Note that packing a small carry-on suitcase is very different from packing a larger spinner suitcase.
How To Pack A Small Carry-On Suitcase?
If it’s a two or three-day business trip, you want to bring another pair of shoes, but that’s it.
To prevent your shoes from soiling up the other clothing items in your suitcase, I always suggest going with a shoe bag or a dust bag.
At first, I fold my socks and roll them up and put them in my shoes, maybe if you have space, you can also put your underwear in there, or a rolled belt.
Now on that same sleeve, go to the shoulder and push it, and fold it inside out, this creates the perfect shape, and it fits right into the opposite shoulder that wasn’t folded.
Therefore, you should fold them and not roll them.
Maybe add just one shirt or maximum of two shirts on top of the suit because if it’s too squished, you get wrinkles in your shirts and in the suit.
Maybe if you want to bring a sweater or a cardigan, now is the time to put it in here.
If you were to bring any other folded items such as a t-shirt, an undershirt, I would roll those as well.
Not trying to toot our own horn here.
And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.
Sometimes that works… often it doesn’t.
So in this post we pointed out 12 considerations to focus on before making that initial purchase.
And Urlacher, what were you thinking?
You know, that time of year when our country doesn’t have frozen bomb cyclones.
Best Watches on a Budget It’s fairly apparent that most guys reading Dappered have one thing in common, they like watches (as does the editor of this very site).
Especially affordable watches that still deliver on quality and style.
Truth is, the vast majority of folks don’t notice, or care.
People are busy.
Even though there are dozens of resources out there to help you fold a perfect pocket square (including my own), there’s now a secret weapon you can carry in your arsenal: The Perfectly Pre-Folded Pocket Square from Well Suited NYC.
Most men feeling intimidated at folding a traditional pocket square, felt much more comfortable with her making pre-folded squares for them.
She sent me a beautifully made four-point square to put through my own personal gauntlet of outfits.
It was clear from the moment we began exploring, Christina is focused on taking accessories to the next level.
With our squares, we help bridge the gap and give them something they can use to instantly upgrade their look without having to worry about assembly or design – it’s done for you!” The squares are currently offered in two basic designs: the four point fold, and the straight fold.
The four point can be a little more formal, but wears nicely as a casual piece as well.
There are two things I really love about this square, and it’s the same feedback Christina says she receives all the time: The fabric is high quality and folded perfectly to fit The square lays flat in the pocket – no bunching up in the breast pocket area of the jacket It’s truly a “grab-n-go” accessory because I can grab it, drop it in my pocket, and walk out the door.
They’ve been written up in the NY Post, and SWAAY, and are on their way to even more exposure!
You can get your own perfectly pre-folded pocket square from Well Suited NYC right here.
And I suggest you do!
The end of the year means it’s time to hand out some awards.
No, there’re no little statues to pass along, but over the next few days we’ll still highlight some of the best in affordable men’s style from this past year.
And it was a good one.
Feel free to send in additional nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And well deserved.
There are very, very few things not to like about Spier & Mackay’s entry level suits (they do fancy Italian wools too for an upcharge, but the base line is just fine).
Half canvas, Australian merino wool, they come with easy to tailor non functioning sleeve buttons, the lapels are a timeless width, and the two cuts that they offer (slim, and the more generous yet not boxy “contemporary” fit) seem to fit the vast majority of the population.
And they run around $350 USD.
Jomers Half-Canvas Italian Wool line (if you can ever get your hands on one).
Banana Republic’s (fused) Italian Wool Suit Separates.
It’s a catchall that’s come to mean “hair styler,” but a true pomade will give you medium-to-high hold and shine when applied to damp hair.
It’s not good to wash your hair every day; shampoo dries it out, stripping away the natural oils that also keep it healthy.
There are lots of lighter-grade gels out there that don’t suffocate your follicles but still provide maximum hold and high shine when applied to towel-dried hair.
It gives you a light hold with little shine, and is best applied to towel-dried hair.
Clay is a lot like fiber—you’ll get a matte finish with plenty of texture and a medium, malleable hold.
Apply it to clean, dry hair and then style it.
In wet hair, it gives you a medium hold with a matte finish, and in dry hair, it’s perfect for messy, textured styles.
Use a blow dryer on medium styles for a lightweight, durable result, and apply to the roots of long hair for enough hold without compromising your effortless cool.
Spray it in damp or dry hair; the salt acts like a dry shampoo to absorb some grease, but you’ll still get a little shine.
Perfect for medium and longer styles.
I mean elegant men’s dress boots, some that are lined ideally with sheepskin so you look dapper, but your feet stay warm.
Personally, I have two pairs.
Casual Warm Jacket You need a warm jacket that is a little more casual than a traditional overcoat.
