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A Personal Lookbook

Hey readers! I’ve recently received several requests to publish a personal lookbook. This isn’t something I’ve really done in the past since the purpose of this publication is to offer advice and help others with their basic menswear woes — not a platform for me to show off and humblebrag, #holdthehumble.

After some consideration though, I figured this might not be such a terribad idea. After all, once I internalized the foundations of basic menswear, the main source of my personal style development came from checking out the looks of my favorite designers and bloggers. Not to copy their outfits verbatim, but to cherrypick elements that would work for me and mash them into a sort of franken-style that I could call my own. Kind of like how Biz Markie sampled Freddie Scott’s “You Got What I Need” and turned a soulful love tune into a thirsty hip hop ballad — It’s slightly jarring when compared to the source material, but hey, it’s pretty creative and why not, because it actually has an identity and legs of its own.

So check out the below photos as I unpack a few of my outfits. I don’t remember what exactly some of the individual pieces are called, but I’ll try my best to at least list the brands. Take what you like, burn what you don’t, and anyway, here’s Wonderwall.

A basic streetwear outfit with classic pieces like a denim jacket and leather/suede sneakers. Shirt: Blend | Jacket: Levi’s | Pants: Bonobos | Shoes: Nike for J.Crew

All black, minimal fit to accent the shoes (which are unfortunately cropped out in this shot, sorry). American Flag Shirt: Ikka | Biker Jacket: ASOS | Pants: Bonobos | Shoes: Visvim Mesa Moc Folk

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Shirt: Ikka | Jacket: Levi’s | Pants: Bonobos | Shoes: Converse

My “Saturday night” outfit. The ones where I’m not binging Netflix. Shirt: Forever 21 | Jacket: Zara | Pants: Bonobos | Boots: Topman

A super relaxed “run around town running errands”. Shirt: Wolf vs Goat | Noragi Kimono Shirt: Naked & Famous | Pants: Bonobos | Shoes: Visvim FBT

“9-5” look. Shirt: Band of Outsiders | Jacket: H&M | Tie: The Tie Bar | Pants: Bonobos

By the by, I want to remind you that Father’s Day is coming up right around the corner! It really just sneaks up on you, huh? Well I wanted to give you a rad gift idea by giving a shoutout to Social Print Studio. With their collection of digital photo books and metal prints, it’s a great way to bring your digital favorites to life. You can create a lookbook or collection of all of your dad’s goofy selfies and it’s much more unique and personal than a gift card or Hallmark card. Check them out!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Visual Guide: Choosing the Proper Sunglasses Frames for Your Face Shape

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Hey there,

Since Spring/Summer is on the horizon, I made a visual guide on how to choose the trillest of sunglasses frames based on the shape of your mug. I included several brand recommendations to cover a variety of price points, so have at it. Side note: These general rules will apply for regular glasses frames as well. #gogetyousome!

Your Style Consultant,
Jack