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Apr 22, 2015

The ManMade Spring Style Guide

This is a commerce post in partnership with Frank & Oak

ManMadeDIY Spring Style Guide
I'm the sort of guy who holds on to super-comfortable, super-threadbare, moth-hole-ridden t-shirts for far too long, much to my wife's great chagrin. And while there is a place in your life for that favorite, falling-apart shirt, let's make sure it's just one. Recently, I cut down and donated a good portion of my wardrobe, editing out anything I hadn't put on in the last six months. Doing so allowed me to replace staples and add a few new pieces to my closet. 

I'm long-limbed and lanky, so I often have trouble time finding clothing that fits. Pants are too baggy, and shirts are too

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Apr 13, 2015

How to: Iron a Shirt in 90 Seconds

The debate: is this shirt on the hanger wrinkled enough that it's worth busting out the iron, or can I get away with it and just move a lot so the creases fall out.

The answer: you can iron that shirt in, literally, a minute and a half. Less time than it would take to let the iron heat up in the first place.    

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Apr 08, 2015

How to: Determine Your Face Shape

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You know all those helpful menswear articles that say "this is the kind of beard you should wear if your face is shaped like ______," or "if your face shape is ______, try these sunglasses." And you say, "Great, that's super helpful... except I have no idea which one of these is my actual face shape. Cause that one is my forehead, and that's my chin, and that one's my jaw line."    

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Mar 30, 2015

18 Men's Style Quotes that Will Make You Want to Dress Better

Coco Channel is credited with a famous quote concerning women's style and accessories: "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off." It's good advice, really, and easy to incorporate into many aspects of your life. But most men's style tends towards the more simple, and for many of us, "taking one thing off" actually means we'd be short an item of clothing.  

So then, what are some good style maxims that the average guy can commit to memory to look his best?      

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Mar 27, 2015

How to Pack Your Backpack Like a Pro

With a bit of technique and pre-planning, it's pretty amazing how much stuff you can actually carry, safely and non-exhaustingly, in a backpack. On the other side of the coin, it's also true that you need almost as much stuff for a single night in the backcountry as you do for a weekend trip. created at: 03/27/2015The gear doesn't change much for one night or seven... just add some more food, first aid supplies, and you're off.  

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Clean and Look After Your Denim Jeans

created at: 03/20/2015 You've probably heard about raw denim and some of the contradictory advice about how to maintain it. In fact, you may even be wondering how best to care for your regular jeans. Check out this video of Michael Williams, the denim aficionado at men's style blog A Continuous Lean as he gives a nice breakdown on denim maintenance for both your regular and raw denim needs. Myths will be busted and knowledge will be gained.   

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Mar 03, 2015

Snag The Style: Indiana Jones

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If you haven't heard, Spielberg is currently eyeing an Indiana Jones reboot with Chris Pratt. In that spirit, here is a look at some of Indy's favorite apparel to start working into your wardrobe.   

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Mar 02, 2015

Mend Your Clothing the Japanese Way

Japanese Textile Mending

If you have a few wardrobe items that haven't seen the light of day due to some wear and tear. Take a look at the Japanese method of mending textiles, especially denim, with unique, stylized stitchery.

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Feb 23, 2015

The Essential Things Every Man Should Own by the Time He's 30

30 Things Guys Should Own by Age 30

With age comes maturity, and usually a little wisdom. By the time a man hits thirty, that wisdom should be apparent in the company he keeps, the deeds he does, and the things he owns. ManMade advocates for those that are built to last; we oppose the culture of disposability. Here's our list of things worth owning.

This post is brought to you by Murphy-Goode Winery, a California winemaker that has supported us in creating great original content, like last summer's outdoor entertaining guideour holiday gift guide and our guide to simple gift wrapping techniques any guy can use. This year they're celebrating their 30-year anniversary, and they asked us to come up with 30 things guys should try to own by the time they're thirty.  

