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Mod meets prep at Gant by Michael Bastian. Great stuff. #nyfw - MS (Taken with instagram)

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5x7: A Fashion Week Photo Journal

Jared Flint
Style Editor, Park & Bond
Day 5: New York, February 12, 2012
“It’s cold and I’m running out of clothes.”

nickelcobalt:

Another editor

5x7: A Fashion Week Photo Journal

Jared Flint

Style Editor, Park & Bond

Day 5: New York, February 12, 2012

“It’s cold and I’m running out of clothes.”

This is very interesting, read before you go shopping this Spring.    Thank you to Putthison.  Read and learn. 
Ciao 
putthison:


Strategic Frugality
If you’re just starting to build a better wardrobe, funds can be limited, so it’s good to know where you should focus your money. Not all clothes are created equal. Skimp on some things, and you’ll look terrible; skimp on others, and few will notice. The key here is to be strategically frugal. 
Where You Can Skimp
Knit ties: Supposedly, there are only a few knit tie producers in the world and they all make ties around the same quality. I haven’t confirmed if this is true, but all the knit ties I’ve owned - from Lands End to Charvet - have been only differed in material and design. If you stick to a reputable brand, you can get a good knit tie for about $20.
Socks: Over-the-calf Gold Toe socks can be had for about $3 a pair. Sierra Trading Post also sometimes sells Pantherella socks for $6, and those are a bit more comfortable.
Belts: The starting price for a decent belt is about $50 (e.g. Equus Leather and Narragansett Leather). However, if you go to some place like Kohls, you can get a serviceable belt for about $20. Just make sure they’re full grained leather on both sides.
Pants: If you happen to live on the East Coast, check Daffy’s for Mabitex. They cost about $25 for chinos and $40 for wool. Unfortunately, over the last couple of years, the rise has been getting shorter, and since they’re often factory seconds, they sometimes have loose stitches or poorly made seams. Just pay close attention when you buy. 
Casual shirts: Lands End Canvas’ Heritage shirts can work in a pinch. I hesitate to fully recommend them because the collars are so skimpy and the stitching, though durable, isn’t particularly well done. However, if you don’t plan to wear these with sport coats or ties, they’re passable and can be had for as little as $12. 
Where You Can Splurge
Suits, sport coats, and outerwear: This is where I think you should concentrate your money. An excellent sport coat or jacket can really make an ensemble, and even the most untrained eye can spot a cheap suit. Put a really nice jacket over a mediocre button-up shirt and pair of chinos, and you’ll look great. 
Shoes: Cheap shoes are false bargains. A well-made pair of shoes can last you thirty years while cheap shoes last for three. Get full-grain leather shoes that are made with Goodyear or Blake/ Rapid construction, and learn how to properly take care of them. Doing so will mean they’ll look better with age, not worse. 
Briefcases and bags: If you work in a traditional business environment, it’s worth the money to spring for a nice briefcase. Like the nice suit and shoes, it reflects a certain level of professionalism and competence. 
Sweaters: Poorly made sweaters will lose their shape quickly and pill more easily. Own fewer sweaters, and buy the best you can afford. 
That Said …
That said, there are smart ways to work with a limited budget for the things above. 
Bags: Avoid materials that try to be what they’re not. If you only have a limited budget, a well made canvas bag will be better than a cheap leather one. A $50 leather briefcase will always look like what it is. 
Sweaters: Similarly for sweaters, stick to merino wool, lambswool, or cotton. Many companies sell cashmere sweaters at basement-level prices, but they don’t last very long. 
Shoes: If you’re buying from a lower-tier brand, aim for suede. The differences in quality from the low- to high-end suede are much smaller than it is for smooth calf. The soles and grommets might still give out, but at least you won’t get those really ugly creases you see on corrected grain leathers. 

This is very interesting, read before you go shopping this Spring.    Thank you to Putthison.  Read and learn. 

Ciao 

putthison:

Strategic Frugality

If you’re just starting to build a better wardrobe, funds can be limited, so it’s good to know where you should focus your money. Not all clothes are created equal. Skimp on some things, and you’ll look terrible; skimp on others, and few will notice. The key here is to be strategically frugal. 

Where You Can Skimp

  • Knit ties: Supposedly, there are only a few knit tie producers in the world and they all make ties around the same quality. I haven’t confirmed if this is true, but all the knit ties I’ve owned - from Lands End to Charvet - have been only differed in material and design. If you stick to a reputable brand, you can get a good knit tie for about $20.
  • Socks: Over-the-calf Gold Toe socks can be had for about $3 a pair. Sierra Trading Post also sometimes sells Pantherella socks for $6, and those are a bit more comfortable.
  • Belts: The starting price for a decent belt is about $50 (e.g. Equus Leather and Narragansett Leather). However, if you go to some place like Kohls, you can get a serviceable belt for about $20. Just make sure they’re full grained leather on both sides.
  • Pants: If you happen to live on the East Coast, check Daffy’s for Mabitex. They cost about $25 for chinos and $40 for wool. Unfortunately, over the last couple of years, the rise has been getting shorter, and since they’re often factory seconds, they sometimes have loose stitches or poorly made seams. Just pay close attention when you buy. 
  • Casual shirts: Lands End Canvas’ Heritage shirts can work in a pinch. I hesitate to fully recommend them because the collars are so skimpy and the stitching, though durable, isn’t particularly well done. However, if you don’t plan to wear these with sport coats or ties, they’re passable and can be had for as little as $12. 

