The Future (According to Spike Jonze) is High-Waisted

Spike Jonze’s Her is set in a not-too-distant future where there are few cars, your phone’s operating system has the ability to both read and express emotions, and men’s pants are considerably high-waisted.

By high-waisted, I mean that they’re at least up to one’s navel. At first glance they’re reminiscent of the type of slacks that your grandfather would wear to putt about the house on a Sunday afternoon, but after the initial shock wears off they actually look quite… comfortable. They give Theodore Twombly (portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix) an almost dignified air, as if he’d just stepped out of a dinner party in the 1940s.

But back in 2014, men’s fashion moves at a much more glacial pace. The majority of us are still stuck on low-cut and/or skinny-cut denim and have been since the early 00’s (a place that took us many years to get to). Before that, bootcut jeans were with us a full decade. As the skinny-jean phenomenon reaches it’s peak, isn’t it perhaps time to start looking… well… a little higher?

Jenny Le, a manager at fashion mecca Opening Ceremony, seems to think so. “I do think that men’s pants, at least in the next couple of years, will maybe not go as high as the women’s, but I think they are starting to merge. There’s a real cross-pollination with the way men and women are shopping. Its already starting to cross over.” 

She added, “People are gravitating towards a more romantic old fashioned way. Not heritage, but more kind of “proper” dressing. It sounds like…


    



Anderson Cooper Accidentally Blows The Cover On The Nike / Crocs Collab

We all know Anderson Cooper is one hell of a journalist, covering everything from Hurricane Katrina to the Haiti eartquake. Well, now he’s got the trend forcasters in an uproar after breaking his forthcoming Nike/Crocs collaboration, no doubt a big part of the reason behind hedge fund Blackstone scarfed up $200 million of the soft and technically edible once-trendy foam shoe’s stock. When we live in a society where advertorial is the future and even the New York Times is jumping whole-heartedly into the native advertising trend, why shouldn’t a hotshot host sign a shoe endorsment? It’s the obvious next step. Anderson dropped his social media Freudian slip with this Twitter post, ostensibly promoting the replay of his wholly unecessary, Putin-esque Just Do It solo dive with the dangerous Nile crocodile:

Watch a terrifying dive with deadly Nike crocodiles. It’ll get your blood pumping. 60minutes tonight http://t.co/14e6sEIBJh

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 30, 2013

We’re just excited for the Converse Wolf Blitzer All Star and Rush Limbaugh “get outta my country” steel-toed Timberland. 


    



Best of CH 2013: Crowdfunded Projects: From photography to tech and travel, Kickstarter and the ilk had a big year in helping set ideas in motion

Best of CH 2013: Crowdfunded Projects


Once again, crowdfunding showed no sign of slowing in 2013. While Kickstarter is still top dog in terms of introducing new ideas, traffic to similar sites like Indiegogo and Rally continues to pick up—meaning we may just still be seeing the tip of the iceberg that is the popularity of…

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I’m going on a Winter Vacation with my friends tomorrow…

I’m going on a Winter Vacation with my friends tomorrow and probably won’t be able to catch a good internet connection until I come back home. 

2013 was a great year for TDB and me personally, 2014 is starting pretty good too and hopefully the rest of it is going to be the same! I’m looking forward to more new things and content on TDB, new awesome opportunities and more great design / designers. *I’m also looking forward to everything that’s on the list above. 

Anyway, thank you for another great year – have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and all the best in 2014! -ruby

The Best Dressed Man of 2013: Pope Francis

An unconventional choice to be sure, but hear us out. 

While Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have all had banner years, their sartorial choices begin and end on the proverbial red carpet. Meanwhile, Pope Francis’s sartorial decisions have subtly signaled a new era (and for many, renewed hope) for the Catholic Church.

“His mode of dressing really does reflect the mindset behind it,” says Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor of menswear design at FIT, of Pope Francis. “I remember when John Paul II was buried in those opulent bright red shoes. When the current pope was elected and chose not to wear the red shoes I thought that was very reflective of his approach to being a person functioning in a role.”

Pope Francis has been big on symbolic gestures—paying his own bill at a hotel owned by the Church or washing the feet of inmates (two of whom were female) on Holy Thursday—and the black shoes and unadorned, simplistic regalia are just an outward acknowledgement of his progressive orthodoxy. “Pope Francis understands that menswear is meant to express the character of the man wearing the clothes,” says Mary Lisa Gavenas, author of The Fairchild Encyclopedia of Menswearbefore adding: “No rapper-style popewear for him.”

True, the opulent jewelry and fur-lined capes of yore have given way to humbler dress, and this break from aesthetic tradition says a lot of the man and what he hopes…


    



Ask Nick Sullivan: "The suits you show in your magazine look like they are way too small. Are they comfortable?"

From the January 2013 issue

Is there a difference between tucking in a T-shirt, a polo, and a dress shirt? —Alex Rogers, Tempe, Ariz.

The old rule of thumb is if a shirt is knitted (like a T-shirt or polo shirt) or has a flat bottom hem (like, say, a Hawaiian shirt), you don’t tuck. If it’s a dress shirt, with tails, you do. However, things have a tendency of changing with the times. One Thomas Magnum [left], for instance, acquitted himself quite well with a tucked-in Hawaiian shirt … but that was in the ’80s.


    

The Essential: A Great Suit for Less Than a Grand

You might not know it looking at our leaders in D. C. or the gang on Duck Dynasty, but we are living in a golden age of suits. Chalk it up to greater manufacturing efficiencies or a greater emphasis on closer (read: correct) fits from even the massest of retailers, but it has never, ever been easier to own a superb-fitting two-piece without spending a ton of money. DKNY has crafted a go-anywhere, do-anything suit in mélange blue cut from the brand’s signature stretch wool, a fabric that benefits a trimmer silhouette, for less than $700. A bargain, sure, but a blessing, too, for those occasions (work, weddings, the odd funeral) when nothing but a great suit will do.

Two-button wool suit ($695) by DKNY

More affordable suiting options, after the jump…


    



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