Making a List…

Picking out a gift for the guy who has everything can be pretty hard. A gift for a guy who also has a great sense of style can seem impossible. Don’t worry, we have compiled a list of 10 great gift ideas (in no particular order) that will work for any guy on your list.


Weatherproof  Briefcase

Made with a proprietary boot-grade leather that is weather and salt resistant, with solid brass hardware and a wool felt-lined shoulder strap pad for a comfortable carry. Modeled after Filson’s most popular briefcase, this bag features two internal dividers to keep tools and electronics separate. Can you say Unfailing Guaranty?

Beard & Pre-shave Oil

Cutting your face while shaving is one of the worst ways to kick off a day, and using a pre-shave oil dramatically reduces your chances of a nick. Bearded gentlemen can benefit from it, too, since it conditions and moisturizes facial hair and the skin below (no more beard dandruff).

Randolph Engineering Sunglasses

Every guy looks good in a pair of Aviators from Randolph Engineering. Guaranteed to last a lifetime or two. Ever heard of a sunglass company guaran

teeing its frames for life? Well, RE does. The Randolph frames are built to US military specifications, and they stand by each pair for as long as you own them.

Skull & Crossbones Cufflinks

Cufflinks are back, and they don’t need to be boring. Help your guy dominate the board room with these piratical cufflinks that are sure to get him compliments.

Samuel Hubbard Founder

Designed for the active lifestyle. Superb comfort is achieved by the soft upper leathers, glove-leather linings and springy Vibram soles. The memory-foam cushioned insoles are considered the best in the industry. The performance elements of the Hubbard Founder are inspired by athletic shoes, but the look is a classic leather shoe that will be right at home in the office.

Bloody Knuckles Hand Rescue

Dry, cracked hands are like living testaments to a man’s hard work and ingenuity. And while hard working hands are to be celebrated, let’s be honest; dry, cracked hands feel awful. That’s why Duke Cannon introduced Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm. Made with lanolin, it provides much-needed moisture without leaving the hands feeling sticky or greasy. Formulated to repair the hands of workers, fighters, and world champions, it is unscented so your hands don’t smell like flowers.

Classic Pendleton Scarf

A classic muffler… light, soft & warm. Woven in great colors and patterns. It’s warranted to be a Pendleton. So, what guy wouldn’t like one or more of these in their wardrobe?


Bourbon Cedar Cologne

A perfect warm woodsy note for the Pacific Northwest. This cologne and the accompanying soaps, lotions and conditioners will make him feel and smell great.
Made with all natural ingredients.

UGG Conductive Gloves
These fuzzy lined leather gloves come equipped with touchscreen compatible fingertips so he can stay warm and stylish without surrendering his phone.

Robert Graham RobeA plush robe should be a necessary indulgence in a gentleman’s grooming routine, and this luxurious paisley option fits the bill nicely.

No matter what present you end up with; your guy is bound to love it if it helps him achieve our motto: “Dress well, Be Confident, Find Success!”

Invited to a dinner party but not sure what to wear? …Consult the menu.

A dinner party is different than a backyard BBQ, in that there will usually be far fewer people invited.  Dressing well for a dinner party is a sign of courtesy to your host, and you’ll feel like the odd man out if you’re underdressed. The simplest way to assure you look your best is by avoiding shorts, distressed jeans, graphic tee shirts… And don’t even think about sweats, PJs or a tank top. Unfortunately, many dinner invitations neglect to stipulate a dress code so you can usually look appropriate by looking at the occasion and what’s for dinner…

When attending dinner with friends, you will want to look put together but still convey a relaxed attitude. Here are a few scenarios…

  1. Say you have been invited out to a nice restaurant to celebrate a promotion, or some other special occasion. You might try a pair of dark suit pants, a cotton dress shirt with a silk tie, a sweater and/or sport coat and a good pair of leather shoes. Dinner might start with a cocktail (old fashioned is a classic choice), to be followed up with a nice cut of meat and a glass of Cabernet.
  2. Dinner at home? When people entertain at home they want their guests to be comfortable. Cords, chinos or nice denim are all appropriate and will pair nicely with a button down sport shirt. If it’s chilly, add a sweater, and a casual jacket. Finish off your outfit with leather shoes, and socks with a splash of color. The gathering will probably involve a glass of wine that the hosts have chosen to go with whatever they are serving, always be prepared for pasta, or maybe chicken, either way you will want to make sure you use your napkin wisely.
  3. For a very casual get-together (Say taco night at a good friend’s house, or the kid’s birthday party at a pizza parlor) you might choose a flannel shirt with denim and a pair of chukka boots. Not a flannel kind of guy? How about a long sleeve Henley with a light weight cotton jacket? Beer and sodas are probably in your future here. Remember, just because you have known them since High School, doesn’t mean you should dress like you are still there.

