Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
It's a fact of life that it rains, so one needs to be prepared for those days that it really pours. A man can make it through a light sprinkle without issue but when it really starts to come down there are two things that that every well dressed man needs to combat the elements and they are a decent raincoat and at least one nice, non-golf, umbrella.
On days that are warm but rainy, a light weight raincoat really comes in handy. Mine is a thin black watch tartan thigh length coat that I snagged for $30 on eBay. I hate wearing black and I could not find a decently priced yellow raincoat that did not make me look like the Gordon's Fisherman. So I started looking for a nice tartan one and black watch is not only my favorite but also the most versatile. I also have a wooden handle black watch umbrella but I loaned it to a friend at work for the afternoon.
Along with a nice raincoat, all men need a classy umbrella. Tiny collapsible ones belong in a woman's purse and huge golf ones belong on the links and the use of one anywhere else makes you look kind of like a tool. I actually have three umbrellas; my black watch one that i got for a steal on eBay, this blue liquor company one with a girl on it which was free, and a beautiful spring and summer plaid one that Amanda got for me for my birthday. I use each different one depending on my outfit and the occasion. I actually used the one that Amanda bought for me for most of the day, but since I'd already did a post with that one, I decided to break out my first grown-up umbrella which was this free blue one that was given to me by a friend who was a liquor distributor.
Because today was warm but rainy, i decided to forgo seersucker for fear that it may become see through and instead went to my go to light khaki suit that I got from the Goodwill. To make the rainy day a little more jovial, I threw on this bright pink dress shirt from JC Penney and a blue and pink bowtie that I got as a gift from my in-laws. Since I do not feel the need to purchase swims, which are rubber shoe protectors, I wore a pair of ox blood tassel loafers that I got at the Goodwill for $5. Never and I mean never wear your nice dress shoes on a day that you know is going to be rainy, that is a surefire way to ruin them.
Remember you not only need to look good, but you also need to be appropriately dressed for the weather because if you don't, even the nicest clothes in the world will look bad.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Here is my beautiful wife styling in her white pants, denim shirt and new shoes. Much like me, she loves a good deal. She got her white pants on clearance from Banana Republic. Her denim shirt came from JC Penny for less than $15. She got those sweet Bass Weejun loafers for under $20 from the Bass outlet store last weekend. I purchased her yellow Cole Haan bag for half price for her for Christmas.
As you can clearly see, I get my style and inspiration from my gorgeous bride.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Seersucker does not always have to be loud and flamboyant. It certain colors it can look elegant and timeless, like this gray Chaps seersucker suit. Honestly I probably would not buy a gray seersucker suit except for the fact that I found this one at the salvation army for $10 and I really am glad that I did because I actually really like this suit.
Unlike allot of my other more color seersucker suits, this one can be worn with just about any dress shirt but I really like it with yellow because I feel that yellow and gray complement each other very well. Yellow is actually a very under appreciated color for dress shirts. Not very many people wear them and that's a shame because they look good with just about any color suit and they are not overly attention seeking so they are a good beginning step into incorporating more color into your wardrobe.
To play off of the yellow I wore my gray and yellow bucks that I picked up at JC Penny for $25, and they are actually pretty decent in terms of quality and they are extremely comfortable weighing practically nothing. Since everything else was pretty mellow I decided to kick it up a notch with a very colorful custom made gingham seersucker bowtie and yellow pocket square with orange trim that I got from thetiebar.com for $8.
This outfit is the reason I love thrift stores, it's because you never know what you might find and things are so inexpensive you can take a chance on something that you might not typically go for at full or even a discounted price. And more often than you might think you will be pleasantly surprised with the result.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Part two of my seersucker week showcases an unusual color seersucker suit, bright lime green. On a rainy day nothing can cheer you up quite like a colorful suit.
This extremely fun suit was picked up at a black men's clothing store called GQ Menswear for $100. An upscale white men's clothing store right across the parking lot was selling the exact same exact jacket for $325. This just goes to show you that it pays to shop around and to never judge a book by its cover.
I really like pairing green with pink, so I went with pink accoutrements today. The plaid Carrot and Gibbs bow tie came from Peter Blair's menswear store in Richmond on 50% sale for $27.50. I bought the white Brooks brothers bucks from the salvation army for $5 close to 10 years ago and have enjoyed them ever since. I got the pink laces for free from Cole Haan, by emailing them and saying that I lost the pair that came with my shoes. Just for good measure I put a pink band on my watch for a little added panache.
Overall, I think that this outfit is honestly a bit loud and overly colorful but it fits well enough to still look elegant and professional. I will tell you one thing, people love it!
Monday, July 14, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Blazers; everyone knows the name but most people never venture past navy blue. But in fact blazer is just a term for any dress jacket that is solid in color. The name actually comes from an ivy league college rowing tram that wore red jackets, that soon gain the nickname blazers because of their bright color.
Because I love color I have acquired a collection of various colored blazers and this teal green one is certainly one v of my favorites. I actually picked up this blazer at the salvation army for under five bucks.
I paired the jacket with khakis and navy blue accessories because everything goes with khakis and navy blue. The check dress shirt by american living, I found on clearance at JC Penney for just over $3. The navy knit tie was a hand me down from my old coworker's husband. The Khaki linen pants at part of s $20 suit from goodwill. The shoes are Mark McNairy pebble grain loafers. I really like pebble grain leather it adds a nice subtle texture. While I don't necessarily recommend wearing loafers with full suits, they can look good in the summer and always are appropriate with slacks and a blazer.
Apart from the jacket, what I really like about this outfit are the accessories. The teal, navy, and grey socks are from target (which actually carries pretty color sticks for a decent price). The gingham pocket square was just a buck or two on eBay. But the most awesome and loudest most gaudy piece is the gold and diamond stick pin that I decided to wear as a tie pin. I was actually given about a dozen of them from my uncle Kevin who works at men's warehouse.
A lot of places don't recommend tie pins because of the damage they can inflict on your shirt and Ties, but because the shirt cost $3 and the tour was free I figured what the hell and went for it. And honestly there's not much that can mess up a knit tie.