There are all kinds of men's fashion articles out there - such as which sportcoat or blazer to own if you're only gonna buy one, the most versatile shirts to own, and ten classic pairs of boots for any season. But, those are all based about specific items of clothing, or shopping advice on how to look sharp. Which are great, but what about some more basic knowledge about how to avoid looking goofy, or how to wear what you already own to its fullest?
I didn't plan for it, but somehow, men's fashion and dress has become quite a popular topic on ManMade. I guess it makes sense - finding affordable ways to dress sharp as a guy is certainly a DIY pursuit. There are the extremes, of course: guys that simply don't care, and those who just hand their credit card to the guy at the store and say, "Go." And then there are the rest of us that fall in the middle of the spectrum - we who try to not be schlubs, but not get carried away.
And so, I submit a new Tumblr blog,
If I haven't gone on record before, allow me to do so now. I love Primer. Andrew and company are dedicated to exploring what it's like to be a guy in the twenty-first century, avoiding both the nastiness of men's magazines and old-timey stereotypes of lots of men's motivational content. They take the same approach that I attempt with ManMade, focusing on style and fashion, health, generally, being a good guy.
There've been plenty of classic films to find men's style inspiration: James Bond, Steve McQueen, heck, perhaps even the simplicity of the Blues Brothers. (I'd never thought of it before, but I do have one suit, black, and wear with a white shirt, and a black tie. Hmm...)
And, then, there's The Royal Tenenbaums, with it's vintage and memorable characters, and...their wardrobes. "
I've gone on record multiples times, in which I've shared that publishing ManMade has giving me a whole new appreciation for the necktie. As a full-time writer/crafter/artist/blogger/guy-who-technically-doesn't-have-to-get-dressed-most-days, its fun to have an excuse to get a little snazzed up and throw on a tie. (To you who have to wear one everyday, keep fighting the good fight).
And, whether you wear one daily or just a few times a year, it has to match the rest of your gear.
A ManMade man is well-dressed man, I've always said. Or, I've probably said that. At least once.
ManMade has always been about taking an intentional approach to the things your do, buy, and use, and clothing definitely fits in that category. So whether your a cutting-edge fashionisto (is that a word?) or just trying to look sharp for cheap, the internet is here to help.
Where I live, summer totally disappeared over the weekend. No slow goodbye, no sunny beckons to barbeque or picnic one last time. Straight up disappeared. It's fall, and it's cold.
And cold means sweaters. And whether you're knitting them yourself, scouring for secondhand options, or buying a new one straight off the rack, there's a lot of jargon that goes into classifying sweaters. What exactly is cashmere? Are Emerald Isle and Fair Isle the same thing? Should a dude ever wear a turtleneck?
We promise to slow down on all the Mad Men content soon, but with the beginning of Season 4 this week (I haven't watched yet, don't spoil it), there's just so much good, classy guy content to pass up.
Those fine, fine suits worn by the men on the show are the sorts of things that make anyone look sharp. My guess is they create new custom-tailored outfits for the actors from vintage patterns, which makes finding an exact match at an affordable price impossible.
But, there are a lot of slim cut/skinny tie suits available these days, so it's best to take advantage of the cut while its available. (It took me like a year to buy my first adult suit in the mid-90s...everything had huge shoulders and baggy cuffed pants, and....just, ugh.)
Here's a different sort of "how to" for ManMade...instead of actually creating something, it's a more of a "what to aim for...:"
But a creative guy has every chance to be a sharply dressed guy, and this very thorough article from LifeHack.org offers some pretty helpful tips, like
Pants should almost touch the ground without your shoes on
- Shirts with button-down collars are not dress shirts.
- You need more than one pair of shoes, but not too much more.