Archive for August, 2010

Extra Credit

Local Urban Gentleman Josh Savage, gives us a little something more for the schoolyard wardrobe.

 


Your seasonal staple fitted.
It doesn't hurt to have one favorite fitted hat each season. And for the guys who don't wear fitted hats– you may not have any in your closet now, but there will probably be atleast one weekend, or rainy afternoon, where you wish you had a nice fitted to just switch it up a little bit. Check out Fitted Hats.

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Cardigans.
One can never have too many cardigans, so it's okay to slightly stock up. They take you from Fall to Spring without a hitch, while making cameos during the Summer season.

T.U.G Idea: When buying a "varsity" type sweater, get one that doesn't boldly sport the designer's logo so that you can customize and authenticate it. Go to your campus bookstore and purchase a custom embroidered patch of your university's emblem. Then iron and sew it onto the sweater. Some of you are probably like, "what, sew!", lol. Well, if you don't want to sew it yourself then most dry cleaners (with tailoring services) will sew in on for a few bucks.

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The Schoolyard Wardrobe, Part III

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The Schoolyard Wardrobe, is our mini-guide for back-to-schoolers or back-to-workers (with "dress how you want" jobs). We started with a few tips and trends, gave you some sales, deals, and shoes, now we're wrapping it up with an informal look book of sorts. Basically a pre-fall run-down of what will be cool all-year long (dontcha feel lucky?). Cindy (Miss Urban Gentleman) and I casually put together a few looks to help you gents with your schoolyard wardrobe. Most are easy-to-get (simple) transitional looks that can take you from summer to fall.

 

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8am class? Wake up and toss it on:
striped oxford shirt, seersucker shorts (rolled up), and
leather tassel moccasins (loafers)

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short-sleeves button-down, linen trousers,
brown woven-detailed tassel loafers, vintage jean jacket.

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Lets take a little time-out from all the designer logo "varsitywear"; take a trip to the campus bookstore, buy a shirt and/or cardigan, and properly represent your college or university.

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college tee, navy double-pleated corduroys, vans authentic

(there's a pair of navy cords on sale at macys for 29.99)
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In hand: The Filthy Rich Handbook

plaid button-down, paisley suspenders, white pants, loafers

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When it comes to wearing a shirt in the spring, summer, and parts of fall, a basic schoolyard rule: "Button it down. Roll it up". Rolling up the sleeves gives you a more casual look.

vintage jean jacket, lightweight tweed trousers, canvas lace-ups
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gingham button-up, gray jeans, army fatigue jacket, converse all-stars

While I usually let my back-pocket do all the fatiguing, I decided to amp it up and make my hint much more noticeable. (check part I for more camouflage/army fatigue options)

 

Subtle changes can be made to all of the above looks and the overall look will still be just as fly. For example: black or dark blue jeans instead of the gray; Navy trousers instead of the linen ones; etc. Be sure to go back and review Parts I and II to properly implement the schoolyard wardrobe.

The Schoolyard Wardrobe: Part I

The Schoolyard Wardrobe: Part III

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The School Yard Wardrobe

Certain "things" are going a little slower than planned, so though we wanted to wait on posting the "back to school" article, we're going to go ahead and post it now because of high demand.

 

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The School Yard Wardrobe

 

It's back to school for everyone from grade school to graduate school. So we've prepared The Schoolyard Wardrobe for all the Urban Gentlemen that are about to hit the books (and make straight A's.). We'll be combining basic essentials with trends to prepare you for the new school year.

Like we do in school, let's outline the article:

I: Summary
A: Checklist- the contents of an urban gentleman's wardrobe
B: Trends- the latest men fashion trends

II: Clothing, Shoes, Accessories (separate post)
A: Sales and Deals- the best deals from around the internet for men's clothing

III: Example Photos (separate post)
A: Urban Gentleman Kanayo King gives us examples of looks for The School Yard wardrobe

 

The Checklist

 

We'll take this from our Wardrobe Guide. If you haven't already been through it, then take a few minutes to atleast skim it (it's from last year, so it's slightly dated, but should give a general gist on what you need). We have to assume you have the basics, and are simply replacing a few items or adding a lil' girth to the urban gent wardrobe you already have.

