A Subtle Way to Show Your True Colors: Robert Graham Socks

Robert Graham isn’t for every guy. We know. We sell it proudly, but we also understand the terrified look on a guy’s face when he sees contrasting explosions of paisley and stripes on a dress shirt. This doesn’t mean he’s anti-fun, though. Some guys just prefer a more measured approach to statement pieces. So for these guys, we suggest Robert Graham socks.

They have all the personality of a Robert Graham shirt or sweater, but in a more palatable dose. You can wear a pair of, say, blue and red striped socks with a charcoal grey suit or trousers, and they’ll add a perfectly measured amount of pop to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

“Fun socks are great because they only show when you sit down or cross your legs,” explains Dave Danuser, owner of Binghams. “Not only does it add personality, but that little pop adds a level of sophistication and attention to detail to your look, which are qualities you really want noticed.”

Danuser adds that Robert Graham socks are perfect for the guy looking for a middle ground between a monochrome ensemble and the wild, Robert Graham peacock aesthetic.

So, gentlemen, if you’re a guy looking for a subtle way to show your true colors, come check out Binghams’ enormous selection of patterned socks by Robert Graham. They run the gamut from simple stripes to paisley perfection, so we’re sure we have a pair that suits you.

And just so you know, we also have a full selection of patterned socks by Lorenzo and Unplugged. Check them out:

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We mustache you a question: aren’t these socks great?

Come into Binghams today for our over-the-top, cream-of-the-crop selection of fun socks. We’re located here.

Put Your Game Pants (and Shirts) On

College football season is here and we’ve got the clothing you need to be an exceptionally well-dressed fan. This includes our special Mizzou game-day pants and shirts, made by Peter Millar exclusively for Binghams.

You will definitely stand out in the crowd with these bad boys:

The pants are solid gold, don’t you think?

The pants are solid gold, don’t you think?

You can’t see it from the picture, but the pants have a sleek, flat front design and are 100% cotton.

As for the button down shirt, it’s 100% cotton and has a twill weave, so it’s super soft and dressy. It is also wrinkle resistant (that’s a win right there. For more no-iron shirts, click here) and thus travels well, so you’ll look on-point no matter where you are in the world.

It also has a small Mizzou tiger logo on the left chest pocket, so that you’ll tastefully communicate your school pride in any professional setting.

Come get decked out in our specially made University of Missouri gear today. We’re located here.

Terrific Trousers: Why You’ll Love Meyer Pants

Meyer pants have been flying off our shelves recently, so we thought we’d share with you, and all the men of Columbia, Missouri, why these pants are so fantastic.

 1. They have the perfect trim fit

Nowadays slim is in, but many men still have reservations about the discomfort of close-fitting trousers. With Meyer pants, you needn’t worry about your voice going up an octave—you’ll be as comfortable as you are fashionable.

2. Meyer pants transition well

Meyer pants are what we like to call “bridge” pants. They can be dressy, casual and everything in between. Wear them with a dress shirt and sweater at the office, then a chambray shirt with rolled up sleeves for a weekend drive.

 3. They’re REALLY well made

Meyer, a German company, manufacturers all their pants in Europe and use only fair-trade cotton, sourced from vendors throughout the world. Meyer uses a combination of machine and hand to construct their pants, and employs their very own laundry system.

Of course, to get the best sense of Meyer’s fit, quality and aesthetic, you need to see it in action. Check out their Fall 2015 promo video:

To learn more about Meyer the company, check out this video:

Our Production from Meyer Hosen AG on Vimeo.

Come into Binghams today and get these pants before they’ve completely flown off our shelves. We’re located here.

Dress Shirts You Never Have to Iron

Your grandfather was probably a great man. He likely taught you to value hard work, which you’ve applied to all things in your life. All things except for ironing your shirts, that is. Pop Pop may have pressed his shirts by candlelight, but let’s be real: nowadays, ain’t nobody got time for that.

Especially not when the no-iron dress shirt is now a thing. A big thing.

The no-iron dress shirt is not your grandfather’s over-starched, pilly blouse. It de-wrinkles with a light spritz of water and a gentle pull. Sometimes, all you have to do is put it on and wait 20 minutes. It’s brilliant.

Binghams is currently carrying no-iron shirts by Ike Behar, Andrew J and Enro.

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Ike Behar

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Andrew J

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We love you gramps, but this no-iron shirt thing is here to stay. And it’s better actually. Eliminating the slog of ironing frees a guy up to devote more energy to things that really matter, like prepping for an important pitch meeting, or charming the missus on date night.

Make your grandpa proud by coming into Binghams today and picking up a few no-iron shirts. Or like five, so that you have one for every day of the workweek (a.k.a. you will never iron again).

We are located here. We look forward to seeing you.

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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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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.

Come into today. We are located here.

