“Waiting to Return”

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Want to speed up exchange time??? 
We have recently added a new feature to our website. It is called the “waiting to return” feature. It is simply to use and will guarantee cut wait time for new packages in half.

  • When you are ready to send back your FreshNeck item..
  • Go to your closet page
  • Click on the “RETURN” button underneath the image you are sending back. 
  • Make sure your closet is filled up with enough available items for your next package.
  • Packages are produced Monday-Friday at 11am. 
  • Once you click the “return” button we will have your next package produced ASAP! 

We hope to be adding many more features to the website in the near future. As well as making our site more mobile friendly so you can place items in your closet from your cell phone or Ipad.

If there are any ideas or features that you wish to have on the site feel free to contact our email address directly at Hello@FreshNeck.com.

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History of the Bow Tie

In the past ten years, the bow tie has been seemingly picking up speed as one of the most fashionable and sophisticated items in any mans wardrobe. This fun little fashion accessory dates back to Croatia in the early 17th century where mercenaries would use neck wears that somehow resembled scarves to bind the collars of their shirts. These little pieces of fabric were known as cravats, and in no time, highly influential and fashion forward Upper Class French citizens took up the trend. Over the course of time, the cravat became shaped and molded into what we now know and see as the everyday necktie or bow tie. In the early 1900s, the bow tie was a vital part of being “fully dressed”; though, as the 1900s progressed this slowly changed and the bow tie went out of style. Following World War II the bow tie seemed to have gone nearly extinct. Flash forward to today, and the bow tie has made its glorious return.#NationalBowTieDay

Bow ties come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and of course patterns. Each bow tie can be as unique as the person it bestows, but at the end of the day there are three main types: the self-tie, the pre-tie, and the clip on. The self-tie is the most common and sophisticated option for every modern gentleman. Not sure how to tie one? Here is a great tutorial: http://bit.ly/ 1MXoWCL Once you learn you will never forget. The pre-tie is a good option for nights when you don’t want to tie one yourself, or are needing to do a quick change. As for the clip on— this is a commonly used option for young children and infants, for the little metal clasp allows for easy take on and take off.

Now the only question is, what bow tie will you wear today? Happy #NationalBowTieDay!

FreshNeck is on Kickstarter!

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You all know about Kickstarter, right? It’s a crowdfunding site that has launched some pretty epic campaigns. We’ve just launched our own pretty epic campaign and we’d love you to check it out.

What we really want to do is increase our inventory, so that we keep you happy and keep you coming back for more. We want you to have access to an extensive range of watches, ties and other accessories. What we really want is for all of you to look super cool, all the time, for a fraction of the cost.

We have a really tempting reward scheme that we think you’ll love. The more you donate, the bigger the subscription package you’ll get for free! 

Check out our campaign here.

87th Academy Awards fashion round-up

Men have it a lot easier than women at the Oscars. Throw on a well-fitted tuxedo and a nice clean shirt and you’re good to go. There are some men who understand this, and others who still have a lot to learn.

We’ve rounded up some of the best and worst looks that came off the Red Carpet at this year’s Academy Awards.

Best Dressed

Eddie Redmayne won the highest praise of the evening when he was awarded the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He also topped out list of best dressed in this midnight blue Alexander McQueen tux

Eddie Redmayne won the highest praise of the evening when he was awarded the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He also topped our list of best dressed in this midnight blue Alexander McQueen tux.

Chris Pine's Armani Tux was classic, well tailored and we loved the double-breasted suit jacket.

Chris Pine’s Armani tux was classic, well tailored and we loved the double-breasted suit jacket.

That pocket square is spot-on, John Stamos.

That red pocket square is spot-on, John Stamos.

Smart, polished and exuding confidence, Michael Keaton looks every bit the winner in this outfit.

Smart, polished and exuding confidence, Michael Keaton looks every bit the winner in this outfit. We also love that white pocket square peeking out of his pocket… or is that his acceptance speech?

David Oyelowo, star of Selma, looked smashing in this Dolce and Gabbana suit. We like that he took a small risk and ventured away from the classic tux.

David Oyelowo, star of Selma, looked smashing in this Dolce and Gabbana suit. We like that he took a small risk and ventured away from the classic tux.

Some loved it, others hated it but one thing is for sure - Jared Leto's powder blue Givenchy suit was a talking point. We think he rocked it.

