Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
At first I thought that it was going to be similar to Calvin Klein, boxy and monochromatic, but then some surprising pieces came down the runway. I really like the multi-colored jackets, they are a bit much with matching pants and turtle necks but thrown over a simple V-neck and jean would look smashing. It is interesting because so far I haven't really seen those jackets come up in an editorial sections in magazines, but I'm still not too far into fall issues as I am desperately clinging on to the end of summer.
I also thought the shapes were quite interesting. The over-sized sleeves with cuffs create an unique look, it doesn't look quite right for the office but it could be a big hit at a party. Many of the jackets seem narrow at the waist but wide at the shoulders and hips, it creates a sort of oddly manly hourglass figure. Usually I think of Jil Sander as a more androgynous look, but this seems to be more of a dualism of masculine and feminine instead of a lack of gender. I think it works for individual pieces but the look is a bit too much for head to toe.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Minimalist, monochromatic, colorless this collection seems really typical of Calvin Klein. I always like Calvin Klein clothes in reality, but his presentation is just always the same. The silhouettes a little too boxy which gives everything a really stiff feel. I will say I do dig the music though, but I don't quite see what its connection to the clothes is. I greatly prefer what Gucci had to offer instead.
I like the different materials and the slim cut look of their suits. Gucci is known for a dark, slick and edgy look and this does not disappoint. The accessories really add a great rock-n-roll touch to the look, but suggest that if dressed differently a very different feel could be achieved. Also that purple striped shirt just screams Chuck Bass to me, and that's never a bad thing.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Apparently Converse and Comme de Garcons have teamed up to give out feet some happy! I deeply covet that black pair and may have to go order them now (which you can do here).
I love that Converse keeps cashing in on its low-key cool by pairing up with either different designers or retailers. I got a few pieces from the Converse for Target line and have been a big fan of them and this new endeavor looks ever better. I can't wait to see what they come up with next!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
In some other cases though, everything ended up looking mighty fine:
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I'm not completely sure how I feel about it, I am always turned off by anything that suggests a physical characteristic could become a fashion statement. I know some people will obviously want to embrace a trend that lets them off the hook for gym time, and if that is what you want more power to you. But whether the body part trend of the moment is shoulders (as the instructors at my gym claimed this spring) or pot bellies it still seems somewhat dangerous of a notion to try and alter your body to fit specifics that are "in". And even worse if your motivation is, as the article implies, a reaction against a president who is both successful and in shape.
That being said, I personally am finding this article to be well timed as I had an overly packed, extended weekend filled with food, fun and drink. So at least for a few days until I get back into a regular routine of eating right and getting a healthy amount of exercise I'll take comfort that my little belly is hip right now. After all, it would be somewhat hypocritical given my statements above to bust my butt to loose the gut just because I prefer the opposite of the trendy pot belly. So I'll enjoy my workout, but won't sweat drinking that beer later on.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
To be honest I don't think this is anybody's best work. I feel as if I've seen these exact picture of this exact quarter back before. Tom Brady is not really much of a fashion icon in my book, other than the excellent street cred of being married to the, now pregnant, Giselle he doesn't really have anything to do with fashion. Sure he looks good in a suit, but I don't get even the slightest impression that he knows or cares which suit he is in. The article itself is also rather terribly written, well below the standard I expect from the publication. But if you're a die hard Brady fan give it a look/read for yourself.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I especially love that the focus is on using recyclable and sustainable options. While I tend to go for something a bit more stylish than the American Apparel referenced in the article the idea is still a good one. Now that the public at large is more aware of the pressing need more environmentally conscience it seems that designers are following in step. The notion that fashion doesn't need to be disposable is a good one. Personally I tend to fall a bit on the other side of the spectrum and never throw anything away. Whenever a piece still fits and is in good shape I will pack it away and wait for the trend to come back. If I grow out of something it goes to the donation pile and if something wears out I break it down for rags or try and find other uses for it. Every little step helps!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I consider Don Draper (John Hamm) to be the patron saint of Manscaper, he oozes style and class. There is nobody else in Hollywood who can pull of a suit quite like him. Tall, dark, handsome and mysterious Don Draper is the physical embodiment of classic good looks. If you've never seen the show, shame on you and run to rent or buy the DVDs!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
That statement is true, but the article as a whole seems designed to turn people off of exercise. I feel a more responsible, and logical, approach would have been to suggest people take extra steps to make sure they eat a healthy diet while exercising, instead of making exercise sound pointless.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I just thought I had to share it with you, it is not something that I have yet attempted myself but it is very informative. One thing that wasn't mentioned in it is my personal secret for shoes and that is to always remember that leather was once animal skin so the products you use on your skin will work just as well on shoes. While learning the correct way to shine shoes is very important and can insure that you look polished and professional sometimes you get caught in a pinch. In that case just your standard hand lotion or Vaseline will work wonders to buff up a few scuffs on a shoe should you find yourself on the way to an important meeting or event.
Friday, July 31, 2009
• Don’t go to a salon if you want something standard, like a side part or a pompadour. An inexpensive barber will do.
• Do shampoo and condition your hair.
• Don’t wash it every time you shower—a couple of times a week is enough. (Your hair’s natural grease is healthy.)