As Oscar Wilde said: “You can never be overdressed, or overeducated.” Don’t worry about being the best dressed person at the party, people will notice, and they will step up their attire, at the next gathering.  You can always; Dress Well, be Confident, Find Success! Cheers!


The Last of Summer’s Adventures Looking Good on the Go…

As summer draws to a close we try to fit in as many outdoor activities as possible. Whether your idea of outdoor activities is hunting and fishing, or a walk to the neighborhood park, your clothes need to work for you and not against you.

When the pavement ends, you’re best avoiding all-white looks, suede boots and anything that dirt won’t readily brush off of. Know that country walks in Oregon generally mean mud. So, your lower half should be clothed in fabric that doesn’t fear the washing machine, like a dark denim. Or earthy chinos from the brand born in the mountains… Kühl. But the mountain man look might be inappropriate if your ‘hike’ is not the Pacific Crest Trail, but just down the street to the pub to sit on the patio. In that case, a light weight trouser and a stretchy button up shirt from Mizzen + Main might be a better choice.

A Ranger backpack from Filson is great on the trail, but in town a touring bag is plenty. It’s just big enough for a wool shirt, so you can stay until after sunset, and a flask of something warming. Just in case you get lost on the way home.

When it showers in town, you’re rarely more than ten feet from a doorway. When you’re caught out on the trail, shelter is tougher to find. If the thought of a coat leaves you sweating, reach for a lightweight windbreaker or packable jacket, rolled up and stored at the bottom of your bag, if it stays nice nobody needs to know you even brought one. If you get caught in a shower you’ll stay dry while the rest of your party gets soaked.

When the skies threaten more than a brief dousing, you need something more robust. The waxed jackets from Filson have become the Pacific NW uniform for men who spend a lot of time in the rain, either looking after animals or shooting them. The brand is a classic for a reason… it has been protecting adventurous men from the weather’s worst since 1891.

Another PNW brand that is great for town or country is Pendleton. Since 1865 they have been making wool shirts, scarves and hats that are perfect for our climate. They will keep you warm on those cool late summer evenings even if you get wet. That’s why the Pendleton board shirt has been a standard for beach parties since the1950s.

Wherever you decide to seek outdoor recreation, you can still Dress well, Be confident, find Success!


Patterns Upon Patterns

Easy to pair – Need not be boring.
There are so many colors and patterns available in menswear today, yet we often hear guys who profess to wanting totally neutral clothing. What this usually translates to is that they have heard too many rules about how to pair, or not pair patterns and colors. It’s confusing and they don’t want to look silly. Of course, there are also a lot of men out there who are colorblind, which makes pairing colors more challenging. In either case, we can help. Whether you are looking to upgrade your casual, or business style, the sales staff at The Natty Dresser is happy to help you pair items together in a way that is not boring; and will get you compliments.

Interview Look – Help on making a good impression.
Some guys just need to get it together for an interview. Bring in your Sunday best and we can help you accessorize to get you noticed (in a good way). Be sure to bring in your shoes for a shine too.

Total Wardrobe Assessment – Your personal stylists.
Are you looking to update your entire wardrobe, but don’t really know where to begin?Start by getting rid of things you really don’t like or want (Helpful hints on how to do that can be found in the blog entry: “Spring Cleaning… Knocking it out of the closet” ) Then call us for a wardrobe assessment appointment. At the appointment, you will bring in the clothing that you love, but aren’t sure how to pair. We will start by showing you which of these items are the ones that work best for your desired look. Then we will explore ways to help you pair the items you have, and making suggestions for other items that would work to make your wardrobe more versatile.

Single Outfit Build – A start for upgrading your wardrobe.
Some guys don’t have any clothing that fit the new level of dress that they are trying to achieve. In that case, our stylists can help you put together a killer outfit that can serve as the corner stone of your new wardrobe. Once you have decided on the outfit you want, we can make recommendations on ways to expand on it going forward, so that in time you can totally upgrade your look.

At The Natty Dresser we are ready to help you achieve the look you want and need.

Dress well, Be Confident, Find Success!

Fit Is King

Speaking of Proper Fit
“Fit is King.” It’s an old saying, but so very true. A well-fitted cheap suit is going to look better than an ill-fitting suit that costs much more. However, with that said; a cheap suit is going to start looking very cheap quickly. The fabrics and construction methods used in making a such a suit (the inner lining and padding is all glued into place), just won’t stand the test of time… or cleaning. So be sure to take that into consideration when buying a suit.

