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Jacket Versatility  

The temperatures have officially dropped which means it’s time to layer on jackets for the next four to five months. I get bored wearing the same jacket everyday, so over the years my collection has grown (perhaps a little too much for my NYC apartment). There are so many looks you can achieve with different styles of jackets. Even a slightly lighter coat in your collection can be used if you are appropriately layered, so don’t be too quick to write off a favorite jacket of yours this season. Below are a few of my favorite styles that I recommend to spice up your wardrobe. 1. Down Jacket For the coldest days, a down jacket can really help keep you warm. They don’t have to be big and puffy to be warm. Many companies are now making them fashion-forward. Canada Goose is my go-to jacket when it’s super cold. I know, they’re pretty expensive, but if you invest in one, you really could keep it forever. I used mine maybe 65% of time in the …

The Chelsea Boot

*This post was sponsored by Zappos Never underestimate the power of footwear, especially great boots. I just can’t live without them. Here’s why: Strong statement shoes add the finishing touch to your outfit, and trust me, that doesn’t go unnoticed. Boots add an elevated and seasonal feel to your outfit that, when done right, can pull your entire look together. They’re so multi-functional that you can wear them with denim, chinos or even full suits. You can tuck the pants in for a more rugged look or keep the pants over the boots for a dressier feel. Depending on the vibe of the outfit, there are so many ways to play with styling boots during the fall and winter months. You can get so many looks out of them! I’ve been wearing Steve Madden boots for years. Their lace-up combat boots (in both black and brown) are staples in my wardrobe because they are comfortable and versatile enough to wear with everything. Now I have a new Steve Madden style to add to my collection: …

5 Must-Have Fall Pieces

Today I am sharing with you five pieces that I cannot be without this season. The best part? You can mix and match them all to achieve multiple looks. 1. Quilted Bomber Jacket Blazer, chino pants, woven, repeat. Do you ever get tired of figuring out what to wear because, all season long, you’re putting together the same uniform? Enter the Quilted Jacket. If chosen carefully, this piece can replace a blazer for a slightly sporty, yet equally elevated look. There are many different types of quilted jackets, but I gravitate towards the Bomber. The Quilted Bomber has a silhouette that accentuates your shoulders and makes your waist look trim. You can dress up the jacket like I did above, or wear it more casually with a v-neck tee and denim – you all know I live for a multi-purpose piece of clothing. I love this jacket from Penguin because it’s lightweight, has gray accents that makes the blue pop even more, and is made with little details (like the arm zipper) that gives one …

Easing Into Fall

The weather is playing tricks on us, again! One day you’re mad that you aren’t wearing enough layers, while the next day you’re trying to peel the skin off your body because it’s randomly and overwhelmingly hot. Until we are a few weeks into autumn, figuring out what to wear each day is a mission. Here are my four tips to starting off the fall season with style and comfort in mind, so that you’re ready to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws your way. 1. Fabric Matters You can never go wrong wearing a sport jacket. If you’re not required to wear a suit for work, make sure to stock up on a few sport jackets that are made of a lighter fabric. Keep the wool away until the temperatures really drop. I like to use a sport coat also as a jacket when there are warm days and cool nights because it is one less piece of clothing to worry about during temperamental weather. It’s as I like to call it, a two-for-one piece. …

Polished Skincare 

In a market saturated with skincare products for women, I’m always on the hunt for quality products catered towards men’s needs. So when the team at the new brand Polished told me about the products by Dr. Lancer and Ryan Seacrest, I was definitely intrigued. Dr. Lancer is a Beverly Hills dermatologist with celebrity clients like Kim Kardashian, Oprah, and of course, Ryan. The two men teamed up to create a product they say is driven by science.One of the best things men can do for their skin is moisturize, but you want to use a daily moisturizer with SPF. The moisturizer from Polished has SPF 30 protection, which is what most dermatologists recommend. It feels non-greasy and light, in part because it’s oil-free. It’s not always easy to find moisturizers that don’t make your face shiny, so I was thrilled to see that there was no shine after application. It absorbs quickly into your skin and Dr. Lancer says it works to minimize surface oil from forming throughout the day. The ingredients include ginger …

