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Trend Alert: Tropical Prints

Throwback Trend: Tropical Prints

Remember that shirt your dad wore to every backyard barbecue and pool party- the embarrassing  shirt with over-sized Hawaiian flowers, you know the one. As much as you may have tried and potentially succeeded at eliminating the painful memories and feelings of embarrassment at your dad’s summer wardrobe, there are undoubtedly reminders of the trauma nailed to the walls of your home in frames that read, “Orlando 2001”, or, “Family Vacation 1998.”  If you were, however, lucky enough to not have these experiences documented and made into a magnet for the refrigerator door, I envy you. However, those tropical shirts are hitting the shelves as a must-have summer staple. If you’re picturing a polyester oversized shirt with ketchup stains, I am happy to inform you that that’s NOT what I am referring to. What I am referring to is the ultra trendy, slightly less obnoxious, slim-cut tropical print shirts, shorts, and shoes that will decorate East Coast boardwalks all summer long. The throwback you

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(Scotch & Soda, J.Crew, Bloomingdale’s)

How to wear this trend without being obnoxious…

Easy! Pair a tropical print garment with a more subdue complement. For example, take a floral print short-sleeve button down and pair it with salmon, khaki, navy, or chambray shorts and your favorite boat shoes or loafers. If it’s your shorts that are adorned with the tropical print, choose a classic white button-down or simple solid-colored tee. Avoid anything too bright- you don’t want your pieces to fight each other for attention.

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4 Chambray Must-Haves and How to Wear Them

Chambray transcends seasons. In the fall and winter, a chambray button-down perfectly complemented your navy cords or burgundy chinos, and an effortless element of chic. And now in the spring and summer, the light-weight linen finished garments, add style and versatility to both casual wear and sophisticated ensembles.

1. The classic chambray button-down. Pair it with your favorite salmon chino shorts, and a pair of boat shoes and you have the perfect casual, ‘weekend at the beach,’ look.

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Jack Wills $89.50

2. The chambray short. Great for dressing up or down. For a daytime casual look, pair with a light-weight cotton v-neck tee in solid or stripe pattern and a pair of leather sandals. At night pair with a navy or white button-down and nice clean tennis shoes for a causal look, or a pair of leather loafers for a nicer look.

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J.Crew $75.00

3. The essential chambray blazer. This item takes any casual summertime look and makes it sophisticated. Pair with a tee, shorts, sandals, and a fedora for a super trendy weekend outfit, or put it over a silk blend button-down and your favorite khakis for an outdoor evening party ensemble.

ScotchSoda
Scotch & Soda $215.00

4. The printed chambray tie. I love this tie paired with a white, salmon, or light blue button-down, tucked into a pair of chino style shorts or pants in a complementary color. Nothing says spring like a floral chambray tie.

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J.Crew $69.50

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Meggings

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NINE parts polyester + ONE part spandex = the latest trend in men’s fashion, meggings.

As shocking as this trend may be, it is really not at all shocking or unexpected in any way when you really consider the facts. We saw the female legging evolve from a stirrup pant in the 80’s to a workout pant through the 90’s and early 200o’s  to a trendy item worn by the “jappy” populations of New York, New Jersey, and Michigan to a campus phenomenon in 2010 to where they are now, a versatile wardrobe staple for the GenY population. This same evolution is beginning to happen with male leggings. What once was reserved for male ballerinas became acceptable to professional athletes and with young boys aspiring to look and dress like the NFL and MLB players, athletic wear powerhouses like Under Armour and Nike made spandex a commonplace in the gym and on the field. So given the evolution of leggings among women, it was only natural that a similar progression occur among men. However, with that said, I can’t imagine a time that it will be normal to see every other man (and his manhood) on the streets rocking meggings like we see with girls and leggings, but I do think this trend has the potential to take off among hipster and urban GenY populations.

To purchase one of the meggings pictured above, visit MeggingsMan.

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Trend Alert: Unconventional Camo

What used to be reserved for hunting, fishing, and redneckery is coming out of the woods and entering the mainstream.  So either people using camo to portray a hunter/farmer/rural image, or our perception of and reaction to camo is changing, or both.The most ironic and comical part about this is that the camo trend is most popular among urban and preppier crowds, which traditionally try to distance themselves from anything that might be portrayed as redneck, hilly-billy, or less than luxury. Regardless, this is a trend for the masses; companies from H&M to J.Crew to Prada as well as smaller brands and designers are picking up on and pushing out hard. Even if you want to avoid it, you are going to be forced to see it in the stores, on the streets, and even on the runway. So chances are you will inevitably be forced to blend in(pun intended) and rock the once grudge-inducing camo print.

Before you get started…

1. You MUST be confident wearing it…this is especially true if you’re the first of your friend group to try it out- chances are high that they will rip on you… until they eventually learn to embrace it.

2. Start small and subtle. Maybe a camo wallet, socks, pocket square, or phone cover. Get comfortable with it before you run out and buy a camo jumpsuit. (That was a joke) NEVER buy a camo jumpsuit…don’t do it.

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Now, the fun part. Here are a few (tasteful) outfit ideas that incorporate camo:

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You can find these items and other inspiration on my Camo Comback Wishcloud!

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Welcome to the Jungle- Animal Print for Men

animalaccessFor as long as anybody can remember women have been wearing furs and garments adorned in animal prints, and as of late this trend has become extremely population, especially among college-age women and recent grads. However, animal prints and patterns are increasing their presence among Gen-Y men as well…and I don’t hate it. Anyone who has read previous blog posts knows that as much as I love a classic suit, clean lines, and solid colors, I have a (very large) spot in my heart (pun intended) for prints and patterns as an accessory to the aforementioned solids. Animal prints are no exception.

If you’re like most men and you’re hesitant to embrace anything that may seem different, unusual, or risky, then start small and slow with the animal print trend. The easiest way to start off with this trend is by rocking it in discrete places- try leopard print socks, or zebra boxer briefs. As you start getting braver, try accessorizing a neutral palette of black, greys, browns, and taupe, with a leopard tie or belt. Then when you’ve had a few drinks or you’re feeling really ballsy go for a leopard print shoe, hat, or scarf!

Check out my Animal Accessories WishCloud for inspiration!

Should Men Wear Leopard Print?
(Spoiler Alert: YES, men should wear leopard print!)

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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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Trending Threads: Fall

Now that LDW is over, summer has officially come to end. That means it’s time to put away the brights, whites, and pastels, as fall brings a whole new pallet of colors that are darker, richer, and certainly more pigmented.  Along with the deeper tones and cooler temperatures is a wider range of wardrobe choices for men. The increase in options when you go to your closet stems mostly from the ability to layer in the fall (and winter) months. How far into the season, and depending on where you live, layering will take on a variety of meanings, but take advantage of the ability to throw on a few extra items.

Don’t be afraid to mix multiple colors and fabrics in one outfit; this season’s core colors compliment each other really well!

Colors of the Season:

Orange:

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Ralph Lauren                    J. Press               Brooks Brothers       Hugo Boss

Burgundy/ Maroon:

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J. Press                           Vince                         John Varvatos           J. Press

Navy:

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Saturday Surf                                      Paul Smith                                              J. Press

Seasonal Staples:

Vest:

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Brooks Brothers                                            Rag & Bone                                  John Varvatos

Corduroy:

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French Connection                  Ralph Lauren                                       Thom Browne

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