The importance of fit goes well beyond suits. Your casual clothing is also going to look better and last longer if it fits well. Last longer? That’s right. Well-fitted clothing will last longer, because of a couple of simple reasons…

  1. Clothing that is too large or too small is much more likely to tear along the seams, because it gets pulled in ways that were never intended.
  2. Oversized clothing is easier to get snagged on things like door handles, cabinet corners and car doors. Ending up with those annoying and virtually impossible to repair L-shaped tears in the cloth.
  3. Clothing that is too long is super annoying and ends up with damage. Pant hems fray and become unsightly, coat and shirt sleeves end up getting drug through your food, or catching on drawer pulls and generally getting in the way.
  4. When your clothing fits well you take better care of it. Sloppily fitting clothing just doesn’t seem important, therefore, you don’t worry about changing out of it to do yard work, or painting the kitchen cabinets.

Of course even clothing that you intentionally choose to do yard work and home improvement projects in is going to be more comfortable, and safer to work in if it fits well. Baggy ill-fitting clothing is a life and safety hazard around power equipment.

Beyond making your clothing last longer – well fitted clothing will also improve how you feel. When you are well dressed you will feel more confident and with that comes a better self image. People you come in contact with will pick up on your over all well being and happiness, and will be more likely to treat you better. Whether on the job or out on the town, you will find yourself getting compliments and respect from your co-workers, friends and relations.

So, what does it take to make sure your clothing fits well? Start with taking a close friend (or your spouse) shopping with you. Someone who will be honest with you about how the clothing looks. If you are of average build it should be pretty easy to find things that fit right off the rack. You don’t need to pass over a jacket whose sleeves are a little long, or whose waist is a touch to big. Those things can easily be altered by a competent alterations specialist. However, if you are not an average size, it may be harder for you to find clothing that fits right off the rack. That is where a sales clerk who knows clothing construction and how it should fit can be of great service.  Larger gents will probably find that a coat that fits around the waist may be too large in the shoulders and too long in the sleeve. These are fixable, but if you are buying a cheap suit it may not be worth the cost of tailoring. Why? Because; it won’t change the fact that it is still a cheap suit and will not hold up to repeated wearing and cleaning.

The staff at The Natty Dresser can help you find clothing that fits well and makes you look your best. With an onsite tailor, as well as two seamstresses, we are set up to do alterations and repairs of all kinds; on men’s and women’s clothing purchased at The Natty Dresser or not.  Our alteration staff is available Tuesday – Friday from 10am until 6pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but we do ask that you make an appointment for bridal gowns and formalwear.

Remember if Fit is King, you to can be treated like royalty.

Dress well, Be confident, Find Success!



Spring Cleaning – Knock it out of the closet!

Do you stand in front of your closet and wonder if there is anything in there that you want to wear? Sometimes a good purge can be liberating… But how to start? Here are a few of our favorite suggestions:

The hanger trick. This is not a quick fix, but it can help when you can’t decide whether to get rid of something or not. Turn all of the hangers in your closet so that they are hooked onto the bar from behind. When you wear something, turn the hanger around to its normal position. At the end of the year, anything that is still hanging backwards, is probably not needed.

The Five Piles. Start by getting a glass of wine, this could take a while. Take all the clothes out of your closet and put them on the bed. You are going to sort them into 4 piles:

  1. Definitely keep. You don’t need a pile for these really, just put them back in that empty closet (here is where the hanger trick works best).
  2. Sentimental or otherwise irrationally loved clothing. These are going to get boxed up and put in the back of the closet so they aren’t a distraction on a daily basis. Mark the box well so you can find the item you want when you want it.
  3. Needs work. These are the things that need a button, or a hem. Also items that are too small or big, and need to be tailored. If you want to keep it but it doesn’t fit it goes in this pile. Before it can go in the closet it needs to be fixed so do it… or load it in the car and take it to your tailor. The Natty Dresser can provide those services if you need us.
  4. Donate. These are items that can still be worn by someone, but that you, for whatever reason don’t want any longer. These items should be neatly packed into a box (or boxes), and taken to your local shelter or another agency that works with people who need assistance. Locally we recommend FISH of Albany. They have an outstanding track record of charitable work.
  5. Throw away. You will know this when you see it. Clothing that is stained or faded or torn. Nobody wants your garbage, so please don’t donate it.

Professional Help. Sometimes you need an outside opinion. There are businesses out there that specialize in making order from chaos. When every attempt at doing it yourself ends in frustration or inaction, call in the Pros. Our friends at Queen Bee may be just what you need to get a handle on your overflowing closet. You can find them at: www.queenborganizing.com

Once your closet has been paired down be sure to contact The Natty Dresser for a wardrobe consultation. We can suggest pieces that you can use to freshen up the items that made the cut, into outfits that you will feel great wearing

Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!

