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Business Casual: Suggested Reading Material

It’s amazing to me how many of the search terms that direct people to this blog are related to clothing.  But, in fact, it’s not that surprising to me at all.  How long did I spend looking for a shopping guide?  Here are some places that I’ve found helpful as I continue growing both my professional and my butch wardrobe. 

First up: Creating a Grown-Up Wardrobe, which was written by NotAiden of Not Another Aiden.  Sometimes I consider myself to be a pretty faggy butch…but when it comes to faggy, I have nothing on NotAiden (I hope he understands, as I do, that this is a compliment of the highest order).  Anyway, the reason I like this guide is that it’s geared towards a professional wardrobe, but it takes into account that the readers will want to be a little more flamboyant with their style.  I’ve heard lots of butches, and I’m one of them, desire more bright colors in their wardrobe.  It just looks good with my skintone, aight?!  I disagree on some details, for example, I don’t like bootcut jeans.  But those are personal preferences, and I’m sure you already are in the process of developing your own style.

Art of Manliness: How to Build Your Wardrobe, Part 1.  I used to love the Art of Manliness blog, and it’s still ok, but it’s not my favorite.  They put a post up not to long ago asking how you could celebrate men being manly and not celebrate women being feminine, and why wasn’t it okay to hold women to a higher standard of femininity? I’m paraphrasing but it left a funny taste in my mouth.  Maybe I’m just sensitive after years of trying to hold myself to a “higher standard” of femininity.  Anyway, I like this guide because it has a LIST for you, regardless of whether you’re in investment banking, non-profits, or tech.

If you, like me, enjoy spending money on things that are useful, you could buy Details Men’s Style Manual.  I have this book and really enjoy it.  One criticism I have is that some of the sidebars tend towards trends rather than classics.  I’d prefer that the book last me until the end of time, but it has useful tips that can’t be ignored.  One caveat is that the book is clearly intended for people with male bodies.  Male bodies look good in things like Levis 401s.  I just…don’t.  Big hips.  Big breasts.  But it’s useful nonetheless.

I read Short Shrifted, because I’m short, at least when you’re talking about dudes.  I’m 5’5″, and I guess “short” men are 5’7″ & under.  For me, it’s helped me think about proportions when I’m buying clothes.  Sleeve lengths, etc.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention DapperQ or Sartorial Butch.  Especially Sartorial Butch, who is kind enough to field questions about suits and shoes and pants and everything else from me.  DapperQ is still building content, but I like what I’ve seen thus far.  It’s especially good for visuals. I find it really helpful if I can see what other looks butches are sporting.  But I don’t know, how can you have the internet and not read Sartorial Butch?!  I’m just kidding, but I wanted SB to know why I didn’t mention her first.  Cause they already know about you, duh!

Hope this helps.

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  1. May 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Bootcut jeans are sooooo feminine. Thank you.

  2. May 20, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for the nod to my blog!

    And I always appreciate any leads/tips on stuff that might fit.

    Cheers,
    Josh

    • May 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      No problem. I will keep you informed if I come across anything. Thanks for stoppying by!

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