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Black Tie, According to the 2017 Oscars

By |February 28th, 2017|

What does it mean to wear black-tie in today’s day and age?  We take a look at the latest trends in formalwear through the lens of the 2017 Oscars red carpet.  It is arguably Hollywood most fashionable evening, with all the biggest stars turning out in their finest, so it’s an excellent time to gauge the trends in modern black-tie wear.  While some opted for more classic, timeless styles, others took bigger risks.  From slim-fit classics, to double-breasted old-world styles, to ruffled shirts, the style at this year’s Oscars was far from boring.  Here are our top modern black-tie trends from the 2017 Oscars for you to get inspired by this year.

Timeless Tux

Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the 2017 Oscars, opted for a pretty classic black three-piece tuxedo, with a peaked lapel.  His look was timeless, fail-proof and sophisticated.  It would have been almost immaculate if it weren’t for just one thing: we wished he had kept his jacket buttoned for his opening.  It would have made for a cleaner look.  Nevertheless, if you’re looking for some timeless black tie inspiration, look no further than Mr. Kimmel.

Throwback Tux

Michael Shannon gave us a slightly more old-school vibe in his Tom Ford double-breasted tuxedo.  The double-breasted suit is a great option for a guy who wants a sturdier, stronger look on the red carpet.  With so many men opting for single-breasted tuxedos these days, you’ll be sure to stand out (in a good way) in a double-breasted option.  The addition of the red lapel flower also gave it a nice 20’s-inspired look (a small nod to his career-making role in the 1920’s-set Boardwalk Empire, perhaps?).

The Dinner Jacket

Dev Patel in Burberry shows us how to pull off a dinner jacket at […]

6 Wardrobe (And Date) Ideas this Valentine’s Day

By |February 7th, 2017|

Whether you’ve just recently met or have been together for decades, Valentine’s Day is a nice way to let your partner know that you love them and that you are happy to have them in your life.  We believe in letting your partner know this every day (not just on Valentine’s Day), but that doesn’t mean you can’t also give them a little reminder and show them how much appreciate their love this February 14th.  If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do as well as what to wear this Valentine’s Day, here are six date and wardrobe ideas for you to share with your loved one this year.

1. Dinner at Home

If you’re stellar in the kitchen, then invite your partner over for dinner and whip up an incredible meal.  The effort you put in is sure to impress, and you’ll be able to enjoy each other’s company from the comfort of home, without the stress of other couples’ eyes on you at a restaurant.  Make your partner feel at home by dressing in a look that’s both stylish and comfortable.  A fitted long-sleeve tee or knit top with a pair of looser-fitting trousers are sure to set the tone for an excellent night in.

 

2. A Night Out After Work

We all work and have busy lives, but that’s no excuse to not celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one.  If you’re coming straight from work (after all, Valentines Day 2017 does fall on a Tuesday), try not to arrive at your date in your full work look. Swap out your tie for something a bit more festive, such as a bow-tie, to show you’ve made some effort, even though you may not have had the time to head home and change […]

The 6 Sartorial Accessories You Need to Finish Your Look

By |November 5th, 2016|

By now, we’re hoping you all have a few classic shirts and well-tailored suits in your repertoire (if not, it’s time you did).  One question we get a lot these days is, now that you’ve got the basics covered, how can you keep reinventing these classic pieces in fresh new ways?  The easiest way to do this is with accessories.  Aside from your typical selection of ties, belts and shoes, there are so many other accessories with which to change up your look.  From pocket squares to tie bars to cufflinks to lapel pins, these accessories will easily add flare to your look, no matter what the occasion. They will instantly transform your classic suit-and-shirt combination every time.

1. Pocket Square: Appropriate for work, for dinners, for black-tie events, for cocktails, etc., the pocket square is the most versatile accessory on this list.  Available in a myriad of patterns, fabrics and textures, it’s easy to find a pocket square to suit pretty much any occasion.  You can also fold them in countless different ways so that they look different and feel fresh each time.

2. Lapel Pin: A lapel pin is a great accessory for a black-tie or formal event, especially if in a floral motif; a great addition to any tuxedo or formal suit.  Alternatively, you can also find a selection of whimsical lapel pins available these days, to add your own personal spin to your everyday wardrobe.

3. Collar Pin: A great accessory for work, the collar pin was designed to push your tie knot up and out, in order to give it better shape.  The pin sits beneath the knot of a tie, giving it a platform to rest on, pushing it outward just a little […]

The Six Secrets of A Well-Fit Suit

By |October 17th, 2016|

We often speak here about how important it is to get your suits and shirts altered.  Nothing fits perfectly off the rack.  That’s why we personally prefer to go as custom-made as possible.  However, if you have to buy off the rack and you have to get things altered, do you know what exactly to look for when doing a fitting at your tailor?  Many people buy a suit off the rack, understand that it doesn’t fit perfectly (though they are often not exactly sure why it doesn’t fit properly), head to the tailor and leave themselves in their tailor’s hands.  Not all tailors are created equal!  Some have generation-after-generation’s worth of knowledge passed down through their families; in these cases, it’s safe to say you can be left in their hands. Others perhaps run a tight ship and don’t have time for your pesky questions and naivety.  So, here today, we’re giving away 6 secret tips to help you make your next trip to the tailor for an alteration a truly successful one.

