Category Archives: Noteworthy Trends and Sharp Looks

Do the front tuck

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Men's Image Consulting: Half Tuck Shirt

Have you tried the front-tuck yet? It’s one of the best (and easiest) ways to create that undone-done look that makes it look like you’re not trying too hard.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Pick a t-shirt or button-up shirt that fits you well and that hits about halfway down the fly of your pants.
  2. Button your shirt all the way to the bottom. (Even though the front will be tucked in, it’s easier to control if it’s buttoned).
  3. Tuck the front of your shirt into your jeans or chinos (again, these should fit well).
  4. Don’t think too hard about what you’re about to do next.
  5. Pull the front out so that it’s blousing over your pant waistband as in the image above. The front/center 3/4 of the shirt should stay inside your pants.
  6. Go on with your day! The less you fuss around with this look, the better.

Note: this does not work with baggy shirts (it just looks sloppy), so make sure you don’t skip step 1!

image via people.com


The Case for Wearing a Watch [and some non-bank breaking picks]

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Men's Image Consultant: How to Choose a Watch

Are you wearing a watch everyday? If not, you’re missing out on an easy way to create a signature look, one that will set you apart from everyone else. In the image above, I’ve selected 25 of my favorite watches on the market right now. Many of them are from under-the-radar brands you’ve likely not heard of. The nice thing about these watches is that NOT every other dude in your office will be wearing the same thing as you. Several are under $300, so you don’t need to break the bank to do this (although I did choose some deliciously splurge-worthy ones as well!). Below are where to find/buy, along with style notes for a few of them.

1) Tsovet, $200

2) Tsovet, $225

3) Aark Collective, $199

4) TID, $250

5) Nixon, $350. The face is made out of recycled newspapers fashioned to look like wood.

6) Daniel Wellington, $299

7) Orient Watch, $340

8) Orient Watch, $340

9) Diesel, $350

10) Seiko, $350

11) Aark Collective, $319

12) Tsovet, $450

13) Tsovet, $475

14) Helson, $599

15) Bravur, $820

16) Autodromo $875

17) Bravur, $880

18) Jenny Watches, $990 [click for black band]

19) Seven Friday, $1150

20) Uniform Wares, $1200

21) Autodromo $1200

22) Junghans, $2120

23) Graham Chronograph, $2825

24) Tsovet, $10,000

25) Rolex/Bamford Watch Dept., Price upon request [If you haven’t heard of Bamford Watch Department, they take various luxury brand watches like Rolex, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, etc. and customize them, for example with military grade titanium or graphite particle coating, along with bespoke dial colors. Pretty much your wish is their command. Just like with anything on this level of exclusivity, be prepared to open your wallet in a big way for watches like these. There’s some amazing pieces on their website, along with some pretty trippy pieces (like this), so it’s worth a click over even if just to browse.]

Tip: if you like the overall shape of something but aren’t sure of the color, click over anyway, as many of these styles come in multiple colors.


Fall Jacket Picks

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Fall jackets represent one of the biggest gaps in a man’s s wardrobe. And as I’ve mentioned before, your outerwear sets the tone for your entire look. It’s the first thing people see on you when you walk in the door, and the last thing they see when you leave. So even if the outfit you’re wearing underneath it is on point, a jacket that’s off kills the whole look. 

Below are my Fall jacket picks for this year in a range of price points.

$0-300

Men's Image Consultant: Fall Jacket

Asos Burgundy Peacoat $126 – This one is a little out there with the burgundy color, but the classic peacoat style keeps it grounded. It’s for the guy that wants to think outside the box while maintaining a level of convention.

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$300-500

Men's Personal Shopper: Bonobos jacketBonobos grey quilted $328- The heather grey on this jacket is universally flattering, and the waist tabs in the back allow for a trim fit around the waist where many jackets balloon out.

Men's Style Consultant: Aether Apparel JacketAether Apparel blue zip $395 – This Aether Apparel jacket is perfect for a sporty yet tailored look. I love this brand because their clothing is performance-focused but still manages to look sharp on.

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$500-1000

Men's Personal Shopper: Belstaff Fall jacket

Belstaff navy quilted and ribbed $650 – Known for well-made and stylish outerwear, Belstaff jackets are an easy win. (David Beckham is a fan — he has a capsule collection with Belstaff of moto-inspired pieces which I also recommend checking out.) I like the combination of the knit and quilted textures in this one.

