To Wear or Not to Wear? The Rules of the Undershirt

A basic rule and understanding of the undershirt is that it should not be seen.  Unless you’re going for the open shirt with an undershirt look, the undershirt should not be seen.  So if you are wearing a shirt and tie, this shouldn’t be a worry, right?  Because the top button is buttoned all the way through.  Wrong.  You need to be conscious that many white button down shirts are see through (to an extent) and that many undershirts and wife beaters are easily spotted.  In these circumstances, an undershirt should not be worn.  9db777674fe281a1cbd216303d33041f

I hate wearing undershirts, and 99% of the time, I do not.  Whether it is winter or mid-summer, the undershirt is overrated (unless I go for the open button down shirt look).  However, some men come across a problem that others do not…  Sweat.  Lots of men sweat like Shaquille O’Neal at the free throw line and are self conscious about this issue.  Fear of pit stains and eventual “Yellowing” of the shirt seems to be a major concern.  The thing is, these pit stains are not simply from your sweat.  They come from the mixture of antiperspirant deodorants and sweat.  The solution: All natural deodorant.  6c06c78bd948f3310baf035553b63353

I still strongly encourage all men to go undershirt-less.  It looks silly to me when someone wears a very nice button down without a tie, but then ruins it with the cheesy white crew neck undershirt.  Ditch the undershirt even if sweating is your thing.  Bring a spare shirt if need be.PJ-BA799_SWEAT_G_20110510165416

Quick overview:

  1. Avoid undershirts when possible
  2. Wear all natural deodorant
  3. Wear v-neck undershirts if you feel you must wear one

West Coast Living

tumblr_mltyrdTbPV1rylzipo1_500I want to be a surfer boy so bad.  From my attempted growing of the flow this summer, to throwing the “Hang Loose/Hang Ten” sign to total strangers, I wish that the upper east coast had a bit more of a west coast feel to it.  I want the surfing, the nice weather, the great views, the ambiance, the entertainment industry, and all that jazz.  But this post is meant to be more than just me rambling on about my desire to like a Californian.  Rather, it is meant to make you realize that you should do the things that please you in a healthy manner.  I live in Buffalo, but the reputation of the west coast is something that catches my attention.  So when the weather is warm, I try to reflect that lifestyle as well as I can, wherever I am, because it makes me happy.

It’s a bummer that some industries and some environments are limited to locations.  West Coast living gets the reputation for being care free and laid back.  It seems that in the right areas (San Diego) there are nothing but surf shops, healthy people, stoners, etc.  The nonchalantness of the area sounds amazing.  But hey, these are all speculations and assumptions, we know life is more than surfing and chilling.  Why not at least imagine that that is entirely the way they live:  Stress free, surrounded by the ocean and beaches…  This song lays it out pretty well:

Cali bro.  So enough of me sounded as if I’m so jealous freak.  One would say, “Hey idiot, if you love the idea of it so much, move out there.”  It’s not that simple.  Being in Buffalo, I wish we could find ways to incorporate a little bit more of this type of lifestyle.  Ready for retirement but not ready to face the boredom?  Go open up a surf shop, or at least work part time at one.  SURFER_468x334

Now that the weather is nice, I advise those in the areas that have winters like the Ice Age to enjoy the sun, get outside, throw beach parties, hang out by the pool, be laid back, buy a surf board (if not for usage, for coasting on the water), and more or less just enjoy yourself.  I guess I have laid out that I love the beach, the sun, surfing, and things of the sort.  I’m not telling you to enjoy these things, but rather to find what you do enjoy, and live it to the fullest.  Summer is my favorite time of the year and I am certainly going to try and enjoy it in the most stress-free of lifestyles as I can.  Find your time and enjoy it to the max.080723_surfers5

It is so common today for people to work like mindless drones and do things that they simply don’t enjoy.  A lot of people feel that they don’t have the luxury to do what they are passionate about.  I hope that you can figure out that there are ways around this.  Take chances.  Move somewhere if you hate where you live.  Quit your job if you hate what you do.  You have one, precious life, live it to the fullest capacity and do whatever it is that makes you happy.

… This was me rambling.  I’ll be talking about how to throw some fun summer bashes in my upcoming posts.

The Short Sleeve Button Down

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I remember one of my close buddies showing up to school one day with a short sleeve button down shirt that was baggy and horrible.  He made it worse by throwing a tie on with it.  He looked like Michael Bolton from the movie Office Space.  In case you haven’t seen the movie, think of the way an accountant from 1980 would dress, and there you have it.  The kid got harassed all day and let’s just say he never showed up in that shirt again.

Moments like these can make a man super insecure to wear a specific item of clothing.  Since then, the short sleeve button down shirt has been crafted by many major designers and has been made to look and fit marvelously.  I own one or two and have to admit to still being a bit weary to wear them, but if you do it right, it can be a solid acquisition.

