Your Belt Questions, Answered

Belts. One is enough, right? Wrong. Belts are a great way to switch up an outfit or repurpose the same one you’ve been wearing week after week (you can’t fool us). Here are the answers to three questions about belt-ology.

The Men's Guide to Belts

1. What kind of belt should I wear with jeans? With a suit?
For jeans, throw on a leather, tweed, wool, or cotton belt – all these options look great against denim. On the other hand, a suit requires a sleek and simple belt. For navy suits, go with dark brown. For black and grey, look toward black leather.

2. How long should my belt be? 
Dress belts should have at least a few inches to the left once fastened. Too-short lengths make the belt appear too tight (you don’t want people to think you’re going to pop a button or anything). Casual belts can be worn looser since they’re not as stiff.

3. Should I choose a thin or thick belt? 
It’s all about the occasion. Never wear a thin (less than 1 inch in width) belt with jeans. That’s strictly for the ladies, and let’s keep it that way. With denim, go for a heftier buckle and thicker belt (between 1 and 1.5 inches in width). A thin(ner) option is, however, appropriate for formal and dressy events.

Still can’t decide? Own one black and one brown belt. You can’t go wrong.

Our Below the Belt: Denim, Boxers, Socks, & More Boutique opens Thursday, June 26 at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

Spotted: Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo

Pitti Uomo is upon us, and images of sharply dressed men are starting to flood our news feeds.

Not sure what that is, or why it’s such a big deal? Don’t worry, Rue is here. A biannual menswear trade show that takes place in Florence, Italy, Pitti Uomo is where retailers, editors, and buyers come together to view the upcoming collection. In this case, it’s the Fall 2014 preview. And the good news for men across the world? One prominent emerging trend – the blue suit – is achievable for everyone.

Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo 2014

Image via gq.com

Trying to impress the boss at that business meeting? Try a striped navy suit. Have an upcoming wedding and want to catch a bridesmaid’s eye? Why not give a brighter shade of blue a shot? “If you find yourself in need of a suit this summer, rest assured that if you go blue, you’ll be on par with the most stylish men in the world,” says John Jannuzzi of gq.com. “It’s official, we’re in menswear’s blue period.” (Picasso would be oh-so-very proud.)

Read more on GQ.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 25, 2014

Jerseys Off the Field – Yea or Nay?

Since the dawn of competitive sports, men have been donning clothing emblazoned with their favorite teams. Normally, these shirts (or “jerseys,” as the kids are calling them nowadays) are reserved for gatherings at the local watering hole or trips to that famous baseball stadium a few towns over.

But as the old saying goes, change is the only constant in life. So when jerseys started popping up on and off Fashion Week runways around the world, critics and fans alike started to take notice. Enter two fashion editors from Esquire.

Nike Jersey

 

Image via esquire.com

High-end brands like DKNY and rag & bone have updated jerseys by creating tighter silhouettes and pairing them with tailored denim and leather jackets. So is it appropriate to wear them as a fashion statement?

Andrew Luecke, digital style editor at esquire.com, says yes, and his colleague, Max Berlinger, vehemently disagrees. “Everything men wear is appropriated from somewhere else. A guy shouldn’t stop wearing jeans because he isn’t a miner,” Luecke explains. “But if you won’t wear a baseball jersey, what about soccer jerseys? Public School has explored them. They’re far more versatile. Plus, it’s the World Cup, Max. Embrace the world’s sport.”

What’s my take on the argument? Men of the universe, wear your jerseys proud. (Yet responsibly. Translation: no baggy shorts!)

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 24, 2014

Nick Wooster: From Instagram to Instant Fame

If you don’t know him yet, say hello to Nick Wooster, your new Instagram obsession and the man behind an all-new capsule collab with Italian brand Lardini. Wooster has been heating up Instagram feeds for some time now. With well over 200,000 followers, he claims Instagram is his 401(k). But for those of you who are just now making his acquaintance, let’s take a quick look at the guy some call “the most photographed man in menswear.”

Nick Wooster: From Instagram to Instant Fame

His Resume
It’s anything but lacking. Buyer at Barneys. Design director at Ralph Lauren. President of John Bartlett. Trend development officer at JCPenney. Plus fashion director at Neiman Marcus. Recently added to his job creds? The debut of his new capsule collection Wooster + Lardini, which drew a crowd of over 1,000. (Oh, and did we mention that the New York Times just did a whole feature on him?)

His Style
Although Wooster claims he “would never, ever call [himself] a designer,” others boldly disagree, going as far to call him “the Cher of men’s fashion.” What others wouldn’t dare to try or even think of, he manages to pull off. He takes fashion for what it truly is – experimenting and creating, just as a DJ would with mash-ups. By incorporating various elements and styles, he has made an impact on a global scale and invigorated the fashion world with his bold sense of self and outfit choices.

No wonder photographers wait around corners and bloggers plaster his face over the web.

Get your phone out and follow @nickwooster. Then, head over to the New York Times to learn more about him.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 24, 2014

5 Tips for a No-Sweat Kind of Summer

Let’s just come right out and admit it: we’ve all been there. And by there, I mean plagued by a visibly sweaty shirt once the temps start climbing. Maybe it’s the can’t-have-it-all trade-off for the season’s beautiful, sunny weather. But there are ways to avoid embarrassment and stay cool and dry. (Ways that do not include foregoing shirts altogether.) Here are five tips to help you keep sweaty incidents to a minimum.

5 Tips to Sweat-Proof Your Shirt

1. Avoid caffeine and spicy foods. As much as you may love your coffee, soda, and Sriracha, they all can trigger sweat production. Stay hydrated with lots of water and stick to less-spicy food instead.

