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

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

Easy and breathable, it’s a safe bet you’ll be living in lightweight cotton button-fronts this spring and summer. But resorting to the same solid shirts over and over again can get boring. So, if you’ve got a closet full of solids – or if you’re just looking to shake things up a bit – here are the three patterns to work into the rotation.

3 Patterns Guys Need This Spring

1. Geometric: Consider this your baby step into the world of patterns. Your best bet is to seek out a small, repeating print like dots, hexagons, or interlocking circles. The goal is a print that blends from far away. Just add chinos and loafers and you’re set for the office – or drinks at the country club.

2. Floral: Men’s florals are big right now. To ease into the look, try a print with a subtle white background. Wear it under a sport coat with jeans to keep it tame. Or go bolder and style it unbuttoned with a white tee and shorts – like a more sophisticated alternative to the Hawaiian shirt.
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May 1, 2014

Chances are, you button up your shirts day in and day out without ever really considering all the thought and work that went into their creation. If the button-fronts you’re shrugging on are from Virginia-based Ledbury, know that deliberate decisions have been made in terms of where to place the buttons, how to prevent the collars from flopping over, and what materials to use.

The founders of the company got their technical tailoring know-how by working with a London pro. View the video below to see how they put that knowledge into practice and what they’ve done to ensure their shirts are a cut above.

Our Ledbury: Brand to Know Boutique opens Wednesday, April 23, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 23, 2014

Face it. Loose and bunching shirts have no place in a man’s wardrobe. But how do I get that right fit, you ask? We consulted Boston Magazine‘s 2013 Best of Boston winner, Jerry of Jerry’s Custom Tailoring and Alterations, to find out.

How a Men's Shirt Should Fit

  1. “Your cuff should hit right below the wristbone. If you’re wearing a jacket, expose 1/4 – 1/2 inch of cuff.”
  2. “When buttoned, the collar should sit only a fingerbreadth away from your neck.”
  3. “Line up the shoulder seam directly with the bone at the edge of your shoulder.”
  4. “Make sure the shirt is cut close to the chest, but not so tight it binds or pulls.”

 
Our Step Away from Baggy Shirts: Find One That Fits Boutique opens Saturday, February 8, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 8, 2014