J Wingfield is a brand established in 1954 that uses fabrics woven in South Carolina and is partnered with the fine artisans and the engineers in Texas and Maryland. Our aim is to bring latest fashion trends straight from the runway to all ages and sizes of men. However, we always keep in mind your comfort and style needs and cater to it accordingly.
Here are a few tips to dress spot on:
Many men approach their casual style from the wrong angle because they are aiming to look age they are not. If you are a teen, dress like a teen; if you are a guy in his fifties, dress like a guy in his fifties. If you want to dress like an adult, anything overly flashy or colorful can simply become inappropriate and so will the tees with cartoons on them. Instead, opt for solids, plaids, or checks that strike the balance of casual and sophisticated. Even if you’re a teen, a well-worn button down shirt can go a long way in showing taste and maturity.
You might also consider wearing polo shirts or casual tee shirts. A simple white shirt looks great with a pair of dark blue jeans and a jacket just as much as a collared shirt does.
Trends today show men wearing jeans hung below the hips or too tight around the thighs. If you’re dressing to impress, you have to find that nice middle ground where you look presentable for any occasion, whether you’re jumping on a plane for a business trip, taking a significant other out to dinner, or running errands on the weekends, jeans have become widely more accepted as “formal attire”, so be sure to look the part.
Jeans are great, but there are so many different varieties. You can go with a rich blue, dark grey, deep indigo, or even a washed fade. All of these can lend different looks to different occasions. A dark indigo jean will look great with a button down shirt in a meeting at the office, and a light blue faded jean will look great at happy hour with your friends. But jeans are not the only option for bottom weights. Guys should also consider adding some variety to their wardrobe by investing in a pair of chinos. Not only does it add variety in colors that you can wear, but it also adds a touch of sophistication and class, giving the impression you want to convey. Some colors to try could be a camel, gray or even army green. If you’re feeling bold, go with red.
Every guy would love to wear a pair of sneakers all day, every day. But let’s face it: if you’re eyed getting eyed up and down, there’s a sting of silent judgment if you’re wearing a button down shirt, a blazer, nice slacks, only to have the ensemble cheapened by a pair of cross-trainers. Try wearing a pair of brown leather loafers instead of your sneakers, and BOOM… You look sharper. Brown leather loafers still look too formal for you? Try a pair of desert boots. Desert boots look nicer than sneakers, aren’t as dressy as loafers, and add that level of comfort all men want.
Dressing to impress is a fundamental way of life and has been for centuries. What you wear dictates how you are perceived. Whether it’s by co-workers, friends, family, or even complete strangers, what you wear not only expresses who you are, but also dictates the opinion people for about you.
Today, let’s go through the 7 essentials that you should have loaded in your fashion arsenal so you can look sharp while keeping your closet uncluttered.
A suit says a lot about a man. Everything from the color to how it’s tailored on your body. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy an Armani or a Cucinelli. You can’t go wrong with a well-tailored classic black or navy suit. Great for numerous occasions including formal events, the office, or even a special night with the one you love, a finely pressed suit goes a long way in conveying strength and confidence.
As the professional world is changing, a lot of us can come into work wearing more “business casual” attire. But there’s a fine line between business casual and casual. Khakis fit nearly every occasion and are very versatile with almost any patterned shirt in your wardrobe. Whether you’re having a typical day at work, out for a friend’s birthday dinner, or even a BBQ with the family, Khakis are the perfect combination of casual and formal, making your them a versatile workhorse of your closet.
There are millions of different versions of T-shirts on the market today. They differ in fabric, fit, color, pattern, label and of course size. But no matter one’s style or personality, a white T-Shirt can enhance every man’s look and will certainly remain a must-have for generations to come. For those hot summer days, a classic white tee can be the perfect buffer between your skin and a freshly pressed button down shirt. For those casual encounters, it perfectly complements any jacket or sweater. Be aware of the fit. While you don’t want something too tight, you also don’t want to be wearing a boat sail.
