Monday, December 10, 2012

8 Stylish Gifts on My Christmas List

With Christmas only a few short weeks away I thought I would share some things I'd like to unwrap Christmas morning.

1. Everlane Weekender

 A grown-up bag for the occasional weekend getaway.
Everlane ($95)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

Some looks for wherever you may be headed this Thanksgiving.

More Casual

Khaki Pants
Green Plaid Shirt
Navy Henley
Brown Oxfords

A Little Dressier

Navy Suit
Faire Isle Sweater
White Shirt

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Men's Style Inspiration

Great, you know your style, what you like to wear, and what works for you. But if you're anything like me, you're probably always looking for style inspiration and new ways to wear things. That's why I decided to put a collection of stylish pictures together on my new page, "Style Inspiration." Scroll through, get some ideas, and be sure to check back often because I'm always updating the pictures.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

3 Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket

With the weather starting to get a little colder and more like typical fall weather, it's a good time to throw on a denim jacket. Here's some inspiration for wherever you are headed.

Monday, September 17, 2012

New York Fashion Week 2012 Picks

Here's a look at some of my favorite looks from last week's shows.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Gray with Khaki

Gray jackets and khaki pants, the perfect casual yet sophisticated summer look. 
More pictures after the break.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A New Kind of Store: Everlane

Ever wonder why that designer t-shirt costs way more than you think it should? So did the founders of a new breed of retail store called Everlane. By cutting out the middleman and selling products directly to the customer via their online store, they are able to sell quality goods at lower prices (all of their products are less than $100). Some of my favorites are the canvas weekender (shown above) which costs $95, and the essential belt and buckle (below) for only $40. If you happen to be in New York you can check out their four day popup store which will be open from today until Sunday (July 1st).

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Men's Fashion Week: Spring 2013 - My Favorite Looks

With pictures from Men's Fashion Week all over the internet at the moment, I thought I would take the opportunity to post some pictures of my favorite looks from the Spring 2013 collections.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bold Color Inspiration

Looking for new ways to wear color? Check out these looks from United Colors of Benetton for some inspiration.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tom Ford's 15 Things Every Man Should Have

Here is a list of the 15 things Tom Ford thinks that every guy should have that I read over at vogue.co.uk. I would say I agree with (almost) all of them.

1.  'A sense of humor.'
2.  'A daily read of the newspaper.'
3.  'A sport that you love and are good at.'
4.  'Tweezers.'
5.  'A good cologne that becomes a signature.'
6.  'A well cut dark suit.'
7.  'A pair of classic black lace up shoes.'
8.  'A smart blazer.'
9.  'The perfect pair of dark denim jeans.'
10.  'Lots of crisp white cotton shirts.'
11.  'Always new socks and underwear.'
12.  'A classic tuxedo.'
13.  'A beautiful day watch with a metal band.'
14.  'The perfect sunglasses.'
15.  'Perfect teeth - if you don't have them, save up and have them fixed.'

Thursday, April 5, 2012

An Interview with Plain T-Shirt

Menswear blogger Jace Lumley combines classic styles, impressive photography, and stylish advice seamlessly on his blog, Plain T-Shirt. I was able to ask him a few questions the other day, and here is what he had to say...

Sharp Style Blog: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Plain T-Shirt: Well I'm currently a photography student at a school in Pittsburgh and spend to much time on the computer.  I play basketball a lot and know Netflix instant like the back of my hand.  The movie selection on there is terrible.

SSB: What are you wearing today?
PT-S: A pair of Khaki Waders by Dockers, some striped J. Crew socks and classic bucks.  Oh, and a beat up sweater I have had for a while.  Next level comfortable.

SSB: How would you describe your personal style and what is some of your style inspirations?
PT-S: I would describe the blog as a mix of confidence, laughs and a little bit of fashion.  Just some advice on how to not take yourself to seriously and have fun with your own personal style.  Without spending all of your money.  Only some of it.  

I don't know if I have any specific style inspirations.  I'm still finding my own sense of style, so it's hard to pinpoint certain things.  Mostly the large amount of lookbooks and pictures I look at.  I'm very visual, so pictures that don't necessarily have to do with style correlates with my inspiration.

Milan Vukmirovic is pretty badass though.

SSB: What motivated you to start Plain T-Shirt?
PT-S: I wanted to display the process of how I put outfits together.  So it's a constant work in progress because I'm still teaching myself how to do that while showing or letting people know how relatively easy it is to do themselves.

