Grammy’s Style Recap

Surprisingly, we made it through the entire show.  All in all, we think it was pretty good entertainment, as the focus was squarely on the performances.  Our favorite was Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, but you can go elsewhere for those reviews.  We’re here to give you the lowdown on the mens’ style.

THE HITS:

1. What Is This, Velvet?

Though the Grammy’s took place in “70s and sunny” LA, the leading men embraced the Polar Vortex by donning the wintry fabric, in an array of bold colors.  LL Cool J chose purple, Macklemore a full-suited green , and a bevy of blues.

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2. Classic Cool and Jay-Z

He has an unfair advantage, as Beyonce, like cool whip, makes everything better. But Jay/Hova/Sean has really transformed over the years into a style icon. He rocked a textured and tailored tux blazer that remained true to classic tradition with just a hint of modern flair.Beyonce, Jay-Z

3. Jeremy Renner

He typically stays classic, but this time opted to step outside his comfort zone. We applaud the effort, and think he pulled off the monochromatic look by sporting a vest, shirt, tie, and leather jacket in different shades of gray. We didn’t love the pants, but will forgive Jeremy for taking a risk.

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THE MISSES:

1. Pharrell and His Interesting Choice of Headgear

Pharrell crushed the Grammy’s, picking up multiple awards, performing, and acting as Daft Punk spokesperson. The Red Carpet was another matter, though. We didn’t mind the casual look of jeans and red baseball leather jacket, but those hats (not, 1, but 2) were just terrible, even getting a nice live shout-out from Arbys.

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2. Bolo Ties

We aren’t sure where this resurgence began, but we highlighted Philip River’s interesting press conference choice a few weeks back. It seems as if this western wear hasn’t finished its 5 minutes just yet. Both Macklemore and Bruno Mars adorned the shoestring tie.

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3. Ryan Lewis

His partner (in music? life?) killed it (see above). But while he racked up the awards, we can’t get behind Ryan Lewis’ outfit selection. Houndstooth and similar old-school patterns are on-trend, but the print was just too big. We also would have preferred just the blazer, as the full-suit had the look of your grandparents’ old couch.

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THE UNDECIDED BUT NOTEWORTHY

1. Madonna’s Identity Crisis

Never one to follow the herd, she embraced the “menswear for women” trend to mixed reactions. We think she nailed it on the Red Carpet with her double-breasted black tuxedo, but missed big-time in her all white western getup during her (similarly lacking) performance.

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2. White on White on White

We always see a fair amount of “all black everything” at these soirees, but this year’s Grammy’s brought us our fair share of “all white everything.” This look was diversified by the likes of aging rockers (see above and below) and robots.

Singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

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Did we miss anything? Tell us – what were your favorite looks? Which made you cringe?

Brace Yourself

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We have just added some suspenders to the Collection. For Silver Plan members, check out some colorful selections from Antonio Ricci, and for Gold and Platinum members, we have some ultra-hip patterned cotton suspenders from Everett, that feature white leather and silver clasps.

See them all here.

These suspenders are more appropriate for a #NewCasual day or night out on the town. Let us know if you’d like to also see some Gordon Gekko style braces, and we can source some.

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Staff Picks: Fall Preview

We know that looking through over 1500 ties, bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks can be a daunting (but fun) task, so every once in a while we like to highlight a few of our personal favorites.

September 22nd is the first official day of Fall, so it’s getting to be the time to put away those linens and seersuckers, and opt for something a bit heavier (think wool).  And those summer pastels should be replaced with burgundy (the hottest color of the upcoming season), navy, emerald green, and other autumnal colors.

Fortunately, with FreshNeck, it won’t cost you anything to make the seasonal switch:

Isaia wool/silk 7-fold brown tie.

Isaia wool/silk 7-fold brown tie.

Canali wool/silk blend navy and gray tie.

Canali wool/silk blend navy and gray tie.

 

Everett reversible wool/silk bow tie.

Everett reversible wool/silk bow tie.

Armstrong & Wilson plaid cashmere pocket square, with pink trim.

Armstrong & Wilson plaid cashmere pocket square, with pink trim.

 

Fashion and Music

From Jay-Z to Justin Timberlake, some of 2013’s greatest hits are mentioning designers and fashion trends in their tracks. With the release of “Magna Carta/Holy Grail”, Jay-Z’s latest album, designer Tom Ford not only get’s his named dropped in the chorus, but the rapper even dedicates an entire song to the fashion icon, titled “Tom Ford”.

