LATELY IN LONDON: 
DRESSING YOUR MAN 

In case you missed the news, we’ve just launched men's on Moda. On cue, Hayley Bloomingdale turns her attention to the boys, offering tips to ensure he looks as well-dressed as you. 

LATELY IN LONDON: 
DRESSING YOUR MAN 

In case you missed the news, we’ve just launched men's on Moda. On cue, Hayley Bloomingdale turns her attention to the boys, offering tips to ensure he looks as well-dressed as you. 

When the invitation for our California engagement party arrived with a dress code of “Ranch Attire,” my English fiancé expressed concern about donning cowboy boots and plaid. My assurances that “ranch attire” was really just a fun way of saying “festive” didn’t seem to provide much comfort. Englishmen tend to balk at anything (sartorially speaking, at least) that requires they venture beyond their norm (visual ref: Hugh Grant), hence the ubiquitous jeans, button-downs and blazers (no ties) that populate the pub at 6pm on a Thursday. 

I think it’s fair to say that most men utilize a uniform approach to dressing. Which explains the sheer panic when they're confronted with a “creative” dress code or an event that requires a bit of shrewd styling. Enter: the Moda Woman. Below are a few of my tips: share them with any (or all) of the men in your life.

When the invitation for our California engagement party arrived with a dress code of “Ranch Attire,” my English fiancé expressed concern about donning cowboy boots and plaid. My assurances that “ranch attire” was really just a fun way of saying “festive” didn’t seem to provide much comfort. Englishmen tend to balk at anything (sartorially speaking, at least) that requires they venture beyond their norm (visual ref: Hugh Grant), hence the ubiquitous jeans, button-downs and blazers (no ties) that populate the pub at 6pm on a Thursday. 

I think it’s fair to say that most men utilize a uniform approach to dressing. Which explains the sheer panic when they're confronted with a “creative” dress code or an event that requires a bit of shrewd styling. Enter: the Moda Woman. Below are a few of my tips: share them with any (or all) of the men in your life.

WHO: YOUR BOYFRIEND
WHAT: Meeting the Brother

Everyone focuses on the pivotal meeting-of-the-parents, yet the meeting-of-the-siblings is just as crucial. You want to convey that you are a) gainfully employed but also b) really chill/fun and c) prepared to protect and care for their beloved sibling. That’s a lot to say in just one outfit. Personally, I favor the “jartigan” (jacket-cardigan) for a casual-but-put-together look (pair with a white tee and cool sneaks). No trucker hats and no backwards caps. In fact, no millinery of any kind.

WHO: YOUR BOYFRIEND
WHAT: Meeting the Brother

Everyone focuses on the pivotal meeting-of-the-parents, yet the meeting-of-the-siblings is just as crucial. You want to convey that you are a) gainfully employed but also b) really chill/fun and c) prepared to protect and care for their beloved sibling. That’s a lot to say in just one outfit. Personally, I favor the “jartigan” (jacket-cardigan) for a casual-but-put-together look (pair with a white tee and cool sneaks). No trucker hats and no backwards caps. In fact, no millinery of any kind.

WHO: YOUR HUSBAND
WHAT: Your Best Friend’s Wedding

If your S.O. doesn’t yet own a perfectly tailored tuxedo, then wedding season provides the perfect opportunity for you to gently suggest he invest in one. You really can’t go wrong with a classic tux—unless, of course the wedding is somewhere remotely warm, in which case linen is his only option.  No one wants to be with the guy who’s sweating through his jacket before the party has even started! A lightweight linen shirt + crisp trousers + smart loafers = ideal Instagram arm candy.

WHO: YOUR HUSBAND
WHAT: Your Best Friend’s Wedding

If your S.O. doesn’t yet own a perfectly tailored tuxedo, then wedding season provides the perfect opportunity for you to gently suggest he invest in one. You really can’t go wrong with a classic tux—unless, of course the wedding is somewhere remotely warm, in which case linen is his only option.  No one wants to be with the guy who’s sweating through his jacket before the party has even started! A lightweight linen shirt + crisp trousers + smart loafers = ideal Instagram arm candy.

WHO: YOUR DAD
WHAT: Somewhere That is Probably Too Cool for Him

When my dad was in London last month we took him to Annabel’s, the newly revamped member’s club that has just re-opened in Mayfair. Sadly, his favorite Grandpa cardi wasn’t going to fly at this hot spot. I always say that the key to getting past any velvet rope is confidence, but when it comes to Annabel’s I’m afraid more effort is required: a pressed button-down paired with a slim cardigan (like this navy Ralph Lauren one) and a well-tailored pair of trousers should do the trick.

WHO: YOUR DAD
WHAT: Somewhere That is Probably Too Cool for Him

When my dad was in London last month we took him to Annabel’s, the newly revamped member’s club that has just re-opened in Mayfair. Sadly, his favorite Grandpa cardi wasn’t going to fly at this hot spot. I always say that the key to getting past any velvet rope is confidence, but when it comes to Annabel’s I’m afraid more effort is required: a pressed button-down paired with a slim cardigan (like this navy Ralph Lauren one) and a well-tailored pair of trousers should do the trick.

WHO: YOUR BROTHER
WHERE: A Blind Date

The importance of the blind date outfit cannot be stressed enough: first impressions count. The aim is to make him look like he put in a bit of effort—but not too much. Dark jeans, a clean white shirt and a cool statement jacket like this suede one from Ami will strike the right balance. Suggestion: tell him to (casually) mention he bought it on Moda. Not only will she know how tapped in he is, but she’ll also be tempted to stick around just for the possibility of future gifts. 

WHO: YOUR BROTHER
WHERE: A Blind Date

The importance of the blind date outfit cannot be stressed enough: first impressions count. The aim is to make him look like he put in a bit of effort—but not too much. Dark jeans, a clean white shirt and a cool statement jacket like this suede one from Ami will strike the right balance. Suggestion: tell him to (casually) mention he bought it on Moda. Not only will she know how tapped in he is, but she’ll also be tempted to stick around just for the possibility of future gifts. 

WHO: YOUR BESTIE
WHERE: Job Interview

Nothing screams “hire me!” like a classic trench coat. (I always throw on a trench when I want to feel my most accomplished.) Obviously, Burberry is the go-to. Bonus points for breathable material that will keep him cool even when he’s silently freaking out inside. In short: lead your bestie to the Burberry and the new gig will be his in no time.

WHO: YOUR BESTIE
WHERE: Job Interview

Nothing screams “hire me!” like a classic trench coat. (I always throw on a trench when I want to feel my most accomplished.) Obviously, Burberry is the go-to. Bonus points for breathable material that will keep him cool even when he’s silently freaking out inside. In short: lead your bestie to the Burberry and the new gig will be his in no time.

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