Archive - February, 2005

Manuel of the Nashville?

Manuel of Nashville?

Manolo says, it is not ironic that this is the man from whom thousands take their advice of the fashion?

Yes, the Carson, he is the sweet, funny man, but he has the fashion sense of the Slim Whitman.

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Coming Soon

Manolo says, the Manolo he apologizes to you for the lack of the posting in this forum. The fashion weeks they have been the time of busyness for the Manolo, especially as the Miuccia Prada she presented this week a stunning fall line in the Milan. Of the course, the Manolo he has been doing much blogging about this over at the Manolo’s Prada Blog.

Soon, the Manolo he will return with many good things and with the answers to many of the questions sent to him by his internet friends.

Timelessness

Manolo says, here are the Prada ads from the 1996 featuring the Tim Roth.

You will notice that these clothes, from nearly the decade ago, they still feel fresh and stylish.

This it is what the Manolo he would like for the mens, to pick out the clothes that will still look good in the ten or the twenty years. This it is not easy, but it is possible if one looks for the timeless and the classic.

To the mind of the Manolo, this, it is also the reason why the clothes of the Miuccia Prada, they are worth their very expensive price.

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English Cut

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends he has sent the Manolo the link to the blogging tailor. This blog it is the wonderful resource for any man who wants to learn about the best of the bespoke suits and how they are constructed.

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Fashion For The Not Tall Man

Martin Scorsese Shown Actual Size

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends he has asked the Manolo the question.

While I dress well for a college student, I must ask what would be good for a man who is short in stature. I am already a big man, and I stick to simple patterns, and darker colors for my dress. What should I avoid when it comes to casual dress to avoid looking shorter than my 5’5” frame?

I’ve been told I should avoid cuffs on my pants, but I remember being told to avoid longer coats which go to the knees as well. Is this good advice, and do you have any more words of advice on perhaps lengthening my appearance?

Manolo says, the travails of the not tall man, they are indeed close to heart of the Manolo, for it is no secret that the Manolo he has not been blessed with the tallness of the stature, nor the particularly elegant figure.

However, like many of the problems of the fashion, the problem of being not tall it is partly surmountable with attitude and proper dress.

The Manolo’s friend he is on the right track with the regard to the rules for the dress for the not tall man. Avoid the cuffs, avoid the longish coat, avoid the clothes that are oversized. (This last bit of the advice, it applies to all of the mens. The clothes they should always be well tailored.)

To this list the Manolo he would add the few more. The man who is not tall, he would do well to avoid any combination of the colors that “cut” the body in the half; the coat and the pants that are of the radically different color. Indeed, the wearing of the monochromatic pallette, in the color of the neutral or the dark, it gives the illusion of elongating the body.

Of the course, the stripes they must always be vertical.

Finally, the Manolo he reemphasizes the tailoring and the quality of the clothes. The nature she does not bless everyone with the handsomeness or the tallness of the David Hasselhoff, and so we must do the best we can to work with what she has to us given. This it is where the good tailor, the good grooming, and the proper attitude it comes in.

Manolo says to the not tall man, take as your guide the Martin Scorsese, who is thoughtful, talented, accomplished and very dapper.

The Shoes for the Interview of the Job

Manolo says, everyone, they are now doing the shoeblogging. Go read this post from the Canadian Headhunter. He gives the sound advice about the proper shoes for the young man for the interview of the job.

The Mephisto

Mephisto - Perino (Black Smooth) Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, in the general, the Manolo he approves of the Mephisto for the wearing with the casual, or perhaps even the business casual clothes. They are comfortable for the walking and usually somewhat of the stylish.

This shoe above, it is the good shoe in the modern-classic, monk-strap style. Even the better, it is on the sale. Reduced over $150 of the American dollars.

This it would be the good addition to your collection of the quality footwear.

Sensible

Manolo says, the Manolo he has just discovered the most remarkable blog about the clothing for the mens by the most sensible young man, John D. Erickson. Unfortunately, it is not regularly updated, but you should read what is there none the less. His comments on the pleated versus the flat-fronted pants, they are exactly right.

The Day of the San Valentino

Manolo says, the Manolo he takes this opportunity, as the service to the public, to remind his many men friends that the Day of the San Valentino it approaches, and that the man who in his life has the woman, would be unwise to forget this.

This is why the Manolo he would tell you to buy the fine chocolates from the France and the red flowers, the good wine, maybe the jeweled trinket, and perhaps the mid-winter trip to Paris, with the great promptness, so as to avoid the disaster that is the Day of San Valentino forgotten.

Here, however, is the word of the warning about certain catagories of the gifts, most of the importantly, the perfume. Under no of the circumstances should the man buy for the woman the perfume of cheapness. This, it is worse than the buying of no gift at all.

