Ask Danny Agnew
My As to your Qs about all matters sartorial
Because every man must dress himself, and sometimes even leave the house wearing pants, we present “Ask Danny Agnew” — a series that answers your questions regarding all matters vestiary, and recurs whenever he gets around to it. Have a query? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m a bike commuter and hate bringing a change of clothes to work. You’ve gotta have something for me here.
—Carmichael, Palo Alto, CA
Since I don’t know what you do for a living, I’m gonna give you a couple options:
Brooklyn’s own Osloh makes the gold standard of commuter jeans — cut slim, reinforced in all the right places, and still the only properly placed cellphone pocket I’ve come across. Killer shorts, too. Throw these on with a white tee and Levi’s Commuter Trucker (which has reflective panels to keep you off the hood of a car) and you’re good to go.
For more businesslike fare, Ministry of Supply’s Aviator chinos have unprecedented stretch — step right this way to see how we put ’em to the test with help from our friends at Y7 Yoga Studio here in NYC.
I’m also a huge fan of the moisture-wicking, quick-drying shirts from new outfit Tahaanga: super luxe fabric from France that miraculously regulates body temp. Currently available for preorder, but I got an early test on one and it performed beautifully on an 85° ride to the office.
I saw a well-dressed guy pull out a pocket watch the other day. It actually looked pretty cool. Acceptable or trying too hard?
—Alex, New York, NY
Well, depends. A pocket watch on its own is a pleasantly understated yet left-of-center touch if you ask me. Paired with spats, a monocle and a handlebar moustache (don’t laugh; I’ve seen this in my native Williamsburg), it’s a bit affected.
Regardless, they’re certainly trending: Detroit watchmakers-of-the-moment Shinola now have two handsome fob models available, while pics recently surfaced online of an Apple Watch version designed by none other than Tom Ford.
I myself would go in for a vintage model (antique watch sellers Ashton Blakey have a perennially solid selection). Any way you slice it, keep it to jacket or vest — pants are traditionally accepted as well, but at that point you might as well be pulling out your phone.
What’s with this 3-D body scanning I’m hearing about for custom clothes? Is this really a thing?
—Travis, Evanston, IL
Travis, I’ll admit I was a skeptic as well. I value my tailor more than my doctor. But I’m now three guinea-pig sessions deep (on three different items of clothing, it bears noting) and I’m thoroughly satisfied across the board.
My first foray was a pair of chinos from Acustom Apparel, whose scanner featured a pleasant British female voice and netted me arguably my best-fitting pair of casual pants. Same goes for a trench I picked up on a second visit, complete with room for three-piece underneath.
The final test was on my dogs, at a pop-up for cobblers The Left Shoe Company. Long story short, their space-age device scanned me ankle-down and the brogues I got are so comfortable I’ve since ordered a pair of monkstraps and custom boaters (with my measurements kept handily on-file).
The future is now, good sir.