I came across this video last night and had to post. Donovan Livingson is a Harvard Graduate who recently gave an amazing speech at graduation, listen below, it's less than 5 minutes. View the entire transcript of the speech below after our 3 Urban Gentleman Career Looks:
Some of you are headed off to Wall Street for the 1st or 2nd time. Some of you will be educators, others may be creatives expressing themselves, while some may simply be corporate America soldiers– hustling and doing your thing until your purpose and vision become crystal clear. Whatever the job or career, look good doing it! People will take you more seriously, many will admire your style, and most importantly you'll feel good.
I chose 9 items below that can become a staple in various careers– whether it's a classic navy suit for the business man, perfectly ripped denim jeans for the creative, or chinos for the well-dressed teacher. Take your pick!
This is for your Class of 2016.
Congratulations – The Urban Gentleman is proud of you!
Summer Elegance. Sometimes, or maybe alot of the times, you need more than ripped jeans and a t-shirt for your casual menswear. In the same sentiment of The New Summer Classics, try one or both of these looks to satisfy your more elegant side.
How to Ensure Your Wardrobe is Summer Elegant?
– A neutral palette that compliments your skin tone. Darker skin tones = beige, khaki, white / Paler skin tones = brown, burgundy, olive
– Fit. Not too big, not too small… just right.
– Material. While there are exceptions to the rule stay away from sporty workout materials.
AllSaints button-up, AllSaints shorts, AllSaints sweater, Topman tassel loafers, Vintage accessories
A tucked in button up is always preferred, but in summer months you get to forgo "the rules"… keep it loose and untucked for a more airy comfortable feeling.
Sidenote: I would like to commend AllSaints for the thoughtfulness of their button-up design above. These days we button it up— all the way, it's very stylish, but it can be a little tight on the neck. Their button-up features a hook top button that is hidden under the collar. This gives a cleaner crisper look and allows the neck a little breathing room. #TUGCrew says thanks.
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(scroll right, press the arrow, to get the look from above and below)
AllSaints Knit Sweater, Sol Angeles Shorts, Cole Haan Espadrilles, Vintage Accessories
Summer Elegant accessories includes items such as hats, beads, and anything that will add to your outfit without overpowering it.
Come back tomorrow, for Look 3. – #TUGCrew
Join us over the next couple months in our Summer Series: Teasers. The series will include the latest and the greatest in men's fashion, style, and grooming. If you don't already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and as we finally build up our Instagram.
Let's start this 3 part Men's Fashion Look Book with the mandatory summer basics. These are some core summer wardrobe staples that will keep you, well, swaggy at all times.
The 90s: Dwayne Wayne and em’. As far as the 90s trend— we’ve moved from The Fresh Prince to A Different World. You and your crew should give a subtle Hillman College aura when hanging about. But it’s 2015, so your Whitley looks more like Tika Sumpter of course ;-). The 90s subtlety comes from your choice of accessories, hairstyle/cut, and mix in of athletic wear and prep.
Men's Summer Fashion
Custom ripped Levis, Topman crew top, Topman huarache loafers, Duluth Pack backpack (above)
Ripped Jeans: Summer jeans might as well keep you cool, right? Rip’ it, cut it, breeaaathe. Pair them with huarache loafers– my favorite urban gent summer shoe btw, a lightweight short sleeve summer knit, the classic 90s herringbone, digital gold watch, and circle frames.
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Swimwear as Streetwear. You never know when a day party will turn into a pool party, so just be ready. Bright pool-adaptable shorts paired with a net / mesh shirt and chains worn underneath to give an inconspicuous shine at the right angles. Keep the top boxy, but proportionate to ensure a masculine look. Simple classic kicks, we chose suede navy Nikes, you might choose burgundy New Balances– wearer's choice.
Men's Summer clothing is all about keeping cool and staying ready.
Topman net shirt, Topman trunks, Nike Air Odyssey, Chrome backpack, Vintage frames and accessories
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Come back tomorrow, for Look 2. – #TUGCrew
We've recently teamed up with authentic Italian denim brand Meltin' Pot for a closer look into their Fall/Winter denim collection. We had the opportunity to create 4 looks for Meltin' Pot, check them out below:
"The 90s Kid": I created an updated 90s look on Ben, by using the Meltin Pot Misfits which are truly skinny jeans, the jeans are paired with a Meltin' Pot shirt/jacket and topped off with a vintage buffalo plaid coat. To properly accessorize I opted for a classic Atlanta Hawks snapback, gold watch, and a 90s kid closet staple– LA Gears.
