Tuxedo: Rent or Buy?

If your calendar looks anything like ours, you’ll be attending a wedding. Maybe you’ll attend as a guest, groomsman, or maybe you’re the lucky man getting hitched! Despite the excitement of weddings, what the hell are you supposed to wear? It’s time to answer the age old question:“To rent or buy a tux?”

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Some of our favorite rental companies: The Black Tux or My Tuxedo Catalog

Affordable Custom Tuxedo to purchase: Black Lapel

And of course, whichever route you go for your tuxedo, get some stand-out formal accessories from FreshNeck.

Style Survival Guide: The Heatwave

 

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When the temperatures soar into the 90’s, us guys are screwed. While the ladies have it easy, in their summer dresses and tanks (we don’t mind), we suffer the heat with our long sleeves and pants. Knotting a tie and adding a blazer/jacket only makes matters worse.  Throw in a crowded subway ride and you have a recipe for disaster.  Nobody wants to be the guy showing up to the office covered in sweat.

With August near, the hot and humid days are only getting worse. Here are a few tips to keep you feeling cool, without sacrificing style.

FABRIC

While your wool blend may get you through three seasons, cotton and linen rule the day for summer suits. They are the perfect lightweight summer fabrics with a bonus – it draws attention to your shoulders to highlight those long hours at the gym. However, keep in mind linen’s tendency to wrinkle. J. Crew and Bonobos both offer reasonable options in a variety of colors.

As for summer shirts, our favorite fabrics are poplin, zephyr, and linen. For a detailed discussion of summer shirting fabrics, check out our friends over at Alenford.

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And of course, we can’t leave out the accessories. A good rule of thumb is to match the material of your tie to your blazer. While Fashion 101 will tell you not to wear your thick wool tie, you’d be surprised at how much heat a standard silk tie can generate, especially if knotted tightly.  Instead, go with a lightweight slim cotton or linen (or derivatives like chambray and seersucker). One of the great benefits of being a member of FreshNeck is that you can properly play the seasons, without purchasing the items.  Get some fresh summer ties and pocket squares for the summer, and exchange them out for more traditional fabrics as fall rolls around.

Some brands to check out that specialize in lightweight fabrics: DiBi, Armstrong & Wilson, Breuer, and Everett.

COLOR

Dark colors trap the heat, while light colors let it pass through. Our favorite is a basic khaki suit. Versatile enough to dress up or down, lightweight chino fabric ensures nobody will see sweat. If you want to keep it formal, pair it with a white shirt and black tie, but we suggest bringing it casual with a pop of color. A trending alternative is the light gray suit, in cotton or linen.

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FIT

We are all for a tailored look, but summer suits should be cut slightly bigger to allow room to breathe.  Nobody wants to see that suit stuck to your inner thigh.  And you’ll be less inclined to sweat through the material.

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FOOTWEAR

Let’s stick with the same themes here.  Keep it light, both in weight, and in color.  Some caramel or light gray colored loafers work well.

And no need for socks.  You’d be amazed at how much letting your ankles breathe can do for the rest of your body.  If you tend to sweat from your feet (or get blisters) from going sockless, consider a loafer liner, which is basically just the bottom of a sock.  Hook & Albert makes some a great one in funky colors.

Sockless Loafers in Summer Still feeling helpless? If you tend to sweat like Patrick Ewing after 48 minutes against the Bulls, its handy to keep a second shirt (and some deodorant) at the office. Last resort? Keep your suit at the office and commute in gym shorts and sneakers – just make sure you get to work before your boss!

How do you stay cool and stylish in the summer? Leave a comment below!

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It’s that simple.  Members and non-members both encouraged to enter. (We’ll add a free month of whatever level you’re membership is for current members).

Designer of the Month: Everett

 

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In case you haven’t gotten the memo, 2013 has been all about embracing your #NewCasual game. In the past, dressing down was the way to stand out from the sheep and declare your individuality.  But the scales have tilted, and it is time to add a dash of class to your casual wardrobe.  With a variety of designers and collections to choose from, Everett is an emerging brand to look out for.

