October 22nd, 2010

The Weekly Rewind

Wearing Dress Shirts

Whether you are looking for a shirt to wear casually or wondering what to wear to a black tie event, A Man Fashion explains everything you need and more. This blog walks you through attires such as business casual, business formal, and formal while explaining what shirt is appropriate, what price ranges you should expect, and what tie you should or should not wear.

Cell Phone Etiquette

Classic Timeless has an quick and interesting post about using cell phones. Many people have not learned proper etiquette when it comes to the timing of answering a call, text, or e-mail, especially while in the middle of a face-to-face conversation with someone. A text is not that important; they can wait. If you have trouble with this, you are not alone. I used to get yelled at during dinner almost every night (and still do whenever the parents come see me at school).

Not for the Faint Hearted

From 1817-1920 (prohibition), America enjoyed the taste of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. This type of Guinness is brewed with extra hops, giving it a much bolder flavor. After 90 years without the extra stout Guinness, the beer has returned to the states and is available at your local liquor store. Ben at Gear Patrol authored a write-up about this newly released beer.

Dress to Impress. It’s Interview Season

If you’re a college Junior, Senior or “Super-Senior,” the time has come to look for your summer internship or full-time position. Companies are recruiting at campuses all over the country, interviewing the best of the best to join their team. His Fashion Eye recently wrote an article on how to dress for your interview. Check it out and good luck landing your dream job.

Shopping Help

All — well most — guys hate shopping. On Tuesday, the guys over at See Jack Shop posted a quick article giving 5 shopping tips for guys. It could be very helpful and save you some cash.

Photo1: a-man-fashion.blogspot.com, Photo2: gearpatrol.com

 

October 15th, 2010

Some Reading for the Modern Man

Men Love to Eat:

At some point in every man’s life, they are going to find themselves going out on a date. The Art of Manliness has an entertaining blog post on how to master the art of the date. Be sure to check it out here.

Be Casual:

In response to a reader’s question, Dennis from Made to Measure gives a detailed rundown on classing up your casual wardrobe. Lose the baggy jeans and lose the cheesy graphic tees. Don’t buy jeans with rips or stains. But, buy one dark pair, one light pair, and they will last for years. Check out everything else Dennis has to say about a casual fall wardrobe.

Pulling Off the Rugged Look:

Be unrefined, but not unkept. Choose traditional, “box” cuts rather than the recently popular skinny look. Oh, and don’t be afraid to throw on a muskier cologne. Interested? Here it is.

Watches I Wish I Had:

If you’re at all interested in watches, you have to check out Hodinkee. They have an interesting blog with a wide range of articles, this particular one being a feature on Michael Jordan sporting his Urwerk 103.03 watch. I wish I had that kind of money to blow. Here is the watch the MJ bought as a thank you present for a Chicago Bulls Assistant Coach…wow.

Google TV:

Have you seen Google TV? Sony announced today that they will soon be issuing pre-orders for the new Sony HDTVs equipped with Google TV. Among plenty of other features, Google TV allows search right on your TV for anything from live TV to recorded shows to your favorite YouTube video. Check out what Gizmodo had to say.

Photo Credit #1: artofmanliness.com

Photo Credit #2: hodinkee.com

October 8th, 2010

Weekly Blog Roundup

100 Days of Ties:

Will at Momentum of Failure is in the middle of a 100 day commitment to wear a tie to work in his casual work setting. In an effort to bring back traditional classiness to the workplace, he is urging others around the world to do the same. All he asks is that readers send in pictures (like this guy at The Effortless Gent) of their more formal day in the office.

The Social Network, Sean Parker:

Have you seen The Social Network yet? I just saw it on Saturday, and I highly suggest seeing it. In the film, Justin Timberlake plays the part of Sean Parker, the creator of Napster. Parker was heavily involved in the early stages of Facebook, but I’ll stop there so I don’t ruin the movie. Anyway, check out this blog post over at Men Style Power on the real Sean Parker who is apparently quite generous in real life. Very interesting article, especially after seeing the movie.

