$100 H&M Challenge – Celebrity Menswear Stylist Edition

H&M is one of our favorite budget-friendly stores and they have a huge range of items, from essential items to more trendy pieces. So, we thought it was time for Ashley to do a $100 challenge and show you three of her favorite looks, with each entire look coming in at $100 or under.

Outfit Picks

Outfit #1

Bomber

T-Shirt 

Chinos

Chinos Alternative 

Sneakers

Outfit #2

Bomber 

Oxford

T-Shirt

Chinos

Boots

Outfit #3

Sweater

Pants (only available in-store)

Pants Alternative 1

Pants Alternative 2

Scarf (only available in-store)

Scarf Alternative 1

Scarf Alternative 2

Scarf Alternative 3

Boots

5 Tips For A Better Nighttime Routine (Not Grooming!)

A good nighttime routine is much more than just grooming, it sets you up for a good night of sleep. You can’t understate how important getting a restful night’s sleep is to your productivity and overall health.  A good night’s sleep starts with a solid nighttime routine and here are our favorite tips to set you up for a relaxing night and a great night’s sleep.

1. Grooming routine

We’ve discussed before, but having a solid, regular nighttime grooming routine will help you feel better and train your brain to know it’s time to wind down.

2. Unplug from technology

Whether it’s getting off social media, reading, or listening to music, disconnecting from your phone and laptop are crucial for a good night’s sleep.

3. Create a good sleeping environment

Find what works for you and your comfort; invest in some good bedding and a few bedroom upgrades, it will go a long way in creating a relaxing, comfortable sleeping environment.

4. Brain Dump

Make it a habit of turning all your to-dos and worries into notes, it will help you let go of the day’s events and tomorrow’s challenges for a relaxed, stress-free mindset.

5. Find things that help you relax

Whatever it is, it’s different for all of us. From reading to listening to a podcast to other relaxing entertainment, experiment and find what’s best for you.

7 Accessories You Should Get Rid Of Now

We’ve talked about how important it is to regularly clean out your wardrobe of items that are old, out of style, and no longer worth it. This goes for your accessories too. Accessories are a key part of your overall style, and a few wrong choices or out of date items can easily ruin an otherwise great look.

1. Wide bracelets

My position on this is well known, it’s time to ditch the stacked bracelets and wide leather straps. Their time has come and gone.

2. Too-wide ties

It’s important to keep an eye on your tie’s width. Not everyone should wear a skinny tie (it should be proportionate to your body type and suit style) but anything wider than 3” is just going to look out of date and out of style.

3. Belts with big buckles or large logos

Another item I’ve talked about before, get rid of ‘em! Belts should be minimal. The same goes for super-wide belt widths and contrasting stitching, definitely a big no.

4. Lapel flowers/pins

I don’t mind a bit of flair, like a thoughtfully chosen pocket square or tie bar, but at a certain point, less is more. You don’t need to add on a lapel pin/flower in addition to all the other accessories you’re wearing, it’s too much.

5. Extra-wide tie bars

If your tie bar goes past your tie, you’re in trouble. Additionally, anything more than 2 inches wide, (unless you’re a broader guy with a 44” chest or larger), is just too long.

6. Colored shoelaces

Another trend that had its day, simple and understated is the way to go with shoelaces. You want that nice pair of shoes to do the talking, not the brightly-colored laces.

7. Big, chunky metal rings

A simple band or signet ring is just fine, but large bulky rings just look dated and over the top.

3 Types Of Blazers Every Man Should Own

The right blazer (or two!) is a super-versatile item that no man should be without. In this video, we’re discussing our picks for the 3 types of blazers every man should own. Don’t forget to check out our blazer fit guide and all our picks below!

 

Navy

A classic staple that goes with everything. Get one in wool and you can wear it with everything; dressy, business casual and more.

Picks:

Zegna

Armani

Brooks Brothers

Bonobos

Banana Republic

H&M

Grey

Try one with some texture like tweed or herringbone or even one in cotton. This one is great for fall and the color can be worn with everything from jeans to slacks and a tie.

Grey:

Zegna

L.B.M.

Z Zegna

Polo 

Banana Republic

JCrew

Patterned

For a third blazer, try one with some pattern like a check, houndstooth or windowpane. It’s an elevated look that’s perfect with dark jeans or chinos.  This one also dresses up well and can stand in for a suit when worn with slacks.