 

Men's Style Consultant: Belstaff Fall jacket

Belstaff multi-toned wool and nylon $850 – Similar to the navy Belstaff above, the mixture of different colors and textures in this jacket give it a strong visual appeal.

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$1000+

Men's Image Consultant: Thomas Maier Fall jacket

Tomas Maier grey cashmere $1250 – This faux shearling cashmere jacket is understated luxury at its best. The knit texture gives it a relaxed sweater-y feel, and yet it’s tailored enough that you could also wear it more dressily.

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Early Fall is the best time to buy because selections are good, and many stores are running sales. Don’t delay — if you wait too long, you run the risk of there being nothing left in your size, and you being stuck jacket-less until next year.

What’s your Fall outerwear of choice this season?

Cheers,

Julie

 


Father’s Day Gifts That Do Good

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Much of my job is helping other people spend money in intelligent ways. The items my clients buy with me are investments in themselves both personally and professionally. (After all, the right suit can help you get the job or attract the girl.) And I’m always on the lookout for products that also make a difference in the world. It’s extra-gratifying to help people find things that not only help them feel great about themselves but that also give back. So this year for Father’s Day, I’ve rounded up the list below of Rath-approved gifts that do good in some way:

Men's Style: bracelet/jewelry for men

image via @timferriss instagram

The Rise Collective Survivor Cuff Man jewelry is a tricky thing to pull off (largely because non-cheesy man jewelry is rather elusive), but when I saw the Tim Ferriss instagram snap above, I had to find out more about this intricate and interesting piece. Turns out, the writing means “survivor” in Cambodian Sanskrit. And with each purchase, The RISE Collective provides a life essential to a survivor or at-risk child of slavery that will help educate, empower and protect them from a life of enslavement. Examples include school supplies, nutrition and health care. Go with matte finish for a more subtle look. $98

 

Men's Style: Father's Day Gift

David Family Wines Everest Pinot Noir 100% of the proceeds from your purchase go to Next Generation Nepal’s earthquake relief fund. Specifically — I love how forthcoming they are about exactly how much goes to the charity — for every bottle they sell, $53.17 will go towards their goal of donating $25,000 to NGN. $95.

 

Men's Style: sunglasses for men

TOMS sunglasses Sure, you’ve seen TOMS shoes all over, but did you know they also make sunglasses? For every pair of shades sold, TOMS will help one person somewhere to achieve better vision — either by giving a pair of glasses, providing eye exams, or even providing surgery to those in need. The $98 Culver Matte Tortoise above will flatter most face shapes. $68-189

 

Men's Style: Father's Day Gifts

LSTN Headphones From the handcrafted wooden earbuds above to the old school ear-covering phones, LSTN has your listening needs covered. For every pair of headphones sold, they help restore hearing to a person in need. In under 2 years, LSTN has been able to give the gift of sound to over 20,000 people through Starkey in the U.S., Peru, Kenya and Uganda. And if you sign up for their newsletter, you get 20% off your first purchase. $49-199

Happy Father’s Day!

Cheers,

Julie

 


The 2014 Rath & Co. Holiday Gift Guide (gifts for you and her)

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It’s holiday go-time! Are you ready? If not, don’t worry. I’ve compiled a list of gift ideas to help you make sure all bases are covered. Read on for 3 gifts you can ask for for yourself (and for the ladies reading this, they’re for your man), 3 you can give to her, and 1 sexy gift for the both of you.

3 FOR YOU

Men's Personal Shopper: Holiday Gift IdeasS’well Water Bottle $30 – A client of mine recently embarked on a major fitness and weight loss project. As part of that, we upgraded his workout clothes and gear so he’d feel better about himself while he’s working out. Since starting, he’s lost 25 pounds of fat and gained 10 pounds of lean muscle. Proof positive that upgrading your exercise gear can only help you achieve your fitness goals. This sleek and sharp-looking matte grey BPA-free water bottle is a great gift for the fitness enthusiast — or someone whose new year’s goals involve fitness. The bottle will keep a beverage cold for 24 hours or hot for 12. And it has a vacuum seal that keeps drinks and carbonation fresh.

