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MUST HAVES | Winter Essentials

If your winter wardrobe feels lacklustre, it’s time to explore the power of accessories. Most of us understand the basics of dressing for the cold, and as mornings become frosty; our sartorial choices start to catch up. Jeans and trousers are favoured over shorts, t-shirts are traded for shirts, and suddenly you’re taking a jacket with you everywhere you go. By the season’s peak, all of us appreciate the beauty of a sturdy winter coat.

Staying warm isn’t rocket science. But staying warm in style? That’s an art. We’re here to show you how it’s done. Accessorised well, even the most basic of outfits can turn heads. From beanies to backpacks, broad-brimmed hats to boots, final touches are key to making a statement in the blistering cold. Keep reading for your winter essentials check list, to put your most handsome foot forward this winters.

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Hats & Beanies:

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to embrace your inner Don Draper, now’s your chance. Reminiscent of the ’50s – a time when men wore hats en masse – fedoras are back this season, in a variety of fur felts and soft wools. But if broad brims aren’t you’re thing, you can rest assured knowing that the beanie remains a street style staple.

 

Boots:

Boots are back on trend, in fact, we’re not sure they’ve ever been completely out of style. Point is, if you don’t own a pair, now’s the time to invest. From the slim lined to the military-inspired, we’ve got you covered with shapes for night and day, and boots for work and play.

 

Bags:

Every self-respecting man needs a bag that complements his style, and winter always offers a fine selection. This season, expect to see soft leather totes, traditional cross-body satchels, and a host of practical backpacks – the perfect casual add-on for the weekend. Because who really wants to wear out their pockets carrying around a mobile, keys and wallet?

 

Sunglasses:

Sunglasses are one of fashion’s most trans-seasonal accessories, and this winter they’re everywhere. Popular shapes this season will include the classic aviator and vintage rounded frames. For something a little different, experiment with futuristic mirrored lenses.

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MUST HAVES | Made to Measure Suits

In a world where you can buy entire outfits online from the comfort of your home, the concept of made-to-measure can feel luxuriously self-indulgent. But there’s a reason we’ve seen resurgence in the popularity of bespoke tailoring of late. Reality is, there’s simply nothing quite like personalisation. The answer to your wildest wardrobe dreams, made-to-measure clothing offers more than just the perfect fit, it delivers the perfect fit for you. If being measured head-to-toe for a suit still feels a little fancy, we challenge you to think again. Here are a few reasons why made-to-measure suiting is a great option not only for special occasions, but for your every day.

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For the Fit:

It’s no secret that good fit is hard to find. Hours can be spent trying on options from what feels like hundreds of different brands, until finally you find something that seems to work. But why settle for something average when you could have something created on-spec? When you opt for made-to-measure suiting an expert tailor will modify each garment to the shape of your physique. That means less time worrying if your cuffs are sitting right, and more time feeling confident in your chosen ensemble.

For the Feel:

Getting dressed isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling good, too. And there’s nothing quite like the confidence that comes from wearing a garment made just for you. Made-to-measure clothing gives you so much more than just perfectly-aligned buttons and hems that fall just so. When you step out in a garment made for you, you step out with unbridled confidence, in comfort and in style.

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MUST HAVES | Coats & Jackets

With the colder weather knocking on the door, the inevitable winter wardrobe unpacking beckons. The key to staying snug yet stylish is by finessing your layering game. Forget your pilling, ill-sized winter coat from three years ago, stand out from the sea of black and hastily thrown on beanie-clad crowd with our men’s guide to styling coats and jackets.

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The Overcoat:

Both a functional and fashionable piece, the overcoat is a must-have piece for the colder months. Traditionally crafted from heavyweight materials and in classic colourways from camel to navy and black, the overcoat is a wardrobe essential for the Monday to Friday suit-clad gents. Don’t put that exquisitely made custom tailored suit to waste with just any dowdy winter coat you’ve dug out from the back of your closet.

The Trench Coat:

A lightweight, layering staple for transitional seasons, the versatility of a trench coat has it ticking all the boxes when it comes to men’s outerwear. From after work drinks to weekend dates, the trench coat can instantly up-style any outfit with its classic silhouette and neutral colour scheme, from cream to light tan.

