Posts tagged “style

Femme Friday Quick Pick: Marc Jacobs Tote

You absolutely can never go wrong with a bag from Marc Jacobs, especially one under $70. This is the perfect fun Friday find to start your weekend off right!

Go forth and dress well. Happy Friday!

Miss Marc Packables Shopper via Zappos.com $68

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Femme Friday: Seersucker

Seersucker is the quintessential fabric for summer and definitely deserving of its own Femme Friday post. One could argue that its the most classic, recognizable warm weather textile worn the world over. Traditionally seen in red or iconic blue, seersucker is the perfect casual, comfortable staple that’s neutral enough to be worn with almost any color to any occasion.

Forget diamonds, this cool cotton is a girl’s best friend.

Row 1: Striped blazer via Zara $80; Jessica Howard dress via Von Maur $90 Row 2: J.Crew swimsuit $82; Lafayette 148 New York skirt via Nordstrom $148 Row 3: Striped shorts via Zara $40; J.Crew Café capri pant $98


Not Your Daddy’s Jorts

I unapologetically love jean shorts. They elicit images of long summers filled with beaches, backyard barbecues, and bonfires. Although jean shorts have often been pegged as the trashy cousin of conventional denim, they’ve been resurrected in recent seasons by fashion designers and mass market retailers alike.

Plenty of brands like Levi’s and American Eagle offer a variety of fits and washes, but Zara strikes the perfect balance between style and value. Their jean shorts are available in an excellent mix of colors and seem to hit at a good point on the leg. I also like that should I get these shorts on and find they’re more Jim Dangle than anticipated, shipping and returns are free.

And yes, I suppose you could just cut off an old pair of jeans and make your own, but that post would have been shorter and far more anticlimactic.

Top left: Denim bermudas $50; Contrasting chambray shorts $70 Bottom left: Fantasy side strip bermudas $60; Bermudas $60. All images via Zara


Thou Shalt Covet: Nike Free Run+ 2

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness never owned Nike Free Runs.

As a former avid runner struggling to get back in shape, my Free Runs have been a God send. They’re lightweight, super comfortable, and fit well enough to wear sans socks (something I’ve never done before). As a runner of almost 15 years, I can honesty say they’re the best pair of running shoes I’ve ever pruchased.

My original pair of Free Run+’s are nearing the finish line so I’ve got my eye on the Free Run+ 2’s available from Zappos.com for  $90 to $100.

The only problem ahead of me is picking out a color (probably blue).

All images via Zappos.com


Hal Jordan Goes Green (& You Should Too)

While slipping on an alien ring and transforming into an intergalactic superhero is my preferred way of going green, I suppose wearing eco friendly clothing is just as good (but not really).

Being environmentally conscious doesn’t mean dressing like a third generation hippie anymore. Companies are increasingly offering cool and stylish options for guys who want to look good without needlessly ravaging Mother Earth. I’ve collected 4 products that are just as eco fly as they are eco friendly.

Shirt: Made from natural seeded cotton knitted and sewn in Los Angeles.

Shoes: Vegan friendly and constructed from recycled and sustainable materials.

Watch: Accented with a bamboo dial, this Sprout watch is made from corn resin that’s “99% biodegradable to carbon dioxide and water within 365 days.”

Pants: The yarn for these Bonobos jeans is partially spun from recycled beer bottles. Thanks to Mr. Webbos for posting these last week and Buffalo Dandy for doing a more complete write up today.

Farm Tactics baseball tee via Unionmade $55; Earthwise Classics via TOMS $54; Sprout watch $65; Bottle Rockets denim via Bonobos $135

The Green Lantern image was scanned from my own collection but copyrighted by DC Comics Inc. in 1983.


Femme Friday: Pin Up Swimwear

There is something undeniably iconic about the vintage pin up girl. She’s beautiful, feminine, sexy, and yet classy enough to earn respect as well as admiration. Women wanted to be her and men wanted to, well you know.

When I stumbled across this 1940’s print ad of Rosemary La Planche (left) and Alma Carroll (right) at an antique mall earlier this week, I was immediately drawn to its color and subtle sexiness. The swimwear featured inspired me to hunt down some modern pieces patterned after suits from days gone by. Anthropologie, known for its vintage, feminine feel, offers these beautiful, simple swim suits worthy of being pinned on any wall (or blog).

Nothing says femme quite like these gems.

A special thanks to my friend and photographer Erica from Erica Lee Style for her helpful tips on women’s swimwear, of which I knew nothing about.

Row 1: Yakima bikini by Nanette Lepore $174; Sweetheart Patchwork Maillot by Camilla and Marc $218. Row 2: Dolly Gingham Maillot by Seafolly $168; Kamini Swimsuit by Nanette Lepore $192. Row 3: Star-Scattered Bikini by Pez D’Or $136; Natalie One-Piece by Seafolly $148. All images via Anthropologie


The Church of Chuck Taylor

I was feeling a bit adulterous after today’s previous post. And while my eyes may stray from time to time, I always come home to Mr. Taylor. There’s just something special about unboxing a new pair of Converse that elicits excitement like nothing else.

Since it’s been an Americana sort of week for me, I decided to post some Chucks that read and bleed red, white, and blue.

For idolizing another, Mr. Taylor, mea culpa.

Top left: All Star Slip $47; John Varvatos Star Player Ox $165. Bottom left: All Star Core Hi $45; John Varvatos Star Player Mid $145. All images & shoes via Zappos.com


Style Inspiration: Me

I consider myself a pretty stylish guy (hence the blog), so I thought I’d put  together a look directly inspired by an outfit I wore earlier this week. And no, this isn’t a fun house mirror, unless said mirror is over 70 years old and was one of the deadliest, coolest machines in the skies during World War II. Yep, it’s the side of a P-51 Mustang I photographed on Monday at the Grimes Gathering of B-25s in Urbana, OH.

While it’s impossible to be me, you can certainly dress like me.

Saint James for J.Crew meridien II hoodie $285; Levi’s 511 skinny cut-off shorts $54; Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer $150; Timex Weekender via Need Supply Co. $45; Puma Limnos sneaker via DSW $35