Suit by Vintage (thrift), Shirt by Stafford, Belt by Tommy Hilfiger, Shoes by Henry Grethel (thrift), Bag by Humawaca (thrift)
A few months ago I visited one of my favorite local thrift stores and I found this vintage light blue pinstripe suit. The pants were bell-bottoms and the jacket was very billowy in the midsection, so I was a little apprehensive about making the purchase. I usually stray away from clothes that need a lot of alterations because it would defeat the purpose of shopping in a thrift store. However, since the suit was constructed from a lightweight cotton and the jacket was half lined with natural shoulders (no padding), I knew it would be an ideal summer option. So I made the purchase and quickly visited my good friend and tailor, Joe Chayban of Chayban Custom Tailors.
I decided to take in the sides of the jacket so that it would create a more flattering silhouette. The trousers were originally bell bottoms, so tapering the legs was essential. So I got them tapered, shortened, and I added a 1 1/2 inch cuff. After getting all of that work done I still paid under $100 and I couldn’t be happier.
Blazer by Zara, Shirt by H&M, Jeans by Levi’s, Shoes by Henry Grethel (thrift)
Still keeping things light and comfortable with this linen/cotton double breasted blazer. I decided to pair it with my favorite white jeans and these recently thrifted suede loafers.
Guitar by Esteban, Hat by Olney, Shirt by H&M, Shorts by Uniqlo, Shoes by Zara
I am usually not down for public displays of affection but like I mentioned here, playing the guitar is my new hobby and it has quickly become the love of my life. Hence the reason why I carry it around all the time and devote as much as time possible to learning. That also explains my recent lack of content on the blog, but I am learning to balance the two.
As for the clothing, I am keeping things light, airy, and comfortable. This shirt is a summertime staple and I wear it as often as possible, also seen here.
These shorts are chambray so they are extremely light and comfortable. They also have a drawstring waistband, so it often feels like I am wearing fashionable basketball shorts.
Shades by Vintage (thrift), Jacket by Uniqlo, Shirt by Reed St. James (thrift), Jeans by Levi’s, Shoes by Zara
For some men creating a tailored and office ready look during the summer months can seem like an impossible task. On the contrary, staying cool while wearing a shirt and blazer is contingent on the fabric and color. A light color and light fabric option will allow you to remain comfortable and cool even in 90 degree weather.
This blazer is a linen/cotton blend and it is completely unlined. It is actually the same weight as the chambray shirt that I am wearing. Therefore, it is the ideal jacket for the summer. I must admit that Uniqlo definitely knows a thing or two about designing lightweight outerwear. That explains why I also purchased this blazer from them a couple months ago.
Shirt by H&M, Pants by Lief Kultuur, Shoes by Made in Brazil (thrift)
I have mentioned several times before that the fall is my favorite season because I enjoy layering and wearing all of jackets and blazers. However, during the summer months I dress more casually and do whatever it takes to stay cool in the heat. Therefore, when my brother Sam started designing african print pants, it became a perfect alternative to my usual tailored trousers.
When wearing a bold pattern like this I tend to keep everything else simple, therefore this white shirt was the ideal option. As for the pants, the print is bold but the pants themselves are simple. They are a lightweight cotton, with a flat front and side pockets. It almost feels like I am wearing a pair of pajamas.
I felt that it was only right to pair these pants with my recently thrifted Brazilian loafers. They are basically sandals that do not expose my toes, so I am sure that is something everyone can be happy with!
Special thanks to Lief Kultuur!
1. Unique Fabrics
During my latest visit to the local thrift store I came across some rare and unique pieces. Ironically, I was initially searching for some furniture for my new apartment (more on that later). However, after I scoured the furniture section I decided to peruse the clothing section before I departed. I came across some great pieces that I won’t be wearing until the fall and winter season. However, that just gives me something to look forward to other than the snow.
Once I came across this vintage suit, I immediately knew that I could not go home without it. Especially since the jacket fit perfectly. Besides the spot on fit, the fabric is what really stood it to me. The subtle blue, orange, brown, and burgundy accents makes this a very versatile suit. And once I get the trousers tailored to my usual slim standards, I will be wearing them as separates.
2. Leather So Soft
This is actually my third leather motorcycle jacket, the others are seen here and here. I found this jacket hanging near the bed sheets, which led me to believe that someone was probably hiding it for themselves. However, once I tried it on I was amazed by the slim fit and the buttery soft leather. This was a special find, because I usually come across rough and rugged leather jackets that wreak of cigarette smoke, but this one was a hidden gem.
3. Just Different
This piece is a little more ballsy than my other finds but there was something about this sweater that really inspired me, and the earth tones make this ideal for the fall. I will most likely pair it with simple basics like a black t-shirt, dark rinse denim, and these jodhpur boots to create a casual look.
4. Suede Cardigan
I have never been a huge fan of cardigans but this one really stood out to me because of the braided design and suede fabric across the body. I will most likely wear this with the same boots mentioned above and a wide brim fedora.
So I am pretty sure that you have noticed that my consistency has been down substantially since the beginning of June. This is because the spring semester is over and I dress extremely casual for work (mainly just white dress shirts, jeans, and suede loafers). Therefore, posting my day to day outfits would be monotonous and uninspiring. However, I have been devoting a lot of my free time to learning how to play the acoustic guitar. I actually received this guitar as a gift from my mother more than 10 years ago. Unfortunately, at the time I thought I was too cool to and learn how to play a musical instrument, so I spent the majority of my adolescence playing baseball and football. It was not until I became heavily interested into fashion and art that I began to see the value in playing a musical instrument. In fact, I believe music and style are synonymous because they are both platforms in which people can express themselves to the world.
