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S/S Men’s Style Essential: Espadrilles

men's street style espadrilles

Our next featured style essential? Men's espadrilles… the perfect summer kick-around shoe, along with your canvas lace-ups of course.

And this year designers and brands have really expanded their espadrille offerings, they're not just offering the basic slip-on anymore… we've got high-top espadrilles, lace-up espadrilles, suede espadrilles, even leather espadrilles.Check it all out below:

 
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Check out the complete Spring Summer Men's Style Guide, here.

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Andre’ Benjamin’s Essentials of Cool

Anyone who knows me, know's that: 1. I'm from the A-town 2. I'm All about Fashion and 3. That I think Andre 3 stacks is one of the most talented guys in the world… hands down. I was browsing the net and found this supercool list of Andre 3000's 10 Essentials, check it…
 


1. Bejamin Bixby Oxford Button-Collar Shirt
Andre says, "I dress it up, I dress it down. I can rock it with damn near anything"

Cindy says, "The best things about button-collar shirts are the versatility, every urban gent should own a few… actually, more than a few (Ralph Lauren has great ones too)"

Product Details: Price $225 at barneys.com


2. Native-American Beaded Necklace
Andre says, "I wear it almost everyday — even when nobody else can see it, it's under there somewhere."

Cindy says, " Everybody has that one thing that they always wear for whatever reason, Andre's is a native-american necklace, one of my best friend's is his braided leather bracelet… whatever it is, it should be appropriate and tasteful and you should hide it, like Andre does, when it doesn't match."

3. Wes Montgomery
Andre says, "With Jazz I get a pure mood music for my own thoughts instead of being bombarded with another person's lyrics. I can think alot clearer. It's the next best thing to silence."

Cindy says, "I completely agree with Dre, I use jazz to relax and just be free. When you're stresses and trying to chill go to pandora.com and listen to John Coltrane radio."

4. Converse Chuck Taylors
Andre says, "Black, navy, or natural will always work. For me,, they bring any look down to earth."

Cindy says, " Ditto- Converse were on the Essentials of Cool List I made a few weeks back"

Product Detail: Price $44.99 at converse.com

5. Slingbox
Andre says, "It's a lifesaver when I'm out of the country during football season. I get to watch whatever game is on my television at home. College or pro, I'm always down to watch some pigskin."

Cindy says, "I've heard of the slingbox, but have never looked it up to find information on it, but now that I have it seems like the perfect gift for someone who travels alot"

Product detail: Price $179 at slingmedia.com

6. Italian Style
Andre says, "Anywhere I can jump of a plane and spot a gent in the summertime looking cool as the winter is a place for me."

Cindy says, "Ummmm, duuuh, Italian style is always great, I love seeing pictures of Italian street style- it's flawless"


7. Blackberry 8700
Andre says, "Sad, but my crackberry cell phone has become my linus blanket. I never put it down. Brain tumor, here we come."

Cindy says, "Back during high school and early college I was all about the Treos, but now that I have a blackberry it just doesn't seem possible to go any other way- the email system is the BEST hands down, but the iPhone is giving Blackeberry's some stiff competition."

Product Detail: Price $100 at t-mobile.com

8. Atlanta
Andre says, "Not one place in particular, because if I gave it away, it wouldn't be the go-to-spot anymore, now would it? No matter where I may roam, I love coming home to reboot."

Cindy says, "It's aaaallll about Atlanta enough said. lol"

9. Benjamin Bixby Braces
Andre says, "Either navy-and-white-striped or firehouse-red. I feel safe and comfy in them."

Cindy says, "I love braces on men, but you have to wear them right… I'll do an article on them pretty soon. Nordstrom has some of the best braces"

Product Detail: Price $135 at barneys.com

10. Hank Aaron-Era Atlanta Braves Cap
Andre says, "I've worn and washed it so much that it fits my head perfectly. It reminds me of days in the ballpark with my baseball fanatic cousin."

Cindy says, "This hat is a must, I even have it and I'm a girl. Whether you're from Atlanta or not, this hat is something that's signature classically Andre' and it doesn't hurt to have it in your closet.

