Author Archives: Melissa Austria

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Unpredictable weather is the thorn in our most fashionable sides.

Can you feel the frustration? The weather will swing from minus 5 to plus 5 in a day. You don’t want to wear your down filled coat anymore, but you’ll feel off walking around without a jacket on. (We want summer but it’s not really here yet, dressing like it will only make you susceptible to getting sick).

So– it’s time for TRANSITIONAL outerwear. What’s transitional outerwear you ask? We started talking about this a few seasons ago and more and more guys are starting to get it.
Transitional outerwear is the outerwear pieces you can wear now, and that will tide you over to the “no jacket season” AKA summer.

Some key ones to start looking at?

First lets take a look at the forecast. According to Farmer’s Almanac (my go-to source for buying forecasting) it’s going to be a slightly cooler and a definitely rainier spring. It’s funny how we can handle snow but rain that’s a different story, snow you get a little wet, rain you get drenched. 

We carry two lines of very stylish rain jackets. Both with a hood to keep you dry! (yes, you can finally forget about losing your umbrellas.)

Rains from Denmark has a clean modern design. If you’ve ever been to Denmark you’ll know that they know rainwear. It’s sunny one second and rainy for the next 10… in fact their spring is a perpetual state of sunny rain. 

We carry their modern interpretation of the classic rain jacket. It’s super light weight making it easy to wear and easy to carry around (perfect for music festivals!)

Stutterheim is a brand from Sweden (another country that knows rain well!) It was started by Alexandre Stutterheim, in homage to his grandfather’s raincoat. This was the raincoat that saw him off to sea to catch fish defying the worst weather; the heaviest bone drenching rain and loudest thunderstorms.

He wanted to make a modernized version of that raincoat but still crafted in the traditional way: by hand by a skilled seamstress that knew how to deal with the thick durable fabric. He was lucky to find the last surviving textile mill in Sweden and together they built the perfect raincoat.

These raincoats are made of rubberized cotton with taped and sealed seams so rain will never get through. A raincoat that will last the sophisticated Gotstyle man forever

Now you’ve got the rain covered, what other spring outerwear do you need when it’s not raining? How about a light weight “everyday jacket” to wear to work over your suit: The proper name is the “carcoat”. You’ll spot them by their length. A coat that ends mid-thigh and is long enough to cover your suit jacket. But no, not trench.

If you want the best of both worlds, get a G-Lab jacket. They’re  waterproof, windproof and breathable- everything you need to conquer the ever changing weather. They’re modern, sleek and technical without the bulk.

The Cosmo style’s slim silhouette works great with suits and the 3-layer fabric and integrated thermo jacket guarantee top-notch functionality. The seam lines, pockets and high collar add a touch of outdoor-inspired nonchalance.

The modern short parka is the perfect partner for any tour when it comes to protecting its wearer from wind and weather. Full commitment provides the Commander with its 3-layer high performance material and action-pleat in the back for a comfortable fit and more mobility. The four large outer pockets on each day expedition plenty of storage space – and ensure a sporty yet stylish look.


The Gotstyle, private label shirt collection was created for guys like you. Melissa explains why she created the Gotstyle shirt. 

One issue I kept seeing was tall guys with long arms unable to find a dress shirt that fit them properly without having to go to made to measure. Most dress shirt brands come in two sleeve lengths: regular which measure a 33-inch sleeve and long which measures a 35-inch sleeve. These guys all had a 35 – 37-inch sleeve length, so no matter how many brands I tried they were just that little bit too short. As soon as they washed or dry cleaned their shirt a few times it would shrink past the “acceptable” mark.  


Photo credit: Real Men Real Style

After I had enough guys coming through with the same issue, I decided if I can’t find a shirt that fit my guys, we’d make our own! I started working with one of our shirt suppliers; Lipson shirts.

They are based here in Toronto and have been making Canadian made dress shirts for over 50 years selling to all the top menswear stores across Canada and the U.S.

