Monthly Archives: August 2009

Can Men Wear White Shoes with a Suit or Other Clothing?

During the last photo-shoot that we held at SuitUpp, one of our models showed up with white shoes. Not just any white shoes, but really, really white shoes (see picture below). Now, as we men of fashion know, as long as you are wearing white between memorial day and labor day, it’s generally ok – or at least, it’s not blasphemous.

suitupp.com model with white shoes

Our good model friend, though, did remember the #1 matching rule when it comes to shoes – your shoes and belt have to match. We talked about this in a post where we talked about men’s fashion tips on shoes and belts and it seems that the rule was followed as shown in the picture below – we hope this means that he reads our blog 🙂

man wearing white shoes with white belt

Ok, so his shoes and belt match and he’s wearing these white shoes during summer time. Is that all there is to wearing white shoes? If your answer was “no”, you’re on to something. The reality about the color white, whether its for shoes or whether it’s for your suit jacket is that it will draw attention. It’ll draw attention from girls and it’ll draw attention from guys. We noticed this at the shoot. Virtually all of our crew – from camera men, to the director, to the other models… all of them reacted by making some sort of a remark about the shoes: ranging from “wow, you’re wearing white shoes” to “what the …” – pardon the expression.

Now, without having to go through how our friend here reacted to these comments, it is important that if you’re planning on wearing white that you are ready for it. If you have the right attitude and the confidence necessary, you’ll be a master of fashion. If you get intimidated by comments that come your way, then you’re going to dread the color for some time to come. Wearing white is a very unique experience and we commend all who have mastered it.

We’d love to hear your stories on wearing white. Do drop me a line at marco@suitupp.com and I’d be happy to post about your experiences as well!

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Horst Dusseldorf – Dark Grey Pinstripe – Two Piece Suit

Horst Dusseldorf – Dark Grey Pinstripe – Two Piece Suit

Fabric
93% Superfine Wool – 7% Polyester
Color
Dark Grey Pinstripe | Silver Grey Lining
Style
Dark Grey Pinstripe | 2-Button Jacket | Center Vent | Flat Front Pants
Jacket
Dark Grey Pinstripe | 2-Button Notch Lapel | Center Vent | Sweat Guard | Flat Pocket | 4 Interior welt pockets | Front Flap | Chest Pocket | 4 Button Cuff
Pants
Dark Grey Pinstripe | Flat Front Pants | Stretch Waistband | Zip Fly | Side Seam Pockets | Unfinished Hem | 7 Inch waist difference

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Horst Dusseldorf – Navy Pinstripe – Two Piece Suit

Horst Dusseldorf – Navy Pinstripe – Two Piece Suit

Fabric
95% Superfine Wool – 5% Polyester
Color
Navy Pinstripe | Black and Purple Lining
Style
Navy Pinstripe | 2-Button Jacket | Center Vent | Flat Front Pants
Jacket
Navy Pinstripe | 2-Button Notch Lapel | Center Vent | Sweat Guard | Flat Pocket | 4 Interior welt pockets | Front Flap | Chest Pocket | 4 Button Cuff
Pants
Navy Pinstripe | Flat Front Pants | Stretch Waistband | Zip Fly | Side Seam Pockets | Unfinished Hem | Zip Fly 7 Inch waist difference

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Should You Wear a Vest without A Suit Jacket?

The Suit Vest… You’ve seen it before on SuitUpp. Traditionally, you’d expect to see this glorious article of clothing worn with a suit jacket – thereby making the outfit live in accordance with its association to the 3 piece suit. However, as Hollywood has begun to show us, wearing the vest without the jacket not only is a possibility but embodies a unique style portraying youth, ambition, and an unwavering progression towards success. Take for example Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd:

or how about Brad Pitt in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”:

Still not convinced? How about George Clooney in the “Leatherheads”:

The vest has a number of practical benefits besides being stylish. Putting your cell phone in your vest will allow you to feel the vibrations (when it’s set on silent of course) whereas leaving it in your suit jacket might not accomplish the same thing. The vest can also be beneficial to the gym-going crowd as it portrays one’s body a lot more explicitly than an all-engulfing suit jacket (ok, ok, we tried to make the jacket sound a little evil in that last sentence… but, hopefully you get the point).

Back in the day, the vest served the pocket-watch wearing crowd quite well. Ever since the wrist-watch, the vest along with the 3-piece suit have been associated with more formality.  The vest will allow you to express a youthful and casual formality that can’t quite be exhibited with other attire. So the next time you buy a 3 piece suit, you’ll be buying more than just one outfit but a plethora of styles for a multitude of occasions.

