This and That

Let’s play a game of This and That, a game I’m inventing where I give you a picture or two and we talk about the differences and whether or not one is better.

Round 1: Let’s Start at the Top Fran and his lovely locks Okay, here we have two pictures of the lovely and ever talented Fran Kranz. In both pictures his hair is disheveled, but one is elegant and the other eccentric. Now the right picture is still charming in a quirky, Fran Kranz-ian way, but I think we can all agree that the left is more appropriate for most occasions. Really the left is a good demonstration of what I love in a hair style, long enough that it has texture without looking dirty or like a mad scientist.

Round 2: The Chambray Shirt

Chambray ShirtsThis pairing actually has no clear winner, it is just a question of location and appropriateness. The left has an inherent raw rock and roll feel to it, with skinny jeans, boots, and a white V-neck. It is a casual and confident look. The right is a more sophisticated look that may even be appropriate for more casual workplaces. By buttoning the shirt all the way, like one would a dress shirt, and pairing it with non-denim trousers it becomes a more polished look.

Round 3: The Waistcoat / Vest

Logan and Andy and VestsThis one is also less of a “better or worse” case and more of a “read the room” scenario. Logan Lerman’s (left) look is more formal with a tie and a tucked in shirt, while Andy Murray’s (right) is willfully casual with a slightly rumpled shirt. I would give some preference to Logan’s look because the fit is spot on and the outfit holds more visual interest with the stripes and noticeable buttons. Also this is apparently the standard “I’m wearing a vest” pose.

Round 4: Same Event, Different Take

Daniel and Tyler Go to a PartyAt a recent Comic Con connected event, Teen Wolf costars Daniel Sharman (left) and Tyler Posey (right) chose very different outfits. While both are casual, and as far as I’m aware, appropriate for said event, one is the clear winner in my (and WAMSW’s) book. Daniel’s simple grey button-up tucked into dark jeans and a leather belt is an understated classy. Posey’s t-shirt fits well, but it and his hat are inherently more casual, especially when bedecked in logos. If Daniel’s shirt looks inadequately tucked in, that’s just because he is exceedingly tall.

Round 5: Too Classy and Cool

Zac and John Look Better than YouPlain and simple, you should own both of these outfits; these men look incredible. Zac Efron (left) is dressing up his comfy airport look with a textured (possibly tweed) blazer and a sophisticated take on a duffel bag. John Krazinski (right) on the other hand is turning a crisp white shirt and well pressed trousers a little dangerous with a leather jacket and wayfarers. Well done, sirs, well done.

Final Round: The Classic WAMSW Focus on Fit

Fitty FitObserve. One is unnecessarily huge, the other fits. One Jacket nips in at the waist, one hangs like an old sack. One has legs, the others has tents that may contain legs. If this isn’t enough for you, look to Steve Carell’s makeover by Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love and how much better he looks once he actually buys the right size suit.

How did you score in my made-up game? In this version, like Who’s Line is it Anyway, the points don’t really matter. But in real life:

My friend sent me this lovely graphic…or man’s, or your own….

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The Pants in your (Wardrobe) Relationship

It seems crazy, but we are already fast approaching back to school time, which means jean shopping. And even those no longer in the back to school stage of life, it is almost the time of the year for reshelving shorts. I’m sad about it too. But we’re still going to have a quick look at casual pants for fall.

Whether jeans, khakis, or colored denim, there are four basic fits: Slim, Straight-leg, Classic, and Relaxed. Slim fit hugs your legs all the way down without being too clingy like something labeled “skinny” or a woman’s jean might be. Straight-leg is about the same fit as a slim on the thigh, but then follows a straight line down (bet you couldn’t have guessed that). We at WAMSW particularly like these first two. A classic fit is a little looser all over; to me this fit is just a little less polished and could veer into the very real problem of dad jeans. Relaxed fit is the loosest and allows for a large range of motion (personally I think all jeans allow for more than enough motion). GQ’s jean guide made the good point of saying if you want to go for a relaxed fit, you still have to wear a belt and wear the jeans on your hips like a real man. On a similar note, never use the word “swag” to describe your wardrobe.

