The Ultimate Autumnal Jacketing. THE ALPACA

SHERRY ALPACA

Luxury Wool with Alpaca and Silk. The Ultimate Autumnal Jacketing

SHERRY ALPACA
Luxury Wool with Alpaca and Silk. The Ultimate Autumnal Jacketing

Inspired by colour, this collection of jacketing fabrics has been exclusively designed by Holland & Sherry.

Wool, alpaca and silk have been intimately blended and woven together in a 2/2 twill construction, producing a luxury collection that has a unique handle, is full bodied and has beautiful drape qualities.

Much consideration has been given to the colours used in this collection as colour plays an important role in our daily lives. Unbeknown to us the colours we and others wear have a huge effect on our subconscious; colour determines our mood, our behaviour, and our perception of others. The colours in this collection have been selected because we believe they have an uplifting and more positive effect on our general mood and wellbeing, making the fabrics in the collection all the more enjoyable to wear.

The cloths in this collection have been co-ordinated with a selection of coloured plains, providing the option of a city or more casual, country look.

 

THE ALPACA

Larger than a vicuña but smaller than a llama, alpacas have been bred for thousands of years for their luxurious soft fleece. They are kept in herds grazing high in the Andes of southern Peru, western Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Chile.

Alpaca fibres are…

  • Are light in weight and full of lustre – natural sheen.
  • Contain microscopic pockets of air that act as a good insulator of heat in cold weather, but also allow the body to breathe thus keeping the body cool in warm weather.
  • Contain air pockets which also reduce the overall weight of the fibre, making it less bulky than wool that is shorn from a sheep.
  • Are soft, silky and luxurious to touch, making them very comfortable to wear.
  • Are beautiful to work with. Garments made from alpaca tailor with ease and have magnificent drape qualities.

LUXURY WOOL WITH ALPACA AND SILK Inspired by colour, this collection of jacketing fabrics has been exclusively designed by Holland & Sherry. Wool, alpaca and silk have been intimately blended and woven together in a 2/2 twill construction, producing a luxury collection that has a unique handle, is full bodied and has beautiful drape qualities. The cloths in this collection have been co-ordinated with a selection of coloured plains, providing the option of a city or more casual, country look.

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Custom Dress Shirts, Tailored & Bespoke Shirts, Washington D.C. Area

 

 

#2. Light Blue, semi-spread, light to mid-weight Poplin/Pinpoint/Twill

 

Custom Dress Shirts, Tailored & Bespoke Shirts, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia.

 

From collar width to cuff style, you can customize almost every aspect of your dress shirt in Washington D.C. metro area.
FABRIC: 

Hundreds of fabric options are available. All of our custom dress shirts are made from 100% fine cotton, Silk, Egyptian Cotton, Pyma Cotton, Italian Cotton, etc. We source our premium fabrics from some of the finest shirting mills around the world, which means your shirt will feel soft, wear beautifully and look like a million bucks.
COLLAR: 

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Choose from five different styles, each carefully constructed to hold up to repeated laundering. Collars are cut slightly large to allow for natural shrinkage.
PLACKET: 

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Choose from four placket styles: French, hidden, Italian, and raised.
 
POCKET: 

We offer the option of a rounded, square, pleated, western, flapped pocket or no pocket at all.
CUFFS: 

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We offer ten different cuff styles: single-button barrel, single-button mitered and rounded French, etc.

A great tailored shirt is an important part of any wardrobe. We offer custom shirts in sizes and styles including men’s tailored dress shirts, big and tall tailored dress shirts, women’s tailored dress shirts and petite tailored shirts. Our tailored shirt is available in a variety of natural fabrics and colors that look fabulous with or without a jacket.

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Custom Dress Shirts in D.C.

 

#3. White, mid-weight to heavy-weight Oxford Cloth Button Down Collar

 

Custom Dress Shirts in D.C.

