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Big Style in Nature, America’s Greatest Time Piece, & an Instant Pot Warning
2-03-2018 12:00:31
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LOOK AT THIS HANDSOME BASTARD! LOOK AT HIM! (thank you) I KNOW NOTHING: How does this work anyway? Because this doesn’t seem right to me. GOLD MEDAL PERFORMANCE: This just pushes all my happy buttons.  HEADS UP FELLAS: These things are super popular at the moment so this may be relevant to your interests. WHAT. THE. HAMBURGERS: Check. This. Out! I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this before but was so overwhelmed by its power to impress that I forgot all about it so it’s all brand new again. WHEN THIS IS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION… (thank you) It was for me. Tom Hardy in Bronson. And in not one frame is anything obstructing his mouth. Bonus! CANNOT BE UNSEEN: That one time your editor sends you a link that makes you yelp in front of your pals. Come for the picture. Stay for the comments. For once, they won’t ruin your day. Mostly. UGH: This comes as no surprise and it is still totally depressing. MEANWHILE…the big one that didn’t get away. Also, I had no idea there were constables in America. CHEESUS! You don’t say! Also, true story: my mom used to call the orange cheese we had when I was a kid “rat cheese.” I don’t know why I felt that was important. SAM THE EAGLE WISHES HE WAS THIS REGAL: (thank you) LEMONADE: As far as public apologies go, this is winner-winner-chicken-dinner level stuff. I KNOW NOTHING REDUX: Because if my publicly traded company (I don’t have one) was operating at this level, I sure wouldn’t be making that kind of bank. NOT EVEN KIDDING: If this doesn’t connect with you in any way, I might be a little concerned. Also, just keep scrolling down until you pass out from a serotonin overdose. COUNT YOUR LUCKY STARS…this hasn’t happened to you. WHEN I’M READING INTERNET COMMENTS: (thank you) Hello guys. Our Senior VP of “Hey would you look at this!” Eric H has another big race this weekend. Wish him luck?! Thank you. And thank you Eric for another great week of sharables. LIFE ON THE RUN: If you ever thought your family was a little weird when you were growing up, uh, this is something. WHAT. THE. HELL. I know that none of our readers pull this kind of crap but this is exactly why the internet manages to be one of the best AND worst things to happen to us. Only a little hyperbole in that sentence. Just a little bit. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEJA VU DEPARTMENT: My trainer was telling me about this very article this morning about an hour before I ended up in a pool of sweat and shame. About an hour after that I open my email and Eric has provided the very story and link. WHEN AN AMAZING SPORTS STORY…isn’t really about the sport at all. It’s about the people. LIGHTNING ROUND! America’s greatest time piece? | Ridiculously impressive achievements in civil engineering, the Mexican edition. Wow. Just wow. | This is an entirely different type of wow.  | The truth is out there. | Dog is gonna dog. You go dog. You go. WHEN AN ANGEL IS ALSO A SLUG… (thank you) OLYMPICS SHENANIGANS: And this comes as a surprise to who exactly? CUE UP TUBULAR BELLS: This is only mildly frightening. For instance, I want the metrics for America. It might explain some things. CAN WE ALL FINALLY AGREE..that all the excuses about “money spent in R and D” is the reason behind these devastating price hikes?  This system is broken. INCOMING!  Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
007 Peacoats, USA Made Briefcases, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
1-03-2018 16:45:21
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    J. Crew: New Arrivals + 30% off + an extra 10% off select Full Priced Styles w/ DIYUMSN Varsity Shawl-Collar Cardigan in Textured Cotton – $61.74 ($98)  Italian Merino Wool Cardigan Sweater – $56.38 ($89.50)  Four-Pocket Utility Jacket – $93.24 ($148)  Abingdon Briefcase – $86.94 ($138)  Stretch American Pima Cotton Oxford Shirt – $43.78 ($69.50)  484 Slim-Fit Lightweight Garment-Dyed Stretch Chino – $42.84 ($68) 4 colors Kenton Suede Chelsea Boots – $143.64 ($228)  Made in Italy Classic MacAlister Boots in Suede – $93.24 ($148) 3 colors Kenton Plain-Toe Boots – $156.24 ($248)  Unconstructed Ludlow Blazer – $124.74 ($198) All Wool Legacy in Ludlow or Crosby – $220.50 ($350) A mighty fine sale from J. Crew, especially considering that their unconstructed wool/cotton and all wool Legacy blazers are also getting this extra 10% on top of the 30% off cut. A solid number of new spring arrivals as well.   East Dane: 15% off $200, 20% off $500, 25% off $800 w/ GOBIG18 Billy Reid Bond Peacoat in Navy – $556 ($695) Loake 1880 Mitchum Suede Chelsea Boots – $238 ($280) Filson Original Briefcase – $276.25 ($325) multiple colors Loake 1880 Kempton Chukka Boots – $255 ($300)  Loake 1880 Goodyear Welted Monk Straps – $289 ($340) Wolverine 1000 Mile Rockford Boots – $238 ($400) Works on sale items too, but the items (sale or full price) have to to have the GOBIG18 code underneath the price. Otherwise, it’s excluded. Super fast shipping whether you’re a prime member or not (East Dane is under Amazon’s massive umbrella).   Gustin: Made in the USA Brief in Nut Brown is Back – $249 Rugged, but still smart enough for most work environments. And that price on an all leather, USA Made briefcase, is gonna be tough to beat. Even if it is Gustin, so, you’ll have to wait a while to get it. That “Nut Brown” color name reminds me of college, when I used to spend far too much time with some pals drinking bombers of Newcastle Brown Ale, Playing Golden Tee, and smoking Swisher Sweets. Further proof that college is NOT the best time of your life (although we thought we had it pretty good then).   Spier & Mackay: Foundation & Spring Suit Pre-Order – $328 – $398 One of the few drawbacks to Spier & Mackay is that sometimes, when they run out of stock, they’re out of stock for a good long while. They haven’t had a basic Navy or Charcoal Grey in any real sizes in a good long while (and those are two important colors). BUT. That wait is almost over. Navy blue, mid gray, charcoal gray, and a bunch of spring styles are now available for pre-order. Basic Australian Super 110s merino suits start at $328, and as always, they come with half canvas construction and bemberg linings.   Club Monaco: 30% off w/ FRIEND Colorblock Polo – $55.65 ($79.50)  Leather Sneakers – $68.95 ($98.50)  Grant Donegal Blazer – $251.30 ($450)  Red Wing Iron Ranger Boot – $224 ($320)  Filson Small Duffel in Navy – $276.50 ($395) Filson Original Briefcase in Navy – $227.50 ($325) Allen Edmonds Liverpool Chelseas – $311.50 ($445)  Exclusions are Birkenstock, Viberg, Woolrich, and Zespa. So? Filson gets the cut. Not bad at all. Club Monaco only carrys the navy option for Filson stuff, so, if you’re looking for another color, its best to scroll back up to the East Dane sale.   Also worth a mention: H&M: 20% off your purchase over $100 + free shipping w/ 5902 (exp 3/1/18). Nordstrom: New, deeper discounts in their sale section. J. Crew Factory: They’re running a cashmere event. Haven’t tried JCF cashmere though, so, can’t speak to its quality.
Best posts of 2017 – Jomers suits, Amazon OCBD’s, and one crazy polo
12-01-2018 12:00:49
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Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2017, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2017. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.   6 Best Affordable Navy Wool Blazers you can Buy Now Versatile and simple, the navy blazer has been revered on this site for a while now. Dress it up, dress it down, however you want to do it. We threw together an infographic with call-outs on what an updated navy blazer offers, then laid out 6 of our current (at least they were in September) favorite options.   6 Styles of Boots Worth Owning Keeping on the theme of six… dress, work, hiking, you name it. Here are the six styles of boots that are worthy of gracing the floor of your closet, or wherever you store your shoes.   In Review: Jomers Suits Jomers, the small New York based company that sells their wares just about as quickly as they can stock them, entered the suit market with a half-canvas Italian wool suit at an incredible price point. The only issue for our editor was the true-slim fit of the pants, doesn’t quite work for a guy with thick legs. Other than that, these suits are a solid deal.   Fashion vs. Style… visualized A sobering comparison of what the world of fashion offers for over a grand (like one polo), and all the stylish yet affordable items you could purchase for the same amount. Like a suit, blazer, watch, sunglasses, socks, shoes, and a pocket square. Or again, just the polo. We are weird animals.   In Review: Amazon’s Goodthreads Button Down Oxford Cloth Shirts In 2017 Amazon made a bigger push into the clothing market, although it seems they have yet to fully establish themselves as a destination for such. Early in the year Joe took their Goodthreads OCBD’s for a spin. For a $25 button down option, they weren’t bad. Nothing spectacular about them, but for a basic that graces many a guy’s closet, and these are a good bet for the money.
Latest Retail Closures, Avocado Thank Yous, & Comparing your Sleep
12-01-2018 12:00:10
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ZENWAVES: (thank you) RETAIL HELL: It’s beginning to look as if these folks aren’t long for this world. I mean, right? Because, damn. MORE OF THIS PLEASE: Sometimes I swear there are more stories like this out there and I think we all benefit from seeing them all damn day. Also, I have found that this place can help readjust my outlook on life. What’s that? Yeah, I thought so. So anyway, this is pretty cool too. THAT ONE CONSPIRACY, FROM, LIKE, FOREVER AGO: Go ahead. Share this one with your folks. They’ll think you’re swell. THE MORE YOU KNOW (COMET RAINBOW SPLOOSH): I’m thinking that I might be taking a look at my cleaning supplies. And I guess I’m not really surprised by some of this.  DO YOU LIKE AVOCADOS? Y    o    u      c   a   n     t   h   a   n   k     t   h   e   s   e     g   u   y   s. SADDEST. MONKEY. EVER. (thank you) P.T. BARNUM WAS RIGHT: Only these days, the number of suckers born every minute has gone exponential. Extreme exponential. Then there’s this. And if you must have more, here you go. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT: Bwahahahahaha. Riiiight. IN THE FUTURE NEXT WEEK: Some hacker will be able to lock you out of your own house. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ: How America sleeps, with thanks to Fitbit. PUZZLE OF THE WEEK: Eric and I side with the 1st grader. KICKSTARTER OF THE WEEK: The original video game. Here’s more on this 3D version of the game. TRIPPY HIPPY MAGICIAN DUDE OF NOTE:  (thank you) HOUSTON’S FAVORITE METEOROLOGIST: And that’s not even his main gig. Seriously. Houston loves this guy. INCOMING! Actually, uh, it’s here. On the small screen. And as Eric helpfully notes: “Oh and they have accents and great swearing.” That is always a closer for me. Then there’s this. I CAN’T TELL…if this is a good thing or not? WHEN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY IS THE ECONOMY…this kind of thing makes perfect sense. Also, it’s not new. But it is totally new to me. THE OTHER SEX (BAD ASS WOMEN): You might remember her from Pitch Perfect, The 40 Year Old Virgin, or 30 Rock, but these days she’s making things happen behind the scenes. | After reading about this amazing woman, I feel like crawling into a hole. | Pour a 40 for Rosie. WÜRST. THING. EVER. A linguistic sausage fest.  An entirely different kind of sausage fest. THE TORMENT OF ANIMAL: (thank you) PFFFFT: Honestly, I’ve got nothing to add to this. DAMN! MOTHER NATURE! Keep on surprising us in ways like this. IT’S THE REAL THING: Sometimes I love people so much I’d like to build the world a home and furnish it with love, grow apple trees and honey bees and snow white turtle doves. This is one of those times. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS: If you have had it up to HERE with bad news about the environment, then just move along. Otherwise, sad trombone. LIVE! FROM IRAN! IT’S… Let Them Eat Cake 2, the 21st century take. THE SHAPE OF NIGHTMARES? (thank you) SHENANIGANS: I’m sure this is all above board and stuff. Totes legit. SPEAKING OF LEGIT: This is something you may have some familiarity with. I hope it isn’t. But if you haven’t yourself, you might know someone who has. SOUTHERN FRIED SCAM MASTER J: Actually, you might have run into this guy before. Also, bwahahahaha! AN UNPOPULAR OPINION: I’m just going to leave this here. It might cheese you off or, alternately, it could come as a huge relief. Not sure if there is a middle ground here. STFU: Every year I look forward to this list. Yes, there are a few which are screamingly obvious. And, some are a couple that are groan inducing. #cofveve INCOMING! With thanks to Eric H. Hey. If Marvel won’t make a Black Widow movie…Oh wait. This just in! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
Steal Alert: Filson Goods on sale + extra 25% off
11-01-2018 17:37:12
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Brooks Brothers: Filson Sale + Extra 25% off Good luck trying to beat these price points. “Might as well have the best” is the Filson mantra, and they nail it on the classic, tough, American (and American made) good looks front. But they can understandably run pretty spendy. Now? At Brooks Brothers, a bunch of their accessories/luggage is sneaking up on almost half off. They’re part of the Brooks Brothers clearance section, and for the next 5 days (through Monday) they’re knocking an extra 25% off select fall/winter goods. And these all happen to fit that bill.   Orig. Brief in Navy, Tan, Black, or Green – $182.81 ($325) Honestly can’t recall the last time Filson’s original briefcase (in any color, let alone ALL the colors) dipped under $200. Made in the USA from rugged twill and hearty leather accents. Head here for the earth-tones, here for black, and here for navy.   Medium Duffel – $222.18 ($395) A personal favorite. Not a lot of structure to this thing, but that can be good when you’ve packed light, and thus, can smash it into a small overhead bin on an airline. Not tiny though when packed to the gills.  21″ x 14″ x 13.” Also available in brown or tan. Made in the USA as well.   Filson Tin Cloth Briefcase – $223.87 ($398) A Brooks Brothers exclusive, thanks to the plaid lining. Same as their original brief, except that this uses their waxed, water-resistant tin-cloth material.   Twill Padded Computer Bag in Black, Navy, or Tan – $239.06 ($425) A little extra space, a little extra protection. 16½” x 14″ x 7½” would be the dimensions of this thing.   Filson Large Duffel in Tan or Olive – $239.06 ($425) Very much does NOT meet carry on requirements. These things are huge. 30″ x 14″ x 13″ – Almost 5500 cubic inches of space. So, for the heavy packers. Made in the USA like the rest. This extra 25% off select fall/winter goods at Brooks Brothers event ends on Monday, 1/15/17.
AE Factory 2nds lowers their restocking fee, Spier & Mackay’s big winter sale, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
11-01-2018 12:10:53
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    AE Factory 2nds: Flash Sale + Restocking Fee back down to $10? There’s not a big sale going on right now, UPDATE: Check that, they just launched a big flash sale. Lots of wheelhouse models under $200. For a while there they tried a $25 restocking fee on all factory 2nds. Looks like that wasn’t super well received? That’s just speculation of course. Maybe they’re experimenting. Moving the restocking fee around depending on the time of year. Who knows. Anyway, it’s back down to ten bucks. For now.   Spier & Mackay: Additional Items Added to Sale EThomas Wool/Cashmere Unstructured Plaid Sportcoat in Slim or Contemp. Fit – $299.99 ($425) Medium Blue Herringbone Suit in Slim or Contemporary Fit – $279.99 ($358) Super 120’s Merino Unstructured Gun Check Sportcoat in Slim or Contemp. Fit – $249.99 ($318) Abraham Moon Light Grey Merino Tweed in Slim or Contemporary Fit – $249.99 ($318 ) Brisbane Moss Navy Moleskin Sportcoat in Slim or Contemporary fit – $199 ($258) Feels like a true winter clearance, but? There’s some pretty good sizes still left kicking about. And the discounts are solid. So if you’re a Spier & Mackay fan, now’s not a bad time to browse their sale section. Sportcoats, suits, trousers, shirts, etc.   Massdrop: Orient Symphony 2nd Generation Auto – $99.99 FINAL Not a bad price for a classic automatic dress watch. It’s not the Bambino, but instead the Bambino’s kid brother. 41mm case diameter. Good looks that won’t go out of style any time soon. Available with either that white/silver dial and a dark brown strap, or, black on black. And for this generation of the Symphony they’ve upgraded the crystal from mineral to Sapphire. Remember, it’s Massdrop so it’s final sale. No returns on this thing, and the drop is limited to just 150 units total (75 a piece). Big thanks to Rolfe B. for the tip!   Todd Snyder: Extra 20% off Sale Items w/ OHYEAH! Timex M2 Watch – $79.20 ($138)  Timex w/ Red Wing Leather Strap Black Chronograph – $94.40 ($158) Timex w/ Red Wing Leather Strap 40mm Watch – $79.20 ($138) Tech Wool Topcoat in Navy – $383.20 ($798)  Made in the USA Sutton Wool Brown Plaid Unconstructed Sportcoat – $287.20 ($598) Made in the USA Sutton Blue Velvet Shawl Collar Evening Jacket – $287.20 ($598) That’s quite the DuffMan related code. Not an extensive selection in their sale section in terms of sheer numbers, but there are a few gems in there. Not a bad price for their military inspired “M2” Timex watch, and when it comes to their tailored goods? They’re slim but not crazy tight (as long as you aren’t too bulky) and made extremely well.   Bonobos: Extra 30% off FINAL Sale Items w/ BULLSEYE (exp 1/31) Jetsetter Stretch Wool Blazer in Bright Navy – $227.50 FINAL ($450)  Jetsetter Stretch Wool Blazer in Maroon Plaid – $262.50 FINAL ($450)  Washed Chinos in Emerald Fields or Midnight Blues – $40.60 FINAL ($88) Merino Wool Henley Sweater – $47.60 FINAL ($118 ) all colors The Banff Quilted Jacket in Grey Wool – $173.60 FINAL ($278) Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer – $210 FINAL ($400) some, but not all colors A few new items added to the sale section, and some further price drops on stuff that was already there. But once again, Be careful. This is all final sale stuff. No returns here.   Also worth a mention: Club Monaco: 30% off already marked-down styles, no code required. Brooks Brothers: They still have some Allen Edmonds made shoes kicking about in their sale section. J. Crew: 50% off Final sale / 25% off select full price items. East Dane: They’ve re-stocked their sale section with a bunch of new (as in recently discounted) items. Ledbury: Extra 20% off sale orders of $145+ w/ EXTRA20 Allen Edmonds: $100 off select boots.
Best Posts of 2017 – Suit purchase order, in demand sneakers, & How To Wear It
11-01-2018 12:00:39
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Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2017, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2017. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks. (Top Photo Credit)   Suit Purchase Priority Guide So you want to start purchasing suits. But where to start? Is navy the standard, or would charcoal be your best bet? Or should you just throw caution to the wind and take a cue from Nicholas Lowry? We’d suggest not, at least to start. Take a look at the handy infographic contained in this post for our suggestions on what suits you should purchase in order.   Has Combatant Gentlemen Gone out of Business? Has there ever been a definitive answer to this? Seems like you can still go on their site and order product. Their social media is still up, but they haven’t posted anything since last summer. Regardless, the advice from this site? Stay away.   The Nike Killshot In Review: Nike Killshots 10 Alternatives to the J. Crew Nike Killshot Sneaker There was a lot of buzz around the Nike Killshot in 2017. They’re nice sneaker, but frankly after review, we didn’t get it. So we offered up 10 alternative sneakers that we thought would make good alternatives. Our top choice for an alternative is the Adidas Stan Smith, which received a lot of love on this site in 2017.   How To Wear It How To Wear It: Burgundy Chinos How to Wear it: The 2017 $1500 Wardrobe How To Wear It: The Bright Blue (not Navy) Sportcoat Our “How To Wear It” series continued in 2017 with outfits complied around burgundy chinos, a truer blue sportcoat, and the $1500 Wardrobe.   10 things that’ll change your look for the better… that aren’t clothes Yes, exercise is one of them. And the 9 others will help you look, and feel, your best, clothes or not.
Best Posts of 2017 – Summer love, stylish study upgrades, and dress shoes under $200
10-01-2018 12:00:29
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Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2017, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2017. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.   Summer Style 7 Types of Summer Suits for Men 10 Men’s Summer Style Mistakes How to Dress Well when it’s really hot 20 Menswear Items that WON’T go out of style between now & the next U.S. Solar Eclipse Yesterday’s 2017 wrap-up had an ode to fall, and today we have an ode to summer. Summer suits, summer mistakes, summer heat. And hey, even though that last article listed isn’t technically all about summer, remember the Eclipse?   In Review: Suitsupply’s $399 Suits Contributor Zach S. put this review together for Dappered, and while it was great to get his take on Suitsupply’s affordable blue line, we have to give props where they are due; those were some incredible photos. It’s Suitsupply, so not surprising that the suit was well received, but paired with a classic MG in photographs, it took on a Bond-esque quality.   Dappered Space: 10 Upgrades for the Stylish Study 2017 saw the debut of “The Dappered Space” series, articles dedicated to utilizing your own personal sense of style to dress your home. This particular post highlighted 10 different ways to upgrade a space that may be dedicated to the more masculine side of things.   In Review & In Person: Some of Target’s New Goodfellow & Co. Brand 2017 also saw the debut of the Goodfellow & Co. line from Target. Reaction was mainly positive, with more than one Dappered reader sending in photos from their local Target, and short personal reviews, to contribute to the post.   Best Men’s Dress Shoes under $200 of 2017 There’s something to be said about investing in a really nice pair of dress shoes that can be resoled and will last several years, if not decades. But there’s also something to be said about dress shoes that you can get a decent amount of wear out of, but you’re not married to for a decade or more. This was last years round up of the best affordable options out there.   The difference between trying and trying too hard Short and sweet, a rumination by our editor on trying.
Best Posts of 2017 – All things Fall, watch guys, and shaving with a single blade
9-01-2018 12:00:14
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Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2017, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2017. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.   Affordable Fall Style Best Looking Affordable Outerwear – Fall/Winter 2017 Best Affordable Men’s Blazers & Sportcoats – Fall 2017 10 Men’s Fall Style Essentials for 2017 Autumnal Temptation – The Best Looking New Fall Style Arrivals for Men Although not that far in the rear view mirror, the sartorial excitement that comes along with that first cooler day in later summer that let’s you know fall is in the air has given way to dreams of the first warmer day that heralds the coming of spring. We get pretty excited for fall around these parts, so it’s no surprise that there were many a post dedicated to that time of year, with affordable round-ups, fall temptations, and style essentials.   The 7 Types of Watch Guys According to the vast knowledge of the editor of this website (insert eye roll here), there are seven types of watch guys. From luxury to YUGE, most guys have a type of watch they’re typically drawn to. Not sure what type you are? Check out the post here.   10 Do’s and Don’ts of Getting a New Haircut Hair can be hard. For a simple protein growing out of the tops of our heads, it sure can create anxiety. And if you’re considering changing up the look of your hair, this particular post could help you out with some pointers before you take the leap.   How to deal with male pattern baldness Since we’re on the subject of hair, another thing a lot of guys have to deal with at some point in their lives is the lack of it. This particular post ranked, in infographic form, 9 ways a guy can manage going bald, from worst to best.   How to shave with a double edged safety razor (and why make the switch) Let’s just continue to roll with the hair theme. Contributor Zach S. made his case for shaving with a single blade safety razor (like grandpa used to!), and gave a step by step how-to for using a safety razor, including instructions to practice on a balloon.   12 Little Things that’ll help you look better than 95% of other Men It only takes a small gesture, but details can help a guy quietly stand out. People might not quite be able to put their finger on it, but they know that there’s just something there that’s setting you apart. These help.
Best Posts of 2017 – Buying your first suit, misconceptions, and budget watches
8-01-2018 12:00:49
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Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2017, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2017. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.   How to Buy Your First Suit A suit is a big purchase, and it can be daunting for a guy to purchase that first one. Many a man will depend on the sales person in their local department store to point them in the right direction. Sometimes that works… often it doesn’t. So in this post we pointed out 12 considerations to focus on before making that initial purchase.   12 Common Menswear Misconceptions From fabrics to fits to putting too much stock in the internet for advice, there are plenty of common misconceptions in the realm of of men’s style. And Urlacher, what were you thinking?   Chinos, Chukkas, Polo Series Last May this site initiated a series of posts pairing polo shirts, chino pants, and chukka boots, in an effort of prove that this simple combo, boots included, works very well in the warmer months. You know, that time of year when our country doesn’t have frozen bomb cyclones.   Best Watches on a Budget Best Dive Watches by Budget The Best Automatic Watches Under $400 The Best Looking Watches under $300 of 2017 It’s fairly apparent that most guys reading Dappered have one thing in common, they like watches (as does the editor of this very site). Especially affordable watches that still deliver on quality and style. The above posts delivered exactly that, showcasing dive watches, automatics, and just plain good looking timepieces in many a guy’s price range.   The Dappered Approved List: Best Bang for the Buck Items in Men’s Style We swim in a sea of retail, with goods running the gamut in quality and price. This is Dappered’s definitive list on what items in the world of men’s style will deliver the most value for money spent, affordably speaking.   20 Things Normal People DON’T notice about your style, but you might think they do You know all those little things you can focus on and obsess over when it comes to your style? Lapel width, watch brand, matching leathers, etc. Truth is, the vast majority of folks don’t notice, or care. This has nothing to do with you. People are busy. Don’t let it get you down.
Best Affordable Style of 2017 – The Suit
5-01-2018 12:00:25
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The end of the year means it’s time to hand out some awards.  No, there’re no little statues to pass along, but over the next few days we’ll still highlight some of the best in affordable men’s style from this past year.  And it was a good one. Feel free to send in additional nominations to joe@dappered.com.   Spier & Mackay’s Slim or Contemporary Fit Suits – $275 – $358 USD Back to back years. And well deserved. There are very, very few things not to like about Spier & Mackay’s entry level suits (they do fancy Italian wools too for an upcharge, but the base line is just fine). Half canvas, Australian merino wool, they come with easy to tailor non functioning sleeve buttons, the lapels are a timeless width, and the two cuts that they offer (slim, and the more generous yet not boxy “contemporary” fit) seem to fit the vast majority of the population. And they run around $350 USD. Sometimes less? (Or MUCH less at two for $275 per?!) Those attributes, and that price, more than make up for the fact that returns are only free on your first suit or sportcoat purchase. But that’s a small knock against them. Also, sometimes the more common sizes seem to sell out awfully fast. But they usually re-stock as the seasons change. Bottom line: Solid quality, nice fabrics, and fine finishing (buttons, stitching, curved chest pocket, etc…) is a tough combo to find at the mid $300s or less. That’s cheap-ish fused suit territory. So a mighty appreciative (& suited) hat tip once again goes to our neighbors north of the border where they’re based. Full review of the Contemporary Fit can be found here. Also Receiving Votes: Suitsupply’s $399 Blue line. Jomers Half-Canvas Italian Wool line (if you can ever get your hands on one). J. Crew’s Ludlow and Crosby suits if you can snag em’ on sale. Black Lapel’s Custom Suits. Banana Republic’s (fused) Italian Wool Suit Separates. 
Further Nordy Markdowns, Bonobos Clears the Decks, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
4-01-2018 12:10:39
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Nordstrom: Further Reductions to some Half-Yearly Stuff John W. Nordstrom Plain Toe Boot – $87.49 ($175) 1901 Barret Chukka in Dark Brown Suede – $62.49 ($125)  Nordstrom Flat Front Solid Wool Dress Trousers – $79.49 ($159) 1901 Trenton Plain Toe Boot – $69.98 ($140) J.W.N. Wingtip, Plain Toe, or Apron Toe Boots – $92.49 ($185) So the Nordstrom Half-Yearly is “over.” But… what does that mean? That means that whatever hasn’t been scooped up by the masses is either back to full price (a few items), is still sitting at the marked down price created for the sale (most items), or is getting further cuts. (A few items, mainly house-brand shoes?) Everything still ships and returns free.   Allen Edmonds: Merlot Collection Up to $150 Off Merlot McAllister Wingtip Oxford – $245 ($395)  Merlot Fifth Avenue Oxfords – $245 ($395) Merlot Cornwallis Oxfords – $245 ($395)  I honestly thought the Merlot Collection was gone for good. I was under the impression that they had set their sights on oxblood and chili, and that was it. And frankly, Merlot is superior to those other two reddish hues. It’s hugely versatile, a bit darker, and less “I’m wearing fire engines on my feet” (not that plenty of us don’t have a soft spot for AE’s chili and oxblood. Head here for a full how to wear it on the Merlot McAllister.   J. Crew: New Unconstructed Wool/Cotton Blazer + Extra 40% off FINAL Sale Styles w/ NEWYEAR Unconstructed 55% Wool / 45% Cotton Blazer in Ludlow Fit – $198 Lambswool Ribbed Cardigan Sweater – $76.80 FINAL ($128)  Lambswool Crewneck Sweater in Stripe – $45 FINAL ($85)  Lambswool Shawl-Collar Pullover Sweater – $35.99 FINAL ($79.50)  Hang on now. That new blazer could be all kinds of perfect. A brand new arrival, so, don’t expect it to go on sale for a (very) long time. Made out of American sourced wool/cotton. Not sure how that’ll feel in person, but it’s got potential. Lots of potential. Meanwhile, the extra 40% off is limited only to final-sale stuff. But there are some decent items in there.   Bonobos: Extra 30% off FINAL Sale Items w/ SNOWDAY Jetsetter Stretch Wool Blazer – $245 FINAL ($450) some, not all colors/patterns Merino Wool Henley Sweater – $68.60 FINAL ($118 ) all colors Flannel Lined Chinos – $75.60 FINAL ($128)  5-Pocket Bedford Pants – $75.60 FINAL ($138)  Premium Stretch Jeans in Indigo Dark Wash – $103.60 FINAL ($178)  The Banff Quilted Jacket – $159.60 FINAL ($278) Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer – $227.50 FINAL ($400) some, but not all colors Careful now. This is all final sale stuff. If memory serves, pre-xmas it wasn’t getting that no-returns label. So it’s a true, end of season clearance by Bonobos. But if you know your sizes for Bonobos, and love the style forward but not overly-wacky colors, patterns, and textures, then there’s plenty of savings and plenty of time to still wear this fall/winter stuff.   Massdrop: Junghans Max Bill Auto Watch – $699 FINAL ($965) Well look what’s back. Again. That’s a lot of cash to drop on a wrist watch. But? Seems like some of you fellas are down with that (as far as threads and the social media channels indicate). Made in Germany. Automatic movement that hacks and hand winds. Timeless Bauhaus looks. 38 mm in diameter and 40mm from lug to lug. Convex hard plexiglass crystal with SICRALAN coating. Final sale though.   BONUS  Brooks Brothers: Up to 50% off Winter Clearance Technical Wool Down-Filled Trench – $478.80 ($798) Regent Fit Herringbone Sport Coat – $298.80 ($498)  Made in the USA Cap Toe Oxfords – $298 ($428)  Made in the USA Cap Toe Quarter-Brogue Oxfords – $298 ($428)  Donegal Shawl Collar Sweater – $84 ($168)  Suede Jacket – $658.80 ($1098)  It doesn’t appear that prices have moved THAT much in the clearance section. So, this might be a wait for an extra 15% – 20% off deal to come rolling along. But there does appear to be some new additions to clearance here too. Such as those Allen Edmonds made cap toes. Not a huge sale at just under $300, but you do get the slim yet still traction-providing sole that comes on Brooks Brothers AE shoes. Usually you have to pay an upcharge to get something similar (the v-tread sole) at Allen Edmonds.   BONUS II Christopher Ward: Jan. Sale (Nearly New, 30% off, etc.) C8 Pilot Mk II – $315 ($680)  C60 Trident Pro 600 – Nearly New – $581 ($830)  C5 Malvern Automatic Mk III – Nearly New – $395.50 ($565)  Full honesty. I, personally, am just not a fan of the new minimalist Christopher Ward Logo (see the Trident in the middle or the watch on the right… that text is the logo). But hey, I’m just one guy, and the discounts are solid on their mid-winter clearance. That Pilot’s watch on the left? That’s the old OLD logo. Not sure where they dug that one up from. All of em’ are Swiss made. Mostly Automatics, but some quartz are sprinkled in there as well. Selection usually goes quite fast.   Also worth a mention: Club Monaco: 30% off already marked-down styles, no code required. Gustin: They just launched some new leather jackets. LL Bean: Extra 25% off sale items w/ EXTRA25
Best Affordable Style of 2017 – The Shoes
4-01-2018 12:00:39
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The end of the year means it’s time to hand out some awards.  No, there’re no little statues to pass along, but over the next few days we’ll still highlight some of the best in affordable men’s style from this past year.  And it was a good one. Feel free to send in additional nominations to joe@dappered.com.   Allen Edmonds x Massdrop Chukkas – $179.99 (2nds) – $239.99 FINAL A personal pair with a few months of wear on them. No, it’s not the flippin’ Nike Killshots. Absurdly soft suede (like I had never felt). Made in the USA. Goodyear welted. And thanks to a sole that’s slim, they’re super easy to dress up or down. Heck, you can even easily wear them in the dead of summer. Is $240 cheap? No. But the materials and construction add up to make these a luxury shoe at a more than reasonable price. Now, some buyers reported quality control issues. But many of us received chukkas so nice we bought em’ twice. As in, we bought them in another color when Massdrop put these shoes up for a 2nd and even 3rd drop as the months of 2017 ticked by. Three shades, multiple drops. In December Massdrop even launched a drop for the Factory 2nds that were destined to be produced by those multiple production runs. So if $240 was too steep for you, an opportunity to pick up a scuffed or nicked pair for much less materialized later on. Massdrop got on a nice roll in 2017, and these Chukkas from Allen Edmonds was a big reason why. Nobody knows what’s in store for 2018, but repeating the chukka drop and/or adding another Allen Edmonds x Massdrop exclusive collaboration would make many of us very, very happy. Also Receiving Votes: Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers (far superior to Killshots, even with the recent price hike by Adidas from $60 direct to $75), Banana Republic’s Made in Spain Goodyear Welted Wingtips, pretty much anything had on a deep discount via the Allen Edmonds Factory 2nds Shoebank Website, H&M’s made in Portugal suede “Premium Quality” line, J. Crew’s Goodyear Welted Kenton Boot Line, Nordstrom’s 1901 line of house-brand shoes.
Best Affordable Style of 2017 – The Blazer / Sportcoat
2-01-2018 12:00:13
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The end of the year means it’s time to hand out some awards.  No, there’re no little statues to pass along, but over the next few days we’ll still highlight some of the best in affordable men’s style from this past year.  And it was a good one. Feel free to send in additional nominations to joe@dappered.com.   JCF Thompson Fit Unconstructed Chino Blazer – $70 – $100 It is, somehow, a wheelhouse garment that other brands seem to screw up royally. And we somehow went a few years without something like this being on the market, for under a hundred bucks. But J. Crew Factory came to the rescue this year. Crisp chino fabric, just a bit of stretch, a tail that isn’t chopped, and sleeve cuff buttons that are non-functioning (so tailoring the sleeves won’t cost more than the jacket itself). One heck of a smart-casual sportcoat. And can consistently be had for well under $100. Like many other J. Crew Factory items, this one takes its main inspiration from an item that big brother J. Crew makes. And while the fabric isn’t quite as light and crisp as the main line’s Italian cotton blazer, it’s plenty fine for the price. It’s a midweight 98% cotton, 2% elastane chino, that moves well and doesn’t wrinkle or rumple by just looking at it sideways. And it’s totally unlined except for the sleeves. That’ll offer nice ventilation in the warmer months, and plenty of air if you run warm in over-cooked offices or apartment buildings during the winter. Goes great with jeans, chinos, cords, etc. Sportcoat curious? It’d be tough to pick a better beginner option. Would some have preferred a wool blazer or sportcoat? Like the Half-Canvas wool blazer that Lands’ End debuted this year to much fanfare? Sure. But the versatility, super affordable price, and easy-to-acquire nature of this thing filled a hole that had been existing for far too long in the affordable men’s style market. Here’s hoping they keep making it for years to come. Also Receiving Votes: Lands’ End’s Half-Canvas Wool Blazer. Spier & Mackay’s  (often low/out of stock) navy wool hopsack blazer. The spendy, but incredibly nice, unconstructed Italian wool blazers from Bonobos. Brooks Brothers on sale Regent Fit, wool or wool blend Sportcoats. J. Crew’s Legacy Wool Blazers. Suitsupply’s Havana Fit Sportcoats in whatever fabric that fits your needs. The now sold-out Bensol wool sportcoats at Norstrom.
The 10 Best Post Xmas Individual Item Deals in Men’s Style
28-12-2017 17:00:49
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Editor’s Note: No Handful this week fellas. We’re taking some time off (sorta, I mean, this is up on the site) and will be taking a look back at what was an eventful 2017 in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, there are a TON of post Christmas/winter clearance sales going on. Below is our favorite ten items from across the current retail spectrum, which are all getting solid if not outstanding markdowns at the moment. Note that we’ve excluded items from the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale. Pretty sure we’ve already given that event its due. Got a suggestion that should have made this list? Send those suggestions into joe@dappered.com.   J.C.F. Moleskin Blazer – $51.99 FINAL w/ SIXTY ($80 – $100ish) Big thanks to Benedict R. for sending in the tip on this Thompson fit, cotton moleskin jacket. There’s plenty of time left to wear moleskin too. Unlike Velvet, Moleskin is matte. So, it’s less showy, and you don’t need to be headed somewhere fancy to wear it. Should look great with a white OCBD and jeans for a casual, but still smart night out on the town with a date. Final sale here though, so no returns. Code is good for an extra 60% off clearance items.   Seiko SKX Automatic Diver – $169.99 FINAL ($200ish) Back on Massdrop, and thus, final sale. Don’t want to risk not being able to return it? At post time, Amazon is fulfilling the black on black 007 for $178. That means you can return it. Easily (as long Amazon continues to fulfill it). The Seiko SKX dive collection is legendary, and for good reason. 200m in water resistance, classic diver looks, 42mm case (on most models) with that sweet offset crown, a robust and dependable automatic movement, and they’re built like a tank. They’re the perfect sport/casual watch, and they usually kick about around $200. So, Saving $30 is a nice deal.   Spier & Mackay Navy Tux in Slim or Contemporary Fit – $336 w/ BOXING17 ($448) Good luck finding something that looks this good, for this low of a price. Super 130s Australian wool. Deep navy with black peak lapels. Half canvas construction. Yes, it’s too late for this New Year’s Eve, but if you know of a big event you’ll be attending (or, likely attending) in the upcoming months, now’s not a bad time to get a tux in house and tailored to your specs. Clean leg on the trousers here, so, no satin stripe. Code is good for 25% off sitewide, and that knocks their basic suit collection down to $268.50. Inventory is super scattered on the regular suits though, so, you may get lucky there or you may strike out.   H&M Premium Quality Cashmere Sweater – $79.99 ($129) A bit of a splurge but man are they worth it. The sleeves are smooth, while the body is a waffle style knit. Oddly good cashmere considering it’s H&M. It really is the good stuff. Mid to lightweight. Size shown above is a medium on 185. Going somewhere casual but still want to look good and impress? Here’s your sweater. And good luck keeping your significant other’s hands (or, someone else’s hands) off this thing.   Timex Red Wing 40mm Watch – $99 ($138) Tough to find on sale. This would (obviously) be the non-chronograph version, which doesn’t get nearly enough attention. Red Wing sourced leather for the strap. Domed crystal. Is it still a Timex? Yes. But it’s also one hell of a Timex.   B.R. Italian Extra-Fine Merino Cardigans – $33.59 ($98.50) A straight cut, not super slim. So if you’re a true slim, either consider sizing down or looking elsewhere. For the broader fellas? These are perfect. The merino wool is smooth, strong, and not bulky in the least. That makes for easy layering and perfect temperature regulation. Wearing one now as I type this. Scout’s honor. Usually around $60 when 40% off. Now? An extra 60% off the sale price drops em’ to under $34. If you’re a GAP inc. card-member, use the code BRCARD and they’ll end up at $30.23 pre tax.   Banana Republic Italian Wool Blend Coat – $120.79 ($378) Another pick from the extra 60% off BR sale items offer. Gets a LOT of things right. Terrific fabric, despite the mix being a pretty standard 80% wool / 20% nylon. Soft and smooth. A good depth to it for warmth, but still flexible. Big fan of the slanted hand pockets. Size shown is a medium on 195. Available in camel, navy, or charcoal. And again, if you’re a card-member, you can knock another 10% off w/ BRCARD.   Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer – $227.50 FINAL w/ WRAPPED ($400) These things get a lot of play on this particular website, and for good reason. Totally unlined back. Sturdy, flexible, breathable, hopsack style Italian wool. Super lightweight, but still drapes well and looks smart. Not rumpled. Final sale though, and not all of the colors are up for the extra 30% off code.   Something from Suitsupply’s Outlet if they re-open it? I know. This isn’t specific. And it’s not even open yet. But Suitsupply HAS opened their online outlet post-holidays in the past (last year it was mid January). Remember, all sales are final if they do throw the virtual doors open. So be careful. But some serious steals have been had in years past. (Shoes and sportcoats seem to be solid bets. But again, no returns. So everything is a risk.)   Old Navy Velvet Built-In-Flex Blazer – $27.97 ($79.99) I mean… New Year’s Eve is almost here. And you’d have to shell out for express shipping or head to a store to see if you could find one (use the “find it now” feature on their site) but… it’s a $30 velvet blazer. That’s low risk, high reward. Peak lapel. Single button front with a bit of a lower slung button stance. Single vent in the rear. Big thanks to Calvin M. for the tip on these things, which he says are quite nice for the price. A medium fit Calvin’s normally 38R, 175 frame spot on. Price shown above reflects the extra 20% off that happens at checkout.   BONUS: Hamilton Railroad Small Seconds Auto. – $659 ($800) Expensive? Yes. But complete class. Big fan of the just-different-enough seconds hand that’s been offset at 8 o’clock. Full retail is almost $1300 if you buy direct from Hamilton (price above reflects what it’ll run you through Jomashop during this flash sale that they’re running). 42mm case diameter. Onion-style crown and date window at 3 o’clock. Razor sharp hands. Extremely versatile. An heirloom to pass on. One of those watches that’s gonna look just as impressive in 30 years as it does now.
Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks for Men
26-12-2017 06:00:43
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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Winter 2017-18 There are seasonal clearance sales, and then there are seasonal clearance sales. This is the latter. This is one that you probably don’t want to brush aside. It’s not just any other clearance. It’s Nordstrom, and for whatever reason, they continue to do just about everything right, while the rest of the department store retail world seems to get it wrong. Great in-house brands. Terrific 3rd party stuff. Deep cuts, usually reasonable size selections, and as always, everything ships and returns for free. Their sale section is easy to browse too… it’s just… enormous. So if you don’t feel like scrolling through the 100+ pages of goods (over 9,000 items!) you’ll find a selection below of what we’ve deemed to be the best of the best. But if we’ve missed something in this massive half-yearly sale that deserves a mention? Shoot an email to joe@dappered.com. Okay. Off we go.   Allen Edmonds Cornwallis in Brown – $172.43 ($395) Big thanks to Brandon D. for the tip. These have been coming and going from the sale section, and it looks like they’re back in at a huge discount… for now. Scattered sizes (and widths,) but this is a super rare price for a 1st quality wheelhouse style like the Cornwallis. Full review here.   Nordstrom 100% Cashmere Blazer – $359.40 ($599) A 100% cashmere blazer for the mid $300s? That’s kinda what this Half-yearly sale is all about. From their in-house “Nordstrom Men’s shop” line.   1901 Barrett Chukka Boots – $62.49 ($140) Whoo hoo! They’ve been discounted again. Back down to just under $75. And at that price? They’re an absolute steal. Full review here. UPDATE: Heads up, these are now half off. Big thanks to Michael S. for the tip!   Michael Kors Wool Blend Peacoat – $99.90 ($350) Good grief… over 300 reviews, and it’s north of 4/5 stars. That’s impressive. Gonna be tough to beat the price too, now that it’s under $100. 60% wool. Three colors to pick from including navy (which isn’t shown above).   J.W.N. Wingtip, Plain Toe, or Apron Toe Boots – $92.49 ($185) All three are made by the higher label “John W. Nordstrom” in-house line. No idea where they’re made, but in the past, some JWN shoes have come from Italy. Maybe Portugal here? Could be China. Just not sure. UPDATE: Like the 1901 chukkas, these have been dropped further, and are now 50% off. All three styles.   Nordstrom Solid Trim Fit Dress Shirts – $39.90 ($55) Obligatory. These have been used time and time again in numerous style scenarios. And for good reason. Tough to beat the quality for the price on these. Neck and sleeve sizing. Nordstrom’s “Smartcare” fabric, which isn’t a stiff non-iron, but instead a… “less/easier to” iron fabric. Collars are a mid-spread, so they work well tieless.   Nordstrom Trim Fit Dress Shirt in Light Blue or Purple Check – $41.70 ($69.50) A couple of patterned but not too off the beaten path options. Nordstrom’s trim fit is modern without being overly slim. Some room there.   Nordstrom Herringbone Gloves – $41.70 ($69.50) Some of us have a soft spot for mixed media gloves. Why? They’re so much more interesting than standard gloves, yet they’re still professional. Sheepskin palms here with wool-blend fabric tops.   Oak Street Bootmakers Cap Toe Boot – $291.60 ($486) Whoa. Well hello there. This is their “Lakeshore” model. Made in the USA and Goodyear welted. Dainite studded sole. Big fan of that cap toe. Sets it apart just enough. Sizes seem to be hustling out the virtrual doors fast. I wouldn’t be surprised if these evaporate sooner rather than later.   Nordstrom Flat Front Wool Trousers – $83.40 ($139) 100% wool with a 15″ leg opening. Not too slim, not overly baggy. Solid price. Ships and returns for free like everything else. Meanwhile, there’s these flat front wool trousers, also from Nordstrom, for $79.49. I have no idea what the difference is? Older/Less sizes maybe?   1901 Trenton Plain Toe Boot – $69.98 ($140) Lotta boots in this sale. Lots. 1901 is Nordstrom’s younger leaning, entry line… but they can make some very solid stuff for the price. Grain leather looks great while the lug sole should provide a bit of traction in the sleet and slush of winter. Got a pair on the way for review.   Filson Cover Cloth Mile Marker Coat – $232.90 ($350) Stunned that this thing has dropped this far in price. Available in either black or otter green. Well proportioned, tough as nails, and made in the USA. Oil finish cover cloth exterior with a super comfortable moleskin collar. Collar stands up and holds up against the wind too. Draw-cord waist adds some shape while also keeping heat in. Takes Filson zip-in liners. Stunningly beefy zippers and snaps. One warning… it’ll attract lint and pet hair like crazy. So, if you’re neurotic about that kinda thing, be prepared.   Allen Edmonds McAllister – $276.49 ($395) If we can’t have the merlot (some of us really like the merlot) than the stand out but not stand-offish walnut shade will absolutely do on these wingtip oxfords. Especially when they drop to 30% off like they have here.   Skagen Card Case in Pewter or Blue – $17.49 ($35) A basic card case that’s not overly boring, and doesn’t look as cheap as it’s priced. What’s not to like?   Made in Italy Cashmere Overcoat in Navy, Check, or Camel – $649.49 – $699.49 ($1,399) For the big spenders. 100% cashmere in a timeless layout. Made in Italy. Available in either navy or a charcoal check for the lower price, camel for the higher. Is seven bills a ton of cash? Yep. But the Italians know a thing or two about tailoring.   Nordstrom Parquet Pin Dot Silk Tie – $29.70 ($49.50) Dot’s don’t get enough love in Men’s Style, and they work particularly well, in micro form, on a silk necktie. Timeless 3″ width here.   Nordstrom Leather Driving Gloves – $41.70 ($89.50) A favorite that they’ve changed slightly over the years (the brown used to be two-toned, with a darker palm).   Bonobos Slim Fit Unconstructed Wool Blazers – $267.98 ($400) Was just going for $227.50 over at Bonobos during their extra 30% off sale items promo, so keep an eye out in case they bring that extra 30% off back. If they do? Then Bonobos will save you some cash. But full honesty, $270 for this totally unconstructed but still sharp looking Italian wool sportcoat is a bargain. It’s quite a unique garment. Note that this is their true slim option, not standard. UPDATE: Yep, they’re down to $227.50 at Bonobos w/ the code WRAPPED, but… they’re final sale over there. No returns.   Nordstrom Merino Wool Polo Sweater – $50.98 ($85) Long sleeve polos made a nice comeback this year, and many brands made em’ in merino wool. Three colors to choose from here, albeit with a scattered size selection.   Nordstrom Trim Fit Solid Oxford Dress Shirt – $39.90 ($69.50) Not a bad price for some solid quality, more dressy than casual but can still be dressed down OCBDs. Just the white and light blue to pick from, but… some of us usually stick to those colors across our entire shirt style spectrum.   Barbour Heskin Waxed Cotton Jacket – $259.90 ($349) A shorter, almost Bomber length that still has all of the things you like about Barbour’s heritage design. Waxed cotton body. Corduroy collar. Plaid cotton lining. Shown above in navy. Also available in “Sage.”   Nordstrom Trim Fit Dress Shirt in Cotton Texture – $39.90 or Linen/Cotton – $34.75 ($69.50) Basics from a trusted source at a more than reasonable price. And if you run hot? Don’t underestimate the value of a cotton linen dress shirt even in the cooler months.   Bonobos Flannel Lined Slim Fit Chinos – $76.80 ($128) For when it gets real, real cold. Lots of colors and sizes at post time.   Todd Snyder Trim Fit Stretch Wool Blazer – $236.98 ($395) Don’t under estimate the power of a mid to lighter grey sportcoat like this one. Behold the Northern Lights! Italian wool. Made in Canada.   Barbour Wool Scarf – $39.53 | R.L. Acrylic Scarf – $39.53 ($59) Don’t usually suggest acrylic scarves, but the chunky knit there is awfully nice. Plus, more than a few colors to pick from. Meanwhile, that Barbour is made in the UK.   Cole Haan Lambskin Leather Moto Jacket w/ Standing or Band Collar – $465 ($695) Two classic styles that won’t go out of style any time soon. Basic? Yes. But unless you’re willing to pull off the Bruce Springsteen Born to Run look, then it’s probably better to keep it simple. Good reviews on both of these.   Silk Blend Scarf in Charcoal or Navy – $41.70 ($69.50) Not as heavy as a wool scarf, and looks more elegant/dressed up than rugged. But still could be useful in the colder months.   Santoni Ethan Cap Toe Oxford – $380.98 ($635) Looks to be the quintessential Italian oxford. Cap toe, smooth and almost certainly absurdly supple leather, and a trim silhouette while avoiding a pointy toe. Made in Italy. Almost certainly Blake stitched, no? With a sole that slim?   Jack Mason Field or Nautical Chronograph – $137.49 ($275) Busy? Yes. Both are busy. But not a terrible price if you like that thing. Quartz of course. Both clock in (HA!) at 42mm in diameter. Shades of the Timex Red Wing Collaboration on the field option.   Bonobos Merino Henleys in Black/Grey/Navy or Blue/Maroon – $70.80 ($118) I think (think) these are the same weight? They appear to be the same henley. All merino wool, which is tough to find in a henley cut. Multiple colors/sizes.   Polo R.L. Quilted Racing Gloves – $58.96 ($88) An annual favorite. Good enough for St. Nick, good enough for us. Quilted textured pattern on the back here. Available in black or brown.   Nordstrom 100% Cashmere Beanie or Wool/Cashmere Cap – $23.70 ($39.50) Still plenty of winter left, and more than a few of us have misplaced our caps or gloves in the backs of cabs/ubers/on the metro already this season. Another item where it’s nice that it ships and returns for free.   J&M 1850 Allister Sneaker – $72.49 ($145) Another alternative to the perpetually sold out J. Crew Nike Killshot. Kinda like the logo free, ultra clean look here too. Word is they run large. Nice reviews.   Cole Haan Diamond Quilted Jacket – $199.80 ($300) Not a crazy amount going on here, and that’s a good thing. Just a diamond quilted jacket, available in three colors, with a couple of useful pockets.   Johnston & Murphy Boydstun – $158.90 ($198) Remember the Allen Edmonds Flatiron? That’s kind of what these are. A hybrid of sorts. Some broguing, a medallion, but no cap toe or wingtip or anything like that. Blucher style here, but the sleekness of the profile and those extra details absolutely make it suit worthy. A little on the long and lean side. Might run a touch long for some foot shapes. Nice, soft, sheepskin padded lining. Made in India. Made our list for the best dress shoes under $200 of 2017.   Todd Snyder Trim Fit Camel Hair Blazer – $416.98 ($695) Todd Snyder got a whole heck of a lot right with his White Label line. Really nice quality, but still attainable for many (when the items go on sale). Sure, it’s still a reach, but the materials and construction, plus the balance of timeless and modern shape, is a tough combo to find. Italian camel hair cloth. Made in Canada.   Todd Snyder Trim Fit Plaid or Check Wool Sport Coat – $356.98 ($595) Another couple of options from the White Label line, here in a more affordable wool. Trim without being exceedingly tight. These might be made in Canada too? Maybe?   Ledbury SPREAD COLLAR Slim Fit Shirts in White or Blue – $89.90 ($145) Look… I’m a sucker and then some for Ledbury. But these are their spread collar shirts. So if you’re gunning for that perfect, tieless look? Thanks to that lowered second button on Ledbury’s shirts? Remember that a spread collar just doesn’t look nearly as good tieless as their mid-spread. Still, beautiful shirts.   C.H. Wingtip  – $159.90 | Double Monk – $167.98 ($260-$280) The internet isn’t exactly overflowing with praise for Cole Haan Shoes from the shoe snobs out there. And that’s okay. CH shoes are overpriced at full price. But when 40% off? They can usually do the job.   Brixton ‘Cass’ Quilted Shirt Jacket  – $50.92 ($76) This particular shirt jacket seems more like outerwear than somewhere in-between outerwear and a shirt. Completely appropriate for a casual fall get together, and basic enough to see use throughout cooler temps. Not sure how to wear it? Here’s one way.   Nordstrom Classic Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat – $269.40 ($449) From their mainline “Nordstrom men’s shop” brand. Not sure if it’s got a half canvas in there or if it’s fused, but if the fit is good and the wool is good, then it might be worth taking a mid $200s flyer on.   A.E. Higgins Mill in Natural or Black – $209.98 – $245 Scattered sizes at best here, but they’re already a bargain at full price (Horween CXL uppers, made in the USA, Goodyear welt, non-clunkified toe), so a deep sale is worth checking out if you’re in the market for some new trench style boots.   J.W.N. Trim Fit Dress Shirt in Check or Windowpane – $62.49 ($125) From their higher end John W. Nordstrom house line. 100% Italian cotton. Trimmer but not tight fit.   J.W.N. Trim Fit Solid White Dress Shirt – $62.49 ($125) And now in white. Spread collar though, so it might not be the best in terms of going sans-tie. All Italian cotton once again.   H.S.M. USA Made Plaid Wool Sport Coat – $356.98 ($595) Made in the USA by Hart Schaffner Marx. Plaid worsted wool sourced from Italy.   Made in France Armor Lux Wool Slippers – $63.75 ($85) These are anything but crummy faux-suede/faux-shearling throw aways from the clearance basket at your local discount store. These are the real deal. All wool uppers that breathe (so, no funky foot deep into a lazy morning at home). Lightweight crepe soles. Made in France.   Quilted Panel Lambswool Knit Jacket in Navy or Black – $99.83 ($149) Enormous fan of this thing. On the left is is last year’s quilted pattern. This year they went with a straight horizontal instead of diamond quilting. It’s a terrific jacket for when you’re burning through some energy (say, on a hike or chopping wood) and it’s also a great layer for underneath a heavier coat for when it gets bitter cold. Quilted front panel for extra wind resistance/insulation, with the rest of it being a knit, breathable lambswool. A fine alternative to what Bond was wearing in SPECTRE. Size shown above is a medium on 5’10/185.   Cole Haan Barron Chukkas – $139.90 ($200) Not a desert boot, and not quite a super dressed up boot. Right in-between. Textured leather is a nice touch.   Shwood ‘Canby – Pendleton’ 54mm Sunglasses $99.49 ($199) Not bad for polarized, Made in the USA shades. Another instance where the Nordstrom free shipping and returns (even on sale stuff) policy comes in handy. Because sometimes sunglasses show up and they just don’t look right on your face.   Sperry Top-Sider ‘Striper’ Slip-On – $35.96 ($59.95) For warm weather destination vacations, or for storing in the closet until summer. White canvas uppers.   Rodd & Gunn Lambswool Blend Cardigan – $148.80 ($248) What appears to be a beast of a sweater that could also double as a somewhat mid-weight bit of outerwear. 80% lambswool / 20% poly. Kinda like the darker blue placket/collar.   1901 Suede Bucks – $65.98 or Wingtips – $57.49 ($115) Cheap suede shoes almost always outperform cheap smooth leather shoes. 1901 is a Nordstrom house brand that usually does well for the price too. Don’t expect them to last a lifetime, but they could be a fun and inexpensive addition to a shoe collection that might have a suede hole in it.   Billy Reid Charcoal “Bond” Peacoat – $465.65 ($695) A good sized discount on what’s become a legend of a garment. Charcoal though, not navy, so thus the price cut. Made in Italy.   Skagen Jorn Hybrid Smart Watch – $104.98 ($175) What’s a “hybrid” smart watch? Head here for the full review.   Cole Haan Harrison Double Monks – $134.90 ($220) A little bit of brogue detail while still sticking with a classic toe.   Billy Reid Reversible Wool & Cashmere Walking Coat – $599.65 ($895) Say it with me: It’s two… two… TWO COATS IN ONE! And it better be for six hundred dollars. Made in Italy with a hefty amount of cashmere in the wool blend. 25% to be exact.   Oak Street Bootmakers Campus Chukkas – $255.60 ($426) Made in the USA, Goodyear welted, and a leather sole on these things. A chukka that’s built to last and last.   Nordstrom Cashmere Socks – $59.96 / 2pk ($89.50) Granted, cashmere socks are a total splurge. But hey, when a splurge is on sale, doesn’t that make it less of a splurge? Kinda?   Barbour “Canterdale” Jacket – $169.20 ($229) Available in either Navy  or an earth tone. Has those chest high hand-warmer pockets which might come in handy. Not the biggest discount, but still, it’s something.   Johnston & Murphy Garner Chelsea Boot – $119.90 ($179) Three shades to pick from, one of which is a nice earth-tone suede. Sizes are a bit scattered though.   Nordstrom Classic Fit Charcoal Wool Suit – $299.40 ($499) Full disclosure. I have zero experience with Nordstrom’s house brand of suits. But I do think they’re fused? Still, Nordy’s quality is usually pretty solid for the price, and just under $300 isn’t bad for a decent quality, not overly trendy in shape wool suit.   John W. Nordstrom Plain Toe Boot – $87.49 ($175) Doesn’t appear to be made in Italy, but mighty fine looking all the same. And that’s how you do a lug sole with some restraint.   Hart Schaffner Wool Blend Overcoat – $247.49 ($495) Fabric is an Italian 70% wool blend. Not sure where the coat is actually made though.   Cole Haan Harrison Grand Oxford – $139.90 ($220) Basic, but not a bad alternative if you’ve got a job interview and you don’t have Park Ave. money yet. Was part of our annual $1500 wardrobe experiment this past year.   Nordstrom Trim Fit Gingham Dress Shirts – $39.90 ($69.50) Giggity Giggity Gingham! Or… something. Look, this sale is bloody long. After nine-thousand items of scrolling and sorting and all that catty-wompus, there’s only so much more I can come up with for these little blurbs under the image.   Shwood ‘Cannon’ 54mm Sunglasses – $84.49 ($169) Again, made in the USA and hits the sweet spot for many in terms of size. Polarized too.   Nordstrom Check Cashmere Scarf – $59.70 ($99.50) 100% cashmere for a reasonable price. Nice to see that red/black buffalo-style check in a less heavily contrasted pattern. A bit more subtle buffalo check would go nicely with so many more overcoats. The Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is set to run through January 2nd. Items can sometimes sell out quick, so, apologies if sizes that were available at post time dry up quickly.
Christmas .gifs, Airport Lounge Dress Codes, & an Ugly Sweater Party you might actually want to attend
22-12-2017 12:00:39
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KRAMPUS! (thank you) RETAIL WARS: Target is stepping up their game in the new retail reality. JUST NORMAL FOLK: Albeit, with the resources to be thoughtful. TERROR OWL: It’s a thing. Then there’s this. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? This is totally nothing to worry about.  WARRIOR SANTA! (thank you) DON’T YOU WANT ME BABY? Quantas is not putting up with your shit. At least not in their airport lounges.  I WANT TO BELIEVE: I’m pretty sure Agent Mulder is intrigued. And wait ’til he finds out about this. DOSSIER UPDATE: Uber continues to look pretty terrible when under the microscope. This is about as bad as it gets for the brand.  Then there’s this. On the other hand, this is interesting. JUST A HEADS UP: Be mindful. Or else. FAHOO FORES DAHOO DORES! (thank you) The Weekend Dossier would like to thank our 2017 contributor MVP Eric H for all the terrific links this year. We’re grateful. IF ALL THE GAMES…we’re like this, ratings might not be tanking. PUTTING OUT FIRE…with a ginormous airplane. ‘MURICA! The great Sriracha caper. FESTIVELY NSFW: #reindeerboobs. RETAIL HELL: Or, apocalypse as the case may be. Millenials, because of course. Or something. YOU CAN DANCE IF YOU WANT TO: You can earn yourself a prize. LIQUID MAYONAISE: You can rest assured I am definitely in the anti-nog camp. Eric always gets me. SOME PEOPLE: (thank you) IF WE ARE ALL LUCKY…this will be the last time they think something like this was ever a good idea. Like that will ever happen. ONE MORE REASON…growing old is gonna suck. SANTA IS SCREWED: The North Pole is not how you think it is and it might not ever be so again. RETAIL HELL: Here today, gone tomorrow?  2018 edition. INCOMING! As Eric H says, “Well this is going to be fun.” Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
BR Extra 50% off Sale Items, Extra 50% off J. Crew Factory Clearance, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
21-12-2017 16:51:02
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    B.R.: Extra 50% off Sale Items (no code needed) Trooper Rigged Wash White Oak Selvedge Jean – $58.99 ($168) Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat – $150.99 ($378) won best in show over here Extra-Fine Italian Merino Cardigan – $41.99 ($98.50)  Shearling Gloves – $35.99 ($89.50)  Made in Spain Goodyear Welted Wingtips – $148.99 ($350) No code needed here, and I do believe cardmembers STILL get an extra 10% off with BRCARD at checkout. Sale section isn’t overflowing, but there’s still some really good stuff in there. That’s not a bad price for White Oak Selvedge, especially considering they’re about to close down. Full review of those Goodyear Welted Spanish made wingtips can be found here.   J.C.F.: Extra 50% off Clearance Items w/ FIFTY Thompson Fit Moleskin Sportcoat – $64.99 Thompson Fit Wool Blend Plaid Sportcoat – $89.99 Nordic Dot Lamswool Cardigan – $27.49 Lambswool Bomber – $29.99 Looks like plenty of their fall collection has wandered its way into the clearance area. Extra 50% off with that FIFTY code. But, it’s still clearance, so sizes and color selection are scattered. Don’t expect stuff to stick around.   EXPRESS: 50% Off Everything + Free Shipping no min. Slim Navy Double Knit Blazer – $99 ($198) Cotton Wool Shawl Neck Henley Sweater – $39.95 ($79.90)  Genuine Suede Chukka Boot – $59 ($118)  Scarf and Beanie Sets – $24.95 ($49.90) various colors/patterns Leather Cap Toe Double Monk Strap Dress Shoe – $64 ($128)  EXPRESS is a little low in stock on some items. They got hammered pretty good on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and have been running solid promos ever since. So, sizes might be scattered. Still nice to see a blanket 50% off though.   Bonobos: Extra 30% off Sale Items w/ HOHOHO Flannel Lined Chinos – $75.60 ($128)  5-Pocket Bedford Pants – $75.60 ($138)  Premium Stretch Jeans in Indigo Dark Wash – $103.60 ($178)  Jetsetter Stretch Wool Blazer – $245 ($450) some, not all colors The Banff Quilted Jacket – $159.60 ($278) Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer – $227.50 ($400) some, but not all colors Extended. One. Last. Day. And it really has been one of the better deals Bonobos has run in a while. Not only is it a decent discount at 30% off, we’re talking about already marked down items here. So, those of us with tighter style budgets can actually play along a bit, depending on the piece we’re shooting for. That, and their sale section isn’t totally decimated. A solid selection is lurking in there.   Brooks Bros: Extra 25% off Clearance + Stackable Deals Regent Fit Plaid Hopsack Sport Coat – $199.10 ($498.80) Regent Fit Wool Hopsack or Wool Plaid Sport Coat – $199.10 ($498) Made in Italy Suede Double Monk Strap Shoes – $198.87 ($398) Red Wing Foreman Chukas – $150 ($290) Plain Toe Chukka Boots – $198.87 ($398) Just a reminder, since the extra 25% off clearance items ends today (12/21), you may have to hop to it if you’ll be using that extra discount on top of the following: $200 off $600 w/ BC17DC (excludes Red Fleece items) You can get a free $25 e-gift card with each purchase of a $150 e-gift card. Got it? Good. More picks here. Prices above reflect the max discount and the usage of those “free” $25 gift cards when applicable.   Also worth a mention: Club Monaco: 30% off already marked-down styles, no code required. Gustin: Their USA made briefcase in CXL #8 is back for pre-order. J. Crew: 30% off select styles w/ GIFTASAP END: 25% off (some exclusions apply) w/ VIPSALE Nordstrom: Just a reminder that they usually run a half-yearly sale starting the day after Christmas. We’ll have a full breakdown of the sale that day, so, stay tuned.
Style Scenario: Santa on Christmas Eve
20-12-2017 12:00:06
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What are you going to wear? Or in this instance, what is HE going wear? St. Nick has a huge job ahead of him. Lots of miles to cover, lots of soot filled chimneys to get down, lots of cookie crumbs & milk spills to avoid. It’s a dirty job, but that doesn’t mean Santa can’t look sharp while doing it. Here’s what he might wear while putting another 25k-50k miles on the sleigh. (Top Photo Credit) The Sweater: Suitsupply Wool/Cashmere Turtleneck – $169. Great for keeping the arctic blast off his neck. Wool with a bit of cashmere in it, and that texture is mighty fine looking. Mrs. Claus has been experimenting with paleo eating habits this year, and in the process St. Nick has shed a little weight around the middle thanks to cutting out most carbs. Thus, a trimmer fitting sweater from Suitsupply this time around. The Pants: GAP Straight Fit Cords with Stretch – $29.39 @ 40% off ($59.95). Warmer than chinos but still enough room and bit of stretch to stay comfortable during the longest work-night of the year. The Watch: Hamilton Automatic Pilot – $599. The centuries haven’t been kind on Santa’s eyes, so he’s ditched the world timer watches from years past and instead is now favoring an easy to read pilot’s watch. Besides, the Elves in R&D finally got around to updating the software on the sled, so he can now keep track of all the timezones and his sleigh-to-tree-to-sleigh split times with the on-board computer. The Belt: Weifert Stretch Woven Elastic Belt – $9.88. Yes that’s a stretchy woven belt. Do you have any idea as to how many cookies he’s got to wolf down that night? The Coat: Custom Gore-Tex Cashmere-Lined Topcoat w/ Horween Leather Belt. One of a kind. Made by the Mrs. w/ help from Elf Q Branch. Not pictured: Matching hat with drop down night vision equipped face shield, as well as a wireless blue tooth ear piece connected to NORAD via the on-sleigh wi-fi hotspot. The Base Layer: L.L. Bean Made in Canada Cotton/Wool Union Suit – $69.00. Santa’s a classics guy, so although the new-fangled neoprene base layers may wick moisture better, he’s still going with a traditional union suit. At least it does have a layer of wool in there, so that’ll function a bit better than the super old-school all cotton long johns. The Socks: Wigwam Pikes Pro Lightweight Outdoor Crew Socks in Charcoal – $16. Nylon/Merino blend with enough cushioning and blister prevention properties to keep his feet happy while circumnavigating the globe. The Boots: Allen Edmonds Longbranch in Black – $350. Port Washington isn’t that far from his place, so Santa’s been frequenting Allen Edmonds for years. The Longbranch is like an even tougher version of the Dalton. Wingtip details, textured leather, and a lug sole. Perfect for Christmas Eve, with all of those slippery rooftops and what not. The Air Freshener: Car Freshener Royal Pine – $0.77. You try sitting behind eight tiny reindeer (or nine, depending on the weather) for an entire evening. Whichever asshat of an elf thought it’d be funny to feed Dasher and Dancer veggie chili for dinner on the 23rd is getting reassigned to quality control. Bloody hell those beasts don’t need to be jet powered, do they? The Nice/Naughty List + Pen: Waterproof Field Notes – $9.95 | Fisher Space Pen – $34.05. Were you expecting an iPad? The master list stays on the scrolls at the pole, but for the big night, a duplicate is transcribed to a pack of weather resistant “Expedition” Field Notes. Meanwhile, the pen works in extreme temperatures and will write from any angle. Even in zero gravity. And that’s perfect for maintaining order on the list when Blitzen gets a wild hair up his tuckus and leads the team on spontaneous inverted aerial maneuvers over the Aegean. The Gloves: Ralph Lauren Quilted Nappa Leather Gloves in Black – $34.97 ($88). Warm, but also offers the dexterity and durability to handle the reins with authority. The Goggles: Mark 4 Split Lens Flight Goggles – $88. Sheepskin face cushion. Prescription progressive lenses by the Reykjavik Costco Optical Department. After market heads up display via DARPA. The Cap/Crash Helmet: Allen Edmonds Aviator Cap – $131.25 ($175). Santa has taken some spills on rooftops over the millennia, so to stay compliant with concussion protocol, Papa Elf has added this to St. Nick’s kit this year. Sheepskin base is from Allen Edmonds, while the safety team has added aftermarket padding based on the crystalline atomic structure of marshmallow fluff.
In Review: The Suitsupply “Blue Line” of $399 Suits
19-12-2017 17:00:40
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Suitsupply Light Blue Plain Napoli – $399 Note: Suitsupply’s nested suits start at $399. What they call their “Blue line” is their basic, half-canvas, all Napoli fit line of suits. And there’s more than just shades of blue in there too. The suit in this review is one of the newer additions, a lighter/steel blue number made from Super 110s Italian wool. A fitted suit. Even just saying that out loud conjures up images of a night at Monaco’s Grand Casino, consorting with femme fatales and drinking a martini. (Okay, I may be watching Casino Royale as I type this review.) Still, while it’s probably going to be used in less rarefied settings, it’s a real confidence booster to wear something that while it perhaps wasn’t made specifically for you, from scratch, it’ll still follow the contours of your body. What a 38R looks like on 6’1″ / 175 lbs.  For this review, Suitsupply sent me their new Light Blue Napoli suit. And to stay consistent with Dappered policy, it was not to be kept. (Can’t be influenced by free samples, right?) Both the color and its wool fabric seem to make it an ideal candidate for not just fall wear, but spring and perhaps not overly warm summer nights too. After using their online sizing function, I was able to accurately choose the correct dimensions, and within a week the suit was at my door. I’ve never purchased a suit online. Not once. So I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was waiting on my porch when the delivery man arrived carrying a ginormous box. I was curious if they would fold it to save space, and I can honestly say they don’t. The box is sized exactly to house a jacket and pants hung on a hangar, and the suit is securely mounted in the cardboard. I later learned that this used to be standard, but with shipping costs going up, this huge box is now a premium, $10 option you can choose at checkout. Anyway, the presentation was extremely impressive and included both a greeting card and a garment bag. An unaltered shot from the back. The Napoli has some contour without being overly darted. The suit itself is seriously nice. The first thing that struck me was the color. It’s not your normal navy blue suit, but is instead a light grey-blue that is suitable for both formal and casual wear. I was excited to see that it features functional sleeve buttons, which means you can unbutton one or two of them to let people know this is a suit that’s been made with a real attention to detail. (Although this feature can make sleeve tailoring quite expensive.) My arms are on the long side, so, sleeves may be a touch short. Maybe getting a 38L could solve that? Might be too long overall then. Since part of the review required me to keep the suit in great shape, I didn’t wear it out and about, but I wore it in and around my home, and overall I’m pretty impressed. The wool isn’t scratchy, and the half-canvas construction gives it a pretty premium feel. (Again, I didn’t keep the suit, so I’m not obligated to say nice things about it! This is all my honest opinion.) In terms of fit, I would say that SuitSupply’s online sizing program is pretty accurate. The suit fit me in every measurement except the sleeves, which I wish were about .5 to 1 inch longer. But I have long arms, so normally-proportioned people shouldn’t have this issue. The Napoli fit’s jacket style is somewhere between conservative and trendy. There’s shape to it, but you won’t look like a Jonas Brother. The Napoli is a good compromise, and I think a conservative, without being boring, shape. Great Italian wool fabric. Half-canvas. Ships & returns for free. I tried the suit with both casual and business-type attire. Pairing the pants and jacket with a white shirt and a wool tie made of my family’s tartan (bonus points to the one who can identify it), I found that the suit was comfortable and gave a very professional look. The second outfit I tried was more of a casual outfit. I like my clothes versatile, and so I wanted to see if the jacket would dress down well. I ditched the tie, and instead donned a pair of dark wash jeans and a merino sweater. Yes, I know some guys don’t like to “orphan” a suit jacket with casual wear, but I thought this lighter blue shade would work great with jeans. The jacket was snug with the extra layer under it, but I think it still looked quite good. I’d feel comfortable wearing this to meet a colleague out for lunch or if I was making a presentation in college. Overall, I’m really impressed with the suit, and it pains me to have to give it up. If you’re in the market for a sub 500 dollar suit, this should absolutely scratch your itch! About the Author: Zach S. is an expedition and product/lifestyle photographer from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and a graduate of The United States Military Academy Preparatory School. When he’s not doing photography, he’s writing and working towards his goal of becoming a Marine Aviator. Click here for Zach’s 5 Favorites.
Brooks Brothers: Extra 25% off Clearance Items
19-12-2017 12:00:24
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Brooks Brothers: Extra 25% off Clearance Items (exp. 12/21) There are a couple of moving parts here, so, this might get a bit confusing. Brooks Brothers is knocking an extra 25% off their (stocked) clearance section through 12/21. No code needed, and the discount happens at checkout. PLUS, they’re also offering: $200 off $600 w/ BC17DC (excludes Red Fleece items) You can get a free $25 e-gift card with each purchase of a $150 e-gift card. I think (think) that should stack. Like, all of it. Maybe. And you can get more free gift cards as long as you buy multiple $150 e-gift cards one at a time (meaning, don’t buy one $300 e-gift card, but instead buy two $150 e-gift cards, separately, and you should then get $50 in total extra free gift cards). We’ll update this post if the jumping through all those hoops doesn’t quite add up. But, in case it does, we’ll show the maximum discount in the picks below.   Made in Italy Suede Double Monk Strap Shoes – $198.87 ($398) Again, price above reflects the purchase and use of a $150 gift card, plus the free $25 gift card you get with that purchase. The extra 25% off clearance puts these Italian made Suede Double Monks at $223.87. Use that “free” $25 gift card, and you’re actually out of pocket just under two bills.   Plain Toe Chukka Boots – $198.87 ($398) Same deal as the suede double monks above. Get that gift card, use the freebie that tags along, and you’re out-of-pocket cost is just under $200. Pretty sure these are made by Allen Edmonds. Goodyear welt. Made in the USA. And the slim, traction-equipped sole is a nice bonus.   Regent Fit Plaid Hopsack Sport Coat – $199.10 ($498.80) From the sale section and already marked down. Big fan of this thing, being that with the grey tones you can wear it with either brown or black leather shoes/watch strap (yes, even with the brown buttons, it looks just fine). Ultra lightweight construction. Size shown above is a 41R.   Double-Pique Stripe Shawl Collar Cardigan – $75.60 ($168) Pique knit made from Supima cotton. Mother of pearl buttons from Italy. Easy to wear shawl collar and bold stripes.   Camo-Print Canvas Slip-On Sneakers – $32.62 ($58) Prints have been big lately. As has been a shade of blue that’s not quite navy. Combine the two and you get these easy slip-on sneakers… for cheap. Real cheap.   Regent Fit BrooksCool Blazer ($498) + Lambswool Cable Crew ($118) = $366 ($616) Note that neither of these items are in the clearance section, but it’s still worth a mention here. This is a quirk of these duo deals that they’re running. The Blazer (which is terrific buy the way) and the sweater ends up just north of the $600 threshold. So, you can then apply the BC17DC code. That takes $200 off, and we’re now at $416 total. Buy TWO $150 e-gift cards, and you’ll get two $25 gift cards for free. Apply all four of your gift cards, plus another $66 in cash, and you’re out the door for $416 total, but only $366 out of pocket (thanks to the $50 in free gift cards).   Red Wing 9016 Cigar Featherstone – $171.82 ($350) Made in the USA. Goodyear welted. A bit of lug, but not overly toothy at the sole. Word is these might be lighter in color in person?   Marled Stripe Crewneck Sweater – $35.77 ($79.50) Italian Merino Wool blend yarn. From their younger leaning Red Fleece collection, so it’ll fit noticeably closer/leaner than their regular line.   Regent Fit Wool Hopsack or Wool Plaid Sport Coat – $199.10 ($498) Another couple of sportcoats. All Italian wool on both of these. Looser hopsack weave on the left, with a more wintery-wool on the right. Both are just partially lined.   Cotton Fisherman Crewneck Sweater – $66.60 ($148) Should be a bit softer to the touch than other common cotton fisherman sweaters? From last spring’s collection, so, thinking it shouldn’t be overly heavy or thick.   Slim-Fit Stretch-Wool Flannel or Plaid Trousers – $63 ($140) From their younger leaning “Red Fleece” line. These are actually suit separates, and there are matching jackets in the clearance section, but… I dunno. Maybe it’s just me, but the Red Fleece suiting silhouette looks way too trendy to me. Chopped jackets but still somewhat boxy. It’s an odd look that I don’t think is gonna survive much longer (if it’s not already deader than a door-nail). But hey, the suit pants might make for a pair of decent wool trousers for just sixty some odd bucks.   Red Wing Foreman Chukas – $150 ($290) Made in the USA with full grain leather and an oil resistant crepe sole. Note that the price above also requires you to buy one of those $150 gift cards, and then use (part of) the $25 freebie you get on top of the $150. Yes, you leave some of that final gift card on the table, unused, but… so?   Slim-Fit Broken Twill Pleat-Front Stretch Chinos – $31.27 ($69.50) Single pleat pants are seriously underrated. If you’re the type who carries a bit of strength in your rear-end, then many a pair of pants are way too flat assed for you. Thus, you almost certainly end up with pocket “ears” (the pockets on slash-pocket pants sticking out) to make up for that surface area. A single pleat, which is barely noticeable and not like your Dad’s accordion pleated dockers from 1994, helps out enormously.   Regent Fit Supersoft Construction Wool/Cashmere Sport Coat ($498) + Lambswool Cable Crew ($118) = $366 ($616) Finishing up with another full-priced item that between the gift cards and the BC17DC code, you should be able to get for a steal of a price. And yes, $366 here is considered a steal. Huge, personal fan of these sportcoats. Great mid-weight wool that’s super soft but not quite like flannel, so it should do well in all but the hottest months. Barely there construction but still has just enough interior build to look polished. Available in blue or grey. Size shown above is a 41R. The extra 25% off clearance items deal (no code needed) expires Thursday 12/21. And as always, picks are limited to items that have at least a decent size selection at post time. But since this is mainly clearance highlights, those sizes can sell fast.
The Dappered Space: Most Wanted Affordable Home Style December 2017
18-12-2017 23:00:07
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The Dappered Space is a series designed to help guys apply the sense of personal style they’ve developed to the space they inhabit. Watch for articles on furniture and decor sales & picks, advice on how to style a room or work space, and tackling creating a space that reflects your own (and perhaps a significant other’s) personal tastes. We’ll suggest items that can be sourced online, but always keep in mind that deals can be found at consignment and thrift stores, local stores with floor models, discount stores, and even yard sales. As is the case with the Most Wanted Affordable Style series on this site, this is a list of suggested items in the styled space arena that recently caught our attention. Whether because of the good price, the great design, or the eye-catching attributes, the following picks showcase a few items that might more finely tune your own home style. I don’t know what it feels like in your neck of the woods, but in ours, it got cold. It’s time for dark beers, hearty stews, and anything at all that can take the chill off. With that in mind, here’s this months crop of the most wanted affordable home style.   Bespoke Post Den Box – $45 (subscriber price) And if you’re not subscribed to Bespoke Post, you can pick this box up for $55. Just includes the two throw pillows, but as has been mentioned in the past, nice throw pillows can be expensive, so this is a pretty tight deal. Part of Bespoke Posts’ in-house brand Line of Trade. The Haven pillow covers are woven wool/acrylic twill, and the have zippers, so the included inserts can be removed, and the covers can be spot/dry-cleaned. Available in 4 different color combos.   Nespresso Breville VertuoLine Bundle – $174.99 What’s Nespresso’s claim to fame? That frothy cup of coffee you see up there. It uses Centrifusion™ to spin grounds and water together, creating crema. Yes, it’s just coffee with velvet foam on top, but word is that the extraction process makes for a pretty damn good cup of coffee. At lease George Clooney thinks so. This bundle also comes with a milk frother, also know by it’s fancy name, the Aerocinno.   Room Essentials Blue Stripe Comforter Set – $44.99 Sold via Target, this Comforter set includes not only the comforter and pillow shams, but the decorative pillow and the throw you see at the end of the bed. The comforter is reversible, and the opposite side is a blue-leaning grey. I’m sure this set is pretty darn basic as far as quality goes, but if you’re just getting started  upping the style game in your bedroom, this is a very affordable way to create a put together bed in an instant.   Long-hair Sheepskin Rug – $135 (for Bespoke Post Members) Another pick from Bespoke Post this month. Their Friends & Family sale really did have some good house/apartment stuff in it. You’d think a rug like this would cost much, much more. Sure, it’s got some contemporary funkiness to it, or, it’s full blown rugged. Just depends on the rest of your space. Would look terrific on top of dark wood floors and under a coffee table.   Way Basics Eco Friendly Cat Litter Box Cabinet – $89 Perfect for small living spaces where people and cats co-exist. This handy cabinet will allow you to get your cat’s liter box out of a cramped space, or just not out in the open. Made by Way Basics, a company that uses post consumer paper to create their “Z boards”, which I guess are as strong as particle board but much lighter. Available in multiple finishes. Sarah is a long time member of the Dappered team, typically working behind the scenes editing posts, taking some photos, and keeping the books in good standing. Occasionally she’ll come out from behind the curtain to offer her two cents.
Monday Sales Tripod – Bonobos Extra 30% off Sale Items, Massdrop AE Chukkas, & More
18-12-2017 17:44:29
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Bonobos: Extra 30% off Sale Items w/ HOHOHO Flannel Lined Chinos – $75.60 ($128)  5-Pocket Bedford Pants – $75.60 ($138)  Premium Stretch Jeans in Indigo Dark Wash – $103.60 ($178)  Jetsetter Stretch Wool Blazer – $245 ($450) some, not all colors The Banff Quilted Jacket – $159.60 ($278) Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer – $227.50 ($400) some, but not all colors One of the better deals Bonobos has run in a while. Not only is it a decent discount at 30% off, we’re talking about already marked down items here. So, those of us with tighter style budgets can actually play along a bit, depending on the piece we’re shooting for. That, and their sale section isn’t totally decimated. A solid selection is lurking in there.   #2. Massdrop: A.E. Factory 2nds Chukkas – $179.99 FINAL Wait, what? Massdrop is now in the Factory 2nds game? I guess it makes a bit of sense, being that this is an exclusive collaboration that they did… and there’s gonna be 2nds quality in any manufacturing run. There will be cosmetic flaws, so, be warned. And there’s no restocking fee here… since it’s final sale. But the discount is sizable. 1st Quality was going for around $240. So $180 is a whole new price level. Huge thank you to James W. for the tip. Review of this chukka (the 1st quality) can be found here.   #3. Lands’ End: 50% off EVERYTHING w/ MAGIC & 8044 Straight Fit 5 Pocket Stretch Moleskin Pants – $34.97 ($69.95) Tailored Fit Half-Canvas Italian Wool Blazer – $144.50 ($289) Pendleton Cotton/Wool/Nylon Stripe Knit Throw – $79.50 ($159) Set of 4 Whiskey Glasses – $19.97 ($39.95)  Tailored Fit Wool Year ’rounder Dress Pants – $44.50 ($89) And that goes for sale items too. Not just the regular price stuff. Seems like their stock of a lot of popular (and even not so popular) items has gone pretty quick. Perhaps they’re waiting until after the holiday rush to replenish?   Also worth a mention on a Monday J. Crew: 40% off select full price w/ TIME2GIVE Todd Snyder: 30% off select items w/ EGGNOG Allen Edmonds: They’re still offering $50 off select boots. Banana Republic: 50% off, but BRPICKS are excluded this time. No code needed for the discount. Brooks Brothers: $200 off $600 w/ BC17DC Spier and Mackay: They’re running a one-day sale on their outerwear. Wool/Cashmere topcoats are down to $199 (reg. $319) and their melton peacoats/duffles are $159 (reg. $278)
The Dappered Gift Guide for… The Rugged Guy
18-12-2017 12:00:21
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Tis the season. And by now you’ve probably been walloped over the head by 82,000 gift guides. So what’s a few more? Instead of doing a highly generalized, throw-everything-against-the-digital-wall gift guide, we’ll be breaking it up by category. Gifts for the guys who suit up a lot. Or the wristwatch fanatic. Or the guy who’s really into shoes. Etc. We’ll cover all those, and hopefully a few more in the coming days.   Opinel No8 Knife – $14.30  All kinds of right & simple. So much so that it once was displayed along with a Rolex and a Porsche 911 in a museum exhibit titled: “The 100 Most Beautiful Products in the World“. Also incredibly useful. Stainless steel blade measures 3.25″. The locking collar (just spin it to keep the blade in place) is an extremely well designed, classic safety feature. It’s a well made tool that looks great too.   H&M 100% Cashmere Cap – $34.99 I don’t care how rough and rugged a dude is. He could have been born with a gobi desert worth of sand in his craw, and still appreciate a cashmere cap. Soft and silky with none of the itch that comes with regular ol’ lambswool. Dirt cheap via H&M, so if he happens to lose it while fighting a moose… or something… it won’t be that big of a hit to the wallet.   Ex-officio Give N Go Briefs or Trunks – $19.49 – $27.49 Has underwear historically been seen as a terrible gift? Yes! Are these a terrible gift? Hell no! They’re incredible, and they’re game changers. They breathe, wick, and have anti-stink properties. You’ll never want to go back to cotton underwear ever again. They’re also great for travelling. If you like to pack light? You should be able to pack just an extra pair (while wearing a pair out the door) and get by on the road. At the end of the day, wash the pair you wore that day in a sink/tub and hang them up to dry. Rotate with the other pair. They’ll be dry (and clean thanks to your scrubbing) by the time the next pair needs to be swapped out.   Lamy Safari Fountain Pen – $20 – $25 More permanent and durable than a disposable fountain pen, yet nowhere near the cost of some fancy-pants fountain pens. Plastic body. Metal clip. Nice nib that writes well, and a window that lets you know how much ink is left. Lightweight too. A fantastic every-day-carry pen. Available in medium, fine, and extra fine nib options.   J. Crew Factory SLIM Fit Cotton Cable Fisherman Sweater – $47.50 Slimmer than your average fisherman style sweater. Washable. Cut close enough to the body that if you don’t have a gut, you don’t get the classic fit sweater roll around the middle (or, at least not much of one). Whether you ever cast a net (or a line) here is irrelevant. Size shown above is a medium on 5’10” / 185. Restocked a few weeks back, and now on mega discount. Make sure you pick the slim option if that is, in fact, what you’re going for.   The Standard Memorandum Journal + Leather Cover – $39 For the type of guy who’s a “do-er”… yet would never consider spending the end of a night with “dear diary.” The Standard Memorandum is a daily, year-long journal that makes the author get down to the brass tacks of the day. There’s limited space for each day, yet there’s a space for… each and every day. Just a sentence or two. Write down what happened. Or your thoughts about what didn’t happen. Or how you’re working towards what you wish would happen. Leather cover comes with free monogramming. Any good habit can lead to better habits. So start with this… and progress. Plus, stashing a completed, yearly journal in a safe place come early January produces a solid feeling of accomplishment too. Great for those without kids, or those with families who want to leave something behind that gives their kids a better idea as to who they were.   Mitchell Leather Co. Valet Trays – $79 – $99 These types of guys seem to carry more than a few things on them every day. (Be prepared, right?) So, give em’ something that can help organize all that EDC once he dumps his pockets at the end of the day. Made in Milwaukee from high quality leathers, they make anything within their walls look good. Sadly, looks like these won’t get to their destination in time for the 25th, but… in case you’ve got a guy on your list who you’ll be seeing after the holiday, then keep these in mind.   Icebreaker Merino T-Shirts – $45 – $85 Wool > Cotton. Almost always. Hell, probably always. And that even goes for t-shirts. The problem is that wool, especially the good stuff like merino, costs a hell of a lot more than cotton. So, they’re an investment, but they’re outstanding all the same (and thus, make for great gifts). Super lightweight. Washable. Try not to machine dry them though. I’ve accidentally dried mine once or twice and gotten away with it. You might not be so lucky. Lay flat to dry and they should be good by morning.   Apolis Made in the USA Hoof Pick Belt – $88 Made in Pennsylvania from Northern American leather. Bridle leather and brass hardware.   FormFunctionForm Spoor Key Fob – $88 Lots of options in one fob. “Squirt” PS4 Leatherman multi tool. Maratac “split pea” lighter. Horween leather wraps it all up into one, easy, portable little package.   Huckberry Scottish made Shetland Wool Sweaters – $120 They ain’t cheap, but they’re something he’ll wear and rely upon for years and years to come. Something of a legend. J. Press carries something similar… for $245. Total beasts. Flexible, warm, and breathable. Has some scratch to it but nothing crazy. The real stuff. Limited sizes and colors available at post time.   FormFunctionForm Archslim Wallet – $94 Pen and paper > whatever note app you’ve got on your smart phone. And with this slim, lightweight, but still beefy and unbelievably good looking design, it’s always in your back (or front) pocket. Full review here.   Armour Lux Made in France Wool Sweaters – $144.98 Like the shaggy shetland, this is also very much the real deal. Made in France from a wool that’s not overly thick, but still dense enough to keep out even a Normandy breeze. Ships and returns for free.   Quilted Panel Lambswool Knit Jacket in Navy or Black – $99.83 – $149 Enormous fan of this thing. On the left is is last year’s quilted pattern. This year they went with a straight horizontal instead of diamond quilting. It’s a terrific jacket for when you’re burning through some energy (say, on a hike or chopping wood) and it’s also a great layer for underneath a heavier coat for when it gets bitter cold. Quilted front panel for extra wind resistance/insulation, with the rest of it being a knit, breathable lambswool. A fine alternative to what Bond was wearing in SPECTRE. Size shown above is a medium on 5’10/185. Ships and returns for free via Nordstrom.   Huckberry x Chippewa 6″ Service Boot – $280 The leather quality really is spectacular. No break in time necessary. At all. But it’s still thick stuff that should be able to take a beating, and only look better with age. Made in the USA. Goodyear welted. Full review here.   Timex Red Wing Chrono – $139 – $159 Sure, there have been plenty of worthwhile new Timex designs that came out this year… but why reinvent the wheel of this list? Nicely domed crystals. Straps are made from Red Wing’s thick boot leather. Obligatory mention for this gift guide.   L.E. Cashmere Cable Cardigan – $199.50 when 50% off Yes, it’s expensive (even when half off), but it’ll be the layer he’ll reach for time and time again. Lands’ End cashmere is a noticeable step up from their competition, and a shawl collar cardigan like this will see an immense amount of use during the cold months. These things seems to come and go at Lands’ End in terms of stock, so, if they’re sold out now, it might be worth checking back in later (if you can swing the time frame for Xmas delivery.)   Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill Boots – $300 ($350) The perfect blend of function and aesthetics. The toe box isn’t nearly as tall or bulky compared to other traditional work style boots, yet it’s not some razor sharp & slim toe either. Beautiful Horween leather is the star of the show. No extra stitching or funky design details. Suede tongue is a nice, subtle touch. Flat laces cinch and tie up nice and easy. Danite studded sole for traction. Fit is true to size. Three colors to choose from. brown (pictured above,) black, or natural which is pictured at the top of the post. Can drop to as low as $250 during some sales. Lots of quality and not nearly the price  that other brands sell their trench boots for.   Filson Original Briefcase – $325 An American Original. Made in the USA from tough canvas and thick leather accents. Multiple colors available. Ships and returns free via Nordstrom. Will go on sale from time to time via various retailers, but, can be tough to find on discount since it’s often excluded from codes and promos.   J. Crew Shawl-collar Workwear Jacket in English Wool – $328 They’re like smoking jackets for the outdoorsy types. English wool. Zero lining in the back. three button front and a shawl collar up top. From their upgraded “Wallace & Barnes” line. Sizes are scattered at post time. Color above is the “dark pine” which is much more green than gray in person (damn Instagram filter gone amok).   Filson Cover Cloth Mile Marker Coat – $350 Well proportioned, tough as nails, and made in the USA. Oil finish cover cloth exterior with a super comfortable moleskin collar. Collar stands up and holds up against the wind too. Draw-cord waist adds some shape while also keeping heat in. Takes Filson zip-in liners. Stunningly beefy zippers and snaps. Also available in olive. One warning… it’ll attract lint and pet hair like crazy. So, if you’re neurotic about that kinda thing, be prepared.   Hamilton Automatic Field Watch – $359 A watch he could wear almost every day for the rest of his life. Dependable and very well made. Sturdy feeling without being brick like on the wrist. Brown leaning tan strap pops next to that black dial. Terrific feel to the construction and finish. Also available in a 38mm size.   Duluth Pack Bison Leather Duffel – $498.75 ($665) Perfect for the guy you want to get out of your hair. Because as soon as he sees this thing, he’s gonna start planning a trip. He, the dog, and this bag are gonna pile into his 4-wheel drive vehicle of choice and head for the hills. Made in the USA.
