UPDATE: Banksy’s New NYC Rat Piece Has Been Removed

UPDATE: Banksy’s rat piece within a clock on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue has been removed as of earlier today. It’s unclear whether the building’s owner had anything to do with it and unknown whether it will be sold, donated, etc. Take a look at some Instagram accounts that captured it below.

#banksy gone..?

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A new work from Bansky is gathering attention in New York City. As designboom notes, the acclaimed artist’s latest piece is a rat entrenched in a literal race for time. Adorning a clock at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue, the 101 West 14th Street piece is located in an area known for being one of the busiest spots in Manhattan.

Social media users have reacted swiftly to Bansky’s latest, generating a flood of speculation. From Stephen Hawking tributes to political sentiments, the reactions run the gamut. Per usual, there’s plenty of interpretations and an essay’s worth of commentary attached to the work.

You can check out Bansky’s New York City rat piece below.

A couple months ago, some of Bansky’s works went on display at a new exhibit in Singapore.

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Hair Sheet Masks Are the Coolest New Way to Deep Condition

What started off as a category solely devoted to the face has expanded to almost every part of the body including the neck, hands, feet, breasts and elbows. Now, there’s actually a whole segment devoted to our hair. Basically, we’ve reached peak sheet mask.

While facial sheet masks actually look like paper-thin sheets, their hair cousins more closely resemble shower caps or headwraps and usually rely on the steam from your shower to work their magic. But the benefits are just as impressive. Whether your locks are suffering from post-heat styling damage, a lack of moisture or overprocessing, these hair masks can help.

Here are nine hair sheet masks that will transform your strands.

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11 Statement Tees That Are Ready for Spring Too

With the Spring equinox just around the corner, warm weather will be here before we know it (finally!). So what better way to show your excitement for the season than a cool statement T-shirt? After spending months bundled up in warm sweaters and coats, it’s time to put those into storage and reach for those lighter layers instead.

A statement tee is the perfect way to update your wardrobe without spending too much money, not to mention the added air of edginess. Show a bit of your personality in a casual and cool way with any outfit you wear, whether that’s with a chic blazer for an office-appropriate ensemble or a pair of jeans for your weekend look.

Of course, when it comes to something like a basicT-shirt, there’s nothing more conversation-worthy than a cool and unexpected graphic. So we rounded up some of our favorite statement tees to spice up your wardrobe in one simple step. Check them out below!

Add a little art to your look. Available in sizes XS to L.
This tee says exactly what we’re craving. Available in sizes S to XXL.
Share your way of life. Available in sizes XS to XL.
Layer this under a denim jacket. Available in sizes XS to L.
It’s never too early to think about ice cream. Available in sizes XS to XL.
Who doesn’t love croissants? Available in sizes XS to XL.
These colors have all the spring colors you could need. Available in sizes XS to L.
This shirt speaks to us on a deeper level. Available in sizes XS to L.
For those who are daydreaming about beach vacays. Available in sizes XXS to XXL.
This shirt is just so cool. Available in sizes 3 to 5.
Are you hungry yet? Available in sizes XS to XL.

As a hero piece, these graphic tees will upgrade any standard outfit to the next level.

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Question: Is there, currently walking among us on this earth, anyone who can make a single fashion item look cool as easily as Alexa Chung does? Answer: No. That’s why I’m currently contemplating dropping a few hundred bucks on a series of faux pearl embellished hair clips from Simone Rocha’s …

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Yep, Emily Ratajkowski Just Pulled Off Birkenstocks at the Airport

Emily Ratajkowski is on the move. Spotted at the airport in Los Angeles, the newlywed skipped her usual Zara wares in favor of another affordable cult brand: Birkenstock. She wore the label’s Arizona Suede Leather Sandals ($ 145), which boast a cozy shearling lining. 

Of course, Birkenstock sandals can be polarizing—some people swear by the comfortable shoes while others will balk at the “ugly” shoe trend. But there’s no denying that the slides would be easy to slip on and off for security at the airport, so perhaps Ratajkowski is on to something. She rounded out the casual look with low-slung trousers, her signature ab-baring crop-top, and an oversize denim jacket. Read on to see the look in full and shop her sandals.

On Emily Ratajkowski: Birkenstock Arizona Suede Leather Sandals ($ 145)
Available in sizes 5 to 12.

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Is It Worth It? Gucci Horsebit Loafers

Gucci is an Italian high fashion brand and they usually move very quickly with the trends, however, they produced one thing ever since 1953, and it’s the Gucci horse bit loafer model 1953. Because they’ve been so popular over the years, there are many iterations and models, some are slippers with a soft heel, you can find them with different logos, but the original one has the classic horsebit and no logos that are visible. You might wonder, it’s just a loafer, isn’t it? Well, not quite.

If you have not already done so, please check out our other Is It Worth It articles about other iconic items such as the Fountain Pen or the Burberry Trench Coat.

History Of Gucci

First, let’s talk about the history of Gucci. Gucci is a company that was started in 1920 in Florence by a man named Guccio Gucci. Originally, they are a manufacturer of high-end leather goods including saddle wear. By the 1950s and 60s, Hollywood stars were wearing Gucci, and so it became very famous, and the focus changed. Now, it was more about consumer products and shoes, not so much about horse riding wear. The canvas GG with red and green detail appeared out of a leather shortage on WWII, but it instantly became synonymous with Gucci. The Gucci family almost ran the brand into a crown in the 1980s and was sold in 1988. By 1990, the creative director Tom Ford was installed, and he helped the brand to regain that old fame. Of course, he was very stylish himself and so he created his own brand.

Creative Director Tom Ford

Creative Director Tom Ford

After Ford’s success as creative director at Gucci came Alessandro Michele who was hired by Tom Ford himself. Under his reign, Gucci has turned away from traditional minimalism, and it has become much louder and bolder. In my opinion, he doesn’t have much in common with classic style anymore yet the Gucci horse bit loafer remains unchanged.

Gucci Horsebit Loafer 1953

Gucci Horsebit Loafer 1953

What Makes The Gucci Horsebit Loafer Special?

In 1953, Gucci opened their New York presence and offices. At that time, Gucci noticed the popularity of the loafer in the US in general. Gucci decided to change it up a bit, he refined the lines, he added a horsebit, after all, Gucci had been making saddles in the past, and he offered them in black even though most loafers at the time came in tones of brown. The result was a pair of shoes that was just formal enough to be worn with a suit, at the same time, it was more comfortable and more casual than most other black shoes on the market. The shoes became an instant success. By 1969, Gucci was selling 84 thousand pairs of the horsebit loafer in the US alone. People like John F. Kennedy and Gianni Agnelli helped the Gucci loafer become popular.

Today, it’s an iconic shoe, and in fact it’s the only shoe that is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and it has been so since 1985. Apart from the original 1953 style, you’ll also find many different others. One that is particularly popular right now is the Jordaan which is not like AirJordans, and the Brixton which is soft in the back, of course, you can also find the 1970s version with a much thicker sole and higher heel, but that’s a very special item. I like to stick with the originals.

In this article, we talk about the black classic 1953 style which currently retails for $ 670, that’s for a calf leather version. You can also find crocodile skins in brown, black, or navy, which retails for $ 2,600.

New vs. Old Version

New vs. Old Version

The Gucci Horsebit Loafer Hype

It’s a shoe that comes with a certain cache. It’s very recognizable and people can see it. If they do, they know that you spent six hundred seventy dollars in a pair of shoes. It’s a moccasin style construction which is hand sewn. It has this horse bit which is gold, not silver. The funny thing is the shoes have changed slightly. If you look at older models and the horsebit itself, it seems to have been gold-plated versus today which looks more like a cheaper zamac version without the gold. I wonder if they’ve cut some production costs there. It’s a shoe that has the character of Italian style. It’s more effortless than let’s say, a shoe from Allen Edmonds, and it can be worn with a suit, as well as more casual combinations. That being said, I don’t think it quite works well with a double-breasted suit because it is more formal than a single-breasted suit. Also with combinations, the color black is not super ideal for casual looks. I understand at the time, it was revolutionary. It worked then. In recent years, casual shoes are usually brown or navy, maybe sometimes green but never black.

Gucci Workmanship

Gucci Workmanship

Construction Of The Gucci Horsebit Loafer

Let’s look at the construction and workmanship of the Gucci horse bit loafer. First, when I looked at it on the website, I was quite disappointed because there wasn’t much detail. They just said black leather and horsebit, but they didn’t talk about what kind of leather, how it was tanned, how it was constructed if it was sewn, glued, what kind of construction it was. I was weary because I expected that it wasn’t a good shoe after all. Now, when I got the shoe, the actual first impression was much better. You could see the moccasin top was sewn by hand, that was quite obvious because of the different stitch density on the side and in the front which is a hallmark of handwork. You could also see little puckering along the edges which is typical for hand-sewn moccasins. The leather is very nice and has good quality. It is hand stained, but that makes more of a difference with brown shoes, not really with black. However, Italians are very good with leather especially around Florence so you can be rest assured that you get a quality hide on Gucci loafers.

Star Symbol

Star Symbol

Surprisingly, the sole construction of the shoe is sewn and not glued. It is a Blake stitch that is nicely channeled, meaning the sole is cut open then sewn and then the seam at the bottom of the sole is hidden because the sole is kind of shaped outwards. The edges of the sole are rounded nicely. There’s some edge painting down there. At the heel, you find little star symbols and that hasn’t changed from older Gucci horse bit loafers. The shoe has a nicely built flat heel with a rubber patch and two brass nails. I think they’re there for decoration because the whole thing is glued on. You also find some brass nails in the front toe area. They’re supposed to prevent premature wear. I don’t think it really works, but it can’t hurt the longevity of the shoe.

I wonder why they add the little star symbol, it may be something to help distinguish them from fake shoes, but I’m not quite sure about it. In general, the sole is very thin and extremely flexible which makes it very comfortable. At the same time, because it is so thin, you’re probably not going to get a super long wear out of it. That being said, you can always return your shoes to Gucci for repair, and they take them back as long as you don’t bring them to local cobblers in-between. Of course, they also charge more than the local cobbler would. Nevertheless, it is nice to know that there is a factory resoling option. Also, bear in mind that it can take two to three months to get your shoes repaired so either plan ahead or go local.

Another area that I was quite surprised by it was the lining of the modern 1953 version. Because it’s mostly a textile, you can see at the bottom of the shoe that it’s a textile. It doesn’t say whether it’s cotton or linen, I suspect it’s one of the other or a blend – could also be a poly blend but I don’t know because Gucci doesn’t provide any more information about it. The good thing is, it works well for summery weathers because when your feet sweat, no matter if you went on bare feet, or with no-show socks, or with regular socks, the cotton or the material will absorb more than the leather and it will be more comfortable. If you look at the older Gucci horse bit loafers, they were all leather lined in regular tan leather. Interestingly, there seems to be no foam pad underneath that leather insole in the heel area, and I wonder why they didn’t add that.