The women, they know that the perfume it is the very personal thing, and so it is important to buy the perfume of the highest quality, one with that is subtle rather than strong. Which is why the Manolo he can do no other than recommend to you this:

Chanel No. 5 Eau De Parfum

Manolo says, yes, the Manolo he has the “issues” with the House of The Chanel and it’s current evil head designer, however, this it does not erase the fact that the Coco, she was the genius. And the Chanel No 5 is the most classic perfume, one that is subtle, sophisticated, and suitable for most of the womens.

Here is the tip to the men friends of the Manolo: don’t be the skate of cheap on the Day of San Valentino, buy the big bottle.

If Man Is Still Alive

Harlequin

Manolo says, this it will be the standard business wear in the year 2525.

The Hats

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends they have been asking the questions about the hats. Here the one such of the questions.

I’m age 54, balding/thinning hair. I don’t habitually wear hats, only for protection against sun or cold. I have been in the military and managed to get by in the hat department with uniform headgear or dress-down hats. I have racks full of hunting caps and baseball caps. I have one nice fur Russian-style cap (bought in a place Fodor doesn’t cover).

I now have a civilian job in the MidAtlantic (on a military base, not in Manhattan or DC). What is an appropriate style hat to wear to ward off the cold or sleet without looking like travel catalog shopper, and doesn’t require a trip to NYC or London to buy? Most hats I see today I can generally say, “Oh yeah, that’s from Cabelas, or that’s Lands End item #1234.”

And here is the second such of the questions.

A doctor recently recommended that I start wearing a hat, so that my entire outfit will be better suited to cold weather. I have not ever worn a hat in a business environment, and am uncertain (aside from uniform hats), whether or not hats should be worn at all. If a hat can be worn reasonably with a suit, tie, and coat, what kind of hats would be most appropriate and least ostentatious.

Manolo says, the Manolo he has little interest in the politics, and tends not to give much attention to the doings of the politicians. but here he must curse the memory of the American President JFK, for having the great head of the hair, and for the killing of the practice of the wearing of the hat.

It is no secret that the Manolo he, too, is thinning on the top and that he loves the wearing of the hat, from the standpoint of both the practical and the stylistic. In the fact, the Manolo he talked about his favorite hat store just the few weeks ago here in this Manolo for the Men Blog. And, so of the course, the Manolo he has many of the hats.

However, at the same of the time, the Manolo he is, well, let us be frank, a little eccentric. Yes, it is hard to believe, but the Manolo he is not like the other peoples. And so he is not as afraid of the opprobium of the masses, and he is willing somewhat to stand out from the crowd in the matter of the headgear.

Yet, at the same of the time, he is aware that the wearer of the hat he may cut the comical figure. This is why the Manolo he would recommend to both of his internet friends that they shop for the hats in person, and with the carefulness. There is no other way to look for the hat, as not only is it difficult to find the right size, but, more of the importantly, the hats they are extremely personal.

One of the men, he may look good in the fedora, while the other of the men, he may look awful. Only by examing the shape of the hat and the shape of the face, and the way the two things they intertact is it possible to see what is the best.

However, after the saying of that, the Manolo he would recommend to his second friend, who is looking for the hat to wear with the suit, that he consider the black homburg or the fedora, or, one of the Manolo’s personal favorites, the English ascot cap.

In the fact, this last hat, the ascot cap, it would be the excellent choice for the Manolo’s first internet friend. But, as with any hat, the Manolo, he recommends that you try it on before you buy it.

As for himself, the Manolo he has the many hats, but his favorites they are the elegant straw panama for the summer, the ascot cap for the winter, and his native Spanish beret for the times in the between.

P.S Here, if you require the inspiration, is the man who is not afraid to wear the hat, and as the consequence, wears the hat well.

The Buttons and the Blazers

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

I noticed the blazer you linked to has the traditional brass buttons. For some reason, the brass buttons have always bothered me, I prefer the buttons of horn. I find the brass a bit too nautical for my taste, a bit too flashy, and frankly juvenile. However, knowing your impeccable conservative taste, and seeing most of those around me wearing such buttons, I thought that perhaps to wear a blazer without them might be a violation of some unspoken rule. Also, how do you feel about the black blazer and where and in what fashion should one wear such a thing?

Manolo says, it is true that perhaps the brass buttons they are not for the everyone, however, please allow the Manolo to come to the defense of both the lengthy tradition of the brass button, and the need for the occasional flashiness.

Yes, the Manolo he is very conservative with regard to the dressing of the mens, but there are the certain areas where the men they can show a little color and a little flash: the cufflinks, the watch, the ties, and the brass buttons on the blazer.

This little bit of the flash it may not be to your taste, but in the moderation, it is not too much.

Manolo says, few things that the man can wear are as stylish as the well-tailored black cashmere blazer. To the mind of the Manolo, this it is most appropriate for elegant casual wear, perhaps for dining out on the weekend.