Xmas .gifs galore, the latest retail bankruptcies, & more missing… feet.
15-12-2017 12:00:11
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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS! (thank you) RETAIL HELL: It’s not getting any better out there folks. DOSSIER UPDATE: This story just seems to get creepier every time another foot washes ashore.  LEGALIZED LARCENY? This seems pretty crappy to me. BUT CAN WE EAT THEM? All jokes about the hyperbole of this article’s headline aside, this is not encouraging. BIG TALK AND ALL THAT: But when it comes to the courage of their convictions, not so much. LOG. YULE LOG. (thank you) CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: I imagine more and more people will feel the need to do things like this. IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL…it’s a small, small world. This isn’t even the first time I’ve come across a story like this. MARKET FORCES AT WORK? From other stories I’ve read that are similar to this particular situation, it would seem that there are more and more small towns across the country that can no longer really afford to be small towns. JUST SAY NO? Or, maybe, another option? I fully realize this will never happen here, but it is interesting to read about all the same. THIS CHIPMUNK BLOWS: (thank you) Big thanks to my favorite editor for passing along some great stories this week. As in, the following items: THE GRAYING GENERATIONS: We are woefully unprepared for what’s coming our way. THIS IS RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS: This is something I have some experience with. The struggle is real. And sometimes our brains get in the way of us making the right decisions. I am encouraged about this article. GOOD NEWS OF THE WEEK: This is fantastic news for people who suffer from one of the nastiest diseases we face. It means there is hope. ACTUALLY ME: The Noel Gallagher edition. SANTA WANTS YOU TO DIE: (thank you) GOOD GRIEF! As someone who owns the very thing which was destroyed by good old Chuck, this is a little holiday history for you youngsters (i.e. anyone below the age of 55). MEANWHILE, IN AUSTRALIA: I would actually be pretty excited to see something like this, as long as it wasn’t coming my direction. MOVE OVER KRAMPUS: You have competition.  KNOCK KNOCK: Anyone home? (Editor’s Note: Careful. This is how Picard learned how to play the flute.)  BARKING BINKIES! I realize we all believe our furballs are smarter than the average furball, but yeah, no. They’re about as smart as your typical toddler.  KRAMPUS! (thank you) Tis the season to be jolly. Eric H. knows just how to jingle our bells and he’s back with another great selection of stories. And he’s even provided a bit of a soundtrack for you. OH FFS: Really? Really. Really! Did no one at any time stand up and say, “Uh guys…this is a really bad idea?” Because, goodness. ONCE UPON A TIME: And we’re talking a loooong time ago…I still have a page somewhere. I don’t even want to think about it. THAT’S GOT TO BE ONE HELL OF A 529! At least it had better be. ABJECT FUCKERY: So. Much. Winning. Seriously, this is all just clownishly evil. THEY LET YOU DREAM JUST TO WATCH ‘EM SHATTER: Looking back on the 1980 movie “9 to 5” in the #metoo prism. CONSUME! Food stuff in four bite-sized packages. Y’all been played. That’s got to be embarrassing. | In flight feed. That was the fastest follow ever. | Then there’s this. | Sliced toast: #1 is preferred. #2 is acceptable at a diner. #3 is never ever ever. (Editor’s Note II: Wait, #3 is never ever ever? But it’s symmetrical. I mean, #1 is the way to go, but is #3 that bad?)  INCOMING! I know Eric isn’t the only person excited about this. IF ONLY: (thank you) REGRETS, HE’S HAD A FEW: But at this point, it’s probably too late to be warning people about the dangers and such. UM…Fellas, this is not really how things work. Not that I would be surprised if they got their wish. WHAT. THE. HAMBURGERS? I know that there is sorcery here, I’m just really bad at figuring it out. I am not proud. (Editor’s Note III: Extremely well rehearsed in reverse? Blue shirt guy seems a bit unsure on the stairs, which would be the case if walking up backwards…)  INCOMING! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
J. Crew Wheelhouse Suit Sale, No BR or JCF exclusions, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
14-12-2017 12:00:32
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    J. Crew: 40% off Select Full Price Items w/ TIME2GIVE Italian Worsted Wool Ludlow Slim-fit Suit Jacket w/ Double Vent & Matching Pant – $357.60 ($596) Italian Worsted Wool Ludlow WIDE-lapel Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $357.60 ($596) Slim Stretch American Pima Cotton Oxford Shirt – $41.70 ($69.50) Ludlow Slim-fit Pant in Wool Tartan – $70.80 ($118) Dock Peacoat with Thinsulate – $178.80 ($298)  Patterned Cashmere Scarf – $58.80 ($98) Ludlow Weekender Bag – $148.80 ($248) A navy Ludlow getting a 40% off cut? That’s rare. Same goes for a wheelhouse mid-grey option. These are Ludlow’s though, so, be prepared for slim lapels and a slim cut. Especially in the pants.   B.R.: 40% off $200+ w/ BRWINTER (no BR merch exclusions) Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat – $226.80 ($378) Navy Stretch-Cotton Blazer in Slim or Standard Fit – $148.80 ($248) Slim Charcoal Herringbone Wool Blend Blazer – $178.80 ($298)  TWO pairs of Rapid Movement Denim – $70.80 per / $141.60 total (norm. $118 per)  It’s a high threshold, but at least there aren’t any exclusions. There were plenty of BR PICKS exclusions in these last few weeks since the Black Friday/Cyber Monday rush. Not so this time, and if you’re a GAP inc. cardholder? You can continue to knock another 10% off with the code BRCARD.   Spier & Mackay: Two Suits starting at $549 (reg. $716 for two) Well that’s a steal and then some. Lucky you if you need to buy a couple of suits. Half canvas, bemberg linings, non-functioning sleeve cuffs, and two fits (slim or contemp.) to choose from. Not bad at $273 a pop for their basic line. Not sure how returns would work on this though, being that they offer free returns on your first suit or sportcoat (and not your first “order” which would include multiple suits here if you’re a newbie). So, you might be on the hook for returns. Note that price above reflects their basic, introductory suits… which are still plenty nice (albeit sometimes in short supply). Looks like their upgraded fabrics are also up for this deal. UPDATE: According to reader Liam G., it’s your first ORDER that you can get free returns on, as long as you’re doing a bundle deal like the above. I’d still check with customer service ahead of time to make sure though.   UNIQLO: $10 off Extra Fine Merino AND Free Shipping No Min. The Pick: Extra Fine Merino V-Neck – $29.90 ($39.90) multiple colors UNIQLO is one of those shops where free-shipping really feels like a treat. Why? Because stuff is so affordable there that rarely does one trip the usual free-shipping threshold. So, say you’re in need of a lightweight, yet strong, merino wool sweater to get through the holidays? Now you can get it shipped to your door, for free, and it’s on sale. Hot diggity.   J.C.F.: 60% off Everything + Extra 50% off Clearance + Free Ship w/ DASHING Thompson unstructured flex chino blazer – $67.00 Voyager Wool Suit Jacket & Slim Pant – $261.60 (reg. $299) Marina Blue Worsted Wool Jacket & Slim Pant – $261.60 (reg. $299) *WARNING* Navy Worsted Wool Jacket & Classic Pant – $261.60 (reg. $299)  *WARNING* Slim Merino Wool V-neck Sweater – $17.49 Merino Wool Cardigans – $19.99 No exclusions here. Apparently the week or two before Christmas is a heck of a time to buy a suit, judging by what’s made its way into the handful this week. *WARNING* Take a look at the reviews of the worsted wool pants. Lots of complaints of the fabric wearing through/failing with not much use? That’s… not good. Meanwhile, what is good? The price on their merino cardigans. They’re in the clearance section, so, once that additional 50% comes off, they get downright dirt cheap. And the free shipping helps massively there too. UPDATE: The Voyager and Worsted wool suits aren’t on the site today? Is that because of the no exclusions deal? Strange. Thanks to Luke D. for the tip there… UPDATE II: Well son of a… they moved the cardigans out of the clearance section overnight too. Dammit.   BONUS: 35% off Orient Mako USA II – $243.75 w/ HMKUSA2 ($375) This thing is usually excluded from codes, and word is this is the steepest discount it’s ever been up for. Full review here. 41.5mm case size is more moderate/classically sized, and not an over-sized hunk of metal that’s found on many a guy’s wrist (often mine too) these days. Code expires today, 12/14/17. Meanwhile, they’re offering 40% off everything else + free shipping through 12/24 w/ MERRY40.   Also worth a mention: Bonobos: 25% off orders of $125, 30% off orders of $250+, plus free 2-day shipping on orders of $175+ w/ MISTLETOE Club Monaco: 30% off already marked-down styles, no code required. EXPRESS: 40% off everything. Gustin: Their USA made briefcase in CXL #8 is back for pre-order. Lands’ End: 50% off w/ ORNAMENT and 3408
Win it: The Timex Archive Scout Chronograph
13-12-2017 18:29:08
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Timex Scout Chronograph – $150 – $180 NOTE: The specific model in this post goes for $150 retail, and is currently out of stock. But, there are plenty of similar Scout chronos still available (just in different color schemes). I can’t quite put my finger on when Timex started kicking arse and taking names. Was it when the Red Wing collaboration debuted? Or was it before that when they started playing around with the Waterbury line again? Whenever it was, they’ve been on a roll since then. And the wide ranging “Archive” collection only keeps that momentum going. Don’t worry, the chrono’s seconds hand DOES line up with 12 o’clock once reset. Got a quartz chrono with a seconds hand that seems off? Here’s how to fix it. These Archive watches are retro inspired designs, and the “Pioneers” Collection will appeal to those who lean more casual/rugged/outdoorsy. They’re the affordable timepiece version of a pair of heritage-style work boots. Quartz movement here of course. (The Marlin, I believe, is the only current mechanical that Timex has for the US Market?) And while it doesn’t have the loud “tick” that many cheaper Timex watches come with, there is a bit of a shudder to the seconds hand on the chrono when you get it going. It less snaps into place, and more moseys over, with a tad of a hitch in its get-a-long. Textured crown is easy to grip and bring out to adjust date/time. Maybe that’s nit-picky though. Aside from that, this Scout Chrono is a very solid feeling watch. Matte gray, all brass case with a water resistance to 100m. 43mm in diameter, and while substantial feeling, seems to wear a bit smaller. Textured crown, intuitive 30 minute chronograph movement, and it even comes with Indiglo. Also, it might be a small thing, but the strap is quite nice. Soft but still thick, it’s a true nato, the hardware is thick, and it’s not scratchy or itchy. 43mm case, 20mm band, and wears a touch smaller than most 43mm chronos. Again, styling is excellent. But $150 seems just a touch steep for this model when compared to the Red Wings and the Todd Snyder collaborations. Good thing there are codes running (most of the time, sadly not at present for this particular design), and hopefully it’s just a matter of time before they’re up for a deep sale. Enter here to win the Timex Scout Chrono (now sold out, so, lucky you) seen in the post above. Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM ET on Thursday 12/14/17. One entry per person. A huge thanks to Timex for providing this watch for review and giveaway! UPDATE: Congrats to B. Heim who won the Timex Scout Chrono!
The Dappered Gift Guide for… The Watch Guy
13-12-2017 12:00:29
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Tis the season. And by now you’ve probably been walloped over the head by 82,000 gift guides. So what’s a few more? Instead of doing a highly generalized, throw-everything-against-the-digital-wall gift guide, we’ll be breaking it up by category. Gifts for the guys who suit up a lot. Or the rugged type. Or the guy who’s really into shoes. Etc. We’ll cover all those, and hopefully a few more in the coming days.   Toddy Gear SmartCloths – $9.99 Microfiber cleaning cloths that can, depending on the pattern, also double as a pocket square. Smudges on watch crystals happen, and a Toddy Gear cloth is a great way to clean your watch face. Unlike thinner cleaning cloths (like the ones that come with some sunglasses), these are thicker and more substantial. One side is for cleaning, the other is for polishing. Much easier to use and makes the job much faster. Their true intended purpose is for smartphones/tablets/laptops, but they work just fine on watch crystals too.   Watch Repair Kit – $18.99 Maybe not jewelry shop quality in terms of the tools, but still, not bad either for the minimal price. Comes with spring bars too, and those tiny jewelers screw drivers also come in handy when it comes to sunglasses.   Maratac Silicone Watch Strap w/ Deployant Buckle – $18 Perfect for putting on an old, somewhat forgotten sport watch. Flexible Silicone strap that you cut to the desired length, and connects with a satisfying snap thanks to its deployant (or deployment, whatever you want to call it, I don’t care) clasp. Multiple colors available for 20mm. Great for the guy who doesn’t like stainless steel bands, but wants something that can handle sweat and water and… whatever else you can throw at it.   Watch Box / Watch Organizer – $29.77 Give that watch collection a home, as opposed to having timepieces strewn about, loose, ready to be knocked onto the floor. This particular model is solid wood with a felt bottom, so even if it does slide around a little, it won’t go scratching up whatever it sits on. There are tons of options out there. Just read the reviews before you dive in.   A Man and his Watch – $31.50 Multiple things can be true. This book is, at times, insufferably silly (they’re just wristwatches) yet it’s also incredibly cool. A huge hit this year with the style community at large, it’s a coffee table book that explores individual time pieces, their owners, and the stories behind them.   A nice “Beater” Watch Casio Diver – $44.23 w/ After Market NATO Strap – $17.49 Seiko SNK809 – $80ish (note that water resistance is not good on this line of Seikos) Timex Brass Case Field Expedition Chrono – $50ish Dependable, good looking enough, and the type of thing you take with you on a quick trip or wear on the weekends when you’re knocking about, and don’t want to risk damage to a prized timepiece. If this thing does get a scratch in the crystal or somehow gets dropped in a lake and goes to hell? It won’t cause the tears to flow. Suggested picks above should cover most price points.   A nice Leather Strap (NATO style especially) There are leather NATO straps, and then there are leather NATO straps. You’re looking for the latter. The fun thing about a really nice leather NATO, is that if you’ve got more than one, they can be super easy to swap out. (No spring bar tool needed!) Shown above (and image credit to them) is the Horween Color #8 Military Strap from Worn & Wound. Made in the USA. Cost is $65.   Watch Luggage Worn & Wound USA Made 2-Watch Horween CXL #8 & Harris Tweed Pouch – $99 3 Watch Leatherette Roll – $15.60 Single Watch “Watchpod” – $13.98 Y’know what also works? Shoving your watch down into a shoe and then stuffing extra socks on top of it. But… there is a risk of leather to leather stink transfer. And then it might rattle about, fall out, etc. But neither of those are really likely scenarios. So, watch luggage is inherently a bit fussy. But some guys don’t want to take the risk.   A Rugged, Dependable, Automatic watch Glycine Combat Sub – $399 w/ CMGL50 Maratac Pilot Watch – $275 ($450) currently sold out? Seiko Turtle – $259 Seiko Samurai – $315 Orient Mako USA – $262.50 w/ DAPPERED30 ($375 ) Usually a diver or a field style, these get worn a LOT in our current smart-casual to more casual culture. Make it a rugged, go-anywhere, do-anything watch, and it can double as a nicer alternative to the “beater” watches already suggested.   A Cool Clock, or, some other Clock-like Instrument French Style Pendulum Ornamental Cloche Clock – $59 FINAL ($95) they say it’s ornamental only, but it does wind and keep time… it just doesn’t keep time well. Best Made Co Brass Weather Station – $178 Dual Time Dashboard-Style Table or Wall Clock – $94.95 1950s Flight Dial Inspired Desk Clock – $59 FINAL ($79) Clocks. Thermometers. Barometers. All items that provide us information of which we could easily find on our phone. But your phone also tells the time. So… if he’s a watch wearer, perhaps he pursues other avenues than smartphones to get this kind of info.   A trip to the Prime Meridian & the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum in Greenwich Prices obviously vary on this one depending on how far you have to go and how long you’re gonna stay. London is not a cheap place to stay either. But John Harrison and his Marine Chronometer(s) changed the world. The H4 is a must see (if it’s currently on display?) for the true fan of time pieces. Also worth picking up in addition (or, if the trip is way too expensive than instead of) would be this book on Harrison’s quest to solve the Longitude Problem. Big thanks to Aaron K. for the tip!   His “Grail” Watch For the extra, extra nice. Chances are he’s mentioned what he has his eye on. Also, get it insured. This takes some planning. Maybe this is a few years down the line and saving/smart decisions will have to be made. But, well, for the ladies… how much did that engagement ring cost again?
The Dappered Gift Guide for… The Shoe Guy
12-12-2017 23:00:37
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Tis the season. And by now you’ve probably been walloped over the head by 82,000 gift guides. So what’s a few more? Instead of doing a highly generalized, throw-everything-against-the-digital-wall gift guide, we’ll be breaking it up by category. Gifts for the guy who likes watches. Or the rugged type. Or the guy who’s always in a suit. Etc. We’ll cover all those, and hopefully a few more in the coming days.   Allen Edmonds Horsehair Dauber – $5.00 Most of us can get by with either applying shoe creme with an old sock, or, two daubers (one for black, one for brown… even with washing them after, you never know). But if the guy on your list is a true shoe hog, having more than a couple daubers on hand can be super convenient. The horsehair on the dauber makes for much easier, more even application of the cream, than compared to when it’s applied with a sock or rag. They will wear out after a while, and once that starts to happen, stray hairs start to muck up your polishing process. Good stocking stuffers. Nice and cheap. Solid quality from AE.   Flannel Shoe Bags – $10 – $25.00 Like garment bags… for footwear. Helps keep the dust off, and the soft flannel fabric protects the shoes from any accidental drops, dings, pet claws, locust invasions, etc., while at home or on the road.   A portable, packable Leather Shoe Horn – $19.95 Perfect for the guys who travel a lot and/or the types who change shoes when they get to work in the morning (say, post commute or post trip to the gym). Lots of shades available for the 8″ option shown above. Made in the USA. Fulfilled by Amazon. Shopping at BR and want something to tip the balance for free shipping? They make a small shoe horn as well.   Saphir Renovateur – $22.95 Widely regarded as the best all-around shoe leather care product on the market. Y’know those “liquid gold” mac and cheese commercials that end with “eat like that guy you know” as the tag line? Right. This stuff. This is the real liquid gold. For your shoes. Shine (or, more accurately in this case, clean & condition)… like that guy you know.   Shoe Shine Gift Certificates Got a cobbler in your city? Drop in and see if they offer gift certificates for shoe shines. Sure, plenty of guys actually like the process of shining their own shoes, but every so often it’s nice to just hand em’ over to the pros.   Personalized Shoe Trees – $24 ($29.95) Laser engraved with either his initials, name, or even an image. (Which could get… weird?) Plus, Woodlore’s shoe trees uses nice cedar, and smooth acting springs. Not like super cheap shoe trees that can stick and bind after a while. On sale through tomorrow, 12/13.   Cashmere Socks – Nordstrom – $89.50 / 2pk File this under the category of things most people will never, ever consider buying for themselves, but if someone gets a pair for them, they’ll be eternally grateful. If he loves his shoe collection, then he pays attention to his feet. And nothing says appreciating feet quite like cashmere socks.   Armorlux Made in France Wool Slippers – $63.98 – $85 Going for soft, laid back, and indoors here. And these are anything but crummy faux-suede/faux-shearling throw aways from the clearance basket at your local discount store. These are the real deal. All wool uppers that breathe (so, no funky foot deep into a lazy morning at home). Lightweight crepe soles. Made in France.   A nice Shine Box (on its own, or, stocked with goods) – $89 – $159 You want something sturdy. Something that doesn’t wiggle or wobble. Something that you can put pressure on as you buff out a shoe over and over and over again. Just… be careful who you gift one of these things to (NSFW language).   A pair of high quality Leather, Classic Sneakers Many a brand is taking classic court shapes, and making them out of high quality materials. And the end result are shoes that have that great, classic athletic look, but last longer and feel far superior to basic Chucks or Jack Purcells. You could spend a fortune on these things, or, you could spend not quite as much. Also, there’s always the cheap but still oddly good quality Stan Smith.   An upgraded version of his favorite style of shoe – $250+ Just make sure you keep receipts for returns in case they don’t fit. Say he’s got a cheap pair of suede chukkas that he loves. Search out a nicer quality pair. Same goes for, say, wingtip boots and chelseas. This obviously works best if his current pair has more than a few miles on it. Doesn’t make sense to upgrade to a new pair if he just bought em’. But if an old, tired looking pair (that he still loves) is ready to give up the ghost, it could be one hell of a treat to go from that entry level pair to a little bit of luxury.   Alden “Indy” 405 Boot – $549.00 I honestly don’t think any real shoe hog would ever turn down/not be in love with a pair of Alden 405 Indy boots. Made famous by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies, they’re made in the USA from tough (but forgiving-on-the-foot) components. They’re the essential all-around, not overly country, not city slicker either, adventure boot. Sizing can be a bit tricky though. Most suggest dropping down a half to a whole size for the last that the Indy is made around.
Best of Threads: Cardigan Love, Compliments on the Cheap, and Watches
12-12-2017 17:00:05
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What’s Dappered Threads? It’s our forum. Launched in 2011, Threads has become a not too big, not too small, just-right-sized forum that doesn’t put up with snobbery. All thanks to the users and hardworking mods. Once a month, one of the mods from Threads provides us with a highlight package of the last few weeks.   What Watch I Wore Today Looking to find out what’s on the wrist of your fellow Dappered readers? Check out the What Watch I Wore Today thread. Long time lurker, first time poster MDLamp showed off his Seiko 5, prompting Token to share some Seiko love as well. User Publius decided to show that the Soviets could build a decent watch, showing off his Slava Medical watch while LesserBlackDog continued to show off his latest watch acquisition. ajs116 showed the users that minimalist watches wear well, while idvsego demonstrated that purple NATO watch bands pair nicely with black faced diver watches.   When You Wear a Cardigan People Say… Credit Doug Chalkey for bringing the discussion of cardigans to fore and addressing their association with Mr. Rogers head on. Many users chimed in with their cardigan experiences, notably Nandyn who over in the WIWT thread kicked off the 12 days of cardigan wearing… but back to the thread at hand. Pesape stated his love for cardigans, even if his friends give him some friendly ribbing. Snake Doctor, julius12, mark4, sdjackofclubs, SwiftToole, BLU8, and motosacto all chimed in saying they loved their cardigans. Loafer28 raised the point of how thin cardigans might not work for everyone depending on your body type. Winghus added his experiences concerning thin vs. thick cardigans with JDOG and jharrisonbarrett providing their views too. Finally Nikbrown posted a few shots of himself in his latest cardigan purchase, with Nandyn showing off the latest cardigan for sale at Target.   Wedding Suits Congrats to DapperDukes who is recently engaged and asking where he can find affordable suits for himself and his groomsmen for his east coast beach wedding happening next fall. DapperTexan started the thread off right with three rock solid suggestions right off the bat. ianr and hockeysc23 asked some good questions to get more detail about the DapperDukes specific needs while Michael Kenny posted about his personal experience of searching for a suit for his wedding. The discussion then switched gears with talk from Michael Kenny about the benefits of having groomsmen in mismatched suits, thus prompting jealousy from Geo who hoped his fiancee would see the benefits of this approach too. ianr posted a condensed history of wedding attire, with ryn and JT10000 providing some additional context. No word on DapperDukes’ final decision, but here’s to a great wedding!   What Item Gives You the Best Ratio of Compliments:Cost? Domino decided to find out what was the cheapest, most complimented item. Shoes and watches seems to lead the way, with Autiger367 and drocpsu claiming their Casio Edifice watch received their fair share of compliments. tjyoung posted a picture of his Timex, which in keeping with the theme of the thread quickly pulled in compliments from Doug Chalkey and CMR.  Even marble_ jumped in on the action, wanting to know the model of tjyoung’s Timex, presumably to purchase one too. Of course it wouldn’t be a Dappered thread without mentioning shoes. For idvsego it’s his Kenneth Cole penny loafers that get the compliments. For Galcobar it’s his Joseph Abboud full-brogue bluchers, while iviustang50h claims his Clark’s chukka boots are the way to go compliments vs cost ratio. Finally, proving that Dappered readers are more than just shoe and watches fanatics, proteus showed that a nice accessory can produce its share of compliments. Looking for some advice, direction, or just to connect with some cool guys?  Then Head on over to Threads and take a spin around. Many thanks to contributor Dave I. for assembling this month’s Best of Threads.
Win It: Bespoke Post’s Ultimate Box of Awesome 2017
12-12-2017 12:00:11
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Bespoke Post Ultimate Box of Awesome – $849 Total Note: For $45 per box, Bespoke Post will deliver to your door a “box of awesome” once a month. Inside you’ll find hand selected items curated for a guy like you. You can skip any box you want or cancel at any time. Click here for more. For the third year in a row, we’ve teamed up with Bespoke Post to give away a more than solid, plenty stylish base of goods to lean on during this time of cold weather travel and good times. One of you will win what we’re calling the “ultimate box of awesome.” Bespoke Post’s monthly boxes usually run $45. Not creeping up on nine bills like this one. So it’s not like you can click over and select this “Ultimate” option from one of the many curated boxes currently available. But Bespoke Post is much more than just their customer friendly, monthly subscription service. They’ve got an online store stocked to the gills with great looking and super functional gear, goods, and other items you might not have been introduced to otherwise. And this “ultimate” box is a curation of what we on the Dappered side of this collaboration feel is the best of the best for this extra busy time of year. Happy holidays guys. Good luck!   Made in the USA Filson Medium Duffel – $335 ($395) “Might as well have the best.” That’s Filson’s motto, and that’s why we’re packing the rest of the goods up in this dependable, handsome bag for you (if you win) this holiday season. Over 3800 cubic inches of space (13.75″ x (W)24.25″ x (D)11.5″) but not overly stiff… so you should, depending on how you pack, be able to sneak it into an overhead compartment. Made in the U.S.A. from rugged twill, bridle leather, and super beefy metal components. Sale price above is what members pay.   Armogan Regalia Chronograph in Blue S44 – $220 Armogan’s newest chronograph with the 12 and 6 o’clock subdials. Miyota movement, domed crystal, and textured subdials. Easy to wear for most, 40mm diameter.  Gorgeous font. Soft and subtle sueded leather strap. Should be able to dress it up a bit, or wear it super casual. So, perfect for travel.   Worn & Wound Two Fold Watch Roll – $85.00 And something to store your new Armogan (or, another watch) in while you’re traveling. Made in the USA from waxed canvas with micro suede lining and leather accents to keep everything secure.   JLab Flex Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones – $119 ($150) Because that blasted kid a few rows back won’t stop yapping, or, your drunk Uncle Brian… won’t stop yapping. Great for trains, planes, and long walks for fresh air after trying to not roll your eyes for 2.5 hours over scrabble and unfortunate political discussions. Noise-cancelling technology reduces environmental noise by up to 94%. Folds up compact and stores neatly in the included travel case.   “Refresh” Box – $45.00 A favorite box of awesome that comes around every so often. Dopp is made by Blue Claw Co. here in the USA. Bright blue water resistant lining and easy sliding YKK zipper. A terrific upgrade to those overpriced, faux-leather department store dopp kits that often get gifted this time of year. Not some dinky thing either. Lots of room here. Bigger than an average sized dopp. Plus this one comes with useful grooming goods like Cremo Face Wash, Paul Mitchell Styling Clay, Marvis mint toothpaste, and more. Currently available as a box to purchase on Bespoke Post. Review of this box can be found here.   “Bundle” Box – $45.00 The scarf is all merino wool and large enough (15″ x 72″) that you can wrap it and tie it any way you’d please. Muiltiple color options are available through Bespoke Post, but we went with the timeless, Navy Plaid option here. Also included in the box is a dozen cedar balls from woodlore to keep your wool gear fresh while stored, as well as 3.3 oz of Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy. Because even the best looking clothes & accessories won’t look all that great if you’ve split a thumb and you’re bleeding all over them. Enter here to win this Ultimate Box of Awesome from Bespoke Post. One winner gets it all. Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday 12/13/17. One entry per person. A huge thanks to Bespoke Post for providing us with these goods to review then giveaway. Good luck, and from the small team of us here at Dappered, thanks for your readership. We wish you all the best this holiday season. UPDATE: Congrats to T. Draheim who won the drawing for this ultimate box of awesome!
The Dappered Gift Guide for… The Tailored/Suited Guy
11-12-2017 17:00:07
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Tis the season. And by now you’ve probably been walloped over the head by 82,000 gift guides. So what’s a few more? Instead of doing a highly generalized, throw-everything-against-the-digital-wall gift guide, we’ll be breaking it up by category. Gifts for the guy who likes watches. Or the rugged type. Or the guy who’s really into shoes. Etc. We’ll cover all those, and hopefully a few more in the coming days.   A Tipped Pocket Square: The Tie Bar – $11.99 Tipped pocket squares are great, because while the base is a dependable white linen or cotton, it’s the edges that bring a bit of color and personality. Think about what squares you’ve seen him wear. Does he have a preferred color? Have you seen him wear a tipped one before, with that color as its border? No? Then there’s the one to get.   Wide Shouldered Suit/Sportcoat/Blazer Hangers – $24.99 / 6pk Is it the sexiest gift? No. But wide shouldered hangers are gold to a guy who loves to wear suits, sportcoats, and blazers.   Skagen Leather Card Case – $35.00 Pebbled for your pleasure… or something. Guys in suits often carry slimmed down wallets, or, a card case and money clip combo. This one is inexpensive, yet still really sharp looking. That pebbled texture goes a long way, and it’s in that shade of blue that got quite popular this year (not navy, and not a bright sky blue either). Plus, it ships/returns free in case he doesn’t dig it.   Made in the USA Brass Money Clip – $38.00 What was that about guys in suits often carrying slimmed down card cases and money clips? That’s not always the case, but it often is. Here’s a money clip suggestion. Made in Brooklyn. Great angles. Also available in a black oxide in case he’s less of a bling dude.   Tactile Turn Copper Slider Pen – $69.00 “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” An insult, right? Well, depends on the pen Lloyd. Made in a beautiful shade of copper that quickly picks up a nice, individual patina. The sliding mechanism feels great too (a little too great, you might find yourself fidgeting with it). Not lightweight, but not so heavy that it’s a pain to transport. Fits all Parker style pen refills.   Kent Wang Made in Italy Grenadine Necktie – $75 Skip giving him cheap ties. If the guy on your list wears suits a lot… he knows where to get cheap ties. Instead, if he’s been extra nice this year, opt for a splurge tie. Like this classic, silk grenadine tie from Kent Wang. Solid in color but with that unmistakable texture. Made in Italy. And unlike cheap ties, the construction and quality/weight of fabric makes it tie easier, and drape better.   FormFunctionForm Archslim Wallet – $94 For the analog guy living in the digital world, who likes to keep it compact while on the go. Brilliant design, excellent materials, and made here in the USA. A wallet with enough slots for cards and cash that also integrates a notebook and Fisher space pen. I was surprised how flexible and relatively lighter in weight this thing was when I got my hands on one. Should do well inside of a suit jacket pocket.   A really nice steamer: Rowenta IS6300 Master Valet – $137.22 The dry cleaner can be terrible on suits, sportcoats, and blazers. And tiny handheld steamers sometimes spit out huge blasts of steam out of nowhere, and/or have to be refilled all the time. Going with a professional style steamer like this one is the way to go if you can spend the dough. Steam will release those wrinkles and freshen up your duds, so you can go longer between dry-cleanings.   Persol PO 714 Folding Sunglasses – $166.42 A classic that looks as good with a suit and tie as it does with a t-shirt and jeans. Benefit of these though, while suited, is that they fold up nice and compact, and don’t take up much room in an interior jacket pocket. Less bulk/jacket bulge the better. 54mm should fit most average head sizes. 52mm is for the smaller guys or ladies. Unmistakable, key-hole bridge shape.   Ledbury Fine Twill Semi Spread Collar Dress Shirt – $145 Bar none, the best dress shirt (& collar if you go with the mid-spread) to wear when going tieless in a suit. Perfectly placed, slightly lowered second button. Terrific fabrics and construction. Yes, they’re an investment. No, they don’t go on sale that often. And be warned. You might hook the guy on Ledbury if you give him one of these.   FormFunctionForm FFFolio Legal Brief – $228 One beautiful piece of high functioning leather. Will put those crummy Office Depot sourced folio’s to shame. Laser cut from a single piece of thick 5-6oz Horween leather. Designed to hold technology (dimensions are specfic to a 12″ iPad Pro (with attached keyboard) or a 13″ MacBook Pro), a legal pad, pen slot, optional Apple Pencil slot, and a nifty little place to store business cards. Hand beveled, stitched, and burnished. Available in 4 shades of leather, including the show-stopper CXL #8 burgundy.   Suitsupply Full Grain Garment Duffel – $429 There are more than a few similar options out there, and they all seem to be derivatives of the Hook & Albert weekender (which, while not available at present on Massdrop, has gone for as low $250 there…). Anywho, this one is a full grain leather, so, extra fancy, and offers the same roll-up garment bag w/shoe pockets option. Ships and returns for free since it’s Suitsupply.   Suitsupply Camel Calf Fleece or Cashmere Topcoat – $699 For the extra, extra, extra nice. 100% cashmere, or, 100% ultra fine camel calf fleece. Another Suitsupply pick, but, they know a thing or two about how a coat should fit over a suit. Ships & returns for free.
Monday Sales Tripod – Outerwear Sale, LL Bean 25% off, & More
11-12-2017 12:00:05
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Spier & Mackay: 25% off Outerwear w/ GETOUT25 Duffel Coat – $208.50 ($278) multiple colors Wool/Cashmere Topcoats – $239.25 ($319) (camel or navy) Melton Peacoats – $208.50 ($278) multiple colors Melton Topcoats – $208.50 ($278) multiple colors Not bad, considering that there’s plenty of winter left. And their 85% wool / 15% cashmere topcoats really are quite nice. Featured over here in our annual best outerwear round up. Camel coat is richer looking in person, as shown at the top of the post.   #2. J.Crew: 40% off Select & Free Shipping w/ NICELIST Lambswool ribbed cardigan sweater – $59.99 ($128) Lambswool crewneck sweater in stripe – $45 ($85) Dock peacoat with Thinsulate – $178.80 ($298) Ludlow topcoat in Italian wool-cashmere – $270 ($450) Ludlow Slim-fit pant in wool tartan – $70.80 ($118)  And that goes for sale items too. No shoes up for the code this time, and their sportcoats seem to be excluded as well. But outerwear (at least most of it) seems to be in, and I was surprised to see that chunky lambswool cardigan not only getting the cut, but already marked down and in the sale section as well. The free shipping helps there too.   #3. Bespoke Post: Up to 60% off Friends & Family Sale Revelation Lamp – $55 ($70) Filson Navy 24 Hour Briefcase – $300 ($395)  Bing Bang NYC USA made Gemstone Bullet Moonstone Studs – $58 ($70) for her Speckled Gold Mini Planter – $30 ($40) for her UK Made Vintage Style Soccer Ball – $85 ($100) Filson Large Grab N Go Tote, Spruce – $88 ($150) GrowlerWerks uKeg – $125 ($149) Woolrich Rough Rider Wool Blanket – $80 ($95)  From the good folks who bring you the monthly boxes of awesome (as well as an ultimate box of awesome tomorrow… stay tuned to our site for more info). Their shop is a really impressive curation of goods, and now? A lot of it is on sale. Items above obviously aren’t to scale. Sorry ’bout that.   BONUS  B.R.: 40% off w/ BRMONDAY + Extra 10% off w/ STYLE Extra-Fine Merino Sweater Blazer – $90.72 ($168)  Cable-Knit Shawl Cardigan – $85.32 ($158)  Navy Plaid Italian Wool-Blend Blazer in Slim or Standard Fit – $160.92 ($298) Goodyear welted Made in Spain Wingtips – $189 ($350) Wool-Blend Snap Gloves – $42.93 ($79.50) Jodhpur Boots – $96.12 ($178) Lots of exclusions here since BR Picks are out (no rapid movement denim this time, sorry fellas) but if you’re a card member, you can take an additional 10% off the 40% off then the extra 10% off that discounted price w/ the additional code BRCARD. Now, that doesn’t equal 60% off. It’s more like 51% – 52% off (I think… I’m not even good at remedial math,) being that the extra 10% (x2) comes after you’ve knocked 40% off (so it’s an extra 10% off the discounted price, not the full price.) But still, it’s not a bad discount in the least. Prices above don’t reflect the extra cardmember discount. I’m assuming you don’t have a GAP inc card. So, if you do, a nice surprise awaits. ALSO… if your purchase is more than $150? Use the code BRSHIP for free 2-3 day shipping. They should all stack.   BONUS II Gustin: Chromexcel  #8 Sale Horween CXL #8 Weekender – $519 ($549) Horween CXL #8 Duffel – $279 ($299) Are they huge discounts? No. But Gustin rarely runs sales. And when it comes to that deep burgundy #8 color from Horween, getting any sort of discount seems like a real rarity. Weekender dimensions are 22″ x 14″ x 9″, while the Duffel is 21″ x 12″ x 9″. Also available in this sale would be a belt, a passport case, and a slim wallet.   BONUS III  LL Bean: 25% off w/ HOLIDAY Signature Slim Fit Sherpa-Lined Wool-Blend Jacket in Plaid or Charcoal Heather – $149.25 ($229)  Signature Shetland Wool Matinicus Rock Cardigan – $104.25 ($139) Signature Slim Fit Lined Wool-Blend Shirt Jacket – $119.25 ($159) Made in the USA Katahdin Iron Works Engineer Boots – $186.75 ($249)  Made in Maine Original L.L.Bean Boot in Tan or Dark Ash/Brick Red – $96.75 ($125) LL Bean usually limits their promos to 20% or less, and then there are often exclusions. That doesn’t seem to be the case this time. Even includes sale items. Code is good through today, 12/11/17. Most picks above are from their slimmer/younger “signature” collection.   BONUS IV: Meermin is coming Stateside? A few days back Meermin announced on their Instagram that they’ll be setting up a brick and mortar location in SoHo. Does that mean shipping and returns won’t be as risky as they have been (meaning, you’re on the hook for international returns)? That could be a game changer. No word yet. We’ll see. Maybe it’s just a storefront and the logistics will still run overseas. Stay tuned I suppose. Big thanks to Pedro S. for the tip.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Charles Tyrwhitt: $20 off $100+, $50 off $200+ plus free shipping on orders $100+ w/ GREENMON Cole Haan: $50 off $200, $100 off $300 w/ GREEN Huckberry: Free shipping on everything through today, 12/11, w/ GIFTSHIP Todd Snyder: 30% off select styles w/ JELLYOFTHEMONTHCLUB Bonobos: 25% off pants w/ LEGDAY Massdrop: Last Call for those UK Made Chukkas for $199.99. Allen Edmonds: They’re still offering $50 off select boots. Lands’ End: 50% off reg. priced styles + free shipping to all US and Canada addresses w/ TREE and 7338
American Airlines Alerts, Gmail Security, & Applebee’s asks for (drunk) trouble.
8-12-2017 12:00:37
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A MOST FABULOUS FOX: (thank you) HEADS UP FELLAS: If you have travel plans on American Airlines this holiday season, you need to know this. WHY FONTS MATTER: Any designer knows about the power of how the word is printed. And for one particular person who suffers from dyslexia, he created one for people like himself. This is really cool. CARTMAN WAS WRONG: And all of you with superpower genetics get the last laugh. Good on you. OH FFS: Really? Really? REALLY! You pick this week to pull this shit? GTFO. THE HOLIDAY MANTEL: PART 2 (this is mine) Depending on where you live, the weather may in fact be frightful. But our Executive VP of Content Services, Eric H, returns with a host of shareables. LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: Even if you don’t realize it, there are things you need to recover from every day. Six of them, to be exact. BONUS HACK: Friends are important. You need friends. With that in mind, this. JUST SAY NO: Doping around will catch up to you. This is a pretty effin’ big deal. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? What, exactly, are these guys trying to do with this? I mean, c’mon. Oh to be 17 again. LIGHTNING ROUND! Reading is fundamental: the only floating book store in London. | This is exactly the kind of story I live for. | The Great Bologna Caper. For. Reals. TIS THE SEASON: (thank you) WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE: An altogether different kind of TOTO. Hey wait, TOTO? Anytime! THE OTHER SEX (badass women): Some of us have a never-ending soft spot for these things so this woman is a honest to goodness hero. GOT A GMAIL ACCOUNT? This is relevant to your interests. PERFORMANCE ART OF THE WEEK? This is either the saddest zoo in the world or it’s totally genius. SPEAKING OF ANIMALS: As Eric put it so well: Sometimes the naiveness of the young is the salve that us of the old need, especially when the world just seems a wee bit “heavy”. With that in mind, Fiona smooches while a sweet pup discovers snow. INCOMING! Bring. It. On!  But wait! There’s more! HALLELUJAH! (thank you) NOT SO FRAJEELAY: Also, not your grandfather’s wood shop project. It’s a beaut. SWORD STORIES: I’m pretty certain that this guy is never, ever going to live this down. Like, forever never. MEANWHILE, IN IRELAND: Stiffs in the wind?  #teampenis SERIAL KILLERS: Just because you haven’t heard of them doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. This guy thinks he can figure out where they are. Why yes, it does involve algorithms. KRAMPUS! (thank you) THE DEJA VU DEPARTMENT: Somewhere George R. Martin is having a laugh. IT AIN’T PRETTY: But it looks pretty rad all the same. DON’T BE LIKE THIS GUY…because oh hell no. Dis-gus-ting. Meanwhile, this is just dumb as can be. ME WHEN DECEMBER ROLLS AROUND: (thank you) EVENING WEAR FOR YOUR LADY: I don’t pretend to know much about what the ladies like to don for special occasions but I can’t help but like this. GRIMLY FIENDISH: I imagine the Venn Diagram for people who appreciate the art of Hieronymus Bosch and people who dig action figures is pretty small. Thank goodness these guys didn’t care. GOING VIRAL: It’s not what you’re expecting. Mostly. I DIDN’T EVEN READ THE ARTICLE…but this seems wrong. As in, they probably shouldn’t have gone with that headline wrong. But now I have to go back and actually check this out. Hold on….ok that’s pretty nifty. And technically, the headline is accurate. So, huh. INCOMING! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
Half-Off Ledbury Gilt City Voucher, UK Made Chukkas, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
7-12-2017 12:00:11
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Gilt City: Ledbury 50% off $150 or $250 Credit Vouchers You’ve got two options here. Either spend $75 to get a $150 voucher, or spend $125 and get a $250 voucher. And that’s as good as it’s gonna get at Ledbury. Yes, Ledbury is also running a tiered sale right now (20% off $150, 25% off $250, 30% off $350) but word is that this offer does NOT stack with their tiered offer. Credit must be redeemed in full and in one transaction; no change or credit returned. Still, half off if you hit it right on the nose, or thereabouts, is a screamin’ deal for Ledbury. For example, even if you just wanted one of their wheelhouse white fine twill dress shirts? That ends up being $75 with the code. Or, about 48% off when you leave that extra $5 in credit on the table. Voucher only works on full price stuff. You’ve got clear until March 3 of 2018 to use it. Vouchers are final sale, so, once you give Gilt City your cash, it’s gone.   Massdrop: UK Made Loake Pimlico Chukkas – $199.99 FINAL ($335) Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Another Final Sale shoe offered through Massdrop at a really, really hard to beat price. Made in England, these suede, Dainite stud soled, Goodyear welted chukkas are absolute classics. But, again, final sale shoes are a real risk. What’s the difference between these and the Loake Kempton? The last. These are a little longer and leaner but still not arrow sharp or pointy. Want em’ in leather instead of suede? Tack on an extra twenty bucks. And note that sizing is in UK sizes. They recommend US customers go a full size down from their US size.   Massdrop: Orient Bambino Auto. (all styles?) – $134.99 FINAL Speaking of Massdrop… this thing just launched. And while it’s five bucks more than the last spin they took with the Bambino, they’re offering a heck of a lot more styles. Hacks and hand winds. Final sale though. Not a bad price, considering Long Island as the retro look styles going for $189.   Bonobos: 25% off $150+ or 30% off $250+ w/ EGGNOG Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazers – $280 ($400) Banff Quilted Wool Jacket – $194.60 ($278)  Jetsetter Stretch Wool Blazer – $315 ($450) Foundation Blazer – $210 ($400) Two pairs of Made in the USA French Corders – $179.20 ($256) The Shirt Jacket – $148.50 ($198)  Speaking of Eggnog, the last time I had eggnog, it was the night of the 2000 Presidential election. I was a political science minor, so, I was engrossed in Bush v. Gore. (LOCKBOX!) Some friends and I were hanging out in the dorms, keeping tabs on the results as they rolled in, and I was sipping on a quart of gas station eggnog while it all went down. Well, as the night wore on longer than was anticipated, I mindlessly drank the entire thing. Only the next day did I notice that the date stamped on the cardboard container was… perhaps a bit too far in the rear view mirror. I spent a lot of time in the loo that day. Does anyone actually read this stuff? Or do you guys just look at the pics and the prices and that’s it?   CountyComm: Maratac Large Pilot Auto. Watch – $275 ($450) Pretty much the antithesis of the Timex Marlin featured yesterday. This one is big, casual, and robust. Sapphire crystal. 100m water resistance. Doesn’t go on sale that often, but thankfully, this is one of those times when it has. Sale is limited to 25 units. Full review here, albeit of the previous dial design.   BONUS  Shoebank: Save up to $200 on Select Factory 2nds Dalton Wingtip Boots – $249 ($299) Liverpool Chelsea Boots – $249 ($299) Park Ave. Cap Toe Oxfords – $211.65 ($249) Bartlett Cap Toe Oxfords – $295 ($399) Higgins Mill Boots – $199 ($249) Strand Cap Toe Oxfords – $211.65 ($249) REMEMBER… the re-stocking fee has now jumped to $25. So, tread carefully. Size/color selection varies by model being that these are factory seconds. Also, I like turtles.   BONUS II  UNIQLO: HeatTech is $5 off ($9.90 vs $14.90)  Can’t say I have any direct experience with this stuff, but I’ve heard some good things. Fabric make up is a blend… 34% Rayon, 33% Polyester, 28% Acrylic, 5% Spandex. Big thanks to reader Shawn N. for the tip!   BONUS III  Target: 50% off on Outerwear & Winter Accessories The Pick: Goodfellow & Co. Wool Blend Topcoat – $39.99 ($79.99) Huge thanks to readers Chad R. and Ryan N. for sending in the tip on this sale, as well as to Ryan for the pic of their new camel wool blend topcoat. Fabric is 66% wool, 27% poly, 5% acrylic, 2% other. Size shown on Ryan above is a small on 5’9″ 155 lbs. Coat is also available in black. Deal expires today, 12/7, so hop to it. Also worth a mention: Massdrop: They’ve got a couple of watches up for sale right now… the Glycine automatic Combat Classic is $279.99, while the basic quartz Victorinox Maverick II is $119.99. Both are final sale. Allen Edmonds: 20% off their top of the line “Independence” Collection J. Crew: 25% off select full price and all sale items w/ THURSDAY Lands’ End: 50% off reg. and sale w/ LIGHTS and 9345
In Review: The Mechanical Timex Marlin
6-12-2017 23:00:28
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Timex 34mm “Vintage” Marlin Mechanical – $199 Note: This watch has gone on sale/been up for codes in the past few weeks, both direct at Timex and via Todd Snyder. It’s sold out in both shops right now, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for a restock. Some people believe that men who wear oversized watches are overcompensating for a lack of size in… other areas. So, if the inverse is true, and the deepness of your dingle’s dangle is therefor also related to how small your wrist watch is, then wearing one of these must mean you’re hung like the jolly green giant. Ho ho ho indeed. Just 34mm in diameter with an 18mm wide band. Shown on a 7.75″ wrist. This thing is tiny. Shockingly so. It’s the kind of watch Don Draper would have worn, if Don Draper was 5’4.” And if you are 5’4″? Or you just prefer more classically sized wristwatches? Then the debut of this 34mm mechanical ticker might have just shot to the top of your Christmas list. Water resistance is just 30m. So, don’t get it wet. It’s retro through and through. The Crystal has a tall dome to it, the dial is a mercury shaded silvery sunburst, and the font to the numerals isn’t something we’ve seen in a good long while. Lug/strap width is just 18mm, and the micro lizard-style embossing to the nice and flexible strap pulls it all together perfectly. Case is 10mm high, thanks to the retro-domed acrylic crystal. In terms of the movement, it’s from China (as is the rest of the watch), and it is NOT an automatic. It’s a true mechanical. Meaning, you’ve got to hand wind it. Water resistance is also a throwback… just 30m. So, try to keep it out of the rain. Trouser snake jokes aside, it’s just gonna be flat out too small for some guys (myself included, at 5’10″/195). But for those on the less large side, or for those who don’t like much weight or mass hanging on their wrist, or… even for the ladies out there (it’s honestly a unisex watch) who want to take a dive into the mechanical watch game, it’s a welcome addition to the already impressive, and growing stable of Timex designs. Again, it’s not big. A 44mm chronograph dwarfs it. But good luck finding one. It looks like they’re sold out both direct through Timex, as well as over at Todd Snyder. Which, considering the shopping season, that’s a bit of a boner on their part. We’ll keep an eye out, and try not to cock-up letting you know when they’re back in stock. That way, searching for one of these things won’t be too hard on your mind.
Steal Alert: Adidas Stan Smiths for $42
6-12-2017 18:04:39
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Adidas Stan Smith – $42 w/ FRIENDS ($60) I’m actually a bit embarrassed that it took me so many years to jump on the Stan Smith bandwagon. But, after some time attempting to find the “perfect” pair of white sneakers, I finally gave these a shot a few months back. And? I’m sold. Forever. Let’s compare them to the oh-so-popular, $90 J. Crew Nike Killshot. This is just my opinion, but, as someone who’s experienced both, the Stan Smith: Has far superior leather (thick but soft, not papery like the Killshot) Is much more comfortable (cushioning that holds up to hours of wear) Appears to be better made (much more substantial feeling/reinforced eyelets/better laces) Goes with more outfits (no, there’s no attractive gum sole on the Stan Smith, but in the long run that’s actually a good thing) Bottom line: The Stan Smith is good. Real good. So good that they made our Bang-for-the-Buck list. It was one of the first items that came to mind while I was putting that post together. The fact that the 30% off code at adidas FRIENDS works on these things, is insane. They’re a bargain at $60 (most 3rd party stores sell them for $70 – $75 while adidas has them direct for $60,) let alone $42. And they even ship for free. So, Killshot fan boys, you may have your Nike J. Crew sneakers (if you can ever get your hands on them). I’ll order not one but two pairs of these, for less, and be just as happy if not happier. That’s all. Carry on.
Style Scenario: The Dressed Down Holiday Party 2017
6-12-2017 12:00:59
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. First we went dressed up. Then it was somewhere in between. Now it’s time for a dressed down, but still put-togther look for those parties that are more beer, cookies, & board-games, and less cocktails, appetizers, and schmoozing. (Top photo credit) The Shirt: Uniqlo Cotton Broadcloth Long-Sleeve Shirt in Wine – $29.90. Sure, it’s a casual party, but it’s still the holidays. So, a shirt with a collar isn’t gonna look out of place, especially one that has a little pattern to it. The Deep “wine” shade is right in line with the colors of the season. The Sweater: J.Crew SLIM Italian Merino Cardigan Sweater – $89.50. A lightweight layer that’ll clean up your lines. Easy to take off if you heat up, but merino breathes so well that you’ll almost certainly be fine. The Coat: JCF Quilted Nylon Jacket – $69 ($138). The kind of coat you reach for when you know you’re just moving from house-to-car-to-house, but still want to look good. Quilted, but not going to replace your heavier winter coats. Comfortable and casual. The Watch: Timex Weekender Chronograph 40mm Watch – $42.40.  Don’t worry too much about matching your leathers. The belt, shoes, and watch strap can vary in shade from light to dark in a casual situation like this. The Belt: Ground Mind Men’s Suede Leather Belt – $19.99. A good look for casual occasions, and ships free with prime. The Scarf: Gap Cozy Mix-print Scarf – $17.97 ($29.95) w/BIGGIFT. It’s acrylic instead of wool, but it’s also super inexpensive. Ships free with the code. The Socks: Bombas Men’s Classic Marls Calf – $9.60 ($12.00) w/COZY20 (valid on your first purchase). You never know when you’re going to end up in a “no shoes inside” situation, and these “tech” socks will cover a multitude of them. The 63% Cotton, 30% Polyester, 6% Rubber, and 1% Spandex blend will stay in place, add comfort, and should be warm enough without getting overly bulky.  Hole-free socks would be mighty welcome should it be requested you leave your boots by the door. And for your altruistic side? Bombas donates one pair of socks for every pair purchased. The Cap: H&M Wool-blend Hat – $12.99. Inexpensive, a soft wool/nylon blend, and it’ll get the job done on a cold December night. The Boots: Coal Haan ‘Barron’ Chukka – $130 ($200). Textured leather and a bit of grip on the sole for icy sidewalks. Extremely well reviewed online. Ships and returns for free since they’re sold by Nordstrom. The Jeans: Levi’s 514 Straight Fit in Tumbled Rigid – $36.99. Standard Dappered. You know what we’re going to say here: “or, whatever your favorite brand and cut of dark wash jeans happens to be”. Navy cords would also work here too. The Host/Hostess Gift: Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA. If the host is a bit of a beer drinker who’s maybe missing some of his warmer weather IPA favorites, bring a sixer of this. A good amount of crisp hoppiness, while still leaning on the malty backbone of winter ales.
Win it: The New Armogan Regalia Chronograph
5-12-2017 23:10:29
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Armogan 40mm Regalia Chronograph – $199 ($220) Armogan has made a nice little business for themselves by taking their original, well loved “Spirit of St. Louis” design, and tweaking it just so. The first follow up was the 42mm Le Mans. And now? They’ve released the “Regalia” collection. Here’s what Armogan had to say on their site about it: The Regalia collection, inspired by the British café racers of the 1950’s, pays homage to their love of speed, motorbikes and rock ‘n’ roll. Evocative of leather jackets, metal pistons and cleverly tuned street bikes, the Regalia collection celebrates the fearlessness of members of the legendary ‘Ton Up Club’ and the ’59 Club’ who were able to reach the elusive ‘ton’ – 100 miles per hour Sure. Or… they recognized that there’s a demand for watches that are smaller/more classically sized, so they slimmed down the Le Mans, flipped the sub dials from 3/9 to 12/6, and slid the date back to 3 o’clock where most watches have it. That, and there’s no rally inspired perforations to the straps. A little color goes a long way. Nice texture to the subdials too. Now, that (gentle) shot at their waterfall of words is not a knock on the looks. Because the Regalia looks great. Especially with their subtle use of color. And hey, why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to. Comparison with the larger, 44mm Spirit of St. Louis That color depends on the model, with an attractive (and not overly shy) cobalt blue being used on the model in this post. That blue is limited to the main hands and sub dial hands, and that’s a good thing. Gives it a real classy, not over done look. Speaking of those subdials, there’s a nice bit of texture to them. Crystal is still domed, and the whole thing is powered by a Miyota Quartz movement. Domed glass. Well balanced, silvery dial. Nothing too flashy. Lug/Strap width drops to a more appropriate/balanced 20mm for this new, smaller 40mm case. Strap is sueded and feels good and comfortable out of the box. Water resistance is just 50m, but, that’s not too surprising. Packaging is nice, and they’re not afraid to say “designed in Belgium, assembled in China” on the box. Is it a huge design change? Of course not. But it’s still a mighty fine looking watch, that oddly doesn’t look like much else on the market. Especially this Huckberry exclusive blue hands option. It’s subtle, it’s classy, and it’ll look real good on many a wrist. Enter here to win the Huckberry exclusive Armogan Regalia watch shown in the post above. One entry per person. Deadline for entry is 11:59 pm ET 12/6/17.  UPDATE: Congrats to P. Lee who won the drawing for the Armogan Regalia!
The Dappered Gift Guide: Gifts for Her
5-12-2017 17:00:58
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Sarah W. is a long time member of the Dappered team, typically working behind the scenes editing posts, taking some photos, and keeping the books in good standing. Occasionally she’ll come out from behind the curtain to offer her two cents. Here they be. Well, here we are again. The most wonderful time of the year. Or something. The holidays can be a lot of fun, getting together with family and friends, eating comfort food and drinking delightful libations. But they can also be stressful, and one of those points of stress can be getting the right gift for the women in your life. Hopefully this gift guide can help, either with an actual gift, or by sparking an idea. This collection of gifts spans quite a wide price range, taking into account all types of budgets and tastes. With that in mind, away we go…   Kate Spade Bright Idea Stud Earrings – $38 A lot of ladies like sparkle, and these bring it. Affordable, available in 6 colors, and is sold through Nordstrom, so shipping and returns are free.   INC Zipper-Shoulder Ribbed Dress – $79.99 ($99.50) A simple dress with some built in bling. Comes in 5 colors and 6 size choices. The cut of this dress should be flattering on many body types. Perfect for the random cold weather cocktail party. Sold by Macy’s. Plenty of men are a bit reluctant to buy a woman clothing. And that’s understandable. But there are plenty of guys out there who can knock it out of the park. You probably already know which category you fall into. Either way, keep the receipt for returns and exchanges.   Hair Tie Bracelet – $45 It’s common to see ladies keep a hair tie around their wrist, just in case they need one on the fly. This turns that regular hair tie into much higher fashion.   Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label with Isothermic Gift Bag – $59.97 Got a bubbly drinker in your life? This would be a fun gift set to receive. Veuve Clicquot is well known in the world of champagne, and the bag can be reused as often as she likes to keep her wines chilled. Would also make a generous hostess gift at a New Year’s Eve party.   Scratch Your Travels Map United States – $26.99 For the girl that likes to travel, and appreciates watercolor art. This watercolor map of the US covered with foil that can be scratched off as each state is visited. Looks great framed, and is ever-changing. (At least until all the states have been visited.)   Rosetta Stone 12-month Subscription – $109 And for the girl that likes to travel internationally, or has just always wanted to learn a second language, or continue to learn one. Rosetta Stone has set the standard for second language courses. Their methodology takes after how young children learn language, and it works.   BR Floral Mini Travel Jewelry Case – $38 For short excursions, this handy little case will keep all her jewelry in one protected place. The price shown above is full retail. It’s likely you can get this for less by using a current code on BR.   Ugg Chevron Smart Glove – $45 Doesn’t it seem like we’re heading towards a society that will only offer smart gloves at some point? For now though, you have to look for that designation. And any lady that lives in cold climates will appreciate not having to take her gloves off to use her phone. Also available in a grey-blue color. Ships free from Zappos.   Oh For Fox Sake Water Bottle – $15 For the girl that has health and wellness on her mind for the coming year, and also has an affinity for foxes, or bad puns. Handmade and sold through Etsy.   Johnston & Murphy Ombre Wool Coat – $268 A very unique take on a wool overcoat. Description says it’s “blanket soft”. Lined, so it won’t be itchy. Quite an investment, but a coat that should stick around for a while, and that will definitely draw compliments.   Marc New York Sashi Coat – $159 ($200) Or if she’s more of a puffer coat kind of girl, this option from Andrew Marc combines functionality with style. I especially like the different styles of quilting to the fabric. Breaks it up visually, and provides more shape to the coat. Also available in burgundy.   Away Carry-on Suitcase – $225 Sure she could get by with any old suitcase, but the cool thing about Away cases is they have a built-in battery and USB port, so if her gadget’s running low on juice, it’s not a problem. This particular case is sold through West Elm.   Tan Southwestern Leather Clutch – $12.49 ($24.99) Southwestern motifs are having a moment in the sun right now. This affordable clutch could make a fun gift for the girl in your life that is digging this current trend. Sold by Cost Plus World Market.   Slow and Behold Vegan Ballet Flat – $59 The thing about sloth fans is that they REALLY love sloths. Here’s a unique item to add to her sloth collection. Or, even if she’s an eclectic dresser, these might float her boat. Sold through Modcloth.   Betabrand Dress Yoga Pants – $58 Dress pants that feel like yoga pants? Yes please. For the lady that works in a business casual to dressier environment. Sizes are based on waist measurements, but there are plenty of charts out there to help you convert that to typical pant sizing for women. Comes in multiple colors and sizes. These were just on sale, and will likely be marked down again during the holiday shopping season.   DYSON Blown-A-Ouai Set – $399 I continue to be curious about this blow dryer (it was included in last year’s gift guide). That’s a lot of cash to drop on a blow dryer, but when I read reviews of women drying their longer hair in under 4 minutes (some even half that time), I’m intrigued. This particular set comes with hair product from Ouai.   Modern Chalkboard Planter – $24.99 ($39) Does your gift recipient dream of having a green thumb, only to end up killing her plants in a matter of weeks? Perhaps something like this would help. Reminders or labels can be written directly on the planter, to help her keep it all straight.   Enzo Reclining 4-Seater Sectional – starting at $4,116 Yep, that’s a lot of money. But as far as reclining sectionals go, this is a pretty darn aesthetically pleasing one (compared to the typical dated leather reclining sectionals). I want this sectional. Unfortunately I can not have this sectional, and including it here might be part of my mourning process. I have a cat that would shred the fabric on this sectional. And for all his faults, I do love the lil’ bugger. Until West Elm offers this sofa in their performance velvet fabric, I’ll just have to admire this from afar.   Instant Pot Duo Plus – $119.95 Included in last month’s Dappered Space Most Wanted, I’m including it here too, since these things have a cult-like following, and is likely to be one of this season’s biggest gifts. I have no hands-on experience with an Instant Pot, but I know people that have one, and they can only sing the praises of this cooking gadget. If you have a lady in your life that wants to cook more, but is always pressed for time, this may be a game changer for her. Was marked down to $75 during Black Friday.   Succulent Stacking Ring – $35 For the lady that is into all things succulents. This dainty ring can be worn alone or stacked with other bands. Sold by Etsy shop Collected Edition, which sells beautiful nature inspired jewelry.   Pendleton Lounge Hoodie – $68.99 ($99.50) Perfect for a lazy weekend morning. For the woman that likes to always look put together, even in her lounge-wear. Machine washable, and has pockets at the hips.   Headspace Meditation App for 1 Year – $95.88 You’ve seen this mentioned on the site before, and likely some of you guys are using it. Some of us at the Dappered offices utilize this app, and have seen really positive results with it. If you have a woman in your life that is into self care, and is looking to move herself into a mindset of growth, this could be very helpful.   Hima Natural Beauty Foot Stone – $15.99 After a summer’s worth of sandal wearing, sometimes a girls feet can look and feel rough. Natural pumice stone is a great way to work off all that rough skin. The Himalayan salt soap included in this set is rich in minerals and trace elements, and can provide antibacterial properties and deodorize. A natural way she can get her feet back up to par for the first spring day in sandals.   Philosophy Sugared Snow 2-piece Body Souffle Set – $22.97 What the heck is body souffle? It’s just a fancy word for whipped lotion. Yea for marketing! This is a final sale item from Nordstrom Rack. Philosophy has a good reputation though, and most ladies are looking to combat dry winter skin come January (if not before).   Smartphone Charging Wristlet – $79.95 Similar to the Away suitcase, this wristlet contains a rechargeable battery and USB, along with adapters for iPhones 5,6,& 7, and will work with several other devices. Battery is good for up to 1.5 device charges per charge. Available in black, red, and gold. For more gift ideas, here is last year’s gift guide.
Style Scenario: The Smart/Casual Holiday Party 2017
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. This one is for the dressed down affairs that might be out, or, might be at someone’s house. The key is to keep things tailored, even if you’re not in a jacket of any kind. Meaning: Layers are great, but lose the bulk. No need to be shrink wrapped either. Clothes should skim your body and allow for movement. They shouldn’t cling, nor should they billow. The Sweater: BR Silk Cotton Cashmere V-Neck Sweater in Dark Jade – $41.70 ($69.50). A classic that Banana Republic has been making forever. Super smooth. 75% silk, 20% cotton, 5% cashmere blend makes for a not-bulky, but still warm enough sweater. Prefer lightweight wool? There’s always the UNIQLO extra fine merino option. The Scarf: Nordstrom Merino Wool & Cashmere Scarf – $79. A perfect blend of warmth, comfort and style. A little bit of camel never hurt anyone. The neutral pattern and colors of this 90% Merino 10% Cashmere scarf will lend itself to being a very versatile addition to your wardrobe. The Shirt: GAP True Wash Slim Fit Button Down – $29.99 ($49.95). Or, whatever your favorite lightweight white button down happens to be. Clean and simple with a button down collar. Not as heavy as an oxford cloth shirt. And that’ll come in handy if the house or room you’re in gets stuffy. The Coat: Goodfellow & Co Wool Top Coat – $79.99. One of the real winners from Target’s Goodfellow & Co. Fall/Winter debut. Great reviews on this thing, and word is the fabric is pretty nice for the awfully cheap price. The Watch: Daniel Wellington St Mawes – $119. Minimalism while still looking super-classic. Quartz movement. Mineral glass. Not the most impressive specs, but hits all the right points for a clean dress watch. The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt – $39.95. The perfect belt for this kind of outfit, and has been, for at least ten years. The Gloves: Battenkill Cashmere-Lined Gloves – $98. Full grain leather and lined in cashmere. Orivs does gloves well. Very well. The Boots: Aston Grey Erane Wingtip Boot – $119.99. A not quite as fortunate man’s Dalton. Boots, so can be worn with jeans, but easily dressed up thanks to the sleekness of their profile. Another item that’s been well received by the buying public. And that’s no surprise, being that DSW’s Aston Grey brand has produced some really nice shoes for bargain prices in the past. The Pants: Bonobos Stretch Weekday Warrior Dress Pants – $108. Spendy, but some guys swear by the Bonobos fit. 97% cotton and 3% elastane, with a very subtle visual texture to the fabric. The Host/Hostess Gift (if applicable): Josh Cellars Cab – $12.99. Someone has invited you over to share in their walls & roof, their food, and probably their booze. Say thanks with a bottle of wine that outperforms its price. A rich one that’s still plenty drinkable. Part of the Joseph Carr family. Coming up tomorrow: A style scenario for a  a much more dressed down/laid back get together. Need something fancier than the above? That was yesterday. (Top Photo: Elliot P)
Most Wanted Affordable Style – December 2017
4-12-2017 23:00:12
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Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or a quick upgrade for yourself, expect these to come around about once a month. You’ll find new arrivals and old favorites, especially good deals, or maybe something pricey to keep an eye on for future sales. The potential best of the best, which you may or may not have seen already. Got a tip on something that deserves to end up in the monthly Most Wanted? Send those in here.   John W. Nordstrom “Granada” Wingtip Boot – $185 A perfect mid-point on all sorts of fronts. Not super expensive, but not flimsy either (you can almost always trust Nordstrom’s in-house brands). In terms of style, it’s somewhere between a Dalton and a Longbranch… meaning, you get a bit of tread on the sole but it’s not overly toothy. Ships and returns for free. Fingers crossed that perhaps it gets marked down during the after-Christmas sale period? Maybe?   J. Crew Factory Garment Dye Henleys – $24.95 Henley’s are, in a way, a bit like a suit jacket or a sportcoat. Us fellas just look better than we should in them. And the subtle, different shades to the color here (thanks to the garment dye process) helps it stand out quietly. Selling fast, so now’s the time if you want to get your hands on one… or three. Seems like they’re often excluded from codes and promos too.   Peaky Blinders Season 4 – Debuts 12/21 on Netflix They’re going back. Careful now. It’s already running in the UK, so, the interwebs are going to be rife with spoilers. Hits US shores via Netflix on December 21st.   Thurs. Boot Co. Brief in Natural Horween CXL – $248 Gotta admit… I’ve never tried their boots. The heels always looked too stacked to me. But this briefcase looks like it could be an incredible winner. Horween Chromexcel leather. Good looking hardware. And the contrast between the body and the accents is really, really well done. Dimensions are 17″ x 12″ x 3″.   T.S. x Timex M2 Watch – $96.60 w/ JELLYOFTHEMONTHCLUB ($138) One of the very popular Todd Snyder & Timex collaborations, now 30% off with the code (thanks to it making the cut into the small selection of goods up for this code). Looks like the D-rings on the strap are either gunmetal or a brass tone? Perhaps? Another option, albeit with a resin case, would be the watch in this month’s Bespoke Post “Command” box. It’s a Bertucci DX3, and the box is still just $45.   BONUS: Armour Lux Made in France Wool Sweaters – $123.23 w/ GIFT15 ($144.98) I know, I know. Even WITH the 15% off code it’s crazy expensive. But these are the real deal. Made in France from a wool that’s not overly thick, but still dense enough to keep out even a Normandy breeze. Ships and returns for free. The kind of sweater that you’ll want to wear the hell out of. Want more most wanted? Click here for the top 5 most wanted lists from previous months.
Style Scenario: The Dressed Up Holiday Party
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. To the long-time readers of this corner of the web… a tieless suit is pretty familiar. But  just because it’s been done before doesn’t make it the wrong play. If you’re headed to a dressed up affair, whether it be a work holiday party or New Year’s, one way to look more dashing (while dashing through the snow) and less like you just walked out of a job interview, is to lose the tie. Balance that lack of a tie with a pocket square with a little seasonal color to it, as well as with a more casual/substantial watch, and you should be good. Not comfortable w/out a tie? Wear one that’s solid w/ some texture. The Suit: Suitsupply Napoli Light Blue – $399. This shade of blue has had a nice run this year. There’s some serious grey tones to it, so it’ll fit into the cold/icy feel of the night, yet it won’t get lost amongst the dark suits and/or dark sweater/trouser combos everyone else is wearing. It stands out quietly. Don’t want to stand out quietly? Go with navy. The Shirt: Nordstrom Tech-Smart Trim Fit Stretch Solid Dress Shirt – $69.50. Or, whatever your favorite crisp white (and comfortable) dress shirt happens to be. Whether it’s a spendy sucker like Ledbury, or something cheap from Amazon, make sure it’s clean, ironed, and ready to go. The Collar Assist: Alloy Collar Stays – $9.95 (for a box of 36). Much more effective than the cheap plastic stays your shirt comes with. Put a slight bend in em’ for a perfect collar that’ll frame your face. The Pocket Square: The Tie Bar Hunter Green “Wentworth” – $10. The check is more subtle, while the pattern of the houndstooth will jump a bit more up against your suit. Which side you choose to use is up to you. The Topcoat: UNIQLO Wool/Cashmere Topcoat in Camel – $129.90 ($149). Relatively inexpensive and the fabric is super soft. It’s not the thickest stuff, but, in case you’re in and out of overheated cabs/subway cars, whatever… this might be just enough extra insulation without turning you into a sweaty mess. The Gloves: Polo Ralph Lauren Quilted Racing Gloves – $88. A perfect blend of dressiness, insulation, and sport style. Can be found on sale as the season wears on. The Watch: Seiko Automatic “Samurai” – $315 w/ FRIEND. Omega Seamaster looks on a budget. And you still get the incredible build quality and dependability of Seiko. Too sporty/large for your tastes? Fair enough. Your favorite simple brown leather strap dress watch would look great here as well. The Belt: Marino Ratchet Belt in #37 Brown – $27.99. Get comfortable where you can. Don’t knock these things till you’ve tried them. Super precise, easy to adjust on the go, and looks like a regular ol’ belt at a glance. The Shoes: John W. Nordstrom “Stratton” Double Monks in Cognac – $198. It’s a party. Not a staff meeting. So the sober, cap toe lace-ups can take the night off. Work in some chelsea boots or monk straps instead. The Socks: Nordstrom Over The Calf Wool Blend Socks in Navy – $14.50. Always. Forever. Some of the best socks on the market. The over the calf length helps keep your socks up all night. Super strong merino wool blend. Coming up tomorrow: A style scenario for a smart-casual party. Not quite as dressed up. Then we’ll move on after that to a much more dressed down/laid back style scenario for a holiday get together… Top Photo Credit: Luca Sartoni
Monday Sales Tripod – Black Tie Deals, The Glycine Sub is Back, & More
4-12-2017 12:00:01
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Massdrop: Garment Duffel, Glycine Combat Sub, Vict. Auto Hook & Albert Garment Duffel Bag – $249.99 FINAL ($395)  Glycine Combat Sub Automatic Watch – $379.99 FINAL multiple color options Victorinox Infantry Vintage DayDate Automatic Watch – $279.99 FINAL That’s quite the nice run of style-centric goods that Massdrop is doing right now. Remember, it’s all final sale since this is Massdrop. 16 models to pick from on the Glycine, and prices can vary a bit depending on which one you’re targeting. More on the Glycine combat sub can be found over here.   #2. Suitsupply: Black Tie Package (Suit, Shirt, Shoes, Tie) – $799 ($1032) New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and if you’re going big but don’t have the duds to wear, this isn’t a half bad package at all. You get a tux (navy or black), a shirt w/ studs (pleated or flat), shoes (patent or velvet slippers) and a tie to match. Is $800 a ton of cash? Yes. But it’s not bad for a one-stop, out the door/in the mail black tie outfit. Of course you’ll need to get the pants hemmed up and any other additional tailoring costs are on you.   #3. Huckberry: 15% off Everything w/ GIFT15 Made in the USA Flint & Tinder Flannel Lined Waxed Trucker – $187 ($220)  Pantor “Sea Lion” 300m Automatic – $361.23 ($498) Woolrich Camp Blanket – $80.75 ($95)  Astorflex Made in Italy Chukkas – $123.25 ($145) Armour Lux Wool Slippers – $72.25 ($85)  Made in the USA Flint & Tinder Moleskin Shirt Jacket – $159.80 ($188)  Made in the USA Flint & Tinder 365 Pant – $83.30 ($98) review here Huckberry doesn’t do blanket, site wide discounts that often. So a flat 15% off is actually quite the nice deal. Plenty of gift-worthy items on their site for the guy who likes to get outdoors, yet also appreciates well made, good looking gear. And don’t forget that they’ve got some lady-specific items set aside as well.   BONUS  Lands’ End: 50% off full-price w/ CHEER & 7421 Primaloft Quilted Jacket – $74.50 ($149) Wool Car Coat – $149.50 ($299) Tailored Fit Wool Year ’rounder Dress Pants – $44.50 ($89) Tailored Fit Half-Canvas Italian Wool Blazer – $144.50 ($289) Note that it’s just regular priced stuff this time. So, you can’t knock an extra 50% off sale items, BUT… it’s not limited to just one item either. Stock up if you’d like.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Todd Snyder: 30% off select styles w/ JELLYOFTHEMONTHCLUB Allen Edmonds Factory 2nds: They’re doing an extra 50% off select cordovan styles, and there’s a few Park Avenues left. Banana Republic: 40% off Your Purchase + Extra 20% off Outerwear & Winter Accessories. And goodness knows we like us some BR outerwear around these parts. Bonobos: 15% off $150+, 30% off $250+ w/ EGGNOG J. Crew: 25% off select reg. price w/ MONDAY 
Food Court Picks, H&M’s on Fire, & Retail Continues to Struggle
1-12-2017 12:00:15
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ABUELA! (thank you) FAST FASHION: Burning out quicker than you’d think? (I’m going to go ahead and apologize for that. I’m shame faced. I’ll just go put myself in the corner.) OH FFS! Quick! Someone get in touch with B.O.B. stat. I really really really hope this eventually happens. ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING: I am so damn happy that this happened. It was one of my favorite stories from last year. HEADS UP: How to make your way through the food court without needing to replace your underpants. Or something. DOSSIER UPDATE: Remember that story about the soccer team which was lost in an airplane crash in Columbia? The story is worse than you thought.  THE HOLIDAY MANTLE: PART 1: (this is mine) Refreshed from our Black Friday break, Eric H returns with a full slate of clickables and once again, I’m grateful. STANDARDS: They’re important. Like, um, wearing clothes when at a restaurant. So, yeah, no. GRUNGE IS NOT DEAD: It’s pretty satisfying when bands who were part of something that connected with so many people still sound like they care. L7 shares a new song. Heads up: it’s political. You have been warned. STRANGER THINGS? I’ll take paying jobs that we never thought would actually happen, for $200 Alex. QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Where’s our version? THE OTHER SEX (badass women): The secret life of Hedy Lamarr. Incredible. WALLET BUSTER? Mythbusters Adam Savage tries his hand at accessories. So far so good? PUP PATROL. Part 1. Part 2. And the natural segue to this. MANDATORY. A revelation. So much heart in this music RETAIL HELL: The struggle continues. This, sadly, seems to be the norm. MEANWHILE, IN NORTH KOREA: The nation is notorious about shielding the world from what life is like for it’s citizens. This is frightening. KISS OFF: True story. One time I saw this guy drop a man in his tracks with a head butt. So this wasn’t really a surprise. OH NO. Oh no no no no. This seems all kind of wrong. GOOD NEWS: Because sometime you just want to read about something that just doesn’t make you grimace or feel like shit. With that in mind, this, and this, and this. DOG! (thank you) THIS IS IMPORTANT: We are on the verge of losing the internet as we know it. I haven’t met anyone who thinks this is a good idea. It is a giveaway to an industry which has proven itself undeserving of such control. This is the guy behind it. FARM TO TABLE: I can attest to this. I’ve seen it in my community and I can’t see anything I don’t like about it. FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF “IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN”: This is not going to help their brand. LET’S NOT, OK? Anyone else think this is a terrible idea? At least until they get the whole hacking thing figured out? NEVER ENOUGH KATE. NEVER. (thank you) LES CHATS: The one who had too much catnip. The one who changed his mind. And this is a parrot which has nothing to do with a cat but hoe lee monkeybutts this is something. THE GIFT SHOP MUST REALLY BE SOMETHING: Introducing L.A.’s newest museum.  UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: I’m quiet certain that the Dental Industrial Complex™ will put the kibosh on this pretty quickly. (I’m just joshing. Don’t come at me bro.) I’VE TOLD YOU A MILLION TIMES NOT TO EXAGGERATE: I”m not sure I’m buying what they’re selling over here. FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR PUP… Everyone knows they’d rather have a steak anyway. INCOMING! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. Holiday mostly!
New Nordstrom Sale Items, Slim Cardigans, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
30-11-2017 16:02:43
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Nordstrom: New Additions to Sale Section Barbour Heskin Waxed Cotton Jacket in Navy or Sage – $259.90 ($349.00) Original Penguin Earl Polo – $35.40 ($59.00) Shwood Cannon 54mm Polarized Acetate & Wood Sunglasses – $109.99 ($169) John W. Nordstrom Madrid Cap Toe Oxford – $119.90 ($175) Jack Mason Field Leather Strap 42mm Watch – $110.98 ($185) Cole Haan Quilted Jacket – $199.66 ($298) Cole Haan Diamond Quilted Jacket – $199.80 ($300)  The extra 20% off deal they ran for Black Friday + Cyber Monday might be toast, but since that expired they’ve added some new, and pretty darn good-looking additions to their sale section. Seems like a bit of an outerwear clearance perhaps? As always, it ships and returns for free since it’s Nordstrom.   Allen Edmonds: 40% off Leather Bags (exp. 11/30) Canvas and Leather Duffel – $297 ($495) Made in the USA Pebble Grain Brief – $270 ($450) Made in the USA Tan Saddle Single Gusset Briefcase – $330 ($550) Made in the USA Chili Single Gusset Brief – $330 ($550)  Allen Edmonds has been running a different deal all this week, and for today (Thursday 11/30) it’s 40% off their collection of luggage and briefcases. Lots of made in the USA stuff here. Looks like in the picks above, it’s just the duffel that’s imported.   J.C.F.: 50-60% off your purchase + Extra 20% off $100+ w/ GIFTFACTORY Thompson Fit Unconstructed Flex Chino Sportcoat – $84  Thompon Fit Wool Blend Plaid Sportcoat – $91.20 w/ GIFTFACTORY SLIM Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater – $29.50 multiple colors Navy Moleskin Blazer – $69.50 Cotton Seedstitch Cardigan Sweater – $34.50 Merino Wool Cardigan – $39.50 a few colors Quilted Nylon Jacket – $69 Some of those prices are actually BETTER than what they were on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. The Slim Merino V-necks, for example, and the Navy Moleskin Blazer are all less than what they were going for over the big weekend. Same goes for that cotton seedstich cardigan. Full review of the flex chino sportcoat can be found here.   Old Navy: 20% off Everything, no Exclusions w/ SWEET Velvet Built-In Flex Blazer for Men – $52 ($79.99)  Slim Ultimate Built-In Flex Khakis for Men – $15.20 – $31.99 ($19 – $39.99)  20% isn’t much for Old Navy, BUT, much of the site is already on sale and it’s exclusion free. So, you can pick up some of their ultimate built-in-flex khakis (which are usually excluded). Meanwhile, their already inexpensive peak lapel, velvet blazers are now back down to around fifty bucks. Not bad for something spiffy to wear on New Years or at a Christmas party.   J. Crew: 30% off Select w/ COZY (or BUNDLEUP)  Wallace & Barnes Chore Jacket in Italian Merino Wool – $103.60 ($148)  Slim Italian Merino Wool Cardigan Sweater – $62.65 ($89.50)  Sussex Quilted Vest – $82.60 ($118)  Lambswool Thermal Henley Sweater – $55.65 ($79.50)  Getting some conflicting messages here. The email says one code, the site says another, and then the product pages go back to the other code. Anyway, it’s not the best selection, but there ARE some items that had been excluded during Black Friday/Cyber Monday’s big 40% off deal that are now getting the cut (Wallace & Barnes stuff, specifically).   Also worth a mention: Massimo Dutti: They’re having a small mid-season select items sale. Banana Republic: 40% off reg. priced styles w/ BRPLUS (exclusions apply) H&M: 10% off w/ 9045
The Best in Affordable Style from the Month that Was – Nov. ’17
29-11-2017 23:00:39
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A wise man once asked: “What the hell just happened?” And for good reason. There is value in looking back. It gives us all a good gauge as to what is good, and more importantly, what is not good, going forward. Sure, the “clip show” is mostly a cheap (affordable?) device to create new content out of already published stuff. But it’s also a good way to catch up in case you missed something. So cue the flashback music. Here’s the very best from the month that was…   Best Sale: J. Crew’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday It seems like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as a whole, were better this year than they had been compared to recent times. But J. Crew especially went for it. Not 30% off, but 40% off on Black Friday (and through the weekend) and it applied to almost everything. The usually excluded blazer/sportcoats section FINALLY went up for a discount this season, and it also worked on their suits and shoes (not 3rd party of course). Then? On Monday? They offered an additional 10% off on top of the 40% off. Well done by them.   Best Ind. Item Deal: Allen Edmonds Carlyle 2nds for $149 American made, plain toe, super versatile oxfords with a Goodyear Welt. The $149 asking price was oddly low. Sure, they were 2nds quality, so there was the risk of a noticeable nick or blemish, but still. And these things hit the Shoebank BEFORE they jacked the restocking fee up to $25 from $10. Also receiving votes this month, the $45 Clarks Bushacre, J. Crew’s $45 MacAlister boots on sale, and the $89 Orient Automatic Symphony. It was quite the month for steals.   Post most affected by climate change: Best Outerwear of 2017 Did some parts of the Northern Hemisphere get crisp “on time” this year? Sure. But there were huge swaths that did not. Which meant if this thing would have been posted, on time, the social media channels would have been filled with the predictable “Sweatin’ my arse off here in (fill in normally warm city) so this post is useless. You’re dead to me.” comments.   Most Useful Post(s): The 2017 $1500 Wardrobe Seven years in, and we still haven’t recommended joggers. So, we got that goin’ for us. Which is nice.   Most Abiding Cardigan: Lands’ End Alpaca Blend Shawl Cardigan – $64.50 ($129) Abiding? Abdiful? Whatever. Anyway, what better way to feel comfy while sipping on a White Russian? It really brings an outfit together. Half off today w/ the code WREATH & the pin 2691.   Most Confusing Feedback about a Product: BR’s Goodyear Shoes Facebook reaction to the “they’re nice but not amazing” review was… varied: Adam Z.: Stop being nit picky, Joe John S.: Full price is absurd for Chinese or Indian made shoes. Sale price too high as well. Cheap ”leather” with lousy construction. Would you people please make up your minds? I can’t be overly picky while the shoes are cheap crap at the same time (for the record, they aren’t cheap crap). Also, John, the post clearly says in the title (which is posted to Facebook) that the shoes are made in Spain. I get that nobody reads the articles before posting criticism, but you can’t even read the entire title?   Most Wheelhouse Post: The Dappered Approved List This is the list of what we, inside this tiny corner of the internet, feel is the best bang-for-the-buck stuff on the market in terms of men’s style. The best suits, shoes, sportcoats, accessories, jeans, etc… that deliver and then some for the price. Meanwhile and unrelated, I have GOT to come up with some other way to shoot a header image for some of these posts, that doesn’t involve a close up of me holding something (a dollar bill, a business card, a credit card, a high five..) Also, keep on winkin’ George.   Best Inexpensive yet Stylish way to store your whiskey: Carlisle Decanter – $24.97 w/ WREATH & 2691 ($49.95) Non leaded crystal, so no junk will leach into your hooch over time. Half off today with the code and pin.   Best Whiskey Commercial referenced by a .gif in a Fri. Dossier: Suntory Well I’m sold. The fact that this was a 60 second ad and not a 30 is amazing. Also, Sammy was quite into accessories, wasn’t he.   Best new Individual Item: J.C.F.’s New Chino Sportcoat Avoids all the pitfalls that other chino sportcoats seems to fall victim to. Full review here. Was on sale over the weekend for under $70, which was an absolute steal.   Worst Attempt to Re-Write a Dappered Post: 40 Reasons to Dress Well (Via Facebook) Salvatore P.:  “1-40: because you can do whatever you damn well please?”       Best use of a cat to describe how some of us felt post Black Friday – Cyber Monday rush: This That’s Captain Cookster. Again. Same cat that used to star in the weekly tripod. His tongue drifts out of his mouth a little too easily when he sleeps because he has no teeth.   Best NYE Gear if getting Fancy: Spier & Mackay’s new Tuxedos – $448 Sweet mother of Zeus that is something. Super 130s wool, half canvas, and available in either their slim or their more forgiving contemporary fit. The jacket is dual vented, which is welcome news for those of us with a bit of posterior presence. No satin stripe down the pants. Feeling Nostalgic? Here’s the archive containing previous editions of Best of the Month that Was.
Style News: Allen Edmonds Shoebank increases restocking fee from $10 to $25
29-11-2017 17:00:09
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A.E. Shoebank Increases Restocking fee to $25 per pair Allen Edmonds recently (and quietly?) increased the restocking fee on their Factory 2nds from ten bucks to twenty five. That’s quite a jump. Being that Factory 2nds are already a bit of a gamble, increasing the cost to send them back from $10 to $25 might, just maybe, be a deal breaker for many a deal-hunter. In case you’re not familiar with the Factory 2nds game, here’s what AE defines as a factory 2nd: Allen Edmonds shoes are handcrafted and Factory 2nds are slight cosmetic blemishes such as scratches, nicks, leather imperfections or wrinkles that prevent these shoes from being sold at 1st quality pricing. The cosmetic imperfections do not affect the performance, fit or durability of the shoes and are often imperceptible after a few days of wear. Now, two things seem to be true here: Plenty of us have never had a problem with factory 2nds. In fact, many of us (my hand is raised) have had factory 2nds show up and the “imperfection” was so slight, that it took some hunting to find it. It doesn’t always go right. The web is littered with pictures and stories of factory 2nds that showed up and just weren’t acceptable/keep-worthy to the person who purchased them. Whether that person was being overly “picky” is often subject to debate, but it’s a case by case basis. They’re a gamble, yet the discounts are significant. And Allen Edmonds wants to move these scratch n’ nick shoes, so a restocking fee is understandable. But the hike from $10 to $25 seems… severe. Especially when the retail wars have seen free shipping and free returns used as weapons of commercial battle. And thus, possibly being out $25 seems like quite the disincentive. Ten bucks? Sure. But twenty five? How many will just say forget it? Let’s try to (unscientifically) find out.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   The mark on the sole of a pair of AEs, denoting them as 2nds quality.
10 Best Bets for $75 or Less – Cheap Velvet Sportcoats, Gift Picks, & More
29-11-2017 12:00:13
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Seventy Five bucks. That’s a lot of money. It’ll get you a couple pairs of Levi’s, a decent casual dinner out, or a couple months at your local gym. Ten picks follow, all for $75 or under, with some of them much, much less. Expect these round-ups on a monthly basis. Got a tip on something for under $75? Send those in to joe@dappered.com.   Old Navy Velvet Built-In Flex Blazer – $63.99 w/ SWEET ($79.99) An easy way to get your holiday fancy-pants on, without spending much cash. Big thanks to Calvin M. for the tip on these things, which he says are quite nice for the price. Peak lapel. Single button front with a bit of a lower slung button stance. Single vent in the rear. Available in navy or black. A medium fit Calvin’s normally 38R, 175 frame spot on. Code SWEET is good for 20% off, but, it’s Old Navy so you have to think it’d drop a bit lower.   Bespoke Post “Churchill” Box – $45 It’s back! Now, look. Some of us don’t smoke. At all. Or, maybe you’re the type to have one or two cigars a year, and that’s it. A special occasion type deal. This box from Bespoke Post seemed to be designed for the later. Four solid quality cigars, cedar strips for lighting (so you don’t contaminate the cigar with the chemical taste from a basic lighter or matches) a reclaimed wood ashtray that doubles as a candle holder… and one of the best smelling candles around. Their “den” candle is standard issue around the home offices here. And say you don’t smoke, ever (perhaps the taste lingers long enough in your mouth that it completely ruins the next morning’s run or trip to the gym), but have pals that do? It makes a great gift. Or, for having on hand in case you host a party at your place, someone is about to light up a backwoods, and you want to be an extra good host by offering an alternative.   Cast Iron Garlic Roaster – $19 Got a cook/grill master on your list? Here’s a less-than-expensive gift that might not be on their radar. Made from pre-seasoned cast iron, this thing can go directly in a fire, or, in the oven… and after about 45 minutes you have perfectly soft, roasted garlic. Comes with a silicone garlic squeezer so you’re not struggling to get to the goods.   B.R. Merino Blend Basketweave Sweater – $76.80 w/ BRPLUS ($128) Chunky. And that basketweave knit feels like an almost soft armor. One drawback is that it’s not super flexible/doesn’t drape super easy. So, you might get some bulges here and there. Can one “break in” a sweater? Perhaps it needs to be worn a few times. Anyway, super comfortable and also comes in navy. Size shown above is a medium. Looks like it’s sold out online for now? Wouldn’t be shocked if they re-stock. UPDATE: They have, it’s back. Also, there’s checking in-store, but, that would require a trip to the mall during the holiday rush.   Nachtmann German Made Crystal Decanter & Glasses Set – $75 w/ WREATH & 2691 ($150) Got a booze hound on your list who’s picky enough that you’re not sure what to grab for him/her at the local liquor store? Skip the juice and go with a vessel. Or, vessels. German crystal that has a mad-men vibe. Half off thanks to the 50% off one item code and pin running today on Lands’ End.   Maxx & Unicorn USA Made Brass Moneyclip – $38 Classy as all get out without being boring. A bit of flash without being flashy. And perfect for those fancy holiday get-togethers with the cash (or free) bar where you’re dropping a tip in the jar every trip.   Sierra Nevada “Celebration” Fresh Hop IPA In the autumn/winter world of dark, malty, winter warmers, Sierra Nevada goes for a big flavor fresh hop IPA. Lots of flavor but doesn’t drift into syrupy territory like many other reddish IPAs. Available just about everywhere. Has a crispness to it that makes you pay attention to each sip, but isn’t so bitter that it wallops you over the head with hops. Big fan of this stuff, and it’s a seasonal worth finding each year.   Abercrombie & Fitch Bomber Sweater – $72 ($120) Yes, Abercrombie & Fitch is getting a quick mention here. They’re trying their best to mature their styles, and this sweater is one of the winning results. Bomber style collar. 40% Nylon, 30% Merino Wool, 30% Cotton blend. Size shown above is a large.   Banana Republic Nicklas Sneaker – $70.80 w/ BRPLUS ($118) BR’s attempt to capitalize on the Killshot color scheme. No branding though. Not sure about the leather quality? Could be good, could be dreadful. And considering how good Stan Smiths are, which go for $60 direct at Adidas, if these don’t measure up in terms of leather, it’s gonna be hard to ditch that Stan Smith Love, gum sole or not.   Norstrom Tech-Smart Trim Fit Stretch Solid Dress Shirt – $69.50 “Tech Smart”? This appears to be a new line/fabric blend of shirts now available via Nordstrom. They claim these things are “wrinkle-resistant & stretch-infused.” Fabric compisition is 79% cotton, 14% polyester, and 7% spandex. That’s a lotta spandex. Collars look pretty good too. Also available in white. Ships and returns for free being that it’s Nordstrom. For other Best Bets under $75 from previous months, click here.
