Holiday Party Fashion Tips

It’s the holiday season, which means its holiday party season.  Time to break out your finest clothing and styles and make it the perfect holiday season.  Tom Simon from The Clotherie in Phoenix has the tips and pieces you need to make it a stylish holiday season. 

 

If you’re headed to a daytime open house this holiday season you need to know that flannels are back in a big way with several brands including Faherty and Peter Millar updating the look. Pair your updated flannel shirt with a pair of cords or dark jeans, and a comfortable hybrid sneaker, and you’ll be ready to hang out all afternoon long.  This is the also perfect outfit if you plan on some kids jumping on you throughout the day.


Headed to cocktails at a friends or your in-laws for holiday dinner? Try a simple lightweight wool crew neck over a collared shirt. The collar peeks out and creates a polished casual look.  Pair it with a proper dress slack and a suede loafer for a crisp, polished look that will have your party impressed. Go with no-show socks in your suede loafers for a European approach. 

 

It’s also gala season, so if you’re headed to a black tie optional event this season, break out your velvet blazer. This season, they are being shown in basic black, as well as teal and burgundy shades.  Pair it with an open collar dressy white shirt with a flannel pant and a tuxedo slip-on shoe. Add a pop of color with a decorative pocket square and socks.  Finally, if a true black tie affair is on the calendar, go with an updated tux, no more cummerbunds or wing collars.  Peaked lapel is super popular right now, as it creates a flattering V-shape to your physique.  For pants, make sure that a trimmer pant is not too long and a very slight break creates a cleaner line and more slender silhouettes.

Fall Fashion Outlook

Despite the temps remaining in the triple digits, it’s time to think about the pieces, colors, and fabrics you’ll need for the upcoming fall season.  Brands including Eton, Peter Milar, Faherty for casual fall clothing, Eleventy for shoes, and more are filling the racks of The Clotherie with the latest fall fashions.  Sportswear director Tom Simon is sharing the latest trends he is seeing for fall and what you’ll be able to purchase in store in the coming months. 

Suede and Vintage Sneakers for Business Casual and Casual Wardrobe- A great option for the fall are new navy suede sneakers which you can pair with your favorite jeans and tee on the weekends while running errands, or upgrade your business casual style by pairing them with chinos and a button down shirt.

Flannel Finishes- Everyone loves the look of flannel during the cooler fall and winter months, but people often find it a bit warm to wear in the dessert heat.  This fall, brands including Peter Millar, have launched all new shirts with flannel finishes, which give you the look of flannel, but are made with linen so they can be worn year-round. 

Flower and Animal Patterned Shirts- This fall, get a little adventurous with flower and animal print shirts from Eton.  These shirts are a perfect companion to your traditional white or blue dress shirt.  Patterns for fall include micro floral print, foxes, and pandas. 

Cap Toes and Perforated Toe Shoes- if you’re office wardrobe requires a more traditional business wardrobe, mix it up this fall with cap toe dress shoes.  These shoes are often handcrafted shoes that feature a decorative flourish or touch on the toe of the shoe to add character to your suit or trousers. 

To pick up any of the latest trending fall fashions, visit The Clotherie this fall. 

Pocketiquette - A Gentleman's Guide to What to Carry in Which Pocket

 

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Maybe as a boy you used to wear workers and would stuff all sorts of things in your pocket that might be of later use; pieces of rope, a pocket knife, that lucky stone that you found somewhere, a handkerchief (because mom made you)… With the contents of your pockets, you could ‘McGyver’ your way through life...

 

Swedish Street Style

 

The team is currently in Sweden to visit the original factory and headquarters that are home to Eton, a global leading shirt maker found in over 49 markets at some of the world’s most exclusive stores, including The Clotherie! A little fun fact about Eton: each shirt is made from 45 different parts and sewn with 12,000 stitches. And that means you are getting only the best when shopping at The Clotherie.