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Two of Everett’s co-founders showing off the colorful goods.

After working with Everett at the Dapper Man Shop and enjoying their company at the Dapper Derby Party, this handcrafted brand deserves the proper recognition.

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Everett co-founder Tinoy shows how to rock a tie with swag.

Founded by friends Nathan Coleman, James Brooks and Tinoy Kashif, Everett is about the idea of “wearing yourself”. Built upon this motto, Everett strives to remind people that what you wear is an expression of yourself. “There will always be restrictions, but there will always be an exception. Find that exception.”

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Not your grandfather’s bow ties. Unless your grandfather was the coolest SOB around.

With #NewCasual gaining traction around the country, we asked our friends at Everett where they see fashion heading in the next five years. For them, “More and more men are learning that dressing well is a privilege and the days of having difficulty finding accessorizing options are over.” Even so, Everett believes that men’s accessories will continue to focus on subtle accents and decorative details to allow wearers to make a statement.

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Be sure to check out our new selection of Everett ties, bow ties and pocket squares on FreshNeck. Also, view/purchase their new Reserve Collection on their site, which features season fabrics (cotton, wool, etc) and silk hybrids, like 4-way bow ties.


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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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.

The Dapper Man Shop

FreshNeck Co-Founder David Goldberg (center) poses with the founders of Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett Clothing, and Pengallan inside The Dapper Man Shop.

FreshNeck Co-Founder David Goldberg (center) poses with the founders of Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett Clothing, and Pengallan inside The Dapper Man Shop.

Hope you guys enjoyed your weekend! For those of you who missed it, last week was an exciting time for FreshNeck as we had our first trial with a pop-up shop here in Manhattan. Here is a quick recap of the week’s events and the goals we wanted to accomplish by opening a pop-up shop.

What is The Dapper Man Shop?

From June 4th to June 9th, FreshNeck teamed up with four other online start-up companies, Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett, and Pengallan; to open a pop-up shop in SoHo. Inspired by the recent “experience shops” by the likes of Bonobos and Warby Parker, The Dapper Man Shop was a place for the modern man to kick back, enjoy himself, and learn about some kick-ass fashion startups.way to promote our product by giving our customers a traditional shopping experience.  The art-gallery-turned-man-cave featured leather couches, dressers stocked with sick duds, and of course, flowing whiskey.

Although our company has its roots on the internet, we refuse to lose the personal touch and customer engagement.  Face-to-face. Man-to-man. Our members are so important to us, and their feedback is what has helped us build the company.  ,

A little more about the other particpating companies, each doing awesome things in their own right.

Black Lapel – custom shirts and suits for the discerning and fashionable man. I personally own one, and it rocks. And is beyond affordable.

http://www.blacklapel.com/

The Collaterals – luxurious yet practical cufflinks and collar links for the modern man. Wore them to a wedding this past week. They look badass, and are practical, too.

http://www.thecollaterals.com/

Everett Clothing – locally handcrafted neckties, bowties, and pocket squares for men. We carry the line, and are big supporters. Great product, great people behind the company.

http://www.everettclothing.com/

Pengallan, luxury slim-fit boxers and other accessories for the stylized individual. Buy two. Your girlfriend will steal one. Guaranteed.

http://pengallan.com/

Highlights:

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and you’ve fancied yourself a stroll in SoHo for some summer shopping. As you turn the corner onto Broome Street, your curiosity is peaked when you notice the lemonade stand, along with two rakish gents smoking cigars on the sidewalk.  You are then personally invited, and escorted into, the Dapper Man Shop. Upon entry, a barista offers you a refreshing beverage before you take a seat on a vintage leather sofa to take in the atmosphere. As you do so, you are kindly greeted by an exceptionally well-dressed man, who invites you to explore the worlds of the participating companies. Shopping the way a man wants – while sitting on a leather couch drinking a single-malt.

