Acid-Wash Jeans for Men: Yea or Nay?

Just because something looks good on the runway or in a magazine doesn’t necessarily mean it translates into day-to-day wear. Case in point: acid-wash jeans. Sure, they looked great on the popular musicians of the 80s, but it takes a confident man to walk around in them nowadays. And even then, that man would most likely be the subject of a few head tilts. Recently, the Men’s Health Style Team tackled the challenges of modernizing acid-wash jeans.

Acid-Wash Jeans

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July 16, 2014

Jean Savers: 4 Tips to Help Maintain Your Denim

Jeans. You basically live in them. So it’s nothing sort of tragic when your go-to pair starts getting that telltale inner-thigh thinning (we’ve all been there) or starts to lose its perfectly broken-in shape or hue. But fear not. Here are a few quick tips to ensure that those days are far, far away.

Maintain Your Denim

  1. Don’t wash too much. Only launder your jeans when they’re stained or starting to sag.
  2. If you’re concerned about odor, hang your jeans in the bathroom before a shower to freshen them up with damp steam. Or go ahead and freeze them in a plastic bag for a day or two.
  3. When you do have to subject your denim to the spin cycle, turn it inside out and use cold water to maintain the color. If it’s your first-ever wash, try vinegar instead of detergent. The acid helps set the hue.
  4. Keep machine drying to a minimum. Toss the jeans in for ten minutes on high, then hang them upside down to air-dry. Or, if you don’t have time to air-dry, choose the lowest possible heat setting.

 
Need a fresh pair of jeans? Our 7 For All Mankind Women and 7 For All Mankind Men Boutiques opened Wednesday, July 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 16, 2014

Charleston Style Essentials: The Stars of Southern Charm Spill

It doesn’t take much to get us totally hooked on a Bravo show. Needless to say, the network’s latest creation, Southern Charm, won us over completely. For the uninitiated, the series follows a handful of dapper bachelors navigating the society scene in Charleston, South Carolina. At the center of it all, and often providing the laughs, are the show’s two youngest gents, Craig Conover and Shep Rose. We caught up with them to chat about their newfound fashion fame and what you need to get by (other than charm) in sunny Charleston.

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July 16, 2014

Celebrity Style to Watch: Justin Timberlake

When it comes to style moves, Justin Timberlake has it down to a science. From tailored suits with patterned shirts to your not-so-average basic tees, there’s no denying he brought sexy back (to the style game, of course). But it’s his chill, laid-back vibe we love the most: relaxed jeans, casual kicks, and sleek shades.

Celebrity Style to Watch: Justin Timberlake
To snag one of his signature looks, follow these simple steps:

  1. Skip the suit and tie for this one. Start with a pair of relaxed straight-leg jeans in a medium or dark wash.
  2. Casually layer on a loose-fitting graphic tee and button-front shirt. Undo the buttons, give the collar a little push, and wear it untucked. Loosely roll the sleeves up to your elbows to show off some arm candy.
  3. You can’t go wrong with stylish shades. And throw on a hat, like a newsboy cap or fedora.

 
All you need is JT’s confident smirk and you’re ready to go.

For extra inspiration, head to our Leading Man: Get Justin Timberlake’s Off-Duty Look Boutique. Opens Monday, June 30, at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 29, 2014

Seen On & Off the Runways: Men’s White Sneakers

The white sneaker has graduated from grade school. According to the New York Times, these classic kicks were a recurring trend at this month’s men’s fashion weeks, all the way from the models’ feet down to the front-row audience.

White Sneakers for Men

Image via the New York Times

But unlike grade school? These are white leather, not canvas. And they’re a whole lot more versatile. In Milan, Giorgio Armani’s menswear collection, “Echoes of Armani,” showed them with classic, tailored suits. Also, Gucci’s collection paired white sneakers with every color, pattern, and type of suit. London’s Alexander McQueen put a modern twist on this happening trend with printed graphic suits, combining British tailoring with an urban approach.

Off the runways? The white sneaker adds a more finished and tailored look than your everyday running sneaker. Josh Peskowitz, the men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s, claims he’s “been wearing them a lot more than expected.” He rocks them with formal suits and everyday outfits, on both sunny and rainy days. Jian DeLeon, the deputy style editor at Complex, even went so far as to pair a plaid suit with white sneakers out to the ballet (how bold).

Feel free to wear them with (almost) anything in your closet, from casual Friday to lazy Sunday. But for how long? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if white is here to stay.

Read more on the New York Times.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

Your Belt Questions, Answered

Belts. One is enough, right? Wrong. Belts are a great way to switch up an outfit or repurpose the same one you’ve been wearing week after week (you can’t fool us). Here are the answers to three questions about belt-ology.

The Men's Guide to Belts

1. What kind of belt should I wear with jeans? With a suit?
For jeans, throw on a leather, tweed, wool, or cotton belt – all these options look great against denim. On the other hand, a suit requires a sleek and simple belt. For navy suits, go with dark brown. For black and grey, look toward black leather.

2. How long should my belt be? 
Dress belts should have at least a few inches to the left once fastened. Too-short lengths make the belt appear too tight (you don’t want people to think you’re going to pop a button or anything). Casual belts can be worn looser since they’re not as stiff.

3. Should I choose a thin or thick belt? 
It’s all about the occasion. Never wear a thin (less than 1 inch in width) belt with jeans. That’s strictly for the ladies, and let’s keep it that way. With denim, go for a heftier buckle and thicker belt (between 1 and 1.5 inches in width). A thin(ner) option is, however, appropriate for formal and dressy events.

