style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

Travel Series: Rome

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rome's history and chic vibe made it my favourite city. The past has always held a certain charisma for me.

As you can see, food played a central theme throughout our time in Rome. Whether it was eating gelato three times a day, discovering what cannolis are supposed to taste like, or even finding a Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant, Rome has what you crave.

We spent our time in the neighbourhood of Monti--a young and chic area full of young energy and young people. If you're in Rome, I highly recommend spending time in Monti--whether you're looking for boutique shopping, vintage stores, or home accessories, Monti has you covered. It's exactly what you'd expect to find in the hip area of a city in the most stylish country in the world.

The menswear in Rome is fine-tailored. You can't flick a cigarette without hitting a guy in tassel loafers and tailored suits (or at least chinos and a sport coat).

I stopped a local on the street who was kind enough to let me take a photo of him for my site--in a double breasted navy suit, an open blue shirt, and worn brown leather loafers he perfectly exemplified menswear in all of Italy (and that's saying something--but come on, look at him).

  • Rome is totally awesome. If you haven't been, you need to start planning your trip right now. 
  • An Italian vintage store can have some real gems. 
  • Never underestimate gelato. Research the top gelato in Rome and visit every one on the list. You're welcome. 

Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 

Travel Series: Venice, Italy.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

As I'm sure some of you have noticed, I haven't posted anything new in almost two months. I've been traveling around Europe and have just arrived home with plenty of photos of my adventures.

All of Italy, Amsterdam, and Barcelona were my favorite spots, and I made sure to document and share what I've experienced for menswear and style.

Over this week, I'll post articles on my thoughts about style in Europe.

Summer in most parts of Europe is hot as f$#k. That didn't stop the men of Italy from looking their best and teaching the world a few things when it comes to getting dressed. Fabric becomes very important when trying to stay classy and look good (classy meaning avoiding tanks and shorts--you won't find many Italian locals rocking the frat star look).

Light cottons and linens are what you should be reaching for. Linen shirts (or pants if you're bold) and cotton semi-constructed blazers will keep you cool.  Don't be afraid to cuff your stuff--shirt sleeves and pants will be much less warm on you if you cuff them up.

  • Fit is very important in Italy--staying tailored and slimming is more important than loud and bold style moves. You won't see many tee shirts on the streets.
  • I know it's summer, but don't fall short--you won't see any shorts after dusk. 
  • If you're feeling too hot cuff yourself! 
  • More to come, so stay tuned.

Stay classy,

Wear It Write.

light cardigans.

Friday, June 27, 2014

 (cardigan - Club Monaco | shirt - Old Navy | jeans - Naked & Famous | boots - Clarks)

Throwing on a cardigan and rolling up the sleeves is one of my favorite sartorial moves for the warmer months.

When it comes to sweaters, I'm a firm believer that rich colors are always the right choice. That being said, I steer clear of dark greys and black clothing in general.

I popped into Old Navy recently and picked up a few shirts. I'm not sure who their menswear guy is now but they're a company to watch. Cheap prices and stylish (shirts, at least) cuts. Might have to dig through some piles to find the good stuff--for some reason they're hiding it in the back. I mean, speckled short sleeve Henley for $8? f#*k yeah.

  • Rolling up the sleeves on your sweater is a great opportunity to show off some accessories. 
  • Try out some short sleeve henleys..explore the space.
  • Don't forget your watch. 

Stay classy,

Wear It Write.

Casual Prep

Friday, June 20, 2014

 (jacket & chinos - Tommy Hilfiger | shirt - Ralph Lauren | shoes - Sperrys)


It's been a while since I've had anything casual on Wear It Write. I felt that had to change. Especially with the emergence of Summer. So, here we are.

I'm not going to touch on the importance of a fitting t-shirt, I'll save that for another post. However, I will say that longer is better. Rolling the sleeves of your shirt is a big style move, I endorse it 100%. When selecting a shirt, I stay clear of graphic tees or shirts with writing, symbols, etc (unless it's an elitist teddy bear in recreation gear).

