5 Pieces of Clothing that Stylish Men Never Wear

There are certain pieces of clothing that stylish men NEVER wear. Here are 5 of the most common style atrocities happening in a community near you.

If for some unfortunate reason you are a habitual violator fear not. We’ve provided some stylish alternatives . Enjoy!

1. The company logo shirt

company polo logo

I understand if it’s part of some faux uniform requirement but if not then no excuse here.

Nobody cares that you work for a big 3 automotive supplier or the local sprinkler installation company.

The alternative: A good old fashioned logo-less polo

2. Square toe shoes

black square toe loafer mens

 We’ve gone over this many, many, times.

Like the Mind Flayer from Stranger Things,

stranger things monster mind flayer

this unfortunate abomination just won’t die. Check out this post for more. 

The alternative: A sleek loafer

mens black sleek penny loafer aquaitalia
AquaItalia Dress Loafer – $199

3. Crocs

blue crocs

I don’t care how fucking comfortable they are. Unless you work in the ER or you’re a toddler then NO. Just NO.

The alternative: NONE

4. Fanny Packs

mens fanny back leather
Gotta love the T shirt as well here

I get it,  completely functional . I mean think about all that personal storage space right above your manhood! As an added bonus it will make your spare tire look exceptionally… spare.

The alternative: maybe a backpack?

5. Dad Jeans

dad jeans light wash

So apparently “Dad style” is a thing? Not in the real world. You may think “Nothing makes the ladies melt like middle aged suburban aesthetic “. You would be wrong my friend.

The Alternative: A good old pair of slim (not skinny) jeans…or straight fit at a minimum

What did I miss??? Add a comment below and lets talk!

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How To Dress Like a Grown Man

I think we can all remember that particular time in our life when we wanted to enhance our style game.

We were young, inexperienced and really had no idea what the hell we were doing. If you were lucky you had a dapper older brother or cool uncle who could show you the ropes. I was not one of these people.

Thankfully a little thing called the internet came along and provided salvation for many (at least for me). I would spend hours devouring content on style blogs and web forums. I would even study online stores trying to recreate styles I saw on some really, really, really ridiculously good looking model.


zoolander blue steel
Blue Steel

Now that you’ve grown up you want to “level up” to grown man style.

Follow these tips below and you’ll be well on your way!

1.  Avoid most trends

especially shit like this

Every year some ridiculous trend seems to come out of nowhere and make its way onto the fringes of mainstream style. It may be tempting to experiment with the most “lit” styles but 99% of the time you’ll just end up looking like a tool.

Take the time to educate yourself on classic mens style. Only then should you test the waters and take risks on “fast fashion”.

2. Avoid super tight clothing….especially jeans

mens spray on jeans
RIP manhood

Look there’s nothing wrong with slim fitting jeans, hell I actually recommended it. But there is a huge difference between a nice fitting pair of dark denim and spray on cotton castration. These jeans will literally kill your manhood. Completely serious. Studies have shown that super tight pants can decimate your sperm count and fertility!

Oh need another reason… they look fucking ridiculous.

Opt for a pair of slim fit denim that accentuates your natural lines without crushing your fruit basket.

Sleek yet breathable (Reiss $180)


j brand jeans denim
J.Brand $198


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I started a brand – introducing Foundation Menswear!

foundation menswear logo
Our Logo

So you might of noticed that I’ve been MIA from this blog for about a solid year or so. The reason being that I , the Modest Gent has decided to go ahead and start my own menswear brand!

Although we are still in the infantile stages (we had a soft launch in Dec 2018) the brand has taken up most of the little free time I have, hence zero blogging. So if you were laying awake at night waiting for that WordPress notification of a new post I apologize!

The good news is that I plan to create more content and cross post between here and my new website www.FoundationMenswear.com .

Owing a brand has always been a dream of mine so I just decided to go for it. Yes the line is fairly small right now and relegated to just accessories like ties and pocket squares but I’m really happy with the initial products. All the ties and squares are super high quality and hand made in Milan, Italy. Here’s an exercpt from our About Us page:

We’re Foundation and based just outside the Motor City – Detroit , Michigan. My name is Joe and I’m the founder. 

I started Foundation after the frustration of countless shopping trips to the mall (and online). I was tired of wading through cheap, low quality fast fashion and ridiculously overpriced “designer” labels. 

I thought to myself “why is it so hard to find high quality wardrobe staples at a reasonable price?”

I knew I couldn’t be the only guy with this problem and that’s when I went to work. I did a ton of research, ordered loads of samples, and talked to some amazing pros in the field. 

