Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Glove Compartment

So, now that you know you are supposed to be wearing driving gloves, what are you going to do with them once you need to take them off?

I was at a party this weekend and my friend Nick had been handed his girlfriend's evening gloves to store for the rest of the night. He folded them and had the fingers sticking out of his pants pocket. I was walking by and said, "Hey, that's very fashionable of you, I'm going to blog about that this week!" He thought I was joking....
Nick, accidentally trendy!

Conveniently, there is a micro trend happening right now wherein gloves are being used as an accoutrement! In place of a pocket square, or simply adding some whimsy. Once you are ready to take your gloves off, just add them as an accessory! All the pictures below are extracted from either StreetFSN or Tommy Ton for GQ.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Grammy Style

Ugh. The style at the Grammys is always terrible. Our star musicians always want to make a statement so badly, that they forget all taste, class, and anything cool. Fortunately, there were a handful of guys who still dressed reasonably well. Here are my top picks of the night. All pictures were pulled from Which do you like and why?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Not Quite White

Ecru is a hard color to describe, and an even harder color to wear.

The word itself is french and originates in Latin, meaning "unbleached or raw." Webster's dictionary also defines it as "beige." Wikipedia, relying on every day people to define something says, "Ecru describes the shade greyish-pale yellow or a light greyish-yellowish brown." How clear is that? Not very. If you Google Image the color you get a broad palette of colors looking like this:
Confusion aside, its surprising how many people ask for dress shirts in this color. There are a few things you should know. 
  1. It could be a cool idea--cool, different, unique. Helping you stand out in a style all your own.
  2. This is a tough color with most people's skin tones. Since there are several opinions out there on what color ecru actually is, get professional help and try out a lot of shades against your skin before committing. 
  3. Don't use this for weddings or another event where several guys will be photographed together in this color. It can just end up looking....dirty. Off. You get the idea.
Now that I've made you fully skeptical, I did happen to come across two different celebs this week who rocked an ecru shirt and wore it well!
Aaron Rodgers at the NFL awards ceremony.

Channing Tatum with Rachel McAdams at their movie premier.
Do you like the "not quite white" color of ecru or is it just not quite right?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Rethink Your Jean Jacket

With the return of the 80's, its only natural that we would be seeing more of the denim jacket. But like anything, a trend never returns quite the same. And while there are certainly stylish people out there wearing their denim jacket as light outerwear, I'm finding numerous examples wear it is being used more as a layering piece--like an over shirt. This classic item resembling casual cool is even getting juxtaposed with ties and sport coats. Take a look at a few of the examples I've found. Be sure to comment below and let us know if you'll be rethinking how you wear your jean jacket!
Photo found on the great blog Street Etiquette.

Dsquared2 FW12
Photo found on the great blog The Style Blogger.

Photo found on Esquire Magazine's The Style Blog.
I realize that the fur accessory might push this over the top for most of you. Look past that to the rest of the outfit. In all of these cases, elements of casual and dress have been successfully mixed together. This will give you an effect that is conscientious and stylish in an every day look. There are clearly a million ways to layer this wardrobe staple. What's yours?