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End of Summer Style End of Summer Style End of Summer Style End of Summer Style

We have 3 weekends left before summer officially ends, well at least for those of us who live in seasonal states/countries, so make the best of it. Personally, I prefer fall weather over the summer because I feel that there are more outfit options. Let’s be honest, there is only so much one can wear during the summer months before saying “screw this,” I’m wearing a t-shirt. But, I digress.

End the summer on a bright, bold note. I love red printed shirts, I feel that they add a certain flare not only to your outfit, but it highlights your face—especially when you’re hit by the sun’s spotlight. For this look I went with a red floral print polo shirt and powder blue trousers to create a stark contrast. White shoes were added for neutrality.

Red Floral Polo Shirt | GAP

Powder Blue Trousers | Club Monaco

White Slip-On Sneakers | Helmut Lang

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Although it is very cliché, a crisp t-shirt, worn fitted jeans, and clean sneakers are always a win for summer styling. But, it doesn’t have to be boring. Feel free to wear bold colors, or funky patterns. It’s the summer and its 90 degrees, no one is expecting you to be in a 3 piece suit—unless you’re working on Wall Street, then I feel bad for you. But for those who don’t have to wear a suit, don’t. You could still be on-trend and well-put-together with just a t-shirt.

Powder Blue T-Shirt | Uniqlo

Hard Denim Jeans | ALLSAINTS

Black and White Velvet Slip-on Sneakers | Alberto Moretti

 

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Get the Casual Look Get the Casual Look Get the Casual Look Get the Casual LookAll of a sudden New York City decided to get freakishly hot. And as I said in previous posts, I strongly dislike hot and humid weather because it limits what you can you wear–I give props to the men who can wear suits and blazers in 95 degree weather. For this look I went very, very causal pairing sweatshorts with a short-sleeve polo shirt. I wore loafers to add a hint of flair.

Navy Polo Shirt | Uniqlo

Gray Sweatshorts | GAP

Red and Blue Loafers | G.H. Bass

 

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The Trick to Keeping Your Sneakers Clean

Keeping your sneakers clean may sound simple, but it’s not—unless you’re a hardcore sneakerhead, who according to good ole Wikipedia is “a person who collects, trades or admires sneakers as a hobby.”

We’ve all been there before when we get new sneakers and promise ourselves we’ll keep them clean. We follow through the first few wears, but after a while we start to get lazy. You know what I’m talking about, we’ll tell ourselves “they aren’t that dirty” or “I’ll clean them this weekend.” But, we get caught up in other things and days go by, then weeks, and before we know it our sneakers look a little unkept.

There is a very simple solution when it comes to cleaning your sneakers. All you need is your favorite laundry detergent, warm water, and two wash cloths (one for cleaning and one for drying). I know that you’re probably thinking “why can’t I just use soap and water?”

Well, here’s why: although soap does a good job at cleaning; it lacks the compounds found in only detergents. Laundry detergents have molecules that act as dispersants, latching onto grease, dirt, and oil, then breaking them apart— making it easier to wash away.

So, if you want your sneakers to look brand new, go with the detergent. I guarantee that you’ll see a big difference in your sneakers. Give it a try and use the hashtag #meninstyletip so I can see the before and after.

Black and White Low-top Sneakers | Axel Arigato 

Navy Low-top Sneakers | Common Projects

White Low-top Cap-toe Sneakers | Wings + Horns

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A 4th of July Look A 4th of July Look A 4th of July Look A 4th of July Look A 4th of July Look

Happy 4th of July! I know that this holiday is the epitome of patriotism and I’m pretty sure that most of you already have your 4th of July look ready, but I have suggestion. Instead of opting for the usual American flag attire, try playing with the colors (red, white, and blue). Pair them with pieces that you won’t normally see worn with those hues. For me, I wore my American flag colored sneakers with a denim chambray shirt and navy sweatshorts to create a dramatic contrast and make a sartorial salute to my feet. So, try something different; it doesn’t have to be drastic. Sail into the weekend with something that not only catches the eye, but also holds it.

Tri-Colored Sneakers | Brooks

Denim Chambray Shirt | Club Monaco

Navy Sweat Shorts | GAP

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Women's Fashion...for the Guys Women's Fashion...for the Guys Women's Fashion...for the Guys Women's Fashion...for the Guys

Women's Fashion...for the Guys

Women's Fashion...for the Guys Women's Fashion...for the Guys Women's Fashion...for the Guys

I am pretty sure that I told this to you all before, but I’ll say it again. Although I am a men’s fashion blogger, I get a lot of my inspiration from womenwear. I find women’s fashion to be, for the most, very innovative—from dip-dyed dresses, resplendent with hues of bold colors to sleek, yet simple gowns. A lot of my outfits have been inspired by women, hell it was womenswear that pushed me towards a leaner silhouette as well as experimenting with mixing prints. Who said women’s fashion was only for the ladies.

