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Fall 2010 Menswear Trend: Ruggedly Classic Accessories


Rugged classics are the name of the game for Fall 2010.  And in keeping with this richly textured trend, we’ve picked a few favorite pieces from Need Supply.  The weathered army bag and the distressed wingtip shoes, in particular, have a bit of a patina and will only get better with time.  Here’s our accessory picks to get you started on your pre-Fall shopping:

Pictured clockwise from top left:
Herschel Supply Co Novel Duffle Bag | $75 at Need Supply

Bed Stu Wingtip Loafer | $150 at Need Supply

Will Vintage Army Tote | $300 at Need Supply

Sperry 2 Eye Wool Boat Shoes | $90 at Need Supply

What accessories will you be sporting come Fall?  Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments August 24th, 2010

Sueded Fleece Crewneck Pullover


Nothing says casual elegance better than Fall’s version of the heathered grey crewneck sweatshirt.

$54.50  at J Crew.

Add comment August 19th, 2010

What to Wear August 2010, Menswear Edition


What’s on deck for August?  Pre-fall collections are hitting stores, and it’s time to stock up on what you’re going to be wearing once the weather cools down.  We’re digging the perfect henley shirt (thank you, J Crew), the field jacket, and an elegantly rugged boot.  We’re also enamored of the tailored vest - a la Joseph Gordon Levitt in Inception.  Here’s Omiru’s top menswear picks for August 2010:

1. Obey Heather Static Shawl Collar Cardigan | $98 at Oak

2. Black Plaid Slim Shirt | $49.50 at Gap

3. Jaspé Jersey Long Sleeve Henley | $45 at J Crew

4. Charcoal Twill Vest | $118 at J Crew

5. Chronicles of Never Normalist Black 7 Hole Boot | $442 at Oak

6. Obey Iggy Field Jacket | $158 at Urban Outfitters

7. Merino V-Neck Sweater | $69.50 at J Crew

What will you be wearing this month?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Add comment August 18th, 2010

Five Mens Summer Shoe Essentials


When it’s broiling out, shorts are de rigeur.  But just because you’re going casual doesn’t mean that your footwear wardrobe needs to take a hit.  

But what shoes work well with your summer shorts?  Luckily, you have a variety of footwear options to keep you looking smart.  Just remember to skip the socks.

1. Sport Sneakers: Seavees 5/65 Tennis Shoes | $85 at J Crew

2. Boat Shoes: Sperry Navy Washed Canvas Boat Shoe | $75 at Urban Outfitters

3. Sandals: Nubuck Flip Flops | $38 at J Crew

4. Driving Shoes
: Drive Home Moccasins | $119.98 at Kenneth Cole

5. Moccasins
: O’Hanlon Mills Suede Moccasin | $28 at Urban Outfitters

What shoes will you be wearing this summer?  Share your style with us in the comments!

5 comments August 4th, 2010

Five Weekend Bags Worth the Investment

Summertime is the perfect time to jetset - even if it’s only on a weekend trip to the city, country, or seaside.  And on your jetsetting travels, you’re going to want a weekend bag that’s as smart and as stylish as you.  What are you looking for in a weekend bag?  A bag that’s high on form and function - and one made of heavy-duty materials that will withstand a beating.  This is the bag that’ll accompany you on your globetrotting adventures - so it’s definitely worth the investment.  As you’ll be traveling near and far with this bag, an additional bonus is to look for a bag that doesn’t broadcast the wealth of the owner.  Here’s five classic weekend bags that fit the bill:

Classic Duffle | $350 at T. Anthony
For a bag that’s the epitome of understated luxury, go T. Anthony.  Quality is guaranteed on this bag - and if it breaks, T. Anthony will fix it for free.

Roma Moto Stitched Leather Duffel | $375 at Kenneth Cole
The all leather construction of this stitched duffel bag makes you look smart and sophisticated.

Medium Duffle Bag | $295 at Filson
Filson’s rugged twill luggage will hold anything you can carry on your shoulder.

Alpha Large Soft Travel Satchel | $325 at Tumi
The only downside of carrying a Tumi bag is that they’re so ubiquitous.

Cambridge Leather Weekend Bag | £1075.00 (approx. $1644) at Swaine Adeney Brigg
For timeless elegance, it’s hard to do better than a bag from Swaine Adeney Brigg.  Their refined craftsmanship and their impressive heritage (they made James Bond’s original attaché case) make them the go to brand if you’re looking to splurge.

