Men’s Winter LOOK BOOK: The Desert Bixby, The American Steeler, and The Urban Conductor

It’s the beginning of the year and the coldest  part of winter is about to hit. So, we wanted to suggest a few under coat layering options. I styled 3 looks on TUG ambassador Ben Swann to pay homage to early 1900s America, mixing hard edge workwear with southern sensibilities. 

A Man’s Winter. So what is a man’s winter? It’s stylish, yet simple. Detailed, but not ostentatious. It’s a layered tribute to his favorite styles. And it provides the opportunity to showcase his entire essence in one glance.

 

1: Desert Bixby 
Faded desert palette meets good ole boy. Stag Provisions, the company that provided our threads, is a Texas based company, so we mixed in a of bit southwest flavoring for the first look. The sandy coloring of the entire ensemble, the shirt pattern, and of course the desert boots gives us SW. While the shawl collar sweater, argyle socks, and fedora gives us classic casual 1950s southern gentleman. I especially love this look without the cardigan… its so simple and refreshing. Although many of us naturally wear dark colors in the winter, lighter hues display beautifully in crowds full of humdrum gray and black apparel. 

WINTER COAT: This look should be paired with a classic peacoat – navy, olive, tan, or beige. Scroll the options below:

 
STYLE DETAILS: Universal Works Olive Shawl Cardigan; Alex Mill Horizontal Donegal Shirt; Save Khaki Slub Twill Jeans; Yellow Luke Fedora; Clarks Desert Boot; Timex Weekender Watch; Garrett Leight Harding Sunglasses; Wooden TUG Pinback; Vinatage Beaded Bracelet; Bronze Pin. 
 
 
 
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The Change Up: Getting Over the Plateau

 

There comes a time in a gentleman’s life when he realizes that his physical health and physique are important. In this moment, he may feel the need to lift some weights, jog on the treadmill for a few miles, or (if he’s bold) take a workout class of some sort. But hey, let’s face it- exercising can be a pain. Especially when your never-ending cycle of weight lifting or treadmilling has left you without results and even worse- bored. Whether you lift big like The Rock or prefer to take a more Richard Simmons approach to exercise, there is one thing that is essential to becoming the most in shape you: change.

 

“Change is good”, the cliché of all clichés, applicable to anyone going through a breakup, getting a drastic haircut, or even just ordering a different sandwich from Subway. However, it is super relevant to your workout regimen. Sticking with a workout plan is very important, but being able to change it up is even more important. When you do the same type of exercises for a long period of time, your muscles reach a plateau. Meaning they get comfortable with what you’re doing and don’t need to work as hard, therefore, inhibiting their growth. What does this mean for you? Less results and less motivation to continue on. This is when you need to change up your plan. To:

  1. Surpass your plateau.

  2. Get better results.

  3. Increase motivation.

  4. Avoid getting bored.

Luckily, there are millions of ways to go about this. All you need is a little determination, and maybe a cool new pair of kicks. That always helps! Here are a few ideas for you to try.  


1) Revert To Your Old Ways

Sometimes going back to a routine that you have used in the past is a perfect way to rev up your results. If it has been a while, it’ll be as if it a completely new workout.


2) Use Fun To Your Advantage

There are fun things to do in this world (besides buying clothes) that actually help you get in shape. Adding in a hike, going kayaking, hitting up one of those cool trampoline parks, or playing a sport recreationally are all great ways to burn extra calories and beat that plateau.

3) Find Inspiration

Pick up a copy of a men’s fitness magazine or check out Internet for new ideas. These platforms are all loaded with new workout routines that can help you change it up.


4) Get A Workout Buddy

No, not from craigslist. Start lifting with a friend of yours who has a different workout style than you. Working out with a friend can help motivate you and the change in routine will challenge your muscles.

5) Take A Class

Workout classes come in all shapes and sizes. For example, there's CrossFit, spin, or Zumba classes. They can be really freaking hard, but are a good way to spice up your routine.

