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From Steve Martin to Will Smith: The Jean Shirt and Suit.

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A little over two weeks ago, I found myself watching the first 30 minutes or so of Steve Martin’s Father of the Bride. Yeah, it’s not my first choice in movies, but it happened to come on right after Happy Gilmore (or some other common TBS Adam Sandler movie), and the remote control was too far away to immediately turn the channel, lol.

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While watching I couldn’t help but notice Steve Martin’s jean shirt, suit, and tie combination. He sported a baggy jean shirt, slightly over-sized blazer, double-pleated pants, and a fat tie that looked like it was made from my grandmother’s drapes. And though the look wasn’t the very best, it was a very common casually dressy look for the 90s. I’ve seen the look plenty of times when watching repeats of Living Single, Friends, Seinfeld, and even some of the later episodes of The Cosby Show.

Then last week (more like a week and a half ago) I watched an episode of Oprah that featured Will Smith. I silently chuckled to myself when I saw Will’s ensemble– it was literally the modern version of Steve Martin’s jean shirt and suit.
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This picture really doesn’t reflect how good Will’s ensemble
looked on the show. (It was taken with my phone, lol)

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Will wore a khaki colored cotton jacket and pants, jean shirt, black tie with silver clip, flowery pocket square (looked like it may have been by Duchamp), striped socks, and black bucks. He looked great.

Not everyone can pull off a jean shirt and suit because the look is still very 90′s-ish, and if paired incorrectly you’ll just look like you got stuck in a 1995 episode of Frasier. But if done right, then it can be very stylish. The hands down best pairing of a suit and jean shirt would be: a well-fitting light summer suit that’s cotton or linen, the jean shirt of course, a pair of bucks (bucks are a gentleman’s summer dress shoe), and a pocket square. If the occasion calls for it you can also add a fedora and/or a skinny tie and tie-clip.

Get the Updated Jean Shirt and Suit:

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Check out Matthew Goode’s GQ jean shirt&suit looks
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Cotton-blend suit, $1,790, by Prada. Shirt, $98, and belt, by J.Crew.
Pocket square by Jack Spade. Sunglasses by Ray-Ban.

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Wool suit, $1,295, by Versace Collection. Shirt, $65, Martin + Osa. Tie, $60, by J.Crew.

More on the jean shirt here.

Sherbert Colored: Pink.Orange.Blue.

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G-shock Watch.

Oakley Frogskins.

Pink Fred Perry x Raf Simons Polo Shirt.

Humor Plaid Shirt.

Orange Vans.

Blue Vans.

Mr. Charming: The Style of Theophilus London

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So I wrote this on Feb 16th (when I first started the article):
(Sigh of relief) finally finally finally [hip-hop] music is getting good again– and no I’m not talking about Drake, Kid Cudi, or even Wale (those guys are all really cool) I’m moreso speaking of the Bobby Ray’s and Theophilus London’s of the world– the artists with the unique versatile sounds.

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Theophilus London first grabbed my attention when I heard his remix to Solange’s “Sand Castle Black x Blue” a year or so ago. Since then I’ve been secretly addicted… a few of my favorites from his charming mixtape: “Want You for Myself” (Peter Hadar featuring Theophilus London), “Grey X Sage” (his remix to the international hit Sabali), and “Always Love You” (a poppy electronic version of Whitney Houston’s hit song).

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And now on May 31st:
Well, I’ve spent the last three weeks entranced with his latest mixtape, I Want You. Between his new album and Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid, minus a few rounds of Ella, Sammy, and Frank, it seems like the new-wave of music is all my itunes player knows. (Oh and Lykke Li has been getting alot of play too)

His cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”, Tweets “Oops”, and the mysteriously erotic beats of “Soles Of Fire (Chauffeur)” float around in my top three. (The first 57 seconds of Soles Of Fire, can’t be described as anything but sexy, the beat goes hard and it’s also very sexy). Matter of fact, just listen to it yourself…

… pretty damn sexy, huh? Yeaa, I already know ;-)
The Style of Theophilus London

Theo’s style can’t just be categorized as hipsterish… it’s more like a direct ode to the past, 96% vintage 4% new school. He likes layers– lots of em, swanky college or NBA snap-backs (90s style), blazers, button ups, jean outerwear, corduroys, classic frames (he usually sports brown tortoise shell by Oliver Peoples, clubmasters, or classic clear wayfarers), and whichever kicks complete his raw vintage 70s/90s look. Mr.London’s style is actually reminiscent of past local urban gentleman Curran Swint.

