YOUR MENSWEAR RESOLUTION:: WEAR MORE FLORAL

The other day I was daydreaming about the usual things; aliens, coffee, books, graduation and men in nice clothing. My mind wandered to the latter and all of the sudden my brain was overcome by more well dressed men than one girl can handle. But there was one thing that these men were missing, one pattern that my little single heart still skips a beat over- floral.

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Florals aren’t a trend- the way they’re presented on clothing may be, but floral ISN’T GROUNDBREAKING AND IT WILL NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE! And I will never stop loving how men look in floral. I don’t care if Gucci did floral in 2013 or if Dries Van Noten in 2014.  You don’t have to wear head to toe floral to feel #floralgoth, but injecting your wardrobe with a bit of floral can help you spice things up and make your closet BLOOM.

The biggest question is always WHERE CAN I GET SUCH BEAUTIFUL FLORAL! And even if it’s not your first question, I’m sure you’ve asked it. Click on the photos below to directly shop the beautiful, fresh flowers I have picked for you (get it?)

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Topman is the best website/store/haven for simple silhouettes that pack a punch. If you’re looking for some hints of floral, you can buy a tee with a black collar or seems. If you’re more into the inconspicuous art of floral, you can always grab some boxers or boxer briefs. If you’re feeling dapper, how about a skinny suit with a floral tie?! The options are endless, my guy.

ASOS

If you haven’t met Asos– you should. If bold, bright floral on black backgrounds are your thing then Asos is definitely a good resource. Prices are cheap and  whether you’re going for some shorts, a bow tie or a backpack, you can find something to add just the right amount of floral to your look.

Okay so now you know two cool places to shop…but what are you suppose to buy? Here  are two of my favorite trends.

FLORAL GOTH

Honestly how could you  not expect me to put a section for my favorite floral trend?! Pair a deep floral with a some black joggers, a pair of dark wash jeans or even some leather pants and BAM. Yeezy  would be proud. Also- how incredible are these floral ties?!? I want one!

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Last but not least, my favorite menswear trend of all! I love a good button down and I am an even bigger advocate for floral button downs. Wear them with literally whatever the hell you want (extra points for a mun), maybe carry a dog, and you will feel like a king. Promise.  Check out Esquire HERE for 20 floral shirts you definitely need.

Hope this helps all my men!
Cheers,
Gabriela

LCHAIM TO 66

I have always been extremely inquisitive. I’ve always been fascinated by the inner workings of the universe- the vastness of the universe, the things that connect us to one another, the way love feels between your ribs and how people smile from the inside when they find that feeling. I’m 100% my parents daughter- but it’s only since I’ve gotten older that I realized how much of my father’s soul I have too. My urge to know the deepest secrets of the universe and human truth? Definitely got some of my dad’s genes.

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So beyond the fact that my father is actually Gandhi (and the doppelganger of Ben Kingsley), he is also a soul completely tuned into what it means to live from a place of love. My father is one of the most compassionate, wise, kind and loving souls I have ever met.  He would drive Alexandra and I to high school every  morning at 8:00am just so he could spend time with us (even when I slept the whole way there). He never fails to listen to me, to remind me that I am capable and that I am loved. He also loves dogs, has a Bald Eagle as a spirit animal and would let us paint his toenails (when we were in middle school, mind you)10655395_10152897750836115_4991117442771030281_o

My dad has always been the epitome of love and grace. Born in Israel and the son of holocaust survivors, my papi has spent his life as a Rabbi- aka being a pillar for the Jewish community wherever we’ve lived. It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized quite how far my dad’s impact has reached. Everyone has a story about how my dad has been there for them in a time of need.  Beyond anything else, my father is a healer. He listens and with love, he mends. 10658941_10152785119894631_3454680112538673083_o

Why am I telling you this? Because as of TODAY my dad is 66!! That’s right, one number shy of the devil’s, and my dad still looks amazing. I have this man to thank for my love of menswear, my appreciation for a good watch and the importance of a beautiful hat. I specifically remember an instance visiting Canada (because that’s what you do in Buffalo), where my dad spent a good deal of  time looking and picking the perfect wool cap. Ever since I can remember we’ve always gotten him watches as gifts, and he’s always had a beautiful array of ties. Also- my mom’s favorite compliment to give my dad was always “Ayyy Ron, you look so GQ!”10616404_10152951277026115_2932599597786266373_n

I could go on and on about how thankful  I am to have this human as my father.  He once said he feels like he worked too much when Alexandra and I were younger, and that he wasn’t there for us, and we literally laughed. My dad is a busy man, but he has always been there for us from Tae Kwon Do tests to birthdays to adventures and lunch dates. Father, Dad, Papi, Daddy Doo, Ronnie Robert Herstik. Happy Flippin Birthday. I love you to the moon and beyond, from this life to the next.

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XXX,
Gabriela

STOP THE FLOP

It has come to my attention that some of my male friends, and some of the male population of Earth, think that it’s chill to wear ye old flip flop. Oh my god can you please just NOT. Slide2

I know they may seem practical, or comfortable or like “”a good choice”” but rest assured, I’m here to tell you that’s a LIE. I don’t want to see your hairy toes!! Also- they don’t match your outfit, and that’s a promise. There are five instances in which it is apporpriate to wear flip flops. 1- If you are taking your dog out. 2- If you are at sleepaway camp. 3- If you are in a shower. 4- If you are at the beach. 5- If you are at a pool. What does this not include? Day to day activities. Why not? BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER SHOES FOR YOU TO WEAR MEN, DEAR LORD. SO- here are five other shoes that are just as easy to wear as flip flops, but won’t make you look lazy and like you don’t know how to dress well. PS- click through the labeled photos to shop XO.

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Slide5“Oh, I don’t like actually lacing up shoes or putting effort into my shoes” Men- this is no longer an excuse. The Beatles wore em, men of Britain wear em and I promise you, if you invest in a pair of Chelsea Boots women will love it oh and so will you! You’ll look dapper in with minimal effort. Pair em with your darkest wash jeans, a simple tee shirt and a leather jacket and you’re solid.

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Slide3Maybe you’re too “nonchalant” for Chelsea Boots, that’s chill. Wear some damn Vans then. You don’t even have to get the kind that lace, although they tend to look sexier and less 2009 than their checkered slip-on alternatives. But again- Vans are more comfortable, look better and require just as little effort as your damn flops. Also- look at these guys. They’re literally wearing a tee shirt and jeans and look 100 times better than any man in flops. Jeez.

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Dr. Martens are a classic and they look good on everyone. Seriously, you can get a canvas pair or a leather pair, a thick or thin soled pair. If they’re good enough for punks, they’re good enough for you. Dress em up or down, your choice. If you’re worried about your feet getting sweaty, it’s a sacrifice that will be worth it when you see how good you look.

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Slide6Again this goes out to all my minimal effort men. Have you ever stuck your foot  in a loafer or a slip-on sneaker? Probably not, or you wouldn’t be wearing your flip flops. These things literally feel like you’re wearing a slipper. And you’ll look good, almost like royalty. Seriously though, you can get these at Zara or Target or pretty much anywhere that you know, sells real shoes, and they don’t have to be expensive. You literally don’t even have to put something between your toes like a thong- and you’ll look dapper.

So men, dear men, dear men who I love, please please PLEASE.
JUST STOP THE FLOP.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

XOXO
Gabriela

The Topman/ Zara Man Edit

It’s officially what I like to call the “fall man harvest”. It’s the best time of the year, when beanie wearing, sweater clad men crawl out of their manholes and into coffee houses and local costume shops. The man harvest is the time when menswear is king and I am a sweet, sweet plebeian, happy to adore from a comfortable distance. The colder weather means that layers are key, and even though I appreciate a good short short on a man, I appreciate a nice pair of boots and a beanie even more.

