Pants: Which Types Are Best For you?

Pants: Which Types Are Best For you?

Most people take pants for granted because after all, they are just trousers and aside from their color and fit, there’s really nothing to choose from. You will be amazed to realize that there are actually different types of pants and choosing the best ones that will fit your body built can make you look more attractive.

Slacks/Dress Pants

If you belong to the ‘hip’ generation then you may have written traditional men’s slacks off a long time ago. Think twice! Not only are they are comfortable because they are usually made of superfine wool and/or blends but they are able to go with any outfit. Have a business meeting at 4pm but meeting a special lady for a cocktail at 6pm? No need to change, your dress pants fit both situations with ease.

Corduroy

The vertically-ribbed corduroys have come a long way, especially the ones with thin ridges. The thicker corduroys are however more comfortable for men during winter if you want to keep warm while looking good. There is a wide array of color choices when it comes to corduroy making these pants a favorite among men of all ages.

Jeans

If you lead a laid back and comfortable lifestyle then the jeans are a good fit. They are durable and should be part of every man’s fashion wardrobe at any age. While jeans are always made of denim, you can always choose from the variety of colors, washes and even styles. The straight-cut jeans are the most comfortable for men, but there are men who favour the flared ones. Jeans are great for men who feel comfortable wearing sweaters and shirts most of the time. Pair your jeans with a white button-down shirt, and see how the girls react!

There are many other types of pants that will come your way but if you love the good life and looking the part, then these three three are essential additions to your wardrobe.

Don’t Be A Slacks Slacker!

Things You May Not Know About Slacks

If you want to look fashionable without actually looking like a fashion victim, then choose your pants well. Pants come in different materials and you can choose from a wide variety of materials like micro fiber, wool and polyester among others. Of course, the best option is a wool or a wool-blend.

Men seem for some reason to be obsessed with 100-percent cotton pants without the slightest idea of how to explain this misguided obession. Sure, they have their advantages (the feel on the first wear) however their disadvantages (mainly shrinkage and subsequent deterioration)  FAR outweigh any perceived advantages.

So if you have been sticking to 100% cotton isn’t it about time you step it up a bit to something different like wool or blended slacks. If you have some perfect cotton slacks already in your arsenal, reduce the amount of time that you wear them. Reduce their time at the dry cleaners and getting stretched around on a busy night.

If you want slacks that will still feel and look comfortable after a hard day’s work or a night-full of meetings, then choose a wool fabric that is wrinkle resistant and ready to stand up to whatever your busy life throws at it.

DKNY Suits – Impeccable Style For Every Man

DKNY Suits – Impeccable Style For Every Man 

DKNY Suit

DKNY Suit is a favorite among men who are into making the most powerful impression possible at formal and semi-formal functions. The fashion-forward designs of their men’s suits and accessories don’t forget timeless quality that each suit much still embrace.

Donna Karan in New York founded this clothing line in 1989. This led to the name Donna Karan New York (and eventually DKNY). The line is now owned by luxury fashion and lifestyle giant LVMH.

Donna Karan is more popularly known for her various women’s lines including jeans, underwear, baby clothing and shoes. So for those of you who love to look your best but do not really go into the nitty-gritty, this may be the first time you have heard that the brand also caters to men through products such as the DKNY Suit.

The branching out of the big fashion brands originally exclusive to women, to the men’s line, should give you a hint of how men are becoming fashion conscious these days.

It is certainly worth noting that Donna Karan designed her men’s line initially to help her ‘fashion challenged’ husband’s clothing. With this in mind, you get the assurance that she has every man’s best interests in mind when it comes to designing the DKNY Suit.

Check out our full selection at SuitBargains.com

Men’s Style That Rocks

Some fashionable men do not have to make a conscious effort to choose a style that will suit them. For these rare men, style comes naturally. But for the rest of us, still unsure of our style preference, you need to look no further than the latest issue of Rolling Stone or MOJO magazine to be glad to know that a familiar and affordable era of rock and roll fashion is back!

The rock style popularized by The Beatles and other bands before and after them in the late 50′s through the mid 60′s focused on matching suits and distinctive haircuts. The high-fashion hip hop and rock styles of the new generation are undoubtedly influenced by this old but unrelenting style from the early days of rock. Here are several wardrobe must-haves if you want to go for a new take on the established rock style.

Sport Coat or Jacket

The sport coat or leather jacket has never left and is in fact a favorite fashion piece not only by the young generation, but also by the more matured executives who still want to rock despite their age.

Button Down Shirt

The right shirts can give you that cool look so make sure you invest in several plaid shirts. You can layer this with the sport coat.

Slim Pants

Get the real rock look by investing in several pieces of dark slim pants, which are guaranteed to look great with your layered shirt and jacket. This works for all seasons.

