Lacoste Men’s Radium Fashion Sneaker

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I absolutely love this sneaker… I love the color scheme, the subtleties of the design, and how fashionable it can look and still be modern (and comfortable!!!).

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The 7 Style Mistakes All Guys Make – Response

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Just recently saw an article from Yahoo! about 7 style mistakes that all guys make, and I do think that they have some great points that, thankfully, are being addressed.

The Leather Jacket

The appearance of a clothing piece should accentuate the body type of a person, and this is usually done through the tailoring of that piece.  So yes, I agree that it shouldn’t be baggy or slouchy, and it should create a better form/shape of that person.  The jacket should feel “snug,” as the article pointed out, but it shouldn’t restrict movement and flexibility.  I do have to say that I like their choice of the bomber jacket from Dolce & Gabbana.

The Barack Obama Jeans

I haven’t owned a pair since the 80’s, and even looking at the “trends” now, the 80’s are coming back.  But just because the trend is here doesn’t mean it will last.  Stick with darker denim that has room for the crotch and makes your appearance straight and tall.  Bootcut jeans are typically very nice for slimming down one’s physique.

And yes, get rid of the Seinfeld-esque sneakers and go for something more stylish, hip, and put together.  H&M was suggested, but I can also argue for brands like Coach, Cole Haan, Armani Exchange, Kenneth Cole, and Steve Madden.

The Cheap Tie

I’ve been on a case that accessories should be invested upon as much as one can possibly afford (at a reasonable amount, of course).  Why? Because accessories also accentuate your physique as well as the overall look.  It helps polish your attire and oftentimes makes things “fit” together.  Cheap ties, as in most things cheap, don’t possess the quality necessary to withstand the wear and tear.  They feel coarse, the prints look cheap, and the threads/material feel like they’ve been made with bamboo.

Sagging Suit Pants

Ahh, yes.  The sagging pants.  Shameless confession: I can’t really say I haven’t done this, but I have repented and moved on long time ago.  It’s easy to really get stuck in this rut, especially if you are shorter than the average person.  I agree with the article: take your pants to a tailor.  While it is much better to find pants that fit both vertically and horizontally, it oftentimes do not happen, especially in the sale racks.  So, if you buy something on sale at Banana Republic that works on the waist, but not length-wise, take it to a good tailor, or for an extra $10 bucks or so, get the store to hem it for you.

The Pancake Collar

Honestly, if you have the money to buy a great suit, you should also have (or try to invest in) the time to take care of the suit AND its other parts: shirt, shoes, accessories.  I know we all get lazy at times, and I know that a lot of guys just give up and figured a great suit will negate the sloppy shirts.  Well, the suit in and of itself may be great, but again, it’s all about the whole and not just the sum of its parts.  Take the time to iron your stuff if needed.  Or, as the article suggested, buy shirts with firm collars and invest in collar stays (those plastic things).

Right Suit, Wrong Belt

I can even make the case for the right suit but the wrong shoes as well.  I went to a friend’s wedding once where the groom (my friend) wore an awesome tux and Birkenstocks.  Yes, he’s from the Pacific Northwest and he’s an outdoors kind-of-guy, but a good outfit doesn’t have to be ruined by the shoes or accessories you wear.  Each piece of accessory or clothing needs to compliment the outfit.  I like the article’s point of view; if you have things that don’t fit the suit or the outfit, retire it.

The Oversize Suit

Come on, people.  This isn’t the 80’s with the massive shoulder pads.  Today’s modern suit is form-fitting, and even if you don’t think form-fitting is going to look good for you, think again.  Lots of suits are made specifically for your type of body (granted some are quite expensive), but these suits don’t just make the man, they make them look fantastic. And even if you do get a suit that looks a little big, invest in a great tailor that can help you look great for that job interview or that work-related lunch meeting.  You’re not just investing in what you wear, but you’re investing in your confidence and overall appeal, both short-term and long-term.

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.

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?

Kenneth Cole Worlds Finest Ornament Slip-On Shoe

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I have to hand it to my man, Kenneth Cole.  I absolutely love his shoes.  Very modern, sleek, stylish, comfortable, and best of all, they fit well with any outfit.  Thanks to Shopittome.com, I received a Sale Mail that pointed me to the latest sales on the brands that I love.  Check out this tight KC shoe on sale at Macy’s.

