Up the rebels.

By any official or unofficial method of measurement, summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere. And to salute the return of hot (or hotter—hi Phoenix) weather, here are some articles to help you dress, eat, and date better this year.

Dress Up (or Down) for the Weather

There’s nothing like grabbing that old favorite t-shirt (just a few little holes), the calf-length jean shorts and a pair of flip-flops and hitting the bars with the guys, right? Funny how the women you meet all seem to have a phone number of 555-1212, huh?

Grillin’ and Chillin’

Is that lighter fluid I smell? If so, why? Get yourself a damn charcoal chimney already, and then make sure you’re using the grill right, and complementing your meat with a tasty, healthy, cool salad.

Summer Survival

It’s not all fun and games when the weather gets hot. Keep yourself safe and healthy, and live to skinny-dip another day.

  • How to Hydrate is the complete why and how of keeping your body moist on the inside, because by the time you get thirsty you’re already late on the hydration train.
  • How to Perform 14 Basic Skills, Part 2 includes “Learn the Breaststroke,” and advice to help you learn how to swim. This is a basic survival skill everyone should know.

Look Great

You want that beach body? Well, time’s a-wastin’. If you haven’t already subscribed to receive your free Starter Workout, you can find some basic help here:

  • A Simple Starter Workout is the original workout plan I happen to be using again right now to get into fighting trim. You can too.
  • No-Weights Workout offers some easy moves you can do outside. Just don’t hog the kids’ jungle gym for too long, okay?

Get a Date

Yes, the ladies seem to look even prettier in their summer clothes. No, it’s no more difficult to talk to them than it was when they looked like Eskimos. If you’re not using my online dating book (available free), at least forearm yourself with a few tips.

  • What Do You Say to a Girl? You’re walking on the beach with a buddy, and the girl of your dreams is coming right toward you. Do you start with a firm, “Hi,” and then confidently move on to an intriguing question for her, or devolve into a puddle of jelly? I can help you there.

The National Pastime

If you’re absolutely stuck for something to do, and living in America, there’s probably a ballpark five minutes away. And whether you want to go nuts for your favorite player or kick back in the sun with a brew and some conversation (not too loud), the ballyard is an excellent place to do it.

  • Take Yourself Out to the Ballgame will help you if you decide only the big-leagues will do (try Triple-A instead, trust me) you can navigate the minefield of consumerism that is a major league ballpark with your credit rating intact.

Whatever you do this summer, be safe, calm and confident. Have fun out there.


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A classic coat. The bike, not so much.

Fall is upon us in earnest, and winter’s approaching. With it comes the dilemma: what outerwear is both stylish and functional? Bomber jacket, leather coat or parka? Multiple layers or one thick pad of wool or down? Here’s a basic guide to keeping warm while you still look cool.

Know Your Style

By now you should be choosing clothes that suit your body type and personality. The goal is to fit them with outerwear that not only provides protection from the elements, but also finishes your look.

If you’re thin, you can pull off a tight leather jacket or bomber. For the larger man, a more structured jacket or overcoat that squares your shoulders can give you a strong silhouette. Try on a variety of jackets, and ask for opinions on what looks good on you.

Another bit of advice: always try on coats and jackets while you’re wearing the clothes you’ll most often wear with them. That $500 leather coat that fits perfectly over just a t-shirt might not fit right when you’re wearing your favorite sweater. If you’ll be wearing button-down shirts or suits with your coat, make sure the necklines work together.

The Fashionable Choice: Layers

Here in Seattle the weather changes so much from day to day that on a typical December day I might need a light jacket, a thick wool overcoat and rain gear, all in the same day. My answer to this problem is to have a variety of options in the hall closet.

What I rely on most days is a system of layering that keeps me from looking too “thick” while enabling me to discard or add layers to meet the changing temperature. I almost always start with an undershirt. For temperate weather, a simple, cheap Hanes or Fruit-of-the-Loom t-shirt works fine. Mix and match the colors to work with your wardrobe (especially if the T will be visible), and you might find a V-neck or A-shirt (the style colloquially known as the “wife-beater”) works best with lower shirt necklines.

Then comes your shirt, then perhaps a sweater or (if you’re really going casual) a hoodie, topped with your choice of jacket:

Denim jackets are a perennial favorite, protect moderately against wind, and as long as you’re not wearing jeans at the same time, can make for a great layered casual look. (Of course, you can wear it with jeans for that ’70s metalhead look.) Try both light and dark denim, and maybe a similar style or military jacket in cotton twill.