Canvas - GG

Canvas – GG

Is The Gucci loafer Worth The High Price?


1. Not a Flashy Shoe

It’s an iconic shoe and this is an original. Unlike many other Gucci or designer products, it doesn’t have big visible logos on the outside of the shoe which in my book, is a huge plus.

2. Comfortable, Classic and Timeless Shoe

It’s a comfortable shoe made in a classic last, made in the same shape since 1953. It’s likely not going to go out of style anytime soon.

3. Hold Value Well

If you ever get bored with the design of the shoe, it’s very easy to sell them and you still get quite a bit of money for them. On eBay, a pair of 1953 horsebit loafers goes around 300 dollars which is not bad for a used shoe.

4. Good Quality

Honestly, I was a bit surprised about that because I expected less quality because I just assumed a fashion brand just charges more for the name. That being said, you’ll receive a decent quality shoe that’s not just garbage. It’s definitely much higher quality than Cole Haan loafers that sell for $ 120.



1. Cost

$ 670 is quite a bit of money for an off-the-rack shoe. Now, I said that the quality is good and while that’s true, the value is not quite there. In my opinion, a shoe of this category should retail more for 250 to 300 dollars. But because it’s Gucci and because it is an iconic original piece, you’ll pay for the name and all the marketing that goes with Gucci.

2. Thin Sole

While some people like the soft construction others want something that’s a little sturdier and especially a sole that will last a little longer. Now that’s a choice that you have to make.

The Crocodile Versions

I think crocodile leather is always nice on loafers whether it’s a penny loafer or a horsebit loafer or even a tassel loafer.

That being said, crocodile leather is always more expensive and if you buy it from another brand, you probably have to pay $ 1200 or $ 1100. At Gucci it’s $ 2,600 because after all, it’s Gucci.


Is The Gucci Horsebit Loafer Worth It?

The answer is it depends! If you want an iconic classic style item that’s like an Eames chair for example, or the Barcelona chair, then yes. You would have to pay extra for the design for the originality. You just have to suck it up.

On the other hand, if you’re interested in classic style, in good quality, and a good value ratio, I don’t think the shoe is worth it simply because you can get two pairs of shoes of similar or better quality for the same price.

If you want a status symbol, the shoe is definitely worth the money because it’s very recognizable and it’s not a garbage quality. It’s a decent quality. You just pay a little more. And if the status is what you want, that’s what you get with this shoe.

Personally, I don’t think it’s worth the money for myself. Simply because I don’t need a status symbol. I look at the quality and the value I get and a black horsebit loafer is just not adaptable to my wardrobe. If it was in brown, I think it would be more versatile for my wardrobe. At the same time, $ 670 for the calf leather and $ 2600 for the crocodile version is simply over-the-top in my opinion.

Shoe Alternative

You like the look of the horse bit loafer, but you don’t want to spend that much money, which shoes should you buy? Well, it’s a little difficult because it always depends on your exact budget and what you want, right? You have the Cole Haan versions around $ 100. You can find more expensive versions such as the ones from Allen Edmonds which are with a thicker sole but otherwise look very similar. Then you can have something like Jay Butler which is a Mexico made version of the horsebit loafer with a shorter vamp which is more in line with the preppy style.



For six hundred seventy dollars, you can have custom horsebit loafers made exactly to your specifications and the colors in the leather with a sublime fit that is superior to an off-the-rack shoe.

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Spring Drops in the Put This On Shop

Flowers blooming? Daylight Savings? Looking at Aloha shirts despite the fact that it’s still cold out? Can only mean one thing– spring has arrived, and with it comes a whole slew of new in the PTO Shop

We’ve got an eclectic mix of goodies across all our sections, so trawl through all of them to see all our fresh stock. Some highlights, in addition to the items pictured above, include a whole bunch of vintage shoe trees in our Footwear section, a beautiful 14kt gold signet ring waiting for your initials, and one high class chicken

Check out the shop for these and more vintage and antique treasures. We’ve got something for everyone, so spring forward in style.

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These NYC vintage shops are Hollywood’s style secret

Ever wonder where Carrie Bradshaw found the peacock fascinator she wore to the wedding in the first “Sex and the City” movie? Or where Oliver, on the new ’90s-set Netflix series “Everything Sucks!,” gets those period-perfect buttons for his coat lapels? The answers: Chelsea shop New York Vintage and Spark Pretty in the East Village….
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The Cool-Girl Versions of Your Favorite Shoe Styles

Cool girls understand the importance of a good shoe, which can take any outfit to the next level without much effort on your part. After all, when you’re donning an amazing pair of shoes, you can keep the rest of your outfit simple and fuss-free—which is something we’re definitely on board with. 

In every stylish woman’s arsenal are six essential shoe styles: booties, flat sandals, sneakers, pumps, mules, and flats. You probably already own several pairs of each, in basic shapes and hues, so we’re here to present you with something a bit different: the cool-girl versions of these essential shoe styles. We looked to the likes of Zara, Nike, Ganni, Isabel Marant, and Rag & Bone, to name a few, and found an array of footwear options that are sure to make you (and everyone else) do a double take. We’re talking unexpected details, statement-making hues, and unique heel shapes, among the noteworthy characteristics. So if you’re looking to upgrade your shoe collection, you’ve come to the right place. 

Mules went from being a trend to a staple style a few years ago, and we’re constantly on the hunt for fresh, new iterations. Luckily, they’re not hard to find.

Available in sizes 36 to 41.
Available in sizes 36 to 40.
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Available in sizes 35 to 42.
Available in sizes 35 to 42.
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Available in sizes 35 to 41.
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Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Available in sizes 35 to 42.

See what we meant by cool-girl shoes?

You should never part with your basic black Chelsea boots, but a Western or colorful sock pair will do wonders for your wardrobe.

Now is the time to invest in a pair of interesting, on-trend flat sandals for spring and summer, because you can always just recycle your neutral ones from last year.

Pumps are as classic as it gets, but truth be told, they could use a little personality. Consider a sculptural heel or of-the-moment pastel hue.

It seems like every month there’s a new It sneaker, so take our advice and opt for styles that are part classic, part on-trend. That way, they won’t look dated if you’re still wearing them two years from now.

Wearing flat shoes feels so good, and they might as well look as good as they feel, right? Luckily, that’s not a tall order. Flat shoes are cooler than ever these days.

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Protein Powder Dangers, Cutting back on Sugar, & Good Sleep gets even more important


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HEADS UP LADS: That protein powder you’re taking might include some things you definitely do no want. This was surprising especially if you are vegan. Thanks to Joe for passing this along.

NEWS MEDIA 101: The more you know (comet rainbow sploosh). Don’t ask me where the source would land in that graphic. Thanks to my favorite Glamazon for submitting this.

BUT WHAT ABOUT GEOFFERY? I don’t know for sure but I think Trump Jr shot him and had him mounted. I could be wrong.

FOR ANYONE WHO HAS LOST SOMEONE TO OPIATE ABUSE…this could be devastating news.

GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM: Space messes with your DNA and does other strange stuff to your body.


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DIDJA POKEMON? Are you a Jurassic Park fan? This is your lucky day!

I’M SORRY DAVE. I’M AFRAID I CAN’T DO THAT: Somewhere right now, a balding, portly, middle aged sci-fi nerd is crying with joy. (That would be me.)

LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! Maybe that Blink 182 dude is onto something?


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The Weekend Dossier’s Executive Freelance contributor Eric H is in Arkadelphia, Arkansas tomorrow for race #4 Iron Mountain. We wish him the best and thank him for another great week of must-see links! Good luck Eric!

LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: I think we can all appreciate this help.

ERIC KNOWS ABOUT HOW I FEEL ABOUT ANTS…so, this. I’m telling you, they will rule us in the not-so-distant future.

NO OTHER WAY TO SAY IT: This is a total mind-fuck. That’s the only way to describe it.

THE OTHER SEX: (badass women) Overlooked – this is long overdue and much appreciated.

JOIN THE CLUB! Eric has no idea that I have given up sugar. This is day 15. I haven’t killed anyone yet so progress is better than expected. If you are up for the challenge, this should prove helpful!

LIGHTNING ROUND: Hate spiders? Give this a try. I’ll pass, but you go ahead. | Speaking of spiders, this woman is a hero. | Loneliness is bad for your health. | Triumph of the human spirit. You best have some tissue available. | An eternally evergreen burrito rant.


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SPEAKING OF ALADDIN SANE: I believe I might have to try a few of these.

GIMME A C! GIMME AN R! GIVE ME AN A! GIVE ME A P! What’s that spell? Mumps, apparently.

BYE FOR NOW? I don’t imagine you can ever rule out that these won’t make another comeback down the road. Still, mine was the perfect first car.

PANDALAND! This is pretty amazing. There is a lot of room to groove for these guys.

I’M NOT SURE WHETHER TO…mark this down as “Goals” or “I hate this guy.” Also, I need to start riding my bicycle that goes nowhere more.


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THIS IS BAD, M’KAY? When you are a chain of coffee shops that doesn’t have any coffee, something’s wrong. Or, in this case, some things are wrong. This is kind of wild.

ZZZZZZZZZ’S THE DAY: In a manner of speaking. Sort of. Mostly. I have no shame. Also, Joe, who found this story is wondering why he still puts up with me.

EENY MEENY MINY MOE…where it’s falling, someone knows! They think. Lower Michigan…heads up!

LOST IN TRANSLATION? Honestly, I just went here to read about some ugly sea beastie but the only thing truly baffling is the writing, or whatever you call this..


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YOU ARE NOT ALONE: It is really encouraging seeing this conversation taking place right now. It can only be a positive thing. There a lot of people out there who are going through some difficult times and to hear that people you might respect are willing to talk about it openly is important. Another contribution from Joe.

DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID: Introducing a new kind of 21st century cult.

MORE OF THIS PLEASE! Because we don’t get enough stories like this one and this one.

THE MORE I LEARN ABOUT BITCOIN…the more it bugs me.

THAT OTHER DOSSIER…and the man behind it. It very well might not be what you’ve heard.

INCOMING! Courtesy of Eric.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. Also, thanks for still hanging out here. If you skipped the story about the link between good sleep and weight loss because of my dumb ass pun, you should check this out.

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EDUN Is Hiring A Sales Supervisor In New York, NY

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The Cologne Guide

In this guide, we’re going to examine cologne for the distinguished gentleman, what he should seek out, how he should apply it, and our recommended picks.

A selection of fine colognes

A selection of fine colognes

History of Cologne

Perfumes have been in existence since ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. Although at the time it was a rudimentary concoction, it wasn’t until the Romans and Persians when perfume was essentially viewed as a science of alchemy.

