How To Wear Tailored Clothing To A Casual Office

In the 1980s, there was a section of the American book publishing industry dedicated to telling men how to “dress for success.” This was the last era of professional dress codes before things got muddled by the casual Friday movement. As such, there was still room for titles telling men how to wear a coat and tie, presumably so they could get ahead in their professional and private life. The ‘80s was when Alan Flusser, today considered the Godfather of Menswear, published his first two titles: Making the Man and Clothes and Man. Similarly, Charles Hix taught young men how to put together a coat-and-tie rig through his guide Dressing Right. And John Molloy helped popularize the idea of “power dressing” when he wrote his bestseller, Dress for Success.

No one writes books like that anymore, mainly because office dress codes are too open, varied, and nuanced for anyone to dictate from a mountaintop how people should dress for work. In a 1986 article in The New York Times, titled “Admit It or Not, Dress Codes are a Fact of Life,” Molloy is quoted as saying: “people who wear gold chains won’t give their money to people who wear gold chains.” Yet, earlier this year, the top brass at Goldman Sachs told employees they were joining the Silicon Valley crowd by allowing its 36,000 employees to shed their suits.

For men who still like to wear tailored clothing, this provides a problem: how do you dress in a way that you want without standing out? When everyone else is in jeans and t-shirts, how do you wear a tailored jacket without having people regularly ask why you’re so dressed up?

The good news is that, according to social psychologists, we often overestimate how much others notice our actions and appearance. In a 2000 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, three researchers published the results from an experiment they conducted at Cornell University, where they made students wear an embarrassing Barry Manilow t-shirt and estimate how much they thought others noticed. On average, people predicted half the room could remember the embarrassing visage that graced their body. But, when surveyed, only about 25% of people did. Psychologists call this particular anxiety the “spotlight effect.” In other words, the spotlight effect makes you feel like there’s a spotlight on you because you’re self-obsessing. But ironically, others are too self-obsessed to notice you.

 


















 

Still, that doesn’t assuage most people’s fears, and many people still have to operate within the real constraints of workplace expectations. It’s impossible to say how anyone given person should solve this problem, but I particularly like Ben’s approach. Ben’s a lawyer in San Francisco, one of the most dressed-down cities in the United States (home to Levi’s and the hoodie-clad tech crowd). A few years ago, his office ditched traditional attire in favor of “Valley casual.” “Most men in my office wear jeans, sneakers, and collared shirts,” he says. “Of course, it’s a law office, so people wear suits and sport coats when they’re going to court, but I’m usually more dressed up than others.”

A lot of what Ben wears won’t be news to long-time readers of Put This On. To stay on the slightly more casual side of tailored, he wears sport coats with wool trousers, rather than dark worsted suits. Ben often forgoes the tie and wears slightly more casual shoes such as lace-up derbies. Instead of stark white dress shirts, he prefers light blue (solid or striped). His outfits are also reasonably subdued — there aren’t any wacky accessories, loud patterns, or unusual combinations. His trousers are typically mid-gray or tan; his jackets blue or brown.

For men who are just starting to wear tailored clothing, there’s always the temptation to make an outfit pop in some way, so they don’t look like the average corporate drone. But a lot of what’s unique about Ben’s clothes is the cut. The shoulders are soft and slightly sloping. His jackets have a bit of fullness across the shoulders and chest, while also tapering down to the waist. The quarters — the front part of the coat below the buttoning point — nicely sweep back without looking exaggerated. His collar points are also long enough to tuck underneath his lapels, and the overall proportions are well balanced. The clothes as a whole look stylish while also being professional enough for a conservative environment.

For client-facing work, Ben wears suits in navy birdseye, faint glen plaids, and open-weave tropical wools. His ensembles here are a bit more traditional — and perhaps easier to pull off in law, consulting, and financial sectors — but the combinations come together well because he has a good sense of taste. “I’ve built a tie collection that allows me to wear things with either suits or sport coats,” he says. “For suits, I mostly wear ties that are made from silk twill, Macclesfield print, or ancient madder. Wool challis and wool-cashmere ties go with suits or sport coats, pretty much only in the fall and winter. Chunkier wool ties or ones with a more casual pattern only get worn with sport coats. The same happens in spring-summer: linen, cotton, and shantung ties with sport coats, then conservative patterns with suits.”

