How to Wear Spring’s Navy Blazer

There are some spring wardrobe essentials that every guy just can’t live without: boat shoes, a gingham shirt, a thin sweater, cuffed jeans — and then there’s the navy jacket. A lightweight, cotton-blend blazer (ditch the wools and heavy tweeds) in dark blue is the perfect complement to just about everything in your closet. Whether you’re hanging out or headed to a wedding, this essential item is easygoing, classic, and cool — all at the same time.

Essential Men's Fashion Item Fedoras.comHow to wear a navy blazer

Take some notes from these well-dressed street styles, and learn how to pull off the navy blazer all by yourself (trust us on this one).

Keep It Simple

Navy Blazer Spring 2013

There’s nothing more classic than a navy blazer layered over a crisp patterned shirt, cuffed pants, and tassled loafers. The easiest way to wear a blazer this spring? Keep it simple.

Relax

A navy blazer is not a stuffy suit — so don’t treat it like one! Relax a little bit: ditch the tie, unbutton the top of your shirt (and your sleeves), and pair your blazer with your favorite jeans.

 Try Blue on Blue

Navy Blazer Style

Try layering different shades of blue for an easy, monochromatic look. Pair your jacket with a light blue button-down, a navy tie, and white pants. If you’re not into wearing white below the waist, try a pair of khakis instead.

Go Bold

Navy Blazer Spring Style

For those of you looking to switch up your beige slacks or blue jeans this spring, try a bold pair of chinos. Since the pants make the statement, tone down the rest of your attire with the navy blazer, a simple undershirt, and neutral shoes. Extra points for rolling up your pant legs and ditching socks for the full effect.

Layer, Layer, Layer

Navy Blazer Style

With spring’s unpredictable tempuratures, throw on a navy blazer over your sweater, cuffed shirt, tie, and khakis combo for a fresh spin — and an extra bit of warmth.

Top It Off

Navy Blazer Style

We might be a little biased, but the best way to look effortless in a navy blazer this spring is to pair it with your favorite fedora. Straw and cloth hats are lightweight enough for sunny days and add an extra dose of dapper to your look.

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Justin of Scout Sixteen

As part of our Seasonal Style Guide, we’ve scoured our favorite men’s fashion blogs to bring you inspiration for your man-drobe each season. Every spring, summer, winter, and fall, we’ll be highlighting the most dapperly-dressed dudes in our Man of Style series — and interviewing them about their personal style.

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Scout Sixteen - Justin Livingston

First up is the crazy-cool Justin Livingston of Scout Sixteen. What makes this New York-based blogger our Spring Man of Style? He’s mastered the art of mixing charming classic and vintage pieces, while playing with color, patterns, texture, and accessories (think bowties and backwards caps) to put a fresh spin on the typical jeans, tee, and sweater combo. Plus, he’s got a lot of lady friends who ask for style adviceand has the guts to actually give it to them.

Take a look at his copy-worthy clothes, get inspired for spring, and learn about what makes his style so unique.

*Click through the images to see more pictures from Justin’s posts.

Justin Timberlake: Bringing the Fedora Back

Ladies and gents, he’s done it again. Justin Timberlake is back, and he’s putting pressure on guys everywhere to step up their style game — with a fedora.

In the lyric video for his latest single, JT makes the ladies weak in the knees — and the men jealous — in a laid-back, Panama-style fedora. For a modern take on this classic crooner style, Justin pairs his topper with a lightweight coat and classic aviators.

Justin Timberlake hat

If you’re looking to capture Justin’s smooth signature style, we recommend a hat with a solid, neutral band. A band in a shade like black or brown will stand out and make a statement against a lighter straw hat, without attracting the wrong kind of attention.

Our top picks for a Justin Timberlake-esque hat are the Henschel Toyo Straw Piano Fedora and the Monterey Woven Straw Fedora, but you can shop our entire fedora collection here.

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And for even more celebrity hat-spiration, we recommend checking out the Celebrity Hat Index!