Men's Personal Shopper: Holiday Gifts 2014 Striped Belt $117 – Do you, or does the object of your gift-giving, keep going back to the same wardrobe items over and over? If so, then it’s time to diversify. A belt with some color/pattern to it like the one from Anderson’s above is an excellent way to accomplish this. And the nice thing about it having multiple colors is that it’s easy to coordinate. Since the leather is brown on this one, and it has a brown stripe, it should be worn with brown shoes (navy would also work for a more outside-the-box look). Post on how to incorporate cool non-basic belts into your look coming soon.

Men's Personal Shopper: Christmas Gift Ideas

Silk Blend Scarf $150 – Scarves are always a great gift (most guys I meet are in need of one), and this navy polka dot/stripe combo from Paul Smith has just enough visual interest without being over-the-top.

3 FOR HER

Men's Personal Shopper: Christmas Gift IdeasSet of Notebooks $14 – There’s something uplifting about writing in a beautiful notebook, and the gold foil detail on these from from Rifle Paper gives it a rich, special feel that she’ll love.

Men's Image Consultant: Holiday Gift Ideas for MenMelissa Joy Manning Opal Earrings $210 – The hoop part of these delicate opal earrings goes around the back of the ear as an interesting departure from basic and boring studs. Your subtle message that she is anything but basic and boring to you.

Men's Image Consultant: Christmas Gift ListBlack Saint Laurent Wallet $675 – A basic black wallet like this is an absolute fail-safe option. Clean, classic, sophisticated. You can’t go wrong.

1 FOR YOU BOTH

Men's Personal Shopper: Christmas Gift Ideas for MenL’Agent by Agent Provocateur Lingerie – The uber-luxe Agent Provocateur (with price tags to match) has collaborated with Penelope and Monica Cruz on a more palatably-priced, but equally delicious lingerie collection. This line is also available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Shopbop and Net-A-Porter.

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What’s on your holiday gift list? And what are you hoping to receive? Leave me a comment below — I’d love to hear!
Cheers,

Julie


Sweater Wearing for Non-Sweater Wearers

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With the cold weather here (and here to stay), it’s time to consider the sweater. In case you missed it, my advice was referenced in an excellent Wall Street Journal article about how to incorporate sweaters into your look. Even if you’re not typically a sweater-wearer, don’t click away just yet. I’m not talking about the basic sweater-over-a-dress-shirt look — anyone can do that. It’s the non-typical ways to wear knits that I’m interested in. Below are 5 ways to use sweaters to add a fresh spin to your look:

Men's Style Advice: Sweaters

1) Jacket alternative with a casual outfit a.k.a. swacket (sweater-jacket combo) – Leave the North Face in the closet and put on a a chunky sweater instead. As I’ve mentioned before, outerwear is key to pulling together an effective outfit, as it sets the tone for your look. And wearing a sweater as outerwear is a great way to mix things up. The cardigan above from J. Crew is an excellent option (similar here) is an excellent option, as is this one from Billy Reid, which is lined the same way a regular jacket is and therefore provides good protection from the elements.

 

Men's Style Advice: Sweaters

2) Cardigan worn as a sport coat – In lieu of a sportcoat, wear a shawl collar cardigan like the one above from Suit Supply with a dress shirt and tie. This is a smart look for a cozy evening holiday party. You can also add a tailored menswear vest for further visual interest and warmth.

Men's Style Advice: Sweaters3) Vest worn over shirt and tie – This is a nice choice when it’s not cool enough for a full-sleeved sweater like in #2. Above is another option from Suit Supply which shows how to do this. The teal blue sweater paired with the rust orange pants is a solid Fall color combo. Leave the bottom button undone as you would with a regular menswear vest.

Men's Style Advice: Sweaters4) Sweater in place of dress shirt – This is a very sophisticated look, especially when done tone-on-tone as in the runway image above from Valentino (the model also has a grey scarf tucked into the sweater).

Men's Style Advice: Sweaters

5) Thin cardigan under suit or sportcoat – On days where it’s not quite cold enough for an overcoat over your suit/sportcoat, throw on a cardigan as an in-between layer. If you want to try this look, make sure that the cardigan is thin and try leaving the top and bottom buttons open for a less “done” look as in the above image.

Two additional notes…

-Because wearing sweaters can get hot indoors, it’s key to dress in layers which can be easily removed and replaced. The above looks work well in this way, as they each have pieces that can be removed and added back as needed.

