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The right way to roll up your sleeves

As a kid, I would roll up my sleeves sometimes to signify that “I was getting down to business.” As I grew older, the simple act of rolling my shirt sleeves up became more functional and even stylish. And of course, there are many times throughout the day when you get too warm, need to get your hands dirty, or you simply want to roll up your sleeves.

Today, I consider myself a bit of a shirt roll aficionado. While there is no one right way to roll up your sleeves, I do believe there are methods that not only look better, but work best in specific situations. So, with this article, I have outlined three simple methods which will help you to roll up your sleeves properly and with some style!

Let’s get started.

Method #1: Casual Roll

This is the most common roll and most likely what you have been doing already. This type of roll is best for casual dress, when you get warm and need to quickly and simply roll up your sleeves. This roll also involves very few folds which will cut down on wrinkles.

  1. Unbutton both the cuff button and the gauntlet button (the button midway up the forearm) and flip the cuff back evenly so that it is inside out.
  2. Using the cuff as a measuring point, fold the cuff back so that it is neatly tucked behind a band of shirt fabric.
  3. That’s it! Now neatly tuck the corners of the cuff and make sure that each roll is even for a uniform look and feel.

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Method #2: Basic Roll

This is your standard military roll. It is clean, simple and great for physical labor.

  1. Unbutton both the cuff button and the gauntlet button and flip the cuff back evenly so that it is inside out.
  2. Using the cuff as a measuring point, fold the cuff back so that it is neatly tucked behind the a band of shirt fabric just like in the Casual Roll.
  3. Repeat this until you roll it past your elbow. (If you have a narrow fitting sleeve, performing this roll before you put the shirt on will help). Be sure that the roll is even and uniform.

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Method #3: Master Roll

This roll takes a little more work to figure out, but it is great for showing off the inner contrast of your cuff and for those looking for added style.

  1. Unbutton both the cuff button and the gauntlet button and flip the cuff back evenly so that it is inside out.
  2. Pull the flipped cuff (don’t roll) up your arm until the sleeve is about an inch beyond your elbow.
  3. Now, roll the sleeve upward to cover the cuff. (Double check that this step is done evenly to avoid pinching).
  4. Cover or reveal as much of the cuff as you like. To undo the fold, simply pull the cuff down.

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Wrap up

While there is certainly no right or wrong way to roll up your sleeves, it is fun to play around with different styles and do something different. Give each of these methods a try sometime and let us know how it goes when you see us next!

By Brett Wagner

Looking at investment clothing in a new way

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Investment clothing is usually thought of as something that costs a lot of money. Simple as that. In other words, you invested heavily in one article of clothing that you hope to wear for many years. But what if you looked at it in another way? What if your clothes were linked to your weight loss goals and the investment wasn’t so much financial, but rather your own commitment to keeping a healthy weight?

What got me thinking about this topic was a recent YouTube video by a fitness trainer on the topic of motivation. You see, this guy had a good point. He reminded me that the people we surround ourselves with are usually the ones we end up becoming. Consider a few examples:

If your friends are huge fans of the Avs, then you will likely be buying season tickets some day soon.

If your friends are craft beer lovers and travel the state to sample new breweries, then guess what? Yup.

And if your friends are in great shape and love going mountain biking, running, hiking, whatever it may be, then yes, those interests will rub off on you too.

So if you are trying to lose weight for the summer, one of the best things you can do is to surround yourself with people that can help you. But you can go a step farther. You can surround yourself with items that help remind you of your weight loss goals. And your clothes can help you do just that.

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Did you lose 15 lbs and your pants no longer fit? That’s great! If your tailor can’t alter them then donate the old threads and invest in a new pair of pants. If you are losing weight at a healthy and most importantly, at a sustainable pace, why hang on to old clothes that no longer fit? Your weight loss has you headed in the opposite direction!

And every time you put on those new pants or button up that shirt you are reminded of your new size. You’re slimmer and healthier and have more energy than ever before. You are also motivated to continue wearing that new article of clothing because you are reminded of your own progress. You remind yourself that yes, you can lose the weight because you have!

