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Slouchy Dressing For The Cozy Boy In You

Justifying The Fashun Sweats Movement

The day I bought my first pair of “fashion” sweats was the day I knew that I much prefer dressing for comfort over style, no matter how snatched I look in a suit. For those naysayers still denouncing sweats in public, it must be pretty hard not to adapt to the changing trends since luxury loungewear has become a big market in the street wear and high fashion scene. There’s even an actual term for this fad, “cozy boy,” but I’ll just let the writers at Four Pins explain the origins of that one. I mean if there’s a way to marry style and comfort in super luxe looking sweatshirts, sweatpants, track pants, tees, jerseys, and hoodies, then like ZOMFG, #CanILive, and what’s the GD problem? Luckily, almost every brand and designer has their own version of fashion sweats in their line so y’all can stay cozy while the haters stay pressed.

For this outfit I’m wearing a short sleeved jersey hoody by Matiere, a little oversized for just the right amount of drape. I picked up the pants from OAK which I’m obsessed with because I love slouchy, baggy, pants with big pockets and generally anything unflattering to the body.  Then there’s the bucket hat and socks with sandals because the internet. No but seriously, what better way to stay cozy than not having to wear actual shoes or get your hair did? Am I right?

PS - Apologies for the black and white. This was not an attempt to make “art” just really awful lighting during this particular shoot #bloggerproblems

Wearing:

Matiere Hoody //  A OK by OAK Pants  //  Teva Sandals  //  Express Hat

Some Edumacation On Sublimation

Learn Ya Self Somethin On This New Dye Printing Technique

From high end designers to fast fashion retailers, everyone seems to be on board with the new dye sublimation printing process. “Surr many big words, but what does it all mean Anthony??” Basically, a fancy printer uses heat to transfer dye onto fabric before the dye becomes a solid. So unlike a screen-printed tee, the ink is actually “infused” into the fabric meaning no fading, no bleeding in the warsh, and also the ability to transfer bigger designs and photograph-like prints onto your maleswearz. If you’re like me and not afraid to make a statement in a bold print, then this trend is giving you all the YASSS so go on and thrive girl!  In this outfit, I’m wearing an all-over floral sublimation print sweater with some wannabe (pero like cute) neoprene-ish shorts. Paired it with some sneaks and a snapback for that high-end sporty-chic look that’s oh-so-trending right now. Check out the carousel below to shop some of my favorite new items using sublimated prints. You can thank me later for all the compliments you’ll get. *praying hands emoji*

Thanks to Fred for snapping these pics

Wearing:

Boohoo Man Sweater //  Boohoo Man Shorts  //  APC x Nike Air Max (Similar) Sneakers  //  Ambig (Similar) Hat  //  Monokel Sunglasses

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Consider The Knitted Polo Sweater

For A Dad-core Spring Lewk

A subset of the sorta non-sensical “spring sweater” category, the knitted polo sweater is lightweight, usually banded at the bottom, and has a distinctively retro feel to it. Think vintage kewl Dad or like an off-duty Don Draper to put it in perspective. Aside from its chic throwback appeal, my favorite part about this particular article of clothing is the banded hemline. It will literally give you a waistline and make you appear skinny minnie - oh hayyyyy - and if that doesn’t appeal to you then you’re obviously crazy. And let’s face it, as we lose the ability to add interest to our warmer-ish weather outfits by layering all the clothes, the polo sweater is a unique alternative to the rotation of button downs and tees we’ll be sporting throughout the spring. Thoughts?

Wearing:

Ted Baker (Similar) Shirt //  Original Penguin (Similar) Trousers  //  UGG Shoes  //  Daniel Wellington Watch

Would You Wear A Jacket With Shorts?

Because Apparently It’s A “Thing” So Let’s Discuss

You’ll see it on the runway, in the mags, and on the mannequins but like literally WTF weather are you actually dressing for? It’s like the spring sweater, leather shorts, or summer beanie - they don’t actually make sense from a weather standpoint but somehow still exist IRL. Logically, if it’s warm enough to be baring your legs from the knee down (or maybe from just above the knee depending on who you ask), you’d assume it would be too warm for a long sleeve top, not to mention another layer like a jacket. So why is this seemingly illogical jacket/shorts combo a thing? Because it’s FASHUNNNN (but like mainly because my only 3 remaining brain cells have already been exhausted trying to come up with a legit answer). So let’s just all accept that it might not make sense but it still looks mad kyoot, k?

Examples of the long on top short on bottom look done right? Think Nick Wooster in a shorts suit, J. Crew catalogs with guys in “spring” sweaters and khaki shorts, or like beach vibez with a white linen shirt and patterned trunks. I suppose I could link to the references above but then someone would need to cut me a check. Seriously though. Instead, I’m serving you all the shamelessness with this shining example of a jacket and shorts outfit that hits the nail on the head as executed by none other than moi. So now it’s your turn. Would you wear a jacket with shorts? Think about it before you hit the clurb tonight and keep it 100 in the comments letting me know whether you love it or hate it. 

Wearing:

Boohoo Jacket //  Boohoo Shirt   //  Boohoo Shorts  //  Public School x Generic Man (Similar) Shoes  //  MBS MFG CO Hat

Because Blue Is For Boys

A Manly Monochromatic Trend

Did I mention that blue is my favorite color? If I were to take inventory of my entire wardrobe I’d say at least 50% of what I own is some shade of blue. I guess it comes pretty naturally then for me to continually find myself in all blue monochromatic outfis, but don’t think I’m the only one. Year after year designers embrace the trend of creating interesting outfits from a single color or varied shades of one color as we see their looks go down the runways. It can be a bold look for sure if you’re doing neons or pastels but more subtle looks can be achieved by sticking with neutrals like gray, black, tan, and white. For this outfit here I started with a color block shirt with shades of blue and paired it with darker navy joggers. I picked up the grey accent color in the shirt with a grey, printed sneaker, and rounded out the look with a pair of bright blue sunglasses. If you’re looking to try monochromatic dressing start with a color you’re comfortable with in simple layers of no-fuss pieces to break the ice. If you master that, it’s only a matter of time before you’re strutting the streets like

Wearing:

American Eagle Shirt //  Cadet Pants   //  Tretorn Sneakers  //  AM Eyewear Sunglasses