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Guide to Color: Menswear

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my menswear Spring & Summer trend reports, if not, you can enjoy them here and here!

This post is dedicated to show you have to have fun with your wardrobe by adding unexpected, yet trendy pops of color. Adding color can be scary, as neutrals are always classic and easy to wear. As a woman, I can understand the fear, as it took me years to step out of my comfort zone and sport bold colors like red, green, yellow, and orange. But once I slowly utilized color into my outfits, the fear went away and now I can’t stop. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or woman, breaking out of your comfort zone can tricky.

This guide is dedicated to help you slowly achieve a look that is still your own, yet with the burst of color thrown in to give you a twist. Color is used to accessorize in general,  so, let’s take a deep breath and begin!

1. Pick a Color

Selecting a color is difficult as there are insane amounts to choose from. Always think about what color you could see yourself in, if you HAD to wear one. Sometimes our favorite colors don’t work well with our skin tones and hair colors, so be sure to select a color that compliments you the best. Red is a great color for every man, no matter if you’re pale skinned, olive-skinned, brown-skinned, blonde, brunette or even a redhead! If red is pushing the envelope then here are a few suggestions I think would be perfect based upon skin color. Remember, there is no BAD colors, just colors that work best for you! We’re all one or the other, cool toned, or warmed toned. To check yourself out and if you have pink or rosy toned skin, then you’re cool toned, and if you have golden or apricot tones, then you’re warm toned!

If you’re cool toned then your options need to bring out your natural radiance. You will look best in blue undertones that are rich and true colors. 

Red, vivid blue, raspberry, a rich emerald green, royal blue, purple, and black are great beginner colors. 

Pastel colors would be blues and rose-based pinks will bring out the colors in your skin and make you glow. 

Other colors that will flatter your complexion would be emerald or icy greens, aqua, teal, soft white, pure white, lemon yellow, ruby red, and sapphire blue are some great options.

If you’re warm-toned then opt for colors that have a gold translucent undertone. Pure colors also work well with warm toned individuals. 

Colors that flatter warm-toned individuals include; sage green, mochas, bronzes, mango, burnt orange, tomato red, olive green, moss green, jade green, lime green, ivory, eggshell, cream, camel, taupe.

For pastels opt for peach and apricot hues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now that we’ve figured out your color scheme, it’s all about finding out where you want to utilize color in your wardrobe. You can opt for a pop of color with a chill cardigan, casual chino, crisp button down, a timeless t-shirt, or a sweet pair of kicks. 

2. Shoes, OMG, Shoes

If you’re just beginning to dip your toes into the wonderful world of color, then there is no better way than getting your feet wet by a pair of snazzy colorful kicks. Whether you’re into boat shoes, plimsolls, or sneakers, this is a great way to start your transformation into color.

These red CREATIVE RECREATION sneakers is a great color, not too bold, but still a great splash of color. Wear all black, or mix up your jeans and t-shirt routine with a punch of pop. Creative Recreation is one of my favorite companies for menswear sneakers, they’re funky yet clean and super chic. You can find an array of cool colors and unique styles. So be sure to check them out.

Boat shoes, a hot Spring/Summer trend will leave your feet comfy while looking super stylish, these from SPERRY TOP-SIDER are the classic of all classics when it comes to boat shoes and they have a plethora of unique colors and color combinations. The yellow adds a bit of sunshine, but you can go for any color your heart desires. Ahoy Matey!

                                          You can also COLOR-BLOCK your kicks and mix up colors like these boat shoes, also from Sperry-Top Sider.

These canvas kicks by ZURIICK are easy, and comfortable. The blue makes them rather versatile for those who aren’t ready to go head first into the rainbow pool and want to stick to a dash of color  rather than a statement.

These from PRO-KEDS are high-tops so if you’re into statement making, then this is your shoe.

Alright, enough with the shoes! Let’s move on.

3. Hot Pants

No, not those kinds!

Now that you’ve seen a few ideas for footwear and how you can incorporate color starting with your feet, let’s move upwards…pants. Now, let me tell you, if you’re doing a colored pant, it’s best neutralize the top. Stick to the basics like gray and navy on top, and let the pants do the talking…or walking.

A colorful denim, chino, or short are great ways to spruce up your look. A colored bottom adds a touch of playfulness and might I add, fearlessness to your wardrobe. You can pick from any color of the rainbow, but tapered pants look best when wearing colored pants.


