LumberJack is whack.

August 4, 2009

One of my favorite patterns right now is plaid or checked. Depending on how tightly (or loosely) compressed the checks are, it can look like anything from twill to nearly solid. The seasonal versatility is high as well since all you have to do in order to transition from summer to fall is modify the pallette (for example, go from brighter huesΒ  to more subdued and darker ones). It’ll even last through the winter! And the more vintage the vibe, the more sophisticated the look. If you’re not sure where to begin, grab some burberry. They’ve had the checked pattern down forever and know exactly how to do it right! However you go about it, just make sure you don’t over do it (no checked shirt AND checked tie por ejemplo…) because you don’t want to look like you just came in from chopping down a tree πŸ˜€

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Told you burberry was the way to go! This skirt can be paired with complementing pieces that highlight any of the colors found within the design.

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Great for fall or winter, this white and black plaid jacket is a beautiful and classic essential for every lady’s wardrobe.

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The subtle check in this suit isn’t too busy so you can wear a more daring pattern in the tie.

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Plaid high-waist trousers are a welcome change from all of the neutral pieces we’ve seen as of late.

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Couldn’t resist this plaid skirt. Note how well it pairs with the fitted top and red fingernails!

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If only these joints came in my size!

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Just a simple plaid dress reminiscent of those summer vacations you took with the family.

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At only $200, this plaid short trench for us screams style and confidence!

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Another piece that needs to be in every closet: The arabic scarf. Usually plaid anyway, this is a great piece that can be worn in a myriad of different ways all year long!

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Simple. Stylish. Checked button down. Pair this with a solid tie and denim or dressier slacks and make ya mark.

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BoHo is a go with this dress/belt/boots ensemble!

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Plaid top/highlighting belt/solid skirt *sigh* beautiful simplicity!

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Back in black!

July 28, 2009

Alot of people have been skeptical about rocking black in the summer (about as skeptical as many are about wearing white denim), even after reading my previous post ‘black on black’ done a while back. Truth is, black brings a dark sexiness to the summer wardrobe as well! You do have to be careful of fading since this can completely destroy the beauty of it. Also, like any color, this is not to be overdone. Goth isn’t a good look for anybody. If you’re trying to ease into it, try swapping some black denim in for an outfit where white denim was yor first choice. Or trade a black top/dress where you were going to wear a gray one. This time I’ve decided to display entire outfits as examples, sound good? Good. Now let’s begin πŸ˜€

Ejemplo A :

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obe_olsh048_blk-5Black cuffed shorts go perfectly with the edgy statement tee. Swap the heels for some hot sandals or hightops if desired.

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This reversible jacket perfectly compliments the tee’s red accents and simutaneously stops the world from knowing you’re cold, dig?

Ejemplo B:

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Ejemplo C:

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This pink/white/black tee or…

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In keeping with the rocker aesthetic, these studded hoops.

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Add this huge diesel bag (almost duffel-like in appearance, no?)

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Now for us…

Number 1:

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K1117-BLKzoom1Maintain that student/professor look with this key-charm KR3W necklace. Not sure why, but it just looks great with that particular cardigan.

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Number 2:

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ludwig_d051c_blk-2Washed black is very different from crap that got faded because you washed it wrong. This is more of a charcoal and breaks up the deep black of the previously mentioned t-shirt without contrasting as much as a black and white combination.

10942-773495-pEnd it with these super-slick onitsuka tigers with ‘Tokyo’ right on the back.

Example 3:

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This example starts with a modern fit black suit and white button-down with an optional tie (there should be no need for explanation for this one)…

clae_cla01235_blp-2The ensemble takes a turn with patent hi-tops. Make SURE they’re patent! Since patent leather is more suit/tuxedo like, it won’t be as ‘out-there’ as normal hi-tops.

nix_a139-000-00_blk-3I’d personally go with this rubber player for a break from the normal leather. The shine of the diamond as well as the hardened crystal face will match the shine of the patent kicks.

A blank canvas.

