‘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.

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Wardrobe Essentials for Men

From suits to accessories, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers offers everything for men to dress in style from head to toe. This is a great infographic on men’s wardrobe essentials and how to build your wardrobe from the ground up.

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NFL Draft 2014 – Fashion Recap

The 2014 NFL Draft did not disappoint. The best part of the Draft is the realization that the NFL season is nearly upon us! But as we know, the Draft is more than about football. The red carpet is rolled out and these men show up in one-of-a-kind custom suits. For more than 20 years, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers has worked directly with professional athletes including over 100 NFL players and head coaches. So, as you can imagine, I have a vested interest in seeing what the up and coming stars are wearing.

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Virginia tackle Morgan Moses poses for photos with his mother Marion Graves upon arriving for the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft

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Justin Gilbert made a big statement showing up in a light-colored suit for an evening event — but it without a doubt paid off. Gilbert looks amazing and fresh in his light blue ensemble, and the red accents in his pocket square and tie are the perfect slash of color!

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Mike Evans also got lucky with his color combinations. I admire his bravery to mix patterns between shirt and tie.

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Southwest Florida’s very own Sammy Watkins kept it simple and classy with his draft-day outfit, and the subtle plaid pattern of his suit made it one of my favorites of the night.

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Jadeveon Clowney knew well before the draft that he was going to be holding up a Texans jersey, because that tie matches the his new jersey well. The rest of his accessories are sleek and simple.

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CJ Mosley is making a bold choice with the patterned bow-tie and light suit. I’m always happy to see a non-black suit make its way into the sea of traditional mens formal wear.

#100

It’s our 100th post!  …Sort of.  There were two posts there that were lost to time, so this is our 98th completed post, but, you know what?  Whatever, let’s celebrate early!  When we started this blog back in October 2011, we had two stores, one on Long Island and one in Manhattan, we were called “Joseph’s Custom Clothiers,” our colors were red and white, and we had never written a single blog entry before.  What a difference two and a half years makes!  Now we have two stores, on in a different part of Long Island and one in Naples, FL, we’re called “Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers,” our colors are dark blue and gold, and we’ve written 100 of these things!  Let’s take a look back at 100 entries, and pick out some of our favorite, as we look forward to the next 100!

Your Sartorial Foundation – December 28, 2011

A look at the perfect base for your menswear wardrobe.

Halftime?! – February 8, 2012

A comical look at how far the Super Bowl Halftime Show has come over the years.

Weddings 101: The Ring – February 22, 2012

The first part in our comprehensive three-part series on preparing for the big day!

Perception is Power – March 14, 2012

A look at how what you wear can influence everything everyone is thinking about you.

Fashion of the Future! – April 14, 2012

A look at what people, past and present, thought the future would be wearing.

Shoes: From Ugly to Outstanding – May 16, 2012

A history and overview of that oft overlooked part of the men’s wardrobe: the shoe.

The Happiest Place on Earth: The DMV! – May 30, 2012

An overview on making that license picture better than it usually turns out!

Expansion, Contraction and Relocation (Not of Waistlines!) – September 25, 2012

An in-depth, absurdest look at the strange history and future of NFL teams on the move.

Bond, James Bond, Part 1: The Ian Fleming Novels (1953-1962) – October 5, 2012

The first part of our 4-part James Bond fashion introspective, this part covered the pre-film novelized Bond, and tastes of his deeply sartorial creator, Ian Fleming.

Ties, Ties, and More Ties! – December 7, 2012

All about ties, from top to bottom.

Revenge of the English Shooting Jacket – March 25, 2013

Full coverage of the history and usages of the English shooting jacket.

Starfleet Fashions: Semper Exploro! – May 23, 2013

We went super nerdy here, with a full look at Starfleet uniforms from the “Star Trek” franchise in celebration of the 2013 release of “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

The Four Major Tie Knots (Plus One) – June 28, 2013

A look at the four most common necktie knots, and when and where to wear them.

Women’s Menswear – July 26, 2013

A look at the history and current trend of fashionable women wearing clothing styles traditionally worn by men.

Best and Worst NFL Uniforms – August 20, 2013

A humorous look at the best and worst of the usually stolid and sometimes insane NFL uniform.

Bow Ties 101 – February 27, 2014

A look at the always overlooked bow tie, and how to wear it.

Here’s to 100 more, everyone!

Bow Ties 101

Let’s take a look at that most misunderstood aspect of menswear, the bow tie.

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Despite the modern association with nerdiness and fastidiousness, believe it or not, the bow tie has particularly roughly-hewn origins.  Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian Wars in the 1600s used a scarf around their necks to close the opening of their shirts.  The French became fond of the look, adapting it for less utilitarian purposes, and calling it a “cravat” from the French for “Croat.”  When and how the cravat of the 1700s and 1800s mutated into the bow tie is lost to history.  However it happened, bow ties and their variants dominated formalwear for the second half of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century before giving way to neckties.  Favored by professors, architects, and other more fussy, old fashioned-types, bow ties began to fade in popularity in the years leading up to World War II, with neckties becoming the garment of choice for fashionable men.  Bow ties became associated with being old, or awkward, or even specifically being politically and socially conservative.

It wasn’t until recently, with the rise of the “hipster” look, which deliberately seeks out odd or contrarian fashion choices, have bow ties returned to the mainstream, and have even become “cool” again.  Young people, fashionable people, sports starts, and even dyed-in-the-wool liberals are wearing bow ties again (we still think conservative columnist George Will wears the look best in the political world right now, though).  And, of course, scientists, professors and the more socially reserved continue to love them as they always have.

Considering adding bow ties to your fashion repertoire?  Here are some things you need to know.  First, here’s how to tie a bow tie, from WikiHow.  Unlike neckties, there aren’t a lot of variant ways to tie these pieces of neckwear.

