Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
(I heard he was pretty mad when walking the red carpet because of the Rihanna and Chris Brown news.
T.I looks very nice and he looked even better live on the red carpet.
His look is always different, but to be honest, I have yet to see him with a very cohesive look, something about the styling of his looks are always off…
I like it when groups match, but I’m not completely a fan of the colors of these jackets. I wish they were a few shades darker- making the look less playful.
I wish he would have worn different shade- ones with a bigger frame.
The polka dot Tie/Pocket Square combo was okay.
(I guess he and LL were on the same page)
He looks sloppy. His jacket is too big and his pants are too long.
He should have gotten it all altered. And he should have worn different a different shirt, shoes, and hat.
Something about Ne-Yo always throws me off and I’m pretty sure it’s the tilting of the hat, but I guess he looks nice. His girlfriend looks good though.
I must say, as a whole, the “gansta” rappers really dressed to impress this year.
They treated the Grammys like a black-tie event instead of like a night out at the club.
I hope they keep it up.
Kanye West, T.I, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne
(sporting a nice plaid scarf)
Songwriter Jennifer Nettles and Kristan Bush
Black on black has been very popular on the red carpet this year so far.
I feel like its too much, but I admire his efforts.
The tie on its own is cool because of the burgundy outline…
I wonder who made it. And I like the pocket square as well.
I’m just not a fan of the suit material he chose.
Summary of Looks:
-Black on black
Skinny ties, bowties, and velvet were also still heavily present.
These are some of the answers I got:
“Teddy bears and balloons ended after pre-k. I had intellectual needs that a poorly-stitched bear and a ball of helium couldn’t satisfy… Needless to say, I like jewelry, getaways, panties, strawberry shortcake from Cake Love! But most of all, I love a gift that captures a part of our connection to each other and to God. No matter what the gift is, it needs to have some relevance to our relationship and show that somebody’s been paying attention.”
“Very ideally, I’d probably have to say it involves dating a musician who also happens to be a gourmet chef and tantric sex master who would welcome me home with an amazingly fresh-cooked meal, has written a song solely for me and the times we’ve shared, and so on… haha!
But more realistically, I would say that definitely the more personal the better. I look at it as a time not as much to reflect our past, but more a day dedicated to becoming even closer. Is there something one of us has always wanted to do or try? A certain restaurant, making fondue, going to play paintball, escaping to Canada, anything! just something that is guaranteed fun, and to strengthen that bond.”
-A “romantic” Dinner/ A private rooftop candlelit dinner on a sky scraper in the middle of a big city
-A picnic/A homemade picnic dinner at twilight at the nearest beach
-Quality time together/Get a really nice hotel room fully stocked with food, drink, decorations (like white Christmas lights, candles, and flowers) , movies, video game console of choice (if you both play) and matching PJ’s. No cell phones or any other contact with the outside world.
I could go on and on really…”
For Restaurant Reservations: Opentable.com or call the restaurant.
For Jewelry: Never buy cheap jewelry, by the best you can afford, don’t compromise quality. The Shane Company is always a superb choice as well as Tiffany’s and any other high end jeweler.
For Flowers: It’s always nice to patronize your local flower shops- they often have the freshest selection. If you need to order online try ProFlowers.com. But year after year I have always found that the Sam’s Club has the best flowers for the best price. If you go there by noon you should be able to pick from a plethora of fresh flowers (roses of every shade)- usually they’re 2 dozen for $16.99, but during Valentine’s Day they’re about $22 (for 2 dozen). You honestly can’t beat that!
Okay guys… I hope that helps!
Side Note: The basic Urban Gentleman look is partially classic/preppy and partially fashionable/trendy. To be an urban gentleman is to be a modern gentleman- a man of style, class, culture, and of course one must have “swag”.
The core wardrobe pieces consist of clothing that you absolutely require. These items are timeless and really capture the essence of any well dressed gentleman’s look. You literally can’t live without your core items and they should be a combo of (your) personality and practicality.
The next section or layer of your wardrobe should be 90% of you and your style and 10% trend. Sometimes trends end up being a part of your style and that’s okay. This section of the wardrobe should also include signature items. Basically these are the clothes that really make your look and captures the essence of your personal style.
The third section is all about finishing touches and extras- items that you don’t need, but really want.
+ 2 pair quality dark denim jeans.
Straight, relaxed, or skinny fit and one boot cut ( needed for dress shoes and boots). [$250]
Example: Sevens for All Mankind and Express/Levis (one top quality brand and one good less expensive good quality brand).
+ 1 pair of khakis/chinos/trousers
Flat front or pleated depending on your size. Navy or khaki. [$65]
+ 1 cardigan in a neutral color
Navy, black, or heather gray. [$50]
Example: Ralph Lauren, Lacoste.
+ 3 quality white or black t-shirts
V or Crew neck (whichever you prefer). [$35]
Example: Slight v-neck Calvin Klein or American Apparel.
+ 2 polos – 1 neutral 1 bright
Choose your favorite brand. [$125]
Example: Ralph Lauren and/or Penguin, one black one red.
+ 1 button-up
Any style, color, or brand. It should be one that you really like and it should coordinate with the colors of your other core items. [$55]
Example: 1 Sean John long-sleeve plaid button-up.
(*The shoes you pick for you core are totally up to you, they should reflect your style and they are potentially shoes that you could wear everyday with everything.)
+ 1 pair of casual shoes
Example: navy Vans, black Chucks, white Pumas, brown Sperry boat shoes, neutral colored moccasins, driver, casual oxford-type shoe. [$75]
+ 1 pair of dressier/less-casual shoes
Example: oxfords, wing-tips, mid or ankle boots, dressy pair of drivers, tassel- loafer, slip-on. [$135]
That is your core and it is timeless… meaning all of the above will never go out of style and can easily coordinate with any trend.
very casual: slight v-neck tee, dark denim jeans, and moccasins.
everyday living: polo, cardigan, dark denim jeans, chucks.
weekend relaxing: v-neck, cardigan, khakis, boat shoes.
dressier: button-up, cardigan, khakis, boots.