So, take a look at not only the clothes in your closet, but the other items that surround you on a daily basis and see if you can find other ways to create those subtle reminders.

Move a lot, eat well and dress sharp this summer!

By Ryan Wagner

What essentials do men need to build a wardrobe?

What essentials do men need to build a wardrobe? After all, you need to start somewhere, right?

Well, there are certainly many ways to answer this question! Essential pieces of clothing can mean different things to different people and will vary depending on one’s personal style, age, influences, etc.

But if you’ll allow me to take a stab at it, here are the essentials men need to build a wardrobe:

1. A great fitting blazer
2. Dark jeans
3. (3) versatile dress shirts
4. (1) great pair of shoes

Rationale:

1. A great fitting blazer

To begin building a foundation, a blazer is going to be more economical than buying a full suit. However, if you can afford to take the plunge and buy a fitted suit, then by all means go for it, but a blazer is a great first step.

Unless you work in a very formal office, a dark blazer with the right pants will probably get the job done. And when paired with a nice pair of dark jeans (see #2 below) you’ll be prepared for date night – grab a pocket square for extra style points.

2. Dark jeans

Everyone has their favorite brand of jeans and you probably already have a great looking pair of jeans in the closet. Just make sure that your nice jeans are not riddled with holes or light blue in color. A darker blue is dressier and should be your go-to choice when the sun goes down.

3. (3) versatile dress shirts

I would suggest that three shirts are really all you need to start building a foundation.

The following fabrics are some of the most versatile – you can dress them up or down – dinners out, formal occasions, work, pleasure, and everything in between. These three shirts will provide you a solid foundation from which to build.

White – but with some panache!
Face it, you need a white shirt. Whether it’s for an interview where you want something relatively conservative or if you plan to wear a dark suit to a formal occasion, white is the obvious choice. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. For instance, pick one with a textured look or some sort of subdued pattern to set you apart from the crowd.

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Just about any tie will work with a white shirt. And any suit for that matter. One of the best combos with a white shirt is this: A dark blazer, dark jeans, white shirt and white pocket square. Just like that, you’re instantly dressed up and ready for anything.

Blue – The most friendly of all fabrics
Believe it or not, studies have shown that wearing blue is often the best choice because it conveys trust and calmness and helps people to perceive you as reliable. Plus, blue is downright friendly. Why do you think so many companies use blue in their logos?

Blue is also very versatile with a myriad of neckties and suits. Although it can be a strong background when choosing ties, you’ll still have many options available.

Striped – When you want to show a little style
Pick your favorite color and make it a striped shirt. Simple as that. In some ways, a striped shirt is pure business. It’ll look great with your bespoke suits and carry you through any meeting or business lunch under the sun. However, loosen the collar and throw on those dark jeans and it’ll have a whole new look. Suddenly, you’re ready to go out and won’t feel overdressed at happy hour.

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If you’re only in the market for one striped shirt, then go with a lighter background and a less bold stripe. Imagine you drew on the stripes using a pen or pencil, not a marker. This will keep the shirt more casual so that you can still wear the shirt outside the office.

4. (1) great pair of shoes

I know what you’re thinking…’just one pair of shoes!?’ If you’re looking to build a foundation you have to start somewhere :).

Stick with a lace-up so that you can dress them up when you need to and invest in a quality manufacturer. Brown? Black? I’d say it’s up to your personal preference and what you think you’ll wear most often. Black shoes are easy to match, but brown (when matched well) will set you apart from the crowd.

 

Wrap up:

Keep in mind that the above recommendations are what I consider to be a starting point for a versatile wardrobe. Some guys will definitely need a suit or at least a nice pair of wool pants for the office environment. But hopefully this gets your creativity spun up and you can make any necessary substitutions.

Building a wardrobe foundation doesn’t need to be as expensive or complex as you may think.

By Ryan Wagner