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Back to Basics

After some time away chasing a few other pursuits I realized that in order to succeed you must learn to master yourself and your time, which brings me to my point of getting back to basics.  I have been having the best time of my life these last few years and its all because of Instagram.  I have met some incredible people who have such rich and diverse backgrounds and history, but we still share a common theme and that is “Style is Style” wherever you go. 

With that in mind I have always been a fan of Black & White, these two colors cover the entire spectrum from formal to casual.  I know people who wear these colors everyday and it has become a standard if you will in their wardrobe.  I travel all the time for work and black and white fits the bill regardless of where you are from Times Square New York to Market Street San Francisco, you will see everyone and their rendition of Black & White.  For me I love custom clothes, labels are ok but there is nothing like the fit and even going through the process of being fitted.  One of the new trends right now is he long oversized look, which is great if yo have some pieces you can wear that bring the elongated look to your style.


For me that means I can wear my shirt untucked, now for most people that would be a problem but I have a trick I use when it comes to custom shirts and I always have them extend the cut of the shirt.  One thing that drives me crazy is when your shirts ride out of your pants because you move around.  If you get your shirts with a longer cut you will no longer have to worry about being able to move around without your shirt coming out.  I like the versatility of the look as I can throw on a Black Sweatshirt over this and change the shoes out to some Vans for a more casual look.  Either way you decide to rock that remember to find what works for you and build around those pieces and Black & White is a no brainer. 

Monochromatic Moods

It’s that time of year when you can layer like a boss, so for me I like to pile on shades of colors with my looks.  When we are talking monochrome we’re not saying get all the exact same colors (unless it’s white), but how to make yourself look good in subtle shades of the same pallet.  


Here I took this plum color suit from Calvin Klein, which is one of my go to suits in the fall and winter.  To jazz it up a bit I chose a patterned shirt to give it some pop but toned it back down by using a textured tie.  Noticed all of the colors have a slight difference but come together beautifully. 


To complete the look I pulled out a pair of old Allen Edmonds shoes in this rich Ox Blood color.  I went simple on the details by leaving out the lapel pins or pocket square but I think the look is solid enough to carry me.  Whatever you do think your looks out, especially when it comes to wearing the same color and as always make sure you put your style to it. 

“Happy Feet”

As men we often focus on the super exterior aspects of our style, in actuality all details are the same.  Lapel Pins, Tie Bars & Povket Squares but what about the hardest working part of our bodies?  Our feet need some attention too and nowadays there is a revolutionary new trend growing called Socks.


Socks used to be very utilitarian for men, a small faction of us really paid attention to incorporating them into a part of the outfit.  Now they have become a statement on their own with all new colors and patterns, they can now turn an ordinary look into a sophisticated fashion statement.  And now that more gents are listening to GQ or more importantly their tailor and using correct hem length and cuffs (That’s a topic for another day), socks are getting their respect as a major player in the fashion game.


With socks I say go all out but please be careful, there is a difference between complimentary and clash.  You know how I feel, I like a little spice with my outfit so the louder the better (conservatively speaking of course).  Either way do what you like and as always make it your styled look.

“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.

 

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?

“A Little bit of a Bloke”

I’m a huge fan of GQ the magazine but my favorite is the British edition by far.  It’s not just the style but the cut of the clothes, how they value their look and more importantly the shoes.  Oh how I love their shoes.

Nothing has been more of a staple in British fashion than the Chelsea Boot, it has been on some of the greatest and most influential people of British culture.  The Beatles were amazing in their suits and boots, Harry Styles swears by them and for me I just can’t get enough of them.


They have finally arrived over in America and everyone and I mean everyone is in the game.  H&M has them, Aldo’s has them, you can’t walk to the corner without seeing them on at least 4 people.  I think that’s great and want to applaud Kanye West for bringing them to popular acceptance but they have been here for decades and I don’t see them leaving.

When this fad for America is gone I would have re-soled my shoes and keep them conditioned because a suit isn’t a suit without a good pair, and no way can you even think of being a rock star status without a pair and some ragged black jeans.


For right now I’m going to fall into the sea of followers, but once that sea is parted I will still be standing right there in the middle defiantly looking at those who were just temporary.  For me these shoes indicate a man set apart, how to stand out and make a statement all at once.  So just enjoy the ride and when it’s over put those boots back in the closet while I keep on rocking.

Game Time

It’s that time of year when everyone is going to a game, high school, pro or college.  When you go you should go ready to represent, and that’s what I’m doing here in this GAP varsity jacket and Ralph Lauren rep tie. 

  
This is a classic prep look that goes a long way.  What I love about it is the plain look to the jacket, I have been thinking about upping the look by adding some great patches I found all over and incorporating them onto the jacket.  I went with some all American Dream jeans by A.P.C. Who make great selvage jeans.  I finished the look of with some loafers by Donald J. Pliner and it brought everything together nicely.  

  

 I thought about going with the all white converse and probably should have just to keep it all American.  It’s ok because as long as you wear it well it wears well on you.  Either way make sure you have a great fall line up in your closet and be sure to get some wear out of those jackets before it gets too cold.