Looking Good Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

All we see today are “ads, ads, ads”. Buy this! “This look will make you look like me”! Billboards, magazines, plastard on public transpotation, they all are trying to sell you the same hype! “The more expensive your clothes are, the better you’ll look”

That’s so not the case. One of the biggest deceptions in the fashion/style industry. The best advice to looking good, building on what you currently own. And not paying high ticketed prices.

Now their are a few staple pieces that a man should never skim on. A business watch, shoes, & eyewear. I mentioned these items in a previous post because they are important pillars in a man wardrobe.

Men, when shopping try to remember the items you already own in your closet. Even down to the color of your favorite sweater. So when/if you get that “itch to buy” purchase around that favorite sweater.

The best kept secret guys for great items that look expensive but are not is SteinMart. Remember the 3 keys items you “should” splurge on are dress shirt(s), eyewear, and shoes. And people will never know how much money you didn’t spend.

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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

4 Grooming And Shaving Tips For Men:

For most men, shaving is an everyday process. Well at least it should be. But for some of us, shaving becomes a daily ritual. Sometimes as much as ‘twice a day’.

That’s one thing that we as men really should keep groomed and trimmed is our face. Wheather its the ‘Van Dyke’ (gotee) or a little peach fuzz.

The key is to make it look neat. andis.com is one of the leading Brands in men’s grooming tools. I’m a huge fan.

I’ve included a few key steps towards making your shaving experience a little easier & healthier.

1. Always keep clean skin. Here’s a pretty good selection of face cleaners for men that I came across.

2. Shave in the direction of hair growth very important. It illiminates ingrown hairs, due to oil build-up within your pores. Also shaving in the shower is a nice alternative to open those hair follicles rite up!

3. Use a daily moisterizer Aubrey’s Organics makes great products. I use it, and swear by it.

4. For those that are serious about looking their best. Treat yourself to a monthly FACIALS! its relaxing, and enables the skin to breath. Hey don’t worry about the nay-sayers. Trust me, when your not at the spa, THEY are.

These 4 are designed for all men. With the understanding that some men of color deal with ingrown hairs. which is common in african american men.

I highly recommend Bump Patrol.

Keep these few key steps in mind and I gaurentee fresh, clean, and healthy skin.

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4 Grooming And Shaving Tips For Men:

For most men, shaving is an everyday process. Well at least it should be. But for some of us, shaving becomes a daily ritual. Sometimes as much as ‘twice a day’.

That’s one thing that we as men really should keep groomed and trimmed is our face. Wheather its the ‘Van Dyke’ (gotee) or a little peach fuzz.

The key is to make it look neat. andis.com is one of the leading Brands for mens grooming. I’m a huge fan.

I’ve included a few crucial steps towards making your shaving experience a little easier & healthier.

1. Always keep clean skin. Here’s a pretty good selection of face cleaners for men that I came across.

2. Shave in the direction of hair growth very important. It illiminates ingrown hairs, due to oil build-up within your pores. Also shaving in the shower is a nice alternative to open those hair follicles rite up!

3. Use a daily moisterizer Aubrey’s Organicsmakes great products. I use it, and swear by it.

4. For those that are serious about looking their best. Treat yourself to a monthly FACIALS! its relaxing, and enables the skin to breath. Hey don’t worry about the nay-sayers. Trust me, when your not at the spa, THEY are.

These 4 are designed for all men. With the understanding that some men of color deal with ingrown hairs. which is common in african american men.

I highly recommend Bump Patrol.

Keep these few key steps in mind and I gaurentee fresh, clean, and healthy skin.

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New Post: For The Love Of Blazers, SportCoats & Vests

Who loves to look good, feel good, and dress well? Everyone I would hope. For a long time men and woman’s closets have been filled with Blazers, Sport Coats, & and often vests just begging to be brought back into fashions forefront.

Well now they’re back! and back with avengence. But exactly what is a Sport Coat?

A Sport Coat: is basically a light-weight jacket that can be worn with jeans or khakis, I’ve even worn with shorts. You just have to have the rite shoe to pull that look off though.

Blazers: On the other hand are a bit dressier, cut a lil different and often times theirs a pair of trousers not to far away that match. aka “Suit-Seperates”

Not recommended by me. But that’s just my personal opinion. Quite often when you buy “suites sold separate” the cloth between the tops and bottoms feel and wear differently. Not quite sure, possibly just my prior experience in the retail industry I’ve taken a disliking to them.

Woman good new for you! Vests and Sport Coats or “Boy-Friend” jackets can now be implemented within your wardrobe.

Just like the boyfriend collard button
down was a few years back. Take advantage of fashion and trends as they are forever evolving.

