Monday, April 23, 2012

When it comes to fashion is there anything more American than worn-in blue jeans and white sneakers? No! It is so American, it was one of JFK's favorite looks. The look is also incomparably comfortable. This very American look has been adopted by most all countries in the world not just because it screams USA but also due to its ease and comfort factor. When in doubt; jeans and white sneakers and you will never go wrong! Photo Source:

Friday, April 20, 2012

The magic touch of the pocket square. If you won a suit or sport coat - and I am sure that if you follow VFTOTD, then you certainly must own at least one of each - then pocket squares should be a big part of your wardrobe. The perfect detail to add some color to your look without going over the top. Feel free to collect as many colors and patterns as you want and use them to add that finishing touch to any great outfit. Photo Source:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

How young is too old for this look? This is question that I ask myself sometimes when I'm getting dressed in the morning but much more often as I go about my day and encounter other men's fashion choices on the street. Thom Brown is a favorite designer of mine famous for his shorts suiting. As recently as last summer I wore shorts with a sport-coat and felt just fine. Not so sure how I feel about it this year. I will probably try it at a beach or resort town, but not convinced I can do it again in the city. Yes I am a huge proponent of being as old as you feel and feeling free to express yourself in any way you like, but I may be drawing the line on suits with shorts this year. Photo Source:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pants that are too short; is a problem. When is a pant too short even according to today's trend of shorter slacks? When the pant is above the ankle and the ankle shows when you're standing up. Noting wrong with wearing shorter slacks with sock-less shoes however when this becomes an obvious feature it really becomes more of a cheap eye sore. Easy to avoid, just add an inch to your trouser hem length and walk your city with pride. Photo Source:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

One more year! Remember all those madras and plaid ties you got last year? Well good news. You can still use them this year. Yes the plaid and madras ties are back and with some solid staying power for spring and summer. Dress them up with a fun suit or simply add them to your white shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a pair of jeans. Use them as you want and have fun with them, they are not to be taken seriously. Photo Source:

Monday, April 16, 2012

The many colors of the khaki suit. The United States Army adopted khaki during the Spanish American War in 1898. It has also spread to civilian clothing, where "khakis" since the 1950s has meant tan cotton twill pants/trousers. And now the khaki suit - as it is commonly known - is no longer "khaki" color. You can find it in a variety of colors like navy, brown, cream and olive, mostly. The khaki suit is the acceptable choice for business/casual attire. Day or night during spring and summer, the khaki suit will always do you right! Photo Source:

Friday, April 13, 2012

Why feature labels on you clothes? Most labels appear on the surface of garments because consumers are drawn to them. It is a matter of class distinction and a need to be recognized as savvy, cool, trendy or in some cases, rich. None of these reasons are good enough to use your body as walking advertisement. As a matter of fact, unless you are getting paid to wear labels, there is no good reason to do so. It is my opinion, that obvious label branding is the absence of personal style and to some extent a degree of insecurity and need for approval. But perhaps wearing labels is exactly what floats your boat and makes you feel fierce in which case I say, go for it and wear them with pride! Photo Source:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Yes, you CAN go too far when mixing patterns and the results may not be as favorable as you would like. Too much of anything is exactly that; too much. In this case there's way too many different patterns going on within the same outfit. A solution in this particular case could have been if the coat and pants were the same pattern and perhaps the tie could be along the same line of geometric graphics as the suit and in a more toned down tone. Again the mirror is your friend but I'm beginning to think that a little advice comes in handy cause sometimes you may not really see what you are looking at. Keep coming back, let me help you! Photo Source:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Most of you know I have an aversion to most square toe shoes. However there are exceptions. The semi-square toe shoe is a strong shoe which an be very elegant and appropriate for more non-casual look. This style of shoe lends itself more to the European fashion aesthetics and is best worn with suits.  Commonly seen on business men all over Milan and Paris, the semi-square toe shoe is one I am not opposed to and actually feel very fond of, especially in a monk strap.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Good news and bad news. The good news, is the saddle shoe is back. Having made a brief appearance last summer, the saddle shoe is taking center stage again this season. Now for the bad news, please be aware of the hems in your pants. Notice how ridiculous this way too long pant leg fits. An easy way to solve this problem is by going to your tailor and measuring your inseam to the floor then subtract an inch to allow room for the shoe heel and this should give you the proper measurement for your slacks, with just enough of a break where the pant meets the shoe. If you happen to like your jeans a little longer - as most men do - then do not subtract the inch Click for more info