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Trend Alert: Colored Khaki Pants

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Who said that khaki pants have to be boring?  In a season full of neutrals, we dare you to add a bit of color to your wardrobe.  Instead of wearing standard sand-colored khakis, why not try a slightly nontraditional color?  You can play it safe with navy, olive, grey, or brown - or go wilder with a lighter blue slate or an orange-tinted clay color.  How to wear these colored khaki pants?  Pair them with a slim cut shirt and driving shoes for a classic summer look.  And where to get them?  J Crew’s colored khaki pants are well-cut and well-priced - here’s four of our favorites:

1. Sun Faded Stanton Pant in Urban Slim Fit | $39.99+ at J Crew

2. Broken in Chino in Classic Fit | $29.99+ at J Crew

3.  Sun Faded Stanton Pant in Classic Fit | $69.50 at J Crew

4.  Lightweight Essex Pant in Classic Fit | $49.99+ at J Crew

How will you wear colored khaki pants?  Share your style with us in the comments!

1 comment July 28th, 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:

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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.

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

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

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

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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 attach√© 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

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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

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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

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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

How to Look Smart in Your Summer Shorts

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Pictured: Original Shorts | $36.50 at Gap, The Deep V-Neck Tee | $16.50 at Gap, Heathered Waffle Cardigan | $79.50 at J Crew, and Sperry Grey Washed Canvas Boat Shoe | $75 at Urban Outfitters.

When it’s warm out, your smart choice is to wear shorts.  But you don’t have to sacrifice style to wear your casual shorts.  The key to looking smart in your shorts is twofold: (1) Choose flat front, slim fit shorts in lieu of baggier, cargo-style versions.  (2) Add at least one item with great detailing - such as a tailored shirt or an elegant slim fit cardigan.  Here’s how to look smart in your summer shorts:

1. Start with a pair of plain, flat front shorts.  We chose a nice neutral color to juxtapose against a colorful shirt.
2.  Add a v-neck tee to the shorts, taking note that the v of the shirt will expose a tad more chest than a crewneck.  That the bright blue of the shirt pairs beautifully with the sand colored shorts is an added bonus.
3.  When it gets cool out (or when you’re headed into an environment with heavy AC), toss on a lightweight cardigan, slim fit so it doesn’t read "grandpa."
4.  Finish off the look with a pair of boat shoes, sans socks.

How would you wear summer shorts?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Add comment June 29th, 2010

What to Wear June 2010, Menswear Edition

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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

Five Things Men Should Know About Wearing Color

how-to-wear-color-men_060610Pictured: Slim Fit Linen Solid Shirt | $59.50 at Banana Republic, Lightweight Chino Club Short in Dark Graphite | $39.99 at J Crew, and Puma Tekkies Brites Sneaker | $39.95 at Nordstrom.

It’s true that women have much more liberty in choosing colors than do men.  But this doesn’t mean that guys need to fill their closets with chromophobic neutrals and basic blues.  Ready to wear color?  Here’s five things men should know about wearing color when they’re building out their wardrobe:

(1) Use color to draw attention to your best features.  Color attracts attention, so direct that focus in a strategic way.  If you want to draw attention to your face, for example, wear a colorful shirt and/or tie. 

(2) Stick with solids when you’re playing with loud colors.  A bright color and a busy pattern may be too loud together, unless you’re feeling especially daring.  

(3) Find a signature color.  You don’t have to outfit yourself in a whole rainbow of shades, if you don’t want to.  You can up your style by simply adding a signature color to your wardrobe.  What color to pick?  It’s up to you.  But for inspiration, we recommend looking to traditionally color-savvy brands like Paul Smith.

(4) Colors feature both warm and cool shades.  Try on lots of color to see whether the warmer or cooler shades fit you better.  Additionally, don’t discount a color just because a certain shade doesn’t suit you.  Spring green may not work on your skin tone, for example, but hunter green might just do the trick.

(5) Summer’s the perfect time to wear color.  A wider variety of colorful clothes are at your shopping fingertips, which makes it easy to experiment with colors to see what works.  Plus, the warm weather just feels right for something bright.

How will you wear color? 
Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments June 8th, 2010

Modern Chambray Tie

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Chambray is one of the key fabrics of the season, and we can’t get enough of it. Our latest obsession? Chambray accessories, like this dapper chambray tie. We love the look of a chambray tie against a crisp white shirt - or, if you dare to do denim on denim, a light chambray tie against a dark chambray shirt, or vice versa.

$19  at Urban Outfitters.

Add comment June 2nd, 2010

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