Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from The Sharp Style Blog!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Three Christmas Looks

Not sure what to wear to Christmas dinner? Here's some inspiration.

Casual Christmas Look

Red Cords
White Button Up Shirt
Leather Shoes
Black Chronograph


Semi-Dressy Christmas Look

Khaki Pants
Chambray Shirt
Gray Cardigan
Gray Tie
Brown Leather Boots

Dressier Christmas Look

Black Pants
White Button Up Shirt
Red Sweater
Gray Blazer
Leather Strap Watch

Friday, December 9, 2011

Social Media Style 12/9/11


If you are going to layer a quilted jacket, this is an awesome way to do it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What I Want For Christmas: Extravagant Edition

So last week I posted some things I want for Christmas, and I thought this week I would post a few of the expensive, luxury things that didn't make it on the list.

1. Ferragamo Oxford
A quality pair of sharp looking leather oxfords ($595)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

What I Want For Christmas

It's now December and Christmas is only a few weeks away, which means it's time to start thinking about gifts for friends and family. But first I thought I'd share some of the things I'd be happy to see under the Christmas tree.

1. Chambray Shirt
A chambray shirt: what could be more classically American?
J Crew ($98)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Social Media Style 11/30/11

This is definitely how to pull off casual without looking sloppy.

(via Thread & Salt on tumblr.com)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving from the Sharp Style Blog!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Contemporary Artist: Andrew Salgado

        I thought I would take a break from all of the men's style posts and show one of my other passions: art. The other day I came across the above painting, and was so intrigued I had to look up the artist. I discovered that it was a British contemporary artist named Andrew Salgado. His artwork tends to be of people, and particularly faces, but he paints them in an amazing stylized way with thick brushstrokes of vibrant colors. Even amidst all the different brushstrokes and colors though, he paints the eyes so that they convey so much meaning and depth. All of his paintings have such a contemporary, abstract look that I think is just awesome. Anyways, here's a few more of his pieces:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Few New Features to Stay Connected


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Cargo Pants: This Changed My Mind

        So this is kind of a Social Media Style post because I found these pictures from What a Queer Bird on tumblr.com, but I had so much more to say about it than a normal Social Media Style post. I'll be honest, I have never been a fan of cargo pants (and especially cargo shorts). I have always felt that the pockets on the side add so much bulk and prevent the pants or shorts from looking sharp and stylish. Plus those pockets are so tempting to throw all of your stuff in, which makes them even bulkier. So when cargo pants started to really come in style, I was very weary of the trend. This look however kinda changes how I view cargo pants. These pants are slim and have tapered legs so they fit well to begin with, and the pockets don't seem to stick out at all. These are definitely not your typical ill-fitting cargo pants (and they are in a sharp looking navy color). The rest of the outfit is great as well; I love how all of the textures work together. There's the herringbone jacket, the wool tie, and the chambray shirt that all work together to make it fitting for fall. I am really impressed with this and it really opened my mind to the possibilities.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Social Media Style 11/16/11

This is such a cool look for fall. I really like that material the jacket is made out of and those boots.

(via 30 and Broke on tumblr.com)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day: 3 Classic Military Styles


        Since today is Veterans Day, I thought I would take the opportunity to thank the many courageous veterans who have defended the rights and freedoms of our country. These men and women have protected our country and and defended the freedoms that make our country great. In honor of them, I thought I would highlight some of the many classic American styles have come directly from the uniforms of our armed forces. Here are three of the most iconic styles:


         These coats have been keeping sailors in the Navy warm for many years. They were very practical for sailors because their wide lapels could be flipped up to keep their necks warm and the wool that they were made of would keep them warm even if it got wet. Their practicality along with their stylish look made them popular with civilians, and even today they remain a classic look that will never go out of style.


        This style of sunglasses was created by Bausch & Lomb to be the perfect pair of glasses for military pilots. They were created with the optimal shape and material to protect the pilot's eyes as well as allowing them to see better. They were made popular by General Douglas Macarthur (pictured), and eventually by many celebrities. Ever since they became popular designers have taken creative liberties with their shape and design, but the classic shape has always, and will always, be a sharp look.

