correct techniques.

How to Iron Pants

As with shirts, begin by preparing your ironing equipment, referring to Part I of our series if necessary. Make sure your pants and iron are clean. Set your iron to the proper setting, which, for wool pants, will be lower than for cotton, which is itself lower than linen. Fill your iron with distilled water if you have hard tap water. This prevents limescale from building up inside the iron and later coming out onto your pants in the form of white flakes when you use the steam. You can brush these off the fabric, but it’s an added nuisance, especially if you’re working on darker colored trousers; better an ounce of prevention.

1. The Pants Rise

Begin with the top area of your trousers, the waist and the rise, which require similar techniques to the upper portions of a shirt. Because there aren’t long stretches of fabric, you’ll essentially be doing detail work to begin. Here’s where a tailor’s ham comes in handy; it allows you to press along a contoured surface that better follows the curve of the fabric and of the human form that will wear it. Shove a ham inside your pants and lay the curved areas of the hip and rise over it, moving the cloth as you press. If you are concerned that the iron may create an unsightly shine on wool trousers, use a pressing cloth between the iron and the fabric.

If you don’t have a tailor’s ham, you can still use a sleeve board or regular ironing surface. The lack of extended surface area at the top of trousers guarantees that you won’t really be able to move the iron back and forth, which is a good thing: it’ll train you to make small movements, pressing down with the iron and lifting it up afterwards to move it around instead of dragging it along the fabric, which can catch and cause more wrinkling, not to mention shine the wool. The area in between the belt loops, if you have them, can be approached the same way you would tackle the space between shirt buttons, by using the tip of the iron.

 

 

2. Pants Legs: Making a Crease

Legs of dress pants are tricky because you need to create a sharp crease up the center of the leg, both front and back to give it the proper finish. Something that comes up specifically when ironing cotton pants is whether or not to create a front crease at all. The answer depends on whether they had a crease when you bought them, and this depends on the formality of the pants. Casual chinos will have a completely flat front, while those that are formal enough to be worn with a sport coat should have a crease. Since we’re discussing tailored clothing, we’ll assume the need to make a crease.

The main challenges are to ensure the crease is perfectly centered in the middle of the leg and, assuming you already have a crease there, not to create a different one. A lot of ironing guides online speak of the process like you are creating a crease from scratch, but most of the time you will just be reestablishing and refreshing the original, existing one, especially with wool pants, which don’t lose the crease easily. On the other hand, with cotton dress pants, the crease may fade, or you may lose it. In such a case, it may be easier to iron the front of your trouser legs completely flat and start a completely new crease rather than trying to restore it.

After laying the legs on the ironing board, take the bottom leg and locate the top and bottom center seam inside the opening of the leg. It’s important to do only one leg at a time because doing two would mean pressing four layers of fabric at the same time, which will not yield good results. Line up the two center seams carefully. You should be able to use the existing crease to judge whether the fold is in exactly the right place; adjust as necessary, and press the hem area at the front of the leg firmly against the board to set the start of the crease.

Next, locate the same center seams inside the top of the pants to guarantee the leg is straight and that the crease you create will be right in the center of the leg. Press the top edge of the front leg as high up as you want the crease to go, usually about 18″ below the waist to set that spot. Then press methodically up or down the front edge, again being careful not to drag the iron. If you have a wooden tailor’s clapper and want to have fun, bang it down along the crease you have just created to make it extra crisp. Repeat the entire process with the crease at the back of the leg. An alternative is to buy and use a pants press just for this purpose. You line up the seams and close the press on the leg. This is fine, but you’d still want to use an iron for the rise of the pants, so there is little value in having a specialized $ 250 piece of equipment just for legs. Better to put the money toward a vacuum ironing board.

 

 

The lesson of not sweeping the iron back and forth is especially important with wool trousers, not just to avoid creating new wrinkles and keep your crease straight but to steer clear of shining the wool, especially navy blue wool.  When you think about it, that sweeping motion is similar to what you would do when polishing or buffing shoes, so it makes sense that it might shine your wool too. Instead, press with some force in one spot, drag the iron slightly, lift, and go to another spot. Pressing your pants in this way, and even better, using a pressing cloth too, will virtually eliminate the risk of shine.

