Good Memorial Day Sales Abound

Memorial Day is this coming Monday, and it’s the unofficial start of summer. Leading up to the long weekend, stores everywhere are holding sales (some going as deep as 40% off). Here are six good deals if you’re looking to do a little spending and saving this weekend.

 

De Bonne Facture Terry Cloth Polo: $ 130

Check out how amazing this guy looks in this season’s De Bonne Facture terry cloth polo. He looks like he’s about to sit in some paradise garden with peonies, avens, and geraniums in riotous colors, as well as an overgrown woodland that frames both a nearby lake and a not-so-distant Neoclassical mansion. A restored gazebo provides him with some much-needed tranquility. Oh what’s this? Just my pristine, bone-white chore coat that I’ve slung over my shoulders to keep me warm. That’s the life I want to live, and it’s available for a mere $ 130 if you shop at Unionmade’s 40% off sitewide sale (code WOW40). $ 130 is for the polo only, no gazebo.

 

Dapper Classics Trousers: $ 116+

Dapper Classics, a sponsor on this site, is one of the few places where you can get quality trousers at a relatively affordable price. Most trousers around the $ 100 price point aren’t terribly well-made, while high-end pants commonly reach upwards of $ 400. Dapper Classics sit somewhere in the middle of that spectrum — $ 200-ish for made-in-NYC pants that are constructed from the same fabrics used by bespoke tailors. Starting Saturday and lasting through to Memorial Day, they’re offering 20% off all purchases with the code 19MW. That puts stylish summer options such as the taupe Frescos at $ 188, tan linens at $ 156, and stretch chinos at $ 116.

 

Oak Street Bootmakers Shoes: $ 197+

Oak Street Bootmakers is a small, Chicagoan company offering heritage-styled footwear made in the USA. Their summer sale right now has work boots, derbies, and moccasins marked down as much as 40% off (considerably deeper than their usual 25% off promotions). I like their trail moccasins ($ 197) and camp mocs ($ 225), which are made from Horween’s famous Chromexcel, a pull-up leather with a wonderful depth in color. They also have suede penny loafers ($ 257). The company is most known, however, for their work boots. I think their single-sole leather Trench boots ($ 340) would look better with a slightly thicker sole, but you can have a cobbler add a thick Topy for about $ 20 to get the same profile. Or buy these studded Dainite field boots for $ 280, which have that heavier looking profile out-the-box.

 

Eastlogue Battle Field Pants: $ 199

I know what you’re thinking. “Cargo pants are bad!,” you scream. “No one human being needs that many pockets!” Trust me, more than just extra cargo space, I’ve found that cargo pants can be great for creating a unique silhouette (silhouette is also totally a word someone wearing cargo pants would say). Over the last year, partly inspired by an outfit I saw on Kiya of Self Edge, I’ve been wearing an olive pair with tan field coats and black double riders. This navy pair from Eastlogue is slightly less militaristic but will lend the same cool pants vibe (John Mayer recently made a very good case for this). The concealable pocket drawstrings at the back say you like Craig Green, but need to look appropriate for a normal non-NYC creative-industry job. Namu Shop’s storewide 30% off sale knocks these down to $ 199. Use the code MEM30.

 

American Trench Socks: $ 8/ pair

American Trench makes some of my favorite casual socks. Their fall/ winter boot socks, which are made from wool and silk, look to be sold out at the moment (if they come back, I recommend snagging a pair — they’re really good). But I like these retro-styled striped cotton socks they have for summer. They seem like they’d go well with workwear and Americana, denim and work boots, Champion sweats and mountain parkas. For Memorial Day, they’re holding a storewide sale, where you can knock 20% off any purchase with the code HELLOSUMMER. The socks are $ 10 if you purchase just one pair, or $ 8 a pair if you purchase a pack of three.

 

LL Bean Boots: $ 108

Who’s screaming “STOP WEARING LL BEAN BOOTS” outside my house? Show yourself, coward. I will never stop wearing LL Bean boots. You can get your own pair right now at 20% off. Use the code SUMMER.

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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Summer 2019 – Picks for Men

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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer 2019

It’s arguably one of the better sales of the year. No codes to wrangle. No extra % coming off once something hits your cart. The price you see is the price you pay, and since it’s Nordstrom, everything ships and returns for free. Everything. Plus, Nordstrom is the rare department store that has curated some really nice upper scale brands, and balances those more expensive items with their more affordable, still solid quality, house-brand goods.

So what’s the catch? When they do a sale, it’s always huge. As in inventory. As in 7,000 items this time. There’s a boatload of pages to scroll through and browse. That’s a lot of clicking. And we went through all of it. As always, the picks below are limited to those with at least a decent size selection at post time.

 

Nordstrom Tech Wool Sportcoats – $ 149.49 ($ 299)

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A very, very nice price, for a 97% wool / 3% spandex sportcoat. Perfect, lighter shades for spring and summer, but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t wear these in fall and winter as well. Wrinkle resistant. Extra pockets on the inside.

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt – $ 32.90 ($ 49.50)

Nordstrom Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt

A basic, but a well executed basic in a trim fit that’s always appreciated extra-amounts when it goes on sale.

 

Calibrate Extra Trim Fit Dinner Jacket & Matching Pant – $ 198.98 ($ 398)

Calibrate Extra Trim Fit Dinner Jacket & Matching Pant

Under $ 200 for a navy, shawl collar tux? It’s pretty modern (a pretty thin shawl collar), but still. Nice. 50% wool and 50% poly. It is wedding season after all. Glad they found some pants. The jacket has been in the sale section for a while, but there weren’t any pants left, if memory serves.

 

Monte Rosso Made in Italy Lazio Cap-Toe Oxford – $ 249.90 ($ 375)

Monte Rosso Made in Italy Lazio Cap-Toe Oxford

To go with the tux. You’re gonna need some black oxfords if you’re wearing a tux somewhere. Word is they run large and you’ll want to order the next size down?

 

1901 Rowan D-Ring Leather Belt – $ 29.70 ($ 49.50)

1901 Rowan D-Ring Leather Belt

When I finally say “screw it!” and move to the woods, this’ll be the kind of belt I’ll probably wear all the time. That is, assuming I’m wearing pants. Which is far from a guaranteed. Nothin’ says get outta mah forrest quite like porky piggin’ it.

 

Bonobos Jetsetter Slim Fit Stretch Wool Blazer – $ 334.98 ($ 500)

Bonobos Jetsetter Slim Fit Stretch Wool Blazer

Spendy, but Bonobos knows what they’re doing when it comes to sportcoats. 97% wool and 3% spandex. Would look dynamite with lightweight chinos for the heat ahead, and could also pull some serious social studies teacher duty with jeans in the fall.

 

Common Projects Retro Sneaker – $ 278.98 ($ 465)

Common Projects Retro Sneaker

Unpopular opinion time: I don’t “get” the Common Projects hype. The prices are comparatively absurd. And I think the foil stamped number on the outside is dumb. “Low-Key branding” my fat arse. They’ve literally stamped their calling card in reflective gold type on the outside of your ankle. But, this site isn’t about me. And never will be. So, buy away if it’s your thing! Also, hi reddit subs who love to post deals we find and not give us credit. I see you. UPDATE: And they’re gone. I’m shocked. Shocked!

 

Cole Haan Pinch LX Sneaker – $ 89.90 ($ 150)

Cole Haan Pinch LX Sneaker

Or there’s these for almost $ 200 less. But what do I know. Why you’d name anything that’s fit-based the “pinch” is beyond my grasp, but, I think it’s one of Cole Haan’s more popular lines. So, beats me. Again, I know nothing.

 

1901 Ballard Slim Fit Stretch Chino Pants – $ 35.70 ($ 59.50)

1901 Ballard Slim Fit Stretch Chino Pants

From their younger leaning 1901 house brand, so I’m gonna assume that these are a true slim fit. 97% cotton, 3% spandex with a 14″ leg opening.

 

Levis x Justin Timberlake Colorblock Trucker – $ 88.80 ($ 148)

Levis x Justin Timberlake Colorblock Trucker

Man of the woods and all that. I heard “Bye Bye Bye” by NSYNC the other day. Goodness that was a throwback. Hard not to dance to. Or move to. Or convulse to. Or, well, whatever happens when you’re a few pints deep.

 

Smartwool Burgee Geometric Socks – $ 12.57 ($ 20.95)

Smartwool Burgee Geometric Socks

Wool is so much better than cotton, in so many ways. And Smartwool makes a REALLY nice sock. Or, socks. So much so that I got all three pairs here for myself. Prefer stripes? Here you go.

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Mélange Sport Coat – $ 149.49 ($ 299)

Nordstrom Trim Fit Mélange Sport Coat

A lightweight blend of wool, silk, and linen, AND they didn’t fully line the back? Just butterfly lined? For $ 150? Dang Nordstrom. You tempting and then some. Want it in some check patterns? Done. They have those too.

 

adidas Handball Spezial Sneaker – $ 77.96 ($ 129.95)

adidas Handball Spezial Sneaker

Whoa. Serious 70’s sport vibes here.

 

Nordstrom Signature 58% cashmere, 42% linen sweater – $ 89.49 ($ 179)

From one of their high end lines. Not cheap, but it could be the perfect spring/summer sweater. And yes, there is such a thing as a spring/summer sweater. The weather can be unpredictable. The wind can kick up at the beach and all of a sudden you (or your date) is cold. And then there’s once the sun goes down. Huge thanks to Sean H. for sending in the tip, who said: I’ve seen this in person and it is fantastic- never pulled the trigger (despite every fiber in being wanting to) because of the high price tag but it’s now included in the sale so I was able to order one. 

 

1901 Extra Trim Fit Chambray Sport Coat – $ 83.98 ($ 168)

1901 Extra Trim Fit Chambray Sport Coat

Light and breezy for the spring and summer. And now, thanks to the sale, cheap! Cotton linen blend. Totally unlined in the back.

 

Nordstrom EXTRA Trim Fit Dress Shirts – $ 32.90 ($ 49.50)

Nordstrom EXTRA Trim Fit Dress Shirts

When someone yells “HEY SLIM!” in a crowded room, do you look up to answer? Then these shirts are for you. Not just their trim fit, but their extra trim fit. Lots of colors.

 

Criquet “Range” Regular Fit Jersey Polo – $ 50.40 ($ 84)

Criquet "Range" Regular Fit Jersey Polo

I’m pretty floored that not only are these on sale, they’re 40% off. Fifty bucks still isn’t cheap for a polo, far from it, but they’re a super popular, jersey knit polo with collar stays. Four colors to pick from. Also pictured at the top of the post.

 

Criquet Regular Fit Players Jersey Polo – $ 47.40 ($ 79)

Criquet Regular Fit Players Jersey Polo

Their flagship polo. With the pocket. Still has collar stays, so, don’t worry if that’s what you’re after. They’re here too. 100% Organic Cotton.

 

Nordstrom Leather Jacket – $ 199.49 ($ 399)

Nordstrom Leather Jacket

Sporty. Black leather, snap band collar (instead of a floppy bomber style), and a price that feels quite good as long as the leather looks and feels decent in person. And if it doesn’t? You can send it back for free. Thanks Uncle Nordy.

 

Good Man Brand Slim Fit Vintage Twill Knit Sport Coat – $ 178.80 ($ 298)

Good Man Brand Slim Fit Vintage Twill Knit Sport Coat

As super comfortable and well made as Good Man Brand sportcoats are… they are SHORT. Super chopped in the tail. Which can work with a t-shirt or a henley or something, but I wouldn’t wear this with a collared shirt and slacks. Just a heads up.

 

1901 Colton Suede Belt – $ 29.70 ($ 49.50)

1901 Colton Suede Belt

Suede! Texture for now, texture for later. Works both in warm weather and in the cooler months. And, since that texture is a purposeful break from smooth leather shoes, you don’t have to worry about perfectly matching your belt to your kicks. Any of these would look great with some white sneakers. Speaking of…

 

1901 Sloan White Leather Sneakers – $ 59.96 ($ 99.95)

1901 Sloan White Leather Sneakers

White leather sneakers have become just about an essential in most men’s wardrobes, no? Okay, maybe not essential, but they sure are versatile.

