Like leather shoes, suede can be a great way to elevate yourself above the average sneaker-wearing American male.
However, there are certain dos and don’ts a suede-wearing man must know.
Unlike their leather counterparts, they don’t suit every occasion. If you don’t know how to wear, care for and compare the different styles of suede shoes, you could make a fatal error and ruin your outfit entirely.
As ever, it’s my job to steer you guys in the right direction. So, today I’m breaking out the fundamentals so you can wear suede shoes with confidence in 2022.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- What Is Suede and Why Wear It?
- When Should You Wear Suede?
- Types Of Suede Dress Shoes
- Keeping Suede Clean and Maintained
1. What Is Suede and Why Wear It?
Suede, like leather, is a natural fabric made from animal skin.
Unlike full-grain leather (which is made from the tough outer skin of an animal), suede comes from deeper layers. We call this deeper skin ‘corium.’
An animal’s outer layer of skin protects it from the elements. That’s why shoes made from full-grain leather are tough and water-resistant.
On the other hand, suede is generally more delicate than full-grain leather. Without waterproofing protection, suede can become discolored or damaged by moisture. Yet, with regular maintenance, suede can withstand the elements and last for years.
Why Wear Suede?
Some men refuse to wear suede. They argue that because suede is more delicate than leather, it is also a more feminine fabric.
That’s not true! Any man can wear suede and still look stylish and masculine.
Men wearing suede stand out from the crowd (in a good way) partly because suede isn’t a very common fabric in menswear.
You’ll also get more comments on your shoes – if something’s interesting and unique, people want to talk about it!
3. When Should You Wear Suede Shoes?
Suede often attracts attention. Most men wear dark leather shoes, so brighter suede shoes/boots can easily catch the eye of those around you.
While that means it’s easy to stand out as the most stylish guy in the room, sometimes it isn’t appropriate to attract the attention of those around you.
Wearing them in casual situations like at the bar or the casual workplace is acceptable. However, wearing them to a wedding or funeral where it’s inappropriate to be the center of attention is a big no-no.
As with any style choice – think carefully and make sure what you’re wearing suits the formality of the event you’re attending.
Can You Wear Suede Dress Shoes With A Suit?
You can if you choose the right suede shoes. Opt for shoes that feature more formal details. Choose a sleek silhouette over a chunky shoe, a leather sole over a thick rubber sole, and darker colors.
Remember, suede is a more casual fabric than leather. There will be times when they won’t be the right choice for the occasion.
What Belts Match Suede Shoes?
As a rule, your belt should match the color of your shoes. Also, your metals should match (silver to silver, gold to gold).
That said, don’t overthink it!
You don’t need to go out and buy a suede belt that exactly matches the fabric and color of your shoes. While that might be a good option, check your closet first. You might own a belt that will match the color and not appear too contrasting.
You can wear a brown leather belt with brown suede shoes or a black leather belt with gray suede chukkas. Matching your belt and shoes is one case in which “close” is usually good enough.
When Not To Wear Suede Dress Shoes
As previously mentioned, in very conservative environments, suede shoes may seem too “flashy.”
Suede can also be seen as inappropriate in situations where a more’ classic’ style is required. When in high-stakes situations (like job interviews), opt for a traditional leather shoe.
In these scenarios, you don’t want people looking at your shoes. The room’s full attention should be on what you have to say.
4. Types Of Suede Dress Shoes (And How To Wear Them)
Most types of dress shoes on the market are available in suede.
From Oxfords to Chukka Boots and everything between, here are the different types of suede dress shoes and how to wear them:
While suede Oxfords are the most formal suede shoes you can buy, they’re still more casual than leather Oxfords because of their fabric.
Brown suede Oxfords with broguing pair well with fitted jeans. However, they’ll look even better with a casual summer suit.
Complete the look with a light-colored linen shirt and a brown webbed belt.