Some loved it, others hated it but one thing is for sure – Jared Leto’s powder blue Givenchy tux was a talking point. We think he rocked it!

Worst dressed

John Travolta's chain around his neck is Pulp Fiction-esque and not in a good way.

John Travolta’s chain around his neck is Pulp Fiction-esque and not in a good way.

JK Simmons did not look great - the hat, the chain - it was all pretty awful. But we have to forgive him since (a) he deservedly won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Whiplash, and (b) we loved his acceptance speech - "call your parents and tell them you love them".

Schillinger’s look is definitely an improvement from his Oz days! Still, the hat, the chain – it was all pretty awful. But we have to forgive him since (a) he deservedly won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Whiplash, and (b) we loved his acceptance speech – “Call your parents and tell them you love them”.

Wipe that smile off your face, will.i.am. This is not the Grammy's.

An old-time criminal or a mime artist? Will.i.am is neither appropriately dressed for Hollywood’s most glamorous evening, nor does he look cool in any way.

And the Best Undressed award goes to…

Best Undressed Award goes to.... N.P.H!

N.P.H! We think he needs a FreshNeck subscription – he’s missing his suit, tie and cufflinks! 

Which look was your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Trends 2014 – the good, the bad and the Adam Sandler

We’re well on our way into the new year, and we’ve been reminiscing about 2014. Pot was legalised in five states, we said goodbye to some pretty big legends  (Joan Rivers, Robin William and Philip Seymour Hofman) and we were horribly subjected to Pharrel’s ‘Happy’ on repeat. All. year. long.

Fashion wise, we were all about corduroy suits, building up our watch collection and man jewelry. Here’s what we’ll still be wearing in 2015:

If you think it's effeminate for men to wear jewelry, consider that wearing a watch is purely for aesthetic purposes now that cell phones are an extension of our arms. These bracelets make a statement without being flashy, and will help you feel more human in a room full of suits.

If you think it’s effeminate for men to wear jewelry, consider that wearing a watch is purely for aesthetic purposes now that cell phones are an extension of our arms. These bracelets make a statement without being flashy, and will help you feel more human in a room full of suits.

Monochrome. Rocking one color can look seriously dapper when done well. This effortlessly put -together look is  a real head-turner, so if you're allergic to looks of admiration, steer clear.

Monochrome. Rocking one color can look seriously dapper when done well. This effortlessly put -together look is a real head-turner, so if you’re not a fan of admiring stares, steer clear.

White sneakers have made a comeback in a big way. No longer reserved for tennis-playing East Hampton d-bags, white sneakers look great paired with a well fitted pair of jeans or a gray flannel suit.

White sneakers have made a comeback in a big way. No longer reserved for tennis-playing East Hampton d-bags, white sneakers look great paired with a well fitted pair of jeans or a gray flannel suit.

The Revamped Hoodie. It's easy to associate the hoodie with lanky computer nerds (cue Mark Zuckerberg). We loved them in college, and with heavy hearts we got rid of them when it was time to grow up. Well we're here with good news - the hoodie is back and it's cooler than ever. Get one.

The Revamped Hoodie. It’s easy to associate the hoodie with lanky computer nerds (cue Mark Zuckerberg). We loved them in college, and with heavy hearts we got rid of them when it was time to grow up. Well we’re here with good news – the hoodie is back and it’s cooler than ever. Get one.

The Horizontal Stripe. Cool, unconventional, unexpected without totally rocking the boat - the horizontally striped tie is an easy addition to your wardrobe that'll immediately make it feel on-trend. Plus, with FreshNeck.com (where the ties above are featured) you can change them out by renting new ones whenever you want - perfect for the ultimate commitment-phobe.

The Horizontal Stripe. Cool, unconventional and unexpected without totally rocking the boat – the horizontally striped tie is an easy addition to your wardrobe that’ll immediately make it feel on-trend. Plus, with FreshNeck.com (where the ties above are featured) you can change them out by renting new ones whenever you want – perfect for the ultimate commitment-phobe.

Enter the swag dinner jacket. You know those guys who walk into a party and you kind of hate them for looking so damn cool? Those guys wear these jackets.

Enter the swag dinner jacket. You know those guys who walk into a party and you kind of hate them for looking so damn cool? Those guys wear these jackets.

The New Three-Piece. The sweater replaces the waistcoat, which means the look is a whole lot more relaxed and still smart enough to wear to the office. You also don't need to go out and buy anything, since you should already own a sweater.

