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The Dress Shirt Guide: Hallmarks of a Quality Shirt | Gentleman’s Gazette

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An essential guide to the defining hallmarks of a luxury dress shirt, its construction & details richly illustrated with over 30 photos.

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I have a general disdain for vast majority of men’s style blogging out there.  The substance  and usefulness just isn’t there.

One of the shining exceptions to this state of affairs is Gentleman’s Gazette.  Raphael Schneider’s site is a soothing balm of depth, detail, and utility that is practically unmatched.

And the great thing is that the best is yet to come.

I am fortunate to be a freelance contributor to GG and I greatly respect the high standards Raphael sets for the blog.  He’s smart and he’s got a great plan to take the site to the next level.

This dress shirt guide is a prime example why.  It lays out what makes a quality shirt from soup to nuts.  I haven’t seen anything else like this in the men’s style blogging arena.

Some highlights from the article:

– What to look for in fabrics

– Options to get a shirt

– 13 points that make for quality construction

– Tons of photos and a great video

This post is absolutely top shelf–make sure you give it a read!

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled


Article publié pour la première fois le 20/09/2013

How to Wear Separate Jackets and Pants | Permanent Style

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In an age where suits no longer dominate the workplace, more and more men are wearing separate jackets and trousers. But while the dress code is more relaxed, the outfit is suddenly more complicated.

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

This is a good little piece by Simon Crompton of Permanent Style on wearing sport coats and slacks.

His point about your look being more complicated to pull together is spot on. To wear separates requires a good eye for color and pattern.

He says the key is contrast between jacket and pants–contrast color first, then pattern.

He makes a good point that grey flannel pants go with just about anything.  He’s right–they’re well worth your investment.

Try also to match the weight and finish of the jacket and pants. Said another way, don’t wear heavy tweed with lightweight summer wool pants.

Good pictures in this post that illustrate the points made.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled


Article publié pour la première fois le 26/10/2013

Tailor Talk #2: Custom Midnight Blue Tux | Black Tie Guide

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Joe from New York used The Black Tie Guide to assemble a black-tie outfit for his wedding and was so pleased with the results…

Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

A motivational post from the Black Tie Guide blog about a groom from New York who had a custom midnight blue tuxedo made up for his wedding.  Very sharp and very inspiring!  Midnight blue is a stunning choice for a tux.  It has a distinctive lineage dating from the 1920’s when the color was as popular as black.  In fact the color was known informally as “blacker than black” because is absorbs more light under dimly lit evening events.  Be well dressed!


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Article publié pour la première fois le 12/04/2013

Get Yourself into Proportion | Iconically Rare

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It’s a simple formula worth knowing: The widest part of the lapel and the widest part of the tie should be similar in width.”

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

This is another informative and practical piece from Sonia Glyn Nicholson on her blog Iconically Rare. It describes the very excellent maxim for the aesthetic proportions of your jacket’s lapels and the width of the tie.

One of the reasons classic style works is because it is based on balanced proportion. Along with your shoulders, the v triangles of the lapels, collar, shoulder line, and the tie frame your face.

So, if your lapels, collar, tie, and shoulder line don’t align with the size and shape of your visage, you’ll look out of proportion.

That’s why wide the wide lapels and ties of the 70’s, the wide-shouldered power suit of the 80’s, or the current trend of skinny lapels and ties–when elevated to prevailing fashion–run counter to the principles of classic style.

The idea is to wear clothing that literally suits you in terms of aesthetics, proportion, and fit rather than bending to the winds of fashion.

One key way of doing this is to get things into their proper proportion.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled

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Article publié pour la première fois le 13/01/2014

A Classic Summer Look: Grey and White | A Suitable Wardrobe

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“According to Esquire’s Encyclopedia of 20th Century Men’s Fashions, a gray jacket and white trousers like the ones worn by the man in the also-from-Esquire illustration were once the most popular warm weather casual clothing combination.”

Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

I recently wrote about seeksucker as a classic summer look.

Here’s another look that I think is even better: light to mid grey fresco wool jacket paired with white linen pants and white bucs.

Check out the illustration.  If you get your grey-white ensemble gets anywhere close, you’ve just achieved summer style nirvana in my view.

We need more men to dress like this don’t you think?

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled Writer

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Article publié pour la première fois le 07/05/2013