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.

sale uniqlo

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.

sale Northface

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.

vest uniqlo

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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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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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).