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Bloggerly Love: Complex rounds up the 25 men’s style blogs you should be reading now, including yours truly. Suffice to say, they know what they’re talking about.

Wind Power: Esquire gets the first look at the Windmill Club’s foray into shirting.

Sinfully Short Shorts: Reminiscing over the budding abstinence promoter Kirk Cameron—and the hilarious video that started it all.

Pregame Ritual: The sexiest Super Bowl commercials in GIF form, courtesy of GQ.

I’ve Made a Huge Mistake

Errors in Production

Like most menswear bloggers, we’ve got a soft spot for factories. The flow of the assembly line, the rhythmic whir of the machines, the forward march of materials being made into goods.

It’s not perfect, though. For every 10,000 identical Coke cans that roll off the assembly line, there’ll be a couple that are a little off the mark. Or better yet, a lot off the mark. And now there’s a blog devoted to sharing them with the world.

It’s called Errors in Production, and it hosts everything from mutant gummi bears to a double-handled espresso cup. It’s arty, make no mistake, but there’s something funny and more than a little poignant about seeing all those castoffs in one place.

And most importantly, they’re taking submissions—so that misshapen Grolsch bottle can finally be put to good use.

Lily Cole is Concerned About Hat Theft

Money, It’s a Gas: How your blog sausage gets made. (For the record, if we’re ever getting money for a post, you’ll see the word “Sponsored” all over it.) [The Coe Journal]

Feeling Kinda Breanish: Single-width tweed looms and Breanish weavers. Yes, it’s time for another factory tour. [Permanent Style]

Drawing a Line: A new source for unlined ties pops up in Singapore. [Put This On]

The Cloon Abides: The top 10 George Clooney performances, according to a professional. Batman is mysteriously absent. [Hit Fix]

That’s My Shirt


There’s a proud tradition of women looking damn good in menswear, from Marlene Dietrich to the current flood of “borrowed” Barbour jackets. It’s outdoorsy anti-fashion, a poke at gender roles, and generally the most excited you’ve ever been to see an oxford shirt. Naturally, we approve.

Tomboy Style has been rounding up the best instances for more than a year now, and all that toil has finally landed them a book deal with Rizzoli to round up the best tomboys the world has ever seen. It won’t be out until Spring ’12, but we’d like to put in an early request for more Chan Marshall.

A Stacked Deck


There’s a lot of fun to be had in the gloriously splintered world of indie music blogs—but it helps if you’ve got a native guide. And since trusting an editorial organization with your musical education would be painfully old-fashioned, it’s probably best to turn to machines. is our favorite flock, particularly after this week’s redesign. With the help of an iTunes-style toolbar, Shuffler will guide you through a curated list of thousands of under-the-radar music blogs—kind of like listening to the internet on shuffle. You’ll choose a genre, but after that you’re pretty much at the mercy of the blogs.

In other words, click “hardcore” at your own risk.



We’ve gushed before about the charms of the bookshelf, but there’s finally a photoblog to back it all up. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on Bookshelf Porn, a guided tour through some of the best bookshelves in the world. Sadly, it’s not nearly as salacious as it sounds.

Tumblr Ruins Everything


Trust the internet to take something beautiful and turn it into something slightly uncomfortable.

Take this young woman, for instance. She seems like she’s having a good time. She’s smiling, after all. Sure, her legs are crossed, but she doesn’t seem in distress. Certainly not like she’s looking for a bathroom or anything…

Unfortunately, after Hipsters Have to Pee, everything is suspect.

Marloes Horst is Dressed for Tennis

Eyes on the Prize: The gents at Silver Lining get a richly deserved video tribute. Well done, Mr. Davis. [the189]

Above the Knee: A gentleman’s guide to making shorts, preferably with the help of a tailor. [The Sunday Best]

Nerds!: Roxana Altamirano gives her perspective on men’s style. Mostly, we’re just glad someone’s getting the phrase “nerd boyfriend” out there. [Valet]

The Ties That Bind: Disappointingly, Mogador is not a reanimated skeleton played by John Hurt in an upcoming film. [Men’s Flair]