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September 30, 2014

Suits & Sport Coats: Work Wear Essentials, in Fresh New Ways

Suits play an important role in many of our work wardrobes, and on more casual days or in more casual work environments, sport coats are the key to creating a polished look. Even if your office is casual, we think adding a sport coat to your outfit creates a professional appearance that is so important. Whether you are the boss or working your way up to that role, we are strong believers in dressing for the part. In this world, we have to admit that appearance is important. And with the versatility of trends in suits and sport coats, there is something for everyone – and a fresh way to wear it. From slimmer silhouettes and 3-piece options in suits to unstructured patterned sport coats, and everything in between, we are excited about all the ways to layer these pieces with softer sportswear pieces, like sweaters and sport shirts. Don’t be overwhelmed. This is what we’re here for.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for “Suits & Sport Coats: Stylish New Ways to Dress Up Your Evening Look” and Thursday for the ”Sport Coats: Stay Comfortable AND Look Good with This Key Layer”. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Milano-Fit-Flannel-1818-Suit/MK00499,default,pd.html
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Brooks Brothers - Milano Fit Flannel 1818 Suit
Milano Fit Flannel 1818 Suit
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A wool flannel charcoal suit can be – and should be – one of your workhorse suits in the fall and winter. It is appropriate for business and evening events, and has that rich texture that is both stylish and conservative at the same time. It has a throwback feeling that we just love. And it accessorizes with multitudes of shirts and ties. Brooks Brothers makes this Italian 2-button favorite of ours, in their Milano trimmer, contemporary fit (it’s contemporary for Brooks Brothers standards but not too slim). Go with their Madison fit suit for a truly classic fit.

http://www.ledbury.com/products/purple-york-shirt Ledbury - The Purple York Plaid Shirt
Ledbury - The Purple York Plaid Shirt
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Ledbury - The Purple York Plaid Shirt
The Purple York Plaid Shirt
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While any dress shirt in your closet will go with this suit, we recommend this lavender glen plaid one from Ledbury. The interesting color and spread collar look amazing with the charcoal flannel.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306621784&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446733850 BOSS Hugo Boss - Double-Stripe Silk Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Double-Stripe Silk Tie
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Double-Stripe Silk Tie
Double-Stripe Silk Tie
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And, of course, you need a tie. This Hugo Boss stripe has a modern 3-inch width that works seamlessly with this suit and shirt, playing into both the purple and grey, but not in a matchy way.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-plaid-silk-pocket-square/3820818 BOSS Hugo Boss - Plaid Silk Pocket Square
BOSS Hugo Boss - Plaid Silk Pocket Square
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Plaid Silk Pocket Square
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It’s always a nice touch to have a pocket square – it’s just shows that little bit of extra attention to detail. So, complete this look with this awesome black/purple plaid silk pocket square. It is such a smart finish.
http://www.eastdane.com/archie-big-punch-wingtip-oxford/vp/v=1/1584468035.htm Grenson - Archie Wingtip Shoes
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The modern look of this perforated brogue upper (which just means it’s pieced leather with a design at the seams) on a chunkier sole is a perfect contrast to this suit that looks so dapper. The shoe is hand-made by Grenson, a 150-year old English company, and the welting of the sole is made by Goodyear – talk about durability. To Boot New York offers a more classic alternative in an updated cap toe shoe that works well with this look, too. 