Custom dress shirt in D.C. Fine quality shirting fabric begins from cotton. Cotton that comes from various countries, from around the world. Such as Egypt, the Sea Islands, South and North America. We source out our fabric, from different fabric mills from around the world. The raw cotton is spun into yarn and is then woven into fabric for shirts. Our men’s shirting fabrics are two-ply otherwise noted, meaning that two yarns have been twisted around one another to create a composite yarn for greater luxurious durability. The yarn will resists the normal tendency to shed or pill this way. Types of fabrics 100’s/120’s/140’s/160’s/170’s measures the thickness of the fabric. It is also a way to to measure the fabric quality.

Single Needle Stitching for our custom shirt sleeves.
Our sleeve: connection to the custom dress shirt body has double row stitch.
Our collars: custom men dress shirts are hand cut individually designed to your personal taste.
Sleeve cuffs: for our custom men shirts are hand cut and hand turned.
Shirts Tails: are always full in length, so that they don?t pop out.
Pockets: for our custom shirts are all hand cut and hand matched to the fabric pattern.
Buttons: Extra Thick Real Mother of Pearl Buttons or regular durable plastic shirt buttons are available.

Contrasting cross stitch thread color is another option, for your custom made shirts. We understand how Important options are, that is why we want to give to our customers exactly what they need, no what they have to take in retail stores.

 

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To order a custom handmade shirt :

1. You can directly order our shirts online.
2. You can send us a dress shirt that was custom made and we will take the measurements from that.
3. You can call or send us your stock dress shirt size and we will contact you to discuss shirt details

.Mario Rojas Menswear Premium custom Shirts Design your perfect custom Shirts Shirts starting from $125

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The Top 10 Dress Shirts To Own

The Top 10 Dress Shirts To Own July 17, 2013 By Joe | Heads up: Buying via our links may result in us getting a commission. Here's why. When assembling your wardrobe, what styles of shirts are best to buy first? What shirts can you do without? That’s what this list is for. The shirts you’ll want to have on hand at all times (and maybe buy multiples of) will rank higher than the shirts you could probably do without. Also, keep those collars a substantial but not over-sized semi-spread. Button down, cutaway, and tiny-sized collars are great for certain situations, but you just can’t go wrong with a nicely sized semi spread. Specific examples for each are shown below. Pics are clickable.

When assembling your wardrobe, what styles of shirts are best to buy first? What shirts can you do without?

When assembling your wardrobe, what styles of shirts are best to buy first? What shirts can you do without? That’s what this list is for. The shirts you’ll want to have on hand at all times (and maybe buy multiples of) will rank higher than the shirts you could probably do without. Also, keep those collars a substantial but not over-sized semi-spread. Button down, cutaway, and tiny-sized collars are great for certain situations, but you just can’t go wrong with a nicely sized semi spread. Specific examples for each are shown below. Pics are clickable.

#1.  White, semi-spread, light to mid-weight Poplin/Pinpoint/Twill

#1. White, semi-spread, light to mid-weight Poplin/Pinpoint/Twill

Quick, think of a white dress shirt.  Yahtzee.  That’s the #1 shirt we should all have in our closet.  The collardoes not button down on these, and they’re made from a mid to lightweight fabric.  Some call these “oxfords” even though that’s not quite right. It’s a shirt that’ll look just as good with a suit as it will under a v-neck with jeans.  It’s crisp, it’s clean, and you want a collar with enough beef  to look substantial. Melt your brain with the differences between poplin, pinpoint, & twill.

#2. Light Blue, semi-spread, light to mid-weight Poplin/Pinpoint/Twill

#2. Light Blue, semi-spread, light to mid-weight Poplin/Pinpoint/Twill

Pretty much the same thing as the white dress shirt at #1, only in a very pale, light blue color.  Not royal blue, not kinda light blue with grey buttons, light blue with standard off-white/bone colored buttons.  Slightly less formal than white, but still able to be dressed way up. It’s actually somewhat difficult to find a very pale blue dress shirt for a reasonable price. The Banana Republic option shown here doesn’t even come in Neck & Sleeve measurements.

