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Posted in Fashion, Life, reader mail, Shopping, Trends with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by Me & Marisa

As requested, some insight as to what a ‘guy’ wears to work.  

When I think of a ‘guy’ I automatically picture a mid-20-something year old– so I have geared these looks towards a young professional.  

If you are a banker, you know what to wear, its pretty strict. The growing advertising, journalism, marketing, sales, photography, entrepreneurship world has allowed for a collaboration of self expression and professionalism.  In most environments it is an old joke that the marketing guy walks into a corporate meeting wearing his plaid pajama pants and a shirt he grabbed from under his bed becuase he was in a moment of sheer and utter brilliance.  I think you get like 2 of those passes in your career… and it better be a million dollar epiphany.  

So for you ‘guys’ out there looking to score a good job, be seen as a trendy professional, or even just make transitioning from ‘day-to-date’ a little easier, here are some good looks to pull from:  

An easy to follow, chic, look from Calvin Klein:  white shirt (3/4 cuff for a more casual look), plain dark tie, grey trousers with a mute pinestripe.

Conveys the message to women: I make money doing something that will provide for our grandchildren.  

Take this look from the office to Mi Cocina, loosen the tie, have a margarita, watch the women flock.


this ones is a little more trendy if you’re willing to get outta the normal comfort zone.

 Gucci:  skinny dress pants, white collared shirt, statement tie (I am loving the shorter and narrow monochromatic strips on this one).  This model is wearing a double breasted trench with this look.  I’d really love this look with a deep red velvet blazer, or even maybe a rich canary.  

I’d like to see this outfit at a business dinner at a trendier resturant, or even meeting a client outside of the office.  It says that you know you look damn good.  

gucci double breasted trench and skinny pant NM-24V7_mf

The below look is also all Gucci:  I adore the plaid pants.  But you gotta rock them.  if you have any doubts, don’t bother. 

I like the contrast of very conservative on top, with the deep burgundy tie, vest, sport coat, and then crazy ass pants.  

You need a slamming body to pull this off.  But it is so doable.  

I’d totally love going somewhere where you are going to be seen with this guy. Conveys knowledge of how to style with statement pieces without seeming like you care too much. 

Gucci Sport Jacket and Wool Pants

This look is alot.  Gucci purple corduroy  blazer with a purple plaid pant (say that 3 times fast).  

I think that most guys will have a better chance pulling the top or the bottom half off individually, but not the whole look. 

Pair the blazer with some nice dark wash jeans and you’re good to go for a corporate casual friday. 

If you’re feeling a little more laid back– an ivory or grey cashmere sweater would really compliment the pants. 

Gucci Coudoury jacket and skinny wool pants NM-27M0_mf

The below is definitely one of my favorite looks.  Burberry does men’s clothes SO well. 

Dark slacks, white shirt, slate grey tie, scarf, and gorgeous overcoat. 

paired with the dark shoe. 

this look is lethal… total Harvard or Yale grad look. 


back to casual fridays for our southern states. 

Another great look from Calvin Klein.  

Nice v-neck striped sweater with some dark slacks. 

always flattering. simple and sexy.  

easy for anyone to pull off.  But i really wanna see a big industrial watch on his wrist for a little edge. 

….and maybe a wool red check scarf. 


This below outfit is amazing for work travel.  Nice dark wash jeans, red accent loafers, a gorgeous distressed chocolate leather jacket and a cool scarf.  

Nothing can wrinkle and you look put together getting off the plane.  

Plus loafers rock going through security.  

Leather bomber and Jeans NM-27M5_mf

Another more formal look from burberry.  

Narrow slacks,  white oxford, skinny tie, cardigan, and a nice dark blazer. 

This look can go all around from a formal meeting with Clients to a casual internal meeting at P.F. Changs. 

Also easy to break down pieces for later in the night.  Pull the cardigan off and throw on just the sports coat and its perfect for going out for drinks.  

