The Guide to Heather Fabrics

What’s a heather fabric?

In short, a heather fabric is made of a mixture of fibers. This gives the fabric a speckled look. For example, if you look closely at our heather charcoal henleys, you’ll notice specks of white mixed in with the charcoal. This is because it’s made of 50% cotton / 50% polyester. This blend is just one of the many variations a heather fabric can be comprised of.

When should I wear heather clothes?

Whenever you want to!  Heather fabric is used in a number of different clothing items, and it provides a stylish and often versatile option.  You can choose to wear a heather t-shirt at home, or a heather button-down to a nice dinner. 

How does heather fabric affect fit?

Since heather fabric can be made of a variety of materials, its effect on fit will vary. A fabric blend that includes polyester typically gives clothes more stretch, especially compared to a woven fabric made of 100% cotton. Fabric can vary so much that it’s important to try on clothes whenever you can to see what you think of the fit.  And make sure to check each care guide that goes along with your clothes!

How do I maintain heather clothes?

We typically recommend a cold water wash and a tumble dry on low to keep your clothes fresh, but this depends on your clothes care guide. As a general primer, the higher the heat you use when washing and drying will wear on your clothes more.

How long should my pants be?

How long should my pants be?

Pant length. An important topic that you’re probably undervaluing. Are your pants longer than they should be? For many men, they probably are! So how long should your pants actually be?

The break(s)

The break of your pants refers to the number of folds at the bottom where your pants meet your shoes. At most, we recommend one full break. If you prefer, you can get an inseam that gives you a half or even no break. But never, never more than one. You don’t want to look like this guy:

This look is called ‘jean stacking’ and it doesn’t look good, especially on shorter men like yourself. When your jeans stack, it can make you look shorter, which we don’t want! This brings us to the question you came to get answered…

How long should my pants be?

You’ll need to measure your inseam. To start, you’ll need a measuring tape and an extra set of hands (not necessary, but it’ll help). Stand up straight and put the start of the tape where your crotch is. Guide the tape down your leg until it hits the ground. Find the number where the tape meets your ankle, and that’s your inseam! Keep in mind that while this number is your true inseam, it may not be the inseam you should shop for. Depending on the fullness of break you want, the inseam you purchase and wear can be up to an extra inch or two longer than your true inseam measurement.

The break guide

Generally speaking, one break is the go-to standard. Jean stacking doesn’t look good on both taller and shorter men, so it’s best to avoid multiple breaks in your pants. However, this standard is flexible based on a few things. First, depending on what type of pants you’re wearing, you may want less of a break. For example, many men prefer wearing chino pants shorter than their jeans. Style is flexible, and you’ll learn what you prefer as you move along. Second, this also depends on the leg opening of your pants. The general rule is the slimmer your tapering, the shorter your pants can be. So, for slim fit jeans, you’ll want a quarter to half break, but you should have a full break with a wider leg.

Denim Jeans for Men: A Guide

There are a few simple pleasures a man has in life: his family, his morning coffee, and his first quality pair of denim jeans. Seriously though, there is nothing more reliable than a well-fitted, high-quality pair of denim. Having a go-to pair in your arsenal is crucial to your style.

Denim jeans have stood the test of time, and for good reason. They’re versatile, rugged, and, when worn with the right outfit, incredibly sharp. In this guide to denim jeans, I’ll walk you through what washes you should be wearing, what clothes you should wear denim with, how to take care of your denim, and we’ll wrap with a few outfit examples you can wear home with you. Ready? 

The Wash

Left to Right: Light, Mid, Dark, Grey, Black

The wash of your denim refers to its level of darkness — the amount of dye remaining — and its base dye color. After denim is dyed, it goes through a washing process to give it the desired fade — light, medium, or dark. If you’ve owned a pair of denim jeans for some time, you’ll notice that it gets lighter each time you wash it. This is why you should only wash your dark denim sparingly if you want to keep that rich, dark color. When it comes to the base dye color of the denim, there are two popular choices: indigo and black dye.

Indigo Dye and its Washes (Light/Mid/Dark)

Out of the two main dye colors, indigo is the more popular of the two. With an indigo-dyed pair of denim jeans, you will come across three main washes: light, mid, and dark. Each wash goes through a standard washing process. While it’s a very technical process, the best summary of it is that the more washing denim jeans go through, the lighter they turn out. 

