Dressing Presidential: The US Presidents Style Guide

Happy President’s Day!  We hope you’re enjoying your Monday off, but right now it’s time for a quick history lesson.  Topic: US Presidents, of course.  Through America’s 237 years, we’ve had 44 Presidents.  Some of them quite stylish.  Now let’s take this opportunity to look back and appreciate the most dapper Commanders and Chiefs the U.S. has ever seen.

 

John F. Kennedy – The Prepster

America’s most overtly stylish President had to be Jack Kennedy.  Spending his summers in Massachusetts, attending high school in Connecticut and graduating from Harvard University, Kennedy had the New England preppy look down pat.  I don’t know how many other Presidents could pull off royal blue socks, but Kennedy had no problems.  While his casual looks are untouchable, he looked damn good in a suit too.  I guess when you’re able to land Jackie O. and Marilyn Monroe you’re doing something right.  Kennedy’s style came from his slim fitting suits, skinny ties and unique use of colors, patterns and fabrics (above).

Ronald Reagan – The Movie Star

Before Ronald Reagan was the face of the Republican Party, he starred in movies with Humphrey Bogart and Bonzo the monkey.  Like most stars during that time Reagan knew how to dress.  Wearing fabrics and patterns that today have reemerged as sartorial classics.  By the time he became President in 1981, his fashion sense had become a bit more conservative from his earlier years,  although he did like to mix it up every once and a while.  What often get’s often overlooked is Reagan’s retirement style, he kept it casual and, sort of, badass, because – well – he did win the Cold War.

Theodore Roosevelt – The Rough Rider

Teddy Roosevelt loved hunting and loved the outdoors, he was also a Harvard educated New Yorker who took pride in how he dressed.  When Roosevelt organized a volunteer Cavalry nicknamed the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War he ordered their dress uniforms from Brooks Brothers.  His favorite brand.  When Teddy was called to wear something a little more appropriate  for Washington D.C. he stuck to three-piece suits and patterned ties.  Teddy is often called the first modern president and he definitely modernized presidential style (minus the monocle and mustache).

Harry S. Truman – The Haberdasher

The mere fact that Truman was a haberdasher before becoming president means he knew a thing or two about dressing well.  Truman was a huge fan of the double breasted suit  and loved showcasing an impressive four point pocket square.  He wasn’t shackled to the double beast though, he had a diverse sense of style, sometimes donning a three piece,  but never loosing that trademark pocket square.  Even in his retirement Truman’s style would have made Russell Westbrook proud.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt – The Boss

FDR had a very unique style for his day.  Roosevelt was a big fan of the bow tie, which he most likely co-opted from, his Allie across the pond, Winston Churchill.  FDR was also known for showing off his fashion sense with bold accessories like hats and boutonnieres.  Roosevelt wasn’t all ‘gimmicks’ though, he could rock a simple “no thrills” suit with the best of them.  He was president for 12 years (easily the most in US history), he navigated the stars and stripes through the Great Depression and the early part of World War II and looked good doing it.

Barack Obama – The Cool One

From singing Al Green to hanging out with Jay-Z and Beyonce, Obama’s cool guy exploits have been pretty well documented.  Some may dismiss President Obama’s fashion sense as boring, he usually sticks to navy or grey suits when he’s not attending black tie events, but don’t confuse understated for boring.  Obama’s suits are always impeccable tailored, never bulky or boxy, and his ties are tied flawlessly, always with a perfect center dimple, maybe he can stand to lose the mom jeans, but we’ll forgive him as long as he looks this good in a suit.

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Fresh Friday: NYC Fashion Week

Yesterday ended New York’s bi-annual Fashion Week.  And even though they had to battle through the New York City cold and snow, the street stylers were out and in full force.  While the city streets teemed with overcoats and scarfs, some real nice ties and pocket squares peaked out towards the end of the week when the weather warmed up.

Here are some of the freshest looks from NYC Fashion Week with some suggestions on how to achieve the same level of dapper with a little help from FreshNeck.com.

Etro Floral Tie

Brooks Brothers Polka Dot Tie

Tommy Hilfiger Polka Dot Tie

DKNY Striped Tie, Armstrong & Wilson Egg Whites Pocket Square

Brioni Geometric Tie, Brooks Brothers Purple Gingham Pocket Square

Brooks Brothers Knit Tie

Andrew’s Ties Pink Striped 

A Grammy Style Recap

Last night was the Grammy Awards.  Of course the red carpet was lined with stunning ladies (it always is), but they weren’t alone .  The men made some big fashion statements last night, stretching the “black tie” thing as far as they could.  There were so many great looks and some – umm – interesting ones too.  Some went classic, some went velvet and some wore capes(?).   Let’s just say, it was a very eclectic mix of styles

Here are our five favorite looks from the 2013 Grammy Awards.

