Tag Archives: Fashion

Suspenders: Not Just for Bankers Anymore

16 May

Every issue, GQ Magazine has a section that is called “The Manual: Look Sharp, Live Smart.”  It usually has endorsed products to help you look like the stylish man that your mom always knew you could be.  In the May 2010 issue of GQ Magazine, the one with Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover, GQ endorses the use of suspenders. Apparently they have come back into non-nerdy fashion.

Wearing suspenders used to be a practical move.  Back in those Bogart days, you’d go about your business with your pants perfectly “suspended,” rather than cinched by a belt.  Now, like plenty of other mid-century essentials (tie bars, pocket squares, fedoras), suspenders feel in again after being out for so long.  Thin clip-ons channel a punk-rock vibe, while wider, button versions deliver more of a neo-preppy message.  Either way, keep your outfit simple for a custom – not costume – look.

The Look: Mad Men’s Don Draper

21 Nov

Want to look good?  Part of it is how you dress and part of it is how you act – or how confident you come off – in your own clothes.  Men look good in suits, but it can be a hindrance if they don’t look right on you or if you don’t feel confident in them.  In the November 2009 issue of Men’s Fitness magazine, there is an article titled “The Perfect Fit” that features mad Man’s Don Draper. “John Hamm is a modern-day style icon – even though the show is set in the 1960’s.  To help you rock the best of his classic vibe, here are tips on how to dress like Draper without looking as though you just stepped out of your father’s closet.”

Get a Custom Fit – Find a good tailor and bring in an armload of stuff from your closet. Most men buy their shirts and suits way too big. Have what you are not wearing taken in to give it new life. Then, when you are trying new items on, go for a smaller size than you normally would. You’ll end up looking leaner and the suit will feel as if it were made especially for you.

Get Your Swagger On – Once you’ve got Draper’s duds, then you need the attitude.  Use clothes to help you exude confidence. When you own your look, everyone around you knows it.

Don’t Be a Slob – Men in the 60’s didn’t wear clothing baggy.  Always opt for shirts and pants with flattering lines that contour the body.  In Don’ Draper’s world, a man should always look put-together.

Pay Attention To The Details – Accessories are the key to pulling off the Mad Men aesthetic.  Hats, tie bars, pocket squares, and watches provide a way for men who wear suits every day to show originality.  The must-have accessory is a slick pair of cuff links.

Embrace Color – The 60’s were all about rich browns, grays and blues.  Mixing those colors into your wardrobe doesn’t have to be difficult.  You probably already have them in your closet now, you just need to bring them out.  Teal and mustard yellow also capture the feel of that era.  A good move: buy a skinny tie (about 2 and a quarter inches wide) in one of those classic shades.

How to Dress Like a Man: Your Allowance

11 Sep

sam-worthington-esquire-september-2009-02The September 2009 issue of Esquire magazine has a series of mini-articles on how to dress more like a man.  Some are targeted at middle-aged men, but the information is useful nonetheless. One of the segments that caught my eye was an insert that depicted what a man’s annual shopping allowance should be, no matter what budget he has allocated for clothing.  This is how the magazine breaks it down:


Closeted Color

10 Sep

sam-worthington-esquire-september-2009-02I like to wear color in my wardrobe.  People notice me when I do it (well, I assume…) and it keeps things light and fun.  The September 2009 issue of Esquire magazine had a segment on how much of any given color should appear in a man’s closet at any given time.  The results were a little surprising.  I was not surprised by the fact thatt white, navy, gray and black were the big winners, but I was surprised at their percentages.  Note: this includes socks, undershirts and striped shirts.  Their findings? Check them out:

  1. White – 20% of your closet
  2. Navy Blue – 19% of your closet
  3. Gray – 16% of your closet
  4. Black – 15% of your closet
  5. Standard Blue – 11% of your closet
  6. Green – 10% of your closet
  7. Purple – 4% of your closet (really?)
  8. Yellow & Red – each should be 2% of your closet
  9. Orange – 1% of your closet.

Take it for what it is…