REVIEW: The Proper Suit

From what GQ would have you believe, “suits are to women what lingerie is to men.” Though our female readers might be the most authoritative voices to confirm or deny, we can’t find any evidence to dispel the notion.

That’s one reason we were so excited to connect with Richard Hall and McGregor Madden, the magicians behind Proper Suit, an online custom-suit maker. We met the guys just over a year ago at one of their fittings in Chicago and instantly connected because of our common belief that the modern world has eliminated all excuses for men not to look sharp.

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Seth J. Putnam - Messing with the new commenting system. So far so good!

Speaking Nonsense. - Greating suits and great opening picture.
That ought to be a facebook cover photo. Ha

Azalea - Great suit! The photos are beautiful.

Kate - I absolutely second that.

AnnaRuna - GREAT post. Love it.

dani - Female kryptonite. Done and done.

Des Kinlaw - Great post. Very informative. Awesome pic with the burning newspaper. It takes some balls to hold on to that. Hope you got it on the first try.

Seth J. Putnam - @John: Fair point. I updated accordingly, as I believe they’re in other Eastern locations besides just China, but you’re definitely right in clarifying that this is not American-made.

@DT: Sorry, dude. Was working on short notice and they were all that were available.

John - They may be running it out of the midwest, but it is still a Chinese made suit.

David Pennington - Fantastic. By the way – your paper is on fire. (awesome pic)

DT - Great suit, but those shoes man…

TGIF: Video Wrap-Up

  • Brad of Well-Spent dishes seven questions with George of Oak Street Bootmakers and newly opened menswear store, Independence. (Well-Spent)
    photo by Nathan Michael
  • If you’re looking for something to do tonight in the Chicago area, a few of us are going to be heading over to Heritage Bicycles for a screening of Wayne’s World tonight (Friday) at 9 p.m.
    If you haven’t seen Wayne’s World or Heritage, get your ass over there this weekend.

illustration by Nathan Michael

  • Our guy, Alex Beh, released a new short film, Coffees. Way to go, guy.

    COFFEES – watch more funny videos

  • The Age of Millenials.
    Word of advice: Don’t let your mother pick out your suit and get off the teat, pal.

  • Ladies, a few of our friends from around town weigh in on what Chicago guys think about what you’re wearing. (Refinery 29)
  • Another for the ladies: We dished our favorite spring style tips for you to forward on to the dude, brother, man, roommate in your life. (Refinery 29)
Don’t forget them deals: Huckberry and The Art of Manliness have teamed up this week to bring you a sale that includes Criquet organic polos (take 25%), Leatherhead sports equipment (take 20%), Field Notes (take 20%) and military watches (take 10%). Ends June 7.

UNIFORM: Work From Home

When you work from home, you sometimes have to come up with elaborate ways to actually trick yourself into, you know, working. (Yo freelancers, you feel me?) One of mine is actually getting dressed. In the words of the wise scribe Blake Royer, “If you don’t have pants on by 9 a.m., you’re finished.”
I can drink to that, Blake. It might be a throwback to the days of my high school dress code, but I do better work when I’m dressed for it. (Mention that you’re a freelancer, and be prepared to hear how jealous people are that you get to work in bed wearing your underwear. That can work for some folks. But not me; I’ll just end up power-eating dry pasta [think I'm kidding?] and marathoning FIFA’s career mode all morning.)

Unknown - Give’n it a go with Modern Tailor, we’ll see how it goes. As for the tie, I’ve seen it a dozen times on the Canvas website and couldn’t figure out how I’d like it; I must say, you put it to good use.

NYC1 - Where did you get the Filson tote for $40?

Miguel Ignacio - That tie is simply Amazing…

J Henley - Sharp tie! Keep up the good work!

ESSENTIALS: The denim jacket

You loved your denim jacket in elementary school.
Perhaps even in that grungy ’90s phase you went through (because you had an older brother who lived in the basement constantly blasting Nirvana and claiming to be misunderstood for wearing a ball-chain necklace and JNCOs.)
Ok, maybe your older brother wasn’t the sartorially suave guy you thought he was in hindsight.
Regardless, he wore a denim jacket. As did all of your other favorite (read: terribly awesome) ’90s stars as well as the badasses from years ago. It’s a classic and worth your wardrobe investment.
Rekindle with your beloved hand-me-down again—or throw down the dough for a classic that lasts. Denim jackets are making the rounds again these days on street style blogs and fall runway presentations. Of course, this is nothing new for you denim jacket veterans who’ve had a tried-and-true jacket to show for it (looking at you, Brad).
BUT: If you’re new to the world of denim jackets, opt for a blue then go for a black or grey next. Don’t start with a nearly-cropped bleached denim jacket like I did.

