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“The Right Fit” Editorial Published in Cool America Magazine Styled by Wall Street Stylist, Jacci Jaye

 

Mens Style

The 70’s are back in a big way this summer via large geometric prints, eye-popping colors, and large 70’s inspired belt buckles!  Lulu’s at the W Hotel in Hoboken provided the perfect backdrop for Photographer Geoffrey Badner and I to play with all of the bold patterns and styles of the season.

The key to pulling off these types of looks is to not over-do it with the patterns, allowing your look to have a retro feel with a modern edge.  Choose one key statement piece, such as David Harts yellow and black geometric blazer, or Marc Jacobs floral t-shirt, and  allow the rest of the outfit to really show off this piece as opposed overwhelm it.  These kind of bold statement pieces can be very intimidating to a lot of men, but done right, you will be the most stylish man in the room! (I promise!).  An easy rule to follow when styling an outfit around a piece with a bold pattern is to choose one of the secondary colors in the pattern and integrate that color somewhere else into your look (for example: I paired David Harts yellow geometric blazer with a black Kooples shirt and white Vince Camuto pants).  Yellow is such an overwhelming color that the black and white were really needed to tone down and modernize the look.  You never want to match it exactly, as more often than not this will leave you looking like you are wearing a costume from the 1970’s, as opposed to modernizing a specific trend.

mens suit with trainersAnother way to integrate this trend into your look is via accessories.  I LOVE large belt buckles like the one on the Prada Belt that I paired with David Harts burgundy suit.  Click here to read my article on my favorite large buckle luxury belts this season.

The final trend I focused on in this editorial was the huge trend of wearing white trainers with tailored pieces for a clean, fresh look.  I LOVE these white Penguin trainers with gold accents, as well as these ones from Ted Baker.  Every man should have a pair of basic white trainers in his wardrobe.  They are fresh, clean, modern, and can go with pretty much anything.  I LOVE how fresh white trainers look with outfits that are a bit more tailored and polished…………adding just enough of a casual, fashionable edge.

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Men’s Wall Street Shopping Guide: A Walking Tour

MEN’S WALL STREET SHOPPING GUIDE

Although the Financial District is not necessarily touted as a big shopping destination, it is a hidden gem for those of us “in the know.”  Here you can find impeccable men’s suiting and luxury stores, as well as NY’s famous Century 21.  For any business man or lover of luxury fashion, this is an incredible destination on your NY shopping journey.  Here we have outlined a consolidated list of Wall Street shopping at stores that we feel will complete your look from head to toe.   This is also a perfect list for the business man that needs to pick up any last minute items on their lunch break.  The list begins at Century 21 and Brooks Brothers, then is listed as if you were walking down Wall St. west to east, ending at the South St. Seaport.

 

Financial District

 

Century 21 Dept Stores

22 Cortlandt St, New York, NY Tel: (212) 227.9092

Century 21 Department Stores, also known as “New Yorks Best Kept Secret”, has more than fifteen departments of sensational quality and designer merchandise at 25%-75% off retail prices. Choose from the finest selection of European and American Designers.
Century 21 features four floors of designer goods at deep discounts. You may have to weave through crowds and sift through racks to find the hidden wardrobe treasure, but when you score a slick Versace, Armani, Hugo Boss, or Dolce and Gabbana suit, an Hermes, Ted Baker, or Versace tie, a pair of Cavalli jeans, or Mezlan shoes at 75% off, it’s totally worth it.

  Century 21 is guaranteed to excite any saavy shopper, as the possibilities are endless. Just like any department store, Century 21 has departments for men, women, children, accessories, home, luggage, and fragrances/cosmetics.

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Exit out the Cortlandt St. side of Century 21 and turn right  to cross the street to Brooks Brothers, which will be near the back entrance of the bldg.

Brooks Brothers

1 Church Street Tel: (212) 267-2400

Brooks Brothers is the oldest mens clothier chain in the United States, founded in 1818.  The store features classically tailored mens suits, shirts,sportcoats, and formalwear,  as well as timeless sportswear such as polos, t-shirts, sweaters, casual pants, and of course shoes and accessories.

