6 spring/summer 2019 trends you can wear now

Another season of London Fashion Week has come to a close, and whilst Milan and Paris are yet to come, the main spring/summer 2019 fashion trends are starting to emerge.

Designers like Roksanda, Rejina Pyo and Alexa Chung are leading the way, with trends that we’re excited about for next year. So excited about actually, that we’re going to start wearing them now. Here’s how:

Suits

Left to right: JW Anderson, Eudon Choi, Alexa Chung

Oversized, fitted, 70s style or more retro, pastel-coloured or checked… suits were all over the catwalk at LFW, from Alexa Chung to Eudon Choi and JW Anderson. There is literally a style to suit every personality, and of course the beauty of them is that they’re the perfect transitional piece. Wear them now with a silk blouse or rollneck and ankle boots.

Neon

Left to right: Natasha Zinko, House of Holland, Rejina Pyo

Love it or hate it, you just can’t dismiss neon next season, it’s literally everywhere. At NYFW, Jeremy Scott backed the lime green hue, while Naeem Khan and Sies Marjan flashed a bit of orange and pink. Over in London, House of Holland was all about neon, while Natasha Zinko closed the week with fluro green and yellow. Dip into it now with accessories to lift a monochrome outfit.

Puff sleeves

Left to right: Richard Quinn, Rejina Pyo, Christopher Kane

Go big or go home is the motto for SS18, well, when it comes to sleeves at least. I’ve loved them at Rejina Pyo on maxi tea dresses, at Richard Quinn on overcoats and shirts at Christopher Kane. The message is clear: go big or go home.

Pink

Left to right: Emilia Wickstead, Roksanda, Erdem

Millennial pink might have been put on the back-burner with the arrival of sunshine yellow, but it’s very much back in the limelight for spring. Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, Roksanda and Delpozo were just a few of the many designers to make us see la vie en rose.

Sheer layering

Left to right: Rejina Pyo, Erdem, Delpozo

Dare to bare for SS19, as sheer tulle and lace are taking over. Think see-through jackets at Rejina or OTT tulle at Roksanda and Simone Rocha. Th key is to layer: wear a sheer shirt this season, under a corduroy blazer to protect your modesty.

Bows

Left to right: Preen, Roksanda, Emilia Wickstead

Last season it was polka dots, and for SS19 the ladylike detail of choice is bows aplenty. They ranged from discreet finishing touches at Preen and Roksanda, to bold and oversized and Emilia Wickstead. We want more.

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What You Wear on Social Media Matters: An Expert’s Advice

While over the years there has been plenty of notable advice for dressing for success (I even have an entire chapter dedicated to it in my book Lucky Code), I have not seen the distinction made specifically for posts on social media. Times are changing swiftly, however, and what we wear online not only matters but needs to be brought to the forefront of our minds. It’s time to ask ourselves if our Instagram clothing choices are working for or against us.

Why What You Wear On Social Media Matters 

Unlike the brief moment when you make a quick run to the grocery store in wrinkled attire coupled with a hoodie and shades hoping to hide from the world, social media wardrobe choices are etched into the minds of viewers. Even if removed shortly after posting, there is a chance that a screenshot was taken, solidifying the moment in history. Employers, potential clients, contractors, romantic interests, and other concerned parties usually seek to view your social media pages in the first instance, prior to meeting you in person or giving you a call to organize an important meeting. In a brief moment of scrolling through your page, viewers have obtained a solid impression of who you are and what they believe you represent.

Ultimately, how we are presenting ourselves online could be the deciding factor for whether or not an opportunity comes to fruition. You see, what we wear speaks for us in moments that we cannot. We live in a world where everything is instantaneous, including someone’s opinion of us, before even formally meeting. Successful millennials get this and ensure that they dress the part both off and online. If we do not value our appearance, the unfortunate reality is that we are often devalued by society. We cannot speak to every single person that we cross paths with in daily life (or on the interwebs), because of this, we must make a conscious effort to present the best version of ourselves whenever we can.

Of course, with the aforementioned, this does not mean you shouldn’t be authentic in your social media interactions. Be real, but do it while highlighting your personal style in the best light.

Meet The Expert

To solidify my point as well as get some helpful tips, I sought the advice of a trusted style expert, Perri Furbert. Furbert is an award-winning fashion icon, published art director, wardrobe stylist, “Halfway Bougie Podcast” co-host and designer behind Gold, The Label. Furbert’s marketing degree helps her to knit business principles with a unique style, which has afforded her multiple speaking engagements as well as her sought-after style advice.

When I asked if she believes millennials, and people in general, should be more aware of their clothing selection online, and what it says about them, Furbert replied:

“Most definitely! Your wardrobe is a form of non-verbal communication and usually acts as a deciding interaction factor. People will, unfortunately, judge you based on what they see. It’s very important to express what you want to say to the world in your apparel.”

This is brilliant advice. While most people tend to take clothing choices more seriously as it relates to business settings, it’s important to represent who you are as an individual at all times. In Furbert’s opinion, shoe choices say a lot about a person’s character. “I believe shoes anchor a look and tie it all together. Flashy shoes and shabby shoes speak volumes of a personality before you even engage.”

Now What?

Now that you know just how important it is that you put your best foot forward online, here are three simple things to consider:

1) Get Clear on Your Personal Style

Furbert suggests doing what feels right for you. “Personal style is just that—personal. It’s a self-expression of what you want to say to the world about you. Far too often people confuse style with fashion and what’s trendy. Style is what others can especially tie to you and your character. Usually, when you wear what you personally love, your confidence is piqued.”  Confidence can make or break an interaction, so I was all ears. She went on to say, “Be yourself at all times. It’ll reflect in your clothing and what you deem as post-worthy. You won’t have to fumble to explain why you’ve posted what you’ve posted if you’re true to yourself. Have fun with it and remember there are no rules to personal style.”

2) You needn’t max out your budget to look great.

When I asked Furbert for a tip for individuals without a huge budget to spend on wardrobe she suggested investing in staple pieces.

“Staple wardrobe items are inclusive of crisp white collared shirts; a good pair of jeans, that can be worn in any setting; quality T-shirts, which can, again, be dressed up or down depending on the setting; and a well-fitting blazer. All four of these items can be worn in professional settings as well as casual. One keyword to note is “invest.” Purchasing fast fashion is very convenient but many times the items can’t weather many years. If you budget correctly, you can buy quality items that are timeless, which ultimately saves you more in the long run.”

3) Post with Intention

Remember that what you put up online will be there for quite some time. Ensure that it is the best representation of you. While, at first, this may take some getting used to, once you make it a habit to thoughtfully post, it will become second nature.

Furbert is now a pro at this, stating that she puts very little thought into posting as it’s a lifestyle for her. She did, however, advise that people should be intentional about what they post, adding that it’s important to be able to stand by your posted clothing choices in any scenario, be it business or social.

I believe once you get the hang of your personal style and message you’d like to share with the world, it’s much easier. Furbert notes, “I think very little thought has to go into it if you’re being authentic.”

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Perri Furbert Instagram (@TheGoldLabel)

 

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Where Do You Draw the Line Between Wedding Wear and Office Wear?

Where do you draw the line between wedding wear and office wear?I was looking at a major department store’s “Wear to Work” dresses and found myself negging rejecting half of the dresses because they looked like wedding wear to me instead of workwear. And it occurs to me: this topic comes up a TON — what is cocktail attire, what is office attire, what is wedding attire — and do any pieces straddle the line so successfully that you can honestly wear them to multiple situations? I’m not going to pretend to be innocent, either, as I’m sure many readers will note — sometimes we’ve made some workwear recommendations a little too closer to the “wedding wear” line. Still: what are your thoughts? Where do YOU draw the line between wedding wear and office wear?

For my $ .02, from my own personal experience and everything I’ve learned in doing the blog, this is my sense of the line between wedding wear and office wear:

NOT Office Wear:

  • stiff crepe / polyester fabric that has a sound to it
  • too short, too tight, too low-cut
  • Anything shiny (I’d make a slight exception for shimmery thread details in a tweed jacket, but that’s me)
  • Anything involving tulle

QUESTIONABLE Office Wear (Probably Closer to Wedding Wear):

All of these things come down to “know your office,” but if a specific dress or outfit ticks off two or more of these categories below (or above) the default answer is a no…

  • mesh or lace details, particularly in “flirty” spots on the dress, like a slit, cutout, neck detail, or overlay
  • super girly colors like hot pink (for this one in particular I think the “two factors or more” consideration is important — there are lots of pink dresses that are just fine for the office and are probably NOT festive enough for a wedding)
  • Jacquard or other unusual fabrics for work
  • Cutouts (I like them sometimes but I know many readers do not — I think the question comes down to whether you can wear a regular bra with the dress or if you need a “special bra”)
  • Jumpsuits – know your office

How to Turn Office Wear Into Wedding Wear:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — sometimes it’s better to just get different outfits for different purposes. Still, if you’re trying to get more costs per wear out of an item, you’re traveling and trying to make a limited wardrobe work, or you’re gaining or losing weight and don’t want to buy or borrow something your current size…

  • Add sandals in summer — particularly metallic or shiny patent leather sandals
  • Add sheer black hose / fancy shoes (think sparkly or a fun texture you wouldn’t wear to work)
  • Add blingy jewelry
  • Add a sheer, shimmery, or festive wrap
  • Remove any office trappings – for me this would be my Apple Watch; you might also be sure to switch your bag from a big tote or shoulder bag to a smaller clutch or going-out bag
  • Switch to party makeup (even if you’re just doing desk to dinner makeup)

Readers, what are your thoughts? Where do you draw the line between office wear and wedding wear? Do you regularly buy dresses or outfits hoping to be able to wear them to work and for dates, cocktail parties, weddings and more? 

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What to Wear on Your First Day at Work

what to wear on your first day at workHere’s a fun question for today: What are your best tips for someone on what to wear on your first day at work? Do you play it very safe with your interview outfit? If it’s a business casual environment and a suit isn’t appropriate, what do you wear for your first-day outfit?

We’ve talked about how to make your first day on the job a GREAT one, as well as what to wear on your first day at a very casual law office, but it’s been a while — I can’t wait to hear what the readers say!

