‘Tis the Season for Weddings: What you need to know to look your best

weddingsThe summertime doesn’t just welcome warm climate, beautiful scenery and relaxing times. It also welcomes the start of wedding season. Summer weddings are gorgeous and heart warming. Unfortunately, your heart isn’t the only thing getting warm. Summer weddings are notoriously hot and can make any guest uncomfortable, especially the men. Men have always been expected to wear penguin suits on formal occasions such as, weddings. However, at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we have the right tips for every man as they suit up for a lively night of celebrating.

Here are some of the tips and guidelines to follow when attending a summer wedding. Keep in mind though, this isn’t your day so don’t be to over the top to where you over throw the bride and groom. Be comfortable and stylish with your outfit and enjoy it!

THE SUIT 

The suit is the most important part of any mans ensemble. Nowadays, men aren’t expected to wear heavy, black tuxedos to any wedding. Our most important rule is to have fun with what you’re wearing. Wear a khaki suit or patterned jacket. As long, as the dress shirt matches and your confidence shows in what you’re wearing, GO FOR IT. Look for a slim, nice fitting suit or jacket when browsing for outfits. With the warm temperatures, stick to linens or cottons to avoid the embarrassing sweat marks at the reception.

THE TIE 

This is usually the detail of the outfit that men get most creative with. We agree that getting creative with a tie can brighten up any old suit. It also lets others see what your personality is really like if you get quirky with these details. Always go for a windsor knot, whether you do a half or full windsor depends on your head size. If you have a bigger head, go for a full windsor, and if you have a smaller head go for a half windsor.

THE SHOES 

Get a white buck skin shoe. TheY go with everything and they add a point of interest to any look. They may get dirty depending on if its an outdoor occasion or not but you will look better with it anyway.

THE DRESS SHIRT 

Its the summertime so that means you should go for more relaxed colors, like a light pink or lavender. Depending on how crazy you are planning on going with the suit jacket and tie maybe go for a light gray. Either way, a nice light lavender or pink can add a pop of color to any outfit, especially if you’re not planning on going over the top.

Shine in 2014

new-years-eveNew Year’s Eve is a time to shine. Your resolutions are made, dinner reservations are set, you have a date.  Now all you have to worry about is: what are you going to wear?  Sure, you could go with the black tie look and blend in with everyone else, or you could add to your look with some one-of-a-kind pieces that no one else will have!

Unique cufflinks are a great way to add a pop to your look without going overboard.  Go outside of your comfort zone with a playful tie or a colorful pair of socks.  Top the whole look off with a beautiful, and comfortable, pair of leather shoes.  Compliments are sure to follow, and you’ll be remembered, for the good.

cufflinksSo stop by Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers to pick up these unique accessories that will be sure to help you ring in 2014 right!  And while you’re here, get your date glammed up with a Luigi Borbone dress, which is sure to turn heads, especially since we are the only store in the United States to carry his line.

lavinia longhiMake a resolution to look good and feel good this year by getting starting your custom wardrobe today!

Weddings 201: Here Comes the Groom…

You’ve found something shiny and presented it to her in the most amazing way possible.  With your heart out and the highest hopes for eternal happiness, you asked her to marry you and she said…  “Yes!”  Well, Congratulations!  That said, we’re sorry, but you have one more bit of homework to do (doing your part of the chores around the house/apartment from the moment you say “I do” doesn’t count as homework anymore, it’s being married).  This last bit will be to find an outstanding wedding garb for yourself.

We call it “homework” because in order to succeed you must study very carefully some important aspects of the wedding.  Is it formal?  Beachy?  Casual?  Are you and your bride contemporary or more traditional?  What is the wedding’s color scheme?  Is it sultry, sexy, mysterious, romantic?  Your wedding day wardrobe should blend seamlessly with all of those pre-existing factors.  But we’re gonna go out on a limb here and say that unlike some ladies that have been planning this joyous event since their childhood, most gentlemen are unacquainted about the whole wedding fuss, and are, from our perspective, the ones who need the most help as far as making the right wardrobe decision.  But they’re often the ones who get the least help.

Pictured: no help.

