Summary: It can oftentimes be extremely difficult to find the perfect suit for your special occasion. Francis O’Callaghan explains from 10 + years of experience how to find yourself the best possible suit.
To become a hitman is something we generally reserve for films such as James Bond, The godfather, and Pulp Fiction. The nature of the hitman is to be unassuming while having an air of authority about you. To blend in with the background but when you step out-out into the foreground you garnish respect and stop people, well, dead. You get what I mean. And what man doesn’t want to leave an impression like that?
James Bond blue men’s suit
In the article below you’ll find the rules for purchasing a suit and wearing it in a killer way, literally! There is constantly the risk of following the trends that retailers encourage you to buy into. But any good hitman knows trends aren’t for him. The ultimate hitman requires a suit that maintains its timeless elegance no matter what the situation is. Perfectly fitted – not too short or tight – he needs space to maneuver. With all his of movements, whether travelling the length and breadth of the country or being a man about town, tracking his targets, he needs a suit that remains fresh looking. Any suiting with a non-crease quality is perfect.
When researching for this article I stumbled upon the rather fitting comparison between purchasing a men’s suit and the role of a hitman. Both try to be slick while maintaining the approachability which is essential for the likes of 007. 007 ensures that he doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb, he tries to maintain a level of class without drawing the attention that would be associated with bright, flashy and swag attire. It is a skill in itself to find the perfect combination between class and quality in a men’s suit. I am going to talk you through an experts guide to buying a men’s suit.
When buying an entry level suit, always aim for dark and navy charcoals but never black. Black is predominantly associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. A mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (like black holes). Usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, ‘black death’). Denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color.
Bear in mind that the color will generally be the foundation of your suit wardrobe as you open up to different fabrics, prints, and fashionable cuts. If you’re looking for a suit to wear to an event, occasion, or for generally professional purposes it is generally considered most appropriate to go for a relatively neutral color which has no negative connotations associated with it.
The best color for suits
During this piece, I am going to talk through the most versatile and flexible suit color so that it is easiest for every man with every budget to prioritize. These are the most popular colours based on the 10+ years of experience that I, personally have had in the men’s formal wear industry.
Without further ado, let’s jump into it! Have a watch of the video below courtesy of Real Men Style.
9 Suit Colors men should consider
The number one best color
- Navy Blue Men’s Suit
All stores specializing in men’s suits will carry navy-blue colored suits.
Navy suits are perfect for the guy who wants to fit in, he wants to be recognized not for what he puts on but for the effort that he puts in.
Another advantage to a navy suit is that if a gentleman wants to get it customized he can include a few fashion forward details because the color is so simple and straightforward.
The cost of suits
Before I Launch into talking about the cost associated with the different models, there are a couple of truths that you need to know about suits. 1) You need at least one. 2) Its going to cost you. Exactly how much it is going to cost is up to you. Thanks to technology, inexpensive labor, and the free market, you can get your hands on a high quality suit for less than €300. There are also suits which you can drop €1000 on, it all depends on your budget.
Men’s Suit Prices with J Marie Clothing
|Men’s Suits||Two piece, Three Piece||150|
|Men’s Tuxedos||One Button, Two Button||160|
|Tailor Made Suits||15 Measurements taken||200|
Importance of the right suit
Your suit/tuxedo could be more influential than you could ever imagine. It could be the suit that helps you to land your first job, which will no doubt turn into a fulfilling career. It could be the suit you decide to wear on perhaps the biggest day of your life (your wedding), which eventually turns into a satisfying marriage. No matter how or why you purchase your suit, it’s usually for a very good reason, so there’s no reason to squander the opportunity without doing the due diligence.
Be sure to watch this space for future updates on the guide to finding the ultimate suit. Please include any comments in the comments area and I will try my best to make sure that I accurately answer all of the questions to the best of my ability.
5 Men’s Fashion Trends To Look Out For This Winter
Lately, the fashion industry has become more focused on menswear, and therefore, men have become more eager to experiment with clothes out of their comfort zone. Of course, dressing up in a stylish way doesn’t mean you have to wear whatever you see on runways, but it can help you get inspired.
