All posts tagged: mens style

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 …

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 …

Patriotic Prep

I recently partnered with the online boutique store JANE.com for the launch of their new men’s category. JANE.com sells everything from gadgets, to clothing, to home décor and more and offers 200+ new deals everyday at prices you can’t find in traditional stores – up to 80% off. As someone who is always looking for the best deal, this is music to my ears! They carry sporty, urban and classic styles so there is something for everyone. This is how it works: each deal on their site runs for 72 hours (unless the item is sold out). After 72 hours, the site runs a new deal. You could get lost on their site for hours by the time you check out all the different categories!I saw this “Stars and Stripes” tee and had to snatch it up with the Fourth of July in mind. I paired it with dark denim that I also found on the site and, within seconds, I created an outfit festive enough for the upcoming holiday. It’s hard for me to find …

Monochromatic

Wearing one color is a surprisingly easy way to make a statement. Monochromatic dressing is creating an overall tonal look by wearing similar shades of a single color. You might be thinking that you have no idea where to begin when it comes to exploring this style, but the easiest way to start is by throwing the same colors of different articles of clothing onto your bed (pants, sweaters, cardigans, tee’s, etc). To successfully pull off this look, you want to find different textures of clothing to pair together. This will give your outfit a modern feel and add a layer of depth – important so that your outfit doesn’t feel dull.For example, I paired a woven stitched Varsity Jacket with a speckled Henley to add contrast to the hues of blue. You’ll notice that my jacket has a pop of light grey, a strategic decision in pulling together this look. I advise that when dressing monochromatic, always incorporate a pop of a lighter or darker color (the opposite to the shade you built your …

The Tommy DiDario Collection

When luxury tie company David Fin asked me to collaborate on a collection, I jumped at the opportunity. Ties are an article of clothing that everyone needs. Whether it’s to wear at work, a special occasion or an evening out, having nice ties in your closet is a necessity. What I love about David Fin is that the fabrics are sourced from Como, Italy, but the ties are handmade in New York City. The same quality of fabrics from the same mills as fellow high end designers are used in the creation of these pieces, but are one third of the price. My collection was created for the fashion-forward guy who isn’t afraid to take a risk. Meet my designs below: The Urban Gentleman: Designed for the working professional who likes to leave a lasting impression, this handcrafted-in-NYC tie is a trendy way to dress up your suit. The Life Of The Party: Give people something to talk about at the next party you are at with this reversible tie.The Winter Chill: Embrace the chilly …

Brathwait Watches

You can never have enough watches, but they don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg. Brathwait sent me this classic slim wrist watch. It’s made with high quality materials (the same ones used by high-end designer brands), but they cost a fraction of the price. While I love a thick (sometimes oversized) statement watch, I also have a slimmer collection to pair with my suits and sport jackets for upscale events. The clean, white face of this watch accented by rose gold details and an Italian leather strap gives it a timeless and classic look. You can get the watch here (originally $185)  but with code Tommy15 you can take 15% off and free shipping! 

Cardigan Season 

Cardigans should be a core item in your wardrobe this winter. When selecting an outfit for work, a dinner party, or even a night out with friends, instead of just putting on your fourth buffalo checkered woven for the week, throw on a cardigan to show that you put in that extra bit of thought to your outfit.  A fitted, open cardigan is a cozy winter piece that when left unbuttoned, can highlight the silouette of your torso and add dimension to your outfit. Pair it with denim for a stylist and versatile look and remember, what is great about cardigans is that you can simply just throw them on as an extra piece and you will come out looking as though you put a lot of thought into your look! Some of my favorite cardigans in my collection come from J-Crew. Shop them here. 

How to dress a hoodie

Sometimes its one of those days where it is just necessary to grab your favorite hoodie from your closet. Especially on the weekend when you are doing your errands and you want to be comfortable. Choosing comfort doesn’t mean having to sacrifice your style. Check out my 5 Tips on…  HOW TO DRESS A HOODIE: 5. Choose a slim fitting hoodie. Too much fabric will cause material to bunch at the stomach, creating an unflattering silhouette around your waistline.  4. Realize the importance of the actual hood. A two-toned hood adds an extra layer of fabric, giving the hoodie a more customized and fashion forward feel. 3. Leave the crazy patterns and graphic stylized writing off the hoodies. A solid color is cleaner and gives the illusion of wearing a more sweater-like top. 2. Pair your hoodie with dark denim. Black denim, like the ones in the above photo instantly make you look dressier. I also threw on my black combat boots and tucked my jeans into them, adding a touch of edginess to the …