April 10, 2017

Women Weigh In On The Dos and Don’ts of Menswear

Menswear Dons and Don'ts

 

Dear Gentleman, the women have weighed in all the Do’s and Don’ts of Menswear for 2017. Find out what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong in the eyes of 1000 single women who shared their top menswear grievances. They didn’t pull any punches. Here are the Top 12 Don’ts and respectively -Dos.

 

#1 – Bad Breath
EWW. This is no surprise. Dental hygiene is deal maker or a deal breaker. The number one offender: Beer Breath.

 

#2 – Sloppy Grooming
First impressions come from first glance and women HATE bad grooming. That includes bad shaving, cuts, and ill advised mustache choices. And here’s another thing we learned. We as men like our beards much more than they do.

 

#3 – Poor Fitting Clothes
FIT. COUNTS.  Don’t try to go with anything too tight or too loose. Women want it just right. And before you get reactionary, just think, you don’t want to see them in super loose clothing either.

 

#4 – Athletic Sunglasses With Suits
Sunglass brands are a dime a dozen so make sure you don’t over utilize your sporty sunglasses. Keep a classically designed pair on hand. We have to agree with the ladies on this one. It’s hard to take those racing sunglasses seriously in the boardroom.

 

#5 – Ugg Boots
Don’t wear slippers outside of a 5 feet proximity of your home and that counts for UGGs which are essentially just that – high top slippers. The only exception (and this is not universally agreed upon) is the ski lodge.

 

#6 – Too Much Cologne
Smell ya later. Don’t overdo it on the smell. It’s guaranteed to backfire in more ways than one. The ladies are going to HATE it and some even claimed too much cologne makes them physically sick. When it comes to scent, subtle wins.

 

#7 – Gaudy Jeans
This got a resounding: NOOOOOOOOOO! from everyone. Simplicity is your only answer when it comes to your bum in denim. Don’t try to up your game with diamonds, embroidery or screen-printed wings.

 

#8 – Tennis Socks With Suits
Think no one’s looking at your feet? Guess again. Apparently, there’s a piece of motherly advice passed down from generation to generation telling daughters that looking at a man’s shoes can tell them a lot. They didn’t divulge much more but said, white socks and a suit is like seeing a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

 

#9 – Wrinkled Clothes
Strike while the iron is hot is a saying for a reason. Women want it smooth. We’ve all been there, we want to wear our favorite shirt that’s almost dry but were out of time and try to rock the wrinkle and the dampness. The vote is in, you’re better off with a less favorite, less wrinkled option.

 

#10 – Sneakers With Dressed Pants
Women universally said this is a bad idea. The mens’ magazines suggest it’s a good idea but women say it’s better in theory than in practice. In real life, sneakers don’t cut it with dressed pants.

 

#11 – Overstuffed Wallets
It’s time to clean house. That means you need to consolidate all your crumbled one dollar bills, all those loyalty brand credit cards you don’t use and all the business cards from last year. Give yourself a catchall drawer for those things and keep a minimized wallet with the necessities.

 

#12 – Pattern Overload
See a theme? Less is more. Pattern is the same as cologne, don’t overdue. Too much pattern mixing is a big turn off according to our poll. Stick to the rule of one statement pattern paired with all solids. It’s the safe bet.

January 9, 2017

Look Of The Week: Ivy League Style

Ivy-League-Style-For-Men

Denim Jacket 

Burgundy Oxford Shirt

Crested Tie 

Khakis 

Boots

Watch 

 

The Always List For Ivy League Style

We’re big fans of this smart collegiate look created by Sunny Murthy who perfectly mixes and matches the classics to create a winning look. This is how menswear style should be done. He boldly pairs a ink aged burgundy oxford with a created skinny tie in forrest green and makes it look current but not trendy. Student or not, this Ivy League aesthetic is handsomely appropriate for all ages.  Invest in these backbone menswear basics and you’ll always look like you’re on the A List for fashion. For colder weather layer your denim jacket with a wool overcoat. 

