Rules Were Made to Be Broken

With the every day struggle to be stylish, only so many advancements and modernizations can be thrown into the game.  We’ve pretty much peaked at inventible items for wear, so now what?  There are simply no more original ideas in fashion.  So everyone goes retro when looking to be considered more stylish.  Certain unwritten rules have been made for the fashion world, and now days we are seeing these rules get smashed by celebs, hipsters, and businessmen.

1. Always Leave Your Bottom Button Unbuttoned (on your suit): Now days we get a lot of our style advice from what we see on TV, red carpets, movies, and magazines.  Unfortunately this is one of those circumstances.  A little less than a year ago I saw that Leo was wearing a two-button suit at a film festival and he was strapped up (both buttons buttoned).  Honestly, I’m not a huge proponent of it.  I don’t think it looks all that swell, but hey, give it a try.

2. Don’t Wear Blue With Black or Black With Brown: A lot of uneducated stylists will look at you when they see you wearing any of these “Clashing Colors” and will immediately critique.  Respond like so: “Fuck You.”

3. Always Wear a Belt: What people fail to realize is that a suit looks split in two when you wear a belt (sometimes).  In order to go beltless your pants will need to fit you remarkably well.  People preach, “If there are belt loops, wear a belt.”  I say “naaah”.  Just make sure your pants fit.  




The Dimple Has Seen Its Days

dimpled-necktie-knotThe classic tie look is a 3 inch wide tie with the dimple directly in the middle of the tie.  This look generated many years ago but has been carried out as a classical piece of business appropriate style.  I’m here to put an end to it… For now.

This is one of those trends that will always come back around, however, in today’s modern world of style, the dimple in the tie look is dated.  With the evolution of neck ties, we are seeing of a trend of slimmer ties.  Most guys who know me, always use the term, “Skinny tie” when referencing my tie collection.  This is not the appropriate use of wordage.  There is such thing as a skinny tie, yes, but in order to be stylish, yet contemporary in the business world, we are seeing men reduce their tie widths.

Going from a 3-inch tie width to a 2.5 or 2 inch width can be tough for the older generation of men to adapt to.  Something I’ve realized through the people I work with, is that the older the man, the less likely they are to make style transitions.  Kind of the “Why mess with a good thing?” saying.  But for me, my generation, and even those who do not wish to change, I think that allowing yourself to do so can really inspire a bit of positivity in your life.  It may make one a bit insecure at first (understand that I am not just talking about tie dimples here but rather, style, overall), but after making a transition, it can be exciting to flirt with new trends.unnamed

So whether you’re wearing a 3-inch width tie, a 2-inch width tie, or a “Skinny” tie, my advice to you, to seem more up to date in the fashion world, is to ditch the dimple.  Rather than poking your finger in the middle to make the impression on the tie, round the slack of the tie.  A tie that is rounded where the dimple once was, looks great in a suit.  The dimple sometimes says, “I’m trying to be a bit like Harvey Spector in my pinstripes.”  unnamed-1

It’s such a simple and subtle change, why not just try it a few times.  It will make you appear a bit more fashion savvy and up to date with modern trends (this one I am taking full credit for).

Spring Break Style Tips

Spring Break is getting to the point where we are almost able to use the words, “Around the corner.”  I think we who have experienced this Polar Vortex this year are ready to get away as soon as they humanly can.

Whenever you are able to get away and escape from this repugnant weather, here are some tips so you can get by as smoothly and stylishly as possible.

1. Don’t look like a tourist/traveller: Sometimes it can be a bit too obvious that you’re from Buffalo, NY when you end up in tropical climate areas.  You are the one wearing shorts and a tank top on 60 degree days.  My advice is to pack for cooler days as well.  Southern states have been experiencing more cold weather this winter, so don’t look like a shmuck.  Wear pants when needed or throw on that sweater to be nice and comfortable.

2. Swim Wear: Swim wear has evolved for men (stylish men).  We have stolen roots from the Euro-style and it makes sense.  The drawn-out knee-length (or below-the-knee length) board shorts have lost their lust.  Stylish men are now wearing shorts that are hemmed up a bit higher and show off some thigh.  It’s time for you to not look so ridiculous when you are naked and to have a little more tan to those chicken legs.

3. Pack a nautical sweater: Hopefully you will find yourself at or near a beach.  In this case, the striped sweater is a stylish and appropriate item.  Make it a light and breathable sweater so you can wear it with no undershirt or even wear it with your swim shorts.