JZ Richards Neckties

Never underestimate the value of a man’s necktie.
The right tie can off-set the austerity of a business suit, help you stand out in an interview setting, or simply add elegance to your evening wear. But more importantly, your tie is an expression of style. Whether you go for paisley, a bold stripe, or a fancy print, your tie will make a statement.

What makes JZ Richards ties special?
In short; The fabrics. Because all of the fabrics are exclusive in-house designs, and don’t use any ho-hum mass-market materials like other brands do, JZ Richards ties are unique and you can count on the quality of the fabric. All J.Z. neckwear is made from 100% Silk, a fiber that can be dyed or printed with very rich, full colors. Since all J.Z. ties are made from the finest silk, your tie will not only feel great, but its color and design will be crisp and clean.

Made in the USA
J. Z. Richards is a family-owned and operated company based in Boulder, Colorado.
The ties are hand-made in New York. The quality American craftsmanship that goes into every J.Z. Richards tie results in a durable tie that knots easily, doesn’t slip, and is quality inside and out. Your J.Z. Richards tie always looks great. And so will you.

Points of distinction
• All J.Z. Richards’ designs are exclusive.
• Designs are developed by J.Z. Richards’ in-house design team.
• Fantastic clear colors. Customers tell us that the colors make JZ ties so easy to wear.
• All J.Z. Richards’ ties are hand-made in the U.S.A.
• Hand-sewn labels replace traditional bartacks.
• Every J.Z. tie has a jacquard lining.
• A self-fabric loop keeps the small end in place and looking neat.
• Interlinings are cut on a perfect 45-degree bias, so your tie will always hang straight.
• J.Z. Richards ties average 58 ½” in length, longer than the industry standard.
• J.Z. ties are sewn with a 3/8” seam allowance on both points, for durability.

J.Z. Richards’ ties are only available in the finest men’s stores, like The Natty Dresser, where quality is always our number one goal. The Natty Dresser staff of professional stylists are here to help you, so you can have confidence that your J.Z. Richards tie is perfectly coordinated with your outfit.

Dress Well, be Confident, Find Success!

Try Sockwell to put a spring in your step.

The word is finally getting out that The Natty Dresser carries these amazing socks…

What makes them so amazing? How about a sock that basically gives you a foot rub all day long! So far I have been trying to avoid using the words “Compression socks”, because for many that conjures up images of congestive heart failure, swelled ankles and nursing homes. Compression socks are indeed used to help people who are going through that kind of health issue, they are also great for those of us who are on our feet all day. If you have any of the following jobs you should try a pair of Sockwell Therapeutic performance socks; Waiter or Waitress, Postal Worker, Hotel Concierge, Retail Sales (or anyone who stands behind a counter all day), Doctors, Nurses, Janitors, Security Guards.

But wait there is more!
What if you sit all day? Sockwell Therapeutic performance socks are great for you too.
We have all heard the stories of relatively healthy people who take a long plane ride or sit in an office chair for extended amounts of time with out getting up and then fall down dead from a blood clot. They would be helped by wearing these socks.  You yourself may have kicked your shoes off on a long plane ride and found upon arrival at your destination that your feet would not fit back into your shoes because of the swelling. The graduated compression helps keep blood from pooling in your feet when you are sitting for long periods of time (just like it does for those folks in the nursing home).

  • Personal experience: My uncle was working in an office setting, apparently doing some training, He developed the largest blood clots his doctor had ever seen just from sitting for long periods of time with out taking time to walk around and get the blood flowing. Please do yourself a favor… get up and walk around every 2 hours just to get that blood moving.

So you are now thinking it may not be a bad idea to give this a little more thought, but you don’t want to wear ugly socks. Well you are in luck! These do not look like those nursing home socks you have seen grand-dad wearing, Sockwell has a plethora of colors and designs that will help keep your sock drawer looking like a fun place to explore. (We also carry basic black for our waiter and bartender friends who are not allowed bright colored socks).

In summation: Sockwell Therapeutic performance socks – Made in the USA – Promote circulation, minimize swelling and reduce fatigue. Since they are made from marino wool, bamboo and spandex they have natural moisture wicking, thermal regulation, natural odor control, and are super soft to the touch. They are recommended for all day wear, for people who stand or sit for extended periods, or are recovering from a sickness or injury.

As a bonus… the over the calf design STAYS UP ALL DAY!!!

Come into The Natty Dresser and feel these, I am convinced that once you try a pair, you will want more.