I live in Florida and was wondering if you knew of any good clothing lines for the weather down here. The humidity sucks. – Connor
I am not exactly sure what you are looking for. But, I will assume you are in the market for suiting. One of the most comfortable jackets for the summer is Boglioli’s linen jacket. They are all unconstructed and unlined, this makes a huge difference during hot and humid summers. You generally should stay away from lined and structured jackets. One of my biggest pet peeves are fully lined and canvased linen and seersucker jackets. If you are going to use a lightweight fabric don’t make it heavier by adding extra layers, defeats the whole purpose of using tropical fabrics. Yes, I am guilty of buying such jackets and I pay with buckets of sweat in the summer. If Boglioli is out of your price range, I would look into Brooks Brothers Black fleece. They make some great half lined seersucker and linen jackets.
I’m obviously not a guy, but I am asking a question on behalf of my husband. n We are traveling to Europe for our dream vacation/honeymoon we didn’t get when we got married. We will be going to London, Paris, and Rome; all pretty stylish places. We will be tourists, but we don’t want to stand out as such because we’re wearing shorts and our running shoes. But we also need to be comfortable because we’ll be walking a lot. So, my question is, any recommendations on men’s shoes are comfortable AND nice looking? – Liz
My most comfortable shoes are all crepe soled. I endorse all footwear with a crepe sole, they are far more comfortable than any sneaker I have ever worn (That doesn’t mean much, I have two pairs of sneakers). I personally own both pairs of crepe soled suede brogues that Brooks Brothers makes. They are made by the British shoe company, Alfred Sargent and are my “go-to” shoes. If you want something a tad more dressy I would go for Mark McNairy’s brown pebble grain double monks. I have a very strong desire to resole everything in crepe.
I’d like to take advantage of your politness and ask you, if you know the name of this gentleman on the right. I have seen him in another outfit which I liked, and I’m curious to see if there are any other pictures of him. Buona giornata from Italy – Francesco
The gentleman’s name is Renato Plutino and he owns a showroom in Milan, Plutino Showroom. His showroom only features two brands, Jacob Cohen and Fabiana Filippi. Not only does he own a showroom but he is also an agent (sales) for Brunello Cucinelli. Mr. Plutino has great timeless style and should be given much more credit.
Do you have a style guide, any advice or resources for the heavy set gentleman? Besides lose weight…. I’m in the gym, but I don’t want to look shabby while I’m at it. I’m from the school where “it ain’t shit if it don’t match your shoes”. I’m trying to get out of that mind set. 54 Chest and 46/48-30 pant 12 shoes. Should I go the whole neutral color route that all the blogs are touting? The only thing I do know is that I need to get all of my clothes tailored, it makes a true difference in how my clothes fit and how I feel. Scatterbrained I know. I graciously await your response. – Andre F.
I think it would be a perfect time to trim your wardrobe and get rid of everything you do not need. Look through your cloest and keep aside the pieces you really love and are your go to’s. Once you have done this, ask yourself does any of this stuff fit? If it doesn’t, get it all tailored before you buy any new clothes. You a lot better if your clothes actually fit you (well I do at least). For someone of your size, eBay will do wonders for you. You will be able to find everything from shoes, pants, jackets and shirts for a fraction of the retail price. If you really really like the whole neutral thing, go for it. Neutral colors are always great and will go well with everything. I just hope you did not make this decision because a bunch of bloggers told you to. Do whatever you feel is right and whatever you like. If you like colors, go for it. If you like plaid, go for it. If you like black bondage harnesses, go for it. Do whatever you like and don’t let the blogs influence you fully.
I’m really looking to infuse the color blocking trend into my wardrobe and have been looking for lines that carry brightly hued blazers. Can you suggest a few designers? – Kenny C.
I would look into Marlon Gobel. They have a ton of funny fruit prints and colorful jackets and suits. The best bang for your buck would be Uniqlo. They always have pieces in a rainbow of colors and will work into anyones wardrobe.
I’ve only recently become aware of your blog, so apologies for that, but I’m now a daily reader and I love your shit. However, extended reading has made me more aware of my dissatisfaction with my own wardrobe. Clothes are often a headache for me, as being a 19-year old student I’ve never been able to afford a solid wardrobe that I can build on, so I’m usually unhappy with my outfits, and I get bored of my shit very quickly. So, I’ve decided to try and dress in more classic staples to avoid this happening so much, but I don’t really know where to start, hence I seek your advice. So, my main questions would be: What’s the bare minimum that will allow one to look dope every day, and what should every man have? How can I amass a wardrobe like this on a very tight budget, and is it even possible to look that dope without spending a great deal? I want to dress classically, but not boringly, so what’s appropriate for a 19-year old to wear, I mean were you well dressed at 19? How can I make sure I buy things that last and I don’t get bored with; how long do you wear things for before they’re out of your rotation? And also, I’m skinny as f*ck, so how can I make sure everything fits good without paying too much for tailoring? So yeah, that about sums it up, I kind of get cyclically frustrated with my clothes, so I’m hoping if I address these things for good then I can stop that from happening! Sorry for the lengthy email, any reply would be greatly appreciated. – Nathan S.
Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that I have influenced you to dress more classically. I suggest you to buy two suits, a solid gray one and a solid navy one. With these two suits you pretty much have four very standard and classic outfits, a navy suit, a gray suit, a navy jacket with gray pants and a gray jacket with navy pants. I am sure you can use the jackets with your current collection of pants. Now for brand of the navy and gray suit. If you want something younger and edgenier I would, obviously, look into Brooks Brothers Black Fleece. If there is a store around you that carries the line go there and try some pieces on. Get the feel of it. If the retail price is out of your budget, check the Black Fleece sale section, if that doesn’t work, go on eBay and if you can’t find anything that suits you. If all that fails, call up an outlet store, I am sure they can assist you in finding something. I would not recommend you going to any of the low-end stores if you are looking to build a wardrobe. Black Fleece is one of those gifts to the world, high quality product at reasonable prices. If you shell out a considerate amount of money for a piece of clothing, I am sure you will not get bored of it anytime soon. From there, I would experiment with some different patterns in gray and navy. Try out some plaids and stripes and just go from there.
Do they make tie bars that double as pens? I’d like to kill two birds with one stone. – Geb
I do not think anyone makes pens that double as tie bars. However, I am sure you can find a pen with a short enough clip that will work just fine. You will need a lighter and shorter pen in order to stay in place. A friend of mine always has a Parker Jotter Pen clipped in his shirt between the third and second button. Maybe this classic pen will work for you. The clip has a little arrow design and may look pretty good as a tie bar. I honestly would just get a tie bar from the TheTieBar.com and just use a regular pen.
I was doing some research on the wool parka by Baron Wells. I saw a post from Tucked Style where you’re featured with Sean Hotchkiss. How did you like the fit, quality, and style of the parka? Can you remember what size you wore? Trying to see if I should drop money on it for next Fall. – Errol G.
The Barron Wells coat was nice and all, but I am not sure if i can endorse it. Even though the coat was a size too big (medium), I did not think that it would fit very well even if it was my size. It was a bit boxy and the quality wasn’t all that great. Then again, I cannot really expect much with a retail price of only $350.