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Bottom Button Rules

Bottom Button Rules

Q: In your post, Suiting 101: Two Button or Three Button Suit, you discuss the do’s and do-not’s of buttoning up. I wonder, do the buttoning rules apply just the same if there is a vest under the jacket?”-Kadhim A: We’re not big on rules, but we stand by the “never button the last button”...
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...
The Quick Shoe Shine

The Quick Shoe Shine

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....
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 Solid Navy...
Are $300 dress shoes worth the investment?

Are $300 dress shoes worth the investment?

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?”...
Tie Width - How Slim or Wide Should You Go?

Tie Width – How Slim or Wide Should You Go?

Q: “I just bought my first slim-fit suit from Black Lapel. Do I need to slim down my ties to match my slimmer suit? What’s a simple way to determine the width of my tie to match the rest of my suit?” – Mike E.  A: This is a common question, often framed the wrong...
How to Match Socks

How to Match Socks

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...
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 Wear a Vest Casually

How to Wear a Vest Casually

Q: “Enjoyed your How to Dress Down Your Suit Jacket post. Do you have any tips for wearing a vest casually?” – Patrick N.  A:  Go ahead and give that suit jacket or blazer a day off and give that vest a little moonlighting as a stand-alone piece. In fact, a vest can be a...