Best Gym Clothes for Men 2019

We all know that guy in the gym who wears the cut off fraternity tee and high school intramural champion shorts (don’t be that guy). We also know the guy who is head to toe in matching skin-tight Nike compression gear (also don’t be that guy). So how do we get the best of both worlds? Functional but fashionable?

In this article, I will be going over my favorite workout and lifestyle brands (no I’m not sponsored or getting paid by these companies) although I wish I was.

Can the clothes make the man….?

As an avid fitness junkie and style enthusiast I think it’s important to combine the two. If you don’t look good you won’t feel good and if you don’t feel good you won’t perform. Do you ever feel more important or powerful when you put on a suit or a tux? Or, feel like a million bucks when you put on your favorite outfit and hit the club? There is a reason politician’s, lawyers, and bankers wear suits every day. Why not wear clothes that make you feel powerful in the gym? New research is popping up all the time about the psychosocial effects on the clothes you wear and how you perceive yourself.

Here are some of my favorite brands and pieces.

ASRV

This is brand is emerging with its functional clothing. They are extremely innovative when it comes to design as well as functionality. They have some of the coolest fabrics, designs, and accessories. You can’t go wrong with anything on their website and they have the coolest Instagram and YouTube workout videos.

Train-lite Tank

I love this tank because it is has a deeper cut in the front with a normal cut in the back. It is not too tight or too loose and the train-lite mesh fabric on the back is breathable and sweat wicking. Not only does it look bad ass but no one else in the gym will have it.

Train-lite 5” conditioning shorts

When I first bought these shorts I thought they were going to be too short, but that was not the case. I am about 5ft 10” (6 ft if you count the hair) and they fit perfectly. I love the built-in liner great for traveling so you don’t have to bring shorts and compressions. Also, the loop on the back is great if you want to take your shirt off or carry a towel. Lastly, the built in phone sleeve on the thigh makes it so your phone is secure when doing intense exercise.

Alphalete

This is a newer brand that focuses on the basics, quality and aesthetics at a very good price point. It is a mix of workout and lifestyle. These clothes sell out quick and very rarely do they make the same thing twice. So, get it while you can.

Scoop Neck Tee

I like this shirt because of the fit. It is elongated enough where it won’t show your entire stomach when doing pull ups (nobody wants to see that) but tight enough that you don’t have excess fabric getting in the way. The arms are cut short giving you a leaner aesthetic (these shirts make you looked jacked) but also being very functional.

Lululemon

I think by now almost everyone has heard of Lululemon most commonly known for creating women’s tights and making the “yoga pant” acceptable to wear almost everywhere. But if you like variety this is the company for you. They have more color and size variations than anyone else and they make high quality clothes.

T.H.E Linerless 7” Short

If you think 5” is too short or you just have chicken legs (like me) and you don’t want to show off then these are the perfect shorts. They don’t have a liner do you can wear them anywhere and multiple times. I also like the card holder in the back so you can put a gym card/credit there without out the fear of it falling out or getting in the way.

3 Simple (And Inexpensive) Style Hacks to Upgrade your Work Look

Have you heard of the law of marginal gains? Basically, the principle states small incremental movements in any process amount to significant improvement when all combined. So what 1% improvements can you make to your own personal style?

In this article, I will be going over 3 easy and inexpensive ways to immediately upgrade your look and make you feel more confident.

Magnetic collar stays

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These little 1.5-inch metal stays are an absolute life savers. Have you ever seen someone at the office and their collar is flat and sticking out? We call that fly away collar.. and you don’t want fly away collar. By using these collars stays with the magnet it allows your collar to stand up and tall. This is especially important when you wear a sport coat. There are many brands that make these, one brand that I like is call Wurkin Stiffs. You can get these on amazon for very cheap.

Tie Dimple

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By utilizing a tie dimple, it will add dimension and character to your tie. This shows you know more than the average joe who puts a tie on once a year for that wedding he doesn’t want to go to. First, you will need a high-quality tie with a thicker fabric to accomplish this. As you pull the fat end of the tie though the knot you will need to pinch the fabric together before pulling it through. This takes some practice and patience, but you and your future boss will be thanking me later.  

