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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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Wall Street Stylist Guide to Dating & Being a Gentleman

Let’s start with dressing like a gentleman, and the assumption that if you dress like a gentleman, you ARE a gentleman.

OK, now that that has been established, let’s move on to exactly what it means to “dress like a gentleman.”  I know, this is a VERY general statement…………..I will elaborate.

1. Tailoring is SUPER important!

Make sure everything is fitted and tailored appropriately.  This means taking note of your hem length, your sleeve length, and certainly no large or boxy shirts or jackets.  Think modern, clean lines.  Your clothes should skim your body, and show off your best assets.   I HIGHLY recommend you invest in at least one custom suit and shirt.  This will not cost you any more money than off the rack, but will make you look and feel like a million bucks!

 

2. Details are equally as important!

Jacket linings, working button holes on jacket sleeves, pocket squares, accessories, contrasting dress socks, layering appropriately………..these things are all really important.

 

3. NO GYM SNEAKERS!!!

If you must wear sneakers wear them because they are fashionable, NOT because they are comfortable or the closest pair of shoes you have to the door.

 

4. Get inspired!

Choose a theme or style icon to gain inspiration.  This can be a person (or a combination of people), an era, a movie, or even a location.  Having a theme will help you to remain focus and put together a “style guide” so to speak.  I do this for myself, as well as for all of my clients, and it helps tremendously.

 

 

 Now that you know how to dress like a gentleman, let’s get to the good stuff…………..what it means to be a gentleman on a date.

Recently I have have found myself having the same conversation over and over again with various clients.  Obviously dressing like a gentleman is a huge first step, but when it comes to dating that’s just what it is………a first step.  Now it’s time to step up to the plate so to speak.

Through speaking to my clients and male friends, I have discovered that most men really want to know what to do, and what will set them apart from the crowd, but are just clueless as to where to even start.  Wanting to be a gentleman really has to come from a genuine place……this is not something that you can fake (trust me, women can tell if it is contrived, or you are just doing it so she will sleep with you).  This is character, and something that will stay with you forever.

As a woman, I have been on several dates, and have experienced the whole spectrum of male behaviors (unfortunately).  I can say with a lot of clarity what the qualities are that I look for in a man, and what sets a true gentleman apart from the crowd.  This is definitely something that sets the men apart from the boys so to speak.

Let’s start from the beginning………..before you even ask a woman on a date.  Most men these days don’t have the courage to actually ask a woman out, so they do it in a very casual, backhanded way by sending a text msg or asking if they would like to “hang out sometime.”  I don’t want to be asked to “hang out.”  If you would like to take a woman on a date, then ASK HER ON A DATE!!!  A man that is forward, confident, and knows what he wants is incredibly sexy, and she will have so much more respect for you if you have the courage to ask her on a formal date.  She will feel like a lady………and yes, this is part of being a gentleman………..treating your woman like a lady.

Now, let’s assume she says yes.  As a gentleman, it is YOUR job to PLAN A DATE.  Don’t be generic.  Take into account who she is, what would make her smile.   Perhaps this means taking her to a really well designed restaurant or lounge, or to see live music (my favorite dates are at supper clubs where we get to have dinner then listen to live jazz), or perhaps to a museum or special event that is happening in your city.  Every woman is different, and it is your job to plan accordingly.

MANNERS ARE EVERYTHING!!! This should go without saying, but sometimes it is the little things that mean the most to a woman.  Open doors (and let her go through first!), pull out her chair at dinner (and let her choose which seat she wants), be polite and show respect to the waitstaff, make eye contact, and pick up the tab.  At the end of the date make sure she gets home safely.  Either put her into a cab, drive her home, or at the VERY LEAST, call her an hour later to make sure she got home safely and wish her a good night.   To me, this seems so obvious, but by the amount of men that don’t do these things, it clearly is not.  It is amazing the amount of men that take me on a date, do NONE of these things, then call me 2-3 days later telling me that they had an amazing time and they would love to see me again…………seriously?!!!  Ummm, no Sir, you will NOT be getting a second date.

 

 

 

 

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).