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!
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.
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.