As a staple of men’s fashion, jeans are every man’s go-to bottom weight. Whether you’re going out on a double date or cruising into the office on Casual Friday, you want to make sure that your jeans complement your outfit and not hinder it. So what makes for a nice pair of jeans? The last thing you want to see is fraying or rips. Yes, a distressed pair of denim jeans adds character to an ensemble, but you want to be careful. Also, the darker color palate of a deep indigo dye offers a more professional look when worn with a button down shirt and blazer.
Sports jacket, blazer, coat. Call it what you like, but make sure to have one in your closet. A sports jacket can spice up any outfit, bringing a touch of sophistication to a comfortable outfit. If you feel adventurous, a seasonal color can bring a unique flare into your outfits, but may limit the variations you can create with the other items in your closet. A classic black, navy, or suede works in tandem with any color shirt or pant and brings the most versatility to your wardrobe.
Every guy has that one color or pattern that just makes them look and feel good. For some guys, it’s a classic tattersall. For others, it could be a stylish gingham. What a casual dress shirt does to convey your personality and sense of fun can go a long way in building confidence in a man’s stride. It gives the wearer a feeling of fun and choice, relieving some of the pressure of being in a formal situation. A casual dress shirt is also great for non-formal events. You could throw on your favorite gingham shirt, roll up the sleeves, with a pair of shorts and flip flops for a BBQ in the backyard, a day at the pier, or cocktails with friends. Comfort, class, and personality all melded into one outfit.
There’s a reason they call them the classics. The white and blue Oxfords are timeless in their style and sophistication. Colors made to compliment every man, these are a MUST for every man’s closet. No matter what tie you pick out or which slacks you choose to wear, you can be confident that it will blend together perfectly with these mainstays of men’s fashion. With or without a tie. Jeans, khakis, or slacks. Blazer or sweater. These two shirts are the most versatile pieces of any man’s wardrobe, which is why every man should not skimp when it comes to the price as you will want the best of the best for these two Oxfords.
The key word to take away from our list today is “versatility”. If you build the foundation of your wardrobe on these key pieces, you make your closet work for you as opposed to you struggling to make it work. Buying garments that go with one pair of pants or one particular jacket isn’t necessarily a smart buy because you can only wear it with those items. But if you build your closet to be multi-faceted, the more variations you can create and the more you can pinpoint on your own particular style.
As human beings, we are all creatures of habit. Whether we like to admit it or not. Whether it comes to your daily schedule, how you organize things in your everyday life, or even the kinds of products that you buy. If you were to ask most men walking the streets of America today, most would tell you that they like wearing 100% cotton shirts. And who doesn’t? Cotton gives you a sense of security with breathability, a soft hand, and durability. Getting men to deviate from that and try something new can often be a difficult challenge, but TENCEL could be the thing to change their minds.
I’m sure some people are scratching their heads asking, “What is TENCEL?” In the world of textile engineering, we are constantly innovating and developing new and exciting ways to construct fabric to bring consumers the best quality products. TENCEL is an all-natural, man-made fiber that is constructed from wood pulp. Developed by Lenzing, TENCEL fiber production is extremely ecofriendly as it utilizes a closed loop system of production and creates a fiber that’s softer than silk, more absorbent than cotton, and cooler than linen. Put simply: TENCEL employs some of the best benefits of other fibers while being something entirely new and ecofriendly.
As innovators in the world of fabric, J Wingfield decided to put its own spin on things by making a TENCEL tri-blend. What the heck is a tri-blend? Using four generations of textile expertise, we have married TENCEL fibers with a blend of cotton and polyester. What this does is endow our garments with the softness and breathability of TENCEL, with the durability and rigidity of cotton and polyester.
Change is inevitable. Sometimes it’s scary, sometimes it’s strenuous. But every now and then, change can be comfortable. J Wingfield has always looked to push the boundaries of what’s possible with our garments to bring customers more of what they love as well as showing them new things they never knew they wanted. Coming in white and Atlantic blue, our TENCEL shirts employ both button down and spread collars, giving the formal look of a classic Oxford with a new sense of comfort and breathability never available before.
When J Wingfield launched our brand, we made a commitment to American manufacturing. We pledged to always make the highest quality garments from American cotton with American sewers. In the time since we brought our label to life, we have been fortunate enough to meet countless others who share our passion for “Made in USA”, among them are our good friends at Mill City Fineries.
