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Menswear Monday: What to Wear on Casual Fridays

Good day, gents! For today’s Menswear Monday, I wanted to fast forward a bit and focus on that day of the week that we all look forward to – Casual Fridays! How does one manage to look professional still dressed down to celebrate the TGIF spirit? Below, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to achieving that perfect balance of business and casual.

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1. Vince Basic Slub Polo Shirt

2. Rodd & Gunn Dune Lake Shirt

3. Nautica Long Sleeve Solid Oxford

4. RVCA The Ween-End Stretch Pants

5. Perry Ellis Slim Fit Cotton Flat Front Dress Pant

6. Brixton Reserve Chino Pant

7. Cole Haan LunarGrand Wing Tip

8. PUMA El Ace 3 Leather Sneakers

9. Globe Moonshine


Let’s start with more traditional workwear staples like the suit. Suits can still be incorporated into your Casual Friday ensemble by simply dressing them down a bit.  You can opt for a slightly more fashionable version of your classic business suit but still look professional. You can also liven up a classic suit by adding in a bright button-up shirt underneath. No tie needed here! It’s Casual Friday after all!

Another cool Casual Friday outfit option for the office is a sleek monochromatic look. Pull in either all grey or a combination of grey, black and white. You can also do a more casual approach to monochrome dressing by pairing a nice chambray button-up with a mid-blue chino pant. Again, leave the tie at home. If you feel you must wear a tie, try a slim light grey tie for a more fashion-forward, casual feel.

Tie your Casual Friday outfit together with a nice pair of men’s oxfords or, if your workplace allows for it, wear a sleek and simple pair of sneakers. 

I hope your workweek goes smoothly (and quickly) into Casual Friday! Try one of these outfit tips in the office this Friday and you’ll be able to transition right to Happy Hour in style.


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Menswear Monday: Wear to Work

Whether you work in a super-corporate office setting or in a more laidback environment, dressing sharply for work should always be top of mind. As they say, “dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.”

If you’re more of a corner-office-with-a-view type, a well-tailored black suit is always an essential. Grab a nice wool coat to layer on to and from work. For more business-casual office settings, versatile separates like a grey blazer over dark denim or slacks are key. So are solid men’s dress shirts that fit close to the body but not overly tight.

Stocking your closet with versatile workwear pieces that mix and match well together is really the foundation of a great work-to-dinner wardrobe. It’s all about sticking to neutral tones, timeless fits, but feeling free to throw in a pop of color here and there for interest!

Last but not least, don’t forget the right work shoes! A good pair of classic oxfords or loafers is your best bet for finishing off that highly successful office attire.

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1. John Varvatos Star U.S.A. Filmore 2-Button Suit

2. Ted Baker Balon Wool 3/4 Coat

3. Ted Baker Jonsno Sterling Birdseye Blazer

4. Reef Shawler Fleece Sweater

5. Robert Graham X Collection Central Sport Shirt

6. Perry Ellis Non-Iron Dress Shirt

7. Levi's® Men's Chino Pant

8. Original Penguin Apres Check Suit Pant

9. Perry Ellis Slim Fit Textured Chambray Dress Pant

10. Steve Madden Valencio Oxfords

11. Original Penguin Waylon Oxfords

12. Calvin Klein Bartley Loafers


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Menswear Monday: The Modern Jogger

Somewhere between stay-on-the-couch-all-day and business casual lies a happy medium when it comes to comfy men’s pants. We’re talking about the cool hybrid of the sweatpant and the chino otherwise known as the modern jogger pant. 

Whether you’re pairing it with your favorite t-shirt or taking it up a notch with button-up shirts, the modern version of the jogger is equal parts cool and comfy. If you’re looking for a versatile upgrade to your everyday chino pants or sweatpants, the jogger is definitely the way to go.

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1. Publish Hewes Wool Two-Tone Jogger

2. Levi's Men's Chino Jogger

3. Publish Legacy Jogger Pant

4. Staple Rally Oxford Jogger

5. Zanerobe Sureshot Chino Pant

6. Publish Noel Two-Tone Heathered Jogger

7. Staple Canvas Cuff Pants

8. True Religion Coated Runner

9. Scotch & Soda Woolen Jogger Pant




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Menswear Monday: Summer Chinos & Linen

Continuing with our discussions about summer pieces to add to the stylish man’s summer wardrobe, today, I’d like to focus on versatile and relaxed chino and linen pants and shorts. These great alternatives to jeans are comfortable and lightweight, making them the perfect option for warm summer days.

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1. Levi’s® Men’s Chino Pant

2. Michael Kors Slim Cotton Linen Chino

3. Perry Ellis Linen Dress Pants

4. Levi’s® Men’s Chino Jogger

5. Levi’s® Men’s Straight Chino

6. 7 For All Mankind Chino Shorts

7. Scotch & Soda Slub Printed Chino Shorts

8. Brixton Grain Chino Pants

9. AG Adriano Goldschmied Tailored Linen Pants




What’s great about chino pants, chino shorts and linen pants is how easily they can be dressed up or down. You can pair them with tropical-print shirts, casual t-shirts or tank tops for a relaxed vacation look, or you can dress them up a bit with a nice button-up shirt.