Product Detail: Price S22.99 at shop.mlb.com

 

Check Out This SuperFlyy Video w/ some of the most notable Urban Gentleman:

You can buy Benjmain Bixby clothes later this Fall at barneys.com

Let’s Peruse the Essentials of Cool

When Lupe said “Let’s peruse the essentials of cool” it was relevant, very relevant. Because there are certain items that every cool guy needs. This potential list could go on and on to the point that I could write a song about them like Lupe the Fiasco, but the essentials mean the bare minimums- so the list shouldn’t be too long. For each type of guy the essentials are different. For example, the urban prep guy’s necessities are going to be different from the punk rockers while one must atleast have a bow-tie the other must atleast have a studded belt… Going through everyone’s essential would take all day so I’m just gonna narrow them down…


First: The Basic List of Essentials…

1. Aviator shades.
They’re an instant swagger booster.

2. One pair of designer jeans.

I’m not one to encourage people to buy the most expensive clothes, but one pair of designer jeans is a must- they just fit and feel different-you feel completely different in them. I suggest a pair of Sevens or True Religion jeans- you can buy them for as little as $60 at Nordstrom Rack stores.

3. Blazer.
Navy, blue, or black and it should have a good fit.

4. A pair of Jordans or your favorite popular sneaker.
My motto is: everybody needs atleast one pair of J’s in their lifetime. But you can rock your favs as long as they’re sickening!

5. Fitted hat that reps your city.
I personally encourage an A’s fitted.

6.Fresh white sneakers.
You must have a fresh pair of white kicks, they instantly brighten up any outfit.

7. A trendy item.
At the moment that would be something like an arab scarf or a vest.

Now: The Specific List of
The Essentials of Cool


(Get all the Essentials here)

1. A Navy Blazer

Navy blazers are perfect, they’re preppy yet grown and sexy. Plus navy blazers often match with outfits the best because you can easily dress it up or down- preppy, urban, or professional.

2. Calvin Klein v-neck tshirt
They feel and fit great. It’s a great t-shirt that you could wear under neath a navy blazer or by itself. Great for a night in the club or afternoon in the park with your boo:-)

3. Red Converse

They’re classic- plain and simple. But they have an edge because they’re red. They’re like the equivalent to red pumps for women… you know how women will wear an all black outfit or all blue dress then just throw on some red pumps? its the same thing.White or black chucks are equally as classic, but they just don’t pop like the red.

4. Mirror Aviators

It’s just a standard, all the men with swagger rock em from Usher to Diddy to Nascar drivers and famous athletes- you just gotta have a pair.

5. Bold-colored Lacoste Polo
Lacoste is the original polo shirt, it Always looks good and fits great… that little green alligator just makes you look better. A bright color is modern, edgy, and shows confidence.

6. Generic Gold Watch or Plastic Casio Watch
They’re a must have accessory for every stylish guy.


7. Black Framed Glasses
You don’ have to need glasses to wear them . Black framed glasses are just really cool and they can make you look completely different in a good way.

8. Gray or Brown New Era Fitted Hat
Gray and brown are the “other neutrals” they match good with any color and they look edgier than white or black.

9. White High-Top Pumas
One thing my brothers taught me is that you can never go wrong with high-top white pumas, they just naturally look fly. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with any color high-top Puma.

10. Something signature Kanye, Lupe, or Pharrell
They’re at the top of the style charts, so it’s always cool to have something they rock on a regular like a coin wallet with a chain.

11. Baby Milo Shirt
I don’t think your whole wardrobe should be A Bathing Ape, but one Baby Milo shirt is needed for a little street cred.

12. Creative Recreation
They’re original, unique, and have the sickest color combination. Creative Reaction Shoes make you look instantaneously edgy.

13. Your Signature Cologne
Everyone has a scent and it’s important that yours smells good.

14. Most Importantly- Something That’s Signature You

It’s vital to have something that is your own style, something that you thought of, something in your wardrobe that’s 100% undoubtedly you. It could be a certain brand shoe that you always buy or it could be a certain belt that you always wear. Maybe it’s a green leather jacket that you rock atleast once a week, whatever it is it’s cool, cuz it’s you.

What are your essentials of cool?


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