WHAT TO WEAR ON A FIRST DATE...

There is nothing more exciting and more nerve wracking then a first date.  As a man there is a fine line in looking to underdressed for a date or getting so dressed up that you look like you're about to interview for a job at a fortune 500.  I'm gonna give you a few tips on what to wear, trust me you'll have enough opportunity to completely f@#k this up, let me take one less thing off your plate.  

1) Pull out your "go to" leather jacket.  It's casual, but it'll give you a shot of cool, like you aren't trying too hard.  You want to at least look like you aren't completely pooping yourself, gotta take the edge off where ever you can.

2) Wear a collared shirt but not a tie.  Collared shirt on a first date says "hey I wanted to look nice".  Tie on a first date says "my dad says this is the right thing to do".  These are the fine lines I was talking about in the intro, its very easy to blur them.

3) Avoid wearing a fancy dress shoe.  This is the time for you to bust out an old reliable pair of worn boots.  Let the ladies show their shoes off...at least on the first go around, don't think too far ahead, second date aint a sure thing.

4) Last but not least, DO NOT over do the cologne!  This wreaks, both literally and figuratively of someone who is not at all confident of what is about to happen.  Spare yourself and the rest of us within smelling distance the annoyance and be conservative with what ever scent you apply.

 

There you have it boys, the rest is up to you.  Try and say as little as possible and let your outfit do the talking.  Might be your only shot.

SURVIVING SPRING

We've reached the most confusing time of the year for style.  Spring has arrived.  Like at any point in the year you want to dress appropriately for the season.  Spring provides its own special set of challenges (especially if you've been living in the northeast this year).  The weather is as confused with itself as Bruce Jenner is with himself.  Like I've preached on the blog, not about having a closet full of expensive threads, it's about having a few great "GO TO' pieces.  Here are a few items that will help you cross the bridge to the summer.

 

1) The Flight Jacket - It has made a huge comeback and is great way to give your outfit some weight and punch up a simple outfit.  They're available in a wide range of colors and are a relatively inexpensive option.

2) The Henley - Great alternative to a plain t-shirt.  It works well when you want to look casual but not sloppy, which should always be the goal.

3) The Chelsea Boot - You may have just noticed the chelsea boot on guys like Kanye West and Harry Styles, but they were first brought to prominence by The Beatles.  40 years later and they're still instant cool.  Get a pair in black and brown and pair em with some tapered jeans or even a great suit and you'll be good to go.

4) Khaki Suit - This is your suit for the spring!  It's time to start packing away the flannels and wools and get into something lighter and brighter.  Same rules still apply though, FIT IS KING!!!

 

Enjoy this short window of time, soon enough it will be time to do this again for the summer time.  Once again, you're welcome.

THE 10 HE NEEDS

Alright boys, it is time to grow up and embrace one the very few perks of manhood.  I'm talking about your ability to rebuild your entire wardrobe with just a few ESSENTIAL items.  Men's clothing has not changed a lot throughout history, so you want to build a wardrobe based on items that will never go out of style, not creating a closet built on current trends because just as quickly as those items got big and became the fad of the moment they will fall out of style just as fast...then you'll be stuck with a closet full of size 3X white t-shirts or Ed Hardy jeans.  These 10 items that I have selected will give you a versatile that will have you prepared to look great in any venue.  

1) Levi's 501 - Classic, fit great, inexpensive and can be worn with just about anything.

2) Navy Suit- Navy is the most versatile color in your closet can be your business suit that becomes your happy hour suit in an instant.

3) Leather Jacket- a staple of the american mans wardrobe FOREVER and for good reason, it is an instant dose of cool o what ever your wearing.

4) Levi's Trucker Jacket - Great for giving a little character to an old t-shirt or crew neck and will give your outfit some pop.

5) White Oxford shirt-...Cuz you're a grown ass man!!! Get a white oxford and thank me later, you'll never be sorry for having this in your closet.

6) White Canvas Sneaker- Personal choices are the Chuck Taylor or Jack Purcell, both are clean and classic, plus neither will break the bank.

7) Stainless Steel Watch- Every man needs a great watch if they want to be taken seriously, avoid the iced out faces...that is all.

8) Black Lace Up Shoes- I like the cap toe (it's exactly what you're picturing in your mind) but as long as you get a pair you will be fine, this is gonna be your go to shoe for multiple occasions, dinner dates, power lunches and everything in between.

9) Grey Crew Neck Sweater- You can wear it solo, you can dress it up with a white oxford underneath, you can throw a leather jacket over it.  I don't need to justify it any further, it's like the swiss army knife of clothing.

10) Tweed Herringbone blazer- Great piece of outerwear that will give you an alternative to your boring black blazer.  Put a button down under it, dress it down with a t-shirt and jeans, either way you will look completely put together.

That's it! Print this and max out your credit cards! ...Please don't actually do that.  All these items should be acquired over time but will give you a strong base to build the rest of your closet off of.  Rome wasn't built in a day and your closet won't be either, good luck. You're welcome.