I Can’t Even: The Best Adulting Menswear Essentials from Christopher James — Part 1

At Christopher James in Fort Wayne, we recognize that the millennial generation values teamwork, the fulfillment of feeling like you belong to something larger than yourself and opportunities for learning and advancement. Adulting and playing the part involves dressing comfortably, confidently and appropriately. Make sure you have these essentials in your wardrobe on your road to success — and watch your investment dollars stretch in high-quality items: 

A well-fitting suit. A Canali, Hickey Freeman or Copply suit in a mid-weight fabric can take you from mild temperatures to the bitter cold with the help of a few layers. An off-the-rack sport coat is no substitute for a tailored suit that fits you perfectly in all the right places and looks like it was made for you. Talk to the team at Christopher James about the right fit and style for you. 

One of the best parts of investing in a suit is its versatility. Use the slacks with a dress shirt and sweater and skip the jacket. Or pair the jacket with more casual trousers, a button-down shirt and refined sneakers. 

Ties. The Christopher James team will help you pick out a tie or two from Robert Talbott to dress up your outfit or give you the courage to get a wild hair and step out with a bold pattern. A snazzy tie can add the perfect punch or give you the missing amount of polish your outfit needs. 

Dress shirts. Eton, Stenstrom’s or Emanuel Berg dress shirts are worth the investment. Let the staff at Christopher James share suggestions for matching dress shirts with ties. Consider purchasing a more subdued neutral solid-colored shirt and patterned one that will go with your suit. 


Leather belt. Keep your pants up. Need we say more? 


Jeans. Save the severely faded and torn jeans for the weekend. Jeans from 34 Heritage are classy and well-fitting enough to go with a sweater and button-down shirt or an untucked shirt from Peter Millar or Johnnie-O 

Stay tuned for part two of our adulting clothing essentials! In the meantime, see you at Christopher James.


Back to Work with Eton Shorts

Alright it’s time to rock and roll. Summer is coming to an end, Fall is right around the corner and you are no longer responsible spending so much energy figuring out what to do with the kids every day for those long hot months. School is starting for the kiddos and work is ramping up again.


Get in the flow this season with Eton shirts, always fresh and new to keep your closet anything but bland and your co-workers constantly asking where you get your shirts. You’ll be able to tell them you went to Christopher James Menswear where they carry Eton Shirts confidently (and with a little bit of pride.)

For new and seasoned Eton shirt wearers alike, you know that they never compromise their perfect fit, forward-thinking colors and ease of care (because after all, you still have the kids to focus on, let’s not get carried away here.)



Colors aside, Eton shirt patterns are never seen before and will compliment all your pants and jackets to make for the most versatile closet you’ve ever had. Careful, your wife might get jealous of your selection.

Check out what’s new from Eton and stop into Christopher James Menswear today to see our collection of Eton shirts.

Find us in Fort Wayne, Indiana and let us help you choose your next favorite shirts. We can’t wait to see you! 

10 Holiday Gift Ideas For the Well-Dressed Man


Still shopping for a gift for that well-dressed man in your life? Perhaps you haven’t found a present yet because, well, let’s admit it–he’s hard to shop for. But do not despair – here are our top 10 holiday gift ideas that even the pickiest guy will love.

Everything is available right here at Christopher James Menswear, and we offer complimentary gift wrapping so all you’ll have to do is place the gift under the tree.

1. Pair of cashmere socks


Because fine socks are the foundation of good style. Cashmere blend socks by Punto ($39.50)

2. Smart sweater and sport shirt combo


Real (well-dressed) men wear purple. Cashmere sweater by Kinross ($450), Robert Talbott hidden-button-down sport shirt ($228).

3. Plush fleece pullover


Because he’s got style even when he’s dressed down. Add a colorful, hand-woven scarf for a dash of color. Fleece pullover by True Grit ($135), scarf ($235).