2. Swipe on some antiperspirant. Deodorant will mask the issue, while this will help prevent it. Go for clinical strength (with a higher concentration of active ingredients) if the standard stuff isn’t enough.

3. Wear natural fabrics. Think sweat-wicking, water-absorbing, quick-drying cotton and linen – and avoid synthetics at all costs. They’ll take their sweet time drying and will up the stink factor to boot.

4. Opt for a breathable fit. Even if you’re wearing a slim-fit button-front, there should be a bit of room between shirt and skin to allow your body to regulate its temperature. Too close a fit = too hot.

5. Put on an undershirt. Sure, it may seem counterintuitive to add an extra layer, but a cotton undershirt is a sweat-absorbing barrier that can help keep your actual shirt dry. Go with a V-neck so it doesn’t show.

And if all else fails? Bring backup – a spare shirt you can change into should the season get the best of you.

Round out your summer shirt collection. Our Mix & Match: 50 Men’s Shirts & Printed Ties Boutique opens Tuesday, June 24, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 24, 2014

Not Just for Work: Tips to Style the Button-Front on Weekends

Yes, we all know the classic Brooks Brothers button-front is the first thing a man reaches for when he gets dressed for work in the morning. Because it’s a shirt that knows how to work hard. But it can play hard, too. So why not take it out for a spin come the weekend? Here are three ways to do it.

Brooks Brothers Weekend Style

1. Leave the top two buttons undone and throw on a sport coat for a date. Finish the look with dark jeans or classic chinos and loafers in leather or suede.

2. Roll the sleeves and try it with colored chinos to barhop with the guys. Give the chinos a couple of rolls if they have a narrow-leg cut and slide into boat shoes, sans socks.

3. Shrug it on (completely unbuttoned) over a tee and swim trunks at the beach. Once that ab workout you’ve been doing starts to pay off, go ahead and skip the tee.

It’s time to up your shirt game. Our Brooks Brothers Boutique opened Monday, June 23, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 23, 2014

Tommy Bahama’s Island-Inspired Look Gets an Update

Thanks to Tommy Bahama, island life has a new look. It’s younger. More playful. And more flattering, too (it’s totally okay to admit that’s something you care about). Take the brand’s signature shirts, for example, and read on to learn how they’ve changed.

Timmy Bahama

The Fit: Though still relaxed, it’s trimmer. As long as you pick up the right size, there’s no chance of looking like you’re drowning in it.

The Fabric: It’s light and airy – think linen, cotton, silk, and silk blends – which is basically code for breathable. So staying cool? No sweat.

The Prints: Fun, island-inspired, and original, they work with more than your old man’s khakis. We suggest pairing them with the brand’s now-leaner pants.

Start filling your closet with island-state-of-mind staples. Our Tommy Bahama Boutique opens Friday, June 20, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 20, 2014

How to Outfit 3 Occasions Like a Basketball Pro

Sure, the San Antonio Spurs won the basketball finals. But LeBron James, Tony Parker, and Dwyane Wade? They’re all style MVPs. Follow their lead and outfit every occasion like a baller.

Style Playoffs: Pro Basketball's Best Dressed

Heading to a Wedding?
Mimic LeBron’s suit game. Offset impeccable tailoring with a bold watch and sunglasses.

Manning the Grill? 
Cop Tony Parker’s off-duty look. Dark jeans with an untucked button-front, sleeves rolled to the elbow.

Off to Work? 
Do your best Dwyane Wade: suits for client meetings. Narrow-leg jeans and sport coats for casual Friday.

Style every occasion with inspiration from these pro ballers. Our Style Playoffs: Pro Basketball’s Best Dressed Boutique opens Tuesday, June 17, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 17, 2014

Welcome Home, Sir: Your Newest Bachelor Pad Is Waiting in NYC

When a new apartment building in Manhattan has a penthouse nicknamed “the Don Draper apartment,” it’s safe to say Mad Men is now an entire lifestyle concept. And we want in.

The Ultimate Bachelor Pad
Image via Esquire

The apartment building, currently under construction near the High Line in Chelsea, was designed by prestigious architect Zaha Hadid. The building’s futuristic design holds no resemblance to the mid-century aesthetic of Mad Men, but naming the apartment after the show’s lead character appears to be universally accepted shorthand for “stylish.” The 6,391-square-foot apartment boasts five bedrooms and a balcony. But most impressive is the extensive 2,297-square-foot deck – ideal for getting your tan on during the day and hosting cocktail parties with an impressive view at night.

Read the full article on Esquire.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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June 16, 2014

Pack Smart: 3 Essentials to Bring on Your Next Trip

We’ve all had those moments. Travel bag is open and empty on the floor. You’re standing in front of a mound of clothes with no clue what to actually pack. How about we never let that happen again? Michael B., an Assistant Buyer for European Luxury Fashion, shares his three essential picks for your next trip.

Packing Tips for Men

The Reversible Belt: Since this FENDI belt can do double-duty, it “saves you the trouble of having to pack a black and brown belt,” Michael says. (If only shoes were that easy.)

The White Dress Shirt: Dress up this Dolce & Gabbana shirt with a tie and blazer, or dress it down by skipping the tie and leaving the top three buttons undone. Want to add a little class to your beach look? Dress the shirt way down by wearing it fully unbuttoned over swim trunks.

The Tailored Suit: Wear this grey wool Versace suit as intended, or break up the pieces. “They look great as separates,” Michael explains. “You can wear the blazer with dark denim and a tee for a more casual look, or the pants and the white dress shirt above for a relaxed, tailored look.”

Your best-dressed business trips and vacations start here. Our Dressed for First Class: Luxe Suits, Bags, & More Boutique opened Monday, June 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 16, 2014