Learn to Tie a Proper Scarf

It’s starting to get chilly, even some nights here in Florida it has been hitting the 40s. For those of us living in the northern region of the US, snow has already started falling. It’s time to pull out those winter clothes and bundle up. You want to keep warm as best as possible, but do you know the best way to wear that scarf? There are many ways to tie a scarf, you should learn a few that you can use to keep yourself warm and looking good. This infographic from Real Men Real Style has eleven ways to tie a scarf, and even tells you what temperatures and scarf types each style works best for.tiescarf

The History of Bespoke

imagesYou may have heard of the term bespoke to refer to men’s suits, but do you know its origin? The term bespoke comes from the word bespeak which means “to speak for something”. It now has a special meaning “to give order for it to be made”. Bespoke clothing is the opposite of off-the-rack clothing which you purchase in a store. The term first popped up on Savile Row, which is the epicenter of bespoke clothing.

Savile Row is a street in London often called the “Golden mile of tailoring”. This street was built around 1731. During the late 18th century tailors started taking up shop on the road. Tailors still occupy these streets today charging from 2000 to over 3000 British pounds. The street has started to feature ready-to-wear clothes to appeal to those unable or unwilling to pay for expensive, custom suits. By the 1990s, many of the tailors were struggling to find clients in a world where fashion was easy to buy from a store shelf. Three tailors revitalized the bespoke style for these modern shoppers. The three tailors were featured in Vanity Fair and publicity around bespoke grew.Unknown

There is a gray area between ready-to-wear and bespoke: made-to-measure. These types of outfits are made when the tailor alters the standard-sized pattern to better fit the customer. Fittings are needed for both bespoke and made-to-measure. Handmade was often the distinctive factor of bespoke but now many made-to-measure garments feature a personal touch.

If you ever happen to travel to London, put Savile Row on your list of must sees. The history of bespoke started there and continues on after centuries.

Bespoke Vs. Made-to-Measure

This infographic from Executive Image Consulting provides a great cheat sheet about the differences of bespoke and made-to-measure outfits. Bespoke refers to custom men’s suits, often handmade, and generally quite expensive. Made-to-measure is not quite bespoke but also not ready-to-wear (outfits you buy pre-made, such as in a store).

Made-to-measure garments feature some amount of tailoring and personalization, though not nearly the amount of bespoke. Bespoke offers almost limitless options for customization, which is why the prices can get very high. If you are looking for something custom, but a little less pricey, then made-to-measure offers customization up to a point. Learn more about the differences and similarities to these two tailoring methods from the infographic.

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Why Tailoring?

Good-Fit-vs-Bad-Fit-400-AOMAll of us have likely bought a piece of clothing only to find out it doesn’t fit exactly how we wanted. Ill-fitting clothing is a problem for many people. Ready-to-wear clothing was made to fit general sizes, not specific body types. We end up having to compromise, whether getting something a little too tight or too loose, too long or too short. Nothing seems to fit just hw we want. Tailoring offers the chance to get a piece of clothing that is made just for your body type and just to your specifications. For important pieces of clothing like a suit or wedding dress, it is ideal to get it tailored.

Ill-Fitting Suits

Many men are wearing suits that do not fit their body type. Generally, they opt for a suit that is much too big for them. This causes the wearer to look more bulky than they actually are. A properly fitting suit from a tailor will accentuate the wearer’s best assets like shoulders or waist. An ill-fitting suit adds imaginary pounds to the wearer, and does not look very professional. Investing in one tailored suit will make you realize just how good you can look in the right clothes.

Parts of the Suit to Alter

There are a few parts of a suit that you want to pay careful attention to. Making sure the lengths of these sections will ensure a proper fit. These include jacket length, the shoulder, trouser bottom, sleeve length, and collar. Your tailor will know exactly what these issues are and will make sure your suit fits you exactly how you want.

What Can’t Be Tailored

Most items can be tailored such as pants, dress shirts, suit jackets. But items like sweaters and knit items are much more stubborn. Sometimes it is better to just get a new, better fitting sweater then spend a lot to get it tailored.

Check out the comprehensive article from the Art of Manliness website about how a good fitting suit should look.

No Shave November

UnknownHave you participated in the annual “No Shave November” event? It takes place each November, most likely thanks to alliteration, and requires participants to do just one thing: not shave the whole month. It is open to both men and women, though it is likely more geared towards men. Learn about the origins of this interesting event.

Origin

No Shave November started as a Cancer fundraising idea by two friends in 2009. The idea was to have people forgo shaving and instead donate the money they would have spent on grooming. The idea is also to embrace our hair, which many Cancer patients lose during treatment. It started as a Facebook page with only 50 participants. The event grew in popularity and in 2013 the American Cancer Society partnered with No Shave November to raise even more funds and promote Cancer awareness. They are now a web-based, non-profit with a large fanbase.

How to Participate

It’s easy! Grow your hair freely during the month of November. Donate the money you would spend on grooming to help the fight against cancer. You can sign up solo or as a team on their site (http://www.no-shave.org/#!get-involved/clse). You can also donate straight to the American Cancer Society or purchase No-Shave November gear with proceeds going to the ACS. There are shirts, hoodies, and bracelets. Use the hashtag #LetItGrow to show your support on social media sites.

Men’s Shoe Style Guide

Buying the right men’s shoe for your outfit is a challenge. How do you pick the right color? Or the proper style? What about socks? This infographic by GroomU illustrates dress, casual, athletic shoes and boots. It also covers shoe care, choosing a color, and socks. When it comes to choosing a color, be sure to get brown shoes for neutral color clothes. Wear black shoes with black, deep, or rich color outfits. They recommend not to wear novelty socks, but a bit of color in your outfit is not a bad thing.
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What to Look Out for When Purchasing a Watch

asset-version-571379e3a6-montbrillantThere are many different forms of jewelry for women: bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings. For men, the one classic piece of jewelry is the watch. The watch has been losing popularity as many people don’t see a reason to wear something that just tells time. There are now “smart” watches which can connect to your phone, show messages, take photos, and more. The Apple iWatch, the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the Pebble Watch, are just a few of the many new wearable devices. These smart watches are still very bulky, big, and not fashion forward.
A watch is a great accessory for any outfit. When going out to purchase a watch you may hear some of the terms below. Be sure to read up on them so you know exactly what you watch will suit your style.
Quartz
Quartz refers to how the watch is regulated. The quartz crystal regulates the movement which is powered by a battery. Watches with quartz are more accurate than other types.
Self-Winding
Self-Winding refers to a type of mechanical watch which is wound by the movements of the wearer. The motion generated provides enough energy to run the watch. This is opposed to manual-winding, another type of mechanical watch, in which the wearer must wind the watch to provide energy.
Water-Resistant
Many watches tout their water-resistant capabilities. But this doesn’t mean you should go right ahead and swim or shower with it. It is generally safe to do this if the watch is resistant up to one hundred meters.
Complication
This refers to any function on a watch other than time. These are items like a calendar or stopwatch.
Gold-Plated
Gold-Plated refers to the layer of gold that is placed on the metal of the watch. It can rub off though, so handle it with care. They can be had for as little as $100.
Rose Gold
This refers a gold mixed with copper to create a pink effect.
White Gold
This gold is created from yellow gold mixed with nickel or palladium to make a white color. These watches tend to be 18 karats.
Bezel
The ring that surrounds the watch face.
Crown
A button on the outside of the case that can be used to wind the mainspring, in a mechanical watch, or to set the time or calendar.
Dial
Another name for the watch face.