How to Dress Like Mad Men (But Still Look 2014)

The final season of Mad Men premieres tonight. So let’s take a moment to wax rhapsodic about the series that’s been making waves since it first aired in July 2007. The emotional creative pitches. The smoking, the drinking, and the sex. And yes, the oh-so-dapper style of Don Draper and the whole Sterling Cooper crowd. The show may be in its final stretch, but the influence of its classic suiting? That’s not going away anytime soon. Here’s how to make that Mad Men–inspired look work for you.

How to Dress Like Don Draper

The Suit: Keep it dark. Charcoal, navy, or black if you’re going all out. Always pair with a crisp, white shirt. And add a sharply folded pocket square if you’re feeling extra dapper.

The Tie: Don’t get too trendy. Stick with classic diagonal stripes or a geometric pattern. Make the look fresh and current by picking a bold, punchy color.

The Shoes: This is where you can really put your own stamp on the ensemble. Keep your kicks classic with a twist. Leather oxfords with colored soles or laces. Derbies in high-shine patent leather.

Most importantly, remember – you can still be your own man. Pick up a hint of that Don Draper vibe, but don’t turn into a literal carbon copy.

Our Inspired by Mad Men: Dark Suits, Ties, & More Boutique opens Sunday, April 13, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 13, 2014

Pull Off the Look: A Graphic Tee & Blazer

If chocolate-covered bacon taught us anything, it’s that unexpected combos can really hit it out of the park. So, this month, pull two items from your closet that you’d never dare wear together – your precisely tailored blazer and your worn-in graphic tee – then, dare. And watch as everyone else follows suit.

Here’s how to do it right.

How to Pair a Blazer with a Graphic Tee

On top: Pick a tee with a solid base color and strong graphic. (Leave it untucked.) Then add a blazer in black, navy, or grey.

On bottom: Your best bet? Denim. Go for a fail-safe dark-blue wash or wear black narrow-leg jeans for a bit of rock ‘n’ roll edge.

On your feet: Play it cool in trendy sneakers. And if you want to up the level of polish, finish the look with leather or suede chukkas.

Want to shop the look? Our Graphic Tees & Blazers: Wear Them Together Boutique opens Tuesday, April 1 at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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April 1, 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

Menswear Pioneer: Brooks Brothers’ Biggest Contributions

Brooks Brothers. You know the name. It’s synonymous with foolproof style, tailoring, and every kind of suiting essential. This brand has more than earned its icon status – it’s been making the world a more dapper place since 1818. Two of its most influential contributions? Read on.

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The Ready-Made Suit (1849)
Call it a result of the California Gold Rush. Fortune seekers didn’t want to wait on tailors, so Brooks Brothers seized the moment and introduced the first off-the-rack suits.

Non-Iron Shirts (1998)
The search for wrinkle-free ends here with the launch of the BrooksEase – the original 100% cotton, non-iron shirt. Just toss in the washer and dryer and go. There’s no need to dry clean.

What will the brand pioneer next? The never-wash chino? The holeproof sock? We’re all ears.

Our Brooks Brothers Boutique opens Wednesday, March 19, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 19, 2014

Style Tips: The Advice Every Man Should Live By

The moments that take you out of your routine? You know, when you dress up, get together with the guys, or treat your significant other to a nice dinner? They’re the ones that really count. So make time for them – and learn how to dress for them, while you’re at it.

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March 13, 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

The Luxe Items Every Man Should Own (and Why)

When it comes to upgrading your wardrobe, there’s no need for a complete overhaul. Mixed into your everyday look, a high-end accessory or two goes a long way. Here’s where to start.

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The Luxe Tie
Unlike synthetic fibers, 100% silk maintains a smooth, flexible surface. Which means? It hangs straight and holds that all-important dimple under the knot. People will notice.

The Luxe Briefcase
Besides the fact that you can say, “It’s Dolce & Gabbana,” this statement piece just ages well. The leather is thick. It’s often cut and stitched by hand. You’ll carry yours (quite possibly) forever.

The Luxe Belt
Quality leather holds up to daily wear. Invest in two belts – one brown and one black, to coordinate with your shoes – then hang them vertically and away from sunlight so as to not dry out the leather.

The Luxe Pair of Shoes
You won’t find glue or cardboard here. Designer shoes are constructed to last, which means all they need is a quick trip to the cobbler to be good as new again. Go for black oxfords – they’ll never go out of style.

Our Amp It Up: Pair Luxe Extras with Dapper Clothing Boutique is now open.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 8, 2014

Has Fashion Week Brought Back the Popped Collar?

It looks like the ultra preppy aren’t the only ones rocking the popped collar these days. Thanks to street-style photos by Nam of STREETFSN, we’ve been seeing the trend at both Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

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Photo via hypebeast.com

Although a popped collar brings the cotton polo shirt to mind, that isn’t what’s happening here. Instead, street-style photos show the collar of a button-front shirt strategically poking out from under a turtleneck sweater or a crewneck sweatshirt with a tied handkerchief.

Is it a clever way of beating the winter chill? Or is it just a passing trend that looks uncomfortably snug around the neckline? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Read more about Fashion Week’s popped-collar trend here.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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February 7, 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