Stand Out with Pocket Squares

You’ve been fitted and your new custom suit is ready to be worn out. You bought a nice button down to wear underneath, your tie is knotted up and looking great. What else is missing? To really stand out at that next business meeting, networking event, or date, you want to get a pocket square. How many men have them? Not many! People will notice if you wear a nicely folded pocket square. So what are you waiting for? Go get a few and see how they make your suit stand out in a crowd.

It’s an art

Picking a pocket square is an art, just like picking a tie. You want a pattern and color that matches your outfit. It’s a good idea to look at your regular wardrobe and pick a few squares that complement your shirt and blazer color. If you are hesitant to stand out too much, go for a solid color. Those looking to really make a statement, grab some patterns or bright colors.

Style over function

Pocket squares are now more about style than function. The pocket square was initially used as a convenient wipe for your face. Now these squares are used to make a statement. They’re a great, small accessory to show your sense of style.

How to fold your square

It’s important to know just how to fold your square. You don’t want to just stuff the fabric in your pocket, you want to make a great presentation. The most common folds are the straight, one corner, two peak, and puff folds. The diagram below shows just how to origami your pocket square into the perfect fold.

 

Dressed-up Sneakers

If you are over 30, you do not want to keep wearing shoes meant for high school kids. Upgrade your wardrobe with mature, age-appropriate sneakers. Sneakers are comfortable, so we understand why you may not want to wear dress shoes all day, every day. Dressed-up sneakers can be worn casually, or even to work if your job allows for a more laid-back dress code. Here are some recommendations for your next sneaker shopping trip.

Avoid Slip on Sneakers

Keep the laces on your sneakers. Slip on loafers are nice, but laceless sneakers are a turn off. They remind us of those prison slip ons, and you don’t want people thinking that about your footwear!

Hydrogen-1 Shoes

These shoes provide the comfort of sneakers with the style of a dress shoe. Hidden behind a leather facade, anyone looking at your feet will think you have on a nice pair of dress shoes.

Nike 1972 QS Deep Red

Apart from the subtle Nike swoosh, nobody will suspect these are sneakers. The dark leather exterior gives these comfortable sneakers a dressed-up look. They are perfect for a night out, or running errands around town.

The Rail Mateo Sneaker

Sticking with dark colors and leather will help disguise sneakers. This black pair combines suede and leather to create a sharp looking sneaker great for casual outings.

 

Men’s Bathing Suit Guide

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Luckily for Floridians, we get to enjoy a much milder and shorter winter than the rest of the country. So it’s almost time to shed those sweaters and long pants in exchange for swimsuits and towels at the beach. You check your closet only to see old, outdated trunks that don’t even fit anymore. Time to go out and find that perfect swimsuit! Here’s what is in style now and what trends you want to be sporting at the beach.

Trunks

This is the most common swimwear for men in the US. They look just like shorts, which is probably why they have gained such popularity. The fabric is different from shorts in that it is a fast-drying material like nylon or polyester. They may also contain an interior lining.

Boardshorts

I thought these were the same as trunks? Some places like to interchange the term. Boardshorts are just longer versions of trunks. Usually they come to or past the knee. The waste is typically non-elastic.

Square Cut Shorts

These are similar to trunks but are skin-tight. They are much better for active use, like swimming laps or competitive sport. They come in long and short versions.

Swim briefs (Speedos)

These are typically popular in Europe, though many Americans like to sport them. They are similar to briefs and are tight.

So which is right for me?

Sportswear

If you plan to use this swimsuit mainly for doing laps in the pool, you will want to go for a tighter fitting suit. Trucks and boardshorts will just get in the way. Stick with the tighter square cut shorts to give yourself a streamlined movement.

In Style

Definitely the most trendy swimwear for men are shorter trunks. These don’t need to be extremely short, nor should they be tight. The bottom of the trunks should reach about mid to ¾ of the way down the thigh. Get them fitted, as bulky trunks are unflattering. Go for a stylish color, maybe a turquoise or peach.

Conservative

There are many swim trunks available that look just like regular shorts. Get them in your regular length, and a simple, solid color like black, navy, or tan. This will give you a professional look while you’re out on the water.

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we offer the best custom suits! Though we don’t carry swimsuits, you will be sure to find everything else you could need for your wardrobe. Our Fifth Avenue South location offers an array of ready-to-wear items, as well as accessories and shoes. Get your perfect outfit to wear after a day out at the beach at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers.

 

Stylish Bags for Men

The trend has been growing in recent years. Men are starting to carry bags other than backpacks. This is largely due to the growing technology trend of larger screens on phones and the widespread use of iPads and laptops. Men want to use something stylish to carry their belongings. Backpacks are unprofessional and unappealing. There are tons of bags out there catered to the stylish male, it’s time you got one!

Royce Leather Executive Weekender Duffel Bag $175

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Weekender bags are a growing category in men’s style. They tend to be similar to duffle bags, but are more stylish and come in higher quality materials like leather or suede. This bag has room for extra clothes, all your electronics, and more. It features handles or a strap to carry on your shoulder.

Burberry Checked Satchel $1049.55

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This messenger style bag from Burberry is for the stylish professional. It’s the perfect carry-on bag for travelers. It can hold your laptop and a few other items. It comes with a luggage tag as well. It features handles or a strap to fit your carrying preference.

Saint Laurent Duffle Bag $1,990

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Though it may seem expensive, if you are a busy business traveler, you will want to have a good-looking, durable carry-on. This duffle bag fits all the criteria. It is extremely well made, and has enough room for clothes, electronics, paperwork. It is a versatile bag, great for traveling or for when you head to work and plan to hit the gym after.

Fossil Estate E/W Messenger Bag $178

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This stylish messenger bag is both affordable and well made. It can hold a 14” laptop. The interior features pen holders, a credit card slot, a zipper pocket, and 3 slip pockets. The extrior features one slip pocket for easy to reach items. This is a great bag for work or as an everyday carry.

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. http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashiontip_300/357_fashion_advice.html

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.

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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.

Function

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.

Occasion

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

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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.