POTW: The Best Affordable Dress Shirts For Men

One of my favorite companies for ties, tie bars, and pocket squares – that I’ve been using way before I had this site – recently released a line of affordable dress shirts for men and I was… skeptical, to say the least. Well, I finally had the chance to test them out this past week and I’ve got to say – WOW! These really are the best affordable dress shirts for men that I’ve seen in a long, long time. Let me explain why in the video and below. Now I’m really excited for whenever they start expanding their offerings to include oxford button down dress shirts, too!

 

why I’m a fan

  • Two different fits are offered: Trim or Classic. Dorian tried the Trim fit (he has a lean build) which was the best fit I’ve ever seen in a budget-friendly brand. The sleeves and body of the shirt lightly hugged his body – it was as if the shirt was custom made for him. If you’re in larger man, whether from fat or muscle, then go with the Classic fit.
  • Two different collars: Semi-Spread and Point. I always recommend semi-spread for all body types.
  • The 100% cotton fabric is soft, but has just the right amount of thickness so it wasn’t see-through – which plagues a lot of cheap shirts (especially noticeable with white shirts!).
  • The price: $55. All I have to say is: This is a steal!
  • Sizing Tip: I did notice the sizing for the neck ran a little big, so go down 0.5″ of your regular neck size.

My favorites

$55 – The Tie Bar Pinpoint Solid Shirt in white
$55 – The Tie Bar Textured Solid Shirt in blue
$55 – The Tie Bar Chambray Shirt
$55 – The Tie Bar Multi Tone Gingham Shirt

POTW: A Game Changer For Your Skin

For this week, I wanted to feature an exfoliating bamboo wash cloth that I’ve been using and recommending to friends, family and clients for years that is seriously a game changer for your skin. And I don’t use that term lightly. It is THAT good. This was recommended to me by a skincare CEO who’s company invented microdermabrasion and he said this is better than anything he has ever found, including their own technology.

And please know that not all bamboo wash cloths aren’t created equally – I’ve tested dozens over the years – and this is hands-down the best one, so don’t try anything else – you’ll regret it.

This will be covered more in-depth in my skincare routine video as part of the Men’s Grooming Essentials series.

Get your bamboo wash cloth here. 

If the price at the above link is over $10, then get your wash cloths here, instead:

Dual Sided Bamboo Wash Cloth

Unfortunately, this specific one is not that easy to find outside of these two sites.

POTW: How To Remove Wrinkles From Clothes in 60 Seconds

So this week I wanted to feature something that most people may not know about or think to have in their clothing arsenal, but it’s something that makes my job a million times easier – a handheld steamer. It is seriously the best for how to remove wrinkles from your clothes in 60 seconds. Every one of my friends, family and clients I gift this to has said that this thing is a game changer. So do yourself a favor and get one so you can dewrinkle all your clothes quickly!

$62 – Jiffy ESTEAM Personal Hand Held Steamer

I’ve owned this steamer for a few years now and it’s the best on the market and will steam all the wrinkles out of your clothes within 60 seconds. It’s lightweight, durable, will work on every fabric except leather and suede, and is a way better alternative to an iron because it won’t burn your clothes, doesn’t require an ironing board and will get the wrinkles out of your clothes faster than it takes to set up your iron. And I’m not exaggerating.

The only time I ever use an iron is if I’m starching shirts or if I need to put a crease in something. And that happens about once every few years.

I love this steamer because it comes with a 3 year warranty and the one time I had an issue, I emailed the company and got amazing support right away. Also, I love that you can buy replacement parts from them so that you don’t have to replace the entire steamer if something goes bad, unlike most brands out there.

Whenever I travel, for work or pleasure, I always bring mine with me, and on top of that, they make great gifts! They’re definitely one of those things where someone gets it and doesn’t understand how amazing it is until they use it.

So join me in the 21st century and throw out your iron and ironing boards!

POTW: Johnston & Murphy Burgundy Cap Toes

I was prepping for a fitting, and I came across these Johnston & Murphy burgundy cap toes that I thought you should know about. I’m not normally a fan of burgundy shoes because I often find the color to be difficult to wear and usually ends up being too much of a statement piece. But, these are different because the darker color is closer to a burgundy brown instead of the more reddish-oxblood color you often see with other “burgundy shoes” and that makes them much easier to wear. So, I had to make them my pick of the week!

 

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$155 – Johnston & Murphy Burgundy Conard Cap Toe 

Best Ways to Wear

The decorative broguing along with the brown soles adds a casual look to them making them easy to wear with your summer suits, like a green or navy cotton suit, or with some chinos or dark wash jeans. Blues, greens, and khaki go great with burgundy. If you’re ever unsure how to wear these, just know that whenever you wear brown dress shoes with a more casual outfit, you can easily wear these instead.

I also want to address the contrasting stitching. On more formal shoes it can be very distracting and pull the attention away from your outfit and really focus it on the shoes. But on a casual dress shoe, such as these, it works because you’re never going to be wearing them with a really formal outfit. So if you’re thinking about doing that, then please don’t.

Like I’ve said before, accessories are a great way to add some fun touches to your outfit and these shoes do exactly that.

