Essential Items for the Modern Man Part 3

In the last few weeks we’ve been covering those essential things that every guy needs in his closet.

Sure, you have tons of clothes, and your closet is practically overflowing with t-shirts, sweaters and suits  (those are from when you played football in high school). But do you have the tees that fit right? The sweaters that compliment instead of detract, and lastly the suit, the one that makes a man out of you?

This week’s article will be focused on just that suit. Fellas, it’s imperative that you have a good suit. Whether you have to save or sell a kidney, get one. Looking dapper and handsome is one of the many reasons to own one but also, when a woman sees a man in a suit something like fireworks, loud clapping and shouts of joy and mirth, children cooing and carnations being thrown about the streets ensues. That’s more or less the reaction you’ll receive because of how good you look.

The right fitting suit should sit snug about the shoulders, but not so snug that you can’t move about just a little. You should be able to button it comfortably in the front but not so comfortably that there’s plenty of room. The arms (cuff) should sit about half an inch from the edge of the palm. The length of the jacket should end right about the top of the thigh (depending on the style).

The pants should have a nice slim leg and should be about an inch above the ground. The backside should sit comfortably and not have any pull marks from the material either being to tight, or baggy-ness from it being too loose. The pants will fit comfortably if you can fit at least a finger in the waist band. They should also sit right around the hips.

Shoe-wise you could do something like an oxford. Either with fun socks that peek out, or a no-show sock for a more edgy appeal.

Below are some outfit inspiration and fit guides!


Essential Items For the Modern Man

In an effort to have every man looking handsome and dapper, full of self-confidence and suave, we’ve decided to cover the 5 essential items every man needs in his wardrobe. They’re the items you’ll create a history with, the ones that have memories and stories attached to them. This weeks Essential Item for the Modern Man is, then, without a doubt, the Raw Denim.

The logistics behind raw denim is that its simply denim that hasn’t been washed after the dying process. The uniqueness of raw denim created a following of lovers that will wear only raw since it molds to your specific body shape. The whiskering (upper thighs), honey combs (behind the knees) and stacks (at the ankles) are naturally worn in over time without the help of a factory worker. The denim, in essence, is then fully your creation. Over time it fades and becomes fully “you”. Some prefer to not wash their denim for over 6 months at a time to maintain its raw look and feel.

When it comes to fit, make sure your denim is tailored to fit you. Wearing denim in the right fit includes one that isn’t overly baggy, but fits nice and snug in all the right places.

Having a good go-to pair of dark wash denim will make it easier for you to grasp your wardrobe, and a lot easier to pick out a solid outfit.

Some places that have great denim is or even Asos, Levi’s has a good line as well.

Below are some visuals to help get you inspired and headed in the right direction!

5 Essentials for Summer/Fall You Won’t Want To Be Without


In the next 5 weeks we’ll cover the 5  things you’d want in your wardrobe for this Summer and Fall transition. We can all sympathize with each other and realize, with a heavy heart, that the sun is setting sooner, and rising earlier. That the mornings and evenings have a chill, and that very soon the balmy night air will be crispier than usual. It’s with this notion that, slowly but surely, we start packing away our neon tanks and tee’s, our Endless Summer fantasies and the wandering spirit that seeks adventure, and we ease back to the comfy, calm, cool and collected Fall wardrobe. This may mean fishing out last years knit sweaters, chino’s, brogues and button up shirts, but  it also means adding a few key items that’ll ease your transition from Summer to Fall, and won’t leave you feeling too shell shocked. This may sound like an involved process, and you may not care, but care you must. You have a world to conquer and a heart to win.


1. The Henley

The Henley is a basic staple shirt, you may find though, that indeed, you don’t own one. The reason its a great staple shirt is that it you can class it up, or keep it dressed down, whatever your mood in the moment is. Pair it with a pair of slim fit (or skinny) jeans with Brogue boots, Desert boots or Chukkas complete with belt and accessories and you’re good to go. Switch it up with a pair of chinos and loafers with accessories and again your outfit is complete. Throwing on cuffed shorts would be a great look too.

Venture out into long-sleeved shirt land too, try something fun that has some horizontal stripes, a throw-back to sailors from back in the day or one that has a different neck-line. Remember to stray away from super baggy, but try not to do skin tight either. To add some detail to your shirt if you’re feeling a bit “blah”, try pushing up the sleeves to your elbows, or even folding them a couple of times to sit underneath your elbow. Leave it tucked out except the front.


Have fun and experiment!


Tourist/Home-Body Mini-Cation “How-To”

You’re touristing around a new and foreign town – this is how to not look like those guys you see with the flood pants, awkward hats and hawaiian shirts. Instead you’ll look like a foreigner checking out the lay of the land and you won’t look like a creep or a dork. Being comfortable in your skin no matter where you are is probably the most attractive thing in the world and in no time you’ll be a local.