More than the clothes, shoes and accessories of course, the rock style is about confidence in yourself. So when shopping for your new digs at SuitBargains.com start with your attitude, and the rest will follow.

Choosing the Right Belt

Men's Belts

As a general rule belts should be an accessory, not the centerpiece of your wardrobe. So even though you dream of turning heads with a diamond studded ostrich skin belt around your waist, don’t get suckered into buying a belt that’s more expensive than your shoes or — God forbid — your suit.

Sizing belts requires a little extra room. Take your waist size, and then go one size bigger. IE: Your 36” waist translates into a 38”-40″ beltsize.

There are only three belt colors you should be concerned with: black, brown and tan. Ideally, you should own casual and dress belts in all three colors, but you can make do with a thin black dress belt, and a wide brown/tan casual belt.

The simplest rule when it comes to wearing a dress belt is that it should always match your shoes in color and finish. Shiny black shoes demand a shiny black belt.

Casual belts allow you quite a bit more flexibility, however. Whether black, brown or tan, a casual belt with a dull, matte finish goes reasonably well with jeans and sneakers.

Keep the buckle under control!The bigger the buckle, the more casual the belt; small, sleek clasps are usually found only on dress belts.

Keep these tips in mind and find yourself the perfect belt at SuitBargains.com!

The Skinny on Big and Tall

Looking good is important to everyone  If you are anything like me you have packed on a few pounds this winter and are in the middle of the slow and painful process of shedding that extra weight to get ready for summer. But what can we do to look our best in the meantime (or if like last year if our weight loss plans don’t quite pan out again)? How do we look best when we are big and tall?

Muumuu

First thing is first; do not simply buy everything one or two sizes bigger. More fabric is not a cure-all for hiding extra pounds. Generally speaking,unless the article of clothing in question is a tailored men’s suit or casual item it will have a blousy effect (IE: the dreaded “muumuu look”).

The best colors for giving a slimmer appearance are dark ones. For instance, colors like Navy, Mid-Blue, Charcoal, or Black are great for shirts and suits. Patterns, especially horizontal pinstripes in similar colors work as well.  You can offset the dark colors with a white undershirt or with a bright colored tie or pocket square.

Layers, layers, layers. As long as you are not headed for a hot summer BBQ or to the pool, wear at least two layers (shirt and sweater/jacket). This will reduce any tight or hugging look around your stomach and chest as well as provide added comfort.

Plan your clothing based upon the right occasion. Attending a dinner where you will be sitting down a lot? Be sure to sit down while trying on your new clothing. We all expand when we sit and you do NOT want to put an eye out with a popped button! Will you be dancing or moving around a lot? Be sure you feel comfortable in your first layer and not just with your jacket on. Good planning goes a long way in both your comfort and your appearance.

Of course many of the issues brought up in this article can be disregarded by simply losing weight (which we encourage). However if you are anything like me, losing weight doesn’t always work out the way you plan! Regardless of your weight it is of the utmost importance professionally and personally for a man to look good take these tips and keep looking sharp!

Check out our Big and Tall Suit, Pant and Shirt section while you are here!

Choosing the Best Tie

Should Your Tie Be Dictated By Tradition?

Women have more choices than men when it comes to accessories so a man’s best bet to a great wardrobe is an arsenal of suits (mostly dark with one or two exceptions to your taste), along with a BIG variety of ties, shirts and pocket squares to compliment them. Think a bit before you accessorize.

If you’re the conservative type of guy or work in an environment that encourages traditional/conservative business attire, then there is little room to don exciting ties for you. But if you are playful, ready to create your own character and experiment with fashion, then the tie may be your best ally for a distinctive style.

Tradition dictates that men should buy ties that match the color of their suits or dress shirts. This tradition notwithstanding, contrasting ties and bright standout patterns are making a big impact in the men’s fashion world lately! Consider picking up a few contrasting and / or bright ties, both solid colored and in patterns. Also consider learning a few new knots.

Red ties will make you the center of attention. It spells power and dominance so be prepared for the extra attention you will get when you wear a solid red tie, especially to an event where all the men are expected to wear conservative ties. It is possible to still wear a hint of this color without being too bold and that is by wearing a different shade such as burgundy or maroon. This can be reserved for less formal business or social events.

When you want to appear peaceful and calm, then nothing beats wearing blue ties. While this is a traditional color, you can choose a more playful hue or pattern that will produce the effect you desire.

Wearing different-colored ties, sometimes with bold designs may not be the norm for you, but who wants to be boring? If you want to make a statement then the tie is a good item to start with.

Looking Your Best in the Workplace

Starting a new job? Gunning for that promotion? Concerned that you are not looking your best in the office? 

