How to Wear Cold Weather Colors in the Summer

One of the key rules of style is always to dress according to the season. This means switching from linen to flannel, but do you have to reject winter’s color palette entirely in the warm weather?

Summer suits in brown & pinstripes with spectators + odd jacket summer combination

Summer suits in brown & pinstripes with spectators + odd jacket summer combination

How to Wear Cold Weather Colors in the Summer

Summer colors like yellow, royal blue and white take a back seat to olive, gray, and burgundy in the cool weather. However, the opposite is not necessarily true; you don’t need to confine your traditional cold weather colors to the back of your wardrobe in hot weather. Here are some tips on how to get more mileage from fall and winter hues during the summer.

Repurposing Winter Colors for Summer

Olive green summer suit

Olive green, traditionally a fall color, is repurposed here as a summer suit

When we consider the cold weather range of colors, we’re sure to include gray, brown, olive or forest green, burgundy or maroon, and rust. Some of these are meant to parallel the colors seen in nature during autumn and winter. Most of these are said to be “drab” in the most neutral sense of that term since bright hues would look out of place when the conditions you wear them in are cloudy and devoid of vegetation. Fortunately, when summer is in full bloom, color is everywhere–in the flowers and trees–enhanced by direct sunlight that shines down from a higher angle. This means you can wear your traditionally drab or muted colors with no fear that they will be overwhelming. On the contrary, they will attain a greater vibrancy in the summer sunshine.

Let’s look at which traditional winter colors you can still combine to great effect in the warmer months.

Gray

Among cold weather colors, gray is the one that most closely mirrors the overcast skies of fall and winter. However, gray is also a classic foundational color in menswear, especially in combination with blue. The first consideration when choosing a color is always the purpose. Why are you wearing what you’re wearing? If you’re dressing for business. a gray suit is appropriate in any season as “drab” colors are chosen as a rule for professional environments. Still, you’d probably want to forego dark gray or charcoal in favor of a lighter gray, the equivalent of pastel, which is always a sign of spring. Try a Prince of Wales patterned suit or jacket, which is commonly available in gray but with an additional accent color, such as blue or red, as an overplaid that brightens it for the season.

Prince of Wales Check with Overplaid

Prince of Wales Check with Yellow-Toned Overplaid (and a Bright Blue Tie)

In less formal circumstances, a staple spring-summer wardrobe item is a pair of light gray wool pants, perhaps in a cool fresco fabric, the warm season equivalent of winter’s gray flannel trousers. Though the weather may invite white, beige, or colorful “go-to-hell pants,” a gray pair serves as a neutral companion for a variety of blue sports coats. As a bonus, the light color and texture of a fresco eliminate any association with the “security guard uniform” that can be suggested when pairing a blue jacket with darker gray pants.

Paul Lux wearing trousers with open pleats.

Paul Lux wearing light gray wool trousers with beautiful open pleats

Neckties that are in the gray family are the easiest way to incorporate the color in summer as they tend to be lighter and called silver rather than in dark tones. The texture and material of the tie also help fit it to the season and either a gray cotton knit tie, a gray linen, or an airy silver grenadine with an open Garza fina weave will fit the bill of more casual fabrics that immediately say summer.

Burgundy

Of all the cold weather colors under consideration, burgundy or maroon is probably the hardest to pull off in the summer because it is a strong color with equally strong winter associations; think burgundy knit vests or maroon velvet dinner jackets for the holiday season. It is, therefore, best used in the form of an accent like a tie or pocket square. The good news is that burgundy coordinates readily with gray and blue. Fabric choice is again your friend, and a raw silk such as a burgundy shantung tie is an excellent choice. The slubby texture of the raw silk gives it just the right degree of informality that you need for summer, yet shantungs also cross over easily into fall and winter, so you can use the tie year round.

Another trick that applies not just to burgundy but to all the colors under consideration is to pair them with other items and colors that are definitively summer. For example, in the image below, Ethan Wong wears a maroon blazer, yet it looks appropriate for warmer weather because he has combined it with white pants and a summery, floral white tie. Even the contrasting white buttons help enhance its status as a warm-weather piece, which dark buttons would not accomplish.

Purplish Burgundy blazer

Ethan Wong pulling off a maroon blazer in the summer by combining it with distinctly warm weather elements, such as white and floral

Green

Green is already a hue that is underused in menswear. For spring, a true crayon-box green tie or pocket square can be worn for a small dose of the color alongside mid-blue tailoring. In this case, green reflects the fresh renewal of the season and growing grass; you may associate it with Easter or baseball fields. However, it is a very forceful color and not for everyone.

Dark Green Silk Pocket Square with Orange Dots Motifs and Blue Paisley - Fort Belvedere

Pair this dark green silk pocket square from Fort Belvedere with blue tailoring for summer

Olive or forest green appears much more frequently in menswear, but because they are more muted these have more in common with the faded vegetation of winter. Worn in the form of a tie with a white shirt, these colors awaken associations with pine woods in winter snow. Nonetheless, they tend to brighten up in the sunshine, especially when worn alongside other warm weather colors.

Green linen and gingham

Linus Norbom wearing a green linen jacket with a green and white gingham shirt and white pants

A personal favorite combination of mine is an olive green linen sports coat, which I like to wear with a muted green and white gingham shirt and white trousers. Nothing says summer like gingham, and doing the whole look in olive green makes for a unique way to stand out but not in a way that appears too bold.

An olive tie is another option, and my choice is a knit tie for added texture or again a shantung, either a solid or with alternating broad stripes of olive green and off-white. The juxtaposition of a bright companion color gives the tie the pop it needs for warm weather use. So, as a guiding principle when going with winter greens in summer, look for items that provide contrasting lightness.

Rust

Whether you call it rust, tobacco or something else, if there’s one color you’d typically associate with autumn, this is it: the color of a dead leaf, either fallen off a tree or rolled into a cigar. The subtle red tone of this shade of brown seems to be particularly suited for fall and winter, and one would, therefore, assume that rust wouldn’t work in summer. Yet the color does surprisingly well, perhaps because it shows to its best advantage in strong, direct sunlight.

Wrinkled Linen Suit via Stile Maschile

A rich, wrinkled tobacco linen suit at Pitti Uomo via Stile Maschile

Case in point is the tobacco linen suit that blew up the internet a few years back when it was pictured being worn by Italian gentlemen. It became a quintessential summer option and it still is, judging from the dozens of versions visible during the last few years of June Pitti Uomo.

Unusual seersucker with green hat by Gui Bo with purple mottled suit, tobacco linen and light grey summer sport coat

Tobacco/rust linen jacket for summer at Pitti Uomo in Florence.

Generally, sports coat and odd combinations are recommended for summer over suits because the former are less formal, and in the case of autumn colors worn in hot weather, it seems logical that less of the color would be better. Yet, the tobacco linen suit proves otherwise; there’s just something special about its versatility. I just purchased my first tobacco linen jacket, and it has rapidly become a favorite of mine, not because it’s trendy (which would be a negative in my book) but because the color just works so well with brown hair, with a range of skin tones, and with a variety of other colors. For one thing, it pairs beautifully with the aforementioned olive green ties, so you can bring two non-traditional summer colors into play at the same time.

Brown

Tassel loafers without socks

Brown tassel loafers without socks

In the summer, it’s likely you already wear some brown in the form of suede or calf loafers and a matching belt, but you can also wear larger swaths of this color. Brown linen or tropical wool sports coats; brown chinos in linen, cotton or a blend of both; brown shirts; and brown ties are all fair game. The success of brown can be attributed to how well it pairs with beiges and mid-blues, both of which are popular warm-weather colors.

 

Brown linen shirt

A brown délavé linen shirt from Boggi Milano

For a simple casual hot weather outfit, you could wear a brown washed (or “délavé”) linen shirt with a pair of off-white pants. The relaxed nature of linen coupled with the faded treatment of a délavé makes it more summery than a deep brown would be. As a rule, with warm-season brown you want to avoid darker versions of the color, as these will tend to make you look hotter (literally, not metaphorically). With a shirt, this is particularly important as strong browns can be difficult to wear near your face, no matter what your skin tone. If your complexion is pale, it will make you look even whiter, and if you’re brown, it can clash. So, choose your shade of brown carefully.

Brown Windowpane Suit Ralph Lauren Purple Label with Boutonniere, pocket Square and Tie

A beautiful mid-brown windowpane suit from Ralph Lauren Purple Label is ideal for summer

One of my go-to combinations for summer is a brown sports coat paired with a white shirt, beige chinos and brown loafers; as simple as the outfit sounds, it looks really sharp. For added richness, try to find a brown jacket that has some beige in it as well, such as in the form of a windowpane pattern or some flecking, which will bring up the color of your pants while also lightening the shade.

Brown fresco trousers

Brown fresco trousers with a light beige plaid linen jacket

Often overlooked in summer is the possibility of wearing brown pants. A muted grayish-brown fresco works great with jackets that are beige or taupe. Meanwhile. something like a chocolate brown linen-cotton chino is fantastic with sky blue jackets or the aforementioned tobacco sports coat if you want to double up your non-traditional summer tones. Add that olive tie again and you have three. In this case, the fact that you’re wearing it on your legs and not on your torso allows the deeper brown color, and, of course, you don’t need to worry about it being near your face.

Conclusion

To sum up, the appropriate fabric choice makes a big difference in extending the wearability of typical cold-weather colors in the summer. Cotton, linen and raw silks provide texture and a casualness that reflects the season. Selecting lighter versions of fall-winter colors or wearing them alongside brighter summer hues also disguises their drabness though the higher angle of the sun from June through August can already make them pop more. Once you imagine the possibilities and apply these techniques, you can boost your style while expanding your summertime options and your wardrobe.

Do you wear fall or winter colors in the summer? Tell us how you do it in the comments section below.


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What to Wear to Work in the Summer

what to wear to work in the summerOver the years, we’ve had a lot of discussions about what to wear to work in the summer and still look polished, so I thought I’d pull some posts together for one handy dandy post. Readers, what are your biggest challenges for dressing for the office in summer? What are your favorite products or hacks to make summer office clothes more comfortable?

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What Not to Wear to a Conservative Office in the Summer

We’ve talked a lot about what not to wear as a summer associate, and what items should not be considered summer work clothes… for all of the below items, make sure you know your office before you wear them — ideally by seeing a midlevel wear them before you do.

  • sleeveless looks
  • maxi dresses
  • Sandals of any kind (shoes that expose at least three toes per foot)
  • Shorts (and yes, despite our April Fool’s shorts suit roundup a year ago, we do include short suits on the list of NO)
  • Completely wrinkled clothes (linen has its own challenges, but it shouldn’t look like you balled it up, packed it in a suitcase, and then decided to wear it)
  • Short skirts — there is a spectrum here, but for business it really should be as close to your knee as possible!
  • Spaghetti-strap tank or other top that makes no effort to hide bra straps (or worse, requires you to wear a strapless bra)
  • Off-season items such as heavy tweed, boucle knits, tights, boots, thick wool trousers (but note that summer tweed is OK, as is seasonless, tropical wool)
  • Cleavage of any kind.  If at any point you look down during the day and see your bra, you need a camisole.   (You may want to check out some of the newer demi camisoles if the idea of another layer makes you swelter).

Readers, what are your best tips on what to wear to work in the summer? Do you prefer dresses, skirts, or lightweight pants in the summer? If you need a layering piece, are you on team cardigan or team blazer? Do you have any hacks to help with sweltering commutes, freezing offices, melting makeup, or other summer issues? 

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What To Wear To The Office – Dressing for Work

In most offices today, business casual is a firmly rooted dress code. As far as dressing for the office goes, a lot depends on the culture but over the years, things have changed dramatically and today, we go through the decades and we will give you a specific rundown of what items to wear, what not to wear, and particularly, what shoes you can focus on.

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In the last thirty years, the formality scale has dropped dramatically and today, probably just 1/10 office workers wear a full suit. As with many trends in menswear, the World Wars set a huge impact on style and dress codes for the office and it usually meant that it was more casual or at least, more utilitarian.

Office Wear Through The Years

1950

1950’s

In the 1950’s, there was a post-war boom, materials were again plentiful at least in the US, and so people wore suits, white dress shirts, ties, and proper oxfords. The classic black cap toe oxford was definitely a staple shoe at the time.

Of course, characters like James Dean popularized a much more casual and youthful look with undershirts, however, that did not catch on in the office. If you wanted to work at a proper office, you could not show up dressed like James Dean.

1960

1960’s

During the 1960s, the mod style had a heavy influence. Nevertheless, people still wore suits. In terms of style, you could see that lapels got narrower and so did the ties. Trousers usually had huge cuffs or turn-ups, or sometimes an excess of two inches. The big casualty during this decade is the hat. Also worn by older gentlemen who consider the hat to be an essential part of their business wardrobe, younger men simply went without it.

1960s

Of course, the 60’s were great for fantastic menswear fabrics that were heavier and not as soft as they are today. At the same time, they drape really well. At the same time, man-made materials were becoming a lot more popular so you would see nylon, polyester, and all kinds of other things blended into classic menswear which eventually would fade again but at that time, it was a bit tight and was very popular to have artificial fibers in your business wardrobe. The style influencers at the time, just like the Beatles, still wore suits, dress shirts, and ties.

1970

1970’s

In the 1970’s, the disco and hippie style dominated men’s fashion and that even had an influx on the office. People still wore suits but they had a lot bolder patterns, lapels had gotten wider, colors were a lot bolder, and everything was different. Lanvin, Pierre Cardin, or Yves Saint Laurent were really popular designers and would oftentimes license their name to have suits produced even for the American market.

1970s

In the early 70’s, you’d still see flare pants but by the end, they became more European and slimmed down. The ties were longer and much wider and the rise of pants was much lower. In terms of shoes, the derby shoe became more popular now but in very traditional white-collar environments, you would still see the black cap toe oxford as the dominant business shoe.

1980

1980’s

In the 80’s, things changed a bit again. Designers like Giorgio Armani created a more unstructured suit that was quite wide, the gorge of the lapel was low, and eventually, the power suit became really popular. Just think of Wall Street, in the US, Ralph Lauren also became really popular and he always had a taste for wider ties and wider lapels. Shirts were oftentimes Winchester shirts that had bold stripes, colored combinations that resembled the typical power style.

Michael Douglas wearing a Winchester shirt

Michael Douglas wearing a Winchester shirt

The classic office shoe was still the black cap toe oxford, sometimes you would see black derbys, or things like Gucci loafers in black. Even though you had power suits on the one hand, on the other hand, combinations became much more acceptable for office wear. Also, TV shows like Miami Vice popularized the style of wearing a t-shirt with a jacket on top. Obviously, this was not worn to the office but it showed the desire to casualize a formal wardrobe.

1990s

1990’s

The 1990’s were definitely the heyday of office wear and men’s fashion. Vogue declared the end of the era of the power suit and things became a lot more casual. In the US, casual Friday became a lot more popular and people who quit the traditional jobs and started working on tech startups in Silicon Valley really changed the way people dressed to the office.

1990

Everything became more casual and not wearing a suit was a traditional F.U. to the classic establishment and the way they dress. In terms of shoes, you could still see anything from the classic black cap toe oxford in a law firm, for example, all the way to New Balance sneakers with tech startups.

2000s

2000’s

In the 2000’s, the influence of the Silicon Valley further increased. New generations were not interested in wearing business suits, they were not used to wearing suits, and they certainly don’t want to wear it to the office. Fast fashion started to dominate the retail world and so quick turnover of many different seasons and trends with very low quality and very little substance became mainstream.

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

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

Also, jeans or denim have become universally acceptable no matter whether you go to church or at a fine restaurant. In the early 2000’s, jackets became a lot shorter and suits became a lot slimmer. A very popular shoe in the US for business was the tassel loafer and even today, you can find men who are about to retire wearing the same 90’s suits that are quite wide in cut with their sometimes brown or oxblood or black tassel loafers.

In terms of shoes, the tassel loafer from the 90’s became less and less popular and you found a lot more shoe companies that used the internet to bring shoes from the manufacturer directly to the consumer, thus cutting off the middleman, and saving the consumer quite a bit of money. One of those companies is Ace Marks.

 

 

Today in most office environments, business casual and casual Friday is the most prevalent dress code. At the same time, a lot of people don’t really understand what it means, specifically. The boundaries between work and office have been blurred; we find a lot more working from home now and working outside the office. At the same time, surveys indicate that 1/2 of senior level management thinks that their employees dress too casually. So some men are really into dressing up and they love it when they can wear suits to the office while others would rather wear sweatpants.

Overall, I think there are more men interested in classic men’s clothing and dressing up today than they were 10-15 years ago.

Fast Fashion labels

Fast Fashion labels

What To Wear To The Office

The Plus & Minus Rule

A lot of it depends on your workplace and the culture there. That being said, we are big supporters of the plus and minus rule. So, don’t just look at what the employee handbook says but actually observe what people are wearing.

Ideally, you want to stay within one step above what people wear. You don’t want to step below because it definitely has an impact, people see it, and they will judge you maybe just subconsciously.

You’ve probably heard of the old saying “Don’t dress for the job you have but for the job you want.”. That as a caveat, many CEOs today dress very casually because they are already at the top of the company and they don’t have to impress anyone. At the same time, if you have client contact and you want others to respect you at the office, dressing well and dressing a step up is important.

Now that being said, sometimes your manager or superior can feel threatened if you outdress them so that is one aspect to keep in mind. You do not want to offend people and hurt your chances of climbing the ladders simply because they feel threatened by the way you dress. Honestly, if that happens at your workplace, it’s probably time to change jobs anyway because that is not the kind of culture that you will likely thrive in, especially not if you like to dress up.

5 Office Wardrobe Staples

Office outfit with tobacco brown knit tie and navy blazer

Office outfit with tobacco brown knit tie and navy blazer

1. Navy Blazer

Even though you never have to wear suits at work, having a blazer is ideal because it makes your otherwise very informal outfit rather formal without being over the top.

Chinos can be worn to the office or dressed down

Chinos can be worn to the office or dressed down

2. Cotton Chinos

Ideally, you get them in some khaki color, you can also go lighter with stone, or darker with navy, it’s a classic staple slacks that sit in between jeans and dress slacks in terms of formality. You can also wash them at home so you don’t have to worry about dry cleaning costs and they are just a wonderful business staple. You can also wear them just with dress shirts, or with sport coats, or a blazer, and they always look good.

A selection of light blue dress shirts in different shades

A selection of light blue dress shirts in different shades

3. Dress Shirts

If you don’t work in a super formal office, you can be a little bit more relaxed with your shirts, you can have stripes, you can add some colors, maybe checks, and you can decide if you want to have button cuffs or French cuff for cufflinks. Cufflinks are certainly a bit more formal; I personally like them because it gives me a chance to wear all the different cufflinks in my collection.

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

If you don’t wear neckwear to the office, I suggest you go mostly with checked shirts; you can incorporate different colors such blue, green, or red, and I would opt for a button-down collar because it stands up more nicely, the tips always stay down. Because if you wear a jacket, the tips should always stay underneath. I’d also go with button cuffs rather than French cuffs, otherwise, not having a neckwear but the French cuffs is kind of a clash of formality. Of course, if you love cufflinks overall, you can still wear them.

Business Casual Outfit with silk knit tie

Business Casual Outfit with silk knit tie

On the other hand, in a lot of offices today, neckwear is not required anymore and it is simply something that you can wear to express yourself. If you don’t want to go with the traditional three-fold business tie, you can opt for different things such as knit ties, for example, which are different in texture, they are more casual and they are definitely office appropriate. If you decide against neckwear, I suggest to always have a pocket square in your blazer or sport coat because it really upgrades your look, makes it more unique, polished, and finished.

