Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Recommendation - AA Track Jacket

Nice, Thin, & Comfortable. Words people would love to associate with a casual warm weather jacket. And since Athletic looks have been resurfacing lately and simplicity makes classics our folks at American Apparel definently have us covered. Colors? Well they have everything from Forest Green (my personal favorite) to Classic Red or Navy. The good thing about a thin jacket like this is that it is also easy to layer with and can add a good pop of color to your outfit. We give the AA Track Jacket a 8/10. Enjoy the versatility and good luck.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Item Review- John Varvatos Converse

So I've been on a sort of vacation lately going to the beach etc and doing some exciting things throughout and on my journey i managed to pick up a nice pair of John Varvatos Jack Purcells for $30 even though they retail at around $270. Where'd i get that deal? Converse Outlet and i've already recieved multiple compliments and have to admit that they are very comfortable, ( a bit more than the originals) and also add a little something to my shoe collection. I also looked at and tried on various other types of John Varvatos Converse and like the new punk/prep thing going on with the designs. They also seem to be a lot sleeker and versatile than one may think at first site. We give John Varvatos Converse (especially the Jack's) a 9.8/10. Good luck and be sure to comment.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Recommendation- Classic Bikes

Buy some nice wheels for once! Not a car dummy, invest in a nice bike. It can take you place to place quicker with no strings attatched. No insurance, no bus fee, no gas, no nothing. I myself have a nice Huffy bike designed like the Beach Cruisers from back in the day and it makes me feel stylish, economical, and earth friendly all in one trip. It can be a quick way to get somewhere quick and easy down in the city or can be a nice little ride on the country side with your significant other. All you really gotta worry about is making sure you get a nice classic and casual model that won't be to hard to transition with throughout your daily life. And please whatever you do keep it simple. You aren't Lance Armstrong so skip the gadgets and uneeded gears and just have fun with it. Good luck and enjoy.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Where to find the best...(khakis).

When it comes to khakis i would suggest going with a nice rich color and a nice fit. J. Crew and Gap both have very nice varieties of khakis that won't break the bank. I would also suggest going with a nice lightweight fit due to the fact that their easier to maneuver in and you can wear them all year round without breaking a sweat or freezing to death. Durability wise, they should also hold out and the good thing is that you won't look like a banker or a camp counselore. When you do decide to look for a pair make sure to stay away from pleats and stick to flat front varieties. Go for a golden brown classic also and if you want to switch it up maybe go for a gray pair. Good luck and be sure to comment.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Trendy or Timeless- Skinny Jeans

Skinny Jeans have been on the scene for a bit and have been worn by hipsters and classic dressers alike. But, the thing about skinny jeans is that you do need to be well....skinny for them to really have any function and for them to not look like a pair of denim spandex. IF you do have the body to pull skinny jeans off it adds to your silhouette instead of bringing out some uncanny features you may want to be hiding while you might out on a date or something. Skinny jeans are perfect when being substituted for formal wear pants. They look very nice with a blazer or a nice shirt and tie combination. I would also like to mention that the dark washes might be the best ones to go for. And remember if you are a skinny jean guy i would suggest going with your size and not sway towards smaller sizes. Lastly, remember to make sure your bulge isn't showing because well, just take my word for it. So, even though it may have potential to be a classic we say trendy.Thanks alot and be sure to comment.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Recommendation- V-necks

Be a man and pick up a nice V-neck. Not only is a great addition to your wardrobe, but like many of the items i mention it can be extremely versatile. I, myself own about 10 and wear them all year round whether it be under a blazer with jeans, or just by themselves with khakis. V-necks can be found in various colors and are made by various brands but make sure that you get a nice tailored fit and a color that coordinates well into your wardrobe. However, if you'd maybe like some versatility in the color department i would maybe go with a dark red, deep purple, or moss green, but then again thats just me personally. Whatever you pick, make sure its you and you'll be safe as long as you stay away from the neons and be sure to be cautious of any pastels, they may be a bit harder to pull off. Also, dont be afraid to maybe have some stripes or graphics on your V-neck, just make sure they suit your style and lean more towards the classic. And remember going with labels like BOSS, J. Crew, or Lacoste will defiently give you a good and sturdy design that will definently get you more than justa few compliments.Good luck and be sure to comment.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Where to find...A Nice Pair Of Shorts