While the Shop was run as a retail/experience shop by day, the space was turned into an event space by night for some awesome industry parties.  Like Pengallan’s Launch Party (it’s hard to be the best-looking guy in the room when Tyson Beckford stops by). Or Saturday evening’s Dapper Man Shop Main Event, hosted by Stoli.

A Thursday evening meet-and-greet was hosted by Damien Basile, a local blogger and designer of custom bow ties and pocket squares (check out his exclusive collection for FreshNeck). The event was sponsored by Ploonky.com and 320NY.com, and the attendees were treated to complimentary whiskey and a unique elector-swing set put on by Electric Gentleman.  The evening concluded with a bow tie-tying contest, with winners taking home bow ties from Everett.

Now that the week is over, and we have some time to reflect, we couldn’t be happier with the experience. We also wanted to send a special thank you to the founders of the other companies. You helped make the Dapper Man Shop a resounding success.

Stay Fresh.

PS – Check out the gallery below!

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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The most exciting 2 minutes in…Fashion

“AND THEY’RE OFF”

Everyone loves the Kentucky Derby. Sporting Event? Check. Flowing Booze (Mint Juleps, anyone?). Check. Gambling. Check.

But as you’ve come to expect from us by now, we like to take things to another level. Sure, you can mosey on down to your local watering hole at 6:22 pm just in time to catch some 70-year-old announcer yell “AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME.” But while the actual race everyone cares about is only 2 minutes long, we prefer to participate in a daylong spectacle of the 3D’s 1) Dancing 2) Drinking, and 3) Dressing Up . Yeah that’s right. No Derby Party is complete without full-on, Derby-Inspired costumes. In fact, FreshNeck has gotten together with of New York City’s hippest and most dapper companies (Everett Clothing, Suspender Boys, Electric Gentlemen, and others) to throw an all day DerbyStyle shindig at the Ava Lounge at the Dream Midtown Hotel. Tickets can be bought here, and include a drink ticket, and automatic entry to a raffle chock full of great prizes.  As if this wasn’t enough, we will also be hosting a cash-prize costume contest, and there will be a real-live horse greeting you at the door.

But we realize many of you won’t be in New York City to attend, and will be going to other Derby-themed parties.  No matter where you’re downing your juleps, we strongly encourage you to do so in style, literally. So we’ve put together some quick tips for the gent looking to get his Southern Charm on. Bonus points for buying as little as possible, and using what you have. Double bonus points for renting your accessories at FreshNeck.com. 

Everett Clothing Seersucker Bow Tie

Everett Clothing Seersucker Bow Tie

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Vineyard Vines Seersucker Tie

 

1. Seersucker – There is an old saying that “Only rich men can afford such a cheap fabric.” You can go traditional with a full-on seersucker suit or blazer like this Bonobos edition, or go modern with seersucker accessories.

2. Color – The bolder and brighter the better. There’s no wrong place for it: your shirt (think pastel!), pants, socks, bow tie, even your shoe laces.

3. Hats – Leave them for the ladies!

4. Be comfortable! The beauty of #DerbyStyle is you can dress up, and still be cool and comfortable. It’s all about breathable fabrics (seersucker, cotton, linen), whether in the Kentucky sun  or a sweaty NYC bar.

 

Now, if you just can’t get yourself to go all-in on this, and you’re looking to participate in a conservative way, perhaps you can go with a conservative, derby-themed accessory.  Here’s a favorite from our Collection:

Seaward & Stearn Silk Derby-Themed Tie

Seaward & Stearn Silk Derby-Themed Tie

We want to see your Derby Outfits! Post on FreshNeck’s Facebook or Twitter, or hashtag on Instagram with @FreshNeck or #DerbyStyle. We’ll select the best ones and repost, and give away some cool prizes.

Some full-outfit inspiration:

Derby Perfection by Kellan Lutz

Derby Perfection by Kellan Lutz

On point, without being ridiculous

On point, without being ridiculous

When in doubt, follow Heff's lead

When in doubt, follow Heff’s lead

 

Who do you Tie One On for?

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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

Stand Up to Cancer Bow Tie

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.

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