How Many Dress Shirts Does a Man Need?

Have you ever wondered how many dress shirts you must have to have a complete classic style wardrobe?

If you’re a follower of the Gentleman’s Gazette, you may have come across the guides about 10 dress shirts every man should invest in but if you’re looking into building a timeless classic man’s wardrobe, ten is just the start.

To answer the question right from the get-go, how many dress shirts do you need? The answer is it depends. Let’s break it down. Personally, I have about 60 to 70 dress shirts; sometimes I add, some sometimes I’ll retire some, but overall, that’s the number. Personally, I don’t consider it to be too much for a number of reasons.

A selection of dress shirts

A selection of dress shirts

1. Dress Shirts Are The Backbone Of My Wardrobe.

I hardly ever wear undershirts and so it’s always something that protects my jackets and my outer garments from my body fluids. With the exception of going to the gym or maybe mowing the lawn, I usually wear dress shirts or maybe a polo shirt when it’s really hot and I’m in a very casual setting. So for me, a dress shirt is truly an everyday piece of my attire.

A few of Sven Raphael's striped dress shirts

A few of Sven Raphael’s striped dress shirts

2. Dress Shirts Come In Endless Variations.

Yes, you may have one white shirt but then there are different weaves, weights, patterns, collar shapes, cuff shapes, fits, and so it’s not difficult for me to always come up with a new shirt that’s different than any other that I’ve had so far.

Striped green and white dress shirt with micropattern tie from Fort Belvedere

Striped green and white dress shirt with micropattern tie from Fort Belvedere

3. Dress Shirts Provide Personality.

I actively try to incorporate different colors into my overall outfits. So rather than going with that white shirt, I maybe go with an off-white or a light pale yellow.

A blue dress shirt with purple paisley tie from Fort Belvedere

A blue dress shirt with a purple paisley tie from Fort Belvedere

4. Dress Shirts Are An Investment.

I still have shirts in my wardrobe that are more than ten years old and I still have them in my rotation. Of course, the more shirts you have, the fewer you wear the individual ones, the longer they will overall last.

The oldest shirts I have in my wardrobe today I bought used from a gentleman who was a realtor and about to retire, he had my height and he had all of his shirts made at Siniscalchi in Milano and it’s a bespoke shirt maker that is very expensive. Shirts usually go for around five to six hundred euros and he was just handing them to me at bargain prices and they all had very cool fabrics, very unusual styles. It’s not something I would suggest you invest in when you’re just building a shirt wardrobe but it’s definitely something you can add once you have all the basics covered. If you take care of your shirts properly, they should last you a long time.

Siniscalchi in Milano bespoke dress shirt

Siniscalchi in Milano bespoke dress shirt

If you have shirts made for you, it may be a good idea to invest in separate collars and cuffs because that’s what usually wears out the first and so you can just exchange that and still enjoy that shirt. Now, some of the old Siniscalchi shirts I have are just starting to fray around the edges on the collar and the cuffs and since I do not have any excess fabric, I could turn them into Winchester shirts meaning I use contrasting white collars and cuffs, that way, I could still enjoy wearing the overall shirt without having to just buy an entirely new shirt.

Francesco Barberis Canonico

Francesco Barberis Canonico

The other option would be to simply wear them as they are and for example, Francesco Barberis Canonico is someone who could afford a new shirt but he deliberately chooses to wear really worn down shirts and if you take a closer look, you can always see that his shirts are heavily frayed and you can see the interlining and white sometimes popping out from underneath but just like having all the rugs in your home with signs of wear, it’s kind of a very British attitude and he just goes with it and it suits his style. I’m not saying this is something that you should practice and it requires a certain style in order to pull it off. More often than not, people would probably think of you as frumpy or not well taken care of if you have a meticulous wardrobe with fraying shirts.

5. I Like To Change My Shirt Wardrobe With The Seasons.

In the winter, I wear heavier oxfords or heavier twill shirts, sometimes they have a little flannel texture, just so I’m warmer and more comfortable. In the summer, I wear very lightweight fabrics with an open weave that help my skin to breathe and keep me cooler.

Open weave shirt fabric, ideal for summer

Open weave shirt fabric, ideal for summer

Of course, during the in-between seasons, you can wear medium weight fabrics and ultimately, you have to analyze where you live. If you live in a climate like I do where you have very hot summers and very cold winters, you need different shirts than if you live let’s say in Sri Lanka where it’s hot all year round.

Dry cleaning shirts is unnecessary

Dry cleaning shirts is unnecessary

6. I Am Not A Big Fan Of Dry Cleaning Dress Shirts.

Yes, it would be easier to do so but I have very good quality dress shirts and at a dry cleaner, they usually wash them not as gently and carefully as it can be done at home. Also, they’re usually not completely hand ironed but machine ironed and all of those things help to wear down your shirt prematurely.  

How Many Shirts Should You Invest In When You’re Starting Out & You’re Interested In A Classic Wardrobe?

I would say ten is the bare minimum.

The Basics

I think every man should invest in ten dress shirts if they have somewhat of a use for dress shirts on a regular basis. If you wear shirts to the office, ten is actually the bare minimum. I suggest having more like a three or four-week rotation which means 15 or 20 dress shirts. Of course, the bigger the rotation, the longer your shirts will last.

For the most part, the first ten shirts should be mostly white, off-white, or shades of blues.  Personally, I’m a big fan of pastel-colored shirts, light greens, or lavender, or yellow, but typically that’s something you should add on top of the ten basics.

A white French cuff dress shirt with mother of pearl buttons

A white French cuff dress shirt with mother of pearl buttons

If you don’t have to wear a dress shirt to work and you don’t like wearing dress shirts, I suggest you have at least three dress shirts that you can always rely on. One is a white dress shirt, ideally with French cuffs for cufflinks without a chest pocket and it’s something that you can wear for anything from a job interview, to a funeral, to a wedding, or any kind of other formal events.

If you don’t have cufflinks or you don’t want to invest money in them, go with a single barrel cuff which is also known as a button cuff. If you want to invest in cufflinks, I would suggest you get one pair in gold and one pair in silver in a very traditional style without any diamonds or colored stones. Personally, I would choose a monkey fist knot cufflink because they’re versatile, they’re classic, and it’s something you could wear with any kind of outfit.

Checked Shirt Fabric - Ideal for Business Casual

Checked Shirt Fabric – Ideal for Business Casual

Checked Shirts

Ideally, you get it with a button-down collar because it’s more casual and you don’t need to wear it with any form of neckwear and for that, you definitely want to have barrel cuffs or button cuffs and you can also have a chest pocket if you want.

Linen Jacket and denim shirt

Linen Jacket and denim shirt

Denim Shirts

It can really help to dress down other things, you don’t have to iron it, it’s something that is popular right now, and has been popular for the last few years. It’s soft, it’s hard wearing, and it’s something that works well in any wardrobe.  

The Sky Is The Limit For Menswear Enthusiasts

Obviously, that’s me! You can have just ten shirts that are all in white but they can have different cuff styles, collar styles, weaves, front plackets, buttons, and all those little details make the shirts different and suited for different occasions.

