Socks: the underrated way to express yourself.

ARGYLE DRESS SOCKS by EXPRESS, $11

With fall coming up, chances are you’re going barefoot less often, and if not, people are probably staring at your feet…for the wrong reasons. So spruce up that nifty wardrobe with some new socks.

Socks offer you the chance to add color to the old walking sticks, and it’s pretty easy to do. Imagine you’re matching your shirt to your pants—it’s like that but with your socks. If you really want to go bold, check out the argyles up top.

A man should take pride in his socks. If you look after them—and by that we mean washing them regularly—they will look after you.

-Rochester Sartorial

Photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

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Stay dignified…the Dopp Kit.

DOPP KIT by MERONA, $10 at TARGET

What’s a Dopp Kit you say? It’s your batten-down the hatches, simple to the core, overnight bag. Of course, we don’t call the Dopp Kit ” your overnight bag” because first, it’s not manly enough, and second, there aren’t any clothes in it—only essentials.

The Dopp Kit is something no dapper, dignified, or self-respecting, style-setting, sartorial son-of-gun should travel without. Wait a second…did I just go on a rant?

Anyway, back to the good stuff—your Dopp Kit.

  • It should be made of nylon or canvas. Don’t waste too much money on leather this and leather that. This thing is going to the ends of the world with you, or at least to a friends house or hotel or something. Nylon ensures durability & easy care. Besides, you shouldn’t be making a statement with your Dopp Kit.
  • It should be small enough to stack easily in your bag…
  • …but large enough for travel essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste & floss, deodorant, nail-clippers, headache medicine, body wash & shampoo, razor, shaving cream, extra contact lenses/glasses, & lip balm.
  • …personalize as you must.

The well-equipped Dopp Kit will see you through thick & thin. Take care of it, and it will take care of you.

-Rochester Sartorial

*The term “Dopp Kit” refers to its maker, Charles Doppelt. He was a leather-craftsman from Germany who immigrated to the US during the early 20th century.

Shawl-collar sweaters anyone?

SHAWL-COLLAR SWEATER by THE GAP, $60

Part dignified, part relaxed…but never lazy. The shawl-collar sweater is great during fall’s shifting weather patterns. You can wear it over a button up on mild days, or you can throw a jacket over it when the weather turns south.

You should own one of these because they are unique yet extremely versatile. Oh yeah. One last thing—button with caution. You don’t want to look uncomfortable in your otherwise extremely comfortable sweater.

-Rochester Sartorial

Photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

The Fall Scarf: to wear or not to wear?

SELECTED SCARVES by EXPRESS, $30

Wear…if you’re manly enough.

Fall is the perfect time to dable in things outside your normal sartorial-style boundaries. And what better place to start then with a scarf?  They’re a essential during unpredictable fall weather and easy to wear. Here are some basic rules to follow:

  • Worry less about color and more about texture. Don’t get all caught up in what color scarf you should wear. Find one that feels good to the touch, and that’s not too thick. Light-weight fabrics, like cotton, are best during fall. Save wool for winter.
  • If you are worried about color, grey and black will go with anything.
  • Wear any scarf loose around your neck with layers, or tightened-up  & tucked into your fall jacket.
  • Wear them like you don’t care—because you shouldn’t. They’re there to keep you warm. That’s it really.
  • Try to act like you don’t notice everyone staring at you because you’re wearing a scarf. Don’t worry, it’s a good thing.

It’s really not tough at all. Pretty soon, you’ll never want to leave home without one.

-Rochester Sartorial

Photo by ENDER GÖÇMEN

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