Joseph Wendt Jetsetter’s Guide

You love to travel. The airport is like a second home to you. Some of the flight attendants even know your name. You’re a jetsetter.

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Or maybe you’re a busy business traveler. Or you just enjoy a few vacations each year. No matter the occasion, travel is a big part of our lives, especially plane travel. It can be tough to enjoy travel when you’re crammed into an economy middle seat on a 12 hour haul across the Pacific.

Fear not weary traveler. We have put together this guide to help your next plane experience as comfortable as possible. Sit back, relax, put your tray table up, and get ready for the ride.

How to Find the Best Seats

You have your tickets, now it’s time to pick seats. The last thing you want to do is be stuck in a middle seat, and you don’t want an obstructed view, but how can you pick a seat without really seeing the plane? Sites like Seat Expert, Seatmaestro, and SeatGuru let you know the best and worst seats on your specific plane.

What to Bring on the Plane

On the plane, you’ll want your necessities like headphones and something to keep you occupied like a book or tablet. But you’ll also want a few other items handy:

  • Comfortable socks- Don’t keep your shoes on the whole time during a long flight. Change into new socks to let your feet breathe.
  • Water bottle- Have an empty water bottle as you go through security. Fill it up before you board your flight.
  • Gum- Prevent your ears from getting clogged by chewing gum.
  • Snacks – Longer flights will serve you, but many short flights don’t. Bring snacks like jerky, trail mix, or snack bars to fill you up.
  • Meal- If you know the flight is 3+ hours, grab a sandwich to bring on the plane.
  • Tylenol or Advil- Always safe to have it!
  • Ear Plugs- Don’t let a noisy neighbor prevent you from getting some shut eye

What to Wear

Yes, being a jetsetter means you want to be stylish, but don’t compromise feeling comfortable for looks. You will regret wearing a tie on a 7 hour flight, we guarantee it. Dress casually.

For guys, this may mean chinos and a dress shirt or a nice t shirt with a jacket. Ladies, avoid the heels. Nobody wants to walk through a concourse in shoes, especially if you’re late and have to run.

If you are on an overnight flight, bring a change of clothes like sweatpants and a t-shirt so you feel somewhat more comfortable.

Now you’re ready to head off on your next journey! If you’re a business traveler or just need a suit for your next adventure, let Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers tailor to perfect outfit for you.

 

 

 

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Gifts Every Man Would Want For the Holidays

It’s that time of year when you have to get creative and find something other than cash and gift cards to give for the holidays. It’s tough! It probably seems like some of your friends and family have everything, what else could they want? For guys, it can be even harder because once you have a cocktail kit, cufflinks, and tie collection, you don’t know what else to get.

We’re here to help you this holiday season! We put together this guy guide to give you some inspiration. From subscription boxes to the kitchen to kits to clothing. There’s going to be something in here for the guys in your life. We did the research, now just scroll through and see what catches your eye.

Eating

Jerkygrams
The best package you’ll get in the mail all month! Jerkygrams are boxes of jerky shipped to your door. There are tons of options like booze-infused jerky and exotic meats.

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Hot Sauce Making Kit
If your friend is a hot sauce fanatic, let him try making his very own with this kit.

Bacon Lovers Feast Gift Basket
The best meats all in one basket, who wouldn’t want this?
$39.95

Drinking

Personalized Whiskey Barrel
Whiskey lovers rejoice! Any guy who likes his drink strong will love one of these barrels.
$85-$200

Micro Brewed Kit
Make your own micro brew at home! Perfect for the beer lover.
$74.99

Neighborwoods Map Coasters
These coasters are perfect for those that love drinking, great design, and travel.
$36

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Beer Cap States
No art on the walls? Well they will want to put up one of these states that allows you to display your beer cap collection, kind of like those quarter maps.
$35

Sports

College Barware Crate
Combine your guy’s love of college sports with drinking. There are also options for NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL.
$79.99

The Golfer’s Crate
A literal crate full of a golfer’s favorite things like sunflower seeds, Caddyshack, golf head cover, and more.
$99.99

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Tackle Subscription Box
Fisherman love one thing other than catching fish…getting more tackle!
$15

Portable Table Tennis Set
Great for the competitive guy who’s always looking for the next challenge>
$39.95

Style

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Duck Feather Bowties
At our showroom on Fifth Avenue South in Naples, we have a wide variety of accessories including one of our favorites: Duck Feather Bowties!

