Don’t Sweat it… Summer Fabrics You Need.

Struggling to beat the heat in style? Avoiding sleeveless tops, aka tank-tops, and shorts at all costs, these are the fabrics you need to know about.

  1. Cotton
  2. Linen
  3. Tropical Weight Wool

1. Enter the cult classic, Cotton. Cotton is accessible and affordable and is probably in almost all of your current items. Due to it’s naturally occurring, moisture wicking

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Your go-to Cotton pieces:

Gray Tee

White Tee 

Navy Tee 

 

 

 

If you’re looking to incorporate cotton into more business appropriate attire, try Cotton Cashmere fabrics. I have a wide variety of options and it makes for a perfect weight for slacks or a sport coat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Linen is next on our list. Linen often brings to mind an image of an older man with a few too many buttons undone, showing off a large chain of some kind situated atop an abundance chest hair. However I’m here to tell you, if wisely selected, Linen can greatly improve your wardrobe and save you from an unwanted heat stroke.

The 4,000 year old fiber has proven it can outlast even an Arizona summer. It’s tremendous ability to absorb a fifth of its water weight is what keeps you dry. This versatile fabric is a great way to up your summer wardrobe game, it’s wide variety of patterns and it’s airy aesthetic make for a great short sleeve shirt or a pair of shorts.

Be sure to checkout my Custom Shirts service to explore your options.

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3. Tropical Weight Wool, yes I said wool, is a game-changer!  In comparison to cold weather wool, coming in at up to 18oz this wool can weigh as little as 6oz.

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This type of wool will keep you looking professional without encouraging your own personal pool of sweat to form. It also wrinkles far less than linen and keeps its form throughout a long day. This fabric allows you to wear light, neutral colored suits without looking too “costumey” or too casual.

Scabal is my go-to choice for luxury fabrics, they supply some of the best lightweight suiting fabrics for unique wardrobe options.

Be sure to check out my services and email mary@qcontrary.com or call 480.485.1680 to schedule a personal fitting or a wardrobe consultation.

 

Look Successful

Over the past 15 years, I have studied many successful men to fully understand what it takes to be more effective in business. What I have found is it all starts with how you present and feel about yourself. If you need to update your look, improve your image, or find clothes that fit, contact me. I bring my keen eye for fashion and design skills to create the right look for you and your lifestyle. Let me help you take your business to the next level.

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photo by Bradford Jones
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photo by Bradford Jones
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photo by Bradford Jones

Style Tip – Men’s Collars

Style Tip – For the days you don’t wear a tie and want to make sure your collar points don’t wing out of control, buy shirts with a hidden button down collar. This collar is the focal point of your shirt and this collar will keep you looking sharp and presentable without the hassle of a tie.

Always Present Your Best Self

Photo courtesy of New York Times
Photo courtesy of New York Times

This New York Times article by Brian Moylan,  he writes about the direct correlation between self-confidence and the way we present ourselves. It can be true in business and everyday. How we dress and what we wear, brings out certain characteristics in oneself. Do you agree? Something to think about. One of my favorite lines from this article is “dress for the job you want and not for the one you have”.

The Cornerstone of Your Wardrobe

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There are staples every wardrobe needs to have.  These are garments in classic colors and designs that will never will go out of style.  They consist of suits, blazers, slacks, blue jeans,  dress shirts, and t-shirts.  I would encourage you to invest in a better quality of these wardrobe essentials because you are going to wear them more often.   When shopping for the staples, select colors that compliment each other.  For instance, make sure the white and blue dress shirts can be worn with the blazer, suit, slacks and jeans.

Here are a list of basics I advise my clients to have in their wardrobe:

Navy Suit
Navy Suit

Suits – A mid blue and grey are a must – you can wear to a job interview, wedding or social event.

Blazer/sport coat – I like blues and grays that are different from the suits in your closet. You should select a jacket that has a micro pattern or texture.

Slacks – Blacks, grays and blues that can be worn with your sport coats (if needed).

Navy White Shirt
Navy Check Shirt

 

Purple Dress Shirt
Purple Pattern Dress Shirt

Dress shirts – Whites, blues and purples. These do not need to be solid. Go crazy with stripes, checks and micro prints.

Blue jeans – I like the mid to darker colors because they can be dressed up with a blazer for a cocktail party or worn casual with a t-shirt and sneakers to brunch .

T-shirts – Solid white, black, and heather grey are a must, and I am not opposed to a logo or design.  You don’t want to be too boring.

Shoes – I suggest brown and black dress shoes, sneakers and a casual loafer.  When selecting shoes, think more future and fashion.  Don’t think what your grandpa wore.  It’s ok to step out of the box here.

The goal of these basics is to have pieces that can be worn all year round and be worn with almost everything in your closet.  Make sure they are tailored and fit you perfectly.

Building a Professional Wardrobe

Here are the basic building blocks to follow when building a professional wardrobe:

  1. Suits – You should have these 2 basic suit colors in your wardrobe: medium grey and blue. These are core and classic colors you can wear all year round to client appointments as well as evening events.
  2. Trousers – It is important to wear dark and neutral colors such as black, navy and dark grey. More importantly is the fit. Trousers should be tailored to you. If your slacks are too long or too short, they make you look sloppy and unprofessional.
  3. Dress shirts – You need a minimum of 6 dress shirts in your wardrobe. This allows you one for each day of the week and an extra incase you spill something on your shirt or you sweat a lot. Keep this 6th shirt with you in your car or office for emergencies. Pick dress shirt colors that can be worn with your suits and slacks. The basic colors I suggest are white, lt blue, medium blue and purple.
  4. Your tailor is your best friend! Following the first 3 guidelines is great, however, if the clothes are too loose/baggy or small, you are not presenting your best self. Not all clothes off the rack are made for you and a good tailor can help you alter your clothes to fit you better and ultimately you will feel more comfortable.
  5. Nothing completes an outfit like good shoes and belt. Your shoes need to be shined and your belt needs to match your shoes. Clients and executives will notice these details.

    Classic Navy plaid suit for professional wardobe
    Classic Navy plaid suit for professional wardobe

 

The Power Tie
The Power Tie

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The Hanky

Looking to improve your Spring wardrobe? Enter, the power tie and the pocket hanky.

 

Rule #1 for Spring: Accessorize!!! Pocket squares, ties, shoes, belts, etc. You can take a simple navy or grey suit and add some color with your accessories to give your look new life.  It’s spring time and everyone loves color. Don’t be shy.  Ties and hankies are great ways to add color.

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