 

The Suit & Tie Guys

If there’s some type of “cool guy quota”  Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake far exceeded it last night when they shared the stage to perform “Suit & Tie”.  Jay-Z took home three awards in style.  Justin continued his 2013 comeback looking fresh.  But we’re most jealous of who these guys get to sit next too.  We’re not worthy.

The Hipsters

In a year the guys from FUN. went from hipster favorites to Top 40 radio with their infectious hit “We are Young.”  Last night, they showed off their hipster chic style donning skinny ties, round rimmed glasses and slim fitting suits.  They took home home awards for Song of the Year and Best New Artist, and definitely looked good doing it.

The Boss

Rick Ross commonly refers to himself as “The Boss” or more accurately, “The Bawse.”  It’s safe to say you won’t find this Tom Ford tux at your local Big and Tall’s.  From the diamond pinky ring to the cigar, no one looked more like the boss the bawse last night than Ross.

The Burgundy 

While Mario Lopez may not be a musician (unless you count this), he had one of the best looks of the 2013 Grammy’s.  While most decided to play it safe with black or navy, Lopez mixed it up with a perfectly cut burgundy suit, slim black tie and classic white pocket square.  This is a look we may have to steal.

The Skyfall

It looks like Drake was as taken by the new James Bond flick as we were.  It was good to see Drizzy ditch the sweaters for this midnight blue Saint Laurent tuxedo.  He won his first Grammy, but more importantly he ended up on our Grammy’s Best Dressed list.

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The FreshNeck Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Everyone’s favorite Hallmark-themed holiday is right around the corner.  Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, and no matter what she says, she’s expecting something.  So, we’re here to give you a few ideas that won’t land you in the dog house.

Now, if you haven’t spent the last three months planning out the perfect gift, don’t stress too hard.  We got you (that’s what a good wing-man is for, right?).  The key is to keep it simple (relatively speaking) and make it personal.  If you don’t know exactly what she wants, you should at least know what she likes and, if you don’t know that, then strive for something romantic.  Girls like romantic.

No matter where you are in the relationship or what your paycheck looks like, don’t fret, we got ideas for everyone.

If you’re broke…

Hey we get it.  The economy is bad, unemployment is up, and funds are limited.  Lucky for you, sentiments are cheap.

- Flowers + Chocolates 

It’s as traditional as it gets.  Maybe even bordering on boring, but in a pinch it works.  Know her favorite color, or better yet, her favorite flower and pick a bouquet accordingly.  When it comes to the chocolates, you should go for the good stuff (cough-Godiva-cough) and leave the Nestle Crunch bars for movie night.

- Gift Card

This one could be a tricky proposition.  It will almost definitely come off as last minute and impersonal, but with some skill you can pull it off.  If know where she shops or what she needs or what she’s been talking about for the last three months, that could come in handy.  For example, if she’s on tumblr 24/7 reblogging pictures of her “perfect bedroom,” think  Bed Bath & Beyond gift card, if she’s into art, think art supplies card.

- Make Dinner (a nice one)

Whether you can cook or not, it’s not terribly difficult to go onto Epicurious, find a recipe and follow it.  It’s also not terribly expensive.  Plus women like a guy that can handle himself in the kitchen, so even if you have to fake it, fake it.  She’ll be impressed.

If you’re ready to step your game up…

Okay, so maybe you’ve been seeing her for a while and you want to do something special.  Or maybe you just got some cash to spend and you’re looking for a way to make a big impression.

- Spa-day

Find the best spa in town and set her up.  Mani, pedi, facial, massage.  Everybody likes to be pampered and I’m sure your girl in no different.  Just make sure it’s somewhere legitimate and not some seedy Asian massage parlor that’s offering happy endings for $50 a pop.

- Subscription/Club/Box of the Month

 Of course we had to show love for the subscription/box-of-the-month/club gifts.  I mean why get her one box of chocolates, when she can get a box-a-month or a bottle of wine a month or year long subscription to what ever she wants.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving (literally).

- Tickets to a Show or a Concert

Whether it’s Broadway or Beyonce (we all saw her kill it at the Super Bowl), she’ll like it.  Try and snag floor seats to Mumford and Sons,  Taylor Swift, Beyonce or any of the other huge tours set for 2013.  If you’re lucky enough to live in New York, think Broadway, it’s genetically coded in every girl’s DNA that they must love the play Wicked.  

