Step Up Your Prom Game

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With the start of the spring season, that only means one thing for our high school sartorialists: Prom Season is upon us. The pressure to find the right date can be stressful enough to begin with, but then comes the challenge of dressing the part. The gentlemen (traditionally) try and match the colors their date will be wearing to compliment her dress, which is always the safe bet, but can be difficult when she’s decided on the cadmium colored dress with cerulean accents.  The matching tie and vest from Men’s Wearhouse can be generic, so you run the risk of wearing the same outfit as a few of your classmates. Nobody wants that.

With FreshNeck’s One-Time Rentals, you will have access to an expansive 2,000 + item inventory of ties, bow ties, pocket squares, cufflinks and more! Rentals start as low as $5 per item! Now you can stand out in the sea of high school mediocrity and even impress your date with that newfound sense of sophistication.  She won’t be able to keep her eyes (and hands) off of you throughout the night, as well as making all of the other ladies jealous with envy.

Whether you are renting a black tuxedo or wearing your tried and true navy or charcoal suit (and not that all-white tuxedo that you will regret down the road), let your accessories do some of the talking to give your special occasion’s setup a bit more “pop” to help catch someone’s eye. It can be subtle and elegant like these custom black and navy Biagio Santo Bow Ties or a touch of chic class with a skinny floral Ted Baker tie. Suspenders will not only add functionality to your tuxedo in lieu of a clunky belt buckle, but some European flair as well. Pair these classic black herringbone Trafalgar suspenders with your classic Black Tie garb for a subtle and sophisticated addition.

As always, the pocket square and lapel flower are not required, but are strongly encouraged if you are looking to tie everything together or need that little extra kick to set off your prom day uniform.

See entire formal collection here.

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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.

 

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.

(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

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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Are You More Bond or More Q?

We finally saw the new Bond flick, and I think it’s safe to say it’s kick ass.   It has all the car chases, twists, turns and badassery we’ve come to expect from our favorite MI-6 secret agent.

Sitting in the theater we kept thinking, “Damn that guy’s got style.”  And it wasn’t only Bond that caught our eye.  Q, Bond’s own personal iGenius, had his own style.  A style that drastically countered Bond’s, but was equally blog-worthy.

So, here’s the question:  Are you more Bond or more Q?

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If you went to MIT and majored in math and science, you’re probably a Q.   If Skymall is your favorite magazine, you’re probably a Q.  If you have a little bit of Brooklyn hipster in you, you’re definitely a Q.  Q is young, smart and fashionable.  He wears skinny ties, cardigans and duffel coats capitalizing on emerging trends and styles.  In the art museum scene Q rocks a solid Chambray tie like this DIBI tie from our collection.  When Q dons a brown cardigan later in the movie, he shows off a neat woven tie similar to this John Varvatos piece.  And I’m sure these 4GB USB cufflinks are right up Q’s alley.

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If you think tweeting, pinning and tumblr are wrestling moves, you’re most likely a Bond.  Bond has that undeniable old school class and cool.  He doesn’t get caught up in what’s “hot” or “trendy.”  He wears suits.  High quality, well-tailored suits.  His style is timeless (after all, he’s been around for 50 years).  007 knows the worth of a good white pocket square, which is a staple.  In the museum scene with Q, Bond shows off a durable straight navy necktie, resembling this Armstrong & Wilson piece.  When Bond is chasing down bad guys in his classic greys, he wears a tie similar to this Yves Saint Laurent look.  Of course, the best Bond look is that midnight blue tux. – Now that’s style.-  Whether you know how to tie a bow tie or not, we’ve got you covered.  We have this pre-tied Giorgio Armani or this DIY (good luck) Michael Andrews Bespoke for any formal occasion.

So, who are you? More Bond or more Q?

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