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Simply Sophisticated

Simply Sophisticated

Simply Sophisticated

Every man should have at least one topcoat in his closet. Why? Because it adds maturity to your wardrobe, not to mention, you would look really suave walking down the street. Although, topcoats are outercoats and meant to be layered, I sometimes wearing as a single coat.

 Gray Herringbone Topcoat | ALLSAINTS

Burgundy Corduroy Button-Down | Uniqlo

Black Stone Washed Denim Jean | ALLSAINTS

Black Leather Desert Boots | Clarks

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Where Have You Been, Uniqlo?

 

 

Fall is officially 4 days away and I’ve been trying to build my new fall wardrobe. So, I’ve been searching high and low for the brand(s) that sell the perfect fall trousers, sweaters, button-downs, jackets, shoes, and boots. I came across a few brands such as All Saints,Ben Sherman, and Vince. But, they are pretty expensive and I just graduated from college 4 months ago. So, I definitely cannot keep shopping there—unless I hit the lottery or become a “skilled” gold digger, but I digress. I have also been trying to uncover less mainstream, upcoming, brands because I not only want to broaden my wardrobe, but I like having things that I know I won’t see 50 people wearing as I walk through Soho. Yes, I know; it’s not about who has it, but how you wear it. But still, I’d rather not.

With all that being said, I want to tell you about my newfound love for Uniqlo. Before you start the grill to roast me, let me explain. I’ve known about Uniqlo for a while, but I didn’t really put much of an effort into checking out their clothing. But, during the summer I was looking for a place where I can get slim-fit T-Shirts that are of great quality and I was referred to Uniqlo by a friend—she calls it the Asian Old Navy—and the rest was history. The clothes are of very, very good quality, better than some of the pricier brands that I shop at. One item that stood out to me is their plain long-sleeve t-shirt. Forget “the touch the feel of cotton,” these shirts are on a completely different level. It was softer than my rabbit fur hat.

Do not get me started on their corduroy print and sold color button-downs, they are definitely worth looking at. And for $29 bucks, it’s a freaking steal. Where was Uniqlo when I was spending almost $200 dollars on a single button-down? Again, I digress. Uniqlo is definitely a great place to shop and if you have not been to the store, you should go. The employees are really nice and the setup is so lively and colorful, sometimes I wonder if the employees throw rave-like parties after closing.

Although, I like Uniqlo, I am not going to make it my destination store for every wardrobe essential. Not, because it’s bad or anything, I just like to have a diverse closet and I use particular brands for certain items. For example, I go to Coach for my leather bags, Club Monaco for my sweaters and button-downs, Banana Republic for my Oxfords, and Fossil for my watches–ahh! Don’t judge me—so, where will Uniqlo fit? Well, I think I’ll make them a destination for my t-shirts and button-downs because I love how they’re cut. And if they keep it up, they might become a destination for more.

So, what are you waiting for? Check ‘em out.

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London

 

Greetings from London,

I know that I have been M.I.A for a while, but can you blame me. I am in London! Which is amazing by the way. The culture, the people and, of course, the fashion are all “snatching.” I met a ton of new people and experience so much. With that being said, this is just the first of the many new photos to come. Enjoy.

Cheers,

Shane

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Many of you already know that Lands’ End Canvas is one of my favorite brands, a lot of my outfits can attest to that. So, when I found out that the brand had reinvented their chinos, introducing the world to their new Comer 608 slim-fit chino. I had to have them. When they arrived in the mail, I wasted no time, and tore open the package—yes, it that was serious, don’t judge me. The first thing I noticed was the feel of the pant. It was not stiff nor did it have that “linen cloth” feel that other chinos have. Instead, the fabric was very soft; so soft you can tell just by looking at it. What I love most about this chino is the fact that it is actually slim-fit. I cannot tell you how many times I have encountered chinos that were said to be slim-fit, but fit straight-leg. I commend Lands’ End Canvas for keeping slim-fit, slim.

