How Romantic: Velvet Bow-ties.

From John Legend to Scott Whitman to Jay-Z. It seems like velvet or velour bow-ties are the way to go. There’s only so much you can do with a tux, so it’s nice when gentleman find ways to make their tuxedo special. If you have any black tie events coming up, you should try wearing a velvet bow-tie.

John Legend at the unveiling of Tyler Perry’s
new multimillion-dollar TV and film studio.
(Atlanta, October 2008)

Sarah Jessica Parker, Scott Whitman, and Valentino Garavani.
Scott is in the velour bow-tie.
(New York City Ballet Opening Night- November 08)

Rihanna and Jay-Z
2008 Spirit of Life Awards Dinner

where to buy: Thomas Pink in London, Alexander Olch in New York, or ebay.com.

Button It Up

No more leaving one or two buttons undone. It is officially cool to wear your button-ups buttoned up.

For the past few months Kanye West has been seen only with his shirts buttoned to the top, so have a few other entertainers and style icons.

Now-a-days

Back in the day
So will you be buttoning it up?
(not just when you’re wearing a tie)

Trend Report: 11/26/08

This is your official public service announcement of the latest trends. Now if you’re a regular here at The Urban Gentleman then you probably already know a few.

As of Wednesday November 26, 2008:

1. Boots are to be worn over your pants. I know it used to be a common sight only among the woman-folk, but now men do it with so much swagger and like I love to say “it goes so hard”.

2. Gold shoes are what’s haute. And not just gold-ish shoes, but outright GOLD shoes are slowly making there way from the underground fashion circuits to runways- oh, and they should preferably be lace-ups. Every once in awhile when I head to Parson’s or as I’m walking through the East Village I’ll see a twinkle on the ground and I’ll spot a pair of gold shoes. Or when I’m headed back to the work in the fashion district I’ll see a very beat guy or gal rockin’ a pair.

3. Yes wayfarer shades are still in and they’ll be around for awhile. You’ll see them in a variety of colors, sheens, and designs…. but no matter how much designers dress them up they will still essentially be wayfarers.

4. If you thought thick framed glasses was as nerdy as it was going to get- you were wrong. Thanks to designers like Thom Brown- high watered pants are so acceptable. You can love it or hate it, but if you live in a hauteTrot place like New York, Paris, or London then you will be seeing this in full effect.

5. The arab scarf has been unofficially replaced by plaid scarves.
(well not so much replaced, but plaid scarves are the shyt these days)

Color Me Plaid


One of my good friends, rocks his plaid shirt the "East Village way"
 
For some reason, I've always had a thing for plaid. And when I found out that my Jamaican grandfather was half Scottish… it all made sense. Plaid is haute and it is the pattern of choice for this fall and winter season. Some of you may be thinking "Hey, I'm not trying to look like a westcoast thug", but trust me, as long as it's not buttoned up to the top and you aren't wearing a blue or red bandanna then I'm sure you'll be okay (just don't start crypt walking down the streets, lol)… So it's time to grow out your beards, put on some boots, and go buy a plaid shirt, cuz they're rockin' sockin'.

Check out our selection of plaid shirts here.
 
Façonnable Jeans Plaid Poplin Sport Shirt, $145, nordstrom.com
Burberry Slim Fit Woven Check Shirt, $195, nordstrom.com

 

Penguin by Munsingwear Plaid Shirt, $36.99 ebay.com
7diamond wovemn plaid shirt, $29.00, ebay.com

 

GAP Fitted plaid shirt, $39.50, gap.com
AE Buffalo Check Shirt, $29.95, ae.com

Paul Frank Plaid Flannel, $68
Insight Blunt Time Checked Shirt, $60

Stapleford Buffalo Work Shirt, $29.99,
Shades of Greige Western Woven, $89.99, urbanoutfiters

 

Eagle Western Shirt, $29.95, ae.com
Jonathan Plaid Shirt , $23.90, heritage1981.com

HOW TO ROCK A PLAID SHIRT

Okay, let's pretend it's 7 days later and you've gone to the store and bought a plaid shirt or two, now you're like "okay, what do I do next, how do I wear this"…

Option #1: "The East Village Way": white v-neck tee underneath, skinny jeans or jeans that fit, worn down chucks, skippers, or neutral colored boat shoes, and the shirt should be worn open or buttoned over the tee, oh and don't forget to roll up the sleeves. Optional accessories include a hat (the kind your grandpa wears, lol) and wayfarer shades.

