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

 

Long Sleeve Henley – $14.99

target goodfellow henley

 

Cotton Button Down Oxford – $24.99

target goodfellow button down collar oxford

 

Herringbone Top Coat – $60.00

target goodfellow wool herringbone top coat

 

Denim Shirt – $24.99

target goodfellow denim shirt

 

Slim Fit Chino – $22.99

target goodfellow slim fit chino

 

Jogger Pants – $24.99

target goodfellow jogger

 

Chino Blazer – $39.99

target good fellow chino blazer

 

Slim Fit Jeans – $27.99

TARGET GOODFELLOW SLIM FIT JEANS

 

Arctic Parka – $89.99

target goodfellow arctic parka faux fur

 

Slim Fit Denim – $27.99

target goodfellow denim jeans

 

Jared Lo Pro Sneaker – $29.99

 

Jeremy Wingtip Boot – $44.99

 

Jones Chelsea Boot – $44.99

target goodfellow chelsea boot

 

Weekender Bag – $29.99 

TARGET GOODFELLOW WEEKENDER BAG

 

Have you checked out Goodfellow yet? Love it? Hate it? Drop a comment below!

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

The Jeans

 

Replace that baggy light wash pair

Dad jeans

With a nice pair of dark denim that can be dressed up or down. Wear them with everything from a sportcoat to a white tee

vineyard vines straight leg jeans
Vineyard Vines – $98

The Shoes 

When you google “Dad Shoe” this is literally the first image you see. This is a casual Friday staple of middle aged office drones across the country.

the dad shoe nike monarch

Younger dads may rock something equally deplorable…like these

dad shoe sketchers

We can do soooo much better. Replace them with these high quality minimal sneakers. Budget version here.

greats royale
The Royal by Greats – $198

The Socks

 

Trash those decade old white  tube socks….

Dad style socks

And refresh your drawer with something like this

 

Polo Ralph Lauren – $23

The Jacket

Sure that Columbia jacket is awfully functional but…

Columbia
It’s wind breakin time!

Lets replace it with a timeless classic

 

mens Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket
Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket – $390

Like this Steve McQueen inspired Harrington jacket. Budget version here.

The Sunglasses

Save those sporty frames for beach volleyball…

oakley sunglasses

 

and go for a classic keyhole frame like these

keyhole sunglasses marks and spencer
Marks & Spencer – $25

The Watch

Dump the digital version…

 

For something timeless like this Made in Detroit Shinola

 

Shinola 41mm Runwell leather strap
Shinola 41mm Runwell – $550

Have any suggestions for an upgrade? Leave a comment below!


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!

american eagle flag
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.

 

Macallister Wingtip Oxford – $245

 

allen edmonds mcallister wingtip oxford
Time to pop

Originating in the Scottish Highlands this wingtip is a statement shoe. Go with this incredible oxblood color to add some pop to any ensemble.

 

Dalton Wingtip Dress Boot – $295.00

Allen Edmonds Dalton wingtip boot
Impeccable

A dress boot that will definitely add some versatility to your arsenal. Feels right at home in a suit or just t shirt and jeans.

 

allen edmonds dalton

Hope you enjoyed this post. Leave a comment below!

My Favorite Business Casual “Uniform”. Fall 2017 Edition.

You would think wearing  the same thing every day (like a uniform) would get old. But putting on a uniform can be somewhat liberating. Just think about the pure convenience of not having to worry about what you’re going to wear. It’s one less decision to make at the start of your day.

marine dress unifrom

That’s why I’ve always admired members of our military and police. They get to put that uniform on every day and still look razor sharp. Not to mention that the ladies seem to love it!

Now I’m not saying that those of us in civilian life should start wearing the exact same outfit every single day. That would be pretty absurd… unless you’re Steve Jobs.

steve jobs
Miss you brother

But we don’t have to go that far to get most of the benefit. All we need are some core staples that will remain constant, like a blazer. We then rotate a few interchangeable pieces. With a few tweaks we can make life easier and still look great.

So let’s get to it.  Here is my favorite favorite business casual “uniform” for fall.

fall business casual uniform

The Blazer: A Tweed  Herringbone jacket is always a prime choice for fall. The extra weight will provide enough warmth until we hit top coat weather.

The Shirt:  I love a white or light blue oxford cotton button down. Clean, crisp and simple. Swap out with: a pale blue dress shirt.

The Pants:  Navy chinos are definitely a staple in my wardrobe. They are amazingly versatile and can go from a sport coat/dress shoe combo to a t-shirt/sneaker look.  Swap out with: a pair fall appropriate dark brown.

