Archives for Fashion Forward

Chino season.

Warm weather means chinos for most guys, dressed up with a white cotton shirt, dressed down with t-shirt or polo. Chinos come in colors way beyond khaki; we’re seeing classic blue, green, grey, brown and black. For a crisp tailored look, let us clean and press all your cotton trousers and shorts. For home care, wash chinos inside out in warm water without bleach. If the seams wrinkle, touch up with a steam iron. Then hang on a trouser hanger, ready for wear.

Wearable tech.

New photochromic inks react to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Outdoors, your t-shirt is decorated with a bright colorful design, indoors, it fades back to subtlety. New York research studio The Crated teamed up with Print All Over Me to create a collec...

Wedding plans?

Here’s Violet Weddings, a new website that helps you build a theme that’s right for you, your schedule and your budget. Beautiful, wonderful weddings don’t always just fall together, although we’ve heard some amazing stories. You may have lots of time now, but the closer to the ceremony, there will be an infinite barrage of details. Don’t forget your best friends in the cleaning business. We make sure everything fits perfectly, looks perfect and is ready for archival storage after the celebration.

Thrifting, part 2

Know your brands and remember that big names like Givenchy license their name for low quality mass-market garments. Avoid synthetics in vintage clothing and just skip anything made in the third world. With few exceptions, there’s no reason to buy used clothing that was made to be low cost. Speaking of cost, use your smartphone to check prices on eBay before you invest. And double-check tricky labels, there’s a world of difference between Brioni and Baroni. Happy hunting!

How to thrift, part 1

Know your fit and know what can be successfully altered. Carpe item. In other words, grab it when you find it. Time your visits to take advantage of thrift store stocking schedules. Look for damage. Hold it up to natural light and check for spots, hole...

“A well-tied tie…

is the first serious step in life,” said poet Oscar Wilde, famous for “Living well is the best revenge.” Before your well-tied knot has a chance to help, be sure your tie is spotless. It’s another universal truth that the more expensive the tie, the more prone it is to stains from soup, café au lait, or wine. Our stain experts know how to gently restore your neckware to like-new condition.

Silky secrets.

Protect your investment in top-quality silk, from lingerie to neckwear, this luxury favorite can be ruined easily. Simply rubbing a spot or stain can remove color, friction from a dry napkin will dull the fabric’s luster. Wiping with water or club soda add more damage like color bleed and fiber abrasion. So when gravy spots your power tie or champagne bubbles on to the crêpe de Chine, stay calm and blot with a clean white cloth. And we’ll do the rest

The jean jacket.

The denim coat was first seen on 19th century Japanese firemen, marked with bold indigo symbols. By the end of the century, Industrial Revolution factory workers wore blue jackets, source of the phrase “blue collar.” In 1905, Levi’s “Type I” was the choice for rugged workwear. By the 1950’s, Brando, Presley and those crazy beatniks made denim cool. And denim jackets continue to be casual favorites, made better by age and wear. Our care experts can recommend cleaning options that won’t remove the patina.

Women dress for work.

In our lifetimes, we’ve seen women’s workplace attire move from conservative jacketed suits to denim and t-shirts. For a pictorial history showing how fashion has changed since women started office work, Mashable’s photo story shows the shift from crinoline hoops to thumb rings and tattoos. One thing will never change and that’s a woman’s desire to look her best, whether she’s chairing the board or changing the oil. You can count on us to help with everything from loose buttons to changing hemlines, coffee stains to crisp pleats. When you look good, so do we.

Three things men do wrong.

You may be the sharpest stick in the room, but these three signs of sloppy dressing will undercut your image every time. Start with your shirt – it should fit snugly across the shoulder with sleeves hitting midwrist and no extra baggage in the shirt body. Sagging pants are so 90’s. Your pants should sit at your natural waist, an inch and a half above your hipbones. A belt, and good tailoring, will keep your pants up where they belong. Casual pants should rest neatly at your ankles. Formal suit pants should barely rest on your shoes, tailors call it a half-break. Trim, crisp and tailored always beats blousy, crumpled or saggy.