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Ask Lance: How to Dress Down A Suit featuring Express

Lance Chung Express 3A few days ago, I was chatting with a prominent men’s buyer in the city about – you guessed it – men’s style. More specifically, the many reasons why a suit is the most versatile item a man can have in his wardrobe. While some may argue that a pair of jeans or a white shirt should take that title, the amount of ways that a suit can expand your options are nothing but impressive – and practical. Outside of the boardroom, you can easily deconstruct an ensemble by wearing each piece as a separate item for something more fitting of a weekend brunch or evening cocktails.

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Now, some may argue that they don’t find suits very comfortable. But to that, I will counter that they haven’t found the right one. Understanding the importance of proper fit and fabric can make a world of a difference. For example, those cut with a higher armhole are infinitely more comfortable because they follow the natural movements of your body, allowing for a greater range of movement as you go about your day. In addition, the type of fabric used can be crucial to your experience. If you’re a guy that is constantly on the move or traveling for work, getting a suit made of lightweight, flexible materials will drastically change your entire experience.

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Recently, I teamed up with my friends over at Express as an #ExpressPartner to highlight some of my favourite items on offer. I’m familiar with the brand, but had never really worn anything of theirs outside of their slim sweatpants (which, by the way, are fantastic for at-home lounging – I bought one style in four different colours.) When I popped into their Toronto Eaton Centre location, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they’ve got a great selection of suiting on offer that were begging to be taken out for a spin – which is exactly what I did.

I love being able to dress down a suit for a pared back take on the tailored look. Of course, if you’re going to go down that road, there are a few things that you should keep in mind: Continue Reading…

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Ask Lance: How to Wear A Topcoat with A Suit (Without Looking Like Your Dad)

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(Day 2 at World MasterCard Fashion Week. Photo by Mauricio Calero)

When it comes to style, the transitional seasons are really the times when a guy can show off his sartorial prowess. Layering pieces provide great opportunities to play around, and as such, should be represented well in a man’s wardrobe. If you couldn’t tell, I’m a big fan of suits. To me, there isn’t anything better on a guy than a suit that fits like a million dollars. However, given the kind of climates that we have in Canada, walking around without a jacket isn’t so ideal. Whenever I’m in the financial district, I’ll often see guys wearing coats overtop their suits to protect them from the elements. The only thing is, the topcoats are always about two sizes too big and end up looking like a relic of the 80’s, which I wouldn’t be surprised if they were. If you’re looking to layer up with some outerwear overtop your suit, here are 5 tips on how to wear a topcoat: Continue Reading…

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Ask Lance: How to Wear A Turtleneck

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Lately, I’ve had this intense fixation on turtleneck sweaters. Maybe I’m just prematurely turning into an old man, or perhaps I can attribute my newfound obsession to the sartorial savants of Pitti Uomo, or one of the other menswear capitals of the world. Regardless, it’s an item that i’ve dusted off and been wearing on repeat since the temperatures have dropped. Like a crisp, white shirt or a great pair of jeans, it’s a classic that every man should have in his arsenal. However, it can be a tricky item to pull off. Wear it the wrong way and you can end up looking outdated and uncomfortable. Do it properly, though, and you’ll look like the very reason the word “sprezzatura” came into existence.

Bonding over our mutual love for turtlenecks, I recently got together with my friend and stylist, Amarsana, to create a style guide focusing on this very piece. Here, you’ll find six very different looks that showcase six different ways to wear the sweater of the season. Read on and enjoy!

Photography: Janick Laurent

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Ask Lance: How Do You Wear Sneakers With A Suit?

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Working in men’s fashion, i’ve had guys come up to me on a number of occasions asking for advice on their various sartorial issues. From the proper fit of a suit to how you should wash raw denim, there are a lot of different things that guys have questions about. Personally, I think it’s great that men are taking such a vested interest in how they put themselves together, which is why i’ve decided to put out an advice column every week to help you out with all your questions. This week – suits and sneakers. Continue Reading…