Homemade in Minneapolis, Mill City Fineries was established in 2013 as one of the finest makers in cotton and linen ties. Carrying a wide variety of patterns, Mill City brings a beautiful color story in neckties, bow ties, and pocket squares all made right here in the USA!
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that J Wingfield is happy to bring you, our customers, a select collection of neckties & bow ties from Mill City Fineries. Handpicked by our team, we have selected a collection of ties that will complement and enhance your Made in America wardrobe, adding a touch of class and variety to your J Wingfield shirts.
We hope that you love these ties as much as we do and embrace these American icons in men’s fashions as we take our next steps in the American story of J Wingfield….
If you’ve been a living or working resident of New York City the last few months, I’m sure you’ve seen certain brands plastering the word “Supima” everywhere from billboards, to cabvertising, to magazines, and even going so far as wrapping mass transit buses with it. So it just begs the question: What the heck is so special about Supima cotton?
To give you the crash course in fabric construction: Fabric can be woven from all types of cotton grown in countless regions around the world. Depending on the environment, harvesting practices, and chemical treatments, cotton can be woven very well or very poorly. The first thing that makes Supima cotton special is that it is only grown in the USA. Once referred to as American-Egyptian cotton, Supima was renamed to honor the Pima Indians who grew cotton in regions of Arizona. The extra-long staple gives Supima increased strength, softness, and color.
Take a moment and think of a cotton shirt like a bottle of wine: There are vineyards spread all across the world producing thousands of labels and brands. While all are considered wines, you cannot avoid the undebatable fact that many are better than others depending on numerous factors ranging from the distilling and aging process, the corking used, but most importantly the grapes you’re using and where they’re grown. The same principles apply to cotton and the shirts they’re constructed into.
The question I’m sure a lot of people are asking themselves right now: “Why should I care? A shirt is a shirt, right? You just wear them.” Let’s take a modern classic: The white Oxford button down. When you first buy it, the shirt is white, pressed, and ready to wear. After about 10 washings, a white Oxford not made from Supima will soften up and become lived in. After about a year, the elbows will start to get thin and show wear, the white will have dissolved to a yellowish tint, and the collar doesn’t stand up as well as it did. With Supima cotton, consumers are given an Oxford shirt where the white stays white, it withstands the rigors of daily life, and it retains its shape after countless washings.
Cotton growing and manufacturing is an industrial art as old as this country. As a nation, we’ve spent generations perfecting our harvesting techniques and engineering of fabric production to present the world with the premium cotton fabric. The face of those efforts is Supima. As an official licensee of Supima, J Wingfield is proud to bring you stronger and softer cotton shirts that will retain their bright, vibrant colors far longer using 100% USA cotton fabrics.
It’s officially summer. A time of heading to the beach, going out on the town with friends, and most fun of all, traveling. Whether you’re taking long weekends up the coast or jet-setting off for week-long excursions to exciting new locals, packing a prepared wardrobe is on your to-do list. Now, for men everywhere, this is where annoyances can arise. Once you take an ironed and pressed shirt and place it in a suit case, you immediately start to lose the crispness and rigidity of the shirt.
The first thing to understand is that no-iron shirts lose the inherent traits of cotton. No-iron shirts are the result of chemically treating cotton with formaldehyde as the main component. Yes, that’s right. The very same fluid undertakers use to embalm bodies has been repurposed to bring people wrinkle resistant shirts. By applying formaldehyde and liquid ammonia to cotton, it bonds the fibers together at a molecular level. By doing this, you produce a stiffer garment, however it compromises the integrity of the cotton, making the yarns more brittle. By essentially choking the life out of the cotton, consumers are losing over 1/3 of a shirt’s lifespan buying shirts that have been chemically treated this way.
