What’s on Tap for Black Friday Weekend: A Sneak Peek at Rue

We’re on a mission to make the holiday season just a little bit easier for you this year. So, because you’ve been so good? We want to give you a heads-up on what’s in store.

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November 28, 2013

Guys, Put These 3 Shoe Styles in Your Rotation

You’ve seen these shoes before. You probably even have a pair or two in your closet – or on your feet at this very moment. But can you identify them by name? If not, then no worries. We’re here to break it down for you.

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Now that you know what they are, here are a few tips on how to wear them.

Boat Shoes: Whether you’re keeping steady on a sloop or trekking through an urban jungle, boat shoes are the go-to casual shoe. Ditch the socks and wear them with shorts when the temps start to rise or pair them with khakis or jeans all through winter.

Penny Loafers: Easily dressed up or down, you can pair your penny loafers with everything from jeans and a polo (roll up the cuffs and go sockless if you’re feeling daring) to chinos, a button-front, and a blazer.

Chukkas: Often done up in leather or suede, these flat turf boots have a laid-back, yet very put-together, vibe. Mix up your look with slim denim and a plaid shirt. Then go ahead and top it all off with a cashmere sweater for that extra dose of polish.

Our Up Your Shoe Game: Oxfords, Loafers, & More Boutique opens Thursday, November 14, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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November 14, 2013

Guys, Listen Up: The Commandments of Holiday Style

It’s November, guys. If you haven’t started thinking about what to wear for Thanksgiving dinner, it’s time. And all-day football doesn’t mean you can chill out in sweatpants and your fraying Jeremy Shockey jersey (sorry to break it to you). While all that food makes comfort a priority, there’s a right way to do it. Try nicer jeans or cords, a sweater or blazer, and fall colors.

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Need more ideas? Check out Esquire‘s list. Then, once you’ve found your best look, top off the holiday with these tips for getting the most enjoyment from your cocktail.

Read the source article on Esquire.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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November 7, 2013

Hoodies, Plaid, & Other Stuff Every Guy Should Wear This Fall

Guys, there’s no escaping the fact that we’re fully in the throes of fall. There’s a definite chill in the air. Shorts are officially in storage (if you’re organized like that). Your jeans, khakis, and corduroys are back in full rotation. But what should you be wearing on top? We have the answers – that also happen to be totally in right now.

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October 1, 2013

Don’t Be That Guy: How to Tell If a Suit Actually Fits

The impeccably tailored suit. It basically radiates power. You put it on, step into a room, and – bam – you own it. Heads turn. People respect you. Want to get to know you. The ill-fitting suit, on the other hand? It means none of that. Even if you’ve splurged on the finest brands, if the suit doesn’t fit, screw it.

So before your next big presentation or night downtown, suit up, step in front of a full-length mirror, and ask yourself these six questions.

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September 23, 2013

Men, Take Note: How to Dress for Not-Quite-Sweater Weather

Guys, we’re officially in that weird time of year. When it doesn’t feel like summer anymore, but fall isn’t quite here either. Your sweaters are probably still packed away (that is, if you managed to store them somewhere to begin with), but you can get by a little longer without them. How? Some light layering. Here’s what you’ll need.

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September 17, 2013

John Varvatos: 13 Years of Style for the Guy’s Guy

Uniting the world of craftsmanship and refined tailoring with a rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, John Varvatos has been part of the American design scene since 2000. Over the past 13 years, the brand has come to represent an entire lifestyle, including tailored clothing and accessories as well as edgier lines like John Varvatos Star U.S.A. and Converse by John Varvatos.

What else has this tough-guy label accomplished? Oh, you know, just multiple design awards from the CFDA and GQ Magazine

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August 26, 2013

From Monkstraps to Chukkas: A Men’s Shoe Style Guide

Oxfords. Loafers. Chukkas. Chances are you’ve heard of these, but do you really know what they are? If you’ve misused or misattributed these terms (and others) a time or two, fret not. We’re here to break down some popular men’s shoes styles – from what they’re called to how to recognize the subtle differences that make them what they are. Read on.

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August 14, 2013

Pile It On: 4 Layering Tips For Guys

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In Shrek‘s words: ogres have layers, onions have layers, and, most importantly, fall fashion has layers. (Okay, we added that last part.) But with cooler weather right around the corner, there’s no better time for a little layering refresher.

Make sure they can stand alone.
The A/C is down in your office. You start to peel off layer after layer, only to realize you can’t head to your morning meeting in that old undershirt. The lesson here? Every article of clothing you’re layering with should be wearable on its own. So muscle tanks? Yeah, those are no-go.

Keep things crisp and tucked.
Your outer hem should always be longer than your inner hem. Those sloppy college days of rolling out of bed are long gone, and shirttails hanging from sweaters are just not acceptable. Period.

Never be afraid of a little color.
Just because it’s almost fall doesn’t mean you have to tuck away bright summer colors. But remember, this isn’t a kaleidoscope free-for-all. Choose, at most, one or two bright hues. The overall outfit should be neutral, with bold colors serving as accents.

Always play with pattern. 
If you’re a “plaid button-front under a neutral half-zip” kind of guy, then this rule is for you. Always layer your patterns from lightest to strongest, or vice versa. Think smooth transitions (for a smooth guy, of course).

Our Wardrobe Classics: Tried & True Picks for Men Boutique opens Tuesday, August 6, at 11AM ET.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Editorial Intern

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August 6, 2013

Let’s Talk Shoes: 5 Rue Associates Share Their Current Obsessions

It’s no secret that we here at Rue are kind of obsessed with everything style- and fashion-related. So when our semi-annual Shoe La La Boutique rolls around, you can bet we’re indulging in some major shoe lust. Here, a few of Rue’s most shoe-savvy associates reveal what they’re hoping to add to their collections, stat.

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Giuseppe Zanotti leather rose peep-toe pumps. For the days I need a little extra edge on my game.”
– Bev C., Product Analyst 

“The Lanvin bow-tie patent leather pump. The bow adds a ladylike touch and the heel is enough to put the perfect stride in my step.”
– Meredith G., Senior Corporate Concierge

“I’m loving Charlotte Olympia‘s quirky designs. I firmly believe your shoes should make you smile. And with the dainty ankle strap, this pair will be in heavy rotation now through fall.”
– Sam D., Senior Copywriter

“Bruno Magli’s ‘Muznio’ canvas loafer. It’s right on trend for summer and I can see myself dressing it up or down with white pants or light-colored denim.”
– Hung L., Associate Creative Director

“The Fratelli Rossetti patent penny loafer. Dark blue is a great addition to your wardrobe, easy to match but unexpected.”
– Tom W., Vice President of User Experience

Shoe La La: Our Semi-Annual Women’s Sale, Shoe la La: Our Semi-Annual Men’s Sale, and Shoe La La: Steals Under $20, $30, & $40 Boutiques open Wednesday, July 31, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 31, 2013