The Best Men’s Fashion Stores to Shop in Copenhagen

On Monday, I got back from my trip to Copenhagen, and to say my trip was transformative would be an understatement. I’ve long believed that moving away from your hometown is necessary for a person’s development into adulthood, but visiting another country can also completely alter the way you see the world. Seeing how others live who are completely disconnected from the life you are used to can make you reassess the things you feel are important. As I mingled with the people of Denmark, I kind of fell in love with the country and her citizens.

One of the things I loved most about Danish culture is how ingrained fashion is with their self-expression. Not everyone was fashion forward necessarily–monochrome black outfits with white shoes are by far the most common looks you will see–but everyone’s personal style was developed in such a way that people, both men and women, young and old, wore their clothes as an extension of themselves. Coming from America, where many men only like to wear T-shirts and jeans, this was a breath of fresh, cool air.

If there’s one thing the Danes are well-known for, it’s design. The country was at the forefront of the mid-century modern furniture boom that took place from the 1940s to the 1960s. The mentality that drove the movement has never left the spirit of the nation’s people, and as such, design in other industries continues to flourish in the nation, namely in fashion. Copenhagen has therefore become a hotbed for a number of Danish designers that are well worth the effort to check out for those who are in the market for clothes that will turn heads.

A special shout out to Connor from Fishers whom I befriended along the way. Without him, this list may have only been half as large.

Full Retail

Wood Wood

If I had to pick, Wood Wood would be my favorite store in Copenhagen. They are pretty well-known outside of the country as a contemporary streetwear label that mixes Scandinavian influences with sportswear. They have done a number of collaborations with other brands both big and small. The store carries not only their own line, but a number of other British, Japanese, and American brands to round out their looks. The vibe is fun and adventurous while the staff is kind and helpful.

Soulland

Similar in concept to Wood Wood, Soulland is another streetwear label infused with Scandinavian design concepts. There are a couple small differences in that they only sell their own label and that they usually only sell men’s clothes. So while the store is filled with less clothing, it still feels bright and fun. I didn’t spend too much time here, but I really liked some of the designs I saw.

Henrik Vibskov

I never would’ve known about this store if Connor hadn’t told me, even though I walked by it about 5 times. The entrance is on a dark building corner and the sign doesn’t really catch your attention. The store is slightly below-ground as well and the inside looks like a second-hand shop at first glance. First impressions aside, Mr. Vibskov has assembled quite a collection for display. His own offerings are a little more avant garde than most of the others on this list, but he mixes in a number of other designer labels like Martine Rose, JW Anderson, and Y-3 to help bring his looks down to Earth.

Han Kjøbenhavn

Truth be told, I had a bad customer service experience with this label a few years back, so I was initially reluctant to give them a second chance. Since holding grudges is not good for your health and the incident happened years ago, I decided to let bygones be bygones and give the designer a second chance. I really love the way he blends smart and sometimes off-kilter textiles with street and athletic wear. You might need to play with the sizing a little to see which ones work the best, but if you’re successful, a new fit from this store will be on-point and fashion forward.

NNo7

This menswear label functions mainly as a reasonably-priced basics brand, but a lot of their designs tend to cross the thin line between “basics” and “minimalist”. They currently have a few attractive summer knitwear options, one of which caught my eye, but as the only one available in my size had been displayed on a hanger, it was too stretched out for my liking (read: never hang sweaters!). Alas, I did leave with a beautiful pair of smart light blue chinos that doesn’t hold wrinkles, so not all was lost.

Norse Projects

Originally conceived as a clever boutique filled with menswear brands, Norse Projects eventually began selling their own line of minimalist pieces alongside brands like Nanamica, Engineered Garments, and Our Legacy. Their namesake label is great for buying quality basics at a reasonable price point. The store then branched off into womenswear and is now a low-key powerhouse in the fashion industry. It is worth stopping in to see the breadth of looks on display. The staff is very knowledgeable and will help you find anything you’re looking for.

Acne Studios

Though Acne is not originally from Denmark, my favorite Swedish brand still deserves a visit due to its sizable footprint in the city. There are 4 different branches in Copenhagen: the flagship, the former flagship, the department in Illum, and the clearance store (detailed later). Unfortunately, I never made it to the illustrious flagship, but upon my visit to the former flagship, I was informed by the regional manager that if I, or anyone else, wanted to partake in a complementary personal styling session, I was more than welcome. I ran out of time and couldn’t take her up on the offer, but feel free to ask about it if you’re interested.

Astrid Andersen

This is the only store in this section that I didn’t visit myself. I didn’t know about Ms. Andersen until after I got back and even if I had known earlier, the shop is a little too far from where I was staying to be able to walk. If you find yourself on the west side of the Lakes, it might be worth seeking out her store as her collections are particularly inspired.

