PeteBurrows – Modern Gentleman Style, manners and taste never go out of fashion. Mon, 02 Sep 2019 09:37:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 48172422 Why cufflinks matter Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:35:29 +0000 Cufflinks for men

For the modern gentleman, suiting up isn’t merely a matter of selecting a set of clothes to wear for the day. Clothes express so much more; they reveal a hint of one’s personality and tell the world who he is that day (or perhaps who he would like to be). If it’s true that clothes make the man, then it’s also true that the small details can make or break that carefully put-together image. That’s why a savvy dresser pays careful attention to the small details of his ensemble, from tie to cufflinks, and chooses them so as to perfectly complete his sartorial statement.

What Are Cufflinks?

Cufflinks are a popular alternative to traditional buttons that are sewn onto many shirt cuffs. The main difference is that cufflinks are removeable while buttons are not. However, just like buttons, cufflinks can be designed in various sizes, styles, colors, and the materials used can vary. They can be considered formal or informal, depending on how they are worn.

Cufflinks call more attention than buttons because they are often considered accessories, though every gentleman knows they are much more than that. They can be used to add style to an outfit or bridge the gap between casual and formal. With a nice pair of cufflinks on your wrist, your outfit will come together nicely. You can even consider matching the cufflink with another ornamental piece of jewelry, such as an earring or necklace.

Many men have overlooked this accessory over the years, assuming they are merely decorative with no actual function. However, for shirts without buttons on the wrist cuff they are essential to pull together your look. You can use a fine pair of cufflinks to take your look to the next level, transforming a plain black shirt into something to be admired.

Why cufflinks matter

Perhaps once upon a time–say, when you were still making the rounds as an intern–a neatly buttoned shirt and tie sufficed for most occasions. Now, however, that look is no longer sufficient; you’re rising up through the ranks of your company, or at the very least have the desire to go far. We’ve all heard the saying “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”, and that means you can no longer get away with the same uniform you employed at the start of your career; it’s time to start considering the subtle details of your daily dress and the message they convey to those around you. Cufflinks seems like a small detail, but they convey a sense of finality and give the impression that the man wearing them doesn’t merely dress in the morning–he dresses to impress, because he knows he has places to go and people to see.

As it turns out, there’s a psychological component to these small details. Studies have shown that even though the differences may be subtle, people generally perceive the wearer as more competent (and thus better at their jobs) when they dress more sharply. So if you want to signal your intent to rise to a management position, a pair of cufflinks is a great start to turning average workwear into something more.

Luxury gemstone cufflinks

Types of cufflinks

You have a lot of options available when shopping for cufflinks. For a truly luxe touch, look for luxury gemstone cufflinks. Available for example from the Elite & Luck website, these cufflinks are perfect for weddings, important work-related social events, or any black tie occasion. They add a touch of understated luxury to any suit, even if you’re not draped in bespoke.

Metal cufflinks are a popular every day option, and come in more styles than you might imagine, from simple studs to intricately engraved pairs. Choose accordingly depending on the occasion and your suit; a simple pair might be better suited to a suit with more texture, color or pattern, while a more elaborate pair of cufflinks is perfect for adding visual interest to a basic suit.

If you have a whimsical side and the opportunity to express it–say, on the weekends, or at a job where creativity is highly valued–then there are many different unique varieties of cufflinks to scratch that sartorial itch. For example, later this year Deakin & Francis is launching a new collection of cufflinks to celebrate their 228-year heritage; among the pieces up for offer in the 1786 Collection are cufflinks stamped with a skull and crossbones. (It’s a nod to an ancestor of the family, Arthur Daykin, a naval officer who battled pirates in the 16th century.) Or consider the silver chess-inspired cufflinks below from Zaunick.

Chess cufflinks

Cufflinks as gifts

We all know that one gentleman who seemingly has everything money could buy and who presents a dilemma every time a gift-giving occasion arises. Chances are, however, that he would be delighted with a new set of cufflinks. Ties can quickly fall into the realm of endless repetition, but like jewelry, cufflinks offer you endless options for new styles to suit various tastes and occasions. Even if the gentleman receiving the gift already owns an extensive collection of cufflinks, it probably won’t be hard to find a new pair to add to his collection.

Cufflinks also make an excellent gift for any younger gentleman in your life who is just graduating or entering the professional workforce for the first time. A pair of cufflinks is not only a very “adult” gift–a way of saying, “Congratulations, you are no longer a child, but a man”–it’s a very practical one at that. This is a particularly excellent gift to commemorate a serious occasion, like acceptance into his university of choice or a major promotion at his workplace. The young man will now have a pair of cufflinks for any weddings, job interviews or professional events that he may have to attend, ensuring he will stand out from a crowd of peers as a young man who takes himself (and his image) very seriously.

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The elements of dandy fashion Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:17:50 +0000 Dandy fashion has existed for several centuries, so it can’t rightly be called a new trend in men’s fashion. However, modern gentlemen are returning to many of the elements of dandy fashion that largely fell by the wayside over the past decade or so. The modern man isn’t content to merely get dressed each morning; he embraces fashion as a form of self-expression and even as an extension of self. He understands the importance of quality in clothing and appreciates the small details—clever stitching, perfectly coordinated colors, or that one standout accessory that elevates an outfit to an art form.

The dandy man looks impeccable no matter the occasion.

The history of dandy fashion

Dandyism has a long and rich history dating back to the eighteenth century. The overall vibe of dandyism has changed over the centuries, becoming more outrageous in some incarnations and more reserved in others, but the guiding principle of great style runs through all of them. Famous historical gentlemen like George Bryan “Beau” Brummell (1778–1840) epitomized the dandy aesthetic with their rigorous attention to grooming and dressing. (It’s said that Brummell took up to five hours to dress each day, though he prided himself on appearing as though it took no time at all.)

