Alright guys, picture this scenario:
You’re heading out the door and you realize you have too much stuff for your pockets, but not really enough to warrant using a backpack or messenger. Or maybe you’re just going somewhere where you want to make sure your belongings are secure without taking up too much space around you, like a concert.
Enter the portfolio case.
I’ve really started to love these things. Think about them like a masculine, oversized pouch with either a zipper or button clip to secure your belongings. I’ve seen them marketed as laptop cases by some brands as well.
Over the last 6 months I’ve grabbed two of these babies from Ernest Alexander sample sales here in the city, but Jack Spade has some in smaller sizes as well. One of the reasons I love these from EA is because they’re made of waxed canvas, rather than leather. I’m not huge leather fan and you can fold these up when not using them without worrying about damaging them. They’re big enough to carry my 13” work laptop, but I rarely use it with that. Usually just my iPad, house/work keys and work ID. It keep my pockets from bulging and I can just zip it and throw it under my arm in crowded spaces, knowing that my belongings are safe.
Check them out. Find one you like and wait for a sale to get it at a good price. I think you’ll find them super convenient, and quite stylish.
So, my friend is a JackThreads obsessor, he is addicted to it. Chacun ses goût, I guess. Anyway, due to his massive spending online, the men upstairs asked him to be part of a focus group and bring some “style minded” friends. So he asks me, a prepster. Why? The incentive was cold, hard Benjamins.
Well, it was interesting. I mean, I got to talk about myself for an hour and get paid, nothing wrong with that right?
I’m not a huge fan of the brand. I wouldn’t buy anything from there even if you paid me, which they did. Thanks for paying for my RL lifestyle!
The session was pretty thorough. Of course they wanted to know how you shop (online,offline) and why you do one or the other, as well as your perception of the brand and it where it stacks amongst its competitors. But there were some great questions about how you define your personal style, what influences do you think created your style. I was actually able to really think about why I dress the way I do. Something that may have been a little more personal than I expected. But, this is a style blog. I challenge all of you to do think about how your personality has impacted your style, or vice versa.
While this experience
probably definitely won’t change my shopping habits. It has giving me some insights into the world of fashion marketing. I’ll consider it tips for my next career move. ;-)
Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister Co. are doing away with their overly branded clothing.
We all know that the heyday for Abercrombie was in the early 2000’s. I still remember my first shirt that I bought in the 6th grade. While I am now in my mid-20’s, I still find myself drawn to the infamous brand. I exclusively shop from their outlet stores (shout out to the Freeport, ME store!) and only during additional sale periods. As I’ve grown I’ve moved away from the in-your-face branding that people tend to recognize from the brand to more subdued options. I gave the short lived sister brand, Ruehl, a try and actually found the clothing designs very nice for my personal style (the prices, not so much)
One of the reasons I was originally drawn to the brand, other then them being the “in” brand, was the modern take on collegiate prep style. They weren’t quite as polished as Ralph Lauren or other old guard brands, but had a lived in quality that didn’t mind getting dirty. I am also a huge fan of the fabrics that they choose for their apparel. It’s soft and hardy feeling, giving the impression of longevity.
While this announcement won’t save one member of the floundering A’s (Abercrombie, American Eagle, Aeropostale). I do see what they are trying to do through distancing themselves from their past and attempting to realign both brands with others like Forever 21 and H&M, both known for cheap items loosely designed to resemble high-end runway designs, without fully abandoning the heritage of the brand.
With the Hollister Co. portion of the brand, which reported a 10% drop in sales, execs are working to redesign stores from surf shack inspired to more fast clothes in a modern package to better compete against new, more popular brands.
What’s your opinion of this recent announcement? Will it help slow the downward spiral of the Abercrombie & Fitch brands?
It’s that time of year again. When lanky models, overworked fashion interns and legendary designers descend on NYC and into the tents at Lincoln Center. Sadly, I will not be attending any shows this year, but I am excited to see what comes out of these Spring 2015 shows (remember the fashion industry traditionally works six months ahead).