Black Dye and its Washes

When you look at black- and grey-wash denim, it’s really not that different from dark- and mid-wash denim. The only difference between black-dyed denim and indigo-dyed denim is, you guessed it, the dye used in the process. 

Styling Denim Jeans

Denim is typically worn in more casual settings, though there are a few instances where putting on a pair of solid, dark jeans or a jacket is a great way to stand out. 

Casual

Washes: Mid and Light Indigo, Grey

Pairings: T-shirts, Henleys, Polos, Button-down shirts

Smart Casual

Washes: Dark Indigo, Black, and Grey

Pairings: T-shirts, Button-down shirts, Blazer

Check out our guide to Smart Casual.

Business Casual

Washes: Dark and Mid Indigo, Black

Pairings: Button-down shirts, Dress shirts, Blazer

Check out our guide to Business Casual.

Taking care of denim jeans

Before I launch into our denim care guide tips, the most important thing you can do is read the care label. For help, here is a quick diagram on what some of the most common symbols mean:

Courtesy: Burton

(In order: 40 degree single bar, Do not use bleach, One dot tumble dry, 3 dot iron, Do not dry clean)

The General Rules:

  • Turn inside out pre-wash
    • Most dye on denim is present on the outside, so turning your denim jeans inside out will prevent fading.
  • Don’t overload your washer
    • Denim is a heavy fabric, which can reduce the effectiveness of the washing process when loaded with too many other clothes. 
  • Wash before you wear (for darker denim)
    • Dark indigo or black denim may rub off on your legs, so it’s best to let the washer get rid of any excess dye before you wear your jeans. 
  • Hang dry
    • Dryers can shrink your denim as well as aid the fading process. By hang drying your denim, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear. 

Check out our full clothing care guide for men.

All things considered, you can’t go wrong wearing a nice pair of denim jeans. They’re considered one of the most versatile pieces of clothing for a reason. Having a couple of different washes in your wardrobe will give you a great variety to choose from and get you one step closer to the perfect outfit for any occasion.

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Chino Pants: Khaki Edition

Khaki chino pants have become a menswear staple. Chinos started out as attire for military troops in the 1800s has grown into an article of clothing that comes in many sizes, colors, and even fabrics. They’re so versatile, in fact, that many menswear brands have offered a “performance” version made from fabrics normally reserved for gym attire. 

In this guide, we’re going to dive deeper into what makes our chinos different and provide some deeper insight into how you should be wearing them. We’ll cover how they should fit, what colors you should wear with them, what you should pair them with, and lastly what activities they’re suited for.

On fit:

Waist

The waist of your chinos should be a snug, but flexible fit. Our chinos are made with 3% Elastane, which gives them enough stretch for you to comfortably move around.

Rise

Our chinos have a low rise, which allows them to sit lower on your waist. This gives them a more casual look that gives you the flexibility to dress them up or down.  

Thighs

When it comes to the thigh-area of your pants, the fit should be tight enough to hug your thighs without be restrictive. A good test for this is to, while wearing your pants, pinch the fabric and see how much is excess. Typically, an inch of excess fabric is a happy middle ground for a slim cut. 

Legs

The legs of your chinos should follow the same rules as the thighs — they should hug your calves without being restrictive. A slim cut chino, like ours, will pass the pinch test around the thickest part of your lower leg. 

On colors:

White

Khaki and white are a classic color combination you can’t go wrong with. 

Navy

Pairing navy with khaki is a good way to remain neutral without being too bland. 

Olive Green

Olive green and khaki is a great color combination for the fall season. The richness of the green works well with khaki to give you a warmer look overall.

Burgundy

If you want to spice things up in your outfit, burgundy is a great color with a rich tone that, along with khaki, gives you a warm, calming presence.

Black

Black is a classic color to wear khaki with when you’re going after darker tones. Make sure you balance it out with a lighter colored accessory, however. A good way to do this is a light colored jacket or pair of shoes.

On pairings:

Elevated Casual

Since chinos are pants that instantly elevate any clothing item, wearing khaki chino pants with a t-shirt can be a great way to elevate your weekend look. Whether you’re running errands, taking a walk in the park, or meeting up with friends and colleagues for brunch, wearing a khaki pair of chinos will give you the responsible look you’re going for. 

Smart Casual

A great way to wear khaki chino pants in a smart casual way is by adding a blazer on top of a solid color t-shirt or a bomber over an oxford button-down.