At one time, dandyism was comprised heavily of excessive styles: lots of velvet, lace, jewelry, and even wigs, as seen on the fashionable young Parisians and Londoners who helped launch dandy fashion. Over the years, however, dandy fashion has come to be associated less with over-the-top dressing, and is now typically used to mean any man who appreciates fashion and enjoys expressing himself through his sartorial choices. Some dandies dress to stand out from the crowd, while others opt for a more understated sort of elegance with muted colors and minimal ornamentation.

Some dandy gentlemen are heavily influences by historical dandy fashion, as seen in novels like The Picture of Dorian Grey or The Great Gatsby. However, some dapper gentlemen embrace a modern spin on the style, and you may spy a dandy dresser sporting an impressive (but well-groomed) beard, gauged earrings, or a tasteful and meaningful tattoo. This fusion of rebellion into classic style is yet another way the modern man may choose to stand out from the crowd, style-wise.

The modern dandy puts a rebel spin on the style.

What defines dandy fashion?

The hallmark of dandy fashion is impeccable tailoring. While the overall style encompasses a range of garments suitable for a variety of occasions, they are all well-cut and show remarkable attention to detail. If it looks good and fits well, then it’s acceptable; anything with poor tailoring or slipshod finishing is out. Tailoring is so vital to a dandy because his clothes are an expression of his self; how he wears these garments conveys to the world that he takes pride in his appearance and, by extension, his own person. He has confidence and accordingly his garments should be spot-on to match.

Bear in mind that the dandy man does not overdress. His flair for the fashionable doesn’t lead him to over-accessorize, nor does he feel the need to pursue fashion trends simply to stay “in style”. Some dandy gentlemen opt for a style that may appear flamboyant to the untrained eye, but it is really the careful cultivation of textures, colors and other details. Don’t be afraid of the careful mixing of textures, colors and patterns; the overall effect can be quite artful when done carefully.

A delightfully dandy combination of checks, a waistcoat and a watch chain.

Generally speaking, the dandy gentleman does not “dress down”. He would certainly not be caught in public in sweatpants, and it’s unlikely he spends much time in casual clothing. Whether he’s attending a black tie event or spending a leisurely Sunday brunching with friends, his outfit will be carefully coordinated yet calculated to look as though it takes him no effort at all to appear so pulled together. When this gentleman does reach for denim, it will be a carefully tailored pair with a crisp button-down, belt, blazer, and his most stylish shoes. Most of the time, though, he will probably eschew denim for a more refined fabric like linen or corduroy.

Classic elements of dandy style include items like a trench coat, cuff-links, blazers, scarves, and well-tailor pants. Depending on the occasion, you may also find elegant hats, gloves, vests, wing-tip shoes, or even a leather jacket. Fabrics like silk, linen and tweed are in heavy rotation.

A casual dandy outfit.

Dandy Look: Explained

To complete your dandy look, confidence is the most noticeable detail in fashion. A gentleman should look comfortable and confident in his specially coordinated outfit. You may love a suit or accessory, but you must also appreciate how it complements your overall features. As a form of self-expression, the classic gentleman wears his clothes with pride and makes sure every detail has been curated to give the desired effect.

If you enjoy having all eyes on you, then go for a dandy look with bold colors and patterns. However, be sure not to pair too many bold patterns together as this could detract from the overall look. A gentleman avoids the faux pas of dressing over-the-top while making pairings and mixing accessories.

If you prefer a more subtle approach, then darker colors or muted tones with a few stand-out accessories (a bright pocket handkerchief or sharp cufflinks) would work best to customize a dandy look. No matter which approach you choose, a loud or subtle dandy look or something in between, remember that a gentleman must be secure in his own skin and attire. When you are self-assured, your wardrobe speaks for itself.

Dandy fashion on a budget

A dandy gentleman need not fill his wardrobe with bespoke suits to look dapper. If you’re building a dandy wardrobe on a budget, consider a high-low mix of pieces from brands like Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Cole Haan and Banana Republic. Also, invest in a quality tailor; even off-the-rack clothing can be made to look and fit like custom apparel with a few tweaks from a talented tailor. A tailor can also add those little details, like custom top-stitching or buttons, that subtly enhance the appearance of an otherwise plain piece of clothing.

Accessories are an excellent way for a gentleman to expand his wardrobe at a low cost. Cashmere scarves are cheaper than sweaters and can be mixed with a variety of other pieces to create multiple outfits. (Dandy travel tip: they also maximize your wardrobe without taking up too much room in your suitcase!) A new waistcoat in an eye-catching color, pattern or fabric will cost much less than a new blazer, so stick to a few blazers in neutral colors and textures and enhance them with a variety of vests underneath. A blazer in black or navy wool is an excellent choice for winter, while cream or grey linen or summer wool is perfect for warmer months.

modern dandy look

One mistake that a gentleman of style should never make is skimping on quality in order to acquire a larger wardrobe more quickly. Cheap fabrics look and feel, well, quite cheap. Buttons that are not stitched on securely will quickly go missing; poorly finished seams are apparent to the naked eye and can spell disaster after a few washes. It’s better to limit your sartorial choices and wear only quality pieces, then add in a few new items at a time as your budget permits.

Overcoat and tie

Dandy grooming

Dandyism is about more than your clothing; the dandy gentleman also pays careful attention to his grooming and is immaculate in appearance. A dandy gentleman would never be caught with unkempt hair or an untrimmed beard; he will maintain his hair cut, color and style as well as any facial hair.

