Every guys has a closet full of clothes. But, there are some essentials, that when added to an outfit, can make all the difference in the world. Here are my top 5 essentials every man needs in their wardrobe to make them a Fashionable Man, and not break the bank!
Father’s Day: the one day a year us badass dads get the glory! Spoiled with gifts, nice compliments from the family, and showered with love. It’s just like your birthday 2.0 LOL
In all seriousness, Father’s Day is a day to show love and appreciation for Dads everywhere. Sometimes a great card and a round of golf will suffice, but when you want to get Dad something special, look no further than my TFM Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018. I have curated some great ideas on what to get your dad, your father-in-law, tell your wife to get you if you’re a dad, or just to buy yourself if you’re not a dad. These items are all things that will go a long way to show that special fatherly figure how much you love him, and enable you to get him dressing and looking more 2018, and less 1988.
1. First off the bat, we are going linen!! It is June, it’s usually hot in most parts of the world (sorry for those of you that live where it is still cold), and linen now is not like it used to be.
Personally, I think a printed linen shirt is the way to go. I am rocking this Cubavera linen short-sleeve button up, and with white denim, then again with shorts. This shirt, and all linen shirts, are so versatile, that they can be worn more formally, to a wedding with a suit, or casually out to lunch with the family.
Cubavera is the go-to brand for everything linen. If you’re not feeling the printed style, go for the Guayabera linen shirt. It comes in all sizes, big and tall, and all types of colors. And if you’re not into that, and your dad wants to go straight Miami with it, hit him with some OG white linen pants (not pictured, but I know they carry them).
2. Next item for Dad has everything to do with grooming. If he is a beard man, or if he even cares slightly about his appearance, the Beardbrand kit is the way to go.
My personal favorite scent is Four Vices. It’s a tad smokey, very masculine, and not overpowering at all. This awesome company, out of Austin, TX has an array of men’s grooming products. I am a huge fan of the beard oil (their core), and the styling balm (the only product I am using in my hair right now).
Ok, let me just talk about this Styling Balm for a second. Definetly my favorite product of the entire product line (well, maybe tied with the Four Vices beard oil). I have been on a mad search for a good balm or pomade to use in my hair. And if you know me, you know I take my hair VERY seriously. This Styling Balm is a perfect match of enough hold, and flexibility. It allows my hair to move as much as I want it to, but also stay in place after working out at the gym. I promise you, not matter what product you get from these guys, you will not be disappointed.
3. Speaking of hair, get the man a gift certificate for a haircut AND beard trim/neck massage/shampoo.
Don’t cheap out, and give him $15 to Hair Cuttery, which includes tip (no disrespect to Hair Cuttery). Find a local men’s barbershop in your area, and get the man a fine shape up. If he's anything like me, he doesn’t trust just any Joe with his hair. So, do some research, investigate the shop and the barbers there, and make it a good experience. I promise you, spending the extra money for him, and letting him get a taste of first class hair treatment will bring him back with a huge smile on his face.
For those of you in the D.C. area, I highly recommend Hendricks Gentlemen’s Barbershop in Arlington, VA. Just walking in there, you know it is special. Now, you are going to have to pay some coin for the cut, but I promise you there is no stone left unturned when visiting this place. The barbers, the shampoo ladies, the front desk staff -everything is top notch!
4. For the OG Dad that isn’t a standard pocket square guy yet, but you want him to be...get him a pocket square.
But, not just any pocket square! Get an American Handkerchief handkerchief, but to be used as a pocket square (or anything actually)!
Now, not all dudes wear pocket squares, and not all OG Dads carry around a handkerchief, but this is something for everyone. Touted as a all around, everyday carry cloth, for $10, you can get an American made handkerchief that is so multipurpose, Dad can be the most sartorial woodsmen in his American Legion Lodge. My favorite pattern is Red Gingham, Peach Paisley, or the Pink Floral, but there are plenty to choose from, depending on your feels on pattern or solids. Probably the best deal on the Father’s Day Gift Guide, and also one of my personal favorite details!