I know i know...kinda late for a shorts excert but hell, its never to late for a little casual wear inside your wardrobe. To keep your silhouette nice and neat i would suggest skipping the cargo shorts and going with a nice pair of tailored dress shorts. They can make a nice casual t-shirt look a little more dressy or make a dress shirt a little more casual and a piece like that definently has a place in any wardrobe. Make sure your shorts hit your knee, but if you're bold enough to you can even go a little shorter. Some nice labels to stick to for shorts include Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and J.Crew. I would suggest going with a khaki, dark blue, black, or gray pair just to keep your options open when it comes to paring them with an outfit. Also, make sure that you get the right size and don't be afraid to wear a belt. Good luck and be sure to comment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Store Review - Service Menswear in Austin, TX

While i was in Austin this afternoon i spent alot of time browsing around at vintage and antique stores while tucked away in the corner i came upon this gem of a place. A small but well equipped store, Service Menswear, has alot to offer us Texans out here. From Jack Spade Briefcases to Casio G-Shock Watches in various colors which definently makes this a great spot to help advance your wardrobe. I would suggest bringing some extra cash just in case you do find that piece you were looking for because in a place like this you can easily get carried away. The atmosphere is modern and friendly and the staff is always willing to help you out. And if they don't have what you are looking for they'll be glad to point you into the right direction. Also be sure to check out the sales that they have going on and be sure to fiest your eyes on their ridiculously cool shoe section. You can find Service Menswear on South Congress Street tucked away right behind By George(a nice boutique to drop your girlfriend off at while you browse).When you see the Neon Sign you are there. Be sure to check it out.Great place, great vibe, and moderate prices....whats not to like? Good luck and be sure to comment.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Trendy or Timeless - Modern Watches

I personally have a very modern classic approach to my wardrobe but, lately i've been seeing alot of modern time pieces making their marks inside the fashion world. Labels like Sieko, Casio, and Nixon are producing very affordable watches in very minimilistic designs and are making a bundle off of the idea. It is a very modern take on such a classic object. I myself have seen many hipsters sporting these types of watches for a bit now and have toke notice. However, i would not approach these designs as trends but more as a diffrent form of art inside the timepiece world. Labels like Cartier, Rolex, and Baume Mercier are the more classic watch makes as these just described are the modern take on today's timepiece. I would suggest getting a model that is of sleek and artistic design and is also a very noticeable or classic color. If done correctly this can add some energy to your outfit. We label the Modern Watch a Trend, but in time (pun not intended) it may turn out to be a classic. Good luck, and be sure to comment.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Recommendation- Adidas Samba Classic

I bought my first pair on kind of a whim and i was looking for good affordable black sneakers. So there i was staring at them at my local sports goods store and realized just how underrated these sneakers were. I got them for $40 dollars full price and i have worn them off and on for a good 2 months now and i am beyond satisfied. These are Classic, Slick, Versatile, and beyond all Affordable. They can as easily work into a suit as they do a tee-shirt and jeans and can make you look modern and stylish all in the same step. Adidas is also a very trustworthy brand, a kind of granddad for the sneaker labels coming out left and right these days so its really hard to go wrong. I would suggest buying at a local sportsgood store, usually because their prices aren't marked up for any misc. style aspect. So go out buy yourself a pair and tell me why you can't live without them. Ill be waiting. And don't forget to comment. Good luck.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Label Review - Jil Sander

Honestly, the first time i saw a Jil Sander i was blown away. It just looked so simple and elegant. However, it felt so innovative. Alot of the pieces i've seen are so classic but in a new creative way. I myself have only admired these pieces so far but i do look forward to making a purchase sometime soon. Jil Sander doesn't come too cheap but i'm more than positive that they will have more than staying power inside of your own personal wardrobe. Jil Sander is also a new line which has just recently came out in the past couple of years. Supporting Fashions is how you get even better fashion. And maybe you'll be able to tell your kids about it. Jil Sander is definently my favorite label right now i think it definently is worth the investment.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Where to find...A Nice Tie Clip

