The Fine Young Gentleman http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com Of matters concerning men's dress, fashion & style Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:40:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 An Alternative To Lax Penni Friday http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/casual/alternative-lax-penni-friday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alternative-lax-penni-friday http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/casual/alternative-lax-penni-friday/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:36:39 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10416 A while back I wrote of my affinity for wearing lax pennis to the gym.  However, I do realize that a pinnie is not always the ideal choice to gym wear; some have argued that it is never an appropriate choice.  Although dissent is appreciated, I disagree with the haters.  Lax Pinnies are still okay. But to appease them, somewhat, I will acknowledge some other options for gym wear.  Some of which we can talk about another time, tonight we will talk about about more performance oriented clothing.  As an example I’ll discuss Champion’s Performax line.  Admittedly, most of the … Continue reading

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A while back I wrote of my affinity for wearing lax pennis to the gym.  However, I do realize that a pinnie is not always the ideal choice to gym wear; some have argued that it is never an appropriate choice.  Although dissent is appreciated, I disagree with the haters.  Lax Pinnies are still okay.

But to appease them, somewhat, I will acknowledge some other options for gym wear.  Some of which we can talk about another time, tonight we will talk about about more performance oriented clothing.  As an example I’ll discuss Champion’s Performax line.  Admittedly, most of the time I go to the gym I wear performance or technical clothing; as much as I like natural fibers, cotton shorts and shirts don’t really cut it when it’s time to sweat.

Champion was nice enough to send me some gear from the line, pictured in this post is what I like to call my neon blueberry ensemble; for obvious reasons.  After a few months of wear the clothing has help up well, it is also very comfortable.  Both the shirt and the shorts have mesh sections on them to allow for better air circulation (to keep you cooler), which are nice additions both technically and aesthetically.

As with almost everything I dress for, I do like to coordinate my ensembles when I go to the gym.  It just doesn’t make sense to wear things that don’t go together.  Much like when you wear a suit or dress shirt, it is good to wear colors that compliment your complexion.  Not to mention, clothes that fit.  In my case, blue is one of my stronger colors so the neon blueberry look works.  By no means are matching top and bottoms like this necessary, but there is also nothing wrong with them.  What is important is that what you are wearing is comfortable, appropriate and goes together.

Would you wear something like this, or would you prefer lax pinnies all day, every day?

-JLJ

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Jay Butler Launches Leather Goods Collection http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/accessories/jay-butler-leather-goods-collection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jay-butler-leather-goods-collection http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/accessories/jay-butler-leather-goods-collection/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:48:33 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10451 Dear Readers, A few weeks ago I announced that I was starting a shoe and leather goods brand, Jay Butler.  Proudly, I can now say that ‘starting’ has changed to ‘started.’  That said, late Monday night I launched the leather goods collection.  The collection consists of wallets, money clips and other small leather accessories.  Over time the collection will grow to include duffel bags, lap top bags, dopp kits and other small leather items. When I was designing Jay Butler’s first leather goods collection I wanted to keep things simple and classic (big surprise there, right?).  Functional and practical while … Continue reading

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Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago I announced that I was starting a shoe and leather goods brand, Jay Butler.  Proudly, I can now say that ‘starting’ has changed to ‘started.’  That said, late Monday night I launched the leather goods collection.  The collection consists of wallets, money clips and other small leather accessories.  Over time the collection will grow to include duffel bags, lap top bags, dopp kits and other small leather items.

When I was designing Jay Butler’s first leather goods collection I wanted to keep things simple and classic (big surprise there, right?).  Functional and practical while still aesthetically pleasing.  My intention was for the eye to be drawn to the colors, textures and patterns of the leathers.  To the concise lines and pleasing proportions.  Not to branded patterns or exorbitant price tags.

The collection ranges in price from $45 to $295 and the items are made from calf leather, ostrich, crocodile and sting ray.  Admittedly, $295 is a sizable sum to pay for a wallet.  However, in comparison to similar items Jay Butler’s collection is priced extremely well; helped in large part by the brand’s online direct to consumer sales model.  For example, many luxury brands sell their simple calf leather wallets at $295, those made of crocodile cost many times that.  For those not interested in exotic leathers, Jay Butler’s calf wallets are priced between $60 and $75.  All of Jay Butler’s leather goods are produced at a quality level that is on par with some of the most respected brands in the world.  These goods will last you years, if not longer.