 

1901 Stripe Crewneck Sweater – $ 34.75 ($ 69.50)

1901 Stripe Crewneck Sweater

One of those sweaters that if you’re new to dressing a bit more intentionally, you might take a pass on. Why? Because of the shoulder buttons. But they were put there long, long ago so sailors could get the things over their heads, and then button them up tight to keep sea spray out. Now, they’ve hung around like epaulets on a trench coat. And they’re subtle. But still kinda cool. I wear my version from Lands’ End (sadly, long gone in terms of stock) all the time.

 

Nordstrom Athletic Fit Textured Chinos – $ 44.75 ($ 89.50)

Nordstrom Athletic Fit Textured Chinos

Yay. Something that’s not a super slim cut, and instead made for those of us on team leg day. Oxford style texture to the cloth.

 

Made in Italy Rodd & Gunn Wool/Linen Sport Coat – $ 238.80 ($ 398)

Made in Italy Rodd & Gunn Wool/Linen Sport Coat

Italian made, a seasonally appropriate shade, and a 52% wool / 48% linen blend.

 

Goodlife Slim Swim Trunks – $ 58.80 ($ 98)

Goodlife Slim Swim Trunks

Shades of the trunks Daniel Craig wore in Casino Royale? Y’know, minus the shrink-wrapped effect.

 

Made in Italy Rodd & Gunn Wool Blend Blazer – $ 238.80 ($ 398)

Made in Italy Rodd & Gunn Wool Blend Blazer

Looks to be a box-weave hopsack? Or something along those lines? Not bad for a made in Italy sportcoat. Lots of potential here. Appears to be mostly unlined as well.

 

Cole Haan Harrison Grand Cap Toe Oxford – $ 139.90 ($ 220)

Cole Haan Harrison Grand Cap Toe Oxford

Are they Allen Edmonds? No! Are they worth a shot if you don’t have AE money, you need a conservative dress shoe that’ll also be comfortable, and you’re not willing to commit to a pair of shoes for life? Of course.

 

John W. Nordstrom Italian Wool Flat Front Trousers – $ 95.40 ($ 159)

John W. Nordstrom Italian Wool Flat Front Trousers

Really, REALLY nice dress pants. Made in Italy from Zignone wool. From their higher end “John W. Nordstrom” line.

 

Nordstrom Silk Knit Tie – $ 39.75 ($ 79.50)

Nordstrom Silk Knit Tie

Most are more than fine with picking up cheap ties here and there, but the problem with cheap ties is that sometimes they can feel… cheap. Imagine that. Bad knots, weird fabric, etc. That shouldn’t be the case here. And if it arrives and you’re not thrilled? Send it back. For free. Lots of colors to pick from. Big fan of that hunter green on the left.

 

Bonobos Jetsetter Slim Fit Stretch Wool Blazer – $ 301.49 ($ 450)

Bonobos Jetsetter Slim Fit Stretch Wool Blazer

97% wool and 3% spandex. Hits a lot of right notes for the warmer weather ahead. On sale, but not final sale. Which is always a plus with Nordstrom.

 

Nordstrom “Shane” Bucks – $ 83.71 ($ 124.95)

Nordstrom "Shane" Bucks

From their mainline, men’s house line. Bucks but not super preppy thanks to the muted shades. Plus, these look to be a little sleeker through the toe, and not so bulbous like traditional bucks?

 

Criquet 93% pima / 7% stretch Players Polo – $ 53.40 ($ 89)

Criquet Polos

More Criquet. This time in a stretchy, 7% spandex, 93% cotton version. More color options here, and this is their flagship design with the pocket.

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Dress Shirt in Cotton Texture – $ 39.90 ($ 69.50)

Nordstrom Trim Fit Dress Shirt in Cotton Texture

Basics from a trusted source at a more than reasonable price. A bit of texture. Nothing crazy.

 

Belstaff Racemaster Water Resistant Waxed Cotton Jacket – $ 329.98 ($ 550)

Belstaff Racemaster Water Resistant Waxed Cotton Jacket

A shorter version of the Roadmaster, which is the one with the belt. Which not everyone wants to mess with. Which is understandable. So they made this thing!

 

Nordstrom The Rail Payson Chelsea Boot – $ 60.26 ($ 89.95)

Nordstrom The Rail Payson Chelsea Boot

Yes you CAN wear boots in the warmer weather. Chukkas work. As do chelseas. Especially more casually constructed, suede chelseas like these form Nordstrom’s entry line house brand.

 

Bonobos Jetsetter Slim Fit Knit Cotton Sport Coat – $ 234.49 ($ 350)

Bonobos Jetsetter Slim Fit Knit Cotton Sport Coat

Another knit sportcoat, this time from Bonobos in a “Brown melange knit.” 100% cotton here.

 

Nordstrom Lightweight Overcoat – $ 99.49 ($ 199)

Nordstrom Lightweight Overcoat

The simple, navy mac is about as versatile and useful as it gets in men’s outerwear. And this one is now half off, and just under a hundred bucks.

 

1901 Marled Slub Slim Fit Polo – $ 24.75 ($ 49.50)

1901 Marled Slub Slim Fit Polo

That’s more like it. Had my eye on these, but fifty bones seemed like a lot. Now half off and under $ 25. Say it with me: Button Down Collar Polos!!

 

Cole Haan Feathercraft Grand Derby – $ 120.60 ($ 180)

There’s something about these things. Especially that gray suede option?

 

Herschel Supply Co Strand XL Tote Bag – $ 47.98 ($ 80)

Herschel Supply Co Strand XL Tote Bag

There are worse ways to carry your crap. Especially, say, if you’re a new Dad and you’ve gotta lug around diapers and what not. (Hi Adam!) Dimensions are 16″H x 17″H x 7 ½”D.

 

Made in the USA Goodlife Henley – $ 48.98 ($ 98)

Made in the USA Goodlife Henley

Spendy. But, made in the USA. So should appeal to those that want to keep as much of their style spending as possible supportive of the good ol’ US of A.

 

adidas Samba OG Sneaker – $ 53.56 ($ 79.95)

adidas Samba OG Sneaker

Another alternative to the J. Crew Nike Killshot. Sizes are a bit scattered here though, being that they’ve been cooking in the sale section for a little bit now?

 

Bonobos Peak or Shawl Lapel Tux Jacket & Matching Pant – $ 669.98 ($ 1000)

Bonobos Tux

Jeebus. That’s a lot of money. At that point, Suitsupply’s tux package, where you get a shirt, tie, and shoes (along with the tux) might be worth your while.

 

Herschel Supply Co Novel Canvas Duffle Bag – $ 59.98 ($ 85)

The compact gym bag design to end all gym bag designs? The very thoughtfully designed number from Herschel. Separate compartment for shoes. Now down to $ 60 in the camo print.

 

Nordstrom Shark Attack Socks – $ 7.49 ($ 12.50)

Nordstrom Shark Attack Socks

Amity, as you know, means friendship.

 

TBNY Benjamin Double Monk Strap – $ 234.49 ($ 350)

TBNY Benjamin Double Monk Strap

To Boot New York shoes don’t satisfy the shoe snobs. The construction and materials are good, not amazeballs. But sometimes they nail a design, and that appears to be the case here. Perfect, timeless toe. Slim sole. (Assuming its Blake stitched?) And those buckles are nice and subtle. Not some big, rigid, clunky, flashy hunks of metal. Full marks. Made in Italy.

 

TheTieBar Pocket Square Trios – $ 20.10 ($ 30)

TheTieBar Pocket Square Trios

Three pocket squares in similar color schemes (or in the case of the white, with differing piped edges). All for less for what one pocket square from a more famous brand would run you. More than a couple of color schemes to pick from. Ships free too, being that it’s Nordstrom.

 

Ledbury Jasper Tailored Fit Dot Dress Shirt – $ 97.15 ($ 145)

Ledbury Jasper Tailored Fit Dot Dress Shirt

DOTS! Dots are good. Dots are modern. And Ledbury shirts are amazing. They aren’t cheap, but they are amazing. Can’t swing the price? Understandable. You can get your fill of blue and dots via a less expensive Nordstrom house brand dress shirt right here.

 

Shoe the Bear Linden Sneaker – $ 97.15 ($ 145)

Shoe the Bear Linden Sneaker

More simple, leather sneakers. But not so simple that they’re boring. Still light years away from the “intentionally ugly” territory.

 

Topman Mac Jacket – $ 72.00 ($ 120)

Topman Mac Jacket

Sometimes you just need a mac to get around town in. And this appears to be a winner. Cotton/Poly blend fabric should keep the rain out. Perfectly placed pockets. Length = suit jacket coverage. Or, you could always spend 4x as much and get this from BOSS.

 

Hart Schaffner Marx Sportcoats in Light Grey – $ 296.98 or Tan – $ 356.98

Hart Schaffner Marx Sportcoats

Both are made in Canada. Light gray option is a 98% wool, 2% elastane fabric, while the tan is a stretch blend of 55% viscose, 44% wool, 1% elastane. Both are 40% off.

 

Gitman Regular Fit Pinpoint Cotton Oxford – $ 77.49 ($ 155)

Gitman Regular Fit Pinpoint Cotton Oxford

Not bad for a made in the USA, timeless classic. Lavender here. Not blue or white, but, lavender isn’t a bad way to step outside that blue and white box.

 

Made in Italy Rodd & Gunn wool/cotton/linen Sportcoat – $ 238.80 ($ 398)

Made in Italy Rodd & Gunn wool/cotton/linen Sportcoat

Mainly wool with a good dose of cotton and a little linen for texture. 65% wool, 27% cotton, 8% linen is the exact mix. Trim fit? Sure seems like it according to the reviews. Made in Italy.

 

Nordstrom Vincent Plain Toe Derby – $ 83.71 ($ 124.95)

Nordstrom Vincent Plain Toe Derby

Simple suede bluchers in a dress shoe silhouette. Think less clunk than your standard suede buck.

 

Nordstrom Tech-Smart Trim Fit Stretch Gingham Dress Shirt – $ 45.90 ($ 69.50)

Nordstrom Tech-Smart Trim Fit Stretch Gingham Dress Shirt

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… Gingham.

Also available in an extra trim fit.

 

Bonobos Jetsetter Slim Fit Italian Knit Sport Coat – $ 234.49 ($ 350)

Bonobos Jetsetter Slim Fit Italian Knit Sport Coat

Dressed up but also easy to dress down thanks to it being a knit. 70% cotton / 30% poly.

 

Bonobos Slim Fit Performance Polo – $ 38.86 ($ 58)

Bonobos Slim Fit Performance Polo

I don’t have any personal experience with this particular blend (this one is 50% Drytex acrylic, 38% cotton, 12% modal), but Bonobos usually makes a solid product. And their slim fit, which is what these are, is appreciated by many.

 

Nordstrom Smartcare Trim Fit Check Dress Shirt – $ 45.90 ($ 69.50)

Nordstrom Smartcare Trim Fit Check Dress Shirt

I don’t know why checks, specifically windowpane style checks like these, don’t get more credit. They’re hugely versatile, and a nice way to mix it up but not stray too far away from the usual solid and stripe routine.

 

Nordstrom Tech-Smart Trim Fit Stretch Wool Travel Trousers – $ 64.49 ($ 129)

Nordstrom Tech-Smart Trim Fit Stretch Wool Travel Trousers

Wool that’s been woven to be extra breathable, crease resistant, and move with you. 97% wool, 3% spandex.

 

Timex x Todd Snyder Watches – $ 74 ($ 148)

Timex x Todd Snyder Watches

Still kicking around in the sale section. Half off. Ships and returns for free. Not a bad way to scratch a new watch itch for not too many dollars.

 

1901 Extra Trim Fit Wool Sport Coat – $ 149.49 ($ 299)

1901 Extra Trim Fit Wool Sport Coat

EXTRA trim fit here. 100% hopsack wool. Burgundy shade that’s farrrrr from fire engine red. So, should be not too difficult to find good looking pants (try white or off white jeans) to wear with it.

 

The Rail Everett Plain Toe Derby – $ 66.96 ($ 99.95)

The Rail Everett Plain Toe Derby

Those shoes sure are shoey! Plain toe derby = probably what you’d see in a dictionary if you looked up the word shoe. Maybe. Who knows. Depends on how fancy the illustrator was feeling that day. From a Nordstrom house line. For the less is more crowd. And warm weather, for some reason, makes simple bluchers like these look all the better.

 

NNNNNOPE! Gucci Colorblock Velour Track Pants – $ 749.98 ($ 1500)

Gucci Colorblock Velour Track Pants

Leave it to Gucci to take a style already pre-disposed to fugly (joggers) and make them in the most icky fabric possible (velour) and ratchet up the fug even more through some sort of evil design magic. Those things look like the dumpster contents of a 3rd-rate colonic shop. But what do I know, I’m just some bum who wears Old Navy from time to time.

