Men’s Fashion

Where To Buy Camo Cargo Pants

Not only do I create shopping list for my clients, but I also create them for myself! Last year, I listed camo cargo pants on my shopping list. Although skinny pants and jeans have become the norm, I wanted a pair of camo cargo pants that weren’t tight. A pair I could dress up with heels and booties or dress down with sneakers. I had heard that checking the men’s section of stores was a great place to look. So after searching for months, I finally found a pair online from Hot Topic; and they were available in a men’s size that was comparable to the size I wear in womens. YES!

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When I wore my camo cargo pants to Brunch For A Cause, my client Celia commented that she needed to find a pair. And I already know that when one or two people comment about needing an item, there are many more looking for the same thing. That means, it’s time to provide the masses with the info! If you are still searching for a slim or loose fit pair of camo cargo pants, check out these retailers below. P.S. they are all from the men’s section! Click on the photo for more info on the pants.

Urban Outfitters

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Hot Topic

Hot Topic RUDE Camo Slim Fit Cargo Pants Where To Buy Camo Cargo Pants

Levi’s (also available at L&T and Macy’s)

Levi Ace Cargo Pants Where To Buy Camo Cargo Pants

Old Navy

Old Navy Mens Canvas Cargos Where To Buy Camo Cargo Pants

Old Navy Mens Belted Straight Leg Cargos Where To Buy Camo Cargo Pants

Old Navy Mens Military Style Cargos Where To Buy Camo Cargo Pants

Hollister

Hollister Cargo Pants Where To Buy Camo Cargo Pants

Other options include eBay and army uniform stores.

Ladies, when it comes to determining your size equivalent, there are a few ways to figure it out. I’ve seen some suggest adding 21 to your current size. For example, if you wear a woman’s 12 in pants, you’d wear a men’s 33.  If you’re like me, that logic won’t work. The most accurate option is to measure your waist and try a men’s pair in that size.  From there, you may have to go up or down a size depending on how much room you have in the pants. Remember, men’s pants are not cut for women. Generally, women’s pants are cut fuller in the hips. You can also equate the smallest men’s size to the smallest women’s size and go from there. For example 0 = 26; 2 = 27; 4 = 28; 6 = 29; 8 = 30, etc.  Like women’s clothing, each brand is different so it will take some trial and error to find the closest men’s size. And if you just can’t find a pair that fits perfectly in the waist, you know the rule. Have them taken in at the waist by a tailor!

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Ask Keri: Men’s Edition – What Should I Wear For ‘Brunch For A Cause’?

While women have asked what to wear to Brunch For A Cause this Saturday, I figured the guys would like some inspiration too.

Fellas, while you could wear a sweatshirt and Jordans to brunch, I encourage you to try other options! You don’t have to put on your Sunday best, but you can experiment with prints, boots, sneakers other than Jordans and accessories like scarves (yes men wear scarves).

This first look is for the guy that likes a simple outfit; no fuss. This is an outfit I’d definitely style one of my clients in for brunch. Pair black jeans with a nice printed hooded. In case you get hot and want to remove the sweater, wear a printed tee or long sleeve shirt underneath the sweater. It’s more interesting than a plain black or white tee. Complete the look with high-top sneakers, a black belt and watch. Don’t forget your to spray on your cologne!

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This second look a great casual winter outfit. Switch things up and put on corduroy pants instead of jeans. Pair the pants with a printed sweater or cozy knit cardigan like the one below from J.Crew.  Layer either piece with a chambray shirt. Shy away from sneakers and complete the look with brown combat boots, which is a little edgy. or pair the look with Clarks Desert Boots. To show off that nice watch, slightly push up the sleeves of your sweater and shirt.

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If you love wearing sport coats and blazers but don’t want to look like you’re going to work, wear them with jeans! Pair a navy blazer with light jeans or a grey blazer with dark jeans. Add a long sleeve shirt underneath the blazer and have fun with accessories by adding a printed scarf (I was inspired by these looks here.) You can wear casual shoes like Clarks; a great alternative to dress shoes and more dressy than sneakers.  If you’re not a fan of casual shoes, pair this look with sneakers like converse or Polo high top sneakers.