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Packing for Men: Five Stylish Essentials

We’ve Got Big News — and You’re Hearing it First!

Later this month, Fedoras.com will be merging with TheFedoraStore.com.  We’ll have the same great content, plus hats to fit any wardrobe. Stay tuned for more updates!

Travelling in style is no longer a novel concept applicable solely to the fairer sex – men are jumping on the bandwagon and making a conscious effort to also present themselves in the best light when they’re out of town. Putting that into consideration, we’ve compiled a list of wardrobe essentials that every man should have in his luggage, whether he’s flying off for a business trip or a weekend getaway.

Sunglasses

A good pair of shades is a must-have in every man’s travel bag. Whether it’s to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays or to conceal the fact that you look like a panda after enduring unbearable hours of jetlag, a pair of shades can make you look effortlessly cool. It’s definitely a fashion accessory that marriages functionality and style.

Watch

A watch says a lot about you – it implies that you’re responsible and disciplined because you keep track of time, and the specific look you don is a good indicator of your personal style. For the purpose of practicality, wear a watch with multiple time zones. This ensures that you’re not an hour late for an important meeting because you’re not in sync with local time.

Black Blazer

For an instant transformation from casual daywear to semiformal nightwear, just layer your clothes with a blazer. Not only would you score well in the style department, you’ll also stay warm when roaming the streets on a windy night or having dinner at an air-conditioned restaurant. As you don’t want to add unnecessary bulk to your luggage, just bring along one black blazer – it’s easy to match with any outfit.

Leather Sling Bag

More often than not, you’ll need a bag to carry all your essential items when you’re sightseeing at a holiday destination or meeting clients at a café for lunch. Unless you don’t mind looking like a haggard globetrotter with a jam-packed backpack in tow, you’ll want something that is compact and stylish. Try a leather sling bag on for size. It allows for easy accessibility to all of your belongings and the sleek material looks good against a plain t-shirt or sharp suit. Its cross-body strap also discourages snatch thieves from targeting you.

Leather Ankle Boots

Flip-flops are convenient for daily wear and storage in your luggage; but, you also need to prepare for the possibility that you might need more formal footwear during your trip. Black or brown leather ankle boots come highly-recommended because they can be worn with jeans for sightseeing or with formal pants as you conquer the central business district.

 

About the Author:

Arman is a travel writer at AsiaRooms.com. He is Singaporean – born and bred – which means he’s very accustomed to punctuating his sentences with terms like “lah” or “lor” and having roti prata (delightful fried dough typically enjoyed with curry) for breakfast. Follow Arman on Twitter or connect with him on Google+.

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Dress like Neal Caffrey for Less & Don’t Forget the Fedora Hat

Neal Caffrey, of USA’s White Collar, is the king of prime time television style (besides our favorite 1950s ad executive). Matched with his irresistible and sophisticated charm, his style shines forth in a way that no one can ignore. And sure, not everyone can be Neal Caffrey, but with these tips, you can at least mimic his style.

1. The Fitted Suit

Neal Caffrey always sports a fitted suit. This creates a sleek look that accentuates his trim torso and broad shoulders. He plays with pattern and color, wearing everything from solid suits to pin stripes and even a thin, checked pattern to replicate a 1930s-50s look. Navy suits are making a comback right now, so be sure to consider this Caffrey-color as your next suit option.

You might not be able to find a Caffrey-quality fit at a department store, so you should always get your suit tailored to your shape (no matter the cost of the suit). For tips on going to a tailor, check these out.

2. The Dress Shirt

If it doesn’t have a button, he doesn’t have it on. Neal deals particularly with solid and striped dress shirts. (For tips on how to mix and match dress shirts with your suit, be sure to read up on this post.) The up-and-down stripes that Caffrey wears help that sleek look, and he’ll show off his class with traditional solid white. Just like his suits, his shirts are slim fit, too.

To find slim fit shirts for a man on a budget, it’s as easy as a trip to Macy’s. Check out this this shirt for under $30.