Butler Luxury Hanger in Whiskey

Butler Luxury Hanger in Whiskey

Of course, at this point, storage can be a challenge and basically, you can fold them and put them in drawers but I find that it takes up a lot of drawers and so I hang all of my shirts on specific shirt hangers that are not too wide so they don’t take up too much space in my wardrobe. Personally, I use the ones from Butler luxury which served me quite well.

A green suit combined with a pastel colored dress shirt with an orange shantung bow tie

A green suit combined with a pastel-colored dress shirt with an orange shantung bow tie and boutonniere from Fort Belvedere

So once you have all the basics covered, I suggest you go with pastel colors. Pastel pink, pastel lavender, green, you can have other shades that are combining those colors and just play with things. You can also add different kinds of patterns such as maybe a small houndstooth shirt, a horizontal striped shirt, or stripes in an unusual color.

Experiment With Different Shirt Details

Of course, you can also experiment with different fabrics and different weights, as well as finishes and on top of that, playing with a collar shape is probably the detail that has the biggest impact because it defines the V shapes and the triangles that lead to your face.

Play With The Different Options You Have

First of all, it’s the height of your collar, then the spread of your collar, also how long you want the collar to be in the front, as well as how much tie space you want which really depends on what kind of tie knots you tie. If you have bigger tie knots such as the Windsor, you want more tie space, otherwise, you can get away with no tie space at all. Of course, you can also have club collars or create collars for collar pins with little pin holes in them just so you have exactly the right shirt for the right occasion.

Wearing a collar pin is something you should consider if you want the classic look

Wearing a collar pin is something you should consider if you want the classic look

I also urge you to experiment with pleats in the back or if you have little grinze patterns, you can have shirts that have a higher degree of handwork, you can have shirts with different buttons, you can experiment with shirts from different shirt makers. Over time, you probably create some preferences for certain kinds of shirts for certain occasions and it’s just a joy to experiment and try new things.

If you attend evening events regularly, you also may want to invest in different kinds of evening shirts. Some could have wide pleated fronts or slim pleated fronts. You could have different kinds of Marcella inserts, you can have starched shirts, and it’s just interesting and with black tie, there’s not a whole lot variety in what you can do so changing up the shirt detail has a much bigger impact than it would on let’s say a business suit.

CONCLUSION

Overall, just like with anything else in your wardrobe, it really depends on your needs and what you want, however, once you know what you’re going for, it pays to start out with the basics that give you the most use for your purpose which means the lowest cost per wear.

In general, that means staying away from super flashy or unusual things and it means that you leave them behind even though they may be really discounted on a super sale because even if you get the shirt at 90% off, it is kind of wasted if you just wear it twice in a period of 10 years.


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Porsha Williams Shares Maternity Photo Shoot With Tight Dress After Kenya Moore’s Sweet Note — Is It Too Much?

A glowing Porsha Williams took part in a maternity shoot, and she looked fantastic in a long tight black dress that showed off her baby bump.

The 37-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her boyfriend, Dennis McKinley, are expecting their first child together. Porsha accidentally revealed she is having a girl.

Kenya Moore congratulated Porsha with a simple message that read: “Congrats.”

Fans love the pictures, but a few have issues with the dress that might be too tight.

One person said: “The Truth shall set us free. I can’t remember the exact year 🤔 but when Porsha came on board as a RHOATL… She stated that HE dressed her as if she was a doll. #realtalk #sisterlove God has a way turning things around for his will and purpose. Happy that she has found Mista Right in a city that has more down low capital, just like San Francisco. So it is imperative that WE as woMan needs to be vigilant about the Who 😉 we ‘ give ‘ our body, mind and soul sis.”

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Knot Standard is partnering with the New York City Football Club to become the soccer team’s official provider of pre-game formal attire.
Starting on Sept. 8, prior to NYCFC’s home match against D.C. United, players and coaches will arrive at Yankee Stadium wearing custom suits, manufactured and tailored by the New York-based custom men’s wear brand.
John Ballay, chief executive officer and cofounder of Knot Standard, said, “There is a close connection between sports and fashion, especially in New York, and having NYCFC in our own backyard is the perfect opportunity to showcase soccer and style together.”

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Knot Standard worked with the team’s players and coaches on measurements and fabric selections that are customized but at the same time pay homage to the NYCFC colors and badges.
Ballay said, “The biggest and most compelling aspect of this partnership is that fans will get to see New York City Football Club players and coaches arrive to every home game wearing custom suits from Knot Standard.”
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THEY DO: Chiara Ferragni: Italian, blonde, influencer, entrepreneur, mother and, now, wife.
The personality behind The Blonde Salad digital platform and the Chiara Ferragni Collection footwear and accessories label married Italian singer Federico Lucia, better known as Fedez, in a civil ceremony in Noto, Sicily, on Saturday.
As reported, Ferragni’s wedding dress was specially designed by Dior’s artistic director of women’s collections Maria Grazia Chiuri, who also attended the ceremony.
The white Dior haute couture style featured a long-sleeved crochet lace top juxtaposed with a tulle skirt embellished with a thin ribbon belt. A long white veil and white, Dior sling-back pointy shoes completed the ensemble. Ferragni’s hair was styled in a simple updo while her makeup was kept natural to emphasize her blue eyes.

The groom opted for a Versace outfit, comprising a black suit and white shirt, with no tie but only golden Medusa cufflinks and a gold watch as accessories.
The six bridesmaids, who included Ferragni’s sisters Valentina and Francesca, donned sustainable custom-made Alberta Ferretti gowns. Offered in two variations, one featuring a deep V neckline and another with a sweetheart neckline, the pink silk georgette pleated style with lace inlays was developed in collaboration with Livia Firth’s brand consultancy Eco-Age, according to

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Meghan Markle showed up to a charitable West End performance of the hit musical Hamilton channeling the revered style legacy of her infamous mother-in-law. The Duchess of Sussex used the occasion to have a date night with her doting hubby.

She wore a short black tuxedo style sheath with classic black pumps finishing the look off with small gold hoop earrings and one of her signature clutch style purses.

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Business Attire Dress Code Explained

Generally, the dress code business attire also called business formal or boardroom attire is the most formal thing you will encounter in a professional office environment. Even if it’s an unspoken dress code, it can often be required in traditional white-collar environments.

If you know the business attire dress code, you’re always appropriately dressed for client meetings, network meetings, board meetings, or general office occasions. You can wear it if you have to attend the funeral or if you are in court.

The History Of Business Attire

The frock coat used to be the proper business attire

The frock coat used to be the proper business attire

Until a few decades ago, the only appropriate garment for the office used to be a suit, meaning a matching pair of pants and jacket out of the same fabric in a dark color. This was a solid, sometimes faint stripes, there was always a conservative suit with a white or light blue dress shirt and some form of neckwear such as a tie.

Morning Coat

Morning Coat

At the turn of the century, business attire was really only worn by the elite and the majority of the workers were blue-collar workers. In the very early days, a black frock coat was the proper business attire with black pants or cashmere striped pants and white shirts and dark neckwear. Later on, the morning coat became more popular and then that was followed by the lounge suit.

