We often have female customers telling us they don't know what goes best with their Joe Button shirts. They don't just want to do the shirt + pants thing because they think it might make them look too masculine - but that's clearly a bit of a misconception judging from the photo below. Last year, Creative Director of Celine, Phoebe Philo introduced the "Five Perfect Pants" as something that every girl needs to have in her wardrobe and she couldn't have been more right.
From left to right:
1. The Pleated Tapered Leg - aka the new skinny pant silhouette
2. The Men's Straight Leg - aka boys style fit for girls
3. The High-Waisted Wide-Leg - aka signature Phoebe Philo
4. The Cropped Tube Leg - aka the modern-day Audrey Hepburn
5. The Tapered leg - aka the classic slim fit
Looking at the photograph, you'll notice that there is nothing boring about the shirt and pants look. When you're designing your own shirt - mix it up a little! Show a bit more neck by giving yourself a mandarin collar or design a round white collar instead of your usual point collar; get a different coloured placket or contrasting cuffs. It adds a bit more character without taking away any class from this classic combo.
Image via Celine
We know how easy it is to spend thousands of dollars (read: hours) online. We also know how hard it is to make your first purchase from a store you've never bought from before - especially when it's online and you don't know how the fabric fits or feels on you. You may have heard that your friend really liked it or you may have read about the company in a magazine but you're still tossing up whether or not it's worth your investment.
We understand your dilemma because we shop online all the time and face the same problems which is why we want to give you your first Joe Button shirt for $59. Where else can you get a shirt made of 100% European cotton, that you personally designed and is made to fit you like a glove? And when you receive your first Joe Button shirt - that's when you'll know what everyone else is raving about.
Should you put a pocket / pockets on a dress shirt? We always tell our customers - put pockets on your shirt if you want pockets - that's the beauty of custom! With that being said, we still wanted to visit the arguments for and against pockets on dress shirts.
Dress shirts with no pockets - Generally preferred by the corporate Wall Street types. A dress shirt without pockets is often considered to be more formal, not in the rigid sense, but it's less distracting to the eye and makes for a sleeker look. Proponents of the no pocket look will say that it really stuffs up the clean lines that they're striving for with a dress shirt especially when worn with a tie. Off-the-rack shirts with pockets can also be a problem because the pockets are usually one size fit all and can look out of proportion especially if you're buying a slim fit shirt. You can also tell if the shirt is poorly made if the pattern on the pockets is not aligned to the rest of the shirt.
Dress shirts with pockets - Pockets are functional - cigarettes, business cards, pens (as long as they're not leaking) - and in the last few years, they've also become ultra trendy. A really popular look this season is the double pockets on chambray with a small collar - see Leonardo DiCaprio's spread in GQ yesterday. Pockets also add a bit of personality to a shirt and if you're not going to a black tie event, which is most of the time for us, why would you need to look so formal all the time?
What are your thoughts on the pockets vs no pockets?Customise your Joe Button pockets here.
We're mourning the end of Entourage today even though simply put, the final season really did not live up to the show's former glory days - it was a little bit too vanilla and way too predictable. In any case, being unable to see Ari manically ranting in his L.A power suit is kind of a big deal so we thought we'd do a small post on Ari Gold's style on the show.
Over the past eight years, Ari Gold has successfully become one of the best dressed men on television. No one would have thought this back in 2004 when the only time you may have seen Jeremy Piven was as the obituary-writing best friend of John Cusack in Serendipity. Looks-wise, he's certainly not the standard 6'3" Hollywood alpha, so clothes off-the-rack would quite frankly look rather ridiculous on him. His posture isn't great and while we're being honest here, he's a little bit on the stocky side.
The big secret behind Ari's brilliant look (and the legions of female fans that have ensued) is that he always wears clothes specifically tailored for him and the style is one that suits his features.
His dress shirts are flamboyant in print but always fitted exactly to his body. He never puts on a dress shirt unless it's got a spread or cutaway collar because his neck is on the thick side and this helps to balance out the look. He does the full windsor knotted tie (fitting with the choice of collars), which is often used for formal occasions, but the loud patterns of the ties counteracts the formality of the look. Ari's dark power suits are perfectly tailored and he wears a lot of pin stripes which makes him appear less stocky. We know that his suits are custom made because he dons the 5 button cuff which is a trademark of bespoke-suit flaunters. We're going to miss Ari - his style, his outlandish behaviour, his potty mouth, his tirades with Josh Wein-fck and of course his abuse to Lloyd :)
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