Some wicked shoes

wooster mismatched shoes 0 Some wicked shoes

At first glance, these shoes look pretty normal, albeit stylish. The grainy leather, the deep brown color, and the solid design all combine to make a pretty beautiful shoe. But as you look at each shoe individually, you’ll notice that they’re actually different designs! One is a wingtip, the other is a brogue captoe. Had me doing a double (or triple) take.

Turns out these are legitimate shoes, purposely mismatched by Tricker’s x Engineered Garments.  Don’t see myself pulling these off anytime soon, but thought it would be fun for you guys to check out.

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi everyone,

Today is Thanksgiving, and I just want to take this time to say thanks to you all.

I’m very thankful for all of you who continue to visit simplerman, and I promise, I’ll try my best to bring you better and better content as the new year approaches and beyond. You guys are the reason I continue to do this, and because of that, I don’t regret a single moment of it.

Eat plenty of turkey, dress warm, and enjoy yourselves this long weekend.

Cheers,

Mark

Sales & Impulse Buying

You’re surfing the web when you see an amazing deal pop up. Whoa, wool pants for under $20 bucks?! Take one in each color they offer!

sale wool pleated Sales & Impulse Buying

WAIT…..

Let’s hold our horses for a sec! Impulse buying like this might not take us very far… let’s talk about it.

Just like some of you, I used to be a guy that looked for literally the most dirt cheap price on any item I could. There was even a time in high school when I bought a deep V neck T-shirt with Ed Hardy-like designs on it just because it was $4.

Good news is that I’ve changed. Not much, but at least enough to know that sometimes, it just might be wiser to buy clothing at slightly higher prices to ensure quality. The above picture can help illustrate my point. Just because an item is dirt cheap, does not mean that it’s immediately worth buying. Especially on classic pieces like a pair of wool dress pants, you want to make sure you get a pair that won’t rip on you midway through your hot Thursday night date.

Forget the fact that these pants are a cheap wool blend, unknown brand name, pleated, and classic baggy fit. The main point is that you have very little proxy for discerning quality on this item, and this can happen often when buying clothing, especially online. The only thing you know for sure is that it’s cheap. A little too cheap to probably be any good.

sale sign Sales & Impulse Buying

Before you can really start discerning quality, you need to own or at least feel out quality pieces first. Check my post on quality; it might give you some tips on how to determine what’s quality and what’s not. Hopefully after you’ve been armed with some knowledge & experience, you will realize it’s better to put weight on quality over quantity with regards to clothing. My spidey senses tell me that the pants above probably aren’t very high in quality, and will likely just give me a higher quantity of pants, but hey, what do I know? Either way, I’ll skip the risk.

Anyhow, moral of the story? Do some research ahead of time and get your ducks in order before impulsively pulling the trigger on sale items. Just because something’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s worth buying. You’ll probably have regrets and end up spending more in the long run anyway.

Layer

 LayerYour breath creates a fog as you walk slowly along the breezy coast. A beautiful woman walks by your side and begins to cross her arms for warmth. You ask her if she’s cold, and she abruptly says no, even though you can tell she’s shivering. Time to be the man she wants you to be. Time to give her your jacket.

You take off your fitted trench and drape it along her shoulders, feeling cool and masculine…. But oh no. You start getting goosebumps, your teeth start shaking, and you can barely keep up with conversation. You realize the only thing you’re wearing is a thin dress shirt, and it’s too damn cold… My friend, you’ve just lost the cool that you had 10 seconds ago, and it’s all because you didn’t LAYER.

Gentlemen, we’ve just started fall, and winter is next door. The time has come for us to layer our clothing in order to keep warm… and of course to look awesome.

To me, nothing looks more sophisticated than a man who properly layers his clothing. You’ll get a nod of approval from me if you put a wool scarf on top of your favorite peacoat and sweater, with a little bit of your dress shirt peeking out. Apart from keeping you warm and fuzzy, the technique of layering helps you show off more parts of your wardrobe at once. Layering allows you to start being creative with color, pattern, and texture matching, not to mention the fact that you never need to choose between wearing your black sweater and your grey jacket. Just put them both on and call it a day.

Of course this doesn’t mean you can just blindly choose a random sweater, shirt, and jacket to layer on top of each other. We’re still trying to remain stylish, and there are some basic rules I would suggest you follow.

1. Don’t wear too many patterns.

I love patterns. A gingham shirt or pinstripe jacket can really make clothing a bit more fun and appealing. However, you start layering heavy stripes on top of argyle on top of checks, and you’ve essentially made your outfit unbearable to look at. Your clothes will start to distract attention from you… and that’s never good.

2. Colors matter.

Try to layer with complementing colors. The reason I keep recommending greys, blacks, whites, and browns is because you can match a lot easier with basic colors/shades. Put yellow, purple, green, and orange in one outfit, and you’ve likely got yourself an eyesore. This isn’t to say that you can’t have some accent colors in your layered outfit. In fact, I would recommend it! Put a pink shirt on in the midst of greys, or an olive sweater around black. It’ll be fun and classic at the same time.

3. Don’t overdo it.

Yes, I’m telling you to layer. However, I don’t want you to perspire to death or debilitate your arm movements while doing so. Stick to layering two or three pieces. Maybe four if the fabric is thin enough. If you start layering too many pieces, the other problem is that patterns, colors, and fabrics may start to clash. We want to keep style simple, not complicated.

So next time you’re on that date and you’ve just lent out your jacket in the midst of a cold winter night… thank your style knowledge, for it saved you both practically, and fashionably.