Four Summer Pieces

Summer doesn’t mean only wearing t-shirts, shorts and sandals. Step up your summer fashion game with these four pieces that will keep your style fresh all season long.

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1. Denim Jacket

This is one of my favorite pieces to wear on a cool summer day or night. Layering makes your overall look so much richer, so if there is an opportunity to throw on a light denim jacket, I take full advantage. These jackets look great with shorts and add a rugged touch to your outfit. They should be fitted and accentuate the lines of your silhouette. You want to wear this piece like you would wear a button-down shirt: tapered at the waist and fitted in the shoulders. Don’t be afraid to stray away from the classic all denim jacket. I love playing with different colors, fabrics and styles like this Varsity-inspired one!

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2. Flat-Front Shorts

Ditch the cargo shorts and stock up on flat fronts. You hid your legs all winter long so it’s time to let them breath! Flat fronts are great because they’re relaxed yet slim, so you feel like you can move around in them. While cargo shorts look like you’re swimming in excessive amounts of fabric, flat fronts give you a neater appearance. They can look dressy when paired with a polo, button-down or even sports jacket, or look relaxed when paired with a tee or tank. My general rule for length? Your shorts should always hit above the knee. While I like them a little shorter (around mid-thigh), a seven or eight inch inseam should leave your shorts hitting at that above-knee sweet spot.

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3. Khaki Trench

A khaki trench is one of the most classic pieces of outwear that every man should own. It’s light enough to keep you cool during warm weather while also keeping you dry from the unpredictable rain that summer brings. A longer trench pairs beautifully with a suit, while a shorter one (that hits about mid-thigh) is great for a more business casual outfit. A khaki trench will never go out of style and will add a level of sophistication to your wardrobe.

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4. High-Top Sneakers

I recently began getting into high-top sneakers because they add dimension to an otherwise basic look. Sometimes I just want to throw on jeans and a tee, but adding high-tops to the outfit is an effortlessly cool way to switch up your shoe game. Make sure you choose a slim jean when wearing these sneakers so that you can create a clean, tailored cuff, and roll them two to three times to hit the perfect length on your shoes.

Hints of Spring

When the weather is changing, figuring out what to wear can be a challenge. I always say that comfort is just as important as putting together a stylish look. Below are four pieces that will keep you looking and feeling good before the warmer weather rolls in. 

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1. Layered Lightweight Sweater

Sometimes it’s impossible to decide whether or not a coat is needed in between seasons. Have no fear, your favorite lightweight sweater is here to save the day. I like to layer a crisp, button-up shirt underneath a sweater for a preppy feel. The best part? If you get too warm, you can remove the sweater and still present an elevated look with your collared shirt. Make a statement by choosing a sweater that has a pattern. I went for a throwback vibe with this argyle print. Just make sure that you wear a complimenting solid-color button-down underneath your sweater to ensure your outfit doesn’t become too busy.

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2. Mock Turtleneck

I’ll admit, turtlenecks were never my favorite because I often found them itchy, frumpy and uncomfortable. Then I discovered the mock turtleneck, a piece that has a shorter neck (so you don’t feel suffocated) and tighter fit. There isn’t as much fabric with this style which makes it ideal for tucking in to create a sleek silhouette. It’s a great choice for cooler days and if you get too chilly, throw a blazer on over this for a bolder look. The mock turtleneck brings an element of high fashion into your wardrobe which will definitely turn a few heads.

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3. Henley

If there are days when you have no idea what to wear, throw on a cotton Henley, dark denim, boots and sunglasses, and you will instantly look effortlessly cool. Everyone should have a small collection of Henleys. I sometimes even wear them on cool nights by the beach because they’re so comfortable. Henleys are fitted around the shoulders and arms, accentuating the parts of your body that you want to show. They also have buttons going down the neck that when warmer, can and should be unbuttoned to give you a more rugged feel.

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4. Khaki Jacket

One of the most useful layering pieces in between seasons is a khaki jacket. If you’re wondering what to wear underneath this jacket, the answer is anything and everything in your closet. Whether it’s a tee-shirt, Henley, sweater, or even tank top, this jacket will work to create any vibe you’re going for. The shearling collar is a great way to add a touch of insulation to your jacket to ensure you’re not too cold, but don’t worry, the khaki color still screams spring so its seasonally relevant. Once it officially becomes warmer, remove the shearling collar. If yours doesn’t detach, swap the jacket out for one with a regular collar.

4 Winter Staples

This winter feels so long, doesn’t it?! That’s why I find myself constantly reinventing looks to keep my style fresh. Here are four items this season that I recommend keeping in your winter rotation.

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Double-Breasted Jacket 

Old Hollywood glamour. That’s the feeling I get when wearing a double-breasted jacket. If you’re looking to shake up the traditional sports coat, I highly recommend exploring this dapper style. You’ll instantly be transported into a world of sophistication. These types of jackets traditionally run a bit looser, so for a more modern look, find one with a tapered waist. Also, play with patterns to give the jacket a more current feel. The jacket I’m wearing has a checkered pattern in different shade of navy, which gives it a more playful vibe. If an entire double-breasted suit seems a bit dated for you, create a more modern version of this popular 1930s style by pairing the jacket with dark denim, a bright turtleneck and lace-up boots.

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Cable-Knit Cardigan

Textured cardigans are one of my favorite layering pieces in the fall, winter and even early spring. The versatility of the cardigan makes it so valuable! You can wear it with many different types of dress shirts, flannels, v-neck tees and Henleys. Sometimes thin, cotton cardigans can fall a little flat and make you look frumpy instead of accentuating the lines of your body. That’s why a fitted, textured, cable-knit cardigan is always a great choice to layer with. It adds dimension to your outfit while dressing up any shirt you wear underneath. Here’s a tip for you: look for cardigans that have modern shawl collars. They frame the lines of your body nicely and add an extra level of elevation to your entire outfit.

