Stylish Clothes for the “Mature” Man

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First of all, let me say that the “mature” man doesn’t equate to the intellect, character, personality or hygiene of that person. As “mature” women are being called for those NOT petite or skinny, the “mature” man can be considered in the same way. Living in the south, there are more “mature” men here than anywhere else I have been.
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Banana Republic is Launching Mad Men-Inspired Clothing Line

Banana Republic and Mad Men
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Just got word from Fashionista that Banana Republic, one of my many favorite stores, is launching a Mad Men-inspired collection with Janie Bryant. This is awesome news, not just for Mad Men fans who now can get their clothing inspiration from Banana. I admit that I have only seen a few episodes of Mad Men, but I definitely love the fashion in that era. It’s very classic, smooth, crisp, full of masculinity, and very stylish. As Lauren poignantly stated in her post, this collaboration will definitely help Gap’s ability to be seen as a more premier store for men’s [and women’s] wear.

The best part is that the collection hits Banana Republic stores on my birthday!! Birthday shopping 🙂

For more information on this, you should read Lauren’s blog post.

Banana Republic Cotton Patch-Detail Shawl Sweater

Banana Republic Shawl Collar Sweater
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Banana Republic has this awesome Shawl Collar Sweater that I totally dig, as it is both comfortable and warm. The heather grey selection is very masculine and makes for a sweet alternate to black. It’s neutral enough to wear with jeans or khakis, yet versatile for most occasions that don’t involve being outdoors. Unfortunately, when you’re living in the south, you won’t have a need for sweaters when you have the piercing of the sun to keep you warm.

Regularly $98.50, this sweater is now on sale for $69.99 at Bananarepublic.com.

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.

For all you Black Friday Shoppers

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There are tons of sales happening right now, as you may very well know.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty…  Who is this Encarnacion?

Oops, my bad: good movie (Nacho Libre), wrong timing.

Here are some of my fave sales happening so far:

DSW’s $20 off sale and $29.95 boots

Express.com has a 25% off Everything sale

Kenneth Cole’s 41% off Black Friday Sale

Gap’s 50% off Sweaters sale

Armani Exchange’s $50 off every $150 purchase in-store or online

Nordstrom.com free shipping on orders of $100 or more (use HOLIDAY09 code)

Saks.com free shipping with HOLIDAY9 code AND 60% off Thanksgiving sale

Steve Madden: 30% off entire order plus Free Standard Shipping with code MADDEN30 at checkout! (Expires 12/7).  15% off orders of $50 or more plus Free Shipping! Use code SHOPIT15N at checkout.

I’m sure there are more happening, but you get the drift.  Enjoy the sales!

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.