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Men's Overcoats: What to Look For. With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Sunday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past.

Men's Overcoats: What to Look For

This article was originally published in December 2015. How many cold-weather coats does the average man need? There are those men, often younger, who don’t have to dress professionally each day, who try to get by with just one: a “technical,” ski/snowboard-inspired puffy jacket or parka. Such a coat works fine for outdoors pursuits and when paired with very casual clothing. But when layered over a suit, sports jacket, or even a nice sweater, the casual coat jars with the man’s dressier clothes, spoiling the overall effect of the get-up.

The Steve McQueen Look Book. How To Fold A Pocket Square. The pocket square is a small accessory that, when added to a get-up, allows men to express themselves and vary their look without having to buy a whole bunch of different suits.

How To Fold A Pocket Square

This Is Why There’s a Loop on the Back of Your Button-Down Shirt. Welcome to Further Details, a recurring column where we investigate what purpose an oft-overlooked product element actually serves.

This Is Why There’s a Loop on the Back of Your Button-Down Shirt

This week: that small loop on the back of your shirt. More than likely, it’s on your favorite button-down shirt. A small loop of fabric located at the back of the shirt is easy to miss, and unless you’ve somehow put your shirt on backward, you’d almost never notice it. Salt Water New England: What People Wore. Prince Philip: A Tribute To A Style Icon. 7 Outdated Men's Style Rules to IGNORE.

The 20 Greatest Fall Jackets in the History of Crime Fiction ‹ CrimeReads. It's not a true mystery until somebody shows up in tweed...or just a nice mid-length coat...anything sensible and earthy really.

The 20 Greatest Fall Jackets in the History of Crime Fiction ‹ CrimeReads

I’m not going to pretend there’s a particularly good reason why this article should exist. I like fall jackets. This is a crime fiction site. The annals of crime fiction are littered with good fall jackets, if you only know where to look. The Formality Scale: How Clothes Rank From Formal To Informal. One of the key tenets of classic style is to always dress appropriately for the occasion, which is most often stipulated by the required level of formality. But which articles of clothing are appropriate to different levels of formality, and how do they rank in comparison to one another? For an event hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, you’d select different items than you would for office work or for a weekend brunch with friends. Casual vs. Formal Wear – Oversight Today. The debate between casual wear and formal wear is a sensitive topic in some regions and a non-issue in others.

Casual vs. Formal Wear – Oversight Today

I will be upfront with you about my agenda: I’d like to see the clothing issue taken off the table so we can focus on shepherding hearts. I believe there’s more heat than light being created around this issue. My goal today is to come alongside other overseers who see both perspectives and just sift through some arguments being put forward to help reduce the heat and increase the amount of light being shed on this matter. Ivy Style. A couple of years ago I posed the question “Is trad clothing politically incorrect?”

Ivy Style

The general consensus was that the answer is “no,” and the reason is because Democrats and Republicans have historically and currently worn traditional American natural shoulder clothing in equal measures, so the look doesn’t belong to the Kennedy dynasty anymore than it does the Bush clan. But that’s not quite what I was getting at. What I was coyly suggesting was whether traditional clothing is something that hovers above party lines — like a poisonous fog. In other words, bad all around. The Men’s Suit Purchase Priority List. Ivy or Preppy? The mentor who brought me out of retirement, Christian Chensvold, Founder and Editor-in-Chief @ivy-style, recently reprised a 2012 dialogue we enjoyed preparing for the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology smash exhibit utilizing his blog’s monicker, Ivy Style.

Ivy or Preppy?

Here is an edited version of the original conversation with a current add on: The Ivy Style exhibit lets viewers make the choice whether the historic Ivy League Look I grew up with has evolved naturally into preppy or been vulgarized beyond repair. There’s plenty of old Brooks Brothers in the FIT mix, together with J. Press, The Andover Shop, Chipp, Gant, Langrock sharing the stage with Ralph Lauren. Preppy and Ivy was the life that I led. Ivy Style. Did you know that nine out of 10 men prefer chemically treated non-iron shirts that feel funny and look artificially perfect to pure unadulterated cotton?

