Denim and Ties

Growing up I was use to seeing people either dressed formal or casual and nothing in between. Today it’s nothing new to see a man wear a button up with denim, but I want to talk about how to make that look even better.

Gone are the days of classic fit dress shirts, classic fit jeans, and chunky dress shoes. If you have these items I suggest donating or throwing them away. Switch the classic fit dress shirt for a slim fit shirt, relaxed denim for slim or skinny jeans, chunky shoes for loafers, and add a skinny tie. Take a look at how the denim and tie concept looks on me below.

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Button Up-Express

Tie-The Tie Bar

Skinny Jeans-H&M

Loafers-Stacy Adams

Let’s face it, the slim fit dress shirt gives you a clean look that compliments the body. When I worked at DKNY, lots of young customers came in for slim fit dress shirts. I asked a customer once, “what do you personally like about slim fit dress shirts?” He replied by saying that it made his entire outfit look sleek and refined. Next time you are at your favorite retailer, ask an associate to help you pick out a shirt size and colors. My favorite stores to visit for dress shirts are DKNY, Express, and Calvin Klein.

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(Photo from thetiebar.com)

Now in order to have the denim and tie look you need the tie. A slim fit dress shirt is complimented by a slimmer tie, a 2″ or 2 1/2″ tie are perfect sizes for this look. My favorite website to buy ties is The Tie Bar they carry silk, wool, linen, knitted, solid, or printed ties starting at $15. The type of tie you want is all up to you, my only suggestion is to pick one that will balance out with your shirt.

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Slim Fit

(Both photos from hm.com)

Now for the denim! I know not all guys are comfortable with skinny jeans, so another option are slim jeans. A slimmer jean, like a slim dress shirt give you a cleaner look. Classic or relaxed denim have a fit that are exaggerated and tend to drag on the floor. Today’s retailers either have a small section for these two types of jeans or have stopped selling them completely. Brands have different perceptions of fits, pick a day to head to the mall and try on denim at different retailers.

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(photo from stacyadams.com)

All that’s left are the shoes, as a shoe lover this is my favorite part. You have a variety of options when it comes to shoes, but stay away from the chunky shoes. That type of shoe won’t work for a slimmer look and let’s be honest they are hideous. Great shoes to pick are derby shoes or loafers, for my look I went with a black snake skin loafer. Loafers are a perfect example of a shoe that can dressed up or down. I recommend picking a dress loafer instead of a casual loafer, your jean will already give you the casual look. My favorite website to shoe shop are Stacy Adams, Steve Madden, and Cole Haan.

I hope that my tips and photo help you find some similar items. If you have any questions or need help tweet me at @randerzzz or email me at randy_estevanes@yahoo.com. Thank you all for reading and feel free to share, reblog, or forward my blog to your friends. Stay classy my friends!

Topman #TBT

I wanted to take time to not only post a throwback Thursday, but to highlight one of the brands I am wearing in the photo, Topman.

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T-Shirt- Topman

Black Skinny Jeans- Topman

Shoes- Converse

Topman is a brand that hails from the United Kingdom, created in the 1970s as the male counterpart to Topshop. In my opinion, it’s one of the greatest brands out there for men, they carry both formalwear and street wear.

What I like is that you can combine both the formal wear with the street wear and be ready for any occasion. The prices are reasonable as well, for a shirt like the one in my photo, you would pay around $32. Now if that is pricey for you, both Topman and Nordstrom have items on sale, the shirts are usually half the price. If my picture or kind words don’t convince you, take a look at their collection on either website. I’m sure you’ll find a piece or two that you’ll be dying to buy!

Topman is currently expanding in the United States, currently they have locations in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Chicago. New Locations in Houston, Atlanta, San Diego, and another one in NYC should be opening soon.

 

#TBT

Since it is Thursday, I’ll share my first throwback Thursday of one of my favorite looks.

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Long Sleeve Button Up- DKNY, $69.50

Dress Pants- Express, $69.50

Tie and Tie Bar- The Tie Bar, $15 each

Watch-DKNY

Dress Shoes- Tods

I enjoy dress ing up and looking sharp, at the moment I don’t have anywhere to really dress this way and also it’s been HOT! I recommend a look like this for wear to work or a night out on the town.

Accessories are important, invest in a nice watch and a tie bar. If you’re looking for a watch, I suggest looking on Amazon, I have been able to find good deals on there. The Tie Bar is the place to go for buying ties and tie bars, both start out at $15 and up, you can’t beat that price! The Tie Bar has been featured on GQ many times, so you know it’s good.

Hope my TBT gives you some ideas on what to wear for the weekend!