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Top 10 List: Best Men’s Jeans

I’ve been getting alot of questions recently about jeans. Many of you want to know what are the best brands to buy. There’s ALOT that goes into jeans- so many fits, styles, washes, brands, etc. . . It’s hard to narrow the best brands down. So I’ll do a couple of articles about jeans – this time I’ll focus on 10 top brands

~LIST IS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER~

1. EXPRESS


Express jeans are so nicely tailored. And they’re the first jean types that I have friends try-on when they are changing their style from baggy to more tailored and fitted.

2. 7 for all Mankind
aka Seven Jeans

These were my first real “designer” jeans. Seven jeans
are super soft, top quality, and can last you a lifetime. These are everyday jeans for stars, especially when they’re in movies.

3. LRG Jeans

LRG Jeans are actually some of my favorite! They have so many styles and colors- they offer looks that no one else does.

4. True Religion

You’ll also catch the rich and famous rockin’ these on a daily basis- you can tell by the “upside down horseshoe” stitching on the back pockets. They’re comfortable and have an overall good fit.

5. Evisu

Japanese jeans are on top these days, and Evisu is one of the top brands stealing everyone’s thunder. They’re a happy medium between extra baggy and extra fitted.

6. Gap

Gap jeans are also an “every guy” type of jean, probably more so than Lucky. Gap offers a plethora of sizes and style for men of all shapes and sizes.

7. Levi’s

When in doubt- Buy Levis. Levi’s are the classic jeans, and they ALWAYS look good. The brand develops with time so they work hard to keep the latest styles in stock.
(Levi’s skinny jeans shown above- most guys shouldn’t wear these though)

8. Rock & Republic

Once again, these are jeans worn by the rich and famous. I really like the way these jeans fit on most guys. . . they make men look trim and not that it’s important to guys, but they also make your ass look great.

9. Tommy Bahama

Some of you may be thinking, WTF! Tommy Bahama?? Yeah, thats right Tommy Bahama. This pick is specifically for the older gentleman- I would say 35 and above (hopefully that doesn’t offend anyone). Tommy Bahama offers a great variety of styles and washes that are very comfortable, they’re especially good for older gent who are unsure of what type of jean to wear.

10. Lucky


Lucky jeans, I call these the “every guy jean” because almost every type of guy looks good in these jeans.

Other Top Brands:

Diesel Jeans

Mavi Jeans

Gucci
For some reason, not everyone knows they make jeans. But they do – and they’re flawless. Stars like to rock these on the red carpet.

You can buy jeans at most department stores and even at some boutiques. For the best prices on these jeans look for sales at store like Macys, Nordstrom, Saks, etc. and also check out online sites- bluefly.com and ebay.com are always great choices.There are still so many top-notch jeans that I didn’t mention- let me know what brand jeans are your favorite. . .


THE URBAN GENTLEMAN

The Polo List: The Best Polos for Men

A-town rapper Ludacris is a huge Ralph Lauren Polo fan
BET Awards, June 2008

 

 

Polos are one of the essentials of a gentleman's wardrobe. You can easily wear them in a dressy or casual manner. There are hundreds of different types of polos you can choose from, but I've narrowed the polo types and brands down to make the 1st official Polo List.

A mini-history lesson: The polo shirt was first known as a tennis shirt. It was designed by 7-time French Grand Slam tennis pro, Rene Lacoste. He designed it because he needed a more comfortable shirt to play tennis in. He first wore it in the 1926 US Open Championship and in 1927 he added the crocodile emblem. Polo players began to heavily wear the shirt in the 1930s (after Lacoste began to mass produce them)- hence the nickname "polo shirt". In 1972 Ralph Lauren included the "polo shirt" as a prominent part of his line called Polo- to further boost popularity. Many English speaking westerners started calling the tennis shirt a "polo shirt" on a widespread level because of Ralph Lauren immense popularity . . . see, you learn something new everyday :-) okay, back to the list. . .

The Official Urban Gentleman Polo List

 

Ralph Lauren – the Classic polo

This is the polo that everyone thinks of when they say the word polo. The fit of these are the best and now Ralph Lauren allows you to "create-your-own" polo.
www.ralphlauren.com
Retail price: $79.50 – $125.00
Average Sale prce: $45.00

 

 

Lacoste- the Original polo aka the Preppy polo

When you buy Lacoste, you buy the real deal- it's the first
polo ever made. This polo automatically preps up any look,
making it a must in your wardrobe.
www.lacoste.com
Retail price: 79.50
Average Sale price: $50.00

Express- the Modern polo

Express's polo is quickly becoming a favorite of stylish men,
especially since they added the big-face lion logo.
express.com
Retail price: $44.50
Average Sale price: $19.99

Chaps- the Bargain polo

This is somewhat of the "starter" polo, meaning that it's the average guys first polo if they didn't grow up wearing it. It's a good quality brand that can be found in most stores.
www.chaps.com
Retail price: $39.50
Average Sale Price: $19.99 or less

