If you’ve been following my Instagram lately (@stylstmanifesto) or my blog (despite my sporadic writing schedule), you’ll notice I tend to mix eras. Often this is done by seamlessly blending modern pieces with those of a vintage aesthetic. This ensemble was n exception. The driver’s cap is reminiscent of 1950′s California as are the tie and cardigan. The faint striping of said sweater contrasts the subtle striping of the tie and the almost indistinguishable black ticking of the jacket. For a bit of complication, a multi-check patterned button down peeks from beneath the cardigan and is interrupted by the aforementioned vintage tie. Then I selected Japanese tailored denim by gap with a classic Brando/Dean cuff. Finally, as two complimentary garnishes, I chose the super limited (released 2012 and sold out everywhere) Clot X G-shock Translucent Red watch. As the blue and red palettes are always complimentary, the choice was obvious. :)
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H&M Brick Lane Bikes is a men’s collection that combines the function of cycling gear with the hip yet vintage city-style of London. It’s about time!!! Love it!! Check out the video below and look for the collection in March 2013 at H&M.
The hardest part of choosing a great gift for a man is giving him something you can be certain he’ll use for years to come. Trends are constantly changing, and what’s popular one year may not be something he’ll even remember the next!
Signet rings were first reserved for royalty and nobility, and were far more than mere status symbols. The signet ring had somewhat fallen from favor as “old-fashioned,” in favor of more abstract and stylized designs, but they are experiencing a resurgence in this century as interest in ancestry increases all the time.
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Tie tacks and cufflinks are also terrific gifts. A nice-looking pair of custom cufflinks, perhaps monogrammed or emblazoned with a man’s family or school crest, is a wonderful way to encourage a man who typically doesn’t to dress up and adds a little extra flair to the wardrobe of a man who does. Cufflinks and tie tacks speak to understated culture and breeding and suggest to those looking on that the wearer is a man who knows and is comfortable with his world and his place within it.
There are as many kinds of great jewelry out there as there are men to wear them. A little discreet probing, or a clandestine tour of his jewelry drawer, can offer some great ideas for what sort of jewelry would make the best stocking stuffer for a given man. Jewellery tells a great deal about the kind of man who is wearing it. When considering Christmas ideas, why not get him something different that he’s sure to cherish and use throughout the year? Customized, elegant gold or silver jewelry is one gift that never goes out of fashion!
Whether it’s an office party, family gathering or friends getting together to celebrate the holiday’s, this is the best season for a man to dress festive, look stylish and have fun! Unfortunately, I’ve lost count of the times I catch a guy tugging at the uncomfortable clothes their wives or girlfriends have picked out for them. There’s no need for that! With the right pieces, a guy can easily throw together a comfy and stylish outfit together in no time.
The key is to stay within your normal day to day style but amp it up a bit. To dress up your favorite pair of jeans or slacks, try throwing on a blazer (particularly a cordoroy or tweed one) with a simple white tee. For an effortless look, try a fitted cardigan ala David Beckham (like this one from Lyle & Scott). For a more pulled together vibe use a pullover with a button down. I personally love to layer because it’s so much more personal and eclectic.
Add your touch to outfits with a favorite scarf, a trendy tie or vest…the options are limitless and as the evening goes on you can always pull off the sweater or tie. Whatever items you choose to make up your outfit I suggest you check out Northern Threads and if I were to recommend some brands in particular I would go for Pretty Green by Liam Gallagher (one of my faves by far), you’ll find simple tees, scarves, jackets and just about anything else you’ll need to get you prepared for a gathering. There’s no excuses, with so much fine clothing to choose from you should really be partying in a stylish outfit at this festive time, don’t be lazy with you’re dressing! Click here to browse their huge stylish range of both premium and casual labels.
I know I’ve done a ton of David Beckham copycat’s, but I can’t help it…his style is always effortless and on point! This outfit is one of my favorites – its got a rugged yet polished look that’s layered perfectly and each and every peice can be mixed and matched with ANYTHING! Get David’s look for less with pieces from Hollister, Yesstyle, DSW & more!
