Weekly Segments

What Not to Wear Wednesday: Bootcut Jeans

Hey Gents,

On Wednesdays I choose an article of clothing that should absolutely not be worn and give you a recommendation of something you should substitute that piece with instead. Today’s topic: Bootcut Jeans. Let’s take that a step further, poorly fitting pants in general.

So you think cowboys are cool? Don't even bother, those guys didn't even brush their teeth.

(Boot Cut) So you want to wear boots and look like a cowboy? Don’t even bother, those guys didn’t even brush their teeth.

A lot of guys don’t give a flying care about what type of jeans they wear. If you think off the rack (OTR), flared leg, no-brand jeans from Walmart are acceptable to wear, the answer is: they sure are! If you get your meals in soup form from the local shelter or have to pick up your three welfare-raised kids from your ex-wife’s boyfriend’s place an hour ago. You have the money. You have the time. So pick out some jeans that reflect the fact that you’re a free-thinking adult that can run with the pack! (This entry deals primarily with fit, which is the most important part of an outfit, period. I can discuss fabric, colorations, and such at a later time, because these are all secondary features to the bottom line.)

The problem with bootcut jeans is that they absolutely wreck the natural outline of your body. The flared leg openings are flattering to no one and the current trend leans heavily towards a large-upper and a narrow or straight-lower silhouette for men. Now that you know this, let me give you the solution to the problem that is as prevalent as the bubonic plague during its hay day. Tapered fit pants.

(Tapered Fit) And just like that, you look like a citizen from the 21st century. You’ve gone from Kmart pedestrian to dappered gent. Well done!

The perfect entry-level addition to your wardrobe is the Levi’s 508 Tapered Jeans. A tried and true brand paired with an unbeatable fit. The 508 is the regular tapered fit and the 511 is the skinny tapered fit. Most of you should pick up the 508s unless you have ever been called a “twig,” have been told that you need to “eat more often,” or have been mistaken for a fishing line in passing. Tapered pants reduce the amount of excess material around the thighs and through the leg openings. They fit closer to your legs and hug the leg the further they go down, as opposed to the bootcut flair, which does the opposite.

Additional recommendations to expand into once you get your go-to jeans:

Now go out and cop yourself a pair! You owe it to yourself!

Your Style Consultant,

Jack

 

 

 

 

 

Texture Tuesday: Linen

Hey Gents,

In this weekly segment, I will be featuring a specific fabric or material every Tuesday. I’ll discuss its characteristics, utility, and a few recommendations as well.

Spring/Summer is on the horizon and I wanted to discuss my favorite lightweight material: Linen.

A few great linen looks. Courtesy of linenpage

A few grail linen looks. Courtesy of linenpage

Linen initially “began as a textile made from the fibers of a flax plant,” as Wikipedia would have it. Nowadays it’s more of a loose, general umbrella term for a light weave texture that sometimes incorporates other fabrics such as hemp, cotton, or synthetics.

Characteristics

The first thing you’ll probably notice about the appearance of linen is that it wrinkles very easily. That’s a part of the aesthetics that gives linen its charm. Linen wrinkles very easily because it is light and crispy, and consequently has poor elasticity. Learn to embrace the whiskers and creases that naturally occur along the lines of your body. If you can’t deal with it and feel the compulsion to iron out these wrinkles, then you’re probably already late to your mid-week bingo session, old man.

Utility

When it comes to feel, linen lies on the thinner end of the spectrum. It feels crispy and textured but won’t stretch much at all. It is incredibly breathable, which makes it an ideal warm-weather fabric. Linen has the ability to absorb and release humidity incredibly quickly– that’s why many clothiers use linen as a basis for their spring/summer light blazer and button down lines.

Daniel Craig loves linen! That should be reason enough for you to go get some today!

Daniel Craig looks sprezzy as all hell in linen! That should be reason enough for you to #gogetyousome today!

Recommendations

Throw those heavy textures like wool and tweed back into storage! Here are some of my picks for great linen pieces to rock this s/s. Quick Caveat: try to limit your outfit to just one article of linen at a time, otherwise the texture at some point becomes too overwhelming.

Suiting

Wrinkled Linen Blazer. Photo Cred: gentlemansgazette

If you need a blazer for a cooler spring temperature or a more casual office setting, I’d highly recommend the Uniqlo Linen Cotton Slim Fit Jacket. They come in some nice patterns and the lighter colors will make others feel cooler just by looking at you. I personally have two of them and the fit is great OTR (off the rack) for me. Perfect to wear over a button down and chinos in slightly windy, sub-70 degree days.

