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Next to the navy suit, a gray suit is an absolute men’s wardrobe staple. Why? More than just a good business suit, it can be paired with all sorts of shirt colors and ties, putting it on top of the versatility scale.

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Gray, in general, is a fantastic suit color because it comes in many different shades. A darker color may be better for winter, a really light color is great for summer.

Three Must-Have Gray Suits
Gianni Agnelli in charcoal grey flannel
Charcoal Gray

First on the list is the most formal shade, the so-called charcoal gray. It’s dark enough that you can wear it in most functions where you otherwise would think of a black suit, such as a funeral, a play, or a business event. A charcoal suit is similarly dark to most navy suits; yet, while a navy suit usually makes a younger man look even younger, a charcoal suit makes you look more mature. In our opinion, the first charcoal suit you should add to your wardrobe is a charcoal flannel suit. The charcoal flannel suit was popularized by Gianni Agnelli,and you can still get the exact fabric he preferred from Vitale Barberis Canonico today.

Preston Schlueter in a medium gray suit
Medium Gray

A general rule, not just with gray but with all suiting colors, is this: the lighter the shade, the less formal the suit. Therefore, while a medium gray suit is still appropriate for the office and most other functions mentioned earlier (with the exception of funerals), it has a slightly more casual vibe. This is not a bad thing at all; it just means that when you pair shirts and ties together, you can go with slightly less formal options. 

Sven Raphael Schneider in a light gray suit
Light Gray

Following the above rule, the light gray suit is even more casual, yet it’s certainly still a suit. This shade works particularly well as a fresco fabric in the summer, whereby it will have a light breezy feel, and can be worn with even bolder and more summery colors. Of course, any of those gray shades can come in either a striped version, a solid version, or in other small patterns such as a Glen check or houndstooth, for example. Sometimes, the fabric texture can also be different such as a fresco, a worsted, or a flannel. 

Here’s another general rule: the more texture your suit has and the larger the pattern, the more casual it is. On the flip side, a solid worsted suit is the most formal one, followed maybe by a flannel or a faintly striped suit in gray. Now, it should go without saying that choosing the right color is just one aspect of finding the perfect suit

Shirt & Tie Combinations
A deep charcoal suit, white shirt, and muted accessories provide an especially formal look.
White Dress Shirt

The classic staple is the white dress shirt. For a charcoal suit, you probably want something that is very formal; we’d suggest a white dress shirt with a medium-spread collar, no breast pocket, and French cuffs or double cuffs that are worn with cufflinks. Honestly, a white shirt works with any shade of gray suit, no matter if it’s really dark, medium, or light. It works so well because it provides a strong contrast which suits most men.

In the case of a medium grey or a lighter gray suit, you can skip the French cuffs, maybe go with a slightly more textured fabric, and perhaps try an even more relaxed collar style, such as a button-down collar or an unlined collar–something that’s a bit more casual than a fixed, fused collar. 

This striped grey suit benefits from a more casual knit tie in navy and a pocket square with colorful edging.

If you go with a solid gray suit and a solid white shirt, it would be best to add some color with your tie, pocket square, socks, or other accessories. A Very classic combination is to add a red tie, maybe a shade of burgundy. If you are not a fan of red and you want to cool down your outfit otherwise, you can go with a navy or blue tie, maybe something in forest green, plum, or even in bronze orange. Basically, any dark-toned tie with a white shirt and a gray suit would be appropriate for cocktail attire, and if it’s a charcoal suit, you can even wear it for black tie optional events.

Meanwhile, lighter colored ties will work better with medium and lighter gray suits. Also, in terms of a tie pattern, keep in mind that the smaller the pattern, the more formal it is; since bigger patterns are always less formal, they’re better with lighter shades of gray. 

Chris Hemsworth wearing a black dress shirt with gray suit.
Darker Colored Dress Shirts – A Classic Style “Don’t”

Now, let’s quickly talk about a very fashion-forward look: pairing a gray suit with a black shirt. Now, chances are there are a lot of Instagrammers and influencers trying to tell you that wearing a black shirt is hip, trendy and fashionable. This may be so, but in classic menswear, black dress shirts have never been a viable option. If you want to wear black shirts with a gray suit, go for it–but we believe that a lighter shirt color that provides a bit more contrast is always more complimentary to your outfit and look.

Ruby red dress shirt – not something we would recommend for a classic ensemble

The same is true for any kind of bold, darker colored shirts in hues like red, turquoise, blue, green, or orange. Typically, these are shirts worn by guys who haven’t yet learned much about menswear; they’re just too bold, and make you look like you got your outfit from a very cheap rental place.

A selection of light blue dress shirts in different shades
Light Blue Dress Shirt

Turning back to smarter options, the next biggest staple after white is light blue. Light blue shirts can be combined with any kind of gray suit, but look particularly nice with medium and lighter grey suits. Of course, light blue comes in maybe 200 different shades, and there are many patterns and textures. Simply pick one that you like and that provides a contrast to your suit. If you wear a light blue shirt with a medium or light grey suit, we suggest you go with barrel cuffs instead of French cuffs and maybe a slightly more casual collar, but try to forgo the chest pocket for a more streamlined appearance. It looks nice overall because it’s a bit more casual, and therefore the whole outfit flows together.

A denim shirt can be a good option for casual grey ensembles

The sole exception to our advice about darker shirts above is that wearing a denim shirt with a less formal grey suit can work. These have been quite popular lately, and can add a bit of interest to an outfit because of the slight color variance provided by the wash. Overall, though, we would suggest that you try to wear a shirt that is lighter in color than your suit, as this is the color balance that’s most natural and complementary to the eye. 

In terms of ties, a solid navy tie is of course a formal staple when paired with a blue shirt and a gray suit–but it can be also a little boring. Other than the usual suspects of red, green, or plum, you could also experiment with the complementary color to blue, which is orange.

A pink shirt pairs especially well with a charcoal gray suit.
Pink Dress Shirts

Pastel pinks can be a great change to the monotony of white and light blue shirts, and they work particularly well with gray. This is because there’s a subtle contrast, yet the pink works to warm up the gray color. Probably for that reason, pairing charcoal suits with pink shirts was a favorite look of Fred Astaire, who was always very well-dressed. Adding a navy tie, or one in purple (violet) to your pink shirt and your gray suit will create an interesting combination that is still harmonious. Of course, a burgundy tie would work too, but we’d recommend that you usually stay clear of a brighter red, since it will likely be too much next to the pink background.

Pastel-Colored Dress Shirts

Following the staples of white, blue, and pink dress shirts, basically, any other type of pastel color can work really well with a grey suit. It could be something like a light green, maybe a light yellow, or a pastel orange. If you opt to wear a colored shirt, a safe choice is always to wear a tie in a darker shade from the same color family. So if I have a light orange or creamy shirt then maybe an orange tie would work. If there is some green in my shirt, a green tie works. 

A textured tie in burnt orange is a natural complement to a white shirt with orange stripes.
Patterned Dress Shirts

This brings us to our next point: shirts don’t have to be solids. You can have patterned shirts as well, and stripes are the most classic ones. Keep in mind that larger stripes are more casual, and therefore better suited to lighter shades of gray. Of course, you can also incorporate checked shirts into your outfits–they’re a bit more casual than striped ones so they work better with light grey suits. 

In general, shirts with smaller and more traditional patterns such as stripes or checks will work better with gray suits than very bold flowery prints. If you want to pair a patterned gray suit with a patterned shirt and a patterned tie, you can..

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When you shop at a department store or large clothing retailer, you’ll often see any sort of tailored jacket for sale listed as a “blazer.” But not every jacket with lapels and buttons can accurately bear this name! Read on to learn about the distinctions between suit jackets, sport coats, and blazers.

It’s not just brick-and-mortar stores that contribute to confusion around the names of these garments. On eBay, for example, there’s no category for blazers or sport coats, only “Suits and Suit Separates.” All of these factors can lead to misunderstandings about the differences among these three different kinds of jacket. In this article, we’ll clarify the distinctions.

Sven Raphael Schneider’s jackets
What is a Suit Jacket?

A suit jacket is precisely that: the jacket belonging to a two- or three-part outfit including matching pants and/or waistcoat, which together make up a complete suit. Thus, a suit jacket always originates from a pairing that uses the same exact fabric for both (or all) pieces. In other words, being made as part of an ensemble is the essential defining feature of a suit jacket.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a suit jacket with its natural partners: a waistcoat and trousers of the same fabric

Of course, there’s nothing to stop someone from splitting up a suit in a style move known as “mix-and-match” or spezzato, to use the Italian term. For example, you can use the gray trousers from one suit along with the navy jacket from another, and therefore inject variety into your wardrobe. This blurs the lines of definition between suit jackets and sport coats by breaking up the original unity of a suit (spezzato literally means “broken”). But let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

Spezzato achieved with matching vest and trousers from one suit and a jacket from a different suit

Before we get to sport coats, know also that there are certain common features of suit jackets that will help you to distinguish them visually from the other jacket styles. For one thing, a suit jacket is usually more formal. This is why a suit is the default for business meetings, funerals and other daytime events that require soberness and dignity. The formality of a suit jacket is reflected in its relative absence of pattern or texture, and by being generally more structured than a sport coat or blazer. The majority of suits are made of smooth worsted wool in conservative solid colors like charcoal gray or navy blue. Only a few traditional patterns are considered formal enough for a business suit, such as glen check, windowpanes, chalkstripes and pinstripes.

