Loafing Around

I love my new loafers!! (Well, I love the idea of them, they have yet to arrive from ASOS).  My favorite part? The gold buckle is a horse!  Whimsy and structure meet.  Aaaaah-mazing.

ASOS

Asos, Bertie Lexi, Donald J. Pliner

I love how femininity meets androgyny with the loafer, as compared to the purely lady-like ballet flat.  It makes a girl look like she knows where she’s going.  They make a guy look determined as well, and I do love a determined man.

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Doubtful DIY

I want to make this! Yeah, right.  I just want this beautiful James Nares for Coach bag.

Just something else I’m obsessing over that was intended for use by men! Sunglasses, watches, cologne, and now bags.

Let’s Hear It For The Boys!

It never seemed fair to me that girls have always had more options when looking for affordable clothing that also managed to be current and modern.  Although places like Target and Old Navy do have mens sections, they generally are lagging behind in terms of style (think cargo khakis, striped collared tees).  Lately, though, I’ve been seeing more and more stores delivering great menswear at reasonable prices.  Topman, a division of the UK’s Topshop, is my latest discovery.   I wasn’t fully aware that Topshop had a mens line until this weekend, when Michelle and I met up with our friend Kevin Snow of Black Kids. When we looked down and saw his plimsolls, we had to know where they were from.

     

Topman doesn’t stop at stocking just shoes — they have a full range of apparel and accessories, even some very dashing ties.  To give a better idea of what the store is about, I’ve gathered my favorite pieces below.  Look for Topman to open its US flagship store in New York this fall. The store is also debuting a new capsule collection Priceless this October, designed by Anthony Price.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Black and Yellow Check Bowtie, £10.00

2. Indigo Coated Skinny Jeans, £35.00

3.Grey Herringbone Bomber Jacket, £60.00

4. Smart Futurist Analogue Watch, £20.00

5. Grey Canvas Lace Up Plimsolls, £25.00 

 

The More the Merrier?

A high-top lace-up buckle-up maryjane loafer for men?  Givenchy is certainly getting creative…if I saw these walking down the street I would not only give them a second look but I would stare, possibly point, and maybe giggle.

 

Photo from VMag

Bands Will Be Bands

Boys, boys, boys.  Up until now here at the Style Exchange, we have nearly exclusively posted about girls and it seems like we are growing tired with only talking about the in’s and out’s of female fashion. 

Recently Band Marino, a (semi) local 5-piece from Orlando, Florida, has caught my eye once again (yes, I saw their ads in Paste Magazine) because of their cute outfits, cuter faces, original and pleasant music, artful posters, and because of a shirt of theirs my husband bought after seeing them in Tampa few months back. It’s because of that tee that I had to look up their myspace page to hear a little of what was behind the clothing. 

Not only does the band produce clever merch they also don themselves in sharp attire, for photo shoots and on stage.

Chuck Bass: I Approve!

Confession: I’ve never watched an episode of Gossip Girls, ever.   From what I read it seems like an interesting show, especially in terms of fashion, but I don’t have television and it’s not worth downloading for me.  Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of photos on gossip sites of the cast filming episodes in the Hamptons, and I’ve got to tell you — the whole vintage beach vibe definitely suits Ed Westwick (“Chuck Bass”).  I know it’s a divisive look, but I think that if a guy’s got the legs for it, why NOT wear some really short shorts.  It’s summer, people! 

If you or a boy you know wants to try this look, here are some more short shorts to consider:

 

From left:

1.  Curduroy West Coast Short, American Apparel ($32)

2.  Short Surf Blue Stripe, Paul Smith ($155)

3.  Classic Board Shirting Shorts, Opening Ceremony ($131)

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