J. Hilburn Helps Kick Off Park Avenue Fashion Week


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Winter Park, FL – Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week kicks off with “Fashion for Feathers” this Monday, October 15, 2012, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Maxine’s on Shine benefiting the Pipiol Angels, providing learning supplies to children in need both locally and internationally. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the charity. Get a glimpse of the latest fall and winter fashions from red lips and laced bodices from Planet Togs Boutique to sleek suit jackets and “bond-esque” custom shirts from J. Hilburn.

“It’s an honor to be asked to kick off  Park Avenue Fashion Week this year,” said J. Hilburn Men’s Custom Clothing Stylist Christina Lawhorn. “ We will be showcasing our new fall line that was developed in partnership with Loro Piana, the “famed Italian mill” known worldwide for their baby cashmere.”

The event, which is produced and directed by Studio|Couture, will have live steel drum music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts provided by Sweet 12 Cupcakes and one free drink. Models from Park Avenue Fashion Week will model what you need to be wearing for the big fashion show on Saturday night.

“Now more than ever men are taking inventory of their attire and are looking for unique pieces to separate them from the crowd,” said J. Hilburn Stylist Michele Bamberg. “Fall is the perfect time to create that fresh new look. ”

Want more music, more fashion, more food and more excitement? Park Avenue Fashion Week Representatives will be selling tickets to the big show during the event. For more information visit www.parkavenuefashionweek.com.


What NOT to Wear on an Interview


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Once upon a time I briefly worked in the staffing industry and saw at least one of these mistakes daily. Image Remember – The key for every interview is this: You want the interviewer to be listening to what you’re saying, not critiquing what you’re wearing. So make sure you have your what NOT to wear checklist in front of you before your interview:

What Not to Wear:

1. Don’t carry a backpack! Please use in a briefcase or portfolio instead.

2. Remove all ‘transit accessories’ including sunglasses or headphones before entering the building.

3. Ties: Wear one – should be made of silk. Best colors are red or burgundy.

4. No very bright or large-patterned clothing

5. No earrings or ‘extra’ jewelry on men: really the only jewelry you can get away with is a wedding ring, class ring or metal watch.

6. No facial piercings, tongue jewelry or visible tattoos

7. Long fingernails or dirty fingernails.

8. Unnatural hair colors or styles. I once had a guy show up to my interview with bright fuchsia hair – what was he thinking?!!!

9. Short-sleeved shirts, and don’t even think about wearing a tie with one

10. Men whose socks don’t match their shoes, or whose socks are too short and leave a gap of flesh when they are seated

11. Rumpled or stained clothing: If interviewing late in the afternoon, try to change to a fresh suit or at least a fresh shirt beforehand.

12. Scuffed or inappropriate footwear, including sneakers, flip flops, crocks.

13. Strong aftershaves, perfumes or colognes: Many people are allergic to certain scents. For a subtle fragrance, use a good bath soap.

14. Belts and shoes that don’t match: Shoes and belts should be made of leather or leather-like materials and the best colors for men are black or cordovan.

15. Ill-fitting clothes. Few people can wear things straight off the rack. Spending a little extra to invest in a few custom clothing pieces will definitely make a big difference.

So What is the perfect look for the interview?

ImageNavy Suit – Why Navy? Because the colors you wear in a professional setting are about so much more than mere fashion or style.  Colors send subconscious messages, affecting the person who is interviewing you!

What is the one color that absolutely breathes success? It’s blue! Studies show that navy blue is the best color for a suit to wear to a job interview, because it inspires confidence. You are more likely to get the job when you wear navy blue to an interview than any other color.

Red Tie – Throw in just a splash of red. Red is powerful and strong. It shows you’re not afraid to stand out, and it gets attention.  But not too much red like a red button down shirt – this could get you in trouble. A bright red button down shirt with a dark suit and tie could look too Vegas or Mafia on a man.

Matching belt and shoes with a briefcase.

