bridal series: groom style!

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boston fashion blog, boston fashion blogger, boston style, boston style blog, boston style blogger, men's style, bridal series, groomswear, men's outfit ideas, groom outfit inspiration, winter outfit inspiration, boston blank label, blank label, custom suits, men's bespoke suits

boston fashion blog, boston fashion blogger, boston style, boston style blog, boston style blogger, men's style, bridal series, groomswear, men's outfit ideas, groom outfit inspiration, winter outfit inspiration, boston blank label, blank label, custom suits, men's bespoke suits

boston fashion blog, boston fashion blogger, boston style, boston style blog, boston style blogger, men's style, bridal series, groomswear, men's outfit ideas, groom outfit inspiration, winter outfit inspiration, boston blank label, blank label, custom suits, men's bespoke suits

boston fashion blog, boston fashion blogger, boston style, boston style blog, boston style blogger, men's style, bridal series, groomswear, men's outfit ideas, groom outfit inspiration, winter outfit inspiration, boston blank label, blank label, custom suits, men's bespoke suits

boston fashion blog, boston fashion blogger, boston style, boston style blog, boston style blogger, men's style, bridal series, groomswear, men's outfit ideas, groom outfit inspiration, winter outfit inspiration, boston blank label, blank label, custom suits, men's bespoke suits

Today’s post is for all the guys out there (mine, in particular!). So, as part of the bridal series on City Tonic, it only made sense to include some groom/groomsmen style – an area in which I have zero experience. Other than passively checking out various photos of grooms on Pinterest (alongside their brides), I never gave wedding day menswear a second thought. To be honest, I’m generally more interested in what the bride is wearing. But when Blank Label invited me and Kevin to come check out their Boston-based shop, we jumped at the opportunity.

If you’re not familiar, Blank Label is a company that offers custom-made shirts, suits, topcoats (and more) for men – at really affordable prices. Founded in 2009 as an online retailer for made-to-measure shirts, the company has recently expanded with a brick and mortar presence in Boston. It’s a place where guys can get measured for bespoke menswear while sipping scotch (not a bad shopping experience, if you ask me).

Kevin was no stranger to Blank Label after buying three custom shirts last summer – but, he was pretty excited for the opportunity to check out their suiting options and start dreaming about what he’d wear on the Big Day (I don’t know if that last part is true, but whatever…). On a sunny Saturday afternoon, we met Paige (resident menswear specialist) in Blank Label’s pattern room at Downtown Crossing. I was instantly impressed by the dapper, well-dressed mannequins on display – as well as the wide range of fabric swatches to choose from. Since we’re not having a formal wedding by any means, Kevin was thinking he’d wear some sort of stylish suit in lieu of a tux. And with Blank Label’s suits starting around $575, we agreed that this was a great option. Even though the bride kinda steals the show at weddings, the groom deserves to look – and feel – just as special (aww). Plus, ill-fitting suits can be distracting and uncomfortable… or so I’ve heard. Working with Blank Label means you can customize almost every element of your suit so it fits just right – whether that means adjusting the height of the armhole placement (so you can dance wildly all night), or just making sure your pants don’t bunch up awkwardly when you sit down for cake. You can choose from a huge selection of fabric weights, textures and colors (new options are introduced seasonally, too). My favorite part: you can add cute little details like a colorful silk lining, or a discrete monogram with your wedding date.

After all of Kevin’s measurements and fit preferences were noted, Paige told us the info would be kept on file until he was ready to place the order – and the pattern that’s eventually made for his bespoke suit would be saved so he could order again in the future. Pretty soon, we’ll take a follow-up trip to Blank Label and check out the spring and summer fabrics available for his suit. Kevin also talked about gifting custom-made shirts to his groomsmen for the wedding day (hopefully none of them are reading this post!) which is a great idea for future grooms, too. All in all, Blank Label is definitely worth a visit – whether you’re a groom-to-be, or simply a stylish dude. And ladies: a custom-made shirt is pretty much the perfect gift for your guy (give him a gentle nudge in the direction of Blank Label’s soft chambray…). Have a lovely weekend!

 

bridal series: learn calligraphy! [closed]

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Happy Friday! I’m super excited to (finally) introduce a new bridal series on City Tonic! Over the next few months, I’ll be posting some wedding-related features as I plan my big day (and sharing any tips I learn in the process). Hopefully the series will be fun to read – whether you’re planning your own wedding, or just occasionally indulging in some wedding daydreaming via Pinterest (we’ve all been there).

Okay, to kick things off, today’s post is all about calligraphy! As soon as we decided on our wedding date (and knew we’d be fast-tracking the planning), I started designing our Save the Date cards since we’re inviting lots of out-of-town/international guests. I’m a bit of a DIY addict, so I thought I’d attempt to address my envelopes rather than hire a pro calligrapher. I’ve always admired beautiful hand-lettering and “modern” style calligraphy, but the task of actually learning how to do it felt pretty daunting. Then I found out about the insanely talented Ashley Lurcott and The Lettered Bride. The Lettered Bride offers a DIY calligraphy kit that sets you up to learn the technique without any of the guesswork. The calligraphy kits available at big art stores teach the old-fashioned, more traditional calligraphy style — but Ashley’s DIY kit comes with instructions for the playful and trendy calligraphy style you’ve probably seen all over Pinterest. The Lettered Bride’s guide booklet introduces the art of calligraphy in steps that are clear and digestible; the hand-drawn examples help you visualize how the direction and pressure of your strokes will end up forming those pretty little letters and swashes. Plus, the kit comes with the best pens and inks to get you started and tons of practice sheets on which you can perfect your lettering skills.

I actually ended up becoming obsessed with calligraphy, once I got past the first few unsuccessful (and hideous) attempts. It’s extremely relaxing and can deliver some really impressive results. Plus, the ink options are endless. Obviously I had to buy all the neons immediately. It was a little bittersweet dropping my Save the Dates at the post office after all the quality time I’d spent with them, but now I’m super excited to start designing my invitations and addressing the envelopes all over again. (I’m a crazy person.)

Feeling inspired? Ashley has generously offered to gift a DIY kit to one lucky reader! Even if you aren’t planning to address a massive amount of envelopes, calligraphy is an awesome skill to learn. So, enter now and cross your fingers!

The contest winner is Caryn Just – congrats!

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