Nov
22
2013
NY

New York

  • We all know to leave the bottom button of our suit jackets and blazers undone. How about overcoats? Does the same rule apply to something like a three button, knee-length wool winter coat?

    - Tony

  • Good question. Unlike with that last suit or waistcoat buttons, you should feel free to button up your coat using all available buttons. For one thing, a lot of the plackets on overcoats are covered with a layer of fabric and even if they're not, you want to make sure you're keeping out the cold the best way possible. And that's limiting your exposure to the elements.

 
IL

Chicago

  • I'm in need of a fashionable and functional beanie for the winter. Any suggestions?

    - Kurt

  • If you want a traditional, lightweight and warm beanie, J.Crew's wool watch cap ($35) should do the trick. If you want something a bit more casual, this cashmere cap ($30) from Nordstrom fits a bit looser, but should still offer protection from those winds whipping off the lake. And if you're thinking you'd like something more chunky and substantial, this cable knit style ($32) from the ASOS "Crafted In" collection would do the trick. It's made from hearty British wool, and well, they know a thing or two about staying dry and warm.

 
OR

Portland

  • I'm about to be a new dad and I want to get my own diaper bag. I need one that I won't feel emasculated carrying, but also functions as an actual diaper bag because apparently there's a lot of shit I'm going to have to pack.

    - Sean

  • Well, congrats sir. And we hear you. There's no reason why you can't be a great dad and have a bag that suits your tastes as well. But the choices for simple, masculine bags are few and far between. We know some guys just pack up a large Filson tote ($285) and call it a day, but you're right—the best diaper bags are ones that keep your infant's essentials organized. This discreet bag by Austrailia's Oioi ($165) is made from waxed canvas and finished with antique silver hardware, not unlike a lot of men's carryalls. But inside, there's a microfiber changing pad, insulated bottle holder, pacifier clip, a plastic wipes case and even a spot to securely stash your laptop or iPad. Plus, the bag easily opens with one hand thanks to the magnetic front tab closure.

 

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