"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.
TheSuitsofJamesBond.com is an entire new website dedicated to exploring the clothing and style points of the 50+ year film franchise. Its got suits, yet, and James Bond, sure, but note that the site attempts to discuss all the men's style elements of the films, from a variety of characters including villains, henchman, and various MI6 staff, as well as other pieces from Bond's wardrobe: shirts, swimming trunks, and the like.
With summer in its twilight, and stores making space for the new fall styles, this season is actually a great time to snag a new pair of sunglasses. There are all kinds of 25-40% off sales happening now, and you'll still have months to wear them. (I'm sure I wear mine as much in winter as summer. The light bouncing off snow is bright, and the skin-damaging UV rays of the winter sun are just as strong."
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,
Photographer Federico Mauro has embarked on capturing some famous style pieces and accessories: eyeglasses, musical instruments, even guns. But I'm especially intrigued by his shoes...something rarely seen in movie closeups and 3/4 shots, but just as iconic as the rest of the wardrobe.
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.
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.
Outfitted: The 3-Day Staycation - Look Your Best and Explore Your Own City ( $200 Value Giveaway Inside)
In our Outfitted series, we hand-pick the style items and practical accessories you need to look your best in a specific scenario.
Summertime is the season for getting away and seeing the world. Which, of course, we heartily recommend. But we're equal fans of the staycay: taking a long weekend off work to rest, start on those projects you've been wanting to try, and going on an adventure in your own town.