What to Wear on Thanksgiving

What to Wear on Thanksgiving

Gone are the days when it was acceptable to wear worn-out sweatpants and a jersey on Thanksgiving. Now, no matter if you’re going to visit your entire family or meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time, it’s essential to look comfortable yet stylish during the holiday season. Here are some helpful tips for those struggling to figure out what to wear on Thanksgiving.

When You’re Visiting Your Family

It’s always important to put your best foot forward when visiting your family, especially if you haven’t seen them in a while. For a look that’s fresh and fashionable, try wearing a casual buttoned down under a fitted sweater, paired with brown or black dress pants. Don’t be afraid to complete this outfit with a sick pair of leather shoes for a look that’s bold and on-trend.

When You’re Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

When you’re hosting the Thanksgiving dinner event, you have a little more leeway when it comes to styling, particularly if you are the one cooking the meal. For an upscale yet casual look, try pairing a comfortable buttoned-down with an argyle sweater vest and khakis. You can complete this outfit with dressy sneakers or loafers for a look that’s comfortable and chic.

When You’re Visiting Your Significant Other’s Family

When you’re visiting your significant other’s family for the holidays, particularly if it’s your first time meeting them, it’s always best to pull out all the stops. And while you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard to impress them, it’s still best to choose a look that’s dressy and tailored, so they know that you put in an effort. Try a matching dress shirt and tie combination with a casual suit jacket or cardigan and black slacks for a look that’s impressive without being over the top.

Additional Thanksgiving Outfit Advice

Choose from a color palette of traditional fall shades that are bold and statement-making. Bright red, deep burgundy, mustard yellow, burnt orange, and chestnut brown are all fantastic color choices.

Nautical styles and colors are perfect for Thanksgiving gatherings. Whether you choose an off-white Fisherman’s sweater or a navy blue peacoat, you’ll have a look that’s effortlessly stylish for the holidays.

Were you inspired by our Thanksgiving styling choices? What are you planning to wear this holiday? Let us know your thoughts on what to wear on Thanksgiving in the comment section.

3 Ways to Wear Your Denim Jacket This Fall

3 Ways to Wear Your Denim Jacket This Fall

At this time of year, owning transition pieces or clothing items that can easily be worn in multiple seasons is a must! And what better transition piece than a sick denim jacket? Since denim jackets are lightweight yet durable, they can easily be layered or combined with multiple styles, which makes them the perfect choice for fall and early winter. The denim jacket owes its notoriety mainly to its unbelievable versatility; whether you’re looking for a comfortable and casual look or a dressed up date night outfit, a denim jacket can effortlessly enhance your look. Here are some styling ideas for how to wear a denim jacket this fall.

Classic and Casual

When you pair a classic denim jacket with a fitted polo and khaki chinos, you create a casual yet trendy look for the fall. And while many consider wearing denim-on-denim to be a style taboo, you can you mix and match the wash of your denim to create contrast. Try pairing a graphic tee with a dark indigo denim jacket and these incredibly stylish black denim jeans.

Low-Key Layering

Denim jackets are rugged and durable, which makes them the perfect layering piece. Try pairing a dark wash denim jacket with a long sleeve buttoned down and a lightweight fleece vest for a look that’s warm and stylish. And for extra warmth and luxury, this fall season, go for a denim jacket that is fur or shearling-lined.

Traditional and Tailored

When you pair a fitted dark wash denim jacket with a tailored white buttoned down, a casual tie and black dress pants, you create a casual work wear outfit that can smoothly transition to a swanky date night look. When choosing a denim jacket for more formal settings, it’s important to make sure that the cut and fit are similar to that of a casual blazer.

Other Styling Options for How to Wear a Denim Jacket

  • While everyone needs a classic blue denim jacket, it’s equally important to have colored denim in your wardrobe. In addition to neutrals like black or stonewashed gray, if you’re the adventurous kind, try out something more bold, like this burgundy denim jacket with stunning genuine leather detail.
  • When choosing a graphic tee, make sure that the design is located in the middle of the shirt so that the jacket does not block the graphic.

Let us know how you like to wear your denim jackets in the comments section below!

