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Friday, June 29, 2012

Street Style... Festival in the Park, Roanoke

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

To Code: What's That Smell?

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Do you wear cologne? I hope so, not that your natural man smell is a bad thing, but its always nice to just kick it up a little bit in the smell department. After all, scent is the strongest tie to memory. So they say, whoever "they" are.

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All the men in my life are cologne wearers, my Dad has been wearing the same stuff as long as I can remember, my uncles are in the same boat. Through my teens I had a scent for every occasion, then one day I came across the amber greatness in a test tube looking bottle and I ditch every other cologne I owned. That was about 10 years ago. Here are a few tips to make your choice in cologne last longer than a season or two. 

If you don't like the way it smells on you, don't wear it. Things smell differently once your body arbores it into your skin, you'll have to try a few before finding the right match.  

You probably won't be able to wear the same cologne in your teens as an adult. Its a body chemistry thing, we just pump out different stuff once we hit manhood then as a kid. 

I stick with one, but its OK to have two. I only own one brand of cologne and wear it every single day. If you want to change it up, find something for summer and one for winter. Something cool and fresh smelling in summertime is good since its warm and you sweat more. Something with a bit more kick and a bit musky in winter is more suiting since the cooler temps will make it harder to smell something light. 

Try to stick with the originals. Hunting for a discontinued cologne is the pits, trying to find a new scent is even worse. Companies will make the original scents as long as they are in business, their scents of the season will only stick around for a couple years. Example - Channel No. 5 has been out for almost 100 years for the ladies.

If your friend wears the same stuff you do, get a new friend or a new brand of cologne. I'll let you pick which opinion is most important to you here, Its just kind of cliche to smell like your best buddy.

- lastly, don't wear anything that will instantly make you into a douche bag. Axe, Old Spice if your not 11 or 86 years old, Curve (or what is currently popular with high schoolers and frat boys), anything that is like Axe but has a different name but with equally douchey TV commercials, and whatever Abercrombie and Fitch has pumping out of their air and heating vents. 

Find something you like and that gets you lingering hugs from the ladies. Now go forth and smell awesome.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Street Style..." Ties and Motorcycles? Why not." Charleston

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Street Style... W Main S., Christiansburg

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Featured on Style Street in The Roanoke Times

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Street Style... "Red and White," Carytown, Richmond

So much happening here, whats your favorite element in this look? Comment below.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

To Code: Graduate from Mall Brands

To Code: A Guide to Being A Better Gentleman 

As I make my way closer to 30, the age group of people I interact with are regularly in the 26 to 35 bracket. With that being said I meet far too many men often times older than me, married with children who rock low rise, bedazzled, pre-torn jeans with matching top. I don't know about you but I didn't go to A&F University, or AERO College.

Listen, bands like Aeropostale, American Eagle, Abercrombie, and their other mall store friends have a target market of 14 - 25 year olds. That's high schools and undergrads! Some stores that target the whole family like GAP, Express, even Old Navy, still stock clothing that fits that "mall brand" stereo type with the more grown up items you should be shopping for, hidden away in the back like some sort of VIP section. Mall companies understand that people into their 40's somehow end up wearing the same outfits as their preteens.

Here is my simple take on this, not all mall stores are evil, but once your are of legal age of buying alcohol, stop shopping at these underage stores. Do a good deed and donate that stuff before your 25th birthday, you want to wear T-shirts with a name across it, make it your Alma mater not Tommy Hilfiger.

P.S. these rules apply to you ladies out there reading this, you are just as guilty - I'm talking to you girl wearing sweatpants with "Juicy" on the back.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Street Style... "Lady in a Pink Dress," Virginia Tech

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Featured on Style Street in The Roanoke Times

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

To Code: Measured Up

To Code: A Guide to Being A Better Gentleman 

OK gents, do you know your sizes, like your actual measured sizes? Not medium, large, etc., etc. but your shirt sleeve length, neck, inseam, coat size, and true waist.

When I realized that I didn't fit into the average sized shirt because of my monkey arms, I got measured and stopped buying shirts in the top three ( M, L, XL). I checked it once, check it twice, then I wrote it down to someplace safe. Next time I went to the mens store I didn't have to go, " large'ish," I told the sales rep like a rock star what I needed in inches. Wearing the right size just clean everything up and your a little bit smarter knowing your digits.

Here's another good tip, when I hit the thrift store I actually carry a tape measure with me to check what I pick out before even trying on. Often times I weed out more than half the stuff I picked because it doesn't measure up. Then in the dressing room, I can hope for at least one perfect fit, then dropped the what I keep off at alterations for some thrift store tweaking. It feels silly at first, but after a while you end up with more takers in the dressing room than duds.

Wanna spice up the measuring process? Get help from your lady, you both can take turns measuring each other. I'll let you decided how that ends.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Street Style... "Chambrey and Denim," King St. Charleston

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If you read my To Code: last week on Denim wear, you can see this is a great example of how to wear chambray with denim. There is a lot going on here though that is great, all the gold colors, men sized watch.

What do you see that you like?

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Street Style... "Bold Mix," Charleston, SC

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What do you think of this bold mix of colors and patterns?

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Street Style... " Denim Romper," Carytown, Richmond

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I love these floor leight rompers, I've seen a few lately and wondering if they are fairly popular in other areas?

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To Code: Denim on Denim on Denim

To Code: A Guide to Being A Better Gentleman 

When I think of iconic American fashion, I almost always think of denim first. Americans love their jeans, it has been that way for quite some time. Yes young people, before the 80's.

So a few weeks ago I was on Twitter and GQ was doing their monthly #AskGQ hash tag. So like the smart ass I am, I tweeted this question, "What's your take on jeans with a denim jacket? Or how about denim on denim on denim (jeans, jacket, shirt)?"

Since I already had my opinion about this (which I'll get to in a second), what I was looking for was to see what GQ would say. GQ never responded which didn't really bother me, but a couple GQ Twitter followers did.

@Karimbergheim tweeted, " You can use denim jacket with jeans, but you need a contrast. A pair of dark jeans and light denim jacket."

@monsieurtruong tweeted something similar by saying, "That'd work if they're different shades."

Not to disagree just to disagree, but I actually am completely disagreeing with their opinions.

Here's my take guys: Jeans with a chambray shirt, Sure! chambray is like the distant cousin to denim, but they are two totally different fabrics. I've taken several shots of chambray on the street, like this post, and this post, lets not mention how often I wear blue chambray with dark blue jeans. Jeans with a jean jacket? I don't think so, this just isn't something I can promote. Different shades of blue or not, it's like a cowboy uniform, no cowboy would ever be caught wearing.

Of course in fashion there are always exceptions to the rule, when having drinks with a friend who is a fashion editor downtown in Charleston, she said," You know someone who can pull off denim on denim flawlessly? Rhett Boyd at Rogue Wave Surf Shop." I know Rhett, and oddly enough I agree - this time. That puts Rhett in the 1% of people who can pull off the "denim overload" look. With the exception of Rhett and the 1%, leave your jeans at home and try that jean jacket with some khakis or any other color than indigo. The whole denim on denim on denim thing was a joke, it's taking triple threat to a whole new terrible level. Then again, as fashion goes, there is an exception to everything and even the right person can probable pull off full on denim head to toe.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Street Style... "Simple White Shirt," Marion Square, Charleston

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