"Yup in my white tee":
In mid 2000, white tees became a thing to the point where a band with a hit single was called Plain White T's and Dem Franchise Boyz made a song "White Tee". Fast forward to 2015 and I hope you have all moved on from that. White tees have its place in your wardrobe especially if you pair it with a bold statement jacket or pants. What I want to encourage is for men to add short sleeve collared shirts to the casual wear arsenal.
Short sleeve collared shirts are edgy and not enough men wear it. You will be noticed if you start now. It's a stylish twist to the formal dress shirt and is often designed with a small shorten collar and slim fit.
How to look dapper in short sleeve collared shirt:
Where can I find stylish short sleeve collared shirts?
Although they sell it at many fashion retailers, the best quality material and fit in the market right now is at Topman. For around $50, it has various patterns, fabrics, and fits. I prefer slim fit and bold patterns.
Check out the Simple Style Manual for more advice on casual wear.
- Dexter Woo
Eight years of style greatness comes to an end:
For the many viewers that follow AMC's Mad Men, we enjoyed a show with deep character development and an entertaining plot. Beyond being one of the most entertaining shows on television for the last 8 years, Mad Men inspired men everywhere to look dapper in a suit. I came to a realization this past Sunday the show was finally over. Before I can let go of it completely, I'd like to pay tribute to three style icons from the show.
The star of the show, Don Draper set the bar very high with his calm demeanor and powerful words. Beyond the many physical gifts that make him stand out, I give him credit for always being on point with his dark suits. For events he wore colorful/patterned blazers and various well fitted casual attire. For this, Don Draper wins the effortless style award. If everything a man wears is nicely fitted and well thought out, he makes being dapper look easy.
It's the silver fox himself. I liked this character for his wits. Roger Sterling has some of the best one liners on the show. Unlike Don Draper who was aesthetically gifted, Roger's powerful presence was based around his charm. He made bold statements and this attitude spilled over to his sense of style. Roger wore the boldest suits on the show of various styles (three piece, double breasted, color blocking blazers) and in my opinion was the most stylish character. For this he wins the best dressed award. For the average guy, take note of Roger Sterling. If you aren't born with attractive traits, stand out by being bold.
Some people may not even remember this man but I believe he deserves to be mentioned. For those who forgot, Jim Cutler was a partner after the first merger and he tried his best to push Don Draper out of the firm. Why did he make this list? It's because he was a ruthless businessman that looked good in a power suit. Like Don, he commanded respect at the office wearing a simple well fitted suit every episode. Beyond that, he also rocked an amazing pair of thick frame glasses that put his style over the top. For this he wins the Geek Chic Award. Put a big pair of glasses on a poorly dressed man, he's a clueless geek. Put it on a man in a nice suit then it becomes a statement piece.
Simple Style Lessons from Mad Men:
If there are three lessons we can take away from watching Mad Men, it will be:
Want to look stylish in a suit like the men above? Follow the style advice on the Simple Style Manual. I'll leave you with more photos from the show. Hopefully this will inspire you to step up your suit game.
Green sport coat - Top Man, $74 (sale)
Micro striped shirt - Club Monaco, $28 (sale)
Silk knit tie - Club Monaco, $20 (sale)
Polka dot pocket square - Club Monaco, $15 (sale)
Looking dapper can be done on a budget as I demonstrated above. I like to shop between seasons as there that's when the best sales happen. As weather changes, keep eye out for store-wide sales. Better yet, follow me on twitter or use the Simple Manual for sales alerts you can't miss.
First time blogger, long time style enthusiast.