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Quilted Bomber Jacket

The bomber jacket seems to be a piece that never goes out of style. Year after year, the bomber is reimagined with different patterns, fabrics, prints and colors. I love quilted bomber jackets because they give you a rugged look to switch up your style. After all, who says we have to only dress one way? As much as I love a well-tailored suit, blazer or crisp button down shirt, I also love fitted denim, a cool bomber jacket and suede boots. I usually pair a henley with this jacket and top it off with some mirror-lens shades. Another perk of wearing bomber jackets? They accentuate your shoulders and give you a trim waistline.

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Plaid Overcoat 

Most people buy overcoats in black and navy because they go with everything. Trust me, I love a multi-purposed piece and think that the more use you can get out of it, the better. But, I also think it’s important to switch it up and make a statement with your outerwear. This plaid charcoal overcoat is one of my newest favorite pieces, and the beauty of it is that it does go with most colors too. Pair it with brown, navy, black or beige pants, and you can rock this coat on multiple occasions. Just make sure you wear this pattern with solid pants. Mixing patterns can make the outfit look too busy and will take away from the beauty of a plaid overcoat. This style will give you a more high-fashion look and is a great way to have some fun during the long (and sometimes seemingly never-ending) season of outerwear.

Winter Trend: Burgundy

The frigid cold has arrived, and I need as much help as possible to get me through these dark winter days. Aside from wearing multiple layers, I am also counting on my warm and cozy friend: burgundy. Burgundy is a blend of red and blue hues with a touch of purple thrown in, making it a color that everyone looks great in because it compliments all skin types. Even though it’s a darker shade, it gives you an unexpected pop of color - perfect to get you through the winter. I find that most men who wear burgundy incorporate this color into a top, but I want to share three other powerful ways to make this an even bigger part of your winter wardrobe.

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Pants:

Burgundy may not be the most conventional color for pants, but it’s one that opens up your wardrobe to a realm of possibilities. I love buying a piece of clothing that can be worn dozens of different ways because you truly get more bang for your buck. Burgundy pants can be paired with almost every color and every type of top. They instantly make any outfit feel dressier. I love pairing these pants with a fitted sweater layered over a crisp button-down shirt. A lace-up or Chelsea boot is the perfect finishing touch to making a strong statement with your look. I don’t see this color being worn by men as much as I think it should be, and that’s because many people feel intimidated by it. But fear not, with these pants, the options are endless and you will stand out for all the right reasons.

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Suiting:

Whether you wear a suit for work, social gatherings, or special occasions, there is no better time to make a statement. While I love my navy, black and grey suits, I sometimes get tired of wearing the same color palette. This winter, spice up your suiting with burgundy. I gravitate towards textured suits because they add an extra element of style and show that you put thought into your suiting. During the winter months, play with different fabrics and textures like wool, tweed, cashmere, and herringbone. This burgundy suit is made from wool and has a faint speckled pattern. You always want to feel good when wearing a suit and this fashion-forward look will leave you feeling like the most confident one in the room. Just be sure to stick with more neutral shirts colors like white or light blues because the suit already makes such a strong statement on its own, and you want that to be the focus of your look.

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Accessories & Footwear:

Never underestimate the power of footwear and accessories. Burgundy shoes go with dark denim and most colors of chinos or dress pants. You can be wearing the simplest outfit and make it look like a million bucks, just because you have on a show-stopping pair of shoes. By wearing a color outside of the box, you instantly have a fashion-forward look. I always say that if you’re a bit trepidatious about trying out a new color like burgundy, start with the footwear first to break yourself in. If you’re ready to take a bigger plunge, switch out your work bag every once in a while with a different color. This burgundy bag gives a pop to your standard suit and adds a little extra flavor to your look.

I look forward to seeing how you style your burgundy this season!

The Chelsea Boot

*This post was sponsored by Zappos

Never underestimate the power of footwear, especially great boots. I just can’t live without them. Here’s why: Strong statement shoes add the finishing touch to your outfit, and trust me, that doesn’t go unnoticed. Boots add an elevated and seasonal feel to your outfit that, when done right, can pull your entire look together. They’re so multi-functional that you can wear them with denim, chinos or even full suits. You can tuck the pants in for a more rugged look or keep the pants over the boots for a dressier feel. Depending on the vibe of the outfit, there are so many ways to play with styling boots during the fall and winter months. You can get so many looks out of them!

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I've been wearing Steve Madden boots for years. Their lace-up combat boots (in both black and brown) are staples in my wardrobe because they are comfortable and versatile enough to wear with everything. Now I have a new Steve Madden style to add to my collection: the Chelsea boot. I ordered the boots from Zappos, which is always such an easy experience. Shipping is free and fast. Plus, if you are as indecisive as me, they have a 365-day return policy, which takes the pressure off of having to make decisions too quickly. The Chelsea boot is one of my favorite styles because it’s both casual and formal. They don’t have laces, and the sides are elastic, creating a sleek and modern silhouette. That’s why they pair perfectly with a slim style of pants. Remember: the fit matters. They shouldn’t be loose.

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When it comes to shoe brands that deliver solid quality at an affordable price point, Steve Madden is one I often refer to my fellas. They have a variety of fashion-forward fall styles that you can filter through on Zappos, based on your own personal style. They come in a variety of different fabrics (leathers, suedes, etc.), textures, and colors. Most importantly, they feel so comfortable when I'm running through New York City every day. I rarely sacrifice comfort for style, so it’s refreshing to see that a brand I've been wearing for years doesn’t change the impressive quality of their footwear. Take advantage of the cozy seasons and get those boots ready for months of styling!

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