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Polo shirt – Men’s summer style essential

Polo shirt is one of the most classic pieces in men's summer wardrobe. Today it is again more current and you could say also more trendy than for a long time. In this post I take a look why.There might have been times that the polo shirt has not received the attention it merits. But based on the collections and street style shots seen during the recent seasons it seems that polo shirts (in various forms) are back again. One of the reasons for the popularity is probably the simplicity and versatility of the shirt. As the summer keeps coming it's a good time for a few words about polo shirts. This post is originally from 2015 but I have...

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Made-to-measure suit - process of buying a custom suit

What you need to know when you are about to buy a made-to-measure suit? What is the difference between a bespoke suit and mtm-suit? In this post I try to give you detailed look to the process of buying a made-to-measure suit. In addition I go through what points you should consider in that process. As most of Finnish menswear-stores such as Sauma and Fere for example are having their seasonal made-to-measure campaigns at the moment, I decided to update the post. Plain gray, brown or blue is always a good choice. Fitting of the suit Details chosen and that€™s it? Not quite. Delivery of a made-to-measure suit normally takes about four to six weeks. When the suit arrives, it€™s...

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Perfect overcoat for winter - Nordic edition

How can you find the perfect overcoat? This is a broad question. But every now and then I come up with question such as "what is the best overcoat for winter". It is clear that the answer depends for example on the budget and intended use. But in this post I will try to come up with a few choices for different categories and occasions. First of all, remember one thing. Dressing up is always in context with the climate and environment you live in. If you happen to live in Finland or in the Nordic countries, the requirements of outdoor garments are a bit different than in case you happen to live in Italy for example. The casual peacoat combined with...

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How to combine ties and pocket squares

Combining accessories with the rest of your outfit is basically a mine field where only good taste can guide you. However in terms of accessorizing keeping your choices simple and restrained will take you far. Therefore it is good to learn how to combine ties and pocket squares. In this post I briefly show you how to combine different kind of ties and pocket squares. And I do it with four different ties and two pocket squares. As you know, the three most essential ties every man should have are navy blue grenadine tie, brown shantung tie and gray wool tie. In general I personally value plain ties with interesting textures. However, instead of those three I have here chosen four...

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Navy blue blazer - short DLA guide

Navy blue blazer with gray flannel trousers is a combination that every man should have in his wardrobe. Take any book written about classic men's clothing or style and you'll surely find this mention.  There are certain garments in men's clothing that are iconic. These are garments are the cornerstones of the male wardrobe. And navy blue blazer is one of them. It does not really matter whether your style is classic, modern, British, Italian or street wear-based, you can find the right navy blazer for yourself. The navy blue blazer When it comes to versatility, timelessness, and effortless, the navy blazer is a piece of clothing that's hard to beat. Naturally the navy blue blazer is a standalone article of clothing that...

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