"Urban Cowboy": Simple and southern, I paired a Meltin Pot denim shirt with the perfect dark denim Meltin Pot braces/suspenders jeans. To accent the double denim I added a pair of limited edition cowboy braces and tan rugged boots. This look stands alone well, but to push it a bit further I accessorized the look with a simple native print scarf and a gold pin. (cowboy hat optional, lol).
(Also featured: Limited Edition Trafalgar braces (use code RODEO: to get 10% off), and UGG Fallbrook boots)
"City Hermit": This look really ties into our urbane wanderer trend quite well. As if he's living in the desert, the city hermit wears a muted color palette to blend in with his environment– streets and buildings instead of sand dunes and stone plateaus. For this look I introduce my own spin on ombre, by creating color blocked ombre (see more details under Fall/Winter Tips). I start from the bottom with beige desert boots and I build up the color with beige and khaki socks, khaki slim fit Meltin' Pot chinos, and of course a double dose of brown-olive with the Meltin Pot callum shirt, and light-weight coat. I added a few optional hard-hitting accessories with the watch, camouflage scarf, and a heavy duty Chrome Pawn backpack.
"Untitled": It was hard for me to come up with a name for this look, but basically it focuses on the simple, yet stylish and manly "guy's guy". You know the man who watches sports, and likes style, but doesn't want to overdo it. He refuses to wear "that skinny shit", lol, but he's all about tailored, well-fitting clothing. For this look Ben wears a thermal shirt and vintage game-worn Georgia Tech football jersey underneath a Meltin' Pot's fur collar pilot's coat. And for his denim I chose Meltin' Pot's carrot fit jeans (the worn-in wash on these are fantastic). I keep the manliness going with a thick pair of navy/white knit socks, tall boots, vintage Navy hat, and optional rugby striped scarf.
(Also featured: UGG Carnero Boots)
10 FALL WINTER MEN'S STYLE TIPS
Ankles on Display: That's right fully displayed, but socked up of course. Play around with fully displaying your socks this season. Meaning roll up our pants or push them up above your thick textured boot socks. You'll end up with a clean layering of boots-socks-pants.
Plaid on Plaid: Plaid on Plaid on Plaid (you gotta say it like "stacks on stacks on stacks" though, lol). Plaid, ahh, boring right? Well let's revitalize it a bit. This summer we added army fatigue to it to give a boost, now just get raw with it– add plaid on plaid on plaid. But different pattern plaids, and in those cozy winter textures.
Colorblocked Ombre: Ombre is basically shades of color or different gradients of a color, usually going from light to dark. While women see this trend in their dresses, jackets, etc. men mostly see the ombre trend in accessories and maybe t-shirts. Well, we've put our Urban Gent spin on it, and have created "colorblocked ombre". Start from the top or bottom and gradually increase the intensity of the color you're wearing. We started with cream shoes, khaki and cream socks, khaki/olive trousers, then solid bold olive-brown shirt and jacket.
Braces/Suspenders: 'Tis the season for manning up, basically its getting cold so beards and 'staches are growing out. Complete the look with a pair of braces– that means they should button on, not clamp ;).
Hint of Pattern: Last year it was all about the hint of camouflage, now it's more all inclusive. Add a touch of something extra to your 'fit with a patterned highlight, whether it's camouflage, native prints, or anything else you may like.
Sock Season: Yep, it's sock season, and we're getting giddy like little kids, hehehe. Because these days a man has to have a couple pairs on deck that are pretty much specifically to be seen by those who gaze upon him. Patterns of all shades and sizes and colors are appropriate. (check back in a few weeks we're gonna have something special for you sock fiends).
Preppy Hints: As much as I love classic prep gear, it's getting a bit hackneyed, right?! Yea, it is, so let's slow it down before we hate it and go the complete opposite into grunge-wear or something. To ease up on the prep, let's keep it to the accessories, like scarves.
90s: Add a little 90s to your look whenever you can– snapbacks, simply oversized sneakers, gold accessories, whatever fits the bill.
Simple Accessories: It's fine to overdose here and there, but keep accessories simple. They should compliment not overtake your ensemble… think hat, watch, and patterned socks.
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A little over a month ago, I caught Cool Runnings On Demand. You remember that movie right? With the Jamaican Bobsled Team. I've been meaning to post a clip of one particular scene for the longest, and since it's on my mind, well….
"I see Pride, I see Power, I see a bad ass mutha, who won't take no crap outta nobody".
Who doesn't love this scene? Sometimes, ya gotta give your confidence a re-boost. Sidenote: The navajo/native-print sweater Junior is wearing is kinda dope. Hmmm, I wonder if layered turtlenecks and sweaters will ever be cool again… maybe. Not this year though, even though it might come back sooner than later.