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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Men's Guide to Bold Shorts in 2015

How to wear shorts and pants in strong colors

Repost of wsj.com With Select Edits By Erik Peterson

Q:I’ve gotten up the nerve to wear Bermuda shorts in orange this summer (me: male, age 42—average build and no gut!). How do I wear bright shorts and maintain a masculine look so the guys I hang out with won’t make fun or me if I wear them to a baseball game, for example.
—C.K.
A: Ordinary guys have evolved when it comes to wearing trendier sportswear. Your orange Bermuda shorts are easier to pull off than you might think, as are shorts and pants in lime green, yellow, purple and camouflage prints. Pants in strong colors can look sophisticated, smart and not goofy if you wear them with confidence and a sense of style.
Start by pairing your orange shorts with a button-down, short-sleeve shirt in madras plaid and a woven leather belt. (Plaid shirts look hip with pants in a bold solid shade.) Or wear your shorts to the baseball game with a high V-neck T-shirt in white or most any other solid color—or with the usual polo knit shirt.
Whichever shirt you choose, keep it neat and not oversized. Study the proportions and length of Roger Federer’s tennis shirts.
Pants with gingham checks or batik prints are stylish. Guys, the key here is to stick with a classic shirt—short sleeves, or rolled-up long sleeves in a cream linen, for example. Toss on a navy blazer for dressier outings. Wear slip-ons, Topsiders, loafers or sandals without socks.
Men can grab practical fashion ideas on Pinterest.com, where you‘re looking at clothes on regular guys—and not models—in many of the posts.



The Men's Guide To Bold Shorts For Summer 2015


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Ordinary guys have evolved when it comes to wearing trendier sportswear. Your orange Bermuda shorts are easier to pull off than you might think, as are shorts and pants in lime green, yellow, purple and camouflage prints. Pants in strong colors can look sophisticated, smart and not goofy if you wear them with confidence and a sense of style. Start by pairing your orange shorts with a button-down, short-sleeve shirt in madras plaid and a woven leather belt. (Plaid shirts look hip with pants in a bold solid shade.) Or wear your shorts to the baseball game with a high V-neck T-shirt in white or most any other solid color—or with the usual polo knit shirt. Whichever shirt you choose, keep it neat and not oversized. Study the proportions and length of Roger Federer’s tennis shirts.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

How To Wear That Kakai Suit This Summer Like A Grown Up

How To Wear That Kakai Suit This Summer Like A Grown Up (Repost of wsj.com with select editing)


LIKE A mortarboard-capped senior clutching his valedictory address, it’s graduation day for the ol’ khaki suit. With an array of dressier versions in stores this season, this staple of callow preppy spring style is all grown up and ready to take on a more professional agenda.





You may be thinking: Really? And with some justification. As inoffensive as khaki may be, sending it—in tailored suit form—into settings that are serious or formal can be a risky maneuver. Recall the widespread outrage when President Obama late last summer wore a tan suit to a news conference about the growing threat of ISIS. The casual air of the light suit, fretted critics, undermined the seriousness of the subject at hand; it was more appropriate, they argued, for downing mojitos at the country club than talking about terrorism.


Some of the best minds in menswear, however, respectfully and heartily disagree. Exhibit A: the spring runways, awash in distinctly sophisticated suits in khaki and other neutrals, from Hermès in Paris to Richard James in London to Todd Snyder in New York. Gieves & Hawkes’s creative director Jason Basmajian showed cotton-and-silk suits in an elegant taupe. “[Men] want to wear tailoring and it doesn’t always have to be a blue or gray suit. Everyone’s got that covered,” he said. “[Neutrals] look so fresh in the summer.”



Erik Peterson with the Tom James Company of Tampa Bay says men could easily wear the versatile look to an almost monotonous degree: “A khaki suit? That’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday—morning, noon and night.” Especially here in Florida. He currently stocks suits in khaki twill and a tan English wool fresco; he’ll soon have options in cotton poplin and a plain Italian wool weave. “We love it for the workplace,” he continued. “It’s a way to say ‘I’m dressed up but not fussed-up.’ ”


Kirk Miller, owner of bespoke suiting and ready-to-wear shop Miller’s Oath, also questions the rule that the lighter the suit, the more casual it is. “Nowadays, if you’re wearing a suit, you’ve already made [your look] more formal,” he said. However, Mr. Miller brings up an excellent point—not all khaki is created equal: “The difference between tan, khaki and stone is [considerable].” He prefers a richer tone. But once you’ve got the right color, he said, “it’s your perfect canvas.”


