Tailor & Barber: A Men's Style, Fashion, Grooming and Lifestyle Blog http://tailorandbarber.com A men's lifestyle blog focusing on style, fashion, and grooming. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 https://i2.wp.com/tailorandbarber.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/cropped-TAILOR-AND-BARBER-SUB-LOGO-2-PNG.png?fit=32%2C32 Tailor & Barber: A Men's Style, Fashion, Grooming and Lifestyle Blog http://tailorandbarber.com 32 32 136119334 Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside http://tailorandbarber.com/dressing-with-style-when-its-cold-outside/ http://tailorandbarber.com/dressing-with-style-when-its-cold-outside/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:00:49 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2941 Fall. Fall is so easy for dressing with style. I pop on an extra layer, leave my jacket open, and let my layers trap just enough heat to keep me warm. But dressing with style when it’s cold outside? For me that’s a much more difficult challenge. When it’s freezing, I only want to throw on my Patagonia jacket, lace up my duck boots, and journey out into the frozen tundra like some sort of half-assed, rejected cast member of Ski School (one of Dean Cameron’s best movies, by the way). I find that I really have to push myself out of my comfort zone when the mercury starts dropping. The desire to stay warm outweighs the desire to look good. But I have to constantly remind myself that there are clothes that will actually let me do both. I thought I would pull together two options, one casual and one business, for a little outfit inspiration in the coming two months or so of chilly temps. Casual Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside Obviously, the first thing I reach for on cold mornings when getting dressed are my jeans. If you take a look at my Instagram at all, you will be sure to see me sporting my favorite jeans more than a few times. But I have to remind myself that there are other casual fabrics besides denim which will keep the chill at bay. Corduroy is a great option. Moleskin is too. Think of moleskin like corduroy without the ridges. I can also replace my rubber work boots with a leather pair. Cared for over the years, leather boots will age beautifully and remain as functional as a pair of rubber ones. And that nylon snow jacket? Well, I should leave that for the camping and swap in a wool car coat or peacoat. Sailors have known for generations that a wool peacoat will keep both the cold and the wetness away. Pants: AG Jeans  //  Shirt: Brooks Brothers  //  Sweater: J. Crew Boots: Red Wing  //  Socks: Red Wing Coat: Suitsupply  //  Scarf: Saks Fifth Avenue Business Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside My go to choice for business wear in the winter is a suit. I love a warm, flannel suit when it’s cold out. Whenever I wear a heavier weighted wool suit, I immediately remember why men have been wearing these for centuries. Wool flannel is such a perfect insulator; there is almost no need to mess with it. I like to layer my suit with a overcoat and scarf to create an almost impenetrable shell of wool, keeping me warm all day long. For my feet, a fresh shined pair of dress boots and wool socks are the perfect finishing touch. Suit: Brooks Brothers  //  Shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt  //  Tie: Isaia Boots: Allen Edmonds  //  Socks: Corgi Coat: Cardinal of Canada  //  Scarf: Eton

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Fall. Fall is so easy for dressing with style. I pop on an extra layer, leave my jacket open, and let my layers trap just enough heat to keep me warm. But dressing with style when it’s cold outside? For me that’s a much more difficult challenge. When it’s freezing, I only want to throw on my Patagonia jacket, lace up my duck boots, and journey out into the frozen tundra like some sort of half-assed, rejected cast member of Ski School (one of Dean Cameron’s best movies, by the way).

I find that I really have to push myself out of my comfort zone when the mercury starts dropping. The desire to stay warm outweighs the desire to look good. But I have to constantly remind myself that there are clothes that will actually let me do both. I thought I would pull together two options, one casual and one business, for a little outfit inspiration in the coming two months or so of chilly temps.

Casual Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside

Obviously, the first thing I reach for on cold mornings when getting dressed are my jeans. If you take a look at my Instagram at all, you will be sure to see me sporting my favorite jeans more than a few times. But I have to remind myself that there are other casual fabrics besides denim which will keep the chill at bay. Corduroy is a great option. Moleskin is too. Think of moleskin like corduroy without the ridges. I can also replace my rubber work boots with a leather pair. Cared for over the years, leather boots will age beautifully and remain as functional as a pair of rubber ones. And that nylon snow jacket? Well, I should leave that for the camping and swap in a wool car coat or peacoat. Sailors have known for generations that a wool peacoat will keep both the cold and the wetness away.

Casual Dressing with Style When It's Cold Outside
Casual Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside

Pants: AG Jeans  //  Shirt: Brooks Brothers  //  Sweater: J. Crew

Boots: Red Wing  //  Socks: Red Wing

Coat: Suitsupply  //  Scarf: Saks Fifth Avenue

Business Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside

My go to choice for business wear in the winter is a suit. I love a warm, flannel suit when it’s cold out. Whenever I wear a heavier weighted wool suit, I immediately remember why men have been wearing these for centuries. Wool flannel is such a perfect insulator; there is almost no need to mess with it. I like to layer my suit with a overcoat and scarf to create an almost impenetrable shell of wool, keeping me warm all day long. For my feet, a fresh shined pair of dress boots and wool socks are the perfect finishing touch.

