Cravats to Knitted Ties: The Evolution of Men’s Neckwear

Cravats to Knitted Ties: The Evolution of Men’s Neckwear

A gentleman’s wardrobe is never complete until he has a respectable collection of fashionable ties in his closet, but have you ever wondered the origins of this essential menswear accessory?Maybe you aren’t the type of man who gives much thought to the history of menswear, but it can provide valuable insight into your modern-day wardrobe. The world of men’s fashion is rooted in tradition, and by knowing the evolution of your favorite neckwear, you can make better style decisions in the future. Without further ado, let’s take a look at how men’s neckwear has evolved over time and how the most dapper gentlemen wear them today. After reading this, you might just walk away with a newfound appreciation of your tie collection. THE BEGINNINGS OF THE NECKTIE We can trace men’s neckwear back to the times of the Ancient Romans, but this staple as we know it today originated in the early 1600s. As with many fashion styles, this accessory has its roots in military history. ORIGINS OF THE CRAVAT During the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648), Croatian soldiers served in many European armies, including the Kingdom of France. Many of these soldiers wore long red coats, fur hats, and small, knotted neckerchiefs that were thought to be worn for hygienic purposes. These neckerchiefs caught the attention of Louis XIV, the King of France. The boy king was determined to spread France’s influence across the world, not only in politics and economics but in fashion as well. Around 1635, Louis began wearing a neckerchief, which was called the “hrvat” by Croatians and later transformed into cravat (from the French word...
10 Inspiring Ways to Up Your Sock Game

10 Inspiring Ways to Up Your Sock Game

For decades, the general style rule for menswear stated that your dress socks should match the color of your trousers. This rule holds up when it comes to important business meetings or formal events—but for regular days in the office, we think you can have a little fun. Today, the modern gentleman isn’t afraid to be bold with his socks. Check your workplace dress code, and then add some bold colors and patterns to your sock drawer. If you’re ready to step up your sock game this year, then we’ve got some inspiring examples to help you kick it off on the right foot. Embrace Tonal Stripes If you’re new to the bold sock trend, then starting off with tonal stripes is recommended. This pattern can be subtle, yet powerful enough to add a pop of color to your outfit and look stylish at the office. You can never go wrong with tonal stripes in navy blue, but you can also take a walk on the wild side with bright oranges and pinks. Step It Up a Notch with Herringbone Once you get the hang of wearing common patterns like stripes, it’s time to pepper in difficult patterns. Herringbone isn’t too difficult to pull off—especially if you choose a muted color such as gray—but the diagonal pattern can be eye-grabbing in red and green hues. A fashion-forward professional such as yourself will have no trouble wearing this trending pattern. Nautical for the Summer Summer isn’t over yet, which is why you need a pair of nautical-inspired socks to wear to work, happy hour, or even that big, corporate yacht...
How to Pick the Best Suit Cut for Your Body Type

How to Pick the Best Suit Cut for Your Body Type

Weddings, interviews, business meetings—no matter what the occasion, you need a suit that makes you look and feel like a million bucks. Like most wardrobe staples, finding the perfect-fitting suit can be a challenge. If the suit looks perfect on the mannequin but it doesn’t work for you, try paying attention to the suit cut the next time you go shopping. There are three main types of cuts that every man should know: American, English, and Italian. In this post, we’re going to dive into each suit style and help you decide which one will complement your body type. American Cut It’s no secret that Americans tend to be bigger than those in many other countries. To accommodate our larger frames, the “Sack” suit took off early in the 20th century during the height of the “Roaring Twenties,” defined by its unfitted, loose structure. Today, the American cut suit isn’t quite as baggy, yet it still has characteristics that make it less formal than its European counterparts. This suit cut has little padding, low armholes, and a single vent in the back of the jacket. Who Should Wear it? Its relaxed fit makes it ideal for a wide variety of body shapes, particularly those with wider frames. Leaner frames can also benefit from the generous shape of the American cut. How to Wear If you’re big and tall, avoid double-breasted jackets, which will only make you appear bigger, and limit your buttons to one or two. If your best feature is your chest, accent it with a stylish lapel pin or colorful pocket square. English Cut Also called the...
Summer Wardrobe Staples for the Modern Professional

