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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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From Hair to Hanger: The True Story of Ombre

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The trend that flooded hair salons with girls trying to look like runway models and the Kardashian sisters is now trickling into men’s (and women’s) fashion. The subtle fade from dark to light, known as ombre, is doing the same thing for clothes as it once did for hair; the dying trick gives depth and dimension to something that was once monochromatic and plain.

My prediction is that like the hair trend, this probably won’t survive more than a year to a year or two, so don’t let yourself overspend on this trend. Choose basic items like t-shirts, pullovers, or button-downs at reasonable price points. There is no need to spring for a $300 ombre cashmere sweater only to have it be out of style the following year, but that’s just me.

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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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Color Meets Texture in Bottega Veneta AW 2014

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Screaming Yellow, Forest Green, Bold Blue, Deep Red, Soft White, Rich Brown

The Bottega Veneta AW 2014 Mens Ready-to-Wear collection is one of the most perfectly balanced collections I have seen for 2014. Each piece is unique and yet the collection remains coherent. The garments are bold, sophisticated, and rich, but even with the sense of luxury there is an innate wearability to the clothes because of their familiar materials (like leather, wool, suede, and tweed), classic cuts, and attractive colors(olive tones, reds, browns, creams, and greens).

To view the entire collection, in full, check out Women’s Wear Daily.

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Grunge, not Gross

Attention millennials: Grunge is back! For those of you Gen-Y babies who didn’t have the pleasure or displeasure of experiencing the peak of the grunge-era because the only thing you were rocking in the 90’s was Gymboree or The Children’s Place, now is your chance to get a little taste of the grunge. I am not sure why or how this trend has come to re-emerge, and honestly I’m pretty reluctant to fully embrace it. If you’re like me and you typically stick to a clean-cut, put-together look, grunge is going to be a challenge. BUT, being the problem solver that I am, I have come up with some ways that people like us can get a taste of the grunge without being swallowed by it and being mistaken for a homeless person.

When planning and researching for this post, I went through some old yearbooks of someone I knew who is about 8 years my senior, and let me tell you there is no better grunge-era inspiration than a suburban Maryland high school yearbook from 1997. I couldn’t help but cringe (and then laugh out loud) at the over-sized graphic tees, baggy painters’ pants, flannel, overalls, and skechers.

However, I am convinced that there is a way to re-invent grunge without looking like a member of Sum 41…or the Backstreet Boys. Most 90’s grunge-era garments are able to be replicated in a more stylish modern way or just simply by altering how they are worn…the exception to this rule is baggy and/or painters jeans.

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Instead of…

  • Over-alls, try mixing denims like a light chambray button-down with a slim pant in dark denim
  • Sloppy flannel top, drop the sloppy and get a flannel that is fitted and fully buttoned
  • Over-sized t-shirts, pick a soft brushed cotton tee with a decent 80’s band or campaign slogan

Check out my “Grunge-Era” wishcloud for more 90’s throwback inspiration!

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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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Menswear on the Runway A/W 2014- Round 1

 NAME ON the TAG: Common

What’s to love?
It’s both fun and edgy, but also very WEARABLE. (This is often overlooked on the runway.) The collection is very Euro-urban…not sure that’s an actual thing, but if it were…I say this because the garments are edgy and urban-inspired but have sleek lines and European fit.

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NAME ON the TAG: Chester Barrie

What’s to love?
Exquisite fitting suits! Classic, clean lines. The designs  are chic and sophisticated and the styling is spot-on. Captivating styles that can span generations. I love it all!!

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NAME ON the TAG: Hardy Amies

What’s to love?

EVERYTHING. I’m all about classic looks that will never go out of style when it comes to menswear. These are items you can buy now and continue to wear for the rest of your life. I love the splash of bold colors throughout the collection. And I love the layering! You can mix and match all of the individual pieces to create so many different outfits and looks.

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(All photos sourced from Vogue)

More here…

http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/the-big-chill/?ref=fashion&_r=0

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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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