The bow tie has often been associated with men who demonstrate a serious lack of fashion sense, but as with any fashion accessory, it really comes down to how you wear it. Seeing James Bond sporting a tux with a bow tie is much different than catching sight of your college professor’s 20-year-old bow tie that he wore when he was in college.
Bow ties are making a comeback. But before you hop on this fashion-trend train, you’ll need to know how to properly wear a bow tie. Here are our three rules for wearing bow ties the right way:
The bow tie must be tied by you.
Skip pre-tied bow ties or clip-on bow ties. You might as well put yourself in fashion purgatory if you opt for either. And if you don’t know how to tie a bow tie, WikiHow can teach you how in nine steps. If you’d rather watch a video, this one is great.
Let your bow tie show some of your personality.
While you might opt for traditional black when attending a formal function, you need to embrace color and pattern if you’re trying to incorporate bow ties into everyday wear.
The bow tie must be something you’re comfortable wearing.
Not everyone is comfortable wearing a bow tie, and if you find yourself feeling self-conscious or habitually playing with the tie rather than just allowing it to make a fashion statement, try an alternative fashion trend, such as a tie with a floral pattern or a vest with a pocket square.
Image source: Cordey Lash in his DJones suit via Twitter
Boston Legal may no longer be on TV, but no man since Regis Philbin, sporting his harmonizing shirt and tie colors, has done more to influence men’s fashion than Denny Crane. Dust off your DVD collection and take another look at what Denny Crane (played by William Shatner) does right.
Denny Crane Rule #1: Be Someone People Want to Emulate
“You know the old joke, Alan? Man shows up at the pearly gates, sees this guy in a pinstripe suit and a briefcase, a cigar, prancing about. He says to Saint Peter, ‘Who’s that guy?’ Saint Peter says, ‘Ah, that’s just God. Thinks he’s Denny Crane.’” [Season 3, “Fine Young Cannibal”]
To be someone people emulate, you don’t need to imitate Denny Crane, but you do need to be comfortable in your own skin. The confidence you exude by investing in the clothes that complement your body and your personality are what keep you at the top of your game.
Denny Crane Rule #2: Don’t Be Afraid of Color
While Denny Crane’s wardrobe consisted of hand-made ties and custom-made shirts, what really brought his style to life each episode was the color-coordinated tie, shirt and pocket square. It was the detail and care with which each suit was put together. True: The colors – orange, green, yellow, pink – were unusual and groundbreaking in many ways. At the same time, they were true to his personality.
Denny Crane Rule #3: Be Yourself
“I’m Denny Crane.”
Do the clothes make the man, or does the man make the clothes? We think the two should complement each other, but it has to start with you knowing yourself and learning about your style. Trends are great, but what’s really important is wearing what makes you feel like the best possible version of yourself.
Whose style inspires you?
Denny in orange: http://spoilertv.co.uk/images/archived-old-shows/boston-legal/season-3/cast-promotional-photos/s3-set-2-cast-denny-crane-1.jpg.php
Denny in green: http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/space-man/story-fn6ck8la-1226012416672
We publish a fashion blog, and our business is about dressing men well. But there’s more that goes into looking great than merely wearing what is fashionable. It’s not just your clothes that matter. In fact, what you wear may not matter at all if you have a large hunk of spinach between your two front teeth. So we’re dedicating today’s space to all of those essential non-clothing style essentials you should consider.
Clean Teeth and Fresh Breath
Business luncheons, office meetings with baked treats, and dinners with clients: These are moments that make maintaining a fresh mouth challenging. But you should start each day with brushed, flossed teeth. During the day you can use breath mints or Listerine strips to keep your breath fresh, and double-check your teeth after every meal and snack.
A good rule of thumb for keeping your hairstyle looking sharp is to visit the barber or salon every six weeks. If you keep a very short hair style, be sure to take care of any straggling hairs on the back of your neck. As well, your facial hair should always be groomed. And don’t forget to occasionally attack the nose hair as well.
When you’re all polished, looking fabulous in your fitted suit, courageously sporting your Denny-Crane-inspired color and feeling your best, the last think you want to do is have dirty, unclipped fingernails spoil the look. It is okay for men to get manicures, but if you’re taking care of it at home, just keep them clean and no longer that your fingers.
What other details do you worry about beyond the clothing?
Do you sometimes feel as though you have lost your ability to express your personality through your fashion? Whether or not you believe in making resolutions, there is something wonderful and refreshing about the start of a new year. As we sweep out the last of the pine needles and close the lid on the box of holiday decorations, there is a moment of pure cleansing that happens to most of us. This is the perfect time of year to redefine and reinvent yourself, to refine your style and image.
We don’t believe that how you look is more important than the person you are on the inside; however, we do believe that who you are on the inside can be reflected in your fashion style. From quirky, over-the-top gregariousness to conservative refinement, your dress can help you establish and define your persona.
When we live in a time when pajamas are acceptable public wear and shorts are worn all year round (whether or not you live near a beach), using style as a way to set yourself apart from the crowd can make a difference. Like it or not, impressions – especially those heavily-weighted first impressions – can have an impact.
How are you trying to define yourself through style? We’ll be helping you discover better ways to express yourself through fashion in the coming weeks. Leave your comments below, and let us know where you struggle most when it comes to style. We will help you tackle your toughest fashion challenges.
