I’m in London working for Disorder Magazine. I’ll have posts up on the site soon, which you can check out at http://disordermagazine.com I’ll also be posting sporadically here throughout the summer, with a review of Penfield’s brilliant Rochester jacket coming soon.
Brunello, Meet Michael: When Italian Menswear...
Recently, I’ve been spending more of my time on MFA and a thread about personal style got me thinking about how I would define my style now. After all, this blog has been all about how my personal style has evolved and what I’ve learned from other outlets. I’ve thought more and more (especially because of the discussions here of MFA clones) about what personal style is and...
I’m going to start writing here again! Get pumped. Product Reviews and Brand Spotlights coming! A new era is on the horizon.
I’m about to leave for my first Fashion Week. Follow me on Instagram @maisondeveriteJB for current photos. I’ll post a follow-up when I get back home next week. Hopefully it’s a terrific time in the world’s fashion capital. See you there.
Pitti's back... Brace yourselves!
Maybe I’ll make it to the next one. For now, NYFW will have to do.
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Proper Fit | Shirts, Jackets & Trousers
ardenreed: Fit is the number one most important factor in men’s style. That cannot be stressed enough. The difference between an $89 blazer from H&M and a $1200 Armani coat is minimal when they’re both well tailored. That is why going custom—especially at prices offered by modern bespoke tailors both on- and offline—is so popular today. We at Arden Reed believe that fit and good tailoring...
Blazers & Sport Coats Part II: When to Wear
ardenreed: You’ve already learned a little bit about sport jackets and blazers, as well as some basics on pairing them with pants and other articles of clothing. For a refresher, please take another look at part 1 of our series, “Everything You Need to Know About Sport Jackets” here. Of course, it wasn’t quite everything, so we’re filling in the blanks now. Today, despite a major resurgence...
Intro to Men's Shirt Fabrics
ardenreed: We already went over the various suiting fabrics here, but what about shirts? Shirt fabrics (called shirtings by tailors) aren’t quite as diverse but there is still a range of different options. Cotton is the fabric when it comes to shirts, but there are a many different methods of weaving it. Oxford cloth is the ultimate for Americana and casual button-downs. It is soft and...
How to Tie a Tie
ardenreed: Scientists have proven that there are exactly 85 different ways to tie a tie. Of these, 13 are classified as aesthetic knots with a further 3 common variants. These specific knots were chosen based on their shape, symmetry, and balance. They include the four-in-hand, half-Windsor, Windsor, and small knot, in addition to lesser known knots like the Nicky, Victoria, St. Andrew,...
Wrinkles: The Death of a Good Outfit
ardenreed: A great outfit can be ruined instantly if your shirt or suit is badly wrinkled. Aside from buying new wrinkle-free shirts, there are a number of stylish ways to keep your clothes smooth and without wrinkles. The solution is not constantly ironing—everybody’s least favorite chore can be avoided by following some simple steps. First, hang your clothes properly. This means...
How to Fold your Pocket Square
ardenreed: The pocket square is the accessory of choice for stylish men the world over. Whether it’s an evening on the town in jeans and a blazer or a black-tie evening engagement, a pocket square adds an undeniable dash of flair. I’m a strong believer that there is only one fold you truly need to know—the TV (or straight) fold. A straight line of color or pattern jetting out of the chest...
How to Match Sunglasses to Your Face Type
ardenreed: Another article focusing on matching and proportions? You guessed it! When it comes to your face, these things are just as important in finding the right pair of sunglasses as they are when matching tie knots to shirt collars. Knowing the proper sunglass shape for your face is an easy and effective style upgrade—one that every man should know. Let’s start with aviators, the...
Arden Reed: A Guide to Pairing Tie Knots and... →
ardenreed: Certain tie knots go best with certain collars (and vice versa), in the same way some collars frame specific face types better than others. For starters, classic point collars are best for men with round features, and should be avoided by men with particularly thin faces. Medium spread…
To Tuck or Not to Tuck - Men's Shirt Guidelines
ardenreed: The debate of whether to tuck or untuck shirts—especially when it comes to pairing button-downs and jeans—is as contentious as arguing which way the toilet paper should hang. There are a couple rules you should know and some other guidelines to keep in mind when considering what sort of a look you are going for. At its most basic, the more formal the elements of your outfit, the...
How to Find a Tailor and What to Pay Him For
ardenreed: There’s an old adage in the menswear community that you can look like a million bucks in a $100 suit, and you can look like $10 in a $1000 suit. The secret is in the tailoring. How do you find a tailor and what will you have to pay to turn that suit into the immaculately fitting garment you crave? There are a couple ways to find your perfect tailor. But remember, your clothes won’t...
Men's Jewelry Guide
ardenreed: A well-curated accessory stands out and announces to the world the stylish man you are. There’s been an explosion of growth in menswear accessories lately. New brands like Miansai and Giles & Brother are popping up to supply men with the proper digs. Watches, tie bars, and simple bracelets are the easiest “mewelry” to pull off—that’s a good place to start. Thetiebar.com...
Arden Reed: How to Shine Your Dress Shoes →
ardenreed: Polishing and taking care of your shoes is as important to how they look over time as the design itself. It’s a skill that pays dividends when you learn to do it yourself. You’ll need an old t-shirt (or chamois cloth), an “on” brush (with short, stiff bristles), a…
Arden Reed Blog: How to Choose and Apply Cologne →
ardenreed: Cologne can be a man’s best friend, second only to his dog. The way you smell says as much about you as the clothing choices you make. Having more than one scent to call upon for different occasions is ideal. If you choose poor colognes and apply liberally, you’ll bring a teenaged…
Arden Reed Blog: Everything You Need to Know About... →
ardenreed: Sports jackets and blazers aren’t interchangeable. So what is the difference? It’s simple. The term blazer refers only to a solid (usually navy) jacket worn without matching trousers, and sports jackets (or sports coats) are a larger category of any tailored jacket without matching pants. …
Arden Reed Blog: Tricks to Avoid Shaving Nicks →
ardenreed: Shaving is a masculine art. Its a technique that is handed down from generation to generation. The problem is that most of our fathers don’t teach us how to do it the best way. According to Ask Men, men spend an average of five months of their lives shaving. Five months. That’s…
Arden Reed Blog: How Your Suit Should Fit →
ardenreed: Whether you’re wearing a T-Shirt or a Tailored Suit, a well fitted garment will make ANY man look better. If you’re familiar with Pareto’s Principle you know that 20% of your effort will lead to 80% of the results. Similarly, choosing an item that fits well, even though it’s such a small…
Arden Reed Blog: The Four Style Rules You Need to... →
ardenreed: Experts will give you an infinite list of “style” rules to live by. This advice is outdated, if not downright wrong, so we here at Arden Reed thought we’d simplify things for you. Here are the rules you need to know and the one should ignore: “Never wear white after Labor Day” Ignore. This…
Arden Reed Blog: How to wear suits for the season →
ardenreed: The All Inclusive As the season changes, we thought it would be a good time to talk about suit weights and seasonal fabrics. For many men, all of their suits are “three-season” 10-12 oz. (weighed by the yard of fabric) worsted wool. These typical suits are appropriate about 340 days a year.
Check out some work here from my new gig, with... →
Actually, they’ve removed the Tumblr and switched to a site on their homepage: ardenreed.com/blog Pretty much every post from October-December 2012 was written by me.