Colorful Lined Gloves Lined because it’s cold outside and that extra layer of cashmere or wool will keep your hands warmer then let’s say an unlined glove.
While most men today wear black and brown gloves, a pair of colorful gloves not only works with the majority of the things in your wardrobe but it also makes you stand out from the crowd in an elegant way.
At Fort Belvedere, we have all kinds of men’s dress gloves in unusual colors.
Dinner Jacket As you know, winter Christmas season is Black Tie season, and because of that, you can wear a tuxedo.
Sweater Vest It’s a mix of a vest because it has no sleeves, and a sweater because it’s knitted, so it’s very flexible, it’s warm, you can wear it with a pea coat, you could wear with a suit, you can wear with a sport coat, and it just always works, it keeps you warm.
One of my personal favorites for fall and winter are silk knit ties because they have a crunchy texture, they keep you warm, they’re different, they’re a little more casual than traditional ties, but they just add a different element that makes your outfit interesting and unique.
Gold Accessories Gold is much warmer than silver, and it works with the brown tones you wear in your wardrobe, as well with the general season.
Barbour Leather Holdall For a leather option this holdall from Barbour is perfect.
This bag is the type of item that you’ll have forever and will only get better with age.
Sandqvist Jordan Weekend Bag Sandqvist is the creation of two Swedish brothers and their friend.
The brand’s inspiration comes from the Swedish wilderness along with the urban landscape and it strives to create products that are at home in both.
This cotton canvas weekend bag perfectly sums up what the brand is all about.
The Black Hole duffle bag is pretty much bulletproof.
Made from Bluesign approved ripstop fabric and fully waterproof, this bag can take a serious beating.
Longchamp Boxford Weekend Bag The Longchamp Boxford is about as iconic as weekend bags get.
Porter-Yoshida X Stone Island Boston Bag Yoshida & Co’s luggage label, Porter, has been going for 80 years.
To celebrate 80 years in the game Porter has partnered with Stone Island to bring us this stunning duffle bag.
Put down that going out shirt.
Fortunately, we’re here to help.
But first, a couple of tips.
Stick With Dark (But Not Too Dark) Colors Given the late hours and moody lighting, a dark outfit with shades of blue, black, and gray will make anyone look sharp.
But even if the club is especially dressy, you don’t want to look like you just came from the office, so leave the tie at home.
A Dressed-Down Suit Heading to a slightly dressier club?
That should be formal enough by itself, so you can finish the look with a tee and some clean, minimal sneakers.
A Tee That Looks Like a Million Bucks Go casual with washed-out gray jeans and a tee that’s a bit sharper than usual, thanks to the super-thin stripes.
Some Extra-Sharp Denim Black jeans are plenty appropriate for the daytime, but where they really excel is after hours.
For a hint of formality, pull on a pair of Chelsea boots.
That’s where subscription boxes come in.
Whether it’s clothes, grooming supplies, coffee, or even booze, here are the 21 best subscription boxes to buy right now.
Dollar Shave Club really uprooted the grooming game with its monthly subscription service.
Stance makes socks and underwear that always deliver on quality.
You can choose your preferred item (underwear or specific style of sock); how many you want (2, 3, or 4 pairs); and how often you want them (monthly or quarterly).
You can request blades every month and shave gel every two months, shave balm and and shave cream every four months, or any combination of them all.
Each month, the company will send you a record, an album-inspired art print, and a paired cocktail recipe.
Simply fill out a style and size profile, and whenever you want them, five items picked out by a stylist will be shipped to your door.
With Mistobox, you simply enter in your preferences, and then a coffee curator selects your perfect 12-oz bag of coffee based on your flavor profile from a list of over 300 choices.
With Wet Shave Club, you get all of those accoutrements delivered regularly to your doorstep.
A fitted suit.
Still, while it’s probably going to be used in less rarefied settings, it’s a real confidence booster to wear something that while it perhaps wasn’t made specifically for you, from scratch, it’ll still follow the contours of your body.
For this review, Suitsupply sent me their new Light Blue Napoli suit.
I was excited to see that it features functional sleeve buttons, which means you can unbutton one or two of them to let people know this is a suit that’s been made with a real attention to detail.
Since part of the review required me to keep the suit in great shape, I didn’t wear it out and about, but I wore it in and around my home, and overall I’m pretty impressed.
In terms of fit, I would say that SuitSupply’s online sizing program is pretty accurate.
The Napoli is a good compromise, and I think a conservative, without being boring, shape.
Pairing the pants and jacket with a white shirt and a wool tie made of my family’s tartan (bonus points to the one who can identify it), I found that the suit was comfortable and gave a very professional look.
Yes, I know some guys don’t like to “orphan” a suit jacket with casual wear, but I thought this lighter blue shade would work great with jeans.