If she’s the one…

(self explanatory)

- World Famous Restaurant

Open up your wallet, break out the Michelin List and take her to a really fancy dinner.  As Tom Haverford would say, ‘Treat yo self” (and yo lady too).  Valentine’s Day is only once a year, why not take her to one of the best, most exclusive restaurants in town.

- Weekend Getaway 

February is cold (as I write this, Blizzard Nemo has covered the streets in snow).  Why not take your lady and get away.  Take a weekend vacation.  Go to a topical island and sip mimosas by the beach.  Take her to New Orleans and party on Bourbon Street.  Or fly to Vegas and hit the strip.  Everyone loves a good adventure.

- A Ring 

As Queen Beyonce Carter Knowles says, “put a ring on it.”  It’s Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year (or so we’re told).  What are you waiting for?

Oh, one more thing, maybe you should “accidentally” leave the computer on so she sees this (wink) …

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Designer of the Month: VJNY

In 2006, out of his New Jersey apartment, Jesse Chao launched VITTORIO J.  Six years later the President of the United States was wearing his designs.  At FreshNeck we carry Vittorio J’s VJNY collection (and love it) which focuses on slim neck-wear inspired by “New York City’s unique cultural soufflé.”  We talked to Jesse Chao about his background, his inspirations and what’s next for VITTORIO J.

Jesse graduated from Montclair State University with a major in marketing and finance and no traditional fashion experience to speak of.  It was in college where he started dreaming of designing, he had always had great style, but didn’t know where to start.  So he studied one of the greats – Ralph Lauren – who also started in neckties.  Considering he was in college and money was tight, Jesse took a cue from Ralph Lauren and started designing ties which were relatively inexpensive to design and manufacture.

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Nothing quite captures the essence of VJNY like the King Skull moniker.  It was inspired by Jesse’s love of the skull and cross-n-bones pattern, with a twist, the added crown symbolizes the ROYALITY of the design, which is part of the VITTORIO J mantra, “CLASSIC. ROYAL. GOODS”.  Living in the city Jesse calls, “the fashion epicenter of the universe,” he often draws his inspirations from the scenes of New York , including tattoos, street wear, and the flags of different countries hanging in multicultural streets of New York City.  His favorite tie of the VJNY collection is The Filipino Flag inspired tie which represents his own ethnicity.  Jesse stresses three keys in making a great tie, “Craftsmanship, Design and what [he] calls the ‘Wow’ factor.”  And believe us, he delivers.

We asked Jesse what makes a good tie so important.  He gave us a great answer, “it’s the quintessential accessory for a man, it reflects your personality.”  Well if that’s true his ties reflect some of the strongest personalities in the world.  Whether it’s men’s style icon Pharrell, basketball legend Magic Johnson or the most powerful man in the free world Barack Obama wearing his designs, it’s safe to say he’s ties reflect well.

With momentum on his side, Jesse looks to expand into different accessories, including bowties, pocket squares and scarves (you can bet we’ll be carrying those as soon as they come out).  He also hinted at “some really great collaborations coming for Spring/Summer 2013 with other elite NYC designers.”  Although he wouldn’t tip his hand on who he plans to collaborate with, we’re definitely excited for the possibilities.

We ended talking about the future of menswear.  Jesse commented, “People are becoming so much more receptive to new thinking in shopping and spending, because it gives the consumer a lot of options and possibilities at moment’s notice, which I think is cool… So naturally, aligning VJNY with FreshNeck is a great opportunity for my brand.”  The feeling is mutual; we love carrying the VJNY collection and love the feedback we’re getting on it.  Its brands like this, with interesting back stories and great designs, we think our customers can really get behind.

VJNY pics

VJNY ties on FreshNeck

Dwyane Wade Goes to Washington

The World Champion Miami Heat visited the White House yesterday.  And while it may be Lebron’s team, Dwyane Wade stole the show.

While the rest of the team dressed in conservative black and navy suits, Wade, a FreshNeck favorite,  took this opportunity to make a fashion statement.  Light gray suit, polka-dot pocket square, fantastic tie and SNEAKERS!?!  Wade’s bold style wasn’t lost on President Obama either.

Of course these weren’t your father’s PF Flyers.  These were Christian Louboutin Golfitos.  Retailing at $675, let’s just say you won’t be doing any yard work in these babies anytime soon.

