The only good thing about all of this unnecessary pretension and stupidity is that the monocle apparently hasn’t made its way to Philadelphia as of yet.
The salesperson at trendy Modern Eye chuckled when I asked if they had any monocles in stock. The woman answering the phone at Sazz Vintage sounded incredulous, insisting, “We wouldn’t carry anything like that here.” Not even Briar Vintage could help me out.
But as awful as the monocle is—and, in case you’re not getting this loud and clear: THE MONOCLE IS TRULY AWFUL—is it really the worst fashion statement a man can make? Take our Shoppist poll below.
Happy Friday, Shoppists! I hate to do this to you so early in the morning, but you need to see these. They are called “Meggings” and they are, as the name suggests, leggings for men. This should not be a thing. [Huffington Post]
Calling all Scandal devotees: Celebrate the return of the series with … Scandal paper dolls! [Vulture]
Well, this is brilliant: These companies help online shoppers really see how clothes will fit. This is serious technology—there are simulations that show exactly how a garment will look on your body, where it will wrinkle, and a heat map shows you the places on your body where it will fit more tightly. Whoa. [Fashionista]
Need a quick retail fix? Of course you do. Your best bet today is to invest in some layering gear, preferably from a Philly-based company. Enter: Duke & Winston, the NoLibs clothing line, and its long-sleeved tee (it’s technically for men, but ladies, you can rock it in a smaller size). Guys: Wear this underneath your scratchiest sweaters now and, when the weather warms, roll up the sleeves for casual weekend wear. Oh, and we haven’t told you the best part: It’s 50 percent off the regular $38 price. (Yep, that’s just $19.) Buy it here!
Valentine’s Day is a tricky gift-giving holiday. After all, it basically requires you to address relationship ambiguity (a big no-no if you’d prefer to stay in ignorant label-less bliss) to ensure adequate gift reciprocation (or reciprocation at all, for that matter). And then there are the established couples that have been-there, done-that. Seriously, how many times can one really gift cologne or socks? Not many. That’s why we compiled 10 fail-proof Valentine’s Day presents for the man in your life. Here, something for everyone from the barista who remembers you like extra foam to the long-standing beau. Bonus: Most of them are Philly finds, so you can make a quick trip before the 14th.
Most fashion inventions claim to be both functional and stylish. In reality, while many manage to hit the function part, they woefully miss the mark when it comes to form. See: Pajama Jeans (ew), the Flip Flop Sock (EW), Heel Condoms (#!@$*?>&).
Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)
How to fake a supremely thought-out, custom-designed gift a mere three days before Christmas? Head to Commonwealth Proper’s newish studio at 19th and Chestnut (you’ll want to call first)—or visit them online—and spring for one of the company’s off-the-rack pieces. While the majority of the menswear company’s offerings is bespoke, you can find a few ready-to-wear gems, like this cotton twill blazer, made right here in Philly. The lightweight, unstructured jacket is polished but casual; he’ll want to pair it with jeans. And when he asks if it was made-to-measure, just smile and don’t reveal a thing. (Oh, and a tip: CP’s ready-to-wear line runs a bit smaller than their custom-made pieces, so opt for one size larger than normal.)