July 22, 2009

Some materials are season-specific (I’m of course speaking for areas like chicago/new-york/etc that experience climate change). This can definitely be said of canvas. It’s usually regulated to warm weather, at least when it comes to footwear and accessories. I’d love to see more of either sex in this stylish material because it’s not only different, but mad chic as well! Instead of rocking the traditional leather (belt/bag/shoes/wallet/etc.) why not try canvas? It’s much more breathable and lightweight (great when it comes to those shoes at the summer wedding or eight that are coming up), and will definitely show off your fashion-versatility. Check out the following examples.

PS: If you’re wondering about when it’s appropriate to go sockless gentlemen, remember this rule of thumb: If the shoes have no lining, you can do without the socks. This includes dressier varieties such as oxfords, etc.

(These L’UNO’s in black or white by Gourmet are perfect for summer! I can’t get over the unique design with the cutout sections. Sick and stylish.)

(The nixon Time Teller P is great in any color but this canvas variety is specific for the warmer weather. Rock this with a canvas belt at the summer wedding. It’s black on black so it’s a more subtle statement.)

(The canvas belt is a great alternative to the heavier leather. When wearing to the office, wear one with a color or two that’s reflected in your jacket. The slick way a canvas belt can highlight a color elsewhere in an outfit is a definite head-turner!)

(A simple change in upper material can completely change up an outfit. Check out these canvas oxfords that would go well at the office, at the wedding, or even with denim on a night out with your baby! And yes, the same sockless rule applies here.)

(For a more dramatic statement in canvas, try a bold striped band timepiece like this one by lacoste.)

_5874985(If you notice, the belt for this dress is full-canvas. Since the belted dress is so hot right now, why not change the normal leather or patent belt out for a canvas one?)

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(Canvas doesn’t have to be regulated to regularly found places either. Just look at these sexy red strappy sandals!)

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(This is one of the better examples of canvas I’ve seen. This lightweight bright dandelion jacket is just what the doctor ordered for the summer!)

BAGS:

With so many bag options I decided to devote the last section to them. Enjoy the following examples.

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(This may be one of my favorite messenger bags ever! Carrying this and you’ll look like you just came back from south africa on a business trip. Very ‘Upgraded Indiana Jones’ looking, no?

Purple Label

July 13, 2009

For whatever reason, I’ve been extra into purple for the last few years. In most of it’s different shades, for either sex, purple has been and will continue to be a staple of every style-conscious individual. Even in biblical times, purple was hot!

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(It definitely takes some swag to rock this purple cardigan! But with a crisp white tee underneath and indigo denim, the choice is spectacular!)

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(This light purple nixon adds a nicely feminine splash of color to your outfit.)

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(I would definitely suggest this purple nixon belt with a crisp button down or polo. This is when you definitely want to tuck the shirt in to show it off! Try some white oxfords to complete this twist on the classic summer ensemble.)

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(Pair this with super dark, super skinny jeans and some sky-high stilettos and make the scene!)

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(These shades speak for themselves.)

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(Stripes are great for summer and thankfully this hoodie is pretty lightweight so you won’t be too hot when you rock it this season.)

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(This purple nixon time-teller is very modest and would be right at home with that khaki suit/lavender shirt combination you’re planning on going with for that upcoming summer wedding! The pricetag is equally modest at only $55.)

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(Instead of dropping $150 on a fossil, why not do something different and go with this purple Rubber Player by nixon? It’s mad unique (color-wise), and you get a real diamond at the 6 marker just to add a touch of elegance.)

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(This purple-striped shirt is great with jeans or with the aforementioned suit! Some perfect companions? White accessories as demonstrated on the model.)

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(Why can’t Ms. Spears rock stuff like this instead of that crap she usually does? Show off those legs in a jersey dress like this one and enjoy the nightlife!)

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(This beautiful form-hugging belted dress is perfect for those dates with the hubby and girls night out with your bff’s!)

Orange Julius

July 8, 2009

There’s just something about orange! It’s super versatile and depending on the hue, can be worn in nearly every season. Bright for summer, more subdued for fall, it works and works well.

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(classic orange and blue combo. Pair with denim or khakis and a vintage tee of either color.)

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(Sexy and bright, these are perfect for summer!)

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(White button-down/the following shoes/this watch/light wash denim.)

