Here at Bonobos HQ, we're always thinking of new ways to help you discover your personal fit and style. So we asked some team members a few fill-in-the-blanks—plus, what Bonobos styles they're wearing—and if you're aligned with their answers, their favorites might fill in your missing fit.
So, here's the thing. Cold weather has hit New York City—aka Bonobos HQ central—and if past is prologue, it's going to be a long one. So we're hunkering down, waiting for the first snow, like a cave full of bears prepping for the deep sleep.
If you're in the same chilly situation, we're here to help. We asked a few folks on our teams what Bonobos styles they're wearing to outlast winter, in and out of the city—plus, a few fill-in-the-blanks to show off their sparkling personalities—so if you're in tune with their answers, their favorites might be a perfect fit for your winter wardrobe (or your tropical getaway look).
The end is on the horizon. Not just the end of the year, but of the holiday season itself. It's so close, you're almost there. How are you holding up? Did you get evicted the morning after you hosted a party? If not, I imagine you followed our drinking tips. Did everyone get the presents they wanted? Then maybe our gifting tricks paved the way for an argument-free Christmas morning.
All that's left on the calendar is perhaps the biggest night of the year: New Year's Eve. With such a momentous occasion, social interaction will be at an all-time high, and with it comes a ton of pressure. Don't let it weigh you down. We've gathered a few tricks of the trade that will ensure your midnight countdown ends with a night to remember, not a memory to forget.
Set the Bar Low
This has a double meaning, and both are your most important rules of the night:
- Manage expectations from the jump. If it just has to be the BEST. NIGHT. EVER., then you're only going to end up underwhelmed. Simply enjoy the night and who you're with.
- Keep your visits with the bartender at a minimum. Knowing your cut-off point ups the chances that you'll be the life of the party, not the end of the party.
Break the Ice, Don't Skate Over It
One of the hardest parts of any social event is learning how to start up a conversation. Wallflowers bloom left and right, waiting for their chances to soak in the spotlight. So, the easy part is knowing that you're not alone against the wall. Strike up a conversation with someone also looking around the room with a joke-and-pivot: a small joke about the awkwardness of the situation, followed by a quick change of subject, and you're off and gliding. Imagine how you'd feel if someone did the same for you...would be pretty great, right? Don't skate over the insecurity, break it to smithereens.
To Date or Not To Date
That is the question. New Year's Eve is, typically, a night for romance. But here's the hard and fast rule of whether or not you should get yourself a plus-one: No First Dates.
Thinking of asking that cute barista to your friend's party? Don't do it. Or maybe your co-worker would like the open bar at your favorite pub? How about no, and also, that might be a bad idea any night of the year (check in with HR first). This is not the night for first dates. High hopes are through the roof, and there is little chance the evening will match them. It's okay to be dateless. Repeat, it's okay to be dateless. No need to spend the night searching for a midnight kiss—if it happens, it happens. January 1st is going to come either way. Your dating life will also survive the turning of the calendar. Promise.
Dress the Party
Black-tie or blue jeans, know the colors of the dress code. You don't want to know how it feels to waltz into a room full of tuxedos wearing an ugly sweater. But, also, gliding into a small dinner party wearing a coat and tails probably doesn't feel too hot either. In the end, how you want to dress is up to you—this is a night for sartorial expression—just pick the audience that's right for you. Bonus tip: Maybe don't wear anything you want to wear again. Be honest, it's probably not going to survive the night incident-free.
Put Your Resolutions on Hold
Throughout the night, you'll be repeatedly asked what your resolution is going to be, but don't feel the need to settle on one in the moment. In fact, take a few days to think it through. Wait until January 2nd to pick. You'll be feeling a lot of emotions on December 31st—too many to focus on what actually matters—and you'll be dealing with a few regrets on January 1st, namely a raging headache. So let the fog lift a bit, then choose your resolution. You'll see that you survived the year, and the holiday season, only to come out pretty great on the other side.
Before "dry January", there's a very, very wet December.
As you imbibe your way through the holidays—right up to the champagne toast on New Year's Eve—there are plenty of checks and balances to consider.
The holidays are a time for giving and sharing, so you should stock your holiday bar with things that you are comfortable to, willing to, and even excited to, give away. It might feel fun and flossy to put a bottle of something extra special on your holiday bar, but it doesn’t look good if you won’t share.