Business Dressing with Style When It's Cold Outside
Business Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside

Suit: Brooks Brothers  //  Shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt  //  Tie: Isaia

Boots: Allen Edmonds  //  Socks: Corgi

Coat: Cardinal of Canada  //  Scarf: Eton

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Strike Gold Shave Nixon Shaving Soap Review http://tailorandbarber.com/strike-gold-shave-nixon-shaving-soap-review/ http://tailorandbarber.com/strike-gold-shave-nixon-shaving-soap-review/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:00:23 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2924 It happens at least once a day. My Instagram notifications pop up with a live video announcement from Strike Gold Shave. Frank Misa likes to pop into my day with a little behind the scenes and the occasional promo or contest for one of his soaps or razors. When he reached out to me to try one of his shaving soaps, I was definitely interested in seeing what he had to offer. Frank graciously sent me a sample of the Strike Gold Nixon shaving soap. Strike Gold Shave Fragrance This shaving soap offers a really pleasant fragrance that’s not too strong or too light. It may be on the lighter side of my preferences, but I like this strong ones. This fragrance is a real crowd pleaser for all scent strength preferences. I was picking up a citrus-floral scent, but I couldn’t quite place it, so I reached out to Frank and he described it as a sweet and sour blend of Sorrento lemons, sugar cane, and lemon zest. This is a wonderfully fresh scent perfect for any morning shave. Strike Gold Shave Lather I have one small complaint in regards to building lather with this soap, and it’s about the packaging of the sample. So it’s not really a big deal, but I wanted to mention it. The sample container was small (obviously, it’s a sample) and the soap is too hard to pop out, so loading my brush was slightly challenging. I just couldn’t get enough of my brush on the soap to load it quickly. I did load my brush, and I was able to build a very thick and plentiful lather. I’m sure this isn’t really a problem for a full-size tub either. However, I always like to recount my personal experience. Strike Gold Shave Performance Now for the good news. This is a top performing veggie-based soap. Anytime I see coconut oil as an ingredient, I know I’m getting slick, comfortable shave. This was no exception. In addition to the quality of the actual shave, the post-shave feel was out of this world. My skin felt supple and soft, but protected and clear at the same time. This soap consistently have me such a close and clean shave that I’m surprised it’s a veggie soap. Conclusion Now for a little more bad news. Strike Gold only does limited runs of their soaps, so the Nixon soap is no longer available. However Frank is always updating his Etsy page with other limited runs, all named in honor of the Presidents. I highly recommended checking out these runs and grabbing any soaps that are available.

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It happens at least once a day. My Instagram notifications pop up with a live video announcement from Strike Gold Shave. Frank Misa likes to pop into my day with a little behind the scenes and the occasional promo or contest for one of his soaps or razors. When he reached out to me to try one of his shaving soaps, I was definitely interested in seeing what he had to offer. Frank graciously sent me a sample of the Strike Gold Nixon shaving soap.

Strike Gold Shave Fragrance

This shaving soap offers a really pleasant fragrance that’s not too strong or too light. It may be on the lighter side of my preferences, but I like this strong ones. This fragrance is a real crowd pleaser for all scent strength preferences. I was picking up a citrus-floral scent, but I couldn’t quite place it, so I reached out to Frank and he described it as a sweet and sour blend of Sorrento lemons, sugar cane, and lemon zest. This is a wonderfully fresh scent perfect for any morning shave.

Strike Gold Shave Lather

Strike Gold Shave Nixon Shaving Soap with Brush and Razor
Strike Gold Shave Nixon Shaving Soap with Brush

I have one small complaint in regards to building lather with this soap, and it’s about the packaging of the sample. So it’s not really a big deal, but I wanted to mention it. The sample container was small (obviously, it’s a sample) and the soap is too hard to pop out, so loading my brush was slightly challenging. I just couldn’t get enough of my brush on the soap to load it quickly. I did load my brush, and I was able to build a very thick and plentiful lather. I’m sure this isn’t really a problem for a full-size tub either. However, I always like to recount my personal experience.

Strike Gold Shave Performance

Strike Gold Shave Nixon Shaving Soap with Razor
Strike Gold Shave Nixon Shaving Soap with Razor

Now for the good news. This is a top performing veggie-based soap. Anytime I see coconut oil as an ingredient, I know I’m getting slick, comfortable shave. This was no exception. In addition to the quality of the actual shave, the post-shave feel was out of this world. My skin felt supple and soft, but protected and clear at the same time. This soap consistently have me such a close and clean shave that I’m surprised it’s a veggie soap.

