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I apologize if I do not answer these questions fast enough. You can always send me a Tweet, or Facebook message if you need something answered quickly.
Hi again! Thanks for the answer to my previous question – it was really helpful I am currently on the look for a few new pieces to use this summer – do you have any tips regarding what I should be on the look for? Maybe some specific colors? Also I was wondering how you feel about the magazine GQ? I have just recently started to buy it. I’ve noticed they feature a lot of “Loafers”, do you think they are going to be big this summer? PS. I think its really cool that you take the time to answer mine/our questions!! – Nash
During the summer, I usually dress for comfort. It gets very hot in New York and I avoid wearing a jacket outside. I wear gray, blue, khaki, olive and white all summer long. I would pair be a long sleeve shirt with the sleeves rolled up with cargo pants or cotton pants. You should wear whatever you think is comfortable. GQ and the other American men’s fashion magazines have been getting a lot better with their features. These publications are a good basis on what you should have in your wardrobe. Loafers are timeless and people have been wearing them for decades. I cannot really say that they will be “in” this season as they have always been quite popular. I am not a huge loafer fan and I prefer derbys and brogues in the summer.
I’m looking for a versatile pair of sneakers for the spring/summer. Something that can be worn with shorts, but also jeans or with a a suit for a dressed down look. Any recommendations or pictures of outfits that look good with sneakers? – Joe
If you are going to be wearing your sneakers with traditional clothing, I would look into getting a sneaker with a classic silhouette. You do not want to wear sneakers with too many frivolous details with a suit I am sure it can be done, but I would play safe if I were you. P. Johnson, a tailor in Australia, pulls of the suit and sneaker look very well. If you want something sporty, look into New Balance or Nike. If you want something more high-end, try Lanvin or the Margiela German army trainer. Like I said, you should keep it classic if you are going to pair your sneakers with traditional clothes.
I’m 5’7″ with an athletic build. Despite being relatively short I have disproportional long legs. Any tips to help conceal this problem and make me appear taller?
I answered this in the last “Ask Me“. Wear high-rise pants.
My friend gave me this really old Armani jacket that he said was brought over from Italy by his dad’s friend I would like to find out if its real any advice on how i should go about doing that? – Cameron
I am not an expert when it comes to variant Armani clothes. I am sure there are guides on the internet that explain how to authenticate an Armani Jacket. If that doesn’t work, you can ask a store which carries Armani to help you verify the jacket.
Hey. I’m a Londoner and Spring/Summer presents a problem to me. Often I leave the house in a pair of shorts and t-shirt, with the sun beaming down, but then come home battling against gale force winds, torrents of rain, snow etc. Or I leave, wrapped up for winter, only to suffocate in the heat later on. I think it’s probably a good idea to buy a light jacket/rain-coat, but I have been struggling to find the right one. Should I be going for a bright block color (eg. yellow), a pattern…? Since I’ll have to wear it with a wide range of clothes, what design/make should I be looking for? Do you have one in particular which has served you well, rain or shine, over the years? Thanks! – Mike
When buying your raincoat you need to keep in mind what elements bother you the most. Shorter raincoats are good for strong winds but do not protect your legs from the rain. They give you more mobility and you do not need to worry about your coat flying all over the place. Longer raincoats will protect your legs, but can be a nuisance in stronger winds. The raincoat best for you, will have to be long with closure that extend all the way to the bottom of the coat. The fabric will have to be impenetrable to rain and wind. I recommend something either mackintosh or waxed cotton in a solid color; preferably navy or gray. These colors will go with anything. I have a number of raincoats but I constantly wear only two of them. The first is a black waxed canvas raincoat with a removable down filled liner that has serviced me through the harshest of elements. This coat is almost perfect but their is one problem; the coat is black. Black is way too severe for a full length raincoat and there are only a handful of options that will work with this coat. The second raincoat is a gray mackintosh safari jacket. I always wear this jacket when the rain is not too strong. I do not have much experience in London and I am guessing that their is a ton of humidity in the air.
