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14
Oct

Between the Cocktail Hours

So, you’ve been invited to an event stating ‘Cocktail Attire’ as the dress code.  Hmmm… what now?  We’ve seen this many times.  Like many men, you have probably begun reaching into your closet with hope of finding a solution to this vague form of dress.

So, how do you execute this look?

First, let’s start by taking a look at the occasions in which cocktail dress may be required.  These occasions are commonly known as: weddings, anniversaries, engagement parties, christenings, certain sporting events, formal birthday gatherings or celebrations, and cocktail parties, of course.

As the name suggests, cocktail attire is too formal for day wear, yet too relaxed for full black tie.  It is the semi- formal, ‘between the hours’ dress code.  Here’s how to translate this to your ensemble.

  1.  Tailoring.  This is the most vital component of it all. The most common options are a dark blazer or sport jacket and trousers.  Unconventional shades will give your outfit a modern edge. It’s also acceptable to mix and match your jacket and trousers.  However, denim is still unacceptable for these types of events.  Always have a slim cut for your suit.
  2. Shirting.  A crisp dress shirt is essential to your cocktail hour look.  Make sure it is freshly laundered and well-pressed.  For a more traditional feel, choose a solid tone.  For another option, choose a light pinstripe or low-key check.  Just make sure your suit isn’t patterned if you go this path.
  3. Footwear. Leather oxfords are the standard choice.  Choose black or dark tan as a statement paired with your tailoring.  Sleek tassel loafers are also another choice.  Whatever footwear you choose, remember to give your shoes a good polish to ensure they look their best.
  4. Neckwear.  While it is acceptable at certain cocktail events to go without a tie, your choice of neckwear is a chance to push limits. With a plain shirt, add an eye- catching pattern or color scheme.  With a patterned suit or shirt, keep things simple with a minimal design that will complement the rest of your look.
  5. Accessories.  This is the final detail.  With a pocket square, keep this in mind when choosing your tie.  You don’t want your pocket square to clash with your tie.  But, you don’t want to be too matchy-matchy.  A good quality belt is very important.  Cuff links can add a touch of elegance to your semi-formal look.

It’s okay to bend the rules a little bit.  Just keep in mind to be polished without being too prim.  After all, clothing should be about expression, not conformity.  As experts in men’s fashion, Sam Michael’s Menswear is home to a wide selection of casual to formal wear.  Call 248.477.4615 or visit us today for a personalized look, tailored for a purpose.

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02
Oct

The Tie Guide

Regardless of your style, there are many occasions when a tie is necessary, as well as many when ties are not. You can wear them casually to work, or dress them up with a suit. They really are known for bringing an outfit to the next level. They have remained an accessory associated with many style trends.

Here’s all you need to know when it comes to ties.

Tie Length: Your tie should end right in the middle of your belt buckle. This means that the longest part in your tie should not extend lower than your belt, nor should it end above your belt. It looks like there are no exceptions here.

Knot Shape: The knot of your tie should match your body shape as well as your shirt collar. If you have very broad shoulders, you might want to opt for a wider knot. The same applies if your shirt has a spread collar. You want the knot to fill up all the space your collar gives you. On the contrary, if you have a narrow space between your collar, use the four-in-hand knot. There are plenty of different knots, so learning all of them is pretty unnecessary. Instead, choose one or two styles that you can master.

How to Buy: When it comes to tie width, it is just as recurring as fashion itself. The width should not be less than 2 and a quarter inches, and not more than 3 and a quarter inches. The width of your tie should also correspond with your body shape. If you are very lean, do not wear a wider tie.

Buy in season. Today, ties are all about choice and allowing a man to express his own personal style. Besides the width, unique patterns, fabrics and weaves have emerged. The strong trend of bold florals and paisleys has continued. Keep the cotton and chambray for warmer months, while the heavy and wide wool ties should be kept for when the temperature drops.

Tie Bars: This is a great way for a man to showcase a bit of expression through small accessories. They are very easy to implement into your outfits. There are only two rules.

  1. Don’t wear a tie bar that is wider than your tie.
  2. Latch your tie bar to your tie as well as your shirt in between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt.

As always, it’s okay to get a little creative with your ties, as long as you appropriate the pattern with the occasion. For a personal touch on your outfit, call or visit Sam Michael’s Menswear to experience all we have to offer, including tailoring at 248.477.4615.

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