Now this wasn’t Wade’s first trip to the White House.  Back in 2007, Wade made his White House debut wearing an ill-fitting black suit and a drab black tie (boring).  But like we’ve said before, Wade’s style continues to evolve and that’s a good thing (a very good thing).

But, what we want to know is what you guys think.   Sneakers with a suit, Yay or Nay?

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FreshNeck 101

You signed up for an account.  You know how it works. You’ve read the FAQs.  But, if you really want to get the most out of our service, we got a few more tips for you.  We’ve spent hours upon hours trying to give you, the customer, the best user experience possible.  Here are some features you may not know about , that you really should.

Filters

Filters

Sorting through our entire collection could be a daunting task, but we got you.  You can filter though our unmatched inventory by level (silver, gold, platinum), type (neckties, bow ties, cufflinks, and more), brand (too many to list), color, material, pattern and width to find exactly what you’re looking for.  Also don’t sleep on the search bar, where you can utilize broader terms like “summer” or “preppy” to find an even more specific look.  Once you find something that piques your interest just add it to your closet with one click.

Queue

Queue

 

Once you’ve added a few items to your closet, it’s time to curate your queue (think  Netflix).  You can add as many items to your queue as you want (and we encourage it), then drag and drop each item in the order you’d like to receive your gear.  The top three available items in your queue will be sent straight to your doorstep.  When you are ready for something fresh, send them back to us and get whatever’s next on your queue.  Keep in mind, not all items are available, so add as many as possible to ensure you receive your full allotment.

Reserved

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In your closet you’ll see a gray box titled “Items Reserved For You.”  You can reserve one item (two if you’re a deluxe member).  If you reserve an item we’ll keep it on the side for you until you send back an item.  This comes in handy for that wedding or business trip you’re taking in a few weeks, when you want to assure that the exact tie, pocket square, or cuff links will be available when you need them.  You can only reserve an item that is currently available.

Recommend AccessoriesReccommended Accessories

One of the coolest things on our site is our Recommended Accessories feature.  Think of it like your own personal stylist.  We have gone through our entire collection and handpicked what ties go with what pocket squares best.  These stylish combinations are guaranteed to catch a few eyes.

My Favorites

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This allows you to keep track of, you guessed it, your favorite items.  You can also add a note about said items (notes like; where you wore it? Who you were with? What you wore it with?  You don’t want to get caught wearing the same thing twice).  Adding a favorite is easy, just click the gray heart next to the item in your queue, once the heart turns gold you’ve added it to your favorites.  Then to access all your favorites go to the bottom of your queue and click the box “Go To My Favorites.”

Share

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Sharing is caring.  If you want to get your friends’ opinions or just want to show off your style, you can share any of our items on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.  Just click the little pop-out “share” button on the right side of the screen and then whatever corresponding icon you want to share your swag on.

Purchase

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So you found a tie, you queued it up, you wore it, you got a ton of compliments and now you want to own it.  No problem.  FreshNeck offers you the ability to purchase any tie you’ve already tried at a below market value price.  For now, you can only purchase an item that you currently have “at home.”  Think about it like, try before you buy or, better yet, try before you tie (sorry, bad pun).

 

We always love hearing back from you guys on what can make our service and site better.  In the next couple of months we’d love to add more features that make the site easier to use, more interactive, and more intuitive.  If you have any suggestions on new features you would like to see in the future you can comment below.  We’re open to all ideas and maybe,  just maybe, your idea will make it on to the site.

And the Oscar Goes to…

Yesterday, the Academy announced its Oscar nominations.   Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations followed closely by Life of Pi with 11,  Les Miserable and Silver Lining Playbook each received 10 rounding out the top four.  That’s all well and good, but what really caught our attention was the “Best Actor” category.

Denzel Washington.  Bradley Cooper.  Daniel Day-Lewis.  Joaquin Phoenix.  Hugh Jackman.  This is easily the most dapper “Best Actor” field in recent memory, no crazy old men (cough-Mickey Rourke-cough)), no nerdy young men (cough-Jesse Eienberg-cough), and no well-meaning schlubs (cough-Philip Seymour Hoffman-cough), just five really stylish leading actors.

