‘Tis the season for summer vacations. Since we do a lot of traveling, we’ve learned how to minimize packing woes while maximizing the wow factor of our outfits. We found the must-have summer bag that does it all – you can wear it whether traipsing through the city or lounging on the beach. Pair it with any of the 11 other essential summer packing pieces, and you will have countless options to mix and match no matter the destination.
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Last weekend we were helping a client overhaul his wardrobe. All was going well until we came upon the infamous gingham shirt.
As soon as he saw it, his eyes got wide and he insisted it was too fancy for his casual style. The next twenty minutes consisted of us convincing him it was versatile and showing him the outfits to prove it.
Lucky us, he became a believer and now is a happy owner of a beautiful gingham dress shirt.
It got us thinking, if he is having trouble with the seemingly tame gingham print, there must be other dress shirt patterns that raise even more cause for concern.
Enter, the madras shirt.
Madras is a lightweight cotton that typically takes the form of colorful plaid fabrics. Since these shirts can oftentimes be loud and reserved for summertime, we wanted to find a madras shirt that was versatile and could be worn into the fall.
Below, we present you with the perfect madras shirt to transition into the cooler weather. We also created three looks around the shirt, ranging from fancy to casual. Hopefully this helps you put your mind at ease and inspires you to purchase a madras shirt of your own.
The madras shirt – J.Crew Madras Plaid Shirt – $73
From Left to Right:
Look 1: Trousers – $445, Blazer – $450, Skinny Tie – $16, Wingtip Shoes – $198, Satchel – $52
Look 2: Blue Shorts – $200, Striped Sweater – $220, Socks – $16.50, Boots – $180
Look 3: Denim – $150, Fatigue Jacket – $180, Jack Purcell’s – $50
We met with a client this weekend who is looking for a personal shopper to help him use style to get rid of his good boy appearance. He mentioned Johnny Depp being a style icon of his because he looks up to his nonchalant bad boy vibe.
Using Mr. Depp as a starting point, we realized no one better embodies this transition from good boy to bad than Zac Efron. After obtaining a squeaky clean reputation from the High School Musical franchise, Efron transformed his personal style to slowly phase out his good boy image. Now, he’s one of the most sartorial young male actors.
As the first step to consulting our client, we created the below mood board to give focus to our mission: embody a tough, modern, and casual aesthetic during our journey of transforming him from good-boy college student to an edgy and urban professional man.
We’re totally obsessed with the oxblood color invading the fashion scene this season. We’re especially obsessed with these ankle booties from MANGO, so when we saw the brand was hosting a contest on Polyvore we figured we’d try out hand at our ideal fall look.
We envision this worn with minimal face makeup minus a bold oxblood lip and a messy chignon. Style details would include the white shirt under the dress, with the collar and cuffs popping out. What do you think? We say bring on the sartorial season of the year.
This week is full of conferences in Seattle, from Microsoft’s TechReady event to SEOmoz’s MozCon. Living in Seattle we’re fortunate to have big brands with a laid back attitude, so what is acceptable attire at these conferences are different than the old school way of thought. It seems more and more conferences are letting loose and offering a common ground for attendees to be comfortable and stand out. Thus, we’ve created a summer conference style guide to help you rethink business casual. Get ready to make an impression (don’t forget those business cards!).
Old School DOs and DON’Ts
DO stay neutral for professional conferences stuck in the old school of thought.
DO wear sturdy shoes. Get modestly playful with the shape, but keep it essentially close toed.
DO choose a cap-sleeved dress in order to stay cool, but still be professional in the summer months.
DON’T over accessorize. A few key subdued statement pieces are enough.
DO add some color!
DO slightly dress up casual pieces, like a light-weight chambray shirt.
DO take advantage of more casual affairs and wear smart flats.
DON’T forget tailoring. Fit is always important. The low key vibe is not an excuse to look sloppy.
New School DOs and DON’Ts
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