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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.

October 20, 2016

Single Women Share Their Turn Ons, Turn Offs

Single Women's Opinion on Menswear

 

 

5 Questions of What Women Prefer When It Comes To Men’s Style – Turn Ons and Turn Offs

We surveyed 1,500 single ladies from the  age range of 18 – 34 and asked them what they consider turn ons and turn offs when it comes to  menswear. These are the results.  We created this powerful infographic to visualize the data collected.

The statistical insight of knowing what women want in men is empowering and can be crucial in successfully navigating modern day dating. Do your single mates a solid and share this infographic.

Some key data: 83% of women thinks it’s a turn off to see men wearing suits without socks. It’s official, women have spoken and have disputed one of 2016’s biggest trends. Despite the plethora of editorial pictures of suited, sockless men  -women prefer men with the good sense to wear socks. 

73% of women consider facial stubble a turn on. The data doesn’t lie. Women like their dates to be well dressed with a hint of rugged so next time you debate whether to shave or not for a date, opt for no. Stubble is a definite plus.

60% of women prefer men who accessorizes in neckties and 72% of women find it a turn on when a gentleman wears tie on a date. The takeaway here: when wooing, wear a necktie!  Don’t second guess it, just do it.  

From these 5 questions, it’s clear that women like to be wooed in style. They like the formality associated with dating and like to gradually fall into something more casual as the relationship progresses into something long term. The good news, women like their significant other in jeans and a t-shirt.

If your currently single, dress up for your dates to guarantee yourself a next date. All this stubble and accessorizing will pay off in the end. After your dating turns into a relationship, you can begin to dress in your favorite pair of jeans and t-shirt.

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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.

BNT_TheLoafers

 

May 5, 2016

Knot So Fast – 12 Tie Knots To Know

Tie Knots To Master

 

 

Windsor

Fun Fact: Named after the Duke of Windsor
We think: It’s the most versatile tie
King Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor) and his grandfather (Edward VII) were avid fans of wider tie knots compared to the traditional thinner knots that were ubiquitous back in the 19th century. Thus, they came up with the Windsor knot to add a little more bulk to the size of the knot.

Windor Knot Instructions

 

Half Windsor

Fun Fact: Developed for tall people
This tie knot was inspired by the Windsor and is less thick. Developed for thinner taller men, it was thought that a half Windsor knot looked better on leaner men since the full Windsor appeared too large and asymmetrical.

Half Windsor Knot Instructions

 

Four In Hand

Aka The schoolboy knot
Fun Fact: Inspired from horse carriage drivers
The name of the knot comes from the four-horse carriage. Carriage drivers used to knot their reins in a special way to have control of all four horses of the carriage, hence the name, four in hand. However, the necktie version of the knot was made fashionable by a London gentleman’s club called Four In Hand.

Four in Hand Instructions

 

Pratt

Aka Shelby knot
Fun Fact: Invented by a 92 year old
A 92-year-old man called Jerry Pratt came into the studio one day to tell a local news anchor that his tie knot was awful. Thus, he shared his little secret of how to tie the knot he devised that is both perfectly symmetrical and proportional. The rest is history as they say.

Pratt Knot Instructions

Kelvin

Thicker version of the Four In Hand
Fun Fact: Inspired by Lord Kelvin
Lord Kelvin, a highly perspicacious individual who studied mathematical knot theory, inspired this knot. Although he would “knot” (why thank you) have actually worn this knot on a tie, the creator felt the need for some reason to name the knot after Kelvin.

Kelvin Knot Instructions

 

Prince Albert

Great for short men
Fun Fact: Named after Queen Victoria’s husband
Although this knot is named after Queen Victoria’s husband, the prince never actually wore ties. Thus, the creator of the tie is still a mystery to this day.

Prince Albert Knot Instructions

 

Balthus

Named after French-Polish artist
Fun Fact: Worn by Mads Mikkelsen
This knot is named after a Polish-French artist who created the tie called Balthasar Klossowski de Rola. He was known for his controversial paintings that were often very sexual and unorthodox. Mads Mikkelesen can also been seen wearing this knot on the Hannibal TV series.

