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World Ender: Back To Basics

A quick refresher on the stuff we all need and use everyday
by mich r. lagdameo | Sep 24, 2012
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We bandy about "Like a sir" so much that it's becoming the new YOLO (a former statement of carpe diem that became an excuse for all sorts of idiocy) and the awesome connotation of class, of "sir-ness" is speedily taking on a level of sass and crass we can¹t say we¹re too proud about. Let¹s bring it back to the basics, gentlemen. Living "like a sir" means living larger, yes, but still maintaining a level of sophistication and class (so, no, drinking a whole case of beer in a bathtub is not "living like a sir"). How to espouse this philosophy in the simplest way?

Again, let's bring it back to the basics (in your wardrobe, that is). Time to toss out that worn-out wallet and the backpack you've used since Grade 7; a true sir knows he's got to look sharp toting the highest-quality duds in classic colors and cuts. To heck with the expense, you know you can afford it. Like a sir. 

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If your office doesn’t require one, don’t think you dodged a bullet. A necktie is a classic man-accessory and it’s a must you know how to tie one on and match to your wardrobe (and no, clip-on ties aren’t cool, they’re dorky). To be safe, a basic blue or black tie complements most polos (and avoid the printed ones, unless you want to look like a clown). Slim ties are in—leave the bulky diamond-shaped ones in your dad’s closet.

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1) Navy Tie, Geoffrey Beene, P1,750.00
Black Tie, Marks & Spencer, P1,130.00


Sure, belts are usually function over form, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear a faded, peeling leather that’s seen better days. A classic black or brown metal-buckled belt works for most formal to smart casual get-ups (read: from kasal to daily work porma), but a cool canvas braided one completes your khaki-shorts-and-shirt weekend look. Invest, wisely, in both.

3)  Brown Belt, Folded & Hung, P499.00
4)  Braided Belt, Miguel Bellido, P3,450.00


Okay, we know watches are investment pieces and we’d be lucky to even have one decent one for day-to-day wear. But with most brands coming out with more pasok sa budget options, it becomes easier to have an arsenal of watches ready for any occasion. Leather or stainless steel straps or models look good for snazzier events and with more classy get-ups (like on dates and important work meetings) but the quirky, rubber band-ed styles complete your mythical “I’m an adventurous athlete” persona.

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5) Rubber-Strap Watch, Haurex, P10,000.00
6) Interchangeable-Strap Watch, Techno Marine, P30,600.00 (with 2 sets of extra straps)
7) Chrono Watch, Nixon, price available upon request


How impressed do you think a chick will be when you pull out a raggedy old wallet, no matter how stuffed with cash it is? While leather does look better with age, it’s no excuse to hang on to the one your tita gave you for Christmas six years ago. Keep it classic with a black bi-fold or go trendy with exotic finishes. Similarly, the wash bag you stash your grooming essentials in should be simple and manly—would you want a “surprise sleepover” with a lady friend ruined by her giggling over the kikay kit you stole from your sister?

8) Croc-embossed Cheque Wallet, Fino, P2,195.00
9) Bi-fold Wallet, Miguel Bellido, P3,450
10) Washbag, Bopp, P1,450

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