Sies Marjan Expected to Show Men’s in Paris

Count Sies Marjan as the latest brand to make the jump from New York to Paris.
Sources said the buzzy New York-based brand will hold its first men’s-only show in June during Paris Fashion Week. The company declined to comment but an announcement is expected next week.

The label, designed by Sander Lak, a former head of design for Dries Van Noten, has historically shown men’s looks during his women’s show in New York, but a more-intense focus on its men’s collection has prompted the company to opt for the Paris runway where many of the higher-profile brands show.

Sies Marjan launched as a luxury women’s label in 2016 in New York. Lak, a Dutch native, debuted his first full men’s line for fall 2018.
Before spending five years at Dries Van Noten, Lak, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, worked at Balmain in Paris and Phillip Lim in New York. His Sies Marjan brand is known for its use of color, proportion and innovative materials.

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Stan Wawrinka Thinks That ‘Political Chaos’ Is Enveloping Men’s Tennis

In a letter published Friday in The Times of London, Wawrinka decried his sport’s ”worrying decline in moral standards” and outlined several aspects of the ongoing drama enveloping the men’s tour. 

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Penney’s Changes Chief Men’s Merchant

The changes are continuing at J.C. Penney.
James Starke, the company’s longtime head of men’s wear, has exited the retailer and has been replaced by Jeff Useforge.
Useforge, whose title is senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s and children’s, will oversee the company’s private and national brands. He was formerly vice president and divisional merchandise manager of men’s, big and tall, activewear and team apparel for Penney’s. Before that, he was a senior buyer of big and tall and The Foundry, a big and tall concept that it had once hoped to roll out as a chain.
Useforge has more than 30 years of retail experience and began his career with Mercantile Department Stores. He also spent five years with Saks Inc. in the Proffitt’s and McRae’s division, where he was gmm of men’s and children’s. He has also worked for Bon-Ton and Kohl’s.
Starke had spent 13 years at Penney’s, mainly in the men’s department. His most recent role was senior vice president and senior gmm of men’s, children’s, jewelry and home, according to his LinkedIn profile. He joined Penney’s in 2005 after spending eight years at Foley’s in Houston, also primarily in the men’s area.
He could not be reached

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Summer 200m Dive Watches, British Made Shoes, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

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

 

Banana Republic: Extra 50% off Sale Styles

Banana Republic

Good grief Banana Republic. I haven’t even published the polopalooza yet (coming Monday). And here you are, slashing prices on your Luxe Touch polos already? Well okay then. No code needed here. Extra half off happens at checkout.

 

Club Monaco: Extra 30% off Sale Styles + New Additions to Sale

Club Monaco

Club Monaco is one of those shops that you might not source a majority of your wardrobe from, but every so often? You’ll nab a rad (do people say rad anymore?) piece and be thrilled with it. Or not, who knows.

 

Massdrop: Spinnaker Automatic Diver – $ 130 FINAL

Spinnaker Automatic Diver

Summer beater watch alert! Would look great on a NATO band too. Miyota automatic movement, 200m water resistance, and a simple, well designed dial with a little texture to it. Not bad at all for $ 140. It is final sale though since it’s Massdrop, and they don’t ship until the end of May. Also note that they’re 43mm in diameter, so, not the smallest things.

 

Suitsupply: Even more new warm weather arrivals

Suitsupply

Who buys five pairs of shoe trees at once?

 

Massdrop: Loake 1880 Buckingham Brogue Oxfords – $ 220 FINAL ($ 324)

Loake 1880 Buckingham Brogue Oxfords

Hell of a price for made in the UK, Goodyear welted, wingtip brogues that don’t make it over to this side of the pond that often. Loake just isn’t sold in many spots here in the US. But as always, it’s Massdrop, so it’s final sale. Sold in UK sizes, so if you wear a US size 10, get a UK size 9. Available in four shades of calfskin, and a suede for ten bucks less. Estimated ship date is end of May.

 

Also worth a mention:

  • J. Crew: Extra 50% off some of their sale section w/ SOGOOD
  • GAP: 40% – 70% off plenty + Extra 20% off w/ SUPER
  • Costco: I still believe this is going on? If you have a Costco membership, they’ve got Ex-Officio boxer briefs, $ 30 / 3 online, and some stores have them for $ 25 / 3 pack. Huge thanks to M. Shah for the tip!
  • J. Crew Factory: Extra 40% off clearance items w/ SHORTSTUFF


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Noma T.D. RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Noma T.D.
Main message: Masako Noguchi and Takuma Sasaki have been designing their brand for more than a decade, but their latest collection was the first one they presented at Tokyo Fashion Week. First they showed a short film directed by Rinko Kawauchi with music by Hiroshi Fujiwara. Titled “Harmony,” it showed simple, everyday scenes at a family country house and the surrounding wilderness as winter changes to spring.
Next, a black curtain opened to reveal eight models in relaxed, outdoorsy Noma T.D. looks. A pajama-like set of flannel pants and a shirt in a big, bold check pattern was paired with a black fishing vest for men, while a gray, navy and dark green floral print satin dress peeked out from under a plush wool coat for women. There was also a blue tie-dyed sweatsuit, a shirt embroidered with large flowers, and a quilted black coat with striped satin sleeves in black and deep blue.
The result: The offering, while small, showed a balance between street-ready and outdoorsy pieces, making it well suited for the modern urbanite.

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Koral Delves Into Men’s With Equinox 

LOS ANGELES — Koral, the activewear brand backed by Seven For All Mankind cofounder Peter Koral, will enter the men’s space exclusively with Equinox before a broader rollout at retail.
The men’s line launches with more than 20 stockkeeping units, priced from $ 75 to $ 300 and utilizing many of the same performance fabrics seen in the women’s line, such as lightweight scuba. The men’s collection takes on a streetwear-inspired aesthetic and a color scheme of navy and taupe.
The official launch is April 30 in 19 Equinox stores for a six-month exclusive, in addition to Koral’s online shop. The collection will broaden for fall with a larger stockkeeping unit count distributed to more retailers.
“I would love if men’s could be just as big as the women’s business one day,” chief merchandising officer and cofounder Marcelo Kugel said. “I think we can get a stronghold in the market and that’s why Equinox wanted to be our main partner on this because they see the opportunity for growth and then we’ve also been approached by Peloton, Barry’s Boot Camp and Net-a-porter with the launch of fall.”
Koral helped fund the business in the beginning, fueling about $ 8.5 million worth of working capital. The business has now been

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Etro Men’s Line to Make Runway Comeback in June

RUNWAY RETURN: Etro is bringing its men’s line back on the catwalk.
Following a three-season runway hiatus, during which Etro men’s creative director Kean Etro organized engaging presentations, the brand will unveil its spring 2020 collection with a show on June 16.
The last men’s collection that Etro showed on the catwalk was the spring 2018 lineup, which was presented with a coed runway show at the Palazzo del Ghiaccio venue in Milan.
The location of the upcoming men’s show is still to be disclosed. After seasons of shows held at Palazzo del Ghiaccio, last February Etro showed its women’s fall 2019 collection at Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi music conservatory.
Etro, which counts more than 200 stores, is investing in communication and marketing, strengthening the experience in stores and increasing digital content. Europe is still Etro’s biggest market, representing 30 percent of sales. It is followed by Asia and the U.S., accounting for 30 and 20 percent of the brand’s total business, respectively.

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The Allen Edmonds Massdrop Chukka is back, 40% off EXPRESS, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

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

 

Massdrop: The Allen Edmonds Chukka is back – $ 250 FINAL

Allen Edmonds Chukka

Two things can be true. First, I love my AE Massdrop Chukkas. And second, I’m almost hesitant to recommend them this go around. Why? For a few reasons.

  1. They continue to be final sale (but that’s Massdrop for you).
  2. The new ownership at Allen Edmonds appears, at least if you believe a lot of online reviews, to be less concerned with quality than the previous ownership. That’s not good, especially if the things are final sale.
  3. Also, the “snuff” shade, which is the perfect rich shade of medium brown to many, is weirdly unavailable this time. Yet they feature it prominently in their marketing images for this drop? The hell?
  4. And finally, the estimated ship date? It’s not till BLOODY AUGUST 8th.

So yeah. That’s quite the combination. Four months is a long friggin’ time to wait for shoes that are final sale, not available in the most popular color, and could cause you a headache if they show up and aren’t up to the quality we’ve all come to expect from AE. Want an alternative in the lightest “sand” shade? Try the Nomad in “Bone.” It’s less ($ 225) AND it’s not final sale.

 

Banana Republic: 40% off most everything & 50% off Polos/Chinos

Banana Republic

The Pick: Regular or Slim Fit Luxe Touch Polos – $ 22.25 – $ 24.75 ($ 44.50 – $ 49.50)

Sadly, the core temp chinos are NOT getting the half off cut, but they are getting the 40% off. Lots of their other chinos, and their luxe touch polos ARE getting the half off. Just the usual reminder that some guys seem to shrink these in the wash. Some of us have had better luck. Little to no exclusions here. Just leather, suede, silk, and 100% cashmere stuff. No codes here. Discount happens at checkout.

 

J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything (including suits!)

Huge thanks to reader Graham S. for the tip here. I can’t remember the last time J. Crew Factory included suits in a promo or sale. Maybe Black Friday/Cyber Monday? Anyway, their worsted wool Thompson suits are now down to $ 218 (normally around $ 299 with the regular “on sale” price.) Sold as separates, so don’t forget to grab the pants as well. Why $ 218 when the normal price is $ 299? Because JCF plays a bit of a pricing game. Their suits are usually “valued at” $ 436, which is kinda absurd considering Spier and Mackay and Suitsupply make half-canvas, really nice wool suits starting under $ 400, but then those JCF suits are marked down to $ 299. So when they run a half off everything sale, back the JCF suits go to $ 436 (which they’re never at) and THEN get marked down. Still, $ 218 for JCF Thompson is pretty decent.

 

Lands’ End: 50% Off 1 Full Price w/ FROG & 4297

Lands' End

Just about as good as Land’s End gets, but it’s still limited to just one item. So getting to the $ 75 free shipping threshold might be tough on some smaller purchases. Still, half off is good. Quite good. Also, nice code.

 

Huckberry: 72-Hour Collection has Relaunched

Huckberry

They call ’em the 72-hour because you can wear them for three days straight, they’ll still be comfortable, and you won’t stink like a dead marmot. (Speaking of marmots, did you know that marmots and marmosets are WAY different? And that marmosets exhibit chimerism due to their twinsiness? I guess fraternal twins in marmosets are super common, and they often swap blood in the womb. Crazy.) These shirts are mainly super-comfortable, lightweight, temperature regulating merino wool, with just enough nylon woven in so you can machine wash them. They aren’t cheap, but they are amazing. Huge fan of their short sleeve henleys. They also make polos now too. Also, if you want to watch a video of them putting the tees to a test (and random people smelling the dudes from Huckberry to see if the shirts really do have anti-stink properties) head here.

 

BONUS  Nordstrom: Best of what’s left in the Spring Sale

Nordstrom

Spring sale is underway, but a lot of stuff has already sold out and/or gotten short on sizes since it launched. Above is what I’m thinking is the best of what’s left. Full picks here if you want them.

 

BONUS II  EXPRESS: 40% off Everything

Express

Heading into the warm weather season, EXPRESS seems to have, oddly enough, more than a few pieces inspired by classic (if not straight up retro) menswear. Avoid the logos kids. Stick with the unbranded stuff, as shown in the picks above. Those piped performance polos look darn near perfect. Efforting an in person soon. 40% off just about everything ends tomorrow, 3/29.

 

BONUS III  Allen Edmonds: Anniversary Sale Is Still On

Allen Edmonds

Still going on, still going strong. Full picks can be found here.

 

Also worth a mention:

  • GAP: 40% off everything w/ SPRING + extra 10% off w/ HAPPY
  • Need Supply Co.: 30% off your purchase with code Friends30
  • Orient: extra 10% off all dive watches with code DIVEIN. That drops the new Kamasu to $ 252.
  • Costco: If you have a Costco membership, they’ve got Ex-Officio boxer briefs, $ 30 / 3 online, and some stores have them for $ 25 / 3 pack. Huge thanks to M. Shah for the tip!


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How To Lace Oxfords & Tie Men’s Dress Shoes

Shoestrings, bootlaces or shoelaces. It doesn’t matter what you call them. They all do the same thing; they keep your footwear secured and comfortable while you wear them.

One of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of your shoes is to simply change your shoelaces. The advantages are simple: it’s quick, easy, inexpensive and reversible… but before we show you with two videos how to Lace Oxfords the proper way, let’s take a closer look at shoelaces in general because a dress shoe requires a certain kind of lace.

How To Tie Shoes Tie Right Way

History of the Shoelace

While historians haven’t completely narrowed down the history of shoelaces, many believe in accordance with ancient recordings that shoelaces were probably rudimentarily invented sometime in early 3000 BC. The problem with dating it is that for the most part, shoes (as we call them today) that were worn in ancient times were actually just natural materials that were wrapped around the feet of the wearer as without protection and cushioning from the elements, the feet were even more prone to injury, infection and discomfort. One could assume that shoelaces have been around since the dawn of man, as it would seem almost obvious to anyone walking on unpaved natural ground that by covering up the feet, you might be able to survive walking for longer periods of time. Whether shoes were developed for treating injury or in prevention of it, one could presume that they would require some form of fastener in order to secure the material to your feet. If large leaves were used, they probably wouldn’t stay on the bottom of your feet without tying them on, and whether it was strands of grass or another natural string, one could easily call this the invention of laces.