The REAL Sean Parker

Showing Some Skin:

When it comes to button-downs, there seems to be widespread confusion on the correct way to wear them. Do you only unbutton one button, or two…or three? What about if there are buttons on the collar? I always see people with those unbuttoned, but I was told growing up that I wasn’t supposed to do that. How do you think button-ups should be worn? Thighs Bigger Than Your Head gives their take.

New Ways to Shave:

Whether you are an electric razor guy like me, or a fan of the classic razors, you need to check out this blog post over at Be Better Guys. Michael Gillman from GroomingGuys.com gives his take on the two best razors on the market today, as well as, in his opinion, the best electric razor. Christmas is right around the corner, I may have just added something to my list.

Photo Credit: menstylepower.com

October 6th, 2010

Tom Brady: Fashion Icon and Football Legend

Born in California in 1977, Brady grew up playing football and eventually landed in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. Brady entered the NFL draft in 2000 only to get shafted as a sixth round pick. This sixth round pick then went on to win in 3 of his 4 Super Bowl appearances, capture the NFL’s single-season passing yards record, and established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.

Not only has Brady won 3 Super Bowls, but he is also a 3-time cover model for GQ Magazine. Brady has also been featured on the cover of Esquire, Details, People, Life & Style, TV Guide, and of course, Sports Illustrated. In fact, Sports Illustrated named Brady the SI Sportsman of the Year in 2005. Brady was offered over $1 million to be the next Calvin Klein model, appeared on Entourage, interviewed on Letterman, and has even appeared on Saturday Night Live. This guy does it all.

Being a tall, well put-together NFL quarterback and a fashion icon, Tom Brady obviously knows how to work his magic with the ladies. Brady’s persona has attracted famous females like Tara Reid, Maria Menounos, and his Brazilian model wife Gisele Bundchen.  The couple has a one-year-old son Benjamin. Lucky kid.

When it comes to fashion, Brady does not mess around. Brady has commented on how so many men let their woman pick what they wear, saying “you gotta draw the line somewhere as a man.” Brady’s sophisticated fashion sense has landed him impossible-to-get photo shoots with Steven Klein and Bruce Weber, who Askmen.com refers to as the Peyton Manning and Brett Favre of the fashion world. With all this being said, it is quite apparent that Tom Brady is living the American Dream.

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Photo 1: boston.com; Photo 2: details.com; Photo 3: popcrunch.com; Photo 4: celebrtysmackblog.com

October 1st, 2010

Blog Spotlight: Gentleman’s Gadgets and A Guide to Bad Taste

Hermés Tie Case: $1,975

Every man likes fast cars, nice clothes, new electronics and nice vacations. Am I right? A blog I found over year ago, Gentleman’s Gadgets, offers a daily dose of motivation to work hard to make the millions you’ve always dreamed of. The blog, dubbed the “Inspirationsource for Men,” features products that I honestly will probably never be able to afford. This doesn’t mean it’s not fun to look at a $9,100 fountain pen or a $940 bottle of Black Tot Rum. The site even features a $1,975 tie case by Hermés that is perfect for you tie-loving readers (if you can drop that kind of cash). Whatever it may be, this website is a great stop for men interested in luxurious and cool gadgets. Check out the blog here.

Gentleman's Gadgets: Bentley 80-11 Continental GTC

A Guide to Bad Taste, updated usually once or twice a week, is an enjoyable and humorous blog about fashion.  The blog features stories on dress pants, dress shirts, jeans, watches, you name it.  A recent post elaborates on pants with embroidered symbols (baseball bats in this case).  The point of the post was that people should not wear their profession on their sleeve, or pant leg, in this case.  Although, some pediatricians do wear ties with stethoscopes on them because they are “the silliest of doctors.”

A Guide to Bad Taste: Embroidered Pants

Overall, it is a quick and enjoyable read with bits on fashion and style.

Begin your browsing.

