Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ask the Rebellious Gentleman - Sunglasses

Q: I mostly like your advice, but dislike sunglasses. Altogether. Whenever I see someone wearing them, I see someone desperately trying to be stylish. Don't you have similar thoughts sometimes?

A: Yes of course I do. But it depends on what kind of sunglasses they are wearing.

See also what I posted earlier:
Wearing sunglasses inside

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring/Summer Style Upgrade

For the folks up north, days are becoming warmer and Spring is just around the corner.
Here in the tropics the upcoming April means bracing ourselves for the 35+ degrees Celsius weather as flowers go into full bloom.
So how do we stay stylish under the unbearable heat?
Well, it's about time to have a wardrobe update.

1. Colorize your wardrobe


2. Wear shorts

A lot of men are not into the idea of wearing shorts. Though a flat front cotton shorts that end above the knee can make any wearer look decently cool.

3. Lighter fabrics

This man manage to pull of a suit during a hot summer day because of lighter fabrics. Check out shirts and coats in cotton, linen, seersucker and tropical wool.


4. Wear Sunglasses

The Classic Rayban Aviators never goes out of style.

5. Solid colored t-shirts
As I posted before stay away from t-shirts with logos and graphic designs (especially skulls and fleur-de-lis). Opt to wear simple solid colored t-shirts.

6. Get a swimsuit that ends almost halfway up your thigh

photo taken from GQ

7. Canvas Sneakers

Not only do they make your feet cool, they also have that laid back and stylish appeal.

8. Replace old underwear

Even I admit wearing underwear with a hole, so chances are you are still wearing your 5 year old underwear.

9. Wear cloth and woven belts

They look great with sneakers during the weekends.

from Banana Republic

10. Go sockless

As they say when you don't wear socks "Good news for your feet, bad news for your shoes."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hoodie + Shorts: Hot or Cool?

I often see guys wearing a hoodie with shorts and it makes me want to ask them the question,
"Do you think you're hot or cool?"

photo taken from flickr

What do you think, readers?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Levi's Spring 2011 Double Denim

Levi's writes, "This season is all about Denim on Denim: on-the-go, ready-for-the-road outfits you can easily pull off even with just a few clothing pieces."

My advice still stands on staying away from double denim unless as I have said before, you are a cowboy going to an 80’s themed costume party or Clint Eastwood.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Denimblog's Raw Denim Guide

In relation to my last post I recommend Denimblog's Raw Denim Guide. I've seen other raw denim guide on the internet but anuish14's guide is the most "beginner friendly" guide out there.

photo taken from

Check it out on:

Enjoy getting your own version of high contrast fades!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Rebellious Gentleman Recommends: Levis 501 Jeans

The Levis 501 Jeans are no doubt a classic denim. Now a bit slimmer, their quality and fit are way beyond the price paid for them.

You can either go with the Original or Shrink to fit version. Either way, wearing them makes one feel rebellious in some way, from Marlon Brando to Steve McQueen.

I do recommend getting the raw denim version and make your own version of "distressed jeans".

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Rebellious Gentleman Recommends: Bicycles

While browsing some of the pictures from The Sartorialist, the ladies in bicycles have truly caught my eye.

from The Sartorialist

It makes me wonder why here in Metro Manila, I rarely see our ladies on them. Well, as if the rising gasoline prices and transportation fares would made them ride such.

bodies brought by healthy bike riding

We can't blame the weather since we're blessed with an eternal summer climate but what's really stopping us from riding bicycles? For me, the reason why I don't ride a bike to work is mainly because of the air pollution. Manila's transportation mainly relies on cars and buses. Air pollution here is constantly on the rise.

of course you can wear a suit

Here is a classic case of a solution to the problem is being hampered by the problem itself. So if I may ask my readers, what's stopping you from riding a bike everyday?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ask the Rebellious Gentleman - Wedding

Q: Could you write some tips for wedding? I'm getting married on May and I need some dressing tips! I'm male, btw :P

A: First and foremost, congrats on getting married. While most rebellious gentlemen prefer to be single their entire lives, being married and keeping a single life still tops it. Well joking aside and moving on, I would like to stress that you are not going to a prom. So don't color coordinate your tuxedo or suit with your bride to be. Doing so will likely increase the chances of her filing a divorce.


Without going a bit further on the subject, what kind of wedding are you planning? Where are you getting married? Church? Beach? Backyard? What is the dress code?
For a casual wedding, you can never go wrong with a classic and well fitted charcoal suit. Stick with one color silver and black ties.

from Indochino

If it's a black tie occasion, go with a simple classic tuxedo with a bit of modern touch. A black single breasted jacket paired with a turn-down collar shirt and a vest or a cummerbund to cover your waist. A bow tie is a must so learn how to tie it if you don't know how.

photo from Melody Farrin Photography

As always, fit is important so no loose or tight fit.