COLLEGE TO CORPORATE:
WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
The semester is nearing its end. Seniors will soon walk to celebrate their accomplishments and toss their caps to close this momentous chapter. The next chapter is full of challenges and growth. In order to be prepared to enter the workforce, MB Styles has put together affordable options to help you feel confident and composed in your interviews that will pave the way to your career.
P.S. The recommended color to wear on your first interview is Navy. Cheers!
ATTENTION TO DETAIL CHECKLIST:
1. Clean and trim fingernails
2. Pluck/wax unibrow
3. Trim nose hairs
4. Fresh haircut
5. Iron shirt
6. Polish and buff dress shoes
7. Shirt tucked with belt
8. Belt should match shoes
9. No gum
10. Phone silenced
THE SECRET TO PRODUCTIVE MORNINGS
How often do you wake up in the morning scrambling to figure out what to wear? By the time you get out the door you’re stressed and running late. What’s the best way to get out of this perpetual rut? The obvious answer is to wake up early. Yes, waking up in the morning and following a step by step process to make sure you are prepared for your day is essential. But have you thought about what makes this morning routine so productive? The answer is planning your morning the night before. By investing time before bed to organize for the following day you can avoid the stress of morning decisions and shorten the time you take to get ready. In turn, you will be in a position to be more punctual which will help maintain a positive mindset.
Research studies often provide lengthy nightly routines which can be overwhelming. In order to cut the fat, I have taken my favorite suggestions from researchers to create a nightly routine that will be easy to implement.
After you come home from work, have dinner and enjoy some downtime it is time to start preparing for the next day. Organization is the key for a stress free morning. Take time to think about what your plans for the upcoming day include and follow these 3 simple steps:
1. Choose an easy access space to place your items like a visible corner table or desk. By placing your keys and materials/ laptop bag in predictable location you will prevent last minute scrambling making it easy to grab and go.
2. After you’ve prepared your work materials it is time to think about your outfit. Once you have selected your outfit it is time to iron your shirt/pants if necessary and clean/shine your shoes. Next, set aside the outfit in your closet or hang it up on the back of your door for easy access.
3. Write a to-do list with 3 items. Three might seem like a small number however, it helps you wake up with purpose and goals to complete. Extensive to-do lists can be overwhelming, causing you to feel disappointed for not being able to achieve your daily goal. Be realistic, set your priorities and feel the sense of accomplishment as you cross off items on your list.
By implementing these three steps into a nightly routine you will reduce the amount of time you need to get ready, helping you avoid unneeded stress. When your alarm goes off in the morning you will be ready to take on the day. You will walk out your front door looking your best, with 3 goals to knockout, plus have time to spare for the morning coffee pitstop.
Dressing for the summer can be a challenge with the heat. How do you look your best without sweating or being uncomfortable? No one likes checking their armpits, feeling the sweat dripping down your back or having swamp ass. We have a solution. Below we have put together some pieces to help you stay cool and stylish in the heat.
SHORT SLEEVE BUTTON-DOWNS:
Replace the old T-shirts and keep your style on point this season with short sleeve button-downs.
Lighten up your shirting fabric this summer with Linen. It’s the ideal shirt to wear on a hot summer day. *Disclaimer* Linen wrinkles easily so it’s best to wear it casually.
The appropriate fit for men’s shorts has changed over the years, so take note: they should be short enough so the knees are visible, but long enough that you’re not showing last summer’s tan line.
Diversify your summer wardrobe with white denim. Once you find the perfect fit, hit the tailor to make sure they are raised and tapered at the ankle to show off some skin with your loafers.
After finding the right pair of white denim it's time to shop for the right pair of shoes, and loafers are a great option as they don’t require socks. Formal option: Penny loafers or Casual option: Driving loafers.
Historically, men would roll up their sleeves when getting ready to work. At that time shirts were expensive and they would roll up their sleeves to preserve it. Nowadays, rolling up the sleeves can have the same purpose as well as, adding convenience and style. It’s the easiest way to escape the heat when you cannot change shirts and still provides a crisp casual look. There are four techniques that you can use to master the art of rolling up your sleeves:
THE BASIC ROLL
This technique is the easiest way to roll up your sleeves. However, the downside is it will leave a few wrinkles.