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To authentically get Theophilus’s style you’d have to spend your days in vintage and thrift stores and on sites like etsy and ebay. And I know its often hard to dig through the thousands of threads these stores have, but you have to get in the mindset of shopping there like it’s the only option you have, lol. Once you lock-down on that mindset it’ll be much easier to have visions for the clothing these stores offer (and it wouldn’t hurt to have some inspiration photos in your pocket or on your phone).

But if you don’t have the time for all that,
well you can scoop his look below:
Jock it, Love it, Own it
Get the London Look:

Complex Mag had one of the freshest Theophilus spreads,
They sort of created a refined version of his look…
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HAT BY NO MAS; SUNGLASSES BY OLIVER PEOPLES; BLAZER BY OPENING CEREMONY; BELT BY LOUIS VUITTON; JEANS BY SHIPLEY & HALMOS; SNEAKERS BY NIKE

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HAT BY NO MAS; SUNGLASSES BY MOSCOT; SUIT BY HUGO BOSS; SHIRT BY ACNE; BELT BY J.LINDEBERG; SHOES BY BOSS ORANGE

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SUNGLASSES BY SUPER; JACKET BY J.LINDEBERG; TURTLENECK BY RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL; PANTS BY NOM DE GUERRE

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HAT BY MAIDEN NOIR; SUNGLASSES BY CALVIN KLEIN; BLAZER BY LOUIS VUITTON; SHIRT BY ACNE; BELT BY C.P. COMPANY; PANTS BY J.LINDEBERG; SNEAKERS BY CLAE; WATCH BY BELLUM CONCEPTS; BAG BY HUGO BOSS

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HAT BY AMONGST FRIENDS; SUNGLASSES BY MOSCOT; TRENCH COAT BY NOM DE GUERRE; T-SHIRT BY RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL; PANTS BY C.P. COMPANY

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HAT BY STUSSY DELUXE; GLASSES BY BALENCIAGA; JACKET BY Y-3; SWEATER BY VICTOR GLEMAUD; BELT BY J.LINDEBERG; JEANS BY LEVI’S; SNEAKERS BY NIKE

And as far as his album, well…

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“Shortly before we got his third mixtape I WANT YOU, Theophilus London released a DIY promo video for the track “Life Of A Lover”. The record loops lazily to show us a new look: pretty girls dancing with each other at a show, young dudes headnodding, the crush of cameras and hard flash that now follows us everywhere we go, a cut to Theophilus in monochrome riding in a Vespa gang through Chinatown en route to Brooklyn and then back to the dance—a mic cord drifting slowly in and out of the frame and his hand reaching out to bring a girl on stage. That is all and this is it: inspired by Marvin Gaye’s self-imposed European exile and controversial performance of the national anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star game, I WANT YOU is a collection of dark jams that restlessly examines the promise of love beyond lifestyle. Touching on LA electrofunk, UK indie, tropical escapade and obscure afropop you never knew existed, these are stories from the way we live now: missed connections and misunderstandings, video chats and retweets, returns and deliverables. We know today is all black everything but more to the point: this is now noir as we know it. And this is Theophilus London.”

Download Theophilus London “I Want You” here.

The Summer Debate: Do Gentlemen Wear Sandals?

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Guys, and gals for that matter, have been debating this for decades. Well, atleast over the past two decades. And the answer? Well, it’s not as simple as yes or no.