 

Your Suit Sleeve

#1. With your arms resting by your side, your suit sleeve should never cover your shirt sleeve cuff completely.  Leave 2cm-4cm visible.

#2. To make sure that one suit sleeve is not longer than the other, bend your elbow and lift it slightly, form a ‘thumbs’ up with your hand and check the distance between the base of the joint of your thumb and the end of your suit sleeve.  The same amount of shirt sleeve should be visible under your suit jacket on both sides.

 

Your Suit

#3. Never fasten the last button during your fitting.  When people try on a jacket, they automatically seem to button up all the buttons, this is wrong. The […]

How to Choose the Right Outwear

By |September 27th, 2016|

As the temperature drops, we’re pulling out more and more of our winter pieces, as our summer staples get relegated to the back of the closet.  Among those pieces we’re digging out of remission are outerwear.  One question we get asked a lot these days is, “What kind of outerwear is most suitable for me?”  With so many different options available to the modern man, it can be difficult to hone in on pieces that are better suited to your style and lifestyle.  Investing in a few quality pieces of outerwear are crucial to you getting through the winter months in style.  Good quality outerwear should last you through many winters, so investing in the right styles to suit your tastes and lifestyle is an important sartorial decision. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite outerwear choices below.

The Trench Coat – A timeless classic, the trench coat is suitable for men of practically all styles and lifestyles.  Wear it with everything from your work suit to jeans and a sweater on the weekend.

Best for: Climates that suffer from a wet season, coupled with cold weather.

The Camel Coat – The camel coat is another perennial favourite; it’s a classic style that pairs particularly well with men of olive to dark colouring. Wear it over your work suit from Monday-Friday and layer it over your favourite casual wear on the weekend.

Best for: Due to their light colour, a camel coat is best suited for men who take good care of their clothes and aren’t particularly messy.

The Classic Coat – The classic black overcoat is a wardrobe workhorse that you will be able to wear for seasons to come.  It’s a no-brainer style choice that will never go out […]

5 Ways to Make Your Summer Style Last Into Autumn

By |August 25th, 2016|

We’re well into the month of August now, which sadly means summer will soon be coming to an end.  While summers are all about time spent in the sun by the beach, in the great outdoors or passing the time in the good company of family and friends, it’s also about an upbeat sense of style. Summer beckons lighter colours, pastels, florals, paisleys and linens.  Once you get into the habit of wearing these pieces, it can be difficult to give them up.  That’s why we’ve come up with 5 easy ways for you to make your summer style last into autumn.  Get more wear out of your favourite summer looks by following these 5 simple tips.  It’s guaranteed to help you make that effortless summer carefree feeling last a few extra weeks and, of course, get more bang for your buck from your summer wardrobe.

#1 Rethink Your Pastels: Think pastels are just for summer?  Think again.  Get more wear out of your summery pastel suit by layering it under thicker winter jackets and overcoats in the cooler months.  You’ll be sure to stand out with your sophisticated pastel style in a sea of grey of black.

#2 Repurpose Your Accessories: Make those summer paisleys and watercolour accessories work for winter buy investing in a wool suit which echoes those summer tones.  Anchor your look with a classic white shirt.

#3 Just Add Layers: Simply select a look you love this summer and add an additional layer in between your shirt and your blazer for added warmth.  Try a thin puffer vest for a modern look with an urban twist, or add a knit sweater or cardigan for a more classic look.

#4 Make Your Scarf Work Double-Time: A […]

Advanced Style: The Sartorial Senior European Gentleman

By |August 12th, 2016|

After years of being lucky enough to travel around the world to different continents, from North America and Asia to the Middle East and Australia, one thing is for sure: European men seem to have the most fun with their style, even in their senior years.  In no other place is it more evident than in France and Italy.  In the summer months, we regularly see these men with what NOWNESS has dubbed “advanced style” putting on their best suits and heading out to a café or wine bar to drink wine, smoke cigars, play cards and catch-up with friends.  They take pride in the way they look. It’s a refreshing sight to see, after the contrast of how men of similar age dress in most other parts of the world.  To be honest, they give many a younger bloke a run for their money.  And dressing up as they do really does add a youthful exuberance to their overall demeanour.  It just goes to show that style truly knows no age.  So, in honour of these sophisticated and sartorial seniors, we’ve put together a few of our favourite looks to inspire you to take pride in your own personal style, every day, from today until the end of days.

