Spring has Sprung!

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Gentlemen,

After a long and dubious wintery nightmare (Polar Vortex, anyone?), spring has finally sprung! So now is the time to put the wool ties on hiatus and move to lighter pastures. Linen and cotton are now up to bat through Labor Day, and this should get reflected from your suit down to your accessories. Bright colors and lighter textures are indicative of the springtime weather and your wardrobe should reflect that. No one wears the deep burgundy wool tie to the office while it’s sunny and 75°, that’s just ludicrous and we won’t stand for it. Here is your chance to rock that Yellow & Green Brooks Brothers cotton tie that you’ve had your eye on all winter, anxiously awaiting the thermometer to hit anything above 40° to get the opportunity.

See entire Spring Collection

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With the April Showers soon to bring May Flowers, be sure to get a jump on the floral trend before Mother Nature does and add some flower-patterned accoutrements to your queues. The FreshNeck stylists suggest this Michael Andrew’s Bespoke purple floral tie to help put that extra spring in your step (see what we did there?). Casual spring pocket squares are also a great way to brighten up your everyday dress for the season. Slap on this sea-foam green and sky blue Breuer pocket square to add some colorful dimensions to your navy suit or blazer.

Want to chat with a FreshNeck stylist on how to prep your wardrobe for Spring? Shoot her an email at stylist@freshneck.com

Some of our favorite Spring items:

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Armstrong & Wilson linen tie

Countess Mara linen-blend bow tie

Countess Mara linen-blend bow tie

Seaward & Stearn cotton pocket square

Seaward & Stearn cotton pocket square

 

Extra-Long Ties

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FreshNeck has finally added a wide selection of extra-long ties. Typically 4-6″ longer than a standard-length tie, taller gentlemen can safely tie one on without worrying about it coming up just a bit short.

Traditionally, there haven’t been many stylish options for the taller men (men 6’2″ or taller should consider extra-long). But fortunately, designers are starting to cater to this group, and we’ve added options from Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Bros, Bocara, and others.

Check out FreshNeck’s entire Extra-Long Collection here.

A few more things to keep in mind:

– On the taller side but don’t have an extra-long? A skinny tie, even though standard length, may work as less material will be used for the knot, leaving more to drape below.

– A smaller knot will also give you more fabric to work with. Choose the 4-in-hand over that windsor.

Bow Ties and Pocket Squares are one-size-fits-all!

 

Get Your Dandy On – New Lapel Flowers

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We’ve told you before how the Lapel Flower (the modern boutonniere) is making a comeback.  They can be found adorning the lapels of dapper gentlemen from Milan to New York City. There seems to also be a bit of a coup amongst the SportsCenter crew up in Bristol Connecticut (See Ray Lewis). What these men already know, and what you’ll soon realize, is that the lapel flower is the new pocket square, a way to add a dash of style and intrigue to an outfit, without conforming to the norm.

We’ve seen a huge increase in demand, so we’re increasing the supply! We recently added 8 new lapel flowers to the Collection, from Made in Manhattan designer Harper Heritage. Check out the additions here, or go to their website to view/purchase the entire line.

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A Gentleman’s Partnership

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We like accessories.  Nay. We love accessories.  They can completely overhaul an outfit, bringing it from “nice” to “epic.”  However, like a quarterback surrounded with no weapons (NY Jets, anyone?), nice accessories can be wasted if the rest of the outfit is just blah.

So we’re here to get you the whole kit and caboodle (had to check our spelling on that one). We’ve mentioned before how custom suiting options have become much more affordable (“A Custom Suit For Everyone”). You may have noticed that our top pick, for both quality and customer service, was Michael Andrews Bespoke, located on Great Jones St. in NYC (with a 2nd location in Washington, DC). If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, this picture of the team sums up the ambiance.

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We encourage you to stop by, have one of the lovely ladies pour you a single malt, and have one of their impeccably dressed salespersons help you navigate the world of style, fabric, and patterns.  We have previously worked with, and can give 100% approval rates to Alex and Casey. Now that fall is upon us, perhaps you’ll opt for a tweed blazer, or a made-for-you camel overcoat. As a bonus, we’re hooking every first-time suit purchaser with a free Platinum Membership to FreshNeck. See what that gets you here.

To book your appointment, visit their website, or give ‘em a call at 866-491-1772.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and though FreshNeck is geared towards men, many of us have mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and colleagues who have been affected by Breast Cancer.  We’ve come a long way in the educating and detecting of the disease, but still have a way to go.