I’ve been keeping up with the shows through WWD.com, which is great when you just don’t have a golden ticket for the tents.
Some of my favorite shows so far:
Perry Ellis: Alright, with Perry Ellis being a relatively household name in the land of menswear, I wasn’t expecting anything too crazy or pushing of the envelope. Fortunately, or unfortunately, that’s exactly what we got. With the exception of some interesting windbreaker/suit jacket hybrids, the offerings were relatively standard. The suits were clean cut, with slim legs and jackets in a plethora of colors.
Jack Spade: Fair warning, I love Jack Spade. This collection was refreshingly new and modern. While the bones of the collection were classic by nature. The items we’re made new and modern through the use of new materials, like nylon and cotton stretch blends. Apparently, ponchos are back in style? I’ll pass on those in favor of my Burberry trench. The real star of the show were clearly the bags. It looks like the slim briefcase will be the go-to bag of choice for 2015.
Gant Rugger: The designs for the collection were very in line with what the designers had created in the past, but with welcome refreshments. The thought starter for this collection was ‘Staycation’ and I was wearing any of these items on a staycation, I would be a happy camper. There was a great quilted vest that would go great over a light sweater or one of my favorite white Oxfords.
It seems like the terms blazer, sport coat, and suit jacket are used interchangeably when it comes to jackets. I know I’ve always been curious as to what they truly meant.
I turned to GQ.com to help solve this debate once and for all. The only problem is, it’s not all black and white.
On a high level, they’re all the same, but it can’t be that simple, right? Yes and no. While suit jackets traditionally come with a matching set of pants and are made of wool, that’s not necessarily the case anymore. Jackets are made in a variety of fabrics, one of my favorites is a cotton canvas. They are sold both with and without pants and many can be easily paired with a pair of dark jeans for casual Friday at the office during the day to the bar after work.
In the end, there really is no definitive definition of a blazer, or a suit jacket. If it fits well, looks good and you enjoy wearing it, buck convention and rock that jacket.
When did tank tops become an acceptable undershirt? I’m going to be honest here, I didn’t really start embracing the tank top as a summer staple until just a few years ago. I don’t know how I had gotten so far without them! I’m still not a huge fan of showing my armpit hair, but I digress.
I hate when people wear tank tops as an undershirt. I could maybe make an exception in the cooler months when it’s not as hot and you’re not sweating buckets. To me, the undershirt’s sole responsibility is to absorb the inevitable parade of sweat that occurs in on your armpit when it’s 95 degrees outside with a 90% humidity. Why spend your hard earned cash on a nice, solid shirt only to yellow it with sweat after two wears. Launder all you want, the stains aren’t going anywhere. It’s much more fiscally responsible too, buy a cheap 6 pack of white t-shirts and throw one on under your shirt. When that shirt gets thinned and yellowed from repeated washings, you can throw it away, instead of that $40 button up.
I love Oxfords. Not the thin shirts that show your undershirt, but a nice thick, robust shirt that holds it’s own.
They’re are so many options for Oxfords - maybe that’s one reason I love them so much. Even for a summer evening get together, I’ll pull on that crisp, white shirt, roll up the sleeves and be good to go. While I love a good “classic look” brand Oxford from the likes of Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers, brands like Hollister are making shirts with the same strong fabric that I’m absolutely in love with.
Here’s why: Some days you don’t want to tuck your shirt in. Plain and simple.
While RL and BB make beautiful shirts, they all tend to be long in the rear - no doubt designed to be tucked into khakis or slacks. But what about when you want to head to brunch in jeans and not look like a dad with your button up tucked in, or a slub with your over-sized shirt untucked and flapping in the breeze? This is why I’m so in love with Hollister’s collection of Oxfords. They are the perfect length to leave out of your pants and with slim and classic cuts they are modern takes on a classic shirt and perfect for every day wear.