Let Your T-shirt Do The Talking

Me and my very well loved (and well worn) bear tee from Graniph – May 02 2020

T-shirts with graphics and slogans and promotions for cool stuff have always been a way for me and lots of guys like me to express ourselves and seek out more of our ‘tribes’. I met some of my best friends – to this day – through a little cultural advertising with a Prince “1999” Tour baseball jersey (purple of course), my yellow ‘Superman The Movie’ tee and later on, Coachella line-up tees (16 years and counting). I make a regular hunt through some of my go-to tee sites and here’s a few that I’m really digging (and buying from) right now. Prices range from $55 to $6!


Vestige – soft, wear forever, lots of low-key but cool graphics

I love Vestige because they have an on-going bunch of weird, photo-like, abstracty prints from designers and artists around the world. Best of all, you can find them for great prices all year long. I always look through the site (always having a sale or promo deal) and they regularly turn up on Nordstrom Rack (usually around $20) and Century21 (in person, sorry). Above all, they are comfortable and cut for a Gen-X men.

Rowing Blazers

Rowing Blazers – Great cotton, designs that look vintage but BEAUTIFULLY printed

I stumbled upon Rowing Blazers in the middle of winter in NYC a few years back and have always admired their rugby shirts and, of course, blazers. They also do some nifty tees with a Lower East Side spin.

Into The AM

Into The AM – High-quality, reasonably priced – vibrant graphics and awesome all-over prints

Into The AM started in 2012 and have continuously created standout graphics and now all-over prints that always get a second look from admirers – the detail and quality of printing is truly worth the (very reasonable) prices.


Pax Romana – Quirky, arty, skate-y but not something you will see everyone wearing = puuuurrrrrfekt!

Pax Romana is a London-based streetwear brand, but has shipping from the USA as well to keep the costs down. They are one of the very cool and very graphic tee selections on sustainable streetwear online store Uncommonn.


Last Exit to Nowhere – understated, insider geek-out graphics

This brand makes me crazy: I first found them when I was looking for the crew hat for the Nostromo from the movie Alien (don’t ask, we don’t have time). LETN has dozens of tee-shirts with logos from brands and places that only exist in movies (Skynet from The Terminator, Overlook Hotel from The Shining – you get the picture). The Star Wars targeting grid (above) is new and super-tasty. Mike Ford, I salute you.

6 Dollar Shirts

Funny, weird and … you can buy 10 of them for $60!

This site and brand does exactly what it says on the cover: all the tee-shirts are $6. And they are very cool and a little weird and some twisted humor as well (I love Trash Panda above). Their COVID-19 designs add a little needed humor to your stay-home wardrobe.


Odd and wonderful designs from Graniph

I used to (half) joke that my favourite thing about going to Hong Kong was stocking up on tees at Graniph. I found the store stashed away in a nondescript mall in Causeway Bay and fell in love (they have a store in Sydney as well, equally hard to find). They are very cool but run small: for Gen-X guys I recommend XL all the way.

Uniqlo UT Editions

There is always some cool collaboration going on at UNIQLO – and they are always super-cheap!

Before you ask: No, I don’t work for Uniqlo but I might if the discount is good….They always have great tees and this year is no different: Keith Haring, Mickey Mouse, manga and my personal favourites – special editions with Peter Saville (graphic design god for OMD, New Order, Roxy Music, Ultravox) are nuts – I need all of them and they are all two-for-one (this is May 2 2020). Peter Saville’s collaboration with Paco Rabanne goes for $300+ per tee so these Uniqlo designs are practically free!

You can follow me on Instagram @genxmenstyle for my own takes on Gen-X styles.

All White, All White, All White.

When I lived in London, I wore a pair of white Vans one evening and was told “You can always spot an American in Europe because you ALL (his emphasis not mine) wear white sports shoes when you go out!” Wanting to fit in, I immediately went back to my flat and put them in the back of the closet, but always wanted to bust them out and I did as soon as I moved to NYC – they were box-fresh new! Eventually when we stop wearing slippers and socks all day, shoes will become ‘a thing’ and just in time for summer, the season of white everything you wear. I’ve selected some white sneakers (or tennies as we called them in growing up in North Dakota), a range of prices that I know you can rock with shorts, khakis or casual pants and even run all over Europe with them on – when we get to travel again! These can all be ordered online and I scoped good size ranges as well.


When Raf Simons left Calvin Klein, most of the design innovations left with him. I found these shoes identical design to the Calvin Klein 205W39ST, but without the $700 price tag. They are the most comfy sneakers I’ve owned in ages.

adidas Men’s Originals Stan Smith Casual Sneakers $80 $60

Macy’s always has some classic styles at great prices. These adidas Stan Smith’s are that classic at a not-so-classic price! Grab these soon while there are good sizes!


D.A.T.E. named for Damiano, Alessandro, Tommaso and Emiliano – four friends who created small collections by hand before breaking through commercially on sites like Farfetch. Distinctive and understated. Love them!!

Asos Design Dustin Lace Up Sneakers In White $29

ASOS has some great deals stashed away and these well constructed, low-price but sharp as hell sneakers will fit in well with any summer look. They come in wide sizes as well.

Jack Purcell Canvas $65

Converse classics: The Jack Purcell is described as “An effortlessly sharp addition to your closet, with Jack’s signature “smile” at the toe.” I say here here!! They look sharp in black with white toe as well.


