What should every well-dressed man have in his wardrobe?

It’s a new year, and it’s time to build up your sartorial sense. That means starting with the basics and building your foundation.

So I could go on forever on this one. But if I had to narrow it down, here are a few:

A well fitted navy-blue suit (this includes a pair of trousers and vest…if applicable). It has the amazing ability to go from button-up-business to Friday-night casual in minutes.

A wristwatch. From Movado to Timex, Omega to Rolex, it’s all about the slight glance at the wrist. Check this essential accessory for the time (especially when someone asks you), not your phone.

A great pair of dress shoes, casual sneakers, and of course, boots. You get what you pay for here. So invest wisely and take care of them.

And finally, a great selection of socks. Enough said.

-Rochester Sartorial

Turkey Day do’s and don’ts.

Now were not saying you can’t cut loose and enjoy the evening like you ought to, but you’ll want to make sure you can at least look at your family when it’s all said and done. Style is more than just what you’re wearing—it’s swagger, and you don’t want to go around sacrificing that.

Here are just a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to holiday family etiquette.

  • Do bring a gift. We recommend something of the craft brew variety. Leave the domestics at home.
  • Don’t talk to much about the gift you brought. That goes for yourself too—not everyone is as interested in yourself as you are.
  • Do contribute to conversation—when appropriate. Pick your words wisely.
  • Don’t ask, “Are you going to finish that?”
  • Do participate in games. Avoid sulking at all costs.
  • Don’t overreact if your team is loosing in said games.
  • DON’T GET DRUNK! It may seems like great idea at the time, but this one is obvious. If it’s not obvious, don’t worry my young pa-da-won, you will soon understand the ways of swag.

So go forth, and have your self a good ol’ time.

-Rochester Sartorial

Textured Knit Ties: Winter, here we come.

SILK KNIT TIE by THE TIE BAR, $15

Tis the season for dressing warm and taking any chance at adding a little color to an otherwise typically dark season for style. Textured knit ties can help you do both.

Ties keep things classy, but the texture of a fine knit tie helps bring the up-tight dress up down a notch, and it looks perfect with a sweater. And like we’ve said before, texture always adds a sense of sartorial wisdom to any style-concious connoisseur. Whether silk or wool, It shows you pay attention to the details and that you care about those details.

Also, knit ties offer a chance to throw in a bit of color and excitement—just check out the example above (but don’t get too carried away). Sometimes all it takes is a tie to pull yourself together.

-Rochester Sartorial

Living: the Rochester Art Center

ROCHESTER ARTISTS COLLABORATIVE logo

A night of contemporary art at the beautiful Rochester Art Center? Of course you should go.

The RAC is moving forward in their second season of RAC2 with the work of local artists Michelle Fagan and William Schmidt. The exhibit will showcase photography as well as a presentation by the artists themselves.

You should go because one, what’s a night without contemplative art to stimulate your intellectual senses? Two, admission is free, and three, there’s a cash bar.

Art and drinks—is there any better pairing? Wings and beer maybe? Yeah, I’m sure there are others, but that’s not the point. Go ahead, live a little. You can always grab your winds and beer after the show…and you probably should.

-Rochester Sartorial

And where back with another Sartorial Quick Tip: The Peacoat

CLASSIC PEACOAT by OLD NAVY, $50

It seems the peacoat, the double-breasted wool coat with broad lapels and wooden buttons, is popping up everywhere. From James Bond to Kanye West, anyone can and should have this maritime-essential in their closet.

Pretty much any fashion brand offers some variation of the peacoat. Better yet, you can pick up an authentic U.S. Navy issue peacoat at most army/navy surplus stores for half the coast of most major brands. Today you can find tailored versions that are brought in a bit giving it a slimmer profile. And stick to the primary peacoat colors: navy blue, charcoal, or black.

We recommend wearing the peacoat at casual events—friendly get-togethers, downtown loft parties, or even when you’re out running some errands. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up a bit through layers. Try a pair black slacks, dark khaki chinos, or even indigo jeans, a button down, and a thick cable knit sweater on top of that. Oh yeah, a scarf is almost always a must. But in all honesty, you can really do whatever you want with this thing, as long as you don’t try to pass it off as dressy.

-Rochester Sartorial

Veteran’s Day.

THERE’S NO REASON YOU SHOULDN’T LIKE THIS.

Rochester Sartorial is taking an extended weekend. More of like a “take half of the week off because it’s veteran’s day, and everyone should go spend time with their families” weekend.

We’ll continue our shenanigans on Thurday.

Rochester Sartorial: Always providing only the truest style advice—baked fresh daily. The way it ought to be.

Speaking of Art…

LAY SOME CULTURE ON YA’ DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER

There’s a flier about town promising “One night of love…Art.”

It’s brought to you by Rochester’s UNderground ARTist happening—yeah catchy title. But it seems interesting enough.

Fella’s of the “Happening” are turning a Downtown warehouse into an art gallery for one night and one night only…Well, we hope not! This sorts of shin-dig is pretty popular in places like, Chicago, New York City, and LA. So lets keep them coming!

The artshow is going to feature:

  • 15 local artists. One of whom is Bobby Marines from “Thursdays on First” and various other art projects showcased in Downtown Rochester.
  • Their art—painting, photography, video, & sculpture,
  • Music
  • Drinks
  • And many other creative types looking to stir some creative and intellectual senses

Sounds good to us. We’ll have to check it out. We’ll report back with some highlights from the event.

-Rochester Sartorial

When and Where: Saturday, November 10, at 7:30pm. 115 N. Broadway.

ARTBASH 2012…Of course you should go.

EVENT INVITATION…YELLOW LOOKS GREAT ON IT.

Art, dinner, fundraiser, and an after party…of course you should go.

If you care about anything art or culture, you should go. What about style, fun, people, and good causes? This is the event to attend.

ARTBASH 2012 is a benefit for Rochester (MN) Art Center. The event boasts “an evening of casual elegance that will surely ignite all your senses.” And who doesn’t like their senses ignited?

The evening will start off with a cocktail hour—bring your personality, Dinner at 7pm followed by exhibitions and general mingling (which you should do). The night concludes with an after party, which you’ll want to go to…Trust us.

Check out the ARTBASH website for more info.

-Rochester Sartorial

photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

The Moka pot.

MOKA EXPRESS, 6-CUP ESPRESSO MACHINE by BIALETTI, $30 B,B, & BEYOND

Who says you need an expensive espresso maker to get some great espresso at home? If you’re lookking to get into the espresso game, it might be worth while to check-out the stove-top espresso maker—also known as the Moka pot.

The Moka pot let’s you brew a great cup of espresso without too much fuss or cost really. This one by Bialetta will get you started at $30 for a six cups.

No home should be without means of making a great cup of espresso for yourself, for your guests, or for a quick pick-me-up just before taking on a project. Besides, let’s be real here. That expensive espresso maker is probably only going to collect more dust than.

Don’t get us wrong, nothing beats espresso and espresso drinks for a top-notch espresso maker. While Moka pots are great, they can’t make “true” espresso. True espresso requires at least nine bars of pressure, and the Moka pot produces a max of 1.5 bars of pressure. Still, it’s a great starting point and a great cup of espresso.

-Rochester Sartorial

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.

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