Here’s a legitimate sartorial inquiry made by a fellow follower; Mr. Drew. All these questions about relationships and the “consistency of my hair” have been getting a little redundant… and a little boring to be honest with you lol. So here goes;
I usually don’t like to read articles saying this and that are “must-haves” so I will just say that these are things I consider to be more or less essential to my personal wardrobe.
1. Deconstructed blazer
There will always be occasions where you need to “dress up” a bit. As much as I love dressing down and throwing on a snapback, A Sunday brunch with friends and family will call for something a little more…. appropriate. A fully lined blazer is way too much for the Summer heat, especially in NYC so pick up a deconstructed blazer in a thin, breathable cotton, or even linen. Stay cool.
2. [Colorful] Khakis
I know in the last few months, you’ve seen me wearing mostly black, or monochromatic colors, but in the warmer months I like wearing a good amount of color. (If you go back enough on the WIWT pages, you will see some examples). Make sure the colorful pants you get are made from a thin cotton fabric so you don’t walk around with colorful swamp-ass all day.
A nice pair of shades not only compliments your outfit, but has some health benefits as well. Most designs come with a polarized lens option and I think it’s actually worth the extra few bucks to get the polarized option. ie; UV rays (if you’ve seen Day After Tomorrow, you know what’s up).
4. Fresh sneakers
I LOVE the warmer months only for the fresh sneakers I get to wear. With a copious amount of foot powder, going sans socks is the best feeling when you’ve got awesome breathable shoes like the Nike Flyknit Trainers. I also love my True White Vans and Tretorns. Just make sure if you’re part of the #sweatycrew like I am, to powder them real nice, because it’s really hard to get that stank out once it gets absorbed into the shoe.
5. Chambray shirt
Again… it’s gonna be real hot in the summer and you need everything to breathe well. A chambray shirt will go a long way in the warmer months; I really love wearing mine with a pair of white jeans or khakis.
On top of being in the #sweatycrew, I also tend to get oily in my T-zone and this thing helps keep me oil-free for a good 8-12hours. If you’re gonna be in the sunlight all day, it’s not cool to walk around shining light into everyone’s eyes with your oily face. Also, it has SPF15… which isn’t a lot, but better than nothing. You can also apply even more SPF on top of this.
Saw this sweater as I walked into the Nike Run store on 20th and 5th and it was love at first sight. It’s the perfect all-season crew neck sweater! It’s got a secret pocket inside the cuff for your key or any other small items ;) and a side zip pocket. The blacked out YKK zipper is a nice touch too.
LOVE this. These are real essentials, unlike GQ, who thinks Rolexes and Yachts are essentials for a man. Let’s be real, we all got keys to carry, whether its to your 98 Honda Civic EX or Porsche 911 Turbo or even your bike! Pick a keychain that’s worthy of being taken off your belt loop and placed on the table.
Use some hand lotion. Especially if you work out and got some callouses on your hands… I hate shaking guys’ hands when they’re all flaky and shit. So imagine how a woman feels when she touches your dead, flaky-ass hands.
Okay… so I reallywant this… Not just because I want it, but I always found that studying or being more organized comes easier when you have a really good, respectable, functional writing utensil. Even when I sit to read a textbook I need a nice pen in my hand for me to actively read the book and try to retain the information. If I’ve got one of those plastic papermate pens, I just can’t focus, I need something solid, something the writes so smooth, and with a good tip etc. I don’t know, maybe I’m just weird, but this pen looks SO sick. I want it.
In conclusion; guys should always have a nice pen and a notebook on their person.
The wait for Club Monaco’s e-commerce store has seriously been worth it. The website layout is fantastic and in my pure, childish excitement over the introduction of their online store, I am just now getting around to clicking through the P.S you need thissection and I have got to say it’s very well curated. It covers pretty much all your basics/#essentials from a creckneck sweater to the perfect striped tie!
Besides the list of items from the P.S you need this section, I recommend you guys check out the Edward Cross-Dyed Oxford. I actually have this in both the Coastal Blue and Grey color and they are both fantastic. The Coastal Blue is the perfect color in between boring navy and gaudy blue, and the Grey has a slight blue in it so it’ll really set it apart from the rest of your plain grey shirts.
Here are some outfits with the Coastal Blue shirt;1, 1.5, 2
I know today was a bit chilly cold, but summer is right around the corner and now is good of a time as any to get your s/s shoe game up to par. If you already have a pair of bombass canvas sneakers for the spring/summer season like I do, but just need to do some cleaning up, do the following;
If you have a pair of white sneakers and you like to wear them squeaky clean, then the magic eraser is what you need to clean up the mess from last year. I personally like to wear my white sneakers into an abomination. I truly believe that a raggedy white sneaker says a lot about a person; I think it shows character… but that’s just me.
2. Freeze clean
Obviously you wore your sneakers sans socks, and obviously you had days where you just over dressed and had to run to class/work/bar…. so now it’s gonna have that year old stink lingering around. What you need to do to get rid of the smell is put some baby powder into the shoes, and maybe even rub them into the soles, then stick the shoes in the freezer for a few days (junior mints optional) and the smell should be gone.
P.S - this freezing method works for jeans too.
There! Just 2 easy things to do to get your shoe-game ready for s/s 2012!