I ask Ben if he gets comments about his clothes while at work, and if so, how does he deal with them. “I’m sure I stand out in the office,” he admits. “But I’m not particularly sensitive about whether people think I’m overdressed. I recognize there’s a social function to dress — I try to dress within the rules of my office, but I’m also aware that I’m a bit overdressed relative to the norms. Mostly, I just try to be nice and respectful of all of my coworkers. I hope that they’ll just accept that my deviations from the norms are eccentricity. I’m more concerned about whether my clothing is making other people uncomfortable, rather making me uncomfortable. Really, people only say anything when they think I look particularly nice. I otherwise don’t get a lot of comments about my clothes.”

 












Ben’s Suggestions for Building a Tailored Wardrobe

It’s easier for Ben to wear tailored clothing since he’s a lawyer, even if he’s in a casual city. You’ll have to find the boundaries at your office, but if you’re willing to be a little more dressed up than most, we also don’t think it’ll be the end of the world. You may get some comments at first, but people will get used to it — perhaps even appreciate it. If you’re looking to build a tailored wardrobe, here are Ben’s suggestions:

Get Seasonal Fabrics

“For spring-summer, I like sport coats in wool-silk-linen blends, which often have an interesting texture. Pure linen can also be great, as are open-weave tropical wools. Certain tropical wools, such as Fresco, can be used for BlazerSuits, where you have a dark suit that can also be used as a sport coat. For shirts, lightweight cotton and linen-blends are useful for hot days. I also like long-sleeved polos and popovers.

My fall-winter sport coats tend to be either tweed or a wool-cashmere blend. The tweeds are the real kind — prickly — but also come in the worsted variety that some people call faux tweed (a worsted fabric with a tweed check pattern). Trousers are usually flannel, cavalry twill, or a heavier worsted with texture. Shirts are brushed cotton flannel or oxford.

I’ll just confess to having a lot of pocket squares — they’re fun! — and so have some that are also seasonally split. The spring-summer ones tend to be more brightly colored and have warmer shades, which I find to complement the warmer and brighter colors of other spring-summer pieces.”

Keep Things Harmonious

“I try to keep things fairly conservative and harmonious. That generally means:

  • Varying the scale of the patterns when they’re close to each other, that way you don’t get a moiré effect.
  • Try to keep to two or three patterns, at most. Avoid four patterns unless you’re feeling really confident or the fourth pattern is extremely subtle.
  • Colors should complement each other and should be similar in terms of warmth and coolness. Although warmer and cooler colors can look great together in certain cases — use your eye.
  • Consider your textures and try to not mix things that are too similar. This works even for more formal combinations that involve a worsted business suit: the silk of the tie and a white linen square are different textures from the wool of the suit. But you could also wear a wool challis tie and a silk square and have a range of textures.

That said, try to make it interesting yourself and feel free to experiment if the situation allows it.”

Develop Your Eye

“Look at photos of people who are considered well-dressed. Find a system for saving images that appeal to you and return to those photos every once in a while. Eventually, even if you can’t articulate the reasons, you’ll begin to recognize more easily what you like and don’t.

At the same time, try stuff on. Try to find pieces that provide you with the silhouette and fit that you like seeing on others. Don’t buy too much at once, but don’t be afraid to try something, as long as you can truly afford it. If it doesn’t achieve what you want after you’ve worn it for a while, sell it or give it away. It’s a process of self-education in which you’re teaching yourself both to recognize what you like and discovering what’s available in the market that will make you look the way you like.”

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Our 14 Best Vintage Buys – Thrift Store Clothing & More

If you’re a regular reader of the Gentleman’s Gazette, I’m sure you’re aware of how much we adore anything vintage related to menswear. We decided to share with you our top vintage items that are definitely worth every penny.

Vintage DB navy overcoat, brown corduroy, tan shoes, burnt orange and gray scarf from Fort Belvedere
DB navy overcoat, brown corduroy, tan shoes, burnt orange and gray scarf from Fort Belvedere

Overcoats

Raphael has a paletot, a double-breasted British warm, fur coats and all of them are vintage. They were really inexpensive and really warm and he was often complimented when he wore one of them. Preston echoes that sentiment, as well. He has two colors; one is a camel hair color, the other one is navy. He got them both in second-hand shops for a fraction of the price of what you would get for a new overcoat so they were both really steals. They’re both longer than typical overcoats you would find today and that keeps you warmer.

