The Best and Worst Dressed NFL Players

Here at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we have a bit of an obsession with football. We can’t wait for the season to hurry up and get here! Our love for football has even landed us a few big name clients. Former NFL Star and Current TV Anyalyst, Michael Strahan wears our suits! St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jake Long also ordered his wedding wear from us. NFL superstars Darrelle Revis and Adrian Peterson also got their custom suits from Joseph. We love combining our passion for the NFL with our love of creating great-fitting suits.

Kerry Rhodes

There is a huge movement in sports for athletes to look professional both on and off the field. Players that used to wear ill-fitting clothing for press events, are now ordering custom three piece suits. We love seeing these athletes in perfectly fitted suits, especially ours!

Larry Fitzgerald

Now that so many athletes are expected to wear fashionable clothing, there is a growing trend of creating their own look. Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals has been known to rock three piece suits. He also adds a bit of flair with bright shirts and pocket squares. Fitzgerald’s teammate Kerry Rhodes is also known for his off the field style.

Terrell Suggs in a not so formal, black tie outfit

Although there are many NFL stars making fashion statements off the field, many are not hitting the mark. Terrell Suggs made an impression at a black tie event, though not a favorable one. His white blazer choice puzzled many. Who wears a white blazer with dark black stripes? He also didn’t bother tying his bow tie. Michael Vick didn’t bother wearing a full suit for this event. Luckily nobody in the crowd could see his legs or those sandals! We hope he has a full suit for events where he’s not standing behind a podium.

It’s important for NFL players to present themselves well off the field. Many NFL franchises are paying for their star power. Being well dressed is an important part of this persona. Any athletes out there reading this should definitely come to Jospeh’s for their custom suit needs! Just ask any of our former clients how much they love their outfits.

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Best Dressed in 2013

All of the big fashion magazines have weighed in with their “best dressed men” list of the past year, and some of the choices were universal, like Justin Timberlake, who showed up on virtually every list, or Idris Elba, one of our favorites.  Others were a bit more unexpected, like Esquire‘s insane/brilliant choice of Pope Francis as the “best dressed” of 2013!

We’ve compiled a gallery of our favorite choices from the selections of all of the mags, to put together our own “best dressed” celebrities list.  They are in no particular order, because picking a single “best” out of this group would be one of the most difficult choices imaginable.  This was a great year for menswear! Let us know who you think should be in this gallery, and who shouldn’t, and who you think was the best overall!

The Art of the Christmas Sweater

We’re simple, sartorial folk here at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers.  We enjoy good suits, good ties, good uses of color…  The sophistication of the art (ART, we say!) of the Christmas sweater is beyond us.  …Okay, okay, we’re kidding.  We enjoy the delicious, absurdest irony of the hideously ugly Christmas sweater as much as the next guy.  So, in honor of the holiday occasion, we wanted to take a break from things like “being fashionable” and “wearing clothes we aren’t embarrassed by” to take a look at some of the most terrifying, egregiously bad examples of that rarest of art form, the ugly Christmas sweater!

Okay, we're starting relatively sane here.  Dogs.  Everyone loves dogs!

Okay, we’re starting relatively sane here. Dogs. Everyone loves dogs!

Are...  Are those music notes on the sleeves?

Are… Are those music notes on the sleeves?

DEAR LORD, IT'S SPREADING TO OTHER HOLIDAYS!

DEAR LORD, IT’S SPREADING TO OTHER HOLIDAYS!

It's like someone barfed holiday joy all over it!

It’s like someone vomited holiday joy all over it!

Isn't this a fire hazard?

Isn’t this a fire hazard?

Rudolph has seen far better days.

Rudolph has seen far better days.

Merry Christmas, dudes.

Merry Christmas, dudes.

Bless you, Matt Damon.  You are a braver soul than we.

Bless you, Matt Damon. You are a braver soul than we.

Wow.  Just...  Wow.

