“You spin me right round..”

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Hello again. Been busy over here with life and the grownup stuff. Been so busy that I have not finished reviewing Paris Fashion Week SS15. I need to make time, it’s been over for weeks.

Sunglasses is an accessory that everyone should own. It does not matter if it costs you $10 or $700, depending on the brand you get. This accessory is a must, it’s a staple, it’s iconic whether you’re into fashion or not. Having bought some Gucci one’s for this past summer, I am loving the round sunglasses frames.

As the famous saying goes, “one’s an incident,  two’s a coincidence and three is a pattern.” That is a rule trend forecasters use when identify a trend. The round sunglasses has been spotted on Kenzo’s SS13 men’s runway and on both spring and fall 2014 shows.

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Kenzo SS13

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Zero & Cornejo SS14

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Giambattista Valli FW14 Couture

For SS15 the trend is on full swing. Showing up throughout Men’s Fashion Shows at a global scale. Orley sported some funky lens with sunglasses but still kept the round frames looking clean and modern. The trend has already made it onto the TV screen. Fox’s Gotham, a show about DC comics famous Batman city, villain Oswald Cobblepot is sporting a unique shaped round frame sunglasses. Believe me when I say many men will be walking around next summer with round sunglasses.

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Haspel SS15 NYFW

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E. Tautz SS15 London FW

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Georgia Vendrell SS15 Barcelona FW

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Orley SS15

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Gotham, Set Pictures.

G!

Vogue on the Runway.

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Day two of Latino Fashion Week was an amazing day. This year the people behind LFW hosted a luncheon “For the Sophisticate” women 35 years and older. The turnout was amazing something they were not expecting. It was an amazing luncheon of women empowering each other through discussing topics, beauty seminars and a runway show.

The nights theme was Curvy Women. It is a night dedicated to curvy woman’s fashion because the majority of latinas are curvy. This theme has been growing strong on its third year. Each year this particular event keeps growing and it’s an amazing experience to experience. These woman rocked the runway better and sexier than your average industry model. These curvy models loved the clothes, loved the audience’s energy and had so much confidence you couldn’t help but notice.  This is an event that the creators of LFW are most likely going to expand throughout the years,  without a doubt.

Ruth Diaz showed a day wear collection for the busy sophisticated woman. Her dresses can take you from the office to a night out for drinks. Cocktail dress could all be dressed up or down.

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Blair is a brand that is giving curvy plus size woman more options to choose from. From dresses to separates to enhance the woman’s wardrobe. Blair’s show had the energy, the elegance and the confidence, She is saying, “I am here at LFW.  I am a force to be reckon with.”

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Day three is tonight. Don’t forget to follow me on instagram for pictures.

G!

Beyond Exceptional

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October is such a great time for many things. It wraps up the fashion world collections from 4 countries. All showcasing the amazing things they will offer for Spring/Summer 2015.

Last night, October 1st, kicked off Latino Fashion Week in Chicago. What an amazing event to start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the city. This is my third year attending this annual event that showcases Latino designers local and internationally. The theme being “Beyond Exceptional” was well in its right showcasing some amazing collections.

Well will start with Vela Boutique and Vintage Soul Customs. A collection that seemed a bit out of context but at the same time worked in many different levels. Mixing her native culture with streetwear inspired styling. My favorite were the separate pieces, the head gear showed amazing craftsmanship. 

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Iridium was the second brand showing a collection. I happened to walk into their boutique, located on Block Thirty Seven, before finding out that these local designers were showing for fashion week. I like their grunge-punk aesthetic of design. They do a lot of unisex garments raging from trousers,  tunics, sweaters and jackets. This collection seemed a bit Hood By Air, the thing HBA lacks is that Chicago thug streetwear vibe.

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Jimmy Guzman brought out the dapper chicness for the night. Showing a collection that brings the man from day to night without it being fussy. Mainly an accessories designer showing ties, bowties and floral pins, he also took the initiative to show us some bags and menswear he is adding to the brand. Jimmy Guzman may be a successful lawyer turned designer or simply designs to unwind, whatever the case may be he knows what men want.

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Day two of Latino Fashion Week starts in a few hours. Follow my Instagram for pictures throughout the event and some behind the scenes shots.

I love my job!!

G!

The Crop Top trend..

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Greetings, to all. It’s been a fantastic summer season, I really enjoyed it. Traveled, explored this wonderful city and bonded with family. Seriously, what more could I have asked for.

