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In our modern dressed-down society where virtually every day is casual Friday, it can be easy to misjudge situations where you should dress up. As the old adage goes, it’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. And more importantly than that, it’s about respecting other people and dressing appropriately for the occasion.

Firstly let’s be honest here: if you are a man, you should own a suit. It doesn’t have to be a fancy Tom Ford number or tailored on Saville Row – just something that fits you and in a conservative colour like charcoal, navy or grey in boring worsted wool (don’t buy a black suit please; only funeral directors, cast members of Reservoir Dogs, and Mormons should wear black suits). Something you can whip out for that job interview/wedding/graduation/funeral. Continue reading “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”

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My beloved Filson bag 3 years on

Filson bags were everywhere in 2014 (and still are to some extent). The mix of fantastic quality, heritage, rugged-outdoorsy but sophisticated image, and constant recommendations on just about every menstyle blog meant their popularity just exploded. Like virtually every other guy I lusted after an original briefcase but I already had a slim messenger bag and it was hopelessly impractical for me because I couldn’t fit my laptop AND my lunch into it. So I broadened my search and ended up looking at Filson’s 72-hour briefcase. It is bigger than the original briefcase and has big front zip pockets and pouches behind the zip pockets. Hardly anyone seems to stock the 72-hour version anymore but the 24 and 48 hour briefcases look similar.

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Sock it to ’em

Socks are often overlooked as an accessory and lately I’ve been paying more attention to them. I guess it’s logical… if you have better shoes, you start to invest in better socks. Why get better socks? Well they last longer for one. And they look better to start off with, and for longer as the colours don’t run or fade. Here are 3 brands I have been enjoying lately – these are mostly chunkier styles as it is winter here and I am wearing heavier shoes and boots. Winter also allows me to be more creative and crazy with my patterns!

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The Magical Shrinking Act of Menswear

It’s been creeping in and you probably have noticed it. Menswear has definitely been shrinking over the last decade or so. First it was skinny jeans. That led to skinny chinos. It was bound to happen as the internet and #mensstyle blogs started teaching men to dress better, cleaner, and tighter. I think somewhere along the way fit, comfort, and silhouette have been thrown out the window. Maybe it’s just because I am in my thirties and my metabolism is slowing down and I want to be able to eat my lunch, a piece of cake, and still be comfortable. Or maybe I’m just sick of zipping up those ridiculous short flies at the urinal – how are you supposed to get anything done with a fly that short? Continue reading “The Magical Shrinking Act of Menswear”

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Frugal basics 

We aren’t all high rollers and we all can’t wear Turnbull & Asser every single day. I love my RRL cardigan but sometimes I need some cheaper basics as well. Also for a lot of guys starting out in menswear, it’s a learning process and you don’t necessarily want to invest huge amounts of money into an item of clothing only to discover that it ain’t really you. But just because you aren’t paying that much, doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice quality. Sure, the item won’t be BIFL, but you still want to get the most quality per dollar ratio. Here are a few brands I have come across that are decent for their price. Continue reading “Frugal basics “

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A hem, your pants are too long

Let’s talk about pants. Specifically the end of the pants. For two little openings that allow your feet to poke through, they are surprisingly complex and difficult to master. So I’m going to talk about a few rules and options when it comes to hemming your pants.

Rule #1 (and really the only concrete rule): hem your damn pants!

There’s few things sloppier than a guy walking around with a puddle of pants around his ankles. It makes you look like you stole someone else’s pants and completely ruins your silhouette. Continue reading “A hem, your pants are too long”

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See my vest, see my vest, see my vest

I used to think vests/gilets/body warmers (especially warm ones) to be an odd thing. Why would you want your body to be warm but your arms to be cold? I have since seen the light. Sometimes all you want is that bit of extra core warmth without the ungainly sleeves, especially if you are doing some manly activity like chopping wood, or wrangling your baby. It’s a great layering option if the weather can’t make up its mind.

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Military style

I’ve been wearing a lot of military or military-inspired clothing lately. Maybe it’s because I follow Nigel Cabourn on Instagram, or I’m trending towards more over-sized, comfy clothes as I’m getting older, or I just really like green. You could say quite a bit of menswear comes from the military. From the humble t-shirt to the iconic Burberry trench to the grandpa cardigan, you’ll find that men are actually walking around in clothes rooted in warfare and don’t even know it.

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eBay Shopping Tips

I like good quality clothes and shoes but I don’t like to pay full retail unless I have to (or I want to support local). So much of my high quality pieces are secondhand. If you live in America or the UK, then you have a wealth of thrift stores and vintage markets to browse. Unfortunately in Australia the thrift scene isn’t as plentiful for guys and this is where eBay comes to the rescue. Here’s what I have learnt from my years of eBay thrifting.

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