Tie Clips are made by all types of designers and can be found in various places. Antique and Resale stores probably have the most affordable versions but may also have wacky versions of the tie clip. However if you do find an affordable solid silver or gold tie clip i would grab it as soon as possible. The tie clip not only keeps your tie close to your shirt but also adds some extra flare to your outfit. A statement can be made very subtly and easily with the perfect tie clip. Burberry, J. Crew, and Tom Ford make great versions of the tie clip but may be much more costly compared to a resale store. However, if you would like to make such a purchase make sure its a tie clip you can wear all year round. A nice rectangular version will be fashionable for many years to come. Good luck and be sure to comment.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Trendy or Timeless- Vests

Now vests are a very touchy topic in the modern man's way of dressing. You can either pull it off correctly or look like a total douchebag. The best vests come from 3-piece suits which will be blogged about later. Your vest should fit nice and snug and look natural. I would go with a nice solid pattern or a cool brown or blue herringbone pattern for colder nights. Go with a light cotton or a nice wool version and it should last you throughout the seasons. The key is to bring your confidence and understate until you feel comfortable inside your vest. Then you can go ahead and accesorize and bring attention upon yourself, just make sure to leave the fauxhawk at home. We think the vest is a bit Trendy, but with the correct guidance it can be made a classic.Thanks Alot and be sure to comment.

Oh yeah and pair it with a nice solid tee or a shirt and tie. Beware of the V-neck though, make sure you know how and feel comfortable with that look. Its all about fit and understatiing.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Recommendation- Nordstrom Guide To Men's Style

Now im sure that you've read my blog about the Details Style Manual (if you didn't i suggest you do that now) and this book is very similar in many aspects, in fact I'm sure the manual was a blue print for this guide, i would recommend this book for more formal wear. Nordstrom's take on style is much more dressy and sophisticated so i would suggest going for this guide if you want a more formal approach. In this book you'll find many tips and advice on how to pull off your look, which is personalized by a in book quiz, and therefore is very personal. It also makes you realize extra details inside of your look that may need work or that you have simple missed. They cover things from Elbow Patches on Blazers to how you should pack and even the best way to take care of those carefully invested clothes you will be purchasing. The illustrations look familiar and so does the set up, but if you are looking for a Details Style Manual counterpart i would suggest investing in this book. Its definently a good way to add more class and sophistication to your warddrobe. $19.95 and your future wardrobe is all yours. Good luck everyone and be sure to comment.

Label Review- Fred Perry

Ever since the beginning of modern fashion, Tennis has been a great inspiration for many labels including the French Label Lacoste and The English Label Fred Perry. Fred Perry is a more conservative and traditional take on Tennis inspired Fashion but at the same time is very up to date and very on point with alot of its creations. Places from Neiman Marcus to Urban Outfitters have these labels in stock so you can imagine the versatility of this labels pieces. I would suggest first going out to buy a polo or shirt from them and see how it feels on your body and see whether it makes you comfortable. Tennis inspired labels tend to have a more Athletic Fit so it may be tighter in some places. Fred Perry is also known for their cool Shoes and Accesories which throw a nod to subtle luxury with their undertoned styles and classic pieces. I have not tried on any of their pants yet but i am sure they only add to the trim athletic silhouette that is attributed to this label. Fred Perry definently is a label i would recommend to anyone looking to look sleek and sophisticated but still cool and up to date. Whoever thought seeing a couple of rackets and tennis balls could come to such inspiration.

We give the label Fred Perry an 8.8/10. Good luck and be sure to Comment.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Where to find...Nice Luggage

There are many high-end brands that make spectacular bags like Hermes, Louis Vutton, and Gucci but if you don't want to spend more on a bag than a down-payment on a car i would suggest looking at labels like Fred Perry, Banana Republic, or even the Gap. However, you can always find great Vintage-Style luggage at Antique or Thrift Stores. Samsonite, is a great brand to look for if you want something simple with a vintage feel to it. I would make sure to also know how to pack whatever you're bringing. The Details Style Guide that was blogged about earlier has a great chapter about packing effectively.Be sure to get something classic or something nice and bold but still comfortable. Thanks and be safe out there. Be sure to comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Trendy Or Timeless-Scarves

