Bands Make ’em Dance feat. Westley

May 8th, 2014

One of the most rewarding things about this “job” (other than some of the amazing transformative emails we’ve receive from readers) has been observing the growth and development of my team members. It takes some learning and some practice, but personal style can be honed. And honing your personal style can breed confidence. And confidence can breed all types of positive things.

We’ve spoken often about Alex’s style transformation, but Westley has also been steadily working on his game. He’s quietly transforming from a sneaker collecting streetwearhead into a chic-dressing smooth-talking ladykiller.  “The Filipino James Dean” as he calls it. And I love it. You can imagine the benefits.

If you’ve been following Articles of Style closely, you also know he’s been perfecting the art of the band collar. It’s an easy little detail that allows him to remain sharply tailored in a button-down dress shirt, but give-off a casual laidback vibe.

This one is probably long overdue, but here we turned Wes out on a post highlighting his favorite go-to band collars.

“If you ask any of the guys here at Articles of Style, they will agree that I am a man of detail. Details are what makes menswear such a beautiful thing. You can manipulate your average blue suit into something amazing with just a few personal adjustments, for example… I’ve met (and photographed) many people over the course of my tenure at Articles of Style, and I’ve notice one piece of clothing that is always present, but rarely personalized: the dress shirt.

It all started with a blue oxford shirt I bought a few years ago. It was the only oxford I had at the time. Through the course of the summer this oxford got beat to hell…especially the collar. It was stained and frayed, and I just couldn’t wear the shirt for my second semester of college. So I thought what the hell, and cut the collar off… Right away I loved the shirt with just the band collar, and ended up wearing it more than ever… I certainly didn’t think it would be a life changing thing tho.”

    1. Double-Breasted Shirt


    “If I had to describe my personal style in one phrase, it would be definitely be ‘dressy casual’. Although I’m a big believer in being overdressed rather than under-dressed, the sweet spot in the middle is where I’m most comfortable.

    Building my outfits around this particular guideline gives me the versatility to go from day to night without having to worry if I’ll look appropriate for the occasion.

    Yeah I heard it about the cargos, but frankly they help me keep my things together when photographing features… and especially on drunk nights.”


    “Ever since we featured Tyga this past year, I had to get my hands on a double-breasted band collar shirt. Fortunately enough, I was able to get one made and it turned out better than I expected. Rather than wearing just a plain dress shirt, v-neck, or henley, this shirt adds a touch of formalwear and asymmetry that I love.

    Looking for a lightweight jacket for those colder Spring evenings, but are tired of your typical Mac or Trench? This biker rain jacket is the perfect piece to keep you in the ‘in-between’ zone. Not to mention the shade of blue is perfect for the season.”


    “Suede loafers for the Spring & Summer? Essential.

    Airforce blue suede loafers? Next level.”


    2. Murder She Wrote


    “Black has become a staple of mine these past few months…mostly because I’ve often been out late.

    I recently got this black mohair suit made and I cannot stop wearing it. From dressing it down with a white v-neck t-shirt during the day, to wearing it with this sleek black band collar shirt at the club…it has become my most worn suit.

    It could probably work for a formal occasion too…”


    “I know people have strong opinions about wearing black, that it should only be saved for funerals or whatever. But how often do those occasion occur? Black is for after sunset. For nights on the town.”


    “I was going to wear a different pair of shoes with this look, but earlier during the day my brother and I came across these basket weaved Allen Edmonds at our daily go-to vintage store… Another example of a small detail that makes all the difference.”


    3. Retro Super-Fly Casual


    “Here’s Dressy-Casual at its finest.

    A lot of my inspiration comes from old school Hollywood men. Simple but purposeful dressers like James Dean and Steve McQueen have had a big impact on the way I dress. I combine it with the streetwear aesthetic that I still hold dear…I think it’s something a lot guys in our generation can relate to.”


    I’m not usually a long-sleeve polo shirt kind of guy, but the knit on this piece changes everything.

    This particular band collar shirt has two military-style breast pockets, which makes it easier (and more functional) to wear casually during the summer.”



    I know you’re looking at a shirt in your closet right now that fits perfectly, but the collar is a little dingy looking, or stained, or weirdly shaped… Go ahead man, cut that collar off.

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan, Wes & the Team

    Photography by Westley Dimagiba.

    • DJ

      Those bands! Last look is “suavemente”
      Mr Banderas/Zorro is proud

    • Guest

      Those bands! Last look is “suavemente”!!
      Mr. Banderas/Zorro would be proud.

    • John B

      I actually don’t like the second look. Not a fan of black shirts with black suits and I think going sockless doesn’t work here. The other two are impressive though!

    • StyleSubjectivism

      how did NO ONE catch this?! lol

      get em Wes!

      • Westley Dimagiba

        I would just like to point out that I’m also wearing a band collar shirt in this photo lol

        • ACE F.

          was that after you made her dance? lol.

          • Westley Dimagiba

            too drunk to remember lol

    • Mark Smith

      I really feel you didn’t take the opportunity to name this post ‘Band collas’ make her holla’. :-(

      That cotton biker jacket is stunning, man. Great post!

    • Daniel
    • JoeFromTexas

      That DB shirt is straight outa 3:10 to YUMA. Maybe it’s the Texas around me, but it looks western and more importantly it looks dope. And that last look is killer – perfect polo.

