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7 Tips To Keep Your Gear FRESH!

I talked previously about how wearing clothes that fit you is the most important fashion advice you need to know.  I also mentioned great places like Buffalo Exchange and Nordstrom Rack to get high fashion clothes at budget prices.

Another great way to look good without spending too much money is to take good care of the clothes and belongings you have.

I have used these methods to keep my favorite clothes looking FRESH.

Here are some of my best tips:

  1. Wash Clothes on Delicate Cycle
  2. Hang Dry Clothes you Care about like Dress Shirts and Nice Pants
  3. Use AWESOME Brand Cleaner to Get Stains Out Before you Wash
  4. Dry Clean the clothes that are Special Fabrics or stains
  5. Scotch Guard/ Leather Protect/Polish your shoes when you first get them
  6. Use Magic Eraser to Clean your Shoes
  7. Rotate Shoes so they Last Longer

1. Washing clothes on delicate cycle will help them last longer, as the fabric won’t be as roughed up in the machine.  This is particularly in reference to button down shirts and even cotton t-shirts.

2. Hanging dry your clothes may take a bit of effort, but again, it will put less wear and tear on your clothes.  The girl I’ve been dating was surprised and impressed the first time she came over and saw my clothes hang drying in my room.  I was like “I hang dry my clothes so they last longer” and she was like “I KNOW I do too”.  (You don’t need to hang dry underwear socks, towels).

3. No I’m not being compensated to promote AWESOME cleaner, my Aunt introduced it to me years ago in college and I’ve found it the best stain remover for those collar neck stains and to clean my white garments.  The best part is you can buy it at a 99cent store.  (On a side note I’m not sure how environmentally friendly it is, it has a chemical smell that can be strong).  It also helps to have a good clothes scrubber (I stole my parents’ scrubber from the house).  Another good idea for heavy stains is to presoak dirty items  in OXYCLEAN.

4. Find a good dry cleaner (not just a cheap one) because I’ve noticed some of the cheap ones don’t really get stains off your clothes!  Dry clean silk ties,and items with special fabrics.  Don’t wear the items too long before cleaning because stains may set in and be unremoveable. If you’re not sure how to wash your clothes look at the tag inside for directions.

5. Scotch Guarding will help protect your shoes,bags from stains.  It helps repel liquids off the fabric.  My shoesmith told me to polish my leather shoes when I first get them because shoes from the factory are not protected and you want to take care of the leather.

6.  This Magic Eraser is freakin’ amazing as well.  It takes out 83.2% of the scuff marks on the bottom outside of your athletic shoes.  Give it a try and thank me later.

7. Rotate the shoes you wear so you don’t wear one pair out super quick.  I have this habit where I buy a shoe that I love, and end up wearing it everyday.  I normally then wear that shoe out quickly in a matter of months.  I do get my moneys worth, but I wear the crap out of the shoe and then it looks to worn, plus it loses its support and structure.  When I switch up the shoes I wear between at least 2-3 pairs, I can wear those shoes for way longer than a year.

What’s your best gear maintenance advice?

-Chi

p.s. check out this Groupon coupon for $25 for $50 worth of purchases at Nordstrom Rack.  It ends tommorrow!

 

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Best Fashion Advice You’ve Ever Received

The first impression you make on a woman before you even utter your first words is made by your sense of fashion and style.

The fashion advice every man needs to hear: Wear clothes that fit you!

Clothing that does not fit you can make you look short, fat, skinny, goofy.

Wearing clothing that fits you makes you look taller, sexier, sophisticated.

Incorrect Fit:  Proper Fit:

Let’s face it fellas, we’re not in High School anymore.   It’s not appropriate to wear XL jackets when your size is really Medium. Perhaps you have the opposite issue- maybe it’s been 10 years since college and you’re still trying to squeeze into your favorite t-shirt from High School.  For me the size of my clothes has gotten smaller as I’ve gotten older (to the point where they fit me completely now).  Yes it’s taken me a good 10 years to figure what looks best, but I can confidently say I know if my clothes fit me and the right sizes to wear.

6 Common ways Men’s clothes do not fit them:

  1. Shirts/jackets are too wide in the torso
  2. Sleeves are too baggy, too long
  3. Pants are too long
  4. Pant waist is too big or tight
  5. Pants are too baggy around butt and legs, crotch is too low
  6. Wrong size shoes

Incorrect Fit:

 

Proper Fit:

 

Ways to figure out if your clothes don’t fit:

  • Put your arms out to the side shoulder level – the shirt should not be excessively baggy around your torso.  If you look like you have wings and can flap them with all the excess material you need a slimmer cut shirt.
  • Hold arms out straight ahead chest level. Unbutton the cuffs and allow them to reach as far down your hand as they go. They should not go past 1/3rd of your hand (where the bottom of the inside of your thumb is).
  • Raise your arms up above your shoulders  - If  your shirt goes above your belly it is too small.
  • Roll up the bottom of your jeans/pants, if you have a cuff more than 2 inches your pants are probably too long
  • Pants are too tight if you have to inhale to put them on or if you can see the outline of your nuts.
  • Pants are too loose and low if you can grab large portions of fabric around your legs or from below your crotch.
  • Shoes are too big if your feet slide around, if you kick out and they move, if you have to wear super thick socks.
  • Shoes are too small if your toes go to the edge of the front of the shoe

How to find your clothes size:

  • Go to a tailor and get measured
  • Try different clothes brands as they size differently (I know Nautica and Tommy Hilfigger size Small fits like a size Large in Ben Sherman)
  • Try the clothes size smaller and bigger than you think you are.  Have a girl or buddy come with you to give you an opinion.  Ask the sales clerk for an honest opinion.

Ways to make your clothes fit you better:

Get them tailored.

Go to them Gym to put on weight or lose some weight.

Here’s an article I found helpful:
http://freshlyeducatedmen.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/how-to-find-the-right-fit-for-your-clothes/

For custom men’s fitting consultation check out this site: http://www.KinoWear.com

You’ll feel better when you look better.  Go to the mall this weekend and try out some new clothes.  A couple of great fitting new shirts or new shoes will make you feel like a new man!

What’s the worst Fashion mistake you’ve seen a guy make?

-Chi