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Real People: Tonal Combinations, Revisited

November 20, 2014

Real People: Tonal Combinations, Revisited

Contrast is one of the bedrocks of traditional men’s clothing, and one of the easiest ways of selecting what pieces…

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Real People: Not Taking Yourself Too Seriously

October 22, 2014

Real People: Not Taking Yourself Too Seriously

My wardrobe sometimes feels like it suffers from being too serious. I wear lots of leather jackets with jeans and…

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Real People: A Foolish Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds

October 3, 2014

Real People: A Foolish Consistency Is The Hobgoblin Of Little Minds

I’m on record as saying I like having a “uniform”—clothes I can rely on, that I commit to wearing, and…

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Real People: Reconsidering Black Shoes

September 25, 2014

Real People: Reconsidering Black Shoes

Although black shoes have always been considered de rigueur for traditional men’s suiting, they haven’t always been well loved. It…

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Real People: Dressing Down a Suit

September 18, 2014

Real People: Dressing Down A Suit

There are no fewer than a thousand guides at this point on how to dress down a suit, but many…

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Real People: Mixing Patterns

September 11, 2014

Real People: Mixing Patterns

Once again, our friend Peter in San Francisco shows us how to mix patterns easily and successfully using just two…

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Real People: Tweed, Oxford, and Wool Challis

August 21, 2014

Real People: Tweed, Oxford, And Wool Challis

We’re still about a month away from fall, but I’m already thinking about heavy flannels and thick coats. Derek from Nashville …

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Real People: The Endurance of Prep

July 17, 2014

Real People: The Endurance Of Prep

Prep style is a little like ska music (bear with me). Although it’s never really gone, every decade or so…

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Real People: The Peak-Lapel, Single-Breasted Suit

July 16, 2014

Real People: The Peak-Lapel, Single-Breasted Suit

Having peak lapels on a single-breasted jacket can be tricky. Without the longer lapel line of a double-breasted coat, a…

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Real People: Madras and Brown Grenadine

July 3, 2014

Real People: Madras And Brown Grenadine

It can be quite difficult to wear madras, the bold Indian cotton, without looking like a clown. I love The…

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Real People: The Much Neglected Derby

June 30, 2014

Real People: The Much Neglected Derby

The poor derby doesn’t get nearly as much attention as its slicker cousin the oxford. The difference between a derby…

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Real People: Giving Up the Jacket on Hot Days

May 1, 2014

Real People: Giving Up The Jacket On Hot Days

Participate on online clothing forums for long enough, and you’ll notice, around this time every year, people will start to…

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Real People: Sport Coats with Jeans (Revisted)

April 21, 2014

Real People: Sport Coats With Jeans (Revisted)

StyleForum member Butler recently challenged other members to wear a sport coat with a pair of jeans and a tie….

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Real People: Dressing Down a Suit

April 7, 2014

Real People: Dressing Down A Suit

Open any men’s fashion magazine nowadays and you can read about the 101 ways to dress down a suit. The…

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Real People: Intent vs. Practice

March 18, 2014

Real People: Intent Vs. Practice

Nearly every piece of clothing we own was designed as part of someone’s vision, whether that vision was personal or…

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