Men's Guide: NYFW 2014

New York Fashion Week – Men’s Style

By Donte, Men’s Style VIP

It’s that time of year again…New York Fashion Week.  I never really paid much attention to it before, but since I work in New York and a few of my close friends are in the fashion industry, I can’t help but notice all the excitement surrounding the biggest week of the year for them.  Accordingly, I decided to take a look at the menswear trends to see what the designers had to offer.  I picked some of the popular high-end designers (or at least that’s what the blogs say), but keep in mind that everyone will not have shown their collections yet by the time of this post.

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Hood by Air

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What I noticed is that there are a lot of dark colors on the runways.  Surprisingly, I thought a lot of the Public School and Hood by Air pieces were pretty wearable.  I especially liked the printed t-shirts that HBA used and it was the more urban of the designers I mentioned.  What do you think?  Which one do you like best?

All photos from Style Bistro, (Source = ImaxTree)

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Donte

TBT: Seasonal Trend-Men can rock colored jeans too

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By Donte, Men’s Style VIP

So, last Autumn I bought to you the guide of colored pants for MEN, yes I said MEN. A lot of men are skeptical when it comes to wearing colored pants or jeans, and don’t know how to really pull it off. Well Donte’s here to save the day, and take you threw the different colors, and ways you can where it before the fall comes rolling in. Follow the link below and I’m sure Donte will change your whole perspective on colored pants for MEN.

Seasonal Trend: Men can rock colored pants too!

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YCS (Men's) Guide to : Unleashing your inner Super Hero/ Villain

 

Donte, Men’s Style V.I.P

At a very young age, most boys develop a love of super heroes and villains.  We look up to these characters as inspiration and hope that we can always save the day and accomplish any task.  These super heroes and villains also represent how we’d like to see ourselves, i.e. super-strong, super-fast, intimidating, invincible, etc.  Does that really ever go away when you become an adult?

Sorry to disappoint, but most kids never grow up to be the fictitious occupations they dream about in their younger years, and so we often don’t become super heroes and villains in real life as depicted in the cartoons or comic books.  The silver lining in all of this is that we can still rock the super hero / villain look!  Admittedly, I’ve been obsessed with super hero and villain t-shirts this summer and have collected quite a few of them.  They bring back those nostalgic feelings of my younger days and allow me to unleash the confidence within.

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These t-shirts can be found in most retail stores and they cover just about all colors in the spectrum.  People of all sizes can wear them (kids too) and they are typically very comfortable.  Wear one to set off a casual and relaxed look and show your fun side.  (Disclaimer: Don’t attempt to leap any tall buildings, break through any walls, or fly)

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Throwback Thursday: Men's Style – What to wear to a wedding

By Donte, Men’s Style VIP

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This week’s Throwback Thursday is Donte’s guide to what he suggest men should wear during summer weddings. As Donte explained wedding season is from June-October which means we have no time to waste, he also explains how to go from formal to semi-formal and not over do it. Check out the post below and feel free to tell us what you suggest a man should wear during this summers weddings  !

Men’s Style: What to wear to a summer wedding

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Donte

 

 

YCS Guide to Spring: Spring at-TIE-r

By Donte, Men’s Style V.I.P

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My last post highlighted colorful spring socks as accessories that could enhance your spring wardrobe. This post highlights another accessory that can have a similar effect, a tie. Although they are both small accessories, they both can make a huge impact on your style.

Wearing a tie has often been synonymous with formal attire; however, they can be worn casually as well. A nice blazer, button-down shirt, and tie combination can be worn to a spring wedding, to the office, or to an after-hours night on the town. They are easy to change to give a pop of color to your upper body and can help to create a nice spring color scheme.

Whether it’s a standard tie, skinny tie, or bow tie, they come in all different colors and patterns. You can likely find any type of tie that you can think of to go with your desired outfit. Below are a few that I’ve pulled out for this spring. How do you rock your tie?

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YCS (Men's) Guide to Spring: Sock Game

By Donte’, Men’s Style VIP

This Friday marks the first day of spring!  That means cleaning out those closets, packing away those heavy winter sweaters, and pulling out those warm weather clothes.  Spring is a time full of color and my wardrobe tends to reflect just that!

This year I am going to attempt to draw inspiration from one of the most neglected areas in my wardrobe…SOCKS.  My friends seem to have pretty nice sock collections (especially Esquire and Mr. Detroit), so I am challenging myself to step up in that area.  A little touch goes a long way and a nice sock is a small, often inexpensive item that can change your entire look and take you to the next level of fashion.

