Black Tie, White Tie: A Guide To Formal Attire

Author: Zachary Lowell

Men's Black Tie Attire

In this age of comfortable casual, the mores and standards of formal attire are become increasingly obscure. Some day in the future perhaps, formal dress codes, such as they exist today, may only be mentioned as tid-bits of historical curiosity. But whether you’re awaiting such an era with hope or fear, it hasn’t arrived yet and guys everywhere still need to know how to dress themselves appropriately in social situations that call for more than jeans and polo shirts. Read More

What’s The Deal With Fabric Finishing?

Author: Zachary Lowell

Close-up View: Finished Yarn For Shirt Fabric

What makes a great shirt? Of course the first-glance visual appeal of a shirt – its style, color, fit – is an important factor in how most of us judge and appraise our favorite tops. But, as with most things, when it comes to the essence of an awesome shirt, there is more to quality than meets the eye. All good shirts begin with outstanding fabric, and outstanding fabrics require top-notch finishing. Read More

The Fabric With The Midas Touch

Author: Zachary Lowell

Gold Particles Under Magnification

Over the past few years, nanotechnology has lead to some pretty exciting developments in the clothing industry. For example, we’ve seen (and written about) a range of stylish fabrics which incorporate nanofibers designed to fight disease, reduce odor, and generate electricity. But what have these space-age fabrics lacked so far? Gold! Read More

Fashion Lessons From A Tough Economy

Author: Zachary Lowell

Men's Fashion During The Recession

While male fashion might not change much month to month, season to season, when you compare the state of men’s style today with five years ago, even the most casual observer can see a world of difference. Perhaps the biggest change of all has been the return of rugged, suit-wearing macho men who seem to have run the primped-to-perfection metro sprites of yesteryear out of town. But what could be the reason for this drastic sea change in style? The answer actually may have quite a bit to do with the world’s current financial woes. Read More

What’s The Deal With Popped Collars?

Author: Zachary Lowell

Popped Collar Shirt Portait

When you get right down to it, fashion is subjective and mostly a matter of personal taste. On forums and blogs throughout the web, there’s plenty of room for debating the informal rules and accepted standards for how people should dress in certain situations, most of which are based on either opinions or obscure traditions. Yet, there is one thing that most people concerned with fashion seem to have reached a consensus on: the tackiness of the popped collar. Read More

Wedding Shirts: Getting Hitched In Style

Author: Zachary Lowell

Custom Wedding Shirts

In the past, we’ve had occasion on the ShirtsMyWay blog to drop knowledge on a variety of situations where the right outfit is essential. We’ve helped you dress for a job interview, and select a suitable first date shirt; but once you’ve landed gainful employment and found the woman of your dreams, what comes next? For many guys, the next major step is going to be getting married, another event where your clothing has got to come correct. Here’s some friendly advice to help all you future hubbies find the right shirt for your joyous day. Read More

Men’s Micro Trends Of The Now

Author: Zachary Lowell

Men's Preppy Back To School Micro Trend

Much of fashion writing is centered around trends. In fact, it’s well nigh impossible to browse any style related magazine or website without hearing about the next big thing(s). Occasionally the fads drummed up by commentators strike it big in the style world, other times they never get off the ground, and sometimes they develop into micro trends. Read More

Accessories For The Everyman: Boots

Author: Zachary Lowell

Men's Boots

As many professional stylists and wardrobe consultants will tell you, men (especially North American men) have a bad habit when it comes to ignoring their footwear. Witness, for example, the number of guys who, as soon as the weekend roles around, can’t wait to throw on the same pair of ratty sneakers or cheap outdoor mocs. With winter only a short time away, it may be time to rethink your footwear and invest in a pair of classy casual boots. Read More

What’s The Deal With Sport Coats And Blazers?

Author: Zachary Lowell

Blazers, Sports Coats And How To Wear Them

In many parts of the world autumn has arrived. While it may still be too early to break out your winter parka, there is a definite nip to the air, which has a lot of men thinking about outerwear. For guys who have to wear suits every day, this is a great time of year; but for business-casual men and fellows just who want to cover up in style, what can they wear when the temps turn mild? No, not hoodies or Velor track jackets. The real answer: sports coats and blazers. Read More

What Everyone Should Know About Dress Shirt Buttons

Author: Zachary Lowell

Shirt Buttons

As anyone new to the world of tailored men’s fashion quickly learns, people who care about dress shirts – we mean really care – can be an ornery, opinionated bunch when it comes to even the tiniest minutiae of their clothing. Case in point: buttons. Those tiny clasps most people don’t give a second thought to can spark any number of heated sartorial debates. Let’s take a look at just a few of the most common button-centered issues facing today’s most fastidious dressers and see what there is to learn for the everyman. Read More