4. Shoes

In terms of shoes, the rules have relaxed a lot. For the traditional office, you can go with the classic black cap toe oxford. At the same time, brown at the office today is probably more popular than black if you look at all the offices across the US and Europe. It really does not matter if you go with derby shoes or monk straps. In my opinion, a great shoe for the office, for younger men, is the double monk strap shoe. It is right in between the classic office leather dress shoe with the leather sole and a sneaker. Even though you can wear it in black, I prefer colors in burgundy red or maybe brown because it is casual enough to wear for a happy hour after work but also perfectly appropriate for most office environments.

That being said, most offices today are casual enough to go with brown shoes at pretty much any instance and if you want to go with brown, there are so many shades all the way from a light tan to a medium tan to medium brown, dark chestnut brown and really dark brown. I would definitely suggest to stay clear of sneakers and always invest in a quality pair of dress shoes. Now down the line, it always pays to invest in quality dress shoes because the cost per wear goes down. You may think that is easier said than done because you are just starting out your career and this is your first office job, it may be hard to come up with all the money for nice quality dress shoes.

You can buy quality leather dress shoes in different price points; you can invest 200 dollars, 300 dollars, or 2000 dollars for a pair. That being said, Ace Marks provides a range of quality office dress shoes that won’t break the bank. Does Ace Marks produce the best menswear dress shoes ever made? Absolutely not! However, what they do offer is a really big bang for the buck because they sell directly from the manufacturer to you as a consumer thus, saving the middleman market.

If I would have to pick just three shoes that are appropriate for office wear, I would go with the black half brogue oxford. The burgundy double monk strap, as well as their brown penny loafer.

Invest in a quality pair of socks that won't slide down

Invest in a quality pair of socks that won’t slide down

5. Socks

A lot of men wear short socks or mid-calf socks when they slide down, they expose your hairy calves which is still unprofessional in this day and age. To prevent that, you should go with over-the-calf socks that stay up.

How do you dress for work? Share your office wardrobe essentials below!


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How to Wear White as a Menswear Color

For many men, the only white articles of clothing they wear are white dress shirts, undershirts, and underwear. They may avoid white either because it seems to be too bold a statement, they are concerned about keeping it clean, or it’s simply nowhere to be found.

Or, white can simply be taken for granted. However, a full range of white clothes has much to recommend for the contemporary gent, and the arrival of summer is the perfect opportunity to add more white to your wardrobe. Today we will explore the different ways men can wear white.

Double Breasted Off White Suit

Double-breasted off-white suit with white shoes

A Brief History of White Clothes

White was originally associated with the garb of the wealthy for a variety of reasons, first of all, because keeping white clothing clean was expensive in the age before dry cleaning and washing machines, requiring regular care and maintenance that was beyond the reach of many.

Beau Brummell in 1805

Beau Brummell in 1805 wearing a white shirt and stock

By extension, wearing white was an outward sign that you had enough money to afford the luxury of its care. More than this, it showed you were rich enough that you didn’t even need to engage in any manual labor where you had a chance of getting dirty.

Tennis-Cable-Knit-V-neck-Sweater-Apparel-Arts-1936

Two gentlemen, one wearing a classic tennis sweater and shorts ensemble, which the other sports white pants, a gray blazer, and a red carnation boutonniere in an Apparel Arts illustration from 1936

White was also the color worn by those people–again, the wealthy elite–who went to resorts and country destinations in the summer, both because white helps reflect hot sunlight and because it enforced the idea of leisure.  They would participate in sporting activities on holiday, which is how tennis became associated with white uniforms. When the well-heeled returned to the city in the autumn, they switched back to more drab gear, hence the supposed “no white after Labor Day” rule.

Leonardo DiCaprio as the great Jay Gatsby in a white suit. Does he look sullen because he has to keep it clean?

The good news is that today, we have the luxury of washing machines and fairly inexpensive dry cleaning, so wearing white is not limited to the rich. There may still be some situations where wearing the color can evoke class associations, which will be discussed below, but for the most part, it can be worn by anyone on a variety of different occasions.

When Can You Wear White?

The short answer is summer; the long answer is that it’s possible any time of the year if done properly.

White Looks Best in Warm, Sunny Weather

In hot weather, white keeps you cool as it reflects sunlight, something you can see from the prevalence of white clothes in hot climates, including the Middle East and India. The very brilliance of white itself makes it look its best in the sunshine. For this reason, it’s especially at home in resort-like settings. Think the Greek islands, the Amalfi Coast, and the French or Italian Riviera in July. This includes cruises, which also are warm-weather ventures. To be honest, white also looks best with tanned skin because of the contrast, so if you’re fair or pale as a sheet, you should consider other light colors that will give you better contrast. Those who have olive, tanned or brown complexions have it made when it comes to wearing white.

White in a summer holiday setting.

In Cooler or Cloudy Weather

In cloudy weather, white clothes can look out of place. The false “no-white-after-Labor-Day” rule notwithstanding, predominantly white outfits are usually avoided after summer because what looks great in August looks glaring when days are not as bright. White demands sunlight to tame it and tone it down. In fall and winter, muted hues like olive green, gray, and brown are prevalent both in nature and as attire. Follow the seasonal trend. This is also good wisdom to follow because cold weather usually brings rain and thus mud, snow, and slush, all of which can wreak havoc on white garments. However, you can wear winter white, which is an off-white rather than a pure white, on sunny December days, few they may be, usually in the form of flannel pants. I find that when January comes along, I am longing for something to remind me of summer, so if I get a sunny blue-sky day I’m putting on winter-white trousers. With global climate change, there is bound to be a 50-degree mid-winter day when you can do it.  Of course, if you are fortunate to live in a climate where sunshine and warmth are in abundance year round (Florida comes to mind), you can wear regular white nearly anytime you, please.

White for Winter

White for winter, well probably Italian winter rather than Minnesota winter.

How to Wear White

White Shirts

One might imagine that the basic white dress shirt doesn’t require much discussion since it’s the one white item most men own (not including white unmentionables); a white shirt is standard. However, some lesser known information about white shirts can be useful to help you maintain classic style. Originally, the long-sleeved white shirt with buttons and a collar that we know today was seen as an undershirt, meant to be hidden: hence the requirement to wear waistcoats and vests and ties–anything to hide as much of the white as possible. Nowadays, we wear white button-down shirts uncovered with just a pair of pants, which our forbears would see as us going about in our undergarments.

Napoleaon's Shirt which was only worn as an undershirt with extremely fine hand stitching

Napoleon’s shirt, which was only worn as an undershirt despite its extremely fine hand-stitching

Although we may applaud the more relaxed standards of the present when it’s 90 degrees out, and we can wear only a white polo and jeans without getting looks of disgust, some of the associations of white shirts with underwear still apply today, particularly when you’re wearing tailoring or are dressed formally. When you put on a tuxedo, for example, you’re supposed to wear a black cummerbund or a waistcoat to prevent the white of your shirt from showing beneath the bottom button of your jacket. When you wear a vest, either as part of a three-piece suit or in a different color or pattern with the bottom button open, your trousers are supposed to have a high enough rise to avoid showing the white of your shirt under your vest. It goes without saying that if you are actually wearing a white undershirt, it should never be exposed at your neck. To remember these style rules, it’s useful to think of the white t-shirt as underwear, and by traditional standards of propriety at least, you shouldn’t show your underwear.

A definite style don't: a visible undershirt

A definite style don’t: a visible undershirt

Another consideration that may alter your thinking about white shirts is the fact that white can be stark and cold because of its brightness, so while it works like a charm with suits or sport coats in cool colors (gray, blue) if you’re wearing warmer hues like a green linen sport coat or brown flannel suit, you might choose a shirt in ivory or ecru (white with a warm yellow undertone) or light blue instead to soften the contrast.

White Pants

After a white shirt, white trousers are probably the next most common clothing item in menswear, though the drop off is steep in terms of how many men wear them. Pants may also be the most difficult white item to wear in terms of keeping them clean, which could account for their rarity. On sunny summer weekends, I prefer the Southern European vibe created by wearing white cotton pants, especially when paired with bright linen sports coats. White pants are more difficult for the workplace because they do present a strong statement in their own right; however, you can make them fade back, so they almost become the equivalent of a white shirt, if you pair them with softer or more muted jacket colors like olive, brown or navy.

White Ring Jacket trousers

White trousers can look fairly subdued when paired with more muted colors.

Of course, a navy blazer, especially double breasted with gold buttons and white trousers make for a classic nautical-themed outfit. Now you’re off work again and on a boat, whether it be a city cruise, two-week cruise to the Caribbean, or your own private yacht. This is the one place where white (in combination with other garments, admittedly) still can evoke class consciousness and accusations of snobbery.

Ralph Lauren in a Navy Double Breasted Blazer and White Pants

Ralph Lauren in a navy double-breasted blazer and wide white pants, a look that screams upper class; the car doesn’t hurt either.

As if to ruin all the fun, white pants do present the particular hazard of getting dirty fast; the hems will readily accumulate street grime and the seat can become sullied at a moment’s notice if you sit on a subway or park bench. I have a number of solutions. First, buy cotton that can be washed. Then spot treat and wash any individual stains at the end of the day or shortly thereafter. For the rare situations when more extensive marking occurs, even if the item says “dry clean only,” you can hand-wash white cotton chinos or put them in the washing machine with cold water on the gentle cycle. Of course, you can just dry clean. Secondly, spend less on white pants. It is easier to enjoy wearing a $ 189 pair of white pants from SuitSupply and wash it occasionally than worry about damaging an $ 800 pair from Salvatore Ambrosi, bespoke quality notwithstanding.

Beyond that, exercise precautions when wearing white trousers. For instance, I avoid sitting directly on the half-wall at Pitti Uomo before making sure it isn’t covered with cigarette ash. When I’m on vacation mode and wearing white pants, I’m also often carrying a pamphlet, map, site guide or other fold-out documents that I use to sweep away debris before I sit; or I unfold and sit on the paper. Better to look a bit fastidious than ruin one’s pants!

White trousers at Pitti Uomo

Men sitting on the Pitti Uomo half wall while wearing white pants in cool weather

So, yes, white trousers (and jackets) do require a certain degree of added caution and care as well as extra fastidiousness. But, if you’re already the sort of guy who spends time getting your tie dimple exactly right or who polishes his shoes to a mirror shine, this will be nothing new to you. If anything, it’s a chance to slow down and be mindful, which we need in our accelerated world.  If you aren’t the cautious sort, then you’re also likely from the school of thought that says white clothes are meant to show some character marks, so you too can wear them and just not give a damn. The penchant of Gazette readers for tailored clothes also makes wearing white pants easier: even if you sit on something, you can rest assured in the fact that your rear end will be obscured by the vent flap of your jacket when you’re walking around.

Visible pocket liners with white trousers

Pocket liners are often visible with white cotton pants

The second issue with white pants is their relative transparency: the bare skin of your thighs where they touch the cloth will generally be somewhat visible through your trousers. You can solve the issue by purchasing (or commissioning) white pants that are lined to the knee, but an added heat-inducing layer sort of defeats the purpose of reflecting sunlight by wearing white. I personally wear gray underwear that covers my thighs and again rely on my sport coat to (literally) cover my rear end. Pocket liners are another story though, as it is common for these to be visible through the fabric on the front of white pants. One option is to cut the liners out and stitch closed the remnant, professionally or otherwise. You’ll lose the use of the front pockets, but those who privilege style over functionality are reluctant to load the front pockets of trousers anyway to preserve clean lines.

Another is to find a pair of white pants with no pocket liners, to begin with. Bonobos used to sell chinos with this option. The last possibility is to just go with it–visible pocket liners are part of a casual “I don’t care” summer look, like wrinkled linen. Then again, the quarters of your wrinkled linen sports coat may hide the liners anyway.

Toni Rossi from Halston in Naples wearing white

Toni Rossi from Halston in Naples wearing white

White Suits and Sport Coats

There’s a certain man or type of man who can pull off a white suit. When I was growing up, that man was Don Johnson, but nowadays, you don’t want to remind people of Miami Vice circa 1984. The other option is to go for more of a “Southern Gentleman” look a la Tom Wolfe, whose trademark white suit has been in the news more since his passing; the effect can be similar to wearing seersucker.  It should be noted, however, that Wolfe has said he wore white initially to get attention as a reporter. People would notice him in a crowd of other journalists and answer his questions. Rest assured, you too will be noticed too in a white suit. Furthermore, you want to avoid being labeled the guy who imitates Tom Wolfe. Safer and a bit easier to pull off is an off-white or cream suit, in some warm weather fabric like cotton or linen, but safer yet is hedging your bets and halving the risk by wearing just the top half.

Tom Wolfe in a white suit

Tom Wolfe in his iconic white suit; we find the dark shirt and socks a bit too stark in terms of contrast

White sports coats present the perfect opportunity to break out the colored shirts. I personally favor light blue or perhaps a navy and white gingham plaid shirt, though avoid dark colored shirts because the contrast will be too strong, and you’ll end up evoking John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

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White jacket worn at sea with a blue shirt

Yes, you can wear a pure white shirt with a white jacket, whether a linen sports coat for summer or a dinner jacket, but to do this successfully, you want to create a bit of contrast or differentiation between your two layers. To some extent, this will be natural since no two whites are exactly alike; the difference in the material will present different gradients of white. Furthermore, most white jackets are in reality off-white since linen and wool cannot be dyed to a pure white because of natural oils and the overall nature of the fibers. So, your white shirt will always be whiter than your jacket. However, you can emphasize the distinction further by wearing a white shirt with some sheen (like a royal Oxford) or a subtle pattern, like end-on-end, twill or herringbone.

A white herringbone shirt

A white shirt with a subtle pattern can help distinguish it if you wear a white jacket along with it.

Whether you get an off-white suit or a white jacket, it’s paramount that your choice fits you well. If it’s already too big it will look even bigger on you because white clothes reflect back a lot of light to the viewer; it’s a matter of optics.

White for Formal Wear

Though evening wear is usually associated with black tie, the dinner jacket worn by Sean Connery’s James Bond in Goldfinger has become an inspiration for those looking to inject “white”–well, ivory, actually–into formal wear. Most commonly the white dinner jacket makes an appearance in tropical weddings or cruises near the equator.

Sean Connery as James Bond wearing a white dinner jacket with a red carnation boutonniere

Sean Connery as James Bond wearing a white dinner jacket with a red carnation boutonniere

In the Bond films, it is worn variously in the Bahamas, Morocco, India, and Latin America; a hot climate is essential. Even though a white dinner jacket may be worn by some in hot weather anywhere, like an outdoor summer opera in the UK, it is usually seen by purists as out of place.

Ralph Lauren 4x1 Dinner Jacket

Ralph Lauren 4×1 White Shawl Collar Dinner Jacket

If you do wear it, a shawl collar is preferred rather than a peak lapel, as the shawl is more in line with the relaxed nature of the white jacket; pockets should still be jetted rather than flap. Your choice of material should be a light wool even though cotton or linen versions can be found, as these will rumple and wrinkle. Check out our guide to dinner jackets for more specifics on the white version.

White Menswear Accessories

After the white dress shirt, the other essential white item most men own is a white linen pocket square, whose presence is intended to coordinate with said white shirt under all conditions: with a tux, a suit, or a sport coat. For an added accent of white, go beyond the idea of the pocket square and use a white boutonniere flower, like a white carnation, rose or edelweiss (for something different), all available from Fort Belvedere.

White boutonnieres Fort Belvedere

White boutonnieres from Fort Belvedere

White neckties are rarer but can stand out as something different, again, mainly in warm, sunny weather. They aren’t the easiest to find but are generally white silks printed with a small geometric motif in other colors. These are sharp enough to be “ceremonial” or wedding ties but can also be dressed down, perhaps with a blue linen sports coat. As with all light-colored ties, the prime consideration is making sure it stands out visually from your shirt, so a white tie can suggest wearing a light blue shirt instead of another white. Or, you can cheat and go with an ivory tie. Just remember not to go too dark with your shirt to avoid making the outfit look inelegant.

A white silk tie with geometric motif

A white silk tie will still stand out against a white cotton shirt.

Just as every man is advised to own a white linen pocket square, he is also warned never to wear white socks. This should not be a strict rule, as it is presented as a way to keep people from wearing white gym socks outside of athletic settings. White dress socks are different. In those situations where you can’t wear low-cut invisible socks with white trousers, what else would you wear? This is even more true for winter white flannel pants. White dress socks are even more difficult to find than white neckties but a pair or two in cotton or linen should be part of your wardrobe if you own white pants.

Pantherella white dress socks

Pantherella white dress socks

White Shoes

Continuing with footwear, white shoes are an underappreciated choice for summer shoes. Interestingly, more men will wear white sneakers (with the aforementioned white gym socks) than white dress shoes. The classic American choice is white bucks. Readers of a certain age will remember “The White Buck Kid,” singer Pat Boone, who was known for these shoes, but they are associated more broadly with trad style. As the name implies, they are made of white deer leather or buckskin, and the good thing about them is that if they get scuffed or distressed, it’s an expected part of their character.

white buckskin shoe

If you want to mix white with another hue, you can try spectators instead. Defined simply as two-toned shoes, usually Oxfords or derbies with a wingtip and broguing, spectators are a showy choice with vintage appeal that can pair with other classic menswear like tab collar shirts and collar pins. As such they are also more formal than bucks.

Navy Jacket, Winchester Shirt with Club Collar, Collar Pin & Spectators

Spectator shoes pair well with white trousers.

Conclusion

After reading about the many possibilities for wearing white, hopefully, you will try adding more of this hue to your wardrobe, and not just in the form of another white shirt or pocket square. White embodies the spirit of summer, and in cold weather, you can still wear winter white on sunny days to brighten up the season. You do have to be somewhat outgoing to wear it, especially in our drab casual culture, but if you’re well dressed, you’ll stand out anyway, so add some individual panache and boldly put on white.

How do you wear white? Share your experience in the comments section below.


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You probably shouldn’t wear these 7 things as a wedding guest this summer

You probably shouldn’t wear these 7 things as a wedding guest this summer


You probably shouldn’t wear these 7 things as a wedding guest this summer

If you’re dreading purchasing another dress to wear to your eighth wedding this summer, we get you—wedding season is a lot to handle. There’s no shame in re-wearing outfits from one event to another, and you can pretty much wear any dress of your choosing so long that it is appropriate for a wedding. That last part is important, because there are a number of different outfit mishaps that often occur at weddings, the pros say. To ensure you don’t make a fashion misstep, we chatted with four stylists to find out what you should or maybe shouldn’t wear as a guest this summer. Here are their best suggestions on what to avoid.

Anything that even resembles white.

You know the drill—the bride should be the only one wearing white at the wedding. This includes every color that could potentially be considered in the white family, such as cream, bone, ivory, beige, and off-white. The one and only exception to this rule is if the bride and groom are having a “white-themed wedding” and request that their guests wear the hue. Still, even in this case, Ali Levine, celebrity stylist, fashion expert, and TV personality, warns guests never to wear anything that looks like a wedding dress.

Denim anything.

If you’re thinking of pulling a throwback to that iconic Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake denim moment, don’t. “Save your jeans for the backyard BBQ! Jeans are not welcome at a wedding no matter how casual it is,” says Toni Ferrara, a celebrity stylist who’s dressed Kim Kardashian, Matthew McConaughey, and Kate Beckinsale. “It’s just not a fabric that is meant to have a wedding moment.” Make sure your date knows this, too.

Anything too revealing.

