What’s in and what’s out in Men’s Fashion

After we published the post last week “How To Make Gift Giving Easy” we quickly found out that you desperately want to buy for the man in your life (a gazillion of you clicked on the Adidas joggers and now only large sizes are left – but we found them here for you too just in case you still want them). Anyway, we’ve been talking about writing a post on how to update your man’s wardrobe for some time now, but the urgency just didn’t seem like it was there, so we put it off. But after last week, boom it hit us in the face. We realized what better time to talk about men’s fashion than now while you’re obviously all in the height of the gift-giving season.

Just as with women’s wardrobes,  for men, accessories are the key to updating season to season. And as powerful as accessories are in making an outfit great, they’re equally responsible for making an outfit look outdated and out of place. Generally speaking, accessories can be found at a more reasonable price point than a suit or jacket and they pack a lot of punch, so they’re ideal to give as gifts – especially for a guy that would never indulge himself.

The 6 Accessories that’ll Update your Man’s Wardrobe ASAP…

Make Adult Gift Giving Easy.

Gift giving to kids is usually pretty easy because when you ask them what they want, they aren’t shy about telling you.  Wham bam’ thank you ma’am, (or mom). On the flip side, it’s not so easy to gift other adults. (And we’re not talking about the mail carrier, here.) Like 99.5 % of the time, other adults won’t tell what they want. Which makes no sense, because everyone secretly wants a little something, and if they say they don’t they are probably lying.

Even if you have the kind of relationship where you can bear it all on the table, most likely the adults in your life aren’t telling you what they want.  As grown-ups, it can feel slightly awkward or uncomfortable. Hallie and Elana often help the spouses of our clients (and each other’s spouses) when gifting on special occasions. So, if you don’t have team TWC on your side to help you get or gift this year, we’re sharing the rules we use to make gift giving easy.

Simple rules for giving the best gifts to other adults…

Puffer coats are hot.

The puffer coat is hot right now. No pun intended, seriously.  They’re the most fashionable piece to hit the snowy streets in a while and they’re warm too! In September we were wishing for a little cold weather to bundle up in. Now that it’s here we can get right down to it. When deciding which piece of outerwear to add to your winter coat collection this winter,  a puffer coat should be top of your list. 

They are all over in a range of colors, from brights to prints, and lengths from cropped to long, and thickness from more trim and structured, to bulky and thick.  So, no matter what your body type or style is there’s a puffer coat out there for everyone. And have no fear…you don’t need to worry about looking like the ever dreaded Michelin man when you choose the one that’s right for you.

Find a puffer coat that’s right for you…

Thanksgiving Dinner 2018

We’ve done posts on this before, but still every year the what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner question is a hot one. Probably because it’s one of those enigma events. You want to be dressed up, kind of. And you want to be cozy. And you for sure want to be comfortable because it will be an eating fest. But you still want to look put together, like you tried, but not like you tried too hard. See all those contradictions? That’s why it can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be.

There are a few elements that make an outfit a winner, winner, turkey dinner kind of outfit.

-Soft  yet substantial fabrics (it is November after all, think velvet and cashmere, not linen)
-Forgiving waistbands (ummmm stuffing, enough said)
-Fun accessories or details (it’s a celebration after all)

What NOT to Wear:

-Bell sleeves (this is an eating holiday and you don’t want your sleeves stuck in gravy)
-Bandage/Bodycon dresses (again – it’s a marathon of stuffing your face, give your abs a rest)
-Your everyday pj’s or sweats – it’s a holiday and one of thankfulness. What you eat is not your everyday food and what you wear should be elevated a bit too – that’s what makes it special.

We’ve created outfits for a few various Thanksgiving scenarios… depending on how you and your family/friends celebrate…

Inhabit-Our Favorite Sweater Brand.

Sweater season is here! And to celebrate, we’re sharing our favorite sweater brand with you AND a 40% off savings just for TWC readers with code HALLIESPICKS! We’re in love with Inhabit sweaters. Seriously you guys, they are good! Not just good, SO GOOD! They’re a fave of celebs like Alessandra Ambrosio, Katie Holmes, Emma Watson, and Jessica Alba to name a few…

So when the awesome ladies at Inhabit reached out to collaborate with us, we yelled “YES” from the rooftops. Hallie has had an Inhabit sweater for years and years and it’s withstood the test of time both in wear, and style, and in the compliments department, too. So this collab was a total no-brainer because we were already loyal fans of the brand. And you know we only share stuff here that we fully believe in, because we are NOT salespeople – we’re matchmakers between real people and fabulous, tried and true finds!!

Inhabit sweaters are luxe, and delicious, (yes delicious as only a sweater can be), and can be worn in multiple ways over the long, long winter. (IF you live in the CLE you know what we’re talking about.) And since there are so many cold winter days (are we sounding glum?) we wanted to share sweaters that are cozy, warm and can be worn over and over again different ways for both work and play.

Inhabit = Effortless Style.

Not only are these sweaters beyond toasty,  but they have an effortless style that never goes out of style. (Just like the one Hallie has had for years and years.) They’re classic with extra little details that make them so special. Inhabit adds inverted seams, pin dot holes, interesting sleeve, shoulder, and neck details that give the extra oomph we love so much when putting outfits together for clients and ourselves.

Each sweater is totally cool and effortless on its own, and can easily be worn as a basic with pieces you already own too. When you invest in a sweater like this, you want it to function for all parts of your life, work and play, girls night out and kids soccer games. It’s that cost per wear thing we’ve spoken about in the past. It becomes worth it when you can reach for the same piece again and again and wear it in multiple ways.

We totally get that, so we’re going to show you HOW TO STYLE 6 DIFFERENT SWEATERS FOR WORK AND PLAY…

We’re running this post early because the Banana Republic Sale ENDS NOVEMBER 6 at MIDNIGHT!!

Yes, I know this is delivering to your inbox Sunday instead of Tuesday. But for good reason. FIRST,  to remind you to make sure you go out and VOTE on Tuesday!! Because your vote counts!!! And apathy ain’t gonna make any changes happen, and we need change! SO PLEASE VOTE! And second,  to reward yourself for fulfilling your civic duty with a little online sale shopping at Banana Republic, sounds like a really good plan, right??? BTW, the sale ends Tuesday at Midnight – so get on it!

You might be thinking, Banana Republic? Really? That store feels like a great place to shop for work clothes but I need…    But  I think most of you, like most of our clients, want pieces in their wardrobes that can serve multiple purposes. Like a blouse, you can wear to the office, or a volunteer meeting but then also wear out on a Saturday night too. And that’s what we’ve found at Banana Republic and it’s all on crazy sale AND it comes in petite and tall sizes too. So, YOU ARE WELCOME!!