For some reason, I can't bear to throw out this silly pair of cotton shorts. I've had them for eighteen-ish years, more than half my life. I don't have any particularly good memories of them, and I mostly just wore them as pajamas
On ManMade, we love to offer simple tips to look your best on a budget: basic advice to spend money wisely, wear things well, and invest in quality pieces that will never go out of style.
And then there are those other kinds of lists: the ones that detail the
While 95% of the makeup of a pair of jeans will last for many years, a few particular points are much more vulnerable to wear: ripped seams, worn knees, or the big one, crotch blowout. Fortunately, even big tears can easily be repaired at home for little little money and just a few minutes.
The notion of a bespoke $4,000-$5,000 suit may evoke vibes of dashingly handsome rich men, scuttling around in dark lounges on Madison Avenue, smoking cigars and counting their money while getting inseams measured. With the obvious high-end clientele, it makes one wonder..."How can you not get rich selling $4,000 suits?" Turns out, regardless of the price of the suit,
So, I learned something new today: there's such a item called Shrink-to-Fit (STF) jeans, which are made from raw denim that you then conform to fit your body perfectly. Huh.
Sometimes, a man just needs to look like a million bucks. But, of course, no one can actually afford to spend a million bucks, nor for most of us, a thousand bucks. But, like with all things, some smart shopping can net you a very sharp suit for around $300, while looking like you spent ten times as much.
"Clothes cannot make the man," argues Jeff Staple, the owner of Staple Design, a clothing collection, creative agency and retail store in New York City. Or, more positively, "Sometimes you just put something on and you feel like you can destroy the world with it."
Whenever you're flying and need to take a jacket, often it's best to wear it on the plane since all kinds of craziness could happen to it if packed away. But sometimes, it just doesn't make sense to wear while traveling, and you need to figure out a way to pack a suit or sportcoat in your luggage.
Ironing. One or two rare guys can get away with the dishelved look, but nearly everyone else should embrace that combo of steam and heat that somehow make fabric flat. And while a quick run over a pair of pants or polo comes easy enough to most of us, the button-down is a whole 'nother beast entirely. It's got at least seven components going on, each requiring a special setup on the
When you work at home, there is no dress code. The only rule in my office is, well, make sure you put on pants before 9:00a. Otherwise, let the agenda dictate dress.
Yet, there are still a surprising number of places where I'm invited to dress "business casual." Actual meetings with real humans (gasp!), conferences and summits, PR parties and events, and general social gatherings and celebration.
And, since I've never really had a job where business, uh, regular? is the standard, scaling back from that isn't always clear.
Photographer Candice Milon created this awesome series for French men's magazine Sport & Style: she neatly folded and organized iconic outfits of male movie characters, shot against colorful backdrops.
Think you know manly movie fashion? Try to name them all.
There's nothing like a well-worn t-shirt, faded just so and perfectly soft from repeated wearing and washing. Many new shirts try to mimic this effect, with pre-cracked screen prints and ultra thin fabric just of the verge of tearing...but those end up looking like, well, brand new shirts with pre-cracked screen prints and ultra thin fabric just of the verge of tearing.
Fortunately, there is a better way to get your new shirts ultra soft.
Even if you've spent your cash on stylish pieces, well cut and tailored options, and just all around quaility clothing, you still have to put it together right...and therein lies the trick. You can own closets full of simple, classic style, but there's still plenty of room for errors.
Austrailian tailor and bespoke designer Patrick Johnson gives some solid, practical advice on buying and wearing a suit, including choosing a versatile option that can be worn in multiple ways, and adding your own personality to such a relatively blank slate.
The Legacy of Cool is a new film about all things denim: its longevity, pervasiveness, cultural impact, and the fact that it's basically the coolest fabric of all time.
Over the last few years, there's been a significant movement to provide a diversity of content for men, and ManMade is excited to be a part of it. One of the biggest outcomes has been all the fantastic men's style and clothing sites that have popped up, provided solid advice, great deals, and tips for dressing like you know what you're doing.
But of course, keeping up with all of them is quite a task, so complex created a flowchart to help you pick just the right ones for you, so you can get the kind of advice and inspiration you're looking for.
There's not much help out there for poor souls seeking advice for Father's Day gifts. Stores and advertisers haven't really gotten over the golf and/or grilling card, the necktie, the crummy multi-tool set, or the everpresent aftershave.
Your dad does not want these for Father's Day. I promise.
Ande Whall is one-man shop and independent denim designer from New Zealand. He recently posted his process of making a pair of jeans, from receiving the rolled denim from Japan, cutting each piece by hand, sewing the pockets and stitches and fastening the rivets and buttons.