style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

Wool Layers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

(sweater - Nordstrom | shirt - Zara | tie - Club Monaco | pants - Tommy Hilfiger | shoes - Johnston&Murphy)

I think textures are the most important way to take what you wear from ordinary to chic. It can be anything from pants, to sweaters, ties or blazers (even socks)--adding textures to your wardrobe can make a world of difference.

Take an ordinary blue tie, for example. Everyone has a blue tie. But add a thick wooly tie into the mix and you go from typical to stylish in one move.

  • Speckled colors don't hurt either. 
  • A cold front doesn't mean packing on ten pounds and wearing a peacoat everywhere you go. Layer up with wool and you'll be good to go. 
  • Camel and blue is excellent. 

Stay classy.

Wear It Write.

The Mancave: Get To The Point.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Knives are something not associated with style. When you think of knives, I hope you think of your kitchen. The things you use to cut your steak or slice chicken breast before popping it on the frying pan. Unless you're a chef, you (probably) don't put too much thought into your knives. But maybe you should.

This set from Schmidt Bros is masculine, clean, stylish, and honestly--all around sick as f#ck. Something that has never been said about knives by basic bros ever before. As if this isn't enough, they're not hard on your wallet either. Because no one wants to spend $800 on knives.

Check out a link to Schmidt Bros site, they're a bunch of good guys out of Brookyln making it happen. Right on. Next upgrade for my cutlery--BBQ tools.

  • I'm not at all affiliated with Schmidt Bros, I just think they make a great product. 
  • Toss that junky knife block in the trash and upgrade your mancave, bro. 
  • The more the merrier. 10 piece set? Sure....I have no idea what to do with this many knives. 
  • A wood handle on your knife makes you feel like you're using a hatchet to chop an animal in half in the wild. 

stay classy.

Wear It Write. 

The Urban Lumberjack

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

(axe - thrifted).

I've about had it with the urban lumberjack. If you recall one of my last posts, I suggest going for a more preppy "urban camper" if you feel the need to differentiate yourself by dressing like every other hipster in Fall that ever got dressed in any given morning (try and keep up).

If you absolutely have to wear flannel, put a pop of color in there. Bright flannel beats earthy dark flannel every day of the week (two times on sunday).

Secondly, never go too puffy with your jacket (this applies generally not just when chopping down cement beams and street lights with your axe). A puffy jacket will make you look like the love child of the Michelin Man and a jar of Fluff.

Moral of the story: if you do decide to do it, do it right.

  • Add some color into your flannel. 
  • Listen to FKYA's music--if you're not doing this already your doing it wrong. 
  • Urban lumberjack responsibly.

Fall Tweed

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

(tweed blazer - Ralph Lauren | hoodie - American Apparel | shirt - Club Monaco | jeans - Naked&Famous | boots - Clarks | pocket square - Robinson&Dapper)  

Fall means the tweedification of clothing. One of the most iconic pieces of tweed for men is the Ralph Lauren tweed blazer.

I'm going to leave out the obvious professor line, because, let's face it, tweed is great and I don't want to put it in a mental box.

Textures are one of my favorite parts of menswear. Nothing matches the harshness of the elements and the rough manliness of sophisticated men like tweed and wool.

That's not all I'm here to talk about today. Every man on earth has one thing in common. They own a hoodie. Now, the hoodie has been one-dimensional in the menswear game for too long. It's not just for the gym and Sunday football on the couch anymore--oh, no. It makes for a solid layering tool, especially under a stylish blazer--nothing too fancy, think casual.

  • Tweed is perfect for Fall. If you're looking for a vintage tweed piece, try Etsy. 
  • Looking for the perfect tweed, try something in oatmeal, it's a great and underrated color.
  • Never forget the sartorial power of colorful laces.
  • Look at your hoodie in a new way.

Urban Camper

Monday, October 6, 2014

(jeans - A.P.C. | sweater - edc | vest - G Star | socks - Topman | shoes - Andrew Marc)

No doubt it's getting colder. But cold enough for sleeves on a jacket? Only you can answer that bold style choice. If you are going to layer a vest over a shirt, there are a few things to consider.

First, never wear a vest over a tee shirt unless you're staring in an 80's action film. Sorry I'm not sorry. 

Once you aren't doing that, be careful of the shirt you're laying the vest over. I've never been a fan of layering a vest with plaid. You look like fucking Macgruber. To be clear, Will Forte dresses like this facetiously. 

Honestly, wearing a vest over a single layer is a risky style maneuver. What I like about it (when it's done correctly, like above), is that it brings a rough, outdoorsy feel to an urban environment (instead of going full hipster urban lumberjack...just so we are clear, this isn't what you want).

  • Wool socks are great. 
  • Don't be too stereotypical with how you wear your vest. 
  • Avoid looking like Macgruber. 

Stay classy,

Wear It Write.

Long Sleeve Casual Henley

Friday, October 3, 2014

(shirt - Scotch and Soda | pants - Naked & Famous | shoes - G. Star | bag - Roots | belt - Diesel)

Earlier this week I published a post about henleys--in which I mentioned the long sleeve henley. A long sleeve henley is a good buddy to call upon on the weekend or running errands around downtown. It's never late, the ladies love him, and he always picks up the tab (well at least one of those is true).

A long sleeve henley will (if it fits properly) make sure your arms have defined shape, and expose enough chest to make you feel like you bench 300lbs, even if I wasn't even there to see it...sure you did, Cole. The point is, it'll make you look athletic and all around, built.

What I like most about what Cole is wearing is how well the boots work with the shirt. They're heavy-duty looking military boots but with fine details (the wing tip stitching on the toe). This perfectly embodies the shirt style--strong but with stylish detail--so they work perfectly together. Bring even a little bit of this and you're on your way to pulling satorial bad ass style like Justin Theroux. 

  • Combine polished and bad ass. It just works. 
  • Henleys can make you look huge if you've been hitting the gym. Avoid them if you've got a gunt. 
  • Cole will make big belt buckles come back. 
  • A long necklace would be a style-appropriate addition with a look like this. 

Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 


Monday, September 29, 2014

(cardigan - Club Monaco | tee - Old Navy | chinos - Tommy Hilfiger | hat - H&M) 

I want to talk about henleys in this post.

I love a good henley. Long sleeve henleys are great in Winter, especially. I love layering a long sleeve henley over a button down and a casual tie, or casually by themselves (think Vince from Entourage).  In the warmer seasons, henleys offer a unique neckline that adds character and style that you don't find in a conservative crew neck tee...something about the buttons just says "interesting and bad ass"'s amazing what buttons can accomplish.

  • Show some skin. Take advantage of the buttons and keep them open to create a deeper neckline. It'll look sick, trust me, bro. 
  • There's a correlation between how stylish a toque is and how much it looks like a head condom. 
  • Sunglasses aren't seasonal. Don't put them away just because it's Fall...the future's so bright. 

Stay classy (or not),

Wear It Write.

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