Archive for February, 2010

65 Things A Man Should Know About Style

Sergio Valente put it best when he said, ‘How you look tells the world how you feel.’

  1. If you can slip two fingers between your neck and the buttoned collar of a new dress shirt, the shirt will fit comfortably after laundering.
  2. The shirt placket, the belt buckle, and the trouser fly should all line up.
  3. Speaking of belt buckles, the point of your tie should never fall below it.
  4. Rent no clothing.
  5. Ninety-dollar shoes last half as long as $180 shoes, but $360 shoes will last you your whole life.
  6. Three-hundred-sixty-dollar shoes will not last your whole life if you break their backs by refusing to use a shoehorn.
  7. Three-hundred-sixty-dollar shoes without a shine can look like $90 shoes.
  8. Women notice shoes.
  9. They also notice nose hair; so should you.
  10. Good shoes and a good haircut matter more than a great suit.
  11. Neckties decorated with cartoon characters, golf tees, or the paintings of dead rock musicians coordinate with nothing.
  12. It is never acceptable to loosen your tie, except during the process of its removal.
  13. You are in your car an hour each day; you are in your clothes from morning to night. Spend accordingly.
  14. The seat-belt shoulder strap goes under your necktie.
  15. You can’t wear a bow tie with anything other than a tuxedo if you’re under forty-five or not a famous novelist or not a total geek, professor.
  16. Very few people want to see you in compression shorts, and those who do might not be your target audience.
  17. Likewise tight, black leather pants, Mr. Bon Jovi.
  18. A $250 shirt will look like a $25 shirt if it is professionally laundered instead of hand washed.
  19. Still, you will be happiest if you regard dress shirts as disposable.
  20. By the way, this blue-shirt craze is getting really tiresome.
  21. Buy the lightest-weight tuxedo you can find, because dancing and drinking and scantily clad women cause formal affairs to become overheated.
  22. One ring, maximum. On a finger. Not from college. Not from high school. Silver or platinum, not gold.

  23. On airplane trips, briefs are more comfortable than boxers, as contents may shift during takeoff and landing.

  24. There are no bargains.
  25. A man in a good suit and tie looks chic; a man in a good suit without a tie looks more chic.
  26. A man who uses the word chic had better be kidding around.
  27. A man in a suit without a tie can wear loafers; a man in a suit with a tie cannot.
  28. Ed Bradley doesn’t look as good with that earring as he thinks he does.
  29. Jack Nicholson can wear two-tone spectator shoes only because he is Jack Nicholson.
  30. It is far better to arrive at an event overdressed than underdressed: People will think you’ve got somewhere more important to go afterward.
  31. Cheap cashmere is less soft and more fragile than expensive wool.
  32. A T-shirt that shows through a dress shirt is the male equivalent of visible panty lines.
  33. Do not wear button-down collars with double-breasted suits.
  34. Do not unbutton double-breasted suits, Letterman notwithstanding.
  35. The only thing worse than wearing socks that don’t cover one’s calves is wearing patterned socks that don’t cover one’s calves.
  36. If you lose one cuff link, remove the remaining orphan; this will make it look as if you have insouciant personal style and omitted them on purpose.

