Are Subscription Boxes Worth It?

Subscription boxes are everywhere these days and we always get a ton of inquiries about clothing and grooming versions. We definitely have some opinions on how good they are and whether or not they are worth your time and money.

So, in this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re discussing whether or not subscription boxes are worth it!

 

The Answer: Nope, Not Worth It

Believe us, we see a ton of these, and they just aren’t worth your time or money (with one small caveat below).

Why?

There are a bunch of different types out there but ultimately the amount of stuff you get just is too much and not of good quality. Who needs new socks or skin cleanser every month? Nobody. We get that many of you are super busy, but we promise that the time you invest in learning how and what to shop for is well worth it. Since you’re reading this and watching our channel, your personal style is obviously a priority, and cultivating your own Essential Wardrobe is an important investment that’s worth your time.

That said, we do love and enjoy a bunch of the versions with consumables like snacks, coffee, wine, charcuterie, etc. Those are great as it allows you to try new things and ideally the items don’t pile up and go to waste.

How To Build A Wardrobe?

Building a wardrobe doesn’t have to be an overwhelming or daunting task, but it does take some strategy, especially when you’re planning out the right purchases. In this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re answering a viewer question about how to build a wardrobe.

Should you purchase by outfit? Or buy items piece by piece? What’s the right way to expand your wardrobe and keep it stylish? We’ve got all the answers you need right here.

 

Start With Versatile Essential Pieces

The right way to build your wardrobe is by starting with individual, versatile basics that you can mix and match for a variety of different outfits. A common mistake a lot of guys make is to just buy an entire outfit or two right off the mannequin. While that might look great together, you’re not necessarily going to be able to break apart and combine that one outfit or two for other situations. Plus, you can’t just wear that one outfit or two for every scenario.

As we discuss in our Essential Wardrobe series, building a foundation with items that are timeless gives you flexibility to meet any situation and the confidence to know you’re always going to look stylish, now matter where you’re going. Items like dark wash jeans, chinos, basic dress shirts and oxfords, basic t-shirts and polos, versatile outerwear, and blazers are going to allow you to put together looks that are not only stylish but uncomplicated.

After Your Have A Foundation, Add Along The Way

Once you have build a solid, foundational wardrobe you can then start adding in those special pieces like a statement shirt or leather bomber jacket, additional colors and patterns, or one-off items. You can feel free to start adding in some more personality and seasonal items with confidence because you’re always going to have that solid base to fall back on.

 

Does This Apply To Me?

It may seem deceptively simple, but who does our advice apply to? We always strive to give our audience useful, practical advice about style, life, dating, and more, all from an experienced and thoughtful perspective. Whether it’s wardrobe tips for the season or advice on how to improve social skills, we always do our best to appeal to as broad of an audience as possible.

In this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re diving into a great question about who should take our advice and why, so tune in and find out what we think!

 

Sexual Orientation Doesn’t Matter

Our life and style advice applies to all, regardless of hair color, body type, or sexual preference. We do our best to give our educated advice on style and life that should work for most, if not all people. Sexual preference is a highly personal subject to you and you alone, we’re just here to help you dress and live better, no matter who you’re into. So, you can take that idea out of the equation and just focus on it without the lens of sexual preference.

Essential Style Is Important, But Make It Personal

We always discuss the foundations of a timeless, Essential Wardrobe because it’s versatile and always in style. But that doesn’t mean you have to dress a particular way if it’s not you. Once you have the foundations of style built you can then add in your personal touches to make it your own. Like streetwear or “bad boy style”, your personal style shouldn’t feel like a costume or inauthentic, it should be a representation of your own personality, no matter who you are or what your sexual orientation is.

 

Does Well-Dressed Mean Boring?

We talk so much about an essential wardrobe and timeless personal style, it’s hugely important. A sharp timeless wardrobe is the foundation of great personal style and, ultimately confidence. This week on 2 Minute Tuesday we answer a great question from our reader/viewer Arthur.  He asked, “Does well-dressed mean boring?”

Tune in and find out what we think.

