Prom and wedding season happen in proximity to each other on the calendar, but—hopefully—they occur at very different periods in a man’s life. Even so, there are a couple of things these occasions share:
There will be dancing.
You should try to look your best.
You should probably wear a suit.
Whether this is the first time you’ll be suiting up or if you’re looking to update your usual wedding attire, here are a couple of styling and fit pointers to make off-the-rack suits look off the hook.
Suiting rules and styles are constantly evolving—thankfully, or we’d all be wearing knee breeches and tails. Even if you’re not in the market for a new suit, you might make an honest assessment of your suiting staples to see if they abide by these guidelines.
The styling here is about the proportional balance of the outfit. The bomber is normal length, meaning relatively short, but the shirt is longer. And the pants are cropped. Notice how the shirt works with the bookending jacket and pants. It’s harmonious to alternate lengths like that. If everything were short and cropped, the pieces would be competing. It would be too much. And as a general guideline, you don’t want anything to hit halfway down your body. This look roughly sticks to the rule of thirds, which is pleasing to the eye.
We know you’ve been searching for inspiration, so here you have it: two ideas for how to wear bomber jackets for spring. Major props go to senior stylist Jodi Taylor for putting together these outfits with commentary and links.
All images are from our hometown of Seattle and feature models Sophia Phillips (also a stylist for us) and her special friend Jesse Brown, the muralist whose works are pictured as well. Photography is by art director Bobby Kelly.
We should point out Sophia’s bomber seen above is a men’s jacket. When it comes to bombers, “men’s” and “women’s” aren’t incredibly meaningful designations. Just wear what looks right and call it good!
Shucking oysters is one of those culinary tasks which seems intimidatingly hard, but it’s actually easy after you do it correctly once–and after that just let muscle memory do what it does. Follow the guidelines in our video below from Tom Stocks, oyster boss at Taylor Shellfish in Seattle, and you’ll be good.
And when you shuck, might we suggest using a stainless steel Opinel knife? The tool is small, foldable, sturdy and attractive. We’re carrying it as part of our current Pop-In Shop curated by Olivia Kim, Heartbreakers II.
We’re billing Heartbreakers II as a showcase of evolving menswear. But it’s more than just apparel. There’s also a whole category for home & camp.
How to layer for winter? Good question, because more clothes = more decisions. For inspiration and guidance, we asked Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor to dress model musician Ryan Neighbors and give us a note on her thought process. This is outfit four of four.
“For a casual but professional look–aka business casual–try an untucked button-up shirt with jeans and a fitted sport coat. Make sure the shirt is shorter than your jacket. We didn’t do it for this photo, but if it’s cold enough, consider the sport coat a middle layer and finish the outfit with a tailored overcoat in a classic navy, camel or black.”
How to layer for winter? Good question, because more clothes = more decisions. For inspiration and guidance, we asked Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor to dress model musician Ryan Neighbors and give us a note on her thought process. This is outfit three of four.
“Lots of guys look the same. It helps to look a little different. No hate to sport coats, which can definitely set a cool tone. But if you’re feeling spicy, for your next night out remix your outfit. Replace your sport coat with a bomber jacket and layer over a button-up.”
How to layer for winter? Good question, because more clothes = more decisions. For inspiration and guidance, we asked Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor to dress model musician Ryan Neighbors and give us a note on her thought process. This is outfit two of four.
“Try monochromatic layering for street style sportswear. In this outfit a turtleneck and training tights add dimension and balanced proportion to your basic shorts and jacket. The tights are a visible extra layer under the shorts; the turtleneck is an extra layer under the jacket. The whole outfit is grayscale.”
How to layer for winter? Good question, because more clothes = more decisions. For inspiration and guidance, we asked Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor to dress model musician Ryan Neighbors and give us a note on her thought process. This is outfit one of four.
For being out in the elements:
Try a combination of textures with a subtle print while staying in a subdued color palette. In this case a rubbery jacket, chunky sweater and plaid shirt offer a diversity of feels while being tied together by colors you would find in a forest.
Perhaps, like the rest of us, you recently binge-watched Aziz Ansari’s series Master of None on Netflix. If so, maybe you noticed that beyond all its jokes, drama and frank dialogue about dating and race in America, this is also a show about style.
In particular, you can view it as a guide for how to dress unembarrassingly as a city-dwelling person entering one’s 30s. That’s due to the careful work of costume designer Dana Covarrubias.
We spoke with Covarrubias on the phone about the individual styles of the buddy crew at the center of Master of None: Dev (Aziz Ansari), Arnold (Eric Wareheim), Denise (Lena Waithe) and Brian (Kelvin Yu).
Also: how to reconsider your style as you turn the big three-O.