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Embracing the Rebirth of Black Tie

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To claim that black tie, as a phenomenon, is alive and well, would probably be the overstatement of the century. I know that I am one of an infinitely small group of people who actually owns a black tie rig, let alone who uses it with some modicum of regularity. Then again, you could argue

What is Formalwear?

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Perhaps you’ve received an invitation to an event that requests black tie, white tie, or cocktail attire. Were you confused? Did you just end up going in one of your “meeting” suits? All three (NOT the “meeting” suit) are considered formalwear. They are usually reserved for the evening (when most formal events happen), they are typically

Member Focus: Urban Composition

By now, you’re probably familiar with Journal contributor Peter Zottolo, otherwise known as Urban Composition, whose expertise in the realm of classic menswear is second to none – although we’re sure he’d claim otherwise. Here, he talks a little bit about his past, his interests, and the birth of his own style. Fortunately there don’t exist

The Duffel Coat: A Winter Warrior

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As is true for so many other staples in the classically-inclined man’s wardrobe, the duffel (or duffle, depending on who you ask) coat has military roots. Supposedly, the coat originally got its name from a Belgian town with the same name, that for centuries has been the production site for a coarse, woolen type of fabric, much

Suit Styles: American, English, Continental

First, a history. My great-grandfather hailed from the small fishing town of Mazara del Vallo, on the far southeast corner of Sicily. A little over 100 years ago he emigrated to the United States, where my grandfather was born. My grandmother was born in America as well, to parents from the same Sicilian city. Later

One Velvet Blazer, Two Looks

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Ralph Lauren “Connery” Velvet Jacket Kamakura semi-spread shirt Tom Ford silk pocket square Ralph Lauren Tux Trouser “Majestic Black” Bow Tie from Le Noued Papillon Belgian Shoes “Henri” in Patent A velvet blazer is great for the winter season. First of all, velvet is warm. That’s a good thing when it’s cold out. Second, it looks fantastic

Wear a Black Turtleneck Under Everything

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Remember when I said that I almost never wear black? Well, I’m here to tell you about the one exception I make: the black turtleneck. Because in Denver, the weather has finally turned, which means that it’s the season when I wear a black turtleneck every other day. We’ve discussed roll-necks in the past, but I’m

Member Focus: Staying Classic with Andy57

Today, we say hello to another member known for keeping the “Classic” in Styleforum’s Classic Menswear community: Andy57. Whether wearing an odd jacket and trousers or a dinner suit, Andy always takes the time to get the details right. Here, he tells us what led him to men’s style – and what has kept him on Styleforum.

Erik Mannby’s 10 Rules of Style

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Erik is one of Styleforum’s best-known and best-dressed members, and you may recognize him from our Pitti Uomo coverage. Here, he breaks down his top ten sartorial rules.     Always use the four in hand knot. I’ve noticed that the false notion of the Windsor knot being more formal still lives on in some