Conclusion

Strike Gold Shave Nixon Shaving Soap with Brush and Razor
Strike Gold Shave Nixon Shaving Soap with Brush and Razor

Now for a little more bad news. Strike Gold only does limited runs of their soaps, so the Nixon soap is no longer available. However Frank is always updating his Etsy page with other limited runs, all named in honor of the Presidents. I highly recommended checking out these runs and grabbing any soaps that are available.

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Outfit of the Day: December 18, 2017 http://tailorandbarber.com/outfit-of-the-day-december-18-2017/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:59:31 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2919 Outfit details

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Atto Primo Shaving Brush Review http://tailorandbarber.com/atto-primo-shaving-brush-review/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:00:28 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2896 Atto Primo reached out to me in the early fall to try and review their two shaving brushes. I had never heard of this company before, and, as always, I was thrilled to get to try something new. I have to also thank Atto Primo for their patience. They were one of several brands to submit their products for review prior to November, and they were completely understanding and supportive of my participation in No Shave November. I appreciate their willingness to wait for me. So, let’s get into what makes up an Atto Primo shaving brush. Atto Primo actually sent me two shaving brushes; their black horse hair brush and their gold boar brush. So first, I’ll break down the similar features then get into what I though of each brush individually. Both brushes are big. The loft for each is 64mm, which is pretty impressive holding a fair amount of water and lather. I have only ever reviewed one other brush with a bigger knot. The aluminum handles really shine on both of these brushes too. They have wonderful weight and balance, but aren’t too heavy. I also found the grip to be fantastic and never had an issue with slippage. Be aware that with both brushes there is a moderate break-in period. These knots are dense, and need a little TLC before opening up. Thankfully, Atto Primo has provided excellent instructions for just how to break in their shaving brushes. Horse Hair Atto Primo Shaving Brush This was the first time I had used an horse hair shaving brush, and it was definitely a unique experience. I found the bristles softer than boar bristles, and even badger ones for that matter. I had the best success when using this brush with shaving cream as opposed to soap. When using a shaving cream, this brush took a ton of water and produces copious amounts of lather. If you are a shaving cream user or like trying wet shaving products that are a little different, then I definitely recommend this brush. Buy the horse hair Atto Primo shaving brush here! Boar Bristle Atto Primo Shaving Brush I highly recommend following the break-in instructions with this brush. This knot is very densely packed and needs to open up before unleashing its full potential. However, once broken-in, this brush was a shaving soap monster. I could load so much soap and build so much lather (using a fair amount of water). If you are a shaving soap user, this is a fantastic brush and should find a spot on your shelf. Buy the boar bristle Atto Primo shaving brush here!

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Atto Primo reached out to me in the early fall to try and review their two shaving brushes. I had never heard of this company before, and, as always, I was thrilled to get to try something new. I have to also thank Atto Primo for their patience. They were one of several brands to submit their products for review prior to November, and they were completely understanding and supportive of my participation in No Shave November. I appreciate their willingness to wait for me. So, let’s get into what makes up an Atto Primo shaving brush.

Atto Primo actually sent me two shaving brushes; their black horse hair brush and their gold boar brush. So first, I’ll break down the similar features then get into what I though of each brush individually. Both brushes are big. The loft for each is 64mm, which is pretty impressive holding a fair amount of water and lather. I have only ever reviewed one other brush with a bigger knot. The aluminum handles really shine on both of these brushes too. They have wonderful weight and balance, but aren’t too heavy. I also found the grip to be fantastic and never had an issue with slippage.

Be aware that with both brushes there is a moderate break-in period. These knots are dense, and need a little TLC before opening up. Thankfully, Atto Primo has provided excellent instructions for just how to break in their shaving brushes.

Horse Hair Atto Primo Shaving Brush

Atto Primo Horse Hair Shaving Brush
Atto Primo Horse Hair Shaving Brush

This was the first time I had used an horse hair shaving brush, and it was definitely a unique experience. I found the bristles softer than boar bristles, and even badger ones for that matter. I had the best success when using this brush with shaving cream as opposed to soap. When using a shaving cream, this brush took a ton of water and produces copious amounts of lather. If you are a shaving cream user or like trying wet shaving products that are a little different, then I definitely recommend this brush.

Buy the horse hair Atto Primo shaving brush here!

Boar Bristle Atto Primo Shaving Brush

Atto Primo Boar Shaving Brush
Atto Primo Boar Shaving Brush

I highly recommend following the break-in instructions with this brush. This knot is very densely packed and needs to open up before unleashing its full potential. However, once broken-in, this brush was a shaving soap monster. I could load so much soap and build so much lather (using a fair amount of water). If you are a shaving soap user, this is a fantastic brush and should find a spot on your shelf.

Buy the boar bristle Atto Primo shaving brush here!