But you may ask, and reasonably so, why is a simple wallet made of crocodile so expensive?  There are a few reasons for this.  First, crocodile (and other exotic skins like ostrich and sting ray) cost many times more than calf and cow leather costs.  Second, working with crocodile takes greater skill and more time to work with than regular leathers.  The leather must be selected and cut by hand (see photo below).  The craftsman must know how to work with the intricacies of the leathers in order to produce the best looking product; it is part art and part science.  It is not so simple as just cutting leather out and stitching it together.  To do it right takes experience, skill, time and thought.  Third, the exportation, importation and logistics of exotic skins is far more time consuming and difficult to manage that it is with non exotic skins like calf and cow leather.  Permits must be obtained from both the importing and exporting countries and documentation speaking to the legal origin of the skins must also be obtained; among other things.  At Jay Butler, only legally obtained and C.I.T.E.S. certified exotic skins are used.

I urge you all to browse the full collection exclusively at Jay Butler.com.  If you are interested in following Jay Butler, please sign up for the email newsletter.  Or you can follow the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds.  For those of you more interested in the shoes than the leather goods, I expect to have those available for pre-sale in the first week of November.

To commemorate the launch of Jay Butler and the leather goods collection I am offering a 10% discount to readers of The Fine Young Gentleman.  The code ‘fygreader’ can be applied at checkout and will be valid until next Friday, October 24th.

If you have any questions about the brand or its products please send me an email at Help@JayButler.com or Justin@TheFineYoungGentleman.com.  Thank you all for your support and readership.

-JLJ

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Disclosure: Jay Butler is a brand owned and designed by the founder and writer of this blog, Justin L Jeffers.

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The Ravis Custom Tailor Suit Review http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/suits/ravis-custom-tailor-suit-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ravis-custom-tailor-suit-review http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/suits/ravis-custom-tailor-suit-review/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:44:29 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10428 Like many of the reviews on this blog, the following review of Ravis Custom Tailors is a long time coming and also overdue.  For which I owe the brand an apology.  But more importantly, let’s get on with the review. Ravis Custom Tailor is not a brand that I have seen talked about on other blog.  There are, of course, a few threads on the brand on AAAC and SF; the consensus seems to gravitate toward the less favorable side of things.  Which oftentimes makes me more curious about a brand and its products.  Overall, my impression of Ravis has … Continue reading

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Like many of the reviews on this blog, the following review of Ravis Custom Tailors is a long time coming and also overdue.  For which I owe the brand an apology.  But more importantly, let’s get on with the review.

Ravis Custom Tailor is not a brand that I have seen talked about on other blog.  There are, of course, a few threads on the brand on AAAC and SF; the consensus seems to gravitate toward the less favorable side of things.  Which oftentimes makes me more curious about a brand and its products.  Overall, my impression of Ravis has been more favorable than what I have read on them elsewhere.

First, a bit about the brand. Ravis is a traveling tailor; they have representatives that travel across the US to fit and meet with customers, their list of locations is rather extensive.  I met them in Wilmington, Delaware.  Their operations and production are based in Thailand, however.  Their suits start at $250 and range up to around $1,500.  This puts them on the low end of the price spectrum of all brands that I have reviewed here on FYG.  Their garments can either be fused or canvassed.  And they can accommodate many special requests (more on that in a bit).  If you take one look at their website you can tell that it needs some work.  However, Ravis is not a web based brand so I suppose that is not their biggest concern.

At the time I met with Ravis I has been longing for a brown linen suit for the summer and early fall.  Fortunately, they had a decent selection of linen fabrics for me to choose from.  They also had a plethora of worsteds, cottons and flannels.  Although you will not find some of the big name mills like Holland & Sherry, VBC, Loro Piana and others; Ravis does have some decent fabric on offer.  I suppose this is one way they are able to keep their prices down.

Anyway, as you can see, I selected a nice dark brown for my suit.  The details for the suit were as follows:

Jacket: Notch lapel, 2 button, hacking pockets (slanted), side vents, half lined, wider lapels.  Additionally, I also specified a certain buttoning point and notch height.  Both of which were not done properly on the first jacket that Ravis made for me, so they did remake the front of the jacket.

