Month: April 2014

Some Spring Fling Tips

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!

A Post About Coats

Hello again, I’ve been away for a couple of months. Just living life and enjoying everything that comes along with the ride. Living in Chicago has its ups and downs, like I am sure goes along with living in any other metropolitan city. I can say that this past winter season has been the worst we have experience in a while. Hence the hashtags on Twitter such as, #Chiberia and #Polarvortex. Today has finally been a sunny-breezy low 60  degree day, that all the question on my mind was “What kind of winter coat am I going to buy for this coming winter season?”

I know, I know, I am sure I was the only one thinking of such a thing during a such a nice sunny day. Sounds sad but it is true and I have the need to sport something new and fresh this coming winter season. Although, I love my current Sean John winter coat, I feel the need to switch it up. I just hope that this new coat keeps me warm like my Sean John did during this polar vortex and it comes along with fur! =) Here are some ideas I was looking into.

Monclear Gamme Rouge
Monclear Gamme Rouge

I love the detail of this Monclear Gamme Rouge coat. I like the multiple pockets, I don’t think I have the need for them but you never know. I don’t think it comes with an attached lightweight coat underneath like I hope it does but none the less I like this. It gives me enough room to pile on the scarves. I love a good chunky wool scarf for winter and I need a coat that will give me the room for it.

Dior
Dior

It’s something about this coat that I want to just wrap myself in it and live in it. haha!! I’ve never had a coat that passed my waist. I’ve never owned a trench coat or anything of its kind. In an ideal world, I would love to own this but in reality, I have nowhere to go in this. I guess, I can just walk aimlessly around Chicago’s Downtown. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic floor-length coat.

Viktor & Rolf 2013
Viktor & Rolf 2013

I am liking this coat. It is the right length, for my liking and it looks warm. I like the fact that it comes with a hood. A hood is also an option that I have been considering. Do I want a hood or not. I want to say that I am  willing to give it a shot but I do wear a skull-cap as well but a hood can shield me when the snow blows in my face. (something that I really hate)

John Varvatos 2013
John Varvatos 2013

I have always wanted a cape. This mostly for fall, well at least I would wear it for the fall season. I really love the color John Varvatos used for the cape. I like the flow of it and flap detail. I almost got a cape custom made but the plans fell through but real talk, I will own one.

Mr. Gentleman 2014
Mr. Gentleman 2014

I was also debating if I should go with a military inspired coat. I like this peacoat by Mr. Gentleman a brand from Japan. Their Fall/Winter 2014 runway collection was just a few weeks ago from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. I like the clean look this coat has and the color is great as well. Also, if I may add I like the onesie knitted short combo, feel comfortable. The coat is the right length for me and it will give me room for a scarf and I style it like it is shown in the picture, it can protect me from the cold winter breezy days. The options are endless, it is only March, a few hours away from April to begin. I still have a few months to figure it out.

G!

P.S. I am getting a custom-made tunic from a very dear close friend of mine. I will make a blog post about it, from consultation to creative process to fitting and finalizing. Keep checking up!!