Popular work wear during the 20's-30's

Popular work wear during the 20’s-30’s

1920’s-1930’s

Suits, as we know them today, became more popular and the morning coat became outdated and was really only worn by very old gentlemen who were just stuck with their tradition. At that point in time, business suit fabrics were still quite heavy and offices were usually cooler which is why you would see many men wear a waistcoat, it just helped to keep them warmer.

The rise of the suit

The rise of the suit

Just like with any war, the conventions afterward were a lot more relaxed than before and that was also reflected in the office environment. So basically, that meant hats would slowly but surely disappear, the waistcoat would disappear, but you would still wear a dark suit, a necktie that was somewhat conservative, as well as black leather dress shoes.

Notice the lapel width

Notice the lapel width

1950’s – 1980’s

The styles changed, lapel widths changed, the width of the tie changed, but other than that, the basic core principles of dark suit, white or light blue shirt, conservative tie, and black leather dress shoes, remained the same. Think of the saying “No brown in town”, that indicated that brown shoes were never appropriate for the office.

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko

In the 80s and 90s, the power suit became popular; you’ve probably seen the movie Wall Street with Michael Douglas pulling off that style. Even though the power suit fell out of favor, afterwards, the core of the dress code business attire still holds true today.

In a nutshell, that means you wear a dark business suit, either a two-piece suit or a three-piece suit with a waistcoat. The shirt should be white or light blue or maybe a pastel color, it can be striped with a very small pattern, but overall, solids are preferable. You go with a conservative necktie either a dark red or dark blue, can be solid or a small pattern or stripes. You could either go with suspenders with a fishtail back or you can have a belt that matches the color of the shoes or you can just go without any of those two things and just have side adjusters on your trousers. It also means you have over the calf dress socks that don’t expose your hairy legs in the office and optionally, you can have a pocket square; it should have hand rolled edges and be folded in a TV fold. Now that’s just a broad overview, let’s dive a little deeper and define what all those things mean.

What Is A Dark Business Suit?

Ideal Colors

In terms of colors, that can be anything from navy to dark blue, charcoal, dark gray, medium gray, or light gray. The most classic form are just solid suits in one color, however, you can also have smaller micro patterns such as needle head or pinpoint.

Pinpoint suit and repp tie

Pinpoint suit and repp tie

They have two colors when you look at them up close but from afar, it looks like a uniform solid color. You can also go with a more textured fabric such as sharkskin or a hopsack.

Wearing an Alexander McQueen windowpane suit

Benedict Cumberbatch wearing an Alexander McQueen faint windowpane suit

If you want to go a little fancier, you can have a faint pinstripe or a chalk stripe, you can even go with a Prince of Wales check on a smaller scale and nothing with bold colored over plaids in pink. Another option would be a faint windowpane but again, less is more and it is a conservative business suit so when in doubt, always scale it down a notch.

Suit Styles

You can have two-piece suits or three-piece suits. If you have a two-piece suit that is single breasted, I suggest you go with a two-button jacket, you can also go with a three-row two or a simple single-breasted three-button jacket. Always opt for a notch lapel because that’s more traditional. I’d also opt for side vents, skip center vents because they’re meant for horseback riding. The side vents are much better, you can put your hands in your pocket and it doesn’t expose your bum.

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

SRS wearing a white collar office-appropriate attire combined with Fort Belvedere accessories

If you go with the double-breasted jackets, go with a six-button configuration where two are closed or maybe a four-button configuration where two are closed but avoid just a single row of buttons because that’s too fashion-forward for a traditional business attire dress code.

Suspenders Braces pants trousers with inward facing pleats and side adjusters

Inward facing pleats and side adjusters

For your pants or slacks or trousers, you can have a flat front, you can have a pleated front. Personally, I’m a big fan of inward pleats because it’s more comfortable to sit in them. Your pants can have cuffs or no cuffs; if you go without cuffs, some consider it to be a little more formal. The advantage of cuffs or turn-ups is that they add a little more weight which makes your trousers hang and drape nicely.

Even though combinations, let’s say between a blazer and a pair of chinos, are very acceptable in most offices today, it’s technically not appropriate to wear a combination when a dress code requires business attire.

A white French cuff dress shirt with mother of pearl buttons

A white French cuff dress shirt with mother of pearl buttons

Dress Shirts

In terms of dress shirts, ideally you want to opt for French cuffs for cufflinks and the majority should be white and light blue.

Accessories

For cufflinks, avoid any kind of diamond cufflinks or colored stone or anything flashy. Stay with simple traditional gold and silver cufflinks; not combined but either/or. I suggest going with knot cufflinks because they’ve been around for a long time, they’re not flashy yet they work with everything in your wardrobe from your tweed coat to your black tie ensemble.

With a pocket square, the white pocket square is a classic staple, you could also invest in some silk pocket squares in subtle patterns and more muted colors that pick up tones of your neckties.

A necktie is probably the only way to introduce different colors into your outfit so traditionally, most business ties are either blue or some form of red or burgundy. If you want to branch out, you can go with greenyellow, purple, or other shades. Again, this is your chance to shine. The traditional material for ties is silk, usually, they’re either printed or it could striped like a repp stripe for example, or it can be just a jacquard weave in a classic muted pattern such as a stripe in silver and black which is the most formal, or you could have maybe a small Prince of Wales check which is very business appropriate.

For your socks, you traditionally want to match them with your pair of pants. You can also add a little bit of contrast by pairing the color of your socks to the color of your tie. In this day and age, that is acceptable.

Shoes

Ace Marks Cap Toe Oxford Black Antique

Ace Marks Cap Toe Oxford Black Antique

The first shoe you should in invest in for business attire is the black cap toe oxford without any form of broguing; that means no hole perforations. It’s a classic staple, it always looks good. Once you have that, you can also invest in a quarter brogue oxford that means there’s just a little bit of perforation along the cap toe or you can have a half brogue where there’s a little more perforation. You can also go with a full black oxford wingtip and in my opinion, it’s a little too much and I prefer the quarter brogue and a half brogue but if you want to go for it, no problem.  If you have more voluminous feet, you may want to go with a derby shoe which is technically a little less formal but if it’s in black color and has a nice leather sole, it’s still perfectly acceptable.

Hand burnished captoe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

Hand burnished cap toe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

In terms of construction, most classic business shoes are either Goodyear welted or if they’re from Italy, they can be Blake rapid stitched. In general, Goodyear welted soles are a little thicker, they’re harder to break in but they also last for quite a long time. Italian shoes that are blake rapid stitch typically have a thinner sole.

While black is still the color of choice for business wear, you can also wear brown shoes. For dress code business attire, I would suggest you stick with darker shades of brown such as chocolate brown and you can also go with a dark oxblood color which can alternatively be worn with very casual outfits but also with business attire. Even though you can wear very light tan shoes in 95% of all offices today, I would stay clear of them if the dress code calls for business attire.

How To Stand Out Without Being Over The Top

Now as you can see, the dress code for business attire is rather strict and you may find it hard to stand out in a subtle sophisticated way. So in my experience, here are the good ways to stand out with business attire in a professional manner that isn’t garish or over-the-top.