Trousers: No cuffs, no pleats, side tabs, extended slide tab closure and suspender buttons.

ravis custom suit before front

This is the suit before alterations.  I had my tailor (Baldwin Tailors on 4th st in Philadelphia) take in the chest and stomach.  As well as shorten the sleeves slightly.  Uniquely, I also had them open up the quarters, as I wanted the suit to have a more casual and sweeping look.  We also slimmed and shortened the pants a bit.

ravis custom suit before side

I would have preferred if Ravis had a slightly longer vent, I forgot to have my tailors make it longer.

ravis custom tailor suit review

The end result is a much better looking suit.  I think opening the quarters made a big difference on balancing the suit out.  The pants also look and feel significantly better.  I do think that the hacking pockets should have been placed slightly higher and with a steeper slant and also the notch is not high as I would have liked.  But in the end, for $300 (+$100 for alterations) I think this is still a very solid suit.  If I were to get a second suit from Ravis (which may end up happening) I think the results would be noticeably better than what you see here.

Given the price of the suit, I was not expecting much on the construction quality front.  Although the construction is not top shelf, it is still good for the price.

ravis mtm suit jacket inside

The half lining is well done.  The stitching and piping around the edges and inside are clean.  The jacket has a nice light feel to it when worn, which is something that I like, especially with suits intended for warm weather.

ravis mtm suit sleevehead

Good work around the sleevehead, hand stitching.  Note the sweat guard at the armpit.

ravis suit breast pocket

Would prefer the breast pocket to not have that little stitch coming in from the right side.

ravis suit review button

The little bit on the underside of the button was something I was not expecting to see, but it was a nice surprise.  It serves to help reinforce the button stitching.

ravis suit lapel

The lapel buttonhole/boutonniere needs some help.  It is both in the shape of a keyhole, but it is also not functioning.

ravis custom suit buttonhole

The buttonholes are decent.  They are not super tight but they get the job done.

ravis custom suit review collar

I have mentioned in the past how I like to see the collar fabric folded to the underside of the collar, as if helps prevent the collar felt from being visible.  For the price of this suit I was not surprised that fabric was not folded under.

ravis custom tailor buttons

To be honest, I do not remember if I chose the buttons or if Ravis chose them for me.  Either way, I like the brown shade that they are.  However, I may switch them out for some brown horn buttons.  The buttonhole stitching on the sleeve is akin to the front buttonhole stitching.

ravis custom suit button

Nice shanking on the front button.

ravis pants

By this point we should all know of my love of extended slide tabs on the waistband.  I was quite glad Ravis was able to accommodate this request.

ravis custom suit pants

Cuff guards at the base of the pants are always nice to see.

ravis custom suit review side tabs

The slide tabs are nice and functional.  Slanted pockets are a must.

In conclusion I am happy with my suit from Ravis.  Although I have noted a few things that I would change or that could be done better, I have to keep in mind that this is a $300 suit, and thus my expectations can only be so high.

In this case, my expectations were met.  I believe that if I were to have another suit made from Ravis and all of my notes were taken into account, my expectations would be exceeded.  The fact that Ravis promises to accommodate nearly any special request is something that greatly appeals to me, as we know that I can be rather particular.  At the end of the day, the fit is more important than the fabric and construction of the suit.  The fit of the suit, although not perfect, is still good and something that I am happy to wear and expect to get a lot of use out of.  This all said, I do recommend you check out Ravis Custom Tailor if you are in the market for a custom suit and your budget is under $450.  If you have any questions, comments or experience of your own; please feel free to share in the comments.

ravis custom tailor review

-JLJ

 

Note:  FYGblog did receive the suit being reviewed in exchange for a review.  As always the utmost effort was taken to maintain an unbiased view on the product and brand at hand.  For those more interested in Ravis working conditions, please refer here.

