Sartorial Quick Tip: Telling Time.


What do you do when somebody asks you, “What time is it?” Hopefully, you’re not reaching into your pocket to grab your phone, or worse: the phone’s already in your hand because you just got done checking some text, tweet, or Facebook status update.

Don’t get us wrong, mobile phones are great. They do lots for us, but they’re never—never—a substitute for a fine timepiece.

You should care about owning a watch for the same reasons you feel naked without your wallet. Being with you day-in and day-out, your watch becomes a part of your personality. It makes a statement—a bold one. And yes, it tells time too.

The wristwatch is the pinnacle style-accessory. Now, you can go big, go subtle, or have a selection. That’s up to you and your income, social-status, or whatever you want to call it. Either way, every man should have his “everyday watch.” That’s a good starting point.

The your everyday watch should be durable (stainless steel=no rust), it should be style-neutral, and it should be of moderate to high-quality. This means passing on the vending machine digitals. Seriously, if it means saving up some green-backs, do it. It’s well worth it. Trust us.

-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

The white dress shirt.


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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