We’re not big on rules, but sometimes they help. Here’s one simple rule for buttoning a vest that you must follow.
Q: You mentioned “partial linings” in your recent post, How to Chill Out Your Summer Suit. What is it exactly and how is different from your normal inner lining? – Rick T. A: A normal suit has a layer of interior lining material throughout almost the entire inside of the suit jacket (Black Lapel suits […]
Q: “I don’t always have time to get my shoes shined when I’m on the road, got any tips for a super quick shine?” – Bart L. A: There are several products out there that will help you give your shoes a quick once over. Toss a couple of shine sponges in your travel bag. […]
Q: “In your latest post, you guys talked about benching the navy blue suit in favor of some brighter summer colors. My navy blue suit is the most versatile suit in my closet, why would I set it aside for the whole summer?” – Kevin L. A: Of course, you should still keep your Navy Blue […]
Q: “I recently read The Compass post, “How to a Build Your Dress Shoe Wardrobe“, and noticed that some of the dress shoes featured were over $300. That seems like a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a pair of shoes. Is it really worth spending that much on a pair of dress shoes?” […]
Skinny tie vs regular tie? Don’t worry, we’re here to explain the rule of thumb for pairing skinny tie widths with a slim fit suit.
Q: “When suiting up, should I match the color of my socks to my suit pants or shoes?” – Ken J. A: As you can see from the picture above, we’re not all too serious about matching your socks to either your pants or your shoes. If we really had to choose, we’d say match […]
Confused about the difference between a blazer vs. a suit jacket? How about a sport coat vs. blazer? We’ve got a surprisingly simple answer.
Q: “Enjoyed your How to Dress Down Your Suit Jacket story. Do you have any tips for wearing a vest casually?” – Patrick N. A: Often we get asked about how to wear a vest with a suit and we’ve written a whole article about how to wear a vest with a suit the modern way […]
Q: “Black Lapel, can you shed some light on working cuffs? Why should I get them and also, what exactly are kissing buttons?” – Jonas S. A: When it comes a well-made suit, it’s all about the details. Why? The details can be a very heuristic tell of the suit’s quality. Perhaps the most well known […]
Don’t believe you’ll save money investing in a traditional razor? Think again. See how you can save with a wet shaving razor vs. disposable.
Q: “Ever since discovering custom tailored suits, I’ve warmed up to the idea of forgoing the belt. Still, I feel a little awkward wearing suit pants with empty belt loops just hanging there. What are your thoughts on not wearing a belt on suit pants with belt loops?” – George M. A: As Glenn O’Brien once […]
Q: “I absolutely loved your Eldredge knot post! I’ve been looking for more unique knots like it ever since and came across something called the “Trinity Knot” which also looks really cool. Can you please have an “Ask a Black Lapel Stylist” post teaching us how to tie this one?” – Eric K. A: We’re […]
Q: “I stumbled upon this image recently of a tie knot that completely blew my mind. What is this majestic thing and how do I go about tying it?” – Alex J. A: This mindblowing work of tie artistry is called the “Eldredge knot”. Its origins are uncertain (more on this later), but we do know […]
With custom shirt options galore, how do you know what types of shirt collars are right for you? Here’s a simple way to figure it out.
Kevin needed to know how to tie a bow tie. We explained it in graphic detail (and included a video too).
Q: “I recently added tie bars to my sparse collection of accessories in an effort to add some flair to my looks, but I’m not really sure how to wear them. Is there a rule for where on the tie you should wear a tie bar?” – Jim K. A: When it comes to accessorizing […]