This season, i’m inspired by oversize silhouettes and knits, 60’s and 70’s style and of course, Zara Man and Topman. These two stores are my go-to for all sorts of male fashion advice. The wearable pieces still have a clean, edgy aesthetic that can work for almost any man who knows their own style. I’ve gathered some inspiration from both stores and pieced together some looks from them as for endless amounts of inspiration.

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I’m all about a bigger, looser silhouette complimented by a fitted one; think, oversize turtlenecks and super skinny jeans. Pair the look with an oversize coat and there’s a sort of effortless “I’m drowning in my clothes but still look super cool” vibe that I just can’t get enough of this fall. Reach for sleek accessories, like these boots and vintage inspired watch. The last piece of puzzle is the patterned sock, which grounds the whole look and adds some color.
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For a more colorful and casual take on the turtleneck, layer everything. Grab a plaid scarf and some brogues, an updated vintage style watch and your trustee jacket. Invest in some good outerwear and a couple pairs of good shoes and buy accessories that you can mix and match for a cozy cool look.

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What’s on your list for the men in your life?

XXX
Gabriela

A Menswear Monday Birthday: 65

I’m all about birthdays. I’m a naturally excited person and if there’s a reason to celebrate, I celebrate. Birthdays are no exception. Today, the most important man in my life, my dad, turns 65. October 13, 1949 my amazing father was born and the world hasn’t been the same since. Let me tell you a little about my dad.

1My dad’s one of those bright and loving souls that you’re drawn to as soon as you meet. He’s definitely a Libra because besides being loving, wise, and comforting, he’s also very just and very loyal. My dad’s a rabbi and recently it’s really hit me how many lives hes touched. My dad’s everything from a mentor and counselor to a teacher and a friend. He’s a pillar in the community and it’s really humbling to realize how many people recognize just how amazing he is.

10710815_10152313362426207_7190006652490922770_nPapi Herstik has been there for my sister and I through thick and thin. He’s always the first to encourage me, always the first to tell me I can do whatever I put my mind to. I grew up in an incredibly loving and affectionate household and there has never been a day where “I love you” hasn’t been exchanged. Whether I want to talk about religion, life or fashion, my dad is always there to listen to me. My dad has always been the one to tell me that it’s okay, that life will be better tomorrow. I’m a persistent, albeit stubborn at times, and my dads own persistence in everything he does has definitely contributed to this. My dad always has the best intentions and that’s a trait that more people should have. 2My dad is the ultimate menswear inspiration. Look at him! He looks great for 65, even though he’s been bald for decades. I’m so thankful that he and my mom have taught my sister and I to take pride in who we are, in every facet. My dad can rock a pair of oxfords like nobodies business and he can carry my pup while doing it.3My dad was born to Holocaust survivors. Both my Grandma Rose and Grandpa Harry survived upwards of three years in concentration camps. Birthdays are especially important to celebrate when the odds seemed against you. The fact that my dad was born is pretty amazing. The fact that my dad is such a wonderful, beautiful, compassionate, persistent and kind soul is even more amazing. My dad is working in St.Thomas for the year so I wasn’t able to spend time with him and I wish I could have.

Papi, I love you. Thank you for being the best dad I could ever ask for.

Happy birthday, bald eagle.

Gabriela

 

Inspired by Hannibal

One of my absolute favorite things to do after a long day during the week is curl up in my bed and watch some tv. I had a friend suggest Hannibal and after watching the first episode I was addicted. The television show follows forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter and his relationship with FBI investigator Will Graham, who has an uncanny ability to empathize with, and catch, serial killers. The show is based on the novel Red Dragon, a precursor to The Silence of the Lambs, and it features vivid characters, intense murder scenes and extreme plot twists. 

The show had me obsessed from the first episode. I finished the first two seasons, 13 episodes each, in what felt like a week. I couldn’t stop watching. From the very beginning of the series you’re taken into every dark and twisted crevice of Will Graham’s mind. Lecter becomes his psychiatrist and the series unfolds from there. The show is gorgeous to watch, and even the stylization of the episodes evolves as the plot does. If you love Horror Movies, SVU and psychological thrillers, you will be as addicted to this show as I was. The series isn’t on Netflix but you can find the first two seasons HERE. PS- Season 3 starts in 2015.

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Menswear Monday: Nolan

I couldn’t resist sneaking in some photos of Nolan when we were together. He is such a beautiful and creative person and soul and I’m so glad I’ve been able to see him so much. Nolan looked dapper in a simple button up and some short shorts. Classic, handsome and simple. Smileee oh hey Me 1 b&w

All photos by Nolan Chandler. @n_chandler on instagram and @nolanchandler_ on twitter

Namaste,

Gabriela

Menswear Monday: Inspired by Sri Ganesha

One of the reasons I’m so drawn to yoga is because of the philosophy, and how rooted yoga is in Hinduism and Hindu mythology. Hinduism is littered with beautiful stories of how the world came to be, of why our spirits are how they are, and stories of the hundreds of gods and goddesses that are in the Hindu pantheon. The two main deities in the Hindu pantheon are Shakti and Shiva; the supreme god and goddess that all the other gods and goddess are representations of. Shakti and Shiva represent the god and goddess in each of us; the feminine and masculine power that is alive and innate in every single one of our souls. One of my favorite gods in the Hindu pantheon is the elephant head god, Ganesh. Ganesh iconography and imagery is everywhere nowadays, and for good reason. Ganesh is the guardian of doorways and the remover of obstacles. He is the god of auspiciousness; he is the promise that yes, things will be okay; he is the promise that one door closing most certainly means another opening.

So why does this god have the head of an elephant? There are many myths surrounding the origin of his elephant head, but perhaps the most popular is the one that follows. In most myths, Ganesh is the son of Pavarti (a form of Shakti) and Shiva. One day, while Pavartia was taking a bath, she asked Ganesh to guard the door. Well, Shiva came home while Ganesh was obeying his mothers orders, but Shiva didn’t recognize Ganesh as his own, so CHOP, he cut off his head. Pavartia was furious, obviously, and made Shiva take the head of the first animal he crossed paths with. Shiva came back with  the head of a strong, powerful, elephant and the image of the classic elephant headed god was born.

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Channel Ganesh and wear something inspired by his home country. Wear bright reds, oranges or yellows (Ganesh is usually depicted in a very colorful manner). Try some red drop waist pants with a soft, loose tee shirt  (10 points to Gryfindor if it has an elephant on it), and slip on some Chelsea boot to finish up the look. Grab a pendant with Ganesh on it to serve as reminder that you can overcome any  obstacle, and slip on a black windbreaker to keep cool and collected while you do so. 5 x 7 Hortence J Pacadorf Elephant von GrandOleBestiary auf Etsyganesh

Drop waist pants, or harem pants, naturally have an Indian vibe to them so style em and rock em as you like. I personally like a drop waist pant with a more fitted, but not “tight”, top. Feeling really inspired by the elephant headed god? Try wearing a tee shirt with him on it. Don’t feel the vibe of harem pants or bright colors? That’s cool too. Perhaps, wear an intention to remember that Ganesh has got your back (or that the universe/ god/ goddess has got your back. We’re all praying to the same god in the end, after all.) Keep in mind that things work out as they should in the long run, and take comfort in knowing that you are a manifestation of the divine.

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

Menswear Monday: Mani and the Moon

Monday’s are the best; a new start to a new week that’s chock full of endless possibility. Monday’s are also ruled by the moon; a powerhouse vessel of intuition, dreams, higher powers, that’s honored and represented by a long list of deities.

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For today’s menswear post, I’m taking inspiration from Mani, a Norse god of the moon, and the brother of the god of the sun, Sol. Mani is said to ride across the sky in a horse drawn chariot, followed through his trek by a wolf; when the wolf approaches too closely, a lunar eclipse takes place. He is nephew of the night, and is said to travel around with two children, a boy and a girl named Hjuki and Bil. The children were sent to the moon as punishment after Mani caught them messing with his reflection in a well. Hjuki and Bill  play around on the moon and form the spots and craters we see. Mani is said to protect those who are dealing with emotional pain, he is even said to be a patron to neglected children since some stories claim Hjuki and Bill were neglected.