For this look, I paired my evergreen forest chino with a light blue heritage oxford shirt and gray V-neck t-shirt, which enhanced the green and the blue. The brown striped socks added more personality to my outfit and drew attention to my pant. And I used the brown braided belt to serve as my neutralizer, blending my outfit together.

Despite my rambling about my outfit, I did not forget about you. In fact, I have some great news. You too can experience the chino. Lands’ End Canvas is hosting a contest where they are giving away a $100 gift card each day this week and a $500 grand prize.

To enter, just pin one of my looks and 5 pieces from Land’s End Canvas to a #CanvasChinos board on Pinterest and submit the link to your board on Facebook. In order to get the grand prize you have to make sure that you pin a look from all five bloggers participating in the Land’s End Challenge— Tucked Style, Eye4Style, and Budget Babe—along with 5 other pieces from Canvas and the contest graphic below. Easy Right? So, what are you waiting for, start pinning. And while you are at it, check out tomorrow’s blogger, Fashionalities, to see what look she went with.

Evergreen Forest Comer 608 Slim Fit Chino | Lands’ End Canvas

Blue Heritage Oxford Shirt | Lands’ End Canvas

Gray Heather Heritage V-neck T-Shirt | Lands’ End Canvas

Brown Striped Ragg Socks | Lands’ End Canvas

Brown Leather Braided Belt | Lands’ End Canvas

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Store Spotlight: Proof

Ahh! I love wooden sunglasses! Okay, wait. Maybe I should start from the top before you begin to think I have gone crazy.

Proof is another favorite brand of mine. I became aware of the it after I saw a picture rapper, Snoop Dogg, wearing the brand’s signature sunglasses. And as the saying goes, “the rest was history.”

Proof was founded in January 2011 by Brooks, Taylor, and Todd Dame; three brothers who not only wanted to present the world with a different kind of eyewear, but help give sight to those who cannot see—a large portion of Proofs profits go to eye-surgeries in India. Inspired by their grandfather, an entrepreneur who started a small sawmill that evolved into a successful family business, the Dame brothers used the knowledge they gained in the wood industry to add a wooden twist to traditional eyewear.

From the moment I saw their collection of wooden sunglasses, I was very impressed, so impressed that I bought four pairs within 10 minutes—do not judge me. I love the cut and design of the frames, they are well made and the detail is superb—the result of having every pair handcrafted. In addition, the sunglasses are lightweight, which is something I did not expect when thinking about eyewear made of wood. What I like the most about their sunglasses is the durability, these are not flimsy accessories that will fall apart after a few wears, they are built to last a long time.

Proof prides itself on making eyewear that “offers a look and feel that can’t be replicated.” And from what I have experienced, it is definitely something that I can confirm. In short, Proof is a wonderful brand and I recommend it to everyone. And for those who are concerned about the cutting down of trees, Proof has you in mind. All of the wood that is not used in their sunglasses is replanted.

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Store Spotlight: MOSCOT

MOSCOT was founded by Hyman Moscot, an Eastern European immigrant, who found his niche for eyewear while selling eyeglasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1899—which is symbolized in the brand’s logo. And over 100 years later, MOSCOT has become the “poster-eye” for eyewear, inspiring other brands across the world and becoming the go to brand for celebrities such as Johnny Depp and Justin Theroux.

I was introduced to the brand a few months ago and since then, their eyewear have become must-have accessories for all of my outfits—obsessive, yeah, maybe just a little. But who could blame me; MOSCOT has the appeal and versatility that I love. So, when I was given the opportunity to interview Wendy Simmons, Co-President of MOSCOT for about 8 years, I was all over it.

