The Effortless Archives
The ten most recent articles
This Is Why We Dress Now. Why Do You? (You’ll find a few gems in here)
Caring For Your Clothes: Are you washing yours right?
Know The Rules Before Breaking Them: The Classic Suit, The Rules To Follow, & The Rules To Break
How to Use Contrast to Create Kick-Ass Clothing Combinations
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Choosing A Versatile Suit and Wearing Each Piece Separately
Five Ways to Wear One: Dark Blue Denim
Mixing Casual And Tailored: A Signature Style chat with A Bit Of Color
Suffering from Puffy Shirt? One tip that will solve your fit woes
How To: Incorporate Trends In Your Classic Lean Wardrobe
Sunday Shop: The “4-Part Entrepreneur Cocktail” Edition
Cladright Association Reopens Next Week… you in?
18 Favorite Things: The EG Holiday Gift Guide, 2013 edition
Five Ways to Wear One: The V-Neck Sweater
Who Won The Timex? Plus, It’s Our Four Year Anniversary… Let’s Celebrate!
Three Ways I’m Keeping Warm, Dressing Smart, and Looking Sharp This Winter
Win This Watch: The Timex Weekender from Huckberry
Getting Your Mister Rogers On: How To Choose And Wear a Cardigan
A Helpful Way To Discover (and Organize) Great Finds on eBay
Squats and Sport Coats: What The Barbell Taught Me About Style
Why You Should Care About What’s Under There: A Quick Guide To Undershirts
Take A Walk in Paul Evans’ Handsome Shoes (Plus: A Discount Just For You)
A BIG Announcement (plus, I’d love your feedback)
Five Ways to Wear One: The White Oxford Cloth Button Down (OCBD)
Nine Men’s Style Websites You Can Learn A Thing Or Two From, An Opportunity, and A Question
Sunday Shop: The “Long Weekend” Edition, REES, sales, combo deals, and more
How Can Classic Style Also Be Exciting? A chat with Uncle Beebo
QUANTITY, not Quality: Making the case for “cheap” clothing
The Navy Polo: Five ways to wear one!
Patterns 101: All you need to know about wearing, mixing, and matching patterns
Four Simple Style Tips for the Well-Built Man
Sunday Shop: “Staying busy in SF” Edition
EGQA Episode 1: What to wear with a blue and white striped sport coat
Cigars 101: Choosing Your First Cigar
Looks Over Quality: Six Affordable Alternatives to “Definitive” Shoes
Tux’d Up For a Summer Wedding: My experience with the Black Lapel tuxedo
The Ultimate Fool-Proof Method For Matching Anything
Sunday Shop: “Getting Hitched in Hawaii” Edition, Special discounts, + need your feedback
Wear a Tuxedo Every Chance You Get: An argument for the formal wedding celebration
F#%K Fashion: Eight Tips to Being the Best Dressed Guy You Know
Sunday Shop: “Spending Summer in Shorts” Edition
Fewer, but better: How buying cheap clothing kills people
Sportin’ In The Heat, part II: Making the khaki sport coat work for you
Sunday Shop: Something new I’m excited to share with you…
How are YOU transitioning your wardrobe for Spring weather?
Signature Style: Anthony Urbano of Closet Freaks
Sport Coat Shopping? Five fit mistakes that make you look like an amateur
Cigars 101: Choosing Your First Humidor
Get a copy of EG’s latest book, The Lean Wardrobe: Five Principles to Achieve Closet Mastery
Command Respect from the TSA: How to dress while traveling
10 Rookie Mistakes That Keep You Looking Sloppy
A guide to looking dapper without spending top dollar
Signature Style: Jason Chang of Broke and Bespoke
Cigars 101: How NOT to look like an idiot when smoking a cigar
Lean Wardrobe: Packing for a five-day jaunt to Hawaii
Going Sockless: How to keep your shoes sweat-free
A Primer On Killing It With Color
The Perfect Fit: Ties
Watch That Wrist: Five reasons why a luxury timepiece is a worthwhile investment
How to: Layer up! Easily and effectively
Introducing Signature Style: A new QA + visual inspiration series
Are we connected? + I need your help…
Behind the Scenes: The Bonobos Guideshop experience (+ a nice deal for EG readers)
Seven Shameful Confessions of an Embarrassed Style Blogger
Style Tenets: Simple thoughts to help guide you in your quest for personal style improvement
Get Into It: Brightly-colored pants
Staying Stylish Beyond Your Closet in 2013: A starter list
Ask The Readers: What are your TWO biggest resolutions?
