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.

 

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.

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