December 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
I KNOW that the song and the correct spelling is chameleon, but it was fun singing it this way!
Regardless, the latest massive trend infiltrating our closets is the quintessential pattern: Camouflage.
The most commonly known pattern is the US Woodlands. It’s a 4-color pattern that provides a good, general purpose camouflage for temperate and tropical environments and it’s the most popular,recognizable and widely used camouflage in the world. There has been an incidence that in times of war, this pattern comes back into style.
Well, it’s back now! Whether it’s a throwback to the 90’s or related to any conflicts, I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that designers everywhere are embracing it and it is slowly creeping up on us in every form possible!
My advice would be to try to own as much camo as possible, but NEVER, and I say NEVER use it all together. You are probably not in the armed forces and you don’t need to blend into your surroundings.
Let’s start from the top.
Beanies are not for everyone, some people can pull them off and look amazing and some just look like they’re walking around with a condom on their head. This one from Carhartt is pretty cool and will keep you warm these winter months.
If you’re more of a snapbacks kinda guy, then this is the one for you. Obey always has some pretty nice caps and this one combining the graphic with the pattern is just really cool.
Or this 5 panel cap from Billionaire Boys Club
If you feel like you want something with a bigger statement, you could try a jacket or shirt. The Camo Utility Shirt from HUF would probably look awesome with some nice pants and button down shirt.
Or you could try a nice jumper from Billionaire Boys Club that also has the added touch of the badge detail in the chest.
If you don’t like THAT much pattern, you could also go for something simple like a plain white tee with a graphic printed in camp like this 10th anniversary tee from A Bathing Ape x YOYO featuring a combination of their logos. I would say it’s a nice way of keeping up with the trend but not going overboard.
Or you could also do a type of color blocked shirt. I love those and I LOVE this one so much. I really want to own it. I left it for last cause I think it’s definitely the coolest. This one from Kith Blue Label is featured in the usual woodland camo and a winter camo. Both are pretty awesome.
So let’s go to pants. I actually haven’t seen that many camo pants that I like. This being the more traditional of garments to be done and worn with the camouflage pattern. I feel that for the pant to really look cool, there has to be something different or special about it.
Again, Kith stands out here! They have these Red Label shorts that could look awesome with a simple tee and some vans. They have a great fit and a nice cuff at the bottom which just sold me on them.
They also have these from their Blue Label. called the Mercer Pant they have a nice black elastic band at the bottom giving it a cool tapered effect.
You can get all these Kith pieces here.
If you’re more of a Dockers kinda guy, they also jumped on the camouflage bandwagon. It has a slimmer fit and some cool pops of orange to add to it. They are being sold at Urban Outfitters
My personal favorite – and the ones I actually own – are these Camo Motocross hybrid from Zara.
Here comes the fun part: Shoes! Designers have really taken to using this pattern in all types of shoes, from sneakers to boots to dress shoes. Here are some of my favorites.
Starting off is this collaboration between Ronnie Fieg and Dr Martens. It’s like a wingtip boot with a mix between leather and camouflage. Beautiful.
This collaboration produced what is probably my favorite shoe here: the Brogue Wingtip Shoe. The mix of the camouflage with the black suede looks so classy and cool. They probably would look awesome with jeans and will look so chic with trousers.
You can get them both from Kith.
I’m also a big fan of Clarks shoes. These 2 products are from the hybrid collection.
If you are more of a sneaker head or feel like this pattern is too much for a dress shoe or boot, here are some pretty cool options.
The first one is another collaboration, this one between Supra and Mobb Deep. It’s Supra’s Bandit style updated with the trendiest pattern now.
Or you could get these Nike SB Stefan Janoski Low in the camo colorway which are super comfortable and give you that skater/street style look and I’m dying to get them!
If I still haven’t convinced you that camouflage is this years pattern, here are some accessories, unexpected things, celebrities and ME wearing it.
Very traditional Timex Camper watch in camp
There’s also this option from Nixon in collaboration with Colette
Maybe you need an umbrella by Maharishi x London Undercover
You will definitely need a suitcase for your travels! (by masterpiece)
Or perhaps a Disaronno bottle with a leather sleeve bag designed by Maharishi and Bagjack. Cause you definitely should try to make your alcohol blend in with the surroundings! Although its pretty cool that it includes a pocket with waterproof zipper, another pocket for business cards, and more pockets with a pencil from Faber Castell, a Parker pen and a 24-carat gold-plated waterproof USB stick.
And if you really wanna drive around UNNOTICED, you should go for this paint job.
You can look at Rihanna (she really wears it well!)
Or some stylish men I’ve seen online
See if you can make this trend work for you.
My good friend, fellow blogger and former GQ coworker, Saul is also wearing the Zara Motocross Trousers and ALSO posted about it today on his blog TRENDSTYLED! Go check him out!