We are positive that she is willing to help with all the arrangements for you to look fabulous, but at the risk of stating the obvious, she is, and will be until the last minute of the wedding day, so very, very busy.  Since you are such an incredible man (right?), you are going to free her from yet another wedding task (RIGHT??), so that she can decide other things, like Vera Wang or Monique Lhuillier, Manolos or Loubotins, organza or silk taffeta, or perhaps what the bridesmaids will be wearing.

No. Guess again.

Here we will provide you with a cheat sheet of what this one-of-a-kind, once in a lifetime (hopefully!) ensemble must have.  The most important part is that this outstanding wedding garb most likely won’t be found at first sight.  The one that will compliment her astonishing dress, the one that make you look amazing standing there waiting for her at the altar.  You and your fiancée have waited a lifetime for this day, so this masterpiece must be created.

A designer wedding gown can cost up to $18,000.  We are not implying your tux or suit should be just as expensive (well, unless you really want it to be), but it undoubtedly must be of the same quality.  It is in a custom wardrobe that you receive that quality and value (100% Super 210s wool sounds about right), and, needless to say, a perfect fit, color trim and so forth, the key pieces of your one-of-a-kind wedding garb.

The essentials of a perfect suit or tuxedo:

Number one is fit.  If the suit fits, then it will look good.  Next is fabrication.  Finally, accessories.  As far as style, three-piece tuxedos are definitely in style.  They always are, but seem to be predominantly in style right now.  Wear a necktie with your tuxedo for a young, modern look.  A classic, formal look always is the standard, with a white shirt and a white bow tie.  Not every wedding is formal, but never wear a tuxedo with a colored tie!

...Well, if you're this adorable, maybe you can get away with it.

The best style is to stay a little more classic, but to have a unique cloth.  There should be a tone-on-tone pattern that has luster and a little depth; something that is striking.  You will probably be the only one in a tuxedo, but with beautiful detailing, like a white shirt and white tie, or a unique fabric, or a vest that matches the jacket, and most definitely through the use of accessories and materials, you will ultimately stand out.

Shoes are another amazing but subtle way to stand out.  Beautiful, high-gloss, leather lace-ups are always perfect.  And for something a little more stylish and unique, a custom shoe in leather with some detailing.

Just remember, you are not alone.  It will be our pleasure to serve you on this joyous event.  Let the architect of style create your wedding day masterpiece!

A Guide to New Year’s Eve Parties

So many parties to attend, so many dress codes to follow.  In a highly fashionably city like our home base of New York, the question of what to wear is always in the back of our heads.  We thought about it in-depth because, well, fashion is sort of what we do!  We’ve come up with some essential party looks, and we’d like to share why we love them and how someone can make them work.

BLACK TIE

Here is your chance to look like the gentleman you are!  For many, wearing a tux does not come often enough in a year.  So, if you get an invitation requesting for such, go for it all-out!  For those of you who wear it often, you know there are great fabrics and tone-on-tone patterns that everyone knows about.  And even our favorite, 100% super 210s wool can get a little safe and uninspiring.  If turning heads is in your agenda for the night, we suggest upgrading the black tux for a midnight blue one.  Very elegant, understated and yet highly fashionable.  Or, if you want to stay classic in black for this, the last ball of the year, opt for something like in the picture up above, a contrasting but complimentary color combination in the tie and lapel.  You will look like someone pulled you off the runway.

Keep the shirt fly front with stubble studs so that your lapel takes center stage.  For a last-minute outfit, spice up your black tux by adding a coordinating cummerbund and bow tie set.

As for why we love it?  It’s a classic look with just enough party attitude.

VELVET DINNER JACKET

Thanks goodness this piece makes an appearance every year, and most definitely every time we think “fantastic parties in cold weather.”  Our pick, a single-breasted jacket with a shawl lapel.  Remember that the color palette for this is best left to rich red wine burgundies, navy blues, eggplant purples, jet black and any variety of gray.  Simple single-breasted jackets with a shawl lapel and welted pockets seem to polish off the cut beautifully.  You simply must pick a great pocket square (this, of all nights, is not the one to hold back on).  And a fly front studded shirt will keep you on that très chic line of thinking.  And don’t forget the bow tie, the icing on the cake!  Keep the pants a clean, straight cut and enjoy all the compliments you get.