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is set to expire on June 2nd. And remember, everything ships and returns for free.


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The Surgical Mask Is Coming for the Met Museum, the Red Carpet, and Your Face

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Good news to anyone about to perform an appendectomy: the surgical mask has become a capital-F fashion accessory.

Take it from Miley Cyrus, who sported a Louis Vuitton mask when she had the flu last month: The drab white iteration is out, and bedazzled antiviral protection is so in.

You could also chose to cough into this $ 63 Face Mask by South Korean fashion label Blindness. The rather thong-like number is currently on sale in the Met’s gift shop as part of the New York museum’s Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibition.

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The Ultimate Loafer Shoes Guide For Men

In this series on men’s footwear, we have previously presented a guide to Moccasins and the Driving Moc, which is related to the loafer, but not the same. What exactly is a loafer, then? In this guide, you will learn all about loafers, their different styles, and the history of this wonderful shoe.

Loafer Guide for Men (Video)

Before we dive into the history of the loafer, let’s set a few ground rules for what distinguishes this type of footwear from other slip-on styles.

Penny Loafers by Rancourt
Penny Loafers by Rancourt

Characteristics of a Loafer

  1. A loafer has no laces; in other words, it’s a slip-on shoe.
  2. A loafer is a “low shoe,” meaning that the ankle is exposed, and the shoe does not wrap snugly around it.
  3. The sole of a loafer is separate from its upper.
  4. Loafers often feature heels with a relatively low profile.
  5. The upper vamp has a moccasin-like construction.
  6. Loafers will sometimes (though not always) feature a piece of leather across the vamp, which is known as a saddle.

From the above description, one can see the similarities between a moccasin and a loafer. However, there are a few key differences:

  1. All loafers have a separate sole; this is not the case for the majority of moccasins.
  2. Similarly, loafers have a defined heel, while moccasins do not.
  3. Unlike moccasins, loafers lack embroidery, beading or other ornamentation on the uppers.

The last difference is the primary reason these shoes, though similar in many ways, evolved into two different and distinct types of footwear. Important to note is that loafers and moccasins developed on separate continents. For more, here’s an historical overview.

Weejuns in the 1960's - a symbol of elegant leisure
Weejuns in the 1960’s – a symbol of elegant leisure

History of the Loafer

Unlike most other shoes, the loafer has multiple origin stories. One such story is that the loafer came directly from the moccasin, thus adding to the confusion. However, menswear and clothing historians are largely in consensus that loafers:

  1. Came from an English royal commission for a new form of house shoe, and/or
  2. Had their beginnings when a Norwegian man, Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger, hybridized traditional Native American and Norwegian footwear.

While it is comparatively difficult to pinpoint the definitive origin of the loafer compared to other types of shoes and boots, its evolution is still quite interesting. For purposes of clarity, this article subdivides the history of the loafer based on types while maintaining a rough timeline.

Wildsmith loafer in brown with Moccasin construction and typical saddle
Wildsmith loafer in brown with Moccasin construction and typical saddle

The Wildsmith Loafer

in 1847, Matthew and Rebecca Wildsmith established a footwear manufacturing business in London by the name of  Wildsmith Shoes. The mainstay of their business was making and subsequently repairing boots for the Household Cavalry, whose mounted unit, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, was part of the Monarch’s official bodyguards.

Covent derby brown leather with U Broguing by Wildsmith
A “Covent” brogue derby shoe in brown leather by Wildsmith Shoes

In 1926, Matthew and Rebecca’s grandson, Raymond Lewis Wildsmith, was commissioned by King George VI, to make a country house shoe that he could wear mostly indoors with his shooting hose. Raymond came up with a low-heeled design that did not include laces and which could be comfortably slipped on and off. The construction of this shoe had a lot in common with the moccasin, though it’s unknown whether Raymond was familiar with that related style, or if he came up with the design based on the very specific instructions he received.  This design soon appeared in his ready-to-wear collection as the 582 (later the Model 98). Today, the style is known simply as the Wildsmith Loafer. While they were designed for indoor wear in a casual fashion, they very soon gained in popularity and began to be worn as a casual choice for outdoor wear.

The Aurland Loafer from Norway & Hand Drawn Moccasin Model for Reorder by Gardner
The Aurland Loafer from Norway & Hand Drawn Moccasin Model for Reorder by Gardner

The Aurland Loafer

At the beginning of the 20th century, Shoemaker Nils Gregoriusson Tveranger (1874-1953) introduced a loafer in the town of Aurland, Norway. Nils had traveled to North America at the age of thirteen to learn the art of shoemaking, and spent approximately seven years there. In 1930, he introduced a new design with heels which came to be known as the “Aurland moccasin.” This design was influenced by two sources: the moccasins worn by the Iroquois tribe of North America, and the traditional, moccasin-like shoes worn by the fishermen in his hometown of Aurland.

Penny Loafers from Aurlands in black leather. [Image Courtesy: Aurlands]
Penny Loafers from Aurlands in black leather. [Image Courtesy: Aurlands]

He slowly started marketing his design in the rest of Europe, where it became extremely popular. At that time, many Americans began traveling to Europe, where they stumbled upon these shoes, took a fancy to them, and brought a pair home. They came to the notice of the editor of Esquire magazine, and the publication began promoting them. Around 1933, the Spaulding family of New Hampshire sensed a business opportunity and started making shoes based on the Aurland Moccasin. They named their product the “Loafer,” which was by that point a generic name for slip-on shoes in America.

Around 1940, industrialist and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Arthur Gardner bought a pair of Aurland shoes. Later, when he was unable to obtain them in the U.S., he made an unusual request to the Norwegian ambassador, providing him with a sketch of the “slippers”. Apparently, Gardner did not know where the shoes were made, but the ambassador recognized that he must have been referring to Aurland shoes. The local mayor organized production and three months afterward, four pairs of ”moccasins” were mailed to Washington, D.C.

Crockett & Jones Penny Loaffer Model Boston in Scotch grain calf on a classic Last & Variation Mertin on a more modern last
Crockett & Jones Penny Loafer Model Boston in Scotch grain calf on a classic Last & Variation Mertin on a more modern last

The Penny Loafer

In 1936 (some sources put the date as 1934), the G.H. Bass shoe company introduced its version of the loafer, and the company is known for it to this day. Their design included a distinctive strip of leather (the saddle) of the shoe with a diamond-shaped cutout. Bass gave their loafers the name “Weejuns,” to sound like Norwegians – a nod to the Norwegian roots of the shoe, and to differentiate them from the Spaulding loafer. Weejuns became immensely popular in America, especially among the Prep School students in the 1950s, who coined the term “penny loafer.” Legend has it that, wishing to make a fashion statement, they took to inserting a penny into the diamond shaped cutout of their Weejuns. An alternate theory is that, in the 1930s, two pennies were sufficient to make an emergency telephone call.

Bass Weejuns - Made in Maine Reddish Brown & Olive Green
Bass Weejuns – Made in Maine Reddish Brown & Olive Green

Whatever its origins, the name “penny loafer” stuck, and the G.H. Bass penny loafer has achieved the status of a classic, and is a staple of Prep and Ivy Style. In 1937, the American brand Nettleton trademarked the term “loafer” for “Ladies’, Men’s, and boys’ shoes made of leather, rubber, fabric, and various combinations of such materials.”

In the 1930s the Duke of Windsor was a big proponent of penny loafers, and he often wore a brown and white two-tone Penny Loafer with his suits.

The Tassel Loafer

It remains unclear what the roots of the tassel loafers are. Alan Flusser has claimed tassel loafers were popular with the Ivy League set in the 1920s, though our research has been unable to corroborate this. U.S. President Harry Truman wore derby shoes with tassels, but he did not have tassel loafers. Rather, evidence suggests that after the end of the Second World War, the little-remembered but rather debonair American movie actor Paul Lukas bought a pair of oxfords with little tassels at the end of the laces while on a trip abroad. Upon his return to America, he took the shoes to the New York shoemakers, Farkas & Kovacs, and asked them to make something similar. Not fully satisfied, Lukas then took them to Lefcourt of New York and Morris Bookmakers of Beverly Hills. Ironically, both of these firms would pass on the request to the Alden Shoe Company.

Alden Tassel Loafer
Alden Tassel Loafer

The then-president of Alden, Arthur Tarlow Sr., Came up with a slip-on pattern keeping the leather lace and tassel as a decoration. Alden, realizing the potential of the shoe, continued to experiment with the design for another year, finally launching it in 1950 through Lefcourt and Morris stores. The “tassel loafer,” as it became to be called, was a success, finding favor with the sophisticated set of New York and Los Angles. In 1957, Brooks Brothers approached Alden to make a line of tassel loafers especially for them. The resultant design was a tassel loafer with a decorative seam at the back part of the shoe which, to this day, remains exclusive to Brooks Brothers.

The Gucci Loafer

While the loafer grew in stature in America, with the tassel loafer being worn with suits by the 1960s, it was not quite the same story in Europe. In Italy this style of shoe was more widespread, but all other Europeans considered the loafer to be a casual shoe that had no place in the city. However, things changed in 1968 when the Italian designer Gucci introduced a loafer with a golden brass strap in the shape of a horse’s snaffle bit across the front–in keeping with the company’s saddle-making heritage. Gucci opened his New York office in 1953 and noticed the popularity of the loafer. He refined the lines, added the bit, and made them in black (loafers were usually in brown in keeping with their status of being a casual shoe).

The Gucci Horsebit Loafer
The Gucci Horsebit Loafer

The result was a shoe with just enough formality to make it acceptable to be worn with suits.  These went on to be named the “Gucci loafer” and helped establish the loafer in Europe and across the globe. Gianni Agnelli and John F. Kennedy were just a few of the big supporters that helped to popularize the style. In 1969, Gucci sold 84,000 pairs of loafers just in their U.S. stores. In keeping with the continued journey of the loafer, it crossed the pond to America, where it was adopted by 1970s businessmen and almost became a uniform on Wall Street.

Until Gucci designed this loafer, it was a brand known merely to insiders who appreciated saddles and quality luggage. The men’s loafer known as the Model 175 was designed in the mid-1950s. Initially, it sold for approximately $ 14. Subsequently, Gucci developed the Loafer Model 360 for women, and the very similar model 350, which was offered in seven unusual colors. Consequently, the fashion journalist and critic Hebe Dorsey dedicated an entire article to the shoe which was published in the International Herald Tribune and made the shoe an overnight success. Since 1985, the Gucci Loafer has been part of the permanent exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Belgian Loafer

Another popular style is the so-called “Belgian loafer,” invented in the 1950s by Henri Bendel, whose family store also brought Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga shoes to the U.S. Its characteristic features were:

  • A small bow that was easily recognized
  • Soft-sole construction; the shoe was sewn inside-out
  • Unusual colors and materials

After the Bendel family sold their store in 1954, Bendel purchased two 300-year-old shoe factories in Belgium in 1956 and started producing men’s and women’s loafers. The shoe became an instant hit, and the bow was easily recognizable. As such, he single-handedly rescued the Belgium shoe industry, which earned him a Knightship of the Order of Leopold I in 1964. Just six years later he was made Knight Commander of the Order of Leopold II.

Belgian Loafer
Belgian Loafer

Bendel died in 1997, and although the shoes are sold around the world, the only retail store that carries Belgian Loafers is located at 110 East 55th Street in NYC. Of course, you can also find them online. If you enjoy extravagant shoes, Belgian Shoes may be the right fit for you.

Loafer Construction

Since loafers are casual shoes, most of them are Blake- or Blake-rapid-stitched, though you may occasionally find Goodyear-welted loafers. While these are a little heavier, they offer an additional layer of cork, which makes walking in them a bit more comfortable. For casual summer use, an unlined, Blake-stitched loafer might be the better choice if you don’t intend to walk much in them. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more robust, multi-season loafer, a Goodyear-welted version with leather lining is probably the better choice. Twice a year Gucci releases a new version of their loafers, and while the summer ones are unlined and made of very thin leather, the fall-winter collection is leather lined and made of thicker leathers.

Slip-Ons – Not Loafers

Many men and women confuse slip-on shoes with loafers. As the name suggests, you can slip on the shoe just like a loafer, but it lacks the moccasin seam on the uppers and looks more like a regular oxford or brogue. The slip-on is favored by men who wear business suits when they fly because you can easily pass security and unlike a loafer, it is appropriate with a pinstripe business suit.