I made it work for me:
August 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was back-to-school shopping. I’d get to go with my mom and sister to buy new shoes, notebooks, books clothes (although that was boring cause it was always the same old boring, catholic school uniform) and, my favorite, book bags.
I remember one year that I wanted this kinda expensive crossbody, bright orange bag and my mom got it for me and I just felt SO cool. Mind you, It was the early 2000’s!
Anyway, since I’m out of school I technically don’t need a bag but due to the fact that I currently live in Brooklyn and spend a lot of time in Manhattan, I like to have some things with me at all times so a bag is the perfect carryall.
Here are some bags that I think are pretty nice and would probably be the coolest backpack in school.
Let’s start with the one that I think is my favorite right now. I am so in love with this backpack. The shape, the colors, the materials are just awesome. Here in a simple beige-y color, this bag from Haerfest Collection is just gorgeous.
Another really cool back is this Y-3 Nomad backpack. It has a very defined shape and the color blocking just adds to the architectural effect of the bag. Plus, it kinda looks like Darth Maul from Star Wars so it gets awesomeness points.
I don’t know how Coca Cola comes into this, but Michael Young designed this bag and it looks so cool. It has similar shape to the Y-3 bag but it is so different and simple enough to be unique.
This one is more hiking/backpacking and less school but it would look so cool in the streets on NY. Kinda like urban jungle safari chic. The Benny Gold x Jansport “Mission Pack”
Well, native prints are very in right now – POST COMING SOON – and Clare Rojas collaborated with Incase to make this collection which uses just the right amount of crazy patterns with a neutral color. Also, it has an owl. Hipsters love owls!
Contrasting with the sort of craziness from the previous bag, this one is so simple but it doesn’t need much to look amazing. From Porter, this white bag looks awesome clean and it’ll look even better once it gets a little dirty. I would love to own this one.
This one is another that I love. It has side straps for your shoes! I MEAN that is just amazeballs! Filling Pieces x Flybird Pack’s also matches with jeans which makes it pretty versatile.
Like you guys now from previous posts, blue is my favorite color and Givenchy is steadily becoming one of my favorite brands. This navy backpack looks so casual and chic yet so expensive and just well crafted. Who would’ve thought felt and leather could look this good? SOOOO LUXURIOUS!
Talking about luxury, this bag isn’t exactly my type, but I would totally rock it. Santiago Gonzalez takes croc and gives us this beautiful structured backpack.
As always, I probably can’t afford any of these bags, so I have to settle for the one I’m currently using. I got it from Zara and it’s a canvas bag with a nice squared shape and leather details.
Let me know if there are any other bags you really like! And to those of you going back to school, get a good backpack and GOOD LUCK!
April 6, 2012 § 3 Comments
Everyone that knows me knows that my favorite color is blue. I have blue vans, blue wallets, a blue charm on my necklace and probably half of my closet is different shades and tones of blue. So it is very nice, when I see that a lot of designers are using blue in their pieces.
I’m calling it: BLUE IS GONNA BE REALLY HOT THIS YEAR! I mean, Beyoncé named her child BLUE Ivy. I don’t think that was a coincidence!
PS THIS EXPERIENCE WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER IF YOU LISTEN TO THIS WHILE READING:
Let’s start with this iPhone cover, it’s by Reedwrite and it’s pretty cool cause it also works as a card case. Plus, I gotta say, the blue/yellow combo in this picture is amazing.
I also really like quirky accessories like this Cast of Vices leather bag which resembles a plastic grocery bag.
This cap from Supreme is actually pretty cool. It is very ornate and not everyone could wear it, but Id give it a try.
2 things that are very hot right now, Blue and polka dots, combined perfectly in this Comme Des Garçons shirt. Also, the pattern mixing looks rad.
I am so in love with different colors sleeves in shirts right now. i think it just adds a touch and makes the shirt less boring. Of course i really like this One Nine Zero Six shirt. It loos so effortless and cool.
And this Patrik Ervell sweater.
Now, color blocking is always cool. It makes you look like you’re daring and caring in fashion. This simple polo from Uniform Experiment is SOOO COOL, like i am in love with it. Plus, it has the little blue skull.
Since it’s practically summer, i find it appropriate that Bolt has these blue board shorts. Classic short in a classic color, but the silhouette makes it so much better and the yellow lightning bolt just adds a nice touch.
Now, these are a little too much, but i just wanted to show that blue really will be big. These patent leather loafers from YSL might look cool if paired with the right outfit. They are kinda cool, kinda not. I don’t know how i really feel about them and i don’t think i will know until i see them worn.
It is even popping up as an accent color. These United Nude desert boots are really cool because they are not overwhelming and are pretty easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. The classic desert boot gets a lift with the electric blue sole.
These i LOVE. The two toned blue shoes are soooo pretty and they could make any look so much cooler. I can picture me wearing them with some rolled jeans and a white shirt. The shoes ARE the outfit. These Nubuck Derby Shoes from T&F Slack in London are AWESOME!