Style experts agree that all eyes should be on the bride. “Drawing attention to you in a ‘sexual’ way is disrespectful in my opinion,” says Rayne Parvis, a certified Style Coach, personal stylist, media personality and author of Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab!. She recommends staying away from anything too tight, that reveals too much cleavage, or with a completely open back. “A great rule of thumb is to accentuate one body part in a respectful way, not all three; cleavage, legs, and back,” she adds. Mayes agrees, adding, “Not only will your outfit be frowned upon, but you just may fall right out of that extremely plunging neckline.”

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Related article: A comprehensive guide to wedding guest attire 

Out-of-season hues.

Levine recommends wearing colors that are in-line with the summer season, so keep your orange-, auburn- and maroon-colored gowns in the closet until fall and winter. “Certain colors, fabrics, and aesthetics tell us it’s summer and makes us feel a certain way about that season,” she says. “Do not show up wearing fall colors and heavy fabrics in June, July, or August.”

A dress that matches the wedding colors.

Unless you’re in the wedding party, Parvis warns against intentionally wearing colors to match. “If you’re not a bridesmaid and you show up dazzling in the same color, it will appear you’re trying to be part of the wedding party versus a guest,” she says. “You’ll get questions and confusing looks.”

An oversized hat.

Sure, you hate it when the sun’s in your eyes, but that’s what sunglasses are for. Leave your oversized hats out of the equation when it comes to selecting your wedding attire. “Excessively large hats may block the view of the other guests, especially if you are seated in the front row,” says Ty-Ron Mayes, a celebrity stylist who appeared on America’s Next Top Model. “If you do not want to wear a smaller hat, consider a fascinator. Your sense of style and appropriateness will be well received.”

Anything too casual.

It might be hot, or even a beach-themed wedding, but leave your poolside attire where it belongs. “Unless the bride and groom tells you in the invitation to bring a change of casual clothing, or that it is a casual affair, stay nicely dressed,” says Levine. The same goes for your shoes. “Leave sandals at home—even if they’re beautiful.”

This article originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Patagonia’s Worn Wear Wagon is about to hit the road again, this time with the equipment and expertise to handle wetsuit repairs.

All wetsuit brands are welcome, as long as the suits are DRY. The team will be offering clothing repairs as well. First come, first served, limit of one item per person. And as always, all repairs are free!

Patagonia’s Worn Wear program was created in 2013 to encourage people to change their relationship with stuff. The program provides significant resources for responsible care, repair, reuse, resale and recycling at the end of a garment’s life. Known for building highly durable products, Patagonia strongly believes in the intangible value of things that accumulate meaning over time. The memories contained in patches, stitches and scars can’t be replaced with something new – and Worn Wear aims to help customers celebrate those stories.

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‘Twin Girls’ North West & Penelope Disick Wear Matching Outfits at Unicorn-Themed Birthday Bash

Party time!

Although North West won’t officially turn 5 until June 15 and Penelope Disick has to wait until July 8 to turn 6, the pair teamed up for a joint unicorn-themed birthday bash on Sunday.

“North and P! Twin girls, turn around!” Kim Kardashian West called out to the cute cousins in a video showing off the pair’s identical rainbow robes and matching bathing suits.

“Happy birthday ladies,” the proud mama continued.

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While documenting what she described as “North and Penelope’s unicorn birthday party,” the KKW Beauty mogul made sure to highlight all of party’s sweet treats, which included doughnuts, matching unicorn cakes and rice crispy pops with little unicorn horns and ears.

In one video, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star also confirmed North’s father Kanye West was in town from Wyoming to celebrate the happy occasion.

“Here, come with daddy,” she can be heard saying to her almost 5 year old.

Kardashian West also included videos of the too-cute party decorations, which included “real unicorns,” tables covered in festive balloon centerpieces and rainbow pool toys.

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Also present for the happy day was new mom Kylie Jenner, who brought along her 17-year-old daughter Stormi Webster.

Happy birthday North & P,” she captioned a photo of herself and her daughter, who was wearing a sweet white headband, shorts and what appeared to be a Gucci blanket.

North and Penelope’s joint birthday party is shaping up to be an annual Kardashian tradition. Last year the pair enjoyed a Moana-themed celebration, and in 2016 the two girls honored their big days with a mermaid-filled bash.

RELATED: North West Sings Sweet Rendition of New Kanye West Song in Adorable Video: ‘I Still Love You’

While North still has over a week before her birthday rolls around, she’s already started receiving presents — specifically two luxury handbags from Alexander Wang!

Sharing a photo of one of her gifts, Kardashian West gushed, “Look at this Wang bag that North got.”

Enthusiastically, she added, “I’m stealing this !!!!!”


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Denim 2.0: How to wear denim for summer 2018

No idea what to wear for the heatwave? Give your wardrobe a denim makeover, for an androgynous summer look

Styling and words by Bemi Shaw

Wearing denim as an adult is tricky territory. Jeans are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe but would you try a denim coat, a co-ord, or even a denim dress? Luckily for us, denim has moved far beyond it’s 90’s boy band roots and grown into a solo stand out. Wearing head to toe denim doesn’t need to look like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 American Music Awards.

We scoured the high street and designers to bring you the key pieces to add to your outfit rotations. Live out your denim dreams with this season’s must-have jackets and jeans, giving your summer wardrobe a cowboy twist.

Walking near garage – Opt for patterns and stripes

Necklace, £210, alighieri.co.uk, Jacket, £1080, and trousers, £585 both Sonia Rykiel, Blazer, £1,145, Off-White from Net-a-porter, Slingback heels, £56, Topshop

If you want to make a statement this season choose bold pieces that aren’t one colour.

Unusual details

Hoop, £130, Moya Jewellery, Shirt, £29.99, Zara, Jacket, £350, APC
Whether extra wide legs or exaggerated collars you can find pieces that stray from the norm.

Wear a wide leg

Hoop, £130, Moya Jewellery, Top, POR, Mimi Wade, Jeans, £365, MM6, Shoes, £310, Joseph

Wide leg jeans are all over the high street, you can wear them with a shirt for a more formal look or casual with a statement top. Just remember you might need a heel so you don’t look swamped.

The Trusty co-ord

Jacket, £130 and skirt £110 both Calvin Klein Jeans, Boots, £450, MM6

Go full on 90s boy band (but chic) with a denim co-ord. It’s best to mix-match or wear colourful pieces to avoid looking too blocky.

Denim for the evening

Hoops, £130 and Drop earrings, £165, both Moya Jewellery, Dress, £600, Marques’Almeida

There are enough denim dresses with elegant detailing to turn them into evening attire. Take this Marques’Almeida number for example.

The new uniform

Dress, £495, Joseph, Trousers, £400, Max Mara, Boots, £870, and shopper bag, £1,690, Fendi

Denim is no longer just for casual wear. You can find key pieces on the high street that easily fit into your day to day work outfits.

Oversized is in

Jacket, £585 and jeans, £420, Y/Project at Net-a-porter, Top, £395, Jacquemus at Browns

Oversized jackets are a great cover up for summer months. Don’t let the look drown you make sure you get the right size (this sometimes means a size down).

Denim doesn’t have to be blue

Jacket, £220, and trousers, £190 7forallmankind.co.uk, boots, POA, pacorabanne.com

Red, green, pink and white, denim comes in all colours. Try a new colour this season especially in the summer months to brighten up your wardrobe.

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Stylist: Bemi Shaw
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Stylist assistant: Bella Ludlam
Model: Atikah and M+P

 

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What to Wear to Literally ANY Summer Wedding

Weddings are more diverse than ever these days and all the stringent customs and traditions have become quite relaxed. Ceremonies can be held virtually anywhere, bridesmaids are often given the freedom to select their own gowns and some couples are even vetoing a traditional bridal party altogether. With all this change, it can be hard to know exactly what to wear to a wedding. What’s appropriate guest attire these days?

The truth is, you can pretty much wear anything to a wedding, so long as you obey the basics: don’t wear too much white (no stealing the bride’s thunder on her big day!) and make a little effort, OK? No jeans, no sneaks, not too much skin, iron that shirt and have a little class. Pro tip: Weddings are not a time to #freethenipple.

A wedding is the perfect occasion to get all dressed up and a great excuse to buy a gorgeous outfit. Lucky for us, retailers are keen to help us out during this difficult time. Many department stores have designated sections for wedding guest dresses and some of your favorite labels have dedicated wedding guest collections (here’s looking at you Reformation).

Click through to see 31 beautiful wedding guest dresses and jumpsuits for every budget and occasion.

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What to Wear to Work While Pregnant

Today at CorporetteMoms we’re doing a mini-Hunt for the best maternity dresses for work, from sheath dresses and beyond – please do check it out. But in the meantime, I thought now might be a great time to talk generally about what to wear to work while pregnant here at Corporette — what are your favorite maternity options for workwear? What gaffes have you seen pregnant women make in your conservative office — and who did you really think looked great? It’s been a while since we talked about the best maternity stores for workwear, how to hide an early baby bump, and what to wear to court when you’re pregnant – so let’s discuss.*

For my $ .02, some of my general advice for maternity shopping for work include tips like:

  • Don’t buy maternity workwear too early — you just don’t know how you’re going to carry (low, high), where you’ll gain weight (bust, arms, bum), and so forth. Budgeting for your maternity wardrobe is already difficult, and the last thing you want is a bunch of wool low-rise maternity pants for your third trimester when a) it turns out it’s way too hot for wool and b) you vastly prefer high-rise maternity pants. (I’ve also advised readers not to buy a fancy diaper bag before you’re actually a mom — save it for a treat when your baby turns six months old or something else after you’ve been in it for a bit.) I could still wear my regular (non maternity) blazers until week 38 or 39 with my second child, and I never owned a maternity winter coat. Stylish maternity suits are notoriously hard to find (we’ll be updating this post soon)!
  • Maternity dresses are the easiest thing to wear to work when you’re pregnant. For underpinnings, I was a big fan of maternity Spanx and maternity tights — keep an eye out at Target for their more affordable line, Assets.
  • Raise the neckline. One of the first things you’ll notice when you’re pregnant (for me it was even before the at-home pregnancy test told us!) is that your bust will get bigger — if this makes you uncomfortable you may want to raise the neckline either with camisoles, demi camisoles, or even use statement necklaces to draw the eye upwards.  (Along those lines: make sure you buy bras that fit as needed through your pregnancy — I went through several sizes. You may want to buy nursing bras at the very end (this was our last discussion on the best underwire nursing bras over at CorporetteMoms) but personally I didn’t bother with maternity bras; I just bought my regular brands on sale.)

Readers, what are some of your best tips on what to wear to work when you’re pregnant? What looks worked best to help you feel and look professional when you were pregnant — and what did you throw back on the rack (or back in your closet) and say, nah, I’ll wait until I’m on the other side? 

* Just an administrative note, since I know people will wonder — I tend to think of the dividing line between Corporette and CorporetteMoms as being maternity leave, at least in terms of content from us (please feel free to discuss whatever you want in the comments). So for all the good stuff after maternity leave, please come check out our regular discussions at our blog for working moms!

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How to Wear Culottes to Work (And: CAN You Wear Culottes to Work?)

how to wear culottes to workSeveral years ago, when culottes started to come out from major workwear brands like Theory and Ann Taylor, I’ll admit my first reaction was HELL NO… followed by “my eyes, my eyes!” In short: not a fan. Several years later, brands are still trying to make culottes happen, and what’s worse: my eyes have started to become accustomed to them as an option for casual offices or casual days at conservative offices. So, ladies, it’s time to discuss: CAN you wear culottes to a conservative workplace? What are your best tips for HOW to wear culottes to work? What styling tips make culottes more professional vs more weekend?

The answer here is going to vary by office, I think — so know yours! For my $ .02, I think these factors make a world of difference if you’re wondering how to wear culottes to work:

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  • What shoes to wear with culottes: Wear heels or other shoes that might be described as “sleek.” The clunkier the shoe, the more the look says “weekend.” (I particularly love them with heels like tie-on styles.) This isn’t to say you have to wear heels — I think some oxfords with low treads and cutouts can look OK, or perhaps a sleek baby wedge like this one could also be nice. For colder days of spring and warmer days of fall, I do like the look of mid-calf boots with culottes (like in our picture at top with red boots).
  • What top to wear with culottes: Again, here you want to go for structure — the slinkier the look or the more slouchy the top, the more it says “weekend.” (Note that spaghetti straps are almost never appropriate for work!) Some of the peplum tops or wrap tops we’ve seen lately could be nice, like this or this.
  • Accessorize like you mean it: Add a watch, a long pendant necklace or other work-appropriate jewelry — skip anything that says weekend like dangly earrings that move, hoops (although I must admit I am almost always anti-hoops), an arm full of bracelets, etc, etc.

What say you, readers — are you for or against culottes for work? Can you wear culottes to your office? What styling tips help to “dress culottes up” — and which styling tricks put culottes solidly in “weekend” territory?

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Sandals and popsicles and picnics, these things all bring to mind summertime. Boots, not so much. While we consider them to be a wardrobe staple, traditionally boots – short and tall – tend to be a fan favorite for the cooler months of the years. But, before you go through the effort of tucking all of your winter footwear away, we’re here to convince you that summer boots are worthy of a wear this year.

Below, you’ll find seven boot styles that aren’t just designed for snowy days, they’re actually ideal for your warm-weather activities. Whether you’re headed on a vacation or you just need some inspiration for what to wear while trekking through your home town, ideas are abound below. And because we know you’ll want to do a little shopping, we picked out our favorite summer boots for you to add to your collection too. While we can’t promise you’ll want to give up sandals completely, these boots will have your ideal ensembles in the coming months

Combat boots might initially seem a bit clunky to wear with summer’s lightweight clothes, but in reality they offer a perfect balance to more ladylike pieces.
Available in sizes 8 to 11. 
Available in sizes 35 to 41. 
Croc-embossed boots are poised to be a major trend in 2018, so the sooner you grab a pair you love the better. A cool pair of ankle boots are great for the office, so try styling them with a blazer and work skirt. 
Available in sizes IT 36 to 41.
Available in sies 35 to 41. 
Summer is the right time for infusing your wardrobe with as much color as possible. Statement-making red boots are just the thing to refresh your look.
Available in sizes 36 to 40. 
Available in sizes 6.5 to 10.5. 
If black boots don’t feel quite right for summer, pull a 180 and go for white boots instead. They’re especially light and coordinate easily with the season’s bright hues.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Available in sizes IT 35 to 41. 
To take your sock boots from spring into summer, consider styling them with floaty dresses and skirts that show off the ankle.
Available in sizes 36 to 41. 
Available in sizes 35 to 41. 
Patent is a style that works year round, so during summer consider wearing it with jeans and a floaty top. Bonus points: if a summer rainstorm surprises you, your feet will stay dry.
Available in sizes 36 to 41.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
The western boot trend is a popular pick this year, and whether your vacation is to a ranch or somewhere tropical they’ll be a cool choice.
Available in sizes 5.5 to 11. 
Available in sizes 5.5 to 11. 

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What to Wear to Enhance Your Eye Color

We’re well aware that hair color, skin tone, and makeup technique play a role in the intensity of your eye color. While a touch of bold lipstick or a swipe of a striking eyeliner are surefire ways to play up your eye color, today we’re proving instead that the extra sparkle in your eye has everything to do with the colors of clothing you wear. Whether you have a set of baby blue, sparkly green, sharp hazel, or deep brown blinkers, here are the basic color guidelines to making your eyes look the boldest and brightest they’ve ever been. Follow these simple and straightforward color suggestions, and watch as compliments start streaming your way. Once you’ve optimized which colors you wear for your eye color, people won’t stop noticing the beautiful tones of your irises.

Ahead we’re breaking down the colors that make your eyes pop. Find out exactly which shades you should be wearing during the day and at night.

Your best colors:

Classic neutrals
All shades of pink
Deep blues
Lighter greens

If you have baby blue or deep ocean-tinted eyes, the best colors for you include classic neutrals like beige and taupe, which complement your eyes the same way blonde hair makes blue eyes pop. While all shades of pink highlight your eyes well, bold fuchsia tones work to intensify their cool blue shade the most. As is to be expected, deep blue hues match the tone of your blue eyes, making them more pronounced, while lighter greens give your eyes a subtle complementary boost.

This post has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.

Your best colors: If you have baby blue or deep ocean-tinted eyes, the best colors for you include classic neutrals like beige and taupe, which complement your eyes same way blonde hair makes blue eyes pop. While all shades of pink highlight your eyes well, bold fuchsia tones work to intensify their cool blue shade the most. As is to be expected, deep blue hues match the tone of your blue eyes, making them more pronounced, while lighter greens give your eyes a subtle complementary boost.
Your best colors: For those of you with rich emerald eyes, you’ll want to opt mostly for those colors on the opposite end of the color wheel. Purple always goes well with green eyes, and the deeper the purple, the more intense your eyes will appear. If you want to match your eye color, go for deep greens like emerald and forest green over other shades. Try out a complementary color scheme for your green eyes. Coral is a perfect summery color, especially on flirty sundresses, and is a no-brainer to making your eyes pop. Lastly, pale yellows highlight your green eyes just as well.
Your best colors: You’ve got the chameleon of eye shades: hazel. More factors come into play with making hazel eyes stand out than other eye colors, like which lighting you’re in because your irises are more multifaceted than most. The best colors for your hazel eyes include dark neutrals like brown and grey, which will pick up the darker tones in your eyes. For a bolder combination, orange and lavender look so good with hazel, making the greener shades in them pop. Burgundy is also a fail-safe color choice and works perfectly on our favorite fall sweaters.
Your best colors: Brown eyes are sometimes the trickiest to make pop because they’re already considered a neutral tone themselves. But for those of you who are blessed with brown eyes, the best colors for you include khaki greens, so try out an army or bomber jacket. Luckily for you, rich blues are guaranteed to make your eyes pop, so stock up on that dark-wash denim! Soft pinks are also ideal for your brown eyes, which is perfect given how many cool Millennial Pink–toned pieces are out there. Lastly, gold will complement your eyes so well. Try a necklace or earrings if gold clothing is too bold for you.
Which color are you going to try? Let us know in the comments below!  This post has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.

Your best colors:

Purple
Deep greens
Coral
Pale yellows

For those of you with rich emerald eyes, you’ll want to opt mostly for those colors on the opposite end of the color wheel. Purple always goes well with green eyes, and the deeper the purple, the more intense your eyes will appear. If you want to match your eye color, go for deep greens like emerald and forest green over other shades. Try out a complementary color scheme for your green eyes. Coral is a perfect summery color, especially on flirty sundresses, and is a no-brainer to making your eyes pop. Lastly, pale yellows highlight your green eyes just as well.

Your best colors:

Dark neutrals
Orange
Lavender
Burgundy

You’ve got the chameleon of eye shades: hazel. More factors come into play with making hazel eyes stand out than other eye colors (like which lighting you’re in) because your irises are more multifaceted than most. The best colors for your hazel eyes include dark neutrals like brown and gray, which will pick up the darker tones in your eyes. For a bolder combination, orange and lavender look so good with hazel, making the greener shades in them pop. Burgundy is also a fail-safe color choice and works perfectly on our favorite fall sweaters.

Your best colors:

Khaki greens
Soft pinks
Rich blue hues
Gold

Brown eyes are sometimes the trickiest to make pop because they’re already considered a neutral tone. But for those of you who are blessed with brown eyes, the best colors for you include khaki greens, so try out an army or bomber jacket. Luckily for you, rich blues are guaranteed to make your eyes pop, so stock up on that dark-wash denim! Soft pinks are also ideal for your brown eyes, which is perfect given how many cool Millennial Pink–toned pieces are out there. Lastly, gold will complement your eyes so well. Try a necklace or earrings if gold clothing is too bold for you.