3. Pants Legs: To Steam or Not to Steam

Despite the overall benefits of steam in the ironing process, it is not your friend when pressing trouser legs. Wool is more resistant to wrinkling than cotton, so pants don’t need as much steam as shirts, especially when you are pressing the legs. If you apply a lot of steam, the top layer of cloth right below the iron will look great, but moisture will remain in the bottom layer, leaving it puckered and wrinkled. If you flip it and try to fix the problem with more pressing and steaming, now the other side will be puckered, and you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle. The problem is that you’re steaming through more than one layer of cloth.

For this reason, it is most important to press as few layers of fabric as possible, in other words, only one leg at a time, and to avoid steam. Instead, apply a light misting on surface wrinkles before pressing. Some pros just brush the wool lightly with a wet paintbrush. Of course, if you have that vacuum ironing board, its suction will draw out the moisture and hold your pants completely flat, so there will not be any issues.

Wool that is saturated with moisture will pucker like Mark Zuckerberg's lapel.

Wool that is saturated with moisture will pucker like Mark Zuckerberg’s lapel.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are special considerations to keep in mind when pressing pants as opposed to shirts. However, once you realize how easy it is to avoid shining your wool trousers and that you can create a professional-looking crease, you’ll have the confidence to move on to pressing your own suit jackets.


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What Will Meghan Wear? Royal Wedding Dress A Top UK Secret

LONDON (AP) — Where does one shop for a wedding gown set to be the dress of the year — an outfit chic enough for a fashion-loving bride but suitable for a church so regal it’s the burial place of monarchs?

Everyone at London Fashion Week — and elsewhere — is dying to know.

With only three months to go before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s May 19 wedding at Windsor Castle, both the fashion and bridal worlds are abuzz with talk of who the bride will pick to design her dress and what kind of look she would go for.

It’s no wonder: There’s not been a bigger royal wedding since Harry’s brother Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011 in an extravaganza broadcast around the world. Seven years later, Kate’s lacey, long-sleeved Alexander McQueen gown is still influencing bridal designs today.

“It’s going to be the greatest fashion commission of 2018. There’ll be millions of eyeballs on it,” said Jade Beer, editor at the British edition of Brides magazine. “It’s her major fashion moment.”

“She’ll definitely need an upgrade from the dress she wore for her first wedding,” Beer added, referring to the simple strapless white gown the American actress wore at her 2011 Jamaica beach wedding to film producer Trevor Engelson. The couple divorced in 2013.

While the design — as well as the designer — of the dress is a closely guarded secret, many are positive that Markle will choose a British designer.

Kate wasn’t the only bride in Britain’s extended royal family sticking with a British designer. Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth II’s second-eldest grandchild, wore royal couturier Stewart Parvin. In 1981, then-Lady Diana Spencer — the late mother of groom Harry — surprised many when she chose David and Elizabeth Emanuel, a pair of designers fresh out of college.

Front-runners for Markle’s choice include British-Canadian Erdem Moralioglu, known for his elegant, feminine styles; Ralph & Russo, the couture designers Markle chose for her engagement dress; heritage fashion powerhouse Burberry; as well as McQueen and Giles Deacon, who designed the wedding gown for Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton.

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Victoria Beckham has denied rumors that she’s been asked. French designer Roland Mouret has also been cited as a possible pick.

“I mean, she could surprise us all and choose a Canadian brand — she was so loyal to them while she was filming up there,” said Miles Socha, editor-in-chief at Women’s Wear Daily, referring to the time Markle spent in Toronto filming the TV series “Suits.” ”But probably we would have to place our bets on a British designer.”

Some are hoping Markle will pick something less traditional because she has more leeway. After all, Harry is only fifth in line to the throne — and will be sixth after Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to her third child in April. In addition, their wedding venue, St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, is less imposing than St. Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey in London.