Denzel Washington

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Denzel’s been throwing heat since the eighties.  The Academy has nominated him six times since 1987 and he’s won twice, but it’s more than just his acting skills that get him recognized.  Last year Denzel appeared on the cover of GQ, showing off  his impeccable style in a double breasted striped navy suit, with a killer pocket square – neck tie combo.  There’s a reason your mother, grandmother, sister and niece all have a crush on this guy, he radiates a confident, cool, good guy swagger.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper first caught our eye in Wedding Crashers as the jerky boyfriend, he later played Phil in the hilarious summer blockbuster The Hangover, now he’s an Oscar nominated star for his work in Silver Linings Playbook. The man has come far in a few short years and so has his style.  He’s appeared on the cover of GQ, Esquire and whatever other men’s style magazine you subscribe to.  He’s always a feature on the red carpet showcasing impeccably tailored suits.

Daniel Day-Lewis

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Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most reclusive actors on the planet,  a dedicated method actor who freelances as a cobbler on the side, but don’t let that take away from his style sense.  Day-Lewis has the boldest fashion sense of this list.  Often experimenting with classic fabrics, trading out ties for scarfs, and sometimes, just wearing a good old fashioned suit and tie.  He’s definitely an – um- original.

Joaquin Phoenix

As long as Joaquin Phoenix avoids that David Letterman look , he’s got the cool guy in a black suit thing down pretty well.  He usually skews causal, making a habit of the loose tie, unbuttoned collar trend.  Last time he was nominated for a an Oscar he went black-on-black-on-black,  it will be interesting to see what he does this time around.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has done it all.  Whether it’s Wolverine, Jean Valjean, or Oscar host, this Aussie can do anything.  That includes style.  He’s graced GQ’s cover in the StatesAustralia and Russia, he’s truly an international star.  His style combines ruggedness with sophisticated class.  He’s arguably Australia’s greatest export.

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For the Ladies: Women in Bow Ties

Women wearing ties isn’t a new thing.

Diane Keaton (the original hipster) made nerdy guys everywhere think they had a chance, as the tie wearing love interest of Woody Allen, in 1977’s Annie Hall.  And even before that, Audrey Hepburn (a favorite of Tumblr and Pinterest users everywhere) was known to rock a bow tie every once and a while.  Well, like all trends, what’s old is new again.

The Bow Tie is Back.

The women in bow ties thing has been percolating for a few years now.  Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds star) made it her go to accessory a few years back.  Even Rihanna (singer and Chris Brown enthusiastic) experimented with the bow tie look here and there.   But, in 2013, the bow tie look seems ready to explode.

Whether it’s indie favorite Janelle Monae (singer from last summer’s most earwomy hit “We Are Young“), superstar Beyonce (the most powerful woman on Earth, sans Oprah) or TV’s guiltiest pleasure Kim Kardashian (Kanye’s baby’s mama) bow ties are definitely a trending topic in women’s style.

And we love it.

Emerging brands, like Modern Day Mogul, have started to cater to women’s needs in the bow tie department and we at FreshNeck think it’s totally dope.  I mean, why should men have all the fun?  The bow tie, especially for women, can be so versatile.  It can add a pop of color to a simple black & white outfit.  It can add some fun and irreverence to a blouse or dress shirt.  Or it can grab some attention with a cool print or some sequins.

The women in bow tie look definitely has our stamp of approval.

 

How to Get Fresh for New Year’s Eve

It’s almost New Year’s Eve.  Time to ditch the striped button-up and dark jeans for some thing more – New Year’s Eve-ish.

It’s time to pick your sartorial game up.  To be classy.  To be dapper.  To dress like a man is suppose to dress.  I mean, unless you’re planning on welcoming in the New Year alone in the corner of a crowded room, you’re going to want to step it up.

Ties, cufflinks and pocket squares are what you need.  Nice ties, cufflinks and pocket squares.  I’m not talking about that duck tie your mother got you for Christmas, I’m talking about real high class accessories.

The Classics

Bow Tie

This Altea silk black bow tie won’t score you any extra points for creativity, but that hasn’t stopped style icons, young and old, from donning the most classic of sartorial pieces.  It comes un-tied, so you’re going to have to learn to tie a bow tie, but, come the end of the night, you’ll be able to rock the timeless un-tied bow tie look like a boss.

Necktie

This True Forum black-on-black paisley tie is a classic with a little twist.  Of course there will be a ton of straight black ties where ever you go, which we love, but why not differentiate yourself a little bit

Pocket Square

When in doubt, go Giorgio Armani.  This Armani off-white pocket square can go a long way to add a little pop to a simple black tuxedo jacket.

Cufflinks

These Jan Leslie cufflinks have a black face with a functioning round watch.  Because, you’re going to be watching the clock all night anyway.

