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Spring style trends for men — 2017

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Spring is on the way, gentlemen. And in recent weeks it has certainly felt like it has already arrived here in the mile high city. Brett was recently in Scottsdale where the mercury is already approaching 90 degrees! Suffice it to say, it’s time we started thinking seriously about spring style. Here’s what we’re predicting will be key spring style trends for men in 2017:

V-neck sweaters

As we transition into the warmer weather, the venerable V-neck, in a nicely breathable merino wool, should be your go-to. However, the key difference between this year’s V-neck sweaters and those of past years, is that the V-shape is getting deeper. That means a sharper angle and a more masculine look.

Whether you wear a T-shirt under it is your call.

More colorful suits

While a good charcoal or navy suit will always be in style, this year we’re starting to see more patterns and color in our suiting. Pick something in a thoughtful shade of green or purple to start. A plaid pattern is a great way to ease your way into things. Pair a suit like this with a solid dress shirt and you just created your Spring/Summer 2017 uniform!

Double breasted jackets

Yes, double breasted suit jackets are coming back! We’ve kept a close eye on them over the past couple years — a couple here, a couple there — but they’re definitely on the rebound. Just promise us that you’ll always remember to button your jacket while standing (sigh).

Shorter beards and longer hair

That’s right, our grooming is headed in different directions. A shorter beard and/or 5:00 o’clock shadow will lead the pack this year while longer and more wavy hair will push up against the close-cropped and shaved hipster styles that have been popular in years past.

Spring style trends for men

There you have it. Our succinct prediction for 2017. Did I miss anything? Anything you want to add? Let us know today!

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The best way to improve your style? Master the basics

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We are often asked what is the best way to improve your style. And the answer may surprise you – focus on the basics and do them really well.

It’s easy to think that good style is all about complex matching and playing with colors. After all, that’s what we see on Pinterest and Instagram, right? (At least, we do!) But it doesn’t need to be that complicated. The single best way to improve your style is to focus on the basics and do them, really, really well.

A great example is Brett’s style in the following images. He’s dressed in black tie attire, which may seem pretty standard and straightforward, but let’s look closer.


The first thing you probably notice is that he’s wearing a perfectly fitted suit. If you read this blog regularly, then you know that fit is the most important thing when it comes to clothing.

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Pocket square

Brett’s also wearing a pocket square. As opposed to a bright color, it’s just a basic white. However, it’s crisply pressed – yes, that means ironed. There’s just about a quarter to half an inch showing and with his white dress shirt, it helps to frame the overall look.

Tie bar

Then there’s the tie bar. It’s appropriately sized for his neck tie, meaning it doesn’t cover the entire tie, and it’s nice and horizontal. Yet it’s not showy or bold in any way, it’s very basic.

Bespoke details

And then there are two details of his suit that are very bespoke – the contrast button hole stitching in grey and the working button holes on the sleeves. These are relatively subtle, but very much nods to bespoke suiting. Also, Brett has a great lining. The rich purple pattern is very elegant. Perhaps you think it’s very bold (you obviously haven’t seen our other linings!), but the reality is that this lining is very versatile for dressy occasions – it’s a very sophisticated look.

The jacket lining, the contrast stitching, and the surgeon cuffs all work together to reinforce the black tie look.

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Wrap up

Are you starting to see how easy it is to boost your style? There’s plenty of time to get down into the weeds with complex matching and clever layering, but if you’re just starting out, focus on a couple of the basics and ace them!

As always, let us know if you have any questions and don’t forget to subscribe to our twice-monthly newsletter if you haven’t already. And here’s a link to our ever growing YouTube channel!

We started a video blog!

Big news everyone, BE has launched its first video blog!

If you follow BE, you know that we offer a lot of content via our various channels, specifically, this blog.

We’re realizing that we offer up a lot of text, but that maybe video can offer you something else. However, and I want to be very clear on this, that we will continue to blog in text form and give you some great interviews and style advice, just as we have always done. In addition, we will be providing some great videos to help show you what we’re talking about.

So, below is the first installment of what we’re calling the Daily BE. You can watch our videos here on the blog when we post them, otherwise, you’ll see everything up on our YouTube channel.

We’re super excited about these videos. I think that this series is something that can really grow and be a great medium with which to talk about men’s style. We will keep it casual, I’ll have some guests from time to time, do some interviews, etc, all with the aim of providing you with some real value – a quick dose of style that you can apply right away.

And these videos will be relatively short, I’m aiming for between three and five minutes. We’ll post every weekday.

Overall, we want to show you something that you haven’t seen before. At BE we know that we have the talent to really give you a great experience, and that’s what we intend on doing. I hope that we can teach you something new. I want you to ask us questions and to get involved.

Personally, I’m really excited to start this new endeavor. We will continue to do everything we can to help you become the best dressed version of yourself!

How to dress for the New Year’s Eve party

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Are you ready to ring in 2017?! New Year’s Eve is tomorrow and if you’re going out to celebrate, we wanted to offer up some guidance on dressing to impress. So, whether you’re in the Denver area or in Scottsdale, here are some tips on how to dress for the new year’s eve party.

Wear a sportcoat

The single best way to dress dapper this year is to wear a jacket, be it a sportcoat or a dark suit. The key is just to wear a jacket. Why? Aside from looking suave you have pockets! Fill your chest pocket with a pocket square and your side pockets with some kazoos.

However, it’s important to wear the right jacket. As you are well aware, the ball drops at midnight, so that means evening attire. Your sportcoat should be nice and dark. No tans, greys, or light blues. You don’t want to look like you just got out of a meeting.

Add a pocket square

Even if you’re the kind of guy that rarely wears a pocket square, now is your chance. The louder the better. And don’t fret about folding it. If there’s one thing that us guys tend to overthink, it’s how to stuff a piece of colored fabric into our pocket. Just stuff it in there in a way that makes you happy and head out the door.

If you’re on a budget, try Nordstrom’s Rack. They tend to carry a handful of decent pocket squares between $5 and $10.

Skip the neck tie

In recent years, the necktie has really fallen out of popularity. And while that may be a sad thing, depending on where you stand on the issue, New Year’s Eve is certainly a time to loosen up and go open collar. Plus, if you don’t normally wear a tie, I don’t think New Year’s Eve is a good time to start.

how to dress for your new year's eve party

Wrap up

This year, I hope you decide to up your style game. It’s easier than you think to figure out how to dress for the New Year’s Eve party. Just adopting one of the above tips will turn some heads 🙂


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Thinking of pulling off a T-shirt and sportcoat combo? Read this article on Scottsdale style first.