Photo #1 and #2: gentlemansgadgets.com

Photo #3: guidetobadtaste.blogspot.com

Every man likes fast cars, nice clothes, new electronics, and nice vacations. Am I right? A blog I found over year ago called Gentleman’s Gadgets offers a daily dose of motivation to work hard to make the millions you’ve always dreamed of. The blog, dubbed the “Inspirationsource for Men,” features products that I honestly will probably never be able to afford. This doesn’t mean it’s not fun to look at a $9,100 fountain pen or a $940 bottle of Black Tot Rum. The site even features a $1,975 tie case by Hermés that is perfect for you readers (if you can drop that kind of cash). Whatever it may be, this website is a great stop for men interested in luxurious and cool gadgets. Check out the blog here: www.gentlemansg

Every man likes fast cars, nice clothes, new electronics, and nice vacations. Am I right? A blog I found over year ago called Gentleman’s Gadgets offers a daily dose of motivation to work hard to make the millions you’ve always dreamed of. The blog, dubbed the “Inspirationsource for Men,” features products that I honestly will probably never be able to afford. This doesn’t mean it’s not fun to look at a $9,100 fountain pen or a $940 bottle of Black Tot Rum. The site even features a $1,975 tie case by Hermés that is perfect for you readers (if you can drop that kind of cash). Whatever it may be, this website is a great stop for men interested in luxurious and cool gadgets. Check out the blog here: www.gentlemansgadgets.com.

A Guide to Bad Taste, updated usually once or twice a week, is an enjoyable and humorous blog about fashion.  The blog features stories on dress pants, dress shirts, jeans, watches, you name it.  The most recent post, from Tuesday, elaborates on pants with embroidered symbols (baseball bats in this case).  The point of the post was that people should not wear their profession on their sleeve.  Although, some pediatricians do wear ties with stethescopes on them because they are “the silliest of doctors.”

Check out this blog for some bits of information on fashion and style.  It is a quick and enjoyable read. http://guidetobadtaste.blogspot.com/

adgets.com.

A Guide to Bad Taste, updated usually once or twice a week, is an enjoyable and humorous blog about fashion. The blog features stories on dress pants, dress shirts, jeans, watches, you name it. The most recent post, from Tuesday, elaborates on pants with embroidered symbols (baseball bats in this case). The point of the post was that people should not wear their profession on their sleeve. Although, some pediatricians do wear ties with stethescopes on them because they are “the silliest of doctors.”

Check out this blog for some bits of information on fashion and style. It is a quick and enjoyable read. http://guidetobadtaste.blogspot.com/

August 18th, 2010

Fall Trends to Watch Out For

It’s not too early to start thinking about fall, right? Heck, it got down to 70 degrees a couple of days ago. Next thing you now, I’ll be bundling up in pants and a jacket. While on the hunt for clothes this fall, keep these trends in mind:

Band of outsiders military shirt

1. The big trend this year is military – pants and shirts with parachute or cargo pockets have trickled down to retail.

A camouflage sport coat

In addition to pockets, look for camouflage prints and bomber jackets.

Timex field watch

If you’re on a budget, stop by a surplus store for accessories: webbed belts and field watches are cheap ways to achieve this look.

How to wear a knit tie

2. Expect wool ties to continue to surge in popularity, so don’t get caught without one – they’re this year’s skinny tie. Knit wool ties are warm and casual, so pair them with jeans, an oxford shirt or a blazer.

Wool ties at Bergdorf

Woven wool ties, which resemble more closely traditional silk ties, are more formal, and perfectly acceptable with suits.

Menswear designer thom browne

3. The slim fitting suit has slowly been making a comeback, thanks to the influence of designers Thom Browne and Tom Ford (Who outfitted Daniel Craig, shown below).

Daniel Craig as James Bond

When it comes to suits, fit, not quality, is the name of the game. Look for cuts that actually show your waist, instead of the traditional “sack suit.”

The Duke of Windsor in a double breasted suit

4. Along with formal wear in general, the double-breasted suit is resurging.  As you can see, both sides feature buttons, some which aren’t mean to be tied. It can exaggerate your chest and shoulders as long as it’s not too big. Double-breasted jackets should also have a peak lapel instead of a notch lapel.

Military shirt photo credit: Selectism

Watch photo credit: SLAMXHYPE

Thom Browne photo credit: Huffpo

Daniel Craig photo credit: NY Daily Mag

Knit Tie photo credit: Esquire

Woven tie and Camo jacket photo credit: GQ

Duke of Windsor photo credit: Luxury Insider

August 9th, 2010

I Replace My Sperry’s Laces And Live To Tell About It

Today, I tried to replace my Sperry’s laces. Ok, I did more than try. I was successful. However, since the laces in boat shoes loop in and out of the cuff, inserting the first lacing was much more troublesome than it should have been.