“I really expect something different from her. Her style is so clean, really modern, and bridal has been so traditional in the past few years,” said London-based bridal designer Naomi Neoh. “I think — I hope — it would be clean, simple with beautiful detailing.”
Neoh hopes Markle will choose a dress that celebrates her individuality.

“Meghan’s very different from the English tradition. She’s got her career, she’s half-black,” she said. “She’s not going to be queen. It has to be respectful and appropriate of course, but it can be a bit more exciting with the cut and the lines. I think maybe a high neck, low back — that’d be demure enough.”

Still, it’s a dress that needs to live up to the grandeur of its surroundings. St. George’s Chapel is intimate only by royal proportions. It seats 800 guests and has a very important place in British history as the resting place of scores of kings and queens — including both of the queen’s parents.

“She’s going to be walking over dead monarchs on the way up the aisle,” said Beer. “There’s a huge sense of occasion.”

Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge stand outside Westminster Abbey after their Royal Wedding in London.

Markle has already signaled a break from the conservative styles that dominate British royal wardrobes, ditching stuffy frock coats for sleek trousers. Many admired the sharp trouser suit she wore to match Harry’s outfit at a recent official event.

The actress herself has offered some clues about her dream wedding dress.

In March 2016, before she met Harry, she told Glamour magazine that she favored “classic and simple” styles with “a modern twist,” and that she preferred “wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.” She named Ellie Saab and J. Mendel among her favorite designers, and said her favorite celebrity wedding dress was the simple slip of a gown that Carolyn Besette Kennedy wore in 1996.

Circumstances have changed since then — but whatever style she picks, Markle’s choice will soon be seen in bridal salons everywhere.

Referring to Kate’s gown, Neoh said: “Literally the next day, everyone wanted long lace sleeves — the year after getting lace was impossible. It was bananas.”

Many say with Markle’s looks and the young royals’ popularity, she could get away with nearly anything.

“I think everybody here loves her so dearly,” said designer Jasper Conran. “She can wear a dishcloth and people won’t mind.”
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Hilary Fox and Gregory Katz in London contributed to this story.

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Whenever someone tells me that ethical fashion is ugly, I point them right in the direction of H&M Conscious Exclusive – and trust me when I say they change their tune pretty much instantly.

You see the sustainable offering by high street fave H&M is nothing short of beautiful, offering premium pieces exquisitely crafted from recycled fabrics and plastics, such as polyester and linen.

Now in its seventh offering, the H&M Conscious Exclusive 2018 collection has introduced ECONYL® and recycled silver to the line. ECONYL® has been woven into a delicate sheer fabric with dramatic embroidery, which features on a lace wedding dress and dark blue mini dress, while the recycled silver appears in the delicate Arts and Crafts jewellery designed to go with the collection.

‘The innovation behind sustainable materials never ceases to amaze. Recycled silver is made from scrap metal with minimal environmental impact and ECONYL® is a 100% regenerated nylon fibre from nylon waste that support clean oceans. The way the materials feature in our Conscious Exclusive collection shows how the latest technology can be incorporated with time-honoured techniques for spectacular results,’ says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M.

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And at £120, it looks so much more expensive than it is. Also in the collection are a pair of go-with-everything black mules and a printed midi dress in the colour of the new season: green.

Here is also a sneak peek of the campaign, shot by fashion photographer Mikael Jansson and starring Aamito Lagum, Giedrė Dukauskaitė and Christy Turlington Burns, model and founder of the maternal health organisation Every Mother Counts.

The collection launches on 19th April.

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Are shoes accessories? In the eyes of Brooks Brothers they are. And that means their collection of on-sale, USA made, slim rubber soled Allen Edmonds shoes are dropping under $ 225.

They’re also first quality and not final sale.

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Only difference between these and their sold-by-AE counterparts is the Brooks Brothers branded slim, grippy sole (which some of us really like, and you’d normally have to shell out extra for the v-tread at AE) and a slightly different “Poron” footbed at the heel.

Other than that,  they’re the real deal. Not bad considered that with the recent Allen Edmonds price increase, these things would list for over $ 400.

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Chrissy Metz Customizes a $139 Eloquii Dress for the Critics’ Choice Awards: Get the Look!

