Prepping For Summer

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Right now is that few week lull in between spring and summer here in Philadelphia.  The temperature ranges between 60 and 80 and the humidity has not reached claustrophobic levels yet.  Perfect weather for golf, napping, runs along the Schuylkill or really anything.  But this prelude to summer is in fact just that, a prelude.  High temps and high levels of humidity are staring us down; then wearing a suit will be like being in a straight jacket and the idea will be to wear as little clothing as possible. On many days I simply wear two items of clothing, … Continue reading

The Buttons ‘n’ Threads Custom Shirt Review

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Previously, I shared how Buttons ‘n’ Threads exceeded my expectations with the velvet jacket they made for me.  Subsequent to that review Yashas asked me to review one of their dress shirts.  Obviously, I obliged.  But to be honest, I did not expect much. Historically, I have found that online suit brands who may make good suits typically do not also make good shirts.  I will not bore you with my suspicions as to why this is the case; it is just my observation and experience.  An observation (and consequently a set of expectations) that Buttons ‘n’ Threads proves to … Continue reading

Helping Dad Dress Better

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With increasing frequency I receive questions from friends, family and readers on various matters of men’s dress.  Recently, I received a rather interesting one from a reader who is trying to help his father revamp his wardrobe after a serious weight loss.  I think this is the first question along these lines so I think it could be nice to share the exchange.  Although, to be honest, whether is be dad or son revamping his wardrobe I think the process is about the same.  Figure out what your inspiration is, what works for you and where you can get it … Continue reading

The J. Fitzpatrick Shoe Review

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Justin Fitzpatrick’s story is a rather unlikely one.  Some could argue a bit absurd and or drawn out; but that would be a significant disservice to Justin.  As he years ago set out to do one thing and everything he has done since setting that goal has been about reaching his goal and fulfilling his dream, which was to start his own shoe brand.  Fortunately, after a few years of research, planning and working in the industry Justin launched his own brand, J. Fitzpatrick Footwear, in March of 2013. The steps he took between setting the goal and achieving it … Continue reading

What Shoes To Wear With A Tuxedo

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This past weekend I attended a dear friend’s wedding.  The dress code was black tie, no complaints from me there.  There was a raw bar at the cocktail hour, certainly no complaints there either. Anyway, leading up to the wedding I received numerous inquiries from friends regarding what type of shoes they should wear with their tuxedos.  They asked about everything from ‘that shiny leather’ (also known as patent leather) to velvet slippers.  So the question arises, what type of shoes should a man wear with his tuxedo?  Fortunately for us men, black tie has some flexibility in what is … Continue reading

The Best Shoe Shine In Philadelphia: FYGblog X ToBox

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Previously I have spoken about ToBox, a new men’s shoe store in Philadelphia (25 South 19th st, between Chestnut and Market).  It also happens to be the best shoe store in the city (and dare I say state), specializing in unique and well regarded brands such as Carmina, Yanko, Rider Boot, La Cordonnerie Anglaise, Scarpe di Bianco and John Lobb.  ToBox rounds out its collection with more moderately priced brands like Swims, Moretti and Cole Haan.  Effectively, ToBox is to Philadelphia as Leffot is to New York City, which is meant as nothing but praise. Anyway, Tung, the proprietor of … Continue reading

2014 Met Gala Red Carpet Men’s Style

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White tie with decorations is a very specific dress code.  Also known as full evening dress with decorations.  For men, it is perhaps the most specific dress code there is.  It is certainly the most formal, at least as far as I know of in the civilian world (the equivalent in the military would be the dress uniform).  And likely the least common.  I only know of two events in Philadelphia that require such dress. I am sure the number is far greater in New York, one such event this year was the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala … Continue reading

How Formal Is My Suit: The Fabric

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In the first part in this series I opined on the how the various details of a suit can help dictate said suits formality.  But the details (such as different types of pockets and lapels) are by no means the end of the story in determining how formal any given suit is.  Another, and perhaps more important factor is the fabric of the suit.  “But a suit is a suit not matter what fabric it is made of” you may say.  But no.  Far from correct that view is.  Even with the continual blurring of the lines between business and … Continue reading

How Formal Is My Suit: The Details

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One of the most common things I get asked about is the formality of suits.  Both how formal a given suit is as well as how formal is it appropriate to make a certain suit.  And then on the other hand, how to make a suit less formal and how appropriate is a less formal suit for any given situation.  To help some of you guys I think it may be wise to review some of the more prominent details of suits, as well as the ones that have the most influence on the formality of a jacket.  Which, coincidentally … Continue reading

Matthew Aperry Custom Coat Review

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I was again asked by Louis at Matthew Aperry to do a review of their garments.  If you will remember, the first time I wrote about a linen suit, which I concluded that although not great; was a good value for the money.  As a refresher on the brand, Matthew Aperry is a smaller and newer brand out of Hong Kong that strives to deliver custom suits at a very low price; the lowest I have reviewed to date at $199-299. Their website could use a good overhaul, so try not to judge them too hard on that. This time … Continue reading