The dandy man also invests in quality grooming products such as signature cologne, a good quality cream to keep his hands in tip-top shape, and facial serums or eye creams to preserve a fresh, youthful complexion. For a dandy, there is no such thing as being too invested in personal hygiene.

Some dandy gentlemen will wear cosmetics to enhance their features. A department store makeup counter can help you color-match lightweight foundations and concealers for redness or dark undereye circles.

For further reading

If you’re new to the concept of dandy fashion and want to learn more, pick up the book Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, by Kate Irvin and Laurie Anne Brewer. Irvin and Brewer are the curators of the exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum that inspired the book; through art and essays they explore the history, culture and ever-changing trends buried within dandy fashion.



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Autumn/winter 2014 fashion trends Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:28:37 +0000 Orange coat for autumn/winter 2014

Summer is drawing to a close and that means it’s time to look ahead to a new season in fashion. The autumn/winter 2014 fashion trends promise plenty of fresh silhouettes and exciting new trends, so let’s jump right in with a look at some of the major trends and key pieces to invest in this season.

This season’s pants silhouette: slim and sixties

There was definitely a retro feel to many of the autumn/winter 2014 fashion trends—think the Beatles in the early sixties. Stovepipe slacks, with a slim, cropped cut, were topped by more voluminous layers up top. Designers like Tom Ford are serving up these pants in a variety of neutrals and jewel-tone colors, and in fabrics from wool to denim. You can start wearing them now by cuffing them short and wearing them with your favorite brogues, drivers or leather sandals; once the temperatures drop, add a stylish pair of leather boots.

As for topping those pants, roll-neck sweaters are huge this year. Look for a fine-gauge knit for office wear and a bulkier fisherman-style sweater for the weekend.

Fisherman's sweater

Coats and jackets

This season sees a new, more relaxed silhouette in raincoats to fend off autumn gales. Raglan sleeves and a more relaxed silhouette are in keeping with the overall sixties throwback mood of the season. These less structured coats work just as well at the office as they do for casual autumn days.

One of the biggest autumn/winter 2014 fashion trends is the quilted coat. If that phrase has you sweating in fear of those ghastly puffers that used to be so popular, never fear. Quilted jackets have made a return to the catwalk, but in a slim, streamlined style that won’t add bulk. Look for a variety of styles, from bombers to parkas.

Texture is back in a big way as well, once again paying a nod to trends of the past. Furry coats and even sweaters were everywhere, with designers like Dolce & Gabbana showing off oversize furry coats to keep you toasty on even the chilliest of winter days.

Finally, for the past few years we’ve seen predominantly a mix of collarless bomber jackets and preppy sport coats on the runways. This season, the biker jacket returns to the mix, both in classic black leather and in a variety of other colors and fabrics for a less traditional take on the trend. Adding even more interest to this trend, biker jackets are being layered with suiting and with raincoats or long furry coats during the winter months. The beauty of a biker jacket is that the more worn-in it looks, the better, so you can really give them a beating—it’ll only add to the authenticity of the look.

Leather biker jacket

The hot new shades of autumn/winter

Autumn and winter are traditionally seasons dominated by blacks and greys, but this year designers surprised by embracing pops of pumpkin orange, both head to toe and on accessories. Hardy Amies offered a more subtle touch of color by pairing orange trousers with a grey sport coat. The color-shy can also try a hit of orange on a scarf or gloves for the winter months.

Another big autumn/winter 2014 fashion trend is dark hues of green, both head to toe and used as an accent. On suiting, bomber jackets, scarves, shoes and more, this shade offers an instant shot of warmth for your autumn/winter wardrobe, yet remains neutral enough to mix with other colors. Gieves & Hawkes showed off head to toe forest green with cognac boots, but you can also add a single green item—such as a sweater—if you’re not inclined to wear a single color head to toe.

Head to toe green men's fashion

Meanwhile, there’s a new color trend in evening wear: brown. The predominant red carpet alternative to black for the past few years has been the navy tuxedo, or alternatively a mixture of navy and black, but it looks like designers are finally moving on to something fresher. Shades of brown, camel and cognac are starting to pop up for the autumn/winter season, and while they can’t replace black for very formal events, for times when a little creativity is permissible, this is a nice way to stand out from the pack.

Finally, black and white looks to be a surprise trend this season, even from designers typically noted for using lots of color and pattern in their designs. The monochromatic looks isn’t just trendy, it’s a great way to look pulled together while traveling, since all of the pieces you pack can easily mix and match with one another.

Checked suits and touches of camouflage will be popular again this year, so if you bought into either of these trends last year you’ll be happy to know you can wear your pieces for another season. Mix them into the new autumn/winter 2014 fashion trends, perhaps with touches of green or a new coat, to update them for a new year.


Autumn/winter 2014 accessories

If you’re “not a hat guy”, then you’re out of luck this fall: felt fedoras and related wide-brimmed hats were all over the runways for autumn and winter. If you’re worried such a topper will make you look like an extra in a period gangster piece, take a cue from designers like Oliver Spencer, who paired the hat with cuffed slacks, a pullover sweater and a leather bomber jacket.

Recently there’s been a trend toward a scarf/cape hybrid as a type of jacket alternative on chilly days, and designers like Burberry Prorsum eagerly embraced this trend in their collections. The pashmina-like accessories are definitely more suited to street-style-esque casual days, not formal events or the office.

Finally, those oversize satchels that started to pop up last winter are back again for autumn/winter 2014. They hold everything a man could need—even a laptop case and your lunch bag—so they’re great for long days in and out of the office, or even as a carry-all for a couple of nights out of town.