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Cute new photos are proof that even royal siblings wear hand-me-downs

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Carolyn Robertson

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Looks like love!

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge had one extra guest at her third birthday party on May 2: Her new baby brother, Prince Louis. To mark the occasion, the royal palace released a new photo of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s two youngest kids sharing a very sweet sibling moment.

Like many of the family’s pictures, this one was snapped by the Duchess of Cambridge herself, and was taken at their home at Kensington Palace. Princess Charlotte seems to be adapting very well to her role as a big sister – we’ll see if that’s still the case when her brother starts chewing on her toys and tearing pages out of her favorite coloring books!

So adorable! Prince William and Duchess Kate shared another photo of their new arrival as well, this one showing the littlest Prince wide-eyed in his white knitted sweater and footed pants. These are the first photos of Louis that have been shared since the proud new parents brought him home from the hospital on April 23.

If your kids complain at having to wear their older siblings’ hand-me-downs all the time, these pictures are proof that it’s something even royals have to deal with. Princess Charlotte’s adorable navy cardigan in the picture above is the same one her big brother George wore in a photo celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday a couple of years ago. And Prince Louis appears to be wearing the same sweet set his sister had on in a similar photo shared shortly after her birth in 2015.

Royals – they’re just like us!

I must admit, my youngest daughter virtually lives in hand-me-downs from her older sister. Fortunately, for the most part she doesn’t seem to mind. And least not yet!

How do your kids feel about hand-me-downs?

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Prince Louis, Sister Charlotte Wear Hand-Me-Downs in New Pics

Eagle-eyed royals fans noticed Duchess Kate‘s sentimental touches (and royal re-wears) in the first official photos she and Prince William released of their newborn son, Prince Louis, on Saturday, May 5.

In the two pics taken by the doting mom, Louis, who was born on April 23, is dressed in a knitted white outfit, while his big sister, Princess Charlotte, 3, wears a blue cardigan as she gives him a kiss on the head.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Anmer Hall in mid-May 2015 in Norfolk, England. Kensington Palace

The pictures were reminiscent of the first photos of then-1-month-old Charlotte released by Kensington Palace in June 2015.

Princess Charlotte kisses Prince Louis on her third birthday on May 2, 2018.
Princess Charlotte kisses Prince Louis on her third birthday on May 2, 2018. Kensington Palace

In those pics, it was Prince George, 4, who was captured giving his sister a smooch. But in another historic touch, Charlotte is wearing the same white knitted sweater and pants that Louis donned in the pics released on Saturday.

As previously reported, that handmade outfit was from Spanish designer Irulea and was a gift from the royal couple’s Spanish nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

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The Queen and her great-grandchildren in a portrait taken to commemorate her 90th birthday in 2015. Kensington Palace

But that’s not where the similarities end. Saturday’s photos also show Charlotte wearing one of George’s hand-me-downs — a dark blue Fina Ejerique cardigan that her big brother donned two years ago when he posed with his great-grandmother, the Queen, and her other great-grandchildren for a portrait commemorating the monarch’s 90th birthday.

Prince Louis on April 26, 2018
Prince Louis on April 26, 2018 Kensington Palace

The sweater, which is no longer available online, retailed for about $ 50.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Anmer Hall in mid-May 2015 in Norfolk, England. Kensington Palace

As previously reported the new photos of Louis and Charlotte were taken by Kate at the family’s London home at Kensington Palace.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a photograph taken late October 2015 at Kensington Palace. Chris Jelf /Kensington Palace via Getty Images

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What Should I Wear to a Casual Wedding?

Wedding season is approaching (although it seems to last all year long nowadays), which means you’re likely to have a slew of spring and summer weddings to attend. These events call for looks that are a little more laid-back. But how do you get dressed-up enough without overdoing your outfit? To fill us in on what to wear to a casual wedding, we tapped celebrity stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott for their valuable advice and eye for all things style.

Whether you want to keep it classic or go for a playful look, we’re breaking down four outfits that are perfect for keeping things a bit more casual. Sometimes it all comes down to your styling choices, like swapping out fancier heels for flats when wearing a maxi dress or opting for suiting separates on their own instead of together.

Keep reading to see (and shop) the outfit combinations to nail casual wedding attire.

This is a look that’s playful but can be great for a wedding. Go for pretty details like lace fabrics or bold jewels tones, and pair it with dressier shoes and nice accessories. What’s ideal about a jumpsuit is how versatile it is, so it really comes down to how you accessorize. We recommend pointed-toe pumps and a structured handbag.
Available in sizes 
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 
Available in sizes IT34 to IT42.
Everything feels more casual with flats, so don’t be afraid to pull out a more dramatic piece, and then dress it down with simple accessories that are more daytime-appropriate. Nice, flat strappy ballet flats and your everyday layers of simple necklaces and dainty earrings are perfect. This is an ideal time to pull out that one dress you bought for an event but haven’t worn since.
Available in sizes 0 to 8.
Available in size 12.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Available in sizes IT34 to IT42.
Pair a structured skirt with a cute top. Try a high-waisted flare skirt or sharp pencil skirt, and tuck in a little tank or silky top. By pairing more classically professional shapes with relaxed pieces, you can achieve a polished yet totally approachable look that’s ideal when the invite calls for casual wedding attire.
Available in sizes XXS to L.
Available in sizes 2 to 26W.
Available in sizes 4 to 6.
Available in sizes 0 to 6.
Forego your full suit by leaving the blazer at home, and instead style relaxed trousers in a lightweight, dressy fabric with an easy camisole. Wear the look with pretty heels and a dressy clutch. You can also swap out the trousers for a breezy dress and throw a structured blazer on top to finish off the look.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes FR34 to FR44.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 00 to 12. Still searching? We also found 18 perfect wedding-guest dresses you can wear over and over.

Now that you know what to wear to a casual wedding, see what you should wear to a formal one.

This story was originally published on an earlier date and has been updated by Allyson Payer.

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How to Wear Jeans in the Summer

It’s a scorching 80 degrees in the heart of summertime. You’re not in the mood to wear a dress or a skirt (perhaps because it’s a tad bit too windy), and you’re not feeling shorts, either. All you want to put on is your favorite pair of denim pants, but you’re afraid it might be too hot, which leaves you asking yourself, “How do I wear jeans in the summer?”

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make them work, even during the hottest of days. You just have to keep a few things in mind when picking the perfect pair—for example, what top you decide to wear with your jeans, the style and cut of the pants (pick loose-fitting over tight skinnies), and the weight of the fabric (the lighter the material, the better).

Need some visuals for the above tips? Below, we’ve rounded up 10 outfits that perfectly demonstrate how to wear jeans in the summer. Consider this your ultimate denim how-to guide.

Not sure how to wear jeans in the summer? Pair the denim with a lightweight, billowy blouse.
Or a deconstructed one. This look is both office- and errand-friendly, don’t you think?
Yes, you can still rock denim on denim in the summer. The trick is to choose a more summer-friendly jean top like the strapless one shown above.
A foolproof summer outfit formula? A pair of jeans and a crisp white shirt. Add in a lightweight, kimono-style jacket for a fashion-forward, summer-friendly look.
Swap out your dark-hued bottoms for a pair of white jeans. The lighter wash won’t attract as much heat as the darker version, making it an ideal choice for a super-sunny summer day.
Test out capri jeans—yes, we’re serious—because the pant style is slowly but surely making a comeback. Pair with an oversize blazer and pumps for an eye-catching ensemble.
Rather than opting for a pair of tight-fitting skinnies, consider putting on a pair of oversize jeans. The looser style, much like the distressed version, allows for that much-needed airflow.
Another jean style that’s your best friend come summertime? The distressed iteration. Why, you may ask? Simple. Because the holes naturally allow for that much-needed ventilation.
Pick a pair made of lighter fabric, such as these chambray-like jean trousers.
How about a dress-and-jeans pairing? The layered look is as stylish as it is practical for a warm summer day.
When in doubt, white jeans are always great to beat the heat. Available in sizes 23 to 32.
The ’70s flares are here to stay for summer and look oh so stylish when paired with a flowy, floral-print blouse. Available in sizes 24 to 30.
Style these loose-fitting jeans with a fun blouse for the perfect summer look. Available in sizes 24 to 32.
Wear these white jeans with eye-catching sandals. Available in sizes 14 to 24.

Continue your jean shopping spree by shopping these under-$ 150 picks.

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16 Embroidered Denim Skirts to Wear All Spring

If you think that the boho trend is a relic of the past, or simply reserved for festival season, think again. Not only has it been revamped for 2018, but it’s subtly been the inspiration behind a number of trends we’re seeing this season—in particular, embroidered denim skirts.

Whether you’re looking for a little personalization or want a skirt that has that je ne sais quoi, embroidery detailing will give your denim skirt a touch of the bohemian spirit. And with the spring season in full swing, as well as summer already on the way, who wouldn’t want to embrace her inner flower child?

If you want to give your outfit that extra kick, we’ve rounded up our favorite skirts featuring the stitching just for you. Be it a subtle inscription on the back pocket, or something that’s certain to grab someone’s attention, embroidery can add as much or as little intrigue you want.

This is the perfect skirt for a weekend morning. Available in sizes 18W to 28W.
Add the cherry on top of your outfit. Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
The embroidery and beaded embellishments will get you so many compliments. Available in sizes 2 to 10.
This skirt’s tonal embroidery adds so much intrigue. Available in sizes 23 to 32.
So chic. Available in sizes 14 to 24.
Trust us, this skirt is worth the investment. Available in sizes IT 34 to IT 42.
Wear this to brunch with your girls. Available in sizes FR 34 to FR 42.
Wear this with a cool graphic tee. Available in sizes 25 to 32.
You’ll want to wear this whenever you can. Available in sizes 23 to 32.
If this skirt doesn’t give you spring fever, we don’t know what will. Available in sizes 24 to 31.
A distressed skirt will give you an edge of cool. Available in sizes 23 to 29.
Embrace your inner flower child. Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
The embroidery detail on the back pocket is so subtle but so intriguing. Available in sizes 25 to 29.
We imagine you wearing this on your next vacation. Available in sizes 36 to 46.
Valentino loves a quality butterfly embellishment and so will you. Available in sizes 2 to 14.
This skirt is just too good. Available in sizes 0 to 8.

Once you’ve added one of these skirts to your cart, check out the coolest denim trends to try out now.

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ICYMI: How to Wear Mules, Backless Dresses for Spring & Tour Cara Delevingne’s London Flat

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11 Chic Color Combinations to Wear This Spring

When you’re stumped on what to wear, it’s always the easiest to reach for black. But with spring in full swing, wearing an entire ensemble of drab colors is out of the question. After all, there are so many fresh colors to choose from this spring, like Gen-Z yellow and lovely lavender, so there’s really no excuse not to saturate your wardrobe with bright colors.

But we’ll admit that stepping outside the neutral box can seem daunting, so we looked to some of our favorite street style stars for a little seasonal color inspiration. With these easy-to-re-create combinations, you’ll be able to nail the best spring colors without much effort. Scroll through to check out their tried-and-true pairings so you can embrace color with the utmost confidence and shop our picks to get you there.

On Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific: J.Crew jacket; Tibi Silk Faille Full Skirt ($ 525) available in Black; Via Spiga shoes; Chanel bag; Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses ($ 280).
Available in sizes 32 to 42.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
On Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage: Spell romper; Windsor Smith Bondi Sandals ($ 83); Valentino Small Studded Shoulder Bag ($ 3095) available in Black.
Available in sizes XS to S.
Available in sizes 2 to 26W.
On Aimee Song of Song of Style: Veda Next Jacket ($ 890); J.Crew Slim Cotton-Cashmere V-Neck Sweater in Heather Aluminum ($ 65); Muubaa pants; New Balance x J.Crew 620 Sneakers in Neon Mango ($ 80); Marc Jacobs Oversized Aviator Sunglasses ($ 420); Topshop scarf.
Available in Denmark sizes 34 to 42.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 37 to 38.
On Kristina Bazan of Kayture: Mango top; Romwe Beaded Tasseled Belted Slim Pants in Orange ($ 33); Sofia Coppola x Louis Vuitton bag; Valentino Garavani Rockstud Pumps ($ 871); Celine Tortoiseshell Sunglasses ($ 324).
Available in sizes 0 to 3.
Available in UK sizes 4 to 14.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
On Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl: Zara skirt; Sophia Webster Yasmin Grain Geometric Heels ($ 488) available in Black and Rose Gold.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Available in sizes 2 to 10.
Available in sizes 37 to 40.
On Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes: Burberry Prorsum Guernsey Detail Cashmere Sweater in Sky Blue ($ 795); Burberry Prorsum Floral Print Jersey Pencil Skirt ($ 795), Translucent Vinyl Sandals in Vibrant Green ($ 650), and The Petal Clutch In Deerskin and Curly Shearling in Pale Rose/Pale Heather ($ 1695).
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Pictured: Bao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Tote ($ 656).
Available in European sizes 34 to 48.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Available in European sizes 36.5 to 39.5.
On Zina Charkoplia of Fashion Vibe: H&M coat and sweater; 7 for All Mankind Slim Cigarette Jeans in Clean White ($ 159); Zara heels; Paula Cademartori Kate Cirque Leather Clutch ($ 1324) available in Red.
Available in sizes 0 to 8.
Available in sizes 0 to 24.
Available in European sizes 36 to 41.
On Gala Gonzalez of Amul: Topshop shirt, pants, and coat; Carolina Herrera bag; Hugo Boss shoes; Céline sunglasses.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 12 to 28.
On Annabelle Fleur of Viva Luxury: Equipment blouse; Cameo blazer; Genetic Denim jeans; Zara heels; Kate Spade New York bag.
Avaialble in sizes S to L.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
On Yasmin Sewell: Peridot London coat; Pringle of Scotland sweater; Prada shoes.
Available in sizes 14 to 24.
Available in sizes 37 to 41.

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Bella Hadid Makes Us Want to Wear a Crisp White Tee ASAP

Like Sharon Stone before her, Bella Hadid makes the case for pairing a classic white shirt with a more formal outfit. The twist: instead of a button down, Bella just expertly reached instead for the plain white tee. It’s a staple so wonderful that not only does everyone own one, but a band was named after it (remember the group behind “Hey There Delilah”?).

The supermodel made an appearance at the Being Serena premiere on Wednesday, April 25, in NYC with her older sister Gigi and while both ladies opted for menswear-inspired suiting (Gigi’s was colored and paired with a bralette), Bella left her blazer unbuttoned to reveal a crisp white cotton shirt. Comfortable, classic — and a fresh twist for a fancy look .

Which got Us to thinking — you can never have enough white tees. Not only should you own a few different cuts (you never know what the occasion might be or what you will need to pair them), but because they get discolored easily, you most certainly need more than one.

So, inspired by the supermodel, shop the best white t-shirts on the market and go on with your understated cool-girl model sex appeal.

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8 Going-Out Looks for the Girl Who Doesn’t Wear Heels

Remember that one time Kendall Jenner wore sneakers out to her favorite club in L.A.? So do we. The It girl took even us by surprise when she stepped out for a night on the town wearing her go-to pair of white sneaks, proving that flats can absolutely make for a cool-girl addition to any look—even a going-out outfit (genius, right?).

But since we know that nailing the right look can be tricky, we figured a little inspiration might come in handy. The eight trendsetters below have proven time and again that a great going-out outfit doesn’t require a pair of heels. So whether you’re simply not the “killer heels” type of girl or you’re looking for some fresh outfit inspiration, we’re rounding out our favorite celeb-inspired going-out clothing combos for flats—dance-floor longevity guaranteed.

Keep reading to see (and shop) eight going-out looks for the girl who doesn’t wear heels.

On Kendall Jenner: Balenciaga Textured-Leather Biker Jacket ($ 2745); Self-Portrait double crêpe trousers; Givenchy Micros Lucrezia Sandy Leather Satchel in Black ($ 1295); Kenneth Cole Kam Leather Sneakers ($ 120). Make trousers feel nighttime-appropriate by adding sneakers and a leather jacket.
Available in sizes 1 to 3. 
Available in sizes IT36 to IT41. 
Available in sizes 34DE to 40DE. 
On Selena Gomez: Pallas Folded-Band-Collar Top in White Crepe ($ 980); Louis Vuitton bag; Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Sailor Skirt ($ 170); Vetements Cowboy Ankle Boot ($ 1750). Comfortable and chic makes for the ideal combination.
Available in size L. 
Available in sizes 27 to 28. 
Available in sizes 35 to 41. 
On Gigi Hadid: Adidas Originals track jacket; Adidas Originals Adicolour Firebird Track Pant with 3 Stripe ($ 66); Saint Laurent Large Monogram Grained Leather Shoulder Bag ($ 2690); Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneakers ($ 55). Lean into the athleisure trend by rocking a track suit with classic white sneakers.
Available in sizes XS to L. 
Available in sizes 4 to 14. 
Available in sizes 5 to 12.5.
On Alexa Chung: Burberry Prorsum Shearling Coat ($ 4000); Alexa Chung for AG Laura Corduroy Waistcoat ($ 181); Alexa Chung for AG Laura Corduroy Trousers ($ 190). Loafers are the ultimate comfy-meets-cool pick if your style is more fashion-forward.
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These are the things Meghan and Harry aren’t allowed to wear on their wedding day

And wait ’til you see the wedding guest rules

Meghan Markle visits Titanic Belfast.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK – 23 Mar 2018

Royal fashion etiquette is a law unto itself, from dictating which kind of bag Kate Middleton should wear to whether or not Princess Diana was allowed to wear gloves. So it comes as no surprise that the Royal wedding has a very strict dress code.

The wedding invites went out earlier this month, and the formal dress code was set: day dresses and hats for the women; uniforms, morning coats, or lounge suits for the men. But there are a few other rules wedding guests are expected to follow, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, so here’s a breakdown which will especially be handy for non-Royal and non-British guests – well, we wouldn’t want a sartorial faux pas from Meghan’s Suits castmates now, would we?

Female guests should wear hats and day dresses for the day

Beatrice and Eugenie didn’t just wear hats to become the meme of the year (well, pretty sure that wasn’t their intention either), they had to. Ladies must wear hats in church as a sign of respect, and the bigger and more jovial the better. However, hats aren’t recommended for the evening, as that’s when the tiaras come out. For the day, dresses are expected to be on the conservative side (it’s a church wedding after all), and colour is encouraged, though of course black and white are discouraged.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie - Philip Treacy defends Princess Beatrice's Royal Wedding hat  - Marie Claire - Marie Claire UK

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie – Philip Treacy defends Princess Beatrice’s Royal Wedding hat – Marie Claire – Marie Claire UK

For the evening, expect guests to wear fancier and longer dresses.

Male guests should wear uniforms, morning coats or lounge suits

According to Town & Country,  military men are encouraged to wear their uniforms, but failing that, a morning coat and all the trimmings is a must. Think tail coat, waistcoat, tie etc, though if that’s not their bag, a lounge suit, which despite the name is really just a nice suit, is allowed. However it’s deemed ‘inappropriate’ for men to wear hats, and polished black shoes are a must.

Prince Harry will probably wear a uniform

When Prince William married Kate, he wore his uniform, and as Harry was in the military too, it’s likely he will follow suit as it’s traditional for Royal men to do so.

Meghan Markle’s bouquet will have myrtle

According to Bustle, it’s a Royal tradition to include myrtle in the wedding bouquet, as it symbolises love. It all started when Victoria included a sprig in her bouquet, and it has since been grown in the Royal garden. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and the Queen all had it in theirs.

Meghan Markle will have a classic manicure

No bold colours for Meghan, as only neutral manis are allowed for Royal events.