Happy Holidays! Hang with EG and 5&B
The Lean Wardrobe: How to make use of every single item of clothing you have
21 Favorite Things: The EG Holiday Gift Guide, 2012 edition
Ask the Readers: What do you take with you?
Keep Your Feet Dry: What shoes to wear in the rain and snow
The Zombie Survivor’s Guide to Expanding Your Comfort Zone and Rocking Your Own Look
Where does EG shop online? + A few Black Friday deals for this week
Big things a’comin: I need your help, + Fifth&Brannan’s new collection
Why you should ignore fashion sites if you want to improve your style
The Perfect Fit: All about your pants
Do YOU: Style tips every gent needs to know, no matter your size, shape, or age
Men of Short Stature: Dress to flatter your body type, not to look taller
Spotlight On: Favorite picks from Frank & Oak
Ask the Readers: Is your style better off today than it was one year ago?
All In The Details: Are you committing any of these 26 outfit blunders?
The Perfect Fit: Dress and Sport Shirts
Style and Self-Sabotage: Avoid getting in the way of your own progress
All In The Details: Choose your shade of brown wisely (Leather Shoes, part IV)
Going Custom: Experiences and thoughts from the Traveling Tailor event
Ask the Readers: How experimental are you with your outfits?
All In The Details: Is your shirt a REAL dress shirt?
Announcing the winner of the EG x Indochino giveaway…
Why you don’t need a fashion guru or personal stylist to discover your own style
All In The Details: Two-button vs. three-button (vs. all other) suits
Get Suited Up: Win Your Very Own Custom Suit from Indochino!
Menswear Accessory Storage: How to properly put away your pocket squares, ties, belts, and cufflinks
All In The Details: What’s up with those holes? (Leather Shoes, Part III)
Three members-only (but not clothing-exclusive) shopping sites you shouldn’t overlook
All In The Details: Black leather shoes CAN be interesting! (Leather Shoes, part II)
All In The Details: Leather shoes, part I
The most concise, useful, and informative guide on how to dress “Business Casual”, ever
The Endorsement: Dolbeau’s Hawaiian print ties
All About Your Belt: How to know whether the leather is worth it
Back to Basics: The difference between a dress shirt and a sport shirt
Spotlight On: The non-middle-management khakis
An EG Birthday: Four things on my wishlist
Spotlight On: Wearing shirting on your legs + how to wear bright color… down there
How to beat the rain in style
Five Tips on Dressing to Flatter the Short(er) Body Type
Spotlight On: Baxter of California from The Motley
Constructing a killer starter wardrobe, Part II: Adopting A Uniform
Ask the Readers: What’s your monthly spend on clothing?
Sportin’ in the Heat: How to wear a sport coat when it’s hot as hell out
Proper Garment Care Every Gent Should Know, Part One: Suits
Look Good In Any Body (of Water): How to buy and wear swim trunks
How a Good Wardrobe Foundation Will Make Your Style Reinvention Much Easier
Can’t stand shopping? End the pain quickly by shopping more effectively
Ask The Readers: Would YOU find a personal style consultation helpful?
How to dress for date night!
Friday Giveaway: Here’s your chance to add to the mint
Why you should have a relationship with your barber
Ask The Readers: How do you buy your basics?