Balthus Knot Instructions

 

Christensen

Inventor: Amanda Christensen
Fun Fact: Used in the 1800s
The Christensen knot was made with no one but Swedish creator, Amanda Christensen, knowing how to tie it. Eventually people over time were able to figure out how it was more or less tied. However no one still knows if this was the same method Christensen took in making the knot. The Swedish royal family is also avid fans of the knot.

Christensen Knot Instructions

 

Manhattan

Aka the reverse half Windsor
This knot is tied in a way that is the reverse of the half Windsor. It looks well on round faces since the knot is large. It also looks good on suits with wide collar spreads.

Manhatten Knot Instructions

 

Trinity

Inspired from the triquetra symbol
This knot is tied in a very similar way to the triquetra symbol. It is said that Christians took the ancient Celtic symbol and compared it to the trinity, hence the name. The knot is split into three sections that looks somewhat like a triangle like the ancient symbol and the idea of the trinity.

Trinity Knot Instructions

 

Eldredge

Created recently in 2007
Fun Fact: Invented by a systems analyst
Jeffery Eldredge in created this knot back in 2007 before quickly reaching fame in 2008. This particular knot is known for its complexity and large symmetrical size. Shaped similar to that of a fishtail, it is tied with the small end unlike many other knots. The remaining length that is left over is hidden behind the collar to complete the beautifully balanced look.

Eldredge Knot Instructions

 

Murrell

Fun Fact: Inspired the Merovingian tie used in The Matrix
Brent Murrell created this knot back in 1995 as an adaptation of the Windsor. The actual knot itself is very similar to that of the Windsor but the difference lies where the large end hangs behind the tail end of the tie creating an unorthodox look.

Murrell Knot Instructions

 

 

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March 23, 2016

How To Wear A Tan Suit 3 Ways

How To Wear A Tan Suit

 

Ready, Set, Spring. Rules To Wearing The Tan Suit.

The tan suit is the quintessential Spring / Summer menswear piece you NEED.  The tan suit is the stylish work horse of warm weather fashion. It can be accessorized, deconstructed, dressed up, dressed down and transformed to fit any said or unsaid dress code. The most important  three events you’ll need a tan suit for are: Business Events, Weddings and Dates.  We have you covered: we’ve created a fool proof guide to what to wear with a tan suit by each of these three occasions.

Business Events

If you have to wear a suit for work and you have to travel, you’ll know the importance of seasonal suiting. The tan cotton suit will be your go to business suit for those hot months. It allows you that hard to achieve balance of style and professionalism. For a promotion-worthy get up, follow the visuals in our chart and pair a tan suit with the proper fashion components and accessories. Stick to the classics with your accessories. We highly recommend either a  power stripe tie or a classic pin dot tie. With business attire, you want to look stylish in the pre-determined classics. Don’t try and re-invent the proverbial wheel.

 

Weddings

Springtime is the season for engagements and weddings so be prepared to be deluged by invitations. This is where your tan suit will seriously earn its keep. The key to winning at your wedding look comes down to two factors: colors and accessories. Spruce up your tan suit with pink and coral ties, pink bow ties and patterned pocket squares. Coordinate the colors of your ties with your pocket squares with your socks unless you opt to go sock less which is popular for outdoor weddings.  Tan suits can be dressed up with vests so that is always option you have to differentiate your tan suit.

 

Dates

Look sharp for date night in your tan suit by sticking to a cool palette of tans and navy blues. The contrast of this palette will have your date captivated.  Be sure to mix and match your patterns to show your character and personality. Also, don’t be afraid of “dressing down” the suit by wearing more casual shirts, experimenting with sneakers and loafers and yes, going sockless. This conveys a cool attitude that separates your professional life, from your personal life. For date night, we recommend accessorizing with skinny linen ties and patterned pocket squares

Mix and Match your way through this Spring and Summer with these three A+ looks.

 

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