Embrace Fall in Style with These Comfy Sweaters

Men's Fall Sweaters

Sweaters are a fall favorite for many reasons. In addition to keeping you warm and cozy, they are perfect for layering, a must for the transition seasons. What’s more? Men’s fall sweaters come in a multitude of styles, designs, and textures that allow you to show off your personal style. With so many options, it can be difficult to choose, so we curated the best styles from the runways to make your task easier.

Vintage Knitwear

Think patterned sweaters are only good for office Christmas parties? Think again! This fall, channel retro-cool vibes with one of the hottest trends at the moment: bold and loud vintage knitwear. Available in a variety of patterns, from argyle to Aztec to checkered, they are perfect for the chilly days and cool nights.

Stacy Adams Wine : Burgundy : White Zip-Up Sweater Outfit With Elbow Patches
If you’re looking for an elegant and luxurious men’s fall sweater, this hand-finished Stacy Adams Wine, Burgundy, and White Zip-Up Sweater With Elbow Patches is just what you need for an upscale look that exudes sophistication and charm.

Another stylish choice is this Montique Brick Red, Ivory, and Black Zip-Up Knitted Sweater With Black Microsuede Elbow Patches. And the best news is that they both come with sumptuous matching wide-leg slacks, featuring four outside pockets, double pleats, and a split waistband.

Roll Neck and Turtleneck Sweaters

The roll neck is back in fashion this season. What we love about these neck-hugging sweaters is that they are incredibly versatile, equally fashionable for a relaxed-cool vibe or for a dressed-up look. Instead of bulkier roll necks, which are more suited to winter fashion, embrace thinner, comfortable fabrics in neutral hues. Lighter material makes layering up for autumn a breeze while muted colors facilitate mixing and matching to create stunning fall looks.

Daniel Ellissa Beige Turtle Neck Sweater KT483
Wear this amazingly soft and flawless Daniel Ellissa Beige Turtleneck Sweater with your favorite blazer and slacks, and you’re ready to start the day in style!

Mock Neck Sweaters

If a roll neck or turtleneck feels too constricting, a fantastic alternative is a mock neck sweater. Similar to the roll neck, you can dress this men’s fall sweater up or down, pairing the mock neck with your favorite blue jeans or wearing it instead of a button-down shirt with a suit. The choices are endless.

Bagazio Black Mock Neck Sweater Shirt
Think of the plethora of outfits that you can create with this chic Bagazio Black Mock Neck Sweater Shirt. Not only will you luxuriate in the extra soft fabric, but you will also enjoy the convenience of the wrinkle-fabric.

What sweaters will you be adding to your collection this season? Share your sweater style tips with us in the comments section below.

Fall 2017 Fashion Trends for Men

Fall 2017 Fashion Trends for Men

Fall has arrived and so have the season’s newest trends! It’s time to say goodbye to your beloved summer sandals, breezy shorts, and cotton chinos and say hello to warm jackets, plush sweaters, and cozy corduroys. If you’re preparing to revamp your wardrobe, here are the latest men’s fall fashion trends you need to know about.

Bright Orange

Halloween is just one day away, and if you read our last blog post on the topic of adding a touch of orange to your outfit, you already know that orange is back with a vengeance this season. And it is not shy; bright orange was prolific on the runways this year.

If you’re looking to add a touch of orange to your wardrobe, may we recommend this stunning pair of hand-stitched orange Emilio Franco Genuine Calf Loafers, the embodiment of Italian craftsmanship and creativity.

Emilio Franco 409 Orange Genuine Calf Loafer Shoes With Tassel

Moss Green

While the leaves are transitioning from greens to reds and browns as the temperatures drop, high-end designers are turning to deep, rich mossy green. Not only is moss green a perfect color for the cool, crisp weather, but it is also a great choice for those who don’t like wearing loud colors.

Check out these sharp Mauri “Bernini” Moss Green Genuine All Over Alligator Shoes, completely hand-crafted and hand-stitched in Italy.

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All-camel Outfits

This season, camel is not limited to outwear. Instead, fashion houses are embracing the all-camel look. Models wore the color from head to toe, combining different textures, patterns, and shades to create striking looks.