A chalk-stripe suit is one of the few patterns on a formal suit

Structure means a suit jacket tends to have more padding inside the shoulder area and, in some cases, more canvassing between the inside lining and the cloth. The formality provided by structure, especially in a British-style suit, combined with typical suiting fabric, makes a suit jacket difficult to wear with a different pair of pants–your upper body will appear more dressed up than your lower, and it simply looks like you’re wearing the orphaned top half of a suit. Check out the guys wearing suit jackets with jeans at any upscale suburban mall on a weekend, and you’ll know exactly what we mean.

The British tailoring in the Kingsman films displays strong structure.

The problem with pairing suit jackets with non-suit trousers is that padded shoulders and worsted wool are formal features; they’re so associated with full suits and the power they project that they instinctively look wrong when divided. There is a school of style that intentionally flauts this disconnect between top and bottom, practiced by those who wear suit jackets with torn up jeans, sweat pants, or shorts. This is certainly not classic style though, so we wouldn’t recommend it to Gentleman’s Gazette readers!

Two examples of suit jackets being daringly divided: Ralph Lauren in evening wear and jeans at left; double-breasted structured suit jacket and shorts at right. Neither of these are looks that the average man could really pull off well!
What is a Sport Coat?

A sport coat is also known as an “odd jacket,” odd not in the sense of being weird–even though some sport coat patterns can be quite strange–but in the sense of being different from the pants (which can also be called “odd trousers”). Confusion can arise here, as well; look no further than someone who isn’t up to speed on the technicalities of menswear seeing your sport coat and saying, “nice suit!” This isn’t right, but accept the compliment graciously without correcting the mistake.

“Hey, I really like your suit.” “Thanks!” (Even though it’s a sport coat)

In a number of ways, a sport coat is the opposite of a suit jacket. Where suit jackets are smooth and solid in color, sport coats are more often than not made with textured weaves and fabrics; they also come in a larger variety of patterns, like a black and white houndstooth made in a tweed fabric. The obvious presence of texture and pattern is intended, on one hand, to make it explicitly clear that you are not wearing a divided suit, and on the other to emphasize the casual nature of the sport coat.

Houndstooth tweed with overcheck

As the name suggests, these jackets were originally made for “sporting” in the British countryside, which meant gentlemanly leisure pursuits like shooting game birds. It can be useful to think of the sport coat as having country origins, while a suit is best suited for city wear. Nowadays, the sport coat is still something to be worn on informal occasions–weekends, parties, picnics, and so on. Of course, the sport coat is hardly considered casual today, in comparison to the usual hoodie and jeans or t-shirt and chinos that every other guy is wearing–but it is still less formal than a suit.

Shooting and hunting contributed strongly to the origins of the sport coat

As evidence of this, a sport coat will usually lack the architectural structure of a suit jacket. Natural shoulders (without padding) are common, and summer sport coats are often shirt-like in their absence of any internal canvas or even lining. Yes, there are casually styled suits that have some of these features, but they are more abundant among sport coats.

Clark Gable in 1941 with grey diagonal twill sport coat with three patch pockets

Interestingly, the casual aspect of the sport coat is also clear from its pockets. While suits usually have either flapped or jetted pockets, you’re more likely to find patch pockets on sport coats, which are relaxed in appearance. This can include the breast pocket, which in a more formal garment would be welted rather than a patch. It’s true that you can find suit-style pockets on sport coats too, but they are more rare, and in our opinion, somewhat more incongrouous.

What is a Blazer?
A unique navy blazer can work to give you a second jacket without looking too similar to a suit jacket

Technically, a blazer is the most specific of the three jacket types–and also the rarest–because it has to fulfill certain criteria to be defined strictly as such. For example, a blazer can come in a solid color (most often navy blue), or incorporate features like a contrast piping or a striped pattern. All other patterns, speaking most technically, disqualify a jacket from being a blazer.

Full canvas vintage rowing blazer made in England with red knit tie by Fort Belvedere

A common additional ornamentation on a blazer, however, is a crest of some sort, testifying to the blazer’s origins as a jacket that identifies the wearer as part of an organization, such as a school or a club. You won’t usually find a crest on a sport coat or a suit jacket. Lastly, a blazer’s buttons usually contrast strongly with the jacket fabric; you might see gold buttons with anchors on them, or white mother-of-pearl, among others. As an example, Ralph Lauren usually sells blazers that possess these typical features.

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Currently, I am in my mid-30s and 15 years ago, my life looked very different. I grew up in Germany with parents that were in the middle class, but neither my mom or my dad ever got any money from their parents, so building a home was always a financial struggle. Read on for the tips I learned by being completely broke.

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Looking Back: My Humble Beginnings

In truth, I did get a small amount of pocket money as a child, but it was not much more than a bit of a change. So, I learned from an early age: if I wanted something, I had to work for it. My first job was as a paperboy at the age of 14, and then I got into selling fountain pens on eBay. This made me quite a bit of money, and that ultimately started my interest in classic men’s clothing.

After high school and doing my civil service, I ended up going to a private law school in Germany. This was the first time I was exposed to other kids who just had a lot of money that they got from their parents. One of my fellow students actually just flew home to his mom, bringing his laundry so she could do it for him there; that was a world that was entirely new to me. The German University System is quite good in the sense that they try to allow you to attend even if you come from relatively low or no means at all.

Teenage Raphael in a suit and yellow hand paintd tie from the 1990s, that my dad made. Note, the charcoal suit with the black shirt – terrible

I had 450 Euros at my disposal, which at the time was about $500, so I had to pay rent from that which was about $300. Since this wasn’t cheap, I ended up staying at a really rundown place that was originally designed for officers’ widows; when there weren’t enough of them, they just put in students. I first started out in a very small shared room on the third floor of the building, but it didn’t have a bathroom in the unit. Every morning, I had to go downstairs into the basement where there was a coin-operated shower. For 50 cents, you got seven minutes of warm water, but you could stop it in-between; I was able to shower with just 20 seconds of hot water, and I saved most of my 50 cents that way!

At the time, my main form of transportation was a bike and even as a student, I worked at the University making some money on the side. I remember coming to the US, I didn’t have much more than my two suitcases and a few dollars to make a new start here. Today, I’m a lot more comfortable–however, being broke taught me a number of valuable life lessons. 

Actually plan to save up for an emergency fund.
1. Money Itself Does Not Automatically Make You Happier

Yes, I know that this is something that people usually say only after they have achieved a certain level of wealth. What I can say honestly, though, is that money has the ability to make your life a lot easier; things are less stressful, you don’t have to worry about any upcoming emergencies, you don’t have to do the math when you go grocery shopping, and it’s just easier to focus on the things that really matter in life. I definitely feel a lot freer now that I don’t have to worry about paying rent, and if there’s an emergency coming up, I can simply pay for it out of pocket. I can now pursue hobbies: I can take dance classes with my wife that I really enjoy, I can take piano classes, or just pursue anything else that gives me purpose or have a sense of self-improvement.

Golfing – A gentleman’s hobby

Overall, I’ve always been a very happy person even when I was broke. Just remember The Notorious B.I.G., who said, “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.” He definitely had a point! Social studies have shown time and time again that earning anything over $75,000 doesn’t make you a happier person, and sometimes it can even make you less happy because your life is all of a sudden a lot more complex. You’ll have to deal with tax issues, and other people may just want to hang out with you because you’re rich, not because they’re actually interested in you as a person.

While I’ve found that just being rich (or money itself) doesn’t make you happier, there are a few ways where you can utilize money to buy happiness. The big thing is that you have to invest in experiences with others, rather than in stuff. Once you have more money at your disposal, you automatically adjust your lifestyle and accrue more stuff, but it just becomes a new normal and it doesn’t make you happier. Instead, if you spend time with your friends or your family–maybe you take them on a trip and you can share experiences afterward–that definitely makes you happier. Also, spending money on others, and/or donating, usually makes you happier. Overall, use your money to do things you love, and that give you purpose.

Silver Whisper Cruise Ship

For example, I love the Gentleman’s Gazette! I love to help men to become gentlemen and to improve themselves. That is my purpose in life, and so I enjoy it whether I make money or not. Also, instead of just buying something right now, it makes sense to pre-buy things–for example, a cruise with your family–something that you want to do that you look forward to, where you can relax and spend time with them. All the anticipation building up to the actual trip itself can be part of the fun!

Young Raphael in a teddy bear tie and a giantic boutonniere tucked into the chest pocket. Plus, look at the “hairstyle”…
2. Self-Reliance Makes You Stronger & Wiser

My parents always raised me to be very independent, and not just in terms of money. Other people would get a lot more pocket money, but they didn’t necessarily understand its value, or weren’t able to manage money better than I was. Overall, it’s a lot harder to adjust to less money than to more money. I pretty much always knew if I wanted something, I simply had to work for it.

