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Men’s Fall | Winter 2009-2010 Trends & Style Guide

We’ve gotten many many emails inquiring about the Fall/Winter trends post, we’re sorta tardy with it, but hey we have lives– busy ones at that. Nevertheless, without further ado we present to our stylish/intelligent/fly/super-cool readers… The Official Urban Gentleman 2009-2010 Men’s Fall Winter Fashion and Trends.
Conservative Dapper
(above: clothing by designer Calvin Klein)

Being polished, being perfect, being well-groomed– these are the makings of a conservative man. He gets his haircut every week, he gets his shoes shined, he opens the door for a lady, he knows to undo the lower button on his 2-button suit jacket when sitting down, and to just as quickly button it up as he stands. This, is the man that women dream of.

Editors notes: There has been so many colors, so many styles, so many… well, there is just so much going on with men’s fashion these days. You have guys bringing back the eye-catching hairstyles, the cross colors, the bright plaids, and much more. So this, Conservative Dapper, is like a break, a relaxing break from it all. It’s a return to simpler, easier, classic times. This is my favorite trend for the fall and winter.

To get the look: Trench coats, suits, crisp white button downs, tip-clips, white pocket squares, perfectly polished lace-ups.

Hard Studded
(above: clothing by designer William Rast)

Hard times call for drastic measures. Some people are recession proofing their lives literally, while others are taking the figurative route. This means roughing up the wardrobe, showing the world that “you got this”, you’re hard and you know it, you’re tough and a few troubles really don’t phase you.

Editors notes: To me this look is like Pony Boy meets Michael Jackson. You take the main edginess and ruggedness from the guys of the Outsiders and mix it with the jeweled/metallic/shiny/studded MJ from his “Bad era”. The late world icon has inspired alot of us this year and this trend is where his inspiration is placed for the fall and winter.

To get the look: Torn/ripped/worn jeans, leather jackets, studded everything- shirts, shoes, accessories, jackets, white t-shirts.

Assorted Swank
(above: artist Kid Cudi)

The men of the world are pleased with the fashions they have been dealt over the past year or so; therefore many of them have decided to just combine what they have learned. They mix their military jackets with their nerdish glasses, they combine their college cool tees with their Thom Browne inspired pants and oxford shoes. This season many guys are opting to be fashion connoisseurs, their phrase “we collect fashion, we create style”.

Editors notes: I’ve said it once, I’ve said it twice, and I’ll say it again– men are lucky. Why? because their trends change so slowly allowing them to revel in trends for quite some time. And more than ever I have seen stylish guys mixing it up quite nicely- Retro Bandstand mixed with Geometric Retro Nerd mixed with Clodhoppers Delight with a little College Cool on the side. It’s like whatever is necessary to look fly is what guys are doing… daring to be to different by adding their own spins on the hottest trends. To that I say “touche’.”

To get the look: band-jacket, cardigan, loafers, glasses, graphic tees, harem pants, torn jeans.

It’s a Man’s World
(above: actor Brad Pitt)

As Men’s.Style.com stated “enough with the skinny shit”. I think we’re all tired in some way or another of going out and seeing grown men in girl jeans, v-necks so low we can see their belly-buttons. We know there was a call for androgynous looks last year and men wanted to express their feminine side, but some people took it too far and now we have to re-instate manhood.

So that means get inspired by the manliest men you know then get either rugged or classic. Think Ocean’s 13– Rusty, Danny, Rueban, Basher, and the whole crew- all men, all masculine, all stylish, but in their own way. We’re not saying be cookie-cutter models of gq men, but we do want you to “man up”.

Editors Notes: Ahhh (pleasant sigh of relief)” I feel like I just drank a nice tasty soda pop after being parched for an hour… well not literally, but that’s the feeling I get when I think about this trend- it’s just refreshing. Starting from this summer we saw all the men in Hollywood roughing it on the beaches- letting their beards grow in, chest hairs grow out. They were indirectly telling the world- it’s time to be men again, so let’s continue this trend for the fall. (I was going to make this apart of the summer trends and I did touch on it a bit in some posts, but I knew it would be better placed in Fall/Winter.)

To get the look: dark denim, perfectly fitted suits, ties, elegant and serious fedoras (none of that funny colorful ish), wing-tips, boots, blazers.

More 2009-2010 Fall Winter Styles:

Other trends: Band/Military jackets are still at large, v-necks (there’s a boycott against deep v’s though), velvet ( ties, jackets, loafers).

Accessories: tie-clips, brooches/buttons, gold watches, knit ties.

Colors: Grays and dark tones.

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The Dandy: Self-made, Well-dressed, Well-mannered, and Traditional or Flamboyant.