Plaid Shirt $39.96 at Buckle.com | Cardigan – $47 at Uniqlo.com | Classic Hollister Jeans – $49.50 at Hollisterco.com | Vintage Brothers Slim Tie – $9 at Yesstyle.com | Boots – $139.95 at DSW.com | Vintage Belt – $19.99 at Tillys.com
As a kid growing up in Brooklyn back in the 90′s, snapback hats were the ultimate urban fashion statement and closely associated with the style and music of hip hop legends like Dr. Dre and Tupac to name a few. The trend of course spread wide from sport legends like Michael Jordan to celebrities such as Will Smith when he was “moving with his auntie and uncle in Bel-air!” Flash forward to today and my boys are rocking vintage snapbacks and listening to today’s trendsetters like Kanye West, Mac Miller, Jay-Z and even underground YouTube sensations like D-Pryde and George Watsky.
Yeah, some things in life come full circle and never go out of style! Oh, and if you are wondering the origin of the name snapback, here’s the quick version: it’s a hat with an adjustable strap on the back that snaps together…snapbacks!
The popularity is continuing to grow an many snapbacks today aren’t exclusive to sport teams – they also use designer brand names like Diamond, Krew and Crook League. From a fashion standpoint the snapback definitely adds a street vibe to your look whether jeans and a tee shirt or a sports jersey with shorts. Best of all there are a ton of options and styles to choose from online. Check out the huge selection at SnapHats.com .
Cooler weather is right around the corner and by adding a few key pieces to your summer shorts now, you can keep them out later on. The idea is to pick pieces that you’ll get tons of use and are stylish enough to mix and match later on with jeans, cordoroys or slacks. Pair them with a pair of boots, oxfords or sneaks and you’re good to go! Check out some examples below
Now: If you prefer simple functional basics try a light weight jacket like the ones by Penfield over at Size? with just about any of your summer favorites. Later: Add a stylish scarf, a hoodie and a button down… guaranteed style and it’s layering heaven!
Now: For cooler nights try a preppy sweater (it’s a classic and stylish piece for any season), shorts and slip ons. Later: Pull out your cordoroys and favorite summer slip ons to wear with your sweater for a effortless laid back look.
Now: Pair your shorts with your favorite tee and a button a down. Later: Add a a vest for some stylish layering and ditch the shorts for your favorite jeans
Kellan’s double denim look is the perfect blend of cool and casual. It definitely epitomizes the laid back Cali style captured by his personal line of Abbott and Main. Get Kellan’s look for less with pieces from American Eagle, Swell & more!
Denim Shirt - $49.50 at AE.com
Jeans – $49.99 at Swell.com
Oxfords – $49.99 at Urbanoutfitters.com
Aviator Sunglasses – $18.18 at ASOS.com
Newsboy Cap – $43.46 at Urbanexcess.com
Love a man with a stylish backpack… it gives any outfit an old school (somewhat chic/geeky) street vibe that’s so sexy! Tip: Don’t go cheap on backpacks. They are always handy and if you choose the right one, it’ll look even better with a little wear and tear. When it comes to style points, consider this: Pair it with a hoodie and slacks for an old school touch; blazers and a scarf to class it up; or a pull over, button down and baggy jeans for a smart look. Check out some of my faves below and let me know your thoughts on backpacks.
Wool-Blend Jacket - $56.90 at Forever21.com
Jeans – $42.99 at Tillys.com
Hoodie – $26.94 at Oldnavy.com
Sneakers – $111 at ASOS.com
Canvas and Leather Backpack – $76.99 at Bluefly.com
Sunglasses – $46.90 at Nordstrom.com
Leather and Canvas Backpack – $57.30 at ASOS.com
Faux Leather Backpack – $112 at Yesstyle.com
Ralph Lauren Backpack - $74.99 at Rugby.com
Idlewood Backpack - $85 at Urbanoutfitters.com