|Photo by Nicole Feest|
|Photo by Nicole Feest|
In frugal fashion, fit is king. But it's not as easy as just blindly following the rules we laid out in yesterday's post. People come in all shapes and sizes, and finding the right fit for your bod is key. Sometimes that involves trying on everything in the store, and sometimes that means paying a little extra to have your clothes customized. Here are a few general guidelines for dressing for your body type.
Fit is the most important part of masculine style, and it's even more important when you're on a budget. A $20 dress shirt from Target that fits perfectly will beat an ill-fitted $80 Brooks Brothers shirt every time. Half-a-paycheck Japanese raw selvedge that sags at the ass will always lose to a $40 pair of Levi's that hug your hip bones at just the right height.
Knowing your measurements can be useful for online shopping, but sizing varies widely by brand, so never trust an inch measurement -- try everything on. Some brands, like Levi's, vary widely even within the same brand, so even if your last pair of Levi's were a 31 waist, don't trust that the next pair will fit the same.
A future installment of the Frugal Rake will deal with all things suiting, including proper suit fitting. For now, let's talk about stocking your closet with some everyday masculine staples that fit like a dream.
The Frugal Rake: An Introduction
It's that time of year again: when the weather finally starts letting up, when we've banished our snow boots to the back of the closet, when we start seeing spring in both our gardens and our wardrobes. On a warm Saturday night at Orchestra Hall, Envision welcomed designers and boutiques to help celebrate the big thaw with their latest looks.
Here are some of the highlights from each collection at Envision Spring/Summer 2015.More »
The celebrity turnout was glam last week when Target threw a launch party for its Lilly Pulitzer collection. Kate Bosworth, Ellie Kemper, Bella Thorne, and Emmy Rossum were a few of the stars who showed up in the brightly colored, retro pieces.
Fashion from Target's Lilly Pulitzer lookbook Lilly Pulitzer designs are super popular with southern sororities and senior citizens
Things weren't as cool and collected this weekend when items became available for sale. Lines formed hours before stores opened, racks were ravaged in mere minutes, and the website crashed harder than Ticketmaster with a major concert sale. Of course, this led to major shopper meltdowns, and much of it has been documented on social media.
Our summer fashion prediction? There are going to be a lot of people dressed like Boca Raton senior citizens with a golf tee time this season. Let's take a moment to look at some of the best tweets about the fashion carnage.
Jason Wu Hoarder Sues Target
Welcome to the inaugural post of the Frugal Rake, a monthly blog series for folks looking to build a good-looking masculine wardrobe from the ground up without breaking the bank. In upcoming installments, we'll be covering everything you need to start becoming style-conscious on a budget, including finding the right fit, where and how to shop, and the proper care of garments.
The watchwords of the series are "frugal masculine style," so to kick things off, a note on each of those words. After that, we'll go over some good rules for beginners to take to heart.More »
High school physics teacher Adrian Flygt just had six cord of eight-foot logs dropped off at his house in Fort Collins, Colorado. Soon it'll just be a big pile of kindling.
After school's out, Flygt goes home, walks his hound, and then gets to work. Instead of heading up a classroom now, he's outside his house going to town on huge logs with axes and saws. In addition to being a teacher, Flygt is also a professional lumberjack.More »
Imagine the mountains around Big Sur jutting from the Pacific Ocean and meeting the land in a glorious nirvana of woodland green and cerulean blue. The image is nice (see above), but even viewing it from a car on the PCH doesn't give you the full experience. You've got to open the door and let the smell of salt and flora hit your nose.
Brandon Big Sur is just one of the places where the folks at Juniper Ridge find scent-spiration.
What better way to bring the woods with you than to wear them on your body? We're not talking branches or wildflowers per se, but one man has figured out how to put the mountains in a bottle employing methods rarely used by modern perfumeries -- the ultimate in eau de lumbersexual.More »
Colin Michael Simmons Special thanks to Find Furnish, Max Gremillion, Chris Newkirk, John Cybart, and David Sedgwick.
The city hums and honks below as half a dozen guys guzzle Bell's Two Hearted on an Upper East Side rooftop, escaping a weed-beclouded party downstairs. Moonrays splay through frail clouds as puffs of smoke from American Spirits rise skyward.
A guy with a red pine tattoo cracks a new bottle and asks if anyone wants another.
"I have to open at the coffee shop tomorrow, but fuck it," says another, accepting the offer.
The tar roof dampens the thud of his worn Red Wings, scuffed by his days delivering 80-pound bags of green coffee and nights hauling gear to shows in Brooklyn.More »
Just about everyone and their mom has been writing love notes to our humble Land of 10,000 Lakes recently, from the Atlantic to Politico. It seems like every week, we're topping another list of what's great, what's cutting edge, and what's working. This week is no exception.
Erik Hess Coolest corn on the cob in the country.