Cyber Monday 2017 – Deals for Men & Picks
27-11-2017 12:00:38
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Retail analysts used to dismiss Cyber Monday as little more than a joke compared to the in-store Black Friday onslaught. Times have changed. A lot. So much so that a good chunk of us (read: most) do our Black Friday shopping online. Cyber Monday is just a bonus, with sometimes slightly different and potentially better offers for the web savvy crowd (such as free shipping no minimum deals). Expect this post to be updated throughout the day.   Bonobos: 30% off or 35% off $500+ w/ MANIA Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazers – $280 ($400) Banff Quilted Wool Jacket – $194.60 ($278)  Jetsetter Stretch Wool Blazer – $315 ($450) Foundation Blazer – $210 ($400 ) Made in the USA French Corders – $75.60 ($128) Merino Wool Henley Sweater – $82.60 ($110)  The Shirt Jacket – $138.60 ($198)  Got that? It’s 30% off. At least. Just depends on how big of a spender you happen to be. It’s been said before, but gonna say it again… their barely-there, year-round weight, Italian wool unconstructed sportcoats are fantastic.   Nordstrom: Extra 20% off Select Sale Items (ends today) Allen Edmonds Madison Park Wingtip Blucher – $195.92 ($385)  1901 Barrett Chukka Boot – $71.92 ($125)  1901 Suede Wingtips – $71.92 ($115) Cole Haan Harrison Grand Cap Toe Oxford – $111.92 ($220)  Made in the USA Shwood Polarized Sunglasses – $103.99 ($169)  Google Home Voice Activated Speaker – $79 ($129) Flynt Classic Fit Windowpane Wool & Cashmere Jersey Sport Coat – $278.40 ($435) Barbour Lowerdale Trim Fit Quilted Vest – $107.12 ($179) Last chance fellas. Nordstrom doesn’t often play the “big sale weekend” game, and an extra 20% off their sale section is a nice bonus. So, now or never. Everything ships and returns for free too.   B.R.: 50% off NO EXCLUSIONS + Free Shipping w/ BRSHIP Italian Melton Wool-Blend Four-Pocket Jacket – $149 ($298)  Navy Plaid Italian Wool-Blend Blazer in Slim or Standard Fit – $149 ($298) Cable-Knit Shawl Cardigan – $79 ($158)  Shearling Gloves – $44.75 ($89.50)  Nicklas Sneaker – $59 ($118)  Slim Rapid Movement Denim Gray Wash Jean – $59 ($118) Extra-Fine Merino Hoodie – $44.75 ($89.50)  No exclusions, and no minimum when it comes to getting free shipping if you use the code. Those Shearling Gloves seem like a great deal at under $45 (shearling is great for when it gets real cold, yet they’re tough to find) and that Nicklas Sneaker could be another Killshot alternative? Stand by for a review of those. And while this site isn’t usually pro-hoodie, if you’re gonna wear a hoodie, why not one made out of extra-fine merino wool? Remember, if you’re a GAP inc card holder, you can use the code BRCARD for an exta 10% off at checkout.   Billy Reid: 20% off, no exclusions, w/ CYBERUP Made in Italy “Bond” Peacoat – $556 ($695) Made in the USA Double Zip Leather Duffel – $479.20 ($895) Made in Italy “Bond” Peacoat in Brown or Grey – $279.60 FINAL ($695) Nothing super cheap here, but Billy Reid knows a thing or two about quality. And years after Skyfall made that particular peacoat famous, it’s still something to behold. Nice to see it’s getting the 20% off discount. Looks like this code works on sale stuff as well.   J. Crew: 40% off + an Extra 10% off  w/ SHOPFAST Ludlow Shawl-Collar Blazer in Velvet – $160.92 ($298)  Rugged Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan Sweater – $42.93 ($79.50)  Goodyear Welted Kenton Boots – $133.90 ($248) multiple styles Goodyear Welted Ludlow Shoes – $160.92 – $171.72 ($298 – $318) multiple styles Donegal Wool Ribbed Beanie – $24.30 ($45)  Patterned Cashmere Scarf – $52.92 ($98)  Now’s a really, really good time to pick up a pair of Kenton boots if you’re in the market. Lots of stuff has sold out since they launched this deal last week, but there’s still some very worthy items that are almost always excluded still up for grabs. Also, a reminder that you can stack their student/teacher 15% off discount on top of the above. (UPDATE: Looks like this isn’t stacking any more? It was earlier this weekend, but something might be wrong now?) Free shipping no minimum is back for today too. (UPDATE II: Looks like the extra 10% off has been extended through tonight, so… that’s nice of them.)   Todd Snyder: 30% off, INCLUDING Timex w/ CYBER30 Timex x Todd Snyder Military Watch – $96.60 ($138) Timex x Todd Snyder The Mod Watch in olive – $96.60 ($138) Timex x Todd Snyder The Military Watch in Grey – $96.60 ($138) Timex Mechanical Marlin 34mm – $139.30 ($199)  Timex had been excluded from their Black Friday sale, but… not today. That collaboration is up for the discount today. Everything ships for free today as well. The fine print says the manual wind, throwback Timex Marlin is sold out, but I was just able to snag one, with the discount, and the order went through? Odd.   J. Crew Factory: 60% off + Extra 50% off Clearance + Free Ship w/code CYBER Lambswool Fair Isle Half-Zip Sweater – $39.20 Garment Dyed Henley – $18.60 $24.95 Flex Chino Cotton Sportcoat – $67.20 SLIM Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater – $27.50 multiple colors 60% off? Can’t recall the last time they did that, unless there was some sort of odd stacking Gilt City certificate on top of a big sale going on. That makes for a terrific price on that excellent Flex Chino sportcoat. Full review here. Plus, you save an extra few bucks on shipping with the CYBER code. Also, IF you get north of $100, try the GIFTFACTORY code for a possible extra 20% off that $100+ purchase. UPDATE: Looks like those henleys are excluded? Really? Bummer.   Ledbury: Online Warehouse Sale (all sales final!)  Ledbury shirts starting at $39? Topping out at $59? You friggin’ serious? Lots of patterns and what not, no wheelhouse dress solids, but still. That’s incredible. They’ve got some oxfords in there too. ALL FINAL SALE THOUGH. Big thanks to everyone who sent in the style tips on this event!   H&M: 30% off sitewide + Free Shipping w/ 9054 Premium Quality Textured-knit Cashmere Sweater – $90.30 ($129) Premium Quality Merino Wool Polo Shirt – $34.99 ($49.99) Premium Quality Suede Sneakers – $41.99 ($59.99)  Premium Quality Suede Derby Shoes – $27.99 ($69.99)  Another reminder about sticking to the “premium quality” stuff at H&M. Might pay off in the long run. 30% off sitewide through today, plus free shipping with the code.   Target: 15% off + 30% off Men’s Sweaters + Free Shipping no min.  Shawl Pocket Cardigan – $20.81 ($34.99)  Pullover Shawl Collar Sweater – $17.84 ($29.99)  And that includes their Goodfellow & Co. stuff, which is getting pretty nice reviews online. Just be aware that sizing can sometimes be a bit goofy/the gap between some sizes can be awfully large. Meanwhile, Target is offering free standard shipping through 12/23. Extra 15% comes off at checkout.   Huckberry: New Sales (including a Boot event + Woolrich sale) Astorflex “Greenflex” Chukka – $114.98 ($145) Woolrich USA Made Blankets starting at $69.98 Those made in Italy Astorflex Chukkas, at that price, are a steal. Meanwhile, plenty of Dappered Space approved, American made blankets and throws in the Woolrich sale.   EXPRESS: 50% Off Everything + Free Shipping no min. Color Blocked Zip Sweater – $44 ($88)  Cotton Wool Shawl Neck Henley Sweater – $39.95 ($79.90)  Genuine Suede Chukka Boot – $59 ($118)  Scarf and Beanie Sets – $24.95 ($49.90) various colors/patterns Leather Cap Toe Double Monk Strap Dress Shoe – $64 ($128)  Like J. Crew, EXPRESS is a little low in stock on some items. They got hammered pretty good on Black Friday. Nice to see their blanket 50% off discount AND free shipping no minimum is back.   GAP: 50% off Everything + Extra 10% off w/ TREAT Corduroy Puffer Jacket – $66.60 ($148)  Wool Blend Chest-Stripe Crewneck Sweater – $31.47 ($69.95)  Cable-Knit Scarf – $17.97 ($39.95)  Looks like a bunch of new arrivals dropped over the weekend. That corduroy puffer jacket looks like it could be a very solid addition for more than half off. Also, good to see that they’ve been leaning on their 50% merino / 50% nylon sweater fabric once again this year. It’s a good blend. Smooth and durable.   Amazon: Select Cyber Monday Deals on Men’s Clothing/Shoes/Watches “Buttoned Down” (their house brand) 100% Cashmere Crew or V-Neck Sweater – $62.30 ($99)  Timex Weekender Chronograph 40mm Watch – $37.31 Citizen Stainless Steel Eco-Drive Chrono – $165.90  Invicta 8926OB Pro Diver Stainless Steel Automatic – $55.29 Citizen Nighthawk – $199 Seiko SSC569 Solar Chrono – $183.75 “Buttoned Down” Amazon House Label Dress Shirts – $27.30 ($39) review here Citizen Field Chrono – $100.30 Appears to be the same stuff that was marked down for Black Friday? It’s quite a haystack, but, there are a few needles in there. UPDATE: I stand corrected… kinda. Looks like their in-house brand “Buttoned down” (shirt review here) is now makeing 100% cashmere sweaters? Those are going for $62.30 today. Thanks to Tim for the tip!   Lands’ End: 50% off Everything w/ MONDAY & 4767 Tailored Fit Half-Canvas Italian Wool Blazer – $144.50 ($289) Straight Fit 5 Pocket Stretch Moleskin Pants – $34.97 ($69.95) Nachtmann German Made Crystal Decanter & Glasses Set – $75 ($150) Primaloft Quilted Jacket – $74.50 ($149) Tailored Fit Buttondown Sail Rigger Oxford – $19.97 ($39.95) Lands’ End maxes their discounts out at 50% off. That’s relatively rare, and usually when they do those, they limit it to just one item. So, no limit this time and it also works on sale stuff.   UNIQLO: Select Deals + Free Shipping no Min. Extra Fine Merino Wool Sweaters – $29.90 ($39.90) 100% Cashmere Sweaters – $79.90 ($99.90) Not much different from the Black Friday offer, but the free shipping no minimum addition is awfully nice of them.   Gustin: New Made in the USA Wingtip Boots for $249 Not a true Goodyear welt, but instead a Blake/Rapid construction. Nice to see that a bit of grip on the sole comes standard. Remember, this is Gustin, so it’s a pre-order (ships in Feb.) and returns/exchanges can be… well, impossible. Check out their exchange policy here.   Duluth Pack: 35% off their Made in the USA Luggage The Pick: Sportsman’s duffel in waxed canvas – $305.50 ($470) Huge thanks to Jason J. for sending in the tip on this one. Duluth Pack makes gorgeous, classic, tough luggage. And sales are… not often if memory serves. Shown above is the waxed canvas option, which runs an extra $22.75 compared to the regular canvas version (of which there are a TON of colors to pick from.)   Also Worth a Mention: Allen Edmonds Shoebank: Up to $200 off select models, but remember, they’ve jacked the restocking fee on Factory 2nds up to $25. Brooks Brothers: 10% off site wide + free shipping no min. w/ CYBER17 Club Monaco: 25% off $150, 30% off $250, 35% off $400 w/ SHOPMONDAY Spier & Mackay: 20% off sitewide w/ BF2017 Orient: 50% off w/ BF2017 Cole Haan: 30-50% Off Everything, free shipping, + take an Additional 10% off w/ CYBER Timex: 25% off sitewide + free shipping w/ CYBER25 Best Made Co.: 25% off w/ 25X24 East Dane: Extra 35% off sale items w/ WOW35 DSW: 25% off w/ HOLIDAY2017 Black Lapel: 10% off 1 item w/ CYBER10, 15% off 2 items w/ CYBER15, and 20% off 3 items w/ CYBER20. Note: This post will be updated as more sales come down the pike. Got a tip on an extra good CyberMonday Sale? Send those into joe@dappered.com.
Black Friday 2017 Deals for Men + Picks
23-11-2017 15:27:21
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Black Friday. A mess in person, but thanks to the explosion of e-commerce, you can hunker down at home while avoiding the crush of humanity at all the brick & mortar stores. Cyber Monday? Still also worth paying attention to, but many brands and retailers have outstanding discounts being offered online today. There’s been even more Black Friday “creep” this year, with some of these deals launching pre-Thanksgiving, but Friday is still the day when the push is made. Here’s some of the best style-centric deals for men running today. Picks are scattered about when something was too good not to specifically mention.   Nordstrom: Extra 20% off Select Sale items through 11/27 Nordstrom Wool Blend Peacoat – $106.66 ($199) Barbour Tinford Regular Fit Quilted Jacket – $114.32 ($179)  Nordstrom Wool Blend Car Coat – $127.92 ($329) Weiss Watch Co. Mechanical Field Watch in Natural/Latte or Black/Latte – $516 ($1290) Timex Waterbury United Leather Strap 38mm Watch – $47.98 ($120)  Timex Acadia NATO Strap 40mm Watch – $29.99 ($75) Timex Scout 43mm Chronograph Canvas Strap Watch – $59.98 ($150) Todd Snyder Merino Waffle Knit Wool Sweater – $90.24 ($188) Vince Camuto Melton Car Coat with Removable Bib – $126.72 ($198)  7 Diamonds Tristan Mixed Media Jacket – $79.86 ($149)  Second year in a row that Nordstrom is actually doing something specific and quantifiable for Black Friday. No code or anything needed. The extra % off is reflected in the prices on their site. And as always, since it’s Nordstrom, everything ships and returns for free. Big fan of the lay out on that Nordy peacoat. Chest high hand pockets + an extra bit of length to the tail = what most of us are after. Meanwhile, those Weiss watches (which are assembled here in the USA from Swiss components) are one hell of a deal, if you’re into collecting mechanicals and don’t balk at that kind of price.   J.C.F.: 50-60% off your purchase + Extra 50% off clearance w/ FRIYAY + Extra 20% off $100+ w/ GIFTFACTORY Thompson Fit Unconstructed Flex Chino Sportcoat – $84  Thompon Fit Wool Blend Plaid Sportcoat – $91.20 w/ GIFTFACTORY SLIM Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater – $34.75 multiple colors Navy Moleskin Blazer – $74.50 Cotton Seedstitch Cardigan Sweater – $44.75 Merino Wool Cardigan – $37.75 a few colors Quilted Nylon Jacket – $69 Got all that? If you head into double digits, don’t forget to use the GIFTFACTORY code. That’ll take an extra 20% off on top of the 50% – 60% off that they’re running on their site. Meanwhile, that Unconstructed flex chino sportcoat? It’s a winner. Full review of that can be found here.   Banana Republic: 50% Off Reg. Priced Items, no BR Merch exclusions Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat – $189 ($378) Heritage Extra Fine Merino Blend Honeycomb Shawl Cardigan – $84 ($168) Slim Dark Rinse Japanese Traveler Jean – $59 ($118) Rapid Movement Jeans in Slim or Straight Fit – $59 ($118) Goodyear Welted Made in Spain Brogues – $175 ($350) Waffle-Knit Crew – $49.25 ($98.50)  No code needed here. But? If you’re a card member? You should be able to knock an extra 10% off at checkout with the code BRCARD. Only limitation is that it has to be regular price (no 3rd party either if I’m not mistaken). More picks here if you want em’.   Club Monaco: 25% off $150, 30% off $250, 35% off $400 w/ SHOPFRIDAY Allen Edmonds Liverpool Chelsea Boots – $289.25 ($445) Red Wing Beckman Boot in Dark Cherry or Light Brown – $245 ($350) At post time, this is working on almost all 3rd party goods. Looks like Birkenstock, Viberg, Woolrich, & Zespa are the only exclusions? That is very, very kind of Club Monaco to do. Under $300 for those new AE Chelsea “Liverpool” boots is gonna be very, very tough to beat. Full review of those can be found here.   Amazon: Select Deals on Men’s Shoes/Watches/Clothes Invicta 8926OB Pro Diver Stainless Steel Automatic – $55.29 Citizen Nighthawk – $199 Seiko SSC569 Solar Chrono – $183.75 “Buttoned Down” Amazon House Label Dress Shirts – $27.30 ($39) review here Citizen Field Chrono – $100.30 There’s no specific % off this year, but of the select items, there does seem to be a trend of serious discounts. For example, that Invicta diver usually runs in the $80 range. That retro looking Seiko? More like the mid $200s. Big thanks to Justin B. for the tip!   J. Crew: 40% off most Reg. + 40% – 50% off Sale w/ THANKU Legacy Blazer in Ludlow or Crosby Fit – $210 ($350) Shawl-collar Workwear Jacket in English Wool – $196.80 ($328) Wool/Cotton Henley – $47.70 ($79.50) Goodyear Welted Kenton Boots – $148.80 ($248) multiple styles Goodyear Welted Ludlow Shoes – $178.80 – $190.80 ($298 – $318) multiple styles In case you missed it the other day. One of the best sales J. Crew has run in recent memory. Even most of their suits are getting the 40% off cut. Works on sale items too. Full picks can be found here. Shown above is the Legacy blazer, as well as the uconstructured workwear blazer in “dark pine” (which, the camera seems to think leans more charcoal, but it really is a dark green in person). Also, if you’re a student or a teacher? You can stack their student/teacher 15% off discount on top of the above. Big thanks to Vince B. for that tip!   Spier & Mackay: 20% off everything w/ BF2017 And it works with bundle pricing too? Not bad. Head here for an in-person with their contemporary fit suits. Also? It looks like they’re now making tuxedos. Midnight navy too…   L.E.: 50% off Everything (sale too…) w/ FRIDAY & 2565 Wool Blend Jogger Sleep Pants – $39.99 ($99.95) they’re back Herringbone Wool Topcoat – $59.98 ($249)  Blocked 600 Down Vest – $39.99 ($119)  Buffalo Check Duffel Bag – $64.50 ($149)  Picks above are limited to items that are already on sale. Why? Because Lands’ End almost always excludes sale items from their 50% off deals. And that’s not the case here. Want some newer, less clearance-y stuff to check out? Head here. And remember, you’re not limited to one item this go round.   EXPRESS: 50% off Everything + Free Shipping No Min. Textured Filled Bomber Jacket – $84 ($168) Slim Photographer Double Knit Blazer – $99 ($198) Express Tech Polos – $19.95 ($39.90) Leather Chelsea Boot – $74 ($148) Leather Chukka Boot – $69 ($138) Merino Wool Blend Performance Crew Neck Sweater – $34.95 ($69.90) Color Blocked Zip Sweater – $44 ($88) Long Sleeve Polo Sweater – $29.95 ($59.90) Well that’s awfully kind. Half off and free shipping? Express doesn’t appeal to everyone, but they do make some more toned down/less flashy designs.  Plus… can’t think of a place I’d rather not be in the world of retail than an EXPRESS store in a mall on Black Friday. Enough to drive you batty.   H&M: 30% off Everything w/ 5977 Premium Quality Merino Wool Polo Shirt – $34.99 ($49.99) Premium Quality Suede Sneakers – $41.99 ($59.99)  Premium Quality Suede Derby Shoes – $27.99 ($69.99)  Not everyone likes H&M, despite their (and the rest of “fast fashion”) to disrupt the entire industry. So, a bit of a tip. Stick to the “premium quality” labeled stuff. It’s almost always better made, and you can find some real deals lurking in that line.   LL Bean: 25% off w/ FRIDAY25 Signature Slim Fit Sherpa-Lined Wool-Blend Jacket in Plaid or Charcoal Heather – $171.75 ($229)  Signature Shetland Wool Matinicus Rock Cardigan – $104.25 ($139) Signature Slim Fit Lined Wool-Blend Shirt Jacket – $119.25 ($159) Made in the USA Katahdin Iron Works Engineer Boots – $186.75 ($249)  Made in Maine Original L.L.Bean Boot in Tan or Dark Ash/Brick Red – $96.75 ($125) Works on Bean boots too. Not limited to just clothing and outerwear like their deal from yesterday.   Ledbury: 35% off w/ THANKFUL35 Blue Fine Twill Mid-Spread – $94.25 ($145)  White Fine Twill Mid-Spread Shirt – $94.25 ($145) As good as it gets for Ledbury, and their outstanding collection of shirts. Of course they do more than shirts, but it’s their fine twill dress shirts, with that perfectly placed, slightly lowered 2nd button, that many of us drool over. And they’re extremely hard to find on discount. So this? This is the time to nab one (or, more) if you’re interested and your budget allows. Looks like THANKFUL35 runs through Friday. TURKEY35 should work too. If you’re late to the party, GRAVY30 will be good for 30% off Saturday, and LEFTOVERS25 for 25% off Sunday.   GAP: 50% off everything w/ BLKFRIDAY + Extra 10% off w/ JUST4YOU Wool Blend Windowpane Slim Fit Pants – $35.97 ($79.95) Wool Blend Slim Fit Blackwatch Pants (stretch) – $35.97 ($79.95) 4-way Stretch (traveler like?) Slim Fit Jeans – $31.47 ($69.95) Basic Leather Belt in Brown or Black – $17.97 ($39.95) Gap + Clarks Bushacre Boots – $49.50 ($110.00) 50% Merino Wool, 50% Nylon Rugby Stripe Crewneck Sweater- $26.97 ($59.95) Suede Shirt Jacket – $165.60 ($368)  Resin Rinse Slim Fit Jeans (stretch) – $31.97 ($69.95) Stretch Cords in Slim or Straight Fit – $26.97 ($59.95) Belstaff Trialmaster Jacket – $357.75 ($795)  Excellent. Half off but they’re also offering an extra 10% off that half off price cherry on top with the JUST4YOU code. Looks like this one is set to expire on Saturday? Big thanks to Brandon D. for pointing out that their Belstaff jackets ARE getting this cut. Still super spendy, but… boy I still can’t believe GAP is carrying Belstaff. Interesting collaboration there.   Allen Edmonds: Select Models $199 + $50 off Select Boots Hale Dress Oxford – $199 ($395) McGregor Longwings – $199 ($395) Same deal as was mentioned in the Tripod the other day. There’s a couple models in this small-ish selection that are absolutely worth a look if you’re wanting to save serious cash. 1st quality, very much made in Port Washington Wisconsin, and Goodyear welted. Not bad for just under two bills.   Allen Edmonds Shoebank: Up to 60% off Select Models 2nds Quality Daltons – $249 ($299) also available with a dainite rubber sole 2nds Quality Higgins Mill Boot – $199 ($249)  We interrupt this otherwise pretty nifty and positive Black Friday round up with some weird/unfortunate retail news: The Shoebank has jacked their restocking fee on returned Factory 2nds up to $25. It was just ten bucks. Not great Bob (or, is it Maclom?) . So yeah. That stinks. Are they trying to wreck the strides they’ve made in e-commerce when it comes to their factory 2nds? That’s a hell of a gamble, twenty five bucks. Sure, many of us have received shoes that look 99% awesome. But some show up and they just aren’t acceptable. So, tread carefully.   East Dane: 20% off $200+, $25% off $500+, 30% off $800+ w/ MORE17 Filson Original Briefcase – $260 ($325) Billy Reid Wool Peak Lapel Pea Coat – $521.25 ($695) Loake Mitchum Suede Chelseas – $224 ($280) Loake Suede Kempton Chukka – $240 ($300) “More” ??  You want More Bro-tein Shake? Teddy Brosevelt? Anyway… this is much better than last year’s Black Friday offer from East Dane. That first tier was just 15% off last year. Nice to see it jump a bit. And East Dane continues to be one of the rare places to get a Filson original brief on discount. Meanwhile, $224 for those Loake chelseas is quite a nice price. Full review of them can be found here. More of a chukka type? Head here for a review of the Loake Kempton, which is also on sale.   Huckberry: Black Friday Events / Select Item Sales Armogan Le Mans Chronograph – $186.98 ($220) Huckberry x Chippewa 6″ Service Boot in Leather or Suede – $224.98 ($280) Deals are separated into apparel and gear, plus specific brands are also getting some decent cuts. Full review of that Le Mans Chrono can be found here, and the exclusive to Huckberry Chips can be found here.   FormFunctionForm: 25% off w/ FFFreakingPutItOnYourListAlready Nighttime Wallet – $46.50 ($62) Archslim Wallet- $70.50 ($94) Button Stud Timex Chrono – $96 ($128) Velius iPad Case – $73.50 – $81 ($98-108) Field Rep Wallet – $81 ($108)  Fine. Leather. Goods. Treat yo self! Form Function Form balances, beautifully, the luxury of high quality leather with rugged construction and the value that comes with being made by hand here in the USA. For those who like to stay organized, carry business cards at all times, and also take a note or two on the go, check out the brand new Field Rep Wallet. Discount is good through Monday, the 28th.   Bonobos: 25% off $150, or 30% off $250 w/ THANKFUL A heads up. If past is prologue, then know in years past Bonobos has had their best deal/deals on Cyber Monday. They are, after-all, a mostly web based business. So unless you’re spooked about something selling out, or, you don’t want to risk it? Then you might want to sit tight.   Crown & Buckle: 20% – 40% off select watch straps Got a watch that’s in need of a refresh? One of the easiest ways to make an old watch look new is to go with a new strap. Crown and Buckle is offering 40% off their core collection, and 20% off their fancy pants stuff through 10am on Tuesday. Domestic shipping is free too.   Brooks Brothers: 4 Select Shirts for $199 Not the most tongue wagging deal of the day, but will certainly appeal to some. If you’re a fan of the Brooks Brothers non iron dress shirt lineup, then now’s not a bad time to stock up. But, it’s gotta be from their selection of shirts.   Orient: 50% off w/ BF2017 The Pick: Orient Polaris GMT Automatic – $287.50 ($575)  Remember, even at 50% off, not all of Orient’s Models can be had for their cheapest price direct through Orient. But the Polaris? That’s going for the mid $300s through 3rd parties. So under $290 is about as good as it’s gonna get. And it’s one hell of a wristwatch. Code won’t work on the Mako USA II.   UNIQLO: Extra Fine Merino Sweaters are $10 off Was $39.90, now down to $29.90. And cashmere is $20 off. It’s a select items sorta day/weekend for UNIQLO.   Charles Tyrwhitt: 25% off & Free shipping at $75 w/ FRIDAY25 Wool/Cashmere Overcoat – $336.75 ($449) Not a bad time to pick up something other than shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt. I know the above coat gets lots of play here on this site, but it really is something. Also worth a look would be their Goodyear welted shoes. Starting at $199 for the “imported” models (see a review here), and much spendier if you get the made in the UK shoes.   Also Worth a Mention: The Tie Bar: Free socks with purchase of at least $40. Promo Code FESTIVE, free standard US shipping at $30 Todd Snyder: 30% off Todd Snyder and Todd Snyder + Champion collections w/ HOLIDAY30 Timex: 25% off Sitewide + Free Shipping w/ BLACKFRIDAY25 (some exclusions may apply) DSW: 20% off everything (some brand exclusions may apply) Old Navy: 50% off everything END Clothing: 20% off w/ BLACKFRIDAY (some exclusions apply) Note: This post will be updated as more sales come down the pike. Got a tip on an extra good Black Friday Sale? Send those into joe@dappered.com
Style Scenario: Thanksgiving Dressed Down
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Some of you can’t wait, while some of you are filled with dread. One thing both sides can agree upon? Dressing well, yet also comfortable, can make the day even better (or, perhaps, tolerable.) We’re tackling 3 different scenarios for Thanksgiving this year. One dressed up, one smart but not too casual, and one dressed down. Enjoy the day, and good luck with those “difficult” relatives you may be stuck attempting to interact graciously with. The Jacket: Brixton ‘Cass’ Quilted Shirt Jacket with Corduroy Collar – $76. Shirt jackets seem to be all the rage this year. This particular one seems like more of an outerwear hybrid. Lightweight, yet warm. Completely appropriate for a casual fall get together, and basic enough to see use throughout cooler temps. The Shirt: J. Crew Wool Cotton Henley Sweater – $47.70 w/ THANKU ($79.50). A nicer play on a typically casual garment. The fabric blend really is impressive. All cotton henleys can soak up moisture, and there’s plenty of wool in here for strength and breathability. Form fitting, as most henleys are. The Pants: Bonobos 5-Pocket French Cords – $108 ($128). Treat yo’ self. Expensive for sure, but you’re paying for quality here. Should do you well throughout the fall and winter months, and even on into cooler spring days. Currently marked down, no code needed. Made in the USA. The Belt: Bullko Casual Genuine Leather Belt in Coffee – $28.99. Full disclosure, we have no experience with this belt. It’s highly reviewed though, and most of the reviews give it high marks on quality. 1.5 inches wide. The Watch: Timex Expedition Scout Watch – $42.32. Affordable. Simple. Dependable. And if by some freak accident it’s dropped in the gravy boat, no biggie to replace. The Scarf: Abraham Moon for J.Crew Wool Scarf – $59.50. Easily add some color to your ensemble with a scarf. Will likely not be on your person for the entire turkey day event, but might be nice to throw on if it’s decided a post meal stroll is in order. The Socks: Turkey Fairisle Socks – $7.20 ($12). Are you a sock guy? You don’t see themed character socks on this site very often, if ever. But hey, if it’s your thing, and you’re feeling festive, here you go. The Shoes: Ecco Soft VII Lace-Up Sneaker – $99.90 ($149.95). Going with sneakers here, since a) the outfit is casual, and b) you never know when outdoor activities may beckon. Ecco is known for comfort, and it looks like this particular pair has some tread on the bottom for traction. You wouldn’t want to play flag football in wet/muddy grass in these, but they’ll certainly do for a walk, or calmer activity like bocce ball. The Sunglasses: Barkley Sunglasses in Oak Barrel – $95. There’s the drive over, and the possibility of some outdoor time, so bring along the sunglasses. The Barkley from Warby Parker is offered in a small or large version. Warby Parker has made a positive name for themselves in the world of eyewear. Their home try-on program allows you to pick up to 5 frames that they’ll ship to you for free, so you can make sure you like the way they look on your face, before you commit to a purchase. The Entertainment: Molkky – $41.99 (but there are cheaper off-brand options). A combination of bocce and lawn bowling, with an element of strategy and math thrown in. It’s a fun game that still allows conversation to flow, and you can play while holding a beverage. The Drink: Champagne Cocktail. With all the casual vibes, why not bring along a surprise as a pre-dinner treat, and make some champagne cocktails? You can go two directions with this drink, with or without brandy. The nice thing about a champagne cocktail is you can use a less expensive champagne, since it’s being mixed with sugar, bitters, and possibly brandy. Obviously, judge the crowd that you’ll be gathering with. If it’s a beer kind of crowd, go that route.
J. Crew: 40% off a BUNCH of stuff that’s usually excluded
21-11-2017 17:00:41
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THANKU = 40% off Reg. Price & Sale Items Well that’s surprising. J. Crew has been excluding a lot from their promos and codes for a good long while now. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with this one. It’s their Black Friday offer, and runs through Sunday 11/26. Blazers, suits, a bunch of shoes… it’s all getting the cut. And then there’s the sale section. AND this THANKU code gets you free shipping. UPDATE: Guess free shipping was just for yesterday? Still, 40% off runs through 11/26. Off we go…   Classic MacAlister boots in Stone Suede – $44.39 ($128) That’s… a hell of a deal. Currently in the sale section (in the stone shade), these are now under $45, and they ship for free.   Ludlow Blazer in Grey, Navy, or Green Tweed – $178.80 ($298) I do believe this is the first time these have gone on sale this season. Over $100 off. One hell of a sportcoat, especially if you prefer less structure and easy breathin’ fabric. Not stiff like many other tweed blazers.   Legacy Blazer in Ludlow or Crosby Fit – $210 ($350) J. Crew’s Legacy blazers took a small step back last year, when they discontinued using the buttery soft super 130s Italian Wool, and instead opted for a heartier American fabric. Still 100% wool though, with soft shoulders, a modern and athletic looking slightly lower slung button stance, and just half of the back is lined for extra breatheability. Available in either their slim Ludlow or their more accommodating Crosby fit. Sleeve cuff buttons are thankfully non-functioning, which makes for an easy (and cheap) trip to the tailor.   Lambswool Ribbed Cardigan Sweater – $76.70 ($128) The prototypical chunky shawl collar cardigan. Love that texture to the knit.   Goodyear Welted Kenton Boots – $148.80 ($248) All of em. They’re all getting the cut. Not as high end as their Ludlow collection, but not a bad deal at all for under $150.   Goodyear Welted Ludlow Shoes – $178.80 – $190.80 ($298 – $318) Speaking of those upgraded Ludlow shoes… here they are. Still constructed in China if I’m not mistaken, but the materials are better. Looks like the suede Chukkas are all sold out though?   Shawl-collar Workwear Jacket in English Wool – $196.80 ($328) They’re like smoking jackets for dudes who actually like to split wood? (I mean, to an extent, after a while it’s a chore like anything else.) Super unconstructed. Shawl collar.   Wool/Cotton Henley – $47.70 ($79.50) 55% wool / 45% cotton. Three colors to pick from. Quite nice. Washable, but lay flat to dry.   Ludlow Shawl Collar Blazer in Velvet – $178.80 ($298) Fancy. Reallllll fancy. Takes a certain type to be able to pull off velvet. Also available in black.   Lambswool Bomber Jacket – $69 ($115) Had an eye on this thing ever since it came out. Also, it ships for free (whereas it normally wouldn’t). So that’s some extra savings on top.   Ludlow Slim-fit Pant in Wool Tartan – $70.80 ($118) Holiday party pants. True slim fit. On back order, but it looks like they should ship next week?   Ludlow Italian Stretch Worsted Wool Jacket & Pant in Grey or Blue – $357.60 ($596) A dependable wool suit with a half canvas construction in either a light grey or a medium (but not overly bold) blue. Extra stretch in there for movement too. With this sale, they’re now going for less than what a Suitsupply Blue Line would go for. Remember, don’t forget the pants. These are separates. Non functioning sleeve cuff buttons on all of these jackets make for easy tailoring.   Ludlow Italian Stretch WIDE Lapel Worsted Wool Jacket & Pant in Grey – $357.60 ($596) Same fabric as above, just with a more traditional 3″ wide lapel. Sidenote: J. Crew’s button stance is lower than most Suitsupply jackets. Some guys prefer that slightly lower slung stance, since it shows a bit more shirt, and thus, the body seems to be broken up closer to the “rule of 3rds” visual sections that are pleasing on the eye. Napoli jackets from Suitsupply can sometimes, but not always, look constricting on some frames. No blue option here. Just the grey.   Ludlow Wide Lapel Suit Jacket & Pant in Harbor Blue – $298.19 ($596) Whoops. I was wrong about the availability of a blue option for their wider lapel jackets. They do have one. It’s the Harbor blue shade, and the pants happen to be on sale.   Ludlow TRAVELER Wool Suit Jacket & Pant in Navy or Grey – $357.60 ($596) And here be the traveler collection. It’s a special 3-ply wool woven specifically to resist creasing. Plus, unlike the standard Ludlow wool jackets, these are lightweight and only half lined. They honestly feel noticeably more breezy than standard suit jackets (and pants). Some guys like that, some guys don’t.   Ludlow Garment Duffle Bag – $148.80 ($248) And now… some luggage for those who are gonna be travelling with a packed suit or sportcoats this upcoming season. Cotton canvas body, and unzips/unfurls so you can get your suit or jackets (and shoes and what not) to and fro while minimizing creasing and wrinkling risks.   Dock Peacoat with Thinsulate – $178.80 ($298) An annual favorite. Sure, you can find cheaper peacoats, but this one is extremely well designed. A little bit longer for blazer/sportcoat tail coverage, chest high hand warmer pockets, and details like reinforced buttons, and solid collar (for turning up against the wind), and corduroy lined pockets. Can you find the Made in the USA authentic thing, for less, at your local Army Navy surplus? Probably. But some fellas still just prefer the J. Crew version. Also available in navy.   Ludlow Blazer in Navy or Brown Corduroy – $118.80 ($198) Not your Professor’s squishy cord boxy fit number. Much more modern. Dark chocolate = more casual. Blue = pair it up with some dark wash denim, a crisp white shirt, and sleek boots, and you’ve got a go-to nice (but not super dressed up) date outfit.   Abingdon Weekender Bag – $138.60 ($198) Travel season is here, and if you’re one to NOT pack all that light, here’s a bag worth considering. 17 1/2″ H x 26″ W x 9 1/4″ D = over 4,000 cubic inches of space. Waxed canvas with leather accents.   Lambswool Long-sleeve Polo Sweater – $53.70 ($89.50) All lambswool here, not merino. So, expect it to feel and drape more like a sweater as opposed to an actual long sleeve polo.   Ludlow Charcoal Italian Worsted Wool Jacket + Pant – $238.19 ($596) So the jacket is in the sale section… but the pants aren’t. Still, both are 40% off, and since the jacket is already marked down, that means you end up with a half canvas Italian wool suit for under $240. Ta-da.   Classic Duffel Coat with Primaloft – $178.80 ($298) When you just don’t want to mess with old man winter, yet don’t want to go full ski parka. Classic details like a hood and the wood toggle front closure. Wool/nylon blend. The J. Crew 40% off THANKU code runs through Sunday 11/26/17.
Best Looking Affordable Outerwear – Fall/Winter 2017
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One of the best things about fall and winter is that you get to wear your favorite coat almost every day. A good coat is like a good suit. Put it on and you feel almost invincible. The following options should help most of us get that feeling for a relatively affordable price (some are more affordable than others). Sizes are noted below. Head here to get an idea as to the height/weight of the fella (hi) in those shots. A WARNING: Many of these picks are on the higher end of what many of us here on this site consider “affordable.” Why? It seems like this year the lower end stuff just isn’t delivering for the price. Your mileage may vary of course, and if you’ve got a tip on something cheap that’s worth the dough (and can keep you warm and dry) send in those scouted bits of outerwear to: joe@dappered.com.   Spier & Mackay Topcoat in Black, Camel, or Navy – $319 Impressive 85% merino wool, 15% cashmere fabric. They label it as heavy weight, but I think it’s more of a middle weight. Not super flimsy like UNIQLO’s coat though. Camel option is a nice, deep & rich caramel color. Fully lined. Substantial buttons. Will go on sale every so often. Size shown is a 40R, and they suggest sizing up if you’re gonna wear it consistently over a suit or blazer. I’d agree with that assessment. Seems to be more of their slim cut than their contemporary cut.   C. Tyrwhitt Wool/Cashmere Overcoat – $359.20 w/ BLACK17 ($449) This thing is something else. Discovered last year, and getting more run this year because it’s that good. Incredible 90% wool, 10% cashmere Italian Fabric. Extra ticket pocket on the right side. Lapels don’t dip quite as low other topcoats, which some might prefer. No covered placket here, which makes it a bit easier to button up quickly. Flap pockets, but they’re angled, and thus, easier to use to keep your hands warm. Spendy, but can go on sale. Like, now. It’s 20% off. Size shown here is a 40R on 5’10” / 185 lbs.   Kirkland Signature Men’s Overcoat – $79.99 Ahh Costco. Where you can buy tires, t-bone steaks, and surprisingly solid clothing… if you’re willing to dig a bit. These topcoats are manufactured in China, but they use Italian wool blend fabric. Shell makeup is 60% Wool, 20% Cashmere, 19% Nylon, and 1% Other fibers. Inner bib is removable. Sized in more exact chest sizes, instead of the ballpark S/M/L. Big thanks to Mandeep M. for the tip!   UNIQLO 90% Wool / 10% Cashmere “Chesterfield” – $149.90 An ultra light. Very soft fabric, but also extremely light in weight. Not gonna be that warm. So be prepared to layer. Or? The perfect lightweight but still super handsome topcoat for those that live in warmer climates. Size shown is a medium on 5’10” / 195. Four colors to pick from.   Filson Made in the USA Cover Cloth Mile Marker – $350 Leans heavily casual, but this is one rugged lifer of a coat. Made from their cover-cloth/waxed/oiled cotton material. Nice and substantial. Incredible construction and attention to detail. Super heavy duty hardware. Moleskin collar that stands up just fine against the wind. Interior draw string can be cinched to keep the wind out/create a little more shape. The one drawback? It collects lint and fuzz and pet hair like crazy.   J. Crew Dock Peacoat w/ Thinsulate – $178.80 w/ THANKU ($298) J. Crew gets a LOT right about their Dock Peacoat. A touch longer than most peacoats (good for protecting your blazer or suit jacket tail), plus those chest high hand warmer pockets are extremely convenient. More of a straight fit. Some super slim guys might find them to be a bit boxy. Will go on sale from time to time.   Lands’ End Primaloft Quilted Jacket – $89.40 @ 40% off ($149) One of the better, casual jacket deals out there. Classic, Barbour-like sporting looks without the heritage brand price tag. Corduroy collar, brass-tone snaps, raglan sleeves, and a vent in the rear for ease of movement. Could drop even further this upcoming weekend?   Brooks Brothers Wool Trench – $478.80 ($798) Not a traditional cold weather overcoat. The exterior is waterproof, all wool, Italian performance fabric. Seam sealed with a bright blue interior and just the back yoke is lined. Might be worth keeping an eye on if you live in a warmer climate. The next time they take another 15% – 25% off their sale section, it could drop into worthy-investment territory.   Banana Republic Plaid Wool-Blend Topcoat – $214.92 ($398) The color and pattern won’t be for everyone, but there is a certain old-school Sherlock Holmes thing going on here. 50 poly, 40 wool, 10 rayon. Much more textured than the smooth and soft Italian wool blend car coat (which, we’ll get to later on). Size shown is a medium. Note that BR appears to have expanded their silhouette on outerwear this year, specifically to make it easier to layer up. So, no more fighting to get your damn coat on because the arm holes are too tiny to get over a suit jacket or sportcoat. Price above reflects 40% off, plus, the extra 10% off they’re running today.   J.C.F. Cotton/Nylon Quilted Jacket – $69 Lighter in weight than some other quilted jackets, but the design stands out for all the right reasons. Has cotton in there as the base to eliminate that shine that all poly/synthetic can bring. Dead simple. Seems to lean more olive in person. Digging the brass tone hardware.   Schott NYC Made in the USA SLIM fit Wool Blend Peacoat – $400 The real deal, for the real slim fellas. Remember, outerwear needs to FIT over a few layers underneath. So, if you’re a normal/athletic body type, these might be too tight of a squeeze. Made in the USA from a Canadian wool blend. Hearty. Tough. An investment, but something you’re gonna have for a very, very long time.   Flint & Tinder Made in the USA Moleskin Shirt Jacket – $188 Not cheap, but you’re getting F&T’s USA Made quality, super soft moleskin, and a well designed shirt jacket. A nice in-between layer, or, something extra to throw under an overcoat or parka. Huge fan of the vertical hand warmer pockets.   J. Crew Wool/Cashmere Topcoats in Ludlow Fit – $270 w/ THANKU ($450) Spendy to start, but does seem to get included in various codes and promos. Might be something to keep an eye on for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Italian wool/cashmere blend. True to size, so, if you wear a 40R in their Ludlow, get a 40R coat. It’s designed to slip over the suit. Looks like the Crosby fits are all but gone… for now?   Bonobos Quilted Banff Jacket in Wool – $278 Quilted jackets are awesome, but what if you’re the type that prefers natural matte fibers over the shined up poly stuff? Here’s your jacket. Well, jackets actually. Plural. Since this year they’ve added a navy wool option. Expecting these to get a nice discount in the coming days.   Suitsupply 2/3 Roll Wool Topcoat in Navy or Charcoal – $399 From their “Essentials” line. Soft wool, classic shape, and plenty of width to those lapels. Ships and returns for free being that it’s Suitsupply.   Banana Republic Cotton/Nylon Mac – $123.12 ($228) Great, mid weight fabric. Doesn’t feel flimsy or like a garbage bag in the least. Maybe not gonna be warm enough for winter, but can pull plenty of duty on the odd warm days, or, if you don’t live somewhere frigid. Plus, a basic mac like this is a must for spring and early fall.   JCP Stafford Wool Blend Topcoat – $110ish JC Penney hasn’t changed these much, if at all, over the last few years. It still feels like the super soft wool used on their camelhair blazers, the shoulders have a little bit of structure but aren’t too boxy, and the slash pockets at the waist are well placed. Wool/Poly blend. Just about knee length. They have tended to run a bit larger than other topcoats. Always on sale. Going to be noticeably warmer than the UNIQLO topcoat, but won’t be overly toasty either.   7 Diamonds “Gatti” Quilted Jacket – $52.15 – $79.97 ($149) Huge fan of this thing. Lambswool sleeves/back and a medium-weight quilted front panel. A (much) cheaper version of what 007 wore in SPECTRE in the Alps scenes. Black is currently sold out, but Nordstrom Rack has navy, charcoal, green, and more.   Target Goodfellow & Co. Wool Blend Topcoat – $79.99 Huge thanks to reader Ryan N. for sending in the tip and pic of their new camel wool blend topcoat. Fabric is 66% wool, 27% poly, 5% acrylic, 2% other. Size shown on Ryan above is a small on 5’9″ 155 lbs. Coat is also available in black.   L.L. Bean Signature Sherpa Lined Wool Blend Jacket – $229 Definitely a bit boxier in person than on their site, but still a really nice coat. And different. Not the norm for sure. Short sherpa shawl collar. Somewhere between a rugged barn jacket and bomber mix throughout the rest. Available in plaid or grey. Size shown above is a medium on 5’10″/195.   Best in Show: B.R. Italian Wool Blend Car Coat – $204.12 ($378) Gets a LOT of things right. Terrific fabric, despite the mix being a pretty standard 80% wool / 20% Nylon. Soft and smooth. A good depth to it for warmth, but still flexible. Big fan of the slanted hand pockets. Size shown is a medium on 195. Available in camel, navy, or charcoal. Will drop to $189 if BR does a 50% off sale for Black Friday or Cyber Monday.   The Reminder:  Go check out your local Army/Navy Surplus store The annual nudge to go check out your local surplus store if you’ve got one nearby. There were a lot of peacoats & topcoats from wheelhouse retailers that were tried on and could have made this list, but most cost more than an Army/Navy surplus coat,without delivering equal quality or better looks. Most surplus stores carry high quality, usually made-in-the-USA outerwear. Feel free to swap out buttons if they’re too showy (like on the bridge coat on the right). Both of the coats shown here were found for the low $100s.
Style Scenario: Thanksgiving Smart Casual
20-11-2017 17:00:35
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Some of you can’t wait, while some of you are filled with dread. One thing both sides can agree upon? Dressing well, yet also comfortable, can make the day even better (or, perhaps, tolerable.) We’re tackling 3 different scenarios for Thanksgiving this year. One dressed up, one smart but not too casual, and one dressed down. Enjoy the day, and good luck with those “difficult” relatives you may be stuck attempting to interact graciously with. (Top Photo Credit) The Sweater: UNIQLO Extra Fine Merino V-Neck Sweater – $39.90. The extra fine merino of this sweater will give it a slightly more dressed up feel than something mostly cotton, but the thin wool fabric will keep things comfortable and breathable.  The Shirt: J. Crew Slim American Pima Cotton Oxford Shirt – $64.50. Or whatever your favorite white OCBD happens to be. This one, while made over-seas, is made out of American grown supima cotton. It also comes in J. Crew’s slim fit. The Coat: Goodfellow & Co Wool Pea Coat in Olive – $79.99. Entry level for sure, but it could be a great option for the fellas on a seriously tight budget. Fabric makeup is 64% Wool, 29% Polyester and 7% “Other.” Always have to have some “other” that sneaks in there. Available in black, or a not-to-expected olive, as shown above. Currently available online, so if your need is urgent, check in-store. The Belt: GAP Chino Roller Belt – $39.95. Simple, without being too casual.  The Watch: Armogan Le Mans Chronograph – $199 ($220). A favorite here at Dappered. This is the option with the super-clean and simple face. Full review of the Le Mans can be found here. The Socks: Nordstrom Rib Wool Blend Socks in Navy – $12.50. Comfortable. Versatile. Easy.  The Shoes: 1901 Horton Chelsea Boot – $125. A lighter brown suede than the fan favorites by Jack Erwin, but still attractive and easy to style. The Jeans: Your favorite pair of dark wash denim. If you’ve been reading Dappered for a while, you’ve probably got a favorite pair of dark jeans that you turn to for both comfort and style. If not, now’s a great time to grab a pair for this season’s smart-but-casual holiday parties. The Entertainment: Catch Phrase – $15.94 & Playing Cards – $5.77 (2 pack). Family friendly and a fun way to pass the time between football games and food binges. The Drink: Bell’s Best Brown Ale – $8.99. A good brown ale is Thanksgiving in a bottle. Nutty, but smooth. Dark, but not bitter. Filling, but cozy. Often overshadowed by its stout older brother, Christmas.
Monday Sales Tripod – $299 Half Canvas Navy Suits, $89 Auto Dress Watches, & More
20-11-2017 12:00:44
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Massdrop: Orient Symphony Auto – $89.99 FINAL That’s one heck of a price for a classic automatic dress watch. It’s not the Bambino, but instead the Bambino’s kid brother. No hacking or hand winding here. 41mm case diameter. Dark brown leather strap. Good looks that won’t go out of style any time soon. Remember, it’s Massdrop so it’s final sale. No returns on this thing, and the drop is limited to just 150 units. Part of their Thanksgiving deals spectacular.   #2. Allen Edmonds: Select Models $199 Hale Dress Oxford – $199 ($395) McGregor Longwings – $199 ($395) Are they wheelhouse classics? Maybe not. But there’s a couple models in this small-ish selection that are absolutely worth a look if you’re wanting to save serious cash. 1st quality, very much made in Port Washington Wisconsin, and Goodyear welted. Not bad for just under two bills.   #3. J. Crew: New Additions to Sale section? Ludlow Suit Jacket w/ Double Vent in Italian Worsted Wool & Pant – $297.98 ($596) Classic MacAlister Boots in Stone Suede – $73.99 ($148) Garment-Dyed Short-Sleeve Henley – $21.99 ($49.50) Cashmere Hat – $47.50 ($68) Looks like J. Crew is sticking to this new sale strategy, of not perpetually running extra 30% – 40% off sale items codes… but there’s some good news to be found in the sale section none the less. A half-canvas, Italian wool suit, in navy, in the Ludlow slim fit, for what their J.C.F. Thompson Fused suit usually goes for? And it’s not final sale? And it ships free? Yes please.   BONUS  HauteLook: Tissot Watch Event Tissot Le Locle Automatic Watch – $396.97  Heritage Visodate Automatic Mesh Bracelet Watch – $346.97 Carson Automatic Chronograph – $446.97 Hautelook is Nordstroms’s flash sale site. They’re legit. Good customer service, terrific products, and solid discounts. And while these Tissot’s aren’t cheap, they ARE some mighty fine looking Swiss timepieces for a lot less than what you’d think they’d  go for. And again, good to see that Tissot Carson Chrono back down under half a grand. Which considering it’s a automatic chronograph, that can be awfully tough to do.   Also worth a mention on a Monday GAP: 50% off everything for cardmembers with CARDVIP Brooks Brothers: They’re running a suit multi buy special on their 1818 suits. 2 for $1499 through 11/22. Club Monaco: Extra 30% off sale styles, no code needed.
A quick thanks to Dappered’s advertisers – November 2017
17-11-2017 20:00:46
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Above Photo Credit: Jacob Davies We like our advertisers. They get it. They get that you guys in the readership don’t want enormous ads, advertorials, or a site with so many ad spaces that it’s hard to find the content. We try and keep the amount of ad space on Dappered limited on purpose. Keeps the site uncluttered. So we use affiliate links to help pay the bills and keep the content machine running. That means if you click to buy a thing, a small commission will come our way (the price you pay is unaffected). Make sure to read our affiliate disclosure for more info, which is always available on the right hand side of the site under Joe’s measurements. And every once in a while a business comes a long who wants a presence in that limited ad space. And that’s awesome. So we’ve decided to start publishing a monthly list of our direct advertisers to say thanks to them, and also so that you guys stay informed. We’ve never taken money to review a product or run a giveaway, nor do we keep free samples for ourselves. But to further our efforts to stay as unbiased as possible, we’ll be letting you guys know who’s buying ads from us, directly each month (as opposed to just running an ad network like Google AdSense with tons of advertisers which we do most of the time). So with that said, here’s this month’s list of direct advertisers: East Dane The site where Amazon houses higher end designer goods, but with the fast and reliable shipping policies of Amazon. And if you’re a Prime member, even better, because those Amazon Prime benefits apply. Some of their product might be a little too fashion forward, or luxury priced, for the majority of guys that read this website, but that doesn’t mean all of their stock is only runway-appropriate. They do have some more down to earth stuff as well, all backed by Amazon. On a side note: Last month Allen Edmonds threw some ad dollars our way for their Rediscover America Sale. We forgot to run a quick thanks post to a) thank AE for supporting Dappered and b) be transparent with you guys. Our apologies for the delay in acknowledging this. Many thanks to all our advertisers for supporting Dappered.com. 
Ranking States by Food, Why no Tails on your Turkey, & Stranger Things 2 Paperbacks
17-11-2017 12:00:52
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UH, WOODSTOCK? Dat the bird? (thank you) THE BIRD: My father’s favorite part of the bird is no longer in fashion. My father also was of a generation where these were something to compete for. WINNING: Even if you don’t like their food, this is pretty damn cool. AT HOME AND ABROAD: While this story is from England, it would seem that the same thing is happening here? I am genuinely curious to know if something similar happened with other technological advances. FOOD AND YOU. Or, at rather, how your state ranks when it comes to food and drink. And over here you can see what your state is most famous for food-wise. (thank you) Brazillian illustrator Butcher Billy (previously featured here) re-imagined all of  Stranger Things Season 2 as beat up 80’s influenced paperback book covers. See all of them here.  And he didn’t stop there. PERSPECTIVE: I can vouch for a couple of these. The Mona Lisa was almost shocking, in context. And with so many people trying to get a look, it was kind of a bummer. But, thrilling at the same time. Stonehenge was simply phenomenal regardless of the size, which didn’t seem so small in my mind. AROUND THE WORLD, AROUND THE WORLD: Or, maybe not. Some things I am not meant to understand. Ever. It’s easy to make jokes (and I have) but this is just baffling. TRAGIC: This is truly depressing. A country without governance. SPEAKING OF GOING BACKWARDS: This is also depressing. Hard to ignore the timing of these stats. SAMMY CERTIFIED: (thank you) Once again our most excellent friend from Houston, Eric H, steps up with his 46th week of contributing some excellent clickables. We are grateful. No really, it means I can spend more time re-watching Stranger Things season 2. Again. MARKETING 101? I tip my hat you Stove Top. These things sold out instantly. Because of course they did. TURKEY TIME: Are you carving it correctly? I know I wasn’t. This is pretty helpful. It is also a reminder that good knives are a must. GIGGITY GIGGITY GIGGITY! The good news and the not so much. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ERIC AND MYSELF? I would run so far away from this while Eric, being a socially adjusted upstanding member of the community, would have a blast. DON’T GO INTO THE WATER? On the one hand this is super cool. On the other, shudders. Speaking of shudders, absolutely horrifying. And I am not being hyperbolic. At all. Nasty stuff but kind of fascinating. COMING SOON: Robots that may or may not kill you. I mean, this guy could knock you over. Maybe. But you DON’T have to clean up after it so, it evens out? CONSUME! I never realized tots was ‘sposed to be fancy and stuff. | I understand that this stuff is all the rage, and Eric having forwarded to me confirms that. POSSIBLY DESTABILIZED BY MR. CONCRETE CUTTER? (this is Joe’s) GIGGITY GIGGITY GIGGITY! You might not die while having sex, but you can pop an eyeball. So to speak. SURPRISE? Not really. But still, it’s enough to make one stop and think about all of our smart assistants. And then there’s this bit Eric H. passed along regarding Facebook. Facebook knows everything. EVERYTHING. MEANWHILE, IN AUSTRALIA: Seems like some people are NOT amused by their fellow citizens. Is it much ado about nothing? Or grounds for sour grapes? ABOUT THOSE ROBOTS: Some people would have us believe they are not to be trusted. This seems prudent? LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK? They keep adding new skills for Alexa. INCOMING! Heads up: Red Band trailer. Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. I can totally relate. Mostly². Mostly³.
Spier & Mackay Suit Sale, GAP’s Black Friday Deal, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
16-11-2017 12:00:21
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Spier & Mackay: All reg. priced Suits are now $299 USD w/ SUITUSA You’re looking for the suits that are normally $358 USD. So, this isn’t good on their higher end fabrics lines. BUT… the Australian merino wool that they use on their basic line really is quite nice. And a half canvas, Bemberg lined all wool suit for the price of what a JCF Thompson usually goes for? That’s a hell of a deal. Plus, their sleeve cuff buttons are non-functional, and these suits come in two fit silhouettes (slim or contemporary). Remember, if it’s your first suit or sportcoat purchase, Spier & Mackay will cover the return shipping. But after that, you’re on the hook. Pictured above are two contemporary fit basic Spier & Mackay Suits… one in charcoal, the other in navy. Both are size 40 on 5’10″/185.   Club Monaco: Extra 30% off Sale Items (no code needed) Merino Wool Blend Buffalo Check Crew Sweater – $83.30 ($169.50)  Wool Twill Topcoat – $209.30 ($398) Cashmere Hat (multiple colors) – $48.30 ($98.50) Cashmere Scarf (multiple colors) – $69.30 ($159.90)  Grant Cashmere Blazer in Navy or Charcoal – $454.30 ($748) The sale section isn’t overflowing, BUT… they did just add some “steals of the season” items to it. Plus, that extra 30% off helps quite a bit. Maybe not a place to score some big pieces, yet, but those cashmere caps and scarves could make great gifts… even if it’s a gift to yourself.   Nordstrom Rack: Nice batch o’ Filson Stuff There   Filson Quilted Mile Marker Jacket in Olive or “Navygrey” – $324.97 ($450) Filson Journeyman Jacket – $229.97 ($350) Filson Tablet Briefcase – $149.97 ($275) Filson Leather Trimmed Padded Computer Bag in Brown – $189.97 ($425) Big thanks to Michael S. for the tip on this one. If you travel light? That Filson “Tablet” brief ain’t a bad idea. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the size of a dinky iPad. You can fit a lot more in there. Dimensions are 11.5″ H x 15″ W x 3″ D, it’s made in the USA, and that’s tough to beat for $150..   GAP & Old Navy: Cardmembers = 50% off no exclusions w/ CARDVIP Wool Blend Windowpane Slim Fit Pants – $39.97 ($79.95) Wool Blend Slim Fit Blackwatch Pants (stretch) – $39.97 ($79.95) 4-way Stretch (traveler like?) Slim Fit Jeans – $34.97 ($69.95) Basic Leather Belt in Brown or Black – $19.97 ($39.95) Gap + Clarks Bushacre Boots – $55 ($110.00) 50% Merino Wool, 50% Nylon Rugby Stripe Crewneck Sweater- $29.97 ($59.95) Suede Shirt Jacket – $184 ($368)  Resin Rinse Slim Fit Jeans (stretch) – $34.97 ($69.95) Stretch Cords in Slim or Straight Fit – $29.97 ($59.95) Not a bad little preview of Black Friday if you’ve got a GAP, Banana Republic, or Old Navy Credit Card. Half off, no exclusions. Even leather accessories and clothing (like that suede jacket) are up for grabs. Jeans too. Meanwhile, I can’t imagine the code will work on these things, but… Belstaff on GAP? Really? Meanwhile, looks like this is working at Old Navy as well. Just a heads up there.   Bonobos: Extra 25% off Markdowns w/ FOLIAGE Foundation Italian Wool Blazer in Grey – $131.25 or Navy – $225 FINAL ($400)  Premium Stretch Jeans – $111 FINAL ($178) 5-Pocket Bedford Pants in Faded Black or Blue Pine – $81 FINAL ($138) Made in Italy Silk Knit Necktie – $30 FINAL ($68)  The Bonobos sale section is not exactly stacked to the brim right now. BUT… there are a few new arrivals worth pointing out. Especially those Premium Stretch jeans. Are they spendy? Yes! Are they on par if not better than BR Rapid Movement Denim, with more fits? Also yes. I’d say they’re a notch above BR Rapid Movement, and I’m a biiiiiig fan of BR’s R.M. denim. Bonobos seems to hold its shape just a bit better, and breathes a little better too. Looks like this stuff is all final sale though, so, be careful. Look at all that gray and blue!   Also worth a mention: J. Crew: 25% off select full price styles w/ CHACHING
Style Scenario: Thanksgiving Dressed Up
15-11-2017 23:00:18
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Some of you can’t wait, while some of you are filled with dread. One thing both sides can agree upon? Dressing well, yet also comfortably, can make the day even better (or, perhaps, tolerable). We’re tackling 3 different scenarios for Thanksgiving this year. One dressed up, one smart but not too casual, and one dressed down. This “dressed up” look balances the fall fabrics and textures associated with Thanksgiving, and combines them with tailoring and smart classics. It might be a white linen napkin affair, but it’s still Thanksgiving, and not some stuffy suit & tie interview over martinis. Enjoy the day, and good luck with those “difficult” relatives you may be stuck attempting to interact graciously with. (Top Photo Credit) The Sportcoat: J.Crew Ludlow Blazer in French Blue Herringbone English Tweed – $298. Lightly constructed but still sharp, this is the perfect fall sportcoat that’ll still breathe plenty well thanks to the lack of a full lining. Don’t want to invest in a blue tweed sportcoat? Understood. A plain navy wool blazer should do well here too. Also, if you’ve got a lightly constructed grey tweed sportcoat, that’ll look more than fine as well. Just don’t wear something blanket thick that’s weighed down instead by a stuffy lining. Thanksgivings can get warm inside the house with all the cooking and what not. The Shirt: UNIQLO Easy Care Button Down Poplin in Light Blue – $29.90. Now in their more precise fits. Going with poplin here instead of oxford because it’s lighter and crisper. Button down collar so you don’t have to mess with collar stays. It’s formal, but it’s still Thanksgiving. The Coat: Banana Republic Italian Wool Car Coat in Charcoal – $204.12 ($378). A really nice coat that goes on sale plenty. Will be featured in the upcoming best outerwear round up. (Yes, it’s late, but with the exception of the recent arctic blast, it was pretty warm deep into the fall. Damn climate change.) Price reflects the 40% off plus the extra 10% off they’re doing now, no code needed. The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown – $39.95. Simple. Not overly dressy either. The Watch: Daniel Wellington Brown Strap Bristol – $111.95. Or, whatever simple brown strap dress watch you prefer. Might want to leave the clunkier chronographs at home though. While Thanksgiving is associated with more rugged textures thanks to the late fall season, we got enough of those here in this particular outfit (while still keeping it dressed up). A clean, simple watch is the way to go here. The Socks: Nordstrom Merino Blend Over the Calf in Brown – $14.50. As good as it gets for the price. Plus, the over-the-calf length means you won’t be reaching down under the table to pull any slouching up. That won’t happen here. The Boots: 1901 Suede Chukka in Dark Brown – $125. A bunch of shades of this chukka were just on sale, but even at full price they’re a nice bargain. Full review here. Sleek enough for a dressed up Thanksgiving dinner table, but still should help keep you upright on any slippery sidewalks. The Pants: Lands’ End Straight Fit 5 Pocket Stretch Moleskin Pants – $34.97 w/ LEAVES & 8813 ($69.95). Amazing fabric that’s incredibly soft to the touch, but won’t over-insulate you or restrict movement. 50% off through today. The Host/Hostess Gift: Hahn GSM – $13.99. Y’know what resonates with a host/hostess who’s busted their butt to get the shindig ready? A small bit of appreciation for them inviting you over to eat their food and drink their booze. Find a bottle of wine or whiskey that punches above its weight. Ask around if you’re not a self proclaimed expert in such matters. Want more ideas that don’t include a trip to the liquor store? Head here.
Lands’ End: 50% off 1 reg. priced item
14-11-2017 23:00:20
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L.E. 50% off  1 reg. priced item w/ LEAVES & 8813 And here we are again. Seemed like for a while there LE had really cut back on codes and promos. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, LE is none the less running a promo that’s just about as good as it gets for them. No, you can’t use it on sale items. And no, you can’t use it on more than one item. But there’s plenty of terrific fall-appropriate stuff kicking about, plus some great looking/masculine home goods that would make great gifts. Off we go with some picks. Code LEAVES & pin 8813 runs through tomorrow, 11/15.   Straight Fit 5 Pocket Stretch Moleskin Pants – $34.97 ($69.95) Gonna bang the drum on these things for as long as I can. Love ’em. Just got a pair in and the first time I wore them a lady friend said she loved the color (the “Umber” above) and since we were in relatively close contact at the time, she asked permission to touch them. Yes, she enjoyed touching my pants. And no, Mrs. Dappered if you’re reading this there’s nothing to worry about, being that this lady friend in question then demanded I send her a link to where she could buy said pants for her husband (who is not the kinda guy you want to mess with). I obliged. Anyway, Moleskin is a fantastic cold weather fabric. Super soft and blocks the wind. Straight fit here. Three fall-ready shades to pick from.   Tailored Fit Half-Canvas Italian Wool Blazer – $144.50 ($289) And it’s not on backorder! Half canvas. Workhorse Italian wool (not the softest stuff, but fine). Full review here. Also available in a traditional fit.   Alpaca Blend Shawl Cardigan – $64.50 ($129) I mean, the LE version isn’t EXACTLY The Dude’s sweater, but… it’s damn close. If you have a Big Lebowski fan in your life, maybe pick up one of these, the Blu Ray, and White Russian makings for mid Christmas Day?   Nachtmann German Made Crystal Decanter & Glasses Set – $75 ($150) Meanwhile, if whiskey is more your speed and you’re not a fan of White Russians… Does appear that these things are lead-free crystal? Which is good. You never want to store spirits in leaded crystal. That stuff can leach into the liquid over time.   Tailored Fit Wool Year ’rounder Dress Pants – $44.50 ($89) Obligatory. For those that work in a more formal than smart-casual work environment, these things can be wallet-savers. Nice, lighter weight merino wool. Lots of colors to pick from and you can have em’ hemmed before they leave the warehouse. Also available in a traditional fit.   Tailored Fit Wool Flannels in Gray Herringbone or Olive Plaid – $54.50 Two patterns/colors to choose from, although the charcoal is a bit short on the size run. Plus, like their other dress trousers, you can have them hemmed to a specific length before they’re shipped out to you. Original price is $109. Being that these are north of fifty, post code, they’ll ship for free too.   Primaloft Quilted Jacket – $74.50 ($149) Classic, Barbour-like sporting looks without the heritage brand price tag. Corduroy collar, brass-tone snaps, raglan sleeves, and a vent in the rear for ease of movement. Also available in vest form.   Straight Fit Flannel Lined Knockabout Chinos – $34.97 or Jeans – $39.97 Another pair of options for cold weather pants. Flannel lined chinos or jeans, with three color options on the chinos, and just one (albeit a perfect looking deep dark blue) on the jeans. Kinda bummed that the free shipping at $50 threshold is only taken into account AFTER you’ve applied the code (GAP inc. does it pre-code). Therefor, you’re stuck with shelling out for shipping here.   Carlisle Decanter – $24.97 ($49.95) So say you’re good on glasses, or, you’re looking to build a collection of decanters in an office/den for that Tommy Shelby look. Here’s a solo, non-leaded decanter that’ll do the trick.   Drifter Aran Cable Crewneck – $44.50 ($89) A timeless classic. Made from cotton, so, not as expensive as wool. Also, these are fully fashioned, which means they’re knit all at once to shape a torso, instead of cutting and sewing individual pieces together.   Wool Blend Topcoats in Camel – $174.50 ($349) or Windowpane – $199.50 ($399) Classic looking topcoats with a little extra flair at the cuffs. Thankfully, no epaulets or anything like that. They kept the trench inspiration to just the sleeves. 80% wool / 20% nylon for the camel coat, 76% wool, 20% nylon, 4% other for the charcoal windowpane. Acetate linings for each. Just wish they’d put angled slash pockets on the sides instead of horizontal flaps. Angled slash pockets are much, much easier to get your hands into.   Cashmere V-Neck – $89.50 ($179) Ninety bones for a basic sweater isn’t cheap, but the cashmere that Lands’ End uses really is a step above their competition. A super fine gauge makes it feel lighter in weight but still super strong. Fit is more of a straight fit, less super slim. Not enormous if you’ve got some bulk on you though. A ton of colors to pick from. Also shown at the top of this post.   Pendleton Cotton/Wool/Nylon Stripe Knit Throw – $79.50 ($159) Not Made in the USA, but instead imported. Classic striped pattern and off-white cotton/wool blend fabric. 50” x 60”. Another “Dappered Space” type of item that can set your home apart from the rest.   Tailored Fit Wool Flannel Sport Coat – $124.50 ($249) They’re claiming this is a true half-canvas construction. Not bad for a hundred and twenty five bucks. 100% wool herringbone exterior, 100% rayon lining. Tailored fit. Add the trousers (during another sale since you can only get one item with this code and pin) and you’ve got a cold weather suit for cheap.   Tailored Fit Buttondown Sail Rigger Oxford – $19.97 ($39.95) Multiple colors to pick from. Note that there are three fit options on these things. There’s traditional, tailored, and slim. Don’t forget to click on one of those before you pick your size. Now going for the price of a UNIQLO oxford.   Wool Car Coat – $149.50 ($299) Looks real good in the catalog shots (such as above), but a little lifeless in the product image on their site? Hoping it looks more tailored in person than the boxy look the site shows. Nice hybrid, almost Filson look here. Wool blend shell with some insulation inside for warmth.   The Mega Splurges: Cashmere Cardigan or Cable Crew – $199.50 ($399) Oh good gravy. Got a dude on your list who has been very, very, VERY good this year? Get him a sweater he’ll wear for the rest of his life. Again, Lands’ End cashmere really is a step above the stuff you’ll find at their competition. The 50% off 1 regular price item code LEAVES and pin 8813 expires 11/15/17. Free shipping kicks in at fifty bucks.
The $1500 Wardrobe – Part V: The Rest
14-11-2017 17:00:32
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The Rest – The $1500 Wardrobe Part V Creating a versatile, sharp wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight. The best course of action is to go slow. But for argument’s sake, let’s say you need a major wardrobe makeover, stat. Over the next week we’ll see what a strict budget of $1500 can do. Despite prices going up everywhere, we’re still sticking with a $1500 budget. (Which is the budget we started with, seven years ago when this experiment began.) The outcome might not impress the menswear snobs, but why care? The goal is to balance quality with affordability… accessibility with versatility. Not every last stitch (like underwear) will be covered. We’re not burning the clothes you likely already have. The goal is to finish with a setup of clothes that can have someone looking great in most situations. The focus will be on affordable goods which can last with reasonable care. Also know that since tailoring costs can vary wildly, those aren’t a part of the final cost.   The Necktie Duo: TheTieBar Grenafaux in Navy – $19 & Black – $19 Black and blue. Or, blue and black. A navy tie and a black tie, both with just a bit of texture, are essentials to have on hand. Even if you don’t wear ties that often, if at all. From weddings to job interviews to the unfortunate case of a funeral. You’ll need a tie. Shoot for a timeless width like 3.″ That width should do just fine with lapels of all sorts as you build your wardrobe from here.   The Collar Stays: 40 Stainless Collar Stays – $9.95 While we’re in your neck region, it’s good to remember that collars are key. And while almost all dress shirts already come with a set of plastic collar stays, they’re usually cheap plastic. A good set of metal collar stays is the next level. Not only will you not have to worry about losing a collar stay to the laundry monster (he which gobbles up socks) since you’ll have extra, you can put a hockey stick style curve in em. This keeps your collar looking crisp when going tieless.   The Brown Strap Watch: Orient Bambino Bauahaus Auto – $129.99 (when available at Massdrop) Currently sitting between $150 and $170 at various sites, these things do drop to “steal alert” levels every so often. And, if past is prologue (which is quite often the case on Massdrop), these’ll hit Massdrop again for just under $130 final sale. It hacks, it hand winds, it’s gorgeous, and then there’s the romance of having a tiny pile of gears and springs on your wrist, whirring away without any help from a battery. If this (and the following black strap watch) are too similar to you? Totally understood. Try something a little less minimalist here then. Say, a Seiko dress Chrono. Or if you’re hardly ever dressed up and can make do with just a black strap dress watch? A Timex Waterbury Red Wing should do great for the more casual, rugged types.   The Black Strap Watch: Skagen Holst Multi Function – $84.99 ($155) Unbelievably good looking for the price. Entry level pricing, but punches well above its weight in terms of professionalism. Sleek, so it slides under a shirt cuff super easy. Sub dials give it a classy chrono look, but they actually tell you the day and date, instead of the usual rectangular cut-out window at 3 o’clock. A site favorite. Full review here. TOTAL COST: $262.93 CASH REMAINING: $2.08 And that’s it! Go get yourself a small coffee or something and toast to your/our “achievement” here. Stay tuned for examples of outfit combinations you can make from this year’s $1500 wardrobe. As always, thank you for your support. Previous Categories: Suits & Blazers, Shoes, Shirts & Sweaters, Pants.
In Review: The J. Crew Factory Stretch Chino Blue Cotton Sportcoat
14-11-2017 12:00:33
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J.C.F. Thompson Unconstructed Flex Chino Blazer – $84 – $100ish There’s just something about a well fitting, blue cotton, easy to tailor sportcoat. They’re incredibly versatile, and are/were often a gateway to dressing better as a whole for plenty of us. It’s also oddly difficult to find a good one despite many men’s brands taking a swing at this type of garment. Too many have functioning sleeve cuff buttons (which are a pain to tailor). Or a super chopped tail that looks more like one of those untuckit shirts than a blazer. Or they’re fully lined in stiff polyester. Or the shell fabric itself is so thick, it fights back as you try and move around. None of that is the case here. J.C.F. has done a hell of a job with this thing, and thanks to the ever present codes and discounts, it’ll land in many a man’s closet for the more than fair price of between $84 – $100. Size Shown is a 40R on 5’10” / 190. Another good thing about this sportcoat? It’s sold in measured chest sizes. Not ballpark S/M/L. Like many other J. Crew Factory items, this one takes its main inspiration from an item that big brother J. Crew makes. And while the fabric isn’t quite as light and crisp as the main line’s Italian cotton blazer, it’s plenty fine for the price. It’s a midweight 98% cotton, 2% elastane chino, that moves well and doesn’t wrinkle or rumple by just looking at it sideways. And it’s totally unlined except for the sleeves. That’ll offer nice ventilation in the warmer months, and plenty of air if you run warm in over-cooked offices or apartment buildings during the winter. Non functioning buttons make for much, much easier tailoring. Sleeve cuffs are non-functioning so bringing those sleeves up should be a breeze if you need to. Dual vents in the rear. Patch pockets in the front help keep it looking more like a sportcoat, and less like a jacket from a chino suit. Shoulders are super soft, and the button stance is the expected J. Crew slightly lower slung. Shows a bit more shirt up top, and can make many a guy look a little sleeker and less boxy. The color, “Evening Sky,” is very close to the “Caspian Blue” of the mainline Italian Cotton sportcoat. It’s not navy, but it’s not absurdly bright either. Ignore the reviews on the JCF site that reference the olive/khaki color. They’ve discontinued that option. Looks like they got the photography/lighting way off with the previous, earth-tone incarnation. This one is much more true to life. Unlined except for the sleeves. 2% stretch does provide some noticeable give too. Yes, J. Crew is continuing to use 2.5″ lapels, which are quite slim. But to many of us, those 2.5″ lapels are just fine. They more than blend in, and you’ve got to be awfully particular and awfully observant to start freaking out about them. It’s a basic cotton blazer that’ll look great with jeans, cords, and even linen pants in the warmer months. Should make for an easy way to impress a date if you’re heading somewhere casual or smart/casual, and want to step it up without going over the top. It avoids all the other mistakes the competition makes. Bottom line is that it’s a real winner, and there’s a reason why it was a no-doubt addition to this year’s $1500 wardrobe.
The $1500 Wardrobe – Part IV: Pants
13-11-2017 23:00:15
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Pants – The $1500 Wardrobe Part IV Creating a versatile, sharp wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight. The best course of action is to go slow. But for argument’s sake, let’s say you need a major wardrobe makeover, stat. Over the next week or so we’ll see what a strict budget of $1500 can do. Despite prices going up everywhere, we’re still sticking with a $1500 budget. (Which is the budget we started with, seven years ago when this experiment began.) The outcome might not impress the menswear snobs, but why care? The goal is to balance quality with affordability… accessibility with versatility. Not every last stitch (like underwear) will be covered. We’re not burning the clothes you likely already have. The goal is to finish with a setup of clothes that can have someone looking great in most situations. The focus will be on affordable goods which can last with reasonable care. Also know that since tailoring costs can vary wildly, those aren’t a part of the final cost.   Jeans: Levi’s 511 (slim), 514 (sorta slim), or 505 (straight) – $39.99 In a clean looking, dark wash of course. There’s hardly a better value in men’s style than a pair of dark wash Levi’s. Usually between $35 and $45 on Amazon or at JC Penney, they come in a variety of fits, and each fit has at least one dark-wash, easy to dress up shade available. Wear them with a sportcoat or a collared shirt + sweater, and you’ll nail the “high-low” look. Which fit you pick has to do with how much meat you’ve got on your legs. Remember: clothes look best when they skim your frame. Not CLING AND STRANGLE. Not billow out either. You’ve got to be able to move, but not be swallowed in cloth. The 511 seems to be the choice fit for those who are on the quite slim side. 505 should work for most with a little more beef on their legs. 514s are somewhere in between. All are zipper fly. Wash sparingly on cold and they shouldn’t fade too quickly.   Grey Chinos: Old Navy Ultimate Built in Flex Chino in Slim or Straight – $25.00 ($39.99) In years past, I was hesitant to go with true chinos because of the chino on chino look when they’d be inevitably worn with the cotton blazer. Well? I’m over that. It doesn’t look like you’re mixing denim or corduroy. It looks plenty fine. But if you do want a bit more texture to your second pair of pants, try these corded cotton options from JCF. Just be wary that the fits might be wonky (see the reviews). Meanwhile, the Old Navy Ultimate Built-In-Flex Khaki is one heck of a pair of chinos for around $25 – $30. Just depends on the promo they’re running, and, if you prefer slim or straight. And go with the medium grey “gray stone” shade.   Wool Trousers: Lands’ End Tailored Fit Year ‘Rounder in Navy Glen Plaid – $53.97* Versatile, comfortable, durable, and classic. Good for when wearing a suit might be going too far, yet jeans would be too dressed down. Going with the Glen Plaid here since you already got some grey pants to work with, and a little bit of a subtle pattern never hurt anyone. Merino wool is lightweight, super breathable, and great year round (hence, the name). *NOTE: This is a “target” price of 40% off. Lands’ End runs 40% off codes with some regularity, and they almost always apply to these trousers. TOTAL COST: $118.96 CASH REMAINING: $265.01 Upcoming Categories: The Rest. Previous Categories: Suits & Blazers, Shoes, Shirts & Sweaters.
The Dappered Space: Most Wanted Affordable Home Style November 2017
13-11-2017 17:00:34
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The Dappered Space is a series designed to help guys apply the sense of personal style they’ve developed to the space they inhabit. Watch for articles on furniture and decor sales & picks, advice on how to style a room or work space, and tackling creating a space that reflects your own (and perhaps a significant other’s) personal tastes. We’ll suggest items that can be sourced online, but always keep in mind that deals can be found at consignment and thrift stores, local stores with floor models, discount stores, and even yard sales. As is the case with the Most Wanted Affordable Style series on this site, this is a list of suggested items in the styled space arena that recently caught our attention. Whether because of the good price, the great design, or the eye-catching attributes, the following picks showcase a few items that might more finely tune your own home style. I don’t know what it feels like in your neck of the woods, but in ours, it got cold. It’s time for dark beers, hearty stews, and anything at all that can take the chill off. With that in mind, here’s this months crop of the most wanted affordable home style.   Hotel Collection Decanter w/ Wood Stopper – $33.99 w/ VETS ($67) Simple and clean, with a bit of mid-century modern thrown in with that wood stopper. Booze coming out of a decanter looks fancier than just pouring it straight from a bottle. It’s nice to have a decanter with some good stuff in it around for the holidays to take nips off and stave off a chill.   Shupaca Alpaca Throw – $125 FINAL Alpaca wool is know for its softness and warmth. This throw would likely do you right this winter. The color combination is nice; not too wild, but offers a nice departure from neutrals, while still incorporating them some. It’s pricier for a throw, but should last a very long time. Be warned, this blanket is final sale through Huckberry.   Elora Push Back Recliner – $299 ($499) I have a love hate relationship with recliners. They’re incredibly comfortable… and incredibly ugly in most cases. This particular recliner is pretty good looking though. The tall back provides support for taller bodies. An appropriate chair to kick back in, throw a blanket over your legs, and cozy down with a good book.   Safavieh Hand-knotted Bohemian Rug – $244.96 If your floors are non-carpeted, that can equal cold feet in the cold months. Adding rugs here and there can warm things up. It’s easy to neglect hallways when it comes to rugs, but a runner like this is simple, adds color, and will create a warmer, cozy feeling under your feet. Rug was under $200 last week at Overstock, so give it a little time, and I bet the price will drop again.   Instant Pot DUO Multi-use Cooker – $74.96 Most of us start craving hot, satisfying foods right around now. But soups and stews can take a bit of time to cook. A pressure cooker can cut down on cooking time considerably. Like from hours to minutes. Plus this handy cooker can make rice and yogurt. Could definitely come in handy for a side dish at a holiday meal. For a food writer’s perspective on this gadget, check out this article.   Wood and Iron Wall Mounted Coat Rack – $20.99 ($82.76) Coming in from the cold, you and/or your guests will need somewhere to hang your coats. Or, you can just use it decoratively and hang something purposeful on it. Will fit into industrial, farmhouse, seascape, or just masculine leaning decors.
Monday Sales Tripod – J. Crew Wool Suits for $360, LL Bean 25% off, & More
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. J. Crew: 40% off Select “Layer Up” Styles w/ LAYERUP Ludlow fit Italian Worsted Wool Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $357.60 ($596) three colors Crosby fit Italian Worsted Wool Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $357.60 ($596) two colors Ludlow fit Italian Worsted Wool Wide Lapel Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $357.60 ($596) just harbor blue Wool/Cotton Henley – $47.70 ($79.50) three colors Striped Lambswool Sweater – $47.70 ($79.50) I honestly can’t remember the last time a wheelhouse J. Crew suit in Worsted Wool went on sale for 40% off. And in both the Ludlow and Crosby fits no less. Awesome. Head here for a review of the Crosby fit. Remember, these are sold as suit separates, not nested pairs. So if you’re the type who has a hard time fitting into the standard “drop” zone of suits from, say, Suitsupply or Spier & Mackay, these are absolutely worth a shot. Meanwhile, those wool/cotton henleys are legitimately nice. Got a couple for myself. Nice blend of the two fabrics, and you can machine wash them. Just lay flat to dry. Don’t throw them in the dryer. Meanwhile, if you’re going for something big, try the code FREESHIPP100 for free shipping over $100 instead of the usual $150. Big thanks to Michael B. for the tip!   #2. LL Bean: 25% off w/ 25OFF Signature Slim Fit Sherpa-Lined Wool-Blend Jacket in Plaid or Charcoal Heather – $171.75 ($229)  Signature Shetland Wool Matinicus Rock Cardigan – $104.25 ($139) Signature Slim Fit Lined Wool-Blend Shirt Jacket – $119.25 ($159) Made in the USA Katahdin Iron Works Engineer Boots – $186.75 ($249)  Made in Maine Original L.L.Bean Boot in Tan or Dark Ash/Brick Red – $96.75 ($125) This is a rare one. Big thanks to Kevin F. and the rest who sent in tips on this. LL Bean usually limits their promos to 20% or less, and then there are often exclusions. That doesn’t seem to be the case this time? Code is good through tomorrow, 11/14/17. Most picks above are from their slimmer/younger “signature” collection.   #3. Todd Snyder: $100 off $200 w/ Single Use Code Timex Military Watch in Grey ($138) + Red Wing Cardholder in Black ($74) = $112 ($212) Timex “The Mod Watch” in Olive ($138) + Red Wing Cardholder in Tan ($84) = $122 ($222)  Made in Canada Unconstructed Grey Wool Sportcoat – $398 ($498)  Alden Indy in Brown – $449 ($549) may be excluded?  Ready for a bit of a wild goose chase? Here we go. Dig through your mail. Did you get a Todd Snyder catalog recently? If you did, lucky you. Page through it. What you’re looking for is the above. It should be attached to the interior spine by way of a perforated call out. There should be a long code after the GFT17- bit. That entire thing (including the GFT17-) is your single use, $100 off $200 at Todd Snyder. And I think, think, it’s exclusion free. Big thanks to reader Brandon D for the tip! (And apologies, I already used mine, albeit on a couple gifts for friends and not on myself. Lucky them.)   BONUS  EXPRESS: 40% off Everything Textured Filled Bomber Jacket – $100.80 ($168) Slim Photographer Double Knit Blazer – $118.80 ($198) Express Tech Polos – $23.94 ($39.90) Leather Chelsea Boot – $88.80 ($148) Leather Chukka Boot – $82.80 ($138) Merino Wool Blend Performance Crew Neck Sweater – $41.94 ($69.90) Color Blocked Zip Sweater – $52.80 ($88) Long Sleeve Polo Sweater – $35.94 ($59.90) This isn’t an “up to” sale. It’s a flat, 40% off their entire selection. So, hop to it if you like the fit and feel of EXPRESS stuff, and yes, there is some items there that aren’t overly flashy or full of graphics/logos. Looks like this promo ends today.   BONUS II  Timex: 25% off Everything Red Wing Waterbury Chrono – $119.25 ($159) Archive Collection Navi Ocean – $101.25 ($135) Fairfield Sub Seconds – $66.75 ($89) In the past, most Timex models would trickle down to Amazon through 3rd party sellers and be available over there for quite the discount. But lately, Timex has been cranking out a TON of new, great looking models, that just don’t seem to make it to Amazon. So? If you’ve had your eye on one of those new designs, now’s not a bad time to jump on it. Even the Archive collection is getting the cut.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Suitsupply: They’ve launched a new collection called “laid back luxury.” Y’know, in case you wanna drop $200+ on cashmere sweats. Brooks Brothers: Clearance Dress & Sport Shirts are now 4 for $199. Lands’ End: 40% off w/ PECAN and 5329 Allen Edmonds: $50 off select boots, including the rarely on sale Liverpool chelsea. BR/GAP/Old Navy: 40% off (exclusions apply) w/ STYLE + free 2-3 day shipping on BR purchases w/ BRSHIP
Airline Boozing, $10K Ripoff Scotch, & Ranch Dressing gets out of hand
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GOTH SIGOURNEY: (thank you) Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, Los Angeles, 1983 FLYING THE FRIENDLY SKIES? I think you could consider this the do’s and don’t’s of the fine art of drinking while traveling. WTF FACT OF THE WEEK: When you die, you have Abraham Lincoln to thank for the stuff they pump into you. Yes, that Abraham Lincoln. ‘MURICA: Can you even think of anything more American than this? Yeah. Didn’t think so. RETAIL HELL: More bad news for two of the biggest brands in the fashion business. THE NEW ROBBER BARONS…and the tools of their trade. More here. BALANCING ON BOTTLES: (thank you) Our enduro-cross racing über-contributor Eric H returns with a hefty collection of clickables for this week’s Dossier and once again I get to step out of the way and have myself a well-earned libation. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? I mean. This seems fairly dangerous. As in, Beavis and Butthead dangerous. H8TERS GONNA H8: It would seem that Eric and I are of the same opinion regarding Daylight Savings. If you aren’t a fan, make sure you’re not blaming the wrong people. Try not to be surprised. LAUGH WHILE YOU CAN MONKEY BOY: Oh we have all had a good laugh at the incredibly short and useless arms of the T. Rex. We are idiots. THE CASE FOR NOT SO AFFORDABLE: Why the world would be a better place if we had to pay more for clothes. INTERNET FOR KIDS: Seems like this guy has some sincerely held beliefs about the current content. And if you’re a parent, this might be relevant to your interests. GET YOURSELF CONNECTED: A Holiday guide for tech that may or may not keep an eye on you. And here’s the thinking behind why they published it. GET YOURSELF DISCONNECTED: Freeze Yoself! Thanks to Equi-fux, you might just stop by here and here and here. GAYLORD: (thank you) OH CANADA: This is not a stereotype. Nope. Not even. And this? Well this is simply a spectacularly crazy story. Full. On. Cray. HIGH CLASS SHENANIGANS: Oops. I mean, look at the label. That should have been the first hint that something was amiss. Then there’s this. DUDES: We have a tendency to do stupid stuff. Apparently, this is not a new thing. For a more modern example we turn to this poor schmuck.  And whatever you do, don’t be like this guy. SPEAKING OF FIRST CLASS DOUCHE CANOES: A certifiable piece of excrement. UM, NO: Not once. Not one single time in my life have I wondered about this. WHAT. THE. HAMBURGERS? (thank you) SPEAKING OF HORRIFYING…Apparently I’m still in Halloween mode. Two horror shorts for your viewing pleasure. This one is gross in a gnarly way. This one might make you re-think your Alexa. WAIT, WHAT? I’m not certain this is a good thing or a bad thing. Who sees this information and how will it be used? CONSEQUENCES: Or should it be, this is why we can’t have nice things? Either way, not the best of news. SUNNY DAYS, SWEEPING THE CLOUDS AWAY: The five year old me would have shit my pants for this. Wouldn’t have even cared. You know what I mean? That illogical and completely unhinged moment of pure joy where you just let it all go. All of it. Yeah. Good times. ONCE UPON A TIME: (thank you) FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Once upon a time there was the greatest comic strip that ever was. And for many reasons, it still hits close to home. MOTHER NATURE IS SIMPLY BAD-ASS: Introducing newly discovered monstrous katydids. Yes, bad-ass. Two words: squish dragons. Mmm-hmm. Bad-ass. Also creepy AF. I mean, by definition, these beasties are bad-ass. I’m not going to say they’re my spirit animal, but… Admittedly, this is more dumb-ass than bad-ass depending on your point of view. Trees which just refuse to die. Definitely bad-ass. MEET YOUR TROLLS! The more we learn about the Russian’s social media activities, the stranger it gets. INCOMING! This week’s Incoming comes courtesy of Eric H. BONUS INCOMING! This might not be safe for work. Redband trailer. Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
Extra 25% off Nordy Rack Clearance, JCF no exclusions, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Nordstrom: Extra 25% off clearance Clear the Racks Sale Allen Edmonds Kenilworth Plain Toe Derby – $149.93 Allen Edmonds Riverside Cap Toe Derby – $149.93 Allen Edmonds 6th Avenue Semi Brogue Derby – $149.93 Clarks Bushacre Desert Boot – $44.93 Big thanks to Joseph M. for sending in the style tip on this sale. That’s a really nice price for the Clark’s Bushacre, and you can bet we’ve updated the $1500 wardrobe to reflect those savings (every penny counts with that annual experiment). Meanwhile, the one review on the Kenilworth is less than encouraging, yet… here’s a full review from a few years back on those shoes. Perhaps that reviewer got a bum pair? Rack is different than regular Nordstrom. You’re on the hook for returns through the mail, and free shipping doesn’t kick in until $100. Prices are as listed on the site, and remember this only applies to clearance (of which The Rack has plenty).   Bonobos: 25% Off all orders of $175+  w/ URWELCOME Jetsetter Plaid Stretch Wool Blazers – $337.50 ($450) Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer (multiple colors) – $300 ($400) Quilted Banff Jacket in Wool – $208.50 ($278) The Italian Wool Blend Car Coat – $298.50 ($398) A steep threshold, but, Bonobos ain’t cheap. So, some splurges above. But those barely constructed stretch wool blazers, in cold weather appropriate plaids, sure are tempting. And boy, while 25% off is appreciated, it sure does highlight just how rare that 35% off $200+ gilt city voucher was a few weeks back. Code expires today, 11/9.   J. Crew: 25% off select full price w/ GETSHOPPING   Lambswool Bomber Jacket – $86.25 ($115) Abingdon Weekender Bag – $171 ($228) Ludlow Slim-fit Pant in Wool Tartan – $88.50 ($118) Lambswool Cable Knit Crews – $67.12 ($89.50) There were some awfully interesting new arrivals that had hit the site the other day (plaid holiday blazers, a chunky lambswool cardigan)… but now they be gone? Da hell? Anywho, still worth a quick spin. Tons of exclusions of course. All sportcoats appear to be out for this one. Some suiting is in.   Charles Tyrwhitt: 15% off w/ FW15FS The Pick: 90% Wool / 10% Cashmere “Epsom” Overcoat – $381.65 ($449)  Prices have jumped from last year. Is $380 a bit steep, for a lot of us, for a dressed up topcoat? Sure. Is the above coat one HELL of a coat? You bet it is. Won best in show last year. Still, that’s quite a bit of coin. But… the fabric is awesome and that ticket pocket is just right and… well… y’know. Deal surpasses the $50 off coats COAT50 code that’s floating about. 15% off seems pretty standard for CT when it comes to their non shirt offerings. But, it’s that time of year for outerwear.   J. Crew Factory: 40% off no exclusions + 50% off Clearance w/ THEBIG48 Voyager Wool Suit Jacket & Slim Pant – $261.60 (reg. $299) Marina Blue Worsted Wool Jacket & Slim Pant – $261.60 (reg. $299) *WARNING* Navy Worsted Wool Jacket & Classic Pant – $261.60 (reg. $299)  *WARNING* Thompson Suit Jacket in Wool Blend Donegal + Matching Pant – $279.60 (reg. $299) So it’s some savings on JCF’s nifty wool “Thompson” suit line, but not massive savings. Usually these kick around at just under $300. So $261.60 isn’t amazing. BUT, if you like the Thompson fit and feel of either their affordable but still decent worsted or crease-resistant Voyager suit fabrics, now’s not a bad time to dive in. No word if these will be a part of any Black Friday promotions. For the record, they were last year, and dropped clear down to $218. Again, I don’t know if that’ll repeat this year. *WARNING* Also, take a look at the reviews of the worsted wool pants. Lots of complaints of the fabric wearing through/failing with not much use? That’s… not good.   Also worth a mention: BR: 50% off sale items + free shipping w/ BRSHIP Spier & Mackay: $20 (CAD) off sweaters when you buy two or more. Bloomingdales: $25 off every $100 you spend w/ PRIVATE … but there’s a ton of exclusions. Lands’ End:  50% off 1 reg. priced item w/ AUTUMN & pin: 3407 LL Bean: 25% off w/ 25OFF … even works on Bean boots. Big thanks to Adam T. for the tip!
Steal Alert: Clarks Bushacre Boots for $53 Shipped
8-11-2017 20:56:15
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Clarks Bushacre in Dark Brown Leather – $44.93 (normally $70ish) UPDATE: Word is these might not be the exact same as what Amazon and DSW sells? According to reader Pedro S. “The newer one is similar to the leather of the Nordstrom 1901 Barrett Chukka in brown leather but with more of a shine look to them.” Might even have some purplish tones in there? So, be aware. Still gonna keep it in the $1500 wardrobe since Pedro said they’re still a solid deal. Huge thanks to Joseph M. for sending in the style tip on this sale, and specifically these desert boots. Just featured yesterday in Part II of the $1500 wardrobe, these are timeless, super versatile, casual classics that aren’t gonna go out of style any time soon. And $45 pre-shipping is an awfully good price, being that Amazon usually carries them for around $70. Update: The dark brown as seen on the older model of… dark brown. These are the Bushacre. Not the “original desert boot.” And unlike the original desert boot, the sole on these can be dressed up a touch. Not much, but a touch. The original desert boot has a natural crepe sole. That means more texture for the O.D.B., and boy does that crepe get dirty quickly. Even though the original desert boot costs more, some see its crepe soles as a deal breaker, and thus, plenty actually favor these bushacres. Shipping isn’t free at Nordstrom rack, and it’ll cost $7.95 for US customers if you don’t end up tripping the $100 threshold with further purchasing. You’re also on the hook for returns, unless you can get em’ to a brick and mortar Nordstrom Rack near you. And yes, you can bet we’ve updated the price and running tally for the $1500 wardrobe. Gotta take the savings if they’re there, no? That’s all. Carry on.
The $1500 Wardrobe – Part III: Shirts and Sweaters
8-11-2017 17:00:46
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Shirts and Sweaters – The $1500 Wardrobe Part III Creating a versatile, sharp wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight. The best course of action is to go slow. But for argument’s sake, let’s say you need a major wardrobe makeover, stat. Over the next week we’ll see what a strict budget of $1500 can do. Despite prices going up everywhere, we’re still sticking with a $1500 budget. (Which is the budget we started with, seven years ago when this experiment began.) The outcome might not impress the menswear snobs, but why care? The goal is to balance quality with affordability… accessibility with versatility. Not every last stitch (like underwear) will be covered. We’re not burning the clothes you likely already have. The goal is to finish with a setup of clothes that can have someone looking great in most situations. The focus will be on affordable goods which can last with reasonable care. Also know that since tailoring costs can vary wildly, those aren’t a part of the final cost.   The Dress Shirts: Nordstrom Tonal Texture – $39.90 & Solid Trim Fit Dress Shirts – $55 Go with the subtle, tonal texture on the white, and the plain solid for the blue. Why the slight tonal texture? Because it’s visually interesting (without straying too far from the middle ground) and it’s on sale. Look, cash is increasingly tight with this experiment. So, we gotta squeeze a bit. If you wanna go solid on both, no skin off my nose. Meanwhile, it’s tough to beat the quality for the price on these. Plus they ship and return for free. Neck and sleeve sizing.   The Versatile OCBD: GAP Slim OR Standard Fit – $29.70 @40% off Oxford cloth is a little thicker, and less pressed/crisp looking compared to a poplin or twill dress shirt. Which makes it hugely versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. Why GAP instead of UNIQLO? Because you get two fits to choose from, whereas UNIQLO’s shifting of fits continues to peeve people off to no end. Going with a white OCBD here, but light blue wouldn’t be a bad play either. 40% off codes are quite common at GAP, so, shouldn’t be too tough to get your hands on one at this price. Plus they’re widely available in brick and mortar stores too, if you don’t want to shell out for shipping.   The Versatile, Logo Free Polos: Banana Republic Don’t-Sweat-It Polo – $29.70 per @ 40% off These things are bonafide hits. Incredibly well reviewed. From reader David P: “This polo is amazing. Fit and fabric/material is spot on. Similar to Uniqlo’s performance/dry-fit polos but nicer. I’m in love with these things.” No button down collars, but, UNIQLO dumped that detail as well. They claim to be wicking and anti-microbial, but the description says 100% cotton? Get one in that jade shade as well as navy.   The Merino V-Necks: UNIQLO in Light Grey & Beige – $29.90 per Wait for a sale. They’ll get $10 knocked off at some point in the not too distant future, and at that price, they’re a steal. The really nice thing about UNIQLO’s extra fine merino is… wait for it… how fine it is. It’s a super thin, yet strong layer that regulates temperature. Meaning: It’s a nice extra layer that doesn’t put the “sweat” in sweater. Why the beige pick? Because a lighter beige like that is pretty much “camel,” and camel is a classic color for sharp-dressed gents. It’s more versatile than you think too. Looks great with jeans and an OCBD, plus it’ll jump nicely underneath a conservative charcoal suit. If you’re camel shy (?) go with a dark green or a medium blue. TOTAL COST: $243.80 CASH REMAINING: $383.37
In Review: The Banana Republic Goodyear Welted Made in Spain Wingtip
8-11-2017 12:00:57
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Banana Republic Goodyear Welted Brogue – $210 @ 40% off ($350) First, hate to be nit-picky (because really, who cares) but while Banana Republic calls this an oxford, it’s not a true oxford. Thanks to its open lacing, it’s a derby or a blucher. And second, it actually seems to work better as a blucher, being that it’s one hell of a smart casual shoe that can be worn with chinos, cords, or jeans, and clocks in just over two bills with the frequent 40% off codes that BR runs. Now, it was just half off during the most recent friends and family sale, but it might be a bit till it drops under $200 again. That said, a made in Spain, Goodyear welted shoe, with a great toe shape and decent quality leather is tough to find with free shipping and returns (*cough* MEERMIN *cough*). And these do all that. One small quibble, and I might be mis-remembering, but I feel like the leather on these Brogues is a bit stiffer than the leather that was on the loafers that debuted a few months back. Perhaps it’s just the multiple layers, being that they are wingtips, or how they were shaped over the last. But it doesn’t feel quite as flexible as the loafer leather. Again, I could be off here, but it might take a little break-in time for some. So be prepared to wear socks that aren’t paper thin for the first few spins. Other than that, it’s right on par with the construction and quality of those loafers that blazed the BR Goodyear Welt trail. Good, uniform and even stitching, an eye catching color, and the overall shape is sleek without being spear like. Stumpy old-man wingers these ain’t. They’re a half-wing, aerodynamic alternative to the Florsheim Kenmoor, which frankly, can be a bit battleship-like on the foot. (Meanwhile, is the Kenmoor the old Veblen? What the heck happened to the Veblen? And why do I remember the names of defunct shoe models, but for the life of me can’t remember how to do long division?) Sizing feels maybe a touch long, so, try em’ on on a carpeted surface before you commit. And once you commit, might want to scrape up those soles before you set out on any surfaces that are slick. Because they’re smooth as all get out, out of the box. Also available in a pebbled black color. Same sole though, which is a toasted light oak. So, not gonna be appropriate for dressier looks with that black leather, but they do have a nice, purposeful contrast to them in that black colorway. The cognac option shown in this post is a smooth leather, and one almost wishes they woulda pebbled this stuff too. $350 seems steep since that’s what many full price Allen Edmonds go for, but Banana Republic hasn’t been excluding these things from codes and promos. That means they’ll go for the low $200s, or less, if you stack the rare half-off code with the extra 10% off cardmember BRCARD promo. Do that, and they’ll end up at… $157.50. And they’re a steal at that price, if you can make it happen.
The $1500 Wardrobe – Part II: Shoes
7-11-2017 18:00:03
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Shoes – The $1500 Wardrobe Part II Creating a versatile, sharp wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight. The best course of action is to go slow. But for argument’s sake, let’s say you need a major wardrobe makeover, stat. Over the next week we’ll see what a strict budget of $1500 can do. Despite prices going up everywhere, we’re still sticking with a $1500 budget. (Which is the budget we started with, seven years ago when this experiment began.) The outcome might not impress the menswear snobs, but why care? The goal is to balance quality with affordability… accessibility with versatility. Not every last stitch (like underwear) will be covered. We’re not burning the clothes you likely already have. The goal is to finish with a setup of clothes that can have someone looking great in most situations. The focus will be on affordable goods which can last with reasonable care. Also know that since tailoring costs can vary wildly, those aren’t a part of the final cost.   The Dark Brown Oxford: Jack Erwin “Joe” Cap Toe – $195 Another year, another suggestion of the Jack Erwin Joe. And no, it has nothing to do with the name. As much as I’d like to make the Allen Edmonds Factory 2nds play here, prices right now are currently a bit steep at the Shoebank (but waiting around until Black Friday / Cyber Monday will almost certainly be well worth it). And it’s hard to argue with Jack Erwin when it comes to balancing quality and price. Under $200 for a made in Spain, sleek, cap toe oxford. Blake Stitched helps keep the shape streamlined. Ships and returns for free. In terms of suggesting dark brown over the more fashion forward “walnut” shade seen on many a dress shoe these days… dark brown is simply more classic. That, and you’ll be able to wear these with the charcoal sharkskin suit from Spier & Mackay. Can’t say that about a pair of lighter, walnut/cognac shoes.   The Black Lace-Up: Cole Haan Harrison Grand – $139.90 ($220) Yes, I know that Cole Haan isn’t favored by some of you guys out there. But, I remember what happened last year when I suggested a sleek blucher lace-up from Banana Republic (it wasn’t the kindest response). So, this year? You get basic cap toe oxfords. And since money is tight, we gotta find something comfortable that’s on sale. Here they be. Ships and returns free from Nordstrom. (An alternative to this Jack Erwin/CH combo? Get two pairs of these Italian made, although almost certainly glued, Massimo Matteo cap toes from Zappos.)   The Versatile Chukka: Clarks Bushacre 2 – $44.93 Currently sitting at $79 at DSW, but they run $10 codes with some regularity. Available for $70 at Amazon, depending on the size. Reasonable price, good materials, and unlike the original desert boot, the sole on these can be dressed up a touch. Not much, but a touch. More so than the gets-super-dirty-super-fast, very textured crepe sole on the original desert boot. UPDATE: Looks like these are now available at NordstromRack for the crazy low price of $44.93 thanks to their “Clear the Racks” sale? Huge thanks to Joseph M. for the tip!   The Classic White Sneaker: Adidas Stan Smith – $60 You can keep the flimsy J. Crew Killshot. I’ll take Stan Smiths every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Thick, yet still flexible leather uppers. Extremely well cushioned. Solid build quality. $60 direct through Adidas, which is a steal at this price. One of the best bang for the buck casual shoes in the entire men’s style world. TOTAL COST: $439.83 CASH REMAINING: $626.17 Upcoming Categories: Shirts & Sweaters, Pants, The Rest.
The Dappered Approved List: Best Bang for the Buck Items in Men’s Style
7-11-2017 12:00:34
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Who doesn’t like saving a buck or two? That’s one of the main reasons why this site exists. But every so often there comes along a product that delivers well above and beyond its asking price (whether that’s thanks to sales and promos, or… *gasp* even at full price). Here’s our favorites that land in that category. The best of the best when it comes to the cost to value ratio from the world of men’s style.   Allen Edmonds Factory 2nds – $198 – $245 when on sale One of the best values out there, without a question. Factory 2nds are shoes that have slight cosmetic blemishes to them that can’t be sold at full retail price. So? They go to the magical land of the “shoebank.” And if you’re willing to take the risk of a $10 restocking fee for returns, they can net enormous savings. Most of the time the blemish is barely noticeable, and probably something you’d pick up with normal wear. They’re also just as good in terms of the physical construction, and you can absolutely have them re-crafted once it’s time for a new sole. Price range above reflects when the Shoebank is running a sale. Popular dress shoe models will drop to a starting point of $198, with boots topping out in the mid $200s.   Sale/Clearance Brooks Bros. Sportcoats $200 – $298 ($448 – $498) Almost always made from impressive Italian fabrics, offered in a number of fits (Milano = true slim, Regent = tailored but better for the broader guys), and while they’re “imported,” the construction and attention to detail is quite nice. Sometimes they’re lined, sometimes they’re not. Sleeve cuff buttons are almost always non functional and thus, easy to tailor. And tail length/button stance is timeless. Brooks Brothers makes a wide price-range of sportcoats. Skip past the cheap “Red Fleece” collection and don’t go quite as far as the super spendy luxury sportcoats. What you’re looking for is that perfect mid-point. The sportcoats that normally retail for around five hundred. (Above: two Regent fit sportcoats, purchased from the sale section, in 41R. On the right is the half lined grey check that was featured in yesterday’s Tripod.)   Jomers Half Canvas Italian Wool Suits – $250.00 A ridiculous price point for Super 110s Italian wool, half-canvas suits. It’s just… it’s Jomers, so stock pretty much evaporates when they get a new batch in. Best to sign up for their emails/follow them on twitter. Full review here.   Ray Ban New Wayfarer Sunglasses – $84.50 Not cheap, but built to last and goes with absolutely everything. A toned down, more subtle shape compared to the 1980s-tastic original wayfarer. Linked above to a 55mm non-polarized option. Also available in 52 and 58mm, but average sized heads should be happy with the 55mm. Polarized will cost you quite a bit more. Want to save a boatload of cash, and you’ve got a Costco membership? Try to search out their Kirkland wayfarers. Pretty sure those are still made in Italy, and go for around $25 – $30.   Casio MDV106-1AV Dive Watch – $40ish For somewhere between $40 – $45 you get 200m of water resistance, a stainless steel case and rotating bezel that feels much more expensive, and classic looks that at a glance look like this thing cost a heck of a lot more than a quick trip to the ATM. Even the stock rubber strap that it comes on is decent (soft-ish, not rigid plastic). Throw an aftermarket strap on there to boost its already good looks to the next level.   Lands’ End Tailored Fit Wool Year ’rounder Trousers – $53.40 @ 40% off For those that work in a more formal than smart-casual work environment, these things can be wallet-savers. Nice, lighter weight merino wool. Lots of colors to pick from and you can have em’ hemmed before they leave the warehouse. Also available in a traditional fit. Lands’ End runs a lot of 30% off codes and pins, but there’s almost always another 40% off code and pin coming ’round (ha, see what I did there?) the corner.   Totes Gentleman’s Umbrella – $20.00 Mrs. Dappered and I got married in a park. It looked like it was gonna rain, on our wedddddinnnggggg dayyyyyyy… so we bought some umbrellas, last minute, in case it did. And we wanted them to look nice, since everyone was all dressed up. We dropped by Macy’s, and bought these curved wood handle “gentleman’s” umbrellas. We still have them and they work great. That was almost a decade ago.   Nordstrom House Brand Shoes (1901, JWN, Calibrate, etc.) Nordstrom knows what they’re doing. Especially when it comes to their in-house brands and the goods that they crank out under those labels. 1901 and Calibrate shoes are made in China, but boy they deliver. John W. Nordstrom shoes seem to be made in Italy. As always, they ship and return for free, and they can often be had on sale.   Orient Automatic Watches Obligatory. In-house movements, tons of styles to choose from (dress, sport, diver, and more) and can often be had for the mid to low $100s depending on the model. Shown above is the somewhat spendy, but awfully nice Orient Mako USA.   UNIQLO Extra Fine Merino Wool Sweaters – $39.90 Lightweight. Some might even call em’ thin. But strong as hell and available in a ton of different colors. A must-have, go-to for many of us. Heck, you can even (allegedly) machine wash the things. Often drops to $29.90 during sales.   GAP Cords in Slim or Straight fits – $35.97 @ 40% off Multiple colors, a couple of different fits, and a price that’s just right when they’re (almost always) on sale. What else do you want from a pair of cords?   Nordstrom Merino Wool Blend Over the Calf Socks – $14.50 The best. Bar none. Merino blend is lightweight yet still protects your feet a bit. Breathes great too. Close to indestructible, as long as you don’t over cook them in the dryer. And since they’re calf high, they won’t slouch down around your ankles as the day wears on. Sadly, the Allen Edmonds wholecuts shown above are not included with your purchase.   Ex-officio Give N Go Briefs or Trunks – $19.49 – $27.49 As long as we’re in the top-drawer department, let’s tackle underwear. They aren’t as cheap as all cotton, sold by the 6-pack undies might be, but they’re exponentially more comfortable and durable. They breathe, wick, and have anti-stink properties. You’ll never want to go back to cotton underwear ever again. They’re also great for travelling. If you like to pack light? You should be able to pack just an extra pair (while wearing a pair out the door) and get by on the road. At the end of the day, wash the pair you wore that day in a sink/tub and hang them up to dry. Rotate with the other pair. They’ll be dry (and clean thanks to your scrubbing) by the time the next pair needs to be swapped out.   Suitsupply Outlet Sportcoats & Shoes – $99 – $229 FINAL Suitsupply only throws the doors open to their online outlet twice a year, but when they do? Man is there some cash to be saved. All sales are final though, so, be careful with that credit card. Suits can be a bit funky in terms of patterns and cuts, but sportcoats, shoes, and accessories can be real steals. Shown above is a soft tweed sportcoat and a pair of suede double monks that have appeared in the Suitsupply outlet in the not too distant past.   B.R. Rapid Movement or Traveler Denim – $70.80 when 40% off ($118) Is seventy bucks cheap for jeans? Heck no. But these things are game changers. Mostly cotton but woven with a ton of engineered fibers which create absurd amounts of stretch, they are incredibly comfortable. Rapid movement is the evolution of their Traveler Denim. A bit less stretch, but feels and looks more like “real” denim. Still, some prefer the original. Often excluded from codes and promos, but will go on sale with some regularity. Shown above is the Rapid Movement in a straight fit.   Seiko Automatic Watches – $50 – $400+ From super simple movements that don’t hack or hand wind, to robust 200m water resistant cases with hacking and hand winding movements, Seiko makes one (many) hell of a watch(es) for the price.   Spier & Mackay regular line Suits ($350ish USD) and Sportcoats ($300ish USD) Less expensive than the Suitsupply Blue line, yet still delivers a ton of quality. Half canvas construction. Bemberg linings. Nice Australian Merino  Wool construction. And? They come in not one, but two fits. A slim, and a more forgiving/athletic “Contemporary” fit that’s been a sartorial lifesaver for those of us who spend some time in the gym. Note that they have been experimenting with fancier fabrics as of late, so not all suits will be listed at this price. But the basic lines are still there. And? They’ll even go on sale from time to time.   Adidas Stan Smith – $60 If you’re searching for the perfect, super versatile, timeless yet still somehow contemporary casual sneaker… you can stop now. Here they are. Oddly good quality leather, construction, and details (laces, reinforced eyelets, cushioning, etc.) for the price. Will get mentioned later on today in the next installment of the $1500 wardrobe.   JOMERS Button Down Polos – $25 A legitimate steal. UNIQLO seems to have discontinued their button down collar polos, and JOMERS has picked up the slack. And then some. Made in Peru, super soft oxford cotton (it’s not oxford shirt cloth, but instead an oxford weave) and just twenty five bucks. Four colors to pick from, but, as is always the case with Jomers, you gotta jump on them when a new batch of stock drops. Sizes are scattered now, but here’s hoping they bring more back in the spring.   Rapid Movement Chinos – $58.80 when 40% off ($98) multiple colors/fits Definitely has more stretch than your average stretch chino. Maybe not as stretchy as the rapid movement denim, but, more flexible. 90% cotton, 8% poly, 2% spandex. Clean hook and bar closure front. Tons of colors and fits. Size shown above is a 33×30 in the Emerson straight fit.   GAP’s Basic Leather Belt – $39.95 Belts sure can get pricey… which is strange, being that these belts will fulfill the smart-casual wardrobe wearing dude’s needs 90% of the time. Excluded from most codes and promos, but does drop in price every so often.   TheTieBar Ties & Pocket Squares Speaking of stuff that can get oddly expensive, yet doesn’t have to be…  I mean, take the pocket squares for instance. Some people will spend over $50 on a pocket square. It’s a piece of cloth. Folded. Now, I understand the allure of a spendy, Italian made, thick silk necktie. I get that. It ties better and drapes amazing and… but for $20-$25 a pop, TheTieBar can fill your rack with some variety for not much cash.   J. Crew & J. Crew Factory Sportcoats J. Crew has had its fair share of troubles as of late, but they still know how to make one hell of a sportcoat. J. Crew has the better fabrics and construction, while Factory makes reasonable facsimiles of Big Brother’s sportcoats on the cheap. Plus, the non-functioning sleeve cuff buttons stand out (in a good way) at this price point. Other affordable to downright cheap brands insist on putting functoning sleeve cuff buttons on their sport jackets, which is downright dumb, because often tailoring the damn sleeves will cost just as much if not more than the sportcoat.   UNIQLO OCBDS – $29.90 Yes, they changed the fit. And that peeved off plenty. But that move from a true slim to a more standard fit, while keeping the midweight oxford cloth, was happily appreciated by many. Not all. Some. Will go on sale for $19.90 with some regularity.   UNIQLO 100% Cashmere Knit Beanie – $29.90 Merino or Lambswool is more than fine for 90% of your body, but for your head? Where it can get a bit itchy up there? Cashmere can be the right play. Here’s your hat. All cashmere. Inexpensive, so, you won’t freak out if you lose it. Plenty of colors.   Switching to a Double Edge Safety Razor Skeptical, he who uses a vibrating, laser guided sextuplet razor equipped do-hickey? Head here for the argument as to why this really is a solid bang-for-the-buck switch.   Levis Dark Wash Denim (multiple fits) – $35.99 – $40.00 There continues to be hardly a better deal in the men’s style world than a pair of Levis in your preferred fit, in the dark and versatile “tumbled rigid” shade.   H&M “Premium Quality” Made in Portugal Shoes – $69.99 Do they have a stitched sole? Probably. Maybe? Even if they don’t, the quality of the suede, the decent construction, and the styles they make these shoes in seem to far out-pace the asking price. Might want to steer clear of the smooth leather options though. As is almost always the case, cheap suede > cheap smooth leather.   Amazon Prime Membership – $99 per year Not sure how many of you are holding out on investing in a Prime membership, but… good gravy does it save a lot of time. I used to run errands. I don’t run errands anymore. Might not be all that hot for style, still, but it absolutely delivers on the bang-for-the-buck factor (gas, wear and tear on your car, time spent running all over town), and you do get a bunch of extras, plus access to some pretty sweet deals on “Prime Day.”   Made in the USA American Optical Original Pilot Sunglasses – $50ish Good enough for astronauts, good enough for you and me. Plus the competition is well into the triple digit price range.   Gustin Made in the USA Horween Leather Briefcase – $219 Made in the USA out of Horween leather, comes in 4 colors (sometimes, currently just offered in the nut brown shown above) and it costs less than a Filson Original. Impressive. UPDATE: Looks like CXL #8 is back! And? What’d we miss? The problem with lists like this is that while potentially useful for those searching out high quality gear for a more than fair price… the author (hi!) is almost always gonna miss something obvious. Send those tips into joe@dappered.com.
The $1500 Wardrobe – Part I: Suits & Blazers
6-11-2017 17:00:09
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Suits & Blazers – The $1500 Wardrobe Part I Creating a versatile, sharp wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight. The best course of action is to go slow. But for argument’s sake, let’s say you need a major wardrobe makeover, stat. Over the next week we’ll see what a strict budget of $1500 can do. Despite prices going up everywhere, we’re still sticking with a $1500 budget. (Which is the budget we started with, seven years ago when this experiment began.) The outcome might not impress the menswear snobs, but why care? The goal is to balance quality with affordability… accessibility with versatility. Not every last stitch (like underwear) will be covered. We’re not burning the clothes you likely already have. The goal is to finish with a setup of clothes that can have someone looking great in most situations. The focus will be on affordable goods which can last with reasonable care. Also know that since tailoring costs can vary wildly, those aren’t a part of the final cost.   The Charcoal Suit: Spier & Mackay in Slim or Contemp. Fit $350 – USD ($448 CAD) People love to argue about this every year, that Charcoal is suggested over Navy as your first suit, but I still remain unswayed to the Navy side. Why Charcoal instead of Navy? Because despite most guys aesthetically favoring navy blue over charcoal grey (myself included), you can wear charcoal to a funeral. And if you’re gonna own just one suit (yes, we’re purchasing just one suit for this experiment) you have to be able to have your suit pull duty in the most somber of situations. And charcoal, especially a sharkskin option like this one from Spier & Mackay, still looks great at weddings, out for big dates, and at job interviews. Looks great with black shoes, and yes, it’ll also look great with with brown shoes. All season weight Australian merino wool. Lined in bemberg, which breathes a bit, and much better than poly. Half canvas. Softer shoulders. Curved, boat-style chest pocket. Non-functioning sleeve cuff buttons make for easy tailoring. And Spier & Mackay will pay for return shipping if it happens to not work out, as long as it’s your first suit or sportcoat purchase.   The Versatile Blue Sportcoat: JCF Flex Chino Blazer – $84 @ 50% off No, it’s not wool, but most fellas leaning on this $1500 wardrobe are gonna be new to the dressing “well” (whatever that means) game. And for most, a cotton sportcoat, in smooth chino, is gonna feel much less stuffy than a wool sportcoat. And therefor, it’ll get much more use. A full review of this thing is in the works, but know for now that it’s quite good. Totally unlined in the back for nice ventilation. Non-functioning sleeve buttons for easy tailoring. And the smooth chino “evening sky” fabric should go great with dark denim in the cooler months, and just fine with lighter weight linen or linen blend pants in the warmer months. Ignore the reviews. Those are about the khaki/olive version that was on the site last season. 50% off isn’t every day at JCF, but, with the big holiday sales coming? You should be able to get it for around that price pretty soon. TOTAL COST: $434 CASH REMAINING: $1066 NOTE: Yes really. That’s all we’re putting in this first category this year. One suit, one sportcoat. In a few years past, we’ve done multiple suits & sportcoats (full disclosure: the dude writing this is a full-blown sportcoat addict). But while we lack variety, the suit and sportcoat chosen above would be the right play in 95% of situations that arise.  Upcoming Categories:  Shoes, Shirts & Sweaters, Pants, The Rest.
Monday Sales Tripod – GAP 40% off no exclusions, Nordy Fall Clearance, & More
6-11-2017 12:00:30
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. GAP: 40% off no exclusions + free shipping w/ FRIEND Wool Blend Windowpane Slim Fit Pants – $47.97 ($79.95) Wool Blend Slim Fit Blackwatch Pants (stretch) – $47.97 ($79.95) 4-way Stretch (traveler like?) Slim Fit Jeans – $41.97 ($69.95) Basic Leather Belt in Brown or Black – $23.97 ($39.95) Gap + Clarks Bushacre Boots – $66 ($110.00) 50% Merino Wool, 50% Nylon Rugby Stripe Crewneck Sweater- $35.97 ($59.95) Suede Shirt Jacket – $220.80 ($368)  Resin Rinse Slim Fit Jeans (stretch) – $41.97 ($69.95) Stretch Cords in Slim or Straight Fit – $35.97 ($59.95) Looks like GAP has extended their friends and family offer for one more day. No exclusions here, and free shipping no minimum.  Now’s the time to pick up those things that are always excluded. Jeans, leather stuff, etc. Got some high hopes for those slim fit wool blend pants. For those with thicker legs, there’s some wool blend straight fits (albeit in not as interesting patterns) right here.   #2. Brooks Brothers: 15% off (or 25% off for cardmembers) Red Wing for Brooks Brothers 4522 Brown Pebble Leather Boots – $191.25 ($300) Red Wing Foreman Chukas – $184.70 ($290) Red Wing 9016 Cigar Featherstone Boots – $223.12 ($350) Regent Fit Plaid Hopsack Sport Coat – $254.06 ($498) No code needed here, and surprisingly, there’s still plenty of sizes left for their batch of on-sale Red Wing shoes. Code appears to be working on most, if not all of the sale section? So you can double up some savings there?   #3. Nordstrom: Up to 40% off Fall Clearance Event Allen Edmonds Cornwallis in Chili Leather – $236.98 ($395) J&M 1850 Allister Sneaker – $89.90 ($145) Sperry Gold Cyclone Boat Shoe – $95.96 ($159.95) Timex Chronograph Stripe Fabric Strap Watch, 40mm – $74.98 ($125) Jack Mason Aviation Chronograph NATO Strap Watch 42mm – $176.90 ($295) Timex Waterbury Chronograph Fabric Strap Watch, 42mm – $98.98 ($165) Vince Camuto Melton Car Coat with Removable Bib – $158.50 ($198) Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel Bag – $59.98 ($120) Started to get whiffs of this last week, but, just did a deeper dive and there’s some solid stuff in there. And remember, since it’s Nordstrom, it all ships and returns for free.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Charles Tyrwhitt: 15% off and Free Shipping until 11/14 with code FW15FS J. Crew Factory:  Extra 35% off purchase w/ JUSTINTIME Banana Republic: 50% off for cardmembers with BRCARD50 or for customers with a single use code. Picks here. Lands’ End: 40% off w/ CHERISH & 7553
A new take on MMA, The Texas Tank, & Smoke Breaks add Up
3-11-2017 11:00:13
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EVER GET THE FEELING WERE HEADED BACK? (thank you) ERIC H STEPS UP AGAIN: This week, he’s brought us a doozy of a tale about a tank, an HOA and ‘Murica. Thanks Eric! I HAD ONLY 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS THIS YEAR…So this came in handy. AT FIRST I’M LIKE…well that’s kind of ridiculous yet somehow appealing in an enjoy-it-while-gnawing-on-a-turkey-bone-kind-of-way. But then I noticed that this was basically a story about some guys having a lark. Because, fifth paragraph, second sentence. IT’S BEEN A CRAZY WEEK: Here’s a clown car of a different variety. You’re welcome. THERE ARE SOME SUPER SHITTY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD: These people are among the very worst. I DON’T CARE THAT IT’S FAKE.  (thank you) NEWMAN’S OWN: That’s quite the accessory. BECAUSE, AMERICA: We begin with drivers in Iowa, although to be fair, I’m guessing this could be anywhere. From there, a bit of an excursion southwest to Arizona where one farmer has had his share of Alien shenanigans. And to wrap up, we swing on over to Silicon Valley for an example of consequences in action. THE REST OF THE STORY: The story out of the Las Vegas shootings that people aren’t thinking about. HEY ALANIS! Now this is ironic. MEANWHILE, UNDERNEATH HAWKINS… (thank you) THAT BULLSHIT STORY YOU HEARD THIS WEEK…about compromise and the Civil War? Yeah. Totally bullshit. HEADS WILL EXPLODE: But it was only a matter of time before this happened. ONCE UPON A TIME: Italian monuments of food, fights, and festivity. It’s all kind of dreadful and fascinating at the same time. TRICK OR TREAT: Halloween’s most appropriate new arrival. BENEFITS WE WILL NEVER SEE: Maybe it’s a trend. Perhaps an outlier, but I can’t ever see something like this happening here.  INCOMING: Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. Also, mostlier. Mostliest?
Goodyear welted boots, Timex goes mechanical, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
2-11-2017 11:00:04
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    J. Crew: 25% off select coats/boots + extra 15% off $175+ w/ MOREISMORE Kenton Cap Toe Goodyear Welted Boots – $158.10 ($248) Kenton Plain Toe Goodyear Welted Boots – $202.72 ($318) Ludlow Goodyear Welted Chukkas – $158.10 ($248) Kenton “Pacer” Goodyear Welted Boots – $158.10 ($248) Dock Peacoat – $189.97 ($298) Got all that? The 25% off is listed, and then the extra 15% off that discounted price comes off with the MOREISMORE code. Nice to see their Goodyear welted Kenton boot collection getting another solid markdown. And those Ludlow chukkas continue to be tempting. It’s also not a bad time to consider their Dock Peacoat, if it’s been calling your name.   Lands’ End: 40% off w/ TOGETHER and 5712 Straight Fit 5 Pocket Stretch Moleskin Pants – $41.97 ($69.95) Merino Wool Blend Joggers – $47.99 ($99.95) Tailored Fit Wool Flannels in Gray Herringbone or Olive Plaid – $65.40 ($109) Tailored Fit Half-Canvas Italian Wool Blazer – $173.40 ($289) Primaloft Quilted Jacket – $89.40 ($149) Wool Car Coat – $179.40 ($299) Not just full price, not limited to just one item, but full price, sale, and however many items you’d like. Code and pin are good clear through next Wednesday 11/8. Hat tip to Brandon D. for pointing out that those wool blend joggers are now on sale. Weird how they went from excluded from all promos to on sale in such a short amount of time.   Bonobos: Last call for those 35% off $200+ Gilt City vouchers The Pick: Foundation Italian Wool Blazer – $195 FINAL ($400) Last chance if you haven’t nabbed one of those 35% off $200+ Gilt icty vouchers for Bonobos. That Italian wool blazer above is in fact fully lined, and I believe fused, but the wool is nice enough that I’d personally still pick it over the Half-Canvas Lands’ End option. Does appear to be final sale though, so, no returns.   Nordstrom: Even More New Additions to Sale Section   Allen Edmonds Dark Chili Fifth Avenue Cap Toe Oxford – $236.98 ($395) adidas Stan Smith Primeknit Sneaker – $65.96 ($109.95)  1901 Barrett Chukka Boot – $89.90 ($125) Jack Mason 42mm Racing Leather Strap Watch – $116.98 ($195) Jack Mason 46mm Field Leather Strap Watch – $110.98 ($185) Jack Mason 42mm Nautical Chronograph Leather Strap Watch – $164.98 ($275) Jack Mason 42mm Automatic Leather Strap Watch – $308.98 ($515) Just the other day there was something like 30-35 pages worth of goods in the Nordy sale section. Now? It’s up to 50 pages. Seems like they’re running a bit of a quiet, seasonal clearance. And even though it’s sale stuff, as always, it still ships and returns for free.   Todd Snyder: Timex Marlin – $200 | Maratac SR-35 Auto – $299 Couple of random watches for you guys. Neither is on sale, but both are pretty unique. That Timex is actually a mechanical. So, no quartz, and you have to wind it by hand. Also, at just 34mm in diameter, it’s a real throwback in terms of the size. On the right you’ve got an Automatic from Maratac. 100m water resistance, subtle branding, and powered by a hacking Seiko movement. UPDATE: Looks like the Timex Marlin is sold out. Todd Snyder has another hot Timex on their hands. Keep an eye out for re-stock updates in the coming weeks… hopefully? UPDATE II: And now it’s back in stock? For now?   Also worth a mention: Huckberry: They’ve got a pretty decent Thorogood boots sale going on. Massdrop: Made in Scotland wool scarves for $29.99 (they’ll ship around early December). JCF: 50% off their “cold weather shop.“ BR: 50% off Friends & Family. Picks and details here.
Most Wanted Affordable Style – November 2017
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Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or a quick upgrade for yourself, expect these to come around about once a month. You’ll find new arrivals and old favorites, especially good deals, or maybe something pricey to keep an eye on for future sales. The potential best of the best, which you may or may not have seen already. Got a tip on something that deserves to end up in the monthly Most Wanted? Send those in here.   Flint and Tinder Moleskin Shirt Jacket – $188 Shirt jackets are quite popular this season, and for good reason. They’re darn functional. Maybe it’s climate change, maybe it’s getting over excited about outerwear, but if you’re the type who overheats quick in a coat or jacket, then a shirt jacket might be your answer. It’s somewhere in between, say, a quilted jacket or bomber, and just throwing another sweater or shirt on. But they ARE engineered to be outerwear. Easy to get to pockets. Mid weight, super soft Italian moleskin. Snap front. Made in the USA too. Three colors to pick from.   Orvis Lambskin Driving Gloves – $89 They’re back! All sizes too. A little spendy from the jump, but, play your cards right and you might be able to nab them during some sort of promo code or sale. Really like these things since they’re ventilated but not full of so many cut outs that you lose all warmth.   DSW Aston Grey Chelseas – $109.99 Aston Grey knows how to make a decent quality shoe for cheap. And thus? These chelseas seem like a solid bet. Should drop under $100 with future codes and promos. And don’t underestimate the versatility of the dark brown sole on the black pair. That’ll make it super easy to wear black leathers (watch strap, belt) while also having other elements of brown in your getup (say, dark brown buttons on a sportcoat). Or, that could be just overthinking the hell out of it.   J. Crew Factory Wool Blend Plaid Sportcoat – $130ish A quite nice addition to the Thompson sportcoat lineup. Still has that nice, slightly lower slung button stance, so you show more shirt above the buttons and none of the shirt below the buttons. 50% wool / 50% poly shell. Sadly, a 100% poly lining. But that pattern.   UNIQLO 100% Cashmere Knit Beanie – $29.90 There’s gonna come a day, soon, where the weather goes from “oh it’s cold” to “holy crap it’s cold.” And you’ll need a hat for your head and ears. Perhaps you lost a hat last year. Maybe you moved. Perhaps you’ve got a thing about your hair that you’re finally over, and you’ve recognized that hat hair is a price that’s well worth preventing any sort of frostbite. Well? Here’s your hat. All cashmere. Inexpensive. Plenty of colors. Want more most wanted? Click here for the top 5 most wanted lists from previous months.
Banana Republic: 50% off Friends & Family Sale Picks for Men
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BRCARD50 = 50% off for cardmembers, or, use a customer specific code It’s as good as it gets for Banana Republic, but there’s a catch… it’s not open to everyone. As of post time (and I hope I get corrected) it appears that it’s select customers only. You either have to be a GAP inc. cardholder (see code above, works with BR, GAP, and Old Navy Cards) or a frequent enough customer that you got one of those long, gobbledygook single user codes in your email. Now, also worth noting that if you ARE a cardmember, you should be able to use the extra 10% off code BRCARD on top of the BRCARD50 for an additional 10% off. Got all that? Picks below reflect the 50% off deal (not the additional 10% off on top of half off). Happy hunting…   Italian Wool Blend Car Coat – $189 ($378) 80% wool / 20% Nylon. Great fabric. Big fan of the return to slanted hand pockets instead of horizontal flap pockets. Horizontal flap pockets are much more difficult to get your hands into while on the move. Size shown is a medium Also available in gray and navy. Note that this is the car coat, and not the topcoat, which does in fact have horizontal pockets and goes for an uncovered placket instead.   Rapid Movement Jeans in Slim or Straight Fit – $59 ($118) Obligatory. A total steal at this price. A new favorite, especially if you’re thicker south of your waist. Why? Because they still refuse to make traveler denim in a straight fit. Plenty stretchy, plenty comfortable, and the deep dark rinse shade is a bit more jean looking that the Traveler version. Size shown above is a 33×30 in the straight fit (they make slim and skinny too). Full review here.   Slim Dark Rinse Japanese Traveler Jean – $59 ($118) Still a favorite for many. After hundreds of reviews on the BR site, these things still have a 4.6 out of 5 star rating. Full review here.   80% Cotton / 20% Merino Color-Blocked Crew – $24.75 ($49.50) Another example of how you can be casual but still skip the hoodie. Would have been nice to have more wool in there.   Goodyear Welted Made in Spain Brogues – $175 ($350) A more autumnal offering than their loafers from a few months back. Made in Spain, Goodyear welted, and should look great with dark denim.   Italian Merino Blend Waffle Knit Shawl Collar Pullover – $64 ($128) 55% extra-fine Merino wool, 25% nylon, and 20% cotton with a classic, woven leather button at the neck. Huge fan of that texture. Also shown in navy at the top of this post.   Italian Wool Blend Jacket – $149 ($298) A refined, almost field look to it. Italian wool that’s water resistant. Hidden hood. Insulation. Plenty of pockets. There’s a lot going on here and it’s all good. Very interested in this thing.   Navy Stretch-Cotton Blazer in Slim or Standard fit – $124 ($248) Not bad. Not bad at all. Huge potential here to become a go-to basic. Italian cotton blend that’s been brushed for softness. Just a quarter lined in the back.   Extra-Fine Italian Merino Cardigan – $49.25 ($98.50) Big fan of these things. Not as slim as the J. Crew slim cardigans, but not enormous either. And the super-fine Italian wool really is something else.   Rapid Movement Chinos – $49 ($98) multiple colors/fits Definitely has more stretch than your average stretch chino. Maybe not as stretchy as the rapid movement denim, but, more flexible. 90% cotton, 8% poly, 2% spandex. Clean hook and bar closure front. Tons of colors and fits. Size shown above is a 33×30 in the Emerson straight fit.   Italian Melton Wool-Blend Short Zip Jacket – $124 ($248) Bombers are big this year. And wool? Always gonna be the king of fabrics. This combines the two. 80% wool / 20% nylon.   Extra Fine Merino Wool Scarves – $29.75 ($59.50) Acrylic scarves are junk. Go with wool. Especially a wool like BR’s extra fine merino. Lots of colors and a couple of patterns to pick from here. Big fan of the waffle pattern on the solid color options.   Italian Wool Twill Peacoat – $149 ($298) This… sure looks like they’re going for a direct competitor to J. Crew’s Dock peacoat? Not some chopped thing, but instead a little extra length and some chest high hand warmer pockets. Fabric makeup is 72% wool, 25% nylon, and 3% other. Always wonder what that “other” is. Anyway, kinda sorta has some Bond looks on a budget here. It’s not as thick as you think it would be, but the fabric is good and dense. Should keep you warm. Size shown is a medium.   Slim Traveler Pant – $49.25 ($98.50) Rave reviews on these pants. Listed as 99% cotton, 1% elastane, but people are loudly singing the praises of the comfort and flexibility of these things. 5 pocket design. Lots of shades to pick from. A new favorite for plenty, but not offered in straight fit for those of us with thicker legs.   Shearling Gloves – $44.75 | Wool-Blend Snap Gloves – $39.75 Shearling gloves have been oddly tough to find the last year or two. Especially at this kind of price. Also available in black. Meanwhile, a bit cheaper would be the wool blend wrist snap options. Not bad at all.   Don’t-Sweat-It Polo – $24.75 ($49.50) Haven’t seen these in person yet, but reader David P. seems to think they have serious potential: “This polo is amazing. Fit and fabric/material is spot on. Similar to Uniqlo’s performance/dry-fit polos but nicer. I’m in love with these things.” Well then… Noted. Thanks David.   Extra-Fine Italian Merino Stripe Crew – $39.75 ($79.50) A casual but still put together basic. Nautical inspired stripes, extra fine merino wool, and a fair price with the discount.   Heritage Long Trench Coat – $164 ($328) Longer than a lot of mid-thigh coats, but not Bogart mid-shin long. Should hit just at about the knee or thereabouts. Nylon/poly blend.   Water-Repellent Mac Jacket – $114 ($228) Mainly cotton, but with enough nylon in it to keep the rain from soaking in. Liking that olive color option. Not something you see every day, and would look good with dark denim. Good for those that either run warm, or, don’t live in a climate that necessitates a big heavy topcoat. Size shown above in a medium. Looks like this offer, at least for cardmembers, runs clear through 11/6.
Best of Threads: Smart Homes, Stolen Watches, and Black Friday (already)
31-10-2017 22:00:35
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What’s Dappered Threads? It’s our forum. Launched in 2011, Threads is a not too big, not too small, just-right-sized forum that doesn’t put up with snobbery. All thanks to the users and hardworking mods. Once a month, one of the users/mods from Threads provides us with a highlight package of the last few weeks.   WIWT Looking for a little sartorial inspiration? The What I Wore Today thread has got you covered. Snake Doctor shared the above pic of a casual ensemble he wore while hiking his rescue pup (also decked out) in Shenandoah Nat’l Park earlier this month. The look might be casual, but with brands like Gustin, Shockoe Atelier, and Truman Boot Co., it’s obviously that S.D. like to make investments in quality clothing. Some other fine looks from October? Nandyn posted some good casual looks, pizza socks and all. Useknifeonly was digging his first pair of Jomers pants. DocDave stepped up his game in blues. And a lovely threads connection was made, when armedferret realized he was not alone in his affinity for animal head masks.   Black Friday Preparation and Tips Black Friday, already? Sweet baby jeebus. There might be some excitement for the supposed mightiest of all shopping days, but Threads users seem to agree on one thing: it ain’t that big of a deal. Literally. .brian., hockeysc23, and DocDave all agree, buying just because it’s on sale is not the best game plan. Scofield recommended already knowing your sizes and fits at the places you plan to shop. Evenflow and Hierophant take the approach of waiting until after Christmas to catch the best deals. Have a strategy to share ? Head on over to the thread.   Well, gents, back to one watch for me Crime happens, and it happened to one of our own. Mad Martigan was robbed last month, and concerning his watches, left him with just his trusty Luminox Sentry until he can build his collection back up. Many condolences were offered, and hornspun84 offered the silver lining that Mad Martigan can rethink his collection and purchase back what he wants. The conversation turned to insurance and cataloging valuables. The good news is that Mad Martigan found his stolen guitar pop up for sale on Craigslist, and the detective working his case got it back for him.     Smart home? Creature is looking to make some upgrades in his current home in order to automate, but needed some advice on an app that could control all of his installations, rather than using a separate app for each one. CMAc7 imported all his smart devices into his Amazon Echo, a.k.a. Alexa. As he explains it: To control all of this in one app, I imported it all into Amazon Alexa, thereby enabling voice control for everything. As an example I now can say, “Alexa turn on Netflix”, and it turns on the tv, turns on surround sound receiver, switches to the correct input, turns on Roku, switches Roku to Netflix app, turns off overhead lights, turns on my fireplace mood light to a 40% dim and turns on my tv backlight all at once. Pretty nifty. Ajs116 gave a reminder that Apple’s Homekit will do the same. But then armedferret reminded everyone of the possibility of hacking, and this led to an interesting discussion about how connected tech is allowing companies to aggregate information on people, which also led some guys to admitting that they’re looking to unplug more, rather than plug in.   Organization for Socks Perhaps not the most thrilling of topics, but it definitely resonated with Threads users. Proteus posted for the first time, and asked about a subject that is common across most people, how do you organize your socks? Turns out he came across a pair he hadn’t seen in 6 months and figured it was time to get his sock drawer under control. Bixmeister pointed proteus towards the Dial Dream drawer organizer at Target, while ianr suggested the Amazon option he went with, as show above. He then admitted that prior to using the plastic honeycomb dividers, he used the cardboard dividers out of a box of cupcakes, which got DocDave thinking that he might be able to use the cardboard dividers from a case of beer. The beer needs to be drank first. Who’s up for heading over to DocDave’s?
The Best in Affordable Style from the Month that Was – Oct. ’17
31-10-2017 11:00:18
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A wise man once asked: “What the hell just happened?” And for good reason. There is value in looking back. It gives us all a good gauge as to what is good, and more importantly, what is not good, going forward. Sure, the “clip show” is mostly a cheap (affordable?) device to create new content out of already published stuff. But it’s also a good way to catch up in case you missed something. So cue the flashback music. Here’s the very best from the month that was…   Best Sale: Allen Edmonds Rediscover America Sale (exp) It’s over now, but this is one of the better sales Allen Edmonds runs every year. With markdowns both on the main site, as well as factory 2nds quality shoes, there’s hardly a better time to pick up some high quailty, American made footwear. Those Mcallisters? $245. For first quality. Those Higgins Mill boots? $250. And they come with a studded danite sole. Sale had launched just in time for boot weather to start showing up too.   Best Ind. Item Deal: Woolrich Yankee for $130 ($350) We’re a little shoe heavy to start this post, but, it really was the best individual item deal. USA made, Goodyear welted boots, made out of horween leather, for $130. That’s downright shocking. Naturally, they didn’t last long.   Most Honest Post: Things Normal People Don’t Notice (but you might think they do) The response on social media, to this post, was pretty wide ranging. Everything from “good reminder” to “this misses the point” to “3, 5, 7, 13, 14 are always noticed on me.”   Most Useful Post: 10 Things that’ll change your look for the better… that aren’t clothes There’s only so much that well tailored sport coat can distract from.   Most Underrated Fall Fabric: Moleskin Look, wool is the grand champion, for sure, but moleskin doesn’t get nearly enough love. It’s warm, it’s soft, and it’s cotton so it’s super easy to take care of/launder. Plus, no moles are actually harmed in the making of moleskin! So, it’s got that going for it. Which is nice.   Easiest Costume to Pull off: “The Hef” That burgundy shawl collar velvet jacket ain’t cheap, but… you end up with a burgundy velvet shawl collar jacket! Throw that on, top off with the hat, and everyone knows who you’re going as for Halloween, no matter the rest of the outfit. Plus, you can take alllllll the pictures with the “sexy Pac-Man Ghosts.“ Wait… what? I understand nothing. Be careful out there tonight.   Most Wheelhouse Post: Best Sportcoats/Blazers of Fall 2017 See? The leaves are making a pocket square! Because it’s a post about fall sportcoats. Now it’s that kind of creative genius that gets you your own men’s style website. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I’m Idaho!   2nd Most Wheelhouse Post: 6 Styles of Boots worth Owning  Published on October 9th, when most of us were starting to drag those boots back out of storage, and featured the likes of chelseas to chukkas and everything in between. Picks too, from cheap to spendy.   Worst Feedback: Burgundy Chinos Via Social Media: “How to wear pink pants? How about just don’t?” – Roger B.  Your definition of “pink” blows. Work on that.   Most Shocking post: Land’s End Joggers Steal Alert Whatever.   Sneakiest Knife: Copper River Knife – $68 Took me more than a few seconds to find the knife in the picture above from this post. It’s actually modeled after the ulu, an all purpose knife used by Inuit people. Ah HA! There it is. Pretty cool. Sorta related but not really, I was never good at those magic eye posters either. I’m also, often, a pretty dull blade. Feeling Nostalgic? Here’s the archive containing previous editions of Best of the Month that Was.
The 7 Types of Watch Guys
30-10-2017 16:00:21
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  The Inexpensive Automatic Guy Possible Watches for this Person Orient Bambino (multiple styles) – Mid $100s Seiko SKX line – $200ish Invicta Pro Diver – $80 Hamilton Khaki Field – $380 We live in an amazing time. If, for whatever reason, you see the romance in having a tiny, mechanical machine, with gears and springs whirring about while keeping the time on your wrist, devoid of electrical power? Then you’ve got a ton of affordable options. Sure, they might lose a few seconds a day in terms of accuracy, but if you were really that concerned about keeping up with the Navy Master Clock, wouldn’t you just get a quartz?   The Quartz is JUST FINE guy Possible Watches for this Person Seiko SNDC3 Chrono – $99.99 Timex T49905 Black Brass Case Chrono – $53.30 Timex Navi Ocean Leather Strap – $140  Daniel Wellington – $80 – $100 Armogan Le Mans – $220 Skagen Holst Multi Function – $85 Speaking of Quartz… while it lacks the old-timey romance that mechanical watches carry, they’re more accurate, more durable, and cheaper. Wristwatches are one of the few markets where technological innovation has led to more efficient, more economical products, yet a good chunk of the consumer base clings to the old, less advanced technology. But there are plenty who recognize the absurdity of this, and wear a quartz with pride because of it.   The Beater Watch Guy Possible Watches for this Person Timex Scout – $35 – $50 Seiko 5 SNK80 Series Automatic – $53.40 Casio 200m Diver – $45ish He might have some “fine” timepieces on a winder or in a case somewhere, but this is the type who proudly wears a cheap, durable “beater” watch most of the time. Also includes the types who hate carrying their phone on them all the time, yet don’t understand why someone would spend any substantial amount of money on a watch.   The Smart Watch Guy Possible Watches for this Person Apple Watch – $329+ Samsung Gear S3 – $297.92 Withings Activité Sapphire – $197.95 Always up on the latest technology. Perhaps an Apple fanboy. Or, always wanted to be just like Dick Tracy. Perhaps on a bit of a fitness kick and is tracking his steps/heart rate/etc. The venn diagram of this type of watch guy, and the next type of watch guy below, almost never intersects.   The Luxury Watch Guy Possible Watches for this Person Tudor Black Bay – $2800 – $4000 Rolex Submariner – $7500 – $8500 Omega Speedmaster – $3475 – $5000 IWC Portuguese Chronograph – $5400 The absurd amounts of money that can be spent on what is in essence a wearable antiquated bit of technology (imagine dropping a few grand on, I don’t know, a walkman) is frankly, absurd. Yet, plenty of men do it. And then one day they/we will look back, on our death beds, as to all of the emotional holes that those expensive wristwatches were intended to fill, and with our dying breath we shall sit stark upright in bed, grip the hospital bed sheet, and cry out through spittle dusted lips… OOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalurhagslhalhlwpppblpbltt….   The Rare Maker/Brand Guy Possible Watches for this Person No watch brands listed here, on a mainstream website, could satisfy the scarcity demanded by the “Rare Maker/Brand” Guy. In fact, the Nomos shown above is almost certainly not rare enough. “Oh sure, Well-Known-Brand makes a decent watch, but if you’re looking for an alternative that’s made by mustachioed, monocle wearing elves in the German black forest who exclusively speak Klingon (Q’plah!) while on the job, then you should try brand-no-one-has-ever-heard-of-yet-somehow-exists.”    The Bigger is Better Guy Possible Watches for this Person Diesel “Mr. Daddy” – $200 Citizen Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter – $460.99 Maratac Pilot Large Size – $450 (depending on the wearer)  Hamilton Khaki Belowzero – $1095 Breitling Super Avenger II – $3950 Whatever Arnold’s wearing Like Truck Nutz, a sure sign that someone just might be over-compensating for lack of size in another area. Yet, there’s a certain contingent of watch snobs out there who think anything over 40-41mm in diameter falls into this “LOOK AT MY WATCH” gargantuan category. And frankly, that’s just not true. Some people are larger than others, and proportionally, a larger watch looks better on their wrist. Some prefer smaller, more classically sized (as in, developed and released when humans on average were smaller) wrist watches. Bottom line: The Bigger is Better Guy shouldn’t be tough to get a consensus on. And don’t look down your nose too hard at him. I think we’ve all been at a point when we were trying a little too hard.
Monday Sales Tripod – Red Wing Sale at Brooks Bros, Express 40% off picks, & More
30-10-2017 11:00:38
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. EXPRESS: Up to 40% off Everything Cotton/Nylon Trench Coat – $100.80 ($168) Nylon/Wool/Viscose Shawl Collar Cardigan – $58.80 ($98) Textured Filled Bomber Jacket – $100.80 ($168) Slim Photographer Double Knit Blazer – $118.80 ($198) Merino Wool Blend Performance Crew Neck Sweater – $41.94 ($69.90) Color Blocked Zip Sweater – $52.80 ($88) Long Sleeve Polo Sweater – $35.94 ($59.90) Navy Wool Blend Topcoat – $178.80 ($298) “Up to?” Bummer. Not everything is 40% off. But plenty is. Picks above are limited to those items that are getting the full 40% off cut. Lots of simple pieces with a bit of a retro influence this season, and, lots to pick from that doesn’t have logos or goofy words sprawled across em’.   #2. Brooks Brothers: Red Wing Discounts Red Wing for Brooks Brothers 4522 Brown Pebble Leather Boots – $225 ($300) Red Wing Foreman Chukas – $217.50 ($290) Red Wing 8111 Amber Harness Boots – $240 ($320) Red Wing 9016 Cigar Featherstone Boots – $262.50 ($350) Ah HA. So that’s who Nordstrom is pricematching their 9016 boots to. And it’s more than just those. Check out those chukkas. I need another pair of chukkas like I need another hole in my already hole-filled noggin’, but… dang. Those would do nicely. All made in the USA of course.   #3. Massdrop: Polarized Ray-Ban Aviators – $79.99 FINAL Not bad for a pair of polarized classics. And these are the classic aviator shape. Not squared off like the Caravan. Final sale here of course, since it’s Massdrop. 58mm lens size. Going for $99.99 over at Jomashop.   BONUS:  Target 30%  off Bedding and Bath (Dappered Space picks) Project 62 Modern Sandstone Bath Coordinates – $5.59 to $6.99 ($7.99 to $9.99) Neu Home Bathroom Spacesaver 3-Tier Shelf Unit – $37.79 ($53.99) Oxford Stitch Shower Curtain – $20.99 ($29.99) Omron Full-Body Sensor Body Composition Monitor & Weight Scale – $42.69 ($60.99) Fieldcrest Linen Hem Stitch Bedskirt – $27.99 to $31.49 ($39.99 to $44.99) Project 62 Oversized Throw Blanket – $20.99 ($29.99) Sweaterknit Oversized Throw Pillow – $20.99 ($29.99) Project 62 Green Dot Woven Duvet Cover Set – $48.99 to $55.99 ($69.99 to $79.99) This time of year might mean hosting a few extra people in your house, which could call for some additional towels or bed sheets. Or perhaps it’s just time for an upgrade on the linens you’ve been using for a while now. Whatever the reason, Target is offering a solid discount of 30% off all bedding and bath right now. A good time to stock up!   Also worth a mention on a Monday Gilt City: Their 35% off $200+ at Bonobos voucher might still be available… Lands’ End: 30% off reg. priced items & 40% off outerwear w/ MAGIC and 4451 UNIQLO: Their OCBDs are $10 off. Down to $19.90 from $29.90.
Witch Windows, UPS Drivers and Dogs, & the man to thank for living past the age of 10.
27-10-2017 12:00:42
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CHEEKY: (thank you) NO MORE AMERICAN SELVEDGE DENIM? This seems to be the case. HEADS UP FELLAS: Once upon a time a gang of Aussies inquired about the possibility of fixing one’s ticker. Bad news. Sometimes, that’s not possible. With something-more-than-broken results. LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: You might also call it advice. This is relevant to my interests. Perhaps yours as well. SEASONALLY RELEVANT WIKIPEDIA ENTRY OF THE WEEK: And suddenly I’m looking at houses in an entirely new light. Also, I don’t live anywhere near these houses so mostly I’m just a driving hazard. I GOT A ROCK. (thank you) HISTORICAL ARTIFACT OF THE WEEK: This is the single most perfect illustration of American life circa 1985. Also, it’s the best part of the movie it comes from. THE PUP PARADE: So…do we call them G-DOGS? Inquiring minds and all that. Also, doesn’t this blow their cover? MACRO-LIFE: The fungus among us. KARMA IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM: More of this kind of thing please. ME. AT THE END: (thank you) YA EVER FEEL LIKE…you’re being conned? Also, this explains so much. ONCE UPON A TIME…this kind of education began in middle school if not earlier. It was part of the curriculum. And then, over the course of a generation, it wasn’t. Also, I would totally sign up. MODEST AND HUMBLE: Is this the future of sports journalism? FLIP-FLOPS: Version, uh, something point something. These could be kind of important. “SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES!” (thank you) We are super happy that our intrepid Chief Content Contributor, ENDURO Division, kicked hiney in his first event. And he still had the time to provide a great deal of linkety-link-links this week. Way to go Eric H! PAGING CHICKEN LITTLE: Keep an eye on the sky with an assist from SCIENCE! HEADS UP: This is nowhere near affordable style. I’m going to make a house payment. You go ahead though. ROCK N’ ROLL RIP: So long and thanks for being a trailblazer.  BON APPETIT: No, really. TARGET: Now for Furries! INCOMING! Daniel Day Lewis has announced that this is his last movie. The buzz on this one is pretty big. THE HOUNDS OF LOVE: UPS and pups. This is really sweet. SOON. (thank you) OH HELL NO: Do you have issues about sweating? Yeah? No. BECAUSE, ART: Maybe it’s because I’ve always been fascinated and kind of freaked out about what lies beneath, or maybe it’s because I’m a cephalopod fanboy or maybe it’s just because this is so grand and I love everything about it. SPEAKING OF SEA CRITTERS: Sometimes they are found in unexpected places. SURPRISE! About those retirement plans… THE HEADLESS HESSIAN: (thank you) WAIT…CAN IT BE? Yes. Yes it is. We have a DOG trifecta this week. It turns out, yours is talking to you. Yes, you. PERSPECTIVE: Sometimes it’s nice to stop and appreciate the people who have helped us get where we are today. Like this dude.  HEY YOU GUYS! Cool ancient history stuff is happening again in the middle east. #weknownothing DAMN NATURE: What are you smoking? Because I’d totally yelp like an ankle biter if I saw one of these. WHATEVER YOU DO…don’t be this guy. INCOMING! I mean, really, I can’t wait.  Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly (That’s gonna leave a mark).
$50 off Spier & Mackay Suits, Extra 50% off the BR sale section, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
26-10-2017 16:27:25
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Spier & Mackay: $50 off regular suits w/ SUIT50 No need for bulk buys this time. Need a suit? You can buy just one and save $50 CAD. That puts their basic line down to about $310 USD once you do the conversion. Not bad for a half-canvas, all merino wool, bemberg lined suit. Meanwhile, you can find a review of their more generous/better for broader guys “Contemporary Fit” right over here.   Bonobos: New Arrivals + 35% off $200+ Gilt City Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool 1/4 Lined Blazer – $325 ($500) multiple colors/patterns 2 pairs of Flannel Lined 5-Pocket Pants – $179.40 total ($276 total)  2 pairs of Fireside Flannel Chinos – $166.40 total ($256 total)  Just-added-to-Sale-Section Foundation Italian Wool Blazer – $195 ($400)  Still surprised that Gilt City is running a whopping 35% off deal for Bonobos. Yes, $200 is no small threshold. BUT, Bonobos is a spendy joint, and they’ve really curtailed codes and promos this last year or two. And 35% off is more than the norm for them. Meanwhile, they just dropped a bunch of new arrivals. So, if you’re the type who’s just fine holding his nose at the Wal-Mart wafts, and is gonna stick with his preferred curved waistband pants partner, then have at it.   Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sale section (no code needed) Slim Gray Plaid Linen Blazer – $85.49 ($228) Slim Luxury-Touch Rugby Stripe Polo – $20.99 ($49.50) Slim Luxury-Touch Polo with Piping – $20.99 ($49.50) Standard Non-Iron Stretch Cotton Solid Pant – $34.49 ($98.50) Slim Luxury-Touch Dot Polo – $20.99 ($49.50) Heritage Quilted Jacket – $59.49 ($198) Certainly has a seasonal clearance feel to it. Sizes are super scattered. Items above have at least some average/normal size selections available at post time, but, know that those could dry up quick. Meanwhile, if you’re a GAP inc. cardmember, I think (think?) that using the code BRCARD should knock another 10% off the price at checkout.   Huckberry: Scottish made Shetland Wool Sweaters – $120 They ain’t cheap, but they’re something you’re gonna wear and rely upon for years and years to come. Something of a legend. J. Press carries something similar… for $245.   Nordstrom: New Additions to Sale Section?   Red Wing Beckman in Black Cherry – $255 ($350) Red Wing Beckman in Cigar Brown – $289 ($350) Various Timex Archive Models – $62.98 – $102.98 ($105 – $180) Looks like some of the Timex Archive watches are now finally getting a cut? Doesn’t appear to be any of the new timepiece designs (like the Navi) but there are plenty of good looking pieces with not-so-normal straps to look at. Meanwhile, for those Redwings… Not sure who they’re price matching, but considering that Nordstrom does free shipping and free returns on everything, it’s gonna be tough to top that. No clue when this price matching is set to come to an end, so, apologies if this vaporizes before you can take advantage. But $100 off first quality USA made Beckmans in that Black Cherry color? That’ll do nicely. A quintessential #4 from over here.   Also worth a mention: J. Crew: Free shipping no min through today, 10/26. GAP: Most of the site is on sale, and you can knock an extra 20% off with ALLGOOD. Also, you can get free shipping on all orders w/ ITSFREE
The Playlist – October 2017
25-10-2017 23:00:56
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Music is a little like food and clothes. These are areas where it’s probably worthwhile for one to explore & expand their tastes. The Playlist is assembled each month by Dappered’s very own music correspondent, Tim Johnstone. Tim is a former Virgin Records Label Rep & current award winning Program Director at KRVB, which was awarded the FMQB AAA station of the year markets 50+. You can also catch his work on Fridays when he assembles the Weekend Dossier. Got a Spotify account? You’ll find a link to this month’s playlist at the end of the post.   A Perfect Circle – “The Doomed” This was something of a surprise. Because, honestly, any new music from Maynard James Keenan is a surprise these days. My favorite response to this song so far? MAYNARD TAKE MY MONEY GODDAMNIT! The other favorite went something like this: YAARGLEBBBFFFT!   Tears For Fears – “I Love You But I’m Lost” Another surprise. Not just because this is the first new music from the band since 2004 (they have been working on a new album for a couple years). And it’s not because this is from yet another greatest hits collection. It is because this is one of the more flat-out joyful songs the band has ever released. From the outset, this is a different Tears For Fears. It is Arena Rock Tears For Fears. But it’s the chorus that is the real pay off here. It is a big giant burst of what the band has always excelled at, only decidedly positive. Can’t wait to hear the album, expected next year.   Julien Baker – “Turn Out The Lights” This woman has me wrapped around her fingers at the moment. This is raw, engaging and lovely even when the circumstances seem to be otherwise and is so immediate that I feel like I’m overhearing something I shouldn’t.   Destroyer – “Tinseltown Swimming In Blood” When he’s not making harmony driven indie rock with The New Pornographers, Dan Bejar records under the name Destroyer. He’s recently released his 16th record under that name (by my count) and he continues to create slightly weird, always intriguing warped pop. Arrangements are something Bejar excels at, and “Tinseltown” is draped in mid 80’s English sonic references.   Juke Ross – “Shadows In The Dark” Juke Ross went from teaching himself how to play guitar to getting signed to a major record label in about eighteen months. And he did so from Guyana. He’s just 22. He might be the definition of an old soul. He definitely has a gift. From the rhythm of his lyrics to the tone of his voice, he creates something that stands apart. Here’s another great song from his upcoming ep.   Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – “Halloween” (John Carpenter cover) At once creepy and claustrophobic, familiar and completely new. (Not for sale at this time.)   Calexico – “End Of The World With You” I’ve read somewhere that this is a comeback album but that doesn’t ring true to me. Calexico has been making solid southwest American desert rock ever since they disbanded their beloved outfit Giant Sand. For a song about what might be coming our way, this is the happiest song they’ve served up in a while. Not quite this generation’s “Santa Monica (Watch The World Die)” but I’ll take it.   ODESZA featuring Leon Bridges – “Across The Room” Hey! You got EDM stuff in my Neo-R&B. You got Neo-R&B in my EDM stuff. Let’s grab a rad old-timey sample and take this to the next level. If I’m being honest, there’s a lot less of the electronics here than Leon’s brand of low-key sweetness.   Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – “Matter of Time” Having lost her battle with cancer just about a year ago, this posthumous album gives fans one more collection of first rate old fashioned Rhythm & Blues. “Matter of Time” is classic Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. You can’t help but imagine how much great music Sharon would have given us.   Blitzen Trapper – “Wild and Reckless” Thankfully, this Portland, OR band never settles on a singular sound. Instead, they’ve made their way through variations on the Americana genre the last several albums, but “Wild and Reckless” is something new and not so new at the same time. This song is from a stage production the band spent the “better part of a year producing.” So it should come as no surprise that one can hear elements of classic rock endeavors which have proceeded it. From Meatloaf to Springsteen, there are assorted nods to what has come before. And it’s 100% sincere. (Note: This gets released on 11/03/17.)    MGMT – “Little Dark Age” They’re back! And to be honest, this is about as straightforward as MGMT get. From an arrangement standpoint, sonically, this could have been released in 1986. It retains the band’s tendency for offbeat imagery and humor. But really, with the exception of the interlude before the final chorus, this is nearly an exercise in mid 80’s new wave.   Hamilton Leithauser – “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” featuring Angel Olsen I am not going to apologize for loving this grand, swooning ballad from the former lead singer of Walkmen. Leithauser has a voice made for this stuff, and indie-rock’s favorite chanteuse absolutely matches him note for note. It’s nearly a spectacle. This is a good thing.   THE CLASSIC: Geraldine Fibbers – “Dragon Lady” This is not for the feint of heart. Geraldine Fibbers burned bright and fast and they would have been unimaginable without Nirvana. But The Fibbers were so very much Los Angeles. And this gut-wrenching track from their album “Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home” is their defining moment. It is visceral, brutal and ecstatic. It is beautiful, ragged, raw and it is nearly unhinged. It is also cathartic as fuck and it makes me feel ALIVE with every listen. It was primal scream grunge and it still connects. A glorious din indeed. For previous editions of The Playlist, see the growing archive here. Click here for the Spotify playlist.
Style Scenario: Fall Gastro Pub Date
25-10-2017 12:00:00
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. This is about as wheelhouse as it gets for this site. Not just the outfit, but the occasion as well. Meeting up with someone attractive to down a couple of craft beers and good food? Who wouldn’t want that? Plus, it’s the perfect time of year for ducking into a neighborhood pub that’s anything but a dive, and instead has good food and a great atmosphere. The Sportcoat: J.Crew Ludlow Blazer in Herringbone English Tweed – $298. Lightly constructed but still sharp, this is the perfect fall sportcoat to wear with jeans. Will go on sale eventually, but has yet to this season. NOTE: Say you’re a younger fella. College aged or so. If you’re gonna feel a bit… stuffy in a sportcoat? That’s completely understandable. Switch that sucker out for a lightweight merino v-neck or cardigan. Just make sure it’s lightweight so you’re not sweating buckets inside. The Shirt: Nordstrom Smartcare in Light Blue – $55. Or, whatever your favorite light blue dress shirt happens to be. I’d go with a poplin though. Skip the heavier fabrics like oxford cloth. The Coat: Target Goodfellow & Co. Wool Blend Topcoat in Camel – $79.99. Lots of class on a budget. 66% wool, 27% poly, 5% acrylic, 2% other. The Belt: Target Goodfellow & Co. Suede Belt – $19.99. While we’re digging around at Target, why not a basic, dark brown suede belt to add a little fall texture? The Watch: Timex Expedition Scout Chrono – $60.45. Because if the date is going poorly, it’s much easier to quietly glance at your watch than rip out your phone to check the time. But here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen. The Socks: Nordstrom Merino Blend Over the Calf in Navy – $14.50. Slim, durable, and great at keeping your feet comfortable. That, and since they’re over the calf they won’t slouch down as the day wears on. The Boots: Aston Grey Wingtip Boot – $119. Sure, the JC Penney option is cheaper (or, are the deacons discontinued?!) but every time those get mentioned we get emails about how the quality has taken a turn for the worse. Aston Grey is a DSW brand that has yet to let me down in terms of quality, and looks great on a budget. Will go on sale from time to time. The Jeans: Old Navy Slim Built-In Flex 360° Jeans – $43.99 w/ SWEET. Basically Old Navy’s version of big brother BR’s rapid movement / traveler denim options. 89% cotton, 8% polyester, 3% spandex. The Entertainment: Darts or Bar Shuffleboard. Something pretty cool happens when you’re just distracted enough by a game… you open up and relax. And the same goes for your date. So grab a few pints and start throwing darts.
Style Scenario: Spending Halloween at Home
24-10-2017 23:00:49
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. A good majority of you will be spending Halloween at home, and you’ll want to be comfortable as you laugh at the poor schmucks slogging around in the cold for a few pieces of candy. If you decide to hand out candy, these easy layers will keep you warm while you open the door multiple times. The Sweater: J.Crew Factory Cotton Seedstitch Cardigan – $44.50. 100% cotton. Great reviews. A stylish hoodie alternative that will be easy to throw on when answering the door for trick or treaters. Half off and ships free, through today, 10/24/ The Henley: Target’s Goodfellow & Co Long Sleeve Henley in Grey – $14.99. Cheap and comfortable. A basic layer, with lots of color options, and easy to get your hands on. The Belt: Gap Classic Suede Belt – $39.95. Or, whatever preferred casual belt you happen to have on hand. The Pants: Banana Republic Mason Tapered Rapid Movement Chino in Charcoal – $98. The same chinos from today’s How to Wear it post, but in another versatile fall color, charcoal. These will be comfortable enough when you have to get up off the couch multiple times to answer your door. The Beverage: North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. Spendy, since it’s an imperial and comes in four packs, but it’s a legend for a reason. 75 IBUs so there’s a bit of hops in there too. Perfect for a cold, fall evening. The Watch: Seiko SNZG15 Automatic – $116.63. Inexpensive, durable, automatic, and a nicely sized casual diameter of 42mm. 100m water resistance, so you don’t need to be scared about wearing it out in the rain. Nylon strap = functional without having to worry about taking care of leather, plus, it also means you don’t have to concern yourself with matching it to your belt. The Entertainment: CBS Online Star Trek Discovery – $5.99/mo (first week free). I can hear the groans from here, “Star Trek??” Now look, this isn’t your parent’s Star Trek. The acting is a step above, the action is impressive, and the costuming/makeup is phenomenal. Only available to watch on the CBS app. Whether you have a soft spot for Sci-Fi or not, give it a chance, you won’t be disappointed. The Socks: Wigwam Merino Crew – $10 – $15. Crazy durable, comfortable, and washable. Also great for running in when the temps start to dip. The Slippers: Armor Lux Striped Wool Slippers – $53ish (45 Euros). Unlike cheap slippers with poly faux-fleece linings, these won’t suffocate your feet and give you swamp foot in the process. Nice and breathable. Made in France. Ships worldwide but you’re on the hook for returns. Might run a half size large. Maybe. Find your European shoe size here. The Candy: MARS Chocolate Favorites Fun Size Candy Bars Variety Mix 60-Piece Bag – $8.68. Grab a couple bags and you’ll be set for all the cute whipper snappers ringing your doorbell. Or, if you aren’t going to be giving out candy, remember to turn your porch light off so that you can enjoy the evening in peace.
How To Wear It: Burgundy Chinos
24-10-2017 17:00:08
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B.R. Tapered Rapid Movement Chinos – $63 w/ BRMORE ($98) Burgundy is one of the hallmark colors of fall. Yet, a lot of men don’t even bother to wear it, or when they do, they wear it in limited amounts. It’s no wonder. Who wants to be “red pants!” guy? But… these aren’t fire engine red. The pants in question, here, are burgundy. Or wine. Or claret. Or… you get the idea. It’s still a bit out there, but not nearly as loud. And there are ways to tone them down. Keep any patterns around them simple, and contrast on the more kind side. Here’s six outfit suggestions in case you do want to dip a toe in the red burgundy pants waters.   With a Grey Cord Blazer and Black Chukkas Sportcoat: J. Crew (from a few years back) but this or this (even though it’s not corduroy) should work too. The Shirt: Ledbury Semi-spread blue fine twill – $145 (20% off if you get two). Or, whatever pale blue dress shirt you favor. The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt – $39.95 (but does go on sale) The Boots: Clark’s Bushacre 2 in Black Suede -$47.99 The Watch: Standard Issue Instruments Pilot Mission Timer (discontinued) Could you go with brown suede chukkas and a brown belt here? Of course. But that might be a little too much “warmth” for one outfit. A smart casual black belt and black suede chukkas cools it down just enough, while the pale blue shirt is much less high-contrast compared to a white shirt.   With a Navy Polo and Grey Suede Chukkas Polo: Banana Republic Luxe Touch – $26.70 @ 40% off ($44.50) The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt – $39.95 The Boots: Wolverine Marco Made in Portugal Suede Chukkas – $125.99 The Watch: Armogan Spirit of St. Louis – $225 For those who are still having a couple of warm days here and there. Another take on the chinos, chukkas, polo look. Simple and effective but still with plenty of color. Big fan of those grey suede chukkas from Wolverine. They aren’t from the thousand-mile line, but they’re still awfully good for the price.   With a Plaid Topcoat, Sweater, and Casual Derbies Coat: Uniqlo Wool/Cashmere Topcoat – $129.90 ($149.90) The Shirt: Nordstrom Smartcare – $55 The Sweater: J. Crew Factory Merino V- Neck – $35-$40ish The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt – $39.95 The Shoes: Banana Republic Grey Suede Cap-Toes (discontinued) The Watch: Armogan Spirit of St. Louis – $225 Layered up and simple. If you don’t have grey derbies, grey chukkas (like the Wolverine “Marco”) would do just fine too… as would brown shoes. Might want to stick with suede though. A smooth, highly polished leather might shout a bit too much against that red.   With a Grey V-Neck and Casual Derbies The Shirt: Ledbury blue striped button down (discontinued) The Sweater: GAP Merino V-Neck – $35.97 @ 40% off ($59.95) The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt – $39.95 The Shoes: Banana Republic Grey Suede Cap-Toes (discontinued) The Watch: Armogan Spirit of St. Louis – $225 Just a hint of a pattern on the shirt, and a pale grey sweater to keep things on the cooler-toned side (at least up top). Another look where grey suede shoes aren’t necessary, and brown could easily be swapped in.   With a Grey Herringbone Blazer and Suede Chukkas Sportcoat: Spier & Mackay Grey Herringbone (sold out) The Shirt: Ledbury Semi-spread White Fine Twill – $145 (20% off if you get two) Or, whatever white dress shirt you favor. The Boots: 1901 Suede Chukkas in Dark Brown Suede – $125 The Watch: Armogan Spirit of St. Louis – $225 A bit more dressed up, and might be a little too flashy for some. Want to tone it down? Switch out the high contrast white shirt for light blue, and you’ll be good to go.   With a Navy Cardigan and Suede Chukkas The Cardigan: J. Crew Merino Slim Fit – $89.50 The Shirt: Ledbury Semi-spread Blue Fine Twill – $145 (20% off if you get two) Or, whatever pale blue dress shirt you favor. The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt – $39.95 The Boots: 1901 Suede Chukkas in Dark Brown Suede – $125 The Watch: Standard Issue Instruments Pilot Mission Timer (discontinued) Close to the Spier & Mackay sportcoat look, only with a more casual, rugged watch, and a laid back cardigan instead of a sportcoat. Looks like something Cary Grant might have worn on his downtime.
J. Crew Factory: 50% off + free shipping no min One Day Sale
24-10-2017 12:00:08
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JCF: 50% off + Free Shipping no Minimum (exp 10/24) Often, with some items, half off isn’t as good as it gets for JCF. BUT… that free shipping no minimum? Add that extra $5 in savings into the half off offer and you end up with quite a nice deal. Especially for newer arrivals, since those can take a bit to drop in price. And J. Crew Factory has rolled out some awfully tempting fall splurges, as well as some great basics, in the recent weeks. Off we go with the best of the best. This sale doesn’t require a code, and takes 50% off an item’s ”valued at” price.   Wool/poly Plaid Sportcoat – $114 Hot dog, that walks the line perfectly. Pattern for sure, but nothing overly drunk-uncle or wild. Could do great with jeans as well as dressed up some more with merino trousers (say, Lands’ End year ’rounders) for a more conservative, but still interesting look. Could be a real winner. Especially for the price.   SLIM Merino Wool V-neck Sweater – $34.50 multiple colors Pick a color. Just about any color. They got plenty. All merino wool v-necks available in either a standard or a slim fit. And, they ship free to your door (well, they ship free today at least).   Merino Wool Cardigan – $39.50 three colors All merino just like the v-necks above, only, just three colors to pick from and no slim option this time. If you’re the type that likes cardigans in theory, but can’t get over the front patch pockets most carry? Then these are for you. No pockets here.   Thompson Wool Blend Topcoats in Herringbone or Solid – $149 A wool poly blend (last year it was 80% wool / 20% poly… not sure what this year will be though). Should be a fine alternative to the pricier topcoats that are on the market. Solid is available in either charcoal or camel. Last year’s version is shown at the top of the post.   Navy Moleskin Blazer – $99 Moleskin is like velvet with a crew cut. So you lose the shine and fussiness, and you get a warm cotton fabric that’s extremely touchable. Haven’t seen this one in person yet. Efforting a review.   Lambswool Nordic Dot Cardigan Sweater – $54 Usually these types of shawl collar, lambswool sweaters come in darker tones. So, that light grey is a nice way to switch it up. Wear it with jeans and you’ll be pulling off northern lights inspired by the land of northern lights.   Sutton Flannel-lined Chino – $42.00 Speaking of “nordic.” These would be favored by those that live in extra cold climates. A straight-ish fit chino with extra insulation provided by a flannel lining. Good fer under yer snow pahnts when ya head to tha hill for some tubin’ hon.   Sportcoat in Charcoal Herringbone or Blue Tweed – $114 Gone are the elbow patches from past years, and that’ll make plenty of people happy. A trim but not overly tight fit. Lower slung button stance shows plenty of shirt. Easy to tailor, non functioning sleeve cuff buttons. Wool blends for both of them here.   Cotton Seedstitch Cardigan Sweater – $44.50 Tons of texture. Good weight. Easy to wear now that it’s cooling off. Available in the “Shetland Brown” shown above as well as a deep “vintage indigo.” Was going for $54.50 as of yesterday.   Quilted Nylon Jacket – $69 A cotton/nylon blend that appears to keep that poly shine to a minimum. Brass tone hardware. Basic. Simple. Looks like the color might not be as rich in person?   Cotton Cable Fisherman Sweater in SLIM – $47.50 A fall classic that’s never gonna go out of style. From Hemingway to McQueen, lots of men have relied on these things over the years. This is an all cotton version, but the cotton is decently thick and not overly gooey feeling. Good texture to it. An item where that extra $5 in free shipping savings really helps out. AND… this just in… looks like they ARE doing a slim fit version for this year! Awesome stuff. Just make sure you click on that option (if that’s your thing) once you get to the page.   Unconstructed Flex Chino Blazer – $84 Ignore those poor reviews because they seem to be left over from the previous, earth-tone option. This one could be a real winner for a year-round chino blazer. Unlike chino blazers at similar price points, this one won’t have a chopped tail, nor will it have pain-in-the-arse functioning sleeve cuff buttons. Got one on the way for an in-person.   SLIM Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirts – $27.00 A perfect example of how half off isn’t always the best deal at JCF. Pretty sure these can dip down to around $22ish if you play your cards right. But just under $30? For a truly slim Oxford Cloth Button Down? Not bad. Plus the free shipping is an added bonus here.   Lambswool Bomber – $49.00 More sweater than jacket, but could be used as a transitional piece of outerwear too. You’ll see a lot of these sorta sweater sorta jacket hybrids this season. Was pushing eighty bucks yesterday.   Lambswool Cable Crew – $42.00 A total classic, masculine cable crew, that’ll go with everything. Glad to see that it’s lambswool and not a blend. Also available in a versatile light grey as well as a bold red.   Walker Poly/Cotton Vest – $39.50 A nice price for a basic that gets a lot of things right. Not overly puffy, so you won’t look like you fell overboard. Poly/cotton blend should keep the shine level down. And, unlike most other vests in this price range, comes with some button tabs at the back for creating a bit of cinch/shape. The JCF 50% + Free Shipping no Minimum promo expires today, 10/24/17.
Bonobos: 35% off $200+ w/ Gilt City Voucher
24-10-2017 01:00:56
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Gilt City: 35% off $200+ at Bonobos Voucher Much, MUCH better than the tiered deal that Bonobos was running over the weekend. ($15 off $150? $50 off $250? Mneh.) Frankly, despite the high $200 threshold, it’s one of the better deals Bonobos has run in a good long while. Most of you know how this works. Sign in or sign up for Gilt (it’s free, but you have to hand over your email). Click the RSVP button. Wait. Should take between a few minutes and a few hours for you to get your free email-voucher. Then? Apply it to purchases over $200 at Bonobos. Ta-Da. That knocks one of their outstanding, unconstructed Italian wool sportcoats down to $260. Which is a steal.   Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer (multiple colors) – $260 ($400) The star of this Gilt City voucher promo show. A bit of a men’s style unicorn. Unique in that it’s totally unconstructed, and has ZERO lining in the back. An ultra-light, with a looser hopsack weave that should keep you cool in all but the most extreme conditions. Non functioning sleeve buttons at the cuffs. Available in a standard fit (think contemporary or tailored), or a true slim. Lots of colors to pick from too.   Stretch Italian Wool Topcoat in Plaid – $388.70 ($598) A load of cash, but guaranteed to go on sale at some point. And that plaid pattern. Nice. Peak lapel, Italian wool, and only offered in their slim fit.   2 (or more) Merino Henleys – $76.70/per ($118 per) Yes, they are spendy. And yes, you can find all merino henleys for (much) less at other retailers. But if you’re after that Bonobos slim fit, and particularly like a color or two, it might be worth the splurge. There’s hardly anything more flattering on a fella than a well fitting henley, and the fact that these are breathable, yet still warm merino wool will help keep you from looking like you’re wearing nothing but a base layer up top. And no, you don’t have to wash them (or in this case, dry-clean) them every time you wear them. Even if they are used as a base-layer. Unless you’re sweating like hell, let em’ air out a bit after and you should be good to go for a few more uses if not more, after that.   Jetsetter Stretch Wool Blazer – $292.50 ($450) Speaking of plaid… Fifty bucks more expensive (retail) compared to the unconstructed Italian wools, but these have a bit more chutzpah to em’. Light construction, and engineered to move with you. 78% Wool | 20% Nylon | 2% Elastane is the fabric mix. Also available in burgundy plaid (which is shown at the top of the post).   Premium Stretch Jeans ($178) + On Sale Tee ($28) = $133.90 ($206) The Bonobos “Premium Stretch” Jean is somewhere between the Banana Republic Traveler and the BR Rapid Movement denim. Feels better and breathes better than the Rapid Movement, but feels more like actual denim than the Traveler. Super stretchy, lots of washes and fits, and… really friggin’ expensive. But, if you’re a denim head that has an eye for comfort at the same time, now’s not a bad time to get these things at a rare discount. You just have to find something cheap to trip that $200 threshold.   Quilted Banff Jacket in Wool – $180.70 ($278) Quilted jackets are awesome, but what if you’re the type that prefers natural matte fibers over the shined up poly stuff? Here’s your jacket. Well, jackets actually. Plural. Since this year they’ve added a navy wool option.   2 Pairs of Made in the USA French Corders – $166.40 ($256) Made in the USA from French milled corduroy, and if you like that Bonobos fit? Then that’s hard to beat. A wale that’s not too thin nor too thick. Just 4 colors to pick from, so far, this season, but three fits (straight, slim, and tailored) to pick from.   The Italian Wool Blend Car Coat – $258.70 ($398) Super simple with a couple of unexpected details. 62% Wool, 38% Polyamid blend Italian milled fabric. Just a quarter of the back (if that) is butterfly lined. So, if you’re the type who runs a little warm but STILL wants good insulation (the wool will keep you warm, the lack of lining will prevent stuffiness) then here’s a good option. Solid colors have slash pockets at the side. Plaid option has patch pockets up front, as well as an interior draw cord you can use to cinch up the waist.   3 Pairs of On Sale Stretch Summer Weight Chinos – $132.60 FINAL ($294) For those who love them some Bonobos pants, and are confident in how a size and fit profile will work on their lower half. Why the need to be so sure? Because these are sitting in the final sale section. So, no returns. Still lots of colors to pick from, a noticeably lighter/more airy weight to the crisp cotton, and a bit of added stretch for comfort. With the on sale price PLUS the extra 35% off $200 code, three pairs of pants will work out to $44.20 per pair. Not bad for Bonobos.   Capstone Italian Wool Shawl Collar Ivory Tuxedo Jacket – $162.50 FINAL ($700) Just in case you want to channel your inner Humphery Bogart in Casablanca. Well… his dinner jacket didn’t have a contrast lapel, and it was actually double breasted but…  you get the idea, no? Shirt, pants, and tie all sold separately. Might be a cool pickup for someone who already owns their own tux, and wants to add a different, snazzy even, jacket to the mix. The Gilt City 35% off your purchase of $200 or more at Bonobos voucher must be redeemed by Monday, 11/13/17.
Steal Alert: Woolrich Yankee Made in the USA Boot for $130
23-10-2017 15:34:13
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Huckberry: Woorich Yankee Unlined – $129.98 FINAL ($325) UPDATE: They’re gone. Sorry fellas, enough of you guys jumped on em. Hope they work out! Well that’s… something. Uppers are cut from nice and soft, deep looking Horween leather that requires zero break in time. None. The quadruple stitching makes for a nice sweep out and back for an apron toe, and the overall shape is a touch sleeker than a standard work boot (still some clunk, but it’s not outrageous). There’s room in the toe box, but it’s not as tall as some sh*t kickers. Meanwhile, that Vibram lug sole has had a bit of a crew cut, with the teeth of the sole being much shorter than normal. Still grippy, still casual, but less anchor-like in terms of the visuals. And yes, they’re goodyear welted. Note that these are made either with, or without, a thin wool liner. The boots on sale at Huckberry are without the liner. They are, in a word, beautiful. And tough as hell too. Comfortable as crazy out of the box, and I often use them as my go-to light hikers if I’m headed somewhere after that a standard hiking boot would look out of place. $130 for these things is more than a steal. It’s downright criminal. Note that they’re final sale. So, no returns. Many have thought these run half a size large, but a 10.5 fit like a 10.5 on my normally 10.5 feet. Sizing down half a size might have been a little tight, especially if you wear somewhat thicker (but not mushy fat) wool socks. I usually wear merino wool light hikers with these, and a 10.5, my normal size, is perfect. Big thanks to reader Tim for the tip. At post time, Huckberry has sizes 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, and 11.5. I’d be surprised if that lasts for long though. That’s all. Carry on.
Monday Sales Tripod – Spier & Mackay new Sportcoats, Red Wing Savings, & More
23-10-2017 12:00:00
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Club Monaco: 25% off $150+ (no code needed)  Allen Edmonds Liverpool Chelsea – $333.75 ($445) Red Wing Beckman Round Boot in Cherry or Brown – $262.50 ($350) Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot – $266.25 ($355) There are some 3rd party exclusions (Birkenstock, Viberg, Woolrich, Zespa) but honestly they’re few and far between. So that means their Allen Edmonds and Red Wings/Wolverine 1Ks are getting the cut. Not bad at all.   #2. Spier & Mackay: Unconstructed Sportcoats pre-order savings Unconstructed, Quarter-lined Sportcoats (multiple patterns/colors) – $280ish USD ($320ish USD) No canvas here. They’re really going for lightweight and breezy. And just a quarter-lined, butterfly style in the upper back. Lots of colors and patterns to pick from, in both slim and contemporary fit. Savings works out to about forty bucks in US dollars. Remember, all prices on their site are listed in Canadian, so, be prepared to do the conversion.   #3. Lands’ End: 40% off regular price Men’s Items w/ COLOR and 8128 Primaloft Quilted Jacket – $89.40 ($149) Tailored Fit Wool Flannels in Gray Herringbone or Olive Plaid – $65.40 ($109) Straight Fit 5 Pocket Stretch Moleskin Pants – $41.97 ($69.95) Just regular price items this time, no sale stuff, but at least it’s not limited to just one item. You can stock up if you so choose. Big fan of their moleskin straight fit trousers. Super soft, not overly weighty, and much more affordable compared to the competition. Code and pin expires Wednesday, 10/25.   BONUS:  Allen Edmonds: Rediscover America Sale (exp. Tues. 10/24) McAllister Wingtip Oxford – $245 ($395) Dalton Wingtip Boot – $295 ($445) Carlyle Plain Toe Oxford – $245 ($395)  Fifth Ave Cap Toe Oxford – $245 ($395) Higgins Mill Boot – $250 ($350) Now or never fellas. Those Higgins Mill boots are a downright steal at $250. Made in the USA of course, a subtle studded sole, and Horween CXL uppers.   BONUS II  Gustin: New Twill USA Made Weekender Bags – $299 That’s a mighty fine piece of made in the USA luggage for just under three hundred bucks. Dimensions are 9″ x 11″ x 19.” That’s under 2,000 cubic inches, so, not a ton of space, but it’s also carry-on approved. Also available in navy. Ships in January, being that Gustin is a pre-order model.   Also worth a mention on a Monday J. Crew: 25% off select outerwear. Brooks Brothers: $200 off $600 w/ BCFL17 Banana Republic: 40% off $200+ no BR merch exclusions w/ BRTREAT
Halloween Candy by State, Smartphone Dangers, & Online Dating’s Effects
20-10-2017 12:00:23
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THE ENERGIZER BUNNY OF SLASHER FLICKS: (thank you) Your soundtrack for the week ahead can be found right here. IT’S JUST ONE WEEK… til All Hollow’s Eve. Here’s what your state is serving up for those little monsters. I’m pretty disgusted with my state. Not gonna lie. (Editor’s Note: Off to Maryland, BRB.) Meanwhile, there are a few well known facts about the holiday which are anything but.  HALLOWEEN KITTEH: I’m pretty sure I’m in need of one of these right meow. Here’s the deal on the breed. Purrfect. PRESCRIPTION FOR CAPITOL HILL: This is both interesting and kind of frightening. A DIFFERENT KIND OF PRESCRIPTION: Virtual Reality can have real world benefits.  THE CONTINUING SAGA OF EQUI-FUX: This is beyond ridiculous. I mean, this is trolling level incompetence. Meanwhile, this might be relevant to your interests if you’re concerned about your home wifi network getting hacked (apparently we kind of maybe should be). SCOOBY-BOOOO! (thank you) Our intrepid Vice President of Outsourced Content Eric H. found time to send us a ginormous batch of linkables this week even though he’s prepping for his first enduro mountain bike race. Good luck Eric! AND SO IT BEGINS: Listen, if I have to see holiday ads, I’m fine with these. Also, yes, this is happening. I mean, you’ve started shopping amiright? No? Just me? Nevermind. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS: Also, this is why I hate people, mostly. I can only hope that whoever did this is eaten alive by some kind of tree borer beatle, because, f&%k those douchecanoes. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Bespoke condoms. THE HISTORY OF HIP-HOP… is incomplete without this man’s story. And what a story it is. ARE YOU A GAMER? Then this is the best news you’ll read today. Prepare to share with all the haters. LIGHTNING ROUND! Don’t be like that guy. Like, wow. | Nope. | That would be a gourmet nope. | This woman is the definition of bad ass. | Oh FFS. Just stop. | Snakes. Burlesque. 50’s. Zorita. THIS IS A THING OF BEAUTY: (thank you) FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: This is worth a couple minutes of your time. Especially if you have ever wondered about the foundation of being a good person. This is hard. AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Our love for those things we cannot seem to live without is killing us. Then there’s this. I wonder how long I’d last if I tried to not use my phone for a day or two. As if. BESIDES, YOU CAN NEVER TRUST THE PHOTOS: Online dating is actually changing the nature of society.  AND NOW, FROM SWEDEN…They stood by their word and we all have a new favorite piece of public transportation. And at the other end of the spectrum of everything, they are making people change the way they think about what it means to prep. THE WHALES OF RALEIGH: A tale of grease, dung and yes, whales. BURNIN’ FOR YOU: (thank you) TRIPPIN’ BALLS: It might be the answer to what ails you. MEANWHILE, IN AUSTRALIA: Come at me bro! SECOND THOUGHTS IN SILICON VALLEY: Not everyone is happy with that famous like button. I wonder how this is playing out in Palo Alto. THINGS YOU WILL NEVER SEE IN AMERICA…Category: high elevation highway overpasses. You might want to skip right ahead to “oh hell no.” SHARK VS ALLIGATOR: Who you got? Wrong! Or, you know, not. fft-fft-fft-ff-tft-fft-fft-fft-fft-fft. (thank you) SASQUATCH McSASQUATCHY FACE: Bigfoot country is being all bigfooty. THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR: The more they find out, the less sweet it is.  HEY YOU GUYS! It’s true. You can buy anything on Amazon. JEEPERS CREEPERS: Your peepers self pollute in order to save your sight. I’m ok with this. THE CATS OF INSTAGRAM: This one is having a blast. Goals. INCOMING! This looks. So good. Can’t even. Breathe. Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. But wait, there’s more mostly!
Tempting new JCF arrivals, Ledbury Friends & Family, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
19-10-2017 12:00:37
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    J. Crew Factory: 40% off New Arrivals  Wool/Poly Topcoat in Herringbone, Camel, or Charcoal – $178.40 Thompson Wool/Poly Plaid Sportcoat – $136.50 Thompson Unconstructed Flex Chino Blazer in “Evening Sky” – $99.50 Lambswool Nordic Dot Cardigan Sweater – $64.50 Lambswool Cable Crew – $49.50 Good grief those are some good looking new arrivals from J. Crew Factory. You guys know the drill though, they release a new batch of goods, mark em’ down by 40% from the “valued at” price… but you can save more cash if you wait a bit. Still, might be tough to wait on that slick plaid blazer. Meanwhile, when it comes to the flex chino blazer? Ignore the reviews when it comes to color. Those are old reviews in reference to the previous khaki shade. Got one of these on the way for an in-person. Fingers crossed it’s similar to their old chino blazer from a few years back.   Spier & Mackay: Two reg. suits for $600ish USD ($750 CAD) Two half canvas, all wool suits with a bemberg lining for $300 a pop? That’s gonna be very, very difficult to replicate somewhere else. Note that these can’t be their Italian fabrics line, but the regular suits are excellent for the price. You can find a review of their more generous/better for broader guys “Contemporary Fit” right over here.   Ledbury: 20% off of $250, 25% off of $500, 30% off of $750 White Fine Twill Mid Spread + Blue Fine Twill Mid Spread = $232 total ($290) BRACE YOUR CHECKBOOKS! Look, it’s no secret that Ledbury is pricey. But man alive is their stuff top notch. And that slightly lowered second button on their shirts (made of fantastic fabrics with great buttons and a terrific attention to detail) is a game changer. But it’s more than just shirts on sale. Sportcoats, sweaters, and more. Sale and full price. Exclusions include gift cards, cufflinks, belts, and bags.   GAP: 40% off + free ship no min w/ MORE + Extra 10% off w/ FAMILY Stretch Slim Fit Cords – $35.97 ($59.95) Stretch Cotton Twill Pattern Slim Fit Pants – $41.97 ($69.95) Flannel-lined Straight Fit Stretch Khakis – $41.97 ($69.95) Merino/Nylon Rugby Stripe Crewneck Sweater – $35.97 ($59.95) Cotton/Nylon/Wool Donegal Scarf – $26.97 ($44.95) Merino Wool Beanie – $11.97 ($19.95) Merino Wool Henley Sweater – $41.97 ($69.95) Got all that? Lots of moving parts here. Free shipping no minimum and 40% off with MORE, plus, an extra 10% off that discounted price with FAMILY. Exclusions apply of course, but there’s plenty of new fall basics worth a look. And? You don’t have to step foot in a mall. UPDATE: Looks like that FAMILY code expired early this morning? Which is an odd change for GAP. Usually they don’t have codes expire until the end of the day. Sorry about that fellas.   B.R.: New Arrivals + 40% off select & extra 10% off w/ FAMILY   Italian Moleskin Topcoat – $238.80 ($398) Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat – $226.80 ($378) Italian Melton Wool-Blend Short Zip Jacket – $148.80 ($248) Merino-Blend Basketweave Shawl Sweater – $76.80 ($128) Merino-Blend Cable-Knit Button Shawl Cardigan – $76.80 ($128)   Goodyear Welt Made in Spain Wingtip – $210 ($350) Another GAP inc deal that’s got quite a few moving parts. And watch out for exclusions, yet it looks like most (all?) of their new arrivals is getting that double cut. And that Italian Moleskin topcoat. Holy moly. UPDATE: See the GAP post about the FAMILY code. But, if you’re a GAP inc. card member, BRCARD should knock an extra 10% off.   Also worth a mention: Target: Buy one get one 50% off sweaters. Orient: extra 35% off sale items + free shipping w/ LEAVES17 Bonobos:  $25 off $150, $50 off $250, $125 off $500, $200 off $750, $350 off $1000 w/ SEWGOOD  Billy Reid: 20% off w/ FALL20EVENT. Exclusions include Bond Peacoats, KSwiss, and Sale merch.
Style Scenario: The Casual, Minimum Costume, Halloween Party
18-10-2017 12:00:11
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Look, sometimes you really get the urge to go all-out on a Halloween costume. Other years, you just don’t. What about those times in-between, when you want to have some semblance of a recognizable costume, but don’t want to do the head-to-toe thing? Well, that’s what this is for. We’re going to take a basic Dappered-esque outfit (which will serve if you don’t want to be in costume, at all), and change out just a couple items so you can get through the Halloween costume parties with ease. Note: While these are easy switcharoos, they’re not subtle, and everyone should know who/what you are; with a couple of choices in homage to men who have passed recently. Be sure to check your local thrift stores for these items as well.   The Basic, Non-Costume Look The Blazer: J.Crew Factory Moleskin Blazer – $99 ($198) The Shirt: J.Crew Slim American Pima Cotton Oxford Shirt – $64 The Watch: Invicta Men’s 8926OB Pro Diver – $79.76 The Jeans: Levi’s 514 Straight Fit in Tumbled Riged – $24.98+ The Belt: Gap Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown – $39.95 The Shoes: DSW Aston Grey Leather Chukka – $99.99   The Hef The Blazer: Ludlow Shawl-collar Velvet Blazer in Vintage Cabernet – $298 (for a less expensive option try this one from Macy’s) The Shirt: J.Crew Slim American Pima Cotton Oxford Shirt – $64 The Hat: Rhode Island Novelty Adult Yacht Captain Hat – $7.99 The Watch: Invicta Men’s 8926OB Pro Diver – $79.76 The Jeans: Levi’s 514 Straight Fit in Tumbled Riged – $24.98+ The Belt: Gap Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown – $39.95 The Shoes: DSW Aston Grey Leather Chukka – $99.99 The Pipe: Carved Smoking Tobacco Pipe – $5.99   The Petty (rest in peace Sir) The Blazer: J.Crew Factory Moleskin Blazer – $99 ($198) The Shirt: J.Crew Slim American Pima Cotton Oxford Shirt – $64 The Hat: Crushable Wool Felt Outback Hat – $25.99 The Jeans: Levi’s 514 Straight Fit in Tumbled Riged – $24.98+ The Belt: Gap Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown – $39.95 The Sunglasses: LUENX Polarized Aviator Sunglasses in Brown – $14.44 The Scarf: Men’s Silk Scarf in Red – $19.99 The Guitar: Sawtooth Full Size Beginner’s Acoustic Guitar – $34.95 (cheap enough to be used as just a prop, but be prepared for people to ask you to play)  The Shoes: DSW Aston Grey Leather Chukka – $99.99   The Kid/Georgie The Coat: Helly Hansen Workwear Men’s Mandal Rain Jacket – $36.78 and up The Shirt: J.Crew Slim American Pima Cotton Oxford Shirt – $64 The Balloon: Any Craft or Novelty Store The Jeans: Levi’s 514 Straight Fit in Tumbled Riged – $24.98+ The Belt: Gap Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown – $39.95 The Paper Boat: How To fold a Paper Boat The Shoes: DSW Aston Grey Leather Chukka – $99.99   The Eastwood The Poncho: Del Mex Classic Mexican Blanket Poncho – $28.99 The Shirt: J.Crew Slim American Pima Cotton Oxford Shirt – $64 The Hat: Sharpshooter Clint Eastwood Brown Leather Cowboy Hat – $79.00 (click here for a less expensive option) The Jeans: Levi’s 514 Straight Fit in Tumbled Riged – $24.98+ The Cigar: Roaring ’20s Costume Party Fake Puff Cigar – $4.54 (or a real cigar of your choice) The Belt: Gap Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown – $39.95 The Shoes: DSW Aston Grey Leather Chukka – $99.99
Quick Picks: J. Crew 20% off select & free shipping One Day Sale
17-10-2017 17:52:26
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J. Crew: 20% off (& free shipping no min?) w/ DAY01 J. Crew has been going through a lot of changes in 2017. First Jenna Lyons left, then it was Frank Muytjens, head honcho Mickey Drexler after him, and then the new CEO booted their chief designer. Now, are we perhaps seeing some changes when it comes to pricing and promotions? It feels like J. Crew has been reeling in the sales as of late. They’ve even been pushing a “no code needed, discount already applied” line of strategy with their sale section (even though prices, without the extra 30% off – 40% off sale items codes, seem to be elevated). Now, perhaps they’re starting to cut back on discounting on the full price stuff too? Can’t say for sure. I have no inside intel, but 20% off just isn’t what we’re all used to. Yet, the free shipping no minimum with the code is a nice bonus, and it seems to apply to most of their new arrivals. Might you save some cash by waiting? Of course. But in case they’re snapping the door shut on what has been a free flowing stream of 25% – 30% codes and promos for full retail, we’ll take a spin through what’s good today.   Brushed Stretch Twill Pants in Slim, Straight, or Athletic – $60 ($75) Not bad for some soft, flannel like pants with stretch for the cold temps to come. Cotton with a little bit of elastane for flexibility. The free shipping helps here too, being that you’d normally get dinged for that since it’s well under the usual triple digit threshold.   Lambswool Bomber – $92 ($118) Part sweater, part jacket. Easy to wear in or outside of the house. All lambswool here. Another one where free shipping will save you an extra few bucks.   Classic Duffel Coat with Primaloft – $238.40 ($298) When you just don’t want to mess with old man winter, yet don’t want to go full ski parka. Classic details like a hood and the wood toggle front closure. Wool/nylon blend.   Wool/Cotton Henley – $63.60 ($79.50) 55% wool / 45% cotton. Three colors to pick from. Pretty sure these have been up for 25% – 30% off codes in the not too distant past? So, might be worth waiting for a higher % off, but, you do get the free shipping here.   Dock Peacoat with Thinsulate – $238.40 ($298) An annual favorite. Sure, you can find cheaper peacoats, but this one is extremely well designed. A little bit longer for blazer/sportcoat tail coverage, chest high hand warmer pockets, and details like reinforced buttons, and solid collar (for turning up against the wind), and corduroy lined pockets. Can you find the Made in the USA authentic thing, for less, at your local Army Navy surplus? Probably. But some fellas still just prefer the J. Crew version. Also available in navy.   Ludlow Shawl Collar Blazer in Velvet – $238.40 ($298) Just in. Fancy. Reallllll fancy. Takes a certain type to be able to pull off velvet. Also available in black. Could be a great option to get in-house and to the tailor before the big holiday events start firing off thick and fast.   Wool/Cashmere Topcoats in Ludlow or Crosby Fit – $360 ($450) Quite and an investment (especially considering these are going for almost a third of the price) but they aren’t as flimsy as the competition. Plus, the crosby fit is a welcome option for the broader dudes.   Crewnecks in Birdseye Lambswool – $63.50 ($79.50) | Cotton/Wool Stripe – $55.60 ($69.50) Two casual crew necks that look a heck of a lot better than some crummy sweatshirt. That nordic birds-eye pattern on the all lambswool option is a nice throwback look.   Cashmere Cable Beanie – $70.40 ($88) A splurge, but a relatively small splurge and since it’s 100% cashmere, your noggin’ will thank you for it. Ships free too.   Lambswool Long-sleeve Polo Sweater – $55.99 –  $71.60 ($89.50) All lambswool here, not merino. So, expect it to feel and drape more like a sweater as opposed to an actual long sleeve polo. Looks like the navy option is already marked down?   Striped Wool Smartphone Gloves – $39.60 ($49.50) Another seasonal favorite from J. Crew (they supposedly work with smart phone touch screens) and another item that won’t break the bank, plus, you can save an extra few bucks thanks to free shipping. This 20% off & free shipping on all orders code DAY01 expires today, 10/17/17. And again, who knows if something better is comin’ down the rails tomorrow or the next day. It just feels like changes (more than personnel) are afoot at J. Crew?
10 Best Bets for $75 or Less – Autumn Ready Ties, Cheap Shirt Jackets, & More
17-10-2017 12:00:19
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Seventy Five bucks. That’s a lot of money. It’ll get you a couple pairs of Levi’s, a decent casual dinner out, or a couple months at your local gym. Ten picks follow, all for $75 or under, with some of them much, much less. Expect these round-ups on a monthly basis. Got a tip on something for under $75? Send those in to joe@dappered.com.   The Tie Bar Wool Suiting Fabric Ties – $19 – $24 A seasonal favorite from everyone’s favorite cheap-as-hell necktie emporium.  Now, I don’t think I’d wear one of these with a wool suit (it just wouldn’t have enough contrast, texture wise with the jacket and pants), but with more casual cotton sportcoats or under a v-neck sweater or cardigan? Absolutely. Terrific for the smart casual workplace.   Old Navy Built-In Flex Twill Shirt Jacket – $28 ($49.99) Incredibly well reviewed online. Built in stretch for ease of movement. Tons of pockets. Also available in a fall-ready shade of burgundy. Shirt jackets are big this year, and this is one way to dive in without committing too much of your bank account to the cause. Hat tip to ScotsmaninBrooklyn for the tip on this thing via Threads!   Hestra Hairsheep & Cotton Gloves – $74.97 ($125) A less expensive alternative to these. Lined in wool. Nice and flexible. Quite comfortable. Down to Small and XL at post time. Currently sold via Nordstromrack.com. Might be worth checking in store if you’ve had good luck at your Nordstrom Rack in the past?   Banana Republic Extra Fine Merino Wool Scarves – $59.50 Acrylic scarves are junk. Go with wool. Especially a wool like BR’s extra fine merino. Lots of colors and a couple of patterns to pick from here. Currently a BR Pick, but that exclusion will fade sooner rather than later. Big fan of the waffle pattern on the solid color options.   J. Crew Factory Cotton Cable Fisherman Sweater – $50ish A fall classic that’s never gonna go out of style. From Hemingway to McQueen, lots of men have relied on these things over the years. This is an all cotton version, but the cotton is decently thick and not overly gooey feeling. Good texture to it. Just wish JCF would bring back the true slim option. Just regular fit this year it appears.   Star Trek Discovery – $5.99 per month on CBS All Access If you’re a trekkie (I guess we’re supposed to refer to ourselves as “trekkers” now?) this is a must watch. If you’re sorta kinda into science fiction? It’s worth a shot. The only problem is that it isn’t on network or cable. You have to shell out six bucks a month (limited commercial interruption tier) for CBS’s streaming service. But, if you like science and space and philosophical debates and cool ships and pretty damn amazing make-up/costumes and special effects (for a web only series!) and things that go KAPOW in space (even though, in space, things do NOT go kapow) then it’s absolutely worth the six bucks a month. CHOSE YOUR PAIN. (Warning, spoilers above.)   Timex T49905 Black Brass Case Chrono – $53.30 Quite a watch for autumn. Dark shades of brown and cream, a black ion case, and a suede strap. Also, this thing does NOT feel like a run of the mill Timex. No flimsiness. None. Should look great with thick sweaters, cords, and it’ll even lend a casual vibe to a tweed blazer. 42mm case so it’s not enormous, but it does have some heft to its overall weight.   J. Crew Drawstring Pant in Stretch Wool – $70.40 w/ DAY01 ($88) One of the (many) reasons some of us hate joggers is the crappy terry cotton fabric. That junk suffocates, well, it suffocates your junk. Holds in heat and humidity, all while making you feel like you should be laid up on the couch suffering from strep throat. Another thing that some of us hate about joggers is the silly elasticized cuffs at the bottom. If you’re that concerned about your leisure pants staying in place, why not throw some stirrups on there? No? Oh, THAT would be weird? Got it. Anyway, these are super casual pants that suffer from neither of those jogger-standards, and instead go with stretch wool. Sign me up… once there’s a sale of course. Currently 20% off and the free shipping helps too.   L.E. Straight Fit Cotton Flannel 5-pocket Pants – $27.99 w/ RAKE & 1293 ($79) Very much on sale and still has a decent amount of common sizes left. Ridiculously comfortable. Cotton flannel that’s been brushed for extra softness, cut and sewn into a 5-pocket pant. Also available in navy. Was just stupid cheap and under $20, but they’re still a steal the next time they drop to $28 with a 30% off code and pin.   Puma Super Liga OG – $59.99 Another cheaper (and available) alternative to the J. Crew Killshot. Filpped color scheme here, with a dark body to the sneaker and a white logo (as opposed to the lighter body and navy logo on the Killshot). Big thanks to Brain B. on Facebook for the tip! For other Best Bets under $75 from previous months, click here.
10 Things that’ll change your look for the better… that aren’t clothes
16-10-2017 17:00:23
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Ever heard the saying “putting lipstick on a pig?” Right. You can be dressed to the nines in the best of the best, but that can easily be all for naught if you’re simply papering over the underlying cracks. Meanwhile, this isn’t about trying to look like a movie star either. Being born with great hair, a symmetrical face, and razor sharp cheekbones is like winning the lottery. Good for you, but it’s nothing to be proud of. You didn’t earn it. It was a gift from the gods & odds. We’re all dealt a genetic hand. It’s how well you play those cards that matters. Here’s 10 easy-ish things that you can do to maximize your potential, outside of buying another pair of shoes or a new suit. (Top Photo Credit.)    Better Sleep Taking care of the one body you’ve got is more than a two pronged approach. Recovery, especially sleep, has been all but ignored by most of the physical wellness community for far too long. Start keeping a sleep journal or using a sleep app to figure out what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to getting the rest you need. Chances are, you ain’t getting it. Whether it’s too much screen time late into the night, eating patterns, or caffeine/alcohol intake, analyze and solve the problems. And stop making excuses for not prioritizing sleep. If you’re not getting enough solid quality sleep, you’re gonna be crap at just about anything else you’re trying to accomplish. Whether it be professionally or personally, if you’re dragging ass, you’re never gonna be your at your best. And you’ll look like hell.   Gentler Grooming Unless you’ve got a special case when it comes to skin or hair, consider the less-is-more approach. Less scalding hot showers. Less shampoo (try every other day, or, every two-three days). Less hair product. Less skin stripping soaps. No one is advocating for you to go full forest-hippie-gnome and to drown your body odor in patchouli, but, question what you were taught and your current habits. And try to use a little less of what the big chemical companies are selling us.   Better/Cleaner Food Shop the outside aisles of the grocery stores. That’s where the fresh stuff is, since that stuff has to be restocked more often, and thus, is closer to the docks/delivery points. Consider a food (and digestion) diary, and look at how much processed stuff you’re taking in. This, like better sleep, might take re-prioritizing. Think less TV/Video games, and more time listening to podcasts while cooking and prepping food. I’ve got a pal who, in preparation for Elk hunting season, cut soda & late night candy binges out of his diet. He dropped 30 pounds. A few small changes really can make a monster difference.   Exercise Obligatory. Not only will it help you sleep better at night (DOMS is one way to look forward to hitting the sack), but chances are you’ll start looking better in those slim & tailored clothes you own. Gooey fat will be replaced by calorie burning muscle. And no, you don’t have to suffer in some sterile gym. Get out and enjoy where you live. Whether that’s going for a run, or hitting the mountain bike trails, or training for obstacle races, or hiking with your dog(s). Just consult your doc (speaking of, when was the last time you had a checkup there Highlander?) before you set out on a new program.   Meditation (yes really) Hard to look good if you’re pissed off and stressed all the time, no? One of the reasons I wear a wrist watch is that I hate how distracting mobile phones can be. The Headspace app just might be the first thing to hit a mobile phone that actually makes your life LESS stressful, and more calm. It’s brilliantly executed, with a simple, straightforward approach, and a non hokey-dokey demeanor. More on the theory (and the man) behind headspace, can be found over here with is TED talk.   Flossing Brushing your teeth only does so much. If you’re an irregular (or, never) flosser, give it a shot. Use some gentle floss to start, since your gums are gonna be weak/sensitive. But man, you’ll be surprised how much crap you’re carrying around inbetween your teeth when you don’t floss. And all of those bits of stowaway food are contributing to the demise of your teeth and breath.   Better Posture A lot of us (myself included) have less than perfect posture. And it’s undoing a lot of the hard work we put in when it comes to the kitchen and the gym. Sportcoats, blazers, and suitjackets might make you look stronger and more athletic, but slouching unravels all of those visual cues. Head here for an ultimate guide to posture from the good folks at Art of Manliness. (Photo Credit)   Less/No Alcohol There’s no such thing as an attractive drunk. The sweating, the uncoordinated eyeballs, the loose lips and mush-brained diatribes. Even if you’re a light to moderate drinker, less alcohol in your system can do wonders. Consider volunteering to be the designated driver more often. Keep your place relatively (or completely) booze free so you’re not so easily tempted. Take a month off. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out what happens when you cut out (or cut back on) all those empty calories.   Fixing your nails Whether it’s biting them, toenail fungus, or the inability to keep them at a reasonable length, bad nails (even if they’re hidden most of the time) can be… a hindrance. No, you don’t have to go get monthly mani/pedis. Just take care of them and stop ignoring a problem if you’ve got one.   More Water Y’know what’s worth a few more trips to the bathroom each day? Better skin, eyes, and hair. Less headaches too. You might even drop a bit of fat since you’ll be fuller more often. Buy some 32 oz. Nalgene bottles. Fill one up to start the day, and get through it. Editor’s Note: Does this post feel like something a nagging parent or older brother would say? (Flossing?? Really?) Sure. I understand that. I don’t do all these things myself (got plenty of work-ons, personally) but I can absolutely vouch for most of them. And again, clothes, shoes, and wrist watches can only do so much. Now, get off my damn lawn.
Monday Sales Tripod – Extra 40% off Bonobos Sale, Extra 25% off Brooks Bros Clearance, & More
16-10-2017 12:00:50
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Brooks Brothers: Extra 25% off Clearance (no code needed) Regent Fit Mini-Check Sport Coat – $224.10 ($498) Regent Fit Plaid Hopsack Sport Coat – $224.10 ($498) Regent Fit Linen Sport Coat – $201.60 ($448) Regent Fit Two-Button Hopsack Sport Coat – $224.10 ($498) Regent Fit Wool and Mohair Trousers – $89.10 ($198) Italian Wool Sport Trench Coat – $359.10 ($798) Milano Fit BrooksCool Bright Blue Suit – $314.10 ($698) shown at top of post Supima Cotton Stripe Cardigan – $61.95 ($118) Tie Driving Moccasins – $94.50 ($168) Calling all sportcoat addicts. Now’s a good time to hit the Brooks Brothers clearance section for their Regent fit (think standard but not boxy) or Milano (true slim) sportcoats. Lots of great Italian fabrics to pick from. More than just sportcoats too. Like that all wool trench in the icy blue. Yowza. Be prepared to scroll/sort.   #2. Massdrop: Seiko Dual Crown – $159.99 | SKX Automatic – $169.99 Another Seiko automatic has hit Massdrop, this time a dual crown option that features a rotating bezel on the inside of the case (and hence, the 2nd crown). Meanwhile, the SKX drop (including the all black 007) is still running. Final sale for these things.   #3. Bonobos: Extra 40% Off Sale Items w/ QUICKIE Jetsetter Unconstructed Blazer in Light Blue – $135 ($400) Lightweight Italian Wool Blazer in Blue – $180 ($450) Stretch Summerweight Chinos (all colors!) –  $40.80 ($98) Summerweight Jetsetter Pant – $82.80 ($178) Sizes are getting pretty tight, pretty quick, but still worth a mention in case you’re a fan of Bonobos but not their spendy retail prices. Feels like a true clearance, so, use those filters at the top of the sale section to find what’s actually available in your size. Picks above had at least a few decent sizes available at post time.   BONUS  Timex: New “Archive” Releases Navi Ocean Leather Strap – $140 Navi Ocean Black/Grey Strap – $155 Allied Chronograph – $155 Navi Harbor – $140 Timex continues to roll. They just released a bunch of additions to their “archive” collection, and, well… look at em’. These things continue to not make their way to 3rd party sites like Amazon though. So, getting them at a discount might be tough.   BONUS II  J. Crew Factory: Extra 35% off & Free Ship w/ LUCKYU Moleskin Blazer – $77.35 Quilted Cotton/Nylon Jacket – $77.35 Lambswool Bomber – $57.85 Merino Wool Cardigan Sweater – $38.67 Short-Sleeve Slub-Trim Henley – $12.49 So an extra 35% off doesn’t seem like much, but JCF prices are always fluctuating. And there are actually some decent deals this time. Code is also good for an extra 50% off clearance items plus free shipping.   Also worth a mention on a Monday GAP: 40% off  w/ THANKS + an extra 10% off & free shipping no min. w/ TREAT Allen Edmonds: The Rediscover America Sale is still running. Prices expire 10/24. EXPRESS: 40% off site-wide. Massdrop: Made in Scotland Lambswool or Merino Throws for $99 – $114.
Bowie & Bond, The Martini Glass Origin Story, & Halloween is Approaching
13-10-2017 12:00:09
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A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR OMG NOPE: (thank you) PERFORMANCE ART? That’s kind of the only sense I can make of this story. Which is just too fantastic to imagine. Over and over again. PSA OF THE WEEK: As my editor sums up: “the worst.” LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: Time to stock up on navels and such.  Thank you to my favorite Glamazon for sending this my way. SPEAKING OF HACKS: This one seems like it could make some people lose sleep. G’DAY MATE: This might be the most Australian story ever.  ONCE UPON A TIME: (thank you) OOPS: We bad. Also, pretty much confirming what a lot of people thought about these things already. So, nice work there. Sheesh. CONSEQUENCES: This will have some interesting repercussions. CCTV FOOTAGE OF THE WEEK: When Irish eyes are OMG I JUST PISSED MESELF! A little bit. I am not proud. As much I enjoyed the spectral spectacle, I love that y’all have hellogiggles.com in your browser history. PLANNING IS IMPORTANT: Here, for instance, is a classic example of not thinking things through. And the more I think about this I have to wonder if this kind of thing happens all the time all over the world? It must, right? THAT ONE TIME SANTA CRUZ WAS SANTA CARLA: (thank you) BOTTOMS UP! Ever wondered where your Martini glass came from? Turns out… Also, now I’m thirsty. OBSESSION: This looks like one of those daily visits that happens because FOMO! It’s a real thing you know. AURAL SATISFACTION: Ladies and gentleman, meet The Shacks. I could hear this in a David Lynch something or other. You might have already noticed these guys via the Apple iPhone 8+ commercial. OPTICAL DELIGHTS! You know Eric is excited about a movie when he drops everything and sends this to us in between our regularly scheduled Dossier data-swaps. Oh, and about Mr. Chan… But wait! There’s more: The Mavelous Mrs. Maisel. MEANWHILE, IN CHERNOBYL (AND BEYOND): These kinds of stories always remind me that all is not lost in the world. Speaking of Chernoble… SAY WHAT? (thank you) WORST. ANTIVIRUS PROTECTION. EVER: Seriously though, you probably shouldn’t be using this shit. HEADS UP: Looking for Halloween costumes? This is relevant to your interests. Oh That’s Nasty tag shoved aside on account of a pun. REAL ESTATE LISTING OF THE WEEK: A rare opportunity for a classic Tudor home in Godric’s Hollow. Expect visitors. WAIT, WHAT? So is this good news or bad news? Are we gonna explode sooner or later? C’mon! SCARE YOUR KIDS TO DEATH FOR THEIR HEALTH: (thank you) PATIENCE AND A SENSE OF HUMOR: Two things that come in handy when you encounter trolls. CONSEQUENCES: This is so depressing. Go ahead, call me a treehugger. It still seems pretty crappy. WELCOME TO CASTLE ROCK: As IT remains a box office hit, a new Stephen King inspired show is coming to HULU and it looks really good. PICK YOUR OWN HEADLINE! You had one job. OR Hey Alanis! GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY! Not gonna lie. This is probably for the best. INCOMING! Eric H and I once again find ourselves in fanboy mode over a trailer and this week it is another Amazon Prime offering. Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. 
Quick Picks: H&M 30% off One Item One Day Sale
12-09-2017 17:44:12
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2700 = 30% off One Item at H&M (expires today, 9/12/17) No thresholds? No must-spend or multi-buy requirements? Not bad. And 30% off is about as good as it gets for H&M discounts. There’s just a couple of catches though. First, it ends today (Tuesday 9/12). And second, you can only use it on one item. Which is kinda a bummer. Picks are below, and notice we’re sticking to the “premium quality” stuff. For those who have shopped at H&M before, you’ll know there’s a major difference in terms of feel (and even fit) when it comes to their premium quality line.   Premium Quality Suede Lace ups – $48.99 ($69.99) Leather lined. Decent quality suede. Slim through the toebox where more traditional suede derbys would be clunky. Might even be made in Portugal (they were the last time we took these for a spin). Not bad for a pair of shoes under fifty bucks. Note that depending on the light, they can either look dark beige, or, can lean a little more grey. Overall they’re a great, neutral shoe, and should do well with lightweight chinos when it’s hot, and dark denim when it’s not.   Premium Quality Merino Wool Polo Shirt – $34.99 ($49.99) Not bad for $35. Not bad at all. Strong, lighter in weight merino wool woven into a long sleeve polo shirt. Three colors to pick from. Size shown there is a medium on 5’10″/190lbs.   Premium Quality Suede Sneakers – $41.99 ($59.99) Pretty rich shade of suede there. And the dark brown leather accents are a nice touch. Kicks in autumnal colors.   100% Wool Slim Fit Trousers in Dark Blue, Light Grey, or Plaid – $41.99 ($59.99) Sold as suit separates, so there are matching jackets, but… allow some honesty? H&M jackets kinda stink. They’re almost always fully lined in crappy polyester, the jacket tails are chopped, and they run real small. So perhaps just some stand alone, all wool pants might be the way to go? Expect a true slim (if not skinny) fit here too. Love those side tabs on the plaid option.   Premium Quality Dark Grey Suede Derby Shoes – $48.99 ($69.99) Recently featured in last month’s Most Wanted. Darker grey suede and chunky, more casual rubber (crepe-like?) soles. Certainly appears to be leather lined and just might be made in Portugal.   Premium Quality Chelsea Boots – $83.30 ($119) As is almost always the case, cheap suede should outperform cheap smooth leather. So, if you’re trying to decide between these two, consider the suede to be the safer bet.   Premium Quality Leather Wingtips – $55.99 ($79.99) Sadly, no suede option here. And see above. So, there’s a risk. But hey, now that JC Penney’s Stafford line of shoes seems to be taking a step back in terms of overall quality, perhaps these aren’t so terrible of an ultra cheap alternative?   Premium Quality Textured Knit Cashmere Crew – $48.99 $69.99 ($99) Big fan of these crew necks. Has a bit of a larger (but not chunky) waffle knit textured to the knit. 100% cashmere, and this stuff is awfully soft. Medium to light in weight as a whole. Hiding out in the sale section. Sizes are scattered at post time. UPDATE: Hang on, I’m having a hard time getting this extra 30% off to work on this item. Perhaps it’s not good on sale stuff?   Premium Quality Merino Cardigan – $41.99 ($59.99) Fair to assume they’re using the same merino knit on these cardigans as they do on the long sleeve polo? If that’s the case, than you should be pretty happy with the fabric.   Premium Quality Leather Briefcase – $90.30 ($129) You might almost certainly be better off going with a cheap waxed canvas brief, or, spending a bit more… but you never know. Could be a diamond in the rough here.   Premium Quality Leather Monkstraps – $55.99 ($79.99) Shown above is last year’s “dark cognac” shade, but it doesn’t appear to differ much, if at all, from this year’s “Tawny Brown”? Just a heads up. These are kinda just ho-hum. But if you’re on a serious budget and want to dip your toes in the monk strap waters, these might not be too terrible of a play. Full review here. The 30% off one item code 2700 expires today, 9/12/17.
5 Watch Styles Every Man Should Own
12-09-2017 12:00:22
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About the author: Dave I. has been a Dappered reader for several years. His interest in fashion started with shoes and expanded to encompass watches, suits, and general men’s style. When not thinking about his next purchase he can be found enjoying a pint of locally brewed craft beer. There are plenty of watches out there. Different styles. Different brands. Different makes. It’s almost enough to make one give up on wearing a watch altogether and settle with using their phone to tell the time. But then who wants to be that guy? Okay, some of you are good with being that guy. And that’s more than fine. But if you want to start wearing a watch and/or start building a watch collection, here’s a listing of the five different basic styles of watches that every man “should” own. (As always, there are exceptions, and these are more suggestions than “shoulds.”)   The Digital Watch Digital you say? Where am I, 1980? Yes, digital watches were indeed popular in the 80’s but they have their place today too, and not just in some retro-cool kind of way. Going out hiking and wanting something rugged and tough? The Casio G-Shock series of watches can’t be beat. What if you’re more of a runner than a hiker? Then Timex has you covered with their popular Iron Man watches. Finally for those of you just looking for a casual ‘hey, I’m a digital watch guy, what of it?” there’s the reto looking Casio A168W-1. (Above Photo Credit)    The Dress Watch It’s hard to go wrong with a dress watch. Sure you won’t be chopping wood while wearing it, but then again who’d want to? The above Tissot Carson Chrono might not be cheap (or simple), but under $400 for an automatic chronograph is actually pretty tough to make. Or if you’re looking for something more minimalist, it’s hard to go wrong with an Orient Bambino Automatic. They make multiple versions, but all have clean lines and classic good looks. What’s not to like? Finally if you’re looking for something fun yet dressy at the same time, the Timex Weekender Fairfield, with all it’s different strap combinations, is hard to beat. Provided of course the legendary ticking of the Weekender doesn’t drive you crazy.   The Dive Watch Now just because you’re not a diver doesn’t mean you can’t wear a dive watch. They’re tough, easy to read, and versatile (even if there was some debate on threads about what you can wear with a dive watch). Invicta has some nice, inexpensive dive watches, but some take issue with their close likeness to the Rolex Submariner. A perennial favorite is the Casio MDV-106-1A. And for good reason; affordable, rugged, stylish. Some might stop right there, but there’s also the Seiko SKX series to contend with. So there is definitely no shortage of dive watches to consider, and the price points can be everywhere from dirt cheap to outrageously expensive.   The Weekend Beater If you’re going to spend money on a nice watch, you don’t want to be bashing it around on weekends. That’s where the weekend beater watch comes in. A watch that won’t cause you to break down and cry if and/or when the crystal gets scratched. Weekend watches are of course subjective, but a Timex Expedition will do nicely. Or for something a little less busy, the Seiko SNK series of watches are a safe bet.   The Grail Watch Finally there’s the grail watch. The one that is, as the French say, la Pièce De Résistance of your collection. These types of watches are highly personal. For some it will be an Omega Speedmaster or a Rolex GMT, or something very few people have heard about. The important thing about a grail watch is the watch is important to you. Because at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters. Well that and doing your happy dance.
Style Scenario: The First Day it Actually Feels like Fall (nothing over $100 edition)
11-09-2017 23:00:02
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Admittedly, not everyone is at this point yet. (And yes, thanks for the social media comments saying how hot it is still where you live. You know who you are.) But some of us are getting close, and some might have already had a taste of weather that requires layers. Here’s one way to look smart as it cools off without spending a boatload of cash in the process. The Sweater: J.C.F. Merino Wool Cardigan in Garnet – $36.07 w/ Gilt City Voucher ($55.50). Gotta use that gilt city voucher, but an all merino cardigan for just north of $35 isn’t bad. Plus, it’s not overly bulky like some heavier shawl cardigans made in lambswool or thicker cotton. That means you won’t overheat if the sun comes out and it starts to warm up. Another nice thing about cardigans is that they clean up your lines through your sides. So instead of having a bit of extra chaos around the middle (even if you have your shirts tailored), it gets cleaned up, and that V at your chest and the line of buttons down the center adds some order. The Shirt: UNIQLO OCBD in Grey – $29.90. Or a lightweight chambray works great here too. Big fan of the grey + maroon color combo. The Watch: Timex Allied Coastline – $99. Another mighty fine looking addition to the Timex lineup. 100m in water resistance and a rotating bezel. There’s just one review at post time, and it looks like the buyer got a dud in terms of the indiglo function. Hm. Fingers crossed that’s not a glitch across the entire model line, because they’re pretty handsome casual watches. That grey case is something. Should drop in price with future codes, as well as when they eventually wander onto Amazon. The Outerwear: Target Goodfellow & Co Canvas Shirt Jacket – $34.99. One of the hits from the new collection. Lots of positive feedback on this particular piece from you guys. Plenty of comparisons to a Wallace & Barnes (upgraded J. Crew line) shirt jacket from not that far back. Not bad for thirty five bucks. If you want something a little more subtle, try their green quilted jacket. The Socks: Nordstrom Mid-Calf Merino Wool Socks in Navy – $12.50 (or 3 pair for $30). Might be a bit early for thick wool socks, so, stick with the do-anything Nordy merino option. The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown – $39.95. Still one of the best, not too dressed up yet not too casual belts. Simple. Goes on sale from time to time but is often excluded from codes as it’s a leather accessory. The Bag: J. Crew Abingdon Waxed Canvas Briefcase – $138. Another item that at post time is more than the $100 per item limit we’ve set, but, it also consistently goes on sale for 30% off when J. Crew runs one of their select item codes. So, sit tight. Nicely reviewed on the J. Crew website, which can’t be said of everything these days. The Jeans: Slim Dark Rinse Japanese Traveler Jean – $95 ($118). Yes, these are super spendy right now, but there has been ample opportunities in the last month or so to get these for $59 – $70.80. And while that’s more than a pair of Levis, it’s hard to beat the comfort of a pair of BR Traveler jeans. The Shoes: Aston Grey Leather Chukkas – $99. Cheap smooth leather boots at this price can be risky. But these somehow deliver. Was just going for $79 over the weekend (and hopefully you were made aware of that price drop during last week’s handful).
Has Combatant Gentlemen Gone out of Business?
11-09-2017 17:00:18
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Here’s an email from a reader: Is Combat Gent gone? Their store in LA is no longer open during posted business hours. Doors are locked. Their phones have been disconnected. The live chat option on their website is disabled. Their last several hundred mentions on Twitter are all complaints from people who can’t get in touch and have shipments that have missed commit dates. Most are wedding orders. GQ ran an article in July about their problems. So did CNBC.  You don’t say. Look, that stinks for guys who bought into them. There’s a lot of noise out there, and who among us hasn’t fallen for a too-good-to-be-true commercial transaction? But there’s a reason why we haven’t covered them since we first took their lying butts for a spin in 2013. They claimed they were selling Super 120s – 140s half-canvas suits for $160. But upon arrival they were anything but. Wool/poly blends with plastic buttons. And there were odd labels, still attached no less, of junk suit sellers easily found on eBay. After our post went live, Combatant Gentleman changed their site to reflect the details of our observations… and behind the scenes we refused to do any further reviews. One of their early suits. Super 120s eh? Look, I’m not trying to rub this in. Please believe that. But I can hear a few of you right now shouting that we should have been more aggressive with our condemnation. Yet the facts were there. At the time they were decent suits for $160, but there was something obviously amiss. Puffery and exaggeration flowed like shit from a septic tank (at one point they were seriously claiming to own flocks of sheep, and thus, could save on raw materials cost). If you really want us to start throwing bombs and aggressively pointing fingers (instead of focusing on the brands and retailers offering good value) then I have one request… Talk to a lawyer and see how much it costs to defend yourself, even if you are in the right. Because I’ve written those checks. And they’re steep. For now, if Combat Gent has any of your money, I sincerely hope you can get it back.
Monday Sales Tripod – Automatic Seikos, Italian Wool Trousers, & More
11-09-2017 12:00:20
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Jomers: New Italian Wool Trousers for $68 As is almost always the case with Jomers, when they drop a new item, it sells super fast. And the grey options are all sold out at post time, but somehow there’s a good amount of sizes left in the blue shades they’re offering. Blue, a heather blue, and a darker blue sharkskin, cut from either Marzotto or Barberis Italian wool. Partially lined in Bemberg and comes with real horn buttons. Made in Hong Kong. Not bad for under seventy bucks. All trousers come with a 34″ inseam, so, you’ll most likely have to get em’ hemmed by a tailor.   #2. Gilt City: J.Crew Factory Extra 35% Off In-Store or Online Cotton Twill Shirt-Jacket – $41.92 Utility Jacket – $64.65  Cotton Seedstitch Cardigan Sweater – $34.77  SLIM Plaid Flannel Shirt – $28.92 multiple colors SLIM Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater – $29.25 multiple colors SLIM Merino Crewneck Sweater – $29.25 I know. I know. We mentioned this on Thursday in the handful, but, time’s running out to use this extra 35% off voucher from Gilt City. Of course suiting is excluded, but it seems like JCF has a huge chunk of their fall line on the site right now. And when you consider the current sale prices, plus the extra 35% off = more than half off the “valued at price”, then you know it’s a solid deal.   #3. Massdrop: Seiko Prospex SRPA Automatic – $189.99 FINAL Why hello there, automatic brother of the hugely popular Seiko Solar Compass. No chronograph here, obviously, but you do still get 100m in water resistance, those fat sword style hands, the knurled textured case, and an easy to wear 42mm in diameter. Exhibition case back is a nice addition too. Movement hacks and hand winds. Can’t imagine, in the era of GPS that anyone is gonna use the compass function, but hey, at least that internal bezel does rotate and you can kinda use it to ballpark elapsed time.   Also worth a mention on a Tuesday HauteLook: They’re running a Brooks Brothers and Lands’ End event. Pretty limited selection for both though. Lands’ End: 30% off w/ CRISP and 6448 Huckberry: They’ve brought back the brand Taylor Stitch. It’s spendy stuff, but it’s also really good quality stuff. Banana Republic: Up to 40% off suits, blazers, and trousers. But notice it’s “up to” 40% off, so, not gonna be as good as the more recent 40% off no BR merchandise exclusions promo.
Banana Republic’s Struggles, FedEx Fights, & the Good and Bad of Beer
8-09-2017 12:00:54
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MOVIE SPECIAL FX CIRCA 1935: Bride of Frankenstein (thank you) THIS JUST IN FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: The more I learn about Chance The Rapper, the more I really like him as a person. Because this? This. Is. Awesome. AND IT CONTINUES: More bad news for some of the biggest brands in American malls. I’m not sure we should find solace in the fact that one of their properties is on the upswing, considering what it says about the buying power of the average consumer. CONSEQUENCES: This right here is pretty shitty. And complicated. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? So this is happening. I’m sure we’ll all be fine. It’s fine. Everything’s fine. DEEZ… (thank you) Our pal Eric H has not only been dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, he has managed to pass along another rad list of LINKITY LINK LINKS for us this week. He is just the best. MORE THAN A FEELING: One of the best things about the era of vinyl record albums was the possibilities the twelve inch by  twelve inch packaging presented for designers. (There’s a reason people buy these.) This is a really cool history of album art. Speaking of which, you’re probably familiar with this particular classic. INCOMING! The metronome was the beginning of the end. Mostly. THE OTHER SEX: Eric has a knack for finding terrific stories about fascinating women. Like this woman. Here’s some da-da poetry for you as an example from this “diehard weirdo.” YOU ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, SIMPLY MUST…say no to this nonsense. Here’s an idea: grab a pair of these and hose them down when you need to. THE 4 LEGGED LIGHTNING ROUND: A mighty, mighty pup. I eagerly await the movie. | The most important rule for cats. Hint: physics. | This. A thousand times this. And while you’re at it, keep them out of the carts at the grocery store because that is effing nasty. PALS: (thank you) OH THAT’S NASTY: OMG BURN IT WITH FIRE! Wait, no, hold on. Ok. We have an official ruling from the judges: it’s totally gross but it’s totally good too. So, carry on. WAIT, WHAT? When the New Yorker writes about a video game, you know it is not going to be boring. BALLS. OF. STEEL: I would have barfed, m’kay? PERSPECTIVE: While our collective attention is on the record-breaking hurricanes in the Caribbean and American Southeast, things are really bad in Southeast Asia as well. Then there’s this. IT’S WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST! And, also, brainstorming and shit. This is the best news ever, right? Yeah, about that. NO WONDER THIS GAME BECAME A CLASSIC: (thank you) IS YOUR BRAIN MAKING YOUR LIFE SHITTY? This. HEY YOU MISTER INSTAGRAM FAMOUS: Sorry dude. This might be relevant to your interests. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? The Oh Hell No edition. PROOF-OF-CONCEPT VIDEO OF THE WEEK: I have never heard of that phrase (proof-of-concept) until I found this video short that looks like a full length movie I want to see. REALITY BITES: This is, to use the vernacular of the day, cray. NUTS… CONSEQUENCES: So this guy made news this week for all the wrong reasons. Then they discovered this. And, as a surprise to no one, this. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL! Er, about that? For a more robust round up of what ails the NFL, there’s this. Meanwhile, football in Alaska: this is not Texas football. But it is fascinating. From the world of college football, this is not flattering. FIRST WORLD FRUSTRATIONS: Those glasses though. Honestly. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT…that 1937 painting with the Native American holding an iPhone? INCOMING: Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. 
Gilt City J. Crew Factory Voucher, USA Made Boots, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
7-09-2017 16:51:23
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Gilt City: J.Crew Factory Extra 35% Off In-Store or Online Thompson Fit Blue Tweed Sportcoat – $96.85 ($149) Cotton Seedstitch Cardigan Sweater – $34.77 ($53.50) Merino Wool Cardigan – $36.07 ($55.50) a few colors SLIM Merino Wool V-neck Sweater – $29.25 multiple colors Bedford Brushed Cotton Twill Pant – $30.87 ($47.50) Walker Vest – $38.67 ($59.50) Most of you fellas know how this works, but, in case you don’t, here’s a crash course. Sign up for gilt or gilt city (or, login). Click the “RSVP” button on the J. Crew Factory offer page. Wait (sometimes a few minutes, sometimes an hour+). You’ll get an email, for free, with a one time use extra 35% offer code in there. The “cost” to you is that you’re now on Gilt’s email list (but, you can unsubscribe like any email list if you so choose). Vouchers have to be used by the end of Tuesday, 9/12. Not valid on men’s suiting, of course. Nor is it valid on cashmere, “The Score” items, or 3rd party merchandise. But it should work on their blue tweed sportcoat. No elbow patches this year, so, that’s a plus for many of you. And $35 for that cotton seedstitch shawl collar? Yes please.   Massdrop: Thorogood Boots – $226.99 FINAL | Seiko Turtle – $229.99 FINAL Thorogood 1892 Beloit Plain Toe Boot – $226.99 FINAL Seiko Turtle Automatic – $229.99 FINAL  Victorinox Classic Infantry Vintage 38mm Automatic Watch – $329.99 FINAL Glycine Combat Classic Chronograph Automatic Watch – $799 FINAL Massdrop has been on a nice little roll lately. They’ve been cranking out some consistently tempting products at a good clip. The only issue? They’re all final sale. And that stinks. Thorogood boots are made in Wisconsin out of Horween Chromexcel leather. That Seiko Turtle? Gonna be tough to beat that price. Love the shape of the case too. Very substantial feeling. Automatic, hacks and hand winds. Made our best automatic watches under $400 feature a while back.   Spier & Mackay: New Outerwear Line 80% Merino Wool / 20% Nylon Duffel Coat – $286ish USD 85% Merino Wool / 15% Cashmere Topcoat – $328ish USD 80% Merino Wool / 20% Peacoat – $286ish USD Spier & Mackay is jumping into outerwear, eh? And what they’re offering looks mighty fine. Remember, prices on their site are listed in Canadian Dollars. So, it’s gonna cost US customers less thanks to the exchange rate. Big fan of them using more precise chest sizing instead of the ball park S/M/L that many other brands use. This is a pre-order, so, expect the items to start shipping mid September. Charcoal, Navy, and Black are available for all three styles. Camel is also available in the topcoat.   Huckberry: 25% off Criquet Polos – $59.98 – $64.98 ($79-$84) Not your average polo shirt. A deeper, more substantial placket. Flap pocket at the chest. Either slim or standard fit. And? Collar stays for the shirt collar. That’s right, collar stays on a polo. Certainly looks better in person than a standard cheap polo, but even on sale, they can seem a little spendy.   DSW: $10 off $25, $20 off $99, $40 off $199 w/ AUGUST2017 Aston Grey Leather Chukkas – $79.99 ($99) Aston Grey Leather Cap Toe Boot – $89.99 ($109.99) Aston Grey Leather Longwings – $79.99 ($99.99) Aston Grey Leather Wingtip Boot – $99.99 ($119.99)  Interesting code, being that it’s September. (Word is it expires 9/10?) Anyway, some deals to be had for sure if you like DSW’s house brand lines. Aston Grey has always been a nice budget brand. You can check out a full review of those chukkas right here.   BONUS: J. Crew: New Additions to Sale Section Pima Cotton Short-Sleeve Sweater-Polo in Stripe – $64.99 ($75) Pima Cotton Short-Sleeve Sweater-Polo in White – $64.99 ($75) French Linen Cardigan Sweater – $44.99 ($89.50) Jack Sunglasses – $79.99 ($98) UK Made North Sea Clothing Expedition Shawl-Collar Sweater – $199.99 ($265) Cotton-Linen Crewneck Sweater in Wide Stripe – $36.99 ($69.50) So this is… maybe something. There’s a bunch of new arrivals to their sale section, and while they aren’t running an extra 30% or 40% off sale items code right now, some (not all) of the items are curiously low in price. Maybe a new pricing strategy for J. Crew now that Mickey Drexler has exited? Still, most of us will sit tight and wait for an extra 30%-40% off sale items code.   Also worth a mention: Nordstrom: Their summer clearance event is still going on. Picks here. GAP: 40% off men’s & women’s styles w/ FORYOU (exclusions apply of course)
The Best in Affordable Style from the Month that Was – Aug. ’17
6-09-2017 20:06:42
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A wise man once asked: “What the hell just happened?” And for good reason. There is value in looking back. It gives us all a good gauge as to what is good, and more importantly, what is not good, going forward. Sure, the “clip show” is mostly a cheap (affordable?) device to create new content out of already published stuff. But it’s also a good way to catch up in case you missed something. So cue the flashback music. Here’s the very best from the month that was…   Best Sale: Banana Republic 40% off no BR Merch Exclusions It was a pretty solid year for the Labor Day sales, but Banana Republic was one of the stand outs. 40% off for everyone, an extra 10% off on top of that for cardmembers, and there were NO merchandise exclusions. Traveler jeans and pants, Rapid Movement denim, shoes, cashmere, outerwear, etc… it was all up for the cut. Even their brand new arrivals were getting the cut. Can’t say that for much of their competition (*cough* J. Crew) who seems to exclude their newest arrivals from their promos.   Best Ind. Item Deal: J. Crew’s Caspian Blue Cotton Sportcoat – $84.99 It’s long gone now, but a few weeks back this thing popped up in their sale section while they were running an extra 50% off sale, and it dropped to a price point that most GAP sportcoats flutter around at. And it’s much, much nicer than any GAP blazer or sportcoat. All Italian cotton. Crisp without being stiff. A shade of blue that’s interesting but doesn’t shout. Unlined. Walks the line between dressed up and dressed down perfectly. A terrific warm weather blazer that can absolutely pull duty in the cooler months if you’re good with a jolt of (subtle) color.   2nd Best Individual Item Deal: The Timex Scout for $20.49! Again, sold out now. But… Just north of twenty bucks? Good gracious.   Most “controversial” post that won’t change anyone’s mind: The Cologne Conundrum Thanks for all the responses fellas. But, let’s be honest with each other. This is a topic that people are firmly entrenched about. Responses are often emotional, and emotion is the enemy of rational thinking. If you’ll pardon the clunky simile, wearing cologne is kinda like owning a gun. It’s your right, but far too many who exercise the right over-estimate their competence when it comes to the responsibilities of such. And couldn’t we all do with a little less hubris these days?   Most Anticipated Arrival: Goodfellow & Co. And? It seems to be hit and miss. But give Target credit. This is their first swing at trying to upgrade their men’s department. Maybe with time it’ll only get better? At least some of the items are hits. One concern though seems to be sizing. There’s quite a jump between, say, medium and large. As always, your results may vary.   Most Wheelhouse Post: Best Automatic Watches under $400 You can get a hell of a lot of wristwatch for under $400. Kinda makes you wonder how the luxury watch market survives. But, well, they don’t seem to be hurting too bad right now.   Most Over-referenced Season: Fall/Autumn Summer Lovers: For crying out loud Joe, SHUT UP ABOUT FALL ALREADY. Me: Nope!   Most Useful Post: 12 Common Menswear Misconceptions More than a few responses came in via email and social media about the wool & undershirt misconceptions. The arguments were the same. “I’ve always worn an undershirt/I’ve always worn cotton in the heat.” That’s fine, but, that’s not proof that you’re right.   Most Drool-worthy Briefcase: Gustin – $219 It’s back, it’s made in the USA out of Horween leather, it’s available in 4 colors, and it costs less than a Filson Original. Impressive.   Brand that produced the most polar opposite viewpoints: Seiko “Don’t even read the article, just buy the 009 in the picture. Best watch ever. I’m wearing mine now” – Tad D. “Seiko is junk. They produce 1,000 ‘s of watches with the same movement wich (sic) doesn’t work with every design. They are working their way to being the next armiton (sic)…” – Jason A. WOULD YOU PEOPLE PLEASE MAKE UP YOUR MINDS.   Promise least likely to keep: ISO 12312-2 glasses bet See you in 2045! Feeling Nostalgic? Here’s the archive containing previous editions of Best of the Month that Was.
Most Wanted Affordable Style – September 2017
6-09-2017 12:00:35
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Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or a quick upgrade for yourself, expect these to come around about once a month. You’ll find new arrivals and old favorites, especially good deals, or maybe something pricey to keep an eye on for future sales. The potential best of the best, which you may or may not have seen already. Got a tip on something that deserves to end up in the monthly Most Wanted? Send those in here.   B.R. Italian Wool Peacoat – $298 or Topcoat – $378 Plenty of us are nowhere near the temperatures required to wear such coats, but hey… it’s fun to look ahead, no? And kudos to Banana Republic. Seems like they’ve been doing a real nice job with some of their more expensive pieces (such as outerwear and sportcoats) as of late. Big fan of the shade of grey and the overall design of the peacoat. Like a less expensive version of the J. Crew dock peacoat, in a more medium shade of grey. Plus, they’ll go on sale often. The peacoat, for example, was going for under $180 during the big Labor Day promotion. Not bad.   Spoon “Hot Thoughts” – $11.99 This is probably the best album, start to finish, I’ve heard since Run the Jewels 3 (mind you, I’m not Captain Music Pants, so, know that). It’s so good as a complete project that it seems wrong to pick out specific tracks (but I’ll do it anyway… Hot Thoughts, Do I Have to Talk You Into It, Can I Sit Next To You, and I Ain’t the One are all terrific). Britt Daniels has one hell of a unique voice on him. Clear as a bell one moment, all sandpaper and cigarette smoke the next.   J. Crew Ludlow Blazer in Herringbone English Tweed – $298 For all of J. Crew’s recent struggles, man alive do they still know how to make a sportcoat. English wool. Three colors to pick from (including that awesome forrest green). A mid-weight tweed that actually moves with you, and you don’t have to fight against. Only half lined in the back for extra ventilation and a softer construction. Now, it’s getting it on sale that might be a challenge.   Seiko Samurai Automatic – $394 Spendy, but good gracious. It’s only missing an additional crown at 10 o’clock, and then you’d basically have a bargain Omega Planet Ocean. Not some wilting flower here. 43.8mm in diameter. Terrific looking waffle pattern to the dial. Water resistant to 200m. Red tipped seconds hand.   L.E. Quilted Jacket – $89.40 – $105 (depending on sales) Classic, Barbour-like sporting looks without the heritage brand price tag. Can drop as low as $75 if you hop on a 50% off one item code and pin (but note that those hardly ever happen). Currently you can use the code COLORFUL and pin 5273 for 40% off one regularly priced item.   BONUS: J. Crew Ludlow Suede Chukka – $318 | Kenton Boots – $248 Two new additions to J. Crew’s lineup of Goodyear welted footwear. The thing is, you gotta be patient if you’re shooting for a discount. Their shoes (especially newer models) don’t go on sale right away. So, you might have to wait for a bit. Big fan of chukkas around these parts, and the addition of a plain toe boot to their Kenton line was a nice choice. Want more most wanted? Click here for the top 5 most wanted lists from previous months.
Style Scenario: The Late Season Baseball Game
5-09-2017 23:00:43
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. We’re in one of the best parts of the year in terms of sports. Football is starting to kick off, the overseas soccer leagues are underway, and baseball is starting to get tense. If you haven’t made it to your local park for 9 innings (or more) of America’s Past Time, now’s a great time. The days are warm but the nights are (hopefully) cooling down. Here’s one way to take in a game while looking great at the same time. The Jersey: Made in the USA Ebbets Field Flannels – $156 w/ LD17 ($195). Or, whatever your home-town team’s jersey happens to be. But if you’re into the throwbacks/historical thing, then Ebbets Field is the bee’s knees. Made in the USA, wearable works of art, and they really do some digging in terms of the teams they have available. Code is good for 20% off but it expires today. Now go pick me out a winner Bobby. The Tee: Goodfellow & Co. Standard Fit Tee in Grey – $7.99. A tee underneath for comfort. Also, never tuck that jersey. The Jeans: Levi’s Men’s 514 Straight Fit Stretch Jeans in Ship Yard – $39.99. With their straight fit and 99% Cotton, 1% Elastane, these aren’t skinny jeans (on most body types) and aren’t enormously cut either. And a little bit of a faded/washed out look never hurt anybody when worn casually. The Sunglasses: AO Original Pilots – $50ish. Won’t be going out of style anytime soon. And USA made shades at that. The Watch: Casio Diver – $50ish. With its 200m water resistance, and resin band, it’ll survive any beer spillage that might happen. But please, no one likes the 2-fisted slobber. The Belt: J. Crew Suede Belt – $59.50. Made in the USA with a solid brass buckle. Does go up for codes and promos pretty often too. The Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith in White & Green – $60.00. A tennis sneaker that’ll look terrific at the ball park. Super comfortable too. More sizes are available direct through Adidas. The Socks: DANISH ENDURANCE Merino Wool Hiking & Trekking Socks – $12.99. Lightweight merino breathes, cushions, and is an all around awesome fabric. The Food: A hot dog, at the ballpark. I don’t care if you’re super strict and ultra healthy all the time, nothing tastes better than a hot dog at the ball park. Those calories don’t count. Trust me.
10 Men’s Fall Style Essentials for 2017
5-09-2017 17:00:14
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There are some classics in here for sure. Evergreen items if you will. But, trends can change from year to year, so we’ll keep this list focused on what’s big (and for good reason) for fall 2017. Specific, affordable examples of each are also included below. As always, these won’t be “essential” to everyone. Far from it. They’re more guidelines.   A Quilted Jacket and/or Vest Barbour International Ariel Quilt – $185 – $269 Made in the UK Lavenham Quilted Vest – $195 FINAL GAP Quilted Jacket – $47.97 @ 40% off ($79.95)  Target Goodfellow & Co Quilted Vest – $24.99 Barbour SLIM Fit Quilted Bomber – $133.33 ($199) Brooks Brothers Horizontal Quilted Hybrid Jacket – $199 ($398) J. Crew Sussex Quilted Jacket – $138.60 w/ YESPLEASE ($198) The funny thing about puffer vests and jackets is that they make you look… puffy. Opt for something less life-jacket like. That quilting provides insulation AND it looks terrific (there’s just something about those symmetrical lines). Remember, these are for casual use. So not to be worn with a suit or sportcoat.   A Wool/Wool-blend Henley and/or Long Sleeve Polo USA Made Triple Aught Design Primer Henley – $55.00 J. Crew Italian Merino Wool Polo Sweater – $62.65 w/ YESPLEASE ($89.50) H&M Premium Quality Merino Wool Polo Shirt – $49.99 B.R. Heritage Stripe Merino Wool-Silk Blend Henley – $59.10 ($98.50) J. Crew Wool/Cotton Henley – $55.65 w/ YESPLEASE ($79.50) Western Rise Dryweight Merino Blend Henley – $98 Henleys are a masculine classic that’ll never go out of style. The long-sleeve polo is a bit of a throwback that’s getting some good run this year. Both are thankfully now being made by major brands and retailers in a wool or wool blend. Wool is just so far superior to cotton, especially in more extreme temperatures.   Medium to Lightweight Gloves Orivs Lambskin Driving Gloves – $69 ($89) (just about sold out) Orvis Best-Grade Sporting Clays Gloves – $79 (a nice alternative to the drivers?) Franklin Tailored Men’s Nappa Snap Closure Glove – $79 Autodromo Stringback Driving Gloves – $125 For those mornings where you want to protect your hands from the wind but it’s still not full blown heavy wool mitts or ski gloves weather. You want something that provides protection and a bit of warmth, but you don’t lose much if any of your dexterity. It’s a bit early in the season for gloves of any kind, but watch for them (especially at Nordstrom) to start showing up in the coming weeks.   A Pair of Rugged, Do Anything Boots Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill Boot – $350 (shown above in natural cxl)  J. Crew Goodyear Welted Kenton Cap Toe Boots – $248  Wolverine 1,000 Mile Adrian Cap Toe Boot – $415 Red Wing Beckman Round Boot in Cherry – $350 Woolrich Unlined Yankee – $227.99 ($325) These are the kind of boots that you wear on a road trip into the mountains for a long weekend getaway, where you can go for a light hike in them in the morning, and then head out to dinner in them in the evening. They’re somewhere between a dress boot and a true, sh*t kicking classically styled work boot. A slimmer toe box but still hefty leathers (depending on the price) and good support. Can’t say enough about the Higgins Mill (shown above). Love mine. I have not taken good care of them, but the Chromexcel uppers and subtly studded sole walk the line between utility and style, and can handle what I dish out for sure.   A “Brushed” or Corduroy Button Down Target Goodfellow & Co Corduroy Shirt – $24.99 Ledbury Brushed Dot Shirt – $75 (sold out) J. Crew Slim Brushed Workshirt – $55.65 w/ YESPLEASE ($79.50) UNIQLO Corduroy Shirt – $29.90 Not quite flannel thick, but not poplin or oxford either. Brushed shirts have been, wait for it, brushed for extra softness. And most corduroy shirts come with the inherent softness that the wale provides. Yet neither are as thick or weighty as a true flannel shirt.   A Sportcoat or Suit in a Fall Appropriate, Textured Fabric J Crew Ludlow Blazer in English Herringbone Wool – $298 J. Crew Ludlow Stretch Donegal Wool Jacket & Trouser – $650 Suitsupply Havana Fit Jackets – $399 – $499 multiple colors/patterns Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Supersoft Construction Sportcoat – $268.80 ($448) multiple colors J. Crew Ludlow Unconstructed Corduory – $198 Now’s the time to nerd out to find and fall in sartorial love with a jacket that’s got a bit more texture and heft. Think tweeds, corduroy, etc. It’s one of the great style-joys of cooler weather. And don’t worry; as we always do, we’ll have a best sportcoats round up for the season, now that they’re starting to arrive in stores and online.   A favorite Rugged Field Watch Bertucci A-2T Original Classic – $149.98 Timex Expedition Ranger Brass Case 43mm – $53.60 w/ SCHOOL20 ($67) Hamilton 42mm Khaki Field – $349.99 Citizen Canvas Band Eco Drive Chronograph – $134.99 Timex Expedition Field Chrono – $45.96 Timex Intelligent Quartz Flyback Chrono – $120 Because the heft of the timepiece itself as well as a thick leather strap can often be a bit much in the dead of summer. Plus, chances are you won’t be getting into open water anytime soon, so, a diver can take a back seat for a bit. Now’s the time for your field watch if you’ve got one.   A Warm Sweater that can replace a Clunky Hoodie J. Crew Factory Fisherman’s Cable Crew – $50ish Todd Snyder Garment Dyed Merino Mock-Neck in Navy or Grey – $69 ($248) Target Goodfellow & Co Pocket Shawl Collar Cardigan – $34.99 B.R. Italian Wool-Silk Blend Tweed Cardigan – $64.80 ($108) J. Crew Marled Cotton Mockneck Cardigan – $108 J. Crew Factory Seedstich Cotton Shawl Collar – $50ish Shawl collar, mock neck, fisherman’s, whatever. Just ditch that old bulky hooded sweatshirt. It’s not doing you any favors. Head here for more hoodie alternatives.   For your home: Non Overhead Lighting Erno Uplight Accent Lamp – $38.99 Crosby Schoolhouse Floor Lamp – $56.99 Iron Hairpin Kent Table Lamp Base – $59.99 Sitting Robot Lamp – $100 StyleCraft Dimpled Glass Table Lamp – $149 Noah Floor Lamp – $212.50 Lighting matters. Boy howdy does it. Most men will default to just using the harsh, overhead lights that are in the ceiling of their house/apartment. But having a couple of well placed lamps can make a big difference in terms of how your place feels to you and your guests. Many of us spend far too much time under harsh overhead lighting at work. Bring it down to closer to eye level (or lower) at home, and you’ll probably be pleased with the atmosphere it creates during the colder/darker months.   A Signature Warm Cocktail or Drink and/or a Hearty Meal Doesn’t have to be an alcoholic drink. Doesn’t have to be some gut-bomb of a meal. Doesn’t have to involve pumpkin spice (far from it). But, it helps when you’ve having guests over (or, bringing something to share to someone else’s shindig) to have something autumnal in style in your culinary arsenal. So learn how to make great cold weather cocktails, or a killer fall-inspired pizza. Whatever. Cooking is like getting dressed. It shows you can assemble and therefor create something greater than the sum of its parts. Again, there are always exceptions and these are more guidelines than anything. If you’re sick of the blistering summer heat? Here’s to you getting to break out some if not all of the above, awfully soon.
Tuesday Sales Tripod – Horween Briefcases, Custom Sportcoats, & More
5-09-2017 12:00:46
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. J. Crew: 30% off select Full Price Items w/ YESPLEASE Ludlow Blazer in Corduroy – $138.60 ($198) Ludlow Wide-lapel Suit Jacket in Italian Wool Flannel + Matching Pant = $455 ($650) SLIM Merino V-Neck Sweater – $55.65 ($79.50) Ludlow Goodyear Welted Longwings – $208.60 ($298) Ludlow Goodyear Welted Capt Toe Oxfords – $208.60 ($298) Wool-Cotton Henley – $55.65 ($79.50 ) Abingdon Weekender Bag – $159.60 ($228) SLIM Merino Cardigan – $62.65 ($89.50) Extended for one more day, and worth a look in case you missed the late addition to the Labor Day Sales round up last week. Includes more than you’d think (but still far from everything).   #2. Suitsupply: Create your own sportcoats? ($399 – $499) Heads up Sportcoat addicts. Looks like Suitsupply just (or has this been around and I’ve missed it?) launched a make-your-own-sportcoat feature. Pick the fabric. Pick the fit profile (Havana, Napoli, Washington, etc.) and then grab your size. Should work out to $399 for most (if not all?) fabrics. This is a big deal for those of us that love Suitsupply.   #3. Massdrop: Cruz Leather Weekender – $199 FINAL | Gustin: Briefcase – $219 Massdrop Cruz Full Grain Weekender – $199.99 FINAL Made in the USA Gustin Horween Leather Briefcase – $219  Two bags, two pre-fund sites. The Massdrop Cruz Leather weekender is a full grain duffel that clocks in just over 2,000 cubic inches (which isn’t a ton) but does have a bunch of different whiz-bang storage features. The Made in the USA Gustin briefcase is cut from Horween leather, and comes in a few different shades. Note that they moved any and all branding to the interior of the case for this run. And that price for the briefcase? Not bad at all. Note that they’ve been going for $249 as of late. Big thanks to Simon Q. for the tip!   BONUS: The Nordstrom Summer Clearance is Still going on Full picks here in case you missed it. As always, everything ships and returns for free.   Also worth a mention on a Tuesday J. Crew Factory: Half off everything + Extra 50% off clearance w/ DELISH Lands’ End: 30% off w/  CELEBRATE and 4418 UNIQLO: Free shipping no minimum plus select weekly specials. Banana Republic: Their 40% off, no BR merchandise exclusions deal ends today (9/5). Full picks here.
Nordstrom: End of Summer Sale Picks for Men
1-09-2017 12:15:05
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Nordstrom: Up to 40% off clothing, shoes, accessories & more So Nordstrom now gets in on the Labor Day Sale act. Their Anniversary Sale is still plenty fresh in some of our minds (and on our credit card statements… ouch), yet here they go with a seasonal clearance that’s… still full of stuff you can wear once the weather cools off. The promotional material says “up to 40% off” yet I’m seeing lots of stuff that’s half off? And speaking of “lots of stuff…” that’s one of the drawbacks (if you can believe it) of a Nordstrom sale. The sheer amount of inventory is a little overwhelming. BUT… that’s why we’re here. To separate wheat from chaff. So you don’t have to scroll through all 60+ pages of this thing. We did. And here’s the best of the best. Remember, it all ships and returns for free.   SLIM Stretch Bonobos in Reg – $58.80 or Lightweight – $48.98 ($98) Both cut in their slim fit (yet not quite skinny, which is their “Tailored” fit), but the fabric weight is up to you. Frankly, I’ve found that Bonobos regular washed chino fabric is just fine for summer, but their lightweight chinos are even breezier.   STRAIGHT Stretch Washed Chinos – $58.80 ($98) And now in their more forgiving, but still not enormous, straight fit. Limited color selection on these. Seems like it’s a true summer clearance on the straight fits.   Jack Mason Aviation Chrono 42mm – $176.90 ($295) Some of us might just have a thing for the monochromatic watch look. And this one gets it done. 42mm case is easily wearable by most, but, expect this to wear a bit larger thanks to the fact that it’s a chronograph. NATO strap.   Barbour SLIM Fit Quilted Bomber – $133.33 ($199) Bombers are big this year. But some of us swear by our quilted jackets (which, are also big this year). Here’s the best of both of those worlds from a heritage brand, all in a slimmer than normal fit.   Nordstrom Trim Fit Dress Shirt in Cotton Texture – $39.90 or Linen/Cotton – $34.75 ($69.50) Basics from a trusted source at a more than reasonable price. And if you run hot? Don’t underestimate the value of a cotton linen dress shirt even in the cooler months.   Adidas Stan Smith OG Primeknit Sneakers – $65.96 ($109.95) Wait. What. Who? Well that’s something. Sizes are scattered though.   1901 Gingham Cotton Pocket Square – $9.75 ($19.50) A gingham pocket square is one of the most versatile pocket squares you can own. Does great with a sportcoat and jeans, or, dresses down a normally sober suit (skip the tie and you’re ready for a cocktail hour). Do note that the above shot is NOT of Nordstrom’s own house brand 1901 Gingham pocket square. But… it’s a friggin’ piece of cloth. Pretty sure it won’t be that different.   Nordstrom Classic Fit Solid Wool Suit – $249.49 ($499) A Nordstrom all wool suit for less than that of a J. Crew Factory Thompson? That sounds like a bargain. Navy or Charcoal. Up to you.   Cole Haan Harrison Double Monks – $134.90 ($220) A little bit of brogue detail while still sticking with a classic toe.   Billy Reid Hudson Stripe Henley – $59.90 ($98) Kinda spendy for a 75% cotton/25% poly henley, but… Billy Reid knows what he’s doing. Classic American clothing, well built, which fits trimmer but not tight, and you can depend on.   Jack Mason 42mm Watch – $110.98 or Blue Chrono – $142.49 Quartz of course. More fashion than high end watch making. But they got the designs right on some of their models. Even though that chrono is very busy and very blue, it’ll appeal to some.   Adidas Stan Smith – $60 ($74.95) Don’t get too excited. There’s not a ton of sizes here. Just 9.5 and below that at post time. Worth noting is that Adidas still, STILL sells them for $60 direct?   Hart Schaffer Marx USA Made Jetsetter Wool Blazer – $247.49 ($495) A leftover from the Anniversary sale. The description says it’s American made, but then the bullet points say it’s imported? Guessing it’s made here in the States. Not sure though. Not sure how to wear a true-blue sportcoat like this? Head here for outfit ideas.   Vineyard Vines Bluefish Belt – $34.80 ($58) One fish, two fish, red fish… oh, I get it.   1901 Border Pocket Square – $9.75 ($19.50) And here we have another pocket square from 1901, which ships for free and clocks in under ten bucks. Once again, that’s not the exact same pocket square above, but… it’s gotta be damn close.    J&M Wingtip Oxford – $119.90 ($165) | J.W.N Wingtip Oxford – $134.98 ($225) One fancy looking, expensive shoe, one more casual leaning, more entry level shoe. But both about the same price now thanks to the sale? We live in interesting times.   Hart Schaffner Marx Classic Fit Stretch Plaid Wool Suit – $397.49 ($795) Stretch wool, what appears to be a subtle plaid, and made in the USA. All for under four bills.   Barbour “Canterdale” Jacket – $114.49 ($229) Available in either Navy (limited sizes) or an earth tone (all sizes at post time). Has those chest high hand-warmer pockets which might come in handy.   JWN Stefano Plain Toe Derby – $89.98 ($150) From the house-brand John W. Nordstrom. Just a plain toe derby lace up.   Good Man Brand Soft Jersey Blazer – $198.98 ($398) A really, really nice casual sportcoat. Fabric makeup is: 33% cotton, 25% wool, 25% acrylic, 15% nylon, 2% spandex. The only problem? There’s no vent or vents in the rear. So if you’ve got a tuchus, that lack of any sort of vent might cause a ruckus. (Good heavens I’m a wordsmith, aren’t I?)   7 For All Mankind Slim Fit Jeans – $99.49 or Standard Straight Fit – $140.03 Look fellas… I’m hardly a denim snob. But, this blog is NOT about my own personal shopping habits. And I know some of you like your high quality denim, and, specifically, 7 for all mankind. So, here you go. Two fits, two obviously different washes. Both usually go for around $200. NOTE: There is a LOT of 7 For All Mankind Jeans on sale in this event. Head here for the rest of the fits and washes.   House of Future Original Sneaker – $55 ($110) Vegan friendly. Yes, every so often an email comes in looking for vegan friendly shoes, and here’s an option for those who aren’t on board with leather. Very Stan Smith looking. No visible branding on the exterior either? Now half off. Again, ships and returns for free. A couple of very nice reviews. Lots of colors to pick from.   Billy Reid Diamond Qulited Jacket – $112.49 ($225) Is it spendy for what appears to be a lightweight, cotton-blend zip up? Yes. But those squared off elbow patches tho. That, and Billy Reid stuff, even their casual gear, is up there in terms of quality. A splurge for sure. Want something awfully similar looking (minus the elbow patches) for a heck of a lot less? Try this from Nordstrom’s house brand for $64.49. Another anniversary sale leftover, and yes, as previously stated, it seems a bit spendy. But in person it really is nicer than the competition’s cloth and quality.   J&M Nolen Double Monk Strap Shoe – $144.90 ($185) Entry-ish level double monks. Classic look, nice cap toe, not overly aggressive/pointy shape.   Bensol Jersey Sport Coat – $184.25 ($275) Bensol is underrated as a brand. All cotton here, and just partially lined. Knit, so, almost sweatshirt like in feel.   Eastland ‘Lumber Up’ Moc Toe Boot – $74.90 ($125) Fair warning guys. I’ve heard mixed, at best, reviews about these boots. They look like less fortunate man’s Red Wings, but these Eastlands don’t always deliver. Look em’ over carefully when they arrive, and take them for a gentle spin on a carpeted surface before you commit.   Skagen Jorn 41mm Watch – $72 ($115) You a minimalist? Great. Here’s your watch.   Cole Haan GrandPro Leather Sneaker – $77.98 ($130) Grey is hard to argue against. Has a bit of the Jack Purcell smile going on there too.   Nordstrom Linen Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $223.98 ($448) It’s a little late in the season for an all linen suit, but… the price sure is right.
Local Hurricane Harvey Charities, Leo’s New Manuscript, and Sharpening for a Shave
1-09-2017 12:00:00
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THAT MOMENT…when Scooby-Doo best represents your reaction to the news of the day. (thank you) Our thoughts are with the people who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The images and stories coming out of the area are hard to forget. The devastation from this hurricane will unfold for weeks and months to come. We are grateful to learn that Dossier contributor Eric H and his wife, who live in Houston, are safe. He even managed to share some more links with us this week. HOW YOU CAN HELP: While you can donate to the Red Cross, I had Eric recommend local charities who have been vetted there in Houston and he steered us here. F%$K ME GENTLY WITH A CHAINSAW: I don’t even have a problem with this. Seems like something which could make the jump to the small screen. HE’S GREEEEAAAAAAT! And, also, a turn on, apparently. (nsfw-ish? Maybe?) EXTREME PARENTING? This is a little bit disturbing. Not gonna lie. I had other opinions about this but I’m just going to shut up and move along. But wow. SO…MANY…WHALES:  (thank you) SPEAKING OF ENORMOUS SEA LIFE: Narwhals are bitchin’ for a bunch of reasons. This is just one of them. BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE: Ladies and Gentleman, the rarely filmed megamouth shark. Nifty. HOUSTON…We have a problem. This is a thoroughly engaging story of how the disaster in Houston has been made worse by the area’s rapid expansion over the past 20 years. It is also an example of how the internet can change the way we consider story-telling. HERE! HOLD MY BEER: This is all new to me. Perhaps you are familiar? BLACK AS MIDNIGHT, BLACK AS PITCH, BLACKER THAN THE FOULEST WITCH: Apparently there is a new black paint on the market and it is the blackest black to ever, uh, be black. WHAT. THE. HAMBURGERS? (thank you) I’M KING SNACKBIRD, TRASHLORD OF HELL! Looks like I’ve finally found an interwebs quiz that I just maybe, just might, perhaps, take. Also, this site is something. I’m going to dive into some Dark Wave and spend some time over here. NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES: The Hurricane Harvey edition. Example 1. Example 2. Example 3. And, this. SPEAKING OF HEROES: This guy is pretty rad. SAY IT AIN’T SO TAYLOR: Swift shenanigans? Also, what’s with that new single? I mean, really? WELL THAT WAS FAST: Day one at the new, Amazon owned Whole Foods saw some notable changes. BERLUTI BOYS: From the runway show. (thank you) THE PERKS OF BEING NUMBER ONE: Judge Judy does not negotiate.  OH, YOU STEPPED IN IT: Ewwww, Goop. LOOKING FOR A JOB? Don’t bother leaving a resume at these places. CONSEQUENCES: The fallout from Charlottesville continues. This guy has become famous for all the wrong reasons. And then there are these guys. SO MUCH LEONARDO: da Vinci. Now digitized for your enjoyment. Seriously, this is fascinating. RELATABLE: (thank you) CONSEQUENCES: This is a new development in the evolution of a worst-case-scenario for the biggest sport in America. It’s kind of hard to have a league when your players, and now the people who call the games, decide they’re done with you. LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: You’ve been naughty on line. Perhaps this will help? HEADS UP FELLAS: Do you use an Android device? This is important. FAT CHANCE OF THIS EVER HAPPENING: Nobody is going to actually get off the couch and head out to the car for a pizza. Mostly. WHAT’S IN A NAME? One man’s experience having the same name as an newly infamous bad-guy. INCOMING! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. Bonus mostly: the “kittens are magical creatures” edition.
Labor Day Weekend Sales for Men – 2017 Affordable Style Roundup
31-08-2017 12:00:21
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IT’S NOT JUST A HANDFUL. IT’S A HOEDOWN. Why hoedown? Too much for a handful. Enjoy the long weekend fellas. And perhaps one more reminder about keeping those in Houston who are going through an awfully rough time right now in mind. There are plenty of ways to help out, and plenty of companies to support who are doing some good too. Perhaps the easiest way to help is to text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation via the Red Cross. Every little bit helps. Now, on with the distractions…   Expect these to be updated as more sales start to roll in today and over the weekend. Got a tip on a Labor Day weekend sale? Send those into joe@dappered.com.   J. Crew Factory: 50% off + Extra 50% off Clearance w/ DELISH Thompson Suit Jacket in “Faded Indigo” Chino – $49.99 w/ DELISH Thompson Suit Pant in “Faded Indigo” Chino – $34.99 w/ DELISH 9″ Printed Chambray Gramercy Short – $14.99 w/ DELISH Slim Linen Shirt – $19.99 w/ DELISH Slim Merino Wool V-neck Sweater – $32.00 Slim Washed Shirt – $24.50 Sutton Oxford Pant – $19.99 w/ DELISH Thompson Blazer in Tweed – $114 Exclusions apply of course, such as regular priced men’s suiting, but there’s still plenty to pick from. Especially in the clearance section, where the code DELISH knocks an extra 50% off the listed sale price. That chino suit should do dynamite as separates, and the jacket should look great with jeans.   Club Monaco:  20% off $200+, 25% off $300+, 30% off $400+ w/ FALL17 Allen Edmonds Walnut Strands + Socks = $282.80 ($404) Red Wing Beckman Round Boot in Cherry – $262.50 ($350) Filson Medium Duffle + Socks = $282.90 ($404) Red Wing Beckman Round Boot in Light Brown – $262.50 ($350) A high threshold, but as stated the other day, Club Monaco doesn’t exclude their 3rd party merchandise. So now’s not a bad time to eye up some boots or a new pair of walnut Strands. Why the socks with the Strands? It’s cheaper that way. Getting the $9 socks trips the final 30% off tier, and thus, it ends up being cheaper than if you would have just gotten the shoes themselves.   Allen Edmonds: Up to 50% off 2nds / $100 off Higgins Mill 1sts 2nds Quality Park Ave – $229 2nds Quality Cornwallis Oxfords – $195 2nds Quality Strands – $229 2nds Quality Liverpool Chelsea – $245 2nds Quality Dalton Wingtip Boot – $245 2nds Quality Carlyle – $195 1st Quality Higgins Mill Boot – $250 ($350) Doesn’t appear to be much on the 1sts side, yet, but the Factory 2nds outlet is getting some solid discounts. As always, with factory 2nds, size, width, and color selection varies by model. Also remember that the $10 re-stocking fee still applies for returned 2nds. Lots of wheelhouse models are right around, if not under $200. $195 for the Carlyle (as long as the blemishes aren’t too bad) seems like highway robbery.   EXPRESS: 40% off EVERYTHING Commuter Trench Coat – $118.80 ($198) Stretch Twill Blazer – $88.80 ($148) Express Tech Polos – $23.94 ($39.90) Leather Chelsea Boot – $88.80 ($148) Leather Chukka Boot – $82.80 ($138) Not bad. EXPRESS can be more than graphic tees with lions and “LOYALTY” splashed across em’. And while those chelseas and chukkas might be duds, Express has had some hits with cheap shoes in the past. (If they do stink, they offer free returns on their shoes.) Meanwhile, nice to see their Express Tech polos getting the cut. Those things usually get excluded from regular codes and promos. They won best in show this year during our annual Polopalooza.   Todd Snyder: Extra 30% off FINAL sale w/ BYEBYESALE Slub Pocket Polo in Oxford Grey or Cape Verde – $27.30 ($88) Italian Silk/Cotton Polo in Blue or Red Stripe – $48.30 ($188) Track Jacket in True Blue/White or Navy/Red – $69.30 ($248) USA Made Unconstructed Sportcoat in Birdseye Cotton – $279.30 ($598) Garment Dyed Merino Mock-Neck in Navy or Grey – $48.30 ($248) Merino Waffle Stitch Crew in Camel or Black – $41.30 ($188) Gotta say that I’m pleasantly surprised here. Usually Todd Snyder’s sale section is pretty picked over, and/or still pretty expensive. That doesn’t seem to be the case right now. Reasonable prices and plenty of stock. For now.   Orient: 35% off + Free Shipping w/ LBR17 The Pick: Orient Curator Automatic – $230.75 Only exclusion is the Mako USA, but… sale items are up for the discount too. So the above Curator? That thing drops to $230.75 with the code. Full review of the Curator can be found here.   C. Tyrwhitt: 15% off and Free Shipping $75+ w/ 15LABOR The Pick: Wool/Cashmere Epsom Overcoat – $381.65 ($445) I know Charles Tyrwhitt is mainly known for their shirts (which you can get for around $30-$40 depending on the promo if you play your cards right…), but their outerwear, blazers, and shoes are really worth a look. And that’s where promos like this 15% off comes in. They don’t run 30% – 40% off deals on their non-shirt-stuff. So, now might be the time to give one of their other items a shot.   J. Crew: 30% off select Full Price Items w/ YESPLEASE Ludlow Blazer in Corduroy – $138.60 ($198) SLIM Merino Cardigan – $62.65 ($89.50) Wool-Cotton Henley – $55.65 ($79.50 ) Ludlow Goodyear Welted Longwings – $208.60 ($298) Ludlow Goodyear Welted Capt Toe Oxfords – $208.60 ($298) As usual, there are exclusions, but it feels like there’s less so than normal this time. Even some of their Ludlow branded footwear is getting the cut. Also, their unconstructed cord blazer (both in brown and navy) is up for the 30% off discount.   Huckberry: Astorflex Sale Made in Italy Chelseas – $159.98 ($180) Made in Italy Chukkas – $129.98 ($145) Made in Italy “Rough” Chukkas – $134.98 ($150) Made in Italy from thoughtfully sourced materials. Super comfortable. Not always on sale, so, any kind of discount is a good thing. Plus, they just introduced a couple of new designs, including the “Greenflex Rough” shown in the lower right. Full review of the Chukka can be found here.   H&M: Labor Day Deals + Free Shipping w/ 1869 Premium Quality Merino Wool Polo Shirt – $39.99 ($49.99) Premium Quality Merino Wool Crew – $34.99 ($49.99) Nylon Bomber – $39.99 ($59.99) Not a lot there, but, some of us are kinda surprised at the decent-ness of their “premium quality” wool stuff. Like those Merino Wool polos shown above.   Banana Republic: 40% off, No BR Merch Exclusions In case you missed it yesterday. Full batch of picks can be found here. Don’t forget that BR cardholders can take an extra 10% off with the code BRCARD as well.   Also worth a mention: GAP: Up to 50% off everything, plus get an extra 20% off your purchase w/ GETMORE Brooks Brothers: They’re running a select suit sale. $598 – $798 now, originally running up to $1298 a suit. Ouch. Bloomingdale’s: They always run a Big Brown Bag sale over this holiday weekend. Save 40-60% on almost all sale items. Lands’ End: 30% off w/ CELEBRATE and 4418. Meanwhile, looks like their year-rounder suit separates are now half-canvas?? LL Bean: 25% off when you spend $50+ w/ LABORDAY The Dappered Space Home Sale Picks Cost Plus World Market: Take an additional 10%, plus free shipping $150+ w/ LABORDAYDEALS Houzz: They’re running their Labor Day Preview Sale. Macy’s: They have some pretty decent markdowns for Labor Day, plus save an extra 20% on select items w/ LBDAY Overstock: They’re currently running their Labor Day Sale with discounts, and free shipping over $45. Pottery Barn: Buy more save more; 15% off $100+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1,000+, 30% off $3,000+ w/ code SAVEMORE Target: Up to 30% off with promo code LABORDAY Wayfair: They’re running their Labor Day clearance. West Elm: Buy more save more; 15% off $100+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1,000+, 30% off $3,000+ w/ code HUGESALE Williams Sonoma: 20% off tabletop and cookware, $150 off full size Vitamix Blenders.