ROCK STAR

Now, for those of you with more of a club scene in mind (remember, it is New Year’s Eve and you must look superb no matter what type of party you’ll be rocking), for this we love a fun dinner jacket with beaded lapels like the ones on this dinner jacket in the above picture.  Since this is a more irreverent look, ditch the dress shirt for a contrasting T-shirt instead.

TROPICAL CELEBRATION

Now there are some lucky ones out there who skipped the cold weather and opted for a tropical resort celebration (kudos to you, by the way).  For you, the timeless nautical look could not be more appropriate.  And why?  Because in boiling hot weather, white is just great at deflecting the heat while glowing in the sunshine.  And the navy jacket gives it a more late night kind of look, while a silk blend will give the last sophisticated touches to this pairing.

A very nice pair of loafers will complement the look.  Think about those Fratelli Rossetti shoes that have a terry cloth lining and are good for hot weather!

At any rate, no matter what you wear, we hope you enjoy the parties, the good company and the compliments.  And above all, have a joyous 2012!

The 125th Anniversary of the Tuxedo, or Is It?

How many people, do you think, know that the Fall of 2011 marked the 125th anniversary of the tuxedo? Furthermore, how many people know that part of the history of the tuxedo is linked back to an area only 40 miles outside of Manhattan?  We think it’s safe to say this would be news to many readers across the world, but it’s true.  However, there’s more to the story than meets the eye, and unfortunately, even after 125 years, the exact origins of the tuxedo remain unconfirmed.  The story behind it all is quite intriguing.  Here are tidbits and facts that help account for the origin and first appearance of this avant-garde dress coat.  We’ll let you be the judge as to who should be the one credited for this amazing and timeless addition to men’s formalwear.

-It is said that in 1886, a “tailless dress coat” was first introduced into American society.  However, a pattern for this coat is found in the archives of the family run bespoke business, Henry Poole & Co, located in London, England.  The relic precedes the American appearance of the tuxedo, dating back to 1865.

-The tuxedo seems to implicitly be a combination of the long-tailed dress coat and shorter lounge jackets popular in the period, probably to allow for dressing for formal occasions while retaining the greater comfort of the shorter jacket.

-Prince Edward VII, future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, is believed to be the first to have ordered this glorified formal jacket from Henry Poole & Co. in 1865.  The Prince, in turn, encouraged an American, Mr. James Brown Potter, to order one himself upon visiting him in Wales in 1886.  Potter did just that, and began to regularly wear the jacket to events at a new, exclusive country club in the then remote Orange County of New York.  The country club’s name?  Tuxedo Park.

-The tuxedo’s true coming out party occurred not long after, when Potter and his Tuxedo Park friends wore them one evening to a bachelor’s dinner at the famed Delmonico’s restaurant in Lower Manhattan, the only public dining restaurant in New York at the time.  The other patrons paid attention, and a legend was born, taking the name of the country club where it first found popularity.

-According to some advertisements dated back to the early 1900s, a tuxedo jacket AND a coordinating vest was a whopping $22.50!  What a steal!

-Traditional formalwear for men in the 19th century was a black tailcoat, paired with a white dress shirt and bow tie.  When the tailless tuxedo jacket made its debut, it was considered taboo and frowned upon for wearing to formal events.  The tux did not gain true acceptance among bluebloods until it was adopted in the 1920s by the dashing, young Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII.

-The colloquial phrase “black tie” actually comes from the summer versions of the tux that became popular in the 1930s, which caused the distinguishing of the tux from the more traditional long coat more obvious.  Long coats are worn with white bow ties, while tuxes were always worn with black.

-The tuxedo made its way out of the upper echelons and into the middle class in the 1950s.  Since then, it’s become a common sight at everything from dinners for foreign Heads of State at the White House to high school proms in rural Alabama and everything in-between.

Whether it’s 165 years or 125 years, we think it’s safe to say that the addition of the tuxedo into Western menswear is one of the greatest occurrences in fashion history.  The little details and overall style of the jacket have evolved over time, but it can still be said today that every man should have one hanging in his closet for the right time.

Here are a few of our own personal favorites.  We’re probably a little biased!