The Horsebit Loafer Buying Guide
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by Daniel Hakimi
1w ago
So, you understand how to talk about loafers, and now you want to buy a pair. What do you want? This is not a list of brands, this is a guide. Well, for one, you have to decide between the moccasin-style horsebits and the apron-toe-style loafers. Moc Toes are more visually interesting, and more versatile in that they're easier to dress down. Both styles work with a suit, but apron toes are sleeker and probably easier for most people to appreciate. Then, you need to decide what aesthetic approach you want to take—do you want something relatively classic, or soemthing a little more modern and u ..read more
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An Interview with the Polo Bear
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by Daniel Hakimi
1M ago
I've been maintaining this blog for a few years, now, and it's always hard to tell when you've really "made it." I've interviewed some awesome people over the years, but today, I really had a chance to speak to a living legend, and a personal idol of mine. This guy has been around for ages, and while he's been on camera for longer than I've been alive, he's never given an interview before. We met in his Westchester home on a crisp autumn night, clear but for a waxing gibbous moon. He seemed as comfortable in his fine dressing gown, shirt, tie, trousers, and slippers as he was in his own fur ..read more
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How To Build Warm Weather Wardrobe on a Budget
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by Daniel Hakimi
2M ago
People who like clothes tend to prefer the colder months. Fall and winter give people a chance to wear more layers made of heavier fabrics that drape in certain ways. And all of that is more difficult when it gets hot. Difficult, but doable. There are spring- and summer-weight materials that drape beautifully. There are layers and accessories that can give your outfit the complexity of a layered winter look. And a lot of the key pieces can be had for very good prices. I'm going to help you navigate the season with both general advice and specific recommendations. I'll break my advice down int ..read more
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The Many Transformations of the Double Breasted Jacket
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by Daniel Hakimi
3M ago
Double breasted jackets come in many different layouts. Fortunately, one style of jacket allows us to compare these layouts directly. Through use of the transformable double-breasted jacket (or "doppiopetto transformible"), I will explore the pros and cons of each layout. But let's start with the most common layout: The 6x2 The straightforward way to cut a double-breasted jacket is with the button cinching the jacket at or near the natural waist; this most commonly results in a 6x2 layout, but could also be a 4x2 or a high 4x1 (which is to say, a 6x2 with the bottom row of buttons missing ..read more
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S.S. Daley Fall 2024 is Wonderful
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by Daniel Hakimi
4M ago
Steven Stokey-Daley has been getting plenty of love over the past few years. In 2022, he won both the coveted LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers and the British Fashion Council Foundation Award. Showing at Pitti Uomo 105, "Elliot’s Room" explores the brand's common themes of British boyhood upbringing and class dynamics by evoking needlepoint tapestries; rugby shirts; upscale rest, relaxation, and play; dormitory life... The show was styled by longtime friend of the brand Harry Lambert, whose outside styling work has also often engaged these themes of boyhood and play. Features that stood ..read more
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Clothes I Want In 2024
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by Daniel Hakimi
5M ago
A while back, I wrote an article about some pants I wanted. A silly premise? Maybe. But it was a fun way for me to explore my intentions as I expanded my wardrobe. Now, as I continue to spend a lot of time thrifting, I'm not always buying the exact thing I want—sometimes my wardrobe is built through serendipity, finding things I didn't know I wanted—but having that article as a guide for myself, I was able to get most of the types of pants I want. So here are some clothes, shoes, and accessories I want to find in the next year. I'll think, in writing, through the reasons I actually want these ..read more
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A Selection of Black Friday 2023 Sales
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by Daniel Hakimi
6M ago
Just a quick list of sales here, nothing too deep. Will keep this list updated but relatively short. I'm not a big sale guy in general, but there are a few worth highlighting this time around. Note that some of these links are affiliate or referral links. Canoe Club. Use code "blackfriday23" for 30% off across the board, plus $20 of credit if you use my referral link. Includes a good selection from brands like Wythe, Needles, Kapital, Story MFG, FrizmWORKS, Karu, Auralee... plus a strong sneaker selection. I ordered myself a FrizmWORKS jacket, their outerwear selection is just strong this se ..read more
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Cardigans, Revisited
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by Daniel Hakimi
6M ago
I love cardigans. So much so that the first inspiration album I ever put together was themed around cardigans. But in the past five years, my perspective has changed some. So I thought it would be worthwhile to put together a new album to share some new perspectives. And I broke it out to five sections: Classic ribbed shawl-collar cardigans, which, in the classic styling—solid colors, thick ribbed knit, fit nicely into the casual end of a classic menswear wardrobe, but can really be worn in a wide variety of ways. Cowichan cardigans and similar patterns, particularly the brilliant work of RR ..read more
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On Fit Perfectionism
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by Daniel Hakimi
7M ago
Fit is king. Clothes that fit poorly never look good, and simple clothes that fit well often do. We know that. We also know that silhouette is one of the most important considerations when building an outfit, and sometimes, pants that are just a little too slim or shaped not-quite-right can ruin the intent behind an outfit. But does an otherwise well-crafted, complex outfit instantly fail because the hem is a little too long, or because the sleeves are a little too short? If the outfit is meaningful, is that meaning destroyed when fit is a tiny bit off? I don't think so. This might be controv ..read more
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Selections from Todd Snyder FW23
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by Daniel Hakimi
8M ago
I said this back when the lookbook dropped—Todd Snyder FW23 is really good. Sometimes, a good lookbook is just that—a good lookbook. But Todd's recent collection is not just styled well—delivered on pieces with details that are just really solid. The first drop is out now, so I picked out some of my favorite pieces and features that highlight what I love about the collection. I'm going to work my way to some cool statement pieces, but I'm going to start with the thing that has me the most unreasonably excited... Shirts with Long Point Collars Hamilton + Todd Snyder Long Point Collar Shir ..read more
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