Since I was 14, I’ve dressed like, well, I’m 14. My daily attire has always been t-shirt, hoodie, jeans, and sneakers or boots. That said, I feel good when I dress up. My wife is a fashion designer and stylist. She helps, when I let her. And in recent years, that’s been more often. I’m not interested in trying to track the latest trends. I prefer classic, timeless, and well-made apparel. I like looking sharp, but I’d never want to peacock. If I wasn’t so lazy about my looks, and actually made the scene more often, I’d be tempted to buy more suits. William S. Burroughs wore a traditional suit almost every day. It enabled him to blend in, fade into invisibility to observe without suspicion. Of course, I’m no Burroughs. For lots of reasons. But I still wouldn’t mind the gentleman junkie’s three-piece gray flannel suit. (Doubt I could pull off a fedora though.) There’s nothing wrong in seeking style without becoming a victim to it. So with that in mind, here are three men’s style blogs and forums worth browsing before you buy:
* Put This On:
Jesse Thorn is the brilliantly witty host of the radio show/podcast Bullseye, which I came to love under its previous name The Sound of Young America. A couple of years ago, Jesse and his friends launched a men’s style blog called “Put This On.” The subtitle is “A Web Series About Dressing Like A Grownup.” Yes, I would like to do that. From a style guide for college students to their archive of “Put This On” videos to regular link round-ups of fantastic eBay finds, this site is a daily read.
* A Continuous Lean:
Since launching his blog in 2007, Michael Williams has become the king of curating heritage style — Baracuta jackets, Red Wing boots, Saint James shirts. Beyond the blog, A Continuous Lean is also home to two terrific resources: The first is the “American List” of apparel companies that produce products in the US. “There are many Made in the USA lists throughout the internet, nearly all of them tacky and in poor taste,” Williams writes. “These awful websites have led me to compile a list of stylish and cool brands that make their goods in America.” The “Maps & Intel” page covers shopping, drinking, and eating in New York City and Los Angeles. Let’s hope that’s just the beginning.