The Gentleman's Guide

How the Humble Polka Dot Became One of Fashion's Most Enduring Styles

How the Humble Polka Dot Became One of Fashion's Most Enduring Styles

The polka dot has long been commonplace in men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and accessories - and even in soft goods and housewares. Yet it has never lost its charm.

But what is the origin of the polka dot? What do polka dots symbolize? Let's dive into all things dots, including some polka dot fashion notes and answering the age-old question: Is it OK to wear stripes with polka dots? Click to find out! 

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The Corporate Beard: How Facial Hair Can Boost Your Professional Image

The Corporate Beard: How Facial Hair Can Boost Your Professional Image

The corporate beard was, not so long ago, a bit of a hot button. But are beards and mustaches still considered unprofessional?

In this article, we’ll explore the professional beard style through history, address modern-day preferences, and consider how facial hair pairs with suits and fine accessories – including the beards and bow ties conundrum. (If you know, you know!)

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Herringbone: The Intriguing Pattern That Never Goes Out of Style

Herringbone: The Intriguing Pattern That Never Goes Out of Style

In the realm of textiles, certain patterns stand out not only for their aesthetic appeal but also for their intriguing histories and unique names. 

One such textile is herringbone cloth - renowned for its distinctive zigzag design that has adorned clothing, fine accessories, flooring and upholstery for centuries.

Delve into the fascinating history of this pattern, find out what fabric mostly uses it, and how to wear it. 

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Preserving Elegance: A Complete Guide on How to Clean & Care for Your Leather Shoes

Preserving Elegance: A Complete Guide on How to Clean & Care for Your Leather Shoes
Well-made leather footwear takes a gentleman’s style and comfort into equal consideration. But knowing how to clean and take care of your treasured leather shoes is a whole different matter.

Learn about the types of leather most frequently used for footwear and what you need to know to best care for leather (and suede!) shoes.
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Hats Off: How to Avoid a Style Faux Pas with Modern Hat Etiquette

Hats Off: How to Avoid a Style Faux Pas with Modern Hat Etiquette

While hats are no longer the daily norm for most gentlemen, many enjoy accessorizing with a hat often. Others have a collection reserved for special occasions. 

And so, what of modern hat etiquette? Do the hat rules we see practiced in old movies and period pieces apply today? Prevent a fashion faux pas and learn all about when to wear a hat - and when not. 

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How You Can Incorporate the Color Peach Into Your Wardrobe

How You Can Incorporate the Color Peach Into Your Wardrobe

This year's Pantone Color of the Year is "Peach Fuzz". Warm, radiant, gentle and charming, you may be wondering how you can incorporate it into your wardrobe style. 

Join us as we consider its history and symbolism, see about peach color combinations, and show you how you can fold it into your style, featuring peach-toned accessories from the R. Hanauer collection. 

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How & When to Wear a 3-Piece Suit

How & When to Wear a 3-Piece Suit

A 3-piece suit is timeless and sophisticated. Whether you're attending a formal event, a business meeting, or a wedding - knowing how to wear and style this classic ensemble is essential.

In this article, we'll consider the 3-piece suit vs the 2-piece suit; briefly explore the history of the vest and waistcoat; and examine the keys to successfully wearing a 3-piece suit, including how and when to wear it, and, of course, what to pair it with.

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The History of Silk: A Journey through Time & Luxury

The History of Silk: A Journey through Time & Luxury

Silk - a fabric prized for its luxurious luster, delicate beauty, strength and durability.

You probably have a few choice pieces in your wardrobe already - but have you stopped to ask what is silk? And why is silk important? 

Join us as we unravel the mysteries of this remarkable fabric by exploring the history and its enduring significance in the modern world.

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Tweed: A Look at the Timeless Appeal and Versatility of this Iconic Fabric

Tweed: A Look at the Timeless Appeal and Versatility of this Iconic Fabric

How familiar with tweed are you? Some seek new pieces, some treasure tweed garments they’ve long had in their trad-style wardrobe, and others cherish memories of particular people who were seldom seen without their tweed bow tie or jacket.

But what is tweed, really? And what does its history hold?

Let’s take a look at what is special about tweed and how you can incorporate this iconic fabric into your collection of fine accessories. 

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