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Newsletter – July 2012

Summer Fabrics For 2012

Reinvigorate your summer wardrobe with an infusion of updated dress shirts. The fresh colors, textures, and patterns for 2012 offer your summer suit a wide array of appealing options and looks.

Shades of summer: Let your everyday white or blue dress shirts take a backseat this season to shirts that simmer with summer color. Try a pale violet or lime green to add pizzazz to your image. Just be sure to wear a toned-down tie, to avoid overwhelming your outfit with color.

Get texturized: Your shirt’s texture adds not only to its comfort and durability, but also to its eye appeal. Look for summer shirts that create a great feel, or “hand,” through the variations in the weave that add visual depth to the fabric.

Fine patterns: Summer patterned shirt fabrics are going subtle this year. Look for mini-checks or fine stripes to add interest to your seasonal dress shirts. You can keep strong check or stripe colors from dominating the shirt by picking out a secondary color for your tie and pocket square.

Our fabric collection includes the finest summer shirting fabrics in a myriad of colors and patterns. Contact us today to schedule your next private showcase viewing.

“People do not simply form impressions, they get anchored to them.  Even more important, people with little time-almost all people today-are apt to make first impressions as snap judgments, and then base all their later decisions on them.  First impressions have never been more critical-they take hold very quickly, and they become the anchors to which you and your success are tied.”   

 – Harry Beckwith

Newsletter – June 2012

“I have wondered how long men would retain their ranks if divested of their clothing.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Principles of Graphic Design in Dressing

When composing an image, graphic designers use a few well-known principles to ensure their art is appealing to the eye. Gentlemen can apply those same timeless principles to the art of dressing.

Rule of thirds:
Most designers avoid placing the focal point in the exact middle or right on an edge of the image. Instead, it’s placed about a third of the way in from an edge. When wearing a suit, the hem of the coat should reach well below the halfway point to avoid visually cutting your frame in half.

Avoiding fragments:
When a design element extends beyond the edge of the image, distracting visual fragments can be formed. Designers enlarge the fragment to avoid jarring the eye. Ensure your collar and shirt cuffs extend an appropriate length past your coat to keep from creating small visual fragments in your outfit.

Remember, you are an image to those who see you, and considering the visual design of that image is always important.

Shoes That Shine

There’s more to choosing a pair of dress shoes than making sure their color works for your outfit. Each type of shoe has its own level of dressiness, and will work best within a range of outfits.

From casual to dressy, here are a few classic choices:

Loafers: Shoes without laces are part of the broad category of loafers (such as penny loafers and moccasins). Less dressy than their laced-up counterparts, loafers can be worn easily with business-casual outfits, lightweight summer suits, and dressier casualwear.

Bluchers (open lacing): If the top of the shoe and the tongue are crafted from one piece of leather, a portion of the tongue shows from beneath the laces, giving it an open look (such as wingtips and Derbies). Bluchers are frequently more detailed than both loafers and balmorals. Wear with suits, slacks, and dressier jeans.

Balmorals (closed lacing): When the lacing pulls the shoe shut over the tongue (such as Oxfords), it gives the shoe a more formal look than open lacing. Wear with your dressiest suits and to formal occasions such as receptions, weddings, and funerals. The most elegant balmorals have minimal detailing.

Newsletter – May 2012

Tie Quality

Ties add more than a splash of color to your work attire – the quality of your tie contributes to your image as well. The next time you’re selecting new ties for your wardrobe, make sure they are of long lasting, high-quality workmanship.

When comparing ties, the first consideration is the “hand” or feel of the tie. Check that the fabric feels pleasant to the touch. A scratchy or stiff tie is likely to be of lower-quality fabric than one that simply feels luxuriant. This “touch test” applies equally well to thick and thin fabrics.

Next, check the manufacture’s tag to see what type of fabric you’re holding. Silk or wool ties are generally preferable to synthetics. The natural elasticity of these fibers will stretch better around the neck, leading to a longer useful life in your wardrobe.

“For a man, choosing his tie in the morning is without a doubt one of the most poetic acts of his day.”