Dandy. When I hear that word a slew of things come to mind, a few of them being: the phrase “well, isn’t that just dandy”, the image of a flamboyantly dressed gentleman somewhere in Europe, the childhood song “Yankee Doodle”, the book “Great Gatsby”, and a few stylish men- one being Fonzworth Bentley.
Though I’ve learned about dandies here and there throughout life, I’ve never just sat down and researched dandies and dandyism myself. So, I decided to, and this is what I found…

(pictured left, the first dandy George Brummel)

According to Webster:

Main Entry: 1dan·dy
Pronunciation: \ˈdan-dē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural dandies
Etymology: probably short for jack-a-dandy, from 1jack + a (of) + dandy (origin unknown)
Date: circa 1780
1 : a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance
2 : something excellent in its class
So basically, a dandy is indeed a well-dressed man. To go further he is, “a man who places, particular importance or physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies.” The history of the dandy is rather interesting, being that he’s often defined in several ways:

1. a self-made person, who rejected bourgeois values, adapting a carefree, indolent lifestyle while emulating aristocracy

2. a person of middle class background, who imitated aristocratic style

-or simply-

3. a refined, elegant man

I find that, historically, most dandies were either very wealthy or middle class. The wealthy ones would dress extravagantly and were either flanuers- men who wanted to quintessentially experience life and observe beauty and art -OR- men who played many games (billiards, hunting, etc), lived at the cafes, dined at the inns, and were seemingly idle. The middle class dandies were often men who were innately stylish, causing them to be fawned over by the aristocrats, and their elegance and style made them extremely influential in their societies.

A famous dandy, Baudelaire, commented that the dandies had “no profession other than elegance…no other status but that of cultivating the idea of beauty in their own persons….The dandy must aspire to be sublime without interruption; he must live and sleep before a mirror.”

So elegance is his job? Hmmm… let’s have a closer look into “dandyism”.
(excerpt from thedandy.org)

“Dandyism was born “officially” in the early 1800′s. At this time there was a lot of change going on politically [the French had recently made their king a bit shorter- by a head], and socially as England was quickly surpassing France as the major cultural influence in Europe and America. What happened in short was this. A young man whose name was George Bryan Brummel, the son of a undersecretary made friends with the Prince Regent, and became one of the most influential, and even powerful men in the nation, not by his birthright, or education, or military prowess, or scholastic accomplishment…but by being well dressed.
George made quite an impression on English society, and caused many powerful people to abandon their gaudy Baroque-ish outfits and adopt Mr. Brummel’s clean, elegant, simple toned manner of dressing. George Brummel’s perfection of style gained him access to the highest of English society: the Dandy was born. The Dandy was a gentleman first, any other title HAD to come second. The fact that he was of noble blood of any rank, whose job had traditionally been to dress well as a sign of social standing, could be an obstacle to being a Dandy if he relied on his title, and not his style. Thus any gentleman through a command of the dress and manners of good society, could gain access to the social influence of the aristocracy. Thus, an aristocrat could only be a Dandy if his pride was his appearance and manners, not this title. Nor could a nobleman of any rank be a Dandy if he dropped in his title in conversation in order to impress, or took more pride in his heritage than his style. If ever he relied on his title, he lost his Dandyhood. This new standard had a dramatic effect on the English landscape, and wasn’t long before heading across the channel to France. We’ll stop with the history, and explain a bit more about the characteristics.
A Dandy pursed elegance, it was his ultimate and unique goal. Everything he did was designed to make his social presentation more elegant, thus great care had to be taken not to appear too extravagant in his dress, and of course never slovenly. A Dandy was also not a man who wares flamboyant clothing. His outfits are designed to please and add elegance and swagger to his presentation; not make him stand out a mile away, so Oscar Wilde was NOT a Dandy- in the strict definition of the term.
Oscar Wilde is not a traditional dandy

This trend of using elegant dress to influence people, while not being a novel one, nevertheless was an important one, because as there were Macaronis, Hell rakes, Fops, and other sorts of fancy figures in the history of Europe and America, they never were able to cross that line into real social power unless they had been born there. The Dandy was the first. This meant that as the 19th Century progressed, it was not a narrow aristocracy of birth that ran society, but a collection of well dressed, well mannered gentlemen who all obeyed the same set of rules, and for whom- any of whom, regardless of birth, to break the rules of etiquette, meant banishment form society. Influence and power was based around being well bred, not of noble birth… [The] Dandy is a man whose pursuit of elegance, in matters of dress, manners, and speech gains him a respect that nothing else can give. “

