Is Denver the New Menswear Hub?

Who knew Denver, CO, was a hot spot for menswear? According to CNN, New York City’s been one-upped. 

Denver: A Men's Style Hot Spot

Image via CNN.com

With its desirable work-life balance and preexisting sew-and-cut industry, it’s only natural that brands like Topo Designs and Winter Session are thriving in the Mile High City. And as the American-made trend continues, I wouldn’t be surprised if more brands and shops like these head west. Who knows – maybe the guys of Denver will be the ones setting the global trends in menswear soon. 

Read the full article on CNN.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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February 21, 2014

8 Iconic Men’s Brands to Build Your Wardrobe With

Classic. Edgy. Off-the-charts luxe. These eight go-to men’s brands each have a distinct identity, but their common trait? They’re icons – and they all belong in your closet. Here’s why.

Our Men's Editors' Picks

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February 21, 2014

The Men’s Americana Trend: What It Is & How to Pull It Off

The men’s Americana trend is definitely having a moment. You’ve seen this laid-back, rugged style on musicians and at your local speakeasy, but do you have any idea where it came from or what to call it? From today on, consider yourself officially in the know. Below, our Men’s Editor, Cassandra H., defines the trend.

The Americana Look for Men

To pull off this style, there’s no need to look too put together. Start with well-worn jeans, toss on a Henley or button-front with a vest, and top it all off with a blazer. Make brown leather boots the finishing touch. If they’re scuffed, they’ll look all the better for it.

Need some inspiration? Just check out any picture of Mumford & Sons – no one does Americana better.

Our Trend Revival: Men’s Americana Boutique is now open.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 9, 2014

How a Shirt Should Fit: An Expert Shares His Tips

Face it. Loose and bunching shirts have no place in a man’s wardrobe. But how do I get that right fit, you ask? We consulted Boston Magazine‘s 2013 Best of Boston winner, Jerry of Jerry’s Custom Tailoring and Alterations, to find out.

How a Men's Shirt Should Fit

  1. “Your cuff should hit right below the wristbone. If you’re wearing a jacket, expose 1/4 – 1/2 inch of cuff.”
  2. “When buttoned, the collar should sit only a fingerbreadth away from your neck.”
  3. “Line up the shoulder seam directly with the bone at the edge of your shoulder.”
  4. “Make sure the shirt is cut close to the chest, but not so tight it binds or pulls.”

 
Our Step Away from Baggy Shirts: Find One That Fits Boutique opens Saturday, February 8, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 8, 2014

Has Fashion Week Brought Back the Popped Collar?

It looks like the ultra preppy aren’t the only ones rocking the popped collar these days. Thanks to street-style photos by Nam of STREETFSN, we’ve been seeing the trend at both Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

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Photo via hypebeast.com

Although a popped collar brings the cotton polo shirt to mind, that isn’t what’s happening here. Instead, street-style photos show the collar of a button-front shirt strategically poking out from under a turtleneck sweater or a crewneck sweatshirt with a tied handkerchief.

Is it a clever way of beating the winter chill? Or is it just a passing trend that looks uncomfortably snug around the neckline? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Read more about Fashion Week’s popped-collar trend here.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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February 7, 2014

Southern Comfort: Getting to Know Designer Billy Reid

“Moonshine in a hand-blown crystal tumbler.” That’s what UrbanDaddy calls Alabama-born designer Billy Reid. And we can see why. His namesake brand – seeded in the South in 1998 – toes the line between backwoods and polish. Old-school details. Quality fabrics. All readily wearable, but never expected.

And there’s even more to it than that. Here’s what you need to know.

All About Designer Billy Reid

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February 6, 2014

The Guy’s Guide to Layering for Every Temperature

Yes guys, we know. Layering can be intimidating. But with four essential pieces and this cheat sheet in your spring arsenal? You’ll know exactly what to put on (and take off) as the mercury dips and rises.

Men's Layering Guide

 

Ready to stock your wardrobe with layering staples? Our Spring Layering: The 4 Pieces Men Need Boutique opens Sunday, February 2, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 2, 2014

Dad Pants: Spike Jonze Brings Back the High Waist

Spike Jonze’s latest film, Her, has been met with critical acclaim for direction, screenplay, and acting. But the hottest topic of discussion? Joaquin Phoenix’s staple high-waisted pants.

Joaquin Phoenix's High-Waisted Jeans

Image via The Hollywood News

Despite the movie’s setting in the not-so-distant future, this wardrobe choice is decidedly old-fashioned. Is it an act of rebellion against the skinny, low-rise pants that men are sporting these days? A step away from the hipster norm? Whatever it is, the style appears to be here to stay, at least for a while – a collection from Opening Ceremony was launched in conjunction with the film.

But not too long, I hope. I was just taking a liking to skinny jeans…

Read more on Esquire.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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January 29, 2014

Our Men’s Fashion Editor Talks London & Milan

By Cassandra Handley, Rue La La Men’s Editor

 
London, Milan, and Paris have concluded their Fall/Winter 2014 menswear shows – and there are a few things I am excited about. And a few I’m not so sure about, too. Here’s a look at both.

The Menswear Report 2014
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January 25, 2014

How to Wear It: The Cardigan and Skinny-Tie Combo

Mr. Rogers rocked the button-front, tie, and cardigan back in the day, but this time around? It actually looks effortlessly cool and just a little unexpected. The cardigans are less bulky. The ties are skinnier. It’s the pairing to go for when you’re feeling like you want to give your blazer a rest. And because this may be uncharted territory, we’ve anticipated your questions and answered them all below.

How to Wear a Cardigan with a Skinny Tie

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January 24, 2014