March 2012

  1. Folding a pocket square: Part 1

    Paying attention to the details of dress can make the difference between the MVP and the second-stringer. Pocket squares are a nice detail that says to the world, "I care about how I present myself". Like the necktie, there are several different ways to wear a pocket square. You may choose one that you like and make it your signature look, or you may like to mix it up and wear different folds according to your mood.  Over the next several posts, we will be exploring some of the different ways to fold your pocket square.   The Basic Square This style is often favored by politicians and is sometimes called "The Presidential". It is an understated, yet classic style, and very easy to do. 1) open the pocket square and lay it flat Continue reading →
  2. Suits: the Quality Checklist

    Whether you are just beginning to build your first core wardrobe, or whether you have a closet full of suits, it's a good idea to review this Quality Checklist when you shop to be sure that you are getting your money's worth. A suit that is ill-made or does not fit properly will not help you present the image you want to present to the world. You are not likely to wear such a suit often, even if you can't put your finger on just what is wrong with it. The badly-made suit will gradually move to the back of your closet, where it will take up room without adding to your style repertoire. photo by Wonderlane When you are shopping for a suit, be sure to look for these items:   The Fabric Whatever fabric your suit may be made of, it should not feel overly stiff or heavy. It should have a flexible, yielding "hand" or feel to it, and should drape well without being flimsy or cheap. The Lapels Your lapels should not have any evidence of wrinkling, and have a slight roll or curve where they fold away from the suit. The Lining Don't waste your money on a suit jacket that is not fully lined. A well-tailored lining will hang smoothly about 1/4 inch above the bottom edge of the coat. The Pattern If your jacket is made of a patterned fabric such as a pinstripe or a windowpane plaid, check that the patterns line up at the pockets and on the back where the collar meets the back of the coat. About Those Pockets... Make sure they hang nice and smooth without any bunching or wrinkles.  And please...empty them out when you take off the suit! . Continue reading →
  3. Suits--the Core Wardrobe

        It's a great thing to have a closet full of sharp suits to wear. To be able to express yourself with fashion and add your own personal flair to your style.  But many a young man comes fresh out of college with a closet full of sweatpants and t-shirts, unprepared to face the world of work and...

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