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Category: Outfit Inspiration

Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

Well, the romantic day is almost here. You’ve got her gifts picked out. Her flowers are ordered. You have everything you need ready to go. But what about you? Are you ready? Do you have your Valentine’s Day outfit picked out yet? In our focus to make Valentine’s Day as special as we can for out partners, we sometimes neglect ourselves. I know I have been guilty many times in the past of forgetting to take care of myself. So, I thought it might be a good idea to get a head start on some Valentine’s Day outfit ideas for both casual and dressy dates. I can already hear the chuckling from here. “Do guys really plan their outfits beforehand?” I do. Sometimes. When I want the night to be memorable. Does that mean I have everything laid out for two weeks sealed in a hermetic enclosure? No. Nevertheless, I definitely have an plan of what I am going to wear. I worked in the restaurant industry for years, and Valentine’s Day was always insane. To me the only day crazier was Mother’s Day. I still…

Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside

Fall. Fall is so easy for dressing with style. I pop on an extra layer, leave my jacket open, and let my layers trap just enough heat to keep me warm. But dressing with style when it’s cold outside? For me that’s a much more difficult challenge. When it’s freezing, I only want to throw on my Patagonia jacket, lace up my duck boots, and journey out into the frozen tundra like some sort of half-assed, rejected cast member of Ski School (one of Dean Cameron’s best movies, by the way). I find that I really have to push myself out of my comfort zone when the mercury starts dropping. The desire to stay warm outweighs the desire to look good. But I have to constantly remind myself that there are clothes that will actually let me do both. I thought I would pull together two options, one casual and one business, for a little outfit inspiration in the coming two months or so of chilly temps. Casual Dressing with Style When It’s Cold Outside Obviously, the first thing I reach for on cold mornings when getting dressed are…

Brooks Brothers Striped Cotton Sweater

Does anyone else feel like things just shifted into high gear right after Thanksgiving? I swear, things dragged from Halloween until turkey day, but now we’re cruising. We’ve already bought and set up our tree. I’m hanging the lights this week. I even think we have most of our shopping done (for the kids at least). Regardless, we’re smack dab in the middle of sweater weather, and I’ve been running around a lot popping in and out fo the car on errands and outings. I usually wear wool sweaters when it gets cold, but this cotton sweater from Brooks Brothers has been a nice change of pace. Wool is fantastic for cold weather, but heavy cotton like this sweater, when layered, can be just as warm. I’ve been wearing this one with a dress shirt and an undershirt. Lately I’ve also been struggling with whether I’m an undershirt guy or not, but I’ll save that for another blog post. However, with this outfit, and while wearing most cotton sweaters during fall and winter, the extra warmth an undershirt provides outweighs both the…

Holiday Dinner Outfit Inspiration

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! We did, but I think I could have found a little more room for some food in my left leg. My brother-in-law made this amazing smoked turkey that I couldn’t get enough of! But after all the cookies, potatoes, stuffing, and everything else I’m ready to get back into my gym and healthy eating routines. Today I thought I would share what I wore for Thanksgiving dinner. It might not help you with Thanksgiving dinner this year, but I think this can be worm all season long. So, hopefully you can find some holiday dinner outfit inspiration in this post. I think the best way to dress up your holiday dinner outfit is to keep it classic. Christmas dinner is not the time to experiment. Of course the level of “dressiness” depends on your facility traditions. Sometimes corduroys, a tattersall shirt, and pair of country brogues is the perfect holiday dinner outfit. Perhaps your family tradition is to keep things completely casual. If that’s the case, a pair of dark jeans, oxford shirt, a chunky sweater and pair of boots is perfect. In…

Men’s Fall Style Essentials for 2017

If the weather ever starts acting like fall around here, I can actually break out some of my fall clothes like my duck boots and waxed cotton jacket. I mean, it’s felt like summer all week here with temperatures in the 80s. That’s very strange for Philadelphia this time of year. But the weather is eventually going to change, so I thought it was the perfect time to run down my list of men’s fall style essentials. I think what I love most about fall fashion is the functionality. Winter is cold, summer is hot, spring is wet. But fall? Fall can be all three. We need clothes that can face all three and adapt as the day changes. Consequently, this means waterproof outer layers, breathable layering pieces, tough footwear, and a few accessories to pull it all together. I also am really into the versatility of fall clothes. Want to wear jeans and a tweed jacket? Cool. How about some corduroy trousers and a denim jacket? Perfect. Mixing and matching is most easily done during autumn. Try rocking a blazer with a pair of shorts, and you might get a few looks. But…

Saint-James Breton Stripe Shirts Three Ways

One of most ideal pieces of fall transition clothing is the Saint-James Breton stripe shirt. These long sleeve t-shirts, traditionally striped in blue-and-white, red-and-white, or black-and-white, provide excellent opportunity for layering and are offered in differing thicknesses. I think the common misconception is that these are traditionally women’s shirts, but the proud history of this company includes traditional fishermen’s sweaters from the 1700s and inclusion as part of the official uniform of the French Navy. This rich history has earned the shirts and sweaters the nickname “sailor stripes”.

Three Ways: The Navy Hopsack Sport Coat

Three different outfit inspiration options using a navy blue Brooks Brothers hopsack sport coat/blazer…