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Brooks Brothers Striped Cotton Sweater http://tailorandbarber.com/brooks-brothers-striped-cotton-sweater/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:00:49 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2892 Does anyone else feel like things just shifted into high gear right after Thanksgiving? I swear, things dragged from Halloween until turkey day, but now we’re cruising. We’ve already bought and set up our tree. I’m hanging the lights this week. I even think we have most of our shopping done (for the kids at least). Regardless, we’re smack dab in the middle of sweater weather, and I’ve been running around a lot popping in and out fo the car on errands and outings. I usually wear wool sweaters when it gets cold, but this cotton sweater from Brooks Brothers has been a nice change of pace. Wool is fantastic for cold weather, but heavy cotton like this sweater, when layered, can be just as warm. I’ve been wearing this one with a dress shirt and an undershirt. Lately I’ve also been struggling with whether I’m an undershirt guy or not, but I’ll save that for another blog post. However, with this outfit, and while wearing most cotton sweaters during fall and winter, the extra warmth an undershirt provides outweighs both the bulkiness and “uncool” factor in my opinion. I really love the buttons on this too! They add a nice contrast to the white fabric and pair well with the beautiful cobalt blue stripes. The sleeves are a bit long for me in the XL size (I take a 35 inch sleeve in my shirts), but not too long that it looks goofy. This tends to be my only complaint with Brooks Brothers tops. My chest is too big and I’m too tall for a large, but I’m too thin for an XL. They Brooks Brothers XL slim pieces fit me perfectly, but not everything receives a run in that size. Other than that, I’ll continue to shop there and find incredible pieces like this sweater. Be sure to check out some of my other sweater inspiration here! Brooks Brothers Striped Cotton Sweater Sweater: Brooks Brothers  //  Shirt: Suitsupply  //  Jeans: J. Crew Belt: W. Kleinberg  //  Shoes: Ferragamo  //  Socks: Corgi

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Does anyone else feel like things just shifted into high gear right after Thanksgiving? I swear, things dragged from Halloween until turkey day, but now we’re cruising. We’ve already bought and set up our tree. I’m hanging the lights this week. I even think we have most of our shopping done (for the kids at least). Regardless, we’re smack dab in the middle of sweater weather, and I’ve been running around a lot popping in and out fo the car on errands and outings. I usually wear wool sweaters when it gets cold, but this cotton sweater from Brooks Brothers has been a nice change of pace.

Wool is fantastic for cold weather, but heavy cotton like this sweater, when layered, can be just as warm. I’ve been wearing this one with a dress shirt and an undershirt. Lately I’ve also been struggling with whether I’m an undershirt guy or not, but I’ll save that for another blog post. However, with this outfit, and while wearing most cotton sweaters during fall and winter, the extra warmth an undershirt provides outweighs both the bulkiness and “uncool” factor in my opinion.

I really love the buttons on this too! They add a nice contrast to the white fabric and pair well with the beautiful cobalt blue stripes. The sleeves are a bit long for me in the XL size (I take a 35 inch sleeve in my shirts), but not too long that it looks goofy. This tends to be my only complaint with Brooks Brothers tops. My chest is too big and I’m too tall for a large, but I’m too thin for an XL. They Brooks Brothers XL slim pieces fit me perfectly, but not everything receives a run in that size. Other than that, I’ll continue to shop there and find incredible pieces like this sweater.

Be sure to check out some of my other sweater inspiration here!

