Labor Day Style Must Haves

As crazy as it sounds, the last weekend of Summer is here! Labor Day weekend calls for travel, time in the sun, relaxing and reconnecting with friends and family.  You may have some events to attend or a relaxing getaway to visit and we want to help you arrive in style.

Before you head out to enjoy the final days of Summer be sure to focus on the main Labor Day essentials like the perfect short sleeve shirt and pair of chinos and an accessory like eyewear or a watch.  These main staples are sure to keep your style on point for any Labor Day festivity.

If your more of a Polo Shirt kind of guy, then JCPenney’s Argyleculture Short Sleeve Camo Jersey Tee is perfect for you.  The variety of color options are endless including Grey Heath, Gray Hthr, Olive Htr, Olive Hthr, and Navy Hthr.  If the occasion calls for a more dressed up look then why not go for a pattern or color print like the Argyleculture Plaid Button-Front Shirt or Argyleculture Short Sleeve Dots Button-Front Shirt in Morning Blue, Sage, or Powder Blue.

If you wear prescription eyewear or prefer the look without the doctor’s orders, then head over to Argyleculture’s optical designs featuring classic and modern frames that will add a layer of style to any Labor Day look.  The classic black frames called Mack are a great way to blend in a sophisticated accessory. If you like adding color to your style, the Bonham and Chet are simple ways to brighten up your overall look with a touch of brown or blue.

If you are looking to splurge on a dapper watch accessory, JCPenney has a variety to choose from including the Seiko Dive Men’s Gray Strap Watch and the Invicta Coalition Forces Men’s Black Strap Watch. Either of these choices are sure to be a conversation starter when you arrive at your Labor Day event or if you plan to invite friends over for a an at-home gathering.

For more Labor Day style inspiration, please stop by your local eyewear prescription dealer, Costco, Argyleculture online, JCPenney online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more wardrobe tips in our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.


 

Eyewear Style Guide Part Three

It’s about that time to take a look at Fall shopping trends as we approach the end of summer.  One of the most popular menswear accessories you’ll start to see are new trends in prescription eyewear.  Let’s take a look at the latest trends to improve your specs style as you begin to organize your wardrobe and get ready to update our fashion for next season.  

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The most important tip in terms of style choices is to always switch up your accessories depending on the environment or outfit you are in. Perception is important in what we see and how we appear to others. You can showcase a variety of looks if you’re in a sophisticated or casual type of mood or situation and sthis all starts with the types of frames you prefer to wear.  Don’t forget to take extra time to go into the store and try a few pairs on because some are more comfortable than others.

Color may be important to you and a great way to spice up your all black or brown suit is to layer in colorful accessories.  You may like the Argyleculture Fender in Sage or Teal and the Mitchell in Navy, Black/Blue or Brown.  Both have similar rectangular eye shapes with different frame styles.  If you’re into the round frame look, you’ll definitely prefer the Argyleculture Neville in Tortoise or Blue.

There are also a variety of bottom frameless prescription glasses like the Fletcher in Black or Brown if you prefer a more classic, clean style.

Don’t stress if you aren’t too sure what your eyewear style preferences are. Start off with a foundation of a classic black frame in your favorite style and follow that up with testing out different colors, patterns and materials until you’ve built up a stylish collection ready for any occasion.

For more eyewear style inspiration, please stop by your local eyewear prescription dealer, Costco, Argyleculture online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more wardrobe tips in our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

Top Three Streetwear trends

Menswear style is fun to capture when you hit the streets throughout the summertime.  This week, let’s take a look at the top three streetwear trends for men’s shirts that can be worn to the most casual setting and for dressier occasions too.

I. Camo

Camo continues to be popular on the runway and the streets.  It’s a great way to pull off casual while layering your shirt with a dark blazer and pairing it with chinos.  You can visit JCPenney online for Argyleculture’s Camo Printed Polo, on sale for under twenty dollars, or the Argyleculture Short Sleeve Camo Jersey Tee that’s featured in a variety of colors.

