The Men's Guide to Looking Cool, Sharp, and Stylish in Westchester
Follow along as we round up the complete guide to men’s style.
BY PAUL ADLER
As fashion gains traction and Westchester evolves into a hub of work and play, gents across the county increasingly find themselves in need of stylish work looks, ultra-sharp formal duds, and casual-yet-cool garments, not to mention grooming products and accessories.
Follow along as we round up the complete guide to men’s style in Westchester.
- Formal -
Eminently on-trend, this dark suit enlivened by subtle patterns makes for a chic outfit nearly any time of year.
Suit: Siena windowpane wool suit, Canali, $1,995
Shirt: Wessex Merino wool crew-neck jumper, Reiss, $160
Tie: Horizontal wide tie, The Men’s Store @ Bloomingdale’s, $59
Pocket square: Kemming paisley-print pocket square, The Men’s Store @ Bloomingdale’s, $49
Shoes: Asonce leather brogue wingtip oxfords, Ted Baker London, $190, all at Bloomingdale’s, White Plains
Centoventimila Wool Blazer
$3,995; Neiman Marcus, White Plains
The Men’s Store @ Bloomingdale's
Paisley/Floret Neat Pocket Square
$59; Bloomingdale’s, White Plains
David Donahue Trim Fit
Royal Oxford Dress Shirt
$135; Rothman’s, Scarsdale
Baron Leather Cap-Toe Oxfords
$1,190; Bloomingdale’s, White Plains
The Three Pillars of Men's Fashiom
Don’t know a hemline from a Hemsworth? Have no fear. We asked local style guru and Male Call fashion-blog creator Lois Fenton for a set of guidelines to help absolutely any guy craft a unique and on-trend look of his own.
“A person can spend thousands of dollars buying clothes, but if he doesn’t have a good sense of color, he won’t look nearly as good as a bargain shopper who understands how to put garments together,” explains Fenton. “If a man is wearing, let’s say, a blue shirt with a gray suit, then those are the two primary colors in his outfit, and the rule is to repeat colors. So, if he’s looking for a tie, he should be looking for one that has those colors. He would repeat the basic color in the shirt — maybe he’d have a light-blue shirt — then he could have a charcoal-gray tie with a little blue pattern in it pulling everything together. It would look as though he had planned it, rather than he just reached into the dark of his closet and pulled out whatever he touched.”
“The thing I find most wrong when it comes to cut is usually in the trousers,” shares Fenton. “They’re baggy, and they’re too full and too long. Instead of just having a small break, they puddle between the knee and the bottom. Men seem to feel that when they buy something to wear, it should just automatically fit them. Now, there is nothing wrong with buying clothes off the rack — I don’t believe that it’s necessary to have things custom-made — but I do think it’s necessary to have every detail that should be altered, altered. Don’t say, ‘Well, it’s close enough.’ If a pair of trousers needs to be shortened an inch or a couple of inches, have them shortened to the correct length.”
“Men should dress appropriately for their industries and appropriately for their personalities. If you’re dealing with a serious subject, such as somebody’s money, you should look like you’re somewhat conservative and serious. You don’t have to be dull, but you shouldn’t try to be too offbeat,” notes Fenton. “You should own khaki pants, a brown belt, some form of a brown shoe that’s not too dressy, and any number of long-sleeved, collared shirts in any number of patterns, from the simplest solid color, such as powder blue or white, to a tiny traditional pattern, such as a small stripe, tattersall, or a very small plaid. Also, if you are in a very casual situation, you could wear a knit polo shirt, but it has to be in very good condition. And if you have a shirt that can be ironed, it should be ironed, because a well-ironed shirt just screams good grooming.”
- Work -
Stride into the office with this breezy get-up that balances professional cut and contemporary color with a fun sweater.
