Monday, March 31, 2014

THE VERSATILE KHAKI SUIT

THE VERSATILE KHAKI SUIT


The Khaki suit is klean, klassic, and versatile.

Friday, February 28, 2014

NBA STYLE TODAY: CAN IT INFLUENCE A GENERATION?


NBA Style Today: Can It Influence a Generation?


Let’s hope so


It appears that the NBA “ballers” are becoming the most stylish people in sports.  No longer are players wearing oversized clothes and corn rolls (Well, for the most part).  The pre-game arrival and post-game press conference has now become an event (a runway of sorts).  I am happy to see guys start to care about the way they look again.  Since these players have some influence, I hope they will inspire more men, (young men in particular), to drop the hip-hop look occasionally.

These are my top three most stylish players (in no particular order) in the game today.

Amare Stoudemire


 Chris Paul



Chris Bosh


 Hall of Styler – Walt “Clyde” Frazier









Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE 1970's: A DECADE OF STYLE, MUSIC & MOVIES

The 1970's: A DECADE OF STYLE, MUSIC & MOVIES



February is Black History Month.  The 1970's represented a decade of great style, music and movies.  Below are two of my personal favorites.










Music:
The 1970's undoubtedly gave us the best music soul music.  My favorite soul singer was born March 26, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA. Born Theodore DeReese Pendergrass, he was affectionately known as "Teddy Pendergrass" or "Teddy P."













Movies:
To me, there is nothing like the movies from the 1970's, specifically the "Blaxploitation" films.  Blaxploitation films were the first to regularly feature soundtracks of funk and soul music as wells as  primarily black casts.  Blaxploitation films were controversial during their time, but have since made an enormous impact on American cinema.  They are pure entertainment for me.  Shaft released in 1971, is one of the films credited for beginning the genre of Blaxploitation.  The star of Shaft, Richard Roundtree












Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

20 YEARS OF INSPIRATION

20 YEARS OF INSPIRATION
 
 
Looking Sharp Spending Smart - Thanks to 20 Years of GQ - (Look Sharp Live Smart)
1993-2013
 


Friday, December 27, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!
 
  
CHRISTMAS MORNING









 
CHRISTMAS NIGHT
 
 

Monday, December 16, 2013

REDUX WITH THE TURTLENECK

REDUX WITH THE TURTLENECK

I have worn these looks before with ties.  Now, take a look at how I have restyled them with a lightweight turtleneck.  The lightness and softness of these three make them comfortable to wear with a suit coat.  Try them and give your suit a new look this winter.  These were purchased at H&M on clearance for about $8, but you can find one at any of your local department stores (i.e. Macy's, Dillards) for $20-$30. 











Friday, November 22, 2013

The Chelsea Boot


The Chelsea Boot

 

The three factors that define the Chelsea Boot:

-          Ankle high

-          Elastic siding

-          Slip-ons (no laces)


The Chelsea boot first came on the scene during the Victorian era, but was popularized in 1960’s London by the Beatles.  The advantage of these boots are they can be dressed up (with a suit) or dressed down (with jeans) because of their simple design.

 
Where to buy:
 
 
 


Friday, September 20, 2013

MILITARY INSPIRED


Look 1 (Left):
* Jacket - H&M
* Jeans - Denizen (Target)
* Shirt - Merona (Target)
* Shoes - Merona (Target)
* Belt - The Gap

Look 2 (Right):
* Jacket - The Gap
* Cargo Pants - Sons of Intrigue
* Shirt - Merona (Target)
* Shoes - Merona (Target)
* Belt - Mossimo (Target)

Monday, September 16, 2013

JEANS + BLAZER ( a.k.a. THE TEXAS TUXEDO)

JEANS + BLAZER
(THE TEXAS TUXEDO)
The Look That’s Always Sharp*
(*As long as the fit is right)

 
JEANS

·          Make sure the fit is right.  The baggy look is out.  Go for a more classic, tailored cut.
·          The darker the jeans, the dressier the look.
·          For a more casual look, pick a pair with fraying or pockets (See D. Wade).

BLAZER

·          The fit of the blazer is the most important (whether with jeans or not).  The blazer should always be tailored.
·          A classic blue or black always works or go bold with some color or pattern.

SHOE

·          For a dressier look, choose an oxford or loafer.
·          For a casual look, choose a sneaker or boat shoe.

SHIRT

·          A white dress shirt will most often go with any combination of jean and blazer.
·          Patterned (e.g. gingham)  shirts work well with solid blazers.
·          Your shirt should always be tucked in.

ACCESSORIES

·          To tie or not to tie?  It's up to you!! 
·          Add a pocket square for some personality. 
         ·          Add a lapel flower or pin for that extra detail       ·          ALWAYS wear a belt


Things to remember:

·          Looks sharp with confidence
·          There are really no rules when it comes to your own personal style.
·          Jeans are always informal
·          The fit is most important

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CAMO...THE NEW BLACK



 
The military print has invaded everything from tees to sunglasses. Pair your favorite clothing item as part of a fashionable head-to-toe look or stick to separates and accessories.

