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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
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.
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."
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?
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. The gear doesn't change much for one night or seven... just add some more food, first aid supplies, and you're off.
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.
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 guide, our 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.
It'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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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Telegraph UK features a recent photo exploration of the "kit" - the gear and clothing - carried by common soldiers for the last 1000 years.
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?"