GQ Style Man of the Year, 2023 – Part 2

Last week we introduced you to Tobias Otting, FreshNeck’s youngest (9 years old), but but perhaps most dapper, member.

We received such great feedback (and so many questions!), so we decided to reach out to Tobias and ask him a few fashion-related questions.

FreshNeck: When did you first start appreciating fashion? What was your inspiration?

Tobias: I’ve always had an appreciation for fashion, but I got really interested in it when I saw a distinguished gentleman wearing a bow tie that fit him perfectly. I thought I could grow up to do that, too.

Looks like Tobias has the bow tie down, already.

Looks like Tobias has the bow tie down, already.

FreshNeck: How would you describe your style?

Tobias: I do not have one specific style, but I look for inspiration everywhere.

FreshNeck: How do your peers respond to your uniqueness?

Tobias: They have come to expect nothing less. (Yeah, he’s a baller).

FreshNeck: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years?

Tobias: In five years I see myself designing clothing.  In ten years I hope to be recruited to the Fashion Institute of Technology. (We have your recommendation letter ready for you)

FreshNeck: How did you get on board with FreshNeck? How do you feel about this type of service?

Tobias: A membership was my Christmas present from my father and I love the clothing. I am looking forward to getting more bow ties, cufflinks, and pocket squares (he can’t yet wear regular length ties). I also like that FreshNeck allows me to add variety to my wardrobe since I don’t like to repeat my looks too often.

imageLearn more about Tobias by following his blog, juniorsartorialist.com

Have a question for Tobias? Let us know in the comments.

 

Meet GQ’s Style Man of the Year in 2023

Meet Tobias Otting. Hailing from Boston, he lists his passions as fashion, dancing, dining, and travel.  He’s a FreshNeck member, and a fashion blogger with some dapper style. So why should you know about him (and follow his blog)? Because he’s 9 years old, and we can all learn a thing or two from him, namely confidence and being yourself.

His post on FreshNeck caught our eye (He rocked an Everett tweed bow tie and pocket square combo for New Year’s). Apparently his mother gifted him a membership for the holidays, and Toby is taking full advantage. He tells us that he can’t really wear our ties or suspenders because he’s too small, but fortunately he’s a master of bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks. Seriously, if he can tie his own bow, isn’t it time you learned once and for all?

Tobias in his Everett bow tie and pocket square from FreshNeck on New Years.

Tobias in his Everett bow tie and pocket square from FreshNeck on New Years.

We hadn’t grown into our personal style until our early twenties. When we were 9 (okay, 17), we were still in our sweatpants. It’s refreshing to see someone, especially at that age, forge his own path. We’re wishing Toby nothing but success. We have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear from him.

Some of our favorite looks from Toby:

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Looks like it runs in the family.

Looks like it runs in the family.

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Check out Toby’s blog here, or follow him on twitter @jrsartorialist

 

Blogs We Love (other than ours!)

There is inspiration everywhere.  Unfortunately, this means there is also a ton of “noise” out there as well.  With the extremely low barriers to entry to blogging (read: a working internet connection and a camera phone), everyone and their mothers is giving it a go.

Allow us to do the dirty work.  We’ve spent hours and hours (lattes and lattes) digging through the thousands of men’s fashion blogs, and are giving you some of our favorites.

1. Dappered (dappered.com)

Dappered Vest

While many blogs tout the “high fashion for less”, perhaps none do it better (or funnier) than Joe. He has great style, and is honest and up front with his reviews.  He also caters to the “everyman,” ignoring ridiculous runway fashion. Great place to check out sales. Oh, and he’s recently dedicated some ad space on his site to showing really cool artwork.

2. The Style Blogger (tsbmen.com)

The Style Blogger

A former Esquire “Best Dressed Real Man In America”, Dan Trepanier now runs a team of four dedicated to pushing the boundaries of online menswear content. While styling great outfits of themselves and others, they also provide outstanding content, giving men the know-how to put great outfits together themselves. As a bonus, they’ve developed the Style Guide, which lets you input variables such as occasion and weather, and it spits out outfit inspiration (similar to Urban Daddy’s “The Next Move”).

3. Style Girlfriend (stylegirlfriend.com)

Style Girlfriend

Let’s face it – men dress up for a few reasons: to express their personality, to feel good about themselves, to impress at work, etc.  But in reality, much of this is really to attract and impress the fairer sex. So it only makes sense that we should take some of our style advice from “the other team.” Enter Megan Collins, who dishes out advice to make “fashion easier for guys.” And she’s not a “I’m a girl and I’m going to tell you how to dress” type, but more of the “we’d have a blast drinking beers and I’m gonna help you score” type a lady.  She seems to stick mostly to basics, like “wear jeans that fit,” and “how to layer effectively,”  but don’t underestimate how many guys really need such advice.  She’s recently begun a video series, and will even hit up non-fashion topics like fitness and traveling.

4. Menswear Dog (mensweardog.tumblr.com)

Menswear Dog

We love fashion. We love dogs.  We REALLY love dogs that love fashion.  Menswear Dog is a 4-year-old Shiba Inu with a panache for all things style.  He may also have a man-crush on Ryan Gosling (but who of us don’t?). After already collaborating with the likes of Allen Edmonds and The Tie Bar, this old dog surely has some new tricks up his sleeve.

What about you? Where do you get your daily inspiration? Let us know in the comments below.