Another big trend right now is the wedge sole. These Prada combine the perfect classiness of wingtips in black patent leather with some crazy striped black and blue wedge soles. I would do anything for these. I REALLY MEAN ANYTHING!
These are more toned down, but no less special. Plus, they look more refined and could work in more formal occasions. The Havana Navy Flats by Christian Loubutin which has become one of my favorite designers.
For those of you who are unsure about going full blue, here is a good alternative. These black and navy Grenson brogues are pretty nice.
And now of course, I wanna talk about what i own. These Sperry Top Siders are amazing, they combine the classic shape and leather brown color way with my favorite color on the sole.
To finish this post off, I leave you with ANOTHER BLUE related song. The Blood Orange remix of the lovely Lana del Rey song Blue Jeans CLICK HERE!!!
December 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
Leopard print is EVERYWHERE!!!
I mean, a few years ago, this might’ve looked cheesy or trashy, but lately designers are just doing it right. The cool thing is that I’ve always thought of animal print as a more feminine trend, but here are a few cool options that make it cool for a guy to wear.
I’m starting off on the wrong foot cause technically this is cheetah, but it goes to show that guys are getting in n the animal action. Plus, it’s also floral.
Back to leopard, we have this collaboration from XLARGE and Madfoot! that wen’t all match-matchy. I don’t know if i love it, but i’ll give it a try.
Talking about match-matchy, that old rule about matching your shoes to your belt, you can do that with this one by Grin & Berrett (Best name ever for a company).
The Versace for H&M Collection also helped the trend, offering jackets, shirts and caps with colorful leopard print.
Supra has an entire line of leopard printed sneakers. The Assault, Cutler and Wrap actually look pretty cool in this pattern.
Another cool leopard sneaker is the Alien Stomper by Reebok. From all the animal printed sneakers I’ve seen, i think these are by far my faves. The pattern isn’t overwhelming but compliments the style of the shoe. Pretty cool.
Coming in a close second is the Adidas Forum Mid.
One of the kings of shoes is Mr Louboutin. He never fails to impress with his men’s offerings. His popular Rantus Orlato sneaker gets the wild treatment with leopard pony (huh?). Here it goes.
One of my favorite designers for his over the top fashion, Jeremy Scott, has created THIS. Would i wear it? No. Is it crazy? Yes. Is it cool? HELL YES!
Now, i love topsiders and to this day i only have 1 pair and they’re like beige and suede. Not your traditional shoe, but this one goes even further. The Yuketen Country Ranger has gone wild.
Vans and puma are in on the trend too.
It should be noted, that it’s not always the traditional leopard print. Some are using it in greys or even colored. Like these White Mountaneering sneakers.
Or these parkas made in collaboration by Supreme and North Face.
And that is not always sneakers, wingtips are going animal kingdom too.
Enough animal prints, they got me going wild. Are you gonna be spotted wearing these?
December 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve actually been thinking about black shoes a lot lately.
I don’t actually own a pair of black dress shoes and it wasn’t until recently that i didn’t own a pair of black sneakers. I always find it really hard to choose black shoes. Choose! Shoes! That rhymed! Anyway, I always feel that you have to be really picky about black dress shoes. They have to look good with a suit, but also work with jeans. Not too shinny or pointy. It’s a mess. And with sneakers i just need them to have a little bit of white or other color in it.
Here are a few black shoes that I really like but won’t know if i love them until i try them on.
– Christian Loubutin Metal Toe Cap lace ups
Although i love these. There a little too flashy.
– Dainite Sole Gibson by Inventory & Mark McNairy
As awesome as it looks, with the beige sole, i feel like these would only work for jeans.
Now, THESE are perfect. I would totally rock these if they weren’t so expensive. They are beautiful and I’m sure that they’d work well with pretty much anything. They’re Maison Martin Margiela and are called the Paint oxford.
Now, i always end up going to Zara to get my shoes but whenever i try them on i just don’t like them. Here are a few black shoes that i haven’t tried on yet and i like. All of them are nice, but who knows how they look on my feet or with jeans or a nice pant?
Like i said, when it comes to sneakers, it helps if the shoe isn’t ALL black. I already found some pretty awesome Switchback Vans, but these Converse in collaboration with Vanquish are pretty dope.
i know people love the Loubutin spikes, but until now i actually hadn’t found a pair of shoes with them that i liked. These slip ons are actually pretty cool, they look comfortable and would take your rocker look to a whole new level. Can someone get them for me?
Now these i don’t know where to put. They are kinda casual, kinda dressy. It’s one of the latest trends in mens shoes, the wedge. These are by British remains. I’m not sure if i’d wear them, but at least i’d look taller!
Any other nice black shoes? Let me know guys 😀
PS these are the only black “dress” shoes i have and the vans i bought the other day.