So what are the benefits of these scratchy, lifeless shirts? Convenience. For the modern man, sending shirts out to a dry cleaner or, God forbid, ironing your own shirts can be a miserable and time consuming chore. You can pack one of these shirts in a suitcase with an air of confidence that it will be pulled out looking the exact same when you get to your destination. The average American who sends their shirts out to be dry-cleaned will spend roughly $500 a year in fees for dry cleaning services. With no-iron shirts, consumers have been able to lessen that blow to their wallets. But how much are you really saving if you’re having to keep buying new shirts every 3 years due to the shortened lifespan of no-iron shirts?Part of what has made the traditional cotton oxford a longstanding mainstay in men’s fashions is its breathability, its durability, and its soft hand. The no-iron shirt compromises all 3 of these inherent characteristics. At J Wingfield, we have devoted our efforts to bringing consumers an authentic, uncorrupted garment that will stand the test of time, both in durability and fashion. Made with premium cotton fibers and a tailored fit, a J Wingfield shirt stands as an American icon that will feel as good the hundredth time you wear it as it did the first.
Now in it’s third year, the Cotton LEADS Program continues its mission to improve on the importance of responsibly producing cotton through national and international efforts, focusing on the environments where cotton is grown, best practices for harvesting, and the traceability of finished garments. By partnering with Cotton LEADS, J Wingfield has made a commitment to our customers to guarantee not only the best quality cotton, but ensuring sustainability and reducing our ecological footprint as much as possible.
In 2015, the Cotton LEADS Program gained 102 new partners, bringing the total participants to more than 350 partners. And through collaborative cotton research projects, the United States and Australia have jointly improved cotton production practices in both countries by formally identifying their commitments to continual improvement.
What is the Cotton LEADS Program? Founded in 2014, The Cotton Foundation and Cotton Australia partnered on the shared ideal that cotton manufacturers and brands should take more responsibility in sustainability to ensure a safer, cleaner tomorrow for future generations by using safer harvesting methods, reducing water usage, and tracking the lineage of each garment made.
How does the Cotton LEADS Program intend to grow in 2016? The Cotton LEADS Program was founded on the belief of a constant commitment to improvement. In 2016, the cotton industries of Australia and the U.S. will continue to build on the momentum gathered over the past 2 years to continue fact-finding research into all stages of cotton.
Change is a marathon. It is not a sprint. While we have seen vast improvements in environmental health over the last few years, there is still much more that we can do. The care of our environment is a responsibility that J Wingfield passionately embraces. It is our duty as a face of American manufacturing to set an example for current and future generations to aspire to. Help ensure a safer, cleaner tomorrow by wearing J Wingfield and supporting great work like Cotton LEADS.
Classic & Easy, the best way to start an evening, from your wardrobe to your first cocktail.
Saddled up at the marble bar in Lil’ Dom’s, an intimate Italian haunt in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, I’m brought back to my first time in Rome and my very first Negroni. It was early June evening, with the sun falling on the Roman sky, sitting on a restaurant terrace facing the Tiber waiting for Beatrice, my Italian guide for the week. the waiter offers me a refreshing apretif, in a one word question slash affirmation, “Negroni?” From that moment, I was hooked.
The Italian equivalent of the Martini, but served in a solid rock glass, not a dainty coupe. It’s a cocktail that is more Jason Bourne and less James Bond and it’s creator is a testament to it’s manly, yet elegant stature in the cocktail history. Traced back to the early 20th century, when it was created at Bar Casoni in Florence, according to Luca Picchi author of Sulle Tracce del Conte: La Vera Storia del Cocktail “Negroni”, when Count Camillo Negroni* ordered an Americano—sweet vermouth, Campari and club soda, but with gin substituted for club soda. According to legend, he spent some years in the United States becoming an adventurer, a cowboy, a banker and a riverboat gambler in the Wild West before returning to Florence.
1 part London Dry Gin
1 part Campari
1 part Sweet Vermouth
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Fill with ice. Stir 30 times with a cocktail spoon. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange peel.
*There is a challenge by the descendants of General Pascal Olivier de Negroni, Count de Negroni claiming that he was the Count Negroni who invented the drink in 1857 in Senegal.
It’s 8:35 AM on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. A flurry of men and women are scurrying around, rushing off to the office with their briefcase in one hand and their to-go coffee in the other. This has been a constant sight in urban areas for decades. The one thing that changes are the styles. 2016 is still seeing the “super-snug trend”. But where is the line between trendy and negligent?