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The bride’s wedding ring must contain Welsh gold

Another tradition, started by the Queen’s parents. When they got married, they got given a gold nugget from a mine in North Wales, and a bit has been used for each Royal bride since.

Meghan Markle’s wedding dress will be by a British designer

This isn’t official, but since Queen Victoria, The Queen, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton all wore British designers, it’s safe to assume Meghan will follow suit. Which ties into the whole Erdem designing the wedding dress very nicely indeed.

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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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Rain Gear for Men: What to Wear in Wet Weather

April showers may bring May flowers, but they can also soak your wool suit and destroy your shoes. These days, no matter the season, extreme weather events have become more common. In this article, we provide some tips on how to prepare and what to wear when rain is in the forecast.

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The good news is that dressing for a rainy day is straightforward since you’re really only thinking of a few things: footwear, outerwear, and an umbrella. In addition, it helps that in one of classic style’s most influential nations, the UK, wet weather is all too common; the local tailoring tradition has long addressed the needs of men dressing for the wet weather. So, from experience, we have a considerable knowledge base on which to draw. If it’s the rainy shoulder season when cold weather hasn’t fully gone away but warm weather hasn’t yet arrived, a water-resistant overcoat is essential. 

Outerwear

1.  Trench Coats

If you’re wearing tailored clothes, the first overcoat to reach for is a classic khaki trench coat; this is an item with a storied history and iconic details that are designed specifically for wet weather. A proper trench coat features buckle straps on the sleeves, a stand collar with throat latch, and a back saddle, all intended to keep water away from your body. Similar to Sven Raphael Schneider, I think the most useful earmark of a trench may be storm pockets, which are made to enable you to carry small items without getting them wet. Even if you don’t use all of these features, they certainly look fantastic. Lastly, your trench coat is likely to be made of natural cotton gaberdine, a durable twill that provides water resistance without making use of fibers derived from plastics or petrochemicals.

2. Raincoats

An alternative to the trench is a regular raincoat. These tend to contain synthetic materials like nylon or polyester for water resistance, blended with cotton, so are less traditional in that sense. The advantage of a non-trench raincoat is that it is likely to be lightweight and packable and thus perfect for travel; you can compress the entire coat into a briefcase or weekender bag without wrinkling and whip it out when the skies begin to open up. Plain raincoats are also often minimalist in terms of design, having covered front buttons and no belt. So if you want to present a clean contemporary look or emphasize what suit you’re wearing when you have the coat open, they’re a fantastic choice.

 A raincoat with minimal design features enables the rest of your outfit to stand out.

A raincoat with minimal design features enables the rest of your outfit to stand out.

Raincoats also come in reversible versions, with one side navy and the other khaki for versatility. This gives you a good set of inner pockets as well. I have an entirely navy blue variant that is lightweight wool on one side and a waterproof synthetic on the other. I wear a more elegant fabric side out until it starts to rain, at which point I just flip to the impermeable side.

Reversible raincoats offer stylistic versatility in addition to protection from the elements

Reversible raincoats offer stylistic versatility in addition to protection from the elements

3. Casual Jackets

Recently, there has been a movement toward some hybridization in the form of wearing casual outerwear, such as a waxed cotton canvas field jacket, over smart casual clothing like a sports coat, tie and OCBD, or instead of a sport coat. If you’re strolling in a country garden or visiting a historic house on a rainy weekend, this is a great option. The wax treatment gives these jackets an appealing sheen and the fabric itself is both rugged and natural. Some of the most well-known makers are Private White and Barbour, both British companies. The Barbour Beaufort and Sapper models seem to lend themselves best to accompanying more formal clothing while translating easily to completely casual wear.

 

If you do go with casual rainwear, try it first to see if it works with whatever tailoring you want to wear; something like an Australian oilskin duster would certainly be effective but incongruous. The same applies to things like Gore-Tex windbreakers and generic parkas. These will keep you dry but aren’t specific to a classic style aesthetic, so we won’t address them here.

4. Performance Fabrics

The technological innovations that have shaped 21st-century society have not passed over the menswear industry. A recent innovation is Loro Piana’s Storm System fabric, where wool and cashmere are made windproof and waterproof. though still breathable, through the application of an “extremely light micromolecular and microporous absorbent membrane.” This can be made not only into overcoats but into sport coats that you can wear alone when the weather is wet but that chilly.

Loro Piana's Storm System fabric in the form of a sports coat.

Loro Piana’s Storm System fabric in the form of a sports coat.

Shoes and Shoe Care for Rainy Weather

If you get caught without an overcoat and don’t have an umbrella, a damp suit will usually dry out just fine if you hang it properly and don’t expose it to strong heat in the drying process. However, soaked leather shoes are another story. Stories abound online of shoes that have been irreparably damaged due to rain. So, how do you prevent this?

As with many gentlemanly pursuits from ironing to setting a handkerchief just right in your breast pocket, preparation is the key. Check the weather forecast and choose your approach to footwear accordingly.

1. Pre-Treating Your Shoes

When rain is light or occasional, you can still wear your regular calf leather shoes with a natural oil-based sole treatment like Saphir’s Medaille d’Or Sole Guard. You apply this to the leather soles of your dress shoes and after it dries, it helps prevent water from permeating the shoe through the underside. The fact is that most shoe damage occurs from water wicking its way up through the sole and warping the leather, so, again, preparing ahead of time is the key.

If you know rain is in the forecast, as a rule, you would also generally forego wearing suede or nubuck shoes, which are particularly prone to water damage. However, with another Saphir product, the Super Invulner Waterproofing Spray, you don’t need to. With an application of the spray perhaps every month or so, depending on use, water should run right off of suede. What’s more, along with the Sole Guard, these treatments provide stain and salt resistance in addition to waterproofing.

2. Dress Shoes with Rubber Soles

If you’re simply not into keeping up with treating your shoes, a step up in terms of protection that requires no maintenance is to buy some dress shoes with soles made of Dainite or an equivalent rubber. These are not the same rubber soles that appear on cheap shoes from Cole Haan or Kenneth Cole, which wear out quickly and are difficult to repair. Rather, these are durable, impenetrable, and slip-resistant and are used by high-end makers. Anyone who has worn shoes with leather soles knows the experience of slipping on a few droplets of water on a supermarket or office floor; with rubber soles, this annoying and embarrassing occurrence is a thing of the past. Dainite has long been a godsend for dress boots and is becoming more popular with dress shoes as well, such as those by Allen Edmonds. Crockett & Jones has a proprietary version developed in partnership with the Harborough Rubber Co. as part of their “city sole” range, first released in 2016.

Crockett & Jones "City" soles are made of rubber.

Crockett & Jones “City” soles are made of rubber.

3. Overshoes or Galoshes

When it’s raining cats and dogs, you may need sacrifice style points in favor of wearing utilitarian rain shoes or galoshes. The French galochewhich originally meant a wooden last for shaping shoes, later referred to wooden clogs and, more recently, to overshoes made in rubber. If you visit a historic house like the Bronte Parsonage Museum or the Bata Shoe Museum, you’ll see examples of overshoe that go back at least to the early 19th century.

A pair of rubber overshoes from the early 19th century in the Bata Shoe Museum collection.

A pair of rubber overshoes from the early 19th century in the Bata Shoe Museum collection.

For some reason, rubber galoshes or overshoes seem less common these days than a generation or two ago, either because men are becoming more indifferent to protecting already low-quality shoes or because men simply find these “shoe condoms” ugly. The fact is, galoshes will never look terrific; they add thickness and bulk to your feet, but, at the same time, they’re light and portable while providing optimal protection for your shoe investment. You can leave a pair in your briefcase, in the car, or in a drawer at the office. Galoshes should be thought of as a functional item more than an aesthetic choice if you choose to buy them.

Perhaps some men are put off by the cheap black rubber versions that are available in any shoe repair shop. These can be notoriously difficult to slip on and take off and can tear through in one season. You might as well tie plastic shopping bags over your shoes (which I have done in a pinch). However, as part of the revival of interest in menswear, some innovative companies have taken the lead and designed better galoshes. One of these is a Norwegian company called SWIMS, which makes them in multiple colors beyond the usual black.

SWIMS galoshes in brown

SWIMS galoshes in brown

The appeal of SWIMS overshoes is not just the color choice–you can match your shoes or get a standout shade–but also how easily they go on and off while staying firmly in place when you want them to be. They come with a carrying bag as well, but at a price tag of $ 95. A disadvantage that they and most overshoe designs is that they leave the facing, where the laces are, uncovered. Another Scandinavian company, Fred & Matt from Sweden, has galoshes that are made of a handsewn, breathable material that cover your entire shoe. This eliminates the issue of other galoshes, including SWIMS, of leaving the area of the laces exposed to the elements. However, the range of colors is more limited–only the nondescript black will work with classic style–and the price is higher at $ 145. Both brands are positively reviewed online.

FRED AND MATT overshoes in Black

FRED AND MATT overshoes in Black

5. Rain Boots

Lastly, you can abandon all pretense of elegance and simply wear some sort of rain boot. You then carry your dress shoes in your briefcase or keep a pair at the office to change into. Rain shoes from L.L. Bean seem to be a popular choice in the US. I personally find them unattractive with tailored clothing, but you could say that you’re emulating the sprezzatura of Gianni Agnelli by wearing boots with a suit. They are made in shades of brown, so they kind of pair with the staple menswear colors, like gray and blue, if only in terms of color and not aesthetics. On the other hand, you may be able to track down something less likely to catch the eye; ultimately, you need to think of these as primarily functional items.

Hepokestyle's Brian Sacawa wearing L.L. Bean "duck shoes" in rainy weather.

Hespokestyle’s Brian Sacawa wearing L.L. Bean “duck shoes” in rainy weather.

When I visit the UK, I like to do a bit of country walking, and I still like to wear a sports coat (perhaps a tweed jacket) and maybe a casual tie, so my rain boot of choice is a Wellington or “wellie.” These actually pair quite nicely with tailoring, as they are part of traditional British hunting attire and make you look something like a proper country gent. Obviously, they aren’t as portable as shorter galoshes, but a definite benefit is their height: you can tuck your trousers into them and dance in a muddy puddle with no need to visit the dry cleaners afterward. You’ll see a ton of them worn everywhere too, albeit mostly with more casual outdoor wear, so they don’t look out of place. You could try the look outside the UK too, but, following the rule of dressing for the environment, you likely would not wear these with tailoring in the city unless you’re Nick Wooster.

Nick Wooster wearing Wellington boots in NYC.

Nick Wooster wearing Wellington boots in NYC.

The Debate on Shell Cordovan

When conditions are wet, many swear by shell cordovan shoes, even going to ridiculous extremes to test their response to water. Cordovan is special leather that is made from the flank leather of horses. However, for every testimonial trumpeting their water resistance, there is an equal number of horror stories about cordovan shoes developing persistent water spots after the slightest exposure to rain. The consensus seems to be that the resistance to damage depends on the cordovan and perhaps how it has been treated, so one shouldn’t view cordovans as specifically something to wear in the rain, especially considering that cordovan is usually far more costly than calf leather. Taking the usual precautions is the wisest approach.

Water damaged cordovan shoes on vcleat.

Water damaged cordovan shoes on vcleat.

What to Do if Your Shoes are Soaked

Should your shoes get wet, whether their cordovan or other leather, the first priority is to dry them out, though gradually and in a way that doesn’t warp their original shape. Stuff the inside with crumpled newspaper and turn your shoes on their side to facilitate drying of the soles. Change the newspaper as it absorbs moisture and replace them with cedar shoe trees when the shoes are mostly dry. Whatever you do, avoid applying strong heat to the shoes. For instance, do not put them on a heating vent, as this will damage them. For water stains on the uppers of the shoe, try vigorous brushing with a horsehair shoe brush along with an appropriate cream or wax polish (non-turpentine for cordovan).

Umbrellas

Lastly, though it’s not something you “wear” in wet weather, we would be remiss not to mention the primary accessory you need in the rain. First, when it looks like rain carry an umbrella, and make it a good one. All too often, out of laziness, lack of preparation or a sense of machismo, you’ll see well dressed gents walking (or running) in the rain without an umbrella. Others may prefer a portable $ 5 version from Duane Reade. However, the true gent appreciates a proper full-length umbrella with a curved wooden handle and a point, one that can double as a walking stick. Not surprisingly, some of the world’s top umbrella makers are based in the UK, such as Fox Umbrellas and James Smith and Co., whose shops are also worth a visit.  There, the chance of rain is so omnipresent that a tightly rolled umbrella is virtually mandatory with morning wear at formal outdoor events. Italy boasts two historic umbrella makers as well, with Francesco Maglia in the north (Milan) and Mario Talarico in the south (Naples). Their solid-stick umbrellas with hand-steamed grips are truly a thing of beauty.

In the UK, a tightly rolled umbrella is a perfect utilitarian substitute for the walking stick of old.

In the UK, a tightly rolled umbrella is a perfect utilitarian substitute for the walking stick of old.

Portability can be an issue, but the full-length umbrella is meant to be displayed, and the artisanal umbrella makers do sell short ones that still have beautiful handles. I personally have my eye on a packable version made by Fox Umbrellas, which combines the best of both worlds; it features a tip and handle that unscrew, allowing it to fit in your luggage.

Conclusion

Dressing well doesn’t have to be only a fair weather proposition. With the proper preparation and protective clothing, you can laugh at storms and look good doing it. How do you dress on rainy days? What do you do in terms of your footwear when it’s wet outside? Tell us your approaches in the comments below.


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The Word Is Out: Never Wear These Shoes With Leggings 

There is no denying that leggings have become a streetwear staple to the wardrobes of nearly every It girl in existence. Remember the great debate of whether or not leggings were pants? Well, that’s been put to rest, as celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Chrissy Teigen not only wear them on the regular, but they style them in ways unthinkable. In case you weren’t aware, Gigi and Chrissy have the same stylist, Monica Rose, and during a three-day trip hosted by Reebok, I had the opportunity to interview the genius herself.

Curious to pick her brain on all things legging- and sneaker-related, I first asked Monica what the best sneakers to wear with leggings are. She said, “I think a [Reebok] classic leather is good to wear. I just think it’s such a comfortable shoe. When I wear them, I’m excited for work and excited to be comfortable. But for leggings, I think any sneaker really goes with them.” If you aren’t familiar with the Classic Leather sneakers Monica speaks so highly of, don’t worry, we shopped out the best colors below.

In addition to the best sneakers to wear with leggings, I asked Monica what the one item was she would never style with leggings. Without hesitation, she clearly stated to consider leaving your thigh-high boots at home. If Monica Rose, the mastermind behind some of the most memorable looks in fashion right now, says she would never put thigh-high boots with leggings, that means the powerful clan that is Monica’s clients won’t be wearing that boot style with leggings anytime soon.

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What to Wear for Public Speaking

what to wear for public speakingI’ve got a short little speech to give for an alumni mentoring thing in a few weeks, so my attention has turned to the important stuff: what to wear. (I’m being sarcastic here — obviously the content of your speech is the most important part!) But, considering that this is a fashion blog for overachieving chicks, I thought it might make an interesting conversation, particularly for those of you who do this more regularly — what are your tips for what to wear for public speaking engagements, whether it’s giving a CLE, speaking at a class, being interviewed on TV, giving a presentation to the board, or being in front of a jury? What should you consider for different kinds of speaking engagements? What clothes and outfits strike the best balance between comfort/professionalism for a public speaker? 

Some considerations I’ve thought of for what to wear for public speaking engagements:

  • If you’ll be standing behind a podium the whole time… Comfortable shoes for the win! Also note that pockets matter less because you can put your iPhone/bag/etc behind the podium.
  • If you’ll be seated on a stage or dais:  You may want to consider pants so you don’t have to worry about how your skirt or dress looks while you’re seated. (This is where the mirror/chair test comes in handy…) If you do go with a skirt, know your audience — pantyhose may be appropriate. (Factors to consider here: the age of the most important people in the audience, the location of where you’re speaking. Speaking to judges in the South will require a different consideration than, say, speaking to college-age kids in the Pacific NW.) Other considerations, at least if you’re me: consider what will be eye level for people — since my ACL surgery I have an uglyish 1.5″ scar right under my knee that would definitely making me lean towards pants if there were any sort of stage/raised dais situation, if only because I’d be worrying that everyone in the audience was wondering where I got the scar and why I didn’t cover it. (I still wear bare legs with dresses for regular networking events, but I do tend to cover the scar with concealer.)
  • If you will be seated for the presentation but standing to network later, you may want to avoid fabrics like linen or cotton that wrinkle easily. I would also think that any jacket should be unbuttoned if you’re seated for the long term, if only for comfort and so the jacket/blazer lays better. I know some newscasters make sure to “sit on the blazer” so the shoulders don’t hike up when speaking.
  • If there will be an “onscreen” component to speaking, either because you’re being interviewed on air or because you’re doing something like, say, a CLE where it will be videotaped for posterity in the future, you may want to consider adding color into the mix, particularly near your face. I’ve noted at legal conferences in the past that women speaking seemed to have a “power red lip;” if you don’t want to take the risk of your lipstick fading during/after the event you can also just choose a colorful blouse, necklace, blazer, or scarf. (In our last discussion on what to wear for a television appearance, guest poster Sally McGraw noted that jewel tones work for almost everyone!)
  • If you’ll be at a blackboard/whiteboard during the presentation, you may want to make sure you know how your outfit and hair look from behind — make sure you’ve cut your vents on your blazer/skirt (if you’re wearing either and they have vents) and that you like how everything’s laying. If you’re worried about VPL, you may want to consider a thong or other no-VPL underwear.

What are your thoughts, readers — what are your best tips on what to wear for public speaking? For those of you who do public speaking a lot, do you have a uniform or other “power outfit” that you rely on for comfort/conveying professionalism?

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what to wear to law school graduationReader A is wondering what to wear to law school graduation, with hopes that she can wear it again for summer weddings — so let’s discuss! Readers, what did you wear to your law school graduation? Here’s her question:

I’m graduating from law school in three weeks and I’m wondering what to wear for graduation. I didn’t go to my college graduation so I’m feeling kinda clueless. Ideally it’d be something under $ 200 that I can wear again to work at my firm (preferably sleeves and close to knee length). I feel like a spring-y pattern is more appropriate for the occasion than my go-to black and white sheath. Any ideas? (Bonus if it’s something I could also wear to summer weddings for law school classmates)

We’ve talked a bit about dressing for law school, including what to wear to law school, as well as ideal law school orientation outfits — but not for graduation itself. The TL;DR advice here: don’t stress; whatever you wear will be fine. (You could always go with one of the light blue sheath dresses that are popular right now — good for graduation, work, and weddings!) Some more in depth notes, from your friendly fashion blogger who overthinks these things:


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  • I honestly couldn’t tell you what anyone wore to my law school graduation, because we all wore robes/gowns the whole time  — I know from pictures at dinner with my family afterward that I wore a black sheath dress with white grosgrain ribbon details that I got on some crazy deal at an outlet store, but that was me. I honestly don’t think it matters. Sheath dress, wedding guest attire, pants — it’s all fine. Don’t go crazy casual — keep the cutoff denim shorts at home, perhaps — but don’t stress too much.
  • Keep an eye on the ground when choosing your outfit — stiletto heels will sink into soft ground like grass and, depending on where the graduation is, you may be walking across a muddy field anyway. So: be practical, be comfortable. Don’t spend a ton on shoes that may be ruined by the conditions. Don’t wear flip flops, either, but don’t buy designer white suede stilettos just for the occasion.
  • Pockets may be a good thing, and your graduation gown/robe may not have them. If you won’t be carrying your bag with you to the ceremony itself, look for a dress with pockets so you can keep whatever your bare minimal essentials are on you — iPhone, $ 20, lip gloss, whatever. (The pictured dress does NOT have pockets, but it has the benefits of being affordable ($ 118), appropriate for summer weddings in that it isn’t too sexy or white, somewhat appropriate for work (with a navy blazer or cardigan on top), and, hey, it’s also wearable for law school graduation. This morning’s navy/pink dress would also work, as would the under-$ 50 blue dress we featured a few weeks ago. Here’s a plus size option that looks lovely (and has sleeves!), this one comes in regular and plus sizes, and this $ 128 option is very floral but very cute if that’s your thing.