While the team is out cruising the streets in Sweden this week, they captured some great photos to give you a snapshot of Swedish street style:

 

Quick Tips for Looking your Best on Mother’s Day

 
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Mothers Day is coming this Sunday, May 8. So in between ordering flowers, making dinner reservations and picking out the perfect gifts for all the lovely ladies in your life, don’t forget there’s one more important step. You need to look like someone your mother can be proud to call her son. So here are few quick tips from The Clotherie’s Tom Simon on how to dress your best for Mom’s special day.

  • Here Comes the Groom: No, you’re not getting married, but it is a good reminder to break out your razor, swing by the stylist for a quick neck-line trim, or whatever other special grooming you need to get all gussied up.
  • Spring has Sprung: Now’s the perfect time to break out those colorful Spring/Summer woven button-up shirts that you’ve had in hibernation all winter long. Even better, why not coordinate around Mom’s favorite color?
  • Embrace the Dark Side: If you want a more casual look, feel free to pair a colorful shirt and a well-fitted blazer with jeans. Just be sure to grab your darkest denim wash with no holes, so you don’t look like you’re bumming around.
  • From Head to Toe: For more casual get-togethers you’ll be fine with a dress-sneaker hybrid, but for anything fancier you’ll want to slip on a pair of loafers with no-show socks.
  • Finishing Flourish: Accent your blazer with a complementary-colored pocket square, or even slip mom’s favorite flower into your boutonnière button.

How to Create the Perfect Office Wardrobe with Eton

From board meetings to creative workshops – a versatile office wardrobe gets you ready for any business situation. Discover our tips on how you dress to impress at work. 

The line between formal and informal is getting blurrier. Situations where a suit once was recognised as the most appropriate attire, might today require a much more casual approach. This ever changing work environment makes it complex – but also far more fun – to find the perfect office ensemble. Here, we gathered some helpful tips on how to create a versatile business wardrobe that’ll last for years to come.

Shirts

It all starts with the shirts. A well-thought-out combination of patterns, colours and collars enables you to go from formal board meetings to creative workshops in great style. To begin with, we suggest you go for at least two classic plain white shirts such as our Signature Twill Shirt with Cut Away Collar. The white shirt is especially suitable when you want to look your very best, always giving you a fresh and crisp appearance. Complete the classic range with patterns such as fine stripes and micro checks in sky blue, lavender and pink. To add a modern and stylish touch, our micro patterns and woven effects do the job. If you have a more casual office dress code, we recommend our Button Down Shirts in Oxford and Denim. These can easily be dressed up with a knit tie and an unlined suit, or be worn under fine knitwear for a relaxed, yet smart look.

 

Tailoring

Fine suiting is fundamental for the business wardrobe – and there’s no doubt that an expertly tailored suit is the best investment for great fit, comfort and durability. As a start, go for the classic two or three button models in navy or charcoal grey, preferably in lightweight wool that can be worn all-year on all occasions. Then, complete the suit wardrobe with classic patterns such as pin stripes of Prince Wales checks. For a more relaxed office approach, an unlined suit or a softly tailored blazer creates a smart and contemporary look.

Footwear

Regardless if you’re going for minimalist sneakers of fine leather Oxfords, investing in high-quality footwear is the best way to step up your office style. Three pairs are a good standard: one pair of Oxford lace ups in black calf leather, one pair of semi-brogues in dark brown leather and one pair of brogues in brown or chestnut tan. Black is traditionally considered a bit more formal than brown ditos, however, a pair of dark brown shoes with no or minimal brogue pattern is equally appropriate. Don’t forget to care for your shoes! To pro-long their life, we suggest you never wear the same shoes two days in a row as the leather and lining will tear. Always store them on wooden shoe trees to retain their shape and regularly polish them with shoe cream to keep them shining.

 

Tie and Pocket Square

Choosing the right tie is an art. Either you take the smart way that goes with any styling – subtle colours, timeless polka dots and stripe patterns – or go for a statement tie in vivid colours and match with an understated, clean business outfit. The pocket square reflects what you want to express. Wearing a tie and a pocket square in the exact shame design could look a bit too studious. Instead, try to pick up a colour element from your shirt or tie. A straight folded pocket square in crisp white is never wrong, giving you a smart “Mad Men” look.

