Embrace the Suck

When I was bicycle racer, the time trial discipline was my bread and butter. I owe most of my top results and GC placings to my skill at that individual event. Time trialing is as much a race against the clock as it is against yourself. During the course of a 40km time trial, you are all alone and putting your body through all sorts of physical pain and hell. The thoughts that go through your head run the gamut, but the one I always came back to was, “Why am I doing this to myself?!” But to be a good time trialist, you need to be able to dig deep and go there. My coach had a tried and true method for coping with the hurt: embrace the suck.

Embrace the Suck - He Spoke Style

What does this have to do with menswear and style? Well, now that summer is in full swing lighter and breathable fabrics, like cotton and linen, should start to make regular, if not daily, appearances in your dress. And though these are great warm weather fabrics there’s an element of embracing the suck with them. I’m talking, of course, about wrinkles.

I’ve got good news and bad news for you. Actually, only bad news. And the bad news is that there is absolutely no way around this. A cotton suit will wrinkle. A linen shirt will wrinkle. The best you can do is to start the day wrinkle free and the best method to refresh these garments is with a garment steamer. It may seem more cumbersome than an iron, but once you get the hang of using one, it’s a much quicker method for getting wrinkles out. More on that soon.

Embrace the Suck - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Brooks Brothers suit and tie, Reiss shirt (old, similar HERE), Nordstrom pocket square, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Timex watch, To Boot New York loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Embrace the Suck - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • http://www.thestylechoreo.blogspot.com Paul Ramos

    Really look up to you man, you’re such an inspiration

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Dude, I appreciate that more than you know. Cheers, brother.

  • erosan

    Love the site.

    I do have a question… is it ok not to wear a belt? if so, when?

    To be honest, I sort of cringed a bit after (immediately) noticing that you were not wearing a belt in this photos… but maybe I´m too old fashioned and need to learn a new fashion lesson…


    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the comment, erosan. Much like the socks v. sockless style debate, there’s a huge difference of opinion about wearing a belt v. not wearing one. Some argue that if there are belt loops, you should fill them. Others believe there are certain situations where a belt is needed and some where it absolutely isn’t. My point is, there can be rules, but they’re just guidelines open to personal interpretation. Personally, I like to follow some of them, I’m more of a dress how I feel guy. In this case, I simply liked the cleaner line without a belt since I was working with lighter colors. Cheers.

      • erosan

        Thanks for the reply.

        Actually, after posting the comment, I thought maybe you were wearing suspenders, even if you don’t list them as other times you wore them.

        But your answer makes plenty of sense. Thanks!

  • Adam

    The Brooks Brothers Madison fit is quite a full fit so I don’t even pay attention to it when I see a style I like. You’re tall and lean so did you have to have a lot of tailoring to your pants and jacket or go with a smaller size in order to get it to not look Frankenstein-ian?

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Mine is actually a Fitzgerald Fit so the jacket fits really well just off the rack (I’m wearing a 36R). The pants definitely needed some work. I had them tapered and hemmed to how I like them.