Here are some factors that I would consider when picking out what to wear on your first day at work:

  • Professionalism: I always tell people that it’s OK to wear your interview clothes to your first day — so if you interviewed in a suit, you should probably wear a suit on your first day. (It’s OK if it’s the same suit you interviewed in; odds are low your interviewer(s) will remember exactly what your suit looked like.) This may be a pantsuit instead of a skirt suit, of course (and for my own $ .02 would probably be my choice, for comfort reasons as laid out below), but may also be a sleeved sheath dress or something along those lines. (And to echo what commenters are saying: yes, absolutely expect to take your blazer off if you’re wearing a suit on your first day!)
  • Comfort: Of course, you always want to be comfortable, but I’m thinking of some particular situations where I might choose a more comfortable option over something else. For example, you may find yourself having to run around from one department to another, either for introductions or training — so wear comfortable shoes. Furthermore, on the shoe point: During a normal workday there are often options to quickly kick off your heels under a desk or change to commuting shoes to run and grab lunch, whereas on your first day those options may not present themselves and you may be in your shoes for nine or ten hours straight. If you’re wearing a skirt, I’d urge you to do the Mirror Test because on your first day you may often be sitting in someone’s visitor chair, across the desk from them, or (if you’re starting with several new workers at once, as in many BigLaw firms) in a group situation like an HR presentation or a packed conference room.
  • Office temperature: This can be something of an unknown, particularly if you’re starting work in a month like May or September, where the office A/C or heat may or may not be switched to the appropriate setting — so dress in intelligent layers! Don’t wear a sleeveless dress or shell as your base layer in case you end up sweltering in whatever you intended to wear on top (because if going sleeveless isn’t considered appropriate at your new office, you’re stuck). By the same token, if you wear something too lightweight you may be freezing all day, so it’s a good idea to add a cardigan or blazer to your ensemble so that you have something intentional to put on top.
  • Pockets: This can be a little like hunting for a unicorn, but if you’re between two options and one has pockets and the other does not, then go for pockets. (Here’s our last discussion on sleeved dresses with pockets; do note the widget at the bottom of the post with 2018 options for sleeved dresses with pockets.)

Readers, what are your best tips for what to wear on your first day at work? Have you ever started a job and really regretted your outfit choices? Do you have any memories (good or bad) of what a work colleague wore for his or her first day at work?

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How to Wear a Denim Shirt

The denim shirt finds its origins in workwear and seems far removed from the world of tailoring, yet it has recently been labeled the most versatile shirt for the modern man and “the new white shirt” by The Rake magazine. Is that really the case?

It’s also one of our ten shirts every man should own. In this article, we’ll examine the value of the denim shirt and how it can be worn in the world of classic style.

Patterned sport coat with denim shirt

Denim shirt worn with a glen check jacket and stone chinos

What is Denim?

Nowadays “denim” usually refers to a cotton twill fabric, meaning it has a diagonal weave made up of two threads in one direction (the weft) passing under two or more warp threads, though the diagonal appearance of the twill is quite subtle.

Cotton warp-faced twill fabric

Cotton warp-faced twill fabric

Denim exists in various weights, and shirts, especially fine shirting that can be worn with tailoring, would be lighter weight than the denim used for jeans. The name of the fabric originates from the French “de Nimes,” for the place where the weave originated, though it was first used extensively in Britain before it saw explosive popularity in the United States via jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss. Denim is usually thought of as being dyed blue with indigo, but it can appear in many colors. For example, Empress Mills in Lancashire has more than 40 shades of plain denims. The strength of denim is its durability, which made it the cloth of choice for laborers, farmers, and cowboys.  This is owed to the properties of the weave.

Denim shirt from Donato Liquori

A heavier weight denim shirt with contrast color stitching from Donato Liquori

By the same token, the affiliation of denim with workwear has traditionally kept it out of tailoring on the principle of dressing appropriately for the occasion. A man who was dressed up would not think of wearing work clothes, and at a time when one’s dress was a strong indication of his social class a self-respecting gent who was not of the working class would debase his status by appearing to be one. In fact, because denim shirts were a traditional part of laborers’ garb it was responsible for the term “blue collar worker,” which arose in the United States during the early 20th century. No single article of clothing has such a direct connection to workwear, which has presented a considerable obstacle to accepting the denim shirt as part of a tailored style.

Native American construction workers wearing denim

Native American construction workers with denim shirts

Denim, in the form of jeans, also featured strongly as the uniform of the rock n’ roll counterculture that began in the 1950s. This was the start of the casual culture in which we are still mired today and stood in direct opposition to traditional men’s style, which, again, seems to draw a distinct line between denim and formal menswear.

James Dean in blue jeans

James Dean in blue jeans as the anti-suit

There may be some resistance to wearing a denim shirt as selling out to the trend of casualization. On the other hand, we can see it as a way of appropriating the fabric in the name of classic style. Furthermore, these days, the mixing of high and low style, formal and casual, has become commonplace in dressing, as the democratization of clothing has mirrored the supposed equalization of society.

Why Wear a Denim Shirt?

1. To accomplish a “smart casual” look

No matter what else you might hear, denim is always a way to dress down an outfit, so it is most suitable for those who want to wear tailoring but who don’t want to come across as overdressed.

Leather sport coat with burgundy corduroy vest and trousers paired with denim shirt

Leather sport coat with burgundy corduroy vest and trousers paired with denim shirt

If you want to uphold classic men’s style, you usually wouldn’t wear it with a worsted wool business suit, much less a tuxedo, though the luxury shirtmakers Eton and Marol have each produced a denim shirt with a pleated front intended for this purpose. On occasions where formal evening wear or a suit is the dress code, dressing down immediately makes you stand out as the guy who flouts propriety and rebels against the norms to get attention. This would be more of a fashion statement than a way to maintain traditional style.

Two denim tuxedo shirts

Denim tuxedo shirts like these from Marol (left) and Eton (right) are definitely fashion-forward rather than classic style

Thus, the denim shirt is best for less formal tailoring like a cotton suit or a sport coat and odd trousers.

A modern #menswear synthesis of styles

Atte Rytkönen of “Dress Like a” wearing a British glen check pattern in an unstructured Italian jacket along with an American-style denim shirt.

It’s an unfortunate fact that, these days, wearing a dress shirt, tie and jacket make you better dressed than most or all the people around you, so there are times when you may be looking for a way to blend in more while still maintaining your style principles. Denim can help with this. If you embrace the smart casual aesthetic, the denim shirt is a valuable option, perfect for a run to the supermarket or a weekend day out.

2. For all-season wear

The versatility attributed to the denim shirt is most accurately owed to the fact that you can wear it in any season. The texture of a denim shirt and its relative thickness lends itself to winter wear; however, its casual, relaxed style makes it appropriate for not-too-hot summer days if you have a lightweight version or a chambray. Of course, it can be worn anytime in between as well.

Denim Shirt with Brown vest, simplar sport coat and light brown overcoat and light brown grenadine tie

Denim shirt worn with autumn and winter fabrics

3. For elegant nonchalance

It’s often said of a linen suit that the more you wear it the softer and more comfortable it gets. This is even more true of a denim shirt because it’s washed often and worn right on your skin. Just like some people talk about their favorite pair of jeans, you’re likely to treat your denim shirt as a comfortable favorite. It will also fade some from its original color until it reaches a certain point, lending your garment a sprezzatura quality. It’ll age into a particular sort of beauty.

Andreas Weinas wearing a denim shirt

Andreas Weinas styling a denim shirt with brown and off-white

What Kind of Denim Shirt Should You Wear?

Not all denim shirts are created equal, however. For wear with tailoring, you don’t want a thick, distressed denim or one that hints in any way that it can be worn to a country music concert or rodeo. This means no pockets, especially not the double, button-flapped chest pockets of a Western shirt. Such shirts also have shoulder patches and a defined center placket where the buttons are.

A western-style denim shirt

A typical western-style denim shirt with shoulder patches, a heavy placket, and two chest pockets including flaps and buttons, something you would avoid with tailoring.

All of these render the shirt very casual. Similarly, avoid any sort of unusual washes. Nor should there be obvious contrast stitching, as these suggest jeans and are therefore too casual.

Aleks Cvetkovics with denim shirt on top of a turtleneck sweater

Aleks Cvetkovic with denim shirt on top of a turtleneck sweater

Go with a lighter-weight denim, something with a higher thread count and a tight weave that creates a smooth finish. Shirts made of high-quality denim can be recognized by their slight sheen, which makes them look more refined. These are found most readily at a smaller menswear brand like Proper Cloth rather than department stores, or can be obtained from European makers like SuitSupply, Boggi Milano and Pini Parma. Japanese mills are renowned for their denim, so if you can find a shirt made of fabric from Japan, it will usually fill the bill.

Spread denim chambray shirt paired with a cream wool tie, checked blazer and a DB overcoat

Spread denim chambray shirt paired with a cream wool tie, checked blazer and a DB overcoat

Though not denim, chambray is a close cousin of the fabric in appearance and also shares its origins as workwear. So, if you really want a finer material with a similar look, you can cheat and wear chambray instead, which is usually sold in mid-blue as well. The difference is that chambray is usually thinner and lighter than denim, being made of a simple weave instead of the double-threaded twill of denim. Thus, it looks more elegant as a shirt, which accounts for its popularity in menswear. Chambray isn’t as durable as denim, but since you’re not wearing it for manual labor, this doesn’t matter.

Agnelli in dark grey suit with button down collar shirt and cane

Gianni Agnelli in dark grey suit with button-down collar shirt and cane

What to Wear with a Denim Shirt

In the image above, Gianni Agnelli wears a silk business tie with chambray, but Agnelli was known for daring combinations of casual and formal wear like hiking boots and a suit as part of his sprezzatura style, not something everyone can pull off. Instead, try similarly casual textures like wool-linen blends and basketweaves in summer or flannel in winter either as a suit or sport coat.

Atte Rytkönen denim shirt with Solaro

Atte Rytkönen wearing a denim shirt with a casual summer suit in a Solaro fabric

Because of its casual nature, a denim shirt is perfect when going tieless with a jacket and odd trousers. Indeed, most pictures you’ll find of denim shirts will be styled without a tie. However, if you want to wear a necktie or bow tie, choose casual fabrics to match. Ties in knitted silk, linen, cotton, and shantung or blends (silk-linen, wool-cotton, etc.) pair best with the texture and informality of a denim shirt. If you truly want to wear a more formal silk tie, try a large-weave (garza grossa) grenadine because its visible weave will stand up to the texture of the shirt. Whatever you do, avoid wearing a tie lighter than your shirt as this combination usually makes you look like a twenty-year-old going to a club; if wearing a tie, select a shirt that is no darker than mid-blue and wear a dark tie.

A denim shirt can look great if combined properly

A denim shirt with some sheen, worn with a large-weave grenadine tie.