Readers, let’s hear from you — what did you wear to your law school graduation (or any grad school graduation)? Did you party with friends/family immediately after graduation, or did you partake in more generic networking (which might require closer attention to your outfit)? (Taken from another direction — in general, what’s your go-to look for “wedding guest attire” — and how many dresses do you have in your closet that fit the bill?)

Wondering what to wear to law school graduation? It can feel tricky to strike the right balance between festive and professional -- and of course, it's a bonus if you can rewear your graduation outfit for wedding guest attire. Come hear our thoughts on what to wear to your law school graduation (or your college graduation or med school graduation or more!)

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What to Wear to Ace Your Mother’s Day Brunch Look

Sorry, Mom, but we’re not kids anymore. We don’t coordinate looks with our siblings or let you pick out our ensembles, even on Mother’s Day. But, when May 13 arrives, expect us to arrive for brunch, flowers and/or card in hand, dressed in the best Mother’s Day outfits we can come up with—cute, colorful, and playful, too. You’re our biggest support, but we also know it takes a lot to impress you, so we’re here to do just that.

Below, dear reader, find five spring outfits that are cool enough to wear whenever but will especially impress the parents when you roll up ready for French toast. Keeping in mind that some families keep things casual while others are all for a formal event, you’ll find at least one option that fits your particular requirements. Check out the outfit ideas (along with our picks to shop them) below, then all you’ll need is a little gift to celebrate the number one mother in your life.

Pink feels like an appropriately springy choice, and paired with a printed skirt, it’ll feel festive without going over the top.
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If you really want to dress to impress, why not embrace the season’s bold suiting and wear one hue from head to toe?
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9 Things to Wear (and 3 to Avoid) for a Presentation

While the occasion may not come around too often, more likely than not, you’ll have to present your own ideas at work at some point. And before you’re standing in front of your bosses and colleagues sharing that business proposal or pitch, figuring out what to wear for a presentation should be the least of your worries.

Once you’ve practiced your speech a few times and prepped the room, all that’s left is to dress the part. To take away the added stress of finding the right outfit for your big moment, we tapped Lauren McGoodwin, founder and CEO of Career Contessa, for her best advice on what to wear based on your work environment.

“When dressing for a presentation, it’s important to wear something you’re comfortable in, and something that makes you feel confident,” says McGoodwin. In a formal setting, she recommends a full suit. “I’d recommend going with a fitted black or navy suit, comfortable heel, and classic hair.”

If your office has a more creative flair, don’t be afraid to let that show through your look. “There’s room to experiment, but you still want to keep it professional with fitted pieces, such as a colorful pencil skirt or a long-sleeve dress,” McGoodwin tells us.

Working at a startup? A casual environment still calls for a level of professionalism during certain moments, and a presentation is no exception. “Denim is pretty widely accepted in the startup environment, but keeping the professional tone, I’d recommend a dark wash and adding a great blazer.”

McGoodwin also suggests leaving anything that restricts your ability to move at home—after all, this type of meeting requires gestures and movement in the room. She says to leave those ripped jeans, loose-fitting tops, and teetering heels at home for another time. Now, shop our favorite looks to ace your next presentation.

When working in a more formal environment, it’s important to dress the part—especially when it comes to giving a presentation. Show your colleagues that you mean business with suit pieces like a blazer and tailored trousers.

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With these pieces, you’ll be sure to command the room the next time you’ve got a presentation in the books.

If you happen to work in a more creative environment that allows a bit more sartorial freedom, let your personality shine while staying polished for your presentation. A textured skirt or pants will pair so well with an easy and chic button-down.

Just because you work at a casual startup company doesn’t mean that you have to dress the part. Stay stylish and professional with a streamlined ensemble of skinny jeans and a top with an unexpected detail.

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Grids, Plaids and Windowpanes: Checked Patterns in Menswear and How to Wear Them

When it comes to the classic patterns of menswear, those based on the geometry of the square–checks, grids, and plaids–have a long history that remains popular today. In this primer, we’ll discuss the different kinds of square and rectangular patterns in tailored clothes and show you how to “check yourself” without wrecking yourself.

 

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Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) and Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) – Mad Men

Because men typically want to project a serious, businesslike demeanor when wearing tailored clothes, the most popular patterns are not overly ornate but are based on the simple geometry of the line: one being stripes (which will be the topic of a future article) and the other checks. These two basic patterns can create greater interest than simply wearing solids while still looking subdued and formal, though there is always the opportunity (or risk!) of making them quite bold.

Plaid and windowpane suits (with a chalk stripe in between) from 1936

Plaid and windowpane suits (with a chalk stripe in between) from 1936

What are Checks?

Checks are defined by horizontal and vertical lines that cross one another at right angles, forming squares or rectangles on the cloth. They are thus always more complex than stripes, which also means they tend to be bolder and more informal.  The particular ways these lines intersect and the combinations of colors used to create different named patterns, which we will discuss below, though, for convenience, I will use the word “check” as an umbrella term that includes all patterns that are based on these intersecting lines.

Types of Checks

1. Graph Check

The simplest pattern based on squares is an evenly spaced grid made up of thin lines in a single color, called a “box check” or “graph check” because of its resemblance to graph paper. Graph check usually appears on shirts, and probably the most common version is a white shirt with a navy blue grid, making for a pattern that is definitely conservative and office appropriate; however, red, green, yellow and other colored grids can also be found. Usually, the boxes of a graph check are small, around a quarter inch, and the rule is that bigger squares make the shirt more casual.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a classic blue graph check shirt

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a classic blue graph check shirt

Small boxes easily accommodate a tie because the simple pattern doesn’t assert itself that much. If the grid is larger, say 3/4″ to 2″, the look seems more casual. You can still wear a tie, perhaps a knit tie from Fort Belvedere, or something with texture, but an open collar looks good too with a larger grid, especially in warm weather. Whatever the size of the grids, properly lining up the rows of squares on the parts of a shirt that are made from different pieces of cloth, like where the shoulder and sleeve meet, would be a hallmark of quality to look for.

2. Windowpane

When a graph check contains larger squares, the pattern may be referred to as windowpane, referencing windows that have divided panes, which are rarer today than they once were. The term isn’t used as much for shirting as for tailored clothes: odd jackets, suits, and waistcoats. Windowpanes have supposedly come back into style in recent years, but true menswear aficionados know it’s a classic pattern that has been around for a long time. Although similar to the graph check, the grid formed by the crossing lines of the windowpane pattern often creates rectangles rather than perfect squares. These rectangles are always longer in the vertical dimension, tall rather than wide, which can create a subtle sense of added height in the wearer.

A muted grey and beige windowpane pattern showing the rectangular panes.

A muted grey and beige windowpane pattern showing the rectangular panes.

The lines forming a windowpane can be softly or strongly defined, broken up or even doubled. You can have a white grid on a blue base, blue squares on brown, beige on grey or any variety of complementary color pairings. The color of the panes and how defined the lines are determines how bold or conservative the result is. Solid lines in bright colors are more assertive than muted lines. The density of the boxes also has an impact. If the panes are large on a jacket, it is can be more conservative than one with numerous panes since the multiplication of boxes makes the pattern louder.

Strongly assertive windowpane suits

Strongly assertive windowpane suits

3. Tattersall

Next up in terms of complexity is Tattersall, which is the same as a graph check but it involves lines of two or more different complementary colors. Some possibilities are blue and black, green and blue, red and blue, or orange and blue to name just a few. The lines that make up a tattersall can be of different thicknesses or solidity, being clearly defined or faded back, but the size of the squares they form is always uniform.

Tattersall is actually named for Richard Tattersall, groom to the last Duke of Kingston, who founded a London horse market in 1766 that is still the leading auctioneer of horses in Europe today. Specifically, fabric in the pattern known as Tattersall was used for horse blankets in the late 18th century before seeing more widespread use. Tattersall is mostly used for shirts and waistcoats, such as those sold by Cordings of Piccadilly, and has a traditional association with British country style, which is not surprising given its origin. Tattersall can be worn for rural pursuits, like shooting or fishing, perhaps with a horse or bird print tie, flat cap, and a tweed sports coat. As a vest, the typical tattersall has red and blue crossing lines on a buff or yellow ground, and wearing one is an appropriate homage to a classic style.

Ethan Wong of Sprezz x Style wearing a tattersall waistcoat

Ethan Wong of Sprezz x Style wearing a tattersall waistcoat

Yet, despite these associations, tattersall shirts have translated easily to office settings both in North America and the UK. This may be because the lines of two colors add to its versatility in combining ties. Less common is the Tattersall sports coat, though I own a couple for spring and summer wear, one with brown and beige lines and the other with two different shades of blue. To me, these have more of an Italian flavor.

4. Gingham

Gingham (sometimes called “Vichy” in Europe) is the simplest of the checks involving thicker lines, in this case, generally a single color crossing on a white background. Blue tends to be the most popular, though many colors of gingham are possible. The distance between lines is always regular, so the result looks like the typical checkerboard and is most often featured on shirts. An interesting aspect of gingham is that when the colored lines cross one another, they result in darker versions of the color, adding richness.

A recognizable form of gingham is the classic Italian restaurant tablecloth.

A recognizable form of gingham is the classic Italian restaurant tablecloth.

For many, gingham may evoke thoughts of picnic blankets or the red and white tablecloths in an Italian restaurant, and thus men who wear gingham are sometimes mocked by those who are ignorant of style. Nonetheless, the association of gingham with casual dining speaks to its nature as a casual fabric. It is also identified with rural simplicity, at least in the American imagination, a connection emphasized by the fact that Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz film wore blue gingham as did Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island. I personally associate gingham shirts with summertime and wear them by repeating the colors of the pattern in my other articles of clothing. For example, you could wear a green and white gingham with off-white pants and an olive green linen sport coat, or a blue and white gingham with navy chinos and an off-white jacket.

Hugo Jacomet wearing a trademark blue gingham shirt with a more formal outfit.

Hugo Jacomet wearing a trademark blue gingham shirt with a more formal outfit.

5. Shepherd’s Check

As its name implies, shepherd’s check is another rural pattern, this one originally used by Scottish shepherds on the border with England, so we have one check that originated with horse blankets (Tattersall) and another with sheep blankets. Shepherd’s check looks almost like a gingham but is distinguished by the visibility of a twill pattern. That is, you can see diagonal lines intersecting the squares, which makes the pattern more complex. As with gingham, shepherd’s check usually appears as a single color on a white ground. Though it can be used on any article of clothing, in contemporary tailoring I have seen it most frequently on ties followed by jackets.

6. Gun Club Check

A connection to the country pursuit of shooting is embodied in the gun club check, though this time in America. This check is again of Scottish derivation, a “district check” typical to a particular area in the west Highlands. However, it was adopted by the American Gun Club for their overcoats and sport coats in 1874. Originally, a gun club check meant four colors of crossing lines–black, rust, gold, and green–designed as both an homage to the colors present in the landscape of the Highlands (similar to the nature of tweed) and as a kind of hunter’s camouflage; however, these days, it’s equally common to find gun club checks in only two colors, usually brown and blue. Like gingham and shepherd’s check, the lines in a gun club check are even and fairly thick, and like shepherd’s check, the diagonal twill pattern is visible. What makes gun club check unique is the presence of two or more colors, though such patterns may also be labeled shepherd’s checks, so identification can be tricky.

Andreas Weinas wearing a gun club check jacket.

Andreas Weinas wearing a gun club check jacket.

7. Plaid or Tartan

The most complex checked pattern in menswear is the tartan or plaid. These are formed by intersecting lines of varying thickness and any number of colors. Though it is not always the case, usually the squares and rectangles on a tartan are different sizes because the space between the lines does not have to be even. This flexibility, and the fact that new tones are created when different colored lines cross, allow for a great variety in the appearance of tartan cloth. To make matters more complicated, in North America the word “plaid” would be used to describe what is called a “tartan” in the UK while “plaid” is used there to describe any sort of checked pattern.

Of course, tartans are associated with–you guessed it–Scotland, where individual patterns represent specific clans.  Given the brightness and busyness of tartans, they are casual in terms of everyday wear. Because the pattern is quite variable, many versions of plaid can be worn for sport coats, especially ones with evenly spaced squares, but, unless you are daring, traditional tartan (like Blackwatch) is worn best as a shirt (without a tie), accessory items (ties, scarves), if not a kilt. In the United States, tartan shirts may be identified with cowboys and lumberjacks, especially when they’re made of flannel, reinforcing the rustic associations of the cloth. However, in Scotland and the UK, the tartan can be worn during highly formal occasions, such as at the Queen’s Garden Party, because it represents Scottish national dress.

A tartan worn as a jacket by the daring maidoookini.

A tartan worn as a jacket by the daring maidoookini.

8. Madras

The most famous plaid of non-Scottish origin is madras, an intense, bright, warm weather fabric that isn’t for the man who wants to fade into the background. Named after the city in India where it is woven (modern-day Chennai), Madras is a handwoven slubbed cotton. It resembles Scottish tartan in terms of patterns but incorporates colors more commonly found in Indian textiles, like yellow, pink, and orange, which are suitable for summer. Check out the Gentleman’s Gazette madras guide for an account of its fascinating history and how it became especially popular in the United States.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a subdued madras casual jacket, great on vacation

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a subdued madras casual jacket, great on vacation

9. Glen Check and Prince of Wales

Finally, we have glen check (sometimes also called glen plaid), which I mention last because it isn’t what I would consider a pure check if we are talking only about grids since it admits more than just lines; it also contains varied houndstooth patterns making up the lines and filling the blocks created by them. However, given its name and the fact that the crossing pattern of rectangles is visible, it definitely deserves a mention here as one of the most popular patterns in menswear.

Prince of Wales showing a blue overcheck pattern

Prince of Wales showing a blue overcheck pattern

We could easily dedicate an entire article to the glen check and its history, though for now, suffice to say the pattern was first developed in Scotland (where else?) by Elizabeth Macdougall as her estate check before the future Edward VII noticed it and fell in love with it. The closely associated Prince of Wales check actually fits more with our definition of checks as it is essentially a glen check with the addition of an overcheck or overplaid in a different color. This is a grid of a contrasting color, a windowpane pattern, superimposed on top of the glen check to give it even more depth. Overplaid is a popular manifestation of checks in tailored menswear, and it’s a great example of how rich and complex checks can be.

How Do You Wear Checks?

In the world of tailored clothing, checks can be worn in many ways, but the choice depends on your personality and how much you like loud, bold patterns in your wardrobe.

Shirts

Checked shirts are usually a safe choice. If you want something restrained that’ll easily pair with a tie, a standard single-color graph check is a good option. Even safer is a mini- or micro-check, in essence, a gingham but on a very small scale that reads as a solid from a distance. Moving toward smart casual or business casual, try a tattersall with a tie. For totally casual, tieless looks, choose ginghams and Madras in warm weather and flannel tartans for winter.

On the other hand, if you want to forget about playing it safe, go for a checked shirt with a checked jacket over it to repeat the pattern. Consider how prominent the pattern of your shirt is when choosing a tie. Solid color ties are a safe choice, but you could also try a tie that has a similar repeating pattern on a different scale (larger or smaller circles or squares, for example).

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Gingham shirt worn with a windowpane suit containing lines of different colors.

Gingham shirt worn with a windowpane suit containing lines of different colors.

Jackets

Checks on a jacket are always a bold statement though the features of the pattern determine exactly how much. How intense a check appears, especially a windowpane, depends on the strength of the lines. For example, if the grid of a windowpane jacket features solid or bright lines, it will come across more aggressively than one made up of muted lines or soft colors, so keep that in mind when choosing a jacket, and try it on to see how you like the effect. For instance, a muted beige windowpane on a navy jacket remains conservative but a gingham summer sports coat or one with a madras pattern would be quite loud.  If there are bright colors or many colors, the jacket obviously becomes bolder, and the same is true if the number of boxes is increased. A navy glen check on a grey jacket is easy to wear, but adding a pink overplaid changes things.

Whatever you choose, one thing you will notice with a checked jacket is how it creates the impression of a wider chest. Tailored menswear has always sought to broaden the shoulders and chest through tricks of lapel width and style and shoulder padding among other things; horizontal lines across the chest created by checks draws the gaze outward to the same effect.

A comparison of shows the effect of a checked pattern has on the impression of chest width.

A comparison of shows the effect of a checked pattern has on the impression of chest width.

As a general practice, pair your patterned jacket with solid trousers to avoid clashing patterns. Regarding your choice of tie, you can follow two options of layering and either wear a solid tie or go pattern-on-pattern, which requires more skill.

Even with a patterned jacket, it's possible to wear a patterned tie.

Even with a patterned jacket, it’s possible to wear a patterned tie.

Suits

Because they are strong patterns, any check can become bold if it is used on a two-piece let alone a three-piece suit, with the exception of something like a brown tweed glen check. A windowpane suit, even if the lines are muted, always remains assertive simply because the boxes are large and multiplied over your entire body. Therefore, their acceptability depends on the dress code of your office and how much you want to be noticed. Plaid suits are particularly risky as the loud pattern can easily make you look clownish. Italian style tends to be bolder in making use of plaid suits, especially ones with regularly spaced patterns, but they are still difficult to carry off.

Plaid suits can be difficult to pull off.

Plaid suits can be difficult to pull off.

Overcoats

It is said that things you can’t get away with in a jacket, like large peak lapels and aggressive textures, are acceptable with an overcoat. The same goes for checks. Though always a statement, a well-made checked overcoat worn with an otherwise reserved outfit is likely to garner more style compliments as a distinctive feature than other garments that would be considered loud.

A checked overcoat makes for a statement piece.

A checked overcoat makes for a statement piece.

Pants

Checked, typically plaid, trousers appear loud even if your upper body is clad in a solid jacket. Thus, these would best be characterized as a type of “go-to-hell pants” and worn in the same way, as a statement.

Gianluca Cerutti wearing plaid wool flannel trousers

Gianluca Cerutti wearing plaid wool flannel trousers

Waistcoat

A great option for wearing checks in tailoring is a waistcoat. The waistcoat has traditionally been a means of introducing bold color or pattern, adding personality and a sense of fun under a staid solid suit. Whereas bold pants are an in-your-face defiance of convention, bold waistcoats are almost expected, and you can match a color in the pattern with that of your jacket.

The author wearing a waistcoat with a brown plaid pattern to match a brown flannel suit.

The author wearing a waistcoat with a brown plaid pattern to match a brown flannel suit.

Accessories

As is usually the case with any bold colors or patterns, accessories are a good place to start with checks because they represent a relatively small dose of the pattern and can integrate that bit of interest you want against an otherwise reserved outfit without becoming visually overwhelming. The most commonly represented checks on neckties are windowpanes, shepherd checks, and glen checks/Prince of Wales patterns.  Tartans like black watch are great for casual or wooly winter ties. Notice that when windowpane check appears on a tie, the pattern is displayed on a bias or diagonally to follow the angle of the tip.

 

In drab winter weather, plaid scarves are a terrific option as well, lending interest and excitement when colors are more muted.

