Men’s Retro Look Spotlighted at NY 2015 Fashion Week

Good news for the world of men’s retro suiting: the fashion giants participating in the 2015 Fashion Week in New York City offered the retro look more than just a hat tip, with David Hart’s collection featuring suits in mod colors and Louis Castro featuring the retro athletic look.

The reasons behind the current flux in men’s suiting that’s been leading to experimentation in vintage, retro, and mod stylesare complicated, and have been outlined well in a recent post-Fashion Week article in the Wall Street Journal:

As men’s fashion houses try to build on the momentum from last month’s shows, their industry is in a moment ofupheaval… Newer men’s labels are emerging. Older labels are updating styles, and designers known for women’s fashion now are devoting more resources to men’s lines that were long viewed as afterthoughts. The increased competition means even quieter, more traditional sartorial brands have to try to grab attention (WSJ)

Whatever the root causes for the change, the fact that top designers have begun to experiment with the retro look can only mean good things for the world of men’s retro suiting.

Of course, nobody would expect you to actually keep up with current runway trends, many of which are patently ridiculous. But the trickle-down influence of runway shows on everyday styles, and by extension on wedding suit styles, can’t bedenied.

That’s why we’re excited to see the retro look getting serious attention. At ModLines, our commitment to provide unique, affordable, and high-quality vintage and retro suits, ties, and accessories means that you won’t have to pay runway prices to suit up in fine style.

1 tip for perfect wedding photos

1 TRICK TO ACHIEVE PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOS, IN EVERY SHOT!

Most brides and groom spend a great deal of time, energy and sometimes their own money to find a great wedding photographer.  Everyone wants fantastic pictures.  But it’s not all up to the wedding photographer!  Even if you have a talented wedding photographer, if you don’t know how to pose for your portraits, it can make your pictures turn out less than optimal.

Nice tweed suit, but deer in headlights look

Yes, handsome groom. But also says ‘deer in headlights’!

Now let’s take a moment and think– what is the first thing that people look at on another person’s face?  If you instantly thought EYES, that’s right.  The eyes really are the windows to the soul, and they are the most important representation of you. You can control the way your eyes represent you, and this is important because many times in pictures, people have a deer in the headlights look, which is not a representation of their true self, but there it is anyway, etched in posterity. Or women will often try to make their eyes look bigger for the photo (men too) by widening them.  This does not help to turn out a natural and beautiful shot!  We’ll show you what to do instead with the help of a genius YouTube video, and you can see our results below.

We discovered this YouTube trick from a man who takes photos of models for a living. This video is a little long, but it’s worth watching at least for the first few examples to truly understand why better pictures involve his technique.  He coined the term “squinching”.  And we’ve been using it ever since we heard it for our modeled photography.  It works!  Every good sqinch makes a great picture.  When we forget to squinch…not so great.

This is different than squinting, as Peter Hurley will explain.  This is really a pro tip, that’s why we’re passing it on to brides and grooms.

So, now that you’ve watched at least the first few minutes of the video to get some examples, we’ll show you our after squinch shot.  Doesn’t it have a lot more interest?

Squinching makes better groom shots

Subtle but much more interesting shot, don’t you think?

10 Commandments For Starting a Business with Your Spouse

The following post was written for the readers we have who are starting a new life in a married relationship or are already married.  Starting a business with your spouse can be a very rewarding and amazing experience, but there are some rules to follow if you want to be a successful entrepreneur with your significant other.

1.  If you are already in a tense and stressful relationship – Don’t Do It!

  •      Working together is not therapeutic and is intensely stressful.

2.  Know who will be in charge.

  •      Someone will ultimately need to make final decisions.  So having this clarified at the beginning will help eliminate confusion later.

3.  Write down your responsibilities.

  •      Make sure they are clear and separate.

4.  Set a schedule and stick to it.

  •      Keep each other accountable for the time at work each day.

5.  Separate your personal life and feelings during business hours.

  •      Keeping boundaries will help erase any gray areas between the business and the home.

6.  Communicate with each other.

  •      Let each other know what your goals are for each day.

7.  Make sure your goals and visions for the business line up.

  •      Like in marriage, before starting the business know where you want to go and that you have the same goals.

8.  Get away with each other.

  •      Plan time out not talking about the business, but enjoying each other.

9.  Get away from each other.

  •      Plan alone time, being together 24 hours a day can create tension.

10.  Encourage each other and enjoy the journey.

  •      Nothing is more important than your spouse and your family, including your business.