Another benefit to stand-ups is that I can fit a book in that big back pocket
Anonymous asked: In your opinion, every man should have what 5 items?
I’m going to sound like every #menswear blog but it’s because it’s true, these are in no particular order:
1) Navy Blazer
2) Cordovan tassel loafers
3) A nice pair of sunglasses (other than Ray Bans)
4) A signature cologne
5) Plenty of crisp, white shirts
Anonymous asked: Hey bud what's the best way to pull off loafer ? I always end up looking like an old man or a ten year old kid going to church.
Looking like an old man is not necessarily a bad thing; we’re talking cool Italian old man with creased denim, Belgians, and broken English. The loafer is (and should be if it’s not already) one of the coolest pieces of footwear. First, they’re easy to get on and off your foot (duh). Second, they just look plain cool; they’re called loafers for a reason. Lace-ups make me feel too straight-laced (no pun intended). Third, they are extremely versatile. Denim, shorts (gonia 5” preferred here), suits, you name it. The shape of the loafer (combined with a proper trouser break) gives you room to express yourself sartorially, whether it be through fuzzy socks (see maxminimus) or, i dare say it, SANS socks? E.g. seersucker suits work best sockless. A little skin says that you don’t give a damn. The ladies love some ankle porn too.
You want to stay away (or at least I do) from loafers that have a long vamp (the “upper piece of leather that covers the top of the foot). This results in the foot appearing freakishly long and weird. I enjoy loafers with a low vamp specifically because I have long sasquatch feet; they make my foot look smaller and less sasquatch-like.
For a first time loafer I’d start with a standard Cole Haan penny loafer, wear it with a some jeans, and go from there. If you’re going to wear loafers with a suit, make sure they have leather soles. Rubber soles are naturally more casual and pair better with chinos, shorts and jeans. Graduate loafing would come from the likes of Rancourt and Meermin. Post graduate loafing is not for the faint of heart.
sheanstrong asked: I see. I assumed, even after reading your blogs name that you were still a student? I don't know what I was thinking. I'm about to attend a private university here in Georgia. I'm looking forward to it; I feel like there is just a different class of people who attend private institutions. Great blog. Wonderful curation. Have a great one man. S. Strong
Thanks for the kind words. My wife doesn’t believe this is a real blog, so when someone actually pays me a compliment regarding the content I genuinely appreciate it :) . I went to small, private institutions for both high school and college. I highly recommend private education. You will never forget the relationships you forge with your classmates and professors. I graduated in 2009 and started this blog in 2010, hence the title. Thanks again for the positive response!