Brooks Brothers Striped Cotton Sweater

Brooks Brothers Striped Cotton Sweater
Brooks Brothers Striped Cotton Sweater

Sweater: Brooks Brothers  //  Shirt: Suitsupply  //  Jeans: J. Crew

Belt: W. Kleinberg  //  Shoes: Ferragamo  //  Socks: Corgi

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Five Tips for a Better Shave http://tailorandbarber.com/five-tips-better-shave/ http://tailorandbarber.com/five-tips-better-shave/#comments Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:00:22 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2882 So here we are, December 1st. Movember / No Shave November has come to a close, and you’re ready to get back to your normal shaving life. I think we all think we look like Captain America in that new Avengers trailer (I know I wish I did), but we probably look a little closer to Ron Burgundy after losing his job. So it’s time to shave those beards and mustaches off. Whether you’re just getting back on the horse after a month off or you’re thinking about hopping on the wet shaving train for the first time (yes, I mixed metaphors), I think it would be a good idea to run over a few tips for getting a better shave. Five Tips for a Better Shave 1. Wash your face beforehand Warm water and a little steam will do wonders for softening up your scruff and opening up those pores. I recommend using a face wash with glycolic or salicylic acid (or both) depending on your skin needs. Salicylic acid works better on acne-prone skin. You can also use a mild scrub, but I don’t like aggressive scrubs pre-shave. I think they cause more irritation than anything else. I like the rougher scrubs at night, and only a couple times a week. For pre-shave washing I recommend the Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser or the Truefitt & Hill Daily Facial Cleanser. 2. Work that Lather I watch a lot of shaving videos and check out a lot of shave of the day pictures online. A trend I’ve noticed lately is guys rushing their lather to get to the “shave” part of their videos. This is something also quite prevalent in ads for the larger men’s grooming companies. They don’t have the time to show a full lather build. My advice is to take your time and work in enough water to build a think, protective lather. Your face will thank you. If you’re having trouble building lathers, I would recommend a shaving cream by D.R. Harris or soft soap like Cella. 3. Focus on Technique You could go out and buy all the top of the line shaving gear and stock your shaving cabinet with the best soaps and creams available. But the the most important thing to focus on first is technique. Pay attention to how your hair grows. Find that perfect blade angle against your cheek. Practice using light pressure. Improving these steps will pay huge dividends in your search for a better shave. 4. Progress not Perfection Traditional wet shaving is a skill. It take practice and patience. I’ve been doing this for almost five years now, and I’m still learning. If I miss a spot during a pass, I don’t run back over again and again with my razor. That only causes more irritation. I learn from what I did and try to improve the next day’s shave. 5. Moisturize Nothing finishes up a great shave like some protection and healing as you head out into your day. An aftershave balm puts the finishing touch on your shave to keep your skin feeling fantastic. But it also helps your skin heal to prepare you for the next one. Try to think of moisturizing as the first step of tomorrow’s shave. My personal favorites are the balms from Truefitt & Hill and Soap Commander.

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So here we are, December 1st. Movember / No Shave November has come to a close, and you’re ready to get back to your normal shaving life. I think we all think we look like Captain America in that new Avengers trailer (I know I wish I did), but we probably look a little closer to Ron Burgundy after losing his job. So it’s time to shave those beards and mustaches off. Whether you’re just getting back on the horse after a month off or you’re thinking about hopping on the wet shaving train for the first time (yes, I mixed metaphors), I think it would be a good idea to run over a few tips for getting a better shave.

Captain America Infinity War with a beard
How we think we look.
Ron Burgundy with a beard
How we actually look.

Five Tips for a Better Shave

1. Wash your face beforehand

Warm water and a little steam will do wonders for softening up your scruff and opening up those pores. I recommend using a face wash with glycolic or salicylic acid (or both) depending on your skin needs. Salicylic acid works better on acne-prone skin. You can also use a mild scrub, but I don’t like aggressive scrubs pre-shave. I think they cause more irritation than anything else. I like the rougher scrubs at night, and only a couple times a week. For pre-shave washing I recommend the Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser or the Truefitt & Hill Daily Facial Cleanser.

2. Work that Lather

I watch a lot of shaving videos and check out a lot of shave of the day pictures online. A trend I’ve noticed lately is guys rushing their lather to get to the “shave” part of their videos. This is something also quite prevalent in ads for the larger men’s grooming companies. They don’t have the time to show a full lather build. My advice is to take your time and work in enough water to build a think, protective lather. Your face will thank you. If you’re having trouble building lathers, I would recommend a shaving cream by D.R. Harris or soft soap like Cella.

A man lathering shaving cream
Work that Lather

3. Focus on Technique

You could go out and buy all the top of the line shaving gear and stock your shaving cabinet with the best soaps and creams available. But the the most important thing to focus on first is technique. Pay attention to how your hair grows. Find that perfect blade angle against your cheek. Practice using light pressure. Improving these steps will pay huge dividends in your search for a better shave.

4. Progress not Perfection

Traditional wet shaving is a skill. It take practice and patience. I’ve been doing this for almost five years now, and I’m still learning. If I miss a spot during a pass, I don’t run back over again and again with my razor. That only causes more irritation. I learn from what I did and try to improve the next day’s shave.

5. Moisturize

Nothing finishes up a great shave like some protection and healing as you head out into your day. An aftershave balm puts the finishing touch on your shave to keep your skin feeling fantastic. But it also helps your skin heal to prepare you for the next one. Try to think of moisturizing as the first step of tomorrow’s shave. My personal favorites are the balms from Truefitt & Hill and Soap Commander.