Banana Republic: 40% off NO BR Merchandise Exclusions
30-08-2017 12:00:12
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B.R.: 40% off + extra 10% off for cardholders w/ BRCARD If you didn’t get one of those Banana Republic F&F codes last week (or, even if you did and want to stock up for fall), then now’s not a bad time to wander on over to Banana Republic’s site. Why? Because even though the deal isn’t quite as good (40% vs 50% off) it’s still open to everything… as long as it’s not 3rd party. So that means all their new fall gear, rapid movement denim, traveler denim, rapid movement chinos, shoes, and accessories are getting the cut. As long as Banana Republic makes it, it’s 40% off. And if you’re a GAP inc card holder? You can knock an extra 10% off that discounted price with the code BRCARD. Don’t worry, we’ll have a full round up of all the big Labor Day weekend sales coming in tomorrow’s handful, but this one seemed worthy of a full post…   Rapid Movement Jeans in Slim or Straight Fit – $70.80 ($118) A new favorite, especially if you’re thicker south of your waist. Why? Because they still refuse to make traveler denim in a straight fit. Plenty stretchy, plenty comfortable, and the deep dark rinse shade is a bit more jean looking that the Traveler version. Size shown above is a 33×30 in the straight fit (they make slim and skinny too). Full review here. Drops to $63.72 if you’ve got a GAP inc credit card and use the extra 10% off code.   B.R. Slim Dark Rinse Japanese Traveler Jean – $70.80 ($118) Still a favorite for many. After hundreds of reviews on the BR site, these things still have a 4.6 out of 5 star rating. Full review here. Also dips under $64 if you’ve got a Banana or Gap or Old Navy card and use the extra 10% off code.   Italian Wool-Blend Car Coat –  $226.80 ($378) While it’s far too hot in many locations to even think about fall/winter outerwear, it still might not be a bad time to consider upgrading if you’re in need of a new coat for the cold weather. 80% lightweight Italian wool, 20% nylon. Looks like a rain mac, but instead made for the cold. Nice looking camel color. Also available in charcoal if you’re the more subdued type.   Extra-Fine Italian Merino Cardigan – $59.10 ($98.50) Big fan of these things. Not as slim as the J. Crew slim cardigans, but not enormous either. And the super-fine Italian wool really is something else.   Rapid Movement Chino in Slim, Straight, or Tapered (athletic?) – $58.80 ($98) 90% cotton, 8% poly, 2% spandex. Tons of colors and fits. Lots of kind reviews for these things.   Slim Blazers in Navy Wool-Linen – $148.80 ($248) or Plaid Italian Cotton – $178.80 ($298) Two of BR’s newest sportcoats. Interesting that the navy blazer is a 76% wool, 24% linen blend. Cut in their slim fit, so, if you’re a bit bulky up top, might want to look elsewhere (kinda bummed they don’t have standard fit versions of these.   Slim Traveler Pant – $59.10 ($98.50) Usually a BR Pick and excluded from other codes. Rave reviews on these pants. Listed as 99% cotton, 1% elastane, but people are loudly singing the praises of the comfort and flexibility of these things. 5 pocket design. Lots of shades to pick from.   Hadley Brogue Oxford – $94.80 ($158) Inexpensive brogue bluchers. So… certanily leaning more smart casual than dressed up. And that contrasting welt would look pretty good up against some dark denim. Really liking the burgundy shade.   Slim Performance Stretch Wool Dress Pant – $70.80 ($118) 98% wool and 2% spandex for added ease of movement. Might be worth checking out as an alternative to LE’s Year’rounders. Also available in a more accommodating to those of us on team thunder thighs “standard” fit.   SLIM Piped Luxe Touch Polo – $29.70 ($49.50) Got popular in a hurry, so, limited sizes now here at post time. Shown above is actually last year’s tipped polo, but they look pretty close to identical this time around (the placket on the white polo this year is black, not grey). Also, they’re being made in a standard and slim this time too. Just enough retro without going over the top.   Heritage Stripe Merino Wool-Silk Blend Henley – $59.10 ($98.50) Henley’s are a really good looking staple for a lot of us, and it’s nice to see that more than a few retailers have finally started making them out of something other than squishy cotton. 75% wool / 25% silk here. And it’s merino, so it shouldn’t itch right up against your skin. A terrific looking but still hugely functional base layer for when it starts to cool off.   Heritage Long Trench Coat – $186.80 ($328) Longer than a lot of mid-thigh coats, but not Bogart mid-shin long. Should hit just at about the knee or thereabouts. Nylon/poly blend.   Italian Wool-Silk Blend Tweed Cardigan – $64.80 ($108) Not as simple as the extra fine merino cardigans. More texture here. Tweedy fabric is made up of 50% wool, 28% nylon, 11% silk, 8% viscose rayon, 2% other, and 1% elastane.   Lightweight Blue Blazer in Slim or Standard Fit – $118.80 ($198) Still gonna bang the drum for these sportcoats. Why? Because the cotton is nice and lightweight, the color is a perfect icy-blue, and they’re great now with light chinos, as well as dark denim once it cools off. Easily one of the best sportcoats Banana Republic has produced in a good long while. Lightly structured and the only thing that’s lined is the sleeves. Even the underarm sweat shields are made of a breathable fabric. Not some cheap looking, rumpled chino sportcoat either. Easy to dress up or down.   Casper Tassel Loafer – $94.80 ($158) I get it. Not everyone likes tassel loafers. (Heck, on I’m the fence about em’ myself.) But, these are a more modern take on your Granddad’s tassel equipped weejuns. Sleeker, with a bit of an elongated vamp. Really like that shade of Italian leather too.   Extra-Fine Italian Merino Stripe Crew – $47.70 ($79.50) A casual but still put together basic. Nautical inspired stripes, extra fine merino wool, and a fair price with the discount.   Italian Wool Twill Peacoat – $178.80 ($298) This… sure looks like they’re going for a direct competitor to J. Crew’s Dock peacoat? Not some chopped thing, but instead a little extra length and some chest high hand warmer pockets. Could be a real winner for under $200, this early before the sleet and snow starts to fly. Fabric makeup is 72% wool, 25% nylon, and 3% other. Always wonder what that “other” is. Anyway, kinda sorta has some Bond looks on a budget here. Real interested in this one.   Leather Chukkas – $106.80 or “Dress” Boots – $112.80 ($178 – $188) High or low, pick your kicks. That “Norman” leather chukka seems to be pretty classic. Not sure about the higher lace-up “Dress” boot though.   Water-Repellent Mac Jacket – $136.80 ($228) Something to lean on before you drag out the peacoats and topcoats. Mainly cotton, but with enough nylon in it to keep the rain from soaking in. Liking that olive color option. Not something you see every day, and would look good with dark denim. This 40% off almost everything (just 3rd party is getting excluded this time) promotion runs through Tuesday 9/5, and remember, if you’re a card member you can knock an extra 10% off on top of that 40% off with the code BRCARD.
In Review & In Person: Some of Target’s New Goodfellow & Co. Brand
29-08-2017 12:00:03
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Target’s New Men’s Brand: Goodfellow & Co. To say that there’s some excitement out there for Target’s new Goodfellow & Co. brand would be an understatement. It’s wheelhouse Dappered stuff, and there have been a flood of tips coming in over the past couple of weeks as Target slowly rolled it out to some of their brick and mortar stores. Now? It’s there. Online and ready for purchase (it went live on Sunday). Yet not everything seems to have made its way to all brick and mortar stores yet. But… here’s what we seem to know so far. There are some hits, there are some misses. The shoes, overall, aren’t worth it. (Lots of man-made materials and cheap looking. You’re better off with a pair of Deacons from JCP or Stan Smiths from Adidas.) Sizing might be an issue for some. According to Adam H., “the disparity between sizes was quite noticeable. The small medium >>> large transition was more like an XS >>> large >>> XXL with other brands.” I found this to be somewhat true too. It might be a bit until some of the more tempting items (like the chunky sweaters and thicker coats) make it to some brick and mortar stores. This stuff is tough to get your hands on. That said, it’s still a new option from an easily accessible retailer who’s attempting to step their style game up. It’s early, and it’s far from everything, but here’s what we (both us here at Dappered HQ and some of you out there in reader-land) have gotten our hands on… so far.   Whittier Oxford Standard Fit Button Down Shirt – $24.99 Size shown above is a medium. Thinner and lighter weight than UNIQLO. If it wasn’t for a little bit of texture, one might easily mistake it for a poplin. 100% cotton and made in Cambodia. Size shown above is a medium. Could easily become a new favorite basic for plenty of fellas (as long as you aren’t looking for a thicker oxford cloth). Five colors to pick from. Looks much better tucked in/under a sportcoat or sweater. A little long and bulky to perhaps wear untucked. Weren’t they gonna make a slim fit version of their shirts too? Not seeing those available yet? (Note: Jeans above are Levis. Belt is from GAP. My local Target was still slinging Mossimo denim.)   Standard Fit Corduroy Shirt – $24.99 Size shown above is a medium. Surprisingly soft and lightweight. Not some stiff, heavy thing. 4 colors to pick from. No buttons to the collar and no collar stay slots, so, super casual for sure. But, that’s what cord shirts almost always are. A sleeper of a win for Target and this brand. Certainly feels more fitted than the oxfords.   Standard Fit Deconstructed Knit Blazer – $49.99 Size shown above is a medium, and I’m feeling more than a bit squeezed here. 58% cotton / 42% polyester. Not lightweight. Some will consider it leaning towards the heavier side (although it’s not super thick or tweedy). Center vent in the rear. Poly/cotton butterfly-style partial back lining with poly lined sleeves. Sleeve cuff buttons, unfortunately, are functional.   Standard Fit Deconstructed Chino Blazer – $39.99  Size shown here is a LARGE. Why? I wanted to see the difference between a medium and a large, and Adam H’s assessment (see intro at top of post) about the wider than normal gaps between sizes seems to be accurate. My 5’10” / 185-190 frame is swimming in this one. Apparently, I’m neither a medium nor a large in Target’s new Goodfellow brand when it comes to jackets. I’d be a… Marge? Ah well. 97% cotton, 3% spandex, with a cotton butterfly back lining and poly lined sleeves. Lighter in weight than many other chino blazers. Sadly, the sleeve cuff buttons here are also functional, so, tailoring will be a pain if you need the sleeve length worked on. Center vent in the rear. Also available in navy.   Slim Fit Trousers – $29.99 Size shown is a 34×30 since that’s the closest size they had in-store to the 32×30 or 33×30 that I normally wear,. I’m super glad I went for the 34. These are, in fact, slim. Below the knee it felt like I was wearing an extra pair of socks. They’re that tight. Stylistically, they’re a bit of an odd duck here. These are NOT their new chinos, but instead, a slightly more dressy style of pant. Hook and bar closure above the zipper fly. 77% cotton, 22% poly, 1% spandex. Micro-herringbone pattern. Medium to thicker in weight. Available in grey (shown) or navy.   Slim Straight Fit Selvedge Rigid Jeans – $39.99 Big thanks to Jim K. for the pics and thoughts here. Didn’t see these in my local Target, but here’s what he thought about the selvedge denim: Real 14oz selvedge. Slighty starchy and material feels a bit thin. Exposed selvedge detail on the coin pocket. Nice buttons (sometimes cheap selvedge or just cheap jeans in general can have crummy buttons). Made in Bangledesh.    Herringbone Plaid Shirt Jacket – $34.99 | Military Long Sleeve Shirt – $24.99 Another couple of shots from Jim K. Here’s what he had to say: “On the left is a 100% cotton shirt jacket with an almost denim like feel to the fabric. Side hand pockets are a nice touch. Made to be layered over lighter layers for sure. The one on the right is somewhere between a shirt and a jacket, to me, even though they call it a “military shirt.” 100% cotton twill and only slightly different than a $150 option I tried on from J. Crew’s Wallace & Barnes line. A really solid layering piece.”    Standard Fit Knit Trouser Pants – $24.99 **BEST IN SHOW??** Big thanks to Ryan N. for the pics and thoughts on these. Like the jeans, my local Target didn’t have these out yet. But some of you are gonna be stoked about this particular pair of pants: “My favorite thing that I saw was this pair of dark grey “athletic” slacks, much like Betabrand, but only $25! I can’t wait to pick up a pair for being comfy at work while looking professional! Pics don’t do these justice, so cool.”   Quilted Vest – $24.99 | Sweater Fleece Vest – $24.99 Another thank you to another reader. This time it’s Tony G., who says: “The vests look pretty nice and should fit very well. Doesn’t seem to be much filling though, so not sure how much warmth you’d get out of these things.” Expect more in-person looks at Goodfellow & Co. stuff as the season rolls on and we get our hands on additional items. Want more? Head on over to Threads, where the guys have been posting pics and thoughts. Big thanks to BillN for the terrific work he did there, and, more importantly fingers are crossed that he’s staying safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Thoughts on any of the items above, and/or if you have info on other Goodfellow & Co. duds? Send those tips into joe@dappered.com.
Best of Threads: Housing, Day Packs, and Blue Suits
28-08-2017 23:00:19
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What’s Dappered Threads? It’s our forum. Launched in 2011, Threads is a not too big, not too small, just-right-sized forum that doesn’t put up with snobbery. All thanks to the users and hardworking mods. Once a month, one of the users/mods from Threads provides us with a highlight package of the last few weeks.   Ask a Question, Get an Answer Here’s on of the latest questions posted on this long running thread by sagehen5: “Can anyone talk me out of buying the J. Crew “harbor blue” suit while it’s on sale? I’m really drawn to this color but can’t think of a lot of situations where I’d wear it. I have other staple suits, so I guess the real question is: is this suit versatile enough to be worth splurging on or is it only really wearable in a very small number of situations?” Token ‘s response: “The color looks really nice in photos. It’s still fairly versatile to me, I don’t see why you couldn’t wear it as a year round suit outside of very formal occasions.” As simple as that. If you have a question you’d like to post to other Dappered readers, utilize this thread.   A Better Day Pack idvsego is on the hunt for a better day pack. He and his family like to go on day hikes, but ends up being the one that packs everything needed, and is in the market for a more comfortable pack than the ultra affordable option he picked up at Walmart, especially before his planned trip to Zion and the Grand Canyon in 2018. User amg1016 gave some good advice on Osprey Exos packs. thedrake has an older version of REI’s Traverse pack that he likes, and Angus M is a fan of Deuter’s support system. Do you have a favorite pack to recommend to idvesgo? If so, head on over to the thread.   What’s Your Housing Situation? It’s a curious thing, getting to know people over the internet, and having barely a clue about their lives outside of the online world. DocDave got curious about how other Threads readers lived, so posed the question about their housing situations. Rawfull is on the hunt for a place to buy in coastal Massachusetts, and is facing heartbreak over prices. A few years back LesserBlackDog purchased the condo shown in the picture above, with the amenity of underground heated parking which made more than a couple threads users jealous. This thread also spurred a conversation between hockeysc23 and JBarwick, with the later presenting a formula to figure out if the townhouse hockeysc23 purchased right out of college is worth holding onto as a rental, or better off selling. You never know what type of advice you’ll stumble across on Threads.   Goodfellow & Co Of course the highly anticipated Goodfellow & Co. brand that just launched at Target has inspired a thread, and the opinions are rolling in (stay tuned for our in-person takes tomorrow.) Drum roll, please? The majority of Threads users seem to like what they’ve come across so far. User phatte got the ball rolling, stating that he was encourage by what he’s seen (and he purchased a hoodie and shirt jacket). Batkins9 was impressed by the henley, especially for the $15 price-point. Several members have yet to actually find what seems to be an in-demand item, the shawl pocket cardigan. BillN gave the most extensive review thus far, provided several dressing room photos of what he tried on. On a side note, BillN was at his local Target to pick up batteries before hurricane Harvey made landfall when he shot all those photos. Our thoughts are with BillN, Eric H., and any other guys and their families that are having to deal with the devastation caused by the flooding in Texas. If you’re so inclined, perhaps put off buying that henley until your next paycheck, and donate $15 to an organization providing relief. Head on over to Threads and take a spin around.
Style Scenario: Vacation to the Northeastern Seaboard
28-08-2017 17:00:57
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Over the next several weeks we’ll be tackling some vacation based Style Scenarios, whether that vacation takes you out to the beach, into the mountains, or cruising the desert. Travel season is upon us, so we’re making some suggestions on how to spend some down time feeling comfortable while also looking good. Next trip on our list is to the Northeastern Seaboard during the fall, calling in cooler days and nights, with the possibility of a rainstorm or two. (top photo credit) The Sweater: J. Crew Cotton-Cashmere Shawl-Collar Sweater – $78. The key to vacationing comfortably along the Northeastern seaboard in the fall is going to be layers. This cotton/cashmere blend sweater is light enough to not be stifling when the sun is out, and thin enough to wear under a coat or jacket if the weather cools off. The Watch: Timex Waterbury w/ Gray Dial – $79.99 From their retro-leaning Waterbury Collection. The gray face with orange indices is a nice tribute to the colors of the upcoming season. The Belt: J. Crew Braided Web Belt – $29.99 ($40). A little color, a little stretch. Lots of comfort. The Shirt: Old Navy Soft-Washed V-Neck Tee – $14.99. Use this soft tee as your first layer. It’ll add a pop of color under the darker items in the outfit, and it will also be comfortable enough on it’s own during warmer parts of the day.   The Pants: Lands’ End Men’s Regular Fit 14-wale Corduroy Pants in Soapstone – $24.99 ($59). Corduroy is a classic fall fabric, and is soft to the touch, mirroring the texture and comfort of the sweater. Available in a variety of colors, but navy or grey will be most versatile. The Jacket: VEDONEIRE Mens Motorbike Style Wax Jacket – $169.99. The waxed cotton will keep your under layers dry when the rain kicks up, and the contrasting seam tape and brushed cotton liner will keep you warm and add a touch of color and contrast to break up the darker palette of the rest of the outfit.  The Shoes: 1901 Barrett Chukka Boot – $125. A favorite around here. Classic, stylish, and easy to dress up or down. We’ve got the brown leather version featured in the graphic, but you can find a full review of the suede option here.  The Umbrella: Totes Auto Wood Stick Umbrella – $17. A total classic. Moving in to the fall in the Northeast, you’ll want an umbrella handy for those sudden rainy days.
Monday Sales Tripod – Goodfellow & Co is here, CH extra 40% off Sale, & More
28-08-2017 12:00:04
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below. Editor’s Note: I know Dappered can be a welcome distraction for you guys. But we’ve got more than a few readers, and one hugely liked contributor, dealing with the mess that is the flooding from Harvey right now. Before you click “buy” on something below, maybe consider sending a quick ten bucks the way of the Red Cross. They’re real people, doing real good, and they could use an extra bit of cash right now. You can visit http://redcross.org , call 1-800-RED CROSS or, and this is probably easiest for you younger people, text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If everyone gives just a little bit, we can make a real difference. Incredible respect to all the first responders, as well as the good Samaritans helping out.    #1. Target: Goodfellow & Co. has launched 60% Cotton / 40% Nylon Shawl Cable Cardigan – $34.99 Standard Fit Deconstructed Chino Blazer – $39.99 also in navy, as shown at top of page Coated Jacket – $49.99 Northrop Poplin Button Down Shirt – $22.99 Standard Fit Knit Trouser Pants – $24.99 Standard Fit Shawl Pocket Cardigan – $34.99  Y’know that cliche about how the truth is usually somewhere in between the most passionate sides in any debate? Right. That seems to be the case with Goodfellow & Co. I’ve got emails that range from “it’s all awesome” to “it’s all crap.” And the quick, from the hip assessment is that some of it is mighty fine, and some of it is a solid, confident pass. In-person shots and descriptions are in the works. But, some of the better, safer items worth considering are above. Seems like not all brick and mortars have the complete collection? I mean, it’s here. But it’s not. Just depends on where you live and who got what. Again, stand by for some in-person fit shots and details.   #2. Cole Haan: Extra 40% off Sale Items w/ SAVE Madison Wingtip Oxford – $98.98 ($250) Madison Plain Toe Oxford – $98.98 ($250) Jefferson Grand Double Monk Oxford – $140.97 ($298) McKinney Attache – $155.98 FINAL ($450) Wayland Attache – $131.98 FINAL ($360) Not bad. Especially if you’re hitting some of their higher, upgraded line stuff (not the basic entry level department store stuff). An extra 40% off Cole Haan sale items, to most, would land their stuff into the deal category. Just watch out for final sale stuff, as is always the case.   #3. GAP: 40% off NO EXCLUSIONS w/ STOCKUP Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown or Black – $23.97 ($39.95) Gap + Clarks Bushacre Boots – $60 ($100) Gap + Clarks Chelsea Boots – $66 ($110) Slim Fit Jeans w/ 2% Stretch – $41.97 ($69.95) Athletic Taper Fit Jeans w/ 2% Stretch – $41.97 ($69.95) Lightweight Slim Fit Khakis – $35.97 ($59.95) Lightweight PERFORMANCE Khakis in Slim or Straight Fit – $41.97 ($69.95) Quilted Jacket – $47.97 ($79.95) shown at top of post No exclusions? Nice. And with free shipping kicking in at $50 PRE code, then there’s some serious savings to be had. Their terrific basic leather belts (not too thick, not too thin, just right for smart casual) are a basic that many of us lean on plenty. Usually they’re excluded. Not this time.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Suitsupply: Most of their fall collection is ready for order. Some items are still delayed, and thus, pre-order, but should get delivered pretty soon all the same. Lands’ End: 30% off regular priced styles w/ WARMTH and 7639 Bespoke Post: They’ve got a Labor Day Sale going on. UNIQLO: Yes, they changed the fit, but, their OCBDs are now $10 off and going for $19.90. Allen Edmonds: Up to 50% off 2nds.
The Rock’s Pop, Boxing 18th Century Style, & a Rough Start to the Honeymoon
25-08-2017 12:00:45
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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: (thank you) LET THEM EAT CAKE: This is why some people have a problem with the people in power. I understand this is not a big deal for a lot of people. But the tone is so completely deaf to what most regular folks experience that it deserves to be made light of. DONATION OF THE WEEK: This is timely. And significant. ‘MURICA! Don’t be like these guys. THIS LITTLE PIGGY…was saved only so he could be eaten by the people who saved it. Um. Ok. (Editor’s Note: Oh good Lord. No Thanksgiving Turkey style pardon?)  I’M WITH GONZO: (thank you) I am on my annual summer mountain trek so I am super happy that the Dossier’s Contributor-In-Chief Eric H returns with some goodies for you guys. STOP CHILDREN, WHAT’S THAT SOUND? In a word? The 80’s. And it is sweet indeed! THIS IS WHY WE’RE FAT: The annual round up of the worst restaurant meals available. I tried to do the math on how many miles I’d need to ride on my bike to justify just one of these and then I realized I didn’t need to. So, yay. TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT: Meat, that is. A debate for vegetarians. Meanwhile, a test for vegans who love their un-cheese. WHO’S A GOOD DOG? You are. Not quite a first person shoot-’em-up but it’s something. Speaking of dogs, some of them in India are turning blue. Like this guy. (Editor’s Note II: I’ll see your dog and raise you a Kentuckian.) ONCE UPON A TIME: (thank you) Andreas Möller (1684-1762)  Boxing Match in London . (1737) CONSEQUENCES: Another week, another incident which will be confusing for some people who just don’t quite get the whole First Amendment thing. PARTY POOPERS? This seems like an extreme reaction. Perhaps another health organization would appreciate the gesture. THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING’: Sometimes I feel like I understand nothing. This is maybe one of those times. THIS ONE IS EASY: Neither. And yes, I’m still going to watch it. LYNCH SEASON 1 EPISODE 1:  (thank you) GOALS: I look at a lot of these things. This is one I’d actually live in. And yes, I recognize that these are, in essence, today’s version of a manufactured home. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD: Especially when cuffed on your big night! FOR MY EDITOR: Ya think you could pull this off Joe? (Editor’s Note III: I mean, is my Tractor Sexy?“) JIMINY CRICKET…Mad Max version. INCOMING! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
Allen Edmonds 2nds Labor Day Sale, JCF Fall Arrivals, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
24-08-2017 15:25:27
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Allen Edmonds: Up to 50% off 2nds / $100 off Higgins Mill 1sts 2nds Quality Park Ave – $229 2nds Quality Cornwallis Oxfords – $195 2nds Quality Strands – $229 2nds Quality Liverpool Chelsea – $245 2nds Quality Dalton Wingtip Boot – $245 2nds Quality Carlyle – $195 1st Quality Higgins Mill Boot – $250 ($350) Well that’s early. Allen Edmonds has launched their Labor Day sales, and if you’re in the market for a pair of American Made shoes, then you’re probably pretty happy they jumped the gun. Doesn’t appear to be much on the 1sts side, yet, but the Factory 2nds outlet is getting some solid discounts. As always, with factory 2nds, size, width, and color selection varies by model. Also remember that the $10 re-stocking fee still applies for returned 2nds.   J. Crew Factory: 40% off new arrivals, up to 60% off the rest SLIM Merino Wool V-neck Sweater – $38.50 multiple colors Merino Wool Cardigan – $47.50 a few colors Bedford Brushed Cotton Twill Pant – $41.50 Cotton Seedstitch Cardigan Sweater – $53.50  Not a big sale, but still worth a mention thanks to all the new arrivals that JCF just dropped. Certainly worth waiting until whatever they’ve got in store for the long Labor Day Weekend.   Target: Goodfellow & Co. now in most stores? (web launch Sun.) Allow me to get something off my chest. One of the things that I hate the most about our species (myself included when I fall victim to this) is that sometimes we individuals assume our opinion is universally held. We observe something, and… bang. Everyone must think the same way! Even though… that’s not the case. I really, really try not to do that here on this site, and I try to think/write/describe from a neutral perspective. I do my damndest to write for you the readers, and not the writer. If that makes any sense. Now, that said, I haven’t seen such a range of opinions on a brand/item/items in as long as I can remember. Lots of tips have come in on Goodfellow & Co (thank you all). And hand to Zeus they’ve ranged from “Target has NAILED it with this new brand!” to “This is really disappointing, it’s all garbage. Don’t waste your time.” So that’s kinda odd. Now that said, we’ll do our best to get a review of a good chunk of their new goods up as soon as my local slow-poke brick & mortar Target gets the stuff out on the floor. For those who prefer online, the collection launches this Sunday.   Massdrop: Orient Mako II – $149 | Glycine Moonphase – $399 BOTH FINAL Images above are obviously not to scale (if they were, that Orient would be of Flavor Flav proportions.) Both are final sale here, being that it’s Massdrop. Those Glycine moonphase watches are awfully sharp. Love that moonphase complication too. Automatic movements on both. For the record, the Mako II usually runs around $170ish depending on the seller. So, savings. Not massive savings there, but savings.   J. Crew: Extra 40% off sale items w/ HELLOSALE Wallace & Barnes Lightweight Military Jacket – $59.99 FINAL ($148)  The Hill-side Narrow Border Stripe Pocket Square – $17.99 FINAL ($39.99)  Goodyear Welted Suede Kenton Chukkas – $77.99 FINAL ($198) Ludlow Water-repellent Mac Jacket – $83.99 FINAL ($248)  Truth be told, the sale section is pretty darn picked over right now. But, maybe look for J. Crew to re-stock with new sale items in the next few days? Code runs clear through August 31st.   Also worth a mention: Banana Republic: 40% off reg. priced styles. (But, since F&F just ended, guessing most of us have had our BR fix for a few?) Spier & Mackay: They just released a bunch of merino sweaters. Cardigans and V-necks. Remember, pricing on the Spier & Mackay site is listed in Canadian Dollars.
20 Menswear Items that WON’T go out of style between now & the next U.S. Solar Eclipse
23-08-2017 23:00:53
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Above: A pin-hole shadow effect produced by a plant during this year’s solar eclipse.  Style can be finicky. Silhouettes (jackets, neckties, lapels, pants) expand and contract. Colors fall in and out of favor. Fabrics, cuts, and patterns can be all the rage one year, and then not too far after you look at an item of clothing and think… “what was I thinking?” Yet some items seem to always look good, no matter what sort of trendy-noise is going on around them. The next total solar eclipse to hit the US does so in 2024, where it’ll sweep up through Texas, Arkansas, and on through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and New York (among others). After that, it’s on to 2045, where another total Solar Eclipse will follow a West to East path similar to this past Monday’s event, albeit a bit further south. I’m willing to bet a pair of ISO 12312-2 glasses that most of, if not all of these menswear items will still, STILL be in favor come 2045. And if I’m wrong? First person that comes and finds my sexagenarian arse will get a pair of them glasses on my dime. Assuming I’m still solvent and breathing. (I plan on being both. I mean, I have hats to wear, but, you never know.)   (restrained) Aviator Style Sunglasses Not the big, googly, Maverick in Top Gun shades. The ones the Apollo astronauts wore. Good enough for going to the moon, good enough for getting to mars. (Shown Above: The American Optical Original Pilot, and a pair of Randolph Engineering Aviators.)   A Navy Blue Wool Sportcoat or Blazer Sure, the bright gold or shined up brass button look might have fallen out of favor, but the basics are still the same. Quality wool, deep navy color, two buttons, and lapels that aren’t razor thin nor hugely fat. Goes with everything from wool trousers to crisp chinos to dark denim. (Shown above is a Crosby fit J. Crew Legacy blazer from a few years back.)   The Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirt Band collar shirts come and go (why they come back is beyond me), but the button down collar is here to stay. And oxford cloth? Sure, it’s a little thick for the hotter months, but for spring, fall, and winter, it balances a certain laid-back vibe with still looking put together. (Shown above is Amazon’s “Goodthreads” button down.)   The Single Breasted, Notch Lapel, Above-the-Knee Wool Topcoat Double breasted might sometimes become more fashionable. Peak lapels can come and go. And the length of the coat will always be expanding and contracting. But this is the bedrock piece of cold weather outerwear for grown men. Color? Charcoal, mid-grey, or navy is timeless. Some would argue so is camel, albeit a bit more flashy. (Shown above: Last year’s wool/cashmere option from Charles Tyrwhitt.)   The Dive Watch Functional. Sharp. Easy to dress up or down. Tough. And you can spend as much or as little as you’d like on one.   Fitted, but not skin tight, Crew Neck T-shirts Remember the super deep-v trend? Right. More modest v-neck tees are still very much in fashion, but… well, if it was good enough for the Fonz, it’ll be good enough for hologram Henry Winkler come 2045. (Shown above: one of Gustin’s USA Made Crew Neck Tees)   The Suede Chukka Comfortable, handsome, and crazy versatile. Whether they be worn in the cold or heat, they work. (Shown above: Nordstrom’s 1901 Barrett chukka. Full review here.)   The Single Breasted, 2 button, flat front w/ med. break Navy Suit Lapels will wax and wain as fashion changes. The jacket length will rise and fall. But if you keep the proportions from drifting into either extreme, then you should be good. More navy suits can be found here.   Clean Shaven Beards have been in for a while now, but being clean shaven will never go out of style. It’s professional and smart looking.   Hand writing a Thank-you Note This is a stretch to put it in the “menswear” category, but just because it’s not something you wear doesn’t mean it doesn’t reflect your personal sense of style. (Shown above: AoM’s letterpress stationery)   Straight or Slim (not skinny) Dark Denim Not baggy. Not painted on. A straight fit or a well proportioned slim fit jean. Yet, this is actually one of the items on this list that might not make it to 2045. Denim is becoming less and less denim-y (unless you’re into the raw thing) as more and more synthetic, stretchy (and damn comfortable) fibers get woven in. Will that eventually lead to the Blue-Jean’s demise? Who knows. Dark wash jeans have been around for decades. And they look great on everybody. (Shown above: Banana Republic’s Rapid Movement denim in a straight fit.)   A little bit of matte hair product. Not a lot. A little. The greased or cemented look comes and goes. But a little bit of hair product, just enough to provide some hold and texture without blinding levels of shine, will always be a good look. If you’re lucky enough to have hair. (Shown above: L’oreal Homme’s “Mat” hair product.)   Dark Brown Oxfords Yes, walnut (and other lighter, bolder shades of brown) are having their time in the sun. As are monk straps. But the humble dark brown oxford will never go out of style. And, as shown above on the Allen Edmonds Cornwallis, even a dark brown oxford can be sexed up a bit.   The Bald-Guy Bic or Buzz Cut Because the alternatives are just so terrible. Fellas, fire it before it quits on you.   Flat front, crease free, Slim but not tight Cotton Chinos You think it’d be tough to screw up cotton pants, but the 90s sure showed us how. Those pleated, balooning, stiff khakis were awful. Now, we’ve got access to multiple fits, tons of colors, and even a range of weights to the fabric depending on the season. (Shown above is a pair of BR lightweight chinos from last summer.)   Being in Shape Like dark denim, this might not be all the rage in 2045 either. The tea leaves might be telling us that there’s a shift coming on, with (and this is just a small sign) e-sports leagues becoming a legitimate entertainment industry. Lemme put it this way. My Grandfather never understood why the hell anyone would want to go to a gym or workout. He’d pull a 12 hour shift at the General Motors plant, then come home and collapse into his easy chair. The manual labor of his work day was enough to chew him up. Now that many (most?) of us have sedentary jobs, we lift up and put down heavy objects created… so we can lift them up and put them down. Does that not seem, at least a little… ridiculous? We run when nothing is chasing us. We hop on a bike and ride around in a loop until we’re tired. Maybe, just maybe, this is the last gasp of humans putting value on strong muscle groups. Maybe through technology we’ll some how move past that? Not saying it’s a good or a bad thing. I just wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.   The Crisp, White, Semi-Spread Collar Dress Shirt You can have your extreme cutaways or roaring 20’s inspired point collars. Gimmie a versatile, semi spread any day. (Shown above: Ledbury’s Fine Twill semi-spread.)   The Crisp, Light Blue, Semi-Spread Collar Dress Shirt Along with the white option, you could stock your closet full of nothing but these and look darn good between now and 2045.  (Also shown above: Ledbury’s Fine Twill semi-spread.)   A Simple, minimalist Dress Watch between 38-42mm in Diameter Hard to get classier than that. Yet… will the wrist watch, one day, go the way of the pocket watch? (Shown Above: Hamilton’s small seconds Railroad Automatic.)   Merino Wool V-Neck Sweaters Smoother and lighter than a chunky lambswool, yet nowhere near the cost of cashmere. V-necks are perfect for layering over collard shirts, whether they be dress shirts or dressed down button ups. (Shown above, UNIQLO’s merino wool v-neck.) And remember, if I’m wrong? Feel free to remind me of this come 2045.
5 Favorites – Dappered Reader & Threads Contributor Ollis L.
23-08-2017 17:00:21
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Sure it’s just stuff. But stuff can make life easier, more enjoyable, etc… Every so often we ask one of our favorite, style-appreciating people to rattle off their five favorite things. Sometimes those things will fit into the realm of “affordable,” and sometimes they won’t. We’re going for the favorites here. If you’ve even visited Dappered Threads, and especially kept an eye on the WIWT thread, you’ve seen Ollis Leander, otherwise known as Leanderthal to the Threads community. Aside from seemingly always looking spot on, this self-proclaimed menswear aficionado (that knows how to take a good photo, and takes the time to do it) is an active duty member of our nation’s Coast Guard, and also finds the time to raise 2 children with his wife. We’re glad to have this long time member of the Dappered community share a few things that can claim a spot in his top 5 favorites. Want to peruse some of Leanderthals looks? Check out his Instagram account.   Meermin Lama Baby Calfskin Balmoral Cap-Toe Boot – $245 I love these boots. I know that there is some debate when it comes to whether or not Meermin is worth taking the risk of ordering from the US, or if their quality is up to par to some other brands in a similar price bracket, such as an Allen Edmonds sale. But in my experience, they have paid out dividends. And for my personal taste, the styles that they offer, and the shape of their Hiro last make them hard to beat for the price. These boots took a bit of breaking in, but once they did man are they great! I wear them often and with everything, from a jacket and trousers to jeans and a sweater. Their sleek design and perfect versatile shade of brown have made them quickly rise to the top of my shoe rotation.   Ray-Ban New Wayfarers – $80 – $100ish My go to shades. Actually, they’re currently the only pair that I own! I’m honestly not a huge sunglasses guy, but when I do reach for them I don’t want to have to think about whether or not they’re going to be appropriate for what I’m wearing, and these fit the bill perfectly and seem to go with everything. They’re a great in between of classic and modern and well balanced between casual and dressy. More than I’ve ever spent on a pair of shades, but they’ve proven themselves to be worthy, and the matte tortoise finish of my particular pair gives them a great aesthetic appeal without being too flashy for my taste.   Mitchell Leather Money Clip Wallet in Prem. Horween CXL – $79 Before this I had a beautiful ostrich skin three fold wallet that my wife had given me as a birthday gift several years ago. I loved it, and it was a wonderful gift, but the problem was it was always too full. I mean it was just stuffed with all sorts of crap. Receipts from days past, stray cash, random business cards… Whatever I found and that I didn’t know where to put went in to my wallet. Usually it was so full that I could barely fold it, and it was a pain to get in my pocket, especially if I was wearing anything tailored. And more often than not, whenever I would go somewhere, I found myself either lugging it around in my hand or shamefully stuffing it in to my wife’s purse. Or just taking out my cards and locking it in my cars center console. But this little beauty changed everything! It’s funny how such a simple thing can make your life so much less complicated. Purchasing this billfold forced me to consolidate and only carry the essentials. It’s so sleek and thin that during the first couple of weeks using it I literally forgot that it was in my back pocket. It fits perfectly in a jacket’s inside breast pocket as well. It only gets thinner with time, and the Horween Chromexel breaks in beautifully. I now only carry an I.D., three cards, and some cash. Everything else gets sorted and put away appropriately or thrown away. Life is simple!   Merkur HD 34C – $34.99 This thing saved my neck! Because of my occupation I have to shave on a daily basis, no exceptions. And it used to be fine, but as I got older and my facial hair grew thicker I started to develop a nasty case of razor burn. I would always have red bumps and pimples from shaving and I would get huge patches of ingrown hairs on my neck. It was painful and embarrassing and I became very self conscious about it. I thought I was SOL until a good friend recommended that I try using a safety razor instead. I bought my first Merkur about a year ago and I haven’t looked back since. It was like a miracle. My shaving issues immediately cleared up and went away, and my Gillette Fusion went in to the trash. Not only did it help my skin, but I also discovered that, after the initial purchase, it was much friendlier on the wallet. There’s also a pleasing nostalgic feeling that you get from standing in front of the mirror, taking your time, getting a perfectly smooth shave with a Merkur.   Canon EF 50mm Lens – $125 I’m not a photographer, nor do I claim to know anything about photography. But I do appreciate a well taken photograph. And, like a lot of people, I used to only take pictures on my phone, but I eventually got tired of the lack of quality. So I did a little bit of research and ended up buying and old Canon Rebel DSLR, and this little gem here. It’s fool proof, and can make even the least capable photographer (like myself) look like they somewhat know what’s they’re doing. It takes beautiful portrait and outfit shots, mainly due to the f/1.8 and the creamy bokeh effect that it produces. Even on a full automatic setting it does a great job. I use it for all of my pictures now, including family, friends, and outfit photos.
Style Scenario: Dreaming of Fall with new arrivals
23-08-2017 12:00:07
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. So, we’re not quite “here” yet, but, it’s fun to think about all the upcoming textures, colors, and fabrics that come with fall. And there are plenty of new arrivals to start eyeing up. Here’s one way to stylistically welcome cooler to colder temperatures once they finally roll around. The Sportcoat: J. Crew Ludlow Corduroy in Navy – $148.50 w/ 48HOURS ($198). A new arrival that’s a standard in a lot of our wardrobes, and now surprisingly on sale. The fine print for this 48HOURS code says none of the men’s sportcoats should be up for the discount, but… this one is. Totally unlined in the back. Not a fan of the blue on blue look? The brown cord option would work great here too. The Shirt: J. Crew SLIM American Supima OCBD – $48.37 w/ 48HOURS ($64.50). Imported, but at least it’s made with American grown Supima cotton. It’s also available in J. Crew’s slim fit, so for those who loved their UNIQLO slim fit OCBDs from a few years back, but don’t like the new “Americanized” fits from UNIQLO, here’s an option to slim back down. The Coat: UNIQLO Mac in Dark Green – $129.90. A new arrival, but should get some sort of discount between now and when the cold rains of autumn begin to fall. Comes with a button in/out liner for extra warmth. Big fan of the shade of green. The Watch: Glycine Combat 6 Classic Moonphase Automatic – $399 FINAL. Holy cow. Spendy, but that’s a really, really classy looking watch. And all recent Eclipse-ness aside, there’s something about having a moon-phase complication on a wristwatch. More than just kinda cool, if you’re into astronomy at all. Sold via Massdrop, so, final sale. The Socks: Nordstrom Mid-Calf Merino Wool Socks in Navy – $12.50 (or 3 pair for $30). Still works here, so, why not? The Jeans: Levi’s 541 Athletic Fit Jean in “The Rich” – $41.99. A darker wash, but not so inky blue that they’d be confused for black. The name of this particular shade is accurate. They are a richer shade of dark blue. 541 = the Levi’s fit for the athletic dudes. 99% cotton and 1% elastane, but the blend does feel much more comfortable than you’d expect. Extra room for bootyliciousness and thunder-thighs. The Shoes: 1901 Suede “Horton” Chelsea – $125. Chelseas? On this site? No kidding (this is sarcasm for any new readers). Ships and returns for free via Nordstrom. If you’re not a chelsea boot type, know that 1901 has their awesome Barrett Chukkas back in stock for another run this fall. Full review of the chukkas can be found here. The Belt: JCF Washed Leather Belt in Tan Leather $14.50. Not too dressy, not too casual. Somewhere in between. Kinda like a Sunday brunch.
The Best Automatic Watches Under $400
21-08-2017 17:00:57
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First: Ain’t a damn thing wrong with quartz. But there is something wrong with someone projecting their tastes in watches (or clothing, or shoes) onto others in the form of snobbery. There’s hardly anything more insufferable than a watch snob who just aches to have someone notice what’s on his wrist. Second: There’s just… something… about automatic and mechanical watches. It’s hard not to be impressed by their movements powered by tension, springs, and gears, all without the aid of that newfangled source of power known as “electricity.” To some (and not all), the difference between mechanical watches and quartz watches is similar to the difference between candle light and a dimmer switch. Or, a stick shift vs. an automatic. They both get the job done, but the romance is superior with the former. No matter what camp you’re in, the following automatic watches are all lookers for less than what the dude in the corner office is sporting (& is hoping you notice at lunch). As always, buy and wear what you like and can afford. Hard to go wrong with a strategy like that.   Seiko 5 SNK805 Automatic – $54.97 Small in stature and price, but big on variety, quality, and wearability. It’s reliable automatic Japanese movement features both the day and the date, which is a very practical thing to have, and the watch allows you to use a quick-set feature so you don’t have to spin the crown a million times to set the date or day. It also has an exhibition caseback. If you’ve never owned a mechanical or automatic watch, this is a great watch to get your feet wet. A complete classic.   Orient Ray II Automatic – $166.32 There might not be a better bang-for-the-buck diver on the market. Automatic movement that hacks and hand winds (the previous incarnation did neither). 200m water resistance. 120 click bezel helps keep track of elapsed time. Classic dive-watch looks. Not everyone will like the shined up inserts on the bracelet, but it’s more subtle than many other competitors.   Seiko SARB033 – $338.00 A more than acceptable, and far less expensive alternative to the Rolex Explorer. Classically sized (so, small to most average to large humans) at 38mm. Simple, timeless, and equipped with a dependable Seiko automatic movement.   Tissot Visodate Automatic – $379 Uncluttered with a nostalgic logo, the Visodate was originally created to celebrate Tissot’s 100th anniversary back in the 1950s. Case size is 40mm, which is as timeless as it comes (it’s the watch dial version of a 2.75″ or 3″ tie). Sapphire crystal with an exhibition case back. Comes in a few different color schemes.   Seiko SRPB51 “Samurai” – $394.00 Good gracious, look at that beast. As close as you’re gonna get to an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean without shelling out thousands and thousands of dollars. Hacks and hand winds. 200m of water resistance. Beefy at 44 mm in diameter. Can be a bit difficult to find here in the states.   Orient Bambino 2nd Gen. Ver. III – $169.98 ($300) In house movement. Domed dial and  Bauhaus inspired stick hands and indices. Also available in a white, black, or blue dial. 40.5mm diameter without the crown. Usually goes for around $200ish direct through Orient, but Huckberry is running a decent sale right now.   Orient 2nd Gen. Vintage-Look Bambino – $149 ($300) Another Bambino, another 2nd generation movement which hacks and hand winds, and another timeless 40.5mm in diameter. But the dial on this one is much, much more vintage looking. Currently marked way down at LongIslandWatch.   Massdrop Glycine Combat Sub – $399 FINAL Not available at the moment, but dollars to doughnuts they bring this drop back in the future. Swiss automatic movement. Hacks and hand winds. Great feel to the crown and stem. 200m water resistance. Multiple color schemes available when drop is active. Surprisingly thin, which is a bit unusual for most divers. This one should slide relatively easy under a shirt cuff.   Rodina Automatic White Dial Bauhaus Watch – $119.99 A shameless Nomos knockoff. Made by Sea-Gull, the world’s largest manufacturer of mechanical watches. Full review here.   Seiko 007 Automatic – $198.96 This watch has a lot of things going for it, yet has one major drawback. The stainless steel metal band is awful. One of the worst I’ve ever felt, and it has no business being attached to an otherwise fine timepiece for the price. 42mm case, 200m water resistance, screw down crown, and a dependable Seiko automatic movement beating inside. Seiko’s own Hardlex crystal protects the dial. Good lume. Doesn’t hack or hand wind, but it’s really quite comfortable on the wrist (assuming you’ve changed bands), and the 120 click bezel is good and solid. A great all around watch… just get a new bracelet on it, or, if it’s going to be a casual “beater” in your rotation? Opt for a NATO or rubber strap.   Orient Adventurer Automatic – $374.50 w/ DAPPERED30 Can be worn casually or dressed up. Sapphire Crystal. Convenient power reserve indicator at noon. World time indicator allows you to see what time it is in any of the time zones at a glance. Perfect for the traveler or the guy who dreams of one day doing a bit of globe trotting. Full review here. Three color schemes to pick from, but it appears that the white dial is sold out at present.   Orient Mako USA II – $262.50 w/ DAPPERED30 ($375) Hacks, hand winds, has a sapphire crystal, a 120 click bezel, solid end links, and the best of both the Mako and Ray worlds when it comes to the looks on the dial. 41.5mm case size is wearable by most. Full review can be found here. Short in supply at post time.   Tissot T-Lord Small Seconds Automatic – $369.99 That cushion case is something else. Came across a very similar model a few years back, and I’ve always regretted not putting it permanently into the collection. 40mm case diameter. The different textures on the dial are a terrific touch. Exhibition case back. A brilliant dress watch that’ll catch well deserved glances.   Seiko SRP777 “Turtle” – $350ish Big fan of the not quite circular “turtle” case shape. Terrific weight and feel to it. Hacks and hand winds. 200m water resistance. Seiko’s own “Hardlex” crystal protects the face. Soft, silicone hardware with a beefy buckle and strap keeper. A dependable companion for those who like adventure.   Orient Polaris Dual Time – $369 ($575) To me, it’s one of the best looking watches out there, no matter the price point. It looks and feels like a 4-figure watch. It’s elegant but interesting to the point it can’t be called a minimalist watch. Cobalt blue hands, including the GMT hand. Subtle 24 hr time ring helps you keep track of the time in another time zone. Nicely balanced, but not tiny.   Invicta Pro Automatic – $77.90 Secret Agent looks on a cubicle worker’s budget. Good feel and solid, 200m water resistance too. Nice stainless steel band and case. Automatic movement. Exhibition case back. 40mm case dial. Also looks great on a rubber/silicone or leather strap. High end Swiss watch makers? They should subsidize Invicta’s production of this particular watch. This son-of-a-gun is a dangerous gateway drug if there ever was one.   Hamilton Khaki Field 42mm Automatic – $375.00 If you’re the more casual type, then this is a watch you could wear almost every day for the rest of your life. Rugged. Dependable. Brown leaning tan strap pops next to that black dial. Terrific feel to the construction and finish. Also available in a 38mm size. Seen at the top of this post.   Deep Blue Master 300m Auto in Black or Red – $219.98 ($299) Thick in the britches and then some. 44mm diameter, 15mm thick, sapphire crystal, Miyota hacking and hand winding movement, big crowns that are easy to grip, and the Super-LumiNova coating is plenty bright. Unidirectional, 120 click bezel has a satisfying snap to it, and the silicone straps they come with are nice and comfy. Shown above on an aftermarket NATO strap.   Tissot Carson Automatic Chronograph – $399 An automatic Chronograph is almost unheard of at this price point. It’s just that much more complicated to make, so prices are usually pretty darn high if you want an automatic with a stopwatch. But somehow Tissot gets it done, all covered in a case and dial that’s dripping with class. Hands are a dark grey while the dial is more of a pale eggshell than stark white. Sure, some of us might have preferred the design elements of the previous Carson Chrono, but this new version is still a handsome as hell steal at $399.   Laco’s Miyota Powered Pilot Watches – $350 – $400 Two different styles to pick from and both come with classic aviation inspired looks. 42mm case size. Easy to read, masculine, and a great addition to many casual outfits. Big thanks to Victor and Tom for the reminder of Laco.   Christopher Ward (when on clearance) Christopher Ward runs a couple of clearance sales every year, and the likes of the above drop under $400 when those roll around. Sure, the slimline square is a mechanical (and not automatic, so, you have to wind it by hand) but aside from that, it’s Swiss automatics from Christopher Ward. Get on the email list and keep an eye peeled. We’ll almost always mention the sales in the handful or tripod when they roll around.   (When on sale) Maratac Pilot Mid (39mm) or Large (46mm) – $449 It’s rare, but sometimes CountyComm will run a sale on theses Japanese automatic powered, branding-free watches. Last time that happened they dipped clear down to $219. But don’t hold your breath. Those sales are few and far between. Photo Credit: M. Petrucci So what’d we miss? Send in your best automatic watches under $400 suggestions to joe@dappered.com. Meanwhile, here comes the necessary reminder about the importance of knowing the seller when shopping for a wristwatch. Research them. Do your due diligence. Many of the links above point towards “grey market” dealers. Why? Because the savings are immense. Yet, there can be big time risks buying from a non-certified dealer. Buying direct from the brand, or, a certified dealer, means you get the manufacturer’s warranty. That’s good. What’s not good is the high price, compared to some grey market sellers. The bad news with those grey markets? You don’t get a factory warranty. So any potential issues and you might be on the hook for a big, big bill. So do your research. 
Monday Sales Tripod – J. Crew Wool Suit Sale, German Made Watches, & More
21-08-2017 12:00:16
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. J. Crew: 30% off Select Suits (including wools!) w/ SHOPNOW Ludlow Wide Lapel Italian Wool Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $417.20 ($596) Ludlow Slim Lapel Italian Wool Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $417.20 ($596) Ludlow Slim Lapel Worsted Italian Wool Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $417.20 ($596) Ludlow Wide Lapel Worsted Italian Wool Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $417.20 ($596) Crosby Italian Wool Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $417.20 ($596) Crosby Italian Worsted Wool Suit Jacket & Matching Pant – $417.20 ($596) Ludlow TRAVELER Wool Suit Jacket & Pant in Navy or Grey – $417.20 ($596) A rare suit sale at J. Crew that includes their Italian and Italian worsted wool options. Now down to about what a Suitsupply Blue Line suit goes for. Suit separates here, so, a better option for guys with not-so normal proportions. Plus the sleeve buttons are non functioning and that makes for easy tailoring. Also includes their new wider lapel suit jackets (which are 3″ wide, so not really “wide” but more timeless than their slim lapel suit jackets). Full review of the Crosby Worsted Wool suit can be found here. Code SHOPNOW expires today, 8/21/17.   #2. Massdrop: Junghans Max Bill Auto Watch – $699 FINAL ($965) Well look what’s back. That’s a lot of cash to drop on a wrist watch. But? Seems like some of you fellas are down with that (as far as threads and the social media channels indicate). Made in Germany. Automatic movement that hacks and hand winds. Timeless Bauhaus looks. 38 mm in diameter and 40mm from lug to lug. Convex hard plexiglass crystal with SICRALAN coating. Final sale though.   #3. Brooks Brothers: Extra 25% off most clearance items Regent or Milano Fit Lambswool Sport Coat – $201.60 ($448) multiple colors Regent Fit Harris Tweed Multi-Windowpane Sports Coat – $314.10 ($698) Full Canvas Regent Fit Multi-Windowpane Sport Coat – $336 ($748) Peal & Co. Suede Long Wingtips – $364.50 ($648) Peal & Co. Medallion Perforated Captoes – $291.60 ($648) Made in Italy Tartan Slip-On Sneakers – $67.05 ($298) Fitzgerald Fit Plaid Sport Coat – $224.10 ($498) Fitzgerald Fit Stripe Linen Sport Coat – $201.60 ($448) Fitzgerald Fit Plaid 1818 Suit – $449.25 ($1198) Dear Sportcoat Addicts: Now is a really, really good time to check the Brooks Brothers clearance section. No code needed here. Discount happens at checkout. Sizes are, of course, a bit scattered since it’s clearance. UPDATE: Looks like Brooks Brothers is also offering free standard shipping on all orders today. That’s pretty rare for them.   BONUS:  H&M Select Fall Items Sale Premium Quality 65% Wool / 35% Linen Slim Fit Blazer – $89.99 ($129) Polyurethane Weekend Bag – $34.99 ($49.99) Premium Quality 100% Merino Wool Long Sleeve Polo – $39.99 ($49.99) Premium Quality V-neck Merino Wool Sweater – $34.99 ($49.99) It’s not everything from their fall collection, but the selection isn’t half bad. And those merino wool long sleeve polos could be a huge winner. Three colors to pick from. Also shown at the top of the post. No code needed here. Promotion ends today, 8/21.   BONUS II: Overstock End of Summer Clearance (The Dappered Space Picks) Vonn Lighting Delphinus Adjustable Industrial Bronze Chandelier – $264 ($600) Abbyson Gourd Grey Ceramic Table Lamp – $107.99 ($259.99) Contemporary Shoe Storage Cabinet by Baxton Studio – $148.49 ($164.99) Dejon Fabric Loveseat by Christopher Knight Home – $161-188 Urban Renewal 2-light Dark Antique Bronze Wall Bracket – $190 ($259) nuLOOM Handmade Abstract Wool Trellis Area Rug – $227-$261 Bradensbrook Mid-Century Modern Industrial Style Metal Dining Table – $356 ($439.99) Mid-century Easy-assembly Pine Platform Bed – starts at $429 If the change in season is inspiring you to do a little (or big) overhaul on your space, Overstock is currently marking down quite a bit of inventory to make room for incoming items. You can find deals for every indoor and outdoor living space you’ve got going on. Heck, you can even pick up some Clark’s Bushacre 2 Dark Brown leather boots for $47.99 (if they have your size) right now. Current promotion runs through today, 8/21.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Massdrop: Along with the Junghans, they’re running a Randolph Engineering Aviator drop, as well as a Made in the USA leather duffel bag drop. Lands’ End: 35% off regular priced items w/ ICECREAM and 3812 Banana Republic: Their Friends & Family sale ends today. Head here for picks and how it works. Allen Edmonds: Extra 20% off clearance items (no code needed). Huckberry: Their USA Made Flint & Tinder 365 pants are back. Full review here. Bonobos: Extra 40% off sale items w/ BRACEYOURSELF J. Crew Factory: 50% off (suiting is excluded) & free shipping w/ ECLIPSE
Dressing like a Sex Machine, Beer Facts, & Gents on a Plane
18-08-2017 12:00:12
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ON POINT! (thank you) YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS: My favorite exit-strategy is officially sanctioned. And I know for a fact that I’m not the only one. Ahem. (Editor’s Note: Indeed. I’m on board with this too. But at least I carve the word CROATOAN on the front door before I leave.)  WHAT’S IN A NAME? I mean, I just call it “going to the mountains.” That works fine for me. But I do totally vouch for this. UH, GUYS: You might want to know about this. *Thinks of all the times he’s done it and shudders* TREE SHY: Arboreal reticence. ME: 24/7/365 (thank you) BEER FACTS: About that craft beer of yours… (Editor’s Note 2: I miss Hacker Pschorr. Dearly.)  THE FRIENDLY SKIES: Dappered reader Albert S passed along this bit of advice for your next flight. Thanks Albert! CONSEQUENCES: So this happened. Then there’s this guy. INK-OF-THE-WEEK: Hey, I haven’t seen one like this before. WHAT THE ACTUAL…this is sorcery this is. This could be actual nightmare fuel. FORGOTTEN STORIES: (mine) Dossier Contributor-In-Chief Eric H was kind enough to let me hog the spotlight last week. But he’s back and we’re super happy that he shares his finds! COMING TO AN OLYMPIC GAMES NEAR YOU: Grave Diggin’. I would get sore just watching this. In fact, where’s my Bengay? Naturally, I thought of this. BOTTOMS UP: It was only a matter of time until this happened. I’ll skip this game. I have reasons (and no, it’s not because of the paper umbrellas and all that).* WOOF DONE IT? Some folks just know how to stand out from the crowd on the intenet. Increasingly, those folks work at animal shelters. LIFE’S BIGGEST QUESTIONS: We may never know the answer to this confounding query, but at least we know exactly how to get our Oreo dunk on. So, a wee bit of solace. THEY LOVE YOU SO DAMN MUCH…they will take you while “saving” you. So. Damn. Sweet. HUSTLIN’: (thank you) HANDSHAKE OF THE WEEK: This is a glorious thing. THE PELETON PONY: That sound you here is the wailing of Bronies all over the world. By far the most fabulous contestant in the race. Not even close. SONIC RABBIT HOLE OF THE WEEK: It’s not just old photos that get digitized. Feel free to go all Victrola over here. BOW DOWN BEFORE THE ONE YOU SERVE: Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is responsible for some of the most exhilarating music of the last 25 years. Or thereabouts. He popularized industrial rock. He has won an Academy Award for his work scoring films, he has toured with David Bowie, he has continued to do things the way he wants to. This is a really interesting interview. WAIT, WHAT? Turtles + Sex Toy = Science. YOU EITHER GET IT IMMEDIATELY OR YOU DON’T: (thank you) THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS: Don’t be like these guys. This is kind of an Itchy and Scratchy kind of thing. UH, GUYS? I know for sure I have consumed a whole bunch of these but I’m not dead yet. Your results may very. Or something. PUB LIFE: It’s where you meet the most interesting people. Well done sir. Well done. GET OFF MY LAWN! Seriously, you guys should stop for a moment and appreciate your situation. IT’S OFFICIAL: We’ll get at least one more movie with the best Bond ever. What’s that? I thought so. INCOMING! This is the new film from the man who directed “Lobster.” That is something of a disclaimer. Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. *Except for the plastic monkeys. I fucking loved those things. They were the shit. I remember getting them with my diabetes-inducing birthday parties at this place (you were living large if you got to have “The Zoo”) and later on when they came in fancy drinks.
Style Poll: Target’s Goodfellow & Co. New Look Book is Out
17-08-2017 20:38:20
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Target’s Goodfellow & Co. brand officially arrives Sun. 8/27/17 When Target announced it was doing away with it’s Merona and Mossimo brands (among others) in favor of something more style & fit focused, I’m guessing more than a few of us wondered if this was just going to be slapping a new label on the same old stuff. Well, if these images are any indication, that does NOT seem to be the case. It certainly appears that Target is going for a less basic, and more style-focused menswear line with this new Goodfellow & Co. brand. Not everything has hit stores yet (some pieces have trickled into a few brick & mortars). And the online launch is set for Sunday, 8/27. But for now, your eyeballs can take in what Target is going for. Select pieces are below. We don’t know all the fabric details or prices just yet, but items from this brand will range from $5.99 to $89.99. Feel free to use the polls and let us know what you’re interested in, and what you’d pass on, when it comes to this new affordable Target produced “Goodfellow & Co.” line.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   NOTE: This is not the entire Goodfellow collection. Looks like there’s also gonna be plenty of basics like henleys and tees, plus more involved/expensive items like a topcoat once it starts to get cold? Efforting an in-person review with many of these items. If you’ve got any intel/see any other items in-store or online worth featuring/giving a stronger look, send those tips into joe@dappered.com. UPDATE: Big thanks to Matt W. who sent in this link to Esquire. They’ve got a few more shots of Goodfellow goods, but unfortunately, not any more info on prices or materials.
Banana Republic Friends & Family, Goodyear Welted Wingtips for $125, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
17-08-2017 12:00:36
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Banana Republic: 50% off Friends & Family Event (check inbox for code) Rapid Movement Chino in Slim, Straight, or Tapered (athletic?) – $49 ($98) Rapid Movement Jeans in Slim or Straight Fit – $59 ($118) shown above in straight “rinse”  Slim Traveler 5-pocket Pant – $49.25 ($98.50) Norman Leather Chukka Boot with Vibram Sole – $84 ($168) Brock Double Monk Strap – $79 ($159) Maddox Lace-Up Dress Boot – $94 ($188) Supima Cotton Ribbed Shawl Cardigan – $64 ($128) Lightweight Light Blue Blazer in Slim or Standard – $99 ($198) Water-Repellant Mac Jacket – $114 ($228) Quilted Vest – $74 ($148) Slim Dark Rinse Japanese Traveler Jeans – $59 ($118) Okay guys. Check those inboxes for user specific codes for half off Banana Republic merchandise with no exclusions (other than 3rd party and sale stuff). If you’re a card member, CARD50 should still be working, as it launched a couple days back but still should be active. Rapid Movement and Traveler denim for under $60? Gonna be tough to beat that. Just in time for the (hopefully) upcoming cooler fall weather. Now, if you didn’t get one of those codes, you’re not totally out of luck. Try BRFAMILY for 40% off (not 50%, which kinda stinks) regular priced items. Looks like BR picks might be excluded for the BRFAMILY code though?   Huckberry: Bambino Bauhaus 2nd Gen. Sale – $169.98 Usually these things run closer to $200 depending on the seller, and they’re awfully tough to get your hands on. Note that it looks like the blue dial version is final sale? Or perhaps that’s a mistake on the site? Might be worth a quick chat/call to customer service in case you’re going for the blue one. White, Grey, and Black dials are also available. Review of this thing can be found here.   EXPRESS: 50% off Select Shirts, Polos, and Tees Soft Wash Check Cotton Button Collar Shirt – $29.95 ($59.90) Soft Wash Big Check Button Collar Shirt – $29.95 ($59.90) Soft Wash Pinstripe Button Collar Cotton Shirt – $29.95 ($59.90) Pretty basic stuff here. Well, pretty basic stuff as shown above. Try to avoid those huge lion graphic tees with the word LOYALTY plastered all over em’, no? Kinda a bummer that their awesome Express Tech polos aren’t included in this select items event. Those are buy one get one half off at the moment (which is normally the case if memory serves).   Massdrop: Nico Nerini Goodyear Welted Shoes for $124.99 FINAL Shoes are cut from Italian full grain leather, then goodyear welted to a leather sole. Shoes are made in India. They’ve run this shoe before, and it looks like people were pleased with em’ for $125? Check the discussion page for more.   Club Monaco: Buy 2 Items, get 20% off Allen Edmonds Liverpool Chelsea ($445) + Striped Socks ($16.50) = $369.20 TOTAL ($461) Red Wing Beckman Round Boot in Dark Cherry ($350) + Donegal Socks ($15) = $292 TOTAL ($365) Y’know what goes great with shoes? Socks! And therefor, you fulfill the two-item requirement, and net 20% off your purchase. Big fan of those Allen Edmonds Liverpool Chelseas. And they’re darn tough to find on any sort of a discount. So while 20% off isn’t huge, it’s something at least.   BONUS: Extra 20% off Allen Edmonds Clearance Items Neumok 2.0 – $141.60 ($295) Exchange Place Cap Toes – $197.60 ($395) Alumnus Wingtips – $181.60 ($325) Warwick Monk Straps – $197.60 ($395) No code needed here. Seems to apply to Factory 2nds clearance shoes too (not all factory 2nds are clearance, you’ll see which is which under the price.) Big thanks to reader JC for the tip!   Also worth a mention: J. Crew Factory: 25% off $100+ w/ GETMORE, plus they’re offering a stackable 15% off discount for students and teachers through 9/30. Bonobos: If you’re in New York City, they’re running a sample sale at 260 5th Ave this week. Word is it ends Saturday? Spier & Mackay: Their first collection of Thomas Mason fabric shirts are in. UNIQLO: They’ve released this year’s version of their popular “Chesterfield” topcoats. 90% wool & 10% cashmere this year. All poly lining. If past is prologue, don’t expect them to be all that warm.
The Dappered Space: Fall Home Style
16-08-2017 23:00:30
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The Dappered Space is a series designed to help guys apply the sense of personal style they’ve developed to the space they inhabit. Watch for articles on furniture and decor sales & picks, advice on how to style a room or work space, and tackling creating a space that reflects your own (and perhaps a significant other’s) personal tastes. We’ll suggest items that can be sourced online, but always keep in mind that deals can be found at consignment and thrift stores, local stores with floor models, discount stores, and even yard sales. If you haven’t already figured it out, here at the Dappered offices we’re kind of excited for fall. It’s been a long, extra hot summer this year. Cooler temps, more precipitation, and warmer meals are all welcome as far as we’re concerned. It might also be time to give your space a critical eye, and see if there’s any changes you’d like to make that reflect the upcoming season. Having accents that you can display at certain times of the year can be fun, and it’s an easy way to change up the look of your place, just as accessories can change the look of an outfit. Or perhaps it’s just time to change out a big piece. Here are a few suggestions of products that would look right at home, in a home, on a blustery or rainy fall day.   Burgoo: Food For Comfort Cookbook – $21.74 If you’ve ever been to Burgoo in Vancouver B.C., you know why this cookbook is being featured here. The majority of the recipes in this cookbook are perfect cold weather food. The star of the show is, of course, burgoo. A thick stew of the American South that was traditionally made with any meat there was around (even those pesky vermin like squirrel and possum), the recipe in this book utilizes meats that won’t make the common American squirm, and adds in some delicious spices and molasses to create a hearty and satisfying cool weather meal.   Azure Blue Textured Woven Abbott Chair – $229.99 ($299) The deep blue of this armchair is a great color that can work in all seasons. Put a blanket on the back and a plaid pillow in a corner for a fall-ready look. Then come spring, change it up again. Well reviewed on the Cost Plus Word Market site, and right now sitting at a pretty good price.   Pendleton Eco-Wise Easy Care Blanket – prices vary I’ve featured one of these blankets before. They truly are superior for temperature regulation while sleeping. Granted it is too heavy for hotter months, but perfect for those cooler nights. And the great thing about the easy care blankets from Pendleton is that you can machine wash them, so no dry-cleaner (and the associated cost) to worry about.   Threshold Modern Globe Floor Lamp – $56.99 Modern, brassy gold sets this floor lamp apart. Seems flashy, but if it’s one of the only shiny objects in the room, don’t fear it. Brass has a warm hue (but not as warm as gold), reminiscent of the golden tones autumn can bring. Plus the solid globe of the lamp-head should make for a nice, mellow light in the evening.   Reclaimed Wood Boot Tray – $75 Fall weather can mean wet shoe soles that track in dirt and dead leaves. Having a good looking boot tray near your front door provides an organized area to leave your shoes in to dry. Sold by Etsy shop Signed & Numbered. Or, of course, you can always make one yourself.   Jute Braided Flatweave Area Rug 5′ x 7′ – $179.99 ($199.99) The flat-weave of this jute rug helps it to be soft under foot (jute can sometimes be scratchy). The warm straw tone is a great neutral base to build a sitting area around. The woven design throughout the rug is also a nice touch. Changing out rugs between warm and cold seasons is an simple way to change the look of a room, assuming you have somewhere to store the rug currently not in use.   aminaná Alpaca Wool Hand Woven Throw Blanket – $139.95 An investment for sure, this hand woven Alpaca wool blanket is made to last. Alpaca is different from sheep’s wool in that it’s softer and far less prickly, yet it retains heat better and is hypoallergenic. This particular throw has a naturally dyed orange Alpaca wool woven in, a great color for the fall season, but can truly work year round. This would look great on the back of that Abbott Chair featured above.   Stahl Firepit – $650 As cooler temps prevail, gathering around a fire becomes very appealing. This is a big investment in a firepit, but this thing is pretty impressive. Requires no tools to assemble (or disassemble). Over time it will develop a patina all it’s own. And it just looks damn cool. Constructed of quarter inch steel in Portland, Oregon, so it will last longer than you. You can also buy a grill plate that sits on top, so you can do some open flame cooking before you sit around the fire.   Logan Metal Dark Grey Tiered Bookshelf – $210 Reading season is rapidly approaching. Curling up with a good book and a hot beverage (whether hot by temperature or ethanol) is one of life’s great pleasures. If you’re in the market for a better way to store your books, this is a good looking bookshelf. The fact that the shelves are tiered at varying heights breaks up the monotony of one continuous shelf. Create some great atmosphere by interspersing some battery operated candles among the books, and utilize often in the dark hours.   Southwestern Mission Style Window Panel – $85 This might seem old fashioned, but a stained glass panel hung in front of a window can provide privacy, and can also add ambient light to a room. The hues featured in this panel are very appropriate to autumn, and the motif even calls to mind wheat chaffs. Might not be everyone’s thing, but this is an easy way to add visual beauty and change the atmosphere in a room.
10 Best Bets for $75 or Less – Classic Desert Boots, New Arrivals for Fall, & More
16-08-2017 17:00:18
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Seventy Five bucks. That’s a lot of money. It’ll get you a couple pairs of Levi’s, a decent casual dinner out, or a couple months at your local gym. Ten picks follow, all for $75 or under, with some of them much, much less. Expect these round-ups on a monthly basis. Got a tip on something for under $75? Send those in to joe@dappered.com.   J. Crew Wool/Cotton Henley – $75 ($79.50) Interesting. Big fan of wool/cotton blends. Just don’t know how much merino is actually in these things? Is it fair to assume it’s at least 50%, being that wool is mentioned first in the “wool/cotton” duo? That might be making an unfair assumption, but, as long as there’s a decent amount of wool in there, these could be perfect for the upcoming cooler weather. Three colors to pick from. Pretty sure these’ll be up for codes and promos as they roll on. UPDATE: Well these are back up to $79.50. No matter. Most of us would wait for a 25% or 30% off select items code anyway. UPDATE II: Big thanks to Jesse V. who provided the intel that these are 55% wool / 45% cotton.    Clark’s Bushacre 2 in Dark Brown Leather – $59.99 Seems that these have been bouncing around in price over the last 24 hours? Was going for under $50, but has jumped up to $59.99 as of late. Still, a great price for a nice boot. And many guys prefer the bushacre over the original desert boot because the sole isn’t a natural crepe, and thus, won’t look as filthy with wear. A terrific time to pick up a classic for the upcoming cooler weather.   A Gentleman in Moscow – $14 – $17 In case you’re looking for a late summer/early fall bit of fiction. Utterly charming, and, I hate to use that word because when you lump it in with “Gentleman” it’s all starting to sound pretty frou-frou. The book begins just after the Bolshevik revolution, and focuses on a former Count, who has been sentenced to house arrest for the remainder of his life. But not in a family owned palace (the Bolsheviks didn’t take too kindly to family owned palaces). Instead, Count Rostov is sentenced to spend the rest of his days in a Luxury hotel. The Metropol in Moscow. Bottom line: It’s a flippin’ hoot. I’ll be stunned if they don’t make a movie out of it.   Banana Republic SLIM Piped Luxe Touch Polo – $49.50 Well look what’s back. Shown above (and at the top of the post) is actually last year’s tipped polo, but they look pretty close to identical this time around (the placket on the white polo this year is black, not grey). Also, they’re being made in a standard and slim this time too. Just enough retro without going over the top. Goes on sale plenty. Right now it’s half off if you have a GAP inc card. Use CARD50 for half off all BR full priced merchandise with no exclusions (except for sale and 3rd party). This Friends and Family sale should go live to the general public relatively soon.   Ex Officio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh 3″ Boxer Brief – $28 More of a trunk than a boxer brief, and the only pair of trunks or boxer briefs that I’ve found that DON’T ride up if you’re on team thunder thighs. Plus, they’re antimicrobial, ultra-light, and wick sweat.   Timex Expedition Ranger – $53.60 w/ SAVE20 ($67) I know these got mentioned recently in this week’s tripod, but… c’mon. Certainly worth another mention. Rugged looking. Brass case. 43mm in diameter. Not bad at all for $54. UPDATE: Looks like Timex killed the code at some point today? Getting reports now that this is no longer valid.   Deschutes Black Butte Imperial Porter XXIX Reserve – $15ish Can be difficult to find depending on your location (here’s where Deschutes distributes to), but it’s absolutely worth seeking out as a gift to the craft beer lover in your life (even if that craft beer lover is you). Deschutes is based in Bend OR, and they’ve been doing a special version of their Black Butte Porter for almost three decades now. This year it’s brewed with Dutched cocoa, Saigon cinnamon, cayenne, and then 50% is aged in Bourbon and Rum barrels. It is not a lightweight. 55 IBUs. 12% ABV. Thinking about polishing off that 22 oz bottle on your own? Might want to think again. That’d be 747 calories going down your gullet. This is a bottle worth sharing.   J. Crew Rugby Shirt in Red Stripe – $59.50 Rugby shirts aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Understood. But some of us kinda dig their throw-back sportswear flavor. Plus, they look better than a frumpy old collegiate hoodie. The reinforced shoulders and the stitching at the elbows is a nice touch here too.   UNIQLO Extra Fine Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater – $39.90 Nope. Not quite sweater season yet. But these things still deserve to be mentioned since they’re back in stock. Not a chunky sweater in the least. Downright thin. But not see through, and super strong. And that makes for a perfect layering piece (since it won’t overwhelm a shirt or be super thick and mushy under a blazer). Shown above is a size medium on 5’10” / 185. Easily one of the best things UNIQLO makes. On sale often. Tons of colors to pick from.   New Target “Goodfellow & Co.” Stuff? (check in stores) The new “Goodfellow & Co” brand is supposed to launch in September, but according to a few of you guys, some of this stuff is already hitting a few brick & mortar stores? Might be worth taking a quick trip through the men’s section if you find yourself in a Target in the not too distant future. So far it appears that basics will be pretty affordable. Think henleys for $14.99, chinos for $19.99, and polos for $14.99. Big thanks to Chris C. for the intel! For other Best Bets under $75 from previous months, click here.
Style Scenario: First Day it Cools Off, even if it’s just a little bit.
16-08-2017 12:00:19
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. The day in question here is gonna be different depending on where you live, and what sort of weather you’re accustomed to. It’s that odd day in August where somehow, by the grace of the jetstream or a rogue pressure system… the temps might just barely crack 80. Or 73. Or 85 (like I said, depends on where you live and what you’re used to). Here’s one way to celebrate that gloriously sweat-free day with a balance of warm weather and early autumn colors and textures. The Sportcoat: J. Crew Unconstructed Ludlow in Cotton/Linen – $168. Hasn’t gone on sale, but that’s fine. These things are still a deal at full price. Unconstructed but has just enough polish to the look. Yes, you can wear it with jeans (but it’ll also do great with light colored chinos for the heat). Meanwhile, if you’re a bit thicker up top, try this Fitzgerald fit from Brooks Brothers. That’s the sportcoat shown in the image at the top of the post. The Shirt: Ledbury 100% Linen Button Down – $82.49 ($165). A bit spendy, even at half off, but the real deal. Ledbury shirts are fantastic. And the all linen fabric is perfect for transitioning from summer to early fall. Plus that lowered second button is a game changer. Especially when going with a sportcoat and jeans look. Ships and returns free through Nordstrom. The Watch: Timex Scout Chrono – $120 w/ SAVE20 ($150). From their new, outstanding, “Pioneers” collection. 43mm brass case. The Sunglasses: J. Crew Syd Sunglasses – $62.99 FINAL w/ SHOPSALE ($118). Nice combination of acetate frames and metal eye pieces. Full review here. The Socks: Nordstrom Mid-Calf Merino Wool Socks in Navy – $12.50 (or 3 pair for $30). Keeping those feet cool, dry, and comfortable. The Briefcase: Skagen Kruse Laptop Bag – $79.99 ($225). Not every briefcase has to be some fancy-pants super expensive leather number. Professional but still casual enough for a smart-casual to casual work place. On sale at Nordstrom Rack. The Jeans: Banana Republic Rapid Movement Denim in Rinse – $118. Or, whatever your favorite pair of dark denim happens to be. You could even go with something a bit more worn and washed looking, but BR’s stretchy rapid movement denim is loved by plenty (especially those of us who need straight fits for our thunder thighs). Has been up for codes as of late, and if you’re a cardmember, you can get a jump on their Friends & Family deal. That’s 50% off reg. priced items with NO merch exclusions. Just used code CARD50. Rapid movement denim for $59? Yes please. The Shoes: H&M Premium Quality Suede Bucks – $69.99. Grey suede bucks for a mighty fine price. Should be leather lined and might be made in Portugal too. The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt in Light Brown – $39.95. One of GAP’s best products, now in a lighter shade of brown. And no, you don’t have to match suede shoes to a suede belt.
25 Things to stylistically look forward to about Fall
14-08-2017 17:00:36
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Hate to cop to it, but we’re pretty much Mr. Autumn man around these parts. And you can keep the Pumpkin Spice everything. It’s the clothing, shoes, and other bits of men’s style that really cement fall as the favorite season here at Dappered. It’s still pretty sweaty out there right now, but one way to get through the dog days is to do a little day dreaming. Here’s some of what we’re looking forward to seeing, wearing, and experiencing in the cooler months to come…   Boots of all kinds Sure, Chukkas do great in the warm weather, but fall was made for boots. Clockwise from top left: The Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill in Natural CXL, BR’s Chelsea from last year, The Woolrich Yankee, Gustin’s Trench boot (currently unavailable).   Outerwear (jackets, topcoats, macs, & more) Not everyone buys the ol’ “Rain, rain go away…” theory on which type of weather is best. Some of us like a bit of variety. And along with the variety comes the opportunity to wear our favorite pieces of outerwear. From casual quilted jackets to refined wool topcoats, Fall is where it’s at. Expect new or updated designs from retailers like Banana Republic, UNIQLO, J. Crew, Charles Tyrwhitt, and more. And yes, we’ll do a round up in a few months. It’s one of the things we look forward to doing the most each year.   Getting to wear your new Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases There’s only one bad thing about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale… that it’s mainly filled with stuff used in cooler weather. So you’re all excited about a new purchase and then? You have to wait. Well, the waiting won’t be much longer now. Hopefully.   Sweating less… in general And if you’re constantly a pool of sweat now, head here and here for a few tricks to hopefully reduce some of that constant perspiring.   Sportcoats in Moleskin, Tweed, and Corduroy The heavier fall fabrics obviously stay in the closet during the searing summer months, but it’s that first day where the highs stick to the 60s and one of these is gonna get broken out and dusted off. These are the kind of sportcoats you could actually use as outerwear on a brisk walk or hike. And yes, like every year, we’ll have a round up for you as these things start arriving and becoming available for purchase. (Shown above is last year’s JCF Moleskin Blazer, LE’s Moon Mills unstructred tweed sportcoat, and GAP’s blue cord blazer from last year.)   That first cold night where it’s just you and your significant other with a beverage of choice in front of a fire Hard to top that.   Wearing dark wash jeans w/out sweating your onions off Yes, dark wash denim can be a bit of a crutch for some of us, but after a long hot summer of lightweight chinos and linen trousers and shorts, it’s nice to get back into a pair of classic denim. (Pictured above is BR’s Rapid movement denim in a straight fit.)   Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirts Most of these are just too thick and weighty for the heat of summer. But for the other three seasons? They’re a perfect smart-casual staple.   Hearty Soups, Stews, and Roasted Meats Knowing your way around the kitchen falls into the same ballpark as knowing how to dress well. It’s useful, as well as also seen as insanely attractive by some. Meanwhile, by this point in the year I’ve had enough chopped salads to cover the earth’s surface nine times over. Looking forward to this, this, this, this, and this.   Wearing your wheelhouse/foundation suits again Fully lined? That’s less than ideal in the heat. But it’s no problem once it cools off. Time to break out the navy and charcoal suits once again.   The new “Goodfellow & Co.” Collection from Target Word from a few of you guys is that some brick and mortar stores have started to get some of this stuff in. Mostly basics like henleys and chinos. Standby for a look at this brand, as a whole, in the coming weeks.   The new Kingsman Movie (out 9/22) Here’s why SPECTRE just didn’t work. It couldn’t decide if it was camp, or if it was candy. It’s really, really hard to do both. (Please, please 007 producers, go back to the Casino Royale feel.) Kingsman is candy to the point of cartoonish, but unlike, say, the Transformers franchise, it’s still slicker than snot.   Suitsupply’s New Fall/Winter Collection Currently available for pre-order, and the first wave looks awfully good. Boots, topcoats, sportcoats, and new suits. And since it’s Suitsupply, it all ships and returns for free. It’s always fun to see what sort of patterns and textures Suitsupply is gonna play around with once the weather cools down.   Long sleeve henleys Bonus points if they’re wool or a wool blend. Can’t think of a casual garment that makes a guy (especially if you’re in shape) look better than a long sleeve henley. Shown above is the made in the USA, wool blend (mostly poly though) henleys sold via Huckberry.   New Allen Edmonds Designs? Seems like they always come out with something new and interesting once September and October rolls around. Pictured above is last year’s fantastic first avenue boot in country grain leather. Debuted last year, and it looks like it was a one-off special design. Been kicking myself ever since they (apparently?) discontinued them for not picking up a pair. Keep an eye out for new designs in the weeks to come.   Dark Beers and Rich Whiskey If you’re a drinker and enjoy that kind of stuff. By this point, those of us who do imbibe have just about had it with gin and tonics and session-able IPAs. It’s the stuff that you not only drink, but chew, that’ll warm you from the inside out.   Women in Sweaters If that’s your thing.   Fisherman’s Sweaters Speaking of sweaters… Is it a little cheesy to throw on some favorite boots, jeans, a fisherman’s sweater, pour a whiskey and crack a book in a comfortable chair on a windy autumn afternoon? You bet it’s cheesy. But if that really is the case, then you may call me Mayor McCheese.   Black leather shoes and boots Remember black leather shoes? Right. 100 degrees and black leather shoes don’t usually go all that well together. But once the temps stop breaking 80, black leather shoes and boots get worked back into the rotation (and therefor, so do the watches we own on black leather straps). Pictured above are a pair of Allen Edmonds 5th Street boots.   Growing a beard/Letting your beard get long One less thing to worry about, right? Keeps the ol’ face warm too. Just make sure you keep it clean and neat.   Spier & Mackay Restocking/New Fall Arrivals Spier has a tendency to run out of just about everything as one season comes to a close, and right now their cupboards are awfully bare. Fingers crossed that a re-stock comes soon, and they include some new fall/winter appropriate fabrics for their half-canvas suits and sportcoats.   Gloves & Scarves They say accessories are the last things you put on and the first thing people notice. Maybe. Maybe not. They can be kinda fun though.   “House Sweaters” These are the types of thicker, chunky sweaters that are almost certainly a cardigan style (and thus easier to get on and off) and might have a shawl collar. Perfect for hanging at your place and enjoying your space either alone or with a companion. Not a ton of these are out yet (everything above is from last year), especially the thicker wool options, but keep an eye out for them to start rolling into stores/online in the coming month or so. Usually thicker cotton will debut first, then the wool stuff starts showing up closer to October.   Better Sleeping Weather One of the quickest ways to go from looking decent to looking like crap, is to get terrible sleep. And when it’s a thousand degrees outside, it can be tough (even if you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning). Cool and dark. That’s what most humans prefer to sleep in. And that’s what autumn brings.   Women in riding/knee high boots Again. If that’s your thing. And if it is, then you know there’s that amazing day of the year where it seems like every stylish woman on the planet got some email or a text that said “hey, today’s the day to wear your riding boots ladies.” And God bless em’ for it. We miss something? Got a specific tip/item that falls into one of these categories that you think we should be made aware of? As always, your style tips are welcome through email: joe@dappered.com.
Monday Sales Tripod – New Timex Styles, Rapid Movement Chinos, & More
14-08-2017 12:00:03
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. BR/GAP/Old Navy: 40% off & free ship @ $25 w/ UPGRADE B.R. Rapid Movement Chino in Slim, Straight, or Tapered (athletic?) – $58.80 ($98) B.R. Supima Cotton Ribbed Shawl Cardigan – $76.80 ($128) BR Lightweight Light Blue Blazer in Slim or Standard – $118.80 ($198) B.R. Water-Repellant Mac Jacket – $136.80 ($228) GAP Lightweight Slim Fit Performance Khakis in Slim or Straight – $41.97 ($69.95) BR Quilted Vest – $88.80 ($148) Cyrus Goodyear Loafer – $167.99 ($350) some limited, but common sizes are back in stock Old Navy Slim Ultimate Built-In Flex Lightweight Khakis for Men – $23.40 ($39.94) B.R. Orman Leather Chukka Boot with Vibram Sole – $100.80 ($168) Well. Look who’s a moron (that’d be me). Just last week I predicted that the new, extremely well reviewed Banana Republic “Rapid Movement Chinos” would be excluded from codes and promos for a while. NOPE. WRONG JOE. VERY WRONG. They’re up for this cut. Also, you can knock an additional 10% off any of the GAP goods with the code MORE. Usual exclusions apply, so, BR Picks are out, as are leather accessories at GAP. Codes expire today, 8/14/17.   #2. New Timex Arrivals + 20% off w/ SAVE20 Metropolotin 40mm Super Slim – $52 ($65) multiple color combos Expedition Ranger Brass Case 43mm – $53.60 ($67) Fairfield Chrono Black and Grey – $79.20 ($99) Weekender Chrono 40mm – $65.60 ($82) Waterbury Fabric & Leather Strap – $87.20 ($109) Good grief. The designers at Timex have been at it again. Subtle tweaks to already successful designs, and that new 43mm Expedition brass case looks incredible. Fingers crossed that the bezel is actually functional, and not stationary? Maybe? Hopefully? Probably not, but, a guy can dream.   #3. Billy Reid: Up to 75% off “lights out” final sale Made in Italy Goatskin Nicholas Jacket in Dark Brown – $499.50 FINAL ($1595.00) Made in Italy Cotton Larson Jacket – $119.50 FINAL ($495) Made in Italy Unstructured Cooper Lace Up – $149.50 FINAL ($395) Made in Italy Butz Wingtip in Charcoal – $99.50 FINAL ($395) Made in Italy Indianola Chukka- $119.50 FINAL ($395) Made in Italy Wool/Cashmere Calvin Jacket – $199.50 FINAL ($625)  Pensacola Polo in Light Blue – $59 ($88) Its sure appears to be all final sale guys. So be extra careful here. No returns on any of this stuff. Yet, if you know you won’t goof on the sizing, and you’re really into an item, now’s a good time to pick up a really well made… something… from Billy Reid on the cheap.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Bonobos: Extra 40% off all sale items with NOTADRILL Bespoke Post: Extra 10% off sale items w/ TAKETEN J. Crew Factory: Extra 35% off + extra 40% off clearance + free shipping w/ BIGFAN (expires today, 8/14/17) Todd Snyder: Their sale section is still pretty stacked.
Jennifer Lawrence’s Latest, Netflix Bad News, & Expanding Vending Machine Variety
11-08-2017 12:00:22
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SWAGGER* *Let’s be honest. This song, in this day and age, is super sexist and possibly misogynistic. But dammit if it isn’t the jam. To be honest, I actually prefer this version but I had never seen that clip before and it’s so easy to forget how much charisma he had. Plus, technicolor splendor and all that. NETFLIX AND SHIT: This could be bad news for your streaming habits in the hypothetical-not-readily-determined future. Maybe. Meanwhile,  this isn’t even a surprise. It is basically the antithesis of a surprise. Binge while you can monkey boy. DOSSIER UPDATE: PharmaBro smirks his way through a legal conviction. That will surely serve him well in the big house. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Oh, non. Non non non non non. PERSPECTIVE: You. Are. Worthless. WINNING: Simply from a design standpoint, this is a thing of beauty. Meanwhile, it would seem that people really, really want one of these. WANT. ..NOW. (thank you) Artist Richard Clarkson has stolen my dreams. And made them real. And while I’m pulling this Pinterestable shit, I’ll take one of these too. Please. EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Dexy’s Midnight Runners are back and they’re making shit and stuff. Also, this is not even the most misleading tease ever, but I laughed, so. And this is genuinely a fascinating story. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Actually, I don’t know. The comments on this story, for the most part, are basically all the things that are going through my mind these days. It is a huge bummer. CALLING OCCUPANTS OF INTERPLANETARY CRAFT: No, really. NASA has the most interesting job posting of the week. Meanwhile, this is the original “headline,” So to speak. I prefer the original. But back to the original topic at hand, this. THERE ARE RULES…even if they are unwritten. If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, this is for you. I myself waited tables during high school and college and I can relate to so much of it. Chances are, you’ll have a favorite # or two. ANOTHER SERVING OF SWAGGER: I LOVE MISFITS AND WEIRDOS: Which explains my fascination for these things and these things and these things. I’ve spent some time in Austin but I’ve never been able to see this. #goals. WE SUCK SO MUCH: Not that I’m a bleeding heart pinko commie or anything but this is kind of lame. AWKWARD:  I mean, this is, right? Little bit? On the other hand, this is an entirely different kind of awkward. That’s some work there Lou. BUZZWORTHY: This would be very promising if it turns out to be true. BOOKMARK OF THE WEEK: This will probably come in handy at some point. Maybe. Probably. MARTIAN MORNING: (thank you) If you haven’t seen the remarkable images from the HiRISE orbiter, stop, drop and click. PERSPECTIVE: Your week could be worse. FASTEST FASHION: Dappered reader Jon S forwarded this to us. This is waaaaaay better than shellfish. Any day. Every day. WAIT, WHAT? Up is down and down is up etc. OH THAT’S NASTY: Gotta admit, the thought had occurred to me. Ew. HIGHWAY ROBBERY: As inspired by every Hollywood heist flick ever. WARNING: This is probably super annoying to many people. But, if you’ve ever had a demanding feline, you will relate. INCOMING! ; Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly. He’s not gettin’ up Jim. (Thanks to my editor for this week’s Mostly.)
Nordy Clearance, Spier & Mackay Sitewide Sale, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
10-08-2017 17:44:24
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Nordstrom: Fall Clearance? Jack Mason 42mm Chrono in Cream/Green – $170.98 ($285) or Black/Brown – $182.98 ($305) Allen Edmonds ‘Exchange Place’ Cap Toe Oxford – $247 ($375) House of Future Original Low Top – $66 ($110) Cole Haan Harrison Double Monk Strap Shoe – $134.90 ($220) Ledbury Slim Fit Linen Blend Sport Shirt – $82.49 ($165) Cole Haan Lambskin Leather Moto Jacket – $347.49 ($695) Stan Smith in White/Green or Navy/Green – $60 ($74.95) limited sizes TBNY Italian Made David Cap Toe Oxford – $214.90 ($395) J&M Conard Longwing – $119.90 ($195) So the Anniversary Sale is done and gone for another year, but there are more than a few tempting items in the Nordstrom Sale section right now. Might this be the building of a fall clearance event of some kind? Even if it’s not, it all ships and returns for free.   Spier & Mackay: 20% off Sitewide w/ SUMMER Blue Sharkskin Suit in Contemporary Fit – $250ish USD ($315ish USD)  Medium Gray Sharkskin Suit in Slim Fit – $280ish USD ($350ish USD)  Midnight Navy Hopsack Sportcoat in Slim or Contemp. Fit – $220ish USD ($275ish USD)  This is a true clearance. As of post time, Spier & Mackay don’t have their latest batch in yet. So… it’s a bit picked over but there are still some gems in there. Half canvas suits, Australian Merino wool, non functioning buttons (which are easier to tailor) and your first suit or sportcoat ships and returns for free. Remember, prices on their site are in CAD, so, be prepared for some conversions. Full review of their Crosby like “Contemporary Fit” can be found here. For the hopsack sportcoats (which they appear to have gotten a few sizes back in stock of) you can find that review here.   Banana Republic: Up to 40% off Select Fall Styles The Pick: Rapid Movement Chino in Slim, Straight, or Tapered (athletic?) – $68 ($98) No code needed here. Not the most mind-bending of deals, BUT… their new and extremely well reviewed “Rapid Movement Chinos” are finally getting a bit of a discount. They’ve been excluded as a BR Pick since their recent introduction. 90% cotton, 8% poly, 2% spandex. Tons of colors and fits.   Cool Material: Biannual Clearance Sale Techne Harrier Watch – $146.49 ($197.96) Opinel Pocket Knife (lots of colors) – $14 ($17.95) Brass and Copper Magnet Set – $15.56 ($19.95) Technically it’s called “The Purge” sale. Which doesn’t sound so healthy. And it’s quite the mish-mash of gear and goods. But there’s some fun stuff in there for sure. Stock allegedly goes fast, so, know that.   J. Crew: 40% off Select / 50% off Final Sale w/ SHOPSUMMER Slim Irish Linen Shirt in Solid – $41.70 ($69.50) Slim Italian Merino Wool V-neck Sweater – $39 ($79.50) Syd Sunglasses in Amber Horn – $44.99 FINAL ($118) Syd Sunglasses – $70.80 ($118) Irving Sunglasses – $70.80 ($118) Note that the “select” items available for the 40% discount is not… extensive. Seems like J. Crew is in between seasons here (as is the rest of the retail world). But their sunglasses are pretty nice, and with that discount, they fall squarely into the not-gas-station-garbage and not-stupidly-expensive-luxury-eyewear category. Also, not sure how their slim merino sweaters made it into the sale section for a half off cut, but… that’ll do nicely. Doesn’t appear to be final sale either?   Also worth a mention: J. Crew Factory: They’re offering a stackable 15% off discount for students and teachers through 9/30. Jomers: They just released some linen canvas chinos for $48.