The Areni-1 shoe which was found and has been dated to 3500 BC was actually far more advanced than that, using leather shoelaces passed through slotted eyelets that were cut into animal hide used as shoes. In fact, in 3300 BC, there were even more complex shoes worn by Ötzi the Iceman, that he had tied on using lime bark cut into strings. While these are obviously barbaric versions of the shoelaces we have today, even footwear as far back as the 12th century had surpassed previous developments and were already quite similar to the laces we use today. The Museum of London has a variety of documented samples of medieval footwear that shows the wearer used laces that were passed through a series of hooks down the front or sides of the shoe. One very well known historical myth as it relates to shoelaces is a fairly common rumor that Gurkha soldiers, when fighting on behalf of Britain would quietly crawl the grounds, feeling the laces of other combatants since it was believed that British soldiers used straight lacing whereas the fighters for Japan criss-crossed their laces. In the dark of the night, the Gurkhas would crawl the battlefield feeling the laces discern friend from foe.

If we look into the past few centuries, traditional laces were made from a variety of natural materials including hemp, cotton, and various leathers. Virtually any materials used to manufacture ropes were adopted for use in shoelaces. Today, however, most shoelaces are made of synthetic materials rather than traditionally natural fibers. While the synthetic laces are far more durable and less prone to friction and rot, they are also very slippery and tend to come undone easier than the natural laces.

Dress Shoelaces Should be Made of Waxed Cotton

For dress shoes, it is essential to have quality shoelaces made of waxed cotton because cheap, thick and coarse shoelaces will ruin the look of your shoe laces. 80cm – 31.5″ is the perfect length because it works for 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 rows of eyelets basically covering the entire spectrum of lace-up men’s dress shoes.

Round Shoelaces

The most formal shoelaces for Oxford shoes are round, thin and made of waxed cotton. The thinner your laces are the better the quality. Of course, that’s only true if the laces don’t rip but usually poor quality laces are not made to be very thin because they would break right away.

You don’t want the shoelaces to snap when you pull on them. Even quality shoes like the ones from J.Fitzpatrick sometimes come with laces that are weak and rip the first time you lace them. If came that far and invested in quality goodyear-welted shoes, you should also get good pair of shoelaces or two.

Flat Shoelaces

An alternative for dress shoes is to go with flat thin dress shoe laces. They are a bit wider than round ones and create a different look that is a bit bolder than if you go with round shoelaces.

Appealing Round Boot Laces waxed Cotton in Red and Royal Blue by Fort Belvedere

Appealing Round Boot Laces waxed Cotton in Red and Royal Blue by Fort Belvedere

Dress Boot Laces

Generally, boot laces are thick, robust and made for work boots and the selection of shoelaces for dress boots such as the Balmoral boot is very limited.

For that reason, I created dress boot laces that are perfect for high-quality men’s boots in the sense that they are not only durable but also stylish and elegant. For 95% of men’s boots 120cm – 47.25″long laces are perfect, and hence I opted for that length. If you have chukka boots, or other boots with just 2,3,4 or 5 rows of eyelets, you should go with regular dress shoe laces. For all other boots, 120cm – 47.25″ is the ideal length.

Color Swatches of Flat Waxed Cotton - Luxury Dress Shoe Laces by Fort Belvedere - Made In Italy

15 Color Swatches of Flat Waxed Cotton – Luxury Dress Shoe Laces by Fort Belvedere – Made In Italy

Quality Shoelaces in 15 Colors

I always had a hard time find great shoelaces in the length, quality, and color I wanted. Over the course of an 18 month period, and countless failed tests, we came up with quality dress shoe laces for Fort Belvedere in 15 different colors. We do not only offer them in round and flat but also the same color palette for boots. This is the most comprehensive selection of quality dress shoe laces you will find online. All of our dress shoe shoelaces are made in Italy, of long staple, waxed cotton and should last for a while.

We do not only offer them in round and flat but also the same color palette for boots. This is the most comprehensive selection of quality dress shoe laces you will find. All of our dress shoe shoelaces are made in Italy, of long staple, waxed cotton and should last for a long time.

If you wear Oxfords or Derbys, you should head over to the shop and take a look at our 15 colors of dress shoe laces in round, flat and boot boot laces.

 Evening Shoe Laces

When wearing a tuxedo or tailcoat, most men today wear a patent leather oxford shoe with ordinary cotton shoe laces, whereas elegant gentlemen during the heydays of men’s clothing, would only wear opera pumps or oxfords flat silk shoe laces for evening wear because the wide, flat shoe laces will create a little bow, that looks just like the bow tie your wear around your neck. During my last trip to Europe, I was able to acquire a lot of Original 1930’s silk shoe laces from France but unfortunately they were way too big for the eyelets on my shoes and so I replicated these in different materials so you can match them to your bow tie. We have Satin in 1cm and 1.5cm width, Grosgrain / Faille , Barathea and Velvet.

We offer Satin in 1cm and 1.5cm width, Grosgrain / Faille , Barathea and Velvet laces in our shop, take a look.

 

How to Mix Your Shoelace Color with Shoe Colors?

Today, you can basically mix and match your shoe colors in any way you want. If you want to be strictly classic, you stay with brown and black shoelaces or generally darker laces that match the shoes. For example black goes well with purple shoelaces, grey or blue. Brown is very versatile and works with almost anything green or brown. However, because there are so many shades of browns, you should play around a little bit to see what really works!

At the end of the day, it’s all up to your creativity. Do you have a pair of black oxford shoes that are a bit too formal for a desired outfit? Try some yellow laces and they will look much more relaxed. Especially during spring summer season it is great these laces will make it look more casual, an

How to Lace Oxford Dress Shoes

Mathematically, there are a number of ways of how to tie your shoes but when it comes to classic men’s clothing, things are much simpler, yet it seems like many men don’t know how to tie shoelaces and places like GQ even teach it wrong.

As such it was time for us to create a hands-on video tutorial on how to lace Oxfords, Derbys and Co.

How To Lace Oxford Shoes – Straight Lacing

Oxford shoes traditionally have a different lacing than derby shoes, and the gentlemanly way to lace oxfords is horizontally and parallel. Now, you can achieve the final look in various ways, however some are more difficult to tighten than others.

The Best Way to Lace Oxfords: This works for all kinds of oxfords, not matter how many eyelets they have. Most oxfords have 5 rows of eyelets, and that’s what we use here.

  1. Insert both ends of the lace in the bottom holes /eyelets of the shoe, so you have a line that is horizontal and on top of the leather.
  2. Pull both ends so they are even and have the same length if you have an even number of eyelets such as 4,6… For uneven eyelets, 5, 7 etc. the lace on the outside of the shoe should be about 2″ – 5 cm longer.
  3. Take the lace on the outside of the shoe, and insert it from the bottom in the second hole on the same side, and back into the second hole on the opposite side from the top.
  4. Now, take the lace on the inside of the shoe and insert it from the bottom in the third hole on the same side, and back into the third hole on the opposite side from the top.
  5. Continue in the same fashion. With an even number of eyelets, you will reach the top eyelets from the bottom on each side and it tools great. With uneven holes, you have to make a cross underneath with one end from the bottom. For that reason, one shoelace has to be longer than the other one.
  6. Pull on both ends to tighten the lacing and tie your shoelace. Traditionally


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Who let the beards out? Woof! A new study which sampled men’s beards found more harmful bacteria in human whiskers than in dog fur. “The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur,” says professor Andreas Gutzeit of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic. The study actually…
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Nordstrom Spring 2019 Sale – Men’s Style Picks

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Nordstrom Spring Sale – Save Up to 50% off through 4/22

Surprise. It’s another sale from Nordstrom. Still nowhere near the frequency of other retailers or brands, but Nordstrom HAS been ramping up their sales in recent times. And that’s a good thing for those of us who love Nordstrom. Of all the department stores out there, Nordstrom might be the only one that not just gets it right, but gets it REALLY right. Great 3rd party selection, a huge variety of goods at various prices, and the free shipping and free returns always helps.

There’s over 4,000 items in this sale. Not as big as a half-yearly monster clearance. But it’s not some small thing either. Off we go with the picks…

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Stretch Wool Tuxedo – $ 213.98 ($ 498)

Nordstrom Trim Fit Stretch Wool Tuxedo

I mean, I know it’s a notch lapel and most prefer peak or shawl when it comes to evening wear… but… nice price. Especially considering it ships and returns for free. Sold as separates, so don’t forget the pants.

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt – $ 32.90 ($ 49.50)

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Staples. Well made staples. 200+ reviews and almost 5/5 stars. Great collars for going tieless too.

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Linen Sport Coat – $ 124.49 ($ 249)

Nordstrom

100% linen and just butterfly lined in the back. This reminds me that I need to get crackin’ on the best warm weather sportcoats post.

 

adidas Samba OG Sneaker – $ 59.96 ($ 79.95)

adidas Samba OG Sneaker

Wait a minute. Burgundy accents. Gum sole. Perforations…. SOMEONE ALERT THE FRUGALMALEFASHION COMMUNITY. This here is an imposter of their one true lord!

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Flat Front Stretch Wool Trousers – $ 49.75 ($ 99.50)

Nordstrom

How much? Under $ 50 for stretch wool dress pants? Not bad at all. Un-hemmed, so, you’ll need to have a tailor shorten them to your specified preferred break. Trim fit. Flat front.

 

Tissot Blue Dial Chrono – $ 262.50 ($ 350)

Tissot Blue Dial Chrono

Quartz of course, but Swiss made and from a well known, dependable brand. NOT small. 45mm in diameter. Repeat. FORTY FIVE.

 

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Offset Denim Duffel Bag – $ 42.49 ($ 85)

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Offset Denim Duffel Bag

Herschel’s famous “Novel” bag, complete with separate shoe compartment. Also available in a solid light gray if that’s more your speed.

 

Cole Haan Feathercraft Grand Derby – $ 142.50 ($ 180)

Cole Haan Feathercraft Grand Derby

Just 20% off, which ain’t much for Cole Haan, but… there’s something about them. Especially that gray suede option?

 

Marc New York Humboldt Quilted Jacket – $ 85.70 ($ 175)

Marc New York Humboldt Quilted Jacket

A standard quilted jacket with a surprise inside. Extra insulated thanks to a high-pile fleece liner vest that’s also detachable. Too hot one day? You can ditch it. How prudent.

 

Cole Haan Original Grand Wingtip – $ 112.50 ($ 150)

Cole Haan Original Grand Wingtip

Some people love these things. Some think they’re an abomination. I ain’t judging. At least, not this time. I swear Tony Kornheiser wears these a lot on the set of PTI. You can sorta see his kicks when they cut to a wide shot when Wilbon is on the road somewhere.

 

Original Penguin Track Jacket – $ 62.49 ($ 125)

Original Penguin Track Jacket

Speaking of PTI. Penguin Dance!

 

Bonobos Cotton & Linen Blend Henley – $ 48.98 ($ 98)

Bonobos Cotton & Linen Blend Henley

Half off is good. Very good! Fifty bones for a basic henley doesn’t feel as good, but, it’s Bonobos. And there are plenty of Bonobos fans out there. The fit, the finish, etc. More than a few colors to choose from here.

 

Saturdays NYC Norfolk Water Repellent Duffel Bag – $ 112.49 ($ 225)

Saturdays NYC Norfolk Water Repellent Duffel Bag

Not bad for a good sized duffel with a bit of saturated color. 20″W x 13″H x 9″D are the dimensions.

 

Nordstrom Tech-Smart Trim Fit Stretch Check Dress Shirt – $ 34.75 ($ 69.50)

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From their tech-smart line. 80% cotton, 13% polyester, 7% spandex engineered to be breathable and have plenty of stretch.

 

The Rail Everett Plain Toe Derby – $ 66.96 ($ 99.95)

The Rail Everett Plain Toe Derby

Those shoes sure are shoey! Plain toe derby = probably what you’d see in a dictionary if you looked up the word shoe. Maybe. Who knows. Depends on how fancy the illustrator was feeling that day. From a Nordstrom house line. For the less is more crowd. And warm weather, for some reason, makes simple bluchers like these look all the better.

 

1901 Slim Fit Sport Shirt – $ 29.75 ($ 59.50)

1901 Slim Fit Sport Shirt

Horizontal Stripes! Take it away SVP.

 

1901 Moro Bar Tack Leather Belt – $ 29.70 ($ 49.50)

1901 Moro Bar Tack Leather Belt

Like Nordstrom decided to jump on the GAP essential belt wagon. Also available in black. 1 1/4″ belt width; 1 3/4″ square buckle.

 

Todd Snyder x Timex Watches – $ 74 ($ 148)

Todd Snyder x Timex Watches

I don’t recall the mod or black jack getting to this price point in the past. And the leather straps? Had no idea that was even an option. Big thanks to Matt S. for the tip here.

 

Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Sneaker – $ 97.50 ($ 130)

Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Sneaker

Good grief there’s a lot of Cole Haan in this sale. Some suede, some perforated, some not.

 

Barbour Shadow Duffel Bag – $ 214.49 ($ 429)

Barbour Shadow Duffel Bag

Moon Mills UK made tweed makes up the exterior. No idea where the thing is constructed as a whole though. “Aye Lass! Where be me ear trumpet and moustache wax?” “Iz in yee plahd bahg ma Deer!” “AH! Fah fuk’s sake Lass. Yee right ahs YOOSuahlllll!”

 

Thomas and Vine Plain Toe Derby – $ 66.95 ($ 99.95)

Thomas and Vine Plain Toe Derby

A little funky (look at that lighter blue accent on the brown pair) but perhaps that’s what you’re going for at sixty seven dollars. Five different colors to pick from.