http://store-us.hugoboss.com/%27the-james-sharp%27-regular-fit%2C-super-100-virgin-wool-suit-/hbna50275408.html BOSS Hugo Boss - The James/Sharp Virgin Wool Suit
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The James/Sharp Virgin Wool Suit
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In our Clothes & Conversation this week, we talked a bit about the importance of a good stripe suit in your rotation. This blue version from Hugo Boss is perfect for those important meetings when you want your professional edge, and still look stylish. The camel brown color of the stripe makes this suit different from the rest, which is great if you’re wearing a suit to the office most days. It is still very versatile, though. It is made in the James/Sharp model, which is contemporary and great on most gents.
http://www.ledbury.com/products/glyndon-check-shirt Ledbury - The Glyndon Check Shirt
Ledbury - The Glyndon Check Shirt
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Ledbury - The Glyndon Check Shirt
The Glyndon Check Shirt
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You can always wear a solid white or blue shirt with it, but this orange and blue Tattersall check from Ledbury is just made for this suit. It adds color and compliments the stripe perfectly.
http://store-us.hugoboss.com/%276-cm-tie%27-slim%2C-silk-blend-striped-tie-/hbna50273971.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Blend Striped Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Blend Striped Tie
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Blend Striped Tie
Silk Blend Striped Tie
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This striped tie from Hugo Boss pulls together the colors in the suit and Tattersall pattern in the shirt – it looks just so good.
http://www.zappos.com/to-boot-new-york-robbins-tan-399-parmadoc To Boot New York - Robbins Shoe
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Robbins Shoe
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And finish the look off with this medium brown brogue from To Boot New York, perfectly highlighting the suit’s tan stripe. This is a great pair of shoes for any navy suits, too.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Madison-Fit-Three-Piece-Stripe-1818-Suit/MK00500,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Madison Fit Three-Piece Stripe 1818 Suit
Brooks Brothers - Madison Fit Three-Piece Stripe 1818 Suit
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Brooks Brothers - Madison Fit Three-Piece Stripe 1818 Suit
Madison Fit Three-Piece Stripe 1818 Suit
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This grey stripe 3-piece suit from Brooks Brothers is just right for a formal office setting or that important client meeting. The Madison fit is classic and gentlemanly. Wear the vest on those days when you’re feeling that sartorial edge. As a 2-piece suit, it is always an office classic.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Ike-Behar-Pinstripe-Twill-Dress-Shirt-Lt-Blue/prod171780168_cat21130735__/p.prod Ike Behar - Pinstripe Twill Dress Shirt
Ike Behar - Pinstripe Twill Dress Shirt
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Ike Behar - Pinstripe Twill Dress Shirt
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Instead of a simple white shirt, this pale blue stripe from Ike Behar has the same formal business feel, with just a little more interest.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306621784&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446693993 Corneliani - Diamond Flower Silk Tie
Corneliani - Diamond Flower Silk Tie
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Corneliani - Diamond Flower Silk Tie
Diamond Flower Silk Tie
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This Corneliani neat floral and diamond pattern tie with a dash of pink adds a bit of color to the grey pinstripe suit and brings in the blue of the shirt.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-cotton-pocket-square/3557597 BOSS Hugo Boss - Cotton Pocket Square
BOSS Hugo Boss - Cotton Pocket Square
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Cotton Pocket Square
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This is the perfect suit for a crisp white cotton or linen pocket square. We like it folded and pressed - but not a hard, overly crisp press.
http://www.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-university-black-leather-blue-lining Allen-Edmonds - University Shoe
Allen-Edmonds - University Shoe
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University Shoe
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Of course, a classic suit deserves a classic shoe, like this Allen-Edmonds’ modern take on a black wing tip.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-flynn-classic-fit-check-sport-coat/3756037 Peter Millar - Flynn Classic Fit Check Sport Coat
Peter Millar - Flynn Classic Fit Check Sport Coat
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Peter Millar - Flynn Classic Fit Check Sport Coat
Flynn Classic Fit Check Sport Coat
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Sport coats have become so much more common in the work place – many conservative offices have gotten a bit looser, and many creative offices are seeing the value in stepping up their style game. To that end, this wool check sport coat from Peter Millar works in formal office settings and client meetings as easily as it does in more casual environments. The rich brown/blue pattern coordinates easily with blues, tans and greys, making getting dressed in the morning that much easier.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ike-behar-regular-fit-solid-dress-shirt/3724625 Ike Behar - Regular Fit Solid Dress Shirt
Ike Behar - Regular Fit Solid Dress Shirt
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Ike Behar - Regular Fit Solid Dress Shirt
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With this check pattern, you can keep it simple. This classic fit Ike Behar in a light solid blue compliments the brown/tan color of the jacket effortlessly. For a trimmer fit, go with this Thomas Pink shirt. 

