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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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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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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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