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. 

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.

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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.