Option #2: "The Benjamin Bixby Way": v-neck sweater, khaki or neutral colored cords (aka corduroy pants), loafers or new pair of neutral colored Converse (the beige ones), and the shirt should be worn underneath the sweater tucked in or out depending on your mood. Optional accessories include a hat, striped scarf, and braided leather bracelet.

Option #3: "The Too Cool For School Way": bright colored jeans (any color jeans that fit really), fitted hat, badAzz sneakers- like pair of Creative Recreation. Optional accessories include glasses- yes, the nerdy kind.
 

Inspire Me: Street Fashion… sockless

Hey guys, sorry for the long break in posts… but Parsons School of Design is a beast! and it’s consuming my life these days, but I am determined to get back to my daily schedule of posting…

Any who. I was rummaging through the net and found some really haute pics that inspire me in their own way, and I was going to just keep them for my personal delight- then I decided they would be great for the blog.
I heart saddle oxfords.
I know y’all are probably thinking…
Cindy this is some dorky ish.
But I love this because it’s so Benjamin Bixby.

Trends this look embodies:
the manbag/murse
the simple man/classic look
no socks

I am really feeling this casual look because
its so effortlessly stylish.

Trends this look embodies:
pants roll
vans shoes or skippers
manbag/murse

If you look at him starting from the head down to
the waist you would know in your heart that he’s
wearing some nice tailored trousers, but nope.
This gentleman is confidently rocking denim
jeans complete with slashes.

Trends this look embodies:
pants roll
manbag/murse

As you can see sockless is the way to go… yes, it’s getting cold but its not ice cold yet. Cuffs and rolling up your jeans is very chic and very in, so for these next couple of warms weeks be sure to cuff up your pants and rock your skippers with no socks. When winter comes invest in some really classic, unique socks in a variety of colors.


rugby socks, $8, urbanoutfitters.com
saddle oxfords, $129, orvis.com

2008-2009 Men’s Fall/Winter Fashion Trends Guide

It’s finally here, the breakdown of the 2008 Fall Fashion Trends that will help guide you while you’re out shopping. Like I’ve said before men’s styles change at a very slow rate- which is great because you don’t have to worry about buying a slew of new threads to be stylish and trendy.
2008 Men’s Fall Fashion Trends

The Blue-Collar Worker

This trend is all about suspenders, workboots, jeans, and heavy coats. Original inspiration for this look comes from carpenters, coal-miners, steel workers, and other stereotypically manly careers.
Urban Gent Comments: I really like this look for everybody- all shapes, sizes, and ages. The “worker” look is very smart if put together correctly, but it can also be really sloppy since it mimics the garments of the “everyday construction worker”- so approach this trend with caution, lol… get it:-)

To Get The Look: braces (suspenders), boots, jeans, flat front khakis, flannel jackets, khaki blazers, vests, corduroy pants, and clothing that reminds you of “the working man” throughout the early 1900′s.

Designers for the Look: D&G, Adam Kimmel, Z Zegna, Club Monaco/J.Crew

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College Cool*

It’s all about keeping it basic on a seemingly college level. T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers are the name of the college game and guys like Pharrell inspire this look. With “College Cool”, your style blends and you often time wear outfits that look the same or are the same back to back- just like Mr.Willams.

Urban Gent Comments: Very doable, very cool. This style is better for someone who exudes confidence… because not everybody can pull off seemingly wearing the same thing a few days in row.

To Get The Look: very slightly fitted graphic tees, denim jeans, sneakers/trainers, trendy book bag, wayfarer shades, bright colored “saggy skinny” jeans, converse, aviators, vans, fitted hats

Designers for the Look: BBC (Billionaires Boys Club), LRG, Levi’s

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Eastern Inspiration

This trend is an ode to the East w/ a nod to Russia. It focuses on Russian-inspired winter apparel with other eastern styles in the mix. This look is all about over-sized coats, animals furs, and “oriental colors” such as orange and red.