+ When wearing a colored pant, neutralize the top. Opt for classic hues, like white, gray and navy.

+ If you’re wearing a cardigan, keep it neutral. If you’re fearless, you can go for a colored cardigan that plays well with your pant. For example, if you’re sporting a red bottom, you can compliment it by color blocking and sport a royal blue cardigan, or white with a few stripes on the bottom. If that’s not your think, the simpler, the better!

+ Want to color block? Pair your colorful pants with a complimentary top. Orange pants? Purple top? It works. Red pants, Bright blue top? By all means. Just be sure to keep the tops cleans and fuss free- no hard wear, no designs. Solids are best.

+ If you want to sport a patterned button down be sure the print is light and the colors are neutral. A taupe checker print with a white base is a good example.

+ Keep shoes simple, shoes can take away and keep your lower half cluttered.

+ When wearing colored pants, make sure they’re the focus of your outfit. Too much is never a good thing, but it’s always good to compliment your pants. Just don’t match too much, unless that’s your thing.

These tomato red chinos are a good color for Spring and Summer from LIFE/AFTER/DENIM.

Orange Delight? These TOMMY HILFIGER chino’s are bold and juicy and will definitely make you the main squeeze when it comes to fearless color.


If these bold colors aren’t your thing, then you can still play the game of a colorful pant. Instead of brights like this, you can go for a royal blue, or green. Those colors are great and not too “in-your-face” and you can wear them with practically any color combination as the colors are fairly easily adaptable. American Apparel has a great variety of colored pants, so check them out and find your perfect pair!

If you’re into shorts, then you can still away with these trend. Just find the pair and color you like best and make it your own. Colorful bottoms are perfect for Spring/Summer and really do add personality to your look.

For those who are unwilling to sport colorful bottoms, you’re in luck as we’re moving to the top!

4. Tees & Tops

Let’s start by saying that you can never go wrong with a basic solid T-shirt. Whether the T-shirt is black, navy, white, or purple, T-shirts are forever a staple in any man’s wardrobe.

I don’t really think pictures are necessary, as a T-shirt is a T-shirt! Just opt for a color that makes you feel confident. It’s easiest way to meddle with color.

For tops, a colorful button-down is a good way to keep a tailored look yet still brighten up the world. This icy cool blue hue is a great easy way into this trend by WESC.

This HOWE long-sleeve chambray button up is a great color too, not too bold, not too demure.

If you are a prep who wants some spring in your step, a color polo is always classic.  This lush green LACOSTE is a great color.

This RALPH LAUREN yellow polo is a great color and definitely will make you shine.

Polo Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Cotton Mesh Polo Shirt in Wicket Yellow

These are just examples of tops that will allow you enter the world of color, and if T-shirts and polos are not your things, perhaps a cool cardigan will do the trick.

5. Cool Cardigans & Snazzy Sweaters

Cardigans are a classic staple as they are great lightweight layering tools for the warmer temperatures and accessorize your winter wear by adding color or warmth under a coat or jacket.

I love cardigans on men as I think they add a bit of prep, even if you’re not the preppy kind.

This G-STAR electric blue cardigan is sure to punch up your summer khaki’s!

The summer stripes on this PAUL SMITH cardigan add a funky flair and the green is a wonderful color for Spring.

Paul Smith Jeans Green Stripe Cardigan

The blue BOSS sweater is a great layering piece. The V-neck isn’t too deep and the subtle white trim makes me think of yachting.

BOSS Black Blaine V-Neck Cotton Sweater

When wearing cardigans or sweaters, be sure they are a compliment. The bolder the cardigan or sweater, the simpler the rest of your look should be, unless you’re a color-block kind of guy. The be sure to select colors that pop yet compliment each other.

When shopping for color, it is really important to respect your color scheme. You have to love and be willing to wear the colors you choose. It’s hard to branch out, but once you do, you will find the hues that best suit you and the colors that will you actually wear.

Whether you go full force into color, or take it step-by-step, this is such a fun trend. Fortunately for Fall/Winter, pops of color with muted tones will still be sizzling, so in the meantime, keep that sizzle and be the brightest!

The most important thing about fashion, regardless of trends, is that YOU are comfortable and confident.

I hope that this post has inspired you, or at least was interesting to read. Thank you so much for following my blog!

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Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Trends

Part 2 is here! If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of the Spring/Summer 2011 Trends in Menswear yet, you can do so by clicking here.