We developed our own body – using the slimmest fit that they had (which for us is our average fit) and extended the sleeve length on the long to 37 inches. Bingo! We got the fit that my guys were looking for. It has enough room to accommodate guys who work out (and those who don’t) and trim enough to show your shape (or make it look like you have some) with a sleeve length that worked.


Our trick in the store now when we see a tall guy come in with long arms, is to bet them that we have a shirt off the rack that will fit them. They always protest that no shirt every fits them off the rack, we get them to try our Gotstyle shirt… and of course we win the bet (and they buy the shirt!)

Fall Gotstyle Shirt Styles

Mens Dress Shirt & Tie

Gotstyle Dress Shirt, $165


Gotstyle Dress Shirt, $165

Mens Dress Shirt & Tie

Gotstyle Dress Shirt, $165


Gotstyle Dress Shirt, $165


Gotstyle Dress Shirt, $165


Gotstyle Dress Shirt, $165

Mens Dress Shirt & Tie

Gotstyle Dress Shirt, $165


Wedding analysts predict that soon 1 out of 4 weddings will be a destination wedding.

For something that was once considered a novelty destination weddings are now the new normal. Having just come back from my own destination wedding, I would say it’s the only way to go!

Why? A couple of reasons, here are mine:

1. Not a wedding person

I was never one to dream about my wedding day when I was younger, like other girls did (I also thought that I would never get married). The thought of finding a venue, planning flowers, centrepieces, cake tasting etc. never appealed to me. With a destination wedding you don’t have to worry about the little details; to me the view is the decor and since you can’t take the flowers or centrepieces home with you, you won’t spend money over decorating.


Photo by Kalen Hayman


2. It goes by so fast

One thing every newlywed person said to me is the day goes by so quickly, by the time you say hello to everyone you’re saying good-bye to them. The $20,000 (or more) that you spent on one day flashes before your eyes. With a destination wedding it’s not a wedding day, it’s a wedding week!

3. Let’s all be friends

With typical weddings, your friends and relatives might not know his friends and relatives, and they’re expected to mingle together all night. With a destination wedding your guests have a couple of days to hang out and get to know each other, so on the actual day of the wedding it’s one big party! New friends are made, and your folks get to really know the crazy crew you hang out with. Plus, when was the last time you went on vacation with your family anyways? Trust me, group vacations are the best!


Photo by Kalen Hayman

4. You cut down the list

With a destination wedding, everyone knows that it’s going to be a smaller more intimate affair. You don’t have to invite every cousin, distant friend or obligatory “I invited you to mine” person. You can just invite the people that you really want to come and only the people that really want to go will come. One thing to note, you’d be surprised with how many people will come to a destination wedding. If you invite 100 people thinking only half will come, don’t be surprised if they all say yes!

5. It’s one big party

I may not be a wedding person but I am a party person (have you been to our epic Gotstyle parties?) There is something about being away from home, in another country, surrounded by sun, beach, good friends and family that brings a wedding party to the next level.

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Here are 8 tips for planning a destination wedding:

1. Even if the resort is all inclusive, it doesn’t mean your reception will be!

You’ll be paying for the food and extra bar service for the reception, but it will still be considerably less than a wedding reception back home. We paid about $9,000 (US) total for the wedding day: $4,000 for food/booze, $3,000 for decor, $2,000 for DJ/sound. No one remembers the decor at the end of the day, but they remember the open bar and the music! (So don’t skimp on those). Other items we spent money on: A private boat cruise for all of our guests, private brunch the day after the wedding, and welcome bags. 

2. All inclusive does make other wedding events easier

All inclusive isn’t the only option for a destination wedding. It is the easiest when it comes to $$. It’s convenient to get everyone to meet up at a bar for drinks or plan a group dinner without having to worry about covering the costs. (You would be paying for the rehearsal dinner if it was at home). I feel that it’s especially important to entertain your guests for the days prior to the wedding day. You are taking their vacation time, and it also helps with getting everyone acquainted. 


Photo by Kalen Hayman

3. That being said, make sure that you go to a resort that can accommodate large groups

When it comes to dinner, some resorts are only thinking couples stay and won’t let you come in with a group of even 6 people. I find the newer resorts (like the Riviera Cancun where we had our wedding) are starting to understand the market for destination weddings. They had separate rooms at each restaurant that could handle larger groups (10-15 people) and even a very extensive high end buffet that had a separate section to accommodate a group of 50 or more. They also had a variety of restaurants, bars and pools to choose from. Think bigger is better for a destination wedding to keep everyone entertained. I am usually more of a smaller boutique hotel person, but with a group of 50 people we would’ve overwhelmed a hotel and there would not have been the options to eat and drink. From talking to other people, with 40 or more people do it all inclusive and with less you could do a boutique hotel (or a castle or church in Europe) but it will be a lot more planning and work. 


4. Don’t deal with the hotel directly

Personally I find it imperative to have someone local to help organize all the planning and logistics (especially if you don’t want to do all the work like me). We used Lux Destination Weddings and had Lizzie organizing all the flights and accommodations for our guests. Alexandre was my point person for all organizing and wedding logistics.  Make sure they have a wedding planner at the hotel that will be helping you the day of with certain details. Sometimes they may not be the best, so make sure you have a schedule worked out ahead of time. Pre plan things like: how the wedding party is going to walk in, how you want dinner to flow with speeches etc…


5. Also look for a resort that has other amenities you can use

We did a Great Gatsby night at the casino and utilized the disco as the afterparty on the wedding night (at no additional cost). We also used another rooftop venue for a hangover brunch the next day (minimal cost). 

It’s important to think about where you’re going to carry the festivities on as most places have a no noise policy after 11pm. If there is no disco or lounge, look into getting one of the bigger suites to accommodate having guests over for drinks after (trust me they won’t want the night to end!)


6. Spend the money that would’ve been for decor on kick ass welcome bags

They spent the money to join you so you’ve got to treat them right. Give them stuff they will use on their trip. For our guests we did a beach bag, Turkish towel for the beach, cool cover up for the ladies, hangover kit, sunscreen, bug spray, cute matches, candles (good for shared bathrooms!) and don’t forget an itinerary so everyone will know when and where they should be.

For a cool guest photo book, check out guesterly and expect Etsy to become your best friend. Yes, you will have to bring down a ton of stuff. You’re not be able to ship directly to most resorts but you should be given additional baggage allotments if you’re booking with a charter airline. We were allowed 46kgs each (versus the normal 20kgs each) and enlist the wedding party to help stuff the gift bags when you arrive. 

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7.  Don’t hire one of the resort photographers (they’re going to be shitty)

Do you have an acquaintance that is also a professional photographer? Think about paying for their trip and get them to shoot the wedding. They’ll get a mini vacation, and you have someone that you trust taking great pictures. This only works with people that are professional photographers and aren’t close friends. They need to understand that you are paying for their trip to work. You can also hire someone who is local but the resort may charge a ridiculous outside vendor fee (our charge would have been $800US plus the cost of having the photographer).

8. One last thing

Don’t think that because it’s a destination wedding you can get away with a linen shirt untucked or a bad looking beige coloured suit. At the end of the day you are paying good money for a destination wedding and you will want to have great pictures of you and your bride to look back on (and the groomsmen and everyone else). Nothing ruins great wedding pictures than a poorly dressed groom and wedding party! Trust me, beige does not look good on 90% of men! The formality that you would have had at home should extend to your destination wedding.

Do lighter weight fabrics or suck it up for 2 hours and take your jacket off after the ceremony and pictures.


Don’t wear bad beige suits


Parry Sound boys clean up nicely with a little Gotstyle