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Prince Harry’s Blue Engagement Suit – The Look for Less http://tailorandbarber.com/prince-harrys-blue-engagement-suit-the-look-for-less/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:27 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2864 I’m not Royal Wedding crazy, but I am a bit of a admitted Anglophile. I’m a big fan of the things at which Brits are known to be great. Iconic television series, both comedic and dramatic, legendary English shoes, incredible grooming products, and a flawless sense of traditional tailoring. Prince Harry’s blue engagement suit Monday did more than enough to drive this final point home. Before I get into my recommendations on more affordable alternatives to the prince’s suit, I want to take a moment to walk through what I like so much about it. I love the color of this suit. Yes, I highly recommend that a navy suit should be your first suit purchase, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t Prince Harry’s first suit. Blue is also a little flashier for a special occasion, which this obviously is. So I suggest keeping the navy in your closet during a day like your engagement. The prince also lets his suit do most of the work by keeping the other elements simple. He subtly paired it with a crisp white shirt, a classic navy tie, and black wingtips. I can only assume his belt is black too. What I think is the most important aspect of Prince Harry’s blue engagement suit is it’s simplicity. Sure, it’s blue and not navy, but other than that, what this suit does best is let his bride-to-be shine. This is her moment, and he’s by her side. The best suits don’t draw attention to themselves, they speak for softly and accentuate what’s most important. Be it your features or those around you. Prince Harry’s Blue Engagement Suit Alternatives Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Suit If you know Bonobos, you know how great their fits are. Additionally, I love this shade of blue. My only gripe with Bonobos’ suits is that I wish the lapels were just a bit wider, maybe in the 3″ to 3 1/4″ range. I’m a bigger guy, and a wider lapel suits my frame better. J. Crew Ludlow Suit For almost a decade, the J. Crew Ludlow suit has been a mainstay of the male suiting trend. The Ludlow’s ascension to prominence peaked perfectly with the rise of Mad Men and the slim suit. Like the Bonobos suit, I would prefer a larger lapel which J. Crew has started to introduce. But if you’re a slimmer guy, you will be hard pressed to find a better suit in this price range. Suitsupply Napoli Suit This suit may be the closest one I have here to Prince Harry’s blue engagement suit. From the color, to the moderately structured shoulder, to the wider lapels, this is pretty damn close. I’ve been on a big Suitsupply kick lately, and I think these are some of the best mid-level priced suits and jackets in the game today. Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Sharkskin Suit It’s almost impossible to go wrong with a Brooks Brothers suit. Once you figure out your fit (I’m a Regent), you can buy with confidence trusting in the quality and heritage. I don’t think Prince Harry’s suit is sharkskin, but that fabric adds a nice little touch if you’re feeling extra.

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I’m not Royal Wedding crazy, but I am a bit of a admitted Anglophile. I’m a big fan of the things at which Brits are known to be great. Iconic television series, both comedic and dramatic, legendary English shoes, incredible grooming products, and a flawless sense of traditional tailoring. Prince Harry’s blue engagement suit Monday did more than enough to drive this final point home. Before I get into my recommendations on more affordable alternatives to the prince’s suit, I want to take a moment to walk through what I like so much about it.

I love the color of this suit. Yes, I highly recommend that a navy suit should be your first suit purchase, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t Prince Harry’s first suit. Blue is also a little flashier for a special occasion, which this obviously is. So I suggest keeping the navy in your closet during a day like your engagement. The prince also lets his suit do most of the work by keeping the other elements simple. He subtly paired it with a crisp white shirt, a classic navy tie, and black wingtips. I can only assume his belt is black too. What I think is the most important aspect of Prince Harry’s blue engagement suit is it’s simplicity. Sure, it’s blue and not navy, but other than that, what this suit does best is let his bride-to-be shine. This is her moment, and he’s by her side. The best suits don’t draw attention to themselves, they speak for softly and accentuate what’s most important. Be it your features or those around you.

Prince Harry’s Blue Engagement Suit Alternatives

Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Suit

Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Suit
Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Suit

If you know Bonobos, you know how great their fits are. Additionally, I love this shade of blue. My only gripe with Bonobos’ suits is that I wish the lapels were just a bit wider, maybe in the 3″ to 3 1/4″ range. I’m a bigger guy, and a wider lapel suits my frame better.

J. Crew Ludlow Suit

J. Crew Ludlow Suit
J. Crew Ludlow Suit

For almost a decade, the J. Crew Ludlow suit has been a mainstay of the male suiting trend. The Ludlow’s ascension to prominence peaked perfectly with the rise of Mad Men and the slim suit. Like the Bonobos suit, I would prefer a larger lapel which J. Crew has started to introduce. But if you’re a slimmer guy, you will be hard pressed to find a better suit in this price range.

Suitsupply Napoli Suit

Suitsupply Napoli Suit
Suitsupply Napoli Suit

This suit may be the closest one I have here to Prince Harry’s blue engagement suit. From the color, to the moderately structured shoulder, to the wider lapels, this is pretty damn close. I’ve been on a big Suitsupply kick lately, and I think these are some of the best mid-level priced suits and jackets in the game today.

Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Sharkskin Suit

Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Sharkskin Suit
Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Sharkskin Suit

It’s almost impossible to go wrong with a Brooks Brothers suit. Once you figure out your fit (I’m a Regent), you can buy with confidence trusting in the quality and heritage. I don’t think Prince Harry’s suit is sharkskin, but that fabric adds a nice little touch if you’re feeling extra.

