Men in great coats. Photo: Mr Modern Gentleman I don’t know about you, but at this time of year I feel like I’m constantly going to these events and launches and dinners which are all very nice and good and wonderful for schmoozing, but as the night wears on, the DJ continues to play either house music or obscure indie rock, and I find myself getting bored and wishing that s/he’d cut the crap and throw something on that inspires me to run onto the dance floor in the middle of everybody like that white girl at a party, screaming,Click to Continue!
I was sitting in a bar on Saturday evening when I met a young accountant named Dave*, and we got talking about what he wears to work. He was telling me that it’s a business casual environment, which in my opinion is the hardest style for the average guy to adhere to while looking cool. What does business casual even mean? Boring dress shirts tucked into badly cut dress pants, with loafers? Who knows. One thing is certain — it’s damn near impossible to look good in the aforementioned. There’s something about that tucked-in shirt with dress pants that givesClick to Continue!
Photo: The Sartorialist Hello friends! Last week my good friend Bonnie of Flashes of Style fame asked her readers for a bit of feedback about her blog, and it struck me that I haven’t done the same in as long as I can remember. I sat down and had a good look at my archives over the weekend and noticed that I can be a bit all over the place at the best of times — there are posts about menswear and personal style, there’s relationship advice, there are personal stories and anecdotes and travel and celebrity encounters and stuffClick to Continue!
I have a tendency to get obsessed with GQ‘s various video series — first it was In The Closet with Tyler Thoreson and Josh Peskowitz back in the men.style.com days, then it was the GQ Rules with Michael Hainey and Jim Moore, and now it’s Tom Ford’s Project Upgrade with Tom Ford and Jim Moore, where they take a completely random, ordinary guy off the street, and make him over like only Tom Ford can. The only thing is that none of these guys are random or ordinary at all — somehow they just happen to look like Greek godsClick to Continue!
The Friendly Professor. Photos: Melodie Jeng Fun fact: Of my three best male friends here in New York, two are in desperate need of glasses but refuse to wear them because they haven’t been able to find ones that they like enough to rock in public. I go to movies with them and watch as they squint like the dickens in an attempt to see the giant, blown-up screen. I point billboards out and they laugh and say they have no idea what I’m talking about. I sneak up on them and it works every single time. The point I’mClick to Continue!
It is officially freezing in this city — negative eight yesterday, negative two today, and the same again tomorrow — and I’m heading to Chesterfield, Massachusetts for Thanksgiving on Wednesday where it’s going to be even colder, so right now I am obsessively thinking about winter coats. They come in all shapes and sizes, and I am spending a disproportionate amount of time researching the best looking varieties to make my own. The problem, though, is that coats are bloody expensive. You’ve gotta look at them as an investment purchase that’ll keep you going for years ahead. So if youClick to Continue!
James Lowe and Lorde (aka Ella Yelich O’Connor) James Lowe and I were talking a few weeks ago about what he was going to wear to the New Zealand Music Awards, which took place on Thursday night in Auckland. He threw out a couple of options including an old made-to-measure suit with baggy pants he had lying around in the back of his closet, and a streetwear brand that does a thrifty version of a suit. I was like oh hell no, you’re going to be stared at and photographed all night long, you’ve gotta go all out. He wasClick to Continue!
Now, onto another topic entirely, did you know that back when I lived in Auckland, I was an avid collector of vintage teapots and teacups? I wasn’t picky about the make or material, whether it was Royal Doulton, Poole, or Crown Lynn; china, enamel, or stoneware; Japanese, English, or of Kiwi origin. If it looked good, and the price was right, I bought it. I genuinely believe that one of life’s little pleasures is drinking tea out of an aesthetically pleasing cup. (I have two enormous boxes-full collecting dust under my Nana’s garage on the North Shore. One day I’llClick to Continue!
Ashika Pratt. Photos: Melodie Jeng Hello girls! You know all about the pain-is-beauty mantra, and yet whenever you wear jeans, the primary goal seems to be comfort. Yours are made from a blend of cotton and lycra which looks good and feels great, but which kinda defeats the purpose of wearing sturdy denim trousers in that they won’t hold up to arduous tasks like mining and bull riding, or the test of time. Whenever you want a pair of denim cut-offs, you go to the nearest secondhand store and pick up a pair of vintage Levi’s 501s that are probablyClick to Continue!
The countdown has begun. For those of us in North America, the next month and a half is a nonstop, back-to-back cacophony of holidays and opportunities to shower everyone around us with gifts and mementos of the season. So with that in mind, see that little magenta bracelet on my wrist? It’s Shipley & Halmos’ contribution to the eBay Holiday Collective, in partnership with The CFDA Foundation. In short, it’s a tech bracelet that looks fresh and serves a purpose — the bracelet is held together by two magnets that just happen to double as a usb plug and aClick to Continue!