How to embrace trends without completely victimizing yourself
The Effortless Guide to Graduating Your Style is NOW AVAILABLE! Grab yourself a copy today
Win a FREE copy of The Effortless Guide to Graduating Your Style
A quick check-in and a few updates (Yes, I’m still alive)
Reader Q+A: Dressing well in warmer weather
Quick Tip: Awesome looking shoes that don’t break the bank
Constructing a killer starter wardrobe, Part I: Five morsels of advice for getting it right the first time
Aww, grow up: How to avoid looking like a kid
Quick tip: Inject more color into your everyday outfits
The Quick and Easy Three-Step Face Care Regimen, For Dudes… + our winner for the free GothamBox!
What Girls Want to See Guys Wearing: In the Gym
How are we doing? I want to hear from you, + a few announcements
The Endorsement: Tourists, travel, and tastebuds… plus a giveaway!
Three steps to initiate big changes, starting right now
Ask The Readers: What’s your organization strategy?
Step away from the Dad Jeans: Identifying the symptoms of DJS and how to cure yourself, once and for all
Keep yer pants on: What to look for in a belt, plus the one belt you need
The Lean Wardrobe: Favorite Clothes of a Minimalist
Clothing crimes: Brushing up on your basics (aka, don’t let me catch you doing these things)
Quick Tip: Flash those ankles
Splurge-worthy: How to make the final decision on a big purchase
They’re not all the same: Picking the RIGHT pair of brown dress shoes
The Lean Wardrobe: Using High/Low styling to your advantage
Back to Basics: Which socks do I wear with these?
Effortless Gent’s 2011 Must-Reads
(Style) Resolutions for the New Year
Two years and one month later…
Quick tip: Unbutton that second button when you go tieless
Do it anyway: Improving yourself and dealing with those who don’t understand
Your best pickup line: The winner is…
There is no Going Out shirt: How to dress like a real man after hours
Refined Casual: Getting your grown man on, outside the office
Bonobos on Cyber Monday: Stock up, save, and snag great deals
Get Measured: The ONE tool you need to solve all your shopping woes
The Lean Wardrobe: Three coats that will get you through this (and every) winter
The Effortless Guide to Cocktails: See Mix Drink
Be a real man, dress like a girl!
Q+A: Let’s hear your questions
Back to Basics: Choosing a casual shoe
Well said: A simple guide to choosing, buying, and wearing dress shoes
Staying forever young: giving premature aging the boot
Sartorial Evaluation: How to be stylish in your 40s and beyond
How to nail it: Taking care of your hands at home
Let’s hear it: what kind of buyer are you?
The break: How to choose the best pants length + how to tell your tailor
The winner of the Maxwell Scott Lorenzo Briefcase is…
Bagging it up, part II: Carrying the Essentials + a Maxwell Scott review and giveaway!
The Endorsement: The one thing every man MUST HAVE in his closet
Ask The Readers: skimp, spend, splurge? + a sale on 5&B pocket squares
Chilly summer nights: be prepared when the sun goes down
Keepin’ it sexy while sweaty: How to dress well in hot weather
Shop Bonobos, get 20% off, just for being an EG reader!
The winner of the EG + Ratio Clothing Giveaway is…
The one thing every guy should carry when traveling
Win a custom dress shirt from Ratio Clothing
How to buy shorts and how to wear ‘em
The Effortless Guide to Cocktails: The… Phlump?