Vintage Rolex Watch
Vintage Rolex Watch

Watches

Vintage watches can be an excellent find but it comes with a caveat. You have to know what you’re looking for and also in terms of making sure that the watch can actually run, you can get it repaired if you go to a competent watchmaker but you have to consider several factors when buying a vintage watch. The number one thing most people underestimate is maintenance. Just having a watch cleaned costs you $ 250, at the minimum. If you go to the official Rolex dealer, it’s $ 700, maybe even over $ 1000. So if you buy this watch that is cheap but doesn’t run, it may end up costing you a lot just for repairs.

Sven Raphael's ring collection
Sven Raphael’s ring collection

Rings & Jewelry

Raphael loves rings while Preston, on the other hand, simply did not get in the habit of wearing them. As for cufflinks, you can find a lot of it, even on eBay. So if you know what to look for and the pictures are good, you can find all kinds of vintage jewelry for just a couple of dollars. The story and personality behind each vintage jewelry make it all the more interesting. Plus, It’s going to cost you a fraction of what you would pay for a brand new one.

China & Silverware

First of all, most people don’t want to have it anymore and rather than eating out of plain IKEA plates, it’s nice to have beautiful China. They are rather inexpensive; you can get gold plated edges for the price of an IKEA plate or even less. Having statement pieces like that is not only fun; if you happen to have company, you can actually break out some awesome vintage China that you’ve got and your guests are going to think it’s that much more special too. You don’t have to go for those earlier Victorian styles; there are those with a mid-century modern feel as well.

Vintage Ties
Vintage Ties

Ties

Preston got a few of his vintage ties with micropatterns from Goodwill for only a dollar or two. Luckily, for him, his relatives and friends had some great vintage ties that were given to him. So, if you know who to talk to, you can get them for free! Raphael got most of his ties from Goodwill and he used them for inspiration to design Fort Belvedere ties. One little tip here, just pay attention, oftentimes, they’re stained or they have moth holes. If you go to a vintage store, they charge you $ 20 for a tie and sometimes, that’s not worth it because the thread is coming apart. So definitely make sure to inspect it. Also, tie it because vintage ties are often a lot shorter so they may not work for you.

Vintage waistcoat
Vintage waistcoat

Waistcoats/Vests

Especially in England, you find them a lot. What’s great with odd vests is that you could probably get them resized fairly easily, you don’t even have to worry about sleeve length which is a big plus! They usually have adjusters in the back so you can easily put them on. You just have to cover your waistband, basically, and they’re just a great way to change the look of your suit or your sport coats and some people even wear them without a jacket.

A traditional Chesterfield in a modern space
A traditional Chesterfield in a modern space

Furniture

A lot of the furniture that Raphael and his wife got is vintage or semi-vintage. They bought a Chesterfield sofa from Craigslist from Phoenix and had it shipped over and at the end, it cost them 15% of what a new sofa would have cost in the area. So not only was it a bargain but it actually fit better into the style of their home decor. The same is true for rugs. A lot of people now don’t like rugs and you can find some patterns at IKEA or like Big Box stores but there are really cool Persian rugs, sometimes for $ 300. They help dampen the sound, keep your room easier to walk on, the temperatures more comfortable, and overall, they can look good if it’s part of your style.

Decor & Lighting

Raphael is also fond of vintage paintings, lightings, and chandeliers. A gilded bronze chandelier, which sells for a few hundred dollars, will stand the test of time while a cheap light from Home Depot, will cost you the same but it’s made of a composite material that will just age very poorly.

Antique show in Brimfield
Antique show in Brimfield

Brimfield Flea Market Finds

If you are into vintage at all, the best place to go to is a flea market called Brimfield in Massachusetts. It is ginormous! There are hundreds of vendors. Raphael went there with his wife for a whole week and they would go every day and still didn’t manage to cover the entire market. You can find super cheap stuff, super expensive stuff, very unique stuff, clothes, jewelry tweed jackets, and it’s just overall a fantastic experience.

Vintage Hats
Vintage Hats

Hats

A great thing about vintage hats is the quality of the felt and they have a lot more colors. Hat bands can easily be replaced with your color of choice if you know a local hatter. By doing so, it changes the look of your hat entirely. The other thing to consider is most of them have these leather sweatbands inside. You could always exchange them and put in new ones. If you want that 1930s Fedora style, on eBay, that can be really pricey because that’s super popular. Other hats, on the other hand, are a lot less.