See the thing about scarves is that there is a certain demeanor you have to have in order to pull it off. You have to have a certain European touch to your outfit in order to incorporate the scarf effectively but see the thing about guys and scarves these days is that they look...well ridiculous. Urban Desert Scarves? Really? Or is it cool to look like an idiot now? Really? Almost seems like it is. Anyhow...when you do wear a scarf please use it as a needed and not as an accesory. Please, make sure its not 98 degrees outside when you decide to put one around your neck. Be sensible. But realize that scarves can also be very versatile color and wear wise. I would preferably pick a color you wouldn't usually sport such as a moss green or a rich maroon to add some pop to your outfit. Lets stay away from the frayed-houndstooth and neon plaids. Make sure that whatever you are wearing at the time also fits accordingly. You don't want your outfit to make your scarf look like a shoe lace wrapped around your neck. We think the scarf is Timeless unless you're debating over the multicolored model at your local Hot Topic then well...yeah. Enjoy and besure to comment.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Recommendation-Dessert Boots

When i got my first pair of Dessert Boots i felt as if I hit the lottery. I felt so diffrent , almost like i was meant to always have a pair. Thet are so simple and go with just about anything. I also got them at Banana Republic at a great price...$20 which is pretty much insane. They usually mark up to $100-$200. Desert Boots also give you a sense of rebellion which is always a good mixture into any wardrobe. They go with anything from shirt & tie to a nice v-neck. They go with khaki's, jeans, or hell even a nice pair of dress shorts. The best brands to purchase your pair from are Clark's, J. Crew, and Banana Republic (if you can get your hand on a pair). I myself have probably worn mine atleast 200 times in the past year and usually sockless or with thin dress socks. Nevertheless, they always seem to look great and edgy and work well into any outfit. Good luck & make sure to comment.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Where to find...the Best Blazers

Probably your neighborhood thrift or resale store. Why? Great variety at ridiculous prices. You need proof? I walked into my local thrift store and 10 minutes later i walked out with a beautiful Vintage Brooks Brothers Pinstripe Blazer which cost me $5. Enough said. And since classic Navy Blazers are the norm you can be sure to find a nice one in your size. But maybe you don't like the buttons. You can easily have someone alter that for you or hell even do it yourself. Its much easier than it looks. I have seen great things in thrift stores from Vintage Members Only Jackets to Christian Dior Ties and both under $10. Do you really need any more convincing? Not really. Go ahead and check it out and i'm sure you'll enjoy it. Just make sure to take your time and if they don't have anything you're looking for come back the next day. Things change quickly and you might just find the piece you're looking for. Good luck and be sure to subscribe. Also remember, you can never go wrong with a Dark Navy 2-Button Blazer just in case you didn't know.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Item Review- J. Crew Cardigan

J. Crew is the #1 place to buy cardigans. Period. Yes i did say that. Why? They don't just focus on classics like the blue,gray, and black but also have a variety of colors you could reach out too. But mainly, they focus on the craftmanship and the attention to detail when creating them. They have material combinations like cotton-cashmere, cotton-linen, and cotton-wool. They also have traditional cotton and cashmere solids. There have diffrent styles of cardigans from shawl to classic and they all pretty much can blend into any outfit. I myself have about 5 and enjoy all of them in various points throughout the year. For a first choice, i would go with a nice navy cardigan which is an essential on its own. It can be dressed up with a shirt and tie combination as easily as it could with a simple crewneck. You could even go with a v-neck or polo and it would look very natural. Khakis, jeans, or dress pants J. Crew's Cardigans make it easy and affordable to look stylish. We give the J. Crew Cardigan a 10/10. Not the usual rating, but then again this isn't the usual article of clothing. Good luck and be sure to subscribe. Oh yeah, and by the way i totally own like two of the one pictured here. And now it's on sale. Check it out at the link above. Thanks.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Trendy or Timeless?-Plaid

