For Dads, Husbands, Brothers, and More Finding that special something for the guys in your life can be quite a challenge. From the sports fanatic to the gadget obsessed, get inspired by these fun, affordable finds.
Category Archives: Fresh Fridays (Men)
What the men are wearing….
About Chris’ style……
Keep it simple
Nothing looks better than a pair of slim black jeans teamed with a pair of black shades and a close cut shirt. The key is to keep the look as dark as possible, but not so dark that you look like the newest member of The xx. Include a splash of burgundy or bottle green on your top half to pep up the look.
Faded, stonewashed or acid wash jeans are tricky to wear without looking like a bit of a Euro smoothie. The key is to keep the cut clean, and the rest of the look as simple as possible. A basic grey T-shirt, a pair of white sneakers and a jumper in a slightly darker shade than the jeans will look understated and sharp.
Match your colours
A pair of coloured jeans is a great option for summer, but knowing what to wear with them can be tricky. Too much matching and the outfit will look forced, nothing matching and you’ll look like a clown. Team your jeans with occasional flashes of a similar shade, and keep the rest of your look muted and monochrome.
Sure I can give you one Fly Friday to muse on while I’m on my hiatus…here you go…ENJOY!
- Topman Washed Green Twill Long Sleeve Shirt
- Asos Slim Fit Blazer In Jersey
- Asos Crew Neck Jumper In Cotton
- Acne Studios Eddy Cotton-jersey T-shirt
- Farhi By Nicole Farhi Cotton Polo Shirt
- Marc By Marc Jacobs Cotton Chinos
- He By Mango Silk Wool-blend Sweater
- He By Mango Unstructured Jersey Blazer
- He By Mango Slim-fit Garment-dyed Chinos
- Reiss Wilson Patch Pocket Polo Shirt Blue
- Club Monaco Cotton Jersey T-shirt
- River Island Blue Chino Shorts
With the end of year sales well under way, now’s a great time to start building your new season wardrobe, given that you’ll find many of these trends’ key pieces – denim and green/blue items, for example – already in stock (and hopefully generously discounted!).
But now we want to hear from you – which trends do you love or loathe? Will you be wearing any of them this coming year?
The Art of Manliness….Work Out Play List
Puff Daddy (feat. Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes) – “Victory”
LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out”
Eminem – “Till I Collapse”
Flo Rida – “Whistle”
Lil Jon (feat. Trick Daddy and Twista) – “Let’s Go”
Kanye West – “Stronger”
Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
Fort Minor – “Remember the Name”
AC/DC – “Thunderstruck”
*Yes men like to flex too before they head out for the night on the town with the homies…..
Work Hard..Play Harder Party Playlist
Juicy J – For Everybody
Rihanna ft Kanye West – FourFiveSeconds (Remix)
Maryann – Side Buster ft. Waka Flocka Flame & A WAX
So what does your favorite guy listen to before he hits the town?
- Urban Outfitters Valentine’s Day Cookie Cutter Kit, $12
- Diptyque Rosafolia Candle, $65
- The Little Market Heart Spoon, $14
- Kate Spade Cedar Street Crossbody Bag, $198
- Ban.do Back Me Up iPhone 5 Charger, $30
- LC Lauren Conrad Crystal Arrow Midi Ring Set, $8.40
- The Little Market Love Bear, $26
- Rebecca Minkoff Be Mine Heart Pouch, $75
- Catbird Mini Gold Heart Sparkler, $4
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day?
Sure, the velvet jacket is a classic, stylish departure from more absurd options during the holiday season. But it doesn’t have to hang in the closet getting dusty until New Year’s.
Nothing brings up a pair of jeans, simple shirt, and casual shoes like a velvet blazer: for a date, a holiday party, to premiere a film or accept a Grammy — anytime. And aside from the obvious visual bravado, velvet has some practicality as well. In cooler weather, it’s as simple as being warm. And the weight of the fabric itself lends structure. It feels good to wear and has a certain heft by nature. It’s hard to find a wimpy velvet jacket.
Of course, there are a couple trap doors to watch for. Obviously, you’ll want to pick your spots. While that purple velvet is great for the Grammy thing, you might appear slightly over (or under) dressed at work, unless it’s the holiday party.