4. Shearling overcoat


A worthwhile investment for the guy who always dresses up, even in a blizzard. Shearling overcoat by Aston ($1,895-$2,095)

5. Wintertime office attire


He’ll feel festive and professional. Sport shirt ($119), beanie ($59), and woven sock tie ($95), all by Barbour

6. Cozy puffer vest


The newest, most earth-friendly way to stay stylish and warm. Puffer vest in blue fog by Save the Duck ($218)

7. A little something sweet for his stocking

virginia diner sweets

Refined taste in clothing = a sophisticated taste in sweets. Salted peanuts and cashews, chocolate-covered peanuts, and peanut brittle, all by Virginia Diner ($18-$27.50)

8. Accessories he’ll actually wear

trask cufflinks and wallets

It’s not the size of the gift that matters. A pair of sterling silver cufflinks and a beautiful leather wallet will surely impress him. Cufflinks and wallets by Trask ($65-$125).

9. An elegant timepiece



A nice shirt looks even better with a fine watch. Daniel Wellington watches are sophisticated yet understated; making them a practical gift he can wear every day. Daniel Wellington watches ($200-$250)

10. Pamper him in a manly way


Grooming products all with dude-approved scents, perfect for adding a touch of luxury to his morning routine. Travel kits are perfect for guys on the go. Products shown are from the Art of Shaving, SAXX, Royall Lyme, and Wurkin Stiffs. Prices vary.

You’re Invited to Our Fall Fashion Bash

Don’t have plans for October 27? You do now.

Join us for one of Christopher James’ biggest trunk shows, where you can mix, mingle, and sample the newest looks from eight of the world’s best menswear brands.

Assemble your best fall wardrobe yet in one stop

We’ll be showcasing the following brands. Follow each link to see what they’re about:

  • Superb custom suits, sport coats, and trousers from Samuelsohn
  • Luxurious dress shoes from Donald Pliner
  • Dapper casual pants from Meyer
  • Classic, 100% made-in-America topcoats and vests from Upmarket Stitchers
  • Refined dress pants from Sartore
  • Sophisticated outerwear from Barbour
  • One-of-kind neckwear and accessories from S.T.E.P. USA
  • Top-of-the-line dress and casual shirts from Eton

Special event deals available

To show our appreciation for your attendance, we’re offering special pricing to all guests, and it will only be available during the bash. Stop by to learn more.

SweetCars will have a few of their “sweet rides” on display

Stop in and register to win a Master Detailing job courtesy of SweetCars.

Delicious food and drink will be served

Nosh on mouth-watering apps and tasty refreshments from our friends at Catablu Grille.

Don’t miss this event!

This is our last major sale before winter comes, so now’s your last chance to save big on fall and winter styles. Representatives from all the brands–Barbour, Donald Pliner, Eton, Meyer, Samuelsohn, Sartore, S.T.E.P. USA, and Upmarket Stitchers–will be right here in the store to answer any questions you have about your favorite items. There’s no better time to shop!

Event details:

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 2-7 pm
Location: Christopher James Menswear, Covington Plaza

See you there!

Circle of Gentlemen Dress shirt

Circle of Gentlemen Doesn’t Mess With a Good Thing

Fashion is notoriously fickle. Most designers are locked in an endless race to create the next hottest trend, which, as a result, seem to change from one minute to the next. This is why it’s refreshing to find a brand that focuses on making a trusted, classic product that is high quality and timeless, rather than starting trends.

We are talking specifically about Circle of Gentlemen, which we proudly carry here at Christopher James Menswear in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Circle of Gentlemen is a Netherlands-based brand known for their superior European craftsmanship, high quality fabrics, and precision tailoring. Two friends “in pursuit of a simple goal” founded the brand in 2005. That goal was to create a three-button dress shirt that they themselves could actually wear.

It turned out not only would they wear their own creation, but men all around the world would too. Fort Wayne is one of the places on the globe that sports CoG, and CJM has the city’s best selection of CoG shirts.

For the Fall and Winter 2014 season, Circle of Gentlemen has infused a few deeper colors into its pallet, and added an understated sheen effect to many of its fabrics, creating a look that is both casual and dressy.

With Circle of Gentlemen, you won’t be left holding a stack of last season’s shirts a mere month after you bought them. Rather, you’ll be the guy who, no matter the time of year, effortlessly pulls a CoG button-down out of his closet and look on-point.

Stop into the store and see these amazing, classic pieces for yourself. Any one of them is sure to add timeless sophistication to every Fort Wayne man’s wardrobe.

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