There is not much information about Mani, and I hadn’t heard of,him prior to this post. I’m all for horses, wolves and I love the Norse pantheon (not to mention the moon), so I’m excited to learn more and work with this deity. For now, take inspiration from him. Think of how important the moon is in a universal sense and to the fact that it controls our tides and crops. Think of what the moon represents; duality, a light in the darkness, connection to dreams, nightmares, and one’s own power and intuition.

Now think about how you can incorporate this into your wardrobe. The metal that corresponds to the moon is silver; dress in black, whites and blues and wear silver to help align you to the the energies that are present. Wear pieces that fuel your passion for mystery, whether that’s a leather jacket, a nice watch or a monocle.

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On this Monday, find your own sense of Mani by wearing patterns that mirror the moon’s rough surface. Dress in all black; the color of power and the night. Wear a watch that has a face like the moon, and take note of any little sparks of inspiration or  any moments of intuitive clarity in a notebook just for you.

 

What inspires you when the moon is full?

Happy Monday,

Gabriela

Menswear Monday: How To Rock Short Shorts

I’m a woman who loves to see a pair of good man knees, and I am in no way afraid to admit it. I don’t know when male knee became so taboo, but I am here to liberate them from this heinous curse. I am an advocate for men and their thighs and knees worldwide, I AM! Honestly, I think it’s awesome when I see a man comfortable enough with himself to wear shorts that are, well… short! The two golden rules for wearing anything, in my eyes, are confidence and paying attention to your body type! If you’re torso is super long, wear a higher waist, if you have longer legs wear a longer hem…etc. Pay attention to your build and dress to suit it!

So maybe you’re not as brave as Cristopher Kane and his over the top sets, but you can draw some inspiration from his ambitious looks. Pair a pair of short shorts with a tee shirt that’s not fitted. Rule of thumb; if you keep your shorts fitted, keep your shirt loose. Grab a pair of vans or oxfords and you’ll be looking like a fine pair of knees.

Even J Crew is in on the shorts bandwagon! This time, the look was completed with a blazer that’s nipped at the waist and some patent brogues. Love the classy yet casual look.. it’s like the mullet of menswear.

So, what are the rules to wearing shorts?! Here are a few to get you started.

  1. DON’T DO ANYTHING YOU’RE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH WHEN IT COMES TO FASHION. If you don’t feel like you can rock it and you’re gonna be uncomfortable the whole day, don’t wear it. UNLESS, you want to get out of your comfort zone and are willing to be uncomfortable.. then DO wear ir
  2. AGAIN, pay attention to your body type! Got a little more meat on your bones?! Don’t wear something too tight but instead a pair of straight cut shorts that create a strong line. Maybe this trend isn’t for you, that’s okay!
  3. If you want to wear a printed pair of shorts and don’t want a visually overwhelming outfit, try pairing the look with a solid top and shoes. If your shirts printed, try wearing solid shorts. Keep it simple! If you’re nervous about wearing shorts wear a solid print on top and a solid, simple shoe.
  4. If you want to go far above the knees, I’m talking mid thigh, try cutting a pair of shorts or jeans or just cuffing your shorts up. Keep it classy; try a button up short sleeve shirt or a vintage tee shirt.
  5. WEAR YOUR SHORTS LIKE YOU WEAR YOUR JEANS. Seriously! Easiest rule of thumb, ESPECIALLY if the shorts are denim. The only true difference is your knees are showing, right?!
  6. Find shorts that suit your style; ripped, super short, sporty, sleek. You can make it work.
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So how are you wearing your shorts!? Let me know!
Namaste,
Gabriela 

Alexander Wang Fall 2014 Menswear Collection Review

There’s something unparalleled about Wang’s uncanny ability to make structured gothic inspired pieces urban street-style cool. This is especially true for the young designers Fall menswear collection, which features everything from neoprene sweatshirts to slick leather trench coats to the perfect sweatpant and sweatshirt look. Wang’s dark color pallet is complimented by the perfect camel tone and the slightest accent of cobalt blue. Wang’s penchant for tailoring is apparent in every  piece, and his classic streetwear spin on his high fashion pieces is apparent. This collection is chock-full of lust-worthy jackets and coats, not to mention the perfect take on the beanie. Wang’s effortless aesthetic proves that you don’t always have to sacrifice comfort for style.

All photos courtesy of style.com

Namaste,

Gabriela

Menswear Monday; How to Rock Shorts

It’s absolutely no secret that I love a man in shorts (and a mun, and a short sleeve button up..with a fade). I obviously have a type. Anyway, as the sunshine kisses our skin we’re urged to drop our pants (har har) and replace them with their fraternal twins, shorts! Many men are too scared to venture to the above-the-knee style, but I personally think they are the best. Grab yourself a short sleeve button up or loose tank and you’re ready to go.

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An easy way to incorporate skinny shorts into your wardrobe is by picking up a pair that’s either black or dark wash. These can be worn with any color shirt, making them a little easier to deal with then their bleached older brothers. For a more casual approach to jorts, grab a floral tank top and some Vans. Wear your jorts the same way you would wear your jeans! Grab a tank with an interesting pattern and some Vans in a cool color. All set to show off your sexy  knees.

 

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For a light wash pair of shorts, grab a darker top. I love short sleeve button ups and jorts, they’re always an easy and classy option. Grab some funky socks and some cool work boots (not to mention some trendy accessories) and you’re good to go.

 

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You will never grow as a person if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. Seriously, what’s more nerve wracking that showing off your knees while wearing a printed pair of shorts?! Maybe wearing a printed pair of shorts with some Chelsea boots and a hat.. Well men, take the leap! Pair a printed pair of shorts with a simple, solid colored tank top. Make sure to keep the shoes simple also! If you’re wearing a statement piece like these shorts you don’t need to add a lot to them, they do the talking themselves.

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If you’re picking up a pair of distressed jorts, don’t be afraid to commit to the Nirvana-esqu vibe they  may bring. Grab one of your flannels, tie it around your waist and top the outfit off (literally) with a vintage band tank or tee. Slip into some Vans or Keds or the like and you’re all set.

Never be afraid to have fun with style. Seriously, it’s exhilarating to dress for no one but yourself. Have fun, take risks and show off your sexy knees.

Namaste,

Gabriela

Steinbeck Style

I grew up with parents who had an unyielding love and passion for literature. My love affair for reading was curated at a young age and it’s something that never left me. Books have always been an escape and a source of unyielding information for me in almost every aspect of my life; through Harry Potter I learned about loyalty and friendship, through Orwell I learned about questioning authority, through Frankenstein I was taught to not judge someone for their differences. It was senior year of high school, however, that I read The Grapes of Wrath and truly found an author who touched my heart and stirred my soul. Books have always been a source of comfort and companionship, and John Steinbeck’s words have changed my life like nothing else.  Today’s post is dedicated to the soul who created the most vivid and beautiful character’s I’ve ever read.

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California on February 27th, 1902.  Salinas is something that touched John deeply and truly, and many of his novels are inspired by his childhood home, where he grew up basking in the valley and surrounding coast. Words and writing fascinated him from a young age, and by 14 John knew that he wanted to be a writer.

From writing incredible novels like East of Eden to The Grapes of Wrath to The Pearl to Of Mice and Men, this Nobel Prize recipient is a legend in his own rite. Steinbeck wrote of working men and women, and their triumphs, struggles, and most of all, their humanity. His characters wore what was necessary; fashion was an afterthought, and of very little importance. That doesn’t mean, however, that Steinbeck didn’t have style.