Grocery

While I was out exploring the city, I just happened to walk by this nondescript store and see interesting clothes through the window. After exploring their wares, I got into an interesting discussion with the owner about a very familiar-looking shirt (I can tell you that geeky story if you want to hear it) and the label that made the pair of pants I ended up buying, Goetze. Just the fact that the store carries the small-scale Berlin brand has earned its placement on this list. The rest of the curated collection is icing on the cake.

Illum

Illum isn’t too different from the other up-scale department stores you might be more familiar with such as Saks or Neiman Marcus. What I really like is how open and minimalist the store is. They also carry some reasonably-priced brands like the Kooples and Tommy Hilfiger alongside high-end luxury brands like Botega Veneta and visvim. But it’s not just about the clothing; I ended up burning some time at a wonderful coffee shop that had a beautiful view of the city from the top floor. They also have housewares if you have enough room in your luggage to haul it home.


Off-Price

If you’re looking for deals, there are plenty to be found in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, like any good deal, knowing the best stores to peruse requires a little word-of-mouth. Since I was only there for 10 days, I could only find out about a few, but they are definitely worth checking out if you have the time.

Acne Archive

This is Acne’s clearance store, where they send all their past-season pieces that didn’t sell. The price reduction can be upwards of 50% which can put a formerly $400 pair of pants in a much more attainable price range.

Wood Wood MUSEUM

Similar to Acne Archive, Wood Wood MUSEUM is Wood Wood’s clearance store. What makes this one even better is the fact that, since they don’t sell just their own merchandise, there is a much larger selection of clothes to choose from. I even happened on a sample piece that was still being sold full price in the retail branch. Sure, it’s a size bigger than I normally wear, but it looks good oversized.

Studio Travel

I might have eventually found out about those first two stores on my own, but this one would have gone completely unknown if not for Connor. There are plenty of second-hand shops in Copenhagen, but this one is special because they specifically acquire vintage pieces from Italy and France in order to resell them. They have their own clothing line as well that is kind of fun and youthful.


Honorable Mentions

There are a ton of clothing stores in Copenhagen, especially in the Strøget district, and unlike in America, a large majority of them offer men’s clothing. There are so many notable stores that I didn’t have time to go into all of the ones I hadn’t already planned to go to on top of doing the regular tourist things. Some of these brands don’t look to be designer-based while others sell styles that could easily be found in the US, so I was less inclined to inspect them beyond window shopping. Nonetheless, if you are wanting to go through as many stores as possible for inspiration, these could be worth a look as most can’t be bought stateside.

Storm

I walked by this store many times but seemed to be in a rush every time. Taking a look at their website reminds me a lot of Dover Street Market with their focus on upscale designers. Might be worth a visit if you have a chance.

Sand

Danish-born Sand looks like a fashion forward businesswear brand, at least on the menswear side. Their suits look remarkably like ones you’d see from Thom Browne. If that’s your jam, definitely stop in.

Samsøe & Samsøe

While the clothes from this brand look fine, they don’t seem to be so distinctive that you couldn’t find similar back here in the States. I do like their runway looks though, so they might be worth a visit for some inspiration.

Native North

Native North looks fine for what they sell: high quality basics with a focus on the outdoors. That said, their offerings look like stuff you could buy more easily on a site like Huckberry.


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How to Save Money on Men’s Designer Clothing

Sometimes I have to keep myself in check whenever I’m browsing through clothes online. I’ve seen so many outrageous price tags over the years that they don’t even faze me now. This indifference comes from doing a ton of analysis on design, fabric, and branding, as well as business mentalities. At times, I can get carried away, end up looking at a $2000 designer suit, and think offhandedly to myself, I can totally afford that. (I cannot.) Nevertheless, while I may not get overwhelmed by sticker shock, I am always aware of how much a reasonable amount is to spend on something and how much I myself can afford, so I usually end up talking myself out of paying the advertised price if I don’t abandon the thought of ownership altogether. Because I’m keenly aware of what things are actually worth, I have figured out ways to avoid spending full retail on most designer clothing.

There’s a mistaken impression a lot of people have that people who dress well have a ton of money to burn and/or spend a lot on expensive clothes. I’m here to tell you that, along with mainly buying mid-range labels, there are many ways to not spend a fortune while still dressing nice. Sometimes paying full price is unavoidable. For wardrobe essentials, you will likely have to bite the bullet and pay up if you want the best quality. There might also be a case in which a particular cardigan you’ve been coveting for 2 years is only available in your size on one site for full price. Barring these kinds of exclusions, if you are a savvy shopper, keep an open mind, and are willing to put in the extra work, you could save hundreds or thousands of dollars a year on designer clothing.

Below are the steps I often take to save money on higher-quality luxury clothing.

