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26
Aug

Custom Made Suits and Shirts

When buying a custom made suit there are requirements for the right fit. Wearing clothes that are baggy and loose is no longer fashion forward, and you should buy clothes that fit your body, no matter your size. For example, wear longer sleeves under your suit. You want your suit sleeve to end a little high on your wrist exposing about a half-inch of shirt cuff beneath it. Pants should sit slightly higher on your waist to make your body appear as long as possible. Ditch the belt when possible as belts make you look shorter than you actually are.

If you’re buying a custom made suit, you’re going to need a custom made shirt as well. Off the rack won’t cut it. Come in to our store to get your current measurements as we offer free same day tailoring with all purchases. Whether you are a unique size, or are celebrating a special occasion, or have had an unexpected mishap, our staff of professional tailors will alter or repair your garment like new. From the most delicate fabrics – to leathers, furs, and even suede – our experts guarantee your complete satisfaction.

Our suits are custom made by S. Cohen. S. Cohen uses beautiful soft fabric that will add a great suit to your collection. Also, if you post a social media picture wearing your Sam Michael’s outfit and use the hashtag #MySamMichaels we will give you $25 OFF of your next purchase of $100 or more!

As experts in men’s fashion, Sam Michael’s Menswear is home to a wide selection of casual to formal wear Navy Blazers. Call 248.477.4615, visit our site at www.sammichaels.com or stop in today for a personalized look, tailored for a purpose.

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21
Jul

How To Wear a Bowtie

When attending a wedding or gala, a suit is not always the right look. Wearing a tuxedo to any formal event is the correct choice, and a proper bow tie makes all the difference. Some men think tying a bow tie is too difficult and may opt for a clasped bow tie or a traditional necktie.  However, bow ties are rather simple, do not have to look perfect, and they do not get in the way while you’re eating lunch, or out to dinner.

Let us begin with the origin of the bow tie.

Bow ties first appeared in popular culture with Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars in the 17th century.  They were initially used as a scarf around the neck to hold the opening of shirts together. This was later adopted by the upper class Frenchmen, and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries. The bow tie or necktie, as some refer to it, is more prominent in today’s Western society, being seen at business meetings, formal functions, and schools. However, the bow tie is making a comeback in the formal scene to events such as fancy dinners, cocktail parties, and night out on the town. Traditional opinion remains that it is inappropriate to wear anything other than a bow tie with a dinner jacket, but in recent years, a necktie has become equally appropriate.

You do not have to be wearing a tux to wear a bow tie, wearing it with any dress shirt is enough to look good in a social setting, or even at work. If you want to wear a sports coat with your dress shirt, you can add a lapel flower or a pocket square for an even more stylish look. If you do not know how to tie a bow tie, following this blog will be a video on how to tie one – it’s a lot easier than you think!

As experts in men’s fashion, Sam Michael’s Menswear is home to a wide selection of suits that will go with any bow tie. We offer custom tailoring to personalize any look! Call 248.477.4615, or visit our site at www.sammichaels.com or stop in today!

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27
Jun

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Formal wear is meant to be worn when it’s dark and the sun is nowhere to be found. During the summer, when it’s sunny and 90 degrees outside, you don’t want to be sweating bullets in that three-piece suit; so here are some alternatives.

Shoes

Bacco Bucci shoes are great for wearing to outdoor weddings. They’re light, comfortable and suitable for any casual dress needs.

Keep it light

Nobody wants to sit next to the sweaty guy, so keep it light on the layers. You don’t need to prepare for a snow storm, so a shirt, a tie, and a vest would be perfect for the occasion.

Summer Colors

Ties can make a huge impact on the look, don’t go wearing dark colors because summer is a time to show off bright eye catching colors.  Pair the tie with a pastel shirt, a khaki suit and some spectacular loafers and you’ll be at hit!

Timeless

A white shirt, some tan colored pants, an ivory swatch Solid Satin fullback vest or full khaki or light colored suit with some Bacco Bucci shoes will make a statement at any outdoor wedding or casual day time event.

