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

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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

Wet Shaving Guide

Wet shaving is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. If you’re not one of the guys jumping on the beard bandwagon, you’re likely shaving. Have you thought of trying wet shaving? Do you know what it is? Think of the type of shaving you see men getting at barbershops in movies or TV shows. The kind where the barber uses the big brush to lather on foam, then uses a straight razor to artfully make the facial hair disappear.

Wet shaving isn’t something just meant for barbershops and special occasions. It can be done right at home! All you need are a few tools of the trade and a little advice to help get you started. This helpful infographic from Reddit user Wicked_Edge will get you started. It goes through the products you need, as well as the benefits of wet shaving. Do your face a favor and try it out!

Source: Reddit User Wicked_Edge

Workout Gear for Guys

You want to get in shape and look amazing. Maybe you are doing it to impress others, or maybe you want to do it just for yourself. Either way, you will need the proper gear to get started. You can’t workout in cargo shorts and flip flops, it’s just not safe (or fashionable!).  A few of the basics you need are sneakers, pants/shorts, shirt, and jacket (if it’s cold). Then you will want a gym bag to put it all in.

Sneakers
The thing about sneakers, is that they’re not all made equal. A pair of converse may not be so great for running. And a pair of running shoes may not be best for weight lifting. You need to pick shoes that will match the type of activity you plan to do.

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Adidas Pure Boost 2.0 $120
Running shoe

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Nike Lunar Tempo $110 (on sale for $74)
Running shoe

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Nike Zoom Hypercross TR2 $130
Training shoe

Pants/Shorts
Whether it’s hot or cold, or you’re working inside or outside, you’re going to need pants.

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Underarmour Men’s UA SC30 Warm-Up Pants $69.99

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Soybu ‘Samurai’ Moisture Wicking Stretch Performance Shorts $50

Shirts
Wearing a cotton t shirt is fine for working out. But shirts made for athletics will help your skin breath better and prevent tons of sweat stains.

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NIKE DRI-FIT TOUCH HEATHERED SHORT-SLEEVE $35

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Under Armour Men’s Charged Cotton Just Sayin Too Basketball Sleeveless Shirt $25

Never Know How to Match Your Suit, Tie, and Shoes? Say no more!

Matching a suit is one thing. You have to pick the right jacket and pant color, then the dress shirt, followed by the tie. Now add shoes into that mix and you could be a walking fashion faux pas at your next event.

How could that be? Well, for one thing, wearing anything but black shoes with a black suit is not a good idea. A good rule of thumb is that black shoes go with nearly every color suit from brown and black to white and gray.

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This excellent chart from the /r/malefashionadvice subreddit shows you the proper suit color and shoe pairings. A black suit is perfect for formal events, especially paired with a wholecut oxford shoe. A more casual look is a light grey suit with a black or dark brown Brogue Monkstrap with Medallion Cap Toe shoe.

Once you have the suit and shoe down, you need to worry about matching your shirt and tie to complete the whole outfit.

This article from Fashion Beans gives examples of great shirt and tie combos from white shirts to striped shirts. Take a look to get some inspiration.

Next, this blog from Art of Manliness shows you the art (or is it a science?) of matching shirt and tie patterns. Starting off easy, you should go for a solid color or semisolid when it comes to neckties. Once you get more confident you can branch out into bolder patterns. You don’t want to be matching your tie too closely with the shirt, so don’t wear a similar striped tie and shirt combo.

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Also starting off easy, you should have a conservative-colored dress shirt. Usually white and light blue are the most common, as well as pastels.

Next come the suits. Dark colored suits, says Art of Manliness, go with most tie colors. But be careful when you try to match a dark tie with a blue tint with a dark grey or black suit. Blue ties are much better suited for navy blue, or light colored suits. Light suits go well with dark ties.  There are many other great tips and rules to help you match your next suit, so check out the article.

This is a quick primer on matching suits, shirts, ties, and shoes. It takes some practice to get used to matching these colors and patterns, but you’ll get the hang of it! So find some weddings, business meetings, or networking events to attend and make sure your suit game is on point.

How to Pick the Perfect Engagement Ring

You have decided to pop the question (such a strange phrase, isn’t it?). Now you already have the location picked, maybe you’re not sure what you’ll say just yet but you have some time, what are you forgetting? If your future husband or wife is hoping for a traditional wedding, they’re going to expect a shiny new ring to accompany your big question.

This is such a tough decision. Not only are rings expensive, there are also so many of them. You check out dozens of designs and somehow they all look nearly the same. You can’t ask your significant other, that would spoil the surprise! You could always get them a loaner ring, then have them pick out their favorite after you ask for their hand, but not many people opt for this. You need to make a decision!

We’ve may not have the exact answer you’re hoping for, nobody can pick the right ring for you. But we do have a few helpful resources to get you on your way to a happy wedding and marriage.

How to find the ring size
This is something many people can overlook. You focus on searching for the perfect stone, setting, and design, but forget to size the ring! This infographic can help you find sneaky ways to find out your future spouse’s ring size.

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The Practical side of picking a ring

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If you’re hesitating and wondering why you need a ring

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Men’s Style Blogs You Should Follow

The best place for finding style inspiration is on the streets of the world’s major cities. Walk around London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, or New York City and you’ll get inspired by every outfit you see. But if you happen to live in a smaller town, finding the sort of style you love out on the streets is tough. Luckily the internet is full of style blogs to fill this gap. Check out these top men’s style blogs to feed your aesthetic needs.

The Houndstooth
A DC based street-style blog

Gentlemen’s Brim
Don’t knock them just cause they’re hosted on blogspot. This site features photos of guys looking their best.

Modern Fellows
Another DC based style blog. They have photos as well as feature articles.

He Spoke Style
One of the few Baltimore based blogs, features articles on style, an ask column, and more.

Why You Mad
Austin takes time to answer fashion questions and showcases his personal style

The GQ Eye
The best of GQ Magazine’s style

Put this On
“A web series about dressing like a grownup”