Slip on Shoe - Not a Loafer because it lacks the Moccasin construction
Slip on Shoe – Not a Loafer because it lacks the Moccasin construction

Loafer Style Advice

The Loafer is a piece of footwear that straddles the two worlds of casual and a more formal style, making it quite a unique piece in that respect. No matter what you read, a loafer is never a truly formal shoe because of its casual heritage.

Scarosso Model Mezzano Tassel Loafer in black suede with red tassels
Scarosso Model Mezzano Tassel Loafer in black suede with red tassels

Gucci Loafers

Gucci loafers are often combined with all sorts of outfits. Of course, using a black, polished box calf leather with leather lining and refining the shape will make the loafer more formal than an off-white, unlined Gucci summer loafer in suede, but at the end of the day, it is still a loafer and not suited for tuxedos or white tie ensembles. Likewise, it is historically not appropriate to wear one with a classic three-piece business suit simply because it is too casual. On the other hand, a casual suit will look just fine with tassels.

Selection of worn out Gucci Loafers
Selection of worn out Gucci Loafers

Tassel Loafers

Many American businessmen over 50 will wear business suits or sport coats with slacks and black or brown tassel loafers. As a rule of thumb, black or oxblood tassel loafers are about as formal as a navy blazer with grey flannel slacks. Wearing tassel loafers with business suits would probably not be considered to be a faux pas, but we would still encourage you to wear them with casual suits or blazer/sport coat combinations and choose an Oxford with more formal garments.

Penny Loafers

Penny loafers are a perfect companion for corduroy pants, chinos, flannel slacks and in the summer even linen or seersucker. In terms of formality, they rank just slightly below a tassel loafer and are a great companion for a blazer outfit with Oxford shirts and a tie or bow tie.

Penny Loafers are versatile
Penny Loafers are versatile

In a casual setting, the loafer can replace any of your other casual shoes to add a bit of dash to your look. However, unlike Boat Shoes, it is recommended that you keep your socks on when you wear loafers. Casual loafers can be worn with denim and khakis, and some men even wear them sockless with shorts. The beauty of rules is that you can break them elegantly once you have mastered them.

What Loafers Should You Buy?

Every man should have at least one pair of loafers. With that said, there is not one style that is objectively more necessary than another. While some would consider the penny loafer or Gucci loafer the number one choice, we would argue that tassel loafers make a good first pair; they can be worn in any situation where the other styles could, but the tassels will add a unique touch to your wardrobe. Here are a few options for purchasing loafers:

Penny Loafers

If you want to invest in a penny loafer, you have many options. Bass Weejuns offers foreign-made models for $ 118, Made in Maine versions for $ 295, and about twice as much for shell cordovan. Apart from that, you can also find them from Allen Edmonds ($ 225 – $ 365), Alden ($ 498), Rancourt ($ 225), and Brooks Brothers ($ 198). For a more high-end interpretation of this style, take a look at Gaziano Girling. In Europe, Jay Butler offers an affordable RTW option for under $ 150, and Crockett & Jones offers a large selection of different styles and lasts.

Monaco Penny Loafer & Variation by Gaziano Girling
Monaco Penny Loafer & Variation by Gaziano Girling

Tassel Loafers

All the brands mentioned above produce tassel loafers as well. Also, Meermin offers interesting budget tassels; Scarosso has an affordable MTO Program, though their offerings would not technically be considered loafers. For an excellent selection of various penny and tassel loafers, take a look at Pediwear.

Gucci Loafers

Although copied many times, Gucci is still the originator of the shoe. Bear in mind that they issue many different versions in gold and silver horsebit hardware. Priced between around $ 450 – $ 630, you certainly pay much more for the brand name than for the quality of leather and workmanship. We’d suggest that you invest that kind of money into higher quality and buy from places like those mentioned above, but to each their own. If you want a Gucci loafer, the most classic bit loafer is black leather with gold hardware, which sells for $ 590. For a more affordable version, check out Jay Butler, which sells them for just $ 175, which is great value for the money.

our Conclusions on Loafers

With this knowledge of the loafer’s rich history and many variations, what are your thoughts about this versatile shoe? Do you have a favorite variety, and how do you wear them? Let us know in the comments below.


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What To Do If You Get Milkshaked

Politics has always been a dirty business, but it’s never been this dirty. Over the last few weeks, angry Brits have thrown, chucked, and hurled creamy milkshakes at far-right politicians. The first victim was far-right activist Tommy Robinson, who was hit not once, but twice while campaigning in public. The first time, a protestor threw his milkshake from afar, like Steph Curry from the three-point line, cleanly hitting Robinson and covering him with sweet, sticky liquid. The second episode, captured on video, happened the next day. No matter your politics, the video is hard to watch. Decent people everywhere can agree: no one should film vertically.

This past Monday, the latest victim was Nigel Farage, who’s deeply unpopular in Britain for his extreme views on topics such as immigration and Brexit. Farage hadn’t been campaigning for more than twenty minutes in Newcastle when a man splashed him with a creamy and delicious drink. His navy suit, Macclesfield print tie, and Brexit Party badge were left dripping with banana and salted caramel milkshake, making his outfit look like an avant-garde runway piece by Maison Margiela. In a video of the episode, witnesses can be heard laughing while Farage tries to swiftly exit the scene. Farage reprimands his security team: “Complete failure. How did you not stop that?”

Paul Crowther was later identified as the milkshake thrower (which disappoints me to no end because, if his name was John, I could have written John Lobbed). According to PA reporter Tom Wilkinson, Crowther said he was very much looking forward to enjoying his Five Guys milkshake ($ 6.68), but thinks it went to a good cause. “It’s a right of protest against people like him. The bile and the racism he spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front,” Crowther said. After the attack, Crowther was arrested and held in custody. Farage says he will press charges.

 

 

Throughout history, unpopular public figures have dodged rotten eggs, tomatoes, and even cabbage, but milkshakes are the newest foodstuff in the angry protestor’s arsenal to cause embarrassment without serious injury. Burger King over the weekend even reminded Scottish people that they sell delicious milkshakes, seemingly in response to McDonald’s being asked to not sell milkshakes and ice cream in Edinburgh during a Farage rally. We obviously don’t endorse anyone throwing anything, but the recent spate of attacks made me wonder yesterday: what can you do if you get milkshaked?

I reached out to Stu Bloom, owner of Rave FabriCARE, considered by many to be one of the best dry cleaners in the United States.“Milkshake stains will depend on the material,” explains Bloom.”Milk is a protein and protein stains react differently depending on the fiber. A protein stain on silk is one of the most difficult of all stain/ fabric combinations. Linen is next, then wool. Cotton is relatively easy because it can be wet cleaned, but you still have to be careful. We have two position papers related to this topic. They address stains of almost any kind, milkshake or otherwise.”

 

 

If you want to try your hand at washing a garment at home, it helps to have something that has a more straightforward construction (e.g., one layer of material, rather than multiple layers with interlinings) and is made from cotton, rather than wool. Bloom also recommends against using pre-treatment methods, such as Tide sticks and pouring liquid detergent on the stain before washing.

“You don’t know how those products will react with the dyes,” Bloom says. “Some fabrics are made with poor dyes that are top-dyed or surface-printed. These will easily fade over time, particularly if they’re in darker colors. It’s not limited to cheap garments, either. Today, we see jeans from high-end manufacturers such as Adriano Goldschmied that are easily damaged in this way. Remember the golden rule: Don’t rub, scrub, or wipe. Just blot up the excess and wash (using common sense).”

Our recommendation: if it’s a simple, cotton garment that you can stand to lose, try to clean the garment at home. Milkshakes are mostly made of water, and unlike oil stains, may come out in the wash. For slightly more expensive clothing or things made from wool, linen, or silk, use a reputable dry cleaner. For items you care about, send it to Rave FabriCARE (they take mail-ins). A few years ago, Jesse poured kefir all over himself as part of a PTO episode, and we sent his moldy, drenched suit to Rave to see what they could do. Amazingly, the garment came back looking new.

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Nike’s Air Max Tailwind 4 “Desert Fade” Will Release This Week (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Nike has taken to its SNKRS platform to officially announce the release of its Air Max Tailwind 4 “Desert Fade.” What was previous rumored as the “Desert Ore” colorway, as mentioned early last month, this retro runner will hit select retailers, like Titolo, as well as Nike.com on May 24 with a price tag of $ 160 USD.

April 4, 2019: Fresh from Supreme’s rework of the silhouette, Nike has returned to the Air Max Tailwind IV for a new “Desert Ore” release. The stand-out feature of the autumnal design is the gradient orange side panels, with the gradient effect also appearing on purple-to-black piping across the shoe.

The majority of the sneaker is wrapped in the light brown “Desert Ore” shade, which appears on the leather upper. This tonal colorway is offset by hits of “Campfire Orange” and “Team Orange.” Elsewhere, the sneaker comes with two orange Swooshes, off-white midsole and bright orange sole unit.

Take a look at the Nike Air Max Tailwind IV in “Desert Ore” in the gallery above, and expect the sneaker to release via the Nike web store and at select stockists later this month.

As well as dropping the sneaker in “Desert Ore,” Nike recently unveiled a “Navy/Gold” take on the archival silhouette.

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How to Fold Garments (Shirts, Trousers, Jackets)

Whether you’re looking to pack a suitcase efficiently for a vacation or just looking to maximize space in your own closet, knowing how to effectively fold different types of garments will be a handy tool in your sartorial arsenal. One quick note before we get to these specific methods today, there’s no one magic method that will completely eliminate wrinkles altogether, that’s just not how fabric works, however, the methods we’re outlining today will at least minimize wrinkles so that after you take your garments out again, a quick hit from an iron or garment steamer should get those wrinkles out.

A neatly folded Irish Linen Shirt from Boggi Milano
A neatly folded Irish Linen Shirt from Boggi Milano

Dress Shirts

  • Start by laying your shirt flat on a table or other work surface and buttoning it up. Buttoning all the buttons is best for eliminating odd wrinkles but in a pinch, just buttoning the top button, bottom button, and a few buttons in the middle will be good enough.
  • Flip the shirt over to the back side and gently run your hands over it a few times just to smooth out any potential wrinkles. Take one of the shirt sleeves and fold it over making sure to create a straight fold where the sleeve of the shirt meets the body at the armhole.
  • Fold that sleeve upward at about a 60-degree angle so that the cuff is parallel to the top of the collar. Of course, you’re going to want to repeat these two sleeve folds with the other sleeve. Next, fold the entire shirt lengthwise into thirds making sure that all of your folds are straight and precise.
  • Fold the shirt into thirds, width-wise, and that’s it! Alternatively, instead of folding widthwise, you could roll the shirt up from the bottom to the top. This might be a better storage solution for a carry-on or if you’re putting your shirts in a drawer. One additional tip, this folding method can also be used effectively for sweaters.
White Flannel Pants from Merchant Fox
White Flannel Pants from Merchant Fox

Pants & Trousers

  • For pants with pleats and/or a central crease on the legs, start with the pants folded on that crease. Essentially, you can think of it as a side view of the pants. Also, to make sure things are aligned here, you can check that these seams are lining up at the bottom hems. Meanwhile for pants without a crease, like denim jeans, you can start with the pants laid flat on a table or work surface and simply fold them in half at the fly.
  • Take the bottom hems and fold them about a third of the way up then fold again so that the bottom fold meets the waistband, that’s all there is to it! With pants, as with shirts, you can also roll from the bottom to the top instead of folding into thirds.

The Savile Row Fold

There is also another method of trouser folding that’s especially good for wrinkle prevention; if you want to hang your trousers in a closet, it’s sometimes known as the Savile Row fold after the street famous for fashions in London. Start as before with your pants folded either on the creases or at the center. Next, take the hanger you’re going to use, any material can be used, of course, but we do recommend that you avoid wire hangers and slide the hanger between the pant legs about halfway up the leg. Take the top leg and fold it under itself around the hanger with the bottom hem aligned with the crotch. Then lay the hanger and the leg flat, making sure that the leg isn’t bunched up under itself. Next, take the bottom leg and bring it through the opening in the hanger over the top. Now, your trousers are ready to hang and they’ll have fewer wrinkles.

