"Hey does this go with this?" I probably say this 4 times a week to my long-suffering spouse. I've never been an especially snappy dresser, but I have always tried to be put together. I've also never had to work in an office setting with a strictly professional dress code––I taught college for years. Guys in my field routinely dress in polo shirts or something short-sleeved that matches a pair of khaki pants. I'm the kind of guy who tried to make it work with a dark jean/button down/casual blazer––a sloppy and corpulent imitation of Josh Radnor or other random "nice" guy on TV...
Then I started working a venue where I was surrounded by
There are two basic principles to the ManMade approach to style and dress: fit is everything, and buy high-quality, universal items that will last. In order to help you hold on to those investment items, and make sure they suit you as best they can, ManMade is happy to present our latest series: The DIY Tailor. This summer and fall, professional tailor and alteration specialist Danni Trester will teach us some basic sewing principles and easy DIY repairs that every guy should know.
One of the simplest things you can do to look a little more dapper is by hemming your dress pants when they're too long. As someone who does this for a
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.
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.
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.
It's still possible to be a man and have a Smart Watch. Here are 3 ways to embrace your inner geek while staying true to your dapper style.
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.
The ManMade approach to style and men's clothing has always been to invest in a few timeless pieces that work well for your look and personality. For some proof that it works, check out these awesome photos of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Though many of the images were shot during the 60s and 70s, they don't come across as vintage or retro. They just look amazing. The basic tenets of men's style has remained relatively unchanged for the last 100 years - take advantage of it.
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.
With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I thought I'd share some of ManMade's favorite tips for dressing for a night out. Though they're certainly applicable
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.
Ironing. One or two rare guys can get away with the dishelved look, but nearly everyone else should embrace that combo of steam and heat that somehow make fabric flat. And while a quick run over a pair of pants or polo comes easy enough to most of us, the button-down is a whole 'nother beast entirely. It's got at least seven components going on, each requiring a special setup on the
In the summertime, sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement, they're an essential piece of safety gear. They not only protect your eyes from the sun's rays, allowing you see better when driving, walking, cycling, working outside, etc, but, more importantly, they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and blue light, as well as the the skin around your eyes and preventing wrinkles and "crow's feet."
It's easy to critique. Especially something that's obviously not a good choice, like an outdated shoe or non-flattering cut of clothing. But the real work comes with offering a solution - a constructive observation that provides a better solution than the one deemed immature, or which was simply bad idea in the first place.
For some guys, even wearing a suit can be tricky. For others, it's knowing how to best plop down that initial $300-500 just to get started. But for every man? You have to know what you're looking at before you even begin to make the right choice.
Austrailian tailor and bespoke designer Patrick Johnson gives some solid, practical advice on buying and wearing a suit, including choosing a versatile option that can be worn in multiple ways, and adding your own personality to such a relatively blank slate.
If you back through old photos of dressed-up men, you'll like see a few wacky turns on the men's suit: the lapels of the 70s, the too-long, boxy jackets of the 80s, the baggy double-breasteds of the 90s. But, you'll also note that there's a basic look that hasn't changed much in nearly a century: the basic, well-cut, no-frills suit that has made men look like a million bucks for the last 100 years.
Knowing how to present yourself for a job interview can be tricky business...in the era of startups, social media, and the ever evolving workspace, it can be hard to know what sort of work environment with which you're seeking to be involved. Underdress for a traditional business position, and you're off the list before it even starts. And the reverse - show up is a three-piece to a relaxed atmosphere, and the team will certainly wonder if you're a good fit.
This helpful graphic offers the two options you'll wanna have around, no matter what the interview. It supposes