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Let’s Start the Year Off Right: Trend Anaylsis 08-09

Hey Gentlemen,

Okay, so I think I’m focused, refreshed, and ready to make The Urban Gentleman undoubtedly the coolest blog around, lol. First things first, let’s start the year by going over a few trends- past, future, and present.

Okay so 2008 was all about:
1. scarves
2. skinny jeans
3. skinny ties

I would say that those were the main 3 wardrobe items that most men caught on to- stylish or not. Skinny jeans were a love/hate thing, scarves were worn by all- even those you didn’t know how to wear them, and skinny ties finally made a big hit on the red carpet.

I think it’s safe to continue to purchase those items for the most part, but I would minimize the purchase of “arab scarves” if you live in a stylishly advanced city. And as far as skinny jeans go well I know some of you would love for me to predict that they’re out, but that just simply isn’t true. There are way too many celebrities that sort of just caught on to the whole skinny jeans thing and they’re just now feeling comfortable with even wearing them, so you should see more of those in 2009. I personally don’t think all guys should rock skinny jeans, you should wear what makes you comfortable and what fits well (without a belt)… but skinny jeans do look great on some guys.

There were a few “trends” in 2008 that I feel are no longer trends: The “nerd” and “50′s worker” look have really transcended “trend status”- there are pieces in both looks that are actually very very classic and should be in the wardrobe of any well-dressed gentleman… so you should continue with this “look” if you already rock it.

- thick glasses
- oxfords
- boat shoes
- cardigans

those are a few of the items that aren’t “trends”, they are classic staples. Meaning you can always wear them from now til your 75, no matter how much the trends change.

Okay and as for 2009, this is what you should focus on…

2009 Trends:

Velvet
From velvet ties to velvet blazers to velvet slippers. This is a trend that made a few appearances in 2008, but will surely make even more in 2009. Now NOT everyone should rock this look, its for guys that are really confident with their style and are just a little bit arrogant- just a little. Don’t ask me why, but it just looks better on them…. its hard to explain, so I won’t even try. But I think all guys should wear a velvet bow-tie to atleast one event this year.

Varsity
Varsity jackets go in and out all the time, but they’re technically always sort of “in” to extents because all high school athletes have one- atleast you should… I’m gonna dig out my old varsity jacket at some point this month. But guys like Chris Brown and Kanye West rocked these hard at the end of 2008 and I’ve seen a few others already rocking them in 09, so if you have one I think it would be cool to wear it until it gets warm. And once it gets warm start searching for Varsity cardigans, alot of designers will have them for Spring: Ralph Lauren, Benjamin Bixby, and Lacoste just to name a few.

Monochromatic

This trend is only for the bold and undeniably stylish. It’s all about wearing one color no matter the shade. This isn’t the 80s so you can have different color shoes and accessories if you wish, but your actual clothing should be one color. This is a trend that a friend and I “started” last fall and we receieved so many compliments on it. I saw a few magazine ads in December with guys and gals dressed in one tone, then Kanye (below)… so I feel like its really cool and should be tried at some point within the next few months. I don’t think its a everyday look, but it’s great for the days that you want to just switch it up.



Stay tuned for more “Trend Reports”….

Ode to Star Trek: The Incognito Sunglasses


Okay, so this is nothing new– we’ve been seeing men walking around the mean streets of NYC, London, and Paris rocking sunglasses that undoubtedly remind of us LeVar Burton in Star Trek (and then I think about Reading Rainbow, lol). When I initially saw guys in these glasses I thought to myself “this is too much”, but the more I see it the more I understand it and I can surely respect it. There are two or three black guys that wear these shades all the time and they can semi-regularly be seen on street blogs such as The Satorialist. When I was shopping in SoHo last weekend I saw one of the guys, but he seemed like he was in a rush to go get somewhere so I didn’t stop to talk to him. These shades were “brought back”, buy Maison Martin Margiela in his S/S 2008 collection. Margiela is all about being incognito and letting the clothes speak for themselves. About 2 months ago Pharrell Williams was seen wearing the red and black Martin Margiela jacket at a Diesel concert- and they jacket surely spoke for itself.
The star trek glasses fad is slowly catching on with some people who don’t mind looking like Geordi LaForge (the Star Trek character), but it’s still too early to tell if it will disseminate or really end up in many peoples sunglasses collection. But unless Kanye or Pharrell start to wear them on a daily basis, then I doubt it- but who knows.

oh how i HATE men in heels

S/S 2008


S/S 2009

Maison Martin Margiela “L’INCOGNITO” Sunglasses, around $596 ea – visit: maisonmartinmargiela.com


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:

 

(click to enlarge)

the urban gentleman

 
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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 ebay.com.

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.

Now-a-days

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)

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