Summer Wardrobe Staples for the Modern Professional

Good news, gentlemen; summer is officially here. You can finally dust off your boat shoes and rock that favorite pair of shorts you’ve been dying to wear all winter. Of course, these fashion staples are perfectly suited for a relaxing weekend. But for the modern professional, they certainly won’t hold up to the typical office dress code (if they do, go thank your boss right now). If you’re like many working men, you might be wondering how to look both stylish and professional during the hot, summer months. We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to violate your office dress code just to keep from roasting in your suit and tie. Bright colors, breathable fabrics, and a few styling tips are the key to successfully assembling your warm-weather office wardrobe. Do yourself a huge favor this year, and make sure that you have these summer staples in your closet: Lightweight Linen Button-Up Shirt If there is any fabric that lends itself well to the summer months, it’s linen. Made from fibers of the flax plant, linen allows for maximum breathability and will keep you cool – in more ways than one – during those unbearably hot days. How to Wear A linen button-up shirt is a quintessential summertime piece and looks great in both long and short-sleeve styles. A button-up shirt in classic white looks particularly stylish when paired with some navy chinos and brown Oxford shoes. If you’re wearing it to the office, long-sleeve is arguably the better choice.  Not only do long sleeves appear more professional but also the cooling linen works so well that...
4 Tips for Organizing Your Men’s Accessories

4 Tips for Organizing Your Men’s Accessories

There are few things in life that are as pleasurable as a nice, organized closet. A tidy closet just makes it easier to plan your wardrobe for the upcoming week. You probably know how to hang your work shirts and dress pants, but what about your ties, tie bars, cufflinks and other men’s accessories? If your accessories are currently in disarray, you aren’t alone. Many of us didn’t begin investing in ties, collar stays and pocket squares until we reached adulthood.  But as your accessory collection begins to expand, it’s important to keep things neat and clean.  Here are four tips to help you organize your men’s accessories the right way. Organize Strategically To paraphrase Polonius in Hamlet, there should be a method to your madness. In other words, you should store your accessories in a way that makes sense to you. For instance, you might store your cologne on your dresser. It looks nice and works for some men, but many of us don’t have much time in the morning. It’s simply more practical for cologne to be in the bathroom to easily spritz on when you get out of the shower. Organize in a way that fits your lifestyle and your habits. The easier you make it on yourself, the more likely you will be to keep things organized for the long term. Learn How to Properly Store Your Accessories Want to get the most mileage out of your accessories? Learn how to properly store each one to extend their lifespan. Hang your belts: It’s common to store belts by rolling them up, but bending them will...
Spiff Up Your Wardrobe with Cufflinks

Spiff Up Your Wardrobe with Cufflinks

If you have never worn cufflinks, we’ll tell you right now that you are missing out. This classic men’s accessory has become the mark of a stylish gentleman and adds a new level of sophistication to your attire. Cufflinks are traditionally associated with black tie occasions, but times have changed. Now, classy men are sporting cufflinks to work to add a bit of personality and style to their suits. Whether you want to look good at a wedding or nail your corporate office attire, cufflinks are a must-have for your wardrobe. Here is what you need to know about how to wear them the right way: Shirts to Wear Cufflinks Before we go any further, we should discuss which shirts you need to own that will allow you to wear cufflinks. The two most common types of shirts include the French cuff shirt and the barrel cuff shirt. French Cuff The French cuff, or double cuff, is a formal dress shirt that is typically worn with a tuxedo or at formal events. The sleeves are long, going well past the wrist and are folded back to align the two holes for the cufflinks to be fastened. Barrel Cuff The barrel cuff, or button cuff, is more casual than the French cuff and most common way to wear to work. Barrel cuff shirts often have one or two buttons included when they are purchased, but you can easily snip away the buttons to make room for casual cufflinks. Essential Cufflinks for the Modern Man There are so many different styles of cufflinks these days that it is impossible to choose...