Men’s Travel Fashion: Tips + Top Picks


Do you ever pity your suitcase? Poor thing. You jam it full and sit on it, ooching the zipper shut and weighing it 9 times before the scale reaches not one ounce less than 50lbs, all the while hoping it does not split at the seams en route. Needless to say, practical packing is a great skill to acquire. So lets explore some space saving, travel friendly, versatile vacation wear to bring on your next getaway.

We should adopt a travel appropriate principle: Less is more. Wearing things twice is no faux pas, though I am not necessarily suggesting wearing the exact same outfit twice. So be creative in pairing different tops with bottoms and creating various looks with the same elements. Roll up your sleeves and loosen a few buttons for lunch and then tighten up the same shirt and throw on a soft shouldered sportcoat for dinner the next night.

Our top travel picks for 2018:

1.Tommy Bahama Suncost Shores T-shirt – a perfect blend of style and comfort. Also available in big & tall.


2. TravisMathew Beck Short – Prestige777 fabric will take you from the course, to the club, to the water.

3. Johnnie-O Hangin’ Out shirt – Designed to be worn hangin’ out, anytime, anywhere, for the ultimate in casual cool.


4. Southern Tide Stripe Performance Polo Shirt – Get your game on in this ready-for-action performance polo.

5. Tasc Performance 1/4 zip pullover – Super comfortable bamboo/cotton fabric is breathable and UPF 50+, while providing moisture-wicking with anti-odor protection.


Fashion Accessories for the Traveling Man

1. Maui Jim Sunglasses- Premium sunglasses designed to enhance your view in every sunlight condition.

2. TravisMathew Trip L Hat – This will immediately become your go-to hat.


3. Olukai Footwear – Designed to feel like you’re walking on sand.


Golfwear for the Course

1. Tommy Bahama Chip and Run pant – A great golf pant with stretch for comfort.

2. TravisMathew Cantina Jacket – Some say the green jacket is the most revered jacket in all of golf. We respectfully disagree.

3. Cutter & Buck Polos – Thinner than paper, your skin and suitcase will thank you. Also available in big & tall.


Additional Packing Tips

  • Check the 7-day forecast before you pack
  • Roll your clothes, it limits wrinkles and saves space
  • Don’t pack for the worst scenario, pack for the best
  • Wear your thickest layer on the plane rather than packing it
  • Pack just enough toiletries to get you started and buy the rest when you get there
  • Don’t weigh yourself down with extra shoe options
  • Check your suitcase weight before you leave the house

Healthy Travel Snacks

  • Hard boiled eggs = compact protein
  • Dried fruit and nut mix = salty and sweet pick-me-up
  • Rice cakes = light weight and low calorie
  • Apple = keep the doctor away
  • Green tea bags = energy boost along the way

May your packing be light, your journey adventurous, and your vacation as free as the wind. Soak up the sun and Bon Voyage!

Shop these great fashions and more at The Foursome Fine Men’s Apparel in Plymouth, MN

Sport a Coat for Spring

Suits may not be your first choice to wear to the office, but a versatile sportcoat can do wonders for your workplace wardrobe. Our spring assortment of coats offer everything from traditional solids to easy blue plaids to fashion windowpanes. You have creative license to mix with sport shirts, bright neckties or pocket squares, fashion denim, and fun colored pants. For a modern look, fit is still critical. Many of this spring’s sportcoats are offered in trim fit and our on-site tailors are available for complimentary fittings.

Find your favorite looks from these fine brands:

Byron Clothing is based on British styling which is known to be a trim and fitted sportcoat without being tight or uncomfortable. Notice the natural slope of the jacket’s shoulder to see that Bryon cares not only about the design but the construction of every piece that they make.

Hardwick Clothes, America’s oldest continuously operated tailored clothing manufacturer, has called Cleveland, Tennessee its home since 1880. Their mission is to provide their customers with American-made products they can wear proudly.

Jack Victor has proudly been manufactured in Montreal for over 100 years. Their collection combines traditional craftsmanship with the finest materials available to produce elegant, high quality menswear for today’s sophisticated man. This spring’s lively color palette showcases the finest fabrics from Biella, Italy.

