Most Dapper Night of the Year

We’re only a few days away from the most dapper night of the year and now is the time to start finalizing your look, for what will likely become a night of venue, party and event hopping.  Even if you start out with intentions to avoid the holiday madness and celebrate at home with friends or family, it’s important to decide on your look while finalizing your plans. 

If you’re finding it hard to decide on a suit or a handful of bow ties, then sit back and relax while we guide you through an array of options for a sophisticated New Year’s Eve. We take occasions like this seriously and will help you prioritize your wardrobe while you finalize your last minute New Year’s eve plans.

The foundation for any gent’s look will begin with a combination of a blazer and pants of your choosing.

If you’re into a more classic look choose our Argyleculture Blazer (seen in Argyleculture’s “Look of the week”) in black. This velvet look exudes a sharp, classic style that’s perfect for any New Year’s Eve that requires a fine-dining dress code.

If you like standing out in a sea of black and white, try a pop of color by pairing our Argyleculture Blazer in Tawny Port with our Argyleculture Slim Cargo Pants in Elmwood or Charcoal.  This look adds a layer of brightness without losing any sophistication.  Pair the blazer with pants in a different color to add intricacy and depth to your overall outfit.

As always, the right accessories as pivotal towards putting the finishing touches on your New Year’s Eve look. If you’re looking for a one stop shop for your suspenders and bowtie combination check out JF J. Ferrar’s Tonal Check Bow Tie and Suspender Set  to add patterns to your look in a range of colors including Aqua, Coral and Paisley Purple. If you’d prefer a solid toned set check out J Ferrar’s Solid Bow Tie & Suspender Set in Black, Red or Cobalt.

You’ll need the right set of shoes to finish off your New Year’s eve look.   For the perfect shoe, try out JF J Ferrar’s Dash Men’s Dress Shoe in Black or Brown. If you’re a fan of a more casual feel you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Adidas sneakers.

Whether you opt for a night in or will be attempting the festive crowds, putting thought into how to style your look for a sophisticated New Year’s evening is a must.  For more inspiration, head over to Argyleculture’s Instagram, Argyle Life blog, and there are even more style options on JCP online.

Presents & Pajamas

While giving to those you love is most important, receiving from them is just as fun, so why not look your best when you’re gathered around your family unwrapping those gifts. It’s all about comfort and fit and if you’re struggling to find a gift for anyone on your list this year, we’ve got you covered on all of the latest styles.

If you’re looking for a casual fit with an air of dapper style then look no further than the Argyleculture Drawstring Pants featured in our current “Look of the Week.” There is nothing worse than rushing out to pick up something mid-unwrapping presents and realizing you are still in a pair of embarrassing pajamas. Pair these drawstring pants with a sweatshirt like the Argyleculture Camo Print Sweatshirt or a pullover like the Argyleculture Long-Sleeve Pullover Sweater to create the perfect casual look. These drawstring pants also transition perfectly from casual to semi-sophisticated,  all you have to do is grab your coator Argyleculture Printed Vest and nobody will notice that you’re wearing casual pants instead of tailored fit pant.

Another classic and comfortable look for unwrapping gifts or a perfect gift for the entire family, especially if you’re planning on taking any fun holiday morning family photos, check out Stafford’s 2 pc Flannel Pajama set, which come in a variety of colors.

For the person who has more pajamas and casual attire then they know what to do with, add an extra layer of comfort and warmth to a cold holiday morning with a new robe to go over their pajamas, if they’re into a classic look check out theHanes Shawl Robe or Jockey’s Classic Waffle Kimono Robe if they are interested a different style of robe.

Like the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, so be sure to take it all in and enjoy every second of love, laughter and loved ones. Taking time out to relax and dress casually and comfortably is just as important as looking your best when you’re out and about, so don’t hesitate to take it easy. Please remember to check out your local JCPenney store or online to get those last minute gifts for you and your family.  If you want more holiday style and gifting inspiration, head over to the Argyleculture Instagram or Argyle Life Blog.

Top Holiday Trends

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to decorate for the upcoming festive holidays and start building a shopping list. Trying to figure out what to get for everyone can be stressful no matter which holiday you celebrate.  We’ve got you covered with the top trends for perfect holiday style!

The Classic Argyle Sweater

Did you know the Argyle pattern has been around since the 17th Century, solidifying it as a classic for the office or holiday party? Set in a variety of colors, they add a layer of dapper style to your entire look, while fitting in perfectly with holiday decor.

Pea Coats

What you wear over your holiday look is just as important as the actual outfit itself. Not only will a Pea Coat keep you warm, it will make the most casual outfit look sharp. If you find yourself running out for last minute surprises, just wrap yours around your pajamas and nobody will notice what’s underneath!

Lace Up Boots

Winter can be brutal on your footwear. Snow, salt and dirt can destroy a pair of sneakers or casual shoes, so it’s important to keep a sturdy pair of boots in your winter arsenal of accessories. Not only will these boots blend perfectly with any casual or sophisticated look, they’ll also come in handy when you run into an unexpected snowfall.

Striped Sweater

Stripes are the perfect way to go because you can play it safe with a classic two-toned striped sweater or express your style with a striped sweater in a variety of colors to show off your holiday spirit.

