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Here’s how to distress jeans

The sweetest thing about the distressed trend is that it can be done by yourself. It allows you to add personality and your own personal touch.

It gives your denim a lived-in feel.

There are two ways to go out about it. You can keep it clean and your jeans a nice cut at the knee.  Or you can do a blown out knee where there’s more distressing involved.

Left is minimal distressing. Right is with a blown out knee.

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#1 tip? Take your time, start small and adjust. If you don’t like how it looks, you can always adjust accordingly.

Let’s Get Started

Step 1: Choose how distressed you want your jeans and where you want it.

Step 2: Put on your jeans and take chalk or a pen to mark the area you want to work on. The blown out knee should start above your knee, not right at your knee cap.

Step 3: Start distressing. Cut the spots you marked. The key is to pull the threads apart so it’s more destroyed and lived-in.

Step 4: Give em a good wash. It will always look better and less stiff once it’s gone through the washer.

Watch the video by Kollar Clothing to see how he likes to distress jeans.

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Mens Light Weight Jackets 35+

February 14, 2017

When shopping for men’s lightweight jackets look for one that is not too puffy (like your Canada Goose), and not like your overcoat.

Need a lightweight jacket for when the weather is hovering around  -1 and +5? A jacket that will keep you warm but not overheated when you’re indoors.  You also don’t want to look silly wearing a Canada Goose jacket in above 0 weather. Here are some men’s lightweight jacket options we like for right now (in Toronto).

The Dirlon Coat

For a sharp accompaniment to your outfit whatever the occasion, choose the Dirlon coat from Van Gils. Deftly tailored, the brushed fine herringbone design is the epitome of refinement. Fitted with smart lapels, the blind closing results in a polished finish.

Wear this over a suit or with your work wear.

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Van Gils MS - Outerwear - General Van Gils - Dirlon Lightweight Overcoat - Gotstyle The Menswear Store

Shop the Dirlon Light Weight Overcoat Here.

The Devon Blazer

Successfully bridging style and practicality, this Devon jacket from Van Gils is ideal for off-duty dressing. Designed with a water-repellent finish, this short style closes with 2 buttons and has been made in a flattering tailored fit. Fitted with a notch lapel, it features 2 patch pockets and a chest pocket for added convenience. A versatile piece, it is perfect for layering over both smart and casual looks.

Great for weekends or work (without a suit) and flying.

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Van Gils MS - Blazers Van Gils - Devon Patch Pocket Nylon Blazer - Gotstyle The Menswear Store

Shop The Devon Patch Blazer  Here.

Watch how our stylist Mallory styled these two jackets IRL (in real life). For outfit details and sizing chat with us.

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Shop these jackets on our online store or visit us in store. Follow @shopgotstyle on Instagram for more style tips. 


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If you don’t wear a white dress shirt everyday you might want to start after reading this.

Ever wonder why Don Draper kept a drawer full of them?  (among other reasons) they’re essential. With so many to choose from, and ways to wear them we’ve summed up 10 reasons you need more.

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10. They’re ageless.

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9. They always let your accessories shine.

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8. When perfectly fitted and pressed, you won’t be needing accessories.

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7. They always look great with a simple tie and leather jacket.

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6. They look great with those red pants you never wear and a brown moto leather jacket.

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5. They’re the perfect partner in crime for hot summer weddings.

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4. They’ll work as an unexpected inner fall layer.

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3. Add length under a cropped bomber jacket.

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2. They can look less preppy too. Tucked in and buttoned aaaaaall the way up.

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1. They will give you shape under those oversized bomber jackets but not hurt ya street cred.

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…and they’re on sale! Shop GOTSTYLE french cuff, basic cuff, and tuxedo shirts in store or online during our white dress shirt sale.


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v-neck-sweater

The V-Neck sweater. Once a staple of men’s fashion left to die in the back of your closet only to be brought out again for awkward family dinners.

Well, they’re back baby! …with a twist. The twist, as with any trend re-introduction always makes or breaks the piece. In this case, the “v” should be more angular. Think sharp point rather than the shallow v that is synonymous with the old v-neck sweaters you do have.

Paired With A Polo

This style move has a vintage feel that will shake up your work wardrobe.

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Step 1: Pick a colour combination that you like. You can also pair with a printed polo. When matching choose a colour that is somewhere in the polo to your sweater. A classic colour combination is blue and brown. Sean Connery (pictured above) with another classic pairing grey and brown. How good would this be with a slim trim navy trouser to pair with it? 

Under a jacket

Nothing new here! Just avoid bulk at all cost. Pair with a jersey blazer or something unconstructed or unlined.

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Outfit details: Hardy Amies – Wool Flannel Blazer w Patch Pockets $695, Van Gils – Barlow Contrast V-Neck Sweater $145Nudie Jeans – Lean Dean Dry Slow Dark Denim $199, Anderson’s – Pebbled Leather Belt $160, Gotstyle – Sleek Chelsea Leather Boot $295

Slightly oversized

If the idea of wearing a v-neck makes you cringe, because you’re too cool for that shit. Grab an oversized v-neck. The bagginess will look more relaxed and less preppy-9-to-5-guy.

Like we said before, look for angular v-necks.

Take your oversized sweater to the next level by distressing it. This works best with wool or cashmere. Doing a quick google search on distressing will help but you’ll need a plastic brush, knife, or lighter.

It will look worn and vintage A.K.A. expensive AF. 