3 comments July 21st, 2010

What to Wear July 2010, Menswear Edition


What do you need to add to your closet this month?  Summer basics - a slouchy tee with a deep v (perfect for pairing with a blazer and jeans), madras shorts, and plaid shirts.  For layering, take a look at draped sweaters and pullovers - and a classic military field jacket.  Accessorize with statement shoes - moccasins and textured boots.  Here’s Omiru’s menswear picks for July 2010:

1. Army Varsity Shawl Collar Zip Pullover | $96 at Oak

2. O’Hanlon Mills Moccasin | $28 at Urban Outfitters

3. Feather Wrapped Cardigan | $38 at Urban Outfitters

4. Trinity Madras Club Short | $62.50 at J Crew

5. a.ok Plaid Patch Pocket Slim Shirt | $78 at Oak

6. H by Hudson Marx Ankle Boot | $220 at Urban Outfitters

7. Alternative Apparel Burnout Pocket V-Neck | $24 at Urban Outfitters

8. Pre Fall L/S Reverse Seam | $168 at Steven Alan

9. Four Pocket Field Jacket | $90 (sale) at Banana Republic

What will you be wearing this month?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Add comment July 13th, 2010

Jeffrey Campbell Black Hurache Shoes


Get into the summer spirit with a pair of hurache shoes. Traditionally from Mexico, these woven leather shoes are a stylish counterpoint to your summer shorts and slacks.

$129  at Oak.

Add comment July 13th, 2010

Secret Wash Gingham Button Down


If you don’t have a gingham shirt already, it’s time to get one. Thanks to their supersoft feel and their dashing good looks, J Crew’s prewashed cotton gingham shirts instantly get the status of that favorite shirt you’ve had for years. Pair this gingham shirt with a white undershirt and a pair of Nantucket reds for a perfectly preppy look.

$39.99  (sale, originally $59.50) at J Crew.

3 comments July 7th, 2010

What to Wear June 2010, Menswear Edition


What to Wear this June?  We’re digging cotton for summer - in the form of a crisp grey suit, popover shirt, and a comfy wear-after-sunset shawl collar cardigan.  How to accessorize these summer cottons?  Pick a piece that pops - be it a decorative gingham pocket square, a smart striped belt, or a posh and perfectly dandy Panama hat.  Here’s Omiru’s top menswear picks for June 2010:

1. Cotton Shawl Collar Cardigan | $98 at J Crew

2. Reverse Seam Striped Sweater | $148 at Steven Alan

3. Navy/Kelly Green Surcingle Belt | $33.75 (sale) at J Press

4. Fine Stripe Cotton Ludlow Two Button Suit Jacket and Pant | $248 (jacket) and $118 (pant) at J Crew

5. Cotton Gingham Pocket Square | $18.75 (sale) at J Press

6. Panama Fedora | $93.75 (sale) at J Press

7. Short Sleeve Popover Shirt | $154 at Steven Alan

8. Sun Faded Stanton Short | $59.50 at J Crew

What will you be wearing this month?  Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments June 22nd, 2010

Five Summer Hats for Men

Now that we’re approaching summer, hats are no longer a fashion statement - they’re a necessity to protect your head and face when you’re out and about.  Gary asked about advice on men’s hats for summer, which inspired this roundup of the five hats you need to know about for summer:

The Drivers Cap
Pictured: Chambray Driver Cap | $24 at Urban Outfitters

A Drivers cap is a rounded, flat cap with a small, stiff brim.  It’s a popular style amongst older men - but younger generations are picking up the style as well.  

The Trilby
Pictured: Straw Trilby Hat | $40 at J Crew

The Trilby hat is a narrow brimmed, soft mens hat with a deep indentation in the crown.  Traditionally made of felt, it’s now found in all kinds of fabrics, including the ever popular straw this summer.  It’s a smart casual hat that was popular from the 1920s through the middle of the 1960s - and again today.

The Baseball Cap
Pictured: Ebbets Field Flannels Ball Cap | $40 at J Crew

Classic American fashion is taking hold globally, so it’s no wonder that this piece of Americana has become a trend in and of itself.  We love Ebbets Field Flannels’ hats (available via J Crew) because of their faithful reproductions of vintage classics.

The Fedora

Pictured: Bad Boy Fedora | $70 at Goorin Brothers

The Fedora hat is a felt hat that’s distinguished by its lengthwise crease down the crown and pinched look in the front.  Traditionally a women’s hat, Fedoras became popular as menswear in the 1920s.  It’s a traditional looking hat that fell out of favor in the 1960s - but is seeing a resurgence today.  The hat pictured is an evergreen one that works for cooler seasons; for summer, you may want a lighter color or fabric.

The Panama Hat
Pictured: Panama Hat | $59 (sale) at Orvis

Perfect for summer, the Panama hat is a wide brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin.  The feel of this hat is very old school, but the Panama hat has withstood the test of time and has now established itself as a classic.  What we love about the Panama hat is its lightweight, breathable construction, which makes it functional as well as fashionable for warm weather.

What kind(s) of hats will you be wearing this summer?
  Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments June 16th, 2010

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