When it comes to men’s fashion, there are certain designers who have really made their mark. Giorgio Armani is one of them. The Italian designer has a rich history that led to the exceptional luxury menswear, suits, and shoes we know today; comfortable without compromising elegance.
Our Paul Puncher Showroom is your source for the latest Armani menswear in Waterloo. Visit us to find the latest Armani collection including Emporio Armani.
Keep reading for more about how Giorgio Armani modernised, redefined and, ultimately, transformed menswear.
|How Giorgio Armani Redefined Menswear|
It’s impossible to overstate just what Armani did for menswear in the 1980s. One might just suggest that he sexed up men’s wardrobes early that decade in the same way Deep South blues sexed up rock and roll music half a century earlier. And the core of his strategic masterstroke was the frontier diving casualwear and formalwear.
Giorgio Armani wasn’t the first to see heavily structured clothes as inherently constricting – to note that their angular-linear silhouettes were dignified and imposing yet far from debonair and insouciant – and act on the problem. Frederick Scholte – mentor to Per Anderson of Anderson & Sheppard fame, and tailor to the Duke of Windsor – invented the British drape in order that clients might trade rigidity for fluidity, while around the 1930s, the most esteemed tailors of Naples – notably Rubinacci – began eliminating linings, canvasing and pads from their coats to create garments better suited to la dolce vita than a stiff appointment at the city’s Royal Palace.
But no one post-war has done more to transform male dress codes – and not just what men wear but, crucially, what they might be allowed to wear – than a then little-known Italian designer whose name now is among the most prestigious clothing brands in the world. Bolder colours were a big part of his revolt. Lighter fabrics including bouclé, flannel and crepe also played a huge role. The lowering of the buttons removed even more of the military sanctimony of traditional suiting. But it was those cleaner, more fluid lines that fuelled a kind of bloodless coup: one which didn’t so much tear the barriers down between formal and casual as expose the distinction as fictitious – chimerical, forced and entirely corrosive to post-war male elegance. In doing so he re-wrote the codes of masculinity forever.
“He has an incredible sensuality and wears every look so naturally, so he was a pleasure to dress,” Armani has said of dressing Richard Gere in what turned out to be his first of over 200 involvements with movie wardrobes, over which he’s made the link between cinematic costume and character inextricable. “I was motivated by the desire to modernise menswear – in the field of men’s clothing we were still tied to more or less the same clothes our fathers and grandfathers wore. I wanted to use softer fabrics and rethink the suit, getting rid of most of the linings and fillings. The unstructured result was a truly new look that preserved its precision while becoming more body-conscious and more comfortable.”
Other movies styled by Armani include The Untouchables, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the latter in particular – think pronounced shoulders, oversized lapels, wool-blends, pinstripes, dark greys and V-shaped virility, as befitting of early ‘90s alpha males – showing his versatility when it comes to making on-screen attire contribute as much to character, era and narrative nuance as any script writer. But American Gigolo is the one that threw down a gauntlet. When it comes to sartorially relevant movies, it’s hard to think of one which looms larger in post-war history (Shaft, Blowup and Quadrophenia are all a little too niche to be deemed sartorially seminal, while 8 ½, Bullitt, Reservoir Dogs and Oceans 11 et al are all up there, but didn’t exactly dismantle and rebuild the fashion mores of a whole generation).
Our clothiers can help suit you in the latest Armani clothing and ensure you look just as good as the movie stars dressed by Armani himself.
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Looking for the latest designer menswear? We’ve got you covered. Our showroom is always getting new accessories, sportswear, footwear, wardrobe essentials and designer menswear to meet all your fashion needs. Here’s a look at the latest items in our Uptown Waterloo showroom.
Paul & Shark Swimwear
Keep your stylish wardrobe going on the beach with Paul & Shark swimwear. Vibrant colours that won’t fade, quick-drying fabric, plus a waterproof wallet included! Choose from a fun selection of patterns then dive into summer.
Accessorize your summer looks with the latest men’s accessories. These Tateossian bracelets are made in Italy with high-quality materials, precious stones, and sterling silver clasps.
Tateossian ‘Big Ben’ Cufflink
Cufflinks inspired by London’s most famous clock! Not only do these cufflinks look great, they tell the time with a functioning Japanese movement in a stainless steel body. A “timeless” accessory for your wedding day, or even a gift to show your groomsmen how much you appreciate them.
Stenströms Printed Sport Shirts
Designed in Sweden, these Stenströms printed sport shirts come in a variety of vibrant prints on two-fold cotton to fit your fashion needs. Pair one of these designer shirts with a pair or trousers or layer it under your favourite summer blazer.
For more of the latest designer menswear, visit our Uptown Waterloo Showroom. From casual Friday at the office to suits fit for any wedding, we’ve got designer menswear for any occasion. Book a consultation today to work with our clothiers.
Your wardrobe is an extension of your personality and impacts the first impression you make on people, how you are perceived by people you work with and, most importantly, how you feel.
There’s no need to jump on every new men’s fashion trend, but there is something to be said about building a wardrobe with classic essentials so you can always put together a polished look.
These stylish men had some wise words to share on men’s clothing, suits and dressing well.
From your shoes to your shirt, taking pride in your appearance can have a positive impact on other areas of your life. Your personality may shine, but there are 9 reasons your appearance matters as well.
|9 Reasons Why Your Look Matters|
1. Clothing is the primary instrument in creating a positive first impression
People are superficial, not just as a cultural phenomenon but as a hardwired instinct going all the way back to when our brains needed to make snap judgments on what was a stripy rock and what was a tiger about to eat us. We tend to be done formulating our initial opinion of someone before we’ve actually spoken to them.