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Upon leaving Brooks Brothers, head back towards Broadway, turn right, then take a left onto Wall St.  Once you see the New York Stock Exchange take a right onto Broad St..  This is all a pedestrian walkway (no cars), so you will have plenty of opportunities to take pictures and take in the sites of the historical buildings on your way to the next few stores.

 

Hermes

15 Broad Street New York, NY 10005 Tel: (212)785-3030

Hermes is known for luxury silk ties, pocket squares, scarves, cuff links, watches, belts, shoes, and luggage.
The iconic Hermes silk scarves and ties are colorful without being loud, and are available in scores of different shades and designs. Scarves range in price from a three figures (for a hand-rolled silk neck scarf) to four figures plus for a generous cashmere shawl.   Hermes also features beautifully crafted and timeless corporate gifts.

 

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Hermes Ties

Canali

25 Broad St. New York, NY 10004 Tel: (212) 842.8700

On Broad Street is the American flagship of Italian luxury menswear line Canali.  Rows of sleek, stately suits greet customers to the elegant stateside flagship of this Italian menswear line. From the blockish, low-lying furniture to the purple-paisley silk ties, the shop effortlessly blends the classic and contemporary. The timeless black-and-gray suits, the mainstay of the collection, are stitched in Milan and can be altered on-site in as little as ten minutes. But some prefer the blue or khaki glen-plaid affairs offset by bright-colored neckties—accessorized with an elegant pair of stirrup- or tassel-topped loafers. For made-to-order suits, the staff takes measurements and sends the specs to Milan for tailoring; after-hours appointments are available for clients who can’t break away from the workplace. Canali also goes beyond the boardroom, with a Hamptons-worthy selection of weekend wear such as crisp linen suits, jeans, polos, and driving moccasins.

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Sarar

50 Broad St.  New York, NY 10005 212-425-2525

Sarar is a Turkish design house that molds modern cut tailored menswear with a classically tailored design.   They feature suits, shirts, jackets, formalwear, outerwear, pants, shoes, ties, and accessories.

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Now head back up Broad St. towards Wall St. and hang a right.

 

Tiffany & Co

37 Wall Street New York, NY 10005 Tel: (212) 514-8015

Tiffany & Co.’s Lower Manhattan location, housed in a 1907 building on Wall Street, features stunning restorations and contemporary additions, like a 75-foot-long metal-mesh-and-crystal floating sculpture. While Tiffany necklaces, watches, jewelry, pens, luxury goods, and tableware offer plenty to see and shop, the store’s architecture alone is worth a visit.

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Pink

63 Wall Street New York, NY 10005 Tel: (212) 514.7683

Ideal for the buttoned up man with an eye for ties, Thomas Pink’s British sensibilities will liven u p any cosmopolitan businessman’s wardrobe.
Thomas Pink started as a specialist shirt company. Men’s formal shirts come in Classic, Slim Fit, and Super Slim Fit. More relaxed styling is found in the Casual and Informal collections and in a collection of Polo shirts.  They also sell a wide array of colorful ties and socks.

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Tumi

67 Wall Street Tel: (212) 742.8020

A leading seller of luxury travel and business accessories, Tumi has a wide array of luggage, bags, wallets, attache cases, and travel accessories.

 

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If after all of this shopping you are in the mood for some sightseeing, you can continue down Wall St., turn left onto Water St., and then take a right at the Seaport for some more shopping, restaurants, cafes, and activities.  There is plenty of seating, hidden parks, and restaurants along the water as well.   You can also head south to Stone St. and enjoy an array of indoor and outdoor restaurants and pubs on a quaint cobblestone street in a beautiful historical setting.  If you prefer a drink and meal with a beautiful water view, I suggest checking out the FDR Bar, which is right on the water.