The result was the creation of the products that I (and hopefully you) always wanted. High quality, foundational pieces that stand the test of time. I really hope you love it! 

Foundation menswear silk knit tie cotton pocket square burgundy
Our awesome silk knit tie and silk/cotton pocket square.

Anyways I really hope you can take the time to check out the site, I would really appreciate it!



One last thing I created a special promo code just for you blog readers.

Use code: MODEST20 for 20% off your first order!

Until next time!


3 Last Minute Looks for New Year’s Eve 2018

party new year drunk hangover

Another year is in the books and another new year’s eve is upon us. You’re ready for a night out on the town but what are you going to wear?

In this post we present  3 looks that will work in most NYE situations. Since we’re down to the wire I’ve listed pieces that can be found at most local shopping malls.

1.  The Dressed Up Party


Suit Supply Lazio DInner Jacket – $499

The quintessential classic look. While most imagine all black and white as the go too I personally love this midnight blue jacket look. This will  be appropriate for any black tie affair.

Express Sateen Tuxedo Jacket – $248

Pair with a crisp white shirt, matching navy pants and a black bow tie. You can also go with black trousers like the picture above. Shoes should be black and sleek, not this.


 2.  The Semi Formal Party



Wearing all black isn’t really my thing these days but if there was a time to throw it back to my John Wick phase then NYE would definitely be it.  I would go with a slim black suit, black shirt and a clean black tie. Actually I would probably go tieless in this situation but at this point it’s just personal preference. Add a pocket square in a subtle pattern for some visual interest.

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The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Christmas is more than just giving gifts and getting smashed at the company holiday party. It’s a time to enjoy friends, family, and all the blessings that we possess no matter the size.

With that being said there is nothing wrong with showing that special person in your life some holiday cheer. I don’t know about you but I absolutely love to give. Maybe it’s just me being selfish but it just feels great!

If that special someone happens to be a father, brother, husband, or son then I’ve got you covered. I’ve compiled a list of fool-proof gifts that any man would love to find under the tree this year.

And in no particular order…

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An Every Day Casual Watch

Todd Snyder Military watch olive
The Military Watch by Todd Snyder – $138

You’ve probably noticed by now that I’m a huge fan of military inspired clothing and accessories. With its clean and simple aesthetic this is one of my favorite Todd Snyder/Times collabs. TS is on fire.

Made in the USA Suspenders

kk&J suspenders navy silk
Navy Silk Suspenders by KK&J – $59.99

You might be thinking that $60 is a little pricey for an accessory but I own these personally (yeah that’s me) and absolutely love them.  High quality materials and made in Brooklyn, NY. They also come with extra buttons in the likely event your suit trousers don’t already have them. Just take them to your tailor (or add them yourself) and you’re gold. Continue reading “The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Men”

6 Fall and Winter Jackets Every Man Needs

james bond over coat peacoat

Winter is coming…hell …winter is here and  believe it or not some of us in the style community actually look forward to this time of year. I know I know insanity. Maybe it has something to do with the textures and layers that come with this glorious season. Tweed, flannel, and leather..my friends you have been missed!

Every man needs a good jacket… or six. From office to Arcade bar these jackets possess the versatility and functionality to keep you covered (literally) all season long.

Let’s take a look:

The Top Coat

topcoat overcoat john varvatos jacket
John Varvatos Star USA – $356

The ultimate staple piece that’s more versatile then you think.  Throw this over your suit on Monday and then rock it with jeans and sneakers on the weekend. Check out my Target Goodfellow post for a budget version.

The Casual Quilted Jacket

barbour akenside quilted jacket
Barbour Akenside Quilted Jacket – $199

British heritage brand Barbour is on point as always with this ranchwear inspired classic. The perfect everyday do all jacket.

The Denim Jacket

Topman – $45

More understated versatility. In this look I paired the jacket with a gingham shirt, some dark blue chinos and oxblood monk straps.

Here I take the same jacket and go super casual with a white T, dark jeans, and my favorite sneakers . Continue reading “6 Fall and Winter Jackets Every Man Needs”

2017 Black Friday Menswear Roundup

black friday 2017

Black Friday is upon us and the number of retailers fighting for your precious dollar is damn near infinite. Literally every retailer of every kind will be running some type of promotion. Since I love each and every one of you I went ahead and compiled a not so comprehensive list of sales that begin somewhere in the next two days.

So if you’re like me and despise the mall take a look below and blow your next mortgage payment from the comfort of home!