When searching for an answer on this topic, I got so many points of view… some said it was totally okay because the “manliest men” have been wearing them since the beginning of time: Roman gladiators, “Greek gods”, African kings… even Jesus. While others look at men in sandals as downright feminine, saying things like “I don’t wear anything that’s considered woman’s clothing, that includes purses, skirts, and sandals.”

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Shoemaker in Dominican Republic

All the gentlemen wardrobe/styling books tend to avoid the topic of men in sandals. And when a book does mention it, it’s either sternly against it or indirectly snubs it. A friend told me that he once read a rule in Esquire Mag that stated, “You lose 61 percent of your respect for a man when you can see his toes through his shoes.” (or something like that).

With that said, plenty of well dressed gentlemen opt for a luxe pair of sandals when in sunny Rio de Janeiro, vacationing in Jamaica, or simply strolling through the cobblestone streets of Sicily. So, now you may ask– what’s the final verdict, can me wear sandals or not?

The Traditional -vs- The Nontraditional

The issue of gentlemen wearing sandals is simply a matter of the traditional versus the nontraditional. The Urban Gentleman who chooses the traditional route should not expose his toes; canvas lace-ups, decks shoes, loafers, and oxfords all worn sockless is how he keeps his feet cool in the summer months.

Traditional Urban Gentlemen should just go sockless

The Urban Gentleman that chooses the nontraditional route should wear sandals that match his style. And let’s be honest we can mentally flip through our rolodex of friends and picture which friends can pull off sandals and which can’t. The extremely environmentally conscious type, the world traveler type, and the vintage hipster type are just a few that I can see getting away with sandals.
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The hipster urban gents can get away with just about anything

But whether traditional or nontraditional, flip-flops on the beach are just common sense. And sandals are just apart of life for the Urban Gents from island countries.

Disclaimer: If you are choosing to wear sandals, then please get a pedicure. There’s nothing worse than a man wearing sandals with unkempt feet. Make sure your toenails are cut and feet are moisturized, for more help go here.


Let’s do some manly sandal shopping:

Here’s a few sandal wearing guys from the
Spring/Summer 2010 Fashion Shows:

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Designers above: Versace, Kenzo, Kris Van Assche, Trussardi, Hugo Boss, Michael Bastian, Louis Vuitton

Other articles to help prepare you for summer:
How To Keep Cool in the Summer
Summer Rolls

PHOTOS via: Street Style Kid (via Sartorialist, PimPamPum, JCreport), NYMAG.com, flickr members: rachellake, The Messenger Image

Urban Gentleman Spotlight: Shia LaBeouf

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He first caught our eye on Disney’s Even Stevens as a mischievous teenager and ultra annoying younger brother. Then his overall “swag” changed to the world on July 3, 2007 when he starred in the blockbuster hit Transformers

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Shia LaBeouf In Cannes, France promoting his new movie,
Wall Street: Movie Never Sleeps

After Transformers, there was Indiana Jones, then Eagle Eye. And I must say, that’s where Mr.LaBeouf truly metamorphized in my eyes. About an hour into Eagle Eye I said to myself, “Hmmm, this guy has really grown up”, as he went from the lil’ kid on Even Stevens to the handsome action-movie stud who has a secret taste for island chicks, lol (ie. Rihanna,). Then there was Transformers II, and in his latest film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, he just, well, he just exemplifies the looks of an Urban Gentleman.

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Suit and shirt by Thom Browne New York.
Tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label.

Shia’s charisma, comedic charm, and seemingly bad boy behavior keeps us all captivated… and patiently awaiting his next move.

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Cardigan by J.Crew. Shirt by Band of Outsiders.
Tie
by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Sneakers by Converse. Socks by Adidas.

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Trench coat by Burberry London. Shirt and shoes by Thom Browne New York.
Tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Jeans by Ksubi.
(photo here and above by GQ)

Jock it, Love it, Own it.
The Style of Shia LaBeouf

Are all the fly guys double-dressing these days? Seems that way. Bobby Ray isn’t the only one that has two noticeably different styles, urban gent Shia does too. Check out the scruffy vintagey casual and meticulously polished dressy style of Mr. LaBeouf.

