What Your Lapel Says (or Doesn’t Say) About You

It’s wedding season. Your bedroom closet stands agape, offering nothing more than a tattered suit that’s seen better days. Time to shop for a new one. Not sure what to buy? Look to the lapel. That’s right, according to a recent article in Men’s Health, this seemingly small detail speaks worlds about your personality.

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July 30, 2014

Tailor Talk Decoded: 5 Technical Terms to Know

You’ve been there. Nodding and shifting mechanically as the tailor measures, marks, and pins, without really having a clue as to what he’s doing or saying. And while the tailor probably knows best, it can’t hurt to actually know the terms. Here are a few to make part of your vocab, stat.

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Bespoke
Rooted in London’s Savile Row, call this a fancy British word for custom-made.

Hem
Simply put, this raw edge of your pant needs to be sewn to prevent unraveling.

Inseam
This is the seam that runs along the inner pant leg, from crotch to ankle.

Taper
Usually in reference to the pant leg, it means that the cut of the fabric narrows toward the ankle.

Vent
That center or double-slit cut in the back of your jacket? This is the name for it.

Looking to step up your tailored look? Our Rue Trunk Show: Men’s Suiting Edition Boutique opened Wednesday, July 23, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 23, 2014

Your Belt Questions, Answered

Belts. One is enough, right? Wrong. Belts are a great way to switch up an outfit or repurpose the same one you’ve been wearing week after week (you can’t fool us). Here are the answers to three questions about belt-ology.

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1. What kind of belt should I wear with jeans? With a suit?
For jeans, throw on a leather, tweed, wool, or cotton belt – all these options look great against denim. On the other hand, a suit requires a sleek and simple belt. For navy suits, go with dark brown. For black and grey, look toward black leather.

2. How long should my belt be? 
Dress belts should have at least a few inches to the left once fastened. Too-short lengths make the belt appear too tight (you don’t want people to think you’re going to pop a button or anything). Casual belts can be worn looser since they’re not as stiff.

3. Should I choose a thin or thick belt? 
It’s all about the occasion. Never wear a thin (less than 1 inch in width) belt with jeans. That’s strictly for the ladies, and let’s keep it that way. With denim, go for a heftier buckle and thicker belt (between 1 and 1.5 inches in width). A thin(ner) option is, however, appropriate for formal and dressy events.

Still can’t decide? Own one black and one brown belt. You can’t go wrong.

Our Below the Belt: Denim, Boxers, Socks, & More Boutique opens Thursday, June 26 at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

He Dresses NBA Stars – Now He Wants to Dress You

There’s a new name in the suiting game, and it’s certainly one to watch. He’s the man behind the looks of the NBA’s most elite. (Chris Bosh and LeBron James’s bespoke suits? All him.) And now? He wants to add you to his best-dressed list.

Meet Waraire Boswell, one of the names behind the new ready-to-wear line “Boswell,” available to the masses starting in April.

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Boswell and partner Jace Lipstein, founder of Grungy Gentleman, have created a 16-piece capsule collection that consists of four classic, single-hued looks, each of which includes a blazer, Henley, button-front, and chino. I have a sneaking suspicion these pieces will fly off shelves. My only question? Whether Boswell has plans to cater to men who are less, ahem, NBA-sized.

Read the full article on esquire.com.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Staff Writer

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March 17, 2014

Guys, Take Note: Here’s Which Suit to Wear, Where

The next time you suit up, remember this: not all suits are created equal. It’s true. One style may be suitable for a work function, while another is not. Confused? Don’t worry, we’ve broken it all down for you below.

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October 2, 2013