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

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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

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

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