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Sustainable Manufacturing in Menswear

By |April 9th, 2018|

A lot is being said these days about waste, consumption and sustainability, particularly in the industry of fashion.  With documentaries such as The True Cost being released and articles being written that proclaim fashion to be the second most polluting industry in the world (second only to oil), it’s important that we all wake up and start having more of these conversations, which will hopefully alter people’s consumption patterns and attitude towards fast-fashion.  Here at Milk Shirts, in a way, you could say that we are anti-fast fashion; we hold no stock since everything is made to order, we dump zero inventory since we have nothing ‘left over’ at the end of a season, we manufacture sustainably with our in-house tailors, and produce timeless classic styles with a meticulous attention to craftsmanship to ensure our shirts are made to last.

Having your clothes tailored means that they fit you as best as possible, resulting in the likelihood that you will wear it more often than something bought off the rack.  We are (obviously) big believers in the tailor-made model, but we understand that not everybody can get things tailored.  If you’re unable to do so, then make sure to invest in classic timeless pieces, that you will be more likely to wear for a longer period of time, instead of something trendy that you may only wear once or twice before moving on.

A recent survey revealed that many men living in first-world countries often throw out clothing after wearing it only once.  This is shocking behaviour and is supremely bad for the environment.  These men are likely throwing away clothes after just one wear for several reasons: 1. it’s a trendy item that they feel they can only wear once or 2. […]

8 Trends from Pitti Uomo 2018

By |January 30th, 2018|

Pitti Uomo is always an excellent time to gauge where men’s fashion is headed for the next few seasons.  This year, the preeminent men’s fashion event definitely did not disappointment when it came to delivering exciting, yet wearable, trends for the coming months.  As Pitti is held in Florence, arguably the men’s tailoring capital of the world, the looks do typically skew on the tailored side, though the men who attend this event never fail to come up with interesting and modern ways to wear a classic suit.  Here, we’ve rounded up 8 of our top trends to come out of Pitti Uomo 2018; from cropped winter trousers to wine-colored suits, we’ve got all your questions about upcoming trends in men’s fashion covered.

Overcoats &  Cropped Trousers – Though the cropped trousers look has been in style for a while now, it’s usually reserved for the warmer months.  This year at Pitti Uomo, however, we’ve seen more of it worn in the cold (paired with socks) with an overcoat.  Though most paired these cropped trousers with socks, a brave few bared their ankles in the cold.

 

Wine Tones – A rich reddish purple wine tone is an excellent way to add some sophisticated color to your winter wardrobe.  Wether it’s a wine colored suit or a wine-toned overcoat, it’s rich color which immediately exudes luxury.

 

The New Three-Piece – Three-piece suits have been popular for many years, of course, but this year in particular we’ve seen a lot of interesting three-piece ensembles pop up at Pitti.  Gone is a the solid plain navy three-piece; in its place, checkers, bold stripes and mix-matched pieces.  Paired with a classic, plain white or blue shirt, this is an excellent choice to consider […]

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    The Men Who Went #AllBlackEverything at the 2018 Golden Globes

The Men Who Went #AllBlackEverything at the 2018 Golden Globes

By |January 10th, 2018|

2018’s Golden Globes were a history-making affair, in many ways.  It was the first time the Cecil B. DeMille was awarded to a black woman, it was the first time an Asian-American actor won an award for Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy, it was the first time the majority of its attendees banded together to wear all black in support of the #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives.  It was an incredible evening and an excellent platform on which to raise awareness for the endemic gender discrimination that we face not just in Hollywood but in all industries all over the world.  Here at Milk Shirts, our own founder Sheetal Pritmani is female, working in the men’s tailoring business, which is largely dominated by men.  Causes such as these are of the utmost importance to us, so we would like to praise the men who chose to join the women on the red carpet in their #AllBlackEverything looks, in support of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns for gender equality.  Here’s some #AllBlackEverything inspiration for you to get behind the cause, too.

Justin Timberlake – Mr. Timberlake went for a pretty classic #AllBlackEverything look, with a single button tuxedo, featuring a peaked lapel in a satin finish and a matching satin butterfly bowtie.

Chris Hemsworth – Thor himself chose a more fashion-forward approach in a tone-on-tone black paisley brocade suit.  He kept the rest of his look on the more subtle side, with an unbuttoned black tuxedo shirt, sans tie, achieving and overall more relaxed feel.  He finished things off with black velvet shoes, which we think is a nice touch.

Bill Pullman – Similar to Mr. Timberlake, Bill chose a more traditional tuxedo look, however his take on it featured a […]

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    How to Wear Ultra Violet, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018

How to Wear Ultra Violet, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018

By |December 13th, 2017|

Pantone has recently named Ultra Violet purple as their ‘Color of the Year’ for 2018.  It’s a bold color that’s usually reserved for accessories such as ties and pocket squares in menswear.  However, there are many other ways to wear the color on a shirt or even on a suit.  Here, Milk Shirts shows you 10 ways to wear Pantone’s 2018 ‘Color of the Year’, Ultra Violet.

