August 17, 2011
Layering properly can be tricky.  You want to look pulled together; sharp. “Lined up”. But its going to be COLD.
Here’s some quick rules to make it simple:
yes, you can put a scarf over a regular hooded sweatshirt. make sure your pants aren’t 3 sizes too big. If you’re doin’ the casual with the sweatshirt & scarf, the pants need to at least fit your and fit you well.
try a color degregation of neutrals. Shades of grey, shades of brown, shades of green or blue….(avoid shades of black—a soft black against a sharp black makes one item look more dated that the other…and not in a good way. Oh, and yes: there are different shades of black)
if you have a good, fashionable boot, its ok to have your jeans tucked into your socks. Its kind of adorable.
and a girl’s touch? On days where you dress it down a bit like this? Feel free to sport a little bit of man scruff. Trust me: we want you to be dressed really well. We do. But chances are, we’ll be less likely to drag you all over town for long if you look yummy enough to cuddle on the couch in sweats.
[Balmain Fall 2011]

Layering properly can be tricky.  You want to look pulled together; sharp. “Lined up”. But its going to be COLD.

Here’s some quick rules to make it simple:

  • yes, you can put a scarf over a regular hooded sweatshirt. make sure your pants aren’t 3 sizes too big. If you’re doin’ the casual with the sweatshirt & scarf, the pants need to at least fit your and fit you well.
  • try a color degregation of neutrals. Shades of grey, shades of brown, shades of green or blue….(avoid shades of black—a soft black against a sharp black makes one item look more dated that the other…and not in a good way. Oh, and yes: there are different shades of black)
  • if you have a good, fashionable boot, its ok to have your jeans tucked into your socks. Its kind of adorable.
  • and a girl’s touch? On days where you dress it down a bit like this? Feel free to sport a little bit of man scruff. Trust me: we want you to be dressed really well. We do. But chances are, we’ll be less likely to drag you all over town for long if you look yummy enough to cuddle on the couch in sweats.

[Balmain Fall 2011]

 Hair says a lot about a guy. And I know: it ain’t easy.
Yeah, you can always do the Buzz Cut—I’ve yet to see a guy look HORRIBLE with this. Some guys can pull off the Ryan Eggold shag. But if you’re ready for a new ‘do, here are some girl-approved choices:
1.) I love this. Its adorable. Its clean. Its low-maintenance. Its not a feux hawk.
2.) Now, I actually don’t hate the spirit of a good feux hawk…but, if you do it, keep it short or go for the Poe.
3.) Don’t be afraid of a side-part. Here’s an easy way to rock it without looking like you carry around a little black comb (Though will you? It’d kind of be a sexy allusion to maintenence—even if you never use it).
4.) Remember in 2009 when the mullet was revamped? Hard to pull off if you work an office job but….some guys look pretty hot. 
5.) Long hair is always sexy. This includes braids. But, just because you aren’t cutting it doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care of it.

 Hair says a lot about a guy. And I know: it ain’t easy.

Yeah, you can always do the Buzz Cut—I’ve yet to see a guy look HORRIBLE with this. Some guys can pull off the Ryan Eggold shag. But if you’re ready for a new ‘do, here are some girl-approved choices:

1.) I love this. Its adorable. Its clean. Its low-maintenance. Its not a feux hawk.

2.) Now, I actually don’t hate the spirit of a good feux hawk…but, if you do it, keep it short or go for the Poe.

3.) Don’t be afraid of a side-part. Here’s an easy way to rock it without looking like you carry around a little black comb (Though will you? It’d kind of be a sexy allusion to maintenence—even if you never use it).

4.) Remember in 2009 when the mullet was revamped? Hard to pull off if you work an office job but….some guys look pretty hot. 

5.) Long hair is always sexy. This includes braids. But, just because you aren’t cutting it doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care of it.

