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is there something to that top button?

i was recently asked the other day why i button my shirt all the way up.

it was an unexpected quesiton that i have never been asked and it caught me off guard. 

i had just met her and we were talking about how she hates handshakes, that’s why she hugged me. and then she pauses for a moment, looks at me with a serious, should-i-ask-this-question-look, and then goes for it. 

“Can I ask you something?” 

Which, at first, made me wonder what the heck is she going to ask me? I’m almost certain I’d never met her before, let alone seen her, so I know I hadn't said something stupid to offend her or hit on her (but not really). What does she want to ask me?

So I said, “Shoot.” 

She then looks (from what I could tell) up and down my body (probably just my shirt) and asks, “why do you button your top botton? i’ve seen a couple people do it and i don’t get it.” 

I was not expecting this question. it kind of didn’t seem like a real question – like she was messing with me or something. I think i even reached up to see if the top button on my shirt was even buttoned (it was, it always is, I’m not even sure as to why i checked because i knew it was). 

My well thought out response to her initial question was, “what?” 

To which she replied, “is it some kind of, like, secret thing i just don’t know about or have some meaning? Like only certain people do it or something?” 

This made me laugh a little because then i knew she was being serious. She wasn't messing with me and genuinely wanted to know. 

I shook my head and told her, “No. It’s just a style thing.”  

She then asked if it was a RVCA shirt because apparently they have one that looks just like the one I was wearing. Once I told her it was a J.Crew shirt she then dubbed me J.Crew and called me that for the rest of the night.

This made me think about button ups and people buttoning them all the way up. I started to think about all my buddies that wear button ups regularly and all of them button the top button too. This was normal practice to me, almost second nature to just button it all the way up. 

When I think back, I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t button the top button. It was only a couple years ago that I moved button ups into the regular rotation, but even then it was all the way to the top.

My curiosity got the best of me so I turned to the one place I knew would have answers (no, not google) – Tumblr. I searched ‘button up’ and found a healthy mix of gentlemen with their top buttons buttoned and plenty of Pitti worthy gentlemen without their shirts buttoned all the way up.

It all comes down to style – how do you want to look? How do you want your shirt to feel? How come this top button is choking me? Every man has his own look and style. That’s what makes this whole 'fashion' thing interesting and unique. The style that everyone brings to the table.

- taylor


j.crew x new balance 2014 spring 998 'inferno'.

listen up sneaker heads, this limited edition is for you.

j.crew and new balance team up again to bring us post-worthy sneaker. this isn't their first rodeo as the two retailers have teamed up in the past, but this one is different.

this time it's in your face, bright red and ready to be shown off. they used new balance's 998 platform and created this limited edition shoe worthy of your feet.

swoop the 998 'inferno' here and in select stores.

- taylor


childish gambino - telegraph ave.

been listening to childish a lot lately and i highly recommend his latest because the internet. if you haven't picked it up yet then this is what you're missing out on and a whole hell of a lot more.

seriously, go get it and listen to it. 

if you can't at least for now listen to this track and enjoy.

- taylor


ralph's still got it.

all hail king ralph. have you seen ralph lauren's 2014 fall/winter line? well, you definitely should. ralph still kills it and here are some of my favorites from the f/w 2014 collection.

- taylor


the hat seen 'round the world.

if you saw the grammys you know exactly what i'm talking about.

yep, i'm talking about pharrell's hat.

my first reaction was what the hell?

if you haven't seen it, here you go:

what the hell? right??

Let's put aside the fact that this hat is ugly and looks terrible. That's known and not many people are going to fight me on that statement. What we need to acknowledge is the fact that pharrell had the balls to wear this and try to pull it off. Not many people would ever think about it or even try to wear something like this hat, let alone at an award show where millions of cameras are going to be snapping away. 

I don't think pharrell is going to get many people heading out to the stores trying to cop this one, but i think he might get a few people to try their hand in the hat game. Most likely nothing this outrageous though, possibly start with a fedora of sorts. There are a few early adopters that will definitely go for this hat and/or look. they're probably going to look dumb going to look dumb and everyone will tell them 'nice try pharrell', but that's how things, in this case men's fashion, evolve and grow. we'll see, maybe pharrell started a hat epidemic and everyone will look like a canadian mountie in a few months.

This hat did do one thing right – it got everyone and their mothers talking about him. our hats are to you for that one. 

- taylor


uniform experiment plain toe heel studs shoes.

this is going to be my next shoe purchase.

i'm about everything on this shoe.

it's simple, it's leather and most importantly it's black. 

the hardest part is going to be tracking these down. they're suppose to be available january 25th at select retailers, but which ones?

we'll just have to wait and see.

- taylor


jogger pants.

nahh homie, i'm not talking about actually jogging or any form of physical activity for that matter. 

i'm talking about the pants that have shown up in the men's fashion scene recently called joggers or jogger pants. i ride bikes, i definitely don't run. like a lot of people, it ain't for me. these pants on the other had – they are for me. 

i've been meaning to do this post for some time and finally i'm getting to it. these have been around for a little bit now, but have really started to gain traction in the last couple months. but taylor, these are just companies trying to make grandpa's old sweatpants look new and fashionable. well, you may be right there, but look how cool they are (scroll down for pictures)...

i mean i'm not certain because i didn't know your grandpa, but i'm pretty sure gramps didn't rock leather joggers or dress them up like this, ja feel?

joggers are a new piece you can add to the sartorial arsenal that change up your run-of-the-mill pant selection. they can be dressed up with some oxfords or they can be dressed down with your favorite pair of nikes. think of them as chinos you can run and jump in, they look like chinos and feel like chinos, but give you all that extra space for activities. embrace the versatility of the joggers. more pictures so you believe me (scroll on down).

some people are not gonna be on board with the jogger pant craze and that's okay – let them hate. they don't get it or can't rock them, but hopefully one day they will. and if they don't, that just means more for us which we're cool with too. 

hold up.

real quick, you've gotta peep this...

are you kidding me?? snakeskin print joggers on top of some fresh ass j's? wait, is that elephant print on those jordan's?? home boy's just mixin’ up the animal kingdom like it ain't no thang. we've got darwin rockin’ joggers, why aren't you? 

for real though, all joking aside, jogger pants are a rad piece to have at your disposal. look into getting some and at the very least, put some on your body to see how you like them. i've posted a few below so you can get an idea of what's out there and some pricing. 

who would i be if i didn't start with these though:

swoop the leather sureshot zanerobe joggers here.


swoop these leopard camo sureshot joggers here.


swoop publish's classic jogger pant here.


swoop these jogger pants from bullhead here.


- taylor

a.p.c. x kanye west 2014 fall capsule collection. 

a.p.c. teams up with kanye west for another collection. this time you can tell it's heaviy inspired by kanye and it's going to have people hatin' it or lovin' it. check out what they're realeasing below.

- taylor


kill city dicky trois oxford stripe print shirt.

copped this shirt and i haven't looked back. gotta love that black on black. click for more kill city.

- taylor


the crosby shoe in black leather.

need a simple, clean looking shoe? i love ugly's got'chu. it's a basic, derby style shoe that will leave you stoked you bought them. made out of leather, they are the perfect addition to add to your closet. everyone needs a pair of basic black shoes and here are yours.

swoop i love ugly's leather black crosby shoe here.

and if you want to pick up some extra laces for them, find out how here

- taylor