#3. White, mid-weight to heavy-weight Oxford Cloth Button Down Collar

Honestly? Not a “dress” shirt. At least not most of them, especially if they’re cut in thicker, more rumpled cloth. But still needs to go on the list just because of its versatility. The OCBD (surprisingly, not a member of WuTang) stands for Oxford Cloth Button Down. And the “button down” part refers to the collar, not the fact that you button the shirt in front. A few lighter, pressed OCBDs can pull some duty at the office, but just make sure it’s not that much thicker than a standard poplin. The thicker the fabric, the less dressed up it can get. A workhorse for layering.

Honestly? Not a “dress” shirt. At least not most of them, especially if they’re cut in thicker, more rumpled cloth. But still needs to go on the list just because of its versatility. The OCBD (surprisingly, not  a member of WuTang) stands for Oxford Cloth Button Down.  And the “button down” part refers to the collar, not the fact that you button the shirt in front. A few lighter, pressed OCBDs can pull some duty at the office, but just make sure it’s not that much thicker than a standard poplin. The thicker the fabric, the less dressed up it can get. A workhorse for layering.

#4. White base, blue windowpane / tattersall

#4. White base, blue windowpane / tattersall

Lots of white and blue right?  Well, yes. An orange and green check just won’t go with as much stuff in your closet.  Meanwhile, a windowpane is just different enough from the usual striped shirts most guys default to.  When under a jacket of some kind, they’ll give your look a bit of depth.  And unlike gingham (we’re getting there) they’ve got plenty of white which is more business ready.  When it comes to the office, for patterns, Tic-Tac-Toe > Checkers.  And for the size of the squares, the ideal size is between a pencil eraser and a quarter.

#5. The Bold Gingham

Color is up to you.  Black and white obviously offers the most contrast, but deep blue, red, even purple can deliver.  It’s a dressed up version of a dressed down pattern.

#6. White base, thin stripe

#6. White base, thin stripe

The stripes on these are razor thin. Not a double stripe of different colors (say, a light blue and dark blue next to each other), but just one color, real thin, evenly spaced. That white base is dominant, but the stripes add a bit of depth. Clean and mean.  Thicker striped ties look just fine worn over these.  Keep your stripes slim and you can even take some color risks like a pink or light green.

#7. The micro  pattern

Whether it’s a tiny check, tattersall, micro-plaid, gingham, or houndstooth, these are shirts that have two (three max) colors going on with a very small pattern. Not stripes, but something more geometric. From a distance they look solid, but up close they’re not. Lots of visual depth with these, and they often look great when you wear a suit without a tie.

#8. Thick/Bengal stripe

#8. Thick/Bengal stripe

#9. The Pink or Red Subtle Patterned Shirt

Pretty sure we’re all past the pink = YOU PLAY BALL LIKE A GIRL thing. Beware though. Some of us whiter dudes might not look so great wearing solid pink.  Lil’ too close to the skin tone.  So, harken back to #7, and maybe opt for a red micro-check on white. That’s not a  bad option for a similar look. It helps make the pink look less like flushed flesh.

#10. The Grey

A grey shirt with collar stay slots (not a floppy collared chambray) is a good shirt to have on hand for under black sweaters or black sportcoats/blazers.  Works surprisingly well with a navy suit as well. Not a bad getup to wear when grabbing a cocktail post sunset.  It’s still put together, has an evening out feel to it, but it’s thankfully still very far from clubby when tucked in and layered over.

Final Notes

  • 2 is the magic number:  Less is more.  Two is sort of the speed limit when it comes to dress shirts.  Meaning:  Anything more than two colors or two different thicknesses of lines in a pattern on a shirt and things can get weird.  There are exceptions, but solids, and pattern shirts with just one color on a base are safest.
  • Try and stick with all cotton:  Prices are rising (evidence is up above…) but limiting the level of poly used in your dress shirts will keep you cooler.  Sometimes synthetic just can’t be avoided, like in the shirts from Target.
  • Neck and Sleeve = More dressed up:  Sometimes a S/M/L/ neck will fit.  Sometimes it won’t.  Try it on.
  • No-Iron is up to you:  Some people love wrinkle free.  Some hate it.  Up to you.
  • Collar Stays:  Always.  Unless it’s a button down collar.  Wurkin Stiffs are even better.