3. Being Broke Or Rich Is Only A Matter Of Perception

My dad’s from Brazil, but we lived in Germany. Whenever we would go to Brazil and visit relatives, they all thought we were filthy rich, so they all expected us to bring a lot of gifts and to pick up the tab. In reality, my parents were in debt and had to worry about how to pay for the mortgage and make ends meet. But we lived in a different country and even though we had more money overall, relatively, we were not richer or poorer than the people in Brazil.

Savings
4. Extra Money Does Not Just Simply Appear, You Make It Happen

If you don’t manage your money upfront, you’ll just spend it–at least, that’s what I do, as well as most people I know. If you never plan to set aside money for an emergency upfront, chances are it’ll hit you very hard and it’ll have very drastic consequences. That means you have to be very deliberate about your money; you have to set yourself a budget and then apportion the money right when you get paid in the beginning, otherwise, it’s just not going to happen.

Treasures can be found at vintage stores but rarely during sales
5. You’ll Get By With Vintage Finds & Secondhand Goods

Honestly, until I was in my 20s, pretty much everything I bought was either on sale at a store, it was a hand-me-down from someone, or it was a vintage item. Even though I got certain outfit elements that were quite a bit bolder and not foundational wardrobe pieces, I still have a lot of the items from that period, because they have a certain timeless character that allows me to wear them now but also ten years from now.

At the time, I always focused on great value, finding handmade garments that no one else knew because they didn’t have a certain brand name but they fit me and made me feel good. Even though I was relatively poor, I always felt I could buy stuff on eBay; since it was so inexpensive, I could justify it. If I take a step back now, though, I can see that I spent a lot of money on a lot of stuff, none of which were foundational wardrobe pieces. Because of that, I ended up giving a lot of it away or selling it. Essentially, it was almost like an addiction where I spent a little money at a time on eBay, trying to convince myself that I got good deals, when in reality it was just spending the money that I probably could have saved up and gotten something that I really wanted instead. 

As the saying goes, be aware that “time is money.”
6. Being “Poor” Takes A Lot Of Time

If you constantly have to think about how you’ll pay for your groceries, rent, and any kind of other expense, your mental capacity is just focused on that and your brain is left spinning. Phrased another way: if you don’t hire anyone, you do your own laundry, your own cleaning, your own cooking, and all those things–yes, you’ll save money by doing it yourself, but that doesn’t allow you to spend time with your friends or with your family.

Also, don’t take too much time constantly looking for discounts and deals. Let’s use gas as an example; you may be able to figure out where you can save five cents more, but then it means you actually waste 20 minutes of your lifetime plus the gas to get there. These are the kinds of time-sinks that ultimately are not really worth it to me, looking at it from my viewpoint today. Honestly, while it does pay to stay in a budget, you should also understand that your time is valuable and that you can use your time to work and make money rather than just to endlessly look for discounts.

7. Being Broke Makes You More Adaptive When It Comes To Problem Solving

If my car were to break down today, the fix would be easy: I’d just go to the dealership and have them fix it. If that isn’t currently an option for you, though, there are still solutions: maybe you could ask someone for help (with the promise of helping them out in return), or you go to YouTube and figure out how to fix it yourself. Trying to overcome an obstacle when you don’t have the money to fix it is a really valuable lesson that has stayed with me, even now that I’m a lot more comfortable financially. 

Treat yourself! Travel, relax, unwind!
8. You Deserve To Treat Yourself – Just Do So Responsibly!

So how do you treat yourself when you’re broke? Well, you buy little things that don’t have a high cost or a long-term monthly recurring cost. You can go out with someone to a restaurant that’s not super fancy, but the gesture counts and you can still very much enjoy it, sometimes even more so than in a fine dining establismnet. Maybe you buy yourself a jacket that you’ve always wanted, and that you need because it’s cold outside. Just remember to honestly ask yourself: “Is this something I really need, or is it just something I want?” If you need something every once in a while to keep going, it’s okay. Just stay away from long-term contracts and don’t put it on a credit card, because accruing high interest will cost you a lot more.

What tips did you find most helpful? Share with us in the comments.
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These days, very few sporting events have the distinction of also being an occasion in which the attendees enthusiastically dress up. Wimbledon, however, remains as a bastion of sartorial splendor in the world of sport.

Royal Ascot, an annual horse race that has been attended by British royalty for more than 100 years, is noteworthy for being one of the last places morning attire is the dress code. At least, if you want to keep the Queen’s company. Even though Wimbledon is long past enforcing a dress code for every attendee, it is one of classic style’s best public displays of dapper attire every year. Royals, celebrities, and avid tennis fans put on their best summer suits and ties to attend Wimbledon each year. Guests seated in the royal box are particularly attentive to their attire (where it is still required to wear a jacket and tie; sorry, Lewis Hamilton), and unlike the peacocking of Pitti Uomo, Wimbledon’s attendees are tasteful and elegant.

The Gentlemen of Wimbledon

Each year, the male attendees of Wimbledon can be relied upon to pull out their best summer suits and combinations. Though many men opt for a classic navy suit, our favorite outfits embrace texture, color, and classic details with a distinctly summery feel. Furthermore, the dapper attire worn by Wimbledon attendees is great inspiration for your next garden party, wedding, or charity dinner.

Here are some of our favorites.

James Middleton, brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, is a frequent attendee of Wimbledon

In this photo, James Middleton attends Wimbledon with his sister, Pippa. Mr. Middleton is usually attired in a suit, but most of his past combinations have been more reserved and simple than this outfit. He opts for a gray double-breasted, peaked lapel 6×2 Prince of Wales check suit and cuffed pants with a pale blue shirt, a navy grenadine tie, and navy suede tassel loafers with green socks.

He shows just the right amount of cuff and his crisply dimpled tie knot is just the right size for the spread of his shirt collar. He’s only missing a pocket square. Though in concept we like this combination, the suit is a bit formal for this sporting event. His navy tassel loafers and aviators clash in terms of formality with the rest of this outfit, and they would be better paired with something suited more to tennis than the office.

Here, Jude Law embraces one of summer’s best colors: off-white. Paired elegantly with blue and navy, he pairs more relaxed details such as barrel cuffs and a linen tie into an otherwise formal peaked-lapel, 6×2 suit. The wire-rimmed glasses add a vintage touch that suits this modern twist on a 30’s classic well. Though his blue-edged pocket square matches his shirt and tie perfectly, this otherwise solid outfit might have benefited from a patterned silk pocket square to add some detail.

Here, movie stars Eddie Redmayne and Bradley Cooper both wear double-vented, single-breasted suits in airy summer fabrics. Mr. Redmayne has a penchant for very slim cut suits, but he pulls off the look in a more classic way by balancing the slimness with a traditional width peaked lapel paired with a crisp, french cuff shirt that shows just the right amount of cuff. His two-tone knit tie in navy is the perfect complement to his white, navy-edged linen pocket square.

This full-length shot of Mr. Redmayne’s outfit reveals his brown brogues, a very trim cuffed pant and a closer look at his dress watch with a black leather band.

We’ve already profiled actor Benedict Cumberbatch in our Gentleman of Style series for being one of the few young-guard actors to enthusiastically embrace classic style. As a frequent attendee of Wimbledon, his outfits are always neatly curated for the occasion. Here, Mr. Cumberbatch dons a pale gray-blue notched lapel suit in a slim (but not too slim!) two-button cut.

A white barrel cuffed shirt in a subtle stripe and a mint green silk knitted tie round out the look. His classic clubmaster sunglasses neatly walk the line between casual and formal. A pocket square with a hint of mint would have completed the outfit, but alas, not this time.

Mr. Cumberbatch’s Wimbledon suits are starting to follow a pattern. This single-breasted, two-button, notched lapel suit in an edgy, textured green color is a style that works for his body type. His open weave pale blue shirt is ideal in the summer to let the air circulate, and the solid navy knit tie is undoubtedly a classic.

Though it is barely discernible here, he is, in fact, wearing a solid navy silk pocket square in his breast pocket. The straight TV fold isn’t doing it any favors, nor is the dark, solid color. As with his previous outfit, though this is elegantly executed, a touch of pattern would have added some more visual detail.

Here Mr. Cumberbatch continues the pattern with a grayish-tan, two-button, notched lapel suit paired with a 30’s-inspired long pointed collar that suits his thin frame. This underrated suit color is perfect for Wimbledon’s summer setting. Once again, his pocket square choice is lackluster, but his classic round sunglasses and Panama hat are nice finishing touches.

Oliver Cheshire, model

Here, model Oliver Cheshire creates an effortless odd combination from cream, blue, and navy. His choice of relaxed but elegant details such as the button-down collar, barrel cuffs, and a jacket with a high gorge and notched lapels, are well suited to the nature of the event.

Though cream is ideal in summer, the dark navy pants create a strong contrast, while his shirt and tie don’t contrast enough with each other to be ideal. Note that Mr.Cheshire didn’t remember to unbutton his jacket when seated.

Now that you’ve noted Mr. Cheshire’s unbuttoning faux pas, it’s easy to notice that actor Aidan Turner has done the same thing. That aside, Mr. Turner is otherwise neatly turned out for Wimbledon in a single-breasted, peaked lapel suit with 5 cuff buttons in a green-tinged mini check pattern. Relative to his companion, his blue silk knitted tie is crisply knotted and his shirt collar is just the right size and spread for this outfit.