 

1901 Short Wings – $ 65.96 ($ 109.95)

1901 Short Wings

Inexpensive, versatile, short wings for spring. From Nordstroms’ younger leaning “1901” house brand.

 

Hart Schaffner Marx Classic Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat – $ 247.49 ($ 495)

Hart Schaffner Marx Classic Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat

100% true-blue worsted wool with a simple windowpane pattern. And? It’s made in Canada.

 

Jack Mason Nautical Chronograph – $ 109.97 ($ 275)

Jack Mason Nautical Chronograph

Yes, it’s a “fashion” brand, and not some heritage watchmaker. Doesn’t mean they can’t make a nice looking timepiece.

 

Cole Haan Harrison Grand Cap Toe Oxford – $ 139.90 ($ 220)

Cole Haan Harrison Grand Cap Toe Oxford

Entry level dress shoes. True oxfords with a cap toe. Probably won’t last you a lifetime, but with reasonable care, should last you a while. Well reviewed.

 

Lamarque Leather Racer Jacket – $ 279 ($ 525)

Lamarque Leather Racer Jacket

Not bad for a leather moto style jacket. Leather quality can really vary, so, give it a good strong look once it arrives. If it’s not up to snuff? Send it back. You can do that since it’s Nordstrom. For free.

 

Asics GEL-Kayano 25 Running Shoe – $ 119.95 ($ 159.95)

Asics GEL-Kayano 25 Running Shoe

Surprise! What the heck are these doing here? Because if you’re like me, and a bit more dump truck than gazelle, these could change your life. I’m a heavy striker. But I can be fast if I need to be fast. 200 lbs of men’s style blogger can get chuggin’ if need be, and these have helped protect my knees and back and all that jazz for a long time. I lift in these. I kickbox in these. I walk/run the dog in these. Worth every penny. And the new design (especially the white/gray/black) don’t look like hot baby poo when paired up with some warm up pants and a decent track jacket.

 

Nordstrom Rack: Numerous Hamilton Automatics all for 40% – 50% off:

Hamilton

Why the Nordstrom Rack mention? Because there are a LOT of watches in this Spring sale. Lots of Hamiltons. For around 25% – 30% off. But there’s still a ton of really attractive Hamilton autos on Nordstrom Rack for, wait for it, 50% off. So, before you fall in love with a Hammy on the Nordy main site, maybe check out The Rack?

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Monday Men’s Sales Tripod – New Suitsupply $399 options, 45% off GAP, & More

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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.

 

#1. Suitsupply: New additions to their $ 399 line

Suitsupply

Just in time for wedding season. All half canvas, Italian wools, and ships and returns for free. If you are picking up a new suit for a wedding? Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get it tailored for that big day. Patterns shown above are showcased because they’re the newbies. The $ 399 line, of course, carries solid gray and navy too. It’s their basic, foundation line, with the same great construction and much of the same high quality fabrics as their more expensive suits, only they can buy in bulk here, and thus, pass the savings on to you.

 

#2. GAP: 45% off, no exclusions, w/ CYBER

GAP

GAP has fallen on some hard times with retail becoming a dichotomy. Either people are rushing to the super cheap (Old Navy, H&M, etc) or retreating towards higher end stuff. So the middle ground has gotten a bit forgotten. But they still make some solid basics, and their spring/summer stuff is full of lightweight, light in color (but not Easter pastel) shorts, pants, henleys, and more. And the 45% off no exclusions code is better than normal. If nothing else, it’s not a bad time to pick up one of the best smart-casual belts on the market.

 

#3. Allen Edmonds Factory 2nds: Anniversary Sale Savings

Allen Edmonds

  • Factory 2nds Independence collection Bartlett Cap Toe Oxford – $ 249
  • Factory 2nds Dalton Wingtip Boots – $ 199
  • Factory 2nds Bond Street Cap Toe Oxfords – $ 199
  • Factory 2nds Carlyle Oxfords – $ 199
  • Factory 2nds Maclennan Wholecuts – $ 147
  • Factory 2nds Mackenzie Wholecuts – $ 147

No e-commerce this time. It’s just shoebank.com, which means you’ll have to make a phone call. And there’s still that steep $ 25 restocking fee if you send them back through the mail. Size, width, and color selection varies depending on what you’re after (since that’s how factory 2nds work). Lots of shoes under $ 200, including… Daltons? That’s unusual. But again, it’s a big gamble. Be careful out there.

 

BONUS Gustin’s Horween CXL #8 USA Made Briefcase is back – $ 249

Gustin’s Horween CXL #8 USA Made Briefcase

Made in the USA from Horween’s legendary, burgundy, chromexcel leather. Not super structured, so it’ll fit in well in business casual workplaces, but that leather is still something else with all of its texture and shade variations.

 

BONUS II Massdrop: Carmina Oxfords & Shoe Trees – $ 350 FINAL ($ 500)

Carmina on Massdrop

Sizes are starting to sell out depending on what you’re after, but I didn’t realize the first time around that these come in multiple widths? Narrow, Standard, and Wide. One of the more popular men’s style drops on Massdrop. Made in Spain, sleek as all get out, and equipped with a Goodyear welt. It’s Massdrop, so it’s final sale, but, picking up something similar direct through Carmina is gonna run you $ 450 ($ 500 if you include the beech wood shoe trees, which, each pair purchased through Massdrop comes with). So the savings are tangible.

 

BONUS III Popov Horween Leather Valet Trays – $ 28 FINAL

Popov Horween Leather Valet Trays

Figured a Massdrop offering that wasn’t size-specific like shoes was worth a mention. And valet trays are super useful. I think I have… 4? 5 in total? They’re great for wrangling small items like keys and pens and knives and all that EDC stuff we seem to lug around. Final sale since it’s Massdrop. They’re claiming these are Horween leather too? Estimated ship date is May 15th.

 

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MEN’S FORUM: The Whitaker Group’s James Whitner Relies on Instinct and Close Consumer Connections to Stay Ahead

For The Whitaker Group’s founder James Whitner, being the consumer is essential to knowing the consumer.
With an assortment of stores via his company’s four retail entities — Social Status, A.P.B., Prosper and A Ma Maniére — Whitner emphasized the importance of being submerged with the people you are trying to connect with. He asked, “Are you focused on the consumer? Do you know who the consumer is and why? Most people don’t. You’re casting a wide net in men’s wear…I’m the guy. I’m the guy who’s buying the stuff and wearing the stuff.”
Aside from anticipating what his shoppers want, Whitner spoke of how he tries to design spaces that they will emotionally respond to. “I’m always trying to re-create the places and spaces I’ve been in. I feel like I have a romantic affair with the consumer in the process. Can someone cue the music? [Romantic tunes follow.] When I walk into a store, this is how I feel. I’m being romanced by the romance,” he said.
Referring to outdated business practices that can’t keep up with quick fire social media and fashion’s rapid speed of change, Whitner said, “You’ve got to set your businesses up to move like we move.

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The Reracs RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: The Reracs
Main message: With her inaugural show during Tokyo Fashion Week, Naomi Kurahashi displayed just how to present classic pieces on a runway without boring the audience: make sure to have plenty of variety, use beautiful textiles, keep the pace quick, and employ inventive styling choices. The brand lived up to its profile, which says that it’s “backed by quality and practicality,” but proved that it has so much more to offer.
The collection was made up of variations on a pretty basic theme: straight-legged or relaxed, jogger-style trousers paired with V-neck sweaters or just about any kind of outerwear imaginable, all turned out in neutral tones of gray, black, navy, white and beige. But the superior construction and luxurious textiles elevated the collection beyond simple classics, with suiting material showing a drape resembling that of matte jersey, and a black pleather poncho turning more heads than it would have if it had been made from animal skin. The fabrics were so beautiful on their own that there was no need for flashy prints, but occasional flashes of Fair Isle, argyle or checked patterns kept things interesting.
The result: Kurahashi has been designing The Reracs for nearly a decade, but proved

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Cinoh RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Cinoh
Main message: Takayuki Chino has been heading his own brands for over a decade, but as one of the winners of the 2019 Tokyo Fashion Award, he staged a runway show for the first time this season. With it, he showed his audience just why Cinoh has reached levels of popularity that many Tokyo brands can only hope for, being carried by top retailers across Japan.
The designer showed a relaxed, slightly disheveled sophistication. A leopard print, plush fleece pantsuit and long, fringed straight skirts for women shared the runway with men’s suits that were reimagined with pullovers in the place of button-front jackets. Long satin dresses, pleather overalls, fuzzy knits and easy fit trousers were given a subtle injection of Nineties grunge when paired with oversize plaid jackets and shirts. The theme was also hinted at in the show’s soundtrack, which included an instrumental backing track of Nirvana’s 1991 hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
The result: With equal parts elegance and comfort, it was a collection that will surely resonate with Tokyo’s fashion-forward youth, without alienating older consumers.

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Spring / Summer Temptation: New Affordable Men’s Style Arrivals for 2019

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Spring/Summer 2019 – The Best Looking New Arrivals in Men’s Style

Those piles of parking lot snow should be starting to whither. Winter clearance events for retail are coming to an end. That means new, warm-weather arrivals are starting to show up in store, and online. Spring/Summer 2019 seems to feature more color, more patterns, more… more. But since this website bangs the drum for less is more, we’ll try and keep from getting too far out of control. Know that for many of these items, prices are sure to come down with sales & promos once the snow starts to melt.

 

Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazers – $ 320 – $ 360 w/ ECLIPSE20 ($ 400 – $ 450)

Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazers

Up there in price for sure, but Bonobos knows what they’re doing when it comes to these minimally lined, lightweight, wear it in everything from 10 degrees to 110 degrees sportcoats. Plenty of colors and patterns to pick from. Totally unlined in the back. Hopsack, looser weave wool is nice and airy. Super easy to dress up or down. Available in slim or standard fits.

 

Target Goodfellow & Co. Short Sleeve Henley Shirt – $ 12.99

In Review: Target’s Goodfellow & Co Spring 2019 | Dappered.com

Well made, soft cotton, and plenty of colors to pick from. Part of our round up of what Target’s Goodfellow & Co line has to offer for the warmer weather. The cotton is lightweight but doesn’t feel cheap, and the color options are all pretty nice.

 

Timex Allied Coastline 43mm Fabric Strap Watch – $ 99

Timex Allied Coastline 43mm Fabric Strap Watch

Nautical, seashore style without the “would you like to see my beach house?” price. 100m water resistance. Functional top bezel. (Yay!) Brass case so there should be some decent heft to it.

 

EXPRESS Piped Performance Polo – $ 49.90

EXPRESS Piped Performance Polo

The stretchy, super comfy, mostly cotton EXPRESS performance polos have gotten the piped treatment for Spring 2019. Not bad at all. Spendy from the jump, but… this is EXPRESS. There’s always another 40% off train a comin’.

 

Nodus Retrospect II Diver – $ 400 – $ 450*

Nodus Retrospect II Diver

Good gracious, that’s something. Designed and assembled in Los Angeles. Has a Miyota heart beating inside. More than a couple dial colors to pick from. Inward sloping bezel. I’m a big fan of my own personal Avalon (that cushion case speaks to me) but this? This is a heck of a do-anything, all purpose, classic but not boring dive watch. *Note that they are currently taking $ 200, non refundable deposits for pre-orders. Remaining balance will be charged right before shipping, which is expected to be early April.

 

Suitsupply Havana Fit Linen Blend Sportcoats – $ 399 – $ 499

Suitsupply Havana Fit Linen Blend Sportcoats

The Havana fit in linen or a linen blend is perfect for this time of year. Not ridiculously close to the body, but still tailored looking. There’s just enough room for ventilation and to breathe. Ships and returns for free since it’s Suitsupply.

 

Allen Edmonds Nomad Bucks – $ 345

Allen Edmonds Nomad Bucks

I really like the “Nomad” line. I know the new ownership at AE has NOT done everything right. Far from it. But these are still Goodyear welted, still made in Port Washington WI, and they’re darn comfortable. Full review of their chukkas from this line can be found here.

 

Nordstrom 1901 Marled Slub Polo – $ 49.50

Nordstrom 1901 Marled Slub Polo

Nordstrom is making a button down collar polo these days? Excellent. A little on the spendy side though. Slub fabric. From one of their younger leaning house brands, 1901. Ships and returns for free since it’s Nordstrom.

 

Spier & Mackay Tropical Weight Suits – $ 348

Spier & Mackay Tropical Weight Suits

Excited about these, but they do have a drawback: The jackets are fully lined. So if you’re a super sweater of a man, then you might want to steer clear. Lined in Bemberg though, so it’ll breathe noticeably better than stuffy polyester lined suits. Lighter weight tropical wool does help too in the warmer months. And hey, thankfully they’re selling the pants as separate stand-alones if you just need some trousers.

 

GAP Cotton/Linen Khakis – $ 41.97 w/ STYLE ($ 69.95)

GAP Cotton/Linen Khakis

Why GAP insists on calling these just “linen” khakis, when they’re 63% cotton and 37% linen, and most colors aren’t khaki, is beyond me. But I’m just some schmuck on the internet. Nice pants though.

 

Banana Republic Nyle Italian Lace-Up Oxford – $ 94.80 w/ STYLE ($ 158)

Banana Republic Nyle Italian Lace-Up Oxford

Gray suede bucks. Perfect for warm weather, but you can even wear them in cooler temps with jeans. Does go up for 40% off codes with some regularity.

 

Relwen Utility Trap Blazer – $ 328

Relwen Utility Trap Blazer

Y’know how a lot of fall/winter sportcoats can deftly walk that line between blazer and outerwear? That doesn’t happen all that often in spring. Until now. Also available in navy or gray. Ships and sold by Huckberry.

