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?

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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.

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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.

Spread
Can be worn without a tie

Tab
Can NOT be worn without a tie

Cutaway
Can NOT be worn without a tie

Club
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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MenStyle1
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

Dappered
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.

Skincare Guide for Men

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That’s right fellas, you may think skincare is a girl’s game, but everyone has skin and we all should be taking care of it. It’s important to develop a regimen, and try to follow some of the skincare do’s and don’ts that are out there.

We put together this quick guide to help you find some tips you can incorporate into your life. We don’t want to overwhelm you with too too much, don’t worry.

Ready to go?

Buy moisturizer
You probably don’t want to be one of those guys who has moisturizer, but you’ll be glad to have it when you need it. Moisturizer will hydrate dry skin and prevent it from becoming flaky. It’s a good idea to do this after a cleanse, and after showering.

Water > Caffeine and alcohol
Sure, the latter two many will argue taste much better. But in terms of skincare, water will help moisturize your skin and prevent it from drying out. Caffeine and alcohol have the opposite effect and can dehydrate the skin. That doesn’t mean you can never have alcohol or coffee, you just should watch how much you’re having.

Eat better
Vegetables are great for your health and for your skin. Many of the vitamins in veggies and fruits can fight off free radicals.

Get enough sleep
Bet you can’t argue with this one. In terms of your skin (and the rest of your life), a good night’s sleep does wonders. This time will allow cells to repair and replenish, and you’ll feel better in the morning.

Don’t go against the grain
Shaving against the direction of hair growth can cause inflammation of the skin. A smoother shave will result in shaving with the grain.

Just a splash
When you wake up, you might like splashing water on your face to get yourself feeling refreshed. A good splash of water can also removed dead skin cells that remain on your face. If you want to go further, get an exfoliating scrub to use once or twice per week.

Watch the tan
If you like hitting the pool or beach to get some rays, you’ll want to bring some protection. The sun can do lots of damage to your skin and loosen it’s elasticity, speeding up the aging process. Apply SPF 15 sunscreen and reapply every two hours.

Ready to up your skincare game? Here are Esquire Magazine’s favorite skincare products.

When to wear a skinny tie

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You’ve seen them popping up all over the place. The skinny tie is the “it” thing in the fashion world right now. And as with all “it” things, you need to figure out when the best time is to sport it.

There will be faux paus here and there, someone wearing a skinny tie with the wrong type of suit or during the wrong occasion (is there a wrong occasion?)

We’ll be going over the do’s and don’ts of skinny ties to help you always look your best.

The skinny tie basics

What constitutes a skinny tie? Well, a “regular” tie is usually about 3.5 inches wide, anything slimmer will be referred to as a skinny tie.

There are three sizes: 1.5-1.75 inches, 2-2.5 inches, and 2.75 to 3.25 inches.

Once you pick your perfect size (try each on to see how they look) you’ll need to pick the right fabric. Choose from all the regular tie fabrics like cotton, silk, knit cotton, microfiber, and wool.

Next, decide on the right length. According to Skinnyties.com about 90% of you will be getting a tie that’s about 56-58 inches, so don’t overthink the length too much. If you are above 6′ 3″ the site recommends a 58 inch long tie.

Now pull the whole tie together with a tie bar. Here are the recommended sizes based on the width of your tie, courtesy of skinnyties.com:

1.5″ tie = 1.25″ tie bar
1.75″-2″ tie = 1.5″ or 1.75″ tie bar2.25″ – 3″ tie = 1.75″ tie bar

When to wear a skinny tie

Now that you have your tie picked out, when can you wear it? First, you’ll want to make sure your proposed suit or outfit goes with the tie.

You will want slim fitting shirt, jacket, and narrow pants to match the skinny tie aesthetic.

The skinny tie goes great in casual settings, but it’s often not recommended for very formal events. You can get away with it at a formal event, but make sure it is a black silk tie.

A skinny tie goes great with a vest or with a well-fitted button down. Generally the types of men wearing these ties are slim and tall, especially since the skinny tie can make them appear even more tall and slim.

When do you wear your skinny tie? Have you worn one to a very formal event? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Joey gives casual style advice for the Southwest Florida man

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Just this week our very own Joseph Wendt was featured in Florida Weekly! The article is titled Causal wear is the style for Southwest Florida. It’s all about what men should be wearing here in one of the hottest states in the US.

There’s great advice in the article from various people in the fashion industry here in Naples.

Zack Dobbins who blogs about fashion and worked for Ralph Lauren and Valentino suggests that men over 40 “look best in classic American sportswear.”

Here’s what Joey had to say, “There are some really nice looking linen and silk blend shorts that look great with lightweight knit polo shirt,” he says. “But, I mean a polo shirt with no logo, not a golf shirt. Even down here, golf shirts are for the golf course, not dinner dates or events.”

Joey also gives his opinion on flipflops for men, “If it’s an outdoor event where food and drink are being served, no one wants to see bare toes on men.”

Check out the rest of the article here to see what casual style tips you can uncover.

Casual wear is the style for Southwest Florida

By Stephanie Davis
Florida Weekly