5 ways to improve yourself

Now, this isn’t a New Years blog post, or a self help post, this is about ways you can better yourself. You don’t need to have a midlife crisis, move to a new country, or quit your job to make changes in your life.

This article is about simple and not-so-simple ways to improve yourself. Some of these ideas can be done each day (read a book) others will happen over time (learn a language). But it’s important to pick a few you can realistically stick with. Sure, we all want to learn a language, read 3 books a month, train for a marathon, and start a new business but doing all of those at once is a recipe for disaster.

The best method is to start slow. Work on one thing at a time. One problem we run into, the New Years Resolution problem, is that we are hyped up to do this new change but the motivation only lasts a month or two, and we are back to our old ways.

You need to build that intrinsic motivation that can sustain these new changes. So why are we talking about this on a fashion blog? Because we don’t consider ourselves just about fashion. Sure, we create custom suits but we believe that suit has the ability to make you feel different and change how you feel about yourself. It’s like working in one place, but going outside or to a coffee shop to work and you feel a whole new sense of motivation. We’re all about helping you feel and be your best, that’s why we wrote this article.

  1. Read a book each day
    It doesn’t matter if you read it in the morning or at night, read fiction or non-fiction. You can do it at the gym, before work, before bed. When you feel the need to watch tv, pick up a book instead.
  2. Create an exercise routine
    Don’t wait until January 1 to start a workout routine. There’s never a best time to start something, just do it now. Create a realistic schedule that you can see yourself sticking to. Maybe going to the gym 3 times a day on your way from work. If you find that at night you like sitting down and relaxing, don’t leave working out for the night time. If you used to exercise and want to restart the habit read this article from Life Hack.
  3. Avoid negativity
    When you wake up in the morning, is it common to find yourself checking social media or watching the news? These two things can be filled with negativity that can already impact your mood. Start your day without checking your phone, and if you must, check something like Instagram. Also try to avoid negative people. If you have a coworker who constantly complains, try to eat lunch after them or sit away from them. “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with,” says Jim Rohn.
  4. Reduce mindless activities
    We love the buzz and rush we feel when we post on social media and see notifications. Your phone vibrates and we have to know who is calling. We just finished work and want to lay on the couch and watch 4 hours of TV. I’m not going to tell you not to do these things, but I will say that reducing your time on these activities will free up time to do other things. We all say we’re busy, but how much of our day is spend doing mindless tasks? Try doing a social media detox for a week, then try again for a month. See if you miss it.
  5. Start a journal
    Journals aren’t just for teens writing about their bad day at school. Writing down your thoughts can help you understand them better. You’ll be able to gain insights and clarify your thinking when you write down what’s in your mind. You can use a blank journal or try a templated one like the 5 minute journal.

Naples Halloween Events

Halloween is just around the corner! We wanted to let you all know about the Halloween events coming up soon. Grab your costume and get ready for the spooky fun!

Haunted “Gross” House
October 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 7-11pm
Collier County Fairgrounds

Haunted hay rides, pony rides, games, and food vendors. October 29 has a costume contest and trunk or treat. Tickets are $15 per person for 1 walk through the Haunted “Gross” House.


Boo at the Zoo
October 21-23 10am-4pm

Boo at the Zoo will be hosted for 3 days this year! Enjoy activities daily from 10am to 4 pm. Guests will enjoy a trick or treat trail, games and education activities, and watch our animals “carve” their pumpkins.
Children in costume will receive FREE admission.


HalloWine Walk at Mercato
October 27 6-9pm

Event will include:
–Commemorative wine glass
—A drink and a bite at at over 10 establishments
–Red Carpet photos at the registration tent
–Costume Contest, 9pm
–Raffle Drawings & Passport Grand Prize

 Monster Mash at Venetian Village
October 29 1-4pm

Join us at The Village this Halloween for a frightfully good time! Face painting, balloon art pumpkin decorating, complimentary photos, arts and crafts, and trick or treating.


6th Annual Halloween Spooktacular on 5th
October 31, 2016
4:30-9:30 PM

Join in the fun as 5th Avenue South goes all out for Halloween. This fabulous festival brings kids, teens and adults together for an afternoon and evening of fun, trick or treating, costume contests for all ages and dogs too, live music, a street dance, kids crafts, live animal exhibits, giant movie screen and fun spooky cartoons and movies, and so much more!

