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Another year on the horizon and I don’t know about you but I’m excited for it and so thankful to what 2012 has brought me. New friends & new opportunities such as writing for this site. I learned a lot about style over this year and I hope I relayed that across my few posts. Only one way to end the year right is to bring in the next looking as proper as possible, so gentlemen below are a few ideas on how to do it right.

Depending on the type of event here are 3 options that should give you a basic idea of where my mind is going. Not every one is for the full get up but that doesn’t mean style should be lax as well…

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Now some like to go all out but try to keep a little fun involved. Patterned accessories or not so normal fabrics should help you accomplish this…

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Somewhere in between your look can lie as well but again fabrics and accents must be key. A full on hard bottom might turn you off so something like a dress boot can keep a little funk.

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Quicktips:

  • Try to avoid too much matching – patterns, fabrics, colors.
  • Avoid too many loud colors – subtlety speaks louder.
  • Make sure of your size & fit – #1 mistake made by most.
  • Avoid logos with suits – Gucci, Hermes & such belts & patterns should never be paired with suiting. Keep it for when you’re on the ave.

Keep it fly & safe this new years night & see you in 2013!

 

Just like every year the summer ends and the beauty of Fall rolls in. I unlike many others welcome the change in seasons since it signals a change in wardrobe. I mean T-Shirts and camo short s can only be worn so many times.  Time to shelve those tanks and get your hands on these Fall must haves. Trust me the fun doesnt have to stop because the degrees dip below 70.

Chunky Cardigan

The cardigan is a typical knit for men to wear, it never goes out of style. However, the chunky ribbed knit cardigan adds more shape and body, especially if you have a slim figure. I love how its styled with a white shirt and the bow tie really makes the whole look very appealing. Wearing a cotton shirt with a cardigan, looks sleek and attractive.

Bold Colors

Dont let the weather dictate your mood. Do away with the dreary greys and blacks and add some excitement to your style. This can be accomplished in a couple of ways. Take that grey/black sweater/pants combo and throw underneath a canary or burgundy stretch poplin shirt. Chinos come in many a color or dress up your accessories like ties or scarves with a standout shade.

The Chino

Obviously a staple for any man. This pant nowadays is the ultimate casual/business, night/day wardrobe piece. Companies like Banana Republic or my sleeper site Bonobos not only will keep you in the loop but also make it very affordable. From the wash to cut to the colors you cant go wrong.

Gingham

Move away from the plaid. It was a great run for the last 2 years but it might be overdone. Patterns like stripes & checks will never die but Gingham is vastly under utilize. It gives the appearance of wealth while remaining very affordable. Oh and its not even a pattern as more of a material. Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn. Checked gingham became more common over time, though striped gingham was still available in the late Victorian period. If you love checks and stripes look into this style.

Sport Coat

A cool blazer is definitely a must-have item, and the styles available really give blazers a life of their own. You can find some with patch pockets and/or elbow patches, others with big lapels and double-sided vents, but they are all a revival of retro looks. And don’t forget moleskin and corduroy options which can be a less formal look than tweed. Or choose a nice wool or wool and cashmere combination with three or two buttons. Don’t get to wild with color though. Can easily be paired with jeans or dress pants.