As experts in men’s fashion, Sam Michael’s Menswear is home to a wide selection of suits from casual to formal wear. We offer custom tailoring to personalize every look! Call 248.477.4615, visit our site at www.sammichaels.com or stop in today!

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16
May

How to Wear Spring’s Navy Blazer

There are some spring wardrobe essentials that every guy just can’t live without: the classic polo, a chambray shirt, boat shoes, cuffed jeans – and then there’s the navy blazer.  A lightweight cotton-blend in dark blue is the perfect compliment to just about everything in your closet.  Whether you’re hanging out or headed to a wedding, this essential item is easy, classic and cool – at the same time.

Weekend Getaway
Pair your favorite white cotton t-shirt up with the navy blazer and add a pocket square for some flair. Throw on a pair of khakis and jump on the road.

Keep it Simple
There’s nothing more classic than a navy blazer layered over a patterned shirt, cuffed pants and loafers.  The easiest way to wear a blazer this spring is to keep it simple.

Blue
For a monochromatic look, try layering different shades of blue. Pair your blazer with a light blue button down, navy tie and some white pants. If you’re not the white pants type, try khakis instead.

Preppy Update
For those trying to switch up the beige slacks or blue jeans this spring, try a cool and colorful pair of chinos.  Tone down the rest of the attire by adding a simple undershirt and neutral shoes.  

Timeless
A navy blazer paired with grey slacks, a white button down, tie, and brown double monk shoes will get you some attention at an outdoor wedding or business meeting.

As experts in men’s fashion, Sam Michael’s Menswear is home to a wide selection of casual to formal wear Navy Blazers. Call 248.477.4615, visit our site at www.sammichaels.com or stop in today for a personalized look, tailored for a purpose.

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29
Apr

How to Fold a Pocket Square

On the topic of accessories, there’s also the pocket square. Like the dimple, when done it right it will appear an effortless touch added by a well-dressed man. I promise you this, however, the pocket square takes work. Like your tie bar, it’s a classic, frankly timeless detail that is making a big comeback. Yes, you can rip out of stitching in your jacket’s breast pocket and throw in this little accessory with high style reward.

Your pocket square improves your look by adding versatility, visual interest, even depth to look at, and it’s a powerful means of personal expression. There are plenty of folds – some simple, some not so much – but how to wear that square depends in part on your taste and the formality of where you’re heading.

Remember – practice. Some time invested up front can ensure you wear it any way you want it with ease and some appropriate flair.

My top three folds?

Your classic fold is the simplest, easiest fold in the bunch. This is perfect for a casual situation – a low-key drink with friends or a fist date. It’s a great way to show off solid pocket squares with colored borders.

How you do it?

Start with the pocket square laying flat, fold one side over the other lengthwise, and then fold the bottom up to meet the top. Last step, fold lengthwise again to match the width of your breast pocket and tuck it in.

Stepping up your game? Go with the puff fold. For me, it’s a go-to. It packs a ton of visual punch but it’s fairly simple. You can play a bit with this one once you’ve tucked it in to get it just right – blouse it out, stretch it to fit your pocket, whatever you think looks good probably does. This is a versatile fold; it looks great everywhere and anywhere.

How you do it?

Start with the pocket square laying flat and pinch the center. Pick it up from the center, then form a ring around the square with the thumb and index finger over your hand and it slide it down to the bottom. Fold the point edges over and tuck in.

Turn the puff fold upside down, and you’ve got a crown fold. This one you need to make sure doesn’t look too perfect – you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a pre-folded square. The beauty here is, like a snowflake, no two crown folds are the same. Subtle variations are what make this fold interesting – it’s an eye-catching choice perfect for just about any social situation.

How you do it?

With the pocket square laying flat on a table, pinch the center (just like the puff). Pick it up from the center, form a ring around the square with your thumb and index finger on your other hand and slide it down to the bottom. Fold the rounded portion over and tuck in. Remember – don’t show your tags – carefully remove it from your point before wearing.

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21
Apr

How to Nail A Tie Dimple

We’ve probably all figured out how to tie a tie, but there’s more to what hangs around your neck than just the knot.  That’s right, I’m talking about the dimple, that little menswear detail where perfection seems to elude most men.  Ever notice a guy who does it right? Probably.  When you do, I bet it looks effortless, like it just happens – but that’s pretty unrealistic.

