Category Archives: Outfit De Jour

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. 

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.

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.

“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.