Proper Shoe Laces

Did you know there was proper way to lace dress shoes? And no, it’s not the same way you lace Jordan’s. This is not as obvious as the other two but once you see the difference you will know why it’s important. Some say that men dress from the feet up and I would agree. A nice classic pair of dress shoes can be a staple and great investment in any man’s closet. That being said an amazing pair of shoes can easily be ruined by a raggy pair of laces that are laced the wrong way.  Although there are a few ways to properly lace dress shoes (will touch on that in a different article) the most contemporary and elegant way in my opinion is the straight lace. You will essentially feed the laces diagonally below the eyelets so the laces on top appear to go straight across. This also allows yours shoes to fit tighter onto your feet.  

Try any or all 3 of these hacks for an instant upgrade.

Custom Suits – Are they Worth it?

Suits have been around for hundreds of years going in and out of styles. With so many companies, tailors, and store fronts to choose from, how do you know you’re getting the right one for you? In this article, I will be going over the differences between custom suits and suits off the rack to help you determine what’s best for you.

History

The term “suit” dates back centuries ago and is constantly evolving from the Frock Jacket to the Morning coat to knee breech trousers to today’s modern business suit. Beau Brummell the godfather of the modern suit redefined the term popularizing finely tailored jackets, double breasted waste coats, and full-length trousers. Although not technically a suit because men wore contrasting colored trousers it was the look and style that our modern-day suit was evolved from

Bespoke

Let’s get this right from the start. A lot of companies out there claim they have “fully custom” or “bespoke” suits. So, I will break down what a true bespoke suit is. The word bespoke was derived the verb “bespeak” which means to give order for it to be made. Makes sense, right? Bespoke suits are the best fitting garments you can get. They require multiple fittings with the unfinished garment ensuring the most elegant fit. Bespoke suits are cut from scratch and each pattern is specifically drafted for the individual buying the suit. Since its made from scratch that gives you full autonomy to make it your own. From the fabric to the lining or lapel size you can even add hidden pockets. Due to the labor intensity of making these suits they can cost around $2000-$10,000 depending on fabric quality and structure and can take monthes to make.

Made to Measure

Next, we have made to measure or MTM for short. These suits are not bespoke but are customizable so people often refer to them as “custom suits.” Made to measure companies take an existing pattern and make small cuts and adjustments usually by machine to customize the fit. For example, let’s say you wear a size 40 jacket but have a slim waste and longer arms. Made to measure companies would take a size 40 pattern make appropriate cuts to accommodate your waste and longer sleeves. This also gives you the option to customize the look. Depending on company you will have different options like fabric, lining, and functional buttons. Made to measure suits require a one time measurement with 3-5 different measurements taken. Although you can customize these suits they tend to not fit well due to machine cutting and poor construction. These types of suits range from $400-$2000.

Off the Rack

Lastly, we have off the rack suits which are pretty self-explanatory. These are the suits well.. that you can go get off a rack of a department store or boutique. These are not customizable and will have various sizes you can choose from. Although usually the cheapest option you can still find extremely high-quality suits off the rack. If you have a very generic body type these types of suits will suffice but buying a suit off the rack and having a tailor make adjustments can be very costly. These types of suits are the least customizable and cost between $200-$2000.

Options

So…. Now the question are bespoke or custom suits worth it??? In my opinion, it depends on your body type, occupation and overall attention to detail. There are some very nice companies like Suit Supply where you can get extremely high quality “custom like” suits for off the rack prices. The nice thing about Suit Supply is they have 7 different fits you can choose, from a very slim powerful cut called the Washington to a more regular casual cut called the Napoli.

