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

Style the Weekend: 3 Summer Looks Under $100

Summer is full of perks. Beautiful weather. Lots of daylight. Trips to the beach. And when it comes to clothing? This is the season where it’s easiest to get an entire weekend look for under 100 bucks. Don’t believe us? We’ll prove it. Here are three combinations to pick up now.

Men's Summer Outfits for Under $100

1. The Nod to Nautical (pictured above)
Where to Wear It: Dockside or on a sloop.
How to Do It: As you can see, navy Original Penguin shorts anchor this Cohesive striped cotton tee‘s updated nautical vibe. A canvas belt from Maker & Company in faded blue is the final touch.
Your Grand Total: $89.70

2. The Play on Print
Where to Wear It: A backyard BBQ.
How to Do It: Grab this green Maker & Company tee – it’ll complement the palm trees on these navy Threads for Thought shorts. Tie the look together with another canvas belt from Maker & Company.
Your Grand Total: $95.70

3. The Preppy Power Look
Where to Wear It: The country club.
How to Do It: Start with a classic light blue polo by Original Penguin, add Original Penguin khaki shorts, and finish this classic look with a brown leather Cole Haan belt.
Your Grand Total: $85.70

Go ahead and revamp your summer weekend style. Our Build an Entire Summer Outfit for Under $100 Boutique opens Saturday, June 14, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 14, 2014

3 Shoes to Take You from Workouts to Work Drinks

You’re a busy man. Getting through all of your day-to-night summer activities in a single pair of shoes? Not likely. Here are the three pairs you’ll be cycling through.

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6AM: Lace up breathable mesh sneakers and get in a few miles prework. For fun, try a pair of contrasting laces.

9AM: Saunter into the office in polished black wing-tip oxfords. The brogue detail brings an extra dose of dapper.

7PM: Stash those oxfords under your desk and slip on a pair of leather or suede boat shoes (sans socks) for post-work drinks.

Get your shoe game on point. Our Run. Work. Play. Shoes for Every Part of Your Day Boutique opens Friday, June 13, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 13, 2014

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