Archive for October, 2009
For many man a haircut is nothing more than a menial, unimportant chore that must be completed periodically. For these men it is generally acceptable to simply stop in the local Supercuts or similar fast food hair cutter to get it over with. The result of a visit to one of these hair cutters is usually a bad experience and a worse result.
Similar to shoes, a haircut is a part of your look that can help bring it all together and it says a lot about a man’s view of himself and style. Hair like clothes can be trendy, timeless, carefully crafted, or impulsive. For this reason I feel for a man to get a quality result they must immediately rule out chain assembly line hair cutters. With this option out of the way, one might then move on to salons. It is possible for a man to get a decent haircut at a salon but there is something lost in the experience as they are generally targeted to women. The final reason to look for a barber shop is that as in so many professions, the best at something do it all the time and take pride in what they do. Those who cut hair at a salon cut primarily women’s hair and usually charge a similarly high price to cut a man’s hair. Barbers, especially barbers who cut hair at exclusively men’s shops, are second to none at this skill.
I myself use a traditional barber shop in Boston and have always been very pleased with the results, but it is the experience that has helped turn my periodic visit into something that I look forward too. My barbershop has walls of stained hardwood, comfortable chairs and an accommodating hostess that always greets visitors with a smile. Notice I said “my barbershop”. It isn’t just somewhere I get my hair cut it is somewhere I visit with friends receive a great service.
The experience for me starts with a short conversation with the barber about what I want. This conversation usually evolves into “the usual” or some slight variation of this. After a few minutes and a good conversations, the barber washes, dries and combs my hair leaving me ready for anything. Another option offered includes a proper wet shave, which I would recommend. I think this, to a man, is what a day at the spa is to a women. One of the best parts is is the price which almost anyone could argue is too low for what they provide.
To those of you who have not experienced the joys of a traditional barber, start searching. A great way to do a little research and read some reviews to help you find a great barber is though Yelp, if it is available for your area.
Brooks Brothers is the well known retailer that has been regarded for years as a fine American clothier. For the last two years it has supplied the wardrobe to AMC’s hit show Mad Men. With Mad Men’s success has come its influence on current styles and trends. It’s characters conform closely to a style that is very much timeless and today it is becoming trendy to dress in a more classic way. This I feel is a good thing as more young men will learn how to dress well.
I feel that this shows poor form on the part of Brooks Brothers. I feel that any fine clothier should place itself above trends especially when they call for a partnership marketing campaign such as this. A Brooks Brothers suit should be just that, a Brooks Brothers suit. It should not need to lean on anything else for its reputation. This said, I enjoy the fact that Mad Men is showing influence in what its viewers think a well dressed man looks like and I feel that this trend will have an overall positive effect on men’s style.
Lots of men consistently wear undershirts as they serve a valuable purpose. Undershirts provide an additional layer that, when cold, helps to keep you warm and, when hot, helps keep perspiration from passing to shirt where it can be seen.
Because an undershirt is essentially underwear there are some guidelines that one should follow in order to avoid an embarrassing display.
First, your undershirt should never be visible to people around you. If you are wearing a tie this wont be a problem, as all undershirt styles will be well hidden. If you choose to unbutton a button or two on your shirt then I recommend choosing your undershirt accordingly. For this situation I recommend a v-neck or a-shirt.
These shirts have wide and low neckline that allows the undershirt to stay hidden. One disadvantages of the a-shirt is that the fact that it is sleeveless limits its absorption of sweat from your underarms, in part removing its function.
A shirt that is new to me is the U-Shirt. This shirt has a wide and low neckline similar to the a-shirt but with sleeve, keeping it a functional sweat absorber.
Whatever undershirt you choose to wear, if you choose to wear one at all, just make sure it stays as it’s name suggests, under and unseen.
Originally English country wear, tattersall (a check resembling tartan), is a classic casual/weekend check. Most commonly it consists of a light beige or cream field with widely spaced colored checks.
Tattersall is best paired with other items that lean to the more casual. Trousers such as chinos, cords or moleskin do well. More traditional, and a touch more formal, would be pairing with a tweed suit. Traditionally, gentlemen would wear a tweed suit and tattersall when out shooting and in the country.
English tattersall shirts usually wont have button down collars but with the influence of this American trait many have adopted them. This I see as a fitting feature as the tattersall is a bit more casual than other shirts in your wardrobe.
As for ties, I especially enjoy the pairing of a bold country inspired tie with tattersall.
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Wearing a tie with jeans is a curious trend that seems to regain limited popularity every few years. It tends to follow the cyclical nature of fashion, returning in some form but still looking just as confused.
This confusion comes from the fact that jeans are unmistakably casual, conversely ties are not. This may have been originally devised as a clever way to seem ironic but in most cases it only causes the person to look silly and juvenile. A dark pair of jeans may feel more formal but you will never negate the fact that they still jeans. This gentleman below has many pieces of his outfit well coordinated above the waist but detracts from its overall potential but confusing the common theme with the addition of jeans.
If one wishes to dress up jeans I would suggest starting with darker jeans, that aren’t “stressed” or otherwise discolored, and pairing them with a casual jacket, such this one below. I feel that this example below is more successful at dressing up jeans than the above example. This still would only be appropriate for the casual situation.
In all cases when looking at someone wearing jeans and a tie, no matter how attractive it may look or what goals they may be trying to achieve, the same can be accomplished to a higher degree with a nice pair of trousers. Don’t get me wrong jeans are a important part of a man’s casual wardrobe but leave the jeans-tie combination to those who like to follow men’s fashion trends.
Thanks for the question Brian.
Gianni Agnelli was a successful Italian businessman who became president of Fiat in 1966 and was involved in some way with its operations until his death in 2003
Agnelli was never associated with loud colors or patterns but rather with a simple elegance. He took advantage of the perfection of an immaculately cut suit and his own points of style to create a look that was his own. Agnelli’s most recognizable style trademarks included his watch, which he wore outside his sleeve, and his tie, which he wore slightly askew. These subtle points elevated Agnelli to the status of style icon in a country and culture known for its style.
This is the challenge of all who strive to achieve the pinnacle of style (no feat to be taken lightly). While many are content just to achieve a well put together wardrobe, others like Gianni take certain aspects of style and make them all their own.
In the past few decades the bow tie has unfortunately been reduced to the mark of an eccentric or dandy. This I feel is an unfortunate fact that has been bred from the slow decline of the average man’s sense of style and the promotion, by films and TV, of the bow tie wearer as an “uncool” or “nerdy” individual.
I am comforted by the fact that there has recently been resurgence of bow tie wearers in younger men. This I feel is partly a backlash to the common notion of bow tie wearers as being a little odd and the fact that they give the wearer the opportunity to stands out from the crowd.
That said it is my opinion that more men should find the courage to work bow ties into their tie rotations. If tying one poses a problem, practice some, it is not much harder than tying a necktie.
Just like neckties, bowties come in a variety of widths and shapes. If the mere fact that you are wearing a bow tie is a stretch for you then start with more conservative colors and shapes and work in more variety as your confidence increases.
Break away from the pack and stand out as an individual by increasing the versatility of your wardrobe with bow ties.