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Bean Boozled Challenge w/ Megan Collins


Megan Collins from StyleGirlfriend.com joined me for an #AskAW episode last time, but now she’s back to compare our lists of the Top 10 Men’s Wardrobe Essentials – with a disgusting twist.

If you don’t know the Bean Boozled Challenge, it’s a game where you have a 50/50 chance of getting a delicious jelly bean or one that’s flavored something like vomit, skunk, rotten eggs and a whole host of really vile flavors.

Unfortunately, I got to try most of them… :(

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The #AskAW Show: Episode 08 w/ Megan Collins from StyleGirlfriend

In this episode I have a special guest – Megan Collins from StyleGirlfriend.com! I also just did a Q&A over on her site, so check it out here.

Have a question you’d like me to answer? Ask in the comments of this youtube video or send me an email.

In this episode, we answer:

Q: Getting married this summer and my soon-to-be wife is wearing a coral gown, so what can I wear to compliment her dress?

A: Get a Gray or Navy Notch Lapel Suit (make sure it fits properly!), a white semi-spread collardress shirt (also make sure that it fits properly), black, navy or charcoal tie, white pocket square and some black dress shoes.

Q: I’ve recently put on weight, how can I still tuck in my shirts and hide my stomach?

A: Get some slimming undershirts and boxer briefs! My clients have used and love these! Also, lose the weight quickly. My male friends have all used this technique with much success!

Q: Is buying raw denim worth the extra money?

A: NO! Get these wonderfully broken-in dark wash jeans instead.

Q: I’m pale and would like to incorporate more color into my wardrobe. What should I do?

A: If you’ve already got the basic colors for polo shirts, t-shirts, etc., then go for cooler colors like blues and greens. If you were to wear reds, yellow and oranges (warmer colors), it won’t look good with your skin tone.

Q: I’m from Hawaii and want to start layering but I’m worried I’ll be too hot.

A: Get a short sleeved button up shirt, leave the top few buttons undone and layer it with a t-shirt underneath. Throw on a pair of chino pants, cuffed at the bottom, with some white sneakers and you’ll look amazing. If you work indoors, then you can possibly get away with wearing a lighter jacket, like a Harrington jacket, but it’ll still be a little rough when you’re not indoors.

How to cuff Pants Ashley Weston

How To Cuff Pants

Lots of readers/viewers have been asking me to do an article and video about how to roll or cuff men’s pants, so I’m finally doing it! The article is great and all, but the act of rolling your pants is not something easily shown in still images, so do yourself a favor and watch the video below for the fully experience.
 
With the exception of jeans and boots, you should only be rolling your pants in the spring and summer, unless you’re in a climate where it’s warm all year-round. This is very much a warm weather flair to add to your dark wash jeans, chinos or khakis or even wool pants and trousers. But it is a little odd to wear during the colder, winter months.

How To Quickly Measure Cuff Width

Before we begin, let me show you a quick and dirty way to figure out the proper width of your cuff by using your finger joints. The each joint of your index finger is roughly an inch long.

Finger Joint Ashley Weston Cuff pants

So if you need the cuff width to be about 2″ wide, the top of the cuff would hit right around the second or middle joint, like in the picture below:

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The Simple Cuff

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This cuff works especially well with slim fit jeans. I like to use this cuff when I’m going for a cleaner, sleeker look with a client. I’d caution against using it with chinos or other pants, as the fabric can be a little floppy around the ankles.

You also want to avoid using this cuff if you’re wearing straight fit jeans because your ankles will be swimming in a bunch of fabric. Use the pinroll cuff in the next section, instead.

Before you start cuffing, you should already have your jeans and shoes on. Otherwise, it’s harder to tell what the finished product looks like and if you’re showing the right amount of ankle. Hopefully you’ve already seen my men’s jeans fit guide so you know that your slim fit jeans should have a slight break at the hem. This cuff won’t look right with any other type of pant break.

How to Cuff

Low Top Shoes

If you’re wearing low top shoes, roll up your jeans’ cuff once.
The cuff width should be between 1.5” to 2”. If you’re on the shorter side, get the cuff as close to 1.5″ as possible. If you’re on the taller side, go for 2″. This will maintain the proper promotions for your body type.
Cuff Pants Simple Roll Ashley Weston

Make sure that the roll is the same width or thickness on the front and back of the pants before you do the second roll. After finishing the second roll, the bottom of the cuff should just hit the top of your outer or inner ankle bone, like in the image below:
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Boots or High Top Shoes

It’s the same as low tops: do at least 2 rolls and make sure to maintain the 1.5″ to 2″ cuff width, depending on your height.

The bottom of the cuff should either lightly graze the top of the shoe or boot or go a little bit past the top of the boot or high top. The image below, has the pants rolled up 3 times on the left and 2 times on the right. Both are equally acceptable lengths. I prefer 2 rolls, as 3 makes it look a little too military for my tastes, but 3 is just fine if that’s what you prefer.