  37. Keep a lint roller in your office. And in your car.
  38. A good suit treated well shouldn’t be dry-cleaned more than twice a season; a good tuxedo treated well should never be dry-cleaned.Unless you’re a quarterback, never wear anything with your name and/or number on it.
  39. Jeans should never meet an iron.
  40. What you find at an outlet store is what other people refused to buy or what a company thinks you will buy because you’re the kind of person who shops at an outlet store.
  41. Khakis religiously worn on Fridays are no less a uniform than a business suit worn the prior four days.
  42. Nonetheless, you can never have too many khakis. Or white heavyweight-cotton T-shirts or canvas tennis shoes. For Saturday.Numbers to remember: one half inch of shirt cuff; one and a half inches of trouser cuff; two inches more belt than inches on your waist.
  43. Your belt and shoes should match in color, if not in material.
  44. Speaking of color, there is little use for pink, peach, or teal.
  45. It’s not the name on the label or the numbers on the credit-card statement but how good you look in it.
  46. Even Al Gore shouldn’t wear a watch with a built-in calculator.
  47. Like cars and stereo equipment, clothes are not really ‘invest-ments,’ because they cannot appreciate. They’re clothes.
  48. It’s more important in a man’s daily life to have a good tailor than a good doctor.
  49. Clothing salesmen can change your life in a good way, but not many of them.
  50. Two elements of style that will last longer than any man who is smart enough to own them: a sterling belt buckle from Tiffany and simple cuff links.
  51. A restaurant meal tastes better when you’re wearing a suit coat.
  52. Band-collar shirts make you look either stupid or like a priest or like a stupid priest.
  53. Whether a tie is too fat or too skinny should be decided by you, on a tie-by-tie basis.
  54. When in doubt, ask a woman.
  55. Know that she will often be wrong, too, and that ultimately a man is alone in a vast sea of indecision that he must ply.
  56. Never trust a fashion magazine. CelebrityTrendZ is not a fashion magazine. CelebrityTrendZ likes you very much and is only trying to help.
  57. Cigars are never stylish in mixed company.
  58. If you hang your jacket on a chair and then sit on the chair and lean back, your jacket will look as if you had hung it on a chair and then sat on the chair and leaned back.
  59. Drape your scarf on that chair and you’re going to lose it, and we are not your mother.
  60. A black knit tie coordinates with jeans and a blazer as well as it does with a French-cuffed shirt and a custom-made suit.Levi’s.
  61. Deep in the heart of the Middle West, some people are actually wearing those baggy, printed workout pants again, and you owe God your deepest thanks that you have the presence of mind to not be among them.
  62. The most important thing about selecting a hotel is the ability of the staff to press a shirt instantly, anytime, day or night.First suit: navy solid. Second suit: gray solid. Third suit: navy pinstripe. Fourth suit: gray chalk stripe. Fifth suit: black. Sixth suit: You need no sixth suit.
  63. To have absolute style is to break absolute rules – sometimes even these.
  64. There is no foot pain so severe, no dress shoe so fragile, no commute so arduous, as to justify the sartorial holocaust that is wearing sneakers with a suit.
  65. Unless you have a harelip or happen to be Wilford Brimley, you look exactly half as attractive with a mustache. (I disagree with this one! – Nick)

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Ramdaq Photography

This was an awesome post I cam across with photos adapting “Alice in Wonderlond.” Here are a few of my favorites:


To see the full set of shots, click here.

The 15 Best Articles For Designers in 2009

This post from Design Reviver composes the best 15 article for designers from 2009.

Some of the articles include the following articles:

Logo Design – How NOT To Design A Logo

22 Most Used Free Fonts By Professional Designers

60 Most Wanted Photoshop Tutorials, Brushes, .PSDs and Resources

Check out all of the posts to become more in depth with your inner designer.

