Best of Threads: Cardigan Love, Compliments on the Cheap, and Watches

Best of Threads: Cardigan Love, Compliments on the Cheap, and Watches

What’s Dappered Threads?
Once a month, one of the mods from Threads provides us with a highlight package of the last few weeks.
Looking to find out what’s on the wrist of your fellow Dappered readers?
User Publius decided to show that the Soviets could build a decent watch, showing off his Slava Medical watch while LesserBlackDog continued to show off his latest watch acquisition.
Many users chimed in with their cardigan experiences, notably Nandyn who over in the WIWT thread kicked off the 12 days of cardigan wearing… but back to the thread at hand.
Wedding Suits Congrats to DapperDukes who is recently engaged and asking where he can find affordable suits for himself and his groomsmen for his east coast beach wedding happening next fall.
ianr and hockeysc23 asked some good questions to get more detail about the DapperDukes specific needs while Michael Kenny posted about his personal experience of searching for a suit for his wedding.
Shoes and watches seems to lead the way, with Autiger367 and drocpsu claiming their Casio Edifice watch received their fair share of compliments.
tjyoung posted a picture of his Timex, which in keeping with the theme of the thread quickly pulled in compliments from Doug Chalkey and CMR.
Finally, proving that Dappered readers are more than just shoe and watches fanatics, proteus showed that a nice accessory can produce its share of compliments.

Here’s How to Get a Star Wars x Columbia Parka Signed by Harrison Ford

Here’s How to Get a Star Wars x Columbia Parka Signed by Harrison Ford

(Seriously: the Luke jacket was gone in 5:22, the Han version in 6:23, and the Leia one in 7:05.)
Why are we telling you this?
Because if you want one for yourself, there’s still hope.
There’s an even more limited version of the Han Solo parka still available through Columbia’s in-store sweepstakes.
Oh, and did we mention it’s signed by Harrison Ford himself?
We got an in person look, and we can say: It’s definitely worth getting to a store to sign up for a chance to win.
The Archive Edition of the Han Solo Echo Base Parka was never released online, and aside from Ford’s signature, the notable difference between this and the wider release is that it comes in brown instead of blue.
As it turns out, that’s the color of the coat in the movie—it just looks blue because of the filters on the film in Empire.
Details like the Rebel patch and faux-fur lined hood, and Omni-Heat lining remain.
The parka also features multiple closures for extra protection from the cold, plus a water-resistant cotton-blend outer shell to shield you from the worst the elements have to offer.

How the Yankees Cap Became a Cultural Icon

How the Yankees Cap Became a Cultural Icon

It’s odd to think that there was a time when the Yankees baseball cap was, well, just a baseball cap, just another part of the New York Yankees uniform.
Everyone—from athletes, actors, and musicians, to your parents, friends, and kids—knows, and quite possibly wears, the iconic baseball hat.
A New Era Yankee’s cap was navy wool with a white Yankees symbol.
But the same cap, made in a personalized color, opened a world of opportunity for the brand—and for fashion.
Of course, Spike’s red cap was coming at an opportune time: After more than a decade of middling baseball, the Yankees emerged in the mid-’90s as one of the league’s most dominant teams. “That’s what made the hat so iconic.
It became culture.
Today the Yankees cap is everywhere. “Items: Is Fashion Modern?”
Because of its cultural constancy, the New York Yankees cap is one of the most recognizable pieces of the exhibit.

The Dappered Gift Guide for… The Tailored/Suited Guy

The Dappered Gift Guide for… The Tailored/Suited Guy

Instead of doing a highly generalized, throw-everything-against-the-digital-wall gift guide, we’ll be breaking it up by category.
Gifts for the guy who likes watches.
A Tipped Pocket Square: The Tie Bar – $11.99 Tipped pocket squares are great, because while the base is a dependable white linen or cotton, it’s the edges that bring a bit of color and personality.
But wide shouldered hangers are gold to a guy who loves to wear suits, sportcoats, and blazers.
Plus, it ships/returns free in case he doesn’t dig it.
What was that about guys in suits often carrying slimmed down card cases and money clips?
Fits all Parker style pen refills.
If the guy on your list wears suits a lot… he knows where to get cheap ties.
Instead, if he’s been extra nice this year, opt for a splurge tie.
And unlike cheap ties, the construction and quality/weight of fabric makes it tie easier, and drape better.

