How should you be wearing your tie?
Guys this is extremely important: When arranging your attire in the morning, one thing you must get right is your tie! I often cringe when looking at the way men wear their ties in the city. First, it is important to pick the correct tie for the outfit and then wear it in the right way:
Ties should be tight to your top button and they should touch the top of your belt. They should not hide your belt of dangle over your fly! Check your tie as you leave each day, and if it is not correct then stop, adjust, and get on with your day.
Your tie has two parts
For some reason unknown to me, people seem to forget that when you have tied your tie, there is the part you would like to remain visible and the remaining part that should be hidden! Every Tie I have ever owned provides a simple solution. The loop on the back of the tie is intended to hold the portion you wish to remain out of sight. Stop, check, tuck and get on with your day. Having both ends of your tie flying all over the place is not a good look.
Where should I buy my Ties?
As a modern business guy I find ties less and less common. That said, there are times when they are required and they always add that level of elegance. As ties are now becoming less and less of an everyday requirement, I think investing in fine ties is the best option. You can build a collection over time and for a modern man they make the perfect gift and prevent your loved one searching for something to buy you. Starting at the top of the tree Hermes never disappoints!
Louis Vuitton also offers a slightly cheaper option. I have had Louis ties for ten years and they are still going strong. As I often say, quality lasts.
A cheaper option with great class and a little lower quality is J Crew. They have a great collection each year and they won’t break the bank!
British Retailer Jack Wills has expanded to the United States.
For all the Brits in the U.S. I assume you will be pleased to find Jack Wills stores popping up all over the East Coast. Mainly to be found in New England (with a few exceptions), but surprisingly not yet open in New York. Having spoken with a charming English lady in the Boston store on Newbury Street, it is expected soon!
What is Jack Wills? I would say it is the English equivalent of J Crew and allows you to achieve the perfect preppy look from a British Brand. The stores are like an old boys club, full of English charm. They do a great selection for Men and women and a small amount of home accessories too. As the brand is relatively new to the U.S. the sales are particular good. Shirts at full price come in under $100 and you can cut those prices in half during the sales.
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The collection can provide anything from Beach wear to a smart casual approach. They do provide limited formal attire, however it will not deliver a truly polished formal look.
Jack Wills is one to try to create a good European look with a Brand that is just finding its feet.
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Every gentleman should embrace fresh flowers in their life.
Since I was a child I have always been exposed to flowers. Since setting up my own home I try to have fresh flowers in my apartment all the time. Most men resist the inclusion of flowers in their life as they feel they are too feminine or they will tarnish their masculine reputation.
Waking each day and seeing flowers always make me smile. Different flowers remind me of different occasion and times in my life. Lilies in my apartment always remind me of my grandmother, while hydrangeas remind me of my mother.
Buying / Receiving flowers are spectacular for any occasion. If you are arriving for dinner, furnishing your host with flowers will never disappoint. Learn their likes and dislikes over time and take note of flowers you have seen in their apartment so you may arrive with them on your next visit. Understand their origins, if they are Dutch, bring tulips when they are in season, if they are English bring them roses.
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Remember rose color rules, don’t bring red roses for your mother. Red roses are for your loved one and there is no greater gift than a spontaneous offering. Red roses on a rainy Tuesday are the perfect gift to send or receive.
Ode à la Rose, provide great flowers in New York. The personal touches they offer are outstanding. Delivery by bike, rose petals in the top of the box and one rose exposed making you order of 12, 13 or your order of 24, 25.
Give flowers a chance!
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Things to do and see while visiting Nantucket.
Moving to America in 2010 presented a plethora of places to visit. I had longed to visit Nantucket to experience what many describe as the nicest place to visit on the east coast. I was invited by a summer resident and hopped on the ferry from Hyannis . Just an hour on the high speed gets you there and back for $50. Be prepared in the summer and make a reservation, arriving at the ferry on the day won’t guarantee a spot during peak times!
Nantucket is a delight from a travel perspective. The towns and homes are full of charm and to stroll around is both peaceful and beautiful. The items for sale tend to be tourist related or some highly priced interior design pieces. Not a great place to shop for clothes, however a wonderful afternoon wandering around the cobbled streets. The property prices are fabulously expensive. The real estate is idyllic and an absolute retreat from the hectic life of New York City.
Where to stay
Check out the Wauwinet hotel as it is like stepping back in time. At least $500 a night is a little restrictive! That said a gin and Tonic in the bar or a light lunch is a definite option.
Where to Lunch
The summer side Beachside Bistro is a lovely spot. A nice lunch looking over the ocean with great service.
The island is not huge and a great way to see it is on a bicycle. Many tourists do this and the traffic is very calm and it’s easy to navigate. No traffic signals, helpful divers, bike lanes and a trusted stop sign system means you will be all set.
READ MORE: What to Wear for an Evening in The Hamptons.
Whilst shopping in Madrid this year I stepped in a store named Mango one afternoon. One of the things I really like about shopping/dressing is the ability to mix expensive designers with other brands that don’t eat your entire pay check. When this is done well you create delightful fashion for men or women. Fusing different brands that complement each other are as effective as being head to toe in extreme high end clothing.
Mango has great style and I picked up Chinos and a casual tee-shirt for $100. The model above provides and impeccable look for business and casual with a blazer and simple white square. The fusion with a turtle neck or a white shirt with a hoody is genius fashion.
$129.99 for the blazer at full price is a must buy for the fall. Mango provide a range of options online and in store. I will be visiting their store regularly when next in Europe.
The summer is now in full swing and for most New Yorkers that means either the Hamptons or Fire Island for multiple weekends. The big question is what to wear in the evening?
My life is dominated by blazers of all colors and styles. There are few occasion that I feel a blazer doesn’t work!
The key question is how bold can you be with color and style? The examples above are about as bold as it can get for me (slightly conservative English boy), that said with the correct additions it works perfectly.
The first, light grey and blue create the perfect combination. The look is conservative and creates an elegant hot look.
The Second, the blend of the tee-shirt and blazer makes it perfectly casual.
The final, BOLD and the perfect Brooklyn Boy style!
For all, White pants are never a mistake, just the challenge of keeping them clean. Pocket squares are the secret of any well-dressed gent.
For the extra trendy you can combine any of these with shorts. That said proceed with caution as this can kill the entire look for some people. If you are looking for something a little safer then stick to a white or light blue pant.
For cool summer blazers check out Gant. Gant is not the cheapest option, however the style and quality are great. The sales tend to see them discounted to half price (currently active).
The summer is now in full swing and for most New Yorkers that means either the Hamptons or Fire Island for multiple weekends. The big question is what to wear?
Vilebrequin shorts are timeless classics. The shorts are amazing and come in many different styles. I have been buying from Vllebrequin for many years and the quality and design is exceptional. They are a must buy for any trip to the beach. The style will last for years and the quality allows you to enjoy them for many summer seasons. Added bonus, they come in father and son (as shown below) and they are adorable, but not cheap.
Quality never is!
A price tag ranging from $300-$400 will get you a great pair, but just remember you are making an investment for many summers to come!
Build up your collection over a numbers of year and you will have your private Vilebrequin closet collection.
Hamptons Weekend Tip:
Check out an early class at Soul Cycle to get you day off to a good healthy start.
Follow your spin with Coffee at Sag Town Cafe.