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Styleforum 101: A Menswear Primer

We hope that you will find valuable information and inspiration from this section of Styleforum. This Primer is intended to provide answers to some of our most common questions, one of which may be your reason for coming to this site.

Please understand that while all attempts have been made to represent the general opinions of Styleforum, there will always be dissenting opinions. The advice here will be aimed at putting you in the most unobjectionable attire possible, and giving you some idea of what different deviations signify.

Please enjoy all the great advice here and feel free to ask questions about any of this in our Men's Clothing or Streetwear and Denim Discussion Forums.


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12 primer submissions by the Styleforum community.

Styleforum's Winter Getaway (Jeans & Trousers)

Outerwear Footwear Pullovers Cardigans Jeans & Trousers Extras My father always told me to pack extra pants. I’m not sure why, but it’s not a bad rule of thumb. Rich textures and colors aren’t just for shirts and sweaters, they can extend to the pants as well (Epaulet trousers, $235). Simply packing a pair of jeans and another pair of non-denim trousers that will get you into those pesky restaurants (yes, I’m being facetious) will suffice. Nudie used to be a favorite on Styleforum – the Slim Jim Organic Brown Indigo was the original “slim” model, but it seems... read more

Styleforum's Winter Getaway (Cardigans)

Outerwear Footwear Pullovers Cardigans Jeans & Trousers Extras One particular brand has captured Styleforum’s collective imagination: S.N.S. Herning, a Danish company specializing in seaworthy knitwear. One specific model is a high neck cardigan with an insulating bubble knit called the “Stark.” I have two, and I wear them everywhere, all the time. As a result, they come with me on vacation. The Stark is super tough - I have worn mine through actual brush, and hardly gotten a snag - and the best $275 you will spend if you want to pretend that you’re a Norwegian... read more

Styleforum's Winter Getaway (Pullovers)

Outerwear Footwear Pullovers Cardigans Jeans & Trousers Extras Pullover sweaters are probably the best travel clothes. They don’t wrinkle, provide much needed comfort on a long flight, and the TSA will – as of now, at least – still allow you to wear them through security (Band of Outsiders, $280 and Rag&Bone, $450.) When she is traveling with you, she can cozy up and lean on you, a great feeling. It’s also nice if you are wearing something soft so she can snuggle against you, like these medium weight S.N.S. Herning pullovers. They’re both durable (useful... read more

Styleforum's Winter Getaway (Footwear)

Outerwear Footwear Pullovers Cardigans Jeans & Trousers Extras The Arno river in Florence in beautiful in the evening, and I’d recommend to bundle up, get out of the city center, and walk a stretch of it after dinner. A little known fact that everyone knows – boots, not shoes, used to be the norm for dress occasions. I think that boots have a much more elegant profile than shoes, especially if you are wearing the very popular no-rise pants. These Alfred Sargent Exclusive “Hannovers” (£360) are heavy and textured enough to hold their own against jeans, and... read more

Styleforum's Winter Getaway (Outerwear)

Outerwear Footwear Pullovers Cardigans Jeans & Trousers Extras I love winter. There are those who flee to warm places, and there are others who follow the ski season. I have never been one for beaches, and I’m no good on a snowboard. My friend told me, “It’s like riding a skateboard,” but then I nearly broke my hip. At 38-years old, that would not be a good look. Instead, I like Europe, and particularly Tuscany, in winter. It’s not bracingly cold – and growing up in Canada, I’ve had enough bracingly cold winters – nor is it some tropical resort to which I... read more

how-do-i-pull-off-a-pocket-square

It's simple, if you don't own a suit, don't buy a pocket square. A pocket square is like a bow tie, only to be worn on preferred occasions. But just because you've finally found a pocket square you like, don't forget about the rest of your outfit. The right outfit can make even a plain white pocket square look like you were sent from the archives of Esquire & GQ combined. Here are a couple of our favorite how-to's:     1) The Three Point Peak           2) The Cagney           3) The One Point Fold           4) The... read more

What Tuxedo Do I Need For A Black Tie Event?

        The main thing that you need to remember is that black tie is intended exclusively for social occasions, never business. It should not be thought of as simply a more formal version of a business suit, although many retailers seem to construct tuxedos in this way, perhaps in an effort to save costs by designing fewer patterns.   Many commonly seen deviations from traditional black tie bring the tuxedo closer to the business suit. While not distasteful or inappropriate, these deviations may decrease the elegance of the tuxedo in the eyes of some... read more

What Should I Ask My Groomsmen to Wear?

  Your goals in choosing wedding attire should be to be comfortable, look wonderful, and continue to look wonderful in the pictures twenty and thirty years from now. Do not choose something because you think it looks cute or trendy or fashionable. Remember that you’ll be looking at these pictures for a long time, long after you realized that your coral-colored socks or teal bowtie weren’t as rad as you thought at the time.   Groomsmen Encouraged Options Shoes Ties       Do not subject your progeny to this... read more

How Do I Look Cool?

        Under this heading fall all questions about building non-professional wardrobes, what to wear for a night out clubbing, etc. A group of people on the internet can’t answer this question for you. We can give you ideas, but the specifics will depend on your social environments, your body type, complexion, and personality.   Instead of starting a thread asking, “I’m this tall and this fat/skinny, this is my station in life, tell me what to wear,” start by browsing through the pages of pictures and discussion in these threads:   What are You... read more

What Kind of Suit Should I Buy?

  Wondering about suits and how to fit them? You've come to the right place. First, what is a suit? A suit comprises a jacket and pants in the same fabric. Do not buy a jacket or pants separately and then go looking for a matching piece whose fabric is just “close enough”. A suit is bought as two (or three) pieces together, in exactly the same fabric. That settled, how to decide between the myriad suits available? There are four basic areas in which to assess a suit – fabric, construction, fit, and styling. You should consider all these aspects of a suit before... read more

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