Just so long as you can pay attention to the pictures if you’re shopping online or just doing a thorough check if it’s in person, make sure that it’s in good condition and you’ll get a lot of use out of it. If you go with a bowler hat or a top hat, you have to try them on because they’re in a stiff shape so if the hat is size 60 or 7 1/2 and that’s what you usually have, it may still not fit and you get a really bad headache if you wear them because they just push on your brain.

Vintage English madder silk bow tieVintage English madder silk bow tie
Vintage English madder silk bow tie

Bow Ties & Pocket Squares

Raphael is also a fan of vintage bow ties and pocket squares. He once went to an Estate sale in Minneapolis and he stumbled upon a rich collection of bow ties from Paul Stewart that were printed in England. If you go to Google Maps or just look elsewhere, even word-of-mouth, find some of those little hole-in-the-wall establishments that you might not normally look for, they might have some great finds especially if they’ve got something like a bargain basement.

full canvas vintage rowing blazer made in England with red knit tie by Fort Belvedere
full canvas vintage rowing blazer made in England with red knit tie by Fort Belvedere

Jackets & Suits

A vintage suit often has interesting details, silhouettes, styling, and on top of that, it has the advantage of a heavier fabric that just drapes better more naturally so even if it doesn’t fit 100%, it looks very neat. They are usually made of hard-wearing fabrics compared to the modern suits produced today. So if you are a fan of thin and flimsy suits, maybe vintage is not ideal for you.

Preston in Warm Weather Black Tie
Preston in Warm Weather Black Tie

Evening Wear

Back in the day, people had more use for those garments so you see a greater variety of tuxedos, dinner jackets, and tailcoats.

What do you think of our selection? Share with us your favorite vintage items in the comments section below!


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David Beckham’s new Stone Roses clothing range includes T-shirts costing ten times more than near-identical designs

DAVID Beckham’s new clothing range includes items costing ten times that of near-identical clobber.

We revealed in January how prices in his fashion designer wife Victoria’s new range had been hugely hiked over similar products.

Footie legend David Beckham has been slammed over his super-expensive Stone Roses T-shirts

Her former England football captain husband, 43, also launched his own fashion collaboration yesterday with the Stone Roses.

It includes several £95 T-shirts with the band’s cover artwork on the front, including their single Waterfall.

However retailers are flogging near-exact designs at 1,000 per cent cheaper, with some £9.95 on Amazon.

Other designs in the collaboration with Kent and Curwen — of which Beckham is a business partner — include a £75 Stone Roses hat, £155 sweatshirt and £450 jacket.

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The enormous mark-up was justified, according to Beckham, because they feature Kent and Curwen’s logo.

It comes after a Reebok collaboration with ex-Spice Girl Victoria, 44, included a pair of jogging bottoms costing £219. A similar pair from the sportswear brand costs £21.48.

Also in her collection, £99.95 was the price for a beanie hat – with Victoria and Reebok’s new logo emblazoned on the front – while a plain white T-shirt retailed at £63.


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Why It Doesn’t Seem To Matter That Amazon Will Soon Be The Largest American Clothing Retailer

Amazon, the all-seeing eye atop the pyramid of modern American capitalism, made a lot of news last year as it prepared to take over the top spot in American clothing retail. Hands were wrung on behalf of brick-and-mortar shops (that is, stores with physical retail locations) everywhere. It seemed logical that what Amazon had once done to book retail, and arguably in many other categories, it was doing again with clothing — that is, put nearly everyone out of business.

And Amazon’s business model indeed seems to spell trouble for many traditional clothing stores. Choices as far as you can scroll; an effectively limitless stock room; free 2-day shipping. Low prices, in part due to economies of scale. Instant, accessible ratings and reviews for products from other shoppers (because we trust them as much as our own friends).

The knee-jerk defenses of traditional clothing retail sound familiar. Online, you can’t replicate the experience of browsing casually through a shop and finding something rad via serendipity. Online, no sales associate can provide expertise or guide you to something you might like. Online, you’re not shopping. You’re just buying.

