Archive for March, 2009

OVERDUE: 3 Ways To Wear Your Scarf

Many guys have asked me how to wear their scarf, and I’m finally displaying 3 options.

First start off by folding your scarf from a square to a triangle, then choose from one the styles below:

The Basic.
To achieve this look simply drape the scarf around your neck and tie in the back.

The Side Knot.
To achieve this look, drape the scarf around your neck and the tie the scarf in the back, but as you’re tying the scarf bring the knot to the front of your shoulder, then loosely tie it again. At this point you can arrange the scarf to look similar to the picture above.

The Modified Basic.

Tie this scarf like you tie “The Basic”, but much looser. And after its tied fold the pointed end under, then slightly mold the scarf to look like the picture above.

There are other ways to tie a scarf, but these are 3 easy to do options. You can purchase a scarf here. *Special thanks to my friend Julian who got dragged into this spur of the moment quicky “photoshoot” in midtown Atlanta.


*The “scarf” above is not meant to reflect any religion, race, or creed. It’s called “scarf” and is used as a “scarf” in fashion worldwide and in most english-speaking countries. The Urban Gentleman apologizes if this offends you, please feel free to look away or scroll down if these photos are unbecoming to you.

Urban Gentleman Q&A: Advice on Casual Shoes

Question:

Hi

I am currently very gradually trying to smarten up my wardrobe, and I would like to wear more trousers (casually) rather than jeans, with fitted polos, nice shirts, blazers etc. However, I am finding it difficult to find some suitable footwear for such a smart casual look. I like boat-shoes, and will be picking up a navy or brown pair, but they are more kinda summer wear. I find most loafers, mocs to be too formal, so I was wondering to you have any advice on what type of smart-casual shoes can be worn with trousers.


Answer:

Hi (Urban Gent’s name- who’s from England),

I actually had a gentleman email me about a similar dilemma recently- he was trying to find an alternative to the sneaker (so yanno somewhat similar). I advised him to consider:

boat shoes (sebago/sperrries)
oxfords
“dressy sneakers”
vans (like Pharrell)
boots

I see that you’re already halfway there since you have purchased a pair of boat shoes (sebagoes/sperries). After securing a pair of those then the type of casual shoe you wear is totally dependent on your style. I am personally a big fan of oxfords- there are so many different styles of oxfords and they easily smarten up the wardrobe.

Other options:
very casual wingtip lace-up
drivers
moccasins (only if this fits your personality)

Here’s a link of examples from Urban Outfitters: click here. Since the pound is almost double the dollar you can easily order from there (but I think you have to add $50 to the total order)… I really like the Schmoove Oxford, the Generic Surplus Oxford, and the Ben Sherman Vacations Lace-Ups.

Drivers are basically the everyday casual shoe for the man that pretty much doesn’t wear sneakers anymore unless he’s going to the gym or participating in an outdoor activity (that’s sort of my view on it anyway). I don’t like all drivers because some tend to look a bit old and dated, but there are plenty that are sleek and stylish- check some of the drivers out at Neimans: click here. From that page I like the Gucci leather driver- 3rd row number 4, the other Gucci leather driver- 5th row number 4, and the Cole Haan venetian moccasin driver- 5th row number 1…. Also I know alot of men that really love the Ferregamo drivers. You don’t have to buy those exact shoes, but those just give you an idea of the styles that may work for you.

If you want a shoe that is, perhaps, a step between sneakers and oxfords then you could try a “dressy sneaker”… basically like a leather converse or designer tennis shoes- Hugo Boss, Lanvin, etc etc (preferably in a solid color).

** this question is a little dated (about a month and a half– so the shoes I’m referring to may not be there anymore or in the same order, but you can still get the general idea).

The Urban Gent Interviews Hair Stylist to the Stars: Mitchell Stone

Hi guys,

One grooming issue that I have somewhat neglected is “the hair”– I know it’s easy for me to say get a nice haircut and keep it clean, but sometimes you guys want a little bit more. Well, thanks to the good folk at Gillette, I had an opportunity to interview celebrity hair stylist, Mitch Stone. He has styled for the cast of major Hollywood films like Angels & Demons, Tropic Thunder, Bobby, X-Men: The Last Stand, and 8 Mile (you know, Eminem’s movie)– just to name a few.

Hopefully you will get a few good tips that you can implement into your hair routine.

—THE INTERVIEW—

So what is a typical day like in the life of Mitch Stone during this time of year?

