Great 7RL Deal from The Daily Hookup

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The folks over at The Daily Hookup are offering a great deal on 7RL’s highest end suits.  We’re proud to be the only online tailor who can deliver this level of quality for under $1000.  And now you can get it for even less for a short time thanks to our friends at The Daily Hookup.  Please check it out!

A Quick Guide on Dress Shoes

Shoes have got to be the most taken for granted articles of clothing.  They get dirty, support our weight and they literally take us places.  That being said, it’s hard to imagine living our lives without shoes.

The history of shoes goes way back but we’re quite lucky, well, very, that we’re not stuck or limited to just owning a pair.  Today we have choices; much like with everything else in our lives, we can choose what shoes we want to wear today.  Shoes today are made to suit the different activities do, some are made for sports while others are made to be comfortable for work and then there are the dress shoes.  Dress shoes are what a man wears to more formal occasions or simply put, when he’s in a suit.

Common Styles of Dress Shoes

When it comes to suiting up, finding the right shoes are very important.  While some may argue that they are too far down to be noticed, I beg to differ because they can make or break the outfit.  That’s why I am here to give you a crash course on the different types of dress shoes you can wear the next time you put a suit on.

Oxfords

Gucci Oxford Shoes

Gucci Oxford Shoes

Also called the Balmoral, this type of shoe is one of the most commonly worn by men.  The main characteristic of this type of shoe is the presence of shoe laces but still remains formal looking.  One of the things you have to remember is that the sleeker and simpler the oxfords are, the more formal they look.  So for work, you can go for oxfords in brown with some design (like brogue embossing on the sides) while for more formal occasions, you’re best off with a simple pair in black.

Loafers

Bally Loafers

Bally Loafers

This type of shoe is the favorite of business travelers.  They easy to wear and to take off, which makes them preferable to wear on a flight.  Comfortable yet still stylish, loafers can be worn to less formal occasions and with jeans.  This is probably why they are so popular because you’re not limited to just wearing them with suits which means more value for money.  If you’re not a person who only has to wear suits on special occasions, loafers are a good choice for you.  They come in many different styles and different colors, just make sure that you go with black, brown or a grey charcoal color if you’re going to wear it with a suit.

Dress Boots

Salvatore Ferragamo Dress Boots

Salvatore Ferragamo Dress Boots

Dress boots are literally formal boots.  They come in many different styles but the “more simple is more formal” rule also applies to this one.  If you’re thinking of wear dress boots with a suit go for a more minimalist look in black or brown if your suit is brown.

Monk Strap

Cole Haan Monk Strap Shoes

Cole Haan Monk Strap Shoes

When you see a pair of shoes that has straps instead of laces then that is what you call the monk strap.  This shoe is much like the oxfords but it saves you the hassle of having to tie your shoelaces from time to time.  Monk straps come in a variation of styles and some are not limited to just having one strap.  Again, for formal occasions you’re best off with black or brown.

Different Shoe Designs

There are different designs that are incorporated with the different shoe styles and there are two common ones:

Cap toes

Neaiman Marcus Cap Toe Oxfords

Neiman Marcus Cap Toe Oxfords

Cap toes, as the name suggests, really have capped toes.  A small piece of leather is used to cover the tip of the shoes where your toes should be.  This serves as a design and sometimes it has brogue or embossing on it.  You usually see this in oxfords and dress boots.

Wing Tips

Kenneth Cole Wing Tip Oxfords

Kenneth Cole Wing Tip Oxfords

Wing tip is a term I’m sure most of you have come across when you’re looking at shoes.  This type of design is similar to the cap toe in the sense that it’s an extra piece of leather put on top of the shoe to create a design.  The main difference between the two is that the wing tip extends to the side creating a wing like design.  Wing tips can be a plain piece of leather or can be brogue (embossed).

 

Looking for a pair of shoes should be fun.  Take a look at us women when we’re on the hunt for shoes.  You should try your best not to be overwhelmed and resist the urge not to try them on.  First and foremost, you have to comfortable with the pair of shoes you’ll be buying because if it doesn’t fit well, you’re literally not going anywhere.

 

’til my next post!

Melanie

7 Regent Lane Video

We were having some fun taking environmental videos of models in 7RL suits.  This one was shot in central Philadelphia.

Introducing: The 7 Regent Lane Dress Shirt

No suit ensemble will be complete without a dress shirt.  What many people don’t realize is that pairing your suit up with the perfect dress shirt can do wonders and pairing it up with one that, well, doesn’t look good, will ruin everything.

Choosing the perfect dress shirt can be a pain, especially when you are busy and don’t have the time to shop from different places. Then there are some off-the rack dress shirt problems like the fit and all.

In our commitment to provide our customers with a great shopping experience and nothing but the best products, we are pleased to announce that we have just launched our own line of custom made dress shirts that will surely be perfect for the 7 Regent Lane suit.

