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A suit designed for bigger-bodied dudes

Size is subjective. The same way your pitching wedge is 4 degrees stronger than the one you had in your bag in the 1990s, your standard-size 40 regular suit you wore on your first job interview measures completely differently than the one hanging in your closet now.

Just as short irons got stronger, suits have also gotten slimmer. We're totally buying the slimmed-down silhouettes. They make guys with regular builds look leaner and feel more comfortable everywhere from the boardroom to the bar. That said, they can leave bigger bodied dudes either looking like Chris Farley in Tommy Boy or swimming in a suit that fits them in the shoulders but nowhere else.

Enter J. Crew's new Crosby suit. Based off the company's slim-fit standard Ludlow block, the Crosby maintains all the aesthetics of today's modern suit with a shorter jacket, slightly narrower lapel and flat-front trouser. It specifically buys your big man some room where it counts: across the shoulders, down the sleeve and around the thigh. The result is a sharp fitting, classic suit built for the bruiser.

In fact, J. Crew was so confident in its kits, which can be found on the company's website, that it used the New York Knights, New York City's semi-pro Rugby team, to model the new threads.

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I mean if these guys wearing it, we're pretty sure the Crosby, available in two seasonal cloths and two basic for $650, handle whatever you plan to put I through.


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Photos courtesy of J. Crew

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Lifestyle Looper: 3 simple ways to look thinner without losing weight

In a perfect world we would all eat healthier and exercise more. But the world isn't exactly perfect, and the stresses of daily life mixed with the ebb and flow of your social schedule can make getting down to your fighting physique challenging to say the least. (Plus, how many of us are actually built like Adam Scott anyway?) Whether you're trying to drop a few LBs or just look your best with what you've got, how you dress can have a major impact on the guy you see in the mirror no matter what the scale says.

Angel Cabrera looks a lot more like most of the guys I see on the weekend-warrior tours than Adam Scott. During the 2014 season, Cabrera's weight fluctuated five to 10 pounds, but he looked better than in years past thanks to some simple style choices.


Angel Cabrera Summer 2013

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Throughout his summer swing in 2013, Cabrera rocked some typical tour pro looks: a solid polo, white belt and a pleated trouser.


Angel Cabrera Summer 2014

By 2014 a few minor fit and fabric adjustments made for quite the dapper Duck …

1. Shorten The Sleeves -- A slightly slimmer and shorter sleeve on even the most classic cuts makes for a more modern look and adds shape to the torso.

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2. Ditch The White Belt -- A white belt with a dark shirt and trouser bisects your body and attracts attention to your midsection. No matter what color your strap is, make sure to match it to your shirt and/or your trousers to smooth out a longer, leaner look.

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3. Pass on the Pleats -- Here's an area where Cabrera can still improve. Those pleats just add fabric around his waist and legs that make him look bigger than he is. 

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Ode to Arnie: Five cardigans The King would love

After celebrating Arnold Palmer's 85th birthday we thought it'd be appropriate to commemorate the King's classic style with a salute to his most iconic sweater -- the cardigan.

The Cardigan sweater was originally conceived as a naval knitwear piece and was first popularized in the mid-1850s when tales of Major General James Bundell and his fleet's defeat of the Russians at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War spread across the British Empire. Major General Bundell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, is the namesake for the 160-year-old soldier style.

The cardigan sweater remains a menswear mainstay and has a place in every man's closet. Dig back in to the Arnie achieve and you'll find tons of shots of the stud on and off the course in cardigan sweaters. Throw yours over a T-shirt and some jeans or layer it under a suit. Either way, check out five of our favorite sweaters and try adding a cardigan into your rotation for fall.


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J. Crew Merino Wool Navy Cardigan
$90
jcrew.com
A basic that will never go out of style, layer this in everywhere from the office to the course to the bar.

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Uniqlo Merino Wool Gray Sailor Stripe
$50
uniqlo.com
Naval stripes are still on trend for fall and this banded cardigan fits right in. 


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J. Lindeberg Wool/Silk Solid
$225
trendygolf.com
The king of sharp style brings it again with this wool and silk stone-colored blend. 


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Puma Teal Full Zip
$175
trendygolf.com
Puma executes the modern take on the classic cardigan in a pop color and a zip front.


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Joe Fresh Cashmere Retro Button Front
$129
joefresh.com
If you're trying to channel the vintage vibe and go old school Arnold, rock this mustard sweater with some navy chinos and you're all set.

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White-belt replacements that work on and off the course

If you've followed any fashion coverage over the last year or so, you'll know that the white-belt trend is waning. Sure, skinny dudes can still pull it off with the right shirt-and-trouser combo, but no matter what your waistline looks like I can't think of one occasion off of the golf course where you'd wanna be seen with a white strap.

