I Can’t Even: The Best Adulting Menswear Essentials from Bingham’s — Part 2

Depending on your job, the disheveled look can only carry you so far. A polished appearance complete with well-fitting clothing can do amazing things for one’s confidence. Read on for reliable and effective tips in Part 2 of Bingham’s Adulting Menswear Essentials: 

In our last installment, we talked about suits, ties, dress shirts, the necessity of a belt and appropriate jeans. Next on the list are sweaters. 

Sweaters. A lightweight sweater from Bingham’s is a great transitional piece from season to season. You can wear a sweater from Peter Millar or Robert Graham with a button down shirt, with or without a tie, under a sport or suit jacket or with an open collared button down and coordinating solid T-shirt peeking out underneath. Throw on a sport coat and jeans and your not-too-casual-oh-this-old-thing look will yield many approving looks. 

Trousers. Jeans aside, another wardrobe essential is a neat pair of trousers, be they dress pants or casual chinos. Options from Ballin or Bill’s Khakis are incredibly comfortable, versatile and lightweight. 

Shoes. Your feet will thank you a million times over for investing in a few pairs of high-quality shoes. Start with a pair of dress shoes and a pair that checks the casual box so that you have a few styles to rotate through. At Bingham’s, we carry both looks from Trask and Martin Dingman and can offer suggestions for how to pull off completing your outfit in shoes that aren’t black. 

Underpants. Why are these in the list? Because we care. Taking care of yourself and maintaining a good grooming schedule also includes considering the first layer of clothing on your body. Throw out your torn and stretched underwear. You deserve the best! Who wants to wear a great outfit with overstretched underwear that bunches in all of the wrong places? Get some Saxx underwear. Stat. 

Come and adult with us at Bingham’s today!

 

I Can’t Even: The Best Adulting Menswear Essentials from Bingham’s — Part 1

At Bingham’s in Columbia, we recognize that the millennial generation values teamwork, the fulfillment of feeling like you belong to something larger than yourself and opportunities for learning and advancement. Adulting and playing the part involves dressing comfortably, confidently and appropriately. Make sure you have these essentials in your wardrobe on your road to success — and watch your investment dollars stretch in high-quality items:  

 

A well-fitting suit. A Paul Betenley or Byron suit in a lightweight fabric can take you from mild temperatures to the bitter cold with the help of a few layers. An off-the-rack sport coat is no substitute for a tailored suit that fits you perfectly in all the right places and looks like it was made for you. Talk to the team at Bingham’s about the right fit and style for you. 

One of the best parts of investing in a suit is its versatility. Use the slacks with a dress shirt and sweater and skip the jacket. Or pair the jacket with more casual trousers, a button-down shirt and refined sneakers. 

Tie boxes

Ties. The Bingham’s team will help you pick out a tie or two from Robert Talbott to dress up your outfit or give you the courage to get a wild hair and step out with a bold pattern. A snazzy tie can add the perfect punch or give you the missing amount of polish your outfit needs. 

 

 


Dress shirts.
David Donahue, Peter Millar or Eton dress shirts are worth the investment. Let the staff at Bingham’s share suggestions for matching dress shirts with ties. Consider purchasing a more subdued neutral solid-colored shirt and patterned one that will go with your suit. 


Leather belt.
Keep your pants up. Need we say more? 

 


Jeans.
Save the severely faded and torn jeans for the weekend. Jeans from 34 Heritage are classy and well-fitting enough to go with a sweater and button-down shirt or an untucked shirt from johnnie-0 or Peter Millar

Stay tuned for part two of our adulting clothing essentials! In the meantime, see you at Bingham’s.

Some Rules Are Meant to Be Broken

Work place style has evolved, there’s no doubt about that. Whether you work at a law firm, in a doctor’s office, or are part of the financial or professional services industries or you’re a teacher, the guidelines for workplace dress are drastically different than they were 10 years ago. Business casual rules were shattered years ago and if you’re unsure what’s de rigeur at the moment, visit us at Bingham’s in Columbia and we’ll help you out. 

What they wore then: A suit with shoulder pads big enough on which to land a plane, a solid-colored shirt and tie. 

What you wear now: Comfortable, form-fitting sport coat from Byron over a casual button-down patterned shirt by Eton or David Donahue with a pair of neat jeans. No holes.  ‘

What they wore then: Short-sleeve shirts in the summer with a tie and dress slacks. Sorry to bring back terribly vivid memories. 

