How and When to Tuck in Your Shirt | The Art of Manliness

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Why talk about something so basic? Is there really a need to teach men something most of us have been doing since we were 5? Well, yes actually.”

Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

Sometimes it’s good just to talk about the basics.

Like tucking in your shirt.

That’s a practice that’s gotten away from men in the past few years…especially young men.

I’ll step out and say that it is IMPOSSIBLE to dress with classic style if your shirt is untucked.

Read this nicely illustrated piece from The Art of Manliness to learn how to do it properly.

And then tuck in that shirt.

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How to pick a “Bespoke” Tailor | English Cut

How to pick a “Bespoke” Tailor | English Cut | Tailored and Styled |

4 tips to select your tailor from Thomas Mahon, who himself is a bespoke tailor. 

If you’re going the custom route, don’t underestimate this decision. Even if you decide to use a tailor who travels from city-to-city or an online company, each tailor has a particular way to approach the process of measuring, pattern making, cutting, sewing, and fitting. Some are better at it than others, but more importantly you need to figure out what’s best for you.

Since you live in your clothes, make sure you trust the one who makes them for you.

Here are the four tips from Thomas Mahon:

1. Make sure if you are getting a bespoke garment, that it actually is.

2. Get to know the tailor’s cutter. They have a tremendous impact on how the garments actually fit you.

3. Check to make sure that it’s sewn by hand with minimal use of machines.

4. Don’t be allured by brands or labels. Most custom clothing from these companies are made in factories little hand stitching.

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Dude, Where’s My Jacket? | Black Tie Blog

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You know that guy at a formal party who takes off his jacket the first chance he gets? Don’t be that guy.”

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

Humorous article about “that guy” who takes off his Tuxedo jacket the first chance he gets at a black tie event.

Case in point here is the man in the photo who is the only one in a crowd of event goers at the North American auto show without his jacket on. He seems to be searching for someone…maybe it’s that one other guy who took his jacket off.

I recall going to many military balls during my time in the Air Force. We had specially made formal uniforms called “Mess Dress” for the occasion that surpassed the Tuxedo in my view. The addition of braided rank, insignia, and medals helped in that regard. More pomp and circumstance.

At any rate, there were always a group of officers who after the main program was complete and the band began to play would whip off those jackets. Unbeknownst to the crowd they had modified the backs of their formal shirts with some kind of wild fabrics. Most common were Hawaiian prints, college logos, or the Texas flag (for those who were from that state).

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These jacketless, wild-shirted men wanted to signal to everyone that underneath the formal exterior of the uniform that they were hard-partying rebels. Which was usually true.

In any event, if you get invited to a formal event, don’t take off your Tuxedo jacket. One, it doesn’t look good, and two, you’re probably too old to be a hard-partying rebel.

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An In-Depth Look at One Man’s Bespoke Journey | Parisian Gentleman

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“Discovering classic men’s style was a shock for me, and I’m pretty sure I’m not only speaking for myself here. A few simple notions and a little education on the matter is all it takes to do wonders for the image of oneself. This, in turn has, a tremendous impact on one’s self-confidence, and indeed, on one’s existence.”

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

I really like the above quote from Hugo Jacomet, the suave owner of the Parisian Gentleman blog. It captures well the engaging process establishing a classic style interpretation of your own.

Through his blog, he’s built up quite a following over the past few years by providing in-depth commentary, insight, and advice on dressing with classic style.

This article describes in detail the decisions he made as he began his bespoke journey. He also includes a series of excellent photos of his suits. Jacomet is a client of Cifonelli, a prestigious bespoke altelier that’s been in business since 1880.

A Cifonelli suit is characterized by distinctiveness in creativity and quality that results in the bepoke look with a personal flair.

Here is a list of the purchases he made, in order beginning in 2008 along with a bit of the logic he used to make his decisions.

1. The medium grey single-breasted suit (October 2008). “I went for medium grey, which remains in my opinion the most versatile color in existence.”

2. The navy blue double-breasted suit (May 2009). “I went for a classic 6 on 2 version). This piece is rather formal, especially when compared to my first suit.”

3. The houndstooth three-piece suit with a double-breasted vest (February 2010). “With this suit, I started making more sophisticated and personal stylistic choices. I decided to go for peak lapels as opposed to the more frequently seen notch lapels. My first truly personal suit.”

4. The grey sport jacket with contrasted and braided lapels (May 2010). “I opted for a very stylized jacket that would be able to double as a formal jacket from time to time. With this jacket, I reached the stage where I’m in the position to refine my tastes and preferences.”

5. The grey glen plaid double-breasted suit (February 2011). “Borne from a need to balance my wardrobe in terms of seasonal wear, I opted for a lighter suit, as much in terms of color as in terms of weight.”

6. The blue herringbone three-piece suit with a double-breasted vest (February, 2012). “Having noticed the very positive impact that one-button coats have on my frame and silhouette, I settled on a one-button version of a three-piece suit with a double-breasted vest.”

7. Light grey 6 on 1 double-breasted suit (June, 2013). “This seventh suit was a particularly personal one for me; it was the sum on my tastes and stylistic choices. With this suit, I finally have the impression that my wardrobe is at a level lofty enough to cover every possible situation in life to a satisfying degree.”

8. Midnight blue formal double-breasted suit (December 2013). “I chose to reinterpret my latest double-breasted suit with a more formal twist.”

This is an interesting read, especially as a way to take an inside look at how on man chose to put together his custom wardrobe.

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Minimalism Exemplified | Put This On

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The Man Who Believed in Simplicity

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

This piece from Put This On describes the style and wardrobe of Jean-Michel Frank, a renowned French interior designer of the 20th century.

Frank specialized in minimalism based on simplicity. He was quoted as saying, “Throw out and keep throwing. Elegance means elimination.”

When it came to his wardrobe, he certainly kept it simple: he had 40 of the exact same gray wool flannel suits.

The suits were double breasted with four on two buttoning and clean, straight lines. The cut complimented his slim physique and resulted in a simple elegance–which I’m sure was Frank’s intent.

There is much to admire about such a simple approach. I’m not saying you should buy 40 identical suits. But if you select that absolute best quality, in timeless styles, colors, fabrics, and patterns that are made by expert tailors to fit you, you don’t need a massive wardrobe.

Less can indeed be more when it comes to classic style.

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