Many historians believe that the first perfumier was a chemist named Tapputi, a woman in 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia who concocted potions made from distilled flowers, oil, and other aromatics that she filtered over and over. In India, some historians believe that perfumes were being used as far back as between 3300 BC and 1300 BC.

In fact, archeologists located what is believed to be the world’s oldest surviving vial of perfume dating back more than 4000 years in Pyrgos, Cyprus. Discovered in a perfumery of gigantic proportions, the facility was a huge 43,000 square feet and housed 60 stills and equipment used to make perfume. Many herbs and spices were located which further proved that many of the same notes used today were coveted centuries ago.

By the 9th century, books were already being published, the most notable being the Book of the Chemistry of Perfume and Distillations, which contained more than a hundred recipes by Arab chemist Al-Kindi.

Based on other notations found throughout history and around the world, historians believe it was a Persian chemist named Ibn Sina who first experimented with extracting oils from roses and other flowers by distilling them. Before that, most perfumes were not liquid, but instead, a blend of crushed spices and herbs soaked in oil. They were as strong as a punch to the throat, so when rosewater was introduced, it became very popular, very quickly.

Perfumery was introduced to Europe in the medieval period by returning Crusaders who had gleaned insights from Arab perfumers. At the time, diseases were associated with smelly, unclean air, and perfumes were a highly-sought after way to “prevent” such diseases in addition to declaring your status in the world. In the 14th century, the Hungarians created the first alcohol-based perfume.

Despite recipe books being common, most perfume makers coveted their recipes to the point that some used hidden laboratories that could only be accessed by secret passageways. This was done to prevent others from stealing their recipes or being able to surveil their advancements.

Cologne Germany was the birthplace of the name

Cologne Germany was the birthplace of the name

The Birth of Cologne

In Cologne, Germany, in 1709, an Italian named Giovanni Maria Farina develops a spirit-citrus perfume he calls Eau de Cologne (French for “water of Cologne”) to pay homage to his new hometown.

“I have found a fragrance that reminds me of an Italian spring morning, of mountain daffodils and orange blossoms after the rain.”

Little did Farina know that he had branded a product that most people would use for hundreds of years. His creation is a sensation, and soon it was in nearly every royal house across Europe. Known as aqua mirabilis (Latin for miracle water), a single vial sold for half the salary of a civil servant in Germany. It is unlike anything Europe has seen.

With such a revolutionary product, many begin to believe and spread legends that the water in Cologne had powers to ward off the bubonic plague, not to mention that many believed it to be the fountain of youth. Doctors would encourage patients to drink the cologne which was believed to repel fleas. In fact, many still believe that cologne has the power to prevent flea infestations and today, many flea shampoos for animals contain the same citrus oils found in many perfumes.

Johann Maria Farina was the inventor of cologne

Johann Maria Farina was the inventor of cologne

Nearly ninety years later, France established free trade in Cologne, Germany. Soon there are many fragrances being sold under the same, nonproprietary name, Eau de Cologne. The quality of some was greater than others, but Farina’s original Eau de Cologne continued to be the golden standard. Today, the formula remains a secret, but the name Eau de Cologne has become a global marketing tag for all perfumes designed for men. The original shop at Obenmarspforten, which Farina opened in 1709, still stands today, as the oldest and one of the most prolific fragrance manufacturers in the world.

By the early 1800s, Jean Marie Joseph Farina, a grand-grand-nephew of Farina, took reigns of the business and opened his own business in Paris where it eventually sold to Roger & Gallet which owns the rights to Eau de Cologne extra vieille.

Fragrance Concentration Guide

Fragrance Concentration Guide

What Exactly Is Cologne?

Today, cologne is a generic term that is associated with all  Most perfumes for men have adopted the term ‘Eau de Cologne’ or simply ‘Cologne’ for short.

Despite this generic term used industry-wide, traditionally, the term was representative of the extract and purity contained within the vial.

  • Perfume was typically 15-40% aromatic compounds
  • Eau de Toilette was 5–15%
  • Eau de Cologne, or cologne was a mere 3–8%.

Despite this, there are three meanings for the term “cologne”:

  1. The fresh, citrus fragrance created by Farina in Germany.
  2. The aromatic compound which indicated it was a less concentrated version of stronger perfumes.
  3. The generic term which denotes it is a perfume for men, which is used in combination with the term “Eau de Toilette.”

Common Scent Components

The recipe of most perfumes remains a closely guarded secret, although every perfume and cologne sold in stores are generally described based on their dominating scents. Similar to the way we deconstruct the flavor profiles of wine and whisky in our other guides, perfume experts and critics do the same.

When describing the scent components of a cologne, we typically break it down into three separate notes:

The Top Note which is the leading scent you get immediately upon smelling the cologne.

The Middle Note which is a slightly deeper and often more complex scent profile.

The Base Note which gradually begins to appear as the cologne wears off and the scent trails off into the distance.

When you initially smell a cologne, you first notice the top note which will dissolve quite rapidly. Like meeting someone, it is the first impression, and therefore, often considered the most important scent.

When the top note evaporates, you are left with a scent profile that begins to thrive as the head is dissipating. As the body of the cologne, it is meant to mask the harsher head of the top note that can be overwhelming to some. Then, as the middle note begins trailing off, the base note comes into focus and is used to harmonize all of the notes and create the scent we enjoy. These are the notes people will sometimes refer to as “intoxicating” as they are often very deep and sumptuous. In most colognes, it takes an average of thirty minutes for the base notes to appear after initial application, so it is often a good idea to put your cologne on about 30 minutes prior to arriving at an event.

The Cologne Guide

The Cologne Guide

The Olfactory Family

Most perfumes combine a family of scents into what is often referred to as a scent profile or pyramid. Rarely, will a cologne be a single scent, and so it’s always a good idea to test colognes before wearing them in public, so you can be certain you enjoy the entire life of the cologne.

Traditional Family

Traditional colognes are ones that are dominated by floral scents from a single flower such as a rose, a floral bouquet which is a combination of more than one flower, an oriental scent which is sweeter and often a combination of vanilla, flowers, and woods.

For men’s colognes, we also include woody scents which could be the popular sandalwood or cedar; and, we include leather which isn’t just the material, but also tars, tobaccos, and honey.

Many traditional colognes will also feature Chypre which covers moss and bergamot.

Modern Family of Scents

Like the more traditional scent family, there is also a modern, or contemporary family which was first introduced at the end of the Second World War.

For the most part, these scents are bright, and many are floral. They offer scents of fresh cut grass, rainfall and bright vegetation like cucumbers. The modern family also includes the recently popular ocean scents that remind you of the beach or open water. Finally, there is a food category consisting of fresh fruits that aren’t citruses such as pears, apples, peaches, pineapple and mango. There is also a dessert category that includes vanilla, chocolate, and hazelnut, among others.

The Fragrance Wheel

The Fragrance Wheel

The Common Scents

Most critics and perfumers use the fragrance chart which is a way of outlining the expected aromatic profiles. For the most part, it is a modern way of breaking the cologne down into easy-to-understand terms.

The chart classifies a fragrance into five families.

  • Floral
  • Oriental
  • Woody
  • Aromatic
  • Fresh

From there, each family is broken down into subcategories arranged around a wheel. For the most part, any cologne sold today should be able to fit into a category. This wheel is largely responsible for the marketing campaigns employed by the various cologne brands. They use the wheel to develop advertising copy so the prospective customer can relate the scent profile of a cologne to a memory or experience.

Scent Sources in Colognes

The ingredients used to manufacture a cologne are ideally natural, but often synthetics. The most common ingredients are:

  • Plants
  • Barks such as cinnamon and sassafras root.
  • Flowers and blossoms such as rose, jasmine, and citrus trees.
  • Fresh fruits, although this is commonly substituted by using a synthetic as many fresh fruits don’t have scents that are strong enough.
  • Leaves and twigs such as sage, lavender, rosemary and hay.
  • Resins, roots, and bulbs.
  • Seeds such as coriander, caraway, cocoa, nutmeg, and anise.
  • Wood such as sandalwood, cedar, pine, and birch.
  • Various oils and animal compounds.

One thing worth keeping in mind is that most synthetic aromas are created by the same companies. If you are purchasing a cologne that uses a synthetic base to create its scents, you may find an identical or close match in a far less expensive bottle produced by a less known brand.

Another example of a fragrance wheel

Another example of a fragrance wheel

How to Pick Your Scent

Selecting a cologne can be an arduous task. Since it can take more than 30 minutes to experience the full range of scents, it is often difficult to purchase a cologne without trying it first. Fortunately, most department stores and boutiques will offer samples so you can test the cologne on your skin and see how it reacts to your natural odor.

The best tip is to focus first on the description of the scent pyramid used by the Cologne in its marketing materials. Since everyone’s nose is different, reviews aren’t always the best way to pick your scent. When you do select a few to try, ask the shopkeeper to provide you with a sample and leave the store.

Experience the scent for about an hour as you continue your day. Take a walk, go to the movies, attend a meeting, or grab a coffee. This will allow you to see how the cologne grows in your daily life. It is also a good idea to spend some time with those closest to you. The last thing you want is to spend $ 100+ on a bottle of cologne only to find out your spouse hates the smell.

Once you’ve let it settle, return to the store. If you’re unhappy, try a different cologne. If you like it, then, by all means, purchase a bottle.

Here are our top three tips for selecting the right cologne:

  1. Find a scent pyramid you enjoy.
  2. Determine where you plan to wear the cologne.
  3. Figure out who you plan to wear it around.

These are important factors. If you happen to work in an office where there are regulations about the use of scented products, obviously a bold cologne is likely not your best bet. You may be better off with something far less potent.

The same goes for who you surround yourself with. Many people suffer from allergies or aversions to scent. Even though it may seem mild to you, you might find it is repulsive to those you spend your day with. This is another reason it’s a good idea to introduce them to it before you buy it and get their opinion.

In the end, the cologne you choose is really up to you. However, you need to realize and respect that others have to smell you.

Types of Cologne

Aside from the scent factor, there are other things that differentiate the quality of colognes and perfumes. It is very important to focus on acquiring colognes that have low percentages of aromatic compounds. The lower the rating, the less potent the smell. You also want to try to ensure that you purchase a cologne made from natural ingredients and one that contains little to no alcohol. Synthetic colognes and alcohol-based fragrances can do damage to your skin. If you apply cologne to your neck, you run the risk of developing skin ailments while shaving. Always check the ingredient list and determine if there is any risk of allergy for you and those who may come into contact with it.