4. Take Advantage of the Fact That No One Knows You There: This is one major opportunity where you have the luxury of dressing however you want to dress.  Too insecure to wear your trendy new gear in the suburbs of Clarence??  No problem.  Dress the way you see the celebs dress, the way style magazines promote, and the way you’re too worried about how judged you would get back home.

5. Cut Your Toe Nails: Seriously.  As men, it’s something we pretty much forget to do until our big toe nails get caught on our blankets, socks, and pants.  Get rid of the nasty big toe nails before someone spots them.

6. SPF Moisturizer: Skin care is a big issue now days.  Don’t go fry yourself at the first sight of the sun.  Wear at least SPF 15 on your face and sensitive skin spots.  It’ll keep you looking younger, longer.

7. Utilize the casual undershirt: Suits aren’t just meant for button downs underneath.  Wear that henley shirt your wore to the beach under a sport coat out to dinner one night.  Maybe with a piece of jewelry around your neck and a solid pair of chinos.

8. Find Hot and Trendy Spots: Whether it’s secluded beaches or hip restaurants, find some fun stuff.

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Something You See, But Don’t Do

A lot of guys have mentioned the fact that in magazines, on models, and on celebrities, they see men rolling up or pushing up their suit sleeves, but that they never see it in actual life.  The question for this matter is, “How would one sport this look and what type of jacket would it require?”

I have a few jackets that this look is doable with and that I have sported.  One of the jackets has a pattern on the inside of the jacket, so when I roll the sleeves, it seems even more relevant.  The other does not.  The jacket does not need sleeve pattern in order to pull this look off.

When attempting to pull this look off, I highly recommend doing such with a sport jacket rather than a suit jacket.  This look will diversify you from every other Tom and Joe who wears a sport coat.  Be careful though, and make sure you have the right type of jacket to do it with.  The jacket should be unstructured and slim fitting.

Ways to pull this look:

  • With a Button down underneath: If you are wearing a button down underneath the sport coat, you should roll your jacket sleeves first and then roll your button down sleeves over the jacket cuffs, exposing your inner button down cuffs.  This way, if there is cuff detail, it will be noticed.
  • With a short sleeve shirt: Whether a T shirt or henley, you have two options: A. Roll one sleeve on whichever arm you are wearing your watch, to show it off, and leave the other full length. B. Roll them both and show some skin. 
  • Go all out: Pop the collar on the jacket as well as rolling the sleeves.  Some jackets have collar detail.  What better way to show it?

Get Your Christmas Shopping Done at J. Norman

J Norman & Co. is proud to provide male clientele with an immense supply of the most stylish inventory available in the Western New York area.  Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your little brother, your in-laws, your father, or your grandfather, we will literally have something for men of all ages. 

Our goal here, is to provide a sartorial guide for men of all ages.  So whether you’re a young professional or a grandfather of 7, we will be able to best suit your most needed style solutions here at J Norman & Co. located at 5110 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.  

We carry such a wide and diverse selection of attire that no one in the area is able to obtain but us.  And most importantly, we are making it a goal of ours to lower prices and bring in a more diverse crowd.  We are bringing in more affordable, yet just as trendy brands.  

Come on down to J. Norman & Co. and check out our great selection of NorthFace, Patagonia, Vineyard Vines, Polo, Lacoste, Robert Graham, Hugo Boss, Joe’s Jeans, J. Norman, Piece, Citizens, Paige, and so much more!  

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How To Utilize Your Tweed Suit

First and foremost if you haven’t bought a tweed suit yet, you should get on it.  This time of the year, tweed is so fashion forward, it keeps you nice and warm, and you can utilize it in so many ways.  There are inexpensive tweed suits out there, you just have to do your research.

Look 1: Wedding/Formal/Work: If you are headed in to any of these situations/destinations, a tweed suit is a perfect option to look your best and stand out.  

Look 2: Lose the Jacket: Breaking a tweed suit down is almost mandatory if you own one.  Pants or jacket, you can’t go wrong.  When you lose the jacket, keep it dressy up top still.  Throw on a nice wool sweater/cardigan, a shirt and tie.  Make sure you select the right shoes as well.  Don’t let anything look too “matchy.”

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3. Casual Layering: Cardigan, striped shirt, scarf, pair of jeans and sick kicks and you are in for your Friday night.

Your Favorite Affordable Winter Jackets

In need of a stylish winter jacket this cold season, but not willing/wanting to spend the big bucks.  Schott USA is an American made product line to focuses on winter jackets such as peacoats, down jackets, heavy sweaters, as well as winter hats, and leathers.

