Whilst shopping in SoHo yesterday I walked passed the Marc Jacobs boutique on Mercer Street. I looked around; of course wanted to buy one of everything, how could you not? And stumbled upon two bins with 100% cashmere thermals for $50. I almost lost my mind! You can't find cashmere sweaters for $50 at J. Crew. It was the perfect sale to build your winter wardrobe. Get it before it's gone!
I've been on the hunt for a leather jacket for quite some time now. How hard could it be you're thinking? Not impossible but a slight mission. What was I looking for? Not much, just a simple black leather jacket of good quality and a perfect fit. The fit of a leather jacket is very important. It should not be baggy or slouchy and should stop at the waist. Why would you want to appear bigger than you're actual size? Additionally, you shouldn't have to say, "Maybe I can alter it," it's not a blazer. Try the size you think you are and perhaps a size smaller.
I was avoiding making a designer purchase. Spending 1,200 plus dollars was not an option, especially in today's economy. Moving along, where does a guy go for cool, handsome leather jacket without bells and whistles? I hit the net and did some research and stumbled upon this handsome leather jacket at Club Monaco; which is one of the best American high-street retailers. It was perfect no studs, bells or whistles just a simple all black leather jacket. The price was even better only $599 (tax not included.)
Teenage girls and some boys are Burnin' Up for The Jonas Brothers. Although I'm not Burnin' Up for their music, they do have an amazing sense of style. To style them; must be such a pleasure. I love the fact they aren't wearing tattered jeans and slogan tees. You know the obnoxious type that reads lovely quotes like, "Don't Touch My Nuts," with two silly cartoon-like squirrels underneath the quote. Ugh! Whilst shopping at the Christian Audigier store on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, the eldest of the trio Joe Jonas opted for a trim grey suit with velvet Bordeaux detailing, red-stripped tee and red wing-tip. He looks amazing! I love the pushed up sleeves look. The best part about this ensemble is he doesn't appear like he is trying too hard.
When discussing style people don't instinctively think about the little things, the sort of things that make a man a gentleman. I am talking about manners. It's always nice for a man to be well dressed but to be so with manners is a plus. A few weeks ago a friend asked if I would able to write a letter of recommendation for him. I said yes of course and mailed the letter. Whilst shifting through this afternoon's mail, I shift pass a lovely gold envelope. I open the envelope, praying it wasn't a wedding invite, and see a hand-written thank you note. He wrote a thank you note for the recommendation letter I had written. Hand-written thank you notes are not only courteous but also chic. It is a chic little habit everyone should adopt. They are also great to send after interviews. I had an issue with the Burberry store on 57th and 5th in New York, the alteration manager was amazing in rectifying the matter, and so I sent a hand-written note. Everyone is so accustomed to sending and receiving thank you emails; to receive one is so refreshing, more personal. Being chic is not only about your appearance; the little things like manners count too. Being chic is a lifestyle.
I finally received my new hard drive! What a relief. I felt like Carrie Bradshaw when my hard drive crashed, remember that episode when her Mac crashes and she did not "back-up". I've not had Internet for over a week and thought I was going to lose my bloody mind. Anyone who has been in this predicament can empathize.
When my Apple Genius told me my hard drive went to shit (my interpretation of course) he suggested I purchase my hard drive from a company called Driver Savers. They have cheaper prices and better warranty policies. I purchased my hard drive for about $70 with a 3-year warranty and a rebate, what a freaking deal. If you have ever had to purchase a hard drive from Apple or those tools the Geek Squad, you know $70 is a steal.
When I told a friend that I was going to wear navy trousers and sneakers for Yigal Azrouel's menswear presentation this afternoon- he felt strangely ambiguous about the look. I can't blame him- it has to be the right shoe. I told him it is an amazing look if correctly executed. So how do you pull off the perfect sneaker-trouser look?
For starters, the fit and proportions of the trouser have to be perfect, that is the key rule to menswear- fit and proportion. Check out the fit of Ashton Kutcher's trousers. The trousers are not baggy or too tight. They should be fitted with a little room in the thigh region, for a relaxed silhouette. You should keep a close eye on the length of your trousers. If they are too long the trouser will bunch against your sneaker and create a sloppy look. The trouser should hit the tongue of your sneaker; wear it like a Tod's driving moccasin. If you think of your sneaker like so, pulling this look off will be a walk in the park. Have fun selecting a sneaker too. You can find so many great sneaks. I'm opting for a pair of navy croc and cream perforated low-tops by Creative Recreation. Complete your look with a polo, Rugby shirt or button-down, throw on a vest or cardigan if you decide to layer. Don't forget to tuck!
I've noticed a few celebrities wearing their jeans extremely cuffed; remember when Ed Westwick was photographed at LAX? Justin Timberlake attended Fashion Rocks with his jeans extremely cuffed; he paired them with a satin-trimmed grey blazer, a black shorten tie, black shirt and pocket square. This isn't a easy look to pull off without looking like you are trying too hard but this is a great look and he wears it well.
Yesterday was the GQ's Men of the Year Awards held at London's Royal Opera House; hosted by Sir Elton John and Lily Allen. Christopher Bailey won the award for Best Designer; an award that was much deserved. Brandon Flowers of The Killers had the honor of becoming GQ's most stylish man. Where was Daniel Craig and Pharrell was?
My top three best dressed for the evening it would be:
Jude Law looks amazing in this double-breasted suit.
Kanye West, not his best look but still a good one.
Designer of the Year, Christopher Bailey
Mama Mia's Dominic Cooper
I know its menswear, but this is Naomi Campbell here! She can do no wrong in my eyes even if she is hurling a Blackberry. Flawless!
Mark Ronson donning an amazing navy suit attended the ceremony with Daisy Lowe.
Will Young, wearing a handsome black satin-trimmed grey blazer.
Brandon Flowers looking stylish in a beautiful cream blazer with tasseled shoulder pads. He took a risk; perhaps why he won most stylish man.