Next Please: Oxford Lace-Ups.

OXFORD SHOE by H&M, $20

OXFORD SHOE by H&M, $20

Nothing says, “classic” like the traditional oxford lace-up.

They used to be  the “everyday-ers” that would fit any outfit really. But back then, most outfits included slacks. Now a days, we have the luxury to dress up jeans, and nothing dresses up jeans and a button up combo like a pair of lived-in classic oxfords.

The shoe above sports a modern low profile sole with a pronounced heel that gives this shoe its iconic status.

Pair any black shoe with black—of course—or navy blue for starters. Once you get more confident, try any plethora of multi-colored chinos. The world is your canvas.

-Rochester Sartorial

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Fall Territory: The Chukka

SUEDE CHUKKA by CALVIN KLIEN $120

What is a Chukka do you ask?

Put plainly, Chukkas are ankle-length boots with two or three pairs of eyelets for lacing. They gained their popularity back in the 1940s and 50s when they were known as casual wear. But for today’s man, the Chukka is perfect for dressing up a casual outfit or dressing down your slacks and sweater combo.

We see a lot of them showing up right around fall because of their versatility (see above), color—which is usually a shade of brown or tan—, and protection against falling temps and changing weather.

We recommend at least one pair of these in your sartorial arsenal because they’re comfortable when broken-in but still look good enough for a night out.

-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

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.

Fifty Shades of Hipster-wear

NEW WAYFARER by, RAY-BAN $125

Yeah yeah, it seems as though the iconic plastic-wraps, known as the Ray-Ban Wayfarer, are everywhere and on everyone—for a good reason.

Affordable and potential to look great on just about anyone, the Wayfarer has the magical ability to cross gender lines, face-shapes and attitudes. From city-hipster to business something-or-another, pretty much anyone can rock these. Besides, it’s cool to protect your eyes.

We recommend the New Wayfarer because of their updated size and fit. Try a matte havana finish with green lenses or the classic tortoise also with green lenses (noticing a trend here?). They’re actually less common than the simple blacks but will still get attention like some of the bolder colored frames—but in a good way. Being subtle, it takes a trained eye to notice them—which is the kind of company you’ll want to keep.

Plus, JFK had a pair of the tortoise—check please.

-Rochester Sartorial

Photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

The Cardigan: dress it up…or down. You choose.

CARDIGAN by EXPRESS, $70

The cardigan can dress-down an otherwise uptight slacks & dress-shirt combo, while being able to dress-up a jean & shirt combo.

Amazing.

Also, with the weather heading south, the cardigan is a layering icon—if there ever was such a thing. You don’t have to worry about pulling it over your head when things get a bit chilly…or hot.

If you are dressing-up a casual outfit, wear your cardigan like you’re not trying to call attention to yourself. Wear it like a matter-of-fact—such as, “Matter-of-fact: it’s chilly. I’m going to put on my cardigan to my otherwise fine outfit.” Do this and you will be just fine.

We recommend looking for neutral colors—grey, charcoal, or a variety of blues—so that you can pair it with as many items as you’d like. You want it to be versatile. Focus on texture (like the one in the picture). Texture says, “style” but in a subtle way.

-Rochester Sartorial

Photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

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