style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

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. 

Pinstripe Suits and Suspenders

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

(suit - Zegna Couture | shirt - C.M. | bow tie - The Tie Bar | shoes - To Boot New York)

Every guy should have a suit that they turn to for big days and special occasions. A suit of great magnitude. A suit that puts all other suits in your closet to shame. Beware, however; with great suits comes great responsibility (that's the phrase, right?). If you've got 6K burning a hole in your pocket, I strongly suggest the Zegna Couture collection.

Pinstripes are bold. Make sure that if you go for pinstripes you lean to the thicker side, like you'll find on styles by Tom Ford. Don't look to your old Bar Mitzva suits from the 90's.

On a side topic, going black on black is something that I consider dangerous. If you feel the need to pull of something like this, you'll end up looking like the son of a Chinese gangster at a drug traffic drop off. If you still want to try it, go ahead. If you want something similar without as strong of a kick, try something similar to what I've done above.  A dark grey and navy combo will give the same effect without looking like a solar eclipse on your body (bonus for adding some texture into your style). Throw in a patterned bow tie--because f%*k everyone, that's why.

Suspenders for men are elegant and, frankly, dapper as f#$k. Suspenders, or "braces" as some style snobs like to call them, bring an extra pop of sophistication and mock intelligence.

Style note: Do NOT wear clip on suspenders. Ever. Don't do it. Go to a tailor, a dry cleaner even, and get them to put in buttons for braces--they cost around $8. 

  • Dark on dark is better than black on black. 
  • When it comes to suspenders, it's always better to go with the buttons than the clip ons. It's like a pre-tied bow tie--practically cheating. 
  • Get some polka dot socks. 

Stay classy,

Wear It Write.

Double Breasted Suit FT Dragon Inside

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

(DB suit - c/o Dragon Inside | shirt - Trashness | bow tie - The Tie Bar | pocket square - Suited Man)

Ladies and gents, I'm here today to talk about the trend that you're going to be seeing more and more of. That is, the double breasted (DB) suit. 

The DB suit has been seen as traditionally more formal and conservative than a single breasted suit, but that's all changing. 

Rock a DB suit with sneakers and an open button down shirt after work or on the weekends. Rock it with a bow tie to a party, or even rock it to work. Wear a casual watch strap  and some bracelets while you're at it. 

The DB suit is a statement on it's own. You've got to have the confidence to go with it--it insinuates wealth and success, just ask Chuck Bass

I know right now you're desperately and frantically searching google for the best option on your new DB suit--don't worry about it. I got this one from Dragon Inside--a custom suit company out of Europe. So you know it's good. The high quality Italian and English wool will put suits in your closet to shame.

One really awesome feature that comes with ordering from Dragon Inside is the measuring process. You can choose between measuring yourself (which can sometimes be difficult) and measuring the dimensions of your favorite fitting suit. You'll know exactly how it'll fit; I thought this was a great idea for guys hesitant about how a custom suit will turn out. On top of the measurements, the Dragon Inside crew is awesome at checking in on orders and making sure all the dimensions are accurate and done correctly. Honestly, have no fear.

  • You've got to get on the DB game--you'll be poppin' bands harder than Juicy J at Las Vegas strip club.
  • Set yourself apart by wearing some sneakers and bracelets with your DB suit.
  • If you're looking for a new dress shirt, try a cutaway collar like this one here.
  • Looking for a dramatic feature of your new suit? Look for wide peak lapels.

    Stay classy,

    Wear It Write.

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