From Menswear Paris Fashion Week to the Milano Fashion Week, big fashion houses like Armani, Moschino, and Prada have contributed to men’s fashion by making celebrities participate in these runways. David Beckham, Channing Tatum, and Sean O’Pry are only a few names that have modeled for major brands. So, let’s see what we can expect this winter for menswear and what other runways are planned to occur.
Vests are coming back, but they’re not for your average dad look. Nowadays, vests can be worn as a staple piece or an assessor layer, given that there are so many different styles, fabrics, and colors. Sweater vests by Ralph Lauren or Thom Browne are the best-looking vests out there, and they’re easy to pair with some simple pants and a pearl necklace. Then, you can include sleeveless waistcoats in casual outfits, even if they’re made for suits.
Two years ago, at London’s Fashion Week Men’s Autumn/Winter, Virgil Abloh introduced utility vests as a statement piece (and utility garments overall) to wear under your overcoat. Or you can wear them over the top, oversized or not, combining the elegant style with street style.
On another runway, you could see Timothée Chalament with a harness-like vest worn over the shirt. These vests are made for more formal events, but if you want one for a more casual outfit, you can try a heavy-duty rubber harness to pair it with close-cut tailoring. You can find a great harness cotton-blend poplin shirt made by Alexander McQueen to complete your outfit.
Men’s fashion hasn’t really focused on neck accessories until recently when pearled and colorful necklaces have become trendy and easy to style with almost any outfit. And that’s not all! Bandanas, bowties, brooches, and scarves are also statemented pieces. Some popular combinations right now are silver and gold necklaces with or without pendants. Then, chains with relatively flat loops spaced close together can be worn on any occasion, but they look amazing with only a white T-shirt.
A more interesting trend consists of colorful chokers for men that can be worn with just about anything, while medium-length necklaces go well with a non-turndown collar. Lastly, long chains or cords are to be styled with a V-neckline shirt or a few open buttons from your shirt.
If you want to gift a friend with a necklace, it would be best to think of something less-colorful or bold, especially if he’s not used to wearing one. Pack it in a lovely gift bag and put some red bow and ribbons on it, along with a gift tag to show them how much you appreciate their style.
We know that you already may have large shoulders, but it’s not a problem if you want to try clothes with exaggerated shoulders. The 80’ trend is back (without the high-waisted pants, though), and it can be paired with angular structured pants to create a balanced look.
Some of these pieces are called double-breasted coats, and they’re flattering for every guy (but especially if you’re more of a lean man). You can find such a piece at Dolce & Gabbana, one that you can pair with clothes to make a formal and casual outfit at the same time. The wool-blend, peak lapels perfectly fit a guy’s figure.
On ASOS, for example, you can see such a double-breasted coat paired with a hoodie, and it’s got an oversized fit with padded shoulders and notch lapels too. Meanwhile, Rick Owen’s long sleeve plain coat made of 96% virgin wool is the perfect item for winter (you can wear it with almost any pair of pants and boots).
Leather is one timeless wardrobe staple, and it’s back on the market to be worn with plenty of interesting materials and textures. From draped leather trousers to polished leather jackets, nothing leather-made is not trendy. For winter, leather and fur especially make a great combination.
Maybe the coolest items are versatile leather biker jackets (which can be combined with ripped denim and a vintage wash T-shirt and Derby shoes). At the same time, you can have a leather jacket over your hoodie, wear it over a collared shirt or pair it with a shirt and tie for more formal events.
Leather pants are also versatile because you can pair them with a denim jacket, a basic blazer, sneakers and even go with the double-weather look. Skinny leather pants can bring out more of your figure so that you can wear oversize pieces in the upper part of your body, but you also have the option of wearing baggy leather pants.
Another 90’ and 2000s staple (it seems like almost any piece back then was a big hit), baggy jeans are back to being styled like nothing before. Reinvented and reimagined, these clothing pieces were adored by celebrities back in the day, and now you can wear them too without looking weird. So, what can you pair baggy jeans with? Here are some outfit ideas:
⦁ Wearing a chunky coat and some boots will balance the baggy jeans. In this way, your oversized overall look won’t be too big or heavy-looking because it’s all about the proportions.