SamuelAdams - I really dig that watch, could you give me some information on where to score one like it?

Raquel - Denim jackets are classic. Such a simple way to look put together, but kinda rock ‘n roll as well.

the forgetful wife - Good Lord…I haven’t heard anyone mention JNCOs in a long, long time. I totally had a pair of Bug Girls, the female counterpart to the JNCO pant. These are great shots. I especially like how you’ve paired the denim jacket with chambray (essentially, more denim) and pastel pants. Color me impressed :)

Kate - What do you think of black denim jackets, like this one –

Matt - seriously? there is more to fashion than being dandy…

city - nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

MUSSELS - I got mine off of eBay and then took it to my tailor. I asked him to slim the arms and he refused because he thought the stitching was too think but I was able to talk him into it. I told him to make a third cut on the arm. When I went to pick it up, he had done me one better and worked through the stitching! He called it an European denim jacket. He charged me 30 bucks. So I spent 58 dollars all together for an awesome vintage denim jacket. Worth it.

BobbieAustin27 - I love my denim jacket
you can easily change a look with one
like if you would have put on a blazer it would be a different look
but I like the grunge feel this has

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Brandon J. - Well put together. Just the perfect amount of print and color in contrast to the layering of denim!

Brandon J. of Seamed Right

Joy - denim on denim done right! great photos.

Des Kinlaw - Denim jacket, chinos, and leather desert boots. That is my go to uniform for 60 weather.

little - denim on guys is my fave. so cute.


Fair warning: this post is all over the place. Each season, I always have a wishlist, rather a checklist, of items that I want to get. Some I’ll thrift, some I’ll casually eBay snipe or order offline and others I’ll have to throw down the money to nab.
For spring, I was inspired by these three looks. 
  • Summer wedding or “Is this even considered business casual,  or is it just slummin’?”
  • Casual cool or “Hey kid, you wanna buy some weed?”
  • Night out or “So you’re going to Capsule this year, right?”

  1. Summer wedding: A very casual summer wedding but really just going to Whole Foods after work. Lately, I’ve been really into the idea of having a pair of trousers with drawstrings. But really, let’s be honest. These are tailored sweatpants with a drawstring. I mean, I believe dressy sweatpants function in the same category of striped tees. 
    Example: The T-shirt’s all like, “I’m just a tee, but I have a little jazz to me that is refined and cool” and the slim sweatpants are like, “I’m a skinny sweatpant that hasn’t been slept in and used as a napkin for Doritos.” I wouldn’t wear this to a wedding, but I would wear this to Whole Foods for a 2-for-$6 pizza special.
    • (Seth’s editorial thoughts: Sweatpants don’t strike me as being in any way appropriate for summers OR weddings.)
  2. Casual cool: Last night’s outfit that I slept in after three rounds of ‘gritas at Big Star and now need a morning after hangover cure and my friends want Bongo Room but really I’m just going to Whole Foods breakfast instead of waiting in line for some eggs and sexy salad.
    Striped tees are so versatile. Unlike a plain tee, you can’t just sleep in them because the get wrinkled. The stripes hide wrinkles and stains, so you can easily sleep in them and layer them under shirt and jackets. Roll out of bed and go, bro. Striped-tee-and-anything all spring and summer and fall and winter. All year, baby.
  3. Night Out:  It’s the kind of night where a date showed up an hour late, stayed for 30 minutes then left me with the check because she had to go pick up a “friend” from the airport. 
    Some say that women get dressed to impress men. Others say women get dressed to impress other women. I think it goes the same for men. I’ve been hunting for a double-breasted jacket for a while, and you know I’m feeling the camo anything, like every other menswear blogger. So with the hunt continuing, I’m just waiting to find the perfect mid-weight jacket that I can wear just about year ’round. However, if you want to go hunting for cougars, go to the Whole Foods bar in an afternoon in Lincoln Park. And always get the grab-bag drink special. 
Summer casual sweat suits, jean jackets, striped tees, camo pants and double breasted blazers. Those are my jam right now and what I’m looking to incorporate into my wardrobe. 
What about you? What are you on the hunt for this spring?
Oh, and Whole Foods, holla at me if you want to fund my lunch breaks, hangover cures and impulse snacking habits.

Des Kinlaw - Im in the market for a light grey lightweight blazer for under $150 so I can get my Cucinelli look on.

Matt Graham - Those Gucci pants look so good on that model I could puke

clydicus - I think Ellen DeGeneres has that same linen suit!

reviews - nice~