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Changing Of The Guard http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/clothing-care/fall-winter-suit-storage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fall-winter-suit-storage http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/clothing-care/fall-winter-suit-storage/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:21:44 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10418 Summer is over. Our delusions of a perpetual Indian Summer come to an end.  The reality that the chill of fall and winter is upon us sets in.  This brings joy, sadness and transformation. I personally favor warmer weather.  But not so warm that the wearing of a suit is nearly prohibited because of the discomfort of excessive sweating (I took the month of August off from suit wearing).  Anyway, something about freezing temperatures just doesn’t get my blood flowing.  However, there are a few saving graces of this coldness.  First, it is prime weather for chunky sweaters as well … Continue reading

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Summer is over.

Our delusions of a perpetual Indian Summer come to an end.  The reality that the chill of fall and winter is upon us sets in.  This brings joy, sadness and transformation.

I personally favor warmer weather.  But not so warm that the wearing of a suit is nearly prohibited because of the discomfort of excessive sweating (I took the month of August off from suit wearing).  Anyway, something about freezing temperatures just doesn’t get my blood flowing.  However, there are a few saving graces of this coldness.  First, it is prime weather for chunky sweaters as well as flannel and tweed suits.  Second, fur.  Third, although smores are a year around delicacy, taking shelter from the cold while sitting fireside with some smores and a James Bond movie just cannot be beat (more on my obsession with both Bond and smores at a later time).  Ideally this is done with the company of a girl.  Or two.

For the purposes of this post I’d like to focus on the first of those three things.  If you have been listening to my ranting the past few years on the importance and appropriateness of seasonal suiting fabrics you will also recognize the importance of off season storage (I know some of the mtm suiting brands have been listening, thankfully).  In short, for the off season you should make sure your suits and shirts are clean and then put them into protected storage.  I have found the best way to do so is to keep the items on hangers (like those from Butler Luxury) and place them in some type of hanging garment bag.  You want something that lets air, but nothing else, pass through.  The idea is to keep moths, moisture, dust and other unfavorable elements away from your garments.  I have purchased such bags from Wal-Mart and Bed Bath & Beyond; among other places.  Although the cost of doing this can be a nuisance, it greatly outweighs the risk of having your suits ruined by any number of malicious factors.  For the more frugal amongst us, the suit bags than many brands will include with your purchase may be a preferable option.

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Last week I took the liberty of changing my suits from summer to winter.  You will see how my off season garments are stored in hanging bags above.  And below you will see the before and after of my beloved Z Rack.  You will see some crossover, some suits are wearable in 3 or 4 seasons.  As such, they never go into storage.

z rack garment storage

Before (spring/summer)

fall garment storage

After (fall/winter)

Note the cashmere, flannel, velvet and tweed.  Perhaps the cold isn’t that bad after all.

-JLJ

 

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Announcing My Brand, Jay Butler http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/shoes/announcing-jay-butler-mens-shoes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcing-jay-butler-mens-shoes http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/shoes/announcing-jay-butler-mens-shoes/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:33:08 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10394 Dear Readers, A little over a year and a half ago I announced that I had left my job as an accountant to start a shoe brand, thank you to those of you who have given me your support since then.  I hope that all of you will continue to support me by continuing to read the The Fine Young Gentleman as well as patronize my brand, Jay Butler.  Although I have mentioned the brand a few times in passing I have remained relatively quiet about things.  However, I feel that it is now time to more formally announce Jay … Continue reading

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Dear Readers,

A little over a year and a half ago I announced that I had left my job as an accountant to start a shoe brand, thank you to those of you who have given me your support since then.  I hope that all of you will continue to support me by continuing to read the The Fine Young Gentleman as well as patronize my brand, Jay Butler.  Although I have mentioned the brand a few times in passing I have remained relatively quiet about things.  However, I feel that it is now time to more formally announce Jay Butler and inform all of you on its launch next month (for the latest news, please sign up for updates from the brand here).

Jay Butler is is a purveyor of fine footwear and leather accessories.  Its roots are very much set in some of the more classic styles of men’s footwear; however, viewed through a more modern lens.  When designing the shoes for Jay Butler I wanted to create shoes that a gentleman could just as easily wear to work as he could wear to the bars; even to the beach.  I wanted to create shoes that a man could live in.  And live in comfortably.

