Why Light Neutrals Are About To Be Your New Obsession


Neutral pieces have been an open-secret in the men’s fashion world for generations. Billed as the “anchors” of a wardrobe, they are usually used to tone down the more colorful pieces of your wardrobe. But neutrals are so much more than that. Today, we’re going to teach the art of layering your neutrals from street wear to the boardroom.

The Neutral Rules

Dressing tone-on-tone isn’t as easy as it sounds, but it doesn’t have to be scary. You can up your neutral game with just a few little tricks:

  • Play with Pattern and Texture: If you’re going with a flat-front white pant, add a thicker sweater, or a great camel overcoat to offset the cleanness of the pant. Different textures will give a different dimension with each piece that maybe wouldn’t be seen individually.
  • Mix It Up: Adding dressier pieces with more casual makes the look more refined and will work for any casual-mid casual situation you might be in. For instance, pairing a Sage & Brown sport jacket with tailored dark-brown pants, and a great white button down works great for the office and after-work drinks.
  • Play With Volume: Pairing wider sweater and jacket with slimmer jeans or pants brings a playfulness to the overall look, while still being 2018 chic. Just remember, when playing with volume, tailoring is the difference between a put-together look, and a sloppy mess,
  • Don’t Forget The Shoes: Stay with shoes in the same hue as your outfit, and no more than a couple shades away from your darkest color. For example: If your palette consists sandy beige tones, stick with shoes that are in that hue, and no more than a few shades darker. The wrong shoes will turn the look into a disaster, no matter how many rules you follow.

The Weekend Look

Whoever told you grey and brown don’t mix hasn’t been keeping up. A heather grey pant with a beautiful cognac leather jacket make getting ready for Saturday drinks a breeze. Add a rich, white crew neck to the mix and it’s a hit. Match with shoes of a similar cognac color, or for an even more casual look, grab a pair of white trainers, or white canvas loafers.

Office Casual Chic

Just because it’s casual, doesn’t mean it has to be drab. You can never go wrong with a beautiful pair of tailored tan dress pants, a pressed button down, and a sport jacket. If you’re sticking with a easy light color, think about adding pattern and texture in your sport jacket. (A brown, striped wool might do the trick!) When it comes down to it, the greatest thing you can do for your office look is wrinkle-free atire that you feel comfortable and confident in.

Suit It Up

Just about anyone can pull off a suit, but it takes a confident man to pull of shades of taupe in a suit. A tailored, slim-fit light tan or taupe suit is more versatile than you might think. Keep it simple and elegant by pairing with a lightly-starched white button down and brown belt and shoes. We suggest using a brown with golden undertones. For a little flair, add a herringbone or plaid vest in neutral tones, or a beautiful mustard or sage-toned tie. We’re almost certain no one will be wearing the same thing, and we also know you’ll be the best dressed in the room.

Going out of your black and navy comfort zone can be a little daunting, but the people at Karako are here to help guide you. Call us, email us, or stop by today!

Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on December 19, 2017.


Finding Your Flair in Men’s Fashion


When you watched the Fall/Winter 2017 menswear fashions, you undeniably saw the hottest trend happening — embellishment! That’s right. Color, pattern, and a little bling aren’t just for womenswear anymore. These additions to any outfit help reflect your personality and complete your unique style. Need a little help getting started? Karako has you covered.

Whimsy Your Way
Chances are you’re not looking for an embroidered suit, or a full 90’s nostalgia throw-back look, but you are looking to showcase your colorful side. So, use just that — COLOR! Get noticed by pairing your tailored suit with a bright and bold patterned shirt. You’ll look put together, professional, without compromising your style. Need just a little hint of flair? This is where your tie and pocket square become your best friends. Choosing colors and patterns that stand out against any neutral palette will make you and your suit pop! (Think a punch of blue and pink in the pocket of a slim-fit navy wool jacket. Now we’re talking!)

Accessories, Thy Name Is Style
Just as women use necklaces and bracelets to accentuate an outfit, you should be accentuating your suit. You already know the first step — a great tie and pocket square — but, for that little extra kick, a lapel pin will stand out in the right way. And never underestimate the power of a great pair of cufflinks! They are literally jewelry for your shirt. You might be fine without them, but once you see the added distinction they bring to your final look, you’ll wonder why you don’t wear them all the time. Keep them subtle for a more refined look, or use pattern and “bling” for a little extra style push.

Socks: The Open Secret
Some occasions dictate the absence of outward flair, but who says your feet can’t have a little fun? For a modern-cut pant, your hemline should just slightly brush the top of your shoe, with no breaks, but when you’re sitting or standing with a lean, your hemline will rise and reveal your little hit of personality. When it comes to socks don’t be afraid to truly break free. If you’re looking for a little show without too much noise? Chose a sock that compliments a detail in your suit, with a simple pattern and a coordinating color.

Remember the greatest accessory you can have is confidence in what you’re wearing, the rest is just details! Karako Suits is here to coordinate your style no matter how bright or how bold!

Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on November 14, 2017.

