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How To Dress Well – First 7 Steps For A Style Rookie

Style 101If you’re just starting to learn how to dress well – you’re probably overwhelmed. So much info – where do you start? You’re not alone. I’ve been there. It took me YEARS to get past beginner level. Why? Because I didn’t have a roadmap. Don’t worry – you don’t have to struggle like I did. Today I’m going to spell out the first seven steps for a style rookie. This article is brought to you by KK & Jay. I love this company. They make the BEST shirt stays in the business. What are those? They’re the invisible reason well-dressed men’s shirts stay perfectly sleek and tucked in all day. If you keep having to tuck in your billowing muffin top… these will save you from sticking your hand down your pants in public. Click here to check out KK & Jay and use code RMRS for the best discount on the internet. (more…)

The Art Of The Watch Bracelet

Many of us do it daily: they put their watch around their wrist, close its bracelet and go about with their day. While watches are often considered objects of art, not many put a lot of thought into the bracelets that come with them. The stress and demands that are put on bracelets are significant; not only does their design need to fit in with that of the watch, but they also need to be comfortable to wear, strong and easy to open, but only when you want to. READ MORE

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Huckberry’s big Summer Sale, Italian Made Boots, a Moonphase Watch, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 

 

Huckberry: Big ol’ Summer Sale

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It’s mid season clearance time people. Now that we’re all sweating balls, what better time to buy some boots, eh? It actually is a good time, considering the prices. They want to get this stuff out of their warehouse to make room for the new fall stuff on the way. So this old stuff from last fall has gotta go. Still can’t believe those Astorflex boots are kickin’ about at ninety bucks. Also. Levi moon sale? Awwww yeeeeeeeah. Big thanks to Brandon D. for the tip!

 

Allen Edmonds Factory 2nds Flash Sale (most models $212.50)

Currently happening on their e-commerce site, so, no monkeying around with calling the Shoebank. Still has that pesky $25 restocking fee for returns. But if you’re the type who likes to gamble on 2nds, this isn’t a half bad time to take a crack at it. Not under $200, but close.

 

Spier & Mackay: New Items Added to Sale + 2 for $40 Polos (reg. $30 each)

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Sizes are scattered (it’s Spier & Mackay after all) but there are still some solid deals to be found in their sale section right now. And it’s not just suits and sportcoats. Trousers, sweaters, ties… etc. But if you are going for something more dressed up/tailored, head here for a review of their slim fit suits, and head here for a review of their more generous contemporary fit. Meanwhile, for those who are a fan of their polos, they’re doing a two for $40 deal through 7/15. That’s a savings of $10 each when you buy two or more.

 

Massdrop: Allen Edmonds Chukkas Still Available – $249.99 FINAL

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Looks like the chocolate brown is sold out, but the other colors are still fair game. I’m wondering if the timetable is just too long this time. It’s the middle of summer, and you’re asking guys to lay down a quarter of a grand on shoes they won’t see until the very end of October (the estimated ship date). That’s a lonnnnnnnnnnng time. AND you can’t return them if they don’t work out? That’s a big ask.

 

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Early Access Starts NOW

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And we’re off. If you’re a cardmember. For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait until Friday July 20th. And yes, we’ll have a full run down of picks then when the doors are thrown open to the general public.

 

BONUS  Brooks Brothers: Summer Online Sale + Clearance

Brooks Brothers

This is a weird one because they’re advertising a summer clearance AND a summer sale… yet most prices don’t look like they’ve moved much if at all? Beats me. I thought the Allen Edmonds for Brooks Brothers shoes were long gone. But it doesn’t appear that way. Some people insist that these aren’t AEs, but… the Park Avenue style (the plain oxford cap toes) are still labeled as AEs. And if they aren’t from Allen Edmonds… who’s making them? Made in the USA and Goodyear welted. Boots are obviously Red Wings.

 

BONUS II  Massdrop: Glycine Moonphase – $399 FINAL 

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Oddly easy to dress up or down for a moonphase. Swiss made automatic with a true moonphase cutout (it’s not some AM/PM indicator). Final sale of course, being that once again this is Massdrop.

