I love Zara Man because it’s always stylish and always affordable. However, as I have often mentioned before, Zara sizes run quite small. Great if you are on the thinner side, not so friendly if you are husky. But check out this ensemble from their October 2011 lookbook–something that can work on anyone, regardless of the body type! Denim jacket over a plaid button-up with colored pants/cords. Easy right? Best part is, you probably already have these pieces lying around in your closet, just waiting to be worn together for this effortless every day look.
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I haven’t seen this particular item hit the stores yet, but since they’ve gotten almost everything else, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. Zara always has at least a handful of good looks for each season, but for F/W 2011, this sweater is the clear favorite for me. I love cable knit for winter and the slim-fit (standard with all things Zara), which will lessen the unattractive bulkiness that thick sweaters can have. I wonder if they have other color options too. Navy blue is cool, but I’d also love it in a cream or perhaps even an olive. If you liked the Scotch & Soda shawl-collared sweats that I posted about here, I’m pretty sure you will be joining me with daily visits to the nearest Zara store to hopefully score one in your size.
In real life, I am extremely non-brand loyal and really like mixing expensive pieces with dirt cheap ones. There’s no real reason to be a snob about brands or prices, and if you’re choosy enough, cheaper brands can also offer some trendy treasures. The same principle can be applied to menswear! For guys, I like brands such as Zara, H&M, UNIQLO, and even Forever 21. Yup, I said F21. I envision that I would probably accompany my girlfriend there quite a bit as a guy – might as well make use of my time. Forever 21 offers a small but trendy line for men called 21Men. I spotted these 2 pieces (pictured above) and much more this weekend while I was shopping for myself. If you didn’t know that this was from F21, these could easily be mistaken for some of the $$$ stuff I often feature on this blog. Instead, both of these items (Casual Knitted Jacket – left ; Glen Plaid Jacket – right) can be had for under $50! One thing to remember about F21 is that if you like it and see it in your size, you gotta snatch it up. The turnover rate at this store is lightening fast so once it’s gone, it’s usually gone for good.
via Forever 21
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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