Friday, September 30, 2011

Nathan Clark - who passed away this year at 94 - created the Chukka - or dessert boot - in 1949. To date more than 12 million pairs have been sold world-wide. It is no coincidence that through the years designers have copied this style making the dessert boot one of the most popular shoes in the market. Perfect for year round and especially valuable during the fall season, the dessert boot is the must-have boot for all generations.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chivalry and style go hand in hand. Nothing looks better on a man than an act of chivalry. Be aware of your surroundings, be kind to others, allow someone to go before you in line, open the door for someone, when walking down the street make sure your walking partner is walking on the inside of the sidewalk, get up when someone joins your table at lunch. These are some of the applications of chivalry that will make whatever you're wearing be a complete stand-out!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

You can layer without bulking up and looking too stuffed. Start by using a lightweight cotton fitted tee as your first layer, this will help keep the body warm more than any other layer. Follow with light fabrics like cotton or wool shirts that are slim or contemporary fit and not replete with pockets, big buttons or overly designed details. Avoid shirts with excess fabric. A cashmere or light weight wool as your sweater layer will complete the look and ensure that there's minimal bulk.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

So one of the things that can be avoided easily on a man are "pantie lines" - though it should really be called underwear lines - and/or shirt hem lines. All you have to do is tuck the shirt inside your underwear or make sure the pants are not so tight when you're tucking your shirt. Boom done! Easy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I get a lot of questions regarding whether it is appropriate to wear a blazer and tie with jeans, and if so, what type of jeans? Then I get asked about what are the right shoes to wear without socks and if I go sock-less should my ankles show? I believe this image can answer those questions. Though this is not the only way, this is certainly a great way to wear jeans and a blazer and tie with sock-less loafers for fall. I also feel this is the new All American look.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nothing cozier that a vintage sweater and a pair of corduroy pants. Though corduroy is made in various weights making it possible to wear year round, I tend to love wearing corduroy pants in fall. Think of trim corduroys pants as the new jeans and pair them with anything from a sport coat, to a letter-man jacket to your favorite sweater, you can't get it wrong with the right pair. You can find a range of prices from very inexpensive to ego driven high priced depending on the brand you choose and they come in all colors so go for it, just make sure they fit properly!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sock-less for fall? Absolutely! When it gets colds enough that your feet may actually feel cold, or if you live in windy cities where the temperature drop is truly significant, then you wear boots - with socks - and that will really keep your feet warm. However we West Coasters can go sock-less even through winter. Something I do not recommend for my friends in NY or Toronto.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

You can put on thousands of dollars in clothes and look phenomenal and if you have body odor is as if you were wearing rags and looked hideous. There is something awful about body odor and it is one of those issues in men that can be easily solved. A good strong soap when you shower will start the process but your real friend and ally is the deodorant. Think of deodorant as a must and never leave your house without applying it. You don't need to walk around smelling all scenty, you can opt for an scent-less deodorant that will just help you eliminate any unwanted body odor.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Simple elegance can be obtained at any age. Knowing how to put yourself together without necessarily needing to follow trends is the key to looking your best. Of course add confidence and a sense of style to the mix for the ultimate result. Here we have a perfect example of that. Simple, elegant, appropriate, taking the right amount of risk with the green tie, adequate accessories from understated pocket square to basic men's leather day bag and the dark overcoat makes it possible for this gentleman to look great and be prepared for almost any occasion.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Spring/Summer was all about color this year and thankfully that will not change with Fall/Winter. For the coming season try adding pops of color to your wardrobe. Let the drab days of fall and winter wear be a thing of the past. Mix patterns and colors. Add lapel pins and pocket squares and have fun. I find that adding some color to my ensemble usually cheers me up. So try it for yourself and see what happens!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Apropo to my latest Vincent's POV posting regarding my disillusion with mens' wear on the Emmy red carpet, here's a little inspiration. When it comes to formal wear there are ways in which to be creative and remain elegant and appropriate. Etro and Sand - among others - make wonderful tuxedos with brocade jackets that are spectacular and can be so fitting for young - and not so young - Hollywood. Men's wear can be quite exciting with a little creativity, let's not get lazy!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sometimes a look may seem a bit affected. For example take this gentleman, what is the purpose of having an overcoat draped over the shoulders. If you need an overcoat wear it, if it gets too warm, how about just draping it, but over your arm instead. This cape-like effect can be misconstrued - in my opinion -as affectation, which may not necessarily be complimentary on an otherwise very well dressed gentleman.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall is here and the cardigan will start to make an appearance. Often the cardigan reminds me of Mr. Rogers, very traditional, a little boring and a bit old fashion, however it does not have to be that way at all. Make sure the cardigan has a slim to contemporary fit and pairing with trim slacks or chinos will make a huge difference. Have fun with it and treat it as you would a long sleeve tee. It’s all about your comfort level and sense of style so rock your Mr. Rogers cardigan any day.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Most people think of turtleneck sweaters in tones of gray, navy or black, but the truth is that bright color turtle neck sweaters are not only on trend but can actually help create a fun and fresh look. Wear them with a sport coat in a contrasting color and accessorize with lapel pins or pocket squares to complete your look.

Monday, September 12, 2011

One of the most common mistakes or maybe I should say one of the great unknowns in men's dress etiquette is which button to button on a sport coat or suit jacket. Rule of thumb is never button the last or bottom button. In a two button jacket only button the first or top button. In a three button jacket only button the second or middle button or if you like button the first two or top two buttons. Always unbutton all buttons when sitting down.