“Camo is the leopard print of men’s wear,” Nick Wooster (Senior V.P. of Product Development and Design, J.C. Penney)

Where to buy it:







Saturday, April 27, 2013

GINGHAM


Gingham is a classic and timeless pattern that hits a high point of popularity every Spring and Summer.  With gingham check sizes ranging from a miniscule 1/4″ to a mighty 2″, there is actually a lot of variety in the look.

The versatility of Gingham comes from the size of the checks that are used. Because they are smaller than a plaid pattern and can go all the way down to a micro-check, there is really nothing they can’t be paired with. Solids are an obvious go to – such as a red gingham shirt paired with a navy suit and brown penny loafers – but what if that’s a little bit too boring for you?

Yes patterning mixing can be a dangerous art but with gingham it becomes a whole lot easier. The general rule is to make sure that the patterns you use aren’t the same size as one another. Due to gingham being such a small pattern, it can be paired perfectly with something as adventurous as a shadow plaid grey blazer or a wide striped black business suit. The same also goes for any of your ties – as long as their stripes or checks are bigger than the shirt and you stick to the golden rule of always having your tie a darker color.

http://www.fashionbeans.com/2012/mens-fashion-basics-gingham-check/

Friday, April 19, 2013

GATSBY INSPIRED


Jay Gatsby was the ultimate dandy.  To get the look, start with:

* Slim cut garments
* Spectator shoes
* Linen (light colored) fabrics

The new movie will be in theatres May 10th.  Brooks Brothers made all of the costumes and also created a line that's in stores.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/The-Great-Gatsby-Collection/gatsby,default,sc.html



Saturday, April 6, 2013

BRACE YOURSELF


The texture, the style, the trend,
Check the braces I spin.
Again and again and again

 
BRACE YOURSELF...
BRACE YOURSELF...
COME ON AND DO IT...
 

 
Gentlemen wear braces, firemen wear suspenders; firemen are in a hurry, gentlemen are not. The difference? Braces have buttons and suspenders have clips. Clips damage pants and are never a good idea unless the only thing you require is something that will keep your pants up. If you want to make a vintage fashion statement have your dry cleaner sew brace buttons inside the waistband of your pants.

Braces kept pants at your natural waist in the 20s and above it in the 30s.

Braces should not be all elastic. Too much stretch leads to bouncy pants. Authentic braces are Y-shaped and the elastic is on the vertical stem of the Y only. Fabrics can look a lot like neck tie silk but should coordinate, not match, the tie. Braces can also be made of elaborate woven jacquards depicting various motifs and scenes.

Never, ever wear a belt and braces. No one should be that concerned with their pants falling down while in civilized society.

http://www.artdecosociety.org/gatsby/m_overview.htm

Saturday, February 23, 2013

KNIT LIKE ME

KNIT LIKE ME

Do you want something different?  Well, it's time to get squared away with a knit tie.  They mainly come in three different patterns (solids, horizontal stripes, and polka dots.  They have been featured in the pages of GQ and Esquire lately, so they are on trend.  


How to knit like me:


Where to knit like me:

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/tiesandpocketsquares/ties/PRDOVR~75980/75980.jsp

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Solid-Knit-Tie/MA01003_____BLCK_REG______,default,pd.html

Saturday, January 19, 2013

SHOE WAR


Shoe War:  7th Avenue vs. Savile Row
                            
Who does it better?  The Americans or the British?  I like both of these moderately priced designers.  The Steve Madden wingtips are old-school classics with a new twist (a non-traditional sole).  The Ben Sherman are sleek and fnished with a welted leather sole and inner leather sole.

Take your pick!  Either way, you can't go wrong.

 
 

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

PENNY LOAFER


Symbol of Elegance
 
Worn by generations of fashion-conscious men..........
 
 
    ..................................Distinctive & Classic


 
 
I waited for these to go on sale for yearly a year.  I finally spotted them for 75% off regular price and snatched them up.  They are classics.  They don't fair well with a suit, but will go nicely with  a pair of jeans or chinos.  (See the Kasual Sharp Korner page - Fall/Winter Combo #2)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SOCK JOCKIN - GET UNPREDICTABLE

SOCK JOCKIN' - GET UNPREDICTABLE
Regular ain’t in my vocabulary
When it comes to foot garments, neither is ordinary
See what I got over a lot of fellas and become more Kreative
Below you will see what I mean
Let's get unpredictable



My favorites: (see Nordstrom Rack & Target)


http://www.happysocks.com/us/men

http://www.sockittome.com/cart/index.php?dispatch=pages.view&page_id=10

WRIST GAME PROPER



 Sunday, November 25, 2012

What’s Still Trending:  Wrist Wear

This trend has been featured on the pages of GQ for several seasons now.  I first noticed them in 2010 and as recently as October 2012.  Mix and match them (cords, beads, metal, and leather). 

Make them personal and add ones with significant meaning: http://kidney.org/
They can be found everywhere from Neiman Marcus ($250-$1600) to Aldo ($3-$15)

http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/accessories/mens/bracelets


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