Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • How to wear a Vest

    Up until now, it has always been about the classic two-piece suit. It consists of the jacket and its match, the pants. But why stop there? A vest makes a major difference when dressing up in a suit. Below, I will outline  what the fuss is all about.  What should you consider when adding this piece to your wardrobe? Continue reading

  • Why Dress Shoes Don’t Drive

    A fashion faux pas can be embarrassing, but not dangerous. At least in most cases. But when driving, you should pay close attention to your footwear. The wrong shoes can become jammed behind your brake pedal or gas pedal, causing an accident. According to Flaxman Law Group, “thick-soled shoes can make it very difficult to tell how much pressure you’re applying to brakes, so that you brake suddenly or speed without realizing it, which can lead to an accident,” they say. Continue reading

  • Socks might not be on your list of items to consider about a fully suited outfit. That’s why mistakes happen easily. Here comes a quick guide to your perfect hosiery. How are dress socks different from normal ones? They are usually longer, come in more discreet colors and are made of a thinner material. The latter gives them a finer, smoother look and feel than the one normal ones deliver.

    How to make matches

    Just one simple rule: If your dress socks match your pants, you’re good to go. This creates a non-distracting, streamlined look that will serve as another add-on to your elegance. Version two of this rather low-key style would be aligning them with your shoes. These are rules that always apply and never fail.

    When socks fail

    Let’s state the obvious: Your anklets should match one another and be in perfect condition. Why do I even mention this? Firstly, many of us forget to pay attention to our socks because we are too busy with coordinating the rest of our outfit. Secondly, when having to take off your shoes unexpectedly, you don’t want to embarrass yourself. When dressing up in a suit, dress socks are an accompaniment that adds this tiny little detail worth noting.

    Here comes the fun..

    This whole article has suggested a very conservative approach to hosiery. More colors will switch things up. When starting to suit up every single day for work, you will become more confident in choosing your outfits, including your hosiery. That’s the point at which you are allowed to play around with different patterns, colors and fabrics. Try getting a bit funky by creating cool contrasts. I'm throwing oxblood colored socks in with a blue suit here. Now you're ready to rock this suit-sock party.

  • Dress Shirt for Every Day of the Week

    Your Surefire Shirt Guide For Work

    A 5-day week requires 5 dress shirts. This is why I have concerned myself with different shirt colors and set up a guide that will get you through a full working week.

    The Classic White

    What else than white. A white dress shirt is as foolproof as a navy suit. They go pretty well together, by the way. White is the Ford among dress shirts. It is very versatile. Wear it under a Crew Neck, pair it with Jeans, a two-piece suit, a three-piece suit, shorts, whatever looks good to you. It’s a great Monday shirt. When rolling out of bed after the weekend, you just need to reach into your closet once without thinking about it.

    The Light Blue Dress Shirt

    Tuesdays call for light blue dress shirt. It compares well to the Classic White, because it is almost as adaptable and light. Still, it adds a bit of color to your wardrobe and probably matches a navy suit even better than its predecessor.

    The Light Pink Dress Shirt

    Wacky Wednesday, mixing things up. A light pink dress shirt is what you could opt for in the middle of the week. Bad news for men with a light skin tone: The Light Pink may not suit you perfectly. Everyone else, throw on the pink. Combined with a brown suit, it will give you a business casual look that is effortless and well-rounded.

    The Thick Stripe Dress Shirt

    Two days to go. Thursday is Thick Stripe Day. This shirt will make your whole outfit more sophisticated and modern. The nifty facet of the Thick Stripe: From a distance, the stripes will make up most of its color, so it almost looks like a solid. Depending on the color of its stripes, it goes well with different suits. Blue stripes, for instance, can be paired with the Navy, the Blue or the Tan Suit.

    The Grey Dress Shirt

    Friday, today we need something that will make a lasting impression while at work as well as at a club or bar for happy hour drinks. A charcoal suit will accentuate this shirt and put you in the spotlight. But even a dark grey suit can make this shirt shine. On top of that, the Grey has an evening feel to it and is definitely not a bad getup for enjoying a nice cocktail or refreshing beer to celebrate the upcoming weekend.

  • Have you been to Trader Joe’s? You might have noticed that this chain is just a bit different from other grocery chains. And by a bit different, I mean vastly. As a matter of fact, they basically take opposite actions to the competition. Since Trader Joe’s Business Model is something that I’ve been looking into recently, I will now tell you more about their key concepts, including vertical integration to cut down costs.