And what a canvas it is—amenable to a vast range of underpinnings and accoutrements. “It’s a blank slate,” said Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. “You can pair pretty much any color shirt and tie combination with it and it’s going to look great.”


For men who like slightly narrower parameters, we suggest reserving the black dress shirt for Saturday nightclub outings and opting for a softer blue or navy button-up. “That’s what’s great about khaki, if you wear that blue shirt and it’s the right blue, it pops,” said Mr. Miller.


If you favor patterned shirts, skip predictable gingham and reach for a subtle striped or micro-checked shirt—much sharper. As for ties, knot up something that is bold enough to stand out against the lighter fabric, but isn’t garish. Mr. Mashburn recommended, “anything from a navy knit to a solid grenadine to a low-key polka dot, or foulard, or even a stripe.” For traditionalists, Mr. Pask prescribed a classic yet modern look: “Just pair [a khaki suit] with a white shirt and a simple slender black tie.” And when it comes to floor-level appeal, Gieves’s Mr. Basmajian suggestedmonk-strap shoes to elevate the whole deal, but only in a natural color such as nubuck, instead of black.


Indeed, Mr. Mashburn felt that President Obama’s error was not in what he wore but how he wore it. “I would have changed his styling a little bit, but the overall idea of him in a khaki suit? Heck yeah!” he said. “This is America, we should be the land of the free and home of the khaki suit.” Behind The Scenes








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You may be thinking: Really? And with some justification. As inoffensive as khaki may be, sending it—in tailored suit form—into settings that are serious or formal can be a risky maneuver. Recall the widespread outrage when President Obama late last summer wore a tan suit to a news conference about the growing threat of ISIS. The casual air of the light suit, fretted critics, undermined the seriousness of the subject at hand; it was more appropriate, they argued, for downing mojitos at the country club than talking about terrorism. Some of the best minds in menswear, however, respectfully and heartily disagree. Exhibit A: the spring runways, awash in distinctly sophisticated suits in khaki and other neutrals, from Hermès in Paris to Richard James in London to Todd Snyder in New York. Gieves & Hawkes’s creative director Jason Basmajian showed cotton-and-silk suits in an elegant taupe. “[Men] want to wear tailoring and it doesn’t always have to be a blue or gray suit. Everyone’s got that covered,” he said. “[Neutrals] look so fresh in the summer


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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Expressing Yourself With A Suit Without The Tie




Ways to Express Your Personal Style in a Suit That Go Beyond a Tie

Ways men can express themselves while wearing a suit


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Q: I am now into wearing a suit with a tie on social occasions (restaurants, clubs, church, etc.), even when most of the other guys there are in business casual. Yes, I do appreciate all the compliments I get from everybody (including other men). How can I style my suits in a sharper way, so they are more of my personal signature—with ties, belts shirt combinations, etc.? (My favorite colors are gray, blue and black.)
A: Thanks to a new generation of stylish men like you, suits with ties will remain relevant and often exciting because of your insistence on wearing suits as your preferred social attire.
When you choose to wear a suit, that’s when the real fun of “dressing up” begins. Today’s versions of legendary expressive suit-wearers Fred Astaire and the Duke of Windsor aren’t necessarily from the red carpet. They’re an eclectic mix of fashion personalities and ordinary men on the street, as shown on sites such as ArticlesofStyle.com and the Sartorialist.com, as well as on Instagram and Pinterest. It all starts with a suit, altered to fit you to a T.
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Among the fresh takes on suit style I’ve noticed: a faded denim shirt, with or without a tie, instead of a dress shirt; and a dark-denim sports coat, as sharp as worsted wool. Or a pinstripe jacket uncoupled from its matching trousers and worn with solid slacks instead. Try replacing a tie with an artfully draped scarf. And here’s an unexpected surfer accessory for a suit and tie: a stack of tie-on bracelets as shown on film producer Andrew Lauren in a Ralph Lauren ad.
There’s an arresting street-style photo exhibit in Harlem called “From Dapper to Dope: The Exquisite and Enduring Style of Harlem Men,” featuring African-American men from Harlem—young and old—wearing sharp suits with Afrocentric flourishes and all kinds of hats.