Bomber Jackets

         As aviation technology advanced and planes became able to fly at much higher altitudes, the need to keep pilots warm and protected from the elements became more and more important. Thus the leather bomber jacket was created. The leather provided the necessary warmth and protection, and the design allowed for a wide range movement. Ever since then they have grown increasingly popular in the civilian population and have become iconic part of many movies.

            So next time you want to honor those who brave men and women who have fought to keep our country free, try wearing one of these classic military styles.

(photos via Examiner, Million Looks, and Secret Forts)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Social Media Style 11/9/11

Great example of looking sharp. Fitted well, awesome double monk strap shoes, and a cool shirt collar.
(via Nantucket Youth on tumblr.com)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Fashion Fix: Hoodies

With temperatures quickly dropping, it's time to start wearing some warmer clothes, and for some, that means throwing on that not-so-sharp-looking hoodie. For the most part, hoodies are over-sized and do not fit well, which makes them appear baggy and sloppy. They really are not the best thing you can wear if you want to dress sharply. However, don't worry if you do end up finding yourself reaching for your old hoodie when it starts to get a little bit colder; there's an easy fix. Instead, try wearing a sweater. They are just as warm, come in a wide variety of styles, and best of all make you look more sophisticated and put together.

The most basic style is a v-neck, which is a great choice because it can be worn casually on the weekend or dressy in the office. Another option is a cardigan, which is just as versatile as a v-neck. Sweaters are also a better choice than hoodies because of how easy they are to layer. When it gets really cold out, you can put a sweater over your dress shirt and wear your suit jacket on top of that, something you cannot do with a hoodie.  As if that wasn't already enough to make you leave your hoodie for a sweater, they also come in a variety of fabrics. Options range from a thick cable knit, which is very in style right now, to a classic cashmere or merino. There's really no way to go wrong with a classic sweater, and you can definitely find one that fits your style.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Social Media Style 11/3/11

 This is a pretty cool outfit, and shows how white can work even in the fall.

 (via Anchor Division on tumblr.com)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What I Just Bought: Suede Chukka Boots


So I have been searching for a good, inexpensive pair of chukka boots for a while now, and I have finally found them. I wanted something neutral that would go with most of my clothes, but I didn't really want to spend a lot of money on them. That is why I was pretty happy when I found Old Navy's "Suede Desert Boot." They have a classic, yet casual, style, plus they ended up only costing me about $30. (They are normally $49, but were on sale for $35 plus a 25% off coupon.)  They may not be the highest quality and they may only last me one season, but for that price I really can't complain and I am still looking forward to wearing them this fall.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Social Media Style 10/27/11

This is such an awesome sweater for fall, with its unique collar and fall fabric. It looks like it would keep anyone warm on even the coldest winter day.
(via Anchor Division on tumblr.com)

Monday, October 24, 2011

5 Stylish Fall Fabrics

(photo via timeoutchicago.com)
It is finally fall, which means its time to break out the darker shades of clothes and the awesome fall textures and fabrics. With temperatures quickly dropping, it's all about picking the right fabrics to keep you warm while still looking sharp. Because the fall color palette tends to be duller than its spring counterpart, you can make more of a statement with the fabric you choose. Here are five of the best and most stylish fabrics for menswear this fall.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dockers Alpha Khaki

      A few months ago, Dockers introduced a new line of khakis, called Alpha Khaki. It is by far their most modern and versatile style, and is by far one of my favorites. These khakis could very easily replace your pair of go to jeans, as they fit and wear like most denim. The Alpha Khaki line has a modern cut, is slimmer in the waist, and has a slight taper in the leg. They are just the right amount of slim, but definitely not skinny. Another attractive feature of these khakis is the material they are made out of. They have a heavyweight fabric that is durable and will wear well, plus they are reasonably priced from $68-$78, and are often on sale at Dockers.com. These pants also break the traditional khaki mold with their colors as well. They come in a wide variety of colors from beige and khaki to orange and teal, so you can be sure find a color to match your style. Their relaxed look and feel makes them easy to style, and can be worn with almost anything. Many of the colors will work perfectly this fall, like the terra cotta or the brown, and when paired with a nice sweater or jacket you are sure to look sharp.