Though David Beckham is far from a classic style icon, he does embrace the opportunity to dress outside of his usually modern-edgy style. Though the combination of black, white and camel is a bit stark in terms of contrast, Mr.Beckham’s pattern and cut choices are timeless. The club tie, dress watch, crisp dress shirt, and a simple white pocket square are all impeccable.

Once again David Beckham rises to the occasion and selects one of the most classic combinations out there for Wimbledon. He pairs a versatile navy double-breasted, peaked lapel blazer with a white shirt, a navy patterned tie, a white linen pocket square, and chinos.

In this photo, British actor James Norton wears a brown Prince of Wales check, single breasted, notched lapel suit with a faint blue overplaid. While it’s nice to see younger actors embracing traditional patterns, this one feels a bit better suited to fall than summer. His mid-blue knit tie is a classic choice, as well.

We would be remiss if we didn’t feature some of the Royal family in this piece. Prince William is the most frequent attendee, but sadly for us, he doesn’t have the same flair for classic style as his father Prince Charles. William seems to have a “less is more” approach to style, to the point that many of his choices are bland.

This jacket is a step outside of his normal range, and the faint blue windowpane with a notched lapel and two buttons suits his age and more casual approach to style. Like many younger men, he wears a sports watch with a jacket; his father is unlikely to do the same. His knit tie pairs well with the jacket, but the slight color difference between his trousers and his tie is not ideal.

In this look, Prince William pulls out his trusty navy knit tie and pairs it with another notched lapel, two-button jacket in a blue Prince of Wales check. His color palette is even less varied than in previous outfits, and a simple accessory addition such a pocket square would add a finishing touch that is otherwise missing. Prince William also rarely shows any cuff, and in this image, it appears he may even be wearing his barrel cuffs unbuttoned; if so, it may be a bit of accidental Sprezzatura.

Prince Charles Wimbeldon 2012

When Prince Charles does attend Wimbledon, he dresses very much as you would expect him to! He favors a double-breasted, peaked lapel suit with wide lapel and ALL the

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Gentleman's Gazette by Sven Raphael Schneider - 2w ago

We share our in-depth honest review of Persol sunglasses that has long been iconic ever since Steve McQueen wore them. Specifically, we discuss the style 649,714, and the Steve McQueen, and we will talk about whether it is worth your money or not.

Persol Sunglasses: Is It Worth It? - Steve McQueen Sunglasses Review - YouTube
Why Is persol iconic?
Persol brand logo
They Introduced The Maflecto System

It was started in 191 by Guiseppe Ratti as a luxury sunglass brand focusing on athletes and aviators. In the 1930s, Persol was responsible for a leap forward in the sunglass world by introducing what they call the Maflecto System. Basically, it is a flexible metal item inside the temple that is constructed in a way so it is flexible and it adjusts more to your head shape so you do not have pressure points that are uncomfortable. To my knowledge, no other major brand actually uses that system today.

Steve McQueen wearing the Persol Model 649

In 1957, Persol created the model 649. It was designed for tram drivers in Milan. The idea was that the large frame protected them from light and dust. Looking back, the model 64 clearly marked the beginning of Persol as a fashion sunglass brand even though at the time, they did not see themselves as that. I mean, just look at those sunglasses, don’t they want to make you be a tram driver in Milan?

Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair

A little later in the 60s, model 714 was introduced to the market which had a novelty in the sense that it could be folded. Apart from minor changes, it is basically the model 649 that can be folded. Persol sunglasses debuted in the US in 1962. By 1968, Steve McQueen famously wore them in the movie “Thomas Crown Affair”. The model was the caramel brown acetate with the light blue lenses. This appearance really put Persol on the map and the 741 style became synonymous with the brand Persol which is why we are reviewing that specific model and not all the others that they offer today. Steve McQueen wore those sunglasses so much that he did not just wear them in the movie but he would also be often seen wearing them in his spare time. Ultimately, these Persol sunglasses became the quintessential “Steve McQueen look” especially when paired with a Baracuta G9 Harrington jacket.

Persol was acquired in 1995 by Luxottica which is the world’s largest eyewear brand. With over 9 billion dollars revenue a year, it seems like almost every major brand has their sunglasses produced by Luxottica. Nevertheless, Persol sunglasses are still made in Italy and the iconic hallmark of them is that silver arrow that you can see at the beginning of the temple. 

What Makes Persol Sunglasses Famous?

Basically, it comes down to star power. Apart from Steve McQueen in the 60s and 70s, Jay-Z, Pierce Brosnan, Leo Dicaprio, and Ryan Gosling are all big fans of Persol sunglasses these days. Overall, they are worn by the public no matter young or old and it is truly one of those items that have not gone out of style in the last 50 or 60 years. No matter if you like the classic 649 style or the foldable 714, the designs have not changed much since the 1960s and it is just a popular sunglass choice with all kinds of people.

Steve McQueen wearing Persol sunglasses and a navy Harrington Jacket

The secret behind this is that they probably flatter men of all ages. If you are a younger fellow, it makes you look more mature. On the flip side, if you are an older gentleman, they make you look vintage, cool, and seasoned, not outdated. In my opinion, another secret for their success is they really bridge the gap between formal and casual extremely well. Most sunglasses are either formal or casual alone. Persol sunglasses, the 649, 714, and the Steve McQueen, they are right in the middle of that spectrum. Because of that, they can be worn with a three-piece suit, just like Steve McQueen did in the Thomas Crown Affair, or you can wear it very casually at the pool or with your Harrington jacket. At the end of the day, this style of Persol sunglasses has proven to be one of the most versatile frames out there.

Persol 649, 714, & Steve McQueen Models

They are all manufactured in Turin, Italy. They are made out of acetate which is much more expensive to handle because it has to be cut and hand polished so there is more waste. At the same time, you do not see the seams of injection molded sunglasses which you usually find in the market today.

Similarities & Differences

So of all those styles, they are so similar, why are reviewing three different pairs of sunglasses? Well, first of all, the 649 is the least expensive version, it is the entry version, it is the oldest version and it is not collapsible. Also, if you compare the three frames, it is a little more straight in the front and less angled than the 714 and the Steve McQueen. Otherwise, in terms of shape and height, they are pretty much the same. The entry price of the 649 is $260 and you have to add $50 for polarized lenses. If you want to go with the 714, you have to add $60 to that so basically, the price is $320 and $370 for polarized lenses. If you want the original Steve McQueen model, you have to shell out $480.

To make the 714 collapsible, you have a hinge in the middle and you can bend down the temples of the sunglasses. Now, the Steve McQueen one is slightly different in the sense that you fold the temples towards the sunglass lenses. Also, if you look at the temples, the 714 and the 649 have that arrow design that points away from the frame versus the Steve McQueen pair of sunglasses have a total of three arrows. Actually, that’s a really small detail on the Steve McQueen sunglasses so unless you like the color combinations of the Steve McQueen models and dislike the others, I do not think it is worth the extra mark up.

Are These Persol Models Worth it?
Persol 649
Persol 649

Well, I think $260 for the 649 style is definitely worth it. It is a very classic style; you can wear it for years to come. You can wear it formally, informally, casually, or anything in between and unless you lose them, the cost per wear is probably really good. Today, you can wear sunglasses year round and the style has been proven to be timeless which is exactly the kind of product we, at the Gentleman’s Gazette, like.

It may seem expensive up front but they have a nice solid weight, the lenses are also good, I particularly like the polarized lenses. On top of that, you get those frames in small and standard. Since I have a bigger head, all of those models are a standard size. They got a nice cardboard box and inside, the sunglass case seems to be imitation leather. At the end of the day, for me, it is all about the sunglasses. At $260, I think it is a worthwhile investment if you can afford them.

Persol 714

The 714 model lets you fold the sunglasses in a very compact way. Personally, I’ve had that model for two years and I’ve only folded them that way twice. It just takes more time and it is almost impossible to put on sunglasses that are folded with just one hand quickly so I usually just wear them like a regular pair of sunglasses and so you might just want to go with the 641 style, not with the 714. That being said, I like the slightly more angled crown of the 714, the 649 is just a little flat. That being said, I’d probably still go for the 714 simply because of the style, for pure value, I prefer the 649. 

Steve McQueen

The Steve McQueen edition is basically the same model as the 714 with the exception of temple design. The Steve McQueen is folded forward, the 714 is folded downward on the temple. Otherwise, the case if the Steve McQueen is a lot nicer but like I said, I would not use it anyways but if you really like the color acetate combination with the blue lenses, it is just a cool iconic look and of course, it is always a good story to tell. In my opinion, though, $480 which is $220 above the basic version is not really justified so if value is important to you and you want to go for the basic style, the 649 is where it is at.

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Gentleman's Gazette by Sven Raphael Schneider - 2w ago

A polo shirt is one of the most versatile shirts any man can own. It’s an ideal summer staple, but how should it fit, what should it be made of and where are the best places to buy polo shirts? Every gentleman should have at least a few polo shirts in his wardrobe. From sporting attire to leisurewear, polo shirts can be paired with many wardrobe items such as chinos, shorts, seersucker, and Madras. Perfect for the preppy gentleman, it is a common sight on golf courses, tennis courts, beaches and around town for leisurely strolls through the shops and an al fresco meal at a quaint bistro.

