We’re not sure about you, but when we get an invitation to a “Black Tie” or “Semi-formal” function, our first thought is: Do they really mean Black Tie?
Black-tie formal wear; What it actually means: Black tie is a dress code for social functions that start after 6 p.m., and basically translates to “this party is super fancy and men should wear tuxedos – with a black tie.” Black tie is the most formal dress code you’ll probably face when to comes to weddings or galas. For women, it’s customary to wear floor-length gowns. NOTE: This is the same dress code as “Semi-Formal.” “Formal,” means White Tie and Tails.
Black Tie Optional: If you receive an invite with the term “Black Tie Optional” or “Black Tie Encouraged” it means you can opt for a suit or sport coat instead of a tuxedo, but you should still wear a tie (not necessarily black). For women, it means opting for a cocktail dress if you would like, so long as the hemline isn’t too short or the style isn’t too revealing. Essentially, ladies should choose a dress that’ll hold up alongside a room full of men in formal tuxedos, and women who potentially have chosen to wear gowns.
The best course of action when you receive such an invitation, is to reach out to the host and ask what they’re really expecting to see.
At the Natty Dresser we sell and rent tuxedos and suits for all of life’s special occasions. Drop in and see what we have to offer.
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It is easy to understand why a couple would want to make their wedding day special, and even want it to stand out from other weddings they have attended, but one thing we at The Natty Dresser always advise keeping the basics classic. Fads come and go, but the classic looks live on. This simple principal will insure that you won’t be embarrassed by your wedding photos in the future.
Have fun with the table decor, the guest book, even the toasts that are given, but make sure that the first photo of you as man & wife is one that you will be happy to have hang in the entryway of your home when you are in your golden years.
The big fad we see right now in weddings is having the groomsmen in vest and trousers with no coat. While it might be fun to take some photos like this, be sure to get some with all of the guys in coats. Why? Because every guy looks better in a suit than in shirt sleeves. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and while it looks great on a Pinterest board, chances are it won’t translate well in real life. It can be almost impossible to keep that shirt tucked in all day, and a jacket will help hide an escaping shirt tail.
This is a real wedding photo, the uniformity is broken by
the bands of bright white and mis-matched belts.
As a guy I can tell you that when the men in this photo saw it for the first time, all they saw was that white shirt creeping out from below the vest. The flowers on the vests tell me they didn’t have a coat to wear, and this problem probably just got worse as the day went on.
Be sure to plan for all the body types in your wedding party, not everyone will look good in an ultra slim suit, that is why there are a few styles that we carry in both slim AND ultra slim. This way everyone will look good in your wedding photos.
Suspenders when worn with a vest should always go under the vest.
Here is another Fad that should be avoided on your wedding day… Suspenders OVER a vest. Guys, this is NOT a thing! Please don’t let her and her Pinterest board do this to you and your groomsmen.
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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.
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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.
An old saying becomes a new brand…
The Natty Dresser is now stocking a Knit Denim Called Two Birds One Stone (2B1S) that is so stretchy and comfortable they feel like you are wearing your PJs! The best part however, is the fact that they don’t look like your PJs. You can dress them up with a stretchy Mizzen + Main Sport shirt and a Hardwick soft blazer and people will compliment you on how dressed up you are. – All the while you are thinking “I could sleep in this outfit… Or party, or go on a date or take a meeting with a client.”
Two Birds One Stone is the culmination of a 3 year quest to design the world’s most comfortable pair of jeans. The look of your favorite denim, combined with the feel of your most comfortable sweat pants. Making these jeans has been an exhaustive labor of love, overcoming three major hurdles…
1. The fabric – One with the required comfort and stretch, without bagging.
2. The right fit for the fabric – One that is forgiving, and fits a wide range of body styles.
3. Subtle classic wash treatments – For a premium denim look, and fabric softness.
Drop into The Natty dresser and try on a pair of 2B1S you will be amazed at how comfortable they are, but you will also be amazed at how good they look!
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“Dress for performance”
That is the tag line for our newest line of shoes. Wolf and Shepherd (W&S) are a comfortable performance shoe that happens to look like a beautiful dress shoe. The founder of the company, Justin Schneider, was designing athletic shoes for another company, using the latest in performance technology. A conversation with a friend lead Justin to drop everything and focus on a new concept… A comfortable dress shoes.
As a former track and field athlete for Notre Dame, Justin knows what performance in a shoe means. Justin laced up a pair of W&S prototypes for a 5K and completed the race in under 20 mins — blister free he was convinced the world was ready for the modern dress shoe. W&S was born.