Over the past few years I have come to believe that there is a significant lack of well styled, well made and well priced casual footwear.  I intend for Jay Butler to address this void.  Sure, there are the boat shoes of the world, they are great and last for years.  But they can only be dressed up so much.  Then of course there are those nubby soled driving shoes that are also great.  But they will last you for a single season, if that.  Not to mention, I have yet to find a penny loafer for less than $200 that I would wear.  As men, our options seem to be limited, often, purchasing decisions are made on a ‘lesser of evils’ basis, which results in either quality, style or one’s bank account having to suffer.  Jay Butler will allow men to have their cake and eat it too.

In keeping with what I have preached here at The Fine Young Gentleman, I knew that whatever I designed and sold would have to represent an exceptional value.  There was and will be no compromising on this, nor should there be.  Jay Butler will do for shoes what many of the made to measure suit brands that I have written about did for made to measure suits.  They took a product that many men wanted and cut the price to a fraction of what it was historically offered for.  Jay Butler’s hand lasted and hand sewn loafers will be offered for around $150, not $300.  The same techniques of construction and manufacture will be used, the same quality of materials will be used and the products will be produced by workers who have the same level of experience and skill as those who produce goods for brands that charge far more than Jay Butler.  Better style, better price, better value.

Jay Butler will use full grain leathers, leather soles and leather linings for make its shoes and accessories.  All of the exotic skins that Jay Butler uses will be CITES certified.  Many of our patterns will be cut by hand and then crafted into shoes, bags, wallets and belts by hand.  Jay Butler’s goods will not be made in enormous factories in China and India, they will not be made in sweatshops and they will not be made in adverse working conditions.  They will be made in workshops and factories in Mexico.  Many of the craftsmen and craftswomen who make Jay Butler’s shoes and accessories have been doing so for years, some for decades and some are even the 2nd or 3rd generation of their family to make shoes and leather goods.  It could be argued that the craft is in their blood.

Jay Butler’s products will be available exclusively on the brand’s website, JayButler.com.  Please note that although the website is live, products are not yet for sale.  They will be available for pre-sale sometime in early October and the first orders will ship out toward the end of October.

For those of you that are wondering, The Fine Young Gentleman will continue.  In fact, now that the summer is over, I plan to increase the frequency of posts from 1-2 a week to 2-4 a week.

I urge all of you who interested in Jay Butler to sign up for updates here.  In the coming weeks I will share much more about how Jay Butler came about, how its products are made and the ideas and inspiration behind the products.  Below, you will find a sampling of images of the shoes and how they are made.  You will also find a few photos from the first look book.  As always, if you have any questions, please email me at Justin@TheFineYoungGentleman.com or you may email Jay Butler directly at Info@JayButler.com.  And of course, you may sound off in the comments below.  I look forward to beginning the next chapter

Sincerely,

Justin L. Jeffers

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Trends For The Fall/Winter 2014/15 Season http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/seasonal-style/menswear-trends-for-the-fall-winter-2014-2015/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=menswear-trends-for-the-fall-winter-2014-2015 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/seasonal-style/menswear-trends-for-the-fall-winter-2014-2015/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:20:07 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10384 Whether you follow (or even care about) trends or not is up to you.  Perhaps you find them silly and useless or perhaps you follow them with the utmost allegiance.  If you are of the former camp then I suppose you should stop reading.  If you are anywhere but that then you may find it of interest to read on for some of the trends that I’ve caught onto for the coming season.  As you may have guessed, I have a few thoughts about each of the trends, I’ll try to be positive about them.  Anyway, if you are like … Continue reading

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Whether you follow (or even care about) trends or not is up to you.  Perhaps you find them silly and useless or perhaps you follow them with the utmost allegiance.  If you are of the former camp then I suppose you should stop reading.  If you are anywhere but that then you may find it of interest to read on for some of the trends that I’ve caught onto for the coming season.  As you may have guessed, I have a few thoughts about each of the trends, I’ll try to be positive about them.  Anyway, if you are like me, you don’t make any seasonal acquisitions until we are actually in that season, so this list should not be too late to shed some light on the things you will see on offer.  Any questions of recommendations, please feel free to hit to comments.

Footwear

Boots – Boots are the biggest thing in footwear this season. Hiking boots, military boots, dress boots – you name it.