Recommended Products

Recommended Cologne Brand Price
4711 by Muelhens for Unisex – 27.1 oz EDC Splash Muelhens $
Ermenegildo Zegna Intenso Eau De Toilette Spray Ermenegildo Zegna $
Replica Jazz Club Maison Martin Margiela $
Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Eau de Toilette Penhaligon’s $

4711 is the oldest cologne still sold

4711 is the oldest cologne still sold

4711 Eau de Cologne

Introduced in 1772, 4711 is the world’s oldest and perhaps most treasured cologne still produced. It features citrus oils, lemon, orange, light floral rose, and sandalwood oil. The 4711 Eau de Cologne’s recommended use is for formal evening affairs.

Lorenzo Villoresi Colognes

Lorenzo Villoresi Colognes

Lorenzo Villoresi

Based in Florence, Italy master perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi has a fine nose and creates sophisticated Eau de Parfums and Eau de Toilettes that are crafted of quality ingredients so they last. Take a closer look here are Lorenzo Villoresi.

Ermenegildo Zegna Intenso

A light fragrance that’s ideal for many gentlemen. This designer cologne is fresh and ideal for the office or the lounge. It has top notes of mandarin orange, lemon, and cardamom, with a profile that lasts of cedar, iris, and vetiver. Take a look at Ermenegildo Zegna Intenso here.

Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club

A traditional and masculine fragrance, it has notes of wood, tobacco, and leather. Ideal for the evening, Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club will remind you of drinking martinis at Bar Hemingway at the Ritz.

Penhaligan Blenheim Bouquet has been around for over a century

Penhaligon Blenheim Bouquet has been around for over a century

Penhaligon Blenheim Bouquet

Created in 1902 and taking its name from Blenheim Palace the seat of one of England’s most respected bloodlines, Blenheim Bouquet is a masculine blend of citrus oils, rich spices, and woods. Created more than 100 years ago, it is as appealing today as ever, and certainly worth complimenting with the matching deodorant and washes. Penhaligon Blenheim Bouquet is ideal for date night and intimate gatherings.

Xerjoff Stonelabel Collection - Homme on the far right

Xerjoff Stonelabel Collection – Homme on the far right

Homme Xerjoff

As the name implies, this scent leaves no doubt about who it was made for: men.

With a pronounced leather scent and notes of Mediterranean citrus, spices, clove, lavender, lysilang, woods and vetiver this scent is bold and unique at the same time. The flacon is elegant and impressive with a real semi-precious stone insert but at a price of $ 600 it doesn’t come as a surprise.

How to Apply Cologne

The first rule to applying cologne is quite simple: Less is more. In other words, don’t bathe in it. If you’re putting it on because you’re trying to disguise odor from not showering, go shower. Cologne is not intended to be your scent. It’s simply there to enhance your natural aroma. People around you will notice your scent more than you will. Odds are if you smell the cologne and find it bold, they’ll find it borderline repulsive.

The proper way to apply cologne is to focus on pulse points which are behind the ears, at the nape of the neck, inside the wrists, elbows, and your knees. The pulse points will cause the fragrance to warm up and release continuously over time, rather than in bursts. Ideally, cologne should not be your primary scent. Instead, it should be a part of a layer of scents that work in harmony. Although most gentlemen only use one or two colognes, we recommend having a selection that pair well with your soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving products, hair products, and deodorant.

Selecting a cologne that is mild is ideal in the morning, and just as you wouldn’t wear black tie before six, you shouldn’t wear strong colognes until the evening. Cologne typically releases over a short half-life of two hours. The stronger the percentage of aromatic compounds, the longer the cologne will last. The strongest colognes will last about five hours, which means it’s a good idea to apply it well before going out on the town. This way, you can be sure the top notes won’t be too overbearing for those around you.

Cologne will also change based on your daily habits. You can expect that eating spicy or fatty foods will increase the intensity of the scent. Therefore, if you know you’ll be going out for fried chicken or Thai food, it may be best to pick a more subtle fragrance. The same goes for your skin. If you have dry skin, you may want to consider a bolder scent, whereas oily skin will cause the cologne to release faster.

Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s of Wearing Cologne

  • Do test your cologne before wearing it in public.
  • Do check with your spouse before buying cologne to ensure they like it.
  • Do wear small amounts of it sparingly.
  • Do wear cologne that works with other scented products harmoniously.
Avoid wearing colognes while visiting public places with signs like this

Avoid wearing colognes while visiting public places with signs like this


  • Don’t rub cologne into your skin or pulse points. Allow the spray to settle naturally.
  • Don’t wear cologne in the presence of those with allergies or aversions.
  • Don’t wear cologne in public places where scented products are prohibited.
  • Don’t wear cologne in hospitals or medical facilities.
  • Don’t put more cologne on just because you can’t smell it anymore.
  • Don’t put cologne on open sores, in your ears, nostrils, mouth, eyes, or genitals.
  • Don’t use aftershave as a body cologne.
  • Don’t apply cologne in public.
  • Don’t spray yourself with cologne until you can smell it. One or two quick spritzes is enough.
  • Don’t buy or use cheap bargain colognes. They are reserved exclusively for teenage boys. And no, they will not cause women to chase you, fall from the sky, or follow you just because you wear Axe or Gillette.
Medical clinics are generally scent free facilities

Medical clinics are generally scent free facilities

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading Price
Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume $
The Perfume Bible $
Scent and Chemistry The Molecular World of Odours $

Here are some great books if you’re interested in the chemistry of cologne and how it’s made.

Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume by Mandy Aftel

Renowned perfumer Mandy Aftel explores the primal nature and fundamental importance of aroma in everyday life, teaching people about the nature of smell and the idea of “olfactory consciousness” in Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume. With gorgeous illustrations, the book also serves as a practical guide to making custom scents for a variety of uses and explains the process of selecting “base notes,” “heart notes” and “head notes” to create truly personal aromas and perfumes.

The Perfume Bible by Josephine Fairley and Lorna McKay

In this lavishly illustrated, comprehensive guide to scent, beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Lorna McKay bring together everything you need to know about perfume, including guidance on which ‘scent family’ you belong to, the different strengths of perfume, the art of shopping for fragrance, 100 perfumes to try before you die plus the greatest scents ever bottled. Packed with insider info from the world’s leading experts, with interviews with some of greatest international perfumers, this is an essential companion for anyone with a passion for fragrance.

Scent and Chemistry The Molecular World of Odours

A textbook often used in post-secondary training, this book gives the reader all of the information they need in order to understand the complexities of scent and how it affects the people around us and ourselves.


By now you should have a fairly good understanding of how to purchase cologne, apply it and what to avoid, so you’re not “that guy” who people try to avoid. What colognes do you enjoy? Any recommendations?

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What to Wear for Every Type of Headshot, According to a Photographer

Depending on your line of work, getting your portrait taken can be a necessary factor of landing a major job or role. And of course when the time comes to update your photo, it can be a daunting task to decide what to wear for your headshots.

Anyone who had to decide what to wear for their school photos remembers how stressful getting dressed for portraits can be. From ensuring not to date yourself with the trends of today to portraying the specific message you want to send to future onlookers, there are lots of little worries that could come up. Which is why we tapped photographer Heather Hooton to provide her professional input for the best things to wear to land the job.

First, determine what your photos will be used for and who your audience is. “If it’s for a corporate job where you’ll be in charge of a lot of people, opt for a blazer or a structured top. If it’s a creative job where you’ll be communicating with a lot of clients, try a more flowy or open blouse,” Hooton tells us. She also shares that it’s important not to date yourself with trending statement pieces, as you’ll ideally be using these photos for years. “Choose classic pieces with a modern flair.”

Hooton also emphasizes the importance of keeping your ensemble simple. “The key is to not distract from your face, so avoid loud patterns,” she says. “The safest bet is a solid color, but if you’re really a print girl, a smaller or subtler pattern. With that in mind, you can still get creative. Hooton suggests that if you’re hoping for a promotion, incorporate your company’s colors into your outfit. Finally, add more depth to your photo with a necklace or two.

Whether you’ve got a big audition coming up, or you’re gearing up for a major promotion, shop some of our favorite portrait-ready pieces that will help you succeed in any role.

Nothing says dressing for the job you want like a power blazer. Available in sizes XS to XL.
This boxy blazer will make you look so professional yet not stuffy. Available in sizes 00 to 14.
This pleated top is structured enough but also shows your personality. Available in sizes XXS to L.
The twist detail adds more interest to your outfit. Available in sizes 10 to 20.
This print is bold, but not so much it’ll distract from your face. Available in sizes FR 34 to FR 44.
This classic top will always look great. Available in sizes XS to 4X.
A cardigan over this would be perfect if you don’t feel comfortable bearing your shoulders. Available in sizes 10 to 16.
You’ll want to wear this all season long. Available in sizes S to L.
You can never go wrong with black. Available in sizes XS to L.
A simple sweater with an intriguing detail. Available in sizes L to XXL.
A minimalist necklace will add more interest, keeping your photo from looking too flat.
A simple lariat like this will add just the right touch.

Let these pieces help you stand out, no matter what you’re aiming for.

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#PTOman HighlightsOur Instagram followers are stylish people, so…

#PTOman Highlights

Our Instagram followers are stylish people, so once a week, we like to bring you some highlights from our feed. Max gets the last use of his heavyweight fabrics before spring, Thomas takes Rome in a classic banker style, Andy shows off the rare and amazing tan three piece suit, and Edwin looks pretty good considering he’s a walking junk drawer. 

What’ve you been wearing to work lately? Follow us on Instagram and tag your pictures with #PTOman. Bonus points for full-body outfit shots as opposed to just shoes or collars.  

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Migos’ “Stir Fry” Video Was Inspired by Bruce Lee & Wong Kar-wai

Genius invited director Sing J. Lee to talk about his Migos‘ video “Stir Fry” for their latest episode of Framework. The visual finds Quavo, Offset and Takeoff in a tong-style setting, playing mahjong and later taking part in a kung fu battle.

In the episode, Lee reveals that Quavo wanted something “Asian” for the video without further specification. The director says that he drew inspiration from films starring Bruce Lee, Wong Kar-wai directed films as well as House of Flying Daggers, Hero and Ip-Man.

Lee also touches on the subject of cultural appropriation versus the appreciation of Asian culture, the martial art style of wing chun and the theme of unity. He also speaks on the relationship of Black and Asian cultures, and hip-hop and martial artist. Watch the breakdown of the “Stir Fry” video above.

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21 Things We’re Buying From Ulta Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty Event

Now that fashion month is all wrapped up, you’re probably dying to try some of the fresh new beauty looks shown on the runways. We’re guessing you don’t have an inky blue liquid eyeliner to recreate the latest underliner look or you might be in need of some wet-look eyeshadow in Pantone’s color of the year. Or maybe you just need to finally find that perfect shade of red lipstick.

