All posts tagged: menswear

Easing Into Fall

The weather is playing tricks on us, again! One day you’re mad that you aren’t wearing enough layers, while the next day you’re trying to peel the skin off your body because it’s randomly and overwhelmingly hot. Until we are a few weeks into autumn, figuring out what to wear each day is a mission. Here are my four tips to starting off the fall season with style and comfort in mind, so that you’re ready to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws your way. 1. Fabric Matters You can never go wrong wearing a sport jacket. If you’re not required to wear a suit for work, make sure to stock up on a few sport jackets that are made of a lighter fabric. Keep the wool away until the temperatures really drop. I like to use a sport coat also as a jacket when there are warm days and cool nights because it is one less piece of clothing to worry about during temperamental weather. It’s as I like to call it, a two-for-one piece. …

Maui Jim: A Taste of Hawaii

It’s no secret that I have a deep connection to Hawaii; so much so that I travel to Maui and Kauai every winter. If I can’t be in Hawaii everyday (one can dream), then I at least want to feel as close to the islands as possible. That’s one of the many reasons why I love the sunglass brand, Maui Jim. The company started in Maui’s Lahaina area with the mission to create lenses that prevent harmful UV rays from hitting your eyes while also capturing the vibrant colors of Hawaii. They believe that it’s not about where you are; its about the magic that happens when you slip on a pair of Maui Jim’s and experience that the view is truly better behind their lenses – and they live up to their mission. With more than 125 styles of polarized glasses that protect against UVB and UVA rays, there is something for everyone to choose from with this fashion-forward brand.I was immediately drawn to the colorful Wakea model. The frame is frosted crystal, a …

Short Sleeve Button-Downs

Should you or shouldn’t you? That is a question many people contemplate when looking at a short sleeved button-down before purchasing. But I am here to break the stigma and offer some helpful advice: short sleeve button downs are a fantastic summer staple that should be in your wardrobe. They keep you cool in the heat of summer and are usually appropriate enough for you to wear to your offices. But be cautious – there is a catch. If not worn properly, the clean, put-together look you are trying to achieve can in actuality leave you looking disheveled. Below are some helpful tips to set you up for success when shopping for this summer piece.For some reason, these types of shirts often run big. The sleeves and mid-section are too wide and the length is too long. You will need to try out a few different brands to see which ones gives you a more fitted style  – especially if you plan on wearing them to work because you should tuck the shirt in for …

Dressing For Outdoor Events 

It is the season of outdoor events and many guys wonder how to keep their style fresh while also looking appropriate for their outings. Below are some of my tips to keep you feeling confident in the choices you are making with your spring fashion.Go Bright: It’s not everyday that you can wear a pastel green or pink article of clothing. For these types of events, it is all about making a statement. While the ladies have fun experimenting with big hats, the gentlemen can have their own fun playing with color. My general rule is only choose one core item that has a color pop (unless you are doing a full suit). For example, if you are wearing a bright baby blue blazer, pair it with white or tan tailored pants or shorts. Don’t forget about the footwear – your shoes can also have a pop of color that compliments your top!Find A Perfectly Tailored Shirt: Whether you are wearing a preppy polo or a crisp button down shirt, the fit can make or …

Dressing For the Weather

The weather in New York City this past weekend was a bit schizophrenic. Unpredictable weather makes figuring out what to wear each day stressful – leaving you scratching your head while staring blankly inside your closet. Feeling both hot and cold within the span of an hour is the new norm for people living in the city, so in order to be dressed appropriately for the unpredictable temperatures while still being able to maintain your own personal style, I suggest building your outfits around multiple layers.Friday I had a packed day of meetings, so I dressed corporate-appropriate with a GQ flare. I wore black slacks from H&M, a crisp white button-down (you can never have enough of these in your closet), the Urban Gentleman tie from my new collection, and a thin wool top coat. I carried the items needed for the day in a brown leather duffle (with a blue lined bottom) from Canvas by Lands End instead of a traditional work bag to make the look have a sporty touch.Friday night means hanging …