During one of our last family cookouts of the season. One of my uncles was asking me, the fashion blogger, “why is the crop top coming back? Thank you Autumn for getting here.” I answered to the best of my abilities and showed him pictures and how the trend came about. I didn’t stopped there and even talked to my guy friends about this trend. To my surprise the crop top trend was split right in the middle. While many were ready to show off that beach body they have worked so hard on, other’s were confused by it. Just stating they were confused by it and simply “no man should wear such a top”.

Let’s start with saying The 80s was the king of crop tops. In mesh and sports team jerseys. I remember a specific 80s heartthrob on 21 Jump Street sporting one. Is it me or has Johnny Depp not aged?
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Then during Men’s SS14 fashion shows. Astrid Andersen and J.W. Anderson showed some interesting crop tops. Although, Astrid’s crop top may be considered more of a nipple/shoulder top, I think it will take a confident man to wear such a top. If we can even call it a top. Then you had someone like Italo from Calvin Klein, how’s crop top was a bit more modest, more wearable and more approachable to the male shopper.

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As you know in order for it to be a trend we must see it hit the streets. The most famous spotted was Kid Cudi at Coachella in a red crop top. Sparking the label as trendsetter.

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The trend is taking off and may be coming back next year. They only thing it was to survive the other trends that are coming in strong, like landscape print tops, leather shorts and print trousers. Those I would wear over any crop top. Anyone with me?

G!

it’s all in the bag.

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Good day everyone. I am back from a small vacation/holiday to the western part of the US. New Mexico was fantastic, calming, nature-ristically amazing. The views, the terrains, the city and the architecture… I loved it. It has been awhile since I have traveled anywhere beyond Illinois. The packing, the check-ins, the waiting to board, not quite so fun.

While waiting, I looked around and observed all the fashions and styles around me. Hey, it’s hard to turn off my fashion eyes of critique but alas, it happened. I saw myself liking many bags (carry-ons, messenger bags, briefcases) I saw a lot of black bags, it makes sense; it goes with everything. As for me, my red coach bag stood out. While waiting I started researching for a new bag. I have been wanting to upgrade my bag but the options are endless. They are many styles, colors and sizes. I am leaning towards a tote bag but I am yet to find a tote that looks masculine and within my budget.

The tote that I am looking for needs to be something between a medium and a large size. It needs to take me from day to night without making me look dowdy. I am looking for the textile to be either leather or treated canvas, Chicago Fall/Winters are tough. The tote bag needs to come with a strap for those winter days when carrying it by hand is brutal, well for me.

Although, I would love to known the following bags; I simply can not afford them, not yet at least. They serve simply as a guideline to what I am looking for.

Louis Vuitton-FW14

Louis Vuitton-SS15

We cannot talk about bags without mentioning Louis Vuitton. I am not a big fan of Louis Vuitton but Kim Jones, Menswear creative director, is an amazing talent. I like his interpretations of such an iconic bag. With each season he alters it a bit and making it new and fresh. It is unique and definitely something for me.

Burberry Prorsum FW14

Burberry Prorsum FW14

Burberry is another brand that gives its’ male shoppers bag options. For Fall/Winter 2014, the bags are an over-sized bowler bag. I like it but I think it is somewhat big for my taste. I do like the different designs for each bag, the leather. Although, I the uniqueness of the bag it is not for me.

Fendi FW14

Fendi FW14

This happens to be the IT bag of the season. Fendi’s Peekaboo bag comes right under $6,000. It is an amazing bag. Surely, it may look like one of the Super Mario Bros. bombs but I like this bag. The peekaboo popped up for both gender accessory collections. This bag has attitude, has Bad-Ass written all over it. It would be perfect for me.

Want- FW14

Want- FW14

I want a bag from Want les Essentials de la Vie. Based out of Montreal this young brand knows about style. Coming on the scene about 8 years ago designing for men at first, they just revealed a line for women, their aesthetic is minimalism but cool. It’s sleek without any fuss from any accents that are seen on most bags. This Ohare tote is in canvas, is my favorite from the Fall/Winter collection. I like this bag, it is the right size, color, style and reasonable in price.

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Personally, I do not like backpacks. I only use one when I am going to carry heavy stuff or going away for a day or two. Yet, this Saint Laurent backpack is pretty cool. Not my cup of tea but I will look at backpack inspect it, try it on and put it back.

G!

 

To see or not to see…

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Hello my fellow readers. What a fantastic hot, breezy summer days we are having in Chicago. I, myself, do not like the hot-humid days, I prefer a comfortable 70 degree weather. Ha-ha!! I am an owl, so the sunlight and I do not get along. The only thing that gets me through my morning routine is a nice dark (enough) tinted pair of sunglasses. It is the best “Do Not Disturb” sign accessory ever invented.

