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Dress Code 101: The New Rules to Know

The typical dress attire has changed in multiple aspects. These helpful tips will allow you to update your formal attire to be the best-dressed man! Numerous dress code rules that were established throughout previous decades are vanishing or loosening right in front of our own eyes. This allows each man to create easier and more appropriate outfits for dressier occasions. As street wear, sportswear, and gender fluidity continue to rise across numerous collections, it becomes known within the mainstream fashion.

One of the dress codes that have changed revolves around coordination and color appropriation. The old dress code consisted of different shades of grey, navy, and black. The new revamped style allows men to coordinate with layers of different colors and patterns. In this new generation of style code, a tie has become optional as well. A simple T-shirt and jeans can be just as appropriate for the office for certain occasions.

In the olden days, wedding suits were known to be a plain solid dark color. By bringing color into the man’s wedding attire, this allows character and sensibility. The combination of styles, silhouettes, and ascents are now a factor within the fashion of men at weddings.

Remember the good old nightclub days, when you had to wear black dress shoes? Well, those days are gone! Now, a simple white tennis shoe is appropriate for the nightclub or evening event scenery. This shoe allows a versatile array of options as it can coordinate with countless outfits.

Back in the day, crew necks were for the day to keep casual attire, as collared shirts were worn to evening events to resemble formal attire. In the 21st Century, a contemporary-casual is the norm that allows men to create multiple combinations, which can be worn during the day or night for any occasion. Basic necessities consist of tailored trousers, plain crew neck T-shirt, loopback sweatshirt, sneakers, and a casual bomber jacket.

Gender fluidity continues to influence multiple brands, which is a major step in the fashion industry this decade. Recent trends that have crossed over into men’s fashion have consisted of embroidery, looser trousers, sliders, and round sunglasses.

Jogger pants in the past were known to be worn only around the house, to do errands, or go to the gym. Now, they can revamp an entire outfit by adding street style to the pieces. Adidas and Louis Vuitton have partnered with Supreme to work on luxury sportswear items that can be worn during any casual occasion.

Hopefully these helpful new rules allow you to revamp your style into the 21st Century!

Quality Suit Styling Tricks That Work like a Charm!

Ever wonder how to look like a dapper gentleman while being noticed by the people around you for your sleek and sophisticated style? Well with a few helpful styling tips, you can dress to impress by adding a few minor details to your daily suit style. By contributing these tricks you will vamp up your look to a whole other level!

The Sci-fi actor, Dane Dehaan, is currently traveling around the globe promoting his upcoming film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. His helpful hints throughout his wardrobe for the red carpet events upscale any suit for any occasion. The first helpful trick has deals with any bold pattern shirt. Wearing a bold color or design button down shows great quality and resembles a modern feel. Bold and saturated coloring allows you to become more noticeable. Key advice to this wardrobe tip is that a tie is not always necessary due to the print, color, or design that you are wearing. It may appear as overbearing or not match in sequence of the entire outfit. By wearing a saturated color dress shirt, you have the opportunity to be noticed by many as well. This approach allows you to come off in a more modest way. The best colors to wear to try the saturated color scheme would be greys, light blues, bright greens, and other jewel tones. Lastly, the trick that is most subtle is the contrast collar shirt approach. This fashion trend is best known from the notorious Karl Lagerfeld. A contrasting collar is more known as a “Statement Collar.” These collars can feature embroidery or mismatched colors. This style appears best when wearing an all black dress shirt. Bolow is an example designed by Givenchy featuring the statement collar. But it today at MatchesFashion.com and it can be yours!

These helpful styling tricks for your next classy outing will make you appear as the most luxury gentleman in the crowd being noticed by anyone and everyone. Try adding other quality items to your appearance such as a watch to upscale the look even more!







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Men’s Wedding Attire

Wedding season is quickly approaching, and it is time to start thinking about where you are going to get a suit. Guys, it may be the bride’s day, but she wants you to look your best. This is one of the few times that you get to dress to the nines. When it comes to tuxedos, the best option is to rent. Buying a tuxedo will cost you an arm, a leg, and probably your soul if you want any accessories as well. However, if you are not in the wedding party, you won’t have to worry about this, so a great suit will work instead.

This is the time to wear a cool suit with a vest. Vests have a more formal feel than a suit that just has the jacket and pants. It will look like you put forth some extra effort, which the bride will appreciate, especially if the wedding has a formal dress code. Now, the question is, where does one get a nice suit for this wedding and the many weddings to come? You don’t want to buy something that will cost you the same price as your rent or bills. When looking for a nice suit, remember that your bills are far more important.