Chrissy Metz was a style standout at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday.

The This Is Us star, 37, wore a ’70s-inspired print dress by Eloquii that featured a fit and flare silhouette and tie neck detail.

Metz customized her look with the help of her stylist Penny Lovell and dressmaker Dani Kurrle who shared a sneak peek of the process that included adding black sequin fabric at the waistline and strings of black sequins throughout the bodice. And to make it a gown, the same ruffle pattern was attached.

To complete her awards show ensemble, the actress accessorized with a Jimmy Choo clutch, Anabela Chan earrings, Spallanzani ring and Stuart Weitzman heels.

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And you too can wear a dress similar to Chrissy’s!

Eloquii offers a knee-length dress in the same ’70s-inspired print for $ 139.

With awards season currently underway, the Critics’ Choice Awards marked the second time this week that Metz has worn a custom-made dress, courtesy of Lovell.

For the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday, Metz collaborated closely with her stylist and designers at Sachin & Babi on her one-of-a-kind off-the-shoulder velvet gown which featured a black sequin wrap and hand beaded crystal brooch.

“We very much created this dress around Chrissy and what Chrissy likes and we tailor it to her, in every way, design-wise and physically,” Lovell told PEOPLE about Metz being very involved in the customization of her look. “I really worked with her and with how she feels, as I do with all my clients.”

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Danish designer Stine Goya gives us the lowdown

Scandi fashion has been having a moment for quite a while now, thanks to our love for all things Hygge. there’s still not  French style tips. Copenhagen Fashion Week has never been so popular, and wardrobes are filling up with covetable brands like Ganni, Acne Studios, Cecilie Copenhagen and Weekday.

But while most people think the style is all about minimalism, Danish fashion designer Stine Goya explains it’s evolved a lot since then.

‘A few years ago, I would have explained it three words: calm, clean and simple. However, I believe it has changed a bit over the past few years. People are becoming more daring in the way they dress. They are more into colours and prints which of course enjoy very much,’ Stine says.

‘I now see that people are actually quite playful and confident with their style. Danish women are good at incorporating prints and colours into their personal style. You can easily see this when looking at street style images from fashion week, but also if you go for a walk here in Copenhagen,’ she adds.

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Stine Goya. Photo by Luca Rone

With that in mind, we asked her how to nail Scandi style for each and every occasion.

How is Scandi style different to the UK style?

I don’t think it is that different, but I think UK style is a bit more urban and glamourous. I really admire the way a lot of people in the UK mix something very feminine with something cooler and edgier.

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Stine Goya. Photo by Luca Rone

What would a Danish woman wear for an office party?

She would wear something feminine and colourful. I love when people dare to dress in colours and stand out. Wearing colours lifts your mood and creates a positive atmosphere.

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What would she wear for Christmas?

A dress that makes her comfortable and happy so she is able to enjoy and relax. Of course, with a little bit of red.

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How about a more casual day out?

It can be anything – but always with a nice colour combination with either pink, red, peach or yellow.

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What is the fashion advice you always give?

Add more prints and colours into your wardrobe, and dare to stand out. It will create a positive reaction that will make you feel seen and happy.

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Reader C wrote in, wondering how to dress professionally on the coldest days when going to court. We’ve rounded up our favorite winter coats, and talked about how to interview in a snowstorm — but I don’t think we’ve directly discussed what to wear to court in winter. Here’s her question:

I’m driving myself crazy trying to prepare my outerwear wardrobe for winter. I can’t get a clear answer on what people do on the coldest days when going to court. I have a VERY warm down-filled parka but I want something more polished for court appearances. I’m curious about whether people change when they get there or dress less appropriately and just brave the walk over? Does it make more sense to get a sleeker parka for all the time or a longer wool coat for the court commute?