For more info on wearing smart casual, check out our post here: Smart Casual for Men: A Guide

Business Casual

When you’re trying to make a great first impression for a job interview or first day at work, wearing a pair of khaki chinos with a blazer and dress shoes is a great way to do that. Wear a brown or khaki blazer with brown or black dress shoes to accomplish this look.

For more info on wearing business casual, check out our post here: Business Casual for Men: A Guide

On activities:

For your days off

When you’re running errands on your off-days, wearing a solid pair of chinos is a great choice. Pair this with a solid color t-shirt or henley and you have an elevated casual look.

For when you want to look professional

Depending on your profession, chinos are a great choice for your office uniform. Change colors everyday and it’ll seem like you have an endless number of chinos in your wardrobe. 

For your fancy dinner dates

Dressing to impress applies to the dating world, especially when it comes to dates in the evening. When you’re planning to attend a fancy, upscale place for dinner, it’s important to look the part. Wear our khaki chinos with a button-down or dress shirt and an outer layer of your choice. 

When deciding what to wear with our khaki chinos, it’s important to understand that regardless of what you choose, chinos will elevate your look. This means, if you’re aiming for a smart casual look, you can wear a typically casual item such as a t-shirt and still be able to pull it off. However, this isn’t without limitations, as personal style is a subjective thing. Ultimately, we hope this guide gave you a foundation with which you can base your future outfit choices. 

Check out our full chino collection:

Chino Pants: Grey Edition

Grey chino pants have become a menswear staple. What started as attire for military troops in the 1800s has grown into an article of clothing that comes in many sizes, colors, and even fabrics. They’re so versatile, in fact, that many menswear brands have offered a “performance” version made from fabrics normally reserved for gym attire. 

In this guide, we’re going to dive deeper into what makes our chinos different and provide some deeper insight into how you should be wearing them. We’ll cover how they should fit, what colors you should wear with them, what you should pair them with, and lastly what activities they’re suited for.

On fit:

Waist

The waist of your chinos should be a snug, but flexible fit. Our chinos are made with 3% Elastane, which gives them enough stretch for you to comfortably move around.

Rise

Our chinos have a low rise, which allows them to sit lower on your waist. This gives them a more casual look that gives you the flexibility to dress them up or down.  

Thighs

When it comes to the thigh-area of your pants, the fit should be tight enough to hug your thighs without be restrictive. A good test for this is to, while wearing your pants, pinch the fabric and see how much is excess. Typically, an inch of excess fabric is a happy middle ground for a slim cut. 

Legs

The legs of your chinos should follow the same rules as the thighs — they should hug your calves without being restrictive. A slim cut chino, like ours, will pass the pinch test around the thickest part of your lower leg. 

On colors:

White

Grey and white are a classic color combination you can’t go wrong with. 

Navy

Pairing navy with grey is a good way to remain neutral without being too bland. 

Burgundy

If you want to spice things up in your outfit, burgundy is a great color with a rich tone that, along with grey, gives you a warm, calming presence.

Brown

Brown tones are great accessories to the grey chino pants — depending on the shade, of course. Wear grey with either tan or dark, rich browns. 

Black

Black is a classic color to wear grey with when you’re going after darker tones. Make sure you balance it out with a lighter colored accessory, however. A good way to do this is a light colored jacket or pair of shoes.

On pairings:

Elevated Casual

Since chinos are pants that instantly elevate any clothing item, wearing grey chino pants with a t-shirt can be a great way to elevate your weekend look. Whether you’re running errands, taking a walk in the park, or meeting up with friends and colleagues for brunch, wearing a grey pair of chinos will give you the responsible look you’re going for. 

Smart Casual

A great way to wear grey chino pants in a smart casual way is by adding a blazer on top of a solid color t-shirt or a bomber over an oxford button-down.

For more info on wearing smart casual, check out our post here: Smart Casual for Men: A Guide

Business Casual

When you’re trying to make a great first impression for a job interview or first day at work, wearing a pair of grey chinos with a blazer and dress shoes is a great way to do that. Wear a brown or grey blazer with brown or black dress shoes to accomplish this look.

For more info on wearing business casual, check out our post here: Business Casual for Men: A Guide

On activities:

For your days off

When you’re running errands on your off-days, wearing a solid pair of chinos is a great choice. Pair this with a solid color t-shirt or henley and you have an elevated casual look.