Wow. Just… Wow.

What are you wearing, Katy Perry?

What are you wearing, Katy Perry?

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The Ultimate Menswear Name Drop

jay-z-tom-ford-650-430Fashion has always been an important part of the celebrity world. At every type of A-list event, the recurring interview question is always, “who are you wearing?” Some celebs have a certain designer they favor and wear to almost every event, while others constantly switch it up.

Some celebrities want the world to know who dresses them. Name drops on the red carpet or in magazine spreads are one way. Some music artists, mostly in the rap genre, give a shout out in their songs. But how about writing a whole song? That’s exactly what Jay- Z has done on his newest album. Designer Tom Ford is featured on the song titled… Well, “Tom Ford.”

Not surprisingly, Ford is flattered. In this interview from E! News Online, Ford states, “who would not be flattered to have an entire Jay-Z track named after them? I mean, come on, it’s pretty rare that something like that happens.”  Going deeper, he added, “it’s a kind of validation of one’s work, as it means that one has really penetrated and made an impact on popular culture.”  But best of all, he also said, “ I have to say, I think he looks great in my clothes.”  That’s the highest compliment a designer can make, so be proud, Jay-Z!

We appreciate this blend of fashion with the music and celebrity world, as we believe how you dress plays an important part on how you feel. Now we are just waiting for the hit song “Joey Wendt” to come out!

NYC’s Fashion Week and FNO Post Mortem

Bold, bold, bold!!

Let us explain.  Today marks the end of the September Fashion Week here in New York City.  It got kicked off last Thursday with everyone’s favorite incredible, worldwide, synchronized fashion party, Fashion’s Night Out!  Believe it or not, FNO is only four years old.  It was started as a way to help to jumpstart fashion shopping in the recession-crippled economy with the backing of Vogue Magazine and its publisher, Anna Wintour.  Who’s Anna Wintour?  Well…

“Anna happens to be a friend of mine, a fact which is of absolutely no help in coping with the cold panic that grips me whenever we meet.”  -Barbara Amiel

So it probably wasn’t invented as a gigantic, global fashion block party.  And that’s what it has become: a night of insanely fun mini-parties filling every boutique clothing store and department store in every major city in 19 countries spilling out onto the streets.

We mean that literally.

This year, the crowd skewed a bit younger than it has in the past, and it seemed as if the designers were anticipating that.  After all, the final night of the DNC was scheduled for the same day as FNO, and young people are notoriously poor voters, so it might have been some smart reading of the tea leaves at work there.  Whatever the reason, “young” and “informal” seemed to dominate the windows and stores.  From the more preppy looks…

To “modern hipster”…

To everything in between, but still on the same wavelength…

The celebrities and designers on hand were usually dressed more formally than the collections of the stores they were helping to promote!

We recommend against the golden loafers, though.

In fact, women’s clothing completely dominated, easily outnumbering the displays for men’s clothes by four to one.

But as if to prove that Fashion’s Night Out is not Fashion Week, the runway shows on Fashion Week went in very different directions.  The key word?  “Bold!”  No, seriously, every fashion journalist on the planet said that.  And we agree.  The stripes, crazy patterns, wild color selection, leather, suede and frayed edges of the Spring Collections displayed all scream “look at me!”  After last year’s dark look, and the previous two years’ austere designers, it makes sense that we were getting a bit antsy and ready to go for broke.

Apparently, if Boy by Band of Outsiders is any indication, so for broke that we’ll be living on the beach. We’re strangely okay with this.

But to be honest, as fun as Fashion Week and FNO are, they don’t mean much in the scheme of fashion.  Yes, we can get some general ideas from them (generally looser, less-form fitting and more colorful designs will be in vogue next year), but this certainly doesn’t mean we’ll all be dressing as hipsters in lime green stripes.  Ultimately, FNO is about getting people in the door and paying attention, and Fashion Week is about selling fantasy.  On those counts, they both succeeded.