The Bomber Jacket:

Having seen a cult revival in recent times, the bomber jacket continues to reign supreme in the world of casual men’s outerwear. Turning street style on its head, from old-school satin pieces with Asian inspired embroidery to military styles with patches and sports luxe options, there are countless ways you can work the bomber jacket into your look. Available in a variety of styles, it’s your partner-in-crime for casual drinks with the boys and lazy Sunday breakfasts.

The Leather Jacket:

Nothing screams ’bad boy’ louder than a leather jacket. Historically a symbol of rebellion, the leather jacket is now a go-to style for both young and old. From moto styles to bombers, a leather piece is all you need to keep you toasty while looking at your sartorial best on off-duty days. 

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HOW TO | Choose the Right Shoes for Your Suit

The reality is, shoes can make or break your outfit, particularly as far as suits are concerned. After all, they are arguably two of the most considered purchases a man can make. Read ahead as we show you the right combinations to have you looking your sharpest from boardroom to banquet.

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Oxford Shoes:

It is common for people to (incorrectly) refer to as any smart lace up shoe as an Oxford. Ironically, it’s a rarity in that this shoe has one true defining characteristic – its lacing. The eyelet facings are stitched underneath the vamp (front section of the shoe), which is often referred to as a closed front. If you invest in one pair of black formal shoes in the forthcoming months, make it an Oxford. They will transfer you from the office wear to eveningwear with effortless ease. You could also pair them with a blazer and tailored pants for less formal events, such as a cosy pub date. However, refrain from wearing such formal footwear with denim or you could end up looking like your grandfather.

Derby Shoes:

Confusingly referred to as an Oxford in America, the Derby differs to the Oxford in that the eyelet tabs are sewn on top of the vamp; occasionally known as ‘open lacing’. The open tabs mean that the Derby is much more likely to fit a wide range of feet shapes as the laces will allow for more adjustment. Which begs the question, what should you wear them with? The same advice would generally apply for the Oxford; invest in a black pair and reserve them for formal settings, or wear day-to-day with a navy or charcoal suit, a crisp tailored shirt and a silk tie. 

Half/Quarter Brogue:

This great shoe is more versatile than Robert De Niro switching from drama to comedy and back to drama again at the drop of a hat. The number of times this shoe will make an appearance this season is a testament to the number of circumstances in which it can be worn. Opt for a pair in brown or tan to liven up outfits where black may appear a little conservative.  It’s the little details that count.

Chelsea Boots:

Some people may scoff at the idea of wearing boots with a suit, particularly one with no lacing but frankly if it’s good enough for Mark Ronson, it’s good enough for me. With its simple and narrow silhouette, the Chelsea boot works perfectly with a slim-cut suit. For a more reserved approach, opt for a pair in black as the contrast in colour will be less obvious. Fancy throwing caution to the wind and making more of a statement? Go the tan route with a navy suit; you’ll be the envy of the entire office. 

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HOW TO | Style Your Denim

Ahh the humble jean - your wardrobe would not be complete without a trusty arsenal of denim to see you through. While they are on constant rotation in most men's wardrobes, it is hard not to fall into the trap of styling them the same with each wear. We sometimes forget how amazingly versatile a great pair of jeans can be, and with little additions to your wardrobe each season, you can keep them looking modern and new for years to come.

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Dressed Up:

While when you think about denim, your mind automatically thinks "casual", your favourite pair of jeans can actually give a modern edge to your tailoring. The result is a look that is dressed up enough for a night out, but with a modern streetwear edge. We love the combination of a perfectly tailored blazer, slim fit jeans and a shirt for busy Saturday nights. Add a pair of Italian leather boots or monkstraps and you are ready to hit the town.

Dressed Down:

Jeans are our go to weekend piece for two reasons - 1) they are comfortable as hell, and 2) they keep you looking sharp and sophisticated, even if you are just lounging around the house. A basic tee and a casual jacket thrown over your jeans is effortlessly cool, perfect for afternoon lunches and get-togethers on the weekend. Add a statement knit when you are off to face the elements in style. 

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HOW TO | Match Your Tie with Your Shirt

The key to a successful business man isn’t his successful negotiating skills, it’s the way he dresses. Play your way up the ranks by making sure your shirt and tie game are as strong as you are.

