This fall I had the opportunity to collaborate with Kenneth Cole for GQ’s Fall Style Guide as one of their Agents of Style. KC wanted to see how I’d style some of their pieces into my everyday wardrobe, so I selected the Trouser Jogger & Flash Back Leather Oxford Sneaker.
Rock Star Weekdays
As you can guess from my social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat), I’m always on the go. That means wardrobe functionality is crucial to me. When Kenneth Cole asked me to pick two items from their fall collection to style into my wardrobe, I thought – what can I potentially make a mad dash in to grab a cab and be tailored at the same time? Item one – the Trouser Jogger.
Since they’re cut like a traditional dress pant with front hook closure and belt loops, if I need to tuck in my shirt to look more “presentable”, I’m 100% fine. Since, I’m able to toe the line of style working for myself in the fashion industry, the gathered jogger cuff adds is a quiet style add-on that is a welcoming surprise than off-putting detail.
This look was based on the idea of my everyday vibe (in a non-suited way). Taking a button down shirt & leather jacket paired with a tailored trouser jogger shows an understanding of casual tailoring. Instead of dressing this look up by tucking in the shirt and pairing a dress shoe, the Oxford sneaker is a more complementary style choice. Casual-tailored confidence is key.
Geezer Weekend Style
You might not know it, but, I’m a sneakerhead! Growing up in the 90’s when sneakers reigned supreme, I’d grab any pair of hot sneakers that were released, or, when I saved up enough money to cop them. Today, I’m be snapped more often wearing hard bottom leather shoes than sneakers, so picking the Flash Back Leather Oxford Sneaker was a no-brainer.
Finding a sneaker with the trappings of an Oxford shoe is often a lost cause. You’ll find strange hybrid shoes that don’t typically translate well to the style word. With a simple round-toe silhouette and the construction of s traditional Oxford shoe, you’re left with an extremely versatile piece of footwear. Not everyone like to get completely suited & booted and these pieces will give the option of solid tailoring with a sporty twist.
Why I Chose This Look
Your granddad and all other senior citizens have one thing down when it comes to style – Wear Sneakers With Everything! Rock cardigan, suits or just about anything. Instead of a pair overly sporty athletic trainers, these Oxford sneakers are your answer to a dress sneaker. Pair them with a suit, jeans or jogger and use them as the grounding tailored piece of your look.
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM