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Is Corduroy in Style for 2018?

By: Orvis Staff

As the weather becomes increasingly chilly, prompting you to take stock of your winter wardrobe, you may wonder: is corduroy is still in style for 2018? The answer—judging from fall 2017 fashion shows—is an emphatic yes. Attractive, comfortable, and warm, classic corduroy pants and jackets are always in style in spite of having been around forever. Their enduring appeal is undoubtedly also related to their practicality. Not only is corduroy clothing low maintenance and long-wearing, it can be dressed up or down, which makes it appropriate for work and a wide variety of other occasions. And, thanks to its unique construction and texture, corduroy just gets softer and more comfortable with wear.

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All About “Wrinkle-Free” Pants

By: Orvis Staff

As perennial wardrobe staples, khakis and chinos are among the fashion industry’s greatest inventions. Comfortable, versatile, and good looking, they can be dressed up or down and are appropriate for work and any number of occasions. But not if they’re wrinkled. And that has always been a major drawback to old-style cotton khakis: you can wear them only once or twice and then they’re likely to become a crumpled mess. And who wants to spend the time (or money) ironing pants only to have them get wrinkled again right away? We think there are much better things to do with your time, which is why we’re fans of “wrinkle-free” cotton fabrics for our clothing.

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Tencel® vs. Cotton: a Story of Nurture and Nature

By: Orvis Staff

You’ve probably seen Tencel® masquerading here as your favorite cotton shirt, or there as the silk blouse you might pair with your pencil skirt for the office. Cotton you already know and love, . . .

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Cashmere vs. Merino: What’s the Best Wool to Wear?

By: Orvis Staff

If you spend a lot of time outdoors in all seasons like we do—whatever the weather—you’re probably always on the hunt for the latest and greatest in performance clothing. But the funny thing is, . . .

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Bow Ties with Feathered Flair: the Brackish Story

Written by: Deb German

Brackish Feather Bow Ties
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Wear colorful feathers under your chin, and people will talk. Gossip can be a good thing. It’s what put Brackish Original Feather Bow Ties on the men’s couture map and helped nurture along the company from its quiet beginnings to a full-blown, full-time operation for founding partners Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner…

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All About Men’s Wristwatches

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

What is a watch?

Simply stated, a watch is any small timepiece carried with a person. The two most common types of watches are the pocket watch, which usually comes on a chain and is carried in the pocket for easy retrieval, and the wristwatch, which is worn like a bracelet on (you guessed it) the wrist. Within these two varieties of watches are a plethora of design details and functional features the result in two watches almost never being alike…

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Panama Hat vs. Fedora: What’s the Difference?

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

Packable Panama Hat
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Each season brings with it a variety of hat styles, many with more than a century of craftsmanship behind them. Two distinctive hats for men with similar style are the Panama Hat and the fedora. At a passing glance, they may be indistinguishable, but these two men’s hats have important design details and histories all their own. Let’s take a look at the difference between Panama Hats and Fedoras.

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The History of Wool Sweaters: There’s More to the Story Than You May Think

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

Cable Knit Wool Sweater
Cable Knit Wool Sweater
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The use of wool in textiles dates back as far as 3000 B.C., having been used for garments in some of the earliest civilizations. Naturally insulating, water-repellent, durable, and often anti-microbial, wool has long served as a go-to textile for garments. That history is what makes the wool sweater such a classic style for men. From fishermen in Ireland’s northern villages to shepherds in the highlands of the Middle East, the wool sweater has stood the test of time and guarantees itself a place in your wardrobe for decades to come…

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