Timeless and Classic, Not Boring

Hopefully, we can help you reframe your thinking that dressing in a classic, stylish way might be boring. Rather, it’s always appropriate and timeless.  You never have to worry about being out of style or not being appropriately dressed, and you can feel confident that you’re always going to look great. Trends come and go at lightning speed and flash doesn’t equal substance.

Embrace Your Personal Style

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, things like adopting a particular style (Bad Boy style, for instance) or popular trend just because you think it’s going to make you stylish or show personality isn’t the way to truly build your own personal style.  It’s going to feel inauthentic and like you’re trying too hard.  By starting with timeless essentials and building from there you’ll then be able to figure out what styles really speak to you as you gain more confidence and build on a solid foundation.

Weight Loss Style Tips [2 Minute Tuesday]

On this week’s 2 Minute Tuesday, we answer a viewer question from Luis about how to handle wardrobe challenges when you’re on the road to significant weight loss. 

Thanks to Luis for the question! If you’ve got a question for us, make sure to drop it in the video comments section!

Style Tips For Weight Loss

  1. Look at wardrobe upgrades as a reward for your hard work.
  2. A always, getting the proper fit is key so make sure to check out our Fit Guide.
  3. Streamline your wardrobe.  Keep things simple and affordable with our Essential Wardrobe.
  4. Invest once you’ve reached your stable weight.

How To Wear and Match Colors Like A Pro

I know you’ve probably experienced that sense of dread as you’re standing in front of your closet, possibly pantless, definitely shirtless, thinking to yourself “How the hell do I figure out what shirts go with what pants?” or “How do I know which colors go well together?” So before you throw your hands in the air and wear your bathrobe to the office (not recommended, by the way), take a deep breath, I’ve got you. Here are a few of my foolproof strategies for wearing color; master them and in no time you’ll be looking sharp, feeling chill, and have your morning routine dialed in.

Keep It Simple

If you don’t know where to begin, I always say keep it simple. On the dressy side of things, that means starting with a solid white shirt and a neutral black, charcoal, or navy tie. No matter your suit or blazer color, a white shirt and one of the mentioned tie colors will work every time. On the casual side, the same holds true: a white shirt never fails. Whether it’s a basic button-down oxford, one dressed up with a blazer, sweater, or lightweight jacket for a night out, or a T-shirt paired with denim or chinos, the white shirt just works.

Go Monochromatic

Here’s another approach I like to use with my clients. Going monochromatic involves pairing different shades of the same color for a complete look. This is not only simple to execute, but it looks both cool and modern.

I recommend starting with blues or greys because they work best visually and are the easiest to execute with everyday pieces. By all means, throw in some subtle patterns (like in your shirt or tie) when layering to add a visually interesting element. I also like an all-black look, but the key to making it work is layering different textures/fabrics.

Consider Your Skin Tone

Our final piece of the puzzle has to do with your skin tone. Now I get asked all the time about matching clothing colors to eye and hair color and the only thing you need to know about that is this: it doesn’t matter one bit. Women pay attention to their eye and hair color when putting on makeup because certain colors can highlight their facial features. When it comes to men, this does not apply unless you’re wearing makeup. The only thing that you should consider is your skin color in regards to clothing choice.

Yellow Skin Tones

For men of Asian descent or those who have yellow tones in their skin, you’re going to want to avoid lighter/pastel versions of the following colors: tan, off-white, yellow, and orange. They’re only going to make your skin look sickly or muted. Solid, darker versions of these colors are ok, and from there, you can wear any other colors.

Brown Skin Tones

If your skin is on the brown spectrum (anything from light to dark) you want to avoid any brown color that closely matches your skin color. Otherwise, you’ll look dull and lifeless. Choose something darker or lighter from your skin and you’ll be in great shape. I highly recommend wearing colors like reds, yellows, greens, and blues, because they’ll look great against your warmer skin tone.

White or Pale Skin Tones

For those of you who burn at even the slightest hint of sunlight, you want to avoid reds, yellows, pinks, and oranges in all shades and forms. These colors are really going to bring out the pink undertones in your fair skin and make you look flushed or washed out. A good rule of thumb to follow is that “cool” colors are good.  Wearing colors like blues, greens, purples and their variations are going to look great against your skin and complement your fairness.