Also worth a mention:

  • Club Monaco: Extra 30% off sale styles. No code needed.
  • J. Crew: Extra 30% off sale styles w/ SHOPNOW
  • GAP: Up to 50% off everything, + an extra 20% off everything w/ MORE

The Best in Affordable Style from the Month that Was – June ’18

A wise man once asked: “What the hell just happened?” And for good reason. There is value in looking back. It gives us all a good gauge as to what is good, and more importantly, what is not good, going forward. Sure, the “clip show” is mostly a cheap (affordable?) device to create new content out of already published stuff. But it’s also a good way to catch up in case you missed something. So cue the flashback music. Here’s the very best from the month that was…

 

Best Sale: J. Crew 30% off + extra 20% off (expired)

J. Crew

Stacking codes plus a bunch of stuff that sometimes gets excluded not getting excluded? Excellent. Their unconstructed Portuguese cotton/linen sportcoats were down under $100 during this point. Not bad at all.

 

Best Individual Item Deal: Spier & Mackay Suits under $300

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J. Crew Factory normally charges $299 for their fused Thompson line of wool suits. And they often excluded suits from codes. So to get a half canvas, bemberg lined Spier & Mackay suit for under three bills? That’s something. There were two opportunities (now both expired) for this deal last month. There was the 4th of July 15% off deal, and then there was the Massdrop deal that saw Italian wool super 120s suits going for $299. It was a very good month to buy a suit.

 

Best Post to Re-Read now that the earth has gone full broil: 20 Hot Weather Essentials for Well Dressed Men

I walk outside and I feel like at some point I’m gonna stumble upon Diddy’s Soiree. Makes a man want to move to the Faroe Islands.

 

Most welcome return: Massdrop’s Allen Edmonds Chukkas

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They’re back! In two new colors no less. Navy and Olive are making their debut along with the usual sand, snuff, and chocolate. Chocolate has sold out as of post time, and know that these things are gonna be a lonnnnng wait. You pay now, and they won’t ship until late October. Final sale too.

 

Most subtle style risk to not gain widespread approval: This Sportcoat

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In related news, people still really like turtles.

 

Skippiest Pants: Banana Republic Core Temp Chinos

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My first grade gym teacher used to make us warm up by first jogging, and then skipping, and then galloping to Go you Chicken Fat Go! So, I got practice. Yet the one time I got in any amount of trouble was when Mr. Keepers was trying to make the class square dance (yes, that was part of P.E. where I grew up) and I led a quiet mutiny, getting all of us in the class to sit down, unifying in our refusal to participate. I preferred kickball. My parents were pissed when Ms. Carron (the Principal) called home with the lowdown. Anyway, nice pants. Full review here.

 

Most Wheelhouse Post: From Slob to Sharp

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If we’re not doing posts like these, then I don’t know what we’re supposed to be all about. Yes, it was a reboot, but I think it was well worth the update. And thanks to all of you who shared it with your pals/the world at large on the interwebz. Means a ton.

 

Best Post for those Shorts-averse: 6 Pants Cool Enough for Summer

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Because sometimes you can’t, or don’t want to wear shorts. There’s a surprisingly large amount of summery-pants options out there. Just gotta know what you’re looking for.

 

Most Understandable (but perhaps poorly asked) Question: Spendy Watches in images on Dappered?

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“I’ve seen a couple of expensive watches in the pictures on Dappered. Yet you’re recommending the rest of us wear Timexs? Dude, where do you get off?” – Travis L. via email

Nice eye. But everyone has their thing. And I pinch pennies in other places. And I don’t have kids. And I don’t really buy spendy watches anymore. I bought one, and then another, and then another and sold the first to fund the last and now that’s it for me. I dunno, I understand that some might see it as hypocritical, but I’ll be the first one to acknowledge the absurdity of spending large quantities of money on a piece of outdated technology with a function that can be easily surpassed by much, MUCH cheaper, contemporary alternatives. It’s REALLY dumb. I get that. But I’m not saying you should do it. Your Timex is gonna keep better time than my Tag Heuer any day. Crazy, eh?

 

Worst/Clunkiest Name for a Pair of Pants: Old Navy Slim Built-In Tough All-Temp Twill Five-Pocket Pants for Men

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Aaron… couldn’t we instead call these pants Aaron? Anyway, nice pants. Again. Full review here.

 

Most commented on Instagram Post: World Cup Fever!

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Soccer. America’s Sport of the Future since 1972.

 

Longest span of time between the end of the month and a following, corresponding “Month That Was” post on Dappered: This very one

Yes, you’re reading about the post of which you’re currently reading within said post. Wheels within wheels man. I mean, it’s almost mid July. Sorry it took so long to get this thing on the site. I’m sure you were all waiting on pins and needles.

Feeling Nostalgic? Here’s the archive containing previous editions of Best of the Month that Was.