That means that your clothing is going to have a direct effect on people’s default assumptions of you — the better you’re dressed, the more respect and attention they’re going to automatically give you.
2. Clothing can increase your perceived status among your peers
Even after the first impression is over your clothing can help improve people’s reactions to you. Society is very visually-based, and better-dressed men routinely experience better treatment and service than their sloppier counterparts. Clothing serves as a substitute for character in the eyes of people who don’t know you well enough to judge you by anything else.
That may sound superficial, but it’s true whether we think it should be or not. Your appearance may not mean much to you, but it does to the people who see you every day, making it worth caring about.
3. Dressing sharp helps with your confidence
One of the first pieces of advice in self-help books is almost always something along the lines of “Get Your Personal Appearance Under Control!” It’s good advice. People tend to perform better in life when they feel that they deserve to perform better. The automatic assumption that a well-dressed man should be treated with respect works when it’s your reflection in the mirror, too.
A few minutes spent spiffing yourself in the mirror before you leave home reinforces the idea that you deserve success and good treatment in your own mind.
4. The requirements of dressing sharp teaches responsibility
As silly as it sounds, caring for your appearance will make you a more responsible man. You wind up keeping track of details like which shoes need to be shined and which shirts need to be ironed, and (unless you live with someone who loves you very much) you usually have to do those things yourself. It reinforces mental habits of attention to detail and planning ahead that translate usefully into any career or skill.
5. A good dresser notices detail in others
Once you start paying attention to details of collar shape, pocket square selection, and all the other little details of dressing well, you start to notice them on other men. And those men are noticing them on you too — expect, once you start really putting some time and effort into your appearance, to start seeing approving nods from other well-dressed men.
6. Dressing sharp makes you more useful at work
Doesn’t matter what your job happens to be and who you’re working for, or even if you’re your own boss — if you’re well enough dressed that you can step away from work and into a meeting with a client, customer, or supervisor without advance preparation, you’re more useful. Having the casual, day-to-day presentation to step into any situation and look respectable is a huge advantage in the working world.
7. Colors and patterns speak for you
Once you start to learn more about them, specific colors and patterns begin to display their own unique advantages. Blues convey youth, browns openness and trustworthiness; deep grays somberness and dignity — each can be the best choice for a situation where many other colors would be equally appropriate but not as ideal.
And by thinking about colors and patterns in a meaningful way rather than just throwing together anything that doesn’t clash too badly you may save yourself from being the guy whose tie keeps seeming to ripple on TV someday…
8. Specific clothing pieces make statements about you
Uniforms and semi-uniform looks like the doctor’s white coat are obvious symbols of the wearer’s status or role. More subtle effects can convey nearly as much detailed information for a man who takes his time to plan the outfit well.
From a bolo tie advertising a reckless, cowboy attitude to a pinstriped suit in the colors of a favorite baseball team, clothes can proclaim everything from your profession to your passions — or both at once.
9. Good looking men call the shots
When all’s said and done, the best reason to take time with your clothing and appearance is to take charge of your life. Well-dressed men have already taken the way the world sees them into their own hands, and the added respectability and authority people afford them allows them to call the shots in group situations as well.
The most important takeaway here is that your appearance can help enhance your personality and give you a confidence boost to walk through life with determination and poise. Meet with one of our experienced clothiers to get fitted for a custom designer suit (you won’t believe how good you’ll look and feel!), or add some classic pieces to your wardrobe so you can look amazing even in casual settings, and reap the benefits of dressing well.
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There’s nothing like a heatwave to remind you that you need to refresh your summer wardrobe. We’ve put together a list of essential menswear to keep you cool…while looking hot!
Grey Tailored Trousers
A classic pair of grey trousers is a summer wardrobe essential taking you from work to a wedding. Grey is the perfect shade for summer, because it can easily be paired with lighter tones that are often worn in the summer months, such as pastels.
A Classic Tshirt
Summer is the time to relax, and there’s no better menswear to do so in than in a classic white tshirt. We know we don’t have to convince you, but just in case…it’s comfortable, it’s versatile, it’s a classic look, and it’s light.
The Polo Shirt
Like the tshirt, the polo shit is a versatile summer staple. If you’re stepping onto the golf course or need to sharpen your casual look, a polo shirt is the way to do it. Have you read our blog on the history of the polo shirt yet?
A Light Blazer
A blazer in linen or cotton fabric is the ideal piece to dress up while still staying cool. It’s the perfect line between casual and formal, meaning you’ll get to rock the blazer all summer. If you’re working your way down the list, the classic tshirt and polo shirt will fit nicely under your lightweight blazer.
White Long-Sleeved Button Up
Summer aside. This wardrobe essential is great all year around. You can dress it up for work and formal events, layer on your favourite jackets and blazers, or dress it down for weekend fun.
When temperatures are rising, the last thing you want to do in wear heavy pants all summer. Shorts are a great option for casual events, relaxing and packing for your vacation. Try a tailored pair in navy for a sharp look! Check out our guide on finding shorts that are the right fit for your body type.
A Slip-On Shoe
When you step out in a pair of tailored shorts, you want to make sure you have the perfect footwear to complete your outfit. Loafers, boat shoes, or any slip-on shoe is a must-have for summer.
Sunglasses are the perfect accessory for the summer months, plus they serve an important purpose. Protect your eyes from powerful UV rays and show off your personal style with a pair of designer sunglasses.
When the sun is shining bright, protect your head and face with a designer hat!
After you assemble all your summer wardrobe essentials, you’ll need a way to get them to your weekend destination! You’ll find that a weekend bag gets a lot of use in the summer months as you jet off to on weekend getaways.
Visit our Uptown Waterloo Showroom to find the latest designer menswear to complete your summer wardrobe.