Colors with Denim Shirts

You’ll probably start and stick with mid-blue as your denim color since the vast majority of shirts sold come in this tone. You may be able to find some darker indigo ones, but they are only as versatile as a regular navy cotton shirt would be, whereas mid-blue can always be combined with more colors and more easily with neckties. Keep in mind when you select a color that most denim will fade to a certain point when it is washed.  A popular approach when wearing a mid-blue denim shirt is to pair it with other shades of blue, like a navy blue jacket and tie, with gray, white or off-white pants to complete the look, depending on the season.

Denim shirt with green jacket and brown tie

A denim shirt worn with a green jacket and brown tie with blue polka dots

Treat a denim shirt like a more relaxed version of your standard blue dress shirt and pair it with the traditional menswear colors that you’d use with blue, like brown or gray. Ties and pocket squares in the red or orange family work beautifully against a denim shirt. Green sport coats tend to be underappreciated because men find them rather difficult to coordinate, but blue denim creates an effortless pairing that opens a gateway into a new color family.

For more sophisticated outfits, a jacket in a coordinating color with a blue windowpane check is your best friend; these give you an added layer of sophistication by carrying the blue of the shirt into the jacket in a subtle way.

Denim shirt with overcheck jacket

Denim shirts worn with jackets containing blue over plaid patterns by paulluxsartoria and Pini Parma.

When you wear a denim shirt, it does tend to stand out as the center of attention, so it should be treated that way, which means keeping the rest of your look simple.

Double Denim

Wearing double denim

Unsuccessful (left) and successful use (right, from Ring Jacket) of “double denim” with tailoring.

Lastly, something must be said on the possibility of wearing a denim shirt with another denim item, most commonly a pair of jeans. A lot of mockery has been directed at the so-called “Canadian Tuxedo” or “double denim,” which was a popular – and polarizing! – casual look in the 90s. The good news is that, though always an advanced style move, it’s actually easier to wear two articles of denim following traditional style than to do it casually. A sport coat in another material helps tone down the use of denim.

Ralph Lauren wearing double denim

Ralph Lauren famously likes to wear double denim

There are several other keys to success with double denim. The first is, again, to choose finer denims: smooth shirts and selvedge jeans. Secondly, make sure you create contrast through two distinct colors of denim: your mid-blue shirt with a dark indigo pair of jeans.

David Beckham Wearing Double Denim

David Beckham Wearing Contrasting Double Denim

Lastly, it’s probably best to stick with gradations of blue, again to beat back the denim. Jeans are not a popular choice among many Gentleman’s Gazette readers, but those who venture in this direction now have another option.

Conclusion

Even if denim has modest origins in clothes made for hard work, it definitely has a place with contemporary tailored menswear if done right. The ease of care, comfortable softness, seasonal versatility and mid-blue color of a denim shirt are elements that contribute to its appeal. I originally was not enamored of denim shirts, but I’ve since been converted and am more likely to wear a denim shirt with navy chinos and a sport coat more than I wear a pair of jeans. What’s your view of denim shirts? Is it a wardrobe essential? How do you make it work with tailoring? Tell us in the comments.


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Should You Wear a Jacket Without a Tie?

It’s a popular question that we get asked all the time; it’s probably because you see a lot of men wearing it yet it goes against traditional style rules. We’ll answer this question once and for all definitively, should you wear a jacket without a tie?

Can You Wear A Jacket Without A Tie?

Hell yes! In this day and age, you can wear whatever you want and no one can hinder you. Of course, if you know us, the long answer is it depends.

Why? Because historically, men would not wear a jacket without a tie. Also, keep in mind that just because you can wear whatever you want, doesn’t mean that it’s always advantageous to wear it and so it’s always good to have the right purpose for when you dress.

A tieless Barack Obama

A tieless Barack Obama

For example, just look at previous presidents Barack Obama or George Bush; they would often be seen wearing a suit with a dress shirt but without a tie. Now, they did that purposefully because they wanted to seem more approachable to the common man and at the same time, be presidential. For most other people, this is a no-go because the business suit is simply too formal to be worn without a tie. That being said, if you dress on purpose and you know what you’re doing, it’s good.

Personally, I break the rules from time to time. Wearing a jacket without a tie is not one of them, at least not very often. But I’ll explain to you when I wear a jacket without a tie and why I usually always have a tie.

Traditional Style Rules For Wearing A Jacket Without A Tie

Patterned sport coat with denim shirt

Patterned sport coat with a denim shirt

1. You can go tieless with very casual and heavily patterned jackets.

It could be also made out of a different material such as linen, cotton, or a blend and they’re just predestined because they’re by definition, more casual and relaxed. Wearing a jacket without a tie is relaxed too and because of that, they go well together.

I see a lot of men wearing orphaned suit jackets that are basically part of a dark business suit but then paired without a tie, it simply looks odd. A tie or a bow tie or maybe even an ascot adds a visual interest in your triangle below your face. If you wear a casual combination such as a sport coat with a pattern as well as a dark blue denim shirt, it also creates some visual contrast and it still highlights your face. So these are combinations where you can really forego the tie.

If your jacket is heavily patterned you can skip the tie

If your jacket is heavily patterned you can skip the tie

In terms of patterns, it includes houndstooth or pepita patterns, maybe a larger Prince of Wales check and even a smaller one, if you have bolder colors in your jacket that’s all a good indicator that it can be worn without a tie. At the same time, if you have a jacket that has stripes in it, be it rope stripes, pinstripes or chalk stripes, that always requires some form of neckwear.

Never skip the tie for striped jackets

Never skip the tie for striped jackets

That being said, never wear a striped jacket without a matching pair of pants because it will immediately look like an orphaned suit jacket which is not very flattering. Also, a pinstripe suit, for example, is quite formal so pairing it with denim or chinos makes it look quite weird. Of course, if you have a coarser linen jacket in a solid color, that can also be worn without a tie because the material makes it casual. So you always have to take everything into consideration.

As a general rule, if you have peak lapels on your jacket, you should always wear it with a tie because peak lapels are always more formal than notch lapels.

A white shirt without a tie is not a good look

A white shirt without a tie is not a good look

 

2. You can wear a jacket without a tie when the ensemble is rather casual.

Let’s say you’re wearing worn-out boat shoes maybe with some chinos and a jacket, in that case, it would look odd to have a tie because a tie is more formal and the other end is quite informal and you want to avoid those clashes.

At the same time if you, for example, have loafers, a pair of chinos, a dress shirt and a blazer you can definitely wear a tie with that because it’s a little dressier.

Black shoes are wrong for this ensemble

Black shoes are wrong for this ensemble

One combination that I see men wear a lot is a blazer with denim. In that case, denim is quite informal and so I suggest you skip the tie. That being said, don’t wear black shoes with your outfit because black shoes are more formal, denim is informal, a blazer is somewhat in between. If you then wear a white shirt without a tie, everything looks off in terms of formality and it’s just not a pleasing look.

 

3. You can skip the tie when you’re at a moment’s notice.

Let’s say you’re at the office and you just quickly learn that a customer came in and you have a jacket hanging there. Yes, put on a jacket. It’s more formal than if you had no jacket at all and it’s okay to skip the tie in that particular situation. But ideally, you just have a tie somewhere that you can put on when you’re required to.

It is a good idea to have any form of neckwear handy for unexpected events

It is a good idea to have any form of neckwear handy for unexpected events

4. You go to a party and you are unsure of the dress code.

In that case, it might make sense to have a little bow tie tucked away or a regular tie, maybe in the car, so you can quickly put it on. Alternatively, you can maybe even forego the jacket because if you’re the only person there in a jacket and everyone else is in a Hawaiian shirt, it makes you look really weird.

Always keep in mind that a piece of neckwear such as a tie formalizes your outfit and so taking off your jacket but keeping on your tie makes you look like a little flower boy at a wedding and it’s not a look you want to go for. That being said, it takes five seconds to take off a tie.

A stained tie is not a great sight

A stained tie is not a great sight

5. You actually stain your tie.

It happened to me before, I stained my tie during lunch. It just looked odd so I just took it off and it creates an overall better look than having a tie that is stained.

A casual dress shirt

A casual dress shirt

6. You can forego the tie if your shirt is quite casual.

By that, I mean you have a summer shirt and of a linen blend maybe in a pink, orange or yellow tone. Alternatively, it could be a shirt with checks in multiple colors. Also, the style of the collar has an impact on it. For example, a button-down collar is more casual and can be worn open very easily without a tie. Also, there are shirt collars that are tailored to be worn without a tie and open and obviously, you should not put a tie on those either.

As a general rule, the more casual your shirt is, the better it is to be worn without a tie. Of course, other factors such as accessories in your jacket come into play as well but just looking at the shirt, that’s the rule.

Avoid loud boutonnieres and pocket squares

Avoid loud boutonnieres and pocket squares

Few Things To Keep In Mind If You Go Tieless

Always wear either a pocket square or a boutonniere and you can even pull off both. You need something in your chest pocket that creates a visual element of interest at the same time, it makes your overall appearance look a lot more polished.

If you want to wear a boutonniere as well as a pocket square without a tie, they have to really work well together and balance each other out. By that I mean, choose a flower that’s very small and unassuming such as a small blue boutonniere.

You want to avoid bright boutonniere and pockets square colors because otherwise, it’s too flashy. Also, consider the size of your lapel, if you have a very skinny lapel, I’d probably skip the boutonniere. If it’s medium to wide, you can add one but always avoid a large boutonniere in bright colors with a pocket square because it looks just odd without a tie.

When Should You Not Skip The Necktie?

Alright now that you know when you can skip the tie, let’s talk about the occasions when your jacket always requires one.

Faint stripe suit dotted tie and white linen pocket square

Faint stripe suit dotted tie and white linen pocket square from Fort Belvedere

1. Whenever You Wear A Suit

You need a tie whenever you wear a suit which means you wear a matching pair of pants and a jacket. A suit is generally quite formal especially when it’s a darker business suit. There may be exceptions to that, for example, if you have a tobacco brown linen suit and in that case, you might forego the tie but as a general rule, if you wear a suit, a tie is always the best choice.

The reason is that the tie is a visual focal point that ties the outfit together. Frankly, I made this mistake once when I applied for law school. I wore a dark navy single-breasted business suit with a red silk pocket square, a white shirt and without a tie. I thought I didn’t want to be too formal and skipped the tie but looking back, I should have just chosen a different outfit altogether. At the end of the day, if you wear a suit, you show that you respect traditional clothes rules and because of that you should wear it properly with some neckwear.

