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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!

 

 

Fall is in full swing and the air is getting so much more chilly. It’s not only about keeping warm up top, let’s not forget about the base. Many different styles, materials, and options for your choosing. Whether its boots, kicks or shoes make sure your colors and materials embrace the autumn flavor and not stay stuck in another season.

Sneakers

Obviously I’m more inclined to choose this option. Luckily for me companies like the Jordan Brand, Clae Footwear & Converse not only have the heat for Autumns cooler temps but they fully embrace fall materials and colors. Sneaks like the AJIX Olive and Converse Chuck Taylor Hi Wool definitely add some dimension to your wardrobe.

 

Boots

Obviously we’re familiar with Timberland but there are so many other options for boots. Don’t toss the 6 inch’s away but open horizons and take a look at a oxford boot or a full patent leather boot (actually in my repertoire).

Shoes

A good shoe is always a must for any gentleman. Obviously they’re not just for work but also for those casual times with the ones closest to you. Cole Haan always has a nice selection and the use of the technology from parent company Nike keeps these shoes comfortable as well as stylish. Don’t forget the loafers, always stylish for the fall.

As with most articles of clothing there is a time and place for everything. Unfortunately (I maintain an extensive collection) the fitted hat is neither appropriate or acceptable with every outfit. For that reason as with most accessories you have to branch out. Now don’t be scared you can rep your favorite team at the local BBQ or casual event but not with a three piece suit or at most NYC nightlife venues.  So below are a few other choices that not only will keep you on point but also easily accessible & venue appropriate.

Driving Cap

This ever-popular, classic men’s cap is usually styled in wool and acrylic with a nylon lining. Snap-up visor and elastic back for a perfect fit. Great for being out on the town or out in country, it will provide years of warmth and comfort and goes well with business attire or casual wear.

Driving Cap

Fedora

A fedora is a felt hat most commonly worn by men. The term is usually generic, describing any men’s hat that does not already have another name; a few fedoras have names of their own, including the trilby or homburg. The hat is typically creased lengthwise down the crown and “pinched” in the front on both sides. The most notable after the fitted and great for tropical destinations as they do come in straw as well.

Fedora

Trilby

A trilby hat is a type of fedora. The trilby was once viewed as the rich man’s favored hat. It is also sometimes described as a “crumpled” fedora. The trilby has a shorter brim which is angled down at the front and slightly turned up at the back.  Traditionally it is made from rabbit hair felt, but is usually made from other materials, such as tweed, straw, wool and wool/nylon blends. Can be seen at the races or music icons such as Ne-Yo.

Trilby

Derby/Bowler

The Bowler hat is the first hat credited for being mass produced and priced to meet everyone’s budget, because of this the Derby Hats were worn by virtually every class of society. The derby hat comes in many different styles from the low-crown to the stingy brim. Usually a hat for coachmen but obviously the style translates to other walks of life.

Bowler

Hopefully this helps you advance your style a little bit. If not at least you what the options are when they say no fitted allowed.