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Mens Ready Made Outfit: Date Night Style

Date Night
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Guys, date night is a time to outfit yourself in the clothes that make you feel like a million dollars. Whether you’re going to a gala social event or just grabbing dinner and a movie, it’s time to dress up.  After all, when you need to impress, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.  We’ve got you covered.  Here’s a simple fashion formula that’s designed to sweep your date off her feet:

1.  Start with a well-fitted dress shirt in solids or patterns.  This blue striped shirt is a safe option, but feel free to experiment with color and pattern.
2.  Wear a tie.  This simple piece of fabric will elevate everything else you wear. 
3.  Depending on where you’re going, you may be able to sport a pair of (dark rinse) jeans.  But if the event is more formal, switch out the denim for a pair of dark trouser pants.
4.  If you want to stand out from the pack (and get some extra style points), skip the traditional blazer in favor of a tailored 3/4 length overcoat. 
5.  Shine your oxford dress shoes and slip them on.  Bonus points?  Bring a beautiful bouquet of flowers for your date.

Guys, what’s your go-to date outfit?  Share your style with us in the comments!

8 comments February 4th, 2009

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Cold Weather Chic

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Cold Weather Chic
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We’ve gotten a few questions from fashion-forward men who are looking for a great way to wear a faux fur trimmed hooded jacket.  A really easy way is to simply adapt our other Cold Weather Chic fashion formula for men.  Here’s how to get the look: 

1.  As we suggested in our womenswear outfit, start with a base layer (not pictured) under your outfit to keep your core warm.
2. On top of your base layer, wear a pair of dark rinse jeans and a statement sweater.  The statement sweater is really the key to the outfit; this is where you want the eye to be drawn to.
3. On top of the statement sweater, add the faux fur trimmed hooded jacket.  Unless it’s super cold, you may want to leave the jacket unzipped so that you can let the statement sweater peek out.
4.  Accessorize with three key cold weather accessories: a trapper hat, a warm cashmere scarf, and a pair of rugged (and hopefully waterproof) boots.

Guys, what do you wear to beat the cold?  Share your style with us in the comments!

1 comment January 28th, 2009

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Crisp Corduroy

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There’s nothing quite like crisp pinwale corduroy for a crisp cool day.  In blazer form, corduroy can take you to work (in business casual environments) and out on a date. Here’s how to wear a corduroy blazer:

1.  Start with the basics: a comfy henley shirt and a pair of light khaki pants.  You may also want to layer a crewneck tee under the henley shirt.
2.  Toss on a slim cut corduroy blazer.  Make sure that the blazer features a narrow cut; the trim fit and narrow lapels are slimming.  In this outfit, notice how the deep navy blue blazer makes the white pants visually pop.
3.  Accessorize with a bright blue scarf and a pair of rich brown shoes that echo the brown belt.  For colder temperatures, switch out the lightweight scarf for something warmer, such as a cashmere knit.

How would you wear a corduroy blazer?  Share your style with us in the comments!

6 comments January 21st, 2009

Men’s Ready Made Outfit: Herringbone + Tartan


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Combine two key pieces - a herringbone blazer and a tartan plaid shirt - in one standout outfit.  To keep the look from being too professorlike, the key is to mix fresh looking pieces (e.g. distressed jeans, a skinny tie) with the more distinguished herringbone blazer and tartan plaid shirt.  Here’s how to get the herringbone and tartan plaid look:

1. Start with a snappy tartan plaid shirt.  Look for patterns with a bit of an edge, like this sportily elegant black and white plaid.  Note the flannel fabric, which will give you added protection from the cold on particularly crisp days.
2. Keep things fresh by pairing the fitted tartan plaid shirt with a pair of dark rinse distressed jeans.  A dark rinse jean is an appropriate companion for the preppy plaid shirt, while the distressed details on the jeans give the outfit more life.
3. Slip on a single-breasted herringbone blazer in a fitted cut.  If it’s a three button blazer, button only the middle button.  For a two button blazer, button the top button, but leave the bottom one undone.
4. Polish off the outfit with coordinated accessories: a black skinny tie, a plain black belt, and a pair of oxfords with just a bit of sheen.

