Showing posts with label Style. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Style. Show all posts

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Science Of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day

Have you ever thought about how much time you likely waste deciding what to wear in the morning? It’s probably made you late to school or work more times than you can count.

We waste so many precious moments concerning ourselves with frivolous details. An outfit will not change the world, it probably won’t even change your day.
This is not to say that fashion isn’t important, as it has an immense impact on culture and, in turn, the direction of society.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Great Places: Smith Commons (DC)



Jerome Bailey's Smith Commons in DC (1245 H St. NE, DC) is one of those cool bars for artists, actors (from the nearby theatre) and Capitol Hill staffers.  A massive structure — three floors plus a deck --- is a great place to grab a drink, listen to great live music, eat or just people watch. 

The second and third floors are billed as the “Public House” and while they have tables for full dinner service, they are most definitely made for drinking.  The hot spot's decor takes inspiration from early-20th-century metalwork factories.The big cushy sofas and banquettes for lounging, make for an eclectic-cool than college hand-me-down chic.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Getting the Most Out of Your Sweats

With the advent of the new slimmer more tapered style sweats, men are saying good bye bidding to the old boxy sweatpants that you once settled for in department stores.   Outside of the new styles and tapered cuts, customers are also seeing a change in construction and fabrics as well. The new sweats are coming equipped with heavier weighted materials and high quality stitching, giving customers not only a more stylish look, but a well rounded look as well.

How To Wear
You can now get the most out of your sweats in the following ways:
  • Sweatshirts and pants are always a go to. However, you don’t have to look like are going to the gym if you aren’t. A pair of cashmere sweats and a vintage style crew and sneakers is a great way to pull off the “I may look like I am going to the gym, but I am really just going to an early movie,” look.
  • Say your friends want to grab brunch and you really don’t feel like changing out of your denim shirt, sweats and sneakers. What do you do? Grab a blazer to go with the sweats you already have on. A well fitted blazer always dresses up any look, plus, your friends won’t think you just rolled out of bed.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alexander Wang Collection for H&M to Hit Stores Nov. 6

Alexander Wang’s collection for H&M, announced last April, is finally hitting stores (and online) on November 6. The designer had the following to say about the collaboration, which is inspired by performance-wear:

“I wanted to create a collection where most of the pieces have been designed from scratch," Wang said. "There are only a couple of items that are updates from past designs. Rather than creating affordable versions of expensive items, I wanted to design true performance pieces that are within the natural price points of sportswear of H&M, so we were able to create the best version of these pieces, through our vocabulary."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stylish Men will be Wearing "Chalk Stripes" this Fall

Stylish men are dressing down their suits like never before, and no pattern is more suitable for a casual update than chalk stripes, the more audacious cousin to pinstripes. The thicker stripe, often broken up a bit by the natural textures of woven wool, has an earthier feel, which lends itself to pairing with sneakers, chunky sweaters, or even a crewneck sweatshirt.

Overall think of pinstripes: all business, and chalk stripes as all balls.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Andrew Nowell Shows Pops of Color for Spring/Summer '15


One of the bright spots that shone during DC Fashion Week was the menswear line from Andrew Nowell. The designer presented his Spring/Summer 2015 collection last Saturday night during the Emerging Designers Showcase held at the Washington Post Conference Center.


Nowell gets his inspiration from the street-wear movement that is so prevalent in what men are wearing these days, combined with the classic tailoring of Saville Row. “Men are no longer dressing like their fathers,” Nowell noted. 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

3 Essential Style Tips to Help You Look Your Best


1. Have a go-to tailor.No guy can have off-the-rack clothes fit perfectly. Find a tailor you like—who will listen to your requests—and keep going back to him. He can keep your sizes on hand for quick fixes and even give you impromptu fashion advice.
2. The right tie is essential.The color, fit, and shape should perfectly complement your look. Start with a tie that complements the dominant color of your suit or shirt. Also, the width of the tie should closely match the width of your lapel.
3. Always dress like someone’s watching.Whether you're headed to brunch with the kids or a night on the town, I feel it's always important to look your best. Sometimes it’s as simple as ironing or steaming your clothes. The attention to detail will show, and you'll feel more confident—even if it's just a T-shirt.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

It's Autumn and Time to Dress Like a Grownup, Again

A man can get away with more boyish dress in the summer months as the ladies forgive shorts, t-shirts, sandals and such due to the heat. But, we’re post Labor Day now. Not only can you traditionally no longer wear white until Memorial Day, you can’t dress like a grammar school kid or shipwreck survivor anymore.