Whole Cut Suede Shoes
Wearing midnight-blue suede Wholecuts is sure to get you noticed. You have to wear them with confidence to make such a bold choice.
Wear them with trousers and a sports jacket (don’t forget the pocket square). Make sure that the jacket and trousers are noticeably different colors. You want to avoid looking like you made a mistake getting dressed that morning.
You could wear a blue, gray, or black belt in this situation, and you should try a wide variety of casual collared shirts. Consider wearing a simple knit tie for an even “smarter” look.
Tan suede Derby shoes with a contrasting sole are a classic. Try pairing them with gray chinos and a white polo shirt. Opt for a tan or light brown belt.
Throw on an olive-colored bomber jacket and grab a pair of classic sunglasses for a perfect spring look.
Suede monk straps are becoming more common in recent years.
You can pair a pair of navy suede double monks with off-white trousers and a navy blazer. Add a vertically striped dress shirt for a pop of pattern.
Accessorize with a dark belt and a colorful paisley pocket square if you feel bold.
Suede loafers scream summer casual.
Style light brown suede loafers with navy blue chino shorts, a canvas belt, and a white short-sleeved shirt.
Rather than going without socks, wear no-show socks to stop your shoes from developing a nasty smell.
Complete your outfit with a minimalist watch to achieve those laid-back beach vibes.
Suede Chelsea boots are one of the most commonly seen suede varieties of shoes for men.
Chelsea boots can be dressed up or down. You can wear dark brown suede Chelsea boots with tan chinos for a smart casual look. Pair with a light blue Oxford cloth button-down shirt (tucked in).
Add a field watch with a brown leather strap on your wrist and a dark brown leather belt for a perfect combination for the modern casual workplace.
The great thing about gray suede chukkas is that they can go with almost anything. As a neutral color, gray works well with lighter-themed and dark outfits.
Unsure on what to wear for date night?
Why not wear gray suede chukkas with fitted black jeans and a black leather belt? A casual, gray shirt will look great with a silver dive watch to add flair to this monochromatic outfit.
5. Keeping Suede Clean And Maintained
Before you break out your polish, remember that suede differs from traditional leather. That’s because its soft texture is more delicate and absorbent than leather.
Leather shoes need regular maintenance and conditioning. However, you will ruin suede shoes if you subject them to the same polish as your leather dress shoes.
To keep suede looking its best, clean it with a plastic/wire-bristle brush. The last thing you want is to damage your new shoes by using the incorrect cleaning equipment.
A wire brush works well on “heavy-duty” suede fabrics. More delicate suede requires a softer touch. When in doubt, test a wire brush on a small, inconspicuous area of your shoe (like on the tongue).
Use your best judgment – if the wire brush seems to damage your suede shoes, stop immediately! Instead, try a plastic brush with softer bristles. When in doubt, consult your local cobbler.
Should You Waterproof Suede Shoes?
Water is suede’s worst nightmare. However, you can wear suede shoes in wet weather if you take the proper precautions by waterproofing them.
While there are many waterproofing agents on the market, use one explicitly formulated for suede.
Beware: some waterproofing agents will darken the color of your shoes.
Test the product on a hard-to-see area if this concerns you and let it dry. If you’re happy with the results, apply the waterproofing agent to the whole shoe. You may need several coats.
Re-application is required anywhere from once a year to every few weeks. It all depends on your environment and how much you wear your suede shoes. Luckily, many manufacturers offer suede shoes with built-in water-resistant properties. In this case, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance.
There you have it, gents. After reading that extensive guide to all things suede, you should be able to wear the fabric with confidence and style. Remember, it’s all about presenting your best self to the world – and a pair of suede dress shoes might be the shoes to help you do just that.
Suede’s great – but there are plenty of other options out there. Click here to discover my list of the ten essential shoes every man should own.
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Published Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2022 18:04:19 +0000
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How to wear your watch correctly
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:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
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?
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?
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
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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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
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:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
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?
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
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?
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
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?
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.
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.
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 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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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
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.
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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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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