A perfect outfit for a casual friday at the office - do not miss the tie

A perfect outfit for a casual Friday at the office – do not miss the tie

2. If You Incorporate Traditional Business Colors

Let’s say you have a dark navy blazer with a pair of gray flannel pants, overall, that is a combination which is generally less formal in a suit but it’s a very business appropriate combination and because of that, you should always have a necktie. If you’re not a friend of neckties or you want to be different, you can also try to wear an ascot or maybe a bow tie.

 

 

Notice that all men are wearing neckties

Notice that all men are wearing neckties

3. For Very Formal & Dignified Events

At those events, you never want to look half dressed and at a wedding, some people might forego the tie but at a funeral, you certainly can never forego the tie because it’s a solemn event that you attend because you want to show respect to the deceased as well as the family.

Mercer and Sons Button Down collar with S-curve

Mercer and Sons Button Down collar with S-curve

4. If Your Shirt Collar Is Not Conducive To Being Worn Without A Tie

That’s the case if your collar is too big and would collapse on itself without the stability of the tie or if the shirt collar tips would make their way out on top of the lapel because that’s a very 70’s look that makes it look pretty dated.

Likewise, if you have formal collars with a larger spread, I suggest you go with a tie. At the same time, if you have a button-down collar, for example, they’re more conducive to be worn without a tie.

A definite style don't: a visible undershirt

A definite style don’t: a visible undershirt

5. If Your Undershirt Would Peek Out

Some men love undershirts and that’s fantastic but if your undershirt is really a t-shirt and it peeks out underneath your shirt collar when it’s unbuttoned, it’s simply a no-go and a fashion faux pas.

So you have two options, either you wear a necktie or ascot or you get an undershirt that has a deep cut out so it doesn’t show and that way you can forego the tie.

Matt Letscher as Joe Kennedy and Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in a still from Boardwalk Empire.

Matt Letscher as Joe Kennedy and Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in a still from Boardwalk Empire.

6. When You Have Formal Dress Shirts

What makes dress shirts formal? In a nutshell, if your dress shirt features French cuffs for cufflinks, then it’s formal and should be worn with a tie. If your dress shirt is solid white and has French cuffs, the same is true.

Ralph Lauren Gray Flannel Suit & Blue Winchester Shirt

Ralph Lauren Gray Flannel Suit & Blue Winchester Shirt

7. If You Are Wearing A Winchester Shirt

Last but not least, if you have a Winchester shirt which means you have either a contrasting collar which is usually white or a contrasting collar and shirt cuffs, then that makes it more formal and you should always wear it with a tie.

How often do you go without a tie? What are your favorite tieless outfits?


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How to Wear Off-White: Ivory, Cream and Stone in Menswear

Previously on the Gentleman’s Gazette, we discussed how to maximize the use of white in your wardrobe, particularly during the summer months. If you’re still on the fence about trying white, the colors of off-white, cream, ivory or beige can be your gateway to lighter colors. They are also remarkably appropriate for all season wear.

Cream White Flannel Trousers 1920s

Two tones of off-white flannel trousers 1920’s

How to Wear Off-White

As a softer shade of white, off-white has the potential to be a part of every garment or accessory that you wear. Today, we will cover the different shades of off-white, why to add off-white into your outfits, and important considerations to make when wearing this versatile shade.

What Exactly is Off-White?

This sounds like an easy one to answer, but it’s sort of a trick question because off-white comes in several flavors, including ivory, natural, stone, ecru, and cream, each with its own subtle tonal differences that affect how it coordinates with the rest of your (usually warm weather) outfits. So, what U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said about obscenity–“I know it when I see it”–very much applies to the variants of off-white: hard to pin down but obvious on sight. For our purposes, we’re talking about anything that falls between pure white and beige. Because the catch-all term is “off-white,” white should always still be the primary hue. Ultimately, this means subtle hints of color in a largely white garment.

White and off white seasonsed Gentlemen

Two different versions of off-white jackets

Within the terminology of off-white, “cream” indicates white with yellow undertones as does “ivory,” while “natural” is applied to garments that border on beige (because they contain a bit of brown) but don’t quite get there. Meanwhile, “stone” signifies an off-white with some gray in it. The distinction is important because even though the neutrality of off-white allows it to coordinate with many different shades, the specific undertone determines which version of off-white you can pair with other items in your outfit.

Cream or Ivory

Because yellow works great with blue, cream does too. By extension, it pairs well with any other colors related to yellow, like tobacco brown, which is between brown and orange (remember orange is really red + yellow). Cream trousers would, therefore, pair with tobacco linen or mid-blue hopsack jackets. The opposite is rarer, as it’s generally trickier to wear a lighter solid sport coat with darker pants, but you can do a cream jacket with navy pants, for example. Because they exude a yellow tone, cream may be the brightest and most summery of the off-white shades.

Cream trousers with tobacco

Cream trousers worn with blue and tobacco brown

Stone

On the other hand, being white with gray undertones, stone is more reserved and therefore also pairs best with more drab hues like gray, brown or navy. As such, stone can see more extended use into spring or fall to brighten up these seasons, and, conversely, also when traditional cold weather colors are worn in the summer. If you want to do a version of the classic navy blazer with white pants but want to tone it down a little, stone trousers might be your best bet.

Brooks Brothers "Golden Fleece" stone trousers

Brooks Brothers “Golden Fleece” stone trousers worn in a cold or cool weather outfit including grays.

Natural

With its brown undertones, natural goes great with brown and things that brown would pair with like various blues such as sky blue or navy. A little darker and it will be beige, which probably makes it the most versatile of the off-whites.

Incotex natural trousers

Incotex chinos labeled “natural”

Sometimes, you need to have faith that the way a company or brand describes a color is true to a standard definition, and that may not be the case. I’ve seen some essentially off-white items called by the moniker “beige” and some items with a grayish cast called “cream.” Further complicating matters, you can also find things labeled “sand,” “light beige” or “light khaki.” Off-white rarely photographs clearly, so if you look at an image of off-white trousers on your monitor, the exact character and tone will be difficult to discern, which may be true of the images in this article as well! You’ll find yourself squinting and checking multiple devices to try to determine the exact color before buying. So, if you don’t see it in person, be prepared for the possibility of a return.

Off-white Dinner jacket with Fort Belvedere red spray rose boutonniere and Black Bow Tie in Silk Barathea and Burgundy glen plaid silk pocket square

An off-white dinner jacket with Fort Belvedere red spray rose boutonniere and black bow tie in silk barathea with a burgundy glen plaid silk pocket square. The off-white clearly separates from the true white of the shirt.

In menswear parlance, when an item is described as white, it may also actually be an off-white, so if you’re looking for the latter, don’t rule out items listed as “white.” The classic example is the “white” dinner jacket, which is always off-white, an obvious thing when you see it with a white shirt.

Why Wear Off-White?

Christopher Lee in a cream suit

The author in a cream sport coat next to the statue of Beau Brummell

When we talk off-white, the most common articles of clothing that come to mind are first, pants, which are fairly common; and then jackets and suits; followed by shirts, which are generally rare.

1) It’s “Safer” than White

Well, a little bit. Off-white is often the choice of men who find pure white to be too showy or bold. For these gents, wearing a more muted off-white would be more comfortable. Nowhere is this more apparent than with a suit, as more men will be willing to wear an off-white suit than one in pure white, and the latter would usually work better for most. White shirts may be one of the most common shirt colors, but it’s also a stark color that doesn’t always pair well with many skin tones.

An off-white suit

An off-white suit can be carried off more successfully than one in white.

Off-white is also safer to wear than white because it requires less concern about keeping your clothes clean. Marks, scuffs, and small stains don’t show as much on off-white pants or jackets, so you can worry less where you sit or what you brush up against. Off-white trousers and jackets also can have more flecks or texture to them than whiter whites, because it’s not really possible to add these fabric elements to a garment while maintaining a pure white.  The added textures, slubs or fibers are what helps to disguise dirt, so you don’t need to give up on an item immediately if it has an irremovable mark. Off-whites do show more dirt than, say, navy blue or charcoal, but this is true of any light color.

Cream Jacket Fabric

A cream jacket fabric that hides dirt.

2) It Has More Opportunities for Wear

The fact that off-white is less bright than white is also a benefit in extending the use of garments into other seasons and weather conditions. A pure white is really only doable in warm sunny weather. When the temperature drops or when it’s cloudy, off-white is the choice. After all, “winter white” is a form of off-white that makes it acceptable for cold weather.  You can see this in the vintage apparel arts illustration that opened this article, where two of the gentlemen are wearing off-white flannel in different shades. And, as mentioned earlier, the gray aspect of “stone” makes it appropriate for seasons other than summer.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing olive green coat with a tan vest, diagonal stripe tie, white & blue check shirt, Blue Cornflower Boutonniere, & cream pants plus green gloves

Sven Raphael Schneider stone pants in autumn weather.

3) It’s Not as Stark

The fact that off-white is less bright is also a selling point in a shirt if you wear brown or olive green jackets. While a crisp white shirt pops against a blue or gray jacket (both considered “cool” colors), it can look glaring under a warmer hue like brown. So, if you’re wearing a brown flannel sport coat, for example, an off-white shirt would usually look more harmonious than bright white.

Cream shirt with brown jacket

A cream shirt can soften the contrast when worn with a brown jacket.

Interestingly, dress shirts are difficult to find off the rack. which is a shame because they do fill an important style niche. Off-the-rack, the selection is limited if you want something better than a cheap non-ironing version. Even custom shirt makers seem to have a small selection of options–one fabric choice, one tone of off-white–probably because the color is underappreciated or is associated with fashion in the 1990s when it seemed more widely available. This is a situation that should be remedied. Yes, you wouldn’t wear an off-white shirt as often, but for the true style aficionado, it’s as necessary as having a pink shirt or one with colored stripes.

Considerations When Wearing Off-White

1) Make Sure to Create Enough Contrast

As with any color, off-white can’t be worn indiscriminately. The most important consideration is to create sufficient contrast or separation between off-white and anything white that you are wearing. If you wear a cream jacket, for example, you want to make sure it’s differentiated from your shirt. This tends to be more of an issue when wearing off-white pants with a white shirt. White pants and a white shirt can work together if your pants are truly white (sometimes called “optic white”), but if your pants are off-white, your top and bottom look similar but different enough in tone that the combination seems “off.” This is similar to wearing a maroon vest with burgundy pants or a burnt solid orange tie with rust pants; the eye immediately notices that the shades are similar but inexact, so there’s a sense of disharmony. If you wear a solid white shirt, the solution is to get off-white trousers that are clearly not white; the difference should be plain. Another option is to wear your shirt in a different color, like light blue.