Here are some great resources for you to learn more about ways you can contribute:

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Cancer

National Breast Cancer Foundation

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Susan G Komen Race For The Cure

Wear your pink ties, bow ties, and pocket squares to show support. Send us pictures of you and your colleagues rockin’ the pink (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @freshneck) and we’ll reward one winner with a free month of FreshNeck membership.

Every pink item in the Collection here. All 79 of them.

Shirt/Tie Combos – Part 1

“We all get dressed the same way. One leg at a time.”

While true to a certain extent, we all have our own, unique routine for selecting an outfit each and every morning.  I know many guys who start with a suit, and build from there, while others begin with their shirt.  I even know a fellow who builds his entire outfit around his colorful socks!  But one thing is for sure – for any working professional, the most important part of his outfit is his shirt/tie combination.

By now, you already know the value in a limitless Collection of ties, always giving you something “fresh” to wear with your rotation of suits. But what is a tie without an accompanying shirt?  To that extent, we have partnered with Alenford, an NYC-based maker of luxury Italian-made shirts, to bring you a 4-part series, helping you match different shirts (Solids, Stripes, Checks, Plaids) with your ties.  We’ll give some basic tips, as well as some for those willing to take some risks.

Part 1 – Solids

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Solid shirts provide a blank canvas from which you can go in a variety of directions.  It is the easiest to pair, as you can go with a solid or patterned tie, in a variety of colors. For beginners, find a tie that has the shirt’s color as its secondary, or accent, color.

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The White Shirt. You can practically match any tie with it and your only consideration is how loud or somber you want your tie to be based on the suit-wearing occasion. Our opinion? This is your best change to wear that BOLD tie staring at you in the closet, such as this or this.

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The Pink Shirt. It is often said that “Real Men Wear Pink.” It’s a great way to break the monotony of white and blue, while still giving you many pairing options. You can either utilize the pink by pairing with a tie with pink accents, or use a complimentary color like gray, brown, or navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is part 1 of a 4-part series highlighting ways to match your FreshNeck tie with your Alenford shirt.  FreshNeck members can enjoy a 20% discount off an Alenford shirt with the code “FRESH20″ (cap sensitive).

Look out for the remaining 3 parts, which will explore combinations using striped, checkered, and plaid shirts.

And remember, if you are looking for something a little more personal, our stylists are standing by to help you. Just shoot them an email at stylist@freshneck.com.

 

For more information on Alenford, please visit their e-commerce website at ww.alenford.com or schedule an appointment for a personal fitting with the Style Expert Luigi Leonardi by contacting him at Luigi.Leonardi@alenford.com.

Win A 1-Year Platinum Membership ($660)

Definition: KARMA

kar·ma (noun)

1. Hinduism & Buddhism The total effect of a person’s actions and conduct during the successive phases of the person’s existence, regarded as determining the person’s destiny.
2. Fate; destiny.
3. Informal A distinctive aura, atmosphere, or feeling:
FreshNeck referral Free Ties For LifeYou know where we are going with this: Referrals. The sincerest form of flattery. We hope that you truly believe in our service, and want to spread the good word.  But sometimes, Karma just isn’t enough, and Cash is King. Randy Moss agrees. So you may have noticed our recently launched referral program: “Give $10, Get $10.” It’s pretty simple: For every friend you refer that signs up, you’ll EACH get $10. Open to members and non-members. Men and women. Children and animals (we’re looking at you Menswear Dog.) Just click on the Give $10 Get $10 link on top of our homepage, send through any medium (facebook, twitter, email, or link), and sit back as the cash comes in.
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As if that wasn’t enough, we’re gonna add a little more incentive.  For the next 2 months, whoever gets the most referrals will win a one-year, platinum membership to FreshNeck, valued at $660.  Second place will get a six-month platinum membership ($330), and third place will get a one-month platinum membership ($55). Oh, and you’ll still get to keep the cash you earned ($10/person). We’ll post a leaderboard ever few weeks.
The contest will run from today through the end of November, with the winner being announced on December 5th.
And if you don’t want to use the membership you win (perhaps you’re of the fairer sex), you are free to gift it (just in time for Holidays!).
For additional information, email us at hello@freshneck.com, or our live chat on freshneck.com.

