It’s baffling when guys dress like slobs given how lucky we are in Canada to have access to affordable clothing. I’m not saying it’s important to spend all your money on clothes. I’m saying it’s important to make an effort because first impression is key. If you’re feeling good about yourself inside, why wouldn’t you want your outer appearance to reflect that? A good investment into a statement coat is a great idea. These are timeless and will serve you well season after season. A shearling coat like mine is one of those pieces but one in this colour may be considered more trendy. But that’s ok since I paid $29 for this over Boxing Day. Even if you looked at this piece up close, you’d think it was super expensive. It’s not. That’s the other thing to keep in mind. Go for luxurious looking pieces.
I find that many guys are afraid to try different silhouettes and I can never understand why. You have these social media “influencers” that look like every other guy on Instagram. All they wear is a variation of the same old skinny jeans, chelsea boots, and a 3/4 length coat. Nothing worse than the ones that wear rosaries and crosses to decorate their necks. Seriously, how do these guys have 10k followers?!
The most annoying ones are those who think they have style when in reality, they are just copying the Instagram guys they follow. When I talk about someone’s “style” I am not here to judge whether or not I like his outfit. I simply want to appreciate someone’s thoughtfulness that was put in regardless of whether or not I’d like the outfit enough to wear for myself. That’s why style stars at fashion weeks are so amazing. Obviously I’m not here to show you how to dress like them because those guys and gals are in a league of their own. What I do want to encourage is for guys to care about how they present themselves in ways that reflect their individuality. My style has always been to stand out. I don’t always wear trends and if I do, I’d never wear it like it was straight out of a fashion campaign.
This looks is definitely more muted but it's stylish all the same. When you don't know what to pair with a statement piece, go solid and go with something classic. This grey 3/4 length coat will always be stylish and it perfectly compliments this on-trend, athletics-inspired trouser with the side stripe. The black converse is a nice and deliberate touch. Most guys would've worn the pants cropped with some sneakers with no socks. Here the pants blend into the shoes creating a much more unexpected look.
This Scotch & Soda leather bomber is one of my favourite things I've ever bought. The colour is so special that it really is the statement piece within an outfit, although in my experiment here, I thought it'd be more fun to pair it with something bolder. My problem with these pants, however, is the material. You can see that it highlights all the objects that I had in my pocket. An excellent way to look put together is to find clothes that look expensive even when they are not. These pants definitely are not that.
Here is another suit post. As I said, go bold with the suit if your occupation allows for it. This was my "birthday suit" from a few weeks ago :-) I added some visual interest with the stork print shirt that has an open collar. As I always say, tiny details make a huge difference. It needs to look effortless but be deliberate at the same time. You'll notice that my pocket square is pink with blue polka dots. It's a print clash that picks up colours from other parts of the outfit. On another note, I think that really nice pocket squares hard to find here in Vancouver! Yes I know I can probable find some online...
I'm into wearing suits these days. I guess it's that same feeling when a woman puts on beautiful dresses, which was never how I used to look at it. I always felt like suits were for special occasions but now whenever I wear one, I feel empowered, confident, and respected. For a while, I kept wanting to buy suits in different patterns and colours! If you're going to wear suits, and are not limited to only wearing them in a business setting, why not go bold right? With my job, I definitely have more creative freedom so you'd hardly ever see me wear my suits with dress shoes and dress shirts. The suit I have on is just a Zara suit but it's premium quality and was bought during boxing day. The trick is to always buy things that look expensive, whether it's the fabric or the special details that come with it that set it apart. I also really love this suit because it's double breasted. If you go this route, I think the six button is the way to go. It gives better structure and looks a bit more luxurious.
When it's sweater season, it's easy for guys to upgrade their wardrobes with some fun prints and colours. C'mon, a goldfish sweater like this instantly enhances your style. Shows a bit of personality, packs a bold punch and keeps you warm. Top it off with a really classic coat (3/4 length, pea coat, camel trench coat) and you're good to go.
A lot of guys, obviously not you fashion guys, are not so keen on trying different silhouettes. Why?? Playing around with different cuts and proportions instantly make you more stylish. Oversized shirts, wider pants, longer coats all adds to more visual interest. I don't follow trends much actually. I may wear looser fitting pants often but that doesn't mean I've put away my skinny jeans. As I always say, things that fit well will always look good whether or not they're on trend. The pants I am wearing here are from Korea and I bought them maybe 3 years ago in Seoul. Korean fashion is definitely steps ahead so if you're looking to find special pieces to add to your closet, South Korea is a must stop.
Mixing texture, colours, and I guess "categories" of garments (ie. athletic vs. sportswear vs. more formal wear etc) is a really awesome way to put together an outfit. I'm not going to tell you how to do it because it really isn't something I can just "tell" you. For me, I just put on certain things that I FEEL good about and a lot of times, I am putting on my favourite items. These cropped Adidas track pants have been my favourite all summer so I've transitioned them into fall/winter wear. Lucky for us here in Vancouver, it usually doesn't get that cold. I'm also wearing this new lace t-shirt I got from ASOS. I wore it over a white tee so the lace detail is more visible. To top it off, a classic camel coat with peaked lapels. Fluffy slip ons to keep the feet warm :-) Be sure to click on the picture to scroll through the gallery.
