The Anatomy of a Ledbury Shirt: See How It’s Made

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

The 3 Jeans Men Need (And How on Earth to Wear Them)

That one pair of jeans you wear for every occasion? Give it a bit of well-deserved rest. (Seriously, it must be just about falling apart.) When it comes to all the different denim washes and cuts, there’s a time and place for everything. But don’t panic. Here’s the breakdown of what pair to wear where and how to style it right for the occasion.

Men's Denim by Occasion

Date Night: An evening out with your significant other (or latest conquest) calls for a pair of relaxed or boot-cut jeans in a dark blue hue. Play it cool by adding a graphic tee and blazer or go all out in a button-front and sport coat.

Casual Friday: When it comes to working denim into your office look, stick to dark, narrow-leg styles. Pair your jeans with a button-front. Tuck the shirt in – because hey, you’re still at work – but roll the sleeves for a more laid-back vibe.

The Weekend: This is where you can break out your lighter, distressed styles. Just throw on a graphic tee, Henley, or hoodie. Add a pair of canvas or leather sneakers and hit the bar to watch the game and have a few brews with the guys.

Our Men’s Denim for Every Occasion: Date Night & More Boutique opens on Sunday, April 20, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 20, 2014

10 Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Spring Style

When it comes to reworking your wardrobe for spring, there’s no need to throw everything out and start over. Just put the puffers and parkas away, ditch the wool socks, and work these small adjustments into your look. Trust us – they make a big impact.

10 Men's Style Tips for Spring

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April 17, 2014

4 Up-and-Coming Men’s Brands to Mix Into Your Wardrobe

Spring is officially here, and you can admit it – your closet’s in need of a refresh. To the rescue? Four brands that should definitely be on your radar. Gritty. Edgy. Laid-back. They each have their own spin on what’s new and right now. Here’s why they belong in your rotation.

Up-and-Coming Men's Brands

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March 22, 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

He Dresses NBA Stars – Now He Wants to Dress You

There’s a new name in the suiting game, and it’s certainly one to watch. He’s the man behind the looks of the NBA’s most elite. (Chris Bosh and LeBron James’s bespoke suits? All him.) And now? He wants to add you to his best-dressed list.

Meet Waraire Boswell, one of the names behind the new ready-to-wear line “Boswell,” available to the masses starting in April.

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Boswell and partner Jace Lipstein, founder of Grungy Gentleman, have created a 16-piece capsule collection that consists of four classic, single-hued looks, each of which includes a blazer, Henley, button-front, and chino. I have a sneaking suspicion these pieces will fly off shelves. My only question? Whether Boswell has plans to cater to men who are less, ahem, NBA-sized.

Read the full article on esquire.com.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Staff Writer

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March 17, 2014

A Man’s Guide to Impressing the In-Laws

So, you got hitched. Congrats. Now that you’re settled into married life, let’s talk your new in-laws. They’ve invited you over for dinner. Brie. Chicken piccata with broccoli rabe. Maybe some rice pilaf. Chardonnay. And your number-one goal? Impress, at all costs. Here’s what to do. 

1. Dress “dressy casual.” Dark denim with a cleanly pressed button-front and blazer says I want to impress you, but I don’t want to out-dress you. They’ll appreciate that. No one wants their son-in-law to show up in a tracksuit (or a full suit).

Impress the In-Laws with Your Wardrobe

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March 11, 2014

All-Star Style: How to Dress Like a Baseball Pro

Whether on the field or off – and yes, even if on the injured list – these three baseball all-stars are in a league of their own. Here’s how to dress in their signature looks.

How to Dress Like a Baseball Pro

Evan Longoria
Third Baseman, Tampa Bay Rays
His look: South-Coast Cool
How to get it: Whether in a suit or distressed denim, be fearless. Kick things up a notch with bold color or a pocket square.

Matt Kemp
Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
His look: Urban Edge
How to get it: Incorporate luxe details in true big-shot fashion. Pair graphic tees with leather and sharpen up suits with bow ties.

Cole Hamels
Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies
His look: All-American Prep
How to get it: This left-handed ace sticks with the classics – khakis, polos, plaid button-fronts, and tailored sport coats.

Our Leading Men: 3 All-Star Baseball Looks Boutique is now open.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 27, 2014

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

Guys, let’s be honest. We were over winter before it even started. Here’s to kicking cold weather to the curb and planning a killer spring.

1. Forget sweater investment. Put that money toward your shoe game. (Bright wing tips, anyone?)

2. Find a way to get your hands on these car keys. There are digits to be scored at stoplights.

3. Start polishing your clubs now. You’ll want to fit in as many golf courses as possible this season.

4. A round of craft beer always tastes good, and a view just makes it better. Rooftop bar it is.

5. Time means a little less this time of year, but a watch (cough, Rolex, cough) is always an eye-catching addition. 

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.

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February 25, 2014

Get Dressed: It’s Guys’ Night Out

Fast-forward to Saturday night. You’re planning to hit the bar with the guys, but what are you about to put on? Not that sports jersey. Not a frayed baseball cap. And definitely not the T-shirt you slept in. Here, Rue Stylist Susie L. breaks down how to assemble a laid-back look that works.

How to Dress for Guys' Night

“If you’re planning a casual night out,” Susie says, “let your outfit look and feel that way. It’s simple. Start with a blank canvas – in this case, that’s your go-to pair of dark denim. Then reach for a lightweight knit or Henley shirt.”

You want to keep the look simple, but not too simple. Her solution? “Add the luxe extras. Belts or watches will work well here.” And when it comes to your shoes: “Let the venue dictate the vibe. Clean sneakers are cool, but a chukka boot is ideal for any dress code.”

Our Hit the Town: What to Wear for Guys’ Night Out Boutique is now open.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 24, 2014