Category Archives: Featured

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. 

Fall Forward

Finally a reason for more clothes has arrived, and it’s name is Fall.  For me it’s all about texture in the cooler months and how those fabrics work together.  Here I took a versatile Blue Blazer and paired it with matching blue khakis.  I’m not a fan of the same shade, I think the monotones should vary a bit when layering colors. 


This fall with everything being texture the daddy of all things “Suede”, is making a big push.  Look for designers to have bomber jackets, pants and short jackets all made with suede.  One fabric that doesn’t get its merit is twill.  I actually like twill because it provides warmth in cold weather as cotton can get rigid. 


I’m going all in with blue this season, I will be adding pops of color here and there but I’m hooked right now.  What ever you do please make sure you add your style to any look this season. 

The Perfect Polo

So summers almost over and your wondering if you have any life in those shirts left.  Well I’m here to tell you get those polo’s back out.  


Raf Simmons x Fred Perry $145

Here are some shirts that can go both ways and I mean office or casual.  I love this collaboration between Raf & Fred, the contrast is incredible enough to have a dramatic statement.


Moncler $188

“What would Don Drapper do?  Exactly what I am thinking when I see this Moncler polo.  There was another designer (David Hart) who did something similar with the GQ x GAP collection this year.  Still a lovely piece to have in rotation.


Orlebar Brown $185

With all of the patterned shirts sometimes we can get lost in the look.  When you need to keep it simple look for something that changes the game by offering a contrasting collar.  Blue is always a favorite.


Givenchy $535

When you want to go over the top, spare no expense.  Make it bright and light with this high end Givenchy polo shirt.  

Be sure to get the most out of your polo by. Switching the look between office and casual when you can just by tossing one in the gym bag so after work you can look like a million bucks.

(For the original article, head over to GQ.com)

Seasons Change


Even though it’s still August I am already looking forward to this fall’s style, and right now Suede is on my mind.  So I was doing some cleaning at the house and decided to take some donations to the local charity when low and behold this suede weekend bag was being donated as well.  I told them don’t even put a tag on it just give it to me now.  

I’m all about the rich feel and look of Suede and just to my luck I had bought some brown suede loafers from Aldo’s (50% off) and I know it was a match made in style heaven. 

Be on the look out for suede from all the big names this year, I think I’m going to go the opposite way and go crazy with cords this year but who knows how I will feel in a few months.  For right now I’m stuck on this suede so the next conquest will be a jacket to back this weekend bag up in the rotation.  

How to Know What Colors Look Best on You by GQ

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I know what your thinking!  Out shopping and you see the shirt, not any shirt but the shirt for you.  The cut, feel & fabric is all there but it’s in a color you don’t think is good with your complexion.  

No worries Mate.  GQ has you covered by providing a guide to know how to wear colors that compliment your skin tone.  The hard part is sticking to the script with most of us.  Here is a rule you need to live by, “learn to take advice”.  Ask someone you trust to give you their honest opinion of how certain colors look on you from an objective viewpoint.  Take the advice, tweek to your style and your good to go.  

Last Days of Summer

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Now that the summer is coming to an end its the perfect time to get those last few pieces out of the closet and I to rotation before it’s too late.  I’m a printed pants guy myself and anything cotton is great but in the winter months it’s a bit chillier so I go for wool or weighted pants.  Here I am wearing a pair of Urban Outfitters and I have to say I love these and how they fit.  Printed pants are always a conversation piece.


The second and most used item in my wardrobe is my Blue Blazer.  I can’t tell you how versatile and stylish this item has been for me.  I love it with a white or blue shirt and so,e khakis when it’s casual, or I dress it down and wear it with a tee and jeans, of course on special occasions out come the white slacks and I’m ready for whatever.  Fit is so important when buying a blazer so shop around.  This is one of my oldies but goodies by Tommy Hifiger.


Last but not least are those things that every woman looks at first before your smile, shoes.  Fall, winter I’m all about a more structured shoe but during the spring and summer I want comfort more than anything.  That makes these Donald J Pliners perfect from suits to jeans, you get the elegance of a loafer but designed in a sporty way.  Make sure to take care of your feet in this weather and keep cool this summer.

Bombers Away

If there is one thing I have learned is to fully embrace all aspects of your style.  I love nothing more than donning a nice blazer and some dapper accessories to match but sometimes you just have to switch it up.  With a bomber jacket your right on target!

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Singly one of the new staples in American culture is the Bomber Jacket.  Fresh in a variety of colors and sizes, they are everywhere.  While not new, the bomber jacket started in the early war days when pilots didn’t have the comfort of technology so it was generally cold in the cockpits and the best way to stay warm was a huge piece of leather lined in wool.

Once the public got a glimpse of this incredible garment it has never been the same.  I am from the north where they were only reserved for the winter now everyone can wear them and in any climate.  Down south???  Grab a non lined bomber like this snazzy piece from Topman.com in any color and watch your style stock rise.  Get cocky too and wear them with your favorite Timberland’s or Chelsea Boots.

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Please don’t forget to mix it up or go straight chromo with it, either way you can’t loose.  When it comes to shoes Im a huge Chuck fan but you will see everyone with the Adidas All-Stars or Stan Smith’s.  Funny I never see anyone in Nike’s and a bomber, go figure.  As always make sure its a good fit and remember to make it Your Styled Look.

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“The Essential Grey Suit”

There are a few huge moments in a gents life where you have to make some huge decisions and one of those is picking a grey suit.  With so many variations of the shade grey, it literally can be a task just choosing what shade of grey to wear with another shade of grey so you don’t look like your trying too hard.

The only 2 suits you really need to start off with are a spectacular navy suit and the accompanying grey suit.  I prefer the grey suits of London and how those blokes are all about tailoring.  Here I took it to the next level by wearing a spread collared shirt to get more of that proper look.  Next I thought of the color and patterns of the tie and shirt. Look closely and notice I took a micro gingham shirt with a striped tie.  All about how to carry these 2 different looks.


I kept this look traditional in the terms that there is no additional lapel pin or accessories on purpose.  I want guys to be able to say hey I can see myself in that at work and not feel like they are bringing too much attention to themselves.  Keep it simple by choosing a complimentary pocket square, it’s decorative and functional.


Secondly, when wearing a grey suit always think brown shoes first, black shoes are okay but just ok.  Think of it like this, if grey is a dull color to you the brown shoes bring it back to life so go wild.  One great thing about this suit is that I could throw on a white polo shirt and pair of Stan Smiths and I’m ready for anything.   So get a quality suit with a breathable fabric so you can get more wear during winter and summer, suits can be pricey even from department stores.  Depending on where you live, there are places now where you can get a custom suit for $350.   Always shop around and see who you like and how they cater to their clients, you want someone who can see what you describe to them and a healthy relationship with your tailor is like having a private doctor.

Make sure to think about getting the most out of that new grey suit so be sure to mix and match the blazer with a pair of jeans.   Functionality should be one of your strong points with your grey suit, so think outside the box.  As always show a little of 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.

 

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.