Men’s Fashion Review – Mantauk Hooded Shirt

More often than you think, there are pieces of clothing that bring up the question: “What were they thinking?” That is exactly what ran through my mind when I saw the Mantauk Hooded Shirt. I have been used to seeing men’s button down shirts with point collars or mandarin collars, but never one with a built-in hood – weird idea, Prolific 54.

The Mantauk Hooded Shirt comes in a dull blue cotton, has two pleated chest pockets, with wooden buttons down the placket and the shirt cuffs. The shirt itself is not very appealing, but the hood that cocoons your head and face makes it a fashion suicide. It looks like it stepped right out of an episode of “The Deadliest Catch.”

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Lesson #116: Hoodies

Hoodies, a key ultra-casual wintertime item. But did you know how fashionably precarious they can be? Oh yes, much trades on the color, material, branding, the shape of the hood, etc. – your reputation could be at stake. Better keep reading, gents…

Nor Cal Nautical 2 Hoodie
INFEASIBLE: Thin hoodies featuring bad branding choices
First and foremost, a hoodie’s got to have some thickness to it. Insulation from the elements during a jog, cigarette break, or quick trip to the supermarket is what necessitates some hoodie action. A piece like the above Pacsun would hardly protect you from a light gust, let alone the wind tunnel audaciousness I’ve had to brave lately. But check what else this piece gets wrong: placing a big, bright yellow version of their logo right above the heart on a black piece. A pretty foul color match if you ask me. And what shape does this fit anyway? It’s ambiguous.

Sergio Tacchini Sportswear Dallas Hoody
Feasible: Hoodies that fit form and use color tastefully

Here’s an item that gets it right. The hood is tight, the general shape is form-fitting, and logo is small and of course matches the tasteful green. By the way, this men’s Dallas hoody from Sergio Tacchini is exclusive to online merchant, JD. Some other nice features of the piece: a press stud fastening kangaroo pocket on the front, metal tipped drawstrings, branded metal eyelets and ribbed cuffs. Quality. If you’re looking for fitted hoodies, try looking at Macys with these coupons.

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