Manolo for the Men Fashion and Lifestyle Advice for Men

November 23, 2007


Thanksgiving is here, which means that the collective madness known as holiday shopping has already begun. In no particular order, here are some gift ideas for inspiration. Of course, it’s the thought that counts, but some thoughts are more valuable and stylish than others.

Up first, some simple, classic Brooks Brothers ties.

Brooks Brothers bar stripe tieBrooks Brothers silk repp dot tie

On the formal bow tie front, there’s nothing blacker than velvet, which isn’t seen much nowadays.

Thomas Pink velvet bow tie

And for a change from the usual cufflinks, how about silk knots, which, unlike ordinary cufflinks, are never stuffy? They’re so inexpensive that you can collect them in every color. Also, they’re easy to put on, even if you don’t have a manservant.

Thomas Pink woven silk cuff knots

Another interesting alternative are these woven cufflinks from Thomas Pink, which have a delightful feel.

Thomas Pink woven cufflinks

Speaking of formal wear, it might be worth experimenting with these Frenchback boxers, which look like just the thing to wear under white tie and tails. They’re perhaps the only undergarments that deserve to be starched.

Brooks Brothers Frenchback boxer

Not exactly the tallest man in the world, Izzy, like Tom Cruise, is a sucker for dressy boots.

Peal & Co. Chelsea bootsPeal & Co. wingtip Chelsea boots

And as for boots that will keep your feet warm and dry on an Arctic expedition or merely a schlep to the mailbox, Sorel is one of the brands to count on. The company was founded in Canada, after all.
Sorel Mounty II boots

These are totally off-season, Izzy knows, but why where white bucks when you can wear white buck wingstips?

Peal & Co. white buck wingtips

For that special someone who thinks he has everything, surprise him with this Brooks Brothers sportcoat made from “Coarsehair,” a custom Loro Piana blend of cashmere and goat hair.

Brooks Brothers Coarsehair sportcoat

Happy hunting.

Another great gift idea is getting the latest 4g phones as a gift, where you can find some great discounts.


  1. LOVE the white buck wingtips!

    Comment by Phyllis — November 26, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

  2. I don’t know too much about mens’ clothing, but that sportcoat made me do a serious double-take. Very nice!

    Comment by Nariya — November 28, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

  3. The Sorel dress boots are nice but check out R.M. Williams boots from Australia. These boots are an engineering marvel – they only have a single seam (along the back). And they come in cowhide, goat and kangaroo.

    Comment by lindylady1 — December 11, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

  4. Those boots are awesome; particularly the wingtip Chelseas. Love a boot; love a man in a boot.

    Comment by La BellaDonna — June 25, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

  5. The silk knot cufflinks mentioned above are about as simple as cufflinks get. Because they’re inexpensive and usually come in packs with multiple pairs you can match them to just about any tie you happen to be wearing for very little cost. I own a fairly new online cufflinks retail store. Business has been good since the store launched, but sadly I haven’t sold even one pair of silk knot cufflinks. I own a few pair myself. They’re light weight, feel good on the cuff, and
    “disposable”. Plus, you don’t have to worry about them scratching the paint on your car! I’ve done that…pretty disappointing.

    Comment by Jeff — July 17, 2008 @ 12:04 am

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