So you've snagged your new go-to blazer, upgrading your the 13-year-old-at-his-first-school-dance look of solo white shirt and black dress pants. Congratulations! You're now hovering at the upper style echelon that the big boys call classiness. Now, this may be a perfectly acceptable sartorial level to rest, one where you can command all the professional respect you'd ever need. But you're not satisfied with simply acceptable, right? Of course not! You want to pursue panache, you want to exude aplomb, you want to chase other fancy-pants dictionary words.
My friend, you're in need of a pocket square.
You know, the dandy cousin of the handkerchief that's there to just look cool and wouldn't dare catch a snot drop. Clothing is a nonverbal speech bubble, and conscious choices display confidence; the pocket square elevates the wearer another notch into the realm of "I know what I'm doing," provides variety for a frequently-worn outfit, and radiates the warmth of self-expression.
Read on for the ManMade primer on choosing your pocket square, then learn how to fold a pocket square and starting off with three basic pocket square folds!
Spring has traditionally been the time for deep cleaning and purging, but for my money, fall is the season best suited. It's the one time of year when all your layers are on display. You've pulled out your wool sweaters and heavy coats for the winter, but your short sleeves are still lingering in the closet. Only now is every single item you own in the same place. This, truly, is the time to assess what you have, and to what you can say goodbye.
Suits are a common sight on an airplane. Sure, there are the business travelers who made be going straight to a meeting as they arrive, but just as likely - guys wear suits on a plane because they're impossible to put in your luggage without becoming a wrinkly, creased mess.
Except, there is a way to do it, and its worth a shot if you've a long flight ahead and would much rather snuggle down in something more comfortable.
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.
Every 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.
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.
Working with your hands can take a lot of forms. Just take it from Anthony Bourdain as he visits Frank Shattuck, a boxer and tailor famous for his "bench-made suits" in this unique process video.
The series is called "Raw Craft" and features great conversations about the dedication to craftsmanship and simply about how suits should fit.
Anyone who reads menswear or men's lifestyle content has noticed the shift over the last three-four years. The suiting dichotomy of "off-the-rack" vs. "tailored" no longer exists, and you simply don't have to spend at least $1000 to look sharp.
The sources are varied: general clothing brands, like J.Crew and its infamous Ludlow, and over-the-seas tailors like Indochino. Suitsupply is awesome, and all of these have a definite, overarching theme - they're slim. They're "tailored," as it were, and they look like the Italian cuts that were out of reach for many just a decade ago.
This isn't news to most of us, but this piece in The Wall
When it comes to getting the most from an everyone-has-a limited clothing budget, the two most helpful questions to think about are "what's the best men's style value in terms of long-lasting quality vs. price" and "on what should I save, and on what should I invest?"
A suit, as we've come to know it for the last century or so, is simply a sum of its parts: a jacket, pants, sometimes a vest. And while traditional advice has said a sport coat is a better fit with jeans, or that trousers and suit pants convey a significant different level of dress, with the right suit, you can split it up and wear in all kinds of combos.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
Those of you in the financial or business sector have got this covered, but for those who don't wear one to work everyday, it doesn't make sense to have a closet full of suits if you only wear one five or six times a year. So, here are some quick tips for the rest of us - the recent college grad, the artist, the programmers - on buying one suit and dressing it up and down to wear it multiple ways.
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,
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.