Hart Schaffner Marx clothing is defined by their American heritage, craftsmanship and quality. This spring we are excited to offer a variety of styles in their trimmer “New York” fit…soon to be the new classic, the raised armhole & slimmer sleeve help emphasize the gradual suppression through the waist. Complemented by a shorter jacket and narrow shoulder, it makes a statement without saying a word.

Save 20% on all sport coats during our spring tailored clothing event, March 16 – 26, 2017. Visit our store for a complete selection of tailored clothing and dress accessories.

There’s a New Shirt in Town



Now you can get the trim fit you’re looking for in a shirt that is moisture wicking, wrinkle resistant, machine washable, and has four way stretch. It’s almost to good to be true.



Mizzen + Main Performance

We are thrilled to offer Mizzen+Main, an innovative performance dress/sport shirt collection at The Foursome. Inspired by modern athletic wear and influenced by professional sensibilities, this is the epitome of Classics Evolved. These American-made shirts combine advanced performance fabrics with refined style and are changing the way men approach this staple of their wardrobe.

Founder Kevin Lavelle, while working in Washington, D.C., in the summer heat, watched a staffer run into a very important meeting—soaked in sweat. His shirt was two different colors, sticking to him, and he looked all-around terrible. It was unflattering to an up-and-coming statesman. An hour later, when his shirt was finally dry, it was wrinkled and disheveled. This was right around the time performance polo shirts started to become popular in golf and tennis—and the idea for a moisture-wicking dress shirt was born. Kevin launched Mizzen+Main in 2012 with the mission: To make the best shirts on the market and to make them here. Mizzen+Main is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and manufactured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

We love the crisp patterns and classic colors in theses shirts as we head into the fall season. The fit is trim and these shirts look great on guys with an athletic build. Best of all, the stretch and comfort will change the way he looks at his shirts.

Watch this Mizzen+Main Video

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Save up to 25% during our Mizzen+Main Stock-up Sale, August 16 – 20, 2017.

Introducing TravisMatthew


Despite the frozen tundra and negative temps in Minnesota, area residents are getting excited for a winter escape.

Introducing TravisMatthew

We are thrilled to introduce a new lifestyle and golf collection for spring 2017 at The Foursome by TravisMatthew. The first deliveries have arrived for those heading South on a winter vacation. You’ll love our full presentation of polos, t-shirts, shorts, pants, pullovers/jackets, and hats. TravisMatthew draws its inspiration from all aspects of Southern California culture and lifestyle. Their focus is on making premier men’s apparel for work and play and is leading the way in quality and active-wear design.



Performance & Fit

The patterns and fabrics in this line fit style trends in the men’s fashion world, while offering products with technical fabrications that will perform. TravisMatthew is a true fitting garment with a slight tailored feel. Their shirts and tops come with a little extra length in the body. The founders are all over 6’ 5” and make sure they can wear their own shirts! The pants also come with a graduated inseam that errors on the long side, so take advantage of The Foursome’s complimentary alterations if needed. Speaking of the pant, we love this true golf pant that customers have been asking us for!


Take a look at our Travis Matthews collection. More styles available in-store.

Short Sleeve Shirt Style for Men

Trend Alert: The short sleeve, button-down shirt is making a comeback. No longer just reserved for the studious, pocket-protector wearing guy, short sleeve shirts are here this season in many shapes, forms, and fabrics. Nearly every brand offers some version of this style – from Tommy Bahama linen shirts, to modern fitting Rodd & Gunn cotton wovens, to Kuhl quick-dry camp shirts with UPF 15 for your outdoor adventures.

Check out these great looks we’ve put together for summer:

Look # 1 – Lakeside Leisure

For a day that begins with a casual coffee meeting and becomes an afternoon on the boat, wear this breezy Tommy Bahama linen shirt unbuttoned to show off a coral high v-neck tee. Paired with 34 Heritage five-pocket pants in stone and Tommy Bahama Felton slip-on shoes, you are set for a day to relax in style. Don’t forget your personal writing utensil made by Faber-Castell.



Look # 2 – Work Ready

If your office vibe is trendy and casual, muster your inner hipster and give this summer look a try. Maker & Co button-down shirt in classic gingham (we love the Corozo buttons) paired with fashion denim from 34 Heritage and your favorite nerdy glasses (these readers are from Scojo).