Suede – For the past few seasons there has been a slow push for suede. Although suitable to wear year around, it really meshes well with the textures and looks of fall and winter. Suede works as well on sneakers as it does on dress shoes so its worth thinking about working it into your shoe wardrobe.  Take for example the suede bit loafer form Jay Butler below which will sell for $145 (sales start in a few weeks but sign up for the Jay Butler email list for updates, as a full disclosure, Jay Butler is the brand I have founded so perhaps I am biased)

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Accessories

Boxy man bags – Man bags have been on the rise for the past few years. Sometimes they are slim, but now they are a bit more voluminous; more masculine, some might argue.

Chunky scarfs – Who doesn’t love a huge mass of wool, cashmere or other warmth providing textile. Aside from the practical implications of chunky knits, they are also increasingly stylish.

Outerwear

Quilted jackets – They have been adorning the shoulders of the more preppy set for years and now the pattern is being adopted on a much wider scale.

Military/field jackets – Not that military jackets ever really go away in menswear but this season they are particularly prevalent. Field jackets in particular are having their moment. If you have taken the time to peruse this seasons offerings from J. Crew you will see the brands obsession with military inspired jackets of all types.

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General

Dressed up sport – We all know Americans love sport clothing. Now more than ever we are seeing elements from sportier clothing mixed in with tailored wear.

Fur accents – As men are expanding their textural vocabulary some great things are coming into the mix. Fur being one of them. You will see it mostly as accents on jackets, but you may even see a few scarfs and coats made of the stuff. One piece of advice, skip the fake stuff and go for what’s real.  I’ve been preaching the greatness of fur for the past few years, it’s nice to see the kids are catching on.

Green – Yes, a color can be a trend, or at least ‘trending’. This coming season that color is green. You will see it in a variety of shades from hunter green to the ever present olive drab of military wear.

Bold prints – Floral, houndstooth or check prints and patterns are sticking around for the forseeable future. Designers seem to be quite bullish on them.

What do you think, will you wear any of these trends?

-JLJ

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How To Pick Up Chicks In A Tux http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/girls/how-to-pick-up-chicks-in-tux/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-pick-up-chicks-in-tux http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/girls/how-to-pick-up-chicks-in-tux/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:37:01 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10367 About a month ago I semi-jokingly said on Instagram that on the blog was a post on how to pick up chicks in a tux.  Upon thinking about it, it was actually the perfect subject for a post.   When it comes down to it, one of the reasons men who dress well choose to do so is to attract the opposite sex.  For some it may be their primary motivator, for others, a secondary.  A collection of life experiences leave me to believe that women do the same to attract males.  Anyway, I’m feeling jestful today so let’s begin.   … Continue reading

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About a month ago I semi-jokingly said on Instagram that on the blog was a post on how to pick up chicks in a tux.  Upon thinking about it, it was actually the perfect subject for a post.   When it comes down to it, one of the reasons men who dress well choose to do so is to attract the opposite sex.  For some it may be their primary motivator, for others, a secondary.  A collection of life experiences leave me to believe that women do the same to attract males.  Anyway, I’m feeling jestful today so let’s begin.

 

 

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Step 1 – Don a well fitting tuxedo.  While donning said tux stage yourself outside of someplace posh.  In this instance I chose the Plaza hotel as I was attending a wedding there.  Scan the masses for potential targets.  Do not display as what one commenter on Man Repeller put it, douchebag bro face.  When’s the last time you talked to a girl with resting bitch face?  Yeah, that’s what I thought, never.

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Step 2 – Upon acquiring a target, woo said target over to you.  If wooing does not work, you may have to approach target, although this is less desirable.

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Step 3 – Introduce yourself; first name then last.  Keep your cool.

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Step 4 – Engage in the art of conversation.

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Step 5 – Listen.  It is more important than you think.  And if you’ve selected your target well she will have interesting things to talk about.  Crazy people, flakey people and basic bitches should be avoided.

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Step 6 – Continue conversing.

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Step 7 – Upon either making plans for another time or acquiring means for further communication (ie a phone number – call her, do not text her) then bid her adieu.

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Step 8 – Repeat.

-JLJ

 

Note: Tux – Mohans.  Shoes – Jack Erwin.  Photos – Scott Stemke (Jack Erwin).