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Holiday Dinner Outfit Inspiration http://tailorandbarber.com/holiday-dinner-outfit-inspiration/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:00:03 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2855 I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! We did, but I think I could have found a little more room for some food in my left leg. My brother-in-law made this amazing smoked turkey that I couldn’t get enough of! But after all the cookies, potatoes, stuffing, and everything else I’m ready to get back into my gym and healthy eating routines. Today I thought I would share what I wore for Thanksgiving dinner. It might not help you with Thanksgiving dinner this year, but I think this can be worm all season long. So, hopefully you can find some holiday dinner outfit inspiration in this post. I think the best way to dress up your holiday dinner outfit is to keep it classic. Christmas dinner is not the time to experiment. Of course the level of “dressiness” depends on your facility traditions. Sometimes corduroys, a tattersall shirt, and pair of country brogues is the perfect holiday dinner outfit. Perhaps your family tradition is to keep things completely casual. If that’s the case, a pair of dark jeans, oxford shirt, a chunky sweater and pair of boots is perfect. In my case, my sister-in-law is trying to build traditions in her new house and wants to host (and has hosted) some fantastic holiday dinners. The last thing I want to do is show up looking like a schlub when everyone else is dressed up. While I don’t think you have to anticipate your host’s every whim and desire, it is important, as a guest, to respect your host’s vision. While you may not be sure of the dress for an event, always ask if you don’t know. For me, I know my family, and I know what my sister-in-law is looking to create. I want to respect that and be a willing participant. It’s relatively easy for me as I’ve never been one to shy away from dressing up! Holiday Dinner Outfit Jacket: Brooks Brothers  //  Shirt: Harvie & Hudson  //  Tie: T.M. Lewin Trousers: Brooks Brothers  //  Belt: W. Kleinberg Socks: Corgi  //  Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! We did, but I think I could have found a little more room for some food in my left leg. My brother-in-law made this amazing smoked turkey that I couldn’t get enough of! But after all the cookies, potatoes, stuffing, and everything else I’m ready to get back into my gym and healthy eating routines. Today I thought I would share what I wore for Thanksgiving dinner. It might not help you with Thanksgiving dinner this year, but I think this can be worm all season long. So, hopefully you can find some holiday dinner outfit inspiration in this post.

Holiday Dinner Outfit Inspiration
Holiday Dinner Outfit Inspiration

I think the best way to dress up your holiday dinner outfit is to keep it classic. Christmas dinner is not the time to experiment. Of course the level of “dressiness” depends on your facility traditions. Sometimes corduroys, a tattersall shirt, and pair of country brogues is the perfect holiday dinner outfit. Perhaps your family tradition is to keep things completely casual. If that’s the case, a pair of dark jeans, oxford shirt, a chunky sweater and pair of boots is perfect. In my case, my sister-in-law is trying to build traditions in her new house and wants to host (and has hosted) some fantastic holiday dinners. The last thing I want to do is show up looking like a schlub when everyone else is dressed up.

Holiday Dinner Outfit Inspiration
Holiday Dinner Outfit Inspiration

While I don’t think you have to anticipate your host’s every whim and desire, it is important, as a guest, to respect your host’s vision. While you may not be sure of the dress for an event, always ask if you don’t know. For me, I know my family, and I know what my sister-in-law is looking to create. I want to respect that and be a willing participant. It’s relatively easy for me as I’ve never been one to shy away from dressing up!

Holiday Dinner Outfit

Holiday Dinner Outfit Inspiration
Holiday Dinner Outfit Inspiration

Jacket: Brooks Brothers  //  Shirt: Harvie & Hudson  //  Tie: T.M. Lewin

Trousers: Brooks Brothers  //  Belt: W. Kleinberg

Socks: Corgi  //  Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Shawl Collar Sweater http://tailorandbarber.com/shawl-collar-sweater/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:00:13 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2822 Oh man it was pretty chilly today! This shawl collar sweater kept me warm though. Layered with one of my favorite OCBDs underneath, I had to keep my self cooled off when I went back inside. I spent most of the day running errands, and the freedom to pop in and out of the car without worrying about grabbing a jacket, putting it on, taking it off, etc. was a treat. This sweater and shirt combination was enough to keep me toasty during my journeys with temps in the mid 40s. A shawl collar is also a fantastic way to add a little extra flair to a cold weather outfit without hunting around for scarf or bundling up into too many layers. I know there’s a huge, currently running trend right now focusing on layering for fall. In fact I’m even a proponent of it. But sometimes I just want to throw on a pair of jeans and a sweater and get on with my day. A shawl collar sweater like this adds some uniqueness without weighing you down too much. There’s a cardigan-like quality that adds a little extra sophistication too. If your looking for some additional sweater inspiration, be sure to check out this collection. On a Movember side note, how is everyone doing with No Shave November? I’m struggling. I want to shave so bad, but I’m pushing myself  to the end of the month. Not sure how well that’s going to go over at Thanksgiving, but we’re about to find out. I don’t think it will be too bad, but if anyone is itching for a quick family photo, the beard might not be the most welcome guest. Sweater: J. Crew  //  Shirt: Brooks Brothers  //  Jeans: J. Crew Boots: Red Wing  //  Socks: Red Wing  //  Belt: J. Crew

