The Trendiest Hair Around

Alright, so this hair style. I have heard it called any number of things, but I believe the most correct term is the quiff. It’s a little bit James Dean, a little Morrissey, and a whole lot of on trend. I’d seen this around, but since hopping over to the UK it has been positively everywhere. Robert Pattinson notably donned one for his role in Water for Elephants and after flipping through Glamour UK’s Sexiest Men of 2012, you’re in good company (most of the men on the list either have, or have had a quiff). The basic break-down  of the quiff is simple: short of the sides and long on top, which makes it sound like just about any short men’s cut, but this is more defined.

Like I said, this hair is super popular right now, but I am going to set some stipulations. You know, guidelines, more than rules. This cut works with just about any hair type, which is a big plus. Straight or curly, it can be pretty low maintenance, or not, if you want to try your hand at styling. One thing I would say is don’t go too extreme. Now, I love Joe Brooks and I’m sure you will hear plenty about him, but when he tried this look awhile back, his stylist went a little too far. It is too short on the sides, especially considering how long it is on top. Good news: this haircut grows out quickly, and in Joe’s case got better with a little extra length.

Although this look is suitable for most hair types, it might not work for every man…type. The quiff has attitude built-in. That’s why it is seen on so many runways and rock stars. A subtler version could be great for the regular office guy, and might just spice up your life, but it is not a CEO style. This look says down-to-business if your business is looking great in front of a camera or behind a microphone. Be sure you can handle the hair, and the lack thereof, before you take the plunge. It seems to pair best with a brooding pout and a sick sense of style (but hey, that’s why you’re here, right?).

Hair grows, take the risk. It can be scary as hell (trust me, I know), but a new style can change your perspective.


How to clean Sperry Top-siders

I love my sperrys. I mean really, I have worn them almost everyday for the past two years through Eugene rainstorms, woodland wanderings, 14-hour drives. And, as I should, I go sock-less. But all of this love results in discolored, dirty, and frankly smelly sperrys. So I began to search the internet for a way to clean them–sperrys pose an interesting dilemma, they are both leather and made to handle water, they are boat shoes–there had to be a way. Luckily my first link toted an unorthodox but effective method.

You can do this in thirty minutes and with ingridients you have in your house (or your girlfriend’s). All you need is:

  • A rag or two
  • Dish soap
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • An old pillowcase
  • Washing machine

Like I said, it sounds a little weird, but I’ve done it a couple times and it really helps.

First, wet your shoes inside and out. Then dampen and pour a healthy amount of dish soap on your rag (the site suggest a tablespoon, but I used an amount that I felt was appropriate, which was probably less. Now scrub, rinse, and continue to scrub. Make sure to get the inside of the shoe because that is where the smell lives. If your insole is removable take it out and wash seperately.

Once you are satisfied with step one–it won’t get rid of everything–and rinsed, then put some nail polish remover on a cotton ball and use this to spot clean. I used it particularly on the distinct water lines that too many rainy days have left on my toes. I’ll warn you now that you will see color/dirt come off onto the cotton ball and be prepared with a few for each shoe. This especially helps fade dark spots.

Now put your shoes in an old pillowcase and tie it shut. Throw it in a cold wash cycle. Hint: add some other heavy laundry, like towels, to balance out the machine; trust me on this one. You can spot clean again if you feel the need (I did spot cleaning last, my first time around). And leave them in a warm place to dry, preferably outside on a lovely day.

Sperrys take awhile to dry, as you know if you have warn them through a rainstorm as well. Shoe repair shops can also touch up some faded spots; I’m taking mine there this time to sew where the sole is pulling away. When you’re done you will have clean, but still rugged and worn boat shoes, with at least less smell. Happy Sperry-ing.

*I would be cautious about using this process for other leather shoes, after all they are boat shoes and made for water exposure.

For Auld Lang Syne

As we come into 2013 and look back on 2012, we at What a Man Should Wear could do a “year in review”, a man of the year, a top (insert number here), or even resolutions for next year. Unfortunately for you, we are not that organized or decisive. So instead we are going to highlight some of our favorite moments of the year in men’s fashion (more or less), at least partially based on what you guys responded to.

One of my (Amy’s) favorite things of the year was the increasing attention paid to Mr. Eddie Redmayne. The hipster in me has to point out that I have loved him since his Pillars of the Earth days, but he is so deserving of the attention he is getting thanks to Les Miserables (I mean, let’s admit it, his cheekbones alone deserve that kind of attention). But beauty and talent aside, the man knows how to dress. And I am totally in favor of the French revolutionary look.

Mr. Eddie Redmayne

Another of your favorites was our post on Clapton Davis from the indie horror-comedy Detention. I thought this would be one of our least read posts, but you guys came out of the woodworks in love for his quirky look-at-me style (or at least the movie). And honestly I like Josh Huthcherson more everytime I see him.

Ezra Miller. So I might be a little behind on hearing about this kid, but he is wonderful and expect an Individual Style Spotlight (a la Matthew Gray Gubler) in the future.

Ezra as matador

Also loved? The reclamation of short pants and suspenders from Urkel (particularlly by Nate Ruess of The Format and fun. fame). Also, realizing that no one in England knows who Urkel is.

Never thought I'd see this comparison

Andrew Garfiled’s many magazine cover and red carpet looks. It never fails to impress when a man looks totally at ease in anything he wears.

Seeing all of the colored (or as they would say “coloured”) pants on men in London. Walking through Hyde Park in September meant a runway show of men donning rich colors and cozy sweaters and stylish shoes. The colors were worn so fearlessly that they looked like a very stylish part of the lanscape.

Someone we’ve only mentioned in passing, but you should totally look into is Burberry’s current man, musician Roo Panes. He pulls off the stately and classic pieces well. Also his voice is totally swoon worthy.

Roo for Burberry

I also completely love this picture of Logan Lerman. And his breath-taking performance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I think I just wanted an excuse to put this picture up

My (Rachel’s) favorites list isn’t as long, or as detailed. Sorry. But I have to concur with Amy on quite a few of her favorites, including Andrew Garfield, Eddie Redmayne and individual style in general (I’m not cool enough to know who Ezra Miller is, but I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough). To add to that list I would have to include my own love of textures, simplicity, and the overall ruggedness that I feel one side of hipster is delving into.



We’re looking forward to seeing what 2013 has to add to men’s style and the icons who carry them. This should be fun.

Happy New Year!

-Amy and Rachel