 

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FDR Bar, South Street Seaport

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NYC South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

 

Stone Street

Stone Street

Stone Street

 

 

 

 

How to Tie a Bowtie

 

I have always had a fascination with bowties.  Perhaps it’s the elegance that they exude, or the stereotype that only gentleman wear bowties, but whatever the reason, I think they are an incredibly dapper fashion accessory.   That being said, all bowties are NOT created equal.  A true gentleman actually knows HOW to tie a bowtie (no cheating with the pre-tied kind).  Like ties, the sophistication lies in the knot, and in this case, the fullness of loops of the bowtie.  There is nothing worse than a flattened bow tie that looks like it is paper thin and has been stuck in the bottom of your drawer for 10 years.  Unlike ties, bow ties are a little more challenging to tie, which is why I have discovered 75% of men don’t know how to tie them.  I am always amazed at how many of my clients have no idea how to tie a bow tie, but am always very eager to give them a tying lesson! Below I have included 2 videos that will walk you through tying a bow tie. The first video is from menswear designer David Hart, www.DavidHartNYC.com. Along with his full menswear collection, David has an amazing line of ties and bow ties. The second video is from Details Magazine. Before watching these videos make sure to have your bow tie and a mirror handy! It will take you a few attempts to perfect, but will be time well spent!

If you still need some clarification, our friends over at “Real Men Real Style” created this brilliant infographic that not only details how to tie a bowtie, but also breaks down styles and proportion.

Bow Ties

Bow Ties

Bow Ties we LOVE!!!

Here are a few Bow Ties that perfectly combine colors, patterns, and textures to create modern, sophisticated looks.

 

 

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Colored Dress Socks – Dare to be BOLD

Colored Dress Socks: The perfect way to add some fashionable spice to your business attire

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One of my favorite ways to add a little spice to your business suit is via a pair of colored dress socks.  This is a way to add a little modern flair, and accentuate with a pop of color just as you would via a tie or pocket square.  Most mens designers now offer a line of fashionable dress socks in a wide array of colors.  Some of my favorite “go-to” companies  for fashionable socks are Ted Baker, Paul Smith, Bugatchi, Thomas Pink, and Robert Graham.  Not only do they offer a wide selection, but they also tend to pair bright colors with more subdued hues to create contrast and depth without being too loud and obnoxious.  Of all of the patterns on the market, my favorites are the tried and true stripes.   With these you can be as bold or as subtle as you want.  If you are new to this concept (meaning you feel like you are “breaking the rules” by not wearing plain black or brown dress socks), perhaps you should ease into the idea by trying a subdued or monochromatic stripe.  As your confidence grows (and it will by the compliments you receive), you can venture into bolder territory.  Below I have included some images of socks that would go beautifully with navy, grey, or tan suits (your office standards).

 

 

 

Pocket Squares: A Gentleman’s Must Have Accessory

Everybody has an opinion about pocket squares, and here at “Wall Street Stylist” we hold pretty firm on the stance that without a pocket square your suit jacket looks quite naked.  It’s an added touch that separates the men from the boys, and creates a polished elegance that exudes style and confidence.   In fact, almost all of our clients receive an attache case of 5-10 pocket squares selected just for them to complement their wardrobe.   Although there are a million different ways to fold a pocket square, for the most polished and modern look we recommend keeping it simple.  Below we have outlined a few different ways to achieve the perfect fold.

Now that we’ve simplified the fold for you, let’s talk about how to coordinate your pocket square to your shirt/tie combo, and what fabric pocket square is appropriate.  Here are the rules:

 

Rule #1: Wear One.

Wearing a pocket square adds the finishing touch and a bit of panache to what would otherwise be a “naked suit.”  Rule #1 is simply to never leave home without a pocket square in your suit coat or blazer.

