Category Archives: 20 Something Men’s Corner

20 something mens fashion can be hard to tackle. Not all guys can look like GQ. How to wear a suit, what to wear on a date, or business fashion.

If Steve Carell Can Do It, So Can You! (How Guys Can Transfer Their Wardrobe In 11 Photos)

I get it. You don’t want to look like this guy.

But that doesn’t mean you have to look like this guy either.

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The Ultimate Man Shoe…

While most of my friends tend to joke that it’s my womanly hobby and my wife can’t stand the fact that every room in our house has a pair of shoes hiding in some corner, I pride myself on my taste for shoes (and I have a shit ton). Shoes are one of the best ways a male can accessorize his ensemble.  Besides, wearing the same old shoes every day is just boring.  While I do have quite a collection of wing tips and chukkas, my focus today is on the ultimate man shoe.

After transitioning from the frigid Wisconsin winter to whatever the hell you call this Cincinnati weather, I have found myself in search of a niche, manly shoe to serve a specific role…do anything and everything I need outside.  While my large and chunky winter space boots with Gortex lining might keep your toes from falling off in the Alaskan wilderness, they don’t necessarily jive with the moderate temps this wonderful part of the world gets.

I really needed something that I could slip on in rain, snow, mud, slush, leaves, sewage backup…you know, manly stuff.  Then I remembered my childhood and the awesome L.L. Bean boots my mom bought me! Turns out they still make them and market them towards men.  At first I was a little skeptical, but after reading some of the reviews from life-long Beanies, I bought a pair.  These things are awesome!

Men’s Bean Boots by L.L.Bean®, 8″ Thinsulate

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Attention Guys: Fashion Tips for What to Wear When Your Traveling on a Plane!

Getting stuck in the middle seat on a plane is an absolute nightmare, and attempting to pull off a look with any kind of style is next to impossible unless you change your expectations. When traveling, realize that comfort should be the overwhelming factor of each piece you choose to put on. Going with solid classics will allow you to easily pass through security and keep your temperature under control; yet will be versatile enough for whatever you have planned once you land. Here are my flight must-haves…

Slip on shoes is an absolute must-have. There are no laces to worry about getting stuck in the moving walkway (yes, I’ve seen that) and they are easy to take off in the plane if needed. Lately, I’ve really been into Clarks. They are durable yet comfortable and look great with jeans or khaki pants. I prefer a darker leather as it has a tendency to hide stains or scratches better than lighter colors. These shoes run between $80 and $100, but because they work with so many things, you will get your use out of them.


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Skinny Pants Are for Teen-Age Skaters Who Think They’re Gangstas

So last week I touched on the fact that the typical work environment is filled with dudes totally lost when it comes to dressing for the office. Unfortunately for guys, most male to male relationships are not conducive to fashion conversations. I get it. On one hand, you have the relentless humiliation from your buddies the instant you ask them where you should go to get your new pea coat, but on the other hand, asking the opinion of the office copy guy is just as sad. Unless laziness is the root cause of your poor clothing choices, there is hope! You just need to be pushed in the right direction.

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BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW!! Everything Your Guy Needs To Know About Fashion, Brought To You By: A 20 Something Guy

In the land of light wash jeans and St. John’s Bay polo shirts is also a 20 something guy that should transition his style. While I’d like to think most want to improve upon their 16 year-old closet hoarding overwashed or Hollister polos, many don’t even know where to start, what to wear, how to wear it, or where to buy it. So I’ve brought in J.K. (a 20 something stylish yet realistic guy) to sort of solve your man problems. And by that, I mean teach you or your guy how to dress. Catch his tips every other Wednesday under “Your Guy’s Fashion”! -Erin


Cashmere cardigans and Italian-made leather loafers don’t exactly jive with my unofficial work dress code which calls for Redwing work boots and Carhartt utility pants.  I’m a 26-year-old engineer with a little bit of fashion sense stuck for 8 hours a day in a place that seems to only attract worn-out polo shirts as bland as the office wall and pleated khaki pants!  By the way, no one under the age of 78 should ever wear pleated pants…and even then, it’s a questionable decision!  End of story!

