Posts Tagged ‘men’s fashion’

tom_kolovos_wordpressnewTom Kolovos, NBC Chicago Street Team

What separates the men from the boys this time of year? The men know it’s not how much you spend but how much you save.

If it is true that along with age comes wisdom, then some of us have been around long enough to know that one of the great joys of shopping the summer sales is getting a deal on  designer clothes that you normally can’t afford and that are going to perfect  your Fall wardrobe. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and, yes, real men get great deals on their Fall clothes in August!

One of the perennials you should be seeking out are coats. Spring coats that failed to impress your fellow shoppers can be had for 75% off if you remind yourself that for a city like Chicago, the difference between the weight of a Fall or Spring coat is indistinguishable.

Best buys this time of year would include a new trench or a leather jacket. For the latter, try the  sleek olive green military inspired one from Rag and Bone or the grey Ellie Tahari, both at Saks Fifth Avenue right now.

Those with an eagle eye for fashion this Fall will tell you that donning a henley instead of a t shirt or button front shirt is one of the surest ways to update your casual wardrobe. So if you’re a desperado for the perfect henley, pick up the  perfect  cotton and cashmere version from Rag and Bone that is still available,  again at Saks. Roberto Agnes can help you locate all of the items mentioned here.

Finally, lightweight knits that can be easily layered like the v neck sweater — and especially the cardigan — will be ubiquitous right through next Spring. Pick up the grey Etro cardigan with tie dye detail, for instance, again at Saks (most likely still available through the Beverly Hills store. Ask for Christopher).

Let the best Spring 2010 men’s collection at Bottega Veneta inspire you. And remember, the early bird gets the worm and the kickass fall wardrobe.


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tom_kolovos_wordpressnewTom Kolovos, NBC Chicago Street Team

Let’s say you’re a guy who knows that cargo shorts suffered a timely death at least 2 seasons ago but that you’re also on a budget this summer just when you need a few new pairs of shorts  now.  What should you look for and where?

Look for shorts in bold solids or patterns that end somewhere above your knee and taper from the mid thigh to the hem. If you’re looking for a bargain right now, head to Club Monaco and ask for their “Broderick” short. All patterns are on sale for $29.  The short comes in a  good array of checks, plaids and bold graphics.

A client who took my advice last week wrote in an email: “Just wanted to say thank you for the tip on the shorts at Club Monaco.  I went there on Sunday after the gym and immediately found 3 pair I liked.  One was in my size and the salesperson was able to find the other 2 in other stores.  Very cute, shapely, stylish and perfect for the streets!  All for less than $100, so a great deal overall!”

My personal favorites are the “Dk Blue Mix/Blue Fonce” which is essentially a teal diamond patterned print and the “Black Pattern” which looks like black lattice on a white background. Both of them have a very  crisp retro feel and look great with a white shirt or t shirt. (I would prefer that they ran a bit leaner through the thigh, but let’s not quibble about it for $29 bucks……)

Oh, and instead of wearing your  shorts with flip flops, run over to Aldo, buy yourself the terry cloth shoe inserts, insert them in a pair of dress loafers  and……  long story short, you will look  perfectly hot.


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tom_kolovos_wordpressnewTom Kolovos, NBC Chicago Street Team

I usually start these lists by talking about the women’s fashion first. But last nite I was repeatedly struck by how the tuxedo or what a Hollywood actor considers to be  formal wear has undergone an almost seismic shift. And as with all seismic shifts, there are losers and there are winners.

What was once the obligatory penguin suit with bow tie has now become just a starting point from which to riff as many silhouettes, shirt and tie/less combinations as possible, making the men’s choices appear almost as vast as the women’s. And with this newfound lattitude, the mistakes and the successes, it seems to me, are now as noteworthy as the women’s.

Last nite you saw jackets with shawl collars, peak lapels, notch lapels, narrow lapels, one button and more traditional two button closures and, in the case of Tom Cruise, a beautiful double breasted model–that was unfortunately the wrong style for him since a double breasted jacket with wide lapels looks best on someone tall.

The teen musical sensation The Jonas Brothers best personified the trend  towards experimentation as well as the risks that are involved in riffing on the classic tuxedo. Only Kevin got it  absolutely right,  in a velvet cropped blazer, white shirt and a bow tie. The other two young men fell into the trap of of the trend: they looked goofy and if as if they were getting dressed in the dark.

At least you can blame their mistakes on the folly of youth. But how is one to explain the outfits of Alexandre Desplat, Sting, Robert Downey, Collin Ferrell, Rainn Wilson and, most quizically, Mickey Rourke?  

The best rule of thumb one can offer about how to break the tuxedo out of its constraining box is this: take the process seriously. If you look like you’re dressing in a costume from some odd period film or like Keith Richards , you need to start again. (And perhaps demand that your stylist get you  a few beautifully cut pieces you can mix and match from Neil Barrett or Band of Outsiders.)

That said,  along with Kevin Jonas, Aaron Eckhart, Chris Pine,  Zac Efron, and Patrick Dempsey looked especially good, most noticeably because their tuxedos had the perfect fit and proportion, Mr Cruise.


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