The Shoes: A Chelsea boot in dark brown or even walnut. This UK inspired boot can be worn with anything from a full suited ensemble to jeans and a tee. Click here for a premium version.

Accessories: A watch, a knit tie (optional), and a patterned pocket square bring it all together.

What’s your go to “uniform”? Leave a comment below.

8 Fundamental Pieces of Clothing Every Man Needs

Building a wardrobe can seem like a daunting task and unless you have a generous budget and copious amounts of knowledge it can take years. Acquiring pieces over time, you will eventually get to a point where you have the fundamentals covered.

But what if we could build a solid foundation in a fraction of that time.

Whether its golf or carpentry you can accomplish a task with a few foundational tools. Menswear is no different.  Think of it in terms of the 80/20 rule where 20 % of your efforts give you 80% of the results.

In this post we’ll look at the major categories and pick one fundamental piece. When taken as a whole these pieces will complement each other and build a foundation that will serve you well for years to come!

 

1.  The  Suit

 

j crew ludlow traveler suit navy
J.Crew $599

 

If you spend any amount of time in the men’s style blogosphere then you’ve heard this one before : “If you own one suit then it needs to be Navy.”

This is for good reason. The navy suit can be worn in numerous scenarios: weddings, job interviews, hell even a funeral. Increasing its versatility is the fact that it can be worn with brown or black shoes.

 

2. Chinos

 

Bonobos slim fit chinos
Bonobos $88

This is going to be a close one but gun to my head I would have to go with khaki. Make sure its slim, tailored and with minimal brake at the hem.

My logic behind khaki is that it pairs with a gray or navy sport coat better than navy chinos would.

One more thing. Don’t be this guy.

 

3. Dress Shirt

 

Brooks Brothers Regent fit
Brooks Brothers $74

A crisp white shirt will go with everything:

  • Suit or blazer
  • Layered under a sweater in the fall
  • Worn on its own casually
  • A high low look with trousers and a denim jacket

4. Tie

 

the tie bar grenafaux
The Tie Bar $19

A grenadine in charcoal. Can be worn with that Navy suit ( a gray or black suit as well).

5. Jeans

 

hudson blake jean denim
Hudson $95

Go for a high quality pair of dark denim in a slim fit. When I say slim I mean tailored not male jeggings. Make sure it’s free of holes and giant horseshoes.

 

6. Dress Shoes

jack erwin joe oxford
Jack Erwin $195

Having to pick just one dress shoe i’d have to go with a timeless cap toe oxford. It’s clean lines and sleek silhouette look dapper in any suited ensemble.

7. Blazer

 

suit supply havana
Suitsupply $399

Yup Navy. I could honestly be just as happy with gray/charcoal here but I’ll go with navy for that one simple reason again: versatility.

I would go for a wool piece since it’s easier to dress up. Cotton and linen are great as well but are considered more seasonal options and not as foundational as wool.

So what’s so great about it?:

  • you can wear it with the khaki chinos or gray perhaps
  • it looks awesome with dark denim and monk straps
  • it will look great in fall with Chelsea and wingtip boots.

One thing thing you’ll learn about me is my unabashed bias towards all things Navy!

8. Sneakers

beckett simonon alba white minimal sneaker
Beckett Simonon $149

Everyone seems to be rocking minimal white sneakers these days so it may seem like a trend but I digress. White sneakers have always been around and have experienced a type of renaissance with brands like common projects leading the way. Here is a much more affordable option by beckett simonon.

So why these?

  • They will look great with casual chinos, shorts, and denim
  • Can be dressed up with a seasonal suit

 

Would you add anything to this list? Leave a comment below!

5 Style Support Products Every Man Needs

You spend your hard earned cash on new suits, dress shirts, oxfords, and sneakers. And just like a new car, laptop, or whatever shiny new toy you just bought a minimum amount of maintenance is required if you want your gear to function and look as good as possible.

Here are 5 products every man needs:

 1. Shoe Trees 

 

allen edmonds cedar shoe tree
Allen Edmonds $25 

 

Cedar shoe trees are a must for a few reasons:

  • They help your shoes maintain their shape and prevent excessive creasing
  • They absorb moisture and keep your shoes dry and free of mold
  • The odor absorbing cedarwood helps keep the funk to a minimum

Yes you should have shoe trees for pretty much every decent pair of shoes you own including boots and sneakers. Continue reading “5 Style Support Products Every Man Needs”

How to Dress Like Conor McGregor

conor mcgregor suit

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months you’re sure to know that MMA Star Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will duke it out in Las Vegas on Sat, Aug 26.

