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Entries in trends (12)

Monday
Nov212016

chain gang.

fashion is cyclical, this is a well-documented fact. So try not to be surprised when I tell you that chain wallets are a thing again, and you don't have to be a biker to wear them.

Oh you don't believe me? See for yourself:

 

 

Not only do you not have to be a biker to rock the chain, but the chain doesn't even have to be a real "chain" anymore -- you can sport a leather version if you're feeling it.

 

Now you can be both fashionable and economically responsible in a big city. Enjoy your trip down memory lane.

 

- james

 

Monday
Jul252016

necking.

one of the summer's trends in the world of men's fashion is the nerckerchief. I've always been a big supporter of the back pocket square/bandana as it's a timeless, functional, and simple option. But the neckerchief requires a bit more caution and care to execute. 

While still timeless and classic, rocking a neckerchief is not as simple as throwing a bandana in your back pocket. What you don't want to do is look like a lame cowboy (unless you're lame and a cowboy), or a wannabe fake billionaire who sports ascots (unless you're a wannabe or a fake, or a billionaire).

Bandana selection is crucial in avoiding embarrassment--go simple and classic in color and pattern. Neckerchief knot selection also plays a big part in this since you most likely don't want to look like a 12 year-old boy scout (unless you're 12 or a boy scout).


When in doubt, just don't even try it. The neckerchief is definitely an accessory for someone confident they can pull it off. But when it's done well, it's killer (see pretty much any picture taken for the brooklyn circus guys over the past year).

good luck.

 

- james

Tuesday
May242016

normcore.

normcore - "A fashion movement, c. 2014, in which scruffy young urbanites swear off the tired street-style clichés of the last decade — skinny jeans, wallet chains, flannel shirts — in favor of a less-ironic (but still pretty ironic) embrace of bland, suburban anti-fashion attire. (See Jeans, mom. Sneakers, white.)"

"Normcore is safe. Normcore is same-y. The normcore look is a knowing piss-take of the heterosexual male’s desperate desire to be sartorially unremarkable. Normcore is not brave or butch or swagger-y. Normcore is about dressing like a mild-mannered mental patient or a bewildered Icelandic exchange student circa 1984."

This is the worst. Don't fall for it. This isn't fashion, it's just lazy. 

Don't.

Just don't.

Seriously.

 

- james


Tuesday
Dec152015

Quality over quantity.

This is a topic I feel pretty strongly about. Just because your closet is filled to the brim, does not mean you're doing it right. The way I look at it, clothes should be purchased in one of two categories:

  1. Staples
  2. Trends

Staples are the items you'll wear frequently. You'd like them to last you a long time, and they need to look fresh for as long as they last you. Examples of staples are jeans, shoes, suits, white tees, sweaters, peacoats, watches, or belts, to name a few. What you wear with these pieces or how you wear them may change, but these items will always be around.

These are the pieces you should see as an investment. You should be spending appropriate amounts of monies on these purchases. You wouldn't buy underwear from the dollar store because you don't want to chafe in your nethers. So don't buy a suit from H&M because you don't want to look like a chump. Don't go denim shopping at forever Target. Don't buy gym shoes at sketchers.

Spend the money for quality, and it'll payoff in the long run.

Trends on the other hand, will most likely only be used for a finite window of time -- usually a few months or so until the trend has passed or morphed into something else. These are the high-fashion influenced items like infinity scarves, elongated shirts, bracelets, drapey jackets, ripped denim. These things won't be around forever, so they do not require as much of an investment.

I'm not saying you should buy these things; I'm saying you shouldn't be buying the most expensive versions of them. Accept them for what they are: fads, trends, short-lived ideas, and then spend accordingly. These are the items you should be buying at H&M, Zara, TopShop, PacSun. They will most likely be short lived, so spend the amount of money for something you don't mind losing it's value within the year.

The key is to mix quality basics, with trendy cheap finds.

Spend your money where it counts.

