WW with Business Insider: How to wear a dress shirt

Men, when the proportions of your dress shirt and trousers make you look like a mushroom, it is time to rethink your strategy.  Luckily for you, Linette Lopez and I sorted things out for Business Insider in a few easy-to-follow steps.  See our latest collaboration here:

Gentleman, a few things to keep in mind about your dress shirt

Fuel to the Fire

The pleats! The pin stripes! The paisley tie!! Linette Lopez and I have not written together in awhile but that doesn't mean we haven't been offended together in awhile.  And so we got our priorities straight (as should you after reading this post) and identified all that needs to be burned from your closet if you work on Wall Street.  Do not delay:

11 Things everyone on Wall Street needs to stop wearing ASAP

Business Insider and Wardrobe Whisperer talk Trump

This man is not 7' tall as his tie suggests For me, the photo above is like a red flag to a bull.  Incidentally most often Trump's ties are red and I'm rather bullish and so you can see how I'm bringing this idiom full circle for you.  The bottom line (which, given the length of his tie, Trump does not believe in) is that this tie is too damn long.  There are many things for which to get mad at Trump, but it is my job to get mad at him for fashion and so this is my grievance.  Here's what I told Business Insider about my feelings on this matter:

Donald Trump constantly makes one of the most offensive mistakes in men's suiting

WW and Business Insider Talk Button Downs

whitebuttondown_1_topcropfront Sometimes it feels like the Keebler factory in here.  Except that instead of making cookies, which would be delicious and appeal to everyone, I produce fashion content which sometimes is completely unappealing.  Case in point - this article I wrote with Linette Lopez where I bring down the gauntlet on the vast majority of button downs I find in my clients' closets:

The No. 1 thing men need to throw out of their closets

Don't shoot the messenger.  Or the cookie maker.  Or me.  For the love of God, won't you just put your guns down already?

Here's What You Gift the Man Who Can't Dress

IMG_4053 Have a guy in your life who doesn't know how to dress?  Business Insider's gift guide will give you some ideas.  And some of those ideas are mine, of course (the no fail To Boot dress shoes, the Brathwait watch, and the Saks reversible belt).  Don't miss the very best gift idea of all - at the end in the bonus section.  Check it out:

15 perfect gifts for guys who can't dress

Wardrobe Whisperer and Business Insider Talk Boots

the-chukka.jpgIt's Thanksgiving week and the mere suggestion of turkey has flooded my body with L-tryptophan.  All I want to do is sleep.  (Hush up, WebMD with your pesky science.)  And that sleepiness is what brings me to my decision to point you to an article published last week by Business Insider.  That I did actual work on.  Unlike this post which is the literary equivalent of what you will be eating for a full three days after Thanksgiving.  So without further ado (and by "ado" I mean "effort"), here is that article served up again.  Luckily it reheats nicely (over 104K views!): There are only 5 acceptable boots to wear with a suit by Linette Lopez

Business Insider Asks Wardrobe Whisperer

office space What kind of crazy holiday translates into my kids being off from school but my spouse having to work?  Did Columbus not like his wife?  Is today somehow about punishing the mommy of the family??  I'm confused, and slightly distraught.  Especially because my morning also included kids receiving inoculations.  Is there no mercy?  Fortunately for me, there exists some mercy albeit of a completely different stripe.  My spirits have been lifted because I just realized that my latest collaboration with my pal, Linette Lopez at Business Insider, has gotten almost 600,000 views.  Witness:

14 Things no man should ever wear to the office


How To Talk To Your Tailor

tailor talkIn my line of work I wear many hats - literally and figuratively.  One of the literal hats is an emerald green cloche with a gorgeous feather tucked into the side.  One of the figurative hats is that of translator.  Even when you are working with a good tailor, meaning someone who truly understands garment construction, it is still not easy to attain a perfect result.  This is because what the tailor thinks is correct is often 5-10 years out of date.  Or they plain don't speak English.  Or sometimes both.  Therefore I make it a point to attend all tailoring sessions with my clients in order to specify EXACTLY what we want done.  I shared some expert tips with my girl, Linette Lopez, over at Business Insider.  This is our story: Everything you need to know before talking to a tailor about your suit

The Wall Street Wardrobe Hierarchy

kevin-spacey-margin-callPart of my job is to purge closets.  Tons and tons of closets.  And the most interesting thing about it (besides occasionally seeing something I KNOW I was not supposed to see) is spotting repeat items and/or brands.  I see this most frequently in the closets of my clients who work in finance.  I decided to talk to Linette Lopez at Business Insider about the trends I spot and how those trends correlate to position/role: There's a whole hierarchy to dressing on Wall Street

WW and BI Choose Your Shoes

john lobbWhen I texted Linette Lopez from Business Insider to ask if she wanted to discuss men's dress shoes she responded immediately with the following (her emphasis), "I ALWAYS want to discuss men's dress shoes."

Is it any wonder we get along so swimmingly?  Henceforth our newest collaborative piece:

Here's what guys are constantly getting wrong about dress shoes


Men's Shorts Solved

LemlemLinette Lopez and I sat in Saikai Dining Bar feasting on sashimi and imbibing copious amounts of sake while discussing one of the burning issues of our day which, of course, is the debate over men's shorts.  So many questions surround said issue such as "how many pockets are too many pockets" and "are prints considered acceptable" as well as the ever present "how should shorts ideally fit."  Linette and I SOLVED IT for Business Insider but ultimately, men, for YOU.  See our latest post here: The debate about men's shorts is over - here's why you probably lost

Business Insider Asks Wardrobe Whisperer

ShatterblueWho among us, man or woman, doesn't have a girl crush?  Mine?  Linette Lopez of Business Insider.  Because she is not only pretty but fearless and just as comfy talking about emerging markets as she is talking about men's summer accessories.  Proof?  Check her running posts on Business Insider. With July 4th around the bend, she and I circled up to discuss men's summer accessories:


As she points out, you only need four.  Grab and go, boys, neither your girl crush nor that beautiful beach wants to be kept waiting!

Business Insider Covers Wardrobe Whisperer

business insider Last week, over lunch at ABC Cocina the gregarious and brilliant Linette Lopez described Business Insider as the likely offspring of Page Six and the The Wall Street Journal were they to have a baby.  Does that not also perfectly characterize Wardrobe Whisperer?  This is just one of sundry reasons Linette is a marvelous reporter: she spots synergies before the rest of the world does.  Witness her coverage of Wardrobe Whisperer:

Business Insider:  This is who high powered Wall-Streeters call when they don't know how to dress