Shame is 2 Sizes Too Large

I recently headed to my local JCPenney store to take advantage of their winter clearance sale and snag some new sweaters. 

I thought my current sweaters were simply wearing out and stretched.  I thought their casual shape was just baggy, and I felt uncomfortable wearing them, and I wanted to get some new ones to replace them.  I grabbed my size (an XL) and headed to the ladies dressing room hoping I could dive in without anyone seeing me and telling me I was in the wrong area.

I made it in without incident, but was immediately disappointed: the XL was like a dress.  The sleeves were nearly 8 inches too long and the whole garment just bagged off of me. What the hell?  XL was my size.   

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7 favorite menswear blogs

I’ve learned almost all I know about mens style and fashion from internet mentors. I started my style journey around the same time that menswear blogs hit the scene in the late aughts. I learned the difference between preppy and streetwear, vintage and luxury, budget watches and heirloom timepieces. I’ve synthesized information from the world wide webs to form my own style, but I’m never done learning.

I want to share some of my favorite resources. These are the sites I visit frequently to get tips to beat the summer heat, apartment decor, cocktail making, and mens fashion and style. These writers are constantly inspiring me in all ways to improve my life, both inside and out. If you’re learning to dress better, these sites will help guide you in the right direction.

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Butc(h)er Kitc(h)en: 5 affordable kitchen upgrades

When I was just starting to cook, I had no idea that tools made a difference.  To me, a knife was a knife and any pan would do.  Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t get caught up in thinking you can only cook with high-end equipment.  But I do wish I had known about these 5 easy and affordable upgrades that would have made it a lot easier to improve my cooking skills.   Continue reading “Butc(h)er Kitc(h)en: 5 affordable kitchen upgrades”

Outfits: Fall Sunday Errands

 

Casual style collage butch fashion

Uniqlo Flight Jacket ($40). J.Crew Factory Flex Heather Washed Tattersall Shirt ($35).  Timex Men’s Expedition Scout Chronograph Watch ($60).  Timberland Men’s Classic Leather Jean Belt ($20).  Dockers D1 Slim Fit All Seasons Tech Pants ($40). Huskk RFID Slim Card Holder ($19). Solmate Socks “September Sun” ($20).  Clarks Men’s Bushacre 2 Chukka Boot ($63).  Case Burnt Indigo Peanut Pocket Knife ($39).

Pa Knows Best: Get Outside

A sad fact of “modern” life is that most of us don’t spend much time outside.  Some days, the extent of our exposure to the elements is the walk to and from our car on the way to work and back.

Yet, talk of the weather is that great common ground for elevator rides, and idle chit-chat in the break room at work where people express sadness when it’s rainy or joy when the sun is shining.  We check the weather before we dress, have apps dedicated to it, have an entire network channel devoted to it, and local weather updates every ten minutes on the network morning shows.  What an irony that our culture is nearly obsessed with the weather when we barely even experience it.

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