3. The Tie

Neal Caffrey has a parade of ties, and each one is paired with the perfect tie clip. (For those of you just diving into the world of tie clips, be sure to read up on how to wear one so you don’t mess it up.) Neal is a classy fella, so no duck, Looney Toons, or American flag prints (unless it’s the Fourth of July). He usually keeps his ties solid or striped (just like his shirts), and they always complement the outfit as a whole.

If you’re looking for an affordable place to find both a tie and clip, we love this site.

4. The Little Things

There’s a lot going on in Neal Caffrey’s wardrobe, and it’s hard to keep up (in a good way). So here are all the small details that matter so much: the watch, pocket square, cuff links, and the seemingly permanent five o’clock shadow.

For an inexpensive watch that you’ll be sure to get compliments on, Target has a great selection between $30-$40, and pocket ties and cufflinks are usually inexpensive. As for the five o’clock shadow, you can get that for free.

5. The Hat

Neal Caffrey inspired fedora for less

Neal Caffrey is one very good reason why fedoras are coming back. He wears them in all colors, from steel gray to sleek black. And lucky for you, we know where to find the perfect topper.

Take a peek at our fedoras, and you’ll definitely have a little Caffrey pep in your step the next time you suit up.

Here are two fedora hats that are very similar:

Henschel Melton Wool Gentleman Fedora Hat

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Our Favorite Posts from 2012

Remember when we taught you how to concoct a manly mixed drink? Or the day we gave you the 411 on what ladies think about your cologne? Or, what about the time we taught you how to do your laundry? It’s been a great year writing A Tip of the Hat since its launch this past March.

Just in case you missed some of our posts along the way, we rounded up some of this year’s most memorable…

A Guy’s Guide to Gift Buying — This is a great one for all of you last-minute shoppers scrambling to get holiday gifts the morning of (or even after-the-fact). Read our tips, and don’t disappoint her again this year.

How to Stock a Bar — Our very first post, this oldie-but-goodie shows you the essential items needed for an at-home bar.

Style File: Don Draper — Who doesn’t want to emulate the always-dapper Don Draper?

Mad Men Inspired Cocktails — Speaking of Don Draper, check out our recipes for Mad Men-inspired cocktails. Learn how to make a Vodka Gimlet, a Brandy Alexander, a Tom Collins, and a Bloody Mary.

Tips on Going Tailor-Made — When it comes to buying a suit, we recommend going tailor-made. Read our tips on finding a tailor, choosing a fabric, communicating with your tailor, and keeping it fresh.

15 Manly Mustaches for Movember — In honor of Movember, we rounded up 15 of the best mustaches of the modern world, from Daniel Day-Lewis to Alex Trebek.

Designing a Bachelor Pad? What You Need to Know — Guys living on your own, take note of our bachelor pad decor ideas. We’ll help you create a classy, yet masculine, space for yourself.

How to Find the Perfect Jeans Cut — We cover all the cuts so you can discover the best jeans for your body type and style. Remember, if your jeans don’t fit correctly, color and style don’t matter.

Four Clever (and Easy) Costumes for Guys — Our Halloween costume ideas revolved around hats (of course) and staples that you probably already have hanging in your closet.

Get Straight with Your Razor — This brief history of shaving will convince you to go get a straight razor shave. By the way, did you know men used to shave with clam shells?

Happy Holidays from A Tip of the Hat!

 

How to Throw a Gatsby-Themed Party

What do you get when you cross the most lavish literary scene of all time with the biggest party night of the year? A Gatsby-themed bash that’s sure to go down as your most epic New Year’s Eve yet! Just in time for the 2013 movie premiere starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan, transform your typical year-end bash into an extravagant 1920s soiree reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. (Minus the obsession, love triangles, and tragedy, okay?)