Even though a polo shirt is a wardrobe staple, it can be difficult to find the right cut, fabric, and combinations to take advantage of all style possibilities this unique shirt presents. In our guide, we take a look at every element of the polo shirt, starting with it’s long and venerable history so you will look your best in the heat.

Index:

1. Polo Shirt History

2. Polo Shirt Etiquette, DO’s & DON’Ts

3. How a Polo Shirt Should Fit

4. How to Choose Polo Shirt Materials & Best Materials For Different Needs

5. Polo Shirt Details & Quality Hallmarks

6. How To Buy A Polo Shirt + Spreadsheet with 30+ Brands

The History of the Polo Shirt
Ultimate Polo Shirt Guide - Part 1 History of Polo Shirts - YouTube
Polo Shirt Origins: Lacoste & India

While the exact history of the polo shirt is uncertain, most believe it was originally developed in the 1920s by tennis star Rene Lacoste. However, historians have also charted it as far back as the mid-1800s in Manipur, India.

Polo in India

Allegedly, British Army soldiers witnessed a polo match by locals and took it upon themselves to open the very first polo club in the world, where the sport grew in popularity throughout India. At the time, most of them wore long-sleeved shirts made of thick cotton with broad collars but due to the heat and discomfort, they began attaching buttons to the shirt collar to prevent them from flapping in their face as the horses galloped. When they returned to Britain, they introduced polo to their homeland in 1862.

Brooks Brothers Import the Polo Shirt to the U.S.

Brooks Brothers button-down shirt inspired by polo

During a trip to England in 1896, John E. Brooks, heir to the American Brooks Brothers haberdasher, attended a polo game and noticed the button down collars on the shirts of the polo players. Thinking it was a brilliant idea, he brought back the idea to his grandfather, and they began to introduce a new dress shirt with a button-down collar that we know of today as the button-down dress shirt. Even though the “polo shirt” has evolved to represent a different clothing item entirely, Brooks Brothers still market some of their OCBD shirts as the “Original Polo” shirt.

The First Polo Horse Logo Appears

Lewis Lacey

As the Roaring Twenties hit, a designer and polo player named Lewis Lacey began introducing a new lighter-weight polo shirt with an embroidered picture of a polo player on the breast in his store in the Buenos Aires.

Rene Lacoste Designs the Polo Shirt as We Know It Today

Realizing that the polo shirt could have multiple uses, especially due to its wind resistant collar, tennis great Rene Lacoste designed the modern polo shirt as we know it today. He realized that one benefit it could have was removing the sleeves; an idea he got from rolling up the starched sleeves of his long-sleeved white tennis shirt.

Rene Lacoste & The Crocodile

He also wanted a shirt without buttons as was common of the tennis shirts of the 1920s, so he removed those and was left with a short sleeved shirt that could be slipped on over the head. To make the shirt easier to wear, he invented the tennis tail which allowed the back of the shirt to be slightly longer than the front and therefore more comfortable to tuck in and keep in place during a heated match. He also adopted an innovative knit called pique cotton that allowed the shirt to be machine-knitted, which made it far more durable and lightweight.

Despite not creating this technology, this added benefit caused the Lacoste line of polo shirts to become instantly famous. While trying to figure out a logo which would allow his brand to become easily recognizable, he took advantage of his nickname “The Crocodile,” which he got from his unusually long nose. He created the Lacoste crocodile logo and placed a small ironed-on logo on each shirt.

Rene Lacoste wearing the shirt he created

Wearing his shirt proudly to the 1926 US Open, he won it, and immediately the shirt became a staple in tennis wear and activewear around the world. Immediately the polo world took notice and adopted the same shirts for use in their game. Paying homage to where Lacoste got the idea, he opted to name them polo shirts rather than tennis shirts. The button-down collar was no more, and polo players liked the woven shirts because the comfortable, yet sturdy collar could be popped up, allowing them more protection from sunburns.

French tennis players Rene Lacoste and Suzanne Lenglen in play during the mixed doubles.

By 1933, Lacoste started his company, and the polo shirt began selling quickly internationally to athletes and fans around the world. Looking for new opportunities, Lacoste realized he could sell more shirts if he created various designs, and so shirts of different colors began to be sold, which led to the modern trend of bold polo shirts. Sold only in fine menswear and department stores, the polo shirt was soon considered to be a staple in any well-dressed man’s wardrobe.

Eisenhower Starts a Fashion Trend on the Golf Course

Eisenhower (with Arnold Palmer) wears a Lacoste polo

Then, in 1952, the polo shirt took off when a picture of President Dwight Eisenhower wearing a Lacoste polo shirt on the golf course was released. Immediately, golfers from around the United States and the world started wearing the polo shirt as a part of their golf attire and country clubs began placing it on the approved list of appropriate golf wear in their dress codes.

Fred Perry & The Embroidered Logo

Fred Perry Styles for 1966

A couple of years later, tennis legend Fred Perry decided to make his own version of the polo shirt using much of the same design but incorporating a logo that was stitched into the shirt rather than just ironed on. Despite the Lacoste polo still being the primary choice for athletes, Perry’s shirt became popular with teenage boys in the mid-1950s and soon the polo shirt was no longer just a sport shirt, but a fashionable shirt to wear outside of athletics.

Ralph Lauren Enters The Polo Market

Years passed, and the polo shirt continued to rise in popularity and maintained its status as a staple in men’s attire. In New York, a man who called himself Ralph Lauren sat at his desk trying to figure out a name for his new line of casual wear while still maintaining an air of sophistication.

Ralph Lauren 1971

Since polo was the sport of Royals, he decided to call it ‘Polo.’ The polo emblem first appeared on women’s suits in 1971. To highlight the line, he designed a polo shirt, launched it in 1972, and used it as the marketing tool for his new line of casual clothing for men.

Polo Ralph Lauren Ad 1975

A heated war between Lauren and Lacoste ensued and lasted throughout much of the 1980s and 90s. However, with the Ralph Lauren name and budget, as well as its reputation in the Ivy League schools, Ralph Lauren managed to beat out Lacoste and become the iconic shirt coveted by men worldwide. As the teenagers from the 1950s grew up, they continued to wear their polo shirts as a fashionable choice in clothing.

With the start of the tech industry and more offices adopting less formal work environments, polo shirts began to be worn as standard work apparel. Soon industry took notice, and the polo shirt was included in many trade and retail uniforms. Companies began to realize that they could easily brand the shirts and began to use them as a regulated uniform for their staff with logos branded on the sleeves, breast, collar, and back of the shirts.

Quintessential preppy casual attire in a Polo advertisement

The Polo Shirt Today

Today, the polo shirt can be worn in almost any environment where an open collar is substituted for a dress shirt and tie. From the traditional polo fields and tennis courts to the country club and offices, many industries have adopted polo shirts as a preferred shirt for uniforms. From blue collar tradesmen like plumbers and exterminators to retail stores like Best Buy and Target, it seems polo shirts are everywhere we look and they don’t appear to be going anywhere, anytime soon.

Polo Shirt Etiquette – DO’s & DON’Ts

Men wear polo shirts just about everywhere, to football games and the office alike, and with everything, ranging from a tailored blazer to ripped denim jeans. Even the oft tuxedoed James Bond is famous for wearing Sunspel polo shirts, which pair perfectly with his Rolex Submariner or Omega Seamaster.

Despite this broad use of the shirt, there are a few rules to share that will keep you looking stylish rather than sloppy.

Polo Shirt Etiquette DO's & DON'Ts - Part 2 - YouTube
1. DON’T Layer Polo Shirts

Layered polo shirts: why??

A properly fitted polo shirt should skim but not hug your frame, so there shouldn’t be room for another shirt. Wearing an undershirt almost guarantees it will slip from under your sleeve or crumple at the collar. Polo shirts aren’t made for layering, and undershirts (long or short sleeved) should never be worn with a polo shirt. Furthermore, don’t layer more than one polo shirt at a time; this inexplicable trend is a cry for attention rather than a real fashion statement.

2. DO Wear Them Fitted But Not Tight

James Dean in a polo shirt and jeans.

If you can’t stick a finger between your bicep and your sleeve, get a bigger size. If there’s a lot of slack, get a smaller size. Good quality polo shirts are made from light materials like cotton. Therefore, they should drape nicely over your body without showing too much of your body.

3. DO Size Them to Your Height

A polo shirt that is properly fitted in the arm but too long

Unless you have a penchant for wearing dresses, make sure the tail of an untucked polo shirt doesn’t extend further than midway down your bum. Not only will it crumple and show when tucked in, but it will throw off your proportions if left untucked. Also, avoid tennis tails (a longer back hem) if you plan to wear your polo shirt untucked.

4. DON’T Pop Your Collar
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Gentleman's Gazette by Preston Schlueter - 3w ago

It’s no secret that for better or for worse, modern society places a high premium on appearance. As we’ve said many times before, this wouldn’t be the case in an ideal world where people would simply judge one another based on their character and personality.