 

Goodthreads  7″ Inseam Lightweight Oxford Short – $ 29.19

Goodthreads  7" Inseam Lightweight Oxford Short

Oxford cloth is certainly a favorite warm weather fabric. Especially for shorts and pants. Thirty bucks doesn’t seem too bad, especially considering they ship fast and free thanks to the Prime service.

 

Banana Republic Tipped Luxe Touch Polos – $ 29.70 w/ STYLE ($ 49.50)

Banana Republic Tipped Luxe Touch Polos

There are two kinds of people in this world. First, those that love Banana Republic’s smooth as glass, cotton, luxe touch fabric. And second, those who seem to shrink these damn things in the wash/dryer, and thus, HATE Banana Republic’s luxe touch fabric. If you are in the latter camp, don’t buy these.

 

J. Crew Cotton/Linen Unstructured Suit Jacket – $ 168

J. Crew Cotton/Linen Unstructured Suit Jacket

Not all of J. Crew’s new spring arrivals look like they’ve fallen out of a norm-core lookbook. This jacket is loud but not tinnitus inducing. The top half of one of their newest “un-suits.” So unconstructed and unlined. Wearing it WITH the matching pants might cause some ringing in the ears.

 

Cole Haan GrandPro Turf Sneaker – $ 150

Cole Haan GrandPro Turf Sneaker

Spendy, but purposefully built with “Grand.OS” technology that specifically helps deliver arch support. Arch support. In a retro styled sneaker. Imagine that. Currently efforting an in person and maybe a giveaway.

 

Target Goodfellow & Co Hennepin Slim Fit Chino Pants – $ 22.99

In Review: Target’s Goodfellow & Co Spring 2019 | Dappered.com

A true slim. Gonna be too slim for some. If you can go to Target and try several pairs on, you’ll probably be good to go. Size shown above is a 32×32.

 

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chronograph – $ 2195

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chronograph

Ayeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! But man. That price. Should come down quite a bit once it hits gray market dealers. IF it ever hits gray market dealers. And hey, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it?

 

B.R. Silk Cotton Cashmere Sweater Polo – $ 47.70 w/ STYLE ($ 79.50)

BR Silk Cotton Cashmere Sweater Polo

These can be super dressed up or down. Worn with jeans when it’s cool to cold, with golf pants or even those performance wool trousers when it warms up a little. Come to think of it, those wool pants + one of these sweater polos would make a really smart (but maybe a little too retro) golfing outfit.

 

Suitsupply Grey Italian Suede Sneakers – $ 179

Suitsupply Grey Italian Suede Sneakers

Whoooo spendy. But hey, if you’re out looking for some gray colorblock sneakers, here they be. Ships and returns free since it’s Suitsupply.

 

J. Crew Factory SLIM Pocket Tee – $ 15ish

J. Crew Factory SLIM Pocket Tee

Cheap. True slim fit. Four colors to pick from and that pocket breaks up the large swatch of chest fabric just enough. Cotton/poly gives it some softness and a bit of a marled look.

 

Spier & Mackay Acetate Round Sunglasses – $ 68

Spier & Mackay Acetate Round Sunglasses

Really nice. Not polarized, but the feel and finish is really quite impressive. Hits that rare mid-price-point between gas station garbage shades and super luxury sunglasses. Full review here.

 

Banana Republic Core Temp Chinos – $ 58.80 w/ STYLE ($ 98)

BR Core Temp Chinos

So good. Lightweight, breathable, and absurdly comfortable. Full review here. Currently only offered in their Aiden Slim fit. Which leaves some of us in the athletic booty camp feeling a bit squeezed. But they’re stretchy enough that even if you are on team caboose, you still might find these to be a favorite.

 

Nordstrom The Rail Payson Chelsea Boot – $ 89.95

Nordstrom The Rail Payson Chelsea Boot

Spring/Summer and boots don’t often go together. These do. Sandy suede color. Cheap. Ships and returns for free.

 

Amazon Goodthreads Lightweight Slub Polo – $ 20

Amazon Goodthreads Lightweight Slub Polo

Serious potential here. Tons of colors, cheap, lightweight and slubbed. Casual due to that lightweight, slub fabric, but some of us dig that. Ships and returns free with Prime.

 

J. Crew Factory Chunky Cardigan Sweater in Marled Cotton – $ 60ish

J. Crew Factory Chunky Cardigan Sweater in Marled Cotton

Will look great with chinos or shorts, and a t-shirt or short sleeve henley on a cool summer evening. Something to pack for those trips to the beach / lake.

 

Jack Erwin Driving Loafer – $ 115

Jack Erwin Driving Loafer

Still handcrafted in Portugal. Not bad for $ 115. TONS of colors to pick from, and that familiar, low profile and nubby sole (and heel) of a true driving loafer.

 

Spier & Mackay Warm Weather Sportcoats – $ 228 – $ 298

Spier & Mackay Warm Weather Sportcoats

From cotton chino to linen silk blends, Spier does warm weather seasonality really well. Of course, they do cold weather seasonality really well too, but, wear one of their tweed numbers in the summer heat and you might end up in a puddle of your own sweat. Anyway, back to the warm weather sportcoats. Lots of fabric options. Lots of colors. Lots of patterns and textures too.

 

B.R. Supima Cotton Button-Shoulder Sweater – $ 59.10 w/ STYLE ($ 98.50)

BR Supima Cotton Button-Shoulder Sweater

The buttons are inspired by fisherman’s/sailor sweaters from the past. They used to have higher necks on them, and the buttons would help guys at sea button them all the way up to keep the sea spray out, but could be unbuttoned later for on/off. Price above reflects a pretty standard 40% off discount.

 

Suitsupply Nubuck Duffel – $ 399

Suitsupply Nubuck Duffel

Travel season is coming up fast. And honestly, not a bad price for an all nubuck leather duffel.

 

UNIQLO – AIRism Button Down Collar Polo Shirts – $ 29.90

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A favorite. Shown above is last year’s shirt-collar version, but you get the idea. A deep-ish, three button placket, and button down collar points = a polo collar that’s smart and in control. Not one that’s curling and flopping about as the day wears on.

 

Gustin Made in Italy White/Green Sneakers – $ 169

Gustin Made in Italy White/Green Sneakers

A total splurge, and twice as expensive as Stan Smiths, but Gustin knows what they’re doing when it comes to making quality products for a fair price. The catch? It’s a pre-order system, so you’ll have to be patient. Italian Nappa leather. Cream Margom Sole. Lined in Calfskin.

 

J. Crew Factory Oxford Cloth Pants in Slim or Straight Fit – $ 35ish

J. Crew Factory Oxford Cloth Pants

Again, oxford cloth shorts and pants are quite appreciated when it heats up. Yes, since they’re all cotton they tend to soak up and hold onto moisture. But they’re just so light and airy that unless you sweat like a beast, you should be okay. Depending on the temp and humidity of course.

 

Spier & Mackay Button Down Collar Polos – $ 30

Spier & Mackay Button Down Collar Polos

For those who prefer their polos 100% cotton with great buttons and a collar that won’t stray. More than a few color options to pick from.

 

Made in the USA Flint & Tinder 365 Pants – $ 98

Made in the USA Flint & Tinder 365 Pants

Because jeans are about to get kinda hot. These? Not so much. Perfectly weighted and stretch infused cotton 5-pockets designed specifically for year round wear. Full review here in case you missed it.

 

Todd Snyder Fine Cord Stripe Suit – $ 676

Todd Snyder Fine Cord Stripe Suit

Made in Canada, Italian cotton fine cord with a touch of stretch. An investment, but it has a lot of things going for it.

 

Spier & Mackay Cotton/Linen Dress Trousers – $ 128

Spier & Mackay Cotton/Linen Dress Trousers

Side tabs! Feel free to ditch that heavy leather belt (or heck, even a lightweight belt) in favor of side tabs. 55% Cotton / 45% linen blend fabric. Sharp as hell. Lots of colors.

 

J. Crew Unstructured Blazer & Pants in Stretch Cotton – $ 266

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Available in either stretch cotton (as shown above) or a cotton/linen blend. Nice to see that despite all the turmoil, J. Crew is still making these popular “un-suits” for the spring and summer months. Multiple colors available too. Full review here.

 

TheTieBar Pointed Tip Knit Ties – $ 25

TheTieBar Pointed Tip Knit Ties

Love the knit tie thing but don’t like the “it’s hip to be square” blunted end of most? Then TheTieBars limited run of tip-knit ties are your jam. Still just twenty five bucks. Knit silk, and finished with a more pleasing to the eye (to some) point.

 

B.R. Arley Suede Work Boot – $ 106.80 w/ STYLE ($ 178)

B.R. Arley Suede Work Boot

Yes you can wear boots in warmer weather. Just favor less clunk, and more suede. And that applies here. Full review can be found this way.

 

Spier & Mackay Stretch Wool Suits – $ 348

Spier & Mackay Stretch Wool Suits

98% wool and 2% lycra in a couple of spring-appropriate shades. Still half canvas. Still one of the best values in the suiting business.

 

WP Standard Boxcar Duffel – $ 400

WP Standard Boxcar Duffel

More travel gear here. WP Standard is the real deal. And while $ 400 is no small amount of money, the look and feel of their leather, not to mention the smart construction, really is something else.

 

Suitsupply Italian Wool Blend Raincoat – $ 499

Suitsupply Italian Wool Blend Raincoat

A lightweight, almost suiting-fabric 3-season raincoat is pretty much ideal. It ain’t cheap, but ideal rarely is. 80% wool and 20% poly. Fabric is from Italy. Ships and returns for free being that it’s Suitsupply.

 

Bonobos Lightweight Golf Pants – $ 78.40 w/ ECLIPSE20 ($ 98)

Bonobos Lightweight Golf Pants

A Bonobos tech pant that doesn’t start north of $ 150? Be still. My heart. Anyway, still a splurge, but try the code ECLIPSE20 at checkout for 20% off. All poly/nylon blend here. So don’t be shocked if they “swish swish” when you walk.

 

J. Crew Diagonal-Stitch Rope Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan – $ 140

J. Crew Diagonal-Stitch Rope Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan

The heavier sweaters from winter might be stashed in cedar for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need a sweater or two around the house for when it unexpectedly cools off. Should go on sale with the frequent codes and promos that J. Crew runs.

 

Nordstrom Roger Monk Strap Derby – $ 124.95

Nordstrom Roger Monk Strap Derby

From their affordable, but still pretty nice house brand. Should look quite good with all manners of lightweight suiting.

 

Banana Republic Heritage Slim Linen Suit Jacket & Pant = $ 275 w/ STYLE ($ 458)

BR Heritage Slim Linen Suit

Price above reflects a 40% off discount, but do know that these suit separates get excluded quite a bit. Once upon a time BR would take an otherwise nice, airy, 100% linen suit like this… and fully line the jacket. But not anymore! Someone got in the ear of whoever was in charge of suit construction and said “hey, it sorta defeats the purpose of an airy, breathable summer suit, to fully line the jacket.” Sweat city people. But not here. This is the way to do it. Just butterfly lined in the back. True slim fit.

 

J.C.F. Slim Thompson Double-Breasted Blazer in Flex Chino – $ 130ish

J.C.F. Slim Thompson Double-Breasted Blazer in Flex Chino

I mean… it’s possible of course. But. Well. YOU FIRST.

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Postelegant RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Postelegant
Main message: One of the six winners of the 2019 Tokyo Fashion Award, Yuya Nakata’s fledgling brand (established only two years ago) aims to make “timeless modern wear with the best materials and details.” For the brand’s first collection shown on the runway, it did just that. The silhouettes were classic and refined, including different cuts of long coats, tailored trousers and calf-length dresses. And while they were beautifully cut to move with the body, it was the fabrics that set them apart from simple basics. Wool blends in sky blue and red, ribbed knits in the perfect shade of medium gray, a fine, bone-colored twill, and a trio of cloths all in dusty pink begged a second look.
The result: A newcomer on the Tokyo fashion scene, Nakata proved himself as one to watch with a collection that went beyond elegant to something new and undeniably modern.

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Stretch Retro Polos, Orient’s newest Dive Watch on Sale, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

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

 

EXPRESS: 40% off Everything

Express

Heading into the warm weather season, EXPRESS seems to have, oddly enough, more than a few pieces inspired by classic (if not straight up retro) menswear. Avoid the logos kids. Stick with the unbranded stuff, as shown in the picks above. Those piped performance polos look darn near perfect. Efforting an in person soon. 40% off just about everything ends tomorrow, 3/29.

 

Massdrop: Orient Kamasu Automatic Dive Watch – $ 180 FINAL ($ 450)

Orient

Sometimes I wonder just what the hell is going on over at Massdrop. Continuity? The hell is that? Here, they’re insisting this is the “Mako III.” Which apparently it is very much not. It’s a new model called the Kamasu. Massdrop has also somehow mixed in some new “Kano” watches too (the ones without the triangle at 12 o’clock). Now, that said… hell of a price. Currently going for $ 100 more over at Orient if you want to buy direct. 41.8mm case diameter. Automatic movement of course. Day and date. Sapphire crystal. 200m water resistance. A pretty slick summertime (okay, year-round) companion. Estimated ship date is April 22nd.

 

Spier and Mackay: $ 10 off Dress Shirts, $ 35 – $ 55 ($ 45 – $ 65)

Spier & Mackay

No bundling required this time. No code. Just click and get a shirt in your cart and ten bucks should get knocked off. Good through this Saturday. Oxford cloth button downs (with awfully nice collars) are now $ 38 instead of the usual $ 48.

