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Tokyo Style: It’s All in the Details

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We’ve often said that when it comes to style, it’s the little things that really count.  And we’re loving that Japan is a country that is fastidious about the small details.  Just look at the methodical way Japanese shopgirls package your purchases!

Stylish guys and gals here know that in order to stand out, you need to get the details right, even with the simplest of looks.  Case in point: this sharply dressed man outfitted in the standard blazer, tee, and jeans combo.  

What makes it work so well?  The right fit of the blazer (not too loose), the v-neck tee that hits at the exact right spot (too low, and you end up looking like you’re heading to a club), and of course, the contrast gingham fabric on the cuffs of the jeans.  Well done!

2 comments November 1st, 2009

Ready Made Outfit: Man in Black

Club Style: Man in Black


Some guys stray away from "Geek Chic" and instead opt for  "Slick Rick." The difference is in the effect: the suave guy wants onlookers to recognize his sleekness and will never intentionally wear his pants too short. He’ll pick stripes over argyle any day, and he doesn’t want to look like he tried too hard (even though we all know he spent big bucks and a decent amount of time to get the smooth look). Black is the perfect hue for achieving this look. Will Smith in "Men in Black" would concur.

Triple Five Soul Classic Beenie

Triple Five Soul Classic Beenie | $14 (sale) at 80s Purple


 

Banana Republic Corduroy Blazer

Cotton/Cashmere Two-Button CorduroyBlazer | $298 at Banana Republic 

 

Independent Tee

Independent Tee | $28 at Urban Outfitters 

 

Gap black khakis

Stressfree Relaxed Fit Pleated Khakis | $42.50 at Gap


2 comments June 20th, 2006

Ready Made Outfit: Bridging Winter and Spring with Vibrant Colors


Believe it or not, there are parts of the country where
people can actually wear winter garb in the spring time.   But since the sun is shining more often than
not, it’s only suitable to wear colors that will complement the sun’s rays –
much like this yellow bubble vest atop a monochromatic palette.  

 

 

 

Theory Quilted Down ‘Meribel’ Jacket | $135.99 at Bluefly.com

 

 Baby Thermal Long Sleeve T-Shirt | $20 at American Apparel

 

 

 Paper Denim Slim Low Straight Leg Jeans | $145.60 (sale) at 80sPurple.com

 

 

 Reversible Cameroon Beanie | $24 at Puma

 

 

 Gola Cougar Sneakers | $75 at Urban Outfitters

Add comment May 10th, 2006

Ready Made Outfit | The Trendy T.A.

 
Spotted by Omiru at San Jose State University.

Now that spring has finally arrived, the laws of fashion instruct us to move all of our fall-friendly apparel to the back of the closet – but laws are always meant to be broken.  That said, it is ultimately reasonable to keep those blazers and scarves out for at least one more month to remain academically hip. 

To achieve this look of collegiate panache, take the oh-so-popular professional blazer and jeans look and make it your own by adding your favorite scarf.  The result? – a stylish professor-like look that holds a good balance of geek chic and street savvy.  Students will be asking you for help on their mid-term papers in no time. 

Lord Henry Uncut Cord Suit Jacket | $184.99 at Penguin Clothing

 

Washed Irish Linen Ellis-Stripe Shirt

Washed Irish Linen Ellis-Stripe Shirt | $69.50 at J Crew

 

 Checkered Knit Scarf | $60 at Ben Sherman

 

D&G Medium Blue Straight Leg Jeans | $55.99 (sale) at Bluefly

 

1 comment April 11th, 2006

Hip Hop Culture Couture

Hip Hop Fashion at Mamasan Fashion Show
Hip Hop Fashion as seen at the House of Mamasan Fashion Show

Hip-hop culture consists of four primary elements: MC’ing, turntablism, breakdancing and graffiti.  Some might say that basketball is the unspoken fifth element, but in our humble opinion, fashion is more relevant in the fabric of hip-hop culture.

Ever since the days of the retro rap of Run DMC, there has been a phenomenal impact of hip-hop culture in the world of fashion.  Think about it – the bling, the Adidas track suits, the fat laces, the hoop earrings – it’s all been a prominent force in urban street garb.

Now, the world of hip-hop takes up a reasonable chunk of the fashion industry.  Brands like Roca Wear, Sean John, Baby Phat, Fetish and Akademiks play a big role in hip-hop while other brands like Triple 5 Soul and Juicy Couture are more of an authoritative undercurrent.

Sure, there are the more obvious aesthetics involved in this realm (i.e. uberbaggy jeans, Kangol hats, throwback jerseys), but there is a less blatant spectrum to this edgy world of hip-hop.  And as cliché as it may sound, it’s a lot about the attitude when trying to pull off some of these hip-hop clothes.  Otherwise, you’ll just look like a big poser.

 

 ecko Connectivity Track Jacket | $68 at ecko.com

 

 

Rocawear Men’s Aspen Jean | $75.99 at EastBay.com

 

 House of Dereon Cashmere Blend Swing Coat | $109.99 at Drjays.com

 

 Apple Bottoms Stitched Apple Jeans | $39.99 at Drjays.com

1 comment March 17th, 2006

Ready Made Outfit | Military Man


Spotted by Omiru at San Jose State University.

In a fashionably subconscious bout of support for our interesting political climate, the "military" look has been garnering a considerable amount of praise among urban hipsters.  Clad in camo, rich browns and shades of war-torn green, many men have been sporting a look that gives a whole new meaning to "An Army of One."

 

A. Kurtz Sergeant Camo Cap | $56 at RevolveClothing.com

 

Tiffany Sterling Silver Coin Edge Tag Pendant | $160 at Tiffany & Co.