Burberry Prorsum bag

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StrammerMax: modern shapewear for the modern man Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:15:00 +0000 As a modern man you face a variety of stressful situations each day: major work presentations, important dinner dates, athletic competitions and more. Even in casual everyday situations, you want to look your best and feel great, whether you’re strolling through a museum or hitting the golf course with friends. helps you present your best side to friends and colleagues, no matter the situation. Available in a variety of cuts including tank top styles and t-shirts, these premium quality shapewear shirts help define your body, alleviate back pain, and keep you cool all day long.

StrammerMax T-shirt in blackStrammerMax V-neck T-shirt in black

StrammerMax V-neck T-shirt in black

A premium-quality blend of so-called “techno-fibres” works to streamline the body and compress trouble zones while also wicking away sweat. Compression zones at the sides and on the belly help to shape the natural contours of your body for a slimmer, more masculine profile. The special “shape up” zone in the back helps support the muscles in the back and the shoulders, encouraging a better posture and helping to alleviate back pain. A better posture not only reduces stress on the spine and shoulders (and therefore the possibility of recurring injuries), it also makes you look taller, slimmer, and more confident. And what man wouldn’t want that?

Meanwhile the anti-bacterial cooling zones ensure that you stay cool, dry and odor-free, allowing you to comfortably wear your shapewear all day long.

StrammerMax 4-zone design

Four zones of compression, cooling and shaping keep you comfortable all day long.

StrammerMax shapewear is perfect for major occasions–to help you look trimmer in a wedding photo, for example, or during an important business meeting with the heads of your company–but it isn’t just for occasional wear. It’s also great for everyday business wear, to help you look and feel more confident during client meetings or interviews. If you’re an avid athlete or are training to get in shape for an event, wearing StrammerMax during your workouts can help you maintain proper posture and stay cool and dry during your training. The compression zones also help stimulate fat-burning, aiding you in getting more out of each workout session.

StrammerMax white tank top

StrammerMax white tank top

StrammerMax offers speedy delivery at low worldwide shipping prices and has a 100% satisfaction guarantee with a 30-day return policy. You can learn more about StrammerMax by visiting their website or by viewing their product video, here.

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Travel with style: Tips for dressing, sight-seeing and more Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:23:34 +0000 Stylish men on vacation

Travelling in style seems like it should be easy, yet we’ve all had at least one “vacation” that was left decidedly unstylish (and uncomfortable) by a nightmare of extra luggage fees, last-minute shopping or truly bad restaurant experiences. To ensure your next vacation is both stylish and smoothly planned, consider these tips for streamlined packing, stress-free shopping, and enjoying the local atmosphere of your destination.

The pros and cons of packing a single bag

Travel with style carrying a single bag may seem impossible, simply based on your itinerary and the variety of activities you have laid out: a semi-formal evening dinner one day, poolside activities another, and a hiking excursion on another day. If you have a wide variety of activities on your travel list, it’s better to be honest with yourself about your packing needs and take that extra bag, rather than find yourself missing something crucial while en route and be forced to pay extra for a replacement item that you probably won’t even need once you return home. You may also assume you can find an item while at your destination and come up empty-handed, which could cripple your plans.

That said, vacationing in style doesn’t necessarily mean packing two bags; there are probably quite a few items you can do without, even with a varied itinerary. At many destinations, you can rent the gear for adventure outings instead of packing it along, from swim gear to hiking boots and parkas and more. While gear rental charges can be high, you may be able to get a discount through your hotel, and they may be preferable to the expense and hassle of lugging heavy accessories on your trip, particularly if you plan on hitting multiple destinations in a short span of time and wish to minimize your airport hassle as much as possible. Call ahead and find out if this is an option so you’ll know just what you need to pack and what can be left at home.

Vacation man 5

How to travel with a single carry-on?

Taking the above into consideration, many fashionable travelers have found that vacationing in style with no more than a carry-on is a perfectly attainable goal. Your travel experience will be certainly be much more enjoyable without the hassle and expense of checked luggage. There are some things that can make packing a carry-on easier and maximize your room.

First, plan your outfits from the shoes up. It’s easy to vacation in style with some smart outfit planning; you may be able to get away with a single pair of stylish shoes (such as a smart pair of brogues or leather drivers) for the entire trip, and wearing them on the plane frees up a great deal of luggage room. If you do pack a second pair of shoes, such as a pair of fancier dress shoes for an evening meal, pack them in the bottom of the bag and fill them with accessories (ties, jewelry, a scarf) to make the most of that space.

Likewise, you may only need one sport coat for the trip, and can wear it on the plane. In cooler months, lightweight cashmere or wool scarves and cardigans can add warmth without taking up too much room in your bag. Try to color-coordinate your clothing items so they can easily be mixed and matched, and pack thin layers to adjust to fluctuations in temperature as opposed to taking bulky sweaters or coats.

Travel with style and comfort

Vacation days can tempt you to look just a little too casual, but vacationing in style and comfort is possible. Chinos, colored slacks and tailored shorts are all great; cargo shorts or baggy denim pants are not. In warmer months, polos, lightweight button-downs and fitted t-shirts are presentable; baggy t-shirts, tank tops and anything with a slogan should be left to the gym. In cooler months, look for chambray shirts, cardigans and scarves to add warmth without bulk.

As for shoes, a nice pair of drivers or brogues can take you through most events; a very stylish pair of luxury sneakers is a good alternative for sportier vacations, while fashionable boots are good for colder months. A linen blazer or one made of a colorful cotton/wool blend is casual enough for vacation that it won’t look like office wear, but it will still pull together an outfit and make it clear you’re not letting yourself go just because you’re on holiday. You can also use it to easily transition from daytime to nighttime: wear a tailored pair of shorts or slacks, a button-down, a fedora and drivers during the day for touring activities; slip on the blazer and lose the hat at night, and you’re ready for drinks and dancing. If your vacation leans more toward the sporty/adventure side, you might swap the sport coat for a smart-looking leather bomber.