And it seems to be true that people are more comfortable buying from large online stores than most people expected a decade ago. On a recent episode of Jeremy Kirkland’s podcast Blamo!, Mr. Porter Managing Director Toby Bateman said that even in 2010, “There was a perception that guys were never going to do that [buy luxury clothing online], they needed to touch things, they needed to try things on.” Mr. Porter’s parent company, Yoox/Net a Porter, has grown sales annually and was taken over by luxury group Richemont in 2018.

And there’s the rub, really. Amazon isn’t coming for your favorite menswear shop (although Mr. Porter might be). Amazon’s top selling items in apparel are underwear and socks — the fashion equivalent of commodities. Amazon seems to be soaking up the sales of everyday goods lost by stores that were already losing, and where you, likely, don’t shop much, even if much of America does: for years, the top clothing retailers have been Macy’s and Walmart.

Plus, some of those benefits that bring shoppers to Amazon? They’re hollow. Amazon’s search results are often a disastrous list of not-quite-what-you’re-looking-for. Many products on the site are sold by third-party sellers that don’t necessarily have the capacity or logistical mastery of Amazon proper. Amazon’s customer reviews remain polluted with bogus content.

And their prices can be good, but are variable, and in some cases go up when a product is scarce — it’s always worth looking around. Lastly, unlike a place like Mr. Porter, Amazon doesn’t have a brand — it’s an infinite, crowded bazaar where weirdly specific print tshirts sit on the rack next to (used?) $ 5,000 Kiton suits.

It’s a tech truism that markets are disrupted when someone figures out how to remove friction from the customer experience — make it easier to get a ride, for example. Or maybe remove the need to actually interact with a sales associate. But for now, Amazon’s clothing market has too many friction points to attract customers who care much about what they’re buying.

 

 

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According to Justin Bieber, the kids are, like, all right, I guess.

At 24 years-old, the Canadian singer has joined the ranks of performers like Kanye West, Rihanna, and Beyoncé, who all founded clothing lines.

Bieber’s take is called Drew House, and it dropped yesterday after months of hype and promotion on his own Instagram account. The first collection includes sweatshirts, t-shirts, corduroy pants, and a few button-ups, almost exclusively in varying shades of beige.

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Clothing Crease Tolerance Levels

My tolerance for creases is low. My style moniker is Urban Polish, and I take the polish part to heart. Outfit polish means different things to different people, but to me it’s about wearing great-fitting and well-pressed clothing that looks pristine. 

Compared to many of my friends, family and clients, my intolerance for outfit creases is extreme. Here are the lengths I go to prevent them. 

  • I re-press clean, folded wardrobe items if they look creased before wearing them.
  • I re-press a wardrobe item that I’ve worn already but can be worn again before it goes into the laundry.
  • I press all my clean jeans and flannel pyjamas after they’ve air-dried.
  • I press many of the items that come out of a suitcase wrinkled when I travel.
  • I repress a jacket or coat if it’s creased but doesn’t need a dry clean yet.
  • I send items to eco-friendly cleaners, where they are beautifully pressed. I take the items off the wire hangers and use our hangers so that they stay wrinkle-free.
  • I don’t overpack my storage spaces for wardrobe items. That way items have enough room to breathe and don’t get creased by being squashed into a too small a space.

Yes, I haul out the iron and ironing board frequently. Although I don’t enjoy ironing, being crease-free adds to the happiness factor of an outfit, and makes it worth the effort. I relax into the process and simply make ironing part of my dressing ritual.

Most importantly, I check how crease-resistant an item is BEFORE I purchase it. There is no point in going to the effort of being crease-free at the start of the day if I’m going to be a wrinkled war zone in half an hour. I scrunch the fabric of items on hangers before I commit to buying them to test how wrinkle-resistant they are. I do sit-down tests at home, wave my arms around, bend my elbows and knees, and look at how the fabric of the items handle movement. Items do not have to be completely wrinkle-free, but the fewer creases I can prevent upfront, the better.

100% Linen, viscose, rayon, and all sorts of cottons and wools are the worse crease offenders. That’s why I’m not opposed to fabric blends that make natural fibres more wrinkle-resistant and robust. That said, I do have some 100% cotton, wool and rayon items that stay fairly crease-free throughout the day.

This brings me to my four-year-old toffee-toned Club Monaco trench coat. It fits like a dream and is beautifully made. The fabric is luxe and feels good on the body. It looks pristine and professional at the start of the day after I’ve given it a press, but wrinkles a lot during the day. I can’t wear it twice without a press in between. It’s a high-maintenance trench coat, and that’s why I don’t travel with it, or wear it too often. But I can’t pass it on just yet because it’s gorgeous. Ideally, it needs to go to a new owner who is more tolerant of creases than I am.

