Men’s Style Monday: What to Wear on A Date

Men's Style Monday: What to Wear on A Date
So, you’ve got a big date with someone you really like and you want to make a good impression. Whether it’s an active, laid back or formal date, you want to put your best foot forward! You have your plans all set about where you’re going and how to “woo” her, but how are you going to put together the perfect look for your destination? What you wear isn’t everything, but it sure will say a few things about you and the kind of man you are.
Look #1: Going to the theater, a nice jazz club or got fancy dinner plans? Chinos, a crisp button-up and some oxford cap-toe shoes are a safe bet for comfort and formality.
Look #2: Headed to the park, concert or a sporting event? A two-toned fitted hoodie, nice jeans and a pair of Chucks are the way to go to hang out and get a little active with your crush.
Look #3: Perhaps you’re going to an art museum, a family get together or spending time with your girl for the holidays. Classic khaki chinos, a chambray shirt and chukka boots are great for a date that’s just about in between – it’s safe for an outing that’s not too casual and not too dressy.
4. Don’t overdo the cologne! The worst thing could do is choke her with those ‘smell good’ scents. Here’s a list of colognes that women love.
5. Finally, keep yourself groomed! Hang-nails, unibrows, and abnormally long nose and ear hairs are unacceptable. You could look nice all day but if your hygiene is off, it’ll be nearly impossible to get her to pay you any mind. We pay attention to the details, so you should too!
Hope this helps!

Unspoken Suit Rules Every Man Should Know

Came across some very useful rules to follow for men’s suits on (seriously, that website teaches me SO much) and I thought I’d share some of them: enhanced-buzz-29254-1388434946-251. Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.

enhanced-buzz-30777-1388428095-422. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.

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enhanced-buzz-566-1388434455-214. The suit jacket should be long enough to cover your butt and pants zipper.
enhanced-buzz-28128-1388431044-05. For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.

enhanced-buzz-4518-1388431677-526. Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.enhanced-buzz-969-1388440300-07. Use this guide to match the color of your shoes to your suit.enhanced-buzz-14452-1388430095-268. The Savile Row Fold keeps your dress pants from falling off the hanger.grid-cell-2286-1389196945-79. In general, thin lapels are more modern.enhanced-buzz-19624-1388428671-4

10. A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either fabric or print choice.

Click here to see the rest of the rules on



9 Men’s Staples for this Fall

Looking to mix up your wardrobe a bit, guys? Fall fashion fun isn’t only for girls! Here are some examples of cool fall essentials every man should own:



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Classic, comfortable, and they look great with almost everything. If you don’t own at least two, I suggest you invest!


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Chambray is still in and here to stay. Chambray on denim combos, chambray on khaki, chambray under a blazer or motorcycle jacket…endless opportunities for effortless cool. And the elbow patches are a plus this season, too.



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Baseball jackets seem to make shoulders appear broader. These are good for day and night wear as an alternative for a regular hoodie. Get one of these to add a little something to a simple v-neck & jeans look.

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A man in a nice peacoat commands respect. It says sophisticated and classy without you saying a word. Go with a longer belted wool peacoat for colder days, or a simple black one to go over a dressier outfit. Gentlemen, these [with the right fit, of course] are flattering on most body types because it gives you added structure. Get one!


A slip-on Chelsea boot like the one on the left is good for pairing with denim or a suit. The Red Wing boots on the right can add a bit of a rugged flair to that plaid or chambray shirt aforementioned!

6.sneakersI love monochromatic kicks. Both of these stand out to me and both pairs would look dope with skinny jeans and a graphic tee. Or a button up. Or a almost anything else.



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Baseball caps over fitteds, any day. I just hate the way fitteds look to be honest, and I think baseball caps are SO much cooler. Don’t believe me, ask Frankie Beverly. Haha, but really. You don’t have to follow baseball to pull one of these off.

8.watchesChronographic – because the more numbers, the better. All black is sleek and edgy, and bold color is great for casual daytime outfits.


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A wise man once told me that socks can make or break your look. If you’re conservative everywhere else, give us a pop of color in your socks paired with a mid-rise boot or loafer.

Happy Fall:)


Men’s Style Mondays: Dress Shoes


1. Black Cap-Toe Oxfords: This shoe has a discreet toecap and it’s a basic staple for every man’s wardrobe. Wear them in the boardroom, to weddings, funerals, etc. with most suits.


2. Brown Wing-Tip Brogues: These are my favorites, mainly because of the perforated details. I’ve seen so many intricate designs for Brogue shoes and they’re so classy in a charming way. They silently say “I’m style-conscious, and I know what I’m doing”, if worn with the right outfit. They typically feature a peaked toecap, curving side seams, thin soles and a narrow, elongated toe. Wear these in brown with any type of suit except black, with heavier fabrics like tweed and corduroy. To the office, a nice lunch or just to add interest a good outfit!