So how do we achieve an enviable dimple? Like how your tie knots, the quality and kind of fabric will make an impact, but there’s definitely a method to making it happen on a consistent basis.

If you’re still learning to dimple and knot, you should probably stick with the basic four-in-hand.  When you’re threading the longer end of the tie through, make sure you don’t tighten the knot all the way, in fact … keep it loose.  Then grab each side o the tie as you slide it through the knot with either hand and push them together to create your dimple.  Keeping that shape intact, you’ll pull the rest of the tie all the way through and then ultimately tighten the knot.

As you’re practicing your dimple, when it’s almost right but not yet tight, you can move it around and adjust it to your liking.  Just like you’d adjust you pocket square for the perfect fold, you can work your way toward a perfect dimple.  Just remember how you get to Carnegie Hall … practice.

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08
Apr

Worried About Wrinkles?

Worried about wrinkles? Don’t be. Our clients often come in wondering what to do about those pesky wrinkles we get sitting at a desk or in our car, but the bottom line is they happen. You’ll see them on your pants, your shirts, your jackets… even your face. Like making it to 40 without a wrinkle, you probably won’t make it to happy hour without wrinkles in your shirt or pants.

After a few hours of wear, your pants will wrinkle, most likely in the crotch. This will happen with a new suit or an old pair of jeans, it’s the natural result of sitting down. A wool suit might hold shape better than your jeans, and just need to be hung up between wearings, point being durability will affect shape.

If you’re that worried about whether someone notices your wrinkles, button your coat. Whenever you’re standing in a suit, you should button up – but never the bottom button. If your jacket truly fits and is properly buttoned, nobody will notice the wrinkles around the crotch of your pants.

If you’re in your car or at your desk, it’s a good time to take off your jacket, hang it, and avoid more wrinkles than you need. If you’re sitting down in a meeting or a business lunch and need to leave your jacket on, keep it unbuttoned.

Remember – this is real life, not a movie and not an advertisement. Gravity will win, and our shirts, pants, coats, and faces will wrinkle.

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25
Mar

How Should a Suit Jacket Fit?

The fit of your jacket is the key to looking good. A poorly tailored suit with an ill-fitting jacket that cost thousands won’t look as good as a well tailored suit that cost just hundreds. It’s just science.

Whether your coat is the top half of your suit, or you pair it with jeans, your jacket is a perfect utility. Throw in a pen, notepad, your phone, business cards, your glasses; it can carry you through the day and into the night.

When it comes to fit, there’s a natural place to start – your shoulders. It is where a properly fit jacket hangs, and perhaps the one place where your jacket MUST fit at the store or off the rack. It’s tough to tighten shoulders that are too big, even with the best tailoring, and shoulders that are too tight … let’s not go there. Stick to shoulders that are the same width as your actual shoulder – no wider and no tighter.

Your chest size is the measurement by which we choose a jacket size. Keep in mind, depending on the manufacturer, the design, and the cloth, sometimes you may need an extra inch or two – some of our modern collections are slimmer, and you’re probably used to much roomier, traditional cuts. The key is to be snug in the chest – but never tight. Your sleeves shouldn’t run tight either. You need enough room at the cuff to accommodate a French-cuff shirt without sticking.

When it comes to your waist, this is probably where you’ll always need some tailoring (free with any purchase here at Sam Michael’s). When you first throw on a new coat, you’ll see us put a lot of pins in the seams in the back midsection – you want a finished fit that looks almost “corseted,” in other words your middle should be more narrow than your shoulders in a well tailored suit, and then widen over your hips. You want a good fit, but not too tight, and your fabric should never look like it’s pulling or stressed. If it fits right, your coat will conform to your body, but it won’t show exactly what you’d look like without that coat on.

How long, you ask? This is pretty easy – it should reach the knuckle of your thumb when your arms are draped comfortably at your sides. It should cover your butt. When it comes to sleeves, we want to see at most a half-inch of shirt cuff.