What is the difference between an off-the-rack suit and a tailored suit? It’s more than just the fit; it’s the details. It’s the stitching, the perfect curve of the seam, even the way the fitted suit makes you feel. Details do matter, and we predict that men’s fashion 2014 this year will revolve less around whether or not you’re able to incorporate floral trends or camouflage and more around the details.
It’s the details that make an outfit a fashion statement; whether you add a vest and pocket square in a vibrant orange to create the flash and visibility that complement your personality or focus on the less-obvious details like grooming and wearing the right socks, how you incorporate the details of fashion determine your ultimate fashion statement.
This year, we’ll spend time exploring fashion, style, personality, and the details that help you refine what you communicate with what you wear and how you wear it. Whether you’re a successful athlete, a professional, or a young college grad just looking to make a good impression on your first job interview, the little details can make the biggest difference.
What details are important to you?
The floral trends that hit the runways in 2012 and 2013 are regaining popularity in 2014 designs. And of all the 2014 fashion trends coming our way this spring, the floral trend is the most difficult to effectively incorporate. Men can wear floral, but it has to be done right, or it simply looks gauche.
If you find it difficult to fit flowers and fashion in the same closet, here are three simple ways to incorporate floral into your wardrobe:
- Opt for floral in small doses. Use floral prints as you would cologne: A little dab will do. Consider a floral-patterned tie, scarf or pocket square.
- Choose unusual patterns. A floral shirt does not have to look like you’re headed to Hawaii for a week. Choose a pattern with unusual and intriguing floral patterns in a more subdued color.
- If not the whole suit…Men can wear suits in floral prints, but the trend won’t last forever, so it may not be worth your investment. However, a floral vest can be the perfect way to show off your flair for fashion.
Will you be adding floral prints to your wardrobe this season?
Throughout the winter months, there are days when the thermometer never gets above 20 degrees, and if you dress warm enough to handle those outdoor temperatures, you ultimately end up miserable when you step inside. Therefore, the fashionable solution during these months is to dress in layers.
How to Wear Layers for Better Winter Fashion
When you’re assembling layers, it’s okay to mix materials, textures, colors and patterns. Keep the thinnest layers closest to your skin. The first layer needs to be presentable on its own, since the idea is to be able to remove layers as the day warms. Start, then, with a button down dress shirt tucked into a pair of slacks. Add a wool vest, a sport jacket, a scarf and a trench coat.
For a more casual look, you can begin your layers with a t-shirt or a Henley in a solid color; then, add a plaid or checked fitted flannel, followed by a sport jacket. Add a scarf for a finishing touch.
Layers are practical, stylish ways to survive fluctuations in temperature without losing your cool, but layers offer a fashion-forward way to make your look stand out.
See our Pinterest page for more layering ideas.
Image source: http://1-homme.tumblr.com/post/35331366028
While we know The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be the draw of the season, we don’t recommend replicating the fashion styles or the hairy Hobbit feet you’ll find in the movie. But film has often provided inspiration for fashion, and this season is no different. Here are three movies we believe can inspire your style.
Monochrome Tough-Guy Style: Oldboy
Josh Brolin has always demonstrated a sense of style, so it is probably a surprise to no one that even though Oldboy is a dark movie, in which Brolin spends much of his time shirtless and imprisoned, when he does clean up, he does so very well. Consider replicating the character Joe Doucett’s appearance: black suit jacket over black collared shirt with black trousers.
Classic Debonair Style: Saving Mr. Banks
Tom Hanks pulls off a classic but timeless style in a fitted suit; crisp, white shirt; tie and the all-important suspenders. If you’re trying to up your game a notch, you can’t go wrong with a classic look such as this one.
Embrace Your Retro: American Hustle
American Hustle promises to be an exceptional film, and Bradley Cooper inspires us with a retro look that’s worth emulating. Our favorite look from the film is his ensemble of brown trousers and jacket with the white shirt and scarf, although the rust-colored silk shirt he wears in the movie poster earns a close second.
Josh Brolin: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/poptheology/2013/12/old-boy/
Tom Hanks: http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/2752750/tom-hanks-as-walt-disney-in-saving-mr-banks-first-look-02/
Bradley Cooper: http://geektyrant.com/news/american-hustle-new-clip-and-tv-spot
It is that time of year, when virtually every weekend on your calendar is filled with holiday gatherings that may make demands of your wardrobe. While you’ll certainly make different style choices for an evening cocktail party with clients than you would for a friendly gathering with family, the one piece of advice that can carry you through the season’s soirées is this: It is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
For more formal holiday parties, such as fundraising events and business gatherings, a fitted, three-piece suit or tux will serve you best. And don’t be afraid of color this time of year. Add holiday flair to your fashion, by considering a velvet jacket with silk lapels, a vest in silver or a pop of color in your tie.
Cocktail Parties and Friendly Gatherings
When the event you’re attending is not black-tie but you still want to stand apart from the crowd, you can make the most of your fashion with an ensemble designed to impress. Wool trousers, a collared shirt and a blazer are the basic requirements; a scarf can add a touch of panache. But please, stay away from the cliché red and green of the season, and choose a unique and interesting color that suits your style.