 Did you catch 3.1 Phillip Lim’s fall 2011 runway show? It was interesting—futuristic. The piece that stood out for me was the sweater OVER the suit. Runway styling doesn’t always translate to the streets so Gentlemen? No, please do not put an obscure sweater-vest over your favorite suit. This pariticular sweater vest—to be honest—would be best layered over yet another sweater.
Yes: sweater-on-sweater action. You know you get cold enough.
Don’t wear dress slacks with this combination—or even skinny jeans. The look you will be headed towards is comfort. Try trousers or relaxed-fit denim or even a high-end sweat. Feel free to pull on your Smurf hat and, believe it or not, you can totally hit up a trendy restaurant or local event.
Baggy-casual layering is an art form based on the pieces with which you choose to layer. And while layering ANY sweater vest over a sweater might come accross a little stuffy/frumpy, the yoke and neck of this Eastern-influenced piece will give you a Satorialistic edge.

 Did you catch 3.1 Phillip Lim’s fall 2011 runway show? It was interesting—futuristic. The piece that stood out for me was the sweater OVER the suit. Runway styling doesn’t always translate to the streets so Gentlemen? No, please do not put an obscure sweater-vest over your favorite suit. This pariticular sweater vest—to be honest—would be best layered over yet another sweater.

Yes: sweater-on-sweater action. You know you get cold enough.

Don’t wear dress slacks with this combination—or even skinny jeans. The look you will be headed towards is comfort. Try trousers or relaxed-fit denim or even a high-end sweat. Feel free to pull on your Smurf hat and, believe it or not, you can totally hit up a trendy restaurant or local event.

Baggy-casual layering is an art form based on the pieces with which you choose to layer. And while layering ANY sweater vest over a sweater might come accross a little stuffy/frumpy, the yoke and neck of this Eastern-influenced piece will give you a Satorialistic edge.

August 4, 2011
R29—”So it’s not baggy shorts and Quicksilver T-shirts anymore?”
R.C.—"I wear a lot of chinos, short sleeve oxfords, solid pocket T’s, canvas shoes, and all that. I feel like the cycle has come back and even though the surfing lifestyle of being free and surfing all day, that ‘non suit’ culture, surfers are paying more attention to style."
[Refinery29 interviews Saturday’s NYC Surf Morgan Collett]

R29—”So it’s not baggy shorts and Quicksilver T-shirts anymore?”

R.C."I wear a lot of chinos, short sleeve oxfords, solid pocket T’s, canvas shoes, and all that. I feel like the cycle has come back and even though the surfing lifestyle of being free and surfing all day, that ‘non suit’ culture, surfers are paying more attention to style."

[Refinery29 interviews Saturday’s NYC Surf Morgan Collett]

 His cap is leather. He rocked it olive grean and navy blue. His pants are fitted without being skin-tight. His shoes manage to be white and you still don’t want to give him a wedgy. LOOK AT THAT HAIR.
*****
(I love art students)
If I said it before, brace yourself: its kind of my mantra. You don’t have to wear a suit and tie to dress well. What is important is color cooridination and fit.

 His cap is leather. He rocked it olive grean and navy blue. His pants are fitted without being skin-tight. His shoes manage to be white and you still don’t want to give him a wedgy. LOOK AT THAT HAIR.

*****

(I love art students)

If I said it before, brace yourself: its kind of my mantra. You don’t have to wear a suit and tie to dress well. What is important is color cooridination and fit.

Do you know who has pretty awesome shirts? Check this out. Yeah, who’d a thought?

Do you know who has pretty awesome shirts? Check this out. Yeah, who’d a thought?

This guy knows what he’s doing—I ‘m not going to argue with any of his choices. I mean, the pants are worn a little low but he’s creating a good length and silhouette so maybe its a call-out to designers (See what he’s forced to do? Fix this—design these shorts for the boy!).
I like the use of two belts—its an almost homage to gunslinging holsters. I’d like to see a belt like that. Maybe with a little pouch on it? His outfit is very conceptual!
Public enemy muscle tank, plethora of man jewelry, unique glasses, quirky hat….even the earphones look like an accessory.
**** 

This guy knows what he’s doing—I ‘m not going to argue with any of his choices. I mean, the pants are worn a little low but he’s creating a good length and silhouette so maybe its a call-out to designers (See what he’s forced to do? Fix this—design these shorts for the boy!).

