Style Tip of the Week [061013]

Go Nautical

One of the most classic summertime trends are nautical stripes. The blue and white styling just screams summer. The ever classic “Seersucker” styling could also fall under this category. Both of these are available on shirts, jackets, shorts; make sure you pick up some of these pieces for a major summer wardrobe upgrade. Pair the shirts with red chinos or shorts and boat shoes for the ultimate sailor inspired look.

Top Row L-R

Bottom Row L-R


Style Tip of the Week [092313]

Another Season, Another Fabric

Seems like yesterday I posted about rocking linen for the summer! Now we’re gonna do a complete today 180 and discuss corduroy. Not the children’s book, that I really loved, but instead the fabric. Since the weather is starting to cool down it’s time to search for thicker and warmer fabrics. Corduroy is perfect cause it does all this, plus it looks stylish. It’s available on pants, blazers, shirts, even shoes! I love pairing the pants with leather and denim shirts and jackets because they look so good together.


Native Youth [$40]

J. Crew [$75]

Sperry Top-Sider [$85]


Style Tip of the Week [081213]

Layer It On

Ahh September. I’ve waited on this month all year, and now it’s just around the corner. Changing seasons, awesome events planned, and (the best reason of all) the biggest fashion issues!; what’s not to love? Another great benefit of September is getting to layer. And I mean REALLY layer. I know I’ve talked previously about layering in the summer, but during the colder months it’s SO much better! You are able to incorporate sweaters, vests, jackets, scarves, boots, etc., and really make your outfit stand out! Now is the time to start stocking up. Don’t wait too late! You can find some really great deals if you start looking early. My biggest thing is MAKE IT YOU. Look at these photos as inspiration, but twist and turn them to mold into your style.


Style Tip of the Week [090913]

Transition in Style

Just because we are transitioning into a new season doesn’t mean you have to go full on sweaters, jeans, and chinos! Sure you can work them in, but you can also work in summer elements. While the weather is still warm, you can still rocks your shorts, tanks, and tees! The key is to layer them in. Throw on a plaid or denim button up over your tanks and tees. For shorts you can layer on a jacket or sweatshirt and pull off a pretty amazing look!  


Style Tip of the Week

Ombré Mi Hombre

One big trend for summer 2013 is ombré. From American Eagle to Versace, the craze has dominated the fashion market. The dark to light (or vise versa) styling began as a hair trend for girls, and it blew up worldwide from there. It’s a great look in my opinion. It really upgrades a basic tee, sweater, or button up (as pictured). But it doesn’t stop at just hair and shirts; the trend spreads into shorts and pants. Normally I would tell you not to be a follower, but this is something you want to join in on.

[Left to Right]

$177 x saksfifthavenue.com

$24.95 x ae.com

$99 x nordstrom.com

Style Tip of the Week [102813]

Go Back to High School


Varsity styled jackets are back in a huge way this year! Every brand from Gap, to Gucci, and yes even American Eagle; are putting their own twists on an American classic. So now there’s even more to love with them being available in multiple colors, materials, and fits. Get one their fits your personal style the best!

[Clockwise From Top Left]

American Eagle [$99]

Gap [$128]

Gucci [$1,195]


Style Tip of the Week [101413]

Say Hello to Your Elbow

Ah elbow patches; One of the most stylish additions to both menswear and womenswear pieces. The trend has gone away, died, and come back to life for Fall 2013. The more I shop, the more I realize how big this trend is gonna be! Even at my store (American Eagle), we’ve put out some very nice crew sweaters, cardigans, and even blazers with the patches! They defiantly give your basic sweater or blazer a very fashionable upgrade.

[L-R; All from J.Crew]





Style Tip of the Week [072913]

Tie It Up

For a long while, I was sooo against this trend. The 90’s trend rebirth just wasn’t for me. Slowly but surely, I came around. I’m sot sure if it’s the fact that at my store, the mannequins and advertising both feature males following the trend or what, but I’m starting to like it! It gives your typical jeans and t-shirt outfit a little kick. Use a plaid button up, a sweatshirt, whatever! Leave the buttons on the shirt tied around the waist unbuttoned, or button them up; it’s up to you. Make it your stand out piece with a bold color or pattern, or simple and just another piece. Just don’t make it look like you tried to hard.