Faint stripe suit dotted tie and white linen pocket square

Faint stripe suit dotted tie and white linen pocket square

1. Faint Striped Suits Over Solids

Instead of just a plain solid suit, you can choose to wear a suit with a faint stripe. It’s different, its unique, it’s appropriate for business attire. You can also add a matching waistcoat to make it more formal and more unique. Most business suits today are two-piece suits so adding that matching vest really elevates you from the crowd.

2. Make Your Accessories Count

Go with cufflinks, maybe go with a slightly darker stone. Brighter colors such as yellow obviously pop more than a dark navy. Alternatively, you can also play with a texture rather than a plain silk tie, you can go with a grenadine tie because it has a wonderful texture. In any case, you want to avoid super bright pink ties or bright orange ties because that’s garish and over-the-top. Instead, maybe opt for a dark purple maybe with a light Paisley on it or a bottle green tie with a micropattern.

Maybe you want to wear a pinstripe suit and add a knit tie to it. If you do that, go for a solid color that is maybe in the blue family because the texture itself is similar to grenadine but it’s a little stronger and it’s already some kind of a statement. Don’t go overboard and have a two-tone knit tie with your business attire.

Green Madder Silk Pocket Square with Turquoise,Orange and Yellow Large Paisley- Fort Belvedere

Green Madder Silk Pocket Square with Turquoise,Orange and Yellow Large Paisley- Fort Belvedere

You could also choose a subtle pocket square. The white linen pocket square is great but having maybe a silk pocket square or a silk wool one with a paisley pattern that picks up the color of your tie is a great addition.

 

 

Oxblood derby shoes with Grey Socks with Light Grey and Black Clocks in Cotton - Fort Belvedere with mustard yellow trousers

Oxblood derby shoes with Grey Socks with Light Grey and Black Clocks in Cotton – Fort Belvedere with mustard yellow trousers

3. Opt For Oxblood Shoes

When it comes to shoes I think oxblood shoes are very underrated because they’re very dark yet they have a really nice color depth. They work well with navy and gray suits and they’re just slightly different without being as bright as let’s say tan shoes. Adding a cordovan is a great way to stand out with business attire.

What makes your business attire ensemble? Share your outfit combos below!


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The Originals’ Claire Holt Marries Andrew Joblon: See Her Dress

The Originals star Claire Holt married fiancé Andrew Joblon on Saturday, August 18.

The Australian actress, 30, posted a photo of the newlyweds on Instagram on Sunday, August 19, confirming the happy news. The couple posed under an arch covered with pink roses in the romantic pic. The bride wore a strapless lace gown and held a gorgeous bouquet, while the groom wore a gray suit and white sneakers. The couple’s dog, Teddy, is also in the pic.

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Photographer Kelley Raye, who took the photo, also shared it on Instagram on Sunday, writing, “Yesterday with @claireholt and @ajoblon was amazing. Also can we all just take in Teddy’s ‘tuxedo’ for a minute?”

Joblon also shared a shot that showed him kissing his bride.

The Vampire Diaries alum announced her engagement to the real estate executive in December 2017, just eight months after splitting from her first husband, TV producer Matthew Kaplan. Holt and Kaplan tied the knot in April 2016 but he filed for divorce one day before their first wedding anniversary.

Holt revealed in March this year that she had suffered a miscarriage, writing in an emotional Instagram post, “I’ve never felt more broken in my life.”

She said she was sharing her story in the hope of letting other women know they aren’t alone.

“I could not have survived this without the unconditional love of my partner,” Holt added. “Despite his pain, he was my rock and my safety net. I will never know how to thank him.”

She and Joblon adopted Teddy, a rescue puppy, later that same month.

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First 10 Dress Shirts a Man Should Own

Dress shirts are one of the most important style basics in your wardrobe and most men have dress shirts but often, they don’t quite work with the rest of their  wardrobe and so over the years, I have had hundreds of dress shirts and I learned a thing or two, so if I would have to do it all over again, these are the first dress shirts I would start with.

While dress shirts form the foundation of a classic man’s wardrobe, they’re often overlooked in favor of suits, shoes, or accessories, however, if you get your first dress shirts wrong, it’s much harder to combine them with other things and you may not get the wear out of them. With these dress shirts, you’ll basically be equipped for all classic men’s style outfits yet you really cover just the basics so you don’t spend more money than you ultimately have to. Basically, there are always three main considerations; color, fabric, and shirt details.

Plain white dress shirt - simple and neat

Plain white dress shirt – simple and neat

1. Plain Weave White Solid Dress Shirt

I suggest going with a medium spread collar, as well as barrel cuffs because it allows you to wear it in more formal and less formal settings. It’s also something you can pair with jeans or denim, as well as with a very formal business suit. Opt for a medium weight fabric because it’s something you can wear year-round. If it’s too thin, it’s just appropriate for summer. If it’s too thick, you can only wear it during the colder months of the year and overall, you want something that’s as versatile as possible when you’re just starting out.

Personally, I’m a big fan of cufflinks and for that, you need a double cuff or a French cuff, however, I suggest not to opt for those in your very first shirt because it’s an additional expense and you’re just starting out, you’re better off investing money in your first shirt.

Placket comparison

Placket comparison

For a traditional placket, I suggest you get a French style which means there’s no additional piece of fabric; it is sewn underneath the buttons, it’s just a very neat seam. On top of that, I suggest you skip the pocket simply because a shirt pocket is really not meant to be used. That being said, a lot of off-the-rack shirts come with shirt pockets. I have a few shirts in my wardrobe that I got vintage or used that have shirt pockets but if I go custom and I have the option, I always skip the pocket.

Fancy weave dress shirt in white

Fancy weave dress shirt in white

2. Fancy Weave White Dress Shirt

Preferably with double cuffs or French cuffs. A shirt with a subtle waffle pattern weave makes it slightly different compared to a plain weave in the sense that if you look at it very closely and the light shines in a certain direction, you can see it has a pattern, however, from a few feet away or a few meters away, you think it’s a solid shirt with a nice depth of color. Again, skip the pocket and if you went with a French placket before, go with a shirt placket around this time simply so you have a range of different things in your wardrobe.

subtle waffle pattern

subtle waffle pattern

If you do not fancy the waffle pattern, you can go with a herringbone pattern

If you do not fancy the waffle pattern, you can go with a herringbone pattern

It just creates a more symmetrical look especially when you wear a bow tie. If you wear a necktie, it doesn’t matter because your shirt placket is covered up anyway. If you don’t want a waffle weave, a very popular pattern is a small herringbone pattern weave. Look for a very fine weave because that’s something that will stand the test of time. Again, for the collar, I would go with a classic medium spread collar because it suits every face shape, it works with tie knots, bow ties, or as an open collar.

A selection of light blue dress shirts in different shades

A selection of light blue dress shirts in different shades

3. Light Blue Dress Shirt

It should be made of a medium fabric, ideally, plain weave. Again, barrel cuffs, no pocket and French placket. If I say light blue, you’ll encounter probably 500 different shades of light blue and what you choose is ultimately up to you and your taste. I find a lighter shade of light blue that is more pastel in color is more versatile, especially in the beginning.

