Don’t Clash or Crash: Cycling to Work in Style

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Sometimes getting out of bed in the morning and groggily making your way to work is enough energy for your morning routine. However, a new craze has come along! Biking to work is now becoming increasingly more popular. People have always biked to work, whether its your environmentally conscious friends or your freakishly fit acquaintances, and others just like to avoid the rush of traffic in the morning hours. For whatever reason you bike to work, there has always been one complaint, “I always have to change my clothes after.” This age old problem has kept people from slipping on their spandex and packing their work clothes for the day.

With the popularity of biking to work at an all time high, a new industry has been created. Suits designed to bike to work and take meetings in. Companies like Parker Dusseau have developed a suit you can bike to work in using Marino Wool-Spandex Blend, a stretchy material. The crtoch has a diamond design instead of a four way seam, providing flexibility and comfort.

Although these suits are pricey, $495 for the jacket and $295 for the pants, it still provides a gateway to new designs and new ways to get into this niche market. So, next time you think about grabbing your bike rather than your keys, don’t hesitate!

‘Tis the Season for Weddings: What you need to know to look your best

weddingsThe summertime doesn’t just welcome warm climate, beautiful scenery and relaxing times. It also welcomes the start of wedding season. Summer weddings are gorgeous and heart warming. Unfortunately, your heart isn’t the only thing getting warm. Summer weddings are notoriously hot and can make any guest uncomfortable, especially the men. Men have always been expected to wear penguin suits on formal occasions such as, weddings. However, at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we have the right tips for every man as they suit up for a lively night of celebrating.

Here are some of the tips and guidelines to follow when attending a summer wedding. Keep in mind though, this isn’t your day so don’t be to over the top to where you over throw the bride and groom. Be comfortable and stylish with your outfit and enjoy it!

THE SUIT 

The suit is the most important part of any mans ensemble. Nowadays, men aren’t expected to wear heavy, black tuxedos to any wedding. Our most important rule is to have fun with what you’re wearing. Wear a khaki suit or patterned jacket. As long, as the dress shirt matches and your confidence shows in what you’re wearing, GO FOR IT. Look for a slim, nice fitting suit or jacket when browsing for outfits. With the warm temperatures, stick to linens or cottons to avoid the embarrassing sweat marks at the reception.

THE TIE 

This is usually the detail of the outfit that men get most creative with. We agree that getting creative with a tie can brighten up any old suit. It also lets others see what your personality is really like if you get quirky with these details. Always go for a windsor knot, whether you do a half or full windsor depends on your head size. If you have a bigger head, go for a full windsor, and if you have a smaller head go for a half windsor.

THE SHOES 

Get a white buck skin shoe. TheY go with everything and they add a point of interest to any look. They may get dirty depending on if its an outdoor occasion or not but you will look better with it anyway.

THE DRESS SHIRT 

Its the summertime so that means you should go for more relaxed colors, like a light pink or lavender. Depending on how crazy you are planning on going with the suit jacket and tie maybe go for a light gray. Either way, a nice light lavender or pink can add a pop of color to any outfit, especially if you’re not planning on going over the top.

The Anatomy of the Shirt

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we believe that it is essential that your clothes fit you perfectly. This shirt guide from Neat Blog gives tips on how to pick the right dress shirt for your body.

THE YOKES: the entire shirt hangs from here, so if it doesn’t fit right here, you’re in trouble!

THE COLLAR: collar shape should be proportional to the tie you intend to wear and the size of the lapels on your jacket: have a productive discussion about this whilst being measured. to check if it fits, you should be able to a) breathe without your eyes feeling like they are going to pop-out of your head, and b) fit three fingers under your collar at the side of your neck.

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.21.17 PMTHE ARMHOLES: big enough to fit your manly arms: ensure that they’re not too high so as to bunch and create discomfort under your arms.

SLEEVES: it’s cool for exactly one time, but make sure your sleeves don’t rip when you flex. You want the shirt to be tight enough to look good, and loose enough to allow for movement. Ensure that your sleeves are long enough to show at the end of your suit jacket (which means you should probably have the jacket you’ll be wearing when getting fitted), but not so long that your shirt bunches and makes you look like a French revolutionist.

THE FRONT: unless you have a large stomach, the front should be close-fitting and flat. You should be able to breathe and stretch without the risk of your buttons popping-off.

THE BACK: for a slim-fitting shirt, have your shirt made with a centre-pleat or darts (both of which can be adjusted for a looser fit or a slimmer profile. A baggy shirt looks floofy and horrible and makes you look like an upside-down pear.