Men's Air Force A-2 Flight Leather Bomber Jacket

Leather jackets offer superior protection from wind, and hold in heat well if they’re thick enough or have a good lining. For a casual look, find a bomber in brown. For dates and going out on the town, find something in a dressier 3/4-length (to the hip) coat. A well-made and looked-after leather coat should last for years, if not decades. Skip the leather trenchcoat, though.

Langham or Pullman jackets are a modern outerwear choice based on a classic look. They’re like an outerwear version of the Pendleton shirt, often in the same traditional plaid. I’ve seen them in both wool and oilcloth, which is cotton that has been treated with linseed oil to make it water-resistant. This is definitely a casual look, great for going out to the stadium. Langham jackets tend to be more of a 3/4-length option.

The Comfortable Choice: Coats

When it’s freezing, it’s freezing, and I know I just want to be warm. Add some rain and you’re not going to be very comfortable in a denim jacket. So at some point you’ll need to turn to outerwear that’s built to keep you as protected as possible. Also, if you wear a suit to work you’ll look a little funny with a leather bomber over top.

Let’s look at the classic coat styles:

Overcoats (also known as topcoats) are longer, usually down to the knees. They offer the best protection for a suit and look best over collared shirts. A nice wool overcoat will do a great job of keeping you warm while offering moderate water-resistance. You’ll definitely need a place to hang your overcoat when you reach your destination, though. One common type of overcoat is the Chesterfield coat, which has no defined waist.

BGSD Men's Wool Blend Peacoat

Trenchcoats like the iconic Burberry or London Fog are a great choice for a day that’s warm enough for rain instead of snow. Typically made of thinner material than an overcoat, a trench‘s first job is repelling moisture. They’re also a classic look over a collared shirt or suit. While the classic trench is a full-length coat, newer trenchcoat styles are 3/4-length. As I mentioned above, skip the leather trenchcoat unless your name is Neo.

Peacoats seem to never go out of style. Usually cut at a 3/4-length and made of wool, the peacoat is an great all-purpose option that can look good on a night out but also get you to work in comfort.  You can use a hoodie as an intermediate layer between your street clothes and peacoat for a funky casual look.

Parkas are sportswear, best suited to winter football games and climates where wearing any other type of coat would result in hypothermia. When you look for a parka, make sure it’s close fitting around the neckline, wrists and hips. A down filling will provide maximum warmth and a dual snap/zipper will prevent wind from whistling through. For more options, consider ski jackets, which also offer superior water resistance and the room to layer underneath without looking like the Michelin Man.

While these are the major options, there are many other styles and sub-styles you’ll find out there. Take your time shopping, try everything on and ask for opinions. If you have a favorite coat, let me know.

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Exercise, Meditate, Launder [Weekend Reading]

September 4, 2010 Dressing

Call it our guy version of “Eat, Pray, Love.” Don’t Blame Your Genes First up is a study by the UK’s Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, which found that exercise can improve the health of even those who are genetically predisposed to obesity. In the past it was assumed that many who are obese had […]

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Summer Suits: If New Yorkers Can Do It…

July 19, 2010 Dressing

What do you wear when the weather gets hot? Well, the answer if you’re working in New York City during the recent triple-digit heat wave is…your suit, of course. In my quest to find you men’s fashion advice that doesn’t involve runway models in cowl necks and facemasks, I came across this nugget from the […]

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How to Look Good and Impress Women (Without a Girlfriend’s Opinion)

July 14, 2010 Dressing

Please welcome Schmidty, Tao of Bachelorhood’s very first guest poster. Schmidty is a Image Management consultant and runs a blog called Man Vs. Style. He helps men increase all aspects of their own personal sense of style, helping them to increase confidence, impress women, get a promotion or become a VIP. To check out Schmidty’s […]

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Flip-Flops to Boat Shoes: Summer Footwear

June 30, 2010 Dressing

When the temperature rises, so does the temptation: “man, my feet would feel so much cooler in flip-flops. I’m just going to the bar/store/park/library…c’mon, comfort is important!” It’s hard to know where to begin, but let’s start here: would you also wear moon boots in the winter? I didn’t think so. So now that we […]

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Spanx and the Spare Tire

June 3, 2010 Dressing

We all laughed when the makers of Spanx announced they would be shipping Spanx for Men. After all, the vanity of the girdle has always been the realm of the woman. We men have generally accepted for centuries now that a woman’s waist isn’t as narrow as it looks with clothes on, and that those […]

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Board Shorts to Speedos: What to Wear When

June 2, 2010 Dressing

In the US, the Memorial Day weekend normally marks the unofficial beginning to summer, and our thoughts begin to turn to beaches, pools and lakes. The dilemma is finding swimwear that both looks good and is functional for your day on the water. Shorts for water sports come in many lengths and fits, and if […]

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