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What to Wear for Your Corporate Headshot

By |June 27th, 2018|

One of the questions we get asked most frequently is, “What should I wear for my corporate head shot?”  With the increased importance of having a strong LinkedIn profile for business partners and headhunters to find you, and the greater emphasis that customers have of putting a face to a name that they are dealing with in business these days, it’s now more important than ever before to have a strong corporate head shot.  And with that, of course, comes the dilemma of what to wear.  There is the question of whether to look as formal as possible or to dress down in a more relaxed yet still professional way; there is the quandary of whether to go basic or to add a touch of personal flair to show your style; there is the headache of figuring out if you should wear a tie or not.  There is no ‘right’ answer to any of these questions, and the solution really lies in the industry in which you work, the level of job you have, how you want to be perceived and what types of leads you want to generate from your headshot.  Below, we give you some of our tips on how to dress for your corporate headshot.

This shot of actor Clive Owen by GQ, to us, is a great reference to use as a corporate headshot, in terms of everything from style to body language to expression.  Starting with style, Mr. Owen has selected a classic, yet impeccably fit blue suit.  This is a great choice, because a bit of color is always nice in a headshot, as most people tend to go with black, and the blue is still classic enough that it would not scare off any […]

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    How Prince Harry’s Wedding Will Influence Menswear in the Future

How Prince Harry’s Wedding Will Influence Menswear in the Future

By |May 30th, 2018|

Though much has been made of Meghan Markle’s dress when she married Prince Harry earlier this month, not much has been discussed of Prince Harry’s sartorial choices.  By welcoming the modern American Markle into the Royal family, they have truly ushered in a new era; one where modernity and simplicity are favoured over traditionalism and decoration.  And, make no mistake, the sartorial choices made by Prince Harry throughout both the engagement and wedding process will undoubtedly influence the choices of other men all over the world.   For the wedding dress code, they requested that men wear a ‘morning suit or lounge suit’, a slightly less formal dress code than what might have been expected for a royal wedding, but appropriate for a daytime event.  If you’re wondering what a ‘morning suit’ is, it consists of a tailcoat, waistcoat and trousers all made from the same material, while a ‘lounge suit’ is simply a matching jacket and trousers.  Here, we take a look at Prince Harry’s sartorial choices and how they will influence the future of menswear.

The Engagement – For their engagement announcement and photos, Prince Harry opted for a more casual slim light-blue suit, paired with a classic crisp white shirt (similar here) and finished off with an understated slim navy tie.  This differs from his elder brother’s choice of a more conservative navy suit in a regular fit, accessorised with a more showy purple silk tie and white pocket square.  He also wore the same suit for both the announcement and the official portrait shots.  Proving that a nice suit should be worn on more than on occasion, no matter how special.

The Ceremony – Her Majesty The Queen gave Prince Harry her blessing to wear his single-breasted black frockcoat military […]

How to Wear: Tonal Menswear

By |April 9th, 2018|

In recent months, we’ve noticed an influx of tonal-based looks photographed on men at Pitti Uomo and on the streets of New York, London, Paris and Milan.  Whereas in the past, we’ve seen lots of colorful looks, mixing different tones, lately the trend has been towards a more head-to-toe tonal look.  Though it may seem easy to pull off, it isn’t as simple as just dressing head-to-toe in one color; introducing texture and pattern is key to giving your look depth and interest, preventing it from look too flat.  Here are some of our top tonal picks to get you inspired to try sporting one color from head-to-toe this year.

 

All Beige Everything – beige is one of the easiest tones to wear in a tonal look.  There are so many shades of beige to choose from; you can go for tan, cream, sand, beige or even brown.  It’s an excellent choice for a smart casual look, as seen here, and can likely be created from existing pieces in your wardrobe: a pair of classic cream trousers, a beige jacket and a brown shirt, tee or polo.  Select a jacket in a textured fabric to give your look more interest.  Finish off with a pair of brown suede loafers.

Classic Blue – if you’re a classic guy who still wants to look on-trend, try an all-blue look.  You can go for a minimalist style, such as this stylish Japanese gentleman, but if you do remember fit is paramount here.  When working with simple pieces, it’s important that they are fit impeccably in order to really create a stylish overall feeling.  Pair your favorite blue suit with a sky blue shirt and navy tie.  Add a white pocket square […]

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 […]