Preston Schlueter folding a jacket
Preston Schlueter folding a jacket

Jackets & Sportcoats

This just might be the trickiest possible garment to fold, jackets. Why would this be the case? Simply put, it’s because the additional structural elements, like the lapels and possible shoulder padding that you might find in a jacket, are a bit more to deal with when folding.

  • Start with the jacket unbuttoned and with its collar and lapels up. With the back side of the jacket facing up on your work surface, take the left shoulder or whichever side has a breast pocket and fold it back over the jacket about a third of the way.
  • Take the right or opposite shoulder; carefully turn it inside out and bring it over the left. This may be easier to do while holding the jacket upright as opposed to on a work surface. The important thing is that these shoulders, lapels, and edges of the jacket should all meet up as cleanly as possible.
  • Finally, you can either fold the jacket in half to store it flat or roll it up from the bottom to the top to eliminate one more potential wrinkle. There you have it! Your jacket is folded. This method can also be used effectively for overcoats but instead of folding the material in half at the end of the process, you can fold it into thirds or more to take care of some of that extra length effectively. Waistcoats can simply be folded in half lengthwise and then fold it into thirds or rolled from the bottom to the top to be effectively stored or packed.

CONCLUSION

With these folding techniques at your disposal then, your suitcase closet or chest of drawers should see a lot of additional space open up and your garments should only have a few wrinkles to deal with at whatever time you decide to unfold and wear them. Of course, we recommend storing your garments on high-quality wooden hangers for long term storage.

Which of the techniques for folding we mentioned were you most surprised by and do you happen to know of any alternate methods of folding that you think work better?


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Cannes Film Festival’s Most Daring Looks of All Time: From Kendall Jenner’s See-Through Dress to Madonna’s Lingerie Set

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The Slit Dress Is Back, Freeing the Legs of Kate Middleton and Nearly Every Woman at Cannes

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At the Cannes Film Festival this week, Selena Gomez, Julianne Moore, Amber Heard, Chloë Sevigny, Carla Bruni, Eva Longoria, Romee Strijd, Alessandra Ambrosio—and their respective legs—heralded the return of cut-to-there slit dresses.

That an army of toned, bare legs would storm the beachfront event this year is somewhat expected. The Cannes dress code has long decried a kind of antiquated Hollywood glamour, where slinkiness is celebrated and stilettos are a requirement.

None of the slits go as high as they did when Bella Hadid took the medium to new, impossible heights in 2016, attending the festival in a silk, red Alexandre Vauthier get-up.

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It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

Heads up fellas: there are two WATCH recommendations this week. I’m not apologizing. I had to include both. I had a bit of a theme going on and then POW! – life, or in this case, death happened. I will fight you if you have an issue with this.* Also, it looks a little different this week because we have an original in-house recipe for you guys.

 

WATCH: I Am Easy To Find – The Movie.

I was lucky to experience this movie at a screening that included the director Mike Mills, The National, and the actress Alicia Vikander. Not gonna lie. I was deeply affected by this movie. I remain surprised at the hold it has had on me since seeing it. Mills collaborated with The National, using their music as an inspiration and soundtrack. The film moves along without dialogue, the story being propelled by sub-titles. It is filmed in black and white and I was intrigued with the art-house vibe Mills employs here. Vikander is simply stunning. I hope you can see this on the biggest screen possible.

 

EAT: You need this Bacon Salmon/Chicken Power Bowl.

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Bacon Salmon/Chicken Power Bowl. Some of my favorite dishes come together by happenstance. Mostly this involves digging through the fridge to see what I have to choose from. My point being that you don’t need to have a recipe to make something tasty. A few skill sets and a good pantry are your friends. Joe sent me this photo last week and described what he did and I was instantly jealous. Also, hungry AF. Joe made his with salmon because that’s what he had but he’s also used chicken and likes it even better. I love this kind of meal. I enjoy the prep, sipping on something while I’m cooking, and enjoying the results. Check it out here.

 

LISTEN: I Am Easy To Find – The Album.

That screening I mentioned above was not the only experience of that special evening. There was a Q&A after the screening featuring Bryce and Matt of The National along with Mike Mills and Alicia Vikander hosted by Carrie Brownstein. And then The National took the stage to perform the album. There was something unique and intense about hearing an album for the first time in this manner. Director Mike Mills produced this album in tandem to making his movie based on the band’s music. This new album features female vocalists, something the band has not employed before. This brings a rich new element to the already emotional nature of their music. And perhaps because of my experience, I recommend listening to I Am Easy To Find in its entirely on first listen.

 

WATCH: A perfect way to remember Doris Day.

Hi. My name is Tim and I was a Doris Day fan. Not even embarrassed abut this. The woman was marvelously gifted. She was a terrific actress and singer. And she spent much of her life championing the protection of animals. I sat down and re-watched this film the night she passed. It happens to be one of the best films of the past 70 years. It’s a Hitchcock classic. If you haven’t seen it, it offers a great example of 1950’s Americana even as it is set in Marrekesh and London. And yes, there are a couple wince-worthy moments, now common with movies from this era. But, it is totally worth it.

 

DRINK: Upgrade your Summer tea.

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/orange-iced-tea

It’s not something that happens on a certain date. It’s not something I can force. It just happens. And I’m always so happy when it does. It happened last week. We had temperatures in the upper 80’s, the yard had become green and shady and I was ready. I have officially entered iced-tea season. I switched to cold brew tea bags years ago from the jug-in-the-sun version I had been brewing since…well the point is that I continue to look for ways to freshen the routine. This orange ice-tea recipe is simple. As much as I appreciate the recipe itself, I’m a fan of the template it suggests for adaptations. There are so many possibilities for different versions of this.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s pretty sure about some of the things most of the time, but totally clueless about everything else all the time. 

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Casual Vests: Okay Layer, Or Unarmed Slobbery?

“A man who wears a vest is a man with nothing up his sleeve.” -Ancient Banana Republic proverb

We all enjoyed light jacket season for the few hours it lasted, but as humidity thickens and the heat of the summer looms, there are few truly tolerable layers — soon even tshirts and polos will seem like too much. Men who favor tailoring might try linen sportcoats, or safari-style jackets, which look amazing but really are really only a half measure toward keeping cool.

A more casual (and more literal) half measure may be the vest. The cliched metaphor for optimism vs pessimism is how you see a half glass of water: is it half full, or half empty? Is a vest halfway to a jacket? Or a sad jacket butchered of its sleeves? I don’t have the answer, but I do like vests.

The taxonomy of vest boils down to two types: storage-oriented vests (better for warm weather) and insulation-oriented vests. Photographer’s and safari vests fall into the storage category–when it comes down to it, they’re just grouped pockets you drape over your shoulders. In the last few years, designers have taken this concept further, creating vests and “chest rigs” (it’s a whole Alyx category) that are really more bags than clothing, and walking the line between utility wear and fetish harnesses. I find those designs, with their body-hugging fit and 3D pockets, conceptually interesting and even fun, but well beyond the comfort zone of wearability for me (not to mention budget).

Photographer’s Vests

Photographer’s-style vests are usually lightweight with a ton of pockets. Although their history is hard to pin down, as cameras and gear became more portable in the mid-20th century, it’s likely that pro (and then amateur) photographers started wearing fishing vests to carry many rolls of film, extra lenses, and other gear they might need within arm’s reach when shooting on the fly. True fishing vests are often short (so they don’t get wet when you’re wading), while photo vests are usually waist length or longer. Most often, they’re khaki-toned.

Modern photographer’s vests have gotten more and more tactical looking, and are considered pretty nerdy even within the photography community; handy, sure, but almost a costume.

Vintage versions from outfitter brands like Banana republic, Willis and Geiger, or L.L. Bean are moderately more wearable. There’s some overlap here with adventure/safari vests. The easiest to wear are the simplest — fewer epaulets and D rings, solid rather than mesh pockets, etc. Designer takes like Engineered Garments are more removed from their origins and therefore easier to wear without a Leica or knowledge of darkroom processes.

On the tech-ier side, Carhartt WIP’s current Elmwood vest balances sports and military influences without being full SWAT team gear.

Whether they’re technically photographer, bush/safari, or fishing vests, when worn outside of their intended environment, they often look best as a top layer. They work better with tshirts, in my opinion, than collared knits/polos. They’re a natural fit with collared wovens like chambray button downs, and can look surprisingly OK with sweatshirts. Simpler vests can layer under casual/work-influenced button jackets from brands like Universal Works or Margaret Howell.

Workwear/Hunting Vests

On the insulation side are work and hunting vests — the basic/source examples of which are the Carhartt insulated duck vest (Carhartt WIP does a very similar vest with a slimmer fit and double zip for a mere $ 140 more)and the Filson Mackinaw model, which was a mainstay of the urban lumberjack wardrobe a few years ago. The basic Carhartt model is, in my opinion, a great value at $ 60 or less. They’re warm when zipped, wearable open, and the brown duck color looks perfect paired with indigo denim or olive drab.

The Filson is a little trickier; in plaids it’s hard for me to disassociate from the Daniel-Plainview-in-the-city, Red Wings and tight selvage denim outfit that dominated casual menswear for a long time. In quieter tones, the design can be a great insulating layer — there’s little question the Filson fabric is hard wearing and warm. Wearing them with other outdoors, but not hunting-oriented, clothing can soften the skeet shooting vibe. Lines like Sassafras, or vintage workwear styles like Old Town or Le Laboureur do this well.

 

 

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Tyler, The Creator Announces Surprise London Show

Tyler, The Creator has announced a surprise London show following the release of IGOR yesterday. Teasing the news, Tyler posted a picture of him outside Buckingham Palace along with the news “LONDON, SEE YOU AT 3.” Tyler also added on Twitter that he will “update you later with location.”

The decision to play in London is notable, after reports that Tyler, The Creator had been banned from visiting the UK in 2015. After cancelling a string of shows — including performances at Reading and Leeds — back in 2015, Tyler tweeted that he had been banned “for three to five years” based on lyrics he had written in 2009.

Keep an eye out for details of Tyler’s first London show today and, while you wait, take a look at his recently-released video for “EARFQUAKE.”

In related news, Ben Baller crafted some IGOR-themed pins to mark Tyler’s new album.

 

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With some jaw-dropping looks coming out of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival this week, it was difficult to pay attention to much else happening on the red carpets and beyond. Never fear — we’ve had our eyes out for the celebrities making waves outside of France, and it seems that many have come to the …

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For Billie Eilish, and Many Others, Power Dressing Means Wearing Baggy Clothes

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Billie Eilish’s new Calvin Klein campaign begins with a familiar scene: a teenager spending too much time getting ready in the bathroom.

But instead of hearing the sounds of a disgruntled younger sister banging at the door to get in, those who watch the 30-second spot are treated to a voiceover confessional from the 17-year-old pop dynamo.

“I never want the world to know everything about me,” Eilish drawls. “That’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know? No one can say ‘She’s slim thick, she’s not slim thick. She’s got a flat ass, she’s got a fat ass.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”

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What to Buy from Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is an iconic American clothing brand that was founded in 1967 and today, is a seven billion dollar company. A lot of people ask us “Well, what do you buy from this brand or what would you suggest we buy?”

Brief History Of The Brand

Ironically, it was founded by Ralph Lifshitz who just decided that that was not so marketable and went with Ralph Lauren. When he founded the company, he was 27 years old and initially, he started with ties because he was working for a tie manufacturer. Through the 60s, slim ties were en vogue and so Ralph Lauren decided to go the opposite way and make very wide ties. What really propelled his brand is when he had an in-store concept at Bloomingdale’s and that was the first brand or person to be able to get that. He also had the first stand-alone single designer store on Rodeo Drive and he was the first to win the Coty fashion award twice.

Following ties, he launched a line of women’s shirts under the Polo brand which became later synonymous with Ralph Lauren. A few years later in 1972, he created the polo mesh shirt and it’s a hallmark staple of the brand to this day. With this roaring success, Ralph Lauren was also asked to design the wardrobes for the Great Gatsby at the time and Annie Hall. They went public in 1997 and today has a bunch of sub-brands. Ralph Lauren is a brand that has begun so popular that it’s often counterfeited. So if you buy used goods, beware that you don’t get a fake.

