Short-sleeve dress shirts by Stone Rose

Keep Cool and Stylish with Short-Sleeve, Woven Shirts

T-shirts are popular warm-weather attire, but a cotton tee can sometimes be too casual for guys who enjoy getting dressed. Thankfully, there is a happy medium between a button-down work shirt and your favorite St. Louis Cardinal’s tee: the woven short-sleeve shirt.

It’s dressier than a tee, but still decidedly laid-back. The woven fabric provides that bit of heft necessary to feel like you’re a bit more dressed up, but the short sleeves keep it from looking like you’re going to work.

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Short-sleeve dress shirts by Stone Rose

A short-sleeved woven shirt, like one by Robert Graham or Stone Rose (we carry both), is perfect for a weekend barbecue, strolling in downtown Columbia, or an afternoon lunch on a patio.

“Now that spring is here, guys should have short-sleeve dress shirts in their closets. They’re great because you can wear them off the clock, but you can also add a tie or bow tie and be ready to go for work on Monday,” says Dave Danuser, co-owner of Binghams.

They are also exceedingly cool. Just ask white-hot country music star, Sam Hunt, who stopped in our store and purchased a Robert Graham short-sleeve dress shirt:

Yes, Sam Hunt was in our store. See what other cool stuff we have going on by following us on Instagram: @binghamsclothing

Yes, Sam Hunt was in our store. See what other cool stuff we have going on by following us on Instagram: @binghamsclothing

Come in and try on our great selection of short-sleeve woven shirts today. Binghams is located here. We look forward to seeing you.

Everything You Need to Know About Pocket Squares

A pocket square is the ultimate sign of a well-dressed man. The simple-yet-powerful accessory has been back in form for several years now, though truthfully, we here at Binghams in Columbia, Mo., feel they never left. Because more customers have been asking us about pocket squares, here is a crash course in everything you need to know about pocket squares.

1. It doesn’t always have to be white.

Hardly. In fact, it’s better if it’s patterned.

2. Nor does it have to match your tie (or bow tie).

There is no scientific formula for pairing a pocket square. If it complements your outfit, and is folded properly, you’re good to go. A helpful way to think of complementing is as “echoing.” For example, if your tie or shirt has subtle blue threads in it, try a white pocket square with blue edges. In this case, the blue-trimmed pocket square echoes the blue hue in the shirt and tie.

3. A pocket square can be worn alone.

Pocket squares are traditionally worn with a tie, but it’s 2015 and style rules are laxer than ever. We fully support wearing a pocket square sans tie. It’s a debonair yet raffish look, and perfect for an office dress code that doesn’t demand a full suit and tie.

4. There are many ways to fold a pocket square.

How you fold your pocket square depends on the look you’re going for. Here are links to helpful tutorials for the most popular folds (thank you to The Rules of Style’s Youtube channel):

Fold #1: Classic (or Straight)
Fold #2: Pyramid
Fold #3: One Point
Fold #4: The Poof

And remember: just relax. It’s not origami. It’s okay to spend a few minutes fussing with it in front of the mirror.

5. Overall, don’t over think it.

It’s just a pocket square—not rocket science.

We have a wide selection of pocket squares here at Binghams, so come in and see us. We carry Robert Talbott, R. Hanauer and more.

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Binghams Has the Best Selection of Bow Ties in Columbia, Mo.

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Just a small sampling.

The spring season is a time for fun, freedom, and a little jolt of energy after a long winter, and there is no accessory that encapsulates this trend better than the bow tie. It’s fun, shows personality, and can be the cherry on top of a perfect ensemble.

We have a plethora of season-appropriate bow ties here at Binghams, and we’d love for you to come check them out.

We have bow ties that’d look great with a pair of crisp jeans, a button down shirt and a blazer, and others that are perfect for a Monday morning business meeting. It’s all about being versatile guys, and Binghams is nothing if not versatile…

We’ve got stripes, polka dots, bright yellow, pink, blue, shiny, matte, butterfly shaped, batwing shaped, and more. You’ll just have to come in to the store and see for yourself how many bow ties we have.

 

We also have this excellent video of Bingham’s owner, Dave Danuser, giving a tutorial on how to tie a bow tie.

See, we think of everything. This is also proof that we can make a bow tie work for you.