SSB: I can tell you really enjoy photography, how and when did you become interested in it?
PT-S: Man, I have always been taking or looking at pictures.  Whether I was outside with my parent's old AE-1 or flipping through some Cartier-Bresson or Robert Frank books, I just enjoyed looking at pictures way more than reading stuff.  So I stuck with it.  And majored in it.  And love it.

SSB: What are your favorite things to photograph?
PT-S: I like to shoot people mostly.  I enjoy seeing the comfort level some people have with a camera pointed at them.  If I had to choose something else though, it would be architecture.  So many leading lines and fun colors.

SSB: What is one thing people wouldn’t know about you from your blog?
PT-S: I'm left-handed.  Bet that just flipped your world upside down.

SSB: Is there any piece of clothing you really wish you had right now?
PT-S: Burberry Brit Showerproof hooded poplin parka.  It won't happen.  But it looks like a nice layer for any weather.

SSB: What are some of the style necessities that you think all guys should have?
PT-S: A plain t-shirt.  A pair of running shoes.  And something to hold all of your keys on.

SSB: Where do you see your blog going in the future?
PT-S: That's a good question.  I'm a very down to earth guy and just want to keep doing what I do.  Talking to people.  Enjoy personal style and hearing how people have changed after buying a couple simple items. Hopefully it will continue to grow and provide me the opportunity to do so.

You can check out Jace's blog at plaint-shirt.com and follow him on Twitter @lum1ey.

Monday, April 2, 2012

What I'll Be Wearing Easter Morning

Easter is now less than a week away, and the summer weather appears to be here. Since I am fortunate enough to be spending Easter at the beach, I will be dressing accordingly keeping it cool with shorts, a white oxford, and tying it all together with a pastel bow tie.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Necessities for Dressing Nautically


Warmer weather of spring and summer is almost here, so I thought I would share a few of the necessities for dressing nautically:
  • navy blue and white
  • horizontal striped shirts (navy blue and white of course)
  • boat shoes
  • exposed ankles
  • sunglasses
  • at least a thirty foot sailboat to wear it all on

(pictures via Drop Dead Prep, Jetter Life, and Where is the Cool on tumblr.com)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Shorts for Summer

It's only a week into official spring, but it already feels like summer out. With the temp reaching the upper 80s during the day I've had to start thinking about my warm weather clothes and updating my summer wardrobe. I decided to start off with some new shorts, so I hit up the nearby outlet mall and found these:  top and middle -  J. Crew Gramercy Chino Shorts for $30, and bottom - GAP Outlet $14.99. Now I'm at least a little bit ready to handle the summer heat. 


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cruise Look

This past week I was fortunate enough to go on a cruise to the Bahamas with my family and had a great time. Since I didn't get to take any pictures of what I wore on the boat, I thought I would take one now that I am back home. (It's hard to tell from the picture but the loafers are navy as well.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Want Yellow Pants

I don't know why, but I really want a pair of yellow pants to wear this spring and summer. They would definitely make a statement.

(photo via cracz on tumblr.com)

Monday, February 13, 2012

43 Quotes about Men's Style at Men's Flair

The people over at Men's Flair have put together a list of 43 quotes about men's style. I've pulled out my favorite four, but you can read the rest of the list here.
“Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”
- Epictetus
“To be noticed without striving to be noticed, this is what elegance is about.”
- Luciano Barbera
“Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.”
- Oscar Wilde
“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”
- Hardy Amies

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My New iPad Cover

 I was getting tired of my old iPad case, so I decided it was time to make my own.

Monday, January 16, 2012

An Interview with Thread & Salt

Scroll through the pages of Thread & Salt and you'll see two things: killer style and delicious food. The 21 year old blogger and college student behind it all, Dillon, is constantly adding compelling content infused with his personality and sense of humor. I recently had the privilege of asking him a few questions and here's what he had to say...

Sharp Style Blog: Tell us about you and your background.

Thread & Salt: Hah, this is a broad question. I was raised in central New Jersey with my mom and stepdad, my dad lives and work in Manhattan as a chef, so most of my time with him was spent in/around NYC restaurants. Up until a few months ago I though that's what I was going to pursue (currently in my final year of Johnson & Wales in Providence, RI for restaurant management) but I can't let myself be absorbed by something I don't really want to do. I've always been pretty eclectic, did lot of community theater when I was younger and was the kid with 6 different Halloween costumes, looking back - I should've known...
SSB: What motivated you to start Thread & Salt, and what is the meaning behind the name?

