6 Websites made just for guys

Guys, are you making use of the huge array of websites geared towards you? The ease of making a website nowadays means everyone is online, and many are sharing their ideas when it comes to fashion, sports, food, travel, and more.

So you don’t have to wade through the riff raff of a Google search, we pulled our 6 favorite men’s websites. These are top-notch sites that will help you learn to be a better man.

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Art of Manliness

Art of Manliness is probably the most popular men’s site online besides the major magazines. They do a great job combining modern tips and ideas with history. They teach everything from making a tourniquet to fashion. They have their own style when it comes to graphics, which you’ll be able to notice after reading just a few articles.

Check out
10 people every man should have in his rolodex

The Suit Ladder

Mantelligence

Kyle Boureston created Mantelligence because he was sick of the boring content online for men (we know what you mean Kyle). The content on Mantelligence follows 3 rules: easy to understand, actionable, in-depth.

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Hack your memory with the Pythagoras Memory Technique

How to become a better man: 57 insanely manly life tips

Real Men Real Style

We reference Real Men Real Style a lot here on the blog. That’s because their site covers everything fashion and grooming related, as well as communication skills, and travel & living. They create popular infographics to help illustrate many concepts that get shared hundreds and thousands of times.

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10 Beginner Style Mistakes

Man Made DIY

Learn how to make awesome stuff! The first thing we noticed was a wooden bottle opener tutorial.

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How to: Simple, stylish wall-mounted lighting project

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Dudepins

Guys, if you like Pinterest but you’re a bit ashamed to admit it, then Dudepins is for you. This site is Pinterest but for guys. Food, fashion, DIY, fitness, cars, etc.

Primer

Primer is an online magazine/blog that styles itself as a guide to helping guys grow up after college. There are topis like love, train, invest, learn, spend, earn, and live. The site has great content and is very well put together.

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Getting Over Phone Anxiety

Making the Leap: Leaving your first job for your second job

 

What shirt collar should you wear?

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Can you name this collar?

Guys, were you aware of the numerous shirt collars out there? You might think of the mandarin collar, but can you name any of the others? You’re probably familiar with the point collar, but did you even know it had a name?

We know many guys out there just pick a shirt of the rack and that’s the end of that. We want to give you some background on the types of collars out there so you don’t end up with a club collar when you actually wanted a button down collar.

Aspects of a collar

According to Real Men Real Style, there are 6 features of a collar:

  • Collar points- tip of the collar
  • Collar point length- distance from collar point to where they meet the collar band
  • Collar band- fabric that wraps around the neck
  • Collar height
  • Tie space- distance between top of folded collar parts when shirt is buttoned
  • Spread- distance between collar points

If all of this sounds like gibberish, the site created a handy illustration to showcase each collar feature.

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Types of collars

Thanks to the handy illustration above, you can clearly see all the different types of collars that are out there.

If you head to Hugh & Crye’s A Guide to Men’s Dress Shirt Collars, you will see real-life examples of these collars on dress shirts. This can help give you an idea of how each collar will look.

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Huge & Crye A Guide to Men’s Dress Shirt Collars

The Urban Gent has a great tip sheet on which collars to wear and which to avoid based on the shape of your face, size of your head, and size of your neck.

Tie or no tie?

Not all collars are created equal. And not all collars should be worn without ties.

Spread
Can be worn without a tie

Tab
Can NOT be worn without a tie

Cutaway
Can NOT be worn without a tie

Club
Can be worn without a tie

Button Down
Can be worn without a tie

Forward Point
Can NOT be worn without a tie

Dress to Kill for Your Next Interview

The resumes is polished and sent out, now it’s just time to wait to hear back. Don’t get discouraged during the job hunting process. There will be many positions that won’t respond and let you know of a rejection. It’s important just to keep at it and not to take anything personally. In the beginning, HR reps and hiring managers are solely looking at what you have written on your paper. As hard as you try, it is tough to showcase your unique personality and skill set to your potential new employer.

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A classy interview look. Just watch the facial hair. It’s a judgment call but you may be safest just shaving it.

That’s where the interview comes in. You have to nail every aspect of the interview to get the position (no pressure!). That means working on your answers to common interview questions like “What are you biggest strengths and weaknesses?”. It also means presenting yourself appropriately with your manners, body language, and style.

I hate to say it, but one wrong move during an interview, such as being late, can make or break a hiring manager’s decision if they have many candidates lined up. Today, we’re here to help you perfect your interview outfit.