Light blue dress shirt

Light blue dress shirt

4. Another Shade Of Light Blue

You can go darker, you can go lighter, just make sure it’s different. For the fabric itself, I suggest getting something in a twill weave because it’s a new small weave pattern that you don’t already have and it’s a very classic thing, it is hard wearing, and it’s particularly good in a slightly heavier fabric for winter because you want to have a variety of shirts in your wardrobe. Of course, if you live in a place where it’s always cold, you should get shirts that are heavier.

You can also opt for a twill weave

You can also opt for a twill weave

If you live in a tropical climate, only get shirts that are lighter in weight. I’ll suggest going with double cuffs and if you want to experiment with a collar here, you can do so. Maybe you get a slightly larger collar, not a small collar, and make sure overall, it’s just something that works out well for you. If your other light blue shirt has barrel cuffs or button cuffs, opt for a French cuff just to give you more versatility.

An ivory shirt works well for brown toned jackets

An ivory shirt works well for brown toned jackets

5. Ivory Dress Shirt

It should be distinctly different from white if you hold them next to each other, however, it’s so close to white on its own that most people would never realize you’re not wearing a plain white dress shirt. Plain white works really best with dark colors; it could be a dark green, dark blue, dark charcoal, or black, however, when you pair it with warmer colors such as brown, all of a sudden, the white just looks wrong.

It’s especially true if you pair a white dress shirt with tweed, the contrast is too stark and it doesn’t work as well. This is when the ivory shirt really shines, it’s super versatile because you can wear it with a business suit in charcoal or a navy but you can also wear it with much warmer tones or summer suits and it will always look more appropriate than the plain white shirt.

In terms of details, the choice here is really up to you. If you wear more cufflinks, go with a French cuff. If you don’t have cufflinks, go with a barrel cuff. If you already got the basics covered, the ivory shirt is just a shirt that I would bring when I travel and because of that, I would probably get it in a barrel cuff because that would allow me to wear it with more casual outfits, as well as formal business suits.

Light blue stripes on a white background

Light blue stripes on a white background

6. Blue Striped Shirt On A White Background

The size of the blue stripe is up to you. I’d stay away from extremely fine ones or extremely bold ones, go with something in the middle down the line because that will work well with all kinds of solid suits. It adds another pattern and you can then either go with a solid tie or have a patterned tie as well. Something that works particularly well are small Macclesfield neats micropatterns.

A few of Sven Raphael's striped dress shirts

A few of Sven Raphael’s striped dress shirts

7. White Striped Shirt On A Blue Background

Ideally, the stripe should be different from what you already had so I’d suggest going more with a finer stripe rather than with a bolder stripe because you want it to be super versatile. Again, a finer stripe will look more like a solid from afar but it will add a different color depth; it works well from close-up because even if you have a pattern, let’s say a stripe and a tie, the stripe is so fine that it works really well together.

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

8. Checked Dress Shirt

It can either be a light blue check on a white background or you can maybe go with a red and blue check on a white background. It just adds an additional color to your shirt wardrobe plus red and blue are staples in a classic man’s wardrobe so you’ll always be able to wear it, it never looks out of place, and it’ll look good with a blazer. If you wear it more casually, again, go with a button-down collar because it works well with checked shirts. I would also opt for the button cuffs because you will likely be wearing this kind of shirt more in a casual environment.

A beautiful OCBD by Turnbull and Asser

A beautiful OCBD by Turnbull and Asser

9. Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirt

It’s an American staple, it’s a very hard-wearing cloth. I’ll get it in a light blue color because the Oxford fabric has strands of different colors in white and blue so it gives a nice color effect in the light but you can also wear it with or without a suit when you work. It’s just a shirt that will stay in your wardrobe for a long time.

A denim shirt can look great if combined properly

A denim shirt can look great if combined properly

 

10. Soft Washed Denim Dress Shirt

Ten-fifteen years ago, it wasn’t really something that men would actually wear. In recent years, it has become so popular that men stock loads of them. In general, a soft washed denim dress shirt really tones down any kind of formal garment you have. So if you are only in a white-collar environment, it may not be the ideal thing for work but it’s definitely something you could off work. You can always tone down your suits or basically any kind of outfit with this kind of soft washed denim shirt. I know one could argue that is a fairly recent invention and it may not stand the test of time and while you were right about that, with the general casualization of men’s wardrobe, I’m pretty sure it’ll still be around in 10 years, we’ll see.

Do you have all these dress shirts in your closet? If not, what are your dress shirt essentials?


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Outfit Formula: Fit & Flare Dress and Flat Mules

This outfit formula showcases strategy #8 for lengthening the leg line with flats, which is to wear dresses with waist definition. This styling strategy is especially effective with knee-length and midi dresses, where the hemlines are longer and the tendency to feel short-legged is greater. 

The narrowing of the silhouette at the natural waist visually raises the length of the leg line from the hips upward making your legs go on for miles in flats. The definition at the waist creates outfit structure, adding a streamlined effect.

Fit-and-flare dresses are frocks with fitted torsos that flare out on the lower half of the body. The volume of the flare varies from gentle to extreme. Here are four fit-and-flare dresses worn with a very specific style of flat called a mule (a slip-on shoe with a closed front and open back).

1. Low-Contrast Mules

Here’s a Modern Classic and Retro fit-and-flare frock in a bright, high-contrasting colour. Its midi length is elegant. You might think it’s begging for heels, but I think it’s begging for dressy flats, and was thrilled to see it styled that way. A flat mule is dressier than a flat sandal which suits the vibe of the dress, AND is the more fashionable and trendy choice. Here it’s been styled with flat white mules which are low contrast to the model’s skin tone thereby making her lower leg look longer. I LOVE how the classic dress has been made to look very 2018 with this choice of footwear. The white mules can be complemented with a white bag, jewellery, or eyewear.

1901 Midi Shirtdress

2. High-Contrast Mules

The lovely gothic and boho midi fit-and-flare has a harder edge to it because of all the black. Here it has been combined with black mules, which are high contrast to the model’s skin tone. Waist definition draws the eye upward from the hips thereby lengthening the leg line, which offsets the high-contrast effect of the flat mules.

Generally high-contrast mules shorten the leg line, but in this case it works because there is a lot of black in the dress. The black is further complemented by the bag. 

Anthropologie Tempest Laced Dress

3. Column of Colour

This is an example where the dress and mules are a similar colour and BOTH are low contrast to the model’s skin tone. The tonal effect creates an elongating column of colour where the leg line is lengthened by default.

LOQ Carmen Suede Mules

4. Raised Hemline and High-Contrast Mules

Raising the hemline of the dress — even just a couple of inches — increases the length of the lower leg. The definition at the waist of the dress increases the length of the legs from the thighs upward. Both lengthening strategies temper the shortening effect of the high-contrast snakeskin mules. The dark bits in the pattern of the mules have the added advantage of bookending the hair of the model, which pulls the look together.

Banana Republic Wrap Effect Wool-Blend Midi Dress

Fit-and-flare dresses are my favourite and I love wearing them at a midi length. The waist definition panders to my need for structure, while the voluminous bottom panders to my need for fun swoosh, elegance and practical movement. I’ve so enjoyed wearing them with flat white and patterned lemon mules this Summer. Here are my Summer fit-and-flares and the two pairs of mules I’ve paired with them. I finished off the outfits with white pearls, eyewear and either a matched or mismatched bag.

