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

source: fashionbeans.com

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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Summer in Waterloo Region | How to Wear Shorts with Style

Summer in Waterloo Region | How to Wear Shorts with Style

Stylish summer shorts are back and they’re perfect for taking a stroll through one of the beautiful parks in Kitchener or Waterloo, heading to a backyard BBQ, or getting together with friends at your favourite patio.

Here’s a helpful guide on how to wear shorts and finding shorts that are the right fit for your body type. Visit our Uptown Waterloo showroom and our clothiers will be more than happy to help you find the right shorts.

The Best Way to Wear Shorts This Summer For Men

source: theidleman.com

The Fit

First things first: the fit. By nature, shorts are inherently a comfortable, casual piece of clothing that is meant to provide freedom of movement while keeping you cool. Not all of us are 6ft 4’ and slim, so make sure the shorts work to your advantage and provide the comfort you’re paying for.

The fit goes hand in hand with your body shape and the secret is knowing basic proportion rules. Shorter shorts will make you look taller than you actually are. Fitted/tighter shorts look good on slim guys and slim shorts will make a larger guy look smaller. On another note, shorts that are too wide around the legs should stop being manufactured as they don’t work to anyone’s advantage.

Tips for:

The Taller Guy

Check out how short they actually look on you. The last thing you want is the hem to be pulled up on your thigh too much. That will be uncomfortable and make it difficult to walk properly. It would go against the principle of wearing shorts at all. Two to three inches above the knee would be just perfect.

The Shorter Guy

The same principle as above, but upside down. If your shorts are too long and the hem falls below the knee, putting that pair back on the shelf would be a smart idea. If you actually like that particular pair, try to see how it would look if you roll them up a little bit. Getting them tailored is a good option, just avoid dressing in shorts that are too long as they give a lousy look and can make you look shorter.

The Built Guy

Most guys with a bit of meat on them make the big mistake to buy the largest pair of shorts thinking it will make them look slimmer. That is not the truth! Larger shorts will give you a baggy and messy appearance. Stick to your regular size as that is the ticket to pulling off a stylish summer outfit.

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You can pair your new shorts with a great t-shirt, a long-sleeved button-up, a light blazer, and your favourite casual footwear. Expand your summer wardrobe with some designer shorts and get ready to have a blast this summer…in style!

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Dress For Success In These 6 Summer Suits

Dress For Success In These 6 Summer Suits

You should always look and feel your best in a perfectly fitted suit. You may have your staple suit, but when selecting a suit for summertime, think about materials to reflect temperature, fun fabrics to add some fun to the summer months, and a variety of styles.

Whether you’re spending the Summer in Waterloo Region, jetting off to vacation destinations, or heading into the city for some important meetings, you’ll want the perfect designer summer suit. Step into summer with confidence.

The Best Men’s Summer Suits Guide You’ll Ever Read

source: fashionbeans.com

Clocks have gone forward, the mercury is rising, and the sun shone for a whole eight minutes recently, all of which can only mean one thing. No, forget the beach body. It’s time to make sure our suits (not our stomachs) are summer-ready.

Of course, a suit is a year-round essential that transcends time and trends, but that’s not to say when it comes to dressing for inclement spring – and later, sun-soaked summer – months, there aren’t a few smart choices to be had.

From modern and classic styles to brightly coloured and patterned designs, here are the six suits needed to make this season the hottest yet, sartorially speaking.

The Contemporary Suit

A well-fitting, single-breasted, two-button suit with a fuss-free notch lapel and minimal trouser break is the epitome of modern. Is that it? Can we move on? Not quite.

Take advantage of merino wool’s natural temperature regulating properties as a smart way of staying cool and comfortable on balmier days, while keeping the chill at bay on colder ones.

Likewise, a wool in the Super-100 to 130 range is ideal. The S number refers to the fabric’s fineness – the higher the number, the more delicate the material. You won’t bake in the heat, but it’s still heavy enough that you’ll only need a raincoat when the weather turns.

As we begin to transition into high summer, it’s also worth considering 100 per cent cotton (or cotton-linen blend) options for optimal lightness and breathability.

