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.

Last Minute Tips for Valentine’s Day

Today is the big day for you and your significant other!  Have you been too busy to figure out how to be as sartorially impressive to your date as you will be romantically?  Don’t despair, we’ve got you covered!  Or, rather, the Cornell Daily Sun in Upstate New York has you covered.  The newspaper’s Eric Ding wrote a compact, common sense set of last-minute tips last year, and even though they’re ostensibly for a busy student, they’re really perfect for just about any man if you’re in a rush in these final hours (and he even got saucy at the end there!).  Check them out below, and be sure to read the original article HERE.

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The Color Red

Come on, it’s Valentine’s Day. The color red, or a different hue of it (maroon or pink, for example) should be the centerpiece of the outfit. However, this doesn’t mean that you should wear red everything. Red is a very passionate and vibrant color, capable of making your lady fall in love with you all over again, but also capable of being an eyesore when handled improperly. To do the former, only wear one red item, whether it be a red dress shirt, a red tie, a red scarf or even a red blazer. Avoid looking tacky or too over the top and don’t overdo it—  no matter how sexy you might think you look in a red suit.

Suit & Tie

Or maybe just a tie, if a suit seems like too much. If you’re the type of person who wouldn’t wear a tie except for very, very dire circumstances, then wearing a tie on Valentine’s Day will indeed impress your lady. And it doesn’t even have to be that formal if you wear the tie along with a checkered button-up shirt and a V-neck sweater. Layering always creates a very stylish and warm ensemble, which is quite appropriate for this tender but chilly day. Valentine’s Day is just for you and her, so dress formally enough to show that it’s a special day, but for the love of God, please don’t outdo her outfit.

The Little Things

If your significant other gave you a gift to wear at some point in your relationship, incorporate it into your outfit. Any watch or accessory that she bought you should definitely be worn to put icing on the already handsome cake. If she bought you a more substantial clothing item, then try to structure an outfit around that item, and see if you can pull one off that would look chic. People love to feel appreciated, so make sure to recognize her gifts.

Balance

Colors are important, but it’s even more important to balance them and tone them down with neutrality. The color red will most likely be the powerhouse color of choice, but that doesn’t mean it should overpower the rest of the outfit. As said before, try to limit yourself to one red item so that the color shines through, but doesn’t bog the outfit down. Red works well with white, black and gray, so try to keep things within those parameters. Express conveniently has its own guide to this momentous day, and Esquire magazine has a couple of outfits picked out just for the occasion.

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.

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Pink is Power

pink1Help us and our 5th Avenue partners celebrate Pink is Power, and raise awareness of breast cancer!  On Thursday, all pink items at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, including pink ties, socks, cufflinks, shirts, sport coats, pants, and suit items, will be on sale for 15% off, and 10% of every sale of these items will go to breast cancer-related charities.

So be sure to drop by and take advantage of this offer, and enjoy this wonderful night out in Downtown Naples!

 

Photo Extravaganza!

You may have said at some point while reading our blog, “they sure talk about stuff related to them a lot, but what about them?”  It’s true, we haven’t talked about ourselves very much in a while, which is why today, we have a special treat for all of those Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers fans out there.  A huge gallery of photos featuring some of our past and present custom suit designs, ties, shirts and more!

 

But don’t worry, if you haven’t been asking that, we’ll be sure to post another extremely long blog on the history of a fashion oddity soon!  😀

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The Four Major Tie Knots (Plus One)

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Most guys tie their ties the same way every single time, and that’s that.  What they’re doing, most of the time, is tying their ties into the casual “Four-in-Hand” knot, which is really meant to be worn with casual clothes.  Of course, most guys have no idea that there are different tie knots, much less which one they’re using!  And so, a primer of the four most common tie knots.  There’s a LOT more, of course, but these are the basics!

Windsor Knot

Sometimes called the “Double Windsor” (because there’s a Half-Windsor), this is the most traditional, business-minded knot.  It’s probably the first knot you learned to make, but the reason you stopped using it is because it takes a long time to do compared to the Half-Windsor and the Four-in-Hand.  Don’t rush a Windsor!

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The Half-Windsor is basically the quick and dirty version of the Windsor.  The same basic, conservative, preppy style as the Windsor, but much easier to do!

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As we’ve said, this is a casual knot, only to be used when you’re in a serious hurry, or trying, deliberately, to look casual.  But don’t feel bad if you use it, lots of guys do without realizing it!

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Also called the “Shelby Knot,” the Pratt represents a compromise between the Windsor and the Four-in-Hand.  It’s formal, but with a casual tinge, takes some effort, but not too much.  Neither narrow like the Four-in-Hand, nor large like the Windsor, this knot pairs well with almost any dress shirt!

prattBONUS: Eldredge Knot

The origins of this exotic, complicated knot are foggy, at best, but we do know that it’s become very popular in more fashionable circles in recent years.  We don’t suggest wearing this to work, but if you want to spice things up during a night out, give it a try!

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