8 Iconic Men’s Brands to Build Your Wardrobe With

Classic. Edgy. Off-the-charts luxe. These eight go-to men’s brands each have a distinct identity, but their common trait? They’re icons – and they all belong in your closet. Here’s why.

Our Men's Editors' Picks

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February 21, 2014

The Men’s Americana Trend: What It Is & How to Pull It Off

The men’s Americana trend is definitely having a moment. You’ve seen this laid-back, rugged style on musicians and at your local speakeasy, but do you have any idea where it came from or what to call it? From today on, consider yourself officially in the know. Below, our Men’s Editor, Cassandra H., defines the trend.

The Americana Look for Men

To pull off this style, there’s no need to look too put together. Start with well-worn jeans, toss on a Henley or button-front with a vest, and top it all off with a blazer. Make brown leather boots the finishing touch. If they’re scuffed, they’ll look all the better for it.

Need some inspiration? Just check out any picture of Mumford & Sons – no one does Americana better.

Our Trend Revival: Men’s Americana Boutique is now open.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 9, 2014

How a Shirt Should Fit: An Expert Shares His Tips

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

Southern Comfort: Getting to Know Designer Billy Reid

“Moonshine in a hand-blown crystal tumbler.” That’s what UrbanDaddy calls Alabama-born designer Billy Reid. And we can see why. His namesake brand – seeded in the South in 1998 – toes the line between backwoods and polish. Old-school details. Quality fabrics. All readily wearable, but never expected.

And there’s even more to it than that. Here’s what you need to know.

All About Designer Billy Reid

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February 6, 2014

How to Wear It: The Cardigan and Skinny-Tie Combo

Mr. Rogers rocked the button-front, tie, and cardigan back in the day, but this time around? It actually looks effortlessly cool and just a little unexpected. The cardigans are less bulky. The ties are skinnier. It’s the pairing to go for when you’re feeling like you want to give your blazer a rest. And because this may be uncharted territory, we’ve anticipated your questions and answered them all below.

How to Wear a Cardigan with a Skinny Tie

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January 24, 2014

Learn How to Roll Your Sleeves in 3 Easy Steps

Rolled sleeves don’t just happen – they’re a deliberate choice. Maybe you want to show off your forearms. Maybe you want to exude laid-back confidence. Or maybe you’re overheating and trying to get some air however possible. Whatever the goal, there are right and wrong ways to roll the sleeve of your button-front. Here, our Rue Men’s general manager, Mark, shares the method to achieving his own go-to roll.

How to Roll Your Sleeves

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January 19, 2014

3 Steps to Layered: What to Wear Under Your Winter Coat

Guys, it’s okay to admit you’re intimidated by the prospect of layering up this winter. But you need to stay warm. And there’s a way to do it without compromising your style, or worse – bulking up like the Michelin Man.

Men's Winter Layering Tips

  1. Whether polo, V-neck, crew neck, or quarter-zip, start with a neutral long-sleeve shirt or sweater that hangs close to the body.
  2. Add a lightweight vest to trap warmth without adding bulk. Leave it unzipped or fasten it three-quarters of the way up.
  3. Top it all off with a tailored coat. Wear it open to show off those newly honed layering skills.

 
Our Learn the Art of Cold-Weather Layering Boutique opens Thursday, January 9, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 9, 2014

Lose the Boot-Cuts: Go for Narrow-Leg Jeans Instead

Boot-cut jeans? They’re the old standby. But guys, the time has come for you to step into new denim territory. By which we mean narrow-leg jeans. (Don’t worry, we’re not trying to lure you into boy-band skinnies.) Here are some fit and style tips to set you off in the right direction.

Narrow-Leg Jeans for Men

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January 5, 2014

Follow His Lead: 5 Reasons to Copy Chris Pine’s Style

What’s the Star Trek leading man up to on his down time? Nailing that laid-back, Cali-cool vibe to a T. Seriously – when it comes to Pine’s style cues, we suggest paying attention. Here’s why.

Get Chris Pine's Style

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January 2, 2014

Master the Suiting Extras: A Guide to Bow Ties & Pocket Squares

Bow ties. Pocket squares. They’re outfit-making finishing touches that look simple enough, but actually require a little skill. Not to worry, though. This year, you’re totally going to pull them off – with the help of this step-by-step guide, that is.

How to Tie a Bow Tie

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January 1, 2014