Using Patterns Effectively


While we’ve touched on patterns in your suit before, for the next two weeks we want to take a deeper look at the do’s-and-don’ts of pattern pairing, and how you can use clashing patterns to make your suit look that much more stylish. Here are a few points to keep in mind:

1. Do you have carryover between patterns?

Let’s use a simple example: You have a solid colored shirt, but a striped tie. How do you ensure these will go together? Well, a simple way is to ensure that the smaller stripe on the tie matches the color of your shirt, that way the rest of the stripes act as a “pop” of color, while the matching color in the tie pairs them both together.

However, we can go a little further with this example: You could also have a tie with complimentary stripes to the shirt. For example, if your shirt is blue, a great choice may be to have have a pink/white striped tie, as they each pop off each other well.

2. What if the shirt is patterned?

You have many options from here, but let’s start simple: If you have patterned shirt and can’t tell if you could get away with another pattern, then you should make sure to have a solid-colored tie. It’s the simplest way to avoid accidentally mis-matching patterns.

Alternatively, if you have a subtle shirt pattern a tie with a bolder pattern will play off each other nicely. The key is balance. If one aspect is bold and brash, the other can’t be as well, or you’ll wind up looking like a clown.

3. Striped vs. checkered?

So, let’s get this out of the way: Very rarely will it be okay to combine a striped and checkered piece of your outfit. Oftentimes the contrasting lines wind up looking like a mess, and coordinating an outfit with those two requires some great dress skills which take some time to acquire.

If you’re leaning on a type of pattern to try out, go with checkered. A checkered pattern can pair easily with solids to give your outfit some texture without the interesting effects stripes can sometimes have on your body.

Of course, these are just the simple tips–next week we dive into some of the bigger nuances of style. If you need a great outfit to impress, don’t forget to check out our selection at Karako Suits.


Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on May 21, 2017.

Getting a Suit For Your Little Guy


We dedicate a lot of time talking about how to pick the perfect suit for yourself. And while most of the time that’s who you’ll be looking for, some of you who are a bit older may be interested in getting suits for your little guys. Maybe they have to go to a wedding or another special occasion. What do you do when your little guy needs a suit?

1. You’re Looking for an Off-The-Rack Fit

While you want your little guy to look good, at the end of the day, this is a suit that will (most likely) be grown out of pretty quickly. You’re likely to only get a year of use out of it depending on the age of your kid, so it’s best to find something that fits well off the rack with only the minorest of alterations. This isn’t the easiest solution, but it saves you money and the aggravation of buying a suit that will immediately go out.

2. Alternatively, Go for a Vest

A vest paired with a great set of slacks can look just as good as a full suit, and depending on the age of the boy you’re buying for, they may be able to get more use out of it. Vests can just as easily be worn to churches and upscale functions like a wedding, with the added benefit of being a smaller expense if you’re worried about him growing out of the suit too quickly.

3. Make Sure to Get Several Shirts

We say this all the time for adult men, but this applies to the soon-to-be-adult men as well. Several nice dress shirts can go further that many other accessories, particularly when you’re young and not really expected to have a fitted suit yet. These are one of the better “formal” buys you can make for someone still growing, as minus the possibility of extreme weight gain, a large dress shirt should be wearable for at least a year or two before it needs to be replaced.

All that said, if you come to Karako Suits, you’ll easily be able to find a suit that fits your little boy. We have sizes ranging from slim to husky and 8–20. We carry big designer names found in all department stores, but it’s our tailoring can help make the difference in a suit that looks great on your child. And lastly, we also rent tuxedos for that really special occasion for boys too.

Bottom Line: If you need a suit for the little guy in your life, come to Karako Suits.

Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on March 25, 2017.

Get Rid of the Backpack: Bags That Work With Your Suit


If you’re wearing a suit to work, you know what you shouldn’t be wearing? A backpack. But every day you’ll see men who went through the trouble of getting a great suit, walking into work with a backpack that’s barely fit for a middle schooler.

If you’re upgrading your work outfit, you can’t just stop with the clothes. You need to make sure what you’re bringing to work looks just as professional. It’s time to ditch the backpack, and pick up one of these accessories to carry your workload in:

1. A Briefcase

The classic. Nothing says a man with things to do like a sleek black briefcase that you bring to work. Most are highly durable (just try to bust one up,) and you can get ones that are rain resistant so the old problem of the leather curling up won’t be an issue for you. The only catch is that while they’re sleek and efficient, you generally can’t carry very much inside of one except for papers and a notebook or two. If you’re carting more back and forth from the office, you might want to try….

2. A Messenger Bag

Slightly more modern, and with far more room to store supplies. At Karako Suits, we have a pretty large variety of these to choose from, and more and more men are picking this over a briefcase to bring what they need to the office. The added benefit of a messenger bag is that you can also use it when you’re not dressed up, whereas a briefcase is simply not as versatile.

3. A Leather Pack

If you’re really into using a backpack, you can at least upgrade the quality so it doesn’t look like the same one you brought with you to grade school. There are leather and cloth backpacks that can look stunningly grown up, and an entire market has been created for packs that look upscale enough to go with a suit, but are rugged enough to last. While we don’t heavily recommend these, they can be a great option if you truly need the space.

If you’re in need to upgrade your accessories and possibly pick-up a messenger bag, visit our store either in person or online today.

Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on March 11, 2017.