The New Three-Piece. The sweater replaces the waistcoat, which means the look is a whole lot more relaxed and still smart enough to wear to the office. You also don’t need to go out and buy anything, since you should already own a sweater.

We’ve also rounded up some of the most horrifying, what-were-you-thinking moments of 2014.

Photo credit: 2014 Trends
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What is this, Velvet?

Velvet – the fabric of choice for the King of Zamunda (are we showing our age, here?)

Also, the easiest way to upgrade your get-up at your next formal affair.  And while it may not be cost-effective to purchase a new velvet blazer or tuxedo, it’s super simple to incorporate the texture and bold color velvet affords by wearing a bow tie.

As usual, FreshNeck has you covered, with our recent arrivals from bow tie master, Edward Armah. They are oversized, soft, self-tie, and come in 5 black-tie colors, including black, grey, royal purple, plum, and burgundy.  We also have a few pre-tied ones from Giorgio Armani and Imani Uomo if you’re into shortcuts.

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Listen, we could get into all the sartorial reasons of why a velvet bow tie is the proper choice for such an affair, but we’ll make it even simpler: Women like to touch soft things. Do you really want to deny them this opportunity?

In case you still need some work on tying that bad boy, here’s our instructional video. You’ll thank us, as there is nothing sexier than undoing a button or two and letting it drape, untied.

Just in case you needed a bit more inspiration on how good a velvet bow tie could look…

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1 Blazer, 3 Looks

The following is a guest blog post by Dan Carbery, marketing intern at FreshNeck.

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Gentlemen,

Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Dan, a recent college graduate from Quinnipiac University (Go Bobcats!) and the Marketing Intern here at FreshNeck. Like you, I take pride in my style, and try to put my best foot forward in every situation.  Not so simple on an intern’s budget, however. As much as I’d like to have a limitless wardrobe of perfectly coordinated outfits, that’s just not in the cards right now. But fear not – resourcefulness can go a long ways. Today, I am going to show you how to maximize high-quality basics by leveraging various accessories to create an unlimited wardrobe.

Today’s basic: The Blue Blazer

You probably already own one. Perhaps it’s half of a suit, or just a separate. Either way, its simplicity provides a blank canvass for you to add to, creating a myriad of possibilities. So don’t skimp, as you’ll surely realize a return on this investment. Our personal favorite, which we’ll use here, is a simple navy suit from Black Lapel (suit $449, blazer $349), pictured below.

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On to the looks:

1.  The Boardroom

Okay, so perhaps “boardroom” is a bit aspirational, but the “cubicle” look just doesn’t have quite the same cache to it. It’s often said “don’t dress for the job you have, but rather the job you want,” and this couldn’t be more spot-on for a recent grad like me.  There is a limited opportunity to make an impression on your boss and colleagues, and your personal style plays a significant role.

A well-crafted suit, especially a “basic” like a solid navy, can be worn 2-3 times a week by effectively swapping your shirt, shoes (black v. brown), belt (match your shoes!), tie, and pocket square. And given that your suit is muted, you can venture just a bit further out on the “boldness” spectrum when it comes to your accessories (remember the “1 statement piece” rule).

For a business look, you typically want to go with a silk fabric, in a traditional pattern (solid, stripe, polka dot, paisley). We recommend choosing a tie that is between 2.75″ and 3.5″. SONY DSC

  • Suit – navy solid by Black Lapel
  • Shirt – white solid by Banana Republic
  • Tie – pink, blue, and gray paisley silk by Breuer 
  • Pocket Square – white, blue, and pink cashmere by Armstrong & Wilson
  • Tie Bar – 1.5″ silver plated by DiBi

2. The Night On The Town

We’ve told you before about the emergence of the New Casual – how men are infusing formal elements into their casual wear. This can come in a variety of ways, from a blazer to a vest or skinny tie.  Your onlookers will immediately know that you understand style and appreciate the details. The key to pulling this off is to differentiate it from The Boardroom look above. If you show up to the bar in your power suit and 4″ silk tie, they’ll know you came straight from the office.

If you’re going to rock a tie, go with something that’s not suitable for the office. Go with a overly bold color or pattern, and try to keep it under 2.5″ in width. Don’t want to wear a tie outside the office? No problem. Use a fun pocket square and/or lapel flower.