I personally own three Schott peacoats, and they are all amazing.  My favorite part about them is their affordability.  Not only are they remarkably stylish, they are available for anyone with their pricing.

J Norman & Co. is holding a current inventory of around 10 styles of Schott product with more to come.  Like any of these photos?  We have it all.  

From big name celebs, to small town Buffalonians, they are being seen everywhere…

Stop in at 5110 Main Street and check out our selection of the American made product that is Schott, and assure yourself a more stylish cold season. 

Parting Your Hair Left Vs. Right

What does your hair say about you?  After some extensive research (a couple Google searches) this is what I was able to discover about The Effects of Hair Parting on Social Appraisal and Personal Development:

Men W/Left Part: This is natural for men, usually works well for them. Perceived as popular, successful, strong, traditional. Can be out of touch with the feminine side of themselves. Examples: John Wayne, Tom Brokaw, John F. Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy.

Men W/Right Part: Usually unnatural for men. Can create an uncomfortable image; can cause social shunning, sometimes leading to unusual or eccentric behavior. Perceived as atypical, open, radical.Can work ok if the man is very confident, attractive, or striving to be respected in a non-traditional male role. Examples: Al Gore, Rush Limbaugh, Robert F. Kennedy, Charlie Rose, Tom Snyder.

Men + Women W/No Part, Natural for men and women. Perceived as balanced, trustworthy and wise.

Most of the possible choices generally do not negatively affect perceptions of the individual, but the individuals who are potentially put in the worst position are men who part their hair on the right and who are also striving to be assessed positively within a traditional male role.  Observations have shown that the right part on a man may interfere with positive social situations and personal development. We focus in this article on these right-parting men because they seem to exhibit the most consistent correlations and also because they could benefit the most from this information.

A highly illustrative place to observe hair parting and perceived personal attributes is in film and television characters. Consistently, directors, casting agents and hair stylists appear to be choosing a left or a right part for characters that exhibit the characteristics identified with the left and right sides of the brain, and a center part, no hair part or baldness for those characters who have balanced personalities.

The most striking example and perhaps the most illustrative of The Hair Part Theory, is that when Christopher Reeve played Clark Kent, his hair was parted on the right. As Superman, his hair was parted on the left.


Notice earlier, that modern day Superman parts his hair to the left (right hair part).  Everything is acceptable and everything works.  This article was for laughs.

This article should not be taken serious and I hope my readers understand the irony of all of this and that it makes zero difference to which side you choose to part your hair…

Credit to this article goes to TrueMirror @

1 Jacket 5 Looks

So you’ve got a suit jacket that is much too sharp to keep in the closet on days you’re not wearing the total package, eh?  Here is a solution to bring your suit coat/sport coat out to play on a more regular basis:

Look 1: “The Total Package”:  The obvious selection here, wearing the full suit.  Some men prefer to wear a tie with a suit, always, and some like it to be a little less formal with the “no tie” look.  Either way, you’re in.  Wear a slick pocket square and you’ll be all good.suspenders

Look 2: “The Casual”:  This look is meant to be worn on occasion.  You don’t always want to pull this one out, but it works when you do.  Find your favorite crew neck T or sweater (or maybe even a henley shirt).  Next, depending on the weather, throw on some sort of undershirt to layer up before you put your selected crew/henley on.  Throw the jacket over it and compliment it with the suit bottoms. 

Look 3: “The Sophisticated Hoodie”: Find a full zip hoodie that can fit underneath your jacket.  Next, determine whether you’d like to dress it up a touch, or if you want to keep it more casual.  For casual, find a T shirt to wear under the hoodie.  For more dressy, find a button down.  Slap the hoodie over it, then the jacket next.

Look 4: “Out on the Town”: Guys are still big on the jean and jacket look, and if you do it right, it can look great.  Liev Schreiber perfects this look in Showtime’s new series, Ray Donovan.  Boots, jeans, dark jacket, button down of choice.  Pocket squares are optional. 

Look 5: “Punk Look”: Find a shirt that has some graphic to it.  Whether you want it to be funny, stylish, or simple here’s how to do it.

  • Funny: Find a T-Shirt with Kelly Kapowski’s mug on it and wear it under your sport coat.
  • Stylish: Find a shirt with your favorite band’s logo or selected image on it and grab yourself a piece of jewelry to hang around your neck.  It will look good.
  • Simple: Find a crew neck sweater with a college name printed on it and wear it loud and proud under your jacket.