2. Vacation Prints

You know it’s summer when there’s a variety of vacation-style shirts with palm tree or leaves and flower prints. The Argyleculture Print Button-Front Shirt in Powder Blue or Strawberry icecream is the perfect choice, if you’re a fan of tropical fashion.  If you prefer flowers instead of an island-type print, you’ll like the Argyleculture Short Sleeve Dots Button-Front Shirt in Morning Blue.

3. Plaid

It doesn’t have to be wintertime to enjoy plaid.  Plaid adds color to a any solid suit or casual pair of jeans and khakis. JCPenney has a variety of plaid short-sleeve options like the Argyleculture Short Sleeve Plaid Button-Front Shirt in in Navy Combo and Navy Plaid.


For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

Hawaiian Vibes

Stylish guys pay attention!  Your summer look isn’t complete without an Island pattern shirt.  Streetwear style has tropical shirts in all flavors from bright colors to bold patterns.  You can likely purchase one for each day of the week because so many brands feature Hawaiian-style ones.  

If you like to stand out and be ahead of the fashion curve then your shirts are likely a conversation starter when you hit the work or social scene.  JCPenney features a great option with the Argyleculture button-front shirt in the white print.

If you prefer a more toned down look and still want to show off a chill island vibe, then check out the Argyleculture Print Button-Front Shirt in in Powder Blue or Strawberry Icecream.

Summertime for menswear means bold colors, bright patterns and island prints.  If you haven’t stepped up your shirt game in a while, now’s the time to add a few new ones to your closet for a stylish end of summer wardrobe.   

Don’t forget to pair these casual shirts with chinos or khakis shorts.  You can always dress up your vacation or work style with a classic pair of dark jeans too.

For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

Summer travel packing tips

Travelling with style starts with how to pack your travel bag or carry on. Ultimately, the thought you put into styling and packing your trip will impact how you look and feel throughout your work trip or vacation this summer.  This week, let’s focus on how to stay stylish when you’re on the go, whether jumping on a plane, train, or heading out for a road trip.

It’s important to think about what your comfortable wearing on a flight and in the car.  Think about sitting for a few hours and then standing up to wrinkles and creases.  Always pack extra shirts to avoid these scenarios, especially if you think you may sweat a bit more from travelling to and from your destination.  Dressing smart and comfortable is key for any gent’s travel style.

The Argyleculture print button-front shirt in powder blue or strawberry icecream will go with any pair of jeans or pants. The Argyleculture short sleeve button-front shirt in navy or pink are great picks if you prefer solids.  For the plane or car ride, you can settle into an Argyleculture Birdseye Pique Polo in burgundy or navy will keep you comfortable and cool.  These shirt options will help you get from transit to your hotel or restaurant in style.

Packing light means you need to take into consideration the different outfits you’ll need from day to night.  If you bring at least 2-3 pairs of pants you can pair the with any polo or button-front short sleeve shirt so stay cool and comfortable on the road.  You can swap different shirts from day to night with one pair of paints for a variety of looks. Chinos or jeans are a great options.

You’ll want to pack at least one suit jacket or blazer and a pair of sunglasses because let’s not forget waking up in a new city could bring on different weather patterns.  Don’t forget to pack an umbrella to stay dry in any wet weather situation and a raincoat is always a great way to stay extra prepared.

For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

Summer suit must-haves

It’s time to plan for end of summer parties, events and post-work celebrations.  You may be headed to outdoor barbecue parties or indoor coworking get togethers and we want to help you keep your style sharp and your wardrobe well prepared.

Between graduation and Labor Day, there are endless events that will call for a suit and even some of your date nights will require you to bring a suit jacket.  This week, we will help you style your suits and help set you apart from the crowd.

When it comes to summer suiting, the trick is selecting the right fabric to keep you cool on those warm summer nights.   A lightweight fabric will keep your style dry and allow you to layer with a colorful or patterned shirt. A soft polo or button-front shirt is the key article of clothing when wearing a suit.

If you’re more of a casual dressed gent, then a polo shirt will be your favorite way to style your suit.  JCPenney has a variety to choose from like our Argyleculture short-sleeve pattern Polo Shirt.  If you prefer to dress up your style, you can select from a variety of button-front shirts like the Argyleculture navy or navy plaid combo. Feel free to put a bit of fun in your attire for summertime occasions and wear an island print shirt like the Argyleculture white or navy print.  There’s always a plain option like the Argyleculture navy or pink short sleeve shirt if you’re not feeling daring with your style.

