10 Tips You Need To Style Yourself Like A Pro | Menswear

10 Tips You Need To Style Yourself Like A Pro | Menswear

When it comes to your personal style, you’re allowed to set the rules, build your own unique wardrobe and dress yourself to match your personality and how you’re feeling each day. But if you’re not sure where to start, or need some ideas, these menswear styling tips can help guide you to develop your own style.

10 Style Tips For Men

  1. Invest in quality over quantity. Build your wardrobe with a selection of quality pieces, rather than filling your closet with lots of items that won’t fit you well and won’t last.
  2. Swap in trendy items. If you want to ease into a trend, take a look at one of your go-to outfits and swap one item out for a trendy item.
  3. When in doubt, overdress. When you’re getting ready for an event and you’re not 100% sure what the dresscode is, always err on the formal side.
  4. Give yourself footwear options. By owning more than one pair of shoes, you’ll give yourself more options for style and comfort. Every man should have a pair of sneakers, a nice pair of boots and a classic dress shoe.
  5. Take the time to find a great suit. Invest the time comparing jacket styles, colours, cuts and fabrics. Our experienced clothiers can help guide you through our selection of ready-made suits and custom designer suit options. Once you have the perfect suit, you’ll never have to worry about how you look.
  6. Complete your look with a pocket square. Any time you’re wearing a jacket, add some colour and flare to your formal look with a pocket square.
  7. Layer, layer, layer. Mix and match your favourite pieces by layering a new look together. By adding layers, you can use new combinations of your existing wardrobe essentials and create a whole new look.
  8. Wear a watch. A watch is the ultimate accessory. A designer watch is fashionable and functional. This classic accessory goes great with a suit!
  9. And on that note...don’t shy away from accessories. Adding a few accessories, such as cufflinks, can really complete your look with very little effort.
  10. Make sure your clothes fit! Not every man is built the same, so why should you expect every item of clothing to fit you perfectly? Take the time to get your wardrobe essentials adjusted to fit your body. We offer next-level customization, allowing you to create a look that is truly your own. Book a consultation to meet with one of our clothiers. This tip has a bonus tip: Know your measurements. Write them down in your phone so you always have a quick reference when you’re shopping.

 

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How Giorgio Armani Modernised Menswear

How Giorgio Armani Modernised Menswear

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.

Grey Armani Suit from Paul Puncher, Giorgio Armani Menswear Waterloo

Keep reading for more about how Giorgio Armani modernised, redefined and, ultimately, transformed menswear.

How Giorgio Armani Redefined Menswear

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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).

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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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New in the Paul Puncher Showroom | July 2019

New in the Paul Puncher Showroom | July 2019

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 Men's Swimwear

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.

 

Paul Puncher Tateossian Bracelets  Paul Puncher Tateossian Bracelets

Tateossian Bracelets

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.

 

Paul Puncher Tateossian ‘Big Ben’ cuff link

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.

 

Paul Puncher Stenstroms printed sport shirts

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.

Dressing Well Can Have A Positive Impact On Your Life | Men’s Style

Dressing Well Can Have A Positive Impact On Your Life | Men’s Style

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

source: realmenrealstyle.com

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.

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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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Pieces Every Man Needs In His Summer Wardrobe

Pieces Every Man Needs In His Summer Wardrobe

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.

Stylish Shorts

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

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.

Headwear

When the sun is shining bright, protect your head and face with a designer hat!

Weekend Bag

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.

A Guide To Common Summer Wedding Dress Codes for Men

A Guide To Common Summer Wedding Dress Codes for Men

When you receive an invitation to a summer wedding (or maybe a few wedding invitations this summer), the first thing you think is I must remember to RSVP! Then comes What do I wear to this wedding? Here are a few clues you can use to pick your summer wedding suit, guidelines based on the type of wedding you’re going to attend and common summer wedding dress codes for men.

First, take a look at the invitation to see if it mentions a dress code. If no dress code is disclosed, look up the venue and get a feel for it (i.e. will the wedding take place in an updated barn or in a ballroom?) The venue will also help you determine which fabrics you should go with for your suit. If the wedding is going to take place outside in a sunny courtyard, you may want to consider lighter fabrics for your suit and shirt, while an indoor wedding may have the AC blasting, giving you more options for thicker fabrics.

Second, determine what type of wedding you’re RSVPing to. Here’s a summer suit guide by wedding type.

What To Wear To A Summer Wedding

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The Traditional Wedding

Morning or formal day dress is the pre-6pm equivalent of white tie, and not something that you can mess with. The non-negotiables are: a black or grey morning coat with tails, a light-coloured waistcoat, a white or light-coloured shirt with a turn-down collar and double cuffs with cufflinks, a tie or cravat, grey or grey-and-black-striped trousers, and black shoes. A black or grey top hat is optional, outside of the royal enclosure at Ascot. A grey topper is, amusingly, considered ‘less formal’.