WESC Men’s Robin Military Jacket | $187.50 at 80sPurple.com

Junkfood MTV Camo Tee | $28 at 80sPurple.com

 

 

55 DSL Maiden Pant | $85 at KarmaLoop.com

Add comment March 15th, 2006

Trendscape: Golf-inspired Fashions

Street Style: Argyle in Union Square
Argyle Style as seen in Union Square, San Francisco

The urban/bohemian/deconstructed look that has been traipsing down city streets is on the verge of becoming obsolete (not to mention a bit boring.)  As that fad begins to bow out,  it seems as though fashion is about to take a drastic turn towards cleaner seams, lighter colors and country club looks that dwell in the Preppy Zone (just in time for spring, we might add).

In the forefront of these Ivy League looks are styles based on the classy sport of golf.  Argyle prints are a must for this look and banded collar golf jackets are handsome with urban appeal.  That said, here are some men’s fashions that stylishly update the golf look.  All these pieces will keep you looking sporty without the hassle of actually having to tee off.  


Penguin Trojan Golf Jacket | $140 at Nordstrom

 

Triple Five Soul Reversible Golf Jacket | $154 at Nordstrom

 

Ciesse Sweater Vest | $32 at Yoox.com

 

Modern Amusement Tahiti Pant | $98 at Urban Outfitters

Add comment March 8th, 2006

Hip-Hop Culture Couture

Hip Hop Fashion at Mamasan Fashion Show
Hip Hop Fashion as seen at the House of Mamasan Fashion Show

Hip-hop culture consists of four primary elements: MC’ing, turntablism, breakdancing and graffiti.  Some might say that basketball is the unspoken fifth element, but in our humble opinion, fashion is more relevant in the fabric of hip-hop culture.

Ever since the days of the retro rap of Run DMC, there has been a phenomenal impact of hip-hop culture in the world of fashion.  Think about it – the bling, the Adidas track suits, the fat laces, the hoop earrings – it’s all been a prominent force in urban street garb.

Now, the world of hip-hop takes up a reasonable chunk of the fashion industry.  Brands like Roca Wear, Sean John, Baby Phat, Fetish and Akademiks play a big role in hip-hop while other brands like Triple 5 Soul and Juicy Couture are more of an authoritative undercurrent.

Sure, there are the more obvious aesthetics involved in this realm (i.e. uberbaggy jeans, Kangol hats, throwback jerseys), but there is a less blatant spectrum to this edgy world of hip-hop.  And as cliché as it may sound, it’s a lot about the attitude when trying to pull off some of these hip-hop clothes.  Otherwise, you’ll just look like a big poser.

 

 ecko Connectivity Track Jacket | $68 at ecko.com

 

 

Rocawear Men’s Aspen Jean | $75.99 at EastBay.com

 

 House of Dereon Cashmere Blend Swing Coat | $109.99 at Drjays.com

 

 Apple Bottoms Stitched Apple Jeans | $39.99 at Drjays.com

2 comments March 7th, 2006

Wear to Work: Geek Chic

Man in Argyle Sweater

Argyle is no longer reserved for the nerdy,  and besides, what’s wrong with a little geek chic? Don’t fret, just because you’re sporting tilted squares doesn’t mean you Are one.

Where to Wear: As seen above, this argyle fan was strutting the streets of Union Square, perhaps headed to Banana Republic (where we’ve spotted a lot of argyle sweaters lately). Even if your male buddies still equate argyle with dorky, you can still wear this look when you’re with your girl.  Unless the pattern reminds her of her hermit 8th grade science teacher, she’ll appreciate your out of the box fashion sense.

Fashion Formula = Blazer + Argyle Sweater + French Cuff Shirt + Jeans.

 

blazer

  Heritage Hopsack Two-Button Blazer | $250 at Banana Republic

Claremont Argyle Sweater

Pima Cotton Claremont Argyle Sweater | $78 at J.Crew

Navy Blue Jacquard French Cuff Shirt

Deluxe Jacquard Premium French Cuff Shirt | $125 at Banana Republic

gap jeans

Boot Fit Jeans | $49.50 at Gap

Add comment February 27th, 2006

Trendscape | From the Trenches to the Safari

Once again, the dictators of style have proved that what’s old is new.  Based on some of the looks at this past fashion week in New York (not to mention the stylish ones I recently saw at Zara), trench coats seem to be the “in” thing.  To go beyond the confines of the flattering cinched waists of these coats, safari-style jackets seem to be inching to the forefront as well.

Nonetheless, these pieces of outwear are suitable for the office or for a night on the town.  For both men and women, trenches and safaris are definitely a good way to spruce up an outfit to make you look sophisticated, stylish and most of all, keep you comfortable in mild weather.

Halogen Belted Safari Jacket | $78 at Nordstrom
 

Burberry Belted Violet Belted Trench | $840 at Bluefly.com


Perry Ellis Belted Safari Jacket | $94.99 at Macy’s


Cole Haan Double Faced Safari Jacket | $158.09 at Bluefly.com


Burberry Tan Trench | $995 at Bergdorf Goodman


Burberry Yellow Trench | $1,295 at Bergdorf Goodman


It looks like the frenzied check-patterned Burberry (the women’s violet is uber fancy) is the leader when it comes to chic outwear (no surprise), but it is a bit disappointing that there is a lack of belted safaris (not trenches) when it comes to the men’s side.  Even so, the white Cole Haan is clean and tight, while the yellow trench is a modernized hip makeover of the yellow raincoat.  I am sure as the word gets out, these jackets will invade the world like a “London Fog” – pun intended.

Add comment February 16th, 2006

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