Are you a professional man seeking ‘quiet luxury’?

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Menswear blogger Anmar Salman shares hybrid fashion tips

In a hybrid work world, dressing for success has become a bit of a conundrum for many professional men splitting their time between the office and home. 

According to local menswear blogger Anmar Salman, as pandemic trends linger, cultivating an individual style can be beneficial both personally and professionally for many men. 

An Ottawa-based family physician by day, Salman’s passion for menswear led him to start his style blog Off the Cuff last year. 

“It’s a way for me to connect with and empower men to show up and put more effort into dressing well,” he said. “I’m neither a stylist nor an influencer. I am simply sharing my passion and, through sharing, building a community of menswear enthusiasts in Ottawa.”

During the pandemic, workwear fashion trends made a quick turn toward the ultra-casual, as office workers took meetings from their kitchens and living rooms. Salman said some of that relaxed attitude towards professional dress has stuck around in menswear, even as employees return to the office. 

“I think a lot of people are having that conflict, especially going back to the hybrid environment. People are confused about what they should wear,” he said. “We are seeing more relaxed fits; less of the shirt-and-tie and more of the sport jacket, more of the knitwear.”

While there are ways to embrace the new normal of hybrid fashion, Salman said “it takes intention and thought to do it well, while also maintaining professionalism. Cultivating an individual style, he said, can be beneficial for both the personal and professional lives of men.

“I see some men have kind of lost the drive or tenacity in terms of looking after their health and wellness,” he said. “Part of mental health specifically is about how you show up. What do you want to say about yourself through that style and the effort you put into it?”

Finding that style, he added, “Comes down to what impact you want to leave on your clients, stakeholders and team members. Think about how you want to be seen and what you want to portray. It’s not about the suit and tie, but that personal message you want to convey.”

In the world of menswear, Salman said “quiet luxury” is the current buzzword, influenced by popular TV series such as “Succession.” 

For example, in place of a suit, many men are opting for the structure of a well-tailored jacket mixed with the comfort of a high-quality sweater. Salman said pieces tend to be versatile and earth tones have dominated the market. There’s also a move away from any visible branding or anything overtly flashy.

But Salman doesn’t suggest dressing based solely on trends. 

“Ultimately, I really encourage men to find their own style and build on that,” he said. “Trends come and go, so you have to find your signature. For example, I work with a tailor based in downtown Ottawa and the gentleman still wears ascots. That’s his signature.” 

Anmar Salman’s Top Five Style Tips for the Professional Man

1. Get tailored and made-to-measure clothing

“I can’t emphasize enough how important that is. Especially when you don’t have that off-the-rack size. Getting tailored and measured adds a bonus. Making sure your shirt and suit fit well is really important.

2. Spend time developing your signature style.

“I use Pinterest boards to inspire me on what the looks are, from Europe and elsewhere, to really develop that style.

3. Dress for the job you want

“If you’re looking to make it up that corporate ladder, look at a role model, someone who is higher than you, and dress for that job that you want.”

4. Find a stylist to work with

“Whenever I’m going to a new store, I research who works there, what their style is, and try to find someone that I can work with.”

5. Ask for advice from others

“Don’t fear asking other men. We are always happy to help each other and support each other. If you see a man with good style, or a good made-to-measure suit, go and ask them about it. We’re always happy to share.”

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Trailblazers: Men Who Paved Their Own Way

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In a world saturated with guides and rules dictating how men should live, dress, and behave, there’s something truly remarkable about those who dare to carve their own path. Men like Howard Hughes and Steve McQueen stand as shining examples of individuals who defied convention, embraced their uniqueness, and left an indelible mark on the world.

Howard Hughes, the eccentric billionaire entrepreneur, aviator, and filmmaker, was a man ahead of his time. Hughes’s insatiable curiosity and boundless ambition led him to pursue ventures ranging from aviation to filmmaking to real estate. He broke records and defied odds, setting numerous aviation milestones and producing groundbreaking films like “Hell’s Angels” and “The Outlaw.” Despite his reclusive nature and eccentric behavior, Hughes’s relentless pursuit of his passions left an indelible mark on multiple industries and continues to inspire generations of innovators.

Similarly, Steve McQueen, the iconic Hollywood actor known for his rugged masculinity and charismatic presence, was another trailblazer who marched to the beat of his own drum. Rising from a troubled childhood to become one of the highest-paid and most sought-after actors of his time, McQueen embodied the rebellious spirit of the 1960s and 70s. He eschewed traditional leading man roles in favor of gritty, anti-hero characters, earning him critical acclaim and a devoted fan following. McQueen’s passion for racing also led him to pursue a successful career as a professional race car driver, further solidifying his status as a cultural icon.

What sets men like Hughes, and McQueen apart is their refusal to conform to societal expectations or adhere to predefined norms. They embraced their individuality, followed their instincts, and fearlessly pursued their dreams, regardless of the obstacles they faced. Their journeys were fraught with challenges, setbacks, and even failures, but they persevered, undeterred by the naysayers or the odds stacked against them.

Their stories serve as a powerful reminder that greatness often lies beyond the confines of convention. To truly make a difference, one must be willing to break free from the shackles of conformity, embrace uncertainty, and chart their own course. It requires courage, resilience, and an unwavering belief in oneself.