For made to measure suits you have to be careful. Certain companies claim they can customize a suit for $399 or less. These types of made to measure suits are not high quality, poorly cut, and you are better off buying off the rack. That being said if you can’t find a suit off the rack that fits or you like the idea of customizing your suit and don’t want to wait months and spend $5000 made to measure is an option. Look for companies like InStitchu that have a multitude of customization options including canvas. You always want half or full canvas. Made to measure suits of good quality will usually range between $799-$1000.

Now, if you have $5000 burning a hole in your pocket and you want the best fitting most badass suit you can find then the Bespoke option is for you. Most of the time you will only be able to find bespoke tailors in large cities like NYC and London, but it is the ultimate option for the perfect suit if price and time is not a problem for you.

Conclusion

I personally have experimented with made to measure and off the rack suits and I will tell you that my off the rack Suit Supply suits fit better than any of my made to measure suits. Suit Supply suits range from $399-$1000 and I have both the cheapest and most expensive and both are amazing quality.

I hope this was informative and helpful. Finding the right suit can be hard with all the options we have today. But, having a well-tailored suit that fits your personality is something that every man should have in their closet. Drop me a question or comment below if you thought this was helpful or if you have any questions.

Mens Chelsea Boots- Complete Guide to Buy and Style

Chelsea boots have been gaining in popularity the past couple years because of their versatility, and minimalist style. You’ve might have seen them featured on GQ’s “must have” or worn by style icons like The Beatles, David Beckham, Kanye West, Harry Styles, Lenny Kravitz and many more.

The fact that you can wear these with ripped jeans as well as a suit makes them a staple in every man’s closet. In this article, I will be going a brief history of the Chelsea boot, different types of Chelsea boots, how to style them, and how to find the perfect pair for any budget.

The History

The Chelsea boot dates all the way back to the mid 18th
Century by a man named J. Sparkes-Hall. These boots were created for Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria was looking for a slip-on boot so the laces would not get stuck in her stirrups while riding horses. Originally named the “Paddock Boot” and were meant for riding. After the creation of vulcanized rubber (elastic on the side of the boots) invented by Charles Goodyear in 1830 it made the boots easier to slip on and off.

It wasn’t until the 1950’s they earned the name Chelsea boots becoming a popular in the UK among artist and musicians in Western London’s Chelsea’s neighborhood. Worn by up and coming rockers The Rolling Stones and the Beatles they started to be referred to as the “Chelsea” boot.

Types of Chelsea Boots

There are many types of Chelsea boots depending on construction, material used, and shape. The majority of Chelsea boots are made out of suede or leather and have a leather or crepe sole. Some types of boots have Cuban or “stacked” heel.

Leather Chelsea Boots

Leather Chelsea boots are both formal and informal and you can dress them up or down. You can find formal types like sleek Italian Chelsea boots to go with a suit or sport coat. Also, more casual versions like Australian work boots with a rubber or crepe sole.

Suede Chelsea Boots

Suede Chelsea boots are the most popular right now (in my opinion) because of their versatility. You can dress these up with a nice shirt or sweater or wear them with some ripped blue jeans and a white tee shirt. These come in all types of variations and colors.

Crepe Sole

The term “crepe” is referring to the material that the sole is made out of. It is made from coagulated latex that is rolled out in crinkled sheets. This rubber is usually tan or black and has a rough spongy texture. It is made from usually a more casual but more comfortable boot made popular by Common Projects.

Leather Sole

Chelsea boots that come with a leather sole and stacked heel are usually higher quality and more formal. High quality leather soles if constructed properly will mold to your feet over time very comfortable.

How to Style

Chelsea boots can be worn in many ways, that is why they are becoming so popular. If your style is more rugged and casual meaning tees, ripped, jeans, and the occasional biker jacket I would suggest suede. If you tend to have a more formal polished wardrobe think blue suits, crisp white oxford shirts, cashmere sweaters, I would suggest a nice leather pair. Regardless of your style I will go over 3 popular ways to style Chelsea boots.

Casual

Wear a pair of medium to light brown suede Chelsea boots with some faded or distressed blue jeans and a crisp white tee shirt. It is made from the perfect combination of style and versatility for your fit rotation. Put a sweatshirt over the tee for some more layering or dress it up a bit with a flannel.

