San Diego Fashion

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 ...

A well-executed sweater from Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, or Tommy Hilfiger

Ninety-nine percent of hoodies look awful

Pretty soon, San Diego will return to its baseline of warm-weather semi-nudity. Your potato-bodied author considers this bad news. Layer while the weather permits. Layering, or wearing multiple pieces of clothing on your torso, makes ...

Clothing is a language. Stop mumbling.

“I dunno, I’m just a normal guy, I guess.”

If you want to learn how to dress well, the best way to start isn’t to turn to style experts. It’s to pay attention to the people around you. Develop an ear for what people ...

The four important elements of button-down

When in doubt, err on the side of boring

Learn to wear a casual button-down shirt. It’s the most versatile shirt on offer, appropriate for everything but weddings and funerals. They’re not dress shirts. The main difference is that you can wear casual shirts ...

Look better than 95 percent of other men with t-shirts and Chinos

Pick solid, neutral colors

Unless you’re a wayward fur trapper, you will be wearing t-shirts for the rest of the summer. There are a few ways to make them look great. The t-shirt is the most casual article of ...

Flat-front, slim-fit chino shorts: as formal as they come

If you’re going to tuck your shirt in or wear more formal shoes like loafers, just wear long pants

It’s almost illegal not to wear shorts in San Diego. Unfortunately, most guys do not pull them off well. Preserve your style by wearing shorts that fit perfectly, are in a conservative color, and are ...

Class up your torso with a Polo shirt

Fit is the most important factor determining how good your shirt will look

As monsoon season draws to a close, San Diego men are reverting to their natural attire: board shorts and beer tees. There’s a better alternative: the polo shirt. Polo shirts are an easy way for ...

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