But the biggest challenge is the same as with any sportcoat: finding the right fit for your frame. The continuing trend with some designers toward shorter, tighter-fitting blazers is one you might be wary of with velvet. Make any sportcoat too small and you can end up looking like you shopped in the boy’s department by mistake. But do that with velvet? You end up looking like Little Lord Fauntleroy. Way too short equals way too bad. But a great-fitting velvet jacket will spark up the room and bring some occasion to any event.
You can dress them up or down this season with these sharp styles from MrPorter.com.
J. Crew Ludlow Satin-Lapel Velvet Blazer
With its black satin peaked lapels over sharp merlot velvet, J. Crew’s Ludlow Blazer lets you dress with roguish elegance for more formal occasions. The contrasting lapels make this jacket decidedly dressy, but you’re sure to stand out at any black-tie affair. In a rich, all-cotton velvet with full burgundy lining, you’ll feel as good as you’ll look. [$330; mrporter.com]
Richard James Flower-Print Velvet Blazer
Richard James, of London’s legendary Savile Row, lets you express your adventurous inner self with this distinctive navy jacket. The subtle floral print in the plush cotton velvet is flat-out eye-grabbing. With clean lines from its slim fit, angled flap pockets and comfortable double-vented back, you’ll look equally great dressed up with black trousers or dashingly casual with jeans. Just be prepared to be looked at twice. At least. [$705; mrporter.com]
PS by Paul Smith
Cool color adds some pop to velvet, and the deep blue of this PS by Paul Smith jacket is handsomely rich. The cosmic, starry viscose lining alludes to the depth of the blazer with its sleek fit and peaked lapels. The 100-percent cotton fabric has the weight and subtle luster that makes velvet so appealing and comfortable to wear. A sophisticated, elegant look that’s just as easily dressed down with jeans. [$845; mrporter.com]
Paul Smith Black Velvet Blazer
Britain’s Paul Smith has designed what may be the most versatile velvet jacket you can own. Both dressy and cool, this luxurious cotton blazer in black can step into any formal occasion while just as at ease on a laid back weekend. With a slim, lightly-structured fit and Smith’s meticulous tailoring, you’ll find a timeless look and great feel. The richly contrasting tie-dye lining reminds you from the inside that you’re standing apart. [$1,380; mrporter.com]
Gucci Embossed Velvet Blazer
Velvet has never been about blending in and not being noticed. For a bold, rakish look, Gucci’s Blazer makes its statement with a plush, deep burgundy. Embossed for visual texture and a tactile effect, it has a black satin lining and details like satin covered buttons. A debonair way to punctuate a holiday, or take a simple oxford to another realm. [$1,990; mrporter.com]
This year, you’ll succeed in surprising the man who has everything….Happy Hunting!
Gear of the Year, 2014: The 48 Best Products
Over the past year, our experts tested and tortured thousands of new items. From Jaguar’s new F-Type R Coupe that can reach 60 mph in under four seconds, to the personal drone with a built-in camera that can find its way back home, there was a lot of great stuff, but only the very best made it onto this list. Here are 48 of our favorite things that we found in 2014.
Dan Ackerman, Mark Adams, Matt Allyn, Marielle Anas, Mark Anders, John Brandon, Berne Broudy, Jeff Dengate, Greg Emmanuel, Adam Erace, Jeff Foss, Michael Frank, Jason Heaton, Stephen Krcmar, James Martin, Nicholas McClelland, Seth Porges, Erik Sofge, Jeremy Spencer, Stephen Treffinger, Sal Vaglica, Basem Wasef, Jesse Will
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From the Runway: Men’s Fall Fashion 2014
Fall means football and Esquire means style. Here’s how to put the two together and get the best out of both.
Dressing right gets tricky when summer turns to fall. It’s too warm for tweed, but shorts just don’t feel right anymore. Fortunately, Esquire’s got it all figured out for you.
…including these jeans. We got each of the 11 Best Men’s Stores in America to pick their top 5 items every man needs for fall. These are from Stag in Austin.
Welcome back the pocket square and the sharkskin belt.
After you’re all suited up for the upcoming season, don’t forget to do a little something with the top of your head too. Get inspired by some of our favorite haircuts from Hollywood.