Your Own Personal Stylist

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FreshNeck currently carries over 1500 unique items in its Collection, including ties, bow ties, pocket squares, cufflinks, and more. While it’s nice that you can find pretty much anything you’re looking (pink rhinoceroses, anybody?) , some men can’t handle this kind of information overload.

Well, today FreshNeck is launching it’s Personal Stylist program, where you can interact with a style expert to put the perfect outfit together.  Just shoot us an email at stylist@freshneck.com with as much information as possible.  Let us know what occasion your dressing for, what you had in mind, and anything else about you that may be relevant, such as height and weight.  Including images of the rest of your outfit always helps.

And don’t worry, our advice is not just limited to our products, but anything menswear related!

Traveling Ties

When it comes to traveling, packing clothes is often a chore many fear. You want to make sure you pack your clothes cleanly and efficiently. One of the most awkward articles of clothing to pack is the tie. Ties are expensive, so obviously you would want protect them from zipper snags, stains, or worse, the TSA. After doing quite a bit of research, three methods seemed to be most effective.

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Brown Leather Tie Case by Moore & Giles

The first is a tie carrier. Think of a portfolio for your ties. This small case safely stores your ties and protects them from any other items in your bag that could cause damage. Some claim the case causes mild creases, but that’s nothing a quick steaming can’t solve.

The second method is quite a bit cheaper and just as effective. Rolling up your ties and storing them in an airtight Ziploc bag works especially well with thicker, wool knit ties. While it might not be as stylish as a tie carrier it will definitely get the job done.

The last method may very well be your best bet. You only need to pack ties if you own them. And, to be honest owning ties is expensive and over-rated. With FreshNeck, you can rent all the ties you want and keep them as long as you want. However, what happens when you need to travel with your ties? FreshNeck has you covered there as well. FreshNeck will provide shipping services to any hotel you plan on checking into. With just a few online clicks, your ties will be waiting for you in your room when you arrive. Visit FreshNeck.com today and start traveling smarter.

Dapper Eye for the Small Guy

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If you are a short and skinny guy you’ve probably often faced some frustration when dressing up. Simply put, most suits and ties do not necessarily flatter your physiques. You have to be carefully deciding which fitted shirts, ties, and sports jackets will best help pull off that dapper style you’re shooting for. Many small statured guys face that dilemma as well, therefore we figured some of these tips bellow should definitely help out.

  1. The one button jacket is your friend – A one button jacket allows for a larger “V” shape along the lapels. This in turn lengthens your torso and overall physique.
  2. Shorter jackets lengthen the legs – A short jacket ending just at the bottom of the seat lengthens the leg line visually. This in turn creates the illusion of being tall.
  3. The peak lapel – a peak lapel draws attention upward towards the wearer’s chest and shoulders, creating a broader perspective. Be sure to stick to thinner lapels if you have a small frame).
  4. Show some shirt cuff – You can have your jacket sleeves cut to show a bit of your shirt cuff. Anywhere from a half inch to an inch is ideal. Add a stylish set of cufflinks from our collection to properly accessorize. See our full collection of cufflinks here.
  5. Lastly and most importantly, is the tie. A tie can make or break a short, skinny guy’s look. With so many styles available it can be difficult to choose the appropriate one. Here the skinny or slim tie will pull off your look best. If you’re thin and wearing a slim-fit shirt, a skinny or slim tie will accent your appearance. The thinness of the tie will promote a slender and taller perspective without sacrificing broadness in the shoulders and chest. For example take a look at the slimming Gucci, wool and silk blend, 2.75 inch slim tie or the Duchamp silk knit skinny tie.
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    Gucci  Wool and Silk Blend 2.75″ Slim Tie

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    Now the question is, where could skinny guys go to find skinny ties? Why not FreshNeck? Styles come and go so why spend hundreds on ties that will soon be out of style. Rent any tie you like and return it when you’re done only at FreshNeck.com. Our plans start at $20/month with unlimited free exchanges. Just think of us as the Netflix for ties.

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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The Dapper Man Shop Recap

As all of you FreshNeck followers know, our Dapper Man Shop event was a huge hit last month. By teaming with other e-commerce sites such as Black Lapel, The Collaterals, Everett, and Pengallan, our pop-up shop provided a location for customers to see and feel firsthand the quality of products we have to offer.

The video above features a wide array of products that were displayed at the event. We also get some insight from FreshNeck owner, David Goldberg as well as our partnering company owners. For More information on the event be sure to check out our previous Dapper Man Shop blog post.