Monday, April 30, 2012

Extreme tweezing! This past weekend my good friend Michael Buster and I were out and about and were noticing how many guys are now tweezing their eye brows. Now this is nothing new, men have been doing this for years, even before the 'metro-sexual" concept became a cultural phenomenon, but what got out attention was how often the tweezing goes a little too far. There's a difference between shaping your eye-brows and full on plucked eye-brows. I myself have an unruly hair on one of my eye-brows that I pull every time it starts to get too long, so I am not opposed to grooming to improve the way we look, but at what point do we draw the line? That is a question I pose to you this morning!

Friday, April 27, 2012

I am often asked; what is the secret to looking great? My answer is always the same. Confidence. Feel comfortable in what you are wearing, love the way you look and wear the clothes with pride. Nothing will make you look better than confidence. It is the ultimate accessory and it will make the difference between being well dressed and looking great. My friend is the king of confidence when it comes to style and looking great. We all learn from Nick. Photo Source:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Overly designed? Yes, but clever. I just had to share this with you. I hate overly designed pieces of any kind and a tie with a pocket could very easily fall into that category. However; this is quite a clever exception. I can see creating a secret pocket for that emergency $50 spot. Loose your wallet? No worries. You got your secret stash safely put away in your tie pocket. Crazy but practical; I think! Photo Source:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vans! It's all about the bright colored Vans. This Spring and Summer there is color everywhere. You can't walk a block without bumping into men from all walks of life wearing, at least; a pop of color. Vans has jumped on this bandwagon and put out a line of bright color sneakers that are making a lot of noise. Young or old,  rich or not-so-rich, daring or preppy, color Vans are for everyone. Photo Source:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Khaki color slacks. I love the combination of dark khaki and soft pink. Khaki color slacks with this soft pink sport coat makes for a very fresh Spring/Summer look. Keep it simple with a white shirt and hitting it with a dark tie to break the softness. Also worth nothing the absence of patterns in all the garments, creating a very clean and sleek look. Try it sometime. Photo Source:

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. Photo Source:

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rugged Chic

Rugged chic. If there's such a thing. Long hair with a beard, untucked shirt under a hoodie sweater, distressed jeans and work boots can actually look chic while still maintaining a real sense of personal style. Knowing your body and knowing what works for you is the key to looking your best. Photo Source:

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bright colors for Spring. Happy Easter weekend! It is officially time to add color to your wardrobe and have fun with it. Orange and yellow is a favorite combination of mine and that blue check shirt just pulls it all together beautifully. When choosing bright colors like these try to keep the patterns to a minimum and don't use more than three colors - hopefully colors that won't clash with one another. Also important to maintain the same color intensity in the various fabrics. So show up to your in-laws this Easter Sunday with a burst of color and share the love! Photo Source:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Low V-neck t-shirts. There's a trend of fairly low cut V-neck t-shirts and a lot of men have an issue with this. A couple of my clients have asked me: "Does this t-shirt make me look gay?" Clearly a loaded question which, if I was to answer; would require a much longer posting. The issue is not about looking gay and I will say this. A deep/low cut V-neck t-shirt is not for everyone. It does require a good frame in order for the t-shirt to sit properly without exposing too much man-cleavage. And yes if the neckline of the t-shirt falls below the center of your pecs, it is just way too low for any man, gay or straight. But at the end of the day, check the mirror before leaving your house and if you like what you see, then head out the door and enjoy your day. Photo Source:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How often have you spend way too much time in front of the mirror trying to figure what to wear? You can loose a good hour just trying to find the right combo. It does not have to be that way.  Get in the habit of laying out items on your bed - or a flat surface - where you can create the look you want before trying anything on. In this way you will cut the amount of time you spend trying to figure out what to wear by at least half. This is also a good suggestion when you are packing to travel. Create a visual of what you're wearing before you get dress. Photo Source:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hermes antique watches. There's something magical about an antique watch and even more so when it is made by Hermes. Synonymous with class and tradition, Hermes has inspired men through decades to take dressing serious and become true dapper dressers. I'm a big proponent for simplicity and strong details. An antique watch will immediately create an sense of individual style and class. It is also a magnificent conversation piece. It would be best if your antique watch has personal history but do not let that discourage you from acquiring one.  Find one to purchase and start creating your own history for the next generation of lucky antique watch wearing gentlemen. Pass it on! Photo Source:

Monday, April 2, 2012

Overly designed and ill fitting denim? No thank you! I was in Huntington Beach this past weekend where I had a great time except that the beauty of this beautiful beach town was interrupted with badly over-designed, ill fitting denim pants on a great majority of men, everywhere I looked. Let me get to the point. If you currently own denim pants that have graphic print, hard stitching, overlapping pockets, heavy metal or gimmicky designs you don't need to ever wear them again. You can dispose of them. If your jeans fit you like they do the guy on this picture, you can dispose of them too. Visit my Archive for past "denim" postings and save yourself from the embarrassment of wearing overly designed or ill fitting jeans. Help me help you. Photo Source: