Think of a collar as a frame for a beautiful piece of art - that art being your mug. A good picture frame should enhance the work, not clash against it, and it should certainly not distract from it. A good frame looks good without announcing it’s there. This is what a collar should be. Learn what type of collar works best for you.Read More
So, your budget is tight but your style is not. Luckily for you frugal few, I’m going to give you some ways you can save both time and money on your shopping excursions, both short and long term.Read More
The fall fits are in full swing. For menswear enthusiasts, it’s a time to rejoice. Read up on how to style your autumn outfits, what items you should add to your closet, and some colors and fabrics to play with.Read More
So what is “fast fashion”? Well, it’s like fast food for your closet. It’s cheap, it satisfies a need, and it looks pretty good on a menu (model), but the quality isn’t all that great.
So, with all the choices you have in buying inexpensive clothing, where do you shop? I’ve tested multiple garments from each of these guys and I’ll give you a rundown on each brand and tell you where you should be shopping for your clothing if you’re on a budget.Read More
Trends aren’t something we discuss much of around here, but it doesn’t mean I don’t pay attention.
Fashion is something you want to dip into slightly every so often when you find something that works for you.
These trends will give you just a touch of a fashionable edge without looking try hard. Best of all, they’re suitable for all ages.
If you want to look like you’re in the know without appearing try-hard, this is what you should be wearing…Read More
We talk a lot about the right kinds of fits, colors, and brands around here - but is that even useful if your stuff gets ruined by your bad laundry practices?
Learning to care for your clothing is a large part of your sartorial journey. If you learn to take care of your clothing, your outfits will look better and you'll save money over time.
It’s time to learn a skill most men don’t possess… How to wash your damn clothes.Read More
After working with so many men, I've concluded that the majority of issues boil down to confusion with so many choices. Choosing the right colors is a big part of that confusion. The secret? Go back to basics.Read More
Well gents, it's that time again. Another round of Ask Pat, or "Questions and Cocktails" as we call it.
This time around we're talking about: How to pair your socks correctly with your outfit, suspenders vs. belts vs. side adjusters, what a "military hem" is and tips for thinning hair.Read More
A lot of the problems men have with style comes from too many choices. When you’re able to pick anything, what do you choose?
A little secret is that you can actually be more stylish by taking out items instead of adding them in. The fewer choices you have, the more likely you are to make a good one.
Here are a few of those items you can lose to ease the headache of structuring an outfit - at the same time, making you more stylish.Read More
Outfit congruency. Heard of it? Neither have I.
I’m fairly certain I invented the term.
Outfit congruency is the way all the pieces you're wearing should work in harmony to create an ideal outfit. These items could work together in terms of fit, color, texture, or just their general “vibe”. Ideally, they'll work together in more ways than one.Read More
We're coming up on the third anniversary of Pivot. It’s been such a blessing to do what I do for the men I work with.
In this time, I’ve learned a few things while working with my all-male client base. Particularly, I've learned a lot about their approach to shopping and buying clothing.
Sometimes, you just need to get out of your own way…Read More
This is the second installment of our Q&A series where you guys ask some questions and I give you some answers, with a drink in hand. I try to answer common questions that seem to come up a lot in my one-on-one work or ones that you all ask directly.
So let's dive into this April edition, shall we?Read More
Once men reach their 40's and 50's, they tend to become stagnant in their style. Being comfortable in your clothing is important, but it shouldn't take precedent.
In middle-age, you're finished experimenting with your style, but you're not finished refining. What you should focus on now is timeless clothing that looks age-appropriate. Ditch the stuff you accumulated throughout your 20's and 30's that gets pushed to the back of your closet. Let's get that space working better for you, right now.Read More
Tom Ford is the modern day king of cool.
Both Tom Ford the brand, and the person, exude confidence and sophistication without going over the top, or maybe just slightly so but you're not even mad at it.
I came across these videos from GQ's Project Upgrade. Watch the man work. You'll pick up a few tips and see into the mind of an iconic menswear designer...Read More
I really enjoy answering questions and working one on one with guys. I like to think that is the reason I’m not a huge Youtube sensation, lining the insides of my bespoke suit with advertising benjamins.
However, there are some common questions that come up and the answers are pretty universal. So today, I put together a little FAQ cheat sheet for you gents.Read More
This is the third and final installment of the "Style Mistakes" series. Last time, I posted 8 intermediate style mistakes you might be making. This was for the guy that has a decent grasp on his clothing, but still has room for improvement.
This post is for you GQ gentlemen who already know how to dress well but might just need a few tweaks to really stand out.
Let's get going...Read More
So last week I wrote about some common beginner style mistakes I see a lot and what you can do to fix them. This list is not exhaustive and there is much more to be covered.
This week, I wanted to go a little more in-depth and cover some more style mistakes, particularly for the man that already has a handle on the basics.
Once you've got the fundamentals covered, it's time to really dial in your style. Read on to see more men's style mistakes you should avoid.Read More
Getting started with anything is tough. Trying anything new is hard. There are so many style "rules" now, and it can be hard to decipher which ones you should focus on. This post is for the gentleman just beginning his journey.
For some of you, this might seem a little elementary. This is just the first part of a 3-part series, covering intermediate and advanced style tips at a later date. But read this if you feel like brushing up on the basics.
If you're ready to make sure you're covering the basics, let's dive in...
As men, organization isn't always our strong suit.
The little nuances of clothing can be to detailed for our taste and our closets usually reflect this. We throw clothes about wherever and don't pay attention to how things should be ordered.
It wasn't until later on in life that I realized actually getting my closet in order made my life a heck of a lot easier. Getting dressed in the morning was no longer a chore. Finding a great outfit was easy.Read More