MEN'S ROOM

May 5, 2013 - Men & Their Arm Candy

I love how men are accompanying their watches with bracelets.  It looks very cool and again, dependent on how comfortable you are - you can opt for a cool leather or silk string bracelet or more clunky hardware in silver.  I especially love men sporting the Cartier love or nail bracelet.  

The look is definitely European influenced as many men stack multiple bracelets with their watch.  There should be a limit though so it doesn't take away from the whole look.

May 5, 2013 - Loafing About

A must have for men are loafers.  They are classic, they are chic and if you get the proper ones - very comfortable.  Now there are dressy loafers, there are driving loafers and there are more modern style loafers that include buckles made of gold or silver hardware or tassles.

I think in general, loafers look the most stylish when worn in more casual attire.  In Europe, they often wear loafers with no socks, even with a suit.  

I suggest you find a loafer that suits your style and buy a pair.  It's an investment your won't regret.  

My husband has the same classic Gucci loafers in Navy with the horsebit buckle that he likes to wear a la no socks - just like the below.

Driving loafers as per the below are super comfortable and very fashionable.

February 24, 2013 - Steve McQueen, A Man's Man and a Ladies' Man

Steve McQueen was the perfect man who embodied so much style yet his wardrobe was very masculine.  

From his signature Persol sunglasses to his classic look of thick cable-knit sweaters, suede lace-up boots and fitted suits - he wore everything well.  Men admired him, women swooned over him and how could you not?

Modern day fashion has sometimes blurred the lines on what is acceptable for men to wear.  Call me old-fashioned but I like my man in a power suit, slick and stylish with a strong bravado that when he walks into a room - he commands the crowd and to me, Steve McQueen was that and more.

November 20, 2012 - When Daddy or even Grandpa Has More Style Than You!

Time to get schooled on style and if these men still has what it takes then there is no excuse for the average Joe.  Now I understand - they are not the norm...but please be inspired gents.

October 14, 2012 - The Modern Day Dandy

Bow ties that in the past have been reserved for the aristocrats and worn only on special occasions have made a comeback!  However, wearing a bow tie is not like wearing a tie.  To me, it's the accessory for the modern day dandy.  

Fashion is a cycle, we all know and always looks back at the past for inspirations; this can be seen in the rise of trilby’s, tie bars and pocket squares.   The bow tie's vintage charm is certainly contagious and it's a style that needs to fit the personality of the man who wears it.

Dandy def. according to Wikipedia: is a man who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of Self.

September 13, 2012 - Coverage During NYFW

Women weren't the only ones turning it up during NY Fashion Week.  New Yorkers represent some of the most stylish people in the world with their innate ability to also mix it up without overdoing it.

Photos courtesy of Vanity Fair.

September 12, 2012 - British Imports

British men's style has always been a tad more conservative then the Milanese and French but a distinguished group of British actors have been creating quite a stir with their cool yet disheveled style.  Unshaven and messy hair with their fitted suits and skinny ties are some of their signature trademarks. Their individual style off camera has captured the eyes of many designers who are clamouring to dress these fine young lads.  

Harry Treadaway

Robert Pattinson

Douglas Booth

Jamie Campbell Bower

Ed Westwick (my fav.)

Jim Sturgess

Henry Cavill

Max Irons

September 11, 2012 - Gangster Briefcases

"Somewhere between the "money bags" so beloved by the men of the casinos during the 1960s and the classic businessman's attaché case, the new LANVIN document holders reinvents the aesthetic of the men's handbag which defines the key accessory of the Winter 2012 show." - Lanvin

August 10, 2012 - Men Are Stepping It Up Again

There are periods in time when I think men have upped the ante when it comes style and taking fashion risks.  The late 60's and early 70's as per my recent post was one period and in the last two years, I feel it's coming back.  They are accessorizing again, paying close attention to sunglasses, pocket squares, scarves, jewelry.  Bow ties and ascots are not just for evening wear...they are wearing colour and lots of it, patterns, from paisley to gingham to plaid.  They are wearing shoes with no socks and sneakers with suits.  AND I love it!

