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Few men’s fashion items have had as much impact on the world as denim. Ever since Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis created the first pair back in 1873, the sturdy cotton pants have been a fixture in our everyday lives. They’re appropriate for every season, flattering to the physique, comfortable to wear and extremely versatile. Of course, over the years, they’ve evolved to keep up with the pace of the ever-evolving fashion industry. But unlike many other pieces, jeans have always had a place in our closets. They have the kind of staying power that every designer wants for their creations. Like a life-altering technology a la the iPhone, we can’t imagine our lives without them.
In Cali, November mornings are still dry and balmy with lows hovering around the upper 50s. The Midwest is already experiencing the threat of freeze warnings. The Northeast is bracing for what’s sure to be a nasty, long, bitter cold fight against Mother Nature. People in the South are still spending their afternoons at the beach though temperatures are starting to dip lower and lower with each passing day. Regardless of the climate you live in and your individualized version of the seasons, winter is just around the corner.
Justin Theroux. John Legend. Kanye West. Pharrell Williams. James Franco. Joe Jonas. Bradley Cooper. David Beckham. Aside from being A-list celebrity men at the top of their respective industries, what do these guys all have in common? In the last few months, they’ve all been photographed by paparazzi in bomber jackets. From the sage green MA-1 flight jacket to quilted jackets to vintage embroidered silk versions, all of these guys have proven that a bomber works for practically every scenario and with every style aesthetic. It’s the rare streetwear item that has transcended its niche positioning to become a menswear phenomenon.
As much as some guys are afraid to admit, we all care about fashion and our personal appearance. Whether it’s a job interview, a first date, a big night out, or game day, we always want to put our best foot forward. But it isn’t necessarily masculine to care deeply about your outfit’s silhouette or color blocking. Those details are typically reserved for the ladies. And because of this, we tend to rely on our natural fashion instincts when getting dressed instead of seeking advice when we really need it. Unfortunately, a lot of guys don’t have natural fashion instincts.
Though much of the U.S. is experiencing a minor heatwave this week, we are officially in the middle of fall. Whether you’re living on the beaches of California or the on the island of Manhattan, there’s a touch of crispness in the air most days. That means the mornings are getting increasingly cooler and, soon, the afternoons will follow. Right now, in order to start out warm and still have the flexibility to cool off later in the day, you need some lightweight outerwear.
In the current fashion climate, there are probably key items that most guys have. Surely, the vast majority of us have a pair of Chelsea boots or some ripped jeans or a longline. But there probably isn’t an individual item that every guy has…well, except for the t-shirt.
You may or may not be familiar with the term longlines, but there’s no doubt you’ve seen them. You may have even heard them referred to as tall tees, elongated tees, or oversized tees; though those names don’t do them justice. Without getting technical, longlines are those really long shirts you’ve seen on everyone from your local skaters to Kanye West. They hang a few inches below your bum, and often the hem in the back is a tad longer than the front. The cut of the hem even resembles the shirttails of woven dress shirts on many versions.
There are few articles of men’s clothing as divisive as sweatpants. At their best, they’re just as contemporary and current as your best pair of chinos. At their worst, they’re the epitome of slacker style. All too often, as you venture through the nation’s airports, you pass by legions of fashion offenders. There are men everywhere who seem to think traveling is an excuse to eschew all style in favor of comfort. Baggy sweatpants, with matching hoodies, rear their ugly heads (or shall we say bottoms) time after time.
Over the last couple years, you may have heard the term ‘lumbersexual’. It’s yet another way to categorize the different aspects of masculinity. Like the metrosexual and spornosexual, lumbersuxals are in a masculinity class all their own. But instead of a strong penchant for personal grooming or an obsession with pushing weight, lumbersexuals are preoccupied with the outdoors. They’re not necessarily true outdoorsmen. The men who fit into this category are more defined by their aesthetic than their weekend activities. They aren’t spending fall mornings chopping wood in the backyard. But their curated Instagram feeds would lead you to believe otherwise.