KNOW THE DIFFERENCE                                                                      

Fashion = what am I being told to buy this month, so others might think I’m cool or at least rich?

Style = what can I wear that makes me feel like the best version of myself?

Tags: menswear

When posing for the internet in child-size pants, don’t forget to nonchalantly cover your exposed genitals with your hands.

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giantbeard:

GreatCoat
Crombie’s RAF Blue, heritage overcoat, based on its military archives.

I had a coat exactly like this five years ago (Army/Navy store, $80).  I would not recommend this coat if you have blond hair and blue eyes like me.  After a few Sieg-Heils from strangers and having my girlfriend refer to it as “the Nazi coat”, I re-donated it, lesson learned. 
If you do buy the jacket shown above (900 pounds? Shite), consider sewing a Union Jack onto it to clear up any confusion.  Or, don’t look Northern-European.

giantbeard:

GreatCoat

Crombie’s RAF Blue, heritage overcoat, based on its military archives.

I had a coat exactly like this five years ago (Army/Navy store, $80).  I would not recommend this coat if you have blond hair and blue eyes like me.  After a few Sieg-Heils from strangers and having my girlfriend refer to it as “the Nazi coat”, I re-donated it, lesson learned. 

If you do buy the jacket shown above (900 pounds? Shite), consider sewing a Union Jack onto it to clear up any confusion.  Or, don’t look Northern-European.

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I’d like to join StylePoints in his effort to increase topcoat awareness.
Last winter, 17 male peacocks died of exposure in Manhattan and Brooklyn alone.  Many more got frostbite by refusing to wear socks. 
It doesn’t have be this way. It’s okay if strangers on the street don’t see your perfectly assembled outfit.  It’s okay.
It’s okay. Truth is, no one outside the #menswear bubble much notices or cares what you’re wearing.
Don’t suffer needlessly for teh fashunz.  If you’re rocking a woolen burqa like our man in the above photo, you’ll be less silly AND more comfortable once you get over yourself and put on a proper coat.
Stay warm out there. Your mother would agree.
photo lifted from tetinotete

I’d like to join StylePoints in his effort to increase topcoat awareness.

Last winter, 17 male peacocks died of exposure in Manhattan and Brooklyn alone.  Many more got frostbite by refusing to wear socks. 

It doesn’t have be this way. It’s okay if strangers on the street don’t see your perfectly assembled outfit.  It’s okay.

It’s okay. Truth is, no one outside the #menswear bubble much notices or cares what you’re wearing.

Don’t suffer needlessly for teh fashunz.  If you’re rocking a woolen burqa like our man in the above photo, you’ll be less silly AND more comfortable once you get over yourself and put on a proper coat.

Stay warm out there. Your mother would agree.

photo lifted from tetinotete

The name just, y’know, sounded cool.

stylepoints:

ernestalexander:

Sharpen up your look this fall with our new pocket squares

Polkadots, Plaids and Gingams will add that individual touch to jackets, blazers or denim. 

Keep it simple, but detailed.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Pump your brakes. Before you think about tossing a square in your back pocket, I suggest that you do a little research into the cultural significance of that sartorial choice. I suggest you start by looking into your local gang culture. It also wouldn’t hurt to consult this

Good call on the hanky code, but also:
Now menswear companies are going to sell us pocket squares for casual wear, too?
The cynical are exploiting the pretentious for profit.

Know when you’re being scammed.

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My lucky stars!  I spotted a rare American Male Peacock in the wilds of The Internet.                                                                                                            

Don’t be this guy.  I admit, cramming nine obnoxious menswear trends into one outfit is kind of impressive, but don’t be this guy.

I know we’re taught not to judge a book by its cover, but we can’t help but infer from others’ appearances.  If I encountered a foppish stranger in that outfit, I would get the impression that he has no personality, is desperate to convey status and lets others tell him what to do.  He may prove to be none of those things, but that’s the signal he’s putting out.

What kind of impression do you hope to make?

This is my gym bag.  It was $20 at the Army-Navy store. 
Time will tell how durable it is, but at present it feels sturdy and handles abuse like a champ. 
I can wear a t-shirt or a suit and the bag won’t look odd.  Try that with a backpack or a briefcase.
Most importantly, the bag has gotten unsolicited compliments from women.
Before you drop $400 on that #menswear-approved, neo-vintage “heritage” man-purse, consider the military-surplus duffel.  You’ll avoid looking fey AND have $380 left over.

This is my gym bag.  It was $20 at the Army-Navy store. 

Time will tell how durable it is, but at present it feels sturdy and handles abuse like a champ. 

I can wear a t-shirt or a suit and the bag won’t look odd.  Try that with a backpack or a briefcase.

Most importantly, the bag has gotten unsolicited compliments from women.

Before you drop $400 on that #menswear-approved, neo-vintage “heritage” man-purse, consider the military-surplus duffel.  You’ll avoid looking fey AND have $380 left over.

BLACKLIST: NON-PRESCRIPTION GLASSES                                                                                                 
Poor eyesight is a physical handicap.  A mild one as far as handicaps go, but one we myopes have made the best of.  If glasses have, over time, become the mark of a learned person, it’s only thanks to us dorks destroying our eyes with countless hours of reading.  We EARNED that shit. 
That’s why, when a kid from the cool table with perfect vision wears glasses as a fashion accessory, it isn’t right.  It’s affected, pretentious and straight-up nerd-minstrelsy*.
If it’s okay to co-opt my (minor) handicap, then I should be able to wear my arm in a sling or roll around in a wheelchair to gain sympathy.  I could rock an eyepatch and fake a limp to project an air of grizzled worldliness.
That’s not so different than wearing thick frames with the hope of being mistaken for a smart person.
PRO TIP:  If you wear your fake-ass frames without any lenses, the jig is up pretty quickly.                                    
*forgive the glib comparison; we all know Jim Crow minstrelsy was about a million times more damaging.

BLACKLIST: NON-PRESCRIPTION GLASSES                                                                                                 

Poor eyesight is a physical handicap.  A mild one as far as handicaps go, but one we myopes have made the best of.  If glasses have, over time, become the mark of a learned person, it’s only thanks to us dorks destroying our eyes with countless hours of reading.  We EARNED that shit. 

That’s why, when a kid from the cool table with perfect vision wears glasses as a fashion accessory, it isn’t right.  It’s affected, pretentious and straight-up nerd-minstrelsy*.

If it’s okay to co-opt my (minor) handicap, then I should be able to wear my arm in a sling or roll around in a wheelchair to gain sympathy.  I could rock an eyepatch and fake a limp to project an air of grizzled worldliness.

That’s not so different than wearing thick frames with the hope of being mistaken for a smart person.

PRO TIP:  If you wear your fake-ass frames without any lenses, the jig is up pretty quickly.                                    

*forgive the glib comparison; we all know Jim Crow minstrelsy was about a million times more damaging.

Rainier Wolfcastle stars in “Undercover Nerd”
EDIT: I just noticed Wolfcastle is mixing a black belt with brown shoes.  Um, Sprezzy?

Rainier Wolfcastle stars in “Undercover Nerd”

EDIT: I just noticed Wolfcastle is mixing a black belt with brown shoes.  Um, Sprezzy?