The Tommy DiDario Collection

When luxury tie company David Fin asked me to collaborate on a collection, I jumped at the opportunity. Ties are an article of clothing that everyone needs. Whether it’s to wear at work, a special occasion or an evening out, having nice ties in your closet is a necessity. What I love about David Fin is that the fabrics are sourced from Como, Italy, but the ties are handmade in New York City. The same quality of fabrics from the same mills as fellow high end designers are used in the creation of these pieces, but are one third of the price. My collection was created for the fashion-forward guy who isn’t afraid to take a risk. Meet my designs below: The Urban Gentleman: Designed for the working professional who likes to leave a lasting impression, this handcrafted-in-NYC tie is a trendy way to dress up your suit. The Life Of The Party: Give people something to talk about at the next party you are at with this reversible tie.The Winter Chill: Embrace the chilly …

Your Not-So-Average Suit

It’s event season in New York City and I am always looking for fresh new ways to wear a suit.When it comes to suiting, sometimes going away from what’s traditional creates a more memorable statement. We all have the standard navy, grey and black suits hanging in our closet, but why not mix the staples up with a variation of color?This dusty blue slim suit from Bar III immediately caught my eye. It’s a color that can be worn year-round and because the color leaves such a bold impression, you can decide whether or not to wear a tie (depending on the type of event of course). The price of this suit is just under $300 which is a phenomenal deal for the quality and construction of the pants and jacket. If I buy an off-the-rack suit, I always make sure to get it tailored to polish off the fit, but this is a suit that won’t need much work. Both maroon and sky blues have been my go-to colors for suits this fall, and …

Chambray and Pops Of Color

Chambray is one of my favorite fabrics to wear in the summer. It’s lightweight, soft, and a bit more casual than the wovens you wear to work. I paired my chambray shirt with a cotton v-neck tee for a casual feel. Instead of wearing dark denim with this (which usually I’ll do when going for a more rugged look), I chose a rose-pink pair of chinos.Summer is about experimenting with bright color palettes. Living in New York City, there is a small window of time to do so, so I try to take full advantage of the warmer months. I have to admit, when I bought my first pair of bright pants (which happened to be these pink ones), I felt a little self-conscious putting them on and going out in public. I soon realized that in a sea of dark denim, I felt pretty damn good taking a risk. When a buttoned-up Wall Street guy complimented my “chill pants” the first day I wore them, it made me realize that perhaps more people want …

Beat the Bulk

Chilly days don’t mean you have to compromise your style. Some days I’m simply fed up with wearing oversized jackets to shield off the cold. A thinner coat can be worn if properly layered for the weather. Cable knit sweaters, meant for staying warm, are great layering pieces and break up the standard button-down shirt and tie look. Cream is a color that looks clean, classy, and professional and creates a neutral palette that allows you to use what I like to call a “pop of pattern,” like a scarf, as your accent piece.To instantly dress up your look, choose a scarf made from silk and throw on a pair of leather gloves. The blazer cut of this jacket pulls the entire look together and looks great worn both inside and outside. Instead of letting winter win, keep finding inventive ways to show off your style while eliminating some of the bulk from your wardrobe. 

Tommy Vs. Short Shorts

Short shorts. A somewhat new concept to me when referring to bathing suits. I have always thought that the most comfortable length of a bathing suit is when the short hits mid-thigh. However, it was time to try something new for my trip to Hawaii. After all, fashion is meant to be experimental and if you always stay in your comfort zone, then you aren’t fully experiencing all the different trends.  I knew I wanted a shorter fit, but not quite as short as a brief. This bright blue trunk from Baleaf seemed like the perfect fit. The bright color was suiting for the tropical Hawaiian weather and the length allowed the sun (with SPF of course!) to hit more skin, creating a much more even tan. I have to say this bathing suit won me over. I stared at it in my suitcase, wondering if I should or shouldn’t put it on. Self consciousness set in…would people think I look ridiculous in my tiny shorts? Well, it was worth the risk! The material is …