My Favorite No-Fail Color Combos

Finally, I’m going to share an easy cheat sheet with you, a few of my favorite, go-to combinations and how to wear them. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing these casually or dressed up, all of these color combinations are going look great.

Navy and Brown

Both classic and modern, navy and brown go together like peanut butter and jelly.  From dark denim and a brown jacket or blazer to a navy suit with brown accents, to something as simple as tan chinos and a navy casual jacket, this combination is one you absolutely should master.  Throw a white shirt into any navy and brown combination for an easy way to bring it all together.

Blues and Greens

Speaking of rock-solid, one-two punches that work in tandem, blue and greens together are always on point. The wide range of hues gives you the option to dial up the statement level (or tone it down), depending on what shades you choose, what occasion you’re dressing for, or how adventurous you’re feeling.

My favorite ways to wear these colors together are:

  1. A navy suit, light blue shirt, and a green tie
  2. A blue oxford or t-shirt, green chinos, and brown leather belt with chukka boots

Black, Grey, and White

Simple?  Sure. Always sharp, clean, and in good taste? You bet. If you’re one of those guys who can appreciate the idea of a modern uniform or the utmost in classic simplicity, stick to this graphic combination and feel confident knowing you’re always going to look great.

My favorite outfit combos for these colors are:

  1. Grey suit, white shirt, and black tie.
  2. Black bomber jacket, white shirt, and grey pants.

Charcoal/Grey and Pastels

We’ve obviously established the awesome versatility of charcoal and grey, so it makes sense that they would also work well with pastels.  The great thing about pairing them with shades of grey is that their impact is taken down slightly. So, you get the benefit of a splash of color but you’re never going to be over-the-top preppy guy from Martha’s Vineyard or look like you’re on vacation in the Caribbean.

My favorite outfit combos:

  1. Grey suit, white or pastel shirt, and any simple dark tie (pastel shirt) or pastel tie (white shirt).
  2. Grey or charcoal casual jacket, pastel shirt or sweater, and navy pants.

I hope that was helpful and as you can see, wearing colors doesn’t have to be confusing or scary, so give it a shot!

Men’s Wardrobe Essentials: Lightweight Jackets

You know that confusing time when it’s still jacket weather but the temperatures are fluctuating from warm to cold and you’re chilly one minute and sweating the next? Yeah, it’s not easy to dress for that, is it? You’ve probably seen the word “transitional” used in and around this time relative to your wardrobe, but really it’s just a fancy word for “versatile”. With versatility and changing seasons in mind, let’s discuss a major key to a solid “transitional” wardrobe, the right lightweight jacket.

Whether you’re in bomb cyclone territory or more temperate parts of the country, the ideal lightweight jacket (or two!) is an important element because you can layer up or down depending on temperatures, all while maintaining style and a comfortable temperature. There are a million different versions in all manner of materials, but until you’ve completely nailed all the essentials, I recommend sticking to the classics for versatility, style and ease of wearing. No matter which one you choose or what the weather app on your phone is telling you, you can layer up confidently (t-shirt, collared shirt, sweater, whatever) for anything from work to a night out.

The Bomber Jacket

Also sometimes known as the MA-1 and tracing its lineage back to the uniform jackets designed for military pilots in World War II, the classic style and functionality of a bomber remains just as strong today as it was back then. Featuring a zip front, elastic waist and cuffs, and a low-profile collar, you can find stylish versions of the bomber in every conceivable material, from nylon and wool to cotton and suede. I absolutely love the versatility of a bomber jacket, and as I’ve said before, every man, regardless of age or body type, should have one in his closet.

outfit details here

Who Should Wear It

All body types and ages look great in bomber jackets – as long as it fits well – close to the body with arms and shoulders fitted like the above picture.

How To Wear It

A casual staple that’s infinitely versatile, the Bomber looks right at home with everything from a t-shirt and denim to chinos and a chambray or oxford shirt. Make sure the shoulder seams sit properly, almost exactly like how your suit jacket or blazer should fit and know that a bomber jacket that fits properly should stop right around your waist. Most bomber jackets are slightly shorter in the back, too, so don’t think something is wrong if you notice that. A longer bomber jacket tends to look odd and sloppy, so avoid it if you can.