You’ve just woken up early and you’re about to throw on your favorite sweats and tee.. instead of going for the sweats that neither fit you in waist or leg, reach out for something a little more pleasing to the eye. Remember, you’re in a foreign town. This is the part where you get to look super good, look like a visitor and be mysterious about it. Saunter down to the coffee shop around the corner, get an espresso. Remember your sunnies. Grab a newspaper and get familiar with the locals.

From here you’ll probably take a walk about town. Let the inner explorer in you come out with full force, find the local spots for food and drink. The local spots are usually the best and usually the most hidden. Here is where you’ll get the culture of the town, hear the best stories, find out the true history and leave with a few more friends, all over a mug of the best local beer. Wear something that breathes and is massively comfortable. Cotton is your best bet, stick to your basic white v-neck tee and a pair of shorts, roll up the cuffs to add something extra and wear your fav boat shoes or leather sandals.

In the afternoon hit the closest body of water you can find whether its beach, pool or lake and make use of rays chock full of vitamin D, it gets your endorphins going and ensures your mini-cation will leave you feeling rested as well as having a killer tan.  Siesta with a book or two and educate yourself, or alternatively sleep off the previous nights endeavors. In choosing your bathing suit try something different, other than your baggy board shorts from six Summers ago. Remember fitted and lean is good. Don’t be nervous to show some leg. Leg is good.

As soon as the sun starts heading in a direction that looks like down, gather your stuff and head back to your B&B room. At this point you’ll want to shower, aloe , answer some emails and get ready for dinner. Smooth and svelt are the key words you’ll want to keep in mind. Think Bond. Definitely dress according to your level of ritz. If you’ve decided to revisit that local pub and grab whatever food they have there, then stick to the oxfords, chino and tee with a watch to accessorize. If the local five star restaurant with chef infamous for fabulous food is more your jam, then lean more towards a light grey, slim-fit linen suit and white fitted dress shirt that’ll make the ladies swoon. Keep it relaxed and leave the tie behind but don’t forget your watch. Keep the shoes classy and if the weather is balmy, feel free to leave the jacket and roll up the sleeves of your shirt.

After dinner, grab a night-cap at the hotel bar, meet more interesting visitors and settle your evening with a relaxed game of poker with your new friends.

Mini-cation complete. You’re now rested, tan, and a handful of people richer.

V-Day and How To Look Your Best

By Asaph Cueto and Cat Russell 

Fellas, Valentines day is right around the corner. It’s the time of year where you get to impress your girl. Likewise, she’ll be going out of her way (if she’s the kind of girl we like) to look good for you and be charming. You therefore have the responsibility to reciprocate.


Don’t be the guy that makes the mistake of thinking that it doesn’t matter what you wear for this big day. If you look like a mess, you won’t want to be seen with in public. Super awkward. Make an effort and go out of your way. Dressing well tells your partner, “You are worth me looking my best,” although you and I both know we still won’t measure up to her beauty.


All this being said, let’s work with what we have and focus on the outfit, starting from the top. Since it’s  Valentines day, and this is our excuse to show how sappy we are without sacrificing our masculinity,  throw on a shirt that has touches of red in it. I’d grab something like this Thom Browne Red & Blue Plaid. (If you’re an undershirt guy, wear a grey one). Definitely tuck your shirt in (it should be a slim fit) and grab a belt like this one from J.Crew. Go with dark jeans like these Diesel slim fits too, or skinnys if you’re just that trendy. Do yourself a favor and, while you’re at J.Crew, get a hold of a gray cotton v-neck pullover and throw it on over the shirt. The suit jacket should be one of the most pivotal items in your wardrobe and, if you don’t already have one, fetch a taupe colored jacket like this one by Thom Browne. The vertical balance will be flawless when paired with the dark denim and a pair of brown wingtips. For this Valentines day it’ll be the essential piece that completes your look. Finally grab a pair of brown, leather Oxford Wingtips and definitely don’t wear your gym socks. Grab either fun colored ones that have a pattern or wear no-show socks.

So there you have it, you’ll look absolutely great and ready to have a good time. Remember, dressing like a gentleman doesn’t mean you are one, so make sure you’re intentional about making her feel great, acting like the gentleman that every woman wants to be with. And relax, she already said yes to the date.


Good Luck!

How Skinny Jeans and Boots Changed My Life

A Change of Mind Concerning Fashion

by Daniel Lau

I have a confession to make. I’ve never been concerned with my sense of style. This was all due to how overweight I was and how sad I felt about myself (I was 265 pounds and only 5’6″). Without boring you too much with my story, I found myself one day. I decided that I would stop having a pity party for myself and finally appreciate every part of me, even my body. From that point on, I worked incredibly hard to get myself to a healthy lifestyle (I just ran my first half marathon a few weeks ago).

