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How To: Keep a good (and warm) head on your shoulders

Let me go ahead and cut right to the chase. It’s getting cold. You know it, I know it.

So, now the question: “What do I put on my head?” I’m going to give you a handful of options I think should encase the spectrum, whether you’re wearing a stocking cap for fashionz, or if you’re actually needing it because your head is cold. Oh, both you say? Good call. When it comes to throwing a new cap into the mix, there are basically a few groups: real affordable, the $100 range, or that luxe life.

First off, for the newly appointed genre of menswear…on that ramen budget. I’ve got you covered, #peasantmenswear types. (Thanks, Cam.) For this group, there are a good number of brands out there slingin’ hats (“like, whoa”) to keep you outfitted. MujiTopman, Carhartt, and American Apparel, just to begin—options on options on options. Here are a couple to highlight:
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Target: Merona did it again. A number of colors, and it’s hard to beat $4.99 #targetdoesitagain. It’s kind of like when those TY Beanie Babies were being considered “investments.” You kids of the 90′s remember that, right? Well, if you’re like Jeff and me, you’ll buy one of these Merona caps in at least 5 colors. I can’t say the return on your investment will be all that great, but compared to how it worked out for those Beanie Baby collectors, the odds are in our favor.

 

Zara has a slew of options (patterns, stripes, dots, you name it) under $20:
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For that next group not afraid to spring a little dough for something to cover your mug but also not trying to break the bank (cause beanies have a tendency to fall out of coat pockets when not on said head), you’ve got options: APC, Norse Projects, Journal Standard, Beams+, the list goes on. Here’s a few:

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Club Monaco : Kensington Cashmere (multiple colors, but this blue is the favorite), $79.50.
Italian cashmere with cuff detail, warmth, and comfort.
Pretty much everything one might need.

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Marc x Marc Jacobs, $120.
Merino wool that will provide warmth and comfort, and also let everyone know: “Hey, look at my awesome new hat!” (If you’re into that sort of thing, we won’t judge you.)

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And for those of you with the money tree in the backyard, or money just ain’t a thing (we’re not mad at ya), you’ve got some options: Moncler, Nigel Cabourn, or what’s that hat, Margiela? At a cool $295, this slouchy cashmere beanie does it all. Well, ok, so it really only sits slouches off your head. But hey, it will make you look cool, so there’s that.

 

Some final thoughts: All in all, I’m not big on the whole “beanie with a brim” thing. My mom always said if you ever have to second guess, “Just say no.” And I think that motto fits appropriately in relation to beans with brims.

 

As for the slouchy beanie, I think when done right it can be a good look. Keywords: “when” and “done” and “right.” I personally tend to go with something that has a little more form, but I think there are some good options out there if you want to get your slouch on. Urban Outfitters has you covered. Herehere, or here. Hey, what else says you’re channeling your inner Justin Bobby, Johnny Depp, or Becksy than a nice slouchy beanie?

 

What did I miss? Is there a brand or style of sharp looking, head covering awesomeness you find yourself loving/wearing the most?

#Menswear Daddy Diaper Bags

We’re proud to announce a few things today.

One being that we posted two days in row on this glorious week in 2013. And the other in that we are bringing on not one, not two, not three, but count ‘em FOUR new dudes on board. We’re stoked to announce one of the first guys: Jonathan O’Reilly.

Jonathan is a denizen of our beloved Northland in Kansas City, and he’s an all-around stand-up guy who’s actually got his ducks in a row. He is first and foremost a husband and a new dad. Everything else he does sort of pales in comparison.

However, if you were to get a sneak peak into his week, it could include: absorbing anything Bill Simmons writes, podcasts, or tweets; listening to and creating mad Spotify lists (but going private when listening to Miley); trying to be active and stuff, but failing mostly; and also hoping to one day live in a city that houses an NBA squad (looking at you Sprint Center!)

So, all of our posts that justify buying things that are oh-so-damn expensive and precious that we’ll probably, definitely, maybe pass them down to our kids are meaningless now that there’s a real dad here. We’ll still try to make those justifications. We’re excited to have you, Jonathan! Welcome.

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I say a word, you tell me what comes to mind: Pregnant.

Depending on what your angle is, it’s a word that can conjure a host of emotions. I realize given the context of this site, this may seem a little “off-topic” but just relax, pop a brew, and keep reading. If you’re like me, and I know there are a few honest ones out there, I experienced a couple initial reactions when my wife broke the news that we would be expecting our first little bun in the oven. The first being a sense of, “Well, I guess they were right: s + e = x.”

And the second: “So, does this mean I get to buy a new bag, you know, like my own bag for diapers and whatever else you’re supposed to throw in there?” Needless to say, my wife was less than amused, but not at all surprised. Outside of a few dude diaper bag sites, I found the market for dads who want a sharp looking diaper bag to be pretty slim. So, though there are few of us, we’ll stand united.

I found three great options in a number of price points. Here were my requirements:

  • Pockets (‘Cause, you know, more pockets are better than less pockets.)
  • Durable (‘Cause, well, you might need it for more than one little minion.)
  • Versatile (‘Cause, you know, you may have to use that excuse with the missus: “I can use it as a gym bag and stuff…”)
  • And, of course, it has to look sharp (But, you know this; otherwise you wouldn’t be here.)

Splurge buy: $100 & above (top row left to right)

  • *Lifestyle bag ($174) by SoYoung from Amazon, “Edmund” backpack ($298) by Sandqvst from Need Supply and Gamebag messenger ($285) by Filson.

Budget buy: $100 & under (bottom row left to right)

  • Walton Weekender ($99) by Herschel from Zappos, Snap backpack ($65) by Everlane and “Abingdon” waxed cotton-canvas and leather messenger bag ($98) by J.Crew.

Oh by the way, if you’re reading this because you and your significant other are expecting, a congrats is in order.
It will change your life for the better. Just remember: You’ll get to sleep again…someday.

*But this is actually a diaper bag.

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