The Wristwatch – Part 2

Ages & ages ago, I wrote a fairly long post about wristwatches. It was originally supposed to be part of a 3-part series, but as many of you may know, I’m a lot worse at keeping up with these things than I hope to be. Sorry!

Well, today I aim to continue that series… better late than never right? Just to recap, the last post was about answering the question: what do I need a watch for?

Today is question #2: Which watch should I get? A loaded question if there ever was one.

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There are many different types of wristwatches out in the market today. In fact, it’s a bit ridiculous how many different styles there are to choose from. Think about it: small, big, dark, bright, on steel, on leather, square, rectangle, gold… you get the point.

Well to me, I think the question of “which watch to get” depends on several factors.

1. How many watches do you intend to have?

2. What is your lifestyle like?

3. How much are you willing to pay?

These three questions will shape what watch you could/should end up with if you ever decide to buy one. So let’s venture a bit through these questions.

1. How many watches do you intend to have?

I personally am a 1-2 watch person. The simplicity is nice. I will say, I do know there are giant watch collectors out there that want to have 20 different types to match any given situation. In the case that you’re a big watch collector, I can’t really help you as much, mainly because you should just get what you like, and whatever fills the holes of your collection. Don’t have a chronograph yet? Get one. Have a white faced watch but need a black one? Done.

Well, for the rest of you who don’t own any watches, first think about simply looking for one all-arounder. There’s something nice about having just one, especially because you don’t have to really think about what you’re going to strap to your wrist every morning. Now if you already have one watch, I will say that there’s something great about adding just one more to the collection, keeping one for more dressy occasions, and one for more everyday situations. This way, all bases are covered.

2. What is your lifestyle like?

If you live a rough and tumble lifestyle, where you’re constantly putting your hands and body in dirt, then your watch will need to be rugged. For others where the most rugged activity you engage in is a boardroom meeting, perhaps your watch doesn’t need to be waterproof to 300 meters and able to take a massive beating.

This factor will usually determine what band you wear (rubber, steel, leather) and what the overall style of the case will look like (slim and streamlined vs chunky and solid).

3. How much are you willing to pay?

As you may know, watches can range from anywhere $5 to $500,000.  Absurd, I know, but it’s just the nature of the game. Only you can decide what you’re willing to pay for a wristwatch. I personally would spend more than the average person because watches are like a hobby of mine. I respect the work that goes into a nice wristwatch, and the significance of a good timepiece, so I’ll probably be willing to splurge a couple grand on a watch I can have forever.

On the other hand, there are those who aren’t comfortable with spending over $50 on a watch just yet. The choices between me and a person like that are completely different.

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Now, all of that being said, it basically leads me to the conclusion that I cannot make everybody happy when it comes to answering the question: which watch should I get? However, hopefully it helps you think about what type of watch you’re in the market for, and what you’re willing to spend to get it.

Just so that I don’t leave you hanging though, I will say that I do have some favorite watches in particular price ranges. All different use-cases (some are dressier, some are more utilitarian), but they are awesome in design and function from my perspective. Here they are, in a ton of different price ranges:

$25-$75 : Timex Easy Reader Black ,  Seiko 5 , Timex Weekender

$75 – $150 :  Timex for JCrew , Casio G Shock 7900 , Orient Mako

$150 – $300 : Citizen Nighthawk , Seiko Diver

$300 – $600 : Hamilton Khaki Field , Tissot PRC 200

$600 – $1200 : Archimede Pilot , Tag Heuer Aquaracer , Stowa Antea

$1200 – $3000 : Nomos Tangente , Cartier Tank Solo , Baume et Mercier Classima

$3000 – $6000 :  Omega Speedmaster Professional, Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso

$6000 – $12,000 : Rolex Submariner , IWC Portuguese , Rolex Daytona

There you have it. Watch out for the 3rd part of this series in 2016! Just playin’.

Eying a particular piece… what should you do?

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A coat I’ve been wanting for a little too long…

As I’m sure you know, people shop differently. Some write a very particular list of items that need to be bought, and stick precisely to that list. Others just get in the mood to shop for anything, and when the price is right, they pull the trigger, spontaneously adding one more piece to their sartorial arsenal.

Me, I’m a mixture of both of those camps. I like to go out to the stores with a pretty specific objective in mind, yet am (slightly) open to any temptations that may come my way. Hey, when the price and fit is right, sometimes it’s a no-brainer.

