Glasses: Hemingway wore them, and he was a bad-ass.

WEBB, WHISKEY TORTOISE MATTE EYE GLASSES by WARBY PARKER, $95

Whether your a braggadocio, a machismo, or just near-sighted, your glasses say more about your personality & style than—dare we say?—your entire wardrobe.

If you’re due for a new pair, or your just getting into your first, we believe you should go bold or go home. Glasses are personal like your signature, so why not represent yourself tastefully?

When it comes to choosing a pair of bold frames, check out the gallery at warbyparker.com. Their vintage inspired frames boast old-school appeal from straight-up nerd to dignified professor or 50’s businessman-type. You get the idea.

-Rochester Sartorial

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Socks: the underrated way to express yourself.

ARGYLE DRESS SOCKS by EXPRESS, $11

With fall coming up, chances are you’re going barefoot less often, and if not, people are probably staring at your feet…for the wrong reasons. So spruce up that nifty wardrobe with some new socks.

Socks offer you the chance to add color to the old walking sticks, and it’s pretty easy to do. Imagine you’re matching your shirt to your pants—it’s like that but with your socks. If you really want to go bold, check out the argyles up top.

A man should take pride in his socks. If you look after them—and by that we mean washing them regularly—they will look after you.

-Rochester Sartorial

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Stay dignified…the Dopp Kit.

DOPP KIT by MERONA, $10 at TARGET

What’s a Dopp Kit you say? It’s your batten-down the hatches, simple to the core, overnight bag. Of course, we don’t call the Dopp Kit ” your overnight bag” because first, it’s not manly enough, and second, there aren’t any clothes in it—only essentials.

The Dopp Kit is something no dapper, dignified, or self-respecting, style-setting, sartorial son-of-gun should travel without. Wait a second…did I just go on a rant?

Anyway, back to the good stuff—your Dopp Kit.

  • It should be made of nylon or canvas. Don’t waste too much money on leather this and leather that. This thing is going to the ends of the world with you, or at least to a friends house or hotel or something. Nylon ensures durability & easy care. Besides, you shouldn’t be making a statement with your Dopp Kit.
  • It should be small enough to stack easily in your bag…
  • …but large enough for travel essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste & floss, deodorant, nail-clippers, headache medicine, body wash & shampoo, razor, shaving cream, extra contact lenses/glasses, & lip balm.
  • …personalize as you must.

The well-equipped Dopp Kit will see you through thick & thin. Take care of it, and it will take care of you.

-Rochester Sartorial

*The term “Dopp Kit” refers to its maker, Charles Doppelt. He was a leather-craftsman from Germany who immigrated to the US during the early 20th century.

Living: night life in the city…cafe.

COME TO CITY CAFE

216 1st Ave SW, Rochester—good drinks, good friends, & a great place to BE…go ahead and breathe it in like antihistamine. What else could you be doing on a Friday night? If you didn’t know already, the bartender knows what he’s doing.

-Rochester Sartorial

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Shawl-collar sweaters anyone?

SHAWL-COLLAR SWEATER by THE GAP, $60

Part dignified, part relaxed…but never lazy. The shawl-collar sweater is great during fall’s shifting weather patterns. You can wear it over a button up on mild days, or you can throw a jacket over it when the weather turns south.

You should own one of these because they are unique yet extremely versatile. Oh yeah. One last thing—button with caution. You don’t want to look uncomfortable in your otherwise extremely comfortable sweater.

-Rochester Sartorial

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The Fall Scarf: to wear or not to wear?

SELECTED SCARVES by EXPRESS, $30

Wear…if you’re manly enough.

Fall is the perfect time to dable in things outside your normal sartorial-style boundaries. And what better place to start then with a scarf?  They’re a essential during unpredictable fall weather and easy to wear. Here are some basic rules to follow:

  • Worry less about color and more about texture. Don’t get all caught up in what color scarf you should wear. Find one that feels good to the touch, and that’s not too thick. Light-weight fabrics, like cotton, are best during fall. Save wool for winter.
  • If you are worried about color, grey and black will go with anything.
  • Wear any scarf loose around your neck with layers, or tightened-up  & tucked into your fall jacket.
  • Wear them like you don’t care—because you shouldn’t. They’re there to keep you warm. That’s it really.
  • Try to act like you don’t notice everyone staring at you because you’re wearing a scarf. Don’t worry, it’s a good thing.

It’s really not tough at all. Pretty soon, you’ll never want to leave home without one.

-Rochester Sartorial

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Jacket buttons & jacket etiquette: the secret code.

“Should I button the top? The bottom? What about both? Hell, when am I even supposed to button a suit jacket?” If you’re not sure on jacket-button etiquette, don’t worry—we got you.

First rule: Button when your standing. Unbutton when your sitting.

Second rule: Seat backs are no place for a jacket, especially a suit jacket. Either check it, hang it up, or tough it out. If you must, sling it over your shoulder, but if you’re going to take any long excursions, put it back on.

Now that we got the simple stuff out of the way, let’s move on to something a little more complex. But don’t worry, we’ll take it easy at first.

  • One-button (See. I told you we’d ease into it.): Button this one.
  • Two-buttons: only button the top one.
  • Three-buttons: only the middle one.
  • Four-buttons: …don’t buy a four button suit jacket.
  • Double-breastead: this one is tricky, but I have faith in you. Only button the middle button connecting to your left or right side.
  • If you’re rockin’ a vest, button all but the last one.

There you go! That’s it! Now throw on your suit jacket, blazer, or sport coat and take over the world darn-it!

-Rochester Sartorial

Indigo + Jeans = Essential.

JEANS- $30, TARGET

An overflowing closet full of clothes doesn’t guarantee style. Actually, it’s probably the opposite. Signature-style starts with simple & essential—enter, the indigo wash jean.

-Rochester Sartorial

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Living: The Loop.

Located at 318 1st Ave SW, the Loop boasts downtown loft-chic atmosphere with modern prep. & presentation. Halloween cobwebs? For good measure.

Eat, drink, & be merry.

-Rochester Sartorial

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The white dress shirt.

1MX FITTED DRESS SHIRT by EXPRESS, $60

I’m sure you own one. If not, that’s step one. With that out of the way, let’s move on to step two, three, & so on.

  • It must fit  perfectly. Sitting well on the shoulders and tapered through the waist. You shouldn’t have to re-tuck  your shirt every time you twist or turn.
  • Cotton, cotton, and cotton. If it’s not 100%, draw the line at a two-fabric blend like cotton/spandex. The spandex serves a purpose—no mystery ingredients please.
  • Look for high quality, not necessarily high price. Remember, it’s all about the fit.

The perfect white shirt can be dressed up or dressed down. Paired with jeans or slacks. You choose. That’s the beauty.

– Rochester Sartorial

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