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Yves Saint Laurent blue corduroy shorts

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These shorts are just phenomenal. I love the color blue and I love the fact that YSL made these corduroy shorts such a bright blue. Blue is the type of color typically reserved for shirts, sweaters, and the rest of their ilk. You don’t see many people wearing pants done in bright colors. Well, I guess you could say you do, but I’m purposefully excluding every hipster douche and indie princess that haunt the downtown areas and thrift shops of our nation’s great cities.

Human refuse aside, I think these shorts are perfect for casual outings, especially to beach locales or out on the boat. I’m probably biased since I frequent South Beach all the time and many of my casual clothing purchases usually reflect on that choice of locale. Every man should really get a pair of corduroy shorts, they will outlast your denim ones stitch for stitch.

They go for $575

Jeffrey New York, 449 W. 14th St., New York, (212) 206-3928,
Get them here.

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Blazers. Sport Coats. And Suits. Oh My.

We’ve been getting a lot of questions asking us the difference between a blazer, a suit jacket, and a sport coat. Well gentlemen we’re here to clear the air. Blazers are a basketball team from Portland, Oregon (please excuse the bad joke, it’s 2:00 am). 

In all seriousness.

BLAZERS

Blazers are not merely jackets that are worn with a pair of off-color slacks. They are a staple in a man’s wardrobe. In many instances should be one of the first major clothing purchases in your life, and will serve you very well as versatile, stylish, anchor of your style. So what is it?

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A blazer is a two or three button (buy it in two), wool jacket , most commonly seen in navy, and adorned with gold buttons. Other than your favorite pair of dark jeans, no item is more forgiving. Trust us. You can wear it with just about anything from khakis on casual friday, to jeans for a night on the town, to seersucker pants if you’re really feeling adventurous, this companion can do it all. If you don’t have one already, please buy one. Like most things they make, we prefer Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label version as it sits well, holds its shape, and looks phenomenal. 

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Also make sure to get it tailored. Notice the silhouette of the jacket above and how the shape can make you look jacked, even though you haven’t done a pull-up in your life. 

SPORT COATS

Sport coats on the other hand tend to be a patterned worsted wool with either a checker, herringbone, or corset pattern. It is almost always a rougher texture due to it’s lower thread count. This lends itself as the most casual jacket of the bunch. Worn for lazy days at the track, a passport holder at the airport, or to dress up a pair of jeans, the sport coat- while not the most essential of items- will definitely yield itself useful when the time comes. 

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The suit jacket is recognizable by it’s higher thread count and matching pants (never wear a jacket with “close enough” pants and try to pass it off as a suit- everyone can tell). It can be adorned by any number of patterns but most commonly a chalk or pin stripe like the suit featured below. 

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How to Pull off and Properly wear a Blazer and T-Shirt

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Knife Bomber

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I can’t get enough of this grey leather jacket by All Saints. This is quite possibly one of the coolest of the coolest leather jackets ever. It’s called the Knife Bomber jacket, which is quite possibly the coolest name for anything ever. I love the entire vintage feel this jacket gives off as well. I love the dual storm flaps, yoke panel, and shoulder epaulettes. I mean take a look at this thing, I feel like I should be solving grisly murders in 1970’s London. Or at the least driving the van in the A-Team. This is a great look if you are into riding motorcycles or just looking like a bad ass.

The Knife Bomber is a fantastic jacket and is done in a great style. The jacket retails for around $321.00( or 225 euros).
Get one here.

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Men’s Pajama Lounge Shorts

Look we love Pajamas as the next guy. They look great. They keep us warm. They hold our essentials when lounging around the house.

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But, lets be honest here (we’re all friends), they are worse to sleep with than Sarah Jessica Parker. They bunch up on your legs. They overheat. They shift. We’ve been ditching them for a tank top and boxer-briefs for years. Until Now

image1xlIntroducing, the pajama shorts. They work just as good at keeping our body warm without overheating, they store your valuables, and best of all, you can actually sleep with them. We personally wear black ones from Perry Ellis but any cotton drawstring shorts will work. Think of them as the linen pants of the couch surfer. Pair them with your favorite pair of flippy floppies, and you are once again king of your castle.

Oh and make sure you empty your pockets before bed time.

BUY IT Calvin Klein $30

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Thinking Pink

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These shorts are exactly the type of shorts that should be worn at the beach. This particular pair is a pink seersucker swimshort by Paul Smith. These pink and white shorts have an elasticated drawstring waist band and two front pockets with one back zip fasten pocket. These shorts also have mesh lining, which I’ve never really understood the purpose for, but more is good I guess. The shorts are 55% polyester, 45% cotton lining 100% polyester. They are, of course, machine washable.
To be honest, I usually almost never think pink. Which is to say, that yeah sometimes pink is an option for me, rare that occasion may be. These shorts though, they make the magic happen. The simplicity of these shorts is what makes them so perfect. Board shorts can be tricky, with something that looks good in the shop looking completely different when it’s wet. I have a particular hatred for gaudy board shorts, the same hatred I have for gaudy Hawaiian Shirts. The subtle colors and design of these shorts really make it manageable, equally pleasing in both the day and night. The colors are also neutral enough to set off any shade of skin color. Get em, wet em, and then tell me if they don’t make the grade.

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Jeans and Blazer Upgrade

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Just because you’re wearing jeans and blazer does not mean you look good. If it looks like you borrowed your dad’s jacket, and are still wearing the same jeans you wore in high school then it’s time you change the way you shop. If you haven’t already followed our advice make sure everything you wear is slimmer and form-flattering.

If nothing is form flattering for you– then you’re probably fat-lose weight.

When you wear a button-down and blazer you need to get a shirt that fits well. Only a sliver of shirt cuff should show near your wrists. This means the shirt must fit you slim as well. No more bunching at the waist. That gives you the appearance of love handles even if you have a 6-pack.

Lose the baggy shirts Soulja Boi

Lose the baggy shirts Soulja Boi

Also square-toe shoes are never in fashion. They are the PT Cruisers of the fashion world. Never cool, but their owners are oblivious.

Next, the blazer. Make sure blazers hug your shoulders, and get a tailor to take it in at the waist and arms.

Jeans that are meant to go out should be dark. Hell, all your jeans should be dark. Opt for a dark navy with no crazy designs. We like Rock and Republic for their simple elegance and the lack of a douche bag stigma associated with True Religion. Make sure they fit you like your khakis do. Snug but not 80’s metal tight. If I can count the coins in your pocket- use them to call a tailor.

Spring for a nice pair- even if they’re $200 bucks. If you wear them 50 times over the next four years, they’ll be cheaper than that $60 dollar shirt sitting in your closet for that past five. Remember fashion rule number seven.

You follow this simple advice, you’ll walk on water next time you go out.

Unshakably Confident

Unshakably Confident

Save the jumping for Kobe though.

Blazer, $2,025, and jeans, $450, by Dolce & Gabbana. Shirt, $168, by Steven Alan. Shoes, $820, by Church’s.

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