Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Deal of the Day

Macys.com was charging $142 for this sweater. I picked it up, in store, on final clearance for $15.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Interview - Paul McGregor

I recently interviewed Paul McGregor, Editor in Chief at Mens Fashion Magazine, about his start with fashion and where it's going this season. Paul has been a fashion journalist for several years, writing for the likes of FashionBeans, Styloko and the Style King. He's also a lecturer at the London College of Fashion and owner of Brighterman.com.
How did you first become interested in fashion?

I guess I fell into fashion because of the business path I took. I established Brighterman.com back in 2009, and I guess I had to keep up to date with what was going on. From then, I took more of an interest and continued to develop my own personal style. I'm still learning every day...

What led you to launching Mens Fashion Magazine?

When I was running an online retailer selling clothing accessories, I was pretty surprised to find there wasn't a lot of online publications which offered accessible advice for men of all ages. Some of the fashion magazines focused specially on a few things, where as I wanted to create something more broad and available to the regular guy. I guess this discovery led me to launch MFM.

Who inspires your personal style?
I take inspiration from a lot of style icons, people I meet, and even from just browsing lookbooks online. I really like Lapo Elkann's style right now, along with Mr Gandy (I'm British, so of course I'll include David Gandy lol)
What are some fashionable pieces to pick up this spring?

Pastels we're huge last season and they've seemed to hold their weight too this season. A linen blazer is going to really transform any look this spring, and for me personally I'd invest in a few timeless pieces such as polo shirts, tailored shorts and light weight tees. These can be worn season after season.

From what trends should I stay away?

Don't get me wrong, I love prints but I've also seen a lot of guys get it totally wrong and end up looking like a rainbow. If you're going to rock any print whether its floral prints or animal prints, look to keep it subtle to start with. So pair it with a neutral colour to act as a neutraliser to the bright print. Some guys know how to pull off prints and create a statement, but others get it completely wrong.
What items make up a classic spring/summer wardrobe?

Keep things simple. Opt for chino shorts, tailored shorts, short sleeved shirts, polo shirts, light weight cardigans and linen blazers. Loafers too will complete any look, and again all of these pieces are timeless.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Another Sad Day

 "When someone saves your life and gives you life, there's gratitude, humility; there's a time you've been so blessed you realize you've been given another chance at life that maybe you did or didn't deserve."

Forget fashion, style, all that artificial stuff. Today, let's think about taking advantage of life - the opportunities we have, the lessons we can learn, the messages we can give to others.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Getting Knotty - Knottery Laces

 Several weeks ago, I placed my first order from the Knottery, a company known for its fantastic selection of ties, pocket squares, and of course, shoe laces. I ordered 7 sets of laces, including three colors not pictured here. After a couple uses of each shoe since being equipped with the new laces, I couldn't be happier. Not only do the laces offer a vibrant and unexpected touch of color, they're also rather well constructed.

The colors shown are Cherry Red, Neon Orange, Tree Green and Royal Blue, and currently seventeen colors are available. They say you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes, so what can you gather about a guy, bold enough to wear neon orange laces on his Aldens? Knottery laces are the perfect way to enhance your outfit, as you would with a pocket square or lapel accent (which the Knottery also sells). Along with my laces, I picked up a silk knit tie in Deep Purple. Just like the laces, the quality of the tie is superb, and a true deal at only $25. Click any of the links above to check out the offerings.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Today at the Thrift

Along with my Hickey Freeman suit from yesterday, this windowpane wonder provoked a wow moment. Seriously, aside from muttering "wow," I was otherwise speechless upon picking up this suit. A baby blue/orange tattersall overlay and a chartreuse lining might scare some guys. Screw 'em. We should all be willing to have some fun with out wardrobes and swap out the navy worsted for the tan tattersall once in awhile.

One question. Can anyone tell me anything about Fashion Park?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Today at the Thrift - The Fabulous Freeman

When you find a good suit, you know it. Today, I found a good suit. Actually, it's a f***ing awesome suit in a tremendously soft herringbone wool with a 3/4 lining and soft shoulders and flat-front trousers and those trousers contain an impeccably made, striped lining. 

Damn, I love thrifting.

Friday, April 5, 2013


Discovered on Tumblr, not sure of the original source. 
Regardless, this is the new spring blazer I want.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Wish List - Oxford Shorts

This spring, take some time off from twill and invest in several pairs of oxford shorts. They're available everywhere from Target and JCP to Brooks and Ralph Lauren. Just remember to not wear an oxford shirt with your oxford shorts.