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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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It’s Raining, Men

You all know the saying, ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ You anticipate, at least mentally, that this month of the year will be reliably rainy, but I’ve noticed that mental readiness does not necessarily signify wardrobe readiness.

Dressing for winter and fall weather ailments is much different than dressing for spring and  summer ailments. In the fall and winter seasons, the primary focus in terms of outerwear is warmth, although there is a need to stay dry during winter weather storms. In the spring and summer, however, the focus is to stay dry and cool, so there is an inherent challenge for designers in the creation of, and for consumers in the choice of outwear during the warmer, wet months.

The obvious key elements to choosing outerwear for the warm, wet seasons is to choose something that is both waterproof and lightweight. Another element to consider that is often overlooked when buying rain gear is pack- or carry-ability. Because of the warmer temperatures, it is unlikely that you will want to keep any type of excess clothing on any longer than is necessary.

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(Steven Alan, Jack Spade, Barbour, Jack Wills)

In terms of jackets, choose items like unlined, waterproof parkas and zip jackets in neutral or cool colors like beige, olive green, mustard yellow, or poppy red. For rain boots (yes, men SHOULD wear rain boots), go for a basic rubber-sole rain boot in a dark color like navy, black, grey, or green as these colors are less likely to show dirt and mud residue.  As for umbrellas, yes. Please, for my sanity and for the sake of everyone around you, use an umbrella!

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(Sperry, Tommy Hilfiger, Hunter, Brooks Brothers, J.Crew)

 

 

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Olympic-Inspired Style

Not that an excuse is ever needed to be patriotic, but in the spirit of the upcoming Olympic games, it only seems right that we all start dressing the part of the freedom-loving, beer-drinking, firework-throwing Americans! Break out the bold blues and radiant reds, and show your support for Team USA!

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This is a great casual-sophisticated look that is both patriotic and stylish.

Get the look: Red& White striped pullover from Scotch & Soda. Dark Denim Pant from Scotch & Soda. Railroad Stripe Chambray from Wolf Vs. Goat. Leather belt and Oxford shoe in a deep cognac brown from Bloomingdales.

usaoutfit2This sporty but stylish look is more subtle in its patriotic spirit. Makes a great weekend outfit!

Get the look: Dark denim from Scotch & Soda. Soft, hand-dyed t-shirt from Wolf Vs. Goat. Tailored blazer in Navy from Scotch & Soda. White leather slip-on with striped detailing by Gucci.

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Wolf vs Goat: A man’s man brand

More and more I have been trying to focus my energy and attention on smaller brands and shopping at local brick and mortars. I have a better experience in smaller stores and generally because these stores and boutiques specialize in one or a few things only, the quality of the products and the quality of the knowledge you receive while in the stores in better. This is also generally how I am introduced to new product lines and smaller brands. I was in a boutique in DC a few weeks ago when I came across my latest obsession…wglogo

Wolf vs Goat is a clothing brand of exceptional quality, fit, and simplistic elegance.

Mimicking its founder and designer Mauro Farinelli, Wolf vs Goat is American born-and-raised but with distinctive European influence and flavor.

I was lucky enough to chat with Mauro himself last week and here is what he had to say about…

His Story:

  • Born & Raised in America,  with Italian roots
  • Former Marine, MMA fighter, and denim connoisseur
  • Apprenticed under an Italian seamstress in ITALY
  • Got into fashion to meet “hot chicks”
  • Summers in Hungary (his wife & daughter have Hungarian heritage)

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The name Wolf vs Goat:
In short, it all stems from playful humor and pet names with an ex-girlfriend…

Mauro had this girlfriend, also a designer, and total bad-ass by his account. At the time they thought they were soul mates. (As you may have guessed by the “ex” prefix, that didn’t work out.) Mocking one-another for a reason I won’t publicize here, he started calling her “goat”, and she called him “wolf.” The pet names stuck as friends and family caught on. While the names started as a joke, they came to symbolize their contrasting design aesthetic and eventually when the company was formed, the names, the animals, became a great marketing and branding tool.