Given that these biases are ever-present then, we’re of the mind that the discerning gentleman can leverage them to his advantage in order to look more confident, polished, and put together. And, of course, we spend a good deal of time here at the gentleman’s Gazette talking about how clothing can have this effect. Equally as important as clothing, however, is your face and your hair.

15 Healthy Hair Tips for Men - Styling & Grooming Advice - YouTube
What Type Of Scalp Do You Have?

Caring for your hair has a lot to do with caring for your scalp. After all, while hair follicles can be of different thicknesses and of different shapes resulting therefore in straight, wavy, kinky, or curly hair, the strands themselves aren’t actually living. Therefore, proper hair care starts at the scalp.

Your scalp naturally secretes an oil called sebum which is what keeps both your scalp and your hair hydrated and healthy, therefore, it’s important to know that different people have different scalp types.

oily scalp
Oily Scalp

If you have an oily scalp, you’re probably already aware of it because your hair will often look oily or even greasy even if you’re not doing anything to it regularly. As far as products for an oily scalp are concerned, you should avoid things that market themselves as hydrating or moisturizing and gravitate more toward products that talk about strengthening and balancing the hair.

One more note about managing oily hair, don’t over scrub. Though it may seem natural to really get in there with a lot of force, treating an oily scalp gently is actually going to be your best bet as if you over stimulate your scalp will actually produce more sebum thus compounding the problem.

Dandruff clumps in the hair
Dry Scalp

These are the types of scalps that usually result in conditions like dandruff. As such, here’s where you’ll want to look for shampoos, conditioners, and other products that place an emphasis on hydrating and of course, if you suffer from an extremely dry scalp that over-the-counter products alone don’t solve, consult your doctor.

Normal Scalp

Finally, if you don’t have a scalp that’s overly oily or overly dry, congratulations! You just have a normal scalp. You don’t have to look for products with any particular benefits placed above others, just make sure that you have a good balance between hydrating and fortifying.

Healthy Hair Habits
Avoid steaming hot water – it is not beneficial for the hair and scalp
Take Lukewarm Showers

Taking piping hot showers, while they can certainly feel good, will strip all of the natural oils out of your hair making it look dry and also more prone to frizziness and split ends but while you may think that the answer would then be to take a bracing cold shower, this actually won’t help you a lot in the long run either.

If the water in your shower is too cold, the capillaries in your scalp are going to narrow and constrict meaning that blood flow in the area will be lesser and therefore, your hair won’t be receiving the nutrients it needs. So the easiest solution is to find a happy medium and shower in water that’s lukewarm.

Sulfate free shampoo is always your best option
Look For Sulfate-Free Products

The issue with most cheaper shampoos is that they’ll contain compounds called sulfates. You’ll usually see these in the ingredients list under names like sodium lauryl sulfate, for example. The main point of these ingredients is to make shampoo foam more and create more suds because naturally, we feel that if a product is sudsing, it’s doing a better job of cleaning things, it’s just a natural human impulse.

In addition to creating more bubbles though, these sulfates are going to take the natural oils out of your hair, which as we’ve already discussed, isn’t a good thing. Your hair will end up dry and brittle as such, finding a shampoo that’s free of sulfates and naturally cleanses and strengthens your hair is going to be your best bet.

Sometimes, these sulfate free shampoos can be a bit more difficult to find but your barber will probably have some ideas for you. In particular, you’re going to want to look for certain ingredients like hydrolyzed wheat protein, amino acids, and vitamin E. Also, the occasional use of a clarifying shampoo will get out any built-up hair product that you may have gotten in your hair over time.

Take time to shampoo every few days
Don’t Shampoo As Often

Most men probably shampoo their hair every time they take a shower but this simply isn’t necessary. Even shampoos that are free of sulfates are going to take the natural oils out of your hair more quickly. As such, even though it probably is important that you maintain a daily showering routine, just rinsing your hair with water is going to be more helpful than shampooing every time.

Most barbers recommend that you only shampoo your hair two to three times a week. Furthermore, if you’re using quality styling products, most of them are going to be water soluble so you won’t need to worry.

Jack Black Nourishing Conditioner
Use Conditioner

When you shower, conditioner is designed to moisturize and protect your hair and also soothe and settle down its cuticles which are the rough shingle like edges around the central hair shaft. Men with curly hair are going to benefit especially from using conditioner daily as smoothing down these cuticles of curly hair will help it look its best.

So the best way to care for your hair in the shower is to rinse it with lukewarm water and apply conditioner on a daily basis and occasionally, to use shampoo a few times a week. Here’s a related point, if you’ve ever heard the old saying “rinse and repeat”, don’t actually apply this knowledge in the shower. Just one application of conditioner and of course, of shampoo is going to be more than enough for your hair without drying it out.

Be Gentle When Toweling Off

While it’s tempting to want to get your hair dry right away and do this by aggressively scrubbing with your towel, doing this to wet hair which is more vulnerable is probably going to lead to excessive breakage. Therefore, using the towel with a bit of a softer touch and working in the natural direction that your hair grows is going to be better for it in the long run.

Blow drying may damage your hair
Avoid Blow-Drying

Not only will the hot air from most blow dryers lead to more frizziness and split ends, but but it’s also going to dry out your scalp. If you do want to use a blow dryer to add some more volume to your hairstyle, using one that has a cool setting is going to be your best bet. Overall though, just letting your hair air dry will be healthiest.

Go Easy On Styling Products

Using products to add more life to your hair or just to do something different with it than it would naturally is a great way to change things up and enhance your look. Still, if you use too much product, your hair is probably going to look matted down or otherwise, unnatural. Therefore, experiment a little bit to find out what the right amount of product is for you and then don’t use too much.

Keep Your Hair Natural

What we mean by this is excessive perming, coloring, straightening, and so on is just going to excessively damage your hair. Of course, men are probably less likely to have these procedures done but even so, only do them every so often if you’d like to experiment and to keep your hair healthy, avoid undergoing these kinds of hair procedures.

A detangling wide-toothed comb
Use Right Tools In The Right Ways

Hair is naturally delicate so it’s important that you know how to style it without doing any damage. For example, because wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair, you shouldn’t use a hairbrush when your hair is wet. The hair strands can get tangled in the many bristles of the brush and can get pulled out more easily.

If you’re going to style your hair when it’s wet, it’s better to use your hands or to use a relatively wide-toothed comb and when using a tool to styling your hair, it’s important to do so with smooth movement. If you move too quickly or use too much force, you’re probably going to have an increased chance of pulling hair out of your scalp or damaging the scalp itself.

Find a trusted Barbershop
Get A Haircut Regularly

It’s important that you have a regular haircut routine. Most barbers recommend that you get your haircut around every four to six weeks. In other words, every month to month and a half. One additional note here, if your barber or stylist takes appointments, try to get one in the morning since they won’t have already been cutting hair all day. By the time you get to them, they’ll probably have a slightly sharper eye when cutting your hair.

The Man Bun
Skip Ill-Fitting Headwear

Putting on headwear that’s too tight may cause decreased blood circulation to your scalp and therefore, your hair might be less healthy. For example, if you’re engaged in a helmet sports like bicycling where the helmet is rubbing on your scalp for most of the time, you may suffer from something called friction alopecia where this rubbing causes hair to fall out more easily. Luckily, most healthcare experts believe that friction alopecia is more temporary.

Hair loss can be a primary concern for most men

More permanent, however, is the condition known as traction alopecia which is caused by pulling the hair back tightly for extended periods of time, as in the recent fad for man buns, for example, and if you are wearing tight headwear or have your hair pulled back tightly for strenuous physical activity, not only is the friction or tension alopecia going to be at play but also the increased sweat production probably won’t be great for your scalp either. The solution here then is to just make sure that you’re wearing headwear that fits your head properly and that your hair isn’t under any additional tension.

Avoid Chlorine

The chlorine that you’ll typically find in swimming pools is very harmful to your hair as it’s going to dry out both the hair and the scalp. In order to protect your hair from the chlorine then, before getting into the pool, you can wet your hair and apply just a bit of mild conditioner and if you’re confident enough in your own image, wearing a swim cap could be another choice.

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Floral patterned fabrics have become increasingly popular lately, yet it can be difficult to pull them off because most people are too loud when wearing them. Traditionally, they’re not part of the men’s style canon. Now, that doesn’t mean that you should never wear florals, because they can be incorporated into a classic wardrobe in a tasteful way, but it’s not always easy.

https://youtu.be/0e0SBE2CWj8

In general, floral patterns are very bold and so they were traditionally reserved for eccentric wallpapers or upholstery fabrics. You could find them in women’s wear but now, they’ve made their way into menswear as well. If you’re into the latest trends, by all means, go ahead and wear floral sneakers and bomber jackets.

Since you’ve come to this channel, chances are you like classic things and so today, we want to show you how you can incorporate floral patterns with a modern touch while still looking like a classy gentleman.

Dos & Don’ts Of Wearing Florals Don’t wear floral patterns out of season, because it is specifically something for spring and summer.

As an example, I once saw a gentleman wearing a really flowery shirt on a pink background in the midst of winter, and it just looked entirely out of place.