-Bear in mind that because knitwear has texture, it’s inherently going to impart a casual feel to your look. The less textured the sweater is, the more dressy it will be. So if you’re wearing one of these looks for work but don’t want to be too dressed down, make sure it’s a fine knit with a smooth surface to it.

Sweaters can often feel stuffy and “old,” but if you try them in new and unconventional ways as above, you’ll breathe new life into your look.

How are you wearing sweaters this season?

Cheers,

Julie


Want Your Style Questions Answered LIVE?

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Got a question for me? I’ll be taking questions LIVE On my free online event: “How to Dress for Power & Success” next week.

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If You Try One New Thing This Fall, Make It THIS Accessory

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One thing about Fall that gets me more excited than I probably should is BOOTS. Boots pretty much rock my world, and I’m thrilled that it’s time to start looking at what’s in stores this Fall.

Here’s why boots are so awesome:

1) Boots are a great way to distinguish your work clothes from your “going out” clothes.
2) [this one’s sneaky] Since boots often have thicker soles than regular shoes, they can give you a little help in the height department.
3) There are loads of different boot styles that allow you to create your own unique look (we’ll go over a few below), and designers are always coming up with hip new details.
4) Because boots are not as ubiquitous as, say, regular dress shoes, wearing stylish boots will set you apart as someone who is “in the know” about style.

And here are 3 great boot picks for this Fall in various price ranges:

Up to $250

Men's Style Advice: Topman Boots Topman – $100 Don’t let the buckle scare you. It’s a subtle touch that will only be visible when you’re sitting down.

 

$250-$500
Men's Style Advice: Rag & Bone bootsRag & Bone – $450 – The roughed-up suede makes them gritty and masculine, but the half captoe maintains the polish.

 

$500 +

Men's Style Advice: BootsOfficine Creative – $690 – These boots are made from a gorgeous glossy cognac buffalo leather and will look great with both your jeans and dress pants.

Have you ever worn boots before? If not, I’d love to hear why. Leave me a comment below.


How Powerfully Are You Showing Up?

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Have you ever wondered how you rate on a scale of 1-10? Fall is practically here, and the holidays right after that. Those are key times to be exuding confidence and looking your best.

If you want to get serious about your style, and be taken seriously as a result, I invite you to watch the video I made for you explaining how it all works. I’ve worked with hundreds of men worldwide, and it’s been my incredible privilege to observe how much their lives improve and what opportunities come their way when they upgrade their style.

On the same page as the video, you can also take my style quiz. It will show you how you measure up, and what you can do to get to a 10.


6 Rath-Approved Father’s Day Gifts

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There’s still time before Father’s Day on June 15 to pick up a gift for your pops (or to make pointed suggestions to your loved ones). From token to total splurge, below are 6 Rath-approved gifts for you to choose from.

Father's Day Gifts 2014: Black and Tan UtensilBlack and Tan Beer Utensil $10 – There’s nothing like a good black and tan, and with this, your dad doesn’t need bartender skills to make one.

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Father's Day Gifts 2014: Leather Key FobLeather Key Fob $35 – A nice key chain is a small pleasure he might not actually purchase for himself. I love the rugged leather combined with brass hardware.

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Father's Day Gifts 2014: Luxury Toys V 2Luxury Toys Volume 2 $41 – He can dream big as he flips through this gorgeous coffee table book reading about underwater motorcycles and personal spaceships.

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Father's Day Gifts 2014: Garmin Approach WatchGarmin Approach S1 GPS Watch $140 – Pro or no, if your dad’s a golfer, he’ll love this watch, which will allow him to measure individual shot distances and track how far he walks on the course.

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Father's Day Gifts 2014: Hartmann Garment BagHartmann Garment Bag $445 – With travel, it’s key to keep your clothes neat so you don’t create extra work for yourself (or the hotel laundry) when you arrive at your destination. A bag like this is a frequent traveler’s best friend, as it keeps your hanging clothes in tact, and has pockets for shoes and toiletrees. It also fits nicely in an overhead airplane compartment.

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Father's Day Gifts 2014: Vintage Hermes Crocodile ClockHermes Croc Clock (call for price) – For the Dad who has everything: an Art Deco crocodile clock by Paul Dupré-Lafon for Hermès, circa 1930.

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And for the new dad, here are my tips on keeping stylish while keeping your cool.

What’s on your Father’s Day gift list?

Cheers,
Julie