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Did you know whether you pull off sneakers or not is decided by five golden rules?

Not many men do.

You can’t slip some random sneakers on and expect them to instantly work with any outfit.

In fact, the more formal the rest of your outfit, the harder it is to look at home in sneakers.

The truth is, all sneakers are casual and that can make them difficult to pair. But, that doesn’t mean all sneakers are made equal.

Some sneakers lean towards the smart end of casual on the formality scale and can be dressed up. Other sneakers are decidedly casual and are best kept for casual outfits or days you need maximum comfort. Each has its place in a man’s wardrobe.

Only by understanding the styles of sneakers, which are most versatile and the golden rules to wear them with, can you pull off sneakers.

Find out all this and more right here.

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First up, let’s understand some basic sneaker terminology and the different elements of the shoe. This will form the basis of any discussion on sneaker style and will help you make a more informed purchase decision. Take a look at the infographic below and check out the various parts of a sneaker we will be talking about today:

Golden Rules For Sneakers: Sneaker Styles And What They Can Teach Us

Basketball-Style Sneakers

It was over 100 years ago in 1917 that the Converse All Star Basketball shoe was released. Professional basketball player Chuck H. Taylor joined as a salesman in 1921, conducting basketball clinics and selling the shoes.

The iconic style we still recognize today was born when his effort was acknowledged by the company in 1932 when they added his name to the shoe ankle patch.

In 1936, the converse sneaker was accepted as the official footwear for the U.S. Basketball team at the Olympic Games and its place in menswear history was sealed.

Fast-forward 30 years however, and times were changing. Basketball players increasingly demanded footwear that could perform at the high levels they pushed their own bodies to.

This same decision by Converse to not conform would set the stage for a new generation of basketball sneaker in the 70s. They would be bigger, bolder and pioneered by a host of new names: Nike, Puma, Adidas, Reebok and others.

golden rules for modern basketball sneakers

Chunkier, air-filled soles gave players that all-important boost they needed (or maybe just the confidence boost they needed). Colors communicated the style and personalities of celebrity players like Michael Jordan who would have their hand in designing their own sneakers. The first Air Jordans were first released to the public in 1985 and can still be bought today in many variations.

Characteristics:

  • Some technical fabrics but basketball shoes more often provide performance on the court and comfort on the weekend by adding thick, air-filled soles, spongy insoles and punched airholes
  • Multiple layers of leather cut and arranged on top of each other provide structure and add visual complexity
  • Wide variety of color combinations as well as standard all-black and all-white options
  • Can be found in low, mid or high-top variants

Running-Style Sneakers

the golden rules for running shoes

In many sports, an average pair of sneakers will help, they won’t hinder. In running, where pure speed is all that counts, the shoe is everything.

Unless of course, you’re Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila who won the 1960 Olympic Marathon barefoot.

For us mere mortals, we need every advantage we can get.

A hundred years ago, running shoes didn’t look too different from formal dress shoes. They were dark leather shoes with the main difference being thinner, rubber soles to decrease weight and absorb some of the impact from feet hitting the ground.

Nowadays, a curved ‘rocker’ sole decreases the amount of work needed from the muscles in your feet to keep you moving forward. A wider toe box allows your toes to splay out at high speeds. A wide array of technical fabrics allow these sneakers to be flexible and lighter in weight while remaining thick with cushioning. Mesh designs allow air to flow freely around your feet.

With the rise of athleisure over the last ten years, a sub-category of casual running shoes has developed. These incorporate yet more relaxed, comfortable materials such as a wool upper.

Here is what you can expect in a typical running shoe:

  • Wide variety of color combinations and patterns, expect bright neons and often reflective patterning to be seen when night running
  • A shock-absorbent insole with padding all around the shoe but particularly in the collar to keep your foot locked in place
  • Thick, convex sole
  • The largest amount of technical materials of any of the three sneaker categories
  • Almost exclusively sold as a low-top shoe (although ‘sock sneaker’-style running shoes with an elasticated top that fits around your ankle are becoming more popular)

Gentleman’s Sports Sneakers

golden rules for tennis shoes

Now we come to sneakers originally developed for gentlemanly pursuits such as sailing, fencing and racquet sports such as tennis, squash or badminton. These have the sleekest design of any of these categories.