Why does it seem like you’re always with Gabriel Zeller? Are you guys like really good friends or did you just make a contract that you would always walk with each other to compliments each other’s looks? – Ernesto
We are good friends and we like the same things. So, I guess we compliment each other.
Can short guys still be considered fashionable/stylish or are they simply brushed off like nothing ? – JD
Any body type can be considered “fashionable/stylish” and it does not matter on how you look. I believe, people who have different statures look even more “fashionable/stylish”. When a person of a shorter height has knowledge of fit, they often have their clothes perfectly tailored to them. Proper tailoring will always look better than something off the rack. Many people who are a standard size do not bring their clothing to a tailor and often disregard slight imperfections. Those imperfections are noticeable to an educated eye and thus making them less “fashionable/stylish”. If you do some research, I think you would be surprised on how tall some of the “menswear street style gods” are.
Thoughts on ASOS? Saw you instagrammed a pic and was a little surprised given your usual penchant for quality over everything. – Xiaoping
ASOS suiting is good if you are looking for fast fashion. Many of their pieces contain high amounts of synthetics materials and the construction is not worth mentioning. The shoes on the other hand, are extremely impressive. ASOS has a Made in England line which is all produced in Northampton. The materials are fairly good and everything is goodyear welted making them easy to resole. You can find them on ASOS for about one hundred dollars on sale. They are some of the best entry level English shoes I have ever encountered.
Why do u hunch over when taking pictures? I’ve noticed several photographs of you with your shoulders forward. You should try to stand with your shoulders back; it appears much more self-assured. – Dave.
Thanks for the advice. I know I have bad posture and will keep that in mind.
I was wondering if you have ever seen the blazer on the left, (the red plaid with blue stripes). I am really desperately looking for something similar and I cannot find where to find something like that. – Vasil B
That fabric is quite unique and I honestly have no idea where you can buy a jacket like that off the rack. If you really want the jacket, I suggest you have it made (made to measure or bespoke). The only company I can think of that will offer such a fabric would be Isaia.
Just wondering… Does Balmain make samples or are there frequently Balmain replicas? I recently bought a Balmain cable knit merino sweater off eBay (yea i know.. but ebay sometimes does the trick for me), but I’m starting to think it’s fake. Lo’ and behold I found a Balmain cable knit on ioffer (i usually assume these products are fake) and it looks more like mine than pictures of the Balmain cable knit on Google. here is a picture of mine/listing and here is a picture link of the real from a listing - Dan
There are a lot of knockoffs when it comes to Balmain. Most of it comes from Korea. I am not sure if your sweater is authentic. Maybe someone can authenticate this in the comments section?
Saw the Z Zegna photos from NY not too long ago. Without being too offensive how is Adam Gallagher able to stand in the same room as you? His aesthetic is laughable, his credentials as a blogger measly and to be bluntly honest was probably wearing one of Peewee Herman’s clip on bowties at that presentation. Regardless, good to see you stomping shit out at Z Zegna: how did you find their collection? – Jemarcus
Thanks for the note. I was at first reluctant to answer this publicly, but I feel like I should. Mr. Gallagher has his readers and they are people who share the same interests as he does. It is safe to say, that we do not share the same aesthetics and there is nothing wrong with that. There is a reason why you come to Why You Mad?! and there is also a reason why others go to his website. There is no right or wrong. This is the internet and it is one of the most democratic place on earth. We all have a choice on which website we visit. As for the collection, I liked a lot of the pieces. My favorites were the needle punched jacket and the quilted suit.
I saw you on Tommy Ton Street Style wearing a green vest and an awesome turtleneck. Where was it from? – Jakob
Thanks a lot. The turtleneck and sunglasses are from Thom Browne, the green down vest was from Ralph Lauren Black Label and the backpack was vintage.
I have a tweed jacket and I’m looking for a waistcoat to wear with it. Does the waistcoat have to have the exact same color and pattern as the jacket or do you think it can be a different color ? The jacket is tan-colored. – Micheal
The waistcoat does not need to be the exact color of the jacket, but I believe that it should be the same type of material. If you find a vest that is the exact fabric of your jacket, I would purchase it. Usually, manufacturers do not make a matching vest to their suits and pants.