Plaid scarves can add color and pattern without being overwhelming.

Plaid scarves can add color and pattern without being overwhelming.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this article has cleared up the distinctions among the various forms of checked fabrics available in menswear. With this information and a bit of practice, you should be able to name a check on sight and even identify hybrid combinations that blend the features of more than one kind of check, like overplaids. For the most part, checks are patterns that tend toward the casual to varying degrees and that evoke a country heritage–either with American cowboys in the most relaxed sense or with the recreational pursuits of the British country gent.  This wide range of possibilities speaks as well to the versatility of checks in your wardrobe, as they are amenable to being dressed up or down. No matter how you wear it, one thing’s for sure–it’s hip to be square.

How do you like to wear checked patterns? Tell us in the Comments section.


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What to Wear for Every Type of Headshot, According to a Photographer

Depending on your line of work, getting your portrait taken can be a necessary factor of landing a major job or role. And of course when the time comes to update your photo, it can be a daunting task to decide what to wear for your headshots.

Anyone who had to decide what to wear for their school photos remembers how stressful getting dressed for portraits can be. From ensuring not to date yourself with the trends of today to portraying the specific message you want to send to future onlookers, there are lots of little worries that could come up. Which is why we tapped photographer Heather Hooton to provide her professional input for the best things to wear to land the job.

First, determine what your photos will be used for and who your audience is. “If it’s for a corporate job where you’ll be in charge of a lot of people, opt for a blazer or a structured top. If it’s a creative job where you’ll be communicating with a lot of clients, try a more flowy or open blouse,” Hooton tells us. She also shares that it’s important not to date yourself with trending statement pieces, as you’ll ideally be using these photos for years. “Choose classic pieces with a modern flair.”

Hooton also emphasizes the importance of keeping your ensemble simple. “The key is to not distract from your face, so avoid loud patterns,” she says. “The safest bet is a solid color, but if you’re really a print girl, a smaller or subtler pattern. With that in mind, you can still get creative. Hooton suggests that if you’re hoping for a promotion, incorporate your company’s colors into your outfit. Finally, add more depth to your photo with a necklace or two.

Whether you’ve got a big audition coming up, or you’re gearing up for a major promotion, shop some of our favorite portrait-ready pieces that will help you succeed in any role.

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This boxy blazer will make you look so professional yet not stuffy. Available in sizes 00 to 14.
This pleated top is structured enough but also shows your personality. Available in sizes XXS to L.
The twist detail adds more interest to your outfit. Available in sizes 10 to 20.
This print is bold, but not so much it’ll distract from your face. Available in sizes FR 34 to FR 44.
This classic top will always look great. Available in sizes XS to 4X.
A cardigan over this would be perfect if you don’t feel comfortable bearing your shoulders. Available in sizes 10 to 16.
You’ll want to wear this all season long. Available in sizes S to L.
You can never go wrong with black. Available in sizes XS to L.
A simple sweater with an intriguing detail. Available in sizes L to XXL.
A minimalist necklace will add more interest, keeping your photo from looking too flat.
A simple lariat like this will add just the right touch.

Let these pieces help you stand out, no matter what you’re aiming for.

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Attending a Wine Tasting? Here’s What to Wear

For wine lovers, there’s always a good reason to go for a tasting, whether it’s for a special occasion like a date night, or you’ve planned a day-long tour with girlfriends (is it rosé season yet?). But with your visit planned, your last task is to figure out what to wear wine tasting, a question that’s maybe best answered by an expert. 

We enlisted Magdalena Wojcik, owner of The Blending Lab in Los Angeles, to provide her expertise for the appropriate attire, whether you’re headed to a sun-filled day in the wine country or an evening at a tasting room, such as her company.

“When in wine country, I think of comfort and weather. I like to usually wear a dress. For shoes, comfort is essential. In spring and summer, I stick with sneakers—you never know where you’ll end up! Even in the winter, the sun is strong, so I never leave without a hat.” Wojcik also tells us that sunscreen is her top accessory at the winery. 

If you’re opting for a tasting room in the city, there’s nothing like a cool military or moto jacket, according to Wojcik. “Urban wine tasting is a little bit different in my opinion, so I dress for the occasion.” A pair of jeans styled with a plain white tee allows you to be comfortable as you run around town but prepared for when the weather begins to cool down. “Tasting rooms are usually cold because of the wine, and a jacket ensures that you’re not cold when enjoying your wine tasting.” She also recommends comfortable flat shoes as you might not have a seat in the room.

Now, shop some of our favorite pieces that will be appropriate for any type of wine tasting experience!

Keep the sun out of your eyes with this hat.
“The colors actually remind me of the sky, spilled wine and earth,” says Wojcik. Available in sizes 00 to 8.
Ideal for those sunnier days at the winery. Available in sizes UK 6 to UK 12.
Protect yourself from getting sunburnt on those warm days at the vineyard.
Catch those sunbeams in this gorgeous dress. Available in sizes 10 to 20.
Wear these with everything you own. Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Wear this tee right into summer. Available in sizes XS to L.
So chic. Available in sizes 24 to 32.
Slip these on when you’re running out the door. Available in sizes 5.5 to 11.5.
You can never have too many tees. Available in sizes XS to XL.
These will be a staple in your closet. Available in sizes 00 to 24.
These pair perfectly with a pair of jeans. Available in sizes 35 to 40.5.

A light and airy dress is perfect for the warm, sunny days ahead in the wine country, however be sure to pack a jacket for when the temperatures take a drastic drop. 

If you’re headed to a tasting room, a cool jacket to keep you warm and pair well with a simple tee and a pair of skinny jeans or pants for an edgy, cool look are all you need.

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11 Cozy Date-Night Outfits to Wear Now Through Spring

Spring is just around the corner, but it will be some time before the weather really warms up. So when you’re stepping out for a casual date night, a cozy outfit that promises to keep you warm, despite the chilly temps, is key. For cozy date-night outfits for a chill date, we lean into smart layers that give us more excuses to showcase our style while keeping us prepared whatever temperatures the night may bring. So the next time you’re standing in front of your closet stuck on assembling a casual date outfit that will keep you comfortable and warm, we recommend turning to these brilliant layered ensembles that are sure to be a hit.

The high-waisted skirt and heels dress up this look, but the crew-neck sweater and tube socks make the ensemble decidedly casual and undeniably cool.
A statement jacket with terrific shearling detail can make just about any casual ensemble date-night ready. Play with color—like the turquoise and royal purple here—for an even more dynamic look. 
For a similar idea with a more pared-back approach, a bold coat in a bright colorway instantly pulls together a simple jeans-and-ankle boots outfit.
Leaving the pops of color for your accessories or a single piece has a similar effect of making a casual outfit instantly more polished, especially when everything else is in a light neutral.
Or go big with color—red and pink together is always a playful statement—and pare it back with a neutral overcoat.
A maxi-skirt and T-shirt make for the ultimate cool-girl pairing, especially when topped off with a shearling coat.
Or pair your leather skirt with a coordinating sweater and some statement ankle boots for a look that’s a little more polished.
When in doubt, jeans and boots look great with just about any top, especially a classic striped sweater and low-key bomber jacket.
If you feel like wearing a dress, a maxi-dress finished off with boots is wonderfully cozy and looks even better topped off with a long coat.
Make your dress stand out by choosing a bright colorway, then keeping the rest of your pieces black.
Coordinating your coat with your shoes brings any jeans-and-T-shirt outfit together with ease.

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17 Black Dresses You Can Totally Wear to a Wedding

The old adage that forbids wearing black to weddings is long gone. To many, this old-fashioned rule just isn’t relevant anymore. However, if you do choose to wear black to a wedding, make sure your look is in good taste. The key is to choose a black piece that’s festive, formal, and special enough to not be mistaken for funeral attire. And if you’re thinking of wearing a dress to the celebration, look for options that feature fabrics like lace, velvet, satin, or tulle. Want to see some lovely options? Click through the gallery to see our picks of wedding-appropriate black dresses.

You can wear this for so many occasions. Available in sizes 0 to 16.
This is our idea of a perfect party dress. Available in sizes 0 to 6.
Pair this with statement shoes and earrings. Available in sizes 00 to 10.
Metallic polka dots add the perfect amount of flash. Available in sizes 0 to 12.
You don’t even need jewelry when wearing this pretty embellished dress. Available in sizes 12 to 28.
Minimalists, meet your new favorite dress. Available in sizes XS to L.
We can’t get over how intricate the neckline details are on this dress. Available in sizes 32 DK to 44 DK.
As flattering and classy as LBDs get. Available in sizes XS to XL.
Your search for a formal wedding-guest dress ends here. Available in sizes 0 to 12.
The perfect dress to dance the night away in.  Available in sizes 6 UK to 14 UK.
Want something a little more casual? You can’t go wrong with this embroidered option. Available in sizes 6 UK to 14 UK.
This dress is sure to get you tons of compliments. Available in sizes 10 to 20.
Show us someone who wouldn’t love this dress. Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Try pairing this dress with white shoes for a casual summer wedding look. Available in sizes XS to L.
An option for the most formal of weddings. Available in sizes 6 UK to 14 UK.
This flirty frock works for a variety of dress codes and venues.  Available in sizes 0 to 12.
You can easily dress this up or down. Available in sizes 0 to 10.

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How Celebs Wear the 2018 Version of Juicy Couture (No Tracksuits Necessary)

Tracksuits circa 2002 might come to mind when you first hear the words Juicy Couture, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Stylist Jamie Mizrahi has been revamping the brand since taking over as creative director, and even presented the brand’s very first NYFW show last month. Less than 30 days later, celebrities are already wearing the straight-off-the-runway pieces IRL. 

Katy Perry, for instance, wore Juicy Couture’s pink sequin jumpsuit for a performance this week. Lorde also opted to wear the brand onstage—she selected the Long Sleeved Maxi Dress from the F/W 18 collection for a stop on her Melodrama World Tour. Last but not least, Michelle Monaghan recently wore a beautiful leather dress with statement sleeves. How chic do they all look in the 2018 version of Juicy Couture? Read on to see their looks. 

On Katy Perry: Juicy Couture F/W 18 jumpsuit
On Lorde: Juicy Couture F/W 18 Long Sleeved Maxi Dress
On Michelle Monaghan: Juicy Couture F/W 18 dress

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How To Tie A Wedding Cravat Or Formal Ascot For Proper Traditional Morning Wear

Learn how to tie a formal daywear ascot which is also known as the cravat. It’s an item with a very vintage aesthetic and it’s particularly popular in Britain. We can still see worn for weddings, or at Royal Ascot when people wear morning wear with a top hat and a proper type Ascot.

 

 

What’s The Difference Between A Formal Ascot And A Casual Ascot?

Shape

One thing that stands out immediately is the shape. The formal Ascot is quite wide and has a slim band that’s consistent in the middle which is something that will be around your neck. Basically, it has the same shape on both ends. A casual ascot is similar in the shape, however, it usually has a kind of folded neckband which is worn around the neck.

Interlining

The other difference is that a casual ascot is just silk and there’s no interlining. On the other hand, a proper formal ascot is much stiffer because you want it to hold a shape and a fold of the knot you want because of that, it’s silk with an interlining which makes it thicker and more robust in terms of keeping its shape.

Perfectly Worn With A Wing Collar

Another important distinction is that the casual ascot is worn inside of your shirt and it pops up from underneath your unbuttoned top shirt collar and the formal daywear ascot is perfectly worn with a wing collar.

Gentlemen-at-Royal-Ascot-in-Morning-Coats with Balmoral Boots and Button Boots

Gentlemen at Royal Ascot in Morning Coats with Balmoral Boots and Button Boots

 

 

Fort Belvedere ascots are made of high-quality Italian wedding silk and so it is the perfect item for a formal wedding or a day at the Royal Ascot at the races. If you want to, you can keep everything in place with a stick pin. A formal ascot is probably the most formal piece of silk neckwear that you can wear and you can pull it off the proper way. It’s extremely elegant and debonair. Some people like the Victorian flair of it because it was very popular around the Fin De Siècle and the early days of the 20th century.

Two Ways To Tie An Ascot

The Popular Way

The Popular Way

The Popular Way

The first one is the more popular one mostly seen at wedding parties. It’s basically like a four in hand just with a slight adaptation. If you think that a formal Ascot is simply too much for you, you can get our regular three-fold ties in the same wedding silks in our shop as well, please take a look. Of course, if you decide to go with a formal ascot, you always want to go with a detachable winged collar and not with a turndown collar. It would simply look odd.

  1. Find the label in the middle of the formal ascot and place it firmly against the back of your neck.
  2. You don’t want both sides to be at the same length so you pull on the right side until it’s about 4 to 5 inches longer which is about 10 to 12 and a half centimeters. Ideally, you want the formal ascot to be very wide on the left side and very slim on the right side.
  3. Now you take the slim end from the right, fold it diagonally over the left, with your left hand take the part that you just fold it over and bring it back to the original side, pull it a little snug.
  4. Now again, bring that end that you just brought to the right and fold it over once more around to create what will be the knot.
  5. Now with your left hand, you take the tip go back behind and push it up from the back so it comes out on top. Pull a little bit so your knot tightens up a little bit. Just like a regular four in hand knot, you take the tip now and push it through the hole that you just created. Ideally, you want to pull up and push up that knot a little bit so you create some wrinkles and so it doesn’t look like a regular necktie. You’ll also notice it’s much bigger and that’s okay.
  6. Once you’ve done that, simply pull on the long end in the back and adjust the knot until it sits snugly against your collar. As you can see, the front end is much shorter than the back end and it looks kind of odd, however, you only wear a formal Ascot with a formal waistcoat or a vest.
  7. So as a final step, you simply have to tuck it into your vest and it looks great. Voila! the popular way to tie a formal Ascot. If you’re not wearing it at the end of the day, simply unravel the knot in the opposite way you tied it which means you pull through the front part first and unwind it, very simple.
The traditional way

The traditional way

The Traditional Way

  1. First, locate the label in the middle of the formal Ascot and place it firmly against your shirt collar. Once again, you pull the right side slightly longer about three to four inches or seven and a half to 10 centimeters.
  2. Now the right side is folded over the left side and then brought up through the hole that you just created in the back.
  3. Now the part that you just pull through should be in your right hand and the other part should hang straight down.
  4. Now you take the part that just hangs down with your left hand and point it to your right. Subsequently, you take the piece in your right hand and you just pull through and fold it over so now it points downwards.
  5. Once you’re done with that, you take the point that hangs down vertically and bring it up through the loop you just created from underneath.
  6. Once we got it through the hole, you pull firmly on both ends of the formal ascot. You can adjust the knot a little bit and you can see it creates a horizontal knot with some wrinkles. Now ideally, you want to take the item on the left and have it point to the right, and the item from the right point over to the left. Basically, the two ends cross each other.
  7. Now that you have folded over both ends in an X shape, you can tuck them into your waistcoat, keep adjusting until you like the look.
Wedding entourage in light pink formal ascots

Wedding entourage in light pink formal ascots

Now it’s time for a tie stick pin. A tie stick pin is a simple pin that is decorative. The most traditional thing is maybe a pearl, but you can also have maybe a knot or any other kind of precious or semi-precious stone. The easiest way to find one is at vintage stores, flea markets, or on eBay.

Now you want the decorative element of your tie stick pin to be exactly in the middle when you look at it from the front and about two to three maybe four inches below the knot. Don’t have it too low and not too close to the knot. You can use the gorge of your morning coat lapel for a good indicator on where you want it to sit.

If you’re right-handed, hold the ascot up with your left and poke through the tie stick pin through the silk knot. Now that you poked through silk, carefully poke it through the middle of your shirt fly and back out to the front. That way, the pointy end of the tie stick pin is against your skin, you won’t hurt yourself, and it’s on the top part of the fly. Not only is it a decorative item, but it also keeps your formal ascot in place all day no matter if you run, dance, or celebrate because your horse just won.

What’s your take on formal ascots? How do you usually wear them? Drop a comment below!


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How Much Makeup Do You Wear For Work? (Open Thread)

how much makeup do you wear for workWe’ve talked a lot about MLBB lip glosses and tinted lip balms lately, as well as how much time you spend on your hair for work — but something we haven’t discussed in a long while is makeup for work: how much makeup do YOU wear to work on a regular basis? What do you consider your essentials — and what do you consider your “big day” makeup? As you’ve gotten more senior (both in your company and with age) how has your amount of makeup changed? (Would you ever wear a super bright lipstick to work, like in the stock photo? What else would you consider “know your office” for makeup at work?)

We’ve talked before about the studies that show that people equate makeup with competence (read the NYT article about the study here) and how the best interview makeup really just makes you look awake and alive, not necessarily like a glamazon. I’ve also written before about how my own beauty minimum changed after having kids. Right now I have two extremes: the regular day makeup looks like blush, lippie of some kind, concealer for my eye area, and eyeliner — lately I’m alternating between waterproof liners in a dark brown, a dark gray, and a navy. (I love the look of mascara on me but it really seems to irrirate my eyes lately — so particularly if I plan to be in glasses all day, I skip it.) On the other hand, for big days where there may be a lot of eyes on me (or if I’m wearing my contacts) I ramp up to a light mineral foundation, blush + highlighter + contour, multiple shades of eyeshadow (usually in a peachy/brown or gray/plum family for my brown eyes), eyeliner, mascara or false eyelashes, and a proper lipstick.

How about you guys — how much makeup do you wear for work? What are the essentials for you — and why do you wear it (to enhance, conceal, look alive, feel put together, etc)?how much makeup do you wear for work - image of a woman applying lipstick

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We had a fun question for our professional readers: how much makeup do you wear for work on a regular basis -- and how has it changed as you've gotten older and more senior in your career? Great discussion if you're wondering how much (or how little) makeup you can get away with at work.

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How to Wear Scarves to Work

how to wear scarves to workWhat are your best tips on how to wear scarves to work, readers? What are the best styles — the splurgeworthy brands — and the best fabrics and shapes for scarves? How do you like to style your scarves in 2018 for a modern look? Reader D wonders:

Would you please do a piece on scarves? What are the best brands, materials, styles for the executive suite? Silk, cashmere, blend, wool?

Great question, D! We haven’t had a discussion on how to wear silk scarves in a few years, and I can’t wait to hear what readers say. While readers here have wondered if scarves are professional enough for work, Fortune recently(ish) called scarves the new power accessory for executives. Personally, I tend to associate scarves with style over trend because they really depend on the woman and how she wears them.

For my $ .02, these are my best tips on how to wear scarves to work:


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  • First, consider how you’ll use the scarf. If you’re looking for one for warmth it’s probably better to get a silk blend like my beloved Nordstrom tissue scarves (silk/wool will be heaviest, silk/modal will be great for between weather, and silk/linen for summer), whereas a simple silk, polyester or chiffon is best if you’re just looking to add an accent. In general the best scarves seem to be square or rectangular so you can fold them and use them in a more versatile way.
  • how to wear a scarf with a blazerIf you’re looking for status, Hermès is where you start drooling — one of my old bosses had a huge collection of Hermès scarves and loved to wear them long against a blazer and simple t-shirt (as pictured on the right) — it somehow came out one day that she thought tags were itchy so the scarf also served a purpose. (Ooh, I’ve just found Une Femme d’un Certain Âge’s post on overdyed Hermes scarves and now totally want one.)  Among more creative sorts I think the McQueen skull scarf still has a lot of cachet. DvF used to make great scarves with all of her wonderful prints — I have a 100% cashmere one of hers that is super thin (I wear it with lightweight jackets); it looks like the brand only has silk scarves at the moment. If you know what you’re looking for in terms of authenticity you can often find these on eBay and other resale sites, but caveat emptor!
  • Shop vintage. If you’re just looking to play and test scarves with your style and the other things in your wardrobe, keep an eye out for scarves in excellent shape (no loose threads or snags) at vintage stores or your grandmother’s closet. Everyone from mall stores (Ann Taylor, H&M, Uniqlo) to smaller labels like MM LaFleur sell scarves too, so keep an eye out for deals or appealing patterns/colors wherever you usually shop.

