Since I’m spending the week with my family, I won’t be giving a thorough rundown of the sales that are beginning and have already begun; I’m confident that sites like Dappered and Put This On will do a good job of that for me. For good measure, here are a few lesser known sales from retailers that I enjoy:
Self Edge - 13% off all items though 11/30 in-store, 12/2 online
Haberdash - 1/3 off one full priced item, ends today (note - Aldens on sale)
It’s no secret that the Thanksgiving week is full of sales - some good, some not. No matter what, this is a good time to remind yourself to stick to your list and only take advantage of sales if it’s helping you purchase something you’re working towards. I’m constantly reminding myself to avoid sporadic purchases this time of year, but I think it’s an important mindset to have right now. Remember - if it wasn’t appealing before the sale then it’s probably not worth buying at discount, either.
Most importantly, if you’re spending time with your family, don’t give that up just to go shopping - menswear isn’t that important.
As many of you have probably noticed, I have been making some upgrades to my site. I’m still messing around with some things, but there are already a few important changes worth noting:
Contact page. I made it very difficult for people outside of the tumblr world to contact me in the past. Feel free to get in touch with me via twitter or email if you need more than 140 characters (I know I always do). I may not respond immediately but I will do my best to keep on top of things. And, like before, my "Ask" box is always open.
Disqus comments. Tumblr makes it way too hard for people to comment on posts; now you can get involved by leaving comments on my articles. I’m still figuring this out, so things may be slow to start. Keep it civil and friendly and I’ll be happy to facilitate a lively discussion.
Editorial policies and affiliate disclosure.It’s an unfortunate fact that many bloggers are not completely honest about if, how, and where they are creating revenue. I do my best to spell it out for everyone here. This is important, so please give it a read.
Thanks, everyone. Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for the thoughtful and thorough posts, they have provided assistance a plenty. My question: I have been curious to try out suitsupply, I was wondering as to your size in their sportcoats and if you consider them fairly 'true-to-size' or otherwise. Thank you!
Glad to help. In my experience with the “Havana” cut, the fit was true to size. However, this could vary depending on the cut you’re looking at and how you want the item to fit (It definitely looks like the models in the product photos are wearing a size down). Suitsupply has a “size advisor” that is largely unreliable, but in the same window there is a link to garment measurements and I have found these to be fairly accurate. At the end of the day, though, returns are free and easy so don’t sweat it too much!
As Put This On mentioned, there are a lot of cool events going on in NYC this weekend. I was planning on pouting and being grumpy because I couldn’t attend, but after looking at the (surprisingly inexpensive) cost of flights last week I decided that it would be much more fun to go to these events in person instead of reading about them later. Here are some things I’ll definitely be doing:
probably some non- #menswear things, but no promises.
Hopefully I can see some of you all while I’m there as well!
I’ll have lots of articles to write up about the events (I’ve already set up a few exciting interviews…) and you can expect those throughout next week. If you want the blow-by-blow account of my time at the trunk shows, be sure to follow me on twitter to get the full scoop.
Hi, I have been looking into backing some Gustin jeans for a while and just noticed you have a pair! What fit are yours? I've been wearing APC petit standards for years and am looking to try something new. If possible could you post a fit picture of some sort? It would be really appreciated. Thanks
I have the straight fit in a size 31, as seen here. If you’re used to Petit Standards then the Gustin standard fit will probably be looser than what you are accustomed to. I have never owned the APC PS but from what I know of it I think it would much more similar to the Gustin slims.
With the Britex Horn buttons on ur Club Monaco trench did u go with the 1" or the 1 1/8"? Have the same coat and was thinking about switching up the buttons myself first time I'll attempt to sew anything hopefully I wont mess it up too bad. Great blog by the way!
I believe I got these in the 1” size, along with a smaller button on back vent. And as far as “messing it up” goes, this is pretty far down the list of “risky at-home alterations” - I’m sure you’ll be fine. Here’s my guide in case you missed it. Have fun!
Hi there, Love your posts! Say, do you know any good sites for ordering horn buttons? Thanks!
Britex has an online store with lots of good options. I have used them before, although never through their website. My experiences with them have always been positive. If you’d like more options, check out this Styleforum thread on the same topic. I have not tried any of those companies but they might be worth looking at. Have fun!
Will you be adding hats to your wardrobe? I'm sure you could rock it. Cheers!
I’ve always had a hard time with hats. I have a small-ish head, so more often than not I end up getting lost in them and looking like I’m a 15-year-old paperboy (in fairness, I was a 15-year-old paperboy so the association is not completely unfounded). I’m still open to hats, but have yet to find anything that really excites me.
If you want to see some guys wearing hats better than I ever could, check out Gus and Edwin.
So have you already decided how you're going to reward yourself after you pass your exam, sartorially speaking?
Chances are good that IF I pass my exams I might have to reward myself with something outside of my normal price range. I almost preemptively did this today when Ralph Lauren’s pre-sale began, putting most items at 40% + 15% off (which comes to 49% off - use the code MPRE13). (un)Fortunately, the infamous Marlow cordovan wingtips were excluded, which kept me from jumping the gun on my congratulatory splurge. Probably for the best, as I have no excuse to be spending such foolish amounts of money on shoes.
(For those that DO have an excuse to spend foolish amounts of money on shoes…the Lindrick boots are included in the sale).
If you read this blog regularly (and a big thanks to those that do), you’ve probably noticed that I’m putting out a bit less content recently, and that my posts aren’t quite as verbose as they have been in the past. It’s not due to the fact that I’ve run out of things to talk about, just that my priorities are temporarily changing.
Like many bloggers, I have a real job that takes up the majority of my time. Currently, I am studying for a massive engineering exam that, if I pass, will allow me to become a licensed professional and take my career to the next level. Needless to say, I have had to put my blog work on the backburner to allow myself to sufficiently prepare for the exam. I will still continue to post some things (I have something fun planned for tomorrow), but my usual posting speed will unfortunately be reduced (again, only temporarily - just through the end of the month).
Thanks to all of you that take the time to read this blog; it continues to be a wonderful experience for me I look forward to continuing the conversation in November!