Print clashing is a really good way to show personality in your style. It's a bit difficult to explain how to do it as this is something that you need to actually visualize in order to determine whether it works. I went with the same colours to create this look here. I've got on a suit with knickerbocker yarn and a viscose camp-collar shirt. You can see that my silk pocket square has polka dots to clash with both the floral and the white specks from the suit. The colours in this outfit enhances the clash as the navy and the pink are quite the contrast. Be sure to click on the picture to scroll through the gallery.
Hey guys I'm back. December has been busy with holiday stuff, work, and of course working on launching our swimwear brand. I've gotten a lot of emails asking me to update my posts so I am going to get back to being more consistent. A lot of you have asked me what kind of style tips guys ask about when they book appointments with me. I'd say that most guys are clueless when it comes to colour, as in what colour matches what colour. Easiest thing to do when you're unsure is go with a neutral. There'd be guys not knowing what dress shirt to wear with a burgundy suit. Well you can't go wrong with black, white, off-white, or even a beige. The burgundy itself makes enough of a statement so there's no need to go over the top with the other components. Black and white can also make a striking statement, as in my case here. I balanced out the black and white (black hat, black jeans, white sweater, white kicks) here so there is more visual interest. In case you're wondering, the sweater is ASOS and it's sold out. It is super soft and so special!
I like combining athletic wear with more classic (usually more formal) pieces like this double breasted oversized coat that I bought from Japan. I'm in sweatpants here but obviously they aren't those sloppy ones that I'd put on after rolling out of bed. They are a pair of slim, well-fitted, quick dry sweatpants that I've paired with a cashmere sweater. There are things that every guy should invest some good money into and a 3/4 length coat is definitely one of them!
I have started a new role as a Personal Shopper at Topman at the Downtown Vancouver location. Essentially I am helping guys find a style that they are comfortable with without breaking the bank. The one thing I tell every client is that in order to look good, things have to FIT. Skinny jeans are obviously meant to be tight on your legs but they still need to fit your waist properly or at a good length for the right proportions. Same with oversized fits. These clothes aren't just made bigger. They are designed in a way so that they fall a specific way on your body. All bodies are different so don't expect all silhouettes to fit you. Even every item with a certain silhouette doesn't fit the same so it's important to try things on to see how they look. I like an element of surprise in what I wear. Here I pair a slinky pyjama shirt under a more structured blazer with slim grey jeans and khaki desert boots to complete the look.
Cleaning out the closet and found this purple suede belt from I don't know how many years ago. I don't care if it's on trend or not. I'd wear it as long as it looks good and compliments an outfit. I kept this look relatively straightforward. It's basically jeans and t-shirt with a camouflage bomber. The belt just adds a colourful touch.
Patterned pants are tricky to pull off. Easiest way to do it is to have restraint when it comes to the rest of the outfit. Keeping everything else relatively plain/solid will balance things out. If you're the more adventurous type, there are pattern clashes that would work with these dark florals. You wouldn't need my suggestions in this case! Do keep in mind the material of your garments though. Mixing patterns look a lot more luxurious when the items themselves ARE luxurious, think silk. In my case here, the pants are a cotton/linen blend so I'm better off to keep the look super casual.
The stripes are retro but the velour material is a nod to the present trend. It has a nice sheen in sunlight so I balanced it out with some army green cotton cargo pants. As for the shoes, this pink is the new neutral isn't it? It's the right colour clash. If it were cooler, I'd top it off with a camel coat.
Sometimes it's nice to work in an industry that allows a bit of flexibility when it comes to clothing. I wouldn't be happy if someone told me I had to be business casual everyday. When you feel comfortable, you automatically feel more confident. I went with some loose fitting Uniqlo pin stripe jeans with a H&M x Marni sweater from their collab several years ago. The coat is from Japanese label Global Work, very affordable and stylish but more on the basic side of fashion. The coat has a very streamlined cut so it balances out the looser fitting garments beneath. Amp up the personality with some fun socks. Even the most basic guys these days are on board this trend. I am obsessed with my furry best friend so naturally mine are a Shiba print. Click on the pic to scroll through the gallery.
Can't stress the importance of fit. You look a lot more polished when your clothes fit well. Small details, like the partly untucked shirt, add a nice touch. The checks with the camouflage is a clash that works in this case and then the burgundy slip on completes the look. Clothing is definitely a bit more interesting when the weather gets cooler. You can layer up in different colours and textures, adding a lot more visual interest to your image.
Yes wearing these Adidas again. They are versatile because the modern cut is stylish. I like things oversized so here I've got on an oversized sweatshirt and trench. Outerwear in a neutral like this olive green should be a staple in your closet. A coat like this also adapts easily to what you have on underneath. It would work just as well with a business casual outfit.
I like athletic wear mixed with something more structured, like this crisp button up in a floral print. I'd keep the fit quite close to the body as athletic wear is meant to be worn that way. It also does give you a sleeker look. I added a blazer from Uniqlo that is quick dry and has a lot of stretch for comfort. This is a good weekend look and easily transitions to a night look.