Two Approaches to Contrasting Off-White

Two approaches to contrasting off-white. The Hogtown Rake at left with trousers that clearly contrast his white shirt; Simon Crompton at right using a blue shirt.

2) Make Sure Off-White Pants Have Enough Substance

One potential problem with off-white trousers is that they can look washed out or bland with the rest of your outfit. White never really has that problem because it is naturally so bright. Off-white pants, on the other hand, can recede back more in some cases, and when this happens wearing them becomes the sartorial equivalent of painting all the rooms in your house in beige–innocuous and rather bland. And, if your pants are washed out, the effect is that your outfit as a whole looks unbalanced as if your upper body is sort of separated from your legs.

Whether this happens also depends on what you wear on top. If your jacket, shirt, and tie include strong patterns or colors or are made from weightier fabrics, off-white pants will tend to fade back, leading your outfit to look unbalanced or top heavy. The obvious solution is to ground the outfit and balance the outfit by using a darker color for the pants, which would mean moving more toward beige if we’re staying in the same tonal range. But, if we’re sticking with off-white trousers, a thicker, richer fabric (like a cream cotton twill or wool flannel instead of a lightweight chino) would do the trick.

Brian Sacawa Wearing Off-White Trousers

Though Brian Sacawa of He Spoke Style is always well dressed, his left outfit is less balanced than the one on the right.

Conclusion

Beige has long been a popular color in menswear, especially in the United States, where it forms the bottom part of the preppy uniform alongside a navy blazer. Its close cousin off-white is underutilized in comparison, though it is quite versatile and sometimes more useful than white. It has the potential to fade back in some cases, but if you choose the right shade of off-white, you can pair it with all the staple colors of menswear, including brown, gray and blue, and definitely with any brown dress shoe. As such, off-white deserves an important place in every man’s wardrobe.

Do you like off-white dress shirts? Would you wear an off-white suit or jacket or do you stick with off-white pants? Let us know in the comments section.


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100 Muslim women who wear niqabs and burkas demand Boris Johnson’s exit

‘We have not forfeited our right to be treated fairly and as equal citizens in this country’

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People have been calling for the resignation of former foreign secretary Boris Johnson after he was accused of ‘vilifying Muslim women’ this week.

Johnson voiced his thoughts on the dress of Muslim women in a recent column for the Daily Telegraph, stating ‘It is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes’.

Yes. The ex foreign secretary said women who walk around in burkas look like ‘bank robbers’ and ‘letter boxes’ – and unsurprisingly no one is very happy about it.

It was announced that the Tory party were investigating the complaints against Johnson, but that wasn’t enough for the public, with his office hit by a rally against his controversial comments, organised by Muslim Engagement & Development.

Today, 100 British Muslim women have come forward today against Johnson by sending an open letter to the chair of the Conservative party.

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Here is the letter in full…

Dear Brandon Lewis,

We, the undersigned, write to you as British Muslim women who wear the niqab or burqa.

We speak as free women who are able to speak for ourselves and make our own choices. Our decision to wear the niqab or burqa is not an easy one, especially given the hate that many of us experience on a regular basis. Nevertheless we do so because we believe it is a means to get closer to God.

We recognise that this is not the practice of the majority of Muslim women and that it is a very small number who make this choice in the UK. All personal choices should be respected.

Contrary to what you may have been told by sections of the media and columnists who profess to know what is best for us, we are not forced to make these clothing choices, nor are we oppressed.

As women who wear the niqab or burqa, we have not forfeited our right to be treated fairly and as equal citizens in this country. Yet we have representatives of our governing party who think otherwise and who use Muslim women in order to pander to far-right Islamophobes within the party, as Boris Johnson has done.

We understand that you have requested Mr Johnson to apologise.

As chairman of a party that seeks to represent the whole country, which protects individual liberty as a cherished British value, your call – we believe – is insufficient.

Given a deliberate choice was made to inflame tensions in a way that makes it easier for bigots to justify hate crime against us, we concur with Conservative peer, Lord Sheikh, who has demanded the whip be withdrawn from Mr Johnson.

Furthermore, given the responses from other MPs, specifically Ms Dorries, and the broader concerns that have been raised by the Muslim Council of Britain amongst others, we believe that there must now be an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Party to tackle this issue once and for all.

Our rights as equal citizens may be debated within wider society, but such vile language which has real consequences for us, should never be acceptable.

We are happy to speak to Members of Parliament to share our experiences and perhaps demystify some of the concerns they may have.

We look forward to hearing from you soon,

Yours,

Hawa, Bolton

Shenaz, Bolton

Aisha, Bolton

Nurjahan, Bolton

Asiya, Bolton

Rashida, Blackburn

Zarina, Bolton

Almas, Bolton

Saadia, Bradford

Sabera, Bradford

Aisha, Bolton

Shaheda, Batley

Noreen, Birmingham

Shahnaz, Luton

Hamida, London

Hajra, Dewsbury

Jameela, Bolton

Haleema, Bolton

Haneefa, Bolton

Memuna, Bradford

Firdous, Bradford

Kulsum, Bolton

Fatema, Bolton

Khadijah, Luton

Khoyrun, Portsmouth

Fatima, Portsmouth

Gulab, Portsmouth

Jiba, Portsmouth

Sadika, Portsmouth

Husna, Portsmouth

Saffiyah, Portsmouth

Nazma, Portsmouth

Asma, Portsmouth

Mayarun, Bolton

Zainub, Bolton

Farida, Batley

Yumna, London

Zubaidah, Newcastle

Farzana, Batley

Maaya, Bradford

Simra, Bradford

Rasheda, Leicester

Farzana, Dewsbury

Sajidah, Bolton

Bushra, Newcastle

Rukhsana, Blackburn

Maryam, London

Farzana, Blackburn

Maarya, Batley

Rasheda, Leicester

Aminah, Oldham

Maariya, London

Taslim, Bolton

Shehnaz, Bolton

Shamim, Bolton

Sumayah, Bolton

Badrunnisa, Blackburn

Farhana, Bolton

Fatimah, Leicester

Nasim, Bolton

Rizwana, Bolton

Ammaarah, Manchester

Neelofar, Dewsbury

Salma, Bolton

Lyba, Manchester

Razia, London

Muneebah, Manchester

Qudsiyyah, Manchester

Nida, Birmingham

Sidrah, Manchester

Sahar, Cardiff

Shamima, Newport

Pritima, London

Tahsin, London

Zaynab, Chadwell Heath

Amina, London

Shirin, Stratford

Sumey, Bradford

Arifa, Bradford

Farhana, Bradford

Asma, London

Zakera, London

Summayya, London

Nasim, Leicester

Shahida, Leicester

Nasima, London

Anisa, London

Abeda, Bradford

Nafisa, Bradford

Fatima, Bradford

Khadija, Bradford

Noreen, Bradford

Sarina, Bradford

Halima, Bradford

Azba, Bradford

Nabeela, Bradford

Zainab, Bradford

Ammarah, Batley

Humera, Batley

Asma, Blackburn

Aneesa, Batley

Waseeya, Chorley

Anisah, Preston

Nafisa, Bolton

Jamila, Blackburn

Anisha, Blackburn

Saheera, Blackburn

Shakila, Preston

Tahmina, London

Latifah, London

Nada, Birmingham

Shuhana, Swindon

Sidrah, Oldham

We will continue to update this story.

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Dressing the Professor: What to Wear for Working in Academia

Just because today’s college students often come to class wearing flip-flops, band tees, and pajama pants doesn’t mean that professors should too. In this guide, one in our series of dressing for a profession, we tackle what to wear if you work in academia.

Robin Williams as John Keating

Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society wearing a brown corduroy jacket

Among all the professions, academia may be the one field where the topic of what to wear is fraught with the most debate and disagreement. Part of that is because those who make up the profession have a special penchant for argument by virtue of being intellectuals. Academia is predicated on questioning ideas. Search online and you can find a handful of articles written by professors urging more professional dress followed by comment sections full of opposing views.

Why Some Professors Don’t Dress Well

There are those who object, often rather vehemently and even on moral grounds, to dressing up for the classroom.

1. Philosophical Reasons

Some see it as offensive promotion of capitalism or a class system. Academics as a whole have long aimed to separate the work they do in the world of ideas from the crass demands of money and the drive for materialism. For them, a suit and tie are elitist, the quintessential symbols of the businessman, or something that administrators wear. So, not dressing formally is a means for faculty to separate themselves from the loathed administration. As an extension of this, some academics uphold the idea that they are too busy thinking about important ideas to waste time figuring out how to coordinate an outfit. In response to this, I would argue that clothing can have strong intellectual appeal to academics.

Roland Barthes in a houndstooth jacket

Roland Barthes in a houndstooth jacket

A number of great thinkers in Western society–Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, and Roland Barthes among them–have devoted themselves to exploring the significance of the topic on a level that is hardly superficial. The academic, Barthes, was fascinated by the power of clothes to signify meaning, a topic he wrote about in The Fashion System and The Language of Fashion. More recently, Barnard historian Anne Hollander (Sex and Suits; Seeing Through Clothes) has taken up the mantle, and a number of authors who write about menswear online (Alexander Freeling, David Isle, Benjamin Wild, yours truly) are professors. There are scholarly journals dedicated to the topic, like Vestojand a popular dressing for academia thread on Styleforum. The menswear industry itself has a strong representation of people with scholarly backgrounds too (some folks at The Armoury and medievalist Aleks Cvetkovic of The Jackal and Crockett and Jones come immediately to mind). So, clothes aren’t necessarily a superficial pursuit!

2. Economics

Economics is another, practical reason why professors may not dress up. Those who are starting in the profession often do not receive a high salary in addition to having student loans to pay back for their longer years of education. Others toil for years as underpaid, overworked adjuncts. Purchasing quality menswear is therefore not a priority. However, economics aren’t necessarily an obstacle if the soul is willing but the wallet weak; there are a number of ways to update a wardrobe on a budget. Thrifting is a time-honored way to score menswear finds, vintage or otherwise, at a fraction of the cost even when one is firmly established in a career.

Single Breasted Sport Coat outfit with classic vintage collar

Ethan Wong is a master of thrifting tailored clothes that would be perfect academic wear.

