Versace. Valentino. Salvatore Ferragamo. The world of luxe is filled with bold names and, sometimes, even bolder prices. So how do you know if an item is truly worth the investment? Assistant Buyer (and expert in all things luxury) Michael B. explains his top three picks. And why they’re worth every penny.


Navy Suit: Unlike less expensive options, luxury suiting is tailored to perfection and constructed in quality wool – which means it should last for up to ten years of sporadic wear. To keep things current, Michael recommends go-with-everything navy paired with a light blue dress shirt for a tonal look.

Bit Loafers: If you’re investing in a shoe, it’s best to invest in a versatile one. And no other shoe is more easily dressed up or down than the loafer. Pick a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Gancio Bit versions to convey instant status, then condition the leather and have a cobbler resole to exude it forever.

100% Silk Tie: Stiff synthetic fabrics are prone to wrinkles. But this fine weave? It will always hang straight and hold a dimple under the knot. Try jazzing up your look with a classic stripe or polka dot. The pattern adds more interest than a solid without venturing into full-on print territory.

Knock these classics off your to-buy list. Shop The One-Stop Luxe Shop: Versace & More for Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

Decided to buy a single pair of Hanes instead of splurging on a pack of three? That girl standing in the checkout line behind you isn’t the only one who noticed.

Men's Underwear

According to Esquire, economists have linked fluctuations in underwear sales to fluctuations in the economy. The theory, dubbed “The Underwear Index,” operates under the assumption that men don’t just want underwear, they need underwear. So when they buy less, it’s for a reason: the state of the economy. In times of financial downturn, men are more likely to stretch the time between buying new pairs, causing underwear sales to drop.

Which brings us back to that three-pack. In the years leading up to and including the recession, there was a 2% decrease in men buying multi-packs of underwear, and a 3% increase in guys like you who grab a single pair.

But don’t let all this influence your buying patterns going forward. You wouldn’t want to skew all that underwear data, would you?

Learn more on Esquire

By Joanna Berliner, Senior Editor

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September 15, 2014

Chances are you follow the so-called rule that blue socks are for jeans, tan socks are for khakis, and charcoal and black are reserved for your dark suits. Our advice? Live a little. Working in a stripe or a bit of argyle can easily bring a small but healthy dose of fun to your look. Here’s how to work bold socks into your wardrobe this fall.



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September 11, 2014

Men, it’s okay to admit it. You look at street style shots from Fashion Week, too. You see the same faces over and over again. But who are these guys? They confidently walk the streets wearing floppy hats, denim-on-denim, and camo-everything, but there’s more to them than that. They’re designers, editors, fashion directors – the list goes on. And lucky for us, GQ has made it easy to identify them all.


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How, you ask? With street style trading cards. On one side, a name, illustration, and city of residence. On the other, the breakdown: what the man does, who he works for, what his uniform is, and what his trademark moves are.

Of course, “the most photographed man in menswear,” consultant and designer Nick Wooster, was featured. GQ described his uniform as “[a]n eclectic mash-up of traditional menswear, envelope-pushing items from Paris and Japan, and generally every big get grail piece you wish you owned.” A worthy style inspiration, no?

L’Uomo Vogue‘s fashion editor-at-large, Robert Rabensteiner, also made the cut. His trademark moves? He “[s]inglehandedly made floppy hats and wizard coats badass. Owns over 1,000 scarves, rarely spotted without one.” But don’t go thinking the drawing does him any justice. That salt-and-pepper beard looks way cooler in photos. 

Maybe you wouldn’t necessarily dress like these guys tomorrow, next year, or ever, but they’re prime examples of what personal style is all about. So head over to GQ and take note.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 9, 2014

With its bold prints and bright colors, Robert Graham has that anything-but-boring rep locked down. But that doesn’t mean the brand can’t handily take on the classics. You know, like your go-to navy sport coat and crisp white button-front. Even though these pieces may seem deceptively simple, they always bear a bit of that Robert Graham punch of personality. Here’s how to find it.


Sport Coat
The navy version above is business on the outside, but look further. It’s party on the inside with floral-print lining.

What appears from afar to be your average white shirt will surprise you. Find contrast under the collar, on the cuffs, and along the gig line.

Shop these classics – plus the brand’s unabashedly bold prints – in our Robert Graham Men Boutique, which opened Friday, September 5, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 5, 2014

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is known for being predominantly geared toward the sartorial-obsessed females of the world. Typically, if you want to view designer menswear, a flight to London, Paris, or Milan is required. But according to the New York Times, an industry-wide push for a full-fledged Men’s Fashion Week is gaining momentum, and it started yesterday with NYFW Men’s Day.

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September 4, 2014

Nothing brings instant polish like a blazer, which is quite possibly your most versatile layer. Toss it on over straight-leg chinos and a button-front shirt for work, or on top of dark jeans and a graphic tee for date night. It’s a total game changer. But it also needs to fit like a glove – too big or too tight can throw off the whole look. Quit second-guessing with these tips to get your proportions on point.


