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.

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.

Father’s Day

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Father’s day is coming up soon, so here are some great ways to get great gifts (and save $$) for the father(s) in your lives!

With the “new” Bing live and running, I’ve checked out some cool electronics for all you gadget dads out there.  I personally would get an iPod, but I wouldn’t discount the Zune products either.  Coming from the land of Microsoft, it has very cool features that most iPods don’t have, but I would still get the iPod anyway LOL.

And with summer being on the horizon, check out the summer sales that DSW has for you fathers out there.  There are some good shoes on sale here that I wouldn’t miss buying!

Let’s not forget Your Personal Shopper’s favorites, like Armani Exchange’s summer sale event.  Up to 70% off of your latest Armani fashions!  Check out their Under $29 sale and their Tees selection as well!

Here are some more places to get great deals on your shopping spree 🙂

  1. Shopittome.com
  2. Bluefly.com
  3. Zappos.com
  4. Nordstrom.com
  5. Macys.com
  6. Brooksbrothers.com
  7. Bananarepublic.com
  8. Armaniexchange.com
  9. Shoes.com
  10. DSW.com
  11. Saksfifthavenue.com
  12. Shoebuy.com
  13. Endless.com
  14. Kennethcole.com
  15. Piperlime.com
  16. Express.com

So go get shopping for your Dad!  Just do me a favor: don’t buy him Crocs, okay?

Christmas is near!

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For all those who are looking forward to Christmas but can’t put themselves to spend more than they can afford (and I am totally there with you), let me assist in helping you out with some sweet links meant for the bargain shoppers in mind. Some are online coupon sites, and others are straight up sweet online ecommerce sites that partner with brand name manufacturers.  I’ve categorized them for you for easier access 🙂

For Moms:

General stuff:

Shoes:

Retailers:

A Must-Have Look

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Looking good is just as much an attitude and mental perception than it is your outfit and how you wear it.  But it doesn’t hurt to have a great outfit that makes you feel good and helps your mind feel good about what you wear.  Having the perfect combination of cut, texture, tailoring, color, and style will always hit the mark in giving a person that wonderful sensation.  The outfit I’ve shown below is a great example of how to get that sensation.

Express Curdoroy Suit

Express Curdoroy Suit

This corduroy suit from Express.com is a perfect blend of sophisticated and classic look with a modern flair. The 5-button vest playfully shown underneath the 2-button corduroy jacket provides that classic 3-piece-suit-look without straying too far away from the more contemporary design. The buckle belt gives this outfit a subtle hint of modern wear without being overtly modern, which makes this whole design more versatile than one would think.

Next, add a solid or lightly striped 1MX shirt to make the jacket and vest pop out.  Look for strong and light hues of white, purple, blue, or red to enhance the look that you are trying to achieve.  Stripe patterns are also great with the look if the occasion calls for it.  Since this is corduroy fabric, depending on the wale patterns and size, offset large patterns with more subtle tones, widths, and lengths to balance the design.  And if you’re bold enough, you can even add a bold black button-down shirt with wide pinstripe patterns in lighter gray, purple, red, or off-white colors to get that modern-ish craving.

Add a flat-front corduroy Producer Pant to round out the outfit.  If you are looking into getting pleated corduroy pants, make sure to check the wale patterns of the corduroy and see how the strong the pleated lines are.  You want to ensure that the wale patterns are not obtrusive enough that it distorts the pleated lines, which will screw up the pant’s role of slendering your body.

Of course, I can’t finish this without my friends from Shopittome.com, who have supplied me with sweet deals on shoes. As always, I’m going to look for quality, stitch, style, and comfort when picking shoes. There are going to be some brands that people tend to love and others tend to hate. Pick the brand that you know that is going to last you a long time, that will look good as it grows on you, and that it will be as versatile to your wardrobe. With this in mind, I’ve always trusted Kenneth Cole to get the job done, and here’s how I am taking care of business.

Kenneth Cole Sim-Plicity Moc-Toe Oxfords

Kenneth Cole Sim-Plicity Moc-Toe Oxfords

A great shoe to match this outfit would be something that 1) is not too pointed, 2) that is slightly arched on the front, but not too much that it looks like a flat-toe, 3) slip-on or laces, and 4) has a strong sole foundation on both the heel and the side. Kenneth Cole has never disappointed, and its Sim-Plicity shoe is an excellent choice to polish this outfit.

Other add-ons include square-shaped cuff-links from Banana Republic or Kenneth Cole, striped or solid pattern ties in various hues and colors similar to the 1MX shirt, and last but not least, sheer confidence.

Lots of it.