1. Shop online

There’s no denying anymore that malls are dying. They and the brands that were built inside their once-hallowed walls have been in steady decline for a number of years, and there’s not much that can bring them back now that the internet is a thing. The fact is, there is so much more variety online that it’s not economically viable to schlep over to a mall on the off chance that a store might have something you’re looking for in your size. Moreover, those brands that populate most malls–Gap, Old Navy, H&M, Forever 21, Zara–are lower quality and usually not worth the prices they charge, even if they’re on clearance. Some deals can be found in person if you’re lucky and happen to be in the right place at the right time, but by and large, the best deals will be found online and you will be assured of getting your size if it’s available.

2. Join email lists

Not sure if you’ve heard, but email is back in vogue. Platforms like Gmail have made it so easy to curate your inbox so that you only receive emails you’re interested in (imagine that). Advertisers in particular have learned how to market their wares better for their clientele. Signing up for a label’s or retailer’s newsletters is now the best way to keep on top of any sales, coupon codes, or marketing campaigns they might be running. Some retailers, like Mr. Porter, give early access to sales through said newsletters, so if you have your eye on something, it’s easier to nab before it sells out while the price is reduced. And speaking of sales…

3. Keep an eye out for end-of-season sales

The fashion industry functions on a rotating basis. As such, many retailers try to sell off their out-of-season clothing semiannually with huge sales. This is the best time to stock up on the things you will need 6 months from then, when the weather turns. Mr. Porter and SSense, among others, notoriously only have sales during this period and the only way to know when it happens is to use tip number 3 and subscribe to their mailing lists. If I had been keeping an eye on my email a couple months ago, I could have saved $150 on the aforementioned cardigan from Wacko Maria. Alas, I missed the notification it was on sale and ended up paying full price because it sold out quickly. You win some, you lose some, but if you stay on top of your email list, you will come out ahead.

4. Do research

Say you have your eye on a specific sneaker. Instead of just looking in the obvious places like Footlocker or Zappos, where the prices may be inflated because many people think those are the only places shoes are sold, do a Google search for the specific brand, model, and color. Make a note of the retailers in the “Shopping” section of the search results. Not all retailers sell their merchandise for the same price, so be sure to compare them.

Next, scroll down to see all the other results listed on the page. Keep going for 3 or 4 more pages and you will begin seeing retailers you’ve never heard of. Some may have websites that look a little sketchy, so be cognizant of that. Don’t just buy something on a whim from a random site at 25% of retail–it is probably fake or they’re just going to steal your money. However, you can often luck out on websites for retailers that are going out of business and need to sell off their merchandise at clearance prices. This is how I saved around $50 on a pair of chinos from Saturdays NYC.

5. Keep an eye on the items you love

If you frequently scrutinize clothing selections, as I do, you will inevitably come across an item that you love and know would fit perfectly in your wardrobe. It’s not super expensive, but it’s just barely out of reach. I’ve given myself many tests in these situations. I will make sure it will go with the rest of my clothes. I will let it go for a week or so and if it’s still on my mind, or I don’t find anything better, I will resolve to purchase it. The way I see it is that it’s meant to be mine.

Whatever you do, give it time, sleep on it, but watch how it performs as far as how well it’s selling. If you keep an eye on it for a month or more and none of the sizes are selling out, chances are good that it will eventually go on sale. Many sites these days will tell you when there’s 1 or 2 more of a certain item, so make sure it doesn’t sell out in the size you want. This is where the email newsletters come in handy because once you find out the item is on sale, you can swoop in and claim it as yours for a reduced price. This is how I saved around $100 onmy cricket sweater from Kent & Curwen.

Even if you had to go ahead and buy something full price because it was the last one and you didn’t want to miss out, if a sale begins within the return period of that item, you can usually reach out to customer service to let them know and they will refund you the amount of money you would have saved had you bought it on sale. This is how I saved $108 on a shirt from AMI.

6. Know which sites to go to for sale clothing

This tip is for men who don’t have a specific brand in mind but just don’t want it to be low-end. If you don’t already know which labels are better quality, it can be easy for unknown brands to swindle you into buying their low-quality clothing. Tread carefully.

If you know what you’re doing, there are many sites that can serve you well. Farfetch’s sale section is wonderful for this. Simply click “Sale”, then refine the results by your size, preferred garment, preferred color, or any other pertinent information, and you should have a few pages to look through. That’s an easy $100 saved as long as you know which brands are good. Plus, there’s little danger of buying the wrong size because they even do returns on sale merchandise.

Another site that works well is Yoox. Unlike Farfetch, which is more like a middle-man between retailers/brands and the customer, Yoox is sort of like an uncurated Mr. Porter (an apt description because they are both branches of the same company, YOOX Net-a-Porter Group). They also have a permanent sale section which has plenty of great deals if you’re not extremely picky. Just refine the selection of goods down to what you’re generally looking for and you’re good to shop.