For when you want to look professional

Depending on your profession, chinos are a great choice for your office uniform. Change colors everyday and it’ll seem like you have an endless number of chinos in your wardrobe. 

For your fancy dinner dates

Dressing to impress applies to the dating world, especially when it comes to dates in the evening. When you’re planning to attend a fancy, upscale place for dinner, it’s important to look the part. Wear our grey chinos with a button-down or dress shirt and an outer layer of your choice. 

When deciding what to wear with our grey chinos, it’s important to understand that regardless of what you choose, chinos will elevate your look. This means, if you’re aiming for a smart casual look, you can wear a typically casual item such as a t-shirt and still be able to pull it off. However, this isn’t without limitations, as personal style is a subjective thing. Ultimately, we hope this guide gave you a foundation with which you can base your future outfit choices. 

Check out our full chino collection:

Chino Pants: Navy Edition

The navy chino pants have become the modern-day workhorse of the American male wardrobe. What started as attire for military troops in the 1800s has grown into an article of clothing that comes in many sizes, colors, and even fabrics. They’re so versatile, in fact, that many menswear brands have offered a “performance” version made from fabrics normally reserved for gym attire. 

In this guide, we’re going to dive deeper into what makes our chinos different and provide some deeper insight into how you should be wearing them. We’ll cover how they should fit, what colors you should wear with them, what you should pair them with, and lastly what activities they’re suited for.

On fit:

Waist

The waist of your chinos should be a snug, but flexible fit. Our chinos are made with 3% Elastane, which gives them enough stretch for you to comfortably move around.

Rise

Our chinos have a low rise, which allows them to sit lower on your waist. This gives them a more casual look that gives you the flexibility to dress them up or down.  

Thighs

When it comes to the thigh-area of your pants, the fit should be tight enough to hug your thighs without be restrictive. A good test for this is to, while wearing your pants, pinch the fabric and see how much is excess. Typically, an inch of excess fabric is a happy middle ground for a slim cut. 

Legs

The legs of your chinos should follow the same rules as the thighs — they should hug your calves without being restrictive. A slim cut chino, like ours, will pass the pinch test around the thickest part of your lower leg. 

On colors:

White

Navy and white are a classic color combination you can’t go wrong with. 

Light Blue

Light blue and navy are easy to pull off, so long as you choose a light blue that is distinct from the navy. 

Grey

Pairing grey with navy is a good way to remain neutral without being too bland. 

Burgundy

If you want to spice things up in your outfit, burgundy is a great color with a rich tone that, along with navy, gives you a warm, calming presence.

Brown

Brown tones are great accessories to the navy chino pants — depending on the shade, of course. Wear navy with either tan or dark, rich browns. 

Black

Black is a classic color to wear navy with when you’re going after dark tones. Make sure you balance it out with a lighter colored accessory, however. A good way to do this is a light colored jacket or pair of shoes.

On pairings:

Elevated Casual

Since chinos are pants that instantly elevate any clothing item, wearing navy chino pants with a t-shirt can be a great way to elevate your weekend look. Whether you’re running errands, taking a walk in the park, or meeting up with friends and colleagues for brunch, wearing a navy pair of chinos will give you the responsible look you’re going for. 

Smart Casual

A great way to wear navy chino pants in a smart casual way is by adding a blazer on top of a solid color t-shirt or a bomber over an oxford button-down.

For more info on wearing smart casual, check out our post here: Smart Casual for Men: A Guide

Business Casual

When you’re trying to make a great first impression for a job interview or first day at work, wearing a pair of navy chinos with a blazer and dress shoes is a great way to do that. Wear a brown or grey blazer with brown or black dress shoes to accomplish this look.

For more info on wearing business casual, check out our post here: Business Casual for Men: A Guide

On activities:

For your days off

When you’re running errands on your off-days, wearing a solid pair of chinos is a great choice. Pair this with a solid color t-shirt or henley and you have an elevated casual look.

For when you want to look professional

Depending on your profession, chinos are a great choice for your office uniform. Change colors everyday and it’ll seem like you have an endless number of chinos in your wardrobe. 

For your fancy dinner dates

Dressing to impress applies to the dating world, especially when it comes to dates in the evening. When you’re planning to attend a fancy, upscale place for dinner, it’s important to look the part. Wear our navy chinos with a button-down or dress shirt and an outer layer of your choice. 

