Looking to the lovely West Coast for inspiration today. The steady beat of sunshine, rock-n-roll cool and creative chic outfits that Californians put together, make terrific warm weather influences for the rest of us.
A House In The Hills
The Maya Kay
There’s an undertone of ease to these looks, which I am always drawn too. Pops of color and accessories really elevate these looks from anything ordinary. The addition of a white blazer on Elsal of Wander Uptown, takes her short + T-shirt combo to the next level. And did you notice the light-wash jeans on The Maya Kay?! It’s a 180 degree departure from the over-dyed indigo jeans that have ruled for the past few years. The light color feels right at home during the warm months with an ocean breeze on your skin. If you didn’t want to lighten up your jean color (a bad-idea for some of us — like me), maybe a jean jacket is better. They’re back too.
I no longer wear short-shorts (eek), but would happily swap-out the shorts for a skirt or cropped pant in these outfits. It’s all about doing what works best for your body and re-imagining your closet in new ways. We probably don’t need as many new clothes as we think we do, just new ways to pair our current clothes.
See more flat-out fabulous outfits from these LA fashion bloggers on Chictopia:
We’ve finally got warm weather in Boulder and Denver, so we’re catching up to the rest of you. Enjoy the day!
All photos via Chictopia.com
Posted in Fashion, Inspired By, Street Style, Style, Trends
Tagged 40+ style, California chic, Fashion, LA fashion, LA style, Mens fashion, Pops of color, printed pant, Shorts, Spring 2013, Street Style, style, white blazer
photo: Carolines Mode | Stockholm Streetstyle
Breaking form from a suit + button down shirt, this guy switches his suit up with a crisp, white, v-neck T-shirt and light-colored vest. What a great way to dress for summer without sacrificing style. The v-neck tee follows the line of vest and jacket lapels in such a complementary way. Since everything is well-cut, he doesn’t look sloppy at all, in fact, just the opposite. Also, notice the slim cut leg on the pant.
Cure for Casual Friday
GQ.com shows a different take on this look with a more casual, yet still pulled together look. Sick of your khaki + polo shirt combos? Try this instead. This tee is a softer version of a regular tee. You can tell by the way it drapes and doesn’t look stiff or cling. I think the pocket square is a bit much for most guys, but you know yourself. If it feels right, do it; if not, steer clear.
Guys, would you wear this? Gals, would your husband/boyfriend be into this? Maybe even my own hubby will chime in on this one…
Also check out:
Summer Style for Men
Posted in Fashion, Inspired By, Mens, Street Style, Style
Tagged Casual, casual friday, Mens fashion, Mens work wear, Office outfits, Shopping, suit, Summer 2012, t-shirt, Wear It Now
You might think that this well-dressed guy could be found in any US city across the map. But I was surprised to see that he is from Paris and that our American hipster vibe (complete with beard) is alive and well across the pond.
He’s got great details from the 90′s plaid shirt, casual hoodie + tee, bomber jacket to the flat-front khakis messily tucked into work boots. It’s the details that count.
The street style shot above came Louge Delcy at DapperLou.com and it’s worth your while to go check out his site. He’s a Brooklyn-born photographer who’s got the sartorial gift. Here he is below. Don’t you love that smile!
Louge Delcy of DapperLou.com
It’s a talent to dress that like and look so cool doing it. There’s more amazing shots to see and style to take in. Go check it out.
More Guy Style:
Street Style: Boys of Summer
Street Inspiration: Chunky Knit + Boots
Street Inspiration: Men’s Color
Posted in Fashion, Inspired By, Mens, mens fashion, Sportswear, Street Style, Style
Tagged Blogs, Khakis, lace-up boots, Mens fashion, Paris, Street fashion, Street Style, Trends
He Had Me At Slip-ons
It’s my personal opinion that a guy in a great pair of shoes is much more likely to get some action, than a guy who doesn’t care about his shoes. Am I right or wrong? Picture your guy (or any cute guy you know) in a pair of beat-up tennis shoes…..ok. Now, picture him in a better pair of shoes…….how was that? Did anything change for you? Amen!
When I saw these Rivieras, I thought to myself, ‘well that’s a nice upgrade from a pair of flip-flops’ and they’re only $69. It’s the kind of thing that could take a pair of khakis and linen shirt to the next level. Plus, they’re lined in terry cloth and doesn’t that just sound heavenly! Saw them at Mr. Porter, which is a drool-worthy, online retailer of designer menswear and offshoot of Net-a-porter.com.
I’ve been posting a bit less lately, but I haven’t been lazy. I got the spring cleaning bug about three weeks ago and got my rear in gear with Spring Cleaning Short-cuts from RealSimple. It’s got everything from windows, to carpet, to curtains, to mattresses and definitely worth a look if you’re contemplating putting on the rubber gloves on this weekend.
I also spruced up the blog with a new theme, an updated Reading section, reformatted Fashion Bookshelf and even added a section for Eating. A girl’s got to eat and I love to cook, so I shared my first recipe of Rustic Potato and Greens Pie, which also happens to be vegetarian. Hope you’ll click-through and check out what I’ve been up to.
Also, Join me in the Goodreads 2011 Book Challenge.
I’ve committed to reading 24 books this year. How many can you read in a year?? Feel free to join in, we’d love to have you along!
Last week, we took a look at what’s coming down the runway in Milan for Menswear Fall 2011. That might seem like a long way off, but guys, you can begin infusing color into your wardrobe now and be ahead of the pack. Take a look at what street style photographer and blogger, Tommy Ton shot during his stint in Milan and Paris last week and you’ll begin to be a believer. There’s no reason to zombie out this winter in your Matrix black, when you can grab some color and wake this place up.
Tommy Ton for GQ.com (Milan)
Tommy Ton for GQ.com (Milan)
Tommy Ton for GQ.com (Paris)
Tommy Ton for GQ.com (Milan)
Least you think I don’t see the subtle differences between Italians and Americans, I do. Perhaps you’re not ready for bright pants or purple paisley scarves, that you’ll see in the full Tommy Ton shoot for GQ.com. I get ya. The street inspirations above take that bright pop of color we saw on the Milan runways (check out last week’s post) and bring it forward into Heartland wearable ways with a contrasting shoe, colored scarf, bright pullover or orange sport-banded watch. Just the jolt of energy that’s needed when you’re in the depths of winter.
Where to Shop It: Boulder
Click It: Online Retailers
Posted in Fall 2011, Fashion, Mens, mens fashion, Shoes, Street Style, Style
Tagged Fashion, fashion week, Mens fashion, menswear, Milan, Paris, Runway, Shopping, Street Style, Trends, Urban Outfitters