The 7RL dress shirt is made of fine quality fabrics like Sea Island and Egyptian Cotton: not only will you look good but you’ll be comfortable as well.

For more details on our Dress Shirts click on this link: http://www.7regentlane.com/collections/7rl-dress-shirts.html

Kickstarter Project Update: We Did It!!!

A little over a month ago, we started our own Kickstarter project and basically our goal was to take 7 Regent Lane to a whole new level with your help.

We are now very pleased to announce that we made it and got even more than we expected!

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The whole 7RL team would like to take the time to thank everyone who gave us their support in this campaign.  Thank you for believing in us and for your generosity.  Your pledges will truly go a long way.

Again, thank you all! We promise to keep improving as we only want to give nothing but the best for you.

Customer Testimonial: Jason

Jason talks about why getting a custom made suit (especially one from 7 Regent Lane) rocks!

The Well Dressed Coder

A Simple Life

I’m a software engineer.  Like many others of my chosen profession, I work in a small home-office (aka Nerd Hole) surrounded by multiple monitors, glowing backlit keyboards reminiscent of Neo’s apartment in the first Matrix movie (we don’t speak of the other Matrix movies).  In this dark and comfortable environment, it’s difficult to offend the fashion sensibilities of my co-workers who, in my case, consist of an ill-tempered cat who leaves huge mounds of fur all over my basement floor.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to look my best and I have a large collection of cargo shorts from elite retailers like Target and Kohl’s.  To augment this formidable collection, I have several hundred T-Shirts accumulated over the years at various techie and software conferences.  The colors range from sensible black to a lot of colors resembling the color of mulch.

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My morning routine consists of a very meticulous process of choosing and color coordinating these garments.  Specifically:

  1. Wake up.
  2. Shower…don’t brush hair but put some goop in it so it stays strategically messed up.
  3. Grab jeans or shorts on top of clean pile.
  4. Grab T-Shirt on top of clean pile.
  5. Put on carefully chosen ensemble.

Life is good.

A Disturbance in the Force

My business partner and I have historically dabbled in more techie SaaS ventures and products.  Recently, she got her MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  This is a great school and she came out of there with a very dangerous thing known as “knowledge”, which I’m pretty sure is what got Adam and Eve kicked out of paradise.

As part of that experience, she did a semester abroad kind-of-thing in China.  She took her husband to Silk Street and got him a custom tailored suit.  Since then she’s been obsessed with the understanding that having a made-to-measure suit is critical to looking good.  The fit is way more important than who designed it or how expensive the fabric is.  Cargo shorts do not have this severe shortcoming.

Long story short, she wanted to launch an eCommerce venture to deliver these made-to-measure suits to the common man (presumably basement dwellers in cargo shorts), and after my begrudging agreement we launched 7 Regent Lane with our other partner, who actually does wear suits for a living.

Suits in the Nerd Hole

Needless to say, since she’s a girl and I’m not, I get to try out our prototypes and have a strict mandate to own and wear one of our suits on various occasions.  I’m writing this to share my experiences with my fellow codists, so here they are:

  1. Made to measure suits really do look better.  I have a few off-the-rack suits, and sure enough having one made to fit my somewhat doughy software engineer exterior gives me the ability to look presentable, even good, when meeting with the significantly more-uptight East Coast investment and entrepreneurship community.
  2. They’re comfortable.  Compared to my other suits, the custom fitted one isn’t too tight or loose in the wrong areas so I don’t feel awkward and geeky in it.
  3. They’re not that expensive.  Most of my disposable income goes to gadgets.  I’m particularly fond of camera gear and Linux single board computers.  Unfortunately you can’t wear those to formal occasions, but we were able to arrange our cost structures so we can deliver custom fitted suits at about the same price of your typical off-the-rack Men’s Warehouse stuff, but with way less polyester.

There’s no way I’m going to be wearing suits for my job every day, but I do want to let all of the other pale subterranean code monkeys know that it’s really not so bad, or difficult, to take it up a notch those times you have to actually don business attire.

Kickstart Your Wardrobe

Just a shameless reminder that we have a Kickstarter campaign going on to help fund product line expansions at 7RL.  Please give it a look if you want to give the Cargo Shorts a rest and take your significant other out to dinner at a fancier-than-normal place.

Enjoy!

Customer Testimonial: Jonathan

Here’s another testimonial from one of our customers, Jonathan.

Customer Testimonial: David

David, one of our customers shares his thoughts on his 7RL suit!

7 Regent Lane and Kickstarter

7RL is happy to announce that we’re going to be doing some major product line expansions.  To help us fund this, we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign.  In return for the support of the Kickstarter community we’re offering some great deals on our current and hopefully future products.

Please check out our campaign on Kickstarter and we’d be grateful for your support!

The 7RL Team