3 Colognes That’ll Make You Smell Like a Man

Cologne is tricky for guys. Dudes want to smell nice, but not like a bouquet of fresh-cut roses, or worse, overly perfumed man-meat. Here are three colognes that will keep you smelling fresh and manly:

Moonshine

Moonshine cologne in beautiful wooden box

Does a cologne name get more masculine than “Moonshine?” Probably not. But don’t worry, this won’t make you smell like something brewed in a bathtub. Moonshine has a woodsy aroma with hints of spice, including notes of black pepper, tobacco, leather, gin, and patchouli.

Royall Lyme

Royall lyme cologne in green bottle

This vintage style cologne captures the essence of colonial Victorian gentleman. Its combination of Indian Royall limes (“lyme” is the old English spelling) and essential oils creates a clean, zesty scent that is very subtle (just like a gentleman should be).

St. James of London

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St. James of London is like the barrel-aged fine wine of men’s grooming products, and this goes for their cologne as well. It comes in five manly fragrances: black pepper & lime, sandalwood & bergamot, lavender & geranium (perhaps not as manly but it’s subtle, we promise), cedarwood & clarysage, and mandarin & patchouli.

See, cologne doesn’t stink.

Smell these scents for yourself right here at Binghams in Columbia, Mo. We are located here.

Get Your Perfect Shirt with Measure Up

A handsome dress shirt is three things: 1) it fits like a glove; 2) the fabric is high quality, and 3) it sends the message you want, e.g. I’m powerful, I’m unique, or I’m ready to party.

This trifecta can be difficult—if not impossible—to achieve by buying any old thing from a department store. The best way to get the shirt you want is to have it made to measure by Measure Up, one of the top custom clothing makers in the world.

Lucky for you, we carry Measure Up right here at Binghams.

Learn more about made-to-measure clothing here…

First, having a shirt custom made by Measure Up allows you to nail the fit because we take approximately 14 measurements to get the shape right. This is better than buying and tailoring a pre-made shirt because it’s actually harder to cut and re-sew a ready-made garment than it is to make one from scratch with the correct measurements.

Also with Measure Up, you get choose from nearly 400 fabrics, all of which are sourced from mills around the world. So be picky about hairline vs. bengal, pink vs. salmon, or two-button vs. two-button-cut—you can be with custom shirts.

Measure Up is as much about quality as they are individuality. They pride themselves on hand-making each shirt, one at a time, in their Tennessee factory. They’ve been doing it for more than 20 years and are among the best custom shirt makers in the business.

Come check out Measure Up custom shirt options at Binghams today. Your perfect shirt awaits.

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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.

Binghams is Your One-Stop Shop for Robert Graham

We are proud to say that Binghams carries the best selection of Robert Graham in Columbia, Mo. We don’t just have a lot of product—we have our very own Robert Graham shop right here within our store. We carrying everything from the American designer’s famous contrast cuff shirt to his fashion-forward socks.

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The brand’s colorful story began in 2001, when founder Robert Stock decided it was time menswear appealed to guys who wanted more expressive, interesting pieces. His first step to meeting this demand was revamping the contrast-collar dress shirt. Instead of having the contrasting colors only be different neutrals, Stock used bold patterns and bright colors. He embroidered cuffs, used ribbon stitching on collars and infused pops of colors on every shirt.

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Robert Graham short sleeve knit shirts. Fun fact: Country music superstar Sam Hunt paid us a visit a few weeks back and bought one of these shirts. He looked pretty good too, in our opinion.

“Robert Graham is great for the guy who doesn’t just do the standard white, black and navy,” says Dave Danuser, owner of Binghams. “It is also great for summer. Bright, loud colors–especially blue–are a really popular trend this season, so Robert Graham is a great, sophisticated way to wear them.”

We love our Robert Graham shop and know you will too. Come in today and see it.

We are located here.

Southern Tide Independence Day tee and apparel

Show Your Patriotism in Style with Southern Tide

You wouldn’t think that as a specialty menswear store we’d be all that crazy about t-shirts. But, in fact, we love them. Especially now that it’s summer in Columbia, Mo. and Fourth of July is around the corner, t-shirts are a must-have item.

However, not all tees are created equal. Southern Tide, a South Carolina-based brand of preppy but relaxed beachwear, is our t-shirt of choice. Southern Tide’s tees are better quality than most, so while their tees are made for summer, they’ll last well beyond one season.

With Fourth of July fast approaching, we are proudly carrying Southern Tide’s Skipjack Independence Day T-Shirt. We have them in three fitting colors: red, white and blue.

Southern Tide's 3rd Edition Skipjack Independence T-Shirt in red

Southern Tide’s 3rd edition Skipjack Independence T-Shirt. Be patriotic and comfortable in this supremely soft tee.

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Here’s the t-shirt in a refreshing white. All of the shirts are 100% pre-washed cotton.

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The flag design is on the back. The front is solid with a Southern Tide limited edition logo on the pocket.

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Front pocket logo.

But that’s not all

We’ve also got shorts, hats, flip flops, sunglass straps and beer koozies. Because Binghams is nothing if not thorough.

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Binghams is your one-stop shop for Fourth of July.

Southern Tide is a hot commodity here at Binghams, so these items won’t last long. Come into the store today. We are located here. We look forward to seeing you.