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New Rule: Rules 50 & 51 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/rules-of-mens-dress/dont-wear-sunglasses-in-conversation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-wear-sunglasses-in-conversation http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/rules-of-mens-dress/dont-wear-sunglasses-in-conversation/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:29:07 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10355 It has been while since I have made any additions to the ‘Rules of Men’s Dress’ list, although truth be told, there are many to add.  But this summer and all of the sun and sunglasses that come with it has had me thinking a lot about a few things.  Namely, sunglasses etiquette.  And thus, we have two new rules to add to the list. 50.  Thou shall take off his sunglasses when talking to someone else who is not wearing sunglasses.  Unless thou is at the beach or pool. 51.  Thou shall take off his sunglasses when inside.  Even … Continue reading

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It has been while since I have made any additions to the ‘Rules of Men’s Dress’ list, although truth be told, there are many to add.  But this summer and all of the sun and sunglasses that come with it has had me thinking a lot about a few things.  Namely, sunglasses etiquette.  And thus, we have two new rules to add to the list.

50.  Thou shall take off his sunglasses when talking to someone else who is not wearing sunglasses.  Unless thou is at the beach or pool.

51.  Thou shall take off his sunglasses when inside.  Even if thou art Bono.

You may read the other 49 rules here.

-JLJ

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The Man Cape: Can It Be Done? http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/style-advice/how-to-wear-a-man-cape/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-wear-a-man-cape http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/style-advice/how-to-wear-a-man-cape/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:45:00 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10335 Man capes?  Yeah, so maybe I’m off the deep end on this one.  I’m okay with that. Before I attempt to wax poetic let’s first cover a bit of backstory.  I was on Nantucket a few weeks ago and amongst other activities decided to do some photo shoots for the upcoming Jay Butler launch with the good people (or at least their products) from One Orange, Hudson Sutler, Heath Paine and Ellsworth & Ivey.  I couldn’t resist trying on a few of Ellsworth & Ivey’s capes, as I have been curious about experimenting with one for a while.  Only one … Continue reading

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Man capes?  Yeah, so maybe I’m off the deep end on this one.  I’m okay with that.

Before I attempt to wax poetic let’s first cover a bit of backstory.  I was on Nantucket a few weeks ago and amongst other activities decided to do some photo shoots for the upcoming Jay Butler launch with the good people (or at least their products) from One Orange, Hudson Sutler, Heath Paine and Ellsworth & Ivey.  I couldn’t resist trying on a few of Ellsworth & Ivey’s capes, as I have been curious about experimenting with one for a while.  Only one of them fit, which would make since, given they are designed for women.  So anyway, we took some photos of me wearing the cape, I think it worked.  But I got the impression that some of my friends thought I lost it.

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The first things that come to my mind when I think of a man in a cape are Batman, Superman and Comic-Con nerds.  The first two are bad ass, the latter is perhaps not something to aspire to on a daily basis.

That said, ‘man cape’ is not really in the lexicon on #menswear. Yet.  Perhaps it is on the outer most fringe of things.  From what I have been able to read through online, most people seem against men wearing capes.  In fact, I would say that a cape it more at home with the most staunch of classic and traditional dressers, like Will over at ASW or Raphael at Gentleman’s Gazette.  Long before my time it was commonplace for men to be seen in capes.  Often the capes were paired with canes and top hats.  Those must’ve been the days.  So perhaps now the man cape is poised for a small resurgence, capes have been doing just that on the women’s side of thing the past few F/W seasons.

From a practical aspect, the cape provides moderate levels of warmth and protection from the elements.  Effectively replacing a lighter jacket.  However, the visual interest is much greater than with said jacket.

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I realize that most (ie. 98%) men would never wear a cape.  One of my friends remarked that he would get fired if he wore one to the office. Although a little exaggerated, I am sure the judgement would be swift and unfavorable.  But desire aside, most men could not pull one off; to be frank. It just wouldn’t work with their style, comfort and confidence levels.

So how do you wear a man cape?  The first thing that is needed is confidence in your own style, as well as comfort in the judgements people will throw your way.  In terms of wearing, there is the formal approach, where you wear it with black or white tie.  That is how most men could pull a man cape off.  It is a less daring approach; and the boldness of the cape seems more at home with formal attire.  Then there is the casual approach, like that shown in the photos.