This posts as well as all my menswear posts are made to be fun for you, my readers. Of course, I don’t consider anything to be fact, just observation and opinion. Fashion is supposed to be fun and express who you are and whatever you wear, is always in style, as comfort and individuality never fades. I hope you enjoy my menswear posts as I am slowly dipping my toes into the menswear pool. I love menswear and for me, experimenting with blog posts is a great way for me to learn as well as share what I have learned.

So kick back, and relax…here’s part 2.

1. The Tennis Short

Who says you have to be pro to sport a pair of tennis shorts? A shorter alternative to cargo and khaki shorts, these tennis shorts are lightweight, and super preppy. If preppy is not up your alley, then you probably will stick to your longer length shorts, which is great, as those are always stylish. For those who aren’t afraid to show a little leg, these shorts are a great silhouette and perfect to give you the “I’m heading to the courts then heading to my yacht” look. Tennis shorts are very old-school, which add a pinch of elegance when worn.

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The above are shorts from Z Zegna are a perfect image of what to look for when shopping for tennis shorts. They are clean and mid-thigh which makes them easy to wear no matter what you’re doing! Throw on a polo, a t-shirt, and add a clean blazer and you’re ready to enjoy a day filled with sunshine.

I’d say stick with white as it’s such a clean, crisp, and chic color, but if it’s too daring for you, black always works. This Y-3 YOHJI YAMAMOTO beach short is a great version for a darker tennis short.

2. RED Hot

Red is one of the hottest colors of the season so get your feet wet with the color of the moment and invest in something that will add some spice to your life…or wardrobe. A red chino, a red cotton-blend blazer? If those are too bold for you, then just throw on a red T-shirt. Small price to pay for a red-hot look. If red isn’t your color, orange is an other staple color. Orange-you-glad that you have more than one option?

This Lacoste Polo is the perfect plunge into the red-hot trend.

Don’t go overboard with this color, as it should be an accent to your look. Once you’re comfortable with the color and want to branch out from polos and t-shirts, a great red windbreaker or blazer, and perhaps a pant is a great way to add red into your closet.  It’s a great color to play around with, so don’t be scared and take a chance.

3. Playing with Patterns

Stripes with stripes with stripes? Stripes with stripes with plaid? Plaid with plaid? Yes…you can. At first seeing this trend, I was rather weary. But then GQ showed looks with playful mixed patterned and I immediately changed my mind. Of course, this trend is a little more difficult to attempt as it is quite bold.

Here are images via GQ that show the various ways to mix your patterns!

4. Navy

Navy always gets mistaken for a Fall/Winter color, but to me, it’s screams Spring/Summer. It’s the turquoise of womens wear to menswear. Navy looks great with white, camel, gray and various brights. Sport a navy blazer, navy boat shoes, navy polos, and navy khakis. Navy is always in style, and investing in such a classic and versatile color is great for your wardrobe.

A navy blazer adds a bit of country club chicness to a pair of a khaki’s, or even colored chino. Navy blazers are definitely one of my favorite staples for menswear.

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7. Gray Denim

Gray is not just for the Fall, this Spring gray denim is all over the place.  A great neutralizer for colorful outerwear and tops, gray denim is the perfect denim to have in your closet. It’s versatile, and there is a variety of shades to choose from. If you’re a light gray lover, charcoal gray lover, or a dark gray lover, you’ll find a pair that you’ll love as their stocked up in every denim shop.

These super sleek gray skinny jeans from COMMUNE are a great color and perfect for spring.  These aren’t exactly a denim, but they work. If you want more of a denim feel and look then try these from CRATE:

or these from 7 for All Mankind:

There are so many styles available, so whatever you feel comfortable in is best!

8. Cool Cardigans

Say BYE-BYE to the basic solid cardigan! Punch up your wardrobe with unique colors, and various patterns to allow your outfit to stand out, and keep your warm during a chilly night. A white cardigan with coral and blue stripes? A red cardigan? Whatever tickles your fancy, do it. It’s springtime, in with the new, and in the bold.

Here are just a few examples of what I mean:

For those who want a little contrast, but want to stay neutral:

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Spring/Summer 2011 Trend Report: Menswear

Spring is here and that means it time to store your heavy coats, boots, and thermals! Spring forward in fashion with some great trends for the season. Whether you’re a fashion-lover or not, enjoy the season as it’s all about easy looks that keep your comfortable. This is a quick guide to some Spring/Summer 2011 trends that rocked the runways and that can rock your wardrobe.