Night out

Everyone has those nights where they are feeling themselves. You are meeting a date or going to a suave club and want to look like a rock star. For this fit you can pair black leather or medium brown suede Chelsea boots with some skinny black jeans and your favorite black leather biker jacket.

Nine to Five

Do you ever have to go from the office straight to a happy hour or party? This is your look. Match an impeccably tailored blue suit and white button-down shirt with a pair of medium to dark brown Chelsea boots. Then after work keep the jacket and change into a pair of crisp dark blue jeans and a clean white tee and you’re ready to hit the town.

How to Buy

There are many types and price ranges depending on the style, material, brand name, and craftsmanship you are looking for. Below are some of my favorites both inexpensive and expensive.

Inexpensive

Here are some very good quality Chelsea boots for under the $200 price point. These include both leather, and suede. The first are a company called Shoe the Bear. They make boots and tennis shoes of quality at an amazing price point. The “Dev” boot is a perfect suede boot that comes in different shades of brown suede as well as black. This boot is constructed with a leather sole and wood heel at a price point of $160. Shoe the bear also has a nice leather pair named the “Arnie” that comes in a smooth black color and a beautiful medium brown at a price point of $170. If you are looking for something a little more casual and easier to break in the New Republic “Chuck” boot is the perfect combination at a great price point of $99. All of these boots will not break your wallet or your feet.

Expensive

If you enjoy the finer things in life or just have a $1000 burning a hole in your pocket then these are the right boots for you. These are top of line in style, materials, and craftsmanship… that being said they come at a price. Saint Laurent is known for their classic yet edgy boots. The Wyatt comes in multiple different suede colors as well a smooth leather and is the one you will see on most celebrities with a price point of $945. If you’re a little more daring you can go for the Wyatt Harness boot that has double chain harness strap and stacked heel. These will set you back $1,145 but will definitely turn some heads. The last pair is another classic mentioned above the Common Projects crepe sole boot. These are the perfect combination of quality materials, sleek look, and comfort for a price point of $530.

Whether you’re headed to the office, club, or grocery store Chelsea boots should be a staple in every man’s closet. There are many types of Chelsea boots to choose from, when picking out the perfect boot craft around you own wardrobe and style. Be conscious of the material and quality used and align that to your price point. When you purchase your first pair of Chelsea boots you are one piece closer to crafting the perfect wardrobe.

About Mike

Your Story

Welcome to Men’s Style Now. Fashion and style has been a passion for me for the last 20 years. Over the years I have been accumulating and purchasing clothes to create the perfect wardrobe to feel confident for any occasion.

Born in LA but growing up in Minnesota it was always a challenge to find the clothes I wanted due to limited apparel stores and online presence not being a factor. This meant either having to travel to get cool clothes or just wear what was available. Nowadays having access to the internet we have endless access and online shopping, Instagram, and even personal shoppers. All of this making it even more difficult to find quality fits.

This is where I want to help.

Over the years I have learned a lot about clothing, fabrics, brands, and online searches that have helped me create the wardrobe I have now. I have been able to accumulate luxury high fashion pieces at low prices as well as build a modern closet with every essential needed. And now I want to offer my knowledge, advice, tips and tricks so you know can build the perfect wardrobe and feel confident every day.

The Confidence that Comes From Being Well Dress is Immeasurable.

With new brands, new styles, and new fads evolving everyday it can be hard to keep up. Nowadays you don’t have to be in New York, LA, Paris, or Milan to have style. The way we shop is changing and people who never had access to “High Fashion” now have endless possibilities when it comes to shopping. So how do you know where to shop? Or if you’re getting the best deal? Or what you are buying is quality or not?

THE GOAL OF YOUR SITE

From Hypebeast to Savile Row my goal is to help you craft a classic wardrobe so can feel confident for any occasion. Much of this content will be reviewing brands, website, and tutorials focusing on all types of clothes for any occasion.

If you ever need a hand or have a questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Mike Pfeifer

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