You might need a moment to adjust to the combination, so my suggestion is to just walk out the door and wear it. You’ll probably come back home a convert, because it’s easy, comfortable and fresh.

Anyone else enjoying fit-and-flare frocks worn with flat mules?

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The ideal recipe for a date night slay, this sassy number will play well with a classic black pump for a seamless look. You can even pair with a strappy sandal, clutch and bold red lip to seal the deal. No matter how you style this sheath, this show-stopping garment will take your evening style up a few notches.

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13 Most Over and Underrated Dress Shirts for Men

For many men, dress shirts are an essential part of their wardrobe. It’s probably one of the first things they put on in the morning before they go to work.

There’s an endless choice between colors, fits, collar styles, cuff styles, and lots of other details that you can and must choose. At the moment, I have about 100 dress shirts in my collection and over the years, I had many more. I sold them and got new ones and so I learned a thing or two about dress shirts.

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A Pink dress shirt must be worn with extra attention to details

To key to wearing pink is finding a shade that suits you

1. Pink Shirts

In my experience, pink shirts or a hit or miss. They can look well if you have a good tan and if the pink is quite light. They look really bad if it’s a strong pink and if you choose the wrong accessories. Most people don’t associate the color pink with masculinity and so if you wear that color, you definitely make a statement. In my experience, pink works against you and is overrated when the only purpose of wearing it is to get attention.

Eton dress shirt in pink

Eton dress shirt in pink

On the other hand, if you wear a very pale pink shirt because it’s part of the combination, it’s softer than a white shirt and it just shows that you’re comfortable with the way you wear it, then it can actually work in your favor. If you decide to wear pink shirts, try to stay with solid colors that are very pale, avoid bold pink stripes because that’s over-the-top in terms of color and pattern. Also, if you want to wear pink shirts, make sure to tone down the other items in your outfit specifically the accessories.

Avoid widespread Cutaway Shirt Collars

Avoid widespread Cutaway Shirt Collars

2. Extreme Cutaway Collars

These white collars have been quite popular with brands like Ralph Lauren, they are still around today and people wear them a lot. It’s definitely an extreme look and if you wear a neckwear of any form, it just doesn’t work in your favor. If you go with a regular necktie, you can see the band on the side and just looks odd unless you tie an extremely big Balthus knot which ends up in a very short tie, which looks odd too.

If you wear a bow tie, on the other hand, the bowtie usually covers up the area of the collar so you can’t really see the extreme cutaway style of the collar. When you wear a suit with a dress shirt in that collar and a tie, you truly create Vs or inverted Vs. When you have this extreme cutaway collar, it kind of throws off that balance and usually, it looks odd. I definitely have a few extreme cutaway collared shirts in my wardrobe but I find that I usually only wear them without a tie or with a bow tie because with the regular tie, it just looks weird.

Eton Shirt Displays & Accessories

Eton Shirt Displays & Accessories

3. Non-Iron Shirts

I get it, most men think of ironing shirts is a huge pain in the behind, so of course, if someone promises you a non-iron shirt, you are naturally interested in it. The problem is most dress shirts are made out of cotton and cotton inherently wrinkles. To prevent cotton from wrinkling after it’s being laundered, you need to really work on the fiber itself and treat it with many chemicals including formaldehyde. Now when you do that, even a high-end cotton doesn’t stay soft and luxurious anymore. It becomes cheap and also less absorbent. It almost has a plasticky feel and touch. The problem is when you wash the shirt a dozen or two dozen times, the non-ironing properties are literally washed away and you still end up having to iron your shirt in order to get a clean, crisp dress shirt.

The Eton Shirt Assembly Line

The Eton Shirt Assembly Line

The only company that I’ve found that provides a shirt that stays wrinkle resistant for a long time, which doesn’t mean it’s non-iron, but you need to iron it less is from Eton in Sweden. Unfortunately, these shirts cost about $ 300 each or more which makes it unaffordable for most men out there. In collaboration with the high-end Swiss shirt cloth maker Alumo, they’ve developed an exclusive process that allows them to create a wrinkle-resistant fabric that has fewer chemicals than a cup of black tea. I do have one of their shirts and I’ve had it for years and it really does a good job so when I travel and I need something where I know I may not have the chance to iron, I bring it along, otherwise, I stick with regular shirts because again, you get a custom shirt that costs less than an off-the-rack shirt from Eton.

Do you find this monogrammed shirt classy?

Do you find this monogrammed shirt classy?

4. Visible Monograms

Originally, monograms on dress shirts or garments were used to identify the owner. Oftentimes, people had staff and shirts were usually white so it was hard to determine whose shirt it was. A little monogram on a shirt told the valet whose it was and so everyone would have the proper shirt that they could wear and that would fit. In recent years, online custom shirts and regular custom shirts have become increasingly popular which provided the option to add monograms. Now for a lot of people, this is kind of a status symbol and they want to show off that they’re wealthy enough to afford a custom-made shirt or a shirt that was made for them.

Unwanted Monogrammed Cuff

Unwanted Monogrammed Cuff

Back in the day, a shirt monogram was stitched either by hand or by machine at around your waistband so it was never visible to anyone. It was simply there for the people who did the laundry and your valet. Today, people are placing the monogram on their shirt cuff, ideally in a contrasting thread, so everyone can see that they can buy a bespoke shirt. In my opinion, it’s gaudy on the one hand and showing off is never part of a gentleman’s personality. Now, there’s nothing wrong with having a shirt monogram; if you want to have that, I suggest getting it in the original place which is just on the left side on the waistband around that level. You can also get into tone in tone so if you have a white shirt, you can get a white monogram, so only you know it’s there and no one else. Maybe you could even have it monogrammed on the inside of your collar band, that way, no one will ever see it other than you and your partner and it’s a nice thing to have but it’s not showy at all and very gentlemanly.

Floral dress shirt

Floral dress shirt

5. Bold Printed Patterns

I’m not talking about stripes or classic patterns like checks, I’m talking about bold floral and paisley prints which have become increasingly popular in recent years. Technological advances and changes in fashion have allowed dress shirts to become a lot louder and more vibrant. I think it’s a trend that won’t stick around and it’s something that is popular now but probably 10-15 years from now, other things will have come and gone, but your solids, your checks, and your stripes, will remain in your wardrobe, you’ll be able to wear them, whereas the floral print is probably something that would look very dated at that point.

An untucked dress shirt looks downright sloppy

An untucked dress shirt looks downright sloppy

6. Dress Shirts That Are Meant To Be Worn Untucked

Honestly, I see it all the time when I go to parties or in the airplane catalog. People promote and wear dress shirts that are not tucked in. Now traditionally, a dress shirt was cut so it was longer in the back and front so it was less likely to come untucked, but it is also shorter on the sides so it looks extremely unflattering when it gets untucked. For example, if you want a summery casual linen shirt that you can wear untucked, you want a hem that is cut evenly, however, there are a lot of people out there who want to wear dress shirts but want to appear more casual and then they wear these untucked shirts in combination with a jacket and it just looks weird.

