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

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.

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By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

As much as I’d like to go over why we should have won last night’s game against Portugal, I’m choosing to excuse myself from dwelling on that last-minute tie and instead take a moment to discuss something we’re all a little less sad about. Like, style.

Brazil v Mexico: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Image via the New York Post

Soccer can be as much a sport of dynamic athletes as it is of sartorial pros – just look to the New York Post's inventory of the World Cup’s most fashionable as proof. Worth noting? Italy’s forward Mario Balotelli, who wore mismatched cleats in brilliant blue and pink. Turns out they were PUMA Tricks, released specifically for the 2014 Cup. (Leave it to this fashion-forward player to be one of the first to sport the new trend.)

Another stylish player of note is Neymar (featured above), whom the Post calls “Brazil’s It boy.” With spiked blond hair and a primary-color-coordinated look, I think Neymar won the sartorial game for the World Cup – or, he would have if there were an actual competition for it.

Regardless, he and all the other soccer style pros out there serve as a good distraction from last night. You feel better already, right?

Read the full article on the New York Post.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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June 23, 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.

The Ultimate Bachelor Pad
Image via Esquire

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

Summer is fast approaching, and temperatures are rising – along with the inseams on men’s shorts. According to the Wall Street Journal, there’s a new length in town.

This Summer, Men's Shorts Have Higher Inseams

 Image via the Wall Street Journal

In the past couple of decades, men’s shorts have barely skimmed above the knee (that’s an 11-inch inseam at the shortest). And, truth be told, the look wasn’t always the most flattering. Now? Shorts are dipping to inseams as thigh-baring as 5 1/2 inches, which is the length sweet spot for trendy men’s brand Chubbies.

Don’t let that hefty strip of thigh scare you, though – an inseam around 7 – 9 inches (depending on your height) seems to be the overall norm this summer. And if you like longer lengths, rest assured that many menswear brands still offer a variety of inseams up to 11 inches to ensure that every customer is happy.

But why not just try dipping your toes into the pool of shorter inseams? You might be surprised by how much you like the way you look in them.

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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May 16, 2014

Every year, the Met Gala is hosted with a theme that attendees are expected to dress in accordance with. This year, that theme was “white tie and decorations” in honor of legendary couturier Charles James. For the women, that meant sweeping ball gowns. For the men… well, evidently the theme was a little hard for the men to follow.

Seth Myers interviewed Met Gala chairs Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker on his show Late Night with Seth Myers, and according to the fashionable women, while the male attendees deserve credit for trying, only a few actually succeeded with their white-tie look.

Check out the rather humorous interview (above) and learn about their dos and don’ts for white-tie dressing. Hey, you never know when you’ll have a white-tie event – and now when you do, you’ll have an SJP- and Wintour-approved look.

Read the full article on Fashionista.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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May 9, 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

In my opinion, there are a few “classic” items that have seen better days. Take the pleated pant, for instance. Once a star of the men’s wardrobe (specifically suiting or khakis in the 80s), it’s a look that’s been on the back burner for years. Well, it appears DETAILS is eager to bring it back.

Are Pleats Back for Men?

Image via details.com

In their video series “The New Classics,” the DETAILS editors attempt to debunk some style no-nos by introducing ways to incorporate different silhouettes into your closet. The first in the series is the pleated pant. I applaud the effort to offer advice on sporting new trends or classic styles, but I’m a little afraid of seeing masses of pleated khaki in the future. So, guys, I recommend proceeding cautiously with this look.

Read the full article on DETAILS.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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March 28, 2014

Spring is in the air and times are a-changing. Especially for T: The New York Times Style Magazine's men’s fashion director, Bruce Pask. The always stylish and effortlessly cool Pask just accepted the title of men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman.

Bruce Pask

Image via New York Magazine: The Cut

Considering Pask has been styling menswear for Bergdorf’s for a couple of years now – notably in its spring 2012 men’s lookbook – the move isn’t that much of a shock. I have no doubt Pask, a street-style favorite, will take his new role in stride and create killer men’s content for the mega store. My real concern is, who will fill his rather large shoes at T Magazine? We’re taking bets in the office.

Read the full article on style.com.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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March 14, 2014

The moments that take you out of your routine? You know, when you dress up, get together with the guys, or treat your significant other to a nice dinner? They’re the ones that really count. So make time for them – and learn how to dress for them, while you’re at it.

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