Whatever your beauty needs, Ulta Beauty has you covered with its biggest event of the year: 21 Days of Beauty. Think of it as a mecca for beauty enthusiasts with three straight weeks of one-day-only Beauty Steals on must-have makeup and skin care products. You’ll find everyone’s most-loved brands (like Tarte and Urban Decay) at up to 50 percent off, making this a prime time to try out new trends or pick up that product you’ve always wanted to put to the test.

Since these beauty steals won’t last long, we’ve put together a daily rundown highlighting exactly what’s on our wishlist for the next 21 days. Mark your calendars!

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Are Bramis The Next Big Lingerie Trend?

Earlier this week I shared the lingerie trend that weirdly made me happier and since then, it’s safe to say I’m on a lingerie-induced shopping spree at the moment. During my lingerie browsing-bender, I came across the below item on Free People’s site which intrigued me. (Side note: If you haven’t already checked out FP’s lingerie selection, it’s where you’ll find comfortable, affordable, and the prettiest options). Back to bramis though, I love a good fashion hybrid so the idea of a bra and cami merging to one already had me sold. As I digged a little deeper I learned the pieces comes in 25 different colors and an array of different styles. I also perused the customer reviews where shoppers shared how much they loved the item and own it in several different colors. For me, I own the sparkly clay and it’s great mainly because I’m small chested and am into the idea of not having to wear a bra, so if you’re on the same page as I am then I suggest stocking up on the below $ 20 brami.

Available in sizes XS to L. 
Available in sizes XS to L. 
Available in sizes XS to L. 

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The Martini Guide

Hemingway said that he favored the “15 parts gin to 1 part vermouth” Dry Martini ratio, calling that the “Montgomery” – supposedly, that was the drink Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery favored before going into battle. As for you, what is your Dry Martini recipe? Follow the Gentleman’s Gazette in this excursion to the history of the most famous cocktail.

007 preparing his own version of the Dry Martini

007 preparing his own version of the Dry Martini

Martinis are undeniably associated with James Bond. Any Bond fan will have his or her own impression of Sean Connery, the best 007 ever (disagree if you must, but don’t tell me), with his unmistakable Scottish intonation, saying “shaken, not stirred”.

The ingredients for a Vesper cocktail

The ingredients for a Vesper cocktail

What few James Bond fans know is that the original drink recipe described by Ian Fleming in his famous spy character’s voice was not your regular gin-and-vermouth combination. In the first 007 novel, Casino Royale, Bond orders the drink like this: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.” Our favorite fictional agent dubbed this cocktail The Vesper, after Vesper Lynd, played by the lovely Eva Green in the 2006 movie.

Shaken or Stirred?

However, Bond would drop the Vesper in later novels, preferring the standard vodka martini. But why shaken and not stirred? Does it make a difference? Believe it or not, the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario found that a shaken gin martini had more antioxidants than a stirred one. A point for Bond.

Bartender stirring a Dry Martini

Bartender stirring a Dry Martini

On the other hand, shaking the drink will cloud it, which is an undesirable characteristic of any proper drink. Besides, shaking will also break the ice cubes and produce shards, which melt faster and dilute the martini. A point against Bond.

Shaken (left) and stirred martinis

Shaken (left) and stirred martinis

In a test designed to check for tasting differences between a shaken and a stirred martini, the author of The Love of Alcohol blog said that “The stirred one had a much stronger taste of gin.  This wasn’t completely unexpected.  Shaking dilutes the drink more.”

Science apart, I like Somerset Maugham’s tongue-in-cheek quip: “A Martini should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously on top of one another.”

The Invention of the Martini

Martini vermouth

Martini vermouth

The origins of the name (and of the drink itself) are lost in the shadows of history, but some authors have assembled a few alternatives. The most probable one is a reference to the Italian vermouth producer, Martini, dating back to 1863. Even an indifferent drinker may know this brand from its famous posters.

The Occidental Hotel, San Francisco

The Occidental Hotel, San Francisco

Some say that the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco served a cocktail called the Martinez (after the nearby city).

Knickerbocker Hotel, New York

Knickerbocker Hotel, New York

Another version of the origin story claims that the drink was invented by a bartender in the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York in 1911 or 1912.

The Martini-Henry rifle

The Martini-Henry rifle

An intriguing source states that the name comes from a rifle called Martini-Henry used in the English army during the 1870’s due to its “kick”.

However, the book Stuart’s Fancy Drinks and How to Mix Them, by Stuart Thomas and published in 1904, describes a primitive form of a dry martini, “a 2:1 mix of Plymouth dry gin and dry vermouth, with a dash of orange bitters.”

The Elements of a Martini

Angostura bitters

Angostura bitters

The classic dry martini is made with London dry gin, dry vermouth and a garnish (lemon peel, olives, onions, etc.) Some – like the Spanish director Luis Buñuel – add bitter Angostura for a different finish.

Juniper, the materia prima of gin

Juniper, the materia prima of gin

What is gin? It is the short form of the word genever, related to the Dutch jenever, derived from Juniperus, Latin for juniper. Besides juniper – its main ingredient – gin is a clear distilled alcohol containing herbs and floral ingredients.

When Wilhelm III, Prince of Orange invaded Britain in 1688, he allowed the production of distilled beverages, stimulating the genever from his homeland as a replacement for the brandies made by his enemies, the French. It was then that the poor Londoners began to create their own version of genever, calling it gin. In 1721, the British drank 14 million liters of gin; in 1726, there were 1,500 distilleries in London and over 6,000 stores selling it.

In the next century, the quality of the gin improved dramatically when it began to be produced in professional distilleries; Gordon’s, for instance, was founded in 1769.

The Bartender's Manual

The Bartender’s Manual

Harry Johnson’s 1888 Bartender’s Manual has the oldest Martini recipe in print, and he used Old Tom gin, somewhat sweeter than the regular gin.

Vermouth is an aromatized and fortified wine “flavored with various botanicals (roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, and spices)”. The grapes used to produce the base wine are French and Italian, such as Clairette Blanche, Piquepoul, Bianchetta Trevigiana, Catarratto, and Trebbiano. The fact that you have botanicals in the vermouth and in the gin make their blend in a cocktail such as the dry Martini much more sensible than the alternative, vodka.

Noilly Prat, the standard vermouth

Noilly Prat, the standard vermouth

Noilly Prat is a standard favorite vermouth among dry Martini fans, but there are some new vermouths around that may also be great partners to your gin.

Dolin Dry vermouth

Dolin Dry vermouth

Also French, the Dolin Dry Vermouth has gained a following as of late: it mixes very well with London Dry gins such as Boodles and Tanqueray.

Cocchi Americano vermouth

Cocchi Americano vermouth

Another vermouth to gain attention is the Italian Cocchi Americano, that pairs well with gins like Hendrick’s.

As to the gin, there are some subtleties that need to be taken into consideration. Juniper and its presence is the main factor, and in this sense, the old-school styled gins such as Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, or Plymouth are better for a dry martini.

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker

If you want something slightly out of the box, try the Dorothy Parker gin, for a lighter and more tart drink. By the way, Mrs. Parker was a poet, journalist, and writer with a very good sense of humor and some attribute this poem to her:

“I like to have a martini,

Two at the very most.

After three I’m under the table,

after four I’m under my host.”

Vodka as a substitute for gin in the recipe will change the drink’s name to “Kangaroo”, with a lemon rind as garnish. But remember what Mittie Hellmich writes in the Ultimate Bar Book: a martini is “structured on the perfect botanical balance between gin’s juniper berry and dry vermouth’s herbal qualities,” and so vodka, which is a neutral spirit, brings nothing to the mix.

A Gibson

A Gibson

When you use cocktail onions instead of olives, you have a Gibson.

Martini glasses with a shaker

Martini glasses with a shaker

Oh, I almost forgot: the ideal glass is this shown above, called – sorry, it is obvious – a Martini glass.


A ferocious discussion among bartenders, customers and dry martini lovers in general centers around proportions: the proportion or ratio between gin (which I personally prefer to vodka) and vermouth.

A Dry Martini garnished with a lemon twist

A Dry Martini garnished with a lemon twist

In Isaac Asimov’s Treasury of Humor, he tells this story (which some attribute to Ernest Hemingway):

Jones, preparing for a safari in the deepest Africa, was going over the list of supplies he had ordered, and his friend Smith, who was present, clucked disapprovingly over it.

“No good,” he said. “You’ve left out the most vital item.”

“What’s that?” demanded Jones.

“Vermouth. You’ve got to have vermouth in case you get lost.”

“What good would vermouth do in that case?”

Smith shook his head at the other’s ignorance. He said, “Listen, suppose you’re a thousand miles from any outpost of civilization. Your bearers have all deserted and you’re alone, surrounded by trackless jungle. So you sit down and start making a dry martini for yourself while you collect your wits – and that’s where the vermouth comes in. You just add a good shot of vermouth and from all over the jungle people will spring out at you shouting, ‘That’s no way to make a dry martini.’ And you’re rescued.”

In 1922, the proportion was 2 (parts of gin):1 (part of vermouth), but over the course of the 20th century, the amount of vermouth dropped visibly. Interestingly, during the 1930s it was 3:1 and in the 1940s, 4:1.

Noël Coward

Noël Coward

And you will find radical extremists advocating the abolition of the vermouth. Noël Coward, for instance, said that “a perfect Martini should be made by filling a glass with gin, then waving it in the general direction of Italy,” in deference to the Martini factory.

Churchill's recipe

Churchill’s recipe

Churchill, always the witty causeur, used to prepare his dry martini with ice-cold gin and a bow in the direction of France – a tribute to Noilly Prat, considered by some as the best vermouth for a dry martini. His compatriot Alfred Hitchcock would not go near a vermouth bottle, either.

Lyndon Johnson would prepare his “In and Out Martini” filling a glass with vermouth, throwing it out and filling it with gin.

Stalin and Roosevelt

Stalin and Roosevelt

Roosevelt was more conservative and would carry a “martini kit” around to prepare his own drink with two parts gin, one part vermouth, some olive brine, a lemon twist and an olive. After revoking the Prohibition, the first thing that he did was to prepare a dry martini! Some say that he made one for Stalin at the Livadia, in Crimea, and said to the Soviet leader that “a good martini has to have a twist of lemon”. The next morning, Stalin gave Roosevelt a lemon tree from Georgia with over 200 lemons.

A Dry Martini garnished with olives

A Dry Martini garnished with olives

To confuse the drinker, you may have a wet martini (which contains more vermouth than usual), a dry martini (with less or no vermouth at all) and a perfect (ha! they wish) martini, with equal parts of dry and sweet vermouth to the gin. If you want to keep it under control, experiment with the classic ratios: 3:1, 4:1 and 5:1. However, the International Bartenders Association (IBA) manual states a 6:1 ratio.

