Macabre Menswear Monday: Five Pieces Every Death King Should Own

If you live in the South, it’s that time of year where the weather fluctuates like crazy and leaves people sick and horribly confused as to what they should wear. Well my dear gentlemen, I am here to help you out. There are five pieces you should have in your closet to help make the process of actually getting dressed, and looking good, easy as pie.

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1. A Nice Pair of Brogues or Combat Boots

It’s funny, I just wrote a blog post about five pieces every Death Queen should own, and it’s probably going to be very similar to this one. A nice pair of combat boots, or brogues, are seriously the perfect effortless, but put together, shoe. They’re comfortable, they look perfect paired with cut offs or cuffed jeans, and they are sturdy. Throw on a vintage tank top or short sleeve button up and you may as well call yourself my hubby (you’ll be looking that ace)

2. A Leather Jacket

Please don’t call yourself a Death King if this staple is missing from your wardrobe. You are so not punk if you don’t have a leather jacket (lol). Grab a biker style or a windbreaker style, depending on your aesthetic, pair it with your combat boots and BOOM, you’re good to go.

3. A Well Tailored Suit

So maybe you’re not all for the skinny suit, and maybe you’re not all for the classic suit. That’s okay. As long as you have one suit that fits properly, you’re good to go. Want a more modern take? Buy a color besides black; gray, maroon, even blue. You’ll be getting all the best looks. Also check THIS link about the “28 Rules of Wearing a Suit” out!

4. A Vintage Flannel Shirt

I realized I have never paid full price for a flannel shirt, and I have made this a life rule. I urge you to do the same. Hit up the local thrift store or Goodwill and find yourself a vintage flannel. Wear it with a loose tank and some skinny jeans or tied around your waist with a muscle tank and some cut offs. There’s a million ways to wear a flannel and I love it. Want to mix it with another pattern? Just make sure there’s at least one of the same colors in both patterns and you’ll be good.

5. A Straight Cut Pair of Dark-wash Jeans

i’m not talking about girl skinny jeans, I’m talking about jeans that hit at the natural waist and are straight down the entire way, creating long lean legs. They’re pretty much a universal leg lengthener and will really bring together your wardrobe.

Death King Essentials

 

The key to dressing well when the seasons are so crazy is layering. Put on your jeans, combat boots, a tank top, a leather jacket and tie your flannel around your waist. Get cold? Untie your flannel, take of your leather jacket, slip your arms in the flannel and BOOM. Also, I understand that you may not be wearing a nice suit in the dead of “winter” in South Carolina but come on, you need a nice suit. That’s a thing.

 

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

Macabre Monday: Death Kings Hate Sun

I arrived in Florida yesterday afternoon and when I sat down to blog today I realized that I’m leaving out a huge demographic of death king trendy men in my blog posts; those who (sadly) live in warm weather at this time of year! Hey! It’s not your fault you live in Florida, or maybe it is, but either way, I should still be able to help you with what to wear! So, today’s blog post is a mini shopping guide for those fellas who get the pleasure of 75 degree weather at this time of year! Click the image for links to all the clothing online if you’re far from a mall, or are just lazy and want to shop online (I won’t judge, I promise)

Topman
 
Did anyone really expect anything less than Topman?! Again, if you’re in NY you have to go.. it’s not a question. If you’re not in NY, you can shop online or head to Nordstrom and pick up some pieces. Here, I styled some jeans with a tee shirt with leather sleeves, a beanie, some slip on boots, a backpack, and a bomber style jacket.
Forever 21 men
Definitely a cult classic, Forever 21 is a go to place if the option is available. They don’t always have menswear, but if they do, grab a floral short sleeve button up, some straight cut jeans, combat boots, a windbreaker style jacket, a snazzy watch and a beanie and you’ll be good to go.
Nordstrom

Nordstrom is a hub for all the death king essentials you’ll need. Like I mentioned before, they sell Topman which is ace if you’re like me and only live in NYC in your mind. Grab a cool tee shirt, some jeans, a nice briefcase and a motorcycle style leather jacket and you’ll be looking as dapper as death himself.