 

Club Monaco: 25% off $ 150+ w/ HELLOSPRING

Club Monaco

Looks like the exclusions are the same as they usually are: Just Birkenstock, Viberg, Woolrich, Zespa. So that means Filson and Allen Edmonds are a go? Same for their THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR cashmere hoodie? I know. I know. Silly. Still, wanted to include it just for kicks.

 

Gustin: Made in the USA Moleskin Field Jackets – $ 159

Gustin

Gustin’s Made in the USA field jackets are back, only this time they’re cranking them out in a super soft, velvety (but not shiny) moleskin cotton fabric. Since it’s Gustin, it’s pre-order, and these things don’t ship until June. Which… kinda stinks because by June, it’s gonna be way too damn hot (for most of us) to wear one of these. Maybe an early fall present to oneself? Available in Navy, Olive, and Black.

 

BONUS: Jomers American Milled 5-Pockets – $ 38

Jomers

These are NOT the Flint & Tinder 365 pants. They’re $ 60 less, 100% cotton (no 3% stretch here), and while the fabric is made in the USA, they’re made in the ambiguous land of “imported.” Just a slim fit here. No straight. So no, they aren’t the F&T, but they’re a lot less. And a lot of guys really like Jomers. Launched yesterday but they goofed and sent out the pricing as $ 58 in the original communications. Not so. They’re $ 38. Shipping is free, but you’re on the hook for returns.

 

BONUS II  Suitsupply: THEIR FRIGGIN’ CAPE IS BACK PEOPLE

I mean. It’s a velvet cape. Why they brought it back just in time for the warm weather, I have no idea. But still, cape on if you’re pro-cape. Huge thanks to Brandon D. for sending in the tip here.

 

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Nobuyuki Matsui Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Nobuyuki Matsui
Main message: The first clue that Nobuyuki Matsui’s first Tokyo Fashion Week outing was going to be something unusual was the invitation: a small cardboard box holding a single air pillow, on which details of the show were printed. When audience members arrived, they were asked to step over the back of long benches in order to reach their seats. The long, narrow runway was strewn with air packaging, some filled with goose down, which popped under the models’ feet, adding a strange kind of percussion to the soundtrack.
Some of the clothes also incorporated the pillow-like pouches, which were tied with strings to coats or stuffed inside a tan leather vest that was cut to look like another form of packaging material. But the concept didn’t run through the entire collection, and some looks of simple pants and shirts felt bland and unimaginative. More interesting was Matsui’s modern take on tailoring, which included pullover vests and suits with exposed stitching, contrast fabrics, and trousers that were either cropped or cinched with belts at the ankle.
The result: The collection showed ingenuity and a fresh take on some men’s wear staples, but it was inconsistent and would have benefited from

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Mistergentleman Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Mistergentleman
Main message: Always one of the bright spots during Tokyo Fashion Week, Takeshi Osumi and Yuichi Yoshii’s men’s brand mixed easy tailoring with streetwear, outdoor and women’s wear influences for fall. Models walked the grass-like carpeted runway in retro, relaxed snakeskin print suits paired with satin double-breasted shirts and neckerchiefs, or velvet pants with roomy overcoats. The more casual looks included dad jeans, hooded sweatshirts and duck canvas jackets, all in neutral shades of gray, brown, khaki and black, interspersed with pops of purple, green and orange.
Osumi and Yoshii played with proportions, shrinking trenches and puffer jackets into crop tops and styling them over wool coats and loose sweaters. Moto, letterman and toggle jackets were chopped up into bib-like pieces and layered over outerwear, while a series of coats and jackets were cut from two contrasting fabrics: olive corduroy and gray wool flannel, or plush fleece with the same snake print from earlier pieces. Subtle feminine touches came in the form of silk scarves worn as belts over coats, and a handful of equestrian print jackets and shifts. The brand also debuted its latest collaboration products, including quilted bags made with Outdoor Products and a black satin bomber designed

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

 

Spier & Mackay: Extra 20% off Sale Items w/ SALE20

Spier & Mackay

The best values in menswear get even better. But it really does feel like an end of season clearance (probably because it is). Lots of cool to cold weather fabrics. Sizes are really scattered. So get ready to hunt and peck a little bit.

 

Massdrop: Folding Ray-Ban Clubmasters – $ 89.99 ($ 225)

Rayban Clubmasters

So maybe ketchup and mustard Persols weren’t your thing. Fair enough. So perhaps something more classic? Folding Clubmasters this time around, still from Massdrop. Prescription ready too, in case you want to swap in some Rx lenses in the frames. Final sale of course, being that it’s Massdrop. Estimated ship date is April 16. UPDATE: Dang it! These are no longer available. I’m thinking it was because enough people got on board? Hope you got a pair if you were interested. 

 

Timex: 20% off Select Watches w/ VIP20

Timex

Getting a Timex direct through Timex.com doesn’t always net you the best price. In fact, if it’s a pretty common model? Amazon will almost always have them beat on price. But this VIP sale has got some not-so-common watches up for the 20% discount, including some kinda-rare Waterbury as well as Todd Snyder models. Code expires Monday 3/25.

 

Huckberry: Restocks of USA Made Flint & Tinder 365 Pants – $ 98

Flint & Tinder Pants

Cheap? Nope. But made in the USA from 97% cotton and 3% lycra, they look good, feel great, and now come in both a slim AND a straight fit. (Straight fit! Rejoice squat rack fans!) Also, no hemming (for most of us) required anymore. They now come in inseams of 30, 32, and 34. Full review coming soon. Seven, count ’em SEVEN different colors to pick from.

 

Brooks Brothers: The Wardrobe Event starts Friday 3/22

Brooks Brothers

Doesn’t start until tomorrow, but still worth a mention. While the construction often takes place in the fuzzy, not very specific land of “imported,” they’re built well, and the Italian fabrics they make them out of are top notch. A splurge for most of us, but they wear well and hold up great.

 

BONUS  BR Rapid Movement Denim = 30% off 

Now $ 82 instead of the usual $ 118. Still an investment, and they were going for less during the recent exclusion-free F&F sale, but they get excluded all the time from other promos and codes. So, still worth a mention.

 

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Ssense Launches Marine Serre Men’s Line

Ssense has snagged the exclusive for the launch of the Marine Serre’s first men’s designs.
The 22-piece collection includes fleece jackets, dégradé tracksuits, bike shorts, T-shirts and accessories that are rich in Nineties nostalgia.
The collection retails from $ 95 for a whistle-festooned lariat to $ 2,270 for a floral-print blanket coat.
Ssense is a luxury retailer based in Montreal that has a strong following with men and women under the age of 34.
Serre, a Parisian-based designer, has been a winner of the LVMH Prize, and made her mark with crescent-moon print bodysuits and dresses made from upcycled silk scarves for women. Her clothes blend futuristic, athletic and couture references.

She had interned at Maison Margiela and quit her job in the studio of Balenciaga in September 2017 to focus on her own label. This is her first men’s wear capsule.

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Business Casual Men’s Attire & Dress Code Explained

Business casual is a dress code men are confronted with everywhere, but what does it really mean? In this Business Casual Guide for men, we answer this question in detail, share DO’s and DON’Ts and provide specific advice on what you can wear so you are dressed to the T.

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History of Business Casual

Until recently, the Business Casual attire dress code did not exist. There was simply daywear and evening wear. During the day, men would wear a stroller coat or a morning coat for business. In the evening they would change into a tailcoat for dinner and events. Once retiring for bed, pajamas would be donned as would a dressing gown, but the chance of anyone seeing them wear them (besides their spouse and perhaps a valet) was slim to none. The most casual attire a gentleman might wear would have perhaps been a tweed suit while shooting or for a walk in the park.

Around the turn of the century, black tie made its mark and the tuxedo overtook the white tie dress code in popularity. Business suits became the standard daywear for decades.

Solid options for casual Friday

Business Casual for Men Changes with the Office Environment and the Job

Aloha Friday Paved the Way for Business Casual

Then came 1966. Until then, casual wear was worn on the weekends at home, but if you worked in an office, you wore a suit and a tie. There was no debate about what was appropriate office attire. Then, a company that made Hawaiian shirts began to strategize how they could increase their profits and a brilliant ad agency in Hawaii came up with the idea of “Aloha Fridays”.

They began petitioning local businesses to allow their employees to wear the Hawaiian shirt on Fridays. Initially penned as a way of showing local pride, it ended up quickly becoming a trend and a popular way of avoiding the rat race of corporate America. The fad began to catch on and soon it hopped off the Islands and made its way to the mainland.

Vintage Hawaii Shirt by Penney's

Vintage Hawaii Shirt by Penney’s

Dockers Ad Campaign Brings Khakis To The Office

By the early 1990s, Levis began to notice the trend on the mainland and many of its customers in upper management began complaining that their employees were too casual, wearing shorts and t-shirts to work. The sale of jeans was in decline and so they took it as a chance to market their new brand called ‘Dockers’ to the corporate community.

They began to launch expensive ad campaigns for their khaki pants and it took off. Employers looked at it as a fair compromise between shorts and suits and the employees agreed. As this was occurring, television shows like Saved by the Bell and movies about wealthy country clubs began showing the Preppy, Ivy and Trad styles to those outside the Northeastern United States. Companies like Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren and J.Crew jumped on the opportunity to increase the sale of their casual wear. They began marketing polo shirts, sports jackets, shirts and chinos as perfect options that worked flawlessly or better than the Levi Dockers brand. It was a revolution of sorts.

How is Business Casual Defined Today for Men?

Business Casual Outfit by Hogtownrake - Single Breasted Blazer with popover shirt, cotton pocket square, khakis and brown tassel loafers

Business Casual Outfit by Hogtownrake – Single Breasted Blazer with popover shirt, cotton pocket square, khakis, and brown tassel loafers

Business Casual in a Nutshell = No Suit, But Also No Jeans

Obviously, that is just a general guideline but in order to nail the business casual look, you have to adapt to your specific company culture. Also, your age is important and the older you are, the more formal your business casual outfit should be.

Business Casual in Traditional White Collar Jobs: Law Firms, Banks, Accounting Firms

If business casual attire is allowed in this kind of work environment it is the most formal of all business casual dress codes and it consists of the following items:

1. Blazer or Sport Coat

The blazer is an essential part of a business casual wardrobe. Avoid gold buttons and stick with dark colors. Navy is the most classic color and your best bet. Single breasted is the standard while a double-breasted navy blazer can look more powerful.  To learn more about the blazer in general, check out our blazer guide.

If you wear a sports coat, opt for something subdued with a subtle pattern and avoid loud summery colors.

Oxford Cloth Shirt - A Business Casual Staple

Oxford Cloth Shirt Button-down shirt – A Business Casual Staple

2. Long Sleeved Dress Shirt

Wear a cotton dress shirt in light blue or pastel colors. An Oxford dress shirt is absolutely appropriate for business casual wear and can be worn in a relaxed state by keeping the top button undone or wearing a more casual knit tie with it. A simple white oxford shirt is the ideal shirt for business casual wear as it can be elevated to business attire for a last minute meeting with the addition of a tie kept in your desk drawer and a blazer thrown over the top.

Business Casual Outfit with silk knit tie for fall

Business Casual Outfit with silk knit tie for fall

3. Neckwear

Neckwear is optional but it certainly elevates your outfit. Ideal ties include grenadine ties or knit ties because they perfectly underline the business casual character. Bow ties certainly make a  statement, and when in doubt stick with the tie.

In case you decide against neckwear, make sure that your undershirt is not visible.

4. Trousers

Jeans should not be worn but the jacket and shirt are ideal

Jeans should not be worn but the jacket and shirt are ideal

5. Dress Pants

A pair of solid navy, grey or even charcoal dress pants pleated or flat front are the perfect choice for business casual wear. With a dress shirt neatly tucked into it, and a blazer or sports jacket you are good to go.

Small Houndstooth pattern ideal for Business Casual

Small Houndstooth pattern ideal for Business Casual

6. Chinos / Khakis

Chinos are appropriate in many casual work environments, but should ideally be paired with a contrasting blazer to elevate their casual heritage.

7. Corduroy Pants

Cords can also be worn in lieu of chinos during the colder months of the year. The same rules apply to corduroys as they do to chinos.

Business Casual Mens by hogtownrake - Cardigan Madder inspired tie that extends beyond the waistband with suspenders, and vintage watch

Business Casual Mens by hogtownrake – Cardigan Madder inspired tie that extends beyond the waistband with suspenders, and vintage watch

8. Sweaters

A sweater vest, cardigan or turtle neck works well during the colder days in addition to your sports coat or blazer. Simply worn over a collared shirt it is only appropriate for Casual Friday. In general, a knitted vest will always make a formal garment more casual.

9. Accessories

Accessories are a great way to distinguish yourself from the pack. Choosing a knit tie or pocket square for your blazer pocket will make you look very dapper. Depending on your environment, a boutonniere or a collar pin may work as well, but when in doubt, skip it.

You could also consider a more casual wristwatch with a more formal outfit or pairing a dress watch with a more casual outfit to add a touch of elegance.

Cufflinks are also a good way to enhance your outfit, just like tie bars.

Wrist bands are a bit too casual and when in doubt, skip them.

Full Brogue Oxford with a beautiful chestnut brown patina

Full Brogue Oxford with a beautiful chestnut brown patina

10. Shoes & Boots

This is where you can have a bit more fun. Rather than sticking with the classic oxfords and derbies, you can get creative with unique colors like oxblood or wearing more casual dress shoes and boots like monk straps, loafers or chukka boots, Chelsea boots or balmoral boots. For an in-depth rundown on business casual shoes, click here.

In terms of color, brown shoes are a great companion for Business Casual, and so are burgundy and Oxblood. Click here to learn how to wear and combine them. 