The Trends

There will be a full-on trends article later, but for now we'll play with what we know.

The Urban Gentleman has made "a hint of fatigue" very official, ever since we featured it I've seen an increase all around town– whether it's a fatigue bandanna in the back pocket , fatigue shoe-strings, or jacket.

Plaid is just going to be in until we're all just done with it. But I mean, how many more patterns are there– gingham, paisley, stripes… the point is– adding a little more plaid won't hurt you.

Monochromatic hues are still a favorite, and we're going to properly explore that over the next year. There's not alot of it on the streets because most people don't quite know how to do it, so we'll re-tackle that at some point over the next few months.

Not-so-skinny jeans are being happily received by those who thought jeans would just keep getting tighter– nah, we had to nip that in the bud. "Skinny" (or more like slim-fit) is still a yes, but skinny-as-hell is a no (basically bulge should not be seen, lol).

Boots all year round in different types and materials.
Jean jackets and jean on jean.
Era themed– whether it's 50s, 60s, 80s, or 90s.

And you guys can peruse through last year's fall/winter trends and this years spring/summer trends for the rest…

And while looking at these trends remember our motto, "We Collect Fashion, We Create Style". Think about how you can integrate these trends into your own personal style; adapt the trends to your style, don't let the trends change your style.

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Next up, we'll have a list of sales and deals from around the internet to purchase clothing, shoes, accessories. For now, you can look through last year's Back to School Wardrobe List.

 

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The Schoolyard Wardrobe Part II: Sales and Deals, and Shoes

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Our latest round-up of men's sales and deals from around the web, intermingled with items (just shoes for now) that would merge nicely in an Urban Gent's schoolyard wardrobe and that are worth getting.

Men's Fashion Promotional Codes and Sales

Dr. Jays: Take an Extra 25% off Jeans with promo code 1ZCYTU
(Aug 20th-Aug23rd)

Big Sale, up to 75% off.

Express: $30 off $75 or $15 off $30(ends August 22nd).

Famous Footwear: Save additional 20% site wide with promo code LOCKER
Buy One Get One Half Off Sale (ends Sept 18th)

Jos.A.Bank: 60-70% Off Sales Event! Plus All Orders $175+ Ship Free.
( Ends August 22nd)

Journeys: Get 10% off Orders Over $100, Free Shipping $75 or more use code SCHOOLSHIP

Finish Line: $15 off $90- Use code SCHOOLSHOES at checkout

$10 off $60 use code SUMMERFUN (ends Aug 31st)

Puma: Free Backpack with Full Priced Footwear Purchase (ends Sept 6th)

Macys: $10-$50 off automatically (depending on what you spend)

Free Shipping Offers:

7 for All Mankind: Free Shipping on orders over $150

Fossil: Free Shipping on Orders of $100

Puma: FREE Standard Shipping on Orders over $50 with code SHIPFREE810
(ends Sept 2nd)

Shoes.com: Save 15% at Shoes.com plus Free Shipping with promo code BTSSHOES10
(ends Sept 30th)

Hlaska.com: Free Shipping Always

Macys: Free Shipping with $75 purchase with promo code UTILITY

Shopping: Last year it was all about "if i had to shop for you online today, this is what i'd buy", this time it's more like, "this stuff is pretty darn fly, and if you can add it to your wardrobe please do."

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Converse: Men's shoes.
All-Star Slim Garment Dye, were $70 on sale for $49.99. These are pretty sweet. I can see them teamed up with a pair of slim fit jeans (for some reason G-stars come to mind), a well fitting button-up– buttoned all the way up (sleeves rolled), and classic shades.

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Toms: Brown Waxed Twill Men's Cordones, $69. For me it's like this: if I can look amazing and help out the less fortunate at the same time– why the hell not, lol. The purpose of these Toms are just to add a little spice to the wardrobe, like when you're headed to the college football games, instead of wearing sneakers or deck shoes– you throw these on. Or if you're going out on a Saturday night, maybe choose these instead of the brown loafers you would typically wear.

