Tag Archive: Semi-Formal

Mixing Up Bold Patterns: Plaid and Paisley

Bold patterns can often be challenging to style. That's true when you're talking about a single pattern, and even more so when dealing with multiple bold patterns. How well you work with patterns has as much to do with your style experience as it has to do with confidence — one is often a product of the other. If you're just starting to explore pattern mixing, here are a couple tips to help you along.  VIEW MORE ▶︎

And the Award Goes To…

A little late on the draw here, but hey, better late than never! A couple months ago, we were invited to attend Fashion Awards MD's annual event, where we were nominated in the Best Blog category. To be completely honest, I had no idea what to expect. Though we're Baltimore-based, we've never really interfaced with the local scene other than featuring my barber and tailor here on the site. So I was genuinely surprised and excited when we were announced as the winners in our category. This is what I wore to the event.  VIEW MORE ▶︎

Blue Suit, Black Tie

If you are attending a New Year's Eve party with a black tie dress code and either 1) don't have a tuxedo or 2) simply want to be a little creative, don't worry because there are options. In the event you've already worn out your black velvet blazer around the holidays and still don't have the funds to spring for that perfect and amazing midnight blue designer one you've been eyeing even though it's currently on sale for 50% off, turn to something you should already have in your closet and make your blue suit black tie.  VIEW MORE ▶︎

Piazza San Marco

While I would classify just about everything in Venice as must see, one thing you definitely do not want to miss—and actually can't miss unless you take a serious detour—is Piazza San Marco. It is Venice's main public square and is absolutely breathtaking. In person it doesn't even look real, though the pigeons can quickly snap you back to reality. Here's a look I thought matched the location well that we shot during a fun late afternoon walk around prior to a dinner with my friend Roberta from Luxottica.  VIEW MORE ▶︎

The Grey Plaid Three Piece Suit

Like a brown suit, a plaid suit is definitely a next step proposition once you've gotten comfortable with the basics and decided it's time to expand your style vocabulary. The distinctive look of a plaid suit screams sartorial sophistication and when worn properly, can show that you've graduated from solids and into a new realm filled with possibilities. In addition to—and perhaps despite—its uniqueness, a plaid suit is extremely versatile. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be posting looks that showcase the several ways you can wear it, but to kick things off here's some inspiration for how to wear a grey plaid three piece suit.  VIEW MORE ▶︎

The Grey Tweed Suit

A change in season means a change in wardrobe. Transitioning from summer to fall, that means trading short sleeves for long sleeves, shorts for full length pants, and lighter fabrics for heavier ones with some texture. I always enjoy packing one season's clothing up and moving on to the next—especially when it's from summer to fall. For me, it's a chance to reveal something new and keep my style fresh. Here's a look with a piece I've been dying to break out, my grey tweed suit. Men's Style Blog Fashion Grooming He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎

He Spoke Style for Playboy

I bet that headline got your attention, right? As part of their men's fall fashion preview, Playboy invited me to contribute a post on burgundy accent pieces. Burgundy happens to be one of my favorite colors in addition to simply being a fantastic color for fall. Click here to read my piece on Playboy, featuring the gorgeous Elena Romanova—I would classify this link as mostly safe for work (i.e. no nudity) but perhaps not appropriate for all workplaces—and read on to see my look featuring my Alton Lane brown suit with burgundy accents. Men's Style Blog Fashion Grooming He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎

The Power Suit

As far as fashion from the 1980s goes, I'm happy not spending too much time looking back at it. However, one of the era's lasting sartorial symbols should have a home in every man's wardrobe: the power suit. While the power suit's classic styling—boxy, rigid, big shoulder pads—might not be something to embrace at this moment in time, its ethos of confidence and success are timeless and transcendent values. Here's an updated and modern expression of the power suit.  VIEW MORE ▶︎