T&S: My wardrobe got to a point where I felt it was established, it had a direction and I almost obtained that 'effortless composition' effect I strive for. Truthfully, curiosity drove me to start thread & salt. I wondered if what I was doing actually made sense (I’m still not sure if it does, but I like nonsense). Not to mention, I had an archive of foodporn to make a fat kid do hurdles. The name stems from the content, pictures of food and pictures of clothing. Thus thread (clothing) & salt (food).

SSB: How would you describe your personal style?

T&S: Modern American worn. I make a conscience effort to avoid adding items with that "preworn" look, I’d much rather wear it 30 times and create that authentic vibe. There’s nothing better to me than unpolished shoes, frayed cuffs and bandana scraps.
 It’s very fit focused, because I’m a smaller guy (5'7) I have to be very aware of fit and proportion - it makes adding items to my closet very difficult and almost forces brand loyalty. Luckily, some of the brands I’ve found fit well - are quality stuff.
I also think I understand what colors work best with me, although occasionally I stretch this, it's important to identify what draws focus to what and simply what colors you look best in.
I can really bang out a mean formal look also, but I treat that on reserve. Come on, I’m a reckless 21 year old college kid, tieclip < try not to trip.

SSB: Whose style do you particularly admire?

T&S: I’ve been following menswear blogs for roughly 2 years now so I’ve seen some these guys evolve and establish. I really admire Sean Hotchkiss (@ShotchkissNYC) because he has a very approachable and functional wardrobe. From what I can tell, we have similar stature - I’ve pirated some ideas from him. Also, Ryan Plett (@ryanplett)  - every one of his posts brings #envy. Everyday I’m finding more style icons to admire, err - aspects of them to admire.

SSB: What is the one thing people would not know about you from looking at your blog?

T&S: I have dyslexia.

SSB: What is one thing in your closet you could not live without?

T&S: Aside from my "perfect blue blazer" (Bonobos almamater) I have this one grey marble hoodie from Gap, it’s warm, it’s a little too small and it looks good. It rarely sees the daylight, but its perfect for dehydrated mornings..
SSB: What stores do you like to shop at, and what is one quality item you think guys should invest in?

T&S: I shop online mostly but that’s attributed to my location. I've been spending a bunch of time at WHARF (@shopWHARF) recently and picking up a few things there when I can. As far as tangible stores go - Club Monaco, Levis & J.Crew. Careful with J.Crew - their quality has been slipping.

SSB: You always have cool stuff around your wrist, especially the bandana shreds. Where do you find it all?

T&S: I’ve been wearing odd things around my wrist for awhile now, most of them I make, I have this big bag full of random cuffs, fabrics, lace, twine - everything. So whenever I have 30 minutes to kill I make something. I have roughly 15 bandanas and one pocket knife. but I’ll be picking up a KJP bracelet.

SSB: You seem to be doing a lot with Alex of mrdanger recently. How did you two meet and do you influence each other's styles?

T&S: Yeah, Alex is a great guy. I actually met him via tumblr, we have a very similar sense of style and personality, so we hit it off pretty quick. We’re working on some big things for this upcoming year so I’d say we influence each other a bit - probably more in the future. 

SSB: What are your future plans for your blog?

T&S: Take over the world. haha. I still am not sure, I’d like to transition some of my "thread" posts to another outlet and keep my blog as a sort of personal area. but we'll see. I didn’t know what to expect from the blog itself, it's already given me much more then imagined.  

You can check out Dillon's blog at threadandsalt.com and follow him on Twitter @threadsalt.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Club Monaco Spring 2012 Lookbook Highlights

Here's a look at some of the highlights of the Club Monaco Spring 2012 Lookbook.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Social Media Style: Layering

(photo via compl3tedistr4cti0n on tumblr.com)
In addition to the various single Social Media Style posts, I thought I would start grouping some of the pictures together. Here are a few examples and some thoughts on layering.

Layers are much more efficient at keeping you warm in colder temperatures.
(photo via wiebelet on tumblr.com)

You can mix pretty much any patterns, even stripes and plaid can work together.

(via bromo-aj on tumblr.com)


They also make it easy to add a bright color to a look.

(via whereisthecool on tumblr.com)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fair Isle Shawl Sweater

       It's finally starting to get a little bit colder where I live so I can finally start wearing my thicker sweaters, including this one I just got for Christmas. It's heavy knit sweater that has an awesome fair isle stripe and a shawl collar, something kinda different for me. I kept it simple and just wore it over a gray v-neck t-shirt and paired it with some slim fitting khaki pants.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from The Sharp Style Blog!

(photo via loveisliikemusic on tumblr.com)