Sunday, July 13, 2014

Everlane Card Case: Review & Giveaway

Maybe it’s just me or maybe my pants are too slim, but I’ve always been annoyed by having to carry a bulky wallet in my back pocket. A few years back, I decided I needed to do something about it, so I switched to the slimmest leather bi-fold I could find. It was black leather one with a beige inside from Lodis that I picked up at Nordstrom Rack. It was a great wallet, but it started to wear out and I figured it was time to move to the next level of minimalism: a card case. I had been looking for a little while, but couldn’t find the right one for me. Then late one night, while doing some online shopping, I came across Everlane’s card case in Lake blue (in the time since I bought it they sold out of Lake), and I knew I had to have it. I debated if it was really worth it for about a week, but then finally made the purchase. I’ve been using it for about a month now, and let me tell you, it definitely was worth it.

Quality and Material

I had never ordered anything from Everlane before, so I was excited to see if the quality lived up to the expectations I had for them. After a month of using it, I can tell you it does. The leather is genuine, plyable, and doesn’t add too much thickness. After using it for a month, it doesn’t seem to be showing much wear. The color of the leather was about 80% of the reason I bought it, because not many guys have wallets that awesome of a color. I was a little disappointed when it arrived and the color wasn’t quite as bright as it showed online, but it is still a pretty unique color and is probably a more classic color.


One of the reasons it took me so long to buy a card case was the fear that I wouldn’t be able to get rid of enough cards. The Everlane website says that the card case can hold up to four cards, so after some tough decisions and help from my iPhone Passbook, I got it down to three cards. There are two pockets on the front side and a larger pocket in the middle. I’ve been keeping three cards in the front and some folded cash in the middle. I occasionally put a fourth card in but it seems like that makes it too thick, and the same goes for adding more than a bill or two in the middle.

Customer Service

As much as I love my new wallet, here is where things start to get interesting. I placed my order and then began my impatient wait for my new card case to arrive. A day or two after placing the order, my shipment confirmation email arrived, and it said my two wallets would be arriving in a few days. My first thought was, “Shoot, I accidentally ordered two!” but I checked my original order and it only said one. Then I wondered if I was charged for two, but nope, still one. I figured it was just a mistake and that I would wait to see if two actually show up. Three or four days later, I arrived home to two small brown packages, each with a card case neatly wrapped up in an “Everlane” box. I quickly sat down at my computer and wrote an email to customer service asking what I should do and how to get the second card case back to them. The next day, I received the friendliest email saying, “Don't worry about sending back the other card case, think of it as a gift from us! :)” If that doesn’t say good customer service, I don’t know what does.

And Now for a Giveaway...

This Giveaway is Now Closed

So now that I have an extra card case, I figured why not show you all a little love and give it away to a lucky reader. Here are the three ways to enter the giveaway:
  • Follow @asharpstyleblog on Twitter, and tweet something about this contest. (Be sure to mention me "@asharpstyleblog" and include this url "bit.ly/1m7ZU0V")
  • Follow sharpstyleblog on Instagram and like the post about this card case.
  • Comment below why you want this card case.
Be sure to check out @Everlane and their store. They aren't officially sponsoring this giveaway, but they really do have some awesome products. Lastly, this contest is open to US residents only, you can enter once per method, a winner will be chosen at random, and the contest is open until 11:59 PM EST on Thursday July 24th, 2014.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Perfect Ray-Ban Sunglasses for Summer

Ray-Ban Caravan

Lately it seems that the only Ray-Ban sunglasses getting any attention are one of three styles: the Wayfarer, the Clubmaster, and the classic Aviator. Don't get me wrong, they are great options, but by no means are they your best or only choices. The Wayfarers are perfect for hanging out in the sun, but they just won't go with anything dressier than khakis and a button down. And though there is nothing inherently wrong with the Clubmasters, I can't seem to get on board with them. Lastly the aviators: by far my favorite of the three and a classic look that's a safe bet for anyone. I mean really, what's more classic than a look made popular by military pilots? I thought they would be the clear choice for me, but here was my problem: I could never find a pair that looked right on me.

I was to the point where I had given up. I was wearing those cheesy, knockoff Wayfarers with the logo of whatever company happened to be giving them out last. (Admittedly though it was only when the sun was bright enough that their utility outweighed their tackiness.)  But then one day while looking at some sunglasses with a friend, something caught my eye: a pair of square aviators down in the back corner of the bottom shelf. They were the Ray-Ban Caravan. They're definitely not a top seller, but I knew they were perfect from the second I tried them on.

Here's what makes them perfect for me. The rounded shape and bottom of the classic aviators just don't fit my face shape. The look a little odd and disproportioned. But not only do I like square frames better, they suit my face shape. The Caravans are rounded enough to not look too trendy, but are still noticeably more square than the classic style. Now you may be thinking, "I see square aviators all the time." Yes, that's true, but most have a wrap-around look to them that, though maybe more practical, seems too trendy and casual for me. These Caravans have the flat shape that you typically see on original Aviators as well as a thin, gold frame (in addition to a few other color choices) that let's you wear them on the beach with a swimsuit just as easily as with a suit and tie.

Maybe they are too old school for some people, but they probably said that about the Clubmaster a few years ago. I couldn't be happier with them, and I plan to keep them around for a long time. So if you find yourself looking for a pair of Ray-Bans, let everyone else clamor for the Clubmasters and Wayfarers while you come out on top with a pair of timeless sunglasses that stand out from the rest.