I manage through the daily ridicule as my co-workers bust up trying to guess the exact color of the sweater I’m sporting.  “Periwinkle!  No, it’s got to be fuchsia.”  I reply and say, “It’s just regular purple.”  Actually, it’s a Merino wool, heathered purple v-neck from the latest J. Crew collection. I choose not to divulge the commentary and go on with my day.

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Guys: Need a Suit? Read This First!

When Reality Chic asked if I could write a post about how to buy a men’s suit, I said “Of course!  Absolutely!”  Truth is, I didn’t have the slightest idea how to buy a men’s suit, let alone how to advise you to buy one.

But I’m a resourceful woman and knew exactly where to go in search of answers.  I went straight to my house of worship: Nordstrom.  And there, I found answers.  A very helpful saleswoman dropped knowledge on me and now I will drop it on you.

Manpacks: Putting Your Mom Out of Business!

Have you ever wondered how often your guy buys new underwear? What about those white tees or other essentials for a mandrobe?

Thinking about manpacks isn’t something I sit around daily and do, but today is a little different. If you’re a 20 something guy with your mom as your main underwear supplier I’ve got the perfect brand for you, MANPACKS!

Does Your Guy Commit a Serious Style Crime?

How to Dress Your Guy

Often times, guys don’t get fashion. And that’s okay! Who really wants to have a discussion about what Justin Bieber wore to the Grammy’s or what Natalie Portman wore to the Oscars with your guy? You’re  lucky enough to persuade him to sit on the couch and watch GLEE (only because you know he secretly loves it) let alone discuss an episode of What Not to Wear. So you choose your battles..understandably!

Although style isn’t everything, there comes a point in a relationship where certain clothing items just can’t be ignored! For the sake of humanity, you, or at least his next girlfriend fix it! Bringing you to…


1. The Dad

  • Jorts- better known as jean shorts.

Ladies Exchange: a khaki short.

  • Pleated Pants- because there is nothing like drawing attention to a diaper crotch.

Ladies Exchange: a flat front pant.

  • Dad Jeans- found on 95% of dads everywhere. The light wash, non-fitted, saggy crotched jeans that most certainly never goes past the top of the shoe!

Ladies Exchange: a straight cut or slim fit dark denim jean.

2. Beyond Metrosexual

  • Murse- when his bag is bigger than yours there is a problem.

Ladies Exchange: a suitcase or cross body backpack.

  • Man Cleavage Deep V-neck- unless Beckham is your last name we don’t want to see it.

Ladies Exchange: a crew neck or a standard v-neck.

  • Meggings- better known as man jeggings. Unless you’re European (still questionable) don’t try to pull it off.

Ladies Exchange: a straight cut or slim fit dark denim jean.

3. Comfy to a Tee (literally)

  • High School T-shirts- stop reliving your glory days you’re clearly not in high school.

Ladies Exchange: a button-up

  • Old Man Suits- often found at weddings and funerals. They entail pleated pants, a boxy suit jacket, and pinstripes.

Ladies Exchange: a modern slim fit two button suit with a vented back and a flat front trouser. Modern colors include:  charcoal, navy, or black.

  • Tennis Shoes- don’t get me wrong I heart tennis shoes, but not with khakis.

Ladies Exchange: Sperry’s boat shoes, modern oxfords, or Chuck Taylors.

Note to readers: These are serious issues and should not be addressed on the first date. This is only for long term stable relationships that can handle a disagreement. (sarcasm, but seriously)

3 Things You Never Hear a Woman Say About a Man!

There’s man cleavage and then there’s man tees both equally bad especially when done wrong (this meaning everyone, but David Beckham)! Now normally I don’t take on men’s fashion, but there are some basic essentials that I believe men just might need to know. Feel free to pass this info on to your significant other and/or father!

3 Things You Never Hear a Woman Say About a Man!

Guys Love Dick’s (Sporting Goods)

I’m as much as a sports fan as the next; however,when it comes to buying sports gear I can somehow (emphasis on somehow) hold back!  I learned 2 things after going to Dick’s Sporting Goods last night.