Now plaid has had it 's moment in the past with grunge and lumberjacks but in the past year you've seen it on runways and hipsters everywhere. See the problem with that is that plaid works for some people but not others. You can see the diffrence between someone who knows what their doing and a walking Chess Board. The trick is to keep the patterns simple and subtle so they pop but don't *POP*...understand? Also if you choose a plaid or any pattern in general make sure it's something that will have durability and will be able to be worn a couple years from now. Again, make sure not to go for any neons instead stick to classic colors like red, green, blue, or even yellow plaids to give you an edge over the competition. Make sure to get a try on a couple sizes and varieties to find out which style fits you and you should be fine. Also, remember that a second opinion never hurts. Good luck, and be sure to comment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Recommendation - Knit Ties

See the thing is that conventional ties are well…conventional. Put some pep in your step with a nice knit tie and hell; add some texture while you’re at it. I would suggest experimenting with colors like maroon, blue, or black to add a formal touch. Labels like J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, and Brooks Brothers make great classic versions of the knit tie. These particular types of ties go well with more casual outfits like cotton suits and just simple dress shirts. Patterned shirts particularly gingham, madras, or tattersall can give your outfit edge. You could go with jeans or dress it up with khaki’s and a blazer and you’ll be able to take over the town. And contrary to popular belief you can wear these ties all year around including the winter time. Good luck and be sure to comment. Thanks.

Where to find...the Best Sneakers

I love sneakers. They put a casual touch to just about any outfit and they are also definently much more comfortable than dress shoes or boots. The most versatile colors are obviously black and white but adding a splash of color now and then doesnt hurt either. Just make sure it doesn't look like your feet magically turned into crayons over night and you should be fine. Brands like Adidas, Vans, and Converse are very affordable and reliable sneakers brands that know what their doing. Adidas has great choices such as the Samba Classic, Stan Smith's, and the classic Shell-Toe Models. Vans has great slip-ons, lace-ups, and chukkas. Converse also has the Jack Purcell, the All-Stars, and many variations of both. There are also luxurious brands that also have great sneakers. Burberry, Lanvin, and Prada have beautiful and sleek pairs. Whatever you do just make sure your sneakers coordinate with your outfit and fit well into your wardrobe. Good luck and please comment.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Item Review- J.Crew Resin Crinkle Wash Jeans

What makes jeans classic? A nice dark rinse, no fades, and a solid straight fit. These are a perfect example of just that. I’ve had my pair for a good month and I love the way they coordinate with my wardrobe. They can go with a nice shirt as easily as it can with a dress shirt and blazer. The inky color of this pair of jeans can also transfer between seasons and even years. Just make sure to wash the jeans as instructed else you might see a slight fade. I would suggest to sundry just to keep the richness there. I give these particular jeans a 9/10. I would also try to go with the slim-straight fits supplied by J. Crew, they work a lot better for skinny legs like mine. Thanks for reading and be sure to comment.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Trendy or Timeless?-Bold Frames

I’m sure you’ve seen them around on runways, musicians, and celebrities but the big question is: Are they for me? This question can only ultimately be answered by you but let me make some suggestions. I would first experiment with shades and see whether or not any models flatter your face. However, if you already wear glasses you probably already have an idea of which models do just that. Since this bold frames trend is a reinvention of Vintage Glasses from the 50’s & 60’s I would definitely label them timeless. You just have to know how to circulate them into your wardrobe effectively and creatively. Be sure to understand that high-end names may go for $200 and up so before you make that commitment make sure it’s worth the money you’re putting in and not going to sit on your dresser for months at a time. Bold frames are nice facial accessories meant to be used sparingly. Make sure to keep your lenses clean and take good care of them. Labels like Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, and Tom Ford create great designs of these frames are worth checking out. Thanks for reading and be sure to comment.

Recommendation- Grimaldi's

I’m not a food critic but this past weekend I came across this New York Styled pizzeria called Grimaldi’s with my girlfriend and I have to tell you it’s the best pizza I’ve ever had…ever. The pizza we order looked so good it should have been in a magazine, but once I took a bite it tasted so much better. Our server was awesome, the pizza was well priced, and we didn’t get slices, we got a whole pizza! If you do have a Grimaldi’s in your neighborhood and haven’t taken advantage, you’ve been missing out. The setting is also very nice a friendly which makes it perfect for a family outing or a date with your significant other. I suggest Grimaldi’s to any person that is obsessed with pizza like I am. But then again who doesn’t like pizza right? Be sure to check it out and leave comments. Thanks.

