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Deciding what to wear to weddings can be tricky. Weddings have evolved. It sounds ridiculous to hear that but like everything else, it’s no longer restricted by traditions.

Modern weddings are essentially giant parties. And parties have dress codes. The invitation usually indicates the general theme of the wedding but sometimes “Island Chic” doesn’t exactly translate as the same thing to every attendee. It also means you can no longer just throw on that same ol’ party suit (we know you all have one). We’ve taken the time to break down some popular dress codes so you don’t get lost in translation.

Dress Code: Casual
What to Wear: A party is still a party, no matter where it’s held so please don’t show up in jeans and a t-shirt. Casual is more like “smart casual” so throw on a pair or chinos or dress pants. Keep it laidback with a clean classic polo- tuck it in and wear a belt for a dapper look. If you’re adventurous go for one that has a pattern. A blazer pulls the outfit together and can double as lightweight outerwear so it can be taken off if it’s too hot.

Outfit details: Strellson – Nolan Linen/Wool Blazer $598, Sand – Drake P Polo $150, Dimattia – Sanremo Textured Jacquard Pant $245, Anderson’s – High Shine Belt $165, Spitfire – Sunglasses $65

Dress Code: Garden Party / Dapper
What to Wear: There’s a good chance that it’s an outdoor occasion so most importantly, dress for the weather. Think lightweight fabrics and make sure your outfit works sans-blazer. This dress code is like one step up from casual and more on the dapper side. It’s the perfect opportunity to rock a bow tie, a funny lapel pin or a zany patterned shirt.

Outfit details: Sand Glen Check Linen/Cotton Blazer $695, Blue Industry – Circles Print Shirt $170, A. Christensen – Bow Tie $95, Doro – Lapel Pin $19, Blue Industry – Smooth Stretch Chino $145, Anderson’s – Pebbled Leather Belt, Gotstyle – Toe Cap Derby Leather Dress Shoe $295, Nixon – Leather Watch $180

Dress Code: Formal / Suit & Tie
What to Wear: Most men seem to be comfortable and familiar with this dress code. A suit in navy or charcoal works. Pair it with a dress shirt and tie. Ideally, it’s as if you’re going into a meeting with an important client. The only thing we suggest is to step out of that businesswear restriction. Feel free to go for a more colourful tie, pocket square or bold dress shirt (but please pick just one). It is a celebration after all.

Outfit details: Without Prejudice – Kilburn Tonal Check Suit, Gotstyle – Textured Shirt $165, Gotstyle – Burnished Double Monk Strap Leather Dress Shoe $295, Duchamp – Tie $145, Weber – Tie Bar $40, Jin Qun – Silk Pocket Square $15, Wurkin Stiffs – Lapel Pin $46

Dress Code: Beach Formal
What to Wear: If you don’t know, the formal part of the dress code means don’t show up in an oversized zany Hawaiian shirt and cargo shorts. Since the weather is going to be blazing (or at least we hope so), make sure to keep your attire light and breathable. Look for a suit in linen or seersucker. This is also a chance to rock a tan, white, light grey or even pastel suit. Feel free to go without a tie but PLEASE do not wear socks OR sandals.

Outfit 1 details: Haspel – Gravier Seersucker Stripe Blazer $650, Oscar of Sweden – Floral Print on Check Shirt $225, Haspel – Bernard Seersucker Stripe Pant $195, Anderson’s – Stretch Leather Belt $198, A. Christensen – Pocket Square $45, Gotstyle – Double Monk Strap Shoe $225

Outfit 2 details: Haspel – Gravier Seersucker Blazer $650, Ordean – Solid Shirt $150, Haspel – Bernard Seersucker Pant $195, Gotstyle – Tie $105, A. Christensen – Pocket Square $45, Gotstyle – Double Monk Strap Shoe $225

Dress Code: Festive / Something Themed
What to Wear: Usually, this means to keep it fresh but with a twist. It gives you some freedom to express your personality. Go for a coloured suit. Wear a dress shirt with a bold pattern and if the atmosphere is right, throw on a pair of clean leather sneakers.

Outfit details: Phillipe Dubuc – Wool/Mohair Peak Lapel Suit $1100, Selected Homme – Micro Floral Print Shirt $85, Jin Quin – Silk Tie $45, Gotstyle – Double Monk Strap Leather Dress Shoe $295, Spitfire – Sunglasses $65

Dress Code: Black Tie
What to Wear: This one is the most straightforward and there’s no way around it. Black tie calls for a tuxedo and a bow tie. Tuxedos do come in a variety of colours so don’t feel restricted to a black one.

Outfit details: Hardy Aimes – Shawl Collar Wool/Mohair Blend Tuxedo $1195, Stenstroms – Slimline Tuxedo Shirt $245, Dion – Bow Tie $135, Prime Shoes – Basel Hi-Shine Oxford Shoe $194

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The weather is heating up, summer ’16 is here and so is the music festival season. Sifting through Festival information can be overwhelming in order to find which one would be for your taste in music. We’ve provided a roundup of festivals for you to check out:

1. NXNE: June 13-19

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NXNE is an interactive music and gaming festival and conference festival. Last year they had the likes of Rae Sremmurd, Shad, Ty$. If you’re a rap/rnb/urban music fan, this is for you. ScHool Boy Q will be the headliner. On the Conference side, the founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell will be a keynote speaker. Some of the top artists include Mstrcrft, Ghostface killer, Mick Jenkins and so much more check them out here.

 2. Electric Island: May 23, July 1, Aug. 1, Sept 4-5

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Electric Island is the continuous danceparty in Toronto they already kicked off their first festival recently (May 23rd) but the party continues every long weekend until Labor day. What’s noteworthy about this festival is that you can get a season pass and attend 3 times in a year, versus paying for each festival. Acts like Ben Klock Vs. Marcel Dettman, Apollonian Honey Dijon, Dirty Dale, Jeff Button, Koki, and Butrous are listed to be performing on their next date July 1st.  

3. Bestival: June 11-12

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Instead of having the festival at the Toronto Islands, Bestival is happening at Woodbine Park this year (thank heavens). Headliners like The Cure, Tame Impala, Odesza, Grimes, Jamie XX and more will be performing. The sound varies, artists like grimes and future are on separate ends of the spectrum. As well to the performers, traditions like their costume party will be executed as well.

4. Field Trip: June 4-5

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Field Trip is the underdog of the festival round up. The two-day line-up that will give you and your family a fun experience. The National, Robyn, July talk, Of Montreal, Santigold, Charles Bradley and much more are said to put fire to the stages. As well there will be a kid’s area with comedy, VR demos, photo galleries & photo-shoots, and food trucks that will keep everyone busy in between performance sets.

4. OVO Fest: July 29 – August 1

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If you haven’t gotten your tickets, good luck with purchasing at resale. The OVO fest is one of the biggest annual festivals in Toronto. It’s been moved from the Molson Canadian Amphitheater to the Air Canada Centre to seat more people. Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg are set to perform July 29th. The OVO fest overlaps with Drake’s Summer Sixteen Tour with Future which is on July 30th and August 1st. As usual, expect Drake to bring out surprise special guests.

6. TD Jazz Festival: June 24 – July 3

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The TD Toronto Jazz festival has become known as North America’s premier jazz festivals produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz, a Canadian registered charity. For jazz lovers, this is a must-see event, performers like Sarah McLachlan, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Grace Potter and more will be performing.

7. Digital Dreams: July 2
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Along with Electric Island Digital Dreams is set to up expectations at the Ontario Place location Canada day long weekend. The venue is set to have top EDM artist including Armin Van Buuren, Knife Party, Bass Nectar, Above and Beyond, Axwell & Ingrosso and many more. Hopefully, there will be good weather.

8. Veld: July 30-31

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Veld came with the EDM heavy hitters this year. Scheduled on the Simcoe long weekend, headliners like Flume, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and Kygo will be raging on stage. If you’re an EDM fan this is home. Tickets will sell like hot cakes make sure you scoop yours up before it is too late.

9. Mad Decent Block Party: August 29

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The Mad Decent party is set to be a party for the ages. Mad Decent has a roster of label hit makers like Major Lazer, CL, Xxyyxx, Jauz, What So Not and Riff Raff. The selection offers a variety of dance, urban and some music to two-step to. Though a tad bit different in music taste in a festival the performers bring an infectious energy you will never forget.

 

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We’re always down for a party and the launch of our third issue of Gotstyle Man is an excellent excuse. Come celebrate our home team with cover model and Toronto Blue Jay, Kevin Pillar. Enjoy an open bar and ball park themed food all night.

The proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards a local charity program called The Remix Project. It as created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged and marginalized communities.

