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Valentine’s Day can be stressful if you’re not sure what to do or what to wear. To stimulate your mind grapes, here are a few foolproof date ideas in our favorite cities, along with a suggested outfit to pull it together.

THE DATE: A night of laughs at a comedy club in Raleigh, NC

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THE OUTFIT: Southern gentleman Hunter looks preppy cool in Ben Sherman gingham shirt and V-neck sweater, Mother Freedom 3-button blazer, Torino Leather Company belt, and Dibi tie in Cobalt Sea.



THE DATE: BBQ dinner in Dallas, TX

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THE OUTFIT: Our favorite foodie Sam keeps it casual chic in Gitman Bros. shirt, Scott and Sons belt, and his own VINCE jeans.



THE DATE: Scenic bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA.

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THE OUTFIT: Alex is ready for action in a
Tankfarm flannel shirt, French Connection sweatpants, Life After Denim baseball tee, and Ben Sherman nylon jacket.



THE DATE: Jazz club and dinner in New York City

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THE OUTFIT: Jake is ready to woo in a Ben Sherman shirt, Big Star twill pants, L/A/D knit blazer, and Jacqueline Rousseau floral tie.

1. Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all! (nothing at all! nothing at all!)

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Stupid, sexy Flanders.
“Little Big Mom”: Season 11, Episode 10

 

2. All my life I’ve been an obese man trapped inside a fat man’s body!

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Homer: I don’t want to look like a weirdo. I’ll just go with the muumuu
“King-Size Homer”: Season 7, Episode 7

 

3. Happy Birthday, Mr. Smithers

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Mr. Burns: I won’t get what I really want.
Smithers:
No one does…
“Rosebud”: Season 5, Episode 4

 

4. You kids should thank your mother. Now that she’s a better person, we can see how awful we really are.image

Marge: I’ll be there with bells on.
Susan:
Bells? Where exactly will you be attaching them to that tattered Chanel suit?
Evelyn:
Don’t worry, Marge. Her idea of wit is nothing more than an incisive observation humorously phrased and delivered with impeccable timing.
“Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield”: Season 7, Episode 14

 

5. It’s too late for me, Marge! Sell the jeans and live like a queen!

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Wiggum: That’s some nice work, Simpson, but, um, we can’t hold him. There’s no evidence.
Homer: Yes there is, there’s a garage full of counterfeit jeans.
Wiggum: Um, they’ve, uh, mysteriously, er, disappeared. [all the policemen put on new jeans] Looking good, boys.
“The Springfield Connection”: Season 6, Episode 23

 

6. Look at them. Smug and secure in their finery. Mocking us.image

Mr. Burns: You know, Simpson, you’re not as objectionable as you seemed when we first met.
Homer: No sir, I am not.
“Mountain of Madness”: Season 8, Episode 12

 

7. Every second without you is like a million kicks in the crotch!

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Agnes: I’ll make you some hot cocoa while you sit in your shame closet and think about what you did.
Skinner: Well, at least I went down like a man.
Agnes: You look like a Malaysian transexual!
"My Big Fat Geek Wedding": Season 15, Episode 17

 

8. I bet if God wore pants, he’d have a belt like that!
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Jimbo: Hey Simpson, wanna trade belts?
Bart: Well, not really, ‘cause yours is just a piece of extension cord.
Kearney: Hey, dude, he’s ragging on your cord.
“The Homer They Fall”: Season 8, Episode 3

 

9. I saw Krabappel’s butt, I paid.image

Homer: I’ve seen plays that were more exciting than this. Honest to God … plays!
“Screaming Yellow Honkers”: Season 10, Episode 15

 

10. Nice glasses, four-eyesimage

Sherri and Terri: Nice glasses, four-eyes!
Nelson:
Yes, nice shoes…uh…two-feet.
Martin:
Your appearance is comical to me.
[Bart sees his reflection in Milhouse’s glasses]
Bart:
[gasps] I’m a nerd!
[Milhouse sees his reflection in Bart’s glasses]
Milhouse:
[gasps] So am I!
“The Last Temptation of Homer”: Season 5, Episode 12

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She picks out your clothes. 
She sends you flirty emails. 
She knows your body better than you do. 