Half boxing match half fiasco this bout is being billed as the fight of the century. In my opinion this fight is just a massive money grab but guess what, i’ll be handing over my cash with about 5 million other idiots!

Regardless of what you think of the pugilists you have to admit this fight wins on the style side. Although personally not my thing, Floyd does pretty well with his street style.

Now McGregor is a different story. Not only am I a fan of Connor’s fight style and bravado but i’m also a huge fan of the man’s style game.

Custom suits, Monk straps, great watches and crisp casual looks. There’s a lot to like.

So in honor of this weekends big fight we’ll showcase three different looks and recreate them without breaking the bank.

 1.   Casual Conor

conor mcgregor polo casual sty;e

Here Conor is keeping it crisp with the solid colors while popping with the green polo and loafers.

Oh yeah I forgot to mention the $1000 belt. Yikes.

 2. Dapper Conor

conor mcgregor suit

Here Conor is rocking a beautifully tailored three-piece suit in a medium grey. I love the ticket pocket and the way it adds additional sartorial flair. Pair with a sleek single monk and you’re ready to own the MGM grand.
The Suit: Connor is definitely  wearing a made to measure bespoke suit. A suit like this would cost thousands of dollars and be out of reach for most of us. You could always try an online custom suit maker like Black Lapel but I haven’t tried them yet personally.
I am a big fan of of suit supply and the Lazio shown below would definitely do the trick.

3. F*** You Conor

conor mcgregor fuck you suit

During the press tour for the fight Conor took to the stage in what appeared to be nothing more than a beautifully tailored navy pinstripe suit. Little did we know Conor was going full troll on us as the pinstripe was not your average suit pattern!

conor mcgregor fuck you suit
Fook You Lad!

Believe it or not you can actually buy this same suit from David August, the custom clothier who originally created it. It can be yours for the low, low price of $6,500!

Here’s a much more affordable ensemble.

So who do you got? Leave a comment below.

10 Style Mistakes We’ve All Made

Developing a sense of style takes time. It’s not an innate ability and none of us are born with it. It’s actually developed over several years and just when you think you’ve got it figured out you learn something new. Just like anything else it’s a lifelong learning process and we make several mistakes along the way.

Everyone comes into their own at different times so if you feel clueless don’t fret. I promise you that one day it will all just click .

We’ve all made mistakes in this style journey. Some minor, some major but all a great opportunity to learn from. Below are ten blunders we’ve all (or most) of us have made at one time or another.

mistake meme

And in no particular order…

 1. Wearing a Visible White T Shirt Under a Dress Shirt

 

This is quite possibly the most common error I witness on a day to day basis. I’ve even seen relatively well dressed guys ruin a perfectly good outfit with the white T -shirt.

The problem here  is that a T-shirt adds contrast (in the wrong way) and breaks up the neck line. It just looks … off.

Also don’t let your undershirt be seen through your white shirt.

The Fix: Simple V necks and tank tops. Use gray under a white shirt to keep it invisible.

2 . Wearing White Athletic Socks With Dress Shoes

 

white athletic socks dress shoes

This one hurts…the eyes mostly. I could maybe understand wearing mismatched dress socks but for the love of God this one is brutal. This should never happen! Looks exponentially worse with the square toe shoe.

If you don’t have dress socks drive your ass down to Target and get a pair for $3 . Sorry /Rant. Keep the white socks for the gym or chillin at home.

A classic style rule is to match your socks to pants. It will elongate your leg, make you look taller and keep your outfit sleek and uniform.

What about wearing bright color and patterned socks? Simple,  just make sure you pull from another primary color you’re wearing. Example: A Navy tie with Khaki pants and navy socks are just fine.

3.  Leaving the Sleeve Label on a New Suit

 

label on suit sleeve

But it’s Armani bro! How is anyone going to know without a label?!

Well that’s the point. A suit should never, ever have any visible branding or logo. I remember once reading an article that this was a phenomenon in China as aspiring businessmen wanted to show off their brand new Italian suits as a mark of prestige. Boasting about what brand you’re wearing comes off as arrogant and all around douchey.

4. Leaving the Vent of Your Suit Jacket Stitched

 

You would think that after selling you that baggy, horrible fitting suit the dude at Macy’s would instruct you to remove all appropriate stitching and labels. Well quite often they just don’t.

