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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

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.

Women's Fashion...for the Guys

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

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.

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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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Spring has finally arrived. The days of snow and 30 degree weather are officially over, well, at least I hope so.

Although I was counting down the days to warmth, I was really looking forward to the perfect boot weather. And spring is definitely the best time for boots. Why? Because the weather is cooperative, it’s not too cold nor is it too hot. So you don’t have to worry about freezing off your toes or having sweaty socks.

For the Well-Dressed Gent.

My favorite type of springtime boots, besides Chukka, is the Chelsea. I’ll admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of Chelsea boots at first, but eventually they grew on me and now they are pretty much a staple piece in my wardrobe.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the Doon Gore Chelsea boot by Florsheim. Crafted from buttery soft leather and molded into a sleek silhouette, the Doon Gore Chelsea boot is definitely a spring must-have. I don’t know about you, but when I look for boots the deal breaker for me is its transitional ability. You know, whether it’s easy to wear the boots from day-to-night or, in other words, from a casual stroll through Central Park to a dinner party on the Lower East Side.

For the Well-Dressed Gent.

As you probably guessed, the Doon Gore Chelsea boot passed the test. What I love about them the most is its handsome and modern minimalist aesthetic. When I first saw them it was an instant attraction. They come with the correct dose of sophistication, but also have a hint of attitude. If the Doon Gore Chelsea boot were a person, I would say they would be just like the actor Jason Statham (Fast & Furious 7, Transporter).

For the Well-Dressed Gent. For the Well-Dressed Gent.

I have always been amazed at how Florsheim manages to reinvent its footwear year after year—for over 120 years, while staying true to their legacy of classic styling and quality workmanship. Their footwear always flaunts a timeless appeal and the Doon Gore Chelsea boot is no exception. It is an essential for the well-dressed gent and the epitome of unparalleled sleek style.

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

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Although scarf season is officially over now that the weather is finally in spring mode, I want to introduce you to Lieke van Opstal, this really cool Dutch brand that I came across a few weeks ago.

Founded by designer Lieke van Opstal, out of a fascination for textiles, the brand has been bringing innovative woven scarfs and accessories to the Netherlands for over 4 years; reminding the country, where the textile industry is slowly disappearing, that weaving is still key for people who love unique and transitional pieces.

What drew me to the brand was the striking weaving patterns and rich textures that adorn the scarves. Handcrafted from supple fabrics and designed with character, Lieke van Opstal proves to be a virtuoso when it comes to artistic storytelling. The pieces reflect how Lieke van Opstal looks at the world, going beyond the surface of what’s appealing to eye and molding statement making motifs.

Structures, Textures, and Textiles.

As men of style it is important to showcase your interpretation of what fashion means to you. It may sound a bit vague, but that is the beauty of style, you determine what it means. Lieke van Opstal says that she is inspired by the world, from structures in stunning architecture and tree bark textures to the construction of an insect wing. And this is reflected in her pieces.

Structures, Textures, and Textiles. Structures, Textures, and Textiles. Structures, Textures, and Textiles.

As you may know, I am always on the look out for new brands because I love incorporating different elements into my style, so I don’t limit myself to one particular look. Lieke van Opstal successfully conveys an urban-cool aesthetic through re-imagined structures, patterns, and textures–making it the perfect go-to brand for accessory connoisseurs.

So, what are you waiting for? See for yourself.

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Watches are a staple piece for every man of style; they fill that blank space between the break of your shirt, sweater, or jacket and your hand. Think about it. Have you ever forgotten your watch at home and felt as if your look was incomplete? Exactly, watches close that accessory void.

Since I don’t wear many accessories, if any, I am always on the lookout for new watches that I can use to accessorize my outfits. But, I love watches with a story. You know, a timepiece that brings something more than just a simple ‘face.’ So, when I came across the brand REC, I was instantly intrigued.

I fell in love with REC after reading about how the watches are created. The timepieces are made from the wrecks of vintage iconic cars—which is also the story behind the brand’s name—such as the original Mini Cooper. So, you’re technically wearing a car, not to mention a piece of ‘history,’ on your wrist. How cool is that?

A Vintage Transformation

Christian Mygh and Jonathan Kamstrup, who wanted to showcase how watches have evolved from simple timekeepers to important accessories that express one’s identity and style, created the Danish brand in 2013.

Taking a minimalist design approach, these timepieces add a smart and refined look to any outfit by delivering strapping style with a classic-cool manner. What’s even more interesting about REC is that no two watches are alike. Since the timepieces are crafted from the metals of vintage cars, imperfections such as rust add a unique characteristic to each watch.

A Vintage Transformation A Vintage Transformation

As men of style, we need timepieces that elevate our wrist game with sleek sophistication. We need watches with a timeless appeal that puts an of-the-moment spin on casual charm. REC watches does just that. This brand delivers off-the-grid style and defines classic minimalism.

So, what’s the hold up? Check ‘em out.

REC Watches

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Springtime DenimThe denim jacket is the one of the most valuable pieces that every man should have in his closet. This quintessential all-American classic is a jacket that works for every season, especially spring. Boasting true functionality, the denim jacket is a wardrobe essential that can amp up any outfit and by “any,” I mean everything. From suits to sweats, the options are virtually endless.

I own several denim jackets in different styles. They are a classic favorite and look better with age; after all it is fact that broken-in denim is always the best. So, if you don’t already have one, get on it as soon as possible. Now that spring is getting even closer, you’re going to want to keep your look elevated and ultra-cool. Denim jackets can help with that.

Simplicity. Simplicity. Simplicity.

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