Kenneth Cole Worlds Finest Ornament Slip-On Shoes

Kenneth Cole Worlds Finest Ornament Slip-On Shoes

Ok, how can you not go wrong with this? This is not your dad’s slip-on or your grandfather’s. It’s sleek, modern, and so in style. When you’re looking for any clothing piece, the general guidelines are that you want something that will be versatile, and Kenneth Cole pulls it off well.  Want to look polished?  This bad boy can go business as usual in the daytime and is an excellent addition to the water cooler Olympic discussions.  Pair this up with some dark Diesel jeans, crisp button-down collar shirt, and a black Banana Republic Pinstripe 3-button blazer, and this baby will turn heads in a swanky bar at night before you can order your scotch on the rocks.  As my man Mikey put it, “single malt, as long as it’s not a blend…”

The Rat Pack will be so proud of you.

A great outfit (or a new look)

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Express.com has some decent sales going on this time of year, and I’m going to show you an outfit that would look great for this coming fall.

Express.com’s 1MX Shirts

Express 1MX Solid Shirt

Express 1MX Solid Shirt

Express 1MX Summerall Stripe Shirt

Express 1MX Summerall Stripe Shirt

Here are two shirts that look great and are definitely versatile for your wardrobe.  Cotton/Spandex material that is a modern fit for all body types with pointed collars, single lined button barrel cuffs, rounded shirttail, and is machine washable for normal wear and tear.  This modern style is contemporary enough for a classic look. Notice the pant selections for each shirt.  The solid white 1MX shirt can be combined with both the gray or black pants for the office, or wear it on the weeknights with a pair of nice, dark flat-front denim jeans. The dark striped-shirt can be worn with solid black, off-black, or pinstripe pants for the office, and worn with dark denim jeans on the weekends.

1MX Shirt Solid: $49.50
Colors: A LOT!
View this Express shirt

1MX Shirt – Summerall Stripe: $59.50
Colors: Black, Ruby, White
View this Express shirt

Express.com’s Producer Pants

Express Cotton Producer Pant - Solid

Express Cotton Producer Pant - Solid

With the two styles of shirts mentioned above, the next step is to find great pants to match. This solid cotton Producer Pant by Express is a complimentary pant to the shirts. Flat-front pants are great for average heights and slim builds, while pleated pants will accentuate heights of the “vertically-challenged” folks.  This is Express’ signature pant line, and the comfort value is great.  I highly recommend it.

Price: $49.50
Colors: Black, Caravan, Marsh
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Shoes and Accessories

What really makes or breaks the outfit are the complimentary accessories that you combine with your attire. How you “accessorize” your outfit is by looking at the patterns, colors, and shapes of your wardrobe, and letting your accessories offset and accentuate what is lacking with your outfit.

Express Sleek Buckle Belt

Express Sleek Buckle Belt

For example, the outfit I chose above is very modern, sleek, crisp, and clean. So to match the accessories with the outfit, I chose a sleek buckle belt that is formal enough for a work outfit, yet stylish and casual for denim attire.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Guyding Light

Kenneth Cole Reaction Guyding Light

Next, I chose a selection of black shoes that will accentuate the look I’m trying to create. Most designer slip-ons (not necessarily penny loafers) have that modern look, so I am going with my trusty Kenneth Cole shoes to enhance the style of the outfit. Choose between a square-toe or pointed-toe shape, but for this outfit, I would stay away from cap-toe shoes, as it doesn’t match the overall look.

Kenneth Cole New York Join The Club

Kenneth Cole New York Join The Club

Adding a buckle on the shoe will definitely compliment the belt and make the outfit a more polished, modern look. Finally, adding black or silver cufflinks from Kenneth Cole and Reaction and watches from Giorgio Armani and Kenneth Cole will round out the entire wardrobe for you.

Kenneth Cole New York Join The Club: $220.15
Get it Zappos.com

Kenneth Cole Reaction Guyding Light: $107.10
Shop Zappos.com today!

Croc Pot

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I’ve been getting a few emails and IMs from my friends who think Crocs are fugly, and are even sending me URLs of those that do.  So I’m thinking, “Hmm… this can be good!” 

I’m going to collect them and put the links on my site for those that want it.  This will be good!!!