Menswear Pioneer: Brooks Brothers’ Biggest Contributions

Brooks Brothers. You know the name. It’s synonymous with foolproof style, tailoring, and every kind of suiting essential. This brand has more than earned its icon status – it’s been making the world a more dapper place since 1818. Two of its most influential contributions? Read on.

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The Ready-Made Suit (1849)
Call it a result of the California Gold Rush. Fortune seekers didn’t want to wait on tailors, so Brooks Brothers seized the moment and introduced the first off-the-rack suits.

Non-Iron Shirts (1998)
The search for wrinkle-free ends here with the launch of the BrooksEase – the original 100% cotton, non-iron shirt. Just toss in the washer and dryer and go. There’s no need to dry clean.

What will the brand pioneer next? The never-wash chino? The holeproof sock? We’re all ears.

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 19, 2014

He Dresses NBA Stars – Now He Wants to Dress You

There’s a new name in the suiting game, and it’s certainly one to watch. He’s the man behind the looks of the NBA’s most elite. (Chris Bosh and LeBron James’s bespoke suits? All him.) And now? He wants to add you to his best-dressed list.

Meet Waraire Boswell, one of the names behind the new ready-to-wear line “Boswell,” available to the masses starting in April.

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Boswell and partner Jace Lipstein, founder of Grungy Gentleman, have created a 16-piece capsule collection that consists of four classic, single-hued looks, each of which includes a blazer, Henley, button-front, and chino. I have a sneaking suspicion these pieces will fly off shelves. My only question? Whether Boswell has plans to cater to men who are less, ahem, NBA-sized.

Read the full article on esquire.com.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Staff Writer

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March 17, 2014

On the Move: Bruce Pask Trades T Magazine for Bergdorf Goodman

Spring is in the air and times are a-changing. Especially for T: The New York Times Style Magazine's men’s fashion director, Bruce Pask. The always stylish and effortlessly cool Pask just accepted the title of men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman.

Bruce Pask

Image via New York Magazine: The Cut

Considering Pask has been styling menswear for Bergdorf’s for a couple of years now – notably in its spring 2012 men’s lookbook – the move isn’t that much of a shock. I have no doubt Pask, a street-style favorite, will take his new role in stride and create killer men’s content for the mega store. My real concern is, who will fill his rather large shoes at T Magazine? We’re taking bets in the office.

Read the full article on style.com.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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March 14, 2014

Style Tips: The Advice Every Man Should Live By

The moments that take you out of your routine? You know, when you dress up, get together with the guys, or treat your significant other to a nice dinner? They’re the ones that really count. So make time for them – and learn how to dress for them, while you’re at it.

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March 13, 2014

A Man’s Guide to Impressing the In-Laws

So, you got hitched. Congrats. Now that you’re settled into married life, let’s talk your new in-laws. They’ve invited you over for dinner. Brie. Chicken piccata with broccoli rabe. Maybe some rice pilaf. Chardonnay. And your number-one goal? Impress, at all costs. Here’s what to do. 

1. Dress “dressy casual.” Dark denim with a cleanly pressed button-front and blazer says I want to impress you, but I don’t want to out-dress you. They’ll appreciate that. No one wants their son-in-law to show up in a tracksuit (or a full suit).

Impress the In-Laws with Your Wardrobe

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March 11, 2014

The Luxe Items Every Man Should Own (and Why)

When it comes to upgrading your wardrobe, there’s no need for a complete overhaul. Mixed into your everyday look, a high-end accessory or two goes a long way. Here’s where to start.

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The Luxe Tie
Unlike synthetic fibers, 100% silk maintains a smooth, flexible surface. Which means? It hangs straight and holds that all-important dimple under the knot. People will notice.

The Luxe Briefcase
Besides the fact that you can say, “It’s Dolce & Gabbana,” this statement piece just ages well. The leather is thick. It’s often cut and stitched by hand. You’ll carry yours (quite possibly) forever.

The Luxe Belt
Quality leather holds up to daily wear. Invest in two belts – one brown and one black, to coordinate with your shoes – then hang them vertically and away from sunlight so as to not dry out the leather.

The Luxe Pair of Shoes
You won’t find glue or cardboard here. Designer shoes are constructed to last, which means all they need is a quick trip to the cobbler to be good as new again. Go for black oxfords – they’ll never go out of style.

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 8, 2014

The Monocle Might Be Back (and We’re Confused)

According to the New York Times, the single-lensed eyepiece has returned as a trendy accessory for 21st-century gentlemen and hipsters alike.

Monocles Are Back in 2014

It’s been spotted in editorial spreads, ad campaigns, and on the streets from Berlin to Brooklyn. What’s the reignited fascination with a fashion piece that was favored by 19th-century military men – and, well, a peanut – all about? I’m left scratching my head. Gentlemen, if you don’t want to look like you’re dressed for an extra role in a period-piece film, put the monocle down.

Read the full article on the New York Times.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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March 7, 2014

The Mane Event: Jared Leto’s Locks Stun at the Oscars

Jared Leto was a big winner last night. He took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and landed himself atop every “best hair” list. Rightfully so, too. The rocker/actor’s effortless, ombré look was the envy of every viewer – male and female alike.

As soon as he hit the red carpet, my news feed was filled with comments such as, “Printing a pic of Jared to bring to my next hair appointment. BRB.” And you know what? I totally thought the same thing.

Jared Leto's Hair

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March 3, 2014

Matthew McConaughey Is Winning on the Red Carpet

This awards season, Matthew McConaughey has been on a roll – and I’m not just talking about his countless nominations for Dallas Buyers Club. He’s received standing ovations for his red-carpet looks, too.

Matthew McConaughey's Red-Carpet Success

Image via British GQ

British GQ rounded up eleven of the actor’s impressive looks, and from the checked three-piece suit at the London premiere of Dallas Buyers Club to the smoking jacket at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, McConaughey’s wardrobe has been anything but predictable. One common thread, however, seems to be a Dolce & Gabbana label, which is only natural considering he’s the spokesman for its The One cologne

Personally, I think McConaughey will stick with Dolce & Gabbana for the Academy Awards on Sunday – but who knows? Maybe he’ll surprise everyone with another Vivienne Westwood number. Either way, my bet is on him looking good.

Read the full article at British GQ.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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February 28, 2014

All-Star Style: How to Dress Like a Baseball Pro

Whether on the field or off – and yes, even if on the injured list – these three baseball all-stars are in a league of their own. Here’s how to dress in their signature looks.

How to Dress Like a Baseball Pro

Evan Longoria
Third Baseman, Tampa Bay Rays
His look: South-Coast Cool
How to get it: Whether in a suit or distressed denim, be fearless. Kick things up a notch with bold color or a pocket square.

Matt Kemp
Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
His look: Urban Edge
How to get it: Incorporate luxe details in true big-shot fashion. Pair graphic tees with leather and sharpen up suits with bow ties.

Cole Hamels
Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies
His look: All-American Prep
How to get it: This left-handed ace sticks with the classics – khakis, polos, plaid button-fronts, and tailored sport coats.

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 27, 2014