Winter Wear Style Tips

If you’re a full time Floridian, you know we don’t have much of a seasonal cycle. Our winter consists of a few weeks out of the year that the temperature may hit the 50s. The rest of the country is not so lucky. If you live in almost any state other than Florida or Hawaii, you can expect to bundle up when winter comes. Winter is still a reality in many states, so be sure to use these tips when you travel to any of them.

Don’t Forget Accessories

A coat is a necessary part of your winter wear, but you don’t want to be left without necessary accessories. A hat is key to keeping your skull and ears toasty. Get something simple like a ski cap, which can go with any outfit. Avoid ear muffs and pom-pom hats. Your hands need covering too. Get some nice leather gloves, or even some smartphone gloves. These gloves are designed so you don’t need to remove them to use your phone. Don’t wear just any socks in winter. A warm pair of winter-specific socks will keep your feet from freezing and possibly cramping.

Use a Scarf

Your coat may not be able to cover your neck, and leaving it exposed can be uncomfortable in very cold weather. Get a scarf with a simple pattern or color like black or navy. Learn to properly tie it to ensure your neck stays warm. Here is an Ask Men article on proper scarf tying.

Properly Care for Your Leather

Leather jackets look sharp, but sometimes we are afraid to wear them during snow or rain. Invest in a genuine leather jacket and a cleaning kit to keep it looking fresh. There are sprays available that can help repel water.

Don’t Wear UGGs

This should be a no-brainer. The ultra popular UGG boot is meant more for the college crowd. Invest in a nice pair of boots that can survive rain and snow. If you plan to be out and about in the cold, you may want to get boots with a warm liner.


Joseph Wendt’s Guide to Hats

Do you know the difference between a fedora and a trilby? What about a stockman and a western? There are probably more hats than you think. Many have gone out of style, while others are being brought back in trendy cities like New York. You don’t have to just stick to baseball caps! There are so many more hats out there to fit your style.


Many times we wear hats to keep away the sun or warm our heads. Sun hats are great for blocking rays but are not the most attractive option. Other options include panama hats, baseball caps, western, and a few more wide-brimmed hats. For the cold, you’d want to stick with skull caps, trappers, and astrakhans.


You don’t want to be wearing a baseball hat with a suit! That’s an obvious faux paus. Baseball hats are best for casual wear. You need to be certain the hat matches the occasion. An exception can be made for cold weather wear. If you are wearing a skull cap with a suit in the snow, people will understand that staying warm is more important that looking nice.

The guide below from Real Men Real Style will give you some illustrations to help you find  right hat for the right occasion. Don’t settle for just one hat, get a few!

Six Tie Tips | Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers


1. Proper Tie Length

You see men wearing ties of every length you can imagine. But what’s the recommended tie length? You should have your tie tip touching your belt line. Whether you have a thick or thin style, you should generally use this length.

2. Skinny Ties are In

Fat ties are out of style nowadays. Not that you can’t wear them anymore! But to be in style with the latest trend, you will want to tend toward narrower tie widths. Generally a width of 2 ¼ inches to 2 ¾ inches at the widest point.

3. Learn to tie properly

For a great knot size, try the four-in-hand knot. It works well with most collar types and will always look nice. How to tie knots

4. Basic Ties

You should have a basic collection of ties that will go with any outfit. These typically include solid black, grey, crimson, and blue.

5. Add a bit of flair

If you are tired of your basic ties, add a few patterns! You don’t have to go crazy with them if you are uncomfortable with it. But having a new pattern can really make your outfit stand out.

6. Tie Clips

A tie clip is not essential, but it definitely adds a bit of class to your outfit. Invest in a black clip, and also a silver or gold one for a bit of extra color.

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, apart from providing the perfect custom suit, we also carry a great selection of accessories including ties! Come by our shop on Fifth Avenue South and view what we have to offer. 400 fifth Avenue South Suite 100 Naples, Florida 34102.

