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The new Minnesota Senator is good enough, he’s smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like him.

We look forward to some progressive policies and lots of larfs.

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Jean Shop Rocker Distressed With Personalized Name $420

Jean Shop Rocker Distressed With Personalized Name $420


So far on this list we have promoted clean relatively unworn or untreated jeans, but at the number 2 spot we’re endorsing the best destroyed jeans out there. Many jean-junkies will stress the importance of wearing out jeans yourself, but not everyone can wear jeans every day for well over a year. Our solution is the New York brand Jean Shop. Jean Shop makes the kind of jeans that Kurt Cobain would wear if he were still alive. These jeans are as rockstar as they come, and are the perfect jeans if you want to feel like Keith Richards for a day. Their most famous cut is called The Rocker, fittingly, and is the one we suggest going with if you head down to one of their stores.

What makes Jean Shop so unique is the process. First, all of their denim is one of a kind as it is specially woven for them in Japan. Once the jeans are made and brought to you, it’s totally hands on as you get to decide not only the cut, but the actual distressing on your pair. Because of this, every pair is unique, and that is totally legit. Sure, they aren’t cheap, but this is the Savile Row experience of denim. You can do almost anything to your jeans, and although some of the washes and finishes can run you up to $600, you’ll be comforted by the fact that there isn’t one other pair of jeans out there the same as yours.

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Michael Jackson-Inspired Family Photo

Michael Jackson-Inspired Family Photo

We’ve thrown together a couple sites that we go to when we’re in need of some entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a cheer-me-up at the office or a time-burner on a rainy day, here are a couple places that will keep you laughing.

My Life is Average– Sure, FmyL is solid, but my life is average is at least 20 times better. Totally smart and hilarious, this is a must see.

Awkward Family Photos– Everyone loves making fun of other people, and the internet has made it possible to do this 24/7. Take Awkward Family Photos for example, tons of hilarious pictures of the most brutally awkward people ever photographed.

Black People Love Us-This is the real gem of the group. Totally hilarious website of a white couple that hangs out with black people and posts all of their fun. Check this out for a good laugh.

25 Funniest Videos– We can’t really put YouTube on it, so we’re putting Rolling Stone’s collection of the 25 funniest videos on the internet.

Awkwardize– An in depth look at the awkward things that happen around you every day. Check it out if you feel awkwardness all around you at all times.

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Following all this talk about a cardigan, we thought we’d give you a Piece by Piece incorporating it. This is a real preppy, but real alternative look. Tuck the shirt in this time.

Ralph Lauren Green Cashmere V-Neck

Ralph Lauren Green Cashmere V-Neck


Billy Reid Tuscumbia Button Down Shirt in Light Blue

Billy Reid Tuscumbia Button Down Shirt in Light Blue


EP Martin Sahara Titanium Watch

EP Martin Sahara Titanium Watch


Company of We Blake Short in Navy

Company of We Blake Short in Navy

Banana Republic Leather Modern Belt

Banana Republic Leather Modern Belt


J. Crew Millbrook Leather Penny Driving Mocs

J. Crew Millbrook Leather Penny Driving Mocs

Ralph Lauren Cardigan, $425 at Ralph Lauren.
Billy Reid Button Down, $145 at Billy Reid.
EP Martin Sahara Titanium Watch, $1295 at Blackbird
Company of We shorts, $72 at Company of We.
Banana Republic belt, $45 at Banana Republic.
J. Crew Brown Driving Mocs, $135 at J. Crew

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We just saw a scene from the animated short film Sigg Jones and it seriously has us excited. If you love Up/Wall-e/Ratatouille/etc, love fashion (especially nike dunks), and love french style this is the movie for you. With awesome graphics and a totally clever plot that doesn’t take itself too seriously, this looks seriously legit. Plus those magic dunks hes got are baller. And the Paul Smith FluoGreen Inside Jacket the agent has on isn’t too shabby either.

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This last year in fashion has seen an increased emphasis on the cardigan. But rocking one isn’t easy. It often seems that if you try to wear it carelessly you look like you belong in a geriatric center, while if you try to make it work it looks like you’re trying to hard. Trust us, it can be done right. Just do it rebelliously. Here are a few tricks of the trade we’ve picked up over time. (By the way, notice we’re not talking about zipfront cardigans. Why? They’re not stylish. Wear them, but not when you’re trying to look stylized. They’re not hip and not preppy and not somewhere in between. They’re just bleh.)

J. Crew Lightweight Cotton-Wool Contrast Cardigan (69.50)

J. Crew Lightweight Cotton-Wool Contrast Cardigan (69.50)


1. Bottom button need not always be unbuttoned
This tip is just to start you off nice and easy. People think there is some old rule that you have to unbutton the bottom. We will warn you: if the rest of your outfit works and colors match, you will never look wrong with it unbuttoned; you could look wrong with it buttoned. Buttoned often looks like you’re trying to hard, too prim and proper. But if the rest of your outfit is relaxed enough, a buttoned bottom button isn’t bad.

2. Fitted
A loose cardigan either looks like a robe or some garment your grandpa threw on to keep warm when he went to take a stroll down the street. Any sag whatsoever is dangerous. A fitted one looks right. A tight one is too hip and will also cause your shirt underneath to scrunch up.

3. Anchor with dark colors
Don’t wear a yellow sweater with khaki pants. Somewhere in your outfit, one of the main colors needs to be dark. Green with blue pants is a nice touch. But only bright colors never works.

