Are Male Hair Buns Acceptable in Corporate America?

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I truly believe that during your personal time you should display your absolute true colors, however extreme.  Therefore, don’t get me wrong, you should fully explore your personal style and I am fully supportive of the arrival of the male bun!

That said, what you do, wear or portray in the office is an entirely different point.  There are times when you are building your career were it is important know your audience and tame your appearance.

Corporate America is still a conservative boys club and you must choose your attire carefully, thus I don’t personally feel a bun will portray the correct image.  If you are working in the music industry or some modern advertising agency you may get a pass but law firms, public accounting, hedge funds and banks will not see this in a positive light.

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David Beckham fails to disappoint in any sense and is a true trend setter.  If you are an international footballer (with the benefit of being tremendously handsome) then you can of course carry off such a look.  In conclusion, sporting this looking in a casual setting is perfectly acceptable and David gives you the perfect example.

Moving to the more formal look then I think it should be avoided.  During your career you need to be taken seriously and there are some that will look badly on such a sense of style.

Bottom line, choose your time to sport this look and be careful.

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Fashion Oriented Eyewear at a Reasonable Price

warby parker

Created out of a business school initiative in 2010, Warby Parker filled a gap in the eye wear market perfectly. If you are looking for up to the minute fashion glasses or sunglasses you really have the perfect one stop shop with Warby.

Living in New York, you have access to several trendy Warby boutiques that allow you to browse many option with friendly staff providing good tips on the style suited for your face. That said, their principal business model is an online business. The website allows you to upload your picture and see the various options virtually. A simple upload of your certified prescription and you are all set.

Both glasses and sunglasses range for $95 – $150 including lenses and delivery. Ordering online or in the store will have a small package arriving at your address of choice within 5 working days.

Added bonus, you receive a note in your package informing you that for every pair of glasses sold a pair is also sent to a person in need of glasses

I have personal being wearing glasses for the last ten years. The costs of glasses can be astronomical and given my personal ability to lose everything I have been looking for a stylish, yet cheaper version.

I have been using Warby parker for the last couple of seasons and they offer, quality, charity, fashion and efficiency; where can you go wrong.

Check them out on line or in store if you are located in the following cities:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • A, California
  • Dallas, Texas
  • NY, New York

There are also collections stocked with larger department stores in other locations.

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The absolute elegance and timeless beauty of S.T.Dupont – Paris

dupont lighters

I am not a heavy smoker, however I do enjoy a cigar with friends over whiskey from time to time. Following a recent European trip I simply fell in love with a vintage DuPont lighter I was handed whilst asking for a light outside of a club (common practice in Europe).

Having sourced three models since my trip, it is clear that their products are outstanding. The S.T.Dupont lighter is excellence without equal, with its famous “cling” when opened instantly recognized by those in the know.

There are two key styles in production. The four below show the historic design of the famous lighter. The gold and silver options are my personal favorite. Even though we are looking at a brand spanning over a century they are diversifying to produce products for all tastes.

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The models vary in price and the gold and silver models naturally can carry a heavy price tag. Many of my articles refer to building a collection over a life time and that is never more relevant than here.

I am certainly not suggesting you become an every day smoker, however to recieve a Dupont is an exceptional gift and something that any gentleman would appreciate for many years and potentially a life time.

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Where to Shop in Spain: Scalper’s Men and Childrenswear

scalpers menswear madrid

Scalpers opened its flagship store in Madrid in 2010. The brand started in Seville a number of year earlier making bespoke shirts and ties and has expanded to several locations across Spain. As I always find with Spanish Fashion, they create a good quality product at a good price. The style is typically Spanish and provides a unique look in both the U.K. and the U.S.

We have seen several Spanish brands expand to other areas of Europe and the U.S. however Scalpers remains exclusively in Spain. Since returning with several purchases I have been stopped in the streets of New York several times. They offer a great collection for the casual look. There formal range is limited and I do believe you have other Spanish brands that can offer a better product for the cost on the formal side. Casual fall is currently on offer and you really can’t go wrong for the costs. Added bonus you will possibly be uniquely dressed outside Spain.