One of the first things you need to do when deciding on an outfit is to assess the company’s culture. If you’re applying to be a host or hostess at a family, chain restaurant, you probably will not require a suit. But that also doesn’t mean you should show up in shorts and flip flops.

One of the best outfits for men to wear is a pressed button down shirt, slacks, and nice dress shoes. This outfit is dressed up, but not too formal. The button down should be a conservative color like blue, white, or black. The pants should match the shirt well. Good colors include navy blue, black, or tan. The shoes should be either black or brown. Here are some good pant and shoe color combinations for your outfit.

 

Black Pants | Black or Navy Blue

Tan Pants | Light brown, Dark brown, Navy blue

Navy Blue Pants | All pants colors

If you’re unsure whether to go more dressy, bring a sport coat with you. A sport coat will help dress up your button down and slacks. But if you find that other interviewees are not going formal, you can lose the jacket and just carry it with you.

Madagascar ammonite & Sterling, Tigers eye laughing Buddha & Sterling, obsidian skull & Sterling

Now it’s time for accessories. This is were you can add a bit of your own style to the outfit. Go for some unique cufflinks or a watch. These subtle items can add some flair to your otherwise conservative outfit.

You’ve got all the items you need to kill it during your next interview. Just make sure you give yourself an hour or so the night before to do some last-minute grooming like shaving or plucking hairs (for those sporting the unibrow).

There you have it! Your complete style guide to look professional during your next interview.

Men’s Fashion Myths (are they fact or fiction?)

Who doesn’t love figuring out whether a popular myth is fact or fiction? We’re always amazed when a long-held belief turns out to be false. How could it be!? How do these myths get so popular so as to become quasi-fact? Attire Club has done the work for us! They have taken a handful of common men’s fashion myths, researched, and figured out whether they’re fact or fiction. Let’s give you a test question: Does black make you look thinner? What do you think? Check out the article to see if you’re right.

Source: Attireclub.org

Here’s another myth that Attire Club debunks:

Myth #4: Your tie should not match your pocket square

Answer: Fact
If you are wearing a tie and wish to add a pocket square as well, the rule is that the pocket square should not match your tie in fabric and shape. Therefore, if you are wearing a red cotton tie, you can match it for example with a dotted green silk pocket square. The reasoning behind the rule is that a pocket square should compliment your tie. There is no point in adding two accessories of the same type twice.

However, there are people who break this rule and look great doing it. Style expert Tim Gunn often wears matching ties and pocket squares, which gives him an old-timey vibe. Back in the day, your tie needed to match your pocket square, so wearing matching pieces is always going to be a reference to the past.

Toronto Men’s Fashion Week: A first for Canada

designs-by-paulo-succarThis week kicks off the first Men’s Fashion Week in Canada. The work of 22 emerging and established men’s fashion designers have been front and center on the Canadian runway. It has been incredible to see all the different fashions come out of Toronto this week. It’s been a great opportunity for some young up and coming designers to showcase their designs, but the biggest thing that we can take from this week is the incredible growth we’ve seen in men’s fashion. 

According to the research firm MarketLine, men’s fashion is estimated to be a $400 billion US industry. While that is still less than the women’s fashion industry, menswear has exceeded growth in women’s wear for five years running. 

So what do we attribute the growth to? Well, I think first and foremost we can point to fearless fashion icons like soccer-great-turned-style-icon David Beckham and rapper Kanye West. Modern men now dress up to stand out: skinny pants, dapper shoes, French cuffs, vests and Mad Men pocket squares have all caught the attention of a new generation. Larry Rosen, chairman and CEO of Harry Rosen tells the Toronto Star his business has more than doubled in the last 10 years. 

Fashion for men today is neither gay nor straight. “These days, fashion is not about sexuality,” says Jeff Rustia, founder of TOMFW. “If you want to wear pink pants, it doesn’t mean you are a homosexual. Menswear is no longer a tagalong to womenswear, and it is not longer boring.”

This weeks fashion show is in its infancy, but it’s already making big headlines. 

Click here to read more about Toronto Men’s Fashion Week 

Spring Portfolio

A sartorial guy could never be happier.  Men’s fashion is at its peak, but with so many choices it can be at bit overwhelming.  Unless you are a Hollywood actor, a jet setter or a royal with his own stylist, read on!

Jealous yet?