Need an instrument to assist in your walking?  No trouble at all, invest in a stylish bamboo walking cane that will elevate your every look.  Don’t forget to wear comfortable (but stylish) walking shoes.

Poor of vision?  No worries, just make sure to select a pair of spectacles that reflects the special personal style you’ve cultivated over the decades.

Not a fan of modern technology?  Great, invest in a quality leather-bound planner instead.

Going on vacation?  Your vacation wardrobe should be just as […]

9 Easy Tips for Dressing Like An Italian Man This Summer

By |June 14th, 2016|

We’re not sure why but, each year when summer rolls around, we find ourselves drawn to the look of the sartorial men of Italy.  Perhaps it’s because of Pitti Uomo, the annual men’s fashion market which happens around mid-June, when all the photos of well-dressed Italian men converging on this one area in Florence start to flood the internet.  Whatever the reason, we’re not denying the appeal of Italian summer dressing. So, to get you in the mood to dress more like an Italian man this summer, we’ve put together a list of 9 easy tips for you to follow.  Guaranteed to get you looking like a stylish Italian.

1. Invest in Linen: Linen is a mainstay in the Italian summer wardrobe.  Why?  It’s lightweight, it’s breathable and it’s meant to get a bit crinkly, so it’s a thoroughly unfussy fabric.  The breathable fabric also makes it a winning material for summer suiting.  Invest in a linen suit in a light colour such as light beige or light blue, and pair it with a classic white linen shirt, such as our ‘Rio de Janeiro’ style.

 

2. Add Colour: Summer is all about color in Italy.  Just think about it: the Italian Riviera is filled with colourful houses, flowers and fruit.  It’s difficult not to get inspired to wear a bit of color in the summer.  A colorful blazer jacket does the trick.  Pair it with a white shirt such as our ‘Zurich’ style, to keep the look classic.  Finish off the look with beige slacks and brown leather shoes.

 

3. Cotton is Key: Leave your wool suit at home.  It’s too hot to wear one in this heat.  Besides, European summers are all about a more relaxed look, and a cotton suit is the easiest way […]

Best First Impression: The Job Interview

By |May 17th, 2016|

When it comes to advice on what to wear for a job interview, our response is the same no matter what the role you’re interviewing for: wear a suit.

Whether you’re interviewing for a job in the mail room or as an intern, or you’re interviewing for a role as CEO, wearing a suit is the first step towards a successful interview.  So often, people ask the question, “Why?”  They don’t understand why, even if they’re interviewing for a position where you won’t be required to wear a suit every day, they should wear a suit to their interview.  They don’t get it.  The answer is simple: it shows you care. Going through the motions of organizing and putting on a suit shows that you care enough to put in the effort.  Effort and care are key virtues that employers look for when it comes to hiring.  Answering, “Wear a suit,” is easy enough.   The hard part comes next.  What suit is the real question. And so, to help you answer that, we’ve come up with several looks to help get you on the right track.

1. The Classic

 

Good For: This is a good choice if you’re interviewing for an entry to mid-level job in a conservative industry such as law or banking.

The Details: What do we mean by ‘the classic’?  We’re talking about your standard two-button single breasted suit in a classic colour such as charcoal, black or blue.  Pair it with smart leather lace-ups (make sure you’ve given them a good clean and shine before the interview) and finish off your look with a nice silk tie in a subtle print (nothing too flashy for an interview).

 

2. The Three-Piece

 

Good For: This is a good look if you’re interviewing for a more senior […]

Best First Impression: First Date

By |April 25th, 2016|

“First impressions die hard.” “You only have one chance to make a first impression.”  These are quotes we hear time and time again.  And, you know what?  They’re right.  Especially when it comes to your first date.  Every happily coupled woman remembers what her man was wearing on their first date, and we’re willing to bet she has very fond memories of exactly what it was, from head to toe.  You don’t want her thinking back on a sloppy outfit for the rest of eternity, do you?  Make sure you make an excellent first impression on all your first dates to come.  First date dressing can often be a point of anxiety for many of our clients here at Milk Shirts.  Honestly, it shouldn’t be.  We’re firm believers that, unless your first date involves some kind of intense physical activity such as hiking or working out at the gym, you should wear a shirt.  Yes, a classic trusty button-down shirt.  Whether it’s a weekend brunch, an early evening movie, a fancy dinner or a picnic in the park; no matter what the time of day or occasion, you simply cannot go wrong in a nice, classic shirt.  9 times out of 10 we would suggest you wear a blazer jacket or suit with that shirt, too.  And, just in case you need a bit more inspiration for what to wear on your next first date, here are Milk Shirts’ top first date outfit suggestions below.

The Dinner Date: You’re taking her out to a nice meal.  Nothing too extravagant, but it’s definitely not your roadside pizza or burger joint.  Somewhere with table service and a decent wine or cocktail list.  Wear a suit.  Or, at the very least, wear a […]