Low Budget Style

Posted November 21st, 2009 by design4men and filed in Style
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Also in their Nov/Dec issue, GQ dressed actor, Joseph Gordon – Levit in some very stylish ensembles, all from “low-cost, high style labels” such as Club Monaco, Topman, and the Gap.  Two outfits really caught my eye and both cost less than $250.  Love the mixing of plaids in the shirt and tie in the Uniqlo outfit (top).   The H&M ensemble (below) is another favorite, pairing black and white striped tee shirt with Herringbone blazer and wool pants.  Don’t be surprised if you see me on the street rocking either outfit.  .

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What Goes Around Comes Around

Posted November 5th, 2009 by design4men and filed in Style
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I am loving the Fall/Winter 2009 Collection by What Goes Around Comes Around, elegantly mixing vintage 1920s to 40s style with 1980s punk.  Their boutiques incorporate their as well as vintage finds and other high end men’s and women’s fashion labels.  The outfit above I just want to run out and buy.  I love all of the elements from the jacket to the patterned scarf.  I also like the following outfits from the collection lookbook.

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I dig the blazer with the embellishment on the lapel paired with the red plaid shirt.  The patched/destroyed jeans, which take me back to the days when I exlcusively wore Abercrombie.  BUT, dare I  say, they look pretty dapper here.

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What can I say, I am digging the suspenders here and the skinny jeans.  The bomber jacket with white scarf introduces a bit an aviator element that I love as well.

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I am envisioning this three piece suit with red plaid tie being perfect for a holiday party or New Years.

IMAGE CREDITS: All pictures from What Goes Around Comes Around

Style Question: The Skinny Tie?

Posted October 16th, 2009 by design4men and filed in Style
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skinnytieOne of my readers requested a segment for answering style or design questions.  Of course, I am happy to help.  So, send them along.  Here is the first.

Q: I have noticed that ties are getting narrower and we seem to be going back to a retro 60′s look.  Should I follow the trend and start buying skinny ties?

A: You are correct that ties are slimming down.  The skinny tie paired with a well tailored suit is a classic and must-have look  for a dapper guy.  What I love about the skinny tie is the versatility, working well with a suit or casually with a button-down shirt and jeans.

I must say that the tie should fit the man though.  I wouldn’t recommend a skinny tie if you are husky or very muscular or overweight.  Think proportions.  My advice, just give a skinny tie a try, buy one at a discount store like Marshalls and TJMaxx.  And make sure the suit you pair it with is a tailored two-button number with flat front pants.  Keep it classic for now, try a charcoal suit, white shirt and a solid or striped tie.  Don’t be afraid to add that handkerchief.  I think you’ll dig how the tailored suit and trim tie make you look slimmer and more refined.   Let Neil Patrick Harris be your guide, check out the full spread in GQ.

Thanks, Paul T.  for the first question and for the idea for the segment.

PHOTO CREDITS: Image from April 2009 Issue/Slideshow of  GQ

Fall Trends I Love

Posted September 9th, 2009 by design4men and filed in Style
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brgraysuit[The Gray Suit] I love this Tom Ford version…Anyone else a little freaked out by the model? - I keep having to look down.  I really want the silk tie which oddly resembles metal mesh to me.   So, how can you get the gray suit, another “Kibwe Must Have”.  One word, Banana Republic…their suits are well made, fit well and are inexpensive.  They even offer sizes for the big and tall guys.  Tim Gunn (of Project Runway) recommends them.  I prefer their gray pinstriped two-button, shown on the right…and the price, $475, not bad for a stylish suit.  And get all 3 pieces, that look is really in – you can also wear the vest and jacket separately.

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dieselvest[BRING ON THE PLAID] I will admit that I have been quite resistant to this trend.  While you will probably not be seeing me rocking a bold plaid shirt by itself – I must say I have warmed up to the trend if worn in the following ways – 1. with a blazer, 2. small pattern shirt layered with a vest/sweater, 3. bold jacket or vest.  Plaid is literally everywhere guys – so grab a shirt or two at your favorite store (no sweaters please) – make sure it fits properly and no bright colors unless you can rock it.  My favorite plaid things have to be the vest and jacket…these looks might be tricky to find – so I helped you out.   The Diesel plaid vest  (right) is $150 from Saks Fifth Avenue, where you can also find the DSquared vest shown above for a fraction of the price. Note: you might find something similar at H&M as well, or hold out for sales.  And an alternative for the coat is the Quilted Buffalo Zip Up Jacket at $68 from Urban Outfitters.  I bet once fall is in full swing – there will be heftier wool options for the winter.

layering[LAYERS IN MUTED TONES] Now too much brown is a bit much at times with my skin tone but I do love this look and trust me, I will figure out a way to rock it.  Bloomingdales does a great job in this ad showing off the basics of this fall look.  Start with a brown or gray undershirt, add a graphic T shirt and a cardigan, heavy weight or light and wear some dress pants …as it gets cooler add a jacket/coat and scarf.  This type of stuff gets me excited about fall.  I actually dig the gray suit the guy on the right is wearing as well – did I mention gray is in?  Try working with what you have and if you don’t want to spend too much, check out H&M – I was geared up when I saw the spread below in their magazine.  I plan to grab either of the jackets shown on my next trip to the store.

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[THE SHAWL COLLAR] Anyone that knows me, knows that when it gets cold, out comes my shawl collared pullovers and cardigans.  And this year will be no different – although I have all that I really need – I am coveting the gray cashmere pullover in this Cesare Paciotti ad…as I do not have one of those.  Especially with the white oxford shirt…I like this look.  French Connection sells a similar wool pullover for $138 (shown)…I like to shop the sales and it is wool, not cashmere, so we will see.

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I feel a follow up to this topic coming on as I have only scratched the surface.  Fall fashion is by far the most exciting time – the layering is the most fun to me.  More to come on Fall fashion!