I’d feel comfortable wearing this to meet a colleague out for lunch or if I was making a presentation in college.
“We have 12 flavour profiles for our whisky and we advise everyone to ‘think flavour first’, rather than what region it may be from or what distillery it was made at,” says The Society’s Euan Campbell.
Single Cask Whisky is the Next Level Whisky comes in many forms and has an array of names – from blended whiskies and grain whiskies to blended malts and single malts.
Most distilleries blend their casks together (even when creating a single malt) and dilute their whisky with water to even out the different flavours and achieve a consistent and predictable taste.
“This means that we get a one-of-a-kind bottling every time as there may only be a few hundred bottles produced from every cask, making it a limited edition.
The joy of bottling whisky in this way is that every single cask is different, even if they are from the same distillery or the same type of cask.” So, if you want to take your whisky game to the next level, it’s time to explore the world of single cask single malt whisky.
But don’t worry, you can forget all that whisky snobbery these days.
That kind of snobbery stopped many people from even trying whisky, because they thought they had to drink it neat.
Think about what the aroma reminds you of, it’s all part of the sensory experience.
According to a recent report, almost 86 million bottles of Scotch whisky made their way to France in the first six months of 2017.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world’s leading whisky club.
A couple of well-fitting suits.
An assortment of quality basics.
A few pairs of good shoes.
“Not only does everyone notice footwear – remember that shoes are the window to your style – but they can bring an element of interest to an outfit of timeless classics,” adds Arnold.
“This season, graphic prints and pops of colour are key trends,” says Arnold.
“An overstated graphic or bright coloured knit can be the solitary eye-catching element of an outfit when teamed with simple pieces such as a plain tee or white shirt with denim jeans or flat-front trousers.” In other words, all your other normcore clothes.
Although the aim is to make your look more interesting, you’ll still need the basic building blocks of a wardrobe to avoid going the full Jared Leto.
“Mix it up with a wider-leg trouser, a looser jumper or an oversized shirt,” says McDonald.
“Bold colours will add interest to a drab wardrobe,” says McDonald.
Not that there’s anything wrong with velvet tailoring, mind.
Christmas Eve Traditions With Christmas comes the party feeling and we’re sure you will have friends asking you to join them for a glass of mulled cider and whisky.
You will always have your friends around you and you may even end seeing old friends from years back.
This is the time of the year when you can show off your style.
Try to wear something that will balance nicely – a simple shirt and jeans, and be sure you don’t go too much casual too.
You can easily find a good number of options to choose from and yes, check out this Ted Baker sale for some discounts.
One of the best ways to get the right look is wearing clean and simple trainers.
You need to choose the right colour and opt for black, grey or white.
The most versatile white shirt for the festive season is the mighty Oxford shirt.
Roll Necks Adding roll necks to the outfit will make your casual look a bit smarter.
Christmas is the time for people to get together and rejoice.
And I’ll put it in layman’s terms.
Think of your dream car that’s lightyears away from your pay grade.
My best advice for giving up the booze (I’m good for four months so far) is to listen to the Alcohol Mastery Podcast on a loop.
I used to smoke big time.
If you’re wanting to give up smoking, an option is to look towards Vaping as it negates exposing your lungs to dangerous carcinogens, and is significantly cheaper.
Get a book done, plan a road trip on your next weekend off and make someone’s day.
Plus, gym memberships are through the roof now at the start of the new year.
For example I want to learn Russian, which by all reports, takes 1100 hours to get to fair-to-middling standard.
All told I’ve given up nearly 7-8 hours a week just watching a bunch of millionaires complain about nothing.
I’m now 5% fluent on DuoLingo and I’m already fluent enough to remind my Russian missus to not forget the house keys.
Do’s & Dont’s To Stay Stylish & Warm In An Overcoat 1.
Opt For Knee Length Overcoats Traditionally, it’s a very classic look that won’t go out of style anytime soon.
If you go to the department store these days, you will find lots of shorter overcoats because that’s the current fashion, at the same time, it won’t stand the test of time, and it makes you cooler.
Ideally, only if it’s a traditional chest pocket.
If you start making it in a wool fabric or leather, the look is just very unadvantageous, and it makes you look like someone from the 80s or 90s.
Don’t Be Afraid To Go Vintage Personally, I love vintage overcoats because they have heavier fabrics that drape really well and on top of that, they have interesting color combinations.
Mixing those two elements just show “Oh I want to dress up, but at the same time I don’t,” and it just makes you look odd.
At the same time, you don’t want the overcoat sleeve to cover your thumb.
Opt for dress leather gloves, not your ski gloves, and go with nice cashmere or wool or alpaca scarves that keep you warm and stylish.
What makes an overcoat stand out?