Spring/Summer is all about color and the mixing of textures. Although light colors are always chic and perfect for any occasion, this year it’s all about standing out in some bold and bright colors. Accessories play a huge role this Spring/Summer too as woven belts are the perfect compliment to any pant, and gray faced watches lighten the hardware on your wrists. Mixing prints is also hot this Spring/Summer, so don’t be afraid to layer your stripes, or add some plaid to the mix!

Let’s begin the Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Trend Report (Part 1)!

1. Boat Shoes

As stated in the previous menswear post, these comfortable, stylish and comfortable shoes are the perfect shoe to put some spring in your step. With such a variety of colors to choose from, it’s easy to add some color, or neutralize any outfit you sport. Opt for an orange, green, or red boat shoe and color block your outfit with a colorful pant and a neutral t-shirt, or tone down a colorful look with a basic black, white, camel, or navy.

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These Sperry Top-Siders are available in an array of colors and whether you want a bold color, a color block, or a perfect neutral, these are the classics of boat shoes. Also, Cole Haan has a great variety of boat shoes as well. To learn more about boat shoes, check out my earlier post: Boat Shoes.

2. A Cotton-blend Blazer/Sportcoat

Take a break from heavy jackets and enjoy the light and airy feel of a cotton-blend blazer. A cotton-blend blazer is perfect for a hot summer day, and for a breezy summer night. The lightweight fabric allows you layer lightly and adds an instant chicness to any outfit. A cotton-blend blazer is a centerpiece for any man’s Spring 2011 wardrobe, and with good reason!  You can find a variety of colors to choose from whether you want to neutralize an outfit with a camel colored blazer, or add some color with a red blazer…you really can’t go wrong! A tip, if you’re wearing a darker hue for a blazer opt for a lighter pant. If you’re wearing a lighter jacket then go for a darker pant. You want your outfits hues to compliment each other.

This chic camel blazer is a great staple, and it has a color block that is complimentary. The gray lapels are stylish and chic and can be worn with many outfits. This one is by Aviator the Rocker.

This powder blue blazer is gorgeous and just screams Spring/Summer. G-STAR is one of my favorite menswear lines and this cotton blazer is a great length and has great button detailing on the sides of the sleeves. If baby blue is not your hue, there are plenty of other colors out there! I’ll definitely blog about cotton blazers more to show you what is available in stores now.

3. Colorful Chinos

Add a splash of color to a basic white shirt with a colorful chino. Avoid the khaki-colored color and go for mint, red, or green. If you’re not that bold, navy and gray are always in style and still keep you on point for Spring 2011, but take a risk, you’ll enjoy it! If you’re really a fashion follower, then rock the color of the season: Orange. In order to tone down your look when sporting a colorful khaki, a basic gray or navy shirt is best. If you’re into prints, throw on a lightly printed button down to avoid a busy look.

This cool teal is an easy way to get your feet wet into the colored chino trend. It’s not too bold, and not too dark and is a versatile color. By CLOSED and you can sport these chinos cuffed or pulled down. Either way, these are a great and easy color to add to your wardrobe.

For those who want to stand out, these red chinos are for you. These chinos from LIFE/AFTER/DENIM are a great fit and length. If red isn’t your color of choice, there are so many colors of chinos out there like yellow, green, blue, pink, and orange. You’ll just have to find the color that suits you best! I will be creating a post dedicated to colored chinos, so stay tuned!

4. Short-Sleeve Fitted Button Down

A classic shirt with a more tailored look. Even if you’re not into tighter tops, don’t worry. Skin tight isn’t right, but fitted is always chic. Just like you would search for a tailored shirt for your suits, a fitted short-sleeve shirt is a great staple to wear with your khakis, or shorts. Tailored clothing is always in style as you want your clothing to fit just right. With such a variety of styles to choose from, it’s easy to find a short-sleeve shirt for any occasion.

Colorful shirts are key this season, and one of the hottest Spring 2011 colors for shirts is pink! Don’t be afraid to sport a pink top, it’s chic and stylish. If you don’t dare to go pink, opt for a print in your favored pattern, or go for a simple white. Seersucker is a fabric that is very popular for warmer climates, but be sure to pair it subtly. I’ll be doing a post dedicated to this trend, so check back soon!

