When you’re building up a respectable wardrobe, organization is key. It’s great to have all of the basics, but as we all know, a lot of times its the little pieces that really make the difference: watches, cufflinks, stud set, tie bars, tie pins, collar bars. You have so many little pieces that you really should consider investing in a jewelry box that will house all of your little knickknacks. Not only will this come in handy when you’re rushing before a dinner party and can’t afford to go looking for your favorite collar stays, but it is also something that will look great on your bureau. Get one monogrammed and keep it with you as long as you live. You won’t regret it. And if your buddy busts your balls for having a jewelry box, you’ll get the last laugh when he shows up to the party with only one cuff link.
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Many of you may be saying that the french cuff never went away, but now days, too many young people don’t know what in the hell they are or how to wear them. So we take it upon ourselves to raise awareness of the French Cuff because it really is what a proper gentleman wears. Sure, it may be a little more formal, and yes, it may require cuff links or knots, but the end product is most definitely worth it. Get yourself a few good french cuff shirts–preferably with a nice spread or cutaway collar. This goes right along with our hope for a more stately man in 2010 because sometimes it just feels so good to really dress to the nines. So go ahead and get yourself a good pair of cufflinks and a couple cuff knots and prepare to use them often–we expect you to start rocking the french cuff on a regular basis.
Now, you may be thinking, “What makes Ralph Lauren dress shirts so special.” You may assume we’re talking about either Black or Purple Label shirts. No, we’re talking about Polo Ralph Lauren dress shirts. Sure, you can find great dress shirts from any number of companies, but we test you to find a brand with a better combination of quality, price, and consistency. You can get tons of dress shirts that are finer than these, but you’ll pay for the quality. You can get tons of dress shirts that are cheaper than these, but you won’t look nearly as fine. And what we love best of all about Polo’s dress shirting is that every single season they turn out great styles.
Why did GQ just profess their love for these terrible hats? We understand that Jack Nicholson’s costuming in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a perfect job at using clothing to breathe attitude, but it’s not a handsome look. We know Johnny Depp is alternative and generally pretty cool, but it’s still not a handsome look, especially with a Tom Ford suit.
To be fair, this isn’t an all-out demotion of any knit cap. A light cashmere piece can be very flattering, and APC and Band of Outsiders have rolled out some excellent striped pieces. But the linty, crumpled, CVS-discount hat that may cost you as much as $200 with some high-end designers is not the right look to be honing. We love individuality – please, hone your individuality. But try to look good while doing it.
This Fall we’re talking about mixing texture in your layers. There’s no better way to layer than with a scarf, and there’s no better way to infuse some cool texture into your outfit than with a chunky scarf. First of all, these types of scarves are thicker than your conventional cashmere piece which means they offer some real warmth. Second, they have beautiful and intricate textural patterns like thick and thin longitudinal ribs and gorgeous cable-knit stitches. Finally there’s just something refreshing about these scarves. They’re manly but they’re not edgy in that harsh way that scarves often cause one to look. Look for the season’s best in a range of prices from Michael Kors (above), Uniqlo, Prada, and Sisley.
It is really easy to get carried away with crazy designs, colors, patterns and materials. This fall, try to step back and simplify your look. Start with the top half of your body. A simple black sweater can go a long way in establishing a good look. It is a functional color that can tie accessories to the rest of an outfit, and can go with just about any pair of pants. It may go without saying for some, but for the rest of us… not everyday has to be an exhibit of jaw-dropping colors. The key part to pulling off a simple black sweater is to accompany it with a nice scarf, or a great pair of jeans. Try this simple sweater or this one in black to keep it casual while still maintaining a classy look. And when it gets chillier, pop your trench over and you’ll look like dynamite.
As fall settles in, all we can think about are corduroys. Sure, you can wear jeans, but cords will always hold a classy place in our hearts. If you are tired of wearing standard, tan, J.Crew cords we urge you to check out thick corduroy trousers. Popular decades ago, these pants have a much wider corduroy lay out. The idea of skinny has permeated our pant wearing culture. Skinny jeans, skinny cords are way too common. We still dig the sleek look of a skinny fit, but try wide wale cords this fall to stand out because not everything has to be so skinny. The British company, Smart Turnout, seems to have a nice pair of thick Navy cords.