The repp tie originated in England in the 1800’s.

Repp refers to the silk weave used to make the ties. Different stripes were used to signify a regiment or club that a man belonged to. The stripes all went in the same direction – descending from the left.

The Repp tie showed up in the United States in the 1920’s and they are still a staple of the wardrobe of the well-dressed man.

The bow tie should not extend beyond the outer edges of your eyes
or the outside edge of the shirt collar.

The notch lapel has a separation between the collar and lapel, usually at 45 degrees. You will see this lapel most often on suits and sportcoats.
The lapel in the peak lapel rises up and above the collar tip. This lapel is seen on double breasted coats, but we are seeing them on two button side vented suits now.

Do you have an interview coming up?

Deciding what to wear is not as simple as it used to be. These days there are as many different dress codes as companies.

Wear a dark suit for an interview in sales, finance or other conservative environments. An interview in a creative industry such as publishing or media may not require a dark suit, but dressing too casually would be a mistake. A blazer and nice trousers can look professional with or without a tie, depending on the job.

Lapels seem to be getting narrower – going from 3 1/2” to 3 1/4”. Coats are trimmer in the body and a little shorter. Trouser legs are getting a little more narrow from the knee down. To complete this “Mad Men – 1960’s look, we are seeing some thinner ties too.

It is a good idea to buy an extra pair of trousers with a suit. The trousers wear out faster than the jacket, and if the trousers are torn, the extra pair will enable you to keep wearing the suit.

The vertical ribs of corduroy fabric are called wales. Their thickness can determine how the cloth is worn. Pinwale, which is dressier than the wider wale, has 16 ribs per inch. Corduroy suits are usually pinwale. Casual corduroy trousers usually have 8 ribs per inch. The thicker wale has a richer color. Corduroy looks better […]

A dress belt should be made of fine grain leather, and the underside should be leatherlined.

The color of your belt should be darker than your suit. A dark belt is dressier than a lighter colored one.
You will get a sportier look from a light leather belt or rough grain or textured leather with dark trousers.
Crocodile, alligator and lizard are the luxury end of dress belts.

Whatever the dress code is at your place of work, put some thought into what you wear. A put-together look can send the message that you pay attention to details, in your image and in your work.