Steinbeck’s casual and laid back style was both handsome and easy. Timeless and practical, a modern man can channel Steinbeck with a cotton button up, some jeans and some work boots. There’s a sensibility to Steinbeck’s clothes, and it manages to be the perfect mix between fashion and necessity.

 

Although the movie version of The Grapes of Wrath will never do true justice to the novel, the fashion in this movie was wonderful. There was something so charming about the honest and hardworking men in this time period, and the rough work clothes helped to really define these characters on screen. Overalls are coming back in style, so pair some with a thick button down and a Paige boy style cap and you’ve got TGOW style down pat.

 

First off, kudos to the handsome James Dean for being the ultimate babe. I didn’t realize it, but playing Cal Trask in the film version of East of Eden was Dean’s first major onscreen role. I haven’t been able to actually watch this movie, but I am probably going to order it off Amazon so I have it for whenever I need my Steinbeck and Dean fix. Once again, classic working attire helped to create a look that was a bit more refined than that of TGOF, but each look still maintained the man’s labor and dignity in the style. Dean would look good in anything, but this rough and rugged style really works for him.

 

Steinbeck Style

Pair a pair of classic work boots with some Levis, a cotton work shirt and sweater, an oversize vintage blazer and a leather belt to channel Steinbeck and his characters. Layer these essentials with a leather bag and a Paige boy cap for the final touch.

Who is it that’s stirred your soul and inspired your style?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

The Men of the Oscars

I’m not one to goo over red carpet fashions. Although I do love seeing what gowns were worn, for some reason I’m not drawn to award shows. I’m not a huge fan of diamonds, although I like black diamonds a lot, and I’m not one to don delicate jewelry. I think I like day to day fashion or runway shows because I believe every day is a good day to get dressed up; I  like the intricacies of picking out what to wear for day to day life.

The Oscars seem to be the exception to this. Obviously, it’s the biggest show of the year, and it’s the only one I actually care about. Although I love seeing what the women wear, I also adore seeing what the men wear. So today, I bring to you the men of the Oscars and what they wore. You’re welcome.

Zac Efron, in Calvin Klein Collection.

Zac Efron looks dapper as ever in this Calvin Klein Collection skinny suit. Classic, elegant, perfectly tailored and exactly what you would expect from Efron. He’s definitely easy on the eyes.

 

Kevin Spacey, in Burberry.

Kevin Spacey looks dashing in this Burberry Suit. I love a good suit in a blue, and this navy shade hints more on the side of royal blue. The perfect black pointed lapel is paired with a black satin bow tie and is accented by his black watch. I love this look; ageless, appropriate and simple.

 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in Calvin Klein Collection.

Is there anyone who’s a bigger heartthrob than Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Like Effron, he decided to don a Calvin Klein Collection look, and there are no words to describe how perfect he looks except the word perfect. A true gentleman, Gordon Levitt looks impeccable with this satin lapel skinny suit which is accented by the daintiest of red pins. Well done, sir, well done.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio, in Giorgio Armani.

Leonardo DiCaprio looks absolutely gorgeous in this Giorgio Armani suit. I love the visible buttons, the wider satin lapel, the bow tie and the perfect pocket scarf. Come on, men! A pocket scarf or tie clip can work wonders. Although DiCaprio didn’t win an Oscar for his role in Wolf of Wall Street, he won one in my heart for being the biggest babe alive. Also, go Leo for rocking that hair! Ugh, so good Leo, so good.

 

Jared Leto, in Saint Laurent, with Harry Winston jewels.

Jared Leto in Saint Laurent was probably the standout for me as far as men go. I love seeing men take risks with fashion (I use that term relatively because every man looks good in a suit) and honestly I think Leto was the biggest risk taker last night. Leto’s ombred locks pair perfectly with his tri-tone suit; the white dress shirt actually pairs well with the cream suit jacket and black pants. I love the bow tie and pocket scarf and how they add another dimension to the look while seamlessly pulling it all together. Leto is such a talented human being, and I think he is ravishing in this look.

 

Matthew McConaughey, in Dolce & Gabbana, and Camila Alves, in Gabriela Cadena, with Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Matthew McConaughey is also looking absolutely ravishing in this Dolce & Gabbana look. The tri-tone suit is modern and young, while still maintaining an Oscar Worthy appearance. I absolutely love the black buttons on his dress shirt and I love how he paired the black vest with the look. Absolutely wonderful (even though Leo probably doesn’t think so)

 

Martin Scorsese, in Giorgio Armani.

I think Martin Scorsese looks absolutely adorable in this Giorgio Armani suit. Classic, and so well paired with his thick rimmed glasses! He looks so much like Mr.Fredricksen (the old man) from Up! I love it!

 

Ellen DeGeneres, in Saint Laurent.

I know Ellen is not a man, but I just wanted to throw her in here to show that anyone and everyone can look good in a suit. She was brilliant last night AND she broke twitter… as if she couldn’t have been any cooler. She looks amazing in this Saint Laurent piece.

 

All photos courtesy of style.com

Who were your favorites last night?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Five Reasons Every Man Should Practice Yoga

Just like it’s no new fact that I love wearing black, it’s no new fact that I love yoga. One of my long term goals includes being a yoga teacher, and another includes traveling to India to deepen my practice, immerse myself in the culture and hopefully volunteer as well. So, this Monday morning, I am giving every Death King out there five reasons why he should practice yoga. These five reasons are nothing more than just the tip of the iceberg, but we all have to start somewhere!

1. Because you are NOT flexible

I love this meme because it’s so accurate. The wonderful thing about yoga is that it HELPS with flexibility. You don’t have to be able to touch the your toes or put your foot behind your head, but who knows, maybe after a steady practice those things will happen! Yoga couples alignment, stretching, breath and philosophy to create flexibility in your mind, body and soul. Believe me, you’ll be sore after your first yoga class, but it will be well worth it.

 

2. Because it will Help you Breathe

Well, that doesn’t necessarily sound so promising, we’re constantly breathing after all, but let me explain. There are many, many different schools of yoga, but almost every one emphasizes the breath. Different breathing patterns, called pranayama’s, help you in different ways; some calm, some energize, some just help to restore. The most common breathing technique is called ujjayi or ocean breadth and it helps to center and restore and is used in many yoga classes. The breadth is performed by tensing the muscles at the back of the throat and breathing out through the nose, like you’re fogging up a mirror. Paying attention to your breath automatically helps turn your drishti, or gaze, inward; there is stillness and softness that wasn’t present before. By paying attention to the breath while performing the physical postures, a sort of consciousnesses is able to manifest, and there’s a presence that wasn’t there before. This, in turn, carries of the mat and is something you can utilize everyday. Your practice on the mat is a reflection of your life off the mat, after all .

 

3. Because Your Man Butt will Look Really Really Good

Your butt will look great, your body will start to look great, and you’ll feel good. Personally, I love a man with a nice butt, and yoga will definitely give you a nice butt… Yoga means union, and there’s an obvious connection between a happy mind and happy body and soul. The idea behind the series of physical postures, or asanas, is that when the body is active, the mind is quite. The original yogis knew the opposite was true as well; when the body is quite the mind is active. Yoga uses the energetic body and the physical body to strengthen one another; the whole idea of a physical yoga practice is to get your body ready for meditation, or savasana. Don’t be fooled though; a vinyasa style class is no easy feat, it will metaphorically kick your butt, but alas, it will also physically tone it along with the rest of your body.

4. Because There is a Yoga Class for Everyone

Whether you want a physically engaging class or a restoring one, there is a school of yoga for everyone. Love structure and want a class that is like meditation in motion? Try Ashtanga, a school that has a set of series and involves the same postures in almost every class. After  you become familiar with the postures and terminology it becomes moving meditation guided by the breath. Want a yoga practice based around the concept of alignment? Try Iyengar or Anusara. Want a faster paced yoga class that flows from one posture to the next? Try a Vinyasa class. There is something for everyone, find more information about what resonates with you HERE.