Since they aren’t always visible, socks can add a touch of surprise to your outfit.  They can be as colorful or mute as you like and they don’t have to match the pattern or color scheme of your shirt or pants.  In fact, they stand out even more if they don’t match the pattern or color scheme of your other clothing items.  They provide the perfect starting point for me to start experimenting with new pattern and color combinations.

Here are some of the new players in my sock game that I’ll be trying out this spring.  I’m pretty excited to start!  Let me know what you think.

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Men's Style: Birthday Suit Chic

By Donte’, Men’s Style VIP

So it’s that time of year again when a certain someone is about to be another year older.  Yes…yes…my birthday is quickly approaching (Ugh!).  For those of you that don’t know us personally, both myself and YCS Erika were born two days apart (Me – March 1st, Erika – March 3rd).  (Sidenote: I also share a birthday with Ke$ha and Justin Beiber).  That means this coming weekend will be all about birthday behavior for both of us.  The biggest question will be “what to wear?”

Some people treat their birthday like a national holiday.  I guess I’m no exception.  Any chance I get to party the night away, is welcomed.  Specifically, I treat my birthday the same way I treat New Year’s Day (don’t laugh).  It’s not just because it’s the first of the month, but it’s more because I feel like my birthday is my personal new year and a chance to start fresh.  I keep this in mind when selecting my outfit for the occasion and for whatever events may occur.

Dressing for your birthday should be all about standing out from the crowd.  It’s a day that’s all about you right?  You should have at least one statement piece that draws attention to you.  I usually try to wear something new.  Take it as an opportunity to wear something bold and daring and that you love.  It’s your moment!

Here are some of the looks I’ve worn on past birthdays.  What does your birthday suit look like?

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25th Birthday
I had a “Black Hollywood Party” in Atlanta in which my guests had to wear all black and my hosts had to wear silver. Of course that didn’t apply to me…

29th Birthday Me and Erika had a joint birthday party

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Me and Erika had a joint party.

30th Birthday

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I had a “30 Shades of Grey Party” with my frat brother Rashad in NYC. Guests had to wear at least something grey

Valentine's Week on YCS: Men's Style – Look Great For Your Valentine's Day Date

By Donte’, Men’s Style VIP

Valentines Day is this week.  For some fortunate souls, that means it will be date night.  Whether it will be a first date or you’ve been dating a while, VIP is here to give you some tips on how to look great for your date.

What you wear on a date can influence both the conversation and feeling of the date.  That’s because your clothes are typically a reflection of your inner self and your emotions.  I’ll break down how you can apply this concept to both a first date or to a later date.

First Date
Your first date is an opportunity for you to give the other person a different impression of what she might expect from you.  For instance, if she knows your job is more white-collar and requires a suit and tie, dressing more laid-back and casual will show a more relaxed and comfortable side of you.  If she knows your job is more blue-collar, dressing in a suit and tie can show her that you clean up well and gives off a more serious vibe.

Later Date
If you’ve been dating / married for a while, clearly you’ve already made your first impression and your Valentines Day date will have different implications.  She already knows you, so try dressing according to what you want her to notice about you and in something that’s appropriate for the occasion.  If you’ve been working out, wear something that shows off your body and that has a little tighter fit.  If you haven’t, wear something that hides those imperfections, such as a button down and a blazer.  It’s all about creating a fantasy and being your special lady’s “eye candy” for the night.

What will you be wearing on your Valentines Day date this year?  Feel free to share your tips for a great date night outfit and I hope your night is filled with lots of love…whatever form that may take ;-).

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Men’s Style Spotlight: The Bonobos Gift Guide

By Donte, Men’s Style VIP

What do you get for the guy that has everything?  If you’ve ever found yourself asking this question, I have a one-word answer for you…Bonobos.  With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m here to let you in on, considerably, the best-kept secret to ease your shopping woes and help you find the perfect gift for a special guy in your life.

Bonobos was started in 2007 by a couple of guys who were searching for better clothing after they couldn’t find pants or shirts that actually fit and hated the hassles of traditional shopping.  They sought to create a greater shopping experience and have evolved into a respected brand for men’s style.  Consumers may shop Bonobos online at www.bonobos.com, make an appointment at of one of the Guide Shops (if there is one in your area), or even find it in Nordstrom’s.  I would have a hard time endorsing products I haven’t seen or tried myself, so I made an appointment at the guide shop located at the company’s headquarters here in NYC.  Here is a recap of my experience and a breakdown of some of the many items you might want to get for your guy.

