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.

Shorts And Shirts Style Guide Part Two

Last week, we explored different shorts options for styling Spring looks when you’re at the office or attending networking events post work. This week, we will take a look at a few short sleeve shirt options to pair with shorts for every gent’s dapper attire.

nce you’ve secured your dark pair of shorts, which is a staple for any day or evening look, take the time out to try different patterns and varying shades. A navy green pair will go great with shirts in a variety of colors including grey, white and brown shades.

Darker shades will pair better with striped or patterned shirts like our Strawberry Ice Cream Print Button Front Shirt  or our Gold Button Front Shirt where you want to avoid being too busy at the bottom and should instead showcase the intricacy of the shirt.

Also, be sure to interchange the style of shirt you wear with your shorts to maximize their versatility, a short sleeved button up or polo like our Short Sleeve Pattern Polo Shirt in Limestone or Rio Red are great options for casual networking events or meet ups with friends.

A long sleeved shirt with rolled up sleeves pairs well for an air of sophistication too and while still giving off the subtle casual vibe that comes with warm weather attire. You can also pair a good pair of shorts with your favorite argyle sweater, pullover or jacket on cool mornings or night to ensure that your outfit is always one step ahead of the weather.

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.

 

Shorts And Shirts Style Guide Part One

In this week’s style guide, May is the perfect time to update your arsenal of shorts and tops for outdoor work events, late night networking, and parties.

Shorts have evolved from a casual article of clothing to a style staple for any gent looking to transition perfectly from a warm spring day spent relaxing in the park to a game of golf with clients on a scorching summer afternoon. The same amount of attention and detail put into your other style staples should be put into picking out the perfect pair of shorts for the next few months of warm weather and if you’re confused on where to start, let us help you get started.

Every gent should have a dark pair of shorts in their arsenal. These can be a black or dark blue or navy color like our Twill Chino Shorts. These are your flexible pair, which can go with almost any shirt in your wardrobe and transition well from night to day.

Something as simple as tucking your button up into your shorts for a formal meeting and untucking your shirt for more casual events can completely change the vibe your style is giving off. If you’ve got a packed day with a wide range of activities planned, a dark pair of shorts also helps you avoid picking up any stains or unwanted sweat marks on the way to your next important event.

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.

 

Eyewear Style: Part Two

Last week, we started our eyewear style guide with basic prescription specs-style trends that are popular accessory must-haves.  This week, let’s focus part two of our style guide on statement prescription eyewear with bright colors and bold frames for gents who like to show off his style instead of playing it safe with solid colors and simple frames.

Springtime is an opportunity to be playful and fun with your style. Our sense of fashion translates into our mood and attitudes, especially as the weather gets warmer and we find ourselves wanting to go out more.  

A great way to add fun to your look is by rolling up your sleeves and cuffing your khakis and denim.  Another way to add an edge to your overall look is by selecting a trendy pair of eyewear that will stand out.  The Argyleculture Nelville has a classic rounded shape for gents who like to wear something a bit more different than a standard square faced-frame.  The Bono is clear and perfect for any gent who wants a seamless look that disappears and shows off your facial features more and the Chet is great for being bold with color and sleek with shape.

Eyewear, especially prescription glasses, is an important accessory that can be used to add pops of color to any outfit, whether in a corporate or relaxed professional setting.  Argyleculture features a range of styles for those who appreciate innovative style by going with frameless rims and adding color instead of choosing standard black or tortoise shell frames.

For more Spring 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.


 

Eyewear Style: Part One

If you wear prescription glasses, eyewear has become an important accessory, and just  like having the right pair of shoes or hat, a pair of shades can tie your entire look together. Since there are so many styles to try on, it can be difficult to choose what works best for you and your lifestyle.  Not to worry, because we’ve got you covered with these tips to take your specs-style to the next level.

Tip number one is to try a range of styles in order to  find the right pair to highlight your facial features. Take the time to try out a range of silhouettes and you’ll soon realize that there are an endless amount of options .  JCPenney features a range of styles, from rectangular eye shaped glasses with our Basie to semi rimless frames, and our Chesney to round eye shaped glasses like our Neville.

Tip two is to always have more than one pair.  Once you’ve tested out a variety, make sure to pick a few styles that you really like or get your favorite style in a range of colors, there is nothing worse than putting on your favorite suit and realizing that your glasses don’t fit the look, walking around squinting at an event or meeting is not the best look for a professional. This will also help you avoid not having a pair on hand, keep one in your office, one at home and one that you can keep in your bag or pocket to take on the go.

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The final and most important tip in terms of style choices is to always switch up your spec game depending on the environment or outfit you are in. Perception is important and depending on the frame you can give off a sense of sophisticated and smart or casual and cool. Any gent should have a classic pair to match their suits and formal wear for important meetings and networking events but also keep pairs that will alternate well with your casuals like argyle sweaters and pullovers. 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 Spring 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.

 

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