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Oh man it was pretty chilly today! This shawl collar sweater kept me warm though. Layered with one of my favorite OCBDs underneath, I had to keep my self cooled off when I went back inside. I spent most of the day running errands, and the freedom to pop in and out of the car without worrying about grabbing a jacket, putting it on, taking it off, etc. was a treat. This sweater and shirt combination was enough to keep me toasty during my journeys with temps in the mid 40s. A shawl collar is also a fantastic way to add a little extra flair to a cold weather outfit without hunting around for scarf or bundling up into too many layers.

I know there’s a huge, currently running trend right now focusing on layering for fall. In fact I’m even a proponent of it. But sometimes I just want to throw on a pair of jeans and a sweater and get on with my day. A shawl collar sweater like this adds some uniqueness without weighing you down too much. There’s a cardigan-like quality that adds a little extra sophistication too. If your looking for some additional sweater inspiration, be sure to check out this collection.

On a Movember side note, how is everyone doing with No Shave November? I’m struggling. I want to shave so bad, but I’m pushing myself  to the end of the month. Not sure how well that’s going to go over at Thanksgiving, but we’re about to find out. I don’t think it will be too bad, but if anyone is itching for a quick family photo, the beard might not be the most welcome guest.

J. Crew Shawl Collar Sweater
J. Crew Shawl Collar Sweater

Sweater: J. Crew  //  Shirt: Brooks Brothers  //  Jeans: J. Crew

Boots: Red Wing  //  Socks: Red Wing  //  Belt: J. Crew

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Outfit of the Day November 13, 2017 http://tailorandbarber.com/outfit-day-november-13-2017/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:00:50 +0000 http://tailorandbarber.com/?p=2742 So I’m going to try something new. It seem like people would appreciate it I posted the details of my Instagram Outfits of the Day and Shaves of the Day directly on the blog. I think this sounds like a great idea, and I’m going to do it as much as I can. I think the best way to do this is to run a blog post the next morning following the Instagram post. If you can’t wait for the next day’s post, you can always shop the feed directly through Instagram or on the website right here. Keep in mind too, that while Movember is running, I obviously won’t be posting any Shave of the Day pictures. The beard is coming in nicely, and I kind of like it. I do plan on getting back to the shaving posts and reviews, but not for a few more weeks. I’d also love to get some feedback on how these posts are going. Feel free to drop me a line or drop a comment on the blog. Monday’s outfit was one built to beat the cold and wet. It rained all morning, and the sun never came out. I layered up with a light blue shirt, a gray V-neck and a navy mac raincoat. I really love this mac. It comes from T.M. Lewin and has a detachable PrimaLoft liner for some added warmth. I also like that it’s 100% cotton and not a synthetic blend (I hate synthetic blends). I wear a 44 Regular, so you can buy your normal suit size. Coat: T.M. Lewin  //  Jeans: J. Crew  //  Belt: W. Kleinberg Shirt: Suitsupply  //  Sweater: Suitsupply Shoes: Herring Shoes  //  Socks: Boggi Milano

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So I’m going to try something new. It seem like people would appreciate it I posted the details of my Instagram Outfits of the Day and Shaves of the Day directly on the blog. I think this sounds like a great idea, and I’m going to do it as much as I can. I think the best way to do this is to run a blog post the next morning following the Instagram post. If you can’t wait for the next day’s post, you can always shop the feed directly through Instagram or on the website right here.

Keep in mind too, that while Movember is running, I obviously won’t be posting any Shave of the Day pictures. The beard is coming in nicely, and I kind of like it. I do plan on getting back to the shaving posts and reviews, but not for a few more weeks.

I’d also love to get some feedback on how these posts are going. Feel free to drop me a line or drop a comment on the blog.

Monday’s outfit was one built to beat the cold and wet. It rained all morning, and the sun never came out. I layered up with a light blue shirt, a gray V-neck and a navy mac raincoat. I really love this mac. It comes from T.M. Lewin and has a detachable PrimaLoft liner for some added warmth. I also like that it’s 100% cotton and not a synthetic blend (I hate synthetic blends). I wear a 44 Regular, so you can buy your normal suit size.

Outfit of the Day November 13, 2017
Outfit of the Day November 13, 2017

Coat: T.M. Lewin  //  Jeans: J. Crew  //  Belt: W. Kleinberg

Shirt: Suitsupply  //  Sweater: Suitsupply

Shoes: Herring Shoes  //  Socks: Boggi Milano

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