I’m sure this is going to vary a lot from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and I can’t wait to hear what the readers advise for how to dress professionally on the coldest days and what to wear to court in winter. (Psst, here’s all of our advice on courtroom attire for women lawyers…) For my $ .02:

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  • Puffy coats have come a long way. While personally I’m still against the puffy, down-filled parka from a fashion perspective, that’s just me — they’re very in right now, even in urban spots like NYC. That said, if you want to stick with a wool coat, look for a cashmere/wool blend — perhaps one lined with thinsulate. (InStyle has even recommended layering a thin puffy coat beneath a “sweeping coat,” which works with my general advice to size up so you can wear a blazer beneath your outside coat anyway.) Readers have always sworn by these winter coats:

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  • For footwear, the situation matters. If you’re going to be in front of a jury for 5 hours, I think your choice of footwear is going to be a little bit different than if you’re just popping in for a meeting in the judge’s chambers. Warm, waterproof boots can go the distance either way (readers always sing the praises of Aquatalia and La Canadienne) — but if you’re going to be more comfortable in flats or pumps inside, you can always wear some of the foldable, packable snow-appropriate shoes we rounded up in our post on how to interview in a snowstorm, and do the commute-then-change one-two step. (These snowboots are like galoshes and go over your regular shoes!)
  • Layer wisely everywhere else. I just mentioned our favorite silk long johns in our post on warm winter dress pants for women — they are amazing for blocking the wind (and because they’re silk they’re crazy thin, so no added bulk). Silk turtlenecks and crewnecks also exist, as do silk sock liners. A hand-knit scarf may be super cute — but it’s going to be hard to match the warmth of a wool/cashmere/silk blend scarf from a store like Nordstrom or Brooks Brothers. (These tissue-weight wool scarves are my favorite, but you can always go bulkier if you need to.)
  • Keep in mind that if you’re dressed inappropriately it may reflect poorly on your judgment. I always shake my head when I see pre-teen girls dressed up in winter at a nice restaurant or the theater or what not, far too often wearing bare legs and a too-short coat… so don’t do that either. If the weather is truly horrible outside, no one is going to expect to see a woman with a perfect blowout, sky-high pumps and a ponte dress or something.

Readers, what are your thoughts on how to dress professionally on the coldest days? For those of you who are lawyers, what’s your advice for what to wear to court in winter? Court appearances aside, for those of you who may be running from important meeting to important meeting all day on the coldest days, what do YOU wear? 

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Giorgio Armani to Dress the Italian Olympic Team Again

WINTER GAMES: Giorgio Armani is back in the Olympics.
The designer strengthened its partnership with the Italian National Olympics Committee, or CONI, unveiling the EA7 Emporio Armani collection created for the 2018 Italian Olympic and Paralympic teams competing in the upcoming Winter Games, running Feb. 9 to 25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Armani first sponsored Italy’s team at the London Olympic Games in 2012 and consequently supplied the official sports uniforms at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
At the upcoming Games, the EA7 modular wardrobe supplied to each athlete will include a technical-fabric ski tracksuit and mantle; a long down coat; a jumper; a polo fleece shirt, and cotton trousers, among others. Garments will be crafted in midnight blue and feature details recalling the Italian flag’s signature green-white-red colors, in addition to the EA7 logo.

Sketches of the looks Giorgio Armani designed for Italian athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 
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To further enhance the patriotism, the first verse of the national anthem will be printed in gold inside jackets and sweatshirts, and replicated on a blue band under the collar of polo shirts.
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Amber Tamblyn responded to Rose McGowan’s criticism of the Golden Globes silent black dress protest

Amber Tamblyn responded to Rose McGowan’s criticism of the Golden Globes silent black dress protest


Amber Tamblyn responded to Rose McGowan’s criticism of the Golden Globes silent black dress protest

In honor of the #MeToo movement and the current cultural climate in Hollywood, many actresses have decided to wear all black to the 2018 Golden Globes as a form of silent protest. It’s a fine gesture and every movement begins with a show of solidarity. While we assumed that a social justice warrior like Rose McGowan would happily support the black dress protest, she did not, and even suggested that “actresses like Meryl Streep” are hypocrites for participating. Then, Amber Tamblyn took McGowan to task for shaming the actresses who want to support the Golden Globes silent protest. 