JCPenney is not necessarily the route you really want to go for a more formal suit. Buying one really great suit is probably the best option seeing as you can get a lot of use out of it. A man can wear the same suit to every event, and no one says anything, so go buy one! Maybe buy two if you can afford it!


Express: Jacket $198; Pants $88

Express is usually a place where you can get a pretty affordable suit, and they have suits specifically for formal events.


Macy’s: Kenneth Cole Suit $300

Macy’s is also a great place to get a pretty nice suit for a more affordable price. If you are the type of guy who needs to try on a suit before purchasing, then Express or Macy’s is the place to go.


Men’s USA: Dark Grey Wool Blend 3 Button Suit $139

If you want to get an entire three piece suit for less than $300, then check out the website Men’s USA. If you know your measurements pretty well, then purchasing a suit online could always be an option. Men’s USA has pretty low prices and has a guarantee on the quality of their suits;. Men’s USA has a three piece suit that is only $139, which is incredibly low for this type of suit.

There are always cheaper options around, but you still want to look your best. Now, you are ready for wedding season. All you have to do is practice your dance moves. The robot is always a crowd-pleaser!

It’s Not You, It’s the Collar

Being just under your neck, the shirt collar plays a major role in the look and feel of your outfit. The right one can give you a splash of class and sophistication, and the wrong one can make you seem tacky, tasteless and rather lazy. Shirt collars come in a variety of colors, styles and shapes. It can be a daunting task to choose the right one for your collection of outfits. While I can’t help you pick the right collar for you, I can make you a bit more knowledgeable when choosing your next one.

Spread/Cutaway Collar

Via Enzovaccari
Via Enzovaccari

This type of collar design is continuously growing in popularity. Finding its way to more and more suit setups, the Spread is trending. The traditional Spread, unlike the popular and traditional point collar, has collar points that rest further apart from each other. This allows the wearers to try diverse and often thicker tie knots like the eldredge and trinity. But beware men with round faces, this type of collar is known to further accentuate the face.

Point Collar

Via Brooks Brothers
Via Brooks Brothers

While traditional in style, it is a timeless style that remains a safe choice amongst the more eccentric and trending designs. This collar comes in at different styles as well. The button down point collar is no different from the traditional except that it has a button at the tip of the collar point. This allows you to fasten it to the shirt itself. The second style is the narrow point collar. In this design, the collar points are taller and closer together, making it suitable for skinny ties. It is also the right design for men with rounded faces. The narrow point collar gives the illusion that the head is slimmer than it actually looks.

Club Collar

Via Manuel Racim
Via Manuel Racim

The Club or Eton Collar harks back to a time when suits and derby hats were common place. A product of the early 20th century, the Club has rounded collar points and work well with traditional ties coupled with a collar pin. However, it is more on the snappy side of collars, so it may not work for wearers who are looking for a more discreet yet stylish look. Sorry men with round, curvy faces, this is also not a style for you. Much like the spread, it gives off the same undesirable look.

Wing Collar

Via DuchampLondon
Via DuchampLondon

Traditionally found on tuxedo shirts, the Wing or Wing Tip collar is finding its way onto more traditional shirts. However, it is still a style meant for a gala or a black tie event. Often worn with a cut-away coat and a bow tie, the collar points are tucked behind the bow. If you are a fan of bow ties and like to make a statement everywhere you go, the Wing Tip should be something right up your alley.

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Mandarin Collar
While the Mandarin is on the more eccentric spectrum of collar designs, it is worth mentioning due to its rarity and unique design. Taken from Imperial China, the Mandarin seems like something a bond villain would wear. But, it is also a design worn by tux wearers. For the more attention conscious man, make sure you couple a Mandarin with a matching Mandarin Collar coat to complete the look.

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Bow the Tie

Clearly the outfit below is heading towards the bow tie route, so ladies fasten it. A brief history of this must wear accessory for the Fall/Winter season won’t hurt nobody:

Roots: Croatian
Date: 17th century
Originally: Cravat
First adoption: French upper class
Came to fame: Since birth and became a staple in men’s fashion by the ‘90s
Today: Worn by you
When talking bow ties, the mind drifts towards a generic black bow tie and that is normal. But this season we are stepping aside from generic and aiming towards the large loose hanging schal bow tie. Just think of Hedi Slimane’s big debut collection at Yves Saint Laurent back in 2012 and the image is drawn.

via ysl.com
via ysl.com

Whether you are opting for the tuxedo look or simply dressing down with a sweatshirt, do not hesitate to address a bow tie. Many designers have integrated the bow tie concept to their collection this season and the best idea is you don’t need to buy it because you can make it.

