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Monday Motivations: Fake Fashion, True Trendsetting


Monday Motivations: Fake Fashion, True Trendsetting

There are as many places on the net that will tell you what, when, why and who to wear. But there is something much more important than the latest instagram “selfie” or the latest and greatest place to find that killer look. More important than our outer appearance is the person we are each day when we “suit up,” our inner person. Have we achieved and clothed ourselves in the best qualities that will make us a better person each day? We live in a world fraught with frivolity, fifteen minute fame and superficiality. Reality TV titillates our taste buds for bad behavior and the exploitation of our women, perpetuates our propensity and toleration of the Man-child and ultimately corrupts our views of healthy relationships.

Lets get refocused. Let’s not be the social norm, let’s be true trendsetters. Let’s rally around substance over surface, selflessness over selfishness. Let’s stop trying to live the THE lifestyle and start living purposeful lives. Let’s start addressing the issues that keep us from having healthy relationships with our sons & daughters, husbands or wives, our baby’s mothers or fathers, Let’s start spending more time on the person we are on the INSIDE as we do on the outside. Let’s be character tailors, true trendsetters, let’s…

“Vestire Internamente”
(Dress Internally)

TheStyleGent

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Fashion Friday: How To Choose Accessories For Men


I’ve always been willing to try something new, challenge my own sensibilities of what compliments my personality. When I look at all the trends and different looks for the season, it’​s important for me  to filter them, translate them into what makes me look and feel great. Accessories are a little tricky for men, maybe you’re a cufflink guy or a tie bar person, but whatever accessories you choose make sure it fits you. Nothing is worse that a person translating a trend that doesn’t fit their lifestyle or personality.

Trends in men’​s fashion don’t change very often, so for me the trick in staying sharp are impeccable accessories. For guys it’​s a matter of nailing down the details. Think a little outside the norm. Deconstruct your wardrobe. For example, depending on the fabric, look at the vest of your three-piece suit as a separate accessory. What else can you wear it with? Can you add a pochette like you would a full-blown suit? Waistcoats on their own are a great alternative for men to express their personal style. Never copy anyone else’s style. Remember, the goal is to draw inspiration from the things around you and develop something fresh and new that’s complementary to your personality.  It’​s all about tweaking the details…for suit guys, a pop of color and pattern in the pocket square. Start with a piped one, then move on to pin-dots or a plaid pochette or even this killer one from Drake’s of London. For guys who are a little bolder or who like a little “flash”​, try lapel pins like this  from Bowties & Sneakers and Fine and Dandy  or silk knots, these pieces give a sport jacket or blazer a little personality and depth. Or how about a dash of flair for your tie bar. Maybe you’​re a little more “​Rock &​ Roll”​,  add a natural rustic leather bracelet (in moderation and age appropriateness of course) from Novica

I like to experiment with different looks, and you should too. Don’t be afraid to take some chances with texture, colour, and patterns in achieving a killer outfit for your personality. Remember, “​Style is Internal.”​

TheStyleGent

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Fashion Friday: ‘Suit and Substance’ a Curious Collaboration of Content Curation


Suit and Substance is my new Flipboard magazine.It will aim to inspire men to up their style skill in 3 main areas: Character, Competency and Clothing. It’s designed to urge you to be the best you can be with innovative and inspiring videos, pictures and insightful writing that focuses on living a life of passion through purpose. A little off centered but always engaging, Suit and Substance aims to be not your everyday mens magazine. Stay tuned, Suit and Substance will launch June 2013

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Monday Motivations: The Art Of Dressing Internally


“A Sator/Seamstress knows that every loose thread on a garment must be either cut off or sewn into place for clothes to look refined. The ‘Character Tailor’ understands that loose threads in his or her personality also need to be cut or sewn place in order for growth and maturation to occur.” – 

TheStyleGent

In the fashion industry, spring/summer is a great time for designers to showcase their fresh new satorial pieces, shed the heavy, dark colors of winter and shift to lighter and brighter fabrics. This gets us ready and excited for the new styles of the season. It’s also the time when we shake off the winter doldrums, get a new lease on our motivations and passions. But above all, we re-focus on our purpose. I like to call this process “Internal Styling.”