Sean John – the Comfort polo

What can I say, Diddy is a great designer- even if he's crazy,
lol. His polos fit perfectly and they make most guys look fly.
Plus, it's always good to support black designers.
www.seanjohn.com
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www.drjays.com
Retail price: $52.00+
Average Sale Price: $30.00

Rocawear – the Hip-Hop polo

Again another rap-star delivers (Jay-Z & Damon Dash). Rocawear has a great line of men's clothing. One of its best feature is the R logo- which always matches the shirts lining. Rocawear polos are really cool, they remind me of Miami for some reason.
www.rocawear.com
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www.drjays.com
Retail price: $58.00
Average Sale price: $35.00

Burberry- the Gentleman polo

With Burberry you can do no wrong. The polos are just about as classic as Ralph Lauren and Lacoste. The best thing about Burberry polos is the high-quality material and rich colors.
I've recognized that most rich and wealthy executives almost exclusively wear Burberry polos.
www.burberryusaonline.com
Retail price: $95- $160+
Average sale price: $75.00

Penguin- the Vintage polo


This is everyone's favorite extra polo. Penguin is a brand that not everyone knows about, but those who do swear by it. I've met guys who exclusively wear Penguin polos. They're meant for young stylish guys who enjoy vintage looking polos.
www.penguinclothing.com
Retail price: $59.00
Average sale price: $39.00


Coogi- the Artistic polo

Awwwhh, Coogi- so colorful and bright!
There's nothing like a coogi polo, they are so detailed and creatively designed.
www.shopcoogi.com
Retail price: $78-$88
Average sale price: $58.00

 

AE (American Eagle)- the Schoolyard polo

When I think about AE, I think about private school kids-
which is cool. American Eagle is a really good all-american
brand, with great polos for good prices. You can also
customize your polo, I made a pink one w/ a navy eagle
on it (showed above).
www.ae.com
Retail price: 24.50-34.50
Average sale price: $14.50

Guilty Brotherhood- the Lupe polo


This has to be the most googled polo in the world right now. Ever since Lupe spit his line about liking ". . .Guilty Brotherhood Polos" on Gold Watch everybody has been trying to get there hands on one of these. Unfortunately it's not that easy to cop via the internet.
http://guiltybrotherhood.com/
Retail: $105-$170
To order email, info@guiltybrotherhood.com 962-62364

Cindy at The Urban Gentleman

Best Brands for Men: Easy Style

Let’s face it; everyone isn’t born with fashion sense. There are many people who don’t have a clue what to wear or even where to buy nice clothes. Some men just don’t want to spend the time perusing different stores and trying on a bunch of different brands of clothing. But there are a few brands and stores that can make being stylish easy:

- Sean John
- Abercrombie and Fitch
- Urban Outfitters

Sean John:
For most guys I know who are trying to “care about what they wear” and gain style, I tell them, “buy Sean John”. Sean John is perfect for style-searching newbies, the label has great clothes, good prices, most guys are familiar with the brand (b/c of Diddy), it has some street-cred because many rappers wear it, and it doesn’t force a guy to just completely change his look. Sean John is the best brand for men who typically wear extra-baggy jeans and oversized t-shirts because it’s a gateway to better style. Diddy’s brand offers a variety of styles from suits to button-ups to graphic t-shirts, you can build a whole wardrobe from the brand. Another plus about Sean John is that you can find the brand almost everywhere: Macys, Dillards, T.J Maxx, or K and G Superstore just to name a few.

Sean Combs has even won New Designer of the Year at the CFDA’s, which is the highest honor any fashion brand can receive– Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein are a few other designers who have been honored with the prestigious award.



Abercrombie & Fitch:
“I like girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch”, that song wasn’t just talking about the style of girls, it indirectly pertained to the style of guys too :-)

If you want to follow the most popular trends of America- this is the store and brand I would recommend. You can hardly go wrong shopping here. From the O.C to the Hills to most shows with a young hot cast of 20-somethings-they all sport threads from A and F. The store features classic American styles with the surfer-guy looks dispersed in-between. A&F can be kind of overpriced, so I would suggest Aeropostale for men who want the same look at a better price. And if you’re older (29 or above), you may want to shop at Banana Republic, which offers the same look, but just more mature, more versatile, and more clean. If you can’t afford Banana Republic, then try it’s little sister store, GAP- everyone shops there from 2-60.


Urban Outfitters:
If you really want to eventually dress like the most stylish men in Hollywood, Urban Outfitters is the place for you. Urban Outfitters follows, defines, and sometimes even rivals the current trends. The store is edgy and unique, and allows you to feel like an individual when shopping there. UO is the store for men who want to one-day stylistically compete with Kanye, Lupe, and Pharell. Urban Outfitters not only carries the best threads, but they have all the accessories too- colorful box-framed aviators, studded belts, and original sneakers. Many of the clothes are a little pricey, but they always have sales.

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