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The French Cuff Shirt

I do not like to wear French Cuff shirts because they are too much trouble in the morning.

French Cuff Cufflink

Does this sound like you?

Most gentlemen do not know that there is a simple way to put on a French Cuff shirt so as to eliminate the hassle.

You fold over the cuff and put your cuff link through the cuff so that it is ready to wear before you put the shirt on.

Most gentlemen try and do it after they put the shirt on and then the trouble, imperfect fold and frustration set in.

You should be able to then stick your hand through the sleeve and cuff, but be careful so as not to apply too much pressure on your cufflink set.

Layering Luxe

Tips on using layered knitwear to create warm and stylish looks for Fall

Cashmere and Merino Sweaters

Cashmere and Merino classics never go out of style and are the cornerstone of your Fall casual wardrobe. Crews, v-necks and sweater vests in traditional solids are staples for casual days at the office and weekends. They look great with jeans, corduroys and khakis, and can be worn in a variety of ways, from a T-shirt underneath to a button-down sport shirt.

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Linen: When to Wear It

Women love it; men don’t understand it.

Before the advent of air conditioning, there was little escape from the dog days of summer in dress clothing.  For years, linen was the fabric of choice for keeping cool while looking good.  Now,
linen has returned in a big way as a choice for men and women.

Because of its chemical makeup, linen is one of the coolest fabrics on earth, and is the lightest material used in tailored clothing construction.  Derived from the flax plant, linen is unique in its ability to actually draw moisture away from the body.

Linen creates relaxed, yet sophisticated clothing.  You can style jackets and suits with open patch pockets and dress them down with a crew neck shirt, a polo, or an open collar linen shirt.  A
linen suit in navy or black is tremendously versatile: it looks great worn as a suit, but you can also wear the jacket separately as a blazer or the trousers alone with other jackets or sportswear.

Fancy Linen Irish Linen Italian Linen Linen Gabardine

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Mixing Patterns with Confidence

Combining stripes, checks and patterns doesn’t have to make you uneasy

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To take the uncertainty out of coordinating patterns, simply respect these rules:

  • Patterns fall into two broad categories: MAJOR (the pattern stands out from 5 feet away or more) and minor (the pattern blends in from less than 5 feet)
  • Your jacket and tie should both be in one pattern category (MAJOR or minor), while your shirt should be in the other category

This gives us two proven pattern-mixing strategies: MAJOR-minor-MAJOR and minor-MAJOR-minor.