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a-leather-bag-is-always-preferable-to-a-backpack

11. Bags

Sometimes you see grown men wearing backpacks with their business casual outfits. That’s a faux pas and it makes you look like a little school boy. Instead, go with a leather bag in brown or black that works for you. Whether it’s classic, functional or sleek, clean and modern you can find hundreds of leather bags in various price ranges.

Business Casual in the Service Industry

If you work in the service industry, in sales, trade positions or a job where you interact with the public, you should adapt the business casual standard above.

If you are just at the office and you don’t have customer contact, your employer will most likely have a more relaxed attitude when it comes to business casual.

Hogtownrake in combination of light sport coat with charcoal pants and brown wool knit tie, blue shirt and cream pocket square

Hogtownrake combines a light sports coat with charcoal pants and a brown wool knit tie, a blue shirt, and a cream pocket square

1. Jackets

It’s likely that wearing a jacket is optional. So if you don’t want to go with just a dress shirt and a blazer would be too much, consider wearing a vest or a cardigan instead.

2. Shirts

The button-down collar shirt is another classic shirt that is acceptable for business casual wear. Alternatively, a long-sleeved polo shirt is acceptable too, if others wear it in the office as well. You don’t want to be the only one wearing polos though.

In this scenario, business casual does not mean wearing t-shirts, casual sweaters without a collared shirt underneath, hoodies, pullovers or any other style of shirt.

Checked Shirt Fabric - Ideal for Business Casual

Checked Shirt Fabric – Ideal for Business Casual

3. Neckwear

Neckties and bow ties are completely optional, yet they look great with vests, jackets and cardigans.

4. Pants

While dress pants are ok, chinos, khakis, and corduroys are the best choice. Dark colors such as navy and grey are versatile, although lighter colors are preferable for the warmer months of the year.

Pants such as denim jeans, athletic wear, sweatpants, draw-string pants, shorts, and cargo pants should not be worn, nor should any pant with a camouflage print or large visible logo.

Navy pants, burgundy vest and tweed jacket - business casual in the fall

Navy pants, burgundy vest, and tweed jacket – business casual in the fall

5. Sweaters & Accessories

If you decide not to wear a jacket, sweaters and knit vests or cardigans become your best friends. Not only will they keep you warm, but they also look stylish all while adding that casual note to your outfit. Accessorize your outfit as you please but try not to add too many accents, otherwise, people don’t know where to look.

6. Shoes & Boots

Skip sneakers and tennis shoes but you can choose from a wide range of classic shoes in various materials such as leather, suede, and fabric.

7. Bags

Leather bags are best but if you want a canvas-leather or all canvas bag may work as well. You can be more daring with your color choice and go with green, yellow, blue or red if you want.

Chinos are acceptable making this a great business casual outfit

In young start-ups, this would be an appropriate business casual outfit

Business Casual in Startups

Startups are generally much more casual than traditional jobs. They will likely also not have a company dress code but the hierarchies are typically low and often people can wear whatever they want, especially in a tech related environment.

1. Jackets

In most places a jacket is probably too overdressed. Is your startup that place? You’ll figure it out pretty soon. At the same time, startups often have a very accepting culture so if you enjoy dressing up, wearing a jacket the way you like it is a good thing.

2. Shirts, Sweaters & Neckwear

While most startups would consider a t-shirt to be just fine, a nice trim cut polo shirt looks much smarter. Sweaters are perfectly acceptable and neckwear is definitely not the norm but again, if you like it, go for it.

Bold sport coats are too much for business casual

Bold sport coats are too much for traditional business casual but in start-ups they are fine

3. Pants & Shorts

While it’s totally fine to wear denim at most startups, and you can even find people wearing cargo shorts, you are probably better off wearing lightweight summer slacks such as seersucker because no matter what you do in life, people will at least subconsciously judge you based on what you look like. Being perceived as being well put together will never hurt you, but being a slob can. Consider wearing a sports coat with jeans for a polished casual look.

Appropriate business casual attire for young men

Appropriate business casual attire for young men in a start-up

4. Shoes & Boots

A nice pair of boots or shoes will always make you look more dapper than wearing sneakers. Instead of just going with brown, you can be more playful and wear stone, red, green or blue suede loafers, driving mocs or spectators. Of course, sneakers or stylish canvas shoes can be acceptable too, and even though some coworker may wear tennis shoes, you will look better without them.

5. Bags

A portfolio or a leather/canvas bag is your best bet. In terms of colors, anything goes, even though a bright pink bag with pokemon on it may not reflect positively on you. If you are into tech, bags with built-in chargers, cables and camera compartments will satisfy your needs but please, skip the backpack.

A great business casual outfit with outerwear and accessories

A great business casual outfit with button-up shirt outerwear and accessories

Business Casual Outerwear & Accessories

When your job means being on the move, it’s a great idea to ensure your outerwear matches your indoor attire because that active jacket you wear skiing or hiking does not go well with your sports coat.

Quilted Jackets

Lightweight, warm and classic the quilted jacket is slightly longer than your blazer and makes you look instantly well put together. At the same time, it is easy to care for, wrinkles easily and can be machine washed.

Trench Coat

During the fall and spring season, a trench coat will look very dapper. To learn all about this garment, check out our trench coat guide. For a more youthful look, with a trench coat, that is shorter than your knees.

Peacoat with double sided scarf, Jodhpur boots and Chinos - Business Casual

Peacoat with a double-sided scarf, Jodhpur boots, and Chinos – Business Casual

Peacoat

For the cold winters, a pea coat is the perfect business casual companion because it is less formal than a full-fledged overcoat yet still warm, stylish and functional due to its many pockets. To learn more about peacoats click here

Scarves & Gloves

A gorgeous paisley scarf or a nice pair of gloves will add the finishing touches to your business casual look.

This is too casual for business casual unless you work in a young tech company

Jeans & sports coat: This is too casual for business casual unless you work in a young startup office or tech environment

Business Casual DON’Ts: When in Doubt, Dress Up

Jeans should be avoided unless approved by management

Jeans should be avoided in a traditional office or service environment unless approved by management

If you are unsure of whether business casual is allowed in your workplace or not, it is best to err on the side of caution and to be overdressed rather than underdressed. Wear a suit and tie the first day. Then you can see how people dress around you and adapt. If you are still unsure about what is appropriate, ask your coworker or superior.

Business Casual DON’Ts to Avoid

Even for the most casual workplaces, there are times where business casual simply isn’t appropriate. Here are a few of the times you will want to wear a more conservative outfit such as a business suit:

  • When you have an important meeting with clients or customers outside your normal range of duties
  • When you have a meeting with a manager or executive in the organization
  • When you will be attending a board or committee meeting
  • During work-related events, conferences, and symposiums
  • When representing your company in the media or speaking at an event
  • When interviewing for a position or negotiating a raise with your employer
  • When you work for a firm with a policy that does not permit the regular wearing of business casual attire
  • Don’t wear business casual to a  job interview – to learn more about what to wear to an interview, check out this guide
Wonderful business casual outfit for fall with brown suede double monks and green turtleneck

Works for most offices. Wonderful business casual outfit for fall with brown suede double monks and green turtleneck

What about Casual Friday? It Depends

Some companies do not support business casual attire but they will allow it on Fridays, others even allow very casual clothing on Fridays. Talk to your coworkers and your boss to find out how your company handles Friday dress codes.

In case there is a more casual dress code for Fridays, but you notice that senior management doesn’t dress that way, you should consider following their lead. It’s more advantageous for you to dress for the job you want, rather than the job you have.

Conclusion

Business Casual for men is not easy to master because it means different things at different offices and events. Using our guidelines will give you a good place to start.

Finally, remember to use this rule of thumb: if you’re unsure whether it’s appropriate, chances are it’s not! Dress up a notch because it is always best to be slightly overdressed rather than slightly underdressed.


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The Oscars & Men’s Tuxedos & Black Tie Outfits

Ah, the Oscars: that special time of year when the stars come out to experiment with black tie. Let’s take a look at what they get right and wrong with the black tie dress code, and present our guide to mastering the tuxedo. These days, celebrities are among the few people around who have reason to don a tuxedo frequently. So, how did they do? In the past, we’ve seen everything from funny to unique, flamboyant to spot on but overall, the outfits are mostly disappointing.

To help you avoid the same pitfalls, we created a 60+ page Tuxedo & Black Tie Guide and Video.

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Men’s Black Tie at the Oscars 2019

While the 2019 Academy Awards featured some controversy around the ceremony itself–in terms of the lack of a host as well as some of the nominees, winners, and snubs–there were a good handful of bright spots in terms of the men’s outfits. Before we cover the best, worst, and weirdest, here’s a rundown of some of the common trends we observed.

Trend: Velvet Jackets and Tuxedos

Standard wool-and-silk combinations still reigned supreme as with most years, but 2019 saw a large contingent of men on the red carpet wearing velvet in varying amounts, whether it be as an accent, a jacket, or a full ensemble.

Chris Evans in one of the more elegant velvet jackets of the evening, this one in a dark turquoise. The remainder of his black-tie ensemble is also cleanly styled. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Mark Ronson’s outfit, while more modern than classic, still achieved a certain level of elegance. His jacket features a black velvet shawl collar and cuffs, accented by white piping. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Mario Lopez also followed the velvet trend of the 2019 Oscars, though he could still have benefitted from a cummerbund or other waist covering. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Trend: Fly-Front Shirts

Conventional tuxedo shirts worn with studs made a strong showing this year, but so did the more minimalist fly-front shirt. As with most other elements of red-carpet black tie, it was worn both elegantly and inelegantly.

Ryan Seacrest’s burgundy-and-black patterned jacket is tastefully unique, but his pre-tied bow tie makes his Oscars ensemble less than stellar. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Viggo Mortensen’s outfit blends elements of a suit (flap pockets, high-buttoning vest) and a tuxedo (satin peak lapels). [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

The stars of “Wayne’s World” illustrate mediocre and competent black tie, respectively. Mike Myers (left) wears a notch-lapel jacket and pre-tied bow, while Dana Carvey wears peaked lapels, a self-tied bow, and a pocket square. [Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty]

Trend: Midnight Blue Tuxedos

Though the Oscars and similar award ceremonies typically see the greatest representation from either standard black ensembles or ones with bright and flashy colors, the elegant and classic alternative of midnight blue made a not-insignificant showing in 2019.

A cummerbund or other waist covering would have taken Paul Rudd’s midnight-blue, shawl-collared tuxedo from good to great. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Willem Dafoe, pictured here with Giada Colagrande, in a midnight-blue tuxedo, black shirt and necktie, and black patent derby shoes. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

The team behind “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (L-R: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) show off some of the trends of the 2019 Academy Awards, such as midnight blue and a lack of waist coverings. [Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty]

Trend: Monochromatic Looks

The black-and-white nature of a classic tuxedo was designed to give a man an idealized silhouette, but since the 1990s, monochromatic looks have made their presence known in the realms of Alternative and Creative Black Tie. More than just black-on-black, the 2019 Oscars also saw other one-color looks.

Bryan Tyree Henry was one of several to adopt some of the year’s trends, including a monochromatic ensemble and a velvet jacket. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Christian Bale, pictured here with Sibi Blazic, in his trademark monochromatic outfit. His satin peaked lapels and tie, in combination with a similarly finished shirt, are hallmarks of 21st-century “Alternative Black Tie.” [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

While Samuel L. Jackson, pictured here with Brie Larson, appears to be wearing an all-black ensemble, the stage lights during the Oscars ceremony revealed it to be closer to a charcoal gray jacket and a brown shirt. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Tyler Perry was one of several men to adopt the monochromatic look in 2019, choosing a wine-colored ensemble. Aside from the nontraditional color and button-up shirt, however, the effect of his outfit isn’t altogether negative. [Photo: Craig Sjodin/Getty]

Trend: Patterned & Textured Jackets

While patterned jackets in black tie have an historical precedent dating at least to the introduction of tartan in the 1940s and ’50s, and textures arrived in the 1960s, there were several examples of both types of personalization on the red carpet in 2019.

Not only did Javier Bardem opt for a nearly monochromatic look, but his jacket also features a faint watered texture. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

John Mulaney, pictured here with Awkwafina (left), scored points for an elegantly unique jacket and fly-front shirt, but lost points for a pre-tied bow and lack of waist covering. [Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty]

Mahershala Ali (right) in an avant-garde take on the tuxedo, featuring a patterned jacket, minimalist shirt, shoes with two finishes, and a black beanie hat. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Alright, there’s our summary of trends covered for this year. Now, with the previews and trailers out of the way, let’s get to our feature presentation: the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2019 men’s Oscars outfits.

Best-Dressed Men of the 2019 Academy Awards

First up: the men who we believe stayed true to the spirit and history of classic black tie, and came away looking dapper and distinguished.

Trevor Noah’s tuxedo was perhaps the most classically inspired and well-fitting of the evening; it features a 2×1 double-breasted jacket with peaked lapels and jetted pockets, trousers of satisfactory cut, self-tied bow tie and white pocket square, a micropleat shirt, and patent leather shoes. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Richard E. Grant, pictured here with daughter Olivia, in a burgundy velvet jacket with gray peaked lapels (and matching gray waistcoat). Grant’s look is classic and elegant. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Bradley Cooper, pictured here with his mother (left) and wife, was one of the most classically styled men at the 2019 Academy Awards (aside from his boots). His Tom Ford tux would have been perfect, with the trousers worn higher and the jacket buttoned. [Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty]

Daniel Craig, pictured here with Charlize Theron, in a typical Bond-style tuxedo. The midnight-blue jacket and trousers feature classic styling, and the accessories are well-chosen. [Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty]

Michael B. Jordan in a tasteful blue velvet jacket, self-tied bow tie, studded shirt, and patent leather shoes. [Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]

Honorable Mentions: Fair and Decent Oscars Outfits

While the above examples were the true winners in terms of elegance, there were a number of other men whose efforts should still be commended.