Often times you’ll see men on vacation wearing those terrible Tommy Bahama shirts.  The shirt is supposed to tell people that you’re on vacation.  It is big, Hawaiian-looking, and so terribly unstylish.  It is exactly this scene:

And this one:

So how can you be sure your short sleeve button down is a stylish one?  Here are some hints:marc-by-marc-jacobs-ink-blue-multi-heart-check-short-sleeve-sport-shirt-slim-fit-product-2-3402426-312316498_large_flex

  • The shirt must be slim fitting.  Anything over sized will look similar to those 2 movie clips.  Unless you’re going for the “This was stylish ten years ago and I still like it” look, then the shirt must be slim fit.
  • The shirt should pretty much surround your biceps.  You don’t want this type of shirt fitting you loosely anywhere on your body.  The tighter on your arm muscles, the better.
  • The shirt, when untucked, should go no further than the middle of your pockets.  I enjoy this shirt both tucked and untucked, but if you decide to go untucked, don’t let it look to big on you.
  • Under the appropriate circumstances, wear a vest.

Spec Me

Someone told me about an article they read in the New York Post recently about a man stating that he would wear fake glasses to a business interview in attempt to fit the part and appear smarter and more sophisticated.  One of my buddies told me that on his next interview he fully planned to pull this move.  I raised my eyebrows in approval and thought, “That’s not a bad idea.”  However, as the person continued on about the article, he eventually got to the point that someone that would wear fake glasses in general is just an ass.  I disagreed, because I like the idea of men being able to utilize accessories in these modern days where style has become so acceptable for both sexes.  If you want to wear fake glasses, go for it.  Just man up and admit they are when someone asks you. ryangoslingglasses

Glasses can be the finishing touch to any wardrobe.  Whether you’re wearing jeans and a white v-neck or if you’re in tux and bow tie, a solid pair of specs can really go a long way.  My favorite pair of the bunch is Ray Ban Wayfarers.  I specifically remember a number of both men and women asking me where I had gotten them and if they’d mind if they bought a pair.  Sure enough, they did.  I was happy about it because it meant that they approved.

I’ve seen a handful of styles these days that I want to lay on you:

  • Wayfarers (square lenses) are always a safe bet.  They’ve been in style for many years now.578797_660671078349_1615096730_n
  • Circle lens glasses are back.  We saw Gatsby wear a pair of the sunglasses in this style, but we are now seeing companies really develop a modern day feel and look for this particular style.  It’s risky, but if you can pull it off, go for it.  designer-tortoise-shell-glasses-men
  • Rectangle lenses are usually a pretty clear sign that you actually need the glasses.  Though not the most stylish of the group, a very safe look to go for.  <> on September 19, 2009 in Brentwood, California.

J Norman’s First Product!!

As we have been preaching, our J Norman private label line is in the process of being developed!  And now, after the much anticipated wait, our first products have arrived: J Norman D-Ring Belts (canvas belts).  These belts are perfect for the summer/fall seasons!  Come check out our display today at J Norman & Co, located at 5110 Main Street, Buffalo, New York.

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** Mention that you read about this on J Norman Post, or simply show the attendant this blog page on your smart phone and receive 10% off. **  

Here’s my Dad rocking a full outfit from J Norman & Co., from the Nike shorts, to our dry-fit polo, to the J Norman belt, he’s styled and dialed for a day on the course:

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Movie Review: This Is The End

This-Is-The-End-Rogen-Franco-HilcblOne thing that came from seeing that movie this weekend was that it reminded me that I have a man crush on James Franco.  GQ cover star, director, actor, blah blah blah, dude is killing it.  He was hysterical in the movie which helped his cause, from my point of view.

This Is The End was somewhat of a stoner comedy that will have the entire audience (stoner or not stoner) laughing.  The cast consisted of a heavy dose of major celebs including James Franco, Seth Rogen (director/writer), Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Emma Watson, Michael Sera, and many more!  this-is-the-end

The actors all play themselves in the film, and on a regular, everyday evening, James Franco throws a housewarming party, which just so happens to fall on the night of a worldwide event that could lead to the end of all time and all life.  The group of actors has to find a way to survive the night and the next few days to stay alive and fight whatever it is that is causing this mass destruction.

If you are familiar with the cast, you will understand why I am deeming this the funniest movie of the summer, and one of the funnier movies I’ve seen.  If you liked Pineapple Express, you will love This Is The End.  I give it a 9/10 from a comedy standpoint.  From an overall movie critic POV I say 8-8.5 out of 10.

Step Up Your Shoe Game

Now days, many shoe companies are kind enough to produce dress shoes at (fairly) reasonable prices.  Where you once stood out for your dress shoes because you were the one willing to invest, now everyone seems to have a stellar pair of kicks.  So how can you stand out?  photo

Color up those laces!! It’s so simple, and now we are making it even simpler for you!  J Norman & Co. are producing our own waxed/colored shoe laces.  J Norman Accessories are on the rise and will be coming in within the next few weeks.  Be sure to come in and pick one of our 8 colors for dirt cheap prices!!Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 12.11.07 PM

There’s a difference between a guy who wears a solid pair of Cole Haan wingtips and a guy who wears those same shoes with a pair of colored laces.  The man with the laces immediately gets seen as the more fashion savvy one of the two and the shoes have that little bit of flare to them.  The colored laces are stylish and sophisticated and are seen in the offices of stock brokers, to the everyday men’s fashion magazines.  0145619351d32df52f091676111b8101