That’s Oxford cloth button down and there’s at least one in almost every man’s closet. Back in 1896, John Brooks, grandson of the Brooks Brothers founder, took an idea from polo players, buttoning down the collar to keep it out the player’s face, and made it a preppy classic. Today, it’s a trans-seasonal, hard wearing choice for everything from jeans to a downtown suit. Choices abound with colors and gentle stripes but the basic white or pale blue Oxford cloth cotton shirt is the master of all. With or without starch, we’ll make sure your OCBD shirts are fresh and ready.
This casual classic is seen everywhere, especially in warm weather. Originated by French tennis champion René Lacoste and introduced at the 1926 U.S. Open, the shirt quickly became favored tennis attire. Soon, polo players ditched traditional button-down Oxford-cloth long sleeves for his crocodile-marked shirt. The combination of comfort, breathability, long tuckable tail, and soft collar quickly made the Lacoste popular for golfers. In 1972 Ralph Lauren founded his company on the “Polo” shirt. Today, every major clothing line includes polo shirts, worn by men, women and children for work, play, school and even for tennis. Nothing brings out the style of a polo shirt better than our professional cleaning and pressing. Try it once, we think you’ll like the combination of crisp and casual.
The first rule: keep the spotlight on the bride by avoiding white, cream or pale pastels. Prints with light backgrounds are fine, as long as they don’t read as “white” from a distance. If the ceremony is in a house of worship, cover your shoulders with a sleeved dress or jacket. If the wedding’s outdoors, skip the heels and wear comfortable flats that won’t sink into the lawn. A fancier evening reception demands a cocktail dress or your standby little black dress. Beachside festivities are casual, time for a graphic sundress with a cardigan or short denim jacket for after dark. And don’t forget the sunscreen.
Women have it easy with a simple non-white dress. In summer, a man’s traditional dark suit can be too warm, somber and predictable. For a city wedding, choose a lightweight suit in gray, blue or a subtle pattern. Style it up with a pastel Oxford or poplin shirt. In the country, blazers and sport coats reign, paired with well-cut chinos. Seaside or resort? A tailored white shirt, colored chinos and a light-colored linen blazer. Keep everything understated and appropriate for the venue. And always be ready with a clever toast.
Linen’s looser weave allows air flow and circulation. Absorbent and conductive, linen wicks moisture back into the air and naturally feels cooler. The wrinkled, rumpled look of linen is a side effect of the flax fiber’s inherent structure, considered by some to be a sign of comfortable elegance. Linen’s long-lasting quality costs a bit more, and takes a little more care but linen can be a summer pleasure. We clean and finish linen garments to your specification, from crisp to relaxed.
Choosing the right gown for a pear-shaped figure starts with a skirt that gradually flares out from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. Real Simple advises sturdier fabrics that won’t cling like duchesse satin or taffeta. Showcase a thinner upper body with a spaghetti-strap bodice or V-neckline. Add the finishing finesse of our alterations experts for a perfect fit for your special day.
“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,” said poet Oscar Wilde, famous for his “living well is the best revenge.” Before your well-tied knot has a chance to help, be sure your tie is spotless. It’s another universal truth that the more expensive the tie, the more prone it seems to attract soup, café au lait or wine stains. Our stain experts know how to gently restore your neckwear to like-new condition.
Freshen your wardrobe with affordable trend pieces inspired by major designers. Lavender is the it color for 2018, add a piece or two to brighten your basics. Dark raw selvedge black denim is seen in tailored pieces, suit separates and skirts. Trench coats, glittery sequins and feathers show up in surprising ways. Whatever you find, remember we can improve the fit with alterations that add style and comfort.
Even clothes from top designers don’t always fit right off the rack. When you find a must-have for this season, buy one size up and bring it to us. Our expert onsite alterations department will tailor your new “fashion must have” to custom perfection.
Not the perennial border plant, the color. One of the hottest spring trend colors is soft, feminine lavender. You saw it in on the runway in knits, suiting and formal wear from Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors and you’ll find it on racks in retailers near you. This toned-down purple pastel is flattering, soft and fresh.