 

 

5. Because Yoga is a Spiritual Practice with Physical Benefits, and Not the Other Way Around

The thing with yoga is that YES, it will help tone your inner thighs, shape up your butt, strengthen your back and core, it will help you gain arm muscles and have better postures… those are all true.  But the practice of yoga, when done with integrity, is a lifelong practice that follows you. The physical practice is 1/6th of yoga.. it is only one measly limb. Yoga is one of the most incredible gifts you can give yourself because it will help you to dwell in your soul in a way you didn’t know was possible. I think it’s incredibly attractive when a man takes care of himself, physically and spirituality, and having witnessed the benefits of yoga firsthand, I urge everyone to start a practice and see the benefits themselves. It takes a true man to understand the importance of taking care of himself, and let me tell you, yoga is an amazing way to do it.

I urge everyone, male or female, to get on a mat and see how it changes you. Yoga has many, many more benefits than I was able to list, but I hope I gave you an idea of how much positive change it’s capable of.

PS: These yoga memes are of Woody Woodrow from Our Last Night. When I first met him we bonded over yoga, and two years later, he’s certified as a yoga instructor and practicing yoga around the world while touring with OLN. After two years of talking about doing yoga together, we finally were able to when he OLN was in Atlanta at the Masquerade. If you’re a fan of them and want to get your vinyasa on before a show, ask him to help and he’ll be more than happy to do so.

Namaste,

Gabriela

PS: Yoganonymous has a FREE 60 minute online class for men, which you can find HERE

Defining a Death King

It’s never an easy task to truly define something that’s not necessarily concrete. I defined a Death Queen last week in my weekly blog post for Garnet and Black Magazine, which you can find HERE, so I thought I should also define her male counterpart.

Death King II

 

There is a certain tenderness that arises with consciousness of this life, of the next and of the energies in-between. Almost like a stepping stone, this awareness stems from awakening the unconscious and thinning the veil between this world and the next while doing so. A Death King does not necessarily have to be extremely aware of song of the universe, but he knows it is in his best interest to at least stop and hear its hum. A Death King knows that the mind is the most powerful thing in the world, and he uses it to his advantage.

A Death King knows what he wants and knows how to get there; he is aware of the power that resides in his core and he knows the means in which to manifest it. The Death King understands there is power in positivity and in helping another, and he doesn’t use his awareness as a means of pushing someone else down to climb to the top. He cloaks himself in only that which serves him, whether it’s all black or love and courage.

Just like a Death Queen has a penchant for black, so does the Death King. Since he is acutely aware of the power in presentation, the Death King has no problem in dressing himself in the darkest of shades as a means to repel negativity and feel powerful while doing so. A Death King wears what he wants to wear because he wants to wear it; he is unaffected by others opinions of him because he realizes his own opinion is the only which truly holds weight.

Death King

A Death King is a man versed in life and in his own beliefs. He believes in himself and the unyielding power and potential which resides within him. More than anything else, he realizes this can manifest in every facet of his life… especially in his style.

Namaste,
Gabriela

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.

Death King

 

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

Menswear Monday; Zachary Kent Adauto

Happy Monday, one and all! I haven’t featured a man for Menswear Monday in a good bit, so I decided to feature one of my best friends, and my fashion prodigy, Zack. It’s interesting how people who you don’t expect to be relevant in your life become relevant later on down the road. Zack and I would see each other at local shows all the time about three years ago, but it wasn’t until about a year and a half ago, the summer before my freshman year at college, that we truly became friends and started hanging out. Fast forward to present day and Zack is truly one of my best guy friends. Besides having a great sense of style, Zack has a spastic and happy personality, and even though he may not seem like it, he has a soft and beautiful heart. Zack loves telling people I am responsible for his sense style, and although I have helped style him on occasion, I think he needs to give himself some more credit.

If more men dressed like Zack, then I would be a very happy girl

Find Zack on instagram and twitter: @dookietrance

Namaste,

Gabriela

No. 21 Fall 2014 Menswear Collection Review

Ahh, Menswear Fashion Week, How brilliantly you sparkle and how freshly you polish my heart. A smile never ceases to form on the edges of my lips as my eyes hungrily scurry across Style.com at all the well dressed gentlemen. I’m tempted to make a little scrapbook of all my favorite looks and collections so I never forget them, maybe I’ll just find a random boy to dress in all the latest trends..we shall see.

I’m still learning the ins and outs of the wonderful world of menswear, so I always find new houses and designers I’m not familiar with. No. 21 is one of said houses. Just like Guillaume Henry manages to create pieces that are both high fashion, easy, and wearable for Carven, Alessandro Dell’Acqua does the same for No. 21. Tartan sweaters, leather jackets, pleated dress pants and neoprene sweatshirts and jackets all layer perfectly to immaculately dress every  model who’s sent down the runway. Appropriately enough, there are, you guessed it, 21 looks in this collection. Layers are key, once again, for this jewel tone modern rendition of a somewhat classic urban style. Think modern German boarding school for this collection; peeks of collars under striped and cable knit sweaters, cropped dress pants and leather platform boots. Each layer and detail, from the leather soled boots to the perfectly mismatched patterns, all elevate this from a basic men’s look. The perfect burnt orange compliments all the navy, burgundy and gray, and patterns used as accents, such as stripes and tartans once more, all weave these colors together. Furs and shags all add yet another dimension to this collection, and paired with a slick side parted do for all the models, there is no doubt this collection is definitely up any menswear fanatics ally.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What’s YOUR favorite look?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

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

Alexander Wang Fall 2013 Collection Review

I’ve been on a death king/macabre Monday/ all black everyday binge this past…lifetime.. and I am not about to stop now. Alexander Wang has risen and risen and risen in my book of favorite designers. This once up and coming designer is now a household name and he deserves it; i mean, even Yeezus recognizes how great he is. Wang’s Fall 2014 menswear collection is dark, haunting, urban and avant-garde. Oversize cowl necks, hoods and ankle skimming cropped pants all form together to create the perfect death king equation. The mostly monochromatic color scheme works with the punk style aesthetic that Wang seemed to be aiming for in everything from cut, silhouette and crop to models. Oversize shirts and sweaters in simple gray and black patterns pair well with a straight cropped slack and the perfect black leather work boot. The textures in this collection also work together to help create some variety and interest in an incredibly cohesive collection; suede, cotton, leather, denim and even velvet, all make an appearance. This collection is for the man who knows how to stand his ground. This collection is for the man who knows that holds his power and his strength in his own hands. It takes a certain type of sensibility to wear clothes in colors that manage to mute you, but to still be able to hold your own. There comes a certain type of  freedom that becomes ingrained in you when you let go of others expectations for the way you conduct and dress yourself. It is liberating to wear what you want to wear and dress how you want to dress; even if it’s in all black. This collection is for the man who knows he couldn’t blend in if he tried.

Hope you have a well dressed macabre Monday

XXX
Gabriela

Macabre Monday: What to Get Your Death King for the Holidays

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year; the holiday season is in full swing. It’s already halfway through Hanukkah (Happy Hannukah to any of my readers who are celebrating along with my family) and now it’s officially December! It’s officially time to start thinking about what to get your loved ones and what to wear for New Years and where to go for Chinese food on Christmas (for the Jews at least…). I’ve put together a little gift guide for the death king in your life (or like me, the imaginary death king in your life).

 

1. Anything and Everything Tom Ford

Tom Ford is effortless, classic and sexy. Buy him a gift set like this and he will love how he smells almost as much as you do. You can even buy a mini bottle of his cologne as a stocking stuffer.

2. A Nice Bow Tie

Topman is just a really great brand all around and this modern style bow tie is the perfect addition to any macabre men’s closet. Add some aftershave and a leather backpack to the gift and you have the perfect little set.

3. Some Trendy Boxer Briefs

Because what man wouldn’t appreciate some trendy boxer briefs? These Topman ones are way too great.