Why? Because the shirt sticks out from underneath the buttoning point which is never advantageous. Personally, I don’t like untucked shirts and even my summery shirts are ones that I can tuck in but I wear with a belt because it provides a visual contrast that is pleasing to the eye. My long torso can be shortened by creating a visually longer leg line. So if you want to wear shirts untucked, I suggest to go with polo shirts and to stick with tucked in shirts when you go with dress shirts. If you want to go with untucked shirts, keep it to very casual occasions and never pair it with a jacket.

Ruby red dress shirt

Ruby red dress shirt

7. Jewel Tone Dress Shirts

What I mean by that is very extreme and bold colors that I usually see worn by men who are very new to clothing who think they need to make a bold statement with the choice of shirt color so they end up getting a vibrant ruby red shirt, something that is extremely pink, turquoise, blue. It’s very vibrant and may be suitable for a techno party but it’s nothing you should ever add to a classically inspired wardrobe. Why? Because they’re too bold, they’re hard to combine with other accessories and they simply scream cheap and I don’t know what I’m doing.

Short sleeve dress shirts are a huge fashion faux pas

Short sleeve dress shirts are a huge fashion faux pas

8. Short-Sleeved Dress Shirts

If you live in a warmer climate or you suffer from hot summers, you may be prone to wear a short-sleeved shirt underneath your jacket. The problem is you won’t see the sleeves and so it would always look weird and orphaned because traditionally, a jacket looks better if you show a little bit of shirt cuff that usually matches the amount of shirt collar you see in the back of your jacket. On top of that, wearing a short-sleeved dress shirt with a necktie makes you look like a little schoolboy.

Short sleeved shirts are never a good plan

Short-sleeved shirts are never a good plan

In my opinion, there’s not a real place for short-sleeved dress shirts in a man’s wardrobe because if you want to go casual, opt for a polo shirt or maybe a Henley shirt. Both of them are short-sleeved, you can get them with a proper collar even like a shirt style collar, and they are something that just looks good, they’re meant to be worn that way. A dress shirt, on the other hand, usually has sleeves, it has the button front. If it’s too hot, you can just roll up your shirt sleeves and you can roll them back down. So actually, there’s no real need for short sleeve dress shirt unless maybe you’re a four-year-old boy.

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9. Pastel Colored Dress Shirts

Most men out there buy white shirts and light blue shirts. While white and blue built the foundation of any gentleman’s dress shirt closet, pastel colors can really help to add a note of individuality to your outfits without being over the top. When I say pastel, I mean tones that are very soft and just have a hint or a hue of color that is different than white.

For example, you can go with a very pale yellow, a pale green, a pale pink, a pale lavender, and these tones help to tie together accessories and overall, they’re very easy to combine, they make your outfits, your suits, and accessories look different without being over-the-top. You can also wear it with much more casual combinations such as a sport coat or a tweed coat where a white dress shirt would be too stark and would provide too much contrast.

A few of Sven Raphael's striped dress shirts

A few of Sven Raphael’s striped dress shirts

10. Striped Dress Shirts

Stripes are very popular in dress shirts for men, particularly some that come in blue on a white background, or maybe in white on a blue background. You can find them in slightly different sizes going all the way from superfine to medium to bolder but it’s very hard to find a bolder stripe in a different color or a bolder stripe that is just much bigger. Usually, you have to go custom but once you have shirts like that in your wardrobe, it’s really easy to spice up that solid suit

So if you have a lot of solid jackets in your wardrobe, I strongly suggest investing in a few bolder striped shirts. If you don’t know where to start, I suggest going with a white and blue stripe that is bolder because that’s closest to what most people are comfortable with but then down the line, I really encourage you to be a little more daring and go with different colors such as green, orange, or yellow.

Winchester shirt with Wool Challis Navy Bow Tie with White Polka dots paired with Blue Cornflower Boutonniere Buttonhole Flower Silk - Handmade by Fort Belvedere

Winchester shirt with Wool Challis Navy Bow Tie with White Polka dots paired with Blue Cornflower Boutonniere Buttonhole Flower Silk – Handmade by Fort Belvedere

11. Winchester Shirts

What I mean by that is a shirt with a contrasting white collar on a different colored shirt body. That can either be a solid such as gray or it can be a stripe but the mix of that white collar gives you the resemblance of a classic white dress shirt and when you wear a jacket, you only have that V that shows a little bit of the stripe. You can either have the cuffs be matching the collar in white or have the cuffs match the shirt body; the choice is up to you.

Prince Charles in his 3 piece morning suit with black silk top hat & winchester shirt with cornflower boutonniere

Prince Charles in his 3 piece morning suit with black silk top hat & winchester shirt with cornflower boutonniere

Personally, I prefer having matching cuffs and collar that contrasts the shirt body. Winchester shirts are particularly suited for businesswear, they’re not casual wear and you can even wear it with a formal morning coat ensemble, you can wear it to a wedding, or to just a board meeting. So if you don’t have a Winchester shirt in your wardrobe yet, I suggest you invest in one. Start out maybe with a solid color such as light blue and later on, you can advance to stripes, maybe checks, or other things.

Open Weave Horizontal Stripe Shirt

Open Weave Horizontal Stripe Shirt

12. Open Weave Cloth Dress Shirts

Most shirts in the market today come in a medium heavy weave that is quite tight, however, during the summer, an open weave shirt is much more pleasant to wear because it allows a lot more air to your skin. That way, you’re less prone to sweating, you stay cooler, and you are just more comfortable. The problem is most over the rack shirts do not offer those fabrics and even a lot of custom makers don’t offer those fabrics. So if you go to Italy, in the areas where it’s quite warm, all the bespoke shirt makers will have those fabrics because they know how comfortable they can be and they’re just a godsend.

Personally, I have a range of different open weave dress shirts and sometimes they’re so open that my chest hair pokes through so they are not meant for a super formal board meeting but that aside, they’re extremely comfortable in all kinds of summer situations where you want to stay as cool as possible. Pair that with a fresco jacket or other open weave suiting fabrics and you stay a lot cooler than in a regular suit with a regular dress shirt.

Wearing a collar pin is something you should consider if you want the classic look

Wearing a collar pin is something you should consider if you want the classic look

13. Pin Collar Shirts

In the 90s, when power suits were popular, a lot of people would wear tab collars and pin collars. In recent years, they’ve fallen somewhat out of favor but it’s a great way to add a different accessory to your outfit that elevates your tie knot and makes you look a little more debonair. So what is a pin collared shirt? Pin collared shirts are essential for collar bars because with those, you can just pin a hole into your shirt collar.

If you have a safety collar pin, you can in theory, just punch a hole into any kind of shirt collar and while that works, I suggest to get a pin collar shirt because you can use it with a bar you can even use it with a clip and particularly with a safety pin, it always looks good . It just looks sophisticated and different from what other people wear yet it’s not a very loud and ostentatious.

