Omg, this is one of those surreal moments where internet crosses over with real life, albeit through facebook. I was looking through one of my friend's OYP albums and I thought I recognized you and clicked on your profile and whaddaya know...
That is surreal. And a little stalker-ish. But still awesome. Thanks internet.
My OYP outfit photosets are coming up this weekend. Watch for those!
I’m confused by the syntax here. Who put me on TO fashion or who put me on THE fashion? Confusion for me…
If you’re asking the former, I sort of got onto in myself. Just found myself spending a bit of time every morning considering what I was putting together and trying to be creative. If you’re asking the latter, please clarify…
One of my earlier 2011 resolutions was about not using winter as an excuse. It now seems as though spring is upon us—for a few days at least—and I’ve noticed a particularly troubling new trend amongst some men. I feel like I don’t even need to say this, but apparently I do…
Disclaimer: I’m NOT an advice-giver. I have no formal training, nor do I feel like I have a set of rules to follow. And let’s not pretend that I don’t also make major mistakes from time to time. However, there’s a spring trend that, for me, is a bit unforgivable.
If you’re wearing a suit jacket or blazer, you MUST wear an overcoat (or jacket) that is longer that your suit jacket. Cropped military-style jackets or leather bombers are nice. I’m all for them. Paired with a suit they evoke a sense of teenage prom—dressed up, but not adult-enough to know how to wear their own clothes.
I don’t feel as though I need to say more about this subject. Just don’t do it. Buy a longer spring jacket or wear less suit jackets. Or layer underneath your suit jacket and figure it out. Thank you and goodnight.
I can't remember how I came across your blog, but I just remember seeing your outfits and thinking "What a well dressed man". I've definitely learned a thing or two from your style. I recommended you for the fashion blogs by the way. I know this message is very random but have a great day, sir!
Thanks for recommending me! It is Tumblr Tuesday, so if anyone else feels like throwing some support this way, I’d very much appreciate it… just sayin.
How did you go about 'purging' your closet? What were your methods?
Great Question. I generally HATE purging my closet, but I’ve found a few things to be helpful.
1. Start at the bottom of the pile. For the most part, the things that you don’t wear will be there so it only makes sense. Put them on (if you’re torn) and try to consider at least three outfit combinations. If you can’t, then it’s probably okay to ditch it.
2. Purge by season. Don’t try to think about which sweaters to keep while you’re thinking about which t-shirts to keep. The last thing you want to do is purge too much of one seasons clothing while you’re in the opposite season weather-wise.
3. Don’t be afraid to try old things. In your purge, you may rediscover a gem that you simply forgot about. Though you are technically “purging”, don’t let that stop you from moving that piece to the top of the pile and giving yourself a trial period to incorporate it once again. Many of my favourite items have gone through renaissances after a year (or two!) or not wearing them.
4. Purge thoroughly, not foolishly. You shouldn’t be purging your closet so often that you don’t have any perspective on what you’re getting rid of. Establishing your style and a wardrobe for that style takes time, and is constantly in flux. You shouldn’t be throwing something out for every new thing you buy or you’ll never build a wardrobe. Keep classic pieces around, and let trendy pieces come and go. But don’t be afraid to hold onto something if you think it might make its way back.
5. Donate your clothes to a cause. You’ll feel better about dropping off your old digs if they’re going to support something you believe in. I just donated mine to a clothing sale for the organization that I work for, but you might have a Youth Shelter, a Clothing Drive, a Rummage Sale or even just a good friend who you’d feel better about giving your clothes to. Value Village is not the only option.
It’s true. As part of an ongoing resolution challenge, I have decided to give myself a “will” and a “will not” for each month of 2011… sort of a short-term resolution, intended to increase success rates and ensure overall life balance. Here’s hoping that something will stick.
Despite the incredible sales, I have chosen to give up purchasing new clothes for the month of January (this is the “will not” for the month). The “will” is to clean out my closet, which I have already begun and created quite the hefty bag too!
It’s not that I think I have too many clothes, it’s that I KNOW I have too many clothes that I don’t wear. For a number of reasons (mostly laziness), I found myself doing six-seven loads of laundry last week because I hadn’t done laundry in over a month. What I couldn’t decide was whether it was impressive or sad that I still had plenty of clothing at my disposal to make successful blog-worthy outfits.
What I could decide is that I had made a great decision about my January resolution. Thus, no new purchases in January.
I may have already selected my February 1st item though…
hey. i just wanted to say i love the whole concept of youre blog. i admire the way you dress and the effort it takes to look as dapper as you do on a daily basis. do you know of other good mens fashion blogs that you borrow your style from?
Glad to hear you’re enjoying the bloggity blog. Here are some starting places for great style blogs. But let me know some of your favourites too!
whatiwore (which is a women’s blog, but Jessica is amazing)
I’m making some changes. Cleaning house. Doing the thing to do in January when your life feels like a series of boot cleanings, warmer jackets and soggy mittens. It’s resolution time. I have a couple up my sleeve for this year that are related to my never-ending quest for making sound stylistic choices. Here goes nothing…
This resolution is mainly for those in a truly Northern climate. This week Toronto is looking at -10 degrees Celsius, before the windchill estimate. In other words, it’s damn cold. But I emplore my Canadian (and Northern US) followers to consider the following: winter is not an excuse. A colder temperature does not all of a sudden allow you to schlep around in mismatched leg-warmers, old mittens and thigh-high snowmobile boots. It does require some careful planning though to be successfully both warm/dry/practical without ignoring standard fashion cues. So let’s try a little bit; the weather may suggest hibernation, but the best way to fight back is to over-dress a little. Give yourself that pick me up. I’m no expert, but here are some suggestions to consider:
1. Layer. It looks great, it very clearly keeps one warm and it allows you to make full use of the items in your closet. Summer T-shirt in the winter? When paired with a long sleeve button-down, a wool cardigan, a casual blazer AND a wool overcoat, it’s a perfect fit. Think outside the box—and use your clothes year-round.
2. Magic Boots. The practical look is actually in, and that means you are more easily able to find “magic boots”—those that are both consider fashionable AND practical. Spend money on these, and make a branded choice (Tretorn, Redwing, Sorel). Then don’t be afraid to show them off. Incorporate the cold, don’t ignore it.
3. Scarves. Forget “neck warmers” or this ridiculous idea that a tie somehow negates the need for a scarf. A good scarf can be pulled up nice and high to truly keep you warm, and can be tied multiple ways to give you slightly different looks. You should have several choices for each winter coat, since a scarf is the easiest way to change-up sometimes all-too-consistent winter fashion. Don’t buy silk or light cotton for the winter; man up with a nice wool tartan or a thick cotton knit.
4. Hands. Keep ‘em warm. Whether you choose a slim leather glove or a pair of cozy wool mittens, keeping your hands covered is essential in cold weather. If you’re a touch-screen user, consider a pair of flip-back glove/mitts for easy finger access… or invest in those weird gloves that apparently have thermal fingers.
5. Burts Bees. No one wants to talk to you if you have dry, chapped (gross) lips. Just buy some natural beeswax-based lip balm and bring it with you everywhere. Winter is cold and dry. Let’s not pretend it isn’t.
So the challenge is as follows: fashionable AND functional. Let’s not be winter’s bitch this year…