“Tweed and a good Read”

Something I am embracing this year is more reading.  Don’t get me wrong I’m overwhelmed with the amount of information I find online, there is just something nostalgic about paper.  Mind you I don’t want to kill a tree, so recycled paper would be amazing.  Kinda like Vynal Records are making a comeback for a second life if you love old school.

I love that retro look or as the term applies “Geek Chic” is here, it gives me a chance to play with patterns and textures.  Here I have a few items I want to share.  First is how nice is this WD Black suit???  I got this baby online and less than $100, crazy lucky here.  Was just roaming the internet came across this store and Boom I have a blazing brown tweed suit.

 More importantly let’s look at the details here.  I took a wool tie and paired it up with a tweed suit so you can see the textures working.  Secondly look at the different patterns from the watch to the buttons on the suit.  I took a military look to the band of my Timex (which I change out regularly) and the tones just fit together.  For the shoes I went Oxfords over Brogues. I love a smooth leather shoe that is very versatile in nature and these Aldo shoes are perfect with a suit or jeans.

Last but not least try to increase the amount of reading you do for the upcoming year.  I am a firm believer in setting achievable goals for yourself, and reading is something that benefits you be increasing your awareness and horizons.  Wether a book or daily reading of your favorite blog, increase your capacity to learn about new items.  In the mean time, keep it classy.

 

Mixed Feelings

I’m in love with the cold because it’s the perfect season to layer every piece of clothing you have.  One of my favorite articles of clothing is the 3 piece vest, it’s classic and versatile.
 One trend I have noticed with the “Dapper Movement” is how more and more guys are switching their suits around to get a little more wear from traditional looks.  I’m all for it when wore correctly, but I do think this can get a little overboard, one trick is to think your look out.  Don’t try to do too much, it will be distracting to the eye and you want to create a very complimentary look.  Basic colors go a long way and throw in a pattern or two between the suit or tie, this can really accent your combo.

 


Don’t forget to add a little lift to your tie.  It’s that sweet spot between your tie bar and collar that gives your tie a stand out quality.  I love how when your standing to the side it gives a little “ummff” to the look.  Be bold with your tie, it’s one of the areas you can take a chance on with your suit.  Plus it’s one of the first things a woman will notice about you, and you know what they say.  Big tie, Big…….Style lol.

Vroooom for Printed Pants

This is the perfect season for printed pants, for that matter anytime is a good time for printed pants lol.  I want to talk about these Ralph Lauren’s I purchased on the sale rack at Marshall’s retail store.  The cost was so low at $20 but it took the extra step and went to my tailor and spent an additional $10 to have a cuff put in them, pants have so much more personality when cuffed.


The motorcycle’s on the pants really played well with this grey blazer from H&M for $59, the tie is a silk knot from H&M as well and was only $9.  I kept everything simple and just colored blocked, the only deviation to the outfit is a lavender pocket square from Nodstroms Rack for $8.


If your going to wear printed pants remember there are no rules, wear what you like.  I’m a bit more conservative because I work corporate America, but still like to add elements of myself instead of going with the crowd.  Either way do what you like and you can never go wrong.

Winter Wonderland at Six Flags

Holiday time is my favorite and nothing says holiday like spending it with family.  So I took the gang to six flags to enjoy some rides and all of the decorations.  Enjoy the light show 😊


Here I am in a few classic pieces I have stashed in my closet.  The leather is from GAP and is about 10 years old believe it or not, I take good care of it.  The boots are by Red Wing, love their shoes.  The jeans are by one of my favorite places to shop in NYC and that’s APC, last but definitely not least the cable knit is from Banana Republic.  None of these are new pieces, I just buy for longevity when I shop.  It’s one of the reasons I love Ralph Lauren because I think his style transcend time.


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Out with the family and enjoying the scenes.


I remember being a child and I loved the snow, I guess genes run deep.


Happy Holiday’s Everyone.

Is High Fashion Dead?

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I have said it for a long time now, High Fashion is Dead.  Not that there are not some loyal die hards but the push to a more comfortable trend is emerging.


Recently, Amancio Ortega, founder of fast-fashion label Zara, briefly usurped Bill Gates as the richest man in the world, a shift that would seem to point to the fact that people are more interested in copping the latest runway trends on the low than ever before. However, according to Polyvore, a website that combines the social media aspects of Pinterest with online shopping (and searching for things to shop), says that users of its site, as well as parent company Yahoo, searched more for athletic labels like Nike and Adidas than any others this year. In fact, Zara was just the 10th most searched label, and the only fast-fashion label to crack the top ten.

Just last year, Topshop ranked #1, but this year, was just 35th. H&M, #2 in 2014, and fresh off a high-profile collab with Balmain, ranked 27th.

This info on it’s own hardly heralds the downfall of fast-fashion. If the videos from the Balmain x H&M release are any indication, people are straight-up going insane for some high-design at low prices. But, the results do point to the fact that as time goes on, sweatpants, hoodies, and a whole lot of spandex seems to be the aesthetic people are searching for—whether or not they’re actually wearing them to the gym. Nike stock is currently at an all-time high of $132 per share. Just today, reports came out that Adidas exceeded its online sales projections by $100 million. And even smaller brands like John Elliott, Stampd, and Yeezy are pushing guys towards wearing sweats over suits. After all, what’s a better investment? A simple tech-y sweatshirt you can wear to brunch, the gym, or brunch after the gym for years to come, or a printed polyester jacket you inherently know is only going to last you a season at best?