Allen Edmonds – 50% off select styles & $150 off bourbon collection

Nordstrom – 20% off selected sale items

Nordstrom Rack – 30% off clearance

Timex – 25 % off sitewide and free shipping use code: BLACKFRIDAY25

Topman – Up to 50% off select styles

Charles Tyrwhitt– 20% off everything plus free shipping

Mott & Bow – $10 off any order

Banana Republic – 50% off everything no exclusions no code required

Uniqlo – Free shipping on all orders

Levi’s – 40% off everything (including sales) + Free Shipping Code: INDIGO40

Ray Ban – 50% off select styles and 20% off everything

Mr. Porter – 30% off select styles

Macys -20% off Black Friday with code HURRY. Valid 11/22-11/25.

Bloomingdale’s – Tiered sale

J.Crew – 40% off everything. Code: THANKU. Valid through 11/26.

Nike -Take an extra 25% off sale styles with code EPIC25. Valid through 11/28.

Urban Outfitters – Buy one, get one 50% off, valid 11/22-11/24

Saks – Get up to 60% off at the Thanksgiving Sale

Express – 50% off everything plus free shipping

GAP – 50% off everything with code: BLKFRIDAY

EastDane – Tiered sale

Bonobos – 25% off $150 or more & 30% of $250 or more. Code: THANKFUL

Amazon – Take a dive in!


Know of any great sales going on? Drop a comment!

Target Goodfellow – A Modest Gent Picks

A few months ago retail giant Target unveiled their new menswear house brand Goodfellow. The label focuses on tried and true staples like henleys, top coats, chinos and dark denim. Think of it as a poor man’s J.Crew…and by looking at some of the media they released, it appears as if that’s exactly what Target was going for with this line.

I decided to stroll through a local store recently and I really liked what I saw. Goodfellow can be an excellent alternative for the budget minded gent looking for go to staples. Of course the quality is nothing to write home about but at these prices I think it’s very good. I ended up leaving with a few henleys and a sport shirt.

So as is tradition in the Modest Gent Picks segment I dove into the Goodfellow catalog and found a few gems  that I really liked. No trends or fast fashion here. Have a read and let me know what you think!

The Picks

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Insulated Bomber Jacket – $35.00

target goodfellow bomber jacket


Denim Trucker Jacket – $35

target goodfellow denim trucker jacket


Basic White T Shirt – $7.99

target goodfellow v neck t shirt


Wool Top Coat – $60

target goodfellow topcoat camel

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Style Violation – Dad Style – Fall Casual Edition

Dad and style. Two words that are not exactly synonymous with each other. For many of us dad style invokes images of polyester shirts, baggy, super relaxed fit Wranglers and Nike Air Monarchs.

Some of us may have been lucky enough to have Don Draper as a style role model but for a vast majority it was more likely Jerry Seinfeld. 

Many present day dads suffer the same style afflictions of their forefathers. This is of course no way a reflection of character.  Many dads are out there working hard and providing for their families. Clothing and style is at the bottom of the priority list and I get that. But  sometimes it’s just downright neglect or low style IQ. With just a little bit of effort we can go from zero to Deniro.

Dad Style Upgrades

The Shirt


Let’s replace that unflattering dri fit golf polo

ugly golf polo haggar


With a great fitting and logo free replacement like this

banana republic Slim Luxury-Touch Polo
Banana Republic – $32

Or this

banana republic luxe touch polo
Banana Republic – $44.50

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The Allen Edmonds Rediscover America Sale: The Gent’s Picks

Shop The Biggest Sale of The Year at Allen Edmonds! Save Up To $150 Off Selected Styles.

Columbus Day weekend brings out all the big players in the world of retail apparel and Allen Edmonds is always in the mix with their annual Rediscover America Sale.

My absolute favorite shoe brand, AE provides high quality, leather shoes for an exceptional value. I really couldn’t name another brand where you get more bang for the buck. Although the Allen Edmonds name is highly respected in the world of menswear you are not paying some ridiculous luxury brand markup like Gucci or ferragamo.

Did I mention all their shoes are American Made???!…See my picks below. Enjoy!

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On a scale of 1 to America how awesome are these shoes?!
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The Higgins Mill Boot – $250


allen edmonds higgins mill bott
The perfect casual work boot

An absolute work of art in Horween Chromexcel leather and an all weather Dainite sole.  A great alternative to the Wolverine 1000 Mile. Extra points when worn with selvage denim.

Allen edmonds higgins mill boot


Fifth Avenue Cap Toe Oxford – $245

Allen edmonds fifth avenue captoe
A timeless classic


A timeless classic that will never go out of style. Wear them to everything from a job interview to a funeral.

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