 

Other Looks You May Like: 

Look Of The Week: Herringbone + Bulldogs
Look Of The Week: Browns and Burgundies

 

 

 

December 26, 2016

Look Of The Week: Talavera Statement Tie

Gray Suit and Tile Tie

Gray Suit

Check Shirt

Mexican Tile Tie

Wingtip Shoes

Watch 

Laptop Bag

 

What To Wear To Work 

Elevating the everyday work suit can feel like full time job; the struggle is indeed real. We have a remedy to your workwear woes this week with our Featured Look created by the talented and stylish @dapperprofessional.  Don’t be timid!  Express your colorful leanings with a statement tie in bright colors and bold, artisan patterns. Our collection of Mexican Tile Ties are astutely designed to mix and match with your day wear and your night wear. Another key to un-smarting the inherent rut of the gray suit is opting for brown shoes rather than black. We’re big fans of this look from head to toe. And please, monogram your cuffs. Shop this look and make 2017 your most stylish year yet.

 

Other Looks You May Like: 

Look Of The Week – Port Red Medallion Tie
Look Of The Week – Tile Tie in White and Blue

September 19, 2016

Best Interview Looks For Men With Beards

Beard and Tie Pairings

We live in a different time than our forefathers did. Going “el casual” is more common now than ever before, even in the workplace. However, there is one work setting where looking your best is still a good call. The interview.

The professional man still needs to be able to bring his “A” game when it’s time to interview. This means a smart suit, solid colored, minimal jewelry and accessories (a metal watch is fine), and of course, a tie. The modern bearded man may struggle to find the piece of neckwear that suits his facial hair and complements his features. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.


Regardless of hair color or style, your beard should be neat and well-kempt for your interview. It is also important to remember that the size of your beard and mustache will accentuate the size of your face, making it more pronounced. With that in mind, we want to complement our beard. Not fight for dominance of our face. Your beard style and color will factor in to selecting what colors and tie styles work best for you.

 

MR. BLONDE

Those with lighter-colored hair will want to stick with darker colors. This complements the shade of your hair without being too drastic. Lighter colors such as yellows and pinks run the risk of blending in and being lost against your hair.

Small Beard: The Micro Check Tie in Dark Midnight Blue is an excellent darker colored necktie to pair with a light beard color. It also wears well with a neater, more closely trimmed beard

Large Beard: Larger beards should still be well-groomed, waxed or oiled, and looking professional. Bow ties pair well with larger beard styles as they keep the attention on the face. The beard combined with the bow tie can convey an intellectual, academic image. Bow ties, in general, work best with a tightly fitted jacket.

The Silk Designer Bow Tie in Navy and Red is an elegant, lightly patterned bowtie which will pair well with a lighter hair shade. It also will pair nicely with the matching pocket square

 

MR. BRUNETTE 

If lighter colored hair matches well with darker colors, then the opposite is true for darker hair. Brunette hair that wanders into the darker shades of brown pairs better with a lighter colored tie.

Small Beard: A light blue such as the Trendy Blue Gingham Check Tie is a smart choice. The pattern is professional and light blue is an excellent complement to a number of different suit styles and colors. Light blue ties with simple patterns are typically a solid choice for a job interview.

Large Beard: Your larger beard will pair well with another light blue selection. The Diamond Check Bowtie in Blue is a playful, yet elegant selection that will complement a larger beard style. The bold diamond pattern is distinctive without being distracting.

 

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS


Regardless of your suit style and color, dark navy blue will almost always work in a professional setting. The Elegant Navy Blue Business Tie is a smart choice to convey a professional, yet bold appearance.

For summer interviews, a lighter color is traditionally a smart approach.

While navy blue is still a fantastic choice, A simple blue and yellow striped tie also works well and adds a hint of charm and casual sophistication.

 

INTERVIEW ATTIRE, A FINAL WORD  

Your goal should be to look your best and present a clean, neat, and professional appearance to the interviewer. The specific position you are interviewing for, or the company, may help dictate your selection.

Pro Tip: Research the company prior to the interview. Most companies have a brand color they utilize on their website, logo, or in marketing materials. Match to the style and shade if possible. 

While looking your best is important, it is likewise important to remember to not be too flashy. The expectation in most interview setting is that the attire is business professional which can mean a somewhat toned down appearance.

Now, go get that job!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR; Wesley is the owner of iManscape.com. A place for men to read on all things manly such as safety razors, beards, and of course manscaping. For more, visit their website.

June 27, 2016

Guide to Men’s Loafers

Not too long ago we posted this ultimate mens dress shoe guide. Because it became such a popular post, we got inspired to elaborate a bit more on the topic of men’s footwear. This time we narrowed our focus on one particular shoe style: The Loafer.

Instead of writing paragraph after paragraph on the dos and don’ts of each style, we created the following infographic teaching you everything from what each style looks like, when to wear it, how to combine it, what season it is suited for, what dress code it compliments, and more.

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