These upgrades to styles that you already love might change the way you look at your wardrobe.
Photography by Lauren McGrath
Silk Blend Multi-colored knit bomber jacket – Education from Youngmachines | Black & White Striped Polo Shirt – Armani Jeans | Green Frame “Charles” Sunglasses – Krewe du Optic | Woven Tassel Loafers – Henderson Baracco | The Blake Gold Bracelet – A.P.C (pieces c/o Farfetch)
There’s a strong chance that you own some iteration of the items featured here in this post. For that, I say — Bravo! Now, before you go out and make a mad dash to buy the exact same pieces that you already own as your yearly refresh — let’s take a look at elevating those basics based on a few principles — pattern, material, color & graphics.
The Silk Graphic Bomber Jacket
The silk, graphic print bomber is one of the menswear trends that sweeping through the pages of every magazine and your favorite Instagrammers flat lays. If you remember Ryan Gosling scorpion jacket from the movie Drive, you’ll definitely understand that jacket style in question. When bomber jackets have hearken back to the air-force roots, finding a hybrid of that style & the silk printed graphic bomber jacket will be the perfect upgrade for you — without going to far outside of your style comfort zone. The one featured here is a knit bomber in a silk-blend.
How To Wear It
Use this jacket as your statement piece — which means leave the rest of your look neutral. Be stylistically ambitious and pair them with you favorite navy suit pair or a pair of joggers. Find what works best for you.
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The Wayfarer. Yup, good ole’ trustworthy wayfarer sunglasses. You have them in black, dark tortoise and probably a funky neon that you bought on a drunken beach weekend on the boardwalk. The subtle upgrade: Find A Pair With Colored Frames.
Heed my warning, these aren’t you pops of color frames — opt for a rich colors like deep green, camel and blue. If you’re feeling adventurous, GO Clear. Translucent frames that you can see through add some dimension to your face and over look.
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Over there years, there’s been a movement of men shunning wristwear (besides watches) are going completely in the opposite direction — sporting rope & beaded bracelets most affectionately worn by suave Italians or musical festival goers. The Upgrade: a simple link, cuff or metal rope bracelet in gold, silver or black.
How To Make The Bracelet Work
Simplicity is key. One bracelet with your watch (or no watch). Find the link width that complements your wrist — just avoid moving into DMX dog collar size territory (We Still Love You Dog Man X).
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The Tassel Loafer
To be honest, you probably don’t have a pair of tassel loafers in your wardrobe — it’s okay, I won’t be mad at you if you don’t. You probably have a penny or driving shoe (that you’ve beat to hell and essential wear as slippers). The tassel loafer drips with Italian sartorial swagger, but, when style appropriate can get the finishing touch to any look. Go sockless or not, the tassel loafer the gentleman’s “casual” dress shoe.
How To Pick The Right Pair For You
Ask yourself a few questions. Do I already own a pair of tassel loafers? What color? What material (leather, suede, canvas)? Do I want to try a textured weave (see above)? All these questions will help you decide which style to try.
The Pattern Polo Shirt
Bare arm season — of course most guys go to the polo shirt to get their flex on. Outside of finding the proper, tailored fit — it time to add some subtle patterns to your favorite warm weather shirt to give it new life.
What Pattern Works For You
Even with patterned shirts, minimal is style key! Subtle striping is the easiest pattern to grasp especially the variety of color variation and stripe sizing. The chest stripe is best for all guys. For shorter guys, the stripe will draw attention up to your chest. For the pudgy dude, a chest stripe changes the focus point of your body (especially if you’ve got a little belly).
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Clothing styled & linked in this feature were gifted/sponsored by Farfetch
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