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May 19, 2016

How to Tie a Half-Windsor Tie Knot

created at: 05/15/2016 The Half-Windsor Knot - the classic knot every man should know. It's the perfect versatile knot that works both in the office and on more formal occasions without ever drawing too much attention to itself any which way. Whether you've never tried it or if you just haven't tied it in awhile, here's a slick and well-produced how to video from MR PORTER to brush you up.   

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May 16, 2016

How to Find a Suit that Fits

Measuring tapes and helpful sales associates are great. But what looks great in the fitting room mirror doesn't always work out in real life. So, if you're in the market for a new suit - perhaps for the upcoming summer wedding season - looks to these few measure-free tips to make sure you get a suit that will stand up to real world wear, and look great while doing it. These would be especially helpful if you're ordering from an online retailer like SuitSupply or Indochino, and you want to make sure you've got a great fit once the box shows up.    

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May 12, 2016

10 Things Every Man Should Own [Spring Edition]

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Some of the most frequent kinds of questions ManMade receives are inquiries like, "I just graduated college and finally have a real income and I'd like to start investing in some long-lasting goods..." or "my fiancée's birthday is coming up, and I'd like to buy him something every guy should have..." In 2013, I've been giving my take on those essential items, offering a new collection of ten each season:  winter spring summer, and  fall .    Some of these you might already own, some of these you might need to upgrade to a quality version, and most of these apply to women and households too. Please let me know what you think, and what you'd add or take away in the comments below.    

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Apr 14, 2016

Make This: Handcrafted Collar Stays

TracingYou may not even know you're wearing them, but there is a little piece of style in your closet that needs an upgrade. Those pointed collars have a little backbone in them called a collar stay, and a little bit of work will make them look great again.  

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Apr 13, 2016

"The 501 Jeans: Stories of an Original" Documentary

created at: 04/04/2016 The brand name Levi Strauss is so well known it's practically interchangeable with "jeans." And I'm a huge a fan of jeans in general. They're perhaps the most iconic form of American apparel. They can be classy and dressed up, or rugged and practical. And here's a one of a kind documentary from Levi tracing the brand's history, examining manufacturing techniques, and discussing the relevance of the cut on society. With gorgeous retro cinematography, it's inspirational to watch, and it's narrated by Ramblin' Jack Elliot to boot.    

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Feb 04, 2016

Dappered on a Dime: How to Get a Great Suit without Breaking the Bank

Suiting UpEvery man needs a suit. There are many times in our life that dressing up calls for a bit more than a collared shirt and sneakers. But dressed to impress can mean shelling out a huge chunk of change. Here are some tips to get yourself a suit without breaking the bank.  

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Jan 26, 2016

Fashion Made Affordable: 8 Money-Saving Style Tips for Men

If we were all millionaires, we'd all look stylish everyday. Not necessarily fancy, but we'd be able to afford whatever we needed to fit our particular body types and look our best, whatever that may be. 

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But, we're not. Well, I'm not. (If you are, feel free to email me at Chris @ manmadediy.com. I have lots of interesting ideas for you.) But in the days of the internet and online shopping, we've now access to all sorts of deals that we'd never be able to take advantage of years ago.

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Jan 12, 2016

How to: Care for and Protect Your Leather Boots and Shoes for Winter

created at: 04/16/2013

This time of year, footwear choices can be a gamble. Overthink it, and you're stuck in snow or hiking boots all day. Under-prepare, and your socks and feet stay wet, cold, and covered in  road salt. 

How to care for your leather boots in winter.

The answer, of course, is to opt for the middle, and choose a natural weather-resistant material that's stylish no matter what the season: leather.   

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Nov 03, 2015

Style How-to: DIY Elbow Patches to Class Up Any Jacket (or Sweater)

If you’re opting for a tweed or corduroy suit jacket, you don’t necessarily need to shell out the big bucks since you're going for the more worn-in, collegiate appearance. A thrift store jacket in your correct size can be tailored and DIY-ed into a nice alternate statement.

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Nov 02, 2015

Style Tips to Steal From Wes Anderson and His Movies

You can’t talk about Wes Anderson movies without talking about style. His movies drip with it, from the limited color palettes of the mise-en-scene to Anderson’s uniquely boxed sets and cinematography to his subtly grounded yet utterly original costume choices that seem to exist just a slight world away in the pantheon of Anderson cinema.   

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Sep 15, 2015

31 Style Terms (and History) Every Man Should Know

This is the most informative collection of men's fashion terms and history that I've found on the internet so far. Each fashion icon comes with some quick facts (Corduroy gets its name from the French "cord du roi" or the cord of the king, and has been around since ancient Egypt), but then each item breaks out into an extensive history if you click on it. And all this comes from GQ, so you know they know what they're talking about.   

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May 27, 2015

The ManMade Guide to Sunglasses: 5 Stylish Pairs Under $100

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In case your A/C bill hasn't told you yet, it's summer time. Well, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. And summer is the season of sunscreen and short sleeves and socks as little as possible, and...to wear sunglasses. Unfortunately, many men consider sunglasses to be more fashion accessories, and therefore optional, or even frivolous. But there are actually several health benefits to wearing sunglasses, particularly polarized lenses, when spending a day outside: they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and blue light, as well as protecting the skin around your eyes and preventing wrinkles and "crow's feet." Furthermore, they allow you to see better when outside, helping you to better operate a car, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, lawnmower, backhoe, grill, etc.

So, we at ManMade think they're an essential, and while we're advocates for stepping up from the $3.99 pair from the gas station, we don't think you've got to drop a whole week's worth of pay, either. So - five classic, masculine pairs of sunglasses, all under $100. Enjoy the sunshine!    

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May 04, 2015

15 Handmade Leather Goods for Every Kind of Guy

Fashion trends come and go, but true class never tires. And unless it's a suede jacket with fringe on the sleeves or a pair of bondage pants, investing in quality, handmade leather goods is always a wise decision for every guy. They'll last for decades, look better with age, and simply make you look like a guy. I've rounded up fifteen quality leathergoods that particularly hit the spot this week.

1. Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots

2. Leather Beer Carton by WalnutStudiolo   

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Apr 22, 2015

The ManMade Spring Style Guide

This is a commerce post in partnership with Frank & Oak

ManMadeDIY Spring Style Guide
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

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Apr 13, 2015

How to: Iron a Shirt in 90 Seconds

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.    

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Apr 08, 2015

How to: Determine Your Face Shape

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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."    

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Mar 30, 2015

18 Men's Style Quotes that Will Make You Want to Dress Better

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?      

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Nov 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Personalized Tie Clip

They say true style is all in the details, and this is super simple way to add a little custom flair to your accessories.

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Oct 14, 2014

10 Great Watches for Under $300

Jacques Cousteau and Albert Falco

“A decent man must have a decent watch.” So said Albert Falco to his watch-less companion just before legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau gifted him his personal dive watch (a DOXA Sub) in preparation for their deep-sea dive.   

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Sep 09, 2014

How to: Make a Sharp and Sleek Skinny Tie from a Regular Tie

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.

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