Monthly archive September, 2012
The Savvy Gentleman's Guide to Shopping - Part 2: Top-Down Shopping

The Savvy Gentleman’s Guide to Shopping – Part 2: Top-Down Shopping

At some point in our lives, all of us have experienced frustration and impatience when it comes to shopping for clothes. And unfortunately, many of us allow these frustrating experiences to get in the way of becoming a more stylish person – we give up and we think that working towards becoming more stylish is...
The Savvy Gentleman's Guide to Shopping - Part 1: Using Visual Inspiration

The Savvy Gentleman’s Guide to Shopping – Part 1: Using Visual Inspiration

When you think of shopping for clothing, what kinds of thoughts or feelings arise? If you’re like many guys out there, it may conjure memories of aimlessly wandering through countless stores searching but not finding, all in the name of confusion, frustration and impatience. Hell, the mere thought of shopping for clothes has many of...
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 suit.  What is monogramming and what is its purpose?   Historically, the use of monograms were limited to nobility or...
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...