Where to find…The Best (Polos)

Polos are classic shirts that are the perfect balance between dressy and casual. You can always dress them up or down & their versatility makes them convenient and they come with some extra comfort. The best polo’s come are said to come from Ralph Lauren or Lacoste which actually created the first. However, my favorite polo’s come from J. Crew. They are nicely broken-in and fit perfectly. Gap also has polo’s, but the fit is usually not as nice around the sleeves as their partner store Banana Republic. If you go with a Lacoste or any higher brand polo I would suggest going with a classic dark navy or black for your first. It’s ok to splurge if you find a deal which is usually common inside of J. Crew or Gap. When you do go pick up your shirt make sure it fits snug around your biceps and doesn’t go past your crotch. Polos will always be an essential to any wardrobe but the key is to know how to coordinate it into yours. Whether you want it tucked in or not bold or understated just make sure you feel comfortable and look down before you take the big leap into the pattern and bold color zone. Good luck and make sure to comment.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Trendy or Timeless- Vans Authentic

Vans have been seen on everybody's feet lately from Hollywood stars to teens in your neighborhood & they seem to just keep appearing. But why? It's because they're simple, comfortable, and to the point. They work with every wardrobe,classic or trendy, and can be dressed down or dressed up to the tee. Any down sides? They get dirty pretty easy, but thier affordability ($30-40) makes it worth it. If you are a first-time Vans wearer i would suggest going with a simple, classic black & white pair. If you've been through a few pairs i would suggest experimenting with a nice off-white or navy pair that are a bit more casual than the black & white but are still very classic. What i wouldn't suggest though is going with any neon pairs that call to much attention to your shoes. However, if you feel that you found a nice color, make sure you know how to pull it off and maybe consult a second opinion, probably one from a female that doesn't work inside the store. (Sales Clerks lie!...sometimes.) Remember you are looking for something that will last and be wearable, not a pair of clown shoes that come with a couple of free laughs. So whats the verdict? Timeless...Vans Authentic are classic, especially in classic colors. The brighter and more extravagent, the more it starts heading into the trendy zone. So, just watch your colors and you'll be fine. The Vans Slip-ons are also a classic and more casual version of the Authentic so they're definently worth checking out. Good luck and make sure to comment.

Recommendation- Your Local Antique Store

Now i know what you're thinking, what am i going to buy that could possibly help my wardrobe. Right? Actually, you can get great deals on alot of things from tie clips, luggage, coats, and even furniture. I've gotten each of these items at local Thrift and Antique Stores at unbelievable prices. For instance, i bought a Vintage Samsonite Suitcase that looks like it's worth about $100-300 and i got it for about $2o. I also bought a sterling silver tie clip which would go for about $80-$100 for $5...$5!!! Looking for the deals are half the fun and when you do find something its personal and one-of-a-kind, pretty much a collector's item for a bargrain price. So next time you're out make that stop at the corner Antique Shop & Enjoy. Thanks for reading and be sure to comment.

Item Review- Gap Oxford Shirts

One Word...Classic. Gap has to be the one of the most experienced shirt makers in the business and you can tell the moment you finish buttoning up this shirt. They're very durable and it has to be the best $40 dollars I've dished out in a while. Don't count on putting these shirts away for awhile, they are definently timeless and are there for you all-year long. You can dress it down with jeans and a cotton tie or dress it up by wearing a nice tailored suit and hell, it even works with a bow-tie. You can layer it with a nice v-neck sweater or just wear it by itself. It is as simple as it is versatile & that is why I give the Gap Oxford a 9 out of 10. What should you do? Next time you pass by a Gap pick one up. Why? Ask yourself that 6 months later and you'll know why. Good luck with your wardrobe and leave some comments. Thanks.