Along with Bradley Cooper, Joe Alwyn was another man to wear a Tom Ford tuxedo well at the 2019 Academy Awards–though he also neglected to button his jacket. [Photo: Rick Rowell/Getty]

Diego Luna’s midnight-blue ensemble featured a shawl-collar jacket and self-tied bow. Wearing the trousers at the natural waist would have made this outfit nearly perfect. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Alex Rodriguez (right), pictured here with Jennifer Lopez, in an ivory dinner jacket, self-tied bow tie, and tuxedo shirt (whose sleeves are just a bit too short). [Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty]

While Gary Oldman’s tuxedo is simple in its details (aside from the pocket square), he wears it with an understated confidence that makes him look all the more elegant. [Photo: Craig Sjodin/Getty]

Though Michael Keaton’s ensemble could have been livened up by a white linen pocket square, his shawl collar and studded shirt were dependable and classic. [Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty]

Sam Elliott’s tuxedo was classically handsome, with satin peaked lapels, a studded shirt, and a flattering fit. [Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty]

Though Rami Malek wore a proper black-tie waistcoat, his trousers were still seated too low. Even so, his outfit was one of the better ensembles at the 2019 Oscars. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Keegan-Michael Key wore a well-fitting tuxedo featuring wide peaked lapels (though the stunt wires altered his silhouette). A cummerbund or waistcoat would have made this outfit soar. [Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake]

Mixed Results (and Levels of Formality)

The following are a selection of men who had success in some areas and failure in others, when considering the metrics of fit, formality, and overall style.

David Oyelowo’s 2019 Oscars outfit was a good attempt at unique elegance, but the full-velvet ensemble, high-buttoning vest, and loud shoes push it “over the top.” [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

The overall effect of Henry Golding’s outfit is nice, but the devil is in the details; once should never attempt to mix and match black-tie and white-tie garments. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Jordan Peele, pictured here with wife Chelsea Peretti, wore a somewhat average ensemble, with pre-tied bow tie, no waist covering, and sunglasses. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Jay Hart (left), pictured here with Hannah Beachler, has good and bad elements to his outfit. The waist covering and shirt studs are appreciated, while the notched lapels and pre-tied bow tie are not. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Musician Tom Morello’s attempt at black tie was largely uninspired, featuring a notch-lapel jacket with flap pockets, puddling trousers, and a pre-tied bow tie. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

“Roma” Director Alfonso Cuarón chose an elegant brown for his jacket, but the fit left a bit to be desired. [Photo: Craig Sjodin/Getty]

James McAvoy’s jacket and trousers are cut well, but the flap pockets, multiple buttons, and long necktie mean that he’s just wearing a black suit. [Photo: ABC/Rick Rowell]

DeVon Franklin, pictured here with Meagan Good, opted for a charcoal grey tuxedo with black peaked lapels. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Black-Tie Blunders: 2019 Oscars Tuxedo Missteps

Our penultimate category: the outfits that most will love to hate, and the critiques they’ll hate to love. The following ensembles, in our view, simply broke too many established guidelines, were too sloppy in their fit, or were so uninspired in their execution, that they can’t be redeemed.

2019 Oscars bandleader Rickey Minor, pictured here with wife Karen, in a midnight-blue velvet jacket. While his shirt, jacket, and shoes are nice, Minor’s tie is pre-tied, and his trousers feature a belt (a no-go for black tie). [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

The blue color of director Barry Jenkins’ tuxedo is nice, but his lack of waist covering and socks, as well as an overall poor fit, end up making this outfit a “miss.” [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Sam Rockwell (right), pictured here with Frances McDormand, wore an uninspired take on black tie. It features a notched lapel, two-button jacket, and a high-cut black vest. [Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty]

The cumulative effect of Shamier Anderson’s outfit is that of a contemporary suit; he wears a two-button, notched lapel jacket with flap pockets, a high-buttoning day vest, velvet slippers with no socks, and somewhat gaudy accessories. [Photo: Rick Rowell/Getty]

Though Scott Stuber, pictured here with Molly Sims, ended up with a decent trouser break, the other aspects of his ensemble’s fit are lacking, such as the length of the jacket’s sleeves and the gapping of its quarters. Further, the outfit is more of a standard suit than a true tuxedo. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Adam Lambert’s Tom Ford tuxedo fit well, and his boutonniere wasn’t bad, but his shirt and shoes tipped the outfit into costume territory. [Photo: Jordan Straus/Invision/AP]

Nicholas Hoult in a monochromatic and pseudo-futuristic black outfit. The double-breasted jacket features excess fabric, to be worn as a sort of wrap. [Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]

Jason Momoa, pictured here with wife Lisa Bonet, in a pink-and-black outfit made even more gaudy with jewelry and other accessories. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Stephan James bright red ensemble may have been the most egregious example of the velvet trend at the 2019 Academy Awards. While the shawl collar and double-breasted waistcoat are nice, the pre-tied bow tie, skinny-cut trousers, and white boots are more avant-garde. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

And Finally…The Craziest Outfits of the 2019 Academy Awards

Our final list for this year are the outfits so bizarre that they can’t rightly be considered attempts black tie at all; they’re in a completely different stratosphere! Enjoy…we think?

Chadwick Boseman in an outfit possibly inspired by his role in “Black Panther,” featuring a jacket with long tails and a scarf. [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

Ever the iconoclast, Spike Lee opted for a bright purple suit, blue shirt, and magenta necktie, further accented by a purple hat, gold sneakers, and various accessories related to his films. [Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic]

Pharrell Williams (left), pictured here with Helen Laischanh, in what was perhaps the most bizarre outfit of the 2019 Academy Awards. Williams wore a matching double-breasted jacket and shorts in camouflage print, along with white tube socks, chunky shoes, a white shirt, and various jewelry. [Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage]

Red Carpet Presenter Billy Porter, in what could conceivably be described as a “tuxedo gown.” [Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty]

And there you have it: the trends, successes, attempts, failures, and head-scratchers of the 2019 Oscars. What did you think of our appraisals–and of the outfits themselves? Share with us in the comments below. And don’t forget to take a look at our summaries of previous years, and consult our newly-renovated Black Tie Guide for more information on how to pull off Black Tie properly!

Men’s Black Tie at the Oscars 2017

As in previous years, the 2017 Oscars had a bunch of creative black tie interpretations but sadly not a single man nailed it completely in terms of classic black tie standards, even though some came very close.

Here are this year’s outfits. It seems like many men forgot their cummerbund, and some don’t know how to tie a bow tie.

Men’s Black Tie at the Oscars 2016

As usual, the most men skipped a cummerbund or evening vest for their black tie outfits in 2016. Leaving your waistband exposed on a black tie outfit simply exudes a lack of style and attention to detail, which is why you should always wear one or the other. It’s not supposed to look like a suit! Skip the belt, and go with sideadjusters or suspenders instead.

Also, studs have been surprisingly popular even though some were quite big. Likewise, the shawl collar seems to be a popular trend in line with navy blue or midnight blue.

Please click through the gallery to learn all about the details DO’s but mostly DON’Ts.

How To Find The Right Black Bow Tie For You

Finding a black bow tie that works well for you and your tuxedo is not easy. Check out our in depth guide on How To Find A Bow Tie That Works For You or watch our video.

Men’s Tuxedos at the Oscars 2014

Pharrell Williams showed up in a tuxedo jacket with shorts. While this is certainly attention-grabbing, I doubt this find will find many followers. Interestingly, he went to the lengths of picking out shirts studs and opted for a jacket with a double button.

The fit of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s tuxedo is decent, the black bow tie looks interesting, and if you disregard the long sleeves and the wristwatch, this look could have been great if he had worn a vest or cummerbund.

Brad Pitt wore a noteworthy shawl collar tuxedo with grosgrain faced lapels. His shirt features regular mother of pearl buttons that remind me too much of a day shirt even though it was made of marcella piqué.

Darren de Gallo choose a 2 button peaked lapel tuxedo without pocket square and buttonhole on the lapel. Unfortunately, you can see his shirt peaking out but that’s what happens if you skip the waistcoat or cummerbund.

Steve McQueen pulled of an interestingly knotted bow tie and a peak lapel with a bespoke feel.

Jonah Hill pulled off a more classic look than two years ago in regard to his colors but tuxedos should neither have notch lapels nor flap pockets.

The same is true for Mr. Sudeikis. He even buttoned both of the front buttons which you should never do if the jacket has such a low buttoning point. Overall, this Prada outfit is really underwhelming, but what can you expect from a big fashion house these days…

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey wore off white dinner jackets and while this is per se a good thing, the fit of Matthew McConaughey’s jacket was very poor and looked like it came just from the rental store. A lapel should never fold like that and it just makes you look cheap. Jared Leto’s jacket fit better, but the red pre-tied bow tie and the flaps are two aspects he could have done better.

Of all these pictures, Tom Ford is once again the best dressed, however, he wasn’t at the Oscars but at the Vanity Oscars Party. His lapels are really wide but that is his style.

The Tuxedo

First of all, it is not surprising to see a complete absence of white tie – though, with so many long evening dresses, the dinner jacket / tuxedo would traditionally not be considered to be appropriate attire for such an event. Nevertheless, the tuxedo is as formal as it gets during the Oscars, with regards to men’s clothing.

How To Wear A Tuxedo

Generally, there are a number of guidelines for what a proper tuxedo should look like:

  1. Black or midnight blue cloth – often barathea or plain cloth, sometimes with a bit of mohair for an elegant sheen
  2. Classic options are: (1) Peaked lapels covered in black silk satin, repp or moiré with a single button or a double-breasted front, or (2) a shawl collar with black silk and single button closure
  3. Ventless Jacket
  4. Cummerbund or waistcoat with a single-button jacket
  5. Neither a cummerbund nor a waistcoat with a double-breasted jacket, but then you must not unbutton it – the waist must never be exposed!
  6. Wear suspenders – never a belt!
  7. A galon stripe on the side of the trousers
  8. Jetted pockets – no flaps, because these are informal.
  9. Pocket square – traditionally in white linen, but a splash of color in silk or linen is also fine
  10. White or ivory shirt with double cuffs and a turn down collar with pleats, a starched, marcella piqué front or a fly front if no studs are available
  11. Black silk bow tie – matching the lapel
  12. A boutonniere in the lapel – a highly overlooked but great finishing detail
  13. Black over-the-calf socks made of pure silk.
  14. Black plain patent leather oxford shoes (without a captoe / brogues)  or plain opera pumps

Although these guidelines can be flexible – just look at Nick Foulkes in his superb velvet evening attire or 82 year old oscar winner Christopher Plummer in his navy velvet smoking jacket – most men will look unfavorable or even ridiculous if they try to deviate too much from these classic standards. However, I can only encourage you to try new things. Usually, it is best to start with one element at the time, and make sure you do not go wild with your colors. A subtly patterned cummerbund, vividly colored socks or a red carnation are great added details!

My favorite black tie outfit from recent years was worn by Tom Ford: He wore an interesting shawl collar jacket in black. Just look at the end of the lapels and compare them to other shawl collar jackets – it is more rounded and gives him a special look without being ostentatious. In combination with the turn back cuffs, it looks like this coat was made in the late 1950’s. The buttons are covered with silk and he opted for 5 sleeve buttons in place of the traditional 4, leaving the last button rakishly undone. His turn down collar shirt features three diamond studs and a larger butterfly bow tie. With a white pocket square and a white carnation boutonniere in his lapel, he looks the part without deviating from the aforementioned guidelines.

How Not To Wear A Tuxedo

In Hollywood, most men don’t seem to care about classic men’s style and so the outcome is often funny or even gaudy – even Prince William has troubles when it comes to black tie attire. I can attribute some of the strange ensembles to the couture houses; simply choosing the brand du jour does not guarantee an elegant combination or well-tailored cut.

Although it is much easier to look well-dressed in a tuxedo, there are many men at the Oscars who simply fall short. So, here is a selected overview of the outfits and what could be improved.

Zachary Quinto wears a tuxedo jacket with flaps and slim shawl collar. Unfortunately, he does not have enough room in his chest, which is why the chest opens up. George Clooney wears a notched lapel tuxedo and  Judd Apatow forgot his cummerbund or vest. Jonah Hill tries to pull of a monochromatic look, as his dark purple shirt and bow tie are barely discernible from his black tux. Since he does not wear suspenders, the fullness of his trousers makes him look unfortunate.

Matthew Lillard skipped his cummerbund, wears his sleeves too long and combines it with boxy shoes – so it looks like he wears an ill-fitting rental tuxedo. Robert Forster wears cap toe shoes, but otherwise he looks excellent.

Andrew Garfield chose to wear low rise trousers and skip the cummerbund, which exposes his waistband and makes his legs look shorter. Also, he opted for full brogue patent leather oxford shoes – bummer.

Christian Bale shows us another monochromatic look with black shirt, necktie, waistcoat, shawl collar and pocket flaps. Each to his own, but I cannot say that I like it. Mark Wahlberg next to him skipped the pocket square for a pair of sunglasses. A tuxedo is for the evening, so you should be able to leave your sunglasses at home.

Russel Brand wore a dark navy velveteen suit with black lapels, black long skinny tie and what looks like a plaid shirt. Not my cup of tea but nevertheless interesting.

Overall, it seems like the tuxedos look worse every year – do you agree? What was your favorite men’s tuxedo at the Oscars 2014?