The Size: Know your measurements. Wrap a soft measuring tape just below your arms around the fullest part of your chest. Use that number as your starting point for size. When you try on a blazer, the shoulder seam should rest on the points of your shoulders and you should be able to move your arms freely.

The Jacket Length: Choosing the right length helps ensure the blazer drapes correctly on your frame. Use your height as a guide. Are you 5’7” or under? Opt for a short jacket length. If you’re in the 5’8” to 6’ range, go with regular. Men between 6’ and 6’3” should try long. Anyone over 6’3”? Extra long.

The Sleeve Length: Put on the blazer and stand up straight. Does the sleeve hit right at the wrist bone? That means it’s just right. If it rests on the back of your hand or touches your palm, it’s too long and calls for a visit to the tailor. When the length is set, only 1/4” – 3/4” of shirt cuff should peek through.

The Vent: This cut in the blazer is designed to make sitting a bit more comfortable. A single center vent (versus no vent or a double vent) is probably the most versatile and is least likely to wrinkle. If the vent pulls apart when you walk, the blazer is too small or narrow.

Round out your blazer collection. Shop The Essential: Fall Blazer for Men Boutique, which opened Saturday, August 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 30, 2014

Normally when it comes to red carpet fashion, all eyes are on the leading (and supporting!) ladies. Post–awards show, the Internet is abuzz with “What was she thinking?” and “Oh my, she really nailed it.” But now it’s time to pay the men of the Emmy Awards the respect they so deserve. In old-school formal outfits, a whole lot of blue, and some fresh takes on traditional tuxes, these guys dressed to impress. But who came out on top?

Emmys Best-Dressed Men

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GQ cast its vote in a recent articleSeth Meyers in navy Valentino (pictured above) hit it out of the park – not only with his dapper tux and bow tie, but with his monologues too. Bryan Cranston in Ralph Lauren Black Label proved that when you channel Clark Gable, you win a boatload of Emmys.

And then there was Ryan Sweeting in a striking blue tuxedo jacket. “We really expected the night’s A-list TV actors to make bolder moves on the red carpet,” said Matt Sebra of GQ. “Not the tennis pro husband of that blond girl from the Big Bang Theory. But the actors didn’t, Sweeting did, and that’s why he makes the list.” (Hey Ryan, can I borrow your jacket? I promise I’ll give it back.)

See other Emmy standouts at GQ.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 27, 2014

Sneakerhead (noun): a person who collects, trades, or admires sneakers as a form of hobby. Not quite a sneakerhead but still appreciate a good-looking shoe? Enter the Air Jordan Spizike. The world was first introduced to the sneaker, designed to commemorate the friendship between Michael Jordan and Spike Lee, in 2006. Over the years, the Spizike has seen its fair share of design changes and colorway introductions. And now, thanks to NikeiD, sneakerheads and regular folk alike can customize their Jordan Spizike iD sneakers from top to bottom, creating a look that’s entirely their own.


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According to the Nike Launch Calendar, the newest Jordan Spizike is available in a variety of exclusive materials and colors, including denim. Choose from regular denim or an 80s-inspired black or midnight-navy acid wash, add a glow-in-the-dark outsole, and top off the look with bold laces if you so desire. And at $210 a pop, it’s a small price to pay for a piece of sneaker history.

For the ideal laid-back look, pair your custom Spizikes with a solid tee, cashmere cardigan, and narrow-leg denim (need a new set? Check out our Denim Fit Guide).


By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 20, 2014

Thanks to beach season, your gym game has been on point for months, which puts you in the sweet spot for fitting into that best-man suit next month, right? Wrong. That strong build, so well-suited for the sand, doesn’t always warm up well to narrow-leg suit pants and a closely tailored jacket. Luckily, J.Crew has released a new athletically minded suit fit just for you.

Meet the Crosby cut.


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Now, just what makes the Crosby cut so apt at accommodating bis, tris, and calves, you ask? J.Crew’s menswear director Frank Muytjens elaborates below.

It’s all about the proportions…we didn’t want to create a suit that was just a bigger version of the Ludlow. We focused on the upper torso, biceps and shoulders the most. We opened up the armhole, made the shoulder a little wider and worked on opening up the body as well. We also widened the lapel a hair, just to make sure everything was proportional. For the pants, we opened it up in the waist and thigh area, but still made sure the leg opening was slim.

Thankfully, showing up to that wedding in a too-small or too-big suit shouldn’t be an issue anymore. But don’t go trading in every suit in your wardrobe yet. Just know this: The tailor is your friend. Find a good one, then ask for help figuring out the right cut for your body type. They’ll alter your current suits, so you can feel free to start P90x.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 18, 2014