Miracle skivvies – the Holy Grail of underwear

In the wake of Thanksgiving, I am so very thankful for moisture removing underwear.  Have we ever been so comfortable?   How thankful would the pilgrims have been, experiencing the breakthrough in underpants technology over the last few years?  (I couldn’t imagine wearing those coarsely woven linens and wools).  Under Armour, compression material, modern polyesters and next generation cottons.  We live in amazing times.

So, I’m on Facebook the other day, skipping through pictures of pets from long ago friends to find sarcastic witty retro postcards that enrich my day.  A well-placed ad of to the right catches my eye, “MACK WELDON  – FOR DAILY WEAR”.  It was a sharp looking logo, so I clicked it.

Mack Weldon sells 4 things: Underpants, undershirts, socks and T-Shirts.  They claim “Cool zones” where you need it, better fits and softer material.  The soft selection of colors and shades really look good too.  With underpants starting at $19.50 and a pair of socks at $12.50, it’s a little pricey, but I am intrigued (I must admit I’ve paid more for both in the past).  I order 1 pair of trunks, 1 pair of socks, and 1 undershirt for $66 (free shipping, but no discounts until you spend over $100.  I searched for promo codes with no luck).  I also tried to find a place to buy retail, but they only seem to buy direct at this time.

The one-size-fits-all socks are comfortable, not too tight, warm, but not too thick, and look good.  I could go for more colors though.  Also, I don’t have giant calves, but would love to see a sock that widens as it goes up.  These aren’t tight by any means.  They are similar to every other sock on the calf in the marketplace.  I just have to believe, there are guys with bigger calves than me.  Wouldn’t they find a reverse tapered sock comfortable too?

The material lives up to the hype.  The underpants fit great and feel even better.  Although I haven’t pushed my body to maximum temp, I haven’t felt sultry down in the “cool zones”.  They really are soft and several notches above my previous faves.  They currently sit at the top of my underpants heap as my new go-to pair.

The fitted undershirt is actually fitted.  Everyone uses the word “fitted”, but they still leave lots of extra material.  It’s tight, but not compression tight – similar feel to the underpants.  I like it a lot!

I like what I see, and I’ll look for a sale and buy more.

but as always, the search continues for the perfect skivvies…

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Wardrobe in Transition – Black Friday Score!!!

My closet is tight.  Not just tight, as in stylish and cool.  Tight meaning there’s lots of clothes crammed in.  Recently realizing this, I am more selective with what I buy.  I don’t hit every sale and try to reserve my dollars for the truly special pieces and exceptional sales.

The Black Friday marketing machine had its sights on me and definitely grabbed my attention.  After a recent custom fitted FAIL (post coming soon), I zeroed in on a two national branded stores Banana Republic and H&M.  BP always has sales and H&M is always cheap.  My goal was twofold – to find perfectly fitted pants and really squeeze the price.

I’ve been swapping out my previously-cool flat front pants from a few years ago for the recent style shift to lower waists and tighter hips.  BP was a little late on this, but their current offerings seem there.  I’ve had my eye on the Tailored Slim Camel Striped Wool Trouser at $108, but I’ve been waiting, stalking for the right coupon.  The 40% off Entire Purchase Black Friday Special was it.  I like ordering on-line, but I needed to try them on.  To quote Liam Neeson/Ottway from The Grey, “One more time, into the fray.”

Fast-forward through the traffic, parking, crowds, etc.  I have a nice lunch and a fabulous Blue Point Pale Ale (Long Island, NY).  I’m ready to shop.

H&M was not for me on this day.  The stuff with the big sales did not fit like I wanted and I was determined to not further cram my closet with impulse buys.

On to BP.  I see my target and sift through the size tags.  After double-checking all 12 pairs, my nemesis kicks in – they don’t have my size.  KAHN!!!!!!  I shift into problem solving mode – find a different color in my size.  I’ll then order online.  Then, a Black Friday Miracle – around the corner, 6 more pairs of the Camel Stripe.  Score!  Positive thinking always pays off.  I grab my size and head for the changing room.  On the way, I peruse the clearance rack….

SCORE!!!!!  A Tailored Slim pair in my size in a charcoal/brown – a color on my acquisition list.  They are also 40% off and only $28!

Out of the dressing room, two thumbs from me, and confirmed by the doll-of-a-dressing-room-attendant.  Both pairs look awesome, and will wear both to work this week.  Now that I know the BP Tailored Slim are a win, I’ll have no issue ordering on-line in the future (with an aggressive promo code, of course).   We’ll see what Cyber Monday brings…

In Season Cuisine: Taking up Smoking

So the big day has passed.  Too much food, although most of it fantastic.  The corks were popping, yet a pleasant pace set.  No post-turkey naps necessary, no outbursts conjuring long ago wounds.

My traditional Thanksgiving experience is a marathon “visit”.  A family spread across the fruited plane, gets together once a year, and crams in so much conversation that the brains may burst before the bellies.  Although the backdrop of football and dusted-off board games offer some reprieve, they come too late in the day – a day, which often starts the day before.

What’s the best way to make a non-stop visit more palatable?  Give it a break, an interlude.  This is unheard of in my family.  So I took up smoking.