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FIVE DRESSES THAT WILL LOOK GREAT FOR ANY-AND-ALL OCCASIONS

FIVE DRESSES THAT WILL LOOK GREAT FOR ANY-AND-ALL OCCASIONS

Honestly? Not a “dress” shirt. At least not most of them, especially if they’re cut in thicker, more rumpled cloth. But still needs to go on the list just because of its versatility. The OCBD (surprisingly, not a member of WuTang) stands for Oxford Cloth Button Down. And the “button down” part refers to the collar, not the fact that you button the shirt in front. A few lighter, pressed OCBDs can pull some duty at the office, but just make sure it’s not that much thicker than a standard poplin. The thicker the fabric, the less dressed up it can get. A workhorse for layering.

There are five dresses that every woman needs in her closet that will keep her set for whatever life brings, from the office to the club. These are the basic staples of a year-round wardrobe, and to ensure they fit perfectly, have them custom-tailored each new fashion season.

Five dresses to consider this season are:

1. Smart shirt-dress

. A smart shirt-dress is a business-casual look that can be accessorized to suit a number of other occasions, from shopping to a meeting, the club to the beach! Look for shirt-dresses made from cotton or silk so it will breathe, and so it will be comfortable any time of the year. Accessorize with boots and scarves in winter or sandals and a cute camisole in the warmer weather.

2. Classic cocktail-dress.

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Everyone needs a little black dress in their closets, and you should choose one that could be worn out on the town or for a more dignified occasion. Knee-length dresses will likely give the most options when it comes to versatility and accessorizing. This is a classic staple so make sure that your little black cocktail dress is comfortable and fits-well to keep you trendy.

3. Sweet sundress.

A sweet sundress can be worn anytime of the year, as long as it is accessorized right. Pair your adorable cotton sundress with cowboy boots and a textured sweater for chilly seasons, when most women might be packing their sundresses away for the winter. Layer your sundress with leggings, tights, and underpinnings to create a Bohemian look that is great for school, shopping, or an evening out.

4. Multi-season maxi-dress.

A maxi-dress refers to a full-length dress that hits the floor. Choose one in a staple color that you can mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe. These look awesome with flats and a simple shawl, or with bulky boots and a poncho when the weather warrants.

5. Snuggly sweater-dress.

The sweater dress is making a huge comeback after its popularity during the 80’s and 90s, and today’s sweater dresses are perfect for creating a number of ensembles and looks. Choose one that is high-quality cotton, cashmere, or wool, to ensure that it lasts for many style-seasons to come. Skip long sleeves so you can wear this any time of the year, and pick a solid-color over a print for optimal wear ability!

Keep your look fresh with these five darling dresses in your closet or wardrobe. Make sure they flatter your form by having your dresses custom-tailored at a place like Mario Rojas Custom Clothiers to fit you perfectly!

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Proper Pants Break & Length How To Hem Suit Trousers, Dress Slacks & Chinos: Full, Half or No Break?

Proper Pants Break & Length How To Hem Suit Trousers, Dress Slacks & Chinos: Full, Half or No Break?

Proper Pants Break & Length How To Hem Suit Trousers, Dress Slacks & Chinos: Full, Half or No Break?

What’s a break? The break is when the front of your pants or trousers hits your shoe and creates a little dent that is elegant and not too extreme. No break is when the hem of your pants just hang straight and doesn’t even touch the shoe at all. Half break is if you see a slight dent in the front and full break if you have a noticeable dent in the front of the pants but none in the back. If you see pants that have dents in the front and in the back they are simply too long and it looks extremely sloppy.

Why should you care about the break in your pants? It really has an impact on the overall neatness of your outfit. If you wear a nice robe stripe double-breasted suit and your pants are either too long or too short, it makes you look goofy or sloppy. Also if you’re a tall man and you have very short pants it exaggerates your height and you look even taller and sometimes like a clown. Also if you have a certain pair of socks that you want to show off maybe a half break is exactly what you want because with a full break your socks will be invisible.