I like the use of two belts—its an almost homage to gunslinging holsters. I’d like to see a belt like that. Maybe with a little pouch on it? His outfit is very conceptual!

Public enemy muscle tank, plethora of man jewelry, unique glasses, quirky hat….even the earphones look like an accessory.

**** 

Hey I get it: I greive for my childhood from time to time. And sure I’ll wear babydoll dresses and I’ll even wear pigtails. Girls can do this. Dressing like an 8 year old who raided his older brother’s closet isn’t working in this case.
I’ll give him two stars.
This guy actually has a pretty legit sense of style. Honestly! Everything is from the same genre (I didn’t know they even still made Tall Ts) and pretty much in the same color. Its just hard to forgive the SIZE of everything. Why would a man purposefully make himself look smaller?
There are ways to make this concept work.
I personally loved some of the Converse by John Varvatos (most style under $50)—especially this vest. But to remain closer to asthetic, how about investing in D&G? It has a hood. Its lux. You’ll look bad-a**. 
There’s a whole industry dedicated to T shirts*. I like Jockey. I like the way they hug the chest yet are a little roomy on the stomach. Done get me wrong: I will swoon as much as the next girl at a pair of ripped abs encased in a slim-fitting white Tee. Soft abs, however, are not a deal-breaker. We would rather you focus on your upper body than pick the bun off your hamburgers and shy away from beer because you’re worried what we’ll think about your tummy.
I’m mad about Henely Ts. Especially when used as a layering piece. Frankly, I think our man here could easily rock a Dweller T Shirt (if he didn’t mind the maintenance) or Levis. And I loved everything Converse by John Varvatos. 
Now. The shorts. Let’s not waste time. Boom. You’re welcome.
 
*Trust me: I know (as a consultant, I spent 11 hours huddling over a Mac in a freezing warehouse, building grids comparing prices/fit/availability for my T-shirt Designer customers).

Hey I get it: I greive for my childhood from time to time. And sure I’ll wear babydoll dresses and I’ll even wear pigtails. Girls can do this. Dressing like an 8 year old who raided his older brother’s closet isn’t working in this case.

I’ll give him two stars.

This guy actually has a pretty legit sense of style. Honestly! Everything is from the same genre (I didn’t know they even still made Tall Ts) and pretty much in the same color. Its just hard to forgive the SIZE of everything. Why would a man purposefully make himself look smaller?

There are ways to make this concept work.

I personally loved some of the Converse by John Varvatos (most style under $50)—especially this vest. But to remain closer to asthetic, how about investing in D&G? It has a hood. Its lux. You’ll look bad-a**.

There’s a whole industry dedicated to T shirts*. I like Jockey. I like the way they hug the chest yet are a little roomy on the stomach. Done get me wrong: I will swoon as much as the next girl at a pair of ripped abs encased in a slim-fitting white Tee. Soft abs, however, are not a deal-breaker. We would rather you focus on your upper body than pick the bun off your hamburgers and shy away from beer because you’re worried what we’ll think about your tummy.

I’m mad about Henely Ts. Especially when used as a layering piece. Frankly, I think our man here could easily rock a Dweller T Shirt (if he didn’t mind the maintenance) or Levis. And I loved everything Converse by John Varvatos.

Now. The shorts. Let’s not waste time. Boom. You’re welcome.

 

*Trust me: I know (as a consultant, I spent 11 hours huddling over a Mac in a freezing warehouse, building grids comparing prices/fit/availability for my T-shirt Designer customers).

August 2, 2011
What to spend your money on.
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What to spend your money on.

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"Dandyism does not even consist…in an immoderate taste for…material elegance. For the perfect dandy these things are no more than symbols of his aristocratic superiority of mind." —Charles Baudelaire [via]

"Dandyism does not even consist…in an immoderate taste for…material elegance. For the perfect dandy these things are no more than symbols of his aristocratic superiority of mind." —Charles Baudelaire [via]