“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem,” McGowan tweeted on December 16th, 2017. “You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”

McGowan has since deleted the tweet, but not before Tamblyn caught wind of it. Here is Tamblyn’s response in full:

“THREAD: Rose McGowan is a friend and while I support her kind of movement, I do not support any woman (or man) shaming or taunting the movements of other women who are trying to create change. Telling us to all wear Marchesa? This is beneath you, Rose,” Tamblyn tweeted. “You don’t have to support and stand with us, but we stand and support you. You may take below the belt shots at us but we will not take them at you in return. Our movement is big. And a black dress is just the beginning of the darkness that will be drained from every industry across the country by the time we’re done. That’s a promise. And we stand together in this fight, shoulder to shoulder, weapon to weapon, woman to woman (and man), body to burned body. And our arms are open. And our hearts two fold. And our fire will be a universal scorch. Heed the mantra: #ChangeIsComing.”

Tamblyn’s criticism of McGowan was met with its own criticism by actress and Weinstein accuser Asia Argento who asked Tamblyn why she didn’t call McGowan directly, to which Tamblyn explained she just spoke with McGowan on the phone “for over an hour.”

While we understand McGowan’s frustrations, we also recognize that “moments of silence” and pink breast cancer ribbons are not criticized when emblematically they are the same thing as wearing all black in honor of the #MeToo movement. While the culture in Hollywood needs serious thought leaders and actual change, there is nothing wrong with a visible show of solidarity at the Golden Globes.

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In recent years, buying shoes online has become very popular. Originally, people thought “How can I buy a shoe that I’ve never tried on that actually fits properly?”.

Now, even if you’re at a store and you try on shoes, you might not find some that fit because, at the end of the day, all that matters is the last, its shape, the size, and whether it works for your foot or not.

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No Foot Is Like The Other

Humans are an asymmetrical bunch. For example, my right shoulder is a lot lower than my left one and because of that, my arms have different lengths. It’s the same for your hands, for your face, and for your feet. The left side is never like the right one. The solution to that problem would be that every man out there gets a pair of bespoke shoes.

Bespoke Shoes Are Awesome For Your Feet But Too Expensive

The problem with that is it costs about $ 2,000 for one pair, and it’s simply not something the majority of men out there can afford. That’s where off the rack shoes come into play; they’re nicely finished on an elegant last with high-quality leather, hand polished and burnished, at just a fraction of what a bespoke shoe would cost you.

Just like shoes by Ace Marks, they cost $ 300, they’re made in Italy from high-quality leather, they use a rather flexible blake rapid stitch sole, and the inside is cushioned with some foam between the leather, that way, you just have a very comfortable feel.

On top of that, their shoe last fits my foot really well. It’s a medium D width and it’s slim in the heel, it hugs my foot in the middle, and overall, the fit for me is very close to a custom shoe even though it just costs a fraction.

 

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How Do You Find A Pair Of Shoes That Fit Your Feet Well?

In our opinion, the most important part for the fit of a shoe is the middle part. You want it to really fit snugly around your foot so it holds it in place even without you having to tie your shoelaces. At the same time, you want the front part of your foot to have enough room in the front and be neither too wide nor too slim at the sides.

When you walk, your foot gets longer and shorter, and because of that, you want about half an inch to an inch in front of your longest toe inside the shoe so you compensate for the movement and you’re always comfortable.

So what’s right? The perfect width of the last is the one that just hugs you without being too tight or too loose.

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Wrinkles on the vamp

Vamp Spacing

If there’s too much space between the vamp and your foot, you’ll easily see wrinkles in the leather and it’s also more uncomfortable to walk in them. Ideally, you want the leather to be very close to your foot without it being too tight and uncomfortable for you.

Tight Heels Provide a Bespoke-Shoe-Like Feel

Finally, my pet peeve with most ready to wear shoes is the heel. Most shoe companies design shoes so it’s very roomy and wide so it fits every kind of shoe, however, I find it’s very important that it’s very close to your heel because that way, it hugs your foot, you’re not gonna slide out when you walk, and it’s a lot more comfortable to wear a shoe that way. Because of that, all bespoke shoes are always very tight.

