The new color for the modern Groom
Blue. The Blues. Blueberries and Bluebirds. Blue suede shoes (suddenly cool again?) and the deep blue sea. Blue sky thinking and nothing but blue skies do I see. The most popular dress shirts (not to mention white) are a seemingly endless variety of blues, and the multiple variations of denim blue are perhaps the most widely worn colors on the planet by men and women of all ages. By long-standing-tradition, the color pink is associated with young girls and blue – baby blue in particular – with boys. Though according to color expert Kate Smith, “blue is the least ‘gender specific’ color, having equal appeal to both men and women.”
Fill in the blank: “The touch, the feel of ________, the fabric of our lives!”
Did you get it right away? It may depend on your age. Complete with a catchy tune that has been updated for each successive generation (and that is probably now playing in your mind. You’re welcome!), the familiar sentence is the slogan for a long-running ad campaign of the trade organization, Cotton Incorporated. For most of us, the fabrics of our lives include cotton, several other natural fibers and an assortment of synthetics. During the next two or three weeks we will put some focus on fibers and fabrics, and how to choose the fabrics that are best suited for your chosen look and lifestyle.
The Suits of Summer (part 2)
I get asked a lot this time of year, “What fabric can I wear that will keep me cool and comfortable, but will also keep a press and still look good all day long?” Linen and cotton will keep you cool, but they won’t keep a press and are a step too casual for many business environments. So what’s the answer?
The Suits of Summer (Part 1)
At least some of the wool suits that you’ve been wearing through the winter and early spring may need to be re-labeled “oppressive” if you choose to wear them when the temperature approaches (or god forbid exceeds) triple digits, especially if you add in a good measure of humidity. I realize that you probably spend a majority of your time in temperature-controlled environments, but a change in the weather suggests a change of your wardrobe.
Specifically what that change may entail would depend on how sharply and crisply turned out you want to be, the level of respectability to which you aspire, and what your work environment and personal style will allow. On the more relaxed end of the spectrum, clothing made from linen, cotton, and seersucker are popular warm-weather options.