⦁ Cropped baggy jeans can get you a tailored look despite the wide leg. You can wear them with a plain T-shirt and some sneakers.
⦁ A leather bomber jacket goes great with baggy jeans because you can have a broad natural fit, whereas the jeans don’t necessarily dominate the look.
⦁ If you’re looking for a relaxed outfit, you can pair your baggy jeans with sportswear and have that rapper-kind of look.
⦁ Finally, a casual shirt and some sneakers will make you look good without breaking the proportions of the baggy pants.
4 Fashion Tips For Entrepreneurs That Run Home-Based Businesses
Running a business from home can be difficult considering that the space you’ll be working in is quite different from the typical workplace. However, there are many fashion tips that will make the place look stylish while providing other benefits like increased productivity.
Here are 4 fashion tips to make the most out of home-based work.
1. Accessorize Your Vehicle
Even though you run your business from home, you’ll have to leave the house eventually. Whether you’re headed to a meeting or running to the grocery store, auto wraps are a great way to promote your business on-the-go.
Be sure you have your company name, logo, website, and a way for potential customers to contact you. You can even add a QR code to your vehicle. These are fun and simple ways for potential clients to access your website or preferred social media platform. All they have to do is hold their phone’s camera to the QR code and they’ll be taken to your site.
2. Style Your Home Office
Where in your home do you like to work from? Whether you have an office space or work out of your bedroom, there are ways to make your space feel more like a real office.
For starters, if you have a spare room, considering making this your office. This offers a great way to detach from everything else going on in your home. Your office should consist of the necessities: a desk, ergonomic chair, laptop, and supplies.
If you’re working from your bedroom or kitchen table, find ways to make these areas feel more like a workplace. A great way is to eliminate clutter. By eliminating clutter, you’re getting rid of distractions. After cleaning your space, spruce it up with functional accessories that make this space feel more like you.
A few suggestions include:
• Desktop dry-erase board
• Stainless steel travel mug (and coaster)
• Wireless charging pad
• Seat cushion for ultimate comfort
• Small succulent for the aesthetic
3. Wear Clothing That Makes You Feel Good
Regardless of the type of business you own, it’s always recommended to dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and stylish. The clothing that you wear has a direct impact on your mood, so choose your outfits wisely.
Don’t simply wake up in the mornings and start working. Wearing real clothes will help you feel more prepared, give you a boost of energy, and increase productivity.
4. Add Some Greenery To Your Space
Who doesn’t love touches of greenery in the workplace? Whether you have a green thumb, or every plant you touch seems to die, there are reasons to add greenery to your space.
If you can’t seem to keep a plant alive for longer than a few weeks, consider a low-maintenance option like a succulent or aloe vera. These look great in the office and require little care. Why even add a plant to your workspace? Well, for starters, it will add a pop of color to your office.
Looks aside, it’s been shown that indoor plants offer several benefits, including:
• Reduced stress levels
• Improved productivity
• Cleaner indoor air
With these 4 fashion tips, running your home home-based business will be more comfortable and stylish. You don’t even have to implement all four right away. Start with one or two and enjoy the benefits each bring. With time, these fashion tips will not only keep you, your vehicle, and your office looking good, but you’ll see an increase in productivity as well.
What are you waiting for? Give these 4 tips a try!
Men’s Guide To Dressing Up For A Winter Hike
There’s nothing better than bundling up in the cold and going for a hike. The crisp air, fresh scents of pine and cedar, and crunchy snow under the boots make winter hiking one of my favorite outdoor activities. But if you’re not prepared, winter hikes can quickly turn into miserable experiences.
It’s all about layering—literally and figuratively—to keep yourself warm and dry during these chilly excursions. Keep reading to learn how to hit the trail with confidence this season and stay warm.
Layering is essential, no matter what your activity or the weather conditions. Layering involves wearing several layers of clothing that can be removed or added as needed to stay comfortable.
● Start with a base layer that wicks away moisture from your skin, such as a wool thermo. I suggest you look for it on this website. You will find base layers that are breathable and comfortable yet protect you from chilly weather. It indeed makes winter hiking enjoyable.
