Look Closely: This Suit Is Actually a Onesie

In the expansive world of men’s tailored clothing, it’s understandable that deciding what to wear can be quite daunting. So what’s a guy to do? Hire a personal shopper? Could be pricey. Locate a suit that slips on like a pair of kids’ footie pajamas? Yes, unfortunately, that could be a real option soon, and it’s called the Suitsy. DETAILS has the lowdown.

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It may look like a suit jacket and slacks with a white button-down, but really the Suitsy is a one-piece bodysuit – complete with concealed zipper. Supposedly it’s as comfortable as your pajamas.

Creator Jesse Herzog calls his new product a “revolution” in menswear. And on the Betabrand Think Tank website, over 1,200 people agree with him. Fortunately, DETAILS contributor Max Berlinger does not. “Novel? Yes, sure. Funny? Totally. But an actual alternative to, you know, just wearing a damn suit? I’m not so convinced,” he says. “I mean, is this actually that much more comfortable than just wearing your standard two-piece? And think of the possible embarrassment of being found out as a Suitsy-wearer. In the DETAILS office you’d be judged—and mocked—accordingly.”

We couldn’t agree more, Max. Men of the world: Either wear a suit or don’t. Leave the bodysuits to the ladies, please and thank you.

Read more at details.com.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Assistant Fashion Editor

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September 24, 2014

3 Suit-Jacket Pockets to Know: A Brief Rundown

Pockets. They’re right there on the front of your suit jackets and sport coats, but have you ever noticed that they’re not all the same? The type of pocket on your jacket can reinforce how formal or casual it is – and at the very least, pointing out the differences can be a cool party trick. Here’s a breakdown of three of the most common pockets.

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Flap
Your classic pocket (as shown above): horizontal, with a flap of fabric at the close.

Hacking
Like the flap, but diagonally cut. A staple of bespoke English tailoring.

Patch
Your most casual option – a literal patch on the outside of your jacket.

Add some pocket variation to your look. Shop our English Laundry Boutique, which opened Wednesday, September 17, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 18, 2014

3 Luxe Classics That Are Worth the Investment

Versace. Valentino. Salvatore Ferragamo. The world of luxe is filled with bold names and, sometimes, even bolder prices. So how do you know if an item is truly worth the investment? Assistant Buyer (and expert in all things luxury) Michael B. explains his top three picks. And why they’re worth every penny.

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Navy Suit: Unlike less expensive options, luxury suiting is tailored to perfection and constructed in quality wool – which means it should last for up to ten years of sporadic wear. To keep things current, Michael recommends go-with-everything navy paired with a light blue dress shirt for a tonal look.

Bit Loafers: If you’re investing in a shoe, it’s best to invest in a versatile one. And no other shoe is more easily dressed up or down than the loafer. Pick a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Gancio Bit versions to convey instant status, then condition the leather and have a cobbler resole to exude it forever.

100% Silk Tie: Stiff synthetic fabrics are prone to wrinkles. But this fine weave? It will always hang straight and hold a dimple under the knot. Try jazzing up your look with a classic stripe or polka dot. The pattern adds more interest than a solid without venturing into full-on print territory.

Knock these classics off your to-buy list. Shop The One-Stop Luxe Shop: Versace & More for Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

Be the Best-Dressed Man: How to Master Cocktail & Black-Tie Attire

The wedding invite has been haphazardly stuck to the fridge for weeks now. But that call for cocktail or black-tie attire? You know you’ve been completely ignoring it. And now it’s officially time to prepare. So relax and read on – we’re going to tell you how to nail it.

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Cocktail: When the dress code requests cocktail attire, you have some room for creativity. Opt for a dark suit (think navy or charcoal), then have some fun with your shirt-and-tie combination. Try a solid color or a subtle pinstriped dress shirt with a punchy silk tie in a paisley or diagonal-stripe print.

Black Tie: This sounds intimidating, but embrace the ease of what is essentially a fancy-wedding uniform. Grab a black tuxedo – with silk lapels and a trim fit for a slimming, modern vibe – then add a crisp white dress shirt, black tie or bow tie, and shined-up black dress shoes. Voilà, done. 