4. Rebellious attitude for rest of outfit
Perhaps this rule requires a few subsections, but we’ll keep it simple. You can do a button down or a tee shirt. Polos don’t work. A thin cotton cardigan with stripes often works well with a plain tee beneath. A cardigan can be used very formally and very casually, so know the context and pair the appropriate shirt with it.

Jeans and relaxed shirt underneath give it a classic but slightly rebellious feel

Jeans and relaxed shirt underneath give it a classic but slightly rebellious feel

Obviously if you go with a tee shirt, you don’t have to do much stylizing with the sweater or shirt. But with a button down, you have to get more creative. Consider pulling the sleeves of the sweater up along with the shirt, while leaving a little bit of shirt exposed by the elbow (never wrap the cuff of your shirt around the cuff of your sweater). This look is best with jeans or khaki shorts. (Side note: raw denim just about always works with a cardigan; don’t know why). Consider not tucking your shirt in. If you do this, make sure the shirt doesn’t hang significantly below the cardigan, but if it goes just below, it can give a very neat, carefree effect — almost beachy when matched with shorts.

We stress the way you put it with a button down because we fear you can look like you’re trying to hard. This really is the key to the cardigan: Unless you are going for a really dark outfit for a more formal look, make your cardigan rebellious and carefree. Put it with jeans and a tee, or shorts and a wrinkled button down and sleeves rolled up a bit. Don’t try to look so put together. When your cardigan is perfectly straightened and your sleeves are at your wrists and your collar is perfectly rigid, it just looks off. The cardigan is truly for a guy with rebel flare unless he’s going for a formal look (more on that later).

Here’s an example of a look that works for the right guy, but again, notice that his outfit’s colors are very different from each other — bright pants wouldn’t have done the trick. We couldn’t pull off this look ourselves, but maybe you can:fejqzl

5. No tie (generally)
Most of the time, it’s just not cool. It looks so forced and there’s something so un-masculine about it. Sorry if that’s not convincing enough for you, but seriously, do you think this looks good (we don’t)?

Epic fail

Epic fail


The only way to do it right is to do it really collegiately. It either better look like a tennis sweater with stripes along the edges or it better have a few big, bold, dark stripes. Here’s one of the only successful approaches to a cardigan with a tie. Seriously, take note of how collegiate it looks: tennis feel, knit tie, houndstooth pants…
This time, we'll tolerate your tie.

This time, we'll tolerate your tie.

6. Wear it without a jacket
Otherwise it looks like a prom vest.

7. Shawl collar only for formal situations
For some reason, people say that the shawl collar is very masculine, but we just don’t see it. It rarely works. But if you’re in a dark and slimming masculinely formal outfit, we think it can work. (See pic below).

8. If you are going formal, go dark
Light colors just look too country club prepster. No knock on that, but if you’re doing pastel colors and trying to be formal, you have to do that with humor if you’re wearing a cardigan. The formal situation requires a real masculine silhouette. Here’s the perfect formal cardigan look in our opinion:

Just the right look for a formal situation. Notice the shawl collar works.

Just the right look for a formal situation. Notice the shawl collar works.

9. Avoid khakis
Take our word for it: most of the time, it just doesn’t work. Very grandpa-ish.

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This is the Don Draper look. A couple years ago everyone wanted to be a boss by looking like a rockstar, now everyone wants to be a boss by adopting that old-school elegance they do so well on Mad Men. It has helped to bring back an era of style, and tonight, we salute that style.

Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Two-Button 1818 Grey Suit

Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Two-Button 1818 Grey Suit


Brooks Brothers White Pocket Square

Brooks Brothers White Pocket Square


Phineas Cole Contrast Collar French-Cuff Shirt

Phineas Cole Contrast Collar French-Cuff Shirt


J. Press Corkscrew Cufflinks

J. Press Corkscrew Cufflinks


Ralph Lauren Medallion Tie

Ralph Lauren Medallion Tie


J. Press Oar Tie Bar

J. Press Oar Tie Bar


J. Crew Reed Wingtip

J. Crew Reed Wingtip


Mad Men Season 1

Mad Men Season 1

This is a very clean look that will make you look like you own the company. The grey suit is essential, and Brooks Brothers’ Fitzgerald 1818 suit has narrower lapels and a trimmer fit for a refined look. Fold the pocket square, and leave just the smallest white line visible. Along with this, the Phineas Cole (Paul Stuart’s little bro) shirt has a very tailored cut that is perfect for the look. The silk medallion tie by Ralph Lauren is slim to fit with the look and it’s simply elegant. Throw the tie bar on it of course, and you’re almost set for the corner office look. The final step is a pair of dark brown wingtips that will show your sartorial flair. J. Crew’s Reed wingtip is just the right color and will make this look complete. Finally, watch the whole first season of Mad Men just to make sure you get it.

Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Two-Button 1818 Grey Suit, $499 at Brooks Brothers
Brooks Brothers White Silk Pocket Square, $21 at Brooks Brothers
Phineas Cole White Nigel End on End Shirt, $129 at Paul Stuart
J. Press Corkscrew Cufflinks, $56 at J. Press
Ralph Lauren Madallion Tie, $59 at Ralph Lauren
J. Press Oar Tie Bar, $26 at J. Press
J. Crew Reed Leather Wingtip, $98 at J. Crew
Mad Men Season 1, $27 at Amazon

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