Archive for the ‘Men’s Shoes and Accessories’ Category

June 17th, 2014

The Khaki Suit: Warm Weather Work Staple for Men

Temperatures are rising so time for guys to break out their warm-weather suit staple: the khaki suit. Here are three ways to wear that same suit.

Some tips to keep in mind:
- Embrace the wrinkle — it is not a wool suit. The fabric will wrinkle more so after you wear, you will need to let your suit “rest” and iron/steam a bit.
- In case of sweating through your khakis, try Under Armour’s Boxerjock.
- The khaki suit pops more than a grey suit, obviously so you will make a statement even if you pair with a classic white buttondown shirt.

Dressy Work

Business Casual

Sunday Brunch

April 10th, 2014

Dudes: Update this Spring with White

This spring, I am not just obsessed with white for women, but for men too. A quick easy way to make new your existing casual wardrobe is to add a new pair of white sneakers. Obsessed with this pair by Wings and Horns.

This  Shoes by Pottery option is also a keeper  ($155).



And can’t go wrong with a pair of classic Vans ($70).


Perfect with jeans, but also a great way to update those tired khakis in your closet.

October 24th, 2012

Boys’ Boots of the Season

Equal parts grown-up sleek and rugged. Wear with jeans and shawl-collar sweater for weekend day; with khakis, buttonup, and tweed jacket for office/business casual; with charcoal blazer, buttonup and dark jeans for date night.

Get them now. Thank me later.

September 17th, 2012

Business as Usual: Basics of Patterned-Shirt-and-Tie Combo

Last week I spent the afternoon at  Brooks Brothers in Chevy Chase with a client — shopping for menswear. We needed dress shirts, ties, blazer, dress shoes…pretty much everything but the suit.  I immediately got to work putting together shirt-and-tie combos. We opted for the non-iron {yes, you heard me…non-iron} slim-fit shirt (BB has the regular fit, which is a fuller cut, slim and then the extra-slim).  He wanted just a couple of ties to start that could work with a number of options beyond your standard white dress shirt.  He wanted some color and pattern, but  to remain conservative.  So, I gave him two simple guidelines when putting together a patterned shirt and tie:

1. One big and one small.  One (either the shirt or tie) should have a larger, bolder pattern and the other should have a smaller one so that you don’t end up giving yourself and your coworkers vertigo. For example, below, the graph pattern on the shirt  is smaller proportionally than the bold stripes on the tie.

You can also pair the same time with a shirt that has fine stripes, following that same big-and-small rule of thumb.

2. Select  like colors. You want the tie to go with the shirt. The tie can have several different colors, but there should be a common color in the two. For example, above there is navy in the tie’s stripes and the graph print on the shirt is navy. Another example is below. The dark purple color is in the tie and shirt print.

The same tie can then be paired with a shirt that has a red print, which brings out the red accents in the tie.

All these shirt-tie combos can be worn with a navy or charcoal grey suit — essentials in every man’s closet. Finish with black belt and black dress shoes (top two) or dark brown belt and shoes (bottom two).

More shirt-tie combo tips (do you know to do a tie with a  bengal stripe shirt?) here.

Although, we focused on shirts and ties, I’d be remiss not to mention that the suit-buying experience at Brooks Brothers Chevy Chase is nothing short of fun. Expert tailor “Ali” comes to fit you, gives you the ol’ up-and-down, tugs on the vent a couple of times, and drops some of his expert-tailor knowledge: “This suit is for you.” or “This suit is not for you.”  Classic.

So if you are in the market for a quality suit that won’t break the bank, head to your local Brooks Brothers during their semi-annual sale when I’ve purchased two suits for $1,000. And, don’t forget to ask about the Fitzgerald — one of the four different styles of suits offered at BB — that has the style and fit pulled from the John F. Kennedy archives. If it’s good enough for a president...