Tag Archives: Suits

Well Cut

Cut Well

Chelsea
8th Avenue and 18th St.

I’ve been helping an acquaintance who works in finance with some wardrobe styling and personal shopping. He practically lives in suits six days a week. When we tackled his closet, he had amazing suits, good taste and quality but the fit and cut were all wrong. Before we even did a lick of shopping, I had him take all of his suits to his tailor to fit and mold them to his frame. A month later when he got them back he realized just how wrong he was in sizing and now he actually enjoys wearing the suits, gets tons of compliments and feels much more confident in them.

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Khaki Suit

Khaki Suit
SoHo
Prince and Sullivan St.

A khaki suit is just so perfectly summer even though it still covers you up, aesthetically, it looks so lightweight. It’s also the perfect type of suit to wear to a wedding or formal occasion during the warmer months.

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Blue Suit

Blue Suit

SoHo
Spring and Thompson St.

Sometimes a navy blue suit is the safest bet you can make. Even as the tie is absent, the crisp shirt underneath still makes it all look so pulled together.

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Suit & Shorts

Suit and Shorts

TriBeCa
Hudson and Leonard St.

I passed by menswear designer Thom Browne’s store in TriBeCa and noticed this worker inside and was thrilled to see him a second time a few hours later out on the street as I was running errands in the neighborhood. For anyone unfamiliar with the design and aesthetic of Thom Browne, he’s known for his suits in grey palette which tend to be shrunken or very fitted to the body. The designer himself is ubiquitously known for sporting a suit with pants where the hem reveals a lot of ankle or shorts such as this employee who acts as a model for the modern Mad Men twist of the label.

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Red Tie

Red Tie

SoHo
6th Avenue and Spring St.

I love a splash of red in a suit ensemble, but only in the form of a tie or a pocket square. Ok a red watch band or bracelet would suffice as well.

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Perfect Part

Perfect Part

Lower Manhattan
World Trade Center

The precision and execution of a well done side part is a thing to behold. Not everyone is destined for the side part, but for those can, please do.

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Double Breasted Suit

Slow Week 108 copy

Nolita
Lafeyette and Prince St.

I find that European men in the city are more prone to wear the double breasted jacket. I like the mix of casual cotton twill fabric and side pockets with formality and structure of a typical wool suit.

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Printed Tie

Printed Tie

West Village
Varick and Carmine St.

This tie stood out to me because of it’s subtle diamond print and how well the pattern is spaced out on the tie so that it doesn’t look too busy. I also like how it’s a jewel toned color blue against the navy suit.

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Pink Shirt

Pink Shirt

Chelsea
6th Ave. and 22nd St.

This is the second day I’m showcasing a pink shirt on a guy to underscore how great it looks. I especially love it paired with a dark or navy suit. A pink shirt is like a white shirt – it just works.

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Well Suited

Well Suited

Acustom Apparel/SoHo
West Broadway and Grand St.

I was waiting for a friend outside of the SoHo Grand Hotel when I noticed these two gents on a smoke break looking very dapper in their respective suit and blazer. They both work at the suit store Acustom Apparel and it got me thinking of wanting to work at a suit store as well to give me a reason to dress like that on a regular basis.:)

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Lunch Hour

MMLunch Hour
Midtown East
Park Avenue and 55th St.

You want suit action in New York? Stand on Park Avenue in the 50′s any weekday during lunch hour to get an embarrassment of riches. I wasn’t even looking to take pictures while I was on my way to an appointment in the area, but the suits were coming at me from all sides

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Charcoal Overcoat

Charcoal Overcoat

Flatiron District
Flatiron Building

How you top off a suit is just as important as the suit itself. Invest in a good overcoat!