I walk around this city and I see guys between the ages of 25-40 wearing expensive, tailored suits that are so tight you literally see every fold and crease in their legs with each stride they take. Slim-fit pants that stop above the ankle that make a guy look like he’s prepared for flood waters has become a routine sight. I get that there are guys out there who are gym-rats and want to show off their physique through a tight fitting shirt that would classify more as spandex than it does a formal work shirt, but there is a significant difference between “fits” and “JUST fits”.
The Art Form of Shirt Making…
Many people think that all shirts are cut the same. That you just follow a pattern, cut the shirts to the specifications of the size you’re cutting for, and you’re off and running. To some degree, they are correct, but there are so many steps that go into making a tailored shirt that makes the process unique brand to brand. To help you gain a better understanding of how a shirt fits, we’ll go through the different zones of a shirt:
Torso: This is where you will find the biggest differences in shirt cuts, and it is also where you will find your comfort zone. For those of you who enjoy splurging on the weekends, having some hot wings while nursing a few beers during the game, you’re going to want a shirt with more slack in the torso and with a long enough hem in the front and back so it will stay tucked in, even when you do the occasional reach up. Shirt hems can be altered and shortened by a couple of inches before it compromises the shirt and ruins the fit. For the slimmer people of the world, if you’re looking to show off a six-pack, a button down shirt is not the garment to do that. Every shirt should have roughly 1-2 inches of slack to give the garment room for movement. If you go for a shirt smaller than your actual fit, you’ll be continuously tucking your shirt in every time you reach too far to your side when you pick up a file from the other side of your desk.
Chest: This is an area that a lot of men who are physically fit try to flaunt in a tailored garment, which is fine. But again, this goes back to snug vs. too small. If you’re noticing the buttons on the placket being tugged at every time you move your shoulders the slightest bit backwards, then the shirt is too small. You shouldn’t be sacrificing comfort just so you can try to show off how much you bench in the gym. You’ll look ridiculous and like you don’t know how to dress yourself.
Armholes: This is zone of the shirt with the most movement. It also directly correlates with the fit of the chest area. Many brands differ in how they construct the armholes. Some are bigger, some are smaller. Going bigger offers more slack to the shirt and more room to move, but it also creates bunching, making it difficult or uncomfortable to wear the shirt with a sweater or suit jacket. To use J. Wingfield as an example, we use a smaller cut for the armholes, this way the shirt breaks comfortably under your arm, allowing you freedom of mobility while still enabling you to wear a sweater or jacket over the shirt. Too baggy, you look like you’re wearing a boat sail. Too tight, you look like you’re wearing the shirt you wore to your first middle school dance.
Sleeves: This is, again, an area of personal preference. Some brands go baggier, some go slimmer. You want enough slack in the sleeves so that the cuffs rest on the tops of your wrists. Too long, you’ll be dipping your sleeves in your soup. Too short, you’ll look like you shrunk all your clothes in the wash.
Shoulders/Yoke: The yolk of a shirt differs brand to brand. A One-Piece Yoke is a single piece of fabric stretched across the shoulders. A Split-Yoke is two pieces of fabric split down the middle and sewn together where the shoulder blades meet. Many people say that a Split-Yoke makes for a cleaner and more stylish look. J. Wingfield employs both a one piece and split-yoke style to our shirts, but the one constant is proper measurement. You want to make sure that the yolk of the shirt rests flush on your shoulders. You don’t want to have too much slack as it will bunch the shirt and make it look like you’re wearing a cloth sack. If you buy a size too small, you risk pulling at the yoke and tearing the shirt. As much as every guy would love to be the Incredible Hulk, I don’t think any of us wants to rip a $90 or more shirt.
The key thing to remember is that everyone is different. What fits one guy won’t necessarily be the right fit for another. Who doesn’t want to look like one of the models in a men’s fashion magazine, but at the end of the day, you need to buy what fits your body. To sit down during a meeting and wonder if the buttons on your shirt or pants are going to pop is ridiculous and you shouldn’t have to live that way. If a morning “suck in and squeeze” is apart of your daily routine to get your clothes on, you cannot possibly be comfortable. Style comes from fit and how the clothes wear on you. If they’re too tight, you’re going to draw more looks of “how does he sit down?” than you are looks of “wow, he looks good.” Needless to say, if we can see the impression of your chest hair pressing against the fabric of your shirt: Your shirts are too tight. J. Wingfield built it's design and construction on a cut where fashion meets fit, giving men a level of comfort they desire without sacrificing the fashion of modern day trends.