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Horst Dusseldorf – Black on Black Stripe – Two Piece Suit

Fabric
100% Superfine Merino Wool
Color
Black on Black Stripe | Purple Lining
Style
Black on Black Stripe | 2-Button Jacket | Side Vents | Flat Front Pants
Jacket
Black on Black Stripe | 2-Button Notch Lapel | Side Vents | Sweat Guard | Flat Pocket | 4 Interior welt pockets | Front Flap | Chest Pocket | 4 Button Cuff
Pants
Black on Black Stripe | Flat Front Pants | Stretch Waistband | Zip Fly | Side Seam Pockets | 7 Inch waist difference

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All About Calvin Klein – Biography, Company, Brands, and more

In line with our post last week about Hugo Boss, this week we’ll be talking about another designer, who’s company and products are sold at SuitUpp.com. Calvin Klein was born on November 19, 1942 in Bronx, New York. He grew up in a middle class Jewish family and exhibited a passion for design from his very early years. He studied apparel design at New York’s famous Fashion Institute of Technology. At FIT, Calvin met future wife Jayne Centre who was a fellow classmate.

In 1968, Calvin decided to start his own clothing company after getting financing of about $10,000 from friend Barry Schwartz. Calvin set up shop at the York Hotel in NYC and started sales. His big break came when (as legend has it) he was visited by a manager at Bonwit Teller who was extremely impressed with what Calvin had put together. He ended up buying $50,000 in merchandise from Klein. This was the kick-start that Calvin needed in his career. In 1969 Calvin, who had become known as the “supreme master of minimalism” was shown on the cover of Vogue magazine. He was awarded the Coty award in 1973 and won the same award for three consecutive years. At the time, Klein was earning about $4 million in annual income.

By 1981, Fortune Magazine estimated Klein’s annual income at about $8.5 million (this is roughly equivalent to $25 million in 2009 dollars). It was approximately during that time that time (a little over a year before) that 15 year old Brooke Shields started modeling jeans produced by the company. The famous line “nothing comes between me and my Calvins” originated from that period. Sales continued to soar through the 80s such that it reached the $600 million dollar level world wide.

In the 90s, Klein’s empire experienced some financial trouble and almost went bankrupt in 1992. Several acquisitions of the company failed until the year 2002 when the company was acquired by shirt maker Phillips Van Heusen Corp. Calvin Klein’s fragrance line was licensed to Unilever until 2005 when the giant Coty Inc. bought all rights to it.

Calvin Klein’s current brands include:

  • Calvin (men) [1981]
  • Eternity (men and women) [1985]
  • Obsession (men and women) [men 1986, women 1985]
  • Escape (men and women) [men 1993, women 1991]
  • ck one (unisex) [1994, ‘Red Hot’ limited edition 2000, ‘Graffiti’ art limited edition 2003]
  • ck be (unisex) [1996]
  • Contradiction (unisex) [men 1998, women 1997]
  • Truth (men and women) [men 2002, women 2000]
  • Eternity Rose blush (women) 2002 LIMITED EDITION
  • Crave (men) [2003]
  • Eternity Purple Orchid (women) [2003] LIMITED EDITION
  • Eternity Moment (women) [2004]
  • ck one Summer [2004 yellow and green] [2005 yellow and orange] [2006 blue and green] [2007 red and green] [2008 clear blue] LIMITED EDITIONS
  • Obsession Night (men and women) [2005]
  • Euphoria (women) [2005] (men) [2006]
  • ck one Electric (unisex) [2006] LIMITED EDITION
  • ck one Scene (unisex) [2006] LIMITED EDITION
  • Eternity Summer (men and women)[2006] [2007] [2008] LIMITED EDITION
  • Calvin Klein Man [2007]
  • ck IN2U (men and women) [2007]
  • Euphoria Blossom (women)[2007]
  • Euphoria Intense (men) [2008]
  • CK Free (men) [2009]

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Sean John – Light Grey Pinstripe – Two Piece Suit

Fashion Season
Spring 2009 | Limited Availability
Fabric
100% Superfine Wool
Color
Light Grey with White Pinstripe | Purple Lining
Cut
Regular Fit

Jacket
2-Button Notch Lapel | Side Vents | Pick Stitching Lapel (welt, flat pocket and lapel) | Flat Pocket | Inside Pocket Button Loop | 4 Button Cuff
Pants
Flat Front Pants | Side Seam Pockets | Unfinished Hem | Zip Fly 6 Inch waist difference (40″ Jacket comes with 34″ Pants)

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