Extra 40% off Bonobos Final Sale Items One Day Sale
9-08-2017 17:55:44
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CHEATDAY = Extra 40% off FINAL Sale Items (exp. 8/9) Hang on. This feels awfully familiar. Oh. Well, a few weeks have gone by, so more stock might be in the sale section (still seems pretty scattered/feels like a true clearance), and cooler weather is a bit more front of mind. Remember, this is final sale stuff. No returns or exchanges. Be careful fellas.   Jetsetter Jean in Rinse – $70.80 FINAL ($178) Final sale (like the rest of this stuff), but I’d say they feel a little better than Banana Republic’s new Rapid movement denim. They’re somewhere between BR’s Traveler Jean, and the Rapid Movement denim. And, they come in a multitude of fits (tailored, slim, athletic, and straight). Again, sizes are a bit scattered, but some common sizes are still left. I wear a 33×30 in most Bonobos stuff, and a 33×30 here fits great. Super comfortable. Doesn’t bag out or slouch with wear. 92% Cotton / 6% Poly / 2% Elastane.   The Jetsetter Unconstructed Blazer in Light Blue or Bright Navy – $210 FINAL ($400) A steal at this price. Huge, huge fan of Bonobos and their unconstructed sportcoats. This is from their Jetsetter collection, so there’s 2% elastane in there for stretch. That icy, light blue would look great up against white or pale grey chinos in the heat, and then just as good with dark denim in the fall. Non functioning sleeve buttons make for easy tailoring.   Short Sleeved SLIM White Cotton Henley – $22.80 FINAL ($58) More masculine than a t-shirt, and not as stuffy as a polo. The short sleeved henley doesn’t get nearly enough respect. Plus, these come in a true slim fit.   Foundation Cotton Trouser in Grey – $52.80 ($128) Crisp cotton with a crease destined for office wear. Looks like it’s just the grey shade that’s on sale, but those are plenty versatile. Lots of fits and sizes to pick from.   Stretch Oxford Shirts in White, Blue Stripe, or Blue – $28.80 – $40.80 ($88) There’s no elastane or other stretchy material in these things. They claim it’s the weave that provides “natural” stretch? At least the Bonobos slim fit is a decently slim fit, and thus, is better than many other cheap OCBDs out there. The blue is getting the cheaper price of $28.80, while the white and blue stripe are hovering around $41. Final sale, like everything else, but at least it ships free.   The Foundation Italian Wool Suit in Houndstooth – $360 FINAL ($750) They’re calling this pattern “Shepherd’s Check” but it looks like a houndstooth to me? Anyway, not a bad price for a Bonobos suit if you like the shape and fit of their pants. Jackets look mostly to be in stock in their standard fit.   Daily Grind Limited Edition Dot Shirt – $46.80 FINAL ($98) An easy way to mix it up. A bit risky/style-forward if you wear it with a suit and tie, but still not too wild. Less risky if you’re going tieless with a sportcoat and jeans or trousers.   Lightweight Italian Wool Sportcoats – $150 FINAL ($450) Even lighter in weight and construction than their unconstructed Italian Wool sportcoats. How so? These are basically shirts, cut from light Italian wool and made into a sportcoat form. Think J. Crew Factory’s ultra light linen sportcoat, only much higher quality, and made in wool.   Washed Chinos in “Fog Lifter” Grey – $40.80 FINAL ($88) Select colors of their flagship pant are on sale, and thus, dropping into affordable territory… but most colors have had their size selection picked over pretty badly. Not these though. How a nice, mid to light grey pair of washed Bonobos chinos still have tons of sizes and fits left? That’s beyond me.   The Capstone Dress Shirt – $58.80 ($138) A really nice, Italian fabric dress shirt for a less than luxury price. Just a suggestion here, but, I’d make sure to get the semi-spread collar option. It’s more timeless, and easier to wear without a tie if you so choose.   The Capstone Italian Wool Tux in Navy Herringbone – $375 FINAL ($1000) Speaking of their upper echelon “Capstone” collection… I know it’s final sale. But. Boy. If you’re familiar and happy with Bonobos sizing… and you’ve got a black tie event coming up. This might be one hell of a buy. Super 140s (!) Italian wool. A stunningly large amount of sizes left.   The Unconstructed Summerweight Blazer – $160 FINAL ($450) 58% Wool, 40% Silk, 2% Elastane and unlined. Has a tiny, micro-check pattern to it. No standard fits available. Just their slim.   Cotton Linen Shawl Cardigan – $64.80 FINAL ($158) A textured, extra layer that can be worn year round, complete with the unmistakable feel of added linen to the mix. Gonna get lots of use here in the next month or two.   The Banzai E-Waist Trunk 9″ – $40.80 FINAL ($88) Prints are big this year. And even if you’re not gonna wear prints to the office, or out on a date, why not the beach or pool? That’s one of the few places those of us who don’t gravitate towards flashy looks seem to take a little more risks/have some fun. Mesh liner for these.   The Foundation Italian Wool Blazer – $165 FINAL ($400) Maybe it’s the slim lapels, or some other proportion magic, but I’ve never thought this grey sportcoat looked like an orphaned suit jacket. The shoulders are soft, the silhouette is trim… just doesn’t look like a suit jacket to me (full disclosure, I own and have worn one of these with jeans for a few years now). Available in slim or standard. Wool is nice. Not super luxurious, but not papery or scratchy either. Nice. The extra 40% off Bonobos sale items code CHEATDAY expires Today, Wednesday 8/9. As always, picks above were limited to those with at least a decent size range at post time. But, use the filters at the top of the sale page, and you might be able to find a your sized needle in their extensive sale section haystack.
The Dappered Space: Most Wanted Affordable Home Style August 2017
9-08-2017 17:00:34
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The Dappered Space is a series designed to help guys apply the sense of personal style they’ve developed to the space they inhabit. Watch for articles on furniture and decor sales & picks, advice on how to style a room or work space, and tackling creating a space that reflects your own (and perhaps a significant other’s) personal tastes. We’ll suggest items that can be sourced online, but always keep in mind that deals can be found at consignment and thrift stores, local stores with floor models, discount stores, and even yard sales. As is the case with the Most Wanted Affordable Style series on this site, this is a list of suggested items in the styled space arena that recently caught our attention. Whether because of the good price, the great design, or the eye-catching attributes, the following picks showcase a few items that might more finely tune your own home style.   Crest Bentwood Chair – $149 Porter Mid Century Modern Dining Chairs (2 pack) – $94.99 Sasha Oak Angled Leg Linen Dining Bench – $127.49 Swindon Rustic Oak Classic Dining Chair (2 pack) – $150.99 Norwegian Danish Tapered Dining Chairs (2 pack) – $151.49 Parson Classic Upholstered Dining Chair (2 pack) – $167.99 Shared on our twitter feed: Any chance we can get some dining room tips in the next #dapperedspace @Dappered? The wife wants new chairs. Ask and you shall receive. I’ll tackle a dining room scenario soon, but in the meantime here are a few dining room chair options. The featured option, the Crest Bentwood Chair from West Elm, is the dining room chair(s) I own. I originally went with cheaper fabric dining chairs from Target that one of my cats quickly turned into his favorite scratching posts. Thus we had to switch the chairs out to non fabric options. These wood chairs from West Elm are good looking and surprisingly comfortable. High price, but they are high quality.   Boombox by Hollis Brown Thornton – $24-$2,400 A very retro looking piece of art, where the “pixelation and computer manipulation represent the merging of the physical and digital reality.” (Quoted from the 20×200 website.) If you’re looking for some wall color in a room that leans modern, this might make a great addition to your wall hangings, and is sure to be a conversation piece. See more works from the artist here.   Rustic Wood Mason Sconce – $19.99 ($24.99) If you don’t want to tackle actually trying to wire an electrical sconce, but like the idea of having some light on a wall, this is a low maintenance way to go. It’s obviously not going to provide bright light, but it will provide good ambiance on a cool fall night. Create a dramatic entry way to or from a room by placing one of these on either side of the door. You could even hang it outside in a protected space, or use it as a very stylish nightlight if you have need to light a hallway. Available through Cost Plus World Market.   Threshold Double Old-Fashioned Glasses (4 pack) – $11.99 The season is coming when many switch from lighter liquors to the dark stuff. We no longer want mixed cocktails over ice, we want something that will warm us from the inside. These old-fashioned glasses have a great price point, and an interesting look.   Set of 4 Insect Slate Coasters – $47 Not necessarily the most affordable right now, but these are a seasonal product at Nordstrom (notice the cobwebs under the coasters). They may be marketed as a Halloween item, but these can be used year round. If you like them, but can wait, these might show up discounted come early November. Since they’re slate, and graphically interesting, these double as decor, not just an object of utility. Sarah is a long time member of the Dappered team, typically working behind the scenes editing posts, taking some photos, and keeping the books in good standing. Occasionally she’ll come out from behind the curtain to offer her two cents.
Style Scenario: Vacation to the Gulf of Mexico
9-08-2017 12:00:25
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Over the next several weeks we’ll be tackling some vacation based Style Scenarios, whether that vacation takes you out to the beach, into the mountains, or cruising the desert. Travel season is upon us, so we’re making some suggestions on how to spend some down time feeling comfortable while also looking good. Next trip on our list is to the Gulf of Mexico, where the days are hot and humid, and spent mainly on the beach soaking up that sea air and Vitamin D from above. (Photo Credit) The Swim Trunks: Mossimo Hybrid Textured Swim Shorts – $19.99 w/ MENS20 ($24.99). Yes, these trunks are longer than most would prefer, BUT, the “hybrid” comes in with the lack of a drawstring, and the addition of a button closure at the waist and belt loops. So they’re half regular shorts, half swim trunks. Perfect for post-dip drinks. You could even have them hemmed, but if they’re just too long for you, try this 9″ navy option from Bonobos. The Polo: Old Navy Built-In Flex Pro Polo – $16 ($19.94). This 58% cotton , 39% polyester, 3% spandex polo will offer ease of movement and, most importantly, moisture wicking, for your pre- and post-beach activities. The bright white will help with keeping you cool as well. The Watch: Casio Diver – $44.23 + Heavy Duty Nato Strap – $17.49. Often mentioned and for good reason. Perfect for a day at the beach. 200m water resistance means you should be plenty fine wearing it in and out of the water. The Sunglasses: Warby Parker Barkley in Oak Barrel/Blue Lenses – $95.00. Almost a hundred bucks is anything but cheap, but WPs are made well, these come with polarized lenses, and it’s a color combo/frame shape that won’t go out of style anytime soon. The Hat: Old Navy Straw Fedora for Men – $15.97 ($16.94). Most guys (under the age of 50) are understandably wary of fedoras. But… when in Rome? It’s a straw fedora, on the Gulf of Mexico. Lighten up Francis. The Shoes: Columbia Vulc N Vent Shore Boat Athletic Sandal – $44.96 – $60. Why are these called “athletic sandals”? No clue. But, the rubber sole and breathable washed canvas uppers of this “sandal” will help keep your feet steady and dry on wet and sandy surfaces.  The Bag: Beckel Canvas Handi Tote Bag – $45. Made in America from quality materials, with one main pocket and two zippered outside pockets, this tote is just the right size to carry your essentials (wallet, frisbee, book, sunscreen, etc), while being unobtrusive enough to take into a restaurant or bar after beach time.  The Beach Towel: 100% Cotton Oversized Beach Towel – $15.99.  Having an oversized soft towel is far better than an undersized one. The 400 GSM of cotton (softness and absorbency), along with the large size and attractive striping, will make it your go-to towel at home and at the beach.   The Entertainment: Omaker M6 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Wireless Stereo Speakers for Outdoor – $34.99. Well reviewed and weatherized design. If the beach is packed, just don’t peeve off your sand-neighbors. Not everyone has your taste in music. The Entertainment II: Discraft 175 gram Ultra Star Sport Disc in Nite Glow – $9.25. The great thing about frisbee is that it can be played fast or lazy. Between two people or a big group. Just don’t get beer’d up and tear an ACL trying to show off. Especially in the dark, which this disc is made for. The Sunblock: Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Spray SPF 70 – $7.17. Much, much easier to apply than standard cream sunscreens. And don’t forget to re-apply every so often. The Mattifier:  Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 – $39.50. Expensive (the price on this stuff has skyrocketed recently) but works and lasts for a good long time, and will be perfect for any after beach dinner/drinks in the humidity of the South. Also has SPF 15 in it so your face won’t turn into a boiled tomato.
Letters to the Editor: Sportcoat Choices, Rolex Style Alternatives, & Winter Trip Prep
8-08-2017 23:15:41
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If you’ve got a style tip, question, or anything else you’d like to pass along, you can send those in to joe@dappered.com. If you’d rather your question not be featured in a future mailbag, just go ahead and say so in your email. Want more than one average Joe’s (HA!) opinion? Check out our forum, Threads.   Q: Year Round Hopsack Wool Sportcoat: Bonobos or Spier & Mackay? I saw that Spier & Mackay has a 20% off sale running right now, and they have, in my size, that navy hopsack with patch pockets and 1/4 lined with bemberg. Yet based on your writings lately and my love for all things Bonobos, I’ve been planning to jump on the Bonobos unlined Italian wool jacket. I’ve never tried a sportcoat from either brand, and I’m not too concerned with the price difference if Bonobos is a clear winner, but I’d like to know which one you would pick? I’m 5’7″ / 170 if that helps. -Danny H. First, if you’ll allow, can we address the above image? Those pics were shot at least 3 years apart. Turns out I haven’t changed much over the years. (Jeans and a sportcoat and an open collared shirt and a bag with a stripe on it. Sorry about the rut my fellas.) Anyway, back to Danny’s dilemma. If you’re going for something other than navy or bright blue, then Bonobos is your answer (they have a TON of colors in their unconstructetd wool sportcoats). But if you’re going for a shade of blue, Spier & Mackay is gonna cost you a hell of a lot less, and deliver 85% – 90% of what the Bonobos does. I’d argue the wool on the Bonobos is better. But, since Spier & Mackay offers free returns on your first suit or sportcoat purchase, and Bonobos is free shipping & returns all the time… I’d get one of each, then send the one you like less back. Oh, and if you’re 5’7″/170, skip the Bonobos “Slim” fit. Go with standard. Their slim is a true slim, and you might be too broad for it.   Q: Collar Assist? Saw your featured post about the final 5% and how it can make a difference. I agree with you on having a good collar, but I found it interesting that you left out the best invention when it comes to collars. Wurkin stiffs! I use their polo stays and plastic stiffy stays and love em’. – Dylan S. First, welcome. Second, I know you’re new-ish to the site because for years and years I sung the praises of wurkin’ stiffs. And I totally understand why so many still use them. That said, I never quite got used to the magnetic buttons being visible, even if ever so slightly, on the inside of my collar. I even invested in those colored, rubber coated buttons. Finally, I one day just got some regular, somewhat bendable alloy stays, and after putting a hockey stick style bend in em, I’ve never looked back. No more magnets, and my collar stays at attention all day (mind you, I also wear sportcoats and blazers a ton, and thus, that helps the points stay in line). Yes, wurkin stiffs are just fine if you like em’, but there is a simpler solution out there (as was mentioned in the post).   Q: Killshot Alternatives This blog is old. -Del Y. (via FB)  That’s a fine, fine observation Del. Technically, the post is “old.” But so is this blog (we launched almost 10 years ago). Anyway, it was a “featured post.” And “featured post” sounds better than “old posts that we’re re-distributing through our social media channels in case someone missed it, wasn’t following us when it first launched, or that post has somehow become relevant again due to current circumstances.” And J. Crew re-released the Killshots a few days back. They’re sold out now. They’re still awfully uncomfortable compared to the competition (like Stan Smiths) and I still don’t get the fascination. So. Yeah. It is old. And thanks for the eloquent feedback.   Q: Rolex Explorer I Alternative? I’m looking to get a watch similar to the Rolex Explorer. I am looking for something no larger than 40 mm. Ideally would be automatic and under $600; although, I would certainly consider quartz. The first brand that comes to mind is Hamilton (Khaki King/Field); however, I know there are several others out there. Any thoughts on a good alternative? -Andy M. The thing about Rolex is that their designs are so iconic that even those  trying to produce “homages” to them… often fall short. And you’re certainly on the right track. The Hamilton Khaki Field on a stainless band and in the 40mm diameter is a fine alternative. The dial is obviously busier, but they (to me) did a real nice job on the re-design. Meanwhile, there’s also Seiko’s popular SARB033 auto, but that lacks those fat, balance-adding Arabic numerals. At least the date window on the Seiko matches the dial. Meanwhile, if one day you want to jump into the luxury watch game, but don’t want to go ALL the way to Rolex? You can get a “baby Rolex,” or, a Tudor, that’s awfully close, for less than half the price of an Explorer.   Q. Best affordable driving loafers? I’m looking for a pair of decent quality, but still affordable driving loafers. Thoughts?  -Ravin H. I like the Jack Erwin “Parker” myself. Not super cheap at $115, but they are made in Portugal. Then there’s Marc Mcnairy’s New Republic line. Hard to get cheaper than that. The problem with drivers is that most are, by design, not good to be worn for extended periods of time. Why? They’re designed to be worn while sitting (driving a car) and for maximum foot dexterity and touch responsiveness. So, the cushioning ain’t gonna be there. They’re great for around the house, short trips, or… actually driving. But just don’t plan on standing in them for hours and hours at an outdoor concert or anything.   Q. Avoiding “Dad Style” Just read your 10 Men’s summer style mistakes and it got me thinking about my upcoming child and succumbing to some of the things in your article, but out of necessity. (Clean up on aisle “dad”, if you catch my drift.) Any plans on tackling the “Dad Uniform?” Hoping to find a happy medium. -Q One of my pals from way back just had a kid, and he even posted to Instagram something about how he was “settling into his new Dad look.” The shot was of him and his newborn son, kid’s head resting against Dad’s chest while on the couch, Dad wearing an unbuttoned madras shirt. Yet he still looked like Jason Statham. Look, I think this is like anything else. Your priorities can shift as new responsibilities crop up, but you also owe it to yourself (and your offspring) to not mail it in/give up on you. Because if you do and use them as an excuse? Your kids are gonna see that, and in the end, it’s resentment all around. (But I’m a physical and social wreck for you! I did it for you!) They’ll hate you for it one day. Promise. Try to balance functionality with fit. You can wear cargo shorts to hold the cheerios and the binkie. Just make sure they’re not enormously oversized, and pair them with some classic canvas or leather sneakers and a well fitting, plain t-shirt. Diaper bags don’t have to look like crap, despite holding nappies for crappin’. It’s the little things, especially when all the other Dads at the pre-school pickup have waved the white flag. Give a damn. Even a little damn, and all the Mom’s will be referring to you as a DILF behind your back in no time.   Q. Winter D.C. Trip Wardobe Prep? I’m from Houston, and we have a wedding coming up in Washington DC early December. Being from Texas we don’t really have a ton of cold weather gear. I’m going to be putting around DC for 2 days and visiting some customers. Then Saturday/Sunday we’ll be doing wedding stuff and traveling home. Do you have any recommendations for nice stuff to wear while I’m around DC during the day? Probably will be walking quite a bit so comfortable shoes but stylish business casual (and warm!) -J.W.L Washington D.C., especially the last few years, can be outrageously unpredictable when it comes to winter weather. It can either be somewhat mild, or, it can blizzard. And then there’s the ice storms that can down power lines every so often. So, step 1 would be to keep an eye on the forecast. Step 2 would be to take care of your feet. You’ll want lightweight, merino wool hiking socks and some smart-casual boots with grip on the bottom. If you want to go cheap, I’d give the JC Penney Stafford Deacon a try. I KNOW I KNOW, I can hear the shouts now. Yes, they’ve changed the leather quality and they aren’t as good as they used to be. But for $40, you can get a pair of beater boots you won’t be too upset if you trash (just be sure you wear them in well first, before you head to D.C.). Otherwise, there’s Allen Edmonds Daltons (make sure you get the rubber sole) or Liverpool chelseas (V-tread sole comes standard). But those are darn, darn pretty boots. Comfortable as hell though (break em’ in before you go). For the rest? Layers. Bring layers. An unconstructed wool sportcoat (see the first email in this post) should do you right. And a wool but not overly bulky single breasted top-coat plus a scarf. Something you can shed quickly when necessary. The metro can get steamy. Especially when it’s on fire. Got a question, suggestion, or a style tip? Send them to joe@dappered.com.
12 Common Menswear Misconceptions
8-08-2017 12:00:02
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#1. Wool is hot. Wrong. I mean, it can be if we’re talking about super thick, bulky lambswool or tweed, but even then if it’s unlined, it should breathe and regulate temperature better than equally thick cotton (or, heaven forbid, cheap synthetics). Wool is nature’s high-tech fiber. It wicks, it reduces friction, and it breathes. A loosely woven, lightweight, tropical wool suit jacket or sportcoat will be much, MUCH more comfortable than cotton chino in the heat. Same goes for socks in the summer. Skip cotton. All cotton does is soak up and hold onto sweat. The coolest jacket I own. A bonobos unconstructed, almost totally unlined, Itailan wool sportcoat.    #2. Cotton undershirts are a must if you’re sweaty. Speaking of cotton and sweat… the cognitive dissonance displayed by defenders of the white cotton undershirt is cult-like. Again, cotton does not wick. Once it gets wet, it stays wet for a very long time. Especially if it’s stuck snug up against your skin (unlike, say, a dress shirt which should have a little room to air out and breathe). An extra layer of sweat soaked material next to your torso won’t keep you dry. It’s suffocating and it’s uncomfortable. Ditch the undershirt all together, or, switch to tech-gear. #3. Most guys are slobs and should try to dress “better” more often. Nope. #4. When it comes to fit, the slimmer the better. Yes, the 1990s were a mess of baggy, ill fitting clothing. But the unintended consequence of the “tailored” movement ended up being skinny jeans and painted on suits. Comfort and well-fitting can exist in the same universe. Think skim. Not cling. Slimmer is not always better. Your clothing does not have to look like you were poured into it. #5. More precise grooming = more handsome. Good grooming… is good. But if your beard looks like it was cut with frickin’ laser beams, then you might come across as fussy. Leave the obsession over your eyebrows and hair part to the international soccer stars. #6. Being the best dressed and standing out is always good. If you’re actively looking forward to out-dressing the groom at an upcoming wedding, you’re an asshole. Sometimes (often) it’s better to have the option of fading into the crowd a bit. Part of dressing “well” is understanding the moment. #7. The internet is right. While the internet can be a fine place to pick up tips and ideas for looking good, it’s also filled with far too many arrogant, irrelevant goobers who have been convinced by social media that their perspective is not only gospel, it’s in high demand. Trust your gut. Beware the over-critical forum addict who speaks in absolutes. If he really knows everything about dressing well and living a stylish life, then why is he nose down in his phone/laptop so much, hammering out hyper critical, often hypocritical observations/delusions about other dude’s choices in clothes and footwear? There are exceptions to every rule. And that goes for the “rules” we spout off about on this website. #8. Buy nice or buy twice. Sometimes you get lucky and get something that’ll last long on the cheap. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to start with something less expensive (to familiarize yourself with your tastes) before diving into the high end pool. And sometimes, the cost of an item (especially when it comes to luxury goods) doesn’t keep pace with the overall build and quality of materials used. #9. Bald is bad. Hair is always better. Nope. Not always. See below.  #10. No pant break is best. It’s the skinny suit/skinny jeans look of the moment. Pant cuffs just barely grazing (if that) the tops of your shoes. Thing is, pant breaks and suit jacket fits and denim shapes expand and contract over time. A medium break to your trousers will never go out of style. Also, if you have any sort of muscle on your lower legs, having zero break to your pants will almost always result in your trousers getting stuck on your calves once you stand up from a sitting position. #11. A collection of neckties is a necessary element of a man’s wardrobe. I haven’t worn a tie (other than for photo shoots and black tie events) in six years. I own plenty of suits and wear them often. Neckties look great. But that doesn’t mean having more than a couple is necessary. Of course, your occupation has a lot to do with whether they are or not. #12. Drinking = cool points. Holding a drink for a photo shoot (or, in a movie or TV show) is often a crutch. It’s full blown “I don’t know what to do with my hands!“ and we here on this website are guilty of that too. Alcoholic drinks can be delicious grown up “treats” and sophisticated looking (thanks to tons of marketing). But alcohol is also addictive and dangerous. Knowing how to make a fire is a useful skill that’s impressive to some. Lighting yourself on fire is not. Getting hammered immolates your style. Y’know what looks cooler? Mixing in a glass of water here and there.
Should I Wear Cologne? (The Responses)
7-08-2017 23:00:30
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“You can disagree without being disagreeable” Last week, this website posted “The Cologne Conundrum,” which basically argued that cologne is unlike any other element of personal style. And not necessarily for the better. At the end of the post an invitation was made to the cologne wearers out there to write counters to the post if they wanted. And a few kindly accepted the challenge. Here’s what some of them had to say…   Joe: I enjoyed your article on cologne. It did push me into writing a short counter, as I saw a core problem. You have assumed people do not have a natural scent. It is not about what scented items they have on, but the natural body odor they produce. Some men look good shirtless; should we all throw away shirts as useless impositions on others sight because a short, stocky man chose to wear checks and plaids? In fact, we are surrounded by scents chosen by others and imposing themselves on us constantly. Just walk into another man’s home and you are instantly hit by the smell of not only him but possessions and their own natural odors creating a melange uniquely identifying him. Why should a man not wish to impose order on the odor he presents to the larger world? I would go so far as to say you choose to do so by not wearing a cologne yourself. You have found a good natural scent to present: yourself mixed with your clothing, deodorant, hair product, and so on. Besides this, do we wear the same clothes day in and day out without ever changing? Hardly. Yet wearing no cologne relegates a man to the same smell every day. He can’t match it to his mood, his outfit, his circumstances. No cologne could be for interviews and professional events, while a leather tone could be his regular. The same way you rarely remember individual clothes someone wore, the cologne chosen blends in to present the man in his best light. Or, if poorly selected, his worst. To sum up, I would consider cologne a part of the wider sphere of style similar to Dappered Space picks. Minimalism has it’s place, but I do enjoy a good chair. -Spencer R.     Dear Joe: I wear cologne only when I’m with my fiancé because she likes the scent and wants me to wear it. (It was also her idea. A previous girlfriend went cologne shopping with me and she really enjoyed the shopping.) Need I say more? -Ross K.     Joe: I feel your response to counter argument #2 doesn’t really do it justice. Suppose you’re the kind of user who sprays conservatively and prefers a cologne with low sillage: the kind of scent that hovers close to your skin and won’t travel very far. Then, what you have is a pleasant surprise for anyone willing to lean in close, and a scent that is unlikely to overwhelm your nose all day (unless you’re spraying your face, which would be a mistake). I only get a whiff of the cologne I wear a couple of times a day, and usually only when I’m walking in a breeze. To avoid nose fatigue, one can also switch colognes seasonally or resist wearing a cologne every day. That said, given how off putting it can be when cologne is overdone and how hard it is to master the rules of cologne etiquette, I found your post regrettably necessary. -Emad A.     And there you, perhaps, have it. Both sides of the argument for cologne. But as Emad put it, cologne can be overdone, and cologne etiquette isn’t exactly common knowledge (I had to google “low sillage” myself). Be careful out there fellas. And when in doubt, less is more.
Most Wanted Affordable Style – August 2017
7-08-2017 17:00:40
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Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or a quick upgrade for yourself, expect these to come around about once a month. You’ll find new arrivals and old favorites, especially good deals, or maybe something pricey to keep an eye on for future sales. The potential best of the best, which you may or may not have seen already. Got a tip on something that deserves to end up in the monthly Most Wanted? Send those in here.   H&M Premium Quality Grey Suede Shoes – $69.99 If past is prologue, then these are gonna be a great buy for the price. Cheap suede is almost always more reliable and better looking than cheap smooth leather, and many of H&M’s “Premium Quality” shoes are made in Portugal. And don’t underestimate the versatility of grey suede shoes. Wear em’ with light chinos now in the heat, and then pair them with dark wash denim and a brown leather belt once it cools off.   Suitsupply Light Blue Havana Fit Sportcoat – $399 Part of their recent pre-order fall 2017 collection that just launched. That icy-shade of blue is something else. Sorta like the lightweight cotton sportcoat that Banana Republic is selling right now, only in a more breathable and versatile wool. Ships in early September. Wear it with jeans, an OCBD, and those grey suede H&M shoes, and you’ve got a laid back but still really sharp looking date outfit.   U.K. Made Lavenham Quilted Vest – $136.50 FINAL w/ 30MORE ($295) Spendy, even with the extra 30% off code, but made in England and built to last. Available in two colors, and, unlike many cheaper vests, you can get the sizing more dialed in thanks to precise chest sizes (36, 38, 40, etc., instead of S/M/L). Matte cotton exterior with cotton cord trim. Lightly padded/insulated with polyester. A heritage garment that you’ll look great in (and feel good wearing) for years to come. Now if we could just get some weather to roll around where wearing this would be necessary, and then we’d be in business.   Citizen PRT Black Dial Nylon Strap Watch – $137.50 A little like the Glycine Combat Sub on Massdrop… only… not. Quartz movement, but it is their Eco-Drive so it’s powered by light. Sweet, 007ish striped strap. Power gauge indicator between 6 and 9. 42mm case size. 100m water resistance, so, should be able to take some wear and tear. Bezel, unfortunately, is fixed. Not sure why they decided to do that.   The Request: BR… bring back your lightweight wool mac please? They’ve got a couple of new, cotton blend macs on their site (in preparation for the fall weather). But what about their outstanding, lightweight wool number from early Spring? That thing was incredible. Full review here. Fingers crossed they bring it back.   BONUS: Hinterland Season 3 – Streams Free w/ Netflix It’s back and available in the US via Netflix. Also known as “Y Gwyll” in Welsh, it’s a dark, supremely well written police drama set in small-town Wales. The main character, DCI Mathias, has a good sense of functional but still sharp style. It’s a perfect show to fire up if you’re getting sick of the heat of summer, and are already looking forward to the changing winds that fall brings. Want more most wanted? Click here for the top 5 most wanted lists from previous months.
Monday Sales Tripod – Suitsupply Pre Order, Italian Made Chukkas, & More
7-08-2017 12:00:53
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Suitsupply: Their fall/winter collection is up for pre-order Wool Topcoats in Grey or Navy – $399 or Light Grey – $499 Napoli Light Blue Wool Suit – $399 Lazio Blue Check Wool Suit – $499 Blake Stitched Brown Suede Wingtip Boots – $279 Blake Stitched Brown Brogue Boots – $399 Grey Suede & Wool Sneakers – $179 Havana Green Wool Sportcoat – $499 Havana Wool/Cashmere Brown Check Sportcoat – $499 Havana Grey Wool Sportcoat – $499 It might still feel like the surface of Venus in some parts of the northern hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean fall isn’t right around the corner. And for retail proof, look no further than Suitsupply. They’ve just put their fall/winter collection up for pre-order, and there’s plenty to gawk at. Lots of thicker/richer fabrics, darker colors, and stand-out yet still seasonally muted patterns. You can hand over the cash now, and your order should ship in early-ish September, depending on the item.   #2. Huckberry: Astorflex Sale Made in Italy Chelseas – $159.98 ($180) Made in Italy Chukkas – $129.98 ($145) It’s a small sale, but it’s still a sale. And finding Astorflex’s Italian made, super soft suede chukkas and chelseas on a discount can be tough. Made in Italy from thoughtfully sourced materials. Super comfortable. Full review of the Chukka can be found here.   #3. J.C.F.: New Arrivals + Extra 25% off $100+ w/ EXTRA Utility Jacket ($89.50) + Slim Washed Pocket Tee ($14.50) = $78 total ($104) Thompson Blazer in Navy Tweed – $119.25 ($159) THREE Garment Dyed Henleys ($37 per) = $83.25 ($111) Slim Homespun Shirt – $44.50 Suiting is, of course, excluded, but the EXTRA code does seems to work on their stand alone sportcoats. Like the brand new blue tweed option shown above. No elbow patches this year, so, that’ll please those who found the elbow patches on their blue tweed sportcoats in years past to be a bit too professorial. Meanwhile, those garment dyed henleys look just about perfect.   BONUS  GAP: 40% off everything, no exclusions + w/ GAPWOW Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown or Black – $23.97 ($39.95) Gap + Clarks Bushacre Boots – $60 ($100) Gap + Clarks Chelsea Boots – $66 ($110) Slim Fit Jeans w/ 2% Stretch – $41.97 ($69.95) Athletic Taper Fit Jeans w/ 2% Stretch – $41.97 ($69.95) Lightweight Slim Fit Khakis – $35.97 ($59.95) Lightweight PERFORMANCE Khakis in Slim or Straight Fit – $41.97 ($69.95) Worth another mention because they’ve extended it one more day. No exclusions is no small thing. Usually they exclude jeans, sometimes chinos, and almost always leather accessories (like their belts). Code is kaput after today (8/7) though.   BONUS II  Gustin: Their Horween Weekender is Back – $549 Over half a grand is no small ask. But… I mean… Made in the USA from Horween’s Chromexcel #8. Good gravy that’s a bag.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Banana Republic: 40% off, usual exclusions apply, no code needed. J. Crew: extra 50% off sale items w/ YAYSALE but its all but picked over right now. Lands’ End: 30% off reg. priced styles w/ VACATION & 2860 Target: It’s not online yet, but it looks like some brick & mortar Targets are starting to roll out the new Goodfellow & Co. brand before it hits their website? Right now it looks like they’ll have henleys for $14.99, chinos for $19.99, and polos for $14.99. Big thanks to Chris C. for the intel!
Hardware Store ScarJo, Thor’s Pull-up Routine, & a Slight Inception Update
4-08-2017 12:00:05
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SHOW OFF: (thank you) At least he had the decency to grimace. LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: Don’t hurt your peepers during the upcoming eclipse. This is a reasonable endeavor, don’t you think? WHILE WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT…(that would be lifehacks) you should check this out if you use peer-to-peer banking apps. CONSEQUENCES: Sucks to be these guys. Because…doesn’t this sound like the beginning of a slasher movie? DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER: The truth about your anonymous web browsing. ONCE UPON A TIME: (thank you) WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? These are the kinds of people who die in horror movies. Or, to be more exact, Sci-Fi Horror movies. Because, pretty sure we’ve seen this one before. SPEAKING OF POOR DECISIONS: It’s getting so easy to hate on these guys. PERSPECTIVE: That funny sound you make when you see it. But wait, there’s more. TOO MUCH: This is not from The Onion and I don’t even know what the hell about anything anymore. Just. Wut. THE BEST PART ABOUT CAMPING IS WHAT? Some of you might appreciate this right here. SUBTLE: (thank you) It would seem that our intrepid Dossier contributor Eric H has upped his game this week in a bald-faced attempt to shove me aside. I should be worried but I’m much too busy contemplating what kind of place the world actually is having seen this. THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET: If you think there should be a chapter about the Million Dollar Home Page, you’re in luck. I didn’t remember it until suddenly of course I did. Sometimes the internet is not forever. WAIT, WHAT!? This makes me so uncomfortable. Your results may vary. ERIC H HAS EXCELLENT TASTE: I know this because he shares my abject adoration of Tilda Swinton, who is always the best part about any movie she appears in (exhibit 1, exhibit 2, exhibit 3, exhibit 4, exhibit 5) . So this is just all sorts of bummer news. While we are on the subject of favorite actresses, Dakota Fanning is all grown up and I feel…old, but you should check this out. I am really loving what is coming out of this studio. THE LIGHTNING ROUND: Puns + Gym selfies – Katy Perry = Shark Weak. | The only kid I would choose to fly with. | This is why we can’t have nice things. MY SUBCONSCIOUS: 24/7 (thank you)  OVERTHINKING THINGS: Our brains are SO NOT our best pals. Admit it. You know it’s true. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: How to properly use your fridge. Apparently I’m a dork. DOUBLE DIGITS: I could say things about what my hands were doing when I was 19 but nobody wants to hear about macrame. MOST BADASS BIRD OF PREY EVER: I mean come on. THE TIMEPIECES OF INSTAGRAM: This is not necessarily a good thing. INCOMING! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
A rare Zappos Sale, Nordstrom Anniv. Last Call, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
3-08-2017 14:33:07
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    GAP: 40% off everything, no exclusions + w/ FFSALE Basic Leather Belt in Dark Brown or Black – $23.97 ($39.95) Gap + Clarks Bushacre Boots – $60 ($100) Gap + Clarks Chelsea Boots – $66 ($110) Slim Fit Jeans w/ 2% Stretch – $41.97 ($69.95) Athletic Taper Fit Jeans w/ 2% Stretch – $41.97 ($69.95) Lightweight Slim Fit Khakis – $35.97 ($59.95) Lightweight PERFORMANCE Khakis in Slim or Straight Fit – $41.97 ($69.95) No exclusions? Nice. Also, that code gets you free shipping no minimum. Now might not be a bad time to take their Clarks shoes collection for a spin. Those grey suede chelseas look like they could do great with jeans come fall. And speaking of jeans, jeans are often excluded from codes. Same goes for their terrific basic leather belts (not too thick, not too thin, just right for smart casual). Not so this time.   Zappos: The Rare Sale Event Allen-Edmonds Strand – $259.90 ($395) Cole Haan Adams Plain Ox – $119.99 ($170) Cole Haan Barron Chukka – $139.99 ($200) Allen-Edmonds McAllister – $259.90 ($395) Sebago Nolan – $34.99 ($49) Cole Haan Harrison Grand Double Monk – $139.90 ($220) Florsheim Castellano Wingtip Oxford – $99.95 ($129.95) Cole Haan Lenox Hill Waterproof Chelsea – $160 ($248) Allen-Edmonds Park Avenue – $259.90 ($395) Zappos? A sale at Zappos? Seems like its been years since that happened. If you’ll notice, the Allen Edmonds prices are right where they have been during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Seems like they’re trying to compete with Uncle Nordy. The difference at Zappos? The shipping speeds are outrageously fast. Returns are free too of course.   Massdrop: Glycine Combat Sub Automatic Watch – $399.99 FINAL Full honesty guys. I have zero experience with Glycine. Heard of em’, but that’s about it. Word is they were purchased by Invicta? Swiss movement here. 200m water resistance. 42mm case diameter, thinner than your average diver, and classic good looks. There are also a ton of different colors and strap options to pick from. That striped NATO strap model? Dang. That’s about as Bond-y as Bond gets, without the Bond price tag. Still steep though, so, tread carefully. If you don’t want to risk the final sale-ness of this drop, Jomashop seems to have these for around $475-$500.   Hugh & Crye: 25% off w/ ONEMOREDAY Looks like the only exclusion is their “Classic Shirts” collection? But that means their lightly structured L’Enfant blazers are getting the cut. H&C is known for their unique sizing model. Not S/M/L, but instead a sizing system based on your height and body type (skinny, slim, athletic, broad).   Nordstrom: The Anniversary Sale Ends THIS SUNDAY Wolverine 1000 Mile ‘Adrian’ Cap Toe Boot – $277.90 ($415) Nordstrom Trim Fit Non-Iron Gingham Dress Shirt – $32.90 ($49.50) To Boot New York Cap Toe Oxford – $259.90 ($395) Billy Reid Diamond Qulited Jacket – $149.90 ($225) Red Wing 6 Inch Moc Toe Boot – $180.90 ($270) Hart Schaffner Marx USA Made Wool Blend Blazer – $330.90 ($495) It’s now or never fellas. If you’ve been saving up to pick up something nice during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale… now’s the time to jump on it. Sale ends Sunday. Prices go back up on Monday. Some highlights are above, but the full picks are here. Do note that not everything is still in stock that was at the launch of this thing.   Also worth a mention: Lands’ End: 30% off reg price styles w/ ENJOY30 and 1193 Ledbury: Extra 20% off orders of $145+ w/ EXTRA20
The Dappered Space: 10 Items to help Tame Clutter
1-08-2017 23:00:07
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The Dappered Space is a series designed to help guys apply the sense of personal style they’ve developed to the space they inhabit. Watch for articles on furniture and decor sales & picks, advice on how to style a room or work space, and tackling creating a space that reflects your own (and perhaps a significant other’s) personal tastes. We’ll suggest items that can be sourced online, but always keep in mind that deals can be found at consignment and thrift stores, local stores with floor models, discount stores, and even yard sales. (featured photo credit) Nothing can kill the aesthetics of a great space faster than clutter. Unopened mail (guilty), pile of shoes by the door, random bottles of this and that strewn across a counter or dresser top. Not only can clutter look bad, it can make you feel bad. Constantly promising yourself that you’re going to clean it up, but then days pass by without it actually happening, can cause little spikes of guilt that get damn annoying. How to solve this problem? Using storage items, racks, and bins that look good and provide a way to contain clutter before it even happens. Of course, it’s up to you to actually create the habit of putting items away into the container you designate for them, but given a little time you can break the clutter conundrum and enjoy your picked up space.   South Shore Fiesta Storage Pantry – $109.99 Some spaces just don’t have enough built in storage in general, and square footage might be tight on top of that. This cabinet isn’t super deep, but that will work in the favor of the guy that just doesn’t have a lot of room to work with. This is by no means a piece of furniture that will one day make it on Antiques Roadshow, but it will get the job done in the here and now. Comes in multiple colors, and can just as easily be used in an entry or hallway for storage.   Black Map Design Set of 3 Wood Trays – $53.49 I’ve mentioned trays before for decorative purposes, but they can also really help clean up the clutter in a space. I say this as I stare at the aforementioned pile of loose mail on a kitchen counter. Trays create open compartments (which creates a border) that looks more organized to the eye. You can use these to store mail, EDC, salt, pepper, and other seasonings on a kitchen counter, even bathroom goods. Plus they look cool.   Laungda Self Adhesive Clip Grip 4 Pack – $21.99 Confession time: I’ve had a broom/mop/whatever-else-you-want-to-hang on the wall organizer sitting on the floor of my laundry room for months now, simply because installation is going to take some effort. I even traced out the needed drill holes in pencil on the wall, but never got past that point. Now if I would have opted for self adhesive versions, like the product shown above, my dry mop, broom, and wet mop would already be up off the laundry room floor, no longer collected dust bunnies and pet hair. Can also be used in showers for items like squeegees or long brushes.   Furniture of America Multi-storage Black Hanging Mirror – $59.99 Looks like just a regular mirror from the front, but there are 3 small drawers (perfect for pocket squares), and key storage that pulls out of either side. The design is fairly plain, which means it will fit in easily with most decor. A smart way to store small, important things out of site. And speaking of mirrors with drawers that pull out from behind, if you have a female companion that needs help storing her jewelry and products, this is a good option.   Threshold Darley Storage Cube in Walnut – $79.99 Featured prior in the Beach Bachelor Pad post, this handsome cube has multiple functions: stool, side table if you put a solid base on top like a tray, and for our purposes, storage. Rather than stacking up old magazines and books, store them in a cube like this. They’ll still be easily accessible, but storing them away will cut down on the clutter.   Hand Out Wall Hook – $29.99 ($45) Kind of creepy, but also kind of cool. It’s expensive, but well reviewed. Reminds me of the coat racks on Willy Wonka. Anyway, a very unique way to store keys, or a phone, and anything else small enough to fit in the palm of this hand.   Bathroom Organizer Wall Rack – $39 to $46 Get the product, deodorant, and other tonics up off your bathroom counter with a wall rack. You can opt for something simple, like shown above, or go with something bigger that will hold more and even hang a towel. The above rack is made by Black Iron Works in Chicago. For those of you DIY types, this might be an easy project to cut, stain, and screw or nail together.   Brimfield & May Wood Burlap Suitcase Set – $77.99 An eye-catching way to store things. If you stack them like in the photo, store less used items in the lower case, and items that see heavier use on top. If you have cats beware, that burlap is guaranteed to invite clawing. Keep those kitty nails trimmed!   Under Cabinet Drawer Silverware Storage – starting at $39 This is a pretty brilliant idea. Sold through Etsy by WoodenYouLoveThis based in Vancouver, Washington. It comes in several different wood types, and you can have it shipped unfinished so you can stain or paint it to match your cabinets. They also make an under cabinet spice rack. If space is at a premium in your kitchen, this is a great way to free some of it up!   Cedar Dresser Drawer Dividers – $14.79 This is out-of-sight organization, but rather than having a tangled mess of socks, underwear, and undershirts, adding a couple drawer dividers to your dresser can help manage that mess that can lead to annoyingly searching through a drawer for matching items. Made of cedar to help keep clothes smelling fresh. 4″ high, spring loaded for adjusting, and will fit most dresser drawers. If you want to get even more organized in a sock/underwear drawer, check this out. Sarah is a long time member of the Dappered team, typically working behind the scenes editing posts, taking some photos, and keeping the books in good standing. Occasionally she’ll come out from behind the curtain to offer her two cents.
Steal Alert: J. Crew’s Sale Section just got restocked. Big Time.
1-08-2017 15:12:16
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YAYSALE = 50% off Final Sale Items at J. Crew As predicted yesterday, J. Crew’s sale section has just gotten a pretty impressive injection of new stock. Plus, sale prices are already pretty low since it’s coming to the end of the season (hi August, when’d you get here?) and the extra 50% off is a bigger cut than normal. Just watch out. It’s final sale guys. No returns here. So, tread carefully. I wouldn’t be shocked if some of this stuff hustled out those virtual internet doors pretty quick though.   Ludlow Cotton Sportcoat in Caspian Blue – $84.99 FINAL ($228) Lots of sizes at post time, which is a bit of a shocker. Can’t imagine it’s gonna get much cheaper. All Italian cotton. Crisp without being stiff. A shade of blue that’s interesting but doesn’t shout. Unlined. Walks the line between dressed up and dressed down perfectly. A terrific warm weather blazer that can absolutely pull duty in the cooler months if you’re good with a jolt of (subtle) color. Also available in the Crosby fit, but, just in 40R for the bigger dudes at post time.   Ludlow Water-Repellent Mac Jacket – $62 – 69.99 FINAL ($228) Some mixed reviews on this one. But, for a single breasted mac with chest high hand pockets? Might be worth taking a shot. Still, final sale.   Kenton Crepe-sole Chukka Boots – $64.99 ($198) Boy… final sale shoes can be a real tough ask. No returns on footwear should scare off most. Yet, these are Goodyear welted and the suede isn’t half bad. Seems to run a half size too big. Nice reviews. See the outfit that these are shown above with over here.   Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan – $44.99 FINAL ($118) Final sale, but J. Crew knows what they’re doing when it comes to the shawl collar cardigan thing. Beefy looking stitch, perfect deep shade of navy, and a contrast stitch at the placket.   Ludlow Blazers in Brown Linen Silk – $109.99 FINAL or Atlantic Blue Linen – $129.99 FINAL Where’d they find these things? Thought that Atlantic blue linen sportcoat was long gone by now. Brown option was going for $298 retail, and the Atlantic Blue was originally $348. I don’t expect these to last long.   Pima Cotton Short-sleeve Sweater Polo – $29.99 FINAL ($75) A Bing Crosby style retro sweater polo, with less risk than it was at $75. Thirty bucks still isn’t nothing (especially final sale), but it allows you to dip a toe in the retro waters for a little bit.   Ludlow Italian Cotton Oxford Suit Jacket & Pant – $209.99 FINAL ($546) Oxford cloth in an unexpected “deep water blue” shade (usually oxford cloth suits come in light blue or grey). Oxford cloth wears somewhere between chino and linen. Not as stiff as chino, but not as wrinkly/light as linen. For a lot of guys, it’s a perfect mid point when it comes to summer suiting. Don’t forget the pants. Remember, J. Crew sells their suits as separates. Not nested pairs.   Garment-Dyed Cotton Oxford Pant in 770 Straight Fit – $19.99 FINAL ($75) Twenty bones for some oxford cloth pants? That’s tempting. A bit more accommodating, but I don’t know if I’d call these things a “straight” fit. It’s not their 1040 fit, that’s for sure. 14 3/4″ leg opening here. So, again, a little more room, but not a ton. That garment dyed oxford cloth though is something to behold (and, wear).   Raglan-sleeve Cotton Crewneck Sweater – $19.99 FINAL ($79.50) A basic, but the beefy stitch makes it stand out in a good way. Nice reviews on this one too.   Ludlow Derbys – $99.99 FINAL ($288) Again, final sale shoes are a tough ask. But… Goodyear welted, Italian leather, and insoles that’ll conform to your feet over time. Basic bluchers, but still worth a mention. From their upgraded “Ludlow” line of footwear. The extra 50% off sale items code YAYSALE runs clear through 8/7, so, again… might be worth keeping an eye on the sale section for new items as the days roll on.
Should I Wear Cologne? (AKA The Cologne Conundrum)
1-08-2017 12:00:49
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“Your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose” There is an inescapable problem with cologne. It requires a leap of faith by the wearer that those in (hopefully) close proximity to him want to smell him. And not only is he assuming others want to smell him, he assumes that their preference of smell is similar to his, and that what smells good to him, will also smell good to them. That violates the golden rule. Some would consider it, maybe, slightly arrogant. Smell isn’t sight. You can look away from the person wearing the offensive hat or shoes. That’s not tough. It’s fleeting. Your olfactory sense is more like hearing. A smell can be like the loud couple at the table behind yours. Even if their conversation is funny or interesting, they’re still loud. Ignoring it takes sustained effort. Counter Argument #1: But everything is scented these days! Deodorant, hair product, etc. True. So, more is more? Deodorant and hair products have other primary uses (kill arm-pit bacteria, hold hair in place). Their main objective is not smell. And therefore, chances are they’re nowhere near as severely scented as something that was designed to smell. Layering another scent on top of the pile might only make things worse. Counter Argument #2: But I don’t apply my cologne in excess! This is where I feel for most of you cologne wearers. If you’re on this site, and not one of the high-fashion blogs, I’m guessing you fall into the subtlety/simplicity camp. But cologne is a lot like clothes. Repetition can create apathy. Apathy can lead to acclimatization. And then one day, if you’re not careful, you’re nose deaf. Counter Argument #3. But I wear cologne because I like it. I wear it for ME. If you only wear cologne so you can smell it, for yourself, why not stick the bottle in a drawer at work and pull it out every so often so you can smell the nozzle? Of course you wouldn’t do that. That wouldn’t make any sense. Then again, not much about cologne does. Editor’s Note: I’m quite aware that this post won’t be well received by many. And I admit, I honestly can’t remember the last time I smelled someone else’s cologne (perhaps that’s by lifestyle design). This is more an exercise in thinking through one of the more expensive markets in the men’s style world. Just be careful out there fellas. As the adage goes, people won’t remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel. Clothes talk. Often loudly and persuasively, but it’s talk. Cologne can create “feels.” And that’s a huge risk if you don’t create the right ones. Want to write a counter to this post? By all means. You can send your post in to joe@dappered.com. (Top Photo Credit)
The Best in Affordable Style from the Month that Was – July ’17
31-07-2017 23:36:07
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A wise man once asked: “What the hell just happened?” And for good reason. There is value in looking back. It gives us all a good gauge as to what is good, and more importantly, what is not good, going forward. Sure, the “clip show” is mostly a cheap (affordable?) device to create new content out of already published stuff. But it’s also a good way to catch up in case you missed something. So cue the flashback music. Here’s the very best from the month that was…   Best Sale: Nordstrom Annviersary Sale Tons of inventory. A wide selection of brands. Range is from luxury to super affordable Nordy house brands. And it all ships and returns for free. Plus, it’s still going on. Picks here.   Most Checkbook Wrecking Sale: Suitsupply Outlet  It’s closed now, but this is always one of those super tricky ones. Why? Because the discounts are substantial, but it’s all final sale and there’s not a lot of basic, wheelhouse items in it. Lots of funky patterns and what not (I mean, it’s their outlet). Still, it’s so hard to resist. Hope your purchases worked out if you picked up anything.   2nd Most Checkbook Wrecking Sale: Ledbury: Summer Sale White Fine Twill Mid-Spread w/ Pocket – $99 ($145) Blue Fine Twill Mid-Spread w/ Pocket – $99 ($145) Royal Blue Gingham Mid-Spread – $75 ($145) Mayfield Oxfords (multiple color options) – $99 ($145) First they launched the first real sale they’ve had in a good long while. And then? They added more to it, like OCBDs. And now they’re knocking an extra 20% off  sale orders of $145+ w/ EXTRA20. Balancing the checkbook this month aint’ gonna be fun.   Best Individual Item Deal: JOMERS Button Down Polos – $25 And they aren’t even on sale! These things are a legitimate steal. UNIQLO seems to have discontinued their button down collar polos, and while J. Crew is now making a button down polo, those are pretty darn expensive. These? Made in Peru, super soft oxford cotton (it’s not oxford shirt cloth, but instead an oxford weave), and just twenty five bucks. Four colors to pick from. Size shown above is a medium on 5’10” / 190.   2nd Best Individual Deal: Invicta Automatic Diver for under $50 This happened during Amazon’s prime day. An automatic watch for under the price of many Timex quartz tickers. Unreal. Not a bad diver to throw on a NATO strap and use as a beater/cheap watch this summer when your more expensive time pieces should stay in the box.   Most Bummer-inducing Style News: Allen Edmonds CEO Stepping Down Not a bummer for him. I’m guessing he’s pretty proud of what he’s done with Allen Edmonds during his tenure, and pretty stoked to not be under the stress of running one of the last great American style companies. Gonna miss Mr. Grangaard though. He did one hell of a job.   Longest Time ever Waited for an Item to be Reviewed: L.E. Half Canvas Blazer Took us almost 3 months to get our hands on one, but, we did it! It’s nice. I prefer Spier & Mackay or J. Crew, but when half off? It’s awfully nice for the price if on heavy discount. By the way, it’s back ordered well into October now.   Best reason to put up another wall: Floor of the Oceans Map – $199 Look, I know open floor plans are all the rage and everything but… all I need is an excuse. Like a blank wall. Currently on sale. That thing is gorgeous. Not small either. 35.4″ x 51.2″ I think I’ve been reading too much of The Dappered Space.   Best Suit from Instagram to Wear While Viewing that Ocean Floor Map: This one adamterry: “Where does Dappered vacation? Atlantis. Natch. Either that or touring the seaQuest.   Best Ultra Cheap Style News: Target’s New Brand(s)? They’re gonna start rolling out a new batch of brands in the coming weeks. One of which, “Goodfellow & Co.” alleges to focus on quality and fit. We’ll see. Fingers be crossed.   Most Ridiculous Copy Written by a Men’s Magazine: GQ I started to write out all the things that are wrong with the shirt and the GQ commentary, but, I had to stop. We’re doomed.   Best Week: Reader Appreciation Week! I suppose it was much better for those who won something, but, still. Not bad. Let’s do it again next year, no? Great. Thanks again to you guys for being the best readers on the internet. And thanks to all the brands who participated. Feeling Nostalgic? Here’s the archive containing previous editions of Best of the Month that Was.
In Review: Meermin Shoes (specifically the classic collection chukka)
31-07-2017 17:00:59
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Meermin Mallorca Chukka – $200 + $35 Shipping Every year when we do the best shoes under $200 post, the same question comes pouring in over email and social media… Where’s Meermin?!? Meermin Mallorca are a favorite of the style forward, but still budget conscious menswear community. Based in Spain and Goodyear welted, their dress shoes start at $175 (shipping not included, but we’ll get to that), and offer plenty of good looks for the cash. Compared to Allen Edmonds, Meermin offers more contemporary designs. And while we have reviewed Meermin in the past, it’s been a while. So, we took em’ for a spin again. The conclusions are still the same. Nice shoes, good price, but for many (perhaps most), catching a big sale at Allen Edmonds, or, going the 2nds route with AE, is still a much better and safer bet. Nice shape. Not clunky or bulbous in the least. These chukkas are built on the popular “Hiro” last. And (and get used to this word) they’re… nice. But if it wasn’t for the spendy return shipping to Spain (international return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer) I would send them back. Allegedly made in both the far East (China? Somewhere else?) and then finished in Spain, the overall quality is, wait for it, “nice.” Stitching is fine, the welt looks good, and everything appears to be even and symmetrical. But I wouldn’t call em’ comfortable out of the box. The leather is stiff. Pretty rigid in fact, and whereas I can wear thinner dress socks with a pair of Allen Edmonds out of the box (boots or dress shoes), I knew immediately that these were gonna require thicker socks to break in for more than a couple of wears. This is not the same country grain leather that AE used on their First Avenue boots. Far from it. The studded rubber sole, standard, is a fine touch. Goodyear welted too. My relatively average, normally 10.5 D foot isn’t a great match for the Hiro last, which is one of Meermin’s most popular. There’s some heel slippage on the UK size 10 for these chukkas, and the widest part of my foot feels a little cramped. Also, that rigid leather is doing a number on my lateral malleolus out of the box. I’d say the Hiro is a little longer and leaner than an Allen Edmonds 65 (Strands) or 511 (Dalton) last. Good looking grained leather. Nice toe. But it’s stiff for sure. The comfort of the insoles, or lack thereof, is pretty disappointing. There’s really no cushioning to these things. The interior is lined in leather, but for the sole, there’s a strip of leather that runs from the heel to about halfway to the toe. And then? Notta. The ball of your foot isn’t getting much love down there. Look, they look quite… wait for it again… nice. And the grain of the leather, plus the shape of the boot means they can be worn with everything from cords to jeans to thicker flannel trousers. So this isn’t some hit job against Meermin. The insole is… not cushioned well. But what you get, for the price, isn’t mind-bending. When compared to the competition (say, Allen Edmonds on sale / Factory 2nds) the materials just aren’t as nice, the comfort isn’t nearly as good out of the box, and the shipping is steep. Especially if you want to send them back, since in addition to whatever it’ll cost you to ship them back to Spain, you’d also be out the original $35 to get em’ to the states. Thus, they really can’t get included in the Under $200 shoes post. Meermin has plenty of fans. No doubt. But if you’re thinking about becoming a new customer? Know that when it comes to Meermin vs. Allen Edmonds, while Meermin might save you $20 – $60 compared to AE (on sale or 2nds) there are plenty of risks involved.
Monday Sales Tripod – Waxed USA Weekenders, Rapid Movement Denim, & More
31-07-2017 12:00:45
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. BR/GAP/Old Navy: 40% off w/ HOT BR Lightweight Light Blue Blazer in Slim or Standard – $118.80 ($198) GAP Lightweight Slim Fit Performance Khakis in Slim or Straight – $41.97 ($69.95) Rapid Movement Denim (multiple fits/washes) – $70.80 ($118) B.R. Slim Fit Performance Blazer – $136.80 ($228) Slim Luxury-Touch Mix-Texture Polo – $29.70 ($49.50) Old Navy Slim Ultimate Built-In Flex Lightweight Khakis for Men – $23.40 ($39.94) B.R. Orman Leather Chukka Boot with Vibram Sole – $100.80 ($168) B.R. Water-Repellant Mac Jacket – $136.80 ($228) It’s across all four brands, so usual exclusions apply (BR picks, GAP leather accessories, etc.) but the free shipping at twenty five bucks is quite a nice little extra incentive. Rapid movement denim (at post time, Zeus knows this can change at any given moment) IS up for the discount, but their new rapid movement chinos appear not to be?   #2. Bespoke Post: Summer Clearance Event Made in the USA Blue Claw Waxed Canvas Weekender – $158 ($295) Made in the USA Faribault Wool Throw – $75 ($90) Made in the USA “FairEnds” Twill Cap in Olive, Navy, or Beach Olive – $24 ($48) Golden Bear Sportswear Melton Wool Varsity Jacket – $155 ($350) Viski Crystal Bordeaux Decanter and Glass Set – $64 ($80) Jack Mason Brown Leather Card Case, Selvedge Denim – $34 ($75) Bespoke Post is more than just their monthly box-of-awesome service. They’ve got a pretty well curated store too. And? Well, like any other online retailer, they do sales. Of particular note is that Made in the USA Blue Claw waxed canvas weekender. That’s a mighty fine price for a Blue Claw bag. Looks like you have to be a member/signed up to access the sale though?   #3. Todd Snyder: Extra 20% off Sale Items w/ SUNSHINE Classic Henley in Grey Heather, Oatmeal, or Charcoal – $47.20 ($125) Satin Racing Jacket – $199.20 ($498) Slub Pocket Polo in Ox Grey or Cape Verde – $47.20 ($88) Italian Linen Shawl Collar Cardigan – $167.20 ($298) Leather Racing Jacket in Chamois – $671.20 ($1198) I put Billy Reid and Todd Snyder kinda in the same ballpark (you, perhaps don’t). Both are American men who have a thing for good looking, well made basics, but also do more suited up styles as well. Also, they ain’t cheap. Even when on sale. As you can clearly see above. Code expires today, 7/31.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Nordstrom: Their Anniversary sale comes to a close on Saturday. Picks here. Ledbury: Take an extra 20% off sale orders of $145+ w/ EXTRA20 Allen Edmonds: Their Summer Clearance event is still running. Lands’ End: 30% off w/ WATERMELON and 7139 J. Crew: extra 50% off sale items w/ YAYSALE but boy is the sale section picked over right now. Code runs through 8/7, so, maybe expect an injection of fresh stock as the days wear on?
Bond is (coming) back, Champagne Tower how-to, & get Rob Zombie’s Real Estate Agent on the phone
28-07-2017 12:00:10
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INCOMING! READY PLAYER ONE: Trailer User’s Guide. LIFE IMITATES ART: Not even kidding, this has played out in so many Sci-Fi stories it’s passé. Only this is voluntary. IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD…this is terrible news. I can’t even joke about it. But this? This should piss you off. GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS? Good news if it’s better than Spectre. Otherwise… R.I.P. OF THE WEEK: Chances are someone you know will be devastated by this news. Be kind to them. Especially if it is you. STOP, REWIND, UPDATE: You can stop screaming now. Phew. That was close. INCOMING! DON’T STOP BELIEBING! Say it ain’t so. And yes, the only reason I even shared this story is because of the headline. You just can’t waste something like that. SOMEONE CALL ROB ZOMBIE! This seems like his kind of place. Just imagine his improvements. I’m doing it right now. And, now I’m not. Oh, definitely click through, because: local television news. DAMN NATURE! Just when you think you’ve seen the nastiest thing possible, something else steps up and says “Yo!” HEY ALANIS! Now this is ironic. It’s also political in nature so heads up. THAT RUBBERTREE PLANT WAS A RED HERRING: If mentally unstable narcissistic oligarchs don’t take us down, these guys will. INCOMING! ABOUT THAT TRAILER^^: The music you hear in that trailer comes from my friend’s band. I’m super excited for him. This seems like a big deal, right? You can check out the song on its own, right here. LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: You spent a lot of money on this stuff. Don’t throw it out just yet. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE: I have expectations. A SIMPLE REQUEST: Who wants to gift me with this modest real estate? Please? Surely someone can step up. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. SCIENCE! I’ve seen footage like this with regards to helicopters. This seems just a little bit creepy to me. Maybe a lotta bit. INCOMING! Hopefully you checked this out earlier in the week. Now that he’s had his own feature I’m not sure how much longer Eric H. can settle for contributing to the Dossier. I’m sure gonna miss him. Also, I really hope he understands that I tease because I grieve. NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT: This is something I admit I have wondered about. Because, reasons. #huskyshame FLIP FLOP REDUX: Wait, what? That’s a big number. I wonder if anyone has checked in with this guy? Meanwhile this is exactly the shit I would get cheesed off about. ERIC HAS NO WAY OF KNOWING THIS…but this particular article might be viewed as controversial in the Dappered home office. And by that I mostly mean myself. Mostly. (Editor’s Note: I used to be a general contractor’s assistant once upon a time. My boss was great. I wasn’t super talented at the job. I’m good with primal stuff, like building fires, sleeping outside, traversing open lands with only my feet for transportation, avoiding poisonous plants and dangerous animals, etc. But tile work, appliances, and plumbing? I’ll just pay someone to fix it before I break it in an attempt to do it myself. I do, at least, know how to quickly shut off the water, gas, and electricity. It’s all about avoiding disaster in my world.) This, on the other hand, is something we can all agree on. Mostly. LIFE SKILLZ! As Eric says, you never know when this would come in handy. WITHOUT HYPERBOLE: I don’t see how America survives something like this. But I’m cynical to a fault. LIGHTNING ROUND! You do NOT want to piss-off this rodent. | The faces of battle. | This is just about too much. | Whack-A-Puss in the bush. I’m gonna go ahead and apologize for that right now and get it over with. INCOMING! TUNE IN: While you’re reading, pop this on in the background. SCAPE GOAT: Looks like it’s time to find a new one, ya lazy bastards. BEST. ADVICE. EVER. Cheers. SPEAKING OF CHEERS: This woman should probably have a national holiday created in her name. WHAT THE HAMBURGERS? I’m going to be honest. I didn’t watch all of the videos because I was eating dinner. PLAYLIST TIME: This is actually a list that means something. This is a terrific undertaking. Among my personal favorites, #’s 150, 146, 144, 143, 138, 132, 129, 80, 75, 70, oh screw it. I could easily continue. What an essential collection. OH WAIT: This is another list worthy of your attention. Warning: this is super duper rabbit hole. SMH: No. INCOMING! MEANWHILE, IN FLORIDA: You really have to give the guy credit for his total lack of fecks given. “THE AMERICANS” IRL FITTINGLY SURREAL: It seems a little sick that they could go and dig up Dali and such, but the news about his mustache pretty much makes the story. CHEERS! You may have already known about this, but it was news to me. And having just watched this incredible movie over the weekend and having finished this remarkable book two weeks ago, I am reminded about how much we were never taught and inspired to find some more history like this. Any suggestions would be welcomed. TUMBLR FEED OF THE WEEK: Nine times out of ten, I laugh out loud. INCOMING! WELL, DUH: This will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has ever tried to feed birds in their backyard. I KNEW IT! Everything you ever suspected about the treadmill is true. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS: I’m sure there are other places that would welcome the business but it seems like we just are too hard on things. I have read similar stories about Barcelona (my favorite city on this orb of ours) and Iceland. OH NOES! Robot down! ROBOT DOWN! MONEY MAKES THE WORLD LESS ROUND: This is relevant to my interests this very moment. Not in that time line though. I would opt for more patience. NOT-AN-ISOLATED-OPINION OF THE WEEK: I am absolutely positive that my very best pal said this exact thing. INCOMING! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
New UNIQLO Fall Arrivals, Ledbury Oxfords, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
27-07-2017 17:37:14
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    UNIQLO: New Fall Arrivals Extra Fine Merino V-Neck – $39.90 Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck – $39.90 Single Breasted Mac – $129.90 Cotton Cashmere Cable Crew – $29.90 Not a sale, yet, but UNIQLO stuff is pretty affordable as it is. Plus, many of us look forward to the release of their ultra thin, yet still plenty strong Merino Wool V-necks. The single breasted mac is coming in four different colors this season too.   Ledbury: Even More New Summer Sale Additions White Fine Twill Mid-Spread w/ Pocket – $99 ($145) Blue Fine Twill Mid-Spread w/ Pocket – $99 ($145) Royal Blue Gingham Mid-Spread – $75 ($145) Mayfield Oxfords (multiple color options) – $99 ($145) Dammit Ledbury. This sale is killing my checkbook. They just added a bunch of their oxfords to this summer sale, and, there’s still stock on their mid-spread dress shirts. Yes, a hundred bucks for a shirt is spendy. But boy howdy are they nice. More on Ledbury can be found here.   Huckberry: Clearance Gear, Outerwear, Apparel, Etc. Taylor Stitch Blanket Lined Barn Jacket – $199.98 ($248) Hugh & Crye L’Enfant Blazer in Grey Herringbone – $165.98 ($275) Taylor Stitch Maratime Submariner Jacket in Lambswool – $158.98 ($248) Vasque Sundowner GTX in Hawthorne – $127.98 ($219) Filson Made in the USA Day Pack in Whiskey or Otter Green – $99.98 ($120) Standard Issue Instruments Pilot Mission Timer – $149.98 ($250) Pacifico Optical Blair in Whisky Havana – $119.98 ($158) Flint and Tinder Slub Henley in Vintage Navy – $44.98 ($58) It’s a huge summer clearance event. Or, events? They’re broken up by category, but there is a lot of stock in there. Plenty of Made in the USA goods too, like all their Taylor Stitch stuff.   J. Crew: 50% off “Summer Ready Picks” w/ THURSDAY Lightweight Italian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater – $99 ($198) Lightweight Italian Cashmere Cardigan – $130 ($260) Pima Cotton Short-Sleeve Sweater-Polo in White – $37.50 ($75) Ludlow Sportcoat in Engineer-Striped Cotton – $59.99 FINAL ($228) To say that today’s deal, in J. Crew’s 5-days of deals, is less than extensive in terms of products covered, would be an understatement. But just because there’s not a ton of goods getting the 50% off discount doesn’t mean there isn’t a few worthwhile picks in there. Looks like J. Crew’s cashmere is back on the up and up? Reviews are positive for their lightweight sweaters. Code THURSDAY is also good for 40% off the sale section.   Maratac: Mid Sized Quartz Pilot Watch Sale – $149 ($219) Yes, it’s a quartz, but the price is right and according to Maratac, the seconds hand sweeps like an automatic (every 1/4 of a second, instead of the somewhat clunky one second tic-tock that many other quartz watches have). Swiss quartz movement. Domed sapphire crystal. 39mm in diameter.   Also worth a mention: Nordstrom: Their anniversary sale is still rolling along. Extensive list of picks is here. Club Monaco: Extra 30% off sale items (no code needed). Bonobos: Extra 40% off final sale w/ DOGDAYS. Quick picks are here. Spier & Mackay: Extra 20% off sale items w/ SALEON
ICYMI Style News: Allen Edmonds CEO is Stepping Down
26-07-2017 23:00:19
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Allen Edmonds CEO Paul Grangaard Stepping Down  Big thanks to reader Scott A. who sent along the above article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Remember when Allen Edmonds was sold a few months back to the company that owns Famous Footwear, and some of us were cautiously optimistic because AE’s CEO Paul Grangaard was staying on board? Yeah. About that… Grangaard became the head of Allen Edmonds in 2008, which if you’ll recall, was at the height of the great recession. So what happened during his tenure? Allen Edmonds nearly doubled their employment, came out with a bunch of new forward-looking styles and colors (you can thank him for walnut, bourbon, and oxblood), still remained rooted to their heritage, and cemented themselves in the minds of many of us as easily one of the best bang-for-the-buck investments in the menswear industry. Walnut Strands. The shoe & shade that perhaps defined Grangaard’s tenure. According to Grangaard, this was his decision/plan to leave, and it appears he’s looking forward to a much less hectic life. For example, in his “see you around” post, he says he’s going to play some golf, maybe do some music production, perhaps teach, and “be a much less valuable customer of Delta Airlines.” It’s hard to blame him. So. Who’s the new guy? The new guy is Malcolm Robinson, and he’s charged with expanding “the international footprint across the company’s portfolio.” Robinson is a former Executive VP at Gant, and most recently served as Executive Vice President at One Jeanswear Group – William Rast Division, where he was in charge of the William Rast brand. He was also the CEO as well as a board member for Tommie Copper (yes, the compression garment/sleeve brand) and was president at Maidenform Brands. Grangaard? He was in investment banking before taking over at Allen Edmonds. In fact, he parachuted in from the company that bought Allen Edmonds back in 2008 to lead the shoemaker after they became a part of the investment company’s portfolio. I’m not going to pretend to have any solid insights into how Grangaard’s departure and Robinson’s arrival will impact, if at all, the future of Allen Edmonds. All I can say is that I was an enormous fan of Grangaard’s tenure. Also, Robinson has some big shoes to fill. And those shoes are also well made, incredibly good looking, and reasonably priced. Here’s to hoping that all stays the same.
The Playlist – July 2017
26-07-2017 17:00:58
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Music is a little like food and clothes. These are areas where it’s probably worthwhile for one to explore & expand their tastes. The Playlist is assembled each month by Dappered’s very own music correspondent, Tim Johnstone. Tim is a former Virgin Records Label Rep & current award winning Program Director at KRVB, which was awarded the FMQB AAA station of the year markets 50+. You can also catch his work on Fridays when he assembles the Weekend Dossier. Got a Spotify account? You’ll find a link to this month’s playlist at the end of the post.   Linkin Park – “Waiting For The End” Whether you were a fan of Chester Bennington or not, you should be more than sad about this death last week. Because, in short form, (with acknowledgement of his documented personal difficulties), this: Linkin Park put out a new single (not the above, which is from A Thousand Suns) followed by an album which is more pop oriented than what they’ve done before. Fans went into fuck-you mode calling them out on social media and giving them a shit-ton of grief. Which Bennington responded to in interviews. Why some people continue to arrogantly believe that their opinions mean anything amazes me. Nobody cares. You’ve never created anything beyond a bowel movement in your life. Step off and move along. /rant   Nine Inch Nails – “Less Than” Trent Reznor might be spending most of his time scoring movies these days, but he has clearly maintained his relationship with his Nine Inch Nails muse. I’ll take this, thank you.   St. Vincent – “New York” This is not something I was expecting from Annie Clark. I have no idea why that is but I’m 100% positive that it is a poor reflection on myself. This reminds me of some of the quintessential songs about NYC from the 70’s and 80’s. It is lovely and pointed and would most certainly have been perfect in the big scene at the end of any movie from that era. At least, that’s how my brain works.   JAY-Z – “Smile” Featuring Gloria Carter First things first. I realize that JAY-Z (it’s all caps now, by the way) has his Tidal thing going on. But it would be nice to still put something up on YouTube if you want to promote your new project to as many people as possible. Hence, a non licensed clip. JAY-Z is still one of the best when it comes to telling a story and not being shy about sharing personal details of his life.   Vance Joy – “Lay It On Me” One of the nicest (and tallest) guys you’re likely to meet. Before touring the world with Taylor Swift and stuff, he was just getting started in America by touring the country with a backpack and a ukulele. And that brought him to my attention. This is the first track from his upcoming 2nd album and it seems that he has a few more toys to play with this time around.   KMFDM – “Hell Yeah” Wait, what? That KMFDM? As a matter of fact, yes. Turns out, this is a pretty good week for industrial rock connoisseurs.   Dan Black – “Wash Away” Dan Black emerged in 2008 with a record that was widely praised, before the lawyers stepped in and nipped it in the bud. Luckily, he kept releasing clever, inventive mash-ups before sharing some terrific “wonky pop” of his own (whatever you do, you must track down his “Weird Science” mix tape). After laying low for a few years, he has just dropped 3 – 4 videos in the last few months with the release of his second full-length album. It is filled with joyful, nerdy, modern pop. Yes, that is a good thing.   The Struts – “One Night Only” Glam rock baby! Queen and The Darkness are the first two bands that will come to mind if this is the first thing you’ve heard from the band out of the UK. For some of you, that will be enough to hit play. My work here is done.   Gary Numan – “My Name is Ruin” The man who inspired many of Rock’s heavy hitters (Dave Grohl is a fan) returns with his 22nd solo offering. And damn if he doesn’t sound good. Numan has been on a roll of late, releasing relevant harder edged albums that carry his sound to new generations of fans. Only these days, his 10 year old daughter sings along. This is atmospheric industrial rock that has already made my gym playlist.   Arcade Fire – “Creature Comfort” Another terrific preview from the band’s new album. Hints of The Cure show up in a track that percolates below Win Butler’s observations about guys and girls, including some you might feel you know. The lyrics belie the techno-sheen of the music and manage to make the song so much more than its parts.”Just make it painless.”   Prophets of Rage – “Living on the 110” One of our favorite “super groups” delivers another hard hitting commentary on how life is for a large swath of America. Chuck D is a fucking national treasure.   Benjamin Gibbard – “The Concept” Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard has released a rich catalogue of covers over the years (here, here, here, here, and here among others). His new project pays tribute to the now legendary third album from Scotland’s Teenage Fanclub. This is clearly a labor of love. The arrangement here sticks close to the original but is infused with Gibbard’s well established sensibilities.   Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – “The Punishment of Luxury” By this point, the theme is inescapable. A whole bunch of modern rock pioneers continue to make compelling music. OMD were burdened with a huge hit that overshadowed everything they had done before or since. The band split up in the mid 90’s and I’ll be the first to admit that when they got back together ten years later I was worried. Pfffft. Instead, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys stepped up with two albums worthy of their early work. They haven’t looked back since. This is a taste of their September release.   Wolf Parade – “Valley Boy” They were gone and then they came back and the world is a slightly less crummy place because of it. Having provided some of the  best indie rock of the aughts, these Montreal guys got back together recently with an EP. And now, an album. This is among the best they’ve released. Yay for us.   In This Moment – “In The Air Tonight” When Joe forwarded this to me, my first reaction was “of course.” What was an atmospheric, faintly dystopian, fairly New Wave 80’s favorite is now an atmospheric, faintly dystopian, fairly new metal version for…uh, now. I’m pretty sure they were made to cover this.   THE CLASSIC: Remy Zero – “Prophecy” We got three albums and an EP from these guys when all was said and done. And that’s too bad. But what we did get was passionate and finessed and full of swagger. They are probably best known for having provided the theme to “Smallville” but that was just the tip of the iceberg. This would be one of their best. For previous editions of The Playlist, see the growing archive here. Click here for the Spotify playlist.
Chinos, Chukkas, Polo #7 – Monochrome & Extra Cool for the Heat
26-07-2017 12:00:07
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Chinos, Chukkas, and a Polo is our ongoing series out to prove the benefits of this simple combination during the warmer months. There’s a million ways to do it, the benefits are numerous and significant, and it can be executed at all levels of style budgets. Head here for a further explanation of why this combo works, and click here for the growing archive. Got a suggestion for Chinos, Chukkas, & a Polo? Send those into joe@dappered.com. The Polo: GAP “Breathe” Polo in “New Heather Grey” – $22.40 w/ HAPPY. Skip the cotton polos when it’s 100 degrees. They’ll never dry out. Instead, go for a tech fabric that looks clean and mean (meaning, no sportswear logos or goofy patterns). 77% Polyester, 18% Lyocell, 5% Spandex and built to be super breathable and lightweight. Straight fit. Want to get real spendy, real quick? Try the lululemon “Evolution” polo (yes really). Spendy as hell at $88, but super soft, extremely breathable, made from “anti-stank” fabric, and has hidden buttons under the collar points to keep your collar in line. The Chinos: GAP Lightweight Slim Fit Performance Khakis in Light Grey – $39.10 w/ MORE. More GAP here, because these pants are game changers. These are performance stretch nylon. Super lightweight, super breathable, and they’re quick drying. They make a bit of a “swish” noise while walking, but it’s really nothing annoying or all that noticeable. And the comfort is incredible. This pale, dove grey will bounce the sun’s rays off your thighs too. Also available in a straight fit. The Chukkas: Wolverine Marco Chukka – $180. Made in Portugal. Does go on sale from time to time over at Amazon (they’re out of stock now). Low profile lug sole is slim but still provides good grip. Super comfortable insoles. Feels true to size. The Sunglasses: Warby Parker Ellison – $145. An investment, but these things nail that updated Clubmaster look. Polarized lenses too. Want something cheaper? Try these from Suncloud. The Watch: Orient Ray II Automatic – $170ish. One of the best bang-for-the-buck divers on the market. Waterproof, and therefor, sweat proof. Don’t like the reflection you get when wearing a stainless band in the bright sun? Swap it out for a NATO strap. The Belt: J. Crew Cotton Web Belt – $11.99 FINAL w/ WEDNESDAY. A little color, a little stretch. Lots of comfort. Limited sizes. Final sale. The Briefcase: Tumi Alpha Bravo Andrews Slim Briefcase – $230.90 ($345). Perhaps we’re taking the monochrome thing a bit too far here. Nice case though. Over $100 off thanks to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Ships and returns for free. The Underwear: Ex Officio Give-N-Go Breathable Brief in Charcoal – $14.96. Underwear of choice when it’s swamp-crotch weather. These breathe, wick, and dry quickly. The Socks: Nordstrom Merino Blend Mid-Calf Socks in Navy – $12.50. Might as well throw a little color in here.
Steal Alert: 30% off Select J. Crew Suits (including some wools)
25-07-2017 18:32:34
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TUESDAY = 30% off Select Items (exp. 7/25) J. Crew has been doing some discounting on their suits as of late. Check that… their suit jackets as of late. If memory serves, many of these suit jackets have been up for 25% off or 30% off select item discounts in the past few weeks. But it’s the pants, that oddly, have been left at full price & excluded. Not so today. If you scroll down through this 30% off select “every day items” sale, you can find the suits. And the pants are included this time around. That’s great news for plenty of guys who don’t fall into standard nested suit “drop” zones (where a jacket and pair of pants are married, and you can’t choose a smaller or larger pant). For those types, suit separates like these can be a life saver. Or at least, a thigh/glutes saver. Code TUESDAY expires today, 7/25/17.   Ludlow Italian Stretch Worsted Wool Jacket & Pant in Grey or Blue – $417.20 ($596) The star of this sale show. A dependable wool suit with a half canvas construction in either a light grey or a medium (but not overly bold) blue. Extra stretch in there for movement too. With this sale, they’re now going for just about what a Suitsupply Blue Line would go for. Remember, don’t forget the pants. These are separates. Non functioning sleeve cuff buttons on all of these jackets make for easy tailoring.   Ludlow Italian Stretch WIDE Lapel Worsted Wool Jacket & Pant in Grey – $417.20 ($596) Same fabric as above, just with a more traditional, 3″ wide lapel. Sidenote: J. Crew’s button stance is lower than most Suitsupply jackets. Some guys prefer that slightly lower slung stance, since it shows a bit more shirt, and thus, the body seems to be broken up closer to the “rule of 3rds” visual sections that are pleasing on the eye. Napoli jackets from Suitsupply can sometimes, but not always, look constricting on some frames. No blue option here. Just the grey.   Ludlow TRAVELER Wool Suit Jacket & Pant in Navy or Grey – $417.20 ($596) And here be the traveler collection. It’s a special 3-ply wool woven specifically to resist creasing. Plus, unlike the standard Ludlow wool jackets, these are lightweight and only half lined. They honestly feel noticeably more breezy than standard suit jackets (and pants). Some guys like that, some guys don’t.   Ludlow Italian Wool/Linen Suit Jacket & Pant – $319.20 ($456) A summer suit, through and through, but has enough lightweight wool woven in to keep it from getting too wrinkled with wear. It’ll still wrinkle, but, that’s part of linen’s charm. Scattered sizes here. Could easily see the jacket being used as a stand alone sportcoat with white pants.   Crosby or Ludlow Cotton Sportcoat in Caspian Blue – $152.60 ($228) Not a suit, but still worth a mention. Hugely versatile. All Italian cotton. Crisp without being stiff. A shade of blue that’s interesting but doesn’t shout. Unlined. Walks the line between dressed up and dressed down perfectly. A terrific warm weather blazer that can absolutely pull duty in the cooler months if you’re good with a jolt of (subtle) color.   Ludlow Italian Chino Suit Jacket & Pant – $319.20 ($456) Crisp Italian chino in a classic warm weather shade. Partially lined = a plus.   Ludlow Italian Chino Suit Jacket & Pant – $319.20 ($456 ) Same suit as above, just in a deep blue.   CROSBY Italian Chino Suit Jacket & Pant – $319.20 ($456) Annnnnnnnnnd same suit as above, only in their more generous, athletic cut “Crosby” fit. More info on that fit can be found over here.   Ludlow Italian Cotton Oxford Suit Jacket & Pant – $382.20 ($546) NOT the same as the chino suits above. Oxford cloth this time, only, in an unexpected “deep water blue” shade (usually oxford cloth suits come in light blue or grey). Oxford cloth wears somewhere between chino and linen. Not as stiff as chino, but not as wrinkly/light as linen. For a lot of guys, it’s a perfect mid point when it comes to summer suiting. The 30% off select items code TUESDAY expires, you guessed it, today… Tuesday 7/25/17.
5 Favorites – Dappered Contributor & Reader Eric H.
25-07-2017 17:00:30
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Sure it’s just stuff. But stuff can make life easier, more enjoyable, etc… Every so often we ask one of our favorite, style-appreciating people to rattle off their five favorite things. Sometimes those things will fit into the realm of “affordable,” and sometimes they won’t. We’re going for the favorites here. Whether you realize it or not, you most likely already know Eric H. as the “All -Star” contributor to our weekly Dossier (just look for the All Star graphic). When Eric isn’t surfing the web for weird, random, or interesting articles, he can usually be found on the trails in and around Houston mountain biking or trail running. He’s also no stranger to mixing up cocktails, searching out craft beer specials, or hitting his kitchen in order to make dinner (something different every night if possible). He loves hanging out with his wife in their backyard, and they’re no strangers to opening nights at the The Museum of Fine Art. A product photographer and graphic designer by day, this translates to a discriminating eye with movies, clothes, shoes, watches and architecture. You can find more of Eric on his Twitter account.   RTIC 17oz Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle – $14.99 Everyday I put two cans of sparkling water into a large bottle, add a couple of drops of fruit bitters, and take it to work to help keep myself hydrated. Problem was my old plastic self sealing container was getting moldy up in the self sealing half and was a pain in the ass to clean. Did some searching and found this Houston, TX area company was making some insulated, all stainless steel bottles at a very attractive price. I like this even better than the plastic bottle as it now keeps my sparkling beverage colder longer, plus it’s a snap to clean.   Nordstrom 1901 Hastings Wingtip Suede Shoes – $99.95 – $110.00 I purchased several suede 1901 wingtips from Nordstom of varying browns before settling on these grey ones. Guess what… they go with everything. New favorite shoes. Feel super comfortable and they have lasted well beyond the amount of care I’ve taken of them, i.e. none. Worth every penny. Unfortunately they’re currently sold out, likely due to the Anniversary Sale, but hopefully they’ll be back in stock soon?   Wahl Lithium Ion Clipper – $56.99 It was about 10 years ago that I made a hair style change and went to a buzz cut #1. At the time I got the cheapest Wahl clippers I could find at Target. A big old clunky version that plugged into the wall. Recently this monster gave out and it was time for a replacement: Enter the Wahl Cordless clippers. Fits in my hand comfortably. Has no cord and will clip for the entire time I need it to. Me…so much happier. Also includes a small battery powered trimmer for your beard or the nether regions.   Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 – $42.00 Living in the South and spending a good amount of my free time in the sun, I schedule a yearly dermatologist appointment. This year they discovered the beginning of some mild rosacea on my face. With that they also told me, “Sun is the enemy of rosacea, so now you MUST wear sunscreen on your face…everyday.” I mistakenly thought I’d be having to put my heavy duty stuff on my face everyday, when my wife informed me that there is style of sunscreen called “daily wear”. Effective and lighter and easier to put on. Enter the City Sunscreen Serum from Supergoop! in San Antonio, TX. Here’s why I like it: It’s a pump that squirts out a small metered amount, perfect for one quadrant of my face. It goes on smooth and not greasy. It’s SPF 30. And it doesn’t have oxybenzone which is bad for your skin. Yes, it’s a bit pricey, but I know that it’s the best thing out there for what I need. And can you put a cost on your health?   Misen Essentials Set – $95.00 I had some Chicago cutlery I had gotten years ago that was doing a poor job of cutting my veggies. First saw a review of the Misen knife (then on Kickstarter) by Kenji on the Serious Eats website. It’s professional level without the pro level price. Wife recently made a gift of the chef’s and paring knife to me and it’s been incredible. I can’t tell you how much more confident and easier it has been to prepare veggies and everything else I need to cook. Wish I had done it sooner.
10 Best Bets for $75 or Less – Blue Dial Watches, Inexpensive Bombers, Button Down Collar Polos, & More
25-07-2017 12:00:47
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Seventy Five bucks. That’s a lot of money. It’ll get you a couple pairs of Levi’s, a decent casual dinner out, or a couple months at your local gym. Ten picks follow, all for $75 or under, with some of them much, much less. Expect these round-ups on a monthly basis. Got a tip on something for under $75? Send those in to joe@dappered.com.   Timex Chesapeake Blue Dial – $28.60 ($44) Mentioned yesterday, but it was subtle and deserves another quick mention here. A very nice looking watch for just $28, thanks to the sale. Also available with a stainless steel band for a few bucks more. Hat tip to Graham S. for sending in the style tip!   J. Crew Cotton Embroidered Trout Belt – $49.50 And here we have the fishie fish. Good heavens I miss the muppet show. Code is good for 30% off select items through today, 7/25. And sadly, this isn’t one of those select items. Drat. But, there’s always another train comin’.   UNIQLO MA-1 Bomber Jacket – $49.90 Inexpensive, three colors to pick from, and has all the details you’d expect (like the above the elbow pen pockets) from a traditional bomber. Nylon exterior. Big fan of that dark navy option.   Filson Twill Travel Tray – $9.90 ($30) It’s travel season. If you’re the type who, while on the road, can’t remember where the hell you put the hotel room key, your wallet, your wedding ring, the rental car keys, etc… then here’s your well executed solution. Rugged twill and leather trim. Lays flat for super easy packing. Gives your E.D.C. while on the road a home. Now, under ten bucks thanks to Filson’s summer sale.   JOMERS Button Down Polos in Sky, Ocean, Dark Blue, or White – $25 These things are a legitimate steal. UNIQLO seems to have discontinued their button down collar polos, and while J. Crew is now making a button down polo, those are pretty darn expensive. These? Made in Peru, super soft oxford cotton (it’s not oxford shirt cloth, but instead an oxford weave) and just twenty five bucks. Four colors to pick from, but, some sizes are sold out. Size shown above is a medium on 5’10” / 190.   J.C.F. Cotton/Nylon/Merino Cable Crew – $40ish A total classic, masculine cable crew, that’ll go with everything from shorts post sun-down, to jeans and boots in the fall. (Pssst… dear JCF… make this in a slim please? How about an off-white/ivory option too?)   The Vacation/Travel stay sane workout: 100, 100, 100, 10 min. – FREE That’d be 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 squats, and 10 minutes of planking. Let’s say, hypothetically, you’re taking about a week off and heading out of town. There will be plenty to do, and not a ton of time to go for a run or find a gym. You’re due for a week off anyway, but you still want to stay sane and get your heart rate up every day. Try this: 100 sit-ups, 100 push ups, 100 body weight squats (squats without holding anything… try to keep your form decent) and 10 minutes of planking. Break it up however the hell you want to, in whatever order you’d like (I did 20, 20, 20, 2 min, then repeated 5 times.) Should keep those who like to exercise sane while the opportunities to do so are purposefully limited. And as always, ask your doc before starting any kind of workout plan. Even calisthenics like this. Don’t blame me for your heart palpitations.   J. Crew SLIM Pima Cotton OCBD – $64.50 J. Crew shirts are usually… a bit rich for the blood of many of us around these parts. But an OCBD that uses American grown supima cotton, and it comes in their true slim fit? Not bad, especially if it ends up on sale more often than not. Note that the shirt isn’t made here in the states, it just uses American cotton for the fabric.   1901 Made in the USA Roller Buckle Suede Belt – $32.90 ($49.50) Made in the USA? Really? That’s quite nice if true. And don’t underestimate the versatility of a grey suede belt. You can wear just about any color of shoes with em’. From white sneakers to Burgundy Brogues. Since it’s suede, as long as you’re pretty casual, don’t worry about matching your leathers. And it’s even easier with a neutral like that grey.   Bespoke Post “Cargo” USA Made Coal Bag – $45.00 Don’t scoff. Throw this in the trunk of your car (or, if you don’t have a car, keep it in the closet near the front door of your place) and it’ll become a well loved, well used, awesome looking re-usable grocery bag/farmer’s market carry-all/extra gym bag/whatever. It even comes with a shoulder strap for those “I’m only making one trip from the car to my apartment/house” mega loads. Should garner some compliments and/or questions at the grocery store. And, once upon a time before everyone found their mates via the smartphones, people used to actually meet potential significant others at the grocery store. Yes really. There’s a ton of conversation starters there. From wine to beer to produce to, well, this bag. For other Best Bets under $75 from previous months, click here.