The union between the rapper and designer seems just right. A top tier music mogul and one of the biggest names in fashion is bound to make a statement.

In the chorus, Jay-Z is rapping, “I don’t pop Molly/ I rock Tom Ford.” It seems that Ford’s pieces are Jay-Z’s drug of choice. What designer gets you “high?”

Jay-Z is not the only one dedicating his tunes to the men’s fashion world.

Justin Timberlake made his musical comeback with fashion in mind. Bringing sexy-back after a six year hiatus, his track “Suit & Tie” off his “The 20/20 Experience” album proves Timberlake is a fashion guy too. Ironically featuring Jay-Z rocking Tom Ford in the video from head to toe, this collaboration has been a huge success. The track is inspired by retro soul legends and infused with modern sound. Not only was “Suit & Tie” a number one hit but the Jay-Z and Timberlake are currently collaborating in the “Legends of the Summer” tour.

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How to Tie a Bow Tie with FreshNeck CEO David Goldberg

Some people may think bow ties are an old-fashion accessory, but at Freshneck, we beg to differ. A Bow Tie is a signal of distinction and style, adorned by politicians, athletes, and musicians (Here’s a list of famous bow tie wearers).  While many appreciate the look, they are intimidated by learning to tie one (Please, no clip-ons!). No longer. With the help of Business Insider, we put together a “How To” video that will have you doing your best Swizz Beatz impression in no time. Featuring FreshNeck founder David Goldberg.

Once you master the art of tying a bow tie, you will want to get your hands on as many bows as possible.  Fortunately, at FreshNeck we carry over 160 different styles, from designers including Giorgio Armani, Breuer, Alexander Olch, Brooks Bros, Ted Baker, Everett, and Ivy Prepster . Check them all out here.

Looking Fly in a Skinny Tie

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Seaward & Stern Skinny Tie

As often happens in the fashion industry, trends come, go and come again. This season, skinny ties are in for men’s fashion. Originally popularized in the late 60’s, skinny ties have made a sleek and modern comeback in men’s fashion. It’s also an ideal way to achieve that #newcasual look. Incorporating a skinny tie into your every-day wardrobe will have you turning heads. For those of you new to skinny ties, fear not, below are some tips on how to pull off the look.

A skinny tie often ranges anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 inches wide and the traditional 57 inches long. Given those dimensions, you want your outfit to have a slim look. Often it is best to wear a fitted dress shirt of a solid color or a solid skinny tie on a patterned shirt. Also be sure that your jacket lapels are not too much wider than your tie.

Skinny patterned tie with a solid slim button up.

Skinny patterned tie with a solid slim button up.

Every element of your attire should be in proportion. Given that bit of information, skinny ties aren’t for everyone. If you are a man with a stockier build, the skinny tie look may not be your style. Similarly, you will also want to avoid large, boxy suit and sports jackets. For a #newcasual look, do not tie your skinny tie all the way to the top, leaving it a bit loose gives off a modern, hip look that goes great with a nice pair of slim jeans.

As far as tie length goes, you want to avoid having your tie fall too far above or below your belt. Generally your tie should fall no more than 1 inch below or 3 inches above your belt line. Tying your skinny tie is a no-brainer as well. You want to stick to a slim knot generally. A popular knot for skinny ties is known as the “four-in-hand” knot. Lastly, don’t forget the tie bar! Nothing screams class more than a skinny tie paired with a nice, shiny, tie bar. Just remember your tie bar should never be wider than your tie. We’ve got some great tie bar’s that you can check out by DiBi.

DiBi Tie Bars

DiBi Tie Bars

FreshNeck is your one stop shop for skinny tie fashion. We offer the biggest names in skinny tie fashion including J. Crew, Ben Sherman, DiBi, and Imani Uomo. Styles and trends come and go. If you were to go out now and spend hundreds on skinny ties, they may be sitting in the back of your closet a few months from now. Best of all, with FreshNeck you can play the skinny trend and exchange your ties for something new when they’re no longer “in”. ­

A Tie for Any Occasion

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Neckwear can provide the ability for any man to elevate his appearance whether that’s to his boss, his friends or even his future wife. However, not just any tie will do. With today’s wide variety of menswear, it’s easy to tailor your style towards any event or circumstance you may find yourself in.

OFFICE

The office is all about showing off your confidence – without appearing arrogant. On your climb to the corner office, wear striped patterns while keeping in mind the power colors such as gold, blue and black when putting together your look. Stick with traditional silk and nothing slimmer than 3 inches.  Bring it all together with a tie bar.