4. A Leather Snapback

I don’t usually dig snapbacks, but I love this leather Topman one (see the pattern?) Have your man pair it with some fitted, cuffed, black jeans and a short sleeve black button up for ultimate macabre sexiness.

5. Shaving Supplies

Anthony Logistics Shave Cream 170gmAnthony Logistics For Men - Pre-Shave Oil

 

I thoroughly appreciate a great beard, but not every man can pull that off. Why not get your man some nice supplies to make his shave smooth and his face supple? Add some cologne and your man will be irresistable (and all yours).

6. A Leather Backpack

 

You can be casual and still look cool as hell.Every man needs a leather backpack, especially a Death King. Again, this lovely piece is Topman. Stuff it with antique versions of his favorite books and you have an ace gift.

7. A Cool Lil’ Polaroid Camera

Polaroid Z340 14MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Built-In Printer - Black These babes can get a bit pricey but I think they’re an awesome gift. You can get them from a bunch of different places and if you’re up for the challenge I’m sure you can find one from a garage sale/ thrift/ antique shop that still works. Buy this for your man, sneak in some photos of him and stick them in a little backpack you got him and you got another little gift. Boom.

8. A Record Player

Who wouldn’t love a record player, especially if it’s as cute as this mini Crosley one? Definitely a staple that can turn any abode into a special little home. Add a couple records and he will love you forever. Not to mention the fact records always make great gifts, you’ll always know what to get him.

9. Vintage Tie Clips

A little piece like a vintage tie clip can add a lot to a simple black tie. Pair one, or a couple, vintage tie clips in a little gift box with a skinny tie and bow tie and your man will be dapper as ever,

10. A Slick Black Watch

I grew up appreciating a nice men’s watch because of my fathers ever expansive collection. I love how modern an all black watch is; it’s still a classic, just with a edgy and sexy twist. Add a hint of gold or silver and your man will feel as sexy as he looks.

What are YOU planning on buying for your man this Holiday season?!

Cheers!

Gabriela

 

 

 

Macabre Monday: Five Ways to Dress Like a Death King

Happy Monday one and all! While brainstorming something different for today’s post, I remembered I posted something on Instagram with the hashtag of #macabremmonday about a month ago. Well, since today is Menswear Monday after all, I decided to dedicate my Macabre Monday to my death kings out there. I love being able to wear all black and feel powerful and i honestly think a well dressed man in black is incredibly sexy. Today’s post features five simple ways to channel your inner Edgar Allen Poe!

 Classy and Casual

Start with the basics. A pair of jeans that fits well (not too tight, not too loose), a black short sleeve button up and some nice black suede boots or oxfords. Add a motorcycle style leather jacket, a leather briefcase and a thick beanie; I love the contrast of the slightly dressed up bag with the chunky beanie. Grab a book and a black and gold accented watch, and you look classy and casual and ready to take on whatever realm you choose.

Belstaff Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
Photo courtesy of style.com

 

Dapper on the Go

If you’re anything like me, you still take time to get ready for your 8:30 am class. I know this is unusual but I promise it doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to look decent for an early class and i can promise you’ll feel more prepared and confident for the day ahead. My biggest advice is to pick your outfit out the night before. Start like before with a  good pair of jeans, but in the cold winter months I would trade a button up short sleeve for a thick sweater, adding a coat and some boots once more. Leather accents, such as these boots, wallet and backpack, help you dress like a death king and still be comfortable and prepared for the day (or 8:30 stat). Invest in a killer watch and you’ll never be late,  even to outrun death himself.

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
Photo courtesy of style.com

Belstaff Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Phillip Lim 3.1 Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
Photo courtesy of style.com

 

Dressed for the Heavens

Every man should have pieces that make him feel like a king. I adore a well fitted suit on a man, my preference is of the skinny variety. If you have to be more formal for an event, a monochromatic black look with gold accents is easy and so classy it hurts. I started with this button up dress shirt and added some skinny trouser pants. I thought that a skinny tie would pop nicely with a vintage gold tie clip, and opted for this instead of a bow tie. I added a men’s blazer instead of a classic suit jacket to change the look into something a little bit more wearable. Change the details to something unexpected; add some leather work boots and sunglasses in a unique shape or style. Again, a black and gold watch adds the perfect pop, and some gold cuff links wouldn’t hurt either .

Band of Outsiders Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
Photo courtesy of style.com

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Dior Homme Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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Top of the Class

To wear the title of “Death King” means being inspired by many dimensions, many lives and many stores..including the beloved Topman. Topman has an endless bounties of macabre pieces that can be worn and worn through season after season. Bundling up in black basics is always a good option when you want to feel and look good. Start with some jeans and a long sleeve tee, add a black hoodie, leather jacket and some boots to stay classic and comfortable. Add details like a woven belt and a weird beanie and you’ll stand out in the best way possible. Topmen don’t blend in, after all.

Alexander Wang Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
Photo courtesy of style.com

The Laziest Death King

People tend to have this crazy idea that being comfortable and lazy means you can’t dress well. Well. I am here to relieve your distress and tell you that’s not true. The biggest tip I have for my lazy fashion loving men is to buy and invest in pieces that are comfortable but still wearable. Buy some black Vans, some sweatpants that are cool, a graphic pullover.  Have a few pieces, like a good hoodie or some really nice worn in jeans, that you can turn to when you slept too much or are sick (read, hungover) or just lazy and still want to look good. I have some tee shirts from Pull and Bear that I know I can wear with some leggings and a big sweater and be cozy in. Grab some cool sweats, a varsity jacket, a graphic pullover and a sassy beanie and I promise you, you’ll look like the death king you are (even with no effort)

Balmain Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
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3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
Photo courtesy of style.com

Hope this post has inspired you to dress a little bit more on the dark side!

Namaste,

Gabriela Lorraine

 

Belstaff Spring 2014 Menswear Collection Review

I couldn’t pass up the fantastic opportunity of writing a wee menswear collection review. Past all the Polyvore posts and featured men, Menswear Monday hasn’t been quite so exciting. I always need practice articulating how a collection looks, feels…etc, and I wanted to catch up on the men’s shows so here I am! I reviewed Belstaff’s Spring 2013 Collection a couple weeks ago, and I had I couldn’t resist a review  of their menswear collection as well. This military inspired collection is rugged and rough in all the right ways. With pops of citrus and the perfectly fitted pants, this collection is definitely suited for everything from the harsh city streets to more natural and rugged terrain. Thick, industrial style jackets are given an urban twist with cinched waits and structured collars which lend the collection a slightly more feminine vibe (in all the right ways). This collection includes work style men’s bodysuits as well as ascots and some beautiful leather bags, which are all unexpected for Spring, but with bright neutrals they will definitely transition well. This collection is the perfect mix of industrial bad boy and well dressed gentleman. Who knew Columbia, SC could spawn such a talented designer!

XXX
Gabriela

Menswear Monday: Sheldon

I’m always inspired by my male friends who have their own style and aesthetic going on. As much as I loveeeeee men in basketball shorts and flip flops, read I don’t, i also love a man who takes time to think about the way in which he’s presenting himself. I am lucky enough to be good friends with some rather dapperly dressed fellows, and my friend Sheldon is no different.

I met Sheldon through some mutual friends and he quickly became one of my closest male friends. Sheldon is the kind of guy that you love once you meet; he’s authentic and sweet and will never be anything he isn’t. I can’t tell you how many tweets I’ve seen at Sheldon about people who are so glad to have met him (he lives in Atlanta so I’m not there to hear it first hand). Sheldon’s a senior at GSU studying psychology and this  understanding of how people work probably plays into why he is such a good friend (MOST of the time, he can be quite sassy at times, believe me). Besides having a thorough understanding of what makes people tick, one of Sheldon’s most remarkable qualities is that he lives so truly to who he is; he doesn’t waste time trying to make others view him in a certain light, he is purely and utterly himself and it’s fantastic. Sheldon will tell you the truth even if you don’t want to hear it because he knows it’s what you need to hear, but he will also be there for you when times are tough. He lives righteously and lovingly and is always there if you need him.