The two-step procedure will keep you trending all season long: Just grab and wrap a simple schal.


The Man: Accessorizing Your Look…

One of the hottest trends out there for men right now is accessorizing your look. Whether it’s to go into to town to grab a bit to eat or to a formal soirée; accessorizing the basic pieces that you are wearing will catch some welcomed glances. In the accessory closet for men the list continues to grow with fervor and intensity. Sooner than later without accessories you’re going to run out of different looks and probably become bored with your wardrobe.  

When it comes to accessorizing it seems that women most often take the crown because they have more opportunities. They have purses, extravagant hair pieces, oversized sunglasses, necklaces and the earrings to match. These details have always separated the merely well-dressed from truly stylish mind. Gentlemen, we know matching and looking put-together every day can seem daunting, however, it is easier than you may think.  There are more accessories than I am going to mention but here are a few that are a bit different.

The tie clip: This invention is absolutely awesome, on those chilly windy mornings, the last thing you want is your tie flying up in your face, or when your meeting with your boss ran through lunch, your stomach growling, and you wolf down your food; you don’t want your tie to become doused in ketchup, mayonnaise or whatever else. The clip conveniently clips the tie to your button down for the simple refined look. Style wise, the tie bar can come in an assortment of colors and designs to match or offset your tie or dress shirt.


Bracelets: Depending on the day and the purpose you want your bracelets to be dignified and simple but have some flash if warranted. For a beach day, perhaps some double braided anchor bracelets to go with the nautical theme. On one hand should be your time piece and leave the other wrists to experiment with different bracelet combinations.

Pocket Squares: Everyone can dress themselves in fine tailored suits but, many times they forget to polish off the look. This is were pocket squares come into play. A clever and classic way to finish off your suit and tie combo, and a very nice way to add a bit of flare to your outfit. This is definitely a must have accessory for anyone who wish to take their suit game to another level.


72 Hours to Shop in NYC

Whether you’re in NYC for business or pleasure, not having the time to enjoy the sites or shop is a point of concern. And in a city full of boutiques and pop-up shops, a brief search of local men’s fashion shops can turn into a time consuming endeavor. You can choose to go down the list and visit every brick-and-mortar spanning all five NYC boroughs. This can be a worthwhile endeavor, but far from rational. So whether your stay is 24 hours or 72 hours, take the time to visit one if not all the shops mentioned below.

By Robert James

M-S: 10Am-8PM
Sun: 10AM-6PM
74 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002

Even at first glance, Robert James’s work screams passion and quality. Located in NYC’s Lower East Side, By Robert James is a boutique shop that offers a vintage 70’s flair to the stylish gent. Designed just upstairs from the store and manufactured locally, the store carries items ranging from shirts, jackets, pants and even bespoke services.

Fine and Dandy
M, W-S: 12PM-8PM
Tues: Closed
Sun: 1PM-8PM
445 West 49th Street, NYC 10019

Located in Hell’s Kitchen, Fine and Dandy carries a comprehensive collection of dapper accessories. If you’re shopping for ties, pocket squares or socks, it can be found in this store. Keeping to the vintage theme of the store, Fine and Dandy sells vintage memorabilia and accessories from board games, greeting cards, to flasks.

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Billy Reid
M-S: 11AM-8PM
Sun: 11AM-7PM
54 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

Making his mark in the fashion world as early as 1998, Billy Reid designs and sells goods for male and female customers. With a splash of southern styling, his collection ranges from formal wear to more casual outfits like chinos and polos.

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Brooklyn Tailors
Mon: Closed
T-F: 12PM-7PM
Sat: 12PM-6PM
Sun: 12PM-5PM
358 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 

Established in 2007, founders Daniel and Brenna Lewis are taking a piece of the dapper style cake. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the shop offers bespoke services as well as made to order items ranging from formal and casual suits to shirts and shoes; making it a one-stop-shop for all formal men’s wear.

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Brooklyn Circus
Mon: Closed
T-S: 12PM-7PM
150 Nevins St., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Founded by graphic designer Ouigi Theodore, Brooklyn Circus provides outfits for the classy, urban gentleman. Along with a healthy mix of vintage stylings, this boutique shop offers a diverse collection of hats, shirts, jackets and shoes. And much like the other shops in this collection, the consumer is welcomed with a vintage motif that extends all the way outside. So, it’s highly recommended that you go for the products and stay for the ambience.

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