Come into Binghams today and let us help you. We are located here.

Socks for Spring in Columbia, Mo.

It’s not quite sandal season yet, but this doesn’t mean you can’t let loose with your footwear. A pair of lightweight, silky smooth, and brightly patterned socks is just the accessory you need to get you through until it’s toes-in-the-sand time.

Binghams has an array of fun socks from Pantherella, Per Pedes, Nigel Knox, Unplugged and Robert Griffin, so we guarantee we have socks in stock that match your style and personality.

Here’s just a bit of what we have:

Per Pedes socks

Per Pedes socks

You can always count on Robert Graham to bring a strong color game.

You can always count on Robert Graham to bring a strong color game.

Also, stylish socks go with a tailored suit as much as they do a sleek pair of denim, so they are a wise, versatile investment. Plus, you’ll look a little extra polished, no matter where you are or what you’re wearing.

Come into Binghams today and pick up a couple pair of socks. They’ll put a little spring in your step.

Find us here. We look forward to seeing you.

RFID Wallets Are the Perfect Traveling Companions

If you plan on traveling this summer, consider purchasing an RFID wallet. It will keep your personal information like credit card numbers, passport info and driver’s license number safe from thieves who prey on unknowing tourists.

According to this website, radio frequency identification, or RFID, is “the technology that lets you simply wave your credit, debit, transit, identification card, passport or license in front of a nearby scanner instead of having to slide the magnetic stripe through it. It’s a fairly simple concept. The electronic scanner sends a signal that an antenna in the card receives and uses to activate the RFID chip.”

The website goes on to explain why the technology can make you susceptible to identity theft: “Unfortunately, criminals with minimal technical skills can construct their own RFID readers with a few simple supplies. These devices can steal your private financial information quickly and silently—all the perpetrator needs to do is come near your wallet with the hidden card reader.”

But you can protect yourself, and your personal information, with an RFID wallet, which is designed to shield your cards with something called a “Faraday cage,” which will prevent illegitimate reading of your RFID-embedded objects.

And now, the important part of this blog post: While RFID wallets sound cool and all, you’re wondering if such technology can also look good. (You know, like crocs—they feel like heaven but look like hideous ogre sandals).

So, we are writing this post to tell you that, yes, RFID wallets can look stylish and in fact, we carry several sleek ones in our store. Check them out:

Osgoode Marley

If one of the world’s finest makers of wallets and leather accessories produces an RFID wallet, you know it will look good. Take a look:

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Dr. Koffer

Koffer means “luggage” in German, which makes Dr. Koffer, whoever he is (nobody knows), a doctor of luggage. While we’re pretty sure they don’t offer that course at Mizzou, we are nonetheless happy that a company has put that level of dedication into their products. And, it shows:

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So, if you’re traveling this summer, come in and take a look at our RFID wallets by Osgoode Marley and Dr. Koffer. Both brands are sleek and attractive, and won’t make you stand out (that’s what your Hawaiian shirt and too many Mai Tai’s by the pool are for. Keep it classy, guys).

Find Binghams here. We look forward to seeing you.

Groom Like a Gentleman with Products from the Art of Shaving, St. James of London and Harry’s Shave System

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Impeccable personal style isn’t just about the right clothing—it’s also about the perfect shave. If you want your skin to feel as smooth and supple as your favorite silk tie, you must groom yourself like a true gentleman. But, “how does one groom like a gentleman?” you ask.

Good question. Here’s your answer: use the right products. Not just any disposable razor and $1.99 shaving cream will do. No, sir. You need tools and products that treat your face like you care for your finest suits.

Here are a few high-end men’s grooming lines we suggest (and carry in the store): 

The Art of Shaving

The Art of Shaving offers the largest variety of pre-shave oils and gels, shaving creams, soaps, and aftershaves. They come in several manly scents including sandalwood, lemon, lavender, and of course, the manliest fragrance of all: unscented. All of their products are free from synthetic dyes and alcohol, so they won’t irritate your skin.