Where You Can Splurge

  • Suits, sport coats, and outerwear: This is where I think you should concentrate your money. An excellent sport coat or jacket can really make an ensemble, and even the most untrained eye can spot a cheap suit. Put a really nice jacket over a mediocre button-up shirt and pair of chinos, and you’ll look great. 
  • Shoes: Cheap shoes are false bargains. A well-made pair of shoes can last you thirty years while cheap shoes last for three. Get full-grain leather shoes that are made with Goodyear or Blake/ Rapid construction, and learn how to properly take care of them. Doing so will mean they’ll look better with age, not worse. 
  • Briefcases and bags: If you work in a traditional business environment, it’s worth the money to spring for a nice briefcase. Like the nice suit and shoes, it reflects a certain level of professionalism and competence. 
  • Sweaters: Poorly made sweaters will lose their shape quickly and pill more easily. Own fewer sweaters, and buy the best you can afford. 

That Said …

That said, there are smart ways to work with a limited budget for the things above. 

  • Bags: Avoid materials that try to be what they’re not. If you only have a limited budget, a well made canvas bag will be better than a cheap leather one. A $50 leather briefcase will always look like what it is. 
  • Sweaters: Similarly for sweaters, stick to merino wool, lambswool, or cotton. Many companies sell cashmere sweaters at basement-level prices, but they don’t last very long. 
  • Shoes: If you’re buying from a lower-tier brand, aim for suede. The differences in quality from the low- to high-end suede are much smaller than it is for smooth calf. The soles and grommets might still give out, but at least you won’t get those really ugly creases you see on corrected grain leathers. 

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Spring ahead- Ideas for the Spring 2012:

Spring is fast approaching, well maybe it is already here with this warm weather, but I want to offer some tips to the men about what to look for when you are shopping for the spring, but first I want to warn you all about the photos I am posting.  These are photos from menswear fashion week last fall in Paris and Milan, therefore I do not expect you all to go out and buy exact pieces.  They are simply there for ideas, so do not worry!


Alright first we have the suit.  There are many different styles this season.  Be bold and suck it up, it is time to freshen up your closet.  Of course hang onto a great black suit, but put the others away for the Winter.  This Spring there are many options.  You can mix and match all these suits, depending on how risky you want to be, but mix every and any of these suits.  For classic, a grey suit and a slick navy suit should be your go to options.  These two suits are classic and men have been wearing them for years.  For a more risky purchase, go for a bright colored suit.  Stylist Brad Goreski is know for wearing bright colored suits, and trust me he rocks them.  The Bottega Veneta suit, above, is a good example of a bright colored suit. You will definitely make a statement when you walk into a room, but you can mix it with a neutral blazer or pant and still be in style for the Spring.  This brings me to a must BUY- a neutral colored suit. Neutral means sand or a light slate suit.  These are perfect to work into your wardrobe for the Spring and into Summer.  Next look for a good pattern that’s subtle, such as a plaid.  It adds detail to the suit, but it is still subtle.  Lastly, see double with a double breasted blazer.  Need I explain more?  

Let’s move onto colors for the spring. Pastels are taking over this spring.  Go wild with them, but just do not look like an Easter egg. Mix a pastel with a bold red or a bright blue.  Also bright mustard is carrying over from the winter.  This is a warm color that goes well with many colors especially, purples. Obviously neutrals, in basic pieces, are good for mixing and matching, and extremely easy to put with anything.  A neutral sand looks great with a bold red.  

Stripes are making a big impact again like they do every Spring.  This year try mixing patterns like stripes with a gingham plaid or vertical stripes with horizontal stripes.  Also, Burberry, this season, has a lot of interesting geometric patterns on its Spring jackets (above the green, brown, and black circular jacket is an example of a rockin’ pattern). 

Again, these are just ideas that I saw when looking over the Spring shows for menswear.  So to summarize this all,  get a good suit in neutral, grey, or navy.  Make sure you go double with a double breasted blazer.  Go pastel and bright together.  Do not be afraid to mix and match colors.  Try colors that you thought you would never wear together, but you never know.  Incorporate some stripes and other fun patterns into your closet this Spring and play around with them.  Lastly, just have fun.  The Spring is a great season to experiment and take some risks. 

Ciao 

So hang me up to dry. 

So hang me up to dry. 

(Source: mpdrolet)