We've come a long way since the 90s

Don’t get me wrong I love me some Erik von Detten, but please shy away from anything like those atrocious 90s pants.

Some other tips that I found from true professional men’s jeans connoisseurs were:

  • Shorter men should always wear a tapered leg.
  • Jeans tend to stretch, so lean towards too small, rather than too large, especially if they have any spandex in them.
  • Giant logos, or even too elaborate and fancy back-pocket stitching, does not leave a good impression, avoid it at all costs.

When it comes to washes (meaning the color of your jeans or pants) it is always safe to stick to dark colors. Vintage-y washes (worn, not acid washed) are also a pretty safe choice, although less dressy. Light denim has a large overlap with dad jeans, which even if you are a father, are a bad thing. Brighter colors are also still huge.

If you aren’t huge into jeans or want something just a little more dressy, other solid, but still functional trousers are becoming more and more common. Khakis or darker versions add nice variety to a wardrobe, as long as they are too baggy or cargo or any other hallmarks of the late-90s/early-2000s era.

casual pantsThere is something distinctly awesome about the upper-left pair.

For more info: GQ’s How to Buy Jeans

Caring for What You’re Wearing

It seems obvious that here at WAMSW we would talk a lot about clothes that suit your style and your body, but we don’t really talk about what to do with the clothes when they aren’t on your body. I’ve had a lot of different roommates/flatmates during my time at university and it turns out that a lot of people are hopeless when it comes to storing their clothing, men and women alike. Especially in a transitory state of life, like college, part of this might come from a lack of space or proper organization materials, so here is how to make the most of that.

First off, how to fold a t-shirt. Seems simple enough, and I’m sure anyone that has worked retail does it much better than I do, but this is how I fold my shirts to fit more in my fairly small drawers. 1) Fold the shirt in half length-wise. Make sure the edges are all lined up and there aren’t any wrinkles. 2) Fold the sleeves in, so that the shirt is pretty close to rectangular. 3) Fold in half, the other direction this time. I’m going to guess that this is where most people stop, or they might skip step 2 as well. 4) Fold it in half again.

Folding T's*Here demonstrated on a men’s small V-neck.

Okay, so are you wondering about step 4; it seems totally unnecessary, but this is actually the step that will help you save space. The trick is to not lay your shirts flat in the drawer. It is a little difficult to put into words, but by standing the shirts up you fit more in each drawer and can now see all of them, not just whichever shirt was on top (most recently worn).

Drawer View

Here is an awkward shot of the inside of one of my drawers. I realize that it doesn’t look as sharp or photo ready as it maybe should, but that’s because this is functional use, that has improved my wardrobe storage by tenfold.

The disclaimer that goes with this sort of folded storage is that it really only works for t-shirts (long or short-sleeved). Sweaters are too bulky and should lay flat. Button-ups should hang, especially if they are dress shirts that require ironing. Things like flannels can be hung or folded, but are also bulky and should probably lay flat. Here is a demonstration on how to fold a button-up, but the same theory applies to all types of sweaters and cardigans.

Folding Button-ups and Sweaters*Here demonstrated on a men’s extra-small flannel button-up

1) On button-ups and cardigans, do up the top and bottom buttons, along with at least one in the middle. This prevents the shirt from sliding around too much. There is no need to do all the buttons unless you want getting ready to take twice as long. 2) Take one side of the shirt and fold it to the center, lay the sleeve flat over the folded part. If the sleeve is longer than the body of the shirt you can fold it up now. Repeat this on the second side. 3) Fold in half to get a shirt the looks almost as well folded as the ones at the store.

Hopefully this helps keep you organized and your clothes off the floor. Let us know if you’ve come up with a good or innovative way to store your clothes.