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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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Ties: 18 Ways to Tie a Necktie and Achieve the Perfect Knot

It’s a fact: when wearing a tie most men wear the same knot over and over again, forgetting that there are several different ways to tie a tie and add a little variation to their wardrobes.  A short while ago while searching for a diagram to send to one of my clients, I came across this infographic from our friends over at “Real Men Real Style”  titled “18 Ways to Tie a Necktie.”  Previously I had scoured the internet and found various videos and diagrams in different places on how to tie different knots, but to find it all in one place, and have it be sooooo self explanatory – amazing!  The guys at “Real Men Real Style” have broken down 18 different types of knots all in one infographic.  I know when looking at this it might seem overwhelming, so start simple.  I believe the “staple knots” are the “four in hand,” the “half windor,” and the “full windor.”  My favorite knot, by far, is the full windsor as it is a large, even knot, and exudes a certain status and confidence.   Once you master these 3 knots, I suggest trying to master a more fashionable knot such as the “Cafe Knot,” “Eldredge Tie Knot,” or the “Trinity Knot.”   The 3 knots are a bit more complex, and determining which to use will really depend on the pattern of your tie as you want the knot creases to be more interesting and sophisticated rather than “busy.”

 

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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).