#1: The purple suit – wear it with a white shirt and black tie, to keep it classic; don’t skimp on the confidence.

#2: The bold purple blazer – an ultra-violet blazer is an excellent way to wear the trend without being too bold.  Pair it with a classic white shirt and navy trousers.

#3: The plain purple shirt – for a more subtle nod to the trend, wear your navy suit with a purple shirt instead of the usual white or blue.  A nice way to wear the trend if you work in a conservative environment.

#4: The purple theme – for the bold sartorialist, go for a full ultra-violet theme by selecting some solid purple pieces and other pieces with purple accents.  Anchor the look with a classic white shirt.

#5: The purple tuxedo – why not try a purple tuxedo for your next formal event, instead of the usual black?  It’s a formal color that lends itself well to the tuxedo look. Pair it with a modern tuxedo shirt.

#6: All purple everything – swap out #AllBlackEverything for #AllPurpleEverything this 2018 by selecting pieces in different shades of purple to give your look dimension; pick larger pieces that err on the side of blue for a more classic look.

#7: The purple striped contrast collar shirt – choose a ultra-violet striped fabric instead of the classic navy blue.  Pair it with a paisley tie for a […]

Men’s Winter Shirt Fabrics You Need to Know

By |November 30th, 2017|

With winter officially here, it’s time to properly reassess your winter shirt wardrobe.  Many men don’t realise that certain shirt fabrics work better in the winter, while others better in the summer.  Most of this comes down to the thickness of the material of the shirt, which is determined both by how it’s woven and also by what type of yarn is used to weave the fabric.  Whereas poplins make for a great light-weight, breathable summer shirt, in the winter months they often times just don’t cut it in terms of warmth.  Below, we outline Milk Shirts’ favorite winter shirt fabrics you need to know before your next visit to the tailor.

 

Pinpoint Oxford: Oxford shirts are great for winter wear as they are made from a thicker weaving technique, giving  you added warmth in the cooler months.  We often get asked about the difference between a Pinpoint Oxford and a regular Oxford shirt.  They’re both considered Oxford style shirts because they are made from the same weaving technique.  The difference, however, is in the thickness and weight of the yarn used for the weave.  Oxford shirts have a heavier thicker weave and are, therefore, usually more of a casual wear piece.  A Pinpoint Oxford, however, is made from a finer, lighter yarn and therefore gives a more formal finish, appropriate for wear at the office. Our #18 New York Shirt is constructed from one of the best Pinpoint Oxford cloths we’ve come across.

 

Herringbone & Jacquard: These two fabrics are a great choice for winter, if you want something with an interesting texture.  Both herringbone and jacquard fabrics require a thicker weaving technique to produce the textures, so they are naturally a warmer shirt fabric, great […]

Back to Work: A Milk Shirts Guide

By |October 12th, 2017|

As we celebrate the start of October, it’s officially the end of summer.  European vacations in the Mediterranean South and exotic travels to far-flung locales are now a thing of the past, and it’s time to buckle down at work until Christmas comes.  Going back to work after a summer away can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.  One of the things we look forward to each morning is getting dressed.  If you approach your return to work as a way to start afresh and bring some newness to your work wardrobe, we guarantee it will be a lot easier to head to the office each morning.  Here’s Milk Shirts’ guide to heading back to work, with a few 2017 trend updates.

The Freelancer

Even if you’re freelancing from home or your favourite cafe, it’s always a good idea to dress the part for work.  Although you may have the luxury of being able to forgo a suit and tie, putting some more work-appropriate attire on can help to get you in the mood to get work done (hanging around all day unshaven and in your pajamas is generally not conducive to getting work done).  For freelancers, we suggest a comfortable white shirt in an oxford or poplin fabric, cotton chinos or corduroys and a stylish shawl neck cardigan to keep you comfortable in cafe air-conditioning.  Don’t forget to comb that hair, too.

 

The Young Executive

You know what they say, ‘Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.’  That’s why, as a young executive, it’s so important to take care of how you look in the work place.  Taking care in how you look shows that you take care in how you do your […]

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    How To Dress for a Formal Occasion, According to the Men of ‘Dunkirk’

How To Dress for a Formal Occasion, According to the Men of ‘Dunkirk’

By |August 30th, 2017|

Dunkirk may be summer’s biggest blockbuster and Christopher Nolan’s greatest film.  The success of the film was, in large part, due to the impeccable performances from the wholly-British cast.  As a film of great significance to the British people, the premiere was an important affair, attended by the whole cast dressed, of course, in formalwear.  After all, Prince Harry himself even made an appearance on the red carpet.  The film stars a mixed cast of both rising and established British actors.  It was an interesting opportunity to for each member of the ensemble cast to express their personality and style on the red carpet.  Notably, the cast included famously stylish men such as Harry Styles, Tom Hardy and Barry Keoghan.  It was, therefore, an excellent display of various modern takes on men’s formalwear.  Here, Milk Shirts analyses the choices of formalwear from each cast member at the Dunkirk premieres in London and New York.