Sheldon’s style is urban, relaxed and definitely cool. You will never see Sheldon without his signature beanie or hat, and you will probably always see him in a pair of straight cut jeans. Sheldon’s passion for music is definitely a prevalent influence in his style of dress, and the fact that  he lives in downtown Atlanta probably shapes his aesthetic more than a little bit as well.

Sheldon is a good person all in all, and the fact that he dresses well doesn’t hurt. I’ll probably keep him around.

Steal His Style:

Grab a pair of some dark wash, fitted jeans, a flannel and a hoodie. Throw on a leather jacket over it, lace up your Vans and grab your leather backpack, fake of course, and you’re all set to steal Sheldon’s style! The key is finding the balance between looking good and being comfortable.

What guys in your life dress well?!

XXX
Gabriela

Menswear Monday:

It’s always fun featuring long time friends on Breathing Fashion. I consider myself a baby (I’ll be 20 in February) but casually bringing up friends who I’ve known for 8 years never ceases to make me feel a bit old. Zackh is one of those friends. We met back in middle school where we bonded over our horrid science teacher and our involvment with the performing arts. Zach moved away before we entered high school, but through Facebook and Skype, and later Instagram and twitter, we were able to keep in contact and keep the friendship thriving. Zach is one of those guys who will literally warm your heart; his rosy cheeks and huge smile are the equivalent to a warm blanket and a cup of hot tea on a cold winter day. I have some great memories of Zach dancing to Cheetah Girls at the eight grade dance because he KNEW he rocked; even in the midst of the  ignorant chuckles of fourteen year old boys, Zach wasn’t afraid to be authentic and enjoy the moment. He has always been the kind of man who has an aura that is warm and golden and that draws others to him.

Beyond Zach as a person, he has always had great style! Zach is the perfect sort of classic prep. he pulls of “white boy who walked into J Crew” (his words) perfectly. Whether it’s the perfectly fitted polo or the cotton wife beater, Zach has his style down pat.

I asked Zach some questions about his style, what he’s studying in school, and his celebrity fashion crush.

I’m 19 year old, college sophomore, integrated marketing communications major (hoping to go into branding or social media), I love Chipotle (a little bit to much), love fitness, traveling, caramel lattes, cute puppies, and television. I have two ultimate style rules; always wear cute underwear and never be basic. Although men’s fashion can get boring and repetitive, there is always room to throw in a tie, a bright pair of shoes, or a quirky pair of socks. How I would describe my personal style: I would describe my personal style as classic white girl, no seriously, I would describe it as “quirky prep”. My favorite article of clothing has to be a good pair of khakis and a bow tie. When worn as an accent to an outfit, and not the centerpiece, a bow tie can surly turn eyes in a crowded room. If I could steal a celebrity’s closet,  I would obviously have to steal Brad Goreski’s (because duh), he is basically my inspiration when it comes to fashion and I try my best to take inspiration from him and use it with my own clothing pieces. I also really enjoy Theodore Leaf and Darren Criss. I always care about fashion because you never know when you are going to meet your future boss, lover, or best friend. I always want to make a good first impression. Most importantly though when I look good, I feel good. I feel more productive and confident. I shop at a combination of, GAP, Urban Outfitters, Express, Banana Republic, H&M, J. Crew, Bonobos, and PacSun.

What does your style say about you?

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Gabriela

Menswear Monday: Inspired by the Supers

What’s better than having an excuse to dress up in a costume? Probably nothing (but chocolate milk comes close). Although it can be super fun to strut around in full blown super hero attire, sometimes the time, or money, constraints don’t let this happen. Even as a dude, though, you can still take a lesson in fashion from the sexiest men in the universe; Batman, Spiderman and Superman.

Batman is probably my favorite superhero. I love how dark and gloomy and misunderstood he is, typical, right? He’s pretty easy to dress as too! Grab yourself some black jeans, and a black tank top, a black leather jacket and a yellow hoodie. Slide the hoodie on under the leather jacket and let the hood hang out like a makeshift cape. Add a leather backpack, some black shoes and of course, a Batman mask, and you’ll be the darkest knight in sight,

 

Superman is a little bit more colorful than his bat brethren. Start with some black jeans and a blue tank top, add a red hoodie and black leather jacket (letting the hood hang out again) and top it off with some yellow shoes. Still don’t think people recognize who you’re inspired by? Add a Superman backpack for good measure,

 

Last but not least is Spiderman. You can easily channel him by grabbing a pair of dark blue jeans, a red tank top and a black leather jacket. Slide on some black oxfords or boots, a dark blue backpack and a red or blue watch and you’ll be a bigger babe than Andrew Gardfield (and let’s not kid ourselves, he’s a huge babe).

Who are YOU dressing as this Halloween?

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Gabriela

Menswear Monday; Twisted Classic

After trying to figure out how to make my Monday post less monotonous, I decided I would turn to my well dressed gentlemen friends for some inspiration. After a couple tweets and texts, I decided my friends Nolan and Alex were a solid fit!

 

Nolan

I met Nolan through some of my friends in Issues about a year and a half ago, he is a freshmen at Berry College where he’s studying music bussiness. Nolan is the kind of guy who shines; people are naturally pulled towad him  Not only does Nolan have a killer smile, but he has a huge heart and is one of those people who will succeed in whatever he decides he wants to pursue. Nolan is always dapper; whether it’s in a button up gingham shirt and jeans, or a band tank top, Nolan has a firm understanding that you wear the outfit, the outfit does not wear you.

“I pretty much throw on whatever comes to mind. I’m more of a mix of classy and casual. When I walk out of the door, i want people to see that I care about the way i look. Black, white, grey and blue are my everyday colors; they describe my feelings and help show off my personality. Button up shirts and sweaters are my favorites but I like throwing on a tee shirt on lazy days. I study music at Berry College, and I hope to let my style grow as I travel and become more educated with musican’s around the world”.

Nolan’s firm grasp and understanding of fashion and how an appearance can make a difference is a sure mar that he will stand out and make his mark on the music industry.

Alex

A common thread that ties both Nolan and Alex together, besides dressing well, seems to be their love for music. Currently the merch man for The Chariot, Alex is about to head out and help sling merch for their last tour ever. It’s incredibly admirable, in my humble opinion, to see people who dress well when they tour. I can only imagine that sleeping in a van with upwards of 5 other people while living on the road for months at a time,can take personal hygiene and personal style and throw it out the window. It’s always refreshing to go to a show and see a guy wearing something other than another bands tank top and some week old sweaty jeans. Alex definitely seems to hold the same perspective when it comes to touring in style. I asked him a few questions about what he wears on and off tour, his celebrity style crush and more.

Breathing Fashion: What do you wear on tour vs off tour?

Alex: My tour style all depends on the season. For instance, I was just out on the Vans Warped tour and the consistent 100 degree weather led me to mostly wear whatever t shirt I had (if it wasn’t too hot) and some thrift store, cut off khaki shorts. Summer is all about simplicity in style. I live in Nashvile, TN so my style wouldn’t change all that much in the summer, with the exception of the addition of short sleeve dress shirts. I am about to leave for a tour in October and rather than go with my normal “tour” look, I’m going to try to keep it as high class as possible, incorporating lots of different jackets with Oxford shoes and button ups from some of my favorite stores including H&M.

 BF: Where’s your typical shopping destination?

 A:My favorite place to shop would have to be H&M. It provides a bit of a more affordable alternative to other stores I like to go when I have a bit more money like J. Crew. But I’m not afraid of clearance racks or thrift stores. I find the Old Navy clearance rack can provide a guy with all the plaid button ups he could want. If you’re looking for nice shoes, check Goodwill first then get some shoe shine!