Internal Styling is the art of dressing ourselves from the inside out. It means we develop character based skills needed to meet our goals, expand our thinking and deepen our relationships with others. It requires we re-examine our longtime habits and thought processes to ultimately move closer to our personal purpose.

How do we begin? How can we focus on making sure we look just as good on the inside as we’d like to look on the outside? When we pick out clothing, we usually choose according to our personal tastes. We are often inspired by celebrities, musicians, designers or even that guy or girl at work who always has impeccable taste in clothing.

Likewise, the first thing we should do is give some serious thought to who we look to or associate with. This is a good indicator where our values lie. Who we spend the bulk of our time with can either help or hinder where we want to be mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Associating with those who will inspire us to be better and hold us accountable is the one of the first steps to dressing internally.

Secondly, what do we feed our minds on? Are we absorbing information that will increase our understanding of ourselves and  how we can elevate our mental, emotional and spiritual self? Often times we are eager to read material that will benefit us economically because we can see the results manifested visually: a new wardrobe, car, house etc. Now I’m not knocking prosperous thinking. But when we are focusing on dressing internally the results are less apparent because they are not as tangible to the naked eye and are character based. They are seen gradually over a longer period of time.

Lastly, we have to remove any obstructions that keep us from being the best person that we can be. Since the goal is to improve our character, anyone or anything that jeopardizes that elevation has to be held under scrutiny. Dream Killers, Emotional Vampires, Mental Anchors, Haters, whatever you want to call them; All of these things have to be cleared away so that we can stay focused on improving our character.

When we do these three things:

1. Examine who we spend our time with.
2. What we feed our mind on.
3. Remove any mental and emotional obstructions.

We will not only change ourselves, but it can also encourage and inspire others.

Today, the world needs more Thought Leaders, Servant Leaders and Mentors to challenge us and our ideological differences. Could you become one of them? Dressing internally is a powerful and way to look at our motives, question ourselves and possibly take steps to become one of these types of people. It can enhance the way we interact with our family, friends, and colleagues. It improves and deepens our relationships and ultimately keeps us thinking and acting in line with our personal purpose.

“Elegance is a question of personality, more than one’s clothing”Jean Paul Gaultier

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Fashion Friday: Woman’s Style: A Gentleman’s Perspective


Fashion has taken many twists and turns through the years but the one thing that hasn’t changed is people’s need to express their personalities through clothing. Women and men do this slightly different. For years, men have dreaded even going into the store let alone trying on clothing. While most women keep up on the latest trends going on in style and fashion (I see a lot of women with a killer shoe, handbag & accessory game) most men prefer to “just get on with it,” picking just the basics in clothing and move on.

Things have changed in the past several years. Men have been become more and more interested in style and fashion. No longer does she have to say: “Are you really going to wear that?“ Blogs and magazines have set out a roadmap to help us to become proficient at matching, accessorizing and generally better companions when it comes to dressing. Translation: we won’t embarrass you anymore.

As a Gentleman I offer this as a message to the ladies: With this newfound interest in fashion some of us have gained we want you to know that even though we may enjoy flipping through Esquire, GQ and the many other magazines and books on style, for us it’s still sexy just to watch you strut your stuff and rock those killer Spring or Fall looks. We appreciate those A-line skirts, those peep-toed sling backs, the stacked heels, the dresses from Stop Staring, the way you turn heads when enter a room, or the way you grow your hair out in luscious natural curls or flowing straight wisps. we like you curvy, we like you confident, we want you to shine. And now that we have fashionably come into our own, we just want to look as good as you do when we step out with you on our dates, have that first inevitable meet & greet with your friends (we know you rate us when you excuse yourselves to go to the bathroom) or even one day meet the parents, we want to fashionably complete not compete.

This means we might have to negotiate closet space. As our interest gets larger, so does our wardrobes. So don’t be surprised if we want to go shopping. Of course you’ll have wait for us now while we go into Brooks Brothers, Sax or Nordstrom. But that’s a small price to pay for the both of us to look fly.

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