    Key Concepts

    Economies of Scale is the key term. Even though Trader Joe’s has fewer products in every category on offer, they can afford to charge lower prices. While most of us would think that bigger stores have more budget to spare, those have high overhead costs as well. In contrast to that, Trader Joe’s manages to cut those costs down by keeping smaller stores. By circulating less products, the chain achieves a higher bargaining power with their suppliers, which they are able to use with their suppliers.

    Vertical Integration at Trader Joe’s

    As a consequence, Trader Joe’s distributes its products at a lower cost as well. Less space and less overall investments mean they can pass on their own savings to their customers. On top of that and probably the most important point, they aim at cutting out the middle man completely by purchasing their goods directly from manufacturers. This concept of vertical integration has been utilized by Hundred Dollar Suits as well. By shortening the chain of different individual institutions who are involved in the acquiring logistics process, many expenses are just cut completely. This is a clever way to prevent the keystone markup.

    Personal approach

    The third point is Trader Joe’s personal approach. In case you can’t find a product, someone will help you and will literally guide you to the right shelf. Achieving a personal approach in an online store is not easy, but there are two ways we take: First, our blog is something that keeps you updated on everything about suits. Secondly, our contact form allows you to chat with us.

  • The other day, I went on a night out on the town and met this guy. Can you guess what we ended up talking about? Yes, it was suit sizes. To protect his identity, let’s call him Eric. So Eric is 6’ 2” and wears a 52L. For half an hour, he described to me his problem of not finding a suit his size that easily. I wondered: 52L is certainly not a small size, but it still shouldn’t be impossible for Eric to dress up in a fashionable suit. Luckily, I was able to help him out by telling him about Hundred Dollar Suits and what we stand for.

    Why we carry so many sizes

    Our business model is vertical integration, meaning that we own the factory which produces our suits. This allows us to accommodate many sizes. Our immediate connection to the factory allows us to make a wide range of sizes available to you. Our founder also wears a Size 52L, his goal is to make suits more easily accessible for many measurements.

    We don’t like labeling

    Our number one reason why we offer such a vast range of sizes is part of something bigger. As a matter of fact, we don’t like to put labels on people. Every shape and form, every height should be considered perfectly normal. Our mission is to provide quality suits for the everyday gentleman. Our sizes range from 34S to 56L. The difference to many other businesses: We don’t separate. Many of our suits naturally come in a 34S, just like they are available in 56L. As a result, it’s never been easier to find a suit your size, even if you wear one that is not average.

  • I wonder about many strange things every day. For example, who ever started this thing where you put extra cloth inside suit pants and called it lined pants? In order to deal with my irritation about that, I did some research so you don’t have to. In this post, I will outline the benefits and disadvantages of this thicker version of suit pants.

    What lined pants are

    Lined pants, as the name suggests, have a lining which is usually just a thin layer of extra fabric stitched into the actual cloth. Like the lining of a suit jacket, it can be made of different materials. Silk and Synthetics are the most common. Pants that are lined specifically to make them warmer, can be lined with flannel as well.

    Why lining is overrated

    In theory, lined pants can be a great idea. But there are several disadvantages to putting extra fabric inside suit pants. The obvious reason is added warmth. In summer, you definitely do not want to walk around in pants that are made of two layers. Secondly, lining can create more crease. Since it has to be left loose for ironing or pressing, it might shuffle up and become uncomfortably wrinkled. Another of my concerns is the increased expense that comes with using more fabric for one clothing item. All these points make up the reason why Hundred Dollar Suits’ pants come unlined.

    Why lining is beneficial

    There are two sides to every story. Even lined pants have certain benefits, that shouldn’t be overlooked. Firstly, the extra warmth can be advantageous in winter. However, wearing lined pants might be crucial in some regions, but when going to work, you normally don’t even spend that much time outside, so why wear lined pants. After all, we wear the same jeans in summer likewise in winter. Some argue that lining makes the pants hang better as it stops the outer pants from wearing onto your skin. Others say the complete opposite. Financially, there are two downsides to lining. Their purchase is more expensive in the first place. But getting them dry-cleaned ends up being a larger investment as well, because it just takes more time and effort as compared to unlined ones.

    Finally, it is an individual decision. I personally recommend unlined pants as for the reasons above.

  • We need to talk about dress shirts. In my opinion, there isn't much that is more appealing on a man than a perfectly fitting dress shirt. Let me explain why: The other day, I was at an event in a museum and met this guy. What was he wearing? A regular, casual, wrinkled T-Shirt. Even worse: It didn’t fit him right either. Even though I really liked talking to him, I kept wondering why he couldn’t manage to put a dress shirt on. Most other men were dressed up in suits or at least dress pants and blazers. I’m telling you right now: Gentlemen, please put on dress shirts when the occasion calls for it.