Tommy Ton who can be credited to most of the street style photos I post on my blog has captured men in Milan, New York, Paris, Tokyo, London - showing these men in their glory.   There doesn't seem to be an age issue either.  Young or old - rules of dressing well apply to all!

Nothing is sexier than a man with unique sense of style and who isn't afraid to take risks.

July 2, 2012 - The Italian Job

Spain may have won the Euro Cup this year but when it comes to men's style...no one beats the Italians.

Their flair, love of colour and openness to scarves, pocket squares, jewelry is very admirable - especially the Milanese.  Even when they wear solid colours - they will have a non-matching belt, or killer eyewear...I can stare all day at photos of Milanese men doing what they do best - talk sexy and dress sharp!

Old or young...they rock the sport coat or suit like no other....

Photos courtesy of: Tommy Ton

June 18, 2012 - Men in Black

Black is not a colour, it never goes out of style and no matter what - it looks good on everyone giving off the allure of style, mystery and cool.  My husband recently purchased a black suit for a wedding we're attending...it took me a while to convince him.  He loves his navys and greys but I absolutely adore the look of a black, slim suit on a man. It's very sexy.  

You can't really go wrong with black on black - casual or dressy.

May 27, 2012 - Boys Get Your Kicks On

From Collette in Paris to Kitson in LA to Jeffreys in New York - designer kicks are the rage!

Men are pairing them with their suits, with shorts, chinos, jeans etc. often making their footwear the statement of the outfit!

How can they not love the fact that sneakers / runners which are not just super comfortable but also necessary when walking through busy streets - are now in vogue?

If you don't own a pair - I suggest you get one or possibly a couple..

My husband just purchased a pair of McQueen for Puma kicks at Kitson...the tongue is hot pink! :-)

May 9, 2012 - Coloured Soles

No biggie - my hubby was doing this 1 1/2 years ago.

March 27, 2012 - Spruce Up The Spring Summer Sports Jacket

Just like the hot trend for women is all about colour and pattern mixing, the same goes for men when sporting this season's sports jacket.

Stylish sports coats in linen and cotton blends come in various colours and prints from plaid to gingham to stripes!  Mix that with a non-matching, printed tie or shirt and accessorize with a pocket square.  The look can be made more casual by pairing with driving loafers or suede brogues with bright soles.

The below photos are courtesy of MensStylePro.com

March 18, 2012 - Stylish Sons

When you're born with privilege, it doesn't always guarantee you a spot on the best-dressed list.  I think it's more difficult because an "expectation" is created the minute you're out the womb.

To create your identity when you have famous parents is NOT an easy task.  But these boys are an exception to the rule.

This entry will focus on Stylish Sons of the Rich & Famous.   Dressing up boys I think would be a lot of fun - I have a daughter and she was like my little doll.  Then you hope that when they grow up, they develop their own sense of style (and that she has!).  

Pride and joy project all over when you see it all come together and you see their personality being represented with flair in the way they dress.

Peter Brant Jr. (son of ex-supermodel Stephanie Seymour and Publishing tycoon (Interview Magazine) Peter Brant.  For almost two decades (he's 18), he's been honing his super dapper, dandy style making him a real-life Chuck Bass.

Andrea Casiraghi (eldest son of Princess Caroline of Monaco and the late Stefano Casiraghi who was an Italian businessman and socialite). Her certainly has inherited the good looks of both is parents but it's his signature long tousled hair and hip yet casual style mixing boho with formal that makes him uber-cool.  He also loves a good scarf.

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld (son of Parisian fashion queen and former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld  and Christian Restoin - owner of iconic shirt company Equipment). "Vladimir wears primarily black, chic, minimalist, fitted, high quality staples. Like his mother, Carine Roitfeld, whose personal style reflects a brilliant twist of two extremes, the bourgeois and the provocative, Vladimir likes to wear classic clothes with an edgy twist. He has a penchant for Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo." 

Vladimir on the left


March 3, 2012 - Cool Casual

I know quite a few men who look great in suits.  It's hard not to look bad when you're in a suit unless you buy one that's 2 sizes too big or you don't know how to tie a tie (skinny top knot and it's down to your belly).  However, dressing casually and looking good is harder for men than you think.  It's always the extreme - they either try too hard and it shows or they don't care at all and it shows :-)

Here are some of my tips for casual dressing.

