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gap elongated essential tee.

elongated tees are definitely trending hot right now, but the main issue is that you only have two options to pick one up:


  1. get a cheap-o at H&M or Cotton ON (with a logo), or some similar store
  2. spend way too much on a dang tee shirt for a F.O.G. or other limited-run type brand


Both of these options kind of suck if you're really just buying a tee shirt. Enter option 3:

The Gap Essential tee in "tall" sizes. This isn't necessarily designed as an elongated tee, which is why you're able to get away with grabbing a quality shirt in the fit you want for such a reasonable price. 

yes, I'm aware that the shirts in these pictures are not elongated in any way, and that's because the "tall" versions of these shirts are designed to fit normally on a person with a torso that is severely disproportionate to the rest of his/her body. So trust that a "tall" fit on a normal person will give the elongated look.

Gap quality on a trending fit; money.

Click here to see them in the Gap store, and make sure you're using the "tall" tab.


- james


the white t.

you just can't beat the classics. If you haven't already done so, make sure you're stocked up with a few white tees. They come in all kinds of different styles these days, so just make sure you don't go v-neck, and you don't go too short in the torso. The rest is going to be all about preference and matching your own style.

If you're looking to stay on trend, I recommend going a longer in the torso than a normal tee, and making it a scoop neck. But remember--find your own personal style and make it work for you. 


- james


mismatch matching.


That's what I thought you'd say. Classic you--so typical. 

I guess I shouldn't blame you for not knowing what I'm talking about when I say "mismatch matching" since it's not something we've talked about before, nor, to my knowledge, is it a thing that anyone else has talked about before. Let's just say this is the first time the term has been coined. Congratulations for being part of this important event in history.

Now, it's very important that you don't mistake this new take on sock game for just wearing mismatched socks, which is a thing some people are doing that is dumb and bad, and absolutely fugly, and don't do that, and so on. Wearing completely mismatched socks looks lazy, or like you're trying way too hard to look like you don't care. You obviously care, and we can tell that you care, and we now hate you for it. 

So then what is mismatch matching, you ask?

Mismatch matching is finding a way to coordinate socks that were not sold together as a pair. Using matching color schemes between socks with different patterns to create a "match" without actually matching pairs of socks by their mates. 

Black, purple, and white. All of these colors are found in both socks, plus some greyscales in the striped sock that don't appear in the doted patterned sock. Did these socks come in the same package when I bought them? No. Are they identical? No. But do they coordinate and match? yes.

Benefits to mismatch matching:


  • exponential growth in the combinations of socks you can now wear
  • subtlety to your style
  • uniqueness -- you'll be the only one of your friends doing this
  • you can finally unlock your inner sock creativity
  • add some fun to your sock game with 1 reserved-pattern sock and 1 goofy sock
  • I'm doing it, so you can be like me
  • girls will think you're more attractive


Do you really need any more reasons? Check out my sock combinations from the last two weeks:

*Side note: I don't cuff my jeans up to the middle of my shins: pants were pulled up for the purposes of photo taking.

so dig through your sock drawer and get creative. just not too creative.


- james




Originally, the purpose of a belt (and suspenders/braces) was to keep your trousers from falling off your body. Now granted, in those days, when this was the entire purpose, pants didn't come in quite as many styles, and so they also didn't always fit too well. 

Today, if you're a grown man, you should be capable of buying a pair of pants that fit yourb ody and do not require a belt to stay on your body. This is one of the reaosns we still don't consider Justin Beiber a man. 

So what is the purpose today? While there may still be some requirement to making pants stay put, given minor fluctuations in wheight and whatnot, the main purpose is to pull an outfit together, and give it a more finished and complete look. So here are some tips:

Sizing: a belt's size is "measured from the buckle to the mid hole – which is where it should be fastened, allowing for slightly higher or lower waist trousers and the natural variations in waist circumference we all go through"

Color: Whenever dressing formally, and often in casual attire, your belt, shoes, and watch band should coordinate colors. Obviously, when wearing a metal-banded watch, I wouldn't suggest weating a metal belt or boots made of steel. There is a bit more leeway in casual wear here. Feel free to wear off-color (generally brightly colored) D-buckle belts or webbed belts as an accent item. 

Side note: is it just me or does the guy in this picture ^ in the middle, on the second-to-bottom row look like a young, smirking, bearded Jim Carrey?


Moving on.

Suspenders: Don't you dare wear a belt in conjunction with suspenders or braces. You can't trust a man who can't even trust his own pants.


going beltless: if you think you can pull it off, go for it. Just keep in mind that a beltless look works best on a slender build, with well-tailored trousers. Beltless is always better than a belt too much. I recommend steering clear of heavily branded belts, belts with a lot going on, or anything that looks like it was made by the people makking Affliction shirts. 


- james