Fit tip: To pull off this look, find a trimmer fit shirt that flatters your shape and is not boxy. Sleeves should end mid-bicep and you should only be able to fit a few fingers between it and your arm.



Look #3 – Party Cool

For your summer barbecues or live-music date, go for a Kuhl camp shirt layered over a pop color maize yellow tee from Tasc, offering tons of performance qualities like bamboo, UPF15, and moisture wicking. On the bottom, we love these new stretch cotton cargos from Thaddeus for the ultimate in comfort.


To get these looks and more, visit The Foursome Fine Men’s Apparel in Plymouth, MN or shop

The Material World: New Textiles and Treatments

Tommy Bahama multi-textured outfit

Tommy Bahama multi-textured outfit

An observation while unloading new merchandise onto the shelves this spring is: The material world has expanded in recent years. It seems that every garment was made of intriguing surfaces and carefully produced textiles, the fabric and dyes woven with interest and technique. Making new clothes look vintage or worn is not a new idea, but production processes continually advance, resulting in new merchandise each season.

Each brand The Foursome buys brings their own aesthetic and flavor into our store. They are the highest quality we can find. Quality truly matters. It lasts significantly longer than cheap look-a likes, it is noticeable even from a distance, and most importantly is felt by the wearer. Apparel made with fine material and constructed in smaller batches has the ability to offer a unique look. Specialty hardware, fasteners, and buttons add details that affect the overall look of any pant or shirt. The process in which clothing is designed and constructed is complex and involved.

One of the most innovative brands in creating a wide variety of textiles within their line is Tommy Bahama. They never tire of inventing new wearable surfaces. Some of their garments arrive already absorbed by the sun. Others have raw edges like their popular Fray Day polo shirt. Variation within the dye of a single sweater offers a casual yet sophisticated look. Different blends and weights of fabrics feel different against the skin and drape differently on the body.

It is inspiring to see new merchandise this spring that has evolved from only a year ago.  Beautiful new color combinations and color palettes to work into your wardrobe. Rustic and interesting textiles designed with style. So take notice. The materials these days are anything but uniform.

Below is a beginners list of textile terms. See if you can name a few next time you are in shopping.

Tommy Bahama sweater with garment over-dye

Tommy Bahama sweater with garment over-dye

Garment Dye
A special dye used to add color to finished garment. Rather than dying raw fabric before cutting and sewing, dying is done to individual pieces after construction. This can be done uniformly but it is also how they achieve subtle washed out dye along the seams and naturally throughout the garment.

Tommy Bahama yarn dyed knit shirt

Tommy Bahama yarn dyed knit shirt

Yarn Dyed
Yarn dyed clothing is made by first dying the yarn before weaving and construction. This is where you will notice beautiful subtle variation throughout the entire knit garment. The appearance can vary greatly between how fine the yarn gauge is to what type of yarn and dyes are used.

Tommy Bahama polo shirt with contrast stitching

Tommy Bahama polo shirt with contrast stitching

Contrast Stitching
When the stitching along the seams is a different color than the main fabric color. The details in types of stitching and where this contrast stitching is incorporated can completely change the look of the apparel item.

Tommy Bahama slub texture linen sportcoat

Tommy Bahama slub texture linen sportcoat

Slub Texture
Slubbed or nubby yarn adds intentional texture to fabrics and visual appeal. Machines are set to modify how much slub is present in the weave of a material so designers can implement their desired effect.

Tommy Bahama sueded cotton shirt

Tommy Bahama sueded cotton shirt

Sueded Cotton
Brushed, sanded, or chemically treated for extra softness. A sueded cotton t-shirt feels completely different than your basic cotton t-shirt. It has a different weight to it and drapes a little closer to the body.

Tommy Bahama woven double cloth shirt

Tommy Bahama woven double cloth shirt

Double Cloth
This interesting fabric is most often composed of two distinct fabrics lightly connected by a third binding weft. Basically, the exterior and interior fabric of a shirt will look completely different but are one fabric.

– By Beth Dougherty, Inspiration and Display Coordinator at The Foursome