● Add a mid-layer of fleece or wool to trap warm air near your body and keep you warm even when wet; it’s called insulation.
● Top it off with an outer shell jacket made of wind-resistant material; this will protect you from the elements while allowing airflow so that sweat doesn’t build up inside your coat.
Opt For Moisture-Wicking Base Layers
Moisture-wicking base layers are made of synthetic materials that pull moisture away from your body. This is especially helpful when you’re exerting yourself and generating sweat.
Since they are lightweight, they don’t make you feel hot or clammy. They keep you cool and comfortable so that you can move freely. If possible, opt for quick-drying base layers, which will also help to extend their lifespan.
Wear a Heavy Fleece Mid-Layer
A heavy fleece mid-layer is a good choice for winter hiking because of its warmth, breathability, and price. This type of clothing is also easy to care for and available in a wide range of colors. Fleece is made from synthetic fibers that allow it to be soft and warm but also lightweight enough to wear under your outer layers without causing heat loss or added bulkiness.
Unlike natural fabrics such as wool, which can get wet and stay wet all day while remaining cold inside, fleece dries quickly, so you don’t ever have to worry about being chilled by damp clothes. In addition, because it contains some stretchy elasticity which helps retain body heat, it keeps out drafts while allowing your body temperature to adjust naturally throughout the day without overheating or sweating excessively due mainly to humidity levels being higher than average outdoors during the winter months.
Bring Your Puffy Jacket
It’s essential to bring your puffy jacket. A down jacket will get wet and lose its warmth, so you want to wear a synthetic coat that retains its insulative qualities when wet. Make sure to include a water-resistant shell so that the inside of your jacket doesn’t get soaked when it rains or snows.
You should also always have a rain jacket with you because if you forget this essential piece of gear, there’s no point in going out into the wilderness at all. Finally, always bring along a wind jacket—there are few things worse than cold winds blowing right through your chosen outerwear as soon as it gets gusty on the trail!
Don’t Forget About Your Head and Hands
You should also consider covering your head and hands. Wear a hat or balaclava to keep your head warm. Wear gloves on your hands, especially if you’re hiking in snow or ice. You don’t want the cold to cause blisters! If your fingers are exposed, they’ll get cold quickly and numb, leading to frostbite.
Wear a scarf around your neck to protect it from windburns and chafing caused by the friction of hiking poles. A scarf will also help keep your face warm if you’re wearing just a balaclava without any other headgear.
Protect Your Eyes From the Sun and Wind
Protecting your eyes from the sun and wind is necessary when hiking in colder climates. Several options will do this while allowing you to see where you’re going.
● Wear sunglasses: Sunglasses with 100% UV protection will shield your eyes from sunburn and glare, which could be especially important on snowy or cloudy days when light can reflect off the snow or clouds.
● Wear a hat: A wide-brimmed cap protects your face and keeps it warm by trapping heat around your head and ears.
● Wear a bandana: Bandanas are perfect for keeping warm; they fit snugly under hats, preventing frostbite on sensitive areas such as fingers and toes. They can also be used to keep sweat at bay during strenuous hikes through hot temperatures because they absorb moisture much better than cotton, which leads us straight into our next suggestion.
Wear Gaiters to Keep Debris Out of Your Boots
Gaiters are a great way to keep your feet warm, dry, and debris-free. They slip over your boots and protect them from snow or mud that might get kicked up by the front of your shoe on the downhills.
When wearing gaiters, it’s essential to have a pair that fits snugly around your boot’s ankle but doesn’t restrict blood flow or movement. If they’re too tight, they’ll rub against your skin or cut off circulation so much as to induce frostbite!
Now that we’ve covered all the basics, you should be ready to hit the trail! Remember that having too many layers is always a better option compared to not having enough. The reason is that you will get an option to shed a layer when you feel too hot, but if you don’t have enough warmth when temperatures drop below freezing, it could be dangerous—and potentially deadly.
We hope this guide has helped give you some ideas for staying warm and dry in winter hiking conditions. If we missed something essential or left out any critical information, please let us know by leaving a comment below so we can ensure this post is as helpful as possible for our readers!