A subtle yet standout way to incorporate florals into your outfit
Do wear floral accessories throughout the year if they are subtle.

Yes, this is an exception to the previous point, but as with any good rule, there’s always an exception. Now, if you have floral patterns that are very subtle, you can wear them maybe even in the winter, though I still think they probably look better in the summer. A good example of a floral item that you can wear year-round is a pocket square, in my opinion, because it oftentimes comes in paisley patterns or playful patterns. It’s not always easily discernible as a floral and because of that, you can incorporate it year-round.

Tweed and floral is not a great combo
Don’t pair florals with tweed, because they clash historically and stylistically.

Tweed is traditionally a country fabric that is rich in colors and patterns and as such, it would clash with a floral pattern that is likewise really bold and vivid and comes in many different colors.

Do wear just one or two floral patterns at a time.

If it’s a bolder pattern, it should be just one pattern. If you have a more subtle pattern, you can combine it with another more subtle pattern. Also, don’t mix a floral pattern with another bold pattern such as a Glen check or a strong rope stripe because it’s just over to the top.

Do opt for smaller floral patterns.

They’re always easier to combine in a harmonious way into your outfit than those big bold patterns. Tiny florals can also be worn like paisley or polka dots. I suggest you don’t wear big floral patterns because otherwise, you’ll look more like wallpaper. The only exceptions to this rule are likely swim trunks (which are known for big orchid prints) or Hawaiian shirts.

Best Ways To Wear Floral Patterns
Floral swim shorts
Swimwear

Personally, I think the easiest way is to wear it in a swim trunk. Because it’s a very casual garment, you only wear it when it’s warm outside, when it’s summery then it’s a perfect time to wear florals. It’s definitely fun and playful but at the same time, smaller flower petals in swim trunks are easier to pull off than those big chunky contrasting ones.

Blue floral pocket square
Pocket Squares

Pocket squares are traditionally printed and so are most floral patterns. Also, pocket squares are often a little louder than their necktie counterparts and so people are, in general, more used to louder pocket squares and also to patterned pocket squares. When you fold a pocket square, the floral print may not always be immediately discernible which makes it very easy to wear. Also, you’ll probably never find a suit jacket or a sport coat made out of a floral pattern, and so the pocket square will stand out in an elegant way. It’s a small enough accessory that it doesn’t overwhelm the entire outfit; it merely creates a tasteful accent in your overall ensemble.

Sven Raphael’s floral socks
Socks

In recent years, crazy socks have become really popular. If you want to incorporate florals, socks are a good way. Again, if you keep smaller patterns, maybe on a darker ground such as navy, you can wear it with navy pants. On the flip side, if you wear a really bold flowery sock, it’s really difficult to combine with a classic man’s wardrobe. It makes you look more like a clown than a well-dressed gentleman.

Neckties

Neckties are a classic staple of a man’s wardrobe yet in recent years, they’ve become increasingly unpopular. If you don’t want to go with classic stripes or maybe checks, you can add a little casualness to your outfit by going with florals in your neckwear. That being said, most florals out there are really crazy, in my opinion, and so they don’t lend themselves to a more neutral office appropriate outfit.

A floral print tie that is too flashy must be avoided

On the other hand, if you go with something more subtle and not even discernible from afar, you can wear it for more casual office environments. Muted floral neckties are also okay for modern business casual events, but definitely do not wear them in a formal setting. Because they’re a bolder pattern, even if the colors are muted, I suggest you keep the patterns low on a jacket, ideally you pair it with solid jackets or suits and maybe a very thin faint stripe in the shirt but ideally, with a solid as well because it makes it look more harmonious overall. Definitely stay clear of any striped suit or any other bold pattern on your jacket.

A bold Floral dress shirt can be hard to pull off
Shirts

Personally, I think it’s a little more difficult to pull it off properly simply because it’s a relatively large surface. Even though some people wear short-sleeved shirts with floral prints, I suggest you stick with button-down shirts with long-sleeve shirts, because that’s traditionally part of a classic man’s wardrobe. If you take a pattern that’s out there, at least stick with a classic cut.

A white dress shirt with floral pattern

Also, if you want a floral shirt, I suggest going with something that has a white or light pink background and little flowery items rather than an all-over floral print shirt because that just looks a little weird with a navy blazer or a business suit. If you wear a floral shirt with smaller prints, stick to solid colored jackets or sport coats such as a navy blazer or a pastel-colored sport coat for summery outfits.

white phlox boutonniere by Fort Belvedere
Boutonnieres

Now if you like the idea of flowers but you find the printed floral patterns over-the-top, think about a traditional boutonniere which is the lapel flower that is worn through your lapel buttonhole.

CONCLUSION

If you want to add florals to your outfit, try to stick with small patterns in muted colors. You can wear them as part of a swim trunk, a shirt, a tie, a pocket square, maybe a bow tie–but otherwise, stay clear of them. Some people also like them for socks, but you should definitely stay clear of things like floral shoes or jackets. If done right, meaning you just wear one or two floral patterns at a time, they can even be office appropriate. Also, remember to always wear a floral pattern against a neutral solid color, that way, the overall look is more advantageous.

How & when do you wear your florals? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Drop a comment below!
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As the days get longer–and hotter–and your cold weather clothes are in mothballs, it’s time to survey your wardrobe to ensure you’re prepared for the season. Whether you’re packing for a cruise or a picnic, there are certain summer essentials that every man should have at his disposal. Here’s our list, head to toe.

1. A Breathable Brimmed Hat
Panama Hat

Seventy-five years ago, it would be obvious that a brimmed hat was an essential item for men in any season. Nowadays, it’s exceedingly rare to see one. However, with the depleted ozone layer and repeated warnings about UV exposure, summer sun may be the perfect motivation to make stylish hats essential again. In hot weather, the best choice is a Panama Hat, which comes in a breathable weave and a light color that will help deflect the sun’s rays. Another choice is the flat-topped straw boater, which has similar functional features, though perhaps with more of a weekend fun flair. For the stylish gent, a baseball cap will not do!

Boater and Panama Hat 1934
2. The Right Sunglasses
Ray Ban Sunglasses

Sunglasses and a brimmed hat work side by side to protect your head from UV radiation. There are several key things to keep in mind when buying sunglasses; specifically, getting a pair that suits your face and that works with the formality of your outfit as a whole. For example, if you are just wearing a polo and jeans or even a blazer and pants, you could wear aviators, but they might look out of place with a formal business suit (unless you’re going for the g-man look). In more formal settings, Persols might be a better choice.

Wayfarers work for many face shapes

The second consideration with sunglasses is ensuring you get the right frames to suit your facial features, like its overall shape and the size of your nose. For instance, the large frames of aviators may not work well if you have an equally large nose.

3. Shirts in Summer Fabrics

If you’re accustomed to wearing standard cotton dress shirts the rest of the year, summer is the time to try something new. This means some more casual and breathable fabrics as well as trying out some different textures. Sure, you may already wear tee-shirts and polos casually, but our must-haves are meant to be consistent with classic men’s style and more tailored summer looks.

Short-sleeve polo shirt with a sport coat- yes or no?

Polos have come on strong in recent years within the world of #menswear, no longer relegated to dressed-down American business casual or the golf course alone. The fact that polos are knitted and are often made in cotton jersey makes them breathable, which is ideal for summer. The typical polo has short sleeves and, depending on how traditional you are, you can wear one under a summer sport coat to keep your arms cool. Personally, I find the lack of full buttons on the front placket and the absence of cuffs disturbing with a jacket. If you also find this look is not for you, polos also come with long sleeves and buttons all the way down, which can be more appealing under a jacket for traditionalists.

A light blue linen dress shirt

The second sort of must-have summer shirting is linen, or a linen-cotton blend if you truly despise wrinkles. Either will add a bit of texture as well as a relaxed appearance under a sport coat. The texture and wrinkling of linen is owed to its long fibers, which also keeps a linen shirt away from your skin, equaling more air circulation. And, like a polo, you can wear a linen shirt sans jacket; in fact, it will usually look sharper than a polo because the fabric is more structured, while still projecting a “resort” vibe.

A giro inglese shirt pairs well with similar textures and keeps you cool at the same time

Lastly, a must-have for practical reasons is a shirt made with an open-weave such as giro inglese. These are not actually fabrics but describe the way the material, generally cotton when talking about shirts. Summer is hot, and the martyrdom required to look good in a jacket can be avoided with a shirt that is designed to offer ventilation.

4. A Bright, Bold Italian Jacket

If you dress conservatively most of the time but have had the urge to indulge your wilder side, summer is the time to give it a go. Those bright Neapolitan jackets or bold checked patterns you see on Instagram fit in more during the summer. There’s a reason why it’s said that one should dress Italian in the summer and British in the winter. You’ll want to go tieless more often in the summer and unbutton your shirt (two buttons max, please), so rakish sprezzatura is the order of the day. A Southern Italian jacket with open quarters and a wider lapel in a statement fabric perfectly captures this nonchalant attitude.

Something about the bright, direct sunlight also makes a red or mustard linen sport coat not merely acceptable but, I would argue, necessary; after all, summer is supposed to be fun, and these sorts of jackets embody the spirit of the season. Like the must-have shirts discussed above, your Italian sport coat should also be in a warm-weather fabric like linen, hopsack wool, or wool-silk-linen blends, not a typical worsted.