“Ties are preferred,” says etiquette guide Debrett’s, with no explanation necessary but a quick Google search to see the alternative: cravat, matching pocket square and beige waistcoat horror shows. “I prefer a black herringbone morning coat with a dogtooth trouser, paired with a double-breasted pink waistcoat,” says Oliver Spencer, who when not designing his eponymous fashion label is the founder and creative director of Favourbrook occasionwear.

Whatever you do, don’t put a foot wrong. “It’s key not to wear brogues: opt for Oxfords instead,” adds Spencer, who also insists on an off-white or sky-blue shirt.

The Modern City Wedding

Many weddings fall into the vague category of requiring ‘a suit’. If the ceremony’s in the city though, then it’ll likely be on the slicker end of the spectrum. ‘No brown in town’ might no longer be binding, but the sentiment lingers. “To keep things smart, opt for a dark suit, but you can spice things up with your tie and handkerchief,” says Spencer. (Coordinate them, by all means, but never exactly match them – which is naff.)

“Either way, the guiding principle is to not look like you came from work,” says Simon Holden, senior menswear designer at John Lewis. In the case of a three-piece, a waistcoat also helps you look vaguely put together when the jackets inevitably come off later in the evening, plus covers sweat. A reason to stick with a safer and smarter white shirt as opposed to perspiration-showing pastels.

Silhouette-wise, double-breasted is another viable alternative to your everyday two-piece, as is switching up the fabric from ubiquitous wool to something snazzier like mohair or less stuffy like linen, depending on the desired vibe. And temperature.

The Black Tie Wedding

AKA dinner suits (or jackets), tuxedos or cravate noire, black tie is less formal than white tie, in the same way that a grey top hat is less formal than a black one. 

Your checklist: a dinner suit with contrast lapels in a fabric like grosgrain or silk and trousers with braiding down the leg (yes, even if the invitation just says ‘jackets’); a white dress shirt with turn-down collar (wing is for white tie), double cuffs and cufflinks, plus some kind of fancy front and often studs or concealed buttons; black shoes (Oxfords or other unadorned lace-ups). Oh, and a well-tied bow tie (not clip-on).

“Avoid wearing black and opt for midnight blue, which is far more interesting,” says Spencer. It’s also historically correct, and looks blacker under artificial light. The point of black tie is to create a uniform effect among the menfolk, but you can still subtly distinguish yourself through texture such as velvet, adds Spencer. Or just peacock in a cream dinner jacket, but note that if you’re not the groom, his feathers will be ruffled.

The Country Wedding

It’s possible to have a very formal rural wedding, of course. But generally speaking, you’re outside the city limits in more ways than one – and free to wear brown shoes with no fear of a dressing down. Maybe even brogues or Derbies rather than Oxfords.

“For a country wedding, there’s more scope to wear separates rather than a full suit,” says Holden. “However, don’t break the boundaries too much. Adhere to a smart jacket and trousers with a shirt and tie. You can incorporate a waistcoat that matches your jacket or trousers for an added element.” Just remember the venue isn’t Toad Hall.

You’ve also got leeway if not quite carte blanche to expand your palette beyond the conservative metropolitan standards of navy and grey. “In terms of colours, opt for warmer, more neutral tones with texture,” continues Holden. Mattified fabrics feel more casual and country-appropriate (and will stand up better to chunkier footwear), as do patterns like checks – not to mention florals.

The Wedding Abroad

It’s contingent on the country in question, but odds are it hasn’t been selected because there’s a high chance of rain. And unless the dress code is Hawaiian shirts, shorts and flip-flops, you’ll need to balance the requisite degree of formality with the risk of heatstroke.

“A linen suit is the perfect option for a hot wedding,” says Holden. That, in turn, conjures images of old-timey southern gentlemen. “A fitted jacket with tapered trousers in grey or blue will keep the look modern. You can also explore cotton suiting to keep you cool.” Don’t discount seersucker, especially in a block colour rather than Colonel Sanders stripes. An unlined jacket will allow air to circulate – and sweat to evaporate.

Your cotton or linen shirt should have a softer collar to match your less structured tailoring. Accessories-wise, nothing overly silky or shiny that will reflect the sun – linen is a good choice for ties and pocket squares too. Finally, loafers are a halfway house between Oxfords and sandals. A wedding isn’t the place to flip-flop, in any sense.

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Regardless of the wedding venue and dress code, we can suit you with the perfect summer wedding look. From summer menswear to formal designer suits, we’ll have you looking like the perfect wedding guest from head to toe (without upstaging the groom, of course). 

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