Looks Over Quality: Six Affordable Alternatives to “Definitive” Shoes

July 3, 2013
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Hey Gents,

A while back, I found this post on Bergdorf Goodman’s blog. The title of the post is Gentleman’s Guide to Definitive Shoes, and while I do agree with their selections, I wanted to come up with alternatives to the shoes they presented.

Why? Because while the individual shoe styles they present are great, they feature really, really expensive versions. Naturally, of course, since it’s Bergdorf. I don’t blame ‘em.

If you read through their article and like what you see, but can’t stomach the steep prices, here are some alternatives.

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Tux’d Up For a Summer Wedding: My experience with the Black Lapel tuxedo

June 26, 2013
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I’m doing something a bit different today. Though I get a lot of requests, I don’t review individual products and services very often.

However, one thing I do get plenty of questions about is suiting.

Specifically: how does brand X differ from brand Y, should I go off-the-rack or Made to Measure, is ordering online worth the hassle and if so, what goes into placing an order, etc.

While I don’t have all the answers, I did get to experience Black Lapel’s service recently, and to satisfy your curiosities, I thought I’d share my experience with you!

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The Ultimate Fool-Proof Method For Matching Anything

June 19, 2013
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I found myself at Macy’s last week checking out alternative bow tie options for my upcoming nuptials, when I stumbled upon this display rack of bow tie + pocket square combinations from Tommy Hilfiger.

I was pleasantly surprised at most of the pairings that were put together.

This display is a perfect example of the how to complement color and pattern instead of matching exactly. Pardon the blurry photos; the sales associates were starting to give me the stink eye.

Contrast this with most tie pocket square combinations you see, where the tie material exactly matches the pocket square material. Stay away from those.

You don’t have to buy these sets from Mr. Hilfiger to achieve the same effect. Simply keep this principle in mind.

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Sunday Shop: “Getting Hitched in Hawaii” Edition, Special discounts, + need your feedback

June 9, 2013
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Welcome to our latest Sunday Shop update, the “Getting Hitched in Hawaii” Edition.

In case you’ve missed the first couple editions, Sunday Shop is a new, (usually) bi-weekly update of the small business side of EG, as well as a chance for me to share any good deals I come across, products I think are worth a look, and site updates I feel you should know about.

I’ve got wedding on the brain, apparently, with the wedding-related articles, my own wedding coming up next week, and now this shop update.

Anyway, on to the juicy stuff you care about. In celebration of my wedding week, I’m offering a special promotion for all current EG products.

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Wear a Tuxedo Every Chance You Get: An argument for the formal wedding celebration

June 4, 2013
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Let me ask you a question. How often does a man get a chance to wear a tuxedo?

Unless you’re Jack Donaghy, probably not very often.

I’m within that age range where many of my friends are getting engaged and married. In fact, I’m getting married myself (next week!), and when K and I started hardcore planning a few months ago, there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to wear a tuxedo.

Since you’re an EG reader, I’m going to assume you enjoy dressing well and welcome the opportunity that formal events provide to do so :)

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