A great option for those destination weddings and summer parties is a pair of linen pants. These are a lightweight alternative to your standard dress slacks. Pair them with a cool printed button-up or a nice dress shirt for a relaxed version of special-occasion dressing.

Remember, when looking for your next go-to chino and linen pants and shorts, fit is everything. Make sure to focus on that first, and the rest of the outfit will come together!


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Menswear Monday: 4 Must-Have Pants for Winter

Great-fitting trousers and jeans are an essential addition to any man’s wardrobe, particularly in the fall & winter. Just as you lighten up your fabric assortment for the spring/summer season, it's time to grab the heavier fabrics for the cold-weather months. Think tweed trouser, corduroys, cotton twill chinos and selvedge denim—more substantial fabrics that look and fit fantastic.

What is also great about these, besides keeping you warm, is that they fit with all of the other items we're suggesting you invest into. Not to mention, when this season passes and spring/summer comes back around, you can store these up and wear them again for cold-weather months to come! That’s the advantage of investing in timeless wardrobe pieces—longevity that goes beyond fly-by-night trends.

All in all, this is a great time of year to get creative with your personal style. Step out of your norm and try new layering and mix-and-match techniques. You may just find yourself liking it!

4 Pants Every Man Needs in His Closet this Winter and Beyon


1. Perry Ellis "Portfolio Slim Fit" Flat Front Solid Tweed Pant

2. Gant Rugger R. Herringbone "Smarty" Pant


3. AG Adriano Goldschmeid "The Graduate" Tailored Straight Cord

4. Nautica "Danforth 8" Wale Cord Pants


5. Dockers Men's "Alpha Khaki" Pant

6. Levi's® Men's Chino Pant


7. Levi's® Made & Crafted Tack Slim in Selvedge Rigid

8. Joe's Jeans "Brixton" Fit



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Fresh Picks: Guys' Colored Chinos

Why should the ladies have all the fun? When it comes to color, this season’s latest crop of chino shorts and pants are going all in! Don’t be afraid to step out in the most vibrant trend in men’s fashion this summer. If you’re a little on the color-shy side, pair these chinos with a neutral shirt to balance out the look.

Here are just some of our current favorites in colored chinos:

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1. Scotch & Soda Freeman Slim Fit Shorts in Memory Blue

2. Original Penguin Margate Shorts in Limelight

3. Lucky Brand Hillhurst Shorts in Pine Green,

4. Tommy Bahama Sandbar Chino Pants in Cinnabar

5. Dockers Alpha Khaki Pants in Mint Green

6. Scott James Foster Pants in Light Pink

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New Brand Spotlight: U.S. Army

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Authentic Apparel is dedicated to celebrating the Army’s legacy by reinterpreting military style for today’s demanding consumers. Components, accessories and materials are constructed under rigorous standards that have been reviewed and approved by the United States Army.

Combining functional clothing features with the iconic imagery and graphics of the U.S Army, Authentic apparel brings to life the Army’s classic heritage pieces such as the M65 field jacket, Eisenhower jacket, cargo pants, and khakis.

Authentic Apparel donates a portion of the sales of its U.S. Army brand directly to the U.S. Army’s Morale, Welfare & Recreations program. Known as the “give back campaign,” this program enhance the lives of current soldiers, veterans, and their families”.


How to Fit Pants for Men

A well-fitted pair of men's pants is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. However, a badly-fitted pair, however, can drag a man's look down regardless of any sophistication and fashion he's managed to achieve with the rest of his outfit. Two basic measurements must be made correctly for a pair of men's pants to fit well--the waist and the inseam. Get these two right, observe a few other essential fitting tips, and any man can look like a prince.

Step 1
Use a tape measure to find the pants waist measurement. Wrap the tape measure around the waist at the level of the belly button for traditionally-fitting pants. For low-rise pants, choose a measuring site around the hips. Record the measurement in inches.

Step 2
Measure the pants inseam by having a helper use a tape measure to determine the length, in inches, from where you'd like the bottom edge of the hem of the pants to be to where the crotch begins. The measurements should be generous, since longer pants are preferable to too short.

Step 3
Find pants with your waist x inseam measurement and try them on. Check the break of the pants--the number of times the fabric of the leg creases before reaching the shoe. For professional and business pants, one or no break is standard. If there is more than one break, the pants are too long.

Step 4
Determine if the pants are a good fit by walking around and sittting down in them. If they are too tight, too baggy, bunch up unduly in the crotch area, show your socks while you are standing, or feel uncomfortable in any way, look for another pair or remeasure and try out a different size.

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