Lyst is a little different from the other two I’ve mentioned here because it is basically just a powerful search engine made to search for clothes. This site might be a good tool for keeping an eye on specific items like I mentioned in number 5, but I’ve never used for that so I can’t say for sure. What you can do instead is peruse the sale section the same as the others. Unfortunately, you can’t refine the results as much, so you really have to be flexible or be looking for a generic item, like a blue dress shirt. However, the great thing about Lyst is that you can see many different retailers and their prices on similar items, including those on sale, so it’s easy to compare.

If you are unsure about a certain brand, a quick Google search should tell you what you want to know. Researching different brands can also expand your knowledge base and clue you in on newer, emerging designers or budget labels that use higher-quality materials.

7. Don’t buy things just because they’re on sale

This is my mantra for buying anything, not just clothes: if the only reason you’re buying something is because the price is reduced, you are not actually saving money, you’re being swindled into buying something you don’t want. Being convinced that you need something simply because the price is low can lead to wasteful overspending or buying things that will end up gathering dust in a closet. Then, you have to figure out how to donate or sell it because it’s just taking up space.

Before you even start shopping, establish a list of things you want/need either in your head or on a spreadsheet. Keep them in mind as you go through sale sections and collections from labels. This will help keep you from getting carried away in the sale sections.

8. Shop consignment

This is for the fashion die-hards. You may get mixed results, but there are absolutely plenty of deals to be had. eBay is still a great place to go, but can be hit-and-miss. Grailed and StockX are also amazing repositories to explore if you have an open mind. TheRealReal is also at your disposal, though I don’t have much experience with it as their offerings for men aren’t stellar.

This is the one area I would encourage shopping in person if you can, especially if you’re in a fashionable city like New York or LA. In big cities, there is a lot more disposable income, so affluent people are more willing to part with their expensive clothes. Here in DC, there’s a consignment shop called Buffalo Exchange where I picked up a polo from Givenchy for around $30. I’m not sure what the original retail price was, but it was easily 20 times what I paid. Again, a little flexibility, patience, and research can pay off big.

9. Buy less, buy quality

Generally, the rule is that the higher price you pay for clothing, the better quality it is and the longer it will last. The sweaters are warmer and don’t pill as much. The T-shirts are softer and more durable. The shoes don’t fall apart after a year. My experience is designer brands almost always fit better as well. Of course, the trade-off is that the upfront cost is higher, but ideally you will end up with garments that will be more satisfying and cost less over the long-term because you won’t need to replace them anytime soon. Instead of paying $50 for 5 T-shirts that last a year, spend the same amount on 1 T-shirt that lasts 10 years.

Do you have any methods you follow to save on designer clothing? Share below in the comments!

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Stuff I’m Digging This Week

Acne Studios Cotton-Linen Sweater

Light sweaters have become a legit fashion trend this season with the knitwear showing up in nearly every label’s collection. This linen-blend pick from Acne will keep you looking stylish until summer gets here.


Ovadia & Sons Cargo Pants

These pants are perfectly made for the warmer months out of ripstop fabric, which is light and airy while simultaneously durable.


Thomas Pink Vintage Shirts

The styles of the 90s are back in full force, so the premier London shirtmaker decided to revive some of their classic shirts from the period. Some of them are spectacular and look like shirts Balenciaga would make, but these are a quarter the price.


Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro

I am a stickler for good design. In fact, this entire blog is centered on the concept. So I love to read take-downs of how our society has abandoned the concept of designing with purpose and how we might restore those precepts. Preorder today.


John Elliott Long Sleeve T-Shirt

I’ve had this one on hold for a while, but I figure I better feature it before it sells out. The marble print has been popular for a minute, and Mr. Elliott does it so well.


Cav Empt Sweatshirt

I’m lusting over this sweatshirt. Its super wide cuffs, its faded black wash…it’s just funny how tweaking a few details can completely change a garment.


Castañer + Missoni Espadrilles

So Missoni’s thing is space-dyed clothing. They put it into practically everything they make. I used to not be keen on it, but since menswear got all maximalist, it’s grown on me. I am especially liking these shoes which, given the color scheme, would go with your entire summer wardrobe. They’re also a steal at the price.


Sunspel + Lemaire Mesh Tank Top

As I was researching for my recent article covering wardrobe essentials, I happened upon this exquisite collaboration. I would wear this tank top so hard.


NOHrD Exercise Equipment

So you want to have a workout room. Great! Nothing wrong with being healthy. But then you realize that your home is beautiful and workout equipment…well…isn’t. NOHrD has changed that. Combining excellent design and attractive but durable materials, you can now leave the door to your workout room open when company comes over. I especially love this minimalist pull machine.