Always have a good pair of sunglasses on hand. You never know when you might need them.” – Michael Ruiz (words to live by)

Ingram-100 Photo By Petra Collins

Ingram-100
Photo By Petra Collins

With that said, this post, you guessed it, is about sunglasses, but more importantly about eye-wear. I was honored to be contacted by Brain Magida, part of the Marketing Team for Warby Parker. If you guys are not familiar with Warby Parker, I suggest you click on the name and familiarize yourself with them. WP is an eyewear company started by four friends who found the high price for glasses ridiculous. I can agree with that and I like the stylish frames these name brands come out with but Lord are they expensive. At, Warby Parker they are very affordable.

What I like about WP is that they believe in giving back to the community, like many businesses should. For every pair they sell a pair is distributed to a non-profit and given to someone in need. I was quite impressed with this and it is something that is worth buying. Read more about it here: Buy a Pair, Give a Pair. They have also done an amazing, stylish collaboration with IT Girl Model Karlie Kloss. These sunglasses are on trend and can go with anything. With this collaboration, WP donated to an organization that this working model is fond of.

on her: McKee-916 on him: Garrett-225 photo by: Petra Collins

on her: McKee-916
on him: Garrett-225
photo by: Petra Collins

I am here to present to you Warby Parker’s newly released line called Beacon Collection. I’ve had the honor to preview both the Beacon’s sunglasses and optical frames, and let-me-tell-you they are both must have. The collection can take you from a long party-hardy weekend to your first 9am business meeting Monday morning. That is something that I look for when choosing a frame. Something that will go with my wardrobe and on the go style, without trying too hard. I instantly liked the Garret-953 both in sunglasses and optical frames. What drew me to them was the crisp looking light blue color for optical and the darker illusion color it gives with the tinted glass for sunglasses. The color will go well with this fall 2014 trends as well, something to keep in mind.

Garrett-953 Optical Frame

Garrett-953 Optical Frame

Garrett-953 Sunglasses

Garrett-953 Sunglasses

I also liked the Ingram sunglasses frames both 100 and 942. I like the solid black which is a classic timeless look and pretty much goes with everything you have and add to your wardrobe. The Ingram-942, what I liked was the tortoise frame. Personally, I would not wear a frame like that but Warby Parker has just converted me. It is a different take to the classic black sunglasses that everyone goes for. The tortoise frame can be paired with just about anything. It is the perfect accessory for Fall 2014, keeping in mind the color trend we saw on the runway. Thank You, Warby Parker!! I need it. I need to purchase it.

Ingram-942 Sunglasses (tortoise)

Ingram-942 Sunglasses (tortoise)

I really like the Beacon Collection, it is on trend for menswear. It will be a great addition to your style and have you looking sharp. Ladies, I did not forget about you. As a fashion lover, I like a woman who can pull off over-sized sunglasses. Warby Parker has designed one just for you without it being too big, it is the right proportion. The Nancy-933 in both Grey or Gold will make you stand out among the sea of black frames in the city.

Nancy-933 Sunglasses

Nancy-933 Sunglasses

We believe that buying glasses should be easy and fun. It should leave you happy and good-looking, with money in your pocket.“- Warby Parker

Her: Nancy-933 His: Ingram-100 Photo by: Petra Collins

Her: Nancy-933
His: Ingram-100
Photo by: Petra Collins

Her: Nancy-933 His: Ingram-100 Photo by: Petra Collins

Her: Nancy-933
His: Ingram-100
Photo by: Petra Collins

Thanks for reading!

G!

Graphic it up!!

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Hello, again! It’s been a hectic few weeks for me and with the sunny Chicago days shinning, I am more outside than in. I have although been keeping up with the latest Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear shows. I personally think, from what I have seen, it’s been subtle and nothing too flashy like the past few seasons. I think, as a fashion admirer, the break is needed. For me, when it comes to summer, give me some shorts, a t-shirt and a nice looking long sleeve, for those breezy summer days.

I have been liking the many options that we have been given. We have shorts cut to different lengths. We have shirts getting lighter in fabric. The same for sweaters and trousers. The one trend that I am liking this season is graphic. It is popping up everywhere. Many of the big name designers did at least some sort of graphic. I love a good graphic t-shirt and short but like Christopher Kane and Jean Paul-Gaultier, I may just purchase a graphic trouser.

