Thursday, 30 October 2014

Every Dapper Man Should Know....

Since the dawn of time, men have wrestled with one important, weighty question. Even our caveman forbearers would roll off their sleeping rocks; stare at their collection of pelts, and wonder:
 
“What to wear to work today?”
 
If you’re stumped by the sheer number of outfit choices, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Lucky for us all, we evolved past the all-formal days and entered a bold new age of cool casual. We at Gatsby Menswear know a thing or two about effortless style for men, and have found a few ways to help you dress smartly -- whether you’re heading to the office or just having people over to the man-cave.
 
Move the Denim Upstairs




Eton Shirt
£129
 



























As a general rule, it’s always appropriate to dress like Paul Newman. That’s especially true when he wears denim, which is classic, rugged, and too good to stay solely on your nether regions.
Although Justin Timberlake’s crime against fashion and/or humanity set back the denim shirt for years, we’re happy to report it’s back. The great thing is how versatile it is. Unbutton a bit, combine with chinos and boots, and you’re ready for manly adventures -- like climbing an active volcano or grappling with a bear!

If you’re in the office, though, you can still dress it up with a dark, solid tie and a snappy grey or navy blazer.
Just, please, avoid jeans and shirts of the same shade. (thank you Jeremy Clarkson)
  • Washing your denim can ruin that perfect colour. Don’t do it. If you notice people refusing to stand downwind of you, stick your shirt in a freezer to kill smelly bacteria.
  • If you’re still smelly, a bit of distilled vinegar in the last cycle of the wash will keep the true colour:
  • For all button-down shirts, you’ll need to know when to tuck. If your shirt ends are long in front and back, and short and curved along the side, stuff that shirt down your chinos. Now.
Blaze(r) of Glory
 

Richard James Moleskin
£575







 














Sure, every man needs a dark suit for those special occasions. But your constant companion, your conversation starter, your go-to style piece -- that’s the blazer. The grey, charcoal, or blue blazer is perfect for desk work, but put some plaid under it and you’re equally ready to chop down a tree.
Just make sure it fits perfectly. The jacket’s shoulder should align with yours.

  • Stand with your side up against the wall. If the shoulder pad touches the wall first, the jacket’s too big.
  • You’re a man; measure things with your fist. If your jacket fits properly, you should be able to squeeze your fist in the gap between your jacket and stomach.
  • This is one piece you’ll want to take everywhere, so you need to know how to pack it. Folding it from the inside out will protect it from wrinkles.
 
Pick Your Power Tie


Eton Silk Tie
£69
















 







Once upon a time, the tie symbolized corporate conformity, as synonymous with office life as the typewriter and the timecard. Now, the tie can be anything you want -- even, dare we say it, a little rebellious.
You have a lot of choices out there, so we’ll go ahead and say, “treat self.” Buy a few.
 
But if you’re looking for the one tie to rule them all, go with something dark and solid, or with a very subtle pattern. It’ll look respectable with anything you match with it, even brighter, busier patterns like a gingham or plaid. Plus, if you dress it down -- by throwing a leather or jean jacket over your dress shirt, for instance -- your dark tie will look punk.

  • Here’s a fashion commandment: thou shalt tie your tie so that it reaches your belt buckle. (Any longer and it comes dangerously close to pee range.)
  • Tie width matters too. 2 and ½ inches is considered a modern cut, but, no matter what, it should be in proportion to your lapels. The wider they are, the wider your necktie can be.

Something to add or ask ?
Any comments are always welcome. 

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