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The Art of Shaving pre-shave oil, badger brush, shaving cream and after-shave lotion

St. James of London

St. James of London is like the barrel-aged fine wine of men’s grooming products. Their badger brushes and single-blade razors look as good as they make your skin feel. It seems like your great grandfather was on to something after all…

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St. James of London products in Cedarwood & Clarysage, and the Mach III Ebony razor, brush and stand set

St. James of London has a full line of creams, oils and aftershaves too, in subtle fragrances like Mandarin & Patchouli, Cedarwood & Clarysage, Sandalwood & Bergamot, Black Pepper & Lime, and Lavender & Geranium. You can also get unscented versions of their products too, but these smell so good that it’d be a shame if you went for plain.

Harry’s

Harry’s makes elegant modern razors that, in their words, “feel like an extension of your hand.” They are designed with ergonomics in mind, for comfort and control. Also, with Harry’s, everything you need comes in one stylish box: a razor, two replacement blades, shaving gel or cream, aftershave and soap. It doesn’t get much easier than this.

harrys shave setCome into Binghams today and check out all the great grooming products we have. Your wife or girlfriend will thank us, we guarantee it.

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What’s New (and Great) About Peter Millar’s Spring 2015 Collection

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Spring is here, gents, and we couldn’t be more excited for it. Not only is winter in Columbia, Mo. over, but also Binghams has the new Peter Millar Spring 2015 collection in the store, so you can usher in the new season in style.

Peter Millar’s 2015 spring collection has delivered, once again. This time, they’ve taken spring’s signature pastels given them earthier, more grounded tones, which is a color trend you can expect to see often this year.

“More organic-looking colors are going to be really popular in 2015,” says Dave Danuser, co-owner of Binghams. “Peter Millar’s spring collection perfectly encapsulates the trend. For instance, their signature gingham shirt with the spread collar looks fresh with earthier purples and greens.”

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L to R: Oxford Pane in Parade and White, Oxford Tattersall in Retro Pink, Patriot Navy and Parade

Fabric is also big part of the PM 2015 collection. Linen, in particular, is their focal cloth, and one that is, again, on trend for the season. “Linen is a big now,” says Danuser, and he praises the way the brand has worked with it. “It’s linen, but with Peter Millar’s southern-aristocrat style twist,” he says.

Peter Millar is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and its founder and creative director, Chris Knott, is a native North Carolinian.

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Take a look: Peter Millar linen shirts in retro pink, liberty blue, parade and white.

We’ve said before on this blog that Peter Millar is aristocratic but not stuffy, and old-world elegant but modern day cool. It is the 12-year-old, single barrel bourbon, neat, of men’s casual and golf apparel. Now it’s all that with a spring twist.

To see our Peter Millar Spring 2015 inventory, come into the store today. You can find us here.

We look forward to seeing you.

Nerd Glasses are Cool Now, and We Have Them at Binghams in Columbia, Mo.

Many of the world’s greatest artists, scientists and philosophers were recognized for their work only long after they were dead, e.g. Vincent Van Gogh, Gregor Johann Mendel, Socrates, among others.

And so–though we never would have thunk it–we believe Steve Urkel belongs in the same canon of posthumously famous minds.

Yes, Steve Urkel. Yes, he’s a fictional character. Just work with us here.

It turns out the hapless, accident-prone super nerd had more style than anyone gave him credit for, namely, his glasses. They were considered hideous back then, but now, Urkel’s signature oversized lenses are nerd-chic and they are everywhere and on everyone, including Justin Timberlake, Kayne West, Jay Z, and Brad Pitt.

Don’t believe us? The proof is in the pudding.

In fact, if you think about it, Steve Urkel foreshadowed a lot of today’s trends: cropped pants, bow ties, saddle shoes, and even suspenders came back for a hot second. Food for thought…

(If only Laura could see Steve now.)

Anyway, the trend has definitely found a home in Columbia, Mo.

One brand of nerd-chic glasses Bingham’s customers love is Eyebobs, a line of eclectic reading glasses for guys who hate drugstore cheapies but scoff at frames that cost more than a mortgage payment.

Eyebobs makes classic shapes more interesting with funky colors, patterns and unique end pieces and temples (the part that rests on your ear). In fact, some of Eyebobs’ more daring glasses make Urkel’s lenses look tame. Take a look:

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The above is just a sample of what we have to offer. Come into the store today to see our full selection. With so many different styles, there is surely a pair that captures your inner-nerd.

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Can You Wear a Suit to Your Wedding?

