San Diego Fashion

Barrio Logan’s Sew Loka: the Nip/Tuck of real life

Gym for health, tailoring for looks

According to Claudia Rodriguez Biezunski, the gregarious owner of Barrio Logan’s Sew Loka, for a man, having your clothes tailored is more important for your looks than working out. “You can go to the gym ...

Scott Rich: San Diego’s most colorful fashion designer

“For people who want to be seen.”

As someone with little interest in high fashion, I was surprised by how compelling I found local designer Scott Rich’s work. Rich, who lives in Santee, is one of San Diego’s few fashion designers. He ...

Stylist Michael Burton: find a good tailor at Picasso Tailoring and Nick’s Tailor Shop

Don’t skimp on the suit

I haven’t bought a new suit since I was 12. The last time I went to a wedding, it was in a suit I got from a thrift store for $7, and it looked pretty ...

Vanessa Valiente: the cure for Costco couture

Does San Diego deserve its reputation as an unstylish city?

Vanessa Valiente is San Diego’s original fashion blogger and an elite personal style consultant. Her services sit behind a long wait list and a battery of screening questionnaires, and for good reason. She knows what ...

Shopping vintage is not only for Grateful Dead roadies

Clothing “foster mom” has some advice for you

For most men, buying secondhand clothing is an alien experience, and that puts them behind a steepening curve. According to industry reports, the secondhand clothing market is set to match or surpass new clothing sales ...

The “normcore” of Comedian Daunte Cordova

He has that “four decades put in a blender” look that’s hard to pull off.

The list of stylish comedians in San Diego is a short one. Foremost among them is Daunte Cordova, a stand-up comic who’s been outshining the competition for years. Cordova describes his style as a derivation ...

Glam meets feral for Michael Peterson and the Natives

Meet San Diego’s smart-casual punk drummer

It’s hard to look “edgy” and “nice” at the same time. In fact, it’s almost impossible. Which is why it’s so impressive when someone pulls it off consistently. Michael Peterson, member of the San Diego-based ...

Shop Ebay and Poshmark for hot weather deals

Right now there is less competition for sweaters, jackets, and long pants.

Summer is the best time of the year to shop for clothes. As temperatures warm, prices drop. Few men seem aware of this. The hot months bring the lowest prices of the year for most ...

Cut your own hair... seriously

Some people will think you’re weird. That’s worth $480+ a year.

Your first reaction to “cut your own hair” is probably to release a long, hissing breath and do something condescending with your eyebrows. That knee-jerk — brow jerk? — response is costing you an obscene ...

Clothing subscriptions: not better than Ebay or Poshmark

That $240-360 you were going to spend on a subscription in a year will buy you an entire thrifted wardrobe

In a market saturated with bad deals, there are few worse than men’s clothing subscription boxes. The idea is appealing on its face: pay a company a recurring fee ($20-$30 per month) and they’ll send ...

How to dress up in Linen and Chinos for hot weather

A little compromise goes a long way

Last summer was punishing. This one looks to be brutal, too. If you’re concerned with looking good when it’s hot, I have a few suggestions. Let me begin by saying that if style isn’t your ...

Look good and stay cool in linen and chino shorts

Go as formal as the temperature lets you.

It’s getting hotter. A sea of sleeveless tees and board shorts drowns the land. Through it wades a lone crusader, fighting on the side of aesthetics. Zoom in. It’s you, wearing a nice linen shirt. ...

Consider wearing women’s jeans

Straight-leg women’s jeans tend to have a much better taper.

A pair of slim fitting jeans is one of the most stylish pieces of clothing you can own, and also one of the most expensive. A decent pair, bought retail, can run you from 50 ...

Never pay full price for Tommy Hilfiger, John Varvatos, Armani, or other designer brands

Those logos you’re paying so much for aren’t adding anything to your style

“Designer clothing” is a euphemism for “expensive clothing.” A new Tommy Hilfiger button-up shirt costs $80. An equivalent shirt from John Varvatos costs $180. The cheapest Armani is $450. I’ve found all three for less ...

Unless you are a jazz legend or Harrison Ford, hats are too much risk, too little reward

The best compromise is a solid black ball cap with no graphic on it

Hats are good for your health, but a style liability. A hat is either going to make your look perilously casual or overly fashion-y. Both are bad Most guys wear ball caps with some kind ...

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