Cocktail Trends & Artisanal Distilling

In the last few years, interest in cocktail crafting and artisanal distilling has reached a new fever pitch. A visit to a well-stocked liquor store, in many places, reveals many new international and locally distilled alcohol. Gin is particularly popular as the flavor profile is a bit more flexible than a neutral vodka and it’s relatively easy to distill; no aging is required.

Portobello Star Bar Ginstitute

Portobello Star Bar Ginstitute

Britain has seen a renewed interest in gin in the last few years, and this interest generated many new distilleries, some with artisanal production. Today, places such as the Portobello Star Bar Ginstitute dedicate themselves to study gin and its history. (By the way, it was listed as one of the 50 best bars in the world in 2016.)

World Martini Day

World Martini Day

World Martini Day

Yes, it exists: June 19. (Don’t ask me why this day.) Have one!


You may have noticed that we did not come to any definitive conclusion as to the best Dry Martini recipe. And there is a reason for that; as with so many other things in the world of gastronomy and drinks, it is a matter of personal taste. Thus, my suggestion is that you experiment with different gins and vermouths to find not only your own favorite brands but also the proportion that best suits your taste. Try garnishing your dry martini with lemon peel, olives, or cocktail onions for effect, and don’t forget to try a drop or two of Angostura. One of my style mentors, Marcelino de Carvalho, suggested a special trick for the best dry martini ever: after you prepare the cocktail, strike a match and squeeze lemon zest over the flame, letting the burnt drops give your martini a unique finish.


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Style icon Iris Apfel is now a Barbie doll

It’s life in plastic for Iris Apfel. Mattel has modeled a Barbie after New York’s 96-year-old fashion icon, who’s famed for her idiosyncratic look. Before you clear space in your Barbie dream house for her, you should know that doll Apfel, like her human counterpart, is a one-of-a-kind model and not available for sale. “Her…
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8 Cool Outfit Ideas for Rainy Days

True story: I moved back to the East Coast from Los Angeles a couple of years ago, and for my first month here, it rained almost every day. Coming from a place where it typically rains once in a blue moon, I was thoroughly unprepared. Before the bulk of my wardrobe arrived, I was armed with a denim jacket and the closest thing I had to rain shoes (these Everlane loafers…), I felt like a fool surrounded by prepared east-coasters in goulashes and anoraks. So, it got me thinking about how I can pre-plan for rainy days in the future—while still looking cute (naturally). Fittingly, I took to the internet and researched the rainy-day style of celebrities while out and about when the forecast is less-than-stellar. The results of my research? A crop of fresh outfit ideas for the inevitable string of rainy days to come.

Below, see what stars wear to look cool on rainy days, and to shop some of our favorite functional rainy-day pieces!

On Kendall Jenner: R13 jeans; Balenciaga bag and boots
Who: Elsa Hosk
On Rita Ora: Adidas jacket, pants, and sneakers
On Lily Collins: Madewell jacket; Gerard Darel bag; Black Orchid jeans; Vince sneakers
On Olivia Palermo: Tod’s Bauletto Bag ($ 1425) and Embellished Leather Sneakers ($ 525)
On Karlie Kloss: A.L.C. coat; Victoria Beckham dress; Carolina Herrera bag
On Gigi Hadid: B Collection cardigan; Lauren Moshi T-shirt; DL1961 jeans; Versace Palazzo Empire Tote ($ 2850); Reebok Classic Leather Sneakers ($ 75)
On Chriselle Lim: Tibi Drape Twill Trench ($ 750)
Rain boots you can get away with wearing to work are an essential.  Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Wear this color with anything and everything. Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
An on-trend bag that you actually won’t mind getting wet, found.
Flattering pants alert! Available in sizes 23 to 32.
The name says it all. Available in sizes XXXS to XXL.
Rainy days are the best days to dress for comfort, don’t you think? Available in sizes 1X to 3X.
You won’t get far without this on a rainy day.
You’ll want to wear this even on sunny days. Available in sizes 36 to 46.

See what we mean about wishing for a rainy day in the weather forecast?

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Flyin’ the Flannel: A Comparison of Five Affordable Gray Flannel…

Flyin’ the Flannel: A Comparison of Five Affordable Gray Flannel Trousers

No one wants to be a flâneur anymore. It sounds too dandy, too affected. Even if the idea of strolling around a (probably European) city, thinking deeply about how it engages with its people spiritually and aesthetically, sounds dope–no one respects a guy who would call himself a flâneur (he probably has a men’s style blog).

But everyone respects flannels. (The two words are not related but should be.) Gray flannels are swiss army knife pants, wearable in a pinch on nearly any occasion between jeans and formalwear, and great looking in any of those contexts. Made from wool twill that’s slightly napped and fuzzy, they can go multiple wears without needing a press or cleaning, and in temperate climates can be worn 9 months per year. They pair well with nearly any jacket fabric, much more so than navy wool pants, which are too dark for lighter fabrics and which never look right with plain blue jackets. For many of us, gray flannels were our first grown-up trousers. A true flâneur wouldn’t wear foppish finery, he’d wear flannels.

Good trousers can be expensive though, and like all well-made clothes, they seem to get significantly more so every year. I contacted four companies making flannels near the $ 200 mark to check out their flannel trou: Epaulet, H. Stockton, Berg and Berg, and Dapper Classics

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Like with shoes, there’s not a lot to recommend under $ 200–even J. Crew and Brooks Brothers charge >$ 200 for gray flannels these days. There are bargains here and there but you should expect to pay at least that much for a well-made pair of dress trousers in a workhorse gray flannel that has the natural wrinkle resistance and texture of good wool.

The “on paper” details on these trousers are largely the same (with the slight exception of Berg and Berg)–they are flat front, wool flannel trousers with typical dress trouser features: curtained, split waistbands; lining to the knee; off seam pockets; and zipper fly. But the maker, fabric, and cut varied on each, as did the vibe.


Epaulet Walt ($ 97.50 on sale from $ 195)Making slim, affordable versions of archetypical men’s items is Epaulet’s lane, and the Walt trousers are no exception. The most aggressively slim cut I tried this round, Epaulet’s pants are quite flattering—the waist measured pretty true on my size 36 trousers and tapered to 8 inches across at the hem. The Vitale Barberis flannel Epaulet used in this version is on the lighter side of mid gray: just about perfect for odd trousers. The fabric felt a little lighter than on the other pants I tried, and given the cut it didn’t drape quite as cleanly, but that’s not what these pants are about. You won’t likely find pants styled like the Walts outside of Italian companies like Boglioli or Incotex, and the Epaulets are a better value. Epaulet makes these pants in Portugal, and they were finished well, although not quite as finely as some of the other pants in this review. They don’t cut corners on features, though–they have a split waistband (helps with tailoring and allows a little give), are lined to the knee, finished/covered interior, seams, and feature a button and slide closure and zip fly. These were also the only trousers I tried that arrived with a finished hem, with about a 34-inch inseam–plenty for most guys but maybe not everyone.


H. Stockton regular fit trousers ($ 225)H. Stockton is a traditional men’s clothier in Atlanta and these trousers are a good example of why traditional works. Made in Canada, they’re the fullest cut I tried and they drape beautifully–in part due to the wool/cashmere blend of their flannel fabric, which felt best among the trousers I tried. Like the other trousers here, they are lined to the knee and hems are left unfinished, with a 37-inch inseam, so plenty of fabric to cuff if you choose to do so (I would; the additional weight at the cuff would make the fabric fall even more nicely). The rise is middle of the road–definitely not low-rise but not conspicuously high either–I think these would meet Derek’s criteria well for eliminating the dreaded “shirt triangle” common with low-rise trousers. If you like fuller proportions in your tailoring, H. Stockton’s cut would suit you.


Dapper Classics slim and classic flannel trousers ($ 245)I tried both Dapper Classics slim and classic cuts, and their slim trousers were my personal favorite of the selection here. The cut of their classic fit is similar to the H. Stockton cut–full but not baggy, with room in the waist, seat, and legs (most of the pants I tried in size 36US and nearly all trousers measure a little larger in the waist than tagged; most of these had waist measurements around 37–Dapper Classics classic fit was closer to 38. Of course these can be tailored relatively easily and you’ll need to alter the hems anyway). 

I found the slims to be ideal for my preferences for trousers right now. The rise was a little lower than the traditional cuts but not constricting or hip-slung, the tapered cut through the legs allowed fabric to drape nicely but was cut close enough to give me some shape, tapering to an 8.5 inch hem. With my build, I think hem widths of 9+ inches are less flattering, although they have their place. The fabric has a good hand and color–it’s truly mid-weight and mid-gray, which doesn’t sound exciting except you’d be hard pressed to find a wool jacket these wouldn’t look great with. At $ 245, they are a little pricier than the other options here, but I still think a good value in a world where Italian ready-to-wear trousers like Incotex are pushing $ 400/pair at retail.


Berg and Berg Alfred trousers ($ 196, currently out of stock, shown in navy): Berg and Berg is a bit of a wild card here, as I tried out their pleated flannel Alfred trousers, which aim to deliver styling details less often found in current ready-to-wear trousers. These are a higher rise, single pleated, tapered trouser made in Italy, and not so much in the American, trad-influenced tradition. I liked them a lot, though, and for around $ 200, you won’t find a lot of similar trousers out there. Most American companies that are doing pleated trousers still cut them quite large, with shoe-swallowing hems. Berg and Berg’s trousers’ trim single pleat and taper lead to a really clean line from waist to hem that’s quite flattering. Flat front flannels are a true essential, but if you already have a couple of pairs Berg and Berg’s trousers would be a nice way to branch into different, forward looking styling for trousers, and at a pretty tremendous price. 

After spending some time handling and trying on a whole lot of gray flannel trousers, I’m happy to conclude that all of these are worth the money you pay and would be a solid addition to your closet whether they’re your first pair of gray flannels or your tenth. If I were to pick one, I’d give a slight edge to Dapper Classics’s slim fit, which happened to fit my body quite well and strike the right balance for me among flattery, classic proportions, fabric, and price. 

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Attending a Wine Tasting? Here’s What to Wear

For wine lovers, there’s always a good reason to go for a tasting, whether it’s for a special occasion like a date night, or you’ve planned a day-long tour with girlfriends (is it rosé season yet?). But with your visit planned, your last task is to figure out what to wear wine tasting, a question that’s maybe best answered by an expert. 

We enlisted Magdalena Wojcik, owner of The Blending Lab in Los Angeles, to provide her expertise for the appropriate attire, whether you’re headed to a sun-filled day in the wine country or an evening at a tasting room, such as her company.

“When in wine country, I think of comfort and weather. I like to usually wear a dress. For shoes, comfort is essential. In spring and summer, I stick with sneakers—you never know where you’ll end up! Even in the winter, the sun is strong, so I never leave without a hat.” Wojcik also tells us that sunscreen is her top accessory at the winery. 

