Posts Tagged ‘style’

A&E | May. 5 1:49 pm EST

Suit up… for the beach

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The end is in sight. After the seemingly unscalable wall that is final exams, most of us will be on our way to a long, well-deserved break. For many, that entails a relaxing trip to the beach for a chance to soak in briny waters and catch some rays—or perhaps an indoor pool, for the unfortunate who will be stuck in colder climes.

This means that you’ll need a swimsuit. While the last couple decades have been plagued by long, oversized board shorts, the trend has recently returned to trimmer, shorter suits, like those you would have seen in the ‘60s or ‘70s. And that’s a good thing—this brand of suit is far more flattering and allows for a fuller range of movement, making oceanside football games all the more fun.

The most important thing to remember is that, like a good pair of chino shorts, swim trunks should never hit below the knee. Overly long shorts are never flattering. How far up the thigh you want to go is up to you. If you’re in less than perfect shape, you might want to cover up a bit more; if you’ve been sculpted by the gods, go as short as you like, but be aware that Speedos generally draw funny looks. Generally, the most flattering fit for average to fit body types is 3-4″ above the top of the knee, which means an inseam somewhere around 7″ depending on height. More »


A&E | Apr. 26 3:35 pm EST

Light denim: Seven looks

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Jeans are likely the most-worn item in America, and among the more sartorially inclined, dark denim is king—especially if it’s selvage. And there’s good reason: They can easily be dressed up or down, they age with grace and character, and they just look sharp. However, like any other article of clothing, there’s no reason to limit yourself to one subset.

That’s why you need a pair of light wash jeans. They’re already broken in, so they’re exceptionally comfortable and look like they’ve been worn for years (without actually having to wear them for years and have them fall apart). They’re also perfect for spring, since they’re lighter and cooler than than their darker counterparts. I recently picked up a pair in J.Crew’s 484 fit—nice and slim, but not skin-tight.
J.Crew 484s in two washes. Courtesy of Nicholai Roman.

J.Crew 484s in two washes. Courtesy of Nicholai Roman.

Just like dark denim, lighter washes are quite versatile and can be paired with a number of warmer-weather looks. I’ve put together a few for inspiration, but keep in mind that this is coming from a white kid with a penchant for classic American style. Also, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of J.Crew. There are tons of brands out there that are as good or better than J.Crew, but here are three reasons why I stick with them: (1) Their clothes fit well and consistently, which is hard to come by with my odd proportions; (2) their collections can sustain looks with tons of variety while still keeping an American foundation; (3) they run sales almost weekly and have a 15% student discount.
Look one
Nikes, a gray sweatshirt, and a baseball cap are true American classics.
Denim and belt by J.Crew throughout. Shoes by Nike, hat by Ebbets Field Flannels, sweatshirt and tee by J.Crew. Courtesy of Nicholai Roman.

Denim and belt by J.Crew throughout. Shoes by Nike, hat by Ebbets Field Flannels, sweatshirt and tee by J.Crew. Courtesy of Nicholai Roman.


A&E | Apr. 23 2:07 pm EST

College (Cat)walk, featuring Audrey Vardanega, CC ’17

Photo by Danielle Truglio

Flowers are blooming, so that can only mean one thing: Spring is officially in the air. During one of New York’s most fashionable seasons, Columbia students are getting ready to show off their senses of style. It didn’t take me long to spot Audrey Vardanega, CC ’17, outside of Butler in her fashion-forward ensemble.

I love this outfit! So, what are you wearing and where can I find it all?

I’m wearing a Joie silk tank top, striped pants from A.P.C., black ankle boots from Acne Studios, and a blue cardigan.

How would you describe your style?

I like black a lot. I also like sophisticated pieces with edge. I own a lot of leather jackets, but anything black really.

Do you have any favorite brands?

I really like AllSaints, Zadig & Voltaire, and Steven Alan. Yeah, I would say those are some of my favorites.

So where do you shop? Are you a department store girl?

I honestly like boutiques more, so SoHo is really nice! I go abroad sometimes so it’s always fun to shop internationally.

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A&E | Apr. 19 11:15 am EST

Someday, my spring will come

The hastily-drawn, oddly-proportioned gentleman of summer. Illustration by Nicholai Roman.

While it seems like the insufferable polar vortex will never end, I know in my heart that spring will soon be upon us. Soon, the balmy temperatures of Bacchanal weekend will be commonplace and we won’t be afraid to venture outside with shorts on. It will be glorious. Since it’s likely that you’ve since forgotten what it’s like to dress for warm weather, here’s a short guide with some warm weather must-haves to help you get your feet wet.

Wearing shorts is casual and fun, but there’s no excuse to be sloppy on fit. The most important thing is they be sufficiently, well, short. Always wear shorts above the knee, but it’s best to make sure they don’t ascend north of the middle of your thigh. Where they fall in between is up to your level of comfort and fitness. The width of the leg should be slimmer than swimming in fabric and wider than skin-tight. More »


A&E | Apr. 12 12:15 pm EST

A resource for style resources

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While I’m sure that this blog is your one and only resource for men’s style, there are countless blogs, books, and other literature that far surpass the scope and quality of this modest weekly. To spare you the horror of sifting through the bowels of the Internet and reading everyone and their uncle’s musings on the sartorial, here’s a list of the places I look to for inspiration and advice.

The Big Three: GQ, Details, and Esquire
Magazines are the best print-based resource for fashion, grooming, and lifestyle, and there’s a reason these three are the most popular. GQ is more trendy, Details is more high fashion, and Esquire is more traditional. I read all three from time to time.