Still can’t decide? Own one black and one brown belt. You can’t go wrong.

Our Below the Belt: Denim, Boxers, Socks, & More Boutique opens Thursday, June 26 at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

Spotted: Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo

Pitti Uomo is upon us, and images of sharply dressed men are starting to flood our news feeds.

Not sure what that is, or why it’s such a big deal? Don’t worry, Rue is here. A biannual menswear trade show that takes place in Florence, Italy, Pitti Uomo is where retailers, editors, and buyers come together to view the upcoming collection. In this case, it’s the Fall 2014 preview. And the good news for men across the world? One prominent emerging trend – the blue suit – is achievable for everyone.

Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo 2014

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Trying to impress the boss at that business meeting? Try a striped navy suit. Have an upcoming wedding and want to catch a bridesmaid’s eye? Why not give a brighter shade of blue a shot? “If you find yourself in need of a suit this summer, rest assured that if you go blue, you’ll be on par with the most stylish men in the world,” says John Jannuzzi of gq.com. “It’s official, we’re in menswear’s blue period.” (Picasso would be oh-so-very proud.)

Read more on GQ.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 25, 2014

Jerseys Off the Field – Yea or Nay?

Since the dawn of competitive sports, men have been donning clothing emblazoned with their favorite teams. Normally, these shirts (or “jerseys,” as the kids are calling them nowadays) are reserved for gatherings at the local watering hole or trips to that famous baseball stadium a few towns over.

But as the old saying goes, change is the only constant in life. So when jerseys started popping up on and off Fashion Week runways around the world, critics and fans alike started to take notice. Enter two fashion editors from Esquire.

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High-end brands like DKNY and rag & bone have updated jerseys by creating tighter silhouettes and pairing them with tailored denim and leather jackets. So is it appropriate to wear them as a fashion statement?

Andrew Luecke, digital style editor at esquire.com, says yes, and his colleague, Max Berlinger, vehemently disagrees. “Everything men wear is appropriated from somewhere else. A guy shouldn’t stop wearing jeans because he isn’t a miner,” Luecke explains. “But if you won’t wear a baseball jersey, what about soccer jerseys? Public School has explored them. They’re far more versatile. Plus, it’s the World Cup, Max. Embrace the world’s sport.”

What’s my take on the argument? Men of the universe, wear your jerseys proud. (Yet responsibly. Translation: no baggy shorts!)

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 24, 2014

Nick Wooster: From Instagram to Instant Fame

If you don’t know him yet, say hello to Nick Wooster, your new Instagram obsession and the man behind an all-new capsule collab with Italian brand Lardini. Wooster has been heating up Instagram feeds for some time now. With well over 200,000 followers, he claims Instagram is his 401(k). But for those of you who are just now making his acquaintance, let’s take a quick look at the guy some call “the most photographed man in menswear.”

Nick Wooster: From Instagram to Instant Fame

His Resume
It’s anything but lacking. Buyer at Barneys. Design director at Ralph Lauren. President of John Bartlett. Trend development officer at JCPenney. Plus fashion director at Neiman Marcus. Recently added to his job creds? The debut of his new capsule collection Wooster + Lardini, which drew a crowd of over 1,000. (Oh, and did we mention that the New York Times just did a whole feature on him?)

His Style
Although Wooster claims he “would never, ever call [himself] a designer,” others boldly disagree, going as far to call him “the Cher of men’s fashion.” What others wouldn’t dare to try or even think of, he manages to pull off. He takes fashion for what it truly is – experimenting and creating, just as a DJ would with mash-ups. By incorporating various elements and styles, he has made an impact on a global scale and invigorated the fashion world with his bold sense of self and outfit choices.

No wonder photographers wait around corners and bloggers plaster his face over the web.

Get your phone out and follow @nickwooster. Then, head over to the New York Times to learn more about him.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 24, 2014

5 Tips for a No-Sweat Kind of Summer

Let’s just come right out and admit it: we’ve all been there. And by there, I mean plagued by a visibly sweaty shirt once the temps start climbing. Maybe it’s the can’t-have-it-all trade-off for the season’s beautiful, sunny weather. But there are ways to avoid embarrassment and stay cool and dry. (Ways that do not include foregoing shirts altogether.) Here are five tips to help you keep sweaty incidents to a minimum.

5 Tips to Sweat-Proof Your Shirt

1. Avoid caffeine and spicy foods. As much as you may love your coffee, soda, and Sriracha, they all can trigger sweat production. Stay hydrated with lots of water and stick to less-spicy food instead.

2. Swipe on some antiperspirant. Deodorant will mask the issue, while this will help prevent it. Go for clinical strength (with a higher concentration of active ingredients) if the standard stuff isn’t enough.

3. Wear natural fabrics. Think sweat-wicking, water-absorbing, quick-drying cotton and linen – and avoid synthetics at all costs. They’ll take their sweet time drying and will up the stink factor to boot.

4. Opt for a breathable fit. Even if you’re wearing a slim-fit button-front, there should be a bit of room between shirt and skin to allow your body to regulate its temperature. Too close a fit = too hot.

5. Put on an undershirt. Sure, it may seem counterintuitive to add an extra layer, but a cotton undershirt is a sweat-absorbing barrier that can help keep your actual shirt dry. Go with a V-neck so it doesn’t show.

And if all else fails? Bring backup – a spare shirt you can change into should the season get the best of you.

Round out your summer shirt collection. Our Mix & Match: 50 Men’s Shirts & Printed Ties Boutique opens Tuesday, June 24, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 24, 2014