The Return of the Two-Button Suit

A classic rolls with the punches and comes back stronger than ever

After a long run of retailers pushing three-button suits as the new standard in men’s fashion, the two-button suit is re-emerging from the shadows.

As the old adage goes, "what’s old is new again", but with a catch: this is NOT simply an opportunity to dust off the old two-button coats from five years ago.

Today’s two-button coat has been modernized and enhanced.  The new version is designed to make men look a little more fit, with a slightly stronger shoulder, a narrower lapel, and a higher button stance.

Here is a visual comparison of the classic and the updated two-button coat so that you may see these differences for yourself.

What is the Best Shoe for Me

Dressiness, styling and comfort are the main factors to consider. For the business world, these factors are boiled down into the selection of either a lace-up or a loafer.

Lace-Ups: In general, lace-ups are dressier than loafers and are best to wear with suits. Lace-ups usually have four to six pairs of eyelets and fall into one of two categories: bluchers or balmorals.

Blucher   Balmoral

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Picking The Right Tie

Understand the effects of the most idiosyncratic part of your wardrobe

Picking The Right TieDo you have trouble picking the right tie for the right situation? Don’t feel bad, most men have the same problem. Making the best choice in colors and patterns says a lot about the personality and professionalism of a person. The right tie could make the difference in your next big business deal or interview, so don’t get caught with a bad choice. Here are some pointers on selecting the proper neckwear for any situation.

  • Woven silk ties look richer than printed silk.
  • The classic rep tie with its even diagonal stripe is always appropriate.
  • Solid ties lack imagination unless worn as a complement to bold stripes or other patterend shirts that need softening.
  • Some patterns and colors are seasonal. Maroons and golds are fall/winter colors, while lighter blues and greens are more spring/summer.
  • Red is a power color in ties. It creates a line pointing to the mouth that shouts “pay attention”. Presidential candidates favor red ties, especially in televised debates. But bright red can also be overbearing, especially for job interviews and sensitive negotiations.
  • Although polka dot ties are considered classic, they’re not as safe as stripe, club, or small neats (little repetitive patterns woven or printed). Small polka dots are OK but large ones have an unfortunate history with gangsters and clowns.
  • In general, ties that combine pale colors look bland and insignificant. So does their wearer. Conversely, too much bright colors can be the equivalent of shouting. Land somewhere in between until you are established in your profession.
  • Bright color is OK, as long as it is tempered with softer shades.
  • Any tie that’s apt to elicit comment beyond “nice tie” is a bad idea for work. This includes those festooned with holiday themes, sport icons, cartoon characters, logos, symbols, hidden messages, optical illusions, fish, dollar signs, or anything else that might be termed “cute.”
  • Since the selection of patterns and colors can be overwhelming, consider seeking professional help from your Tom James Clothier!