I have clients and friends with a very high tolerance for wrinkles. In fact, some don’t even notice them. Many never iron or steam anything, and creases don’t bother them at all. Or the creases bother them, but not enough to haul out the iron or steamer. Some press items after they’ve been laundered and leave it at that. And others are as extreme as I am, freshly pressing many items before wearing them.

There is no right or wrong way to feel about clothing creases. It is simply a personal preference. What is your crease-tolerance level for clothing, and how do you manage it?

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Mahnal is a collection of delicate and contemporary jewelry that accents the natural elegance of a woman. Mahnal takes inspiration from the places we find most meditative, exploring themes like silhouettes in nature, the repetition of lines in architecture, or how light plays against texture. Hopefully, with each piece’s organic imperfections, we’re inspired to slow down and feel again. (from the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Butler, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)


Tradition

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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Rep your HBCU with apparel from Tradition, a collegiate and lifestyle brand.


828 Clothing

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

828 Clothing is a clothing line with a name inspired by the Romans 8:28 Bible verse. The line features versatile styles with the modern mother in mind.


Naja

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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The Nude for all Collection by Naja is redefining the color nude for all races and ethnicities. The lingerie line features three styles of seamless underwear with a matching bra; underwear sizing from XS-XXL and bra sizing in 32-40 with cups A-DDD–all in seven shades of nude. Nude for All is also a movement that empowers women; the products are made by single mothers or women heads of households.


Off-White

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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Designer Virgil Abloh’s “Off-White” label has been named as the “Hottest Brand on the Planet” by The Lyst Index, a quarterly ranking of popular fashion brands and products. Off-White is known for its extremely expensive T-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers. It’s also noted for placing signature quotes on its clothes. The brand is often flaunted by celebrities like Rihanna, A$ AP Rocky, and Julia Roberts. 


Treason Toting Co.

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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This Baltimore-based company’s products has caught the attention of NBA star Stephen Curry, who was seen wearing the Charles backpack from the original spring/summer collection, not to mention J. Crew and Nordstrom both having previously featured Treason Toting Co. for pop-up shops.










LaQuan Smith

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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At just 29 years old, designer LaQuan Smith is making waves in the fashion industry. The native New Yorker is responsible for the sleek, body-hugging dress that Beyoncé wore as she presented Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at Sports Illustrated’s Person of the Year Awards in December. Smith’s signature sexy, show-stopping pieces have also been flaunted by fashion trailblazers such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian West.


Pyer Moss

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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Kerby Jean-Raymond, the founder of the Pyer Moss label, is renowned for using fashion as a fierce weapon of force to address and combat social injustice








Lyfestyle 

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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Born in Brooklyn, Lyfestyle captures the essence of New York City urban art, style, and flavor. The brand was birthed from the imaginations of four friends who loved the lavish fashion on Fifth Avenue but were limited to shopping on a SoHo budget


Abdju Wear

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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Abdju Wear is a clothing line that sports high-end clothes and sneakers at affordable prices. The brand offers everything from polo-style shirts to high-top sneakers in traditional Pan-African flag colors.


Sassy Jones Boutique

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Custom Bags (Image: Sassy Jones Boutique)

Sassy Jones Boutique’s inventory consists of everything from earrings to bracelets, handbags, and much more, all customized, unique, and stylized. The boutique has also expanded its glamorous repertoire by introducing an ultra-luxurious mosaic handbag collection under $ 100. Exclusive to Sassy Jones Boutique, these bags are hand-crafted by women artisans in India.

 














Made Leather Co.

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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In November 2016, Lenise Williams, an Atlanta-based mom, entrepreneur, and attorney traveled to Marrakech, Morocco, as a guest speaker for a United Nations conference. Little did she know, she would turn her newfound love of Moroccan leather goods into the Made Leather Co., a product-based business that would leave a legacy for her children and attract the attention of several NFL players.


Agbara Life

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

Agbara Life

Agbara Life creates highly functional and fashionable powered backpacks that feature a sleek matte black look complemented with gold or silver hardware and triple USB output power to keep you connected while on the go. Their Type-C with Power Delivery option allows you to charge the latest phones and laptops including the MacBook Pro.