When deciding what to wear with our navy chinos, it’s important to understand that regardless of what you choose, chinos will elevate your look. This means, if you’re aiming for a smart casual look, you can wear a typically casual item such as a t-shirt and still be able to pull it off. However, this isn’t without limitations, as personal style is a subjective thing. Ultimately, we hope this guide gave you a foundation with which you can base your future outfit choices. 

Check out our full chino collection:

5-Pocket Twill Pants: Steel Blue Edition

We get a lot of questions about our 5-Pocket Twill Pants. What material are they made of? How are they different from the Essential Jeans? What do I wear them with? Which color should I get?

Rest assured, we’ve heard all of your questions and are happy to provide this series of posts dedicated to each color of our 5-Pocket Twill Pants. In the following sections, we’ll cover how your 5-Pocket Twill Pants should fit, what colors to wear with them, what to pair them with, and what activities you should wear them to. Let’s dive in!

On fit:

Our 5-Pocket Twill Pants are the perfect in-between option of our chino pants and our essential jeans. In fact, we suggest you wear them similarly to how you wear jeans. They’re made from 98% Cotton and 2% Elastane to give you the structure and support you’d be looking for in a pair of jeans, while offering a nice amount of stretch for the times you’re on the go.

Waist Size

Our 5-Pocket Twill Pants fit very similarly to our chino pants. They’re flexible like them as well. When it comes to choosing your waist size, we suggest choosing what normally works for you while keeping in consideration that the fabric is stretchier than a normal denim material.

Rise

The rise of our 5-Pocket Twill Pants is a low rise, which means they will sit low on your hips. A low rise on any kind of pant offers a more casual fit and therefore a more casual appearance.

Thighs

Depending on how baggy or fitted you prefer your jeans, the general rule we suggest following is have anywhere between .5″ and 1″ of fabric between your thigh and the jeans themselves. A good way to test this is by pinching the fabric around your thigh and seeing how much fabric you end up with.

Legs

Our 5-Pocket Twill Pants have a slim cut, meaning they’re tapered but not too tight in the legs. You can use the same test mentioned above to measure whether or not your jeans are too tight or baggy in the legs.

Now that we’ve covered the fit of our 5-Pocket Twill Pants, let’s talk about the colors you should be wearing our Steel Blue pair in.

On colors:

Our Steel Blue 5-Pocket Twill Pants are a versatile pair of pants. The Steel Blue color is a great tone for any season, but especially Spring and Fall. In general, blue is a color that beautifully compliments nature — leaves and flowers especially. In the following sections about color, feel free to mix and match as you want — personal style is meant to be personal!

White

When you wear a white t-shirt, button-down, or even dress shirt with our Steel Blue 5-Pocket Twill Pants, you’ll create a color combo that’s incredibly simple but eye-catching. Put simply, a crisp white top with blue pants just pops.

Grey

Another neutral color, grey is good to pair blue with when it feels like white is too bright for the occasion. A grey top or layer is a must when you want to show up looking effortlessly stylish.

Black

Pairing black with blue pants is a good way to bring down the tone of your look, especially when you wear black outerwear or a black top. A simple way to implement black into your outfit would be to wear black shoes.

Now that we’ve established some basics when it comes to what colors to wear with your Steel Blue 5-Pocket Twill Pants, let’s discuss what clothing items you can and should wear them with!

On pairings:

Casual outfit

On activities:

Our Steel Blue 5-Pocket Twill Pants are built for your on-the-go lifestyle. They move with your every step and provide the support you need any time you need a break. The activities you can wear them to are endless, but here are a few ideas.

Running errands

Our 5-Pocket Twill Pants are great for running errands on your days off. Slip them on and go straight to the grocery store, the drycleaners, and even a quick stroll in the park.

On a date

Knowing how versatile these pants are, you can wear these casual for a daytime date or dress them up for an evening date. Up to you!

In the office

Depending on your office dress code, our 5-Pocket Twill Pants are great to wear and pair with any of our button-downs or dress shirts for a solid office uniform.

We’ve covered everything there is to cover with our Steel Blue 5-Pocket Twill Pants, so we’ll leave the next step to you. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, these rules aren’t hard-set and so you can choose to follow them or break them as you wish.

Check out all our full 5-Pocket Twill colors:

Steel Blue
Olive
Pebble Grey

5-Pocket Twill Pants: Olive Edition

We get a lot of questions about our 5-Pocket Twill Pants. What material are they made of? How are they different from the Essential Jeans? What do I wear them with? Which color should I get?

