The Best Inspiration for Men’s Fashion

It can be tough to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of men’s fashion. Lucky for you, we put together some of the top blogs and social media accounts to give you the inspiration you need to always look fresh.

One of the best things to do to keep up with all these fashion blogs is to sign up for their newsletters. Another tip is to keep up with them on social media like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to ensure you never miss anything.

We also recommend you keep up with us on social media! Follow us on Facebook, tweet at us on Twitter, pin our posts on Pinterest, or check out our images on Instagram.

Do you have a favorite men’s fashion blog or site that we missed? Be sure to leave it in the comments below so we can add it to the list!

Fashion Beans
For fashion, style, grooming, street style, and lifestyle

Sample articles to check out:

How to Wear Green This Season

Summer 2016 Fashion Hot List

How to Pick the Perfect Beard Length for You

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MenStyle1
Tons of images of the latest styles in menswear from formal to streetwear

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He Spoke Style
One of the top men’s style blogs out there.

Sample articles to check out:

Why No White Pants After Labor Day?

The HSS Guide to Dress Shirt Collars

Khakis vs Chinos: What’s the Difference?

Gentleman’s Gazette
This site is all about classic men’s fashion. If you’re looking for classic styles and looks, recommendations, and articles, this is your site.

Sample articles to check out:

Monk Strap Shoe Guide

Dress Code Primer

Dappered
If you’re looking to dress well and not break the bank, Dappered is for you. Learn about clothing, drinks, grooming, watches, shoes, women and more. They also have a forum so you can chat with those of a similar style.

Sample articles to check out:

Best Dress Shirts to Own

How to go tieless with a suit

How much does it cost to tailor

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Articles of Style
This is for those of you who consider themselves fashion forward. Lots of great images to get style inspiration.

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When to wear a skinny tie

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You’ve seen them popping up all over the place. The skinny tie is the “it” thing in the fashion world right now. And as with all “it” things, you need to figure out when the best time is to sport it.

There will be faux paus here and there, someone wearing a skinny tie with the wrong type of suit or during the wrong occasion (is there a wrong occasion?)

We’ll be going over the do’s and don’ts of skinny ties to help you always look your best.

The skinny tie basics

What constitutes a skinny tie? Well, a “regular” tie is usually about 3.5 inches wide, anything slimmer will be referred to as a skinny tie.

There are three sizes: 1.5-1.75 inches, 2-2.5 inches, and 2.75 to 3.25 inches.

Once you pick your perfect size (try each on to see how they look) you’ll need to pick the right fabric. Choose from all the regular tie fabrics like cotton, silk, knit cotton, microfiber, and wool.

Next, decide on the right length. According to Skinnyties.com about 90% of you will be getting a tie that’s about 56-58 inches, so don’t overthink the length too much. If you are above 6′ 3″ the site recommends a 58 inch long tie.

Now pull the whole tie together with a tie bar. Here are the recommended sizes based on the width of your tie, courtesy of skinnyties.com:

1.5″ tie = 1.25″ tie bar
1.75″-2″ tie = 1.5″ or 1.75″ tie bar2.25″ – 3″ tie = 1.75″ tie bar

When to wear a skinny tie

Now that you have your tie picked out, when can you wear it? First, you’ll want to make sure your proposed suit or outfit goes with the tie.

You will want slim fitting shirt, jacket, and narrow pants to match the skinny tie aesthetic.

The skinny tie goes great in casual settings, but it’s often not recommended for very formal events. You can get away with it at a formal event, but make sure it is a black silk tie.

A skinny tie goes great with a vest or with a well-fitted button down. Generally the types of men wearing these ties are slim and tall, especially since the skinny tie can make them appear even more tall and slim.

When do you wear your skinny tie? Have you worn one to a very formal event? Let us know in the comments below!

 

How to pick the right groomsmen suits

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Weddings are full of so many decisions. What do we eat? What if someone is vegan? What color are the table clothes? Should we have table clothes? Do we need dessert? Chocolate or vanilla?

Before you start deciding on your suit, you need to think about what your groomsmen will wear, and even what the bridesmaids are wearing. It is becoming quite common to see similar colors used between both parties. If you and your fiancee are fans of this look, you will have to think long and hard about what you want your wedding party wearing.

Rent or Buy?

This is a big debate, and can even be a deal breaker for some members of your wedding party. Having to spend $500 on your own suit may be fine for you, as you are the one getting married. But having your groomsmen spend a few hundred to purchase matching outfits they may never wear again is a big deal.

You should discuss the options with them first to make sure they are all on board. It would be a disaster to have picked out the perfect custom suits only to have a member of the party tell you they can’t afford or don’t want to spend on it.

Decide on this first before you go choosing anything specific. This will help you narrow down what suits you can realistically pick out.

Color Combinations

If you’re planning to have groomsmen and bridesmaids match, you don’t need to go crazy with it. If they are wearing blue dresses, try to incorporate blue ties into your suits. You don’t need to be matching exactly, just make it appear that they are coordinated.

Here are a few sites with color ideas for your groomsmen:

25 Groomsmen Attire Ideas

Groomsmen | The Knot

Casual Groomsmen Attire | Pinterest

Mistakes to Avoid

Don’t wait until the last minute to do this! Yes, there are tons of decisions you need to make for the wedding. But it’s best to plan it way out in advance to avoid the stress and headache of something not going right.

Make sure you get your party fitted early on and that the suits really do fit. You don’t want  to end up having your groomsmen come out with ill-fitting suits.

Don’t forget the shoes. You spend so much time thinking about blazers, suspenders, shirts, ties, bow ties, that you may neglect to think about the shoes you will be wearing to bring everything together.