In a world that often seeks to box us in and dictate our every move, let us take inspiration from those who dared to defy the odds and forge their own paths. Let us be the architects of our destinies, the captains of our ships, and the masters of our fate. For in the end, it is not the guides we follow but the paths we blaze that define us.

Finally, I leave you with my own guide for having no guides!

**1. Be Yourself:** Embrace who you are, quirks and all. Authenticity is magnetic and attractive. Don’t conform to societal expectations or trends if they don’t resonate with your true self.

**2. Learn:** Seek knowledge and wisdom from various sources – books, experiences, and mentors. Be open to new ideas and perspectives. Education is a lifelong journey and every lesson shapes who you are.

**3. Ask:** Don’t be afraid to seek guidance when needed. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Whether it’s seeking advice from friends, family, or professionals, tapping into the collective wisdom of others can provide invaluable insights.

**4. Don’t Be Afraid to Mess Up:** Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s a part of it. Embrace failure as an opportunity for growth and learning. Every setback is a chance to refine your approach and move closer to your goals.

**5. Have a Growth Mindset:** Cultivate a mindset focused on growth and development. View challenges as opportunities for self-improvement rather than obstacles to be avoided. Celebrate progress, no matter how small, and keep pushing yourself to reach new heights.

**6. Enjoy the Process:** Life is a journey, not a destination. Embrace the ups and downs, the twists and turns. Find joy in the pursuit of your passions and the pursuit of self-discovery. Remember, the joy is in the journey, not just the destination.

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Why Every Man Needs A Navy Suit

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If I were to own only one suit, it would have to be a navy suit, designed with a soft construction, featuring a notch lapel and slim fit. This particular ensemble is one of the most versatile pieces a man could own in their wardrobe. It serves as an essential foundation when first setting out to establish your wardrobe. 

The navy suit is classic and timeless. It exudes a sense of sophistication and elegance, making it suitable for an array of occasions.

Whether dressed with a tie or a white button-down shirt, navy suits are often associated with professionalism and authority. They are my go-to option for business meetings, job interviews, and formal events. 

While navy suits are celebrated for their versatility, I would advise to never mix and match the suit jacket or pants with other separate pieces. While it is possible to do so, my approach is that a suit should be worn in full. This will also help protect the suit from unnecessary wear over time.  

When it comes to fabric selection, I recommend a super 110s, or 120s for your everyday navy suit. I personally rely on will fabrics from Vitale Barberis Canonico for their great quality. For colder weather, I recommend considering a higher count such as 150s combining wool and silk for that added comfort. 

For finishing touches, the navy suit need not be embellished. It speaks for itself. Opt for simplicity with a notch lapel, full construction, a natural shoulder, and flap pockets. Craving something unique? Consider adding a ticket pocket – after all, why not?

Ultimately, while every individual’s style preferences and needs may vary, a navy suit remains a classic I will continue to recommend. It is a popular choice due to its versatility, timeless appeal, and ability to make a strong and positive impression in many different settings.

Both suits in photos were made at Suitsupply Montreal

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The Classic White Shirt. Why I Ditched All Other Colours.

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A few years ago, I was into Eton shirts. I was drawn to their cut-away collars, fit, and array of colors. The variety they offered included a multitude of shades, patterns, and materials that were incredibly appealing to me. I bought them in every color and my wardrobe was now a vibrant mosaic of Eton shirts! Yet, as much as I loved the variety, this palette was a challenge, especially during busy mornings. Getting ready for work can already be complicated, with kids around it can get even harder.

I began to dive into the concept of minimizing decision fatigue. I came across the stories and insights from The Minimalists where the Zukerberg’s and Jobs of our times simplified their lives by wearing the same colors. This resonated with me, which is when the idea of embracing the timeless white shirt emerged. While not a ground-breaking idea, the notion of focusing on a crisp, white shirt that effortlessly matched with suits or jackets made perfect sense. Then I discovered Proper Cloth! Explore what they offer at Proper Cloth  Now I am proud to say that my wardrobe consists of timeless, yet elegant, white, and light blue shirts. This has allowed me to not only streamline my routine but also add simplicity to my attire. 

The white shirt serves as a blank canvas that can be paired with different suits, pants, jeans, and even shorts. The options are endless!

My preferred style for a white shirt is a tailored cut, with a spread or semi-spread collar – Think along the lines of Harvey Specter’s look. For a more English flair, opt for the cutaway collar. What I find important is the collar height. Depending on your physique and neck size, ensure the collar is in proportion with your neck. A high collar may seem overwhelming, and a low collar could appear disproportionate. The collar’s point-to-point measurement is another critical factor; It can make or break a shirt’s appearance. A well-made and fitted shirt boasts a collar that sits perfectly on your collarbone and nicely tucks under your jacket’s collar. 

Through my many trials of acquiring tailored shirts, one valuable lesson emerged; a shirt that sits perfectly on the peak of your shoulders will drape nicely over your torso and mid-section.

In my next blog, I will delve into my experience with Proper Cloth; my go-to choice for made-to-measure shirts. 
A white shirt poses as the foundation of a capsule wardrobe, enabling the creation of multiple outfits from a select few thoughtfully chosen pieces. 

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