This bold blue is a great color for a short-sleeve button down. It’s not too fitted, but tucked into a great pant, this is perfect. From Shades of Grey this is a great color to get you started as it’s quite basic and easy to mix and match. These shirts are great to wear with chinos if you’re into the color blocking trend, so opt for a color of the rainbow, maybe red…or green!

If color isn’t your thing then opt for a crisp white as it is always a classic. This one is by G-STAR and I personally love the double pockets and matching hardware on this. You can always opt for a solid, non-pocket shirt as well.

5. Colorful Plaid

Plaid for some reason always come back in style. Instead of robust, rich colors like red, opt for cooler hues like blue, pink, green. Not exactly pastel, but between bold and light, think a cool blue! Great with denim, or with a pair of chinos, plaid shirts seem to be here to stay…so get your country boy on and play!

This CRATE plaid button down is a subtle mix of blue and red. It’s not too bold, and not too simple. It’s a great color combo for denim and is bright enough to be worn at night. Versatility is key with plaid as it’s not always just a daytime shirt, sport one on a movie date. The plaid shirt was made to be simple, so don’t think too much about it and just throw it on and you’re out the door!

6. A Woven Belt

No tie? No problem. This season the go-to accessory is the woven belt. A belt is a great way to complete an outfit. Consider this accessory, the final touch to any look. With the woven belt, it’s easily adjustable for any body shape, and the look just screams Spring/Summer! It’s easy, not fussy and stylish. Pick a color that compliments your outfit’s palette, and voila! Black, Cognac and Gray are easy and versatile colors.

These woven belts (from Kmart ) are easy and super reasonably priced. If faux leather is not up your alley, then check out this Kris Van Assche leather woven/braided belt (below).

7. A T-shirt for Your Suit

You heard right. When suiting it up this season layer your suits with a cotton T-shirt. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! This look has been seen on various runways and I personally think it adds a bit of relaxing vibe to a fitted suit. Be bold and add a printed shirt underneath. Why not add a striped Tee to your sleek suit? Of course the suit is a staple in every man’s wardrobe, and whether you’re rocking an easy breezy T or a button up shirt, having a snazzy suit is a must. To learn more about finding the perfect suit and making it your own, check out my previous post: A Definitive Guide to Suits.

An American Apparel T-shirt is your best bet, otherwise go for something a little more detailed if that’s what you like like this Cheap Monday T-shirt. The more basic though, the better! You want the suit to stand out, so just pick a comfortable T-shirt that you feel best in whether it’s scoop neck, v-neck, yellow or black! 

Phew! This was PART 1 of Menswear Spring/Summer 2011 Trend Report! I will post PART 2 soon as well as other posts that focus more in-depth with the current trends stated. Whether these trends are something you plan on wearing or not, I hope you enjoyed this post! Fashion is about expressing who you are, so whatever best expresses you, keep doing it! Thank you for reading and stay tuned for PART 2 and more menswear posts! 

Sail Away

I haven’t written a men’s post in quite a while and with Spring here, I figured it’s about time. One of my personal favorite trends is the return of the boat shoes. These were in last year, and they’re back in style this Spring. I love boat shoes because they’re like a snazzier sneaker; comfortable, stylish, and simple. Of course, you can get as colorful as you want with the variety of boat shoes available, but I’m all about the classics.

Below are some boat shoes I like, and if they’re not your thing, no worries, a classic smooth pair of kicks is always in style.

I love the play of color with the navy and the bold green. They have  a dash of personality and still remain chic without being too trendy. These shoes are also available in a cognac, ivory, burgundy, green. Available here: Cole Haan Air Yacht Club $148

These classic yet simple boat shoes from Sperry Top-Sider are the classic of all boat shoes. This brand specializes in the shoe and their wide range of leather colors really is your best bet for whatever color you’re feeling. They are also less dramatic with the clean lines and authentic feel. For $75, they’re a great price! Check out the variety of colors!

Below is their Seasonal Original Boat Shoe, the shape of the toe and the contrast with trim makes these special.