However, the thing I want to talk about today is a situation when the price is not quite right. You know, that $1100 black leather jacket that you see out the corner of your eye at Nordstrom. Or those pair of $289.99 selvedge jeans at your local clothier that fit absolutely perfectly. You know you want it, but the retail price just hurts to even look at.

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Well, I’ve been in situations like that more than a handful of times, and it doesn’t feel good. Frankly, I’d like to get what I want, when I want it. But let’s be real, money matters, and a big fat hole in the wallet might not be worth that perfect pair of jeans.

So what do you do when you’re in such a pickle? Do you try to find a more economically viable alternative and run with that? Or perhaps you just try to forget about it and move on, regardless of that daily nagging that occurs in the back of your head.

Well I don’t know the right answer, and I’m sure it depends on your personality, but I can tell you what works for me. If there is a piece of clothing that I’ve been eying for quite some time, and by quite some time, I mean at least a month, then I find that pulling the trigger is absolutely worth it. No substitute will satisfy.

You see, there’s usually a pretty good reason why a piece of clothing will continue to stay on your mind for that long. It obviously means it fits perfectly, has the exact look you’ve been searching for, or is just incredibly you. Before, I used to ignore that feeling and just find another piece that would do the job, but not get me 100% of the way there. Usually, I ended up never wearing the piece, throwing it away, or wearing it with less and less satisfaction each time I put it on (since I knew it wasn’t the piece I actually wanted).

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If the price isn’t quite right for a particular item, I pass the first time. I just move on, and usually, within a couple days, I’ve forgotten entirely about what I was eying in the first place. But every blue moon, there is that one dress shirt, or one pair of shoes that I keep making an excuse to see. It leads me to wasting a ton of time searching for deals on the internet, or visiting the store to check it out again,

Does this mean you should blow your entire paycheck on a jacket? No. Keep it within reason. However, if it’s above your price threshold by just a bit, just pull the trigger and get it. You’ll likely be satisfied far more than buying an alternative. Plus, with return policies as they are today, if you aren’t satisfied, you can always return it.

Sorry. And also Indochino in SF

A couple things of note in today’s post.

1. My site has been down for the last 3 days. So, so sorry about that. Some weird things went on with the webhosting. If you’re still with me, thank you big time.

2. Spring is almost already here. Unbelievable how time flies by huh? My slacking in putting out content about winter coats and trends needs to come to an end.

3. Indochino, a men’s made to measure suit, shirt, and accessories company, will be coming to town in San Francisco this coming week and a half.

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For those of you guys who aren’t familiar with Indochino, let me try to fill you in as best as I can. A couple years ago, online made-to-measure suit companies started to pop up like flies, coming in all directions. Some preached the value of being able to measure yourself without paying for it, others offered to pay for any afterward alterations that you made to any suit of theirs.

Either way, this concept became pretty trendy, and a couple companies stood out as frontrunners of this movement. I would argue the top two known brands were Suit Supply (located in NYC) and Indochino.

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To be frank, I’ve never tried on an Indochino suits before, but the word of mouth has been nothing short of awesome. Some of my friends have worn Indochino suits to their own weddings, so I trust that the product is pretty decent. I’ll certainly have to try one in order to make any of my own judgements though.

So onto the details. Indochino is going to be at Union Square in SF from March 13th (yesterday) to the 23rd. They’ll bring their “traveling tailor” pop-up and will give you a free fitting in the case that you’re looking to try one of their suits. Check it:

March 13 – 23 117 Post St. San Francisco

Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m

Here to book an appointment.So sorry for those outside of the Bay Area, but hopefully they’ll be visiting your city soon. Go get ‘em guys!

Looking good in different types of clothing

When in doubt, I advocate many folks to “grow up” their look. Wear button up shirts instead of T-shirts. Shed the flip flops in favor of a nice pair of wingtips. Put on a nice wristwatch.

Now, some people are fortunate enough to be in situations where they simply do not need to wear these types of clothing. Be it people who are constantly active and on the run, or perhaps artistic types that are encouraged to dress a bit more eclectic than the average “well-dressed” guy.

To me, these types of occupations or lifestyles are no excuse not to wear clothing that looks good, feels good, and fits well. Just because you’re not sporting a blazer and tie doesn’t mean you can’t look awesome. Let me try to show you some great looks even when you don’t have just a normal office job.

1. The active, sports man

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Zip up hoodie, dri-fit T-shirt, fitted track pants, Nike frees.

I think that activewear can look great these days. All the dry fit, compression based clothing helps keep clothing slim,

2. The eclectic type

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Whatever clothing you want.

