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.

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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

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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

The Style & Home Basics Every Man Needs

Gone are the days when a tee, a microwave, and a pair of swim trunks were enough. Now that you’re an adult man, here are the things you shouldn’t live without.

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Missing a few of these essential basics? Now’s the time to stock up. Our The Guy’s Guide to Basics: Shop Style & Home Boutique opened Thursday, May 15, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 15, 2014

Men’s Met Gala Style: Anna Wintour and SJP Weigh In

Every year, the Met Gala is hosted with a theme that attendees are expected to dress in accordance with. This year, that theme was “white tie and decorations” in honor of legendary couturier Charles James. For the women, that meant sweeping ball gowns. For the men… well, evidently the theme was a little hard for the men to follow.

Seth Myers interviewed Met Gala chairs Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker on his show Late Night with Seth Myers, and according to the fashionable women, while the male attendees deserve credit for trying, only a few actually succeeded with their white-tie look.

Check out the rather humorous interview (above) and learn about their dos and don’ts for white-tie dressing. Hey, you never know when you’ll have a white-tie event – and now when you do, you’ll have an SJP- and Wintour-approved look.

Read the full article on Fashionista.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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May 9, 2014

Are My Chinos Too Short? Here’s How to Tell

Chinos. They’re a standard part of your wardrobe, but do you really know how long they should be? If they’re puddling over your shoes or creeping up toward your shins, you could be way off. Here’s how to find the just-right length – and make sure they work with every shoe you own.

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Step 1: Find the Right Chino Length
As a general rule, your chinos should be about a half-inch off the ground when you’re barefoot. Once you slip on oxfords or loafers, the hem should graze the top of your shoe – without a break or fold. And a sure sign your chinos are too short? Your socks peek out when you walk. Use that knowledge as a try-on test when picking out a new pair.

Step 2: Make That Length Work with Every Shoe
The above chino length is great for the office. But if you’re wearing flip-flops? Reinforce the casual vibe by giving that hem a couple rolls to show some ankle. Prefer short boots or chukkas? Keep rolling. The hem should end at least a half-inch below the tops of your boots.

Round out your chino collection. Our Short Sleeves & Chinos: The Summer-Friday Uniform Boutique opens Saturday, May 3, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 3, 2014