Toronto Men’s Fashion Week: A first for Canada

designs-by-paulo-succarThis week kicks off the first Men’s Fashion Week in Canada. The work of 22 emerging and established men’s fashion designers have been front and center on the Canadian runway. It has been incredible to see all the different fashions come out of Toronto this week. It’s been a great opportunity for some young up and coming designers to showcase their designs, but the biggest thing that we can take from this week is the incredible growth we’ve seen in men’s fashion. 

According to the research firm MarketLine, men’s fashion is estimated to be a $400 billion US industry. While that is still less than the women’s fashion industry, menswear has exceeded growth in women’s wear for five years running. 

So what do we attribute the growth to? Well, I think first and foremost we can point to fearless fashion icons like soccer-great-turned-style-icon David Beckham and rapper Kanye West. Modern men now dress up to stand out: skinny pants, dapper shoes, French cuffs, vests and Mad Men pocket squares have all caught the attention of a new generation. Larry Rosen, chairman and CEO of Harry Rosen tells the Toronto Star his business has more than doubled in the last 10 years. 

Fashion for men today is neither gay nor straight. “These days, fashion is not about sexuality,” says Jeff Rustia, founder of TOMFW. “If you want to wear pink pants, it doesn’t mean you are a homosexual. Menswear is no longer a tagalong to womenswear, and it is not longer boring.”

This weeks fashion show is in its infancy, but it’s already making big headlines. 

Click here to read more about Toronto Men’s Fashion Week 

What Men Should Pack for a Weekend Getaway

During the summer, its always nice to break away from the office routine and the business hours by going on a weekend trip. At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we firmly believe everyone needs a break. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you can’t take your style with you wherever you may be traveling to. We know packing may seem like a daunting task with the fear of overpacking and under packing; the stress can get to people. Here are a few ways you can relax on a getaway with easy, cool style and the perfect amount of clothes.

PANTS

While on a weekend getaway, depending on where you are going, it is wise to pack a few pairs of pants even in the summertime. Opt for one pair of jeans and one pair of slim khakis. These both are very versatile pieces that go with just about everything. Wear them to the airport, dinner, or a night out on the town!

SHORTS

One of the most vital pairs of clothing you will need for your summer weekend getaway. Shorts are the trademark of summer, by exchanging your long pants for a charming short is one of the best parts of the season. Be sure to pack one khaki short and one patterned short. Wear these around the hotel, out to lunch or soaking in the sun.

SHIRTS

Wearing one is usually optional, but here we have some pointers for you anyway. You will need to pack 3 shirts for your vacation, perfect for the amount of days you will most likely be gone.

  • One is a floral shirt, think beach and relaxed vibes, that you can wear to the beach or on a sunny day.
  • One thin summer sweatshirt, for if it does get a bit chilly, you can wear on a night out.
  • One simple pocket tee, which is great for the airport or traveling. Its easy and will help you cool down.

In addition to these, a simple navy blazer is always excellent to have on hand just in case. This packing list will be sure to give you a memorable and fun weekend getaway over the summer.

 

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.