So flamboyant doesn’t define a dandy at all, not the original dandy anyway. Using one’s style and speech to achieve social status… that’s an everyday thing in this century, though many fail with their pedestrian attempts. But still, this isn’t far-fetched… there are a ton of phrases that emulate this way of thinking, “Dress for the job you want” “Dress for success”. There are many versions of those phrases, and I’d have to agree with them all for the most part. Your appearance is important, they say people make their first impression within three-seven seconds of meeting a person. It sorta sux that people judge so quickly, but that’s life… and three to seven seconds isn’t enough time to carry out an intellectual conversation, but if you look good then you’re off to a nice start. ( this is random, but Will Smith’s movie, Six Degrees of Seperation comes to mind)

Okay, so we’ve covered the definition, history, and modern adaptions of dandy philosophy, now I think it’s appropriate to figure out who the modern day dandies are.

Alright, so I did a well-rounded best-dressed list back in June 2008 that included- Kanye West, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Pharrell Williams, Andre Benjamin, Fonzworth Bentley, Johnny Depp, etc. And I think all of these guys could possibly be dandies, depending on the definition given. But obviously everyone can’t be a dandy… here’s my dandy check-list:

A dandy must:

1. place importance on being well-dressed
2. be well-mannered and elegant in speech and living -OR- be flamboyant in his “acts” of elegance.

I think there are two types of dandies: the traditional dandy and flamboyant dandy or maybe I should say the intrinsic dandy and the extrinsic dandy. I find that many people these days are moreso extrinsically dandy than intrinsically dandy, either one is okay, but I have a preference for those who are intrinsically dandy.

Fonzworth Bentley is indeed a dandy

Okay, so if I had to categorize the gents of today, then who would be what… well from the best-dressed list two guys instantly stand out- Kanye and Fonzworth. These are the main two guys from the list that I feel places great importance on being very well-dressed, and from those two I’d have to say Fonzworth Bentley is the intrinsic dandy, while Kanye West is an extrinsic dandy. Mr.Bentley doesn’t over do it, he doesn’t wear “loud clothing” or proclaims himself best-dressed, atleast I don’t think he does. And he, much like George Brummel and other traditional dandies, wasn’t born into an elite family, but rather found favor with the wealthy elite because of his style and mannerisms. Bentley was a maître d at a New York restaurant and was “discovered” by Diddy… the rest of the story you know. Mr. West on the other hand, though I love his style, he can often go overboard and places Too much emphasis on designer labels, when that is Not what style is about. The perfect example of the two types would be Kanye’s emphasis trip to Paris earlier this year


I honestly think it’s hard to place celebrities in one of the dandy categories because many of them dress nice, ONLY because of their fame. It’s hard to figure out who just has “it” and would still have “it” if they were working a regular 9-5. For that reason, I feel photographers, writers, artist and such are better people to give such a title too. Scott Schuman, the Sartorialist himself, is a given traditional dandy to me… he observes people, beauty, style and (from what I can tell) is an intrinsically elegant man. I’m sure many of you have atleast one person in mind that could be either of the two types of dandies….

Scott the Sartorialist

It’s easier for me to group celebrities of the past as dandies… Fred Astaire is often categorized as a dandy, I think the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford) were dandies of their time, I’d have to be candid and say a good amount people of color in entertainment in the 50s, 60s, were intrinsic dandies- being extremely elegant was the only way many of them would even be given the opportunity to entertain despite their musical genuis (so Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, etc etc).

Rat Pack
Nat King Cole

Fred Astaire

Perhaps in a decade or so we’ll look back and call Michael Jackson a sort of dandy- who knows… I think dandyism is still very much in play today, it’s just a little harder to point out. Who would you all consider a (modern) dandy?

Andre Benjamin... I’d call him a southern dandy

sources: mytholoke.com, thedandy.org

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Men’s Style: The Perfect Casual Club Attire

Jay-Z, Usher, Nelly, & JD hittin’ the club

It’s Thursday night and many of you are making plans to go hit the club scene. The problem is that most of you may not go out looking as fly as you think. Many men tend to over think the club attire, they’ll wear baggy jeans with a button down shirt that may be tucked into the front to show off the belt buckle, lol, then they’ll have on some shades. . . it’s just an all-around bad look!

There are so many different types of looks you can rock to the club. And depending on what kind of club you’re going to you may dress up or dress casual. But overall there is a great basic club look that will surely catch the right attention…

The basic club look: slight v-neck tee, quality dark denim jeans (that fit you), dope sneakers that fit your personal style, and a fitted hat (preferably an A’s fitted, lol). You should also wear a nice belt, stunner shades, and a stylish watch.

