Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Men's Shirt Collars

The shirt collar is one of the most important -- and most overlooked -- aspects of men's fashion. Choosing a correct shirt collar involves a common sense judgement of proportions: a smaller shirt collar will suit a smaller man and a larger shirt collar will suit a larger man.

The proper shirt collar will balance the structure of the face by offsetting its most prominent aspects and accenting its diminished ones. For example, a man with a long neck will wear a tall shirt collar.

Let's take a look at some of the most common shirt collars and determine which style is best for you.

Straight Point Collar

The straight point collar is the most basic shirt collar type and can be worn with any jacket. It has a narrow opening between its points and suits a round face

Spread Shirt Collar

The spread shirt collar is the most popular shirt collar and comes in a variety of styles. This shirt collar works especially well for people with narrow or triangular faces and should be worn with a half-windsor or windsor knot. A four-in-hand will look insubstantial.

Club Shirt Collar

The club shirt collar, also called the rounded collar, is a good choice for those with a square, chiseled jaw. The club shirt collar is gaining in popularity and is a stylish choice when paired with a four-in-hand knot -- just make sure its a contrasting shirt collar (i.e. white collar on blue shirt).

Tab Shirt Collar

The tab shirt collar style is best suited to people with long necks as it offers a high rising collar. Tabs fasten to each other, hidden behind the tie's knot, to hold the collar points in place. This forces the tie and collar to thrust upwards under the chin.

Button Down Shirt Collar

The button down shirt collar is an Ivy League staple that looks fantastic when paired with a casual outfit. Never wear this collar with a formal suit or to, say, a wedding, but rather pair it with a tweed jacket and brown loafers. The button down can be found in enough styles to suit most people. Those with wide faces, however, should steer clear of this shirt collar.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Best Mens Jeans

It can be tough to choose the best pair of jeans. The jeans market is ridiculously overcrowded which means most people get a pair of Levi's and pack it in -- sifting through the options can be overwhelming.

So we've done that sifting for you. Here are the jeans that stand out -- and will make you stand out -- from the crowd.


Truth be told there's not much "new" about these jeans. A.P.C. began making raw denim, lean fitting jeans 20 years ago and hasn't changed its business plan since. The big innovation that merits the label "new" is that their rise is a bit lower than previously. New Standards should hold a special place in the heart of the fashion afficionado -- that raw denim is among the stiffest out there, but isn't that the point? Why get raw denim jeans if you can't break them in yourself?


The arc of the covenant of the jean world. 501's are the classic, American go-to jean. Of course, that isn't to say they haven't adapted to the times -- namely, the expanding waistlines of the public. There's now a bit more material and a bit larger waistline. For those of you who want true vintage 501's, you can shell out $200 to get a pair of the 1947 model.


Another staple of the jean-wearing set, Dior Homme's classic denim continues to fit nicely. What sets Dior Homme jeans apart from their competitors is the interesting washes these jeans are put through. These intricate treatments bring out colours and hues that aren't seen in other brands. Additionally, the signature scar stitch along the back pocket is still one of the coolest brand details around.


Raulph Lauren's high-end line, RRL, is inspired by the jeans worn by ranchers, farmers, railroad hands, and other blue collar workers. They try and incorporate the authentic wear and fading of these jeans into their line. All the styles are made from indigo-soaked selvage denim which will make you feel even more authentic when you're wearing them to your wine-tasting event.


Rag & Bone began as a maker of jeans but has expanded far beyond that since. Their RB15 model, handmade in New York, is one of the softest pair of jeans you'll ever find, especially considering they're made out of selvage denim. Personally, I don't think you'll find a better fit than these jeans. Additionally, the trademark oversized pockets are useful and unique.