Coat: Nye2 formal cashmere-wool-blend coat, $645 Shirt: Bettino
Pants: Banks4 slim-fit pants in wool $248; all at BOSS, White Plains
Shoes: Jenning’s shearling calfskin boot, $229; Johnston & Murphy, White Plains
Shirt: Bettino slim-fit crew-neck sweater, $248
$340; Neiman Marcus, White Plains
$1,750; Torneau, White Plains
Vintage Brown Backpack
$750; Jolie Jordan, Mount Kisco
Mirage Slip-on Sneaker
$398; BOSS, White Plains
Time to tame that mane. Below, we reveal three of the top spots in the county where men can get groomed, snipped, and clipped to the nines.
Sebastian’s Barber Shop
Among straight up, old-school, Westchester barbers, it’s hard to beat this Tarrytown institution. Sebastian’s has garnered a local cult following for its beard trimming and hot-towel shaves, but they also offer impeccable haircuts and trims. With a manly-man décor, the use of top-quality products, and experienced pros behind the blades, this is a worthy stop for any guy in need of a cleanup.
Gentleman’s Barber Spa
This 2016 Best of Westchester winner not only offers an exhaustive fleet of tonsorial and spa services, it even boasts its own branded line of high-quality, tailor-made grooming products. Expect to find expert hot-lather shaves, haircuts, and keratin treatments, along with deep-tissue massages, sport massages, and anti-aging treatments, as well as a host of other soothing services.
Fine Men’s Salon of Westchester
Whether you require a simple buzz cut, beard trim, or even some inconspicuous brow-shaping, we’ve got a spot for you. This popular Mamaroneck shop is all about the details, with aromatic hot towels and oil preps to go along with their shaving sessions, unique Gents-Facial, and cheekily named Man-I-Cure. It all adds up to one of the county’s top places to get that coif under control.
- Casual -
Every man needs a laid-back look, and this rugged combination of coarse fabrics and earthtones makes for a prime way to relax in style.
Jacket: Exclusive hooded jacket, Gimo's, $1,395
Sweater: Gilpin-stripe sweater, BLDWN, $298
Belt: Belt 34, Brave, $105
Pants: Crew khaki pant, Joe’s Jeans, $198
Bag: Private label green vintage duffle bag, $395; all at Jolie Jordan, Mount Kisco
Boots: Jennings shearling calfskin boot, $229; at Johnston & Murphy, White Plains
Rugby Ball: $90; from Gargoyles Ltd., Kingston
Vintage Zip Hoodie
$188; Jolie Jordan, White Plains
Heritage Military Watch
$2,150; Torneau, White Plains
Dallas Slim Fit
$178; Jolie Jordan, White Plains
GrandPro Tennis Sneaker in Quiet Shade Suede
$130; Rothman’s, Scarsdale
Groom of One's Own
Owner of The Fine Men’s Salon of Westchester, Carmela Kinnally, waxes wise on what grooming products make for the best skin and hair a man can get.
Baxter Almond Facial Scrub
Chris Villa Hair Spa, Eastchester
“Men do not spend enough time on their skin! This scrub is rich yet powerful; it sloughs off dead skin while cleansing. I also recommend this prior to shaving. Use a small amount daily, and your skin will thank you. The result is a face that is glowing, healthy, and ready for a photo shoot.”
Reuzel Hair Tonic
Nordstrom, White Plains
“This is a light-hold, easy-to-use product for men who do not like to use product or want something that is not complicated. This tonic is a liquid, and a little goes a long way. It accentuates your waves, curls, and controls frizz, not to mention the clean, understated scent is just amazing. I love to spray it around the salon.”
Baxter Cleansing Bars
Gentleman’s Barber Spa, White Plains
“These are a must for every shower. They come in five clean and long-lasting scents; they lather luxuriously and never break apart in the shower. My all-time favorite is the Vitamin Cleansing Bar, which has a touch of citrus. Your skin will thank you, and so will your significant other.”
Reuzel Tea Tree Shampoo
Fine Men’s Salon of Westchester, Mamaroneck
“I am in love with this shampoo. Its calming, clean, and natural scent makes it a shampoo that can be used daily. Tea tree is an ingredient that is used in many of our products here at The Fine Men’s Salon — from beard balms and shaving creams to shampoo and conditioners.”