We Recommend:

Silver – Ben Sherman, Antonio Ricci

Gold – Burberry, Brooks Brothers

Platinum - Armani Collezioni, Versace 

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DAY CASUAL

Get noticed for all the right reasons at your next brunch, day party or stroll around town. For a casual look, throw on a loosely knotted tie and roll up those sleeves to your collared shirt.  If you’re committed to fashion like us, think about skinny ties in solid colors and prints in non-traditional fabrics like linen and cotton.

We Recommend:

Silver –  DiBiEverett

Gold- Ivy Prepster, rag & bone

Platinum- Breuer, Bocara 

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NIGHT CASUAL 

Whether it’s a casual first date or a night on the town, neckwear shows an attention to detail as well as style and personality. Remember that night casual is different than office attire. Look for slim and dark styles or take chances in something velvet or leather. Feeling adventurous? Drop a pocket square in your jacket and try to layer with cardigans and vests.

We Recommend:

Silver - Everett

Gold - VJNY, Ted Baker 

Platinum - Armani 

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FORMAL 

Formal occasions are the time to look simple, yet classy and refined. You can never go wrong in black, but take the time to celebrate in something fresh like a bow tie or elegant cufflinks.

We Recommend:

Silver - True Forum

Gold - Vitaliano

Platinum - Codis Maya

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Give Her Something To Grab Onto

FreshNeck Bow Tie

The days of Carlton Banks and his bow tie are over.  Now, a bow tie makes a bold statement. A great way to add that “pop of color.”

Check out FreshNeck’s Collection of over 139 unique bow ties, including selections from Ted Baker, Dolce & Gabbana, Breuer, Giorgio Armani, Brooks Brothers, Alexander Olch, and more.

Case Study: Kevin (Part 2)

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“I’m So Excited”
Fueled by my excitement of the service, after having FreshNeck for two weeks I’ve added fifty ties to my queue. Every other day I would casually browse through the FreshNeck collection and add products that caught my eye. A feature that came in handy was the favorite button, which is a small heart next to every tie in your queue. By clicking the heart the tie gets added to the favorite section. There I could add notes on what I could match the tie with and for what occasion I would wear it for.

 “Is There Something I Should Know?”
Early on I played it safe by wearing the big named brands like Versace, Prada and Hermes. As I looked closer I started to notice that FreshNeck carried a lot of up & coming designer brands. The ones that might get a small write up in GQ or Esquire but you won’t hear about until months later when they blow up.

 “Go Forward… Move Ahead”
This week spring really arrived and I was able to break out something brand new. I read FreshNecks blog article on the new brand VJNY so I decided to sample a few ties from them.  It was a nice change from always wearing the brands I know. I started to feel like I was a fashion forward guy. People started asking me about fashion trends based on the fact that I was wearing brands they didn’t know. This was the first time this happened to me but thanks to FreshNeck I don’t think it would be the last.

The #NewCasual

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#NewCasual – Leather on Leather

We’ve mentioned before that ties are not just for the office.  (Find that blog post here). But it’s time to take this to the next level.  So we here at FreshNeck are officially starting our new campaign, #NewCasual. The name speaks for itself. You already have your businesswear down. Your suit game is in its prime, your wingtips are shined, and you are confidently rocking those fine Brioni, Hermes, Gucci, and Prada silk ties.

But do you live to work, or work to live?  Don’t neglect your style when you’re out on the town, whether with your friends, your family, or a member of the fairer sex. Just as you’re shooting for that promotion at work, it’s time to earn your promotion at life. So show ‘em what’s up, and tie one on.  It’s the #NewCasual.

Before you think that the trendsetters aren’t already embracing this, here is some inspiration.

Swizz Beatz - bow tie and colorful sweater

Swizz Beatz – bow tie and colorful sweater

David Beckam - tie, dark printed shirt, cardigan, jeans

David Beckam – tie, dark printed shirt, cardigan, jeans

Dwyane Wade - tie, sweater, leather jacket, sunglasses

Dwyane Wade – tie, sweater, leather jacket, sunglasses

JT - loosened tie, vest, rolled sleeves, thick-rimmed glasses

JT – loosened tie, vest, rolled sleeves, thick-rimmed glasses

 

 

So now you know.  Rock stars wear ties and Athletes wear ties.  It’s the #NewCasual.  So leave that 3.5″ silk beauty in your office desk drawer, and grab one of these bad boys for your next night out.

And when you’re out at that party and you photobomb Timberlake, hashtag it with #newcasual.