I’ve never been a cigarette guy, although I have inhaled.  I’m not from a smoking family.  I did have a cigar phase, but determined they take a toll on me – either unnecessarily amplifying the buzz factor or killing my voice the next day.  I reserve my cigar chomping for those truly special occasions, which are always initiated by others.  It was my time to initiate.  This was a “special” occasion.  My sanity depended on it.

So I just belt it out, “I’m going outside for a cigar”.  The heads turned in response to the abnormal declaration.  I brought an extra, suspecting company may join me.  After 5 seconds of furrowed brows, I stepped outside alone.

A Punch champion is a $5, medium body, medium length cigar, that takes about a half hour to smoke at a normal pace.  The weather in the north was top notch this year.  I brought my field coat – enough to keep warm and the smoke off my cardigan.  I decided to venture on a walk.  The half-hour went by quickly, but I felt great but the time I got back.  The fresh air refreshed, and the exercise got the belly full of gravy and stuffing to begin the un-congealing process.  I was able to reenter the visiting process revived, and eager to engage.

My only regret was not pushing for company.  The 1:1 “visit” would have been more memorable (for both of us).  I have a goal for next year now.

(I guess I could have just gone for a walk, sans cigar, but after all, it’s about doing everything in style!)

Also: Smoking is bad for you, as the Surgeon General will tell you.  If you partake, understand and accept the risks.

Celebrity Sporting: Lincoln Park Boy Band

Against my initial aversion, the 2012 American Music Awards sucked me in last night.  I was able to pull away for The Walking Dead, but I must say, I enjoyed the first hour.  Great performances by No Doubt, The Wanted, and Ke$ha almost pulled me in for the entire show, but I had to find out who was calling Rick!  Stacy Keibler’s legs would have taken top moment, but I was fascinated with the new every-day-work-look of Lincoln park.

I love Lincoln Park.  There one of only a few “modern” rock bands that keep putting out popular music.  Critics who say, “They sold out to the Transformers franchise”, don’t understand the modern economics of the music industry.  They get paid to create and perform music – every musician’s dream.  Who cares who pays?  Iconic front man Chester Bennington, always entertains and his style always delivers.  His leather jacket and hoodie looked great, yet simple enough for the workplace.  But last night, his lesser-known band mates stood out as front men.

Guitarist Brad Delson turned all heads in his Jacket vest and tie.  My girl kept asking, “Who’s that guy in the glasses”.  Drummer Rob Bourdon also dressed up for the occasion in jacket and tie, right from his part-time librarian job.  And more well known rapper/vocalist /guitarist/songwriter Mike Shinoda looked ready to teach physics and then enjoy a nice cognac.  They stood apart from Niki Minaj’s tripped upon gigantic yellow dress, The Wanted’s trihardness and Kelly Clarkson’s Mad Max attire.  Dark and less bold is actually the BOLD move this season.

All three jumped right out of the Banana Republic ad and are ready for the Monday morning team meeting.  Simple – stylish – IN!  If they were in creative jobs, no changes necessary.  If they worked for a more traditionally conservative firm, simply add slacks and shoes and they’re good to go.  Follow the example of AMA’s 2012 Best Alternative Rock band, move from backup to front man and rock the workplace!

Trending: Death to “Garanimals”

It’s so easy.  Like paint-by-numbers, Ramen noodles, and cameras on phones – the simplicity has made it easy for us.  Match a blue striped tie with a blue shirt.  Pair a solid green tie with the green stripes in a shirt.  And sport the ever-so-bold solid yellow tie and solid yellow shirt.  We guys could do this.  We didn’t need to be Clinton Kelly, Deon Sanders or Cee Lo Green.   We could pull this off.  Macys, Express, and every store with their prominent displays helped us buy.   Our girls would bring us these perfectly paired gifts, and we liked them.  We understood how to match.

However men, we have evolved (and we’re no longer 4).

It’s not as hard as it seems.  Mix colors.  Mix Fabrics.  Even mix patters.  It’s that simple.  What’s important is that they compliment each other.  Said simply, contrast is complimentary.

  • Example 1:  small stripes on a tie won’t go well with small stripes on a shirt.  But those small stripes will go with checks.
  • Example 2:  pair yellow with blue, green with orange, black with pink (this one is endless…)
  • Example 3: A tie other than silk – these are designed to contrast and compliment

If you don’t start mixing and matching, you’re going to soon be “You know who”.  You know “you know who”.  The one who still wears the ten-year-old pleated pants and comfortable shoes.  He wears full turtlenecks, not mocks.  The guy who thinks he looks nice and with it, but hasn’t received a woman’s compliment on an outfit since the half-life of said pants and turtle.  The guy…..you get it.  (If you don’t believe me, GQ’s 2012 Fall Style Playbook says so too!).

If anyone questions your choice, just say with confidence, “Garanimals are dead.  Contrast is in.  Get with it!”

DISCLAIMER – In no way shape or form does Homerstyle wish harm to Garan Inc. (owner of Garanimals), childrens’ clothing or animals (with the exception of the chipmunks that keep trying to break into my attic to fornicate and breed).  It is a brilliant outfit selection solution (for 4-year-olds).

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