Finally, don’t forget to pack extras like a nice belt, a good watch, and a stylish yet rugged shoulder bag for day trips. You’ll probably be using these on the plane, so they won’t even take up room in your carry-on.

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How to deal with souvenirs?

If you plan on shopping at your destination, you have a couple of options for taking your goods home. Some shoppers opt to have purchases shipped home, while other items can simply be packed in a carry-on. It’s wise to plan ahead and consider the type of items you’ll be purchasing; if they’re very bulky or too fragile to pack well in a duffel bag, you might be better off paying to have the item properly packed and shipped home. You’ll need to check with a local postal office for shipping policies and costs, and to be sure you have the proper packing materials needed to give your item a safe ride home.

If you choose to take your purchases home on the plane, you might want to pack a duffel in one of your main bags for holding holiday souvenirs, or purchase a bag at your destination. Remember that some items may not be permissible in a carry-on bag, so you’ll have to pay a checked baggage fee for your extra items. Small items of clothing and the like can probably be easily packed with your existing luggage, and as an added bonus, you can wear them at your destination, upping your vacation style quotient with a little local flair.

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Planning your itinerary

Some vacations are all about the thrill of discovery, and there’s no set plan for each day; you simply enjoy each morning as it arrives and plan your entertainments as you find them. While these vacations are often relaxing and enjoyable, you may find yourself missing out on fun and interesting events if you don’t plan ahead. Even if you aren’t keen on crafting a formal day-by-day plan for your trip, do check up on local entertainment listings and schedules to see what’s up for offer during your stay. Not only will you be clued in to can’t-miss events, you may also learn of closures that could affect your plans—not something you want to discover at the last minute.

With that being said, beware of over-planning. Many tourists make the mistake of zealously overstuffing their schedules, only to burn out before the end of the trip. Allot no more than one or two scheduled excursions per day, and allow yourself plenty of time in between them in case of traffic or in case you have to return to your hotel for something (a change of clothes, minor first aid, etc.). Try to leave at least one unscheduled day at the end of your trip to simply relax before you head home. This will allow you time to mentally and physically unwind before the trip home and will prevent you from feeling too harried when you return home and have to jump back into your daily routine.

Vacation man 1

Hitting the local scene in style

Vacationing in style doesn’t just mean dressing well; it also means you’re enjoying the best of what the local area has to offer. Your hotel is a great starting point for scoping out the best local hotspots for food and entertainment; it can also help provide the amenities of home that you need for a more comfortable stay. For example, many hotels offer on-site gym facilities for patrons, or they may be able to score you a deal on a day pass to a local gym; ask at the front desk. They can also point you to local deals for everything from restaurants to dry cleaning; a discreetly tipped concierge is a valuable source of information on where the locals prefer to do business, and may even be able to point you to some valuable discounts while in town.

Be sure to ask: where do the local residents dine, shop and play? Whether you’re traveling at home or abroad, well-worn tourist hotspots tend to be more expensive and don’t offer the same local flavor. Asking a local insider where they like to relax can lead you to hole-in-the-wall pubs and markets off the beaten path, where you’ll get to sample local fare and have a more immersive experience than if you simply stayed in the city center. You should also check online or in local publications for art shows, live music, restaurant reviews and more that might not be widely publicized through major tourist websites or brochures.

Hope you enjoyed these tips to travel with style!

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10 Rules for stylish summer dressing Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:26:01 +0000 Cream-colored summer suit for a man

We’re smack in the middle of summer, which means hot days and a jam-packed schedule that leaves little time for wardrobe changes. If you’re feeling sartorially challenged this season, here are some tips and rules for summer dressing that will let you sail through the summer in comfort and style.

1. Workwear needn’t be heavy.

At times it can seem like the office leaves you stuck between a rock and a hard place come summer; if you wear a suit, you’ll swelter in the heat, but if you skip it you risk looking like a classless intern. Luckily, you no longer have to make that choice. These days you can find suits of lightweight silk or cotton that feel super-light and won’t leave you sweating.

It’s also high time you trade in that black suit for one in cream, grey or another light shade for the summer months. Muted tones of sage and blue are stylish and summery but still reserved enough to wear to the office.

2. Blazers aren’t just for button-downs.

Yes, gents–you can wear that sportcoat for every other occasion in life besides work, and you can wear a simple t-shirt underneath. Look for a fine-gauge knit, aka not the t-shirt you wear to the gym. You’ll be able to wear a lightweight blazer with chinos and even shorts for a casual summer look that’s neither stuffy nor uncomfortable. This is a great way to upgrade your casual summer style without sweating it out in long sleeves.

Blazer and t-shirt

3. You can travel with a carry-on.

Flying away for a few days and don’t want to hassle with checked luggage? You, too, can fly with a carry-on; all it takes is a bit of genius packing. First, wear your blazer or jacket on the plane; this item is likely the most bulky thing you’ll take, so it makes more sense to wear it en route than try to stuff it into your bag. Next, wear a pair of shoes that can work with a variety of outfits–a nice pair of brogues works with shorts and pants alike. (Again, you save room in your luggage by wearing a bulky item en route.) Finally, pack items of clothing that can easily be mixed and matched; choose a “base” of black or brown for your shoes and belt, then sync the rest of your travel wardrobe accordingly.