These Marc Jacobs boat shoes are for those who want a little more trend. The style is smoother with less detail, but the look is still sailor-esque. I love the simple front and the detailed back. Check them out here: Marc Jacobs Boat Shoes $330

These Ralph Lauren boat shoes are perfect to start the Spring season. Whether you’re yachting or just running around town, these chic boat shoes are stylish and super preppy. Check them out here: Ralph Lauren $295

These boat shoes from Frye are perfect for those who like understated elegance. The clean lines and finish are chic yet modern. Frye Boat Shoes $128

These hip boat shoes add a touch of color blocking to the basic boat shoe. From Rockport, a very comfortable brand of shoes, brings your style with comfort. Rockport Ports of Call Perth $110

I hope you enjoy these style as I feel they all are unique in their own ways. Boat shoes are a great staple for a Spring/Summer wardrobe that can go with practically anything in your wardrobe.

Rock these babies with shorts, linen pants, Summer suits, denim and everything else you can think of. Boat shoes are comfortable and stylish, and who doesn’t look for those two factors when shopping?

Gifts For Him

It’s that time of year again where us women strive to find our mate’s that perfect gift. Lucky for you, I’ve been perusing the stores like a mad woman and have found some sweet treats for your honey…or friend.

Gifts don’t only have to be for your sweetie, but any man in your life, whether it be your brother, father, or best friend.

The thing about men is that they don’t need extravagant things. Sure you can buy them a PlayStation, or an iPad, but when it comes to clothing, it should be stylish and practical.

I hope these easy and necessary ideas help you out with your holiday shopping! The best part…Nothing is Over $200, and believe me…that’s hard, especially in menswear.

This chic yet practical cargo jacket is perfect to keep him warm and stylish, and cargo is super in this season. ALPHA INDUSTRIES McGyver $99

This comfortable and effortlessly stylish cardigan is perfect to keep him looking sharp and is a GREAT layering piece under any jacket, and the hood can be tucked in or worn over a jacket giving a unique twist to his look. BETA UNIT Button Down Hooded Sweater $187

Not your average sweater, the button details on the side make this CONVERSE BY JOHN VARVATOS sweater a must for any stylish man. $195

This gorgeous and intelligently detailed sweater is one of my top picks. I adore the black zipper and tie-strings which give this sweater a twist. I also adore the almost seamless pockets and the way they are placed…to me this NAKED  & FAMOUS Slim Hoodie is a must! $143

This awesome olive-green bomber jacket (also available in black) is the perfect jacket for a casual day look which can easily be transferred into nighttime. The material is great for cold weather, think wind breaker, and this DIESEL Jhor Lightweight Nylon Jacket is a great staple for every season! $140

Plaid is fab, and is such a great staple for every man’s wardrobe. There are so many variations and colors to choose from, this plum and black checkered long sleeve is a great color for Fall/Winter and is a great layering piece under a chic sweater. This PENGUIN Long Sleeve Woven Button Down with Round Collar is a great classic with a funky color twist! $89

This adjustable sleeve checkered top is a great basic color for every man’s wardrobe. TANIEL POGHARIAN Long Sleeve Shirt. $176

Other great gifts are SHOES…sneakers to be exact. There is such a specific kind of sneaker that can be worn to make a man’s outfit stylish…I wrote a post and found some AMAZING kicks for men, and they are also EXCELLENT gift ideas… Check out the post here: Kickin’ It

kickin’ it.

I have to say, men wearing sneakers or “kicks” either is extremely attractive, or extremely tacky. It’s all about the way you select your product.

Unless you’re going to the gym, please don’t wear running shoes, hiking boots, or anything ultra-sporty with your outfit. I beg you, as do the ladies. We only want to see you in sporty sneakers when you’re wearing workout shorts, and a fitted dirty shirt coming from the gym.

You can wear sneakers and make them look stylish, don’t wear them to fancier events, but as a part of your everyday look, they fit in quite nicely. Let’s start with the basics; the sleeker the better.

Chunky sneakers are not flattering, they tend to make your feet look clown-like, which in no way makes you appear cool or stylish. Look for a pair that is sleek and accentuates your foot in a good way.

I have been hunting for some good kicks for you guys for a few days now, and I am pretty confident with my list. I don’t claim to know everything about men’s fashion, but I know what most girls think, so everything I say should be taken as my personal opinion, and guide.

Let’s begin with these fabulous finds:




KR3W Grant


These are just a few kicks that I think can add so much so even the simplest outfits. Jeans, a white t-shirt, a cool coat or jacket, a scarf, and a pair of one of these fab finds…you’re going to break hearts all around you.

PART 2 coming soon, Sylish Must-Have Shoes for Every Man’s Closet. 