When we met Justin at a trade show and heard his story (and tried on his shoes) we knew that they would be a great addition to the footwear offerings at The Natty Dresser.
We carry a good inventory of the Wingtip and the Cap Toe and have samples of their Driver, Penny Loafer and Chukka. If we don’t have the style you want in the size you need we can order them and in most cases have them to you in a week. (Sooner if you are willing to pay for expedited shipping). W&S are currently only available in ‘D’ width, but luckily enough for you wide footed guys, they are developing the lasts for wide widths, and should have them available for most styles in 2018.
Come into the shop and try a pair on, we think you will agree they are the perfect shoe to help you perform at your best.
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When we started The Natty Dresser it was our desire to offer as many “made in America” brands as possible. The very first delivery of merchandise we received was a large closet box full of Hardwick suits. I am happy to say that we still offer Hardwick suits here at The Natty Dresser and even better; I am happy to report that the current suits are far superior to that first delivery.
Hardwick is the oldest tailored clothing company in the US, and has been making tailored clothing in their plant in Cleveland, Tennessee since July 28, 1880!
By the time The Natty Dresser started in 2014, Hardwick was on the brink of bankruptcy.
Since then the company was purchased by a man who grew up not far from the plant, and wanted to see it continue. He has changed everything. The plant has been modernized, new designers brought in and new materials sourced from the finest mills in Italy.
We have been privileged to have been a part of the rebirth of a great American company.
Stop in and see the line. We have doubled the space we have for hanging suits and added a full line of Hardwick blazers and sport coats perfect for everything from business meetings, and attending weddings; to dinners at the corner pub.
We have a lot of guys come into The Natty Dresser looking for a dress shirt for some occasion or another, and there are a lot of choices out there. For the purpose of this blog I am going to focus on that most basic staple of a man’s wardrobe… the plain white shirt. We stock plain white shirts from Cooper & Stewart, Andrew J., and Mizzen + Main.
Cooper & Stewart – Solid basics
C&S’ Basic white shirt is a non-iron 100% cotton shirt. It comes in four different cuts; Regular (classic cut), Tailored (slim cut), Tall, and Big. We can get this shirt for just about anyone. Made in China, it is our opening price point shirt and is perfect for the guy who may not need a white shirt everyday, or even every week, but wants one that will last and look good. The C&S shirt is available in a modified spread collar, and as a button down. This shirt is available in sizes up to 22″ neck with a 39″ sleeve.
Mizzen + Main – Performance wear
Mizzen+Main’s White shirt is a 4-way stretch that basically wears like a t-shirt. The white shirt is called the Manhattan, and it comes in three cuts; Regular, Slim and Tall. This shirt is made in America – Texas to be exact, and comes with a wide spread collar. sizes range from Small to XXL in the Regular and slim, and Medium to XXL in the Tall. All are equipped with convertible cuffs so you can wear cuff links if you choose too.
Andrew J. – The Perfect Shirt!
I will say that having met Andrew in person is a treat. He is passionate about shirts!
The Andrew J white shirt comes in two cuts; trim and Regular fit. Available collars are the Wide Spread, Semi Spread and Button down. All of Andrew’s shirts have a convertible cuff and is also available with a true French cuff. Starting this Winter it will also be available as a tuxedo shirt! The real difference in Andrew’s shirts is the fabric; Easy care cotton, which means you shouldn’t need to do much ironing, but it is also a high quality, long staple, 80 two ply cotton yarn that will get softer and more luxurious the more you launder it. Made in Turkey, sizes in these shirts range from 14.5″ to 18.5″ with an average sleeve length for each neck size.
We can also order white shirts from:
• Polifroni – in either their classic cut or the popular BLU trim fit cut.
• ENRO – They have great classic non-iron, non-stain shirts.
• Damon – A slightly slimmer take on a classic dress shirt with a point collar.
We can get you into a shirt and have it tailored to fit you the way you want it to fit, but that takes time. The Natty Dresser is a small store so we don’t have room to stock every size, of every style, of every brand, so we may not have the size and fit you need the day you need it.
Everyday we help guys find clothing that fits. That may mean ordering in the right item, and having it tailored. If you are a pretty standard size, we shouldn’t have any trouble, but if you are bigger, taller or more athletic than average, do yourself a favor and plan ahead. maybe that means getting a shirt now just to have it hang in your closet until you need it. But when you get invited out to drinks with the boss and some big client, you will be ready and looking good!
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