How to Wear a Blazer in the Summer

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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:

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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.

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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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Let’s Hear It For The Bag

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I recently put a spotlight on Coach’s Bleecker Day Tote and how it is a hot bag to look for this season. Today I wanted to touch base on the mens bag in general. European men have always seemed to embrace the fashionable accessory for some time now, while American men seem to think of it as too feminine. This post is going to feature the different types of mens bags that can be used on different occasions.

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The Canvas Bag:

Spring and Summer weather call for materials that won’t damage in the sun. Canvas offers durability while being lightweight. Brands like Fossil, H&M, Coach and Banana Republic have great canvas choices this season worth checking out. Try looking for canvas totes with leather handles! It gives the bag a touch of sophistication. We all know that never hurt anyone.

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The Messenger:

If you are wanting a bag that can go from season to season, it’s best to invest in a leather or coated canvas messenger. Best for the on-the-go man, the messenger can be carried by a handle or cross-body strap. Messengers have been used by men for many years and the tradition needs to live on!

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Don’t be afraid to try something new, guys. Investing in a good seasonal bag is something worth doing.

– Jamie

Stay Classic with the Wayfarer

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I firmly believe that the Ray-Ban Wayfarer is the number one most versatile brand of sunglasses of all time. I purchased a pair of Tortoise shell Wayfarers over 4 years ago and they have been the one pair that go with basically everything in my closet. They frame the face perfectly and just give a classic feel of sophistication and timeless style.

Ray-Bans have been produced since the 1950’s and hit a bit of a revival in the 2000’s. Ray Ban Wayfarers took advantage of new plastics technology early on and was one of the first eyewear companies to switch from metal frames to plastic.

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Many celebrities are also seen sporting around the classic frames around Hollywood and New York City. One of my favorite couples Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, rock them on the streets together all the time. They are reasonably priced at around $150 and are incredibly durable. My personal opinion is to get them in both black and tortoise shell to be able to rock them during all occasions.

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So do yourself a favor this season and go out to any Sunglass Hut or Macy’s store and grab yourself a piece of iconic eyewear.

– Jamie

 

White Shoes and How to Wear Them

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So many people have told me they are too afraid of wearing white shoes because of the maintenance. Wearing them out once and you come home with scuffs and dirt marks. I once shared this fear and stayed far away from all white shoes. But like most people, my opinion changed. I went out and bought my first pair of all white canvas Converses.

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Stars like David Beckham and the boys of One Direction have been seen sporting all white sneakers for some time now and I can agree they look pretty awesome doing so. White sneakers can add a touch of style you didn’t even realize was missing from your outfit. Some people really love to distress their white shoes to give them the “lived in” look, but I am a fan of crisp and clean. You can wear them with suits or with something as simple as a white shirt and dark denim. The versatility of this style must have really has no limits. One trick I’ve learned with my white shoes is to wash them! Throw them in with a load of whites and run on gentle and they will look good as new in no time.

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If you decide on white leather or something that isn’t canvas for your white shoe, make sure and give them a good polish at the end of the day. Maintenance and proper care is key, gentleman.

Jamie

 

The Dapper Man’s Guide to Weddings

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As wedding season draws near, it’s time to take a look at all the do’s and don’ts of formal attire. Weddings can be tricky, but don’t be intimidated! These tips can help you get through the just about any wedding you could be attending.

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The City Wedding

City weddings give more room for expression through accessorizing. Suits should be blue or grey or black and paired with classic white or a light blue dress shirt. As far as a dress shoe goes, go with an oxford or derby in brown if you aren’t wearing a black suit. A pocket square and tie is perfect for the occasion and you can choose a pattern or color you find compliments your suit best. Unique cufflinks are also a great way to add a little flair to your ensemble.

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The Beach Wedding

Beach weddings are definitely the more relaxed of weddings. This is your chance to break out that linen suit you’ve always wanted to wear! Shades of grey and pale blue are completely acceptable while pairing it with a solid or small patterned dress shirt. You can get away with not wearing a tie or bow tie being that this is the most casual of weddings. Depending on which direction you want to go, you can chose a nice loafer or leather dress sandal. NOTE: Make sure you get a pedicure if you are exposing your feet in any way.

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The Country Wedding

This is my favorite type of wedding being that I’m a country boy. Once again a suit in shades of blue and grey are perfect for the occasion. Depending on the groom, you may even get away with a fun color like pale yellow. Linen is fine, but I’d say stick with cotton for a more structured look. Have a little fun and grab a pair of suede dress shoes for the occasion. Country wedding gives you more room for creativity and won’t leave you feeling stiff. If you really want to make a statement, try a subtle floral print dress shirt under you suit. After all, country folk always love to be the talk of the town.

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The Black Tie Wedding

This being the most strict on dress code, it leaves no room for error. If you don’t have a tuxedo, rent one. 3 piece tuxedos are your best way to go while pairing it with a black bow tie.

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Final Tips

  • Make sure the suit is tailored to your body. Looking frumpy is not the way you want to go.
  • Always consult with the groom as to what he is wearing
  • Have fun! Weddings are meant to be a happy occasion and you don’t want to spend to much time stressing over it.

Jamie

The Amazing Andrew Garfield

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Born in LA but raised in Surrey, Andrew Garfield was thrown into the world’s spotlight after landing a supporting role in 2010’s The Social Network. All of the attention got the young actor many covers of leading men’s fashion magazines such as GQ and Details. Riding the career high, Andrew scored the largest role of his career as lead for the reboot in The Amazing Spider-Man.

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Andrew is a fitted Gucci suits dream and rocks some incredible looks on the red carpet. He is never afraid of embracing bold color when it comes to his suit choices. He has been seen in shades of maroon, red, blue and black at his most recent openings and award show appearances.

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Since 2011, Andrew has made a splash on the Hollywood scene with his high profile romance to incredibly stunning Spider-Man co-star Emma Stone. Arm in arm, they both dominate the red carpet with amazing fashion choices that always compliment each other. You can catch Andrew and Emma together in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in theaters now.

– Jamie

 

How the Dapper Man Dresses for a Job Interview

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One of my favorite things to do is help a friend get ready for something. I had a friend need my advice on his outfit for a job interview that he had the next day and I showed up with a few pairs of shoes and shirts to work some magic. It got me inspired to write some helpful tips for the man who needs some assistance getting ready for a stressful job interview.

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1. Neat Hair

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2. Shave – This depends on the type of job you are going for. Some places allow it and some don’t. If you chose to keep your facial hair, try and keep the neck clean and shaped.

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3. Always wear some type of button up. Seriously, I’m not kidding. It shows that you care and make sure it is either a solid color or a pattern that compliments the outfit.

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4. A nice fitted pair of dark wash denim or pressed dress pants. Like I said before, depending on the job and situation, dark wash denim can be totally acceptable.

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5. TUCK IN YOUR SHIRT. No excuses.

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6. Wear a tie or bow tie. It’s always a great idea.

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7. Get a manicure. Jagged and or dirty nails will always be noticed.

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8. Wear a nice belt. It’s all in the details.

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9. Keep accessories to a minimum. A nice watch is the most you’ll really need.

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10. Don’t wear too much cologne. You don’t want to knock someone out.

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11. Make sure your shoes are as clean as possible. Don’t forget those wing tips!

 

 

I hope these tips help you on your next job interview!

 

– Jamie