5. Finally, for the more fashion forward Father, let’s talk about some wrist wear.
Recently, I have become a big fan of stacking bracelets. Specifically, more metal type of bracelets. Bangles, wraps (as seen above), etc. are perfect to pair with a watch, or stack on top of each other. Now, if you don’t know what stacking bracelets means, it is fairly self explanatory. Wear multiple bracelets at a time, basically on top of each other (see above photo of my Giles and Brother Silver Railroad Spike and Brass Latch Cuff).
This is the gift that can keep on giving. Every year, you can add to the collection. You can add various pieces to go with each other, to mix and match. It is a fun accessory that can really set an outfit apart from one another.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions, brand recommendations, outfit ideas, etc. Happy Father’s Day to all the kick ass dads out there! Have fun, and look good doing it!!
Como estan my fashionable friends!? I hope everyone had a great few months off of the blog, like I did. Time to get back in the saddle!!
‘Tis the season for presents, my birthday, and layers. Which means…it is my favorite time of year! Today’s post is all about HOLIDAY PRESENT IDEAS. For the guy who is having a hard time thinking of what he wants, or the lady who is scrambling to think of present ideas for her man, I have got you covered. Good for any budget, I will cover the spectrum of men’s stylish gifts for this holiday giving [and receiving] season.
Enjoy the weather, football, Hanukkah gelt, and Christmas cookies. Leave me feedback, comments, and questions if you have any! Happy present shopping
Be balanced from Lokai
One of my favorite, and least expensive gifts. With mud from the dead sea and water from Mt. Everest, the metaphor of balance, should always be on your person. With their ‘classic’ clear bracelet always on sale, every few months they come out with a special limited edition to support a good cause. So, not only are being fashionable, you are supporting a great cause as well!
To Infinity and beyond!
One would say the infinity scarf is only for the female fashionista. I say, no way Jose! It is very much scarf season right now, which is the perfect reason to pick up an inexpensive addition to a great outfit. The infinity scarf doesn’t have to be learned how to fold it around your neck. Put it on, swoop it around your head, and you’re done. Pick one up at H&M, and thank me later!
There are a number of websites that offer a number of men’s accessories. Buy one, or many. My top choices: lapel pin, cuff links, pocket square.
If you really want to pretend to be thoughtful, buy him a subscription from one of the many services that will send him a box of accessories every month. My top spot – Harrison Blake.
Slipper Mocs from Rancourt & Co.
Try these from Rancourt & Co. I was told about these from my dude Dan via Instagram. Said they are the most comfy and warm moccasin slippers on the market! Yes, better than UGG…that’s right…I said it! What better way to roam around your house, or run to the grocery store in warm style, than some dope slippers!
MA-1 Bomber Jacket from Alpha Industries
Basically, if you don’t have a bomber jacket, at least by 2017, then you are severely hurting your “fashionable” status. Not only are they the hottest thing in the men’s style world right now, but they really are both functional and fashionable. Bring back the inner Maverick in you, and get pick something up from Alpha Industries!
High-top Chucks from Converse
#Classics These bad boys are a great multi-seasonal shoe, that can be worn with almost any outfit. There is not much that hasn’t already been said about these shoes. So, basically, if you don’t already have them, you should get them, NOW!
Can’t get Yeezy’s. Don’t want any more Roshe’s. Get these boys…in “Trace Cargo” color (forest green IMO). They serve dual purpose, great with casual night out (would also go with above mentioned joggers), great for gym swag.
Yes, a $10 belt from Target accomplishes the same goal – it holds your pants up. But, for the sake of fashion, spruce it up. Statement belts are all in the buckle. They also can cost between $200-$1000. But they say something about the man that is wearing it, ergo, statement belt. My love is for Salvatore Ferragamo, and his belts. However, if you have a favorite designer or pattern you are looking for, splurge a little on something fun!