What Your Lapel Says (or Doesn’t Say) About You

It’s wedding season. Your bedroom closet stands agape, offering nothing more than a tattered suit that’s seen better days. Time to shop for a new one. Not sure what to buy? Look to the lapel. That’s right, according to a recent article in Men’s Health, this seemingly small detail speaks worlds about your personality.

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July 30, 2014

Worth the Investment: Luxe Loafers to Own Now

There are shoes you buy and replace – like those sneakers you ran 500 miles in – and then there are shoes you invest in. The ones you take to the cobbler, resole, and wear over and over again. The pairs below? They’re in that latter category. Here’s why you should own them. And how you can wear them.

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TOD’s Gommino Loafer
Why We Love It:
 This iconic driving shoe gets its name from the 133 gommini – rubber pebbles – embedded in its soles. When Diego Della Valle founded TOD’s in the late 70s his goal was to “make more relaxed shoes that are also elegant and chic,” as he told Telegraph. He succeeded.
How to Wear It: Live in this loafer come the weekend with casually cuffed jeans, no socks, and a lightweight button-front.

Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio Bit Loafer
Why We Love It: Much like a fine wine, the high-quality Italian leather of these classic loafers actually gets better with age (you know, rather than basically disintegrating into nothing). Plus, the shoes are accented with Salvatore Ferragamo’s instantly recognizable Gancio bit.
How to Wear It: With a suit. Tailor your pants so they have little-to-no break. You’re not going to want to conceal these shoes.

Start building your wear-forever shoe collection. Our Men’s Italian Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo & More Boutique opened Tuesday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 30, 2014

Celebrity Style to Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

It’s safe to say Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way. In terms of fashion, that is. From an awkward alien teen in 3rd Rock from the Sun to a young head-over-heels-in-love professional in 500 Days of Summer to a suave agent in Inception, he’s dipped his toes in a variety of roles and styles. And emerged as the guy to watch.

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To snag one of his signature looks, try these simple steps:

1. Ditch the classics for this one. Grab a pair of slim leg pants in grey or black (treat it like a neutral) or dark straight-leg denim (a JGL staple).

2. Pair with a plaid shirt. Give it a tuck all around for a polished look. Then, unbutton the top two buttons and haphazardly cuff the sleeves. No undershirt.

3. Add a black leather belt and corresponding stainless steel watch. Casual cool? Mastered.

Now practice Joseph’s charming grin and you’re good to go.

For more inspiration, head to our Leading Man: Get Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Look Boutique, opening Monday, July 28, at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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July 27, 2014

Are Hipsters Fading? eBay Data Thinks So

According to Esquire, eBay’s sales numbers suggest hipsterdom is on its way out. Razor sales are up 56% (hipster scruff, be gone). Clear-framed glasses are also seeing a new-found sales increase, in lieu of those thick black rims. And the messenger bag? It’s been replaced by the 90s-inspired leather backpack.

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The hipster phenomenon Topman even rocked faded boot-cut denim during its Spring and Summer 2015 runways. That’s quite the opposite of skinny jeans if you ask me. But I’m not totally convinced that eBay’s “evidence” of hipster extinction is exactly that. Perhaps our idea of “hipster” is simply being redefined. Or maybe, just maybe, said hipsters have moved on from online auctions to flash sales… 

Read more on Esquire.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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July 23, 2014

Tailor Talk Decoded: 5 Technical Terms to Know

You’ve been there. Nodding and shifting mechanically as the tailor measures, marks, and pins, without really having a clue as to what he’s doing or saying. And while the tailor probably knows best, it can’t hurt to actually know the terms. Here are a few to make part of your vocab, stat.

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Bespoke
Rooted in London’s Savile Row, call this a fancy British word for custom-made.

Hem
Simply put, this raw edge of your pant needs to be sewn to prevent unraveling.

Inseam
This is the seam that runs along the inner pant leg, from crotch to ankle.

Taper
Usually in reference to the pant leg, it means that the cut of the fabric narrows toward the ankle.

Vent
That center or double-slit cut in the back of your jacket? This is the name for it.

Looking to step up your tailored look? Our Rue Trunk Show: Men’s Suiting Edition Boutique opened Wednesday, July 23, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 23, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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