It’s confusing, but the terms “benchgrade” and “handgrade” don’t actually describe shoes that were made on a bench or by hand. Instead, they’re ways of denoting different levels of quality, like “Gold” and “Platinum” Amex cards. Most quality shoes – including high-end names such as Edward Green and John Lobb – are Goodyear welted, which is a machine method. Real handmade shoes are rare, and typically cost $1,500 or more.
While a solid navy long tie might be the most versatile piece of neckwear a man could own, wearing nothing but solids may eventually get boring. Even Cary Grant, famous for his solid ties, wore patterned ties sometimes. Our dalliance into designs creates an engineering problem for fabric firms, one that mankind has been trying to solve for thousands of years.
Looking around style blogs and forums, you may find yourself coveting tens of thousands of dollars worth of clothing. The most beautiful pieces do tend to be the most expensive. While you're saving for your next glorious conquests, here are three things that you can do in the next ten minutes that will make you look better at a cost of zero.
Purchasing a good sweater can be more difficult than purchasing a good sport coat or pair of shoes. Unlike those items, sweaters have fewer "telltale signs" for quality. For example, whether your knits will pill after a few wears is largely determined by the length of the fibers used to make the yarns.
Beau Brummell is remembered as the man who popularized the simple yet elegant wool garments from which our modern business dress is descended. His unadorned outfits of black boots, dark wool coats, and white shirts, made it all the more dramatic and exhilarating when out from a pocket he would present one of his many intricately decorated snuff boxes.
Take a walk through any downtown business district today and you’ll see the modern man's business uniform: a pair of dark suit trousers, a button-up shirt, a shiny tie, and a pair of dull, duck-billed shoes. Many men have given up on suit jackets, and for good reason. Most of them look like Willy Loman in one. Some, however, look tremendous with their jacket on; the difference is in how their jacket fits.