Quick Picks: Extra 40% off Bonobos Final Sale Items
24-07-2017 17:00:24
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DOGDAYS = Extra 40% off FINAL Sale Items at  Bonobos (exp. 7/27) Allow me, if you will, to channel Richard Dawson. Survey SAYS… A lot of you still care about Bonobos. As long as the price is right. Only 10% said the Walmart buy turned you off, totally, to the brand. More people like turtles! Well, more people chose to profess their like for turtles in the survey. I’m sure everyone likes turtles. Who doesn’t like turtles? Who are you, Krang? Monster. Now, if I was truly channeling Richard Dawson, I’d be trying to kiss every female in sight. But being that Bonobos is running an extra 40% off sale items, we’ll save the saliva swapping for later. An extra 40% off is pretty rare. Might be enough to convince the 43% who said Bonobos is just flat out too expensive to actually browse the sale section this time. Careful though, everything appears to be final sale. No returns here. I think.   Short Sleeved SLIM Cotton Henley – $28.80 FINAL ($58) More masculine than a t-shirt, and not as stuffy as a polo. The short sleeved henley doesn’t get nearly enough respect. Plus, these come in a true slim fit. It’s never too late to get working on your Ryan Gosling in “Drive” Halloween costume. Also available in linen, albeit in limited size/color combinations, and for $41.   The Jetsetter Unconstructed Blazer in Light blue or Bright Navy – $210 FINAL ($400) A steal at this price. Huge, huge fan of Bonobos and their unconstructed sportcoats. This is from their Jetsetter collection, so there’s 2% elastane in there for stretch. That icy, light blue would look great up against white or pale grey chinos in the heat, and then just as good with dark denim in the fall. Non functioning sleeve buttons make for easy tailoring.   Jetsetter Wool Pant in Blue or Navy Heather – $70.80 FINAL ($198) Stretch (2%) wool pants in the famous Bonobos fit, now for about the price of a pair of Lands’ End year rounders. Select colors on sale. Sizes are a bit scattered, but not totally decimated.   Daily Grind Limited Edition Dot Shirt – $46.80 FINAL ($98) An easy way to mix it up. A bit risky/style-forward if you wear it with a suit and tie, but still not too wild. Less risky if you’re going tieless with a sportcoat and jeans or trousers.   The Capstone Italian Wool Blazer – $270 FINAL ($700) From their high end “capstone” collection. Only available in their slim fits, and it’s a true slim. Also, if you’re taller, you might find their slim sportcoats and blazers chopped in the tail. Wool/Linen blend, peak lapels, and what appears to be a minimally lined, if not totally unlined, back.   Washed Chinos in “Fog Lifter” Grey – $40.80 FINAL ($88) Select colors of their flagship pant are on sale, and thus, dropping into affordable territory… but most colors have had their size selection picked over pretty badly. Not these though. How a nice, mid to light grey pair of washed Bonobos chinos still have tons of sizes and fits left? That’s beyond me how these slipped through the cracks. Grey pants are super versatile, and can pull tons of duty during the warmer months. A great starter pair if you’re Bonobos curious.   The Jetsetter Italian Knit Blazer in Blue – $94.80 or Navy – $135 FINAL ($350) Italian cotton, and knit. So think almost like a sweat-shirt-y/sweater/sportcoat hybrid. Much more casual, but sportcoat addicts might like having one of these on hand. And the price sure is right.   Cotton Linen Shawl Cardigan – $64.80 FINAL ($158) A textured, extra layer that can be worn year round, complete with the unmistakable feel of added linen to the mix.   The Banzai E-Waist Trunk 9″ – $40.80 FINAL ($88) Prints are big this year. And even if you’re not gonna wear prints to the office, or out on a date, why not the beach or pool? That’s one of the few places those of us who don’t gravitate towards flashy looks seem to take a little more risks/have some fun. Mesh liner for these.   The Foundation Italian Wool Blazer – $210 FINAL ($400) Maybe it’s the slim lapels, or some other proportion magic, but I’ve never thought this grey sportcoat looked like an orphaned suit jacket. The shoulders are soft, the silhouette is trim… just doesn’t look like a suit jacket to me (full disclosure, I’ve own and worn one of these with jeans for a few years now). Available in slim or standard. Wool is nice. Not super luxurious, but not papery or scratchy either. Nice. The extra 40% off Bonobos sale items code DOGDAYS expires Thursday 7/27. As always, picks above were limited to those with at least a decent size range at post time. But, use the filters at the top of the sale page, and you might be able to find a your sized needle in their extensive sale section haystack.
Monday Sales Tripod – Ledbury White & Blue Shirts, JCF Clearance Blowout, & More
24-07-2017 12:00:34
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Ledbury: Summer Sale New Additions White Fine Twill Mid-Spread w/ Pocket – $99 ($145) Blue Fine Twill Mid-Spread w/ Pocket – $99 ($145) Royal Blue Gingham Mid-Spread – $75 ($145) Their mid-spread dress shirts didn’t make it into the Nordstrom sale, but, somehow and someway they’ve made it into the Ledbury summer clearance. Is $99 a crap-ton for a shirt? YES. Are they awesome? YES. See last week’s Reader Appreciation Week giveaway. There’s plenty more in their sale section, but the fact that white and light blue mid-spread collar shirts made it in is absolutely worth a mention.   #2. J. Crew Factory: Extra 50% off Clearance w/ CLEAROUT Thompson Suit Jacket in Chino – $74.99 FINAL Oxford Cloth Pant in Driggs (slim) or Sutton (Straight) fit – $19.99 FINAL Slim Madras Shirt – $19.99 FINAL Thompson Unconstructed Linen-Cotton Blazer – $59.99 FINAL Thompson Suit Jacket in Slub Linen – $109.99 FINAL 9″ Sunwashed Oxford Gramercy Short – $17.49 FINAL Feels like a true end of season clearance here, so plenty of deals to be had. Big fan of the slub linen blazer as a stand alone sportcoat, and that chino option should do fine on it’s own too. Meanwhile, those oxford cloth pants are an absolute steal at that price. Plenty of time left to wear em’ too.   #3. Nordstrom: Anniversary Sale Stock is coming/going? Just a heads up guys. Looks like stock in sizes for some items is in flux. Meaning… if it appeared to be sold out a day or two ago, it might be worth checking back in. (I was able to score that previously sold out cotton/wool blend “Good Man Brand” knit sportcoat in the top left for myself by checking back in, and sizes were back. At that time.) Full picks for the sale can be found here.   BONUS  Massdrop: Woodlore Epic Trees – $35.99 for 2 pairs ($59.99) Top of the line shoe trees for the price of basic entry level pairs? That’s a no brainer if you’re a shoe hog. There is one catch. You do get dinged for shipping, so, it’s not quite as awesome of a deal as you might think. Still, not bad if you’re in need of some new shoe trees and want some cedar Cadillacs.   Also worth a mention on a Monday Allen Edmonds: Their Summer Clearance event is still running. J. Crew: 25% off select, 40% off sale, and 50% off final sale w/ MONDAY Timex: They’ve got a couple of their “Chesapeake” watches on sale for dirt cheap. Like, around $30 or under. Big thanks to Graham S. for the tip! Filson: They’ve taken deeper discounts on the stuff in their summer sale, including a lot of their Shinola built watches. Big thanks to Jason L. for the tip!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 – Picks for Men
21-07-2017 12:01:36
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Men’s Style Picks 2017 It’s one of the most anticipated sales of the year. Nordstrom doesn’t run many sale events. But when they do, they catch a lot of (deserved) attention. It’s not just their free shipping & free returns on everything policy… it’s what they carry, and what they’re willing to mark down to get your attention. Especially when it comes to their Anniversary Sale. Unlike the half-yearly sales & seasonal clearances, which see in-season goods get marked down, the Anniversary Sale is mostly a preview of the upcoming season. Lots of fall goods or year-round stuff gets decent price cuts. And that’s a rarity in the retail sale game. It’s very much an I’m-looking-forward-to-wearing-this sale. And now that we’re knee deep in the worst season, stylistically, looking ahead to layers, boots, and blazers can be quite a bit of fun. Everything, as always, ships and returns for free. Prices go back up on August 7th. Here’s one interpretation of the best of the best for us guys:   Allen Edmonds Strand – $259.90 ($395) Kicking off this post with solid proof as to why the Anniversary Sale is always worth paying attention to. Full review here, from earlier in the week, just in case you missed it.   Hart Schaffer Marx USA Made Jetsetter Wool Blazer – $330.90 ($495) “Jetsetter?” Guess Bonobos doesn’t own a trademark on that name? From a heritage, American suit and sportcoat maker. The description says it’s American made, but then the bullet points say it’s imported? Guessing it’s made here in the States. Not sure though. Not sure how to wear a true-blue sportcoat like this? Head here for outfit ideas.   SmartCare Trim Fit White or Blue Herringbone Dress Shirt – $45.90 Regularly $69.50. When these things go on sale, they’re one of the better dress shirts on the market, bang-for-buck. Subtle herringbone pattern is a nice bit of detail… if anyone happens to notice.   Nordstrom Trim Fit & EXTRA Trim Fit Dress Shirts – $29.90 ($39) And now, minus the herringbone pattern, plus, an extra trim fit option. Lots of colors available for the trim fit. Just blue and white for the extra trim fit.   Wolverine 1000 Mile ‘Adrian’ Cap Toe Boot – $277.90 ($415) Seems like Nordstrom offers up a drool worthy USA Made boot each year. And this year, it’s the same model that they offered up last year. And that’s a good thing (assuming you didn’t get a pair from last year). These’ll see a ton of use once the weather finally cools off. Legendary craftsmanship and good looks. Oh, and that name for the boot. This is obligatory.   Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit Sneaker – $81.90 ($109.95) The timeless Stan Smith classic, rendered in a textured prime-knit upper. It’s tough to improve on the original, but plenty seem to think these do just that.   Jack Mason 45mm Chrono – $196.90, 42mm Chrono – $183.90, 42mm – $129.90 Jack Mason isn’t quite a heritage watchmaking company. Hardly. But they do make some nice looking time pieces. Quartz of course.   Allen Edmonds Cornwallis in Dark Chili – $259.90 ($395) Yes, the “Dark Chili” color does lean closer to red than brown, but that doesn’t mean it’s still not versatile. Wear it with blue suits. wear it with grey suits. And no, you don’t need to pick up a belt to match them perfectly. Whatever medium or dark brown belt that you already have should do just fine. Huge fan of the Cornwallis design. Full review (of a brown version) can be found here.   Barbour Slim Fit Water Resistant Quilted Jacket – $132.90 ($199) Basic, Barbour, Bombers. Boom.   1901 Barrett Chukka Boots – $79.90 ($125) It’s really, really hard not to love the 1901 Barrett. From one of Nordstrom’s in-house brands. The shoes have a solid construction quality feel to em’, they’re super versatile, and the subtle studded soles will keep you upright when things turn slick. Available in that “mushroom” suede, or a brown leather.   1901 Horton Chelsea Boot – $79.90 ($125) Just like the Barretts, only in a taller Chelsea style boot. Same leather and suede options, same studded sole.   Hart Schaffer Marx USA Made Classic Fit Wool Suits – $464.90 – $531.90 ($695 – $795) Brown Plaid Stretch Wool – $531.90 ($795) Navy Plaid Stretch Wool – $531.90 ($795) Grey Plaid Stretch Wool – $531.90 ($795) Solid Medium Blue Wool – $464.90 ($695) How classic is their classic fit? That’s kinda unknown. But, thankfully, most brands have gotten the hint over the last 10 years, and most heritage brands aren’t making tents posing as two piece suits anymore. These are made in the USA from 98% wool and 2% lastol for stretch, or in the case of the solid navy, 100% wool. Again, it’s Nordstrom so it ships and returns for free. If you’re pro buying USA made goods? And are in the market for a new suit? Might be worth a shot.   Nordstrom Rulli Dot Cotton Pocket Square – $18.90 ($29.50) Could be just the ticket to dress down a suit, or, dress up a sportcoat and jeans. The free shipping really helps here too.   Converse Jack Purcell Ox Sneaker – $45.90 ($69.95) Grey canvas uppers and the classic JP “smile.” Ortholite footbed. And unlike white sneakers, these won’t show dirt and grime nearly as easily.   Tumi Alpha Bravo Andrews Slim Briefcase – $230.90 ($345) A technical & rugged looking brief, but still professional enough for most work places. Ballistic nylon with leather trim. Dimensions are 16″W x 11″H x 2 1/2″D.   To Boot New York Cap Toe Oxford – $259.90 ($395) Hello Bordeaux! Probably a little sleeker than the Park Ave. And that shade of bordeaux leather. Good gracious. Made in Italy.   Billy Reid Diamond Qulited Jacket – $149.90 ($225) Is it spendy for what appears to be a lightweight, cotton-blend zip up? Yes. But those squared off elbow patches tho. That, and Billy Reid stuff, even their casual gear, is up there in terms of quality. A splurge for sure. Want something awfully similar looking (minus the elbow patches) for a heck of a lot less? Try this from Nordstrom’s house brand for $79.90.   TBNY Bateman Brogue Wholecut – $299.90 ($450) Bateman?   Herschel Novel Duffel Bag – $79.90 ($120) Herschel’s popular duffel, complete with an extra/separate compartment for shoes, made with stripes and contrasting handles.   Red Wing 6 Inch Moc Toe Boot – $180.90 ($270) Made in the USA stompers for when the weather starts to turn. Classic Moc Toe and rubber sole. Goodyear Welted.   Barbour “Canterdale” Jacket – $152.90 ($229) Available in either Navy or an earth tone. Has those chest high hand-warmer pockets which might come in handy. Something to wear with those Red Wings.   To Boot New York “Toby” Chelsea – $259.90 ($395) Hey look. A chelsea boot on Dappered. Who’d a thunk. Made in Italy. Super sleek. Appears to avoid unnecessary heavy toe burnishing (which so many chelseas seem to think is a requirement). Also available in black.   Red Wing Chukka Boot – $153.90 ($230) Not a bad alternative and upgrade to the classic Clark’s Desert Boot. Made in the USA of course.   Good Man Brand Soft Jersey Blazer – $265.90 ($398) Not many of us have a ton of desire for a black blazer, especially one in a soft jersey knit, but this one? There’es wool in there. Fabric makeup is: 33% cotton, 25% wool, 25% acrylic, 15% nylon, 2% spandex. Hm. This could be a perfect, super casual sportcoat that’d be a nice alternative to a rumpled chino sportcoat. There’s a “there” there.   JWN Stefano Plain Toe Derby – $99.90 ($150) | Cole Haan Wingtip Derby – $139.90 ($220) Just a couple of casual lace-ups. No true oxford lacing here, so, they’re more smart casual to casual leaning.   Ledbury Slim Fit Shirts in Check, Plaid, or Plaid part II – $99.90 ($165) It can be tough, real tough to get Ledbury shirts on a discount. Made in Poland from really nice fabrics, they hold up great, they feel and fit great, and that lowered 2nd button is a total game changer for those that prefer to go tieless. Note that these are their true spread collar. Not semi spread. So, depending on how you like to go tieless, it might not frame your face as much as you’d like.   Ledbury Slim Fit Blue or White Shirt – $96.90 ($145) And now the solids. Or, about solid if it’s the blue shirt (there’s a micro houndstooth pattern to it). Still spread collars here. If these were semi-spreads… boy, some of us would be out about a hundred bucks.   Allen Edmonds Carlyle Plain Toe Oxford – $259.90 ($395) Again, the Anniversary Sale often puts first quality, desirable Allen Edmonds models on serious markdown. $260 for this shoe is awfully kind. Full review here. Available in black or walnut (as shown above).   Hart Schaffner Marx USA Made Wool Blend Blazer – $330.90 ($495) Tough to get more classic than that. Fabric is imported, but it’s made here in the good ol’ USA. Fabric makeup is 85% worsted wool, 10% silk, and 5% mohair. Classic fit here.   Nordstrom Extra Trim Fit Dobby Dress Shirt – $45.90 ($69.50) Dots or a micro pattern can be an excellent way to step outside of the norms of stripes, checks, and gingham. This would look great under a sportcoat with jeans and chelseas. Extra trim fit here.   Calvin Klein Carmichael Chukka Boot – $89.90 ($140) Those are very, very sleek looking. Almost chelsea boot like in appearance. Big fan of that tumbled, textured, super dark brown leather. Nice price too. Also available in black.   BOSS Leather Jacket – $529.90 | Cole Haan Leather Jacket – $397.90 Spendy, but that’s leather jackets for you. Both have moto-style (or, a stand) collars instead of bomber collars. Big fan of that stitching at the shoulders on the BOSS option. Cole Haan was originally $595, with the Boss going for a whopping $795 pre (and post) sale.   Allen Edmonds McAllister Wingtip – $259.90 ($395) Another winner of an Allen Edmonds design. Full wingtip but a true oxford so it’s still easy to wear with a suit (blucher style wingtips can look too casual). Too bad the spectacular merlot shade isn’t up for the sale. Walnut and Black are your choices here.   Nordstrom Parker Leather Belt – $45.90 ($69.50) It seems far to easy to screw up a belt buckle. Some belts have huge clunky buckles, others have oddly shaped buckles with super high shine chrome. These? They go minimalist. And while not everyone will love the gunmetal color to the brown option, again… it’s subtle.   Nordstrom Trim Fit Non-Iron Gingham Dress Shirt – $32.90 ($49.50) Simple, preppy, classic, trim fit gingham button downs. Plenty of good looks without having to shell out for a Brooks Brothers level of pricing. Lots of colors to pick from.   Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Oxford – $259.90 ($395) Won’t turn heads like the Cornwallis or Strand, but won’t get any super-conservative boss’s knickers in a twist either. Classic dress shoes. Interviews, weddings, etc. Available in brown or black.   JB Britches Wool Sportcoat in Grey Plaid or Blue Check – $263.90 ($395) I own a JB Britches sportcoat (technically, it’s a dinner jacket) and I gotta say I like it. Fit is close to a Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald. “Classic” to most, but still contoured and tapered enough to prevent you from looking like SpongeBob.   Nordy Over the Calf or Mid Calf Wool Blend Socks – $7.90 – $9.90 Thhhheeeeeeeeeeeee Best. Obligatory. Multiple colors available. A great time to stock up. The argument for “why” you should get these can be found over here. Normally $12.50 for the mid calf and $14.50 for the over the calf. Allen Edmonds Whole Cuts not included.   Made in the USA Cedar Shoe Trees – $12.90 ($19.95) Lotta shoes in this post. Lots. So you’ll need some of these. Nice quality too. Smooth operators, unlike cheaper versions made in China that can be a bit sticky when it comes to their springs. Like everything else, they ship and return free. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs through August 6th, after which prices return to their normal levels. See an item in the Anniversary Sale that deserves a mention, but wasn’t in the above picks? Got in-person experience with it? Send in those tips to joe@dappered.com.
Win it: The Saddleback Thin Front Pocket Briefcase in Chestnut
21-07-2017 12:00:38
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Reader Appreciation Week: Saddleback Thin Front Pocket Brief – $639 Consider this week five days of saying thank you. Without your readership, your emails, and your willingness to spread the word, Dappered wouldn’t exist. The collection of good guys who frequent this corner of the internet is by far the greatest achievement of this website. And to say thank you, we’ve put together five, splurge-worthy giveaways that’ll hopefully express our gratitude. This is Dappered’s Reader Appreciation Week. Good luck, and thanks a million. Luggage Salesman: Have you thought much about luggage, Mr. Banks? Joe Banks: No, I never really have. Luggage Salesman: It’s the central preoccupation of my life. You travel the world. You’re away from home. Perhaps away from your family. All you have to depend on is yourself – and your luggage.  – Joe vs The Volcano What’s more dependable than something that comes with a 100 year guarantee? Forget something. Try someone. Where are you going to be in 100 years? Right. You don’t even have a 100 year guarantee (and if you do, I’ll have what you’re having). There are few elements of style that are built to outlive you. And this is one of them. The chestnut brown, Saddleback thin brief. Proving that it is possible to balance rugged and refined, Saddleback’s Thin Front Pocket Briefcase is professional enough for any office, but tough enough to take on the road. Any road. Doesn’t matter if you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a full blown suit, it’ll look right. It’s made with large hunks of beefy full grain leather, as few seams as possible, and designed to have no breakable parts (like zippers or snaps). All of the hardware is nickel plated, and the D-rings are there to strap extra gear to, convert the brief into a backpack, or… both. Timeless looks. Built for the 21st, AND the 22nd century (at least part of it). The top flap is secured by the one main buckle. The interior is a streamlined design with a main pocket and one small pigskin pocket for quick access to a phone, pens, etc. The back of the brief has one large pocket that’s perfect for a newspaper, maps, a tablet, or other slim items you might need quick access to. And those extra, exterior pockets are amazingly handy. The exterior will pick up marks and take on a nice patina over time  while the interior is lined with soft pigskin. And since it’s cut from the largest pieces of full grain leather for strength, it’ll take well to leather conditioner if/when you want to clean it up a bit. Professional enough for the city. Tough enough for everywhere. Saddleback’s slogan is “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead.” Here’s your chance to get your hands on a briefcase that’ll outlive you. Just make sure you think long and hard about who in your will has the privileged of inheriting it. Enter here to win the Saddleback Thin Front Pocket Briefcase in chestnut shown above. One entry per person. Deadline for entry is 11:59 pm ET 7/22/17. Thanks a million to everyone at Saddleback for providing the Medium Slim Brief for this year’s Reader Appreciation Week! UPDATE: Congrats to D. Kelley who won the drawing for the Saddleback!
Win it: The Orient Polaris Automatic
20-07-2017 12:00:40
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R.A.W.: Orient Polaris GMT – $402.50 w/ DAPPERED30 ($575) NOTE: There are many 30% off codes floating around, so use whichever one you’d like. And know that some 3rd party sites might have the Polaris (if they’re lucky enough to have stock) for less. Also keep in mind that Orient will run 40% off (or more) codes every so often. Consider this week five days of saying thank you. Without your readership, your emails, and your willingness to spread the word, Dappered wouldn’t exist. The collection of good guys who frequent this corner of the internet is by far the greatest achievement of this website. And to say thank you, we’ve put together five, splurge-worthy giveaways that’ll hopefully express our gratitude. Welcome to Dappered’s Reader Appreciation Week. Good luck, and thanks a million. This watch, right here, is going to fall squarely into the “perfect” category for many. A couple of extra complications, but nothing garish. A useful power-reserve indicator. Those cobalt blue hands. The well executed, extremely subtle GMT hand. AND… it hacks and hand winds. Their classic Bambino line has made Orient a ton of money. And for good reason. But if you can scrape together the extra cash, the Polaris is absolutely worth it, and many of us consider it to be the crown flagship of their dress watches. Case diameter is an easy to wear 42mm, with a dial that has multiple textures to it. The outermost ring, where the indices and GMT ring are located, is smooth. At the center there’s a diamond pattern of texture, and the power reserve indicator at noon has a subtly contrasting wave pattern to it. It’s not a cheap watch by any stretch. No, it is not. But that change from the diamonds to the waves makes it look like a much more expensive piece (something in the four digits) when you give it a look. Most guys who wear automatic or mechanical watches appreciate having a power reserve indicator. It’s a gas gauge for your watch. Knowing just how much wind is left in the guts helps prevent constant re-setting of the time. And since it hand winds at the crown, instead of just having to move the watch around to get the oscillating automatic weight to move, you can keep that thing up to speed even easier So why a GMT hand? Well, it looks nice. But, it’s also helpful if you travel a lot. It’s nice to know what time it is at “home” at a glance. If you don’t travel a lot, but have someone or something (say, a sports team you follow) you like in a far off land, you can more easily get an idea as to when to send a text, make a call, or turn the tv on to see the game. Orient lists the dial color as “white,” but it’s not a stark white. Not quite eggshell either though. Crystal is sapphire and there’s an exhibition case back. Only drawback seems to be that the band is a bit long. On my average sized wrists, the point of the band shot out and into the open after I put it on my wrist. But, with some break in time, it’ll soften up and curve towards your wrist. And if it doesn’t, a band change isn’t the worst thing in the world. All the better if you’ve got thick wrists and need that extra distance. The exhibition case back is gorgeous. The logo and date window are well balanced at 3 and 9 o’clock. And overall, it’s a watch that can be had for around $350 – $400 with codes and sales, yet it also will get get plenty of stares and honest, bewilderment-fueled questions from the high-end watch wearers too. Enter here to win the Orient Polaris automatic GMT. One entry per person. Deadline for entry is 11:59 pm ET 7/21/17. Thanks to Orient for providing the Polaris for Reader Appreciation Week! UPDATE: Congrats to M. Singh who won the drawing for the Orient Polaris!
Win it: Three Shirts from Ledbury
19-07-2017 12:00:26
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Reader Appreciation Week: Three Ready-to-Wear Ledbury Shirts NOTE: Shirts available for giveaway cannot exceed $500 in total (which shouldn’t be an issue). So, some of their super high end luxury collections may be excluded.  Consider this week five days of saying thank you. Without your readership, your emails, and your willingness to spread the word, Dappered wouldn’t exist. The collection of good guys who frequent this corner of the internet is by far the greatest achievement of this website. And to say thank you, we’ve put together five, splurge-worthy giveaways that’ll hopefully express our gratitude. Welcome to Dappered’s Reader Appreciation Week. Good luck, and thanks a million. Total and complete game-changer. That accurately describes Ledbury’s slightly lowered second button. It makes their shirts look perfect when the top button is unbuttoned. Not too uptight like normal shirts, with their standard, higher placed second button. And not too cheesy/chest-hairy, like normal shirts when two buttons are undone. Just a perfect “V”. That’s what that slightly lowered, brilliantly placed second button on Ledbury shirts accomplishes. Whoever came up with the lowered 2nd button at Ledbury? I’d like to buy you a drink. And it’s not just the button stance that makes Ledbury shirts worth saving up for. The European milled fabrics are second-to none, with their fine-twills being exceptional every-day dress shirts. And their collars? Their collars are fantastic. The canvassed interlining means a pair of decent weight collar stays will keep your collar at attention all day long (protip: get some alloy stays and put a little bend in em). Their shirts are manufactured in Europe with Mother of Pearl buttons, and come in two fits. The Classic Fit is actually more of an athletic cut, which is good for the broader chest/shoulder guys (although the super inverted triangle types might need a bit of tailoring at the waist). Their Slim Fit is nice and trim, without looking shrink-wrapped on most frames. Ledbury’s pale blue on their fine twill with a mid-spread collar. The quality is lasting too. Wash after wash, on cool or warm with a tumble dry medium to low. Warm iron after that. I’m not the easiest on shirts (wearing or washing/ironing) but my Ledbury shirts have yet to give me an issue. An explanation of what makes Ledbury different. They make a ton of different colors, patterns, and collar styles, and the winner here gets their choice of any three. If you’re new to Ledbury, strongly consider their mid-spread white and perfect-in-shade light blue fine twills. Yes, those colors & collars are foundation basics for any guy’s wardrobe, but getting three Ledbury shirts in those basic colors might re-define your idea of what your “good” go-to dress shirts should look and feel like. More specifically, they just might show you that your go-to shirts shouldn’t look and feel “good.” They should look and feel great. Enter here to win three of Ledbury’s ready-to-wear shirts of your choice (up to a $500 value). No, you don’t have to get the fine twills, that was just a suggestion. You can get what you’d prefer. One entry per person. Deadline for entry is 11:59 pm ET 7/20/17. Thanks to Ledbury for once again participating in our Reader Appreciation Week! UPDATE: Congrats to M. Zhang who won the drawing for the three shirts from Ledbury!
Win it: A $399 Suitsupply Gift Card
18-07-2017 12:00:03
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Reader Appreciation Week: $399 to spend at Suitsupply INCOMING: THE SUITSUPPLY OUTLET IS OPEN. As mentioned yesterday on our social media channels, the latest incarnation of the Suitsupply Outlet has launched. Use the code FINALSALE for access. And, in case it isn’t obvious, all goods in the outlet are, in fact, final sale. No returns. Consider this week five days of saying thank you. Without your readership, your emails, and your willingness to spread the word, Dappered wouldn’t exist. The collection of good guys who frequent this corner of the internet is by far the greatest achievement of this website. And to say thank you, we’ve put together five, splurge-worthy giveaways that’ll hopefully express our gratitude. Welcome to Dappered’s Reader Appreciation Week. Good luck, and thanks a million. For the younger readers out there… Imagine this: We once lived in a world where it was extremely difficult to find a soft shouldered, tailored but not tight cut, high-arm-holed suit. Forget about finding a place that had plenty of these things in every fabric, color, and pattern combo you could imagine. It was damn difficult to find a basic navy or charcoal with these characteristics. It was a dark time. And then Suitsupply came along. And not only did they inject the men’s style world with those soft shouldered, tailored cut suits with high armholes, they make their suits with a half canvas construction and Italian Fabrics. They also deliver your purchase to your door, for free. And if it doesn’t work out? The return shipping is free too. A small selection of items that go for $399 or less at Suitsupply. But they don’t do just suits. Their sense of style and balance, of quality craftsmanship & price, permeates their entire collection. Sportcoats, blazers, outwear, shoes, trousers, leather goods and other accessories. All while offering designs that span the spectrum. From high-risk peacock looks, to straight laced sober basics. True, there are a lot more choices when it comes to where to get a suit these days. Much has changed since Suitsupply came to this side of the Atlantic. But even so, it’s Suitsupply that continues to set the bar, high, for the industry. They are the first stop for tons of guys when it comes to finding a suit, or a sportcoat, or other pieces of menswear that balances quality, price, and head-turning looks. Enter here to win a $399 giftcard to Suitsupply. One entry per person. Deadline for entry is 11:59 pm ET 7/19/17. Thanks to Suitsupply for providing the gift card for Reader Appreciation Week! UPDATE: Congrats to S. Borrowman who won the drawing for the $399 Suitsupply gift card! And once again, a huge thank you to Suitsupply for providing the gift card for giveaway. Suitsupply’s $399 line is one of the best in the business. Italian wools, half-canvas, and available in their timeless Napoli and Lazio cuts.
Win it: Allen Edmonds Strand Oxfords
17-07-2017 12:00:32
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Reader Appreciation Week: Allen Edmonds Strands – $395 Note: You can pick up a pair of these during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale for $259.90. You have to be a cardmember for early access, with the sale opening to the general public (we’ll have picks) on Fri. 7/21. Consider this week five days of saying thank you. Without your readership, your emails, and your willingness to spread the word, Dappered wouldn’t exist. The collection of good guys who frequent this corner of the internet is by far the greatest achievement of this website. And to say thank you, we’ve put together five, splurge-worthy giveaways that’ll hopefully express our gratitude. Welcome to Dappered’s Reader Appreciation Week. Good luck, and thanks a million. Stylish yet still anchored in the realm of timelessness. Eye catching without shouting and being flashy. Versatile. High quality. Fairly priced and can often be had for a downright steal. The Allen Edmonds Strand, with it’s brogue details, cap toe, perforations, medallion, and true oxford closed lacing is a legend, and for good reason What more would you want from a dress shoe? Arguably the Allen Edmonds flagship, Strands (especially in the stand-out walnut shade shown here) are the rare shoe that both shoe aficionados and those who’d prefer to spend their life in sneakers can agree to point at… and drool. In Unison. Unified drool. Unidrool. Crafted in Port Washington Wisconsin from fine calfskin and built with a Goodyear welted sole, the Strand has been a part of their “Timeless Classics” collection since 2008. And while it seems impossible to imagine, if Allen Edmonds ever considered discontinuing the Strands? Fellas might just picket their headquarters in protest. But again, this model is here to stay. Toe shape is perfect. Not pencil tip pointy and not blunted or squared off. Built on the 65 last, it has a little length to it, but it’s not over elongated or spear like. Many guys find the 65 last to be shockingly comfortable, and will often seek out other Allen Edmonds models built around this shape. Strands are one of those articles of a man’s wardrobe that can be something of a gateway. Say you never really cared about style, but need some solid dress shoes for job interviews or a wedding. You buy Strands… and then you realize how truly good it can feel to wear something that looks amazing, is built well, and is fairly priced. That feeling then carries over into other parts of your wardrobe, and eventually the world (and more importantly, you yourself) might just view you in a better light than it had before. Not bad for a pair of shoes. Enter here to win a pair of Allen Edmonds Strands in your size and chosen shade of calfskin. One entry per person. Deadline for entry is 11:59 pm ET 7/18/17. Thanks to Allen Edmonds for providing one of most beloved models for Reader Appreciation Week! UPDATE: Congrats to T. Lee who won the drawing for the Strands! And thanks again to Allen Edmonds for providing such an incredible pair of shoes for Reader Appreciation Week.
Flip Flop Hate, Bass Face, & Are you a “Vacation Dad?”
14-07-2017 12:00:35
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PERSPECTIVE: Where’s Walter? (thank you) Hawaii 1924. As the original post says, that is some “Jurassic sized foliage.” Indeed. AND NOW, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR: OK, I lied. We don’t have a Dossier sponsor. Why doesn’t the Weekend Dossier have a sponsor? Excellent query. I’ll ask my editor. Speaking of which, Mister Joe himself passed along a couple Dossier worthy stories. NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: This. Is. Cray.  LIFE FINDS A WAY: Resilience, IRL. NO, NOPE, NYET, NEIN, NON, UH-UH…and also, fuck this. Just stop. Stop with the remakes and the reboots and the “everything old is new again.” Because it’s not. WINNING: This guy right here. Then there’s this. BEGUILING: (thank you) I am such a sucker for this kind of photography. It’s called Tintype and you can read more about it here. And I don’t want to hear about an Instagram filter because, sigh. DAMN NATURE! I may have thrown up a little bit when I got to the “three feet wide” part. And don’t even think about a Google Image Search on these beasties. You have been warned. Having whined like a snot nosed little bitch, I will say this: it’s all interesting as can be. So there’s that. BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! They had me at “alien desert crustacean.” PERSPECTIVE: Imagine swimming in the sea with a whole bunch of these guys. Because… THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS: I don’t even have the energy to make like a smart ass. This is just depressing. BUSTER KEATON RIDES THE WIND… (thank you) …and it is oddly soothing. LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS RETURNS! Hopefully. I mean, even if she doesn’t, this is squee worthy. HEALTH CARE: A take on what actually works (and what doesn’t) from three people who are in a position to know. DON’T BE LIKE THAT GUY: Unless you figure out a way to get it filmed. Otherwise, boo. Also, what the actual Grand Theft Auto, dude? MEANWHILE…in the desert. In the middle of Arizona. They plot to take back the planet. And there are more than 12 of them. FLOATING: I love this work from John Bridges. (thank you) YASSSS! Dossier Senior VP of outsourced content steps up with a full-on bonus selection of clickables this week. Thanks Eric! STORIES: They continue to evolve. As in, how we tell them. Or, in this case, share them. Allow yourself some time for this. Bookmark it. Whatever. Because it is every bit as absorbing as Eric described. And then you can hop over here to read a review that is fairly meta in nature but equally engaging. SOMEONE GRAB A PAPER BAG, STAT: There’s a little seasonal hyperventilating going on over here. You either are totally on board with this or you really haven’t ever given it much thought. NICE LUCK IF YOU CAN GET IT: I hope she doesn’t take the advice of the doofus who wrote this article. NO, NOPE, NYET, NEIN, NON, UH-UH REDUX: Oh FFS, knock it off. AURAL VISUAL OPTIMAL DELIGHTS: Sister Act, now with Bass Face. | Fresh tracks from our favorite Scottish Gremlins | As long as people continue to make things like this, the world will be a better place. | Fashion flashbacks via your earbuds. GO ASK ALICE… (thank you) YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED: #buttholegate. Involving a vegan cafe, reasonable expectations, and social media. THAT MOMENT YOU REALIZE…this is about you. Not you, necessarily. But I’m guilty. It happens. I’m sorry. It’s not you it’s me. INTERNET TROLLS: Without the internet. But, basically, it’s how I imagine them anyway. Editor’s Note: This makes my soul hurt. But good on’ the Minneola Superhero for getting back out there and making the world a better place. THE OPPOSITE OF INTERNET TROLLS: This guy. This guy is pretty freakin’ rad. More of this please. Editor’s Note II: My faith in humanity has been restored. For now. DON’T BE LIKE THAT GUY ROUND 2: The goop is nothing compared to the shame. So much shame. INCOMING! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
Cheap Summerweight Chinos, Watches Galore, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
13-07-2017 12:00:06
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    East Dane: Extra 25% off Sale Items w/ WIN17 Made in the UK Cambridge Satchel Large Folio Briefcase – $112.50 ($300) Filson Small Pack Backpack in Navy – $63 ($120) Cole Haan Adams Suede Chukka Boots – $67.50 ($180) Ray-Ban Polarized Square Aviator Sunglasses in Black/Green – $110.25 or Gold/Green – $84 Ray-Ban Rounded Caravan Sunglasses – $78.75 ($150) Paul Smith Roark Aviator Sunglasses – $141.75 ($270) Amazon’s Prime Day might have wrapped up, but the Amazon project East Dane is still running a sale. Extra 25% off everything in the sale section. And speaking of Prime, if you have Prime? Everything from East Dane ships just as fast and free. 3-day shipping for those who don’t have Prime. Just a heads up that for the Ray-Bans, only the black/green square aviators are polarized. The other pairs on non. Code expires today, 7/13/17.   Orient: 50% off + Free Shipping on Mako II and Ray II w/ DIVETIME Summer = the water’s calling. And there’s hardly a better, more dependable, great looking and feeling, affordable pair of divers on the market. Both of these come with the new hacking and hand winding movement. Nice build quality. Doesn’t feel flimsy at all. 41.5mm case diameter. Full review here. That code drops them to, at least what appears to be at post time, the cheapest you can find em’ anywhere. Code expires this Sunday, 7/15.   Huckberry: USA Made Wool Blend Henleys for $44.98 ($55) The brand is called “Triple Aught Design,” and these things look terrific. 73% poly / 27% wool and naturally odor resistant. Low profile seams.  If you’re more the basic rugged type (or dress that way when casual/outdoors) and still want something made in the USA and slim fitting, these are certainly worth a shot. It’s like a tactleneck, minus the turtle.   J. Crew Factory: Extra 50% off Clearance w/ SUPERCLEAR Bleecker Summerweight Chino – $19.99 ($39.99) Oxford Cloth Pant in Driggs (slim) or Sutton (slim-straight) – $19.99 ($39.99) Sutton Linen-Cotton Pant – $19.99 ($39.99) Thompson Fit Partially Lined Chino Suit Jacket – $74.99 ($149.99) One of the better clearance events in JCF’s recent history. Usually their clearance section is really picked over. But thankfully they’ve just injected some summer stock, and the prices aren’t half bad. Big fan of their summer weight chinos and oxford cloth pants. and that Thompson chino suit jacked? Could make for a nice stand-alone sportcoat.   Massdrop: Hamilton Intra-Matic – $500ish FINAL| Kent Wang Bauhaus – $324.99 FINAL Couple of super simple, yet still striking watches, that are currently up for purchase on Massdrop. The Hamilton Intra Matic is a bit of a legend. Beautiful, simple, but not boring. Massdrop has six different options to pick from there (2x 38mm, 4x 42mm) and thus, the price can change depending on what you’re picking out. Swiss automatic movement for the Hamilton. Note that depending on the model, you could actually get it cheaper, and now have the risk of final sale/no returns that comes along with Massdrop buys. Also, it appears that there’s no warranty with these things? Strange. Meanwhile, the Kent Wang, logo free Bauhaus watch is powered by a Miyota automatic.   BONUS  Nordstrom: Anniversary Sale Early Access starts NOW You need to be a card member. For those of us who aren’t cardholders, we have to wait until next week. Full access to the general public begins on Friday July 21st. It’s next season, new arrivals with good sized, tempting discounts. Plus it’s Nordstrom, so, everything ships and returns for free.   Also worth a mention: Club Monaco: Extra 30% off sale items (no code needed). Spier & Mackay: 10% off reg. priced off the rack suits w/ SUITME10
In Review: The Lands’ End Half Canvas Italian Wool Blazer
12-07-2017 23:00:26
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L.E. Italian Wool Blazer – $202.30 w/ GETAWAY + 6593 ($289) This thing has been perpetually on back order since it hit the Lands’ End site in the spring. And it’s easy to understand why. Italian wool, tailored fit, AND a half canvas construction? Play your cards right and you could get one for $173 with a 40% off code, or $144.50 with the every so often half off one item code. I mean, those prices are J. Crew Factory chino sportcoat territory. While it can take months to get your hands on one, it is worth it. Especially at those discounted prices. But that scarcity doesn’t mean it’s gonna be the right pick for every person’s preferences. Plenty, but not all. Here be the details of the tailored fit option… A 40R” Tailored fit on 5’10” 185 – 190lbs THE GOOD The Chest Piece/Half-canvas Construction. It’s legitimate and noticeable. Not anchor heavy but it’s certainly there. And it’ll form to your frame over time. The All Wool Fabric. It might not be the most luxurious stuff (more on that in a second), but it feels nice enough, and it’s 100% wool from the Italian mill Comero. Blazer is made in Mexico. The Buttons: Non functioning at the sleeves (there is accent stitching, but there’s room to shorten if need be). Color is a warm brown, so while not the traditional gold or brass (thankfully), it shouldn’t be mistaken for an orphaned suit jacket. The Lapels: 3″ wide. Not too fat, not to skinny. The Tail Length: A good, timeless length. Not chopped like some brands. Dual vents in the rear. The Price: Again, hang out for a good sized code, and a half canvas blazer for the mid $100s? That’s awfully good. The Fit: Available in traditional, or as shown here, their more tailored fit. Which is slim, but not skinny. Workhorse wool with a little texture. Non-functioning sleeve buttons with accent stitching. THE NOT SO GOOD The Lining: It’s a full lining, and while the body is viscose, it still feels a little heavy. Should be fine in the cooler months. The Wool Fabric: More workhorse than luxury. If you’re used to the super 130s on the old J. Crew legacy blazers? You might be disappointed. It’s just not nearly as soft. Has a bit of a texture, but isn’t a loose hopsack like the Bonobos unconstructed Italian Wools either. The lower flap pockets: Some might have preferred lower patch pockets instead, helping it look more like a blazer or sportcoat. The stock, or lack there of: Current ship dates for most/almost all sizes is September 6th. C’mon man. What we doin’ out there man? Fully lined.  Not great if you run hot, or, want to wear it when it’s hot. The BOTTOM LINE Not gonna lie. It’s nice. At half off, it’s unbeatable. Even at 40% off it’s gonna be very hard to find an equal on the market. That said, some might favor Spier & Mackay’s partially lined, patch pocket blazers (although those run around $260). When available, those come in a true slim or their contemporary fit, which is a bit more accommodating than the Lands’ End tailored silhouette (but still contoured and far from a bulky/boxy fit). The tailored fit from LE is a little too trim on my frame when it comes to personal comfort. Arms/shoulders can feel restricted if you’re a bit of a gym rat. But that said, if the tailored fit is for you? And you’re in the market for a wheelhouse, versatile navy blazer? Watch for a 40% or 50% off code, then make your move. And get ready to wait. Shown above: Ledbury Shirt, JCF Pants, Wolverine Suede Chukkas
Best of Threads: Summer Suits, Cowboy Boots, and Weight Reps
12-07-2017 17:00:19
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What’s Dappered Threads? It’s our forum. Launched in 2011, Threads is a not too big, not too small, just-right-sized forum that doesn’t put up with snobbery. All thanks to the users and hardworking mods. Once a month, one of the users/mods from Threads provides us with a highlight package of the last few weeks.   Picking out a new Summer Suit Threads user napaxton is in the market for a summer suit to get him through the heat in our nation’s capital (yes, he works in politics), and is having a hard time deciding what to get. Should he go with a Spier & Mackay cotton or linen/silk option? A linen Ludlow? Or perhaps a Suitsupply linen option? Lots of guys weighed in, and LosRockets stands firmly behind the Spier & Mackay copper linen suit, as can be see by his self pic above. jfo2010 couldn’t see this particular suit fitting into the D.C. scene, napaxton agreed. Then it seemed like when napaxton might have been on the verge of going with Spier & Mackay’s blue cotton, Brooks Brothers went and put a blue linen suit on sale and gummed up the works. Godspeed napaxton.   Suits in a carry-on: what’s your solution? AngusM posed the above question, since a new job will require more travel and he’s looking to move away from the bulky folding garment bag he’s used in the past. CJMichaelRay said using the free bags he received his Suitsupply suit in does the trick for him. A few different users recommended the Eagle Creek Pack It garment folders. Bobbumman likes a tri-fold carry on, and Shade just recommended taking a cue from Rick Flair and buying a new suit wherever he lands. Woo!   Jeans for Cowboy Boots You don’t see cowboy boots mentioned often around these parts, but they are undeniably an important and influential part of American utility and fashion, and proof is in the pudding that some of you guys are wearing them. User Paddington has become a big fan of his Tecovas Cartwright’s, and is looking for currently stylish denim (read: not true boot cut) to wear with his boots. Loafer28 suggested Ag Protégé denim (which also proves some of you guys drop some bank on jeans!), while pmestrad recommended Levis 514’s and tailoring the waist as needed. Sounds like there might be a hole in the denim market? If you have a suggestion head on over to the thread and tell Paddington about it. Oh, and be sure to click on the photo above to find out who the mystery boot wearing man is.   Survey of Dappered Lifters In May’s Best of Threads (a.k.a. BOT) we featured a thread about weight lifting advice. It must have resonated with user mooseontheloose, as he continued the theme by creating a survey of Dappered Lifters, asking about how long people have been lifting, programs being used, max reps, and goals. LesserBlackDog jumped right in with the big reveal that his true reason for lifting is to “look good naked, with a flat stomach and a butt you can eat breakfast off of,” with armedferret backing up the “breakfastbooty” method. Heafcliffe lifts to combat his genetic predisposition to obesity, while amg1016 has had to cut back due to injuries and has incorporated walking, yoga, resistance bands and core for back strength. And back to mooseontheloose, turns out he’s toying with the notion of entering a power lifting competition in 2018. Go get em’. Head on over to Threads and take a spin around.
Win it / In Review: Taft Made in Spain Shoes
12-07-2017 12:00:53
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Taft Shoes (via Huckberry) $179.98 – $199.98 ($250) Taft who? As in William Howard? Probably not. President Bathtub was more of a Doc Martens silhouette. These are anything but. Turns out Taft has been around since 2013 and is one of the many, many direct to consumer brands claiming they’ll save you lots of cash by avoiding the traditional retail system. No markups, no fancy marketing, bla bla !!bar graph!! bla bla bla. But unlike many direct to consumer brands, Taft might just be a legit place to shop. Here’s why… While many of their designs are funky (or, unique if you prefer), the materials and construction really are quite impressive. Made in Spain with a Blake stitched sole, all of their shoes use full grain leathers, they have slim leather soles with rubber patches for traction, and their shoes are lined in calfskin. And, perhaps most importantly, everything ships and returns for free in the US. We took the “Bennet” whole cut for a spin (on sale for $180 through Huckberry) and honestly? It was much more impressive than what had been anticipated. The leather is soft. Impressively soft. Break in time? Notta. Nothing. Maybe it’s different on other models, but the uppers on the Bennet are very nice. The leather has an almost glove like feel (glove like in terms of pliability). And the slight pebbled texture, which graduates into a smoother, almond shaped toe is a terrific touch. Sure, whole-cuts aren’t for everyone, but these would look dynamite with a light grey suit, white shirt, and navy tie. Or, soaring out of Aaron Rodger’s hand and into the awaiting arms of Randall Cobb. (I kid, they really do make for great looking shoes.) Again, Blake stitched so they’re quite flexible right out of the box. The subtle rubber inserts in the sole are well appreciated, since usually with this kind of sleek, European made shoe, you risk a broken neck if you step out onto carpet or a wet sidewalk on first wear. Not here. Sizing seems true. Maybe a little trim. A Euro 43 fit my normally 10.5 D feet just fine. A 43 is supposed to be 10-10.5, and I wouldn’t size up. If anything, think about going down a half size if you’re in between on the EU measurements. No pinching or crushing of the toes. Again, they’re a little snug in terms of width, so, if you’re a wide foot, you’re out of luck. Sadly, Huckberry is just about out of the Bennet, but you can enter below to win any of the four models that they currently have on hand from Taft (two woven wingtips, a wingtip boot, and these wholecuts if they have them in your size). You can find more stock, albeit at full price, over at the Taft website. Enter here to win a pair of Taft shoes from Huckberry (one of the four models they have on hand). Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM ET on Thursday 7/13/17. One entry per person. Good luck! UPDATE: Congrats to S. Kuhlken who won the drawing for the Taft Shoes!
The Dappered Space: Beach Bachelor Pad
11-07-2017 23:00:04
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The Dappered Space is a series designed to help guys apply the sense of personal style they’ve developed to the space they inhabit. Watch for articles on furniture and decor sales & picks, advice on how to style a room or work space, and tackling creating a space that reflects your own (and perhaps a significant other’s) personal tastes. We’ll suggest items that can be sourced online, but always keep in mind that deals can be found at consignment and thrift stores, local stores with floor models, discount stores, and even yard sales. (featured photo credit) Recently a Dappered reader reached out via Facebook with the following request: “Hello, I just wanted to say that I love your articles. I’ve especially appreciated the new home decor series. If you could do an article on decorating a bachelor-pad beach house at some point that would be great. Everything I know seems so cliche so it’d be cool to get some advice.” By cliche, dear reader, would you be referring to kitschy decor that might get your place mistaken for the local Long John Silver’s, or neighborhood seafood establishment? It can be easy to lean too heavily on all things ocean when your goal is to decorate with a coastal theme, but done right, you can pull together a cohesive look that still reflects the sea & sand outside your door, but with a contemporary twist. Take your cues from nature, rely on the colors and textures found at the coast for the big stuff. Then add decorative accents that are obviously ocean themed. Here’s an example room: The Couch: Mainstays Apartment Sofa – $199. Living by the beach usually means tracking sand into your place. Couches that are tufted have those divots that allow sand/dirt/lint to easily collect, so we’re going with something that is divot free, thus hopefully a little easier to keep clean. The Throw Pillow: Nautical Map 16×16 Pillow Cover + Insert – $25. A throw pillow is an easy way to get your nautical spin going without things getting overwhelming. I like the nautical map theme of the pillow cover I chose, but there are a lot of options out there. Pair this with a few solid navy or sand color pillows. The Rug: Safavieh Courtyard Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Navy/ Beige Rug –  $157.54. Nothing says nautical like stripes, but stripes can be incorporated into different looks, so you won’t be completely boxing yourself in with this rug. It’s an indoor/outdoor rug, so it can live a second life outside if you tire of it in your place. The Table: Alaterre Pomona Reclaimed Wood and Metal 42-inch Coffee Table – $287.98. Reclaimed wood fits right into coastal decor. It calls to mind driftwood, and the natural elements you’ll find at the beach. Just a warning on this table, it will absorb moisture, so expect rings from the bottom of glasses if you don’t use coasters. The Chair: Laurence Barrel Chair – $203.99. Throwing in some color here. I went with orange for a few different reasons. It looks great with the greys and blues of the rest of the decor. It’s also reflective of a few things associated with the sea; corals, sunsets… you get my drift. You can throw one of those navy pillows on it to break up the orange. The Side Table: Threshold Darley Storage Cube in Walnut – $75.99. This handy little storage cube can double as a side table (set a tray, or even wood cutting board on top to create a stable surface) or extra seat. Plus, you’ve got the built in storage for any odds and ends you want nearby, but not out in the open. Good way to contain clutter. The Wall Art: ‘Ombré Beach’ Wall Art Gallery – $99. For a quick grouping of art, this is a nice set. It is just prints, you’ll have to frame them yourself, but Amazon is an easy and affordable option for frames. Don’t be afraid to mix frames up between black and natural woods. The Decor: Sea Urchin Bud Vase Trio – $30. Sea Urchins are pretty spectacular creatures. These vases aren’t actual urchin shells, but ceramic molded after these beautiful creatures. You can use them for air-plants, or just to add some texture and visual interest in the room you’re decorating. The bright white will appeal to those who like modern decor. The Plant: “Stick” or “Spineless” Yucca. If you can find one, a mature “Stick” yucca is a cool looking plant, reminiscent of a palm tree. It’s important to choose the right type of yucca for indoor use, as most yucca have razor sharp leaves that can cut you. Look for indoor yuccas at a store like Home Depot. Plant in a pot large enough to support it’s growth (they get tall, albeit slowly), and one you really like, since this plant should be around for a long time. Sarah is a long time member of the Dappered team, typically working behind the scenes editing posts, taking some photos, and keeping the books in good standing. Occasionally she’ll come out from behind the curtain to offer her two cents.
Style Scenario: Vacation in the Mountains
11-07-2017 17:00:47
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What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Over the next several weeks we’ll be tackling some vacation based Style Scenarios, whether that vacation takes you out to the beach, into the mountains, or cruising the desert. Travel season is upon us, so we’re making some suggestions on how to spend some down time feeling comfortable while looking good. Next trip on our list is to the mountains, where the days are warm (but not hot) and the nights are cool. The Shirt: National Park Tee – $24.98 ($32). Obviously, you can wear any old t-shirt while vacationing in the mountains, but why not throw in something that might be a conversation starter? Huckberry and HOMAGE have collaborated on a great selection of American made shirts, yes, paying homage, to our great parks. Be sure to also check your local thrift stores for cheaper second hand options. The Sweater: Old Navy Ombre Shawl Collar Cardigan – $13.98 ($49.94). A good, inexpensive layer for cool mornings with coffee on the cabin porch, or around the fire at night. The Pants: Levi’s Men’s 514 Straight Fit Stretch Jeans in Ship Yard – $27.99 – $69.50. When vacationing in the mountains, you’ll want items that transition easily from day to night. With their straight fit and 99% Cotton, 1% Elastane, these jeans offer ease of movement for a daytime hike, and will be comfortable for sitting in front of the fire when the evening cools off. The darker color will hide most stains, and at that price you won’t mind if they get a little dirty. The Belt: J. Crew Braided Web Belt – $20.99 w/ YESPLEASE ($30). Summery, but not a ribbon belt. Color without going over the top too. The Watch: Casio Diver – $50ish. Yep, this one again. Why? Because, it’s a great option for your mountain escape. With its 200m water resistance, and resin band, it’s hardy enough to withstand a dip in the lake, or some good ol’ wood chopping. The Sunglasses: Kankan Polarized Sport Sunglasses in Gunmetal – $13.99. Super cheap yet still polarized. So the glare off the mountain lakes/rivers won’t wreck your eyes. No need to take your $100+ sunglasses to the mountains, only to drop them in the river or step on them while playing woodland bocce ball. The Socks: DANISH ENDURANCE Merino Wool Hiking & Trekking Socks – $12.99. Lightweight merino is perfect for a summer excursion to higher elevations. Terrific reviews too. The Shoes: Woolrich Packer – $157.99 ($225.00). Comfortable and sturdy footwear is essential in the mountains. You’ll want a pair of boots that you can wear all day, hiking or lounging, that will keep your feet covered from the elements and your ankles stable while hopping over logs and rocks. Note that while some Woolrich boots are made in the USA (like the Yankee), these are not. Still a nice, supportive boot that won’t weigh you down like massive backpacking boots. The Hat: Lands’ End Men’s 100 Fleece Hat – $14. The nights get cool in the mountains, might want to keep your noggin warm. The Portable Grill: Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE – $135. The whole point of vacationing in the mountains is to be outside enjoying them, right? Even if your cabin/yurt/lodge offers an indoor cooking area, with it’s handle, wheels, and collapsible stand, this portable grill makes it easy to get outdoors and take in the scenery with your friends and family. Remember to pick up a couple 16.4 oz propane tanks to go with it. Of course, cooking over a real fire would be more authentic, but in some areas campfires are a no-go in the summer due to wildfire risk.
Amazon Prime Day 2017 Picks for Men – 30% off Select Styles
11-07-2017 05:16:03
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Amazon: 30% off Select Clothing/Shoes/Watches for Men NOTE: No code needed for these deals. but you do have to be an Amazon Prime member to get the deal. Also know that depending on how fast an item is selling, or, if it sells out, Amazon’s robots can often raise or lower the price by a bit. So if something isn’t quite on point price-wise, that might be why. Also, if Amazon sells out, and it’s just 3rd party stock that’s left? Items below may disappear when it comes to the Prime 30% off discount, yet still appear available for purchase. Amazon’s Prime service has been a game changer for a lot of us. At $99 for a one-year subscription (when paid for an annual), it’s not cheap. But it can help eliminate any sort of annoying, little shopping-related “errands” that you may have. It’s crazy convenient. Here’s what you get with your membership: Free two-day shipping & reduced cost overnight shipping. (This is why most people sign up for Prime.) Returns are free too. Prime Music streaming service. Prime streaming video – kinda like Netflix, freebie titles can be a bit limited. Their Kindle lending library – read one book per month in the lending library for free. And more and more (they’re adding lots of other features.) Free, two day shipping from Amazon is huge. It has drastically reduced the amount of trips many of us used to make to big box stores (say, for, protein powder, or post-it notes, or AA batteries, or running shoes, or an adjustable monitor arm or… you get the idea). And while Amazon still struggles a bit in the style department (for now?) they do carry plenty of watches, shoes, and other basic clothes/accessories guys with a good sense of style may take a shine to. And for “Prime Day,” there are some eye catching discounts. Picks are below. (Side note, there’s 50,000+ items just in the Amazon style section for men, so, this is basically me for the next 24 hours.) And remember, you need to have a Prime membership to get the discount.   Invicta Pro Automatic – $49.23 ($90ish) Already inexpensive, but now? Cheaper. Secret Agent looks on a cubical worker’s budget. Good feel and solid, 200m water resistance too. Nice stainless steel band and case. Automatic movement. Exhibition case back. 40mm case dial. Also looks great on a rubber/silicone or leather strap. High end Swiss watch makers? They should subsidize Invicta’s production of this particular watch. This son-of-a-gun is a dangerous gateway drug if there ever was one. UPDATE: Looks like this thing is even cheaper than originally thought. Price above has been changed to reflect the additional discount that Amazon has loaded on top of the Prime Day deal. Now? It’s under $50. Big thanks to Kevin L. for the tip!   Invicta Auto. Diver in Blue – $58.58 or Black – $52.49 ($75-$80) What’s the difference between this and the automatic above? Still has a 40mm case diameter. Still has those diver looks. Still has a Japanese automatic movement and 200m of water resistance. It’s the bezel. That’s what’s different. This one doesn’t have the more aggressive coin edge bezel. It’s more subtle.   Levi’s 511 Slim, 514 Straight, 541 Athletic, etc… – $35 – $38 ($49 – $54) Mid thirties for a pair of Levi’s, shipped fast and free from Amazon, is a mighty fine bit of commerce. Wash color is up to you, but it’s hard to go wrong with the classic, dark, “tumbled rigid” (shown in the middle) or “the rich” (shown at right).   Citizen Titanium Eco-Drive Watch – $159.77 ($228) One of the better reviewed watches on the market. Full review here in case you want to know our take. Lots of looks, lots of function (even if it takes a little to figure it out), and powered by light. Seems to hover in the mid $200s these days. So $160? That’s rare. Like, right after this was posted, it shot back up to $225.   Florsheim Sabato Double Monk Strap – $87.50 ($125) Budget double monks that don’t look like crap. Many a man has purchased and worn to death a pair of Florsheims in his lifetime. To the average fella walking down the street, they’re decent quality. To those who spend more time than average on their style, they’re dependable. Not amazing. But Florsheim has been around for a while for a reason. Leather isn’t amazing, but the shape certainly works and they should hold up well enough. Fit seems true. A 10.5 fit my feet like most 10.5 D shoes do. Made the annual list of best dress shoes under $200.   Randolph Engineering Aviators in 55mm or 58mm – $90.30 ($129) Made in the USA, timeless shape, nice and comfortable and the components/materials really are top notch. 55mm is for medium sized heads, 58 is for larger noggins.   Orient Bambino 2nd Generation V1 – $98.57 ($140) Under $100 for a hand winding, hackable, domed crystal classic? We live in amazing times. Maddening, yes, but amazing none the less.   Buttoned Down Fitted Spread-Collar Solid Non-Iron Dress Shirt – $27.30 ($39) This is Amazon’s house label dress shirt (the brand is “Buttoned Down”… whether there’s a buttoned down collar, which there is not here, is another story). Is it worth twenty seven dollars? Sure. Is it worth $40? That’s another question. Answers here.   Red Wing Heritage Men’s Weekender Chukka – $160.96 ($229.95) These are the chukkas you’re looking for. Especially if you’re the rugged type who’s tired of the made over seas stuff and want something to wear when you’re not splitting wood (or, when you’re splitting wood and then heading into town for a day of shopping with the significant other). Full disclosure… I have no idea what the previous description meant. Basically, they ain’t desert boots, but something more. And USA made. But less clunky thank a traditional, heritage work boot. So, yeah.   Timex Weekender Chronograph Watch – $39.71 ($49.99) The extremely successful chrono version of the Timex weekender slip-thru series. Also comes with a leather (albeit not the most impressive leather) band on this particular option. Looks like Timex is getting 20% off, and not 30% off? Still, a nice deal for sure.   Timex Weekender Slip-Thru – $23.24 ($29.33) Speaking of the original weekender… The watch that helped lead a nice resurgence of Timex in terms of stylish popularity. This is the model that makes a louder than average “tick” though. Not all color/strap combos are up for the Prime Day discount.   adidas Performance Men’s Samba Millennium – $39 – $45 ($65) Kicks for those who aren’t down with dropping huge amounts of cash on the Nike Killshots. Lots of looks, different textures, and different tones.   Goodthreads Gingham Shirts in Slim or Standard – $17.50 ($25) Haven’t tried these myself yet. Why? Because if it’s a casual button up, one would kinda sorta like a button down dollar. It’s just a million times easier than not having one. Those points are tough to keep in control. That said, $17.50 is damn cheap.   Randolph Intruder Square Sunglasses – $111.30 ($159) Not cheap, but a fine USA made alternative to the Ray-Ban caravan. And black frames don’t get nearly enough love. Chromed out, reflective frames can look like face jewelry. Black is no-nonsense. Also available in 14K gold plated. For now. Just one of those left at post time. Talk about face jewelry. But, if you can rock it…   Timex Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph Watch – $71.78 ($154) A seriously underrated chrono. Doesn’t have the “flimsy” (no, not whimsy, flimsy) that many a Timex carries with it. Robust. Solid. Looks great with a t-shirt and jeans. Much better than a weekender. Full review here.   Wolverine Made in Portugal Marco Chukka Boot – $76.85 ($110 – $180) These are a friggin’ steal at this price. Full disclosure, I recently paid full price for them (don’t… ask). And even at full price I was happy. I needed a grey suede chukka with good cushioning and a bit of grip to the sole. Ta-da. Here they be. Made in Portugal.   Seiko Solar SNE049 Blue Sunburst Dial – $61.13 ($87) Brilliantly simple, classic design, with a (unfortunately all too rare) blue & black color scheme. 37 mm in diameter, so perfect for the smaller wristed fella, or for someone who just wants a dress watch and not a wrist-clock. Luminous dots above the hour indices help you tell the time in the dark.   Laco 1925 Men’s 861688 Automatic – $226.53 ($320) Spendier than they were last year, but, it’s tough to peg the watch market right now. German brand, Japanese automatic, and classic aviation looks. Usually stuck around $300? The other, more complicated looking model drops to $280 once the discount is applied.   Bruno Magli Maioco Cap Toe Oxfords – $297 ($425) Permission to drop down into first person? Thanks. These were, at one point, my most comfortable pair of shoes. And honest to Zeus, I don’t know what the hell happened to them. But boy I put them through their paces on the streets of London, during one two week trip. And they were fantastic. That said, things might have changed. Leather sourcing, insole cushioning, whatever. So, know that.   Seiko Solar SSC569 Chronograph – $168.83 ($241.19) That is one mighty fine looking throwback. Shades of Hamilton’s Pan Europ. 43.5 mm case (and what a nice shape it is), so not some wilting flower, but not overly bulky and feels great on the wrist.   Orig. Chippewa Moc-Toe Boot or Plain Toe Boot – $167.37 – $189 (235 – $270) USA made Classics. What more could you ask for at under $200 in terms of materials and construction?   Timex Expedition Green Band Scout – $26.60 ($33.99) A classic weekend beater watch. 50m water resistance mean’s it’s not terribly fragile (and if water does end up in the case, hey… it was $27). The green canvas strap should help keep sweat and stink at bay, and frankly… it looks pretty good.   Original Penguin Earl Volley Trunk – $45.50 ($65) Huge fan of this design. Solid colored swims shorts with throw-back piping. Mesh liner inside to keep the pieces and the parts from making a run for it. No diaper-like elastic waist, but instead a cinch-able string waist.   Cole Haan Adams Grand Chukka Boot – $88.19 ($125.99) Certainly not as lean and mean as the Allen Edmonds Massdrop chukkas, but should be able to pull some serious duty none the less? Suede uppers. Grippy sole. Amazon’s “Prime” day ends Tuesday, 7/11/17. And the deals aren’t just on clothes of course. Expect this list to probably be updated as the day wears on (there’s a TON of stock to get through… still efforting that). Got a tip on something that’s up for the extra 30% off Prime Day discount? Send those into joe@dappered.com
Monday Sales Tripod – Shoe Trees Sale, Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazers, & More
10-07-2017 17:00:33
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The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.   #1. Allen Edmonds: Summer Clearance + 30% off Woodlore Warwick Single Monk Strap – $247 ($395) Exchange Place Cap Toes – $247 ($395) Neumok 2.0 Wingtips – $177 ($295) Cheetah Suede Sneakers – $97 ($245) made in the D.R. Dundee 2.0 Suede Chukkas – $247 ($395) Woodlore Men’s Combination Cedar Shoe Tree – $17.47 ($24.95) Woodlore Professional-Style Cedar Shoe Valet with Starter Kit  – $55.97 ($79.95) Men’s Ultra Shoe Tree – $24.47 ($34.95) Big thanks to everyone who sent in the heads up about how the new online 2nds portal seems to not have the best pricing as of right now. For example, clearance 1sts on Warwicks are going for $249. 2nds? $299. So, that doesn’t make much sense. But when it comes to 2nds, wait for a big weekend sale, and you’re sure to get something for a steal. Meanwhile, over at Woodlore (the Allen Edmonds owned cedar company), they’re celebrating their 30th anniversary with 30% off just about everything. Not a bad time to stock up on USA made shoe trees.   #2. Bonobos: 25% off $175+ w/ REALDEAL The Jetsetter Wool Blazer – $300 ($400) The Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazer – $300 ($400) multiple colors The Jetsetter Jean (92% cotton, 6% poly, 2% elastane) – $133.50 ($178) Two Pairs of Summerweight Stretch Chinos – $147 ($196) And it can be used on full price stuff too. Not just the sale section. Might not be a bad time to stock up on favorites before the Walmart sale becomes final. (Or is it done already?) Honest question for you guys… is it time to set Bonobos to the side for a while? Or is the social media blowback… over blown? Are you done with Bonobos from here on out? Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   #3. JC Penney: 30% off w/ 24FORYOU Stafford Travel Wool Blend Stretch Suit Separates – $111.99 ($160) Stafford Gunner Cap Toe or Deacon Wingtip Boot – $34.99 ($49.99) Stafford Seersucker Blue White Suit Separates – $90.99 ($129.99) Stafford Linen Cotton Grey Sport Coat – $41.99 ($59.99) Yes, the quality of the Stafford boots (Deacon and Gunner) has reportedly dropped off since they switched the countries of origin from Bangladesh to India… but we’re talking about a $35 boot with the code. I mean… tough to complain at that price, no?   Also worth a mention on a Monday Amazon: Prime day starts tonight at 9pm ET. We’ll get a list of picks up for men’s style (watches, shoes, etc…) as soon as we can post launch. Lands’ End: 40% off regular priced items w/ BEACH40 & 8596 UNIQLO: They’ve launched a summer clearance event. J. Crew Factory: Extra 40% off + free shipping w/ HEATWAVE
Pool toys, Fireworks Traditions, & The Rock’s Next Flick
7-07-2017 12:00:55
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THIS, EXACTLY: (thank you) DOSSIER UPDATE: This will come as a surprise to no one, but it is interesting who didn’t get hauled in. Yet. RED RIDING HOOD NOT INCLUDED: These are not the wolves you are thinking about.  THE DARK AGES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK. Here’s your latest evidence. OH COME ON! I mean, seriously, can we all at least agree that this guy is just a particularly awful person? This is pretty obvious, right? And it’s not about party affiliation – it’s a power thing. Editor’s Note: An unintended consequence of term limits. When you reach the end, you might not just give a damn anymore. Because, well… eh. (He can run again, it just can’t be for a 3rd term in a row.)  EXPECTATIONS MATTER: Like, when for instance, you hear the term Ghost Dolphin and get really excited for but a moment. I mean still, that’s cool and everything. It’s just… CUE HAUNTING THEME… (thank you) THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD*: Nobody is poking fun at these two anymore. Carefully considered placement is an essential element to this particular story. DOSSIER UPDATE #2: One of the worst people in the world just can’t STFU. This is either going to get him in real trouble or work out in his favor. BLINDERS: Chances are you are wearing them even when you don’t think you are. This might qualify as well. YOU CALL THAT A WINTER WELCOME?  Looks like I might need to find a new favorite Holiday beer. Because bollocks. PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ? (thank you) Eric H sent along a couple really terrific links this week. Never mind my comments. Really. Just click through. THERE COMES A DAY…when you realize that you should never complain about where you work ever again. Also, I need to get some of that honey. For scientific purposes, naturally. FIRE IN THE SKY: A Greek religious tradition carried out on Holy Sunday. This is fairly amazing to see. INCOMING! At first I was like, “Really? Why’s they have to go remake that one?” But then I realized it was The Rock and all my fucks up and flew away. *Those who don’t own swords, and those that do. These are there stories. (hit the music.) Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.
New Button Down Collar Polos, Summer Suit Clearance, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful
6-07-2017 15:03:26
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Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out.    Spier & Mackay: Extra 24.1% off Sale Items w/ USA241 Blue Wool/Linen Check Suit in Slim or Contemporary Fit – $204ish USD ($345 USD) Copper Linen/Silk Suit in Slim or Contemporary Fit – $204ish USD ($345 USD) Bright Blue Herringbone Sportcoat in Slim or Contemporary Fit – $145ish USD ($268 USD) Blue Cotton Suit in Slim or Contemporary Fit – $175ish USD ($268 USD)  Tan Cotton Suit in Slim or Contemporary Fit – $175ish USD ($268 USD) In honor of the 241st birthday of the United States. That’s quite a hefty additional discount, on top of pretty solid markdowns. Sizes and selection are of course scattered. Just depends on what you’re looking for. Remember, prices listed on the Spier & Mackay site are in CAD, so, be prepared to do some conversions if you’re a US customer. Code expires tomorrow, Friday July 7th.   Allen Edmonds: Factory 2nds are now permanently online? This isn’t a sale (prices have gone back up to normal on most Factory 2nds models). What it is, is news. (Or, news to some of us?) It appears that Allen Edmonds has made the jump to e-commerce for their Factory 2nds inventory. So, no more phone calls? There’s now an “outlet” section on the main Allen Edmonds site, and Factory 2nds are one half of that section (the other is clearance). Seems that there’s still a $10 restocking fee for Factory 2nds returns done through the mail.   Lands’ End: 40% off Reg. Priced Items w/ BEACH40 & 8596 Tailored Fit Half Canvas Italian Wool Blazer – $173.40 ($289) backordered Tailored Fit Wool Year ’rounder Dress Pants – $53.40 ($89) Drifter Aran Cable Crewneck – $53.40 ($89) Men’s 8″ Volley Swim Trunks – $23.70 ($39.50) The problem with this deal? Lands’ End just launched their big summer sale not that long ago, and this code and pin only works on regular priced items. And much of the items are on sale for, wait for it, less than the 40% off you could have saved if they would have remained at full price. Sneaky Lands’ End. Verrry sneaky.   JOMERS: New Button Down Collar Oxford Pique Polos – $25 Hey now. Those dogs look like they’ll hunt. Oxford cotton woven into a pique fabric. Button down collar. Made in Peru. Much more affordable than the J. Crew option from yesterday’s Most Wanted. Not on sale, but… well it’s Jomers. And they’re pretty well known for their affordability. UPDATE: According to reader Thomas B., “The fit is pretty similar to Uniqlo’s polos of two years ago, definitely air drying this.  The material is heavier compared to Uniqlo, I guess this shouldn’t be surprising as the Uniqlo is more a tech fabric.” So… there you have it.   GAP: Summer Sale + 40% off w/ DEAL Gingham poplin slim fit shirt – $20.99 ($49.95) Everyday stretch slim fit khakis – $29.99 ($69.95) Indigo dot twill standard fit shirt – $20.99 ($59.95) Lightweight oxford stripe shirt – $20.99 ($49.95) Lightweight stretch khakis in slim or straight fit – $35.97 ($59.95) Seems like most of GAP’s site is on sale, PLUS you get that extra 40% off with the code. And the code appears to be working on most of what’s left at full price. As always, free shipping kicks in at fifty bucks.   Also worth a mention: Massimo Dutti: Their Summer sale is still going on. It’s pretty picked over though. Amazon: Prime Day is coming up next Tuesday (well, it actually starts Monday night). We’ll get a round up of men’s style picks ready for you guys once it launches. Club Monaco: Extra 30% off sale items (no code needed).
The Best in Affordable Style from the Month that Was – June ’17
5-07-2017 17:00:26
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A wise man once asked: “What the hell just happened?” And for good reason. There is value in looking back. It gives us all a good gauge as to what is good, and more importantly, what is not good, going forward. Sure, the “clip show” is mostly a cheap (affordable?) device to create new content out of already published stuff. But it’s also a good way to catch up in case you missed something. So cue the flashback music. Here’s the very best from the month that was…   Best Sale: A.E. Factory 2nds Online Flash Sale Was part of the big batch of 4th of July Weekend sales. Sale is over now, but the prices and stock were really something. Lots of wheelhouse styles under $200. Better than the average 2nds sale for sure, PLUS, you didn’t have to pick up the phone. Twas all e-commerce.   Best Individual Item Deal: J. Crew Chips – $120 ($275) Sold out now, but that’s not surprising. Sure, they’re out of season. But $119.99 for a pair of American Made, classic yet great looking, cap toe boots? They weren’t even final sale. Was also available in a plain toe suede, but, those are long gone too.   Most Wince Worthy Style News: Walmart Really Will Buy Bonobos Look, it’s hard to lob criticism of the financial aspects of the deal unless you’ve got an MBA, but let’s just say this is not going over well with many in the Bonobos customer base. Meanwhile, in the wake of this announcement, this weekend Bonobos was pushing “two tees for $88!” They’ve been bought by Walmart. Their idea of a “deal” is two t-shirts at $44 a pop. Again, I don’t have an MBA, but that… I dunno. Doesn’t feel right.   Most Wheelhouse Post: Best Dress Shoes under $200 An annual round up. No, Meermin wasn’t included, and without fail someone on social media will bring them up, but once you add on shipping to the states (and a dreadfully pricey return policy), Meermins are over two bills. BUT… that said, it’s been a while since we reviewed em’. So, we’ll be taking some Meermins for a spin in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, you’ve got plenty of options under $200 when it comes to dress shoes.   Most Unexpected Business Expense: Brut At least it was cheap. And it sparked plenty of discussion.   Latest Attempt by Amazon to take over the (retail) World: Prime Wardrobe On the one hand, it’s really no more than Amazon delaying a charge in order to get items into your home (plus, there’s the discounting for bulk buys). On the other, between Whole Foods & the “Echo Look,” they’ve been rolling out a lot lately. Now if they could just get the styles dialed in a bit on the main site (not East Dane), and we’d be talking.   Most Potentially Thought Provoking Insta. Post: What if there is no Joe? What if Joe is just a ruse? Like the Jackalope… plausible, yet fictitious. Pieced together and easy to replicate, all while never showing its entirety in the flesh? Eh? Or, perhaps, the lack of specific identifiers for “Joe” or “The Joes” has more to do about this site being about you guys, and not about the person (or people, or jackalopes) behind the scenes. There are plenty of sites out there where the people running the show appear to be more concerned with looking as cool as possible on the internet, and less concerned with creating compelling, useful content for their readership. Anyway… back into the forest for us.   Best Received Summertime Outfit: Saturated Colors This seemed to go over well. Honestly wasn’t sure if it would. Glad you guys were open to something other than light neutrals in the (relative at the time) heat. Well, most of you were open to it. Marilyn wasn’t. NOTHING IS EVER GOOD ENOUGH FOR MARILYN.   Least Helpful Social Media Comment: How to Avoid Foot Funk Jeremiah: “Stop going sockless!” Why… don’t that just knock your dick in the dirt! I never would have thought of that. Thanks Jeremiah. Really, really fine work outta you. Here sir, perhaps read these instead.   Best Reminder that there’s always room for improvement: Getting Fit like an Officer Candidate Three words: Dead. Hang. Pull-ups. (Or, is that 4 words? Pull ups?) Anyway, after reading Zach’s post, I decided to finally stop cheating on my pull ups, and do true dead hang pull ups. I’m even more disgusted with myself than I used to be. Also, 3 miles in 18 minutes is hoofin’ it.   Most Anticipated Upcoming Sale: Nordstrom Anniversary Runs from 7/21 – 8/6, with Nordstrom card-members getting early access on 7/13. It’s almost always one of the best (if not the best) sale of the year. Just depends on what the powers that be at Nordstrom decide to put on sale. Unlike most sales, which are there to move either current season or end of season merchandise out the door, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale puts NEW items just in, or, items that lean more towards the upcoming season (fall) on sale. You can preview the catalog here. Big thanks to reader Adam T. for the tip.   Best Upcoming Annual Tradition: Reader Appreciation Week! Soon. Feeling Nostalgic? Here’s the archive containing previous editions of Best of the Month that Was.
Most Wanted Affordable Style – July 2017
5-07-2017 12:00:22
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Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or a quick upgrade for yourself, expect these to come around about once a month. You’ll find new arrivals and old favorites, especially good deals, or maybe something pricey to keep an eye on for future sales. The potential best of the best, which you may or may not have seen already. Got a tip on something that deserves to end up in the monthly Most Wanted? Send those in here.   J. Crew Button-down Collar Polo – $31.50 w/ HOORAY ($45) Yo UNIQLO. Would be nice if you ever re-stocked your button down collar polos (they’ve been out of stock for what seems like the majority of the summer/late spring). But, in case they’re discontinuing the style, at least we’ve got J. Crew to lean on. They’re more expensive than the UNIQLO option, of course, but perhaps the fits won’t be as wonky as some find the UNIQLO options (nowadays they can be a little boxy, while short in the tail).   Made in Portugal “JAK” Leather Sneakers – $119.98 ($144) Clean and simple. Full grain leather uppers. Leather lined too. Made in Portugal. On sale via Huckberry, and plenty of leather shades to pick from. Ships and returns for free. Minimalist, tonal stamp branding on the heel.   GUSTIN Made in the USA Duffel – $129 Just in case you missed this when it was put in as an update for the 4th of July sales over the weekend. Waxed canvas, Made in California, Horween leather accents… for $129? That’s pretty friggin’ impressive. Now, it’s Gustin, so they’re pre-orders, and they won’t get delivered until September (so after the summer travel season). 2160 cubic inches of space. Not huge, but could be the ticket for some. Five colors to pick from.   BR Lightweight Blazer in Slim or Standard – $100ish ($198) This thing is the bee’s knees. Easily one of the best sportcoats Banana Republic has produced in a good long while. Lightly structured, lightweight cotton, and the only thing that’s lined is the sleeves. Even the underarm sweat shields are made of a breathable fabric. Not some cheap looking, rumpled chino sportcoat either. Easy to dress up or down. Available in slim or standard fits. Size shown above is a 40R in the standard fit. Why they call the color “navy” when it’s quite obviously a light, icy blue, is beyond me. One warning… those sleeve button cuffs ARE functional. So, shortening the sleeves could be a pain. Has been going for around $100 as of late thanks to some 40% – 50% off codes and sales. NOTE: The Standard Fit is currently going for $99, with 50% coming off at checkout. Use the code BRNEW for 40% off the slim fit, and it’ll drop to $118.80 through today (7/5.)   C. Ward C5 Square – $315 ($630) | C7 Chrono – $205 ($410) Each model is part of their recently launched clearance event. The slimline square is a hand-wound mechanical, and it’s modern, sleek, and minimalist. Meanwhile, the quartz C7 Chrono is mighty fast looking, and quite the looker. All Christopher Ward watches are Swiss made. Want more most wanted? Click here for the top 5 most wanted lists from previous months.
4th of July Weekend Sales for Men
2-07-2017 01:47:24
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Somewhere between the grilling, beer swilling, and fireworks lighting, you might be doing some shopping. And frankly, this is one of the better 4th of July sale batches in recent memory. Off we go. Happy birthday ‘murica. (You too Canada!) Here’s to us all having the same number of fingers come Wednesday morning that you started the long weekend with. Seriously. Don’t be stupid.   J. Crew: 30% off Select + Extra 50% off  Sale w/ HOORAY Cotton Shawl Cardigan Sweater – $44.99 ($118) Lightweight Italian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater in Stripe – $69.99 ($198) Belts in Cotton Stripe – $20, Navy/Leather – $20, Light Hickory – $14.99 Garment-dyed Cotton Oxford Pant in 770 Straight Fit – $19.99 ($75) Lightweight Garment-dyed Stretch Chino Pant in 484 Slim Fit or 770 Straight Fit – $14.99 – $35 Sperry for J.Crew Authentic Original 2-eye broken-in boat shoes – $68.60 ($98) And that’s for the entire sale section. Extra half off. Doesn’t have to be final sale. (In fact, it doesn’t look like there’s much, if any, final sale stuff in there at post time?) MONDAY UPDATE: They’ve added 30% off select full priced items to this deal. Usual exclusions (like their summerweight sportcoats) apply. Some suiting is getting the cut though.   Saddleback: Select Tobacco & Dark Coffee Brown Leather Sale Medium Classic Leather Brief in Dark Coffee Brown – $575.20 ($719) Medium Thin Front Pocket Brief in Dark Coffee Brown – $511.20 ($639) Leather Gadget Bag – $223.20 ($279) Medium Thin Leather Brief in Dark Coffee Brown – $463.20 ($579) A very, very rare sale for Saddleback. Turns out they’re heading back to a more “roughed up” version of their lighter tobacco shade, as well as a dark coffee brown shade that was closer to previous leathers they had used in the past.   Allen Edmonds: Factory 2nds Online Flash Sale Cornwallis Medallion Toe Oxfords – $195 ($299) Fifth Ave. Oxfords – $195 ($299) Carlyle Plain Toe Oxfords – $195 ($299) Higgins Mill Boots – $195 ($289) Liverpool Chelsea Boots – $249 ($349) Dalton Wingtip Boots – $245 ($349) St. John’s Double Monk Straps – $199 ($299) Mora 2.0 Double Monk Straps – $199 ($299) Shell Cordovan Park Ave. – $399 ($529) No phone calls necessary this time. And there are plenty of desirable models under $200. Online Flash Sale runs through 7/3.   J.C.F.: 50% off most everything + Extra 50% off Clearance w/ FOURTHFUN Slub Linen Suit Jacket – $109.99 FINAL Sunwashed Garment Dyed Polos – $19.50 9″ Shorts in Anchor Print, Washed Oxford, or Linen/Cotton – $24.50 – $29.50 Lightweight Chinos in Sutton Fit – $27.00 Oxford Cloth Pant in Driggs Slim or Sutton Straight Fit – $32.00 Kind of a weird one. Looks like there are, actually, more than a few exclusions? Like a lot of their sportcoats? Suiting is usually excluded, but their sportcoats? They lumping those in with suiting now? That’s bad news for those of us who swear by their Thompson fit.   Target: 20% off Clothing, Shoes, Accessories w/ JULY4 Club Shorts in 10.5″ inseam – $15.99 ($19.99) Club Shorts in 8″ inseam – $15.99 ($19.99) Oxford Cloth Club Shorts in 10.5″ inseam – $15.99 ($19.99) Chambray Club Shorts in 10.5″ inseam – $15.99 ($19.99) Their popular (for good reason) Club Shorts are up for the 20% off cut. Also worth noting is the level of stretch on their stretch chino shorts. Got some real spring/flexibility there. There’s hardly a better deal out there when it comes to decent looking and wearing shorts.   EXPRESS: 50% off Tees, Polos, & Shorts The Pick:  Tech Stretch Polos – $19.99 ($39.90) Big fan of these things. Won best in show for this year’s polo palooza. 95% cotton and 5% spandex = quite a bit of stretch. Yet still plenty smooth and soft. Chambray, deeper 4 button placket is a nice touch as well. (Not that you should be unbuttoning all those buttons… hardly… it just makes the shirt look and feel a little more substantial.) Super smooth. Size shown above is a medium.   Lands’ End: 40% off reg. price w/ FIRECRACKER & 1776 Tailored Fit Half Canvas Italian Wool Blazer – $173.40 ($289) backordered Tailored Fit Plaid Linen Blazer – $137.40 ($229) Tailored Fit Wool Herringbone Blazer – $149.40 ($249) Tailored Fit Navy Plaid Sportcoat – $149.40 ($249) Tailored Fit Wool Year ’rounder Dress Pants – $53.40 ($89) Drifter Aran Cable Crewneck – $53.40 ($89) It has to be a regular priced item, so sale stuff is out, but at least you aren’t limited to just one item like some of their other codes. Those Italian Wool Half-Canvas blazers are still on back order. (Sidenote, never quite “got” the quarter zip sweater under a sportcoat look… it looks awkward to my eye, but, whatever.)   GUSTIN: Made in the USA duffels for $129 Waxed canvas, Made in California, Horween leather accents… for $129? That’s pretty friggin’ impressive. Now, it’s Gustin, so they’re pre-orders, and they won’t get delivered until September (so after the summer travel season.) But still. That’s a pretty darn crazy price for would could be a lifer of a bag. 2160 cubic inches of space. Not huge, but could be the ticket for some. Five colors to pick from.   Billy Reid: Summer Sale Wool/Cashmere Italian Made Calvin Jacket in Navy – $199.50 ($695) Cotton Italian Made Larson Jacket – $119.50 ($495) Cotton/Linen Italian Made Lexington Jacket – $199.50 ($595) Dopp Kit – Tobacco – $145 ($225) Mini Parachute Bag – $149.50 ($395) Indianola in Stone – $199.50 ($395) Some seriously big markdowns in this one. Billy Reid knows a thing or two about quality too. Just be aware that there might be some final sale items lurking about in the sale section, so, get familiar with their return policy/know what you’re getting yourself into.   New Republic: 50% off Accessories Gray Suede Belt – $17.50 ($35) Blue & White Striped Belt – $12.50 ($25) Silk & Leather Cactus Belt – $17.50 ($35) Silk & Leather Scorpion Belt – $17.50 ($35) The already inexpensive just got cheaper. Their suede shoes are pretty good for the (cheap) price. But, gotta admit that I have no experience with their accessories. So, be warned.   Spier & Mackay: $50 off a reg. price Suit, $75 off 2 or more Got that? It’s $50 off for a single full priced suit, but $75 off each if you buy 2 or more. Also, for the fellas who swear by their shirts, you can knock 15% off all regular priced shirts with CANADA150. You can also save $20 off all reg. priced dress pants, and $30 on each pair if you’re buying two or more. As always, this is CAD, not USD, so, be prepared to google up the conversion.   Also worth a mention: Banana Republic: Extra 50% off Sale items (no code needed). 40% off the rest (BR picks excluded) w/ BRNEW Club Monaco: Extra 30% off sale items (no code needed). Todd Snyder: Extra 20% off markdowns w/ STARSANDSTRIPES Ledbury: Up to 50% off select styles during their 4th of July Sale. GAP: 40% off w/ JULY Huckberry: Seasonal clearances on clothing, shoes, gear, & more, plus try the code FIREWORKS for a potential extra 15% off. H&M: Up to 70% off during their summer sale.
The triptych GIF, Game of Thrones Bar, & the only Transformers review you need
30-06-2017 12:00:59
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LAUGH WHILE YOU CAN MONKEY BOY: (thank you) DOSSIER UPDATE #1: A few weeks back there was a freakish story about how Orcas were surgically removing organs from great white sharks. Gruesome, fascinating and fairly awful stuff. Well… THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS: Worst “own goal” ever.  Grrrrrr. WORDS: You know this is a thing with me, right? Here we have a whole lot of veils, a bit of current reality and ‘It’s fair baltic nockin’ aboot ootside in this weather’. ONCE UPON A TIME: For those of you who checked out “Words,” a little history. Before there was Ga Ga, there was new wave circa 1982. This, gents, is how I remember my teen years. Life is so strange. Perhaps you’re more familiar with this version? Or maybe this one? And if you are interested, the Missing Persons rabbit hole is more rock history than novelty band. TRIGGER WARNING: (thank you) Dossier Executive Director of outsourced content, Eric H, shares another terrific batch of shareables for this week. I feel like I’m basically skating here. HOW TO WRITE A MOVIE REVIEW…for a Michael Bay movie. This man is a national hero. So much to like. So. Much. WAY TO GO HOSER: It would seem a certain swoon-worthy Prime Minister is winning hearts and minds with his stocking collection. #accessories WANT LOVE? Time to play 36 questions. LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: Get a grip guys. I would suggest the Gossip Queen. Eric is fond of The Prom. SOUNDS REASONABLE: I’m not sure which channel they could play but anything has to be better than this. I mean, there’s got to be a puppy network, right? THE TRIPTYCH GIF:     (thank you) I BELIEVE IT WAS THE GREAT HOWARD JONES WHO SAID…“things can only get better.” And in at least one way, he was correct. Move aside mister fidget spinner. HERE’S SOMETHING YOU DON’T SEE EVERYDAY: A reunion that doesn’t suck. AKA Eric’s INCOMING for this week. Going to have to catch this one myself. That’s a pretty solid cast they’ve got there. MEANWHILE, IN RUSSIA…stereotypes unfold. They always skimp on the salami and bread. Always. PLENTY OF POOCHES: Top down and chillin. In front of the camera. And on the trail. DOWN TIME WITH DONATELLA: Miss Versace will see you now. KING’S LANDING COMES TO DC: (thank you) Someone created a “pop-up” Game Of Thrones inspired bar. I’m only bitter because I’ll never taste a What is Dead May Never Die. Sad trombone. Or Elephant horn. Or whatever. OH NOES! The horror. Are they eating cake yet? I kid. I kid. Mostly. FREAK OUT YOUR FRIENDS: Instagram shenanigans. Somebody should probably go ahead and do this. But not me. I have about a million pictures of my animals and another million of cocktails to work with. Wait, huh. TRIBUTE OF THE WEEK: Born of curiosity and kindness. THE REFLEX (EX EX EX)*: From zero to OH HELL NO before you can blink. * I’m sorry. I can’t help myself. NUMBER CRUNCHING IN A WAISTCOAT: (thank you) DOSSIER UPDATE #2: That was quick. Turns out the Mystery of the Stolen Toe has been resolved. Yes, alcohol was involved. PUDGY PUSS OF THE WEEK: Inspired use of a pet in an artistic statement on current culture. Or, a clever human finds a new way to photograph his cat. Both work. I laughed. La Licorne will haunt my dreams. GERMS GOT NO RESPECT: No respect at all. This is for-reals and on-the-level level bad news right here. Your favorite art could be a feast for bacteria, fungi and algae as we speak. I repeat: bad news. OH HELLO: This seems like a pretty primal encounter. The shrieking, on the other hand, nearly drove me mad. Shut up and witness some of nature’s best material. THE ORIGINAL CLICK BAIT FACTORY: Whatever happened to Upworthy anyway? HINT: it isn’t happy. INCOMING! Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.