This luxurious and hand-finished Stacy Adams Outfit is perfect for those seeking to sport the all-camel look with a touch of class and elegance.

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Roll Neck Sweaters

You don’t need to be a published author or insightful poet to don a turtleneck this season. We all get to luxuriate in this fall’s must-have item: the roll neck. Perfect for cold season and the cooler temperatures, it is available in a variety of thicknesses, colors, and patterns.

The Daniel Ellissa Beige Turtle Neck Sweater is ideal for the fall; its comfortable, soft material drapes beautifully onto your body while keeping you warm.

Daniel Ellissa Beige Turtle Neck Sweater KT483

Oversized Proportions

Move over, skinny jeans; oversized menswear is back! If, like us, you’re tired of squeezing into minuscule skin-tight pants, your prayers have been answered. You can finally indulge in relaxed-legs trousers, billowing knitwear, and oversized coats while still looking like you came off a runway.

We’re in love with these Brown Luciano Carreli Houndstooth Wide Leg Slacks.

How are you planning on incorporating the latest men’s fall fashion trends into your wardrobe this season? Tell us in the comments below.

A Touch of Orange for Halloween

A Touch of Orange for Halloween

Halloween, or any other holiday for that matter, is a great excuse to have some fun with your outfit and show your personality. The good news? Orange is the new black. Really! Fashion houses are embracing the color with open arms this fall and so are we. The bad news? There is a very fine line between Halloween spirit and orange tackiness, but don’t despair; this is where we come in. In today’s blog post, we’ll show you how you can incorporate a touch of orange while remaining true to the fashion god that you are.

Ties

This fall we’re witnessing the renaissance of the necktie, with high-end brands showcasing them at all the much-anticipated fashion shows. Ties are an excellent way to add a pop of color to your look, but a word of caution: stay away from the gaudy novelty ties, littered with images of floating ghosts and pumpkins. A better and far more stylish choice would be this High-Density 100% Woven Silk Necktie By Steven Land, which offers a perfect balance; the beautiful burnt orange color says Halloween while the blue paisley diagonal design adds a touch of sophistication.

Stylish Orange Tie for Halloween

Shoes

Upscale Menswear customers have an adventurous sense of style. They don’t shop with us because they like to quietly blend in. They are not afraid to take risks and stand out from the crowd. So, we know when we say orange shoes, our fashion-forward clientele will be on board. And seriously, how can you resist these stunning Belvedere “George” Sneakers? The lustrous antique orange and black colors have Halloween written all over them. Handmade with genuine crocodile skin, these meticulously-crafted luxury shoes will keep your toes toasty throughout the fall.

Luxury Orange Sneakers for Halloween

Shirts

Orange shirts are in this season, so if you don’t currently own one, now is the time to get yours. Not only will you get to wear it for Halloween, but you will also be sporting the latest fall trend. One thing that we’ve noticed from the runways this year is that orange isn’t shy, but bold and daring, like this striking Axxess Orange Slim Fit Pure Cotton Dress Shirt, with French cuffs and single needle tailoring with silk threading.

Stylish Orange Shirt for Halloween
How are you adding a touch of orange to your outfit this Halloween? Tell us in the comments section below!

What to Avoid When Wearing a Suit

What to Avoid When Wearing a Suit

Whether for work or social events, every modern gentleman should own a high-quality suit. However, if you want to project a sharp and put-together, high-power look, then paying attention to the finer details of suiting is a must. Here are four mistakes you should avoid when wearing a suit.

Avoid Wearing a T-Shirt as an Undershirt

There are many reasons to wear an undershirt when wearing a suit. It absorbs your sweat, prolongs the life of your dress shirts, provides insulation, and gives your body a trimmer look. Wearing a T-shirt as an undershirt is one of the biggest faux-pas that men commit when wearing a suit; it looks stiff and thick and is often visible through your shirt. Undershirts, on the other hand, are thinner and lighter since they are specifically designed for layering.