I am 5’6 and have pretty strong and short legs. Cuffing my pants seemed to make my legs look shorter and even bulkier than I want them to be. Since then, I have been trying to find pants that will give the illusion of longer, slender limbs. What pants do you suggest I buy to give off that illusion? – Daniel
The secret is high-rise pants. I have noticed I look taller in pictures when wearing pants with a higher rise. Try to hem the pants without a break, don’t make them too short but short enough so that the fabric does not stack at the bottom. Also, try to find pants that are a little baggy so that you have enough fabric to taper them comfortably. You don’t want pants that are too tight. With regards to the cuff, I personally think you need to end the pants somewhere and recommend you to keep the cuff.
Hi, I think about investing in a Thom Browne suit but am unsure about the sizing. Do you usually try out different TB sizes before buying? Have you experienced different fits for different suit fabrics? Do you (need to) have your TB suits or jackets tailored? Thanks and congrats on the nice blog! – Karl
I have been buying Thom Browne suits for a very long time and am a size 0. The sizing is nearly identical every season and I have not experienced much change since the production moved to Japan. My body type gives me some flexibility when buying clothes as I am quite slight and have large shoulders. The size 0 is usually a tad small on my shoulders but the body fits me rather fine and I would usually wear it as is. I can wear a size 1 and get away with it due to my shoulders, but I would need to take in the rest of the body.
Hi, I’m a college student and my friend’s having a dinner next week. I don’t know what to wear but I’ve an Aztec pocket button down shirt, some stripe shirts, black pants, khaki and black jeans, a pea coat and one brown moccasins. I just want something simple and classy. Thanks – Toby
To be honest, you do not have that many options and I would wear an outfit you are comfortable in. If I were you, I would wear the Aztec shirt, khakis and moccasins. If you are living somewhere were its cold, put on the peacoat. The one thing that makes me cringe is seeing people wearing one layer in the dead of winter. I really have no idea why you would do such a thing.
Over the past year I have learned a lot about personal branding, and have thus become much more conscious of what I wear. A few basic things like buying fitted clothes and becoming more willing to spend money for quality have done wonders for me. But now I’m not sure what’s the best way to improve my basic and limited knowledge of fashion. There are so many brands and blogs out there that I don’t know how I can possible keep up. Any advice on where to go from here? – Lukas
I am glad that you are starting to buy better clothing. Like anything else, developing your personal style and wardrobe takes practice. Experiment with pieces that you like and figure out what looks good together. As I said before, you can look through stores and conduct further research with the brands and pieces you like.
Thinking about picking up one of the classic Black Fleece suits in the standard grey (just dropped the 2013 Spring on their website), I’m just a bit nervous as they are a sack/non-darted suit. I know they’re fully canvassed, but won’t that make it difficult to add darts if I choose to do so? I’m 5’6″ and like 130 lbs, so I’d definitely be a BB0, but I may need some waist suppression. This blog is an absolute god-send by the way, definitely turned me toward some great looks already, keep it up man! – Gregory
Adding darts to a suit is tough job and I do not recommend it. The suit was produced without darts for a reason and adding darts could mess up the whole proportion of the jacket. I hardly even noticed the lack of darts when I first started buying Black Fleece. Try and get comfortable with the jacket, it is not as boxy as it looks and with proper tailoring it can fit phenomenally.
Recently I started to wear t-shirts with blazers for my ‘street’ outfit (I normally prefer to dress quite classic). The only problem is that living in UK is quite difficult to wear this outfit without a ‘jacket/coat’ above. And here’s the problem: all my coats, even the ‘cheaper’ ones, look often far too classic. Advice? – Alessandro
I do not think the jacket and tee-shirt thing can look great with traditional jackets. Personally, most of my more traditional clothing is a bit roomier. T-shirts are generally very light and do not have full length sleeves. This will create more space between your arm and your jacket; making the jacket look bigger that it actually is. You should look into taking in some of your more casual jackets (especially the sleeves) or investing in a “weekend” wardrobe.
