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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You too can be sittin' on a mound of awesome ties, bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks.

You too can be sittin’ on a mound of awesome ties, bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks.

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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).

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.

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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#NewCasual Transformation 2

The #NewCasual Transformation continues. We’ve got so much style we couldn’t pack it all into one post! Once again we join Saul Carrasco at Michael Andrews’ Bespoke in NYC. In this session, Saul demonstrates a classy yet casual look that can be worn day-to-day, at the office or out to lunch. Featuring one of FreshNeck’s exclusive ties from Michael Andrews’ Bespoke and tie bar from Dibi, Saul presents an affordable, comfortable style suitable for the most dapper men.

Saul Carrasco is a well-known writer in men’s fashion and style. To learn more about him and his work, be sure to visit his blog, Trend Styled. Also, don’t forget to pass by FreshNeck.com for all your dapper man needs

#NewCasual Transformation

The intuitive likes of Saul Carrasco join us again in the above video feature. Held at Michael Andrews’ Bespoke in the heart of NYC, Saul demonstrates how one can easily transform a casual day or night out look in a more formal, tailored style. Using a wide array of FreshNeck products including ties and tie bars, Saul presents a quick, clean way to dress up without sacrificing comfort.

Saul Carrasco is well known as an expert in menswear and fashion. His blog, Trend Styled features all the top news and latest styles in men’s clothing and accessories. His established experience as a style writer has positioned his blog as a go to source for all things men’s style. To learn more from Saul, visit his site. Also, be sure to stop by FreshNeck.com for all your menswear accessory needs.

Give Her Something To Grab Onto

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.

Tie DIY

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Most guys would argue that tying a tie is a no-brainer…Do not listen to their gibberish! Tying a tie is nothing short of art. It’s time to ditch those clip-ons. Though fear knot (see what we did there), we’re here to teach you the essence of tying ties. There are several ways to perfect a tie’s knot, each of which provides the wearer with a unique style.

The above image shows a variety of knots available, ranging from the classic Windsor to the highly complex Ediety. Wearers must also be mindful in selecting tie bars, tie width, and length measurements. Such variation gives the wearer flexibility and unique personality. Not to mention quite a few tie knot bragging rights! Follow this guide and you are sure to avoid any tie related fashion faux pas.

Designer of the Month – Daniel Bruce of DiBi Ties

DIBI - Casual Neckwear for a Cause

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

 

 

 

Case Study: Kevin (Part 3)

 FreshNeck Case Study of Kevin.

“True Colors”
FreshNecks’ vast collection of designer haberdashery allows me to dress how I feel. Incorporating a tie with my outfit gives me that extra touch that makes me stand out from every other guy who is wearing just a button down and jeans. I’ve become so used to adding these accessories to my style that it’s kind of a part of my personality now. Purchasing all of these ties would be an expensive endeavor. Good thing for FreshNeck.

“Nothing Compares 2 U”
It happened. I finally came across a tie I couldn’t live without. The knitted John Varvatos has an official spot on my tie rack. I took advantage of the “buy” feature and purchased the tie for way less then retail.

“White Wedding”
My girlfriend and I got invited to a wedding later in the year. Typically I don’t get too excited for events like this but after stepping up my tie game I couldn’t wait to also include a bow tie, cufflinks and even a pocket square to my formal attire. After I choose my suit, I can go online and add everything I need to my “closet” and use the reserve feature to hold the ones I really want. I need to watch out, I can’t look better then the groom.