So, if you're like me and think that golf isn't such a specific sport that it requires a completely separate wardrobe from the rest of your life -- and you would like to start getting some more traction from your gear, on and off the course -- check out five of our favorite straps that will look sharp wherever you decide to wear them.


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$60
beltology.com

This Aztec design is a cool way to add some interest to your look - pop the color with a red polo or keep it on the subtler side with a pair of jeans and navy T-shirt. 


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Patagonia Olive Nylon Bottle Opener Belt
$29
patagonia.com

The simple nylon strap is the perfect minimalist move that'll pair perfectly with all of your dark trousers. Oh yea, and Patagonia, the kings of functional fashion, also rigged a bottle opener on the backside of this buckle! Wear it responsibly…


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Wolsey Black Nylon Strap With Rubberized Buckle
$55
trendygolf.com

This black nylon strap and rubberized slide enclosure makes for a very sleek and stealthy style. If your trying to rock the monochromatic move in black, this is your strap.


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Uniqlo Burgundy Stripe Woven Belt
$20
uniqlo.com

Burgundy is one of the sharpest shades for fall - pair this with some charcoal cotton chinos and you're set for the season.


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Hugo Boss Navy Geo-Camo with Matte Hardware
$95
trendygolf.com

With one of the coolest ways to do camo yet, Boss blends in with a muted geometric design on a navy tonal strap with matte hardware - a very modern take on man's simplest accessory.


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Game improvement: A lightweight, stylish alternative to your leather overnight luggage

No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.

A full-grain leather overnight bag still feels like one of those manly must-haves every guy should own and be able to hand down to his kid one day. My dad moved to New York in 1973 with a Filson leather duffle, which he gave to me when I went to college, and I still use it for weekend trips. That said, leather bags can be expensive and very heavy to tote around. If you've got a weekend buddies trip on the books this fall or you're just trying to pick up a bag that's a bit bigger than your standard brief case, we'd suggest checking out some sharp alternatives to the standard leather carry-on.

While there used to be a big gap in the market between refined travel bags made by luxury brands and technical totes from camping and climbing companies, the void has been filled by strong offerings from both sides. More and more designers are using technical materials, such as rubber, nylon, cotton and canvas, in classic silhouettes to develop bags that are built to take a beating but won't look out of place at baggage claim on a business trip.

If you're in the market for a new weekend bag, check out five fresh, lightweight leather alternatives that'll take you everywhere you need to go this fall.


APC Navy Nylon Holdall
$265
apc.com

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DSPTCH Light Gray Technical Weekender
$200
DSPTCH.com

loop-DSPTCH-v3-518.jpgFilson Black Waxed Canvas Duffle
$325
filson.com

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Herschel Supply Co. Camo Duffle
$100
herschelsupply.com

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H&M Black Rubberized Sport Bag
$50
hm.com

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Here's what the U.S. team will be wearing at the 2014 Ryder Cup

Polo Ralph Lauren unveiled the official Ryder Cup uniforms for the U.S. team on Wednesday, and announced via the PGA's website it will continue as the team's outfitter through 2020.

From left to right, here are the uniforms for the three days.

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And in case it gets a little cold (as it probably will in Scotland), here are some of the layering options.

Mr. Style's Verdict

Outfit #1:

"It's very classic, very conservative, very simple. It's a good choice for the first day because it won't draw a lot of attention. It could probably use a little bit more life."

Outfit #2:

"I think it's by far the best of the lot. I love the tartan trousers. They're marvelous. Very, very cool; it's really going to work really well in Scotland."

Outfit #3:

"The crowd will love these red pants. The red accent on the left sleeve makes the whole outfit look very modern, and the big bold stripes and bright colors are going to look fabulous on television."

Two More Interesting Outfit Facts

    • The words "United We Stand" are embroidered into the shirts.
    • The shirts also feature a band of 12 stars at the shoulder in honor of the 12 men on the team.

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Shirts that will keep you looking sharp this fall

We've seen a ton of retro looks this summer, and the throwback styles will continue to be a focus for fall. Whether you're feeling classic preppy plackets or 1980s Air Jordan color pallets, the key is to make the move your own and not look like you've time-traveled from another generation.

Here are five of our favorite period polos along with a few tips on how pull off the look.




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RLX Orange Fine Stripe with Contrast Extended Placket
$89
ralphlauren.com

The classic preppy polo with an extended contrast placket is already redefined in RLX's slim fit and performance fabrics. Balance the color pop with some slim gray trousers and this rig works from Labor Day through Thanksgiving.