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Outfit details: Gotstyle Launch – Merino Wool Blend V-Neck $125, Buckson Slacks – Classic Buck $220

Solo… with chinos and high tops

Consider this your next travel outfit. Avoid scratchy fabrics so you don’t need to layer a t-shirt underneath. We like the monochromatic pairing Ryan Reynolds did here (below) with the two different hues of blue.

If you enjoy comfort during travel get a chino with a lot of stretch. And if you’re travelling for work easily sling your travel blazer by your side.

Solo… with chinos and high tops Consider this your next travel outfit. Avoid scratchy fabrics so you don’t need to layer a t-shirt underneath. We like the monochromatic pairing here with two different hues of blue. It unifies the outfit and makes it less office wardrobe. For travel get a chino with a lot of stretch. The sweater will balance out the casual high top pairing. Feature Blue Industry Chino Feature Garment Project High top

Get This Look: Blue Industry ChinoGarment Project High top / Monte & Coe Duffel Bag

Keep it classy- under a suit

Going to a social event or work party? Skip the dress shirt and wear a v-neck instead.

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Outfit details: Van Gils – Barlow Contrast V-Neck Sweater $145Anderson’s – Pebbled Leather Belt $160, Tiger of Sweden – Atwood Jacquard Suit $999


You can consider it a basic again. Now with multiple ways to style the V-Neck in your arsenal, this might just be the next best piece to invest in right now.  Follow us on Instagram: @shopgotstyle. For online style help, chat with us. 

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5 Men’s Holiday Style Looks

November 29, 2016

5 Men’s Holiday Style looks borrowed from celebrities Donald Glover, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Nick Jonas

Consider the holiday season your time to literally shine. Say yes to metallic dinner jackets, bold AF lapels (if you’re not scarred from the 80’s) and make a statement damn it!

This week we took a look at our favourite red carpet celebrity style moves and re-created them with pieces we’ve got in store.

Donald Glover – Entertainment One Party

Pairing black and navy is no longer unacceptable which makes it a style TKO. If you want this to work you need a smoking slipper. Any dress shoe would destroy the casual element to this look. 

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Tom Hardy – TIFF Red Carpet

This look is classic in nature but it’s the accessories that say “Don’t f*ck with me.” What else would you expect from Mr. Hardy? Go light on the shirt and reeeally add contrast with the accessories. Finishing with a black chelsea boot is non-negotiable.

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NYFS – Plaid Check Vest $250
NYFS – Plaid Check Suit $989
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Nick Jonas – MVAs

So you’re not really into blazers? Do a bomber jacket instead. You have to tuck in your shirt. If the pleat scares you, opt for a classic fitting style instead of your trim dress pants.

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Inimigo – Reversible Camo Jacket $295
Available in store

Idris Elba

So simple. This is such a boys night out look. Velvet smoking jacket and wide as the smile on her face lapels make sure you’re the star of the night. Pair with an equally stylish friend and own the night.

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NYFS – Tuxedo Jacket w Contrast Peak Lapel $725
Available in store

Will Smith – Movie Red Carpet

The party suit. It’s bold, it’s check, and sometimes it’s got the vest to match. Tip: If you find a suit that doesn’t have a matching vest put a cardigan of similar colour underneath. And if you’re a frequent reader you already know not to put a dress shirt underneath your suit.

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Gotstyle – Contrast Windowpane Suit (on sale) $696.50
Available in store

turtleneck

Hardy Amies – Wool/Cashmere Knit Turtleneck Sweater $685
Available in store

Shop online or in store!

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The Shawl Collar Sweater Is Back.

If you want a quick, easy way to upgrade your old sweater routine try a shawl collar sweater. Shawl collar sweaters have been rocked by James Bond to Steve McQueen. They manage to always add a bit of sophistication whether you dress it up or dress it down. Next time you go out, trade your crew neck in for a shawl collar.

Celebrities In Shawl Collars

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What you should remember:

Shawl collars are known to be flattering to stockier, heavy set physiques thanks to the rolled, rounded shape which frames the face. The long, curved lapels also help create a leaner, trimmer silhouette.

Our expert menswear stylists have put together four looks with their favorite shawl collar sweaters that are in store and online now.

Hover over the photos to see the details.


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Pairing a turtleneck with a shawl collar cardigan is classy as f*ck.

Put a twist on it with a sleek bomber and ripped denim. This is a good outfit for hitting the bar with your friends, that first coffee date, or a casual brunch. Need a dressier option? Wear the same sweater/turtleneck combo with a blazer.

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Shawl collar… collars, come in different sizes.

Smaller collars make layering easier. Try over a button down and under a blazer for a no brainer weekend outfit. Swap your jeans for chinos or trousers for a dinnertime look.

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Chunkier knits have more character and just feel definitely cozier.

Thicker knits aren’t as easy to layer under, so don’t force it. Avoid looking bulky by wearing just the sweater and a t-shirt underneath. We’d recommend this look for casual office days or weekend brunch!

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Thinner collar? Add a tie.

This is a good look for office casual, smart casual or business casual. The sweater has a thinner collar so it can be worn with a tie. This makes it a good alternative to wearing a blazer OR if you need to wear a blazer, you can do so without it getting bulky. The trousers have an elastic cuff making it a tad more relaxed and casual. If it’s not appropriate for your office, simply trade it in for a pair of chinos or dark denim.