Now… what to wear on a more Informal Interview:

For those who are going for a more informal interview – especially in today’s economy – we may take a lot more trips to Starbucks or Panera for the informal preliminary interviews.

For the informal interview, I suggest a sport coat. They are all the rage this season for informal interviews and social networking altogether. Again, navy blue color but with updated looks for the fall season.  The navy blazer has gotten a face lift – gone are the day of brass buttons!  Going into the fall you have a lot more options other than the typical sports coat.  For instance, one popular design is the hacking pocket – the hacking pocket is derived from English riding gear, and is most prominent on bespoke suits from English tailors, particularly those traditionally associated with riding clothes.  This jacket paired with different yet complementing color pants and a custom fitted shirt will having you projecting the perfect ‘man for the job’ image . Lastly, you don’t have to stick with navy necessarily, other sport coat fabrics including herringbone, big patterned plaids, double box checks and multicolored windowpane patterns are extremely popular for this fall and winter’s professional look.

Good luck!

3 Styles Your Girlfriend Won’t Find Sexy


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Us ladies are pretty aware of the visual nature of men.  We know what strikes a cord with you and dress accordingly if we want to attract that initial glance and invite it to go much further. But did you know that we feel the same way about you?  There are certain things we notice that just aren’t attractive.  Yes, we may put up with it but our inner tigress might as well take a large dose of Ambien if these style faux pas continue.  If you want to “woo” a lady or at least get her to notice and respect your style, please avoid these three style mistakes:

1) Sneakers: Only, Only, Only for working out.  That’s it.

2) Socks: Slouch socks are out. No black socks EVER with anything other than dark pants. Always have your socks in the same color family as your suit and trousers. Never wear socks naked – ever.

3) Sport Coat: If your sport coat is not tailored then you either have just added 20 pounds or you look like a little boy in grandpa’s herringbone get-up.  Get a custom sports coat or get that thing tailored. Even if you are on the heavier side, we rhttps://i1.wp.com/static6.businessinsider.com/image/4e737f83ecad046a5c000032-401-300/michael-andrews-bespoke-studio-tailor-custom-custom-suits-mab-nyc-business-insider-dng.jpgecognize that you care enough to have it fit your physique  – just like we notice how you treat the waitress on the first date.

4) Wait!  There are 3 more we MUST share! This is a great start and the inner tigress is almost awake! But there are a few more tips to pass on before we unleash your new style – stay tuned…

Best Custom Clothier Award Goes To…


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J. Hilburn was recently name the best custom clothing company in Dallas by D Magazine. And if you’ve ever been to the city’s center, THIS is a pretty big deal.  Next to New York and L.A., Dallas is one of the couture hot spots in the nation. With almost every style, brand and price you can get your hands on, J. Hilburn beat them all.  See below for what they have to say…

Best Custom Clothier
J. Hilburn

There may be more luxe custom clothiers in the area. But we love Dallas-based J. Hilburn for its ease, affordability, and great taste. Though the company offers made-to-measure suits and pants, it’s the custom shirts—cut from the finest fabric milled in Italy and starting at the low price of $89—that keep our closets happy. Founders Hil Davis and Veeral Rathod have a crew of more than 1,000 style advisers who will visit you at home or office to take measurements and help you choose which look is best for you. Once the company has your measurements, you can use J. Hilburn’s online shirt builder to create a one-of-a-kind shirt, choosing from various collar, cuff, and pocket options. Don’t even get us started on the placket versus no placket debate.

To see all the 2012 “Best Of” awards, check out: Best of Big D Shopping: 2012

How to Choose the Right Suit


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The article below is from http://www.fhm.com.  After all my research for a quick ‘go-to’ guide, this is the best article to go by…

Donning a suit can be a risky business. Avoid these schoolboy errors to look the part when you’re going smart


Mismatched collar and tie size 
The trend for skinny ties involves shirts with pointed collars. The wide cutaway collar that is currently very popular requires a chunkier tie and a larger knot like a Windsor, not the half-Windsor as shown.

