March 1st, 2012
A reader asked:

I love collecting old concert tour t-shirts from ebay  and have a million great ones but they’re all really stiff. Is there  anything I can do to make them look cooler and more vintage-y in my  bathtub, or a bucket or something? Using relatively cheap supplies to do  it? Thanks!

First of all, what a great obsession to have! I mean, if you’re going  to horde anything, it might as well be sweet vintage tees. Way better  than those creepy dolls that look like Jackie O or Princess Di like my  old neighbor had all over her house. Or, like, keeping all your  fingernail clippings in jars in your basement…(MORE)

A reader asked:

I love collecting old concert tour t-shirts from ebay and have a million great ones but they’re all really stiff. Is there anything I can do to make them look cooler and more vintage-y in my bathtub, or a bucket or something? Using relatively cheap supplies to do it? Thanks!

First of all, what a great obsession to have! I mean, if you’re going to horde anything, it might as well be sweet vintage tees. Way better than those creepy dolls that look like Jackie O or Princess Di like my old neighbor had all over her house. Or, like, keeping all your fingernail clippings in jars in your basement…(MORE)

February 27th, 2012

Joey asked:

I’m a 24 year old professional, and I want to be taken seriously. But I have very thick hair, and I’m 100% unsure how to style it that will look professional but not make me look like my dad.  What kinds of options do I have?

I feel your pain. As a constantly-carded 28-year-old, I know what it’s like to want to look older. I’m sure when we’re pushing forty and look 25, we’ll be happy, but for now, it can be kind of a pain to try and look like a “grown-up” at work without throwing on a three-piece suit every morning… (MORE)

November 14th, 2011
Megan- I've recently lost some weight and am out of a long term relationship, so I pretty much need a whole new wardrobe for going out - my work outfits are set in stone so that is already taken care of. Obviously I don't expect to be walked through the whole process, but where should I even start? I will be moving to the south soon but travel alot so something versatile would be the best. Thanks.
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Congrats on the weight loss, bummer about the relationship (unless she was a total bitch, in which, good riddance!)

Moving is a great time to do a wardrobe purge ‘n splurge. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit you anymore and can’t be tailored, or that just in general doesn’t make you want to give yourself finger guns in the mirror when you put it on.

When shopping, you should go for what’s comfortable for you - no need for a drastic man makeover. Just make sure that whatever you buy fits the new, svelte you. Get re-measured for suits. Go to a store and try jeans on in at least three sizes to find out what you wear now. And remember this might change from store to store (Old Navy, for instance, runs large, while Uniqlo assumes we’re all absurdly slim).

As far as the South goes…I’m from Wisconsin and live in New York, so don’t know much about dressing for year-round warm temperatures. However, I can say I’d avoid any cliches like allover seersucker, or khakis unironically embroidered with little pink alligators, crabs or Florida State logos.

I do suggest you start incorporating more color into your wardrobe, though. I love me some black, gray and navy neutrals, but if I set up shop in Georgia tomorrow, you can be sure that both pastel shades and bright hues would begin making frequent appearances next to my sun-kissed skin. Start with t-shirts, polos and thin sweaters in brighter colors, then expand to shorts and pants in fun, unexpected colors. I love these chinos from Bonobos in light red. With a simple white t-shirt and boat shoes, you’ll be ready to meet a Southern honey.

October 24th, 2011

How come no one wears bow ties anymore?

Andy asks:

I’m in a black-tie wedding in November. I have a pleated/wingtip collar shirt that I like, but the groomsmen are wearing long ties, not bow ties, which I think would make the wingtip, and possibly the pleats, look silly (I could be wrong on that).

However, if I get a a non-wingtip, non-pleated shirt, then there wouldn’t seem to be any difference between a “tuxedo shirt” and a “white shirt” (since the studs would be covered by the aforementioned long tie). Thoughts on this one?

The short answer - you’re right, and you’re mostly right.

Yes, wearing a pleated, wingtip collar tuxedo shirt with a long tie would look silly, so I agree you should keep them far apart from each other.

Now, as someone who loves to go all out for formal events (and by that, I mean, “a girl), I do suggest a man keep a proper tuxedo hanging in his closet, along with a true tuxedo shirt. You’ll always feel like a million bucks, instead of shelling out a couple hundred to wear something that barely fits a couple times a year. Since we’re on the same wavelength in this issue, and since you wear yours with a bow tie, I don’t see any big issue in slipping by on this occasion with a dress shirt with a simple turndown collar and French cuffs.

A well-trained eye will know you’re cutting corners, but thankfully (?) we live in a sloppy, perpetual Casual Friday society, so most people will be too dazzled by your shiny patent leather dress shoes and grosgrain jacket lapel to notice the simple dress shirt underneath.

If you decide in the future that you want to wear your tuxedo with a long tie more often, it could be worth it to invest in a turndown collar tuxedo shirt. In the meantime, dress things up with an extra-special cufflink and you should be good to go.

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October 17th, 2011

What to wear: barnyard nuptials

A reader asked:

I’m going to a wedding later this month with my fiancee. It’s an outdoor wedding in Philadelphia (the reception’s in a barn I’ve been told?), so I know I need to dress warmly, but I don’t know what’s appropriate. Here’s the note from the bride herself:

Some of you have asked us what to wear. Our dress code is rustic chic, and therefore, you should wear whatever makes you happy.

What does “rustic chic” entail?!

- James, Newark, NJ

"Rustic Chic" is a new one, even to me, but I love it. It sounds like one of those slow fast-food restaurant in a mall that serves $15 beet and goat cheese paninis and hibiscus lemonade.

Honestly, I think the bride was trying to be nice with her explanation, but I can also see why it didn’t help you at all in deciding what to wear. The key with any wedding wear is to look appropriate for the occasion but still comfortable. In this case, that means warm. Because the only thing worse than sitting through a predictably terrible best man speech is shivering through it.

But while visions of flannel-lined jeans may be dancing in your head, it’s still a wedding - even if it is taking place where cows are usually milked and chickens are…egged? (I’m from a city, I don’t know the terminology). So even if nothing would make you happier than showing up in a Jets hoodie, I doubt it’ll make the bride happy - despite her generous insistence to the contrary.

You should, however, be able to forego a suit in favor of separates. Try a navy blazer over gray slacks, with a white dress shirt, dark tie, and a v-neck sweater over top for warmth. Or maybe a textured sports coat (tweed or herringbone would look dressed up and feel a little more substantial), with a dark plaid shirt, knit tie and wool trousers?

You’ll look appropriately rustic but also be warm enough to tide you over til the hoedowning begins.

August 26th, 2011

Heading West / Serendipitously escaping Hurricaneageddon 2011 today!

JKF has free wifi, so go ahead and ask me a question about men’s style. Or y’know, life.

But only if you want to. I don’t want to pressure you into anything you’re not ready for.


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