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What is a Power Suit?

What is a Power Suit?

Today, we’re going to dive into what goes into a “power suit“. What exactly is it, what personality does it convey, and where should you be wearing them? Power suits are a category of formal suits defined by a more traditional tailoring style including wider lapels, more relaxed fit, heavier shoulder padding, and longer length....
The Blended Blazer

The Blended Blazer

Wearing a blazer doesn’t mean being blazing hot. We’ll show you how to pull off the summer blazer look.
Beat The Heat With The Best Summer Suit Fabrics

Beat The Heat With The Best Summer Suit Fabrics

Summer is in full swing, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your style. We’re here to show you that besting the summer heat doesn’t have to mean dressing down.
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...
March Madness Office Pool Hosting Made Easy

March Madness Office Pool Hosting Made Easy

Master the art of office pool hosting and your whole office will look forward to March Madness. Here's how.
How To Wear A Vest The Modern Way

How To Wear A Vest The Modern Way

A three-piece suit says a lot about the guy wearing it, but adding an alternate vest to a suit says something different. These three-piece suit remixes may just be the smartest style move you can make.
Power Through Your Day With These Healthy Office Snacks

Power Through Your Day With These Healthy Office Snacks

Try these healthy office snacks to keep your energy up at work (and your co-workers from judging you).
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...
How to Choose a Blazer

How to Choose a Blazer

It's back to school time and that means it's time to put some thought into your jacket choices. We'll show you how to dress like a big man on campus with three stylish blazers.
What You Need To Know To Buy Suits Online

What You Need To Know To Buy Suits Online

Getting a suit has changed a lot, but there will always be three keys to evaluating suits online.
What Shirt Collar Types are Right for Your Face?

What Shirt Collar Types are Right for Your Face?

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.
The Savvy Gentleman's Guide to Shopping: Part 3

The Savvy Gentleman’s Guide to Shopping: Part 3

An artist creates a work of art through the summation of individual strokes, colors and patterns. Think of your own style in the same way. You create your own image through the right combination of individual pieces you purchase and put together. And if you’ve made it this far, you’re ready to start acquiring the...
The Ultimate Guide To Peak Lapels

The Ultimate Guide To Peak Lapels

Peak lapels. You’ve seen them, you’ve heard about them, now we’ll answer all your questions about the OGs of lapels.
Glengarry Glen Ross Quotes - Put That Coffee Down!

Glengarry Glen Ross Quotes – Put That Coffee Down!

How Glengarry Glen Ross quotes like "always be closing" and "coffee's for closers" Alec Baldwin's famous scene can be words to live by.
Beard Talk

Beard Talk

Black Lapel talks about the most natural accessory known to man with our panel of bearded men.
Suit Alterations — Costs and Tailoring Considerations

Suit Alterations — Costs and Tailoring Considerations

Can you alter a suit jacket or pants? Of course, but caveat emptor, be aware that difference in tailoring skill can affect outcomes to a very large extent. More importantly, certain alterations are simply prohibitively expensive and may not be worth your hard-earned dollars.
How To Tie A Bow Tie In Seconds

How To Tie A Bow Tie In Seconds

Learning how to tie a bow tie is not rocket science, it just takes a few tries to master. We’ll show you how.
The Modern Man's Kitchen Essentials

The Modern Man’s Kitchen Essentials

What's cooking in the modern man's kitchen? Just about anything when you've got these essential tools at your disposal. Ditch the gadgets. Get out the heavy metal. It's time to cook like a man.
How To Wear a Tie Clip — Tie Clip Placement

How To Wear a Tie Clip — Tie Clip Placement

A tie bar is an excellent way to add an extra touch of character to your ensemble — if you wear it right.
What to Wear on a Date: Round Two

What to Wear on a Date: Round Two

This story was originally published in March of 2013, but we brought it back again for all you guys who need some good Valentine’s Day ideas… So you took our advice, put on a fresh get up and charmed her with one of our last date ideas. Now there’s a text sitting in your inbox–she...
What to Wear on a Date

What to Wear on a Date

This story was originally published in January of 2013, but we brought it back again for all you guys who need some good Valentine’s Day ideas… You’re not the average guy. She wouldn’t want to date you if you were. But thinking outside of the box for a date night to prove your above average...
How You Should Be Wearing A Blazer With Jeans

How You Should Be Wearing A Blazer With Jeans

The blazer is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing at your disposal and a key component of any man’s wardrobe.
Learn the Difference Between a Blazer and a Suit Jacket

Learn the Difference Between a Blazer and a Suit Jacket

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.
The 5 Worst Suit Mistakes You’re Making

The 5 Worst Suit Mistakes You’re Making

Many guys commit these deadly sins when they put on a suit. Are you one of them?
How To Wear A Watch, Technically and Stylishly

How To Wear A Watch, Technically and Stylishly

Everything you need to know about how to wear a watch—from where to wear a watch on your wrist to how to match your watch to your outfit, it's all in here.
The Ultimate Guide For Men’s Date Outfit Ideas

The Ultimate Guide For Men’s Date Outfit Ideas

This guide includes date night outfit ideas on what to wear on a first date, how to dress for dinner, and even men’s Valentine’s Day outfits.
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...
8 Men’s Street Style Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

8 Men’s Street Style Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

We’ve compiled a list of 8 men’s street style Instagram accounts that you’ve got to follow if you want to learn from the pros and master your own personal style.
Wearing Sneakers With Your Suit

Wearing Sneakers With Your Suit

You’ve seen him around the office. You’ve seen him at happy hour. And you’ve definitely seen him on your commute. He radiates confidence, swagger, and an air of sophistication. What does he have that you don’t?
7 Ways to Customize Your Look

7 Ways to Customize Your Look

Make your look your own with these seven custom additions to your wardrobe.
The Best Hair Products For Men To Keep At The Office

The Best Hair Products For Men To Keep At The Office

A list of the best hair products for men to keep at the office. Good hair = one less thing to worry about at work.