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.

 

Meet GQ’s Style Man of the Year in 2023

Meet Tobias Otting. Hailing from Boston, he lists his passions as fashion, dancing, dining, and travel.  He’s a FreshNeck member, and a fashion blogger with some dapper style. So why should you know about him (and follow his blog)? Because he’s 9 years old, and we can all learn a thing or two from him, namely confidence and being yourself.

His post on FreshNeck caught our eye (He rocked an Everett tweed bow tie and pocket square combo for New Year’s). Apparently his mother gifted him a membership for the holidays, and Toby is taking full advantage. He tells us that he can’t really wear our ties or suspenders because he’s too small, but fortunately he’s a master of bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks. Seriously, if he can tie his own bow, isn’t it time you learned once and for all?

Tobias in his Everett bow tie and pocket square from FreshNeck on New Years.

Tobias in his Everett bow tie and pocket square from FreshNeck on New Years.

We hadn’t grown into our personal style until our early twenties. When we were 9 (okay, 17), we were still in our sweatpants. It’s refreshing to see someone, especially at that age, forge his own path. We’re wishing Toby nothing but success. We have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear from him.

Some of our favorite looks from Toby:

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Looks like it runs in the family.

Looks like it runs in the family.

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Check out Toby’s blog here, or follow him on twitter @jrsartorialist

 

Fresh Weddings!

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We can think of no more fitting occasion to get “dressed to the nines” and pay attention to clothing choices than a wedding.  Whether you’re attending as a groomsman, a regular guest, or if this is your special day, just grabbing the first thing in your closet just won’t do.

At FreshNeck, we’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of many of these unforgettable days.  We’ve outfitted grooms, groomsmen, fathers of the brides/grooms, and some very stylish wedding crashers! With FreshNeck, it is now simple and affordable to wear something unique for that one day.  No longer do you have to recycle that solid black bow tie for every single wedding.

How We Can Help

Let’s face it.  Wedding expenses get out of hand quickly, so there is no need to spend an extra grand outfitting yourself and your groomsmen with ties they will likely wear once.  And the old “giving the tie as a groomsmen gift” is a waste of money, and is rarely appreciated by the recipient.  The solution – Rent accessories for the day, and buy them groomsmen gifts with some sentiment attached.

– 1-time rentals on unique formal accessories from designers including Brioni, Vitaliano Pancaldi, Prada, Gucci, and more. Whether you are looking for a tie, bow tie, pocket square, cufflinks, or an entire set, we got you covered.

– Groomsmen packages.  We carry up to 12 units of many of our styles, to outfit your entire  wedding party.

– Custom packages.  Let us know what you’re looking for, in terms of style, type, and color.  You can even provide a picture of your bride-to-be’s color palette, and we can work with our vendors to create something just for you. If we don’t already have it, we’ll get it.

– Discounts with affiliates, including custom tuxedos and shirts.

Our Work

We recently had the honor of being a part of Bonnie and Kevin Boon’s special day at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  Bonnie had chosen a beautiful teal for her bridesmaids’ dresses, and Kevin was looking for something affordable for his 8 groomsmen that would match, and he preferred a skinnier width of tie. FreshNeck worked with one of its vendors, Imani Uomo, to achieve this look, and we added solid white cotton pocket squares to finish it off.  The gentlemen looked dapper, but I think we can all agree the greatest accessory is a beautiful bride like Bonnie.  Check out some of the pictures:

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Have a wedding coming up? Shoot us a note at hello@freshneck.com with any relevant details, and one of our consultants will create a customized solution.

 

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.

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

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Dapper Derby Recap

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On May 4th, for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, FreshNeck came together with other awesome companies to throw a Dapper Derby party.  The who’s who of the NYC social scene came out to the Dream Hotel’s Ava Lounge, dressed to the nines in seersucker, pastel-colored suits, frilly dresses, and of course, crazy hats! Together, they turned “the most exciting two minutes in sports” into an all-day affair, dancing to Electric Gentlemen’s electro-swing mix and drinking the custom cocktail, “Electric Julep.”

Highlighting the high-profile event was none other than Caesar the Horse holding down the red carpet.  CaesarTheHorseSpecial thanks to Dapper Derby participants and sponsors, including Everett Clothing, Electric Gentlemen, and Suspender Boys.

