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April 23, 2014
Unexpected Spring Layering

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I often complain about how bi-polar the weather is here in Buffalo, NY, and today is no different. This past the weekend, we saw temperatures in the high 60’s. Unfortunately, today we experienced temperatures in the mid 30’s. Therefore, dressing appropriately was essential.

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This wool knit sweater is extremely warm and I often wear it as a layering piece, seen here, but this time I wanted to treat it as outerwear. This way I could be more prepared once the temperature rises in the afternoon.

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One thing that I sometimes forget to mention is the importance of matching your leathers. Coordinating the leather of your shoes, belt, and watch is a great way to complete an outfit.

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Outfit Details:

Hat - Bailey’s of Hollywood
Sweater - Cobb HIll (thrift)
Jacket - Levi’s
Shirt - Stafford
Tie - Vintage (thrift)
Pants - Suit Supply
Shoes - Zara

April 23, 2014
Wingtips & Saddle Shoes

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Last week I was fortunate enough to win the Florsheim Shoes $200 Giftcard Giveaway hosted by Anthony Urbano, Creative Director of Closet Freaks. Like most people, I enter several giveaways a month and never win. However, this time I received a blessing just in time for the spring.

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These grey wingtips, seen here, are my first pair of grey shoes. I have been on the lookout for a quality pair of grey wingtips after realizing how versatile they can be. Therefore, I used this as an opportunity to finally acquire a pair. These are ideal for this time of the year and will be worn regularly with everything from denim to suiting.

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These navy and brown saddle shoes, seen here, were on clearance so that made them even more appealing. I once contemplated purchasing these exact shoes at a local DSW, but changed my mind at the register. However, after realizing that these were on clearance, I decided to get the most value out of my gift card. These saddle shoes will also be worn on a regular basis and will most likely be paired with denim. 

Special thanks again to closetfreaksblog for this opportunity.

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.