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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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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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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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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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