The Wolf vs Goat brand and designs:
The brand is a total blend of American and European fashion. Being born and raised in the states and going on to be a Marine, Mauro is extremely patriotic and wanted to create a clothing company that emulated that. His love of America explains, in large part, his commitment to producing and manufacturing his lines here in the United States. However, not wanting be just, “baseball and apple pie,” Mauro channeled his European roots and love of Italian and British menswear to create a truly hybrid brand. His European influences are reflected in the cut, fit, and quality of the clothes.

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Attainable luxury

Wolf vs Goat Rewards Program:
Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 9.22.42 PMFirst off, for those readers who aren’t familiar with the WvG Rewards Program, you won’t believe me when I tell you that by paying $100 once, you get 50% everything…forever. For the many non-believers, here is the proof.  This rewards program was created during the recession when stores and retailers just weren’t taking on new lines and the large majority of Wolf vs Goat’s business was coming from direct sales to individuals. Mauro implemented the rewards program to not only thank his loyal customers and  encourage their repeat business, but also to lure new customers, expand his customer base,  and ultimately grow his brand.

The future of Wolf vs Goat:
While he says he has no anticipation of ever being in Barney’s or Bergdorf’s, Mauro has no doubt that the brand will grow and expand. He wants to be in more stores and in more locations across the country. No matter how small or how large, he maintains his commitment to keeping production and manufacturing stateside. When I probed him as to whether he had any intention of creating a ready-to-wear line for women, he laughed, but then admitted that it has definitely crossed his mind and is something that is foreseeable. The only real hold up, is his commitment to high quality, stylish menswear. He says that he would never want to do anything that takes away from that so finding the balance between menswear and ready-to-wear would be crucial for him. And if/when he develops a women’s line it needs to be something that “complements but doesn’t match” the menswear line.

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From the “Made-In America” attitude of the clothes to the bad-ass persona of owner and designer Mauro Farinelli, there is nothing I don’t love about Wolf vs Goat.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

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Check out this article in Unfinished Man, The Manly Pink Collection by Wolf vs Goat

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Menswear on the Runway A/W 2014- Part II

NAME ON the TAG: James Long

What’s to love?
Texture, texture, texture. I want to have these pieces just so I can touch them as I brush through the items in my closet each morning…As for actually wearing these garments, they are bold pieces with geometric details and are architecturally interesting so they are great statement pieces to be paired with less textured items and staple pieces.

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NAME ON the TAG: Jonathan Saunders

Why I love it?
Everything was bold and bright, which is a contrast to a lot of other menswear designers who opt for a darker, more neutral-toned palette in the colder months. Not to mention, his entire collection featured something that I take every opportunity to emphasize on my blog and model in life: MIXING PATTERNS.

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NAME ON the TAG: A. Sauvage

What’s to love? 
Sleek, clean styles in fun yet sophisticated textiles. The line takes staple menswear pieces and throws fun, bold patterns on them to make them fresh and exciting.

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New Year, New Cut: Top 3 Hair Trends for Men in 2014

1. The “long on the top short on the sides” look is all the rage. Not only is this look super sexy, it works on fine, normal, and curly hair textures, and it can be worn in a slick, gel-ed, combed-back style or is a more casual tussled style. This is the kind of look that hipsters, frat boys, models, and investment bankers alike can agree is fucking awesome.

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2. The “clean-cut side sweep” look. This is a slight variation on number 1 as it requires the hair on the top of the head to be slightly longer than that on the sides, but rather and being brushed back or messy and fulled up and forward, this look has the hair combed neatly to the side. This is a look for co-eds, aspiring politicians, and/ or those with a more conservative job and lifestyle. Image

3. The “slick and sleek” look  that covered the runway for ready-to-wear women’s designers was a trend at menswear shows as well and is spreading to the streets for both sexes. It’s a versatile look because it can be successfully executed regardless of hair cut. However, I should note that this look is most easily achieved on those with straighter hair.

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