Oakley Sunglasses

If you would’ve told me 5 years ago that I’d be eyeing Oakleys with reflective lenses, I’d think you were crazy, but them’s the shakes. Rowing Blazers and Vetements have convinced me that I need to keep an open mind. Oh, and be sure to pick up a couple more lenses while you’re at it so you’re not stuck with just one.


Best Brands for High Quality Wardrobe Essentials

One thing I probably don’t talk about enough on this website is wardrobe essentials. You can’t build a fully functioning wardrobe on flashy pieces alone, you need basic pieces like white t-shirts and khaki chinos to help balance things out. Sometimes, you don’t want to think too hard about an outfit and just want to throw something on. Other times, especially if you have to go to work or an interview, basics are your only option. Whatever your reason for wearing them, these unsung heroes of your clothing collection must be dependable workhorses that can stand the test of time, thus saving you money in the long term because you won’t have to replace them as often.

I should make a slight distinction here between what is considered minimalist and what is considered basic. There are some brands who have been defined by their interpretations of minimalism, like Acne Studios, Our Legacy, and AMI, while there are others that are built on providing quality basics, like Everlane, Basic Rights, and Mack Weldon. Though these are two different approaches to fashion, the mentalities often cross paths and get conflated. Some minimalist brands will therefore offer basic clothing as well, which is why some of those fashion forward labels made it to this list. Nonetheless, all the below brands offer wardrobe basics at a price point that won’t break the bank. Feel free to take your pick.

Everlane

Everlane broke the mold when it comes to building a brand around transparent business practices and sustainability.


Jomers

Jomers has developed quite the following in menswear circles for their extremely inexpensive chinos of decent quality. It used to be difficult to buy anything on their site because people would nab them as soon as they dropped, but it seems they’ve ramped up production a bit since those days.


Buck Mason

Buck Mason began their brand with perfecting the humble t-shirt and have since moved on to every other article of clothing. Their leather jackets are particularly nice.


Mack Weldon

Mack Weldon started with the most basic of basics–underwear and socks–and created some of the best with their own proprietary fabric. They have since expanded that mentality of creating the best basics to every other kind of garment you would need.


Basic Rights

Per their website, Basic Rights was launched in 2016 by guitarist Freddie Cowan to make staples with an attention to detail.


Taylor Stitch

This brand was built on the mentality that you don’t have to sacrifice sustainability for quality, Taylor Stitch ensures that your purchase won’t weigh on your conscience.


NN07

NN07 is brand based in Copenhagen that offers quality wardrobe staples. Their name stands for “No Nationality” lending to the universal transience of their style.


Reiss

Originally founded as purveyor of men’s suits, this minimalist label has branched out quite a bit since 1971, resulting in several fashion awards over the years.


Vince

Well this is awkward. Established in 2002, Vince is a great brand to turn to for casual basics. But the company has had a tumultuous time since they went public in 2013. As recently as 2017, staff were doubtful that the label would survive much longer. Best to buy a few pieces now while you can!


Norse Projects

Originally envisioned as a fashion boutique, this brand out of Copenhagen decided to begin offering their own low-priced, basic clothing alongside the other brands that they carry.


Les Basics

I can’t find much information on this brand which leads me to believe it’s pretty new. Their website doesn’t have a lot for sale in the way of menswear, but End has much more available. Be sure to keep this one on your radar.


James Perse

If you like your basics with a slightly relaxed inflection, you should give this LA brand a look.


Sunspel

A minimalist heritage brand, this one hails from Britain and is particularly well-known for its range of boxer shorts, T-shirts and polo shirts. They use long staple Pima cotton which reduces pilling and increases durability.


Håndværk

I only just learned about this brand today. I’m having trouble finding much information on them, but I have to admit that their garments look exquisite. Their tees are made of long staple Peruvian cotton, so it’s worth a shot for the quality.


APC

This French label is one of the OGs of minimalism, having been founded in 1987, and they are particularly well-respected for their denim jeans.


Theory

Theory is more upscale than the rest of the brands listed here, but the materials and quality are among the best.


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How to Wear a Cricket Sweater

Cricket season is nearly upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere, so now is the best time to buy the sweater typically associated with the sport. Unlike most every other garment in existence today, not much is known how or where the knitwear became an essential part of our wardrobes. In fact, it’s not only been associated with cricket but also golf and tennis. Sleuthy fashion historians have dated the original jumper all the back to somewhere between the late 1800s and 1920s, so it has quite a history.

Despite the unclear timeline, the sweater is firmly rooted in prepwear. Just like rugby shirts, the cricket sweater began its life as a uniform for preppy men who played the sport and as the sport itself grew in popularity, the fashion industry assimilated the style and reinterpreted its meaning. As such, the sweater looks great when worn with other pieces that revolve around the same trend, but today’s crazy fashion rules have opened up new opportunities in coordinating outfits. They can be made from cotton, wool, or cashmere and are traditionally mostly white, making the knitwear a prime piece for layering or toning down a wild outfit.