 

Accessories

The saying “Details make all the difference”, is never as true as when it comes to business wear. With little room for sartorial peacocking and improvising, the accessories are even more important. A pair of cufflinks adds a luxurious touch to the formal outfit, matched with a tie bar that accents the tie and gives you a clean and sharp appearance. The final and personalised touch is jewellery, preferably in the same colours as your wristwatch and belt strap.

Trousers

Add an extra pair of trousers to further vary your office outfits. For more formal looks, a pair of grey flannel wool trousers is a great investment-piece that works especially well with a navy blazer. Cotton chinos or raw denim jeans fulfil all the smart-casual needs. Match with a tweed jacket during the winter season, or go for a lightweight wool jacket in the summer.

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The Clotherie Takes Manhattan

 
 

Do you ever wish you had the ability to see into the future, to gaze into a crystal ball and see what the world of tomorrow will look like? Well, today’s your lucky day because The Clotherie has seen the future, and the future is … sleek, stylish and coming to Phoenix later this fall.

Yes, The Clotherie’s co-directors, Tom Allen & Tom Simon, just returned from their latest buying trip to NYC, where they met with top fashion labels such as Eton and Canali, and personally inspected the latest looks coming for Fall/Winter 2016. Heading home after a hectic week of exclusive sneak peaks and invite-only parties, the two Toms are now back in the Valley, unpacking a briefcase full of fabric samples, pattern swatches and buying brochures as they debate exactly which looks will make the cut at The Clotherie this fall.

So join us, won’t you, as we look forward to all the fresh, exciting new clothing coming to The Clotherie.

Outerwear Heats Up
Maybe it was just because they happened to arrive in Manhattan in the midst of a historic blizzard, but the Toms were really impressed by all the sharp-looking coats they discovered. “A lot of people will be familiar with the traditional puffer, or quilted nylon jacket,” Tom Simon says. “But we were really impressed with new, more tailored nylon pieces such as vests that are actually designed to be worn under a blazer and just look great.” Furthermore, Simon says, even the more traditional nylon quilted jackets have a fresh new look thanks to patterns such as tweed or cable that are printed right onto the nylon fabric, creating a wide variety of new, dressier looks for this traditionally informal jacket style.

Jacket Required
Speaking of stylish outerwear, Tom Simon was also impressed with Canali’s new twists on the traditional leather jacket such as one featuring quilted leather. “It’s a very striking yet subtle look,” Simon says, “and a great look to layer over designer active wear to create a dressy yet fashion-forward statement.”

Tom Allen also loved Canali’s new looks, saying “once again Canali showed the consistent excellence we’ve come to expect throughout their entire lineup,” including slimmed down silhouettes finished with luxurious gabardines, cotton velvets, wool and cashmeres, and accessorized with check trousers, cable knit sweaters and double-breasted suit jackets.

Wild & Wooly
Speaking of luxurious fabrics, another trend coming to The Clotherie is a cornucopia of cashmeres. Long associated with conservative cuts and staid sweaters, today cashmere, has branched out, says Tom Simon. “From narrow, tie-like scarves to casual Hensley’s t’s, it’s interesting to see this once conservative fabric bust out.”

Brown is the New Black
Last but not least, Tom Allen was struck by the abundance of bold brown shades unspooling across multiple labels this year. Usually a minor player in formal menswear, he was impressed with both the variety of rich coffee to reddish auburn shades, as well as the unique color pairings. “I saw great-looking brown fabrics paired with everything from lavender, to gray and navy blue.”

Look for these looks to start trickling in to The Clotherie over the summer and into fall. And until then, be sure to come in for the best warm-weather dress wear and stylish, summery casual wear.