Replacing the laces of my topsiders

The shoe.

replacing the laces of my topsiders

The desired laces.

So for the other shoe, I tried to pull the lacing through the eyelets by attaching it to the current lace. My first attempt was with simple floss.

replacing the laces of my sperry topsiders

A crude lashing of the two aglets.

replacing the laces of my topsiders

As I pulled the two laces through, their circumference immediately slowed progress. One lace could be pulled through fine; though an aglet attached to it caught on the canvas.  Because the old lacing prevented me from grabbing the new aglet, I tried a new strategy.

New idea: Fire. I held the two plastic aglets together and touched a lighted match to them. What could go wrong?

replacing the laces of my topsiders

Nothing much, they didn’t stick together at first because the plastic was drooping. (because it was melting…who woulda thunk it?) Unfortunately, the fragile connection soon snapped.

By then, I recognized that if I attempted to fuse the aglets again, I wouldn’t have any aglet to work with. So, I resorted to the tried-and-true-but-really-annoying method: pushing the aglet through the cuff’s eyelets, then holding the aglet in place with my fingernail while pushing the canvas back.

Result:

the final product

August 9th, 2010

Guest Post at Maketh The Man

I’ve got a guest post over at Maketh The Man, which is a smart site about men’s dress. The format is pleasant and the articles useful. Go to read mine, stay for the rest.

The guest post is about seersucker. Specifically, what else can it make, besides suits?

July 30th, 2010

How To Tie A Tie Video Series

Are you clueless about ties? Can’t imagine that – you’re a regular reader of this blog, afterall – but ANYWAY: I made a “How to Tie a Tie” video series.

This isn’t just a four-in-hand and Windsor deal. This is comprehensive. Whatever thickness and symmetry you want, I’ve got a knot. All you have to do is head over to Affordable Style’s YouTube page to become a “cravatologist” (someone who studies ties).

And stay tuned for our special project – a “How to Tie a Tie” section of the website that will pull all the videos and instructions together in an easy-to-use format.

July 8th, 2010

What To Look For In A Summer Watch

I’ve been thinking about watches lately. Specifically, what sort of watch is appropriate for casual summer dress? My dad was shopping for watches at Kohl’s, so I asked the jewelry saleswoman the same question. She responded that large, and metal watches are in.

Well. I have a couple of problems with metal watches as casual wear in the summer. First is, they’re too hot. Men’s wear is concerned with style, though it should never substitute it for practicality.

Second, I simply cannot stand the big watch fad. For some reason, men are buying gigantic watches. I admit, my wrist isn’t exactly giant. But the bestselling men’s watch on Amazon, regardless of how useful it is, is ridiculous:

the casio atomic watch

Leaving these two trends behind, what are the better options?

Casual dress usually implies brown – brown loafers, brogues, or sandals, brown belts. If that’s the case, a leather-strapped watch is a perfect fit. Unfortunately, brown, the more casual choice, is rarer than the black bands. Moreover, I’m cautious of square faces, which appear too feminine. Add that filter, and you’ll be hard pressed to find much selection. Furthermore, since my watch should be casual, I want to avoid gold. Here’s what Amazon offers.

the skagen brown leather strapped watch

I’m a huge fan of this sleek Skagen. Just look at those lines.

swiss military watch

Check out this one from Swiss Military as well.

The other option is a field watch. This is a basic metallic face with a nylon strap. A watch like this is perfect for canvas shoes and nylon webbed belts. Though you can, theoretically, replace the band with a leather watch and sneak the watch into my former category, my choice would be to buy a selection of colored nylon bands. They’re cheap and a perfect way to adapt your wristwear to shorts, shoes, etc. Try these two stores for bands – Central Watch and Gnomon.

Citizen eco watch

This Citizen is popular.

an army surplus field watch

Or, if you’re feeling bold, try this cheap alternative from a surplus store.

Just avoid giant watches and take heed of the formality of your watch. More gold and a black band = more formal.