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

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 It’s been replaced by the 90s-inspired leather backpack.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

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

When a new apartment building in Manhattan has a penthouse nicknamed “the Don Draper apartment,” it’s safe to say Mad Men is now an entire lifestyle concept. And we want in.

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The apartment building, currently under construction near the High Line in Chelsea, was designed by prestigious architect Zaha Hadid. The building’s futuristic design holds no resemblance to the mid-century aesthetic of Mad Men, but naming the apartment after the show’s lead character appears to be universally accepted shorthand for “stylish.” The 6,391-square-foot apartment boasts five bedrooms and a balcony. But most impressive is the extensive 2,297-square-foot deck – ideal for getting your tan on during the day and hosting cocktail parties with an impressive view at night.

Read the full article on Esquire.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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June 16, 2014

When you sit in that chair at your local barbershop, you’re placing your hair’s well-being into the capable hands of your barber. Which means one thing: It’s wise to stay on his good side. Esquire agrees and has put together a comprehensive guide on what not to do to ensure you come out of your barbershop or salon looking great – and welcome to return.

Barbershop Etiquette

What made the cut? A few favorites:

  1. Don’t Moan. No matter how wonderful it feels to have someone playing with your hair, no need to make them uncomfortable.
  2. Don’t Touch Things That Aren’t Yours. A.K.A, put those scissors and shears down – they’re not toys.
  3. Brush Your Teeth and Put on Some Deodorant. Your poor barber or stylist has to get up close and personal, so be nice and keep malodorousness at bay.

 
No need to panic. The barbers and hair stylists interviewed assured Esquire that the majority of guys they see behave like gentlemen. But the next time the barber gives you a one when you ask for a two? Well, we’re not one to point fingers, but…

Read the full article on Esquire.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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April 25, 2014

There’s a new name in the suiting game, and it’s certainly one to watch. He’s the man behind the looks of the NBA’s most elite. (Chris Bosh and LeBron James’s bespoke suits? All him.) And now? He wants to add you to his best-dressed list.

Meet Waraire Boswell, one of the names behind the new ready-to-wear line “Boswell,” available to the masses starting in April.

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Boswell and partner Jace Lipstein, founder of Grungy Gentleman, have created a 16-piece capsule collection that consists of four classic, single-hued looks, each of which includes a blazer, Henley, button-front, and chino. I have a sneaking suspicion these pieces will fly off shelves. My only question? Whether Boswell has plans to cater to men who are less, ahem, NBA-sized.

Read the full article on esquire.com.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Staff Writer

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March 17, 2014

Guys, are you tired of walking into stores only to find a miniscule-sized men’s section next to the sale rack? Times are a-changing. The newly renovated Fifth Avenue flagship Coach store is catering to you.

“Nearly a third of the 3,720-square-foot space is now dedicated to their men’s accessories, as well as their recently expanded ready-to-wear collection (including outerwear and knits),” writes Max Berlinger for Esquire.

Coach Renovates for Men

“In addition to more acreage dedicated to the brand’s array of male-oriented leathergoods, there’s now a separate men’s entrance that leads to an interior outfitted with dark wood floors, slate gray walls, and chrome and leather furnishings.”

A super-exclusive entrance? We’re on the verge of jealously.

Read all about it at Esquire.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 1, 2013

The jig is up: Perfection does exist. And it lives in Clark Gable‘s multi-bajillion-dollar house. Oh, and it’s a dog person.

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Or at least according to Esquire‘s Tom Junod:

He has a long neck, upon which his long head, adorned by long ears, wobbles like a tulip. Everything is to scale with him. Many people have long eyelashes; he has lashes as long on the bottom as they are on the top… He has recently showered, and a careful modicum of product lifts his hair off his forehead. He has surprisingly fine hands. He smells like soap.

Okay, okay, rub it in a little more. Clearly Mr. Junod was too distracted by Clooney’s eyelashes to ask about his love life. I suppose that’s how the man of mystery wins everyone over – chivalry and charm. They’re so flattered that personal inquires seem insulting.

So until one brave soul manages to break his shell (has Oprah tried yet?), we’ll just have to settle for perfection.

Read the full profile at Esquire.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 20, 2013

It’s November, guys. If you haven’t started thinking about what to wear for Thanksgiving dinner, it’s time. And all-day football doesn’t mean you can chill out in sweatpants and your fraying Jeremy Shockey jersey (sorry to break it to you). While all that food makes comfort a priority, there’s a right way to do it. Try nicer jeans or cords, a sweater or blazer, and fall colors.

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Need more ideas? Check out Esquire‘s list. Then, once you’ve found your best look, top off the holiday with these tips for getting the most enjoyment from your cocktail.

Read the source article on Esquire.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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November 7, 2013

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1. A suit is never complete without a well-matched tie.

2. Our leading men wouldn’t know how to dress without GQ‘s incredible sartorial influence.

3. Men at their best? They look something like this.

4. Behold, the plight of the fashionisto.

5. An inspiring roundup of personal men’s style.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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March 5, 2013