One thing I’ve noticed about Cincinnati and men’s fashion, they take shoes very seriously. Your shoe game almost defines you in this midwest city. Most men here own more shoes than they own clothes, okay this blog post may be getting out of hand, but the point is that if you want to look good and feel great it all starts with your kicks.
At Blaine’s, we offer only the utmost comfort and styles. We pride ourselves on being ahead of current trends and making sure you are always looking your best. In order to take care of you guys, we’ve put special attention on our shoe collection. We know you can get a basic sneaker or dress shoe at any store in town, which is why we carry premium European brands that you won’t find anywhere else. Read More
Depending on your lifestyle, denim is arguably the most important piece in your wardrobe. Even the professional world has become more accepting of casual work attire, allowing your favorite pair of blue jeans to be considered work appropriate.
Even if this is the case, that doesn’t mean all types of blue jeans are business appropriate. There is a fine line between a nice tailored and formal looking pair of blue jeans and a baggy outdated pair you’ve owned for the past 15 years. These jeans automatically scream unprofessional and could potentially make your bosses change the blue jean policy.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when searching for the perfect office appropriate pair of denim. Read More
As a mens’ fashion aficionado trying to pull together impeccable looks on what some would describe as a shoestring budget, financial compromise is an unfortunate but unavoidable reality.
I’m the type of person who loves to obsess over finessing out the details of every outfit I wear, from rigidly defending the cleanliness of the iconic gold numbering on the back of my Achilles Lows to maintaining the perfect amount of I’m-not-even-trying slack in my perfect french tucks. But despite my passion for perfecting every detail, there are some garments I simply have to accept as low-cost basics. Though I’d love to swap out my Uniqlo tee-shirt collection for some brand that produces $95 shirts that fit my body perfectly, it’s just not going to happen on my budget.
That said, I’d be far more likely to drop (relatively) huge amounts of money on a single pair of designer mens’ socks than I would on, say, the perfect tee shirt, which might come as a surprise. Why socks, of all garments? Read More
I may be a little biased, but I believe that a suit is what defines a man’s wardrobe. Men’s fashion was built on the suit, it’s the ultimate foundation to a luxurious wardrobe.
When I sell my luxury suits to customers, I want them to love it so much they enjoy wearing it. It should never be this “ugh it’s a suit day” today. The thought should be, okay I love this new Canali suit that I just bought from Blaine’s, how can I wear it as much as possible.
Let me give you some quick inspiration and unique ideas of how you can wear your suit even if your office isn’t formal business attire, or you’re lucky enough to work from home. And the first step to knowing how to wear the suit is selecting the right suit fit. Read More
Coming from a time in your life when you used to just purchase small, mediums, larges and so on, dress shirts can be a little intimidating. Typically men go with the motto, the bigger the better, and they would rather have a bigger shirt than a shirt that’s too small. Yes this is still true, but only in hopes of getting the bigger one tailored to be just right. Nowadays when it comes to men’s fashion and specifically dress shirts, if it’s too big and baggy you ultimately lose credibility.
You may not even really care about the current trends, and looking like the most fashionable guy out there, but whether you care about fashion or not, it’s important to look put together. Even a business man knows how your look can make a difference in whether you get the deal or not.
Let’s take it one category at a time, in this article were going to focus on men’s dress shirts. The first characteristic of a dress shirt that you want to pay attention to is the fit of the neck. Read More
So, menswear experts of the Greater Cincinnati region, this one is for you: no matter how complete your wardrobe or how dashing your daily wear, it’s time to take a step outside of your comfort zone and into some experimental, cutting edge menswear aesthetics that are perfect to try out this summer.
There are dozens of discrete aesthetics I could have selected for this list, but for today, I chose four unique looks that can augment many typical styles and are sure to breathe some fresh air into your wardrobe. Read More
Every guy wants to look and feel good in the clothes that he wears, but for many who are only just starting to develop their wardrobes and personal styles, finding a way to simply get started can present a seemingly insurmountable challenge.
What I learned was that once I developed that basic understanding of how clothes fit together in an outfit -- little things like how to prioritize colors or how to ensure a shirt fits properly -- I felt significantly more confident when thinking about how to improve my wardrobe. It took the intimidation out of the process of shopping for clothes and turned it into something understandable and even fun. Read More
Have you ever gone shopping with high hopes to find a really cool and different shirt? Or a suit that just fits you to a T? Later to find yourself disappointed and walking out of the store empty handed.
Since Cincinnati hasn’t been considered the best shopping destination in the past, men tend to leave their shopping excursions for when they travel. Our made-to-order program looks to change that behavior by […] Read More
If you’re passionate about dressing well and a citizen of the greater Tri-State area, you might have noticed by now that your options for menswear retailers in the area are a little...well, limited. Cities like New York or LA get a reputation for having unparalleled access to some of fashion’s finest brands, and unfortunately, there is some truth to that -- but that doesn’t mean the situation for menswear in Cincinnati is totally hopeless.
In fact, quite the opposite is true: despite our smaller size, Cincinnati is […] Read More
1. YOUR SHOULDER SHOULD BE FLAT AND SMOOTH WHEN YOU ARE TRYING ON JACKET.
2. WHEN YOU BUTTON THE TOP BUTTON OF THE JACKET, THERE SHOULD BE NO MORE THAT 2 INCHES OF SPACE BETWEEN THAT TOP BUTTON AND YOUR SHIRT.
3. THE SLEEVE OF THE JACKET SHOULD LAY JUST […] Read More
Last week we spent the day shooting an editorial with Sophisticated Living. We wanted to highlight a few of our favorite customers here at Blaine's. Here are a few of our favorite moments from […] Read More
"From the moment we walked in the door I was thoroughly impressed by how great everything was. The mannequins were stylish, the sizes were varied and there was seemingly something for every guy. If you’re a suit person, they have beautiful designs. If you’re a denim and button up dude, they have awesome options. It honestly made […] Read More
Its that time of year again where you will be heading to a few festivities and celebrating the holiday season. Deciding what to wear for the countless occasions is probably not high on your to-do list. That's why we are here to help simplify things and get you looking your best. Here’s our Holiday Dress Guide:
The Office Holiday Party - Keep it semi formal. Throw on that blazer, and add some […] Read More
The summer days are slowly getting away from us as we start looking forward to autumn leaves, football, and layering pieces. Sweater weather always presents the opportunity to pull out some of your best pieces in your closet. Here are some of our fall staples that every […] Read More
Have you been wondering if your suit fits just right? We love this perfect illustration by RMRS. First things first. Length: The length of a suit jacket is vital! The jacket should fall at mid to lower crotch level, dictating how balanced your […] Read More
Packing for a summer vacation whether it's to the beach or a European odyssey should be painless. Although preparing for a trip entails season specific consideration it's important that one does not over pack. So we've put together a list of the bare essentials you'll […] Read More
Summer is among us, and with that comes the undoubted vibe of ease. The last thing you want is to look uptight. So here’s a few tips on how to upgrade your suit and keep it relaxed. 1. Do away with the tie, and opt for fun pocket squares from Edward Armah, Hook and Albert, and Chelsey. Generally, when keeping the suit simple, pick out […] Read More