Blue Checkered Button-Down | Lacoste
Navy Blue Blazer | H&M
Wool Crew-Neck Sweater | Club Monaco
Gray Jean | Levi’s
Blue Chukka Boot | Sperry Top-Sider
Style is pushing the boundaries of fashion to find what makes you–you. Style is ambiguous and cannot be categorized or defined; not even dictionaries can put forth a single meaning for the term. However, I will say that style always has to do with your appearance, whether it is done purposely or not. With that being said I believe that every man has style, we just have to open our eyes. I opened mine and what I saw amazed me, so I took out my camera…
I really liked James’ outfit, not only did he coordinate the colors really well, but each clothing item emphasized the other. For example, pairing the blue denim shirt with the Nantucket red pant, drew attention to his lighter blue button-down and face. I also thought it was cool that he used two button-downs–one being denim–it was creative.
Pink is no longer for the women, more and more men are being spotted in this once “girls only” color. As I was walking through New York City, I ran into Ben and instantly I was drawn to his boots and bright pink shirt. They complimented each other and the blue denim jean made both item stand out even more. I like to see men wearing pink because it shows that they are confident, not to mention pink complements most skin tones.
Josh’s outfit caught my attention because it was not the conventional form of dress. In other words, it was not polished, which gave the outfit its appeal. For me, his boots made the look–its antique appearance added a sort of roughness to it. I also liked that his blazer was not fitted because it emphasized the pant and boot.
After being introduced to Bass during my internship at GQ Magazine, it has quickly become one of favorite brands. Founded in 1876 by George Henry Bass, an early shoemaker. The brand prides itself on the notion of making “the best possible shoe for the purpose it is intended.” Although Bass is well-known for its high quality shoes and thorough workmanship, Bass is also noted as the pioneer of the penny loafer, after introducing its Weejuns line to the world in 1936.
What I love the most about the brand is that even after 136 years of making amazing shoes, it still manages to maintain the vision of George Henry Bass, while incorporating modern looks in their line. Not to mention, their shoes are made with great detail and can add sophistication to any outfit. While Bass prides itself on using only the best quality for their shoes, it is affordable on almost any budget. As I always say, “looking good should not cost an arm and a leg,” and Bass understands that.
Besides the cellular phone, your laptop is probably the second most used item you own, so style it. Get one or two cases that represent who you are and put your laptop in it. Think of it as buying an outfit for your best friend. And yes, if you gave it a name, then it is your best friend—just saying.
O’Hanlon Mills Laptop Cases | Urban Outfitters
Check them Out, Fred Perry
I was recently introduced to Lands’ End Canvas and instantly it became one of my favorite brands. Lands’ End Canvas was launched in November 2009 as an extension of clothing retailer, Land’s End. Drawing inspiration from the classic American style—button-downs, denim jeans, and flat front chino pants/shorts—Lands’ End Canvas reinvents them with unexpected, original twists. For example, taking the traditional chambray work shirt, then slimming it down and adding a plaid pattern. This is definitely an important aspect, since more and more people are leaving behind traditional style and taking more risks.
What I love about the brand is that it stays true to Lands’ End’s rich heritage of offering high quality, value, and comfort. In addition, the clothes are more tailored to fit the look of modern fashion, which separates the brand from its predecessor. Not to mention the clothing is made with great quality and detail stitching, reminiscent of historical American style.
As for the prices, they are in comparison to Land’s End, so as you can imagine they are pretty reasonable. In short, Lands’ End Canvas pushes the limits on classics and I recommend the brand to all men who are looking to modernize their look.
Big Does Not Need to Equal Bland
Our motto is ‘taking men’s style to the next level’ and it’s great to come across both men and designers who are doing just that. Men with larger frames can sometimes experience style struggles when trying to find smarter outfits, so it was great to see Brit comedian James Corden coming up trumps at a recent awards ceremony.
James, 33, has a big bubbly personality and a stature to match, but he pulled off a classic tailored look while presenting at music awards the Brits last month, showing larger men can dress for the occasion. He also took some style inspiration from one of our favorite Brit style icons – his mate David Beckham - and styled his hair into a softly waxed quiff.
If you’ve got a commanding stature and have been struggling to nail a smarter look, you’ll find some specialist retailers online like Jacamo Menswear who cater for all shapes and sizes. But, before you buy, you’re best off taking stock of what is likely to suit you. You may want to take some style inspiration from Mr Corden, who looked rather dapper in a black tailored suit and waistcoat, which he wore with a crisp white shirt and patterned tie.
Larger gentleman are often warned against wearing monochrome outfits like this, as contrasting shades have a tendency to draw the eye to areas they may prefer not to highlight, like the stomach. James tackled this by wearing a coordinating waistcoat in black underneath his jacket, slimming his frame and preventing the eye from falling on his slightly generous stomach. In warmer months it’s possible to achieve a similar effect by wearing a lightweight jacket teamed with a shirt of a similar shade.
Do not be afraid to mix colors because you never what you might create. However, when mixing colors, make sure that you are wearing at least two neutral colors to balance it out–you do not want to look like a box of crayons.
Navy Blue Print Cardigan | Land’s End Canvas
Green Pant | Levi’s
Caraway Button-Down | Land’s End Canvas
Desert Boot | Clarks
When I saw the supima anchor cardigan from Land’s End Canvas, I knew that I had to have it. I have seen many cardigans with different designs, but this one stood out. I loved the anchor print that went down the front of the cardigan because it brought a unique aspect to it. In fact, it reminded me of the print that you see on many preppy ties. As for the fit, it is pretty trim and hugs the body fine, so you do not have to worry about a boxy look. In addition, you can dress it up or dress it down, either way this cardigan is a show stopper.
A friend recently introduced me to the Voy-Voy brand and I was really impressed by the clothing. Although the clothes are simple, it works. I love the Voy-Voy polo shirts, not only are they slim-fit, but they do not have the ‘boxy’ look seen with other polo shirts. In addition, they all have blended pockets–pockets that are not noticeable–which add to its appeal.
Navy Blue Polo Shirt | Voy-Voy
Blue Denim Jean | GAP
Navy Blue and White Samba | Adidas