Things I Wear: Flannel & Shearling

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In case you are not in the know the Northeast received a rather sizable dose of snow over the past 24 hours (I measured 9″ at my house in Bryn Mawr).  Minus my original train to NYC being cancelled today, I couldn’t be happier about the snow; I just wish I had more time to enjoy it.  Admittedly, I love NYC while it is snowing, but the black slushy aftermath leaves quite a bit to be desired.  I guess it’ll make traveling between menswear trade shows that much more…  Masculine?  Elegant?  Sprezzy (let me tell you how much I can’t … Continue reading

An Open Letter To Richard Branson’s No Tie Policy

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It is no secret that Richard Branson does not care for ties, and he’s trying to convince everyone and their mom to get on his bandwagon.  He has gone so far as to promote people to carry scissors around and cut off other people’s ties (which brings to mind scenes from my beloved The Wire when the homicide detectives would cut off their sleeping-on-the-job compatriots’ ties).  As you can imagine, I am not the first men’s style site to pick up on this (check here and here), and I am sure I will not be the last. It seems that … Continue reading

The Camicia Shirt Review

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I was approached by Camicia shirts a few months ago asking me to do a review of their shirts.  Until then I had not heard of the brand, which happens often.  There are so many custom shirt and suit brands popping up that I cannot keep track of them.  So I always like when I am approached by new ones because it allows me to see what else is out there.  Anyway, I obviously obliged Camicia so here is the Camicia shirt review. Camicia (who’s customer service and responsiveness has been quite good) and I agreed that it would be … Continue reading

Men’s Style (Or Lack Thereof) At The 2014 Golden Globes

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I may regret saying this but I think the men’s style at the Golden Globes may have gotten better this year.  There were some really solid looks from some gents.  And then of course there were some pretty terrible looks from others.  In all fairness to men on both sides of the spectrum (and in keeping with tradition on FYG) I think we should discuss both groups. Who wears it better?  Cooper or Hanks? My vote is that Cooper wore it better, what do you think? -JLJ Photo credit: Here, here, here, here, here … Continue reading

On The Wearing Of Horizontal Striped Shirts

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There are two things that cannot be debated regarding horizontal striped shirts.  The first is that no one did more to bring them to the forefront of people’s minds than Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (and yes, as we all know Alan Flusser was the man behind Gekko’s dress.  I should also note he only wears them twice in the film).  The second fact is that they are bold; much more so than vertically striped shirts.  Many say they are too bold for most office environments, rightfully so, I suppose.  Some would argue that they also scream … Continue reading

The Soxfords Sock Review

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There is something that draws me to over the calf socks these days.  Although I am not completely against the wearing of mid calf socks, I don’t care to talk about them on this here blog.  A policy which has caused me to send numerous sock companies the other way.  Many of which focus on casual mid calf socks, the rest either on more formal mid calf socks or just plain ugly socks.  Until Soxfords approached me, I had seen no brands that specialized in casual over the calf socks.  Thank you Soxfords. Soxfords agreed to send me a few … Continue reading

City Vs. Country

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It is a simple concept really.  There are certain aspects of a suit that are derived from sport and country pursuits (think tweed, ticket pockets, hacking pockets, center vents, throat latches etc.) and then there are those details that are traditionally suited for ‘city’ or ‘business’ suits (peak lapels, pinstripes, worsteds, double breasted closure etc).  So these things should be kept apart, right? Well, no, not really.  I cannot think of any ‘rules’ that forbid city and country details and fabrics being mixed together in a suit.  But even if there was some rule… I suppose you could argue along … Continue reading

The Linkson Jack Bespoke Tie, Hat & Glove Review

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Many of the reviews I write on this site are for specific brands, not of stores.  I feel like the format of this blog and its reviews are more fitting for brands and their specific products.  So when Linkson from Linkson Jack first contacted me about doing a review I was a bit hesitant.  However, upon taking a more detailed look at the store and its offerings I realized that much of what Linkson Jack has to offer are things I have not seen elsewhere.  And in fact are not readily available elsewhere. So in the typical fashion of the … Continue reading

2013 In Review

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The year has been good for The Fine Young Gentleman blog.  The blog has been able to bring exposure to a number of small and new brands while still increasing its own presence on the web, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Business Insider.  While most importantly bringing practical information about men’s style to all of you. On a personal note I have greatly enjoyed the past year.  It has been great to meet new brands and the people behind them; as well as to connect with many of you readers.  Thank you to all of you for your readership and … Continue reading

Tweed: Look Closer

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I was in a particularly long church service yesterday and as good as some of what I heard was, my mind did tend to drift elsewhere.  Much of the time I was drifting I spent looking into the fabric of the tweed jacket I was wearing.  It was the first time I had the opportunity to wear the jacket (I thrifted it down in Florida last spring and finally got it tailored this fall).  The tweed of this particular jacket happened to be a Harris Tweed, which we need not get into all the various types of tweed now but … Continue reading