Fashion Forward

jacket by RRL; sweater by Kent & Curwen; shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren; joggers by Carhartt WIP; boots by Dr. Martens; bag by Supreme; hat by Uniqlo x JW Anderson

Just because the cricket sweater has stuffy roots doesn’t mean your outfits have to look stuffy, too. The key, while mixing in other prep-inspired pieces, is not to think too much about matching the sweater. Intentionally wearing clashing pieces is much easier with this sweater because it is a neutral white and will draw attention away from all the patterns you’re wearing. The black crossbody bag and boots, also neutral, help tone things down even more.

Easygoing Casual

sweater by Kent & Curwen; shirt by Officine Générale; jeans by Gant; boots by Timberland; hat by Huckberry x Ebbets Field Flannels

This is a great look for men who don’t want to be too loud with their outfits. Since jeans go with everything, that’s the best place to start. Just add a neutral pair of boots, a black belt, and a simple patterned shirt. You could even get away with wearing no shirt underneath, if you’re feeling slightly adventurous.

Total Prep

sweater by Kent & Curwen; shirt by Frank & Oak; jeans by LL Bean Signature; boots by Wolverine; hat by vintage

If you don’t have to wear a tie to work, this look could work for you. Otherwise, if you feel like turning the prep up to 10, just go all out with critter-embroidered chinos and a tweed cap. The modern boots and basic unbuttoned shirt help keep this fit from looking too costumey.

Smart Casual

sweater by Kent & Curwen; shirt by J Crew; tie by Brooks Brothers; trousers by Gant; loafers and socks by New Republic

My initial idea for this outfit was to wear a full suit, but unfortunately, that thought was dashed when I realized that my sweater was wool and oversized. Since tweed is now out of season (and that is the only suit I have that would look right), I figured I’d show you something you can wear today, now that the weather has begun to warm up. Though it may not work for the suit-and-tie crowd, those guys who have a little more leeway should be able to get by and grab some compliments.

Best Cricket Sweaters Right Now

Polo Ralph Lauren


Smart Turnout


Kent & Curwen


Thom Browne


Burberry


Maison Margiela

Rugby Shirts Will Get You Through Spring in Style

This year more than most others in my memory, every brand and designer under the sun has come up with their own take on the classic rugby. Whether it’s the fact that the kinda polo, kinda sports jersey top blurs the line between casual and business wear (read: smart casual) or that athletic clothing has taken over fashion is anyone’s guess. None of that really matters though when the shirt is so right for the season, when the temperature can drop 20 degrees within a few hours. You can wear the shirt by itself or layered up with a light jacket. If you care at all about your style, you are doing yourself a disservice by not having at least one in your wardrobe. Whether you want a solid color or a crazy pattern, budget brand or high-end, there is a rugby shirt that will meet your needs. These are my favorites on sale right now.


JW Anderson

JW Anderson tries his hand at the rebuilt trend that’s been gaining traction, designing a rugby that is eminently wearable.


Rowing Blazers

A super preppy shirt from Rowing Blazers that will go perfect with a navy blazer or jeans.


Billionaire Boys Club

Speaking of preppy, this rugby looks like it’s designed more for sailing boats, complete with zip collar and kangaroo pouch, than running a ball down the field.


Tommy Hilfiger x Lewis Hamilton

Tommy Hilfiger’s decision to bring the Formula One driver in for a collaboration is just the latest in a long line of brands working with sports celebrities. This one’s not only fun but also functional with an attached hood.


Gucci

Leave it to Gucci to design something both fashion forward and basic looking at the same time.


Stüssy

The reasonably-priced streetwear brand continues to produce on-point clothing.


Noah

Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking. (Also awesome.)


Rag & Bone

Rag & Bone’s quality is so great and this combination of yellow and navy is eye-catching and versatile. Plus, it’s on clearance!


Kenzo

You’ll be surprised how much a little color can do for your mood. Not to mention the favorable looks you’ll get on the street from the emblazoned logo.


Remi Relief

This one’s perfect for the guy who doesn’t want a boring rugby but just wants to get his feet wet. Also perfect for toning down an outfit that’s already loud enough.


Mr P.

When Mr P. first started, their focus was mainly on high quality basics that won’t break the bank. It’s safe to say they’re beginning to branch out into more adventurous territory.


Polo Ralph Lauren

What I love about this one is the punch that the red collar and embroidered crest give to the rest of the basic shirt. It’s just enough to keep it from being boring.


Aimé Leon Dore

Aimé Leon Dore has proven themselves especially adept at dialing into the fusion of sportswear and fashion.


Entireworld

Being the younger, estranged sibling of Band of Outsiders, Entireworld displays their keen ability to deliver top quality and versatile style at a reasonable price point.


