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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Stand Out with Pocket Squares

You’ve been fitted and your new custom suit is ready to be worn out. You bought a nice button down to wear underneath, your tie is knotted up and looking great. What else is missing? To really stand out at that next business meeting, networking event, or date, you want to get a pocket square. How many men have them? Not many! People will notice if you wear a nicely folded pocket square. So what are you waiting for? Go get a few and see how they make your suit stand out in a crowd.

It’s an art

Picking a pocket square is an art, just like picking a tie. You want a pattern and color that matches your outfit. It’s a good idea to look at your regular wardrobe and pick a few squares that complement your shirt and blazer color. If you are hesitant to stand out too much, go for a solid color. Those looking to really make a statement, grab some patterns or bright colors.

Style over function

Pocket squares are now more about style than function. The pocket square was initially used as a convenient wipe for your face. Now these squares are used to make a statement. They’re a great, small accessory to show your sense of style.

How to fold your square

It’s important to know just how to fold your square. You don’t want to just stuff the fabric in your pocket, you want to make a great presentation. The most common folds are the straight, one corner, two peak, and puff folds. The diagram below shows just how to origami your pocket square into the perfect fold.

 

Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you need to get the perfect guy gift. Luckily, we have put together a curated list of some of the best gifts any man would want. Some women may even want them too! So check out this guide before you head to the store and spend hours looking for the right item.

Mr. Porter Uniform Wares
104 Series PVD Wristwatch
$300

Not only is this watch sleek, minimal and stylish, it will go with almost any outfit you can imagine. No longer will you need to buy watches for different occasions. This minimalist timepiece will always look good on your wrist.

The JooJoos Wallet
Treasure Chest Credit Card Wallet
$39

This handmade, leather wallet may look small but it can hold 8-10 credit cards. The wallet has a rustic, rugged look different from mass-produced wallets out there. Stand out from other wallet carriers with this unique billfold.

 

Dodocase Folio for iPad Air/ iPad Air 2
$144.95

Dodocase has been making the best device cases since the iPad came out. Each case is handmade in San Fransisco using the highest quality materials. This company makes cases for all iPad models, as well as iPhones, and other devices. You can even customize the cases.

 

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we carry the finest in menswear. We have stylish accessories like belts, ties, cufflinks, socks, wallets, and shoes. Anything a man could need to make the perfect outfit. Be sure to browse our retail location on 5th Avenue South to see our latest collection and find that perfect gift.

 

Joseph Wendt Winter Style Guide: Coats

As we stay in the cooler months, you may find yourself looking to update your winter wardrobe. Should you go for a casual hoodie or a more professional looking overcoat? It may be a good idea to get more than one. There are many occasions that require different jacket types: athletics, dates, work/meetings, travel, casual/everyday. This chart from real men real style gives you almost every jacket type around. It also places them on a range based on weather protection versus formal/casual.

Just be sure your coat matches the feel of the day. If you are going to a meeting, it’s best to wear an overcoat, peacoat, or trench, not a puffy ski jacket or vest. If you work in an artsy field like graphic design, you can probably wear any jacket to a meeting and get away with it.  Although the chart says duffel style coats are semi-formal, they don’t look out of place in a casual setting. Bright colors are best suited for casual coats while dark, neutral colors are good for formal ones. Most of all, be aware of the current temperature! You don’t want to sacrifice warmth for style. So even if you have to wear a parka to a meeting, it’s better to keep your body warm than risk getting sick from the cold.

Coats

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Learn to Tie a Proper Scarf

It’s starting to get chilly, even some nights here in Florida it has been hitting the 40s. For those of us living in the northern region of the US, snow has already started falling. It’s time to pull out those winter clothes and bundle up. You want to keep warm as best as possible, but do you know the best way to wear that scarf? There are many ways to tie a scarf, you should learn a few that you can use to keep yourself warm and looking good. This infographic from Real Men Real Style has eleven ways to tie a scarf, and even tells you what temperatures and scarf types each style works best for.tiescarf

Bespoke Vs. Made-to-Measure

This infographic from Executive Image Consulting provides a great cheat sheet about the differences of bespoke and made-to-measure outfits. Bespoke refers to custom men’s suits, often handmade, and generally quite expensive. Made-to-measure is not quite bespoke but also not ready-to-wear (outfits you buy pre-made, such as in a store).

Made-to-measure garments feature some amount of tailoring and personalization, though not nearly the amount of bespoke. Bespoke offers almost limitless options for customization, which is why the prices can get very high. If you are looking for something custom, but a little less pricey, then made-to-measure offers customization up to a point. Learn more about the differences and similarities to these two tailoring methods from the infographic.

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Why Tailoring?

Good-Fit-vs-Bad-Fit-400-AOMAll of us have likely bought a piece of clothing only to find out it doesn’t fit exactly how we wanted. Ill-fitting clothing is a problem for many people. Ready-to-wear clothing was made to fit general sizes, not specific body types. We end up having to compromise, whether getting something a little too tight or too loose, too long or too short. Nothing seems to fit just hw we want. Tailoring offers the chance to get a piece of clothing that is made just for your body type and just to your specifications. For important pieces of clothing like a suit or wedding dress, it is ideal to get it tailored.

Ill-Fitting Suits

Many men are wearing suits that do not fit their body type. Generally, they opt for a suit that is much too big for them. This causes the wearer to look more bulky than they actually are. A properly fitting suit from a tailor will accentuate the wearer’s best assets like shoulders or waist. An ill-fitting suit adds imaginary pounds to the wearer, and does not look very professional. Investing in one tailored suit will make you realize just how good you can look in the right clothes.

Parts of the Suit to Alter

There are a few parts of a suit that you want to pay careful attention to. Making sure the lengths of these sections will ensure a proper fit. These include jacket length, the shoulder, trouser bottom, sleeve length, and collar. Your tailor will know exactly what these issues are and will make sure your suit fits you exactly how you want.

What Can’t Be Tailored

Most items can be tailored such as pants, dress shirts, suit jackets. But items like sweaters and knit items are much more stubborn. Sometimes it is better to just get a new, better fitting sweater then spend a lot to get it tailored.

Check out the comprehensive article from the Art of Manliness website about how a good fitting suit should look.