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3. The Anytime I Damn Please

We all have those in-between occasions when we want to look our best but there is no strict dress code – holiday party, charity event, boozy brunch, or even a date. Perhaps it’s just a Sunday afternoon and you feel like dressing up. Enjoy the freedom and do it up right.

Similar to the New Casual look, you want to differentiate this from your Boardroom look. Mix and match patterns and textures, and add a statement piece like a bow tie, suspenders, or vest. The goal here is to stand out – for all the right reasons.

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As you see, by simply changing out your accessories, you can accomplish completely different looks.

Want access to a never-ending supply of accessories? Sign up at FreshNeck.com – plans start at just $20/month.

 

The Dapper Man Shop: Gently-worn designer accessories at discount prices

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While we are obviously huge proponents of collaborative consumption, sharing, and access – we understand there is often a desire to own.  So we are introducing The Dapper Man Shop (www.dappermanshop.com) to serve as our traditional e-commerce platform.

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We see the DMS serving two primary functions:

1. Go-to marketplace for gently-worn accessories (30-70% off retail)

With no size component or “icky-factor,” and high mark-ups on retail, ties and other accessories are ideal for the “used” market, yet there is no reliable way to purchase such items. Thrift shops are hit-or-miss and time-consuming, and eBay is unreliable and unregulated. The Dapper Man Shop is your middleman, curator, and regulator. Only mint-condition items, from the best designers, will be made available – so you can purchase with confidence (at huge savings, of course)

Many of the items available on the DMS will have only been worn a handful of times. In fact, many are worn and handled less than the “new” ties on the shelf at your local department store.
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So far, we have some selections from Hermes, Brioni, Etro, Versace, Ted Baker, Robert Graham, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines, and more. We’ll add more every week!

2. All your non-rentable goodies

Not everything can be rented. Shoes, socks, blazers, wallets, the list is endless.  We will be curating the best of the best for the dapper gentleman, from both well-known brands and emerging designers. Stay tuned…

Join Us

Website: www. dappermanshop.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dappermanshop

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dappermanshop

The Gentleman’s Guide to Winning Valentine’s Day

FB_VdayNewsletterValentine’s Day is just over a week away. She’s been looking forward to this for quite some time. You haven’t planned anything yet, even though she’s dropped 29 hints. Fear not, we have you covered.  We’ve recruited our Office Manger, Eileen,  to let you in on all the secrets – what they REALLY want.

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Gentlemen. I’m going to simplify things for you. Here’s the foolproof way to finally be the hero on Valentine’s Day.

1. Get a Card. And write in it. Not just sign your name to a Hallmark card, but actually think of something sentimental and write it by hand. Bonus points if you make your own.

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2. Flowers or Chocolate. Pretty simple, right. You don’t have to understand why we like flowers – we just do. So put together a decent bouquet or pick up some fresh chocolates. Neither should be purchased at the local 7-Eleven.

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3. The Gift. Oh, you thought flowers was enough? Sorry, but not sorry. Here’s the good news: we’re not looking for something expensive, but rather something with a little thought behind it. The bad news: you have to put a little thought behind it. The easy-but-effective way out: Jewelry. Check out Alex Mika Jewelry for fun but affordable options. (Get $15 off any purchase of $50 or more with code “freshneck15″)

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4. The Loophole. Want to get out of purchasing physical items that you think have no meaning? Get creative, and plan something special for the two of you. Ditch the typical pre-fixe dinner and surprise her with a cooking class or hire a personal chef.

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Follow these simple steps and you’re sure to be rewarded…

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Have some trade secrets you’re willing to part with? Let us know what you have planned.

 

StyleBowl XLVIII

The big game is this Sunday, and it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top (though Floyd Mayweather is betting $10 Million on the Broncos). We’re not quite ready for such a wager, so we’ll just sit back, pound some wings and beer (upgrade to Scotch at halftime?), and enjoy the game.

This game, however, does offer some interesting personalities: Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, even Seattle Coach Pete Carroll.  The question were asking today: which team has more style?

DENVER BRONCOS:

QB Peyton Manning

QB Peyton Manning keeps it classic and cool.

RB Ronnie Hillman doesn't get much playing time in real life, but he's a star in this matchup with that bow tie and chain.

RB Ronnie Hillman doesn’t get much playing time in real life, but he’s gets the nod in this matchup with that bow tie and chain.

