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! 

 

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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Tan Shoes + Dark Suit = High Style

Can you wear tan dress shoes with a dark suit? YES!

Tan Shoes + Dark Suit = High Style

When suggesting tan shoes to buyers, the most frequent question we usually get is – can you wear tan dress shoes with a dark suit? Our answer is usually a big “YES”. Even though they are not the type of shoes you can wear with just anything, tan shoes can create everything, from casual looks for relaxed days out, to smart outfits that are perfect for the office.

If you are wondering what to wear with tan shoes, and you don’t have the intention of creating a summery style look, then an easy solution would be to go for darker colors. You can pair your dress tan shoes with black or classic navy suits to create a sharp, put-together look that is perfect for any formal occasion. We have a great collection of tan shoes from Allen Edmond that come in a wider range of tones, which can help add serious style to dark suits.  Take a look:

Strand Cap-toe Oxfords with Dainite Rubber Sole + Coppley Suit

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The above Allen Edmond shoe would be a perfect pair for wearing with the Byron suit. They make a perfect combo for the office. We have a huge selection of Allen Edmond shoes as well as Byron suits that you can choose from.

Strand Cap-toe Oxfords + Elegant Dark Suit by Paul Betenley

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This Allen Edmond shoe is another great tan shoe that can go well with dark suits, more specifically the ones from Coppley. The above combination is also great for the office. You can choose a wide variety of Coppley’s dark colored suits at our store to match with your tan shoes.

Strand Cap-toe Oxfords with Dainite Rubber Sole +  Slim Cut Suit by Byron

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Pairing this Allen Edmond’s shoe with a dark slim cut suit by Byron will also result in an elegant and classy look.

We have a variety of shoes from Allen Edmond and suits from Byron, Coppley and Paul Betenley, which come in elegant styles. Stop by at our Binghams Clothing Store in Columbia, Missouri for these and more.

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A New Reason to Love Allen Edmonds

There are many reasons to love Allen Edmonds. They are the best in the business at making good-looking, long-lasting shoes, and they make all of their footwear in the U.S. 

Read: “Why Allen Edmonds Shoes Are Better Than the Rest”

Now, there is another reason to admire Allen Edmonds, and it’s their new Road Warriors Collection. It comprises five different shoes, all outfitted with AE’s “Road Warriors Comfort Technology. If you’re on your feet a lot, either for work or travel, this collection is for you.

The technology is fancy, but basically, Road Warrior shoes are softer, extra cushioned, super breathable, flexible, lightweight and mold to the unique shape of your feet. In other words, they feel like tennis shoes but look all business.

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Photo courtesy of allenedmonds.com (note: video doesn’t work–this is only an image)

The collection was born out of necessity. As the Allen Edmonds company grew, staff found themselves traveling a great deal, both across the U.S. and throughout the world. They needed shoes that would tolerate their constant moving and shaking, and not leave them with aching feet at the end of the day.

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ATL-cap toe oxford

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ORD bicycle toe

LAX derby

LAX derby

But, you needn’t be a jet setter to wear a pair of AE’s Road Warriors. “They’re also great for guys who spend a lot of their time on their feet,” explains Dave Danuser, owner of Binghams. Danuser knows what it’s like to be on his feet all day, being the owner of a retail store. “I’m always moving or standing, either helping customers, moving product around the store, so you know, my feet can get pretty tired. The Road Warrior shoes are great though—they feel like tennis shoes all day long, and my feet don’t hurt at the end of the day.”

Unlike tennis shoes, however, all Road Warrior shoes are slip-ons, eliminating the hassle of laces. “They’re especially great at the airport,” Danuser says. “You don’t have the hassle of having to untie your shoes and then sit down and retie them after you go through security.” 

And now, before you ask, “why can’t you just wear drivers?” let us explain. The problem with drivers sometimes is that they don’t look professional enough for business travel. They are comfortable and easy to slip on and off, but you wouldn’t want to run into a client or boss in them. AE’s Road Warrior shoes look like regular Oxfords, some with wingtips and all. They even have laces (you just don’t need to tie them). An AE Road Warrior can take you straight from the tarmac to the boardroom, no change of shoes required.

We highly recommend these shoes, and think you should at least come in and try on a pair. We guarantee you won’t leave the store without them.

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Why Allen Edmonds Shoes Are Better Than the Rest

Attention, gentlemen of Columbia, Missouri!

If you are looking for Allen Edmonds shoes, you must come see us here at Binghams. We have great selection of A.E.s, and if we don’t have something in stock, we are more than happy to put in a special order (and the S&H is free).

Allen Edmonds is the standard bearer of classic men’s shoes and we are proud to carry them. They are beloved by presidents, popes and businessmen around the world, and for good reason. Each pair of A.E.s shoes is constructed via a 212-step process, which, if you want to get technical about it, is actually a 424-step process (212 per shoe). That’s a lot of steps.

But it’s fitting, seeing as you’ll take a lot of steps in your Allen Edmond shoes. They are so well made that they wear well for years, and owners typically have their A.E.s repaired rather than replaced. In fact, many A.E.s are deliberately designed to accommodate easy repairs.

Allen Edmonds reputation for wearing well is more important now that winter is fast approaching, and soon your beloved footwear will be exposed to the elements, which unfortunately, is a fate none of us can escape. You can, however, put up a good fight by getting yourself a pair of Allen Edmond shoes.

They use only superior leathers such as calfskin and cordovan, and these materials are combined with cork footbeds to create unmatched comfort. Every shoe remains in the last (a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot) for at least 24 hours to ensure that they hold their shape for a lifetime.

Come into Binghams today and try on our wide selection of A.E. shoes. An expert sales associate will assist you and make sure you buy a pair that fits properly and comfortably, and give you tips on how to get the most out of your Allen Edmonds shoes.

Find us here. We can’t wait to see you.