Colour is dictated by where the suit will mostly be worn. Charcoal, grey and navy suits are the safest bets for professional environments. Perfect for moving from office to bar, these refined hues have a timeless appeal that can be livened up with the right tie or kept simple and classic.

The Classic All-Season Suit

Particularly pertinent when the weather is decidedly, well, undecided, spring is the perfect time to invest in a suit that works for all seasons (given that we regularly experience all four in a single day between March and May).

The key to this well-rounded wardrobe weapon is to select a colour, fabric and design that isn’t specific to any season.

Opt for single-breasted, peak or notch lapel design in an all-seasons worsted wool, which provides warmth in the winter and is light and airy in summer. The cut should also be kept classic: tailored but still roomy enough to allow you to move freely and promote air circulation when temperatures rise.

On matters of colour, avoid extremely dark shades such as black that will absorb sunlight, making the suit too hot to wear during the height of summer. Similarly, steer clear of overly light shades, which will look out of place in winter. Hit the sartorial middle ground with a navy or mid-grey in block colours or classic patterns such as pinstripes or checks.

When it comes to styling, a classic suit often needs little more than a solid white, blue or pink shirt, a complementary tie and a pair of brown brogues or black Oxfords or Derbies (depending on the colour of the suit).

The Occasion Suit

For a sleek alternative to sober navy and grey options that’ll serve well for almost any warm-weather event, opt for something in a bolder (or even, softer) shade of blue or a seasonally-appropriate neutral such as beige.

To remain smart but with a cool air of informality, style this suit with a slim-cut shirt, textured tie, printed pocket square and pair of quality loafers or chunky brogues (socks optional).

Equally, to dress it down for a casual wedding or garden party, lose the tie, unbutton the shirt collar (or better yet, try a grandad collar) and pair with clean white sneakers for an outfit that packs an effortless sense of sprezzatura.

The Double-Breasted Suit

Old-school double-breasted suits were once typified by boxy, loose cuts that did little (read: nothing) for a man’s physique. Fortunately, today’s versions are slimmer all over, which when combined with peak lapels that make the chest appear wider, create a flattering ‘V’ body shape.

Thanks to this update, the classic, masculine style is also no longer just for bankers or TV mobsters. The DB – as we call it in the trade – can be found in a range of shades and patterns, from solid navy to grey windowpane check (and what man doesn’t look good in either of those?), which work for a variety of occasions.

The number of styling options has also opened up greatly in recent years. Wear as part of a full shirt and tie look, opt for a louche open neck or go all the way to the other end of the spectrum by using a T-shirt as your base layer.

The Statement Colour Suit

Looking to make a bigger sartorial splash? The spring and summer months are the best in which to experiment with colour, and this season it’s all about earthy tones like camel and bottle green, as well as pastel shades of pink, green and blue.

If going down the statement suit route (providing your build permits) it’s advisable to opt for a skinny to slim cut, which aligns perfectly with this style’s contemporary, youthful feel. Slightly cropped or turned-up trousers also work to further emphasise this fashion-forward approach.

When it comes to material, suits in bright colours tend to look best in lightweight cloths with a bit of texture, such as cotton poplin or linen.

Aside from an air tie or white T-shirt, the main thing to wear this suit with is confidence. It’s important to be honest with oneself and understand that if you’re going to feel awkward donning a cherry red two-piece, you’re more than likely going to look awkward too.

The Patterned Suit

Patterns are a great way of individualising formalwear, with polka dots, botanical motifs and large windowpane checks particularly prominent this season.

Despite being popularised by front row regulars like Tinie Tempah and Harry Styles, you don’t have to be at – or indeed, in – a fashion show in order to pull off this look. Simply make sure the fit is glove-like (any sizing issues will be amplified by a pattern) and style with a neutral colour shirt or T-shirt (black or white works particularly well here) and clean leather sneakers or loafers.

Alternatively, if pattern popping head-to-toe sounds like a step too far, consider suit separates as an easy entry. Combine a printed jacket with a more traditional block-colour trouser for a refreshing, but less risky, update.

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Whether you’re in search of the perfect summer suit for a special occasion, a wedding (maybe even your own!), the office or any other occasion, let us fit you in the perfect suit. Book a consultation to meet with one of our experienced clothiers to fit you in a ready-made designer suit, or to help you custom design a suit.