WR Wes Welker went Bronco orange and blue for media day.  We approve.

WR Wes Welker went Bronco orange and blue for media day. We approve.

WR (and reality tv personality) Eric Decker has adorned the pages of GQ. Enough said.

WR (and reality tv personality) Eric Decker has adorned the pages of GQ. Enough said.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS:

QB Russell Wilson is a fellow GQ'er and may just be the difference maker in this matchup.

QB Russell Wilson is a fellow GQ’er and may just be the difference maker in this matchup.

RB Marshawn Lynch (they call him "Skittles") is a beast on the field, but he won't be MVP in this one.

RB Marshawn Lynch (they call him “Skittles”) is a beast on the field, but he won’t be MVP in this one.

WR Percy Harvin had style back in the day, shown here at his pre-draft party in 2010.

WR Percy Harvin had style back in the day, shown here at his pre-draft party in 2010.

Head Coach Pete Carroll plays it pretty classic and conservative. Not going to get it done here.

Head Coach Pete Carroll plays it pretty classic and conservative. Not going to get it done here.

WINNER – The Denver Broncos – The ‘hawks came out looking good early, with Russell Wilson really giving it everything he’s got, but the rest of the squad just couldn’t contribute much. Denver used a well rounded attach to come out on top of this style matchup.

 

 

 

 

 

7 Things To Know Before You Knot Up

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You’re probably not a morning person (is there really such a thing?). You might be thinking about that upcoming meeting, afterwork date, or at a minimum, that first double shot of expresso. You don’t want to exert too much brain power on putting together the flawless outfit, but the way you dress will affect your attitude and performance for the entire day. So we’re here to give you 7 simple rules  that will have you looking sharp every day, with minimal effort in the new year.

1. Keep It Proportional.

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This one is pretty simple, yet often overlooked. Your jacket lapels, shirt collar, and tie should all be similar in size/width. Nothing looks more clownish than a fat windsor knot overpowering a skinny H&M collar. Many of the modern suits are being cut slimmer, so adjust accordingly.

(Our friends at Arden Reed have a great write-up on matching your collar to your tie knot. Check it out.)

2. Length Matters.

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Your tie should just touch the top of your belt. Skinny Ties can be a tad shorter (again, it’s that whole proportion thing).

3. Everyone Loves a Good Dimple.

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A tie dimple says “this guy know’s what he’s doing.”  Perhaps nobody was more iconic for their tie dimple than Cary Grant. TSBMen (The Style Blogger) shows you how to nail it every time.

4. Setting The Bar.

tiebar-featured-664Few things to know about tie bars. First, purpose. The bar not only holds the two pieces of your tie together, but also fastens them both to the shirt’s placket, keeping your tie from getting unruly.  Second, how to wear it. Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie (three-quarters is a safe generalization), and though there are some differing opinions on the matter, ours is that the tie bar should be placed right below the third button of your shirt. It should still be visible with a vest or buttoned blazer.

5. The Combo.

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While there are endless parts of a man’s outfit that sums to the whole, the colors and patterns of the shirt/tie combo make it the center of attention. We’ve previously shown you the intricacies of pairing the solid and striped shirts with your ties (more pattern tutorials to come!), but the simplest rule of all will avoid epic fails: between your shirt and your tie, one should be simple/muted, and the other bold.

6. Play The Seasons.

rough-neck-wool-ties-gq-magazine-september-2013-fashion-04In the B.F. days (Before FreshNeck), it was a daunting task to amass a tie arsenal that allowed you to find the perfect tie for any conceivable occasion. Only Jay Gatsby’s closet would carry a full selection of light cottons and linens for summer, and wools and cashmeres for winter, in addition to the all-season silks. But now with over 1000 unique ties at your disposal, you have no excuse. So embrace the seasons. A quick tip: match your tie fabric to your suit fabric.

7. Nobody Likes a Sloppy Collar.

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Get yourself some good collar stays. We’re not talking those flimsy plastic ones. Go brass, or treat yourself to some nice engraved sterling silver ones.  A non-stiff collar can ruin an otherwise refined outfit with one swift blow. Sign up for a FreshNeck trial now and we’ll get you started with a dope pair of brass collar stays.

 

Got some other pointers you’d like to share? Tweet at us (@freshneck) with the hashtag #Fresh2014. We’ll choose one winner for a secret pack of dapper goodies.