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Jul 28, 2014

Dress Shirt Fabric 101: What's the Difference Between Pinpoint, Poplin, Twill, and the Rest?

When I was a young man, I worked my fair share of restaurant server jobs, in which I was required to wear a 100% cotton, white Oxford cloth, dry-cleaned only, and heavily starched. As anyone who's actually carried very many plates covered in leftover sauce wearing a white shirt on a double shift, you needed to own at least four to five of these guys for use in an average week.

Needless to say, none of my shirts ever got dry cleaned or starched (save for that spray can of Niagara), and after realized what happened to real Oxford cloth after wearing for fifteen minutes, none of them were a 100% cotton, either.   

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Jul 18, 2014

The Definitive Guide to Rolling Up Your Shirt Sheets

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Hey, guys. (News flash!) It's summer, and (science lesson!) it's hot outside. And whether we like it or not, (fashion tip!) it can often be tough to dress for summer and not look like a slob. Which means...(time travel!)at some point in the very near future, you're gonna have to roll up your sleeves. 

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Jul 07, 2014

How to Fold a Pocket Square

Mr. Porter,  an online men's style shop, teamed up with Drake’s of London Creative Director Michael Hill for this helpful video on folding pocket squares. Mr. Hill (he seems more like a "Mr. Hill" than a "Mike," right?) offers four options for folding the same pocket square for four different looks: business, eccentric, casual, and elegant.    

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Jun 16, 2014

Men's Style: The Case for Fewer — but Better — Clothes

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In the first half of the 20th century, the average U.S. citizen spent about 12-14% on clothing. Today, we spend only 3%, and yet we own about 5x the amount of clothes. In the vein of fast food, economists are calling this "fast fashion," and like that extra value meal, it's not very good for us.   

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Jun 09, 2014

How to: Pack Your Bags More Efficiently + "Army Roll" Your T-Shirts

Here's a helpful tip for some serious upcoming summer getaways. Cause the more efficiently you pack, the easier you travel; and the easier you travel, the more places you can go.    

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Jun 02, 2014

Outfitted: Father's Day Gift Ideas for Guys That Make and Build Stuff (+ Giveaway!)

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Oh...Father's Day. Even if you don't remember it's coming, the barrage of ads will always remind you. The ads, the ads. The ads that seem to think the only thing you should ever buy your dad is either a lawn mower or a grill or power tools. Which, on one hand, isn't totally awful, because grills and tools (and lawnmowers?) are cool, but here's the rub: tools are a personal thing. They're bought for a specific project, or a skill set, or a desire to learn a new technique.

Duluth Trading Co. gift card giveaway!
(Yup, we're also giving away FIVE $100 gift cards to Duluth Trading Co. Read on to find out how to enter!) 

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Apr 22, 2014

What's the Deal with the Colored Thread on the Bottom Button of Men's Shirts?

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If you've worn a button down shirt in, oh, the last 100 years or so, you may have noted an interesting feature: the last button hole and button thread are sewn with a different, contrasting color than the rest, particularly in solid color shirts. Or, you could be like me, and have worn button down shirts thousands of times over your existing decades, only to recently realize the thread color was different, and, once aware, started noticing it everywhere. Or perhaps you just looked down as you were reading this and learned that it is indeed true of the shirt you're wearing right now... Regardless, the question stands:

Why? Why are the bottom hole and button sewn with a different color thread?   

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Apr 08, 2014

Filson Ages Gracefully

Last week, A Continuous Lean published this fascinating piece on Filson, the legendary Seattle-based outfitter. It begins, "The oldest person in the world is 115 years old. Filson is 116."   

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Mar 24, 2014

10 Ways to Improve Your Style Without Spending a Dime

There are times to add new pieces...to make investments, to research, to spend a couple hours in the dressing room. (Turn, turn, turn.) And then, there are times to get creative with what you already have, and improve your wardrobe and own personal style without spending a single cent.    

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Mar 10, 2014

Style Roundup: 5 Transitional Winter-to-Spring Basics

Spring-to-winter basics

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While this crazy weather makes up its mind, here's a few solid options to help you stay stylish during this transitional season. 

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Mar 03, 2014

5 Ways to Transition Your Style from Winter to Spring

"Soon," says Tanner Guzy, "winter will be waning, and with it we’ll shed our cold weather uniform." The thaw is coming...some of us had a taste last week, until Titan came along and dumped plenty of fresh ice and snow. But, spring will happen, cause it happens every year

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Feb 17, 2014

How Many Ways are There to Tie a Tie? About a 177,000 More than You'd Think...

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I know how to tie a tie in three different ways...though I really only use the one (Half Windsor). I figured there were, oh, seven or eight other ways to do it, and perhaps I'd learn them at some point Turns out, I was way off on that number. By about, oh, a hundred and seventy seven thousand one hundred and thirty five. Ish.    

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Feb 11, 2014

5 Ways to Fix that Worn Out Piece of Clothing

old denim shirt patch idea

Face it. Sometimes, clothing wears out. Even hard working denim...   

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Feb 03, 2014

The Versatile Suit: How to Wear Each Piece Separately with Style

A suit, as we've come to know it for the last century or so, is simply a sum of its parts: a jacket, pants, sometimes a vest. And while traditional advice has said a sport coat is a better fit with jeans, or that trousers and suit pants convey a significant different level of dress, with the right suit, you can split it up and wear in all kinds of combos.

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Jan 15, 2014

5 Clothing Fit Tricks Every Guy Should Know

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Well, first - if you're reading this - you've already learned the number one trick: fit is everything. #KnowledgeisPower But! 

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Dec 16, 2013

The Easiest Way to Thread a Needle

It's easier for a camel to pass through an eye of the needle than a rich man to get into heaven...and it's not much simpler to get an actual thread through. Too many easy DIY clothing repairs and fixes have been thwarted from the getgo because it's never not frustrating to thread a needle.   

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Dec 02, 2013

Winter Style: Five Ways to Wear a V-Neck Sweater this Season

The holiday season always brings a bit of extra style uncertainty: our gathering and get together potential goes way up, and we're never quite sure how dressy an event might be. We bounce around from work to drinks with friends to Christmas light watching to office party to holiday shopping... all with a variety of co-soireers. Plus, your inside and outside and hot and cold and everywhere in between. 

The solution: a sweater. In this case, a V-neck that can go from a casual cold weather day

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Nov 18, 2013

Gift Guide: 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Stylish Guy On Your List

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Whether you're actually looking to buy some clothing and gear for a man, or just fulfilling your mom's wish to "send her a list," here are my (Gabriel's) ten picks for style-oriented holiday gifts.

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Oct 22, 2013

13 Stylish Essentials for Cycle Commuters

When you ride your bike in the summer, deciding what to wear is a no-brainer: as little as you can, to keep as cool as possible. But fall and winter cycling are a different beast all together. Of course, the temperatures are cooler, which requires flexible layers, but there's also increased wind and precipitation to worry about. 

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Oct 07, 2013

Fall DIY Project: How to Re-Wax Your Clothing and Gear

As the weather chills down, it's always a good idea to pull your cool weather clothing and gear from their summer storage places, and prep them for the season. 

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