Nick Wooster: From Instagram to Instant Fame

If you don’t know him yet, say hello to Nick Wooster, your new Instagram obsession and the man behind an all-new capsule collab with Italian brand Lardini. Wooster has been heating up Instagram feeds for some time now. With well over 200,000 followers, he claims Instagram is his 401(k). But for those of you who are just now making his acquaintance, let’s take a quick look at the guy some call “the most photographed man in menswear.”

Nick Wooster: From Instagram to Instant Fame

His Resume
It’s anything but lacking. Buyer at Barneys. Design director at Ralph Lauren. President of John Bartlett. Trend development officer at JCPenney. Plus fashion director at Neiman Marcus. Recently added to his job creds? The debut of his new capsule collection Wooster + Lardini, which drew a crowd of over 1,000. (Oh, and did we mention that the New York Times just did a whole feature on him?)

His Style
Although Wooster claims he “would never, ever call [himself] a designer,” others boldly disagree, going as far to call him “the Cher of men’s fashion.” What others wouldn’t dare to try or even think of, he manages to pull off. He takes fashion for what it truly is – experimenting and creating, just as a DJ would with mash-ups. By incorporating various elements and styles, he has made an impact on a global scale and invigorated the fashion world with his bold sense of self and outfit choices.

No wonder photographers wait around corners and bloggers plaster his face over the web.

Get your phone out and follow @nickwooster. Then, head over to the New York Times to learn more about him.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 24, 2014

Tommy Bahama’s Island-Inspired Look Gets an Update

Thanks to Tommy Bahama, island life has a new look. It’s younger. More playful. And more flattering, too (it’s totally okay to admit that’s something you care about). Take the brand’s signature shirts, for example, and read on to learn how they’ve changed.

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The Fit: Though still relaxed, it’s trimmer. As long as you pick up the right size, there’s no chance of looking like you’re drowning in it.

The Fabric: It’s light and airy – think linen, cotton, silk, and silk blends – which is basically code for breathable. So staying cool? No sweat.

The Prints: Fun, island-inspired, and original, they work with more than your old man’s khakis. We suggest pairing them with the brand’s now-leaner pants.

Start filling your closet with island-state-of-mind staples. Our Tommy Bahama Boutique opens Friday, June 20, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 20, 2014

Style the Weekend: 3 Summer Looks Under $100

Summer is full of perks. Beautiful weather. Lots of daylight. Trips to the beach. And when it comes to clothing? This is the season where it’s easiest to get an entire weekend look for under 100 bucks. Don’t believe us? We’ll prove it. Here are three combinations to pick up now.

Men's Summer Outfits for Under $100

1. The Nod to Nautical (pictured above)
Where to Wear It: Dockside or on a sloop.
How to Do It: As you can see, navy Original Penguin shorts anchor this Cohesive striped cotton tee‘s updated nautical vibe. A canvas belt from Maker & Company in faded blue is the final touch.
Your Grand Total: $89.70

2. The Play on Print
Where to Wear It: A backyard BBQ.
How to Do It: Grab this green Maker & Company tee – it’ll complement the palm trees on these navy Threads for Thought shorts. Tie the look together with another canvas belt from Maker & Company.
Your Grand Total: $95.70

3. The Preppy Power Look
Where to Wear It: The country club.
How to Do It: Start with a classic light blue polo by Original Penguin, add Original Penguin khaki shorts, and finish this classic look with a brown leather Cole Haan belt.
Your Grand Total: $85.70

Go ahead and revamp your summer weekend style. Our Build an Entire Summer Outfit for Under $100 Boutique opens Saturday, June 14, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 14, 2014

The Best Way to Roll Your Shirt Sleeve: In 3 Steps

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

Sport Coats vs. Blazers: Know the Difference

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

The Foolproof Guide to Dressing for the In-Laws

Thought tying the knot meant you could get off easy post-wedding? Not so fast. It still pays to put effort into how you present yourself in front of the in-laws.

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May 29, 2014

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.

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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.

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March 22, 2014