Posts tagged ‘men's fashion’

April 26, 2011

A Fedora for the new hat explorer

With all the Royal wedding coverage and all the Phillip Treacy women’s hats you’ve been seeing everywhere, it’s easy to be left out as a guy. No longer. Leave those  baseball hats and those trucker hats  in the back of your closet and try on a straw fedora.

The best ones have a narrower brim than those of yore.  I’m partial to the Rag and Bone versions, but you can find them at every price, from Target on up.

Throw one on with a pair of jeans, a cardigan over a t-shirt and you’ll be oh so cool this summer!

Above, Banana Republic fedora, $45. Rag and Bone,$125 and $150, both @ Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Billy fedora, $49.95 @

April 25, 2011

The best men’s sport coat of spring 2011

It’s that Merv Griffin/Mike Douglass kind of vibe, in a good updated for the new millenium  kind of way.

Billy Reid “Jonathan” Sport Coat, $595, at Bloomingdale’s and

April 17, 2011

The Best Men’s Summer Weight Suit of 2011

Think timeless seersucker. Black and navy Zero Weight check jacket, made of silk,wool and cotton, unlined. $2,395. Trousers, $795.

April 15, 2011

Gentlemen, meet your new suit: The double-breasted six button peak lapel suit

Remember how dashing Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllehnaal and Hugh Jackman looked in their double-breasted peak lapel tuxedos at this year’s Academy Awards?

No, this is not your uncle’s double breasted suit from the 8o’s so popular still with doctors at benefit galas. Tight at the shoulders with  minimal padding, a high armhole and cutthisclose through the body and shorter than you might initially feel comfortable with.

Here is exactly how to wear the look a little more casually and for a lot less money. The Ludlow suit, in charcoal or navy, is available exclusively online at Jacket, $450

April 5, 2011

How to Don a Henley: Chase Crawford in John Varvatos

Chase Crawford in John Varvatos at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Who says you need to wear a shirt and tie under a suit to look great at your next semi-formal event? Not I.

I’ve been doing this look myself and always to great acclaim.

Chase is doing it with a  single button notch lapel navy suit with satin trim paired with a short sleeve Henley and a pair of distressed black oxford shoes.

Related Post: Don a Henley

April 3, 2011

Neil Barrett Spring 2011

  • Up close with my clothes there’s a lot going on with the seaming, pocketing or finishing. It’s a balance between interest given to a garment without making it farcical. I try to make men look masculine and credible… real guys want to dress.”
  • —Neil Barrett The Independent
March 24, 2011

How to double the life of your blue or grey suit? Brown shoes.

Before black shoes became appropriate to wear with everything, the traditional choice for a men’s shoe with a blue  or grey suit was brown.

Look closely at this 1961 portrait of Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia. All three are wearing a grey suit with brown shoes.

On any given day, if you tune into “The Today Show,” you can see how the conservatively but always impeccably dressed Matt Lauer follows this rule.

I always recommend to clients who buy a grey suit that they buy both black and brown shoes (usually from Ferragamo) so they can get two different looks from the suit.

The same applies to a blue suit. GQ magazine recently advised:

Always, Always Brown with Blue
1. Learn what every well-dressed European man knows: The best way to bring out the richness of your blue suit is with equally rich brown accessories.
2. A brown leather bag only gets better with age.
3. Brown dress shoes should be dark, like the color of coffee with just a touch of cream.

Cotton poplin suit, $1,845, shirt, $420, belt, $300, and shoes, $760, by Prada. Duffel bag, $3,420, by Louis Vuitton.

March 9, 2011

Where do I find a slim fit dress shirt that doesn’t pull across my chest?

The Banana Republic Slim Fit non-iron dress shirt $79.50

If you tend to run a little bigger through the chest, you’ve probably found that most slim fit dress shirts pull across that part of your body. That’s because the armholes on the shirts are too high.

If that’s the case, this is the dress shirt for you. It’s tapered like a proper shirt should be but the armhole is cut lower just enough to fit you perfectly. It comes in a variety of solids and patterns which is, fortunately for you, updated regularly. Many styles available in XS-XXL and Tall.

Related post: The 411 on the Gap 1969  Selvage skinny fit jeans for men

March 8, 2011

Design: Iconic mid-century portrait turns 50

George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom

We are coming up on the 50th anniversary of this iconic photo which features “The Mad Men of of Mid-Century Design.” It appeared, believe it or not, in    Playboy, July 1961.

For lovers and collectors of mid-century furniture, we think of this image as the Playboy Playmates of the Century.

The photo was accompanied by  an excellent article which  I highly recommend you read here.

Yes, as you might have suspected, I do read Playboy for the articles.

I also recommend the link to the blog The Selvage Yard.

From a fashion standpoint, I want to point out that the men are dressed in suits of every conceivable shade of grey.

Guys, this is exactly what your closet should contain in 2011.

March 4, 2011

Ain’t got nothing but the blues

Image from

With pants getting brighter for spring, remember that a blue  shirt is the great equalizer when it comes to toning down the look.

Air Colton Wingtip, $198, Cole

American Apparel Slim Slack in midnight blue, $74

Jack Spade briefcase, $365

Ermenegildo Zegna Spring 2011. Image from