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Look 1

$40 – J. Crew Slub Cotton Deck-Striped T-Shirt
$68 – J. Crew Navy or Green Stretch Chino Pant in 770 Fit
$30 – Uniqlo Slim Fit Flat Front Chino in Navy

Look 2

$69 – Brooks Brothers Selvedge Oxford Sport Shirt
$70 – Levi’s 511 Slim Fit Stretch Jeans (in blue flame, dark hollow and stump town)
$228 – JBrand Tyler Fit in Blue Hood

Look 3

$358 – J. Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket in Italian Cotton Oxford
$188 – J. Crew Ludlow Suit Pant in Italian Cotton Oxford
Shirting – See my dress shirt article
Ties – See my ties article

POTW: The Best Men’s Silver Cuff Bracelet

I’ve been thinking a lot about men’s jewelry lately and what items, outside of a watch, would look great on every man regardless of his age. My pick of the week is this sterling silver cuff bracelet by Maison Margiela. Also, Le Gramme makes a similar one that I like a lot, too.

Maison Margiela Silver Cuff - Ashley WestonMaison Margiela Silver Logo Cuff

The reason why I chose this item is because the goal with your accessories is to have timeless, well constructed, minimally designed pieces. This silver cuff is an excellent way to add a stylish touch to your outfit. You should always stay away from anything that’s too flashy or obnoxious because that’ll end up making you look tacky.

It’s elegant and is made of sterling silver, and not brass, which will eventually tarnish (read: waste of money). Also, the simplicity of the item makes it easy to wear with any outfit, from something as casual as a t-shirt and jeans all the way up to a suit.

I also love the width of the cuff – It’s not too wide or too thin. It’s perfect for every man regardless of your height or build which is why it’s my pick of the week!

My Favorite Silver Cuffs

I highly recommend these two BIFL (Buy It For Life) cuffs. They’re made from pure sterling silver, barely weigh anything so you’ll pretty much feel nothing on your wrists, and the minimal design ensures your cuff won’t snag on your sweaters, jackets or shirt cuffs.

$525 – Maison Margiela Silver Logo Cuff
$400 – Le Gramme Silver Le 15 Grammes Cuff

For two budget friendly options, you can go with Miansai, which is going to feel a lot heavier, or Topman, which is made out of brass so will tarnish pretty quickly so you won’t be able to wear it for years and years down the road unless you’re pretty gentle with it.

$155 – Miansai Sterling Silver Singular Cuff 
$17 – Topman Silver Look Engraved Cuff

POTW: What to Wear When Going To The Gym or Airport

I’ve been getting a lot of questions and emails from you about what to wear when going to the gym or airport so you’re still stylish, yet comfortable.

Thus, my POTW are John Elliott’s grey sweatpants because they’re the only item you need to add to your closet in order to create this sharp outfit below. You should already have three out of the four items if you’ve been following my Men’s Wardrobe Essentials Series for any length of time.

John Elliot Sweatpants POTW Ashley Weston

Here’s why this outfit is great:

Sweatpants

I love John Elliott’s clothes because he always does such a great job with creating high quality basics and these sweatpants are no exception. The construction and fabric choices are a cut above the rest, so if you’re able to swing it, I highly recommend these.

$190 – John Elliot Grey Escobar Lounge Pants (also in black)
$40 – Topman Grey Peached Skinny Joggers 

T-Shirt

You already should own a navy, black, and/or white t-shirt. These colors are perfect for the gym because they won’t show your sweat prominently like a grey tee will. Also, they look great with this outfit outside of the gym as well.

$80 – John Elliott Mercer T-Shirt
$30 – Armani Exchange Pima Crew

Jackets

Next, you should also already have a bomber jacket, whether it be navy or black, in your closet because as I’ve said before, bombers look great on every man, regardless of your age or body type. You can easily switch out the bomber for a zip-up hoodie if you want, but I wouldn’t change a single thing in this outfit.

$610 – Ami Navy Twill Bomber Jacket
$80 – Zara Technical Bomber Jacket 

Shoes

And finally, add some white tennis shoes or athletic sneakers from your closet to complete the look.

$120 – Nike Roshe Flyknit 
$75 – Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

 

 

Lightweight Wool Spring and Summer Jacket

POW: Lightweight Wool and Cotton Jacket

Last Sunday I was getting a client ready for the Oscars, and a friend of his was wearing this incredible lightweight wool jacket that I knew I had to share with you. It’s been quite awhile since a jacket got me this excited.

There’s several reasons why I love this jacket for Spring and Summer, or year-round if you live in a warmer climate: lightweight wool and cotton fabric, incredible construction, texture and color, and its so damn stylish. Normally, I’m not a fan of pockets on the front of a jacket for all body types, as they can add bulk and throw off your proportions if you’re a thinner guy, but, as you’ll see in the video above, these pockets blended in so seamlessly that it isn’t an issue at all.

Wear it with a t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers or dress it up with a collared shirt, wool trousers, and dress shoes – it will go with most casual and dressy casual outfits. Yep, this jacket is that good.

Apolis Indigo Wool Chore Jacket

Jacket

I went into the store and had my friend Michael, who’s average height but a broad build, and Dorian, who’s 6’3″ and slim, try the jacket on and they both looked great in it. See the video above to see what I’m talking about. Also, Dorian ended up picking up the blazer version of the Chore jacket for himself.

$278 – Apolis Indigo Wool Chore Jacket

How To Wear It

Crewneck Sweater

$158 – J.Crew Lightweight Italian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater  (in Heather Dove)
$122 – Life After Denim Lacrosse Crew
$40 – TopMan Grey Ripple Textured Raglan Slim Fit Sweater

White T-Shirt

$60 – James Perse Short Sleeve Crewneck
$10 – TopMan White Slim Fit T-Shirt

Jeans

$228 – JBrand Tyler Taper Fit in Rasalas
$70 – Levi’s 511 Slim Fit Stretch Jeans (Blue Flame or Dark Hollow)

Sneakers

$509 – Common Projects Achilles Low Premium 
$65 – Converse Jack Purcell Classic Low Top (in White or Black)