Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bow tie and pocket square. Never match bow tie and pocket square. You have an opportunity to walk away from the obvious expected choices in fashion so take advantage of it in this very simple way. Do not match your pocket square to your neck tie or bow tie ever. Feel free to use the same color patterns if you like but make sure there's a distinction between the two. Photo Source:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Yesterday meets today. One of the most interesting aspects about the well dressed man with a strong sense of style is his ability to mix eras. Take a vintage style Oxford wingtip shoe and pair it with a current slim fitting slack. Two fashion periods co-existing happily in today's man. Don't be afraid to mix and match pieces to suit your style and mood of the day. Photo Source:

Monday, February 27, 2012

Do you own a shoehorn? I do and I use it most every day. The purpose of the shoehorn is not just to make slipping into a shoe much easier but also to maintain the counter - the back side - of the shoe from collapsing. Whether plastic, metal, bone or ivory, the shoe horn is an essential tool of the well dressed gentleman. Isn't it about time you owned and used one? Photo Source:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Oscar time again this Sunday and you don't have to don the black tuxedo one more time. Put away the formal black tuxedo and spice it up with a white formal dinner jacket. As acceptable as the black jacket option for any formal/black tie affair, the white dinner jacket is most commonly used in warmer climates - and we are after all in Los Angeles, California. Black formal slacks, white shirt and black tie are the rest of the components for this dashing look. I would also throw in a pair of black Oxford patten leather shoes. So stand out on the Oscar red carpet this Sunday with a retro/current take on formal wear and bring on the cool white. Photo Source:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Is the little imperfections that creates a real sense of individuality and style. A belt that may be slightly too tight. A tie which thinner end is just a little longer. A shirt tucked in that may have just a touch of overlap and crease. These are flaws that perhaps can be perceived as bad fashion however all together can create a real sense of individual style for the right guy. Don't focus so much on sartorial perfection, just concentrate on looking your best and feeling good about yourself. Photo Source:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Shirt tailoring 101. Shirts; for the most part, are manufactured in three different fits. The reason for this is to accommodate the various body types. Shirts that have no pleats on the back are usually labeled slim fit and is the best option for the guy who likes a more tapered fitting shirt, usually a guy who is svelte or a swimmers-body type. The center box pleats shirt - aka contemporary style - gives a bit more room around the back for the guys with broader shoulders and lads. The side pleats shirt - or classic fit - is best suited for the guy who is on the heavier side and offers the most room around the back and shoulders. There are always exceptions to the rules but for the most part this is standard shirt tailoring.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dogs in restaurants? Hell NO! I love dogs. But everything has its place in life. Dogs are not humans though of course we love and care for them as such and I totally agree with that approach 100%. However they don't belong in restaurants where other patrons may not feel the same way you do about your pet. If you can't keep your dog from barking, lunging and imposing on other patrons at a restaurant, keep him/her at home. So as a considerate gesture and following the rules of etiquette, keep your dog out of restaurants. Instead share a nice outing with your dog at a place that is most appropriate for both of you. Photo Source:

Monday, February 20, 2012

The "perfect" closet. You don't need to be rich to have the "perfect" closet. And obviously by "perfect" I mean organized. I like the sound of the word "perfect" but I'm not sure that the meaning is ever realistically attained. So organized, in order, easily accessible; these are the keys for the "perfect" closet.You don't have to spend a cent in order to re-arrange your closet. You can start on your own today or you can also contact me and I can help you. Photo Source:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Shorts in winter. Yes you can still wear shorts in winter, just add long-johns or ski pants underneath. Though this trend can be seen as more appropriate for the younger generations, it is nontheless a practical one for any age group. Again style comes from a confidence in who we are so age is but a number. if you need to stay warm and must wear shorts, here is a solution. Photo Source:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Time for long john under-pants. Having lived on the east coast for many years I am no stranger to long john under wear, as a matter of fact I look forward to those colder days when I can wear them again. As I have mentioned before the layer closest to the body is vital in keeping you warm. Just like a fitted under-shirt, the long john under-pant will guarantee warm legs throughout the day. I tend to favor the lighter fabric ones and though I'm not in the habit of endorsing product, I will break my own rule and say 2(x)ist makes a great long john underwear. Photo Source: unknown

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The tie clip - aka: tie bar, tie slide, tie clasp - has been around since the 19th century when the tie became part of men's fashion. Its function is simply to clasp to the underlying shirt front in order to prevent the tie from flapping around and ensure that it hangs straight. It is nothing more that way of maintaining a neat appearance for the man who cares about his look. Through the years there have been countless designs for the tie clip but a single gold bar continues to be the standard of minimalism and elegance. Photo Source: welldressedman