Mall-O-Ween at Miromar
October 31 6-8pm

MALL – O – WEEN Monday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Music, karaoke, trick-or-treating and contests. TRUNK – OR – TREAT 6 to 8 p.m. Near the Restaurant Piazza, Lakeside Trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk of specialty cars. Presented by The Cool Cruisers of SWFL. TRICK-OR-TREATING 6 to 8 p.m. Children trick-or-treat at participating stores. While supplies last. CHILDREN’S COSTUME CONTEST (0-12 YEARS) 6:30 p.m. Near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store PET COSTUME CONTEST 7:30 p.m. Between Neiman Marcus Last Call and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store

Halloween costumes you’ll actually feel cool wearing

It’s time to take back Halloween! Stop succumbing to the last minute grab and dash costume run the few days before Halloween. “Oh, I’ll just get whatever.” This is usually turns out not to be a great costume.

Maybe you don’t like dressing up much. Makeup is hard to put on, admit it. And it’s a pain to take off as well. Other costume sets can be quite expensive, who knew an outfit for just one day a year would be close to $100!

But you don’t have to settle for “Joker #2” or “Prison Guy” costumes. You can utilize your wardrobe and a bit of ingenuity to create a costume you’ll be happy with.

Here are some ideas to help spur some inspiration.


Marty from Back to the Future

Jean jacket, red puffy vest, button down, faded jeans, sneakers. That’s really all you need to pull of the Marty McFly look. It’s effortless! Add in a hoverboard and you’re golden.


Reservoir Dogs

This one may need a bit of explaining to friends if they’re not familiar with the movie. All you’ll need is a black suit, white button down, and a skinny black tie. Oh and don’t forget the sunglasses.


Brawny Paper Towel Guy

If you have the hair and flannel shirt, you’ll nail this look. Just carry around the paper towels for added effect.  (Via Brit + Co)


Ryan Gosling in Drive

You’ll need some driving gloves, fitted pants, and a white jacket. Having hair similar to that of the Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a bonus point.


Bill Lumbergh in Office Space

Everyone should be able to pinpoint this costume. What’s needed? Suspenders, blue button down with white color, loud tie, and large glasses. Carry the mug around and spout quotes and you’ll win the costume contest!



The Dude from The Big Lebowski

You can either sport a white shirt and tan robe with pajama bottoms, or switch out the robe for his infamous sweater. You choose, ’cause you’re The Dude. It helps if you have longer hair.

How to buy dress pants

Not all pants are created equal. We think a wise man once said that, but we’re not sure which one.

We stress over our dress shirts, ties, shoes, and blazers, but do we stop to really think much about the pants we buy and how they fit us. Guys, you’ve probably had your fair share of pants that were a bit too baggy or just too tight, but you stuck it out and wore them anyway.

That’s about to change. We want to show you the proper way to buy dress pants to ensure they always fit you and your body type. You need to be concerned not just with the waist size and color, but also the length, the inseam, the way they hit your shoe.

Why do guys buy the wrong pants?

If you don’t know that to look for, it’s pretty hard to find the right pair of pants. Usually, if we’re at the store, we just want something that fits our waist size. It’s a hurdle just to find a pair you like that fits your waist and that’s where many of us stop.

But it’s time to start being picky about your slacks.

How to take measurements

Here are the main measurements you need to be concerned about:

  • Inseam (bottom side of ankle to underside of the crotch)
  • Waist
  • Rise (crotch seam to top of waist)

You’re probably familiar with waist and inseam. But rise may be a new one. Many retailers sell pants with the rise at 10 inches, but guys over 6 feet tall may need long rise pants that are around 12 inches.

Real Men Real Style has a great write up on how to take measurements for each of these items.

What to look for when buying

Now it’s time to head to the store to try on some pants. When it comes to dress pants, you will noticed that they need to be worn a bit higher on the body. That’s because the distance from the waist to the crotch is longer than for casual pants. Pull your trousers above the hips to get the optimal look.

According to A Tailored Suit, when your pants wrinkle or bunch around the thighs, they’re too tight.

If you notice billowing or the crotch area sagging, then the pants are too loose.

Next, decide between pleated and plain-front pants. Real Men Real Style has an infographic to show you the different between these two pants.