Avoid Wearing White Athletic Socks

Nothing is a bigger eyesore than white athletic socks paired with a suit, so what socks should you wear with a suit, you ask? Well, it depends on your personality. If you tend to dress more conservatively, you can’t go wrong with matching your dress socks to the color of your pants. If you want to add a little bit of excitement, instead of choosing a solid color, go for a striped or patterned pair; argyle is a classic and timeless choice. If you’re more daring when it comes to fashion, you can choose bright statement socks in a vibrant color. However, keep in mind that they are not appropriate for occasions such as funerals, black-tie events, or important meetings.

Avoid Mismatching Your Belt and Shoes

A man’s shoes speak volumes about him, so it’s of utmost importance to wear the proper dress shoes when wearing a suit. However, did you also know that, when wearing a suit, your belt needs to match your shoes? For instance, pairing this stunning pair of Belvedere “Edo” Antique Honey Genuine Crocodile Lace Up Shoes with a black belt would be a major no-no. A more appropriate and highly fashionable choice would be the Belvedere 1999 Camel All-Over Genuine Hornback Crocodile Belt.

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Belvedere “Edo” Antique Honey Genuine Crocodile Lace Up Shoes

 

Belvedere 1999 Camel All-Over Genuine Hornback Crocodile Belt
Belvedere 1999 Camel All-Over Genuine Hornback Crocodile Belt

Avoid Wearing Wrinkled Clothing

Since when did looking like you slept in your clothes become acceptable? No matter the occasion, wrinkled clothing is utterly objectionable. It only takes a few minutes to properly iron or steam your clothes before wearing them, and it makes a world of a difference.

What fashion-faux pas have you made when wearing a suit? Tell us in the comments section below!

5 Must-Have Men’s Fall Shoes

Fall is here, and that means that it’s time to put away your summer kicks and look for season-appropriate footwear. Not sure where to start? To make shoe shopping a breeze and to prepare you for the onslaught of autumnal weather variations, we’ve done the work for you by putting together a list of the five must-have shoes for the fall.

Ankle Boots

Ankle boots are all the rage now, so if you’ve been waiting to acquire a pair, now is the time to get one. In addition to being perfect for the cold, rainy days ahead, ankle boots add oodles of style and personality to your outfit.

Check out the classic, yet modern, Mezlan “Belucci” Black Genuine Alligator Zipper Boots, meticulously hand-crafted and guaranteed to turn heads with their gorgeous, lustrous alligator leather.

Going for a more casual look? The lace-up Belvedere “Tazio” Antique Burgundy and Tobacco Genuine Shark, Alligator, and Italian Calf Boots give off that irresistible relaxed cool vibe.

Belvedere Tazio Antique Burgundy : Tobacco Genuine Shark : Alligator : Italian Calf Boots
Loafers

Variety is the spice of life, so while we are all for the ankle boots this season, don’t overdo it! Loafers are an excellent choice for fall-footwear, combining comfort and style. They come in beautiful warm colors and intriguing textures.

Any fashion-conscious gentleman will agree that shoes are an investment, so if you’re adding leather loafers to your collection, go for the real deal. The Belvedere “Bari” Brown Genuine Alligator and Ostrich Skin Loafer Shoes With Tassels, for instance, are a prime example of premium quality genuine alligator and ostrich skin shoes and are flawlessly hand-stitched for the most discerning of customers.

Belvedere Bari Brown Genuine Alligator and Ostrich Skin Loafer Shoes With Tassels

Luxury Sneakers

Yes, we’re proponents of the athleisure trend, but not just any kind of sneakers will do; only high-end shoes that are guaranteed to inspire sneaker-envy make our list.

Need an example? Look no further than these highly-coveted Belvedere “Rino” Honey Genuine Crocodile, Suede, and Soft Calf Sneakers, casual enough for everyday wear, yet oozing swank.

Belvedere Rino Honey Genuine Crocodile : Suede : Soft Calf Casual Sneakers
Chukka Boots

Chukka boots get their own category for their versatility and timelessness. This contender can be dressed up or down, so you’re sure to get a lot of use out your chukka boots this fall.