Like everything, it is up to you to decide if a cape works for you.  I certainly advocate trying new things, maybe just don’t wear the cape to the office.  So I must ask, would you wear one?  Or, have I gone too far?

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-JLJ

 

Note: FYGblog received no compensation from Ellsworth & Ivey for featuring their cape in this post.  I just like the cape.

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How To Dress For A Music Festival (But Not For Real Life) http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/uncategorized/how-to-dress-for-a-music-festival/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-dress-for-a-music-festival http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/uncategorized/how-to-dress-for-a-music-festival/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:24:37 +0000 http://www.thefineyounggentleman.com/?p=10280 Some of my friends are all about the music fest stuff.  It’s not totally my scene, as you can imagine.  You know, that whole dirty tie dye hippie smoking pot and blowing lines in public scene isn’t really for me.  But a friends band was playing Peach Fest last Friday so I wanted to go support them, I am glad I went.  My friends had a great set and I got some great material for the blog.  My eyes may be scarred for life from some of what I saw, the fact that some people would go in public like … Continue reading

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Some of my friends are all about the music fest stuff.  It’s not totally my scene, as you can imagine.  You know, that whole dirty tie dye hippie smoking pot and blowing lines in public scene isn’t really for me.  But a friends band was playing Peach Fest last Friday so I wanted to go support them, I am glad I went.  My friends had a great set and I got some great material for the blog.  My eyes may be scarred for life from some of what I saw, the fact that some people would go in public like this baffles me, but I guess that is the costume that is expected at events like this.  Everyone I met and talked to was really nice, which is more than I can say for some other concerts I have been to.  So I am not knocking any of the people as people, but their clothing selections.  I can’t even.

But anyway, I guess take this as an unofficial guide as to how to dress for a music festival.

I have often wondered how brands like Teva have managed to stay in business.  That was at least until I got to Peach Fest.  I think the crowd there has single handedly kept Teva in business for the past decade.

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And then my man is rocking tie dye socks with Birkenstocks.  GET ON HIS LEVEL.  So on trend.

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But really, get on his level.  Don’t you want some of what he’s on?

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All ages were welcome…

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Questionable family values?

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You could even bring your own ‘pet’

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And then there were dreadlocks for days…

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I’m pretty sure these two shared a womb at some point…  If not, at least a fat blunt.

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And there were activities.  Like this hippie tripping hoola hoop shit.

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I haven’t seen Devil’s Sticks since ’95.  And those patchwork cargo pants have given me at least 2 nightmares since last Friday.

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In case anyone got hurt doing ‘activities’ EMS, fire and Police were on hand en masse.  As a sidenote, my ambulance company needs to acquire these toys asap.

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There was some unwritten rule that you could only bring a GoPro if it was on a decorated staff.

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Of you could just bring a staff, because why not?  (PS – that’s how I dressed for the festival)

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If Marylyn Manson and Boy George had a kid, that cane toting kid would be it.  Buzz, your girlfriend, woof.

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The head wear on display was something worthy of noting.

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Have I ever told you that wearing a snow hat/beanie in the summer/warm weather is one of my least favorite looks.  Of all time.  It is up there with square toed shoes.

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I hear tie dye is a lot cooler when you are on a lot of drugs…

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It even gives you wings.  Who needs Red Bull now!!!!??!?

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My man is killing the Rocky game.

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There was this really cool gong set up that they called the ‘Spaceship.’  I was told that the gongs were on the frequencies of all of the planets.  Obviously, I had to try it out.  It was actually really really cool.  It made me feel like I do at the end of a yoga practice – head tingling and all.

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It is debatable what some of the people actually went to Peach Fest for.  I went for the music, which there was actually a lot of.  A lot of really good music.  I in particular came to support my friends from Flight School.  Seeing Boombox, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Trey Anastasio band was also awesome.  JJ Grey is one of my favorite artists and he always puts on a great show.  Derek Trucks is perhaps the most accomplished and talented guitarist of our time, this was my first time seeing him play, and hopefully not the last.  Trey had a strong set, but his encore performance of Black Dog (the version that night was much better than any of the videos I could find) was an amazing finish to the night.

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I am glad to say that my night did not end like this.

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Party on Wayne.  Party on Garth.

-JLJ

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