Either way, it’s important to select the right shirt to help switch up your suit style.  You are bound to be wearing suit options and a great way to keep cool is to carry your suit jacket over your shoulder and wear a short sleeved shirt option under nearth.  Always bring an extra shirt to the office so you can change and keep your style dry at all times.
For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

 

How to beat the rain in style

The summer months bring on rainy, wet weather and could dampen any gent’s style.  Even when you want to wear shorts or a shirt without a blazer, the rain will likely work against you.  This week’s blog will prepare you for rainy weather and keep your style dry even when it pours.

Always account for the weather before picking out your outfit and be sure to select the right shirt that can go with any raincoat, blazer or parka.  It’s important to wear a suit jacket and a button-front shirt when shopping for a rain coat.  

You’ll want to know how the coat layers with your entire look as well as feel comfortable without wrinkling your clothes.  JCPenney has a variety of suit jackets, umbrellas and shirts to choose from like the Argyleculture button-front shirt in morning blue, sage or powder blue.  You can purchase all of your wet weather accessories and clothing in one trip without breaking the bank.  

If you don’t have a raincoat, be sure to grab one quickly, because you are bound to get caught in the rain as we approach the end of July and the month of August.  It’s important to keep an extra umbrella at work in addition to a few spare shirts if you do happen to get caught in wet weather.  You want to be prepared and always stay dry in the worst scenarios.

Once you’ve picked out the right rain coat to match your style, you can move on to purchasing the right umbrella. You can think of an umbrella as another dapper accessory, whether buying a small compact one to easily fit into a gym bag or a large one to carry like a cane when the rain disappears.

For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

What to expect at Men's Fashion Week in NYC

Men’s Fashion Week will head to New York City next week and we will reveal the runway and street style trends you’re going to see so you can stay ahead of men’s fashion for Summertime style.  We’re limited in the warm weather because we can’t layer as much as we do in the colder months. This week, we’ll show you how to wear short sleeve shirts in a variety of ways with trousers, shorts, cuffed pants and jeans straight from the runway.

Since layering is limited in warmer weather, we can play around with our accessories and match them with a variety of short sleeve shirt options.  This means plenty of breezy silhouettes, sunglasses galore, and a blend of comfortable, street-ready sneakers, sandals and boat shoes to keep it cool in steamy weather.

When choosing the right shirt for a more casual shorts and sandals look, be sure to think about a striped or pattern short sleeve shirt to add pops of color to your look.  You can pair any of these Argyleculture button-front shirts from JCPenney with the right pair of shades or even a hat to mix a dapper feel with your current style.

If you’re less casual about your style, than cuffed trousers or dark jeans  paired with a light blazer might be your favorite runway trend to lookout for. JCPenney has a variety of solid short sleeve button-front shirts to choose from in navy or pink.  If you prefer a polo to make your overall look a bit more classic, JCPenney features our Argyleculture Short-Sleeve Pattern Polo in limestone or rio red.

For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

 

Summer Style Trends from Men's Paris Fashion Week

Men’s Fashion Week just ended in Paris and this week’s style guide will capture the need-to-know trends you can test out this summer. Several themes on the runway were youthful, outdoorsy style trends featuring shorts, suit jackets and trousers as a gent’s main style staple.  

 When planning how to build your overall look around these key items, it’s important to think about layering these trends in the form of a jacket.  There are ways to make a statement while keeping a more classic attitude for styling your suit. Don’t feel shy about standing out with our variety of shirt options JCPenney like the Argyleculture Plaid Button-Front Shirts in Navy Plaid or Multi Purple.  

 If you’re more casual about your style, than shorts paired with a suede or linen zip up jacket will be your favorite and most comfortable runway look. You can pair jackets, shorts and trousers with a solid polo or button-front short like the Argyleculture Birdseye Pique Polo in burgundy or navy or the Birdseye V Neck Shirt in burgundy or blue.

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 If you’re favorite types of accessories are hats and backpacks, then you’ll love these runway tips when you find yourself at an outdoor event or even inside the boardroom. You can’t go wrong if you pair these accessories with shirts that have vacation vibes.  JCPenney has a variety to choose from like the Argyleculture Button-Front Shirt in Navy Print or White Print.

 For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

No-sweat summer style

Warmer summer weather is no excuse to be sloppy.  There are ways to beat the heat in style and this week, we will take a look at a few different ways you can stay fashionably cool in any dapper situation.

 As soon as the summer weather hits hard, many men usually turn off their fashion sense and rationalize staying cool as a way to forget about keeping their style together.  In summer, many guys are only thinking about staying cool and being comfortable.  T-shirts and flops are not ideal summer style situations for the office or networking events.  

 Upgrade your t-shirts with Argyleculture short sleeve shirts are JCPenney.  There are a variety of styles, colors and patterns available like our Short Sleeve Camo Jersey Tee, Short-Sleeve Printed Tee, and the Argyleculture Short Sleeve Button-Front shirt in Navy or Pink.  Make sure to go bigger in size if the fit rides up in the front when you cross your elbows.  If you want your physique to show a bit more, feel free to go a size smaller to make your biceps pop.  Keep in mind you run the risk of revealing your sweat stains when downsizing your shirt size.  

If you want more of a modern look, go with a classic Argyleculture Short Sleeve Pattern Polo Shirt in Limestone or Rio Red or the Birdseye Pique Polo in Burgundy or Navy.  You don’t need to be on vacation to pull off an island-style shirt.  JCPenney has a variety to choose from like Argyleculture Print Button-Front Shirt in Powder Blue or Strawberry Icecream.

 For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

How to wear a dress shirt in summer

As the sun starts to warm up the weather, it can be hard to dress well and keep cool.  This week, we will take a look at how to wear a dress shirt throughout the summer season whether you’re at the office, at a networking event or just hanging outdoors in the sun.

 The dress shirt is no longer reserved for important meetings or business travel.  They are more commonly worn for a variety of occasions and during any season.  If you tend to avoid wearing a dress shirt in the warmer weather, now’s your opportunity to learn a few styling tips that will make any shirt work for all kinds of warm-weather occasions.

 The main points to think about when shopping or styling your professional look this summer, is to pay attention to buttons, sleeves and a tucked in and out fit.  These details are important when styling your overall look, even if you find yourself in a casual situation.   

Always button your shirt all the way up for a smart look, even if you’re not wearing a tie or bowtie. Once you’re at an event, you can get away with undoing your top button.  It’s important to arrive with your top fully buttoned.  The more casual the occasion, the more buttons you can undo.  Don’t go overboard with undoing buttons because you don’t need your entire chest on display, even if you’re gathering at a friend’s home. 

Argyleculture has a variety of short sleeve button-front shirts at JCPenney in Navy Combo, Navy Plaid, and Navy Print options.  It’s always great to go with a pattern shirt to avoid revealing underarm sweat spots.

 If you prefer a longer sleeve option, you can turn up your cuffs or roll the sleeves to your elbows for a more casual look and comfortable feel.   The Argyleculture Roll Sleeve Button-Front shirt in in Indigo or Gator are on sale for $24.99 online or at your local JCPenney store.  

 If you find yourself in a more formal situation, you should always keep your shirt tucked in, especially if you are wearing a tie or bow tie.  More casual environments call for an untucked shirt.  It’s important to make your choice before you leave the house because if you decide to untuck your shirt in the middle of the day, it will be creased and appear unprofessional.   

You always want to project the effort you put into your style and showing up to a meeting or event with a crumpled shirt is not a dapper look. Also, make sure to use a mirror when tucking in your shit or it won’t sit right.  Be sure to have an extra shirt on backup in case you decide to untuck at the last minute to avoid looking messy.

 For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

 

A classic history of the Polo Shirt

Last week, we took a look at different prints and patterns short-sleeve shirts that will keep any gent in style for warm weather.  If you aren’t a fan of prints and patterns, the Polo is your go-to shirt for any occasion.  When it comes to picking out the right Polo shirt, there are a lot of factors to consider, including fit and color.

This week, let’s focus on Polo shirts because they are perfect for any warm weather situation that’s in or outside the office.  The Polo has a unique history dating back to the early days of tennis when players had to wear heavy garments on the court, including long sleeved button up shirts, ties and trousers.  