I have two additional tips if you’re scarf-shopping for scarves to wear to work:

  • Keep an eye out for a simple black scarf (or another of your base neutral colors). I kept one of these at my office for those days when I got to work and realized, belatedly, that my dress’s neckline was too low for my comfort level. You can either stuff the scarf in your neckline so it looks like a blouse or additional edging for the dress — or you can loop it around your neck like an infinity scarf to cover your dress’s neckline. (If you haven’t seen the classic Youtube video from Wendy’s Lookbook on 25 ways to tie a scarf, you must — lots of great ideas for work, weekend, and your commute.)
  • Get an office pashmina. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: an office pashmina (or wrap, or stole, or ruana) is a really versatile piece to keep in your office, and one way you can use them is to add them to your outfits for warmth either by throwing them over your shoulders or wearing long. They can be a thick for wrapping around your neck, though, so if that’s your preferred way to wear scarves I’d look for silk or chiffon styles instead.

Pictured at very top — interestingly, the bandana style pictured seems to be growing in popularity — what are your thoughts on it for work?

Readers, what are your thoughts on how to wear scarves to work? What are your favorite sizes, brands, fabrics, and styling tricks (bandana, loop, long) for scarves?

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

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

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

Windowpane Suit with Gray Windowpane Tie

Windowpane Suit with Gray Windowpane Tie

How to Wear Blue and Gray

Blue and Gray with a Suit and Tie

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

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

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

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

Avoid Strong Contrast

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

Add Pattern and Texture

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

Use Items with Both Colors Together

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

 

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

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

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

 

@nfld_rm55 wearing a blue and gray block stripe tie.

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

Gray and Blue with Odd Combinations

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multiple Layers of Blue and Gray

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

Gray and Blue Accessories

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

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

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

Blue and Gray Shoes and Socks

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

Navy Suede Double Monk Strap shoes

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

Blue calf leather loafers with navy pants

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

Navy and gray brogue wingtip from J. FitzPatrick.

Unusual but surprisingly versatile navy and gray brogue wingtips

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

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

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

Blue and Gray for Casual Wear

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

 


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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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To pinpoint one singular thing Sarah Hyland does would be impossible. She holds many titles these days, from actress to singer to creative director, though the latter is a step outside her typical repertoire as an entertainer. Last year, Candie’s for Kohl’s brought Hyland on board as creative director for the brand, and if you’re wondering whether clothing lines normally offer that kind of role to someone outside the fashion industry, the answer is no.

In working with Candie’s, Hyland follows in the footsteps of celebrities from Destiney’s Child to Britney Spears to Fergie, but she’s the first to hold the creative director title. While the standard for celebrity brand involvement is to be the “face” of a line and featured in many of its campaigns, Candie’s took the idea one step further, involving the Hyland in everything from inspirations to design and, of course, brand campaigns.

We caught up with her recently to talk about designing for the brand and which trends she’s excited to bring to life this spring.

What can we expect from Candie’s this spring?

This spring we have a lot of florals in the collection. We’re going pure spring with it this year. We have upgraded our leather motorcycle jacket to a denim version with floral embroidery, so it’s a little bit lighter and versatile for day to night. That’s actually my favorite piece from the collection.

How would you wear that floral denim moto jacket?

I would probably pair with one of our regular tops. One of my favorite tops we have is this sheer top. So it has that sheer sexiness of a floral pattern that you can see through, but then you have a regular solid tank attached to it that goes underneath.

Which 2018 trends are you most excited about?

Mesh is everywhere, and I’m obsessed with it, but I’d never wear a completely sheer top with only a bra or only lingerie underneath. I’d always layer it on top of a solid piece like a tank. I do love the look of an allover mesh dress, like what Dior is doing. It still has an air of mystery and looks especially good over high-waisted pants. I come from a dance background, so I love pieces like that, which remind me of a dance costume.

In terms of footwear, I’m looking forward to mules; I’m a huge fan of the shoes. This is the first year I got to go into our Candie’s footwear design studio and work with the team. We have a lot of pearl details and floral embroidery on all of our shoes, which I’m very excited about.

Where do you source inspiration for the collection?

For footwear, I am more of a minimalist. I love a good mule with a tiny bit of embroidery on it. You always want each collection to be different from the last, but you always want it to be cohesive. So the idea is that with each collection, you’re going to slowly elevate it.

What has been the process as creative director?

My favorite parts are going to NYC and meeting with everyone on the team, the design, production teams, the footwear team—the actual process of it. I like learning how things come to life. Because I’ll go to them and show them a top that I love, and they’re like “no.” So everything is a learning process, and especially in the design fashion world, I’ve learned so much in this process. And they’ve been so open to my ideas, too. While I don’t have any formal design knowledge, I was always that kid who would cut my Barbie’s hair and cut up my old T-shirts, so I feel that it’s always been a part of me.

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This Is the Bella Hadid Way to Wear Patent Leather Pants

Allow us to introduce you to patent leather pants—a shiny, perhaps squeaky, but undeniably cool fashion item that has slowly but surely taken over the street style scene. With even the quickest scroll through recent New York Fashion Week pictures, one thing becomes very clear: Celebs are here for this trend, with model Bella Hadid being the most recent example.

Hadid teamed her burgundy patent leather pants with more loose-fitting relaxed pieces: a cropped tee, a Y/Project denim jacket, and an oversize flannel shirt from up-and-coming designer Tyler Lambert. (Side note: Remember this name because he’s about to blow up.)

Lambert, a Midwest-born designer (who, by the way, just turned 21 per a recent Instagram post), already has a strong celeb fanbase, including the likes of the Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Jasmine Sanders, and now, Bella Hadid. His clothing line, which includes everything from hand-distressed denim to vintage (hand-dyed) flannels, is “inspired by bringing back ‘the old’ and making it better,” as his site says. And we must say, he’s definitely succeeding at doing just that. Now, read on to see Bella Hadid’s full look, and then shop the Lambert flannel for yourself.

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Should Men Wear Pleated Pants?

British born actor Cary Grant (1904 – 1986) walking outdoors wearing a pinstripe jacket and a hat, 1940s. (Photo by Getty Images)

For some, the very mention of pleated pants is enough to evoke flashbacks to the worst menswear fashions of the ‘80s and ‘90s. With current trends favoring flat-front cuts, the question of whether you should wear pleats today is often answered with a resounding “no.” It’s time we shed our existing negative perceptions and rethink pleated pants; you can definitely wear them, and we’ll tell you how.

What are Pleated Pants?

In the world of menswear, pleats can be defined as gathered folds of fabric located below the waist, in the area known as the rise, or simply the front, on a pair of trousers. On flat-front trousers, as the name states, the fabric in this area is smooth. Pleats can either be forward facing, in which the folded fabric points inward, toward the fly of your pants, or reverse—pointing in the direction of the pockets. The British style generally favors inward-facing pleats whereas pants in a more Italian, specifically, Neapolitan style usually face outward. In terms of which is better, forward pleats usually receive less criticism as they tend to remain flat, while outward ones may open and stay open, resulting in ballooning fabric. The number of pleats that you have can vary: usually, one or two, though some men have experimented with three and even four pleats.

Double inward-facing pleats on Styleforum.

Double inward-facing pleats on Styleforum.

Why Do Pleated Pants Have a Bad Reputation?

The short answer is that they are simply out of style. In line with the material excesses of the ‘80s, pants from that decade often displayed an excess of material in the form of pleats. Because pleats gather extra fabric in the rise area of a pair of pants, below the waist, if too much fabric is added there it can result in unsightly ballooning in the groin area. Some poor trouser designs also expanded this concept, rather literally, to create more room throughout the pants, especially in the legs. This resulted in a baggy, voluminous garment stereotypically identified with middle-management drones wearing big khakis on casual Friday.

on Johnson wearing pleated pants (and a large shouldered jacket) typical of the 1980s.

Don Johnson wearing pleated pants (and a large shouldered jacket) typical of the 1980s.

However, if you look at menswear fashion illustrations, advertisements or actors from earlier eras, you’ll often see fuller garments and an abundance of pleats that make them look sharp. Cary Grant wore suits with pleated pants as did Sean Connery in the role of James Bond. Thus, the disdain for pleated pants nowadays stems from the overall preference for slimmer and more fitted looks rather than anything inherently wrong with pleats. Some of the scorn is a matter of generational bias. Pleated pants are weighed down with the connotations of being traditional and stodgy, what your parents or grandparents wore, the garment of old men, as opposed to the youthful minimalism of slim, flat-fronted pants. Gentleman’s Gazette readers, who enjoy classic style, are less likely to reject pleated pants on the basis of traditionalism, but those who do prefer contemporary style will also find versions that appeal to them.

Vintage illustration of suits featuring double pleats from Kuppenheimer, a menswear retailer based in Chicago, photographed by John Blah.

Vintage illustration of suits featuring double pleats from Kuppenheimer, a menswear retailer based in Chicago, photographed by John Blah.

Pleated Pants Today

Some of the issues of past decades have been solved simply by putting pleats on an otherwise more close-fitting pair of trousers, and beginning around 2016 we began seeing these on the designer menswear runways. However, regardless of the vagaries and vacillations of fashion from decade to decade or year to year, it is always possible to find moderately cut pleated pants that are in the “Goldilocks zone”–just right–neither too slim nor too loose fitting and thus timeless. When seeking enduring style, it’s hard to go wrong, no matter your age,  by taking the middle ground, just like choosing a moderate lapel and tie width instead of going too skinny or too wide.

Simon Crompton of Permanent Style wearing Ambrosi pleated pants with a moderate cut

Simon Crompton of Permanent Style wearing Ambrosi pleated pants with a moderate cut

So, Who Should Wear Pleated Pants?

Because of the extra fabric directly below the waist, those who want more comfort and ease of movement of the lower body would be wise to wear pleats. One situation that demands this is if you have some weight around your middle; pleats can help disguise this where more fitted flat-front pants would emphasize the shape of your belly. This is especially true if you wear your pants at your natural waist rather than low on your hips. The extra fabric provided by the pleats and the visual details they offer is enough to hide the size of your waistline.

In the case of Sven Raphael Schneider, he favors pleated pants for a reason that many men experience: they have thicker thighs that are simply not accommodated by modern, slimmer cuts.

Traditionally, pleats are recommended for thicker body types.

Traditionally, pleats are recommended for thicker body types.

On the other hand, it’s usually said that if you have a thin build, pleated pants are a risky proposition because wearing them will give you a baggy, unkempt appearance. However, this is only true if you go for cheap, mass-manufactured pleated pants that are loose all over. If you are lean and like pleats, you can pull off the look by emulating the Italians, especially the style of Naples. They wear pleated trousers with well-fitted legs and often in lighter weight fabrics that avoid a heavy, blousy look. The key is, again, to ensure the cut of the pants is not too full. Otherwise, the result will, at best, give you a definitively retro appearance or, at worst, make you look clownish.

Blogger Blue Loafers shows how pleated pants can look good on a thin frame if properly fitted.

Blogger Blue Loafers shows how pleated pants can look good on a thin frame if properly fitted.

If you frequent menswear forums and comment pages online, you’re likely to encounter the complaints of men who have developed large thighs or seats from working out and are trying to find well-fitting trousers. A simple solution for these guys might be to try wearing pleated pants. The fact that this isn’t usually proposed as an option speaks to the average person’s negative bias against the style. Hopefully, we can counteract this perception.

Interestingly, pleats can be useful both if you sit for a long time and if you are highly active. Long-term sitting, besides than increasing your risk of dying, can be more uncomfortable with the greater constriction of flat front pants. They eventually feel snug. On the other hand, if you have a job where you get up and down a lot and are moving about, the opening of the pleats can give you some extra mobility. Lastly, although it has been a rather taboo subject, it should also be mentioned that if you simply want more room for your privates, pleated pants will do the trick.

Paul Lux wearing trousers with open pleats.

Paul Lux wearing trousers with open pleats.

How to Wear Pleated Pants

In addition to choosing an appropriate overall fit, there are several things you can do when wearing pleated pants to enhance their appearance.

 

Start with Lighter Fabrics

To my eye, pleats look best on lighter-weight fabrics. The heavier weight of a material like flannel contributes to the sense of volume created by pleats and can lead to a more old-fashioned look. It can certainly still be done with winter-weight cloth, but proper fit is even more crucial. A cuff can also help add weight to the hem of heavier-weight pleated pants for a trimmer look.

Opt for Fewer Pleats

Single pleats on dress pants blend into and continue the crease that runs up the center of each leg. This creates a longer and sharper line than in flat front pants, where the crease is broken by the smooth rise. So, single pleats are safe, but double pleats can look more relaxed or may be required if your body type demands them.

Single pleated pants present an elegant continuous crease from hem to waistband.

Single pleated pants present an elegant continuous crease from hem to waistband.

Pair Pleats with a High Rise

The contemporary style of wearing pants at the hips with a low rise is more suitable to flat-front trousers than pleated ones. The added fabric and the pleats themselves generally create a higher rise on the finished garment, which requires wearing them around your waistline. Worn in this way, they also do their job of flattering and disguising a stomach that isn’t perfectly flat.

Pleated pants should be worn high on the waist.

Pleated pants should be worn high on the waist.

…with or without Cuffs

A search of images online will show a roughly 50-50 divide of pleated pants with or without cuffs. The idea behind getting cuffs is that they add visual weight and emphasis at the bottom of the trousers to counterbalance the appearance of pleats at the top. Cuffs do make the pants a bit more informal and some might see them as more traditional; for a more contemporary look, omit them.

Tailor Them with No Break

Given the potential associations of pleated pants with retro style, you’ll want to avoid a break to look modern. A break at the bottom of your trouser legs can enforce the perception of pleated trousers as sloppy looking. Moreover, a break, as the name suggests, interrupts the continuous crease down the front of your pants legs that a pleat can give you, so if you want to emphasize that sharp look, avoid a break. Lastly, if you decide on cuffs for your pleated pants, as with any pair of cuffed trousers, the convention is to have them just touching the top of your shoe.

Salvatore Ambrosi and Atte Rytkönen wearing suits with cuffed pleated trousers and no break.

Salvatore Ambrosi and Atte Rytkönen wearing suits with cuffed pleated trousers and no break.

Combine Pleated Pants with a Jacket

If you’re cautious about pleats, the easiest way to wear them would be with a jacket, usually as the bottoms of a suit. The jacket minimizes the visibility of the pleats but lets them do their job. They’re still a feature but not too obvious, and it looks like you could very well be wearing flat-front trousers if your jacket is buttoned. With a suit, you may want to go with inward pleats, because of their association with greater formality, and no cuffs. If you are bolder and want a stronger emphasis on your pleats, I recommend observing what the Neapolitan tailors do, especially Salvatore Ambrosi. Wear them high waisted with side adjusters along with an unbuttoned sport coat to carry a sense of summer sprezzatura or invoke a Mediterranean vibe. Alternatively, really flaunt your pleated pants by wearing them with a shirt alone, either a polo or a dress shirt with the collar unbuttoned and the sleeves rolled up.

Pleated trousers and a shirt with no jacket at Pitti Uomo

Pleated trousers and a shirt with no jacket at Pitti Uomo

Conclusion

Though it may be difficult to get the man on the street to choose pleated pants, those with a true appreciation of style and an interest in variety know their value. Ultimately, although pleated pants are especially suitable for specific body types, nearly any man can wear them–it’s just a matter of getting ones that fit well and trying them on yourself. Perhaps, if you don’t have them yet, you can broaden your wardrobe and expand your style. Are we “preaching to the choir”? Do you already enjoy pleated pants, or are they something you would take a pass on? Share your views!

 


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10 Things That Men Wear That Women Hate

Basically, it’s all about mistakes in men’s appearances and it comes down to two big points. By the way, this list was created by my wife and business partner. She consulted with a bunch of women and ultimately created it so don’t take it just from me but from an educated classy woman.

Cries For Attention

Avoid wearing flashy suits

Avoid wearing flashy suits

Douchebag Professional

The douchebag pro is a guy who has achieved some success in his career, and he wants to show the world what big of a fish he is, at the end of the day, it’s a man who dresses simply to try to impress other people with his wealth.

Let’s start by saying that wearing things merely to get attention, he’s usually quite transparent because you wear big logos, you wear flashy big things, maybe diamonds, maybe a big watch, or strong colors in pink, and it’s just a very transparent thing and it will always show that you’re just trying too hard.

The bad news is classy women don’t look for someone who is insecure and constantly needs attention instead, they want someone who is steadfast and at ease with themselves and has developed their own style.

The Show-Off category

The Show-Off category

The Show-Off

The second type who always cries for attention is the man who unbuttons the dress shirt past the second button. Sometimes all the way down to the belly button. Chances are they like to have a tan, maybe lots of gold jewelry, and sometimes it’s simply there to show off maybe their six-pack, or their style. Again, it’s over the top and it’s really there to gather attention.

The Gaudy Category

The Gaudy Category

The Gaudy

Just like the douchebag professional, the guy who’s into flashy brands defines himself all about the brand. It’s not so much about the quality or the history about it, it’s all about that price tag and what is perceived when you wear it.

You probably see them wearing huge Burberry patterns, maybe they have Goyard purses or something that can be easily spotted from yards away. It’s simply tacky and not something a classy woman would like.

The Fashion Obsessed Category

The Fashion Obsessed Category

The Fashion-Obsessed

That means, they either have super short pants, super tight pants, maybe they wear a beanie with everything, or have super distressed jeans, and they always have the newest thing and the latest thing, the biggest phone, the whatever is the newest and latest.

Very few women find these cries of attention attractive because they make you look like you care more about how you’re perceived than about her and that’s always a bad thing. Yes, you shouldn’t be sloppy and you should care about the way you look because it has a huge impact.

Laziness

No woman wants to be embarrassed by her partner especially if she pays attention to the way she looks. If you make wardrobe choices that are lazy, it just shows that you don’t care and it makes you a less attractive to them.

Items That Scream Laziness

statement shirts are definitely not dapper

statement shirts are definitely not dapper

T-Shirts

Even if you think they fit well chances are, they don’t. Even if you have a really strong v-shape and you’re very muscular, it can look attractive but at the same time, there are other garments such as a polo shirt, or a dress shirt, that make you even more attractive.

So if it can be more attractive, why would you consciously choose to be less attractive by wearing a t-shirt? It makes zero sense. In any case, if you wear a t-shirt underneath a sweater or a dress shirt and it’s visible, it’s a style faux pas.

The perfect example of how a backpack can ruin your look

The perfect example of how a backpack can ruin your look

Backpack

It’s something you wear maybe on an expedition or something that you wore when you were a little schoolboy, but if you’re a man with a backpack, it just signals it’s an immature man and that’s not very attractive.

Baseball cap looks off

Baseball cap looks off

Baseball Hat

Yes, it may be practical and you don’t have to wash your hair and put it on, but it makes you look like a college pro rather than a mature man and therefore, you should upgrade. If you want to wear a hat, think about maybe a fedora, maybe a flat cap, but a baseball cap is always wrong.

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Jersey Polo Shirt

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Jersey Polo Shirt

Sporty Garments

There’s a place and a time for athletic wear but it’s not in public. When you’re in a social setting, it makes you look like all you want is personal comfort without actually thinking about your outward appearance.