- Unbutton cuffs
- Fold the cuffs inside out
- Keep rolling up until desired sleeve length
THE CASUAL ROLL
This technique has the advantage of not wrinkling your shirt as it has less foldings. Meaning, if at any point you feel like unfolding your sleeve it will still look good. The casual roll is the best way to fold while wearing layers.
- Unbutton cuffs
- Fold the cuffs inside out
- Roll it up one more time
- Tuck the corners in for a clean look
THE MASTER OR ITALIAN ROLL
This fold is one the favorites as it is easy to adjust and stays in place. Plus, once this roll is in place there’s no need to pull your sleeves up all the time.
- Unbutton cuffs
- Roll up the sleeves until beneath the elbow
- Fold the bottom of the already folded sleeve again until it covers the cuffs
- Leave it that way or fold it as many times as you want after that
THE BAND OR GARTER ROLL
This classic prohibition era sleeve roll provides a nice clean look without folding your cuffs. All you need is a sleeve band or a sleeve garter.
- Place sleeve band in the upper part of your sleeve
- Pull up your sleeve a few inches, enough to cover the sleeve band
- Cover the sleeve band
Every year dad always gets stuck with the same generic gifts. Whether it's a boring tie/sock combo or a beard trimmer. Father’s day is approaching and the biggest question is: What’s the perfect gift? Running away from the conventional can be a tough task. Take note as MB Styles has some options that your dad will actually enjoy.
Option 1: Apple Watch
Helps keep dad on track with his calendar and messages just by syncing his iPhone with his watch. It also motivates him to stay healthy and active tracking his fitness routine.
Option 2: Membership to Apple music
Apple music will give dad the option to listen to his favorite old school songs whenever he wants.
Option 3: Personalized Liquor Decanter and Rocks glasses set
Option 4: Amazon Audible Membership
If dad is an avid reader, he will enjoy a subscriton to Audible. Through Audible he can listen to the latest books on the go.
June 15, 2016
This past weekend Broadway was celebrated at the Tony Awards ceremony, GQ magazine called it "the most stylish red carpet of any awards show we've seen in 2016."
Two standouts from the event were Brandon Victor Dixon on a blue David Hart tux and the host of the show James Corden on a burgundy Burberry tux. Take a lesson from these two gents to add color to your formal wear as they made GQ's best dressed list.
When spring turns into summer socks become a nuisance. It's hot and sticky so let's ditch digging through the sock drawer for a matching pair (my favorite morning ritual). If done right, loafers are a great addition to your summer wardrobe.
A couple quick tips to step up your loafer game...
1.) Wear pants that show your ankle. That's right, wear floods.
*Disclaimer- All of my fair-skinned friends, you might get some odd looks if your ankles haven't seen sun for 6 months. If that is the case, I have a solution. Invest in the Tan Towel called "Look Good Naked" to take your ankle game to the next level. (Click here to buy)
2.) Prevent sweating with Terry Cloth Inserts
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3.) A pair of Cedar Wood Shoe Trees will help fight odor by drying up the moisture in your loafer. (Click here to buy)
This holiday season buy your guy a gift that he will use and love for years to come.
A common theme when gift shopping is, "I never know what to buy him, he has everything." With that in mind we chose three gifts that the everyday male could use and most likely does not own.
1.) Ted Baker Weekend Bag
It's simple - when traveling, travel in style.
2.) Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System
Bottomline, skincare is important, especially when it comes to your face. Let's get rid of those pesky blackheads and have beautiful skin with Clarisonic.
3.) Cole Haan Shoe Trees
Do you hang up suit after every wear? Let's do the same with your dress shoes. Prevent your shoes from creasing and eliminate odors with shoes trees
There is a special time of year that allows us to showcase our wardrobe without compromise called fall. No more worrying about being too hot and sweating through your clothes, the season of layering has begun. Where is your layering game at this fall? Below you will find a versatile look that you can utilize during autumn.
This outfit provides a versatile fall look that is perfect for a weekend getaway.
