Pull Off the Look: A Graphic Tee & Blazer

If chocolate-covered bacon taught us anything, it’s that unexpected combos can really hit it out of the park. So, this month, pull two items from your closet that you’d never dare wear together – your precisely tailored blazer and your worn-in graphic tee – then, dare. And watch as everyone else follows suit.

Here’s how to do it right.

How to Pair a Blazer with a Graphic Tee

On top: Pick a tee with a solid base color and strong graphic. (Leave it untucked.) Then add a blazer in black, navy, or grey.

On bottom: Your best bet? Denim. Go for a fail-safe dark-blue wash or wear black narrow-leg jeans for a bit of rock ‘n’ roll edge.

On your feet: Play it cool in trendy sneakers. And if you want to up the level of polish, finish the look with leather or suede chukkas.

Want to shop the look? Our Graphic Tees & Blazers: Wear Them Together Boutique opens Tuesday, April 1 at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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April 1, 2014

The Almighty Sport Coat is Back: Here’s How to Style It

Originally a staple for things like hunting, outdoor sports, and school uniforms, sport coats are back – big time. Rue Men Buyer Peter T. shows you how to master the look.

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Dress It Up
Peter suggests “an oxford-cloth button-down shirt with a knit tie and a pair of chinos or tropical-weight wool trousers.”

Dress It Down
“A plaid button-front worn open-collar along with dark denim and colorful suede shoes or chukka boots.”

Want Inspiration?
Check out Bradley Cooper and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Or simply open a men’s magazine – they’re everywhere this season.

Our Trend Revival: The Classic Sport Coat Boutique opens Saturday, March 22, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 22, 2014

5 Quick Tips to Get Out of a Wardrobe Rut

Shake up your sartorial routine with these simple fixes

This time of year is always the hardest for me, style-wise. It’s cold out – really, it’s been cold out for months – meaning all those tanks and dresses I love have moved to the back of my rotation. It’s easy to fall into a style routine (for me, it looks like denim, boots, and a tee or sweater). The not-so-easy part? Getting out of it. But it is possible! Here’s how:

Wardrobe Rue

1. Shake up your denim. Denim is my absolute, every-single-day go-to. I want to switch things up – but I just can’t let it go. The best-of-both-worlds solution? Add some color. Colored denim is still having a major moment. It has all the comfort and style of standard jeans, with an added dose of flare to spice things up. I love how it transforms a basic black tee into a dynamic, unexpected ensemble.

2. Add a statement necklace. Those drab outfits won’t look so boring with some big, bold jewels. An easy fix (after all, it’s just one piece that can work in so many ways) like a bright necklace will spring-ify everything from your old LBD to – you guessed it – your favorite tee.

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February 18, 2013