Make sure you are dressing for the location as well. If you’re having a destination wedding in Hawaii, it may be best to wear lighter colors and fabrics. If you are going for an extra formal look and have a fancy location booked, you will want to have suits that match the venue. If you and your groomsmen are younger and fit into the “hipster” crowd, suspenders are a big trend you may want to consider.

 

Now we can’t tell you exactly what suits to get. You’ll have to go over that with your groomsmen and your partner. We hope this blog has been useful in some way to give you at least somewhat of an idea of how you want your wedding party to look.

Are you making these suit mistakes?

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A perfect off-the-rack suit is tough to come by. You know what I’m talking about, one that hits all the sweet spots: fits you to a T, the color and pattern are just what you want, you don’t look boxy. They’re tough to find, so often you end up making sacrifices. You really want a certain pattern, so you will allow yourself to have a blazer that is a little too long.

Stop! Stop the madness. You shouldn’t have to compromise when you’re buying a suit. If you have suits that display these common issues, it may be time to find a tailor and get the suit of your dreams.

Too Big

Guys, it’s okay to get a suit that fits well. No longer should you relegate yourself to looking bulky or boxy, especially if you are not a bulky guy. You will end up looking sloppy or heavier than you actually are.

If the sleeves are too long or too short, the suit looks unfinished and can make you come off as careless. The jacket sleeve should end 1/2 inches above the shirt sleeve.

Well-fitting suits are in, because they actually look good. Trust us on this one.

Too Small

In addition to going too big, don’t go too small either. It will look like you grew out of your suit, or that it’s about to burst at the seams. You’ve seen it before, those guys with sleeves that seem 2 inches too short. Or their pants are showing their ankles unintentionally.

You need to hit that sweet spot of not too big and not too small. Which is why we recommend seeing a tailor for a custom suit, or alterations to your current suits.

Jacket is too long

Just don’t let it happen. A blazer that is too long just throws off all of your proportions. Nobody looks flattering in a long jacket.

The Lapels are too big

Big lapels are no longer a thing, thank heavens. If you watch reruns of shows like Seinfeld, you will notice Jerry’s lapels during his monologues. They are huge!

Make sure your lapels are under 3 inches, if they even get that big.

Pants are too long

The break in your pants (the part all the way at the bottom) should tall right at the shoe. If they fall above, they are much too short, and if they start bagging up at the bottoms then they’re much too long. Get those things hemmed!

Also, ensure that your pants are not baggy to begin with. You don’t want to be sporting an awesome looking blazer, tie, and shirt, only to have the whole outfit thrown off by a big pair of pants. It just doesn’t look well put together and will make you look heavier than you actually are.

Buttoning Up

If you have a two button jacket, do you know the proper buttoning procedure? Only button the top, that’s it, easy enough to remember. But tons of guys go around buttoning both or buttoning just the bottom.

If you have three buttons, just use the middle, or the top and middle if you must.

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40 Common Men’s Fashion Mistakes to Avoid
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10 Common Style Mistakes Men Make When Wearing a Suit
Mr. Cavaliere

How to pack a suit for travel

You’re going on a business trip, or maybe a vacation and you just want to have something a bit formal. If you’re traveling and packing a suit, you need to know how to fold and care for it properly. You can’t just throw it in your bag like the rest of your clothes.

Lucky for you, there are tons of guides out there on how to pack a suit.

Here’s one from Brooks Brothers that shows you just how to fold everything and put it in a carry on.

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There’s also this one from Real Men Real Style on 3 ways to fold a suit jacket.

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Then there’s this full outfit packing guide from Suit Upp which shoes you how to pack everything including your shirts, sweaters, ties, belts, socks, shoes, and jacket.

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Then there’s the guide just on how to pack shirts from Garment Care.

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What Happens to Your Suit at the Dry Cleaners?

AskMen posted a fascinating article about the dos and don’ts of dry cleaning.  You can read the whole thing right here.  In short, whenever you get your suits dry cleaned, you’re ruining your clothes.

Machine wash and hang your dress shirts yourself.  If you have to use the dry cleaners, ask for hand ironing instead of machine pressing.  Don’t forget to put the kibosh on any starch, that shortens the lifespan of the shirts.

With your suits, only dry clean them once a season, or four times a year.  Any more than that, and you’re putting undue strain on the fibers of the suit.  Clean any minor spots and stains by hand in-between cleanings.  And steam your suits to get the wrinkles out.  You can do that with a clothes steamer, which you can find at any bath and kitchen store.  If you’re feeling really, really rushed, we’ve known some people who will hang their suit in the bathroom, turn the shower on at maximum heat and close the door for a couple of hours!  Don’t do that.  Just buy a steamer.

If you did get something cleaned, look out for three signs of a bad cleaner: your clothes fit differently, your clothes look shiny and your clothes have mysterious, brand new indents.  The shiny thing is the tricky part.  We’ve all probably seen that and thought, “wow, it’s so clean, it’s shining!”  No…  The fabric’s been CRUSHED.

All of this got us thinking, of course, about the suits we make.  Another wonderful benefit of a custom suit over an off-the-rack one is the sheer quality of the materials involved.  The more “fine” the product, the more we tend to treat it with kid gloves.  But in reality, that better product is hardier, made of sterner stuff and better designed.  We should all take the advice of that AskMen column seriously, but if you’ve invested in a suit of a higher-caliber, that suit just might need less cleaning and last far, far longer.  Which is why whenever we’re asked, “why custom?” we say, “It’s the difference between good and great!”

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.