Ivy Style

And I’m not talking about the general population, but specifically shoppers at that bastion of traditionalism, Brooks Brothers. Some years ago Ralph Gardner had an interesting write-up in the Wall Street Journal on the classic Brooks Brothers oxford, which he calls “the bedrock of our republic.” After having been raised on polyester in what one assumes were the 1970s, Mr. Suiting Up Eli Frosh. Suiting up Eli frosh in the Heyday of Ivy was do-or-die for New Haven clothiers.

Suiting Up Eli Frosh

Salesmen at J. Press were instructed by my dad, Paul Press (front right) to memorize the Yale Freshman Blue Book. He quizzed them daily about dorm addresses, hometowns and secondary schools the book provided. Yale freshmen lived in seven ancient dormitories on the Old Campus. The favored boarding choice was Durfee Hall with communal suites designed to house six to nine students mainly populated by St. My father’s older brother, Irving Press (front left), Yale Law School, Class of 1926, ran the family business out of New York. Little Georgie Feen (back left), popularly known to the cognoscenti as Mayor of York Street knocked on every door in Durfee Hall, offering his calling card, sample swatches, booze and a promise of favors.

Salt Water New England: A Different Time... 5 EASY & Stylish Summer Outfits for Men. Heyday Of The Ivy League Suit. The high watermark of the Ivy League Suit in America coincided with the Kennedy years.

Heyday Of The Ivy League Suit

J. Press opened its first street level New York store on 16 East 44th Street during the high times of Camelot. Nobody who was anybody was clad in anything but a natural shoulder suit. During my salad days in the family business all America wore suits. Sizing for Clothes Can Be Confusing. This Will Help You Get it Right. When you’re trying to nail down the right size for clothing, it’s easy to morph into the math lady meme real quick. Except, instead of floating formulas for calculating the volume of a cone, it’s sizing charts for jackets and jeans.

Letter sizing (S, M, L, XL, etc.) simplifies the process, but basically every brand has its own definition of those letters. Sizing between garments within a single brand complicates the issue even further. In What Direction Do Men Wear Belts? The psychological reason why clothes can make or break you. Why Do Suits Have a Random Buttonhole on the Lapel? We Found Out. Welcome to Further Details, a series dedicated to ubiquitous but overlooked elements hidden on your favorite products. This week: the buttonhole near the notch of your blazer’s lapel. As you suit up, for work or perhaps a summer wedding, you might notice a small detail as you button up your jacket — a rogue buttonhole near the notch of the lapel. It’s definitely there, even if it is sewn shut with no discernible way to open it without ruining your only good suit. You look to the other lapel, but it’s completely smooth, void of any clues. Essential Styles • The 10 Best Suits Under $1,000.

The Accidentally Couture Life of a Samurai. 10 Black Tie Rules To ALWAYS Follow. A Celebration of JFK's Eternal Style. It's Time to Kill the Slim Suit. Every night I sit down to watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and every night I become immediately annoyed by how his suit fits. His trousers sit too low — you can see the bottom of his shirt and tie below his top button. His jacket is usually too small and too short, and the lapel is too narrow; both are unflattering. (He also keeps his jacket buttoned when he sits down, which is an entirely separate but still glaring issue.) But it’s about more than the way his suit fits. Business Casual Men's Attire & Dress Code Explained. Business casual is a dress code men are confronted with everywhere, but what does it really mean?

In this Business Casual Guide for men, we answer this question in detail, share DO’s and DON’Ts and provide specific advice on what you can wear so you are dressed to the T. Business Casual Video Please watch the video & read the guide for the best explanation of Business Casual. If you enjoy this guide, please subscribe for free on youtube and sign up to our complimentary email newsletter here. Also, if you are more interested in the smart casual dress code, click here. Is the Suit Dying? - The Role of Classic Menswear in Today's World. The List – Red Clay Soul. Ivy Style. I am Dandy - The Return of the Elegant Gentleman Book Review. Earlier today, I received a unexpected Fedex delivery, and when I opened the package I was positively surprised to see a copy of Rose Callahan’s & Nathaniel Adams’ book I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman.

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Why Button-Down Shirts Have Loops On the Back. All around the country, traffic lights help maintain order on roadways by signaling when it’s time to stop (red), slow down (yellow), or continue (green). While the color scheme appears obvious now, it had to have been created and invented somewhere. How Long Should Your Suit Jacket Be? 3 Methods Compared - My Dapper Self.

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