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

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.

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?

PLAYING THE LONG GAME                            

At the thrift store, you’ll find a lot of boxy three button suits, double reverse pleats and square toed shoes.  As reviled as they are by hashtagmenswear circa 2012, long ago (the 90s) these atrocities were the height of men’s fashion. 

These items were purchased at markup by men who didn’t quite know themselves and let outside voices tell them what was “cool”.  97% of those men looked like tools as a result and today that low-gorge Armani suit can be yours for twelve dollars.

In five to ten years, these same thrift stores are going to be overflowing with cutaway collars, monk strap shoes, dress cargo pants and artisanal bowties.  Goodwill will be unable to give away what young men once blew entire paychecks on just because Tumblr told them to.

Maybe you’re an actual adult who knows who he is and what he likes.  If dub monks and bow ties are really who you are and flatter you, then by all means rock that look with confidence and ignore haters like me.  This advice is not for you, but you already knew that.  You should also know you’re in that 3% minority and surrounded by trend-chasing, easily-led poseurs who will be stocking the Salvation Army and Housing Works locations of the future.

Be real with yourself and avoid future regret.

See also: this Angovodo post, “Buyer’s Regret and Foresight”

#menswear Daily Affirmation

Before leaving the house, check yourself. 

Tuck in your OCBD. 

Make sure to cuff your slim-fit indigo selvedge so everyone can see the stripe (and your loud socks). 

Double check that the linen pocket square in your unstructured blazer is poofed just so.

Dub monks shined?  Of course.

Look in the mirror, smile, and tell yourself, “I have so much personal style.”

THE BACKLASH, IT SEEMS, HAS BEGUN

I don’t need to reblog NTB’s epic instant-classic 25th Hour rant because you’ve probably already seen it.  This isn’t long after a GQ article ruffled some feathers by calling BS on streetwear and Park and Bond* called bullshit as well. 
The #menswear scene has officially become a target for parody.
I started reading these blogs a year or two ago because I was clueless and wanted to dress better.  I’ve learned a ton and I thank every one of you that’s entertained and educated me, all for free.  Perhaps it’s the novelty wearing off, but there now seems to be a sameness and predictability to my dash that is disheartening.  How else could it be so easy to make fun of?
One figures out quickly that there’s usable advice, and then there’s fashion-consumer-porn.  What’s the real ratio of people buying Cucinelli to people (re)blogging about it?  Wild guess:  1:900.
Maybe I’m still a green-circle noob in a black-diamond world who doesn’t “get it”.  I could just, you know, stop reading and leave.  I’m staying behind and complaining, though, because this can actually be FUN and FRESH once again. 
Please: stop reblogging photos of some delicate hipster wearing dub-monks and a bowtie.  Cut back on the label-whoring, the one-upping and the WIWT narcissism**.  More usable info that applies to our real lives, not some Pitti Uomo fantasy.  Actual personalities and original content, not just lookbook reblogs.
If “dressed by the internet” is an officially coined phrase, then it’s time for the “dressed by the internet” look to die.  There’s a lot of talk about “finding your personal style”.  Let’s all actually try that instead of wasting money competing in the Online Steez Olympics and posing for attention.  How great would that be?
I don’t have the answers, but I doubt I’m alone in feeling some malaise.  Evolve or die, #menswear.

*Take P&B’s advertorial content with a grain of salt, because they’re ultimately a Mr Porter knockoff and want you to keep buying their luxury goods.
**The Silentist does a lot of WIWT posts, but he easily gets a pass because it’s all part of his personal project, rather than the pointless peacocking found elsewhere.

THE BACKLASH, IT SEEMS, HAS BEGUN


I don’t need to reblog NTB’s epic instant-classic 25th Hour rant because you’ve probably already seen it.  This isn’t long after a GQ article ruffled some feathers by calling BS on streetwear and Park and Bond* called bullshit as well. 

The #menswear scene has officially become a target for parody.

I started reading these blogs a year or two ago because I was clueless and wanted to dress better.  I’ve learned a ton and I thank every one of you that’s entertained and educated me, all for free.  Perhaps it’s the novelty wearing off, but there now seems to be a sameness and predictability to my dash that is disheartening.  How else could it be so easy to make fun of?

One figures out quickly that there’s usable advice, and then there’s fashion-consumer-porn.  What’s the real ratio of people buying Cucinelli to people (re)blogging about it?  Wild guess:  1:900.

Maybe I’m still a green-circle noob in a black-diamond world who doesn’t “get it”.  I could just, you know, stop reading and leave.  I’m staying behind and complaining, though, because this can actually be FUN and FRESH once again. 

Please: stop reblogging photos of some delicate hipster wearing dub-monks and a bowtie.  Cut back on the label-whoring, the one-upping and the WIWT narcissism**.  More usable info that applies to our real lives, not some Pitti Uomo fantasy.  Actual personalities and original content, not just lookbook reblogs.

If “dressed by the internet” is an officially coined phrase, then it’s time for the “dressed by the internet” look to die.  There’s a lot of talk about “finding your personal style”.  Let’s all actually try that instead of wasting money competing in the Online Steez Olympics and posing for attention.  How great would that be?

I don’t have the answers, but I doubt I’m alone in feeling some malaise.  Evolve or die, #menswear.

*Take P&B’s advertorial content with a grain of salt, because they’re ultimately a Mr Porter knockoff and want you to keep buying their luxury goods.

**The Silentist does a lot of WIWT posts, but he easily gets a pass because it’s all part of his personal project, rather than the pointless peacocking found elsewhere.