I’m looking for a pair of affordable all weather shoes for everyday wear. I have a pair of sneakers, and dress shoes, and I’m looking for something in between, but still fairly casual. Since I live up North, something in leather would be great. If you have any suggestions, or could even recommend a style, I’d appreciate it. Great blog. – Nick
I think the best choice would be a brown wingtip with a rubber sole. I wingtip is a fairly casual shoe and it will look great in a variety of outfits. Dress it up with a suit or down with jeans.
Love the blog. I was wondering if you could help me out. I like the style of Clarks Desert Boots, I’m just worried that they look a little flimsy. Are there any quality alternatives? Is it not worth the price? Would a cheaper shoe be just as good and just as stylish? Here is the link to the Amazon listing. Do you recommend other stores? – Charley
It is hard to find quality shoes at the $100 price-point. Clarks are the entry-level desert boot and it is almost impossible to find a cheaper version. If you want a quality pair of chukka or desert boots, I would get some from Alden. I have a cordovan chukka that is on its second resole and it still looks great. If you are really deadset on the Clarks, try and experiment with the color and texture. I only see untreated Clarks and I think they would look great with a shine.
Hi! Gotta say I really enjoy your blog! Been looking for a men’s fashion blog for a long time, before I found yours! I am currently in New York, and I am looking for a nice coat – I have been looking at one from Burberry Brit, but I want to be sure if I am going to use that amount of money. So I thought, who better to ask, then you? What om looking for is sort of like this, but I am open for options of course! I am only in New York for a couple of days now, so I really hope you can get back to me! – Sindre
I would get it if I were you. Not many people make leather trench coats these days. If you really want something special, I would hunt down a WWII German Leather Officer Coat and get it altered. I have been looking for the right one for years but never seem to find one in good condition or in the right size. I hope that helps.
Hey Austin, nice blog and style you got there ! I myself starting to wear Thom Browne, brooks brothers and more formal wear these days, tucking my shirt etc. But since Im living between Indonesia and Australia, sometimes the heat is too much to wear shirt & outwear (even its a light jacket or some sort), while on the other hand if I tucked my shirt, I prefer to combine it with outerwear. So just want to know your suggestion for daily wear during summer since I noticed that NY can be pretty hot these days as well. Thanks ! Keep up the good work .. – Mark
A few years ago, I lived in Singapore and found it very hard to wear a jacket in such a climate. During the summers in New York, I dress very casually and tend to only wear a shirt with shorts, cargo pants or khakis. I always tuck in the shirt and roll up the sleeves. I like the pants to be made out of cotton because they look better than wool pants without a jacket. If the occasion arises, I would wear a very light suit and often a shorts suit.
You used to live in Singapore! I would love to know what you like about Singapore. We need more tourists here. – Singaporean
Yes, for a few years. I really like the food there. Back in the day, I ate a lot of chicken rice. Singapore has plenty of tourists.
Hi! I found your blog very recently, and I must say I have visited it quite a lot since. I saw that you used to sell those alligator elbow patches, but I am not able to find a site where I can order them? I am going to New York in a couple of weeks – is there anywhere I can buy them there? If you have any tips for “must visit” stores, I would really appreciate it! Great blog, keep it up! – Nash
The elbow patches sold out quite quickly and there is a chance I will make more of them. I do not think you can find crocodile elbow patches anywhere else. Check out Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s and the Brooks Brothers Black Fleece, there are some of my favorite stores in New York.
Hi! Im a big fan! What size do you wear in that Moncler Gamma Bleu padded blazer? – Jate
Thanks a lot. I wear a size 0.
let me first say i love how you dress! my question is…I am trying to purchase Thom Browne cashmere cardigan from official website (since i live in LA, no store around me that sells TBs), and was wondering if you can help me with getting right size. I am 6’1″ about 180lbs, not too slim but not definitely thick..thanks in advance! – Young
There are two stores in Los Angeles that I know carry Thom Browne, Barneys and Union. I would check out these stores first and if they do not have the cardigan you are looking for, I would purchase it online in a size 2 or 3.
