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    Capsule wardrobe guide for men part 4

    An example of a Capsule wardrobe for dapper gentlemen in winter:

    Two 3-piece suits (gray flannel suit and gray-brown houndstooth suit), three 2-piece suits (navy worsted suit, brown striped or needle head suit, mid gray or blue Prince of Wales Check suit), two odd jackets (Herringbone tweed jacket and navy blue flannel blazer with patch pockets), three odd vests (burgundy Moleskin or tweed, camel Doeskin, bottle green sweater vest) two overcoats(charcoal Paletot with velvet collar and heavy wool peacoat), eight shirts: white dress shirt in a fine herringbone twill or poplin with french cuffs, white Oxford shirt with barrel cuffs, light blue button-down Oxford shirt with barrel cuffs, blue end-on-end shirt with double cuffs, ecru or off-white shirt with double cuffs, striped shirt in red and white, small checked shirt with barrel cuff and twill shirt in pastel color such as green, yellow, purple, pink etc. Three pairs of pants(corduroys in green, camel, brown or navy, gray flannel pleated pants, a pair of chinos). Two sweaters (v-neck-if you wear ties or crew Neck-if you do not and cardigan sweater in a different color). Three pairs of shoes( black cap-toe oxfords, mid-brown full brogue derby shoes, and oxblood cordovan loafer or derby)Two pairs of boots(light brown chukka boots and dark brown Chelsea boots).

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    Capsule wardrobe guide for men part 3

    Why a Capsule wardrobe might make sense for you, number 4:

    Each time you pull out your suitcase to pack for a trip, you are forced to consider the weather and the particular needs of your trip to put a “capsule” wardrobe together for the duration of your trip. A skilled packer will minimize the number of items he brings while maximizing the number of possible combinations.

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  • Things banned from my wardrobe

    Capsule wardrobe guide for men part 2

    Why a Capsule wardrobe might make sense for you, number 1:

    Do any of these describe you? : You own a closet full of clothes but frequently feel you have nothing to wear. You spend more time choosing what you will wear than you want or need to. You rarely feel satisfied with the selection of clothes in your closet. You wear the same things over and over again, despite having many to choose from. A large portion of your wardrobe goes unworn for months at a time (not counting seasonal clothing). You own multiple similar pieces, such as 2 navy blazers or 6 pairs of jeans, but none are “just right”.

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    Capsule wardrobe guide for men part 1

    You may or may not be familiar with the term “capsule wardrobe,” but a lot of recent blog chatter and news coverage has been dedicated to it and you can learn all about it in this guide.

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  • How to select the perfect summer outfit for this season

    Men's summer outfits guide part 5

    Silk and cashmere for summer, number 2:

    Silk is mostly woven very tightly and has excellent insulating properties, which rules it out as a summer contender. Cashmere is also very soft but simply too warm for hot summers.

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  • How to select the perfect summer outfit for this season

    Men's summer outfits guide part 4

    Seersucker for summer, number 1:

    Seersucker is a summer staple that seems to be particularly popular in the US. However, the fabric has its roots in India. At the time the country was ruled by the Mughal, Persian was the official language at court. Consequently, a lot of Persian was integrated into the local languages and then shaped both the Urdu and Hindi languages. As such the term seersucker derives from these languages referring to the dual tonality of the colors. In fact, “sheer” means “milk” and “shukkar” means “lesser refined brown cane sugar.” Over time, the word evolved into “seersucker,” and it was first imported to Europe in the 18th century. It is not clear what material it was originally made of. Some say linen, while others claim it was a blend of cotton and linen. In any case, it is a puckered fabric and its special texture is achieved by pulling certain warp yarns tightly, while others are left looser. As such, the crinkling effect is permanent and as a result, no ironing is required. Supposedly, the crinkling is supposed to help air circulation, although I really doubt that.

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  • How to select the perfect summer outfit for this season

    Men's summer outfits guide part 3

    Interestingly, most men think about cotton or linen fabrics first for summer. Also, the lightness of the fabrics seems to be the number one criterium, but these are only two aspects of warm weather menswear. Therefore I wrote this guide where I explain what to look for in hot weather clothing.

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  • How to select the perfect summer outfit for this season

    Men's summer outfits guide part 2

    Characteristics of a summer suit, number 4:

    Half-lined jacket denotes that the back does not have any lining except for the top, and fully unlined usually means that there is no lining except in the sleeves. In southern Italy, you can find suits without sleeve lining for maximum coolness. However, your sleeve may not always look as nice because your shirt sleeve sticks to the suit sleeve and can restrict movement. Hence, a sleeve lining is a good idea unless you live in tropical climates.

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  • How to select the perfect summer outfit for this season

    Men's summer outfits guide part 1

    Characteristics of a summer suit, number 1:

    Although a summer suit needs more than just one characteristic in order to be worn comfortably, the most important aspect is neither weight nor the choice of material – it is breathability. When it is hot, you definitely want to feel every breeze coming your way, and the best way to do so is with an open-weave fabric. Loosely woven Panama, a basketweave fabric, is usually popular in summer and achieves the desired cooling effect. When you hold a piece of this fabric against the light, you can see through the weave of the cloth, even it if is dark navy. If the fabric is a heavier weight, it will also keep you cooler than a featherweight cotton fabric that is tightly woven.

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  • Big And Tall Dress Shirts: Get The Right Proportion

    How many dress shirts does a man need? part 6

    The answer on a question of how many dress shirts you need is that it depends. Let’s break it down. Personally, I have about 60 to 70 dress shirts, sometimes I add some, but overall, that is the number. Personally, I do not consider it to be too much for a number of reasons.

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