  • Ralph Lauren Collection
  • Purple Label
  • Black Label
  • Polo
  • Double RL
  • RL X
  • Ralph Lauren Home
  • Chaps & Club Monaco
  • Ralph Lauren Restaurants
Ralph Lauren in a Navy Double Breasted Blazer and White Pants
Ralph Lauren in a Navy Double Breasted Blazer and White Pants

So what’s Ralph Lauren’s style? If I have to break it down, I would say it’s preppy Americana but they do a really good job in using vintage inspired patterns and garments and just tweaking them a little bit and putting them back onto the market. They also do a good job of using different colors, patterns, and fabrics. Apart from that, they are still one of those few lines that offer a full range of men’s clothing and suits that is not just plain gray and navy but they have Prince of Wales checks and nice stripes, they have seersuckers, sometimes even bold paisley, or velvet garments, and just overall, it’s a brand that has the entire spectrum of a classic men’s wardrobe in a ready-to-wear segment.

Before you go out and buy anything, keep in mind that everything they sell has a very high retail price. Often, it’s discounted, especially at department stores, but even on their website. So, if you don’t need it right away and it’s not something that you must have immediately, it probably pays to wait because you’ll get a substantial discount.

Top Ralph Lauren Picks

A Ralph Lauren cricket sweater
A Ralph Lauren cricket sweater

1. Sweaters & Sweater Vests

First of all, I would say sweaters and sweater vests. Ralph Lauren is one of the few companies that offer really an extremely wide range of knits; whether it’s a cable knit or an Aran sweater, maybe a fair isle, knit vest inspired style, they have cool wools, they have cool styles with shawl collars, cardigans, and really everything under the sun. So if you’re in the market for any kind of cardigan, I suggest you check them out. Also, check out the vintage polo sweaters. They can be really cool things to have at a very low price.

2. Double RL Brand

It’s not usually carried in department stores, they are usually sold at specific stores; there’s a great one in New York, I think it’s their flagship store. It’s mostly vintage Americana inspired work wear so lots of denim, lots of more casual garments with vintage influences but their suits are also very nice, they feature usually a nice belly and have this kind of vintage feel to it but it’s not just distinctly 1930s that like is much slimmer and more modern; so it’s just a cool kind of garment that is hard to be found elsewhere.

3. Swimwear

Probably my favorite swimwear items are from Ralph Lauren, they are usually in classic patterns such as checks or they have like bold stripes and it’s very hard to find a tasteful classically inspired pair of swim trunks from other brands.

Polo Coat Ralph Lauren
Polo Coat Ralph Lauren

4. Overcoats

Probably the most iconic piece is the Polo overcoat which works well with their name. It’s kind of a camel hair coat and you’ve probably have seen an ad from them. Ironically, it’s not sold on their website very often anymore so the best chance to find it is vintage on eBay or other places. Be prepared to pay around $ 1,000 for a polo coat even though it’s used but it’s a very nice garment and if you find other overcoats, chances are they’re made with really cool details out of really unusual fabrics.

5. Vintage Polo Items

Today, Polo Ralph Lauren is much more commercialized. It’s mostly made in Asia, however, in the 80s, things were made in the US or in Italy or in England and oftentimes, to a higher standard; the yarns and the fabrics are better so they’ve stood the test of time. So if you find something from the 80s or 90s that you like and it goes with your style, don’t be afraid of buying it, it’s good stuff. Good items in this area are corduroys or sweaters, ties, suits, or even seersucker.

6. Shorts

Men’s shorts or Bermuda shorts are really great. But just in general, often they are vintage-inspired, they offer bolder colors than other men’s brands, and they have little details such as coin pockets or just a pattern like a real Indian cotton madras.

7. Dress Shoes

In the past, they were often manufactured in Italy. Today, their Purple Label shoe line is usually made by Crockett & Jones, Edward Green or Graziano & Girling which are all high-end British makers. They have a very good styling, they add the purple sole, and while the retail price is quite high, if you find a markdown in store, at outlets, or on eBay, they’re a very good buy.

Ralph Lauren Purple Label Chalk Stripe suit
Ralph Lauren Purple Label Chalk Stripe suit

8. Purple Label Suits & Jackets

Back in the day, they were made in England by Chester Barrie and crew. It’s really nice, it has a very 30s inspired style with wide lapels, it’s tailored very softly so it’s extremely comfortable just like a sweater and even though today, most of Purple Label’s items are made in Italy and things have changed quite a bit, they’re still at a high-quality level and I recommend them. Usually, those garments retail anywhere from $ 4,000-$ 6,000 or more. Now, I don’t believe it’s worth the retail price but sometimes, you can score bargains on eBay or on outlets. They also offer a great range of dinner jackets in unusual patterns and colors, as well as cuts.

Elegant Black & White Brook Street Bedroom by Ralph Lauren
Elegant Black & White Brook Street Bedroom by Ralph Lauren

9. Ralph Lauren Home Goods

They have anything from bed sheets to glasses to decorative items and while generally, their stuff is not of the utmost quality, it is good quality and it is a superb style, however, again, in a very high price point. So if you can find it used somewhere or in a dead-stock, that’s the time to buy, unless, of course, you really like it, it works with your room then just splurge on it and enjoy it.

Blue flat front Chino by Ralph Lauren
Blue flat front Chino by Ralph Lauren

10. Slacks

Especially, Polo has a range of corduroys for the winter that is unusual, many different colors, they also have great chinos in shades like Nantucket red, baby blue, or just regular sand or khaki and so any type of somewhat casual pants or medium formal pair of slacks, Ralph Lauren is a great option for you.

What Not To Buy From Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Jersey Polo Shirt
Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Jersey Polo Shirt

1. Polo Shirts

I am not a big fan of their polo shirts anymore, I think they’re priced quite high, they have bigger and bigger logos in their chests that are very contrasting which I don’t like, and their collars are flimsy.

2. Dress Shirts

In my experience, the fit is often awkward, they also have like oxford shirts but they have all the Polo pony which is something I don’t like on a shirt, and on top of that, they’re rather pricey so you’re better off going made-to-measure somewhere else where you get exactly the fabric you want in a color you want and in a fit that works for you.

RL Hiking Bear Wool Sweater
RL Hiking Bear Wool Sweater

3. Anything With Obnoxious Logos

Also, stay clear of anything that’s obnoxious with logos. There’s a tendency to have a super-huge ponies on your clothing or the American flag or the polar bear and all of these make you more look like a brand whore rather than a well-dressed person. Yes, you can be patriotic but when have you ever seen an American president wearing a sweater with the American flag? Never, right? Well, there’s a good reason, it’s just obnoxious.

4. Ralph Lauren Activewear

Also, in my experience, stay clear of Ralph Lauren activewear with windproof stuff. I used to have a jacket way back in the day and it performed very poorly especially compared to other brands that focus specifically on outdoor stuff so I just stay clear of that altogether.

5.T-Shirts

They’re simply overpriced and no one needs a little pony on their t-shirt. I also think a lot of accessories that Ralph Lauren offers, such as their leather goods, are simply not really super high quality, they just have a high price tag. Overall, I think all of the accessories just rely too heavily on branding. For example, look at the polar bear quartz watch for $ 2,000. I mean, really?

CONCLUSION

So in summary, Ralph Lauren has a great range of products that you could buy from them when things are on sale or if they’re vintage, they’re exceptionally good buys, otherwise, stay clear of some of the accessories. Overall, I think Ralph Lauren is a fantastic brand. They did an exceptional job in bringing kind of a classic English inspired Americana style to the average man and for that, I truly thank Ralph Lauren.

What are your favorite Ralph Lauren items? Share with us in the comments section below!


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Florida Man Files Motion To Compel Lawyer To Wear Better Shoes

Dress for the job you want, but never dress so well that people wouldn’t feel bad about sticking it to you. So goes the logic of Bill Bone, a Florida attorney who filed a motion in June of 2009 to compel his opposing counsel to wear better shoes. Bone suspected his opposing counsel was wearing ugly shoes as a ruse to impress the jury. Or, as he puts it, “make them believe [he] is humble and simple without sophistication.” A transcript of the filed motion:

PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION TO COMPEL DEFENSE COUNSEL TO WEAR APPROPRIATE SHOES AT TRIAL

Plaintiff moves the Court relief as follows:

This is an action alleging personal injury to Plantiff as a result of a car collision which occurred on December 8, 2002.

Trial is set to begin on June 15, 2009.

It is well known in the legal community that Michael Robb, Esquire wears shoes with holes in the soles when he is in trial.

Upon reasonable belief, Plaintiff believes that Mr. Robb wears these shoes as a ruse to impress the jury and make them believe Mr. Robb is humble and simple without sophistication.

Throughout the discovery of this case, Mr. Robb’s clear strategy has been to attack the credibility of the Plaintiff and his counsel by suggesting the Plaintiff is faking his injuries and exaggerating his claims and demanding more compensation than he deserves because Plaintiff is greedy.

Part of this strategy is to present Mr. Robb and his client as modest individuals who are so frugal that Mr. Robb has to wear shoes with holes in the soles. Mr. Robb is known to stand at sidebar with one foot crossed casually beside the other so that the holes in his shoes are readily apparent to the jury who are intently watching the counsel and the Court at that moment.

Then, during argument and throughout the case,  Mr. Robb throws out statements like “I am just a simple lawyer” with the obvious suggestion that Plaintiff’s counsel and the Plaintiff are not as sincere and down to earth as Mr. Robb.

Mr. Robb should be required to wear shoes without holes in the soles at trial to avoid the unfair prejudice suggested by this conduct.

WHEREFORE,  Plaintiff prays this honorable court grant the relief herein requested.

At press time, I am currently wearing shoes with holes in them, asking my employer for a raise while casually throwing out phrases such as, “I am just a simple blogger.”

 


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Suit Alterations: What a Tailor Can (& Can’t) Do

You’re at a thrift shop and see a vintage Armani suit you love, but the shoulders are too wide. Should you buy it? In situations like these, the difference between getting a steal and wasting your money depends on whether your tailor can complete the required alterations to make the item fit you well. Before pulling the trigger on something that needs considerable alteration, check out our list of things a tailor can and cannot do to get a menswear garment to fit.

How Many Sizes Larger or Smaller Can You Go?

The first rule of alterations is that taking away or reducing the amount of fabric is doable, but you can’t make something bigger, at least not by much. Exactly how much depends on what allowances of extra material were under the seams or hems of the garments. Tailored pants and jackets that were originally expensive or well made, especially bespoke, will usually contain more allowances, future-proofing for the changing size of the wearer over time. Ready-to-wear or less expensive items usually have little or no extra material to let out as a means of keeping costs down. Therefore, you’ll have better chances for a successful alteration if your find is a bit too big rather than too small for you.

Donald Trump in an ill-fitting suit
A suit that is too large and baggy may be beyond a tailor’s help

With that said, there are also limits in making things smaller. A suit jacket is quite complex in construction and can’t simply be shrunken down multiple sizes, because the proportions will be altered and the elaborate structure (lining, canvas, padding, pockets, etc.) will have to be reconstructed to the point that it would be more cost effective to buy a whole new jacket. However, it’s not major surgery to cinch (“take in”) the sides, waist, chest and arms (more on these alterations later). The rule of thumb is that you can go down two sizes at a maximum, but a suit jacket or blazer only one size too large is a safer option. The problem is always that jackets that are too large can also be too large in the shoulders, which is a more challenging thing to alter.

Taking in a jacket
A jacket can be taken in or reduced a moderate amount in various places

Trousers are little more forgiving, especially if you want to go with a high-waisted look. While legs can be made narrower and waistbands taken in, the rise of a pair of pants–the distance between the waistband and crotch–is more difficult to change. But, if a high rise is your style, you can transform a too-large pair of mid- or even low-rise pants into high rise by altering the parts that can be tailored and leaving the rise alone. In this way, a potential deal-breaker can actually be something desirable.

Altering the Shoulders of a Suit Jacket

1. Changing the Width of Shoulders – NO

Michael Strahan in all velvet tuxedo. Flap pockets and two buttons are for day suits. Note how the tux is too wide in the shoulders
Michael Strahan in an all-velvet tuxedo. Note how the tux is too wide in the shoulders

With this ground rule established, let’s look at the parts of a tailored outfit from top to bottom in terms of what can be altered and what cannot, starting with the shoulders of a suit jacket (or sport coat, or blazer). Of course, as the first thing we consider, shoulders are an exception to the rule; making shoulders either bigger or smaller are both not recommended as alterations. The structure of a jacket shoulder is complex enough that reshaping them involves major surgery.

2. Changing the Pad Level of Shoulders – MAYBE

David Byrne of the Talking Heads: Can shoulder width and pad level be altered?

