Guys, for the first time in over 7 months, I walked outside without a jacket on. It was glorious. Even on this stroll, I brought along my AE denim jacket and was actually hot. My winter wardrobe was looking tired. I was tired. This was a long brutal winter. All of my boots looked as if they went through two winters simultaneously, so naturally I was a happy camper being able to trade in the boots for the boat shoes. If this day was a look at what’s around the corner, then I could not be more happy. Let spring fashion season commence!
As the rest of the city waits in desperation for Spring to come, I know better. I’m over here still chilling in my black and grey threads accepting that Spring may never actually come. In hopes that it does, there is nothing wrong with adding a pop of color to lighten up the winter transition wardrobe. This floral tee from Topman was the perfect touch of Spring and the right amount of pop to give the whole outfit life. April being the time for light jackets, this Forever21 gold zippered Bomber jacket over a floral tee sent the right message. Spring was coming, just not yet. RVCA Snapback | Topman Tee | Forever21 Bomber Jacket | Zara Denim | Vans Sneakers
Nothing says the walk by the shore, bay, ocean, or along the beach quite like a pair of Sperry Top-Syder boat shoes. While home in Ohio this weekend I was able to get out to the beach plenty of times to catch the sunset and even the sunrise. Like every trip back home, this one was short-lived. Never enough time with the people that make my world go round. Sunday was the perfect day to get in a quick walk with mom before heading to brunch. Until next time, sejour chic.
Billy Reid Shorts (similar) | TOPMAN Shirt | Sperry Top-Syder Shoes | NYS Sunglasses
To some, summer means beach days, day drinking and rooftop parties. For others (me), it means back to school for the summer. As I slowly work toward my masters degree, I try to do so in style. With the mild summer we have experienced so far, dressing for class has been much easier. However, on those hot and humid days there are things you can do or wear to look professional & put together so your professor and others take you seriously.
A short-sleeve well fitted button-up shirt is the perfect solution. In this case I wore a pair of thin light weight denim from Levi’s with my TOPMAN shirt for a professional summer look. For the really hot days, chino shorts do just fine. Oh how I sometimes miss the days of undergrad where I would show up to class in sweatpants and a hat. In any case, happy summer ya’ll!
Summer is finally here…well the 50 shades of summer at least. Light grey skies, dark grey, sometimes just grey with fog…you catch my drift. Don’t get me wrong, even though I prefer a blue sky, grey is definitely one of my go to colors.
This short-sleeve sweatshirt tee from Zara was the prefect addition to my Levi’s light denim shorts to walk around and soak in what I could of the short lived sun that decided to poke its head out for an hour right before sunset. I’m not worried though, with Chicago Pride this weekend, I foresee a lot of color in the my future. Stay stylish friends!
Anyone that knows me will tell you I am rarely in a suit. But now more than ever the suit is becoming more popular for a night out on the town rather than a day at the office. Every so often I head to a social function, charity event or meeting and the time calls for a suit. Not just any suit. It needs to fit perfectly. Lucky for me, ZARA has a great line of slim fit suits that fit my body well with little tailoring needed. The goal is not to find a suit that fits perfectly off the rack. That will almost never happen. A good tailor is a necessity to getting the perfect fit. They’ll make sure everything fits in the right place. Take it from me, nothing gives you more confidence then being out in that perfectly fitted suit.
For more tips on finding the perfect suit – check out The GQ Guide to Suits here!
Tanks on tanks on tanks! After months of what seemed like an eternal winter, we can finally spend our Sundays soaking up the sun. Going to the “beach” has an all new meaning these days. Sure you head out to the beach around noon with your friends and a case of beer, but it doesn’t end there. For me, I get persuaded to go “day” drinking after which inevitably turns into a “night” of drinking. That is why it’s important to have beach outfits I can go out in as well. RVCA is my first stop in the summer threads search. Their clean & light summer looks are exactly what I look for. This roundup of threads is sure to leave you looking cool on the beach and hot at the bar. Stay stylish.
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This past weekend I headed to Nashville with my two of my best friends for a much needed weekend getaway out of Chicago. I’ve only passed through Nashville a time or two so I had no idea what to expect. Within minutes of walking down Broadway, I fell in love. I finally found my people. People from everywhere coming together to drink beer and dance to country music in their Levi’s. Why didn’t I come here sooner? I met so many great people that I shared some amazing memories with and I know we will keep in touch. The 8-hour car ride back to Chicago seemed even longer since we were so
hungover sad to leave Lucky for me I have my lucky blue bandana to remind me of this great weekend. I’ll be back Nashville!
Growing up as a child, my mom kept our wardrobes in check. Buttoned up over comfortable was the standard. Always dressing her best, she would occasionally look at me and say in a funny voice, “it’s better to look good than to feel good.” As I got older I realized she was exactly right. But why not have both?
I struggle with finding both comfortable & stylish jeans. They are either to tight around my legs or too loose around my waste. That all changed when I came across BOGA, a luxury mens clothing line designed to fit every type of man. I was hooked as soon as I put on the Koop fit denim which fit me like a glove. The crew neck tee I threw on was like sleeping on the highest quality of sheets. Made for a great and comfortable night out on the town.
Photo Cred / G. Torres
On the weekends I hit the streets for a much needed skateboarding session. Nothing like being on a board listening to my favorite songs, getting lost in the moment and only paying attention to red stop lights and signs. These light weight chinos from Bonobos are the most comfortable shorts for riding around town. Throw on my skater fit tee from TOPMAN and I’m almost dressed. If you catch me out boarding, I’ll almost always be wearing my red hat. Everyone has their go to accessory and mine is my red Brixton hat. With the mounds of clothes I own, I lose my hat regularly. Like Helen in A League of Their Own, I’m always frantically running around asking if anyone has seen my red hat. If you have, please don’t piss on it.
Photo Cred / G. Torres