There are two people that I think dress well, albeit a bit more eclectic than I would prefer. Pharrell and Andre 3000. Take a page from their book if you’re in the mood. Sometimes when you have a very confident sense of personal style, you can still look quite good in even the most ridiculous or outlandish clothing out there. Just make sure it fits well, and you wear the outfit with the utmost confidence.

3. The rugged outdoorsman

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Barbour jacket, chunky wool sweater, denim or cords, rugged boots.

Just because you’re out in the wilderness doesn’t mean you can’t look great. In fact, so much of menswear today is about sporting that rugged outdoorsman look, even if going just to the office.

4. The lazy at home type

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T shirt, sweat pants, beanie, perhaps a hoodie or sweatshirt, New Balance.

I don’t know if you’ve been following menswear magazines these days, but T-shirts, sweatpants and sweatshirts are more prevalent than I’ve ever seen. You know, back in the Mad Men era, when men wanted to just lounge around the house, they would dress down into a sport coat. Boy those days are gone. Instead, feel free to wear a nicely fitting sweatpant or sweatshirt to look good.

Whatever the look, there’s a way to make it look good. You don’t always have to be in a suit and tie, right?

Coordinating certain colors

I think that coordinating colors can be a great way to indicate to the world that you understand how style works. A simple matching of the belt to the shoe, or socks to the sweater can be a refreshing aesthetic for all to see.

Today, I want to talk about coordinating colors a bit more subtly, and little techniques you can use to showcase your fashion knowledge.

For example, I just shot this picture right now (sorry for the shoddy quality), but this particular shirt has an interesting detail to it. It’s charcoal all around, but the front pocket is actually navy.

pocket Coordinating certain colorsNow, why am I showing you this shirt? I’m showing it to you because it’s a great example of a type of shirt that I can use to start matching colors around with. For me, that little hint of navy gives me a great excuse to add another navy piece to this outfit. Perhaps it’s a pair of blue jeans, or my navy Vans.

In this case, I’m using the secondary color (navy), not the primary one (charcoal), to build my outfit around. And trust me, this isn’t limited to a shirt with a mismatching pocket, I mean who really wears this type of shirt anyway?

Take a look at accessories, or pieces that have multiple colors in it (like a striped or plaid shirt). I think that matching up other parts of your outfit to the colors that are on that accessory, stripe or plaid just makes sense. If there’s some light blue in your shirt, why not wear a light blue shoelace? It’s those types of details that help ME know that YOU are in the know.

Below is an awesome example of why matching certain colors can make a huge difference in the aesthetic appeal of your outfit. In this picture, there is one guy who stands out to me. The guy with the pink flower on his lapel. Why? Because it works with the socks he’s wearing. Sure, his socks won’t be visible for most of the day, but the moment he sits down, that subtle detail of the pinks matching will make a huge difference.

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So really, all I’m trying to say is that you should look at colors with a bit more intentionality. The subtle details can make a huge difference, and it’s worth thinking about. Is your watch band olive in color? Try putting on some olive colored shoes. Got some red in your plaid shirt? Time to take your red wristband out. Purple jacket? Oh hi purple socks.

We all know it’s good to coordinate colors overall, but take it to the next level and start complementing / matching some of the subtle parts of your outfit. Trust me, I’ve been complimented on some of those details even when I felt like there’s no way anyone would ever have been able to notice.

 

My Style Pet Peeves #2

A long time ago, I put up a post about some of my style-related pet peeves. To give you a quick referesher, they were as such:

1. Heavy designs on jean back pockets

2. Dress shirt collars hanging outside of sweaters

3. Dress belt & shoe color mismatch

4. Square toe dress shoes

Today, I bring you several more. Remember, these are just my style pet peeves. Of course you can continue to rock whatever you’re comfortable with. I’ll just be dying a little inside… just playing.

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When wearing dress shoes, please wear appropriate socks. Nothing’s worse than ribbed white cotton peeking out from under your pant cuff. If you have to keep it easy, stick with a mid-gray sock that goes above your shin.

Boot cut jeans

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I don’t know what it is, but recently I’ve started to really dislike bootcut jeans. Now, they do make sense if you’re wearing cowboy boots, but otherwise, I prefer a straight or tapered leg. People will inevitably disagree with me on this one (like customers of Nordstrom, apparently), but I personally don’t like them. All my previous ones are at Goodwill.

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I see some people trying this look to be fashion forward, but I’m not hopping on that train. Athletic shoes and dress slacks are two of the most contrasted pieces in a man’s wardrobe. Keep them as far away from each other as possible.