White Tie Top | Alicia Bell

Blue Tuxedo Dress | Alicia Bell

White Openwork Lace Dress | Alicia Bell

Greenwich Multi-colored Clutch (Crushed Ice Leather) | Black Sea Collection

Tribeca Silver Pochette | Black Sea Collection

Tribeca Gold Pochette | Black Sea Collection

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Men have grown a lot in terms of fashion. When you compare the way we dressed in 2005 to the way we dress in 2015, there is an obvious change. Men have become more aware of how to dress for the occasion, they understand the importance of grooming to achieve a sophisticated look. Hell, men are even wearing sandals outside of the beach. But, most importantly men are not as afraid of the word “jewelry” as they once were. No longer is jewelry seen as a “woman thing.” In fact, men have moved up from only wearing watches and graduation rings to bracelets and necklaces. Hell, they are even getting piercings in places other than the “left ear.” I guess you can say that we’ve become more, um…’daring.’

Earth Stones

With that being said, I recently came across Thread & Jewel, a unisex jewelry brand created by Zuri Croson in 2012. What caught my attention about the brand is that its jewelry is pretty unconventional. There weren’t any of the typical things that you would expect from a jewelry brand such as metal watches, silver/gold chains, and leather bracelets. Instead, the pieces were made from earth stones—you know, those beautiful rocks that you saw and read about in Geology class.

Earth Stones

I never thought of earth-stones as “jewelry” I wasn’t sure how or when you’re supposed to wear them. But, I gave it a try and I must say that it’s no different from standard jewelry. You can wear it just the same. However, I feel earth stones add a certain pizzazz—they energize and bring a modern update to your look. And the jewelry is made from raw materials, so no two pieces are alike.

Earth Stones Earth Stones Earth StonesJewelry is meant to enhance your outfit by upping the authenticity in your everyday style.

So, what are you waiting for? Check ’em out

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Chic Shane

This may come as a surprise, but I don’t really like the summer. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ll take warmer weather any day. But, my issue with summer is the lack of summer dress. I love layering and creating new looks, but there is not much one can wear in 95-degree weather that is not a t-shirt and shorts. However, I’ve come to find out that it is indeed possible to layer up in the summer. You just have to be smart about it!                                                                       Chic Shane

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Blue Oxford Button-Down | Uniqlo

Metal Watch | REC

Olive Print Chino Pant | Club Monaco

Linen-Leather Loafer | Axel Arigato

Gray V-Neck T-Shirt | Uniqlo

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Summer is here, so that means layering will face a dramatic decrease. One thing that I notice about most men, myself included, is that we don’t really address our pocket baggage. So, while we will cut down on the amount of clothing pieces we have on, our pockets don’t get the same treatment.

I don’t know about you, but my wallet is the main offender. I have so many things inside, from old receipts to business cards, which makes it really bulky. And contrary to popular belief, “fat” wallets are not appealing because they distract from your look. Think about it, have you ever seen a guy wearing a great outfit, but it’s ruined because of a big, thick rectangular block on his thigh…exactly!

Streamlined to Be Functional

Your accessories, which include your wallet, should complement your look. Not steal the show. With that being said, this is where card cases come into play. Streamlined to represent classic minimalism, card cases offer an easy and sleek solution to keep only the essentials close at hand. In other words, you can only take what’s important—eliminating the bulk.

Streamlined to Be Functional Streamlined to Be Functional

Recently, I came across the California-born brand JAQET, which specializes in hand-crafted goods and instantly I was hooked. JAQET was founded in 2013 by designer Jacques Flynn who wanted create leather goods that were streamlined, timeless, and durable—similar to a well-tailored suit. What drew me to the brand was the craftsmanship of its product, especially their re-imagined wallets. Not only are the wallets crafted from high-grade handsome leather, but they add a functional, luxurious addition to your daily accessories without breaking the bank. In addition, the leather is not overly treated, so it allows for the wallet to age and develop into a piece that is unique to me.

Streamlined to Be Functional Streamlined to Be Functional

As I mentioned earlier, your accessories should be an addition not the focus. I was looking for a refined choice to house my essentials and I found that missing link in the sleek, rich leather of JAQET wallets.

So, what are you waiting for? Check ’em out!

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Believe it or not sandals were debated among style connoisseur for years. They argued whether the staple summer footwear piece should only be reserved for the beach or treated as any other shoe and worn anywhere you please.

Sandals, Footwear to Make Your Mark

I admit that I took part in that argument. But, I argued against them entirely. To me sandals were “dad shoes;” the equivalent to “mom jeans.” However, that was my younger self and as we currently see, a lot of the things that we thought were “old” back then, are now pretty cool–blame it on the bi-polar collective that is society.

Sandals add a casual-cool factor that sets you apart from the crowd. Not to mentioned, they are very transitional. So, you can literally wear them from the boardwalk to a rooftop soirée. However, it is important to understand that there are levels to the sandal game. You can’t just wear any sandal. Well you can, but that would not be wise.

Sandals, Footwear to Make Your Mark

Sandals, Footwear to Make Your Mark

Make sure that the sandals you choose have a slim silhouette, stay away from those bulky fisherman sandals. It’s 2015, so get with the times and modernize your footwear. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

Brown Leather Gladiator Sandals | ASOS 

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