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11
Mar

Buying Your First Suit

We’re often the place men turn for their first suit, and we often get asked two questions:

“If I only buy one suit, what should I buy?”

“I’m buying my first suit, what should I buy?”

There’s one perfect answer for both questions – the solid navy suit.

Your navy suit will be, by far, your most versatile suit. You’ll be ready for just about anything (short of your best friend’s wedding, and we’ve got you covered when you need to go black tie, too!). You can use that navy suit for a job interview, your day job, dress-casual, a fun night out, most weddings, funerals, or any time you want to look like a man who knows what he’s doing. Want to go more casual? Grab the coat, leave the pants at home, and throw on a pair of well-tailored jeans.

What’s great about the dark navy suit is that it’s inconspicuous enough that you can make it look like a different suit each time you wearing, depending on what you pair it with. It’s definitely dark enough to be dressy; has just enough color to make the right accessories pop, and when hit with the right lighting, a good navy suit can be pretty spectacular.

Oh, did I mention dark navy, more than most colors, compliments just about any skin or hair tone? Your navy suit deserves some mileage, more than any other suit hanging in your closet.

If you’re wondering why not black, let me explain this briefly – black is dark, it’s several, and when not in the shape of a tuxedo it looks like you’re dressed for a funeral. Unless you’re a chauffeur, a pallbearer, or a maitre ‘d, stick to colors – until you’ve established your own style and are really ready to rock black (and when you are, we’ve definitely got a serious selection).

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04
Feb

Springtime Suede

Ok, I know what you’re thinking – polar vortex – why are we talking about what shoes to wear in the spring? The answer is simple; it’s time to begin transitioning your wardrobe to be prepared for this season’s best looks. One just happens to be suede shoes.

The right suede shoes can serve as the most versatile piece of your wardrobe, taking you from formal to casual and back again.

Avoid rain and snow, but otherwise know that there’s no bad time or season for suede shoes. But spring and suede seem to go hand in hand. They can take your dressed up look and tone it down a notch or kick casual into high gear. When dress shoes are just too much and sneakers won’t do, a suede lace up might be the perfect fit. Suede can always be a unique touch that shows you understand style and can make an understated, classy statement.

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09
Dec

Holiday Gift Guide

Gentlemen, this is a link for your better half, because it’s that time of year when they go hunting for that special something and at Sam Michael’s we bet you don’t need another three pack of navy socks.

Finding the right gift for a father, husband, son, brother, or any man in your life can be tough, but there are things out there he can use and won’t leave your purse too light.

A wallet is always a great idea, as they are useful, practical, and can be stylish. A wallet as a gift is one way to almost be sure the person who gets it will always think of who it’s from each and every time they use it.

Does he have a bow tie? Maybe not, but they make a great addition to any man’s wardrobe. You can find a bow tie that’s casual yet original and goes with any outfit, or maybe he’s the formal type in need who finds one too many reasons to dress up a tux.

When it comes to jewelry, a nice pair of cufflinks is always a good accent. There’s nothing quite like seeing your man sharply dressed, and it’s the perfect way to add a dose of confidence to any outfit. The gift of a smart accessory can guarantee the compliments will roll in every time he wears it.

Pocket squares, a classic sweater, or a new pair of dress shoes are always an easy hit, and if you know his size and his style there’s no place to shop like Sam Michael’s. Our staff can walk you through the right jeans, sport coat, suit, tie, or accessory for the man you love, so stop in today and let us make this Christmas a very merry one.

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02
Dec

Stay Classy in the Cold

Dressing for summer is simple, but as the mercury drops and the snow falls it gets harder to navigate what for the unprepared can be a sartorial nightmare.  That’s where Sam Michael’s comes in, to help you with eight simple looks to help avoid dumping fashion for function.

#1 – Denim

What we otherwise know as the “Canadian tuxedo,” the double denim look certainly has its place in the fashion hall of shame, but when done right it can not only keep you warm, but looking sharp.  Add a camel coat, the perfect foil to the original worker’s uniform – give your everyday a little luxury.

#2 – Tweed

You can pull off the town-and-country look by layering tweed.  It’s a way to tie in a sweater, sweatshirt, or even cord trousers but also gives that space for your knitted gloves or cap.  Accessorize in patterns.