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Weekend in the Hamptons: What to Wear in the Evening

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?

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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).

How to Wear a Blazer in the Summer

blazers during summer

Being a European, it is difficult to imagine life without a blazer. But if you are attending a formal event or shopping in Soho, you may ask yourself how you can you manage the summer heat whilst still looking stylish in a blazer?

The Blazer should feature in anybody’s wardrobe and can be worn at any time of the year. Here are some tips on how to keep cool in the summer:

Linen

If Linen is well kept (beware of it looking weathered and like you have had it in your pocket for a few weeks) it can provide the perfect casual or smart jacket for the summer. If you are going for a formal look, head for the dark colors, and if going for a casual afternoon, go for the lighter option.

There are many colors available for any occasion. For added style, a casual silk pocket square will add that final touch. Remember, you don’t need to follow the rules of pocket squares (per my earlier article) just pop it in and the casual look will be perfect!

Tee-shirt

Most people are closer to blazers with shirts (myself included). During the summer don’t hesitate to try plain colored tee-shirts under a blazer! It is a cool (meaning keeping cool and also a cool (trendy) way to rock your blazer in the summer).

Caution, avoid colored tee-shirts the look is too casual for a blazer.

blazers during summer

As always Massimo never disappoints. Elegant and stylish whilst keeping tn cool for the summer. If a meeting with your CEO or your bank manager how can you go wrong?

 

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Men’s Shopping Guide: Summer in Madrid

I have been making semi-annual trips to Madrid for about the last decade. Apart from excellent friends, great food, and culture I find the fashion and shopping exceptional. As an English Man in New York I often try to find European designers that can’t be found in the U.S. Madrid has an array of small boutique stores offering marvelous things for any European or American. The prices are reasonable and the fashion is very different from anything you can source in New York.

A couple of my personal favorites:

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Bow-Tie

Bow Tie is a Spanish store based on old English Fashion. They hand make shoes of many varieties. I personally like the slippers that come in many designs for men and women. Over the years I have collected several pairs and I wear them with everything from formal suits to shorts. I always receive compliments, and it is a sure stop of point for any trip to Madrid. Prices range from €100-€300 a pair.

The quality and the style cannot really be matched. There are brands in the U.S. doing similar options, however they are much more expensive.

Bow-Tie only has stores in Spain and having items shipped is complex. For the more conservative they do excellent formal shoes for the lounge suit or for something more casual on a day-to-day basis.

 

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Loewe

Loewe can only be described as the very best of brands. Whilst in Madrid I made my first purchases at Loewe. The leather is simply outstanding. I have never experienced such leather in my life.

Brief Case – I have been looking for a briefcase for the office for many years. I really wanted something that was simple and could last me a working life time. For many years I had considered going for the Hermes classical case, however at €5,000 I have never been able to make the move! Whilst Loewe is far from cheap the quality and style of the brief case is simply timeless. Outstanding workman ship and I will carry this with me for many years to come.

Loewe is not an everyday shop unless you are very wealthy, that said, the occasional piece is simply stunning.

Leather Jacket – The second piece I bought was the dark blue Leather jacket. The design is simple and I love waist length jackets. I bought a biker jacket from Ralph Lauren back label a few years ago and fell in Love with the style. The quality of the leather on the Loewe jacket is simply outstanding. The design is sleek, the color unique and I don’t think the quality can be matched by any brand.

I will return to Loewe on my trips to Madrid. I am not sure how often I will buy as the price tag is very high. I think it is worth the money for quality. The quality will allow me to keep these two items for a long time and I truly believe the leather will get better with age.

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TENKEY

Finally, I am happy to report a wonderful new addition to Madrid! TENKEY is a relatively new store in Madrid and offers a number of great options. During my last two trips I have bought quite a few items. The shirts have exceptional detail, the jumpers unique and the hoodies are excellent quality and a great style. I was stopped twice in NYC to ask the brand! This is often the case when wearing Spanish Brands, Unique in New York.

This is a must to add to your Madrid list!

They don’t appear to have a website at the moment. An in person visit is therefore required until they expand to an online option, but is definitely worth the trip.

Fondest Regards,

Michael