The Anglo-American special relationship in silk has a third, less well-known Continental acquaintance: the Arny’s tie. The signature namesake of what had been since 1933 one of Paris’ most whimsical and storied men’s boutiques, these ties carry decadently bold stripes two or three times wider than those found on their English-speaking cousins.
Perhaps best defined as “fashionably refined with a soupçon of Francophone attitude,” chic is a somewhat suspect virtue for many male dressers precisely because we tend to eschew fashion. This aversion usually takes the benevolent form of avoiding designer trends, fetishizing what we hope is timelessness, and methodically assembling fine classic wardrobes like so many blue chip stock portfolios. Sometimes, however, this anti-fashion attitude can carry a sharper edge, becoming a curmudgeonly, even reactionary rejection of stylishness itself. Who are you trying to impress in that black suit?
"It was the perfect interview suit. Single-breasted, three-button, in a warm mid-grey worsted wool, with a subtly draped chest and shaped waist. Classically proportioned, trim but nowhere tight, confident without being brash..."
The trend in men’s style over the last few hundred years has been towards less and less complexity, but every once in a while, one still gets an invitation that says, “black tie.” There’s a tendency to think of the black tie dress code as something rigidly fixed, but despite that, there’s still room for sometimes very varying ideas on what, exactly, is or is not okay for a gent to don at a black tie event...
This post is an excerpt from an interview with Articles of Style. Here we cover Alan’s tips for dressing better, but there’s more over there including the state of menswear, and Alan’s personal style. Click through and take a look!
When it comes to wedding day fashion, there's so much attention to paid to the dress. Fashion-wise, what's the guy's role in all of this? The groom’s role should not be driven by fashion but by the sartorial protocols associated with the wedding as a ceremony itself. The groom’s primary function is to present the bride, not compete with her.
It’s with much anticipation that we announce the official debut of our bespoke women’s wear. I say official because over the past three decades, we have turned out the random Kate Hepburn-inspired Donegal tweed suit, velvet hacking jacket, or silk tailcoat.
This is a sampling of cover art from 25 years of the Custom Shop’s brochures. Some contain original art while others are based on Apparel Art illustrations from menswear’s grand age of upper-class men’s style and fashion illustration – the 1930’s to the 1950’s.
Once by mirrors, tape measures and the like, most men relinquish questions of styling and fit to the wisdom of the store’s salesman or tailor. Years ago, when men’s fashions were less fickle and tailors were more studied in the manners of correct dress, this was a reasonable act of faith. Unfortunately,in all but the very fine stores,today’s tailor is simply another cog in the assembly line. He is anxious to get you out with as few alterations, and as little cost to the store, as possible.