The vents on the jacket are held together with a basting stitch (the “X”). These are temporary stitches that  are meant to hold the flaps in place during shipping and when on display in the store. You should always remove these!

5. Not Getting Your Pants Hemmed

 

unhemmed suit pants

You’ve just bought a new suit in the “right” size and now you’re ready to be the #classicgent and impress all your instagram followers. One problem you skipped the trip to the tailor and your trousers have a triple “break” going on.

The Fix: Find a tailor and ask for either a quarter break or my personal preference, no break.

6. Wearing “Sporty” Sunglasses With a Suit

 

sport sunglasses oakley suit

Picture. 1000 words. Read this. 

7.  Wearing a Casual Watch to a Formal Event or Job Interview

 

smart watch apple suit

Common sense here, you need to learn  when to leave the smart watch at home.  They’re too casual for a wedding where it’s just out of place and too distracting to wear to a job interview. Don’t forget the rules.

8.  Wearing a Tie and Pocket Square With the Exact Same Pattern

 

matching tie and pocket square set

Your tie and pocket square should never be an exact match (like above).  They should complement each other. For example if you wanted to wear the tie above a great option for a square could be something like this:

9. Wearing Your Shirt Collar Outside of Your Jacket

 

shirt collar outside suit jacket

The signature look of the suburban nightclub douchebag.

Don’t ever do this!

 

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…Unless you’re this guy.  He can do no wrong.

10. Skimping Out on Tailoring

 

If this were a hierarchical list then this would probably be number 1. Tailoring is quite possibly the most effective weapon in a man’s style arsenal. It elevates any look and promotes you from a style amateur to seasoned vet.

A few things to focus on:

  • Learn how clothes fit. You will be well rewarded for the time spent researching sleeve length, inseams, and pants break
  • Find a good tailor and establish a relationship. Over time he or she will acclimate to your style and body type making sure you get the right fit dialed in.

Look for my tailoring series in the near future.

That all friends. What style horrors have you commited? Leave a comment below!

Style Violation: The Square Toe Shoe

Trends come and trends go and sometimes, like an unwanted house guest, they just never leave.

Sometime in the mid 90’s the square toe shoe arrived and never left. Pushed by designers like Steve Madden, Stacy Adams and pretty much every major shoe brand they became an American footwear staple.

To be honest the square toe can’t even be considered a trend at this point. Just an abhorrent style choice.

Along with the dri fit polo and baggy pleated pants , the square toe completes the unholy trinity that is the casual office drone uniform.

Listen, i’m not here to virtue signal. I wore square toes for the better part of a decade! And I thought I looked damn good doing it too. Man was I wrong, we were all wrong. Very wrong.

Hell some of us are still wearing them. Just look at this beauty over here at Macy’s. Five star reviews across the board! Claiming the compliments never end. Sorry fellas aunt Doris  doesn’t count.

square
Just say no!

 

I get it. They’re simple, they’re comfortable and they’re convenient. But the honest truth is that they’re downright atrocious.

I mean for the love of God just look at them! If shoes are the first thing a woman notices about you then is that what you really want them to see?!

Don’t lose hope.  We just need to step outside of our podiatry “safe space” and follow in the footsteps of the Gent. Salvation awaits my brothers!

Time to throw your Steve maddens in the donation bin and try these upgraded alternatives.

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The Modern Penny Loafer

 

Mezlan penny loafer
Mezlan Penny Loafer – $215
The Rail Penny Loafer – $99

 

This is definitely not your dads penny loafer. These modern versions are sleek and sexy while still giving you the convenience that you get with a slip on. Which is one of the reasons why guys purchase the square toe over and over again.

The penny will be a workhorse office shoe as it can be worn with the chino sportcoat combo on Thursday and with jeans on a casual friday.

The Monk Strap

Magnanni – $189

The Monk Strap has exploded in popularity over the last few years and for good reason. Again you’re getting the convenience of a slip on but with a sleek aesthetic upgrade. Opt for a double or single strap (see below). These go great with a suited look and can be worn casually as well.

suit supply monk strap
Looks great with a suit

 The Driving Loafer

 

Jack Erwin Parker – $115

Whether you’re channeling  your inner Italian playboy as you hit the streets in your  Maserati or spilling coffee on your favorite shirt while the IT guy bricks your PC the Driver is a prime choice.

Originally used as a functional shoe for yes…driving these loafers crossed over into mainstream footwear decades ago. These could easily go from casual Friday to a Sunday BBQ.

 

What are you favorite alternatives to the square toe abomination? Leave a comment below. Let’s talk!