BF:How would you describe your style?

A: I would describe my style as the touring professional. I love dressing up and wearing things that are as classy as possible, but you shouldn’t  be surprised when you see a couple patches added to my jacket or tattoos poking out from my shirt sleeve.

BF: If you could dress like any male celebrity, who would it be and why?

A:  if I could dress like any celebrity, I’d have to say Jake Gyllenhaal. He has my type of look down. Always looking clean, but you know there is some edge to him, whether its that great beard he grows or his minor threat shirt you see him wearing occasionally.

        

PS: Columbia folks; the Chariot will be playing their first show of their last tour EVER on October 10th at New Brookland Tavern. Atlanta folks, the last day of their tour is at the Masquerade on November 19th.

I’m glad I know such fashionable men, i would definitely dress like these two if I was a lad, for now I’ll just take a lesson from their style.

Namaste

Gabriela

Menswear Monday; Dress to Impress

First off, happy Labor Day to one and all!  I hope everyone has been sitting poolside and basking in the sun. It goes without saying that if you can still wear white after today BUT you should probably just wear black since black is the best ( unless you’re going for the futuristic minimalist look, in which case please continue wearing white).

Anyway, I was recently approached by one of my good friends who wants me to help style him. He’s going to be in a position where what he wears is important, read limelight, and wanted my advice and “knowledge” (I use this term loosely) when it comes to menswear. First off, he has the perfect gaunt, lanky frame to be able to work any and every trend, so obviously I didn’t hesitate in screaming, texting, YES I ACCEPT when he offered for me to help him. The thing is, he already has his own sense of style and this, in turn, can open it’s own can of worms; I need to be able to define his style while still letting him be himself. You can tell when someone is inauthentic, even if it’s just in the clothes they wear; they either look and/or feel uncomfortable or they read as completely fake. Either way, that’s not the road you want to take as a stylist. I don’t want to create an identity for my friend, I just want to help him create the style he wants and make it accessible for him. With that being said, after a little discussion, I decided to make some outfit sets to help see what he had in mind vs what I have in mind.

Straight jeans, nice boots, a classic watch and a tank top and a sweatshirt or button up are all good classic pieces that work well with a lean frame. Use pieces like a beanie or backpack to add another element to a simple outfit.

 

Another easy way to layer when the day transitions from warm, early in the morning, to cool, late at night, is by layering. Start with a pair of straight cut, dark wash jeans, pair it with a tank top and knot a flannel around your waist. When the evening wind starts scratching at your cheeks, throw on your flannel and slide a pull over on. The lapel and length of the flannel will add some color and interest to  your outfit. Pair it with an urban inspired backpack filled with a great book, some leather shoes and a leather belt and you’re good to go.

 

Living in the South means it’s still warm, so I threw together this collage as an example of how easy it is to still dress well when it’s still famously hot. A patterned or solid short sleeve button up with some cut off shorts and vans or oxfords is simple enough to wear everyday. Unlike basketball shorts and frat tees ,however, you still look classic without looking 15.

 

The last look I created was also pretty simple. Being thin means you can rock things like Henley’s. even though my friend claims otherwise. I liked the pop of the maroon, and I paired the long sleeve with some straight cut jeans as well as a leather varsity jacket and a leather backpack for some edge. A classic watch with a black face and camel strap ties in the perfect leather belt. Add some great slip on leather boots and a piece of classic literature, and you’re more than ready to be the front man.

 

What would YOU style?!

XXX
Gabriela

Dress Like your Favorite Bad Boy: Marlon Brando

Whether you know him from the Godfather,A Streetcar Named Desire, or somewhere in between, Marlon Brando is still the ultimate bad boy. I know Marlon as Stanley from Streetcar, and for this reason I wanted to revamp the classic style Stanley wears; jeans and a fitted white tee shirt (if he’s wearing a shirt). It’s not a hard look to pull off, although most men will probably prefer Brando’s tight shirt style older brother; the loose tee. Brando’s spandex style tee shirt is probably best suited for him and him alone.

He’s a looker.

To revamp Stanley’s classic style, find yourself a plain white tank top and some fitted dark wash jeans. Grab a black (fake) leather belt and make yourself into the man you are. Lacing up your classic dress shoes and grab your dressed up backpack and you’re ready to woo any lady that’s lucky enough to lay eyes on you.

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Gabriela

 

Saint Laurent Spring 2014 Menswear Collection Review

This collection is not for the men who are faint of heart, nor is it for those who are questioning their masculinity. Slimane has done it again, seeking out a younger generation of thin, waif style, rockabilly boys to target in his most recent menswear collection. Leather was a staple, accenting the long, lean legs of the young thin men that wore them. Ranging from red and black pants to blazers and shoes, Slimane was not shy of this patent staple. Nor was he shy of eccentricity; although the collection has the classic skinny suite style throughout, Slimane manages to stray far, far away from being quote on quote “classic”. Some of the looks are more wearable, simple fitted suits with accents such as metal tipped  or leather lined collars. With suit jackets and blazers ranging in patterns from checkers and cheetah prints to polka dots and sequins, this Saint Laurent collection is probably not what YSL himself had in mind. Although many have detested Slimane from straying so far from the path of Yves Saint Laurent’s vision, it may be time to embrace change and youth. The target market may have changed, along with the houses’ name itself, since Slimane’s reign of Saint Laurent, but the cool, classic edge of Saint Laurent certainly has not. Fashion is an expression of the current times, and just like the 1920’s, maybe Slimane’s so called rebellion of the classic YSL style is Slimane’s effort to create a new age flapper style for men, so to speak. If Slimane is creating something so out of the ordinary for the house he is working for, who’s to say that he isn’t feeding the people what society is feeding him.

 

If you’re more for the classic menswear style and want to woe me, or any style appreciative lady, wear something along the lines of fitted pants, a blazer or leather jacket, some cool shades and the perfect leather shoe.

XXX
Gabriela

Menswear Monday: Richard James Spring 2014 Menswear Collection Review

This collection is a little bit dapper, a whole lot of Gatsby and even a little feminine. Consisting of mostly soft pastels and splashes of bright colors, this collection is for the man who doesn’t feel comfortable looking like he belongs chugging a beer. Skinny suits, plaid, summer hats and embroidered summer loafers all make an appearance for Spring 2014. The well dressed gentlemen is definitely coming back into style with thanks to The Great Gatsby, and men like This Fellow.

I like men who embrace monochromatic color pallets, and unusual color schemes.

Happy Monday!

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?!

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Gabriela

Black is the New Black

Black is dark and sexy and edgy. It is the color of strength and it repels negativity. To me, there is nothing sexier than a guy who wears black well, a little rough around the edges but with a smile that melts what you have of a heart. A man who can take care of himself can take care of me, and a man who can dress himself well can also probably pick out a decent gift for me when it comes time for birthday presents.

You don’t need to be extravagant to dress well, gents. Some fitted pants. a loose tank top and a pair of sturdy leather shoes and my heart is yours.

I desperately NEED these! @DrMartens #DocMartens #DocMartens #British #Flag! 

NEED! #DrMartens

I love all of these incredible menswear items off of Monsieur La Style, especially the handsome man below

Say hi to our #Topman Personal Stylist Travis! Expert shopper in mens suiting!

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What do YOU like on men??

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Gabriela

Memorial Day Menswear Monday

Happy Memorial Day to all my fellow Breathing Fashionistas! Although the holiday itself is over, I still wanted to post a little something in honor of America. Although this is a holiday to honor all those who are serving, or have served, our country, I decided I would honor an incredible American menswear designer.

Tom Ford immerses himself in creating the perfect gentlemen. He uses clothing as his medium to construct the most impeccably dressed man he can create,  His incredible tailoring is what allows to make each look so powerful, and so flattering.

What do you think of the silhouette and style Ford creates?

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Gabriela