Guys tend to be really good at putting together very formal (tuxedo, suit-and-tie) looks but also tend to be the most comfortable in very casual (jeans, t-shirts) looks. Where you seem to have the most trouble is in-between. "What do I wear to Sunday brunch?" or "What do I wear for a casual movie date?" tend to be questions that most men ask me when they hear I'm a stylist. And admittedly, guys don't have nearly as many options as women do, and you often want to leave the over-dressing to us (which we secretly love). With that said, I just stumbled across two pieces that I felt I needed to share. One came about from the seemingly 50 emails a day I get from J.Crew (get it together, J.Crew - we love you, we just don't need THAT many emails!). The other is from John Varvatos that I spied in Bloomingdale's while taking out-of-town friends shopping this week.
We all know how comfy a great sweatshirt can be. However, we all (should) know how unflattering, frat-guy-right-out-of-college they look. But J.Crew's Liquor Store collection has the best compromise around...a cashmere sweatshirt with a body-conscious, made-like-formal-wear cut in a universally-flattering heather grey. Pair it with a great pair of medium or dark-wash jeans, good shoes and a great sport coat, and you might as well be wearing a designer sweater. But you can also wear it with olive green cargo or flat-front pants, serious boots, and the aforementioned amazing resin-coated denim jacket from John Varvatos (please don't wear denim and denim...not cute). In a super dark blue with rocker styling and super-modern (but never too "out there") zippers on the front and back, throwing this jacket on over that J.Crew cashmere sweatshirt might just make you feel the coolest you've ever felt.
And who doesn't want to hang out with the cool guy?!