Weather.

Gentlemen,

Winter throws us a lot of curve balls and it is important that we are prepared for them. What does that mean?

Outerwear.

Men should have at least 5 mainstay jackets in their closet. The first of which is: the overcoat

The overcoat should go past your hips, woolen, some type of inner lining for warmth. The colour should be something that is easily transferable to all suits or in these days, your sportswear. From browns to blues, these colours are neutral and can go across the board

The car coat. This jacket is a little shorter and usually made of something a bit more technically for the chilly, wet days. Not for fashion but for practicality.. keep it dark in colour (navy) and very water resistant!

The parka. In Canada .. men need a proper parka and we are home of the highly sought after Canada Goose. Get one.. don’t worry that you see it everywhere.. there’s an obvious reason to that – ITS WARM. You’ll have it for a long, long time.

The rain coat. Again.. a technical fabric but meant for late spring and early fall for those wet days! Something with a good in case you get caught without your umbrella! This shouldn’t have a liner but just be a shell to protect you from the elements.

Lastly, and something you can have a few of, a bomber or a shorter, sportier jacket.. I say a few of them are good because the varieties in this category are huge! From Moncler to Goose to the luxury of Zegna – this is for weekends and jeans. Something cool, with sneakers.

Remember, a proper jacket (except for the last case) is an investment in protecting your suits. It can be stylish, but worry about staying warm and dry first!!!

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Event Dressing.

Gentlemen,

We just had our first snowfall recently here in Toronto and it reminds me that ’tis the season for event dressing. Whether it is a black tie NYE event, Christmas parties or work gatherings, now is the time to start thinking about what to wear!

Often times clients or new customers come to me last minute looking for some type of obscure smoking jacket or something as simple as a shawl collar tuxedo.

Gentlemen, this goes back to the post of ‘what it is all about’ – a gentlemen is not fickle and he plans ahead.

That being said – the holidays are a time for fun, for colour, and for texture!

Why not think of something in velvet.. here I am going back to the latest The Kingsmen – that burnt orange velvet tuxedo jacket is a true statement piece! Possibly think of something without the satin lapels to allow you to wear it dressed up or down. These types of jackets are great for the said events above!

Onto the tuxedo.

I believe every man (especially in a big city like Toronto) should have a classic black tuxedo as there are plenty of events during this time of year (and TIFF that just passed) that one could wear it to and really stand out of the crowd.

Tuxedo ideals:

1. Peak lapel or shawl collar would be my lapel choice
2. The fabric should either be wool/silk or wool/mohair for a slight glisten in the fabric
3. Some customers opt out of the satin stripe on the pant, do not opt out.. it enhances the tuxedo look
4. Patent oxfords or velvet loafers
5. Have Fun

Respect.

This is a large, loaded word.

But the context that I am writing about this morning is two fold:

How does image reflect respect for whom you represent? Which in turn continues to ask how you show self respect and how it reflects in your work.

The first question goes back to several topics I have written about.. caring about the details and the idea of creating your own brand. But what was said then is null and void without the over arching topic of respect.

I had this conversation with a great client of mine, and this gentleman has an over abundance (no such thing) of respect for himself, colleagues and his work.. and you can see how this results in his wardrobe. He said to me, “Vince, the idea of showing up to work in casual attire shows a lack of respect for the job you have and even your boss!”

I wanted to dive a little deeper and I asked him what he meant. He spoke of other men in his office, industry and other industries entirely and how he sees the new generation is being lackadaisical right down to their morning routine of shaving (whole other topic entirely), dressing, commuting.

He even related productivity to the fact of how proud he felt dressing for his job.. which makes sense.. does it not? When the last thing you are worried about is the feeling of your clothes.. sitting/standing/working for ten, twelve, eighteen hours (we all get there) will make you comfortable and again.. confident to do your job head held high.

When you respect yourself enough to feel that way, confidence is the immediate result. For example: pressing your shirts – in ONE second this imprints the idea of not caring when you neglect to do it.

Once again, the point of this blog is not to command that everyone wears tailored clothing. Quite the contrary, it is more about these little things that have huge results. It all is going to make you men more confident which will get you further in all aspects of your life.

So, put some respek on your name.

(hope you get the reference)