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The short answer is: yes.

Nowadays just about anything goes with wedding attire, even for the groom, and it’s common for guys to opt for a suit instead of a tuxedo for their big day.

Some men say they feel more comfortable in a suit, others say that they want something they wear after the rice has been thrown. We get it. Because, let’s face it, unless you are George Clooney, who repurposed his wedding tux for the Golden Globes, it’s unlikely you’ll wear your expensive penguin suit twice.

So, here are four tips on how to sub a suit for a tux and not get kicked out of the chapel:

1. Accessorize
Elevate a suit with accessories. Add some cufflinks, a pocket square that matches the bridal party colors, a fun bow tie, and the right shoes.

2. Up the ante with the fabric
Cheap fabric means a cheap suit, even if you paid a pretty penny for it. Make sure you pick a high-quality material that looks good.

3. Nail the fit
A suit that fits impeccably is a must. It also has to be the right fit for a wedding, which is slimmer and more fashion-forward. You want to look like you’re ready to party, not go on a job interview.

4. Consider getting your suit made to measure
Speaking of fit—if you really want a suit that fits like a glove, have it made to measure. We can do that for you here at Binghams. It’s a quick and easy process that involves us taking all your measurements while you choose the fabric, color, and style. The result is an amazing suit that feels like a second skin. We have several price points for made-to-measure suits, so we are guaranteed to have a price that fits your budget as well as your suit fits you.

And you thought getting her to say “yes” was the hard part…Kidding.
If you come into Binghams, we’ll make finding the perfect suit for your wedding a breeze. Our expert staff and tailor will guide you through fits, fabrics, colors, and more. Your blushing bride will be even more confident in her choice of life partner (start off married life on the right foot, yes?).

Last note: Binghams can outfit all your groomsmen, too. We’ll make ‘em look so good they’ll be singing your praises each time a bridesmaid bats her eyelashes at them.

Find Binghams here.

We look forward to seeing you.

Linen Shirts Are In (Both In Style and Our Store)

Report Collection's linen shirts

Report Collection’s linen shirts, here at Binghams

Linen is the fabric of the spring 2015 season, and we are carrying the brands and styles that do it best. We just received the newest linen shirts from the always-sleek Report Collection (see the photo above), and our beloved Peter Millar, who has infused casual cool into their classic aesthetic to match the mood of spring.

But, first—let’s talk about linen as the hot spring trend.

As warmer weather graces us with its presence in here in Columbia, Mo., we crave ditching our heavy coats, structured suits and thick-soled shoes for clothes that allow for more irreverence and freedom. We are inspired to care less about formalities and to show our lighter, casual sides.

Linen embodies this inspiration. It is a natural fabric made from flax plants, which makes it lightweight but also crisp, and warm but also moisture resistant. The latter is perfect for those times when Mother Nature can’t decide on whether to be refreshingly warm or a tad chilly (ah, spring).

Linen is casual, but not decidedly. The fabric walks that fine line between casual and professional, and if worn correctly, a linen shirt can be totally business appropriate. Since leaving the office for lunch is now a welcome possibility, dress for success with a crisp linen shirt.

Our linen shirts from Report Collection are perfect for the office. They are all button downs and a few of them have contrast cuffs, both of which make them dressier. We have solids (white, yellow, gray, chambray, light blue, tan, pink and orange) if you want to play it safe, and checkered prints if you’re feeling a little more comfortable.

All of our Report Collection shirts—solid or checkered—are perfect for weekend outings and social gatherings, which makes them the ideal versatile shirt.

We also have Peter Millar’s spring 2015 linen shirts. Peter Millar is always classic, and upper crust but approachable. Their linen shirts are totally these things, but with a relaxed twist. “It’s linen, but with a southern-aristocrat style,” says Dave Danuser, co-owner of Binghams.

Peter Millar is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and its founder and creative director, Chris Knott, is a native North Carolinian.

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Take a look: Peter Millar linen shirts in retro pink, liberty blue, parade and white.

“You could wear a Peter Millar linen shirt on a yacht or in the office—they are perfect for both,” Dave adds.

Hopefully you have yachts and business on your agenda for this spring. If you do, come see us at Binghams and we’ll help you look effortlessly on point in both settings with our Report Collection and Peter Millar linen shirts.

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