Where to find...The Perfect(& most Price Worthy) Watches

So you want Classic? You want sleek? You want your moneys worth? Go to Target. Yes Target. Target has very Classic watches from very dependable brands such as Timex & Casio that go for as little as $30. I would probably go with a nice silver watch with a classic black band for starters. They also have replaceable bands so you can change colors & textures which is not only convenient but also very affordable. Want more of a casual look? Target's Casio watches are very sleek and more trendy, but definently casual. There are also a variety of digital models available from both brands. Now, when it comes to the more expensive brands Baume Mercier makes acceptional watches, Rolex is always timeless, and one of my favorite brands Cartier is also a phenomanal watch-maker. Good luck and make sure to leave your comments.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Trendy or Timeless? - Fedoras

Now i know fedoras had their moment back in the 30's but recently every hipster & fashion fiend seem to be appearing in them. I personally feel as if i look alright in a fedora, but i find my self alot more comfortable in a driving cap or something less dressy and more casual. However, if you do find that you are a fedora guy make sure you make it seem natural, like you were born in it. Look up any picture of Frank Sinatra and you'll catch my drift. I would suggest wearing whatever hat you choose with confidence and hell if you look damn good in it show it. I say Timeless to fedoras. Just make sure it's your style and not everybody elses. Watch out for more Trendy or Timeless articles coming soon. Thanks for stopping by. Comments?

Recommendation- Details Style Manual

This book is a wonderful guide to help you get started on your wardrobe. It covers everything from blazers,suits, topcoats and everything in between. This is a very dressy and very suit orientated guide even though casual items are mentioned. Nonetheless, this book is definently the blueprint to creating the right image whether you are looking to make a couple tweeks in your warddrobe or are trying to drastically change it. The way it's written is also very addicting, I'm almost ashamed to say i read it all in one night. You can find it at your local bookstore and once you buy it you also recieve a year long subscription to DETAILS magazine free of charge. So the only question left is "Where are my Car Keys?" I highly recommend this book to any and every man out there from expert to novice. This book is way more than worth it. Good luck on the road to style & remember to comment and subscribe to S&S if you havent already! P.S. Amazon has the book for as low as 16 bucks! Crazy.

Item Review-Jack Purcell Converse Sneakers

These Classic Mid 40's Converse are a timeless take on an ideal sneaker. I myself have owned my white-on-white pair for quite some time.They can easily be dressed up or down & something about them makes them remarkably good-looking with a suit. Ever since, i got mine off of the J.Crew website (a must see) i couldn't picture myself without them. They are durable, practical, and contrary to popular belief look very good broken-in. Also the best part is that not every kid in the block is going to be sporting these and the fact that you have to make the effort of looking for them makes all the diffrence. Converse has various types of Jack Purcell Brand Converse, J. Crew has unique and classic broken-in versions, & if you are lucky your local Journeys may have the classic black or white & if you're luckier they may actually have your size. I give the Jack Purcell Sneaker a 9.5/10. Good Luck, and watch out for more upcoming reviews.

Where to find...The Best(&most price worthy)Ties

When it comes to ties alot of people seem to reach for high end brands like Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabana and Burberry for even the simplest ties. I myself would prefer not to spend a down payment on a car for a piece of silk that makes me look like a walking billboard. However, when it comes to ties i prefer simple cottons usually solid or subtly patterned or a nice silk one in a classic color & definently understated. It's alright to get a little pop from the cotton tie, pattern wise, but the shine of the silk is something that already catches attention, therefore i would stick with small polka dots, stripes, or maybe small critters. Before i get ahead of myself though i would recommend American Apparel for nice solid cotton ties and J. Crew for your silk ties. American Apparel's cotton ties usually go for about $18-20 and J. Crew's silk ties range from about $30-60 dollars, but make sure to check out all the sales they have going on. Their ties, for the quality and styling, are definently more than worth it. And lastly, when it comes to the size of your tie you should make it proportional to you torso. The smaller your torso, the smaller the tie. The bigger you torso the bigger the tie. Good luck...and be sure to comment.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hello There!!!

My name is Marcel Andrie and i have created Style & Substance in order to give everyday guys like myself advice on Style, Art, Music and everything in between. This blog will hopefully help guys get in touch with their own personal tastes and become the modern men they were born to be.