Front & Back Caps Are Important For The Comfort Of Your Feet

Also to keep the shoe in shape, you have caps in the front toe box and in the back heel. Most of the time, heel caps are stiffer than the front toe caps and some are really stiff and uncomfortable. So if your heel doesn’t fit a hundred percent in there, it’s gonna hurt and you may end up with blisters.

The shoes from Ace Marks are quite nice in the sense that the heel is not too wide, the cap gives stability but it’s not too hard, and the leather is soft, so there’s some room for different heels and different sizes.

Now with the lace-up shoe, you always have the benefit of having laces that keep things in place, but you don’t want things to be too tight.

V-Shape on Oxford Indicate Fit Issues

When a shoe is new, and the leather is unstretched, you will likely see a slight v-shape in between the laces in an oxford that should close overtime. Too much of a v-shape means that you need a last that’s slightly bigger, or maybe you just have a bigger foot.

Now, if you have laces, you can get away with a fit that is maybe just 90 or 95 percent versus if you go with a slip on or a loafer shoe such as this penny loafer from Ace Marks, you have to get a fit that is much better because you don’t have laces that help you. Again, it’s super important on a loafer that hugs you tightly and that the heel isn’t too wide otherwise, your feet will slide out all the time.

With new shoes, when in doubt always go slightly in the smaller side with a slip-on shoe because you don’t want them to come loose and otherwise, you won’t be able to wear them at all later on.

Ace Marks Penny Loafers

Ace Marks Penny Loafers

Listen When You Put On A Shoe – It’s Indicator Of A Good Fit

So one little secret that you don’t hear about very often is that when you remove the shoe and you get that sound like the release of a vacuum, that’s a good indicator that you have a tight fit. On a bespoke shoe, that’s usually what you get and it’s also a little more difficult to take them off. So if you experience that, chances are this shoe fits your foot quite well.

What About Arch Support?

Personally, my feet are quite flat yet I have never found the need for additional arch support. It seems like it is a controversial topic where some people argue in favor in insoles that support your arches, while others think it just deteriorates the problem. I suggest you go with what feels right on your feet.

How Do You Find The Proper Shoe Size?

Of course, it sounds very simple, and you just have to measure your feet before you buy. The problem is your left foot is not just different than your right foot, but the size of your foot also varies throughout the day with the swelling and depending on how much you walk.

For most people, the feet are biggest in the evening so that’s a good time when you should measure your shoes or go and buy shoes. It goes without saying that you should always measure both feet because sometimes people have more than a size difference between the left foot and right foot.

The Brannock System – Standard Footwear Sizes in the U.S.

In the US, the most common sizing system is the Brannock device. You can find these metal sizers in shoe stores all across the US or you can buy them on Amazon for about 60 to 65 bucks. That device is very simple, you just step in, take the reading of the width, as well as your length based on your big toe. Now, most people don’t have a device at home and because of that, Ace Marks provides you with a letter-sized and a Din A4 format shoe sizer that you can just print out at home.

 

How Determine Your Shoe Size Accurately With a Printout or a Piece Of Paper

Once you have it, your heel must be on the line. I always suggest to take a big book and put it down. That way, you can’t slide back when you stand there and then you take a pen and mark it slightly facing inward where your big toe is and that way, you determine your size. Do it on both feet and you know exactly what size you should get.

What I’ve found over time is that a lot of shoe companies have different sizes within their own brand, meaning, different lasts have different sizes and I had ten, ten and a half, and eleven in one brand; now that’s not helpful at all and it always meant I had to buy shoes, return them, try them on again, and it’s just a big hassle.

Definitely watch the video, otherwise you’ll get it wrong.

Ace Marks Conforms To The US Brannock System

If you know what your Brannock size is, you know Ace Marks is going to fit. While it’s possible to determine the right size of your foot with a print out at home, I suggest having someone help you just to make sure it’s 100% accurate.

Print out in DIN A4 if you usually us cm, Letter Size if you use inches, Legal and 11 x 17 inches if you have