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How is that even a question? But anything menswear related, as always, Steve McQueen. 

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Season’s Greetings
I may be the only person that I know that gets style inspiration from museums. Taken last March at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in DC, I was captivated by these young men and their shearling bomber jackets. Reminiscent of scenes from Top Gun, I tried on a handful of jackets at a thrift store this past weekend, but no luck. I was only left with a musky smell, and the need for hand sanitizer.     

Season’s Greetings

I may be the only person that I know that gets style inspiration from museums. Taken last March at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in DC, I was captivated by these young men and their shearling bomber jackets. Reminiscent of scenes from Top Gun, I tried on a handful of jackets at a thrift store this past weekend, but no luck. I was only left with a musky smell, and the need for hand sanitizer.     


Purple Haze

With the cold and dreary weather of winter fast approaching, one color that I find myself more drawn to is purple. I find it to be a nice alternative to the season’s darker colors of navy blue, gray, burgundy, and hunter green. Seen here, it is a rather versatile color as a blazer (perhaps a bit much), socks, dress shirt, and even sweater. I got a lavender dress shirt from Lands End for my birthday recently, and I am finding it be a great alternative to the staple blue OCBD.

Photos compliments of GQ and Guerreisms     


Justin Doss: A Lesson in Color

Justin Doss is no amateur in the menswear world. While recognized for his signature hat, often overlooked is his unmatched use of color. While most men wear at the most two to three colors, Doss often plays with four to five. Ranging from navy blue, sea-foam, turquoise, gray, black, chocolate brown to beige. His secret is wearing basic colors (blue, brown, gray) but in different hues. Take a close look and try to observe what he does, but be warned this isn’t for amateurs. 

Photo compliments of Wax-Wane and GQ


Republican Style
In honor of the Republican convention, I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of George H. Bush. Taken circa 1975, Bush spent a year in China as U.S. Liaison before heading the C.I.A. With fall approaching, it’s likely I will wear a similar blazer and turtleneck combo. I love the casualness of the President with his tossed hair, bike, and Mao’s portrait in the center. Plus, is he wearing a pair tretorns?  Regardless of your political affiliation this look should win your support. 

Republican Style

In honor of the Republican convention, I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of George H. Bush. Taken circa 1975, Bush spent a year in China as U.S. Liaison before heading the C.I.A. With fall approaching, it’s likely I will wear a similar blazer and turtleneck combo. I love the casualness of the President with his tossed hair, bike, and Mao’s portrait in the center. Plus, is he wearing a pair tretorns?  Regardless of your political affiliation this look should win your support. 


Go Big

I am talking about belt buckles. When dressing down, try on a belt with a larger buckle. Now this will not work with everything, but it is just the right amount of an attention grabber in an otherwise quiet outfit. It certainly works with the belt my sister got me as a birthday present from her visit to Florence. 

Photo Compliments: GQ, StreetFSNMarkdSikes and Liveforfilms



Raspberry Wine

No this is not post about food, its a post about color. Just as orange is having its moment, I am really feeling raspberry wine for next year. This is the color I will be adding to my wardrobe because of its versatility to go with blues and browns. It makes me think of classic rugby shirts and Steve McQueen with his shawl collar cardigan from Bullitt. With the New Year approaching I say in with the new and get some raspberry wine. 

Photo compliments: Men of HabitSteve McQueen StyleStreet Etiquette and GQ


Break the Rules
When I found this LP in my parents vinyl collection I was taken back by Frank Sinatra’s outfit. He breaks a couple of menswear rules that I wasn’t sure I approved of. He has a huge double windsor knot on a skinny tie with a club collar and tops it off with a brown fedora and a black suit. But in all honesty it doesn’t matter really if he followed the rules, the fact is that it works. His loosened tied adds to his relaxed demeanor and serves as reminder to always have fun when getting dressed.

Break the Rules

When I found this LP in my parents vinyl collection I was taken back by Frank Sinatra’s outfit. He breaks a couple of menswear rules that I wasn’t sure I approved of. He has a huge double windsor knot on a skinny tie with a club collar and tops it off with a brown fedora and a black suit. But in all honesty it doesn’t matter really if he followed the rules, the fact is that it works. His loosened tied adds to his relaxed demeanor and serves as reminder to always have fun when getting dressed.


"King of Cool"
Steve McQueen is perhaps one of the most iconic men in menswear. He looked equally as relaxed in a pair of chinos as he did in a three piece suit. Even by today’s standards he still remains the “King of Cool.” That being said, I love how fantastic he looks here in a pair of Persol sunglasses. Being that I can’t seem to find my square aviators, I am more excited for the pair my girlfriend got me while she was in Bangkok. Now if I could only find a burgundy shawl cardigan, similar to the one he wore in Bullitt, I think my life would be complete. 

"King of Cool"

Steve McQueen is perhaps one of the most iconic men in menswear. He looked equally as relaxed in a pair of chinos as he did in a three piece suit. Even by today’s standards he still remains the “King of Cool.” That being said, I love how fantastic he looks here in a pair of Persol sunglasses. Being that I can’t seem to find my square aviators, I am more excited for the pair my girlfriend got me while she was in Bangkok. Now if I could only find a burgundy shawl cardigan, similar to the one he wore in Bullitt, I think my life would be complete. 

(via intheimperative)


Break the Uniformity

Not a fan of the current military camouflage trend? Well needless to say, print appears to be making a return in some interesting designs. Menswear may see more floral and ethnic inspired patterns, as men break away from the uniformity of the Ivy style trend. When wearing such a bold piece, please keep the rest of the outfit quiet and subdued. No need to start wearing clashing patterns now.

Compliments of GQ