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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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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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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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23
Jan

Meet You at the (Tie) Bar

With all eyes on classic men’s style, the tie bar is making a comeback. It’s a little detail, but it can have a big impact on your look. Want to do it right? Here’s how.

Why? First, remember the whole point is to keep your tie connected to the placket of your shirt. Don’t just attach it to your tie and watch as they blow in the wind.

Know your tie bar. There are two essential styles – the pinch and the slide clasp. The pinch holds a tie more securely and stays in place better, but the slide clasp is more appropriate for thin fabrics where they can lay flat and keep the clasp itself invisible.

How big? It’s a cardinal menswear sin when your tie bar is wider than you tie. Shoot for between one inch and the width of your tie, about ¾ of the width of the tie is ideal.

Where? With height this can vary, but it’s a safe call to fasten it between your third and fourth buttons, just below your chest.

No angles. Always wear the tie bar completely perpendicular to the tie itself.

Match metals. Silver will always work, but if you’re into gold, then wear gold. Just match your metals. Avoid colorful tie bars; they look like you’re trying to hard. Remember – this is an accent, not a centerpiece.

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