When I walked into the shop, I was paired with a guide who took my measurements and picked few items for me to try on.  The guide shops do not carry merchandise for purchase at the store, but they allow you to see all the items in person and order them on the spot (with free shipping!).  I wasn’t able to see any of the accessories because they did not carry them in that guide shop, but the clothes were amazing!  Some of my favorites were:

Gingham print grey shirt (1) – This was the first item I tried on…and I didn’t take it off for a long while.  Not only was it a perfect fit, but it had a slimming effect that I really liked.  There were several color combinations available, but my favorite color is grey, so of course I went with this one.

Grey Henley (2) – This shirt was very comfortable because of the material.  Usually Henley shirts are pretty thin, but this one is more like a sweatshirt.

Pants (3) – The pants at Bonobos run a little bit long, but I like mine that way.  The important aspect was how they fit around the waist.  These pants that I tried on were so comfortable and they passed the “sit test”, meaning I could sit down and they did not pull around the thighs.  Definitely a good investment if you are looking for some pants…and they have them in almost any color to match your style.

Sweaters (4) – There were so many different sweaters in the shop that I could not try them all, but these were my favorite.  The black one is cashmere and is incredibly soft.  I paired that one with a t-shirt and some jeans and it looked great.  The other looked great over the Gingham print shirt (see above) and on its own.

Shoes (5) – It was a snowy day in NYC when I came for my appointment, so I had on boots.  I wasn’t looking for shoes, but I tried on this pair so that I could make sure the length of the pants I tried on were appropriate.  I must say that I was very pleased with how these shoes looked with both jeans and chinos.

There is a lot more to explore at www.bonobos.com, so feel free to go on and look around to see what you find.  If you find yourself shopping for the guy that has everything, check it out.  I enjoyed my shopping experience and purchased quite a few items.  Mission accomplished.  Good luck!

Details about the items featured can be found on the YCS Polyvore page.

The full Bonobos Gift Guide can be found on their website: http://www.bonobos.com/giftguide.

Seasonal Trend: Men Can Rock Colored Pants Too

By Donte, Men’s Style VIP

One of the trends I’ve noticed in recent weeks has been colored pants. Admittedly, I have also developed a love for them and have incorporated them into my wardrobe. This is a noticeable change from the days when men simply stuck to denim with an occasional and adventurous venture to khaki. Even with the movement toward colored pants, a lot of the more daring and trendsetting gentlemen tended to only wear them in the summer months when the style rules seem more relaxed.

This post celebrates the new trend toward colored pants and provides some tips for wearing them in the fall and winter months. They can really help to get you noticed and take your style to the next level. It’s all about the hue and the color story you desire to tell.

The easiest way to pull them off is with color blocking. Try to keep the shirt and upper body in a more solid/neutral color, black, or white so that you really highlight and draw attention to the lower body. If you are willing to try it, this is a great time to use contrasting colors. Be wary of using monochromatic color schemes here only because you don’t want to overdo it with some of the colors suggested. You may be pegged a little obnoxious wearing all red everything, but hey, it’s fashion…maybe you can pull it off!

Here are some of the noticeable color trends for fall and winter 2013, what they say about you, and some hues that work well in that color family. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Red

  • A bold standout color
  • Exudes confidence
  • Draws lots of attention
  • Hues: Blood Orange, Fire Engine, Cherry, Rust, or Maroon

    Orange

  • Similar to red, but a toned down version
  • Draws a similar amount of attention
  • Try to stay away from the neon tones
  • Hues: Tangerine or Burnt Orange

    Blue

  • Color option for the less audacious
  • Alternative to denim
  • Hues: Cobalt, Cerulean, Ice or Frosted shades

    Purple

  • Merging of red and blue
  • Majority of the designers have gravitated to the darker end of the scale
  • Hues: Lavender, Eggplant, Wine

    Green

  • Not as gaudy as red
  • Not as plain as blue
  • A neutral and versatile option
  • Complements blue and yellow
  • Contrasts with purple
  • Seen as a way to complete a color blocking scheme with most colors
  • Hues: Forest, Turquoise

    Yellow

  • Toned down by designers over the past year
  • The toned down vibe makes for better versatility
  • Darker hues play off of blue (contrasting color)
  • Brighter options play off the contrast to black
  • Hues: Mustard, Butterscotch, Goldenrod

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