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Conquering Today’s Business Casual

In most of today’s companies, the dress code is “business casual.” The trouble is, what that term means has changed a lot, leaving a lot of guys looking either clueless or just like everyone else with no individuality. These tips can get you back on fashion track.

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Get your cut and sizing right.

The general rule of thumb is that your clothes should fit close to your body, creating a natural-looking silhouette without being too tight. Slim cuts achieve this extremely well. You can use the following as a slightly more specific guide for sizing:

  • Make sure the rise of your trousers -the length from the inseam of the crotch to the waistband – doesn’t extend significantly below your actual crotch.
  • The cuff of your pants should rest slightly on top of your shoe without bunching. Jeans can go a touch longer.
  • Your waistband should sit around the narrowest part of your torso. Jeans can go a bit lower.
  • Shirt sleeves should just cover your wrist bone. Jacket sleeves should leave about half an inch of the shirt sleeve cuff exposed.
  • Shoulder seams should sit on your body’s shoulder, not down on the upper arm.
  • Shirts should be long enough to tuck in at least two inches.

Remember, the expense of tailoring is worth having a wardrobe that actually flatters you!

Embrace layers.

Layering provides the opportunity to mix textures and colors, creating more interest. It also is extremely functional–just take off a layer or add it back for temperature comfort. Your three dressier go-to outer layers will be a slim-sleeved blazer (ideally in navy, like this one from The Idle Man), shorter-cut sport coat (ideally in tweed) and a jacket (ideally narrow-waled corduroy in a warm or muted tone). These garments add shape to your torso. They also look great over a polo or shirt and tie. Sweaters over a dress shirt work, too. Just make sure they are thin, slim-cut and solid in color, and let the cuff of the dress shirt show a little.

For a cardigan, get a relaxed feel by leaving a button or two at the bottom undone, and keep the armholes high. If you want a break from layers or it really is too warm, pick a fitted dress shirt with a creative print and dressier collar.

Mix clothing, shoes and accessories from different styles.

Making one new fashion out of several styles is bold, but it works because all the pieces are things others are familiar with. As an example, you might pair a slightly more rugged-looking boot with dress pants rather than jeans. The key is just to make the colors appropriate for the business setting. Even if you stay within one style, little details like choosing an undershirt that’s not white can make a big statement.

Anchor your look with the right shoes.

The best shoes for business casual include oxfords, derbies, loafers and brogues. Ideally, they should be brown, not black. Go for a pointed rather than square toe, and above all else, no sneakers!

Conclusion

Nailing business casual is within your reach. Layers, mixed styles and sharp-looking shoes are key. If you can get all these things with a slim, comfortable fit, you’ve got fashion gold.

A marketing director and contributing writer to The Idle Man, Alex Outlaw always has one foot in men’s music, fashion and contemporary culture. He likes to share whatever he finds by blogging and posting on social media. Keep on top of the latest on Twitter here.

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Men’s Fashion Advice – More Suit Styles for Summer 2014

Rise and shine gentleman! Summer has officially arrived and that means you’re already late to update your 2014 wardrobe for the season. But don’t fret, this article is here to save the day before you stress sweat through a freshly dry cleaned shirt. Grab some deodorant, read on to discover the four main trends in men’s suit styles this summer, and you’ll save a hell of a lot of time.

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High Rise and Rolled Pants

The first suit trend to immediately educate yourself in this season, relates to the pants half of the outfit. Long considered a boring necessity to any dressy occasion, that’s about to change – for the next few months at least. Say goodbye to a full pant and hello to your ankles! Both high rise and rolled suit pants have burst onto the menswear scene and instantly became very popular. The best part about this trend is that it’s completely possible to adapt any suit pants you already owned – just roll them up. If however you’re in the market for some newbies, make sure to stop by Politix
– they’ve got an excellent collection.

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Prints

Trend number two for summer 2014 is the bold and beautiful printed suit. Coming in variations of a full suit, or singular printed jackets or pants, there are numerous ways you can work this look to your personal liking and style. It’s a great option when your tried and true black or navy work suits have got you feeling glum – it’s a pick-me-up not only for you but also for everyone around you.

If you’re feeling a tad apprehensive about whether you can pull off such a bright look, don’t be. It’s summer time and everyone’s feeling good. Besides, if you choose to wear just the printed jacket or pants – the rest of your outfit can be very neutral, making the look less overwhelming.

Double Breasted Blazers

If you’re in the market for a new suit jacket, this trend is for you. Ditch your boring old classic of a jacket, and step out in a new double-breasted blazer. Yes, you heard right – the double-breasted blazer is back in, and it’s making every man look that little bit more refined. Despite the (incorrect) reputation that they’re a bad vintage relic from past decades, a well-fitted and short tailored jacket can make any man step out in style. The excellent part to this trend is that they can be made in any colour or material, so it’s easy to incorporate into any wardrobe.

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White Suits

Finally, the last trend to keep in mind for summer 2014 is the white suit. Ignore the part of your brain that is flashing any Elvis clichés and listen up. A white suit can be the epitome of summer styling, class, and refinement. Of course, you can’t go around wearing any crinkled, stained white suit you find – this is about attiring yourself in crisp, fresh, and unstained apparel. But when done well, this look screams summer and when you wear one you’ll find yourself generously shouting a Pimms for everyone.

The above four pointers are an excellent way to ensure your wardrobe is up to date and looking refined for summer 2014. So, get to it gentlemen – you have no shopping time to waste!

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Wedding Fashion Advice – What to Do For a Wedding Party!