This can also be “causal-ed” by opting for some nice straight leg dark denim jeans.  


…and this is the way to run into the office when you have that moment of utter brillance. 

Gucci:  a cool track jacket, loud sweater, some dark denim, and cool sneakers. 

It will take you just as much time to grab a T and a hoodie and sweat pants as it would to grab these items.

 (plus you wouldn’t have to smell them for mold or check for pit stains)

Gucci Track jacket and jeans NM-27M7_mf

As far as business accessories go I am obsessed with this Burberry Two Pocket Twill tote for men. 

twill velvet twin bocket tote bag burberry

Statment Gucci Aviators add some edge to any of the above outfits.  Especially if you are rocking the all black and white, these are perfect. 

Gucci Avaitors

I really think that this Brera is the perfect watch for most men.  Simple  good sized face but obviously a high quality. 

brera watch


Some great classic looks that you can mix and match.  Always wear what you are comfortable in, but if you want to shake it up a bit, start small. 

I recommend scarves, they are very easy to toss in the back of the car if you decide that you had the confidence for the canary wool scarf at 7 when you left for starbuck, but it just isn’t working for the rest of the day.

Plaid pants, on the other hand, are a little hard to back out during your morning commute. 

Have a great week. 





Posted in Random, reader mail with tags , , , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by Me & Marisa

Sorry I was MIA yesterday, but glad to see Marisa got a post up, love the pics btw M, especially the one of you on the red metal thing! So, yesterday I went into Tulsa to go have lunch with an old friend and ended up getting canceled on… sucks right? Well we ended up getting together like an hour later, but neither here nor there. I think there may be something wrong with me though… I went to the mall to kill time… … … and I didn’t buy anything! Maybe it’s Swine Flu.

Anywho, here is some stuff from a few of our readers that I wanted to pass along. Always love hearing from you guys to know that there are actually people reading this out there, so feel free to look me up on myspace or email us at

bespoken fall winter 2009
I have no idea whose jacket this is, image says “Bespoken“, but a reader sent it to me because they thought I would like it… they are right! I want to find it and buy it… pronto!

Another reader emailed me on Facebook and told me he had a three weddings to go to throughout the month of August and that several of the same people would be at all three weddings. He wanted to know if it was okay for him to wear his summer suits to the wedding post Labor Day, or if he needed to go shopping. So I responded with the following:
Blake, here is my rule of thumb on the whole Labor Day thing, they say don’t wear white after… but I still do. I think it’s a totally personal thing. The trick is basically the same with “can you mix brown and black?” the answer is “if you have to ask, then no.”
More directly; You’ll be totally fine wearing your summer items, especially if all of the weddings are in Oklahoma. It’s still quite hot so the whole Labor Day thing in my opinion is more of a guideline with regional exceptions.
But I always encourage shopping! So in the spirit of that, feel free to get an item or two that could easily be taken from summer to fall. Something a little heavier than summer weight- It will look like your aware that the season is changing without rushing it.

This last one I’ll have to summarize because the reader caught me on facebook chat. He was wanting to update his look a little and start dressing a little more, as he put it, “grungier/urban/casual (as in a don’t give a damn what anyone might think about what I’m wearing)” So I sent him to the pic I posted, I believe last week, of me in the tank with the dark jeans and the Dr. Martens. I advised him to get a pair of boots and go with a skinnier jean. I advised him to play around with volume and mix volumes (baggy on top, tight on bottom and such). I also told him to go to some thrift stores because it is a great place to find things that other people won’t be wearing and when you find something “grunge” it will be authentic because it came from that era. He told me he didn’t want to come off as too fashionable and that’s when I told him the same thing I tell everyone: “If you think you look stupid, you’re going to look stupid, if you think you look awesome, other people will to. Your perception of self is the best thing you can wear. Confidence is key when it comes to fashion.”

Hope if you had similar questions, that helped. Again, please write as I really enjoy answering this type of stuff. Hope your week is going well!

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