Our newest podcast episode is live and focuses on why we think details matter!
Here’s some notes and references we made during our latest episode.
- People are too fixated on price rather than style when they purchase clothing, especially when they are starting out.
- Basic wardrobe article: it’s important to have a style in mind when making purchases: ivy, vintage, drakes.
- Fit is important, but also “good fit” is subjective and depends on the style you are going for.
- Thrifting is a great way to experiment with different styles, without worrying too much about price.
- Some people would rather have something “new” or “trendy” instead of a distinct style.
- When you have an aesthetic in mind, that makes it easier to shop.
- Beginners focus on fit because there are “rules”. It’s easy to find something that fits and looks decent, more difficult to find a unique, stylish outfit. Try to do both.
- Some guys want the bare minimum without being too flashy, or putting in too much effort.
- When guys are starting out, they might not notice small details: collar length, lapel shapes, etc.
- Paying attention to details saves money in the long run since you put your money where you feel is more worth it.
- Ethan would rather have a half canvas jacket that is styled exactly as he likes, rather than a full canvas jacket that isn’t.
- This isn’t skimping out: what you wear should look just like you want.
- Don’t be afraid to be specific with your preferences. You should know what you do and do not want.
- Fabric is important is often the first thing guys get picky about, so it makes sense to know what you like/prefer.
- If you’re buying new rather than thrifting, don’t waste your money and make sure it’s something you really like!
- Italian suits are not better than British suits (taste is definitely subjective), but Ethan prefers them all the same.
- “No one needs a Patek Phillipe, because an Apple Watch will tell you the time”
- At a certain point, quality doesn’t get any better.
- You can’t be a stylish person without paying attention to details and Ethan stands by that.
- A guy in a striped tee, high waisted jeans, and loafers has more style (to Ethan) than someone wearing a “whatever” plain shirt with sneakers, especially former has intent and direction behind the choices. However, minimalism has intent as well and is perfectly fine.
- Even if you have a stylist, at some point, you’ll have to put pieces together yourself, so you have some responsibility.
- If you really want to dress well, work for it. There’s no shortcut.
- The shortcut is to copy what you like and study why you like it.
- Blamo Episode with Tommaso Melani (Stefano Bemer). It’s a great episode!
Q: What are some cool ways to casually wear sport coats?
Spencer’s: Unexpected pairings: work shirts, military fatigues, or lightwash jeans.
Ethan’s: See Casual Ethan blog post. Choose casual fabrics: hopsack, tweed, seersucker- not super 100s wool. Try sport shirts and runaway collar. Jeans, wide legged pants and cropped for a Japanese look. Invest in a chore blazer. Try T-shirts: stripes preferred.
Hopefully these notes help you follow along with the podcast! And I pray that you understand why details matter.
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Always a pleasure,