Ready to get dressed? Our Best (Dressed) Man: Style for Late-Summer Weddings Boutique opened Thursday, August 7, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 7, 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

Spotted: Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo

Pitti Uomo is upon us, and images of sharply dressed men are starting to flood our news feeds.

Not sure what that is, or why it’s such a big deal? Don’t worry, Rue is here. A biannual menswear trade show that takes place in Florence, Italy, Pitti Uomo is where retailers, editors, and buyers come together to view the upcoming collection. In this case, it’s the Fall 2014 preview. And the good news for men across the world? One prominent emerging trend – the blue suit – is achievable for everyone.

Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo 2014

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Trying to impress the boss at that business meeting? Try a striped navy suit. Have an upcoming wedding and want to catch a bridesmaid’s eye? Why not give a brighter shade of blue a shot? “If you find yourself in need of a suit this summer, rest assured that if you go blue, you’ll be on par with the most stylish men in the world,” says John Jannuzzi of gq.com. “It’s official, we’re in menswear’s blue period.” (Picasso would be oh-so-very proud.)

Read more on GQ.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 25, 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

The 5 Signs of a Well-Made Dress Shirt

From collars to yarn counts, tips to deciphering your top (wardrobe) player

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As the foundational item of the standard man closet, the dress shirt has the power to transform comfort and confidence with every wear. If the fabric’s too thin or the buttons are flimsy, a dressing disaster could ensue (cue personal nightmare). While on the flip side, your boss could have a discerning eye for quality and before you know it you’re hitting the fairways. That being said, it’s time to pay this staple some much-needed attention.

The Rue Trunk Show: Men’s Suiting Edition Boutique opens Tuesday, January 23, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 22, 2013

Corporate Survival 101

Tips and tricks for the modern businessman

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6AM: Early morning run. Resolutions aren’t so hard to keep when the music (literally) plays to your own beat.

7AM: Choose a room-commanding power suit (just follow GQ’s tips for each body type) and remember to add accessories. Cuff links and accent socks go a long way.

8AM: Grab a cup of coffee and get to the office early to crush it.

9:30AM: Client meetings all morning. Although this is run-of-the-mill, don’t forget to brush up on your meeting skills to keep things running smoothly.

12PM: Conduct a meeting with senior management. Just don’t forget the fundamentals of business.

1PM: Lunch with the guys. Get away from the office for a quick bite, a walk, anything to help you clear your mind for an hour or so. Studies show that leaving your cube helps you think outside the box.

2PM: Take a client call and work on proposals and paperwork. This time also usually includes tweeting. That’s right – businessmen tweet, too.

6PM: Happy hour with coworkers and dinner on the town. Swap your office attire for a more casual button-down before heading out (yes, this requires planning ahead). Go for something with a fun, printed cuff to stand out from the sea of suits.

Our Workplace Warriors: Men’s Suiting Essentials Boutique opens Saturday, January 12, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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January 12, 2013

Luxe to the Last Stitch: A Look Behind the Labels

 

From Versace to Valentino, take a peek behind the labels that have defined men’s formalwear. Through trial, tribulation, unexpected deaths, and iconic on-screen moments, these luxury houses continue to rule the fashion roost.

Brioni
Founded in Rome, 1945

Classic cuts made for the ever-confident guy, charismatic businessman, and bona fide bad boy. Brioni is known as the official suit of James Bond (worn by actors Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig) and was made infamous by New York crime boss John Gotti of the Gambino family – who earned his nickname, “Dapper Don,” thanks to his extensive wardrobe of custom Brioni suits. These timeless pieces were also favorites of handsome Hollywood hall-of-famers Clark Gable and Cary Grant, and can be seen on today’s red carpets on the likes of Al Pacino, Kirk Douglas, and Donald Trump.

Versace
Founded in Milan, 1978

Contemporary, one-of-a-kind, stand-out-from-the-crowd pieces, these suits are for the man who likes to make an entrance. Worn famously by rap stars and musicians alike, the distinguished Versace name is associated with glamour and over-the-top chic. Elton John dons Versace duds encrusted with diamonds or crystals. Versace designs were also favorites of the late rap star Tupac Shakur and Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.

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December 13, 2012