(photo via circuitmag.net and dockers.com)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Social Media Style 10/7/11

Just an artistic picture of some cool shoes I found from FEIT on tumblr.com.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Now SharpStyleBlog.com

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Social Media Style 10/4/11

This is such an awesome navy coat for a cold day in the city. It goes great with the white pants for a put together casual look.

(from How To Talk To Girls At Parties on tumblr.com)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Take the Chill Off: How to Wear Cardigans

     It's officially fall, and while it may not be cold enough to take out your collection of wool coats, you may want to wear something to keep you a little bit warmer. That's when you put on a sweater, particularly a  cardigan. They range from lightweight to heavier fabrics and will transition into winter as a very nice layer. No matter what your personal style is, you can find a cardigan you will like. They come in seemingly countless styles, from solid colors to stripes, and they can be dressed up or dressed down to fit wherever you are off to. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Seven Men's Bags I Want

One of the most useful accessories a man can have is a good bag. It is so easy to throw all of your things in one and head for the office, school, or a weekend getaway. Here are some of my favorites right now:

Mismo Deck Tote

This tote has a nautical vibe with the navy blue with vertical white stripe. It would go perfectly with something casual for a day at the park or beach. It is available at tresbienshop.net for $335.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Social Media Style: 9/20/11

Layering the red and black plaid jacket on top of the cardigan makes for a cool fall look.

(from Nantucket Youth on tumblr.com)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

With the Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week coming to a close, I thought I'd take this opportunity to post some of my favorite menswear looks. Here are some of my top picks from DKNY, Bespoken, and J. Crew.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ralph Lauren's $13 Billion Bet on Fast Company

Check out this article from Fast Company Magazine about how David Lauren, son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, plans to make the family company a pioneer in digital technology.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Flickr Fridays Now Social Media Style!

Flickr Fridays. It pretty much limits me to using Flickr and only posting on Fridays. What about all the other social media sites and all the other days of the week? Well now with Social Media Style I'll post pictures from any social media site on any day of the week. Keep an eye out for them in the main feed or look at all the past pictures on the Social Media Style page on the top. If you think your picture should be shown in Social Media Style, email it to me at TheSharpStyleBlog@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Crazy, Stupid, Love Interview on GQ

Check out this interview by GQ's Lauren Bans with the costume designer of the new movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. It covers all of Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling's classic men's style.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Stand Out Style Tips

Standing out from the crowd and being noticed for your style does not have to be difficult; just make these few changes and you will be sure to be noticed.

Colored Button Up Shirts

The majority of men's button up shirts are either blue and white, so switching to a color is an easy way to stand out. Opt for a lighter, more pastel color, such as purple, green, or pink. (Also, ensuring your shirts are fitted properly will make you stand out from many men who wear ill-fitting shirts.)

Gray Pants

As with button up shirts, there is a main color choice in men's pants as well, black and khaki. If you are looking to get noticed in the crowd of black and khaki, put on some gray pants. They match almost anything so finding something to wear with them will be easy.

Wear Brown with Gray

Now that you are wearing gray pants to already stand out, you may want to stand out even more. Most people's instinct is to match a black belt and shoes with gray, but brown looks just as (if not more) stylish. Go for a darker brown and you will be sure to stand out. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Flickr Fridays 7/1

The grey blazer and the white pants are just light enough to make this a great summer look.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Flickr Fridays 6/24

I like how this look (from Hombre Chic) mixes the grey jacket with the light beige pants, and the perfect fit pulls it all together to make it look sharp.

Summer Style: Grey Cotton Suit

This summer when you are out in the heat but still have to dress up, you will want to stay cool, and look cool, in a cotton suit. The lightweight cotton and casual design of these make them very in style in men's style world, and the perfect choice for a summer wedding or party. When choosing a color, make sure to pick a light color, preferably grey, but beige is another good choice. Not only are darker colors more of a fall/winter look, but they absorb heat and make you warmer when you wear them. It seems every brand and store has some version of a light cotton suit, but J Crew probably has the best selection; just make sure it fits you well, and if it doesn't take it to your tailor.