2018 has been the biggest year here at The Essential Man!

I took on the most clients I’ve ever and saw some amazing transformations. I worked with one of my favorite brands, Bonobos, on a few awesome guides this summer.

Oh yeah, and I got married!

For the final post of 2018, I’m rounding up the most popular posts from The Essential Man you’ve might have missed, as well as share some of my personal favorite picks featured this year.

The Best Posts of 2018

The Essential Man Epic Seasonal Guides
The Ultimate Guide to Summer Style and The Ultimate Guide to Fall/Winter
No surprise, the 2018 Updates to my big seasonal guides were a huge hit. If you’re looking for weather specific recommendations, start here.

How to Buy Your First Leather Jacket
How to Buy Your First Leather Jacket
I spent nearly 11 years designing menswear. I specialized in leather jackets. In this post, I walk you through making what I think is the most important purchase of your wardrobe: your first proper leather jacket.

How Your Jeans Should Fit
How Your Jeans Should Fit
Whether you can actually fit into that skinny fit, or need some help cause you never skip leg day, I walk you through the same process I take my clients through to find the perfect fit for your jeans.

The Essential Man 100 Most Stylish Things
Part 1 (1-50) and Part 2 (51-100)
Who doesn’t love lists? After 3 years writing The Essential Man, I’ve compiled 100 of my favorite most stylish items: from my clients favorite work bag, to my favorite sunglasses, to a sex guide that will change your life.

How to Find The Best Colors to Wear For Your Skin Tone
How to Find The Best Colors to Wear For Your Skin Tone
I answer the most asked question here at The Essential Man. Now please stop emailing me.

The Best (And Most Stylish) Gym Gear For Men
The Best (And Most Stylish) Gym Gear For Men
Fitness companies have upped their design game, so there’s no excuse not to look good while you work on getting ripped.

Peter’s Favorite Things of 2018

Acne Workers Jacket

Whenever I create a new clients wardrobe, I make sure they have what I call an “Everyday jacket.”

It’s a jacket that’s versatile, has solid functional pockets and, of course, looks great. This is the jacket you grab when you need to run to get a bottle of wine, but is still perfectly suitable for a casual office and even a date. My pick this year is the Media Twill Jacket by Acne.

It’s a perfect interpretation of the classic French work jacket. The large patch pockets are perfect for your phone or notebook. The twill is a sturdy update from the lighter cotton of the classic. And it’s cut just oversized enough for you to layer a smart knit sweater for chilly days.

BUY: MEDIA TWILL JACKET BY ACNE, $380

Bonobos Weekday Warrior Pants

The Weekday Warrior Pants from Bonobos are currently my go-to daily pant. They’re slightly dressier than chinos, are ultra comfortable thanks to their stretch, and feature an incredibly flattering cut. I don’t think there’s been a single time I’ve worn these where my wife hasn’t commented on how good my butt looks.

My clients who regularly fly have noted that these are their favorite airport pants. As comfortable as sweatpants without making you look like a bum.

BUY: WEEKDAY WARRIOR PANTS BY BONOBOS, $108

Lululemon No Boxer Boxers

I’ve tested out dozens of different underwear brands over the years, and Lululemon’s No boxer boxers are the current undisputed champ.

Three things I look for in good underwear: the ability to stay put and not ride up your leg, breathability, and of course, aesthetics. Lululemon’s No boxer boxers hit all these marks.

The stretch is just strong enough to be comfortable while preventing riding up your leg at the end of the day. The boxers are cut with a unique pouch that supports the boys, and they make you look damn sexy. (According to my wife).

What more could you want?

BUY: NO BOXER BOXERS BY LULULEMON, $24

Flat A5 Waterbottle

The most annoying part of trying to stay hydrated is lugging around bottles that make your bag look like it has a tumor.

Memobottle’s A5 is the perfect solution. It’s about the size of a standard notebook (~6” x 8”) and holds 25oz (a bit more than 2 soda cans) worth of water.

BUY: FLAT A5 WATER BOTTLE BY MEMOBOTTLE, $26

It doesn’t have to be crazy at work

One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life recently was cutting my work hours in half.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the cult of hustle, especially when people are sharing their highlights non-stop on social media. There comes the point where you have to reevaluate how you want to be spending most of your precious time.

I realize I am in a unique position to be able to control the hours I work without any resistance. But even if you have a boss or work for an old-school company, I would recommend reading “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work.”

“Long hours, an excessive workload, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honor for modern professionals. But it should be a mark of stupidity, the authors argue. Sadly, this isn’t just a problem for large organizations—individuals, contractors, and solopreneurs are burning themselves out the same way. The answer to better productivity isn’t more hours—it’s less waste and fewer things that induce distraction and persistent stress.

It’s time to stop celebrating Crazy, and start celebrating Calm.”

BUY: IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE CRAZY AT WORK BOOK, $18


What Were Your Favorite Posts And Pick-Ups of 2018?

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Hi, I'm Peter. I spent 11 years as a menswear designer here in NYC. Now, I help some of the most successful men look really good as a Private Personal Stylist and writer of The Essential Man. You can learn more about what I do by clicking here

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