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abc's of men's fashion - 57


clothes best flatter a fit body. When it comes to your appearance, apparel is only part of the equation; it is important to eat well, drink well, and exercise occasionally.

The best way to make your clothes look better is to shape your body to fit better into your clothes. While tailoring is still important, your clothing will naturally follow the contours and shapes of your body best when you're in your best form. 


- james



ekskluzywny menel lookbook #58.

you guys need to go see this now. seriously, go to ekskluzywny menel right now and see the rest of this lookbook my boy kamil smashed. 

this seriously looks like it's straight out of a magazine. i was about to say straight out of gq, but personally i think it's better than gq. from the overall quality of the images to the clothing and the style, just on point.

i want to put up all of the pics in this post, but do yourself the favor and go over to kamil's site to see the rest of these. you'll most likely see more you like while you're there too. shout out to his photographer mateusz pawelski, as well. homie crushed it with the photos. 

see the rest of lookbook #58 here.

- taylor


barber shop.

A lot can be said for a good haircut. No longer is a haircut a menial task that you put off 'til the last minute just because school's about to start. A fresh cut and a shave can change your look dramatically. That being said, it's important to find that right person for the job.

If you're anything like me, you've felt a little awkward walking into a salon filled with women getting their hurr did, and gossiping up a storm, and (enter other stereotypical salon activities here) __________. I don't blame you, salons are generally designed to attract a female target audience. 

Luckily, with the rise of the gentleman in fashion and culture, barbershops are making a comeback, and I'll tell you, I couldn't be more supportive. If you need your plumbing fixed, you see a plumber. If you need a fireput out, you seek a fireman. My point is, if you need something done right, seek out a professional. If you need a gentleman's haircut, find yourself a barber.

Stay posted for some of our own recommendations soon, but until then, do some research--get on google, yelp, and other online reviews. Find the right person for the job and stay with them. Ideally, you want to build a relationship with your barber, the more he knows about your style and personality, the better his/her work will be.


- james



thrifting in SF.

This year I spent my summer in San Francisco, interning with one of the world's largest clothing retailers. Don't worry, this post isn't about what I did during my internship; I'm not about to layout my life story here. However, as you can imagine, being in San Francisco for three months led to some amazing experiences, and some most-excellent thrifting. 

As it turns out, three months is plenty of time to find a handful of thrifting gems. Checkout some of the new (old) threads I picked up.

Unbranded Double-Breasted Coat -$25

PF flyers sandlot edition - $14

timberland 6" zip boot - $41

Levi's made in U.S.A selvedge denim - $17

Cherokee chambray aztec spotted shirt - $6

Banana Republic polka dot shirt - $7

Niico long-sleeved grey henley shirt - $4

Supreme chambray Polka Dot Hat - $4

Old navy green short-sleeved button up - $12

WHen it comes to thrifting, you can't expect to score clutch finds on your first trip--the key is going often. Keep at it, you never know what you'll find. Also, if you're ever in San Francsico, I highly recommend checking out Crossroads Trading Co. They tend to be a little bit pricier than other places, but they also have a much higher quality selection.


- james





a conversation with nick wooster.

seriously though, the man knows his stuff. I love this little chat with nick wooster, he lays out the basics on building a wardrobe and allowing it to evolve over time.

"Start really classic. start really simple. buy the best that you can afford, and over time... you can amass a wardrobe that you can wear season after season and trend after trend and time after time."


"buy the most classic, buy the best you can afford, and buy clothes that fit perfectly. if they don't fit perfectly, take them to the tailor and have them be that way."


- james


abc's of Men's Fashion 43.


It used to be said that no gentleman should wear brown in London. The increasing popularity of the color over the past years has been, presumably, proportionate to the increase in the disappearance of the gentleman.

It is a color in which there is a great difference between the good and the bad. Bad browns have a a red cast; good browns have a green. Happily good browns, although dark, look cool, soothing and expensive as distinct from bad browns which look hot and cheap.


- james


thrifting with street etiquette.

came across this great video featuring Jesse Thorn from put this on, and josh and Trav from Street etiqutte thrifting a few shops in new york city. it's cool seeing the things people with different styles look for in thrift shops -- talk about ecclectic.

Stay posted this week for some of my own thrift store pick ups.

- james


abc's of men's fashion 43.


“One pretends to do something, or copy someone or some teacher, until it can be done confidently and easily in what becomes one’s own style. The difference between a man of sense and a fop is that the fop values himself upon his dress; and the man of sense laughs at it, at the same time he knows he must not neglect it. The man who, as is often said, can get away with wearing a trench coat over his dinner jacket, or an old school tie for a belt, is the one who in fact understands best the rules of proper dress and can bend them to suit his own personality and requirements. -Cary Grant, Lord Chesterfield, G. Bruce Boyer
- James


Travel attire

I've recently done a fair amount of traveling, and in doing so felt as if I were an 80 year old man complaining about today's generation. Back in the day (not my day, but a day much farther back in time) people would dress up for a flight--it was an event.

I'm not saying that you should wear a suit and tie every time you travel by plane, but I am saying that just because you're flying somewhere, it is not an excuse to wear your jammies in public. Come on man, have some pride in your appearance.

Nobody should ever have to see you like that. Who said you can't be comfy AND presentable? Oh that's right, no one, no one said that ever. If you're going to be doing some traveling, ou don't have to prepare for a night on the town, or a formal event. Just wear something that looks good, and you can handle sitting in for a few hours. This way, you don't have to stop at home or a hotel to change clothes before you start your vacation.

This is what I wore on my most recent trip to San Francisco. 

  • topman sparrow print woven shirt
  • uo huarache shoes
  • ray ban polarized sunglasses
  • wooden beaded bracelet from a street vendor
  • levi's 511 jeans
  • fossil leather magnetic bill fold
  • nike leather duffel bag
  • all-son backpack 

Keep it comfrotable, keep it simple, and most of all, keep it classy.

- James


abc's of Men's Fashion 40.


supreme confidence is the best accessory.

It doesnt matter what you're wearing if you don't feel comfortable in it. Wear what you like it; wear it the way you like it. If you're happy with the way you look, and it shows in the way you carry yourself, people will have no choice but to agree with you.
- James