Pockets. They’re right there on the front of your suit jackets and sport coats, but have you ever noticed that they’re not all the same? The type of pocket on your jacket can reinforce how formal or casual it is – and at the very least, pointing out the differences can be a cool party trick. Here’s a breakdown of three of the most common pockets.

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Flap
Your classic pocket (as shown above): horizontal, with a flap of fabric at the close.

Hacking
Like the flap, but diagonally cut. A staple of bespoke English tailoring.

Patch
Your most casual option – a literal patch on the outside of your jacket.

Add some pocket variation to your look. Shop our English Laundry Boutique, which opened Wednesday, September 17, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 18, 2014

With its bold prints and bright colors, Robert Graham has that anything-but-boring rep locked down. But that doesn’t mean the brand can’t handily take on the classics. You know, like your go-to navy sport coat and crisp white button-front. Even though these pieces may seem deceptively simple, they always bear a bit of that Robert Graham punch of personality. Here’s how to find it.

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Sport Coat
The navy version above is business on the outside, but look further. It’s party on the inside with floral-print lining.

Button-Front
What appears from afar to be your average white shirt will surprise you. Find contrast under the collar, on the cuffs, and along the gig line.

Shop these classics – plus the brand’s unabashedly bold prints – in our Robert Graham Men Boutique, which opened Friday, September 5, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 5, 2014

Nothing brings instant polish like a blazer, which is quite possibly your most versatile layer. Toss it on over straight-leg chinos and a button-front shirt for work, or on top of dark jeans and a graphic tee for date night. It’s a total game changer. But it also needs to fit like a glove – too big or too tight can throw off the whole look. Quit second-guessing with these tips to get your proportions on point.

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The Size: Know your measurements. Wrap a soft measuring tape just below your arms around the fullest part of your chest. Use that number as your starting point for size. When you try on a blazer, the shoulder seam should rest on the points of your shoulders and you should be able to move your arms freely.

The Jacket Length: Choosing the right length helps ensure the blazer drapes correctly on your frame. Use your height as a guide. Are you 5’7” or under? Opt for a short jacket length. If you’re in the 5’8” to 6’ range, go with regular. Men between 6’ and 6’3” should try long. Anyone over 6’3”? Extra long.

The Sleeve Length: Put on the blazer and stand up straight. Does the sleeve hit right at the wrist bone? That means it’s just right. If it rests on the back of your hand or touches your palm, it’s too long and calls for a visit to the tailor. When the length is set, only 1/4” – 3/4” of shirt cuff should peek through.

The Vent: This cut in the blazer is designed to make sitting a bit more comfortable. A single center vent (versus no vent or a double vent) is probably the most versatile and is least likely to wrinkle. If the vent pulls apart when you walk, the blazer is too small or narrow.

Round out your blazer collection. Shop The Essential: Fall Blazer for Men Boutique, which opened Saturday, August 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 30, 2014

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