If your body doesn’t suit a padded shoulder, you can remove shoulder pads with the goal of a natural Neapolitan shoulder or add them in an attempt to make a Neapolitan style into a more British jacket. In both cases, the structure of the shoulder will change (and along with it, the appearance of the jacket), but the result will never be the same as one in the original style. It’s sort of like taking a cheap car, adding a rear spoiler and a decorative hood scoop, and calling the result a race car. The result will never be authentic or even look as good as buying a new jacket with the sort of shoulder you wanted in the first place.

Ethan wearing is beloved spectators and a DB suit with faint mini windowpane paired with a boater hat
Ethan wearing is beloved spectators and a DB suit with faint mini windowpane paired with a boater hat

Ethan Wong recently experimented by having a padded shoulder turned into a natural one; he made use of a highly skilled tailor to do more than just change the padding. Ethan also didn’t try to pass the jacket off as Italian tailoring; his goal was just to improve the overall look and fit of the garment. If you go this route, it’s important that the tailor be experienced and the jacket one you’re willing to have significantly altered.

Changing the Collar – MAYBE

Collar Gap
Collar Gap

An alteration that is rarely thought about is altering the collar of a suit jacket. This is not an area that jumps to mind as having an impact on the look or even fit of a suit, but a collar that is overly large for your neck will result in the dreaded “collar gap.” If this is something that affects your suits, you may be tempted to do something about it by having the collar removed and re-cut. It can be done, but this is another case where it’s better to simply buy a jacket that doesn’t gap, as the repair can be costly and collar gap can have other causes, like having one shoulder wider or lower than another or a particular posture.

Altering Sleeves on a Jacket

1. Narrowing, Lengthening, and Shortening Sleeves – YES

Sleeves may be the easiest part of a jacket to change–after all, they’re essentially two tubes with little complex structure to them. Narrowing ones that are too large around the arms is an easy alteration. Making sleeves slightly longer or shorter, say by a 1/2″ or so, is also a fairly routine procedure. But longer lengthening, even if there’s enough material, puts the buttons too far away from the edge of the sleeve, while shortening too much puts the first button too close to the end of the sleeve, both of which look strange.

The amount of cuff Sven Raphael Schneider like to show
The amount of cuff Sven Raphael Schneider likes to show. Note the correct distance from the last button to the end of the jacket sleeve.

If your sleeve buttons are non-functioning, a tailor can move the top or bottom button (and pick out the decorative stitching) to balance out larger changes of sleeve length. However, if you have working buttons this is a more difficult alteration, because it will not be possible to sew up the former buttonholes cleanly; these are really tears in the fabric that can only be closed with the services of a reweaver–a specialist who can reweave the cloth–who are rare to find.

As the sleeve buttons on this jacket are non-functioning, lengthening it would be possible.

This is one instance where a higher-end tailoring detail is actually detrimental to alterations, so if you pick up a jacket with functioning sleeve buttons, make sure the sleeves don’t need extensive lengthening or shortening. In fact, even cleaning up the stitching on non-functional sleeves can be imperfect, so exercise caution. An alternative is to have a skilled tailor shorten the sleeve by removing it and reducing at the shoulder rather than at the bottom. Lengthening can also be done at the shoulder depending on whether there is extra fabric available. Both are more expensive.

2. Putting on Buttons – YES

A Model 3 jacket from The Armoury before sleeve buttons have been put on

Speaking of sleeve buttons, when you buy a higher-quality tailored jacket, there will usually not be any buttons on the sleeve, which lets you determine the proper length before you put them on. Obviously, then, this is a necessary and supposedly routine alteration, but it can be tricky getting it done right. Most smaller local tailors or seamstress shops don’t have the ability or equipment to do it, and will complain that the job is undesirable for them. Even the usual tailor the author (Dr. Christopher Lee) uses in a Midwestern city can only do it by hand to the tune of $ 150. Dr. Lee ends up having this done in New York (for $ 10 a button) at Sam Wazin who is also used by The Armoury. This goes to show that, depending where you live, a routine tailoring job can be not so routine after all.

3. Fixing Shoulder Divots – MAYBE

Shoulder divot
Shoulder divot on a flannel suit jacket

One sleeve-related alteration that is potentially challenging and expensive is fixing shoulder divots or dimples. These can be created, especially on heavier-weight fabrics like flannels, if:
1) The sleeve is connected to the armhole of the jacket in a way that doesn’t match the way you naturally hold your arms in the resting position, or
2) The armhole is considerably smaller than the sleeve opening that attaches to it.
A tailor can try to fix these issues (around $ 90 per sleeve by the author’s estimate) by removing the sleeve and rotating it to match your posture or by reducing the size of the sleeve. This is a doable alteration, but results are not 100% guaranteed, and, again, the cost is high.

Alterations to the Body of a Jacket

1. Changing the Button Profile – NO

A three-roll-two button jacket at left vs. a hard three-button at right. Note the different lapel shapes

As noted above, taking in aspects of the body of a jacket are fairly simple, and letting out what is available at the seams is as well. Other alterations to the body are not recommended. One that is commonly asked about is related to the number of buttons. Subtracting buttons, like turning a three-button suit into a two, is not doable because it would require closure of the additional buttonhole, which cannot be done cleanly. Moreover, the placement of the buttons is different. The same is true for plans to turn a hard three-button or even a two into a three-roll-two buttoning scheme where the top button is rolled under the lapel.

2. Changing the Lapels – MOSTLY NO

Notch and peak lapels
Peak and notch lapels of roughly the same width. Notice the differing buttonhole angles.

If you have a single-breasted jacket you love, but you dislike its peak lapels, it might be possible to turn them into notch lapels if there is sufficient fabric. Peak lapels are usually larger and wider, so the possibility is high unless you are beginning with an anemic peak lapel as shown above. The opposite operation can’t be done, however, because a notch lapel will be smaller to begin with and lack the additional “point.” If you want your new notch lapel to be narrower, the underlying canvas will likely have to be cut and reshaped, but if the width stays the same, less work is required.

Peak lapels
Peak lapels

You will almost always face issues with the lapel buttonhole, because it’s supposed to run parallel to the top edge of the lapel, which points upward in a peak lapel and downward in a notch; the buttonhole will also be in a different location. If this doesn’t bother you, then it’s something you can explore. However, if you’re going this far to perfect a jacket, you will almost certainly find the imperfect buttonhole angle irritating. With this in mind, the only real alteration recommended with a lapel is adding a hidden boutonniere loop to the underside. This will keep your boutonniere flower “stem” properly aligned. Of course, you can also do this yourself at home.

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Shown in purple thread: a boutonniere keeper loop

3. Reshaping the Quarters of a Jacket – NO

The quarters represent the lower front flaps of your suit jacket panels, the area below the bottom button, also called the skirts of the jacket. These can either be closed, meaning the flaps lie nearly straight down when buttoned, or open, meaning the panels are curved and cut away or flared out when buttoned. The former look is more conservative and business-like, but if you want some Neapolitan bravado, you may think about having your quarters opened. Simply put, however, cutting away and reshaping the panels will affect the button position and cannot be done effectively.

Multipattern Shirt Grey Suit with Rounded Quarters
Rounded open quarters on a gray suit

4. Shortening the Jacket – MAYBE

While lengthening a jacket is impossible because there simply isn’t enough fabric to exploit, shortening from the bottom is possible provided you are only reducing length by a small amount. If you take off too much length, the pockets and bottom button will be dangerously close to the bottom, which will look even worse than having buttons that are too close to the sleeve edge.

Jacket too short
On shortened jackets, the pocket will be close to the bottom border of the jacket

5. Changing the Vent Openings on the Back – MAYBE

These days, the majority of quality suits will be sold with a double vent opening at the back. However, if you own a cheaper single-vented suit or an Italian-style suit with no vent at all, you may have toyed with the possibility of converting the vents. Realistically, you can’t increase the number of vents, because you need to have enough fabric to cover the seam and lining that will be exposed on the edges of the new flaps. On the other hand, closing the vents is possible, since there are ordinarily seams on the back of jackets anyway that can simply be continued all the way to the bottom.

Side vents
Side vents

Alterations to a Suit’s Trousers

Hems, Cuffs and Leg Length on Pants – YES

Following the general principle we began with, pant legs can be made shorter, but they can only be lengthened to the extent of whatever hem material is left at the bottom. Quality dress pants are sold unhemmed with a lot of extra fabric at the bottom, but a tailor will not leave more than a couple of inches under the hem when they’re finished. This extra material can also be turned into cuffs if you desire, so this is another easy alteration, as is the opposite–removing cuffs.

hemmed pants
Properly hemmed pants

Tapering and Decreasing Leg Width – YES

While legs cannot be made larger, they can easily be tapered, especially from the knee to the bottom if the leg opening is too wide at the bottom (an 8″ opening tends to look best for most). In fact, tapering is one of the easiest alterations.

Ethan Wong wearing high-rise trousers
Ethan Wong’s strategy for attaining a higher rise often involves buying a size up and tapering the legs

Adding to and Subtracting from the Waist – YES

Because it’s commonly understood that waistlines fluctuate in size (we’ve all been there, right?), pants manufacturers are usually pretty generous in providing allowances of material to enlarge the waistband and upper part of the seat from the waist toward your rear end. The exact amount varies by the size, but at least 2-3″ is found at the center rear seam. The opposite can be done as well, also at the rear, to around the same limit. Anything more than 2-3″ will affect the balance of the trousers as the rear pockets get close together. All changes to the waistband should also require some alteration to part of the seat.

Alterations are key
Alterations are key

From these examples, it’s clear that pants are simpler in construction than a jacket, facilitating more ready changes, though, as noted at the start of the article, the rise is the most difficult to change as it requires removing the waistband and replacing the zipper as well.

Conclusion

There are many different alterations that are possible when you examine the components of a suit. Understanding the anatomy of a pair of pants or a tailored jacket will also make you aware of what can and cannot be done. Study the garments you own–look at the seams for allowances, check for previous work, and get a sense of its structure. Then weigh the advice above against your love for the item. You can then decide whether it’s something you are willing to invest in or if you would just prefer to buy something new (or vintage!). Are there only other alterations that we’ve missed? Have you tried any of these alterations with success or failure? Share your stories in the Comments section.


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The Playlist – May 2019

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Music is a little like food and clothes. These are areas where it’s probably worthwhile for one to explore & expand their tastes. The Playlist is assembled each month by Dappered’s very own music correspondent, Tim Johnstone. Tim is a former Virgin Records Label Rep & current award winning Program Director at KRVB, which was awarded the FMQB AAA station of the year markets 50+. You can also catch his work on Fridays when he assembles the Weekend Reset. Got a Spotify account? You’ll find a link to this month’s playlist at the end of the post.

 

Beck – “Saw Lightning”

This was unexpected. Beck took a great deal of time between his last two records but apparently he was already hard at work on something new. And our first taste of it is a smile-maker. This goes back to his early sound ala One Foot In The Grave. Only on this outing he has Pharrell Williams joining him. This is all sorts of fun.

 

Nipsey Hussle – “Victory Lap” featuring Stacy Barthe

What a loss. This man worked to make where he came from a better place for everyone. He was doing good things along with making exciting music. He will be missed.

 

Taron Egerton – “Rocket Man”

Taron Egerton and Giles Martin have done something I didn’t think was possible: they produced a version of Elton John’s classic outer-space ballad in a manner that manages to not only honor the original, but arrange it such that it feels like it could have been on an alternate version of the same album. It is true to the original in ways than some covers could never be. There are familiar instrumental flourishes from other Elton songs included here. Then there’s Egerton’s vocals. They are for real. Talent. Some people get it in heaping helpings. Can’t wait to see the movie.

 

The Flaming Lips – “All For The Life Of The City”

The Flaming Lips are really great at making weird prog-pop-rock. And sometimes they bring the pretty. I’ve always appreciated their “pretty” phases. See Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. This song (and the album it comes from) was released on Record Store Day in extremely limited quantities and will see a widespread release in July. We will get another concept album, this one called King’s Mouth: Music And Songs. This is very good news. I haven’t been able to see any of the installations the band has done for this project leading up to the album so I’m pretty excited to hear the whole thing.

 

Of Monsters and Men – “Alligator”

Well this was a nice surprise. I’d reached the anxiously tapping my fingers stage in the “where are these guys” game I play when bands I dig have taken more than a couple years in between records. I’m selfish and entitled. I admit it. When this landed on my desk a couple weeks ago I listened three times in a row just to absorb the guitars and the arrangement that takes this Icelandic band in a fresh direction for their upcoming third album. I’m good with this. I’m really good with this.