Let me know what you guys think!! Comment below!

Jean Paul-Gaultier SS2015

Jean Paul-Gaultier SS2015

TopMan SS2015

TopMan SS2015

Christopher Kane SS2015

Christopher Kane SS2015

Alexander McQueen SS2015

Alexander McQueen SS2015

& it begins..

We are entering another season of fashion shows and I am excited to see the pictures and catch some live streams of Men’s SS 2015. London : Collections Men kicked off on June 15 with some great brands showing some great stuff. Here are my favorite collections for the day.

Lou Dalton has been on my radar for a few years now. Her FW 2014 collection was well received, which was based on her farm life, buyers, fans and editors are excited to see what she came up with for spring. For a season where many designers are inspired by the military look, Dalton’s approach was military but not in a literal way. It was relaxed and references can be noticed without it being in your face. Dalton is a designer that many people should be in their radar, she is definitely refreshing the men’s wardrobe.

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Lou Dalton SS 2014

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Lou Dalton SS 2015

Matthew Miller’s spring collection was an ode to the Demob suits from Britain. I really liked the patchwork pinstripe that were sewn onto the pants, shorts and on the jackets. My favorite piece, a pinstripe bomber jack. Why yes, please, I’ll take one! It was an innovated collection. It makes me wonder what else can be done with fabric scraps.

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Matthew Miller SS 2015

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Jonathan Saunders is always a favorite of mine. I love his use of color and with each season it makes me want try all the colors he shows. The collection was relaxed and very sportswear. I really like the granite looking suits, such an alternative to stripes and such. The jackets just big enough to give you room to move. The pants are slim and the tops slightly slouchy to the man wearing it. I would like everything in this collection please!!

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Jonathan Saunders SS 2015

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Here I’ll post runway pictures that I liked.

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Richard Nicoll SS 2015

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Lee Roach SS 2015

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Topman Design SS 2015

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Man by Nicomede Televera

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Agi & Sam SS 2015

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Christopher Shannon SS 2015

Here comes the Bride…

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Hello again!! It has been a real roller coaster ride for me these past few weeks. My collaboration with Bonobos was fun and it left me a bit nostalgic for fashion. So, I knew that my next post, whenever that would be, it had to be about womenswear. What else would it be, right?! To continue the previous post about formal wear and tuxedos, let’s talk about some Wedding gowns. I’ve always really admired the technique and the many a hours that are put into making such an extravagant gown. I love the variety of options from silhouette, fabric, length and trims.

Looking through many family wedding albums ranging from the 70′s to Present you can really see the evolve of The Wedding gown. The fabric stopped looking cheap, the silhouette changes and the details are enhanced for the better. I like the fact that the gowns are getting more formal and the bride can alter it and dye, to be worn again. Smart Idea designers!! They are many designers out there, some more famous than others, yet I look at all of them.

We can not not talk about Bridal  gowns without mentioning one of my ultimate favorite designer, the fabulous Carolina Herrera. From ready to wear, to pre-seasons, resorts and bridal, all of her designs are chic and gorgeous; her evening and bridal gowns are just magnificent. For Carolina Herrera’s Summer/Spring Bridal 2015, the collection was about soft, elegant but feminine even with all the layers of tulle. What made this collection was all in the details and the over lace layering never loosing the Herrera touch. If I was a born a woman, I would definitely already be (financially) broke because of my style and taste but I will be in a deeper hole with a Carolina Herrera wedding gown.

 

Carolina Herrera Bridal 2015

Carolina Herrera Bridal 2015

Carolina Herrera Bridal 2015

Carolina Herrera Bridal 2015

Reem Acra was another great designer that showed versatility in its gowns. Although, the majority seemed to me a bit more red carpet gowns, nonetheless, they were all magnificent. The gold beading was a great accent to the gowns as well as the accessories, that gold chained glove the brides wore was a nice youthful-punk touch. These dresses, although are formal, this bride IS the center of attention and she wants to party all night.

Reem Acra Bridal 2015

Reem Acra Bridal 2015

Reem Acra Bridal 2015

Reem Acra Bridal 2015

Naeem Khan is another great show that I always look forward to seeing during Bridal Week. Like every other season it was no disappointment. The veils alone could have been a show its’ self. Very detailed and intricately created. Very beautiful. Naeem Khan’s bride is a classy, stylish and modern woman. She loves classic styles but done new and creative ways. The gowns are very detailed, overworked at times but seemed to work though, definitely something to admire. Drapes are nicely done, columns are exquisite and structured. My favorite piece was that mesh-chain like layer over a white column gown and it comes with a cape.