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Garrett McCarthy At Bonobos Guideshop

Garrett McCarthy
Bonobos Guideshop, 35 Crosby St./SoHo, NYC

For anyone who doubts that hastags actually work, my blog is living proof that they do. The very gracious and beautiful Erin Grant who is a Public Relations Associate for the menswear e-commerce brand Bonobos found me via a Bonobos hashtag I used for the original post I did on Garrett McCarthy who’s featured on my site. She reached out to me with a nice email and extended an invitation to their holiday party at the brand’s Guideshop on Crosby street. Meeting her in person was even better than our email correspondence since she showed nothing but enthusiasm for my work and the guys and style on the blog. The woman is encouragement personified! Erin went one step further and invited me to shoot pictures of the store and of course I had to choose Garrett to be featured in those shots since he was the catalyst that connected us. If you’ve seen Garrett’s prior posts you know he brings it and he does not disappoint here. He and Bonobos fit like a glove. He certainly does the brand justice with the way he wears it and vice versa. This will be the first of two posts today with him rocking Bonobos, so stay tuned later this afternoon. Garrett, like me, is also a fan of the brand and from a business standpoint has admired the way they have grown the company and is even fraternity brothers with CEO Andy Dunn at Sigma Chi.If you want to purchase anything you see Garrett wearing, click on the photos for all the details.

I’ve been a huge fan of Bonobos since their inception back in 2007 and I’ll never forget one of the rare sample sales they held in their former office digs years ago, where I scored a braided belt that I still wear to this day for ten bucks plus some polos that have become my go-tos when I don’t want to think about what to wear. Also the fact that they served free beer while you shopped won my loyalty to them. It is a great guy-centric menswear brand that has mainly had an online presence but have since expanded to brick and mortar Guideshops throughout the U.S. For those in New York, I highly recommend visiting the Crosby street store, since the staff there is amazing and so hospitable. You can make an appointment or walk in, but either way it feels like you’re trying clothes on in a cozy living room as opposed to your typical retail environment.

Bonobos, both online (http://www.bonobos.com/) and at the Guideshops (http://www.bonobos.com/guideshop), is a great place to pick up any last minute gifts for the men in your life or to my male readers, to score some nice threads for yourself to look great at all your holiday festivities and to keep you looking good all winter. Their gift bundle packages are a superb idea and well designed. Specifically for the Guideshops, here is some easy info:

    • Guideshops:
      • Electronic Wish List– Bonobos Guides will make an electronic wish list from your most coveted items, complete with photos, prices, sales, and link. They will send these wish lists to you personal contacts of choice!
  • Seasonal Bundles Curated by Bonobos designers
    • Guideshop gift card experience– gift cards can ONLY be purchased at Guidehshops. Everyone likes a new/exciting experience, so give your guy a Guidehsop gift card and book him a time where you can both go in and pick out/ get fitted in some new duds.
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Coffee & Briefcase

Coffee & Briefcase

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and Bleecker St.

Love the way this guy is two fisting it in the more professional manner with a coffee and briefcase from Jack Spade. It’s common sense and somewhat of an unwritten style rule, but blue and brown are two of the best colors to pair together that compliment each other well.

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Well Suited

Well Suited

SoHo
Broome and Thompson St.

A polka dot tie and a pinstripe suit make for one of my favorite combos. I think a suit should be well tailored yet playful as this guy demonstrates.

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Men in Black

Men in Black

Nolita
Prince and Mulberry St.

I couldn’t resist the play on words as it seemed to be very apropos. I found these two to be quite identical yet very individual at the same time. Just goes to show that no matter how uniform a look, each guy can make it his own.

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Handsome Is As Handsome Does

One Stripe Tie

TriBeCa
Walker and West Broadway

This guy has sort of a Clark Kent/Superman thing going on with the square jaw, suit and eyeglasses. I think his tie does it for me, with one black diagonal stripe against the muted plaid and the grey/black contrast. Handsome tie for a handsome fellow.

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Flash of Socks

Flash of Socks

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 24th St.

What I appreciated about this guy was that as he was passing by, I noticed his checkered blue and pink socks as his pant leg lifted up. But also, the print of his tie, his subtle pinstripes on the suit, the white pocket square, pink spread collar shirt and shiny leather loafers with tassles all added up to a myriad of details.

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Fashionable Couple

Fashionable Couple

West Village
7th Avenue South

What’s even better than taking pictures of guys with a good sense of style is when their significant other is just as equally stylish. Two for the price of one. This couple was strolling in the West Village, both looking very put together. For him, it’s yet another example of how every guy should own a navy blue suit. It’s fool proof.

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Pastel Tie

Pastel Tie

Midtown
Park Ave. and 53rd St.

Nothing like a good solid colored pastel tie to give a dark suit a lift. It gives just the right amount of contrast.