“How to Be a Man,” Glenn O’Brien
A witty, charming, and full of great advice on how to live and dress well from Glenn O’Brien, who has been writing and influencing pop culture since the ‘70s, when he was working for Andy Warhol. He’s also an alum of our very own Graduate School of the Arts.

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“Fuck Yeah Menswear”
A strange, tongue-in-cheek book that includes sartorial advice, irony, and wit from the editors of a now-defunct tumblr of the same name.
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A&E | Mar. 29 11:14 am EST

Suit up! Part 3: Shirting

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In parts one and two of my ongoing series on suiting, I went through a basic guide to the most important part of suiting up: the suit. This week, we move on to shirting, for even the best of suits need an equally well-chosen shirt to set it off.

As with a suit, perhaps the most important thing to pay attention to when buying a shirt is the fit. And just like buying a $2,000 suit doesn’t guarantee you’ll look good, a $200 shirt will still look poor if it doesn’t fit properly.

The key to a shirt that fits well is trimming down unnecessary fabric. That doesn’t mean that a dress shirt should be skin-tight—no need to look or feel uncomfortable or like you’ve been shopping at babyGap. But there’s also no reason to be swimming in your clothes. A dress shirt that fits properly will allow for ample mobility while still being trim and flattering. Here are a few guidelines:

  • The shirt should not billow from your waistband when tucked in. Instead, it should taper in at your natural waist and then widen enough to be slightly wider than your hips.
  • The sleeves should not hang over your thumb when unbuttoned. They should be long enough to not come up to your elbows when you raise your arms—yet short enough to fall a little past the hinge of your wrist.
  • The sleeves should not flap around in the wind. You don’t want to look like a pirate.
  • A dress shirt should be long enough to remain tucked in while performing normal movements. They’re not meant to be worn untucked.

David Beckham’s got it down pat.
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A&E | Mar. 8 11:15 am EST

Suit up! Part 2: The details

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Last week we focused on the fit, so it’s time to move on to the more creative side of suits. Experiment with different colors, textures, and other little details—just follow these simple guidelines, and you’ll be set.

Color and pattern
Grandmother always says that you need to buy a black suit first. While a black suit has plenty of potential for Tarantino badassery, it’s not very versatile and is best saved for funeral garb. For a first suit, one that could be used for anything from interviews to nights out, opt for gray or dark blue. After covering the basics, branch out to richer blues, dark green, plaids, windowpane, tweed, herringbone, khaki, even white (just be careful not to end up looking like Colonel Sanders).

Babies can look good, too!
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A&E | Mar. 3 3:44 pm EST

Suit up! Part 1: The fit

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Few things look better on a man than a well-tailored suit. Not the shapeless drapes of fabric that adorn your local politician, but a trim, flattering suit that you actually want to wear. Navigating the sea of fabrics, colors, styles, fits, shoes, accessories, and shirts can be intimidating, so I’ve planned a multi-part series to help make sense of it all. Part one deals with the most important part—the actual suit.

Arguably the most important component of a good suit is fit. A $2,000 Gucci suit is going to look like crap if it doesn’t fit, while a properly tailored $200 suit from Uniqlo will look like a million bucks.
As I see it, there are two basic schools of fit for suits. One is traditional or conservative, donned by the likes of George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Fallon. Traditional fit suits have a roomier fit, longer jackets, and wider lapels. We’ll call the other fit “modern”—cut close with shorter jackets, tapered pants, and narrower lapels. This is more popular among younger people, including Ryan Gosling, Elijah Wood, Justin Timberlake, and LeBron James. I think that a modern fit is more flattering and versatile, but both have their merits.
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A&E | Feb. 24 9:35 pm EST

Shopping for guys’ clothes on a college budget

Illustration courtesy of Nicholai Roman

For those of us without a large, steady income, keeping a quality wardrobe that still feels fresh can be tough. Or at least bankrupting. The good news is that you don’t have to shop at A.P.C. or Louis Vuitton to be stylish. Here are a few of my favorite spots to shop on a budget.

Brick-and-mortar stores
Uniqlo ($), NYC locations: 3
This chain is taking over the world with quality basics on the cheap. Sharp $200 suits, slim shirts, trim jeans and chinos, ultra-light down jackets, and much more come in endless colors at unbelievable prices. The Japanese have done it again.

J.Crew ($$-$$$), NYC men’s locations: 7
Some might call J.Crew too predictable, but few other chains offer such a large selection with great fit and good quality. From Italian suiting to covetable collabs to woodsman chic to American prep to Cali cool, J.Crew has it all. Retail prices can be a bit steep, but a consistently large sale section as well as a myriad of extra discounts make J.Crew a great place to find quality clothes for relatively cheap.

J.C. Penney ($), NYC locations: 1
In addition to hosting a respectable selection of brands such as Levi’s and Bass, J.C. Penney’s house line has recently become a viable option for cheap basics. With shirts, blazers, polos, chinos, and other semi-preppy staples, think of it as a cheaper version of Gap.
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A&E | Nov. 19 7:07 pm EST
College (Cat)walk

College (Cat)walk, featuring Siddhartha Shah

Sometimes, off the beaten path outfits miraculously appear on the most beaten paths of campus. College Cat(walk) will regularly feature the people who wear them. 

With the change of seasons, Columbia students have unpacked their winter gear to prep for the cold. Winter gear isn’t limited to parkas and fleece, though—fashionable choices are well within reach! After venturing onto college walk to search for stylish students, I found Siddhartha Shah, a 1st year Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences studying art history. He may or may not be from Brooklyn.

Spec / Pooja Pandey

Spec / Pooja Pandey

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