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Casual or Dressy Shia gives it to us old-school cool from the skinny ties to skinny jeans and characterized canvas lo-tops.

Casual:

Retro-inspired or vintage tees and plaid button-ups are how he likes his shirts, with the occasional cardigan or vintage jacket for that extra carefree umph. His jeans are always skinny and in some shade gray, black, or blue. Authentic Vans, PF Flyers, and Nike Sweet Classics are usually his shoes of choice. And lastly, Shia usually accessorizes with a vintage hat, vintage belt, retro-frames, and an occasional backpack (nothing beats the one he got from Egypt, below).

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Get the Look:
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Dressy:
When Shia dresses up, expect nothing but perfect slim-fit suits, skinny ties, and all things that are Sammy Davis Jr-esque.

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Shia LaBeouf and girlfriend/co-star Carey Mulligan

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Shia and Michael Douglas

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Gucci ‘loafing’ on the set of his movie.

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His casual ensemble in France is much different than his casual style in Cali. Shia wears a basic blue button-down, black sweater, black jeans, and black oxfords.

Get the Look:

More LaBeouf:

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“He’s so money”, Shia in his latest GQ spread.
Wool suit, $518, by Club Monaco.
Shirt by Spurr. Tie by Band of Outsiders.
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Wool suit, $895, by Boss Black. Shirt, $295, by Jil Sander. Tie, $150, by Alexander Olch. Shoes, $595, by Salvatore Ferragamo. Socks by Pantherella. Pocket Square by J.Press. Tie bar by Thom Browne New York.

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Wool three-piece suit, $1455, by D&G. Shirt, $430, by Neil Barrett at Jeffrey. Tie, $175, by Dior Homme. Shoes, $950, by Ermenegildo Zegna. Mackintosh (in hand) by Gucci. Tie bar by Thom Browne New York. Briefcase by Bottega Veneta.

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Shia filling up his ‘Heavy Chevy’

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Shia has had several surgeries on his left hand
(that’s why its in bandages in so many photos)
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Sales & Deals: 7 for all Mankind, Converse, Designer Sneakers, Suits, and more.

Here’s our latest roundup of the best sales and deals on the web…


7 for all Mankind: Men’s Sale, save up to 40%

7 for all Mankind: Free Shipping on orders over $150

Converse: Save up to 40%.

G-Shock: G-shock Watch Sale.

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Timberland Classic Boat Shoes

Footwear Sale:
Sneakers
Boots
Shoes
Footwear Sale.

Lots More stupendously great sales below…

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Button-ups on Sale: Scotch&Soda, Zoo York, more

(long and short sleeves)

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Shortsleeve Button-ups: $10.99-$34.99
Express: $15 off $30, $30 off $75
(until May 23rd) promo code: 7158
Sale on Men’s polos, graphic tees, and dress pants.
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Chuck Taylor All-Stars, $34.99

Famous Footwear, up to 50% off

Finish Line, sale on men’s shoes.
(Jordans, All-stars, Lacoste, etc).

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Fossil, Landon Cardigan, $29.99 (was $58)

GUESS, 40% Memorial Day Specials (until June 4th)

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Jos.A.Bank, Buy 1 suit, Get 5 items free
(for example: another suit, 2 dress shirts, tie, shoes)
plus free shipping.

- All suits: But 1, get 1 Free. Plus 2 dress shirts and 2 ties.
- Buy 1, Get 1 Free: Sportshirts, pants, linen pants/shorts,
sport coats, tuxedo separates, and polos

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Vans Authentic, Expresso or Yellow $29.99

(was $41)

Journeys, up to 75% off

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Oki-Ni, Footwear Sale. (designer kicks).

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Jordan 60-Plus was $150, now 89.97
(plus 20% off with code below).

Nike, 20% off Clearance (promo: PLAYMAKER)


Mankind Grooming, Free Offers
(Giorgia Armani, MenScience, Men-U, and more)

Shopping for your kid brother?
2 for $15 here.

Big and Tall sale items.

Free Next Day deliver (for UK readers).

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