 

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To determine what break is right for you, first look at your pant hem. Is it cuffed or is it uncuffed? If it’s cuffed that means you need less of a break. If you have an uncuffed pants and you go with no break it simply looks too short and the lack of the weight means that your pants will probably get stuck to your socks and stay further up.

If you wear cuffed pants you already have an advantage because you have more weight which pulls down your trousers more and it just creates a cleaner line and therefore you can have a shorter pants length and less of a break. If you prefer uncuffed trousers you could talk to an alterations tailor and add little lead weights to the size of your pants that way you have the same effect as with a cuffed trouser and you can get a very neat look.

Now with a tight pair of pants they touch your shoe a lot earlier than with a wider cut pair of pants where they touch it at the bottom of your laces. The wider the pants are, the longer you can hem them. The slimmer and tighter they are the shorter you have to hem them.

If you have uncuffed trousers in a wide full cut style you have to cut them a little wider but keep in mind even with a full break you just want a nice dent in the front and none in the back.

One thing I’m personally extremely fond of is a angled hem. This is something you usually only find in bespoke garments especially when it’s a cuffed angle hem. When you angle a pair of pants with cuffs you actually have to create a faux cuff that is separately cut from something but it has the advantage that it’s always long in the back and it probably can even touch almost the heel of your shoe but in the front it’s cut higher so you get that slight break. It looks elegant with a black tie or white tie outfit because you get that slight break but that long line in the back.

Having angled pant hems is definitely one of the little tricks of the trade and if your alterations tailor doesn’t know how to do an angle hem with cuffs you probably have to seek out the tailor or someone who is really experienced with custom clothing. Of course you can only do that if you have a lot of extra width or an unfinished pair of pants.

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From Gentleman’s Gazette

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Capsule Wardrobe For Men – 37 Items You Need To Create Stylish Spring-Summer & Fall-Winter Outfits

 

 

Capsule Wardrobe For Men – 37 Items You Need To Create Stylish Spring-Summer & Fall-Winter Outfits.

It follows the quality over quantity approach and it’s supposed to reduce the dissatisfaction with your wardrobe even though you have a lot of items. Overall the capsule wardrobe is a minimalist approach to clothing and it does not include accessories.

Why could a capsule wardrobe be for you? If you’re going to go on a long trip or any trip at all, it’s good to have items that you can combine with one another because it gives you more options and you don’t have to haul heavy stuff with you. It’s also great for people who have a large closet and many items of clothing and they don’t know what to wear.

Benefits of a capsule wardrobe?
1. Each item your collection has a specific purpose.
2. Everything works with one another you bring down the cost per wear enormously.
3. You can now invest in higher quality garments that cost more because you buy fewer of them. It also means you stop settling for garments that are just okay
4. You learn how to utilize accessories to really change your look
5. Reduces the amount of space you need for your clothes.

How do you create a capsule wardrobe?
1. Choose a 3 month period.
2. Look at what you already have in your wardrobe that you will like to wear and that you think you can combine with other pieces.
3. Focus on what you already have because you know what it looks like, feels like, its shortcomings and its benefits.

Store all the other clothing away or donate to people in need. Force yourself to not wear anything outside of your capsule wardrobe.

So what does my personal capsule wardrobe look like? Basically I decided I need about thirty seven items. When I say a three-piece suit, that’s already 3 items. For the fall-winter season, I would choose 2-3 pieces suits.

A tuxedo is a very special item and you have to decide if you need it or not depending on the events that you’re going to attend in the next three months.

If you live or travel to a warmer climate, your capsule wardrobe will look entirely different. First of all, because it’s warmer I’d skip any type of 3 piece suits and only go with 2 pieces. Because it’s a warmer climate you can be more daring and you can have more sport coats.

All these suggestions were highly personalized to my tastes and they may not work for you or you can take as a foundation and then change things as you see fit.

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Published on Apr 7, 2017

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The Complete Guide to Men’s Suits: 21 Rules of Style

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Everything you need to know about suits, including what to look for when buying them, how to get them tailored, and the coats, shirts, ties, shoes, and watches to wear with them.

 

Rule #1
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Fit is everything. Even the world’s most expensive suit will look bad if it isn’t tailored to the contours of your body.

