Valentine’s Day is coming up. You have a cultural obligation to not shit the bed with the human you date. That means do the right thing like Spike Lee. That doesn’t mean your date wants to go to a Knicks game (the Knicks players don’t even want to go to a Knicks game).
What it means is that whether you have that obligatory work dinner or something more adventurous on the docket (a swinger’s party? beret-laden poetry slam in which you “sample” chocolate stouts until you pass out? whatever kind of crazy you are, get it) your gear matters. Don’t give your girl an opportunity to roast you in the group text. Again we say… THE GEAR MATTERS.
There’s several directions one can go. If you’re doing the swank cocktail thing in some dimly lit, low-pass-filter-looking neon-adorned grotto, we suggest the street luxe thing. Black moto skinnies from brands like Represent Clo, and anything Gucci Ghost re-imagined is the wave. Less is more, sleek is loud, and there’s a right and a wrong way for everything, my friend. Overplaying your hand looking like some asshat in Downton Abbey typical results in you going home to watch actual Downton Abbey.
If you’re taking the horrendously obvious but tried-n-true route of painting the town red and doing dinner, don’t blow it with a wack fit. If you ARE going horrendous, may we suggest Ink.Well‘s Wagyu Beef Short Rib in Los Angeles. We’ll be there with our imaginary girlfriend ordering drinks for two. Say hello. If you’re on the east coast, hit Chef John Brennan’s vintage electric speakeasy Olives & Oil. It’s an hour and change north of NYC in the Italian-American mecca of New Haven, CT – and its national footprint is stomping out the competition. Brennan was just on the Food Network’s CHOPPED, and the joint is somewhere between Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and an old-school wine trat.
Fashion PR maven Rachael Matican is not only a walking style guide but also a human woman. Listen to her. Women know more than us about how we should look.“Don’t dress out of character. Don’t not be yourself. Clean it up, know your environment and vibe, but never fake it.” Said Matican. “And please, please, do NOT wear red because it’s Valentines. Or pink. Unless your Cam’Ron.”
Yo, one last thing, pal. Underdressed only works if you’re Unless you’re married. With children. Then just stay the fuck home in a sweatsuit and order in, praying with your wife for the Xanax fairy to visit your kids. For the rest of us, you’ve gotta rock actual clothing.
Here are 5 stellar WOO pieces for Valentine’s Night. Wanderset taught you right.
ISAIA : Sailor Check Alpaca Wool Blazer
Significantly lighter in a medley of alpaca and wool, this Sailor blazer from ISAIA provides comfortable movement while feeling like second skin. Designed with classic checks for added visual intricasies, this outerpiece features grinze-trimmed sleeves and perfectly flat shoulders that make it timeless.
FREEMAN PLAT : Quarter Jogger
Slip-on running silhouette, the vintage is the new.
PUBLISH : Helder Tans
Stretch brushed woven fabric on Ankle Fit Pants with front dart pleat details, scoop front pockets with coin pocket, single welt back pockets with yoke envelope detail.
Comme Des Garcons PLAY : Play Black Cologne
Top notes: black pepper, pepperwood, red pepper. Middle notes: violet, thyme, black tea. Base notes: birch tar, incense, tree moss.
Maison Kitsune : Classic Oxford
The elevated classic Oxford from Kitsuné– the French electronic music record label and fashion label created in 2002 by Gildas Loaëc and progressive Japanese producer Masaya Kuroki.