      Also, LOL at FaceBlur3.jpg, I wonder what happened in FaceBlur4.jpg and FaceBlur5.jpg…

      • Westley Dimagiba

        lol someone finally caught that huh

    • Arden

      That navy long sleeve polo in the last outfit is real something else. The white breasted shirt in the first is also interesting, in a could-be-mistaken-for-a-chef”s kinda way.

    • Jimmy_Johansen

      I know everything in style is subjective. But there’s a bit too much sock for me. I really like the socks just not the rolled up hems and all that jazz. But the shirts are sharp.

    • Wayne

      That double-breasted shirt in look 1 is KILLER!

      • Dan Trepanier

        One of my favorite shirts we’ve ever featured!

    • cam

      I love the last look minus th sock choice. I think a solid navy would’ve been much nicer. I’ve been wanting to pull the trigger on some Scarpe’s for some time…maybe just a few more commission checks first ;)

      • Westley Dimagiba

        I actually had navy socks on before heading out the house, but decided to switch them… I guess it’s about preference at that point.

        you should definitely get a pair man, so worth it.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Always better when you earn it :)

    • AdamE

      The white DB shirt looks very Dr. Evil (only tailored much better). Love that knit textured polo in look #3

    • Miguel

      Wes, looking sharp on all three outfits.

      This is why I come to this site everyday, to get knowledge, you always find something that I’ll be able to use.

      I have a couple of shirts that the neck got stained, I’m going to try one first and go from there.

      Thanks Dan, Wes…TSB.

    • Sabir M. Peele


      Crushed these looks! The all black look is stellar!

      – Sabir

      • Westley Dimagiba

        thanks Sabir!

    • kid_icarus

      Not sure if there’s already an post about this elsewhere on TSBMen. But can you guys explain how you cut off a collar to someone whose experience with alterations is limited to sewing on missing buttons?
      I mean, do you literally just cut the collar with a sharp pair of scissors, and that’s it? Isn’t there a frayed edge of fabric then?

      • Westley Dimagiba

        yes the frayed edges are a pain in the ass. Fortunately enough I’ve learned to sew the collar shut after removing much of the fraying as possible. You can also take it to your local tailor, which they can do easily.

        thanks for reading!!

      • Dan Trepanier

        Yes, you can just cut it – as closely to the top of the neckband/collar seam as possible.

        The proper way is to seam rip it, take the collar completely out (rather than cutting off the seam allowance) and resewing the neckband closed.

        I’ve also dabbled with removing the neckband, tracing the pattern on different cloth, and replacing the band all-together with a contrasting fabric.

        It’s all trial and error. Start with a cheap thrift store shirt.

        And, of course, a tailor can do this very easily…


        • sky7i

          This kind of procedure would make a great post in video format, I think.

    • Ian

      You really are an inspiration Wes. Mabuhay ka pare!

    • Shawn

      Damn, both the light blue bike jacket and the navy long sleeve polo (with the texture) are amazing! Last look totally gets me! Great jon Wes!

    • Wesley

      Hey Wes! I was the one that met you at the MAB sale and you told me about how you plan on doing this feature. Amazing job. P.S I still haven’t done it to my Thom Browne shirt

      • Westley Dimagiba

        haha I hope this inspires you to do so

      • Dan Trepanier

        Maybe don’t start with a $350 shirt tho…

        • Wes

          Haha true but I worked at TB and it was a shirt that I took that had a messed up collar to begin with

    • Tom

      Awesome – those were all great looks, especially the first one. Big fan of the collar band myself!

    • TT

      Nothing but love for Wes. And agree that matching everyone’s tastes evolve is what truly makes this site special.

      That being said, I feel like you guys chose weird looks to go with! First look: sharp chef on a smoke break. Second look: sexy priest.

      I think the last look nails it. And I like band collar shirts! Feel like you guys went for the moon on this one and didn’t make it past the stratosphere.

      • Westley Dimagiba

        so you’re saying I’m sexy?

        • Dan Trepanier

          Also a religious chef smoker.

      • Dan Trepanier

        I love the new concepts. #SharpChef #SexyPriest #ModernMenswear

      • Nicholas Cassadine


        The way described Wes was perfect…the SHARP chef and the SEXY priest. Theses first two looks would make me stop him in the street and inquire about his clothes and attempt to befriend such a cool guy. His style and presence commands attention. The third look is not particularly stylish and rather forgettable.

    • AFH

      I’ll go there…the airforce blue suede shoes are sick. The Reiss jacket is also very nice (richer than it looks on the website); I think casual jackets is what they seem to do best.

      I’m a bit not sure on the band collar with tailoring because I tend to sweat and a proper collar protects the jacket. It really works well with the long sleeve polo top though.

      Also not sure about the patch pockets with the peak lapel; it’s definitely striking.

    • Stuart

      Absolute fire; so fire that the late Nero would be proud.

      • Herbert Morrison

        Moo Fiya.

    • Vince Granado

      Hoy pards, talangang maganda at uso ng kamiseta mo sa unang litrato.

      • Vince Granado

        Just throwing in some motherland language bro :-)

        • Westley Dimagiba

          salamat pare lol

    • tommyjohn_45

      Aahahaha! That photo is jokes!