Keep experimenting with boots, suspenders, waistcoats and pocket squares. As for your gray, blue and black suit components, they need the visual interest of accent colors such as a silver puffer vest and brown suede gloves with a gray suit.

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Ways To Express Your Personal Style In A Suit Without A Tie

Today I Talk About Ways To Wear A Suit Without A Tie. Among the fresh takes on suit style I’ve noticed: a faded denim shirt, with or without a tie, instead of a dress shirt; and a dark-denim sports coat, as sharp as worsted wool. Or a pinstripe jacket uncoupled from its matching trousers and worn with solid slacks instead

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Allen Edmonds Mens Dress Shoes And Belts For Spring 2015

Find Your Favorite Pair Of Allen Edmonds Shoes For 2015.

Find Your Favorite Pair Of Allen Edmonds Shoes For Spring of 2015.  Allen Edmonds Has Been Creating Timeless, Handcrafted Men's Dress Shoes And Casual Shoes Since 1922.  Their Shoes Only Use Premium Leathers and Are Hand Made In Port Washington Wisconsin And Maine Using A 212 Step Process.


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Monday, January 5, 2015

#Mens #Spring2015 Color Report By Pantone

Wonder What Colors You Will Be Seeing For Men This Spring 2015?  Find Out Here


Check out Each Color for the men's season in detail (here)


The menswear colors emphasize the need for uncontrived hues, where natural tones are interspersed with deep, foundational colors for an unassuming and sophisticated Top 10.
In a world that has become increasingly chaotic, the nostalgic blues enables us to retreat into a safe place of quiet calm while harmonious greens from nature offer a reassuring presence.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute



In a world that has become increasingly chaotic, the nostalgic blues enables us to retreat into a safe place of quiet calm while harmonious greens from nature offer a reassuring presence.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®


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PANTONE 16-4120 Dusk Blue

PANTONE 16-4120 Dusk Blue is perennially a favorite shade for men. Reminiscent of the blue sky above, Dusk Blue is ultimately dependable and faithful. In a world that has become increasingly chaotic, the nostalgic Dusk Blue enables us to retreat into a safe place of quiet blue calm.

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Do Shoes Have to Match a Man’s Suit?

Men Can Wear a Range of Colorful Shoes With Most Any Outfit



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Q: I have recently noticed more suited men wearing dark blue, dark gray and a host of dark-colored suits with brown shoes. This seems to divert the first impression to the shoes as they seem out of place. Shouldn’t shoes match the belt?
—F.K., Scottsdale, Ariz.
I’ve noticed a number of men, young and/or middle-aged wearing brown or tan shoes with blue, gray or black suits. Is that proper? It certainly looks out of place to me.
—H.G., Lee’s Summit, Mo.
A: So many guys remember wistfully when shoes were an afterthought, and matchy-matchy ruled. Most men dutifully wore black belts with black shoes when their suits were any variation of gray, navy or black. Brown and tan shoes were allowed to come out for khakis with navy blazers.
As casual business attire and individual style gave men more leeway, more guys gained confidence to mix textures and colors. Flashback to the self-possessed Fred Astaire in a gray flannel suit with tobacco-brown suede brogues and a dark-cordovan snakeskin belt.
Belts can go beyond the usual smooth or woven leather or reptile models. A ribbon-stripe belt or a braided elastic and leather-trimmed belt—usually paired with polo shirts and khakis—are a refreshing break from leather belts. Then there’s the downtown accent of a leather belt covered with tiny, metal stud that says cool, not bling.
Don’t fret if you don’t have the knack for these combos. Enlist a skilled personal shopper to walk you to the shoe department and introduce you to the world of navy pants with tan desert boots.
Just like your eye got used to the look of slimmer suits in recent years, you’ll start thinking way beyond the usual black and brown shoes, to introduce more color on your feet, such as driving loafers, boat shoes and velvety loafers in unexpected shades like red, dark green and purple, worn with dark denim, khaki or even white jeans. Remember, you can wear a range of colorful shoes with most any suit, or sport coat and slacks.

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