4. It’s time to upgrade your carryall.

Summer means you’re toting about picnic lunches and blankets, books and laptops, a change of clothes for the beach, etc. Don’t get stuck toting your life around in a ratty old backpack; instead, invest in a nicer option–military-style canvas or leather totes are an excellent choice. As an added bonus, these bags are stylish enough to go to the office on a casual Friday, so you can go straight from work to the park or the beach without pause.

Stripes and sunglasses

5. Let’s upgrade your jean jacket, too.

Yes, the denim jacket is an all-American staple. But a chambray button-down is so much more stylish, and you can easily wear it unbuttoned over a t-shirt if you wish. If you’re brave enough to try the denim-on-denim look, here’s what you need to know:

  • Two different shades, please–preferably the darker wash on your jeans, and the lighter on your shirt.
  • Tuck in your shirt, and grab a nice belt (brown is better than black).
  • Under no circumstances should you wear cowboy boots. Roll up the cuffs and wear brogues or try a really trendy trainer.

6. Fashionable shorts do exist.

Please, don’t try to revive the cargo short; let it rest in peace. Instead, embrace summer’s new, more fashionable shorts: cut one to three inches above the knee and slim through the seat and thighs, these are definitely not “dad shorts”. They’re casual and comfortable, yet still stylish enough to pair with a blazer and a straw fedora for a weekend barbecue. And while we’re on the subject of shorts…

Men's summer style

7. It’s time for a new swimsuit.

The board shorts must go. End of story. We’re not saying you need to go directly to a Speedo, but a slimmer-fitting pair of swim trunks in a punchy color or pattern is infinitely better than those over-long, over-baggy trunks you wore last year. Best of all, they’ll still look acceptable once you’ve left the beach.

8. Let’s inject a little color into that wardrobe.

Men, if you’re afraid of wearing bright colors in the summer, fear not. Soft shades of sage, sky, lemon and rust let you inject a small amount of color into your wardrobe without going crazy. Brighter hues of cobalt, mustard and jade green can easily be paired with soft neutrals (like grey or camel) to lessen their intensity.

Bright summer pants for men

Dark blue suit with pink chino


9. Now is the season to make accessories count.

You’re wearing less layers than ever, so now is the time to really have fun with accessories. Straw fedoras help keep the sun off your face and crush flat in luggage while traveling. Bow ties are lightweight and trendy, and effortlessly upgrade your summer style from “so-so” to a semi-formal level for a date or summer wedding. A classic pair of sunglasses, like Wayfarers, automatically make any summer outfit ten times cooler and make up for a complete lack of other styling details.

And let’s not forget jewelry. Bracelets, oversized watches, pendants–all add a finishing touch to an outfit that says “I took time getting dressed today”, yet they weigh next to nothing and won’t make you sweat.

10. Finally: just skip the socks.

No socks with sandals. Ever. In all seriousness, this is one of the worst fashion crimes you can possibly commit. Instead, chill out with low-cut trainers or a stylish pair of brogues minus the socks. If you do find a stylish pair of sandals for the summer months, by all means, enjoy them, but always sans socks. If you find that skipping socks leaves your feet sweaty, wash and dry them, then apply a layer of baby power to keep them cool and dry.  You can also rub a bit of anti-antiperspirant across the heels or anywhere else your shoes tend to pinch and rub; this will help you avoid a blister and keep you comfortable all day long.

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Wedding dress codes, decoded Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:05:32 +0000 Formal wedding attire for men

Wedding dress codes can cause more consternation among guests than almost any other aspect of the big event. What, exactly, is the difference between “semi-formal” and “formal”? Am I required to wear a tie to a beach wedding? What color suit is appropriate? Here we break down four wedding dress codes and tell you exactly what you’ll need to wear for each one.

Casual weddings

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that all outdoor weddings are “casual”. The bride and groom may very well decide to hold a semi-formal wedding on the beach, in which case you should absolutely comply with the dress code, no matter how uncomfortable (a gentleman would do no less). However, many outdoor weddings, particularly beach weddings, will have a casual dress code, so it’s important to understand exactly what this entails. Pressed chinos, khakis or linen pants should be paired with dress shoes in brown or black and a matching belt. You may wear a short or long-sleeved button-down shirt. A necktie is sometimes optional, but it’s better to wear one and risk being overdressed than to skip one and be the odd man out. You probably won’t wear a blazer or waistcoat.

Business casual wedding attire

Business casual

In general, “business casual” calls for dress slacks, shoes and a belt; a long-sleeved button down shirt; and a blazer, which need not necessarily match your slacks. A necktie may be optional but again, it’s better to err on the side of being overdressed; you can always loosen it or take it off if you discover that the other guests are not wearing ties. In the summer, a waistcoat might be substituted for the blazer due to the heat. Fabrics such as linen and seersucker are acceptable for this type of dress code, and you might gently mix colors or patterns into the outfit so long as they are tasteful; it would be a breach of etiquette to distract other guests from the bride and groom.

Semi-formal and formal

There’s often confusion about the difference between these two dress codes. A semi-formal dress code is one step up from business casual, with a few details adjusted: the slacks and blazer or waistcoat should be replaced with a matching suit, and they should be a somber color, such as cream or grey for daytime weddings and black for evening weddings. Your shirt should be a complementary color, and not patterned. A necktie is not optional; you can learn more on choosing an appropriate necktie at

Formal dress codes call for a three piece suit (blazer, waistcoat and slacks) with a matching belt and dress shoes. Your blazer and waistcoat do not need to match, though they should be complementary (for example, a pinstriped vest with a black blazer and black pants). You’ll also need a necktie, though whether you choose a straight tie or a bow tie is up to you. Again, demure colors and patterns are okay for the necktie as long as they are tasteful.

