Changes for Spring Fashions 2011

New York City Fashion Week gave us all a sneak preview of what we’ll be seeing in the stores and wearing on the streets this Spring, and we’ve put together for you the key dramatic new trends you should be aware of when you go out to shop for the new season:


1.  Trousers.   The waists are high and the legs are wide and flared.  Whether we are talking about blue jeans or dress trousers, the skinny, slim fit is passe for the Spring.
2.  Sleeves.  The wide trend continues and the dolman sleeve  (wide at the arm hole and narrow at the wrist)  is ‘in’.  This might make finding a blouse you intend to wear under a jacket a challenge.  Of course if the jacket has a dolman sleeve too, no problem.
3.  Color.  Neutrals still work, and most seem to be in the many shades (from dark to light) of beige, framed with dark grey and black, but the fashion fab color shown by designer after designer is most definitely ORANGE in its many bright variations.  Makes you wonder if these guys get together before hand and put a ‘fix’ in on what the ‘in’ color is going to be!
4.  Fabric.  There’s no doubt sheers are very big for Spring this year, so if have a conservative streak, you might want to replenish your camisole wardrobe in order to preserve your modesty.
5.  Neck and Hem lines.  The halter is making a big comeback and many designers have dropped their hem lines to just below the knee.


And YES, other than the halter neck lines and skirt hemlines,
ALL of these trends were found in both men’s and women’s wear!


The Signs of a Well-Made Dress Shirt:

The buttons: Mother-of-pearl buttons say ‘there’s a man or woman with style’. But remember when it comes time to launder, always request hand finishing.

The gauntlet button: It’s the button halfway up the forearm that makes it easier to roll back the cuff and keeps things looking neat and tidy.  No quality shirt should be without one, and according to the fashion connoisseur at Esquire Magazine, it should always remain buttoned except when you roll your sleeves up.

Collar stays: Fact is, you can’t have a dress shirt without collar stays. Rounded at one end and pointed at the other, a stay is inserted into specially made pockets on the underside of a man’s shirt collar to stabilize the points. The stays ensure that the collar lies flat against the collarbone, looking crisp and remaining in the correct place. You DO NOT want permanent fixed stays.  Collar stays should be removable.

The gusset: A triangular piece of cloth where front and back tails meet on each side of the shirt. It reinforces the side seams.

Collar size – know your neck size: The ideal collar fit is when you can just slip your index and middle fingers side by side snugly between your collar and neck. Any tighter and you risk discomfort.

Two-Fold: Two cotton threads twisted together into a yarn to make a dense, luxurious shirting.


What do the Labels Stand For?

Do you know what the labels mean that are on your clothes? Here is a chart that might help you decipher what it all means. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us anytime.