Three Fs to consider when shopping for new clothing
Style articles that caught EG’s eye this week (plus one non-style related one)
Update from the EG / 5&B World Headquarters
The Effortless Guide to Cocktails: The Sidecar
Back to Basics: Make minor outfit tweaks to stand out from the crowd
The Endorsement: The Motley’s Summer Essentials, EG + 5&B elsewhere on the web, and a 5&B event reminder
Three easy-to-find denim picks for the not-so-skinny guy
Ask the Readers: Orchestrating the outfit
The Effortless Guide to Cocktails: The Old-Fashioned
The Low-down on Fifth&Brannan: Who we are, what we’re doing, why you should care
Bagging it up: Carrying the ten essentials
The Evolution of Fashion (or, why classic style is the best style)
Ten essentials: 10 things I can’t live without / use daily / bring with me everywhere… plus 5&B launch event news
Back to Basics: What color looks best with your skin type
It’s not about the event, but about the process
The Endorsement: Grooming products from The Motley
When to spend vs. when to save
A new look and feel for EG + 5&B updates
The work you need to do before the real work begins
Back to Basics: The Art of The Tuck
Introducing: The Effortless Body
How to wear a pocket square
The ONE thing you need to do to set yourself apart from every other guy
Three things I’m excited to wear this spring
Back to Basics: Clothe Yourself Casually
Updates on Fifth&Brannan’s Fall / Winter 2011 menswear collection
The Endorsement: Go green all the way this St. Patrick’s Day
The Endorsement: The manliest glass of wine you’ll ever drink
Back To Basics: Which Shoes with Which Pair of Pants?
Ask The Readers: Dissecting the Online Shopping Experience, Part Two
Ask the readers: Dissecting the online shopping experience
Taking Care of What You Wear
Announcing the winners of the Lumina Clothing Tie Giveaway!
Dress Like This Guy: Justin Timberlake
A Giveaway: Enter to win a Tie or Bow Tie from Lumina Clothing!
My take on Style vs Fashion, the differences between both, and why you should care
Seven things guys overlook when caring for clothes
2011: Looking Ahead, a project update
Dress Like This Guy: Baron Davis
Happy Holidays from EG!
3 Reasons Why You Should Subscribe to effortlessgent.com
A (Very, Very) Good Reason To Use Snail Mail
JackThreads: A flash shopping site to know, plus a special deal!
What do you want from me?
Happy First Birthday To Us: A look back at the past year
A Review: Franklin+Gower Relaxed Pant
The Motley Redesign, The Study Series, Plus A Giveaway!
5 Affordable Style Essentials That Will Keep You Warm
Watch OneRepublic get draped in Ralph Lauren clothing
How to dress when you’re fat
Why you should take the time to find your own personal style
3 Essentials Every Man Must Own… That He Can Find at Target
The Five Most Common Bad Habits in Mens Style
Need a suit? Prefer it custom-made? Want to save $100?
Why It’s Good to Spend Money on Quality
Introducing LESS EFFORT, an Effortless Gent project
100 Days of Ties: The Momentum of Failure project
Slim v. Skinny Jeans: A Clarification
The Endorsement: The Casual Button Up
On getting rid of clothes
Easy guidelines for a can’t-fail first date getup
How to find a tailor, and what to pay him for
The Endorsement: The inexpensive, no-frills timepiece
Wearing a suit? Please, put down the sporty shades
My take on the Fake Bake Fever by Bonobos
The Endorsement: L.L. Bean Signature Plain Weave Suiting
Maintenance 101, part III: Shaving
Maintenance 101, Part II: Hair Care
Maintenance 101, Part I: Skin Care
Thanks for your help choosing our name
Help Us Choose A Name For Our Next Project
On Choosing an Appropriate Gym Bag
The Endorsement: Light-colored Chinos
New on Primer: Six No-No’s for a Suited Man
The Endorsement: The Chambray Shirt
Q+A: What’s the best undershirt under a dress shirt?
Q+A: What to wear on a Friday night
Q+A: One-on-one with Dan Trepanier, The Style Blogger
New Article! Gear Up: Six Accessories That Demand Your Attention
The Endorsement: GTH Shoes
Slim is in!
On defining your own style
Good stuff in the works
How to: Be the best-dressed man ever, in the history of clothed men
How to: Brown dress shoes, Part IIa
How to: Brown dress shoes, Part I: Choosing a pair
Happy new year!
It’s 2010! Time to look good for less coin
The Endorsement: J. Crew’s Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater
How to: Roll up shirt sleeves (effectively)
Part of someone’s view
How to: Rock the french cuff
What’s it all about?