 

 

Not yet a member? Sign up here. Use promo code “newcasual” for a 25% discount off your first month.

 

 

 

 

 

Lebron James - tie, vest, printed shirt, rolled-up sleeves

Lebron James – tie, vest, printed shirt, rolled-up sleeves

 

 

A Custom Suit For Everyone

Never Buy Off-The-Rack Again

You’ve probably heard your friends or co-workers talk about their new custom suit.  Seems everyone and their mother “knows a guy.”  The days of the one-percenters enjoying exclusivity in the bespoke world are over, thanks to modernized, and affordable, options.  However, tread carefully – just because something is “custom” does not guarantee high quality.  Here, we give you three options at various price-points, all FreshNeck-approved.

BLACK LAPEL ($) (www.blacklapel.com)

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Who would have ever dreamed you could get a personalized, custom suit for under $450 (or shirt under $100)? How does the company even afford to pay its rent?  Well, the answer is in the question – there’s no store or showroom, and the savings get passed on to you.  They make you work for it, however, as you have to measure yourself (they provide a video guide, and with a friend’s help, 15 minutes is all it takes).  With your measurements uploaded to the system, you can design your suit online, where they offer 18 different suit fabrics and styles, plus 2 tux options.  Three weeks later and your one-of-a-kind suit arrives at your door.  And just in case your measuring skills weren’t up to par, they offer a complimentary $75 alterations credit. Once you nail the process down, re-ordering new styles from your couch is the real value-add.

Bonus Tip: If you are in New York, make an appointment to go to their office and get fitted by the pros.

ALABASTER & CHESS ($) (www.alabasterchess.com)

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So maybe you’ve dabbled in the bespoke world.  Perhaps you met a Hong-Kong tailor that rented out a Sheraton for a week, took your measurements, and mailed you a suit.  It was certainly better than going to JoS. A. Bank for a “Buy one suit get 6 free plus an ice cream cone.” Now you’re ready for the real deal, but still don’t want to break the bank.  Make an appointment with Eli over at A&C. See him either at his uptown office, his Union Square Tailor, or he’ll come to your home or office.  Every detail, from fabric, to stitching, to a contrasting inside cuff, is made to your specs. Your co-worker will think you dropped two grand, when in reality, suits start at $399 and shirts at $89.  They make a mean shirt as well.

Bonus Tip: Tell ‘em FreshNeck sent you, and get 10% off your first order.

MICHAEL ANDREWS BESPOKE ($$$) (www.michaelandrewsbespoke.com)

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First off, this is their showroom on Great Jones Street. Yeah, that’s a 12-foot Oak Bar, serving your favorite single malts, gratis.  It looks like the type of joint you’d expect to run into Frank Sinatra (you probably won’t). The place oozes with inspiration, from the mannequins, to the gq-worthy Senior Stylists.  And having a seemingly never-ending supply of gorgeous (and helpful) ladies on hand never hurts.

You’ll sit down at one of the marble high-tops with your personal style consultant.  Don’t fret if you’re ill-prepared, and don’t know your peak lapels from your shawl collars.  The staff is beyond knowledgeable, and will guide you in making your vision a reality.  As if impeccable service was not enough, the quality of the fabrics, as well as the craftsmanship, is second-to-none.  While this will set you back somewhere in the neighborhood of $1500, depending on fabric, that’s not too bad when amortized over the next ten years that it will be the go-to-suit in your closet.

Stay Tuned for Part 2 next week, on how to prepare for your trip to the Custom Tailor.

In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up at freshneck.com, to get some fresh ties and accessories to pair with your fresh new suit.

 

Ties Not Just For The Office

Steven Alexander in Bally's Leather Tie for FreshNeck

Steven Alexander in Bally’s Leather Tie for FreshNeck

As GQ put it, “When you’re wearing a tie, you can pretty much stroll in anywhere you want. It’s like an Admirals Club card that you wear on the outside.” Well next time you’re going out on the town – bar, club, restaurant, date – step up your game with some neckwear. You will stand out, for all the right reasons.

Keep in mind, selection is key. This is not the time for that 3.5″ Gordon Gecko power tie. Rather, think dark and slim. Here’s a bunch for you to choose from.

Some additional tips to avoid looking like a banker that just left work:

– Undo the top button, and loosen the tie a bit

– Skip the silk and go with an alternative fabric: cotton, wool, and chambray all work well. Ready for a night to remember? Rock the Bally’s leather skinny tie seen above.

– Layer over the tie with a vest, v-neck, or cardigan.

– Bonus points for a bow tie