A Definitive Guide to Suits

*written by Mr Jason H is a menswear maven and is always in the know of what’s up and coming, and what is always classic.


A Definitive Guide to Suits

I work for a small dot-com company whose office is situated in a tower full of law firms – which means I have the luxury or wearing board shorts and flip-flops to work while being surrounded by middle-aged men in bulky, 80s-era suits. Thankfully, I’m not much of a board shorts and flip-flops kind of guy, but I still do a lot of mental-criticism with all the people I ride the elevator with.

I’m going to spill my mental knowledge of suits and tailoring, in the hopes that professional men everywhere will take note, and avoid the pitfalls that surround me daily.

The Suit

Unless you’re not living in this decade, or you’re over the age of 60 and just don’t care, you should aim for a slim and sleek silhouette. How slim you want to go depends on your age, physique and confidence, but most modern designers will be producing suits in the general slimness-range now.

Buying a suit goes one of two ways: you can opt for a more expensive bespoke suit, and have it tailor-made to your specifications, or you can buy an off-the-rack suit and have the tailor make minor adjustments to fit you. Note that in either case you are going to a tailor – if you don’t it’s not going to fit right.

In the case that you’re going off the rack, you’ll want to have the tailor take up the sleeves (the cuff should hit at your wrist bone), take the up legs (more on pant break below), and possibly adjust the arm width, leg width, and jacket width. The more you do, the more it will cost you, so it’s best to try to find a suit that already fits well in those areas. Tailors will rarely touch the jacket length, as it will ruin the proportions of the jacket to the pockets, so aim to have the back of the jacket just cover your butt.

Neil Patrick Harris in a slim Etro suit

Pant Break

The length of your pants also depends on your style, confidence, and the general look that you’re going for. A full break means that the fabric of your pant leg makes one hard fold while hitting your shoe. This look is very conservative, professional, and business-y – it’s what every old school tailor will do by default. A more modern approach is to go with a half break or no break. A half break will cause the pant fabric to bend a little before hitting your shoe, and no break means that the pant leg stops at your ankle. This summer, suits and khakis sporting no break and no socks was the thing to do, but for a professional environment you don’t really want to show your bare ankle – go with a half break and keep the socks on your feet.

Valentino model with no break in his pant legs

A Few More Notes

Okay, so you have your suit down, but a few more things you should know. Let’s start with the jacket lapel: those folds of fabric on the front of the jacket. There are a few variations, but the most common are the notch lapel, peak lapel, and the shawl lapel. You’ll generally find that most suits dawn the notch lapel, while the peak lapel is a little more formal, more high-fashion, and a shawl lapel is the most formal. A notch lapel is a good standard choice, but if you’re stylish enough to sport another variation, please do.

Kobe Bryant wearing a Gucci peak lapel suit. Above, NPH wears a notch lapel.

Next up, buttons. Leave suits with more than 3 buttons to NBA sportscasters. Two buttons are the best bet (only button the top button and unbutton it when you sit). One button is chic and a little more formal, but a little harder to pull off.

Two last notes about the width of your suit: if you stand against a wall and the wall touches your jacket shoulder before it touches your arm, the suit is too big. The jacket shoulders should stick out no further than your own shoulders. Finally, when the suit is buttoned, you should be able to fit the fist of your hand between the jacket and your chest – no more.

The Shirt

The shirt you wear under the suit is equally important as the suit itself, and even more so if you plan to take the jacket off. The number one thing that kills me is seeing people in shirts that sag, that pillow over the pant waist, or look like a balloon on the body.

A shirt can be bespoke or off-the-rack, but in either case you’ll again be tailoring it. As a general rule, the arm width should have just enough room to allow you to bend your arm without resistance, the arm length should extend a quarter-inch from the suit jacket’s arm length (or a quarter-inch under your wristbone – right where your thumb starts). A mistake is showing too much shirt sleeve under your suit; keep it sleek and trim.

The shirt body should be trim and fitted – get the back tapered or the sides taken in if the shirt is not snug. The length of the shirt depends on its use. If you’re only going to tuck it in, don’t mess with it. If you’re younger and also want to wear it untucked over jeans, take the back and front of the shirt up to hit around your side pants pockets.

The Shirt Collar

In general, you’ll see these popular variations of shirt collars: the straight or point collar (found on most button-down shirts – the points of the collar are close together and go down), the spread collar (the points shoot away from each other – you’ll want to pair this with a wider tie knot like a full windsor), and the button down collar (buttons attached to the points – think east-coast, oxford shirts).