Did you know that the vest was first introduced by the British Army? Multiple pockets for watches, tools, eye wear etc.

Hope this helps you with some Sport Coat, Blazer & Vest questions you may have.

Feel free to contact me for any wardrobing tips or concerns.

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Check out: “The Classicist: Dunhill Custom Tailoring for Spring & Summer”

dunhill bespoke
Back in March we reported that London luxury goods firm Dunhill was opening a new custom tailoring floor of its Madison Avenue flagship store in New York, the first of its kind in the U.S. Now we have more details of their custom tailoring program, featuring a selection of over 250 of the finest British and Italian cloths. Clients can create suits, jackets, trousers and shirts solely designed for their individual lifestyle or demands. Overseen by Bruno Cosentino, Dunhill’s resident master tailor who personally hand makes every bespoke item, the space is entirely dedicated to the brand’s exceptional tailoring service. A Dunhill custom suit undergoes 165 separate, meticulous operations performed by skilled artisans, with some 200 individual pieces going into making a jacket alone. Each jacket is expertly constructed using a floating canvas front allowing it to mold to the body over time. The Custom program offers a choice of two cuts – the House’s signature St James’ block, inspired by the archetypal Savile Row suit with several distinctive Dunhill touches, or the slimmer Belgravia fit defined by a suppressed waist, built up chest and sharper shoulders.

A suit can further be personalized by straight or slanted pockets, center or side vents and notch or peak lapels. Distinctive Dunhill silhouettes are enhanced by the introduction of a lightly ‘roped’ shoulder providing a typically English outline. This additional mark of luxury raises the crown of the sleeve slightly, ensuring the purest of lines from shoulder to sleeve. High performance fabrics are available including a 3-ply high twist super 130’s wool and silk fabric in a range of blues and greys. The classic Dunhill custom blazer can be created in the finest of Camdeboo mohair (above) which is lightweight, boasts great performance properties and travels beautifully, keeping the wearer warm in the cold but cool in the heat. Each Dunhill custom item will be completed and presented within two months. Once the design of the pattern is complete, it then becomes part of the Alfred Dunhill archives, kept in reserve for returning clients seeking additional bespoke services. Dunhill’s custom tailoring tradition includes a tuxedo made for Truman Capote to wear at his infamous Black amp; White Ball in the 1960s as well as bespoke suits made for Frank Sinatra.

Furthermore, Dunhill is offering a new range of luxurious super 160’s fabrics in a range of refined and classic designs. This luxuriously lightweight selection of cloth is presented in a range of shades with broken pinstripes for a relaxed seasonal approach to classic formal dressing. For the ultimate in stylish summer suiting, Dunhill is offering the finest pure Irish linen for Spring / Summer 2010 in sand or blueberry shades. Internal facings are re-worked this season to offer a new, sharper look to the in-breast pocket detailing. Half-moon stitching at each pocket mouth adds strength and finesse and a triangular security flap is fastened by means of a hidden button hole ensuring the cleanest of lines inside the garment. Dunhill Custom shirting meanwhile is available in a choice of nine collars, five cuffs, two pockets and a variety of front and back options.

Mens Trousers, Flat or Pleat? Hem or Cuff?

The question of men’s pants and how to wear them have been around for ages. Many men have no idea when to apply a Hem or a Cuff to their trousers

Any good stylist, retail sales associate, or tailor should know these basic fashion fundmentals.

Hems vs Cuffs:

Hems – are worn on body types that are (normally) under the height of ‘5 10″
Here’s a little how-to video I found on “Hems” http://bit.ly/crZYAu (very helpfu)

Cuffs – typically looks nicer on “taller” frames. The pant cuff should measure 1 1/2 inches (rule of thumb)

Cuffs also adds what I call “SWAY” to the pant. Very classy touch to trousers. Most men prefer the cuff over a hem. But it’s important to remember, that the hem makes the stout male type look even shorter, because it takes away length from the leg.

Pleats vs The Flat Front:

Pleats – are suppose to give the waist and thigh volume, Europe introduces pleats to the American fashion mainstream years ago.

Designers today tend not to use pleats any longer in their lines. And that’s a good thing. Here’s a cool story I found on the “Pleated Pant” http://bit.ly/9iGnMz

The Flat Front Trouser- contrary to popular beliefs, black men more and more are turning toward “the fitted look” straight leg, no pleats! Flat Front trousers, streamline the body

And makes you appear thinner! I purchased a pair of flat trousers years ago and honestly? Haven’t turned back to pleats since.

Note: it has been once said, the less items you have in your pant pockets, the thinner your waist will appear.

So go out and invest in a billfold! đŸ˜‰

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