In the business world it is of the utmost importance to not only make a good first impression but to turn that impression into your reputation by maintaining the high standards in appearance and work ethic. While the latter is completely up to you we have some simple rules you can follow in order to keep your office style top-notch.

The suit is your canvas. It needs to fit well, be of a contemporary style (IE: no 70’s throwback sport coats) and it needs to fit your office dress code. First and foremost a good suit needs to fit perfectly. Do not settle for a near perfect fit. Unless your body type is extremely rare and EXACTLY fits an off-the-rack suit size you must have the suit tailored. Tailoring the suit will bring out your best look by favoring your body’s qualities while downplaying its drawbacks.

The color of the suit should be your next concern. Black, Navy, Gray, Dark Brown. These are all colors that easily look sharp in the office environment. If your office is a bit less conservative then you can feel free to branch out into less traditional colors or a sport coat/pant combination. If you are worried about which color to go for, you can’t go wrong with black.

Match your dress shirt with your suit. How exotic you can make your shirt colors and whether you go for a French Cuff (formal) or Barrel Cuff (less formal) depends solely on the formality of your workplace. You can’t go wrong with classic white, cadet or light blue. Other basic colors work well such as cream, pink, black and silver. Be conscious of how your shirt will look without your suit coat on. A good business outfit is essentially two separate outfits, one with the jacket and one without. Don’t forget to match your dress shirt with good looking ties, pocket squares and other accessories. . Ties, cufflinks, money clips and wallets are all part of an outfit and should be picked very carefully. People will notice them, good or bad.

Never underestimate the importance of shoes in accenting your suit. Make sure the colors match your suit and your socks and make sure that your shoes are always polished. That last point can’t be harped upon enough. A basic shoe polishing kit is inexpensive and shining your own shoes takes only 10 minutes every night or every other evening. Nothing says “I am lazy” like scuffed up shoes.Also you don’t need to spend designer prices to get designer style. Check out our selection of shoes here.

Looking good = being taken seriously.

If you want to stand out and have your boss and/or co-workers listen to what you have to say you will have to rely on both your actions and your wardrobe.  Do not ever go into work with an old worn out suit and expect to be taken as seriously as you are when you look your best, it simply won’t happen. Yes it is vain but it is also reality.  Good luck!

Disregarding the belt?

The newest thing with men’s fashion seems to be comfort and ease. That being said we’ve seen the demise of the suit and tie combo of late. “Is it really okay to wear suit pants without a belt,” you ask? We say yes, as long as the pants fit and fit well. Should you decide that you’re just not the man to wear a belt, take your suit to a tailor pronto. Have the tailor take the suit in so it fits perfectly. Have the belt loops removed and save them just incase you jump back on the belt bandwagon. Why remove the loops? Without being used they just slop up the look – and looking sharp is the main goal here!

A good tailor will also give you several other sans belt options. Your chosen one should be adjustable side tabs. These little guys won’t show from the outside but you know that you can adjust them to achieve maximum comfort through holiday feasting or when your pants are weighed down by carrying too much in your pockets. You should also be given the option of buttons for suspenders to hold those pants up. Just watch out for a suspender ‘low-rise’ because crack kills. If all else fails, just keep the loops, wear a belt and say to heck with fashion trends!

Dress Shirt Alert

Dress Shirts

Although not as obvious as women’s trends, men’s clothing takes on trends too. The dress shirt has been M.I.A. for the last few seasons and replaced with a more casual, kicked back look. Well my friend, the dress shirt is making a highly anticipated comeback. SuitBargains.com stocks a large variety of dress shirts for any man. Here are some tips to consider when shopping for your newest dress shirt.

Think about your collar style. The right one will frame your face and make you look like a stylish stand out. Consider this – a tab collar, which has height, will shorten a long neck while a straight point collar will length a wide face due to its straighter proportions. Choose a collar proportion that will compliment your faces shape.

Your cuffs should fit just right, nice and snug, around on your wrists. This will avoid any mishaps like your sleeves riding up or your cuffs being so tight they cut off circulation to your hands.

Make sure you choose a hue that will suit your own coloring. The blue family looks good on just about everyone. Off white will make paler skin appear a little bit more alive. Fall colors like olive green, orange and mustard yellow are often difficult to pull off for most. Choose accordingly.

Quality over quantity is always a good rule to keep when buying dress shirts. Make sure all of the seams disappear into the fabric and that everything is on the straight and narrow. Make sure nothing is fraying, puckering or uneven. Quality fabric is also an essential, not only for the comfort factor, but for the lifetime of the shirt. The higher quality the fabric, the better wear you will get.

Photo courtesy of Ramasamy Chidambaram.