For outfit ideas, see this article, as well as points 3 & 4 in this article/video.

The Trucker Jacket

Just like it’s close cousin the Bomber, the trucker jacket was born out of utility and remains a classic style piece to this day. Typically of shorter length and hitting around the hip/waist, the workwear-inspired trucker jacket often features a button or zip front, fabric-covered collar, and handy flap pockets on the front. I like all types of materials for trucker jackets but you’ll most commonly find them in sturdy waxed cotton or canvas (to protect against the elements), denim, and nylon.

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How To Wear It

Another one my go-to casual recommendations, I love a trucker jacket with denim and desert/work boots. It looks stylishly masculine but still polished enough to be worn over a collared shirt without looking like you’re commuting to work on a horse.

For my favorite trucker jackets and the best ways to wear them, check out this article.

The Field Jacket

Going by many names (M65, Utility Jacket, Safari Jacket), this essential is just another example of how functional military-inspired designs still look sharp and stylish today. It’s slightly longer length should hit just past the hip and it commonly features multiple sets of pockets for extra utility when you’re on the go. The Field Jacket is a great protector against the weather yet light enough for the Spring’s rapidly changing temps, so look for it in cotton and nylon versions. Forest or Olive green colors are more traditional but I’m a big fan of navy (my favorite), darker browns or grays, as well.

Who Should Wear It

Stockier or larger men. The multiple pockets help break up your large top half and give a slimming appearance.

Who Shouldn’t Wear It

If you’re a slimmer guy and not 100% confident in how to wear this, avoid it because it’ll can make you look slimmer and like you’re swimming in pockets and fabric. I see this mistake more often than not. So when in doubt, skip it.

How To Wear It

Layer it over a cashmere sweater and an oxford or even your favorite dress clothes to add a bit of contrasting ruggedness to a polished look. Of course, it’s always perfect for your weekend morning coffee runs with t-shirts, jeans or tailored sweats too. I’d avoid wearing it with chino pants because the fabric weights are too similar and you’ll look like a 70’s action star pretty quickly. Ideally, you want something heavier on the bottom – jeans or wool trousers.

For my favorite field jackets and best ways to wear them, check out this article.

The Harrington Jacket

I’ve talked about my love of the Harrington jacket before, and for good reason, this jacket strikes that perfect sweet spot between casual and sporty and goes with pretty much anything. Look, if it’s good enough for style icons like McQueen, Elvis, and James Dean, it definitely deserves a place in your closet. The Harington blends a slight preppy edge with the functionality of a windbreaker and most often features a light cotton or nylon shell, zip-up front, and barrel button collar. Whether on the links, out and about, or heading to drinks, the Harrington has you covered. 

Who Should Wear It

All body types and ages look absolutely fantastic in a Harrington.

How To Wear It

The Harrington’s preppier look and vibe pairs perfectly with staples like chinos, t-shirts and button-ups, but it just as easily transitions to a casual evening out when layered with a light sweater, dark denim and sneakers or loafers. For more in-depth details, see this article/video.

The Denim Jacket

While it’s at home on the range or in a 50’s movie star’s vintage Porsche, the denim jacket can be just as stylish and useful to you on your own city streets. A classic for a reason, the denim jacket has seen a recent resurgence to staple status now that denim is pretty much everyday wear. While this short, button-up jacket doesn’t offer a ton of warmth, it’s vintage throwback style, when paired with a crisp white t-shirt or layered over a light cotton sweater, more than makes up for it.

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Who Should Wear It

Everyone! It looks right at home on men of all ages and body types. The only caveat is if you’re an older man (50’s and above) you may want to avoid lighter colors, as it tends to look a little “trying to dress too young”, so stick to darker indigos or black if that’s you.

How To Wear It

Properly pulling off the Canadian Tuxedo is a very dicey (impossible?) move, so keep it simple and pair with chinos and black or dark denim, or opt for colors like grey, black, indigo, or light-washed denim. On the fit side, it needs to be tight in the arms and body and stop at the upper part of your waist, so keep it trim and short to avoid looking boxy or like a 90’s R&B music video backup dancer.

For more details, check out my more in-depth article/video here.