5 WINTERTIME ACTIVITIES TO HELP YOU STAY IN SHAPE

5 WINTERTIME ACTIVITIES TO HELP YOU STAY IN SHAPE

From team sports to ice skating, there are plenty of ways to have fun and keep fit.
From artificial slopes in your local area, to holidays abroad on faraway slopes, skiing is a low intensity workout for your entire body.
Whether you enjoy a walk in the snow, or a hike around the shops, walking is the perfect way to stay active this winter.
Join The Gym If you can get in before the New Year’s rush, you can bag great deals on gym membership during December.
While everyone else is thinking of big nights out and even bigger Christmas dinners, gyms and fitness centres are doing their best to entice new members through the doors.
Find out about the special offers at your local gym and sign up now before the January exodus.
In the same way that vitamins benefit your body, brain-boosting supplements like nootropics can supercharge and protect your mind.
A combination of both will keep you on your A Game during the holiday season, whether you’re shopping, cooking, or just playing board games with loved ones.
There are plenty of at-home resources you can use to exercise.
There are also tons of exercise gurus on YouTube with free exercise videos that you can get sweaty to.

Field jacket, rollneck and flannels

Field jacket, rollneck and flannels

A few readers last week asked about this outfit I included in our ‘High/low dressing’ post.
I remember a friend saying a couple of years ago that he wore purple socks with his brown-suede shoes in honour of Michael Drake, who is often seen in that combination.
But then Michael told me a few months later about the older, French friend he had copied it from.
I needed clothes that were comfortable and could be worked in, but still looked chic enough for seeing people around Mayfair.
The rubber-soled, brown-suede Saint Crispin’s boots are very comfortable and good for lots of walking, but again quite smart.
And the vintage M-65 field jacket on top rather than, for example, a suede blouson, was driven by that memory from Milan.
The room provided by the pleats in the back is also helpful if you’re wearing bulky knitwear underneath.
We had an initial problem with the fit where the narrowness I need for my ankle (they are made on my personalised last) made the sides rub painfully on my ankle bones.
It is made from an extremely soft nubuck, and is entirely unlined and unstructured.
This makes it wonderful to hold and feel, but I was afraid it would be rather impractical.

A Cream Cable Knit Sweater Is Your Winter Style Staple

A Cream Cable Knit Sweater Is Your Winter Style Staple

Cable knit sweaters have long been a constant when it comes to dressing warm for cold weather.
And rightfully so, too: The classic piece of knitwear keeps you just the right amount of warm.
In a sophisticated cream (or off-white, or ecru) color, it’s become an indisputable staple of the well-curated winter wardrobe.
Here are some of the most stylish ones this season.
1 of 10 Crew Neck Long Sleeve Sweater Not only does Uniqlo make a mean sweater, but it’s also inexpensive enough to buy a backup in case you’re prone to spilling.
2 of 10 Cable Crew Sweater Abercrombie’s simple cable sweater keeps the texture a little less pronounced.
Especially great if you’re looking for something more streamlined.
3 of 10 4 of 10 Fisherman Wool Blend Sweater 5 of 10 Wool Blend Sweater You don’t have to feel confined to classicism with cable knits.
This one changes up the pattern just enough to make it feel modern, not frumpy.
6 of 10 7 of 10 8 of 10 Textured Alpaca Sweater This one is made with a temperature-regulating fabric, so you can switch from outdoors to indoors without overheating.

The Dappered Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

The Dappered Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

The most wonderful time of the year.
Affordable, available in 6 colors, and is sold through Nordstrom, so shipping and returns are free.
The cut of this dress should be flattering on many body types.
This particular case is sold through West Elm.
This affordable clutch could make a fun gift for the girl in your life that is digging this current trend.
Sold by Cost Plus World Market.
Here’s a unique item to add to her sloth collection.
DYSON Blown-A-Ouai Set – $399 I continue to be curious about this blow dryer (it was included in last year’s gift guide).
Natural pumice stone is a great way to work off all that rough skin.
For more gift ideas, here is last year’s gift guide.