Jeans that are just too skinny

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I get that pants are getting skinnier and skinnier for men these days. It’s not easy to figure out how slim a man should wear his pants in this day and age, but I will say that if you’re going into the woman’s department for denim, you’re probably going too far. The picture above makes me feel uncomfortable. You need some breathing room, man.

My four pet peeves this time around. I wish these things didn’t bother me so much, but some reason, they do. Woosah.

Growing up your look

One of my buddies at work, Matt, is getting married soon.

He’s an established man. Great job, great friends, great fiancee, great everything. Can’t really see much of a fault with this dude. So you can understand why I was a bit surprised to hear one day that he was in need of my help for something.

Well I decided to have a chat with Matt, and I discovered that he had an issue. He said he was going to be a married man soon, but he still had the wardrobe of a 20 year old college junior. And though I never really noticed, his comments did have some merit. We work in a tech startup, so attire isn’t necessarily the most important thing to care about. Thus, he was always dressing in hoodies, run-down sneakers, and university branded T-shirts.

So we decided to go shopping. We spent a good chunk of a Saturday hopping from store to store, finding some pieces that I thought would look good on Matt. The goal was simple. Find three new full outfits for the guy with pieces that can be mixed and matched quite easily.

So we did a little Nordstrom’s, a bit of Bloomingdales, some Macy’s, some J.Crew… And all in all it ended up being a pretty successful run. Three full outfits, not a huge hit to the wallet, and hopefully a load of compliments from the to-be Mrs.

Here are the list of items we ended up buying: Black jacket, mustard sweater, gray collared shirt, blue gingham shirt, navy cardigan, desert boots, black jeans, burgundy pants, blue jeans, brown belt, bulkier brown boots, shawl collared sweater, and three pairs of socks. Not bad huh?

To illustrate, here are a couple pictures of how Matt used to dress at the office:

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Hmm, the hat’s a bit much. Though I guess it matches the truck in the back a bit.

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Nothing terribly wrong with the attire, but I felt it might be time to graduate from the college branded T shirts and flip flops.

Well, ever since buying these clothes, he’s now walking around the office like this:

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after31 Growing up your lookAgain, who says black can’t be worn with brown? Looks great to me. Also, the balance of rugged and classy keeps things appropriate for a tech startup office like ours.

after11 Growing up your lookTo me this is a grown up look. An elbow patch cardigan sweater with a gingham dress shirt and rugged leather boots. Not a bad way to go.

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Sweater: J.Crew | Shirt: Banana Republic | Belt: Calvin Klein

Pants: Levi’s | Socks: Perry Ellis | Boots: Timberland

I personally think this shopping trip helped “grow” Matt’s overall look. Based on what I’ve seen, he’s been walking around with a little more pep in his step, people are subtly taking him more seriously in meetings, and hopefully, his fiancee is approving of his new refreshed image. Go get ‘em, man.

 

Having just one accessory

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I think too often, we approach accessories as items we can easily interchange. Magazines and fashion blogs are constantly pushing people to buy a variety of different accessories, just so they can wear one color or fabric on a given day, and something completely different the next day.

Think wristbands, or watches. Sunglasses and scarves. Changing between different types day by day.

Well today, I feel the need to say quite the opposite of all these magazines and fashion blogs. Personally, I’m a fan of a person who consistently wears the same accessories, and ultimately, through repetition, really makes them his own.

I’ll give you an example. Ever since I was a little kid, my father wore the same wrist watch day in and day out. This accessory of his became a small, but tangible part of who he was to me. If I saw him without his watch anytime our family went out somewhere, something was definitely a little weird.

One of my roommates is another example. He wears one pair of sunglasses, and hasn’t even thought about getting another. “I have one that looks and works well, what’s the point of getting another one?” I kind of agree.

Anyhow, I think it’s refreshing to see a person wear their tried and true accessories over and over again, without making any changes. As long as they’re confidently worn, and out of your choice.

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Here are the accessories I think make for good “one-only” pieces:

1. Sunglasses. When I think Tom Cruise, I think Ray-Ban aviator. Him wearing another pair (which I’m sure he does) just doesn’t seem right.

2. Eyeglasses. One of my buddies alternates between two glasses. However, he used to wear just one type before. I like his image wearing just the original pair.

3. Watches. I personally have two watches I’d like to rotate between, but there’s something really cool about someone who just wears one watch everyday. As long as it’s relatively conservative in appearance, why not?