If you want to buy a pin collared shirt, I suggest you get a custom shirt; even online custom shirtmakers offer them today. It’s just important to place the hole at the right height and ideally, you want it very close to the edge of the shirt collar, otherwise, you can’t wear it with certain items such as a safety pin and it usually looks best when it’s kind of in the middle of the collar vertically, that way, you just get the nice look and you still have enough space for your tie knot and overall, you create a harmonious outfit that is quite unique.

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Cue The Tissues! Dad Worked Three Jobs To Buy His Daughter’s Dream Dress [Video]

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A father who works three jobs was determined to give his daughter the perfect eighth grade dance experience.

BET reports, he previously told his daughter that the dress she wanted was too expensive and he wouldn’t be able to afford it. That all changed though when she showed up to one of her dads jobs.

Video that’s now going viral on social media shows the dad bringing over a dress bag to his daughter. When he opens it up and she realizes it’s the dress she really wanted, she goes into shock, stands up, and hugs her dad for a while.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A navy three-piece suit

A navy three-piece suit

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

A suit is never made out of different fabrics

A suit is never made out of different fabrics

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

A beautiful lounge

A beautiful lounge

What Is A Lounge Suit?

1930's Lounge Suits

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

Lounge suit appropriate attire

Lounge suit appropriate attire

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

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

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

A dark suit with Fort Belvedere micropattern tie

A dark suit with Fort Belvedere micropattern tie

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

Charcoal brown is an acceptable color

Charcoal brown is an acceptable color

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

Ascots should be avoided at all cost

Ascots should be avoided at all cost

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

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

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

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

Semi spread collar on a white dress shirt

Semi-spread collar on a white dress shirt

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

 

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

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

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

How would you put together a great lounge suit attire?


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


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

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

1. Never stray from your budget.

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

2. Don’t get sucked in by deals.

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

3. Dresses look different on the hanger.

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

4. Love your gown from all angles.

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

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5. Test out the gown’s comfort.

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

6. Happy tears won’t always happen.

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

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

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

8. Focus on your happiness. 

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

This article originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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

A Stella McCartney creation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Team Dress or Team Skirt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Naomi Watts at the wedding of Emma Cooper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selena Gomez at David Henrie’s Wedding

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

Rebel Wilson at Anna Camp’s wedding

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

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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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Outfit Formula: High-Low Dress and Trendy Shoes

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

 

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

High-Low Dress + Trendy Shoes 

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

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

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

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

1. Slides

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

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2. Flat Mules

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

Flat Mules

3. Broad Strap Flat Sandal

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

Broad Strap Flat Sandals

4. Heeled Mules

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

Heeled Mules

5. Fashion Sneakers

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

Fashion Sneakers

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

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

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

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Teen Pays Homage to Black Women in One of a Kind Prom Dress

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

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

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

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

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

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Transitioning out of Dress Codes Altogether

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

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

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

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

The Tailored Uniform Approach

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

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

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

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

The Approach That Changes Day to Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sophisticated Traveler Approach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adding, “Chrissy is a very confident and fantastic person.”


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bella Hadid wears skintight sequinned red dress and white fur coat to join an anti-Trump protest in London

BELLA Hadid surprised protesters when she took part in an anti-Trump demonstration dressed in a skintight red dress and white fur coat.

The 21-year-old certainly stuck out amongst the other protesters a she joined in on the action in Oxford Street.

Bella Hadid was seen joining in an anti-Trump protest in London
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The model got in on the action at the pro-Palestine protest
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She was snapped joining in on the march near Oxford Street, dressed in a sequinned red dress
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While the other protesters were more casually dressed, Bella looked glam in her white fur coat
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While the other demonstrators were more casually dressed, Bella was dressed to the nines in a glittering sequin gown and sky-high heels.

The model, who is of Palestinian descent, had just been partying five minutes away from the protest at an event staged by luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer.

As she was driven away from the bash, Bella’s limo was held up behind the protesters, who had gathered outside the US Embassy near to Hyde Park.

So instead of hanging around, Bella got out of the car and joined the march for a few minutes before getting back into her car, and heading off into the night.

The model, who is of Palestine decent, happily marched with with the protesters towards the US Embassy
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The supermodel could be seen getting into the spirits of things waving her fist in the air
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She joined the protest after her limo got stuck behind the march
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She appeared to get into the spirit of the protest, and was seen shouting and raising her fist into the air.

The demonstration was against Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Meanwhile, Bella’s outing comes as it’s rumoured she is still in love with her ex The Weeknd.

The pair split in November 2016.

Bella happily stopped to take a selfie with her fans who were also on the protest
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After the joining in the protest for a few minutes she headed back out into the night
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Earlier she had been at a party in Oxford Street
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She looked stunning in her skintight shimmering gown
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The Victoria’s Secret model braved the chilling Lodon air in an oversized coat
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But they are said to have rekindled their romance after the chart-topping Canadian singer split from Selena Gomez recently.

A source told US Weekly magazine the pair had remained on friendly terms after their split, and have been in touch almost non-stop.
The source said: “[They] have been talking, texting and FaceTiming each other pretty consistently.

“Bella really missed him.

“She’s happy with where things are and he is too.

“They are still totally in love.”


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Blazers are having a mega moment in fashion—the look du jour is styling an oversize version with vintage denim and various trend-right accoutrements (white boots, anyone?). The menswear-inspired staple isn’t only seeing an uptick in its original form—dresses riffing on the design are also enjoying the spotlight.

Here, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sports an intricately detailed piece by Attico, featuring a double-breasted silhouette, bow-tie waist, and sequin- and bead-embroidered fabric. Paired with glittery heels (and the brand’s signature ankle cuffs), the look takes a classic silhouette and catapults it into forward territory. The best part about the hero piece? You can wear it as a dress (seen here) or pair it with matching trousers for a modern (and proper) suiting look. How’s that for double duty?

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Gabby Douglas Apologizes for Saying Women Should Dress ‘Modestly’ in Response to Post About Sexual Assault

Gymnast Gabby Douglas has apologized for saying women are responsible for dressing “modestly” in response to her Olympic teammate Aly Raisman‘s social media post about sexual assault.

Raisman on Friday wrote that men don’t have the right the “shame or not believe” women who come forward about sexual abuse just because they might have participated in a “sexy photoshoot” or wore a “sexy outfit” previously.

“Women are allowed to feel sexy and comfortable in their own skin, in fact I encourage you all to wear what you feel good in,” Raisman wrote. “I will not put up with any woman or girl being shamed for wanting to wear a skirt, dress, etc. I do not tolerate it.”

Following Raisman’s statement on victim shaming, Douglas weighed in with the opinion that “it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy.”

“Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet, prompting immediate reaction and criticism.

Teammate Simone Biles tweeted: “Shocks me that i’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me… honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her.”

After deleting her initial tweet, Douglas apologized, saying, “I didn’t correctly word my reply.”

“I am deeply sorry for coming off like i don’t stand alongside my teammates,” Douglas tweeted. “Regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable.”

Raisman’s post comes after she became the latest in a string of high-profile gymnasts to accuse former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

Nassar is currently awaiting sentencing in Michigan after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually abusing his former patients and a family friend.

A lawyer for Nassar told TIME earlier this month that a gag order in his pending case prevented him from commenting on Raisman’s allegations.


Sports – TIME

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