Wendy described MOSCOT as brand based on 3 pillars, history, fashion, and humor, all which have equal measure. In other words, MOSCOT is not a brand that takes itself too seriously. Although their frames are designed to be fashionable and fashion forward, they are not in a cookie cutter format. Instead, the brand gives personality to their eyewear; every frame has a humorous element to it, every frame is unique, and every frame tells a story. It is no surprise that the brand’s fan base is constantly growing.

What I love most about the brand is that it has managed to maintain its traditional roots—the vision that Hyman Moscot had in mind—creating frames reminiscent of MOSCOT styles from decades ago. And knowing that the brand hand quality controls every single frame, tells me that providing the best optical experience for fans is a number one priority, which I find admirable.

I asked Wendy to describe MOSCOT in three words and she said, “authentic, bold, and fun.” And I agree. MOSCOT is more than a brand and more than eyewear—it is iconic.

 

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Let’s be honest, loafers are sexy–yes, I just referred to shoes as sexy–why? Because they are sleek, lightweight and very versatile. So, when I came across the Larkin loafers by Bass I fell in love. It went with almost everything outfit that I put together and what I love most about these loafers is that they prove you do not have to wear very flashy shoes to look good. I guess you can say they reinforce the idea that simplicity equals sophistication.

Larkin Burgundy Tassel Loafer | Bass

Brown Herringbone Vest | Urban Outfitters

Green Pant | Levi’s

Plaid Button-Down | Club Monaco

Black Dial Watch | Fossil

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Red makes a statement about a person. It says you’re confident and posses leadership qualities. However, I hardly see men wearing red. Why? I don’t know. I guess for some men it just seems to…bold. Well, like I always say, take a risk with fashion, it’s no fun to always play it safe.

Hawkings McGill Gray Tweed Vest | Urban Outfitters

Plaid Button-Down | Club Monaco

Brown Wingtip Shoe | Urban Outfitters

Red Pant | PacSun

Black Wayfarer Sunglasses | Ray-Ban
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 Sew & Tailor

 

Every man of style should know how to sew because you never know what could happen–you rip a hole in shirt or you cause a small tear in your coat. I am not saying that you have to be a master in sewing. No one is expecting you to tailor your own clothes, but you should be able to sew a button on your jacket if it falls off.

However, if you cannot sew, a good tailor would do. Now, you do not want to give your clothes to any tailor, do your research. Think of it as buying a car. Would you buy a car from anyone who says they are a car dealer? No. So, do not give your clothes to anyone who says they are a tailor.

Below are some useful tips on finding a good tailor.

Get Started:

Google tailors in your area, read the reviews, and visit them if you have to. It is your clothes, the fact that you are getting them tailored shows that you are invested, so make sure that your investment is worth it.

Experience:

Look for tailors with experience. Do not get me wrong, just because you have experience at something does not mean that you are good, but more likely than not, it does. However, make sure that you get references, it is always best to hear from others before you hand over your clothes.

Cooperation & Fashion Sense:

Is the tailor trendy? or old-school? Ask the tailor about their own take on fashion and decide if their view is in-line with yours. In addition, if the tailor resist your suggestions about the way you want your clothes, then move on to the next one. It is important to have control of your style.

Ask Around:

Do you remember that man, the one whose style you admire? Yeah, well ask him who tailors his clothes. That tailor might be the one you have been looking for.

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Arm parties–the stacking of bracelets, have become huge, not only with women, but with men as well. Kanye West has been constantly spotted wearing numerous bracelets on his arm. Arm parties definitely look good, when done correctly. I know it is supposed to be a party on your arm, but men, do not over do it–no more than 8 should do. And be sure to mix the bracelets up, you do not want it to look uniform.

Wood Bracelets | Good Wood

Woven Bracelets | Urban Outfitters

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Suspenders Are No Longer for the Nerds

Once seen as the defining accessory amongst nerds, suspenders are slowly but surely making a comeback. Celebrities from Ed Westwick to Ashton Kutcher have been spotted wearing the elastic straps. What I love most about suspenders are their versatility, they can be either dressed up with a crisp button-down or dressed down with a plain graphic t-shirt. Either way, suspenders just work. If you are looking to add pizzazz to your outfit, then suspenders are the way to go.