Make Everyone a Bartender
Sometimes it makes sense to hire a professional, but usually I recommend enlisting a few friends/guests and have everyone take shifts. Make a menu and learn a couple drinks together. I am always more comfortable having something to do at a holiday party than being left to my own devices.
Plan an Activity
No one wants to be “that guy” who overdid it. The best way to limit overconsumption is to provide activities that are more engaging, and potentially more entertaining, than drinking for drinking’s sake. Knowing when to cut somebody off is always different, but typically pretty obvious. If you are thinking about cutting someone off, you should probably just do it already.
Try Something New—Like a Mulled Wine
The best thing about mulled wine is the aromas that emanate throughout the house. Brew it in a saucepan with a couple of guests to order, or maybe even set up a station and let people make a batch whenever they feel up to it. I wouldn’t recommend making a ton ahead of time, because the aroma will get lost, and I’m not sure how many people love to drink the stuff. Making it interactive might get people more excited.
Share a Curated Holiday Recipe
Here are Two Variations on the Hot Toddy that can help get the creative juices flowing (maybe even try a DIY hot toddy bar at your next event):
1.5 oz London dry gin
2.5 oz hot green tea (something mild like Sencha)
1 tsp honey
.5 oz lemon juice
Garnish with a lemon peel
1.5 oz reposado tequila
2.5 oz chai tea
2 sugar cubes
1 muddled orange
Garnish with a cinnamon stick
Plan for the Jan. 1 Hangover
The best hangover cure is spicy food and a trip to the spa, both being more effective in the company of friends.
Being able to find the right present is a gift upon itself. And if you’re like us, you aren't one of the lucky ones to be bestowed this great honor.
It's been tough for everyone, gift-giver and gift-receiver alike: No, Dad doesn’t always want a tie. Why would he want a tie? Stop suffocating him already. And, no, your girlfriend doesn’t want a gym membership. Sure, she talks about wanting to go to Spin more often, but just…..don’t, okay?
But after years of seeing the “oh, I, uh, love it” face, we’ve gathered plenty of tricks of the gift trade to make sure the “OMG I LOVE IT” face is front and center. Here are a few to get you the right reaction this holiday season.
You’re welcome. No need to send us a Thank You card.
Don't just ask everyone what they want; that's too obvious and actually puts pressure back on them. When you're together, just pay attention to what they're talking about. Maybe they'll bring up a store they like, or a restaurant they love. When they open their gift and realize you noticed, you'll get extra brownie points. And maybe some actual brownies.
Get Help From the Pros
If you know where they go to find the things they love, simply check it out for yourself and ask for help. Our Bonobos Guides and Ninjas love playing Santa. If you know your gift recipient has ordered from us before, we can look up their sizing and whip up some picks for you on the spot. When everything fits perfectly, they'll think you're a gifting soothsayer. We won't tell.
Invest in a Good Presentation
Okay, maybe you're still a little worried about what you picked out for them. Don't freak out just yet, there's still hope. It's all about the experience in receiving the gift. Invest in some quality wrapping paper and gift bags. Newspaper is not "quirky," it says to them, "this person probably hates me, why would he do this." And don't just invest in good quality—pick out fun, convo-starting designs specific to them. Personalize it with a drawing or a hand-made card. You can't underestimate the sheer joy of unwrapping a present. If it takes them 5 minutes to tear it all up, while overwhelming them with creativity, just maybe they'll fall in love with their new swag.
And One Tip for When You Get Your Gift...
Practice your poker face. Sure, we just taught you how to gift like a superhero, but not everyone you know is going to read our advice. If you open that box and it's another coupon for 1 Free High Five, don't hurt their feelings. Throw out the world's biggest smile, then give them a hug so they can't see your tears. Remember, you know how it feels. Gift it forward.
Let's be honest for a second: We tend to casually toss out our online order boxes after we're done with them—they just stack up in the corner, waiting for their inevitable fate in the landfill. And next to those towering empty shells? There sit all our unwanted clothes and accessories, everything we’ve been meaning to donate but never found the chance. Let's stop doing this and find this clutter a new home, while doing a little good in the process.