I decided to reward myself on a recent trip to Los Angeles with a new pair of jeans. I can’t remember the last time I tried on so many pairs of jeans. Shopping for jeans during the days of my dramatic weight loss were simple; find a pair that fits well enough for my relative size (they’d be baggy within a few months). I’ve never gone through store after store in search of the perfect pair. My fashion-forward brother changed my whole mentality on shopping for clothes in general. Not only should they fit and feel good, they should create an enjoyable experience both physically and emotionally. It was a foreign concept to me until I put on my first pair of skinny jeans.

Listen, I’ve got fat calves. I won’t deny it. They’re huge and I’ve always been embarrassed by them. Putting on my first pair of skinny jeans changed all of that. They wrapped around my calves like a glove. For the first time in my life, I wasn’t “hiding” my legs, I was showing them off. The skinnies made me look taller and accentuated the good qualities of my legs. Non-skinny jeans always felt boxy, baggy, and, in so many words, failed to breed confidence in myself. Whereas other jeans covered up my imperfections, skinny jeans showcased my legs. The best way to describe my euphoria were these three words, “wear them proud.”

In gaining more confidence in myself through a pair of jeans, I discovered that I was selling myself short by pairing them with a pair of flip flops. I was diluting my epiphanic experience with sloppy footwear. My brother and I set off to look for a pair of boots. At first, I thought he was crazy. I had never worn a pair of boots in my life. I thought boots were relegated to cowboys or farmers working on feces-laden soil. I wasn’t going to let my prejudices prevent me from embracing yet another new experience. Like jeans, you have to find your perfect pair of boots. I can’t tell you how long (what seemed like an eternity) trying on pair after pair. But after countless attempts, I had another moment. First, they felt great slipping into them. Secondly, I stood in front of the mirror and carried a dumbfounded look on my face. Did the fashion world decide to pass me by? Why did no one tell me how amazing a man looks in boots? I bought them immediately. There was nothing that could sway me from my decision.

Since I began putting my new look together, I’ve received complements from complete strangers and criticism from colleagues. Although the reactions have been mixed, the one thing that can’t be denied is I’m being noticed. People appreciate my new style because I finally appreciate myself enough to dress better. My new style has changed my life for the better.

Basic Pieces Every Guy Needs. Part Seven.

The Shirt

by Cat Russell  

During the 90’s we saw our men wear balloons as shirts. We could assume that in an attempt to personify the rebellious anti-everything movement which happened in the 70’s and 80’s, it caused the masses to all, collectively, look completely homeless with their oversize flannel shirts and dirty jeans. Whether its been to save the Planets supply of cotton, or an attempt to remind fellow-man that they were meant to be handsome, the yards of cloth they were swathed in were slimmed down and today we find men’s shirts to be slim-cut and more refined looking. We went from the peasant look with over-size clothing to a far more sophisticated and sleek gentleman who carries both confidence and resolve, who refuses to give in to what has now become the status quo. What we call the “poor” look.

Slim fit shirts are definitely the next item needed in your wardrobe if you’re that guy that has no dress shirts. The reason you’d want this staple item is that it’ll add a sense of manliness to a closet fraught with Spiderman t-shirts and, paired with basically any outfit, will step your overall look up a notch and you will without fail be noticed by both sexes in the professional and social realms of your life.

The Slim fit shirt need not be skin-tight, any extra material around the arms and the sides (more than 2 inches) and you’re leaning to a more relaxed dress shirt, this is good for wearing un-tucked with chinos and boat shoes.  Stick to light colors and forgo the bold ones unless you’re aware of what looks good with your skin tone. Remember if something makes you look more pale than you really are, cast it aside. On the flip side, if your skin tone is darker and that dark shirt swallows you, also cast it aside unless you’re going for that dangerous, demure look. Dont get too near shirts with bold patterns, but stick to subtle and you’ll be a winner.

Whether you’re going out at night or to the office to work, wear this shirt with confidence and you’ll see your attractive points sky rocket, catching the eye of everyone around you.

Basic Pieces Every Guy Needs. Part Five

The Chino and Pant

The Chino is a classic. A must have. Chino cloth is a twill blend, primarily with cotton whereas the regular pant will have different blends including stretch. Its that pant that bridges classy and casual. It gives off that air of young professionalism accompanied with that laid back look of a holiday by the sea or an escape to the mountains in the Fall and Winter.

ASOS Slim Fit Chino


Chinos come in different widths at the ankle, but by far the slim straight leg or skinny leg would look the most modern and put-together. Just like jeans, be sure that they aren’t too baggy but fit good around the thigh and gluteus maximus.

Wear with your favorite (snug) hoodie and oxfords, rolled up at the leg, for a more relaxed look or with your new fav knit sweater, and then straight at the leg with boots when its cold outside or with dress shoes for a more professional approach. You can never go wrong with these and they’ll mature you in only the best way possible. And again, dont be afraid to experiment with different looks for this, whether its pairing it with a simple graphic tee, boat shoes and massive wool scarf or a blazer too.  Its worth mentioning too, but if you do roll up the pant be sure to wear no-show socks, or on the other extreme wear socks that have a fun pattern or come in fun colors.