Blue Cardigan | Urban Outfitters

White Button-Down | H&M

Suspenders | Buffalo Exchange

Caraway Corduroy Pant | Levi’s

White Watch | Ted Baker

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Although Fair Isle sweaters have been around for years, I recently started to take notice of them. What I like about these sweaters is the Fair Isle knitting, the use of various patterns, designs, and colors definitely appeal to a fashion guru like myself. While these sweaters can be a little bulky–and I dislike bulky clothing–it works. In addition Fair Isle sweaters add an extra something to any outfit and can be dressed to fit almost occasion. However, when wearing those type of sweaters try not to go over board. The sweater is already extravagant enough, so adding tons of clothing items of different colors and patters, would result in a “what the hell is he wearing?” moment.

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A True Gentleman Wears Leather

Whether it is a jacket, briefcase, or loafers, leather represents sophistication, and a true gentleman is nothing if not sophisticated. However, with a lot of clothing companies selling “Genuine Leather,” it is important to know how to identify good quality leather from its cheap counter part.

First, it is important to know what kind of leather you are getting. For the most part Leather comes from animal hides such as cow, deer, lamb, ostrich, and crocodile. However, the most commonly used are cowhide and deer skin. Although cowhide is less expensive than other hides, it has high durability and a very soft feel. This is important when looking for a leather coat that will last at least 5 years. In addition cowhide does not stretch easily, which allows for repeated wear.

Deerskin, on the other hand, has a very soft feel, which makes it difficult to keep clean. In spite of this, deerskin is also extremely durable and is resistant to ripping, fading, or snagging. It is for this reason deerskin is often used in boots and gloves. Deer skin also ages smoothly. The more it is worn, the darker the leather becomes, which gives the leather an authentic look. However, the downside of deerskin is its elasticity. Wearing deerskin too often can stretch the material, giving it a droopy look.

There are three types of leather that you should know about:

Grade 1- Full Grain: This is the highest quality leather and is not only the strongest and most consistent in color, but it is the smoothest of the three grains. What I like about full grain leather is that the natural grain and imperfections are untouched, which contributes to its smooth feel.

Grade 2- Top Grain: Although top grain is of high quality, it is not as good as full grain. This type of leather is less consistent in color, has been sanded, and given a finishing coat.

Grade 3- Corrected Grain: This is the lowest quality leather; all imperfections have been sanded away, thus causing the leather to have a stiff feel.  In addition, because the leather has been treated it lacks the natural look, which requires artificial patterns to be stamped or pressed back onto the leather.

Black Leather Briefcase | Valextra

Limited Edition Brown Leather Loafer (Made for Zenga by Sutor Mantellassi) | Ermenegildo Zegna

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For the Love of Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses are an essential item for any man. Unlike the original Ray-Ban Wayfarer, the new wayfarer is sleeker, less chunky, and gives the wearer a more clean-cut look with their outfit. What I admire most about these sunglasses is that it did not lose the signature look that made the wayfarer a coveted item in the 1950s. Instead, it took the original concept and brought it into the new generation.

Black Wayfarer Sunglasses | Ray-Ban

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Style Stands Alone Style Stands Alone

Let’s face it. There is no denying that saddle shoes are making a comeback. At first, I did not find saddle shoes appealing because they reminded me of bowling shoes. However, after trying on a pair while shopping at Buffalo Exchange, I developed a soft spot for this unique shoe. The two-tone color of the saddle shoe compliments each other, bringing forth the vintage rugged look that I admire, not to mention its flawless stitching. What I like most about this shoe is that it can be dressed up with a simple slim-fit suit or dressed down with a pair of jeans and a henley.

Two-Toned Saddle Shoe | G.H Bass

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