Rest assured, we’ve heard all of your questions and are happy to provide this series of posts dedicated to each color of our 5-Pocket Twill Pants. In the following sections, we’ll cover how your 5-Pocket Twill Pants should fit, what colors to wear with them, what to pair them with, and what activities you should wear them to. Let’s dive in!

On fit:

Our 5-Pocket Twill Pants are the perfect in-between option of our chino pants and our essential jeans. In fact, we suggest you wear them similarly to how you wear jeans. They’re made from 98% Cotton and 2% Elastane to give you the structure and support you’d be looking for in a pair of jeans, while offering a nice amount of stretch for the times you’re on the go.

Waist Size

Our 5-Pocket Twill Pants fit very similarly to our chino pants. They’re flexible like them as well. When it comes to choosing your waist size, we suggest choosing what normally works for you while keeping in consideration that the fabric is stretchier than a normal denim material.

Rise

The rise of our 5-Pocket Twill Pants is a low rise, which means they will sit low on your hips. A low rise on any kind of pant offers a more casual fit and therefore a more casual appearance.

Thighs

Depending on how baggy or fitted you prefer your jeans, the general rule we suggest following is have anywhere between .5″ and 1″ of fabric between your thigh and the jeans themselves. A good way to test this is by pinching the fabric around your thigh and seeing how much fabric you end up with.

Legs

Our 5-Pocket Twill Pants have a slim cut, meaning they’re tapered but not too tight in the legs. You can use the same test mentioned above to measure whether or not your jeans are too tight or baggy in the legs.

Now that we’ve covered the fit of our 5-Pocket Twill Pants, let’s talk about the colors you should be wearing our Olive pair in.

On colors:

Our Olive 5-Pocket Twill Pants are a versatile pair of pants. The olive color is a great tone for any season, but especially Spring and Fall. In general, olive is a color that beautifully complements nature — leaves and flowers especially. In the following sections about color, feel free to mix and match as you want — personal style is meant to be personal!

White

When you wear a white t-shirt, button-down, or even dress shirt with our Olive 5-Pocket Twill Pants, you’ll create a color combo that’s incredibly simple but eye-catching. Put simply, a crisp white top with olive pants just pops.

Navy

When paired with navy, olive-colored pants will give you a sense of authority. Since navy is another great Fall and Spring time color, combining it with olive is powerful and makes a statement.

Grey

Another neutral color, grey is good to pair olive with when it feels like white is too bright for the occasion. A grey top or layer is a must when you want to show up looking effortlessly stylish.

Black

Pairing black with olive pants is a good way to bring down the tone of your look, especially when you wear black outerwear or a black top. A simple way to implement black into your outfit would be to wear black shoes.

Brown

Wearing brown with olive can be tricky because there are many shades of brown. Not all will work with the shade of olive you have, but most should. A good dark brown shoe or a tan jacket should make for a great pairing with your olive pants.

Now that we’ve established some basics when it comes to what colors to wear with your Olive 5-Pocket Twill Pants, let’s discuss what clothing items you can and should wear them with!

On pairings:

Casual outfits

Smart casual outfits

Business casual outfits

On activities:

Our Olive 5-Pocket Twill Pants are built for your on-the-go lifestyle. They move with your every step and provide the support you need any time you need a break. The activities you can wear them to are endless, but here are a few ideas.

Running errands

Our 5-Pocket Twill Pants are great for running errands on your days off. Slip them on and go straight to the grocery store, the drycleaners, and even a quick stroll in the park.

On a date

Knowing how versatile these pants are, you can wear these casual for a daytime date or dress them up for an evening date. Up to you!

In the office

Depending on your office dress code, our 5-Pocket Twill Pants are great to wear and pair with any of our button-downs or dress shirts for a solid office uniform.

We’ve covered everything there is to cover with our Olive 5-Pocket Twill Pants, so we’ll leave the next step to you. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, these rules aren’t hard-set and so you can choose to follow them or break them as you wish.

A Man’s Guide to Wearing Hats

This is a guest post written by Style Crew member, Eric Rodriguez.

When we think of hats, many of us, especially those in my age bracket, think of Cary Grant and Indiana Jones in their famous fedoras, Michael Corleone from “The Godfather” in his stylish Homburg and, most recently, Thomas Shelby from “Peaky Blinders” in his newsboy cap.  Hats were very commonplace in the late 19th Century to the end of the 1920s. But sadly, nowadays hats are rarely seen (with the exception of a baseball cap).

