Binghams | Robert Graham Spring Shirts

Be Bold With Bingham’s New Spring Selection of Robert Graham Shirts

No one mixes patterns better than Robert Graham

As we mentioned in our previous post, spring is the season for pattern mixing. In that post we explained to how to mix patterns on your own — manually, if you will – so today we’re giving you the automatic pattern-mixing option. (A different model, same fashion horsepower.)

Robert Graham is a bold line of men’s shirts that takes the thinking out of mixing patterns. The shirts have contrasting cuffs and collars, so all you have to do is roll up your sleeves and boom, you’ve got a bold spring look.

Robert Graham Spring Look

Robert Graham ‘Alix’ Regular Fit Dobby Houndstooth Sport Shirt

Robert Graham Lando
Robert Graham ‘Lando’ Classic Fit Plaid Sport Shirt

Robert Graham Massimiliano

Robert Graham Limited Edition Massimiliano Sport Shirt

There’s more! Come experience our complete Robert Graham selection

Binghams carries the best selection of Robert Graham in Columbia, Mo. And we don’t just have a lot of product—we have our very own Robert Graham shop right here in the store. We carry everything from the famous contrast-cuff shirt to fun, bold socks.

Call to schedule an appointment or drop by anytime. You’re always welcome.

Guide to Pattern Mixing

How to Pattern Mix for Spring

Spring brings a much needed a burst of color and patterns. Make them work together with our guide to pattern mixing

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Pattern Shirts from Peter Millar

Spring is the season for pattern mixing. After a long winter of grays and blacks, we yearn to lighten things up with bright colors and bold patterns. But we’re careful to not go too crazy—we don’t want to look like we got dressed in the dark. Here are our tips for pattern mixing like a street-style pro.

1. The colors of your bigger pieces should be more subdued

Your jacket and shirt comprise the largest physical spaces on your body, so if you wear a neon orange sport coat, for example, you may take someone’s eye out. Save the boldest colors for your accessories, like your tie or pocket square.

2. Combine complimentary prints

It’s possible to wear more than one pattern at time, as long as the patterns compliment each other. Choose patterns that have different shapes (e.g. stripes with polka dots) or lines (one fun, one relaxed). This will create contrast between your pieces. Also, one pattern should be calmer than the other, to keep your look sophisticated.

3. Stay on one end of the color spectrum

Another key to proper pattern mixing involves sticking to one color family. For instance, if you want to wear a bright yellow tie, pair it with pieces that are also warm colors. Similarly, if you want to sport your favorite blue sport coat, make sure everything else is a cool color.

*Note that gray is a great chameleon and can be matched with warm and cool tones.

Want more advice?

We here at Binghams are experts in bold looks and can help you put together the perfect mix of patterns and colors. We carry a wide selection of printed shirts, jackets, ties and more, so you’ll have tons to choose from.

Come into the store and check us out. Call to schedule an appointment or just drop by. You’re always welcome.

 

Come into the store and check us out. Call to schedule an appointment or just drop by. You’re always welcome.

How a Suit Should Fit

Nailing the fit of a suit is the most important aspect of suiting. Even if mermaids spun the fabric from gold, your suit will look like nothing more than a pricey garbage bag if it doesn’t fit right. So, to ensure your next suit fits like a glove, we’ve compiled this part-by-part set of guidelines:

The shoulder

The shoulder of your jacket should lie flat—no creases, divots or bumps. Here’s a tip: The shoulder will lie flat when the seam of the sleeve meets the seam of the jacket at exactly the spot where your arm meets your shoulder. 

The waist/button closure

The sides of your jacket should contour cleanly to your torso. If there are too many folds or it makes a straight line from your armpit to the hem, it’s too big. Conversely, if the fabric pulls from the buttons when it’s closed, or you can’t raise your arms for fear of ripping a seam, it’s too tight. Also, it’s worth noting that a more tailored waist creates a more dramatic V shape, which will make your shoulders look broader.

The seat

No saggy bottoms or underwear lines, guys. The fabric should drape over your derriere and touch your underwear, but passers-by should not be able to tell if you’re wearing boxers or briefs. Also, there should be no major creases (horizontal, under the butt = too tight, vertical-ish on the backs of the thighs = too big).

The arms/sleeve length

Your sleeves should end just above the hinges of your wrists. You’ll know you got it right when a quarter to half inch of shirt cuff shows under your suit jacket. Bonus: this is also a trick to make your arms look longer.

Jacket length

Attention, short guys: longer jackets don’t make you look taller. In fact, not only does a long jacket not add inches, it actually makes your legs look shorter. To ensure your jacket is the right length, place your hands at your sides. If the middle of your palm matches up with the hem of the jacket, it’s the right length.

Pant break

Nothing makes a suit look sloppier than pants that are too big. You can tell pants are oversized by the break (where the hem meets the top of your shoe). If deep folds are piled high above your shoe, they are too big. Ideally, you want the pant hem to just touch the top of your shoe, exposing most of the laces.

***If you’re a visual learner, here are excellent graphics from The Art of Manliness that show not only how a suit should fit, but also how it shouldn’t: How Should a Suit Fit? Your Easy-to-Follow Visual Guide.***

Of course, there is no better way to achieve a perfect fit than an in-person consultation at Binghams. Our tailor can make you taller, thinner and better looking in just a few stitches.

Come in and see us. We are located here.