 

Changing up your workout is essential to continue your progress and advance toward your individual health goals. Even small changes can yield big results that you will be able to see. Boredom should never be an option, whether it relates to your clothes, to your life, or to your workout. Don’t fear change, embrace it.

 

By Max Rutcofsky for The Urban Gent

Chicago Bulls x Starter

It's no secret that fashion can be pretty cyclical, and the 90s are making a huge comeback in casual streetwear at the moment. I'm not talking about pagers, mood rings, or rolling up one pant leg. Think ripped jeans, flannel shirts tied around the waist, snapback caps worn backwards, and Starter jackets. Yep, those jackets you probably had as kid are cool again. 


Beyond being on-trend, they're a really cool way to rep your city or favorite sports team. So when I had the chance to visit Chicago for the first time, I wanted something that paid tribute to this great city and its legendary basketball team. The Chicago Bulls Starter jacket became my uniform while exploring the streets. As we walked from the Virgin Hotel to the SkyDeck to Millennium Park with the Cloud Gate, more popularly known as the "Bean", the "Windy City" lived up to its name, but I was warm in my jacket. We passed through shops, the Chicago Theater, and Costel Iarca's art gallery, and the satin finish of the jacket helped me stand out without being flashy.

The company's latest collaboration, Starter x VILLA, is a collection of four capsules highlighting a mix of college and NBA teams. Needless to say, my favorite is the all black Chicago Bulls 72-10 Jacket. Check out the collection here, and tell us which is your favorite in the comments.


C.I for The Urban Gent

Layrite Deluxe Pomades: Grooming Review

LAYRITE: DELUXE POMADES & HAIR PRODUCTS FOR MEN

Summary of LAYRITE Products: This is a really great hair care line for the guy who doesn’t care to spend a long time in the mirror, but wants to look good. These products offer all day hold without the stiffness of other gels or the greasiness of some pomades. I personally vouch for these products and appreciate the compliments I get because of them. Sidenote: there’s something for all hair types. We got to try three products: Original, Superhold, and Supershine.

Below are individual reviews with the following information: 1.)Feel/Application 2.) Immediate Results  3.)Short-term/Long-term Results

Original: 1.) Feels like a solid gel but not sticky like most pomades 2.) When put in damp hair, it dries light and clean 3.) Holds for most of the day with my coarse hair type so I had to reapply, but there’s no greasy feeling which is a plus.

Superhold: 1.) Feels a lot like the Original 2.) Also feels light 3.) Although this looks and feels like the Original, it definitely offers better hold. No reapplication necessary.

Supershine: 1.) Feels creamy and has a nice smell. 2.) It immediately gives the hair a shine that’s neither overpowering nor greasy looking 3.) The shine is long lasting and also leaves the hair feeling soft and moisturized.
You can find these and other LAYRITE products here.

 

Chike for The Urban Gentleman

The Urban Gentleman Presents: Summer Looks for Men

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Look 2: Summer Elegance, CLICK HERE.

Look 1: The New Summer Classics, CLICK HERE.

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Above: Cindy's poodle Huxtable, chillin' with #TUGCrew models Josh & Chris

Behind the Scenes

Mini Style Guide to Suits’ Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht)

We've vowed to do 3 profiles for our Men of USA, first we had White Collar's Neal Caffrey, second Covert Affairs' Jai Wilcox, and lastly we'll cover Suits' Harvey Specter (played by Carnegie-Mellon graduate, Gabriel Macht). Harvey Specter truly is the epitome of high-life living, and its constantly shown in the series, take the last episode for example– not only was he perusing around in a new Mercedes S-Class, but one of the guest characters commented on his "$12,000 suits".

He dresses like I expect modern day men in power to dress– widespread and cutaway collars dress shirts, thicker tie-knots (none of that skinny sh*t), double vented suit jackets, and suits that aren't slim, but just very well tailored (so they're often confused as "skinny"). oh and lets not forget he sports more ticket pocket suits than any other TV series character I know, and he likes a  3-piece suit every now and then.

 

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