Maui Jim: A Taste of Hawaii

It’s no secret that I have a deep connection to Hawaii; so much so that I travel to Maui and Kauai every winter. If I can’t be in Hawaii everyday (one can dream), then I at least want to feel as close to the islands as possible. That’s one of the many reasons why I love the sunglass brand, Maui Jim. The company started in Maui’s Lahaina area with the mission to create lenses that prevent harmful UV rays from hitting your eyes while also capturing the vibrant colors of Hawaii. They believe that it’s not about where you are; its about the magic that happens when you slip on a pair of Maui Jim’s and experience that the view is truly better behind their lenses – and they live up to their mission. With more than 125 styles of polarized glasses that protect against UVB and UVA rays, there is something for everyone to choose from with this fashion-forward brand.I was immediately drawn to the colorful Wakea model. The frame is frosted crystal, a …

Dressing For Outdoor Events 

It is the season of outdoor events and many guys wonder how to keep their style fresh while also looking appropriate for their outings. Below are some of my tips to keep you feeling confident in the choices you are making with your spring fashion.Go Bright: It’s not everyday that you can wear a pastel green or pink article of clothing. For these types of events, it is all about making a statement. While the ladies have fun experimenting with big hats, the gentlemen can have their own fun playing with color. My general rule is only choose one core item that has a color pop (unless you are doing a full suit). For example, if you are wearing a bright baby blue blazer, pair it with white or tan tailored pants or shorts. Don’t forget about the footwear – your shoes can also have a pop of color that compliments your top!Find A Perfectly Tailored Shirt: Whether you are wearing a preppy polo or a crisp button down shirt, the fit can make or …

The Piece That Keeps On Giving

Every man should own at least one cardigan. They can make an outfit look new, simply by throwing it over any woven, flannel or v-neck in your wardrobe. Cardigans are practical items to own because they are pieces that can be worn three out of four seasons: fall, winter and spring. Whether you are going for a more professional look, pairing it with a crisp button-down, tie and slacks for a corporate-feel, or a more casual look, throwing it over a flannel or tee, this piece can be used to achieve any style.This is one item where the fit makes a drastic difference. If you buy a cardigan too large, it can make you appear heavier than you are, creating excess fabric around your waistline. If you buy a cardigan that is too tight, you can appear like your circulation is being cut off and the layers underneath your sweater will wrinkle. I aways say there is a fine line between fitted and too small, and you want to be sure to remain in the …

‘Tis The Season For Flannels

Textured sweaters and flannel shirts are two items, that when paired together, create a perfectly cozy winter look. While there are many ways to wear a flannel (un-buttoned with a v-neck tee, under a puffer vest, wrapped around your waist, etc), one of my favorite ways is dressing up the shirt by using it as a layering piece underneath a fitted sweater.For this look, I paired a burgundy and green flannel (perfect for the holiday season) with a speckled charcoal sweater and dark denim. When I use a v-neck sweater as a layering piece, I generally like to make sure the fabric is thin to create a fitted silhouette. This also allows pops of detail from your inside layering piece to show in areas such as your wrists (perfect for cuffing) and torso. Throw your favorite brown leather boots on to polish off the look and you are ready to hit all of your parties this season! Get the look: Shirt  Sweater  Denim 

Your Not-So-Average Suit

It’s event season in New York City and I am always looking for fresh new ways to wear a suit.When it comes to suiting, sometimes going away from what’s traditional creates a more memorable statement. We all have the standard navy, grey and black suits hanging in our closet, but why not mix the staples up with a variation of color?This dusty blue slim suit from Bar III immediately caught my eye. It’s a color that can be worn year-round and because the color leaves such a bold impression, you can decide whether or not to wear a tie (depending on the type of event of course). The price of this suit is just under $300 which is a phenomenal deal for the quality and construction of the pants and jacket. If I buy an off-the-rack suit, I always make sure to get it tailored to polish off the fit, but this is a suit that won’t need much work. Both maroon and sky blues have been my go-to colors for suits this fall, and …