For any questions about fit, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to advise you on your perfect fit for J. Wingfield!
At J Wingfield, we're extremely proud to use cotton grown in Alabama in some of our Heritage Collection shirts. We recently spoke with Alabama cotton farmer Nick McMichen about life on the farm, his love of US Cotton, and his hometown of Centre, AL.
Q: What's your name?
A: My name is Nick McMichen and I am a Cotton Farmer from Centre, AL.
Q: How long have you been a cotton farmer? Do you remember your first day farming cotton?
A: Being a Cotton Farmer is the only occupation I have ever had, I started working on the farm as soon as I was old enough to help and started running machinery at 10 on a limited basis. At 13, I could run a cotton picker and have never looked back. I got my first "official" crop of my own at 16 and when I got out of high school, I became a full partner. I grew up our farm and have many memories of growing cotton. I rode with my father as a child planting, cultivating and harvesting. I don't have a "first day" that I remember about cotton farming, but rather a list of firsts and milestones of growing Cotton in my childhood and youth.
Q: Describe some of the activities and experiences of being a cotton farmer?
A: Being a Cotton Farmer there are many things involved with this. Growing Cotton is an art that is learned through experience as the most valuable teacher. What works this year might not work next year and things that have worked in the past may have value in the future. Cotton farming, when done correctly, requires intensive management to produce the highest quality and best yielding fiber that the mills desire. I pride myself on this attention to detail and do so in every aspect of our farm. Our goal is to grow the best quality fiber in the world. Our farm is 100% no-till , meaning we conserve water and resources by not tilling the land up. In 10 years of experience it is improving our ecological footprint, something that was unheard of 20 years ago.
Q: How is the cotton you grow different from cotton elsewhere?
A: The Cotton we grow is Upland Cotton that is grown throughout the majority of the US. What we do in the US is maximize production through innovative ideas to reduce costs and improve our environmental footprint while striving to push for longer and stronger fibers that the textile mills are looking for. On our farm we are using techniques such as skip-row cotton. This is a method of planting 2 rows and skipping one then two more and so on. This allows the plant to get more air in the canopy of the plant and allows for more leaf area and more photosynthesis. This is allowing us to stretch our seed and technology further and lowering our cost of production. We are also 100% no-till as I mentioned before, this practice is saving our soil and improving soil quality so that future generations will have the same opportunities that we have had. Our farm is constantly looking for ways to improve whether it be agronomically, environmentally and of course financially.
Q: How important is cotton farming to your community?
A: Our community is small (3,500 people) and for many generations Cotton has been the staple crop here. The majority of the people here have some connection to Cotton. Before mechanization it took multitudes of families to work in the fields and many of them are still here. The local economic impact of Cotton is tremendous as many families still have their farms that they rent to local growers. Our Cotton Gin is a big economic driver also employing up to 30 people for 3-4 months. The Gin is also a gathering place for locals to come and talk about Cotton. In our county years are judged by the size and production of our Cotton Crop and the number of wins on the high school football team. As of Friday night a book was released chronicling "The Cotton Picking Centre Warriors" detailing a history of both from 1920-2009. Cotton is an integral part of our community ,our churches and all of our lives.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The best part of my job? Everything about it! I look forward to going to work each and every day. What more could one ask for?
Q: Anything additional?
A: I appreciate getting to tell you a little bit about Cotton. But this is only small portion of what could be told. What other crop has the history and status that Cotton does? In the US , Cotton's history is so rich from its first cultivation here and the English demand for it for their mills. To the Civil War and US Cotton's value to the world. Now to the modern technological world and our place within while withstanding the test of manmade fibers. Cotton is intertwined within our family . We wear it , we decorate with it, we show our pride in growing it by showcasing it in every opportunity and every way. To us Cotton is not a crop but a way of life. It is the most enjoyable and satisfying crop I will ever grow.