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The Pinroll Cuff

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This cuff is great for any cut of jeans, as well as chinos. I like this roll because it eliminates the issue of your pants swimming around your ankles when they’re cuffed.

Again, start with your pants and shoes already on. Check my men’s jeans fit guide and chino pant fit guide for details about the type of break your pants should have before cuffing. If your pants aren’t fitting properly or they’re too long at the hem, the roll will look big and chunky around your ankle, which you don’t want.

How to Cuff

Low Top & High Top Shoes and Boots

To start, pinch the fabric on the inside of your ankle so it feels slightly snug against your leg or ankle.
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Now fold the fabric over towards your heel. The reason why we do this is because it hides the fold better than if you folded the fabric towards the front.
Cuff Pants PinRoll Roll Back Ashley Weston

With your thumb still holding the fold against your ankle, start rolling the cuff up with both hands. Make sure the roll is between 1 to 2 inches wide. If you’re on the shorter side, keep it around 1″ and go closer to 2″ wide if you’re taller. This will maintain the proper proportions for your stature.
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Now roll up the cuff a second time. You want to roll at least twice to make sure that excess fabric that we folded over won’t come undone. It won’t stay with just one roll.
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if you’re wearing low tops, you want the bottom of the cuff to hit around 1.5 to 2” above your outer ankle bone, like the image below. If you need to roll 3 times to get there, do that.

The Pinroll Pant Roll Cuff - Ashley Weston

The only exception to the 3 roll maximum is if you’re wearing boots or high tops. Then you need the cuff to just cover the top of your boot or lightly graze the top of your high tops when standing up. The image below has the cuffs rolled twice.

Boots Pinroll Ashley Weston

That’s it! Now cuff all the things!

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The #AskAW Show: Episode 07

In this episode I answer:

Q: How to wear boat shoes?

A: Pair them with Dark Wash Jeans, Chinos, a nice belt, and either a Polo Shirt or Oxford Button Down Dress Shirt.

Q: Looking to buy a peacoat online, how do I ensure it fits properly over a suit or blazer?

A: First, you should never wear a peacoat over a suit or blazer. Second, buy your normal size plus the next size up and return the one that doesn’t fit the best.

Nathan sent an update about asking out his 10 year long crush.

Watch the video for an update about Nathan asking out a 10 year long crush from Episode 4.

 

Have a question you’d like me to answer? Ask in the comments of this youtube video or send me an email.

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How Should A T-Shirt Fit?

Just like with polo shirts – if I had a dollar for every poor-fitting t-shirt I’ve seen a man wearing, I’d have two moneybins! So let’s make sure you look amazing in your t-shirts, as well.

When I first start working with clients, I always get pushback when I utter the next sentence, but they later admit I was right when they’re getting complimented all the time.

These rules apply to all men, no matter your age or body type. So trust me on these rules. I’m here to make you look amazing, not like some doofus who’s trying too hard.

Neck Opening

Crew necks are pretty standard, but just make sure it doesn’t fit too tight around your neck, or too loosely. If the collar looks stretched out or you can see some of your shoulder when wearing, that’s too loose.

If you’re wearing v-necks, you need to avoid deep v’s at all costs. Man cleavage is just… no. Some brands will have deeper v’s than others, so be wary of how deep it is. Just make sure the bottom point of the “v” doesn’t go past the top of your armpits and you’ll be fine.

Sleeves

Crew Neck T-Shirt Fit Guide Ashley Weston

The sleeves should hit around mid-bicep and lightly hug your arms. The sleeves shouldn’t be too tight where it looks like your biceps are being strangled. The image below has sleeves that are perfectly hitting the right place and hugging the arm to perfection.

You also don’t want there to be bunch of slack or room around the bicep, either. That just looks cheap and tacky and makes your arms look really small in the worst way possible. If the t-shirt fits well everywhere else, have your tailor slim the sleeves to fit your arms better. I have to do this with clients all the time.

Body/Torso

Armani Exchange Grey Pima V-Neck Tee

Like I say in all my shirting videos & articles, the perfect fitting t-shirt will be when you can pinch (not pull) between 1 to 2 inches of fabric on either side of your stomach, like the image above. This goes for EVERY SINGLE BODY TYPE. A lot of my larger clients fight me on this… until the compliments start rolling in. :)

Length

Crotch Measurements

The shirt should end somewhere between upper to mid crotch. I would rather it be closer to mid-crotch than upper-crotch because this avoids showing stomach when reaching up for things and allows it to be lightly tucked into the front of your belt/pants to break up your proportions – if you want.

The Best T-Shirts For Men

See my T-Shirt Essential Article for my favorite t-shirts that every man should own.