What you wear now: An untucked shirt from johnnie-O, a half-zip coordinating pullover and chinos by 34 Heritage. Skip the pocket protector

 

What they wore then: A too-big V-neck sweater, tie and solid-colored button down shirt. Pleated khakis down below. 

What you wear now: Pants with pleats should find their way into your closet if you have larger legs or carry more weight around your midsection. Otherwise, pleats shouldn’t be having a moment in your wardrobe, gentlemen. Flat-front pants are flattering on slim men of all ages and are quite flattering. Paired with a cashmere sweater and vibrantly patterned shirt, you’ll be ready to take a seat at the conference room table in this getup. 

 

What they wore then: Lace-up dress shoes or stodgy and stiff leather loafers.

What you wear now: Refined sneakers or slip-on shoes from Trask will make you feel like you’re walking around the office on air.  

The staff at Bingham’s believes the laidback look is here to stay, at least for a while. Stop in at our store and we’ll help you put some casual clothing options to work for you. See you soon! 

 

Tuck in that Shirt … or Not

Contrary to popular belief, not just any button-down dress shirt can be worn untucked. Here are a few tips from our staff at Bingham’s to help you pull off this casual, effortless-looking fashion statement stylishly:

  1. Only wear shirts that are meant to be untucked, well, untucked. They should be well-tailored and tapered to avoid a sloppy look without being tight. Check out our selections from Peter Millar, johnnie-O and others. 
  2. Make sure that the back of your shirt ends around the bottom of your pant pocket, while the front should hit just below your zipper. 
  3. Don’t wear a shirt that is cut straight across at the bottom outside of your trousers. The untucked ones should be scalloped with a tail. 
  4. Complement it with the right pair of slim-fitting casual trousers or jeans from 34 Heritage, Ballin or Brax. 
  5. Pair it with a sport coat for a more polished look.
  6. Visit us at Bingham’s to help you step out in untucked style.

We can’t wait to help you style your best look yet! See you at Bingham’s soon! 

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Treat Yourself to a New Dress Shirt Today at Bingham’s

Is your closet full of blue dress shirts? Or maybe your color is tan or white? If your hangers need some more bold and colorful attire, leave it to our experts at Bingham’s in Columbia to help steer you in the right direction. 

Crafted from the finest fabrics, you deserve to treat yourself to an Eton shirt. Their signature collar will keep up with you throughout your work day thanks to the workmanship and quality of the fabric and stitching. The company has been around for 90 years, so they might know a thing or two about creating fine dress shirts. 

David Donahue shirts come in inspiring and colorful patterns that will look fantastic under a sport coat or half-zip sweater. Led by the Donahue family, the team says they “find inspiration for patterns everywhere. Wallpaper, antique tiles, or a curious artifact.” David Donahue shirts a great way to show off your personality, gents! If you’re a bit hesitant to go bold, let the staff at Bingham’s guide you on layering your work look. 

We look forward to seeing you at Bingham’s this summer! 

 

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Shoes and Shirts and Shorts, Oh My!

Make Bingham’s in Columbia your one-stop shop for summer essentials this season. With a wide-ranging selection of lightweight shirts, soft and well-fitting shorts and casual shoes for your next vacation, you have many reasons to stop in at Bingham’s today. 

Johnnie-o shirts are a favorite among many of our clients. The versatile and comfortable T-shirts and polos can be paired with shorts, jeans or chinos. The brands’s “West Coast prep” look works in the Midwest, too! The classic brand Peter Millar is definitely a closet necessity, too. The iconic style and quality of Peter Millar shirts will feel great against your skin and keep you cool this summer. 

 

Halsey shorts offer different fits that are flattering for many body types. They’re long enough through the leg, comfortable and come in a variety of colors. They just might be crisp and polished enough to wear to, dare we say it, work? The casual work style has infiltrated many offices around here in Columbia. A pair of Halsey shorts paired with a button-down shirt or a solid polo doesn’t look sloppy or adolescent. Stop in and we’ll show you how to put it together. 

Don’t forget to treat your feet to some special duds, too. With stylish and refined shoes from Trask, Allen Edmonds and Martin Dingman, you’re sure to walk out of our store with a new spring in your step. 

 

See you at Bingham’s soon! 

