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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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Fashion Friday: Style As A Meditation


I am attempting to live this philosophy everyday: Style as a meditation and not a mere regulatory affair.

I recently did a post on The 7 Habits of Sylish People and most of the advice was character driven. I believe 70% of style is Character and the other 30% is Clothing. Most  think clothing is important. And I tend to agree, I live and love them. They can take you places, give you access to certain environments. Yet, if you don’t have solid character to back it up you’re like a boy in his fathers clothes. You’re only playing “dress up” and that’s called “acting.” Dressing to enhance vs dressing to hide are two different things. The goal should be deeper than that. It’s about motive and intent. Let’s deepen the conversation from how we look and who we wear to how we act and why we should care.

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

Nothing is worse than arrogance dressed in elegance. Substance always trumps surface.However, a Twitter user reminded me:

“there are far worse things than arrogance dressed in elegance, arrogance dressed in ready-to-wear would be one. A good suit is worth plenty on a rotten man! It’s usually the ONLY thing he’s worth, so he may as well look fabulous!” –  Alexander Stacey

I think he is right in of those statements, there are far worse things a person can be (I know his intent was light banter)  but I think there is something to be said for a person who gives the appearance of refinement but proves false to this by the way he acts toward people. ( I cover this topic in a previous post) what good is a new suit if the man inside is rotten? We must not use clothing as a way to deceive others by hiding who we really are on the inside.

For example: A man hires a stylist to help him pick out clothes for an interview. Together they pick an appropriate shirt and tie, pair it impeccably with a tailored suit, possibly even stir within him the confidence he needs by means of coaching and direction beforehand so that he actually lands the job. Granted, the boss/interviewer is impressed with his résumé and his interviewing skills. But soon after the boss notices things that may make him question the hiring decision. His constant tardiness, failure to meet deadlines, incomplete or inaccurate reports or even laziness may make him more of a liability. Sure, he nailed the interview, made a good first impression and was a convincing candidate. But an awesome wardrobe won’t cover-up bad work ethic. He may be the topic of discussion and even the resident expert around the office on how to pair this with that. However, his sharp suit won’t be enough to save him from a pink slip.  Even if he has entrepreneurial aspirations his behaviors won’t get him very far.

Clothing should enhance our persona, but we also need to do the work that is required to change traits, habits or more importantly, behaviors that may be counter productive to our personal development. How? Think about the last conversation you had with your boss about your performance, your good friend or significant other about your relationship? Were you listening closely to the things you needed to tweak or even change to become a better or refined version of yourself? Or did you scoff at their suggestions? Stylish people should balance what’s in their closet with what’s in their head. They know that teachers come in the form of people they meet, places they go and in events they experience. Thus, when we go out into the world dressed up or move through life rocking our killer “look” it will be far more than just mere sartorial elegance.

Start from the inside & the rest will follow. Less “clothes maketh the man” more “the man maketh the clothes.” – Dublo

Thank you MyrtleTakesTeadublonothing for inspiring this post and engaging me in some brisk debate on style.

TheStyleGent

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Style Follow: Bryan Ferry


“The older I get the less I know about women. They are completely infallible and totally impossible.” Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry, the “coolest living englishman” provides an object lesson in the art of growing old elegantly.

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Fashion Friday: The Best of the Vest


Not all guys feel comfortable in suits and it’s always important to dress to your personality. If you are one of those people who feels a bit hemmed up in a formal suit, consider the waist coat. Now, in life there will absolutely be times where you should have to wear a suit. But, for those less dressy affairs, a waistcoat or vest, can be an alternative for some. Depending on the fabric the waistcoat can take you from the frigid cold of winter to the often unpredictable weather changes of spring and anything in between. The waistcoat is perfect to pair with a shirt and tie, or something a little casual like a long or short-sleeved tee and possibly dark jeans, khakis or slacks. The idea is to bring some versatility into your wardrobe without having to break the bank.

So you don’t go out looking like a waiter taking someone’s order in a restaurant, choose a vest that has something distinctive like this waistcoat below. It provides just enough character to make you stand out, which brings some diversity to your outfit and will make you look just a little more stylish.

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Alternative stylish vests can be a great accessory to make an outfit stand out. make sure that the look is tailored to give it some added polish.

A vest can also be used as a temporary alternative to your suit jacket on those unbearable summer days where it gets entirely too hot. Some are a little sheepish to venture out beyond their jacket and pants, but if you do it right, you can combine different tones between your pant and vest to create something entirely new and fresh. So take another look at the waistcoat/vest. It’s a great way to boost the look of a blazer or sport coat.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble

Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble

For me the vest is a great way for me to keep some flexibility and movement while I’m in my wheelchair.  Those of you who happen to be wheelchair bound need not feel that you can’t dress up in a way that keeps you from moving without constraints. The vest can be a dressy alternative to a sport coat or blazer when you are on the go and can give you full use of your arms when getting momentum in your chair. just because you’re confined doesn’t mean you can’t look fine.

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