With the perfect backdrop in the most beautiful park on earth (recently crowned by TripAdvisor!), we styled a Beaux wedding photo shoot with soft purple shades as our accent colour to the classic black and white. The groomsmen looked handsome in a masculine shade of mauve/plum chambray with its awesome texture adding more interest to the look. Our dapper groom wore a skinny tie to stand out from his crew.
This great wedding look is proof that men can look dashing in more laid back fabrics such as this purple chambray - even paired with black tuxedos! Dress it up with a beautiful boutannier and a patterned or solid white pocket square and the boys will be more than ready for the big day.
A happy man.
Shades of purple.
The wedding party.
They know they look good…
Lovely in lace.
Lauren in Truvelle.
Considerate. Classy. Respectful. Some words we would use to describe a gentleman. Although many women believe such men are hard to find in this day and age, they are indeed still out there, and possibly more than ever. A gentleman is not defined by paying the dinner bill, a social standard in the days when women were not treated as equals. Nor is he defined by his upbringing. In reality, there are many ways to define a gentleman.
A modern gentleman is respectful towards others, but displays this respect in his own way; he may open doors for his lady, cook dinner for his parents, ride his bike now and again (with the environment in mind of course), or plan a surprise birthday for his best bud. When it comes to his style, he is an ethical consumer, each day dressing with the desire to put his best foot forward, yet always staying true to his personal brand.
At Beaux, this is the kind of man we aim to serve. With elements of vintage and dapper mixed with modern patterns and trends, bringing out the playful personality of modern gentlemen is our vision as a brand.
A styled shoot:
Yep, we all knew them. Those obnoxiously colourful, in-your-face floral, short-sleeve but loose-fitting hawaiian button-ups many of our fathers sported to BBQ's, family reunions, and heck, even the odd dinner out.
My own father stepped it up a notch and wore some of these said hawaiian prints on sarongs, which he called "pareos" (pair-ray-yous) - the traditional Tahitian word for wraparound skirt. He learned this, of course, while spending his "hippy days" sailing around the South Pacific. Needless to say, growing up my dad was usually the peculiar one out of my group of friends. And if I'm being honest I may have subbed the word mortifying for peculiar a few times. A few as in a hundred.
Ten plus years later, I'm proud to say he's the coolest dad around. My friends also think he's the bees knees, so I guess it worked out okay.
But back to the floral. Basically, it's a big trend in menswear this Spring/Summer season - done tastefully I might add. From roses to hawaiian, small to big, floral is back in great way. Here's a little peak at the then and now to kick us off (notice the fitted style and more tame collar of the right hand "now" side):
For the modern man, this new floral trend can be a little daunting. And it's true, there is a fine line between tasteful and tacky. We decided to style a look featuring our Hawaiian Floral tie, because starting off with a floral tie can be a substantial step in the right direction.
We think it goes well with an untucked button up and a great pair of jeans. Finish the look with sunnies and sneakers and you're ready to hit the town in style.
So Dad, I dedicate this little blog post to you. Happy fathers day, to you and all the other awesome and quirky dads out there!
Rocking a bow tie can be an art. One that if done poorly, can be a disaster. But the good news is, it's also an art that can be mastered with a few tips, a little inspiration, and a great bow tie.
The warmer season of formal events is upon us; weddings, garden parties, and horse-racing are all summer activities that are perfect occasions to pull out your dapper-est accessory from its glorious display and put it to use. We're talking, of course, about the bow tie.
Keep in mind that bow ties are not a strictly formal accessory in this day and age. A little historical fact is that bow ties originated in the 17th century as a quick solution to keep the top of Croatian mercenary uniforms tied together. Eventually, upper class French would wear them as a fashion accessory who, as we know, have the ability to make anything cool and "sophistique."
Here, we present you with some tips and picture inspiration. Enjoy!
Navy is a safe way to go, yet always gentlemanly.
Lets be serious, anything Joseph Gordon-Levitt wears is automatically dapper. But really, a little matching never hurt anyone and is a super easy look to put together.
If you're really ready to rock this trend, try a diamond point bow tie with or without some unique suspenders. Or you can just experiment with one thing at a time, there will be kudos either way! (picture courtesy of http://www.mensfashionmagazine.com/)
Gingham is the perfect summer bow tie. Pair it with a complimenting solid pocket square.
A brighter bow tie with print goes great with a chambray button up. (picture courtesy of http://gentlemenstie.tumblr.com/)
Mix up a classic tuxedo with an interesting bow tie and some aviators and you're wedding ready! (picture courtesy of axelbruiz21 on Instagram, check him out!)
Gossip Girl character Chuck Bass knew how to get attention from ladies, no doubt helped out by his bow tie style. Obviously, male readers, we're sure you don't already know this because of course you haven't watched the show… Right?