Fionn Whitehead – As the star newcomer of the film and the main protagonist in Dunkirk, Fionn Whitehead could have chosen a safe plain suit for his appearance on the red carpet for his first major blockbuster film, but we’re glad he didn’t.  While we might have been expecting a standard black suit and white shirt look from him, he instead turned up in an immaculately fitted checkered three-piece, anchored by a classic white shirt.  We think it’s an excellent choice for a modern formal look.

Tom Hardy – Tom Hardy has never been one to shy away from a style statement and he certainly made a big one at the Dunkirk premiere in London in this textured three-piece suit.  As if that was not enough, he opted as well for a contrast rounded club-collar instead of the usual pointed collar […]

How To: Tailor Your Perfect Shirt

By |June 22nd, 2017|

At Milk Shirts, we specialise in tailor-made men’s shirts, so we know everything there is to know about the men’s tailored shirting business. However, we appreciate that not every guy does.  So often we have men come to us without really knowing what they want from their tailor-made shirt.  Every trip to the tailor can be a daunting one, especially when confronted with questions such as “Do you prefer a a split collar? A club collar?”  “Would you like a pleated yoke?”  “How about spalla con grinze?”  “Would you prefer pique or twill?”  If you don’t speak the tailor’s jargon, it can be a thoroughly intimidating and overwhelming experience.  We’re a big believer in doing your research and coming up with an action plan before going to the tailor.  Otherwise, when confronted with the overwhelming choice of endless customization, you can get lost in the moment and end up coming out with a shirt that is overcomplicated and not at all done in your taste.  Here are some of our top things to consider before you next head to the tailor to get a shirt made.

#1. Fabric: Every tailored shirt should start with making a decision about what fabric you’d like, as the type of fabric you choose may dictate whether you go for a more casual style, a more formal style or something in between.  Oxford fabrics are usually considered to be more casual, while piques are on the more formal end.  Most dress shirts are done in a twill or herringbone weave.  If you’re not great at visualizing the final product, ask your tailor to drape the fabric over your shoulder so that you get a sense if you like the color, pattern […]

7 Ways to How to Wear: Summer Navy

By |May 4th, 2017|

Navy blue is one of the go-to colours in our wardrobe.  It’s a year-round favourite that can be worn in countless different ways.  Lately, however, we’ve noticed how men seem to get their summer navy looks all wrong, sticking too much to winter wardrobe dressing habits.  Navies can and should indeed be worn all year long, regardless of the season, however there are different ways to wear your favorite navy pieces in the summer and the winter.  Here are some of our go-to navy looks for summer to get you inspired to wear your navy pieces differently this season.

1. The Italian Way – We call this the ‘Italian way’ because, if you’ve ever been to Italy in the summer, you’d know how Italian men have an affinity for white trousers paired with colored tops.  One of our favorite colors to wear with white trousers is, of course, navy blue.  It’s a classic look with a nautical touch, particularly if worn with a striped shirt and topsider shoes.  Alternatively, worn with a linen shirt and suede loafers, it’s a sophisticated yet comfortable look to keep you stylish in the summer heat.

2. Just Add Florals – One easy way to add a summery touch to the dark palette of navy blue is to complement it with some floral accessories.  A floral tie, floral pocket square or even a floral motif lapel pin are all excellent ways to give your favorite navy suit some summer longevity.

3. Yes!  A 3-Piece!  Contrary to popular belief, you can indeed wear a three-piece suit in the summer without passing out in the heat.  Simply look for a suit that is made from cotton instead of wool.  For added comfort in the heat, opt […]

Style Inspiration from Contemporary Male Artists

By |March 21st, 2017|

The annual Art Basel show kicks off this week in Hong Kong before it heads to Miami and Basel later this year.  With much of the art world abuzz with the start of the iconic show, we’ve turned our attentions recently to contemporary artists and have been intrigued by their work as well as their style.  From the Basquiat to Hirst to Chagall, these artists have created some of the most influential pieces of art in the last century; and their style is just as diverse as their approach to art.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The renowned New York graffiti artist has never been one to conform to the usual norms of society.  As one of the first artists who popularised contemporary graffiti art, Basquait rose to fame in the late-70’s, when hip-hop, punk and art collided in truly electrifying ways.  Much like his non-conformist art, Basquiat frequently broke the rules when it came to style, as is attested in this portrait of the artist.  Peruse Basquiat’s prolific works of art and get in the mood to break some of your own style rules.

Kehinde Wiley: As one of today’s most respected living artists, Wiley’s work focuses on the use of colour and graphics, bringing together the worlds of art and graphic design.  Much like his art, Wiley’s style also frequently features strong repetitive motifs in bright colours, in the form of embroidered jackets and patterned shirts.

Ryan McGinley: As one of our generation’s most iconic art photographers, McGinley has been praised for his exploration of the relationship between humanity and the world around us, through his work which was first exhibited at the Whitney Museum at the tender young age of just 25. As the young maverick of the photography […]