VEJA shoes make me crazy: they are super-simple, very comfortable for a wide foot like mine and wear forever – and usually on-sale somewhere. They come in lots of cool variations of this style (white with red/blue/black/green side V detail) so have a look through Farfetch which has a great range of sizes too.

Authentic and Slip-On-style True White Vans $50 each

I’ve worn VANS since the mid-70s when I got my first pair on a family trip to Hawaii (along with my first skateboard, was a big day in Tom’s life). I’ve owned 100s of pair and still by two of each pair, same size – one to wear, one to keep box-fresh for the future. Here’s the classic check in white on white and the Authentic.

adidas® Skateboarding 3MC shoe $64.95

Never was a big fan of adidas skate gear, but these white and off-white puppies are less try-hard and more laid back, with some cool details (waffled tongue, extended suede toecap) and the Zappos price is right too!

Nike SB Charge Solarsoft Men’s Skate Shoes $65 $48.75

Kohl’s is like Asos: dig around and you will find very cool brands, classic styles, great size range and CHEAP! This is a classic skater kick from Nike and at this price, you can get red AND black and wear one of each, then the black pair, then the red pair and you technically get one pair free – GENIUS!!

Gucci Tennis 1977 canvas sneakers $630

OK, I left the bougie Gucci crazy-expensive-for-what-they-are shoes for the very bottom of the list, but goddamn they look good and detailed too all hell. Someone in my house has a pair of these and when the cat’s away the mouse will be wearing these…

Florals: You need ONE, you just do

We will go outdoors again, go to BBQ’s, hang out and wear stuff we don’t wear in the fall and winter. For me, that means short-sleeve shirt and right now I’m thinking florals. OK, I’ve had guys say “That’s a cool shirt on YOU, but I could never wear something like that.” My reply is “You just haven’t found the right shirt!” Honestly you only need one that looks good on YOU: for when you want to wear something fun, when you’re doing something fun or you’re with a fun person – florals = fun. Here’s my picks, a little high-end, a few on-sale and all few Gen-X friendly cuts (not too slim, good untucked, funky not trendy) from my personal favorite guy-shops Farfetch, Urban Outfitters and Levi’s.

Levi’s / LEVI’S® MADE & CRAFTED® $129


UO Dye Tech Camp Collar Shirt $49

Lardini flower print short sleeve shirt $166 $150

MSGM flower print short sleeve shirt $375 $188

BDG flower print short sleeve shirt $49

VANS paint-by-number floral short sleeve shirt $49.50

Boardies floral short sleeve shirt $125.00

John Richmond floral short sleeve shirt $210 $167.00

PS Paul Smith floral short sleeve shirt $175 $105.00

Hoodie Refresh

That’s me in the picture above (carefully cropped to remove the SMALL bald spot) and I’m wearing my favorite hoodie (FACT Beastie Boys edition – here’s a used one on Poshmark). I’ve looked around for a Gen-X guy type of hoodie (not too fitted, not too short, a little funky, smart-looking hood ties) and combed Yoox, which always has a good selection of sizes, styles and generally low prices. Here’s my shortlist:

TopMan Hoodie $120 $78

Caterpillar 3D $102 $59

Jil Sander Hoodie $390 (comes in black too)

Love Moschino $264 $161

Wood Wood (I love this brand, great value, lasts forever) $134

Valentino (yes it’s expensive, but huge markdown) $1000+ $560

thank you Gregory for the photo on the beach xx

JW Anderson X Uniqlo…ON SALE!

I bought my first JW Anderson shirt in Hong Kong 5+ years ago and wore it out: simple, a little bit of detail in the right ways and looked good untucked (a Gen-X Men must have, right?). This is JW’s (I’m sure someone must call him that) second collaboration with Uniqlo (another Gen-X Men staple). I grabbed 5 things from the first collaboration and spent less than $200 full-price, and right now some is on-sale. On top of that, some of the sale stuff is reversible, so you are technically getting two styles 🙂 You don’t have to go to a germy store to get them either. Lots of sizes still available, here are my picks:

Reversible, two cool colors
Reversible, two different colors – if you get both you have four coats!!
I grew up watching the Charlie Brown cartoons and this tee is something that Schroeder and probably Peppermint Patty would wear. Uniqlo tee’s last forever and look COOL with pants or shorts. Not on sale, but not a bad price either.
The oxford comes in three colors and the chambray just one. The link goes to the oxford shirt page, and the chambray is in a link below the main image – these are staples so get a couple in your size.
Classis with cool details, folds easily and comes in three colors – every guy needs one of these – jeans or khakis will be killer with this.

Uniqlo has tons of cool stuff on sale right now, so definitely have a check around, especially in the clearance stuff!

04 / 13 / 2020 Gen-X Men Style / Cool and Timeless Rain Wear

Rainy Day Gear for Gen-X Men

With the rain coming today and more to come here in NYC (more specifically locked down out in East Hampton), I thought I’d post about some of the very cool rain gear available this spring. I think every man needs a simple piece or two of rain gear which can switch from day and work to night and whatever. I’ve picked a few that have great style and look modern and current, but I think will be keepers that will last well beyond this season. I’ve kept mainly to blacks and greys, but a couple of fun color options – and my personal fave – the PONCHO!! There are several other styles, running from around $150 – $1000+ All of these are available from the brand’s website or ssense.com