Mitchell:
Well, crazy usually:) It is a busy time of year. I have been doing interviews, identifying and talking about trends and doing shoots!

Which celebrity’s hair have you styled? And of them all who is your favorite to work with and why?

Mitchell: Too many:) But, my favorite male celeb to style is Ewan McGregor – he is professional, humble and just a great human being! As well as Al Pachino , he’s a blast! And I love to work with Sean Penn very much..

Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder


I heard you were the hairstylist for Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder, that movie was hilarious… how was it styling for such a funny guy? Any good stories from days on the set?

Mitchell: I loved watching the whole gang work together! I will say that shooting in Kaui for 4 months was very difficult in terms of weather relating to hair. I would have LOVED it if the Gillette styling products were out then because they last long and cover the bases for so many different types of hair, in so many different climates, ie: humid, beach, hot, cold:)

It’s award season for the stars and it’ll soon be prom season for alot of young guys, what styles do you recommend for black-tie/special events… What are popular styles for the stars on the red carpet?

Mitchell: Well, I really have been seeing a modern 40’s look – shorter on the sides with a bit of tousled length on top like Robert Downy Jr., Zack Efron, and Josh Brolin. The length can be locked into place (perfect for Prom) by using a gel (like Gillette Power Gel ) on towel dried hair with a dash of spray to quicken the dry time. Then keep your hands out of it:)

Zac Efron at the MTV Awards
What tips can you offer for the lazy or extra busy guy, that doesn’t want to spend time on his hair- you know the type that pretty much just rolls out bed and goes…What’s the absolute bare minimum all men should do for their hair?
Mitchell: All you need to do is shower, grab a dollop of product, emulsify for a few seconds – which is basically rubbing it between your hands to warm it up — distribute throughout…and walk away!

A couple of years ago a lot of the male celebrities would have highlights and frosted tips- is that still in? What are the “in” hair styles for men these days?
Mitchell: Not sure who or why highlighted and frosted tips came to be, but thank god they are no more! IN styles are short, defined and textured like Daniel Craig in James Bond. There’s also the never die Faux Hawk, or just the handsome, short, parted Brad Pitt, George Clooney look. Again, the 40’s modern version – shorter on sides, longer on top, handsome and sexy rolled into one!
Daniel Craig as James Bond
What types of food can my urban gent add to their diet that would help them to maintain healthy hair?
Mitchell: Anything green! Colloidal minerals with Trace elements, which are found in organic fruits and vegetables! Watch you hair and nails grow like a weed!
A lot of my readers spend a good bit of time in the gym, should they take any hair extra precautions?..

Mitchell: Dont get it caught in the treadmill. Also, make sure to wash with a deep cleaning shampoo after a work out, to really remove the dirt and oil.
Can you give some general hair maintenance tips for different hair textures.
Straight hair: Keep it trimmed up, it will stave off the stringy look!
African-American hair (more curly and textured textured): Keep a good conditioner around and stay away from oily products.
Asian hair (thick hair): Use a silicone type product to keep it shiny and smooth (and Gillette Sculpting paste to add texture! )
General curly/wavy hair: Gillette Mess Constructor to keeps it in place, but with a matte finish. Make sure you use a good conditioner often too!

Boy Toys

Have a little fun: become a mini dj, play with your “action figure”, or feel like a kid again as you jam to your favorite tunes.

Turntable Speaker Mixer, $40
Tiny turntable-style speaker allows you to not only amplify your music, but let’s you scratch as well. (It adds pre-programmed sound effects to your jams)

Obama Figure, $16

Building Block iPod Speaker, $25

via urbanoutfitters

The Sun Will Come Out…


… Tomorrow.

Blue
for the sky.
Green for the grass.
Yellow for the sun.


The Color Story of a Sunny Day.

“Bet Your Bottom Dollar… That tomorrow, there’ll be sun”












Mix and match the attire above/below to experience a sunny day.


Martin Margiela
High Top Shoes: $645 & $545
Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Bengal Stripe Sport Shirts: $98
Rugby (green) “Big Kicker” Tipped Polo: $75
Rugby (blue w/yellow) USA “Big Kicker” Polo: $75
Original Penguin “The Paleo” Striped Cardigan: $89
Levis Green Super Skinny Jeans: $29.99
LRG The Grass Roots Sweater: $59
LRG The Grass Roots True Straight Fit Jeans: $64
Dee & Ricky Large Yellow Lego Heart Brooch: $100

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