How would you wear herringbone and tartan plaid?  Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments December 10th, 2008

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Meet the Family


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Though it feels like Halloween was just last week, Thanksgiving is already upon us.  Time to pack our bags, gear up for marathon eating sessions, and head home to see family.  Whether you’re visiting your folks or your SO’s family, you’ll want to put your best foot forward.  Here’s a casually sophisticated outfit that will do the trick:

1. Start with a basic pair of chinos.  For the most flattering look, try a flat front chino–no pleats.
2. Put on a patterned dress shirt.  The quietly chic tattersall print on this shirt speaks volumes about your sense of style. When in doubt, go with stripes or checks in a distinctive color combination. 
3. Layer on a cozy cardigan.  Bonus style points for (1) a chunky hand-woven knit, and (2) a shawl collar on the cardigan (as pictured). 
4. Finish the look off with sophisticated accessories: a tartan print scarf that echoes the tattersall print on the shirt, casual loafers, and an overnight bag that reflects your impeccable personal style.

What will you wear to meet the family?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Add comment November 26th, 2008

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Simple Yet Sophisticated Peacoat and Stripes

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Less is more is more often than not the way to go with menswear.  So we’ve created a chic menswear look that’s both foundational and sophisticated.  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a simple horizontal striped shirt. You can go with a crewneck, as shown, or go up a notch and reach for a fitted polo.
2. Put on a pair of dark rinse jeans.  You can’t go wrong with a pair that features a straight leg and an unassuming rinse.
3. As befits the season, toss on a navy-inspired peacoat.  With the peacoat, the key is fit - you want one that fits you squarely at the shoulderline.
4. Finish the look off with a vertically striped scarf (that echoes but doesn’t copy the striping in the shirt) and a pair of simple loafers.

What’s your simple-yet-sophisticated go to look?  Share your style with us in the comments!

1 comment October 22nd, 2008

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Buffalo Checks for Fall

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Guys, buffalo checks is one of our favorite menswear trends for Fall.  The bold pattern perfectly complements the structure and weight of Fall’s clothes. Here’s how to get the look:

1.  Start with a buffalo checked button down shirt. 
2.  Add a pair of dark rinse jeans (or dark trousers).
3.  Layer on a hooded parka.  Extra style points for interesting pocket detailing.
4.  Slip on a pair of loafers.  Loafers are nicer than sneakers, yet they’re still casual enough for this outfit.

Bonus?  Add a brightly colored scarf.  A nice plaid pattern will accentuate the buffalo checked shirt.

How will you wear buffalo checks?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments October 15th, 2008

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Autumn Layers

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Make the transition from Summer to Fall by layering with your summer clothes.  Here’s a fashion formula that’s simple, practical, and chic.  Get the look in four easy steps:

(1) Start with your basic summer chinos.  
(2) Add a basic button-down over a solid colored tee.
(3) Slip on a henley sweater (or a cardigan).
(4) Finish off the outfit with a sharp pair of oxfords.

Extra bonus points if you top off your outfit with a crisp blazer.

What will you wear to transition to Fall? Share your style with us in the comments!

Add comment September 24th, 2008

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Sophisticated Shorts with a Blazer

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How do you manage to look sophisticated in shorts?  Pair them with a blazer for instant chic.  Here’s how to do it:

Mix and match fabrics for the jacket and shorts.  What makes this combination so chic is the seemingly effortless pairing of the blazer and shorts.  It’s not a shorts suit–so pick a jacket and shorts in different fabrics and colors.  A couple of easy color combinations?  Navy and grey (as pictured), and khaki and white.

Wear a button down shirt.  Maintain the somewhat formal feel of the outfit by wearing a button down shirt instead of a tee.  The shirt need not be perfectly pressed to be sophisticated; in fact, the casual feel of the blazer and shorts combo calls for a shirt that’s ever so slightly wrinkled.

Slip on a pair of closed toe shoes.  After all, you are wearing a blazer.  Now’s not the time for flip flops.

Would you wear a blazer and shorts together? Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments August 20th, 2008

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Fresh Summer Style in Gingham

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This week, we have another deceptively simple men’s fashion formula to add to your arsenal.  Start with a patterned gingham shirt, add a bright tee, toss on a pair of jeans, and finish off the outfit with a pair of driving moccasins.  Here’s why this outfit works:

Repetition: The colors in the outfit are driven by the blue and white gingham shirt.  The blue in the button down shirt is echoed in the more vibrantly colored blue ringer tee, which itself hints at the white in the gingham shirt–and the crisp white jeans.

Color Coordination: The vibrant blue of the tee requires an equally rich color to complement it.  The deep chocolatey brown driving moccasins are exactly what the stylist ordered.  Aren’t these colors great together?

Attitude: From the ever-so-wrinkled gingham shirt right down to the suede driving moccasins, the entire outfit exudes a kind of refined casualness.

What do you think about this fashion formula?  Would you wear it? Share your style with us in the comments!

5 comments August 13th, 2008

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