Style Tip of the Week [071513]

Bring The Heat

Clean and crisp. That’s exactly what your pieces should look like. Of course they’re gonna get a little wrinkled from wearing them, but you should always make sure they look A1 pre-wear. That’s why this week’s style tip focuses on ironing and steaming. These things keep you from looking like you just rolled out of bed wearing that outfit. It takes the outfit to another level, and fellow fashionistas will notice. I’m sharing my favorite iron and steamer this week to help you get inspired.

Steamer: Conair - $56 x sears.com

Iron: Rowenta - $120 x bloomingdales.com


Style Tip of the Week [062413]

Give A Tuck

Every now and then, it’s nice to dress up your outfit a little by tucking in the shirt. You don’t have to be going anywhere fancy, maybe you’re going shopping or getting lunch with a friend. Tucking in gives you a cleaner look and also a more stylish look. You can tuck it in all the way around, or maybe just a certain section to show off your belt. But also double-check yourself in the mirror. It’s very easy to look like you sloppy when you do it, so make sure the tuck makes sense. And also, try to avoid the basic graphic tee tucked in all the way around. You could easily end up looking like Allen from “The Hangover”! 


Style Tip of the Week [061713]

Stylin’ Specs

Sunglasses are a summer essential. And fortunately (or unfortunately), they can also make or break your outfit! Here are some tips when choosing:

  • Stay away from cheaper plastic sunglasses, they are sure to break. Pick brands that are durable such as Ray-Ban and Oakley. 
  • Try to avoid white. I feel like guys look awkward in white sunglasses.
  • Not sure on style? Go with classics, such as aviators or wayfarers.
  • Higher end sunglasses, such as Gucci or Tom Ford, are awesome to own. But only get these if you’re good at keeping up with stuff.
  • Pick out frames that fit your face. Just because you look a particular frame, doesn’t mean it’s for you.

And for those who wear prescription glasses, like I’ve recently begun having to do, use these tips as well! But there’s a bonus rule for this one.

  • Pick out frames that are neutral. Unless you plan on buying multiple frames, don’t go to crazy with them. Remember, you have to wear them everyday. Go with black or Tortoiseshell for a timeless look.

[Top to Bottom]

  • Tom Ford - $380 x sunglasshut.com
  • Ray-Ban - $165 x sunglasshut.com
  • Burberry - $190 x glasses.com
  • Cole Haan - $189 x glasses.com
Style Tip of the Week [051313]


Fellas, when traveling, it’s not enough to look good, the item’s you carry must look good as well. They say something about you. So today, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite travel items that I actually use, and hope you get inspired.

 - Roller

Let’s face it, airport workers aren’t very considerate with your luggage. It gets thrown around and tossed on and off the plane. So I choose a bag that provides major protection, but also had major style. This Calvin Klein does just that. (Pictured is the blue, but I have the black)


$300 x macys.com

- Weekender

When traveling for a couple days, or the weekend, I stick with a duffel bag to carry my clothing and other items. This bag provides lots of room to pack everything you’ll need. I kept it in a simple black just in case it has to coordinate with my roller. 


$79 x shop.thehundreds.com

-Carry On

I tend to switch it up a bit between bags for this one. I try to stay away from pattered ones, just because I know that I will have it on my all throughout the airport and I don’t want it to overpower my outfit. But, I still want it to stand out. So I stick with bold colored bags. This particular one is big enough to carry your on board essentials, yet small enough to get under airplane seats. I also like the “M” on it since my first name is Michael, lol. Thank you Mr. Jacobs. [I have this blue one, but I can’t seem to find it online anymore, except on the Marc Jacobs website. The black one at Bloomingdales is pretty snazzy too though.]


$228 x bloomingdales.com

- Laptop + Tablet

It’s really either or for me when it comes to these items. I’ll take my Mac if I need to do homework or will be gone for more than 3 days; I’ll take my iPad on any other circumstance. Either way, I want to have a cool stand out piece and that’s where these sleeves come in. I love the designs and the protection they offer my items.


Laptop Sleeve: $30 x urbanoutfitters.com (No longer available. Google brand name for more sick designs)


iPad/Tablet Sleeve: $28 x etsy.com/shop/FiveSproutsStitching

-Dopp Kit

I chose a leather dopp kit simply because of the longevity. I knew that I would last longer than say, a canvas dopp. For those who aren’t sure what this is for, it pretty much carries your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.



$80 x Nordstrom.com

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Style Tip of the Week [042213]


Distressed denim is a must have during the warm weather months. Often times, you’ll find that distressed jeans cost more than standard jeans. But…Why spend more when you can just enhance a pair you already own!? Trust me, it’s a lot easier than it sounds! Thanks to Abby over at Free People, we have this great DIY video that’s simple to follow and shows you how to how to get an awesome outcome.