INTRODUCING THE TRUSSARDI RIFLESSO

INTRODUCING THE TRUSSARDI RIFLESSO

You can wear Trussardi, eat Trussardi, drive Trussardi and more felicitously, smell Trussardi.
The brand reflects a complete lifestyle representing Italian excellence of the past, present and future.
The company released its first perfume in 1980, named ‘Trussardi’, followed in 1983 by ‘Trussardi Uomo’ for men.
An exploration of uncharted territory.
The fragrance represents a path for discovering the contemporary world through the heritage of the brand.
The campaign video cleverly juxtaposes a working man immersed in the anodyne world of cyber-connectivity with the freedom of simple values, riding, driving, sunsets.
It reminded me of a saying, and you’ll forgive me for being a trite 80’s-pastiche by quoting Ferris Beuller; ‘Life moves pretty fast.
If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it’.
Life is not a competition, but an expression of self-confidence, which is shown through notes of Geranium, Violet Leaves and Lavender, before making a nod to tradition with olfactive hints of Italian Leather, Vetiver and Tonka Bean.
Trussardi Riflesso is now available for purchase at House of Fraser.

VAMATIC Watches – Review on Swiss Made Timepieces Available Now On Kickstarter!

VAMATIC Watches – Review on Swiss Made Timepieces Available Now On Kickstarter!

Pleased to do a review of Vamatic watches, high quality timepieces now seeking funds on Kickstarter, I was more than impressed.
Vamatic Swiss Made Timepieces Review Brand Vamatic, which is relatively new to the luxury watch industry, just launched its campaign on Kickstarter.
Offering the market Swiss made timepieces which are setting price lower and quality higher, Vamatic is seeking funds to start the production of 2 collections of stunning and high quality Swiss watches.
2 Collections To my delight, Vamatic team has prepared 2 watch collections to choose from.
Winston quartz collection is precisely designed collection that uses an electronic oscillator which is regulated by a quartz crystal to keep time.
One Watch, Two stories By wearing it, Vamatic watch doesn’t just fit one occasion or creates one look that makes you feel confident.
Swiss made certificate is the highest quality recognition in the watch industry.
On top of everything, Vamatic is now live on Kickstarter which means they dropped prices in order to seek funding for the start of production!
V – Vigorous Swiss movements and variable straps A – Accessory that adjusts M – Modern design A – Accent to every outfit and occasion T – Time mastering I – Impeccable quality C – Confidence by wearing it Conclusion Blend of high-quality timepiece, timeless design and 2 different straps showed up as the perfect combination for me.
After trying these timepieces, I am more than confident to say that Vamatic watches will reach its Kickstarter goal and really change the luxury watch industry setting price lower and quality higher elevating style to the highest standards!

The many sides of buying more ethical clothing

The many sides of buying more ethical clothing

One of the fundamental aims of Permanent Style has always been to show the value and enjoy of investing in better clothing.
Quality menswear not only often looks better with age, but can be better value than cheaper alternatives, if kept for a long time and looked after well.
With quality clothing you might have one pair of shoes that lasts 10 years, perhaps, rather than three that last 3 or 4 each.
(You want to do the opposite, if anything.)
And we all know that heady retail fix – the thrill of the irresponsible purchase, the bright bag and the tissue paper.
It’s the one thing you can clean, cream and polish, and feel like you have something new again.
These include red fox in Germany, muskrat in Holland and brushtail possum in New Zealand.
One of Eggert’s collections recovers baby lambs that die in their first few days, in order to re-use their fur.
Buying vegan, for example, is ethical in many ways but also usually means buying more plastic, which involves factories and emissions, and creates waste and landfill.
Do have a read – the article is here, and you can support Craftsmanship.net if you feel moved to as well.

