UnAmerican: Retailing On Thanksgiving

stores open on thanksgiving

True, this is not the first year retail stores have opened for business on Thanksgiving. It happened last year, with Wal-Mart leading the charge, I believe some other stores had done so in years prior. Perhaps unsurprising to many of you, I am not a fan of this assault on Thanksgiving. I would go so far as to level the charge that it is unAmerican. And yes, I realize that capitalism is one of the pillars of our society. Needless to say, I don’t do Black Friday (at least in person, who knows what I’ll find online, however). Something about … Continue reading

J Fitzpatrick And William Abraham Trunk Show At Leffot

leffot shoes

On Thursday (Nov 21) Leffot hosted Justin Fitzpatrick of The Shoe Snob and J. Fitzpatrick Footwear for a trunk show.  This much I knew before going.  I was rather excited for the show, as it is always a pleasure to see both Justin and his shoes, which I believe are an excellent buy.  He walks a fine line between unique and ‘out there’ better than any other ready to wear brand under $1,000 I can think of.  Although his line is still young, I am quite excited to see where he goes with things. What I did not know was … Continue reading

90% Of Lax Is In The Flow, What About In The Real World?


More often than perhaps I should admit my hair comes up in conversation.  It seems there has been no discrimination on who brings it up; guys, girls, heterosexuals, homosexuals and every mix of the above (I am both a male and a heterosexual, for the record).  Oftentimes the conversation ends in either a request for me to talk about hair care and/or a question about why I have not already discussed it.  I bring this up not in an effort to sound vain but as a justification to myself to feel comfortable talking about the subject as it is not … Continue reading

How To Wear A Three Piece Suit

dragon inside suit review

A three piece suit is one of the most useful and versatile items a man can own.  In the tailored goods category, it may in fact be the most useful (yes, even more so than a blue blazer).  The added vest (that makes a two piece a three piece) allows for a few more combinations that are not possible with the more common two piece suit.  Additionally, there is the practical utility of the extra layer around the torso in that it can provide warmth, which can be ideal in cooler weather. Although a three piece suit is typically a … Continue reading

Other People’s Rules of Men’s Dress


Often, constantly, the Rules of Men’s Dress presented on this site are derided.  Most of that is done by the haters, I welcome that sort.  There are also those who support the rules, I also welcome that sort.  And then there are those who have their own rules, whom I am also compelled to welcome.  Admittedly, I do not live by all of my rules, nor do I believe that a man need to, as the rules are set out to be an uber conservative and fool-proof way to dress.  That said, I certainly do not fully abide by the … Continue reading

Happenings In NYC This Week

j fitzpatrick trunk show nyc

Good things are happening in NYC over the next week.  If any of them interest you, I recommend you make the effort to attend. Starting Thursday Meermin (review here) is having its first ever US trunk show.  They will be showing through Saturday (Nov 14-16), 10am-6pm daily at 481 Broadway, 4th flr.  I believe that Pepe will have some stuff on hand that will be exclusive to this trunk show, but I could be wrong.  At the least, he will have a solid spread of shoes to show, and hopefully swatches and samples for the MTO Meermin does.  For those … Continue reading

Thanks To The Sponsors

Again, I think it is time to give credit where credit is due and thank the two sponsors of this blog; Cottonwork and MyTailor (Hamrajani Brothers).  Both Sponsors have been kind enough to not only provide products for review (CottonWork and MyTailor), but also on an ongoing basis.  I have an order of shirts from Cottonwork on the way, some of which should be featured in some ‘Things I Wear’ posts and also a rather aggressive tweed plaid suit on the way from MyTailor that will also be featured. I feel that I should add that these brands are sponsors … Continue reading

The Jack Erwin Shoe Review

jack erwin shoe review

One of the my favorite parts of this whole men’s style blogging/reporting thing is that I get to see brands grow.  Most of the time I learn of a brand it is soon after its launch, or soon after it starts growing.  But every so often, I will start following a brand before it launches.  In the case of Jack Erwin, I started following them when they were in the fundraising stage.  After hearing their pitch and brand concept I was rather excited.  With their affordably priced shoes they presented a simple solution to a persistent problem in #menswear: aesthetically … Continue reading

Things I Wear: To Brunch

what to wear to brunch

I love brunch.  To not would possibly be unamerican and unmanly.  But that is not why I love it.  I love it because the company is almost always good and the food should be enough to put you into a coma for the remainder of the day, if you so choose to eat in such a manner. Save the playful but mysterious little dishes for dinner; brunch is where we go to gorge.  Brunch is where metabolisms goes to die. However, there is one thing I hate about brunch, and that one thing is why I rarely indulge; the wait.  … Continue reading

Reader Question: What Color Shoes To Wear To A Nightclub?

what color shoes to wear to a nightclub

Admittedly, I do not talk enough about what to wear to a given type of event or a given place.  Perhaps I will start doing more of it.  But for now, I recently received an inquiry from a reader which in short asked what color shoes to wear to a nightclub.  Below you will find the question and my full answer.  If you have questions you would like answered feel free to email me at Justin@TheFineYoungGentleman.com or post a query on my Tumblr. -JLJ   Question: Dear Justin, I discovered your blog today, and I am truly enjoying the read. … Continue reading