When you invest in some of our luxurious custom-made shirts, you’ll notice the various options we offer. If you aren’t sure what helps you to look your best, take a look at our Style Guide for some assistance!
What two accessories look identical, but should not be treated that way?
Hint: They both belong in your pocket…
Although you can find both tucked away in your jacket pocket, pocket squares are both worn differently and used to serve a different purpose than handkerchiefs. Handkerchiefs are typically seen in white linen and worn principally with your more conservative suits, giving them a more “formal” purpose. Pocket squares are most often found in silk, and most believe they should be paired with casual suits.
However, we do not necessarily agree with these assumptions. When handkerchiefs serve their intended purpose (similar to a tissue), they should be kept hidden, preferably in your pants pocket. Pocket squares are a way for a man to express himself; simply an accessory used to add more detail to your ensemble.
Pattern is the best way to think about your pocket squares. With multiple colors showcased in your pocket, the pattern will both complement and contrast your shirt, necktie, and jacket. Considering that neither the pattern nor color of your pocket square has to match your outfit entirely, this is one of the easiest accessorizing tricks to master. Here are a few things to consider the next time you plan to spice things up with a pocket square.
In our last post about Building a Basic Wardrobe, we recommended that you have a minimum of 12 shirts in your collection. Why? It is based on a simple equation…
The magic number of twelve allows a man to wear a fresh shirt each day of the work week, as well as on Saturday when necessary. Sunday, he takes these six shirts to be dry cleaned, and while they are at the cleaner’s, he wears his remaining six shirts. The process continues to repeat so he is never left without a clean shirt.
If he doesn’t wear a dress shirt on Saturdays, these sixth shirts provide another option or an alternative in the case of a ruined or worn out shirt. By following this advice, a man will be able to wear a fresh shirt every day for two weeks.
We have previously explained this theory, but we felt our visual calendar was due for some updates. Clifton Charles shirts are tailored exactly to your measurements, and can be customized to fit your personality and lifestyle. With hundreds of luxurious fabric choices, various options for style, and complimentary monograms, we are confident you will find exactly what you need.
There comes a time in a man’s life when he needs to elevate his fashion game to the next level. Most men are unaware of their ability to be well-dressed with a relatively modest amount of clothing. Depending on your occupation, only a couple of basics are necessary, like a charcoal or navy suit. However, others wear suits every day of the week and therefore require a more substantial wardrobe. Your wardrobe should offer a choice of appropriate clothing for a variety of occasions, and it is easy to build one sufficient to your requirements. Click here for our Visual Guide, or continue reading for further detail. By understanding these tips, you will possess the first building blocks of impeccable style.
The most expensive garment in a gentleman’s wardrobe, suits should be made from high quality fabrics in conservative colors and patterns. Your basic wardrobe should consist of 5 suits to offer a full week’s worth of clothing options. By utilizing accessories, you are able to achieve multiple different looks with the same suits, and they provide flexibility in personal style. Your basic selection of suits should include:
- Dark Grey Solid
- Navy Blue Solid
- Medium Grey Semi-Solid
- Grey Pinstripe
- Navy Blue Chalk Stripe
Once you have built your wardrobe with these basics, you can further expand with a less formal sixth suit, for wear on Fridays or less formal weekend occasions.
Men constantly wonder, “What shirts do I need in my closet?” While a gentleman can never have too many dress shirts, there is a magic combination of shirts that each man should have in his wardrobe. This is to ensure you are prepared with fresh shirts for any situation, whether that be a regular day at the office, a surprise business meeting, or a much-anticipated date.
For the greatest flexibility, choose an assortment of shirts in semi-solids and simple patterns. A palette of blues from pale through periwinkle to navy, blue stripes or checks on white, gray stripes or checks on white, and pink shirt fabrics are the most basic and easy to wear. The magic combination is as follows:
- 3 White Shirts
- 3 Blue Shirts
- 3 Stripe or Check Shirts
- 2 Pink Shirts
- 1 Fun/Casual Shirt
We have tested it out and arrived at the magic number of 12. Twelve shirts give you a range of choices and also minimizes your trips to the cleaners. Wear 6 one week, drop them off, and pick up the next 6 for the coming week. Repeat.
At this point, you are able to use accessories to creatively expand your wardrobe, even if it is modest in size. By changing shoes, ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks, you can transform your 5 suits and 12 shirts into a year’s worth of outfits.
