This video explores the key themes of “Elegance in an Age of Crisis”, an exhibition about 1930s style at the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology that runs between February 7 to April 19, 2014. Part two of the video features menswear writer G. Bruce Boyer, Savile Row tailor Stephen Hitchcock, Luca Rubinacci of London House, and Massimiliano Attolini of Cesare Attolini discussing men’s clothing and bespoke tailoring of that era.
In the last three years of my #menswear journey I’ve learned a lot about how to build my wardrobe from both personal experience and those who are much farther ahead. I have summarized these into bite-sized pieces for those starting to put more effort into dressing better or those clueless on how to move forward. Think of these lessons as a practical guide to wardrobe building.
1. Build your wardrobe around the places you frequent and lifestyle you lead.
I live in the city, spend most of my time in an office, occasionally visit a nice restaurant or bar and attend social gatherings – in short, urban and cosmopolitan. I’ve built my wardrobe around that notion and it keeps my spending focused. This means I have more dress and sport shirts than polo shirts, more chinos than jeans, and more dress shoes than sneakers. Dress according to where you go and what you do most often, and add items to your wardrobe that will help you fit in.
2. You don’t become well-dressed overnight.
Men’s magazines like to prescribe the “top 10 items a man should have in his wardrobe”. They make it sound easy and effortless but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. It takes real courage to dress better and get over the fear of being ridiculed by peers. It takes time to find out what look/brand/tailor/fit works and what doesn’t. It’s not just about wearing a suit but rather being confident and comfortable in one. These things don’t happen overnight so take it one step at a time, slowly but surely. Continue Reading
One week to go until Black Friday! For those that aren’t familiar Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. It is also the time when many retailers offer huge discounts. This is one of the most awaited sale events of the year and for the menswear enthusiast this is a fantastic time to buy from American brands.
I’ve been using GCash American Express Virtual Pay to buy items in the U.S. that are not available here and shipping them at reasonable rates using their partner My Shopping Box. The package arrives within 7-10 days and is delivered to my doorstep. I no longer need to worry about importation fees as it is included in the fee charged by My Shopping Box.
For this year’s Black Friday Globe is giving GCash American Express Virtual Pay subscribers a treat in the form of a discount on My Shopping Box shipping fees. This is on top of the 3-5% discount that all GCash American Express Virtual Pay subscribers get when paying for shipping fees on My Shopping Box. Continue Reading
It’s that time of the year when the clouds cover the entire sky and doesn’t let any sunshine through. As much as I would like to wear lighter shades the weather calls for more somber dressing even when off-duty. The essentials of an Ivy League-inspired look are here: a navy sport coat and navy suede penny loafers. But instead of light color trousers I chose to wear a pair of gray all-time khakis from Dockers to make me more attuned to the weather. The colors combined with the textures create a casual yet elegant look that’s perfect for a rainy weekend.
Shirt and SC by Massimo Dutti. Chinos by Dockers. Shoes by Carmina. This post is sponsored by Dockers.
I was approached by Timmy Ang of These People Podcast to talk about menswear, this blog and Manifesto amongst other things. We recorded our conversation together and it is available for download here. If you have 44 minutes to spare I highly recommend listening to it. You will be surprised that I talk candidly and put things bluntly. But if you don’t here is a summary in eight points:
1. There’s nothing wrong with elitism. Embrace high-end. Clothes should reflect your status in life. You can’t keep wearing fast fashion.
2. Experiment with cheap clothing. When you’ve found your style start investing in quality pieces.
3. I’m not into designer clothing because I find the price you’re paying for design is too high. Of course there are exceptions.
4. For those who still don’t know my style I can sum it up as “Italian gentleman”.
5. I truly want men in the Philippines to dress better. Men can do better than wear Fred Perry polo shirts and Onitsuka sneakers.
6. On comments: It’s my house and you don’t get to shit in my house. It’s not a democracy. If you like what I write you can stay and if you don’t you can leave.
7. I don’t plan to start a line of clothes or accessories.
8. If a brand doesn’t speak to me I turn them down without hesitation.
Thank you, Timmy, for giving me this opportunity.
Air travel has become a mass phenomenon but that doesn’t mean you should look like the masses. Looking too comfortable doesn’t have to be the norm despite the extensive security screening and the rise of low-cost carriers. There are ways to look composed yet comfortable in the age of sweatpants.
On my recent trip to Singapore I visited a number of shops and met with owners / managers as well as the occasional night out. This meant being casually dressed up most of the time. I made sure to wear clothes that were lightweight, fit comfortably and yet easy to dress up or down as the occasion required. It should also be comfortable for walking around in the tropical heat. Continue Reading
(L-R) The author, Yvette Tan, Ramon De Veyra, Philbert Dy
Over the last three months I’ve been working on a lifestyle website for the modern Filipino man: Manifesto. It’s about time the Philippines had a go-to site for men and Manifesto fills that void. Now that we’ve launched the website I can talk more about it. Ramon De Veyra is the editor-in-chief who invited me to be part of the editorial team. I handle the style and money sections. Yvette Tan for women, Philbert Dy for culture and sports, with Adel Gabot for tech. Continue Reading
Summer is in full swing and with it comes the searing temperatures that make men dress sloppy. The heat should not be used as an excuse to dress down. Rather, it is important to dress smart by wearing clothes that are lightweight and allow your body to breathe. However, this is not about polo shirts and chinos. This about choosing to skip the belt and socks because it works so well with polo shirts and chinos. Eschewing the belt gives one that rakish look; just make sure your trousers fit well. Going sockless is highly debatable in a country that prides itself on hygiene but you should anyway. It feels somewhat liberating to lose the belt and let your ankles breathe and summer is the perfect time to do just that.
Polo shirt by GANT. Chinos by GAP. Loafers by Gibi. Watch by Orient.
For the longest time the trend was to dress casually. But that trend reversed as men started to dress up again. This reversal has led to the concept of style with ease or “steez” for short if you’ve been paying attention to the #menswear movement. Its interpretation varies widely but the idea is to look casually dressed up. The photo above is what I wore to a recent civil wedding and is my interpretation of style with ease. Continue Reading