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Fellas, would you wear any of these outfits?

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet for A Diva State of Mind Presents: Brunch For A Cause! please get yours today at http://brunchforacause.eventbrite.com. It’s going to be a great time!

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Men’s Accessories: Dwyane Wade For The Tie Bar

Dwayne Wade for The Tie Bar Mens Accessories: Dwyane Wade For The Tie Bar

Fellas, if you’ve been searching for bold ties, bowties, pocket squares and cufflinks, Dwyane Wade’s new collection is just for you! The Miami Heat guard teamed up with The Tie Bar to create an exclusive collection of men’s accessories that will surely add some flair to your outfit.   The ties are made of 100% silk. Prices range from $15 to $30.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

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Sartorial DNA

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Helix

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People’s Plaid

Dalis Paisley Mens Accessories: Dwyane Wade For The Tie Bar

Dali’s Paisley

Abstract Nation Mens Accessories: Dwyane Wade For The Tie Bar

Abstract Nation

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Technocolor Chevron

Camo Conspiracy Mens Accessories: Dwyane Wade For The Tie Bar

Camo Conspiracy

Houndstooth Mens Accessories: Dwyane Wade For The Tie Bar

Houndstooth

Here’s Dwyane Wade talking about his collaboration:

 

Click HERE to shop the collection. Limited quantities of all items are available. Items from this collection would serve as great gifts this holiday season!

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EVENT RECAP: Brett Johnson Collection Launch Party

Last week I attended the Brett Johnson Collection Launch Party held at Café Milano in Georgetown. Guest gathered on the second floor of the restaurant to view the new men’s collection while sipping cocktails, savoring passed hor d’oeuvres and enjoying music by DJ Blaze.

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With Brett Johnson

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DJ Blaze

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I didn’t try the martini but I heard it was strong!

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With fellow stylist Lauren Matthews. These were the largest wine glasses we had ever seen!

In the center of the room, two male models stood on a platform to display the collection. While the collection includes polos and shoes, the stand out pieces were the cashmere hooded jacket, black vest with leather details, contrast sleeve varsity jacket and quilted leather black hoodie which are all Italian crafted.

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Models wearing cashmere hooded jacket and leather trimmed peacoat

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Brett Johnson Shoes

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Cashmere hooded jacket

The collection is sophisticated and stylish with an element of edge. Prices range from $85 for a polo to over $1,500 for a leather jacket. This collection is for the man who appreciates quality and distinction; the pieces of the collection will last in a man’s wardrobe for years to come.

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Black vest with leather shoulder detailingyes that

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Close up of the leather

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Contrast sleeve varsity jacket

To learn more about the collection and to shop, visit www.brettjohnson.co 

About Brett Johnson:

Brett has always been passionate about fashion, sports, and entertainment. He has a keen sense of design and performance and credits international travel, music, and architecture as heavy influencers on the unique look and feel within the BRETT JOHNSON COLLECTION. Brett is also an executive producer of  ‘Lee Daniel’s The Butler.’ Previously, Brett worked with the legendary Italian auto manufacturer Ferrari, one of the most iconic brands in the world. As a scion of a successful media and entertainment empire (his parents are BET Founders Bob and Sheila Johnson), Brett hails from a family of innovators and has cultivated many lessons in leadership and brand building.

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Looks We Love: Jay Ellis for Bleu Magazine

This Looks We Love post is a special one. Not only does it feature (fine) Jay Ellis from The Game, but the looks were styled by my mentor and celebrity stylist Apuje Kalu. He has worked with R&B singer Mya and he’s also responsible for this LeToya Luckett look folks were drooling over last week.

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On his personal style:
“I’m a clean-cut classic kind of dude.  I’m probably in a black t-shirt everyday of my life. I love a sharp, well-tailored suit. Men don’t get to wear suits enough. I feel like a million bucks when I’m in a good suit.”
 
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Explaining how he landed the role of Blue on Bet’s The Game
“My career in acting has been short. I think my ambition has been why I was able to land such a successful show.There is something that fuels me to do what I do. It’s innate, it’s God given, it’s talent.”
 
