Colored bottoms are all the rage this year (see previous post on zara), but why stop there? Make the most of summer by adding as many dashes of fun as you can – and who else says fun better than Paul Smith? Introducing a repeating bicycle-print motif in both a khaki short and a navy pant, the style/color choices are classic enough to wear everywhere. Wear them with your favorite pair of Converses or the ever-reliable boat shoe, and let the pants (or shorts, if you choose) take the center stage with a simple white T.
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Saturdays Surf, NYC is a brand that I enjoy browsing quite a bit. They focus on surfing + life in NYC, and what results is a wonderful offering of thoughtful, well-made basics. The S/S 2012 lookbook showcases how casual weekend dressing can be so effortless and very well done. Using pieces that should be familiar to most guys (sweats, chino shorts, etc), even if you don’t own these specific items, the looks are easy enough to replicate. The Jailbreak Board Shorts (pictured left, link) comes in a variety of colors; personally, I would have preferred the gray or the navy version, but the black/white combo provides an eye-catching statement. The Bowery Crewneck Sweatshirt (pictured right, link) is a nice shade of maroon – I’m always an advocate for jewel tones – and brightens the entire ensemble; a small but key detail. Important to note that the success of these looks lie in the fit. Although these might be sweats and such, these are not baggy sweats or saggy chinos. No, the proper fit translates to sharp and put together looks, even on the weekends.
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ASOS is one of my favorite places to shop. The site is full of goodies – and their no minimum, 2-way free shipping policy is so sweet (and dangerous on the wallet). I took a quick browse through their latest arrivals and immediately spotted some must-haves. Everyone is playing with pocket details it seems. The Pocket T-shirt by Reclaimed Vintage (top left) is trendy without feeling forced – the Aztec print on the pocket is a winner for me. The People’s Market Slim Chinos (top right) has a nice slim fit silhouette and is available in my new favorite menswear color – purple/plum. Fitting right into my obsession with bracelets, the ASOS Brass Skull and Leather Bracelet (bottom left) is a total steal at less than $15 for the entire pack! Last but not least, I think the Oxford Short Sleeve Shirt by The Quiet Life (bottom right) will be a good and easy alternative to the popular chambray shirts that I love.
From top left, the items can be found here, here, here, and here.
Mustard is a great color choice for anyone who wants to incorporate more livelihood into their every day ensemble without going way out of the box. This color will most likely work best for me in the form of pants, and they are honestly more versatile than they may appear at first: pairs well with other pieces in both warm and cool tones, works equally as nice in the spring and the fall, hip but still office appropriate. Seriously, how can you go wrong? The pair featured above is from the recent Zegna S/S 2012 runway show. I’m not particularly digging the shoes or the jacket’s buckle detailing, but those pants are fantastic!
Awhile back, I posted about my love affair with Bonobos dress pants (see post here), and now you can try it out yourself for half the price! But don’t stop there because the Bonobos site offers so much more! Besides their own brands, the site also sells some of my favorite designer labels and many of the items that I’ve featured on my website in the past (like the Penfield Dover Jacket, the Penfield Dunstone Pullover, and the Sebago Field Boot – just to name a few). It’s a pity that the deal is only limited to 1 per customer because I would have a really hard time deciding how to spend it. Free shipping and hassle-free returns are included as part of the site’s regular perks. Offer is good until the end of April – so don’t wait!
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Finding a good fitting pair of dress pants for guys must be equivalent to the girl’s version of the perfect pair of jeans. In the past, I have accompanied quite a few guy friends to popular retail stores in search of this seemingly simple clothing item. What we found instead told us that the stores catering to the modern, working man actually has a fit model from 1985. Time and time again, I saw the right size waist paired with hips that can only be described as sack-like. Going down one waist size was a solution, but that usually proved unrealistic for anyone who wanted to breathe while wearing those pants. Defeated, I felt that the perfect pair for the average guy was nowhere to be found. Then, when I least expected it, I spotted someone wearing a great pair of dress pants in the office this week! His pants had clean lines, nice fabric, and most importantly, it had a fit that was just right. Adding to my interest in the pants were the fun yet still office appropriate pocket linings that peeked out ever so subtly. Turns out they were from Bonobos, an online retailer that prides itself in making well-fitted men’s clothing. I’m showcasing 2 of my favorites from their collection, the Thursday Browns and the Friday Greys, along with their respective pocket lining samples (pictured above). Both of these just happen to be cotton dress twill pants, but they also offer a plethora of wool, flannel, chinos, and corduroy pants in straight leg, a subtle boot cut, and even a skinny fit. Oh, and did I mention that they are guaranteed to make the man’s butt look great (seriously, this is what it says on their site!)?
The runways are looking quite nautical again for S/S ’11, even Junya Watanabe is doing it with his latest line for Comme des Garcons. Titled “Blue Lines,” the first looks of the collection from Japanese magazine, SENSE, shows off a line that ranges from classic looks to looks that simply have a dash of nautical inspiration, all with the genius of Junya Watanabe, of course. I’m loving the jacket, which I’m sure contains a price point that will leave me eating cup ramen for the rest of the month. There might not be enough money left over to buy the striped T, but luckily, I found a few substitutes here and here for dirt cheap.
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Here are some new looks from the S/S 2011 Wings + Horns collection. Another season of me viewing their look book and thinking, “Yes, I’d love to be a Wings + Horns man.” The inspiration behind this collection is based on a traveler exploring the world for curious and wonderfully rare objects. I love it when collections come with a story but can still be readily wearable for any man, even those not on a particular journey. You can read more about it here.
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