Winter Styles For The Everyman | Zara

Despite this November’s uncharacteristically warm weather, winter is on its way and it’s time to start preparing. But I am going to keep today’s post short and sweet. Men – for those of you who are struggling to find pieces that are sensible AND cool for the upcoming winter season, Zara has everything you need. Whether you’re looking for a casual cool office look or a grungier street style, the international ready to wear brand has it all.

This year’s collection entitled ‘Simple Present’ focuses on the modern essentials for the everyday man: a mix of classic elegant designs and trendy pieces meant for laying in a neutral color palette. Here are some of my favorite from Zara’s Autumn Winter 2016-2017 collection, but I can promise you that I will be going back for more!

Zara Braided Cardigan

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Zara Camouflage Bomber Jacket + Zara Skinny Jeans

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Zara Suede Sweater

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Zara Herringbone Coat

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Zara Nylon Jacket

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The Lazio | SUITSUPPLY

A man can never have too many suits. But if you can only fit one in your closet, then the Lazio Suit from SUITSUPPLY should be the lucky winner. Defined by its sleek clean fit, the Lazio cut is a more youthful version of the classic tailored suit. With a slim notch lapel and lightly padded shoulder, this 2-button jacket emits a sharp silhouette.

The suit is a power move. When you dress like a boss, you feel like a boss. Gone are the times of baggy trousers and over-sized jackets. In men’s fashion today, a suit should look custom made. Rather than hide in layers of fabric, a well-tailored suit should exude confidence and broaden your features. And the Lazio cut does just that.

A suit doesn’t have to be double breasted with peaked lapels to play the part of a CEO. The slim notch lapel feature on the SUITSUPPLY piece is subtle and gives off an effortlessly cool appearance. In contrast, the lightly padded shoulders automatically broadens the jacket. Unlike un-padded shoulders, which tend to give off a more natural and casual appeal, the padded shoulder provides a sharp profile and strong, masculine silhouette.

Fall Fashion Finds | John Varvatos

I think we can all agree that summers in the Windy City aren’t typically all that windy – quite frankly, they can be brutally hot and humid. Don’t get me wrong, nothing can beat summertime Chi. But I’d have to say early fall weather is my favorite: the air is brisk enough to break out the flannel and the sun makes cool sunglasses still a necessity.

In late September thru October, Chicago is an autumn paradise. With 70 degree temperate, the heavy humidity is gone and multicolor leaves start shading the city orange + yellow. But what do I love most about fall? Easy – fall fashion. As we transition seasons, this year’s male fashion trends are effortlessly rugged and undoubtedly masculine. Style trends are airing on the softer side versus louder designs and patterns in past years. Prints are rich with content, but with the right combination of fabric + color, they are simply subtle. We are seeing a lot of stripes this season in an array of colors – not just black and white.

This fall season, less is more. Rather than trying to make a statement intricate designs, flashy trends and an overwhelming amount of patterns, make that statement with one piece of clothing. Try to balance it all. If your shirt is black and white plaid, just go with a monochromatic color of jeans or pants. John Varvatos captured this organic ‘less is more’ mantra perfectly with his fall collection. Every piece is classy, subtle and rich in make.

Fall is finally here folks. Happy shopping!

 

A Gentleman’s Armor | Suit Supply

The suit will forever be a wardrobe staple and their evolution since the late 18th century is proof of their fashion resiliency. While we’ve come a long way from frock coats and the notorious zoot suit, the modern suit, like its predecessors, still has a certain air of confidence about it. A man in a suit not only looks like a dapper, Jay Gatsby approved gentleman, but also a successful businessman.

While your clothes should always echo who you are, the suit should do it with subtle conviction. The cut, the fit, the color, the details: they all should conspire to reflect the trust-worthy gentleman you are. Which is where Suit Supply comes in. This company gets it right! Their contemporary suits exude professionalism and style. With shirts in every color + pattern combo you could possibly imagine, the customizing possibilities are endless. I also love the lightweight linen – perfect for summer!