3. Approachability

Lastly, some instructors want to be relatable to students by looking like one. The educational environment in North America is such that professors want to be friends with students–even to go drinking with them or invite them to their homes, especially grad students. There is a resistance to anything that can seem authoritarian or that creates distance in the classroom, which extends to clothes. Feeding into this is a natural desire to be liked as an instructor, which will help create a convivial class environment in addition to increasing the likelihood of getting good student evaluations at the end of the semester. Not being scary and aloof can certainly help with student learning, but being well dressed has less to do with that than personality and teaching practices. In fact, I have found the opposite to be true, as young men in my classes have told me they find the way I dress “cool” and see me as a style role model.

College class taught outdoors

You can still run a casual class, even outdoors, without dressing like a student.

Why Dress Well as a Professor?

Whether you’re a young adjunct or an established veteran instructor, there are benefits of dressing up, for yourself, your classroom and your students.

Gray Donegal Tweed jacket

Tweed doesn’t have to look stuffy – Sven Raphael Schneider in a professor appropriate Gray Donegal Tweed jacket

1. It Enhances Your Authority

If you’ve come to class dressed like a student, disheveled and wearing a t-shirt and shorts, for example, your credibility and ethos are immediately diminished. The first impression created is that you aren’t an authority, or, at the very least, you would need to work harder to receive the respect of your students. Imagine appearing at a public speaking engagement dressed this way and the effect it has on the audience’s perception of the speaker. For young academics or those who want to get on the tenure track, dressing well has the added effect of making you memorable outside the classroom and cultivates an aura of professionalism as you look to establish your reputation and standing within an academic department.

A large classroom

Facing a large classroom can be daunting; being well dressed helps boost confidence

2. It Enhances Self-Confidence

Indeed, teaching is inherently a type of public speaking, and surveys show that the fear of public speaking is greater than the fear of death for many people. Those who are new to teaching, those facing large classes, or those who are introverted by nature will find that tailoring as a sort of armor, just as it can be in the business world. It’s a confidence booster and can only enhance your ability to handle being in front of a group of people and help you command the room.

3. It Helps Hold Audience Interest

The important thing to remember about teaching is that, beyond speaking, you are essentially performing in front of an audience for two hours at a time (it is called a “lecture theater” after all). A well-liked and effective professor is one who performs well by being engaging and interesting, who mixes humor with education and genuine caring for students. Think of the professors you had who were your favorites, I can guarantee that they fit this mold. As such, a professor must be charismatic, and being well dressed helps with that as part of a total package.

Sure, Indiana Jones/Harrison Ford have charisma on their own, but the suit adds to it.

A sharp outfit helps keep your audience’s attention. When you’re competing with laptops connected to the internet for the attention of 20-year-olds, this is no mean feat. Sure, passion and presentation are a large part of it, but being sharply dressed enhances your ability to grab and hold the audience’s interest. These days, as class sizes increase–some of them having more than 500 students–you may also need to serve as a visual reference point in a large auditorium. A smart outfit is more visually arresting than a polo shirt and jeans. Some have said that dressing in a flashy manner as a professor is distracting, and it is, so good taste should always prevail. You wouldn’t open your shirt three buttons or wear a lime sport coat, but a sharp outfit, which is rare outside the classroom, is an attention-getter.

4. It Elevates the Material

When you attend an important event, the usual practice is to dress well. Wearing a suit to a wedding or graduation signals that the context deserves formality. Dressing in an elevated manner to class similarly signals to students that what is happening there is significant.

Laurence Fishburne in Higher Learning

Laurence Fishburne as Professor Phipps, whose clothes help to signify the importance of the lessons he provides.

5. You’re Educating Students about Professional Presentation

In the classroom, we may be teaching a particular subject,  but we’re also always instructing our students in other, peripheral ways about how to speak effectively, how to question ideas, how to think deeply, and, through being well dressed, how to present themselves professionally. This is more important in some fields than others–a business, marketing, speech or law class instead of an art class perhaps–but all college students will at some point need to comport themselves in a professional manner, and how you dress will help teach them self-presentation by example.

Color depth of tweed is remarkable

Textured knit ties are less formal than silk ones

6. It’s Intellectually Stimulating

Menswear has a lot to offer in terms of exercising one’s mental faculties. The history behind various items like the trench coat and brogues on shoes is fascinating in its own right, and the act of coordinating items of clothing is a pleasurable intellectual game in itself, like Sudoku or a crossword puzzle. I’ve personally created a spreadsheet to track effective combinations of jackets, pants, shirts, and ties in what I call my “structuralist” approach to dressing. And, I’m not alone in this sort of thing. Two Cambridge University physicists, Thomas Fink and Yong Mao, famously used mathematics to identify all the knots possible with a necktie in their book, The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie.

 

 

What to Wear as a Professor

Academics have more leeway for expressions of personality than other professions like the law. Universities don’t have a corporate dress code, and you don’t have to be as conventional to win over clients or convince a jury. With academic freedom comes freedom of dress as well. Indeed, the stereotypical image of a male academic is that of an eccentric, which includes the way he dresses. Think of The Nutty Professor (either the Jerry Lewis or Eddie Murphy versions), the instructors at Hogwarts or Robin Williams’ sweater in Good Will HuntingBright bow ties or novelty neckties are par for the course, though we wouldn’t recommend the latter. Most well-enrolled classes are those run by professors with some sort of defining personality trait, which can include their individual style of dress.

Jacques Derrida style

Jacques Derrida was a star professor with radical ideas and a well-dressed style, here peak lapels with a flashy button-down shirt and paisley tie.

1. The Traditional Suit

It may be just my good fortune to have had male professors who were style role models when I was both an undergraduate at Brooklyn College and a graduate student at Columbia University, but many of them wore full suits to class. They were usually engaging teachers, but I also remember them for their dress.

Michael Riffaterre and Howard Bloch

Two of my intellectual and style mentors, Michael Riffaterre and Howard Bloch. Is it a coincidence that many of the examples of well-dressed professors are French or in the French Department?

Judging by the film depiction of professors, however, there are two general modes of academic dress: the British and the Ivy-League or Prep-School style. Though the last two were originally worn by students in mid-20th century America, certainly the button-down collar shirt, penny loafers and corduroy pants that characterize them also made their way into the professorship in the ensuing decades.

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault in a prep-style look: plaid sports coat, button-down collar and sweater vest

The three-piece tweed or flannel suit, sometimes with elbow patches, and the bow tie, similar to what John Houseman wears in the law school drama The Paper Chase, are inherited from traditional British country wear. In their origins, tweeds and corduroys are not businesswear; they’re not meant to be worn in town. They are meant to be practical and relaxed, associated with leisurely rural pursuits. As such, and especially when coupled with a bow tie instead of a necktie. the desired separation of professors from the world of commerce remains intact. If you’re a banker or a stockbroker, the fact is you won’t be wearing a corduroy suit. It should also be noted that elbow patches are signs that one’s jacket was repaired from being worn out at the elbows, perhaps from reading a great deal. Thus, they became a sign of a scholar’s studiousness and also of his “noble poverty” in dedicating himself to a profession of study, not material gain.

John Houseman’s law professor Charles W. Kingsfield embodies the typical attire of the academic. Note the inclusion of a pocket square.

These are versions of how most real professors (and a decent chunk of the male population) once dressed in Britain and parts of the United States, so you can’t go too wrong with them as products of an established sartorial tradition. However, there is the chance of looking like a stereotypical professor. To some extent, this is perfectly fine–just as a doctor wears a white coat and a lawyer a pinstripe suit, a professor wears a tweed suit, probably a three-piece, maybe a button-down shirt and maybe a bow tie. This is the unofficial uniform of the profession. In this way, Roland Barthes would observe, your clothes are the outward signs that you are, in fact, a professor. You look the part.

Donald Sutherland in Animal House

Donald Sutherland in Animal House wearing a typically professorial three-piece corduroy suit (with pens in the breast pocket).

Hollywood, which has to distill the essence of a character through easily registered visual symbols, knows this, and your students will readily accept it because it is immediately recognizable. A negative aspect of this is that you’re bordering on costume, so you might try more of a look that is inspired by these typical clothes: like a corduroy jacket but not a full suit, a tweed jacket with chinos (and no elbow patches) or a vest with an Italian-style sport coat.

Academic-inspired outfits

Outfits that make use of certain elements from academic style without appearing stereotypical.

2. Go with “Smart Casual”

While what you wear when you teach can depend on where you teach (California community college vs. large research institution in NYC) and what you teach (law vs. engineering), in most North American settings a useful guideline is to go with a “smart casual” look. I use this term as opposed to “business casual” not only because it sounds more appropriate when describing intellectuals but because the latter can evoke all sorts of horrors, including billowing khaki pants. A jacket is required, but think more sports coat than a suit, knit ties rather than printed silks or jacquards. With this framework, you are visually interesting and well dressed with less risk of being overdressed. You can gussy the outfit up by wearing a tie or tie and odd vest, or you can dress it down by going tieless and by wearing chinos or, dare I say it, jeans.

Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting

In Good Will Hunting, Sean McGuire (Robin Williams) wears a tweed jacket with a casual cardigan and no tie

With a smart casual rig, you have more of the desired approachability to students than when you wear a suit. You look at home in most university settings while being less likely to out-dress your male senior colleagues and make them look bad. When all the other male academics in the bi-annual department meeting are wearing cargo shorts, sandals, or at best, denim and a golf shirt, coming in with a three-piece suit can only make a negative impression. You’ll be looked at as if you are trying to show everyone else up, which is also true of any other workplace with an informal dress code. You are, however, likely to encounter a few sports coats, one bow tie, and some sweater vests in the room, so doing something similar but adding dashes of individual style will go over better. Wear better shoes, for example, or a grenadine tie. Get a made-to-measure jacket. Add a pocket square to a blazer and chinos.

Michael Caine in Educating Rita

Michael Caine as Professor Frank Bryant dressed in a form of smart casual. A tweedy fabric is still in evidence but with jeans, boots and no tie.

Conclusion

As a professor myself who has cultivated his personal style over the past few years, I hope my reflections have provided some food for thought, and no doubt, for debate. While there is a range of possible ways for academics to dress, smart casual is an appropriate starting point. These impressions have been formed by my experiences in American and Canadian university settings, so I’d love to hear how things differ in other countries, particularly the UK and Europe. I’ll also be the first to admit that I am presenting one man’s reasoned argument, so let’s hear from the other professors (and students) in the Gentleman’s Gazette audience. How should a professor dress?


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Link Love: Kaftans To Wear Anywhere

I’ve yet to buy one, but every Summer when temperatures start rising above 77° F, I’m seriously tempted by kaftans as a breezy loungewear option and work-from-home outfit.

Bonus: These days kaftans aren’t just for lounging around the house or covering up your swimwear anymore either, they make excellent Summer dresses for all sorts of occasions.