I’m even working on a pair myself! Stay tuned in this week to see the results!

Style Tip of the Week [040813]



It’s Spring! Now is the time to invest in items with bold, bright colors to sport through the summer. Make it your stand out piece, or simply layer it in to add a pop of color to any outfit. My favorite bright items to wear are shorts and chinos; pair them with a nice button down or simple v-neck tee for a casual day.

$39.95 x ae.com

Style Tip of the Week [112513]

Stains, Stains Go Away

I’m not sure about you guys, but I’m probably one of the clumsiest people on Earth. And sometimes, my clumsiness results in stains on my clothes! Here are some helpful hints, curiosity of esquire.com, that will help you get those annoying stains out.

The General Rules:

1. The longer a stain remains, the tougher it is to remove.

2. Always treat a stain before laundering.

3. Blot gently — never rub; and don’t ever blot with hot water.

4. As for those damned neckties? Do not spill on them. Period. It’s that simple. The bias cut and delicate fabrics make ties, as you have probably learned, impossible to clean. But as for those cotton shirts and wool pants:

Lipstick: Blot with a baby wipe or a washcloth moistened with rubbing alcohol.

Blood: If it’s fresh, blot repeatedly with cold water, an ice cube, or club soda; if it’s dried, use a 3 percent hydrogen-peroxide solution.

Oil: Cover with talc or baby powder immediately and allow it to sit at least a half hour. Then brush it off, apply a stain remover (such as Spray n’ Wash), and wash in the hottest water the fabric can stand.

Ink: On cotton, apply rubbing alcohol to the spot, then wash. On polyester, spray liberally with hair spray and pat with a clean, dry cloth. Then wash.

Red wine: Douse with salt, dunk in cold water, blot until the stain disappears, and wash as soon as possible. If you’re at dinner and unable to strip down, soak the spot with club soda and get home to your washing machine ASAP.


Style Tip of the Week [102113]

Walk In Color

I know what you’re thinking. How is this guy gonna promote wearing pop of color sneakers when he doesn’t even do so himself!? I’ll admit it, okay. But I have always been one to admire the trend. Hopefully I can push myself in that direction this fall! I love when guys wear simple outfits and pair them with a nice pop of red on their feet or neon colored footwear. I especially love when they’re paired with dressier items like a nice sweater or a blazer. I think I can push myself in this direction…


Style Tip of the Week [091613]

Cross Over To The Dark Side

Of denim that is! These upcoming months are the perfect time to sport darker shades of jeans. Of course jeans are super casual and you can really just pair them with a shirt. But darker denim also has a dressy touch to them. A nice clean dark pair can be paired with cardigans, blazers, you name it! Roll them up just a touch and add on a pair of nice shoes to complete your look!


American Eagle Outfitters [$44.95]

7 For All Mankind [$189]

Gap [$59.95]

Style Tip of the Week [082613]

Break. The. Rules.

With September approaching, also comes Labor Day. And we as America are stuck with the big question…”Can we wear white after Labor Day?” I was always told no. I always asked why, but no one could ever tell me. For years I wondered, and about two years ago I stopped. I stopped because still no one could tell me! I thought, why would clothing designers still make white clothing items? Wedding gowns are white and I’m sure there are weddings that occur on or after Labor Day. And how are you just not gonna wear your crisp white button up! Now I’m not telling you to go out in an all white outfit. I’m telling you to still work it into your fall wardrobe. 


Style Tip of the Week [052713]

Live In Linen

Linen is a great summer fabric. It’s super lightweight and one of the oldest textiles in the world. So lightweight, most say it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all! For years, many have enjoyed it’s breathability, which makes it so popular. Recently, brands [such as Brooks Brothers, GAP, and Topman] have put out versions of their clothes and new items in linen since it’s really starting to heat up. Linen pieces are classy and very easy to maintain. Today, I’m showing you linen items that are super affordable. All item’s shown are available at your local H&M.

  • Blazer: $69.95
  • Shirt: $29.95
  • Shorts: $29.95

Style Tip of the Week [050713]



Ditch the ties you probably see your dad wearing, and switch to a more modern, slimmer tie. Knit ties add a little “umph” to any button up, or even under a vest with or without a blazer. Knits are fun, because you can mix the patterns with your patterned shirt, or give a plain button up some detail. These bad boys can be found anywhere, on any budget.

$69.50 x jcrew.com