Spring Sneak Peek

Spring Sneak Peek

Now that spring is just around the corner, wearing black and charcoal with more black and charcoal is getting me down. As March moves on and brings the first hints of spring, I crave lighter and brighter colors to echo the season. From a practicality perspective, though, I still like my classic dark pants and skirts for the wet and the cold.

The important thing to remember when coordinating a sport coat or blazer is to make sure that the top and bottom pieces do not look like you’re trying to match up pieces into a suit.

Although I’m obviously a woman, the color options I’m suggesting work just as well for men with some simple swaps.

Enter the light sport coat or blazer.

Layered Blue Tweed

For my navy pants or my denim pencil skirt, I like this soft blue-toned tweed. I can lighten it up with a powder blue blouse or light gray pants as it warms up. It looks great over dark jeans now, or with white jeans a little later. I’d toss it over a white sundress, too.

Caramel Tweed Combo

Since I like to wear a lot of blacks, browns, and grays, this caramel plaid is an excellent choice to bridge between the different shades. The lighter brown softens the harshness of the black, while the white background brings to mind the warmer season. To tie everything together, while wearing black trousers, I’d add some light brown shoes and add a matching belt to echo the colors of the jacket. This plaid goes well with jeans, since the blue complements the warm tones in the caramel to really make it pop.

Lavender Plaid Combo

Finally, this gray plaid with the light purple may be my favorite of all the new samples we’ve received for spring and summer. I love the shades of gray with the pop of lavender. Pop this sport coat over light gray trousers and a crisp white shirt for an easy but well-dressed look. Swap the trousers for jeans for a more casual look. Create a tonal outfit with different shades of gray and add this topper for subtle brightness.

Let us help you lighten your wardrobe for spring with a fabulous new jacket! By the way, did you ever wonder why it’s called a sport coat?

I just wanted to share a funny story that Mr. Bray told me this morning. Today he wore his new western cut pinstripe suit with the bright red shirt and orchid, black and grey tie for the first time. He stopped at a Bojangles to grab a chicken sandwich on his way to work. The lady behind the counter looked him up and down and told him he looked very nice today, He thanked her. She asked him where he was going so dressed up. He said he was going to work. She asked him what kind of work he did. He told her he was an attorney. She looked him up and down again and smiled and got his order for him. When he turned to leave, he noticed a grey-haired lady looking at him. He tipped his hat and she smiled and said hello. A couple of old gentleman watched him walking. He is BASKING in the attention he is getting in his new clothes. He said he loves the way they fit. Thank you again!

D.O. Paralegal

Navy Nailhead for the Spring

Navy Nailhead for the Spring What do we suggest for your next suit?

One of Ken’s favorite options for spring is a navy blue nailhead suit paired with a powder blue shirt.

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What is nailhead?

Nailhead is not a particular fabric, but rather a particular weave using two different colors. It is a classic micro pattern. From a distance, it reads as a solid, but it offers more visual interest up close.

With its subtle two-tone effect, nailhead is not too bold yet has plenty of character. Sports coats or suits in nailhead are great choices for the courtroom, the boardroom, or any semiformal event.

Navy Nailhead Wool-min

How Ken Wears Nailhead

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For spring, pair a nailhead suit with your favorite solid pastel shirt and a coordinating pastel tie. To make a bigger statement, use a white shirt and a bold striped tie in red, kelly green, or bright orange.

A navy nailhead blazer also works casually, with medium to dark-wash jeans, a cognac belt, cognac shoes, and

  • An untucked white button-down shirt

  • A light gray or pale yellow turtleneck or merino sweater

If you like wearing trousers instead of jeans, the navy will pair beautifully with khaki or olive green casual trousers and any of the shirts mentioned above.

The blazer could go even more casual with a white or gray graphic t-shirt and trendy casual sneakers or boat shoes.

How Preeti Wears Nailhead

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For a business-formal office, I like a navy suit or dress with nude-for-you or cognac shoes. Use a shell in your favorite pastel (lavender is a great choice!) and add an interesting necklace or earrings in a gold finish.

I also like a navy suit with statement shoes–leopard print or red–combined with a white or cream blouse and a silver or pearl necklace.

In a business-casual setting, pair a navy nailhead blazer with kelly green ankle pants and a striped navy and white shell. Go with a solid white shell if you feel more conservative.

If you run cold like I do, I love a hot pink sweater with navy nailhead trousers. Don’t hesitate to split up the pieces of a suit–just make sure to dry-clean all the pieces together.

For spring I love pale yellow with navy trousers–either a button-up blouse or a cardigan over a white shell.

For casual Friday or on my own time, I’d wear a navy nailhead blazer with a light pink/blush top (though any pastel will work!) or a graphic tee, my trendiest pair of medium-wash jeans, and taupe booties or sandals. I’d also toss the blazer over my favorite pastel sundress on a chilly spring day.

We have new nailhead choices in a variety of colors and finishes, from classic wool to silk sharkskin. Call to make your appointment now!

The shirts look and feel awesome! They are the first tailored shirts I've owned and I don't think I'll be able to go back to department stores again. Keep up the great work and thanks again.

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