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His favorite city in the US:
“I LOVE LA, I LOVE LA.  I don’t know anyway to put it other than that. I like being home, I like being back in the states.On my perfect LA day, I would wake up, surf, get brunch in Santa Monica, and hike.”
 
 
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Check out the behind the scenes video:

 
I love a man in a suit!

Source: Bleu Magazine

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Tom Ford: 15 Things Every Man Should Have

I came across this list on Instagram a few weeks ago, but apparently it appeared on vogue.co.uk in 2012. My bad for being a year late!!  Tom Ford, one of the world’s most stylish men, provided his thoughts on what he thinks every guy needs. 15 things every man should have Tom Ford Tom Ford: 15 Things Every Man Should Have

I agree with this list however I will  give some flexibility to #3. Everyone isn’t good at playing sports so at least like sports and workout! And when it comes to #15, we’ll assume nice teeth = perfect teeth since we know no one is perfect icon wink Tom Ford: 15 Things Every Man Should Have

I could take the time to go into detail about each one and explain why they’re important, but I think it’s pretty self explanatory.  But if you need a little more info as to why these things are important, check out This Little Lady. She does a great job of breaking it all down.

What do you think about the list? I’m especially interested in hearing from the guys. Do you agree?

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Men & Women Wardrobe Must Have: Chambray Shirt

As much as I love a chambray shirt, I’m surprised I didn’t write this post sooner!

Must Have Chambray Shirt Men & Women Wardrobe Must Have: Chambray Shirt

Many people believe a chambray shirt is a lightweight denim shirt but in actuality it’s not! A Fashion Deliberation provides a great definition of what chambray really is:

a lightweight fabric (usually cotton) that uses a colored warp (down) weaved with a white filling yarn (across). The colored warp is usually blue (which is partly why we think denim), but it doesn’t have to be. And although it is usually plain, it can also be in stripes or checks or other patterns. The end result is something is generally something that seems to be like denim, but you may actually come across some items that are chambray, but don’t look or feel like the typical denim-like chambray at all.

What’s so great about a chambray shirt is its versatility. This shirt can be worn with so many different pieces in your wardrobe, creating a different look every time you wear it. I’ve dressed mine up by wearing it with a skirt to work; I’ve also worn mine with white denim and flat sandals. The options are endless! When I went shopping with my first male client Curron, we found him a chambray shirt at Banana Republic. It’s one of those pieces I believe we all should have in our wardrobe.

This is a shirt that can be worn all year round; if you don’t currently own one, I highly recommend you add it to your shopping list.  Below are some places where both men and women can shop to find a chambray shirt. I’ll dedicate an entire post on how to style them this fall season icon smile Men & Women Wardrobe Must Have: Chambray Shirt

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Styled By Keri: The Quest To Update My First Male Client’s Wardrobe

As often as I talk about styling, I thought I’d walk you through a shopping appointment I had with a client last month. Of course, the stores and the length of the appointment will vary per client, but I wanted to give you a preview of what you can expect if you hire me to help you shop!

Last month, my friend and new client Curron texted me and said “I need your help.” We met for a consultation to discuss what exactly he needed help with when it came to his wardrobe. Like many people (men and women), he struggled with making decisions about what to purchase when he went shopping. He knows what he likes, but he experiences hesitation when it comes to making a final purchase decision. Should he get a specific pair of jeans? How do certain shirts look on him? Like many of us, he needed help finding items he wanted to purchase and need reassurance that the items he liked were a good choice. 

Since Curron had already gone through his closet and purged clothing that no longer fit or just didn’t work anymore (I’d normally do this for clients before going shopping), we made a list of the items he wanted to add to his wardrobe: graphic tees, polos, cargo shorts, jeans, khakis, ¾ length shirts and more! We also added Fall pieces to the list like a leather jacket and sweaters. 

Please note: all items on a client’s shopping list are not purchased during one shopping appointment.  The shopping list is used for multiple shopping appointments and when clients are shopping on their own.

