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How To Wear Windowpane Patterns

How To Wear Windowpane Patterns

Windowpanes might just be the perfect pattern. They flatter like none other and are easy to match. So why aren't you wearing one?
Anatomy of a Collection - Fall 2015 Suits

Anatomy of a Collection – Fall 2015 Suits

Introducing the new collection of fall suits: our reinterpretation of the classics with matured tones and subtle textures. See here how we arrived at each new addition.
How to Lighten Up a Dark Suit

How to Lighten Up a Dark Suit

We take one dark suit and break it up into three summer-appropriate getups using the Spring/Summer collection of accessories from Armstrong & Wilson.
5 Essentials of the Accidental Minimalist

5 Essentials of the Accidental Minimalist

Check out our foolproof guide to dressing up (even if you rarely get dressed up).
How to Give Your Suit a Vacation

How to Give Your Suit a Vacation

Don't leave your style behind when it's time to get out of town. We've got three stylish vacation ideas for you and your significant other complete with what to pack and how to wear it.
Triple Crown Style

Triple Crown Style

Even if you've never watched a horse race, let the spirit of the Triple Crown (starting with the most famous race of them all, the Kentucky Derby) inspire you to raise your weekend style this spring.
How to Nail Your Interview Look

How to Nail Your Interview Look

If there’s one question we get around Black Lapel a lot, it’s “What are the best suits for men to wear for a job interview?” In the past we showed you how to play it safe with a charcoal suit. We stand by that advice for guys interviewing for jobs where doing things “by the...
Suit Separates - Breaking Up Is Not So Hard To Do

Suit Separates – Breaking Up Is Not So Hard To Do

Have you always wanted to break up your suit jackets and pants but were afraid to try it? Fear no more. We'll show you how to break things up stylishly.
Adding Color to a Wintry Mix

Adding Color to a Wintry Mix

In the dead of winter you may reach for your dark gray suits, but you don't have to leave the bold colors in the closet. We'll show you how to liven up your look with three of the sharpest colors of the season.
Suit Up For Winter

Suit Up For Winter

Bundling up shouldn’t mean burying your sense of style. Check out these four new suits that will have you looking cool and staying warm all winter long.
Three Ways to Layer Up Your Suits for Fall

Three Ways to Layer Up Your Suits for Fall

Did you feel that breeze today? That was no summer wind, friends, that was the crisp air of fall making it’s way to a street near you (that is, for you Northern Hemisphere guys). Fall means changing colors, changing temps and changing your wardrobe…a little. Fall presents a unique sartorial challenge. The temperatures will start...
Partial Inner Lining

Partial Inner Lining

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...
Bench the Navy Blue?

Bench the Navy Blue?

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...
A Guide to Summer's Stylish Blue Suits

A Guide to Summer’s Stylish Blue Suits

He’s the anchor of your closet. He grounds your entire wardrobe. He has taken you from job interviews to weddings to dates to court dates (well…let’s hope more of the former and less of the latter). He is a trusted friend who stood by you through thick and thin. You have relied on him for...
Choosing the Right Suit Lapel

Choosing the Right Suit Lapel

So you saw you the latest Baz Luhrmann joint, read our post, and now all you can think of is decking out your closet with peak lapel suits like Jay Gatsby. But should you? What exactly is the difference between notch, peak and shawl lapels? What separates the three besides the obvious visual differences of...
Difference Between a Blazer and a Suit Jacket

Difference Between a Blazer and a Suit Jacket

Q: “What’s the difference between a Black Lapel blazer and a suit jacket?” – James D.  A: Not all things in menswear are clean-cut, and the difference between a suit jacket and a blazer is a prime example of this. Traditionally, a blazer meant a jacket of a solid color (usually navy or black) with...
How to Match Your Shirts and Ties

How to Match Your Shirts and Ties

When it comes to putting together a shirt and tie combination, some gents seem to be born with an uncanny ability to just put together great ensembles of colors, patterns and texture. Many other men however often fall into one of two camps: 1) the “I will wear the same exact combinations and hope no...
Introduction to Double-breasted Suits

Introduction to Double-breasted Suits

The double-breasted suit is back with a vengeance and we’re loving every minute of it. Once a staple in every man’s suited wardrobe, the double-breasted suit has become a rather elusive creature of sartorial splendor, only recognizable by the extra gust of wind caused by all the sudden double takes. Today, the double-breasted suit has...
Suiting 101: Two-Button or Three-Button Suit

