Saturday, September 15, 2012

Good Morning Fall!


This only happens four times a year; the seasonal transition period.  Going from summer to fall can be a little tricky.  It’s not like fall to winter where the weather may be similar or late spring to summer where you already have color in your wardrobe and look to add a little kick to it.  Summer to fall means your wardrobe has a makeover.  It’s time to put away most bright colors and move into more moderate tones.  However, this does not mean you cannot have fun with different colors.  You can still wear your blues, reds, greens, and pinks, just not those eye-popping colors like you belong at a beach!  I love the fall because it’s a time where you can add on layers and accessories without covering it all with a big coat because the weather is frigid!  

Bradley Cooper - Tommy Hilfiger Men's - Backstage - Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

It’s time to bring out the fall jackets and coats.  These are the jackets you can leave unbutton and show off what’s underneath.  You can show your creativity whether you have a feel for the biker jacket, blazer, bomber, military jacket, or trench coat.  You can throw on these jackets to give your outfit an extra pop and show that extra sense of style.  I have to recommend that you take the time in purchasing a couple of different coats for the fall because wearing the same coat over and over will cause it to lose its natural fit.  You want to keep your items as fresh as possible and having a variety to choose from will do so.

mens trench coat Exclusive of Mens Classic Trench Coat by Armani Exchange

With the weather cooling off, this is the time for cardigans.  I am a huge fan of cardigans because you can wear them with an edgy feel or keep it sleek and classy.  Wear a cardigan with a button-up or a t-shirt.  Wear a cardigan with jeans, khakis, or slacks.  Either way you can add a cardigan to your outfit and keep the message you want to send.

Men's Fall Fashion

It’s time to put the shorts away and pull out those pants you’ve been waiting to wear as summer comes to a close.  There is a variety of looks you can pull off with pants in the fall.  Especially when pairing your pants with certain shoes or boots.  Jeans are always a staple in your wardrobe, but try out a light color in contrast to the many dark pairs you own.  Khakis are great for the fall as they present a casual look that is different from what every other guy will wear.  Also, corduroys are back!  Now is the acceptable time to pull them out and wear them with pride.  Corduroys come in all different colors so make sure you try out something other than the tan and grey pairs. Corduroys also come in different thicknesses, so know that the thicker the corduroy, the more casual the look.  

Well Gentlemen, this is a little guide as we hit the fall season strong.  There are so many aspects when it comes to fall that I look forward to covering them along the way.  I love the summer and warm weather, but in the fall we can really show our unique fashion sense.  Be bold this fall and enjoy switching up jackets, cardigans, shirts, pants, shoes, boots, scarves, and hats!  Be daring and always stay in a “Gentleman’s Frame of Mind.”  Until next time…

A Gentleman’s Mentality,

Jason Christoper

Friday, September 7, 2012

An Important Accessory: The Belt


Gentleman, the past few days a pet peeve of mine has reared its ugly head and I must take the time to point it out.  A lot of things we do in our lives involves the finished product.  This is the product we want everyone to see once its fully accomplished.  Now, where I am taking this in terms of men’s fashion, I will tell you.  That pet peeve is a worn down or hideous belt.  As I have said before, we must be able to be adventurous in our fashion and step outside of our comfort zone to expand ourselves.  However, when we neglect smaller parts of our outfit, like a belt, we are neglecting our outfit as a whole.  When adding a men’s accessory like a belt, whether for style or necessity, we should take pride in it.  Wearing a belt that sticks out like a sore thumb takes away from our finished product.


In your closet, you should have two basic belts.  You should have one black leather belt and one brown leather belt.  In a previous post on shoes, I mentioned to try different shades of browns.  The reason I mention this is because if your shoes are a brown that have no relation to your belt, find a brown belt that you can match with those shoes.  The belts should be between one inch and one and 1/8 inches.  This will make it possible to style your belts with all types of pants. 


There are also other belts made of different materials and different styles.  You can also find canvas, vinyl, and braided belts.  (Even ties as belts are coming back on the scene, but that’s a topic for another time!)  The thing with canvas belts are they should be geared more for the spring and summer seasons.  They present a better lightweight option along with more color.  Remember to try and match your belt with what you are wearing.  Do not let the belt take over your outfit.

I thought about doing a quick post like this a while ago, but I figured as Gentleman, we would have this part down.  The past few days I have seen well put-together men, but then a belt that looks like it was thrown on when the lights were off.  Remember, people tend to notice the little things, especially if that little thing sticks out like a sore thumb.  Gentleman, lets make sure when we leave the house we are a finished product.  Until next time…

A Gentleman’s Mentality,

Jason Christopher