Rule #2
Some think button-down collars are for casual wear only, but they can work great with dressier looks as well.

Rule #3
Polka dots are a great way to bring energy to a suit. Make sure they’re big enough to be recognizable, but not so large that they’re goofy.

Rule #4
A tried-and-true pattern like herringbone or glen plaid in a muted shade makes an impression without crossing into the realm of garishness.

Rule #5
Visible stitches around the edges of your lapels (called pick-stitching) aren’t necessarily a sign of a well-made garment anymore. However, they can be an attractive decorative flourish—as long as they’re subtle. No contrast stitching!

Rule #6
Some say you shouldn’t cut the stitching in your jacket pockets, because putting objects in them will cause your jacket to lose its shape. Don’t listen. It’s pointless to have nonfunctional pockets, and a concert ticket or a business-card holder certainly won’t do any damage.

Rule #7
Some think three-pieces are stodgy, but when the waistcoat is cut close to the body and hemmed to the belt line, you’ll look slim and modern.

Rule #8
Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie.

Rule #9
The difference between classic and cliché is often in the material. The timeless appeal of this gray suit begins with its super-luxe cashmere wool.

Rule #10
Always unfasten your jacket buttons when you sit. No exceptions.

Rule #11
Never fasten the bottom button of a double-breasted jacket (unless it has only a single row of buttons).

Rule #12
Avoid over-accessorizing. If you’re already wearing a pocket square and a tie bar, you’ll want to reconsider that clever lapel pin.

Rule #13
When wearing corduroy, steer clear of fusty wide wales, but don’t go so narrow that the material starts to look like velvet.

Rule #14
A dark, patterned pocket square provides a welcome visual anchor to a light-colored suit.

Rule #15
When it comes in a sandy tan rather than the usual rust or chocolate brown, this cold-weather suit gets a dose of sunny energy.

Rule #16
Save the bulky shock-resistant sports watch for the gym or your outdoor-adventure excursions. It has no place with a suit.

Rule #17
Save yourself some embarrassment: Always remove the stitching on the vents and the label on the left sleeve before wearing a new suit.

Rule #18
It’s fine to flip up the collar of a casual cotton jacket, but when you’re dressed more formally (say, in a black suit), you should always leave the collar down.

Rule #19
When you go without a tie, it’s best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side.

Rule #20
Call attention to special suit material—like this marled wool—by keeping your accessories to a minimum.

Rule #21
Tailoring your pants a little bit short will add distinctiveness to your simple look.

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Dressing for a Formal Occasion

Dressing for a Formal Occasion

Dressing for a Formal Occasion

Find out how formal the event is. There are lots of different terminology for formal occasions and you’ll need to know where the event falls to know how to dress. Check with the party organizers, because being overdressed typically won’t impress people.
  • Formal and semi-formal are quite different. For a more formal occasion you’d need to wear a tuxedo whereas semi-formal would allow a dark suit instead.
  • An event that’s at night is going to be different than an event that happens in the day. For example: if it’s a semi-formal during the day cocktail dresses, or a light-colored suit and tie combination will be what you’d wear.

 

Familiarize yourself with the different terms. There are a variety of different formal and semi-formal occasions where you’ll need to know what the best outfit might be, if you want to impress. Evening drinks parties, weddings, even birthdays can be a formal event!

  • Formal events require that men sport a complete suit. This means tie, cufflinks. Some of the trendier cities have formal events where it’s allowable to come wearing a suit bit no tie. For women, formal events can be a little vague. You can do a cocktail dress, a stylish suit, or a full-on evening gown.
  • Black tie for men means black tailcoat, black trousers with two satin seams on the outside legs, a white bow tie, with black or gold cull links and studs. Again, for women you can vary it between cocktail dress, suit, or evening gown.
  • A cocktail party (like an early evening drinks party) means for men a dark suit. Since this is less formal you have more room for creativity (different colored dress shirts and ties and so on). For women it means cocktail dresses (these are less formal than full length evening gowns).

Have the right footwear. You want your footwear to go with your outfit and to enhance your outfit. Fortunately for formal occasions unlike, say, interviews, this is when you can break out the more exciting and fun types of shoes.

