Monday, May 16, 2011

Male Street Style.

Lately, I've been meeting up with a very good friend of mine on a weekly basis (at least!), where we meet up and do dinner, shopping, Starbucks (I mean, obviously), and just talk about absolutely everything going on in our lives.

By this, I mean we talk about our issues with guys (positive and negative) and different stories about things from over the years.

One thing that I constantly complain about to my dear friend Kristin, is what slob kabobs so many of the guys in our area are. You would think that with us being two seconds from the city, the guys would be dressing perfectly, or at least in something other than head to toe Ed Hardy (no, seriously Jersey, play into the stereotype a little more).

It's different when you look at celebrities because you know they have any and every resource available at their disposal, and most likely have stylists picking out things for them to wear on the regular. I'm such a greater fan of street style - and anonymous street style. People who dress that way without the expectation of having their picture taken.

While I in no way consider myself remotely an expert on male fashion, (which is why I appreciate the darling Diego of How to Zip Your Fly and Syed of Dapper Kid for their constant education in a fun way), I do think that I possess the limited knowledge to know that a unique personal style is something that everyone - male or female - can easily possess. It's when people (girls included in this as well!), dress in head to toe Ed Hardy because they think that's what everyone else is doing, that there are problems.

Even my brother and cousins are part of the problem - our family functions are the place where Abercrombie/Hollister graphic tees come to die.

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And so, just when I am about to write off most males as being majorly sloppy, and not caring in the slightest what they wear, I go onto Lookbook.nu and see page upon page of gorgeous and impeccably dressed males.

So, to all the males out there, I apologize for my preconceived notions, and for judging you based on a few slob kabobs (or for assuming that you are gay if you are dressed well). And for my fellow females out there who put a lot of guys into the same category that I did - here is your proof that there is more to male fashion than crude graphic tees with subliminal messaging.

(And Kris - let's set our standards higher!).

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J'adore pops of color.
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The Hermes belt is understated while still showing a knowledge of fashion.
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Have I mentioned how much of a penchant I have for boat shoes? I love them.
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Now I will be going through my brother's suitcase and burning all his Hollister/Abercrombie clothes, thank you very much.

(He flew home for his 21st birthday on Sunday - yay! Though my dad put it best when he said, "At least we're now celebrating the fact that he can't get in trouble for underage drinking anymore - it's not like this is his first drink". Bergen County parenting is interesting).

How would you describe your personal style in a nutshell?
What draws you to the style of someone else?

All images from Lookbook.nu


Hope you're all doing well! xox

Currently listening to: Get U Home - Shwayze (The Bloody Beetroots remix).

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Let Them... Wear Hats.

I promised that I wouldn't do a typical Royal Wedding post. I mean, I could go on and on forever about absolutely everything - I think that every piece of the wedding was stunning and I am more in love with Prince Harry now than ever before (though it's kind of a tie, because I now also have a massive girl crush on Pippa).

One thing stuck out to me more than ever, that I think completely distinguishes the Royal Wedding from any other wedding I've ever seen in my entire life.

The hats.

I now have a new love for all things hats/fascinators and Philip Treacy. Now, if I showed up to a wedding in the States wearing a Philip Treacy hat, people would probably throw rocks at me for stealing the thunder of the bride - but at the Royal Wedding, clearly nothing was stealing Princess Catherine's (!) thunder, so the bigger the hat, the more socially acceptable.

Treacy in his "workshop" with his glorious fascinators.
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I can still remember seeing my first Philip Treacy hat. I was mesmerized by the absurdity of it, and just how well-constructed and flawless it was.

SJP at the Sex & the City premiere. Stylish and outrageous in true Carrie Bradshaw fashion (with a Philip Treacy headpiece).
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I was also 100% jealous, because this girl is absolutely not a hat person, unless it's one of those beanies that hangs off the back of my head and makes my brother refer to me as a "hipster asshole" (the love of Vampire Weekend doesn't help my pleas to the contrary).

Philip Treacy pieces have been worn over the years - he didn't just pop up for the Royal Wedding, though he has been a favorite of the royals throughout the years.

SJP again in Treacy, and a gorgeous (but impractical) Treacy runway look.
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Naomi Campbell attending Isabella Blow's funeral.
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Fabulous overload: Treacy and Emma Watson for Harper's Bazaar in 2008.
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Gaga, ooh la la.
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Princess Beatrice actually wore a more scaled down version of this Treacy piece.
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Queen Elizabeth II passed on her love of Philip Treacy to her future grandaughter-in-law.
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(The Queen is so freaking adorable).
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And now, the best and the worst of the Royal Wedding.

THE BEST.

The ever adorable Queen Elizabeth II (along with Carole Middleton and Camilla - all in Treacy fascinators).

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Victoria Beckham with a subtle but gorgeous Treacy fascinator (along with the ultimate accessory, her hubs David).
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Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, showing how it's done in her lovely Philip Treacy fascinator.
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Lady Frederick-Windsor (who I never knew of before this wedding, but think that she is the epitome of class).
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Cousin of the princes, Zara Phillips.

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Worst.

And obviously the title of the worst belongs to Princess Eugenie, along with her sister Princess Beatrice. I'm sorry, but seeing these pictures of them reminded me of one image:

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No?
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Are you all still riding the Royal Wedding high? I swear, I might never stop talking about it.

Are you a fan of the fascinators by Treacy, or do find them tasteless and tres obnoxious? (To each their own).

Also, in case you haven't seen this yet... (I'll confess, it totally fooled me at first).


(Also, thank you all so much for your support over the loss of my Poppy. The most bittersweet part of it all was the fact that my family received an overwhelming amount of support. You're all lovely, wonderful people who I am so blessed to correspond with through blogging. I'll give a more personal update in the future! Love you all to pieces, xox).

Currently listening to: Back Up in This - Designer Drugs