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Naples, FL 34102

Rent Vs. Buy a Custom Suit

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When to rent vs. buy a custom suit

Your wedding day is a few months away, but you have yet to purchase your suit, let alone even look at one. Then you think, “Why not just rent one? I’ll only wear it once.” This is a common thought among many grooms. Buying a custom suit may seem expensive, especially if you only plan to wear it on your wedding day. So why not just rent one? You aren’t picky about your clothes, you just want something that fits pretty well. But what about the next time you need a suit last minute and have to rush out and pick one that is ill-fitting? You will wish you had purchased a custom suit. Below we will go through some of the pros and cons of whether to buy a custom suit or rent one, so you can see which option is right for you.

Rent a Suit

The major argument for rental suits is cost. If you know you will only wear it once, and there is no way you will need a suit again, then it makes sense to rent. There may be fit issues, as rental suits are not custom tailored. And the options may not include exactly what you wanted. So you will be forced to compromise on fit and look. Another issue is knowing someone else wore that suit before you, and another person, and another person. But if you don’t mind these issues, then head to the rental shop!

Buy a Custom Suit

Every guy should have a custom tailored suit. Yes, they may seem expensive, but the value you get from a custom suit outweighs the costs. If you work in an office, own a business, plan to have a wedding, or go to any special events, then a custom suit will work for you. Getting your suit customized means a perfect fit, as well as exactly the color, fabric, and shape you envision. Don’t think about the one time cost of the suit, think about it’s value over time. Going to meet a new client with your custom suit will leave a lasting impression that you care about how you present yourself, and your client will take notice.


So the decision is really up to you! If you plan to buy a custom suit, you will want to get a consultation with Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers. We are the premier custom clothing business in southwest Florida. We have provided outfits for hundreds of clients including big names like Michael Strahan. If you want to look and feel your best, trust Joseph Wendt to make it happen. 239.530.0070 400 fifth Avenue South, Suite 100, Naples, Florida 34102

Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you need to get the perfect guy gift. Luckily, we have put together a curated list of some of the best gifts any man would want. Some women may even want them too! So check out this guide before you head to the store and spend hours looking for the right item.

Mr. Porter Uniform Wares
104 Series PVD Wristwatch

Not only is this watch sleek, minimal and stylish, it will go with almost any outfit you can imagine. No longer will you need to buy watches for different occasions. This minimalist timepiece will always look good on your wrist.

The JooJoos Wallet
Treasure Chest Credit Card Wallet

This handmade, leather wallet may look small but it can hold 8-10 credit cards. The wallet has a rustic, rugged look different from mass-produced wallets out there. Stand out from other wallet carriers with this unique billfold.


Dodocase Folio for iPad Air/ iPad Air 2

Dodocase has been making the best device cases since the iPad came out. Each case is handmade in San Fransisco using the highest quality materials. This company makes cases for all iPad models, as well as iPhones, and other devices. You can even customize the cases.


At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we carry the finest in menswear. We have stylish accessories like belts, ties, cufflinks, socks, wallets, and shoes. Anything a man could need to make the perfect outfit. Be sure to browse our retail location on 5th Avenue South to see our latest collection and find that perfect gift.


Joseph Wendt Winter Style Guide: Coats

As we stay in the cooler months, you may find yourself looking to update your winter wardrobe. Should you go for a casual hoodie or a more professional looking overcoat? It may be a good idea to get more than one. There are many occasions that require different jacket types: athletics, dates, work/meetings, travel, casual/everyday. This chart from real men real style gives you almost every jacket type around. It also places them on a range based on weather protection versus formal/casual.

Just be sure your coat matches the feel of the day. If you are going to a meeting, it’s best to wear an overcoat, peacoat, or trench, not a puffy ski jacket or vest. If you work in an artsy field like graphic design, you can probably wear any jacket to a meeting and get away with it.  Although the chart says duffel style coats are semi-formal, they don’t look out of place in a casual setting. Bright colors are best suited for casual coats while dark, neutral colors are good for formal ones. Most of all, be aware of the current temperature! You don’t want to sacrifice warmth for style. So even if you have to wear a parka to a meeting, it’s better to keep your body warm than risk getting sick from the cold.