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Style for the Cold Style for the Cold

 

It is getting pretty cold, at least in New York City, but that is still not an excuse to no longer adhere to your duties as a man of style. In fact, I find that the best outfits are imagined when it’s cold. We all know that layering is an important part of men’s fashion, so layer the hell up and look good doing it.

To be clear, layering is not an excuse to just throw on everything in your closet and call it “style.” Make sure that all of the pieces compliment each other. And keep in mind, it can be as simple as a sweater, button-down, and a cool supple leather bomber. Of course, you can take risks, but just don’t layer for sake of layering. Make sure it has a meaning, think of the story that you want to tell.

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I was invited to the G.H. Bass showroom, to view the Spring Summer ’15 collection, and I left excited. In addition to quintessential staples such as the Weejuns penny leather loafer and soft suede oxford shoes, G.H. Bass introduces several reimagined pieces from eyelet-style, tassel loafers to suede accented leather wingtip oxfords.

I was so impressed with the collection that I immediately asked to be notified the day that they become available. Yes, I had a ‘crazy’ moment, but don’t judge me you all know how shoe obsessed I am. With that being said, my favorite pieces from the collection are the burgundy eyelet-style Weejuns as well as the woven leather Weejuns.

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Simply put, G.H. Bass is spot on for the season, featuring timeless new-and-now footwear that invigorates and engineers classic effortlessness and I cannot wait for them to be released. See more of the collection below:

G.H. Bass

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The Top 10 Brands for Men of Style

Let’s face it; finding the perfect clothing store is impossible, there are so many clothing brands in the world and the selection is only getting bigger. So, just when you think you’ve found your ideal brand, you come across a different one and then that becomes your new love—trust me, I know; I go through this almost every month.

With that being said, I curated a list of 10 brands that you could never go wrong with. So, even if you cheat on one of them, you will always find yourself going back:

BETA BOUTIQUE

10) Beta Menswear has quickly become one of my favorite brands. The brand prides itself on one-of-a-kind vintage European clothing. I recommend Beta Menswear to the guy who is really trying to “up” the vintage in his wardrobe. I like Beta Menswear because they are not only affordable, but they offer great quality clothing.

DENIM  SUPPLY9) I really like Denim & Supply. Their specialty is modern-vintage clothing, so you can expect to see big knit sweaters, “worn” boots, distressed jeans; basically anything that expresses the quintessential vintage lifestyle. But, just because its foundation is in vintage pieces doesn’t mean you can style it to your needs. After all, it’s about how you wear it.

LEVIS8) Known for its quality and denim, Levi’s has remained a favorite among people for decades. What I like about this brand is their “for all tastes” ideology. Levi’s has something for everyone, despite age, sex, gender, race, etc. when you visit Levi’s you are for sure going to find at least one thing that you love. My favorite item from Levi’s is their 510 skinny jeans.

REISS7) REISS is the epitome of sophistication. From sleek tailored trousers to handsome suppressed waist blazers, this British brand brings European class to current and future tastemakers. I am obsessed with their sweaters, they are simple, but modern.

CLARKS6) The desert boot, need I say more? I am in love with the Clarks desert boots, I own over 20 pairs of those boots. They are versatile, comfortable, and can be worn with almost anything and not look out-of-place. Indeed, Clarks sells other things, but their signature desert boots (and their Montacute Lord collection) are to die for.

DEL TORO5) Del Toro is my favorite footwear brand. I am still kicking myself for only coming across the brand a few months ago. Almost all of their footwear is made from fine Italian Leather, so you are guaranteed amazing quality. And before you start to freak out and write Del Toro off as being super expensive…it’s not. Everything, for the most part, will run you about $300 bucks, which is not super expensive when compared to other brands of a similar caliber. I love Del Toro because all of the shoes look great. The brand does a wonderful job at designing their footwear to standout, especially with their celebrity collaborations (i.e. Russell Westbrook and Hattie Stewart).

UNIQLO4) Uniqlo, Uniqlo. Oh, Uniqlo. Why are you so amazing? If you read the post where I ranted about my love for Uniqlo, you already know that I am hooked on this brand. Why? You ask. Well, why not? Uniqlo makes great quality clothing at prices that make you wonder if there was a typo when printing the tags. I love their t-shirts and corduroy button-downs. Everything is just made so…well.

ALLSAINTS3) Then, there is my dark twisted fantasy in the form of ALLSAINTS. When I say that 45% of my wardrobe is ALLSAINTS, I am as serious as a heart attack. Known for its edgy, muted aesthetic, this British brand revamped the notion of “heroine (yes, the drug) chic.” As you can imagine all the clothing has a very grunge feel to it, so if color is your thing, I’d stay away from ALLSAINTS. But, if you want to add some edge your wardrobe, then that is the brand for you.

CLUB MONACO2) Club Monaco is by far one of the best places to shop for modern,  sophisticated clothing.  I practically live in Club Monaco. The clothes look as if they cost thousands of dollars when they aren’t. Club Monaco is the perfect place for someone who wants to add some maturity to their look without completely breaking the bank or looking like their father. All of the clothes, for the most part,  are made to be slim-fitting. So, you are guaranteed a very tailored and modern look.

ZARA1) Considered to be the “the most innovative and devastating [brand] in the world,” Zara takes the top spot on my list. I’m a huge fan of the brand because, in my opinion, they have “mastered” fashion. Zara unlocked the key of creating on-trend, high fashion, at everyday prices. One cannot walk past a Zara store and not be captivated by the looks that dwell its display window. The best thing about Zara is that you are surrounded by pieces that will have you looking as if you spent thousands of dollars. Plus, you are sure to find something that you like, whether it’s in the form of a blazer, shirt, trousers. You name it, you can find it at Zara.

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multifaceted.

 

There is more to being a man of style than just layering. It is important to be versatile. A true man of style can make anything look great, whether it is a basic v-neck t-shirt and jeans or slim fitting trousers, button-down, and a shawl cardigan.

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Denim Daze

Denim Daze

I’ve always been a fan of denim on denim, when it’s done right of course. It is the perfect last minute ‘throw-on’ outfit, you know for those days that you wake up late for work or only have 35 minutes to get to that 8:45 AM class. But, there are levels to stacking denim, well only one level–and that’s to make sure that the colors aren’t the same. Why, because it looks weird as if you wrapped yourself in a denim fabric. And besides it looks better when there are two different colors.

Blue Denim Jean | ALLSAINTS

Taupe Desert Boots | Clarks

Blue Denim Button Down | ZARA

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Print.Print.

I never cared for print before. Why? It just didn’t do it for me. I was really simplicity and prints kind of threw that off. but, then I began experimenting and now I am a print addict.  I recommend mixing prints because it adds even more character to your outfit. Just look at Solange Knowles, she is not afraid to mix prints and colors–and it works!

Floral Print Short Sleeve Button-Down | Club Monaco

Dark Gray Short | Uniqlo

Plaid Weejun Loafers | G.H Bass

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Boom, Pow, Pow Boom, Pow, Pow Boom, Pow, Pow

 

It’s summer, so why should the upper body have all of the fun. I went with bright neon yellow shorts because…I thought it was pretty funky. I paired it with a off-white printed shirt and camo print loafers to add some more personality.

Off-white Floral Print Short Sleeve Button-Down | Club Monaco

Neon Yellow Short | Uniqlo

Camo Print Weejun Loafers | Bass

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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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