 

Rule #2: Coordinating

Although there are very few hard and fast rules to coordinating your pocket square (besides the obvious color faux-pas), you do want to choose your pocket square based on what will complement your shirt, tie, and suit.  There is a big different between “complimenting” and “matching,” as you do not want your pocket square to match your shirt or tie exactly, as this not only defeats the purpose, but also looks very contrived.  On that note, NEVER buy those matching tie/pocket square sets, and if you do, remember to never wear them together.  In case you are confused as to the subtlety between matching and complementing, let me break it down for you.  Matching is when you have 2 or more items with the same exact fabric, color, or pattern (ex: a blue and white striped tie with a blue/white striped pocket square, or a solid blue pocket square the same exact shade as the blue stripe), and complementing would be taking that same blue and white striped tie and pairing it with a blue polka dot pocket square, or perhaps a lighter blue floral or solid colored pocket square.  Complimenting is where you can add your own style into the  mix, and make it as subtle or as bold as you want.  The easiest thing to do is to select colors that are in the same color family, but perhaps of a lighter or darker shade, or add a monochromatic print.  You can also select colors that are right next to eachother on the color wheel.  For instance, if you have a blue tie, try adding a blue and red, or a purple pocket square.  Once you feel confident you can then venture into the more colorful patterns.

 

Rule #3: Fabric

As a general rule, you want to closely complement the fabrics of your tie and pocket square.  If you are wearing a silk tie, you should wear a silk pocket square.  The one exception to this is white cotton, which can be worn with anything.   If you are not wearing a tie, and want to keep things a bit more casual it is best to pair your sport coat with a cotton or linen pocket square.  In the summer months when wearing a tie might be a little hot and restrictive, a pocket square can definitely stand in and give your suit the added panache.

 

Pocket Square Folding Techniques

There are several ways to fold a pocket square, and like everything else described here, there aren’t any hard and fast rules.  In general, you want to master the basics, then venture off as you gain more confidence to find your own personal style.  Although there are several different folds, most men will decide upon 2 or 3 that they feel complement their style and the image they want to exude.

The Straight Fold (aka the “Straight Edge” or the “Bond Fold”)

This is one of the most basic of folds, and my personal favorite.  This fold provides a modern, clean, sophisticated look, and is incredibly easy to achieve. Depending on the pocket square and your desired look you can choose to either have the folded edge or the non-folded edge visible.

  1. Lay your pocket square flat.
  2. Bring the left side to right side
  3. Bring the bottom towards the top, but don’t fold it all the way.
  4. Fold the fabric in thirds horizontally so that it will fit your suit pocket.

 

The One-Point Fold

This is also a pretty basic fold, and like the Straight Fold, adds a nice geometric pop of color.

1. Fold your pocket square in half diagonally

2. Fold one corner about 1/3 across pocket square

3. Fold the other corner over the center

4. Flip the folded pocket square over and insert into jacket (depending on the width of your pocket you might need to tweak it a little)

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The Puff Fold

This is a very easy fold, and one that allows for a little artistic license.

1. Lay the pocket square flat with the right side of the fabric facing up.

2. Pinch the middle of the fabric, allowing the folds to come in naturally.

3. With one hand firmly holding the pocket square, use your other hand to gently gather it together.

4. Now gracefully gather up the bottom of the pocket square and fold it up towards the top.

5. Place it in your suit. Tweak it until you get the desired puffiness.

Pocket Square

 

The Pointed Puff Fold

1. Lay your pocket square down right side up

2. Pinch the middle of the fabric with the thumb and forefinger of your right hand, allowing the folds to come in naturally

3. Lift the pocket square up from where you are grasping it and allow the bottom to drape down

4. Lightly wrap your left hand around the draped fabric

5.  Move your left hand down while gently squeezing the material until you have reached the bottom of the pocket square (this is called ‘fluting’).

6. Tighten your left hand enough to hold the pocket square

7. Let go with your right hand. The handkerchief should now be sticking out of your left hand.

8. Fold the pocket square over your left thumb with your right hand.

9. Grab the folded pocket square with your right hand, being sure to keep its folded flute intact, and remover your left hand.

10. Rotate the pocket square so the fold is now toward the bottom.

11. Insert into your jacket pocket.

 

Must-Have Pocket Squares