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Puma Tekkies. Here's a great buy, these shoes are on sale for $27. You can sport them through the rest of the summer, part of the fall, then bring them back out next spring. And let's face it, its tough finding men's shoes under $30, sooo, yeaa sizes are scarce but they have these in off-white/khaki, red, brown, and navy… I'm partial to the off-white/khaki.

 

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Red Wing Wabasha Chukka, $220. Sometimes you have to take a chance on a pair of shoes that you can go either way with. You know the kind of shoes that you look at, then squint your eyes a little, and you make that little noise "aaaeennn…" or maybe it's a high-pitched "hmmmm" (lol, I don't know how to "write" the noise), basically you think, "these shoes are sorta subtly badass, but they're also a little risky." These are those type of shoes to me– these will either go fantastically right or they'll be aiight, depending on who wears them. For me these are a clean combination of a 6 inch traditional wheat colored timb boot -and- your average pair of chukkas, with small moccasin undertones and a hint of deck/boat.

 

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Marc Jacobs College Ankle Boot, $568. I don't know why, but these really do it for me. They're like a relaxed elegant military boot. I usually wouldn't go this shiny, but theses work. Hmmm…. oh, okay, I know what it is, these are like a "calmer" version of Dr.Martens. Either way, I like them, these would make for a great 2nd or 3rd winter boot.

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Adidas Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto Neo Tech, $364. I see these shoes and I think, "Just stunt on 'em". Seriously though, sometimes you just have to go hard or go home and these shoes bring it. Yeah, it's alot going on in some sense, but they're black and they'll look good winter after winter, summer after summer, atleast for the next 3 years (especially since trends are just leading right back into the 90s… I'm waiting for LA Gears to return on the scene, lol…).

I can't send y'all back to school without a fresh pair of white kicks (remember when you haaaaad to get a fresh pair of white shoes before every school year? I do. Some years I opted for Adidas, others Fila's, as I got older Hi-Top Pumas made the top of the list, but I particularly remember choosing K-swiss a couple of times when I had to wear uniforms to school. So since everyone around here is prepped out anyway, I think a classic pair of K-swiss would be a good move for someone looking for a simple pair of white shoes. They'll look good with navy, khaki, plaid, stripes, etc. (Don't forget to use the 15% off discount code BTSSHOES10). If, the k-swiss aren't for you, then you can choose one of the many pair of white shoes above (so maybe common projects, creative recs, supras, nikes, just take your pick).

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Nike Air Max 1 Omega Pack, $148.06. Traditional Nike trainers is how I see these. For some these will be a comfortable weekly school shoe for others a fresh weekend shoe, either way they're a safe bet (and they're limited edition).
More items will be featured in Part III

Click HERE for The Schoolyard Wardrobe Part I

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Back to Campus Vintage Ads

A brief interlude in The SchoolYard Wardrobe, to give you guys some vintage Back to School ads…

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The headlines of the ad reads: "Authentic University Fashions Color-Blended in the Incomparable McGregor Way!" Cary of Frat Row. "Fraternizes" with color-packed sportswear! Greg. The Bachelor of Arts. Staying a bachelor is an art… in his McGregor sportswear! Triple-Threat Ted. Runs, passes, and kicks– but never kicks about this sportswear… it's McGregor!" Harmony Harold. Majors is music– and tunes up in McGregor's rich colorful tones! Cal. The King of Campus. He's a member of the Knowbility". Knows psychology, biology– and sportswear." CONTINUE READING MORE >>>

Update #1

Just so everyone knows… there’s very good reason for why there’s a lack of postings. So keep checking back, browse the archives (spring summer guide, haircut gallery, urban gent success, etc), go ahead and follow us on twitter– yes, we’re finally going to be tweeting, fan us on facebook, and ummm, yea, well we’ll keep everyone updated!
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