This holiday season, Bonobos is working with Goodwill®, powered by Give Back Box®*, to make it easier to donate your unneeded clothing and goods. After you receive all your Bonobos fits, you can now repurpose your box as a donation container, free of charge. This will not only help reduce landfill waste, but you will also be providing support in your local community for job growth and training services. That will feel pretty good, right? Right.
Where is your donation going?
The boxes are routed directly to the nearest participating local Goodwill organization.
Is there a weight limit on how much you can put in the box?
No, there is no weight limit or how many boxes you can send, so stuff it to the brim.
How much does it cost to donate?
To make donating your unwanted items as convenient as possible, all shipping is prepaid and completely free of charge.
What can you send?
Any household items, such as clothes, shoes, and jewelry are appropriate. Goodwill cannot accept electronics, any liquids, fragile, hazardous or volatile items, or ammunition in any boxes.
How do you ship the box?
You can ship your donation like you would normally ship boxes through UPS or USPS. Shipping UPS? You can locate the nearest participating location at theupsstore.com/locations or call (800) 789-4623. Shipping USPS? You can place your box on your door step for the local carrier or take to your nearest post office location. You can ship from any states within the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii.
What happens to the items you donate?
Donated items are sorted and sold by Goodwill. The revenues are used to help fund community-based programs, including job training, employment placement services, and support services such as financial education and transportation.
Can you get a Tax Deduction receipt?
Yes. All you need to do is create an account with Give Back Box. Using your tracking number, you can itemize your donation online. You may also choose to itemize the items you are sending in the box. Once your donation has been accepted and processed, you will be notified with a receipt of the donation via email. Please note that the receipt will not be available until your donation has been received by Goodwill.
* MBSS d/b/a/ Give Back Box does not plan, manage, advise, consult, or prepare materials for or with respect to any charitable solicitation. Give Back Box does not act in the capacity of a professional fundraiser and does not solicit donations for GII or its Members.
Built on the backs of pioneers, explorers, and entrepreneurs, Portland prides itself on a vigorously independent spirit.
We wanted to see this firsthand, so we traveled to the great Northwest. You can see the pics from our Portland road trip in the November 2016 catalog, along with some of our favorite shots below.
Headed to Portland soon? We’ve also included recommendations from folks who live there and know the city best—plus, some style picks from us—so you can add all of these to your agenda and suitcase.
"If you want REAL, OG Portland, you'll do yourself a favor and eat a massive, greasy, but delicious breakfast from the Original Hotcake and Steak House on Powell. Sure, reviews have blown up the spot a time or two, but they're the best pancakes I've ever had and the place STILL flies under the "What's good to do in PDX?" radar. And it's a shame. Open 24/7. Go there drunk at night or still drunk in the morning." — Kelly R.
Fit is our focus. The simple yet complex task of finding the perfect fit for every body type and sense of style. And as new menswear trends emerge, we adapt to meet them head on. Slimmer silhouettes have ruled the landscape for quite some time, but relaxed, roomier looks have gained headway in recent seasons. So how did we combine our better-fitting aesthetic with this up-and-coming trend? By creating the Modern Relaxed Fit, a comfortable silhouette that doesn't compromise tailoring or refinement. To help introduce these new styles to the relaxed-look neophyte, we asked Dwight Fenton, our Chief Creative Officer, a few questions about design inspiration and how to wear them. Here's what he told us.
What is the inspiration behind Modern Relaxed Fit?
The core of what we do still revolves around more tailored looks and fit. But things are loosening up around the edges of menswear currently with relaxed fits showing up in every category from pants to jackets to tee-shirts, so I wanted to translate what we're seeing in an understandable way for our brand and customer.
How is the silhouette supposed to look? How does it fit naturally?
We call it Modern Relaxed Fit, because Relaxed used to be synonymous with Dad Fit (all respect, I'm a dad myself). These new styles aren't simply generously cut—some parts are loose, while others are tapered for a modern look. Take one of my favorites, The E-Waist Wool Trouser: The thighs and hip areas are roomier with an elastic waist and drawstring, but the leg tapers and the inseam is shorter, so the pant hangs around ankle height. For the tops in this category, the shoulder seam is a little dropped from the natural shoulder placement and the neck is a little more open, but the body is still more fitted with a longer length. We even have a topcoat that has a slightly dropped shoulder and longer length.