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(These shoes with the above watch.)

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(Chunky bag in burnt orange goes great with a mainly white ensemble.)

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(Pair with gold hoops and gold heels and enjoy yourself!)

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(The maxi is a classic and essential piece that also looks great in orange!)

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(Mrs. Beckham does it again! Orange strappy heels and this plunging dress are gorgeous!)

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(This orange nooka looks straight outta cloud city! And only $150 at spots like karmaloop.com and turntablelab.com.)

The life aquatic.

July 6, 2009

Some colors just never go out of style. These hues seem to reappear year after year, season after season. And you know why? Because they’re not a fad, they’re timelessly chic! One such color is aqua (which for the purpose of this post will include hues such as sea-foam/turquoise/blue-green/etc.). It works so well with a variety of skin tones whether it shows up in apparel, footwear, accessories, make-up, or jewelry. It even works well outside of fashion. Why not a lamp? Or a chair? Or an accent table? Perhaps it dominates a work of art or some other statement piece in the home? This color family has many creative uses and begs to be experimented with! If an 80’s neon is too bright, you can always try a little color variation with the aqua colors.

(Both of these wesc headphones are less than $150 at turntablelab.com, and if you remember my post on headphones as a fashion statement, will look amazing around your neck with that long-sleeve tee!)

(What would I be without a G? This recently added colorway of the classic G-Lide is perfect for summer!)

(Why can’t Ms. Hilton look like this all the time?! Such a vintage/hepburn ensemble.)

(A staple of EVERY men’s wardrobe should be the polo! If you are a dude without a few polos in your closet, something’s wrong. Seriously wrong.)

(Classic heels in this beautiful shade work wonderfully with a variety of looks.)

(Chunky jewelry is smokin hot right now and the preceding two turquoise pieces are beautiful!)

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(Chunky bags are as sick as chunky jewelry. This turquoise bag is a perfect example of how this color can really pop no matter where it is!)

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(This bikini looks so great in that color, you hardly realize it’s a zebra print!)

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(This enamel anne klein watch is only $75 at nordstrom.com! And how could you not love the color? Imagine it with that white tennis skirt and matching colored polo! Game. Set. Match.)

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(Just for the boardwalk. Pair with a nice wedge or sandal and enjoy the festival in style!)

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(Murk mediocrity in this simple aqua tee by LRG.)

Coral Diving.

June 28, 2009

At this moment in time I’m absolutely in love with the coral color! It’s absolutely gorgeous on either sex. From polos to accessories, dresses to makeup, the aforementioned shade is a splash of colors that doesn’t overwhelm. And the best part? It looks great at nearly ANY summer outdoor function!

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(This peach and white striped necktie is a summer staple and will definitely let everyone at that next outdoor wedding that your fashion sense is peerless.)

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(sexy and form-fitting, this short-length dress is a great way to show off those fantastic legs!)

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(This is a darker shade of coral that is simply stunning with gold heels! Wouldn’t have thought of that combo? Trust me, it works and works well!)

Clear as black and white.

June 27, 2009

The skillful balance between light and dark is absolutely necessary for a successful wardrobe. You just have to know when it’s appropriate and how to do it. When the specific colors black and white are paired successfully, the result can be nothing short of spectacular! That particular color combo is elegant, classic, and modern all in one. For whatever reason many get this timeless match absolutely wrong but with the following examples, this should never be the case for you.

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(Pair this with medium wash cuffed jeans/black kicks/dark shades and you’re the all american bad boy.)

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(Note the vintage black-and-white tee and raw black denim? Classic rock-chic. Pair with a muted black (non-glossy) pair of dress shoes for a unique touch of class for your ensemble. Also note how the white is but a brief flash of brightness to balance the darkness.)

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(Short trench/White button-down/solid or patterned black tie/ and you’re on your way. Dress it up with black slacks and dress shoes, or dress it down with jeans and black kicks. For bold flavor, rock a white g-shock with either the dressed up or dressed down outfit.)

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(Nothing needs to be said about this one. This cardigan + white tee or button-down + indigo denim and you have ‘the swagger of a college kid’.)