These styles developed closely to one another, sharing many of the same traits. Non-marking soles, sometimes made from gum, are essential to avoiding unsightly marks on a squash court or the deck of a yacht. Now closely associated with skaters and rebels, Vans actually began life in 1966 as a shoe for deckhands and boat owners.

The vast majority of sneakers employ an open lacing system. However, a sneaker designed for a luxury hobby such as sailing is the most likely to be found with a closed lacing system. That’s right, Vans sneakers actually employ the same lacing system normally reserved for men’s formal dress shoes such as Oxfords.

What else are these sneakers characterized by?

  • Flat, non-marking soles
  • A thin, narrow build
  • Minimal padding normally found just in the collar, tongue and insole
  • Neutral-colored, single-layer upper
  • Almost exclusively sold as a low-top shoe
  • Predominantly natural materials such as cotton and leather uppers

 

Golden Rules For Sneakers: Defining The Dress Sneaker

Ok, so we have a solid understanding of different sneaker styles under our belt. How do we know which are dress sneakers that can be elevated and worn with a variety of non-casual outfits?

A sneaker is any shoe with no heel and a pliable rubber sole. The dress sneaker has an upper which resembles a dress shoe. This means it should have as many of the following as possible:

  • A neutral (white, gray, navy or black) or natural leather color (tan, chestnut)
  • Simple, single-layer construction
  • A sleek and fitted design
  • A closed lacing system
  • A low-top design

You might have noticed this makes it a lot easier for a tennis or sailing shoe to pass the criteria. This is why these are the styles you’re most likely to see combined with a blazer or even a suit.

It is rare for a basketball or running-style sneaker to be harmonious with smarter wardrobe items. However, new sneaker styles are constantly being released so it is by no means impossible. In the meantime though, stick to the checklist above and you should be safe.

So now we have the perfect pair of dressy, versatile sneakers defined, what are the golden rules for rocking them?

The Five Golden Rules For Sneakers

#1 Keep Them Clean

You should always have clean shoes, but this rule goes double for sneakers. As part of your outfit that’s already casual, you want them to look as smart as they possibly can.

An underappreciated benefit of buying a quality leather sneaker is, unlike cotton, dirt will not soak in. Any dust or grime will stay on the surface and can be wiped straight off in most cases.

#2 Match Your Outfit’s Silhouette

Wearing a slim, dressy sneaker with a suit? Go for a slim-cut suit to match.

Harmony and intention are critical to an outfit. A chunky sneaker combined with tailored clothes will over-accentuate your footwear and give you a ‘clown shoe’ silhouette.

Save your chunky sneakers for heritage workwear or streetwear looks which normally use boxy or relaxed fits. Straight-cut jeans will be a lot more forgiving on your footwear when someone takes in your overall shape, trust me.

#3 Choose Complementary Or Contrasting Colors

This one comes down to where you want to draw people’s eyes.

Do you want your sneakers to be the center of the show? Use a stark contrasting color to draw attention eg. black jeans with white sneakers.

If you want everyone’s eyes to be on your shirt or jacket, employ complementary colors eg. light gray chinos with charcoal gray sneakers.

#4 Choose Leather

It’s not illegal to wear a cotton or fabric sneaker. However, leather is a reference to dress shoes, adding more sophistication to your look.

Leather is also easier to clean and maintain (mud just wipes off) and will age gracefully, forming a nice patina.

#5 Don’t Break The Dress Code

I love sneakers but with great power comes great responsibility. Sometimes the smartest course of action is to put your sneakers back in the closet and put on your dress shoes instead.

As I’ve said from the start, sneakers are fundamentally casual. Unfortunately, this means there are some places and events (formal weddings, up-scale restaurants and clubs) where sneakers just can’t go.

Look at it this way, it will feel even better the next time you slip your feet into those tennis-style sneakers. Plus, dress codes are slowly but surely relaxing, and makers are experimenting with more and more formal sneaker styles. It might only be a matter of time before a pair of dressy sneakers can take you anywhere…

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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