 

J Crew

Last but not least is J Crew. This last store isn’t so much “death king” but like anywhere, you can make it work with a little creativity. Button up short sleeves are always in style, and paired with this cardigan from J Crew’s collaboration with Comme Des Garcon, you got a death king match made in hell. I love these work boots and they play very well together with a pair of dark wash jeans. Snatch up some leather protector and you’ll be set for the best and most stylish “winter” of this life.

Also check out Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Aldo, Pac Sun and Urban Outfitters.

Hope that helped, death kings!

XXX
Gabriela

Menswear Monday: 5 Reasons I Appreciate a Well Dressed Gentleman

First and foremost, let’s give it up to men who appreciate good style, and who appreciate a lady with good style. It’s obvious by now, but there is nothing that makes me happier than a well dressed gentleman with a good heart and an open mind.

1. If he puts effort into his appearance he puts effort into other aspects of his life

This has the potential to sound conceited, but think about it. My parents raised me by the notion that I had to love myself before I let anyone else love me. I appreciate a man who puts effort into his appearance because it means he cares for himself. If he has that aspect taken care of, he can put forth that same effort into other things. He loves himself enough to look nice so he must be able to love life, and love others (and probably me in the near future,right?)

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Jamie Campbell-Bower looking striking in GQ July 2013

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Jamie Campbell-Bower looking striking in GQ July 2013

2. Appreciating literature and art is a very underrated skill

By now you’re probably realizing I mean gentleman in the most encompassing form of the word. I love reading and although I’ve been devouring more non-fiction than fiction recently, I think that loving books is an important part of what makes a gentleman. I also love art and I think that is the sort of appreciation that speaks for itself.

 

3. A well dressed gentleman realizes chivalry isn’t dead

Even as a girl, I hold the door open for those behind me, ESPECIALLY if they have their hands full. I cannot tell you how many times last year at school I had boys walk right past me and not hold the door open when I had my hands full. I don’t care if you’re in a rush, that’s not chivalry, that’s being courteous! A gentleman realizes a lady is delicate and precious and will hold the door open for her!

 

4. A gentleman appreciates good conversation and a cup of coffee

Maybe it’s a cappuccino or tea or espresso. Either way, the simplicity of listening to someone talk over a warm drink is one of the most perfect little pleasures in life. There’s nothing like hearing a man in a nice suit talk about his life escapades over a almond milk chai.

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5. A gentleman has character

Enough said

What do YOU think makes a gentleman?!

XXX
Gabriela

Menswear Spring 2013

I have said it many times before, I will say it many times again; there is nothing like an immaculately dressed man. Men don’t seem nearly as involved with fashion as women do, so it is extra special to see that man who takes time to put thought into his wardrobe. Men also don’t have the luxury of makeup (most of the time..) so what they lack in beauty, they have to make up for in fashion. Leather boots, cuffed jeans and a nice shirt would probably be my staples if I were a male, but as I am not, this post will be dedicated to men’s fashion and those amazing men who wear it well.

Balmain Spring 2013 Menswear

Balmain is notorious for blasting its anthem of rocker chick season after season, and with good reason. Balmain is everything any girl obsessed with walking between the two worlds wants in her closet. The feminine strength of each piece is balanced by the perfect amount of razor sharp edge and darkness. Balmain, however, is just notorious for being edgy when it comes to the men it markets towards; menswear is just as in your face, still making a statement, but in a little more understated way. Low slung pants that rest neatly on the hips are accompanied by Balmain’s perfectly tailored jackets, a combination that is so easy to figure out, I’m stuck wondering why every men doesn’t look this good so effortlessly. The contrasting color choice of black and tan manage to make statements even though they are both neutrals, the artistry of each piece is shown off since there are no bright colors to fight with. The forest greens and navy blue pieces manage to add just the right amount of color to a collection that could be as incredible if it were all black; Balmain balances neutrals perfectly. Balmain mixes the perfect amount of sharp tailoring with laid back ease, and that’s what makes Balmain the best.

 

Menswear is definitely inspiring, even as a lady. Here’s my take on it

Until next time

Gabriela XXXX