All That Jazz

I am not afraid of colors in the fall, therefore you can imagine that I can get really colorful in the Spring.  I am just fearless…I have never met a color that frightened me:
shoes

 

socks

Canary Yellow argyle socks are by Brooks Brothers.

Pants

Canary Yellow flat front band waist trousers are from Hong Kong Vintage Clothing.

shirt

Grey dress shirt is by H & M.

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Plaid neck tie with trumpet motif is a thrifting find.  Gold tie bar is by Brooks Brothers.

blazer

Cream blazer with original gold buttons, notch lapels, rear center vent, patch pockets, full interior lining, and two button closure is a thrifting find.

square

Purple silk pocket square is a thrifting find.

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Valentine Wine

Today, was another double-breasted sort of day…but with a Valentine’s Day twist:

shoes

Black wingtip tassel slip-on loafers by Florsheim are a thrifting find.

socks

Argyle socks are by Banana Republic.

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Black flat front trousers are by Banana Republic.

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White french cuff spread collar dress shirt is by Ralph Lauren.

tie

Wine colored tie is by Banana Republic.  Tie bar is by Kenneth Cole.

cufflinks

Black knitted knot cuff links are by Ralph Lauren.

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Charcoal pinstripe double-breasted sport coat with wide peak lapels, flap pockets, and rear center vent is from thecarrawayconcept.com.

square

Silk wine colored pocket square with black trim is a thrifting find.

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Fine Wine

The cardigan makes another appearance to highlight today’s look.  Many of the pieces I have on today were thrifting finds…observe:

Brown dress chucka boots from Banana Republic.

Argyle dress socks by Banana Republic.

Brown, glen plaid wool trousers by Ralph Lauren.

Blue french cuff dress shirt with white spread collar was a thrifting find.

Wine colored striped necktie is an Oscar De La Renta thrifting find.  Tie bar is from Banana Republic.

Vintage IZOD cardigan is another thrifting find.

Knitted wine color knot cufflinks are from Brooks Brothers.

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Monday Flowers

Today, I gave the blazers and sports coats a day off.  This warmer fall day gave me an opportunity to show off one of my favorite light weight cardigans:

Brown wingtip boots by Banana Republic.

Navy blue argyle socks by Perry Ellis.

Chocolate corduroy trousers by J.Crew.

Light blue spread collar herringbone dress shirt by Ralph Lauren.

Floral print Pierre Cardin necktie is a thrifting find.  Tie bar is from Banana Republic.

Navy blue cardigan with brown leather elbow patches is by Ralph Lauren.  By far my favorite cardigan.

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Khaki Suit

This weather in North Carolina is the craziest!  I really did not have a clue what to do this morning.  But, when in doubt, just relax and put on a suit!

Brown dress shoes from Saks Fifth Avenue.  You should be familiar with these by now.  I rely on these shoes a lot.  They are so simple…so plain…so sleek…so me!

Navy, grey, and maize argyle socks are from Brooks Brothers.

Brown spread collar dress shirt is from Banana Republic.

Navy tie with polo men is a Yves Saint Laurent thrifting find for $2.  I went with a brass tie pin today instead of a tie bar.  The tie pin is a Belk store brand.  I think I caught this accessory on sale for $12. 

Navy silk pocket square.  I swear that I cannot remember where I purchased these…and I have a lot.  Sorry…

Khaki suit, notch lapel and center vent, is made by Calvin Klein.

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Take Your Socks Seriously

On a daily basis, I have seen some of the most well-dressed men teeter off when it comes to their socks.  Their entire ensemble flows well…until you get a glimpse of their socks.  It almost seems like they simply gave up on that aspect.  It reminds me of when a football coach tells a receiver to finish his route completely, and do not break a route off…I want to tell these gentlemen the same thing.  Finish the look…do not break it off!  Instead of being well-dressed from head to toe, they are well-dressed from about head to calf.  Their whole sock game/shoe game is non-existent.
 
 
It’s usually the same issue that I observe from these guys. The black, thin, dress socks with tan or light brown drivers.  I’ve even seen the thin black dress socks with light color (white, taupe, or grey) boat shoes, as well.  That’s just lazy…no effort at all, gentlemen.  
 
You do not have to be “Mr. Lord Of The Socks”, but please do something!  Put some sort of effort into it.  You can still preserve your conservative style and take your socks more seriously.  Instead of the hundreds of patterns that are available in socks, you can just stick to the solid colors.  But, please look into the different shades of colors:  different shades of blues, shades of browns, 50 shades of grey, whatever!  Black socks for work and church and white sweat socks for the gym, should not be the full extent of your “sock collection”.  Oh, those aren’t the only two colors you have?  You also have navy socks, you say?  You are a grown-arse man…grow up, bruh!  Let’s finish the maturation process, shall we?!?!
 
During style consultations, I always tell dudes to start out by trying to match their socks to their tie or pocket square in the manner that 18 years olds match their sneakers with their hats.  Now this is not a rule (remember: I don’t make rules, I break them), but this is just a mental guide to get you started.  Once you start to get more and more comfortable, you can spread your wings and start to develop your own system.
 
Some classic patterns to keep in mind when buying socks: Argyle, stripes, polka dots, ribbed, cable chords, paisley, etc.
 
 
Here are two of my favorite sites to order inexpensive socks:
 

White Collar Criminal

Today’s look start’s off with light brown dress shoes from Saks 5th Avenue.  I probably caught these at one of those sales, as well.  I can’t remember.  Some would say that I shop too much…but I would say, “Mind your busines!” LOL

Salmon colored argyle socks from Brooks Brothers.

Salmon colored paisley tie was a thrifing find for $1.  Tie bar and blue french cuff, white spread collar dress shirt are from Brooks Brothers.

Brass vintage lionhead cufflinks from Cosmic Fire Fly on Etsy.com

Brown belt is a Jos.A Bank thrifting find for 50 cents.  The brown leather matches the brown of the shoes and the brass buckle matches the cufflinks and the tie bar.  (Now, you don’t have to be THAT detailed…but I am.  Look for a future blog about this)

Classic white pocket square.

Grey notch lapel, double vented suit is from Calvin Klein.

Final Look!!