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Flashy Shades

Flashy Shades

Midtown
Park Ave. and 52nd St.

I like how he’s sporting a sharp Midtown suit, with a handsome briefcase but loosens it up just a tad with his flashy oversize sunglasses and just a bit of a break in the pant legs. I never associated Park Avenue with being cool, but he shows how to work it in.

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Briefcase

Briefcase

Upper East Side
Madison Ave. and East 65th St.

I don’t own, nor have ever owned a briefcase in my life, but if I ever purchased one, something tells me it would look like the one this gentleman is carrying. The color is bold yet tasteful, the leather looks rich, soft and sumptuous, the design is elegant and classic and it looks bloody expensive which any great briefcase should look like.

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Mr. Clean

Mr. Clean

Upper West Side
Broadway and West 67th St.

Clean cut, preppy with the suave hair and square jaw to match.

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Untied

Untied

TriBeCa
Citigroup Building

How appropriate that this shot was taken at 6:30 p.m. on an early weekday. A whole slew of workers were filing out of the Citigroup building with the work day behind them. Out of all the people I saw, this guy with his bow tie undone really captured the “after work/happy hour” vibe of a long day. Is it just me or do bow ties look much better untied?

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Model Behavior

Model Behavior

West Village
Hudson and Clarkson St.

Some people just look like they’re models. I would say this guy qualifies. He actually resembles a particular male model that I often see in ads in men’s style magazines, but since male models tend to remain more anonymous rather than their female counterparts, I couldn’t tell you who I’m referring to. Regardless, he just has that model look.

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Contrast

Contrast

Financial District
Wall St.

Purple is a color I rarely see on a guy, so it was refreshing to see it displayed here on this guy’s tie contrasted against his grey suit. All it takes is that one bit of contrast to perk a suit up. Pretty cool haircut he’s sporting as well and added bonus to see a guy smiling for a change.

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Sheen

Sheen

Financial District
Wall St.

This gentleman’s suit is pretty slick because there is a hint of sheen to it and navy blue and brown is one of my favorite color combos. There are so many great details here with the polka dot tie, juxtaposed against his checked shirt, the white pocket square and the added layer of the vest and the tan brown wingtip shoes, yet in no way does it look too busy. Even the wall he’s standing against matches!

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Stand Out

Stand Out

TriBeCa
Church and Cortlandt St.

There’s nothing super remarkable about this guy’s suit, but all it takes is one stand out accessory to give an otherwise staid suit a bit of a lift. It’s a subtle thing, but it makes a world of difference. His choice of plaid tie really perked up the suit and saved him from landing on the cutting room floor. Too bad he’s looking down at his phone. I can’t tell you how many pictures of guys I take with their heads buried in their smartphones. I’ll address this matter in a later post. For now, he gets a free pass for his choice of tie.

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Pop of Color

Pop of Color

Midtown
Park Ave and 46th St.

This is a pretty sharp grey suit with a pop of color from the tie, held together by his tie bar and finished off with a white pocket square. He looks like he’s brown bagging it for lunch. Now this is how you do lunch people. Take note

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Navy Blue Suit

Navy Blue Suit

Midtown
Madison and 45th St.

A navy blue suit is a solid investment, a great uniform and a staple in any man’s wardrobe. This guy wears one well with some cool shades and a nice example of a good, no hair look. I’d shave my head if I could look like him, but it just doesn’t work on me. Kudos to all the guys who can pull it off.

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Dressy Casual

Dressy Casual

Midtown
45th and Vanderbilt Ave.

This gentleman got playful with his suit by mixing patterns and colors. Notice the horizontal striped tie against his gingham shirt with a mixture of pastels and the two shades of brown leather from his belt and shoes. Even the fact that the jacket is open, the top button of his shirt is undone and that the suit hangs slightly loose on his frame, but by no means baggy, adds to the mix and playfulness. Digging the undone quality of the way he wears it. I prefer this version of the dressy casual hybrid, instead of the typical sneakers with a suit look.

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Shades of Grey

I personally love the color grey. It’s a fundamental basic in my wardrobe. I even like it as a base color better than black. I love it when I spot grey on guys, whether it be a suit, coloring of the hair, a cool accessory or a coat. Check out the shades of grey in this gallery and how they diversify it.

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