Let’s hear it for the boys! 

Sure,
I’ve dabbled with vintage skinny ties and waistcoats, but I’ve never had
the courage to pursue the depths of bow ties, pocket squares and tailored suits.

So, how did a dapper savant like myself decide to visit the dandy side of things? It began with a national nod from esteemed Esquire magazine listing Oklahoma City’s own Mr. Ooley’s (1901 Northwest Expressway in Penn Square Mall; 879-0888) on its “A-list” of men’s specialty stores.

Out of more than 90 stores listed nationwide — including fashion hubs in New York City, Chicago and Dallas — OKC was represented.

Turns out Esquire knew what it was talking about. Co-owner Sara Ooley Davis walked me through what any man would experience if suit-shopping. First, she explained, the specific needs of each client are assessed, then factors like frequency of wear and lifestyle of the customer are taken into account. After that, an overall measurement is taken to establish a base size.

right, Ties and coats at Mr. Ooley's

“Italian lines are sized in metric, so if you’re in between, go with Italian,” said Davis.

She then discussed the details that come after a suit is selected. The store has five full-time tailors, so your brand-new wardrobe investment will be handled in-house and ready for you promptly. Also, repairs for the life of the suit are included with purchase.

In addition, the store has anything you might need, from bow ties to shoes, and in a variety of colors and patterns.

Spencer Stone (6492 Avondale; 608-0586) may not be on Esquire’s list (yet), but it boasts a man cave toward the back called The Lab, where you’ll find a clever, burly blend of vintage, new and handmade items.

You
won’t find a room full of suits in The Lab — it’s more for casual
menswear needs like shirts, jackets, jeans, sweaters and everyday shoes —
but you can always return to the front to be greeted with a wealth of
suit accouterments.

Whether you’re going dressy or casual, you’d be remiss if you didn’t check out the selection of hats to complete your new look.

While
you’re in the area, pop over to the newly opened second location of
S.J. Haggard & Co. (6436 Avondale; 843-9200). From high-end suits
and ties to work-wear apparel, this shop has you covered. Friend it on
Facebook and Twitter for frequent inventory updates, as well as sales.

Building
up a formal and professional wardrobe can be an expensive endeavor, but
this city offers the highest quality products, coupled with the most
stellar local services.

Whether you’re shopping for the guy in your life or you are a fella in need of your first suit, you’re covered. Let’s shop, OKC!

Photo by Mark Hancock

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