And for even more goodies, check out the rest of our Great Gatsby Guide:

Great Gatsby Character & Fashion Guide

’20s Toppers: Great Gatsby Hats

Great Gatsby Music: 1920s Playlist

Great Gatsby party

All you need are mood-setting invites, decor, music, and refreshments, along with a dapper and flapper-esque dress code that’ll get everybody into character. Here’s our breakdown of all the essentials for an unforgettable Gatsby party:

The Invites

As with any party, setting the scene and expectations for your Gatsby party starts with the invitations. Since it’s NYE, you want to keep the invitations looking sophisticated and fun, but with an old time feel. Invites in gold, champagne, black and white, or silver with vintage block fonts work best. Extra points for ’20s images or metallic and/or glittery details (guys, we understand — you can skip the sparkle). Or, you could use the book’s original cover and make your own invites instead.

Gatsby theme party invitations

The Dress Code

On your invites, be sure to tell your guests to get all gussied-up and Gatsby-fied. For the Jay Gatsbys, Tom Buchannans, and Nick Carraways out there, dress like a dapper gent in a black suit and bowtie, or dress pants, an old-fashioned blazer, and suspenders. Slick back the hair and grab a cigar for an authentic look.

For the Daisy Buchannans, Jordan Bakers, and Myrtle Wilsons out there, it’s all about retro waves, rouge lipstick, fur coats, and eye-catching dresses!  The flapper look of the ’20s was all about clothing you could move and twirl in, with beading, gems, tassles, sequins, ribbon, or other flashy embellishments. Looking for a little inspiration? Try the look below!

what to wear to a Gatsby party

The Accessories

When it comes to looking the part, accessories are key to pulling off Gatsby garb. For guys, it’s all about the fedora (and lucky for you, we know where to find ’em). To pull off the high-scale Gatsby appeal, grab some cufflinks, a pocket watch, and a handkerchief for your coat pocket.

For the ladies, your go-to hat is the Daisy-like cloche. Be sure to don a headpiece underneath that topper, carry a hard-cased clutch, and don’t skimp on the pearls, velvet, rhinestones, jewels, and feathers — pile them on! 

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The Decor

Although the book takes place during the summer, it’s easy to decorate using the rich colors, bold lights, and shimmery decor of the 1920s during the holidays, when there’s an overabundance of glitzy baubles lining the store shelves (most will be on sale right before and after Christmas, too).

For Gatsby theme decor, think lavish extravagance meets sleek, retro sophistication. For the tablescape, choose items in black, white, gold, silver, and jewel tones — and don’t forget the luxe contrast of white candles and flowers. The beverage area should be the center of attention in a 1920s themed party, so deck out a bar cart or side table in vintage-looking barware, swanky bottles, and chic touches like a cocktail menu, festive streamers, and retro straws. We love the idea of using vintage gold frames (you can find them at your local Goodwill) and painting the inside with chalkboard paint — the perfect ambiance-setting signage for your place. And last but not least: don’t forget the confetti. It’s a Gatsby and NYE must!

Gatsby theme party decorations

The Refreshments

Gatsby threw over-the-top parties to impress Daisy; his parties were all about overindulging, especially when it came to food and drink. Let’s start with the drinks, because even though the story took place during the Prohibition era, that didn’t stop Gatsby’s free-flow of booze for his guests. Gin was a staple in the speakeasy era, but try to make a few authentic cocktails, too, like a Mint Julep, Southside, Sidecar, Highball, and French 75. And don’t forget the bubbly — it’s NYE, after all!

If you’re serving a few apps, try your hand at tea sandwiches, crab-stuffed mushroomspancetta-wrapped figs, baked brie with pecans, triple deviled eggs, and shrimp cocktail. Serve savory chocolate dipped brownie cookies, triple chocolate truffles, creme brulee donuts, or a simple angel food cake for dessert. To Gatsby-ify your hors d’oeuvres, use fedoras as serving bowls by lining them with aluminum foil (for protection), covering the foil with a cloth napkin, and filling them with your foods.