Mo’s Bows 

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

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Mo’s Bows is a line of handcrafted bow ties sewn from scratch created by teen-aged entrepreneur Moziah Bridges.




Curvy, Curly, Conscious 

These whimsical holiday sweaters feature a meditating “Santa Bae” and a meditating “Santa Zaddy.” Order them online.


The Hairbrella

Hairbrella

The Hairbrella is an innovative way to protect hair and makeup from getting ruined in inclement weather. Think of a rain hat for your hair, but the company stresses that “this is not your Grandma’s hair bonnet”






No Sweat Liner for Headwear 

The No Sweat Liners are disposable moisture wicking liners that stick inside any hat, visor, helmet or hard hat. The patented SweatLock technology offers sweat protection from sweat marks, yellow stains, and odors.

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

The No Sweat Liners are disposable moisture wicking liners that stick inside any hat, visor, helmet or hard hat. The patented SweatLock technology offers sweat protection from sweat marks, yellow stains, and odors.


Blended Designs 

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Blended Designs offers backpacks and travel backs celebrating the culture.

 


Vertical Activewear

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Vertical Activewear is “a contemporary, multi-active lifestyle brand for both traditional AND alternative workouts, such as pole and dance fitness, barre, and various forms of yoga.”


SLAPS by Grace Eleyae

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Keep your hair game tight with this assortment of stylish, yet protective, satin head wear.

 














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Which Clothing Tags Do You Remove?

I just got a McQueen scarf from Yoox on deep discount (pictured), and when it arrived I had the usual “ugh, tag” reaction. On really fine fabrics, trying to remove the clothing label can sometimes feel like a game of Operation! So, inspired by that thought, here’s today’s topic: What clothing labels do you remove? Which ones do you leave on even though you know you should remove them? On a related note, are there any clothing brands you specifically hate the tags or clothing labels of — or buy them because you prefer their clothing labels?

For my own $ .02:

What Clothing Labels You Should Remove

I’ve always heard that you should remove the labels on scarves (certainly the care labels, and possibly the brand label like the one pictured) but that you could choose to keep the label affixed and just fold the scarf so the tag is hidden.

Remove the label that comes on the sleeve of your winter coat. (Here’s a fabulous stock photo example of the winter coat sleeve label, which I wasn’t willing to pay $ 175 to use to illustrate this post!) 

On a related note, as we’ve noted in the past, you should rip any vents that are sewn shut with an X (such as on blazers or skirts), and you may also find it easy to rip the pockets for pants and blazers that are sewn shut. (If you can see the lining of the pocket on the inside of the pant or blazer but can’t access it, that’s an indication that it’s meant to be ripped.)

Brands with Itchy Clothing Labels

Personally, I don’t have an issue with itchy clothing labels, but I’ve started noticing them because one of my sons is sometimes sensitive to them. I also remember that one of the female partners I worked with at my firm always wore Hermès scarves along her blazers in large part because she found the blazer collars to be itchy. So I’m curious to see what people say! In general, the places we find eczema-friendly clothing for kids tend to have friendly tags — for example, H&M Conscious and Hanna Andersson — and I’ve found Eileen Fisher clothing to have pretty comfort-friendly labels.

Readers, over to you: What clothing labels do you always remove? Do you ever find clothing labels to be itchy or annoying — and if so, do you avoid that brand in the future? 

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Ezra Miller’s Puffer Coat Dress Shows How Exciting Gender-Neutral Clothing Can Be

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From the moment Ezra Miller stepped onto the red carpet for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald last week, the actor’s Moncler puffer jacket became a sartorial Rorschach test.

Some said Miller’s ribbed black cocoon turned him into a human sex toy. Dr. Who fans saw a dapper Dalek in Miller. A case could be made for Miller looking like robot actor at a fitting for a futuristic production of Henry VIII. Or even a slightly styled-up Handmaid.

One tweet perhaps summed it up best: “Ezra Miller dressed like a sassy sleeping bag last night & somehow managed to pull it off.”

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How to Get a Deal at Discount Clothing Stores Like T.J.Maxx, Nordstrom Rack and More

I was perusing Nordstrom Rack and T.J.Maxx recently for the first time in a long time, and I was thinking to myself that when you’re shopping in the stores — particularly discount stores — there are a separate set of rules than if you’re shopping online, to be sure, but also if you’re hunting in […]
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