Squats and Sport Coats: What The Barbell Taught Me About Style

October 17, 2013
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For several months, I was perfecting my low bar squat (one of the movements you would learn by following the Starting Strength program) and got quite used to it, but recently, I’ve decided to switch to a version of the high bar squat.

In theory, they sound pretty similar, but the motor patterns associated with the two differ significantly. Long story short, because of the difference in these movements, I’ve had to retrain myself.

At first, I had a hard time adjusting to the high bar squat, and because of this, I had to drop the weight significantly just so I could focus on the actual movement and not worry about crushing myself under the heavier weight I was used to with the low bar squat.

Anyway, you must be wondering, “How does this relate to personal style?”

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Why You Should Care About What’s Under There: A Quick Guide To Undershirts

October 3, 2013
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We of the menswear world spend so much time figuring out what we are going to wear (which shirt to match with which pair of pants, which tie to go with that shirt, which shoes to wear with the ensemble), that we often forget about some of the essentials. In this case, I’m talking specifically about your underwear. OK, not quite your underwear (not that cozy with you folks just yet), but actually your undershirts.

The gut reaction from most guys here is, “What’s to think about?” You throw on a white tee, or any other non-bright color, and you’re good to go. As long as it doesn’t smell funky you’re a happy guy. Well, I hate to tell you, there’s a lot more to it than that, and picking out a good undershirt is important for a few reasons:

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Take A Walk in Paul Evans’ Handsome Shoes (Plus: A Discount Just For You)

September 26, 2013
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Shoes are one of the things I encourage you to spend a bit more on, because when making a wise purchase, they tend to last longer and look great throughout the years (assuming you take proper care of them).

When you’re buying shoes at a higher ($300+) price point, you have to be somewhat of a connoisseur. You learn about the details, and you look for specific qualities.

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A BIG Announcement (plus, I’d love your feedback)

September 19, 2013
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First, let’s talk a bit about the State of Personal Style today. You’d think with all the information out there on the web, it would be easy to get what you need, down to the every last minute detail.

Even with what’s available to you today, EG included, it feels a bit… fragmented, doesn’t it? Sometimes you find conflicting information. Sometimes you find the exact topic you’re looking for, but the content merely skims the surface of the issue, leaving you wanting more.

Fragmented content. Surface-level information, but no “meat and potatoes” heartiness. Lack of in-depth knowledge.

Sound familiar?

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Five Ways to Wear One: The White Oxford Cloth Button Down (OCBD)

September 12, 2013
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The line between being overdressed and underdressed is a tricky one to follow. Wear the wrong item, and you might stick out like a sore thumb; underestimate the situation, and stand out in a negative way.

There are few items that bridge the gap between the two areas, but there are certainly solutions to the problem. As far as classic style staples go, men have been wearing white shirts for centuries.

And as far as items that bridge that “overdressed or underdressed” gap, a white Oxford cloth button down, or OCBD, fits the bill nicely. Sure, there are other, more colorful OCBDs and shirts, but for starting out, a white option is most versatile.

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