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You Have: Plain Shirt | Match With: Patterned Tie

There is nothing wrong with keeping simple with a great fitting basic white or block coloured shirt. It’s crisp and timeless, and will work with just about every suit in your wardrobe. While it is a safe option, it allows you to be a little more experimental with your ties. Play with colour, texture and pattern, let your tie be a statement maker. 

You Have: Micro Patterned Shirt | Match With: Slightly Patterned Tie

A micro pattern shirt, like a small check or a geometric print, is a great addition to your work wardrobe. They are still subtle, but show a little bit of personality. They are great for those who want to stand out in a more conservative office. Although your shirt does have a small pattern, it doesn’t mean you have to stick to a plain tie. A subtle stripe or an embossed paisley print are great options as they are still interesting, but don’t stick out too much.

You Have: Bold Shirt | Match With: Plain Tie

Your shirt is the statement maker – there is no denying it. A bold stripe or check can really bring a new life to your work wardrobe, but it gets a little tricky matching ties to it. If you are ever in doubt, a plain tie is always the way to go. Pull a colour out of the check, or pick something that will compliment your suit, and stick to plain, luxe silk. It’s fail-proof.

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MUST HAVES | Staples for Every Business Man

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1. A Comfortable Tailored Suit

While the word comfortable might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of a suit, we are here to tell you it should be high on your priority list the next time you need an update. Elastane in the fabric has just enough give to make movement comfortable.

2. Luxe Outerwear & Jackets

A pet hate of ours is hiding a beautifully tailored suit under an old, 'just pulled from the back of your wardrobe' overcoat. It is such a shame! Make sure your outerwear matches the level of sophistication of your tailoring. A classic black trench coat or a navy option is always a great choice.

3. An Arsenal Of Crisp Business Shirts

Once you have ticked the tailored suit box, you must not forget about your business shirt. A versatile collection of plain and patterned shirts can give the impression your wardrobe is vaster than it really is. Pair your navy suit with a bold red and blue check shirt for a Fun Friday look, and maybe switch the shirt for a slim lilac for that important business meeting. Same suit - completely different looks. Fit is an important factor to consider, as it can make or break a really great office look. 

4. Silk Ties

Many men underestimate the power of a really great tie. While small, it is an accessory that can really lift an outfit, as well as adding a little more of a personal touch. Our advice is to start with some basic block colours like burgundy and navy, then slowly add some stripes or polka dots to liven up your look. Quality is really important - you don’t want to detract from your lux Italian suit with a cheap looking, or feeling tie. Finish off the look with a tie bar and you’re ready for work.

5. A Statement Watch

While a Rolex is on the top of every businessman's wish list, it doesn't mean you shouldn't treat yourself to a well-made watch while you work your way to the top. There are a variety of watch brands such as Daniel Wellington, Tissot and Casio to expand your collection.

6. A Versatile Winter Scarf

Wool scarves are another one of those 'forget about me until you need me' pieces. Investing in a quality, versatile scarf will not only last you a life time, but will ensure it doesn't detract from your overall look. We love navy or black for an understated addition to your wardrobe.

7. A Luxe Leather Bag

You should never have to sacrifice practicality for style. Opt for a black or dark brown colour, either in a messenger style with a long shoulder strap, briefcase for plenty of compartment space or the hold-all overnighter.

8. Patterned Socks

The key to success is all in the details, and socks are a detail that is easy to get right. Opt for a good quality black or navy pair for every day, and a pair of patterned socks to poke out from under your hem when you want to make a little more of a statement.

9. Statement Dress Shoes

If you ever wanted to gauge a man's attention to detail, look at his shoes. Are they polished and taken care of, or are they scuffed and worn? Make sure your shoes are never an after-thought, but rather add an extra edge to your work wardrobe. Our advice? Start with a staple collection of lace ups in black and tan, then add more unique pairs like monk-straps or boots, or pops of chocolate or burgundy.

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HOW TO | Dress for the Long Weekend

The work year is in full swing, meaning long nights and short deadlines on the horizon. But we have a break in our midst, the long weekend is not too far away. Whether you're planning a weekend of R&R, or a few days to party, we will make sure you look your best doing it.

