3 Men’s Fashion Trends To Look For Out For This Fall

So here we are again. About time to wind down those squeaky attic stairs, and go through those boxes to find those winter thermals!

This is probably my favorite time of year. And if you’re into fashion, its probably yours too. Hush-Puppies, Cashmere sweaters, Pea Coats, and all those other favorite goodies that you might have stowed away.

Women already know what’s hot this fall. But for the fellus, I’d like to think I can bring you “up to speed” on some of this seasons hookups!

Be on the lookout for:

The Denim Jean Jacket:
Sorry guys, but “over-sized” is over! Make sure if you decide to go this route, the jacket should fit snug across the waist, & high armholes. Don’t be afraid to throw on a skinny tie and a stripped shirt to set it off with style!

Secondly,tweeds, wools, and/ or corduroy: sharpen those eyes for the best prices on these items. Men we cannot be afraid to “CHANGE” step out of your bubble and live a little!

And lastly, a little birdie told me the tote or messenger bag yes! You’ve seen them in the past. But they are back and back with avengence.

“Still afraid”? Well that’s ok. Take one leap at a time. Start small. But start this fall! Show you’re colluges your not afraid to live a little.

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Blog Post: A Rewind Through The Menswear Industry

Until the 1950s, the average man’s wardrobe consisted of one or more dark suits with vests, white shirts, subdude color ties, highly polished shoes, and overcoat, and a hat. Whatever changes in fashion did take place ususally expressed themselves in little more than variations in the width of lapels, the style and the flap of a jacket pocket, and the location of the ventin the suite jacket. The industry that produced men’s garments did not consider itself to be in the fast-changing business of fashion.

Change came dramatically after WW11. Surfeited w/ khaki drabness, many of the younger men yearned for color, even in their undershirts.

By the 1960s, the presence of a large and highly visible generation of young adults sparked a demand for greater variety, faster change,and new opportunities for expression of idivisuality. However, the 1970’s and on into the 1980s the winds of fashion change continued to blow up a storm in the mens field.

Moreover, today. Men’s interest in fashion has become increasingly pronounced and the industry that serves them has repsonded accordingly.

Did you know Advertisements for “Ready-Made Mens Clothing” went back as far as 1849? By a company called Laboring Men, Mechanics, Teamsters, & C.

Its quite interesting to know how fashion evolves, and how we evolve with it.

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How To Choose Good Quality Dress Shirts

While most people think ‘cheaper is better’ that’s not entirely the truth. For the most part, inexpensive dress shirt are blended with fabrics that don’t necessarily help you’re pockets in the long run.

A dress shirt should ultimately solidify the wardrobe. Dress shirts typically are the same. But what sets them apart are the the collars

I ran across some handy information from Overstock.com that looks pretty interesting called The Mens DressShirt Buying Guide that breaks down the collar, pricing, measurements, proper cuts etc.

Ultimatley whether its Paul Fredrick.com or Ascot Chang

your standards of buying should remain the same. QUILITY IS KEY! A few thing you should look for before you make your purchase.

-1 Long gone are the days where men pay $225.00 for a dress shirt at Neimans. And that on sale! But to my surprise, some slaes staff will tell you where outlet/discounted chains are. My suggestion is shop Marshalls, SteinMart, T.J. Maxx, and Khols FIRST!!

-2 Pay very close attention to the “stitching” especially around the buttons & cuffs. They should be “cross stitched” or cross woven. This is one of most most “BEST KEPT SECRETS” to buying a quality dress shirt.

-3 My most favorite, and the one I’m guilty of doing is “asking someone where they shop” Men. Ask, ask, ask! If you notice your co-worker wearing something you like? Ask him where he bought it!

For some reason men are just emabarrased to ask other men where they shop. But to me, what’s more embasrrasing, is finding out you paid $150.00 for a dress shirt when you didn’t have to.

Shop smart!, and always stay well groomed.

Regards.

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4 Key Steps To Keeping Your Customer Coming Back. (From A Retailers Perspective)

In this world their are buyers and sellers. People that sell goods. And the rest of us that buy them. It’s what this world revolves around.

Some of us despise just the very thought of making purchases inside of a retailer. I would imagine its some type of “phobia” on the other hand. Theirs plenty of us that wouldn’t dream of doing anything else.

But the dying question that most retailers are faced with today is what does it take to get “REPEAT CUSTOMERS”!

Zig Ziglar said it best when he quoted – “Questions are the answer to selling more effectively. Now go sell somebody something”

As a former retailer at Bernini Mens I found client books as an extremely useful tool to keep my client “up to speed” as to what’s going on in the weeks ahead!

I’ve included 4 tips that will keep your clients coming back:

1) The old saying goes that ‘greeting your customers within the first 5 seconds’ from the time they cross your threshold. is the most important time of the sales transaction.

2) Find out as much as you can about your client without getting to personal. First, Last name. What size(s) they wear?, “preferred” colors for them is a very good start without overdoing it. This info should be places inside your Day Planner AND MEMORIZED so when the sale transpires you have their info handy. Without asking embarrassing question.

3) Giving the client your undivided attention – no matter how difficult as it may seem. “One on One” is what we all want really rite? Long gone are they days when cusumers feels as though they have to beg retailers to help them.

They will start shopping on-line. Which would result in noone getting paid but store owners.

4) The call back, & the follow up you have you’re Day Planner great! Let’s put it to good use.

Hope this helps you along your journeys in life.

willbates@att.blackberry.net -@wardrobeguy