We understand that guys hold their private parts in the greatest of esteem (hence the term “family jewels”), but perhaps some men might be a bit too overprotective of their junk. Which is probably why Blast Boxers exist. Originally developed for men in the military, the underwear features a special high-strength material that acts as penis armor should an explosion go off in the vicinity of his crotch. Assuming he doesn’t work for the Army or in a factory that manufactures firecrackers, the Blast Boxers man must have one exciting social life (or one incredibly weird phobia). [Gizmodo] Keep reading »
I can’t wear skinny jeans, because I have beefy man legs, mighty logs of muscle and sinew, the end product of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. Ancient man spent his days running from prehistoric beasts, jumping with simian fury and squatting around the fire. Here’s a short list of the men who can wear skinny jeans: Iggy Pop, The Pumpkin King, moody beanpoles with eating disorders and those with unusually narrow pelvises. If you own and wear a cape or a top hat, you can wear skinny jeans. If you need skin-tight pants that hug your hips, then do as Batman does and wear tights. Regular men should not wear skinny jeans.
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Clothing sizing drives me insane because it gives designers a God-like upper hand in defining you. Helmut Lang likes to compliment me by allowing me to squeeze into a 2 from time to time, but Alexander Wang basically thinks I’m obese. Turns out designers are no kinder to men, and there’s all sorts of lying going on in the menswear sizing department. Apparently, there’s a huge discrepancy in the sizing of men’s pants, which often display a far smaller waist measurement than their actual measurement. An Esquire blogger made this handy chart to spell out just how honest and dishonest retailers are. The biggest liar: Old Navy, whose jeans (advertised for a 36-inch waist) physically measure five inches larger at 41 inches. We feel for you, dudes. [Esquire via Gawker] Keep reading »
Bad teeth aside, the idea of English guys is quite romantic. You’ve got your Hugh Grants (awkward/charming), Colin Firths (will fight a man in a fountain for you and love you “just as you are”), and Jude Laws (OK, not romantic, but is damn hot and is one fantasy lay). Needless to say, the accent and cute attire of button-up shirts and oxfords doesn’t hurt either.
While we love Brit style, we’re a bit turned off (we think) by the following weirdness: apparently, guys in London are outfitting their wardrobes with Sherlock Holmes-esque duds. Keep reading »
The folks at Alexander McQueen are continuing the deceased designer’s legacy. One of the first new things to come out of the fashion house? A line of men’s underwear emblazoned with the signature McQueen skull print. (Apparently this collection will also have silk loungewear—classy.) But we wonder … what would Alexander McQueen have wanted as a fashion statement following his death? Is it kind of cheeky to put skulls and bones on boxers? (Bones, you know?) Then again, he might love the little joke.
What do you think of this look? Would you like your man to wear some skivvies like this? [Hint Mag] Keep reading »
Guys never learn. Or maybe they do? If you’ve noticed your man shaping up and becoming classier lately, perhaps it’s because he’s been reading our new favorite blog, The Rules of a Gentleman. Each day, a new tip or rule about gentlemanly behavior or lifestyle is posted. We love some of the old world-y suggestions, like number 34, “Cufflinks when appropriate are never optional,” or number 28, “Opening the door for a lady is not optional, and will never go out of style” (Andy Rutledge). Perhaps our favorite rule: “Items that shouldn’t match = Watch, belt, slacks, socks and shoes.” Damn straight. Now go and learn something. [The Rules of a Gentleman] Keep reading »
New York magazine reports that “men’s espadrilles are having a moment.” Apparently, the style has been popular in European countries like France and Spain, and has now found a place with American retailers. Ordinarily, I would disregard this type of article and think that someone had noticed three guys wearing espadrilles and decided this is now a trend were it not for a conversation I had with my boyfriend just three days ago on the topic. (Full disclosure: he is French.) Keep reading »
has just come out with this promo video for its new line of men’s sneakers. With the cheesy video techniques and pumping electro music, the clip is kind of hilarious—something we’d imagine running in the background of “Zoolander.” Maybe they should have just called this “Guys-too-hot-for-their-own-good Standing Around in Sneakers Looking Hot.” Blue Steel! [YouTube
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In recent years, men have upped their co-optation of certain “feminine” styles (although to be fair, the ladies have done the the same!). Some of these trends thankfully fade into obscurity (see the murse, the kilt/man skirt/murt business). Others have become mainstays of men’s fashion (scarves, skinny jeans), “acceptable” in most circles, and even more so if you happen to travel to Europe. A new limited-edition collection by Topman is bringing the cowl neck to men’s shirts, an embellishment that belongs more to the likes of JWoww and Lauren Conrad. We haven’t seen dudes rock this look yet, but wouldn’t put it past Topshop trendsetters to make it a thing next season. What do you think of the cowl neck style for guys? Refined? Unsightly? Does it matter? [via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
French men are very well dressed. (Take it from me, someone who lives in Paris and often feels like she’s walking in a living version of Sartorialist heaven.) They also just know things about fashion in the way that American guys just know things about football or Mila Kunis. A new study further proves that dudes in France are style-inclined: they have a lot of clothes. Research conducted by the French Fashion Institute shows that these males, “aged between 15 and 29 spend as much on clothes as women of their age” and that “young French men fussed as much over appearances as women their age yet spent less time and energy picking and choosing clothes.” Great, so basically the French manage to be into how they look, but never have fashion freak-outs. Where did we go wrong?
We have to imagine that a man with a huge closet might affect dating dynamics. Have you ever been with a guy who owns a crap load of clothes? Is a male clotheshorse a good or a bad thing? [AFP] Keep reading »