Velvet Slippers on the Streets

Over these past few months I've noticed an increase in men wearing slippers- on the streets. Usually velvet slippers are worn by rich men lounging around in their cigar rooms, and they often wear matching velvet robes and paisley ascots. But these days velvet slippers are being worn sockless with light colored denim jeans and button-ups. It's the winter so many of you won't be going sockless, but you can wear your velvet slippers with socks that compliment your overall look.


Check out this collection of the best Velvet Slippers:


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Where to buy: most high-end retailers- Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom
Online:   Stubbs & Wooten, Shipton & Heneage

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

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.


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,
Burberry Slim Fit Woven Check Shirt, $195,


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


GAP Fitted plaid shirt, $39.50,
AE Buffalo Check Shirt, $29.95,

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,
Jonathan Plaid Shirt , $23.90,


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

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

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,
saddle oxfords, $129,
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