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Designer of the Month – Daniel Bruce of DiBi Ties

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DiBi – Casual Neckwear for a Cause

Many of our readers and FreshNeck members are already familiar with DiBi ties from our collection.  We carry 43 unique DiBi items, including ties, bow ties, and tie bars, all of which can be found here.

Most are crafted using non-silk fabrics, including cotton, seersucker, velvet, and chambray.  Given this, as well as the slim width (ranging from 2-2.75″), DiBi ties are ideal for that #NewCasual look, perfectly suitable for a date or a night out with the boys.

But what many don’t know is that DIBI runs its own foundation (www.dibifoundation.com), which seeks to strengthen and expand educational services and supplies in rural communities throughout the world. A portion of every purchase goes towards providing teaching kits.  FreshNeck is proud to participate in such a worth cause.

Daniel Bruce, founder of DiBi and the DiBi Foundation, describes the brand as representing “the fashion conscious shopper who enjoys plenty of selection at competitive prices.  On the men’s fashion industry, Bruce says “it is growing at a rapid rate, especially accessories. I can only imagine the industry expanding and continuing at this pace.” As a longstanding partner of FreshNeck, Daniel says of the unique “Netflix for Ties” business model “it’s a unique way to offer accessibility to fashion for those who are in need of ties on a daily basis.”

A sampling of some of our favorite DiBi Items available in the FreshNeck Collection:

Pastel Cotton Tie

Pastel Cotton Tie

Gingham Cotton-Blend Bow Tie

Gingham Cotton-Blend Bow Tie

Chambray Skinny Tie

Chambray Skinny Tie

Plaid Cotton Skinny Tie

Plaid Cotton Skinny Tie

Wooden Slim Tie Bar

Wooden Slim Tie Bar

 

 

 

Who do you Tie One On for?

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Look for BTC products at FreshNeck.com.

FreshNeck is proud to announce its recent partnership with BowTie Cause.  Launched in 2010 by former NFL Linebacker Dhani Jones as a philanthropic initiative, BowTie Cause utilizes the Bow Tie to raise awareness, and funds, for various charities and non-profits.

By purchasing (or renting) a Bow Tie Cause bow tie, you are showing support for that cause.  Nothing starts a conversation better than a bow tie, so it’s a great way to spread the word.

As part of its ongoing relationship, FreshNeck has purchased and will stock various bow ties relating to different causes.  Currently, they offer three different options:

1. Autism Speaks

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2. Multiple Sclerosis Society

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3. Stand Up to Cancer

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Over the course of the year, FreshNeck will be showcasing additional bow ties and causes.  We also urge you to go to Bow Tie Cause’s website, and purchase any bow ties we don’t carry to support causes near and dear to you.

Check out all three of these bow ties, along with the rest of FreshNeck’s bow tie collection, here.

Dhani shows you How To Tie a Bow Tie.

(Bow)Tie of the Day – Vitaliano Pancaldi Black Swarovski Crystal

Many things are signified by the turning of the weather, and the coming of Spring.  One of our favorites – Wedding Season! Great food, open bars, dancing, bridesmaids – what’s not to love? But you don’t need us to tell you – after all you’ve been staring at those invitations on your fridge since they came 4 months ago.  But you do need us to answer one question – “What am I going to wear?”  Well, this is actually a trick question. Because now with FreshNeck, the “Netflix for Ties,” you no longer have to wear that same ol’ boring solid black tie or bow tie over and over again to ever event.  This is your chance to mix it up, and stand out from the rest of the sheep.  FreshNeck has tons of formal accessories (134 to be exact) that will have you looking dapper, refined, and classy.

So in this spirit, we’re using our Tie of the Day column to highlight one of our favorites, the Vitaliano Pancaldi ruffled black silk bow tie featuring Swarovski Crystals.  Here’s a few things you should know about it: 1) it’s made from the highest quality Italian black silk, so will qualify for “Black Tie” 2) the ruffles and crystals give it the requisite “wow” factor to start at least 20 conversations, and 3) it’s pre-tied, so you won’t have to watch a tutorial before donning this bad boy. So what are you waiting for? Channel your inner Bradley Cooper and sign up at FreshNeck today.

Step Up Your "Black Tie" game this wedding season

This is what FreshNeck is all about.  Rent a beautiful, but too-bold-to-repeat bow tie, as part of your membership.  Then exchange for a completely different formal standout like this Dolce & Gabbana ivory slim tie for your next event.

For bonus points, take the matching pocket square as well.

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Vitaliano Pancaldi Black Silk Pocket Square ft. Swarovski Crystals