Urban Gent Comments: I suggest only buying a few items that fit this trend because it’s not for everyone. Maybe a jacket and a scarf…

To Get The Look: jackets w/ fur collars, heavy sweaters, bright colored scarves, vest, fall colored suede pants, and any type clothing that makes you think “Russian Empire”

Designers for the Look: Ermenegildo Zegna,Gucci, D-squared

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Geometric Retro Nerd*

These days styles and trends seem to make marriages more and more- and two trends that have seemingly gotten hitched in Vegas are “the Nerd” and “the 80′s”, and I must say- they’ve made some superCool babies. This look is at the center of hip-hop, pop, and rock meaning that it’s at the center of the world. It’s all about bright clothing with clean edges worn in a preppy way.

Urban Gent Comments: This is the trend to follow if you want to be undeniably stylish. Just be careful to not overdo it because it’s easy to clash when rockin’ the Geometric Retro Nerd look.

To Get The Look: dark denim, bright colored shirts, colored fitted jeans, v-neck shirts, gold jewelry, pumas, jordans, thrift store finds, blazers, sandel-oxfords, vest, fanny pack/book bag

Designers for the look: American Apparel, Gap, LRG, Creative Reaction

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Classically Simple

This look builds upon the preppy look that has swept our nation by storm. But instead of being so stereotypically preppy this new trend focuses on the idea that “less is more”. The 1950′s is the era the emulates this look with perfection.

Urban Gent Comments: This is one of my favorite fall fashion trends. If you follow it you will certainly be the cleanest lad on the block. The trend is also great because the clothing is classic and will never go out of style.

To Get The Look: trousers, blue & white collar shirts (w/ collar stays), heather-grey coloured clothing, lace-up dress shoes, pea coats, trench-coats, eye-glasses, tie-clips, neutral colored ties (regular, skinny, and bow-ties), and anything that looks like it would be worn on the set of Happy Days or The Great Debaters.

Designers for the look: Ralph Lauren, Junya Watanabe, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, DKNY

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Jacket Fanatic*

Once upon a time a jacket was just a jacket, but nowadays jackets have set a whole new trend. This year stars such as Kanye West, Christ Brown, and Lupe Fiasco have made it clear that in order to be fly you gotta rock a badAss jacket. To view this trend up close just go to one of their concerts:-) These jackets, which are often custom designs, are usually similar to marching band, military, or varsity jackets. The color preference for these custom creations is bright-colored and the jacket should be made with materials other than cotton like patent-leather, suede, velour, etc…

Urban Gent Comments: This is probably one of the most pricey trends, and the average person would break their back trying to furnish their wardrobe to fit this look. So 3 really hot jackets in your wardrobe would be just fine.

To Get The Look: jackets, all kinds of jackets, the more unique the better, slight v-neck shirts, fitted jeans, limited edition sneakers/trainers.

Designers for the look: Gucci, D&G, Dr.Romanelli

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Best Designer for this seasons Trends: Dsquared

Designers Dean and Dan do the best job of combining all of
the seasons trends from the “Russian Look” to
“The Jacket Fanatic” to “The Blue Collar Worker”.

Best Star to watch for this seasons Trends: Chris Brown


He’s young, fresh, and cool. Hip-hop singer Chris Brown does the best job of displaying this season’s trends when on and off the red-carpet.

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Must-Have Accessories for the Season:

1. Arab Scarf- yes, it’s still in.
2. Glasses- you MUST have the ability to look intellectual at a moment’s notice.
3. Boldly Colored Fitted Jeans- Lil’Weezy, Chris Brown, Kanye West- they ALL rock em
4. Unique Jacket- it makes getting ready so easy- jeans, t-shirt, and a superTight jacket.
5. Gold Jewelry- if you still haven’t gotten a gold watch or gold chain you need to cop one.
(side note: Gaudy gold is slightly played, so your gold jewelry shouldn’t look costume)


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