If you’re opting for a tasting room in the city, there’s nothing like a cool military or moto jacket, according to Wojcik. “Urban wine tasting is a little bit different in my opinion, so I dress for the occasion.” A pair of jeans styled with a plain white tee allows you to be comfortable as you run around town but prepared for when the weather begins to cool down. “Tasting rooms are usually cold because of the wine, and a jacket ensures that you’re not cold when enjoying your wine tasting.” She also recommends comfortable flat shoes as you might not have a seat in the room.

Now, shop some of our favorite pieces that will be appropriate for any type of wine tasting experience!

Keep the sun out of your eyes with this hat.
“The colors actually remind me of the sky, spilled wine and earth,” says Wojcik. Available in sizes 00 to 8.
Ideal for those sunnier days at the winery. Available in sizes UK 6 to UK 12.
Protect yourself from getting sunburnt on those warm days at the vineyard.
Catch those sunbeams in this gorgeous dress. Available in sizes 10 to 20.
Wear these with everything you own. Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Wear this tee right into summer. Available in sizes XS to L.
So chic. Available in sizes 24 to 32.
Slip these on when you’re running out the door. Available in sizes 5.5 to 11.5.
You can never have too many tees. Available in sizes XS to XL.
These will be a staple in your closet. Available in sizes 00 to 24.
These pair perfectly with a pair of jeans. Available in sizes 35 to 40.5.

A light and airy dress is perfect for the warm, sunny days ahead in the wine country, however be sure to pack a jacket for when the temperatures take a drastic drop. 

If you’re headed to a tasting room, a cool jacket to keep you warm and pair well with a simple tee and a pair of skinny jeans or pants for an edgy, cool look are all you need.

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Style Scenario: Early Spring in the Mountains

What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Now before all the armchair mountain men lose their minds over the inadequacy of this stuff, no one is looking to recreate the Amundsen Expedition here. These are options for getting up/out to a cabin, and relaxing. Just a few functional, flexible pieces suitable for the weather of an early spring weekend getaway, even if the most physical activity you’ll end up doing is half an hour of wood chopping. Unplug. Relax. Hibernate a bit.

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The Sweater: JCF Striped Sweatshirt Sweater – $ 34.50 ($ 59.50). The feel of a sweatshirt with the styling of a sweater. Comfort is the name of the game.

The Watch: Casio Diver – $ 50ishYep, this one again. Why? Because, it’s a great option for your mountain escape. With its 200m water resistance, and resin band, it’s hardy enough to withstand any rain/snow, or some good ol’ wood chopping.

The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt – $ 39.95. Simple, basic and comfortable. You don’t need anything more on this trip.

The Jacket: Goodfellow & Co Men’s Standard Fit Wool 4 Pocket Military Jacket – $ 79.99. Look, if you’re planning on spending a lot of time exploring outside, in the rain or snow, you’re going to want to wear something a little more weather appropriate. But, for the drive up to the cabin, getting into the cabin, and relaxing in the cabin…this will suit you just fine. 

The Reading Material: The Passage by Justin Cronin – $ 14.25 (paperback). An updated take on a cataclysmic virus/zombie-esque type story. Part of a trilogy. Exceptionally written; you won’t be able to put it down. Might be a little creepy for being in an isolated cabin…but maybe you like that sort of thing.

The Entertainment: Catch Phrase – $ 15.94 & Playing Cards – $ 5.77 (2 pack). Most likely you won’t have cell phone or internet access (isn’t that kind of the point?), and most likely you’ll be escaping with family or friends, so you’ll want something fun and easy to pass the time.

The Bag: Rains 30L Duffel – $ 66.98 FINAL ($ 110). “Built to defy the elements and look good doin’ it.” This Danish (pretty sure it’s made in Denamrk?) made, 30L duffel, with custom-developed waterproof fabric, will keep all your personal items dry regardless of the weather. 

The Jeans: GAP Straight Fit with GapFlex – $ 69.95. You’ll want something comfortable enough to lounge around in while you’re reading in front of the fire, but also sturdy enough if you have to shovel a path through the snow to the outhouse.

The Boots: Danner Mountain 600 – $ 200. A Dappered favorite, these boots get it all done, and get better and better looking over time. Not a crazy clunky long distance hiker, and not an athletic shoe dressed up to look like it’s tough. Right in between. Size down a half size. Or, if these aren’t your thing, bring along whatever your preferred pair of breathable, waterproof, sturdy boots happens to be. Don’t worry about matching your leather colors here. 

The Socks: Wigwam Men’s Merino Wool Comfort Hiker Midweight Crew Socks – $ 10.36. These wool socks will keep your feet dry and warm, no matter what the activity, napping included.

Something to Sip: Viña Bujanda Crianza – $ 12.99. According to vinepair.com, “Wines classified as Crianza are aged for one year in oak and one year in bottle. These wines are perfect for everyday drinking, with a relatively low price point and flavors that are both fresh and accessible”- making this full-flavored, yet easy to drink, Rioja Tempranillo the perfect addition to a relaxing evening in front of the fire.

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Your Search for a Power Suit Ends Here

We’re big proponents of “power dressing“—whatever that means to you, whether it be a confidence-boosting LBD or a strong suit. If it’s the latter, behold some serious inspiration by way of Lupita Nyong’o. The Black Panther actress recently stepped out in a printed two-piece combo that could own any room.

While the ever-classic black blazer-and-trousers look will always be de rigueur, we’re loving more daring takes on the timeless silhouette. A fun print and pop of color elevate the expected—not to mention look great when worn as a pair, or styled independently with more casual separates like denim, tees, etc. Got an important event on the horizon? Consider re-creating Lupita’s stylish suit look for yourself.

On Lupita Nyong’o: Smith + Mara Suspender Earrings ($ 430 each); Armani suit; Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps ($ 625). Similar Styles: Chloé Embroidered Blazer ($ 3695) and Embroidered Velvet Straight-Leg Pants ($ 1495)

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eBay roundupThere’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find…

eBay roundup

There’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find the good stuff, you have to search for hours. Which is why we do these roundups, so that our readers can find good deals easily and quickly. For those looking to get an extra round-up each week, subscribe to our Inside Track newsletter. We not only cover the best of eBay, we also list each week’s store sales.

To find more menswear on eBay, try using our customized search links. We’ve made them so you can quickly hone-in on quality suits, excellent dress shirts, fine footwear, good jeans, workwear, contemporary casualwear, nice ties, great bags, and well-made sweaters.

Suits, sport coats, and blazers


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Shirts and pants



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Over-50 Women With Ridiculously Good Style

In the fast-paced fashion industry, it can often feel like there’s a glaring lens always refocusing on what’s youthful and new. But here at Who What Wear, we’re inspired by women of every age, which is why we figured it was high time to give a few of our favorite over-50 trendsetters a little love. These bloggers and Instagram stars have carved their own niches by staying true to their unique senses of style and by mixing trends with styles they’ve kept in their arsenals over time.

While these eight style makers are by no means the only older women who can teach us a thing or two about style (hello, Iris Apfel), following along in their fashion journeys has taught us a thing or two about our own fashion inclinations. Just take one peek at these eight awesome trendsetters, and you’ll see what we mean. Read on for a look at eight inspiring real women and then shop pieces for women of every age.

Want more timeless style? See the best bloggers in every age group.

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Many Women Misjudge How They’ll Feel After Mastectomy

Source: Yale Cancer Center

Women who have one or both breasts removed to treat cancer may have unrealistic expectations about how they’ll feel after that surgery and after breast reconstruction, if they choose that option, a U.S. study suggests.

For the study, researchers surveyed 96 women with breast cancer before they had a mastectomy and again one year later. The study included 42 women who had breast reconstruction surgery right after the mastectomy.

Overall, patients who had a mastectomy without reconstruction significantly underestimated how satisfied they would be with their breasts and their quality of life afterwards, researchers report in JAMA Surgery.

When women did get breast reconstruction, they overestimated how much this would boost their satisfaction Overall, patients who had a mastectomy without reconstruction significantly underestimated how satisfied they would be with their breasts and their quality of life afterwards, researchers report in JAMA Surgery. with their breasts and their feelings of sexual attractiveness, the study also found.

c of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus.

“I think we sort of like to believe that plastic surgery will make everything better,” Lee said by email. “It does help, but not as much as people may think.”

“Patients generally thought mastectomy would be worse than it was, and they thought reconstruction would be better than it was,” said lead study author Dr. Clara Lee

Most early-stage breast cancer patients have either a lumpectomy that removes malignant tissue while sparing the rest of the breast or a mastectomy that removes the entire breast. Many of them get chemotherapy or radiation afterwards to destroy any remaining abnormal cells and reduce the risk of cancer coming back.

The current study included some women with early stage tumors and some patients with more advanced cancer that had spread beyond the breast.

It also included 13 patients who didn’t have cancer but still opted for a mastectomy, which some women with a very high risk of breast cancer do as a preventive measure.

Women in the study were 54 years old, on average, and the majority were white. More than half of them were college graduates, and 72 percent had private health insurance.

Survey questions touched on general happiness, quality of life, sexual attractiveness and predicted satisfaction with breast pain, numbness and appearance.

Whether women got only a mastectomy or also reconstruction, they experienced more breast numbness afterwards than they had expected, the study found.

Patients who were less happy overall or who had more breast pain after their mastectomy, with or without reconstruction, had greater regret about their treatment decision than women who were happier and had less pain.

The study results from a small group of women treated at one cancer center might not reflect what would happen elsewhere, researchers note.

Women who got reconstruction also tended to have less advanced cancer than women who only got a mastectomy, which may have influenced the way they felt a year later, noted Dr. Lisa Schneider, a surgeon at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at the Plastic Surgery Center in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, who wasn’t involved in the study.

“One possible hypothesis is that patients who underwent mastectomy alone were more focused on the treatment for their cancer; therefore, after having dealt with their cancer treatment, afterwards they felt better than they might have thought they would,” Schneider said by email.

“On the other hand, more patients who underwent reconstruction had the surgery for prophylactic reasons, in other words, a high-risk patient without breast cancer,” Schneider added. “A patient in this scenario might have a higher standard for her expectation for the results of the surgery, that it might look or feel just the same as her original breast or breasts.”

The study results suggest that women need realistic expectations, said Dr. Anees Chagpar assistant director of global oncology at the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center in New Haven, Connecticut.

“Physicians need to explain to patients the risks of surgery – the breast may not look or feel exactly as their normal breast, they will have pain and numbness, symmetry may not be perfect and multiple surgeries may be required – and patients need to really understand this,” Chagpar, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

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Neil Young Stars in Netflix’s ‘Paradox’

Actor, and now, director Daryl Hannah taps rock music legend and one-time Supreme collaboratorNeil Young for a “free-spirited tale of music and love.” Dubbed Paradox, the project centers around “a mangy group of outlaws.” Led by Young, the film offers “an unrealistic tale” that looks to blend clips of musical performances with a fictional tale set in the Old West.

