Coal Care

You may not immediately associate charcoal with skin and hair care, but activated charcoal boosts beauty benefits by drawing out oil, dirt, and other harmful toxins from clogged pores and follicles. Many beauty and health companies now recognize the advantages of charcoal and incorporate the ingredient into products, such as Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask ($34) and Sort of Coal’s Kuro Shampoo ($35). While it seems strange seeing your face covered in a dark gray cream, reviews promise an almost instantaneous improvement in the appearance of your skin, [... more]

Men Mad for Plaid

While plaid’s popularity in fashion has risen and fallen periodically over several centuries, this season shows a real fondness for it, particularly in menswear. One chic option, a plaid sports coat makes a statement at most any business or social occasion. Ledbury provides a few jacket variations in different styles and colors, such as the Lofton Plaid Sport Coat ($825) or the Navy Pinfield Slim Fit Sport Coat ($625). Pair these sports coats with navy twill trousers and leather oxfords for a more formal, traditional look or with dark-wash jeans and sneakers [... more]

Get Street Smart

You might not want to take up Street Style wholeheartedly, but you can pick up a few elements from this edgy look to reenergize your wardrobe. Whether it’s a funky pair of socks or some skater-inspired shoes from the designers at Osiris, incorporate a little originality into your style to reflect your true fashion personality. If you do want to adopt Street Style head to toe, start with a slim, but not skinny, pair of jeans and a graphic tee. And if you really want to commit [... more]

Uptown Chic, Downtown Cool

There’s just something about a ripped pair of fitted jeans, ankle-strap stilettos, and an asymmetrical top that exudes a casual chicness that every girl is after. Throw in Rebecca Taylor’s unexpected white-denim moto jacket and you’ve got the perfect outfit for an afternoon uptown with your sweetie or an evening downtown with the girls. Neon-pink accents, such as Claire V.’s Flat Clutch, provides a little punch to a relatively neutral outfit, while gold jewelry shimmers as it ties the whole look together. Rebecca Taylor Punched Denim Moto [... more]

A Better Way to Wallet

Few men give serious consideration to the front-pocket wallet, but when the cards and receipts and all those Benjamins start stacking up, sitting down can be uncomfortable and cause you to be lopsided, which leads to back pain. The front-pocket wallet takes care of all of those problems by simplifying the piece and moving it to the front. While working to create the perfect billfold, leather craftsman Michael Stricklin from Opelika, Alabama, designed the Loyal Stricklin Front Pocket Wallet ($89) using tan Chromexcel horsehide, tan stitching, and [... more]

A Bona Fide Bag

Building up quality staples such as a great bag can help you turn a style into a lifestyle. No matter how good you look in your brand new swim trunks, Ray Bans, and plaid shirt, if you throw your snacks and book into a plastic bag or borrow your grandmother’s tote for the beach, then you just ruined your outfit. This Combined Leather Bowling Bag ($179) from Zara is the perfect size for weekend getaways or trips down to the beach. Its classic elegance and functionality will [... more]

Family & Fashion

Denim geniuses and real-life couple Carrie and Matt Eddmenson built their fashion and lifestyle brand, Imogene + Willie, to honor their eight grandparents, two of whom provide the brand’s name. Drawing inspiration from the dedication and hard work Carrie and Matt saw in their grandparents’ lives, the Nashville, Tennessee-based clothing company strives to produce functional, durable, and comfortable products—notably their fantastically crafted jeans for both men and women—made with love and compassion. It’s heartwarming and refreshing to see a design team so rooted in family values and [... more]

Join The Club

This service offers an affordable solution for any guy who shaves and finds himself in the predicament of constantly buying new razors or scraping by with dull ones. For just one dollar a month, the Dollar Shave Club (DSC) will send you a pack of five new razors so you never have to worry about buying them again. With your first purchase, you get the handle for no extra charge; then you can expect the razors the same time every month. The $1 per month razors have two [... more]

Kickin’ It at the Coast

It’s beach season and that means maximizing style with minimal clothes. Lightweight, breathable linen looks great but can take some wear and tear. Whether it’s a pair of pants or a light-colored shirt such as the one above, linen is a must-have for your summer wardrobe. Throw on some short trunks and grab your reliable bag and you’re ready to head down to the beach. Just don’t forget a good pair of sunglasses and a towel for catching some rays. Oh, and before you go, head over [... more]

Dinner & Dancing

Summer date nights give you the perfect opportunity to play with flirty trends and color combinations. Pair coral pink with navy blue to express your feminine side without feeling like Elle Woods, then layer on a few gold accents to pull the look together. A midi skirt, such as this one by Whistles, offers a modest length ideal for twirling the night away, and these bright and sassy Zara ankle-strap heels ensure you look good while doing it. Ann Demeulemeester Draped Blouse ($730). Whistles Textured Midi Skirt [... more]

Portuguese, Please

Since 1868, Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has produced exquisite timepieces boasting technical innovation, precision engineering, and unique design. The brand’s Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Watch ($37,100-$56,400) continues that tradition with its seven-day automatic movement with Pellaton winding system, power reserve display, and perpetual calendar with four-digit year display. Not to mention its gorgeous aesthetics: rich alligator leather band, elegant moon phase display, and see-through sapphire-glass back. This watch truly leaves no wish unfulfilled and suits any occasion, from a day at the park to a black-tie affair.

Read Wall, the New Brooks Brothers

Right after graduating from college in 2009, Washington, DC, native Read Wall started a one-for-one fashion line called Read’s Clothing Project where he donated a book to a child in need for every product sold. His line, which he renamed Read Wall, has grown by leaps and bounds, but customers can still choose the book they want to give with each purchase. Without trying to reinvent the wheel, the line strives to make preppy staples for men that can be worn over and over again. In an [... more]

On the Brinka Style

Graphic shoes can liven up your wardrobe by working print into your everyday looks. Bally’s Brinka Pumps ($313) in an Aztec-inspired geometric pattern catch the eye without overwhelming your outfit. The soft, calf-skin leather shoe comes in two different color ways: a neutral steel gray and a warm shade of coral. True to the current trend that bucks sky-high heels, the Brinka stands just a tad over 2½ inches, making them perfect for either day or night. Wear these with a pair of dark-blue skinny jeans or [... more]

Style Patriot

This coming Fourth of July, declare your love for your country with Betabrand’s USA Pants ($90), which feature all three colors on the United States flag. Stars identical to those on the flag dot the blue background, while a red-and-white-striped ticking lines the pockets and inside of the pants. Part of the Liberty Lab Collection, this star-spangled design also comes in USA Shorts ($78). Perfect for Memorial Day or any other patriotic day, the 100-percent cotton pants convey your allegiance to every person you pass. Check out [... more]

Dapper Daddy

Historically, the color blue signifies masculinity. But did you know that it also symbolizes wisdom, intelligence, and self-esteem? Broadcast your confidence by incorporating different shades in a bold business casual outfit ideal for the style-conscious guy. Start off your statement-making ensemble with a blue and brown plaid sports jacket by Sarar and cheeky sapphire blue bowtie by Fox & Brie. Ground the look with classic navy twill trousers by Sid Mashburn, an oxford button-down shirt, and brown leather accessories. Whether you’re attending the kids’ recital or grabbing [... more]

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