Naeem Khan Bridal 2015

Naeem Khan Bridal 2015

Naeem Khan Bridal 2015

Naeem Khan Bridal 2015

Jenny Packham was a designer that I was surprised with this season. I usually do not follow her style but once her show was over, a lot of people were buzzing about it. Her gowns were beautiful and could fit many body types. The majority empire and a bit slouchy, still very stylish indeed. The buzz came that of a plus size model strutting the runway looking radiant. I can see many plus size women wearing these bridal gowns on their special day. They should look review this collection for ideas and we should all pay attention to Jenny Packham.

Jenny Packham Bridal 2015

Jenny Packham Bridal 2015

Jenny Packham Bridal 2015

Jenny Packham Bridal 2015

Now here, I am just posting pictures of other weddings gowns that stood out to me. Monique Lhuillier like always, showed amazing gown after gown.

Monique Lhuiller Bridal 2015

Monique Lhuiller Bridal 2015

Galia Lahva Bridal 2015

Galia Lahva Bridal 2015

Angel Sanchez Bridal 2015

Angel Sanchez Bridal 2015

 

Some Spring Fling Tips

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Hello Again, It is such a lovely sunny spring day in Chicago. Currently, unwinding at a park, with sunglasses on, a hot tea on the side and my laptop. I came near the lakefront in search for a blog post inspiration. As soon as, the near-by church’s bells sounded off, I was automatically reminded of New York’s Wedding Bridal week. This got me thinking, are their any shows dedicated for the Groomsmen? I know the wedding is a big deal for the bride, but it should also be a big deal for the groom, right?

Navy Seersucker suit by Bonobos

Navy Seersucker suit by Bonobos

A few days ago, I got contacted by Jason Bornstein, the Online Media Manager at Bonobos. After a few email exchanges, we decided on an appropriate post for morethanabowtie, after-all, I like to communicate fashionable things to the men and women who read my blog. With Bridal Week wrapping up soon and spring already here. What is more appropriate than a post about suits. Many men think they know about suits, but buying a suit can be tricky if you do not know your body type and how it shall fall on your body. 

Cotton Suit by Bonobos

Cotton Suit by Bonobos

Fit is the most important detail for a suit. Marry that with classic color options and quality fabric, and you have a great looking, versatile suit for every occasion,” says Dwight Fenton, Bonobos VP of Design.

 

Capstone Super 130s by Bonobos

Capstone Super 130s by Bonobos

To the many that are not familiar with Bonobos, they launched in 2007 and is now the largest apparel brand to come from the internet. They have since expanded their business to better service their loyal customers but also attract a new target. For their Spring Suit Collection, Bonobos stuck to their aesthetic of slim-fit without being tight and it is done in lightweight Seersucker and Cotton, truly comfortable for those spring and hot-humid summer events. Inspired by spring weddings, garden parties and mint julep the references are undoubtedly there. I like the color and prints used on the ties and the amazing looking bow ties!! (I want the lime green one!!) The blazers look nice dressed up or down and the trouser fall at the right length. The color palette is fresh and bold. I like the bold choices on trousers. I like to see men outside of the regular black and grey trousers.

bowties by Bonobos

Bowties by Bonobos              

Ties by Bonobos

Ties & Pocketsquares by Bonobos

The Capstone Slim Grey Linen Tuxedo is a magnificent looking suit. The Capstone suits can be used for those important gatherings. Speaking of tuxedos, Bonobos has a great section called Groomservice dedicated to groom and his party. Set up an appointment to see what they can offer you on your big day.

Tuxedo, Polka dot lining by Bonobos

Tuxedo, Polka dot lining by Bonobos

Tuxedo By Bonobos

Tuxedo by Bonobos

One more thing, here are Fenton’s simple suit tips to find the right fit:

• Fit starts with the shoulders: The jacket should grab your shoulders snuggly but not be overly tight. If the shoulders fit, pretty much anything else can be adjusted.

• Length matters: To determine the appropriate length, you should be able to cup the bottom of the suit with your arms by your side.

• Show some shirt: A flexible but general rule of thumb is to have a quarter-inch of your shirt cuff showing. If you’re wearing a heavier cuff, like a French cuff, you may want to show a little more.

 

Cotton Navy Suit by Bonobos

Cotton Navy Suit by Bonobos

Seersucker 3pc suit by Bonobos

Seersucker 3pc suit by Bonobos

 

I enjoyed this post, you guys. Until Next Time!

G!

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