Autumn and winter offer an opportunity to show off some personal style. The seasons demand you grow your wardrobe up some. As always, the bottom line with men’s fashion — and the women we’re dressing up to attract in the first place — is to show up seeming as though you give a damn what you look like. Consider autumn an opportunity. Rather than weep and moan over the throwback 80s Jams, Crocs and tie dye wife beater you have to pack away burn because the leaves are falling, imagine the looks you can put together from smart to sophisticated to rugged in the Fall.
We’ll go over some autumn fashion tips from head to toe (literally) with ideas on how to evolve your style.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Brands/Designers are Taking their Cues from the Streets

Backpacks. Bomber jackets. Bucket hats.  It's apparent that the Nineties have made a strong comeback -- and with it, a wave of streetwear nostalgia.

Everyone from megabrands such as Nike, Adidas, and Timnberland, to traditional labels such as Brooksbothers and up-and-coming designers like Off-White tapping into its aesthetic.  Its resurgence, both in terms of fashion influence stems from from a variety of factors, including the growing importance of Generation Z consumers; the  boom in activewear as everyday apparel.


So large is the boom, that it is increasingly becoming more and more segmented.  No longer is there one look; instead, streetwear ranges from urban Goths to the skate and surfer market to new-era grunge and lung, and finally, hip-hop.   Because of social media and the Web, all of these underground subcultures are now accessible to the public.

Fashion has always been driven by the streets, but with the web, the impact is seemingly more immediate.  With the web style is "in your face" and the bar to becoming a designer and having access to a large audience is only a few mouse clicks away.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Balmain Cable-Knited Wool Sweater

For Fall/Winter 2014/15 the House of Balmain brings us this cable-knitted merino wool, overlaid with a large cotton fleece panel on both sides, and punctuated with silver zips at the waist. This classic all black sweater is equal parts parts edgy and luxurious. The design is reminiscent of protective motorcycle leathers – fully in keeping with the French fashion house’s biker aesthetic – although the super soft feel of the materials are anything but tough and rugged.  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Face Saving Moves: Russell Westbrook Launches Westbrook Frames


Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has an explosive presence on the courts, and his unique personal style has generated an equal amount of buzz. Often spotted in vibrant, printed shirts and a pair of lensless glasses, Westbrook’s statement-making “nerdy chic” outfits have inspired other basketball pros to swap out standard suits for clothes with a bit more personality. Coming off of another impressive season (after recovering from knee surgery, he finished the year on a high note by scoring 40 points in a Western Conference Finals game), Westbrook has kept busy this summer by making serious moves in the fashion industry.
Earlier this month, news broke that the 25-year-old California native would be collaborating with Barneys on his Westbrook XO capsule for the retailer, which puts him a step above other stylish ballers (Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, et al.) who occasionally attend fashion shows. Westbrook’s curated collection, which hits stores in July, will include pieces from brands including Jordan, County of Milan, Naked & Famous, and Del Toro. Last week, Westbrook took his first-ever trip to Paris, where he sat front-row at menswear shows including Rick Owens, Comme Des Garçons, and Givenchy, and celebrated his Barneys line with a private dinner hosted by Barneys and Marcelo Burlon on Sunday.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Style and Substance: Buchert's Saloon (DC)

Beuchert's Saloon has firmly established itself as a DC institution in the Eastern Market section of DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood.  And, for all your gripes about gentrification and elitism, when you sidle up to Beuchert’s charcuterie board and a perfectly-poured cocktail, well, let’s just say you’ll have nothing to complain about.  It’s exactly the right balance between high class and neighborhood joint, not an easy feat to achieve, but they’ve had over 134 years to dial it in, a frame of time that eases the “hipster” descriptor into

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kanye West/Adidas To Release First Sneaker this Summer


Kanye West will release his first pair of sneakers with his new partner, Adidas, sometime this summer, perhaps later this month.

Kanye has reported already designed 20 different sneaker styles with Adidas.


Nike just released the Red Octobers, unexpectedly, less than 2 months ago to much fanfare.
Kanye West and Nike parted ways last year which cleared the way for West to sign with the sneaker giant’s rival, Adidas, in December 2013.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

7 Tired and True Summer Hair Styles for Black Men

Like all men, Black men are trying to find sexy and hot looking new hairstyles that they can try this spring and summer that are both low maintenance and will highlight their killer looks. A good hairstyle will highlight aspects of your personality and impress potential mates.  

Here are a few you may want to consider.


Clean and Short
Clean and Short Black Men Haircuts

How To Style: 
  1. Apply a scalp and hair moisturizer.
  2. Brush hair with a boar bristle brush.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Essential Spring Grooming Tips

Spring is here and to go along with your “Spring cleaning” obligations, here are a few steps to make your warmer-weather-grooming-transition easier.
Face & Body
Two things that are a must as temperatures increase: An upgraded moisturizer w/SPF and an exfoliant. An exfoliant helps to keep the extra oil your body produces in warmer climates at bay, and the upgrade in SPF reduces your doctor’s visits!
Moisturizer:
  • Use a Face Balm w/ at least SPF 15  
  • Use a Facial Moisturizer w/ at least SPF 15  
  • Use a Daily Moisturizer w/ at least SPF 30 
Exfoliant:
  • Face Scrub  

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