Menswear

Wedding Style: Keep it Classic

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.

Untucked.jpg  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.

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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.

Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!

 

Penny Loafer

Wolf & Shepherd

“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.

Welcome to the Wolf Pack – Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!

Hardwick Tailored Clothing

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.

 

Looking for a dress shirt…

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.

Others…
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.

Plan ahead
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!

Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!