Sure, a bit of scruff may be the look du jour, but a smooth shave will never go out of style. While there are pitfalls to picking up the razor daily (think ingrown hairs and irritation), a well-equipped grooming arsenal will keep the nicks at bay and leave heads turning. Here we outline which essentials belong in your medicine cabinet, and of course, how to properly use them.

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February 10, 2015

After months of rumors, it’s official: Men’s Fashion Week is coming to New York on July 13.  Yep, it’s time to show off our manly style the American way.

Why the hop across the pond? Steven Kolb, head honcho of the CFDA and the fashion week calendar, explained that the success of London’s menswear collections inspired New York, adding that “American menswear has never been stronger or more creative.”

So, what can we expect? Oh, just a few of the industry’s brightest (think: Michael Kors, rag & bone, and Calvin Klein Collection). And maybe even a gorgeous male model or two.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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February 6, 2015

Yes, 2015 has just begun. But we’re already crowning this year’s best Instagram account. Meet @fashiondads_, a hilarious Instagram dedicated to ordinary dads’ fashion choices.

Rocking “swishy pants” or six-year-old Velcro sneakers, the meme-worthy men dish out style tips like: Footwear. Is. Everything. I love these #vintage white leather Velcro sneakers with a navy accent on the tongue. They look fab with my #Arizona relaxed fit jeans and are #fashionable and #functional.

Guess I better start looking to my dad for fashion advice. Come to think of it, he is a pro at normcore.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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January 8, 2015

In the expansive world of men’s tailored clothing, it’s understandable that deciding what to wear can be quite daunting. So what’s a guy to do? Hire a personal shopper? Could be pricey. Locate a suit that slips on like a pair of kids’ footie pajamas? Yes, unfortunately, that could be a real option soon, and it’s called the Suitsy. DETAILS has the lowdown.

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It may look like a suit jacket and slacks with a white button-down, but really the Suitsy is a one-piece bodysuit – complete with concealed zipper. Supposedly it’s as comfortable as your pajamas.

Creator Jesse Herzog calls his new product a “revolution” in menswear. And on the Betabrand Think Tank website, over 1,200 people agree with him. Fortunately, DETAILS contributor Max Berlinger does not. “Novel? Yes, sure. Funny? Totally. But an actual alternative to, you know, just wearing a damn suit? I’m not so convinced,” he says. “I mean, is this actually that much more comfortable than just wearing your standard two-piece? And think of the possible embarrassment of being found out as a Suitsy-wearer. In the DETAILS office you’d be judged—and mocked—accordingly.”

We couldn’t agree more, Max. Men of the world: Either wear a suit or don’t. Leave the bodysuits to the ladies, please and thank you.

Read more at details.com.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Assistant Fashion Editor

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September 24, 2014

Brooks Brothers gets the big picture when it comes to men’s clothes. Suits are on point. Dress shirts are just right. But it’s the seemingly small details that really set the brand apart. Take a look at a few.

Brooks Brothers

The Sleeves: Every dress shirt has 6-Pleat shirring to add some interest at the cuff.

The Buttons: Cross-stitching makes them super-durable – they won’t break or pop off.

The Fabric: In rare Supima cotton, button-fronts won’t shrink, stretch, or lose color.

Check out the superior details and construction up close. Shop our Brooks Brothers Boutique, which opened Wednesday, September 24, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 24, 2014

You read that right. Since May, Yeezy (excuse me, Professor West) has lectured from the podium at L.A. Trade-Tech College.

Kanye West Teaching

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Kanye is speaking to future fashion grads at the L.A. institution as part of his court-mandated 250 hours of community service (following an aggressive run-in with a paparazzi photographer). Now, this isn’t the first time Kanye has dabbled in higher education – last November, he visited Harvard Graduate School of Design to speak to budding architects. But unlike his previous, YouTube-published talk, his current syllabus is a bit of a mystery.

Just what is the rap icon teaching? Leather Sweatpants 101? Intro to Dressing Like a Genius? Hopefully we’ll soon gain insight from his pupils. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy a few classroom candids provided by @teamkanyedaily.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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September 22, 2014

Pockets. They’re right there on the front of your suit jackets and sport coats, but have you ever noticed that they’re not all the same? The type of pocket on your jacket can reinforce how formal or casual it is – and at the very least, pointing out the differences can be a cool party trick. Here’s a breakdown of three of the most common pockets.

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Flap
Your classic pocket (as shown above): horizontal, with a flap of fabric at the close.

Hacking
Like the flap, but diagonally cut. A staple of bespoke English tailoring.

Patch
Your most casual option – a literal patch on the outside of your jacket.

Add some pocket variation to your look. Shop our English Laundry Boutique, which opened Wednesday, September 17, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 18, 2014

So you’ve finally taken the plunge on the leather jacket/boots/messenger bag you’ve had your eye on. But how do you protect it from the elements and other hazards of daily wear? Follow the three easy steps below to keep your leather in tip-top shape.

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1. Clean: Saddle soap. Murphy Oil Soap. Ivory soap. Take your pick – be sure to avoid products with harmful detergents or acids – then apply it to a clean, damp cloth. And remember, you always want to test a small, inconspicuous area first.

2. Condition: Leather can stiffen and dry out, so keep it away from heat sources and follow this important step. To keep leather supple and flexible, regularly rub in a specialty moisturizing conditioner or dab on a bit of petroleum jelly.

3. Waterproof: Excessive moisture is your leather’s enemy. But a freak rainstorm doesn’t have to be a disaster. Prep to minimize damage with mink oil (warning: it might darken your leather), a wax-based polish, or Liquid Aquaseal spray.

Find some new leather to love. Shop our Cole Haan Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Versace. Valentino. Salvatore Ferragamo. The world of luxe is filled with bold names and, sometimes, even bolder prices. So how do you know if an item is truly worth the investment? Assistant Buyer (and expert in all things luxury) Michael B. explains his top three picks. And why they’re worth every penny.

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Navy Suit: Unlike less expensive options, luxury suiting is tailored to perfection and constructed in quality wool – which means it should last for up to ten years of sporadic wear. To keep things current, Michael recommends go-with-everything navy paired with a light blue dress shirt for a tonal look.

Bit Loafers: If you’re investing in a shoe, it’s best to invest in a versatile one. And no other shoe is more easily dressed up or down than the loafer. Pick a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Gancio Bit versions to convey instant status, then condition the leather and have a cobbler resole to exude it forever.

100% Silk Tie: Stiff synthetic fabrics are prone to wrinkles. But this fine weave? It will always hang straight and hold a dimple under the knot. Try jazzing up your look with a classic stripe or polka dot. The pattern adds more interest than a solid without venturing into full-on print territory.

Knock these classics off your to-buy list. Shop The One-Stop Luxe Shop: Versace & More for Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

Decided to buy a single pair of Hanes instead of splurging on a pack of three? That girl standing in the checkout line behind you isn’t the only one who noticed.

Men's Underwear

According to Esquire, economists have linked fluctuations in underwear sales to fluctuations in the economy. The theory, dubbed “The Underwear Index,” operates under the assumption that men don’t just want underwear, they need underwear. So when they buy less, it’s for a reason: the state of the economy. In times of financial downturn, men are more likely to stretch the time between buying new pairs, causing underwear sales to drop.

Which brings us back to that three-pack. In the years leading up to and including the recession, there was a 2% decrease in men buying multi-packs of underwear, and a 3% increase in guys like you who grab a single pair.

But don’t let all this influence your buying patterns going forward. You wouldn’t want to skew all that underwear data, would you?

Learn more on Esquire

By Joanna Berliner, Senior Editor

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September 15, 2014