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Urban Meets Preppy in Mark McNairy’s Collection

Veteran menswear designer Mark McNairy, under the New Amsterdam label, has created a wicked collection that juxtaposes traditional, preppier menswear styles with trendy, urban elements inspired by the streets. The combination is totally refreshing, screams excitement, and is so in touch with millennial tastes.

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Here are some of my favorite elements:

1. Banded bottoms – inspired by the ultra-trendy, and very urban, sweats and joggers.

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2. Pattern play– placing preppy patterns on urban styles (and vice versa) to crush expectation.

 

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(All images from NY Times Runway Collections)

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Challenge: Mix It Up

If you’re one of those guys who wears basically the same thing everyday, this challenge is directed towards you! Stop wearing some variation on the same tired theme; try something different. Surprise people by failing to do what they expect of you and ultimately you may surprise yourself and find that you actually like looking different from, well, you.

Here are a few ways to mix it up:

1. Go into your closet or wardrobe and pick out something that you either haven’t worn in years, or something that you look at every morning, but think, ‘I have no idea why I bought this(or why someone bought this for me).’ Put it on, and rock it!

2. If you always wear jeans and a T-shirt, ditch the t-shirt and go for a button-down, or if you’re really stuck to your t-shirt, throw on a blazer or sportscoat and a hat to upgrade your style.

3. Find a shirt or pair of pants in a bold color or exciting pattern. Pair it with a totally different, but complimentary, color or pattern. (i.e.Striped shirt with floral shorts, Yellow chinos with a navy, pink, bright blue, or green shirt)

I’m preaching unpredictability this weekend! Break free of the routine and do something out of the ordinary!

 

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Style Spotlight: Beau Ties

Imagine the craziest most fun pattern you can think of…now imagine that pattern or print fastened into a well-crafted classic-cut neck or bow tie…what you get is Beau Ties.¬†Beau Ties, a Vermont-based company, offers its customer neck-wear in a wide variety of cuts and styles in an even wider variety of fun, bold patterns and at an affordable price with pieces starting at $40.00.

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Storyline:

In 1993, Bill Kenerson began crafting a small variety of fun, attractive bow ties for himself out of dissatisfaction with what retailers at the time had to offer. Then he took a risk, put himself out there, and began selling his quality pieces in a one-page mailer. The response was all around positive and as word spread, demand increased, and eventually Kenerson and his wife devoted themselves to establishing Beau Ties as a legitimate brand specializing in neck-wear and devoted to quality and craftsmanship. Even as the company and product line¬† have expanded, and the company changed ownership, the commitment to quality has remained intact in each and every one of their products which now include menswear items, accessories, and a few women’s fashion items.

Reasons to Shop & Love this Brand:

1. Made in America
2. High-Quality Craftsmanship
3. Affordability
4. Customization
5. Customer Satisfaction Policies
6. UNIQUE, FUN, BOLD Pieces

My favorite pieces:

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Gift Guide for Guys (Under $200)

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1. A nice flask. Make it personalized and get it monogrammed.

2.Stone or ceramic shot glasses. They are much more durable and break resistant than traditional glassware.

3.Fun, colorful, patterned socks make great stocking stuffers and are a necessity you can’t go wrong with…

4.A new designer scent. Take note of what he usually wears and try to find something similar, but different!

5.Shaving accessories like a shaving cream brush, traditional straight blade, and/or aftershave cooling gel.

6.A nice, leather money clip (or wallet), because he’s going to need somewhere to put the giftcards and cash that people who don’t know him well (or people who didn’t read this post) are bound to get him.

7. A silk pocket square in a fun pattern that compliments the number 9.tie you’re also getting him.

8.Warm and stylish winter weather scarf in cashmere or wool.

9.The aforementioned patterned silk tie. Try gingham or polka dots instead of traditional stripes or plaid.

 

Shop this gift guide! Plus check out other similar or related products!!

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