(For a knot tying guide that correlates with collar types, Email: jhilburnstylist@gmail.com to get a free instruction guide)

Ill-fitting jacket
This isn’t the 1980s – shoulder pads should always sit directly on top of your shoulders and finish above your shoulder’s end. A jacket that is too large will swamp your frame, giving it little definition and making an expensive suit look cheap; a poor fit is why politicians often look bad in designer tailoring.

Tie length
The point of the tie should just touch the top of the belt – and never hang further south. Practicality means you don’t want the tie flapping around and getting in the way when you go to the bathroom; psychology means you don’t want something shaped like an arrow pointing at your cock.

Dress-down belt
The darker brown leather is mismatched with paler shoes. The belt is also made from distressed leather, which is too scruffy and casual to be worn with a suit. Tailoring should be about clean lines. (And remember: women are like hawks when it comes to noticing details.)

Short trousers
The hem needs to brush the heel of the shoe and sit on the upper around the third lace. While there is an emerging trend for rising hemlines and ankle-cut trousers, you have to be very “experimental” to pull it off. This length falls between the two, making you look like a schoolboy after his growth spurt. Socks should only be visible when seated, never when standing.

Stuffed pockets
Only use your suit’s inside pocket and even then not for anything heavier than notes and credit cards. If the outer pockets are stitched shut, leave them so. Keys, wallets, phones and iPods distort the line of the jacket, pull on the buttons and shoulders, and stretch the fabric.

Coloured socks
The sock should match the shade of the suit or be darker, which will help to make the leg appear longer. Patterned socks can be fine, but only if the background shade is the same tone as the suit, or the same tone as your shoes. Otherwise it’s akin to novelty tie wearing: drawing attention to your questionable taste in accessories.

Tan shoes
Footwear should be of the same tone as the suit or slightly darker, like the socks, to elongate the leg. Light tan with a dark suit is too big a contrast and can make your feet look enormous as well as risking you looking “footballer at awards ceremony”.

Check out the full article here

Choosing the Right Dress Shirt Collar


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Choosing the Right Dress Shirt Collar

Do you know why a collar is part of a man’s dress shirt? It is not just for balance and style, a collar’s job is to properly frame the face, accentuating a man’s facial strengths while down playing any abnormalities.

Before buying that next shirt, learn a little bit more about how collar’s role and how it can make that handsome mug of yours even better…

CLIFF NOTES VERSION: The basic rule is not to wear a collar that is the same shape as your face. Men with long, narrow faces should avoid long pointed collars. Men with a round face should avoid spread collars. Below are collar suggestions that are generally accepted by the fashion industry. However, keep in mind that many variations exist and these rules do not apply to every man and every situation. The key is to trust your judgment and wear what makes you feel confident!

For the detailed man…

Round Face
You have full cheeks with a rounded jaw line. Narrow point collars help to thin and elongate a round face. The best collar styles for you have straight points with a traditional or narrow spread. Stick to a traditional point for versatility, button down and hidden button down for a sportier look, narrow point for a fashion look and tab collar for a formal, dressy look.

Best Collars: Standard Point, Button Down,Narrow Point, Hidden Button Down, and Tab Collar

Avoid spread collars; they make your face appear wider and fuller.

Worst Collars: Medium Spread, Wide Spread, and Varsity Spread

Square Face
You have a square jaw line, which gives your face a broad, square, angular appearance. Square faces look best wearing traditional point collar shirts for versatility, narrow point collars for a fashion look, button down and hidden button down for a sporty look and tab collar shirts for a formal look.

Best Collars: Standard Point, Button Down, Narrow Point, Hidden Button Down, and Tab Collar

Avoid spread collars; they make your face appear wider and fuller.

Worst Collars: Medium Spread, Wide Spread, and Varsity Spread

Triangular or Diamond Face
You have pronounced cheekbones and a narrow, pointed chin, which gives your face a “diamond shape.” To make your jaw line appear wider, choose shirts with a medium spread to wide spread collar.