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Banana Republic

A few weeks after the consultation, I met Curron at Tysons Corner Mall. I chose this mall because it featured every store I wanted to shop in order to find exactly what was on the list. I got to the mall before the scheduled appointment to pull pieces for Curron to try on. I do this with all clients; they arrive at the first store and they immediately head to the fitting room. It saves time and is convenient for clients. Curron met me at Banana Republic. This store wasn’t originally on the list of places to shop but when I saw they were offering 30% off sale, I definitely had to stop by. I’m glad I did! Curron left the store with a really nice chambray shirt, polo and red sweater (it was on sale so we couldn’t pass it up)!

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Jeans from Express

Following Banana Republic, we went to Old Navy, Hollister, H&M and Express. After three hours of shopping,  Curron left the mall with cargo shorts, the chambray shirt, sweater, graphic tees, two pair of jeans from Express (they were on sale for $17.99 each) and a few other pieces (while staying under budget)!  The jeans from Express included a salmon pair. Yes guys, you can wear jeans and pants in COLOR!! Have fun and experiment. To be honest, I was surprised Curron liked them. But I’m glad he stepped out of his comfort zone and tried them.

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Five stores in 3 hours!

Following a shopping appointment, like all clients, Curron received a “recap” which included what was purchased at each store (i.e. Banana Republic: Chambray Shirt size L). I also sent an updated shopping list which will be updated every so often based on any shopping he does on his own or future shopping appointments.

To be honest, I was nervous to work with Curron. After all, he’s my first male client! But a little nervousness is good for you! We had a great time shopping and I look forward to working with him again this year to continue to update his wardrobe.

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For The Fellas: How To Wear Rolled Up Pants

Dwyane Wade made headlines this week when he was spotted wearing a Gucci double breasted polka dot suit jacket with ankle baring pants. This is a prime example of “when men wearing rolled up pants goes wrong.”

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Guys, let this be a quick tutorial on how you can successfully wear rolled up pants during the spring/summer season. Your pants should not be tight like skinny jeans! There is debate over how high they should be rolled. You can check out an article on the art of rolling pants HERE which outlines how many inches pants should be rolled depending on style (jeans vs. khakis, etc).

Personally, I don’t think they should go higher than your ankle. Anything higher than that and you run the risk of looking like your clothes are too small or you’re wearing high waters (although some people want to achieve that look). Kevin Hart joked that D. Wade stole his suit and in this picture it looks like it! D. Wade’s thighs look like they are screaming for circulation and they just look too short!

If you’ve ever considered rolling up your jeans or khakis, check out the photos below for inspiration.

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You can also check out Trey Songz’s photo spread in GQ Magazine for inspiration!

Here’s what the guys on Inside the NBA had to say about D. Wade’s satorial choice. Hilarious!

Photos: Fashion Bomb Daily, Be Stylish!.org, Coco & Creme

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For The Fellas: Indochino Traveling Tailor Pop-Up Shop March 2nd-10th

There’s nothing like a man in a well tailored suit!!

Indochino , the pioneer and global leader in online custom menswear, will open a Traveling Tailor Pop-Up Shop at LivingSocial in Washington, DC from Saturday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 10th from 8am-8pm daily (918 F Street NW).

Indochino Event For The Fellas: Indochino Traveling Tailor Pop Up Shop March 2nd 10th

Following much success in Chicago and New York, Indochino has decided to bring its Traveling Tailor Pop-Up Shop to Washington DC, where their expert staff will take your measurements for you, and provide you with personal styling.  Learn which customizations work best to complement your specific body type, which colors are great for your skin tone, which collars will suit your face shape. Online measurement profiles will be created at the event; after that, creating a custom wardrobe of suits, shirts, outerwear and chinos is simply a click away.

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Appointments are available from March 2nd through March 10th in 15 minute intervals for men to meet with one of Indochino’s custom tailors and stylists. Everyone who books an appointment will receive a FREE dress shirt ($79 value) with any suit purchase, one shirt per customer. Book your appointment now at:  http://www.indochino.com/dc.

Guys, if you’re in need of a custom suit, this is a pop-up shop you’ll want to consider checking out!

Check out the Forbes review of Indochino HERE.

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