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Black tie/white tie

These are the most formal of wedding dress codes, and are typically reserved for evening affairs. A black tie wedding requires a tuxedo, a white dress shirt and a black bow tie. A white tie wedding requires a black tailcoat jacket with a white waistcoat, a white wing-tipped collared dress shirt, a white bow tie, and black dress shoes.

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Spotlight on: designer bow ties Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:26:46 +0000 Gentlemen, let’s discuss the bow tie. The small but mighty cousin of the normal workday tie, bow ties have experienced a recent resurgence in the fashion world, so it’s vital that any gentleman of style consider adding one to his wardrobe. Fashion designers have begun to produce a variety of both casual and formal bow ties that add instant refinement to any wardrobe, and as an added bonus, many of these designers offer pre-tied options–so if you’re new to the world of bow ties, there’s no excuse not to familiarize yourself with the trend.

A patterned bow tiw + waistcoat.

Designers bring the bow tie back into fashion

Designers like Tom Ford are largely responsible for reintroducing stylish men everywhere to the humble bow tie; today you can find bow ties from a range of designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs and Band of Outsiders.

Once reserved for high society galas and other such stylish affairs, the bow tie is now a must-have accessory for every event from weddings to casual Saturday luncheons. These days you can find celebrities such as Ryan Gosling and Tom Hiddleston looking dapper in bow ties. The bow tie is such an essential piece of the modern man’s wardrobe that it even featured prominently in the cult TV series Doctor Who, with the eleventh doctor sporting a signature red bow tie.

Band of Outsiders striped bow tie

Why bow ties are better

No offense meant to its humble cousin, but in the style game, the bow tie is surely better. Part of the allure of the bow tie is the vintage glamour of the style; even a simple chambray shirt and linen slacks look instantly more stylish when paired with a printed bow tie. Even better, the style of a bow tie lends itself well to pattern mixing in a way that a regular tie simply can’t match. Their small scale means that bow ties handle patterns and loud colors with aplomb, and it’s easy to pair them with other colors and prints without overburdening the eye.

While the number of patterns and colors available on the bow tie market is seemingly endless, and enough to delight any man of fashion, true dandies will also be thrilled with the wide array of fabrics at their fingertips (or rather, their throats). Wool, velvet, silk, tweed, chambray and more: the variety of textures adds a whole new dimension to any outfit.

And of course, there’s an obvious practical side to the bow tie: unless you’re extremely unlucky, you’ll quite likely not spill anything on it, nor get it caught in anything by accident!

Eton of Sweden plaid bow tie

How to pull off a designer bow tie

Many men would love to rock a bow tie, but are unsure of how to do so. It’s certainly easy enough to pair a black silk bow tie with a tux for an evening event, but daytime dressing requires a little more finesse. If you’re concerned that your bow tie will overwhelm your outfit, you’d be wise to stick to a muted color in a plain fabric. Cotton or wool are great; grosgrain and seersucker offer a little more texture and a more contemporary vibe.

If you want to mix it up a little, try a patterned bow tie with a plain shirt, or get really daring and mix two patterns. Remember, great style is all about expressing your personal tastes, not about following the trends. Don’t shy away from something just because everyone else isn’t on board with it.

If it isn’t so much the style that concerns you, but rather the tying of the bow tie, take heart: clip-ons and pre-tied styles are on offer from labels like Rag & Bone. If you plan to tie your own bow tie, you have options: the casual batwing, the traditional (but sharp-looking) pointed tie, and the classic hourglass. When choosing a more traditional style of bow tie, opt for less traditional colors or fabrics, or you run the risk of looking stuffy and mismatched.

Bow-tied dandy

Some of our favorite designer bow ties

Barney’s New York has one of the best online portals for finding designer bow ties to suit your every taste and mood. This is an invaluable resource for the gentleman too pressed for time for a proper brick-and-mortar search for a new designer bow tie. Search the site by designer, color, price or popularity; the site boasts every designer from Alexander McQueen to Saint Laurent (famously worn at the 2014 Oscars by actor Jared Leto, who paired his red bow tie with a white tuxedo jacket). We love Marc by Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford for more formal designer bow ties; if you’re looking for something with a more casual weekday vibe, consider Band of Outsiders, Alexander McQueen, Duchamp or Rag & Bone.

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Fashion Trends For The Urban Gentleman Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:03:44 +0000 Milan Street Style Tie

Who is the urban gentleman?

An urban gentleman is a term commonly used to refer to the modern fashion trends applicable to the men of this day and age. To describe the urban gentleman in a slang setting, most people refer to a man with ‘swagger’. As is the trend, most gentleman today are deviating from the complete official or casual look to a simple mix of both official and casual. Today’s gentlemen still retain the same mannerisms (or improved) as those of vintage era but the fashion trends are slowly changing to suit their day to day needs.

What are the urban gentlemen trendsetters in fashion?

For fashion advice, most gentlemen today look up to the celebrities for advice. For the best choice of urban gentleman wear, you should consider aspects such as individuality, coordination, fitting, color and trendiness. Well, here are the latest additions to the urban gentlemen wardrobe that you should definitely consider!

1. Try Out A Bomber Jacket !

Perfect for a cold day or night out, the bomber jacket is one among the many trending urban gentleman wear today. It fits perfectly with a shirt for a great official look and also matches with a t-shirt for a casual look. If you suspect it might be chilly outside, try out a bomber jacket and immediately transform to a complete urban gentleman. Remember, the key is to MATCH, MATCH and MATCH! Therefore when shopping for a bomber jacket choose a color that coordinates perfectly with the rest of your wardrobe. Whether dark colors such as black or grey or something bright, make sure you don’t color clash.