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The Traveller:

Why not take someone special away for a long weekend getaway? Whether it is an escape to the countryside, a beachside vacation or a city adventure, it is imperative to get the packing right. A pair of jeans is a no brainer – comfortable for exploring during the day, and able to look sharp for dinner at night. Tee’s will treat you well in the sun, but always remember to pack a collared shirt – you never know where your holiday will take you.

The Social Guy:

The Social Guy knows how to make the most out of his long weekend. Spending the time catching up with old friends, and adding new friends to his circle are on the agenda. Looking sharp is a must, so you need a few key pieces that will be versatile enough to serve all weekend long. The hero items? A great blazer, a few versatile shirts, a pair of tailored trousers and a great pair of jeans. Bar hopping never looked so good.

The Relaxed Guy:

Need a couple of days locked away with Netflix? With endless hours of entertainment and three full days of free time, why not sit yourself on your couch with the one you love and binge watch Making a Murderer? Or gather some friends and throw a BBQ in your backyard? Skip the old sweats though, comfort doesn’t always have to mean your old, holey tees. A grey marle t-shirt and a pair of soft, stretch denim is exactly what we will be lounging around in this season.

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HOW TO | Care for Your Denim

Gentlemen, we all know our aversion to reading instructions is real, and while your furniture may look like the picture on the box without you reading the instructions, we promise you that without instructions your jeans won’t look how you bought them for long. They are called care instructions for a reason – the only way to keep your denim looking the best it can is if you show them some tender love and care.

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Pre-Washed:

The beauty of pre-washed jeans are just that – they are pre-washed. This means the colour should not bleed out of the jeans, as well as them feeling soft and comfortable, just as if you had already worn them for six months. It also means they are already pre-shrunk, so purchase the size that feels most comfortable in the store for the perfect fit. We still suggest not to wash them regularly to keep the colour from slowly fading out.

Coated:

The beauty of coated denim is that if you spill something on them, the coating usually allows you to simply wipe it away! To maintain the coated look, keep washing at an absolute minimum, instead spritzing them with specialised denim disinfectant spray to keep things feeling fresh. When the time comes to washing, cold hand wash is always preferred, so if you have the time your jeans will thank you in the long run. If you choose to throw them in the wash, put them on a cold gentle cycle. Make sure you turn them inside out, and pop in a garment bag to maintain the coating.

Raw:

Raw denim is the trickiest kind to care for, but we promise you will end up with a pair of jeans so comfortable and perfect for your body that you will never be seen without them. Raw denim is named as it is because it is denim in its truest form, not pre-washed, pre-shrunk or distressed in any way. Typically, raw denim needs to be broken in, without washing, for six months or so. Premature washing will fade the colour much faster, and may cause the jeans to shrink. During the no-washing period, the jeans will soften, crease and naturally mould to your body. When your jeans need a refresh during this time, 24 hours in the freezer will do the trick – in a plastic bag of course!

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Wedding Wine Fridays | with Black Jacket Suiting

Ryan from Black Jacket Suiting recently spoke to Loz from Wedding Wine Fridays about custom designed suiting. Loz is the Director of Velbella, one of Brisbane’s leading bridal hair and makeup brands. Wedding Wine Fridays is all about giving brides and grooms great content and showcasing quality vendors - and we’re stoked to have been featured on their channel.

In the video, Ryan discusses what those who don’t have ‘normal distribution’ (meaning those who are skinny and tall or short and large) can do when it comes to finding suits that fit. His tips? Most ‘off-the-rack’ suit brands have short, regular and long fittings which can be tailored to fit well.

When it comes to tailoring, taller men may want to have the shirt and jacket sleeves lengthened and have the sleeve buttons moved down. Shorter men who choose to have their jackets tailored (by bringing up the length) need to make sure that the end of the jacket doesn’t get too close to the pockets, which can’t be repositioned.

Ryan also mentions that when tailoring suit jackets, you should always get the shoulders right first and then taper and change the middle. For pants, you should get the thighs right first and then change the waist.

Realistically, there is only so much adjusting that you can do to an existing suit. If you have an irregular shape, the best option is often to have a suit custom made for your height, posture and size.

Black Jacket Suiting is the only company in Australia that does off the rack hiring and tailor making. If you have any questions about our range, contact us today.

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