Brand Of The Week – 8.31.09

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Steve Madden

Steve Madden

My Brand Of The Week of 8.31.09 goes out to Steve Madden, makers of quality shoes at affordable prices.

I love their modern styles and subtle avant-garde influences.  What really stands out to me about Steve Madden, and quite frankly is very impressive, is how comfortable — VERY comfortable — their shoes are.  I think I have owned about 10 pairs of Steve Maddens so far, and even at this moment, am on their site looking for cool shoes to get.  With shoes that makes your feet comfy, it gives me the perfect impression that their customer loyalty is based on the customer’s needs, without sacrificing style and quality.

Shopping Tip of the Day: Be Plain and Simple

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When you’re out in the mall and looking for things to buy, or even just window shopping, a fail-safe catch is usually finding something simple and classic.  In this case, any solid/plain colors with the right texture and cut will create boldness and sophistication in the presence of something simple.

For example, pairing solid color pique polos from Ralph Lauren with dark denims will present a simple yet classic casual look.  Pair up solid polos from Banana Republic with chinos, khakis, or even a pair of pinstripe will dress up the outfit quite nicely.  Even chic and modern ouftitters like Express will pair up their polos with dark bottoms to create a more modern, chic outfit that’s both sophisticated and classic.  Moreover, the clothes are usually quite comfortable.

Plain and solid colors are usually easy and simple to find, and it doesn’t take much to create a simple and elegant piece that is comfortable to wear.

Shopping Tip of the Day: Know Who You Are

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Style, if it’s broken down to its essence, is all about personality.  The clothes that you wear brings out your personality, your attitude, and essentially your whole persona, both the good and/or bad.  Understanding the right kinds of styles, clothes, and look that compliment and accentuate your personality and personal style will be determined by how you see and present yourself.  Thus, when someone sees your style, your personality and persona should breathe through it.

In addition, to know personal style and presentation are essential and imperative factors in deciding your shopping habits.  We all have somewhat of different personality styles that bleeds through different situations and circumstances.  These situations and circumstances, however, should all point to who you are as a person and as a person of style, and should have a sense of consistency throughout.

If you don’t know who you are and your personality style, there is always room to start today.

Shopping Tip of the Day: Know What You Have

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So you want to buy more stuff?  Maybe a gadget for your bachelor pad, or some sweet kicks for that football game?  Or maybe even something nice to wear for a date?  Best thing to do first is to analyze and assess what you have and what you don’t have.  Go through your closet and figure out:

  1. What fits loosely – To keep or not to keep?
  2. What fits tightly – To keep or not to keep?
  3. What needs to go – DEFINITELY to go.

If you can’t fathom throwing away your nice Armani suit that hasn’t been worn in 3 years because you’ve gained 50 lbs., donate it to your local charity or put it on consignment.  Knowing what you have to work with is much easier in the long run to buy pieces that will match your current outfits and style personality.  It will help you assess what you NEED to buy to complete your outfits, and hopefully won’t distract you from spending too much on things that you don’t really NEED when you’re out shopping for those pieces.

Brand Of The Week – 8.24.09

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Banana Republic

Banana Republic

My Brand of the Week of 8.24.09 belongs to Banana Republic, whom I have had a great “relationship” since 1999.

If I can say one thing I love about Banana Republic, it’s their classic blend of style.  A healthy mix of contemporary feel with modern sensibilities, “BR” has a great way of appealing to various body types.  I love their choice of color palettes, the texture and style of their clothing, and the feeling of comfort and ease that I get when I wear their clothes.  A very good brand that has much to offer in terms of mixing and matching attire to perfect that day-to-day look.

Rock on with your bad self, BR.

Brand of the Week – 8.18.09

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Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole

My Brand of the Week is none other than Kenneth Cole, makers of great, comfortable, and modern menswear and accessories.

What I love most about Kenneth Cole is its pound-for-pound value.  Whether it’s shoes, ties, suits, watches, tees, or other clothing pieces, they have often surpassed my expectations on what I see great clothing should be.  Their looks are sophisticated, classy, and stylish, with variable hints of minimalism and modern flair.  Their tailoring is fitted, their materials classic, and their outlook is never about steering away from class.  Rather, their style displays an embodiment of modern class and sophistication without sacrificing value and comfort.

I love the way I can look good with their clothes and feel good about my purchases, knowing that they have a long-lasting durability to their products.

Kudos to you, KC.