Posts Tagged ‘style’

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

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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

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A&E | Sep. 9 6:51 pm EST
on the catwalk

Fashion Week review: Son Jung Wan’s 2014 collection

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This weekend at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I crammed into a crowded room filled with cameras and critics. I had no idea what to expect when the lights dimmed, the music boomed, and fashion’s most elite figures sat in silence, prepared for either a pleasant surprise or a boring flop from Son Jung Wan.

The South Korean designer, though perhaps not a household name, has graced many major fashion events with her vibrant looks and was named Designer of the Year by Seoul Metropolitan Magazine in 2005. Last Saturday at noon, her spring collection filled the Studio at Lincoln Center with an evolution of color that impressed a highly influential audience, including J. Alexander from “America’s Next Top Model.”

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A&E | May. 28 4:04 pm EST
Columbia Style File

Carlos Barksdale embodies quintessential Ivy League style

When you think of the quintessential Ivy League man, images of impeccably tailored jackets, sweaters, and argyle prints inevitably come to mind.

Carlos Barksdale, SEAS ’14, perfectly embodies this style. From his preppy wardrobe to his high-profile internship, Barksdale makes sure the classic “Ivy” aesthetic is alive and well at Columbia. 

Katie Best-Richmond: How would you describe your personal style?

Carlos Barksdale: It’s a mix between an urban aesthetic and southern culture with a bit of prep.

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KBR: What is your favorite piece to wear?

CB: My vintage letterman’s jacket. I bought it in Washington, D.C., last year. It’s green with gold lettering, it fits me perfectly, and it cost about $80. It’s just a really nice looking jacket, really vintage. It has a nice appeal to it even though it is starting to tear apart. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 11 1:11 am EST
One Eleven

What to wear to Bacchanal

It’s late. You’re up.

For a day and a half, I actually let myself think that the nice weather was here to stay. And then it pulled a total Dan Brown on me. I knew the end was coming, but I was hoping against all odds that maybe, this time, I would be proved wrong. The real villain was pretending to be their friend the whole time It got cold again.

So for those of you who just spent all week planning the perfect outfit—crop top/man tank, the shortest shorts short of denim tighty-whities that you can get away with wearing, sandals, suns out, guns out, etc., etc.—you’re probably a little disappointed.

It’s okay. I have you covered. Here’s how to keep warm in the 60-degree, partly-cloudy, invariably-windy-as-fuck weather we’ll be getting Saturday morning.


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A&E | Apr. 10 6:18 pm EST
Columbia Style File

Barneys intern Alexa Mouta learns the ropes of online fashion marketing

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At her internship, Alexa Mouta, BC ’13, delves into an aspect of the fashion world that few think about when dreaming of magazines and clothing design. She works with the practical and business sides of fashion as a Barneys web marketing intern.

Don’t let this fool you — suits aren’t mandatory in this part of the industry. Alexa proves that all parts of the business require an eye for style with her classy and comfortable wardrobe, composed of pieces any fellow fashion intern would love to call their own.

Katie Best-Richmond: How would you describe your personal style?

Alexa Mouta: I would say I’m generally pretty casual. Even working at Barneys, I don’t really wear heels that often. I like casual, but I definitely like adding in some fun pieces. I love wearing comfy materials and anything that is generally comfortable.

KBR: What is your favorite piece to wear?

AM: A sweater by Alexander Wang. I wear it literally everywhere. It’s a black, oversized sweater and I’m obsessed with it. I wear it out. I wear it to the gym. I wear it everywhere.

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