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Red for Valentine's Day. Yes, this is the day when cliche is acceptable. Bring on the red! Happy Valentine's Day! Photo Source: halfwindsorfullthrottle

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pocket squares have long been the norm for the well dressed man. There are those too who are prone to a lapel pin once in a while. To see both in the same ensemble was quite rare until recently. This year we started seeing lapel pins and pocket square worn at the same time by fashionistas during Piti Uomo in Italy. Sure enough designers like Etro made it a part of their collection runway show and it is now a hot trend. Not really a top choice for the conservative dresser but a great detail for the more adventurous gentleman. Photo Source: rosecallahan

Friday, February 10, 2012

The velvet touch. The Grammy awards are this Sunday and it can be the perfect time to bring out your velvet threads to attend one of the many Grammy parties around town. Velvet jackets - or suits - to me are synonymous with celebration. Often seen during the holidays, velvet is truly a fall/winter fabric and most appropriate for a special occasions. Always a stand out and guarantee to turn heads as you make your entrance. Photo Source thestyleexaminer

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Who do we dress for? How we dress reflects who we are, how we perceive ourselves. Surely there are times we must dress for a specific occasion but over all; who do we really dress for? Dressing for ourselves is the surest way to attain personal style, reach a place where we can take fashion chances and - the most important one - creates a real healthy sense of fashion self worth. It is important to have a detail in our ensemble that is just for us, whether is sock garters, quirky underpants or simply tattooed shoe soles. Only we can see these items but they will impact the people we come in contact with because of the way these details will make us feel. Photo Source: halfwindsorfullswag

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Committing rather than setting a goal. Is setting a goal good for you when it comes to exercising? Most goals imply there's an end to the task - or journey - and this can works against you when it comes to fitness. I find it most helpful to commit, rather than to set a goal.  Committing to exercising a certain amount of times a week is healthier and more doable than setting a goal, like; losing 20 lbs, getting six-pack abs, gaining 10 lbs, etc. When committing to something you will attain results and surpass any goals you may have set for yourself. Photo Source: unknown  

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Double breasted sport coat. Is not often that we see double breasted jackets as sport coat, however it can be quite a clever way of keeping it casual while still having some flair. Not many designers in America will make a double breasted sport coat, perhaps because the trend is not as strong as it is abroad, however you will find a small variety every so often. In the meantime feel free to mix and match the jacket from your double breasted suit with your favorite slacks and let your European sensibility lead the way. Photo Source: thewelldressedman

Monday, February 6, 2012

Creases on pants? Yes and no. Creases on pants are most commonly found in pleated pants. Pleated pants will always benefit from a crease. Flat fronts may have a crease as well, but is optional. Pants with creases is synonymous with tradition. Suit slacks - and some dress slacks - have a crease on them, whether flat front or pleated. However creases on denim or khaki is never a good look. Say no to creases on denim and khaki pants. Photo Credit: linenforsummertweedforwinter

Friday, February 3, 2012

The man-bun is the latest in long hairdos for men. Though not necessarily a new idea - Heath Ledger walked around with a man-bun the last year of his life - it has really taken flight in the last couple of months. Recently made most popular by Theory designer Olivier Theyskens, the man-bun is quickly becoming the go-to hairdo for men with long hair. Originally seen most prominently in ballerinas, the man-bun is surprisingly masculine in men. The man-bun offers a sleek and easy way to keep long hair away from the face. Pull the hair back in a ponytail twist around itself, put a hair pin through it and you are good to go. Photo Source: nytimes

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The right kind of corduroy pants. I am a huge corduroy fan, as a matter of fact if you see me around town, I'm usually in denim or cords, however it is not so easy to pull off corduroy pants. A light weight corduroy fabrics is the way to go. Corduroy by nature is thick and as a trouser can make you look very bulky, bottom heavy and unnecessarily fat. Make sure your corduroy pants are light weight corduroy and avoid people commenting on your weight gain behind your back. Photo Source: esquire

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Elbow Patch

The elbow patch sport coat. Traditionally known as the hunting sport coat, the elbow patches were originally designed for hunters to prevent wear and tear while steadying their shot and resting on their elbows. Usually found on tweed or wool sport coats. You don't need to be a hunter to wear a hunting sport coat these days since the elbow patch is now a common design detail in sport coats by many designers. Perfect with jeans and always used in casual occasions. Photo Source: thegreatparvenu