• Do get a fresh cut in preparation for a big event, like a wedding.
• Don’t get it done the day before. Unless you’re Kid Cudi (see slide 4), your hair needs a week after a cut to look its best. "
Items one and two are essentially one item, and pretty pointless advice if you ask me. I say always go to whomever you trust with your hair, if you want the extra papering and better magazines a salon has to offer than go there regardless of your cut. While it is a good idea to not expect a barber to know how to do more complex cuts you still should go where you feel most comfortable.
Again, items three and four make the same point. Washing and conditioning your hair is healthy, but if you are somebody that needs to be told that my guess is you are not reading GQ or this blog.
Continuing the trend five and six are for all intents and purposes the same item as well (why break the streak?) This is however, the most useful piece of advice in the article. You always want a cut to look good for a big event, but never cut the day before because there is too much risk factor. Even if you have been faithfulsly seeing the same stylist or barber for years there is always room for error and cutting the day before an event prevents any chance you may have of fixing it. If you have a big event coming up I recommend going to your same stylist 5-7 days before hand and not experimenting with any new cut, color or style. That way you will look clean, fresh and put together and can enjoy yourself without having to worry about your hair.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Since we are now in the thick of summer this could be the best opportunity to try it out and beat the head. Be sure to invest in some sunscreen to keep yourself from having an embarrassingly visible sunburn covering the top of your head and then enjoy the nice breeze.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This is a great look to emulate, its current and classic at the same time. Also this type of look can be achieved on pretty much any budget. Two of the biggest looks of the moment are the plaid/gingham shirt and a knit tie. By selecting a tie that is in the same color scheme as the shirt you get all the benefits of a monochromatic look, without being unduly boring about it. Because this is a look that is permeating every level of fashion you should be able to make it your own at any price range. You can spend hundreds of dollars for designer labels, but you could just as easily put this together from pieces you already own or pick up second hand.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
- Decide the look you're going for, before you look for the shirt. Last summer 80's graphic T's were all the rage, but this year the economy has shifted and brought back a few good trends: the classic look (bonus points for actually being a classic and not just looking like one) old-school logos, vintage TV or nostalgic products. The other option making a huge comeback is the basic look, solid colors with maybe a simple ringed collar. Both these looks capture what's great about a t-shirt, effecting an effortless cool.
- Am I summer or a winter? Thankfully as men we never really had to suffer through the "Color me beautiful" era of the 80's. The seasonal shifts however can make a big change in the colors you choose. If you're somebody who is able to get a tan easily the same colors you choose all winter might no longer be flattering in summer. I wear darker olive and plum tones in winter but in summer go for brighter reds and blues
- FIT FIT FIT the fit of your t-shirt is most important. Most of the time people will either go too big or too tight, ideally you want one that fits your body. If you want to go for an over-sized look it should be pretty easy to find one to suit your needs, but if something more fitted is your interest it can be harder. The reason that a perfect fit is key is because it will always be the most flattering option. Most of us don't have perfect bodies and wearing a shirt that is too tight will make all of your flaws more apparent, but a shirt that is too big can make you look sloppy. If you really like something, ignore the size on the label and just try on several until you find one that fits. Once when I wanted a band t-shirt I am not ashamed to admit I tried it on in seven different size mediums to find the one that looked right, though I am ashamed to admit that band may have been the Spice Girls.
Just remember the best thing about finding a great t-shirt is that when any number of summer activities comes up you can just throw it on over some jeans and head out for some fun!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
4th of July can mean sun, fun and good times or it can be a sad, sweaty, bloated mess. We've all been to the family get together, ran into that red faced, bug bitten, beer swilling uncle who doesn't seem to realize his sunburned gut is hanging out of his too small flag t-shirt and expanding by the minute. Nobody wants to be that guy. That guy doesn't want to be that guy. So what can you do to avoid being an embarrassment? The key is to plan ahead, here are some helpful tips for 4th of July and the rest of summer:
- If you're going to dress patriotically, that's great but there is a wrong and right way to do it. Don't be the one in bad cut-offs, a screaming eagle t-shirt and star spangled visor...that will make people want to avoid you. Start simple, choose American designers and wear something classic. Blue jeans are the true American classic, pair them with a simple red or blue polo and you show your spirit without going overboard. Alternatively a nice crisp white shirt looks great paid with red or blue plaid shorts.
- Many of us workout rigorously for weeks (months!) before summer to get in swimsuit shape. If you've taken the time to watch what your eat, run the few extra miles and find more time for crunches don't blow it on one BBQ. Stay away from anything labeled "salad" that is really just code for "covered in fatty, high caloric mayonnaise based dressing". Go for something meaty and then fresh fruits and veggies, chips and salsa are also a healthy snack. Not to go all Atkins on you but steak or steak & veggie kabob are better than a burger with bun, cheese, ketchup, mustard.
- If you're starting your day early, start it off right. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before leaving the house. Have a bottle of water, these holidays can get long so start hydrated and you'll benefit later on. Pack an extra shirt to take with you, just in case of emergencies there's nothing worse than having to wear a wine or Kool-Aid stain all day.
- Throwing up your Samuel Adams isn't exactly the best way to remember our forefathers, be classy and pace yourself.
Have fun, be safe, be fabulous