Checkered Shirts

If stripes aren’t your thing, check out these checkered-pattern shirts that offer a classic aesthetic to blend well with any tie or bowtie. The variety of colorways will appeal to anyone who likes to add pops of color to an entire look without feeling too flashy.

Cargo Pants

There’s something to be said about the clean and sharp factor that a fitted pair of cargo pants brings to any look, especially during the holidays. These pants transition well from casual situations to family events, without having to stop somewhere for a quick wardrobe change.

Vests

If you aren’t into accessories and refuse to wear suspenders, a bowtie, or even a pocket square, then Vests are the way to go! They help tone down a shirt or an entire look that shows off a noisy pattern and add a dapper layer to even the most casual of outfits.

Print Bowties/Pocket Squares

Bowties, ties and pocket squares are another alternative for those who prefer subtle accents of holiday colors. You should try to match them to your the color of your suspenders, or if you’re a holiday fanatic go with a bright and festive pattern that works with whatever holiday you and your family celebrate.

Pullovers

Looking for something that would go well with that pair of flannel or fleece pajamas when it’s time to open presents? This is your go to. Pullovers offer the comfort and texture of a hooded sweatshirt and come in a variety of sophisticated patterns and color tones.  The added layer of color will turn a casual gift unwrapping scene into a stylish event.

Any of these favorites would be a great holiday gift or update to your festive style this holiday season. While you’re shopping for these essentials at your local JCPenney store or online,  don’t forget to spread the holiday spirit to your friends and family.  For more style inspiration, please visit Argyleculture.com and check our Instagram for more holiday shopping tips.

LOOK OF THE WEEK

ARGYLECULTURE Quilted Camo Sherpa-lined Jacket (Color: Olive)

ARGYLECULTURE Poplin Button Down (Color: Red)

Bow-Tie by J. Ferrar

Available at JCPENNEY.COM

 

ARGYLECULTURE Twill Cargo Pants (Color: Elmwood)

Shoes by St. Johns Bay

Bow-Tie by J. Ferrar

Available at JCPENNEY.COM

Flannels and Plaids

It can be easy to confuse your flannels and plaids. In fact, most people might say they are one in the same, but the two serve as two unique style staples. Though both are perfect foundations for putting together a laid back, semi casual look, many style gurus will point out flannel is a fabric while plaid is a pattern. Regardless, they will help elevate your style as you hit the holiday party circuit this month. 

The plaid pattern originated in the 1700s in Scotland and was used for protection against harsh winter weather. In 1889 the trend evolved into a wool lumberjack checkered pattern by American Entrepreneur, Hamilton Carhartt. Today, the flannel shirt transcends its plaid heritage in the 20th century with checkers, stripes and solids.  It has become a significant trend across pop-culture crossing-over 90’s grunge, hip-hop and hipster style.

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We’ve put together some of our favorite go-to flannels to enhance your wardrobe or add to your holiday shopping list and don’t forget to check favorite flannel in our “Look of the Week” on the #ArgyleLife blog.

Easy to wear, comfortable and warm, our Argyleculture colorful stand-out and basic solid, long-sleeve button-up shirts will have you style-ready for any holiday party or work outing this holiday season.  While you’re shopping for these favorites at your local JCPenney store or online, don’t forget to share your style knowledge and holiday spirit with friends and family. 

For more style inspiration, please visit Argyleculture.com and check our Instagram for more holiday shopping tips.

Blazing Into Thanksgiving

Your journey to success is filled with a constant stream of presentations, meetings and social events, demanding our style to be on point. As we head into the holiday season it’s vital to remember that looking and feeling our best with our ultimate support system is just as important as doing the same for work. With Thanksgiving up ahead, here are some ideas to help you look sharp for friends and family at any holiday event.

Choosing the right blazer is key for any formal scene. It will set the mood for your entire look by letting others know you are dressed for a sophisticated occasion. Since 1952, when the term “blazer” first appeared in an article referring to a bright blazing red jacket worn by Cambridge’s Lady Margaret Boat Club, the timeless jacket has served as a decadent statement piece for those who like to stand out. 

We pay homage to the classic staple with the Argyleculture Velvet Blazer in Tawny Port or Black in a modern way with new tones and textures. You can easily pair this with the Argyleculture Button Front Shirt or the Argyleculture Two Tone Oxford shirt featured in our latest Look of the Week.

If you’re into a more classic aesthetic, try the JF J. Ferrar’s Solid Bowtie or play with texture by wearing a traditional solid color on a velvet tie like the Stafford’s Velvet Bowtie.  If you have an eye for color and patterns, try the IZOD Plaid Bowtie, JF JFerrar Paisley Bowtie or think about giving back with the bow-tie by Knots for Hope benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

You can approach the way you accessorize pocket squares in the same way you select a bowtie. While solid fall tones are a classic favoritelike the Pocket Square by J. Ferrar, don’t be afraid to step out of the box with patterns like Mini Dot’s Silk Pocket Square or a Stafford’s Gingham Pocket.