The Guardian posits that “the kaftan is the new political fashion statement to make.”

Alyson from That’s Not My Age has tips on where to find a good kaftan. I love the asymmetrical lines of this kimono kaftan dress she links to in her blog post.

One of my favourite images is this photo of Grace Kelly with vintage camera, sporting a Pucci kaftan.

Need inspiration on how to wear one yourself? Then have a peek at these Pinterest images.

Fab Links from Our Members

B. Jones Style and KarenBritChick are two YouTube channels that put Shevia in a good mood and remind her of the joy of dressing. She is a long-time fan of their blogs as well.

Some of you may remember that we featured Beth of B. Jones Style in our Outstanding Outfit Bloggers series 5 years ago too.

Vildy also follows KarenBritChick and likes Emma Hill’s YouTube channel as well: “Even though I have most physical characteristics opposite to her and a completely opposite style, I love her style and her terrific personality.”

Meanwhile, Joy has been enjoying the videos by Danish fashionista Signe, like this one about how to look good in loungewear.

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How to Wear Polka Dots in Menswear

In the realm of menswear, there are a handful of classic patterns that have endured the test of time: glen check, houndstooth, stripes, and windowpanes on articles of clothing and paisley and polka dot motifs on accessories. A dotted pattern is especially versatile, so what’s the best way to wear it?

Polka dots work well with both casual and more formal outfits. In this article, we’ll review the uses of dots, spots or pois in classic style and provide some ideas on how to wear them.

 

Tweed sport coat with dark red carnation boutonniere with wool challis polka dot paisley bow tie with pointed ends by Fort Belvedere

Tweed sport coat with dark red carnation boutonniere with wool challis polka dot paisley bow tie with pointed ends by Fort Belvedere

A Brief History of Polka Dots in Menswear

In the history of Western dress, clothes with spotted patterns (unevenly spaced because they were hand sewn) were originally taboo because they resembled various skin diseases including bubonic plague and leprosy. However, by the 18th century, dots began to gain popularity.  Several sources report that the Ultimate Dandy himself, Beau Brummell and those who followed in his footsteps frequently made use of dotted patterns in their scarves and other accessories, though I have yet to find concrete evidence of this. There is abundant proof, however, for the invention of the so-called “polka dot” in connection with the polka dance craze that swept across Europe and North America in the first half of the 19th century. The dotted pattern we know today was marketed as “polka dots” to capitalize on the mania, though the connection to the dance is unclear. Probably, the round shape is associated with the circular patterns made by couples when they dance the steps of the polka.

Polka dot shirt

Fabrizio Oriani (with Charlene Williams) in a polka dot shirt at Pitti Uomo, rarely seen in classic menswear.

While the pattern of repeated dots grew in popularity for fashion, in menswear it remained (and still remains) largely limited to small-scale use on ties, scarves, pocket squares, and socks. Large dots feature on women’s blazers, dresses, and shirts but you’re not likely to see the same on classic menswear as dots convey a sense of lightness and fun, which runs contrary to the more sober style of tailored men’s clothing. However, the pattern has been worn as a measured dose of playfulness and personality by the likes of the Duke of Windsor and, most famously, by Winston Churchill. Indeed, Churchill’s polka-dotted bow tie from Turnbull & Asser was his signature accessory, worn by him from youth to old age in honor of his father, Lord Randolph, who also favored the pattern.

Winston Churchill Polka Dot Tie

Sir Winston Churchill and his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, both had a penchant for polka dots despite their stern countenances

Considerations in Choosing Polka Dots

When selecting a polka-dotted accessory, there are several factors that affect the impression they create, namely the size of the dots, their color and their spacing.

1. The Size of the Dots

Though any sort of spotted pattern is generically referred to as polka dots, small versions are usually described as “pin dots.” “Micro dots” can also be used to refer to the same thing or can be slightly larger. It can help to picture pin dots as what it would look like if you took a pin, dipped it in color and then poked a piece of cloth with the tip: the result is quite subtle and, though they don’t disappear entirely, they almost resolve to a solid when viewed from a distance. At the other end of the spectrum, you can have quite large dots. This is definitely more casual and fun while average and smaller dots are more business appropriate. For everything up to an “average-sized” dot (and this is admittedly relative), people will see the dots but not focus on them as an obvious design feature whereas there you can’t NOT focus on them when they’re huge. So, in terms of formality, where dots are involved, size does matter!

Different dot sizes on ties

From left to right, smallest to largest: pin dots, micro dots, and large polka dots

2. The Spacing of Dots

Directly related to dot size is their density, which we can conceive of in computing terms as “dots-per-inch” (dpi).  Or, you can imagine the This is how closely the dots are spaced or how much space exists between them. The higher the dpi, the smaller the dots since more of them are needed to fill the same space, whether on a tie, scarf or pocket square. In some cases, extra space is intentionally left between dots for artistic reasons.

3 Fold Tie in Blue with white Polka Dots - Handmade by Fort Belvedere (2)

This handmade Fort Belvedere tie could have double the number of polka dots in the space, but the spots are intentionally left widely spaced for effect.

Usually, the spacing between dots is also even and regular–for example, 1/4″ between dots–resulting in a symmetrical pattern that is pleasing to the eye. However, lovers of asymmetry can rejoice in the occasional availability of items in which the dots are sprinkled on in a random manner. Wearing a tie with irregularly spaced dots creates the impression that the wearer is artistic or rakishly enjoys defying norms. In this case, the lack of a pattern can be disconcerting, though it may attract more interest and evoke conversation.

Irregular spacing of polka dots

Two examples of irregular spacing of dots on ties.

How far apart the spots affect the color impression of the item as well. If there are a lot of spots close together, the item will seem to be mostly the color of the dots; on the other hand, when there are gaps in the pattern, the base or ground color will leave a greater impression. 

3. The Color of the Dots

Clearly, as the images in this article illustrate, white dots are by far the most common in menswear. This way, whether they’re on a tie or a pocket square, they immediately work with the standard white dress shirt. Navy with white spots is especially popular for ties and the opposite–white with navy dots–for pocket squares, and the two can usually be worn at the same time. Brown and white is another pairing though gray with white is rare despite the prominence of gray in tailoring. This is because the contrast between gray and white is usually too low to make the spots stand out clearly, which opens the door for the pairing of gray and blue: blue polka dots on a gray tie, for example. Almost any two complementary colors are possible, limited only by the wearer’s taste; whatever two colors you would wear together can be found in the form of dots on a base color. Some examples are beige dots on a brown knit tie, yellow dots on a blue shantung tie, or red dots on a blue pocket square.

How to Wear Polka Dots

The beauty of polka-dotted accessories is how they lend themselves to numerous two- and three-color combinations. While white spots help to bring the white of a shirt forward into the two layers above it–in a tie and then in the breast pocket of the suit jacket above that–other colored dots can bridge the layers of your outfit in various creative ways. The beige spots on a brown tie can coordinate with a khaki Irish linen sport coat to strengthen a two-color combination. Or, the dots on a tie or pocket square can bring in an altogether different color. For example, a three-color combination can be created by wearing a Fort Belvedere burgundy tie with yellow dots along with a charcoal suit. The burgundy picks up the same color in the overcheck while the dots add a third color as an accent.

Fort Belvedere Burgundy Wool Tie with Yellow Polka Dots

A Fort Belvedere Burgundy Polka Dot tie coordinates with the burgundy overcheck in the charcoal jacket while adding a third color.

As another consideration, the color of the dots can be used to coordinate with your skin color, from brown to various to shades of beige; Fabrizio Oriani does this well in the image from earlier in the article.

1. Polka Dot Ties

The most likely place you’ll see polka dots is on neckties and bow ties, and, as you can tell from the discussion so far, there are a large variety of options. As with any tie, printed silk is the safe choice for business wear, and with these the dots are also printed. A printed polka dot is even appropriate for the formality of morning dress.

Morning coat with blue polka dot tie

A printed silk polka dot tie, especially in navy or blue, is appropriate for morning wear.

For variety, you can try something different like woven soft wool challis or silk jacquard. You can also locate shantung, grenadine or knitted ties where the dots are hand embroidered or even hand painted on since perfectly round dots cannot be woven. Because polka dots represent a small repeating geometric pattern, they are worn easiest on ties against solid shirts, but if you want to double up and wear two patterns, choose a subtle stripe, or wear a larger repeating pattern in your suit jacket, like a windowpane grid.

2. Polka Dot Pocket Squares

Pocket squares are usually a means of working a third (or fourth) color into an outfit. They are small and fairly hidden in your chest pocket and can be rotated in various ways to emphasize particular colors they contain to complement whatever else you are wearing. However, a polka dot pocket square is different than a pocket square that contains more randomized patterns like paisleys or one printed with an image of unicorns and hunting dogs. Because it contains a strong, repeating pattern, it works best either with a solid tie or one that has a similar though sufficiently different pattern. Of course, you never want to wear a pocket square that matches your tie exactly. In the image below, for instance, Sven Raphael Schneider wears a Fort Belvedere wool challis polka dot pocket square with a solid knitted silk tie. The navy foundation adds an additional tone, the light blue spots mirror the color of the tie and the knitted texture resembles the repetition of the dot pattern.

Navy Wool Challis Pocket Square with Blue Polka Dots

A refined way to wear a polka dot pocket square; Fort Belvedere navy with blue polka dots pocket square

 

3. Scarves with Polka Dots

With a scarf, similar consideration is required, especially because the polka dots on a scarf will likely be the largest use of the pattern you can find in classic menswear. As such, it can form a strong accent, which again requires that the rest of what you’re wearing doesn’t conflict. Tucked around your face, it will certainly draw attention, so treat it as the main focal point of your outfit if you wear it. As with other accessories, the smaller the spots, the less showy the scarf. Navy blue with white dots, followed by burgundy with white dots, are classic choices.

Navy polka dot scarf

A navy polka dot scarf is a classic choice.

4. Spotted Socks

Bright socks or those with aggressive patterns on them are often touted as a way to inject individuality into what you’re wearing. The question to ask first is whether you prefer having people look at your ankles rather than your face. At the Gentleman’s Gazette, we don’t think showy socks are the best choice; better to wear socks with a subtle yet original pattern like a shadow stripe, which lets you project personality in a more elegant way.

Polka Dot Socks

Bold polka dot socks can distract from where you want attention to be directed.

Conclusion

At this point, perhaps you’re seeing spots before your eyes, but I hope you are also seeing polka dot patterns in a new light. Most people know that polka dots feature in menswear, but we don’t often think about all the possibilities of using them. Polka dots have a unique ability to straddle a range of occasions from highly formal to playful and casual, and as such, they are a must-have in every man’s wardrobe.