We’re drooling over these made-to-order Paul Parkman Brown Genuine Calfskin Chukka Boots, which are the perfect embodiment of British style. Similar to Belvedere, Paul Parkman doesn’t use the “painted-on” process that so many manufacturers use to color their shoes; instead, Paul Parkman uses a special aniline process to dye the premium grade exotic skin so that the selected color permeates the skins thoroughly, allowing them to maintain their rich color for a lifetime, becoming even more beautiful with age.

Paul Parkman CK43E8 Brown Genuine Calfskin Chukka Boots

Brogues

We’re all about the broguemance! We suggest getting your hands on a pair of brogue shoes to elevate your style this fall. Exuding craftsmanship and durability, these shoes are incredibly versatile and can be worn with both a suit and jeans.

For a touch of elegance and refinement in the men’s fall shoes department, may we suggest these Paul Parkman Navy & Red Genuine Triple Leather Sole Wingtip Brogues Shoes.

Paul Parkman Navy & Red Genuine Triple Leather Sole Wingtip Brogues Shoes
Do you agree with our choices? What other men’s fall shoes should we add to the list? Tell us in the comments below!

3 Simple Tips to Make Any Man Look Taller

3 Simple Tips to Make Any Man Look Taller

Science has yet to come up with a miraculous formula to increase height, so in the meantime, men can count on fashion to help them in their quest to appear taller. Here are three simple tips that are sure to make you look taller.

Color Palette

To give the illusion of height, dress monochromatically. This styling technique implies wearing different clothing items of the same or a similar color. Did I just hear you say, “boring?” Well, it doesn’t have to be! Instead of relying on color to add fun and personality to your outfit, experiment with different textures and shades, and don’t make the mistake of thinking that monochromatic equals black. You can play with different colors such as navy and add a textured item such as these sharp genuine crocodile skin shoes by Mezlan to elevate your monochromatic game!

Mezlan -Anderson- Blue All-Over Genuine Crocodile Shoes With Crocodile Wrapped Tassels.

A monochromatic palette will give you one uninterrupted line and a coherent vertical image, helping your silhouette look more elongated from head to toe, not to mention that donning such an outfit gives you a cleaner and slimmer look!

Fit

Although wearing fitted clothing is applicable to all men, regardless of height, it is of particular importance to shorter men who want to appear taller. There is no doubt that in addition to making you look lazy and sloppy, oversized, baggy, and ill-fitting clothing makes you look wider, stretching your silhouette horizontally rather than vertically.

For a streamlined silhouette that will give you the illusion of height, fit is key. Opt for slim-fitting clothing, and pay attention to measurements rather than size when shopping; for instance, a US size small can be a medium in Europe.

We also highly recommend having a skilled tailor who will be able to make sure that any prêt-à-porter clothing fits you just right.

Shirts

Whenever possible, tuck in your button-down shirt to make your legs appear longer. If you’re going for a casual look, for example, when pairing a T-shirt with your favorite jeans or summer shorts, ensure that your shirt doesn’t go past your hip bone.

As you may have figured out, styling to look taller involves using minute, subtle, almost imperceptible optical illusions to give the impression of height or stature, so it goes without saying that long-sleeved shirts are favored over their short-sleeved counterparts, which can make your arms look smaller and shorter. What about the summer months, you ask? We have a solution for that too. You should still wear long-sleeved shirts, but you can cuff them for comfort during the hot weather and for style year-round.

Do you have any tips to make you look taller? Share them with us in the comments section below!

 

Fall Fashion: The Leather Blazer Is Making a Comeback

Fall Fashion: The Leather Blazer Is Making a Comeback

Ah, the 90s! When it comes to fashion from that decade, people generally fall into two camps: those who love it and those who hate it, with not much room for any in-between. Regardless of how you feel about the topic, 90s fashion is back in full force, and the latest item to make a comeback is the stylish and edgy leather blazer.

Why You Should Invest in a Leather Blazer

A must-have for the fall this year, the versatile leather blazer is a great addition to your wardrobe. A high-quality premium leather blazer gives you a sharp, edgy look that oozes stylish nonchalance and masculinity. And the good news is that leather blazers come in a variety of beautiful fall colors, such as brown and red.

