The Gentleman's Guide

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 & 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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How to Match a Bow Tie with an Outfit

How to Match a Bow Tie with an Outfit

The right accessory can elevate an ensemble from handsome to dashing. For a true gentleman, the devil is in the details – no accoutrement is insignificant when it comes to looking sharp. 

The bow tie, of course, is the king of the trappings of elegance. So how do you match it with your outfits? Here's our style guide to help you choose the right bow tie.

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The Cost of Perfection: Elevating Your Style with Tailored or Bespoke Clothing

The Cost of Perfection: Elevating Your Style with Tailored or Bespoke Clothing

Tailored clothing is a rite of passage for any gentleman wanting to make his mark. Bespoke clothing, though, is a different kettle of fish.

Generally, custom clothing is just that – custom. Yet distinguishing whether they're worth it can be quite overwhelming. Fabrics, style, process, and cost – all of these considerations can make made-to-order clothes feel altogether excessive. 

Here's what you need to know before deciding to embark on getting a tailored or bespoke suit.

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Is the Handkerchief Dead? Exploring the Practicality and Style of a Timeless Accessory

Is the Handkerchief Dead? Exploring the Practicality and Style of a Timeless Accessory
These days, you’d be rather hard-pressed to find a handkerchief close at hand. But why?

In these post-COVID times of increased sanitary awareness that may be a rhetorical question. But let's explore the fascinating handkerchief history, its uses then and now, and how it stacks up against the pocket square. 
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What Color Shoes to Wear With Your Suit

What Color Shoes to Wear With Your Suit

Figuring out which suit to wear for a particular occasion is usually an easy decision. More formal events call for a darker suit; more casual or daytime events are well suited to lighter colors. We tend to choose our fine accessories according to the theme, the location, or our mood. 

But what about shoes? They're seemingly the most confounding of menswear staples. This really is a two-part question then: what color shoes to wear with your suit, and what shoes to wear with what color suits? 

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Unlock the Power of Style with Cufflinks: When & How to Wear Them

Unlock the Power of Style with Cufflinks: When & How to Wear Them

At R. Hanauer, we value the details. In this edition of The Gentleman’s Guide, we'll spend some time with the small but mighty cufflink. It has waxed and waned in popularity over the last several centuries, but it has never disappeared from elegant settings. 

We’ll explore a little cufflink history and answer several common questions around when and how to wear cufflinks. Join us!

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