Patterned:

Canali

Burberry

Bonobos

LBM

Brooks Brothers

Topman

5 Worst Places For A Tattoo – with Tattoo Artist Romeo Lacoste

The right tattoo can be an amazing way to express yourself, and as good as they can be, the wrong tattoo in a terrible place can be a huge mistake. Ashley sat down with our friend, and amazing tattoo artist, Romeo Lacoste to talk about the 5 worst places to get a tattoo.

Lower back

All jokes aside, a single lower back tattoo is never a good spot for a man to get a tattoo.  Don’t be that guy with a tramp stamp.

Bicep

Sure, there are great ways to get your bicep tattooed, but as far as having a high probability for cheese factor, the bicep ranks very highly.

Elbow, Ribs, Spine

Pain varies from person to person but these three places are definitely on the most painful places on your body to get tattooed, so make sure you know what you are getting in to.

Foot/Ankle

Again, there can be some good options here but ultimately I just feel like this is a bit too feminine a place or a man to have a tattoo.

Hands/Face

Many people do like these areas, but you have to be realistic about these locations given your professional life and the commitment they require.  They are quite hard to cover up properly so make sure you know what you’re in for.

Extra special thanks to Romeo and California Dream Tattoo!

For more, check out Romeo’s channel and Romeo’s Instagram.

 

Worth It? Cashmere Sweaters

Now that we’re headed into Fall it’s about time you start thinking about your sweater rotation. While cashmere is expensive, it’s no longer just a true luxury item, and you can now find cashmere sweaters at multiple different price points. We get asked about cashmere sweaters a ton so we thought it was time we gave you our opinion on whether or not cashmere was worth it.

Pros:

-Very light, soft, and warm.  Cashmere is the ideal material for sweaters.

-They are extremely comfortable and layer easily.

-Have a nice finish that can be dressy or casual.

Cons:

-Expensive to very expensive.

-Delicate and require extra care. Not as durable as merino wool or cotton versions.

-Cashmere sweaters now come at a huge range of price points so it can be tough to know the quality.

Verdict:

Ashley: Worth It
Dorian: Not Worth It

Picks

Designer:

Rag & Bone

Burberry

Theory

Brooks Brothers 

Budget Friendly:

Nordstrom

J.Crew

Naadam

Uniqlo 

7 Tips To Be A Better Conversationalist

Being a good conversationalist can help you in all aspects of life from socially to professionally, and since we’ve mentioned how important this skill is in other videos, we thought we’d break it down to the key points.

1. Listen

It actually starts with not talking at all. Whether you’re meeting someone for the first time or working a crowded room or bar, listening will help you be more engaged with others which will, in turn, make the conversation flow much more easily and make it a better experience for everyone else.

2. Be Genuine

Starting with a friendly, genuine interest in others is an important foundation to becoming a better conversationalist.

3. Be Complimentary

Giving someone a thoughtful and genuine compliment (but not too over the top) will instantly put them at ease and make them more comfortable in the situation.

4. Practice Makes Perfect

Just like with many other things in life, the more you practice your conversation skills, the more confident and comfortable you’ll be in your skills.

5. Know How To Start A Conversation

It can just be as simple as introducing yourself and asking simple questions. If you’re in a social setting, keep it simple.  You can even practice a few basic questions for any type of setting so you’ll always feel prepared and relaxed. For more conversation starters, check out this video.

6. Keep The Conversation Going

Back to asking questions and being genuine, simply being engaged and thoughtful will help any conversation progress organically.

7. Know How To End One Too

Ending a conversation politely is just as important.  You want to make sure the other people involved don’t feel ditched. So be friendly but direct, your delivery will determine how everyone else feels after you’ve left.

Give these tips a shot and make sure to practice and you’ll hone your conversation skills in no time!

The 5 Best Men’s Backpacks Under $100

We’ve talked about how indispensable the right backpack is before and there are a ton of great options out there for every budget. Whether you’re hauling books to school or commuting to work, you want to make sure you look for something streamlined but also offers adequate protection for your laptop or tablet.

Also, if you work in an office, you want to make sure your pack is clean and professional-looking. You don’t want to come off looking like a teenager. Here are our picks for the 5 best men’s backpacks under $100.

Picks

Incase

Herschel #1

Herschel #2

Knomo

Everlane