    The Right Fit

    Sad truth: Even simply wearing dress shirts isn’t enough. From what I’ve witnessed, most men wear dress shirts one or two sizes too large, creating a look that is not professional anymore. Let’s break it down: How is a dress shirt supposed to fit?
    The collar: A fitted color touches your neck all the way around, but still allows you to tuck a finger in without force.
    The Shoulders: The vertical seam that connects the body of the shirt and its sleeves sits right at the edge of your shoulder.
    The Overall Fit: You should be able to close the buttons comfortably, but the placket should still rest on your sternum. When tucking it, no excess fabric should billow out at the sides.

    The Right Color

    Check out our color guide on when to wear which kind of shirt. You can be sure to find your perfect mix for every day.

    The Right Tuck

    Tucking in the shirt should be easy by this time, since you’ve found your perfect fit now. However, here is a surefire, short guide to the right tuck:
    When getting dressed, first tuck your undershirt into your underwear. Then, tuck your dress shirt into your suit pants. This will make it more likely for your shirt to stay where it’s supposed to be.
    So back to my newest acquaintance: He might have been a nice guy, but next time, I’ll be expecting a more dressed-up look.

  • Knowing what to wear is half the battle in today’s nitpicking world. A good suit can help you out in almost any situation, but you wouldn’t wear it to the pool now would you? Here are my top spots and how to dress for the occasion.

    Formal – Two or Three Piece Suit, Black Tie, or Summer Suit

    • Dress up for an interview, you want to look your absolute best to impress your would-be employer.
    • Weddings are almost universally formal occasions, even beach weddings.
    • Only kids get away with a polo shirt and chinos at a funeral. Stick to navy blue or dark grey to suit the dour mood.
    • If you’re meeting clients its proper to dress the part, wear a suit.
    • If you work on Wall Street, in high finance, or law, a suit is almost mandatory.

    Business Casual – Polo shirts and chinos, Button-down and slacks or jeans

    • Most Offices today are business casual, a polo shirt and khakis is the working staple, though don’t be afraid to dress it up with a button-down and slacks.
    • Grabbing a drink with your coworkers at happy hour is a business casual occasion, undo your top shirt button and loosen your tie. It will give you a down to earth look that your coworkers will like.
    • Invited to a BBQ? Nice shorts and a dress shirt are always a good go to. Stick to linen or a thick weave cotton for a less formal look.

    Informal – T-shirt, shorts, flip flops

    • A beach party is your cue to dress down. A nice graphic tee and a bold colored bathing suit will do wonders.
    • Family birthdays and other events are usually informal, though it depends where you go and what the event is. Easter? Formal. Family Reunion at the park? Informal. BBQ at your boss’s house? Business Casual.
  • An enigmatic phrase, “business casual” doesn’t really define what to wear. Formal is obvious enough for men and black tie is self-explanatory, but dressing for an office can be tedious and an exercise in career suicide. To avoid that, here are the Do’s and Don’ts’ of dressing Business Casual.

     

    Do: Dress Up

    If there’s one thing that business casual lets you get away with is being a little dressy. For an uptown look, pair a classic checkered button-down shirt with dark slacks and killer black shoes, a timeless style unlikely to ever fade from the business world or the business casual wardrobe.

     

    Don’t: Dress Down

    Business casual is not an excuse to dress like a slob. Make sure your clothes fit you and are appropriate for the office. I don’t care how much you love Megadeath, a graphic tee with skulls and swords is not appropriate for work.

     

    Do: Something Bold

    Business casual is often a place to show off the range of your wardrobe. Give it a stretch, drag out that old black jacket and pair it with a nice pair of dark blue jeans for a Hollywood look to take over the office. If you’re less inclined to dress like Brad Pitt, a bold tie can really brighten up an office and get you compliments all day long.

     

    Don’t: Something Bland

    Many people tend to repeat outfits in the office that is business casual. Try to avoid repeating outfits, even if it’s the next week. Help this by adding a few different styles and colors to your chino collection, there is more than one color of tan.

     

    Do: Wear Shoes

    It seems like a dumb thing to say, but sometimes it needs to be said. Wear shoes, not sneakers. Anything short of tuxedo shoes is perfectly acceptable. Though the trend has recently shifted allowing for sneakers in the workplace, but tread carefully. Keep your trainers at the gym and opt for a muted toned sneaker with a flat sole.

     

    Don’t: Wear flip-flops

    I don’t care what office you work it, it could be a thousand degrees and the floor could actually be made of sand, but flip-flops are for the beach and the pool only. Don’t wear them to work; nobody wants to see your hairy feet. Really, no one.

     

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