Gatsby theme party food and drink ideas

The Music

To top off your Gatsby bash, switch out your top hits for swing music. Bust out that old fashioned record player and play some vinyls, or load your phone with all sorts of Swing-era tunes. Early jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter, Ben Pollack, Don Redman, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Red Allen, Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter, and John Kirby are staples for your Spotify playlists (check out our collection of 1920’s hits here), or listen to stations like Early Jazz Radio or Roaring ’20s Radio on Pandora. Guests will surely get into the swing of things.

Great Gatsby theme party music list

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Blogger Gift Picks, Part 2

We’re back with more holiday gift picks, as recommended by our favorite bloggers. Read on for gentlemanly gift ideas that any guy on your holiday list will appreciate. And if you missed Part 1 of this series, you can check it out here.

Midwestyle Gift Picks

It’s been argued that men these days don’t know how to dress. While athletic shorts and t-shirts make their way to the sidewalks, a few chaps from the train tracks  constantly educate the way a frugal man can dapper up. Hailing from Chicago, Jeff, Seth, and Cam pour their hearts and souls into the localized, well-photographed blog Midwestyle. Filled with wardrobe advice, these three featured some unique accessories too noteworthy to pass by this holiday season.

Bartender Roll-up Kit

Bar Roll-Up — For the man who treats his elixirs with more interest than debauchery, try a bar roll-up kit from Cocktail Kingdom ($135). One part quality leather and waxed cotton, one part rugged design by Jim Meehan, a roll-up kit is sure to express and enhance his spirited passion. If your coin purse is running a little light these days, Amazon shelves a basic boxed set of bar tools at $40.

A Thrifted Historical Watch — This time around, consider a watch that speaks of both past and present time. Cam discovered a Vostok watch from WWII for $30 on Etsy, but you can best find these old-timers on eBay, Craigslist, or even your local thrift shop. Just be wary of the watch’s age compared to its ability to keep time.

Reindeer bottle opener

Housewares from Anthropologie — If wisdom can be found in the most unlikely of places, so too can a great, affordable gift. Typically a store for the ladies, the Midwestyle gents went out on a limb and found a few treasures at Anthropologie. With kitchen goods like a reindeer horn bottle opener ($28), you can leave your ego with the cabbie and man up while you shop for the special someone in your life.

Now before you gallop off to the stores for these things, check out more from the young bucks at Midwestyle. They have plenty of wardrobe posts and styling tips, all presented with a sharp wit and youthful spirit. The boys have just about everything on their site from a safety pin tie clip post to a Midwest thrift shop map for easier trunk-diving.

Alex Grant’s Gift Picks

When our team is in need of wardrobe inspiration, we know that we can rely on Alex Grant’s blog to get our creative juices flowing. His relaxed, yet sophisticated style has inspired us to break away from the ordinary and try new looks this year. While we like almost all of the products he features on his site, here are the three we would love to see wrapped up under our tree:

bills khakis berkshire jacketBerkshire Jacket — We love this warm, plaid jacket for the bitter cold winter months of January and February. Red is the perfect color for the holiday season, and it will look great with almost anything in your wardrobe. The entire product is made in the USA, which is an added plus.

danner boots

Danner Boots
— While winter boots tend to be less-than-attractive, these leather boots by Danner will keep your feet dry, warm, and stylish. We love how Alex swapped out the original laces for a pair of red ones. These would be a perfect gift for any guy on your list who ventures outside during winter’s cold months.

jack spade vest

Warm Vest — This down vest is the perfect layer for those especially cold and windy days. Any guy who lives in one of the bitter-cold, snow-laden states (that’s you, Minnesotans) will love layering this vest over a warm sweater or thermal.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of our Blogger Gift Picks series next Friday!

10 Wardrobe Essentials for Every Man

Guys, it’s time to get back to the basics. Put down the pit-stained tee, step away from those ratty sweatpants, and say hello to these ten must-haves for any man’s wardrobe. With these staples in your arsenal, you can mix and match your way to an appropriate outfit for nearly every situation. Talk about simple!

10 wardrobe essentials for every man

1. Colored & Patterned Dress Shirts
Start with neutral colors and subtle patterns like pinstripes and plaid. Once you feel comfortable with the basics, you can take your wardrobe to the next level by mixing in bold patterns and brighter hues.

2. Navy Suit
No man’s closet is complete without at least one suit, and navy is a versatile neutral, making it the ideal color for a starter suit.

3. Dark Jeans
Every man should own a pair of good, dark denim jeans that can be paired with a crisp button down or vintage tee.

4. Khaki Chinos
Looking to change up your daily work attire? Try mixing your navy suit jacket with a pair of khakis for a fresh look!

5. Watch
This small-but-mighty accessory can pack quite the style punch. Plus, it’ll keep you from missing kickoff.

6. Cardigan
A casual solution for those situations where a jacket seems like overkill, a cardigan will keep you looking stylish on those chilly days.

7. Ties
While we recommend a closet equipped with at least a dozen ties, we know that every man’s lifestyle is different. Regardless of the number that’s appropriate for you, select ties in a variety of solid colors and designs for mixing and matching.

8. Polo Shirt
Transitioning effortlessly from the golf course to the neighbor’s barbecue, polos are perfect for casual summer days.

9. Dress Shoes
For those formal occasions, no other footwear will do. Invest in a quality pair of both brown and black dress shoes to keep those feet looking fancy.

10. White Dress Shirt
Basically a blank canvas, you could wear a white dress shirt every day (although we would recommend changing it up every now and then).

 

What other items are must-haves in your closet?

 

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Follow Suit: How to Wear a Tie Clip

Listen up, guys. We hate to break it to you, but your suits are looking reaaaally boring these days. We think it’s time for men everywhere to step up their suit game. But how do you do it, you say? Ah, we’re really glad you asked. We bring you (drum roll please) … the tie clip.

How to wear a tie bar tips and tutorial

Now, before you roll your eyes and classify it as “things only Don Draper would wear,” a simple tie bar can transform any ol’ suit from classic and mature to fresh and modern in one full swoop. Just ask LeBronJay ZJakeDavidChanning, and our good friend Gordon. The tie clip not only polishes up your appearance, but proves to the ladies that you’re a gentleman who pays attention to the details (trust us, it’s important).

Lucky for you, we’re experts on how to wear them — because in case you were wondering, you really can screw this one up. Read on for how to use, choose, and wear a tie clip to perfection:

What is a tie clip for?

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Tie clips — also called a tie bar — are sometimes mistaken as simply a tie accessory. However, they do serve a purpose. A tie clip is intended to clip the front of your tie to the placket of your dress shirt. That way, when the wind blows or you’re getting down on the dance floor, your tie stays in place, and you don’t end up looking like this guy. It also keeps your tie from dipping into your meal at dinner (major plus).

Which tie clip should you choose?

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With tie clips picking up in popularity, there are a lot out there to choose from. We advise something a little more basic, in silver or gold. These tend to look the most sleek and sophisticated, and go with just about everything. Our model used this tie clip. Oh, and if your tie clip comes with a chain, remove it. Save those for your grandpas, guys.

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Also, make sure to choose a tie clip based on the width of your tie. Tie clips look strange and overpowering if they’re wider than the tie, but a tie clip that is too small will look goofy and overshadowed. The bar should usually cover about 3/4 the width of your tie.

How do you wear one?

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The placement of your tie clip is very important. If you place the bar too low, it looks like a paperweight for your tie. Placing the tie clip too high just looks silly, and gives your tie a weird, wrinkled “bubbling” effect.

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Follow these rules:

If you’re dressing a little more casual or your suit jacket is staying open, place the tie clip between the fourth and fifth shirt button — your jacket will cover the tie clip when buttoned. This is a more traditional look.

If you’re going more formal or attending an important event, push the tie clip up between the third and fourth button — your jacket should button below the tie clip. This placement actually makes you look taller and slimmer, and gives a stylish appearance.

 

Voila! You are a tie clip master. So get spiffy, and try one out!

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