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Jan 27, 2015

10 Common Laundry Mistakes Men Should Never Make

created at: 01/27/2015It's important to invest in high-quality style staples that will last a long time, and be easy to wear in variety of settings. And! It's just as important to take care of those staples properly, keeping them clean and stain-free, and storing each piece well, so its ready to go and wrinkle-free when the time is right.    

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Dec 19, 2014

How to Simplify Your Wardrobe [Sponsored Post]

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This sponsored post is brought to you by the Quicksilver® Card from Capital One®

We are all busy – but knowing how to maximize your time where it counts will put you ahead of the game. Gain valuable minutes in the morning by creating a closet that's as organized as all of the toys in your garage. Here are four ways you can simplify your wardrobe right now:

 

1. Invest in Closet Organizers

Spend your next Saturday building out your closet with shelving and other organizing models to make room for all of your clothes. Be sure to build enough shelving to properly fit all your sweaters and more delicate fabric pieces that may stretch out if

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Oct 31, 2014

Vintage Favorites: The Classic Rucksack

Ogio Ruck 20

I've always been a fan of vintage designs. Just a few decades ago, almost everything was made by hand and it showed. Designs were simple but durable, and had solid features without the flash. One of my favorite pieces of vintage gear is the simple rucksack.  

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Oct 15, 2014

Warm Up with Wool Gloves

Upstate Stock Fingerless Wool Gloves

With fall blowing her cool breath along our neck, it's time to fend off the frost with some warm layers. Grabbing that frosty door handle can be both shocking and unpleasant without a toasty set of gloves. With so many types of gloves available, it's hard to figure out what fits well into the daily grind of autumn life; and we're here to solve that dilemma - go wool. Always go wool. 

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Oct 14, 2014

10 Great Watches for Under $300

Jacques Cousteau and Albert Falco

“A decent man must have a decent watch.” So said Albert Falco to his watch-less companion just before legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau gifted him his personal dive watch (a DOXA Sub) in preparation for their deep-sea dive.   

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Sep 24, 2014

The Reinvention of the Entry-Level Suit

Anyone who reads menswear or men's lifestyle content has noticed the shift over the last three-four years. The suiting dichotomy of "off-the-rack" vs. "tailored" no longer exists, and you simply don't have to spend at least $1000 to look sharp.

The sources are varied: general clothing brands, like J.Crew and its infamous Ludlow, and over-the-seas tailors like Indochino. Suitsupply is awesome, and all of these have a definite, overarching theme - they're slim. They're "tailored," as it were, and they look like the Italian cuts that were out of reach for many just a decade ago.

This isn't news to most of us, but this piece in The Wall

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Sep 09, 2014

How to: Make a Sharp and Sleek Skinny Tie from a Regular Tie

Any guy who's visited a thrift store or a secondhand shop can attest to the ties. Some are hideous, but some are great - unique, but subtle patterns, or an lived-in color combo that can bring your getup together.

There is, of course, the problem of size and the insane widths that used to pass for stylish. But! Snag that vintage necktie anyway, cause its easy to adjust.

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Aug 15, 2014

It's Time You Learned About Watches

I've really been enjoying these illustrated walkthroughs from NeedSupply's blog, where they venture in-depth to explore the history, mechanics, and materials that we use everyday. The era

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Aug 12, 2014

How to Build a Beautiful Patina on Leather Shoes and Boots

A new pair of shoes is a great thing, especially a quality pair with leather uppers that you plan to break in and wear for years. 

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Aug 12, 2014

Inventories of War: The Clothing and Gear of Soldiers from 1066 to 2014

The Telegraph UK features a recent photo exploration of the "kit" - the gear and clothing - carried by common soldiers for the last 1000 years. 

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Aug 05, 2014

Men's Style: How to Make the Most of a Budget Wardrobe

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When it comes to getting the most from an everyone-has-a limited clothing budget, the two most helpful questions to think about are "what's the best men's style value in terms of long-lasting quality vs. price" and "on what should I save, and on what should I invest?"    

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