Just curious if you know any good boots to buy (not desert boots though)
There are many many boots out there my friend. Chelseas, Jodhpurs, Chukkas, Kiltie Chukkas, Brogues, Captoes, Plaintoes, Ghillies, Button boots, Wingtips, Longwings, Monkstraps, Hikers, etc. etc. I could probably find a style for each of these variations that I wouldn’t mind owning, so if you can narrow down your choices, I can throw you a recommendation or two on where to start looking.
What are you suggestions for black velvet slippers? Preferably to bolster a misfounded sense of self-worth grounded in looking like Kanye West.
Kind of at a loss with regards to your intentions, but in my opinion, Stubbs & Wootton make the best slippers around, outside of something from Edward Green or the like. If you want something cheaper, check out Shipton and Heneage. Go forth and conquer Mr. Kanye lookalike. Pics or it didn’t happen.
How to split out a navy pinstripe DB suit to wear casually?
To be honest, I likely wouldn’t wear the bottom half very often, as I’m not a huge fan of standalone pinstripe trousers. However, assuming the pinstripes are on the muted side, I would wear the jacket with a contrasting pair of trousers like a pair of khaki colored cargoes for example. You really want to mix up the bottom half, so that you let the jacket stand alone as much as possible, thus avoiding the look of wearing an odd suit jacket vs. a ‘blazer.’ My friend does the pinstripe blazer well in this shot: (his trousers are a bit more contrasting than the lighting would belie)
Jake. Hi form London. You have a great blog ! I have many navy woollen pantsthat I wear to work and am trying to find the right colour sports jacket or blazer that is versatile but is resasonably conservative for an old fashioned bank.I think a plain grey is best. Have you any thoughts ? Regards Jeremy
Hi Jeremy - I think you are spot on. Maybe a darker grey sport coat or even something in a darker brown might work. Both are reasonably conservative and go great with navy trousers. You could go light grey too, but you may stick out just a bit more. I like the look of something like the jacket below. Hope all is well in London.
Hi Jake, if this is a redundant question I apologize but I'm interested in how you were able to obtain most of the knowledge you have about menswear. I just recently got into a respectable menswear company after getting out of retail banking, tryna pursue my dreams. I learn a great deal at work but just trying to add to it as much as possible to get to where I want to be. Thanks!
Quite alright my anonymous friend. I have gained some of my insight through reading and research, both online and not - there are a number of decent tomes out there that can give you a solid foundation of information. A few of the online forums can be helpful too, if you don’t take them too seriously.
However, the bulk of my limited know-how has been found through careful observation and interaction with a great group of friends who are passionate about what they do. Keep your eyes and ears open and act the sponge, when around founts of knowledge.
Hey there! I recently bought a lovely unconstructed, soft shouldered DB blazer in a light grey, salt-and-peppery wool / cotton fabric, and I cannot, for the life of me, find a pocket square that would go with it (apart from my default solid white cotton hankies, of course). Any ideas? Greetings from Austria, and keep up the good work, -Andi
I love grey (and navy) jackets in the sense that they act like blank canvasses for accessories like ties, shirts, pockets squares, etc. Light grey especially gives you a good opportunity to add a little color or pattern to your overall look. I have used a navy gingham square with light grey for example, and have also utilized washed out solid/patterned pocket squares like the one from Cucinelli below. Try and experiment a bit, but keep it low key - not a huge fan of bright squares. (thanks for following from Austria too man - Gruß)
Hi! Love the advice you give everyone on your blog. Would you have any recommendations for sneakers? As reference, my last shoe was a Nike Tailwind Retro, and I'm sorta looking at New Balance 620s and 998s.
Thanks much. Not a huge sneakerhead, although I just bought a new pair of Vans recently. Those tailwinds look pretty dope, but I am a big New Balance fan. I have a pair of old 594s, which I like due to their simplicity, but I don’t think they make them anymore. Both the 620s and 998s are great choices, but I personally prefer the 998. You could also check out the 1300s and the 574s, which, in grey, are a personal favorite.
Winter is approaching. What are some footwear that you recommend for a urban semi-formal wear? Preferably footwear higher than ankle that goes with dressier pants. Budget<300.
I would go for Chelsea Boots, Chukkas, or Jodphurs. For dressier trousers, go with calfskin or dark suede and try and look for a sleeker last than say desert boots or Alden chukkas. At that price go for something English - check out Herring Shoes or Pediwear.
Hey there. I'm a neophyte to this whole sartorial business and I was wondering if you could give me a few pointers on good jacket/blazer measuring, like how long should the sleeves be and how much cuff should show...
Shoulders: seams should be right around the corners of the shoulder/arm intersection. There is a little wiggle room with regards to how much you can get away with in terms of width, but generally you want this to fit the best, as the shoulders are the hardest part of a jacket to adjust.
Chest: measure around your body underneath your armpits. Combine this measurement with your pants/waist measurement and you have your drop. (38R chest and 31 pants would be a drop 7 e.g.)
Length: Generally you want your jacket to cover your ass, but these days guys are going a few inches shorter than that.
Sleeves: Sleeves should typically go to the wristbone, to leave enough room for the shirt cuff. Depends on how much cuff you want to leave, but I typically go for 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch to show.
Can you recommend a simple leather wallet? ($50-$150) I currently own a bifold but am open to other designs. The companies I have looked at so far are: Brooks Brothers, Filson, Orvis, Makr, hardgraft, and Saddleback Leather. Are there any other brands I should consider?
Based on the other brands you’ve checked out, I would look into Tanner Goods, Chester Mox, and Il Bisonte. If you want to spend a bit more, also consider Smythson and Swaine Adney Brigg. At under $100 the SAB card case is a sweet deal.
You could also check out Etsy for some indie shit that is likely very cheap and hopefully well-made.