Stuff I’m Digging This Week


Camiel Fortgens Popover

Mr. Fortgens is relatively new to the fashion scene, having only begun designing in 2014. Taking inspiration from his dyslexia, he builds his collections upon rethinking how garments work, constructing them in a way that makes sense to him. His clothes are quite inspired, but this shirt is especially so.



The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America

Let’s face it, birdwatching is for the birds. When has a bird ever done anything for you? The author of this book understands that birds can be jerks, thinking that they’re better than you. But seriously, if you like avians and/or have a sense of humor about you, you should pre-order this book.


Sage de Crêt Seersucker Trousers

Summer will be here soon and it’ll be time for lighter clothing. Enter seersucker. But this isn’t your usual boring striped seersucker from yesteryear. Sage de Crêt has created these trousers with a much more versatile plaid pattern which will see you through the warm months in style.


Ami Long Windbreaker

And here I thought coat season was over. Ami is here to prove otherwise. Not only will a long windbreaker like this elongate your frame, making you look taller, it’ll also help protect you from sudden showers. Or, you know, wind.


JAXA x Toyota Lunar Rover

Toyota is officially getting into the reinvigorated space race with their new agreement with JAXA. While this may not sound like a big deal, the truth is that it is much more difficult to make a case for space exploration if there’s no potential profit for companies. Now that automobile companies are involved, humanity might get more serious about it.


Scotch & Soda Button-up Polo

Hawaiian themes are everywhere right now, but that alone isn’t what I love about this polo. What strikes me is that this polo looks like something Amiri would design. You know, the brand that perfected the skinny jean. So basically what you get with this shirt is not only something that looks stylish but also looks five times the price.


Balenciaga Leather Tote

Omg. A yellow leather bag with kittens on it? Fuck everything else, I want this!


Google Stadia

So Google recently had a press release that consisted of the announcement of the company’s push into the game industry. They didn’t have much to say about Stadia except that it wouldn’t require a box like a PS4, just a suitably robust internet connection. With that, one can stream 4K games to any screen just as they would Netflix. There’s no doubt that this is the direction the industry is headed anyway, but what remains to be seen is whether the tech giant can deliver on its promises where other game companies have so far made no headway. Hopefully it is more successful than Google Glass.


LEGO Steamboat Willie Set

I normally don’t dig toys, but having grown up playing with LEGOs, I have a soft spot for them. In honor of the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse’s screen debut, the company made this detailed set. It’s feasible that a care-free adult could even display this on a bookshelf in his home right next to his birdwatching books.


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6 New Shoes You Should Buy Before They Disappear

Since so many great shoes were released this week, I couldn’t narrow them down to just one or two and stick them in Stuff I’m Digging This Week. I figured I should let you know all these great shoes are available now (or will be soon) and going quick. Pitter patter!

1017 Alyx 9SM Snake Hiking Boots

Snakeskin on hiking boots?! No, unfortunately it’s not real, but the embossed leather was likely influenced by the cowboy craze of last year. And that…thing attached to the bottom is just so eye-catching. You almost overlook the silver detailing on the side.


New Balance x Bodega 997S

Bodega is a little-known establishment based in Boston that is a mecca for streetwear enthusiasts. If you are a menswear fanatic, you owe it to yourself to go to the store at least once. This collaboration is so colorful and fun, they will be sure to get you through the summer in style. They’re not for sale yet, but will be in early April. Be on the lookout.


Dr. Martens x United Arrows & Sons Bit Loafers

I’m not crazy about every Dr. Martens collab, but this one is special. United Arrows is a Japanese cult menswear label that has a distinct way of reinterpreting preppy basics like many of their peers do. I’d love to wear these with a cricket sweater and plaid pants. Only available by preorder via UA’s website. Be sure to figure out your correct shoe size.


New Balance Tokyo Design Studio RC2

Tokyo Design Studio is a joint effort by New Balance’s American and Japanese design teams to utilize skillful craftsmanship unique to Japan. This is just one of the four colorways they’ve released exclusively to Notre.


Castaner Perseo Espadrilles

Summer is on its way, and temperatures are already beginning to warm up. If you don’t buy your warm weather gear now, it’ll be sold out by the time you get around to it. Espadrilles are the best summer shoes because they won’t weigh down your outfit or your feet. These will maintain the perfect balance of comfort and style till the weather cools off again.


Puma x MTV RS-X Tracks

Puma’s been killing it with their latest designs and this shoe continues the trend. A collab with MTV that evokes the decade in which the channel began airing, these also play on the neon trend that has become almost mainstream in its popularity. Preorder these while you can at the Puma site.


CAT Intruder Shoe

It’s not so odd when you think about it. CAT isn’t traditionally known for being fashionable, erring on the side of utility to a fault. But in an era when Dickies and Carhartt are more popular than ever on the street, the company best known for steel-toed boots decided to make a shoe that could appeal to fashion and function.


