Conceptual/edgy? Or functional? The Wipe Shirt sounds dirtier than it is. Created by Japanese fashion brand Novelax, the men’s button down comes outfitted with a microfiber patch located either on the sleeve’s cuff or on the corner of a front hem. The fabric is ideal for cleaning glasses, so instead of oiling up his dress shirt to wipe his specs, he has a convenient place to do it.
Plus, to the untrained eye, this shirt kind of does look just like a contemporary design to come out of Japan. So no one would ever know. (Except, maybe, for those with 20/20 vision who see everything.) [Inventor Spot]
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All you need to know:
- The boys from Brooklyn band Yeasayer, shirtless in all their pale, undefined, nerdy, hipster glory.
- Mason jars of beer and tequila.
- Tattered shreds of denim constructed as a dress and/or apron (they’re still not sure): “This is the ugliest boho dress ever … We didn’t know what we were supposed to be doing.”
Check out the oh-so-artsy end result after the jump. [BlackBookMag.com] Keep reading »
According to The Senken, “The most widely read fashion daily in Japan” (I’d never heard of it either until I was handed a copy at Paris Fashion Week), the latest men’s fashion craze is a style called “OraOra,” which “comes from a sound Japanese people make when threatening someone.” As such, the general theme is a “bad boy” look, characterized by baggy black sweatsuits, gangsta body language, guido-like graphic embellishments, and sunglasses. Explains The Senken, “It is a tough guy’s look that says ‘don’t mess with me’ in head to toe black. The key words for this look are outlaw and tough guy.”
We’d normally just sigh and shake our heads in heavy disappointment at the continual lack of male fashion sense, but things get weird when we find out the supposed “reasons” this trend is taking off … Keep reading »
The L.A. Times is reporting that the neck tie industry is in serious decline, and they are blaming a slew of people we never thought would impact the fashion world. It turns out that President Obama has started a trend by wearing button-downs without ties, and Bill Gates is to blame too! The dot.com era turned casual Fridays into casual everydays, as boys began typing away in polos and dress pants. This bare-neck craze doesn’t seem to be losing momentum anytime soon, but a word to the wise, boys: Some of us ladies still love a dapper, suited man. [L.A. Times] Keep reading »
For a mere $2,200, your guy can get that chic toxic-waste-handler look, too! [Oki-Ni.com] Keep reading »
When it comes to putting together a nice jacket/shirt/tie combo, it can sometimes look like guys got dressed in the dark. But when it comes to their toys, there’s no problem. We’re talking specifically about these briefcases by designer Beau Reid, made to match your dude’s car. The custom murses are outfitted with snazzy leather, car paint, and details that go with particular vehicles. Rolling your eyes yet? Wait until you hear how much one costs: $15,000.
For the guy who puts down for one of these: You’re never allowed to complain about how much we spend on shoes or clothes again. Ever. [Lost in a Supermarket] Keep reading »
At the Grammys last night, most of the ladies in attendance kept it real. Rihanna looked like a gorgeous, badass swan; Beyonce had all sorts of elegant booty all over the place; hell, even Pink turned up looking like a classy broad, ballgown and all. We wish we could say that the men in attendance were similarly impressive in the sartorial sense. Keep reading »
Admit it. Half the fun of getting your iPhone was shopping for cases and fingerless gloves afterward. So the Los Angeles Times makes a good point: What style accompaniments will the iPad produce? Two words: Big. Pockets. (Insert “Is that an iPad in your pants or are you just happy to see me?” jokes here.)
Scottvest, the maker of super-functional outerwear, is already on it, announcing “the first and only clothing line for the iPad.” The travel vest includes an enormous inner pocket, roomy enough to store the Apple gizmo. So, we had to wonder … what are some other ways techies will start toting? After the jump, three more scary possibilities.
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Attention: Valentine’s Day gift alert! Spotted in the newest issue of VMAN magazine—a precious little undergarment … for the man in your life: denim manties. Yes, these denim, itty-bitty man-panties (hate that word!) can be yours, or his as the case may be. And picture this: a man with over .009 percent body fat wearing those suckers! You’re welcome. [The Cut] Keep reading »
America is used to seeing CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a suit and Dr. Sanjay Gupta similarly dressed, or even in a lab coat. So when the two reporters recently appeared on-air from Haiti dressed in muscle-bearing tight t-shirts, they (perhaps inadvertently) sparked a debate about how journalists should be dressing. Laments the New York Times, the two men “looked a lot less like the usual harried, disheveled examples of those in the profession than like bendable action dolls.”
The New York Times is quick to blame Cooper’s dashing-good looks as an influence on the change: “You could call it the Anderson Cooper effect. Mr. Cooper has rarely missed an opportunity throughout his career to showcase his buff physique … ” Valerie Steele, the director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, calls this the “international superstar journalist look.”
How do you prefer your nightly news anchor? Sexy and muscled? Or suited up? [New York Times] Keep reading »