So I say that to pose this question, what is your passion?
Blazer by Uniqlo, Shirt by H&M, Pants by Zara, Shoes by Zara
I recently purchased this blazer during my last trip to NYC from Uniqlo and I have been wearing frequently ever since. It is the same weight as a t-shirt and their size small fits me like a glove. I especially appreciate the slim cut through the sleeves, the natural shoulders, and its all around tailored fit.
The sleeves were about an inch too long but instead of getting it shortened, I just decided to cuff the sleeve and give it more of a casual feel.
I didn’t feel like going sockless today so I wore one of my no show socks instead.
From Left to Right: Henry Grethel (thrift), Zara, Robert Mur, Stacy Adams, Zara
I recently wrote about why suede shoes are ideal for this time of the year, seen here. So I felt that it was only right to showcase some of the suede shoes that I will be wearing consistently for the next few months. Ironically, these are all just various shades of brown but they all serve different purposes.
I once read the phrase that loafers are for loafing. However, I believe loafers like these are versatile because they can be worn casually but can also be worn with a suit.
These double monks are a constant in my rotation but in my opinion they portray more of a casual aesthetic because of its rounded toe. A sleeker toe like this one is more appropriate for suits and professional settings.
I have not worn these shoes in a very long time. Actually, the last time was when I took this photo last year, but these suede loaders are definitely made for loafing.
This is another pair of shoes that I have not worn in a while. They were an affordable pair of suede brogues that were on clearance in JCPenney. I tend to wear these with jeans and a blazer to work, seen here.
These are another pair of versatile loafers. They are unique because they have a casual rounded toe, but also have a squared embellishment that adds another element to the shoe. With that being said, I usually wear these with jeans or shorts.
I decided to start selling some of the things that I no longer wear, and I came across my vintage lapel pin collection. I used to attach one of these pins to all of my blazers and jackets. However my style has evolved quite a bit since then, seen here. Therefore, I decided to list my entire collection on eBay. So if wearing lapel pins is your thing be sure to check out my eBay listing and please stay tuned for my other listings.
This past weekend I went to New York City to do some shopping and visit my family and friends. I also decided to bring my camera so that I could take some photos of people that inspire me. I have done some “street style" photos in the past. However, lately I have been gaining inspiration from various individuals with different styles and I think my photos truly reflect that.
1. Casually Tailored
I really liked his cool and casual approach on dressing down a blazer. He might have been on his way home from church or just enjoying his sunday afternoon. But with an outfit like this, he is ready for any occasion.
2. Salmon Details
This guy represents what dressing on a Sunday is all about. The salmon colored shorts and subtle details in his shirt brought this outfit together.
3. Lenny Kravitz Jr. Jr.
I saw this guy in the train station dancing awkwardly as he waited for his train. His cheerful personality is definitely reflected in this outfit. He also got some extra points for rocking those Margiela’s.
4. The Cool
From a distance this guy looked as if he was waiting for someone to take his picture, but in reality I think he was just trying to stay out of the heat.
5. Chillin in the Shade
This older gentleman had a great attitude. He asked me if I was going to pay him for taking his photo…but of course I just smiled and walked away after I got a good shot.
6. A Pet Owner’s Love
While I was waiting for my friend to meet me, this guy took a break from walking his dogs and I could immediately sense the love that he had for his dog’s. Although this is probably the most un-menswear related photo, it is my favorite and I am glad that I was able to capture this moment.
I first noticed the jersey and neck tattoo and I immediately thought to myself “this guy looks familiar”. Then I remembered he was featured here.
8. On a Break
Just another sharply dressed man, possibly on a lunch break. I appreciated the fact that he matched his leathers.
9. Aspiring Photographer
I had a brief conversation with this guy about photography. Unfortunately, I couldn’t offer much advice about which camera he should purchase, but I am pretty sure he will have a better camera than mine the next time we meet.
10. Real Street Style
While taking these photos I stopped each person and asked them to take their photo. However, instead of stopping this guy I just decided to catch him action. I really appreciated his blazer and full cut trousers. He looked extremely comfortable and cool even though he was wearing all black on an 80 degree day.
Hat by Vintage, Jacket by Zara, Shirt by Topman, Pants by Zara, Shoes by Nike
This is not a usual look for this blog but I just wanted to show that I don’t always wear a suit & tie.
Blazer by Frank & Oak, Shirt by Stafford, Pants by Levis, Shoes by Henry Grethel (thrift)
Ever since I moved from downtown Buffalo to one of the surrounding suburbs, I have been taking full advantage of the scenery. Sometimes I feel like I have a park in my own backyard, so I am pretty sure that I will be taking more photos from this same location.
This blazer by Frank & Oak is trendier and a little shorter than my other blazers, but it has a lot of sentimental value because it was a gift from the good folks over at Frank & Oak.
It’s ironic that I just wrote about wearing suede shoes in the spring and summer seasons, and then a couple days later I stumbled across these suede loafers in my favorite local thrift store. One can even call it the law of attraction.
Hat by Bailey of Hollywood, Jacket by Vintage (thrift), Shirt by H&M, Jeans by H&M, Shoes by Zara
This jacket/blazer/cardigan, whatever you want to call it, has quickly become one of my favorite pieces, also seen here. I love the crushed linen texture and its airy feel, therefore making it the ideal weight for this time of the year. Also whenever I wear this piece I never have to worry about feeling under dressed or overdressed because it is the perfect medium.
I also appreciate its huge pockets. Since I wear my pants so aggressively tailored (tight), its impossible to carry a lot of items. Hence the reason for this slim wallet.
And of course you cannot go wrong with a pair of suede loafers in the spring.