Italian cut bright blue windowpane sport coat
5. Ties in Casual Fabrics

If there’s a trend in the staple items mentioned so far, it’s the casualness of the materials. This poses a problem if you’re a guy who usually wears a printed silk business tie and wants to continue wearing one in the summer—it can look out of place as too serious a fabric. That’s why you need a necktie in an equally informal fabric like linen, cotton or raw silk, such as shantung or tussah. These are typically woven ties and therefore provide some added texture as well whether you’re using them to dress down a suit you have to wear for work or with a more relaxed sport coat.

Ties in summer fabrics will also be lightly lined or not lined at all, lending an air of lightness rather than being thick or heavy in hot weather. One caution is to avoid a bright tie if you’re already wearing a bold jacket. In such cases go for subdued to establish contrast.

6. A Boutonniere (or Several)

One accessory that deserves individual attention as a summer must-have is a boutonniere . The greatest variety of flowers bloom in the late spring and summer, so having one in the buttonhole of your jacket lapel is another apt way to represent the season. Of course, you can go through the difficulties of finding a fresh flower and then getting it to stick in your lapel the right way, as it slowly wilts and dies during a humid day.

Light Blue Veronica Persica Boutonniere from Fort Belvedere

Or, you can simply buy a high-quality realistic flower from Fort Belvedere. You’ll find a wide variety of flower species, and you won’t need to worry about putting them in water or having them damage your jacket. If you want to learn more about how these boutonnieres are made, take a look here.

Summer Fresco Fabric DB Jacket with Pocket Square & Cornflower Boutonniere
7. White Trousers

Yes, they’re potentially difficult to keep clean, but a durable pair of white cotton dress pants that you can throw in the laundry is a definite staple for summer. Not only do white trousers create the appropriate vibe of being a resort or on the Mediterranean, but they are incredibly versatile, pairing with shirts or jackets in almost any color. White sets off tanned skin nicely and looks best in full sunlight, so summer is the time to wear it. I’ll freely admit that my summer rotation includes four pairs of white pants: a casual chino to wear with polos, a stiffer twill that looks crisp with a sport coat, and a couple that are more formal with side adjusters–both flat front and pleated.

The only caution is to choose white pants that aren’t see through–some are a bit more opaque or are lined to the knee. If you have doubts, check out our article on how to wear white, which includes how to keep your whites clean. And, if you truly can’t see yourself in white pants, you have our permission to wear off-white instead!

IAmGalla pairing a tucked in subtle pink shirt with white pants and loafers
8. No-Show Socks

Gentleman’s Gazette readers will surely say no to going sockless with a suit, and some will definitely object to going sockless at all. That’s why we sing the virtues of no-show socks or “socklets” that end below the ankles and make it look like you have bare feet. These are perfect for casual shoes and loafers, as they allow you to get some air on your ankles and forego wrapping your calves with another layer of heat-capturing fabric.

Be sure to choose “invisible socks” that are low cut enough not to peep out, like these, because some are more suited for sneakers and lace-up shoes rather than loafers or slip-ons. It won’t matter what color if they’re the right fit because they’ll remain hidden, but you can try versions that match the color of your shoes or your skin tone just to be safe. Ultimately though, their purpose is practical and sanitary, not to be seen.

No show socks are essential for summer
9. Loafers

Without question, the loafer is the perfect summer shoe, whether you get them in the form of a tassel loafer, penny loafer or other variation. Espadrilles, boat shoes or moccasins are great for casual wear when its hot and you’re at the beach, on a cruise or taking a Sunday drive respectively, but they’re neither as durable nor as versatile as loafers. You can wear them equally well sans jacket as with a summer sport coat as they straddle the boundary between the formal and casual.

You can wear loafers with regular socks in a business setting or with the aforementioned no-show versions on a weekend to keep your ankles cool. You can choose loafers that are more structured in calf leather for formality or unstructured suede for a relaxed appearance. Best of all, you can do a regular amount of walking in a loafer that you can’t achieve with other summer shoes.

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The straw boater is a classic and distinguished warm weather hat for men; read on to learn how to wear it with flair.

Straw Boater Hat Guide - Formal Summer Hats for Men - YouTube
What Makes A Boater Hat?

Straw boaters are most typically made from a type of stiff flat straw referred to as sennit. This can be any type of flat and naturally colored straw, and it’s typically plaited or braided at angles to construct a boater.

The finished boater will be slightly elliptical in shape, and will also have a flat brim and a flat crown (also known as a telescope crown). A boater will most typically feature a solid or striped grosgrain ribbon that runs around the crown.

Speaking of terminology, the boater is also known by a wide variety of other names including the basher, the skimmer, and the sennit hat, among others.

Boater Straw Hats with multicolored ribbons
Boater Hat History

Interestingly, the boater was worn by women and children as early as the 1860s, but it wasn’t adopted as a staple of menswear until about 20 years later in the 1880s. Much as the fedora was also originally a woman’s hat, so too was the boater. Once adopted into a man’s wardrobe, however, it quickly became popular as a formal summer hat, the warm weather alternative to the Homburg.

It experienced its greatest period of popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was most frequently used not just as an everyday summer hat, but also for boating and sailing activities, hence its most common name. Boaters have also been seen in a variety of other applications, however; as one example, given that FBI agents like Melvin Purvis were frequently photographed wearing boater hats, they developed a reputation as being something of an unofficial uniform for the FBI prior to World War II. This has been immortalized in movies like “The Sting” for example.

Boater Hats at a Baseball game – Walter Johnson & Calvin Coolidge

Since 1952, the boater has also been part of the uniform of the Princeton University band. You can see this in such places as a cover of Sports Illustrated magazine from October of 1955. Other notable wearers of the boater include entertainers like Maurice Chevalier and Harold Lloyd, as well as businessman John Jacob Astor IV, who was killed in the sinking of the Titanic. Fashion designer Coco Chanel was also fond of wearing boaters, and she did a lot to keep them popular among women in the early 20th century.

Straw Hat Day – An Interesting Tradition

Back in the days when it was proper etiquette for all men to wear hats whenever they were out of doors, Straw Hat Day was the day when men switched from their felt hats to their straw hats, seen as the beginning of summer. Of course, the exact date of straw hat day could vary from place to place. As you might have guessed, its cold weather counterpart would be Felt Hat Day, which usually occurred in September or October in most locations. In some cities, groups of rambunctious young men would seize and destroy any straw hat that was worn after Felt Hat Day in the fall.

Heyday of the Boater Hat

In New York City in 1922, this destructive habit would escalate into the Straw Hat Riot, which lasted eight days, involved a mob of around a thousand hat destroyers, and resulted in a number of arrests and injuries. So as you can see, hats were taken much more seriously back in the day than they are now. Let’s just hope if you wear a hat stylishly, it doesn’t incite any riots!

Where might you still see boaters being worn?

Unfortunately, boaters are a bit of a rare sight these days, although they can still be spotted in certain settings. Examples would include sailing or rowing events as we mentioned before, as well as theatrical or musical performances. You may recall that straw boaters are a standard feature of many barbershop quartets, for example. Boaters are also frequently seen as part of school uniforms in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Barbershop Quartet

A notable example of this would be at Harrow school in London, where boys wear boaters with shallow crowns and wide brims that are frequently referred to as Harrow hats. Because of a historical association between boaters and political rallies held in warmer months, you’ll sometimes see inexpensive boaters made from foam or plastic at political rallies in America, even today.

How To Pull Off a Boater Hat

These days, many men are hesitant to wear traditional hat styles for one simple reason: they’re afraid that they’re going to look out of place. Truth be told, this fear isn’t completely without merit. After all, if the hat doesn’t match the wearer’s outfit in terms of formality or doesn’t match his face shape well, things are going to look a little bit off. However, confidence is key. So if you’re armed with the basic guidelines we’re about to give, you should be able to pull off a boater with no trouble.

Boater Hat and club blazer
  • As we mentioned earlier, the boater is a fairly formal summer hat roughly equivalent in terms of formality to the Homburg. As such, it’s going to look best in its traditional setting with a blazer, or with a summer suit of matching jacket and trousers.
Preston wearing an ensemble perfect for Warm Weather Black Tie
  • Also, given that the Homburg is the traditional headwear choice for black-tie ensembles most of the year, the boater can also be worn with black-tie in the summer. A hatband of black grosgrain will look best with a full tuxedo, but warm-weather black-tie ensembles can be livened up a bit more with a colorful hat band.
  • Given that the boater will often feature a fairly substantial brim, remember to consider how it relates to your face shape. In general, though, wider brims will complement long oval faces, whereas narrower brims are going to complement squat rounder faces. Meanwhile, as you might have guessed, men with strong and chiseled facial features will look good in almost any style of hat including the boater.
CONCLUSION

While the boater takes a bit more confidence to pull off these days than the Panama hat or the straw porkpie, it can certainly be done–and now that you’ve got our tips for wearing one well, you should feel free to “rock the boat” a little bit this summer. What do you think of the boater hat? Share with us in the comments below.

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