Working Man’s Hygiene Kit
Guys who don’t want to be seen using hand lotion will enjoy this guy-focused personal care kit with soap, lotion, oil, lip balm, and more.
$50

The Elements of a Three Piece Suit

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What’s the difference between a typical two-piece and a three-piece suit? Really, it’s the waistcoat. A waistcoat is the vest worn above the shirt and below the jacket. It’s amazing how the addition of this vest can add a sense of class to a boring trouser and blazer combination.

Can I just add a vest to my suit?

Technically, then it’s not a real three piece suit. The elements of a three piece suit must be made from the same material and lining. This includes the waistcoat, pants, and jacket.

If you take any two piece suit and add a new vest, this vest is called an “odd vest”. Typically, the waistcoat matches the rest of the outfit. If this is your first time trying to add a vest or waistcoat to your outfit, don’t go for a pop of color, just stick to the color of the rest of the suit.

How do you wear it?

As with jackets, there are buttoning rules for waistcoats. It’s best to always leave the last button undone.

You also won’t be needing a belt with your suit, it just looks off.

Finally, your waistcoat should cover your belt line. But don’t let it fall above or below it, or the proportions will be off.

Why did the three piece suit go out of style?

It’s not necessarily that it went out of style. According to Alan Flusser, author of “Dressing the Man“, the three piece suit started to decline due to wartime rationing. Tailors could not make the waistcoats necessary for three piece suits anymore.

Since then, they haven’t risen to much prominence. You do see the occasional one at a wedding or other formal event, but most people don’t walk into the office in one.

When can you wear a three piece suit?

The obvious answer is weddings. Grooms and groomsmen sporting three piece suits are becoming a hot trend in the wedding space. As a guest you can definitely wear one as well.

If you ever plan to head to the racetrack, a three piece suit will not look out of place.

At the office, it’s best to stick with class colors like black, matching every piece of the outfit.

A beginners guide to wine

Here at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we love two great things in this world: superb clothing and fine wines. We even sell hand blown wine glasses in our showroom! There’s nothing quite like getting a new bottle of wine, cracking it open, smelling the cork, and pouring that first glass.

Now, if you’re a beginner to wine, or just want to understand it a little better, you’re in luck! This guide is about helping you make sense of the types of wines, what to pair them with, and common terminology.

Types of Wines

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This graphic from Wine Folly illustrates the common types of white and red wines, as well as their shades. Chardonnay is much darker than Riesling, Syrah is a bit darker than Pinot Noir. These are just 8 of the over 1,300 types of wine grape varieties! Wine Folly has a chart that showcases the many types of wines (see below).

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Glassware

Not all wine glasses are created equal. It’s been found that the right glass will make wine taste better! Check out this article on the basics of serving wine.

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Wine Folly

This chart showcases the 6 common glasses: standard, flute, tulip, coupe, hook, and tumbler, and which one is best for certain varieties of wine.

Taste Test

Do you know how to describe the taste of wine, or do you tend to use all the same terms: earthy, dry, etc? This article shows you 4 steps for how to properly taste wine.

Pairing Wine & Food

One of the arts of wine is to properly pair it with your meal. Here are a few tips to use:

  • Don’t mix bitter wine with bitter food
  • The wine should be sweeter than the food
  • Pairing an earthy wine with something more earthy can make the wine taste fruity
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Wine Folly

Use this helpful chart from Wine Folly to determine how to best pair your next meal with the right wine.

How to Order at a Restaurant

Do you know how to properly order and approve wine while at a restaurant?

  1. Ask to verify the bottle and ensure it’s the one you ordered
  2. Check the cork to see if the producer label is printed on it
  3. Make sure the wine is not flawed
    – If the wine smells like wet cardboard, it could be from mold on the cork
    – If wine is left in heat over 90 degrees it can smell like jam
    – Wine that isn’t properly sealed will turn to vinegar