Archive for July, 2009

Summertime Style: Examples of How To Keep Cool (and stay handsome) in the Summer, Tips and Photos

I’ve been getting alot of emails about how to keep cool in the hot summer months, here’s one of the recent emails :

Question:

Hi. I’m a 30 year old urban gent from Birmingham, Al. My girlfriend lives in Tallahassee so I usually there on holidays and weekends. Recently I’ve changed to an older more sophisticated look. Similar to Kendrack Lewis your most recent featured urban gent. My problem is I don’t know what to wear when it’s really hot. When the temp is in the 90’s, it’s really humid, and sweating is unavoidable. Could you help me out?

Answer:

Hey (name of Alabama gentleman)

When it’s hot keep it simple… its all about wearing quality or proper fitting clothing. Examples of looks to wear on a hot summer day:

1. white polo, seer sucker shorts, navy boat shoes
2. white/colored short sleeves v-neck, very light-weight cardigan with the sleeves rolled up, khaki shorts, canvas shoes
3. long sleeve plaid shirt w/ the sleeves rolled up, jeans, and your choice of shoes

accessorize with a nice pair of trendy shades like black wayfarers and you’re good to go.

The thing is Steven, I know its Really hot, but you’re a gentleman so its never really appropriate to wear combinations like tanks, shorts, and flip-flops unless you’re going to the beach… again, I know its hot, but guys just don’t have as easy as women when it comes to looking very stylish and keeping very cool in the sun… we can always just put on a sleeveless light weight dress and sandals, which would be the coolest thing we could put on aside from a bikini.

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The gentleman above was focused on keeping his look sophisticated, that’s why I gave him the options above. But, if you’re a hipster of sorts then you could pull of the tank/shorts/flip flops look depending on the combination.

I pulled some photos from the Sartorialist (one of my fav street style blogs), that I feel are nice examples of summer Gentleman gear…









What do you see…


– mostly light colors with the exception of navy
– shorts are right at or just above the knees
– sockless w/ loafers, boat shoes, or sandals
(some people say gentleman do not wear sandals,
but I’ll leave that up to you)
– long sleeve shirts and sweaters are rolled up
– top buttons un-done (usually 2)

For more info, check out:
Summer Rolls
Sockless
Sartorialist Does Brooklyn

Also for the summer months:
– carry a linen handkerchief/pocketsquare to dab at sweat
– use sunblock
– always carry sunglasses and/or a hat
– drink LOTS of water
– boxers may keep you cooler than briefs
– use a good deodorant
– consider taking a quickie mid day shower in addition to your morning or night shower, this usually keeps you a little more cool

photos: Sartorialist.blogspot.com

Seeing Double: Kanye’s Black Blazer…. and possible Timberland Comeback?

When I first saw Kanye’s picture from the Serpentine Party, I immediately thought about his ensemble from the Vanity Fair Party earlier this year… so I checked the Urban Gentleman Archives and voila- Kanye’s rockin’ the same perfectly fitting shawl collar jacket. And I must say Ye’ I ever so do approve. If you look at the ensemble it looks almost exactly the same- black pants, black on black herringbone blazer w/ the slanted pocket, and solid shirt. Why do I like the fact that it’s a repeat? Well because a repeat is so un-kanye, as he’s admitted he’s innately flashy and always raps about designer duds. So for him to repeat a distinctive jacket at an event, well that’s cool, practical, and it shows that Mr. West is growing up a bit. But I guess the real question is, will he wear it again, when or if he ever gets words of this post- who knows. But nevertheless I’m digging it… his style is progressing quite nicely, now if he could just relax with parading around with the chick that he sung about in “Stronger”… (because Ye’ the time is No longer right, lol).


On another note, he’s been rockin’ the Timbs pretty heavy. And, maybe its just me, but I actually think it’s the appropriate time for a Timberland comeback… I remember rockin them hard as a freshman in high school back around 2002) my boyfriend and I had matching pairs… he played football I was a cheerleader, so we’d wear them with jeans and our varsity jackets- it was cute stuff, lol.

Besides, a few designers had timberland-esque boots in their winter and spring collections (including Dean and Dan Caten of Dsqaured2). So maybe it’s time to dust off your old Timberlands…

Summer Jams: Vampire Weekend, yes them again…

Certain songs remind me of summer time, and sometimes on very rare occasions there are entire albums that do the same… yanno the type of music that just makes you feel good, the type of music you’d listen to when going a road trip whether it’s across America or a few European countries…

for me Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend is one of those albums. Yes I know, I’ve mentioned this before, but I liked the album so much I played it out then had to retire it for a few months, and I’m just now listening to it again… here’s two of my favorite songs:

One Photo, What Do You Think: Pharrell @ Serpentine Gallery Summer Party

Everyone’s being inspired by old country style these days and that includes BBC Man Pharrell Williams. I appreciate his ode to gentleman gear, buuuut I don’t think he quite pulled it off, like maybe Andre Benjamin would have. It just seems like he paired a random blazer, driving cap, and knee- high riding boots with his favorite jeans and white polo (two of his wardrobe staples). Fantastic individual pieces, but when paired my eyes move all other place… whoever dressed him probably thought the light blue piping on the khaki blazer would match the jeans and that the olive corduroy suede cap would match the sides of his riding boots… but I think a darker denim, and better jacket would have saved this ensemble… with all that said, he still looks quite dashing. And the boot go hard. What do you think?
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