Suiting 101: Two-Button or Three-Button Suit

Men’s style is all in the details. But you already knew that. And there are few better examples than those 1-inch-diameter disc-shaped objects hanging snugly from the front of your suit. What your buttons are made of is important – real bull horn (what we use) is superior to plastic. But even more to the...
Suiting 101: An Introduction to Suit Jacket Construction

Suiting 101: An Introduction to Suit Jacket Construction

When you think about suit quality, what are the first few things that come to mind? How killer it makes you look (fit) is obviously numero uno. How nice it feels (fabric quality) is an obvious second. But what about construction? Unlike fit and fabric quality, you may not care about the construction of a...
Evolution of the Bond Suit: Goldfinger to Skyfall

Evolution of the Bond Suit: Goldfinger to Skyfall

If you haven’t noticed by now, we love Bond. And really, who doesn’t? From his impossibly cool and cavalier swagger to his regular involvement with gorgeous women, guys (and girls) can always bond over some Bond. One of our favorite characteristics of this uber spy is his prowess with his wardrobe. 007 has an enviable...
Black Lapel Custom Suits vs. Designer Off-The-Rack Suits

Black Lapel Custom Suits vs. Designer Off-The-Rack Suits

A Case for Custom We’ve all felt it before – the anxiety of spending a bit more money than we’d like on article of designer-branded clothing. And it often goes against our natural instincts to pull the trigger…an internal conflict often arises in this familiar form: “I don’t really want to spend this much, but...
Proper Suit Jacket Length

Proper Suit Jacket Length

Q: Dear Black Lapel, how long should my suit jacket be? I heard of the “cupped fingers” method (you should be able to “cup” your fingers over the end of the jacket when your arms are hanging from your sides), but I also heard this can be inaccurate. What’s the correct method? – Tim M....
How to Monogram Your Custom Suit

How to Monogram Your Custom Suit

We had the honor of suiting up Jeremy Lin for the 2012 Time Magazine’s 100 Red Carpet Gala. Jeremy chose to get his first and last name monogrammed in gold script, a perfect compliment to his Charcoal Herringbone Custom Suit.  What is monogramming and what is its purpose?   Historically, the use of monograms were limited to...
How Long Should My Suit Jacket Sleeves Be?

How Long Should My Suit Jacket Sleeves Be?

Q: How long should my suit jacket sleeves be? And how much shirt cuff should I be showing? I’ve asked around and heard everything from no cuff showing to 1 inch of cuff showing.  – Terrance M.  A: Your suit jacket / blazer sleeve should end right above the top of your wrist bone (or...
How to pack a suit in a suitcase

How to pack a suit in a suitcase

How to pack a suit in a suitcase. Because you've got enough to worry about on a business trip.
The Anatomy of a Slim Fit Suit

The Anatomy of a Slim Fit Suit

Q: I have an average build and want a Slim Fit suit but I’m unsure of how they are supposed to look or feel. I do like the look of the suits on your models but is one of your Black Lapel Slim Fit suits right for me? – Jonathan S. A: (See the diagram...
Office Style 101: What to Wear to an Interview

Office Style 101: What to Wear to an Interview

Note: This story has been updated to include what to wear for all sorts of job interviews. Check out the new story. Unless you’re intent on working for Mark Zuckerberg, your collection of hoodies and jeans probably aren’t going to cut it for that job interview.  As the great Barney Stinson once said, it’s time...
Proper Suit Care

Proper Suit Care

You’re hard at work and hard at play.  You’re cranking away, making moves and looking ever so fresh in your newly minted custom suit.  With it on, you’re sitting, walking, running, grinding and hustling all day long.  And you’re not alone.  Your suit is hard at work right there with you; a modern day coat...
The Four Cures for BFD (Bad Fit Disease)

The Four Cures for BFD (Bad Fit Disease)

Four Tips on Achieving the Perfect Fit A friend from Japan once told us that some of the most fashion obsessed in Tokyo will sometimes search for years for a single pair of perfectly fitting jeans. Even at Black Lapel, we are constantly tweaking our personal suit measurements in search of perfection to that nearest...