Get Creative!

Let’s face it, as men we’re faced with more sartorial limits than our female counterparts. Thus, we are forced to be innovative in order to establish a sense of originality among those who are borrowers of style. Our distinction lies in subtlety: the trim and pattern of a pocket square, the spread (or lack thereof) of a collar, the prints and knot on a tie, most of the time, in the possession of rare garments. When a look is pared down to its bare essentials, the details make the boldest statement.

So, when a day calls for a well curated look, focus more on the items that invoke character and and less on the brands.

Below are some of the gentlemen that display continuity in creativity. These are leaders of the pack — they create and inspire.

Nicolas Lazaro

Site: thebengalstripe       nickelcobalt

Cutaway collar shirts infuse character into a simple look.

Hooded sweatshirts are cool and all, but Mountain Parka jackets…that’s where it’s at.


Jake Grantham

Site: thearmoury

Details: Matching of tie and pocket square, the peak of the suspenders as sport-coat is unbuttoned, the fit of the trousers.

The attention to color is one facet — socks to tie and shoes to pocket square; the attention to pattern is another — a striped tie against a checkered suit jacket.


Marcus Allen

Button-down shirt, khaki chinos, and a toggle cardigan. (Anyone can do that?) Top it with a hat — immediately distinguished. (That is if Ne-Yo’s not around).

Turtleneck sweaters used to be a thing in menswear, until they weren’t. Well, pair it with a suit jacket–among other things–and you might be on to something. At least, Marcus is.


Joshua Kissi & Travis Gumbs

Site: streetettiquette

Inspiration is limitless.

Pilot-esque look achieved with a Barbour leather jacket, fitted corduroys, and wingtip brogues.

Newsboy cap, shawl cardigan and a vest — odd combinations tend to work well. Not often but sometimes.

2 Comment

  1. First off I would like to say wonderful blog!

    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Kudos!

  2. First of all, thank you.

    About the question: I think you have to take the good with the bad. There are days when the ideas will flow instantaneously and others when they’ll take a while (for me, longer than 15 minutes)–you have to live with that. I wouldn’t advice exactly clearing your thoughts though. I’ve found that somewhere in the middle of the arbitrary thoughts and jargon in our head lies that idea that’ll lead to great material. You just have to consciously sift through and jot down anything noteworthy that ties in with a topic or theme you’ve established. You’ll be surprised how well insignificant, singular thoughts come together to form a cohesive piece. And time is your friend, so unless there’s a given time frame to complete it, I wouldn’t rush it and jeopardize the quality. Hope this helps.

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