“Your parents don’t want what is best for you. They want what is good for you, which isn’t always the same thing. There is a natural instinct to protect our children from risk and discomfort, and therefore to urge safe choices. Theodore Roosevelt—soldier, explorer, president—once remarked, ‘It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.’ Great quote, but I am willing to bet that Teddy’s mother wanted him to be a doctor or a lawyer.”—"What They Don’t Tell You At Graduation" via the WSJ
This question might be out of place for this great tumblr/style blog but i've got to ask; what kind of pants can one wear with stylish running shoes, like Adidas' ZXZ shoes, for like walking on the streets or running after buses and shit.
I had to lift my self-imposed moratorium on TSB bashing for this one. I mean, seriously, I’ve never seen such a little poseur twat in my entire life. And to think, Dan was on to something when he started his article with “Style is about the individual.” But homeboy is on some Eddie Murphy bullshit. Individual? Right, because there’s no better way to express your individuality than by dressing yourself up as some dead white dudes who accomplished more in their lives than you ever will. Cool stuff, bro. Really cool stuff.
im looking to buy a pair of loafers to wear casually, any recommendations? thanks in advance
I am assuming that you want a season appropriate answer, so at $280, the APC suede calfskins are a steal compared to the overpriced pieces being pumped out by Car Shoe and Tod’s. The Leffot Disco Penny is also another solid option that will keep you fresh throughout the summertime.
Hellooo! As almost any other tumblr-weed, I'm a huge fan of yours, and was just wondering if you could help me out with a little something. I'm trying to build a more mature wardrobe, and need a go-to sports coat for casual occasions/nights out. I have the mandatory nazy blazer, and I'm now looking for kind of a "fun" sports coat. Thinking something along the lines of two-buttoned, italian... Perhaps blogger blue? Planning to spend a maximum of a $1000.. Got any suggestions?
“Sometimes I compare jawns coppery to that scene in LOTR when Merry is like ‘what about SECOND breakfast?’ The average dude is like ‘I already have a blue blazer,’ and we’re like ‘bitch, this is a periwinkle glenplaid with a 3/2 roll and double-vented. The other one I have is single-vented sky blue windowpane.’”—Jian DeLeon via gchat
'sup bro. what's the word on slimming down the sleeves/raising the armhole on a barbour jacket (waxed cotton, not quilted)? i'm not feeling the batwing, but on the other hand am leery of messing with a classic. the deleterious effect on the waterproofing is not a big deal for me, as i wear the jacket to work and not out in the english countryside.
Any tailor worth his salt will be able to slim down your sleeves, but raising the armhole? As far as I know, this is impossible, seeing that a tailor, no matter how skilled, cannot add fabric to the side panel, that is, to the area inside the armhole itself.
I live in williamsburg so i hate be stereotyped a hipster. as a brooklynite i go to lots of shows and im getting ready for coachella. when deciding on shorts how short is too short for a straight man
If you can’t sit down without your nuts poppin’ out, you’ve taken things a bit too far, whether gay or straight. Real talk, it’s kind of adorable to think that it’s 2012 and people still believe that straight men should, by default, wear longer shorts than gay dudes, as if the length of your shorts is some sort of scarlet letter signifying to the world just how much you enjoy taking foreskin in your mouth.
Hi, long time reader, first time caller. I was wondering what kind of wardrobe would you recommend for an at-home blogger? I realized the other day that I spend so much time telling people what to wear that I'm not sure what's appropriate for blogging. Navy suit? Tie, no tie? Note that whatever you recommend, it has to pair well with house slippers. I'm Asian, not a barbarian.
Oh man, talk about a dilemma. Comfort versus professionalism? Yikes. Considering that many of us build our wardrobes from the ground up—that is, starting with footwear—I would have to suggest that you keep it real. And to illustrate what I mean by “real” I present to you a brief history of the term “BLOGGER CASUAL.”
But then something amazing happened. With the proliferation of cable modems in the early new millenium, the Internet birthed a new generation of human beings. Soon thereafter, millions of young adults, almost over night, became completely content with throwing away their teenage years and early twenties by sitting on a couch, being a complete waste upon themselves while watching countless hours of porn and silly cat videos. The Guinness Book was rewritten over and over again as tens of thousands of young men broke all sorts of “Individual Achievements in Daily Masturbation” records pretty much on the daily. No longer was anyone bickering over sartorial genres. Instead, everyone just went to Supreme, bought a bunch of sweatpants and called it a day.
Something had to give. The Internet was too powerful a tool to allow an entire generation of the world’s best and brightest to sit in their own filth with their eyes glued to some cancer-box. This is where God comes in. Fed up with our slothfulness, He gave us another chance—He gave us blogging. Sure, motherfuckers still watch tons porn and laugh at silly cat videos like a bunch of lobotomized troglodytes, but at least people now give all sorts of fucks about how they dress again, having even developed an entire sartorial classification with a new-found appreciation for blogger casual.
So, back to you starting from the ground up. Throw a Piombo smoking jacket over a silken Loro Piana tee shirt, three-weeks unwashed Cucinelli boxers (because the fabric is much softer on your testicles when worn religiously, like good denim) and Kilim slippers and you’ll be the belle of the ball, the darling of bloggers everywhere. You will be the embodiment of blogger casual, and everyone will love you, even if you never post a single GPOY to Instagram, instead keeping all that steez to yourself. I wish you luck, young Padawan.
Hey NTB, I have a fairly thin head and a white man's afroesque hair. This made me look like an idiot when I used Raybans and Pradas and shizzle growing up. Been experimenting with aviators lately, but they tend to be gargantuan in proportion to my face. Got any tips for smaller sunglasses?
Considering for a moment clothes not as an expression of self but simply as symbols of social standing, convergence with high authority groups and quite simply ways to most efficiently serve as a medium for the expression of one’s personality in a given setting, what would be your choices be for the most milquetoast, blend in anywhere jawnz? What is the simplest outfit that could be adapted into the widest variety of settings, even if it may not excel in any, given America’s current collective cultural state? Is there any outfit that could mesh from trill Houston to West LA, from a barbershop in Queens to a college in Arizona to a diner in Jersey, something that could take you all the way to the banks of the Styx? Is there something where I could take the cake and eat it too (with my crew, hopefully)? And as a side note, I know this is in some respects contrary to the notion of “style”, but I still think it’s a question worth asking even if hypothetically. Thanks for your time, and keep being one of the realest voices out there.