Pleated means that the pant has small folds in the fabric. Pants can come as single or double pleated.

Trouser cuffs are at the bottom of the pant leg. Some pants may or may not have them. According to A Tailored Suit, the best fit is when the cuff rests against the back of the shoe.

Next up is the fabric. The most common are woven wool or woolen blends usually in gray, navy blue, or black. They can also come in heavier fabrics that are better for winter than hotter months.

Real Men Real Style has an excellent checklist to help you purchase your new favorite pair of pants.

And if you look through this article and don’t want to go through the hassle of going to the store and trying on pants, come to Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers and see about getting a perfectly-fitted pair of custom trousers.

What shirt collar should you wear?


Can you name this collar?

Guys, were you aware of the numerous shirt collars out there? You might think of the mandarin collar, but can you name any of the others? You’re probably familiar with the point collar, but did you even know it had a name?

We know many guys out there just pick a shirt of the rack and that’s the end of that. We want to give you some background on the types of collars out there so you don’t end up with a club collar when you actually wanted a button down collar.

Aspects of a collar

According to Real Men Real Style, there are 6 features of a collar:

  • Collar points- tip of the collar
  • Collar point length- distance from collar point to where they meet the collar band
  • Collar band- fabric that wraps around the neck
  • Collar height
  • Tie space- distance between top of folded collar parts when shirt is buttoned
  • Spread- distance between collar points

If all of this sounds like gibberish, the site created a handy illustration to showcase each collar feature.



Types of collars

Thanks to the handy illustration above, you can clearly see all the different types of collars that are out there.

If you head to Hugh & Crye’s A Guide to Men’s Dress Shirt Collars, you will see real-life examples of these collars on dress shirts. This can help give you an idea of how each collar will look.

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Huge & Crye A Guide to Men’s Dress Shirt Collars

The Urban Gent has a great tip sheet on which collars to wear and which to avoid based on the shape of your face, size of your head, and size of your neck.

Tie or no tie?

Not all collars are created equal. And not all collars should be worn without ties.

Can be worn without a tie

Can NOT be worn without a tie

Can NOT be worn without a tie

Can be worn without a tie

Button Down
Can be worn without a tie

Forward Point
Can NOT be worn without a tie

Mario Bemer returns to Naples September 16 & 17

Mario Bemer is making his second journey to Naples to join Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers for another custom shoe fitting event.

This event is coming up soon! September 16 & 17 by appointment. This is a great chance to get custom fitted shoes exactly to your size. If you have wide, narrow, or large feet, you can now get bespoke dress shoes that truly fit like a glove.

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The Best Inspiration for Men’s Fashion

It can be tough to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of men’s fashion. Lucky for you, we put together some of the top blogs and social media accounts to give you the inspiration you need to always look fresh.

One of the best things to do to keep up with all these fashion blogs is to sign up for their newsletters. Another tip is to keep up with them on social media like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to ensure you never miss anything.

We also recommend you keep up with us on social media! Follow us on Facebook, tweet at us on Twitter, pin our posts on Pinterest, or check out our images on Instagram.

Do you have a favorite men’s fashion blog or site that we missed? Be sure to leave it in the comments below so we can add it to the list!

Fashion Beans
For fashion, style, grooming, street style, and lifestyle

Sample articles to check out:

How to Wear Green This Season

Summer 2016 Fashion Hot List

How to Pick the Perfect Beard Length for You

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Tons of images of the latest styles in menswear from formal to streetwear

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He Spoke Style
One of the top men’s style blogs out there.

Sample articles to check out:

Why No White Pants After Labor Day?

The HSS Guide to Dress Shirt Collars

Khakis vs Chinos: What’s the Difference?

Gentleman’s Gazette
This site is all about classic men’s fashion. If you’re looking for classic styles and looks, recommendations, and articles, this is your site.

Sample articles to check out:

Monk Strap Shoe Guide

Dress Code Primer

If you’re looking to dress well and not break the bank, Dappered is for you. Learn about clothing, drinks, grooming, watches, shoes, women and more. They also have a forum so you can chat with those of a similar style.

Sample articles to check out:

Best Dress Shirts to Own

How to go tieless with a suit

How much does it cost to tailor

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Articles of Style
This is for those of you who consider themselves fashion forward. Lots of great images to get style inspiration.