Best Collars: Medium Spread, Wide Spread, and Varsity Spread

Avoid narrow spread collars, including button down collars; they make your jaw line appear weak.

Worst Collars: Button Down, Narrow Point, Hidden Button Down, and Tab Collar

Oblong or Rectangular Face
Oblong faces tend to appear long with a u-shaped jaw line. You need collars with a wider spread to give your face the appearance of fullness. Choose medium spread collars for everyday and wide spread collars for a formal look.

Best Collars: Medium Spread, Wide Spread, and Varsity Spread

Avoid narrow spread collars, including button down, hidden button down and tab collars; they make your face appear long and narrow.

Worst Collars: Button Down, Narrow Point, Hidden Button Down, and Tab Collar

Oval Face
You are fortunate because you can wear any collar style. Enjoy wearing traditional collars for an everyday look, button down collar shirts for a sportier casual look, tab collars for a neat, dapper appearance, or wide spread collars for a formal look.

Best Collars: Standard Point, Button Down, Narrow Point, Hidden Button Down, Tab Collar, Medium Spread, Wide Spread, and Varsity Spread

Remember, off the rack shirts come with collars that are pretty standard, and chosen for you by the garment manufacturer.

Custom shirting gives you the option to choose by style – to match your goal – formal, casual, trad, English, soft – which is all fun and good, but unless you are perfectly proportional, don’t discount the ability to make subtle improvements to the balance, scale and harmony of your face and neck using the size and width of your shirt collar.

Want to know what collar is best for your face?  Send a picture or description to jhilburnstylist@gmail.com. Get $50 off your first shirt order of $100 or more and be entered to win a custom shirt.

3 Stylish Ways to Wear A White Shirt

Most men have the staple white button down shirt in the closet and it’s probably rotated frequently… maybe a little too frequently with your standard work trouser or denim. Get some extra mileage out of your standard button-down this summer with these five suggested styles:

Striped Blazer: This is a SUPER hot look for the summer. Go with a grey and white sublte striped blazer.  This new staple will pair equally well with what you would typically pair a navy and black blazer with.  If you have light khaki’s, denim or even a shade of white trousers, a baby blue blazer is a perfect pair. And you don’t have to worry about using it for only social events.  Because of the combo and sublte pattern, it remains conservative but chic and nautical for a great professional summer look.

Colored Shorts: Pair a white button down shirt with a little more color on the bottom.  In a see of khaki and white, why not get noticed? A nice sublte lavender or coastal blue is a great match with the sleeves rolled up.

White Pants: This head-to-toe white ensemble is incredibly refined and inviting. Find a pair that is light weight but not too transparent. Add some shades and you’ll be hearing the ladies say, ‘Yumm-o!’

Have a question about your wardrobe? Email jhilburnstylist@gmail.com

How To Match A Shirt and Tie


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How To Match A Shirt and Tie

Alright, so you’re tired of the solid tie look but you’re not quit sure how to navigate your way through the world of pattern combinations. Putting a patterned tie and a patterned shirt together takes a little more skill but when done correctly, you’ll pull off a very sophisticated, stylish look.Image

Here are some quick tie and shirt matching tips:

Display Windows: Next time you are out, check out the store window displays for guidance.

ESPN Sports Center: During the sports bantering between host, make a note of each host’s shirt and tie combo. These guys have to look extra sharp and are always wearing the latest styles.

Color In Common: For an an easy start, make sure the shirt and tie have at least one of the same color.

Tie is Always Darker: Unless you are going for the Soprano look, the tie colors should be darker than the shirt.

Same Size Patterns are a “No – No”: Try not to match patterns of the same size or type. For example, with a wide-stripe shirt try a small repeat pattern like a pin dot or mini houndstooth. You can put a stripe tie with a stripe shirt but, once again, vary the scale: a pin stripe shirt with a wide rep stripe tie is a good match.

Bold Patterns Pair with Subtlety: Bold patterns should be paired with quieter ones: a bold plaid tie with a subtly colored shirt works best.

Have questions about your look?  Email jhilburnstylist@gmail.com