The B&R Journal

Features, tips, insights and our perspective about how a man should dress

Building a Wardrobe: Versatility

Building a Wardrobe: Versatility

January 24, 2018

When you begin investing in a wardrobe of high quality, stylish clothes, it's best to start with versatile pieces that will serve you well, as you build. You'll notice the topic come up, over and over, here on the B&R Journal. Start with versatile pieces to keep from getting overwhelmed as you figure things out.
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Cloth Texture and Formality

Cloth Texture and Formality

January 17, 2018

If you've been keeping up on the B&R Journal, you'll start to notice a pattern. We continue to drive home the principles of formality in deciding how to dress yourself for the day. One of the most difficult concepts to master, in dressing appropriately, and with style, is the scale of formality -- Are you dressed appropriately for the occasion?
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Building a Wardrobe: The Basics of Suit Colors and Patterns

Building a Wardrobe: The Basics of Suit Colors and Patterns

January 10, 2018

As you begin to build a wardrobe with higher quality, better fitting clothes, you'll appreciate it more if you keep two principles in mind: ease and versatility. Buy things that can match with some of your older items (until you can phase them out), and don't overwhelm yourself by going too advanced (keep it simple).
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Navy Blazer Versatility

Versatility of the Navy Blazer

December 26, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we gave you the ultimate guide to decide whether your suit jacket can be worn as a sport coat/blazer. In the guide we suggested you consider investing in a versatile sport coat or blazer. Now, we're going to show you a fantastic option for your first non-suit jacket purchase...
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How to wear a suit jacket as a blazer

How to wear a suit jacket as a blazer

December 11, 2017

There are a few key rules to follow when attempting to get a little extra utility out of a suit jacket. The easiest is to just look at the jacket and see if it can stand on its own. If you put it on or lay it out on the bed, does it look like it’s missing something? Say, a pair of trousers? Whether they're starting from scratch, or just...

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Made to measure topcoat

Your First Topcoat

October 10, 2017

As we all know, office dress codes and suit appropriate occasions aren't suspended for cold weather. For all of us who experience the cold season every year, there are only 2 options to solve the "I have to dress up, but I want to be warm" conundrum; Either you wear a regular coat over your suit, or you get a topcoat. We recommend the latter. Buying a topcoat isn't as... 

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Brand Feature: Fox Umbrellas

Brand Feature: Fox Umbrellas

September 22, 2017

The history of Fox Umbrellas began over 140 years ago. The company has since been the pinnacle of innovation, quality, and craftsmanship. Though not the first to produce steel wire ribbing for the umbrella, Samuel Fox improved and developed the concept. In doing so, Fox Umbrellas produced the most...
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The Brown Suit

The Brown Suit

September 13, 2017

You already own a navy or gray suit, or maybe even both; so what’s next? Let's talk about adding a brown suit to your collection. Though we understand the hesitancy in breaking away from the basics, we can assure you that a brown suit will do just as much work as any grey suit or a navy suit currently in your wardrobe. A brown suit is a versatile year round garment that transitions perfectly from summer to fall, winter to spring.
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Blue Suits & Black Shoes

Blue Suits & Black Shoes

September 07, 2017

Most guys want to know how to wear a blue suit with brown shoes, but we’re here to demonstrate that black shoes, though often overlooked, are nonetheless a perfect pairing with a blue suit. The important thing to remember is not all blue suits should be worn with black shoes. If the blue suit color is too light or vibrant then the suit overall skews more casual..

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Summer Wrap Up

Summer Wrap Up

September 01, 2017

The traditional summer season is coming to a close, and although the days will still be warm for a few weeks longer, we start looking ahead towards colder months. But before the return to our regular nine-to-fives, we want to take some time to look back on what we enjoyed most from this past summer. Here’s a summary of some of our favorite outfits and items from this season. 
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The Grenadine Tie

The Grenadine Tie

August 23, 2017

Exceptional craftsmanship and superior quality are values we espouse for all of our garments and our grenadine tie is no exception. Incredibly luxurious, yet subtle and understated, it is a piece of neckwear that will leave an impression no matter the occasion.

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Pitti Uomo 92

Pitti Uomo 92

June 22, 2017

Pitti Uomo is one of the largest menswear trade shows in the world. Taking place twice a year in Summer andWinter,new andwell-renowned clothing brands from all over the world come together to further their positions in the menswear world. Held in Florence, Italy at the Fortezza da Basso, Pitti Uomo has become extremely popular, not only to menswear brands around the world, but also to "#menswear" guys everywhere.
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