How to Choose a Leather Blazer

The fit is key; a leather jacket that is too big on you will look unflattering and bulky, and one that is too small will feel uncomfortable and restricting. It should hug your shoulders without constricting your arms and movement.

Whether you choose the one, two, or three buttons option is entirely up to you. What is important, however, is that the jacket sits slightly below the belt. Since you’re going for a cool, relaxed look, avoid any distracting, flashy details.

Your leather blazer is an investment, so always choose a premium-quality genuine leather such as soft and buttery lamb skin, and avoid any cheap faux-leather. If you’re seeking a product that is even more exclusive, look for hand-crafted and hand-stitched blazers such as the G-Gator Genuine Hornback Alligator / Lambskin Leather Jacket, which also features insulation for superior comfort and warmth.

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How to Style a Leather Blazer

The leather blazer is similar to a sports coat and is ideal for a casual look. Versatile, it looks great with a simple shirt and jeans or pants, and as the temperatures drop, you can pair it with a cozy sweater. Doing up all the buttons is a no-no since it’s more attractive and comfortable to leave the bottom button undone.

How to Care for Your Leather Blazer

To enjoy your investment for years to come, use cleaning and care products that are specially made for leather. Apply a water and stain protector before wearing it out to protect it from the elements and accidental coffee spills.

Are you embracing the 90s fashion trend? Tell us how you style your leather jacket in the comments section below!

Tired of Wearing Solid Ties? Try Paisley and Polka Dot Ties

Tired of Wearing Solid Ties? Try Paisley and Polka Dot Ties

Are you tired of wearing the same old solid ties day in, day out? We understand that incorporating patterns into your outfit can be intimidating, even to the most sartorially-inclined gentleman, but ties are certainly the best way to do so! In today’s blog post, we’ll look at two tie patterns that have stood the test of time and discuss how and when to wear them.

Paisley Design

What is it? The paisley design has experienced a revival in recent years, showing up on socks, shirts, and even on swimming shorts; we can’t seem to get enough of this Middle-Eastern design, featuring a repeating droplet-shaped motif filled with intricate, ornate detail. It is often placed against a solid background and surrounded by abstract or floral designs.

How to wear them? It is a myth that paisley tie patterns should always be paired with a solid shirt. Although they do look stunning with such shirts since they allow the necktie to stand out, they also go splendidly with understated patterns, for instance, thin striped or checkered shirts.

When to wear them? If you work in a conservative work environment, it’s better to avoid this design, but if you’re in the creative field, are looking for a stylish business casual look, or heading out for drinks with friends after work, then paisley is your best friend.

Add this stunning 100% woven silk paisley design necktie by Steven Land and watch heads turn at your next party! As a bonus, you’ll also get the matching hanky.
Steven Land Collection SL172 Gold / White / Turquoise Artistic Paisley Design 100% Woven Silk Necktie / Hanky Set
Polka Dot

What is it? Polka dot patterns vary from pin-dot, which are minuscule dots that can give the illusion of the tie being solid from afar, to larger, even oversized, dots that add stunning contrast and excitement to your look. The spacing between the dots as well as the background on which they are placed also vary.

How to wear them? Similar to paisley ties, polka dot neckties contrast superbly with solid, striped, and even checkered shirts. However, bear in mind that the size of the dots and the spacing need to be harmonious with your shirt pattern. Generally, smaller and less spaced out dots exude elegance while larger dots convey boldness.

When to wear them? Polka dot ties suit a variety of situations such as work, wedding receptions, and a night out. Smaller dots are more suited to formal and elegant occasions while larger polka dots are great for a business casual look.

Add some personality to your outfit with this one-of-a-kind high-density multicolor Steven Land Custom Collection necktie and pocket handkerchief set. Made out of pure woven silk, this fun, yet elegant, set features a unique mesmerizing polka dot design.Hi-Density By Steven Land Collection HDS605 Turquoise / Lilac / Multi Color Polka Dot 100% Woven Silk Necktie / Hanky SetWhat are your favorite tie patterns? Join the conversation by commenting below!