The forecast is bright and bold with scattered sensitivity (dusty pastel colors) with extra style (accessorize, accessorize; we spotted even day cravats and velvet Prince Alberts).  So, for now, put your fedoras, too-tight jeans and picked pocket squares away, and forever put away designer logo belts, leather car coats, and, most definitely, square-toe shoes, hallelujah!

The fellow on the right may have taken it a BIT too far...

To start, you know spring brings beautiful, almost perfect weather, and lots of blooming, which requires lots of showers.  Dress amazingly even under wet conditions.  Our pick?  The perfect spring jacket is water-resistant.  Pick one in a bright shade for an A+ grade!

Suede shoes in grey! Pair with bright colors or revamp your old black suit, but they will most definitely be BFF with your dusty pastels.

Gather all your swag! Bright color jeans are huge this season!

The boat shoe! In its latest edition, think breaking country club rules in bright colors/patterns.

Dress shoes with too much attitude: the last element of your power suit, for sure!

Fantastic pocket squares? A+ (in a puff fold, obviously)

And last but never the least, yes, dear Mr. Sun, we are Ready. Tortoise shell sunglasses!

Weddings 201: Here Comes the Groom…

You’ve found something shiny and presented it to her in the most amazing way possible.  With your heart out and the highest hopes for eternal happiness, you asked her to marry you and she said…  “Yes!”  Well, Congratulations!  That said, we’re sorry, but you have one more bit of homework to do (doing your part of the chores around the house/apartment from the moment you say “I do” doesn’t count as homework anymore, it’s being married).  This last bit will be to find an outstanding wedding garb for yourself.

We call it “homework” because in order to succeed you must study very carefully some important aspects of the wedding.  Is it formal?  Beachy?  Casual?  Are you and your bride contemporary or more traditional?  What is the wedding’s color scheme?  Is it sultry, sexy, mysterious, romantic?  Your wedding day wardrobe should blend seamlessly with all of those pre-existing factors.  But we’re gonna go out on a limb here and say that unlike some ladies that have been planning this joyous event since their childhood, most gentlemen are unacquainted about the whole wedding fuss, and are, from our perspective, the ones who need the most help as far as making the right wardrobe decision.  But they’re often the ones who get the least help.

Pictured: no help.

We are positive that she is willing to help with all the arrangements for you to look fabulous, but at the risk of stating the obvious, she is, and will be until the last minute of the wedding day, so very, very busy.  Since you are such an incredible man (right?), you are going to free her from yet another wedding task (RIGHT??), so that she can decide other things, like Vera Wang or Monique Lhuillier, Manolos or Loubotins, organza or silk taffeta, or perhaps what the bridesmaids will be wearing.

No. Guess again.

Here we will provide you with a cheat sheet of what this one-of-a-kind, once in a lifetime (hopefully!) ensemble must have.  The most important part is that this outstanding wedding garb most likely won’t be found at first sight.  The one that will compliment her astonishing dress, the one that make you look amazing standing there waiting for her at the altar.  You and your fiancée have waited a lifetime for this day, so this masterpiece must be created.

A designer wedding gown can cost up to $18,000.  We are not implying your tux or suit should be just as expensive (well, unless you really want it to be), but it undoubtedly must be of the same quality.  It is in a custom wardrobe that you receive that quality and value (100% Super 210s wool sounds about right), and, needless to say, a perfect fit, color trim and so forth, the key pieces of your one-of-a-kind wedding garb.

The essentials of a perfect suit or tuxedo:

Number one is fit.  If the suit fits, then it will look good.  Next is fabrication.  Finally, accessories.  As far as style, three-piece tuxedos are definitely in style.  They always are, but seem to be predominantly in style right now.  Wear a necktie with your tuxedo for a young, modern look.  A classic, formal look always is the standard, with a white shirt and a white bow tie.  Not every wedding is formal, but never wear a tuxedo with a colored tie!

...Well, if you're this adorable, maybe you can get away with it.

The best style is to stay a little more classic, but to have a unique cloth.  There should be a tone-on-tone pattern that has luster and a little depth; something that is striking.  You will probably be the only one in a tuxedo, but with beautiful detailing, like a white shirt and white tie, or a unique fabric, or a vest that matches the jacket, and most definitely through the use of accessories and materials, you will ultimately stand out.

Shoes are another amazing but subtle way to stand out.  Beautiful, high-gloss, leather lace-ups are always perfect.  And for something a little more stylish and unique, a custom shoe in leather with some detailing.

Just remember, you are not alone.  It will be our pleasure to serve you on this joyous event.  Let the architect of style create your wedding day masterpiece!