When asked what color a first suit should be, we’re quick to answer “navy.” Its unmatched versatility makes it the perfect starting point for any professional wardrobe.
Valentino was on to something here. The Italian fashion designer poetically places his thumb on an English sensibility that deeply informs what we do at F.E. Castleberry. It’s evident in our anointment of a young David Hockney as a cardinal brand muse, our allegiance to a code of light formality (albeit slightly bent)—the better your dress, the worse you can behave—and our faithfulness to British cloth; especially our faithfulness to British cloth.
Printed shirts have been creeping into more closets over the last few years, and it’s not hard to see why. The vibrancy of a printed pattern is an easy way to kick-up otherwise simple warm-weather outfits. Add a short-sleeve floral printed shirt to a pair of khaki shorts, and you’re suddenly attracting a lot more attention than if you’d stuck with a solid blue oxford.Read More
Spring is a natural time to start adding color and pattern back into your wardrobe. No offense to gingham, but there are more ways to accomplish that goal.Read More
For most of history, sea monsters were indicative of where you shouldn’t be going. Dig up a medieval map, and look for those corners of the globe they hadn’t quite figured out yet. In place of South America or Taiwan you’ll see fearsome, cryptozoological swimmers that stand for one thing: “lost.”Read More
When you have a shirt custom made, everything from the collar type to the placket is yours to choose. But one customization that often goes overlooked is the choice of button color. It seems minor, until you realize that a different colored button can completely alter the look of a shirt and its perception as a more casual or formal garment.Read More
The formula for winter dressing seems simple: shirt + sweater + coat. But the quilted vest is a sort of wild card that exists somewhere between the three. It’s also one of the most versatile options for winter layering, and can be worn with everything from a casual flannel shirt to your sharpest suit.
They’re both practical, due to their warmth, and culturally iconic, thanks to Nirvana. But quite a bit of confusion lingers over what precisely counts as a flannel shirt, and where the differences between flannel shirts and brushed cotton shirts shake out.Read More
The difference between a pair of non-cuffed pants and cuffed pants comes down to the fabric at the end of the pant leg. Non-cuffed pants will have extra fabric folded up and sewn inside of the leg as a hem, which gives it a clean visual appearance and allows for the possibility of lengthening the pant.Read More
It’s unlikely that any style community is more fixated on authenticity than followers of the Ivy League Look. Bring up whether a hook vent is essential or a jacket can ever be darted, and you’ll kick off a dogma debate rivaling the The First Council of Nicaea in its intensity.Read More
When it comes to everyday shirting, oxford cloth isn’t the only game in town. If you’ve ever worn a button down shirt that felt lighter, smoother and a little airer than oxford cloth, there’s a good chance that you and broadcloth (or as it’s sometimes called poplin) are already acquainted.
Perhaps more than any other piece of outerwear, trench coats come with built-in myth making. People associate them with TV detectives and conflicted heroes in black-and-white noir films. But look past those associations, and you’ll realize that trench coats are versatile, utilitarian, and easy to wear over tailoring or casual clothing.Read More