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

How to Outfit 3 Occasions Like a Basketball Pro

Sure, the San Antonio Spurs won the basketball finals. But LeBron James, Tony Parker, and Dwyane Wade? They’re all style MVPs. Follow their lead and outfit every occasion like a baller.

Style Playoffs: Pro Basketball's Best Dressed

Heading to a Wedding?
Mimic LeBron’s suit game. Offset impeccable tailoring with a bold watch and sunglasses.

Manning the Grill? 
Cop Tony Parker’s off-duty look. Dark jeans with an untucked button-front, sleeves rolled to the elbow.

Off to Work? 
Do your best Dwyane Wade: suits for client meetings. Narrow-leg jeans and sport coats for casual Friday.

Style every occasion with inspiration from these pro ballers. Our Style Playoffs: Pro Basketball’s Best Dressed Boutique opens Tuesday, June 17, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 17, 2014

How to Outfit Your Summer in Venice Beach Style

It’s officially June. Which means endless summer days lie ahead. To inspire your sunny-day look? We turned to a place that knows warm weather year-round: Venice Beach, CA. Here are the three items you need to pull off that easy, laid-back vibe.

Venice Beach–Inspired Summer Dressing

On Top: Go for a lighter-than-light cotton tee (or tank for the beach) in any shade of blue. Wear untucked, always.

On Bottom: Knee-length chinos in an easy neutral or, if you’re feeling bold, a pop of red or out-there print. If you can’t have fun in the summer, when can you?

The Extras: All you need? Sunblock and a good pair of sunglasses. Try classic rectangular black frames or a modified take on the iconic aviator – a plastic frame freshens up the traditional look.

If you feel so inclined, complete the look with a (temporary) tattoo or two, then hit the boardwalk like a pro.

Our City Vibe: Style Inspired by Venice Beach, CA Boutique opened Sunday, June 1, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 2, 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

Upkeep Lesson: How to Care for Leather Essentials

From overstuffed pockets to droopy pants, consider leather accessories your wardrobe’s official “fixers.” Here are three leather essentials every man should own – and tips for how to make them last.

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May 23, 2014

The Short Story: Men’s Inseams Rise for Summer

Summer is fast approaching, and temperatures are rising – along with the inseams on men’s shorts. According to the Wall Street Journal, there’s a new length in town.

This Summer, Men's Shorts Have Higher Inseams

 Image via the Wall Street Journal

In the past couple of decades, men’s shorts have barely skimmed above the knee (that’s an 11-inch inseam at the shortest). And, truth be told, the look wasn’t always the most flattering. Now? Shorts are dipping to inseams as thigh-baring as 5 1/2 inches, which is the length sweet spot for trendy men’s brand Chubbies.

Don’t let that hefty strip of thigh scare you, though – an inseam around 7 – 9 inches (depending on your height) seems to be the overall norm this summer. And if you like longer lengths, rest assured that many menswear brands still offer a variety of inseams up to 11 inches to ensure that every customer is happy.

But why not just try dipping your toes into the pool of shorter inseams? You might be surprised by how much you like the way you look in them.

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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May 16, 2014

The Style & Home Basics Every Man Needs

Gone are the days when a tee, a microwave, and a pair of swim trunks were enough. Now that you’re an adult man, here are the things you shouldn’t live without.

Style & Home Basics for Men

Missing a few of these essential basics? Now’s the time to stock up. Our The Guy’s Guide to Basics: Shop Style & Home Boutique opened Thursday, May 15, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 15, 2014

Are My Chinos Too Short? Here’s How to Tell

Chinos. They’re a standard part of your wardrobe, but do you really know how long they should be? If they’re puddling over your shoes or creeping up toward your shins, you could be way off. Here’s how to find the just-right length – and make sure they work with every shoe you own.

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Step 1: Find the Right Chino Length
As a general rule, your chinos should be about a half-inch off the ground when you’re barefoot. Once you slip on oxfords or loafers, the hem should graze the top of your shoe – without a break or fold. And a sure sign your chinos are too short? Your socks peek out when you walk. Use that knowledge as a try-on test when picking out a new pair.

Step 2: Make That Length Work with Every Shoe
The above chino length is great for the office. But if you’re wearing flip-flops? Reinforce the casual vibe by giving that hem a couple rolls to show some ankle. Prefer short boots or chukkas? Keep rolling. The hem should end at least a half-inch below the tops of your boots.

Round out your chino collection. Our Short Sleeves & Chinos: The Summer-Friday Uniform Boutique opens Saturday, May 3, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 3, 2014

Guys, Do Yourself a Solid: Try a Pattern This Spring

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