As expected, there is a dress code in effect: 50 shades of blue. All those in blue will receive a gift bag. No untucked shirts or square toed shoes.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the Gotstyle Man party! Scroll down to enter. You can also purchase tickets online.

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As the weather gets warmer, we highly recommend you to consider adding the polo shirt, a smarter version of the t-shirt, to your wardrobe.

History

The polo shirt has a strong history and has always been a symbol of sportsmanship and sophistication. During the roaring twenties, tennis players wore what was known as “tennis whites”. This consisted of a white, long-sleeved button-down shirt, long pants, and a tie. Jean Rene Lacoste was a renowned tennis player who won 10 Grand Slam titles felt it was too stiff to wear tennis whites. He noticed what polo players (hence the term polo shirts) were wearing in London and quickly got his own tailor to make some for himself. Once he retired, he started to create his own line of clothing and the polo shirt quickly rose to popularity. Soon other brands such as Fred Perry and Ralph Lauren entered the market. It was no longer an athletic uniform but a fashionable shirt to wear outside of sports.

How to Style the Polo Shirt

  • For a preppy/old Hollywood look pair them with chinos or pressed trousers, loafers and shades. Feel free to wear it with a blazer or sportcoat as an alternative to a dress shirt. It’s relaxed and casual.
  • For a rocker vibe go for ones with stripes, patterns, checks, and those muted ice-cream colors. Pair them with skinny trousers, jeans or shorts and always roll up your trousers for a cooler vibe. To play with styles switch up shoes: loafers, sandals, oxfords, sneakers. No boots.

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It’s awesome to find white shirts that are simple with an elegant design.

We’ve written a lot about expensive shirts. It’s safe to say that affordable shirts have gotten a bad rap. But having a selection of white shirts that lasts comes from having a solid rotation of dress shirts. An essential piece like our new private label Launch dress shirt does just that.

Our Launch collection is our new line of basic attire. Our clients have let us know that fundamentally affordable basics like a plain white shirt are needed so we’re here to provide. This is perfectly suitable for a guy building his wardrobe, or someone with a developed wardrobe in need of basics.

Our Launch shirt has a regular point collar, and the cotton has a soft feel on the skin. The fit is sound and it has a very subtle (not shiny) sheen that adds a hint of class. I have a few dress shirts in my closet but I don’t have any that fit this close to perfection or has the slight sheen either. Here are five different ways we styled the white shirt (although, you can probably wear it with just about anything.)

Casual Italian Flair

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Outfit details: Tiger of Sweden Double Breasted Blazer $599, Launch – Dress Shirt $95, John Varvatos Bowery Fit Jeans $268, Paradigma – Fancy Suede Shoes $375A. Christensen – Paisley Pocket Square $45

Living in Toronto you will subconsciously inherit elements of the cities melting pot especially when it comes to style. This outfit here is a perfect example of that. One of my favourite pieces from Tiger of Sweden this season is this navy double-breasted sportcoat. The sportcoat gives a subtle Italian panache a regular blazer wouldn’t. I paired it with a paisley red pocket square. In many occasions, I’m dressing between casual and formal. Fits like this one go perfectly with the setting I’m occupied in.

Summer Styling

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Outfit details: Without Predjudice – Buckley Linen Blazer- $595, Launch – Dress Shirt $95, Dimattia – Navy Chinos $245, Paradigma – Brown Shoes $375, Spitfire – Shades $80

What’s beautiful about a white shirt is its adaptability. I kept a cool colour concept with this fit. A standout piece I’ve seen this season is the incredible purple linen blazer from Without Prejudice. It is lightweight with a slim cut to give you that “V’ shape you want. I paired it with textured blue cotton trousers and brown wingtips. A blazer paired with a textured separate pant and a white oxford shirt is timeless. When it comes to building your wardrobe, add pieces that fit for your unique body type so creating outfits are a breeze.

Sleek Casual

Outfit details: Dimattia - Jacquard Chinos $245, Launch - Dress Shirt $95, , Selected Homme Suede Bomber $450, Gotstyle -Double Monk Strap Shoes $225

Outfit details: Dimattia – Jacquard Chinos $245, Launch – Dress Shirt $95, Selected Homme – Suede Bomber $450Gotstyle – Double Monk Strap Shoes $225

In a metropolis like Toronto, Montreal, New York, etc. transitional clothing is a must, unless you live 5 minutes away from where you work. In that case peace be on to you. But for the majority of us outerwear like this cream suede bomber jacket compliments our lifestyle. The piece is light and not too heavy for any summer afternoon or night, the sporty bomber contrast with the scholastic air of the white shirt and olive chinos making the outfit a perfectly casual. I styled double monk strap shoes with the fit to add an air of class along with the sporty level of the bomber jacket.

3-Piece Dapper

Gotstyle - Super 130's Glen Check Notch lapel 3-piece suit brown $995 Paradigma - Fancy suede brown brogue $375

Outfit details: Gotstyle – Super 130’s Glen Check Notch Lapel 3-piece Suit $995, Launch -Dress Shirt $95, Horst – Tie $95, Paradigma – Fancy Suede Bogue $375

Good tailoring makes a statement.

Make a statement with dapper 3-piece plaid suit. The suit has an amazing glen check with a hint of light blue that catches the eye. This makes it adaptable to wear with both warm and cool colours. As well to making a statement good tailoring should be versatile. For the upcoming summer days, you can wear the vest alone with the trousers or opt the vest out.

All About Business

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Outfit details: Tiger of Sweden – Extra slim Window Pane Check suit $999, Launch – Dress Shirt $95, Seaward & Stern – Tie $150, Anderson’s – Leather Belt $160, Gotstyle – Double Monk Strap Leather Dress Shoe $295, Spitfire – Black Shades $80

This suit is one of my favourites for the slim notch lapels. If you don’t already know the rule is to pair slim lapels with a slim tie, and wide lapels with a wide tie. Think Harvey Specter and Don Draper. I kept it minimal with a textured grey stripe tie. Double monk straps have become the signature shoe for men developing a sense of style, with this mid-grey suit they make an excellent complimentary shoe.

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You know how the saying goes: the devil is in the details. Adding accessories gives your outfit some character. Many men feel like wearing jewellery is too feminine but on the contrary accessories ups your masculinity, and perception of taste.

New to Gotstyle is ofSky Design. Each piece is handcrafted in Toronto and uses only the highest quality of materials. One of our favourites is the triple wrap gunmetal-plated bracelet. It has a magnetic clasp and is a flexible go-to bracelet for any occasion. For a more luxe look, try the hand-braided leather bracelet which has a badass snake clasp. The selection is available for purchase in stores.

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20 Style Inspirations From Instagram

Get all the men’s style inspiration you need before you come into the store!

1. Embrace the summer suit; choose a light colour and wear with New Balance kicks.

2. Achieve classic-man style in a double breasted jack, heritage tie and simple nato watch from Daniel Wellington.

3. Ditch the blazer, keep the tie. Especially loving this camo tie or get a similar Japanese denim from The Common Folk.

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4. Adding a denim jacket to a simple look (t-shirt and joggers) takes your style from 2 to 10– real quick.

5. A simple gray suit gets a new life when you replace your basic dress shirt with a denim one.

Back at it again 👟 _ #jcrew • #menswear

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6. Black on black is acceptable for any occasion.

Outfit by @fio_11_ ______________________________________ Check out : @fio_11_ @fio_11_

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7. Convinced you need a brown suit yet?

Summer suiting season 📷: @mbidna

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8. Upgrade your weekends with a muted monochrome palette and a pop of colour.

Weekend vibes

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9. Kill them with colour

 

New era gentleman. Tag if you know the source.

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10. It’s a cooler, more fitted, way to go to the gym (or at least walk by)

11. Yesssss to this ombre excellence statement blazer

12. The new blue is bold… crop the pant and pair with fresh white sneakers

 

13. Simple tee with distressed denim does the trick

New favourite tee from @shopconvey 📷 @alexanderkenton

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14. Slim navy suit + white shirt = your minimalistic summer suit uniform

Photo by my friend @sunechee Glasses @neckwear 👓

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15. Loving this elongated tee in our favorite print, camo.

never changing always on that cool kid attitude. ______________ #kostawilliams #TMM Snapchat👻: kosta.williams

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16. This is how to rock a t-shirt with your suit

 

17. This sophisticated look is why we’re fully endorsing the polo trend

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18. Here’s an easy style tip that will make you look trim instantly: tuck in your shirt

19. It’s cool enough in the evening a light weight sweater pulls your look together instantly.

Back in NYC, coffee break! Sweater @hm |📷: @kevintun

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20. Or ditch your jacket all together for a sport coat

 

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