But what do you know about her — your sexy, sassy Bombfell stylist?

Meet the latest addition to our styling team, Hayley J., a Korean native with a serious sweet tooth and a weakness for buttondown shirts.

1. Hi Hayley, where are you from? Born and raised in South Korea but spent exactly half of my life in Singapore! 

2. Tell us something few people know about you. Sometimes I eat a pint or two of ice cream for dinner, in a single sitting. And I’m happy for the rest of the night!

3. Who is your style muse and why? [German model] Johannes Huebl. He knows how to work a basic buttondown shirt — he dresses it up or down with blazers and knits really well!

4. If I had to send the same item to every Bombfella, it would be… A really well-fitted buttondown shirt! It’s a staple that you can’t go wrong with!

5. Best style advice you’ve ever got: Get clothes with the right fit. No matter how amazing it is, if it doesn’t fit, it’s not amazing anymore!

6. Style advice you want to give your Bombfellas: Find ways to show your personality through your outfit — it can be as simple as wearing a pair of bright, wacky patterned socks!

7. What would you be if you weren’t a stylist? I’m a huge foodie, so I’d probably be a food blogger/photographer — traveling everywhere and documenting glorious food around the world!

She picks out your clothes. 
She sends you flirty emails. 
She knows your body better than you do. 

But what do you know about her — your sexy, sassy Bombfell stylist?

Meet the latest addition to our styling team, Kathleen C., a tomboy at heart who can talk football & beer one minute and hemlines & tailored blazers the next.  

1. Hi Kathleen, where are you from? New Jersey

2. Tell us something few people know about you.  My idea of a perfect day includes a cold beer, some spicy wings, and football. Shhhh, don’t tell the girls!

3. If I had to send the same item to every Bombfella, it would be…A blazer that fits just right. A nice blazer can pull together any outfit and it is a perfect staple piece in any guy’s wardrobe.

4. Best style advice you’ve ever got: Clothes don’t un-shrink. No matter how much you love a piece of clothing, if it has lost it’s shape or has been shrunk in the dryer, it isn’t coming back. That is why I always read the Care Label when I buy a new piece of clothing.

5. Style advice you want to give your Bombfellas: Make sure to check the details! Is your shirt tucked in properly? Are your pants the right fit for you? Sometimes fixing the small stuff can make all the difference in the impression you make on others.

6. What would you do if you weren’t a stylist? I would definitely go to Culinary School. I love to cook and bake, so I would have a blast with a career as a Chef or Pastry Chef!

7. What’s your secret talent? I am a master at tripping over my own feet!

image1. PACT Holiday Trio: Organic cotton socks to pamper his oft-neglected feet, $25
2. DIBI Pretied Wool Bowtie: Psst, no one has to know it’s pre-tied! Designed in Chicago. $37
3. ThinkGeek Batman Money Clip: Introduce him to money clips with this training wheel version. One day he will graduate to the grown-up kind, we promise. $40
4. BMC Headwear Beanie
: Small enough to fit in a coat pocket but big enough to cover his ears! $20
5. Brooklyn Grooming Hair Pomade: There’s nothing sexier than a well-coiffed man. Made in Brooklyn, NY. $26
6. Brooklyn Grooming Shaving Oil: For the softest chins and cheeks! Made in Brooklyn, NY. $48
7. Happy Socks Gift Box: This ready-made gift set comes in a festive box for easy wrapping! $45
8. IZOLA Dopp Kit: A Dopp kit for the fellow who doesn’t know what a dopp kit is (so….basically, every man on your list). $45
9. Jack Black Skin Charmer Set: As good for women as it is for men. Ladies, consider this a gift to yourself — literally! $50
10. Sephora Dopp Kit: It’s about time his rusty tetanus machine nail clippers get an upgrade. $38