I am looking for a dapper men’s winter coat (I am based in Manhattan) versatile enough to wear to work and also out on the town..and hopefully not spend an absolute fortune. What recommendations do you have? Thanks – Mike D.
Gray is the most versatile color a man can wear, you can dress it down or up. I would recommend either a gray peacoat or topcoat. Here is one from Black Fleece that suits your criteria.
Hey, really loving your blog. I recently purchased a lot of man jewelry Usually from Miansai, Giles and Brother & Margiela. So how bout you? Love/hate? – Daniel
I really like the idea of many of these jewelry designers but, I honestly do not wear any jewelry. I do not like the feeling of having something on my fingers, neck or wrists. I do not even like wearing watches. I guess I am pretty odd. Maybe one day though.
Last week I went to Target to buy some milk and I saw they had some nice fitting poplin shirts. I’m loosing weight and don’t want to spend much on new clothes until my weight stabilized What are your thoughts on those shirts? FYI, I probably just need them for over a month – Joseph
I am not familiar with the quality of Target’s shirts. If you need a low price-point shirt, I encourage you to buy Uniqlo. They fit well and use quite decent fabrics considering the price points
I was thinking about purchasing track pants(Ink Matte Nylon) from the T by Alexander Wang f/w 2012 collection. What are your thoughts on them? – Antonio
I am not really a fan of track pants and sweat pants. I personally have two pairs of sweat pants, a size four Thom Browne navy pair and Lanvin sweatpants. The Thom Browne pants are used in the home and are never to be worn in public. I have worn the Lanvin sweat pants out due to the fact they have a cuff and have a crease sewn in. Most sweat pants are way too casual for me and they look a bit odd with the clothes I normally wear.
I noticed that sometimes you wear chinos/cargos cuffed and let some sock show, but other times you wear them unrolled and let them down over your boots. I often have trouble deciding when I should roll up and when I should let them down. Can you give me any insight on this matter — and, i know you don’t wear jeans, but any thoughts on this matter when it comes to denim? Also, how much sock to show — does this change based on the footwear? – Maxwell
I always try to have a cuff on all of my pants and only have a few pairs of cuffless pants. I believe that pants need to end somewhere and they look strange if they don’t have a “finishing line”. The only pairs of pants that I can think of that are not cuffed are the Gant of Michael Bastian cargo pants. They are finished at the bottom with multiple seams and an ankle tightener. It would be a tremendous amount of work to shorten the pants and I have opted to wear them as is. For my cuffed pants, I usually adjust the break on my pants by season. In the winter I primarily wear boots and prefer my pants to be very short so they do not catch on to the boot. All of my winter weight pants are shorter than my summer and spring pants. No matter the length your pants, you should be comfortable physically and mentally.
What do you do to keep up with trends and upcoming labels? I live in a small Midwestern town, so there isn’t a lot of inspiration. I’ve googled ‘menswear’ and started following a few blogs, but the sheer volume of information and websites out there is overwhelming. – Alex
I am a very product driven person, I do no really “keep up” with what is really going on in the menswear world. If anything, I usually walk through the big department stores in New York City and look at the products buyers have bought and which ones they left out. I suggest you to look through online stores and focus on what labels you like and do some more research about the brand. Look through their runway stills online and see what people are saying about them.
Just discovered your blog and I’m loving it. I just bought a pair of navy blue leather boots. Other than jeans, what would you suggest wearing them with? – Ryan
Navy leather shoes are hard to wear. If they were in suede that would be another story as they go fairly well with everything. Trying pairing your boots with navy blue, gray or olive-green pants. You just have to find a way to not clash your color palette. I suggest you to wear something else navy so that they compliment the boots.
