December 5, 2013

8 Tips to Keep Any Groom Sane

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Celebrate your wedding in style!

Getting married is a big deal. You and your fiancée have been planning a beautiful affair for months now, and you want to enjoy your special day and make sure everyone else does, too. Of course, all of this can be a little stressful, especially if the bride-to-be (or her parents, or your parents) is getting anxious about all the little last-minute details. We want you to have the time of your life and remember your wedding as an absolutely wonderful day. With that in mind, here are 8 pieces of wisdom to keep you from having a groomzilla moment. (more…)

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October 9, 2013

Dancing With The Stars Update

Are you ready for Season 17?

Get ready for another exciting week on Dancing with the Stars!

Well, it’s been a crazy few weeks on Dancing with the Stars. Our best-dressed star suffered a severe leg injury from a fall, which affected his ability to dance. In fact, doctors told Bill Nye the “Science Guy” that he shouldn’t even be walking around, let alone dancing, until his injury heals completely. (more…)

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April 13, 2013

Formal Wear Fashion: 3 Stylish Tuxedo Shirts For Summer

While April showers bring flowers, it also ushers in the long awaited summer weather.  Even though you are combating the harrowing rainstorms and oppressive spring allergies, this season is the starting point for many wonderfully warm weddings and other celebrations. Formal wear for men need to be planned accordingly since most of these soirees are held outside. Regardless of the occasion, comfort and breathability are essential to stand strong temperatures but other factors need to be taken into consideration as well. Every good outfit requires proper planning and coordination but one element can make or break the look you desire: the shirt.  When compiling all the formal accessories together to make your outfit whole, the shirt serves as the linchpin since it helps tie everything together. Here are three tuxedo shirts that are perfect for the impending summer celebrations! (more…)

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December 28, 2012

Suit Up! Formal Wear For Everyday Occasions

Barney Stinson is simply legen - wait for it - dary.

While both concepts of dressing to impress and dressing for success are well known when it comes to interviews and dates, there are other, perhaps simpler, things to consider. Why not dress nicely even if it’s simply for yourself? (more…)

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November 24, 2010

The French Cuff—Is it just for formal wear?

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The French Cuff Shirt—Is it just for formal wear?

The French Cuff—Is it just for formal wear?

For a long time the French cuff has been a mainstay for men’s formal wear. Its elegant, rich texture adds depth to a man’s wrist area and creates a certain panache as those white cuffs that are adorned with cufflinks peak out from under the dinner jacket sleeve. But French cuffs aren’t just for tuxedo shirts.

These days as men mix and match at special events or redefine what it is to get dressed up, French cuffs are being seen in places where before they might not have been. Here are a few suggestions when it comes to these wonderful wrist trimmers.

What are French Cuffs?

A French cuff, which is also known as a double cuff, is a piece of material at the end of each sleeve of a man’s long sleeve dress shirt that extends beyond the length of the wrist. In essence, when it is free flowing it doubles the length of the cuff. The extra length, which has a band around it, is folded up and then fastened as a cufflink is passed through the four holes in the cuff.

The effect is the cuff on the shirt is now at the proper length. At the same time, it is thicker and dressier than normal cuffs. This effect is reinforced as the cuffs are held together by cufflinks.

Other than Formal Wear?

You don’t have to limit yourself to wearing French cuffs with formal wear. You can wear them with dressy jeans, a sport jacket or a suit. The trick is to choose the appropriate type of shirt that matches what you’re wearing.

As an example, a formal white tuxedo shirt with French cuffs won’t look right with a suit, sport jacket or jeans. Find a shirt with double cuffs that has the right texture and is the appropriate color.

The cuffs should always be fastened unless you’re going out clubbing or to another such place. They should always be held together with cufflinks. Some stores sell shirts with double cuffs that are held together with buttons. That really negates the whole reason for wearing these special cuffs.

One Final Note

Some say never wear French cuffs without a sport jacket. Jeans and double cuffs are fine as long as theirs at least a sport jacket involved. We’ll leave that up to you, your personal taste and your ability to pull it off.

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