Ray-Ban Caravan 2

Ray-Ban Caravan 3


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Patrick J. Adams for Club Monaco

After seeing him for the past three seasons of Suits in contemporary slim fit suits, its quite the switch to see Patrick J. Adams in a pair of relaxed chinos from Club Monaco. The unlikely pair has teamed up for a new campaign featuring the Kennedy classic fit chinos. Adams recently did an interview with the Esquire Style Blog that you can read here.

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Go Anywhere Pair of Shoes: TOMS Paseo

Staying cool and stylish during the summer isn’t always easy to do, and picking the right pair of shoes can make or break you. The always classic is the boat shoe, but if that isn’t your style or you just want to switch it up, a sweet pair of sneakers will work just as well. Think casual day at the boardwalk and save the athletic sneakers for the gym. Some of my personal favorites this summer are a new style from TOMS: the Paseo. A far cry from their Classic style and slightly more modern and clean looking than the Cordones, the Paseos have laces with three pairs of eyelets and come in a variety of classic colors. Not to mention they have more support and feel more like sneakers than TOMS.

These shoes can go anywhere and with anything. From the beach to the boat to around town, these shoes can fit almost any setting. Not to mention they look good with just about anything. Shorts and a pocket t-shirt or chinos and an oxford cloth button down, these shoes are sure to look good. Given the range of colors (black, gray, white, red, navy, and even camo) there is sure to be a pair you’ll like. I went with the navy, and couldn’t be happier with them. Not only can I wear them with anything, but with stripes and some other navy they can look slightly nautical. As for the laces, they don’t really do anything but look good, so you can keep them untied or tied, whichever way you feel. No matter where this summer takes you, the Paseo is sure to keep your feet looking sharp.

(P.S. It's summer; ditch the socks.)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What Every Guy Needs: A Proper Umbrella

We've all been there: torrential rain, hurricane winds, and a the nine dollar umbrella you thought would work. Turns out they don't. To make sure you never find yourself there again, it's time you get a real, proper umbrella. When looking for one, treat it like you would shoes, splurge for something quality and long lasting. Not to mention it will be with you wherever you go and with whatever you're wearing. When it comes to good umbrellas, no one seems to do it better than the Brits, especially London Undercover. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider

Ever since Paul Sperry created the first pair in 1935, boat shoes have become a classic style staple. Their preppy, iconic look goes well with almost any summer look, whether you're on a sailboat in New England or not. Because of their simple design, they will look as good with a pair of shorts and a polo as they would a swimsuit or khakis and an oxford cloth button down. Nowadays you can get your Sperry Top-Siders in any color imaginable so you can be understated or bold. Even better, if you get a classic leather pair for this summer, not only will they still be in style next summer but they will also have that perfectly broken in look that makes them even cooler.

(Above boat shoes - $95 from Nordstrom)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Menswear Essential: The Pocket Tee

Looking to step up your t-shirt game? Try out a tee with a simple pocket on it, it says a little more, "I'm a grown man with killer style," and less, "I just rolled out of bed in this t-shirt." A simple, solid color (white being the most versatile) with a slim fit will look good on anyone. For the more adventurous, a contrasting pocket can stand out well, just stay away from trendy patterned pocket on a solid tee.

Wear it with shorts and boat shoes for day at the beach, jeans for a weekend with friends, or under a blazer for a night out. Not to mention a simple, neutral pocket tee looks great under a leather or denim jacket. To make it all a little more put together, make sure you have a nice pair of shoes, preferably leather and definitely nothing too athletic.

If you're looking for a good pocket tee, check out Everlane (pictured above) for $15 or J. Crew Factory (pictured below) for $19 but is almost always on sale for less.

Monday, July 1, 2013

HE by Mango Summer 2013 Looks

In my search for something to wear to an upcoming summer wedding, I came across this picture that seemed to be the exactly what I had imagined I would wear. It's dressy enough for attending a wedding yet casual enough to wear to the ceremony on the beach. With a little more searching I was able to figure out the collection it came from (HE by Mango Summer 2013) and find the rest of the stylish summer looks. Here is the rest of the collection with its incredible blend of preppy colors and modern fit.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Leather Key Fob from Makr

While browsing the website of one of my favorite leather goods company, Makr, this awesome new leather key fob couldn't help but stand out. Simple, classic, and cleverly assembled to align with your keys, it will make a great addition to any keys. Now, if I could only figure out how to get my initials embossed on the opposite side...

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Perfect Swimsuit

No matter what your body type is, your swimsuit will make or break you this summer, so here are a few tips to make sure you’re looking your best.

With all of the clothes you wear the most important aspect is fit, and swimwear is no different. Those board shorts that go past your knees and have huge cargo pockets make you look more like a preteen than the stylish man you are. The key for this summer is to go short and slim. If you are looking for a good length, try going a couple inches shorter than your shortest shorts. (You wouldn’t want an awkward tan line when you put on your shorts a few days after the beach.) If you’re still not sure on the length, aim for mid-thigh to a few inches above your knee. As for the leg opening, go narrow but not tight. If they are too wide they can give your legs appearance of being scrawny.

Once you've nailed the fit, it’s time to pick a color and pattern. Keep it simple and classic and you will never go wrong. If you are on the slim or athletic side don’t be afraid to try bright or bold colors and patterns. Just remember the brighter and bolder the pattern, the more attention you draw to yourself. If you’re a little bit heavier though, don’t worry, just stick to darker solids like navy or black.

Now that you are almost ready to choose the perfect swimwear, here are a few words of advice before you make a final decision. Stay away from elastic waists; a flat front will be more flattering and make you look trimmer. When choosing between an option with a fly and one without, the former will give you a little more modesty as you get out of the water. And finally, pick something you feel confident in and you will usually never go wrong.