Is this aesthetic appropriate for any dress code?
It's not really something that has permeated the classic-suit-workplace environment, but I have no doubt it will eventually. Nobody thought Thom Browne suits would crack that barrier, and now, while not ubiquitous, you certainly see them around. As I mentioned, I love our E-Waist Wool Trouser. It's made of our Italian wool suiting fabric, but has an elastic waist and drawstring. For my purposes, it goes everywhere. With a tee-shirt, it's super casual, and with a button-down and blazer, it takes the place of a more classic wool trouser.
How would you avoid looking too baggy or oversized?
While you certainly can, I don't recommend wearing too many Modern Relaxed styles at once. It's best when mixed with the rest of your wardrobe and other fits. However, as I said, this fit isn't about baggy, it's a modern take on Relaxed, so even if you did go all out, it wouldn't look like you shrank.
What advice would you give to those used to a slimmer look? What's a good starting point for easing into the trend?
I was pretty die-hard about our slimmer fits, and they're still a large part of my closet, but I started mixing in the Modern Relaxed pants first and it's a great place to start. They fit more generously, but are cut in a way that still has a great silhouette. Mix them with a more tailored top and you won't feel lost. In the reverse, if I wear The LA Tee, I tend to wear a slimmer bottom, and the topcoat is a great no matter what you have on, making it also a great jumping off point.
It's time to say goodbye to your pants. They are simply meant for greater things, a higher purpose. Wish your chinos luck, tell your slacks to keep in touch, because there's someone out there that needs them more. Your pants will understand...it's for a good cause. #BonobosLegUp
Bonobos has partnered with Career Gear to help those in need get a leg up by providing work-appropriate clothing for job interviews and beyond. Career Gear offers vital services to men of all ages and backgrounds, those who have faced formidable barriers, only to come out stronger on the other side.
So where do you and your pants come in? By donating a pair of work-appropriate pants in good condition at one of our Guideshop locations, you’ll receive a free pair of pants with a minimum purchase of $175 or more. Bonobos will donate all appropriate pairs to Career Gear, helping to change the lives of countless people for the better. Get started by making an appointment below, and remember, with great pants comes great responsibility.
Where can you donate?
All donations and purchases must be made at one of our Guideshop locations; all locations are participating. This offer is not valid for online purchases.
How much is the qualifying purchase?
A minimum regular-priced purchase of $175 is required. See below for details*.
How many pairs can you donate? How many pants will you receive in return?
You can donate as many as you'd like (please do!), but will only receive one total pair of pants that retail up to $98. See below for details*.
What kind of pants can you donate?
Classic work attire is preferred, e.g., khakis, chinos, slacks, dress pants, etc. Please, no pajamas, sweatpants, or shorts.
Do I need to make an appointment?
It's not required, but those with appointments will be given first priority.
What is the deadline for donations?
October 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT, or while appointments last.
Should you donate?
Yes, it's time. Your relationship has run its course.
*LegUp Offer valid for up to $98 off your order total when you bring a pair of work-appropriate pants to a Guideshop location and make a regular-priced purchase of $175 or more from 10/1/2016 at 12:00 am PT to 10/31/2016 at 11:59 pm PT. Offer valid for same-day purchases made at Guideshop locations only. Limit one per customer. The dollar value of the LegUp Offer will be prorated across all items purchased. If you return merchandise purchased in the same order as your LegUp Offer, your refund amount will reflect the prorated dollar value of such merchandise. Cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Offer is non-transferable, has no cash value and cannot be applied to previous purchases or the purchase of gift cards. Void where prohibited by law. Terms of offer are subject to change.
Men evolve, and so do we. You don't turn on a light switch and become a a whole new person inside and out. But hopefully you evolve and progress as you try to find your place in the world, and that's what we practice at Bonobos. We take steps every day to have a more progressive business model and relationship with our customers. Part of that is developing our point of view into a stronger articulation — both visually and tonally, and reaching beyond the people who currently know and love us.
That's what you'll start to see today — a new, more refined wordmark. A partnership with a true man in progress, Jimmy Butler. An evolved catalog design. You'll start to see optimized site design and other improvements in service and fit. These elements will start to feel more aligned with the great looking and fitting products that we continue to make, all in an effort to help men step outside their comfort zones.