Every well dressed man knows that is isn’t important to be dressed to the nines for every occasion. My grandfather always told me that it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, however I believe that a smart man knows the difference, and can tailor his ensemble accordingly. Smart casual is a category of dress that has only really come about with the advent of entrepreneurs and outsourcing. Some meetings don’t require full corporate attire, thus it is important to know the difference. This informational guide, courtesy of PrimerMagazine.com illustrates the difference, and will assure you are appropriately attired whether you are meeting with a board of directors, or a freelance designer.
In recent years the dress loafer has become a very popular trend amongst the stylish as it can be worn with either jeans or trousers. Typically these slippers come with elegant embellishments such as tassles, embroidery, or my particular favorite, my monogrammed initial. As you can see, I own several pairs, each with their own distinct look.
I tend to wear my dress loafers on almost all occasions. They are useless in the rain or cold weather, however for the summer they are just perfect. The Example below are from my favorite store in Madrid (Bow Tie) and I simply cant wear them enough with the rain stays away!
Finally my corporate staple! Gucci loafers never disappoint and go perfectly with any formal suit. If you are seeing to a day in the office they add a delightful flair to a corporate boy or can be perfect for a sharp weekend look!
When it comes to a fine suit, it never hurts to be as informed as possible. Knowing what type of fabric you prefer will help not only in regards to having a custom jacket or slacks created or tailored, but will also assist you in discussing fashion and personal style. Living in New York you have many seasons to deal with and choosing the correct fabric can be essential in the summer heat or the winter cold.
Everyone is aware of the more popular patterns such as pinstripes and tartan, but it is also helpful to be aware of lesser-known patterned fabrics such as glen check and barleycorn. Below is a style guide to the 6 more popular patterns of suiting fabric and information on where and when to wear it.
From being a very young boy I have always been told a gentleman should have the following:
- Well shined shoes
- Well groomed hair
A polishing kit is an absolute must for any gentleman. This luxury shoe shine kit by Horchow comes with all the essentials a man may need to keep his shoes polished and shiny, and will help you put your best foot forward whilst traveling, in a manner of speaking.
One of the amenities I love about New York is the affordability and access to shoe shiners all over the city, unique in my experience to America and rarely found in Europe.
Although I love nothing more than to sit and peruse the Wall Street Journal whilst having a professional tend to my oxfords, it isn’t always timely or feasible. A travel shoe shine kit can be a luxury for a jet-setting corporate man, and a life-saver for last minute touch ups.
Key tip: one of the widely available services in hotels (tremendously underused) is the shoe shine services which is always overlooked. Next time you are travelling you must ensure you arrive for every event looking fresh and remember, that in any decent hotel it is complimentary!
The unfortunate aspect of winter is that it often brings with it inclement weather. If you are a man of discerning tastes, chances are you don’t want to ruin your fine leather or suede shoes by exposing them to the elements, so it is important to find a stylish alternative that does not detract from your overall style.
Weather boots come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but if you know where to look, you can find a proper boot that may actually add to your ensemble, and perhaps even mimic a traditional riding boot.
It isn’t often that a man has the opportunity to adorn himself with a pair of tall boots, so I say take advantage of the unseasonable weather and use it as an excuse to try something new.
If you are feeling very flush then check out the Hermes male riding boots. Insanely expensive, however quite beautiful.
As a Northern European, colored pants are often reserved for the winter due to our bloody awful weather. One of many elements I am grateful for living in New York is the fact that we receive delightfully sunny days even during the colder months. Therefore, living in America, colored pants are just as well suited for winter and well as spring and summer.
The key to wearing colored pants is paying attention to the remaining elements of your outfit. Color is always important in fashion, however you must not crowd it. If you are taking the leap and wearing yellow pants (for example) then the rest of your outfit must be understated. Blue and white are always a good choice and will not crowd your pants. Take the plunge and wear colored trousers at any opportunity over the winter when the sun is shining and the skies are clear.
Any gentleman must have a shaving brush and razor in his collection. I find it a most perfect gift for those with a taste for luxury and something you can use and treasure (potentially) for a life time.
If the act of shaving is as personally important to you as getting a clean shave, then it stands to reason that you should take care to invest in your grooming implements. A handmade shaving stand is an excellent way to care for your straight razors and badger brush, while also adding aesthetic value to your washroom. Many of the options can be design objects in and of themselves. I personally do not need to use a cut throat razor as I find it hard to grow a beard!
Shaving stands vary in price remarkably and the key is that you don’t need to spend the national debt! You can find very attractive shaving stands online for a reasonable price, such as the handcrafted wooden options featured in this post.
Implements like this can take the act of shaving from a daily nuisance to a cherished ritual, and are worth the minor investment.
If you already own one, remember that it makes the perfect gift for the special gentleman in your life!