#3 – Tailored Tech

Turn up the technical outwear with simple tailoring.  You can add a padded wool coat to a neat suit, staying warm and cool, but only if it’s cut right to your body.  That’s why we throw in tailoring with every purchase, off the rack should never look like that’s where it came from.

#4 – Print

‘Tis the season for bold and busy patterns, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in subtle prints.  Micro-patterns on silken cloths can give more depth to any outfit, brought to completion by hip accessories like bags and belts.  The devil really is in the details, so add a pocket square as an easy introduction to wearing a print.

#5 – Colors

Don’t be intimidated by head-to-toe color, because this time of the year the world can use it.  If you’re not into bright, loud shades, then look into tonal berry, green, and blue, which can all add a pop to otherwise drab winter colors.  The key? Never wear more than two different shades.  You can match complimentary shades to create a refined, interesting combination.

#6 – Grunge

Kurt Cobain may be long gone, but the 90’s biggest trend is back, full circle.  You can find nirvana in slouchy leathers and checkered shirts, but don’t forget that all-important beanie.  It’s not just about the deconstructed Seattle look, it’s about staying warm, and this is a perfect opportunity to throw in layers.

#7 – Knits

Oversized knitwear is a simple solution to the tricky between-season dressing we struggle with in our sometimes-unpredictable Michigan winters.  Throw on a long, chunky knit with a denim jacket and you’ve got the perfect go-to casual combination.  Need another excuse to pull on a simple knit? Remember “Casual Friday” doesn’t mean you get to wear a bathrobe to work, so go with something just as cozy that doesn’t skip the class.

#8 – Suiting Up

Trying only one new look this season? Then make it layered neckwear.  One look you can pull off is pulling on a turtleneck sweater under a shirt.  Button up the collar or combine with a silk scarf.  Not only will these extra layers be warm and practical, but also you can look elegant at the same time.

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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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30
Sep

Blazer vs. Jacket

As the blazer goes down in history as the most iconic sport jacket, subtle style differences make the two wardrobe pieces very diverse from one another.  Traditionally, a blazer meant a jacket of a solid color—usually navy or black, with gold or silver buttons, patch pockets, and a softer construction.

On the other hand, a suit jacket has always meant the jacket of a suit with matching pants.  However, times have changed.  Style has evolved so much today that the line has become a little blurry.  Nowadays, it seems there is no difference between a suit jacket and blazer except that one comes with matching pants and one doesn’t.  A sport jacket is usually textured and sometimes patterned, while a blazer is a solid color made of smooth fabric.

This means you can get away with dressing down your suit jackets as a blazer.

The sport jacket has become a fashion-forward alternative to casual social functions.  Try wearing a slim, dark suit jacket with a pair of jeans.  More casual suit jackets are better candidates for combining separates.  The patterned sport jacket seems to accommodate the business-casual lifestyle.  This puts a contemporary twist on the ordinary suit jacket.

As for the blazer, these are the fashionable jackets of style. They are offered in a variety of styles with different detail options, including flap or patch pockets and peak or notch lapels.  Depending on your blazer style of choice and what it is paired with, blazers are easier to dress down than sport jackets.

The old-fashioned styles of blazers were striped.  Since then, there has been a kaleidoscope of patterns and colors, holding many options for men.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

-Bold patterns and heavy fabric of sport jackets are seen as inappropriate for business or formal wear.  So, save these prints for a lighter occasion.

-If you’re going to wear a blazer, try to up-the-amp by adding a pocket square—printed or plain, whatever you choose.

– Don’t try pulling off the pinstripe suit jackets as pants, as some suit jackets are meant to be worn as suits with matching pants.

-When attending a formal event, such as a business meeting or wedding, disregard the jacket and blazer and wear a suit. This is your only choice.

Having these staple pieces in your wardrobe can add a refined touch to any look.  As blazers are seen as ‘a man’s best friend,’ they can be worn in various ways to give your casual clothing a formal boost!  Call 248.477.4615 or visit Sam Michael’s Menswear to experience all we have to offer for a personalized ensemble.

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