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Category: Style Thoughts

Style Thoughts: Put Their Stylists to Work for You

I woke up this morning and found my inbox and Feedly were full of best and worst dressed lists from last night’s Golden Globes.  It seemed like everyone from E! Online to The Today Show had a list of the best dressed men from the award show.  Even Business Insider got in on the action.  Not surprisingly, the lists were all very similar, so there’s no need to do our own list.  Additionally I have no interest in putting a worst dressed list together.  It’s very easy to nit pick and criticize someone else.  I’m interested in helping my readers develop their style, not in bringing down someone else’s. What I think the average guy can take away from these types of red carpet critiques is to pull ideas from some truly exceptionally dressed people.  It’s important to remember most A-list celebrities employ a team of stylists, advisors and managers, people whose jobs are simply to make their celebrity look as good as possible.  Obviously, you or I aren’t going to be able to afford this type of personal style attention.  However, what…

Style Thoughts: It’s Boot Weather

I was walking the dogs in the rain the other day (one of those things that have to be done regardless of the weather).  They will have to go out several times today too, and we have our first snow of the year.  If you’ve ever had to do this or handle other outdoor responsibilities in the Fall or Winter, you know the terrible consequences of poor footwear.  I personally hate soggy socks and cold feet.  That squishy, squashy feeling while walking drives me up a wall.  I’ll do just about anything to avoid wet socks and feet.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I’ll avoid going out in the snow and rain.  That doesn’t bother me at all.  Why not?  Because I come prepared for boot weather. I love boot weather.  I don’t love the cold rain or nasty slush in the street or freezing temps.  But there is something so satisfying about trudging through your muddy backyard or puddles on the city streets knowing your feet will still stay warm and dry.  Boots are like a protective shell for your feet…

Style Thoughts: Re-Vamp Your Style in 2015

The New Year is almost here, and while I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, I do think the annual change is a great time to make changes in your wardrobe. Quickly, because you’re probably wondering what I have against New Year’s resolutions. I don’t necessarily have any grudge or firm hatred or anything like that. I just think if you want to make a personal change, you should do it when you think of it, not at some date in the future. It’s like that person who says they’re quitting smoking…right after they finish that last pack of cigarettes. If you want to quit smoking, then just start right then. I believe if you put off whatever resolution you are trying to start, that only makes it easier to not follow through on your commitment to yourself. However, if you feel like making an external change, rather than an internal change, I think the New Year is the perfect time to do that. If you’re going to change the way you dress, the you are going to get some questions about…

Men’s Holiday Sweater Guide – 12 of the Best Holiday Sweaters

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Holiday parties, eggnog, mistletoe, ugly sweaters.  Wait, ugly sweaters?!  Yes, unfortunately, this new trend is taking the country by storm, and it cannot be stopped.  So I won’t even try.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea that ugly Christmas sweaters exist, and I like the fun associated with an ugly holiday sweater party where everyone wears the most hideous Christmas sweater they can find.  I just don’t want to own one.  I think the fun is in discovering that someone else actually owns one of these sweaters, and you are able to borrow it for a night of fun.  I don’t think it’s fun to have someone else tell you that your sweater is so ugly they just have to borrow it!  Additionally, you will probably be invited to a lot more parties, this year and in the future,  where ugly sweaters are not part of the suggested attire. Of course, you want to display your holiday spirit and not be that boring guy who dresses the same way as every other day. &nbsp…

The New Power Suit

Gordon Gekko’s Power Suit When I first mention “power suit” to you, I would bet the image that pops into your head is something like Gordon Gekko in Wall Street or Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.  The idea of a power suit connotates someone who dresses in a way to force their will on others by intimidating them.  Fortunately, this is a relic from a bygone era of insecure and materialistic men.  Today’s man needs a new power suit fitting of the twenty-first century idea of manliness. Being a gentleman in this new millenium is not about focusing on what others think of you.  Being a man today means being in touch with what you think about you.  Focusing on what others think about you conveys insecurity and weakness.  By paying attention to how you feel about yourself and by concentrating on improving that, you can convey confidence and strength.  So, how does this affect how you dress?  Well, it means that your new power suit should be one in which you feel your best.  When you need that extra boost in your confidence, this is the suit you go to.  It’s not about how…

Merino Sweaters for Everyone!

Man, I love cashmere.  It’s so warm and soft.  But let’s face it, cashmere is expensive.  Very expensive.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t own a cashmere sweater or two, but I understand it’s tough to fill your closet with a dozen.  Honestly, in my opinion, cashmere isn’t worth it unless you’re going to buy high quality cashmere.  The more expensive, quality fibers create such a better product that I think lower quality cashmere is simply overspending just to say your sweater is cashmere.  So what’s a guy to do?  You want to stay warm in Autumn and Winter.  You want to look good too, and sometimes thick, chunky wool sweaters don’t work.  Maybe you want to wear a sweater under a sport coat, or maybe you want to layer up.  I would like to suggest the Merino wool sweater.  Merino wool is thin and warm like cashmere.  It layers beautifully, and the sweaters come in an incredible variety of colors.  I will admit that Merino wool is not as soft as cashmere, but it’s plenty soft…

Are There Too Many Subscription Services?

The other day I was reading through Twitter when I can across a tweet promoting a subscription box specializing in snacks and candy from Thailand.  Instantly, I thought to myself, “There really is a subscription service for everything.”  So, of course, that question led to this post.  Are there too many subscription services?  Well, it’s not actually that simple.  The answer is sort of yes and no.  One the real beauties of the Internet are the low-costs available to businesses.  This and other low barriers to entry have given opportunities to many, many niche business which could not have existed in pre-Internet, brick-and-mortar days.  If you think about it, even Amazon.com started as somewhat of a niche business (a bookstore).   The next step in the evolution of the niche industry is the subscription service.  What business wouldn’t love a steady flow of revenue regardless of whether or not you were planning on buying or using their product or service.  You probably wouldn’t buy and read a newspaper every day or a magazine every month if you didn’t…