The Best Way to Roll Your Shirt Sleeve: In 3 Steps

The temps are rising and if you haven’t already started rolling your sleeves, you should. And I’m not talking about the dreaded flying-nun fold – an unbuttoned cuff that wings out when rolled up just once. I’m talking about a clean roll to the elbow. Here’s how to achieve it in three simple steps.

How to Roll Your Sleeves

  1. With buttons undone, flip back the cuff and get ready to roll.
  2. Fold your entire lower sleeve up so the bottom seam of the cuff rests just above the elbow.
  3. Roll the leftover fabric (from below the cuff) up and over. Tuck it all the way around for a uniform fold, leaving a quarter inch of cuff exposed for contrast.

 
And voilà, you’re ready to take on summer in laid-back – yet still polished – style.

Stock up on shirts and start practicing that roll. Our Robert Graham Boutique opens Wednesday, June 4, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 4, 2014

How to Outfit Your Summer in Venice Beach Style

It’s officially June. Which means endless summer days lie ahead. To inspire your sunny-day look? We turned to a place that knows warm weather year-round: Venice Beach, CA. Here are the three items you need to pull off that easy, laid-back vibe.

Venice Beach–Inspired Summer Dressing

On Top: Go for a lighter-than-light cotton tee (or tank for the beach) in any shade of blue. Wear untucked, always.

On Bottom: Knee-length chinos in an easy neutral or, if you’re feeling bold, a pop of red or out-there print. If you can’t have fun in the summer, when can you?

The Extras: All you need? Sunblock and a good pair of sunglasses. Try classic rectangular black frames or a modified take on the iconic aviator – a plastic frame freshens up the traditional look.

If you feel so inclined, complete the look with a (temporary) tattoo or two, then hit the boardwalk like a pro.

Our City Vibe: Style Inspired by Venice Beach, CA Boutique opened Sunday, June 1, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 2, 2014

Sport Coats vs. Blazers: Know the Difference

The terms “sport coat” and “blazer” are often used interchangeably these days, but there’s actually a difference between the two. And we’re here to help you distinguish one from the other. Here’s how.

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May 31, 2014

Soccer & Fashion: More Connected Than You Think

With a certain soccer tournament right around the corner, we’ve got the sport on the brain. And fashion? Well, here at Rue, that goes without saying. But it turns out these two things are more entwined than you think. Yes, there are the colorful jerseys and knee-high socks, but there’s more to it. Here are three connections you may not know about.

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May 31, 2014

The Foolproof Guide to Dressing for the In-Laws

Thought tying the knot meant you could get off easy post-wedding? Not so fast. It still pays to put effort into how you present yourself in front of the in-laws.

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May 29, 2014

Bring On the Heat: Summer Grooming Tips for Men

Sure, you could keep up your winter routine. But with the rising temps comes a whole new set of challenges. So this summer, instead of simply putting an iron to that dress shirt, tossing some water on your face, and heading out the door, try these quick tips to freshen up your morning regimen.

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May 27, 2014

Celebrity Style to Watch: Channing Tatum

From the early Step Up days on through G.I. Joe21 Jump Street, and beyond, Channing Tatum has consistently rocked a laid-back vibe. Relaxed jeans with an untucked button-front – casually topped by a vest or blazer. Denim with a jacket, Henley, baseball hat, and sneakers. A newsboy cap with aviators, chambray, and boots. This leading man makes it all look easy. Because really, it is.

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May 24, 2014

Upkeep Lesson: How to Care for Leather Essentials

From overstuffed pockets to droopy pants, consider leather accessories your wardrobe’s official “fixers.” Here are three leather essentials every man should own – and tips for how to make them last.

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May 23, 2014

Behind an Icon: The Gucci Horsebit Loafer

You’ve definitely seen it on everyone from jet-setters to Hollywood icons, but do you know the story behind the now-iconic Gucci horsebit loafer? Here’s how it breaks down.

The Iconic Gucci Loafter

 

1921: Gucci is founded in Florence, Italy. Part of its DNA? Equestrian imagery symbolizing the wealth Guccio Gucci observed while employed at London’s Savoy hotel just after WWI.

1953: Guccio Gucci’s son Aldo expands the company to include footwear. The soon-to-be iconic loafer, with its signature double ring and bar, is born.

1960s and 70s: Hollywood gets on board. Spot the loafer on everyone from Peter Sellers in 1966 to Francis Ford Coppola in 1970.

1985: The Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (call it the shoe hall of fame) welcomes the loafer into its collection.

Today: The iconic shoe is still handcrafted start to finish by artisans working in a single workshop in Florence – wearing leather aprons over lab coats, no less. Start collecting now, then wear and resole for years to come.

Pick out your first pair. Our Men’s Luxe Shoes: The Gucci Horsebit Loafer & More Boutique opens Friday, May 23, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 23, 2014

The Short Story: Men’s Inseams Rise for Summer

Summer is fast approaching, and temperatures are rising – along with the inseams on men’s shorts. According to the Wall Street Journal, there’s a new length in town.

This Summer, Men's Shorts Have Higher Inseams

 Image via the Wall Street Journal

In the past couple of decades, men’s shorts have barely skimmed above the knee (that’s an 11-inch inseam at the shortest). And, truth be told, the look wasn’t always the most flattering. Now? Shorts are dipping to inseams as thigh-baring as 5 1/2 inches, which is the length sweet spot for trendy men’s brand Chubbies.

Don’t let that hefty strip of thigh scare you, though – an inseam around 7 – 9 inches (depending on your height) seems to be the overall norm this summer. And if you like longer lengths, rest assured that many menswear brands still offer a variety of inseams up to 11 inches to ensure that every customer is happy.

But why not just try dipping your toes into the pool of shorter inseams? You might be surprised by how much you like the way you look in them.

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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May 16, 2014