Kenneth Cole’s Modern Pique Polo

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Kenneth Cole Modern Pique Polo

Kenneth Cole’s style never goes out of style, and their modern pique polos are always classic in feel and in wear.  These polos are made for making Spring more vibrant with new colors.

  • pique knit polo shirt
  • rib-knit collar
  • 1-button placket
  • short sleeves with rib-knit cuffs
  • embroidered monogram on chest
  • side-notched hem
  • 96% cotton, 4% spandex

1 for $48.00, 2 for $70.

You can find these polos and more at KennethCole.com.

Armani Exchange: New April Collection

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Armani Exchange Spring Collection 2010

Armani Exchange Spring Collection 2010

Armani Exchange launches their new Spring collection, just in time for Spring Break.  Check out the latest and greatest in their Spring Break Essentials:

Armani Exchange Tonal Stripe Sweater

Armani Exchange Tonal Stripe Sweater

Lightweight V-Neck with graduated stripes, perfect for layering!

Comes in White, Cirrus or Ice Pink

$78.00

Armani Exchange Sporty Aviator Sunglasses

Armani Exchange Sporty Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator Glasses with white frame

Metal detail on top frame

Metal logo detail on temples

$65.00

And for all you fans of PayPal, Armani Exchange is now accepting PAYPAL!  Have fun shopping!

Nordstrom construction at Green Hills

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Nordstrom has started their store construction at popular Green Hills mall in Nashville. I am so thankful of seeing one of my fave stores of all time be transplanted in the south. You have no idea what a relief this is for guys like me.

It’s been a challenge to get great retailers and stores in the south, especially here in Nashville, as the market for high-end stores are JUST slowly booming, unlike bigger and better cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, or Seattle who are already established in their own rights. When I first came to Nashville to visit back in the summer of ’06, Green Hills was only 1/3 of what it is now, and back then it wasn’t much to even notice, IMHO. Now, higher end cats like Coach, Louis Vuitton, and 7 For All Mankind are taking place here – hopefully to end this country boot, western-shirt wearing style of town.

Nevertheless, the excitement is still there and I cannot wait to see the results. Props to the Nordstrom heads to make this happen and keep us Seattlites proud.

Banana Republic Spring Sale

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Men usually get the bad end of the deal when it comes to great clothes that go on sale. Banana Republic is an exception where you can get good deals for good quality clothes that still make you look good.  From topcoats and jackets, to stripe polos and jeans, you can’t go wrong with the price tag.

Check out the 40% off Spring Sale from Banana Republic and get shopping!

How To Dress Up a Suit in 3 Ways

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A great suit isn’t just a suit that can be worn as is. A suit should be able to be versatile in other combinations of attire as well as superb and comfortable by itself. If personal style is the defining factor that will ultimately showcase the overall look, pieces to compliment the suit will help accentuate the personal style. Let’s look at ways to make the suite more versatile.

The Debonair Look

A suit by itself should be striking and fittingly comfortable; and by striking I mean elegant, handsome, and vibrant.  Regardless if it’s a 2-piece or 3-piece suit, you can’t go wrong with a great suit when:

  1. The fabric is comfortable and doesn’t look cheap.  Wool Gabardine is an easy fabric that is lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, and is quite form-fitting.
  2. The style and type accentuates your body and the look you’re going for.  Light to medium weight pinstripes should be a good standard for most body types.
  3. The tailoring fits well with your own body. Don’t go baggy on the suit, but ensure that you actually fit comfortably in both the jacket and the pants, and the pants do not sag nor run down farther than base of your ankles.

A good suit with a nicely pressed solid button-down shirt, such as Nordstrom’s classics, Armani Exchange’s slims, or Express’s MX1, should keep you looking freshly debonair.  Add a little spiciness by changing classic colors to bolder, modern colors (lavender, steel gray, royal blue, for examples), or introduce bold stripes to your color to enhance the interest factor.

In selecting ties, try choosing colors that are at least 2 shades away from your primary color palette for a classic look.  For bolder looks, look for adjacent color schemes by alternating neutral colors with striking patterns or colors.

Selecting accessories for great suits should never be taken lightly.  I suggest using modern square toes from Kenneth Cole or Cole Haan, or for a more sophisticated feel, go for Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada, or Nordstrom pointed toes or cap toes.  A great black leather belt and cuff links can be found at Kenneth Cole.

The Relaxed Look

With a great suit, you can also mix and match tops and bottoms to make your outfit more versatile.  Pair up your suit jacket with a polo shirt from Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic or Armani Exchange to transform the sophistication of the jacket into more of a relaxed feel.

A nice dark denim jeans from Rock and Republic should be sufficient in keeping things down to earth, and driving mocs from Banana Republic or Steve Madden will definitely complete the outfit.

Add in Kenneth Cole New York watches and bracelets, and you will be good to go.

The Semi-Formal Look

Use the pants to establish the foundation of this look by pairing it with a more formal style pique polo from Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Burberry, or Brooks Brothers.  Or for a bit more sophistication without being too sophisticated, get long-sleeve button-downs from Brooks Brothers or Banana Republic, or even use a v-neck cashmere sweater or sweatshirt from Kenneth Cole.

Keep the style uniform with Banana Republic or Nordstrom loafers.  For a more edgy look, go for Kenneth Cole or Cole Haan shoewear.

I typically would keep watches and accessories from Kenneth Cole, but higher end Fossil, or lower-end Movados or Bulgaris should keep conversations entertaining.