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Loro-Piana-Italian-Wool-Pants-Charcoal/prod163400166_cat50070749__/p.prod Peter Millar - Loro Piana Italian Wool Pants
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Loro Piana Italian Wool Pants
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A charcoal grey pair of wool pants give this jacket a more formal feel. Peter Millar’s classic fit pair, in Loro Piana’s finest wool fabrication, is the ideal compliment. On a more casual day, this jacket can easily be worn with a great pair of jeans.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306621784&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446733847 BOSS Hugo Boss - Striped Silk Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Striped Silk Tie
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Striped Silk Tie
Striped Silk Tie
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The blue and brown colors in this Hugo Boss stripe tie bring out the colors of the sport coat, and really pull the outfit together.
http://www.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-black-hills-walnut-saddle-waxy-leather Allen-Edmonds - Black Hills Shoe
Allen-Edmonds - Black Hills Shoe
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The walnut color of this Allen-Edmonds’ plain toe oxford works really well with all the colors in this look, and the rubber lug sole keeps it fresh and versatile – it will work with the dress pants or the jeans we’ve talked about.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kroon-the-edge-plaid-blazer/3862483 Kroon - The Edge Plaid Blazer
Kroon - The Edge Plaid Blazer
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Kroon - The Edge Plaid Blazer
The Edge Plaid Blazer
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At Mark Shale, we have always been fans of Kroon. Their sport coats are well made and stylish in the classic, yet modern, way that we like best. This black and grey plaid version is a perfect example, ideal for casual office days. The fabric is a wool and cotton blend that plays into the easier feel – and makes it really comfortable. The brown suede throatlatch, pocket detail, and elbow patches add to the casual look, and give that bit of sartorial edge that we’re talking about. The fit is what we consider “modern classic” - a little closure to the body but good for all gents looking for a comfortable fit – really universal.
http://www.bonobos.com/dark-blue-twill-chambray-casual-shirts-for-men Bonobos - Mill River Chambray Shirt
Bonobos - Mill River Chambray Shirt
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Bonobos - Mill River Chambray Shirt
Mill River Chambray Shirt
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Bonobos’ dark blue chambray shirt looks really dapper against the grey/black plaid, playing up the rich textures. And, of course, it will look just as good on its own with corduroys or twill pants.
http://www.jmclaughlin.com/men/sweaters/cooper-sweater-vest-in-heather-charcoal.html J. McLaughlin - Cooper Sweater Vest
J. McLaughlin - Cooper Sweater Vest
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J. McLaughlin - Cooper Sweater Vest
Cooper Sweater Vest
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Further play with texture by adding this merino wool charcoal sweater vest. It’s a great piece that you can wear with a patterned sport shirt and jeans, too. You’ll get plenty of use out of it.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/tiesandpocketsquares/ties/PRDOVR~39962/39962.jsp J. Crew - Italian Wool Tie
J. Crew - Italian Wool Tie
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Italian Wool Tie
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On those days when you want to wear a tie - for a client meeting or just for a little style fun - go with this dark grey one from J. Crew. It has a faint stripe in a beautiful wool that works well with the chambray shirt and textures in the rest of this look.

http://www.agavedenim.com/custompages/agavedenim/Modernist-at-Agave-Denim-PID31703-30-4024.aspx Agave - Modernist Jeans
Agave - Modernist Jeans
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Agave - Modernist Jeans
Modernist Jeans
Agave
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This jacket, and all the coordinating pieces, looks great with jeans. Make sure the denim is dark – it should not match the shade of blue in your chambray shirt. Agave Denim’s dark wash Italian denim looks just right. The fit is comfortable in the waist and thigh and the leg tapers down from the knee for a modern look.
http://www.zappos.com/frye-bennett-oxford-black Frye - Bennett Oxford Shoes
Frye - Bennett Oxford Shoes
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Bennett Oxford Shoes
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These Frye plain toe leather oxfords with a lugged rubber sole are the ideal final note. The more textured leather and lug sole balance the rest of the outfit.
 

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