The Clotherie to merge with Bonafide Goods on Feb 1

Great news for fans of both The Clotherie and our more casual sister shop, Bonafide Goods, as we will be bringing these two stores under the same roof starting on February 1! Yes, Bonafide Goods inside the Union Shops at the Biltmore will officially be closing on January 31. But all of your favorite designers and luxury casualwear labels, such as Billy Reid, Baldwin and Raleigh denim will now be available at The Clotherie.

"When we opened Bonafide goods in 2012, we were inspired to to introduce our guests to cutting-edge casual and sportswear designers to ensure our customers, especially the younger generations, look as good at play and on the weekends as they do in the office,” says The Clotherie co-director, Tom Simon. "However, over the past few years the lines have blurred between traditional dresswear and more casual designer wear. We see bank presidents wearing designer sneakers and 20-year-olds in custom three-piece suits. So it only made sense to combine the best of all worlds into a single location." 

Swing by Bonafide Goods now through January 31 to take advantage of store-closing specials. Then on February 1, get ready to shop the new, improved The Clotherie for the the finest in luxury casualwear combined with our carefully curated collection of the finest European and American fashions.

Ring in the New Year With a New Look

 
 

With the New Year just around the corner, it’s time for men everywhere to dust off their favorite formalwear and get ready to dress to the nines. However, when’s the last time you really looked at your tuxedo or black tie outfit? Tuxedos may be a timeless look, but your formalwear still needs a refresh from time to time.

So here are a few tips from The Clotherie’s Tom Allen to update your New Year’s look.

Jacket Required:
Today’s best tuxedo jackets feature a slimmer, shorter cut than in the past. A good rule of thumb is, if the shoulders on your garment extend past your natural shoulder, it’s probably time for a new one.

Lapel Properly:
Forget the peak lapel or a business suit-like notch lapel; today it’s all about the return of the traditional shawl collar. First popularized with Victorian-era smoking jackets, this sleek, slim and rounded lapel turns any man into a 007-style secret agent.

In The Navy:
Tired of the same old black tuxedo? Shake up your black tie attire with a trendy navy or midnight blue tux, a throwback to the earliest formalwear back in the 1800s when dark blues were a common alternative to black.

Bye-Bye Bund:
If you're still wearing a cummerbund, you need to freshen up your look. Try a new fly front white shirt featuring hidden studs and buttons.

Tie it all together:
Formalwear doesn’t have to be fussy. Shake things up with a new patterned bow tie.

Head to Toe:
Make sure shoes are classic and well polished. If you don't own a formal shoe a simple black lace up will work.

Men’s Style 101: Why’s There A Buttonhole In My Lapel?

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Edward Armah Boutonniere available in store at The Clotherie.

The traditional men’s suit has become such a classic look, that we rarely stop to think about all the small details make it so unique. So today, inspired by our friends at the iconic Italian design house, Ermenegildo Zegna, we wanted to break down a few of the more distinctive, and unusual details behind the timeless men’s dress jacket.

Lapel Buttonhole

Ever wonder why your jacket has a buttonhole on the left lapel? Ever stranger, there’s no matching button to be found on the right lapel. The most popular explanation is it’s a flower holder inspired by England’s Prince Albert, who after he was presented with a small bouquet from Queen Victoria on their wedding day, made the gentlemanly gesture of cutting a hole in his lapel to hold the flowers.

However, a second theory espoused by GQ Magazine holds that the lapel buttonhole was designed to keep hats from flying away on a windy day. These hats included an elastic string with a button on the end, which could be securely attached to your lapel. Furthermore, GQ says, the buttonhole was originally paired with a button sewn to the underside of the right lapel, allowing a man to button all the way up in brisk weather.

Either way, what started as a functional item has become an essential detail of the contemporary suit. No matter how you use your lapel buttonhole, the key is to make sure it’s open rather than sealed and reinforced with a hand-stitched travetta or bar tack. Hand stitching takes a little longer but it’s sure sign of quality, and our tailor will be happy to finish off your jacket’s buttonhole if it’s missing either of these features.

Next time we’ll tackle the button sleeve, a holdover from when men worked the fields and had to roll up their sleeves from time to time to get work done.

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