Who Won the World Cup’s Style Game?

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

The Short Story: Men’s Inseams Rise for Summer

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

He Dresses NBA Stars – Now He Wants to Dress You

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

On the Move: Bruce Pask Trades T Magazine for Bergdorf Goodman

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 Monocle Might Be Back (and We’re Confused)

According to the New York Times, the single-lensed eyepiece has returned as a trendy accessory for 21st-century gentlemen and hipsters alike.

Monocles Are Back in 2014

It’s been spotted in editorial spreads, ad campaigns, and on the streets from Berlin to Brooklyn. What’s the reignited fascination with a fashion piece that was favored by 19th-century military men – and, well, a peanut – all about? I’m left scratching my head. Gentlemen, if you don’t want to look like you’re dressed for an extra role in a period-piece film, put the monocle down.

Read the full article on the New York Times.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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March 7, 2014

Matthew McConaughey Is Winning on the Red Carpet

This awards season, Matthew McConaughey has been on a roll – and I’m not just talking about his countless nominations for Dallas Buyers Club. He’s received standing ovations for his red-carpet looks, too.

Matthew McConaughey's Red-Carpet Success

Image via British GQ

British GQ rounded up eleven of the actor’s impressive looks, and from the checked three-piece suit at the London premiere of Dallas Buyers Club to the smoking jacket at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, McConaughey’s wardrobe has been anything but predictable. One common thread, however, seems to be a Dolce & Gabbana label, which is only natural considering he’s the spokesman for its The One cologne

Personally, I think McConaughey will stick with Dolce & Gabbana for the Academy Awards on Sunday – but who knows? Maybe he’ll surprise everyone with another Vivienne Westwood number. Either way, my bet is on him looking good.

Read the full article at British GQ.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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February 28, 2014

Is Denver the New Menswear Hub?

Who knew Denver, CO, was a hot spot for menswear? According to CNN, New York City’s been one-upped. 

Denver: A Men's Style Hot Spot

Image via CNN.com

With its desirable work-life balance and preexisting sew-and-cut industry, it’s only natural that brands like Topo Designs and Winter Session are thriving in the Mile High City. And as the American-made trend continues, I wouldn’t be surprised if more brands and shops like these head west. Who knows – maybe the guys of Denver will be the ones setting the global trends in menswear soon. 

Read the full article on CNN.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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February 21, 2014

We Couldn’t Have Said It Better…

Nick Wooster, a senior vice president at J.C. Penney, on the emergence of camo in menswear – specifically in Dries van Noten’s latest showing:

We Couldn't Have Said It Better

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March 22, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions: men's edition

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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

Five Reasons Polo Shirts Will Never Go Out of Style

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When it comes to men’s fashion, there are a few things that remain timeless: bow ties (yes, there will always be someone awesome rocking one), dapper loafers, and polo shirts, to name three. But what is it about the polo in particular that seems to translate to all types of style? From athletes to punk rockers to Nantucket-bound prepsters, you can find them all rocking this casually comfy staple, and here’s why:

1. The Collar: Whether popped or laying classically flat, this is possibly the most important part of the polo’s anatomy. Ever since the dawn of time (a little dramatic, but close enough), it’s been debated whether or not this staple should be popped or not – Esquire investigates.

2. Casual yet Dressy: It’s almost as if casual Friday was invented with polos in mind. For those occasions where you’re unsure of the dress code, for first dates, for meeting the parents, for a night out with the guys… the list goes on. And don’t get me started on the layering abilities.

3. Versatility: These toppers can be worn paired with just about any bottom. From jeans to khakis (even shorts can be coupled in here), there’s no limit to your pairing options. As for suit pants? Stick with a buttoned-up number.

4. Golf: As long as business meetings, resorts, and movies like Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore are around, so will this beloved game and its not-so-secret uniform. Most country club dress codes even require you to wear a polo in order to play a round.

5. History: Originating from the sport of polo in the 18oos (only with long sleeves), the polo shirt didn’t take off in the fashion industry until 1926 when Rene Lacoste first donned a short-sleeved version at the U.S. Open Championship.

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By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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January 19, 2013