10 TIPS TO BEING A MODERN GENTLEMAN

A great list from The Attire Club.  I especially like #5.  Listening will get you so far in life

 

10 TIPS TO BEING A MODERN GENTLEMAN.

Tis the season for Sales: Focus on (not-so) puffy vests.

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We’re in that great time of year where the new exciting Spring/Summer lines are beginning to line the shelves.  If you’re sick of winter already, you can at least picture yourself on the horizon, sporting these lighter fashions.  It’s also a time for incredible sales on the  leftover pre-Christmas inventories.  You can score big, and still get a few months of in-year utility till spring.  I’ll continue to share these as they come in.

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I’m focused on the new ultra light puffy vests.  I find the Uniqlo and Northface brands in particularly interesting, both for warmth and fashion.  As I mentioned in a previous blog Trending:  an Overcoatless Winter, these warm, sleek vests can fashionably replace the winter overcoat.

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I was at the midtown NYC Uniqlo this week and tried several on.  There are tons of great, pastel colors, and they are truly super light.  Thin too.  I’d say about 50% less bulky than the Lands End one I own (which isn’t all that bulky either).  Only one issue – they WEREN’T ON SALE!

Now at $49.50, they are very affordable.  I’d put them at parity for quality and fashion against the Northface (selling for $130).  But this is the season for DEALS, and $49.50 is the everyday price!  I’m in stalking mode for the big sale.  Will keep you posted.

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Trending now: Holiday Cocktail Party

I’m serving three Spanish reds at this years Holiday Cocktail Party.  (Starts at 6:30, no need to wait.  It’ll end up late night, if it’s done right).  Why Spanish reds?  Mostly because they rock and a bit mysterious for the novice to journeyman taster.  My prejudicial general comment – they taste somewhere between a Chianti and a Merlot.   But I also do get the side benefit of saying, “We’re serving three Spanish reds this evening”.SP Wine

I’m very familiar with Rioja, which I love.  I wanted to try something else though.  I went with two Tempranillos and one Monstrell.

First up, the 2011 Paso A Paso Tempranillo – 2011, This one tastes young.  Almost beaujolais like.  Loving it with the pigs-n-blanket hors de houveres accompaniment, as I lose my thoughts staring at the leg lamp (yes, of course I have a leg lamp).lamp

The second Tempranillo is the 2007 Codice.  Hoping the extra age will do wonders.   Ugh – Watered down raisins.  Not prune juice, which could be rich and raisen-ey.  Just blah.  Nothing.  Not offensive.  Just $5-clois-du-bois-like.

Third up, Tarima 2010.  Made from 100% Monstrell: gets right to it. It starts out powerfully, strong, but not too kung pow. A pleasant peppery finish.  My neighbor, Steve, loved it.  Steve likes good reds.

So the Monstrell rocked.  One out of three aint bad for me.  I did enjoy the Paso A Paso.  Will let a bottle sit on the shelf for 2 years.  Patience is a virtue, so I’m told.  However, the Codice will remain on the store shelf, as I pass by in the future.

Steve actually liked all three, which is what it’s all about.  Like what you like.

Silver lining – I like the variety.  Average wines make a great wine taste even better.  Plus not everyone loves the “tasting” factor.  Some just like an easy drinking red and all three qualify.  All three were a hit!

Trending: an Overcoat-less winter?

It’s December and snow is on the ground in the Northeast.  Winter is here for a while.  The holidays, skiing, and sipping port by the fire are all things I look forward to, but the day to day “Winter Tax” is well, taxing.

Winter Tax – all the extra stuff that’s necessary for day to day living in cold climates.  Hats, scarves, boots, overcoats and gloves come out of the closets.  You need a scraper and a shovel if you own a car.   You have to constantly stomp your feet at the door to keep the salt off the floors.  (I once hosted a New Years party during an ice storm, and over-salted the walk-way, so no one would slip.  I’m still finding the occasional crystal near the corner molding).

Unlike the looming cliff talk, this tax is already here.  Is there a means to lighten the load?  Perhaps.

I will attempt this season to shed the overcoat.

A suit + scarf, hat, and gloves can keep one perfectly warm – up to a point.  I have pulled this off successfully this season, without being the least bit cold.  This has worked with light snow, and in 29-degree weather.  I will keep pushing this limit, until I reach chill point.  (Aside – a winter fedora will not mess up and will protect setting hair cream from precipitation as well)

Note – I HATE being cold.  So my chill point is conservative.

Once I hit the chill point, I will try the newly fashionable “field vest”.

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The modern insulates are so thin, the vest will fit under the suit jacket.  No more bulky than a sweater.  Yes, it’s an extra piece of clothing, but it’s sooo much less bulky than the winter topcoat, and you won’t be confused with a Siberian prison guard.  These vests are everywhere and cheap.  I have one from Lands End, but am on the prowl for another.

Now the super cold and pounds of falling flakes may still call for the dreaded 10-pound overcoat, but at least that will be a rare occasion.

Thoughts?  Give it a try and share your experiences here.

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).