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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…

The Waxed Cotton Jacket: A Fall Classic

I woke up yesterday to walk my dogs early, and it was cold and damp out.  What a truly fitting last day of September.  Today is October 1st, and Fall is really here, not just a date on the calendar.  It’s chilly in the morning.  Next week, the highs will be in the 60s.  Polo shirts are pretty much done until next Spring.  And I just ordered firewood for those cold nights.  I love this weather, and I love the clothes that go along with this weather.  One of those perfect items that just screams Fall is the waxed cotton jacket.  What I love most about waxed cotton jackets is the combination of style, warmth and waterproofing.  On the style front, they don’t look like a rain slicker or puffy Winter coat.  Both of those types of jackets are fine, but they don’t necessarily look as nice as a waxed cotton jacket, which can be as warm or as cool as you want the jacket to be.  Zip it up with a sweater underneath on those really cold mornings or unzip it with an oxford during those warmer, sunny Fall afternoons.  The waxed cotton…