Bomber Jacket

2. Leather is coming back to town!

Although a few gentlemen out there may have forgotten about leather, this is one style that never seems to go out of fashion. Perfect for the urban gentleman who can try out a leather jacket (especially for bikers or during cold weather), leather pants (if you love to keep warm) and leather satchels (for the few who want to keep their possessions safe). There are different ways to incorporate leather into the urban gentleman wardrobe but make sure it works perfectly for you!

Mens Leather Jacket

3. Keep Warm in A Wool Sweater!

Wool sweaters are perfect for a great day in the office or simply a day outdoors. Whether you are looking for a casual or an official look, wool sweaters are definitely the best choice. You can either choose wool sweaters parted at the middle or any other design that fits your look! They can match perfectly with a t-shirt underneath or a shirt. For a classy look (especially for sweaters with a wide neck) add a bow tie! This is the best definition so far of the urban gentleman look.

Wool Sweater Men

4. Turn Up The Volume With Bright Colored Pants

Although bright colored pants tend to bring out a more vintage look, they are slowly turning out to be an asset for the urban gentleman. As long as you match them perfectly with either a blazer, a bowtie, a shirt, a sweater or anything else outstanding in your wardrobe, you can pull off this great look in a matter of minutes! As for the shoes, you could always try official shoes or rubbers and you will never go wrong! In most cases, bright colors tend to be left for spring or summer, but these pants can work all year round! There is nothing more urban gentleman like the brightly colored pants, that’s why you should be the first to try them out!

Bright Blue Pants Men

5. Waist Coats- For When Sexy Is Not Good Enough

Turn heads around wherever you go with a perfect waist coast. If possible, go to a tailor and get fitted perfectly to your measurements. Waist coats are in season are definitely here to stay. So there is no reason why you shouldn’t have one in your wardrobe. It’s the perfect look for an urban gentleman, a bridge between the casual outfits and the official. Waist coats can be matched with a shirt or t-shirt underneath, jeans or official trousers, a bow tie or normal tie. Choose whatever suits you best for the upbeat urban gentleman!

Stylish Blue  Waist Coat Men

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Mad Men Style – Fashion Tips From TV Show ‘Mad Men’ Sat, 09 Nov 2013 13:49:26 +0000 mad-men-style AMC still has both men and women glued to their screens for a season 5 of the popular vintage TV show ‘Mad Men’. As for women, drooling over the perfectly dressed gentlemen on the TV show has become a passionate hobby.

And as for the men, taking some fashion advice from the show is now a popular addiction. The show has exposed a whole new vintage lifestyle that is to be admired and oogled over by many people. And vintage styles are all slowly creeping back in our lives.

Show me a man who doesn’t want to embrace the vintage fashion and slowly bring it back to life and I will show you a liar. And what woman doesn’t love a man dressed like a perfect vintage gentleman?

We all crave something from the vintage lifestyle, partly the reason why we are slowly adopting it!

So, if you are a fan of vintage fashion, what style tips can you use from the TV show ‘Mad Men’?

Mad Men Perfectly tailored suit1. A Classic Suit Always Goes A Long Way 

What we have learnt from all the characters of Mad Men is that you can never go wrong with a classic suit. Watch all the episodes from season 1 if possible and you will ascertain that a perfectly tailored suit is always the way to go. Have you ever caught any of the male characters especially Don Draper with an ill-fitting suit? NO! The secret to a perfectly tailored suit is getting all the measurements done right and to the point.

Best Tips For A Perfect Classic Vintage Suit Mad Men Vintage Classic Suit

– A vintage business suit always goes with a tie, whether a normal tie or just a simple bow tie.

– The TV show ‘Mad Men’ portrays the classic business suit to be thick and soft in the chest and shoulders.

-The suit also brings out a V-shaped silhouette thanks to the tapering job performed at the waist.

-The coats are also cut with a long touch at the bottom (especially for the main character Don Draper who is 6 feet tall), with notched lapels.

-There is nothing more vintage than a classic suit than blended multiple colors that bring out the illusion of a single color. patterned-vintage-suits

-Patterned classic suits also seem to have taken over the vintage world. For most guys in the 1960’sBlue Vintage Suits Mad Men patterned suits always brought out a more casual look as opposed to the official look, but they can also suffice for the office! Also colors such as green and blue make exceptional vintage suits as portrayed by a few actors in the show.

2. Pocket Squares For Your Suits Are A Great Fashion Accessory

pocket-squaresPimp up your classic suit with a pocket square just like Don Draper in the show. You can always choose a simple color such as white and let your vintage suit look exceptional. Fold it horizontally in the pocket and bring out lots of self confidence unconsciously. Pocket squares are flourishing and simple fashion accessories that go along with every vintage suit. Try it out!

3. Top It Off With A Simple Hat!

Well, hats may have been completely wiped out in the Mad Men Vintage Hatsmodern fashion, if you want to be part of the ‘Mad Men’ Style try topping off your vintage suit with a simple hat. In almost every scene in the show, Don Draper and his colleagues are seen holding a hat especially in the outdoors. If you want to go vintage all the way, try matching a suit with a simple hat! Fedoras are definitely vintage all the way. They make perfect outwear for any vintage suit. Match the color of the fedora with the suit for a complete look!

4. What about Dress Shirts?

Mad Men Dress ShirtsFor the avid followers of  ‘Mad Men’ you would notice the impeccable collection of dress shirts (especially white) from the members of Draper and Co. Dress shirts matched with the perfect suit are the exact definition of gentlemen wear in the vintage era! Matched with the perfect tie, a dress shirt often complements the vintage inspired look!

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