Archive for June, 2008

Best Places to Buy Men’s Suits

Terrence Howard in a modern suit

Sometimes there are too many choices, and the choices need to be narrowed down- like where to buy your suit. First off, there are many qualified contenders, but each store has different perks that may sway you to purchase from them.

The Most Classic/Traditional and Best Service: Nordstrom
The Most Stylish and Best Variety: Bloomingdales
Best Value: K&G
Good Prices and Good for the Everyday Man: Joseph A.Bank

Classic Burberry Suit from Nordstrom
Nordstrom
This is where I learned about the details of men’s fashions and styles. If you want superb one on one personal service to help choose a suit, then Nordstrom is the only place you want to go. They only carry the best brands and they have some of the best tailors in the business. Nordstrom does not have tons of promotional sales or coupons, they have a half-yearly and a anniversary sale that easily trumps the sales of all other retailers. Those sales, that are usually during the summer, are the best times to buy suits, shirts, ties, shoes, belts, pocket squares, and anything else. Featured brands include: Canali, Hugo Boss, Joseph Aboud, and many more.

Modern Hugo Boss suit from Bloomingdales

Bloomingdales
If you want the most stylish and most trendy suits, then Bloomingdales is perfect for you. The store offers a wide variety of styles and brands including: Armani, Purple Label, Hugo Boss, and many more. Bloomingdales, known for its brown bags, has sales throughout the year and is great place for anyone on a reasonable budget or who has thousands to splurge. This is usually my first recommendation for someone searching for a suit.

K&G
If you are on a very tight budget and looking to spend $100-$200 on a suit, then K&G is your godsend. K&G is a warehouse so the store has a plethora of suit offerings- every color, style, and cut. K&G carries the Steve Harvey wide-leg suits, Jones New York athletic-fit suits, italian-made suits like Zenetti, and even 3 piece-suits by Sean John. They have a wide variety, but it’s hard to find a teir-1 suit in K&G, you have to really search and you’ll only find a few to choose from.
Signature 3-button suit from Jos A.Bank

Jos A. Bank
I’m sure you’ve seen their commercials and advertisements- Joseph A. Bank is known for its sales. This store is good for the average guy on the search for his first suit. They have helpful attendants and have many traditional styles and brands to choose from.

*Other Notable Stores: Brooks Brothers and Men’s Warehouse

Every man should own atleast one suit. Not one that you got from your dad or brother, but one that you bought specifically for you and your body. I also recommend all men to have atleast one quality designer-type suit. A good suit can easily be spotted and definitely speaks tons about who you are- it says that you are serious and ready to succeed, not to mention that you have great taste!

Modern John Varvatos Suit from Nordstrom

Style Icon: Kanye West


Last week, I posted the Best Dressed Men in Hollywood. The list included ten of Hollywood’s finest from Brad Pitt to T.I- it was a very diverse list. As promised I will also be covering each person individually- so let’s start with numero uno- Mr.Cocky himself. . .

1. Kanye West: I know he’s one cocky dude, but whose flyer than Kanye West- ummm, no one. If there were one guy’s style I recommend anyone, who is trying to “step his style up”, copy- it would be Mr. West. He bases his style on mixing retro with modern, very much like the Urban Gent-Style. With his wide variety of threads, he can easily fit in at a hip-hop club or a bow-tie only red carpet affair. I really want to thank Kanye’s ex girlfriend, the stylist, Alexis for enhancing Kanye’s look- men, its always great to have a savvy fashionista girlfriend in your life.

Alexis and Kanye

They were such a haute couple.

So now some of you may ask, “How do I get Kanye’s Look”- well unless you’re balling it will be hard to get his exact look- he wears the designers that he raps about. . . you know designers like Louis Vuitton. . . but it’s easy to get his style. The key is combining prep and hip-hop and maybe a little couture or vintage. . . in layman’s term: combine brands like Lacoste (prep) & Ecco (hip-hop), and don’t be afraid to mix it with a jacket or vest you found at the thrift store (vintage) and some shoes you painted yourself (couture). . .any variation of the looks will give you a Kanye-esque vibe.


“That that that, that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger. . .” Believe it or not that song helped me through a rough situation last year, lol, . . . but that song also made many people want the shutter shades Kanye rocks when performing the hit song. Now-a-days you can find them anywhere, almost all hip-hop/rock or trendy stores carry them. You can also find them online at Shutter Shades Online or you can buy them for around 8 bucks at Urban Boundaries.


Release Your Inner Swagger

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David Beckham is a humble guy w/ a hot wife and a serious swagger

 

Some men are born with it; some acquire it after hanging out with a certain crowd or attending a certain school. Either way it goes, women are always attracted to men with swagger. . . some of you may know what I’m talking about, you know when a girl says “There’s just something about him, I can’t really describe it. . .” that’s swagger.

To be real there are many of you that may not need it as much because you may have strong traits that make up for it: good looks w/ a smile to match, great abs and muscles, or big pockets. But even men with those traits find themselves in dire need of swagger.

Many guys falsely believe that swagger only comes with hard jail time, being a dealer, or being in a gang- that’s just called ignorance, which usually leads to arrogance more ignorance and perhaps a forced swagger. There’s nothing cool about killing someone. . .

True swagger, as corny as it sounds, comes from within-that makes it hard to gain. Swagger can be traditionally characterized as charisma –that indescribable character trait that people naturally inhibit. Swagger is like charisma to the umpteenth power with a mixture of more. It doesn’t discriminate by age, race, height, or background- anyone can have it.

