How’s the Economy Doing? Just Ask Your Boxers

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.

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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

Pull Off the Look: Bold Socks for Fall

Chances are you follow the so-called rule that blue socks are for jeans, tan socks are for khakis, and charcoal and black are reserved for your dark suits. Our advice? Live a little. Working in a stripe or a bit of argyle can easily bring a small but healthy dose of fun to your look. Here’s how to work bold socks into your wardrobe this fall.

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September 11, 2014

GQ Decodes Fashion Week’s Most Style-Savvy Men

Men, it’s okay to admit it. You look at street style shots from Fashion Week, too. You see the same faces over and over again. But who are these guys? They confidently walk the streets wearing floppy hats, denim-on-denim, and camo-everything, but there’s more to them than that. They’re designers, editors, fashion directors – the list goes on. And lucky for us, GQ has made it easy to identify them all.

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How, you ask? With street style trading cards. On one side, a name, illustration, and city of residence. On the other, the breakdown: what the man does, who he works for, what his uniform is, and what his trademark moves are.

Of course, “the most photographed man in menswear,” consultant and designer Nick Wooster, was featured. GQ described his uniform as “[a]n eclectic mash-up of traditional menswear, envelope-pushing items from Paris and Japan, and generally every big get grail piece you wish you owned.” A worthy style inspiration, no?

L’Uomo Vogue‘s fashion editor-at-large, Robert Rabensteiner, also made the cut. His trademark moves? He “[s]inglehandedly made floppy hats and wizard coats badass. Owns over 1,000 scarves, rarely spotted without one.” But don’t go thinking the drawing does him any justice. That salt-and-pepper beard looks way cooler in photos. 

Maybe you wouldn’t necessarily dress like these guys tomorrow, next year, or ever, but they’re prime examples of what personal style is all about. So head over to GQ and take note.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 9, 2014

Discover How Robert Graham Takes On the Classics

With its bold prints and bright colors, Robert Graham has that anything-but-boring rep locked down. But that doesn’t mean the brand can’t handily take on the classics. You know, like your go-to navy sport coat and crisp white button-front. Even though these pieces may seem deceptively simple, they always bear a bit of that Robert Graham punch of personality. Here’s how to find it.

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The navy version above is business on the outside, but look further. It’s party on the inside with floral-print lining.

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What appears from afar to be your average white shirt will surprise you. Find contrast under the collar, on the cuffs, and along the gig line.

Shop these classics – plus the brand’s unabashedly bold prints – in our Robert Graham Men Boutique, which opened Friday, September 5, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 5, 2014

The Almighty Blazer: How to Get the Right Fit

Nothing brings instant polish like a blazer, which is quite possibly your most versatile layer. Toss it on over straight-leg chinos and a button-front shirt for work, or on top of dark jeans and a graphic tee for date night. It’s a total game changer. But it also needs to fit like a glove – too big or too tight can throw off the whole look. Quit second-guessing with these tips to get your proportions on point.

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The Size: Know your measurements. Wrap a soft measuring tape just below your arms around the fullest part of your chest. Use that number as your starting point for size. When you try on a blazer, the shoulder seam should rest on the points of your shoulders and you should be able to move your arms freely.

The Jacket Length: Choosing the right length helps ensure the blazer drapes correctly on your frame. Use your height as a guide. Are you 5’7” or under? Opt for a short jacket length. If you’re in the 5’8” to 6’ range, go with regular. Men between 6’ and 6’3” should try long. Anyone over 6’3”? Extra long.

The Sleeve Length: Put on the blazer and stand up straight. Does the sleeve hit right at the wrist bone? That means it’s just right. If it rests on the back of your hand or touches your palm, it’s too long and calls for a visit to the tailor. When the length is set, only 1/4” – 3/4” of shirt cuff should peek through.

The Vent: This cut in the blazer is designed to make sitting a bit more comfortable. A single center vent (versus no vent or a double vent) is probably the most versatile and is least likely to wrinkle. If the vent pulls apart when you walk, the blazer is too small or narrow.

Round out your blazer collection. Shop The Essential: Fall Blazer for Men Boutique, which opened Saturday, August 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 30, 2014

Celebrity Style to Watch: Victor Cruz

Football season is upon us, and the one player you need to keep an eye on is Victor Cruz. From topping every best-dressed list to salsa dancing his way to Super Bowl victory, this wide receiver has proven he has a style all his own. And we’re all for it.
 
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To snag his signature look, try these simple steps:

  1. Grab a pair of dark-wash narrow-leg jeans (a Victor Cruz staple) or straight-leg pants in an earthy hue.
  2. Wear with a button-down shirt. Leave it untucked for a polished yet laid-back vibe. Then, unbutton the top button and cuff the sleeves loosely. No undershirt needed.
  3. Add a bold black-rubber timepiece. Effortless style? You can say that again.

 

Now practice Victor’s salsa moves and you’re good to go.

For more inspiration, head to our Leading Man: Get Victor Cruz’s Off-the-Field Look Boutique, opening Sunday, August 24, at 11AM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 23, 2014

NBA Giant Chris Bosh Goes High Fashion

As if being on one of the NBA’s top basketball teams wasn’t enough, Miami’s Chris Bosh has also emerged as one of its best-dressed athletes. And now? The 6′ 11″ power forward has taken his impeccable style and turned it into his next business venture. Enter Mr. Nice Ties, a collection of ties and bow ties he designed as part of a collaboration with Canadian accessories brand Armstrong & Wilson. The Daily Beast reports on the inspiration behind the line.

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“As a child, he remembers watching his father, ‘a very sharp dresser,’ add the final touches to his suits—a tie,” says Justin Jones of The Daily Beast. “The moment [Chris] was finally able to loop a knot by himself was a milestone, his first step to becoming a man. His ability to translate that fleeting moment into a tangible design that others can wear has been a meaningful experience.”

Chris explains he’s never been much of a risk-taker and that simplicity is key, so the colors and patterns in his collection are muted, but the fabrics are high-end. “I was really trying to make something as an expression of myself,” he says. “I love ties and this is really something I wanted to get into.”

What’s next, Chris? World domination?

Read more on The Daily Beast.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 13, 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

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