regarding berlin: i think it's not completely true that there aren't any shops at all. really depends on what you want: there's actually a couple of really nice stores like "akeef" in kreuzberg, "soto" in mitte and "firmament" in mitte, even though they do not really concentrate on "classic" menswear.
Regarding menswear, Berlin is completely fucked. It's greatest sartorial achievements are home-printed tees with helvetica aphorisms. Go to men's outfitters/tailors/haberdashers in: Hamburg, Munich, HANNOVER (!). Please forward this!
hi, would you know a nice shop in berlin. i am looking for accessoiries, shoes, pants and potentially a suit. thx
Apologies, but I have never had the pleasure of going to Berlin and know very little about its menswear scene. I would suggest searching on styleforum for “shopping in Berlin”, which should get you some results. Anyone else know of any good spots?
I love to see the colors and combinations of clothes on lookbooks and the internet, but when I see my wardrobe I just can't pick an apparel for certain occasions. Is there any guide/ book/ source that you can recommend of how to wear nice. Not a guide of specific style but something like theory of the aesthetic of the fashion and clothes, something like Men's wear for dummies or something?. Thanks for your time.
It may seem a little dated but Dressing the Man by Flusser is probably what you’re looking for. The Details manual is apparently not bad either and likely a bit more current, but I have yet to take a look.
Don’t get too bounded to the “rules” though - use them as a foundation and then freelance. Picture menswear as an interactive boat ride through a tunnel, like those love tunnels but not, with conveyor belts of shit on either side. My personal boat is full of basics like white and blue shirts, navy blazers, brown shoes, blah blah etc. But on each conveyor belt are the things we see in various places like the web, magazines, real life, and so on. Don’t be greedy and pick out all the shit, but look for things that appeal to you personally and work them in with the basics on the boat. For example, I recently saw some shots of guys wearing beige blazers, and thought they looked pretty cool. So I picked one up and am going to see what happens. Either I’ll toss that shit overboard or work it into the wardrobe. It’s a process, like anything else.
Looking for a simple, minimalist, versatile dress shoe to wear with jeans or dress pants but don't wanna spend over 300 dollars. any suggestions?
You can probably go with a mid to dark brown blucher of some kind for versatility - either plain or cap toe. $300 should get you something goodyear welted, and if you have some time, I would recommend either Meermin (check out the Nantes or the Karan), Pediwear (Barker Nairn), or Herring (Baldwin or Burlington).