Check out the trailer above and look for the film to release on March 23. Elsewhere in the world of cinema, the trailer for the new Fantastic Beasts film has finally been revealed.

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Remembering Hubert de Givenchy’s most iconic looks

French designer Hubert de Givenchy, one of fashion’s most treasured names, passed away this weekend at the age of 91 in Paris. De Givenchy is famed for creating the iconic little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The designer and Hepburn met on the set of “Sabrina” in 1953 — just…
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10 Out of 10 French Girls Own These 5 Shoe Styles

As our ongoing fascination with Carrie Bradshaw’s style proves, we Americans love a vast shoe collection. But in our ongoing fascination with French style, our research has shown French shoe collections are decidedly more pared down. Our research, in this case, consisted of doing a deep dive into our Instagram feeds to find out which shoe styles 10 out of 10 cool French women have in their closet. We looked to the feet of Parisian It girls like Sabina Socol, Jeanne Damas, Anne-Laure Mais, Camille Charrière, and many more and successfully narrowed it down to just five styles that are essential to a French look.

While current shoe trends include glitter, pastel colors, unique heel shapes, and Western-inspired styles, the five-piece French-girl shoe collection is ultra classic in comparison. And their shoes of choice all ultimately contribute to the effortlessly chic aesthetic the French are known for—that je ne sais quoi. So whether you’re looking to pare down your shoe collection to just the essentials or add a few pairs to give your look more of a Parisian feel, read on to find out what the five essential French shoes are and shop our picks for each!

A French summer shoe favorite is undoubtedly espadrilles. Affordable Barcelona-based brand Castañer is a go-to, but the style has become so popular that even brands you never associated with the style have embraced it.

Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Available in sizes 4 to 12.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Available in sizes 36 to 41.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Available in sizes 37 to 41.
Available in sizes 35.5 to 40.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Available in sizes 35 to 40.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Available in sizes 4.5 to 10.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.

Are you surprised that the French have great taste when it comes to classic shoes? Yeah, we aren’t either. Happy shopping!

White sneakers are certainly a staple of fashion influencers all across the land, but here in the U.S., sneaker trends vary considerably. French style setters, on the other hand, love their clean white kicks.

You won’t typically catch the French teetering around in sky-high stilettos. Instead, when they want to wear heels, you’ll oftentimes find them in a pair of block-heel Mary Janes, which instantly make any outfit look chic.

The French wearing ballet flats: groundbreaking, right? While it may seem like stating the obvious, French It girls do love their ballet flats, which are often Repetto.

Just as espadrilles are the French go-to shoe style of summer, suede ankle boots with a block heel are the go-to shoe style of fall and winter. The suede boots add a bit of cool ruggedness to their otherwise polished looks.

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19 Seriously Stylish Raincoats to Brave Any Storm

With the arrival of spring, we (hopefully) trade snow showers for rain and our heavy jackets for raincoats. Yes, you’ll soon have to find space in your closet for all your recently purchased puffers. On the bright side, raincoats are no longer those cheap plastic or vinyl pieces you’d toss once sunny summer commenced. Thanks to the resurgence of windbreakers and anoraks, rain gear has gotten decidedly chicer. We’re talking crazy patterns, bold colors and even embroidery. Or you can go the see-through look and let what you’re wearing underneath shine through. While Glastonbury is taking a breather this year, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to show off your new gear because April showers really do bring May flowers.

Check out 19 raincoats that’ll actually have you hoping for a downpour.

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Now This Is How You Coordinate Outfits, Gigi and Bella

No one does sister style better than the Hadids, and for their latest outing, the duo proved they know exactly how to coordinate outfits but still bring their own unique styling to the table. The base of their perfect casual-cool ensembles included a pair of black pants and a tight-fitting black turtleneck. Gigi threw on a slightly oversize orange Prada jacket, and Bella opted for a more fitted pink leather jacket.

Each sister also wore black boots that were specific to her personal style: Gigi chose a pair of rocker-inspired mid-calf leather boots, and Bella slipped into knee-high Aquazurra boots featuring a block heel. The finishing touch to their coordinated outfits? Cool black sunglasses and pulled-back hair. Voilà—ensembles that match but are unique. Read on to see Gigi and Bella’s outfits below.

On Gigi Hadid: Prada jacket;Burberry Asymmetric Lace-up Boots ($ 895). On Bella Hadid: Commando Ballet Body Mock Neck Bodysuit ($ 74);Georgine pink leather blazer; Aquazzura Brera Boots ($ 1200)

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Inside Track: March 11th – March 17th Edition

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The iHeartRadio Music Awards Looks That Have Us Talking

The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards kick off tonight to celebrate the most popular iHeartRadio hits. Hosted by Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled at The Forum in Los Angeles, the star-studded event will see performances from the Backstreet Boys, Ed Sheeran, Eminem and Cardi B. Speaking with us last week, Baldwin teased of an exciting outfit lineup for the show and promised there’d be lots of sparkles. Taking to the red carpet, the model’s first look of the evening delivers exactly that: head-to-toe sparkles in a ornate metallic pantsuit number. Keep clicking for the rest of the looks that have us talking.

WHO: Hailey Baldwin
WHO: Camila Cabello
WHO: Justine Skye
WHO: Laverne Cox
WHO: Sarah Hyland
WHO: Ashanti
WHO: Ashley Greene

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ICYMI: The Scoop on Knockoff Bags, Chanel’s Latest & Best of the Best Street Style

Sure, we’re all glued to our phones/tablets/laptops/watches that barely tell time, but even the best of us miss out on some important #content from time to time. That’s why, in case you missed it, we’ve rounded up our most popular stories of the week to help you stay in the loop. No need to thank …

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WWI wristwatch, making friends after 30, & a new kind of fashion shoot


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HEY ALEXA! What’s so funny?

MOONAGE DAYDREAM: If you’ve seen all those cool moon lamps that are on the interwebs, Dappered reader Jim K. sent us this DIY project that looks pretty sweet.

DOSSIER UPDATE: As Ghostface Killah says, “Who’s washed up now?” Oh sweet, sweet schadenfreude.

GOALS: Viking crossfit.


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This is really something. Quoting the source: “This WWI era sterling silver Patria/Omega wristwatch with integrated shrapnel guard in what appears to be its original presentation box with price tag is, we believe, the finest example of its kind in the world. Circa 1918.” This is why I love timepieces.

YO BRO! You vape? Maybe you should check this out. Also, I understand from what I’ve seen online that there are some seriously strong emotions where this topic is concerned. I’m not trying to stir things up.

ADVENTURE TIME! Ah the great outdoors. The thrill of hiking America’s majestic peaks. SO. MUCH. POO.  Maybe we can get Jeff Bezos to create a drone army to help carry it off as it happens?

MUMMY! Tell me about your ink! 

UM…Pay no attention to this unnaturally enormous colony of tuxedo birdfish amassing in the arctic. I’m sure we have nothing to worry about.


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Dossier Chief Contributing Officer Eric H is badass. Congrats on another enduro race from your pals here at the Dossier. And thanks for the sweet linkety link links.

BRAND MANAGEMENT: How they do it in Japan. 


THE DEAL WITH DENIM: Lasers and Levi’s. 

INSTANT KARMA: As deeply satisfying as this is, I should advise that the language is not remotely safe for work and doesn’t win any PC awards either. But, as I said. Deeply satisfying.

THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND: Only, what happens when it’s hard to get one in the first place? As a confirmed misanthrope, I can’t relate. But you go ahead.

LIGHTNING ROUND: Lisa Simpson: an appreciation, with due credit to Yeardley Smith. | I can’t even imagine how uncomfortable I would be if I were part of this. | The times they are a changing. | So, uh, wanna date a cat?  (mandatory) | Before there was e-mail…


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Mandatory embiggen activation required. Start from the beginning. This is a slide show you actually want to see. Amazing.


LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! That one time all the stars turned on. | But wait. Keep looking up! | And finally, this.

OH THAT’S NASTY: STD’s in America. How does your state rate? This is what might be considered an eye-opener.

IN A PERFECT WORLD…people who engage in this kind of sport would find immediate karma for their actions.  Times change. Things change. This really does not have a place in this world anymore. Why yes, I don’t believe the argument regarding conservation. It’s bunk.


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THE COLONEL IS ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE: KFC’s problems in the UK just won’t end. At this point, the story should really focus on DHL. What a colossal fail this has all been for them.

THERE’S A STORY HERE: The more we learn about this the more creepy it gets.

I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT: I have been a fan of this woman since I was a wee laddie. This is really something.

WHO’S A GOOD BOY? This guy, actually. I thank my editor for this one. Such joy in that take down. Tis a thing of beauty.

WARNING! There’s a good chance this will cheese some of you off. I know this because as an in-betweener, I don’t relate at all to the generation they claim I’m part of. At. All.

INCOMING! Once again Eric H and I focused on the same trailer.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.

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11 Cozy Date-Night Outfits to Wear Now Through Spring

Spring is just around the corner, but it will be some time before the weather really warms up. So when you’re stepping out for a casual date night, a cozy outfit that promises to keep you warm, despite the chilly temps, is key. For cozy date-night outfits for a chill date, we lean into smart layers that give us more excuses to showcase our style while keeping us prepared whatever temperatures the night may bring. So the next time you’re standing in front of your closet stuck on assembling a casual date outfit that will keep you comfortable and warm, we recommend turning to these brilliant layered ensembles that are sure to be a hit.

The high-waisted skirt and heels dress up this look, but the crew-neck sweater and tube socks make the ensemble decidedly casual and undeniably cool.
A statement jacket with terrific shearling detail can make just about any casual ensemble date-night ready. Play with color—like the turquoise and royal purple here—for an even more dynamic look. 
For a similar idea with a more pared-back approach, a bold coat in a bright colorway instantly pulls together a simple jeans-and-ankle boots outfit.
Leaving the pops of color for your accessories or a single piece has a similar effect of making a casual outfit instantly more polished, especially when everything else is in a light neutral.
Or go big with color—red and pink together is always a playful statement—and pare it back with a neutral overcoat.
A maxi-skirt and T-shirt make for the ultimate cool-girl pairing, especially when topped off with a shearling coat.
Or pair your leather skirt with a coordinating sweater and some statement ankle boots for a look that’s a little more polished.
When in doubt, jeans and boots look great with just about any top, especially a classic striped sweater and low-key bomber jacket.
If you feel like wearing a dress, a maxi-dress finished off with boots is wonderfully cozy and looks even better topped off with a long coat.
Make your dress stand out by choosing a bright colorway, then keeping the rest of your pieces black.
Coordinating your coat with your shoes brings any jeans-and-T-shirt outfit together with ease.

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