The Overcoat Styles Every Guy Should Know This Winter

The Overcoat Styles Every Guy Should Know This Winter

Now that the colder weather is here, the first order of business is to keep warm.
From military wear to Chesterfields to camel hair, here are the best coats to spend your hard-earned dollars on this winter.
It’ll be your best friend when it comes to business travel in the colder months.
Plus, you can wear it with sweats on the weekend to elevate your off-duty fit.
As far as cold-weather style goes, it’s basically illegal not to have something in a herringbone or tweed style.
Just ask the Italians.
Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, you can’t go wrong with an upgraded and slimmed-down riff on an officer’s coat.
Like the officer’s coat, the hooded duffle is a military-inspired classic.
It’s not quite as dressy, but it’s every bit as stylish.
Courtesy Think of this as your black-tie overcoat.

Tips On Creating A 21st Century Bachelor Pad

Tips On Creating A 21st Century Bachelor Pad

When it comes to interior design, many modern males still feel fairly unconfident about how to make their homes somewhere both functional and stylish.
All guys will be glad to know that minimalism is still hugely fashionable in 2017.
There’s nothing like getting a big pop art wall print to create a big impression.
And as the Dude in The Big Lebowski says, a decent rug can really tie a room together!
You’ll have seen this in most coffee shops and city centre bars in the UK, as it uses everything from filament light bulbs, to distressed wood, and even bare brick walls to get that contemporary urban look.
What’s great about this brutalist style is that it means you don’t have to cover up any imperfections in your home.
Instead this look is about being bold and edgy – perfect for the 21st century male.
With iconic furniture like bean-shaped coffee tables and egg chairs, it might seem perilously close to turning your home into an Austin Powers shrine, but it’s a great way to transform your interiors.
Colour is especially important in the mid-century modern look with unusual hues like flamingo pink, gold yellow, and olive green being fun ways to brighten up your home decor.
And whilst some mid century modern furniture is selling at record prices, it’s always a good idea to hunt around charity shops and online auction sites to see if you can pick yourself up a bargain.

THE ALL-NEW JEEP COMPASS ADVENTURE

THE ALL-NEW JEEP COMPASS ADVENTURE

The Jeep Compass comes in the traditional colours you’d expect, however some notable additions such as the Bright Blue and the Bronze Metallic have been included.
First impressions – looks wise, it made me think of the XC-40 on steroids.
It has harder lines down the body, giving it more machismo without making it ‘boxy’.
The interiors came with full heated leather seats, though that’s only available in the Limited and the Trail Hawk editions.
The steering wheel was also heated and after hours spent trudging around the woods, ill-equipped in my porous, canvas-lined trainers, those mini delicacies felt like gifts from the gods.
In the version I drove, the interior leather lining paired with the crocodile grain dashboard in black, gave a very business-like aesthetic and actually meant the cabin space felt a little dark.
There was a handy USB port for the phone.
I always forget the infotainment system plucks the media from your phone and seemingly plays them without your consent.
Luckily I have impeccable taste in music and nothing could have been more appropriate for a drive through the wilderness than the theme to Crocodile Dundee resonating through the woofers.
The speaker system by the way, rocks!

THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST FOLDING BIKE

THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST FOLDING BIKE

Engineered by Prodrive, Hummingbird is produced with the same precision as the pioneering motorsport and advanced technology group’s world championship-winning race and rally cars.
As a result, each Hummingbird combines uncompromised functionality with eye-catching beauty.
Here at MenswearStyle we sent Lifestyle Editor Peter Brooker out onto the streets of London to experience the Hummingbird bike for a video review.
Breaking new boundaries in the folding bike market, Hummingbird features a lightweight carbon fibre frame.
With prices starting at £3,495, Hummingbird has spared no expense in designing the ultimate product for the urban cyclist.
Featuring the same carbon fibre manufacturing process as Prodrive’s race cars, each frame is manufactured at the dedicated composites facility in Milton Keynes.
Here, the bike’s frame went through stringent testing using the latest computer engineering software in its design phase.
Prodrive rigorously stress-tested the bike under all applications, ensuring the whole bike passed ISO standards with flying colours at its first attempt.
The layers are then fused together into one piece, under high pressure and heat.
It’s this concept of freedom that has been the inspiration behind Hummingbird.

