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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Review of 191Unlimited shirt

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The loose, white button-down is an essential summertime piece for anyone looking to be casual yet also chic. 191Unlimited recent sent me a white shirt from their summer collection – let’s see how it fairs.

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To its merit, the shirt is fun in that it plays with a lot of curious design elements. For one, note the the double flap pockets, which could be conducive to some interested pin-button arrangements (if you decide to go a little punkish). It also comes with shoulder straps, which are largely useless but nevertheless add to its uniqueness. My favorite change in detail, though, are the rectangular buttons on the shirt as well as the cuffs. Who would have thought to square the traditional circle? The shirt also fits well and rarely clings when I’m sweating from being outside

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However, I do take issue with the sowing for this particular piece. As you can very well tell, threading has already occurred around the cuff buttons and this is with under a month’s worth of wearing. It’s so bad in fact that I need to struggle to undo the fastening, at times breaking threads themselves in order to release the buttons. There are also loose threads around the button holes of the placket. Shoddy work, to say the least.
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Lesson #112: Soccer Jerseys

The World Cup’s well underway and plenty of folks got the right idea of showing support for their country’s team by sporting a jersey. Sure, it’s a little contrived, but ultimately forgivable – as long as you put them away in the closet after the last whistle’s blown. But as with all things appareled, you should be careful and know what exactly you’re getting when you go searching for your fĂștbol fanwear.

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International Soccer Jersey Shirts – Portugal World Cup Jersey T-Shirt
INFEASIBLE: Jerseys with prints
Screen-printing might work for t-shirt graphics, but they come off as tacky and flat on jerseys. This is simply because most jerseys, like the one above, are made from polyester and therefore give everything on them an extra dose of gloss. Fake fake FAKE.

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Adidas 2010 Argentina Home Youth World Cup Soccer Jersey
Feasible: Embroidered jerseys
Embroidered insignias looks ten times better, don’t they? They give the piece some dimensionality and texture, even a look of uniqueness. Of course anything with embroidery is going to be more expensive than what comes with prints, but come on now, do you want to look the mook at the sport bars? Didn’t think so.
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Lesson #78: Advice about contrast-collar dress shirts

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John Varvatos Contrast-Collar Shirt

INFEASIBLE: Boring contrasts

Contrast-collar shirts used to be the shiznite in the 80′s, but they’ve never stopped being hot and seem to be experiencing a revival in recent years. Men Style (yes, please do groan) are right (!) that the contrast-collar is a good addition any wardrobe, but wrong (there we go) that it’s purely bar and party material. Please guys, I see suits walk around Century City rocking ones everyday. That being said, you can only do collar-contrast and a tie with something of the above type. And even then it’s reaaaaally iffy: you simply don’t want too much contrast with your chestly adornments, gentlemen. And, frankly, that John Varvatos (a whooping $245) is too plain to rock alone.

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Allen Edmonds Weybridge

Feasible: Contrast with deep colors
Word of caution: I never said contrast-collar shirts were easy, I’m just saying they’re not lost causes and that, yes, some men can rock them.

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Lesson #76: More about on polo shirts

INFEASIBLE: Cashmere for the sake of cashmere polos
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Gray Etro Knit Polo
(From Neiman Marcus)

Why is this shirt cashmere? It’s dull-colored, weirdly cut on the sleeves, has too many buttons…in fact, why the hell would anyone buy a polo made of cashmere to begin with? It won’t keep you warm for damn sure. And, pray tell, why is it listed as $400?! This piece just confuses the hell out of me.

Friends, cashmere is undoubtedly a marvelous, versatile material. But just because something is made out of cashmere, it doesn’t warrant an “Oh my God, I need it!” response. Would you buy cashmere underwear? In other words, don’t buy something with being cashmere as it’s sole selling point.


Feasible: Well-made, colorful cotton polos
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Ionian Short Sleeved Stripe Polo
(Brought to you by Context)


This is a great fucking shirt. I love the subtle horizontal stripes, the boldness of the blue, how the sleeves only hug the arms a little bit at the ends…and today it’s only $100. Now I agree: it’s easier for a product to be shoddy when it’s cotton than if it’s cashmere…but this piece is clearly put together very well.

Find a possible price break for polos or even cashmere by using a current Macys promotional code.

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Lesson #75: Definitive advice on plaid

PLAID! Whoever though it would be trendy.

I think plaid is ugly, period. However, some people I hold in high regard maintain that plaid can be fashionable – this is for you crazy diamonds.

INFEASIBLE: Plaid with bold colors
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Sun crest plaid shirt
(From Penguin)

That being said, there are some pieces of plaid I will never, ever approve of, mainly plaid that tries not to be plain and rustic. If you wore something like the above shirt, you’d look like a psychedelic farmer and might as well rock an Ed Hardy trucker hat and complete the ensemble of shit. I know Men’s Style loves this vibrant checkered junk, but how many times have I told you they should be lobotomized? For the record my good men: Neon plaid is not ha-ha ironic, it’s “Believe it or not, I don’t know any better” ironic.


Feasible: Cool, rural colored plaid
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Ages Funnel Neck Overshirt American Madras
(Brought to you by Context)


Brown, rusty red…these are the shades I and you associate (and should continued to do so) with livestock, Texas, and ho-downs. As an added bonus, the quality mending of this Shades of Greige shirt isn’t something you’d find at a Walmart 100 miles outside of Dallas.

I guess there’s SOME appeal to dressing a little country from time to time; Heath Ledger did, Johnny Cash did – and they did okay!…sometimes.

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66. A very simple lesson in polo shirts

INFEASIBLE: Buttoning up piqued shirts
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Grey J. Lindeberg Polo
(From Asos)

Polo’s are meant to be left open. Otherwise, you end up looking like a tightwad that calls up mommy and asks what to wear to classes at Lawrenceville that day.



Feasible: Pique polos with single buttoning
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J. Lindeberg Sportswear Fitted Pique Polo
(Brought to you by Tobi)

With just that slight adjustment, now we can appreciate a JL shirt. With the collar propped properly, the center seam looks much better and, for whatever reason, their respectably tiny logo looks less like a stain as a result. Also, chicks totally dig red these days so BUY IT.

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61. Floral shirts

INFEASIBLE: Really flamboyant shirts featuring flowers
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(From Men.Style)


It’s cool to be a little fabulous from time to time. Pieces like this, however, spill over the fruit brim of the flamboyancy cup. No in their right mind should wear something as blinding as this. And, of course, Men.Style loved this. Amazed.



Feasible: Black shirt with sparse floral elements
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(Brought to you by GoodOrient.com)

Yeah, this isn’t the best shirt for spring or summer, but I would love to wear something like this in on a late August night near the beach with a light grey skarf. Linen’s also not the best fabric in the world, but if some occasion calls for flowery shirts, whatareyagonnado.

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