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Find the Perfect Gift for Dad This Father’s Day at Bingham’s in Columbia

The Father’s Day clock is ticking and the doors are open for you now at Bingham’s in Columbia. We have a perfect selection of items to gift your dad this month. Tell us a bit about your gift recipient and we’ll offer suggestions to fit their style and your wallet. Here are some of the hot items on our list: 

Dress shirts: You can’t go wrong with a dress shirt from Eton, David Donahue or Robert Graham. Freshen up your father’s wardrobe with a new color or a bolder pattern in a lightweight material. All of these brands offer classic, timeless options that would look great under a sport or suit coat. 

Casual shirts: Get dad in the weekend mood by gifting him something new for his downtime wardrobe. Our Tommy Bahama, johnnie-o and Peter Millar shirts are casual, lightweight picks that pair well with chinos or jeans for a quick bite to eat. Linen is a fabulous alternative for summer, too. A linen shirt from Report will keep dad cool while looking polished during the hot days ahead. They have the versatility of looking great tucked into a pair of shorts or rounding out a crisp look with chinos.

 

Fragrances: Don’t rule out treating your dad to a new bottle of cologne this Father’s Day. Stop in and we’ll make some suggestions for top contenders that your dad will love. Take a whiff of Moonshine while you’re here, which has a woodsy, spicy scent. Or there’s St. James of London that will keep your dad smelling of the woods and the outdoors. 

Accessories: Who thought underwear could be life changing? Your dad will be a believer, too, when he samples Saxx underwear for himself. They’re well worth the investment — and a game-changer, some gentlemen have said. Another game changer and mood changer, we might argue, are socks! Gift dad a pair of lightweight patterned socks this summer from Robert Graham. They’ll show off just enough personality the next time he sits down at the conference room table. Wallets are always a tried and true Father’s Day gift. Our leather Bosca wallets are handcrafted to last a lifetime. 

A Bingham’s gift card: Celebrate your dad with a Bingham’s gift card! He’ll be in great hands with our expert staff should he need any advice on suiting, accessories or fashionable matches. 

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and see you at Bingham’s soon! 

Robert Talbott – Neckwear Perfection

“The Perfect Tie”

Robert Talbott is by far one of our favorite tie brands. We love the variety in colors and patterns which make for the perfect find every time! You can never have too many ties whether you’re wearing them daily for the office or occasionally for weddings and special events.

Take a look at this colorful variety from Robert Talbott…

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Find these Robert Talbott and so much more in Columbia Mo. at Binghams today. You can find us here, we can’t wait to see you!

Mens Socks: Pantharella

Mens Hosiery – Tradition and Fashion

Men’s fashion micro trend: “the Statement sock”

 

It’s time to wear socks again… Traditions suggests you wear a sock that is a little darker than your trouser. There are many fun patterns, and you can match secondary colors in the sock to your shirt, tie or pocket square.

Fashion says there’s absolutely a place in men’s style for colored socks that do not match the trousers. It requires a little more care, because it’s not a simple, neutral choice, but if you take that care it can look great.

“Statement socks are like a stylish man’s best kept secret.” GQ.  This secret is getting out and has played a major part in increasing money spent on men’s clothing this past year.

Pantherella is one of our favorite brand of “fun” socks:

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These playful socks by Pantherella are created with a perfect blend of Egyptian Cotton with colors to add some spice to your wardrobe.

Stop in to Binghams today and see why we are so in love with Pantherella and just how fun colorful socks can make your outfit.

You can find us here, we can’t wait to see you!

 

Golfing and Greatness: Peter Millar

 

Polos, Pullovers and Sweaters, Oh My!

Yes, we’re talking Golf and the King of Golf is Peter Millar, of course!

We want to share some great items from Peter Millar to fill your golf closet… er… regular closet with. Take a look…

POLOS

You might need to make room because the polo selection from Peter Millar is so large, there’s no way you can settle for just one. With so many solids and prints to choose from you’re bound to find your next favorite golf shirts with us.

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PULLOVERS

Everyone needs at least one (or 5, but who’s counting) favorite pullover. And we have plenty for you to choose from here at Binghams from Peter Millar. Comfortable and perfectly fitted so your body can keep perfect temperature while you focus on the game.
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SWEATERS

Did somebody say Cashmere? Oh yeah, these sweaters are not messing around. You’re about to meet your new favorite sweater. Complete with shape retention and moisture management, you will understand the meaning of love at first sight.

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Stop in today. We can’t wait to see you soon!