Slight V-neck shirt:

The v-neck shirt has been around for awhile, but stores like American Apparel have made it popular. The v-neck is modern and edgy, but you have to make sure the V isn’t too deep, unless you’re attracted to the same sex. Deep V’s are extremely popular with gay males, I hope I’m not offending anyone, but it’s true. You can wear a deep V as a heterosexual male, but you may attract more dudes than chicks (I’m from Atlanta so I know:-) I suggest a dark colored slight v-neck tee like navy, black, or burgundy, but a graphic slight-v is also a great choice.

3-pack American Apparel, $36
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Akademics, $28
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Quality Dark Denim Jeans

You can’t go wrong with dark denim. It’s simple, stylish, and always make you good. Check out the jean guide to find the brand that fits you best.

LRG, $54.99
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Armani, $135
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Dope Sneakers That Fit Your Style

Don’t listen to people that tell you women don’t notice your feet- b/c they do. It’s not about having on the newest pair of J’s, it’s about having nice clean kicks that enhance your style. They don’t have to be loud or exotic, they just need to coordinate.


All Stars: keep it funky or stick to the classics

Supra’s in croc suede
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Skater Shoes are pretty hot- DC

Vans Authentic are always a good choice


Creative Recreation shoes always give an edge

For Accessories:
- New Era has a plethora of fitted hats you can choose from

- Check out my watch guide for info on the best watches- I would suggest a gold or digital watch

- Rayban has some of the best shades at good prices- you can buy them on eBay

- You can find belts anywhere, for new styles check out journeys.com

Sidenote: If you sag a little make sure you have on some nice boxers (Old Navy has nice ones)

MOST IMPORTANTLY:
Check to make sure you have some breath-enhancers and some really good cologne (not too strong though). Also, make sure you atleast have a shape-up and please make sure your nails are cut.

Have fun at the club tonight! And use protection if you end up getting some nookie (too many STDs out there)…

*** This is the basic casual club look alternative for those who usually wear baggy jeans, XL tshirts, and airforce ones. This blog is full of other, more modern and gentleman like looks that would be great for the club Ex. blazer, v-neck, trousers, and lace-ups   -OR- button down, dark denim jeans, and boots… club attire changes for each club and each person.

Best Brands for Men: Easy Style

Let’s face it; everyone isn’t born with fashion sense. There are many people who don’t have a clue what to wear or even where to buy nice clothes. Some men just don’t want to spend the time perusing different stores and trying on a bunch of different brands of clothing. But there are a few brands and stores that can make being stylish easy:

- Sean John
- Abercrombie and Fitch
- Urban Outfitters

Sean John:
For most guys I know who are trying to “care about what they wear” and gain style, I tell them, “buy Sean John”. Sean John is perfect for style-searching newbies, the label has great clothes, good prices, most guys are familiar with the brand (b/c of Diddy), it has some street-cred because many rappers wear it, and it doesn’t force a guy to just completely change his look. Sean John is the best brand for men who typically wear extra-baggy jeans and oversized t-shirts because it’s a gateway to better style. Diddy’s brand offers a variety of styles from suits to button-ups to graphic t-shirts, you can build a whole wardrobe from the brand. Another plus about Sean John is that you can find the brand almost everywhere: Macys, Dillards, T.J Maxx, or K and G Superstore just to name a few.

Sean Combs has even won New Designer of the Year at the CFDA’s, which is the highest honor any fashion brand can receive– Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein are a few other designers who have been honored with the prestigious award.



Abercrombie & Fitch:
“I like girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch”, that song wasn’t just talking about the style of girls, it indirectly pertained to the style of guys too :-)

If you want to follow the most popular trends of America- this is the store and brand I would recommend. You can hardly go wrong shopping here. From the O.C to the Hills to most shows with a young hot cast of 20-somethings-they all sport threads from A and F. The store features classic American styles with the surfer-guy looks dispersed in-between. A&F can be kind of overpriced, so I would suggest Aeropostale for men who want the same look at a better price. And if you’re older (29 or above), you may want to shop at Banana Republic, which offers the same look, but just more mature, more versatile, and more clean. If you can’t afford Banana Republic, then try it’s little sister store, GAP- everyone shops there from 2-60.


Urban Outfitters:
If you really want to eventually dress like the most stylish men in Hollywood, Urban Outfitters is the place for you. Urban Outfitters follows, defines, and sometimes even rivals the current trends. The store is edgy and unique, and allows you to feel like an individual when shopping there. UO is the store for men who want to one-day stylistically compete with Kanye, Lupe, and Pharell. Urban Outfitters not only carries the best threads, but they have all the accessories too- colorful box-framed aviators, studded belts, and original sneakers. Many of the clothes are a little pricey, but they always have sales.

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