The sweater may seem like a standard, almost impersonal gift. Done right, though, it’s the ideal present — it’s practical, attractive and will actually be used. That said, year after year of going with guy friends to return their hideous sweaters for other things has taught me a bit about how not to eff it up. Let’s learn from others’ mistakes:
- Avoid cardigans unless your guy has expressly made his interest in them clear either by mentioning that he is (or could be) a fan and/or he has previously worn one.
- Same goes for turtlenecks. The exact reasoning is still fairly mysterious, but turtle necks are a hard sell with dudes. (To be fair, this guy‘s hot and he does kind of look like a jerk in that turtleneck.)
- Sweaters should hit an inch or two below the top of his pants. Dude’s not trying to wear a dress or a crop top, so keep length in mind while shopping.
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Women’s fashion may be more complicated than men’s style, but we do have the LBD going for us. The little black dress, which magically gets you through work, black-tie events, and pretty much any party. And it’s this time of year that the LBD becomes most used and handy. Poor guys, they have far fewer options than us. The Vancouver Sun has just suggested that the answer to the all-around men’s piece for the holiday season has to be … the sweater. [Vancouver Sun]
Really? We beg to differ, and here’s what we think every man should consider to be their go-to wardrobe staple (and you may want to consider it as a Christmas gift for your guy). Keep reading »
My friend here (left) is wearing a good-looking coat today. It’s simple with interesting seams and subtle hardware. I shouldn’t be so impressed, but I am, mostly because dudes are generally not known for their outerwear selection abilities. I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s always been my experience that most boys seem to consider coats an afterthought, caring not at all that they look like 5-year-olds in jackets they borrowed from daddy. Too-boxy shoulders, weird lengths and gross fabric pilling all qualify as grave offenses, and it is your duty to help the men in your life avoid them. We’ve got a few suggestions to make the task less terrifying. Keep reading »
They say everything old is new again and that’s not just for leg warmers and neon … male chest hair is back from the ’70s with a vengeance! (The cutesy term for chest hair is “heavage,” but that sounds like what happened after I drank four shots of vodka for the first time.) The popularity of deep V-necks and scoop-neck tops in men’s fashion is to blame, apparently, and the Wall Street Journal says these clothes plus tufts of man fur offer “blatantly sexual … studly swagger.” Keep reading »
H&M appears to be dipping its toes into the cross-dressing (or Scottish? Marc Jacobs?) trend pool. The retailer’s Spring lookbook includes, yes, skirts for men. Sigh.
Well, looks like they’re going to have some competition, seeing as the kilt industry has really stepped up its game to include tuxedo, workman, and casual styles. H&M’s version falls a bit short, no? (And does nothing for your hips.) But seriously, people, is this for real or a publicity stunt? And if it’s sold at such a mass retailer, could we truly see a trickle-down effect of men in skirts? [The Thread] Keep reading »
Being girly girls and all, we don’t know much about Company 81, except that it reminds us a lot of Abercrombie and American Eagle, but seems to be of higher quality and yet way more affordable at the same time. While combing the shops for gifts for guys, we’ve turned up all kinds of fun items, but button-downs from $20-$42 and sweaters and other outerwear for under $100 are some of the best deals we’ve come across so far. And because these dudes are extra friendly, they’re giving away two shirts and a sweater to some lucky gal who can re-gift and doesn’t necessarily need to reveal how much she actually spent. Hey, it’s not like we’ll say anything.
We’re giving away one set of Company 81 menswear (including two button-downs and one sweater), but you have to work if you want your man in free duds. The best commenter for this coming week—from today, Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Tuesday, Dec. 2—will be awarded. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
In the past, there have been two types of men who wear scarves. Those who want to keep warm. And those who want to wear scarves because, um, you know, they’re extra fashionable. Now, however, with acceptance of gender-bending/andro/metrosexual fashion, things are changing, and the scarf has made its way into guys’ closets as a wardrobe staple. So much so that StyleFrizz declares that “the scarf is the new tie.” Keep reading »
Easily accessible these pants are not. Croatian designer Damir Doma certainly thinks outside of the box though, we’ll give him that much. [superfuture] Keep reading »
Oak, a fashion-forward store in New York City, has been pulling out the ridiculous men’s fashions lately. First, we found this T-shirt thingy by Complex Geometries. And now, we’ve come across this $110-shredded shirt by CMRTYZ, which reminds me of the “True Blood” scenes where Maryann Forrester rips people’s backs apart. That being said, I can see a woman wearing this if the “tail” weren’t so long. [Oak] Keep reading »
This Complex Geometries shirt (is it really a shirt though?) adds to the list of weird men’s fashions we’re just not that into. [OakNYC.com] Keep reading »