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Nike Dry Fit Green Micro Print Color Block
$65
nike.com

Keep the acid wash jeans in the closet when you're wearing this 1980s-inspired color-blocked retro print. On or off the course, black pants and white sneaks are all you need to modernize this move.


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Fred Perry Gray Tipped Polo

$85
fredperry.com

Embrace the mod move, button the top button and tuck this classic polo into a dark trouser. Throw on some spikeless sneaks and you're set for the season.


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Adidas Burgundy Shoulder Block Polo
$80
adidasgolf.com

Balance the 1970s vintage colors by wearing bright white bottoms. The white trousers will also pick up the contrast stitch around the sleeves and waist making the retro rig look young and athletic. 


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J. Lindeberg Navy Banded Stripe Polo
$85
trendygolf.com

Channel some vintage Seve and pair this polo with navy trousers in the same shade. The look may be retro, but the fit and function of J. Lindeberg's performance gear is enough to take this look way past 2014.

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It's not just Bernhard Langer's game that's worth imitating

Arguably the most dominant golfer on any tour in 2014 celebrates a birthday today. Happy 57th to Bernhard Langer, owner of two green jackets and a slew of international titles to go with his 23 Champions Tour wins -- five of which he has claimed this year.

Looking back through some old photos of Langer, we realized that the German was quite the swaggy dude in his day. Long before Rickie Fowler was born, Langer was rocking some serious single color set-ups, including the head-to-toe red look he cued up to win his first Masters title in 1985.

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We'd suggest starting with something subtler, but don't be afraid to try out this monochromatic move from the former World No. 1.

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Langer circa 1985.

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Langer circa 2000.

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Langer circa 2002.

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Langer circa 2010.

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Langer circa 2014.

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Dagwood Golf accessories won't help you hit it farther, but they will help you better appreciate the game

The way former Adidas designer Anielle Crisanto and filmmaker Tom Henze see it, golf products and accessories have evolved over the last 20 years from a technology standpoint but in the process the quality hasn't necessarily kept up. It's what inspired the duo to launch Dagwood Golf, a premium golf and outdoor accessory brand that aims to alter the way golfers see golf.

Take one look at their website, dagwoodgolf.com and it's easy to see that these guys aren't talking tech. From the development of their first golf glove, Dagwood was less interested in improving your golf stats and more concerned with the things that could add value to your game long after your rounds had ended.

The couple, who live and work together in Berlin, have an undeniable appreciation for quality craftsmanship. Their entire collection, which includes golf bags, shoes, belts, gloves, headcovers, hats and more, is handmade by specialty artisans from Portugal.

Henze and Crisanto derive a lot of their creative direction from classic 1980s street-wear looks (peep the Stan Smith lookin' spikeless golf shoes!). It's those simple street styles, mixed with iconic golf pieces, that yield the brand's timeless and relevant aesthetic.

"We want to be the brand for the golfer who loves golf and is very aware of the fact that playing a game with a friend for five hours is a huge luxury," said Henze in a recent interview with Hong Kong's Minor House blog. "We want to continuously bring products to the game that showcase a similar approach of time, friendship, honesty and quality."

In an age when it seems like all anyone wants to talk about is bigger cups and bifurcation, it's important to recognize a brand that celebrates the idea that everyone from FedEx Cuppers to first timers can all relate: the unexplainable yet undeniable emotional shared experience around the game of golf. Is it stretch to think a leather scorecard holder will make you stop and smell the fresh-cut grass? Possibly. But is it too hard to imagine holding on to something long enough so that you'll have a piece of your game to pass down to someone when you hang up your spikes and their just putting theirs on? I don't think so.

Ultimately, Dagwood won't make you hit it any further but a few of their pieces may help you appreciate some of the games less measurable moments.

Check out some of our favorite Dagwood pieces below.


Leather Scorecard Holder - $85

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Canvas Spikeless Golf Shoe - $205

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Hand Knit Headcovers - $32.50

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Retro Baseball Hat - $63.70

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A slip-on golf shoe that, well, actually looks like a golf shoe

Derived from the Greek word bios, for "life," Biion seeks to bring new life to the golf-shoe industry. The brainchild of Toronto fashion entrepreneur Rick Buchanan, the slip-on shoes are made of a lightweight yet sturdy EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) material that is anti-microbial, odor-resistant and washable.

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The company offers shoes in five styles—classic, patterns, saddles, brights and wingtips—and 36 colors. Each features a dual-density midsole and honeycomb-pattern spikeless tread to provide stability and comfort.

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Unique to Biion's design is my favorite feature: aeration holes. Not only do they help keep your feet cool and dry, but they allow you to wear the shoes with or without socks. Retailing for $100, these shoes provide a definite style statement whether worn on or off the course.

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