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Drizzle Does Not Mean Drab


I cannot say this enough: rainy days are not an excuse to abandon fashion! When you wake up and check the weather in the morning, and see a forecast of rain, you should not automatically run to your closet and pick out your drabbest, dreariest, least stylish items and assemble them into an equally drab, dreary, style-deprived outfit. Instead, choose a stylish outfit that you would want to wear on any other day and add appropriate outwear items to shield yourself and your wardrobe from the elements.

It is important that these items are seasonally appropriate, meaning that you probably should not be wearing the same outerwear in the months of April, May, and June as you had worn in the fall and winter months. In accordance with the weather, styles change also, meaning that the lined coats and thick rubber boots that served you well facing the winter elements are generally going to be too warm and heavy for the spring months. Additionally the spring demands a different color palette, one characterized by brighter, happier colors, even on days when the weather is less than cooperative.

Here’s a bit of inspiration!

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Shoe Shopping (On a Budget)

I was recently posed the question of what shoes I recommended at under $200, and I was totally struggling to think of suggestions to offer, which is when I realized that so many of the shoes I feature or discuss are pretty pricey and unattainable for most men. So I dedicate this post to the men who want to look like a million bucks without breaking the bank.

For this post, I’ll be pulling from stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, instead of Barneys and Bergdorf’s.

Dress Shoes:

dresshoesonabudget(Ted Baker $185, Cole Haan $198, Cole Haan $210(yes I know, it’s a little over budget, but they’re awesome))

Casual Chic Shoes:

cashshoesonabudget(Cole Haan $198, H by Hudson Houghton $170, LaCoste $170)

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Snow Day Style

In honor of today’s “Snow Day!” statuses crowding my timeline, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to write a post dedicated to snow day gear. A few days ago I posted “Warm Rugged and Manly (Winter) Accessories”  to lead men in the direction of stylish and sophisticated winter weather accessories like cashmere scarves and hand-stitched leather gloves. These items paired with a great wool peacoat or trench are perfect for a walk through the city to work or spending a couple hours at a sporting event, but they aren’t exactly suited for rolling around in the snow with a girlfriend, sledding down a hill on a plastic saucer, or channeling your inner kid with a snow ball fight.

The trick is to add warmth by adding layers. Wearing a sweat shirt and just a big puffer coat will have you looking like a burnt marshmallow and worse will leave you feeling trapped…After moving around outside for more than ten minutes your body will start overheating in the puffer, but taking it off and wearing just a sweat shirt will have you freezing again. Instead opt for a multipurpose coat that has built in layers with a fleece or soft shell inner jacket, and a flexible, durable (WATERPROOF) outer shell. With a jacket like this you can add and remove sections as needed, and many are equipped with things like ventilation pockets to keep your body cool during activity. Try one of these from The North Face and Patagonia:

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If you’re like me, and don’t really want to wear a 3-in-1 jacket like the ones above and would rather pick and choose the layers as you desire, then I recommend a slim-cut quarter zip fleece as a base layer (over a cotton shirt or if you’re feeling fancy an Under Armour cold gear top) topped with a full zip waterproof soft shell in mild  conditions, or a heavier insulated shell for more moderate winter weather conditions.

Try these from Under Armour and Helly Hansen

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Now for the perfect winter weather boots. I personally love Sorel:

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Some fun additionals….

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Stay warm, and stay stylish, my friends.

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Boots, Boots, Boots!

For so long it seemed like men only had two choices when it came to winter shoes: loafers or oxfords. This year it’s all about boots! Stylish casual and dress boots have long been a staple in every woman’s wardrobe,  and it seems men are catching on and adopting them into their wardrobes as well.

(And personally, I’m thinking this is a trend that’s gonna stick!)

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Leather or suede boots  in a seasonal color adorned with buckles and intricate lacing are perfect for a casual look.  Paired with a slim-cut cuffed jean, boots are an effortless way to make a statement in your everyday wear. Throw on a burgundy sports coat or olive green sweater and you can easily take this outfit from day to night. For a more sophisticated look, opt for a sleek leather boot in black or brown with minimal garnishing.

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