Eric Jennings, photo courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue
OK, boys, this one's my holiday gift to you. I recently talked with Eric Jennings, vice president of men's fashion at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, to get some style tips for men. A lot of men want to look current, he said, they just don't know how. We're here to help! Here are the highlights from our conversation.
Q: What are the biggest style mistakes you see men make?
A: Fit, fit, fit. Men don't know how to wear clothes that fit them properly.
Q: How can they do better?
A: They can start going to a place that has experts that know how to properly fit a suit, a pair of pants, a shirt. Whether you're a bigger guy or a slighter guy-wear things that fit correctly, and it's always going to be flattering. Your money is better spent on getting clothes that are tailored to your body than going out and buying a whole new wardrobe.
Q: Any specific sins you see?
A: I see men wearing pants that are way too long. Right now, the style is for a no break or a very slight break on your trouser. And then the big baggy dress shirt-I see men wearing it all the time. Make sure it's not super loose and blousy on your torso.
Q: What's your best recommendation for a business power look-something strong but stylish?
A: You cannot go wrong with a charcoal gray suit. And if you really want to show that you've got power, wear season-appropriate fabrics.
Q: What are your dos and don'ts for business casual?
A: If you want to stand out, make sure you always have a sport coat on. You can wear it with jeans. But it's the sport coat that's going to make you always look professional.
Q: How can men up their style game on the weekends?
A: I would say the same thing-with the sport coat. There's so many versions of the soft sports coat. You can wear it as outerwear. You can wear it over a sweater. It makes you look put together.
Q: All guys wear jeans. How should they be wearing them right now?
A: Move toward a dark, clean, straight denim.
Q: Last but not least, let's talk shoes. What style should men be wearing?
A: Not too pointy and not too square, first of all. The toe of the shoe-keep it nice and rounded. What I love right now are these great hybrids, so they look dressy form the top but they've got a lug sole. That's what men should be wearing.