To start, every gentleman must have good shoes. Generally speaking, you should have at least 3-4 pairs of dress shoes that you can rotate through. However, the total number of pairs a man should own entirely depends on his personal needs. The essentials a gentleman should possess are:
- Black Calf Oxfords
- Brown Calf Shoes
- Brown Calf Monk Straps
- Slip-on Casuals
- Evening shoes
For ties, gentlemen should work towards a robust collection of at least 12 ties. Blue, green, red, and gold are classic tie colors, while striped, dot, plaid, club, foulard, and paisley are classic patterns. Start with simple solids and stripes; when you move past a half dozen ties already in your wardrobe, it is safe to purchase more fashion-forward ties.
Cufflinks and pocket squares are a creative way to show your own personality and style. Bright pocket squares can illuminate a generally boring grey suit, while heirloom cufflinks can be a conversation starter. Don’t be afraid to be stylish – just choose your investments wisely!
Building a wardrobe does take time. In order to expand, you will need to acquire more suits each year than you wear out – a formula that varies according to the frequency that you wear each suit and the quality of its construction. As you expand your basic wardrobe, keep in mind the objectives: extend the lives of your existing suits, provide choices for different occasions, and acquire clothing that will be comfortable in a broad range of temperatures. You may want to add a flannel winter suit or a linen summer suit once the basics have been covered, for example. And, of course, don’t forget that every gentleman needs a tuxedo for those special occasions! (Related posts: 5 Reasons to Invest in Custom-Made & BITNB)
Similarly, you should also continue expanding your shirt wardrobe by acquiring new shirts on a regular basis. When selecting new dress shirts, consider current fashion colors, and mix things up by adding a few options with French cuffs. Keep in mind that your daily white and blue shirts will need to be replaced more often, as they tend to wear out faster.
Remember, professional wardrobe acquisition is a career-long routine. It will continue to build over the years, and you will constantly need to replace items you already own. To stay ahead of wear and tear, you will need about three new suits and six new shirts per year. However, once you have covered the basics, you will have plenty of options to continue dressing for success while your wardrobe slowly expands.
With the grand prix of summer weekends quickly approaching, everyone is gearing up for the festivities in celebration of our independence from Great Britain in 1776. The national holiday marked by patriotic displays hosts hundreds of outdoor events nationwide. Parades, barbecue, and fireworks are just a few of the things that make this summer holiday one of our favorites. Whether you’re packing up for a picnic in Central Park, headed out for a weekend in the Hamptons, or utilizing the holiday as a chance to vacation with the family, we compiled a list of all your Independence Day must-haves.
It wouldn’t be a proper celebration without everyone decked out from head to toe in red, white, and blue. This year, leave your American flag shirt at home. There are plenty of ways to display your pride without draping yourself in a once-a-year fashion disaster. Show off your patriotic spirit with a custom-made shirt from Clifton Charles! Check out our four Fourth of July featured fabrics:
If you’re planning to hit the beach, try solid navy or red swim trunks. Guys, leave the American flag printed shorts at home. If you do not have either color of swimwear, soak up some sun on a red, white, and blue towel.
You can further accessorize your holiday-wear with the perfect pair of shades. Pick up a pair of solid navy sunglasses to throw on while you are at the parade or during a game of Frisbee on the beach. Again, no American flag print. Actually, just leave the print for flags and avoid wearing it.
Planning to attend a dinner party? If you need a more formal patriotic look, a classic navy blue suit is the perfect way to dress the part and still show off your spirit. Opt for a clean white dress shirt underneath, and a bold red tie. Bonus points of the pattern in the tie incorporates some navy blue.
Once you’ve taken care of your ‘Proud to be an American’ wardrobe, don’t forget the other necessities! July is National UV Safety Month. No matter where you spend your holiday, remember to pack the SPF (and some aloe too, just in case). Re-apply your sunscreen often to ensure you avoid any damage from harmful UV rays. Just as important as the sunscreen, be sure to have bottled water handy. With the July heat blazing, you won’t want to forget to stay hydrated.
With all of the essentials covered, you can dress to impress and show off your patriotic spirit! So grab a cocktail, go to a rooftop or head down to the water to watch the fireworks. You are ready to celebrate Independence Day in style. Now, you can finally get out your American flags. Happy Fourth of July!
If you are hosting a party, check out Instyle’s Show-Stopping Red, White, and Blue Cocktails for delicious drink recipes to please all of your guests.
Still looking for holiday plans? Check out TimeOut New York’s Fourth of July events.