1.) Shawl Cardigan - Jcrew
2.) Chambray Shirt - Jcrew
3.) Quilted Vest - Jcrew
4.) Moleskin Chinos - Banana Republic
5.) Cap Toe Dress Shoes - Zara Man
In today's society, people profile a man by looking at every detail, from the fit of his clothing, to the length and style of his facial hair. Check out this article to see what your facial hair says about you!
April 29, 2015
1.) The Every Day Short: The Navy Broken-in Chino from JCREW
The navy chino will stand tough whether at the beach or running errands all day. The JCREW chino also holds up well to weekly washing. If you would like to see your chino's last longer, resist the dryer and hang dry instead.
2.) Vintage Shorts: The Basic Chino from SCOTCH & SODA
This pair of shorts brings back the classic Americana aloha print from the 50's. These vintage shorts are stylish, full of life and will add flavor to any wardrobe.
Best when paired with a basic tee or tank and wayfarer shades.
3.) Classy Whites: The Stanton Short in Yarn-Dyed Oxford Cloth from JCREW
White shorts are a must-have for every man. They are perfect for Sunday brunch or an afternoon event that you want to look your best, while staying cool in the sun.
Pair the white oxford shorts with a chambray button-down and brown loafers and you will be stylish and comfortable under the sun.
Want more specific pairing recommendations? Leave a message below with your questions. Michael has you covered!
It's true, size matters and fit is everything. No matter how much you spend on your clothing the fit is always crucial. Whether it is a suit, sports coat, jeans or a t-shirt make sure you have the proper fit. Let's take a look at the proper fit for a sports/suit jacket.
SHARP AS A KNIFE
A well-fitted sports jacket is one of the greatest weapons in a mans arsenal. However, if you are buying sports jackets that are too big and or too small, you are bringing a butter knife to a sword fight. Let's sharpen our blades, gentlemen.
The seam needs to touch the end of your shoulder. If it goes over your shoulder it is too big. If it is bunching it is too tight. The fit of your shoulders is crucial, because it is not easy to alter causing it to be quite expensive.
The sleeves should be one inch above of your hand, and end at the top of your wristbone. This allows for your shirt cuff to show a quarter inch to a half inch, and also showcases your watch.
The easiest way to fit the chest of your jacket, is to put your hand on your chest with the jacket buttoned. Next, make a fist and the fabric should tighten.
Is it too tight? Make sure you can button the jacket. The lapels should not bunch when buttoning. If it does, you will need to go up a size and have your jacket tailored.
Is it too big? Pull the right side of the jacket over the left, this will determine how much excess fabric you have. Ideally, you want to have a quarter inch to half an inch depending on your build, as well as how slim fit you want the jacket. If you have excess material don't worry this is a common alteration.
The bottom of the jacket should rest on the middle of the buttocks, where it begins to slope down or for some curve around. Steer clear of a jacket that completely covers your butt or that is above the break. Remember, keep it near the middle to the bottom of the hump and you will be good.
Follow these simple rules to have a well-fitted sports jacket, and look sharp as a knife!
SHOP THE LUDLOW SUIT
Have you looked in the mirror recently and thought your hair was thinning or receding? Every guy keeps a close eye on their hairline to make sure it's not going anywhere. A guys hair can make or break his image. However, most gents do not invest time or money into maintaining a healthy head of hair.
How to Reduce your Risk of Balding:
Hair Products - Styling. Shampoo. Conditioner.
Think organic. Natural products can be costly however, if it keeps your hair on your head it's well worth the price. Steer clear of products that contain unnatural ingredients, dyes and petrochemicals as they will damage your hair and scalp. For the full list check out this blog...
If you've grown tired of your current hair product check out J Beverly Hills. The Molding Putty is my new go-to product. It has a great hold and is healthy for your hair. It's a win-win!
Washing your Hair -
Stop using Head & Shoulders and generic brands! Use a NATURAL SHAMPOO that will not dry out your scalp and clean whatever products you have built up in your hair. It is recommended to only shampoo 2-3 times a week. Condition once a week to bring back oil and moisture to the hair. When shampooing and conditioning be sure to massage the product into your hair and let sit for 5 minutes before rinsing. This will allow the active ingredients to do their job and clean your scalp and hair.
***To stimulate your hair follicles use a Scalp Massager & Invigorator when applying shampoo.