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April 20, 2014
Rare Finds

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As a habitual thrift store shopper, I often come across rare and unique items, like this blazer/cardigan. It is comprised of 100% cotton but it’s texture is similar to crushed linen. 

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It’s no secret that I love hats, and this panama hat is one of my favorites. It provides the perfect amount of shade and that is extremely important for me because my eyes are sensitive to light (more on that soon).

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A few years ago I would never have imagined myself wearing a pair of converses, but these leather Jack Purcell’s have become my sneaker of choice for the spring and summer seasons. 

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Outfit Details:

Hat - Olney
Blazer - Vintage (thrift)
Shirt - Uniqlo
Pants - Zara
Shoes - Converse

April 18, 2014
Chambray and a 3-Piece

I really appreciate the look of a suit without a tie, also seen here. It’s basically my attempt at keeping things professional yet casual. 

Chambray is the ideal shirt option for the spring and summer seasons. So by pairing it with this suit, it really brings out the subtle blue thread that runs throughout the fabric. 

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Like I mentioned here, this silk pocket square will be worn quite often because of its versatility. 

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Outfit Details:

Suit - Vintage (thrift)
Shirt - Reed St. James (thrift)
Pocket Square - Vintage (thrift)
Shoes - Cole Haan (thrift)

April 16, 2014
Is it Spring Yet?

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The weather has been bi-polar lately, one day the temperature is warm and sunny and the next its snowing and windy. Therefore, dressing smart is a necessity. In fact, the abrupt change in weather resulted in me catching a cold. So I decided that it was best to dress appropriately, regardless of how sunny it might have been today. 

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I have mentioned several times before that corduroy is one of my favorite fabrics but its just a shame that I still have to wear it while most people are wearing lighter seasonal options. 

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These long wing brogues have begun to break in quite nicely over the past few months. It is really just a testament to purchasing quality made shoes. 

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Outfit Details:

Blazer - Vintage (thrift)
Shirt - Stafford
Tie - Vintage (thrift)
Pants - Suit Supply
Shoes - Vintage Sears (thrift)
Bag - Humawaca (thrift)

April 15, 2014
New Opportunities

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Yesterday I was fortunate enough to speak to a group of young men about dressing well in the workplace. The event was sponsored by the Buffalo State College Residence Life Office, as a part of their Resident Assistant Appreciation Week. After answering several questions about personal style, tailoring, and other menswear related topics, I realized how important it is for forums like this to be held on college campuses. Menswear has become extremely popular over the past few years, but there is still a huge population of young men, particularly college students that remain oblivious to the power of dressing well.

Some of the questions asked were, “What to wear to an interview?”, “Is tailoring effective?”, and “what does your style say about you?”. The other panelists and I answered all of the questions honestly and shared some of our personal experiences with the group. As a result, some of the guys expressed their appreciation for the event. However, I was the one that left feeling inspired and motivated. Therefore, I have decided to continue to share my story at other colleges and universities with young professionals and aspiring young professionals alike. I once heard the phrase, ”Be the change you would like to see”, and I believe this will be a good start. So if you would like for me to speak at your college, please click here.

April 15, 2014
En-Route to a Meeting

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On the days that I have an important meeting with faculty and staff, I tend to keep my outfit simple and professional. Here, I was on my way to a committee meeting with the Dean of Students and several college Vice Presidents. 

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As a young professional, It is extremely important to dress well in the workplace. This is something that I have mentioned several times before, but it is something that I can not re-iterate enough, especially after my latest speaking engagement at Buffalo State College (more on that soon). 

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Outfit Details:
Suit - Hart Schaffer & Marx (Thrift)
Shirt - Stafford
Braces - Vintage (Thrift)
Tie - Jos. A. Banks (Thrift)
Shoes - Father & Son (Thrift)

April 10, 2014
Bombs Away

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The early days of spring are ideal for suede bomber jackets since the weather is still cool. They are one of my favorite options for this time of the year because they can easily be dressed up or dressed down. So for me that just really means with or without a tie.  

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I purchased this suede bomber late last fall from a local thrift store and only got a couple wears out of it since then. However, I plan on wearing it quite often this season to work and for play. Hopefully, I will find the perfect pair of suede brogues to compliment this jacket as well (more coming soon).

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Outfit Details:

Hat - Bailey’s of Hollywood
Jacket - Quail Run (thrift)
Shirt - Stafford
Tie - VIntage (thrift)
Pants - Suit Supply
Shoes - Cole Haan (thrift)