"In 1904, the Cooper Underwear Company ran a magazine ad announcing a new product for bachelors. In the “before” photo, a man averts his eyes from the camera as if embarrassed; he has lost all the buttons on his undershirt and has safety-pinned its flaps together. In the “after” photo, a virile gentleman sports a handlebar mustache, smokes a cigar and wears a “bachelor undershirt” stretchy enough to be pulled over the head. 'No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread,' ran the slogan aimed at men with no wives and no sewing skills."
Properly cared for, a quality pair of shoes will last a lifetime. Of course, that means you'll want to opt for a classic, timeless design rather than a trendier style, but we'd probably do that anyway.Then, there's the "properly cared for" aspect: maintaining the leather uppers and the soles so that they look clean and tidy, even after years of marks, scuffs, and others signs of use.
Secondhand stores and thrift shops are filled with neck ties with all kinds of cool patterns and textures, and most go for only a dollar or two each. The problem? They're often way too wide to match the lapels of modern suits.
A few weeks ago, I posed the question in our Ask ManMade column, "What the _____ are men supposed to wear to dress up in the summer?"
The ManMade approach to style has always been to seek out the classics. And true, layered and subdued works in the winter, but summer's the time for embracing the season and trying new things. So, go out on a limb and check out these ideas for wearing colorful/patterned shorts so you can step up your style for the summer...while still feeling like yourself.
That little green crocodile...sitting on the heart of collared shirts everywhere. It's a preppy status symbol, sure, but there's a pretty interesting history to how that guy got there, and influenced the whole logo/animal on your polo shirt phenomenon,
Two weeks ago, it was a wedding in 95° heat with 95% humidity. Last weekend, a special night out at local restaurant we've been wanting to try. Next week, an out-of-town business-y trip to the desert. All of which have sweatingly, swelteringly reminded me: I have no idea how to dress up when it's hot outside.
A few weeks ago, we set about trying to come up with the perfect style combo for the urban bike commuter. And while our option was professional and a bit dressy, there are still those with jobs that demand wearing a suit, or those special occasions when dedicated cyclists end up on their bikes in a suit.
In our Outfitted series, we hand-pick the style items and practical accessories you need to look your best in a specific scenario.
When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. - Elizabeth Howard West
Many an otherwise great jacket or pair of jeans has been ruined by a faulty zipper. A tailor or gifted sewing machine user can replace your zipper for you, but if yours is a high quality all-metal set, you can easily fix your current zipper without any special tools or parts.
Sure, we've all heard that the sandwich was supposedly invented by The Earl of Sandwich at a Card Game, and know that sideburns were named after Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. But! Did you know that the cardigan was named after an Earl as well, and the leotard dubbed for a real person named - get this - Guy Leotard?
Summer is fast approaching and, after long hibernation, you are working your butt off to get in shape. Protein smoothies? Check! Workout plan? Check! Cool gym bag?
Um, no? Worry not, friend. In this roundup you'll find fit different bags that will fit your budget and personal style.
The ManMade approach to style and men's clothing has always been to invest in a few timeless pieces that work well for your look and personality. For some proof that it works, check out these awesome photos of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Though many of the images were shot during the 60s and 70s, they don't come across as vintage or retro. They just look amazing. The basic tenets of men's style has remained relatively unchanged for the last 100 years - take advantage of it.
Barcelona-based artist and designer Yago Partal, who previously gave us Menswear Dog, offers this wonderful series of portraits of animal dressed up in all kinds of men's style pieces.
Sure, there are lots of these sorts of "everything you need to know about buying suits," or "X number of rules of men's style," posts all over men's blogosphere. They'll tell you that fit is everything, that gray is the most versatile color, and to never button your bottom button.
With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I thought I'd share some of ManMade's favorite tips for dressing for a night out. Though they're certainly applicable
Chances are, you've got a nice, solid stack of post-holiday gift cards sitting on your dresser or in your junk drawer. Yeah, you could save them up for something big, or add them to your account and slowly spend them on books or other goodies as you stumble across them.
Or, you can make a few wise investments in your wardrobe, and snag some of these stylish best buys, each under $100...and most much less expensive.