 

Ingrid Michaelson – “Missing You”

It should come as no surprise that Ingrid’s upcoming album was inspired by her Stranger Things fandom. One look at that video still above says it all. Ingrid spoke at length with Billboard magazine about how she wanted to make an 80’s inspired album. “Missing You” is exactly what you would think of in that context. There’s a little less Ingrid and a little more production than I normally prefer but I get what she’s doing. And by the second listen I was totally ok with it.

 

Gary Clark Jr. – “What About Us”

Blistering licks, pointed lyrics, and a heavy blues vibe make this one of those songs you have to actively pay attention to. This is not background music. This is not comfortable either. And that’s kind of the point.

 

Boston Manor – “Halo”

This is the kind of solid new rock that powers many a gym playlist. Melodic, crunchy, and energetic. These guys are from Blackpool, England and if you are a fan of Bring Me The Horizon, you should dig these guys.

 

Bruce Springsteen – “Hello Sunshine”

Springsteen has said that this upcoming solo record, Western Stars, is a return to an acoustic sound he mined on Nebraska (editor’s note: YAY!!!!) But “Hello Sunshine” is much more Chet Atkins than “Atlantic City.” This is not a bad thing. At all. Pedal Steel guitar and piano, brushed drums and strings provide the lion’s share of the arrangement here all of which provides a lovely base for Bruce’s warm vocals. He has already promised another E-Street Band album for the future which makes this feel like something to savor.

 

Mannequin Pussy – “Drunk II”

I had a hard time finding out much about this Philly band. But that doesn’t really matter. This is one of those songs that hit you in the gut thanks to lead singer and guitarist Marisa Dabice’s impassioned vocals. She is sharing so much here. And delivered among the wonderful cacophony of distortion and guitar fuzz, it is something you can get lost in. This band has just landed on my “must see live” list.

 

Local Natives – “When Am I Gonna Lose You”

I for one am not going to complain about the influence Fleetwood Mac has had on more than a few indie-rock bands I’ve featured here of late. LA’s Local Natives have just released their fourth album and it features echoes of Laurel Canyon as well. Heavy on hooks and harmonies, the band has a reputation for terrific live shows.

 

Rival Sons – “Too Bad”

Straight forward blue-collar rock and roll. This is what I call nod your head and sip your beer rock which is what I would be doing if I saw them live.

 

Calexico & Iron and Wine – “Midnight Sun”

If ever two bands were made to collaborate, it would be these two. Sam Beam and the guys in Calexico follow up their previous ep (2004’s In The Reins) with a new album and a tour later this summer. Calexico’s wide open spaces and Beam’s well worn folk compliment each other in the best possible manner. “Midnight Sun” is a great example of the airy sonic treats coming our way. Absolutely lovely. This will no doubt be the soundtrack for at least one campfire experience this summer.

 

Mark Lanegan Band – “Stitch It Up”

If you’ve been checking out these playlists for any amount of time, you’ve come to realize that I am a Mark Lanegan fan boy. Wait, I guess I’m a Stan. I don’t really hide it. He remains one of my favorite rock vocalists. He is back with a new single from an upcoming album. It is everything I love about his songs: it is propulsive and edgy, it’s raw and gritty, and Lanegan’s vocals bring sex and danger to the mix. This is one glorious din indeed.

 

Future Teens – “Emotional Bachelor”

I know. I’m sharing a bunch of indie-rock this month. But this is another example of a song that brings the feels. Part of it is the duo-vocals from Amy Hoffman and Daniel Radin and the melancholy of the music. But part of it is the sense that you are being let in on a personal experience that maybe you can relate to. These Bostonians bring to mind some really great mid 90’s sounds and, well, nostalgia. Also, I may have played this four times in a row on first listen.

 

THE CLASSIC: Robert Palmer – “Johnny And Mary”

Robert had bigger hits (here, here and here) but this one always stuck with me. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that MTV played this a great deal when it came out. But I was always drawn to what is basically the story of a relationship dealing with ennui and angst served up in a digital soundscape.

 Johnny’s always running around/Trying to find certainty
He needs all the world to confirm/That he ain’t lonely
Mary counts the walls/Knows he tires easily”

There’s a chance you may be familiar with this song via one of several covers that have come out since Palmer’s original. Another artist who died far too young.

For previous editions of The Playlist, see the growing archive here.

See the Spotify playlist here.


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If you needed proof that the ever-growing popularity of vitamin gummy supplements herald the death of humanity, look no further than this weekend’s scandal involving beauty YouTuber and influencer James Charles.

For those blissfully unaware, Charles describes himself as “a 19 year old kid with a few blending brushes.” In 2016, at just 17, Charles became the first male face of CoverGirl. Since then, the makeup artist has amassed sponsorships with Morphe Cosmetics, along with 16 million YouTube subscribers who tune into his many tutorials.

Last Monday, Charles attended the Met Gala with YouTube, writing on Instagram, “Being invited to such an important event like the ball is such an honor and a step forward in the right direction for influencer representation in the media and I am so excited to be a catalyst.” The absurd concept of a need for greater “influencer representation” was thankfully lampooned on Twitter.

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With season three hitting Netflix in two months time, the Stranger Things hype is on full blast, with a new video game, Polaroid camera, and an H&M collection. Now, LEGO is joining the roster with its very own rendition of the Upside Down.

Designed and developed alongside Netflix, the new 2,287-piece LEGO set features the Byers’ house from season one, complete with all the Christmas lights and painted alphabet on the walls. Unique to this model is the ability to flip the entire set upside down, revealing the actual Upside Down from the show: a mirrored Byers’ house in blue and grey, housing the Demogorgon and a terrified Will. The Stranger Things LEGO set comes with eight mini-figures featuring all the main characters, including Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the Demogorgon. It also comes with the Chief’s truck.

The LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down set will be available at LEGO retailers June 1, or May 15 if you’re a LEGO VIP member. As for the new season, Netflix will be dropping Season 3 of the thriller on July 4.

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First Impressions 101: How to Introduce Yourself & Others

It’s a fact of life that most of us operate within a number of different social circles. Many of us will socialize with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and so on and often, these social circles are largely kept separate, not necessarily intentionally, of course, but simply by way of the fact that they wouldn’t have much reason to naturally come together or commingle in most circumstances.

Still, there are situations where those different social spheres will come together; parties, weddings, funerals, and so on and in those situations, given that you may be the person that knows both people from different circles, it’ll be your responsibility to introduce those people to one another hence we’ve created today’s guide on how to approach the exercise of introductions with class and tact as befits a gentleman.

Neighborhood block party
Neighborhood block party

The Importance Of Introductions

By introducing people at a gathering who don’t know each other, everyone will generally feel more at ease in the social situation and people will be able to converse more comfortably. Phrased another way, the purpose of introducing people is to give them an opportunity to get to know each other. Here’s an added benefit, by performing a proper introduction, the introduced parties will reflect on you positively and see you as a socially adept individual. Never a bad thing!

Pre-Intro Considerations

Firstly, it’s important to find a proper opening and to get your timing right; after all, you don’t want to embarrass yourself by accidentally introducing the wrong people to each other or by interrupting a flowing or serious conversation with an introduction. For example, if your boss is in the middle of a business discussion at an event, butting in to introduce them to a friend will seem out of place and improper.

The art of introduction
The art of introduction

Etiquette Conventions of Formal Introductions

The basic protocol of formal introductions calls for introducing a lesser ranking person to a higher ranking person. These rankings are generally determined by things like age, job title, or how long you’ve personally known one of the individuals in question. The higher ranking individual’s name should always come first in an introduction.

Steps To A Formal Introduction

  1. State the name of the person being introduced to. In other words, state the name of the higher ranking individual.
  2. Say something like “I would like to introduce” or “Please meet” or a similar phrase.
  3. State the name of the person being introduced. In other words, this is the name of the lower ranking individual.
  4. Mention one or two small details to get the conversation between the two individuals started. Don’t give away too much so that they don’t have anything to talk about but just get a detail out there so things can get flowing.

Now let’s put all of that together with a few examples:

  • You may, for instance, be introducing an older person to a younger person; you could say something like “Grandma, this is my friend, Will. He and I just completed a project together in Chemistry.”
  • You could be introducing a senior professional to a junior professional; something like “Mr. President, this is our new data analyst, Ms. Johnson.”
  • You could be introducing a host to a guest; something like “Mrs. Adams, this is my daughter, Janet, she just returned from a ski trip in Colorado.”
  • If the two people you are introducing to one another are of equal status, it’s purely up to you which person’s name you want to list first, it’s that easy.
  • If you are performing an introduction between one person and a group of multiple people, follow the same ranking system we outlined before but just make sure to list the names of each person in the group individually, that way, no one will feel minimized or left out. Here’s an example of that one in action; “Director Miller, I would like to introduce our Engineering team, this is Tom White, Amy Nakamura, and Kendall Thompson, all three of them participated in our conference on Wednesday.”

Casual Introductions

If you’re in a more casual situation, a full formal introduction isn’t always necessary or even practical. Still, you should generally try to follow the overall guidelines of introducing the higher ranking person to the lower ranking person. Let’s say, for example, that you’re a few rows apart in the stands at a basketball game, obviously, it’s not going to be practical to do a handshake or really have a conversation at that point in time but a smile, a friendly wave, and just exchanging names should be enough. Then, if you find yourselves in a situation where you can have a more full conversation later, take the opportunity to do so.

Body Language & Social Cues

Look at the person you’re speaking to first then turn to the other person as you complete the introduction. You should make an effort to make eye contact with both individuals that are part of the introduction. Speak clearly, of course, and don’t mumble. Mumbling is just going to reflect poorly on you as the person conducting the introduction. As we’ve already mentioned, use courteous language. May I introduce or “I’d like you to meet” are good examples of a lead-in for an introduction. “May I present” is going to be your most formal option.

In more formal situations or when there’s an obvious age difference between parties, using courtesy titles and last names is going to be more polite than just using first names. After all, once they get talking, the people you are introducing can make the decision to use first names themselves and even when you are using first names, try to include last names as well. Not only is it more polite but it also aids in memory retention for those people being introduced.

Chris Evans all smiles

Also, teach children to use the titles of adults rather than simply their first names unless an adult specifically requests that only their first name be used. For example, something like “Mrs. Rosen, this is my niece, Kayla. Kayla, this is Mrs. Rosen”. This brings up a good point about repetition, though, only when introducing children to adults should you reverse and repeat the introduction; as in “X this is y, y this is X”, otherwise, reversing and repeating can make the introductions seem a little tedious. In order to make sure that everyone remembers everyone else’s names, just use names organically as the conversation continues.

Finally here, let’s cover what to do if you find yourself having forgotten someone’s name in the middle of an introduction; after all, it does happen. The best course of action is simply to politely excuse yourself and say “I’m sorry, would you please remind me of your name?” and if you find yourself repeatedly blanking on someone’s name, be a little bit sneaky. Take the two people and simply say, “Have the two of you met?” then you can sort of prompt the two people to say their names for one another. This is a little bit risky, however, and it won’t always work so it’s a tactic that’s best avoided. In general, honesty is the best policy.

If You Are The One Being Introduced

First, stand and face the person in question. This makes it easier to maintain eye contact and shake hands and presents you as equals in the introduction. If a person is unable to stand, of course, just politely lean to their level. Don’t forget to smile, give a firm but not crushing handshake, and let go promptly. There are a few things more awkward than somebody who hangs on too long after a handshake and finally, after the introduction has been completed, give a pleasant greeting to the person to whom you’ve been introduced, “I’m very pleased to meet you” is an easy choice.

Introducing Yourself To Others

If you know the person’s name and title, it’s best to use it. Something like “Mr. Jones, my name is Michael Wilson. It’s a pleasure to meet you” and if you’d like to introduce yourself but you don’t know the person’s name, you can just lead with yours. Something like “Hi, I’m Preston Schlueter. I thought I’d like to get to know you”. As with before, don’t forget the smile, eye contact, and firm handshake.

CONCLUSION

Knowing all of these rules, all types of introductions should be a breeze for you. You’ll look good to the people whom you’re introducing and they should hopefully be able to start up a conversation with little to no effort.

We’d like to know, do you already use any of these introduction techniques and do you have any more that we might have? Whatever the case may be, share with us in the comments section below!


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