  • Heels are always appropriate for dress occasions, as long as you can walk in them. Shoes that are sparkly can be a lot of fun and give you a bit of a sparkle.
  • In most formal occasions dress shoes for guys are a must. Make sure that they aren’t scuffed or dirty and that they go with your outfit.

 

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7 Different Suit Colors and Where to Wear Them

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When buying a new suit, you have many colors to choose from. But not all colors work for every man, nor do they work for every occasion. In this blog, we’ll discuss seven suit colors and the best occasions to wear them.

1. Navy Blue

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Navy is one of the most popular colors men choose for suits. It’s a versatile color that never looks out of place. A navy suit will make you look in control, but not overpowering. Navy also brings out youthfulness in older men.

Wear a navy blue suit to any business occasion: meetings, presentations, and public speaking events.

2. Charcoal Gray

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Charcoal gray suits are almost as versatile as navy. Since the gray is a neutral color, charcoal gray work well with a colorful shirt or tie collection. A gray suit can age you, which makes it ideal for young men wanting to look professional, but a poor choice for older gentlemen.

Use your charcoal gray suit for both casual and formal occasions, as well as during both the afternoon or evening. This suit is perfect for work, church, weddings, and more.

3. Black

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Your first instinct when buying your first suit may be to choose black. However, this is a mistake. Black looks best in formal occasions and doesn’t dress down easily. Black carries too much authority for every day at the office. Black can also wash out men with fair complexions.

Save your black suit for funerals, black tie events, and places where you need to appear powerful.

4. Light Gray

Light gray suits have become more popular in recent years. This color choice gives you a chance to set yourself apart. Light gray can accommodate highly patterned shirts and ties, and it typically looks more casual. Wear your light gray suit to work when you need a little variety. Many wedding parties these days also have the men of the wedding party in gray suits since the color compliments daring wedding colors.

Light gray suits have become more popular in recent years. This color choice gives you a chance to set yourself apart. Light gray can accommodate highly patterned shirts and ties, and it typically looks more casual.

Wear your light gray suit to work when you need a little variety. Many wedding parties these days also have the men of the wedding party in gray suits since the color compliments daring wedding colors.

5. Dark Brown

Dark brown can be a difficult color of suit for some men to pull off. It works best on men with darker complexions and darker hair. Dark brown can add a little color and, as an earthy tone, can make you seem more approachable and trustworthy. Do not wear your dark brown suit to a formal event. Instead, keep it to the office or casual events, such as luncheons.

Dark brown can be a difficult color of suit for some men to pull off. It works best on men with darker complexions and darker hair. Dark brown can add a little color and, as an earthy tone, can make you seem more approachable and trustworthy.

Do not wear your dark brown suit to a formal event. Instead, keep it to the office or casual events, such as luncheons.

6. Khaki

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Khaki is the opposite of a black suit. Khaki suits work best for daytime wear in the spring and summer. Pastel shirts and ties go well with khaki, but be sure to carry high-end accessories with you when wearing your khaki suit, otherwise you’re in danger of looking like you’re on a safari.

Wear your khaki suit to the office and, like the dark brown, in situations where you need to look approachable.

7. Olive Green

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Olive green is a daring color that looks great on some men but terrible on others. While it is an earthy
tone like the browns we’ve discussed, green can easily go wrong. It looks best on men with olive or dark
complexions, and it can be worn with deep blue or red shirts and ties.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who can wear olive green, wear it to formal events such as weddings,
special church occasions, or even red carpet events.

Other Colors

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Depending on your complexion and your nerve, there are plenty of other suit colors. White, burgundy, true
blue, and purple all can be excellent choices, but they should all be saved for more formal events. Proms,
red carpets, and sometimes weddings represent good venues for these colors.

 

Don’t forget to be confident, no matter the suit or color. Once you decide what color works best for you,
you can start deciding on fits and measurements. For a custom fit or help finding impeccable measurements,
contact a local men’s clothier to get the perfect suit. They can also help you match suit colors with
different shirt and tie combinations.