Plum Foolery

Today at lunch, a gentlemen asked me how do I stay cool and keep from burning up while wearing a suit in this summer heat.  I gave him a simple answer because I was incredibly hungry.  But, I started thinking…maybe that would be a great blog entry/style tip in the near future:

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Plum polka dot socks are by Happy Socks.

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Black silk dotted neck tie is by Express.  Tie bar is by Kenneth Cole.  Plum french cuff dress shirt with white contrast spread collar is by Donald Trump.

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Cufflinks are by Banana Republic.

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Plum silk pocket square…origin unknown.

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Grey pinstripe suit that features notch lapels, side vents, two button closure, flap pockets, and full interior plum lining is by Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Brownie Points

All of this gloomy weather has inspired me to have fun with colors that are “no fun”…such as the color brown:

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Brown wingtip loafers with tassels by Florsheim is a thrifting find.  Loafer socks (unseen) are by Steve Madden.

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Gold knitted knot is by Brooks Brothers.

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Tan flat front chino is by J.Crew.  Brown sport coat with notch lapels, two button closure, rear center vent, patch pockets, and full interior lining is a thrifting find.

Future Fuchsia

Recently, I have been complimented on my ability to wear any color and wear it well.  Well…thanks:

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Double monk strap wingtips are by Magnanni.

socks

Socks are by Zara.

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Dark blue narrow silk necktie is by J.Crew.  Gold tie bar is by Brooks Brothers.  Gold collar pin is by Ralph Lauren.  Fuchsia narrow collar dress shirt is by Van Heusen.

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Fuchsia silk pocket square is a thrifting find.

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Grey Herringbone suit that features peaked lapels, side vents, two button closure, flap pockets, and full interior lining is by Banana Republic.

New Pieces Added To The Menswear Boutique

New Pieces have just been added to the online store…and these pieces are summer ready or “warm climate friendly”: 

White Trousers

The first piece added are these white flat front Ralph Lauren trousers.  These pants are brand new, never been, and still have the tags on them.  They are a size 33 X 30 and affordably priced at $16.50.

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The next piece is a Tommy Hilfiger tartan button down dress shirt size XXL.  This is a barrel cuff dress shirt affordably priced at $15.50.

Navy Pinstripe Vest Navy Pinstripe Vest2

Next, I added a Banana Republic navy pinstripe vest.  This piece features five button closure, three front pockets, and rear adjustable strap.  This vest is a size Small (approx. 36R) and priced at $17.50.

  Perry Ellis Vest Perry Ellis Vest2

Next, we have a brown Perry Ellis vest that features five button closure and three front pockets.  There is no adjustable strap in the back and the size is a Large (Approx. 40R/41R).  Also, priced at $17.50.

Glen Plaid Fedora Glen Plaid Fedora2 Glen Plaid Fedora3

The next piece added is a Banana Republic grey glen plaid fedora size Large/X-Large.  This piece is priced at $18.50.

Black DB Blazer Gold Buttons Black DB Blazer Gold Buttons2 Black DB Blazer Gold Buttons3

The next piece added is this Black Double-Breasted Blazer with gold buttons that features peaked lapels, six button silhouette, side vents, patch pockets, and full interior lining.  This blazer was specifically tailored for Barney’s New York and it is in excellent condition.  It’s a size 42L and priced at $38.50.

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Next, are these Yves Saint Laurent navy pleated trousers with a 1″ double cuff.  These trousers are a size 33 x 32 and priced at $19.50.

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 Next, there is a blue gingham button down dress shirt, size 16 Length 32/33, priced at $15.50.

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Another shirt added was this plaid Burberry shirt that features a pointed collar.  This authentic London piece is in excellent shape and is a size 16.5, length 36/37.  Affordably priced at $18.50.

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Another sport coat was added with this Ralph Lauren Chaps glen plaid sport coat that features notch lapels, two button closure, rear center vent, flap pockets, and full interior lining made from light weight material.  This sport coat is a size 40 Short and priced at $38.50.

Forrest Forrest

The next piece is a forest green plaid sport coat that features notch lapels, two button closure, rear center, flap pockets, and partial interior lining.  This piece is a size 42 Regular and priced at $38.50.

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New formal pieces were added including this brown tuxedo jacket that features wide satin peaked lapels, one button closure, high side vents, flap slanted pockets with piping, and full interior lining.  This tuxedo jacket is made from a vintage blend material and is a size 39.  This piece is affordably priced at $38.50.

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The next formal piece and the last formal piece added is this black tuxedo jacket that features satin notch lapels, one button closure, rear center vent, flap pockets with satin lining, and full interior lining made from light weight material.  This piece is a size 40 and priced at $38.50.

 

The Lavender One

Even on a gloomy, wet, and rainy summer day, I am willing to let my true colors shine through: 

shoes

Black leather penny loafers are by Brooks Brothers.  Black loafer socks (unseen) are by Steve Madden.

tie

Silk lavender necktie by IZOD is a thrifting find.  Tie bar is by Kenneth Cole.  Lavender stripe dress shirt with contrast white-collar and barrel cuff is by Banana Republic.

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Lavender silk pocket square…origin is unknown.

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White herringbone sport coat that features notch lapels, side vents, two button closure, flap pockets, ticket pocket, and full interior lining is by H & M.  Lavender flat front trousers are by J. Crew.

Simple Simplicity

Lately, I have been going with a lot of simple, but well-put-together, looks.  Afterall, it is the summertime…were less is better.  Less material, less layers, and fewer pieces:

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Brown kilti slip-on loafers with tassels by Cole Haan are a thrifting find.

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Red Lapel Flower clip is from a boutique on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.

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Black Double-Breasted Blazer with gold buttons features peaked lapels, side vents, six button silhouette, flap pockets, and full interior lining is from the Carraway Concept. Off white trousers are by Saks Fifth Avenue.  Off white spread collar, barrel cuff, dress shirt is by Banana Republic.

Sucker Filled Monday

  This weather the past couple of weeks has been gloomy and a little depressing.  So far, it has yet to be the sunny North Carolina weather that I envisioned.  Nevertheless, that has not deterred me from giving my all into each and every look:
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Brown and white spectator wingtips by Johnston & Murphy are a thrifting find.

socks

Light blue ribbed dress socks are by Ralph Lauren.

tie

Necktie is by Geoffrey Beene.  Gold tie bar is by Brooks Brothers.  Blue herringbone spread collar dress shirt is by Ralph Lauren.

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Silk chocolate polka dot pocket square is a thrifting find.

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Ecru sport coat that features notch lapels, two button closure, rear center vent, patch pockets, and full interior lining is from Design Archives Vintage Clothing.  Tan seersucker flat front trousers are by Ralph Lauren.