Thursday, July 15, 2010

Barbershop Quartet: Part 2

The third meeting (and first true rehearsal) of The White Chips was held at Ford's house.  Ford is our musician extraordinaire and has unknowingly been dubbed the Justin Timberlake/Paul McCartney of the group.  Luckily for us there's no Brittany/Yoko in the picture, otherwise all my plans for world wide domination would be in jeopardy.  Check out Ford's awesome studio digs.

Ay-yi-yi! That's enough keyboards to start a Styx cover band!

We began our third meeting with some hot tea to loosen the vocal chords.  After listening to some Mitch Miller and getting warmed up we began our first song.  If you recall from Part 1 our first assignment was to individually collect a few song suggestions for the group. At our second meeting Randy, Ford and I democratically created our list of premium jams we felt complemented our unorthodox quartet.  Most of these will remain under wraps until we start preforming, but since I know you're chomping at the bit I'll let you in on the first song that we have decided to tackle. Randy, Ford and I rehearsed this precious gem about brotherly camaraderie.

This fella has every part so well broken down that he even dressed the part of all four characters.  Kudos to you, good sir.  A true inspiration.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I See London, I See France

So begins the childhood taunt.  A couple inches of elastic and cotton unknowingly creeping up your backside.  A ruthless bully waiting to expose you and your Speed Racer undies.  Back in the day you would have recoiled in shame, but you're a grown man now.  Besides, if you have a pair of these skivvies by Ginch Gonch you are more than proud of your underpants.  And what if someone gets a peek?  Well... that's the whole point.  In fact, they're so fantastic you might find these drawers a little hard to drop.

Muddy Momma boxer briefs

Ginch Gonch's youth inspired designs are perfect for the man who refuses to grow up.  But with names like Big Piston, Hot and Hemi, Exhausted Pipe, and Blazin' Backseats they're hardly kid stuff.  

Hop on over to for some great deals.  Enjoy the drawers!

Flirt Squirt boxer briefs

Lead Foot briefs

Rear Axel Rumbler briefs

Dumper Dude long johns

Friday, July 9, 2010

Tied Down

The world of Male Accessories is a tiny, desolate planet populated by restless inhabitants who pray for variety!  Options!  ANYTHING!  But in the midst of this barren style-desert you can find a small oasis filled with these!


I prefer the vintage variety.....

This is my current favorite.  I think it's pretty fly.
The function of tie bars and clasps is to keep your tie in place, safe from slipping into the sink or soup bowl when you lean forward.  Ahhhh, style married with function.  Many will say they are antiquated or attempt to give you rules for when, why and how you should wear them.  

After a bit of research I have concluded they are nowhere near obsolete, nor is there just one way to keep your tie in place.  Some of this is old news, floating around the male-fashion-blog locker-room for the last year and half, but it's information that still proves relevant.

1.  One fashion law stipulates that tie bars are not to be worn with suit jackets or vests, since there is no need for additional support to keep the tie in place.  Others will say that if you wear a tie bar with the jacket you'll need a pocket square.  I hate rules!!!  They inhibit the imagination and stylistic voice of the wearer.  Here are some great examples of modern men wearing both tie bar and jacket, and you know what?  Pocket square alert!  If you happen to have a snazzy hanky, by all means, show it off.

2.  The length of the tie bar can also raise some questions.  Whether spanning the entire width of the tie (a standard, vintage look) or coming up a bit short (say 3/4 for a more modern twist) you can look dapper either way.  Check out Zac rocking the short tie bar with a blue gingham shirt.

 3. Shopping for tie bars is easy, especially since designers have truly embraced them in the last couple of years.  Check out Paul Stuart, and Thom Browne, as well as some handmade offerings by the less established (but still fantastic) Thom Kostura and Keys and Memories.  Ebay, as always, boasts a large selection of vintage tie accessories.

Dogwood tie bar by Thom Kostura

'M' Typewriter key tie bar, perfect for Mr. Millsap.

4. Can't afford a tie bar?  If all else fails, grab the nearest paperclip in a coordinating color.