The wedding ceremonies can be a nightmare let alone WITHOUT planning for the party following! Here’s a nifty infographic from Ever-Pretty full of tips and tricks about how to run a smashing wedding party:

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Men’s Fashion Trends – Men’s Suits for Spring/ Summer 2014

For Spring/Summer 2014, in both menswear and woman’s fashion, color has been a constant. Fashion has encompassed bold colors and patterns, richly saturated colored fabrics, and lighter pastels. Even in the category of men’s suits, there has been a deviation from the classic and traditional.

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One designer who has totally embraced the “bright and bold” in menswear is Tom Ford. This line-up is from his Spring/Summer collection for 2014. From left to right, Tom Ford starts out with a deep pink/coral sports jacket that is paired with petal pink, cuffed trousers, and pink/black animal print loafers. I see this one as the least popular choice for most men. The brightly colored cobalt blue suit has a trendy sheen, a slim-tailored fit, and is accented with a patterned tie, and great white tasseled slip-ons. I could see it as an alternative to navy, if you were looking for a change.

The middle sports jacket and pants from Tom Ford combine a summer coral jacket with an exploded floral pattern pant and coral and ivory patterned shoes. I could see the jacket mixed with jeans, white linen pants, or a pair of khakis. Next, is a tonal red patterned sports jacket that has a graduated, elongated lapel and a one- button closure. It is paired with a casual, white v-neck top, black trousers, and a less busy red and ivory pair of tassel shoes. I could also see this working with or without the shoes. Lastly, Tom Ford’s floral jacket on blues and black is more of a muted pattern than some, but may still be too busy for some guys. The black pants and color matching loafers make for a very unique look.

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The next set of spring/ summer suits is from Richard James and leans toward the pastel portion of the color spectrum. The first two from the left maintain a uniform look with matching colors in both the suit jacket and pants, but pop some color with their slip-on shoes. The second two takes on a more contrasted look with navy and light blue in the first and light slate blue, pink, and white in the second. Richard James brings a softer, calmer, and more summery look to his suit collections.

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Men’s Wedding Fashion Advice – Wedding Suit Rental Tips

One of the more obvious parts of wedding planning is choosing attire, which includes what the groom and his attendants will wear. If you need attire but aren’t sure where to begin, check out a few Arcadia wedding suit rental tips and enjoy browsing rather than viewing it as a dreaded chore.

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Where and When to Shop

So you’ve opted for a wedding suit rental, and now just need to figure out where to begin. A key tip is to avoid stores that do not update their inventory regularly. You’ll want a shop that features all the latest in suits and tuxedos, not those that offer suits with the word “leisure” attached.

If you’re unsure about when to begin your search, the best time is usually after the bride has chosen her dress and those of her bridesmaids. This helps set the theme and tone of the wedding, and will make your search a lot easier, as the colors have already been chosen. Don’t worry; you won’t be stuck in terms of personal style, however this is very helpful in terms of your wedding’s color scheme.

Think About Style, Wedding Theme, and Location

The next step regarding your wedding suit rental is to think about your personal style, as well as where the wedding is happening, and the ‘theme’ of the nuptials. For example, if the wedding is on a tropical island or another location that’s plenty hot and sunny, you don’t want a suit that’ll have you sweating 15 minutes in. This means choosing a suit that’s comfortable yet appeals to your sense of style, such as a white or off-white linen suit. However, if temperature isn’t an issue and you want to show off your fashion sense, opt for a zoot suit or another eye-catching option.

Again, wedding ‘theme’ is also very important. If the event is traditional or otherwise incredibly formal, this will factor into your wedding suit rental choice. However, if the wedding is more casual in nature or has a very specific theme, you’ll want to take that into consideration as well. It’s also a great idea to talk to your bride about what you both want in terms of your wedding day look–after all, you don’t want to look mismatched on your special day. Come up with a solution that works for both of you and go from there.

Accessories

Don’t forget about accessories. Whether you opt for a bow tie, necktie, ascot or no tie at all, these and other accessories need to be thought about and accounted for when embarking on your Arcadia wedding suit rental hunt. Cummerbunds usually do not accompany suits, but rather suits feature vests instead. While the cummerbund look is always classic and very formal, you may opt for the three-piece suit or other casual-yet-elegant option. Shirts and shoes are other accessories that need to be accounted for when planning your attire. If renting for yourself as well as your groomsmen, it’s generally a good idea to make a list of what and how many accessories you require.

These are just a few tips regarding your wedding suit rental. No matter what, remember to relax, breathe and enjoy planning this very special event. Weddings are always a bit stressful, however meticulous planning is an easy way to avoid the brunt of said stress.. Have fun searching for your Arcadia wedding suit rental with trusted family and friends. Good luck.

Pick from a selection of fantastic suits and tuxedos by visiting friartux.com today. 

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Black Friday at Macy’s? You Bet!

The phrase Black Friday was originally coined from a financial crisis that occurred in the US, in 1869. Its reference to the “kick-off” to the holiday shopping season frenzy didn’t come about until the 1960’s in Philadelphia. Now, everyone knows that Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and usually bedlam is let loose. Some associate it with excitement of hunting down the best bargains of the Holiday season and some see it as something to avoid like the Flu. Not this intrepid blogger – my primary destination?, Macy’s men’s department.

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Men’s Fashion Spotlight: Samuelsohn’s 2012 summer collection

Samuelsohn is a menswear designer based in Montreal Canada, who has taken the founder’s drive to produce the finest possible menswear and managed to maintain that commitment to quality for the last 89 years. They are well known in the industry for using the most luxurious fabrics like cashmere, Italian silk, Merino wool, and Supima cotton, creating ageless clothing with the exquisite detail of hand tailoring.

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