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(Ah, jessica alba..Why not look like this off the red carpet? *sigh*. Ladies this is a no-thought look. White blouse (looks kinda boyfriend-y, no? Since many of the fairer sex are rocking that jive), black skirt. Heels are up to you. To keep it classic, black is just fine. Or, if the occasion warrants it, throw some poppin’ Christian louboutin joints on!)

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(One of my favorite looks to see on you ladies. Such a trust-fund/jackie-o iconic statement match-up! Black skirt/white top/wide belt/and those always timeless freshwater peals! Such a classic sexiness! If you really want to turn up the heat (and are bold enough, since your confidence level has to be high for this to work), leave that third button un-done.)

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(This isn’t really for summer but I couldn’t resist! Black and white at their best! Layered on top of one another in a fantastic and slimming way. The bottom of the dress acts like a pencil skirt, accenting the lower curves, while the top flatters the upper ones, get it? good.)

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(This is one of the best swimsuits I’ve seen in a while in the black and white colorway. The black chunky bracelet is a perfect accessory. And notice how this particular one-piece looks amazing on curvy ladies. Love it!)

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(This is a great example of black as an accent! All white dress with a thin dividing black belt. Stunningly simple. A beautiful black-diamond necklace would look wonderful here!)

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(Another no brainer. Black suit/white dress shirt/black shoes. Tie can be swapped for a modest chain (peep the ‘touch my medallion, meet my berretta post I did for examples). As a matter of fact, if you can afford only one suit to throw on your back, make it a solid black one. The versatility is unmatched. The jacket can be used with casual looks and the pants can be rocked with just the white shirt/understated tenis in black or a black-and-white combo colorway and a slick watch of either black or white. Top it off with the aforementioned necklace/roll the sleeves if you like, and take back the night!)

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(This is where deconstructed and classic styles collide. The black and white colorway perfectly illustrated, yet with rough/unfinished stitching and edges. Great by itself paired with black or white hi-tops. The slimmer fitting supra skytops or modest thunders would work well. Or throw on some chunkier puma first rounds in black or a black-and-white combination color scheme.)

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(This is another option for the black suit from before. The understated kicks, white button down, and for a twist, the matching vest combine for a casually chic outfit perfect for the museum, art gallery, or your little one’s school play πŸ˜€

With these examples it’s clear how stylish the black and white color matching can be when done right. For us or the ladies, this combination is a classic and timeless fashion statement that is a must-have for EVERY wardrobe!

Deconstruction.

June 26, 2009

For me, being fashionable means not ‘following the trends’ as it were, but rather, rocking what I like at the moment and changing only when I prefer something else. Currently, I’m into much simpler ensembles, letting the outfit as a whole make the statement. Among my fashion interests lately are many pieces that have a ‘deconstructed’ or almost ‘unfinished’ appearance. I find that these mix very well with a modern outfit. It almost mixes old world craftmanship with modern fashion. Mira lo que me gusta con estos ejemplos…

Kicks.

Tops.

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(The bottom looks almost unfinished, but works perfectly with the rest of the hoodie. And being one of a lighter weight, it’s great for layering, or on its own on those slightly cooler summer evenings.)

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(Doesn’t get more toned down than this!)

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(Unfinished edges and quite the blatant roughly stitched ‘X’ pattern screams style! Throw this under a dark charcoal blazer and hit the town!)


Bottoms.

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(definitely rock the shirt tucked in with these to show off that bangin’ fifth pocket!)

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(Leave the SUPER distressed to the ladies guys. This is about the max we should be seen in. Rough but not destroyed, dig?)
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(That pocket placement is fantastic! Ignorant and mad stylish.)

As always, these are merely jumping off points, tailor your look to suit your mood.

Shades of gray.

June 23, 2009

If white is too bright for you this summer, try gray. It’s super stylish and it lends a touch of elegance that can’t be matched. Nearly all colors you’d pair with white work equally well with gray, so same rules apply here. And, like any other color, overkill is whack! No gray from head to toe because no one wants a ‘THX 1138’ look going on. From tees to kicks, going gray can be a great way to stand out from the rest this summer (and trust me, if done right, you will not look monochromatic :D).

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