+ 1 pair of colored skinny/baggy skinny jeans
Red, green, blue, or purple.
Example: LRG, Uniqlo, Levis.
+ 2-4 graphic tees
Choose your favorite type and brand. It should basically fit your overall look. If you have a dressier style then choose tees that would be the “dressed down” version of your look (if that doesn’t work then get a t-shirt from your favorite brand ex: Lacoste tee).
Example: Vintage (go to local vintage and thrift stores), funny, retro, etc.
+ 2 jackets (light coat)
A signature jacket and a neutral yet stylish jacket or light coat. Jackets can really set-off the look, it’s the frosting on a cake- the cake taste good without, but it taste even better with it.
Example: bright colored aviator jacket, vintage jacket, designer jacket like MCM, or sport coat.
+ 4-6 shirts/tops
In the style of you choice.
Examples: plaid button-ups, bright colored graphic tees, etc.- whatever gives you your look.
+ 3 pants/bottoms
In the style of your choice.
Examples: chocolate colored corduroys, light-washed jeans slashed at the knees, black jeans, black flat-front trousers, etc. (again, whatever gives you your look)
Choose a pair of shoes that are really hot to you, they can be sneakers or dress shoes or a hybrid of the two. These should be your “stuntin” shoes, the ones that really stand out and make your look.
Example: Limited edition Creative Reactions, Marc Jacob sneakers, Kanye West Louis Vuitton shoes, or a pair of Supras.
2 scarves, 2 hats (1 fitted, 1 fedora), 2 skinny ties, 1 pair of glasses.
Just like a jacket can be seen as the frosting on a cake, accessories are the sprinkles and toppings- they complete the cake. Choose accessories that enhance your look.
1 of these items should be signature, like signature pair of Oliver Peoples glasses or your signature damier LV bookbag, or a signature skull scarf.
Examples: scarves, glasses, buttons, suspenders/braces, ties, hats, pins, “manbag”. You should own all different types of accessories, but you will have more of one type of accessory depending on your look.
** This is also where you would include your dressy attire. Every man should own atleast one tailored suit in black or navy blue. A suit can cost you anywhere from $200-$2000 depending on where you purchase it.
(these are just the extras, most will probably be trend items).
+ trendy coat/jacket
Military or Marching band inspired jacket.
Wayfarers or aviators.
Example: Ray-ban, Tom Ford.
Plaid, animal print, or designer logo.
It’s all about gold jewelry these days, but choose a material and color that fits your wardrobe and style. Examples: one watch and one gold chain.
Accessories that are different or uncommon to the vast majority.
Example: buttons, broaches, pins… like the lego Dee & Ricky brooches.
+official trend items
Remember the must-haves of 2009.
Velvet, bow ties, and plaid.
+ more basics
Add more basics/core items into wardrobe.
Examples: more solid colored cardigans, polos, and shoes.
*Other items not accounted for, but are important:
-underwear, black and brown leather belts, socks.
1. Macys/Bloomingdales (if you’re in America)
2. Harvey Nichols/Harrods/ Debenhams (if you’re in the UK)
3. GAP/Heritage 1981/Urban Outfitters
Those are great stores to use if you want to purchase everything in one place. But if you want to save money and want more options then shop from a variety of stores online and in store.
+ Best celebrities to use as inspiration when building a wardrobe:
1. David Beckham
2. Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, or Pharrell Williams
3. (your best dressed star)
4. Friends of yours whose style you admire.
+Best designers to use for inspiration when building a wardrobe:
1. Ralph Lauren
3. Dolce & Gabanna
4. Basically whichever designer you feels captures the essence of your style the best.
Now more than ever (with this worldwide recession) you really need to tap into your personal style and utilize vintage and thrift stores. If you shop there you can find the same trendy garments, but they’re authentically from the 70s or 80s or 90s and they cost less than half the price. You should mix up your vintage finds with the new clothes you purchase.
You should invest in your one main signature item, if you can afford to.
1. signature watch
2. signature frames
3. signature jacket
4. signature bag
Be confident in your wardrobe, put thought into it, but don’t over analyze it to confusion. Remember one important Urban Gentleman rule: keep it simple or go hard. (either or only- to keep it stylish). When in doubt on how to coordinate always resort back to the Congolese Sape rules of 3, never match more than 3 colors.
Here’s a few looks random looks, that can help you mix and match your wardrobe items.
1.vintage tee, colored skinny jeans, thick frames, converse, aviator jacket
2. button up, sweater, tie, dark denim, oxfords
3. v neck, cardigan, khaki or cords, vans or lace-ups
4. button up, jacket, skinny tie, tie clip, dark denim, solid trainers or oxfords
Oh and don’t forget, a gentleman is always well-groomed.
1. haircut every 2 weeks, shape-up in between cuts
2. nails should be cut, long nails are for women only.
(this is technically more important than the clothes you wear).
“The deluxe collector’s edition of the modest one’s latest album, 808s & Heartbreak. Available at Urban Outfitters, it includes two full-length LPs, a CD of the album, photos, and lyric sheets.”
I really like their knit ties, you can’t wear them with everything, but if worn properly they can go with a variety of looks:
1. Basic button-up and chinos.
2. Collar shirt, vest, and khakis or jeans.
3. Fitted/Athletic suit or blazer and trouser combo.
4. etc… you get the picture, they can pretty much go with anything that has a preppier/ralph lauren/benjamin bixby/j.crew look. But they don’t go well with formal looks and materials (like silk).