 Rene Lacoste, seven-time Grand Slam champion decided to impact court style and bring fashion to tennis attire with a knit pique cotton shirt with a collar.  Lacoste first debuted the Polo shirt at the 1926 US Open and in 1927 began sewing a crocodile patch on the left chest after journalists began to referring to him as “The Crocodile.”  After retiring in 1933, Lacoste began his career as designer and merchandiser and by the time Ralph Lauren designed his own version in his 1972 Polo collection, the shirt became a staple in casual menswear.

 Today, Polo shirts are still popular, especially throughout the Spring and Summertime seasons and you can pair them with any pants or shorts and blazer combo for a casual or upscale look.  It’s important to size your Polo shirt to fit your body instead of wearing it loose and baggy.  The fit should be slim enough to create a trim silhouette based on your personal shape, not tightness.   Remember, there is a difference between fit and tight.  The sleeve should fall to three-quarters down the biceps and the sleeve seam should fall on the edge of your shoulder.

 Argyleculture has a variety of Polo shirts in various colors on sale at JCPenney like the Birdseye Pique Polo, Short Sleeve Pattern Polo, Short Sleeve Printed Polo Jersey, and the Camo Printed Polo.  From prints to solids, each Polo Shirt is a good fit for any gent who appreciates style and comfort.  When it comes to function and style, Polo Shirts are great shirt options for business casual and higher end dapper party occasions.

 For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

Prints and Solids Part Two

Shirts are a top priority as we head into the warmer weather this summer season and Argyleculture has you covered with a variety of style choices like some shirts  we  highlighted in last weeks’ style guide.  We focused on a variety of solid shirts because sometimes the majority of guys prefer a bold solid color over a unique pattern.  

 This week, we’ll take a look at different prints and patterns to choose for any dapper occasion that finds you networking with professionals outdoors or working late hours at the office before going out with coworkers for a post-work get together.

 If you’re someone who likes to stand out with your style and enjoy the experience of accessorizing your patterns, then our button front shirt in navy plaid, navy combo or navy print, on sale at JCPenney for $19.99, will be an option that excites you for a casual or dressy get together.

 If you’re not into plaid but you appreciate a patterned shirt, then try our Strawberry Ice Cream Print Button Front Shirt to pair with dark denim or khakis pants.  Start to enjoy how you style your office or post-work looks and don’t be afraid to roll up your pants to your ankles with a low pair of socks to show off your shoes when it gets warmer.

 For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

Prints and Solids Style Guide Part One

Every guy will likely have his favorite pair of go-to pants or classic shorts for any warm weather situation. When it comes to selecting the right shirt, it definitely requires a personal sense of style.  For example, will you go with a solid short sleeve top or printed pattern long sleeve option?

 This week, we will explore different types of shirts, especially when it comes to prints and solid patterns for any occasion, even as the weather gets increasingly warmer and a bit on the uncomfortable side when factoring in travel and outdoor or indoor conditions.  

It’s time to think about your dress shirt style without relying on your blazer or jacket as the main accessory to complete your overall look.  It’s important to have your sweater, vest or jacket on hand, in case it gets breezy, and most of the time, the weather at the end of May and early June begin to feel hot and sticky.   

If you’re someone who likes to blend in with the crowd by not getting called out for his style choices, or if you’re unsure of a venue’s particular dress code when receiving an invite to a networking event, then our Argyleculture solid short sleeve options at JCPenney are the way to go for any dapper situation. 

Shades of pale blue, pink or white are stylish choices and can be worn to any work or social occasion this season.   Don’t be afraid to select a lite pink shirt and pair it with a darker suit jacket or blazer for a sharp fashion statement, even if you don’t like to stand out with your fashion choices.  I know it’s takes getting used to, but try a color on that you aren’t used to and you may be surprised just how classic you look and feel with a new shirt option.  Our wardrobe can use an update every season, even if you only buy one or two new shirt options to be current this season’s trends. 

For more style inspiration, please stop by your local JCPenney store or online, Argyleculture’s Instagram, and keep an eye out for more important wardrobe tips and our Look of the Week on our Argyle Life blog.

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