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Wearing a tie with jeans

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Wearing a tie with jeans is a curious trend that seems to regain limited popularity every few years.  It tends to follow the cyclical nature of fashion, returning in some form but still looking just as confused.

This confusion comes from the fact that jeans are unmistakably casual, conversely ties are not.  This may have been originally devised as a clever way to seem ironic but in most cases it only causes the person to look silly and juvenile.  A dark pair of jeans may feel more formal but you will never negate the fact that they still jeans.  This gentleman below has many pieces of his outfit well coordinated above the waist but detracts from its overall potential but confusing the common theme with the addition of jeans.jeans with tie

If one wishes to dress up jeans I would suggest starting with darker jeans, that aren’t “stressed” or otherwise discolored, and pairing them with a casual jacket, such this one below.  I feel that this example below is more successful at dressing up jeans than the above example.  This still would only be appropriate for the casual situation.casual jacket and jeans

In all cases when looking at someone wearing jeans and a tie, no matter how attractive it may look or what goals they may be trying to achieve,  the same can be accomplished to a higher degree with a nice pair of trousers.  Don’t get me wrong jeans are a important part of a man’s casual wardrobe but leave the jeans-tie combination to those who like to follow men’s fashion trends.

Thanks for the question Brian.


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Interesting interview with Domenico Spano

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Domenico Spano is a tailor/designer for Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Style and Trends

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

There are certain style guidelines that men follow in the way they dress.  This foundation has changed very little in the past 100 years.  Things like a suit, tie, leather dress shoes, cuts in suits, patterns, etc. There has been some fluctuation to these guidelines over the years that tend to follow trends in fashion (platform dress shoes, and giant lapels on suits in the 70’s) but the core guide remains the same.

What I suggest is to get away from the influence of these extreme trends and stick to a style that is much closer to center and therefore timeless.  Your personality will still be able to shine through by taking advantage of certain parts of your ensemble ( tie, pocket square, socks, materials, patterns, etc.)  but by holding true to this classic guide or framework you will be taken seriously and always look good (even if your looking at a picture twenty years from now).

So make the commitment, invest in your wardrobe and yourself for the long haul, not the season.

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