Sparrows Uncuff Links – $59
You know how it goes: you're at the opera, meet a fancy lady, say something witty, one thing leads to another and before you know it you've both been abducted by the Ukrainian mafia and handcuffed in the basement of a Viennese cigar shop.
Until we're all totally rich and can afford custom suits or have perfected our own tailoring skills, most of us will have to make do with off-the-rack traditional men's clothing: suits, dress shirts, pants, etc. And since there's like a trillion little pins and plastic things all over every item in the department store, it helps to know your basic measurements before you begin to try things on.
Every man should know a the following measurements: chest, sleeve, neck, shirt size, waist, inseam, and shoe sizes. And, in order to get these things to fit properly, you need to measure yourself properly.
Dana from MADE came up with this boy's sweater vest tutorial, which repurposes an adult sweater and "[turns] your little man into the gentleman he was meant to be."
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.
Don't tell my mom, but I don't actually mind wearing a tie...Granted, with my job and social circles, it's a rare occassion when it's appropriate, so when I find my self needing to rock the half-windsor, it's kinda fun.
Every North American man has plenty of connections to the necktie: As kids, we learn to knot them. As teenagers, we learn to hate them. But as grown-ups...as grown-ups, my friends...
Well, we can learn to sew our own.