What do you think of velvet jackets, especially in purple or burgundy ? – Michael
I am not a fan of velvet jackets and I would only wear velvet as a dinner jacket. For me, velvet seems a bit too clownish especially in a purple or burgundy. If I had a burgundy velvet jacket, I would only wear it to parties and social events and it’s not something I would wear often.
I’m currently a full-time university student and I have recently picked up a blue blazer from Zara. It fits incredible and I’m absolutely in love with it, but I feel like if I were to wear it to school it would seem like I’m trying to hard. I was wondering if you could give me some tips on what to pair this blazer with to prevent me from coming off as a try hard. Thanks. – Nick P
If you like it, just wear it. Don’t worry about what other people say. If your peers are making comments they are probably insecure with the way they dress. Why not just wear a tie with your jacket or better yet, just get the matching pants. It doesn’t matter what people say. If you like it, wear it.
Looking at a Thom Browne Brooks Brothers size 1 coat. Shoulder to shoulder: 17″, Underarm to underarm: 19″, underarm to cuff: 19″, Length excluding collar: 39″ My chest measures an actual 36″ and I take a size 38 coat normally. Would this coat fit? Thank You – Kevin
Yes, I think you can fit this coat. You don’t want it to be too tight and you can always get a tailor to take in if it is too big.
How do i exactly find my own style? taking into consideration that I always had bad fashion sense? – Wayne C
You need to find clothing that fit your lifestyle and you daily needs. Try not to buy into trends, instead figure out what you like and grow from there. Personally, I have very little regard for me clothing and often mistreat my whole wardrobe I need clothing that wears like iron and can take beatings through rain, drink spills and food stains. That is why I usually wear dark colors and heavy fabrics. I also tend to lose scarves and gloves, thus all the pockets in all my clothing. Remember, at the end of the day, it’s all about functionality.
I’m a big/heavy/large man and I’ve been doing fashion related research lately. Most the articles that I’ve read tell what not to wear and what to avoid if you are a fat guy but hardly tell what to wear. I was hoping if you could shed some light on casual dressing for bulky people and where to look for respective clothes (jeans/pants/chinos). – Jack
I always had a strong admiration for heavier men who dress well. Some of these men go complete against the grain and wear checks, short pants hems and high-rise pants (things that they are told not to wear). Many of these “guides” tell heavier men how to look thinner and do not point out that sometimes you should just need to embrace yourself. I recommend you to buy clothing that you like and not to worry about what to avoid.
So, animal print was fairly big this year especially with Givenchy and other brands. However, do you think it’s on the way out at this point or is there still some life in it. It’s just I’ve got my eye on a nice Shark jumper from Givenchy and don’t want to waste my money. Some advice would be fantastic. – Isaac B
Do not buy the sweat shirt. Only purchase the sweater if you know when the next shark week is airing. If you know when shark week is, it means you really like sharks and need to have a $500+ sweater with a shark on it. Do not buy into the trends, especially if you are going to shelve out a substantial amount of money. There are a lot of other prints out there that are much more interesting. Check this out, everyone likes burgers.
Greetings bruh bruh. Hope you’re mad flossing at Pitti: pretty interested to see what gear you’re packing this year once the street style photos hit the web. Quick question: do you know who makes S.T Dupont’s RTW line? If so, is it even worth buying their gear? I have my eye on one of their plaid windowpane car coats. – Azrael
I honestly have no idea that Dunpont has a clothing line. If their clothes are like their lighters than it has to be pretty good. Maybe you can send me a link?
What are your thoughts on Quoddy and Yuketens? – Singaporean
I am assuming that you are referring to the boat shoes and moccasins. I do not wear such shoes and do not have any experience with the two companies Yuketen makes some great boots and I have heard very positive things about them.
My name is Marcelo. I’m very interested in buying a pair of Visvim Skynyrd Ring. Trying to find a store, I found a post in this blog. Do you have any idea about where I can find the Visvim Skynyrd? I didn’t find any store – Marcelo
You can check eBay. I looked at all the online stores and resell stores such as Concept Shop and Human Behavior and found nothing. eBay is your best bet.