Shirts

The J.Crew Factory Slim Linen Shirt is an affordable option in very soft greys, blues, and whites so that makes them pretty flexible to build an outfit around. Roll up the sleeves and wear ’em over chino shorts for a classic s/s look.

Pants

H&M has a pair of linen pants in white, off-white, and blue. These would be great if you’re out on a golf course or walking around town. Pair with a waffle polo with some color or a 3/4 sleeve henley shirt and a pair of low profile suede oxfords for a refined casual look!

Your Style Consultant,

Jack

Footwear Friday: The Chukka Boot

Hey Gents,

On this new weekly segment, “Footwear Friday,” I’m going to clue you in about different types of footwear as well as recommend some products that fall under that category. Step up your kicks game!

Chukka 2

This week, I’m zoning in on the Chukka boot. One of the grail pieces of footwear, the chukka is incredibly versatile and should be a staple in any basic men’s wardrobe. They are typically made of leather or suede and are more comfortable than walking through a field of marshmallows. Historically, they were used by British military to traverse the desert with efficiency; however, modern day chukkas aren’t typically built for that utilitarian of a purpose. We wear them because of their versatility and looks.

The versatility lies in their flexibility. You can dress down a pair of slacks for less formal settings, yet they’re a step above most sneakers. Pair them with cuffed jeans to become the king of casual. You’re not going to run a marathon in these, but they’re very comfortable for most regular settings. Chukkas usually come with a crepe, if not, rubber sole. Traction isn’t usually an issue and as long as you don’t drag your feet, they wear at a normal pace.

As far as looks go, chukkas are primarily sold in neutral, earthy tones so they don’t clash with many colors. You can rock jeans, chinos, and any other type of long pants and distinguish yourself compared to your typical sneaker-wearing mouth breather. They’re both sleek and rugged at the same time– consider beating them up to give them “character.” A quick caveat though: be wary of wearing chukkas with shorts. I’d say they normally don’t work because they rise up too high on the ankle, but some low rise variations do exist and some people can actually pull it off.

CDBMy recommendation would be the quintessential chukka, the Clark’s Desert Boot (CDB). Personally, I don’t wear many things besides the Clarks during every season besides summer. Whether you leave the house to run errands, hang with friends, or to flee the country and it’s time to choose a shoe, CDBs should always be a contender for the green light. From personal experience, the sand suede coloration goes well with almost any color of jeans and pants.

Now, I would normally give you an alternative suggestion for a different price range but I recommend you don’t budge on the Clark’s. There are so many clones out there, but consider this: You can spend maybe $25-50 less on a clone of inferior quality, but they might last you a year or two of good wear at most. If taken care of properly, I’ve had accounts of Clark’s lasting 5-7 years. Mine are personally on their third year and they are still going strong. #gogetyousome!

Your Style Consultant,

Jack

What Not To Wear Wednesday: Cargo Pants

Hey Gents,

On Wednesdays I choose an article of clothing that should absolutely not be worn and give you a recommendation of something you should substitute that piece with instead. Today’s topic: Cargo pants.

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Your bottoms (long pants and shorts included) should in no way, shape, or form be cargo. Unless you’re prodding rattlesnakes in the desert or trapping crocodiles near a river, avoid them at all costs! It’s probably one of the most common transgressions I witness on a regular basis. There is so much extra material and bagginess that it ruins your body’s natural outline and people will wonder what sketchy things you’re trying to smuggle somewhere. If I see you wearing cargo shorts, it tells me you are also likely to:

• Wear socks with sandals
• Be unemployed
• Not give a damn about your appearance

Here are some alternatives you should consider, to step up your style game:

• During the Fall/Winter, try a flat-front chino. Let me emphasize: do not get a pleated pair because you’re not attending church during the dust bowl era. Any casual mens clothier will have them, such as Uniqlo, Jcrew, Brooks Brothers, with my preference being for the Dockers Alpha Slim Tapered Chinos, for their variety of colors and unbeatable fit. You can find them on Amazon or a department store like Macy’s or Nordstrom and typically range in the $30-$50 spectrum. Cuff the leg openings for extra appeal.

Chino Pants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• During the Spring/Summer, try a pair of flat-front chino shorts for reasons exactly the same as above. For the shorts, I prefer the Uniqlo Chino Shorts for their great value encompassing price (around $30) and color options. Pair the pants with a patterned button down with the sleeves rolled and a pair of white buck oxford shoes for a great spring/summer look!

Chino Shorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Style Consultant,

Jack