My preppy bomber jacket is my go-to for the warmer months. The bright color brings the right amount of attention without being too "spirited" for the season (like a bright orange or mustard yellow).

  • Cuff your sleeves, not just your pants. 
  • Make sure your jacket is seasonally appropriate (leather gets a pass all year long, thank Steve Mcqueen for that).
  • Jeans are hot. Try dark chinos at night or colorful, dusty chinos during the day. 
  • If you're into the neck candy, make sure you go long like Tom Brady on 4th and 10. 

Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 

Floral Bow Tie

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

(shirt - CM | bow tie - c/o Suited Man | sweater - Express | pants - CM | shoes - Converse)

I am a big fan of subtle floral prints for men. They don't have to be in-your-face floral a la your grandmother's chintz sofa, but the patterns themselves are fresh for spring menswear.
If you are tentative about adding this pattern to your repertoire, choose a monochromatic floral or keep the print to smaller accessories.

Personally, I really enjoy layering with  a v-neck sweater.The v-neck is always a staple that's been readily available in my closet. However, I haven't noticed many v-neck and bow tie combos out there--I think that needs to change.

Wearing a v-neck and bow tie can be reminiscent of Fresh Prince's Carlton, so make the rest of what you wear...well--er..not Carlton.  The perfect pairing with this combination: sneakers and light colorful chinos.

  • Shut up and get a bow tie already. Pick one up from the stylish LA-based menswear brand Suited Man--I love what they're putting out.
  • After you decide to buy a bow tie, make sure it's not pre-tied. Getting a bow tie that you can't tie on your own is like falling asleep at the wheel. You hope it'll be fine and that no one will notice, but you'll wake up in a ditch with a dead hooker in your trunk and the police knocking on your window.
  • Grey/blue combo is classic but not played out--use it to your advantage. 

Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 

Spring Sweaters

Friday, May 23, 2014

(blazer - Zara | shirt & sweater - CM | denim - Naked&Famous | shoes - 1901)

Nothing better than when it warms up enough to pull out the spring sweater. My favorite sweaters for spring are light cotton crew necks with a nice pattern.

Hot weather also brings one of my favorite style moves: going sockless or showing off a bit of ankle. I've got a few pairs of pants that are tailored a bit shorter for the warmer weather so I don't always have to cuff like a flood is coming (although sometimes I still do).

  • Just because it's hot doesn't mean you've got to only wear tanks and shorts. Let your smart casual style run free--a light sweater can help. 
  • Sockless is a win. 
  • If you're looking for new shades, join the cool kids and go with club masters already. 

Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 

Smart Casual Plaid

Monday, May 5, 2014

 (cardigan & tie - C.M. | shirt - Old Navy | tie clip - Suited Man | trousers - Zara | shoes - To Boot New York)

Plaid has been made popular by everyone from country music lovers to hipsters. I want to discuss how plaid should be used in the style rotation of the everyday man.

Tossing a slim-cut, plaid shirt into your weekly rotation for work can change a typical suit into a smart sartorial move. As I'm sure you've noticed, patterned shirts are becoming more and more popular--and styles like gingham have made room for plaid to find it's place in a smart causal setting. I don't condone wearing it into the board room, but for everyday use, I think it's a great call.

If you decide to wear a plaid shirt with a suit and tie, there are some things to consider. Plaid has a lot going on. Because of that, keep the suit and tie a solid color. As a rule of thumb if you have to mix patterns, make sure it's not the suit and the tie, and make sure the pattern is a smaller proportion than the plaid you're wearing.

Style note: Try wearing a bright contrasting color tie bar. It's spring and color is never a bad thing, so let the details set you apart.

  • Don't judge plaid too quickly; there's room for a plaid shirt in your wardrobe. 
  • Wear it to work, wear it to play, but don't wear it in a formal setting.
  • Add some color via accessories. The details are important. 

Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 

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