The width and length of your shirt collar is a big factor in considering what tie and knot to wear. For thin ties and small knots, wear a smaller collar with points that are short and thinner than normal. For a bigger knot, choose a heavier, spread collar.

Drake in Emporio Armani and Tom Ford – skinny tie small collar, big tie big collar

A final note about shirts – make sure when buttoned you can comfortably fit a finger between the collar and your neck. Any more and it’s too big, any less and it’s too small.

Ties, Tie Length and Tie Knots

If you’re going along with our slim suit trend, then you’re going to pair it with a slim tie. This doesn’t mean you have to wear a sliver of fabric like a Dior runway model, but the width of a tie is much thinner today than in previous decades. Have a variety of ties of various (slimmer) widths that you can pair with different shirts and different knots.

A tie when tied around your neck should hit at the beginning of your belt buckle (or pant waist if you’re going beltless). This, like a pant leg, can go shorter if you’re slim and fashionable and a risk taker, but a safe bet is to keep it there.

There are many variations of tie knots that I won’t get into. A general four-in-hand knot is an asymmetrical knot that is very easy and works well with thin ties. I often do a variation of a four-in-hand that loops the tie around one additional time, giving my thin ties a little more hefty knot. If you’re doing a business, professional knot, opt for a windsor, or full windsor if you’re feeling really brash. Google tie knots and learn them!


There a few accessories that I consider must-haves. Firstly, collar stays. These are the little plastic things that go in your shirt collar and keep it from folding and looking bad. Throw away those cheap plastic ones that came in your shirt or from the dry cleaner, go to Bloomingdales and get some metal ones of various sizes (or ivory if you’re that guy).

Another trend right now are tie bars and pocket squares. Blame Mad Men and Don Draper for this – they were really popular in the 50s and 60s and have since made a comeback. Tie bars should never be wider than your tie and should be worn no higher than the breast bone (though they used to be worn much, much lower). I prefer the sleek straight pocket square, with again about a quarter-inch showing, but you can be a little less of a square and wear it casually stuffed in your pocket if you prefer.

Will Arnett in Dolce & Gabbana

Though this has nothing to do with what you wear – I’ll throw it in and say to go out and get some nice wooden hangers. They’ll make your closet look and smell better, as well as treat your clothes more nicely.


While writing that headline, I just reminded myself of that Youtube clip.. you know, “omg shoes”. But seriously, shoes.

The best investment I’ve made have been in my shoes. They’ve lasted years, work with tons of different outfits, and they’re the number one thing people notice. You can’t go wrong with a solid pair of thin, European, pointed toe leather lace-ups. If you’re wearing square-toe shoes right now, or those bulky dress-shoe-tennis-shoe hybrid things, pay special attention.

Ferragamo Revial – My black lace-ups

You should aim to own a few pair in both black and brown – lace-ups for suits, professional endeavors, or just to have a sleek look, and drivers or loafers for keeping it more casual. If you get a nice pair of loafers/drivers, you can wear them with your suit, khakis, or shorts.

Ferragamo Plinio Loafer

If you can’t tell, I’m partial to Ferragamo (for good reason!), but Gucci and Prada always make shoes I’m envious of too. For something cheaper, check out Reiss.

Ferragamo Newland – brown captoe oxfords

A few more of my anal retentive pinpoints: get a cobbler! Don’t shine your own shoes, leave it to a professional, especially if you are investing in an expensive pair. The cobbler can also clean gunk off your shoes, fix scratches, etc. Also, invest in a quality pair – minimal leather pieces on the shoe, leather sole, and they’ll last forever. Finally, buy shoe trees. When your shoes aren’t on your feed, keep them in shoes trees and in dust bags. Ask my girlfriend, my closet is full of shoes in bags. Your shoes won’t crease and they’ll smell nice (cedar shoe trees).

That pretty much sums up my suit know how. I could go into a few more things but at the end of the day fashion is whatever you want to do and how you do it. If you ignore everything I’ve written and wear something completely different, it’s awesome and it’s your fashion choice so long as you know what you’re doing and you’re confident about it. For the general public who are curious as to which buttons to button and how long their tie should be, take note!

Me – Dior suit, Dolce & Gabbana tie, bespoke shirt