4. Wallet. Don’t really see the point of alternating between a bunch of wallets since it’s in your pocket most of the time.

5. Keychain. Same argument as wallet.

Sure, some people like to rotate between different types out of each of these accessories because it can be boring to have the same one all the time. I don’t disagree with you! Nonetheless, I’m saying there is some virtue to just having one.

My suggestion is to get a worthwhile, high quality version of each of these accessories, and stick with just one of them. People will associate the accessory with you, and there will be a sentimental aspect to that said accessory over time.

Plus it makes your life simpler. You’ll be a simpler man. Yep I went there.

 

The minimalism challenge

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I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I actually take New Year’s Resolutions fairly seriously. Unlike a lot of folks who say they’re going to go to the gym more, end up going a couple times in January then never go again, I make sure to keep at my goals consistently, and make them measurable in the case that I find myself slacking at any given time of the year.

For example, in 2011, though my resolution was incredibly superficial and ridiculous, I decided I wanted a six pack for the first time in my life. Yes, six pack abs, I know it’s stupid. Either way, around mid October that year, I found that I wasn’t any closer to my goal than I was in January.

I realized that it was because I was working out, but not really changing my diet, which is ultimately the most important part of it all. As a result, I stopped drinking alcohol completely for a month. Somehow lost 8 lbs. Yeah, no joke, and I don’t even drink all that much on a normal basis.

Then in November and December, every time I ate out, I packed home 1/3 of it to go. Didn’t matter how hungry I was, 1/3 of the plate was going to be boxed up. Helped me lose another 6-7 lbs. Sadly, I still didn’t end up getting a fully visible six pack at the end of the year, but I was happy to be keeping up with my goal for the full 12 months.

In 2012, it was all about drinking at least 8 cups of a water a day. I think I ended up going to the bathroom more than all my coworkers combined that year, but I succeeded for the most part, and still to this day have kept up the habit of drinking water as much as possible throughout the day.

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This year, the #1 resolution I have is to become more of a minimalist. A secondary goal is to write this blog more often, but let’s focus on the main goal today.

Why minimalism? Well, I’ve found that the money I earn needs to be going towards experiences and not things. I hardly ever regret spending money on experiences, but oftentimes find myself regretting purchases of clothing, furniture, gadgets, or whatever. I also need to feel like I own my things, and not the other way around. Hopefully going minimalist should help in that effort.

I’ve laid out a couple rules for myself during this time, and if you’re brave enough, you should join me. Check ‘em out:

1. Get rid of one thing everyday for the entire year: This is to just shed as much of my unneeded belongings as possible. It will be hard, especially towards the latter part of the year when I’ve gotten rid of so much, but I think it will be a healthy way to own only the essentials. Also, it will feel great to give my possessions to people who would actually use them. Everyone wins.

2. Do not buy anything unless it’s absolutely needed, or replacing something else: Impulse purchases, or sale-based purchases have dominated me for several years. As a result, I am trying not to buy anything unless it is absolutely needed, or replacing something that has worn down so much that it has become unusable. For example, I’m working on replacing a watch, since the other one broke down, so I consider that okay.

3. Experiences, not things. The money I spend on things should instead be going directly to experiences. A nice dining experience, travel, adventure. I know it’ll be worth it in the end, so why not? This also takes a bit of a mental change. Instead of thinking, “oh man I could have bought a puffer jacket for the price of this meal,” I need to look at a puffer jacket and think, “oh man, I could have such a nice meal for the price of this jacket.”

It’ll be hard, especially with having this blog, but I intend to do it. Keep me accountable, and let me know if you guys have had any thoughts of becoming more minimalistic yourself. Honestly, I think it’s healthy, and something that can help free the mind to do more than just care about stuff.

Buzzfeed article: 27 suit rules

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I’ve been so MIA these days, I owe you all an apology. Thanks for continuing to show support though. The good news is that one of my 2014 New Year’s resolutions is to make sure I post more often, which should help shape my ass back up.

Anyhow, today’s topic is about a Buzzfeed article I recently read. Normally, Buzzfeed is a giant time waste for me. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve clicked through to a Buzzfeed article, and spent the next 15 minutes scrolling down ridiculous GIFs for no apparent reason at all.

Well the good news is that they sometimes have some really good tricks and tips, and in this particular article, it’s all about the men’s suit.

Don’t necessarily agree with points #3, #16, and #22, but the list is pretty solid overall.

Click on the above picture or this link to check it out.