Favorite things from 2013 that I’d like to see more of in 2014 (hint hint). And you don’t have to spend a lot to find some sweet gear. Menswear is a thing now. Thanks probably to Tumblr, J.Crew, and several online retailers (like Mr. Porter, East Dane, Gilt, etc.) that have spread the availability of clothes and allowed men to approach getting dressed with a good attitude. Here’s where you can find some of my favs (from right to left and top to bottom):
Chunky cardigans like this one at J.Crew. Sadly sold out, but they have lots of other good options.
Velvet slippers like these Stubbs & Wootton ones from Mr. Porter. They’re everywhere now (and I could be wrong but I think Stubbs & Wootton was largely responsible for their proliferation) and while marketed often for the holidays/NYE, I’d wear them with ripped jeans, a white oxford, and a tweed blazer.
Double breasted overcoats like this Dsquared2 one. You don’t have to drop this much cash for something like this. H&M, Banana, J.Crew, Reiss, and Bonobos all have something like this. But this one sure is pretty.
Barbour jackets like this Bedale one - I mean, basically every prepster you see is wearing one in the winter. It’s a staple.
Printed shirts like this mini-floral pattern from J.Crew. Need Supply Co. also has lots of good options.
Tipped cardigans like this one from H&M. Style is all in the details, right? Well even retailers that don’t ask you to hand over your first-born child get that, which is why these places are really paying attention to simple details that make clothes special.
Double monk straps like these two-tone double strap Alexander McQueen beauties. I feel like this one doesn’t need explanation.
Faux fur trimmed parkas like this red one from Ralph Lauren (currently on sale for $420). These are everywhere, so you can spend anywhere from $50 at H&M to $1,000 at Bloomingdales.
Lug sole boots like these Red Wings. It’ll set you back a couple hundred, but it’s totally worth keeping your feet warm and dry, and you feel real tough stomping around the city. You can also get a decent pair from Timberland and lots of other stores.
Sleek watches like this Uniform Wares one. There’s a lot of elegance in simplicity.
Tough watches like this Shinola one. All-American is back and Detroit really went for it when Shinola opened up a watch and bike line in what was once auto-manufacturing central with a store in Tribeca that sells these puppies for nearly $500 a pop. You can get something similar for less from Timex, which sells pretty much everywhere, including Nordstrom and J.Crew.
Popover shirts like this one from J.Crew. It feels like the end of a day at the beach when you’re done laying out in the sun after a good surf and some volleyball - you just throw it on and you’re ready to jump into your yellow Jeep Wrangler like in all of those teen movies.
Denim jackets like this Levi’s Trucker Jacket from Nordstrom. I’d get it in the light washed one like this or a dark dark wash. I don’t know why there are so many versions of the denim jacket when the original Levi’s one is perfect, but for those of you that like gimmicks, there’s a bunch out there to choose from.
Scarves like this camo one from J.Crew. I’m a big fan of scarves (before I moved into my tiny apartment I had a drawer full) and I’m glad dudes are comfortable enough to rock all kinds of scarves now.
Pocket squares like this one from Drake’s. Without one your suit pocket would be naked.
Square cut board shorts and trunks like these Orlebar Brown ones. Your swim trunks do not need to go below your knees. And they do not need to billow out from your sides. You spent a lot of time at the gym. Show off a little.
Contrasting sole wingtips (but not with the rubber sole) like these Cole Haan ones. I swear Cole Haan makes good shoes. Nike sold it and whoever bought it is returning them to their former glory. And when you wear them out you can bring them back to the store for a complete overhaul (they seriously replace everything but keep the leather you worked so hard to break in) for about $80.
Ombre/tie-dye/dipped shirts like this one from Micah Cohen. I know there’s something that is a little too throw-back 90s about it, but it feels like the beach and what could you possibly have against that???
Patterned pants like these J.Crew ones which are now sold out. They have lots of others like this blackwatch wool one.
Fitted sweatpants like these H&M pair, which you can spend $20 on instead of $100. You don’t need to shell out $100 for sweatpants when everyone makes a trim fit for cheap.