Archive for September, 2009

Smells like teen spirit.

September 18, 2009

With fall nearly here, it’s time to start rocking that oh-so angst-ridden material that the Seattle-grunge gents made so popular: flannel! This is some that, like it’s cousin, plaid, needs to be done carefully because nobody wants to look EXACTLY like Cobain (r.i.p. but dude looked like he smelled). Check out the examples below and note the commentary for each.

(The charcoal and black work well together to downplay the flannel pattern and note how the model rocks the shirt with sleeves rolled/bunched. Perfect way to pull off the ‘boyfriend’ look that’s so hot right now!)

(These two are classically feminine hoodies with the flannel print that sets them perfectly in the fall season.)

(These are two flannel shirts that are slimmer fitting to accentuate the beauty that is the female form. Very autumn yet very sexy.)

(This is that ‘new-flannel’ look that only the fashionably confident gents can pull off. When you pair it with denim that highlights one of the colors in the shirt, you’re making your mark and screaming style!)

(This black flannel shirt is the perfect partner to some raw indigo or black denim and black suede kicks. Equally at home with or without blazer, you can throw on a solid black tie and turn your fashion dial up a notch!)

(These two gray flannel shirts are just fine with a pair of black khakis or black denim and some oxfords or understated gym shoes. Throw on a topcoat or military jacket and brave the concrete jungle.)


helloMOTO 1.0

September 8, 2009

And already we’re seeing the temps drop (at least here in Chicago and other areas that experience the four seasons). That means it’s time to start donning lightweight jackets again! Yay! Here’s where one of my favorite combinations come in:


the motorcycle jacket ,


a hoodie,




and high-tops


or stylish boots.

The reason I love this combo right now is because many stores are carrying moto jackets at lower prices than they will in a couple of months, so you can grab maybe two jackets (perhaps a lighter hue, and a darker hue) for about the price you’ll pay for just one later on. The great thing about the moto jacket is that it goes with so many options. Throw a tee on underneath if it’s a bit warm for the hoodie, or rock a button-down and tie if you want to dress it up a bit. The shoes need to match the general aesthetic though. For example, if going super casual up top (i.e. Tee or hoodie), feel free to wear more outlandish footwear (filas/pumas/nikes/etc). But when you decide to dress it up a bit (ex: button-down with/without tie), try some beautiful Italian boots or some understated hi-tops (supra/Calvin Klein/kenneth cole/Ralph lauren/etc).

*Optional, but HIGHLY recommended* I almost always go with some sort of neckwear depending on the top (scarf, tie, etc.)

*Bonus* For dramatic style points, go with the following:

Moto jacket.

A-tee or slim-fitting tank underneath.


Ignorant footwear.

Coarse study 1.0

September 6, 2009

If you’re looking for unique forms of art, why not check out hong kong based coarse toys. Headed by the visionary artist Mark Landwehr, their current series ‘in a spotless world’ was features not too long ago right here in Chicago at rotofugi art gallery/store. Whenever you hear about a new product from these guys dropping, be sure to jump on it soon because they always sell out immediately. I’m sure these examples will demonstrate why. You can always see the latest showcase over at coarsetoys