I Want My Bookshelf to Look Like This…

200 Things You Simply Have to Know About New York

1. Whatever your nationality, there’s a little community of your fellow countrymen somewhere in this city. Guaranteed.
2. People actually do seem to say ‘whassup’.
3. The streets aren’t paved with gold, they’re paved with the spit of a million construction workers.
4. State taxes are higher than any other place I’ve ever lived. After all, Eliot Spitzer’s high class hookers won’t pay for themselves.
5. It’s a little known fact that every molecule of dirt on the planet originated at some point from the New York subway system.
6. That person shouting randomly in the street is definitely shouting at you.
7. In the 1960s TV show The Invaders, you could always spot the alien by their rigid little finger. In New York, you spot the outsider because they’re smiling.
8. There is one Chinese take out joint per head of population in the city.
9. The longest and most depressing queueline in the world is at Whole Foods in Union Square.
10. Strike that, I’ve just been to Trader Joe’s.
11. The $2 subway fare is probably the best value public transport system in the Western world.
12. Thousands of New Yorkers still complain bitterly about the cost, as if that $2 cost is the one thing that’s preventing them from hiring a yacht in the harbour at Monte Carlo next summer.
13. How many New Yorkers does it take to change a lightbulb? One, to hold it in place while the world revolves around him.
14. Nobody does anything by halves in this city. Whether they’re campaigning on behalf of Tibet, or taking up rollerblading, New Yorkers put their heart and soul into everything they do. Apart from anger management, obviously.
15. The sound of popping animal skin that occurs when you bite into a hot dog on a New York street may be one of the satisfying noises known to man.
16. There is no louder sound on earth than an emergency services vehicle going past you with its siren blaring. They make them that loud so that no-one confuses them with an ice cream van.
17. It is a statistically proven fact that it is impossible to catch sight of the Statue of Liberty without internally exclaiming “f**k me, that’s the Statue of Liberty!”
18. Some New Yorkers really do think that the British say ‘potarto’.
19. On the London Underground you sometimes see tiny little mice scuttling around the tracks. In New York, the subway has stonking great rats who look like they’d eat your grandmother if they were given half the chance.
20. Most people seem to leave offices by about 3pm during the summer, to get an early start on the weekend. Of course, if they just gave everybody proper holidays in the first place…
21. Impatience is the number one religion in New York. Most New Yorkers reading this are already annoyed that I’m not on point 183 by now.
22. Such is sheer array of good food available in New York that it is more than possible to put on in excess of ten pounds in weight after just eight months in the city. So I hear, at least…
23. Co-ops are an opportunity for people who were bullied at school to feel like they have some power at last.
24. Brits in New York are the ones wearing t-shirts and shorts in February.
25. When it rains in New York, it really pours down. Which is embarrassing if you’re wearing a t-shirt and shorts. In February.
26. If you want a glimpse of what hell is surely like, walk down 5th Avenue on a Saturday afternoon.
27. For all the praise heaped upon New York cheesecake, (whisper it in hushed tones) it’s really not all that.
28. I *heart* NY is surely the greatest city logo of all time. More impressive than “Slough: It’s Not As Bad As You Think” at least.
29. Accidentally sneeze as you walk past a doctors in the city, and it’ll almost certainly cost you $20.
30. Customer service is something that New York schoolkids read about in fairytales.
31. A white walk sign is no indication that it’s safe to walk. It’s just to inform you that you will probably have a watertight legal case when the car that’s turning right hits you.
32. Coffee doesn’t actually taste better in New York. But everybody else is wired, so it’s best to grab yourself a cup and go with the flow.
33. There’s probably greater inertia in this city than most cities in the world. Anybody announcing that they’re leaving gets treated like there’s been a death in the family.
34. The everything bagel should be named alongside the Colossus of Rhodes as one of the seven wonders of the world.
35. Writing a blog entry about the woefulness of New York sport will inevitably lead to a last minute New York triumph in one of the biggest sports matches of the year.
36. The Knicks are still rubbish.
37. It is quicker to do forward rolls all the way to China than take a subway train any more than ten stops on a Sunday.
38. The Union Square Greenmarket is the only place in the world that I’ve ever seen edible ferns for sale. But then, I’ve led a sheltered life.
39. Despite the legendary nickname of the city, the apples here are no bigger than they are anywhere else in the US as far as I can tell.
40. If there’s currently a billboard in this town without Sex & The City on it, I’m yet to see it.

For the rest of the list, please visit  A Brit Out of Water. There are very interesting ones towards the end of the list.

Get Married In Your Wedding Cake!

Check out this post from CocoPerez.

I ♥ Paper Dresses

” For my Creative Processes class I designed and made this paper dress purely out ofphonebook paper! I pleated, stuck, sewed, and glued everything by hand.” – Jolis Paonsstudent at Herron School of Art & Design