Suitsupply in Washington: A great combo

This is an interesting time for men’s fashion. We are still heavily in the business casual or athleisure mode but there’s still a demand for a great looking suit. That’s why I was really excited for the opening of a new Suitsupply store in the Washington area. I’ve been a fan of the brand since the opening of the Georgetown location so I figured another store in the area would be fantastic.

I love the aesthetic of Suitsupply with its modern fit and great styles. I’d been a fan of their New York Fashion Week Men’s Presentations. It’s one of the most visually appealing presentations of the season. The looks are incredible and the quality for the price point is fantastic. I mean full canvas jackets with real working sleeve buttons? Suitsupply will do amazing in Tysons Galleria.

You know me I love to rock a good suit. I’ve wanted a windowpane patterned one for some time. I just never found the right one that spoke to me. It’s a bold choice and I figured I was up for the challenge. I immediately fell in love with this version at Suitsupply and immediately snapped it out.

I was really excited to wear my new suit to the opening. One of my challenges was how to style it. I don’t think you always have to wear head to toe one brand. In this way you can make a look your own. Fortunately, I received my October Sprezzabox (Ugh, mailman delivered it to the wrong house.) and it was the perfect match.

If you are buying your first suit or don’t wear one on a regular basis. I’d recommend sticking with a nice navy or charcoal suit. The windowpane pattern is probably not you’re first suit. Choose a suit with a light pattern but I wouldn’t get anything too flashy. You want something that can give you a lot of versatility so you can have a lot of options. However a windowpane is an excellent choice if you’d like something more unique.

Have you had a chance to check out Suitsupply or what do you think of my look? I’d love to know your comments.

Details/Shop my look

Havana Grey Check – Windowpane suit – SuitsupplyBurgundy houndstooth tie – Countess Mara; Grey Socks – Paul Evans; Cufflinks – Sprezza (Tie, socks and cufflinks were part of the Trinity – October’s Sprezzabox. The box also included a silver toned cardholder, Fashion Anchors (to hold your collar down) and Frey Detergent. Use Discount Code: DCFASHIONFOOL for 10% off first box and entire first orders); Burgundy monkstraps – To Boot New York; Watch – Daniel Wellington

 

Photography by Jeffrey Thatcher Photography 

The IW Harper Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year and I.W. Harper has given me the opportunity to put together a holiday gift guide. I wanted to share some of my favorite things that will make great gifts and also embody the I.W. Harper spirit.

Holiday Gift Guide 1

Over the last year, I’ve had a chance to show you what it means to “Live Like Mr. Harper.” Whether it was talking about I.W. Harper Straight Bourbon Whiskey’s reemergence back into the United States, showcasing its versatility in cocktails, providing style inspiration or just sharing it with friends, these experiences focused in on being the best and living life to the fullest. It is my hope that these gift ideas  in this holiday gift guide continue to embody this I.W. Harper theme.
Holiday Gift Guide 2 Holiday Gift Guide 3

Shopping for that perfect gift for that special guy or even yourself? I think I’ve chosen some awesome items for my holiday gift guide that will fit the bill. Starting with the whiskey itself to a fantastic hat created in partnership with Goorin Bros to a well-curated selection of must haves, you’re sure to find something to showcase, “How to Live Like Mr. Harper.”

Holiday Gift Guide 4

To make it easy, I’ve divided my holiday gift guide into 5 categories: Bar Essentials, Tech Gadgets, Clothing, Accessories and Grooming. And with shopable links, find that perfect gift has never been more convenient. I may have already snagged a few of these goodies for myself.

Showcase

 

I.W. Harper would be a great gift to find under the tree and tops my holiday gift guide. Hints of caramel and vanilla make it an ideal whiskey to incorporate in some of the season’s tastiest cocktails. The I.W. Harper 15 would be perfect to sip near a cozy fire, just add some rocks or enjoy neat. You’ll be remembered for your gifting prowess!

 

 

I.W. Harper has collaborated with Goorin Bros to produce The Harper, a limited edition fedora. Sharp and stylish this is one of those gifts you should grab now as not everyone will be able to get their hands on
one of these beauties.

 Bar Essentials

For your whiskey fan or any cocktail lover, help him complete his in-home bar with these tools such as a great set of glasses, mixology tools or a whole bar set setup. Whiskey rocks also make an outstanding gift. Balls of Steel are a great pair to consider. The bonus? 15% of proceeds goes toward men’s health initiatives such as testicular cancer research. Is your guy on the go? The Carry-On Cocktail is the perfect stocking stuffer.

Clothing

A tuxedo is that thoughtful gift for the man who usually rents or is looking to add one to his wardrobe. Consider some of the on trend offerings from J Crew. A tuxedo in a midnight blue or an off white dinner jacket will really make a statement in a sea of black suits. Or steal my look. A bold camo print blazer from Billy Reid paired with a great pair of jeans (mine are by 34 Heritage) creates a good go to look many a holiday party. The splurge? That’s simple, a cashmere trench from Burberry.

Accessories

Completing a look with fantastic accessories can take that great ensemble to the next level. Tani Underwear is the definition of luxury underwear. With a modern fit and exquisite fabrics, it’ll be the only underwear to go underneath those well thought out outfits. Likewise don’t ruin a look with a cheap umbrella. Handsome styling with automatic features make the umbrella by Todd Snyder a winner.

Shoes are something you can build an entire look around. The Foxley by Jimmy Choo is a great formal shoe that also looks great with jeans. And who knew Timberland could make a stylish chukka boot in an amazing shade of blue?

Jewelry should be classic and simple and some of my favorite holiday gift guide items.  The Black Classic watch by Daniel Wellington is elegant at an affordable price. For a splurge, David Yurman offers up a channel ring with 3 rows of diamonds.

Grooming

I’ve not always been the best at my skincare regimen but I finding with some great products my efforts are improving. Products by Kiehl’s and Lab Series are high on my recommendation list.I’ve also been on the hunt for good shaving products. Lately I’ve been getting a nice close shave from the Grooming Lounge Beard Destroyer and their Shavior is perfect for combatting razor bumps and soothing irritated skin. I’d be thrilled to receive any of these as gifts. (Hint. Hint.)

Any why not smell great as well. As cliché as it sounds, cologne can make great stocking stuffers. Two festive scents I’m craving this year have been Armani’s Code Profuma and Dior’s Sauvage. Both have been in heavy rotation for nights out on the town.

Tech Gadgets

Bluetooth speakers or headphones are all the rage for the techie on the move. The Ultimate Ears Boom 2 is the ultimate speaker by Logitech. This new version is now waterproof. Sudio’s Bluetooth headphones have great sound and come in a range of colors. I’m loving the blue ones right now.

Audiophiles are now clamoring for records and the Audio-Technica turntable can play records or convert to mp3s. While gamers will love the new Xbox One S on a new Samsung 4G tv.

I am working in partnership with I. W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own. Whiskey is intended for those whom alcohol is legal and appropriate. Please Drink Responsibly.