A quick glance of the outfit above, everything appears in order. The coat compliments the pants and all other items mesh together for a nice dapper look. This outfit can easily look like a hot mess if the small details were missed.
Although not exactly the same combination of blazer and trousers, this look missed the mark because I mismatched my oxblood color belt and watch with light walnut brown shoes. With this small detail out of place, the entire flow of this potentially stylish look was ruined.
Side by Side Comparison:
Outfit #1 not only matched the leathers but also the gold accent on the watch, belt buckle, and tie clip. Outfit #2 simply mismatched the shoes. It could have been even worse if I wore a silver watch to clash with the gold belt buckle.
In order to be consistently stylish, a gentleman must pay attention to the finest details. It's habits like this that distinguish us from other men who dress to stay warm. We dress to impress. For more style advice, see the Simple Style Manual.
Blue suit- Made to measure in Hong Kong, $140
White shirt - The Bay, $30 (sale)
Fuchsia tie - J.Crew, $15 (sale)
Neon pocket square - The Tie Bar, $10
Leather lapel button - Suited Man, $14
A simple dark blue suit is a great first suit for any man who wants to look dapper in all occasions. Paired with a black tie and white pocket square, it's perfect for formal events and business meetings. In this photo I wore it with my brightest colored tie and pocket square. In my opinion this look works because the bold accessories are accentuated by an understated background of a simple navy suit and white shirt. Check out the Simple Style Manual for style advice when you are ready to buy your first essential suit.
Most people associate a crisp shirt with ironing. I respectfully disagree. Ironing is only one of the ways to get a wrinkle free shirt.
How to get rid of wrinkles in your shirt without ironing:
It's easier than you think. All you need are the following:
All you need is a decent dryer and a space to hang dry your shirts. It's an easy three step process:
By doing the steps above, you will have a shirt that looks ironed without 95% of the wrinkles. The key for this method is to buy shirts with thick cotton material. My experience for thin cotton shirts are wrinkles settle into the fabric after a wash much easier and is nearly impossible to get out unless you are a master with an iron. The last shirt I owned that used thin fabric was from H&M more than 4 years ago. Hopefully they improved the material since then.
So gents, follow the formula above to save time and money.
- Dexter Woo
Blue blazer- Zara, $150 (sale)
Micro striped shirt - Club Monaco, $28 (sale)
Silk knit tie - Rade, $25 (part of April SprezzaBox)
White graphic pocket square - Gents Mode, $15 (part of April SprezzaBox)
Silver 1.5 inch tie clip - H&M, free with tie
Tired of the same old tie? For spring and summer, try a silk knit tie. It has a rich texture and stands out from the standard tie most men wear. The tip of the tie is squared instead of pointy, which creates a more casual look that goes great with jeans. See the Simple Style Manual on how to pick the right fitting tie.
As an avid MMA fan, I follow the UFC and its fighters. Lately many talented fighters are showing flashes of brilliance outside of the octagon in the form of bold style. One in particular is Conor McGregor. This man has been taking over the UFC with stylish three piece suits that is made for a king.
He makes looking dapper appear easy and it's not because he paid a lot of money for his suits (although he may have paid a lot for the brand). The design of his suits are classic and is not any different than what you can buy for under $300. The key is the fit; from the coat to the trousers every piece fits his body perfectly. Conor McGregor does everything stated in the Simple Style Manual. From tapering the coat/vest so it hugs his torso to having trousers that stop at the top of his shoes, he ensure every detail of his suit flattered his body.
This is not limited to famous athletes. You too can look dapper by following the simple style advice from the Simple Style Manual. Once you get the fit right, start to add your own personal touch by pairing it with accessories, experiment with colors, and try new types of fabric. A suit bought off the rack can be tailored to look like a designer piece. See my past blog post where I turned a $160 suit into a masterpiece.
- Dexter Woo
Color block hoody - 21 Men, $24 (sale)
Black high top shoes - Adidas, $70
Camouflage hat - Obey, $12 (Nordstrom Rack)
Color blocking is wearing multiple solid colors in your outfit. I enjoy color blocking when it comes to outfits. When done properly, the outfit stands out as much as wearing items that have loud patterns or graphics. If you do want to add a bold pattern to your outfit; keep the pattern to one item. Too many patterns wore at once will look like a hot mess. Different patterns clash whereas too many of the same pattern gives off the "uniform" vibe. Check out the Simple Style Manual for more style advice on casual wear.
Blue blazer- Zara, $150 (sale)
White shirt - Hudson's Room, $30 (sale)
Camouflage Tie - J.Crew Factory, $17 (sale)
Pink Lapel Flower - Harrison Blake, $12
Silver 1 inch tie clip - The Tie Bar, $15
Pink pocket square - The Tie Bar, $10
A lot of us have casual Friday at the office and for some it means wearing jeans. For others it can be really letting yourself go with sweats. Nothing wrong with being comfortable but I will like to suggest a third option. Wear a bold casual tie to dress down your suit/work attire while still looking sharp. It's a strong statement that will not go unnoticed. Other than a camouflage, a casual tie can also be a a bright unusual color (neon yellow), cartoon/comic themed, or anything you had to think twice before making the purchase. Just make sure the tie width matches your suit/coat. See the Simple Style Manual on how to pick the right fitting tie.
Blue textured one button sport coat- Top Man, $75 (sale)
White shirt - Hudson Room, $30 (sale)
Plaid Tie - J.Crew Factory, $15 (sale)
Neon plaid pocket square - The Tie Bar, $10
Leather lapel button - Suited Man, $14
Notice the strong V-shape created by my sport coat. It's because this is a one button coat; three button coats has the highest button placement while one button coats have the lowest. The lower button on the jacket creates a deeper/longer V-shape torso, making you look leaner and shoulders broader. Use this to create a powerful silhouette that will surely leave strong first impressions. See the Simple Style Manual on other style advice on how a coat should fit.
Denim jacket with faux leather sleeves - Zara, $80
Floral shirt - Club Monaco, $40 (sale)
Gold watch - Casio, $30
Blue bead bracelet - Richmond Night Market, $4
Some men look great in a suit but let their style prowess end in the work place. When seen on the weekend, they are in loose fitting hoodies and old jeans. It's really not that difficult to look distinguished in casual cloths. Start with good fitting essential apparel that is more than a comfortable hoody. See the Simple Style Manual for style advice on casual wear.
Beige sport coat - J.Crew, $100 (sale)
Chambray bow tie - Tommy Hilfiger, $10 (Nordstrom Rack)
Flower lapel pin - Harrison Blake, $12
White shirt - Tailor made in Thailand, $25
Gingham pocket square - The Tie Bar, $10
Last outfit features a bow tie, which creates a completely different look than the earlier outfits. Because of the casual material of the bow tie, this outfit can be paired with dark trousers or fitted jeans. In my opinion, a bow tie is best matched with a white shirt. This is not to say a colored shirts won't match. I just feel a bow tie is a bold enough statement so let's tapper it down in the backdrop. There's a fine line between dressing bold and crying out for attention, I tend to be cautious of the latter. I picked bright red themed accessories to complete to look.
There it is, three outfits with one sport coat. I hope this showed everyone how powerful accessories are to your style game.
See the Simple Style Manual on how to accessorize your suit.
First time blogger, long time style enthusiast.