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Syracuse Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim Hits and Kills Pedestrian on Highway

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) — Longtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man standing along an interstate late Wednesday night as he tried to avoid hitting the man’s disabled vehicle, police say.

Syracuse police say 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez was in a vehicle with three others before midnight Wednesday when their vehicle crashed into a guardrail and lost control on I-690 in Syracuse.

Boeheim struck Jimenez as he stood on the side of the road while trying to avoid the vehicle in the middle of the highway. Jimenez was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

“I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night’s accident,” Boeheim said in a prepared statement. The 74-year-old Basketball Hall of Fame coach said he and his wife Juli “extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family.”

He said he would not comment further “out of respect for those involved.”

Police said Boeheim is cooperating with the investigation.

“He stopped immediately and exited the vehicle,” said Syracuse Sgt. Matthew Malinowski.

Police said sobriety tests administered to Boeheim and the unidentified driver of the other vehicle were negative for any signs of impairment. No tickets have been issued to Boeheim at this time and the investigation is continuing.

Light rain and freezing rain were falling Wednesday night, though it is unclear if the weather had anything to do with the crash.

Just hours before, Boeheim’s team defeated 18th-ranked Louisville 69-49 at the Carrier Dome. The accident scene is between the dome and Boeheim’s suburban home. Police could not confirm if he was on his way home after the game.

Syracuse University director of Athletics John Wildhack said in a statement the university sent its condolences to “all impacted by this tragic accident.” Wildhack echoed police, saying Boeheim “is in contact with local authorities and cooperating fully.”

Boeheim has coached at Syracuse, his alma mater, since 1976 and is one of the most accomplished coaches in the country. He ranks second all-time in wins in Division I with 944, behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. Over his 43 years at Syracuse, Boeheim has led the team to a national title in 2003 and five Final Four appearances.

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Palomo Spain

Despite its name, the Ballets Russes never performed in their home country. The Russian Revolution had decimated the country’s art world, so a group of creative nomads led by impresario Sergei Diaghilev performed throughout mainland Europe. In 1916, the troupe landed in Spain. Over a hundred years later, Madrid-based designer Alejandro Gomez Palomo found inspiration in the historic cultural exchange.

Luckily for the tutu haters in the crowd at Chelsea’s Pier 59 Studios, Palomo’s execution of the idea danced perfectly between the literal and liberal. There were no tutus, sure, but there were ample skirting, ruffles, and lace that one would expect from a ballet motif.

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Daisuke Obana has a knack of having his invited guests feel very included within his show space.
An all-white room with bright white fluorescent lighting panels along the floor, and clear acrylic chairs set the tone for the fall collection. With what seemed almost like a palate-cleanser, Obana this season offered an intimate peek at conquering his dislikes. Working in patterns such as checks and camouflage that have frustrated him in the past, Obana seemed to have finally conquered his demons with this solid effort. His clever deconstruction also continued with the use of hidden details such as soft leather jackets, which were in fact two-in-one detachable models.
The play on Christmas-like sweaters and the use of bright colors, though oversized in nature, made the proportions feel more controlled and realistic. The designer injected camouflage throughout, from coats and vests to pants, which he mixed with utility elements such as an army green elongated fleece jacket that made the lineup feel of-the-now with a less gimmicky vibe.
Obana has been in business for quite some time, often showing very themed collections — sometimes too literal — but this time, the offering felt fresh, with great stand-alone pieces, making this one of his most wearable collections

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Randa Invests in Stantt Men’s Brand

Randa has signed on as the lead investor in Stantt, a made-to-measure men’s wear brand. Randa was joined by New England Development, CompanyFirst, Sapna Shah of Red Giraffe Advisors, and entrepreneur John DeWees. The amount of the Series A financing was not disclosed but is said to have been a multi-million dollar investment.
The New York-based Stantt was cofounded in 2013 by Matt Hornbuckle and Kirk Keel and uses proprietary DataFit Technology, which is comprised of 99 sizes and an algorithm that requires only three measurements to create a custom fit. The brand offers wovens, knits and performance cloth in a variety of regular and big and tall sizes. All garments are made-to-order and delivered in seven days.
The financing round was led by Randa Digital Labs and will be used by Stantt to “increase marketing partnerships and support to more than 300 retail partners, enhance brand touch-points across all channels, drive expansion into new product categories and enable the hiring of key personnel,” the company said.
Heath Golden, president of Randa Digital Labs, said his company “appreciated the value of Stantt’s business model from the beginning. We are confident that Matt and Kirk will leverage these funds to take the company to the next

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11 Bad Men’s Style “Rules” to Ignore

Here are a number of supposed style rules or pieces of advice that you may have heard before that we don’t necessarily think you need to follow all the time or in some cases at all.

Our primary mission here at the Gentleman’s Gazette is to educate our audience about what it means to be a Gentleman. And a big portion of that has to do with the history and traditions of classic menswear. Often when men are discussing these menswear traditions their conversation can come to be framed in terms of style rules that must be followed at all costs. While we certainly do believe that there are great many pieces of advice that are rooted in sound logic and the principles of aesthetics, thinking always in terms of ironclad rules that have to be followed is simplistic and pedantic and limits your options in terms of what you can wear stylishly. In other words, you don’t have to think of some of these things as rules that have to be followed a hundred percent of the time and some of the things we’re going to mention today can just be discarded altogether.

With that said, here are some supposed rules or pieces of advice that we think can be bent, broken or just left aside. These aren’t necessarily in any particular order of importance but we’ve numbered them today just to keep things consistent.

Fit is important

1. Wear A Suit And Look Fantastic

Advice number one, just wear a suit and you’ll automatically look fantastic. While this piece of advice does advocate for dressing up which of course we support, it’s a little bit too simplistic in nature. As we’ve said countless times before in the channel, fit is the most important factor when wearing any outfit. You may have a suit that’s constructed from the most luxurious materials available but if it doesn’t fit your frame properly it’s still going to look sloppy.

Quantity does not equal Quality

2. More Clothes, The Better / If It’s On Sale, Buy It

Two closely related tips, the more clothes you have in your closet the better and if it’s on sale in a store, buy it. Here’s the thing about these two related pieces of advice. Ultimately, quantity does not equal quality. You don’t need to have a pair of pants in every color under the sun or a jacket for each day of the month in your closet. There’s nothing wrong with having options, of course, but having a modestly sized closet full of garments that you wear regularly and that look good on you will ultimately serve you just as well if not better than having an excess of options. This dovetails into another tip don’t buy something you’re not going to wear. Even if you see a deal in a store and it’s 90% off, if you don’t think the garment in question is one that’s going to look good on you or one that won’t harmonize with other pieces in your wardrobe, don’t buy it. Save your money however small the amount may be for something that you will wear regularly.

3. Expensive = High Quality / Buy Only Name Brand Items

Another two closely related tips, if something is expensive it must be of high quality and you should only buy name-brand items. These are sort of the reverse of the tip about items being on sale. Just because something is very expensive or has a brand name associated with it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s high quality. Oftentimes you’re really just going to be paying the extra money for the brand name itself. Whenever you’re buying any garment your primary focus should be on the quality of construction, the materials used and whether that garment in question will work well with other pieces in your wardrobe.

Trends are trends for a reason

4. Follow The Current Trends

An easy way to get started with dressing better is to follow some of the current trends that are going on. It’s never a bad thing to want to upgrade your personal style unless you’re just doing it for superficial reasons or to fish for compliments. If you go out and buy a bunch of items of clothing that are trendy at the moment chances are that they’re probably going to be out of fashion in a year or maybe even less time. After all, trends are trends for a reason. Instead just invest in quality garments that follow these solid principles of aesthetics: fit, function, color theory and so on. If you do this, people’s compliments about your improving style will be genuine as will their respect.

5. Outfits Should Match / Black And Brown Don’t Go Together

A general tip and a more specific tip, everything in your outfit should match and more specifically that you can’t wear black and brown together. People often advocate for a monochromatic look because it’s a relatively safe way of looking put together after all you won’t have any wildly clashing colors if you’re wearing all the same color. Similarly, people say that black and brown are two fundamentally different in terms of formality to be paired together both of these tips require a bit more nuance to be helpful.

First of all, not every article of clothing in your outfit has to match exactly. The thing you should be shooting for is for all of your garments to harmonize in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing. For example, you could be wearing an all-black outfit but keep in mind that there are subtle variations in shades of black between different garments of different fabrics and with different dyes and so on. And if some of these blacks in your clothes are looking almost the same but not quite this can be jarring to the eye. And it might have been a better decision to wear something in different colors that harmonized well. Similarly, black and brown can absolutely be worn together if the garments in question harmonize in terms of intensity and formality.

6. Advice On Fit

Pieces of advice on fit. Things like you should wear all slim fit clothing if you want to look thinner or larger men should only wear clothing that’s more roomy. The bottom line with any advice in terms of fit is this. Properly fitted garments are ones that are proportional to your individual frame and thus that flatter you well. As an example, if a larger man is wearing slim fit clothing in order to look thinner but the garments are actually too tight on him, all of the wrinkling and tugging in different places around the outfit is just going to make him look too big for his clothing. On the other hand, a big man who has too much fabric on his frame is just going to look like a tent. Any well fitting article of clothing on you should be just loose enough to be comfortable and let you be mobile but still fitted enough so that it’s not billowing, sagging, dragging, or so on.

7. Old Chestnuts About What Not To Wear

Some old chestnuts about what to wear-when. Like no wearing white after Labor Day, no wearing white before Memorial Day or no Brown in town. All of these supposed rules are entirely antiquated today. They got their start in the 19th century as a way for the old money aristocracy to easily socially separate themselves from the new money or nouveau riche as well as the lower classes. These old sayings are just rooted in classism and social stratification and as such, they really don’t have any place in the 21st century. While it is true that some informally styled brown suits or other brown ensembles aren’t totally appropriate for traditional white-collar business settings even this is starting to change to some extent.

In the broad-strokes for all of these tips however just remember that if it looks good on you you can wear it at any time.

Wearing a tie as a belt

8. Trousers With Belt Loops Needs A Belt

If your trousers have belt loops, you have to wear a belt. This tip comes from the fact that above all, most men’s clothing really is rooted in purpose and utility. Belt loops are another similarly utilitarian feature. After all, belts are designed to hold up your trousers but they were also historically used to carry things for men who were working. Because this use for belts is really only confined to a few industries or applications these days, you won’t see belts in as many situations. And think of it this way, if your trousers are really fitting properly you won’t absolutely have to have a belt to hold them up. As such you’ve got a variety of options for how to keep your trousers up whether or not they have belt loops. You could wear suspenders if your trousers also have suspender buttons. You could use side adjusters if your trousers have both loops and adjusters. You could use an old tie as a belt if you wanted to go for an especially casual look or yes you could go beltless. Ultimately, you just have to keep in mind the level of formality of the outfit you’re trying to assemble.

9. Leather And Metals Must Match

You always have to match the leathers and the metals in your outfits. This guideline is designed to help men who are just starting out with the principles of classic style to assemble outfits that are more harmonious. And while it’s never going to look bad if you match the metals or the leathers in your outfit you can also be tasteful about bending this rule. For example, you could be wearing gold cufflinks and a watch with a subtle and tasteful silver case or you could be wearing a darker brown belt with slightly lighter brown shoes. In either of these cases, no one is going to arrest you if you try to wear these items together. The key with pairing any articles of clothing is to make sure that no single element of your outfit is overpowering. As long as everything is working in harmony together and your elements are tasteful, you can go ahead and wear slightly different metals or leathers in the same outfit. With that said there are certain metallic tones and leather colors that harmonize better with specific skin tones.

10. Always Match Your Socks To Your Pants Or Shoes

You should always match your socks to either your pants or your shoes. This one has its roots and aesthetics basically the thinking is that if you match the color of your socks to the color of your shoes, your leg line is going to be broken up when you sit down or when your socks are otherwise exposed. Similarly, if you match the color of your socks to that of your pants, your leg line is always going to look longer. And while these two fundamental rules are true and sound, that doesn’t mean that you always have to feel like your socks should match your pants directly. After all, there’s been an ongoing trend over the last few decades for more crazy and colorful socks. And while we don’t necessarily advocate for socks that are really out there, you can feel free to wear them if you think they work with your casual outfit. Otherwise for a slightly more formal outfit feel free to match your socks to your shirt, your tie, or some other element of your outfit. Again the key here is harmony. It’s always going to be safest and most conservative if you match your socks to your pants but you don’t have to do so 100% of the time.

11. Follow The Advice Of Your Favourite Style Site

And finally, just follow all of the advice of your favorite style Youtubers or authors to the letter and you can’t go wrong. Obviously, we here at the Gentleman’s Gazette think that we’re providing the best advice possible to all men who are looking to upgrade their style. And while we do hope that you’ll follow the guidelines we put out. Keep in mind that they are just that guidelines. If you want to experiment to some extent to find your own personal style and expression, go ahead and do so! After all, at the end of the day, you are you and you can express your individuality however you so choose.

CONCLUSION

It’s helpful to think of the principles of classic menswear more as guidelines and guardrails than hard and fast rules. Some of these can be bent some of them can be broken from time to time and some of them can be discarded completely. If you’re just starting out on your menswear journey it can be helpful to follow some of these pieces of advice more closely so that you won’t be making grave mistakes. As you become more experienced however by knowing more of these guidelines you’ll be able to break them tastefully.

What did you think of our list? Are there any that you really think we got dead wrong in our advice? Do you think some of these rules should still be followed to the letter or do you have a different perspective? Whatever the case may be, share with us in the comments below.


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