Do you wear dots? Tell us how you do it in the comments.


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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Accessories, Lounge & Active Wear

Accessories were good, although the assortment was smaller than usual. Take the time to browse them because there are gems that we miss the first time round.

The active area of the NAS is very popular at the sale. It’s one of the busiest tents after footwear. I’m a big fan of Nordstrom’s house brand Zella and so are my clients. Check out their workout wear in detail if that’s on your shopping list. Newcomer athletic brand Sweaty Betty from London knocked my socks off.

IMPORTANT: Check whether the items are available in petite and plus because I’ve only provided the description in regular sizes. In some cases regular sizes can work on petites, and regular size ranges extend into larger sizes.

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Lounge & Activewear

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NAS Top Picks by Category

This post is number 6 in a 6 part series:

Also check out my introduction to the series, and the items I brought home from the sale. Be sure to also browse wardrobe basics like underwear, socks, loungewear, sleepwear, or workout wear if you like to use the sale to replenish those types of items at this time of year. Also lots of fun stuff in homeware. Good hunting and happy NAS!

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How to Wear Cold Weather Colors in the Summer

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

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

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

How to Wear Cold Weather Colors in the Summer

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

Repurposing Winter Colors for Summer

Olive green summer suit

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

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

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

Gray

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

Prince of Wales Check with Overplaid

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

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

Paul Lux wearing trousers with open pleats.

Paul Lux wearing light gray wool trousers with beautiful open pleats

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

Burgundy

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

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

Purplish Burgundy blazer

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

Green

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

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

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

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

Green linen and gingham

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

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

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

Rust

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

Wrinkled Linen Suit via Stile Maschile

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

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

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

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

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

Brown

Tassel loafers without socks

Brown tassel loafers without socks

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

 

Brown linen shirt

A brown délavé linen shirt from Boggi Milano

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

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

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

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

Brown fresco trousers

Brown fresco trousers with a light beige plaid linen jacket

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

Conclusion

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

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


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What to Wear to Work in the Summer

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

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What Not to Wear to a Conservative Office in the Summer

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

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

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

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What To Wear To The Office – Dressing for Work

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

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

Office Wear Through The Years

1950

1950’s

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

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

1960

1960’s

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

1960s

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

1970

1970’s

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

1970s

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

1980

1980’s

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

Michael Douglas wearing a Winchester shirt

Michael Douglas wearing a Winchester shirt

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

1990s

1990’s

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

1990

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

2000s

2000’s

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

Fast Fashion labels

Fast Fashion labels

What To Wear To The Office

The Plus & Minus Rule

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

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

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

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

5 Office Wardrobe Staples

Office outfit with tobacco brown knit tie and navy blazer

Office outfit with tobacco brown knit tie and navy blazer

1. Navy Blazer

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

Chinos can be worn to the office or dressed down

Chinos can be worn to the office or dressed down

2. Cotton Chinos

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

A selection of light blue dress shirts in different shades

A selection of light blue dress shirts in different shades

3. Dress Shirts

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

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

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

Business Casual Outfit with silk knit tie

Business Casual Outfit with silk knit tie

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

4. Shoes

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Socks

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

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


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How to Wear White as a Menswear Color

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

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

Double Breasted Off White Suit

Double-breasted off-white suit with white shoes

A Brief History of White Clothes

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

Beau Brummell in 1805

Beau Brummell in 1805 wearing a white shirt and stock

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

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

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

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

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

When Can You Wear White?

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

White Looks Best in Warm, Sunny Weather

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

White in a summer holiday setting.

In Cooler or Cloudy Weather

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

White for Winter

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

How to Wear White

White Shirts

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

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

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

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

A definite style don't: a visible undershirt

A definite style don’t: a visible undershirt

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

White Pants

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

White Ring Jacket trousers

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

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

Ralph Lauren in a Navy Double Breasted Blazer and White Pants

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

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

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

White trousers at Pitti Uomo

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

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

Visible pocket liners with white trousers

Pocket liners are often visible with white cotton pants

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

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

Toni Rossi from Halston in Naples wearing white

Toni Rossi from Halston in Naples wearing white

White Suits and Sport Coats

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

Tom Wolfe in a white suit

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

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

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White jacket worn at sea with a blue shirt

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

A white herringbone shirt

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

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

White for Formal Wear

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

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

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

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

Ralph Lauren 4x1 Dinner Jacket

Ralph Lauren 4×1 White Shawl Collar Dinner Jacket

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

White Menswear Accessories

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

White boutonnieres Fort Belvedere

White boutonnieres from Fort Belvedere

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

A white silk tie with geometric motif

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

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

Pantherella white dress socks

Pantherella white dress socks

White Shoes

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

white buckskin shoe

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

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

Spectator shoes pair well with white trousers.

Conclusion

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

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


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

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


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

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

Anything that even resembles white.

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

Denim anything.

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

Anything too revealing.

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

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Related article: A comprehensive guide to wedding guest attire 

Out-of-season hues.

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

A dress that matches the wedding colors.

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

An oversized hat.

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

Anything too casual.

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

This article originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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

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

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Denim 2.0: How to wear denim for summer 2018

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

Styling and words by Bemi Shaw

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

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

Walking near garage – Opt for patterns and stripes

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

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

Unusual details

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

Wear a wide leg

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

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

The Trusty co-ord

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

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

Denim for the evening

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

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

The new uniform

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

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

Oversized is in

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

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

Denim doesn’t have to be blue

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

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

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Stylist: Bemi Shaw
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Model: Atikah and M+P

 

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What to Wear to Literally ANY Summer Wedding

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

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

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

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

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What to Wear to Work While Pregnant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What to Wear to Enhance Your Eye Color

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

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

Your best colors:

Classic neutrals
All shades of pink
Deep blues
Lighter greens

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

This post has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.

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

Your best colors:

Purple
Deep greens
Coral
Pale yellows

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

Your best colors:

Dark neutrals
Orange
Lavender
Burgundy

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

Your best colors:

Khaki greens
Soft pinks
Rich blue hues
Gold

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

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

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Carolyn Robertson

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Looks like love!

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

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

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

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

Royals – they’re just like us!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Wear Jeans in the Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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16 Embroidered Denim Skirts to Wear All Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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11 Chic Color Combinations to Wear This Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Kendall Jenner: Balenciaga Textured-Leather Biker Jacket ($ 2745); Self-Portrait double crêpe trousers; Givenchy Micros Lucrezia Sandy Leather Satchel in Black ($ 1295); Kenneth Cole Kam Leather Sneakers ($ 120). Make trousers feel nighttime-appropriate by adding sneakers and a leather jacket.
Available in sizes 1 to 3. 
Available in sizes IT36 to IT41. 
Available in sizes 34DE to 40DE. 
On Selena Gomez: Pallas Folded-Band-Collar Top in White Crepe ($ 980); Louis Vuitton bag; Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Sailor Skirt ($ 170); Vetements Cowboy Ankle Boot ($ 1750). Comfortable and chic makes for the ideal combination.
Available in size L. 
Available in sizes 27 to 28. 
Available in sizes 35 to 41. 
On Gigi Hadid: Adidas Originals track jacket; Adidas Originals Adicolour Firebird Track Pant with 3 Stripe ($ 66); Saint Laurent Large Monogram Grained Leather Shoulder Bag ($ 2690); Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneakers ($ 55). Lean into the athleisure trend by rocking a track suit with classic white sneakers.
Available in sizes XS to L. 
Available in sizes 4 to 14. 
Available in sizes 5 to 12.5.
On Alexa Chung: Burberry Prorsum Shearling Coat ($ 4000); Alexa Chung for AG Laura Corduroy Waistcoat ($ 181); Alexa Chung for AG Laura Corduroy Trousers ($ 190). Loafers are the ultimate comfy-meets-cool pick if your style is more fashion-forward.
Available in sizes IT40 to IT42. 
Available in sizes 5 to 10. 
On Suki Waterhouse: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress; Jimmy Choo Bells Sneakers in Black ($ 595). For a more feminine take on the sneakers look, try pairing a floral dress with your favorite comfy kicks.
Available in sizes 4 to 8. 
Available in sizes 0 to 12. 
Available in sizes IT34 to IT42.
On Karlie Kloss: Reformation Kensington Jacket ($ 198); Rosie Assoulin Matisse Cut Out Top ($ 1495) and Ziggy Hound’s-Tooth Wool-Blend Trousers($ 697); Adidas x Kanye West Yeezy sneakers. If your signature style is more adventurous, try mixing wide-leg pants with a cool crop top and sneakers.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
Available in sizes 14 to 24. 
Available in sizes 8 to 12. 
On Bella Hadid: Spitfire Lennon 2 Sunglasses ($ 36); Saint Laurent Lolita Lace-Up Bootie ($ 895). Try an all-black look with edgy boots for a night on the town.
Available in size S. 
Available in sizes 0 to 8. 
Available in sizes IT35.5 to IT40.5. 
On Olivia Palermo: Misha Nonoo Alexa Cotton Poplin Shirtdress ($ 325); Misha Nonoo sweater; Analeena bag; Freda Salvador Star Leather Studded-Fringe Welt Ankle Boots ($ 595). A day-to-night dress and ankle boots make for a chic combination.
Available in sizes XS to XL. 
Available in sizes XS to L. 
Available in size IT40.  Need more going-out inspiration? Here’s the top style celebs are wearing now! This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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These are the things Meghan and Harry aren’t allowed to wear on their wedding day

And wait ’til you see the wedding guest rules

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

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

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

Female guests should wear hats and day dresses for the day

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

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

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

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

Male guests should wear uniforms, morning coats or lounge suits

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

Prince Harry will probably wear a uniform

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

Meghan Markle’s bouquet will have myrtle

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

Meghan Markle will have a classic manicure

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

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The bride’s wedding ring must contain Welsh gold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Word Is Out: Never Wear These Shoes With Leggings 

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

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

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

Go on to shop the sneakers Monica Rose says look the best with leggings, including the Reebok Classic Leather style.

Up next, find out how to find the perfect swimsuit, period.  This press trip was paid for by Reebok. Editors’ opinions are their own.

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What to Wear for Public Speaking

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

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

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

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

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Whether you're teaching, presenting at a conference, or being interviewed on TV, it can be tricky for women to know what to wear for public speaking -- so we rounded up our best tips. Don't miss the comments, too; lots of great thoughts on microphone-friendly attire.

 

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