Acne Studios Shows Us How to Wear Nantucket Reds

If you haven’t seen The Devil Wears Prada, having watched a pivotal scene in the movie is the key to understanding today’s rant. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I recommend it as an enjoyable, popcorn-worthy chick flick (even though I’d probably only give it about a 2.5 today). Yes, I know that scene was written using information that isn’t true. And no, it doesn’t escape me that that fact really makes the entire film lose its message, but that’s a tirade for another day.

Acne Studios recently dropped their SS19 collection, and I’m loving the mixture of off-beat colors, punchy patterns, and subtle twists on neutral basics, all of which the label is known for. But something really bothers me about how they’ve marketed the pair of pants seen in the above pictures. Okay, they’re not exactly the same. The one on the left is a runway piece made of ripstop while the one on the right is ready-to-wear made of twill. However, they’re obviously meant to be the same color, and that is why I’m channeling Miranda Priestly today.

What you don’t know is that these pants are not just orange, they’re not ginger orange, they’re not dark coral, they’re actually Nantucket red. You see, in the 1940s, Murray’s Toggle Shop on the little island of Nantucket began selling chinos in a brick red color which sold like hotcakes. Due to the amount of sailing the residents of the prep style capital did, the salt spray and sunlight began bleaching the pants into a salmon-like shade. The popularity of the pants lead Philip C. Murray to trademark the name Nantucket Reds along with the color, selling them exclusively at his shop. The faded red trousers have been a staple in preppy wardrobes ever since, with the garment serving as something of a badge of honor for the Ivy League types.

The fact is Murray’s pants are not designed well and fit like crap, and after several years, the made-to-fade red pants start looking rather…well…pink. Fashion labels like the color and its history, but they want to be able to tweak the pants to coordinate well with their looks. Thus, similarly colored pants tend to show up in the collections of labels known for preppy clothing like Polo Ralph Lauren and J.Crew or in other labels every decade or so when prepwear becomes popular again. Now is that time. Of course, no one can actually call the color “Nantucket red” because of the trademark, so they have to invent other color names like tropical orange or dusty berry. I really wish they all would just stick to one color name instead of making us guess.

It’s odd that I was just recently trying to figure out how one was expected to mix this preppy staple into a modern-looking outfit. (I don’t always feel up to wearing a white OCBD and navy blazer.) Acne is reading my mind, and now I have some inspiration. For your consideration, you’d probably be safe to mix in pieces from other modern prep fashion labels such as Noah, Rowing Blazers, or Kent & Curwen. Mix it up and don’t take the color too seriously.

Rant over.

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Stuff I’m Digging This Week


Palace on Farfetch

For the uninitiated, Palace is basically the British response to Supreme, the American skateboarding shop and clothing brand. As skateboarding and skaterwear became more popular across the pond, they needed their own brands that exhumed their culture better. Some argue their clothes are better made, but they are certainly less mainstream and more understated. Unbeknownst to me, the label is now available on Farfetch. I might be rocking the clothes soon.


Landlord T-Shirt

Neon clothing has reached massive popularity over the last couple years along with the resurgence of the 90s. Truth be told, the colors look quite good against an otherwise neutral outfit. If you don’t want to go all in on the trend, a simple tee is easy enough to pull off.


Premiata Shoes

I love learning the rich history of brands I’ve never heard of. Premiata didn’t begin making shoes as a brand until 1991, but the family traditions that birthed the company go back two generations to 1885. While the shoes have a more streetwear look, you can bet that they not only fit like a dream but are also built to last.


August Doorbell Camera

I’ve been very slow at buying into the whole smart home concept, but my eyes were opened to the concept’s utility when I bought an August Smart Lock. Now I just walk in the door instead of digging my key out and fiddling with the keyhole at night. This doorbell might be next on my list. You can get an alert on your phone when someone rings it, see them via the camera, then (if you have the Smart Lock) unlock the door for them. We are living in the future. Or Back to the Future.


Gucci Plaid Trousers

I told you I love plaid pants! Gucci seems to make all the best ones (even if they do cost a mortgage payment).


Armand Diradourian Eye Mask

One piece of wisdom my husband has imparted upon me is that an eye mask and some ear plugs can promote great sleep, especially in a city. I’ll be damned if I’m going to sleep with a polyester piece of junk on my face all night. Sign me up for cashmere and silk!


JW Anderson Sweater

JW Anderson is well-known for mixing traditional British wear with modern design. This is very evident in this unisex sweater which only comes in one size. It also plays on the popular art print I’ve mentioned before.


Needles T-Shirt

I love Needles and their Japanese-infused take on American streetwear. They are also one of the few labels that I feel can make re-constructed clothing look good. Their t-shirts go on my must-buy list every year (though I have yet to pull the trigger).