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Entries in allen edmonds (3)


I got the blues.

As my graduation quickly and finally approaches, I figured it was time to invest in my future and purchase a navy blue interview suit. Seeing as how important first impressions can be in job interviews, I decided to go all out; no bargain suit for me. 


I went to several different places, tried on dozens of different makers, cuts, and fits, until I found the suit that I couldn't pass up. Reminder: do not buy the first suit you see, or even the first suit that fits well when you shop for a suit. Try on as many as you possibly can (within reason of ccourse). The more garments you try on, the better idea you'll have of exactly what it is you're looking for, what fits you best, which cuts you prefer, etc...

After several days of searching, I ended up at Nordstrom in Mission Viejo, California. The suit: 

  • hugo boss
  • pic stitching (hand stitched lapels)
  • peak lapels (the upward pointing lapel corners).
  • ticket pocket (tucked in)
  • flat-front trousers

After the fitting and initial adjustments were marked, I returned two more times for two more alterations to make sure the fit was perfect. When you're dropping this much money, you better make sure you get it right. Buying an interview suit is an investment in your own success. Don't set yourself up for failure with an ugly, poor-fitting suit. Step your game up and do it right.

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On a side note, when you're ready to take the leap into manhood and purchase a quality suit, go see Lawrence at Nordstrom in Mission Viejo, California--he's the man. Lawrence really knows his stuff. He understands current trends and timeless styles, and is both patient and kind. Trust me on this one, you won't regret it.


- james





what i wore.

Went to a jazz concert with a good friend of mine the other night, this is what I wore.

  • Levi's 501 waterless jeans
  • Allen Edmonds Strand with tan laces
  • K.Bell striped socks
  • Timex easy reader black watch with leather band
  • Urban Outfitters leather and brass keychain
  • American Rag polka dot button-up shirt
  • H&M tweed blazer tailored by professional
  • White pocket square 

- James


colored laces.

Finally someone has come to realize the need for oxford colored laces. I've been trying to find decent colors other than what come with the shoes for ages. It's nice to be able to add some color to your kicks when you want to without being restricted to boring brown and black all the time.

It doesn't have to be a solid color shoe either. Check out these saddle-style oxfords with colored laces.

Don't be a fraid to try something new. Pick out a color that you like that doesn't clash with the shoe itself and go for it. The nice thing is that the laces themselves are super inexpensive so you can try a few different colors. You can buy them individually or in multi-packs.

Here's the multi-pack offered by 1901.

FYI, you don't have to buy the entire multi-pack if you don't want to. You can just walk into Nordstrom and pick and choose whatever you want in the men's footwear section.

If those particular colors aren't to your liking there are tons of other places to find laces; just make sure you get a decent pair that are the right length. A good idea would even be to check the official stores of the shoes you own. That's what I did with my Allen Edmonds:

Here are just a few more examples to get you rolling.

- James