That being said, of all the accessories a man can wear, a hat is by far the most stylish.  A hat adds a touch of mystery, class, and sophistication to any outfit. It’s also a very suave way to finish off an outfit.  Here are my three favorite hat styles and how I wear them.

Fedora & Trilby

The word fedora comes from an 1882 play where the heroine wore a center creased, soft brimmed hat.  After Prince Edward started wearing them in 1924, it became popular for its stylishness and its ability to protect the wearer’s head from the wind and weather.  In 1920, it was associated with Prohibition and gangsters. In the 1940s and 1950s, noir films popularized it even more. It wasn’t until the late 1950s when informal attire became widespread that the fedora became less commonplace.

The fedora, with its lengthwise crease down the crown and its ‘pinch’ on either side of the front, comes in various felt fabrics such as beaver, rabbit, wool, and straw (aka Panama, which is worn primarily in warmer climates). It also comes in various crown and brim sizes.  It can be worn with the brim down for a classic, traditional look or the brim up for a more modern, youthful look. The classic look works best with more formal attire such as a suit or sports jacket. The more modern, turned-up brim, works well with jeans, khakis, and boots.  Personally, I think it gives off that rock and roll vibe.  In warmer weather, a Panama hat is the best option.  It works great with a summer suit or linen pants and a polo shirt.  My favorite fedoras are the Stratoliner and Whippet.

Like the fedora, the trilby also has its roots in the theater.  The hat was first popularized in a stage adaptation of George du Maurier’s novel “Trilby”. It was initially worn as a “rich man’s” hat in the early part of the 20th century and mostly only in Britain.  The hat all but disappeared and didn’t resurface until the late 70s as part of the retro scene and then disappeared again. The trilby is best known as the hat of choice by “Old Blue Eyes” Frank Sinatra.  The trilby, sometimes referred to as a “stingy brim”, is similar to the fedora, but it has a smaller crown and brim.

Cowboy/Western Hat

If there’s one hat that is considered the most recognizable throughout the world it’s the cowboy hat.  Recognized for its high crown and wide brim it is the defining piece of the North American cowboy. The first cowboy hat was designed by John B. Stetson in 1865 and was made popular by movie icons like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.  Nowadays everyone from cowpunchers to rock stars wears a cowboy hat. Unlike other hat styles, a cowboy hat takes a bit more confidence to wear especially if you live in a place like New York City where cowboys aren’t as common. One of my favorite—and most complimented—cowboy hat to wear is the classic Open Road.  With its three indentations in its high crown, it gives an air of class and business.

Newsboy Hat/Flat Cap

The newsboy cap gets its name from its wide popularity with newsboys or “newsies”.  Although it’s thought of as a boy’s cap, it was popular with men of all ages during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Extremely popular with the working class, it wasn’t limited to them. The upper class often wore them to more leisure activities such as golf or driving.  The newsboy cap, also referred to as a Gatsby, paperboy, or applejack (as the wider, more floppy version is known as) is typically a 6 or 8 paneled cap with a front peak often made of wool or leather and lighter materials such as linen or cotton for warmer weather.  The flat cap, sometimes known as a scally, is a rounded cap with a small stiff brim.  Although these two styles of caps are often confused, the main distinction is that the newsboy cap is baggier and floppier than the flat cap.

Purchasing a Hat

If you’re purchasing your first hat it’s always best to skip the mall and department store and go to a quality hatmaker/dealer.  These are the people who really know hats and can explain the difference between a quality $200 beaver felt fur fedora and a $20 wool-blend fedora.  My first hat was a beaver felt Homburg which cost me $250. I instantly fell in love with the hat but wasn’t sure about the price. Once I was able to see and feel the differences between a quality hat and a cheap hat I was able to understand the reason for the price tag.   Now I’m not suggesting that your first hat should cost you $200, but it’s always best to know and see the differences. A quality fur felt hat will retain its shape and color over time. Specialists, like Stetson, Borsalino and Akubra for example, focus on quality and design and not on trends.