Once you’ve got your holiday look together, sit back, relax and enjoy the time you have with your friends and family.  If anyone asks where you got all of your sharp looks from don’t forget to point them to the nearest JCPenney, the Argyle LIfe blog and Instagram channel for style inspiration.

MODERNIZING THE CLASSIC SUSPENDER LOOK

If you don’t have a pair of suspenders in your closet right now, do me a favor and go out and get yourself at least one pair! In our latest “Look of the Week” we show you how to modernize the classic accessory with some of our favorites brands who understand how to tap into a gent’s sophisticated side when his mood or schedule calls for it.  So let’s start from the top and work our way down with a contemporary style guide for any gent to easily tweak for his sense of style.

We like the Dockers Chambray Ivy Cap with Straw Trim and JF J. Ferrar® Fashion Plaid Bow Tie and Suspender Set because it’s a casual way to style a distinguished look.  The Stafford Pensacola Gingham Pre-Tied Bow Tie is another great option offering a variety of colors and patterns.

Our Argyleculture Brushed Twill Button Up Shirt and Stretch Brushed Twill Cargo Pants are comfortable and stylish additions, especially if you like mixing it up with different textures and fabrics.

Choosing the right belt and shoes will help tie the entire look together, especially when you need to add a pop of color or tone down loud patterns.  The J Ferrar reversible belt, Stafford® Nolan Men's Wingtip Oxford Shoes or classic pair of adidas® shell toes will help to subtly shift your look as you change locations.

Don’t forget to carve time out of your busy routine to plan what you will wear.  The style choices you make will dictate someone’s first impression of you when attending an event or business meeting.  It takes time to develop your own aesthetic and requires trying on different shirts, pants and accessories in a variety of colors, patterns and fabrics until you learn what appeals to you the most.

The great thing about JCPenney is that it’s a one stop shop, so after you’ve picked up your Argyleculture essentials, make sure to check out these accessories for new ways to modernize your classic wardrobe favorites.  Don’t forget to check out the #Argylelife blog and our Instagram for more style inspiration and tips!

TRANSITIONING YOUR STYLE FROM MEETINGS TO MEETUPS

Any professional is fully aware of the importance of time.  And the truth is, there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Being efficient and putting careful thought into your wardrobe selection means being more mindful of whether what you’re wearing is versatile enough that it can take you from intense meetings to casual mingling.

Check out our suggestions on how to refresh your #OOTD when pressed for time in your busy schedule.

The classic printed Jersey Polo combined with Terry Sweat Pants is an effortless way to portray a corporate casual look that can transition from the office to happy hour.

You can also choose a collared long sleeve shirt and bowtie or tie combo look for another classic way to use one look in a variety of ways. Remove your tie on the way out of the office, roll up your sleeves three quarters in length, and pop open a few buttons for a relaxed, casual look.

Accessorizing is another great way to refresh your workday style for post-office activities with belts, shoes or jewelry.  If you bring different options to the office, you can refresh your look from day to night without a full wardrobe change.  

Check out JCPenney’s variety of belts, shoes and watches for inspiration like the below reversible JF J. Ferrar Reversible Plaque Buckle Belt and the JF J. Ferrar® Walter Mens Oxford Shoes.

Having a busy schedule is no excuse to not look your sharpest. All it takes is some planning ahead and awareness, skills that can also translate to your mogul endeavors. Take a look at Argyleculture’s new collection at JCPenney to get yourself started. Don’t forget to check-in with the #Argylelife “Gentlemen's Movement” for more style inspiration and follow us on Instagram at @argyleculture.

SWEATER WEATHER

If you are into keeping your style up-to-date like I am, then you know how important it is to maintain your sweater game. This autumn’s Argyleculture menswear collection offers pops of color and different silhouettes to help enhance any gent’s style.

This time of year is extremely busy for any young mogul in the making. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which sweater works best for the right occasion or event, but we have you covered with some #ArgyleLife sweater weather tips.

Sweaters are adaptable. If you find you are too hot to wear one all day, you can easily treat it like an accessory, by wrapping it around your neck or waist to add an extra layer to your outfit.  This is how you carve your a personal style preference with your wardrobe.  You can also add layers to your look, by wearing a vest over your sweater to complete a sharp, gentlemen's look for any occasion.

Sweaters are an important staple in Argyleculture’s fall menswear collection because we want to inspire all gentlemen with simple ways to layer their style.  You can avoid falling into a “basic” single colored pattern routine by checking out the wide variety of sweaters we are offering at JCPenney’s.  For more style inspiration and information on the ‘Gentlemen's Movement, please visit http://argyleculture.com and follow us on Instagram when checking out @argyleculture.

LOOK OF THE WEEK

LOOK OF THE WEEK

Argyleculture Striped Sweater   (Color: Mineral/Heather)

Argyleculture Poplin Button Down Shirt (Color: Blue)

Argyleculture Stretch Brushed Twill Cargo Pants (Color: Charcoal)

Hat by Levis

Available at JCPENNEY.COM

 

Argyleculture Striped Sweater (Color: Navy/Heather)

Argyleculture French Terry Sweat Pants (Color: Navy)

Hat by Dockers

Sneakers by Call it Spring

Available at JCPenney

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