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  • Drape the bow tie around your neck, under your collar, and grasp the ends. The end on your right should extend about 1.5 inches lower than the end on your left side.
  • Cross the longer end over the shorter end. You should cross the tie near your neck so that the loop around your neck is just large enough to work with but not loose; you don’t want your bow dangling in front of your chest.
  • Pass the longer end up through the loop, forming a simple, loose overhand knot. Use this opportunity to tighten the knot if necessary.
  • Pull the dangling end to the left and then fold it back over itself to the right. Hold this fold, which will be the front loop of the completed tie, between your shirt’s collar points.
  • Drop the raised end of the tie over the front of the bow.
  • Grab the left and right sides of the horizontally-folded end and pinch them together in front of the dangling end. The top of the dangling end will now be held between them.
  • Feed the middle of the dangling end back through the knot you made in Step 3. It will now form the back half of the bow.
  • Tighten the bow by pulling on opposite sides and halves simultaneously. Pull the front right and back left ends apart to loosen; pull the front left and back right apart to tighten. Repeat until the bow is the desired shape and tightness.

The second thing you need to know are the types of bow ties.  It may seem like there is only one kind of bow tie, but that is not the case!  The most obvious distinction is between “freestyle,” “pre-tied” and “clip-on” bow ties.  We really, really don’t recommend wearing anything other than a freestyle tie (which you tie yourself), unless you absolutely have to.  It’s quite a fashion faux pas to wear a pre-tied tie!

The next big distinction is between the tie sizes.  There’s the skinny 1.5-inch bow tie, fun and slightly formal, famous from the look of the 1950s and 1960s.  Then there’s the thin 2-inch bow tie, streamlined and sophisticated, and hard to go wrong with (unless you have a truly enormous head!).  Next is the standard 2.5-inch bow tie, balanced and classy, and impossible to do wrong.  After that we have the 2.5-inch diamond bow tie, which takes the classic bow tie and makes it a bit more striking (this is usually James Bond’s favored bow tie).  Then we have the 2.5-inch self tie bow tie, which has a charmingly imperfect, flat-ended shape.  Finally, there’s the 3-inch butterfly bow tie, with flared edges, and not always in fashion, these are perfect for bigger, broader-shouldered guys.  Remember, the ties need to be in proportion to you!  If you’re 6’6″ with huge shoulders, the thin tie might make you look like a tied-off balloon, and if you’re 5’6″ with a small build, the butterfly tie will make you look like a kid wearing his dad’s suit!  Wear what looks and feels good on you!

The last thing to keep in mind is that freestyle ties come in two major groups, “bat wing” and “thistle.”  Which one to wear depends completely on personal preference.  The thistle tends to be more adjustable and versatile.

To close, let’s let Bill Nye the Science Guy explain his own love affair with the bow tie.  Cheers!

Dancing with the Doctor

It’s been a very long time since we’ve taken a trip into a nerdy subject, so it’s a great time to revisit some of the fun of sci-fi fashion!  We’ve previously gone over visions of the future, “Star Trek” uniforms, and more, but this time we’re taking a look at a sci-fi staple that has made coming up with a new outfit every few years a staple: “Doctor Who.”

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If you aren’t familiar, “Doctor Who” is a British television series about an alien from the planet Gallifrey who goes by the self-appointed title of “The Doctor,” because he sees himself as someone who helps and fixes things and people.  He travels throughout the breadth of time and space in his spaceship/time machine, the TARDIS, which is broken, and so is stuck disguised as a 1963-period blue British Police Box on the outside.

The show has been running since 1963, and since actors aren’t immortal, The Doctor has been played by a multitude of actors over the years.  The show dealt with this very creatively.  The Doctor, being an alien “Time Lord,” has the ability to “regenerate” whenever he’s fatally injured, but not injured so severely that he dies outright.  He becomes a new man, and, while still a rebirth of the same person, has a new face, new personality quirks, and new tastes, including in fashion.  The Doctor tends to stick to one or two outfits throughout an incarnation’s tenure, and with the recent reveal of the newest Doctor, the 12th, and his new outfit, it seemed like a perfect time to have some fun, and look back at 51 years of a quirky, hyperactive fictional alien’s bizarre fashion choices!

Milan Men’s Fashion Week: 2012 Trend Report

Hey, pouty!  So, you did not make it to this year’s Milan Men’s Fashion Week…  You missed all the shows, after parties, mingling with celebrities, the delicious food (and drinks), and all that comes with an event of this caliber?

Get over it!  You saved yourself some Euros that you can now put towards a brand new wardrobe, sans hangover.  So, to update your new wardrobe, this is what will be trending at the show.  Now, this is something you should not miss and must have!

Alexander McQueen. Fitted with extra attention to details!

Canali.  Bring out your inner modern dapper. Double-breasted, check! Ticket pocket, check! Cuffed pants, check! Superb, double check!

Brioni.  Colorful, hell yeah! It’s not like we haven’t been begging you to splash your closet with color for sometime now…

Emporio Armani. This seems like a fantastic spring trend. Double-breasted jacket & shorts. We most definitely can’t wait!

Gucci. Did we say color? Yes, color! Patterns! Get out there, out loud!

Roberto Cavalli. Okay, yes, we said color. Now, don’t overdo it! There is a very thin line between awesome and… Well, not so much.

Z Zegna. Across the thin line… An abomination.

Moschino. Built-in cummerbund, denim shirt, bow tie, sneakers, pocket square? No comments, our brains are still processing such a disaster!

Ports 1961. Hands down, the Spring 2013 menswear trend we can’t wait for! Jacket & shorts!

PS, just for the record. Don’t you ever wear this, even on Halloween! What happened, Moschino?!