The Bold

Bow Tie

Who said you have to wear a black tie to a black tie event?  This emerald Giorgio Armani bow tie will definitely make you stand out in a crowd.  It’s striking, stylish and, best of all, pre-tied.

 Necktie

This is a super skinny (1.75″) ivory silk Dolce & Gabbana.  Once again, if you’re feeling bold, ditch the black.  Combining great quality and the reborn skinny tie trend, this will really make you stand out.

Pocket Square

This isn’t you’re run of the mill black pocket square.  This Armstrong & Wilson piece has their signature black flower button coupled with a white fringe, because it’s all about the details with these guys.

 Cufflinks

Leave the bedazzling to the guy in the Ed Hardy tux, these are authentic Swarovski Crystals.  These Tateossian cufflinks are sure to catch the eye of a few females, no matter where you’re sipping Champagne on New Year’s Eve.

The Christmas Movie Style Guide

Christmas movies are great.  There are so many classics, but I’m sure you’ve too many “Best Christmas Movies” lists to care anymore.

Don’t worry, this is not one of those.

This is a salute to the best dressed men in the Christmas movie genre.  From Jimmy Stewart to Bill Murray, there are some major stars who showed off their sartorial side in some of the most merry of movies.

So, without further ado,  The list.

It’s A Wonderful Life

The first great Christmas movie also happens to star, Jimmy Stewart, one of the first great Hollywood style icons.  Stewart, like his It’s a Wonderful Life character George Bailey, wasn’t a flashy dresser, his style was understated and subtle.   Jimmy Stewart George Bailey wore suits everywhere (it was the 1940’s after all), tall and slim, his suits complimented his body type.  Like the three piece suit above, with a two button jacket and a conservative dark diagonal striped tie (diagonal strips must have been a George Bailey favorite).  Even when George decided to mix it up with a bow tie, he stayed with the strips (kind of like this one).  Of course, all his suits in this movie take advantage of classic fabrics, because – well – it’s an old movie, but with vintage looks making a resurgence in recent years it may be wise to take some notes.

A Christmas Story

Don’t be mad that a nine-year-old boy from Indiana dresses better than you,  Ralphie had some impeccable style.  He was years ahead of the whole hipster framed glasses thing and the whole Leonardo DiCraprio slicked back side part thing.  Ralphie was a true fashion innovator (although some of his looks have yet to catch on).  Even in the picture above Ralphie sports a skinny plaid cotton tie that would make any J Crew enthusiast proud.

Scrooged

The first two entries on this list are just about the most classic Christmas movies of all time, but Scrooged, Scrooged is the most underrated Christmas movie ever.  If you haven’t seen it, see it, it stars the incomparable Bill Murray as Frank Cross, a ruthless TV executive/ modern day Scrooge.  When we first meet him, he’s dressed in all black, black suit, black shirt, black tie, black pocket square, firing employees and trying to ring as much money out of Christmas as possible.  After being visited by three ghosts (nothing Ghostbusters related, I swear), he learns the real meaning of Christmas and shares his new holiday spirit with all the viewers at home while wearing a dark suit, a chic red tie and a mistletoe Christmas top hat.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Nothing quite captures the slight nuisances of the Christmas season like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  The putting up of the tree, the Christmas lights, the – umm – eccentric family members, it nails it all.  And no one pulls off the classic Dad style more than Clark Giswold.  The Christmas sweaters, the sports caps, the cardigans.  And, of course, the Santa hat and Christmas tie combo (above).

Die Hard

Maybe Die Hard is a reach as a “Christmas movie,” but it does take place during the Nakatomi holiday party and it does end with the song “Let It Snow!”  So, we’re calling it a Christmas movie.  Hans Gruber is one of the best bad guys in any movie and he knows how to dress.  He knows his suits and takes pride in wearing them.  We don’t get to see the full Hans Gruber collection, but the suit above tells us all we really have to know.  His flawlessly tailored black suit and maroon tie show off his professional 1980’s era style.  He’s easily the best dressed character in the film, sorry John, the dirty tank top just doesn’t cut it.

Fresh Fridays: Bow Ties

Last week we focused on the pocket square.  This week we’re all about bow ties.

The bow tie isn’t just for Tucker Carlson anymore.  It’s a symbol that you’re fashion forward.  That you have a confident and fearless sense of style.  That you’re sophisticated (I mean really, have you ever tried to tie one of these things).

Here are some great bow tie looks (and how we can help you pull them off).

Blue Annaruna

Brooks Brothers

Robert Talbott

Hickey Freeman

Michael Andrews Bespoke

Now if you need help tying, there’s always this.