3. Brown Monk-Straps: These have a buckle-and-strap closure that replaces traditional eyelets and laces. Wear these with a serious worsted suit and almost any other style of suit or tailored trouser for work and play, but not at very formal occasions.


4. Brown Plain-Toe Dress Loafers: Easy slip-ons with a high vamp and a substantial sole often made of exotic leather or skin. Wear them with a casual suit, or tailored trousers with a blazer or sport jacket. Tip: wear these to the airport to get through security faster and still look great when you arrive at your meeting.


Just like for women, shoes can make or break your look, guys! Make sure you’re wearing the right style for the occasion and your outfit, and always, always, match your belt to your shoes.

Shoes in brown (or a shade of brown) are appropriate for most suits and sport coats, including navy and lighter shades of grey. Black shoes are preferred for black, darker greys, and navy suits, when you want a more conservative look.

Avoid heavy, dark shoes during the summer. In warm weather, you always want to look as comfortable as you feel.

Hope this helped!


Sources: Esquire’s The Handbook of Style,, Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style

Men’s Style Monday: Alfred Edmond Jr. x Windsor Neckwear

Alfred Edmond Jr 256K Alfred Edmond Jr.

Senior VP/ Editor-at-Large of Black Enterprise magazine

What prompted you to design a bow tie collection with Windsor Neckwear?

I’ve had a passion for personal style, and bow ties in particular, since I was a child. I believe that choosing to be authentically well-dressed is an asset in business and in life. I’ve always been interested in fashion. Prior to joining Black Enterprise, I was a top editor at a fashion/lifestyle magazine for Black Men; my original career objective was to eventually join the staff of GQ or Esquire, although I ended up with an amazingly rewarding career as a business journalist at Black Enterprise.


Why bow ties instead of neck ties?

Actually, I love all men’s accessories, including straight ties, pocket squares, vests, cuff links, braces (suspenders), shoes, socks, as well as bow ties. But of all these items, the bow tie best expresses my personal style philosophy: To stand out, while fitting in; to be appropriate for any given occasion, but to always be memorable and distinctive from the crowd. No one forgets that one person they know who always wore a bow tie.

How did your personal style influence the prints of the collection?
Again, consistent with my standing-out-while-fitting-in approach to my personal style, our goal was to take classic, traditional patterns–plaids, paisleys, stripes–but apply a challenging, even intimidating, color palette. For example, orange requires courage to wear, especially for men, so it was a color I wanted to use, along with limes and vibrant purples. I like challenging colors because they force me to push the envelope on the accessories for the rest of my ensembles. I like accessories that provoke comments from people on the street or on the train; I know that for every person who voices a compliment, there are dozens of others who also noticed and silently agree.

What do you feel makes your neckwear stand out from other brands?
My collection, and all of Windsor Neckwear’s products, stand out not just because of memorable designs, but the quality of the fabrics. Mike and Mace set such a high bar for the fabrics for my collection. Durability is especially important with hand-tied bow ties, because they are, well, handled, repeatedly, more so than straight ties. The proof of a well-made tie is now how nice it looks the first time you wear it, but is it still fresh the 30th time or 50th time? The Alfred Edmond Jr Collection passes that test with flying colors, thanks to Windsor’s uncompromising stance on quality.

Could you explain your creative process when designing?
Michael McPherson Jr. is the real design genius behind the collection, backed up by Mace Neal III’s tech and production expertise, although my undergraduate degree is in art and I’ve studied fashion design. So it’s a great collaborative process, we work together to choose patterns and a color palette, and the Mike and Mace figure out a way to bring the line to life with great design integrity and quality. One of the best things about our process is much of is done on line, via social media tools such as Google+ Hangouts, where we can actually see the patterns and colors we’re talking about despite my being in New Jersey and them being in Nashville.

Do you have any other upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?

With Windsor, we’re looking to expand the AEJ Collection to include pocket squares, and eventually shoes, cuff links and socks. We’re very excited about the possibilities.

Outside of Windsor, my biggest project for 2013 is The Grown Zone, a weekly BlogTalk Radio show and monthly live discussion series hosted by me and my partner Zara Green, produced by our company A2Z Personal Growth Enterprises, a media company that promotes “Better Choices, More Self Love and Healthier Relationships.” The Grown Zone is a multimedia initiative aimed helping people to shift their focus from what they may have the adult right to do–destructive as those choices may be, and what is in their best interest to do–grown decisions–in every area of their lives, including finances, relationships, parenting, etc. Our next Grown Zone LIVE event is set for February 20, 2013 at Shetler Theaters and Studios in Manhattan:

I love the prints and colors of this collection! Each Alfred Edmond Jr. Collection bow tie is handmade from 100% silk with amazing texture and quality.  All bow ties from the Alfred Edmond Jr. Bow Tie Collection are limited edition and made only in quantities of 25 pieces per design and color.  They’re all priced within a range of $33-$43, and will add style and statement to your accessory collection!

Click the link below to shop the entire collection:

Big congrats, well wishes, and thanks to Mr. Edmond!