THE CUFF: generally, the cuff should end four and a half inches from the end of your thumb. Cuff lining can add flair and structure to your cuff. If you wear cuff-links, bring them to your fitting.

TAILS: your shirt should be long enough so as to NEVER pop out of your waistband unintentionally. Take advice from those who know what they’re doing on the appropriate length.

 

Dress for Success all Summer long

13bd131b3a5637a006e6ee94f61e412bWe all know the drill. It’s July in Florida. Every morning you step outside, it’s already well over 75 degrees with at least 75% humidity. I think our friends up north think it’s no big deal. We just go from an air conditioned home to an air conditioned car to an air conditioned office, but the reality is your entire wardrobe changes during the summer months, even for us in Southwest Florida. 

I’m sure you’ve noticed around your office that more skin is exposed, hemlines are shorter and sleeveless shirts have replaced sweaters. That’s mainly because, as a society, the summer seasons are more casual and laid back. Some offices have shorter hours on Fridays or at least casual Friday where employees can wear jeans and even shorts. 

Nicole Williams, a LinkedIn career expert and best-selling author says, “when the weather is warmer we often lose the tights and the layers and toss on our spring brights and sandals. I’ve seen flip-flops, short shorts and tiny tank tops at professional workplaces.” 

Williams says flip flops, shorts, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tube tops, and miniskirts are the biggest attire “mishaps” among women in the office. “These all belong at the beach, bar, gym or privacy of your home – not at the office,” says Williams. 

To avoid any dirty looks, it’s important that the employer and employees set a clear summer dress code, so that everyone is on the same page. 

When in doubt, don’t: If you think a piece of clothing could be inappropriate for the office, it probably is 

Strike a balance: A comfortable, happy employee is a more productive employee. However, employers must also remember that a sloppy or skimpy dress can be distracting to co-workers and can also affect productivity and customer service. 

Be polished: No matter what the time of year, it’s important to make a good impression and present a professional image. Just because your company has a relaxed dress code does not mean you can be a slob. 

If you can wear it to the beach, don’t wear it to work: It doesn’t matter how cute your beach coverup is. If it can be worn with flip-flops it can’t be work in the office 

Don’t wear flip-flops around the office: flip-flop immediately make any outfit casual. Save them for the weekends. 

No ponytails: Yes, it’s hot out and a so you want to put your hair up, but rather than throwing your hair up, curl the ends of your hair with a big curling iron. It doesn’t take long and will look much more professional around the audience. 

 

 

 

5 Clothing Tricks to Make Sure Your Clothing Fits

Custom tailoring is almost a lost art, but there’s nothing like having a suit designed to your exact specifications and body or wowing your friends and colleagues with a one-of-a-kind Joseph Wendt suit that no other man in the ballroom – let alone the world – could be wearing.

Joseph Wendt has earned a loyal following among business leaders, executives and major NFL players whose sheer size can create additional measurement challenges. All of them realize the benefits of having their clothes custom made.

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we take great pride in finding the right fit and style for every man. This info graphic shows exactly what men need to do to make sure their wardrobe fits perfectly. Image

 

To make an appointment for a custom fitting, please call Joseph Wendt at 239.530.0070.

A Note from Joey: Fashion Show Success

JoeyThis past Saturday June 21st was Naples’ inaugural Father & Daughter Fashion Show at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples. 20 dads, dressed in Joseph Wendt Custom Clothier, walked down the runway with their daughters, dressed in clothing from Little Luxe.

The event included a full brunch, a silent auction, children’s activities, and of course the fabulous fashionable dads and daughters. I absolutely loved the opportunity to walk down the runway with my little girl Gianna. It was a great day with lots of laughs and smiles. Not only was it an enjoyable afternoon spent with family and friends, it was all for a good cause. All proceeds from the event went towards the Children’s Museum of Naples, helping kids learn, and play at the museum in future years.

It was an absolute pleasure to be a major sponsor and participant in this inaugural event. It is my opinion that this event will be one of the biggest events of the season in Naples in years to come. I’m honored to be a part of the first one and look forward to it growing down the road.

It’s a great event and I hope people in the community are going to take note of this. The Children’s Museum is also an incredible organization to support. All the sponsors and  Naples Performing Arts Center did a fantastic job of setting up such a wonderful, extended fathers day present for all the dad and daughter duos participating! I can’t wait until next year!

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Wardrobe Essentials for Men

From suits to accessories, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers offers everything for men to dress in style from head to toe. This is a great infographic on men’s wardrobe essentials and how to build your wardrobe from the ground up.

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