Jay-Z has swagger.

There are 3 main components to swagger.

Confidence. Being comfortable with who you are is very important. If you don’t think you’re the ish, then why should anyone else? There are many ways to gain confidence, but a couple of the fastest ways are:

1. Working Out- bulking up easily boosts confidence
and makes a woman do a double-take.

2. New Wardrobe- many men underestimate the importance
of dressing well-they think it's a female thing. But great
threads will make you feel better and quickly enhance your
image in the eyes of others.

Drive/Direction. I’m not referring to sex :-) I’m talking about ambition. Men with the most swagger know what they want in life, they have goals and they don’t let anyone get in their way. Have problems focusing and realizing your dreams, try this:

1. Write down your top 5 career choices and the steps you
need to take to actually become whatever it is you want to
become. Narrow it down to the most realistic career choice
and go after it.

2. Make a list of goals you have and set a deadline
to have each goal completed.
 

Be You. Like the rapper Rocko says “You just do you, Ima
do me”. At the end of the day It’s all about doing you, be
who you are and don’t apologize- unless you’re being a
complete a-hole.

Now that you know what swagger is and how to get it- work on it! Every urban gentleman must find his inner swag.

Cindy of The Urban Gentleman blog

Cover Fashion: Usher in Vibe Magazine

With his new album, Here I Stand, Usher has managed to captivate the world once more with his undeniable skills. He’s featured this month on the cover of VIBE Magazine. Usher has always been a fly dresser- from the stunner shades to the fresh kicks, but with age he’s matured and definitely has a more classic urban style. Check out the pictures from Usher’s photo shoot.


You can get Usher’s Look . . . the budget way or the baller way:

Tilt Jacket, $34.90, www.heritage1981.com; CK white-tee 3-pack, $29.50, www.bloomingdales.com; Boot-cut jeans, $29.50, www.oldnavy.com

Airfield jacket, $178, www.shoptommy.com; Crew t-shirt, $18, www.americanapparel.net;
Rock & Republic boot-cut jeans, $260, www.nordstrom.com

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The Urban Gent: From Gs to Gents Blog

As many of you know MTV has a new show coming out called From Gs to Gents. The show will take 15 young “G’s” and polish them up. The men will take lessons in a variety of areas from Style & Grace, Etiquette, Chivalry, to Business Skills. They will supposedly learn that with the right tools every G has the ability to be a true Gentleman – and have a real shot at finding success.

I’m not one for foolish tv, but I think this show will be interesting. . . so I will be covering the lessons learned on the show. The Urban Gentleman Blog is all about helping men not only sustain and polish there gentleman-hood but also to help those in search of becoming a gentleman.

I’ve seen some previews on MTV and VH1 and hopefully the show is tasteful.
Gs to Gents premieres on July 15, 2008.

*The Urban Gent is the only place you want to be for updates and stories on th new show.


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Best Brands for Men: Easy Style

Let’s face it; everyone isn’t born with fashion sense. There are many people who don’t have a clue what to wear or even where to buy nice clothes. Some men just don’t want to spend the time perusing different stores and trying on a bunch of different brands of clothing. But there are a few brands and stores that can make being stylish easy:

- Sean John
- Abercrombie and Fitch
- Urban Outfitters

Sean John:
For most guys I know who are trying to “care about what they wear” and gain style, I tell them, “buy Sean John”. Sean John is perfect for style-searching newbies, the label has great clothes, good prices, most guys are familiar with the brand (b/c of Diddy), it has some street-cred because many rappers wear it, and it doesn’t force a guy to just completely change his look. Sean John is the best brand for men who typically wear extra-baggy jeans and oversized t-shirts because it’s a gateway to better style. Diddy’s brand offers a variety of styles from suits to button-ups to graphic t-shirts, you can build a whole wardrobe from the brand. Another plus about Sean John is that you can find the brand almost everywhere: Macys, Dillards, T.J Maxx, or K and G Superstore just to name a few.

Sean Combs has even won New Designer of the Year at the CFDA’s, which is the highest honor any fashion brand can receive– Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein are a few other designers who have been honored with the prestigious award.



Abercrombie & Fitch:
“I like girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch”, that song wasn’t just talking about the style of girls, it indirectly pertained to the style of guys too :-)

If you want to follow the most popular trends of America- this is the store and brand I would recommend. You can hardly go wrong shopping here. From the O.C to the Hills to most shows with a young hot cast of 20-somethings-they all sport threads from A and F. The store features classic American styles with the surfer-guy looks dispersed in-between. A&F can be kind of overpriced, so I would suggest Aeropostale for men who want the same look at a better price. And if you’re older (29 or above), you may want to shop at Banana Republic, which offers the same look, but just more mature, more versatile, and more clean. If you can’t afford Banana Republic, then try it’s little sister store, GAP- everyone shops there from 2-60.


Urban Outfitters:
If you really want to eventually dress like the most stylish men in Hollywood, Urban Outfitters is the place for you. Urban Outfitters follows, defines, and sometimes even rivals the current trends. The store is edgy and unique, and allows you to feel like an individual when shopping there. UO is the store for men who want to one-day stylistically compete with Kanye, Lupe, and Pharell. Urban Outfitters not only carries the best threads, but they have all the accessories too- colorful box-framed aviators, studded belts, and original sneakers. Many of the clothes are a little pricey, but they always have sales.

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