style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

Length in tees

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 (denim jacket - Club Monaco | shirt - Chasin' (Amsterdam)| slim cargo pants - US Army Apparel | shoes - 1901 Nordstrom | sunglasses - c/o Aeropostale) 

Hello all.

I put this outfit together with one thing in mind--the long tee shirt. Length in tees has become popular this last year, but there are right and wrong ways to add length to your day. If you want to try and pull this off, look to one of the guys who made it popular--Kanye.

Go big and small. Layering is important. If you are going to layer with a longer item, make sure other layers vary in length.

Tighten it up. Slim pants with a longer tee will keep you from looking like Shaquille O'Neal in the late 90's. Like a big mess.

Keep it simple. Minimalism is important to this look. If my longer tee is too busy, it takes away from the length as a style statement itself. Let the shape of the shirt do the talking.

  • Minimalism is key.
  • Watch the layers. 
  • Wear slim pants. 
Stay classy,

Wear It Write.

Summer-To-Fall Colors

Friday, September 12, 2014

(shirt - Club Monaco | shoes - Steve Madden | sunglasses - Gucci)

September is here--summer is dying. Fall and Winter don't usually bring out the best colors--with the grey skies and dark coats, it can be depressing. Before we question why god dumps rain and snow on us for half the year, we should celebrate the clear sunny skies with some color in our wardrobes. Seriously, time is running out.

Blue and green are my two favorite colors. Not just in life, but also in what I wear. Together, they look great. Especially because a darker green tone paired with deep brown leather brings some serious earth tones to segway to Fall without wrapping up in a sweater.

  • If you're wondering why Cole's pants fit so well, it's called tailoring. The best fits aren't (unfortunately) off the rack, but a little bit goes a long way. Ask your dry cleaner or tailor to taper your jeans from the knees down and make sure they're hemmed appropriately. Both will run you less than $20. 
  • If you need new shoes look for double monks--I wear mine all the time.
Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 

Cotton Blazers

Monday, September 8, 2014

(cotton blazer - Doppleganger Rome | Pocket Square - Gutteridge | jeans - Naked&Famous )

Cotton blazers are my favorite menswear item. They're a smart-casual option that are perfect for dates, the bar, or anything out on the town.

The best part about casual blazers is the rougher stitching, the shorter jacket length, and patch pockets.

The beauty of a casual, semi lined, patch pocket blazer--like the one shown above--is that you can wear your shirt tucked in or out--you can even wear it with a tee shirt. 

  • Patch pockets are a great way to keep it casual. 
  • You can wear casual blazers with your shirt untucked or even a tee. 
  • Embrace the wrinkles you'll inevitably get. It's cotton--it's going to happen. 
Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 

Polka Dot Prints

Friday, September 5, 2014

(tee- c/o Aeropostale | jeans - APC | glasses - Tom Ford | shoes - Winners) 

September is here--which means Fall is not short behind. One of my favorite looks to transition into the cooler months is jeans and a dark tee. Keeping with the trends, polka dot patterns and tees with all over prints are a solid choice, especially for back to school week (for all those students out there).

Crew neck pocket tees are one of the most underplayed, subtle style moves you can make for this summer/fall transition. Check out the shirt Cole's wearing here. I also like this one.

  • Dark versions of your favorite summer shirt make a simple transition for dressing for Fall. 
  • Make your next tee a crew neck with prints....finger prints. No. Not finger prints.
  • To each their own--cuff your sleeves or let them hang out, it's up to you. (cuff your sleeves; ignore that advice). 
Stay classy,

Wear It Write.

Summer Prints

Friday, August 29, 2014

(shirt - Pull&Bear | shorts - American Eagle | shoes - Converse | sunnies - street vendor)

Summer is coming to an end. I figured I'd put out a few more summer-inspired looks.

One of my favorite things to wear in summer is a slightly-larger fitting tee. I just buy a size up from what I usually buy--it gives your body some breathing room on hotter days and gives off a drape-y stylish vibe.

I'm a huge fan of the brand Pull&Bear. I was happy to go to Barcelona a few weeks ago because it meant some time in Pull&Bear stores. If there's one thing that Spanish fashion brands have mastered, it's prints. I love printed tees, and this summer-inspired print is no exception. Perfect for a BBQ or beach day.

  • When it's hot, don't be afraid to go a size up. 
  • Cuff the sleeves on your tee if it's a bit too baggy. It'll stop you from looking like you invaded your father's closet.
  • Go to Barcelona. Now. 
  • Summer means light colored canvas shoes. You can't get away with them so easily in winter or fall. 
Stay classy,

Wear It Write.

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.

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