How To Choose The Perfect Outfit For Party Season

How To Choose The Perfect Outfit For Party Season

Promotion By now, you should have booked in with your barber.
And Nathan, your department’s ‘executive fun officer’, will no doubt be making some worrying noises about this Tiki-themed karaoke bar he knows.
Because as well as champagne and awkward small-talk, ’tis the season of confusing dress codes.
Luckily, the folks at historic British outfitter Marks & Spencer have all the tools you need to make sure your festive party look hits the sartorial sweet spot, without putting your head in a spin before the free drinks are served.
Whether you’re going full David Gandy (the brand’s first Ambassador of Tailoring) with the help of its new suit style guide or keeping it casual with its excellent Autograph range, here are four go-to outfits that’ll help you see out any soirée in style.
The Black Tie Formal More regularly seen on the red carpet, a black tie event not only calls for best behaviour (at least while the boss is looking), it also requires top-flight finery.
The Smart Industry Event ‘Black tie optional’ is the passive-aggressive fridge note equivalent of asking guests to suit up, so you’d better comply.
A textured two-piece complemented by a statement tie and finished with a simple tie clip and monk-strap shoes is a foolproof way to elevate your party attire above the norm.
The Classic Office Party Making a good impression (yes, even while getting drunk and dancing) is vital to your professional reputation.
Casual Drinks Even if your office party is being held in the pub, no one wants to be outdone by the intern, so you still need to make an effort by getting creative with your partywear.

Men’s Christmas Fragrances Gift Guide 2017

Men’s Christmas Fragrances Gift Guide 2017

Put the cheap gift set down and buy him something that he will actually want to spray on himself Considering toiletries are the ultimate fall-back Christmas gift for men, relatives tend to get fragrances all wrong.
Not to sound ungrateful, but we didn’t appreciate the naff deodorant gift set at 14, and our feelings haven’t changed in the years since.
But since it hasn’t been 1823 for quite some time, we’ll let Givenchy’s signature scent slide.
Less than £50 for a 100ml bottle of eau de toilette is pretty good going.
Plus, you’ll ultimately be buying yourself a better smelling man.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million One of the world’s most popular men’s fragrances is getting a limited-edition release for Christmas.
Commes Des Garçons Blackpepper Many designer brands conjure images of suited (and incredibly successful) city men.
It’s a blend of black pepper, cedar and patchouli, proving that hipsters need to smell good, too.
And for that, we can thank labels like Chanel.
The latest incarnation of its now-sprawling Icon collection is no different.

The Best Tailoring Brands In The World

The Best Tailoring Brands In The World

Naples Neapolitan tailoring is traditionally light on padding but big on colour.
Its suits are elegant and restrained, the idea being that when something is produced using the world’s finest fabrics – all crafted by the brand’s in-house mill – and made completely by hand by some of the world’s most talented tailors (45 work for 25 hours on each suit), it doesn’t have to be canary yellow to catch the eye.
Each of Caruso’s suits is designed with one man in mind: the ‘Good Italian’, immortalised by Hemingway in his travel book.
In the 80 years since, however, Rubinacci has done more to define Neapolitan tailoring than almost any other brand – the soft shoulders, high armhole and cinched waist that are synonymous with the city are house signatures.
This 87-year-old brand is about as traditional as Neapolitan tailoring gets.
The Armoury solves New York’s dearth of homegrown bespoke by flying in the finest craftsmen from around the world, as well as stocking ready-to-wear from brands like Caruso and Japan’s Ring Jacket.
If you can’t make the trunk shows, the Armoury’s in-house tailors are so intimate with their partners that they can fit you for made-to-measure, which is then produced back in Italy, London or Tokyo, before being flown back to your wardrobe in New York.
Like many Far Eastern tailors, WW Chan’s approach is a mix of British and Italian influences, with soft but slightly roped shoulders, a full chest and a slim, figure-flattering silhouette.
A tailor with more than half a century’s experience, John learnt his trade at his father’s side (also named Joseph), via a brief detour to train with the masters at Savile Row.
Cutler still cuts every garment himself and his full bespoke service is made entirely by hand, with not a single stitch done by machine.

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