Khakis are cool when paired with a nice pair of boots (tongue out) and maybe a vintage jacket or cardigan.  Don't forget to try to match the belt with the shoes OR don't wear a belt at all.

Sports jacket with jeans (can be in other colours outside of blue) and scarf - no brainer!

The two on the left  - untucked shirt, ripped jeans and sneakers look great when you've accessorized with the right glasses and linen/cotton jacket.  I'm a big fan of dark blue jeans and suede tassled loafers - it will always MAKE the outfit.

Rolled up sleeves, half untucked shirt (signature hubby style) with army pants & aviators

Or completely untuck the shirt and pair it with some Cons or other cool sneakers.

Only bust the denim shirt if you can carry it.

The peacoat and sweater, a personal favourite.

Brighten it up with colourful socks with folded dark jeans and suede lace-ups (be daring with colours).

Polo shirt with a blazer, folded pants and driving loafers.

 Knowing how to accessorize with scarves and toques.

Layering - a trench over a jean jacket.

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February 26, 2012 - Bringing back the Cargo Pants!

I must admit - when I think of men wearing cargo pants, I picture them super baggy and worn with a t-shirt or sweatshirt and old sneakers.  It was a look that took over a decade ago and for a while was a signature look in the dot com era along with khakis.  

Unlike how the cargo pant has evolved in women's fashion where we wear them either in a loose yet dressy way in a silk fabric OR more casual but very fitted with heels, the cargo pant has NOT evolved in men's fashion until recently.

In Europe particularly Italy - men's cargo pants have made a comeback and a big one at that.  Below is how they are being worn.  So whether the look is baggy or fitted, dressy or casual, the Milanese have add their own special touch.

February 23, 2012 - Lapo...So Stylish, Can't Get Enough!

Below is a recent photo of the Fiat heir with a shorter, parted to side, slick haircut...I love it.  Since we are on this subject, I thought I would include some other photos of why I absolutely am enthralled with this man and how he can carry off the most classic or fashion forward looks with such pizazz!

With Frida Giannini of Gucci


February 17, 2012 - The Finer Details

Here are some photos that were taken by Tommy Ton during Fashion Week.  I am firm believer that the finer details are what makes an outfit and accentuates style.  From scarves to sunglasses to ties, shoes to driving gloves to pocket squares - that certain je ne sais quoi is what it's all about.

Driving gloves with mohair overcoat

Polka dots with aviators and knitted tie

New Balance runners (all the rage), loafers with no socks

Socks in a myriad of colours and patterns and New Balance again this time, paired with dress pants

Cargo pants with brown suede chelsea boots

Herringbone, window-pane blazers and camel

Headgear - toques or fedoras or bowlers...you pick!

Layers...layers....layers

February 11, 2012 - Paul Simonon

Paul Simonon was the bass guitarist for the 80's punk band The Clash.  When we think of fashionable men from that era - we think of Mick Jagger, Paul Weller and Sting.  But Paul to this day, is effortlessly cool. He mixes punk with street style in a tailored way that oozes style.

He can still get away with the crooked hat.

Paul pictured below in the camel coat.

Paul in the centre


February 3, 2012 - All Hail the Ascot

The ascot I have ALWAYS loved BUT is an acquired taste and not all men suit them.  To me, it's classic, sexy and very stylish.  

Warning: This is one accessory very few can pull off.  You need to "own" this look and have a lot of confidence and a flare - otherwise, it will be a fashion fail!

I'm a fan of the stylist who dresses Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl).  The character on the show can definitely pull it off.

Wanna learn how to tie one? Esquire will teach you.


January 31, 2012 - Notable Style from Fashion Week - photos c/o Tommy Ton

January 29, 2012 - Lapo Elkann

Lapo Elkann - Google him if you don't know who he is.  Just like his style, his lifestyle is pretty wild. Sometimes a little far out, too disheveled, too bright but when he looks good, he looks good! Kudos to him for taking risks most men won't.