Choosing a Style and Color

When choosing a hat style think of what your personal style is and what you want the hat to say.  Since a fedora or cowboy hat is not something everyone is wearing it will get attention. For example, walk down the street in an Open Road hat and you will be noticed.  A newsboy or flat cap is probably the easiest choice to ease yourself into wearing a hat.  Its casual and unassuming style is easy to pull off and not as “attention-grabbing” as a fedora or cowboy hat.  Color and texture are just as important. A neutral color like tan, brown or grey is the easiest to style with your outfits.  Unless you’re looking for that “stand out piece, I’d avoid colors like red, yellow and multi-colors as well as large patterns.

So if you’re looking for something to add to your wardrobe that will make you stand out from the rest, give a hat a try.

Eric Rodriguez is a content creator based out of Brooklyn, NY focused on men’s style. He enjoys food, watches and fashion and is an up-and-coming model, having been featured in several campaigns for various brands. Currently, he is an ambassador for Ash & Erie as well as Beckett Simonon, the shoe company. 

You can check out his page here: @ericrnycstyle

Business Casual for Men: A Guide

Business casual attire is the perfect medium-ground for any formality requiring a more formal dress but not suit & tie. It’s a flexible formality that allows jeans, but it’s not casual enough to accomodate sneakers. A good go-to business casual outfit can be a pair of dark denim jeans, wingtips, dress shirt, and a wool blazer over top.

A few key factors to consider when deciding on whether or not you should be in business casual are the location, context, and occasion of the event you’re attending. If you’re attending a professional event outside of work hours, then opting for a more casual look with a pair of jeans will do the trick. However, if you’re networking for your business and want to impress fellow attendees, you’ll want to wear chinos and a blazer.

The Wardrobe

  • Dark Denim Jeans
    • Wearing dark denim jeans in a business casual typically means you’re leaning more towards casual than business, but as long as your jeans are made of dark denim (either navy or black), then you’re in the clear. Dark denim is a staple in American workwear, and so it rightfully belongs in a man’s wardrobe.
  • Chinos
    • Chinos are traditionally a business casual pant, so they’re a great option for a business casual outfit. They’re a versatile piece of clothing that will allow you to pair it with any of the following tops. 
  • Shirts
    • Either dress shirts or button-down shirts will work here. Depending on the rest of your outfit, you can choose what kind of shirt to wear to balance out the rest of your look. Opt for neutral colors if you want to stay traditional.
  • Sweaters
    • Sweaters are a great way to layer your look as well as bring it up a notch from a traditional suit & tie. There are multiple styles, such as crew neck, v-neck, and quarter-zip sweaters. 
  • Blazer
    • Wearing a blazer is an important part of business casual. It’s the clothing item that will elevate your look, regardless of what else you have on. 
  • Bonus: Shoes
    • When it comes to the shoes you wear for a business casual outfit, it’s best to stick with dress shoes. Sneakers are too casual, no matter how polished and fancy they look. Unless you’re trying to make a fashion statement, I’d suggest staying away from wearing sneakers and opting for more dress type shoes, such as wingtips or cap-toe dress shoes. Refer to our Shoe Guide for this one.

Outfit Ideas

Winter Business Casual

This style of outfit is great for the colder occasions where you want to layer up but still look stylish. Notice here he’s wearing a turtleneck sweater with a blazer-style jacket over top. This allows him to transition to a smart casual attire if needed.

Modern Business Casual

This is a great day business casual outfit, where you can see a good usage of neutral colors with a nice dotted shirt pattern. The popped collar is a choice you have to make for yourself, but take the occasion you’re attending in mind when choosing your accessories.

Conservative Business Casual

This is a picture-perfect description of business casual. A fitted and tapered pair of dress pants accompanies a tan blazer and light blue dress shirt. Notice the brown dress shoes and matching belt.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does business casual mean?

Business casual is a style of attire that is a professionally acceptable alternative to a suit & tie. Depending on your profession, business casual is actually preferred over a suit & tie while still being formal enough to presently oneself accordingly.

Can I wear jeans in business casual?

Yes, however, they should be made from dark denim. This is because darker-colored denim is widely regarded as more formal than lighter-colored denim.

What should I wear business casual for?

Depending on your profession, it may be acceptable to wear business casual attire to your workplace. Otherwise, it is typically appropriate for work-related events such as happy hours, conferences, and interviews.

Can I wear sneakers for business casual?

No. Sneakers are considered to be too casual for a business setting.

What is business casual, really?

Business casual is the go-to formality option for events and situations that require a more formal setting than a typical gathering, but less formal setting than a typical business affair. Examples of events where business casual is appropriate at are company happy hours, networking events, conferences, and seminars.

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