 

- james

 

Wednesday
Oct282015

topman distressed denim.

Distressed/deconstructed/ripped denim is trending pretty hard right now. And while yes, you can absolutely attempt to rip your own jeans to add that extra level of legitness and authenticity to your look, is sitting in your living room with scissors and sandpaper, and going to to town on some denim really any better than just buying a pair of jeans that someone has already deconstructed for you? I mean unless you're ripping holes in your jeans from natural causes (i.e. street rugby, mountain gymnastics, or urban midget knife fighting), why not just buy a pair that has been deconstructed correctly--to prevent additional fraying and decreasing of fabric integrity?

For around $80, you can pick up a pair from Topman in multiple colors, fits, and fabric compositions.

Stop by the "ripped" section of Topman's website, or check out Nordstrom's selection of Topman denim to try on the different fits before making your selection. 

 

- James

Monday
Aug032015

the flight jacket.

also known as the bomber jacket, the flight jacket is this fall's trending style. Originally designed to keep pilot's warm during flight time, the jacket goes back as far as 1917. The flight jacket can come in a million different looks, fabrics, and styles, but should always have the same fit and features: shorter length, a shorter collar that does not fold down, and a roomier fit. check out some examples before running out to find one that fits your look. 

 

- james

 

Wednesday
Feb252015

The New rules of masculinity.

Menswear tends to oppose social changes. That’s to say that designers tend to work in contrast to the uniforms we’re meant to wear. Take tailoring, for example: at the start of the decade, as office dress codes relaxed in reaction to the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men sporting hoodies to multi-billion dollar IPOs, razor-sharp tailoring and double-monks suddenly became the style-conscious gent’s preferred attire. It wasn’t what was necessary, or expected. But then fashion always seeks out difference.

Five years on, and the contestants on The Apprentice – men whose unofficial role is to mark when a trend has joined bootcut jeans in sartorial purgatory – turned up in Lord Alan Sugar’s office sporting pocket squares (matched to their neck wear, naturally), tie bars (unattached to their shirt plackets) and ankle-bearing suits. Meaning? It’s probably time to stow yours in the back of wardrobe.

Your replacement though, is equally contradictory. With most men chained to desks, designers are harking back to a more masculine era, when clothes were about protecting you from sparks and grease. Enter functional fabrics and heavy duty jackets that look like you could weld in them.

These days, your inspiration isn’t a man who knows fifteen different neck tie knots, but one who can fix a gearbox. Here’s how to evict Beau Brummell from your wardrobe to make way for James Dean.

The key to making this look work is opting for classic designs. “A timeless piece is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.”

“Simplicity is what has made that iconic style and shape endure” – so don’t be tempted by avant-garde silhouettes or patterns. Stick to the classics and you’ll be able to wear that bank balance-bruising purchase a decade from now, rather than regretfully trying to recoup your outlay on eBay when trends inevitably change.

- fashionbeans

 

- james

Wednesday
Nov052014

30 trends for fall 2014.

Here are GQ's 30 trends for fall 2014. I can't say I agree with all of these points, but here are the ones that I like and think will actually apply to people who arent working with celebrity budgets:

monochrome

layers

white shoes

 

shearling coat lining

boots

tweed

jacket shirts (particularly of the flannel variety)

western (minus the frilly fringe)

and gymwear (as much as i hate to admit it).

 

go here to see the full list.

 

- james

Monday
Oct272014

fallannel.

fall is upon us.

get your flannel game right.

nothing goes better with fall than flannel and denim. get good flannel. get good denim. get good babes.

 

- james

Monday
Feb252013

nikon coolpix camo camera.

As if camo wasn't everywhere already, Nikon jumped on the camo train and is rolling this little guy out. It's smart on their part to use the trend to move some units, but it really shows you how big this camo trend has become. I support this. I'm a big Nikon fan and I'm not sick of camo. It's not out yet, but available for pre-order. Swoop here if you need a camo camera. 

- Taylor