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11. Jack Spade Leather Bill Holder: Once you go Jack, you never go back… to that saggy old velcro wallet from college. $75
12. Forage Haberdashery Handkerchief: A must for every proper southern gentleman (even if only in spirit). Handmade in PA. $32
13. Mark and Graham Canvas Supply Bag: For a man who appreciates the finer things in life, this sophisticated dopp kit will not disappoint. $79
14. Jacqueline Rousseau Pocket Square: Perfect style accessory for the non-committal color-phobe! Handmade in Brooklyn, NY. $18
15. Life/After/Denim Tie: Trendy yet manly, this tie will pair perfectly with all the chambray shirts in his closet. $29
16. French Connection Snood: Half-scarf, half-hood, who knows where the “n” came from? $79
17. SmartWool Sock Trio: Sweaty feet stay toasty with these wool socks. Unfortunately, they do not come with an odor-free guarantee! $56
18. In God We Trust Rifle Tie bar: Whether he is fir or agin’ gun control, he’ll agree that this tie bar all kinds of awesome. Made in Brooklyn, NY. $50
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19. Standard Issue Herringbone Scarf: Luxuriously long and distinctive, this is the perfect scarf to wear with his dressiest winter coat. $48
20. IZOLA Flask: Make his holidays all the jollier with this well-boding flask. $24
21. John G. Hardy Houndstooth Stripe Tie: For the grown-up man, this 100% silk tie is the right balance of sophistication and style. Made in Italy. $69
22. MJOLK Swedish Shoe Care Kit: Turn a chore into his hobby! For the win! $75
23. Tavolo Sphere Ice Molds: The nerds at Bombfell say that big spherical ice is best for drinks because it has the lowest surface-area-to-volume ratio blah blah blah, *snore*. $11
24. Made in Mayhem Jetsetter Wallet: Sized to fit his passport, it’s the perfect wallet to take with him on his next exotic destination. $80
25. DIBI Wood Tie Clip: “Is that tie clip made from wood?” And that is how conversations are started. Designed in Chicago. $35
26. Bombfell Gift Card: “Most amazing gift ever!” said every man who ever lived. $69 - $199.

The weather outside is frightful, while indoors, it’s always hot in herrre. So you solve this ages-old sartorial dilemma this season by dressing in layers. But now comes the hard part: how do you wear layers without looking like a total hobo? 

Our Bombfell stylists are here to help with some general rules of gettin’ layered:

1. Start with your thinnest layer and work your way up. This helps you avoid bulkiness, and also allows you to take off the thicker layers when you’re indoors. (Below, we layered a light hoodie under a thicker sweatshirt then topped it off with an awesome vegan leather jacket.)

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2. Each layer should be something you could wear on its own. Of course, this only applies to visible layers. Do what you want with your undergarments!

3. Accessorize! Scarves and ties are an easy way to create a layered look. Pair a tie with a cardigan or V-Neck sweater or top it off with a cozy patterned scarf

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4. Don’t be afraid of color! A nice pop of color against dark/neutral outerwear can brighten up any winter look. Experiment with adding a layer in a bold shade, like the Ben Sherman crewneck sweater below.

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5. For a more distinguished layered look, try adding a tailored vest, like below. An edgy accessory like this vegan leather tie by Dibi gives the outfit a more modern twist.

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Ready to get layered? Email your stylist at stylists@bombfell.com for more tips and questions about the looks featured above. Or visit our pop-up shop for other winter layering pieces!

Keep your tie in place with our favorite tie clips from DIBI. Bonus: a portion of proceeds provide school supplies to rural communities worldwide. Now available at our pop-up shop for a limited time!

Our favorite handsome leather belts by Ben Sherman and Bill Lavin take your look from sloppy to snazzy. Reversible styles also available.

Visit our pop-up shop to shop belts now!

From backpacks to laptop messengers, our 7 favorite bags will help you look polished and avoid bulging pockets. Visit our pop-up shop to order a bag now!